Scrubby Knobbly Crochet Dishcloth

Scrubby Knobbly Crochet Dishcloth

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Scrubby Knobbly Crochet Dishcloth
Scrubby Knobbly Crochet Dishcloth

Who likes washing dishes?

Yay or nay.

Since my dishwasher expired I have to wash dishes the old fashion way, by hand.  To my advantage, I can crochet my very own Scrubby Knobbly Crochet Dishcloth.  Yes, it’s a mouthful to say.

The Scubby Knobbly dishcloth is very easy and quick to make.  This is considered to be an easy pattern using single crochets and the bobble stitch.  The bobbles are a plus, they are great for scrubbing stubborn stains or the beloved pots and pans.

Materials:

1 Skein Lily Sugar n’ Cream Cotton Yarn

H (5.0) Hook

Scissors

Tapestry Needle

Notes:

  • Ch2 counts as a double crochet throughout the pattern
  • Gauge does not matter, it’s a dishcloth
  • Your bobble will pop out facing outwards

Stitches

ch –  chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

BS – bobble stitch = dc4tog (5 loops on hook)

st – stitch

Finished Size:  Approximately 8 X 8

Pattern:

Row 1:  Ch32, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn. (31)

Row 2:  Ch1, sc in same st and in each sc across, turn.

Row 3:  Ch2 (counts as dc), dc in next 2 sc, *BS in next st, dc in next 3 sc, rep from *across, end with sc on top of turning ch. (24dc, 7BS)

Row 4:  Repeat Row 2

Row 5:  Repeat Row 2

Row 6:  Repeat Row 2

Row 7:  Repeat Row 3

Row 8 – 37:  Repeat Rows 2-7 five times

Row 38 – 40:  Repeat Row 2

Finish Off

Weave ends

Pocketed Hooded Cowl

Old man winter is finally here.  It’s about 26 degrees here in Fredericksburg, VA.  There is no better time to crochet especially when it’s freezing out, brrrrrrr!  With that being said, let’s get moving on the Pocketed Hooded Cowl.  Since I’m always looking for something small to make in between projects I purchased In a Weekend – Crochet Calendar 2017.

“In the spirit of full disclosure, this is an affiliate link or post, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase anything from said business. I only recommend products that I use and love myself at no additional cost to you.”I like adding my own flare and I didn’t not use the yarn recommended.  I used 2.5 skeins of Mega Brushed yarn from Premier Yarns.  This is a fuzzy type of worsted weight yarn and it can be troublesome when frogging, so be careful.  It is still soft to the touch and versatile.

 

Worn up it’s a hooded cowl.  I would wear it either inside or outside my coat.

Roll that hooded cowl down and now your have a cowl.

I’m thinking about adding a wooden button on the pocket bands.

Now it’s a full cowl.

As we draw near to 2017 I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

CYA in 2017 and Happy Hooking!

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Star Burst Shawl – Review

Shawls are not for grannies anymore.  Any and everyone can wear a shawl not only to keep warm but as a fashion statement.  Shawls don’t have to be boring and you can make one in any length by adding or deleting rows and adding embellishments.

With the Caron Cakes craze check out my post about the yarn here.  I wanted to use one cake because some of the colors are hard to find and I also wanted something short that could be worn as a kerchief.  The actual pattern is on Ravelry by Cre8tion Crochet called Shawl We?  Lorene is one of my favorite top 2 crochet designers.

Caron Cakes are exclusively sold at Michaels.  Premier also has one out now called Sweet Roll in 25 different colors and it’s 100% acrylic yarn unlike Caron Cakes that has some wool in it.  Sweet Roll’s are sold at AC Moore at Joann’s now.  After working with both yarns it’s hard to say which one I like best.  They both serve my crocheting needs.

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Let me know your thoughts on the Caron Cakes and Sweet Roll here and which one is your favorite in the comments.

Happy Hooking.

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This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl is a quick and easy project using a skein of variegated yarn.  You can use any worsted weight yarn but variegated works the best for giving each hooded cowl and different design.  This designed was created during the craze of pooling that was popping up on my Facebook feed.  If you don’t know exactly what pooling is click here and you will find plenty of information and links that explains it from The Crochet Crowd.

This was made to be worn either as a cowl or as a hooded cowl, the choice is up to you.  It was snug enough to be worn comfortably around your neck.  If snug is not your thing you can easily adjust your starting chains.  This way it’s a cowl.

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl

Supplies:

Red Heart Super Saver – Zebra or any worsted weight yarn

“L” Hook/8mm

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

Abbreviations: 

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

st – stitch

sk – skip                               

Notes: 

Ch 4 counts as dc and ch1 throughout pattern

Turn at the end of each round

Multiples of 2

Instructions:

Round 1:  Ch 100, join with slip stitch to form a ring, be careful and not twist chain.

Round 2:  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch1), dc in next st, *ch1, sk next st, dc in next st, repeat from * around, join in dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Round 3:  Ch4, *dc in next dc, ch1, repeat from * around, join in dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Round 4 – 32:  Repeat Round 3 until the desired length.

I used the entire skein of yarn because I like a snug fit cowl around my neck and it was enough to cover my head like a hood.  To make a shorter or longer hooded cowl increase or decrease rounds.  To make a larger or smaller hooded cowl increase or decrease your starting chains.

This way it’s a hooded cowl.

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl

Try this hooded cowl with the new Caron Cakes and Sweet Roll yarn and see what you can come up with.

This one was made with Sweet Roll in Wild Cherry Swirl.  I just love the names of these colors.  Makes me so hungry.

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl - Sweet Roll

I got a little carried away with the graphics and wanted something different.  My model was such a sport when I showed her surrounded by wolves.  This picture got me a few more orders also.  I made this hooded cowl with Homespun yarn by Lionbrand and I made 80 chains instead of 100 since it was bulky yarn and I still wanted a snug fit.  As you can see you can use any type of yarn with a slight modification of your starting chains and a larger hook if necessary.

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Two Toned Hooded Cowl

 

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Top 5 Crochet Styles 4U Patterns

In case you missed it I’m bringing you my Top 5 crochet patterns since I began crocheting.  I’ve always admired other crocheting patterns and ventured out on designing my very own Crochet Styles 4U patterns.  Designing a pattern is not always easy because I always get caught up in other patterns that I see online.  As of today I have over 1000 patterns saved in my Ravelry library. How many patterns do you have saved?  I know I’m not the only one with a massive crochet library, lol.

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Click the links below for the pattern.

Cutie Pie Boots Cuffs

Sweet Baby Blanket

Twist and Shout Dishcloth

Rainbow Twist Infinity Scarf

One Easy Scarf

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There’s a New Yarn in Town

Oh Thursday, my Facebook exploded with this new yarn Caron Cakes exclusively sold at Michaels‘.  Everyone was oohing and ahhing and running out to see if the yarn hit their Michaels.  Yep, I’m guilty of that but I called the store before I dashed out on lunch.  After I got over the shock of the pretty colors I read that it was on sale, Buy 2 and get one Free, that was it for me.  I already knew the colors I wanted after I received confirmation it was my location.  These colors are absolutely amazing.

 

Caron Cakes
Caron Cakes

Caron Cakes
Caron Cakes

These pretty babies are made from 80% acrylic and 20% wool and weigh in at a whopping 7.1 oz.  The colors are so vibrant  and it is gradient yarn.  On the pattern included on the package, shows the color change gradient when crocheting in rows.  It is very soft and fluffy.  If you crochet every day you will be able to tell the difference in this yarn.  I’ve seen this type of yarn online before being sold overseas at a much higher price, I can’t think of the name right now.  It was a good idea to make cakes instead of skeins and the variegated yarn sealed the deal.  The kicker was the acrylic/wool dynamic duo!  This was a great marketing idea for Caron Yarns.  I can see the popular US brands following suit.

Now, I waited before I actually wrote and published this post.  I wanted to read the different reviews after people worked with this yarn over the weekend.  The reviews were both good and bad.  Most of the bad reviews were on the color change and the price.  For me, the color change was not that bad and it all depends on the stitch that you use.

Caron Cakes Tester
Caron Cakes – Cherry Chip

The V Stitch seems to work up nicely for this wrap or poncho I’m making.  Haven’t decided what it will actually be as of yet.  The price for me is kind of high and I don’t think I will purchase again unless it’s on sale.  If you have the chance make sure you check this yarn out for yourself.

Happy Hooking.  Feel free to leave your thoughts on this yarn.

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Crochet Challenge Top

Ok, I have to admit again I often start projects and never complete them.  This is a personal challenge that I am trying to work on.  Since I’ve been told to stop jumping from project to project I challenged myself to complete the Simple Lace Summer Top on from CrochetNCrafts.  I loved the fact that this top looked classy and simple without shaping.

As the pattern stated you can use any yarn and hook size and I did just that.  As a further challenge for me, I used a thinner cotton yarn and went up a hook size.  I’ve never worked with Bernat Cotton-ish yarn and it was sale, yay!  Four skeins of Cotton Harvest (Burnt Orange) was used to complete my Crochet Challenge Top while I listened/watched the series of Scandal again.  That Olivia Pope is a force to be reckoned with.

Boom, pow, in about two weeks this lovely and airy top was created.  It took me actually three weeks to make because I was working on other projects in between.  This yarn will be perfect for any summertime top and will accommodate my many hot flashes.  It sure does suck getting old!

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Racey Lacey Top
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I think I fell in love with this sweater.  I’m already thinking about my next colors.  Make sure you check out CrochetNCrafts blog.   Hope you enjoyed this post and make sure you stop by Crochet Styles 4U (Facebook) or Crochet Styles 4U (Instragram).

Happy Hooking.

One Skein Skinny Scarf

One Skein Skinny Scarf
This will be a quick post on how to make a One Skein Skinny Scarf.  I had one skein of RedHeart Boutique Unforgettable yarn that I wanted to get rid off.  This is not my favorite yarn to use because it rips quickly and it’s not very forgiving when you have to rip apart.  My main complaint is finding knots in the skein but other than that it’s a very soft yarn to use and I love the gradual color changes.

I made this scarf in about two hours and used every bit of this yarn.

One Skein Skinny Scarf
Crochet Styles 4U One Skein Skinny Scarf

Supplies:   RedHeart Boutique Unforgettable Yarn

  • Sunrise (3.5oz/270yds)

Hook G – 4.25mm

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

Gauge:  4 ½ X 4 ½  = 7vst+2dc X 8 rows

Abbreviations:  ch – chain

dc – double crochet

vst – v-stitch (dc, ch1, dc)

Notes:  Ch3 counts as stitch

Instructions:

Row1:  Ch25, vst in 5th ch from hook, *skip 2chs, vst in next ch; repeat from * to last 2chs, skip 1ch, dc in turning ch, turn.

Row 2:  Ch3, vst in 1ch of each vst to last ch, dc in turning chain, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until skein is finished or desired length.

Weave ends.

Crochet Styles 4U One Skein Skinny Scarf
Crochet Styles 4U
One Skein Skinny Scarf

Crochet Styles 4U One Skein Skinny Scarf
Crochet Styles 4U
One Skein Skinny Scarf

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Twisted Textured Pillow

The Twisted Textured Pillow was inspired from the Statue of Liberty Pillow by RedHeart.  I thought it would be fun to design and make my own.  I love bright colors and I thought the orange and green would be nice for the summer.  Scroll on down for the pattern.

Twisted Textured Pillow

Supplies:  Big Twist Value Yarn –  6 0z/170gm

Colors:  Pumpkin and Lime

Crochet Hook: H(5mm)

16 X 16 Pillow Form

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

fpdc – front post double crochet

Notes:

Ch 3 counts as stitch.

Make sure your foundation chain is wide enough for your pillow by adding  or subtracting stitches.

Before you find your rhythm crochet a couple of rows and measure it against your pillow form just in case you need to make some adjustments.  Be sure to allow for the fluff (height) of your pillow.  In this example the square measured 16” and I was lucky that it stretched a bit.

Stitch count given once unless it changes.

Gauge:  4 X 4 = 15dc X 8 rows

I wouldn’t worry about the gauge so much

Instructions:

Multiples of 2 + 3

Make 2  (Should measure approximately 16 ½ X 16 ½)

Row 1:  (RS)  Ch 57, skip 3 chs (counts as st), dc in next st, dc in each ch to end, turn. (55)

Row 2:  (WS) Ch1, sc in same st, sc in next st to end, turn.

Row 3:  Ch3, *fpdc around dc one row below, dc in next st; repeat from * to end, turn.

Row 4:  Ch1, sc in same st, sc in next st to end, turn.

Row 5:  Ch3, *dc in next st, fpdc around dc one row below; repeat from * to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 6-53:  Repeat rows 2-5 12 times and end at row 5.

Finish off and weave ends.

With right sides together seam/whipstitch 3 sides.

*I single crocheted mine around*

Flip outside in and insert pillow form and seam/whipstitch last side.

Fluff and you are ready to show off your new Twisted Textured Pillow.

Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy pattern.  Please share on social media.

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Statue of Liberty Crochet Pillow

This will be a real quick post.

July is right around the corner (at the time of this post it’s here) and the end of school is now complete.  To kick off my first summer project I chose the Statue of Liberty Crochet Pillow by Michele Wilcox for RedHeart.  Being a native New Yorker I would be partial to the Statue of Liberty.  I must admit after living in NY for over 30 years I’ve never visited “ole lady liberty”.

Statue of Liberty Pillow (RedHeart)
Statue of Liberty Pillow (RedHeart)

My son constantly reminds me that I do not need anymore yarn.  I’ve made a conscience effort NOT to buy anymore yarn.  So far, so good.  I’m using what I have stockpiled around the house.  I look at my yarn as eye candy, he sees it as clutter, lmao.

All I needed were 16X16 pillow forms and of course I had quite the collection of the size needed.  No worries, they were on sale at the time.  Pillow forms can be found using the link below or at your favorite craft store.

My pillow was made quite differently as far as color choices.  The instructions were easy to follow and the project worked up quickly.  It took me four days to complete and that was because I’m working on other projects.

The pillow may look red but it’s really a magenta color.  That’s my handsome son below who looks thrilled to be holding a pillow.

Statue of Liberty Pillow
Statue of Liberty Pillow

He calls this the fakest smile ever.  This is the back of pillow that was done this way on purpose.  I figured if I got tired of looking at the front I can flip it for a different look.  Two pillows in one, hooray for me!

Statue of Liberty Pillow

Statue of Liberty Pillow

Redheart has over 100 free pillow patterns to chose from and don’t forget to check Pinterest, Craftsy and Ravelry.  You can find many and unique crochet pillow patterns.

As always, Happy Hooking and please make sure you share on social media.

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