Busy busy busy

Now that one CAL is done, I have 3 projects well 4 to work on.  2 i’m designing, some stuff animals for an order and the Dutch CAL.  Which is introducing more new stitches.  I might be MIA but be patient.  A lot of time goes in and have a hard time, especially now trying to keep up.

Please keep checking back for update reviews and design patterns.  December is normally my do not crochet month and reorganize all the goodies and do inventory.  So hopefully I’ll be blogging a bit more.

I hope your thanksgiving will be wonderful and fullfilling.

 

My review on the ATB

ATB, shorthand for Around the Bases, was the most fun in working this design.   You pick out a center block you like and go with the designer’s rows.  16 innings which came out to 105 rows for me using Sophie’s universe as my center block.

With this blanket you can use any color scheme you like.  I used Caron Simply Soft in these colors with the number of skeins I used.

3 Robins Egg

2 Purple

2 Off White

1 Blackberry

2 SS Ombre Grape Purple

2 Autumn Maize

2 White

2 Bone

3 SS Ombre Teal zeal

The blanket covers my queen size bed so if you have a full it will drape nicely on the bed.

I did change up differnet stitches.  Instead of working the crab stitch in the center blocked, I worked BLO.  For the inning requiring bpsc, again worked BLO and created a “knitted” look.  Then the 2 inning requiring popcorn, I worked a puff stitch.

It does become tedious around the 11th inning.  Alot of sc’s worked.  I last estimated with my conversation with hubby, 3500 sc’s then stopped counting.  It was like ugh lol.

However I learned to do new stitches that I never did before.  The star, cables, Asian fans and the spike stitch.  The different stitching makes this blanket interesting and made you learn the new stitches we keep seeing.

Beginners feel intimated because of the new stitches.  Don’t feel that way.  For experienced it keeps you interested.

All in all, I enjoyed it for many reasons.  I noticed it can be manipulated to work out booboos with out frogging (this requires math and creative thinking and you know your inc and dec stitching.)  Color schemes, any thing will work.  You can change up the innings. and you can add innings as well.

I recommend anyone to do this blanket. So feel free to pop on over to the designer’s blog and start.  I hope you will share your blanket with the world 🙂

https://keitopalette.wordpress.com

 

 

ATB so far

I’m working the CAL ATB or known as Around The Bases.  I happen to get very interested in the project seeing other crocheters with their blocks that they chose for their centers and then the color schemes.  Even the most off the wall color scheme is making this blanket gorgeous.  So if you are working this blanket and you are the ones with off the wall colors, trust me, they are absolutely stunning.

The first inning, as the designer is calling each panels, is the shells.  Pretty much your basic double crochets (dc’s).  The 2nd inning, the popcorn stitch.  Now that particular stitch I’m not fond of just for the fact you drop your last loop, pick up the first and then pick up the drop loop.  Many times, when I’m being a mindless zombie, I lose that dropped stitch.  The 3rd inning was blocks.  No biggie.  Again simple dc’s.  The 4th…the star stitch.

Now I have seen this stitch on some of my favorite blog sites and facebook pages.  I had yet to do it because I haven’t found a pattern I liked.  So working on this CAL, I had the opportunity to learn a new stitch and in my group page, I posted “YOU must learn the STAR STITCH!!”  It is an absolutely stunning stitch and can be a great border stitch.

But in my research to post helpful links, I notice there are a few ways in doing it.  Some do the 2nd row with single crochet (sc’s), some with half double crochets (hdc’s) and even one with dc’s!!!  So I picked 2 of my favorite blog sites, Moogly and The Crochet Crowd to link up tutorials.

In the CAL, designer ChiChi, made her star stitch with hdc’s in her returning rows.  I did have issues with the corners on my first return, but that’s always a downfall with learning new stitches.  But once I got the hang of it the 2nd return was easy peasy.

So if you are looking for a border stitch the star stitch would be a lovely ending to any project.  I might even design a project with this stitch.  But I do have another design to finish before working on another.  (Stalking my mailman this week to get my skein in to finish it lol.)  So here are the links to learn the star stitch.

Moogly’s version:

http://www.mooglyblog.com/star-stitch-marguerite-stitch/

The Crochet Crowd with video.  (Mikey is great BTW for learning.)

http://thecrochetcrowd.com/crochet-star-stitch/

And if you like to join in this CAL here is ChiChi’s page:

https://keitopalette.wordpress.com/category/around-the-bases-cal-pattern/

Her version of the star stitch:

https://keitopalette.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/4th-inning/

I hope this helps you be less intimidated with this particular stitch.  And if you like to learn new stitches and have your basic sc’s, hdc’s and dc’s down and can read patterns, I do recommend to do her blanket.  You can stop at whatever inning you would like.  As far as I have gone, each panel can be ended nicely.  Even experience crocheters should jump on this to hone their stitches.  I’m looking forward to doing more innings and learning more.

BGF Hera

BGF Goat

Design by Melissa Brown

of Moosie’s Cottage

1 Skien of light brown (MC)

100 yrds of black (CC1)

1 yrd of drk brown (CC2)

1 yrd of light pink (CC3)

6mm eyes (2)

white felt

6mm nose

G hook

Abbrievations used

ch: chain

St (s): stitches

sc: single crochet

hdc: half double crochet

dc: double crochet

tc: treble crochet

sc2tog: single crochet together.  (use the next 2 stitches to make one stitch)

MC: main color

CC: color change

sl st: slip stitch

(you can make goat any color)

HEAD

Using MC ch 2.

Row 1:  6 sc in 2nd ch from hook

Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around(12 sc)

Row 3: Sc in next sc; 2 sc in next sc, around (18 sc)

Row 4-10: sc in each st.  (18 sc)

Row 11: sc in the next 2 sc; 2 sc in the next, around (24 sc)

Row 12:  sc the next 9 sc; hdc in the next 6 sc; sc in the next 9 sc (24 st)

Row 13: sc in the next 3 sc; 2 sc in the next sc, around (30 sc)

Row 14: sc in the next 12, hdc in the next 6 sc, sc in the next 12 sc (30 st)

Row 15: sc in each st. ( 30 sc)

Row 16: sc in the next 4 sc, 2 sc in the next st, around (36 sc)

Row 17-18: sc around (36 sc)

Row 19: sc in the next 4 sc, sc2tog around (30 sc)

Row 20: sc in the nexr 3 sc, sc2tog around (24 sc)

Row 21: sc in the next 2 sc, sc2tog around (18 sc)

Row 22: sc2tog around (9 st)

Leave long tail for sewing.

When stuffing the head, place nose in the center of the muzzle before stuffing.  Place eyes in between the hdc rows.  Before locking these pieces in place be sure it is where you like these.  The white felt is use as a back ground for the eyes.  You will need to fill to to make sure it is exactly what you want.  Do not close the head until the horns are completed and sewn to the head as well as the ears.  This makes it easier to blend the yarn.  Once the horns and ears are sewn, please closed the head.

BODY

MC ch2

Repeat rows 1-3 as above.

Row 4: sc in the next 2 sc; 2 sc in the next sc around (24 sc)

Row 5: sc in the next 3 sc; 2 sc in the next sc around(30sc)

Row 6-7: sc around (30 sc)

Row 8: sc in the next 4 sc; 2 sc in the next sc around (36 sc)

Row 9-14: sc around (36 st)

Row 15: sc in the next 4 sc; sc2tog around (30 st)

Row 16-17: sc in each st (30 sc)

Row 18: sc in the next 3 sc; sc2tog around (24 sc)

Row 19-22: sc around (24 sc)

Row 23: sc in the next 2 sc, sc2tog around (18 st)

Row 24: sc around (18 sc)

Row 25: sc2tog around (9 st)

Stuff body to desire fluffyness and close.

Leave long tail for sewing

HOOVES  (Need to make 4)

With CC1 (black) ch 2

Row 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook

Row 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc)

Row 3: sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc around (18 sc)

Row 4: sc in the next 5 sc; dc, tc, dc in the next 3 st. sc in the next 2 st.  dc, tc, dc in the next 3 st; sc in the remaining 5 sts.  (18 st)

Row 5-6: sc in each st arounf (18 sc)

LEGS

Row 1-2: with MC attach to the first sc of previous row of hoof.  sc in each st around (18 st)

Row 3: sc in the next sc; sc2tog around (12 st)

Row 4-13: sc in each st around (12 sc)

Leave tail for sewing.

Stuff legs to desire fluffyness and sew to body once the opening is closed.

TAIL MC

Row 1: Ch 5.  sc 2nd ch from hook; sc in remaining st (4sc)

Row 2: Sl st sc in same ch.  sc in the next 4.

Row 3: sc in the first st and sl st in remaining st.  FO.

Leave tail for sewing.  Sew to body

EARS  Make 2 Outer and Inner

OUTER EAR

MC ch 10

Row 1: sc in the 2 ch from hook. sc in remaining sts. Turn. (9 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1 sc in the next 8 st;2 hdc at last stitch.  Do Not Turn.  Working opposite side, 2 hdc in the next st.  sc in remaining sts.  (19 sts)

Row 3: sl st around the ear.  FO.  Leave tail for sewing.

INNER

With CC3 (pink) ch 10

Row 1: sc in the 2nd ch from hook and sc in remaining sts until you get to the last ch.  2 hdc in last chain and continue to work sc on opposite side of ch.  FO.  Leave tail for sewing.

Sew inner ear to outer ear.

COLLAR

With CC2 ch 4.  sc in 2nd ch from hook.  sc in remaining sts.  Turn (3 sts)

Row 2-17 ch 1; sc in each st.

Wrap collar around goat’s neck and sew to close.

HORNS

With CC2 ch 2.  4 sc in 2nd ch fron hook.

Row 1: sc in each st

Row 2-5 hdc in each st.

You do not need to stuff the horns.  This makes it easier to bend the horns to desire position.  This is the hardest part of the animal.

Sew all pieces together and enjoy BGF Goat.

*about the designer

I have been crocheting since I was 12.

I am a mom of 2 teens and yes own a farm.

This is my first written and sharable pattern and hope

you enjoy it.  The inspiration for this goat is actually from our farm, Bad Goat Farm, is our doe, Hera.  She is tan and the sweetest goat.  We do have a FB page of our farm and I also have a group called Moosie’s Cottage Crochet Corner.  As well as a business page Moosie’s Cottage.

So feel free to drop by and say hi.  And I hope you enjoy a little BGF in your home!.

Moosie’s Fans Cowl

Moosie’s Fans Cowl

Supplies:

1 skein Lion Brand Yarns Scarfie (color used (Forest/Black)

5 worsted, 5.3 oz, 312 yards 78% Acrylic 22% Wool

size I/9 5.5 MM hook

3 buttons of your choice

Tapestry needle

Special Stitch

Shell- 5 dc in stitch indicated.

Instructions:

Ch 45 sc.

Row 1: Insert hook 4th ch from hook.  Ch 3, 4 dc in same space.  *Skip 2 sc and sc in the next st.  Skip 2 and shell.*  Repeat until last stitch and shell in last chain. ( 8 shells made)

Row 2: Slip stitch in the first 2 dc.  *Shell in center (3rd dc) of shell from previous row. SCBP in sc.* repeat 7 times (8 shells made).

Row 3: Slip stitch in the first 2 dc.  *Shell in center (3rd dc) of shell from previous row. SCFP in sc*. repeat 7 times.

Row 4-50: repeat row 2 and 3.

Row 51: Slip stitch in the first 2 dc.  *Shell in center (3rd dc) of shell from previous row. SCFP in sc* repeat 4 more times.  +Dc in the next 2 dc, ch 2 ,skip dc, dc in the next dc.  SCFP in sc.+ repeat 2 more times. This creaters your 3 button holes.

Row 52: Ch 1, *sc in the first 2 dc, sc 2 times in the 2 ch sp, sc in the next 2 dc.  SCBP in sc.* repeat 2 times more.  +Sc in the next 5 dc, scbp in sc+ repeat until end and fasten off.  Weave ends

Place buttons on opppsite side of cowl, lining up with button holes, sew in buttons.

This pattern was created by Melissa Brown of Moosie’s Cottage.  Please do sell this pattern as it will be considered copyright infringement.  You can sell the products made from this pattern as long as you acknowledge the author.  If this is a paid pattern, please do not re-sell this pattern nor share in any and all social media which includes blogs unless permission is given by the author.  Do not do any video tutorial unless you have permission from the author.

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