Monday, October 31, 2011

Nesting Bowl Trio - Free!

I'm not going to lie: I *love* finding a free crochet pattern. And since I love free patterns so much, and since I write patterns, I'm compelled to offer the free pattern every now and then. :) 

The Nesting Bowl Trio is the first! It's one of the few patterns I've documented in progress, so I thought it was fitting it be first.

And now, scroll through the excessive pictures of these bowls to get to the *pattern*!!

Now that you've gotten some visual inspiration, check out the pattern below!!
(PS- Sharing is great, so share away! That's why the internet works. I'd appreciate if you linked back to my site if you want to share this pattern on yours. Many thanks!)

Nesting Bowl Trio © Jessica Turner 2011

Finished Size – Varies

Cotton or Jute yarn in color of choice
Appropriate size hook
Scissors & Yarn Needle

To Begin,
Ch2, in first ch work...
Rnd1- 12dc around. Join with slst to first dc.
Rnd2- ch2, dc in same space. *2dc in each st around * (24 dc). Join with slst to first dc.
Rnd3- ch2, dc in same space. *1dc in next stitch, 2dc in next * around. (36dc)

Small Bowl:
Rnd4- ch2, dc back loop only in next stitch and in each around (36 dc). Join with slst to first dc.
Rnd 5- ch1, sc in same space. *Tr in next st, sc in next st * around ending with a sc (or a sl st into first sc). Fasten off

Medium Bowl:
Rnd4- ch2, dc in same sp. *dc in next 2 st, 2dc in 3rd st. * repeat around (48 dc). Join with sl st to first dc.
Rnd5- ch2, dc in black loop only in next stitch and in each stitch around. (48dc) Join with slst to first dc.
Rnd6- *ch3, skip 2 st, sl st in next st around.
Rnd7- sl st into ch2 of 3ch loop of prev round. *Ch3, sl st into ch loop of prev round. * around. Sl st into first sl st. fasten off.

Large Bowl:
Rnd4- ch2, dc in same sp. *dc in next 2 st, 2dc in 3rd st. * repeat around (48 dc). Join with slst to first dc.
Rnd5- ch2, dc in same sp. *dc in next 3 st, 2dc in 4th st. * repeat around (60 dc). Join with sl st to first dc.
Rnd6- ch2, dc in black loop only in next stitch and in each stitch around. (60dc) Join with sl st to first dc.
Rnd7- ch2, dc in each around (60dc). Join with sl st to first st.
Rnd8- *ch 4, skip 3dc, sl st in 4th st * around. Sl st into first ch st.
Rnd9- in each ch4 loop work *sc, 2hdc, sc, sl st into sl st of prev round * around. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

More Miniature!

This week I dedicated my Monday & Tuesday to more miniature crochet!

Itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, cutesy red crocheted bikini

My *favorite* is the party garland. Oh- so festive and fun! And the bikini cracks me up a bit. The ear-hats are super trendy right now, and how bout that teensy little purse? And the matchy hats for twins or BFFs? Delightful!

These boogers are destined for an Ebay Auction! I'll let you know when that happens and you can make 'em yours!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Crochet ADD (WIP)

The other day I was reading an interview with Etsy's featured seller: Roots and Feathers when I saw this picture:

Image courtesy of rootsandfeathers
Okay, so I actually saw the picture first *then* read the interview (I scan the pictures first to judge if it's something I want to read). Aside from l.o.v.i.n.g her style, I really started coveting that perfect little granny-square throw draped over her chair. Gorgeous! And, being me, I started to mentally calculate how much yarn I'd need and whether I should use cotton or wool.

But, NO!
I cut the musings short, I fought the temptation to be excessive. I already *have* a blanket project.

Remember this one? It's my "Bed of Roses" blankie. It's growing and growing....

...and looking gorgeous on my bed.

I've made some tweaks to the size. 8 squares wide and 11 deep. I've also finished up a skein of each color and can now tell you that 1 skein of my red goes toward 11 roses, and 1 skein of my silver goes toward 16 squares.

In short: I'm going to need more yarn. Oh, drat. ;)

Like my stash basket? Me too. Here's the free pattern, available from the Purl bee.
I love their website, gorgeous colors!

I love my rosie blanket. And I'm trying to remind myself of that when faced with temptation to put it on hold (ie, ditch it) to make a different blanket that I'll likely end up ditching. I must break the Crochet-ADD cycle!



Monday, October 24, 2011

Moo. (Hats!)

Over the weekend I took on a commissioned hat. The task: make a moo-cow hat for my neighbor's sweet daughter. The result: super cute hat for a super cute girl!

Nope, the pattern is *not* available in my shop. From my brain this pattern came and there it shall remain.

If you like hats (they seem to be the trend right now), check out my other blog posts featuring them: Miniature Hats, Dino & Doggy Hats, Pumpkin Hats, & Beard Hats!

Happy Crocheting!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Miniature Artisan Hats by Purple Chair Crochet

Check this out!

A "lot" of 4 artisan crochet hats made by Purple Chair Crochet (that's me!). I'm not the seller, but it's cool to see your own work being showcased by someone else (Hey, isn't that what I do on my blog? What goes around comes around...).

Every now and then I'm asked for custom items. Generally I shy away from committing to something I wouldn't ordinarily make, but the past month or so I've been accepting. We'll see where it goes! If you're interested in the above hats (aren't they cuuuuuute?!) you still have 4 days left to bid! They'd make great Christmas ornaments, no? 

(Ew, did I just say "Christmas" before Halloween is even over?! I'm ashamed.)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sweet Home (Fantastic Finds)

These Etsy sellers know that nothing makes your home sweet like some cozy crochet!
Image courtesy of AnaidDesigns
 Love the colors of this gorgeous area rug! Cute puppy-dog too. ;)
Image courtesy of bloomorganics
I *need* one of these for my slimy soap! So handy!

Image courtesy of BombshellBelle
I *love* flowers! Flowers and crochet are like peanut butter and jelly.

Image courtesy of cocosheaven
You can't have too many baskets! Love the details on these.

Image courtesy of CraftyAnna
Such a clever idea (eco-friendly, too!) and it looks like it would make cleaning my floors a joyous event rather than a mundane chore.

Image courtesy of daintyloops
Fun design! Reminds me of a mum, which are quickly becoming my favorite flowers. I can totally see this in my house (that's a hint, Charming Husband).
Image courtesy of lacasadecoto
As a mom with young kids, I'm on the floor a lot. So I'd totally appreciate a floor pouf or two! And they're preeeetty!

Image courtesy of MadeByMo
This would look awesome in my kitchen! Love that turquoise color too.

Image courtesy of towho
Simplicity, check. Stripes, check. Happy yellow, check. Two tones of grey, check. Perfect.

Image courtesy of PhoenixFinery
I just love the basket stitch! And the green and yellow colors! Delightful! (And "YES!" to Jane Austen!)

Image courtesy of HooksAndBobbins
A perfect hot-pad to adorn your kitchen and save your finger tips from 1st degree burns. 

Pattern available at PurpleChairCrochet
Currently my "Mary-Jane Moccasin" house shoes are making my home experience quite sweet indeed. 

What crochet is essential for your home? Leave a comment below!