Tag Archives: Patterns

Yeah, Toast!

18 Jul




I didn’t like any of the free patterns I found for toast, so I made up my own.

nom nom nom


I used an “H” hook and some cotton yarn in cream and dark brown.

TOAST (make 2):

ch13, turn

1: 12 hdc, ch2, turn

2: 12 dc, ch1, turn

*repeat rows 1+2 two more times*

3: with “crust” color: sc, hdc, dc, tr, dc, 2hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sc, FO.


With “crust” color, sc the two pieces together, working 3sc into each corner and repeating row 3 along the top edge.  Stuff lightly if desired.


Now then.




Oh yeah, and you should probably watch this:


Free Pattern Friday: Linius Prime

21 Jan

For your hooking pleasure, a tiny ami (is that redundant?) known as Linius Prime (inspired by Peanuts character Linus):

You’ll need:

– A “G” hook

– yarn in the following colors: skin, black, red, brown, blue


1:USING SKIN COLOR:  sc 6 in a magic circle

2: increase to (3sc, sc-inc around) (30st)

3: sc around x2 (30 st each)

4: (3sc, sc-dec) around

5: (4sc, sc-dec) around

6: (sc, sc-dec) around

7: sc-dec around

8: stuff head

9: sc around (6 st)

10: SWITCH TO RED & sc-inc around (12)

11: sc around

12: (sc, sc-inc) around (18)

13: sc around & sc-inc on last stitch (19)

14: sc around x2

15: SWITCH TO BLACK & sc around

16: sc-dec around until gap is almost closed, stuff, pull tight & FO.

With one strand of black yarn, embroider stripes on Linius Prime’s Shirt

he kinda looks like Marty McFly in this pic, doesn't he?

LEGS (make at least two):

1: WITH BROWN: 6sc in a magic circle

2: sc around

3: SWITCH TO SKIN COLOR & sc around 3x, FO leaving long tail for sewing.


ARMS: (make at least two, more if you’re feeling particularly frisky):

1: WITH SKIN COLOR: 6sc in a magic circle

2: sc around x2

3: SWITCH TO RED & sc around x3, FO leaving long tail for sewing.



1: WITH LIGHT BLUE: make a swatch: 10sc across x 12 rows, FO.



– WITH ONE STRAND OF BLACK: embroider Linius Prime’s hair, face, and the stripes on his sleeves.

– WITH LIGHT BLUE: sew the blankie to one side of Linius Prime’s body (as shown).

-WITH THE APPROPRIATE COLOR: sew one arm posed to hold the blankie close to Linius’s face and the other arm so it looks like he’s sucking his thumb.  Sew on both legs.

-Compare the two pictures:


Regular Linus

Linius Prime

Happy Friday, everyone!  })i({

Sometimes a Bookmark is Just a Bookmark

28 Sep

I wanted to make Husband a bookmark, but I didn’t think my frou-frou flowery pattern was going to cut it, so I dug deep into the depths of CPC, my go-to site for free patterns, & found this awesome little thing:

Which, in context, looks like this:

(Yes, that’s a copy of Ethics for Behavior Analysts, and yes, I’ve read it.  I had to flip through a few pages to find one that wasn’t already highlighted or written on…  *sigh* I’m such a nerd).  Anyway.  Cute, right?  Well, I liked the little wheely pattern so much that I changed it a bit and turned it into this:

A headband!  Yay!

Now everyone is happy!  Husband likes his new bookmark, and I’m thrilled with my new hair accessory.  Hooray world!  })i({

(To change the pattern to a headband, just follow it as written, then, when you get to the end, instead of FO’ing and making a tassel, ch 20 (or however many will make it big enough for your head) & sl st to the other side to make a circle.  Easy Peasy! )

Handy Dandy Crochet Guide: Abbreviations

14 Sep

My sister in law over at With Duck and Goose has requested a beginner’s guide to crochet, and as I am (still) avoiding my sock tutorial, I shall willingly oblige!  I started out thinking this was going to be one post, but I do believe it’s going to turn into a series… there are just way too many warm fuzzies involved in crochet to squish them into one little post.

I’ll start with some basic abbreviations, complete with links to video tutorials.


sc = single crochet (nice, tight stitch often used for stuffed animals, dishcloths, & as foundation stitches)

dc = double crochet (a pretty little stitch, and one of the fastest to work up).

tr = triple/treble crochet (loose & airy; a row of these would be perfect to weave a ribbon or drawstring through)

sl st = slip stitch (often used to finish things off, or to move between stitches without leaving a visible stitch)

ch = chain (basic beginning stitch.  Most patterns begin with a foundation row of chains)

hdc = half double crochet (looks like a single, but with a bit more bulk)

There are tons more stitches, obviously, but most of the fancy ones are made up of combinations of the stitches listed above.  If a pattern calls for a stitch that isn’t one of the above listed, most likely the pattern will specify the abbreviations at the beginning.  For example, a pattern may have abbreviations in it like cl, or dtr, but it should tell you that cl stands for “cluster” and dtr for “double triple crochet.”  If you have an entire book of patterns, the abbreviation guide is often at the beginning of the book instead of before each pattern.

Some other handy abbreviations to know:

st = stitch

yo = yarn over (pull an extra loop of yarn onto your hook.  you’ll usually see this one in instructions for specific stitches)

sk = skip (used when you are to skip stitches in a pattern, usually with a number & stitch specification: “sk 2 dc” = “skip two double crochets”)

rep = repeat

rnd = round

sp = space

dec = decrease.  In a pattern you’ll see something like “sc-dec” or “dc dec,” which mean “single crochet decrease” and “double crochet decrease,” respectively). You may also see this written as “dc 2 tog”  or referred to as an “invisible decrease.”

inc = increase (same thing here… you’ll see a basic stitch attached: “hdc inc” or maybe “tr inc“)

lps = loops (Sometimes patterns call for you to crochet into a loop rather than a stitch, and this will be indicated).

tog = together

asterisks = repeat. Patterns are often made up of a few different series of stitches repeated a certain number of times.  If you see something off-set by asterisks (something like *dc, sk 2, dc in next 2 st*), it means that you should repeat the pattern (in this case, one double crochet, skip two stitches, two double crochets) until you reach the end of the row.

parenthesis = repeat a specific number of times. A number will be specified in the pattern.  This, then: (dc, sc, dc) x3  means that you should crochet a double-single-double pattern three times.  Be Careful! Sometimes a parenthesis is just a parenthesis (but it will always give you useful information, say, how many stitches total are in the row, or what piece of the finished project you’re currently working on).

And, because I know you’re excited about it, some insider crochet slang:

FO = finish off (as in, “you’re done, now weave in your ends”).  In Crochetlandia, you can also refer to your finished project as an FO.  (For example, when I ask you to send pictures of your FOs, I’m not interested in the last stitch you made… I want to see how your project turned out)!

Frogging = starting over.  A sad, sad experience during which you unravel some or all of your work (while weeping, usually) and start over.  Frogging can also mean fudging a pattern (ie: realizing you’re off the pattern & trying to save it without unraveling by adding random stitches), so “Melissa frogged the last six rows of her afghan” could either mean that poor, poor Melissa had to unravel six rows, or it could mean that she screwed up the pattern & altered the last 6 rows to try and save the project.  Either way, Melissa is frustrated and cranky, and probably in need of a glass of wine.

TRY OUT YOUR NEW SKILLS! Here’s a pattern for a thin cobble stitch (which could be a scarf if you repeat it enough, I suppose), followed by the longhand translation in italics.

1: ch 25, turn.  Crochet 25 chain stitches, then turn your piece around.  The end of your piece has just become the beginning.

2: sk 1ch, sc across, ch 1, turn.  Skip one chain, then single crochet in each of the remaining chains across.  Chain one and turn your piece around.

3: *sc, trc* (24), ch1, turn.  Alternate between single crochet and triple crochet across your row.  You should have 24 stitches when you reach the end of the row. Chain one and turn.

4: sc across, ch1, turn.  Single crochet across the row.  Chain one and turn your piece around.

5: (rows 3 & 4) 10x, ch1, turn.  Repeat rows three and four (in order) ten timesChain one and turn.

6: sc across, FO.  Single crochet across the row and finish off.

Anyway, there you go.  Let me know if there’s something I need to clarify, or something I left out that you’d like to see!  })i({

Crochet Drawstring Bag Pattern

27 Aug

Some of you have expressed interest in the pattern for this cute little bag:

So, here you go!  Let me know if anything needs to be fixed… I forgot to write down the bit about the handle & had to frog it!

For this pattern I used 2 balls of 88yds (50g) acrylic Dynasty Yarn (a very thin ribbon yarn) and a 6.0mm hook.


sc (single crochet), sc inc (single crochet increase), sc dec (single crochet decrease)

hdc (half double crochet)

trc (triple crochet)

mc (magic circle)

sl st (slip stitch)

Save yourself some energy (and tons of counting) by using a stitch marker!  You can buy fancy ones, but I just use a paper clip.  Hook your stitch marker on the last stitch of your row… even if you lose count you’ll still know where the “end” of the circle is!

Rnd 1: sc 6 in a mc

Rnd 2: sc inc around

Rnd 3: *sc, sc inc* around

Rnd 4: *2sc, sc inc* around

Rnd 5: *3 sc, sc inc* around

Rnd 6: *4 sc, sc inc* around

Rnd 7: *5 sc, sc inc* around

Rnd 8: *6 sc, sc inc* around

Rnd 9: *7sc, sc inc* around

Rnd 10: *8 sc, sc inc* around

Rnd 11-20 (12 rounds): dbl around

Rnd 21: *8sc, sc dec* around

Rnd 22: hdc around

Rnd 23: *7sc, sc dec* around

Rnd 24: hdc around

Rnd 25: *6sc, sc dec* around

Rnd 26-27: dbl around

Rnd 28: trc around

Rnd 29: hdc around; 5 trc in last st, chain 3, TURN. (this is the beginning of the handle)

Rnd 30-41: 4 trc, chain 3, TURN.

Rnd 42: attach handle to top of bag using sl st, FO.

Drawstring: Ch 100 (give or take, it depends on how loose you ch & how long you want the string to be) & FO; weave ch. through the row of trc.

DONE!  Easy-peasy pattern, and so cute!  The finished bag is about 7 inches wide by 7 inches deep (not counting the handle), but this will change depending on what kind of yarn you use & how tight your stitches are.   })i({