Crocheted Rainbow Bracelet

Just wanted to quickly share this little bracelet that I made for Kaylee in rainbow colors…

Rainbow Bracelet Crochet Pattern
Gather the rainbow in embroidery floss:

Starting with red, chain until you have the right size for the wearer
Still with red, sc in second chain from hook, and in every chain to the end
Sc a row in each color until you have completed the rainbow.
Tie the ends into a secure knot!

Spring Time Hat!

My daughter recently asked me to make her a new hat, so she picked out the yarn, and I got started. I was going to make an earflap hat like I’ve done in the past, and I had it nearly finished, when I decided that she needed a different look, not only because she is growing up, but because spring is coming! So I took apart all my work and started from scratch. I made this pattern based on a conversation that I had on the train with another crocheter, and I LOVE how it turned out!

Ready for Spring Brimmed Hat
This pattern made a good hat for my almost eight year old.
Warning – I used VERY chunky yarn, and I crochet loosely.
Yarn Used: Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Yarn
Hook Size: H hook
Round 1. Ch 4, join to form loop, ch 3, 11 dc in loop, join
Rounds 2 – 6. Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, *skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc* repeat from * to end, join at end.
Rounds 7 – 8. Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, *skip next two dc, 3 dc in next dc* repeat from * to end, join at end.
Round 9 – 10. Ch 1, sc in each st around, join at end
Round 11. Ch 2, dc in each st around, join at end
Here is where it gets tricky to make the slight bill/brim, bear with me…
Round 12. Ch 1, sc in next 22 st, in next st *3 dc, skip 1 stich* repeat from * 6 times, sc in remaining 22 st
Round 13. Slip stich in each sc to bill, work a sc in each dc stich, then slip stich the remainder around.
Weave ribbon through the double crochets from round 11, a tie the ends into a bow near the front

Crocheted Boot Cuffs

I had:
-some extra yarn in my backpack from a project
-no project to work on during a 45 minute train ride
-and a cold draft rushing down my boots
Which birthed this quick/easy/messy pattern:

With 1st Color, ch 43, (or a ch that fits around you midcalf)
Round 1: dc in 3rd from hook, dc in back of each ch (there will be a ‘split’ at bottom)
Round 2: join 2nd color, slip st in very first dc, ch 3, dc in each dc around
Round 3-10: pick up next color, ch 2, dc in each dc around
(add more rows if needed, until the piece reaches your needs.)
Use a tapestry needed to weave in ends, and fix slit in the bottom.
Ch 100 or so, and weave the chain though the top to tie into a bow around your leg.

Crocheted Fruit Cozy

My fruit was getting bashed up in my backpack, simple solution, make a fruit cozy!

Fruit Cozy
Start: Ch 4, join to form a loop
Round 1: ch 3, 9 dc in loop, join
Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each dc, join
Round 3: ch 2, 2 dc the 1 dc around, join
Round 4-6: ch 2, 1 dc in each dc, join
Round 7: slip st in each dc around
-to make it striped, switch colors at the beginning of each round.

Happy Birthday to Me.

Today is my birthday, I’m still in my late 20’s, and the birthday gifts I’m receiving this year are the only ones I want; to spend time with people I love. I already had my official ‘party’ when my brother came for a visit last week, and of course the only reason to have an official party is eat birthday cake, YUM!

The gift I’m giving myself is one that I’ve been working on for a while. To let me be myself. To stop trying to fit in to the society around me, and just be me. There are many things I’m changing about myself, or my lifestyle, or my family, and over the last year, through reading books and blogs of other urban homesteaders, it’s nice to realize there are many people who, like me, are trying to simplify their life and reconnect with nature. I’ve gained many insights and ideas, one of which is going barefoot. When I first read about ‘going barefoot’, I of course loved the idea, having gone barefoot around the house all my life, but this was different, this was going barefoot Everywhere. I was shy about it at first, but now, as weather allows, I am almost constantly barefoot… at home, on the way to work, on the train, at work, on the way home, on the bus, on the way to stores, on our family evening walks. It took a while to build up the endurance of my soft feet, but it was worth it. Barefeet is only one way that I’m breaking out of the mold of this culture of consumers, but it’s the most visible one. I continue to learn and grow, challenging the ideas that we were raised with, something I hope that we can all do, turning away from the culture of big business and turning toward the values of a humbler and greener society.

While on this note of barefoot, I made these barefoot ‘sandals’ from a free pattern I saw here: Bohemian Barefoot Sandals . For the girls’ I didn’t crochet the last row, shortened the ties for their shorter legs, and free handed a crocheted flower to attach to the toe loop. We love our fun and fancy free non-shoes!

From the Expression Fiber Arts website:
Bohemian Barefoot Sandals – Free Crochet Pattern
Yarn: Basic cream worsted weight cotton (didn’t have the brand name, it was just a cone of yarn and it only takes a wee bit. Not very many yards at all.)
Hook: H/8 – 5.00mm
-Ch 11, join with a sl st in the first ch to form a ring.
-Ch 4, 2 dc in 3rd chain from hook. Turn.
-Ch 2. Dc in same st as the ch 2 is coming from and in each dc across. Dc in ch 2 from previous round. So you’ve just increased 1 st. Turn.
-Repeat that last row 3 x more for a small woman’s foot. Repeat as many times as needed for a larger foot, until it nearly reaches the ankle.
-Ch 100. Tie off.
-Attach yarn to other point of triangle and chain 100.
-Weave in all ends. Wrap around foot and enjoy looking earthy and chic!
Make a second one. Or you can run around with only one foot adorned. HE HE! It’s up to you. Matters not to me!