Monday, January 28, 2013

Pinterest Crochet Boards

I use Evernote as my go to note taker and to save links and webpages so that I can easily find them. I didn't think I would find Pinterest useful to me. Even so, with encouragement and an invitation from a friend, I decided to sign up. I haven't been on very long, but I really do like it! I love that I can easily organize all my pins into relevant boards. I've set my boards into different crochet categories and now I can easily find patterns, gadgets, tools, and amazing crochet projects all from a photo pin.

My newest discovery is this picture of Bette Davis crocheting. I love the movie "The Letter" that she stars in. Throughout the movie she crochets a shawl (which she refers to as "making lace"). It starts from a small motif and she works on it throughout the movie. It's one of my favorites! If you haven't seen this movie, check it out, it's a classic and will keep you in suspense to the very end.

If you've been reluctant or undecided about joining Pinterest, go ahead and give it a try - you might like it! Let me know and I'd be happy to send you an invitation. I'm also interested to know how you use Pinterest.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

An Early Valentine Just For You! Candy Heart Crochet Pattern

These candy conversation hearts are cute embellishments that can be sewn to purses, bags, hats, scarves, or whatever you like! You can also sew on a pin back to make very cute and easy Valentine pins.

Candy Hearts Valentine Appliques Crochet Pattern
Small amounts of worsted (medium) weight yarn in these colors: coral, light blue, mint green and shocking pink for the edgings.
Size F (3.75mm) crochet hook
Fabric Puffy Paint in medium pink color
Small paint brush

Gauge: 1 inch = 5 sc
Finished size: Heart measures 3 x 3 inches when completed, including the edging.

Special stitches: rev sc (reverse single crochet). For right handed crocheters - Instead of working from right to left like you normally do for single crochet, rev sc is worked from left to right and the stitch is made exactly the same way as a single crochet stitch. Insert the hook into a row end, yo and pull up a loop (you will have 2 loops on your hook) yo, and pull through both loops on hook. 1 rev sc made. Now, insert your hook into the row end to the right of your previous stitch and continue working this way. Lefties - work the stitches opposite to the above instructions.

Row 1 (RS): ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook (1 sc)
Row 2: ch1, turn, 3 sc in sc (3 sc)
Row 3: ch1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc (5 sc)
Row 4: Repeat row 3 (7sc)
Row 5: ch 1 turn, sc in each sc (7sc)
Row 6: Repeat row 3 (9sc)
Row 7: ch 1 turn, sc in each sc (9sc)
Row 8 and 9: Repeat row 3 (11sc, 13 sc)
Row 10: ch 1 turn, sc in each sc (13 sc)
Row 11: ch 1, turn, sc in next 6 sc, sk next, sc in next 6 sc (12 sc)
1st bump of heart:
Row 12: ch 1, turn, sc in next 6sc, leaving rem sc unworked (6 sc)
Row 13: ch 1, turn, sc dec over next two sc, sc in next 4 sc (5 sc)
Row 14: Repeat row 13 (4 sc)
Row 15: ch 1, turn, sc dec over next two sc twice (2 sc) Fasten off.

2nd bump of heart:
Row 1: With RS of heart facing you, attach yarn with a sc in top of row 11. sc in next 5 sc (6 sc)
Row 2 to 4: Follow Row 13 to 15 instructions. (5 sc, 4 sc, 2 sc) Fasten off and weave in ends.

Edging: Beginning at the bottom of the heart attach shocking pink yarn with a sc. Work a rev sc into each end around the heart. (See Special Stitches for instructions.) Fasten off and weave in ends.

Adding the words:
Make a sample swatch and practice a bit to get the hang of it. Using a small brush and the puffy fabric paint outline the letters you wish to add to your heart. Go over them several times with the paint brush until you have solid lines. Now you will once again go over your letters, but use the paint directly from bottle. Squeeze slowly while holding the bottle slightly above the fabric so the paint “drops” a bit. This will give the 3D “puffy” effect to the words. Set aside and allow to dry according to your paint instructions, usually 24 hours.

Abbreviations used in this pattern:
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
sc dec - single crochet decrease
rem - remaining
rev sc - reverse single crochet
sk - skip
RS - right side of fabric (the side you want to be seen)
yo - yarn over

I hope you enjoy making this pattern as much as I have and Happy Valentine's Day!

Photos and content © 2013 Red Berry Crochet. This pattern is intended for your personal use only. 
Please do not copy, redistribute or sell this pattern. 
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For a free pdf download of this pattern, click here

Monday, January 7, 2013

Hello 2013!

It's amazing how fast 2012 has flown by! It was a very busy year for me and I have some incredible news to share - which I will be posting as soon as I can. (Pssst! Lots of new designs ;)

No matter what project designs I'm working on I always have the idea in my head that there must be a way to make the process easier. From my original sketches and working copies of a pattern, to editing photos of the design and polishing the completed design, keeping everything organized is key. But what exactly does that mean, and how does a crocheter accomplish such a feat? In forthcoming blog posts I will be sharing tips and describing some of the software that I use to make it happen.

Until next time - Happy Crocheting!