Sunday, December 30, 2012

Victorious Cowl

Last year a friend of mine asked me if I could try out some yarn for her. She was becoming more and more dissatisfied with not getting the yarn she wanted in the colors that she wanted, so like any crafter she said to herself, "why don't I just do it myself." She found some bulk untouched merino/bamboo yarn that she thought would do the trick, she gave me some to play with and this is the design that came out of it.  A year later she has come to the point where she is getting better and better at dying, and someday she will get enough stashed to sell and help out her weaving classes. If you would like to read about her adventures you can find her here. She loves to travel, craft with yarn (weave and knit), and buy paintings. She would love for you to come see her.

Now about the cowl, it is one long piece with buttons on one end. The double crochet makes the button holes naturally. The pattern is intermediate, but it is a simple pattern if you are familiar with post stitches and and crossover stitches. It is very versatile it can be worn over the shoulder, or like a bandanna. When it is really cold I have even been know to where it as a head scarf.

 

 Victorious Cowl 

Design by Julia Schwartz

Yarn : laceweight: 50% Superwash Faulkland British Merino wool, and 50% bamboo.
875 yds/100g skein.

Hook size: D

Notions: 6: ½ inch black buttons, yarn needle

Gauge: 7 in.  by 32 in. 8 stitches equal 1 in. 4 rows equal 1 in.

Row 1:Ch 4, 58 foundation dc. (59 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 3, 58 dc across. (59 stitches)

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in the next 3 dc, *fpdc in the next 3 stitches, dc in 2 dc* repeat 3 more times, fpdc in the next 3 stitches, dc in the next 5 dc*fpdc in the next 3 bpdc, dc in the next 2 dc* repeat 4 more times, dc in the last 2 dc.

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in the next 3 dc, * bpdc in 3 fpdc of previous row, dc in next 2 dc*, repeat 3 times, bpdc in the next 3 dc,  dc in the next 5 dc, bpdc in the next 3 dc, *dc in the next 2 dc, bpdc in the next 3 dc,* repeat 4 times, dc in the last 4 dc.

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in the next four dc,* dc in bpdc, 1 fpdc in the same dc as the last dc just made, fpdc in next 2 fpdc, skip next 2 dc, fpdc in the next 3 fpdc, 1 dc in the same fpdc as the last fpdc  just made, dc in next 2 dc, *repeat once, dc in next bpdc, 1 fpdc in the samebp dc as the last dc just made, fpdc in next 2 fpdc, skip 1 dc, dc in next 3 dc, skip 1 dc, fpdc in the next 3 fpdc,* I dc in same fpdc as the last fpdc just made, dc in next 2 dc, dc in fpdc, fpdc in same bpdc,  fpdc in next 2 fpdc, skip 2 dc,  fpdc in the next 3 fpdc,*repeat once,  dc in fpdc just used, dc in last 4 dc.

Row 6: Ch 3, dc in the next 4 dc, *skip 3 fpdc, bpdc in next 3 fpdc, go back to skipped fpdc, bpdc in the 3 skipped fpdc, dc in the 4 un-worked dc* repeat,  1 dc in fpdc, bpdc in same stitch, bpdc in next 2 bpdc, skip 1 dc, dc, skip 1 dc, bpdc in next 3 fpdc, 1 dc in fpdc just used, *dc in next 4 dc, skip 3 fpdc, bpdc in next fpdc, go back to skipped fpdc, bpdc in the 3 skipped fpdc, * repeat, dc in last 5 dc. (this row will have an extra stitch)

Row 7: Ch 3,* dc in the next 4 dc, fpdc in the next 6 bpdc* repeat, dc in next 5 dc, dc in bpdc, fpdc in same bpdc just used, fpdc in next 2 bpdc, skip 1 dc, fpdc in next 3 bpdc, 1 dc in bpdc just used, dc in next 5 dc,* fpdc in next 6 bpdc, dc in next 4 dc* repeat, dc in last dc. (this row will have an extra stitch)

Row 8: Ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, skip 1 dc,* 3 bpdc in the next fpdc, dc in last fpdc just used and the next fpdc, dc in the next fpdc, bpdc in the fpdc just used, bpdc in the next two fpdc, skip dc, dc in next 2 dc, skip 1 dc* repeat but don’t skip 1 dc in the end of the repeat, dc in next 3 dc, skip 3 fpdc, bpdc in next 3 fpdc, go back to skipped fpdc, bpdc in skipped fpdc, dc in next 5 dc, bpdc in next 3 fpdc, 1 dc in last fpdc just used, 1 dc in the next fpdc, bpdc in same fpdc just used, bpdc in next 2 fpdc, skip dc, dc in 2 dc, skip dc, bpdc in next 3 fpdc, 1 dc in last fpdc just used, 1 dc in the next fpdc, bpdc in same fpdc just used, bpdc in next 2 fpdc, skip 1 dc, dc in next 4 dc.
                                                                   
Row 9 : Ch 3, dc in the next 3 dc, *Fpdc in 3 bpdc of previous row, dc in next 2 dc*, repeat 2 times, fpdc in the next 3 bpdc,  dc in the next 5 dc, fpdc in the next 6 bpdc, dc in the next 5 dc, fpdc in the next 3 bpdc, dc in next 2 dc, repeat 3 more times, dc in last 2 dc.

Row 10: Ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, *bpdc in 3 fpdc of previous row, dc in next 2 dc* repeat 2 times, bpdc in next 3 fpdc, dc in next 4 dc, skip 1 dc, bpdc in next 3 fpdc, dc in space between dc just used and 1 dc in next fpdc, bpdc in next 3 fpdc, skip 1 dc, dc in next 4 dc,* bpdc in next 3 fpdc, dc in next 2 dc* repeat 3 more times, dc in last 2 dc.

Row 11:Ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, *dc in bpdc, fpdc in bpdc just used, fpdc in next 2 bpdc, skip 2 dc, fpdc in next 3 bpdc, dc in bpdc just used, dc in next 2 dc*repeat, dc in dc, skip dc, fpdc in next 3 bpdc, dc in bpdc just used, dc, dc in next bpdc, fpdc in same bpdc, fpdc in the next 2 bpdc, skip 1 dc, dc in next 3 dc, *dc in bpdc, fpdc in the same bpdc, fpdc in the next 2 bpdc, skip 2 dc, fpdc in next 3 bpdc, dc in bpdc just used, dc in next 2 dc* repeat, dc in last 2 dc.

Row 12: Ch 3, dc in the next four dc, skip 3 fpdc, bpdc in next 3 fpdc, go back to skipped fpdc, bpdc in the three skipped fpdc, dc in the 4 unworked dc, skip 3 fpdc, bpdc in next 3 fpdc, go back to skipped fpdc, bpdc in the 3 skipped fpdc, dc in the next 3 dc, skip 1 dc, bpdc in 3 fpdc, 1 dc in fpdc just used, bpdc in fpdc just used, dc in next 3 dc, 1 dc in fpdc, bpdc in next 2 fpdc, dc in next 3 dc, dc in fpdc, skip 1 dc, dc in next 3 dc, * skip 3 fpdc, bpdc in next fpdc, go back to skippedfpdc, bpdc in the 3 skipped fpdc,dc in next 4 dc* repeat. Dc in last dc.

Row 13: Ch 3,* dc in the next 4 dc, fpdc in the next 6 bpdc* repeat, dc in next 3dc, fpdc in next 3 bpdc, dc in next 5 dc, fpdc in next 3 bpdc, dc in next 3 dc, * fpdc in next 6 bpdc, dc in next 4 dc* repeat, dc in last dc.

Row 14: Row 8: Ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, skip 1 dc,*  bpdc in the next 3 fpdc, dc in last fpdc just used, dc in the next fpdc, bpdc in the fpdc just used, bpdc in the next 2 fpdc, skip dc, dc in next 2 dc, skip 1 dc* repeat but don’t skip 1 dc in the end of the repeat, bpdc in the next 3 fpdc, dc in next 5 dc, bpdc in next 3 fpdc, *dc in 2 dc, skip dc, bpdc in next 3 fpdc, 1 dc in last fpdc just used, 1 dc in the next fpdc, bpdc in same fpdc just used, bpdc in next 2 fpdc, skip 1 dc*repeat, dc in next 4 dc.
                                                                   
Repeat rows 3– 14 till it reaches 32 inches

Edging: Sc around the whole edge of the cowl.

Sew on the 6 buttons equally across row 1.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Card Boxes


When the Christmas season starts winding down, and the Christmas card pile is over flowing I often have a hard time putting things away for the next season, and heaven forbid throw some of those cards away. I have a simple craft for you that will help you not feel so guilty about those cards.

I used to make these as a little girl so I know they are easy. First step is to separate the front and back of the card. Second with a pencil and ruler, draw a line an inch from both sides of the card on the front and the back. Then make a mark an inch and a half down the line on each side.Cut on the line till the mark, then fold the cards on the line.
Once that is done you will fold the cuts toward the center of the card. Pull up the larger flap around the cut flaps and fold it over. If needed put a piece of tape in the inside of the box.
These boxes can be used for boxing up little presents and storing little treasures.