FAN-tastic Friday Review #25

Here are the fabulous projects shared in last week’s FAN-tastic Friday. Keep sharing your fabulous work and don’t forget to load your Link Up Button (instructions at the bottom of the page)!

Join us each Friday to share your own work! Send me your project pictures (and if you like, a little story) in email at ThePatternParadise@gmail.com or post to my Facebook page!

The top 3 viewed projects:

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The #1 viewed project this week was this super cute Teddy Bear basket by Carolina from One and Two Company. You can find the pattern here.

The #2  viewed project this week was the Swing Dress/Tunic by Janaya from Charmed by Ewe.  You can find the pattern here.

#3 are these adorable creatures created by Forever Stichin. You can find the pattern here.

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Here are the other FAN-tastic projects shared, in no particular order:

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New Crochet Pattern – Summer Nights Cowl

Here is a pretty summer cowl that can add a little pop of color or dress up a plain top. It is a one skein pattern and works up very quickly. Add a few beads, pearls or a flower applique and make it unique! ~Maria~

Click here to add to your favorites and queue on Ravelry!

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Find the pattern in my Ravelry shop at the special sale price through Friday, August 15th (midnight eastern time).

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Crochet Scavenger Hunt Game & Giveaway!

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The game is the Crochet Scavenger Hunt hosted by MNE Crafts!

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There are lots of prizes to be obtained – for all the details and to meet the designers and vendors participating in the Crochet Scavenger Hunt, head on over to the first post!

 The BIG SCAVENGER HUNT will begin on Friday, August 8 and run through Monday August 11th…

But now wait for it … there are Crochet Scavenger Hunt mini-pregames with GREAT prizes! There is a clue hidden in today’s post for today’s Crochet Scavenger Hunt mini-pregame = the treasure hunt! Find the first clue and you’ll be on the hunt to gather ye treasures!

Crochet Scavenger Hunt! http://www.mnecrafts.com/2014/08/crochet-scavenger-hunt-game-rules-prizes.html

One of the treasures can be found on THIS blog – but you must start from the beginning with the first clue to the first blog’s treasure – read today’s post from MNE Crafts for the clue. Remember time is of…

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FAN-tastic Friday Review #24

Here are the fabulous projects shared in last week’s FAN-tastic Friday. Keep sharing your fabulous work and don’t forget to load you Link Up Button (instructions at the bottom of the page)!

Don’t forget to join us each Friday to share your own work! Send me your project pictures (and if you like, a little story) in email at ThePatternParadise@gmail.com or post to my Facebook page!

The top 3 viewed projects:

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The #1 viewed project this week was this lovely dishcloth by Shannon from The Hookeraholic Crochet. You can find the pattern here.

The #2  viewed project this week was the super cute Teddy Bear hat by Carolina from One and Two Company.  You can find the pattern here.

#3 is the funky Pop of Pink Vertical Stripe Chevron bag by Lorene from Cre8tion Crochet. You can find the pattern here.

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Here are the other FAN-tastic projects shared, in no particular order:

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For all that participated, thank you for sharing and don’t forget to grab your link up button here:  FF Link Button See our FAN-tastic board on Pinterest too! ________________________________________________________________

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FREE Crochet Pattern – Splish Splash!

The August Chameleon Hat, Splish Splash, finds itself at the beach. The brim has been transformed into a visor and it sports some fun sea creatures too!

Click here to add this pattern to your favorites & queue on Ravelry.

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This month’s Chameleon Hat is a celebration of summer and the beach. I modified the brim into a visor, to keep sun out of sensitive eyes and for a little fun I turned to Moogly for a nice collection of sea creature appliques. I added a starfish, jellyfish, coral and even a little crab that is trying to climb on board!

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Or, keep it simple with a flip-flop and starfish. Of course, you can embellish it any way you like or leave it plain too!

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Here are all the past versions of the Chameleon Hat.

~Maria~

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Instructions below are for Newborn – 3 month size. For other sizes, please download full pattern at bottom of this page. I used three main colors for the hat and then scraps for the appliques.

Slide1Join each round with sl st. Work instructions in [ ] as a set.
Newborn–3 months/Approximately 12 -14” 

Crown – Use Hook US G (4.0 mm)

Rnd 1: With Main Color, make a Magic Circle, ch1, work 8 hdc in center, join. Pull tail tightly to close loop. (8 hdc)

Rnd 2: Ch1, 2hdc in each st around, join. (16 hdc)

Rnd 3: Ch1, hdc in same st, 2hdc in next st, [hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st] around, join. (24 hdc)

Rnd 4: Ch1, hdc in same st, hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st, [hdc in next 2 sts , 2hdc in next st] around, join. (32 hdc)

Rnd 5: Ch1, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, [hdc in next 3 sts , 2hdc in next st] around, join. (40 hdc)

Rnd 6: Ch1, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in next st, [hdc in next 4 sts, 2hdc in next st] around, join. Your circle should be approximately 4 ¼” in diameter. (48 hdc)

Rnds 7 – 9: Ch1, hdc in each st around, join. (48 hdc)

 

Band – Use Hook US H (5.0 mm)

Rnd 1: With Color2, Ch1, starting in same st, [sc, skip 2, Shell in next st, skip 2] repeat around, join. (8 Shells)

Rnd 2: Join Color 3, ch3 (counts as dc), [sc in center of next Shell, Shell in next sc] repeat around, ending with 4 dc in beg st, join to top of beg ch3, sl st into next sc.

Rnd 3: With Color 2, repeat Rnd 2.

Rnd 4: Ch2 (counts as hdc), [hdc in next st, sc next 3 sts, hdc next 3 sts] around to end (last repeat ends with hdc), join. Fasten off.

 

Visor – Use Hook US G (4.0 mm)

Row 1: With the right side of the hat facing you, locate the front 15 sts of the hat and join your yarn in the first one, ch1, sc in same st, [2hdc in next st, hdc in next st] 6 times, 2hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next 2 sts, turn.

Row 2: skip first sl st, 2sc in next sl st, 2hdc in next st, hdc in each st to last 2, 2hdc in next st, 2sc in next st, sl st in next 2, turn.

Row 3: skip first sl st, sc next 2 st, 2sc in next 2 st, sc in each st to last 4 sts, 2sc in each of the next 2 st, sc last 2 st, sl st in next st and continue to sl st in each st around hat, across visor (where it connects to the hat). Join with sl st to beg sl st. Fasten off.

Flip Flop – Hook US G (4.00 mm)

Rnd 1: With First Color, ch10, 3sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, 7 dc in last st; working around other side of beg ch, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in last 3 sts, join.

Rnd 2: Ch1, 2sc in same st and 2sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc next 8 sts, 2sc in each of next 5 sts, sc next 8sts. Join. Fasten off.

With Second Color sl st in back loop only of Rnd 2.

To make straps at toes, with Third Color, join around 7th st to the right of center toe top, ch5, sl st around center st of Rnd 2, ch5, join around 7th st to the left of center toe. Sew in place on hat.

 

For Sea Creatures see:

http://www.mooglyblog.com/free-ocean-applique-crochet-patterns/ 

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FREE Crochet Pattern ~ Stitch’n Style Handbag Reveal!

I can’t believe that July went by so fast and that our Stitchin’ Style Handbag CAL is complete! I’ve enjoyed hosting this event with Janaya of Charmed by Ewe and Wendy of The Hooked Haberdasher and we hope you’ve had fun too! Below you will find the complete pattern, just in case you missed any of the weekly posts.   ~Maria~

 

***And now for the winners of the prize giveaway***

 

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Materials:

Approximately 600 yards of yarn, we used DK weight, but really you can use any yarn you want as long as you adjust the hook size

  • A 3.75mm/US F crochet hook
  • ½ yard – 1 yard of lining fabric (optional, but we recommend it)
  • Iron on interfacing strip (optional, but we recommend it)
  • Basic crochet tools such as a yarn needle and scissors
  • A good attitude and fun spirit!

 

How to read this pattern

  • a. Asterisks indicate to repeat stitches within the ** as instructed.
  • b. Parentheses () at the end of a round = total sts for that round.

 Abbreviations:

  • Beg = Beginning
  • Ch(s) = Chain(s)
  • Dc =Double crochet
  • Dec = decrease
  • PUFF st = Puff stitch
  • Ldc = Long double crochet
  • LKDC = Linked double crochet
  • R = Row
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Sc= Single crochet
  • Sdc = Spike double crochet
  • Sl St = Slip stitch
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • YO = Yarn over

 

1sq1wpDiagonal Spike Stitch

  • Model made with Omega Sinfonia
  • Hook size: F-5 (3.75mm) or size needed to make gauge
  • Gauge: 22 st x 9 rows = 5×5”

Spike double crochet (Sdc) = YO, insert hook into same space that first dc of previous 3 dc block was worked, YO, draw loop through long and even with working row so as not to crush 3 dc block, *YO, draw through 2 loops* twice. For a visual reference, find the video tutorial here.

R1: Ch 23 with moderate tension (rather loosely).

R2: Dc 3rd ch from hook (count as 1 dc), *1 dc into each of next 3 chs, skip next ch and work 1 Sdc over it instead; rep from * ending 1 dc into last ch, turn. (22)

R3: Ch3 (count as 1 dc), skip 1 st, *1 dc into each of next 3 sts, skip next st and work 1 Sdc over it instead*; rep between ** ending 1 dc into top of turning ch, turn. (22)

R4-9: Repeat R3. DO NOT FASTEN OFF – skip to SC Border for Joining Squares

 

1sq2wpRidged String Network Stitch

  • Model made with Omega Sinfonia
  • Hook size: F-5 (3.75mm) or size needed to make gauge
  • Gauge: 28 sts x 18 rows = 5×5”

For a visual reference, find the video tutorial here.

 

 

R1: Ch 30 with moderate tension (rather loosely).

R2: (right side) 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook, *ch 3, skip 3 chs, 1 sc into next ch*, repeat between** to end, turn. (29)

R3: Ch1, working into back loop only of each st work 1 sc into first st, *ch 3, skip 3 chs, 1 sc into next sc; repeat ** to end, turn. (29)

R4-18: Repeat R3. DO NOT FASTEN OFF – skip to SC Border for Joining Squares

 

 

Peeks2-300x300Spatter Stitch

  • Model made with Brava Sport
  • Hook size: F-5 (3.75mm) or size needed to obtain the gauge
  • Gauge in SC: 18 sts x 20 rows = 4″ (10 cm)

R1: Ch 26, sc in the 2nd ch from hook, *skip ch 2, in next ch make [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc], skip ch 2, in next ch make 1 sc*, repeat between * to end, turn (17 sts, 8 ch-2 spaces)

 

R2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 2), in the first sc make 1 dc, skip the next dc, make 1 sc in the next dc, *working into the next sc make [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc], skip the next dc, sc into next dc*, repeat between * to last sc, in last sc make [1 dc, ch 2, 1dc], turn (17 sts, 8 ch-2 spaces)

R3: Ch 1, sc in first st, skip next dc, *into next sc make [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc], skip next dc, sc into next dc*, repeat between * to end, making the last sc in the 2nd ch of the ch-4 from the previous row, turn (17 sts, 12 ch-2 spaces)

R4 – R12: Repeat R2 & R3, ending with a repeat of R2. DO NOT FASTEN OFF – skip to SC Border for Joining Squares.

 

Peeks1-300x300Boxed Puff Stitch

  • Model made with Reynolds Rise & Shine Mercerized
  • Hook size: F-5 (3.75mm) or size needed to obtain the gauge

PUFF St: *YO, insert hook in st, YO and pull loop through* 4 times (you will have 9 loops on hook), YO and pull through all 9 loops, ch1 to lock st.

 

Long double crochet (Ldc): work dc in st of previous row stretching to height of current row.

R1: Ch 23, work PUFF St in 5th ch from hook, *skip 2, (dc, ch2, PUFF St) in next st*, repeat between ** to last 3 sts, dc in last st. (6 PUFF st)

R2: Ch1, turn, *Ldc in first skipped ch of row below, sc in PUFF St, sc in ch2 space*, repeat ** to end, sc in 3rd ch of beg ch5. (19)

R3: Ch5 (counts as dc + ch2), PUFF St in next st, *skip 2, (dc, ch2, PUFF St) in next st*, repeat between ** to last 2 sts, dc in last st. (6 PUFF st)

R4 – 16: Repeat Rows 2 & 3 ending with a repeat of Row 2. DO NOT FASTEN OFF – skip to SC Border for Joining Squares.

 

SC Border For Joining Squares:

Ch1, *work 22 sc evenly to st before corner, 3sc in corner st*, 4 times. Join with sl st to beg sc. Fasten off.

Tip: To assist in placing the 22 stitches evenly across the square, divide the square edge into 4 sections and figure out how many stitches you’d need to have in each section to make it even – I did 5 in the first section, 6 in the next 2 sections and 5 in the final section.

 

Joining Squares

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Final Round: Ch1, turn (working from right side), 3sc in same st (corner), sc each st to next corner, *3sc in corner, sc in each st to next corner*, repeat to end. Join with sl st to beg sc, work a sl st across each st of top to reinforce bag opening. Fasten off. Note: Be sure to have same number of stitches on top and bottom and left and right sides.

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Blocking:

For a professional finish, I recommend blocking your work at this point. Blocking will give you a smoother, squared off and neater fabric to work with. There are many ways to block and many tutorials on the web, but for my projects I keep it simple – steam blocking with an iron. Here’s how I do it:

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Strap & Gusset

IMG_1041Gauge in LKDC: 18 sts and 10 rows = 4″ (10 cm)

Linked Double Crochet Turning Stitch: To begin a row with LKDC start by chaining 3, pull up a loop in the 2nd chain from hook, pull up a loop in the first st of the row, YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through 2 remaining loops on hook (first LKDC made).

Linked DC (LKDC): Pull up a loop in the horizontal bar at the front middle of the previous stitch, pull up a loop in the next st, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through 2 remaining loops on hook.

Linked DC Decrease: Pull up a loop in the horizontal bar at the front middle of the previous stitch, pull up a loop in next st, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, but do not complete the st, pull up a loop in next st, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through all remaining loops on hook.

 

(I used this site for visual reference: http://www.mooglyblog.com/linked-double-crochet/)

 

R1: Ch 3, pull up a loop in 2nd ch from hook, pull up a loop in 3rd ch, YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through 2 remaining loops on hook (counts as first LKDC), make 2 LKDC in the 3rd ch, turn (3)

R2: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (3)

R3: Repeat R2

R4: Ch 3, LKDC in first st, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last st, turn (4)

R5: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (4)

R6: Ch 3, LKDC in first 2 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last st, turn (5)

R7: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (5)

R8: Ch 3, LKDC in first 2 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 2 sts, turn (6)

R9: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (6)

R10: Ch 3, LKDC in first 3 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 2 sts, turn (7)

R11: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (7)

R12: Ch 3, LKDC in first 3 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 3 sts, turn (8)

R13: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (8)

R14: Ch 3, LKDC in first 4 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 3 sts, turn (9)

R15: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (9)

R16: Ch 3, LKDC in first 4 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 4 sts, turn (10)

R17: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (10)

R18: Ch 3, LKDC in first 5 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 4 sts, turn (11)

R19: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (11)

R20: Ch 3, LKDC in first 5 sts, make 2 LKDC in next st, LKDC in last 5 sts, turn (12)

R21: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (12)

R22 – 154: Repeat R21

At this point, the strap should measure approximately 71 from end to end. If you want a longer or shorter strap, adjust the number of Rows before continuing.

R155: Ch 3, LKDC in first 5 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 5 sts, turn (11)

R156: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (11)

R157: Ch 3, LKDC in first 5 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 4 sts, turn (10)

R158: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (10)

R159: Ch 3, LKDC in first 4 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 4 sts, turn (9)

R160: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (9)

R161: Ch 3, LKDC in first 4 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 3 sts, turn (8)

R162: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (8)

R163: Ch 3, LKDC in first 3 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 3 sts, turn (7)

R164: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (7)

R165: Ch 3, LKDC in first 3 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 2 sts, turn (6)

R166: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (6)

R167: Ch 3, LKDC in first 2 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last 2 sts, turn (5)

R168: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (5)

R169: Ch 3, LKDC in first 2 sts, LKDC dec, LKDC in last st, turn (4)

R170: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (4)

R171: Ch 3, LKDC in first st, LKDC dec, LKDC in last st, turn (3)

R172: Ch 3, LKDC in each st, turn (3)

R173: Ch 3, LKDC dec over next 3 sts, do not turn (1)

SC Border: Ch 1, work SC stitches evenly around the entire strap. Join with sl st to beg SC. Fasten off.

Joining Gusset

Decide where you want the handles to tie (top center, one of the sides).

Mark the gusset and the bag side. Line up the stitches on both pieces all the way around to the top of the bag. With the gusset facing you, join yarn and sl st through both thicknesses down the side, across the bottom and up the opposite side to join the gusset to the bag. Fasten off.

Repeat for the other side.

Take the tapered ends of the straps and tie in a knot. With a small piece of yarn and tapestry needle, sew through the knot to secure it.

Lining your handbag

If you would like to line your handbag (strongly suggested), here’s an easy tutorial –

How to Line A Crocheted Bag

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