Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Podcast 44! A Mother In Law Makes a Hat



Hello and thank you for stopping by!

I just posted a new podcast on youtube! Here are the show notes just in case you would like a closer look at something I mention. 



Tea:

Finished Object:


Works In Progress:


Tank Top - Link to Video I am using - Sinfonia Yarn in Turquesa and an F Hook

Sock Head Hat -

Crocheted Hat - Pattern in Progress (we will see how it turns out together)



She is missed. But, her memory makes us smile.
Sock Saver - My Sudsy Buddy pattern -
Sugar N Cream Cotton Yarn - Worsted Weight -



Polle Vie Wrap -
I Love This Yarn - 
Pattern is in Simply Crochet #84 (its on my e-reader)

Polle Vie Wrap...soon, I hope!

I hope you have a wonderful week! I will be back with a review and then a new podcast next week! (((hugs))) and thank you for spending your time with me. Love Melody

Ohhhh and a few more wedding pictures...

How are handsome are my sons?


The "grooms cake" was pancakes. And that fondant was so hard to cut. But success!

Yay! All married. And ready to party. 




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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sudsy Buddy Soap Saver Pattern



Hello friend!

Well. I tried Wordpress and it proved to be too daunting for me to be consistent. So, I am back home on Blogger. It does feel like home. You didn't miss anything blogged...I posted here if I posted there just in case. But, life happened! I will catch you up next post with pictures.

But, now that things are mellow...back to the hook! Today, I am posting a video. It's down below if you want to skip ahead to it.

I take you step-by-step through my super easy, incredibly fast, beginner pattern for a soap saver pattern. I call them “Sudsy Buddy”! I know. My puns are a little painful for some. But, I mean well. This pattern is fast, easy and takes hardly any yarn. Literally, I can get two of these and two small matching cloths out of one ball of Sugar and Cream cotton. Yes, cotton! Fabulous for summertime when you do not want to be under a bunch of acrylic crocheted fabric.

Soap savers are a classic for gifting or keeping for yourself! If you want to be prepared for that surprise gifter that shows up out of nowhere with a gift in hand, just pop a bar of pleasant-smelling soap into a soap saver and tuck it into a dollar store coffee mug. Keep that with a blank gift card in your car during the holiday season. Just in case.

I make these in bulk this time of year. (It's August...I'm in Texas).

Pleeeease, leave a comment and let me know how this pattern/tute turns out for you. And use @melodycrochet and/or #sudsybuddysoapsaver so that I can see what you make from the pattern!! As always, I truly hope that I can help inspire you. If you have a friend that wants to learn to crochet...send them to this pattern.

Materials


1 Ball of worsted weight/size 4 yarn cotton yarn. (1 ball of Lily Sugar and Cream, Peaches and Cream or any
other “dishcloth cotton”. It will only take about 50 yards so this is a great scrap project.) 




Sudsy Buddy (Soap Saver)

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and tag me because I love to see what you guys make!!)

It’s too hot to be underneath anything other than cotton here in Texas! So join me in preparation
of the end of the year holiday hustle. These make great hostess gifts, last-minute gifts, coworker
gifts...keep one in the car during the holiday season. You just never know when a gift-giving
opportunity is going to pop out of the bushes at you mid-December. So awkward to be
empty-handed. Check out the video for presentation ideas!


Finished Size:  2 ½ inches wide by 4 ½ inches tall (6 x 11 cm)

Stitch Legend
Ch - Chain
SS- Slip Stitch
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
FO - Fasten Off
YO - Yarn Over

Video!





Pattern

Chain 11                    
1) SC in the 2nd Ch from your hook and in the next 8 stitches. In the last stitch of the
row sc 3 times, turn work to continue down the other side of the chain.  Sc in the next
8 stitches. Sc 2 times in the same stitch as the first SC of the row. SS into the first SC
of the row and CH 1 (22)
2) Sc around, SS into the first SC of the row and CH 1  (22) 
3) Repeat Row 2 (22) 
4) Sc around, SS into the first SC of the row and CH 2  (22)
5) Skip one stitch, SC in the next stitch. Ch 1, skip a stitch, SC across.  The last SC will
be in the same stitch as your C1 at the beginning of the row. (11 SC + 11 Ch Spaces )

No SS, ch1 until row 16!

6-15)  Ch1, SC into the next Ch Space. Repeat across. (11 SC + 11 Ch Spaces )

At the end of row 15 SS into the top of the first SC of the row, CH 1
16) SC into the same stitch that you just SS into. SC into the next CH space. SC into
each SC and CH space across. SS into the first SC of the row, Ch 1 (22)
17) SC into each stitch across. SS into the first SC of the row, CH 1. (22)
18) SC into the next 5 stitches, SC+Ch3+SC into the 6th stitch (or wherever your front
center stitch is) SC into the next 10 stitches, SS into the next stitch (the back center
stitch), chain 30, SS into the same stitch, SC into the last 5 stitches. SS into the first SC
of the row, CH 1
19) SC into the first 5 stitches of the row, SC 3 times into the CH space, SC into the
next 10 stitches, skip the slip stitches, and SC into the last 5 stitches of the row. SS
into the first SC of the row. FO. 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Newborn HDC Hat - Free, Easy Crochet Pattern for Beginners!



How to Make the Half Double Crochet Beanie!

Baby hats are the cutest thing in the world. Opinionated? Yes. But, they are soft, warm little things and they take barely any time or yarn. If you or someone you know are expecting you just have to make one. It was my first project ever for my "little bean" (he is 9 now and has an impressive collection of hats).

A picture? Ok...if you insist!




Ok. I am back on focus! The hat!! This hat is a fast and easy pattern that you can literally dress up in any way! You can make this into a character, add a button or bow. Make it a little longer and flip the brim. (Yes, the brimmed beanie pattern is on the way. Lots of request after the one I shared. Just waiting for the sunshine).

The pattern is newborn to 3 months size. Go up to a hook size if you want it to fit 3-6 months!

I used Lion Brand Vannas Choice. But, any Size 4 Medium Weight Worsted Yarn is fine. I talk about yarn choices and how they effect the hat in the video. Also, I discuss how to measure before you add length to be sure that you will end up with the right size! Come visit me on youtube!




Now what you will need:


Materials:
1 Skein Size 4 Worsted or Aran Weight Yarn (Red Heart Super Saver or Vanna's Choice work well!)
1 Size I/9 5.5mm Crochet Hook
1 Yarn Needle
1 Scissors

The Free Printable PDF Pattern can be found by clicking here!

If you do not want to download anything then just keep scrolling down for the pattern. I understand that!

Pattern


Row 1) 9HDC in a magic circle (9), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 2) IncHDC into each stitch across (18), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 3) HDC, IncHDC across (27), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 4) HDC, HDC, IncHDC (36), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 5) HDC around (36), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 6) HDC, HDC, HDC, IncHDC (45), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 7) HDC, HDC, HDC, IncHDC (54), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 8) HDC Around (54)
Row 9-14) HDC Around, SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2 (54)
Row 15) HDC Around, SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 1 (54)
Row 16) BLSC around, ss into the first BLSC of the row and ch 1 (54)
Row 17) BLSC around, ss into the first BLSC of the row and FO. Weave in your ends. 

As always...please let me know if you have any questions. Comments on the video get answered first because the questions go right to my phone. I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy the little one!! (Post pics and tag me, please!) 

Melody



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You may not sell my patterns or claim them as your own. You may make items to sell (i.e. on Etsy, at craft fairs) from my patterns but I ask that you link back to my blog and provide credit for the pattern. You are welcome to share my patterns on social media so long as you link back directly to my blog post (providing the link). No copy & paste of my patterns will be allowed under any circumstances.


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Vlogmas 2018!



you can watch it here:




...here are the show notes. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll see you tomorrow!

Hi and welcome! This is Day 1 of Vlogmas 2018 on my crochet and knitting podcast. I am starting off with a little “what I have been making this week” podcast. There are crochet pillows, gloves, knitted sweaters and an update on the next giveaway! Thanks for joining me. Please like and subscribe and we can enjoy the holidays together.

Bags by Awesome Granny
Bags by Awesome Granny is on Etsy here

Code Melody20 gets you 20% off of her entire store!


Loops and Threads Impeccable in Kelly, Cherry and White

Stocking
My pattern
Yarn Bee True Colors (it was actually super bulky!)

Tecumseh by Boyland Knits (Caitlin Hunter):
Cascade 220 Heathers in Pale Pink, Fuschia and Violet:
Chiao Goo Circular Needles:

Happy Holidays,
Melody

Friday, October 12, 2018



I did a thing!

I made a Facebook Group. I was really nervous about it. I have had a "like page" for years and just was not sure what to do with it. But, I am way more familiar with working in facebook groups. So there it is! Come join me and say hi. Let me know if you are making anything or have yarny plans for the weekend.



Friday, October 5, 2018

Waffles Tote - Free Crochet Bag Pattern


I designed a new bag after seeing the new chenille yarn arriving at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Its soft, smooth and bulky weight so it works up fast. It slips across a hook in the most satisfying way. I just cannot get enough projects in mind for what to do with it all. I love this gray color...I used Vapor Gray in the Bernat Velvet yarn. This entire bag also took just one ball of the yarn...always a plus in my book. I hope that you enjoy and thanks for stopping by! 

Here is the Video Tutorial



Waffles Tote



By MelodyCrochet copywritten 2018 - Enjoy! (and by enjoy I mean share on social media and tag me because
I love to see what you guys make!!). Feel free to sell what you make. Please, do not sell or alter my actual
pattern as your own. Linking and sharing to my blog is ALWAYS appreciated. Happy making and Thank you for
coming. I really do appreciate it!  

Finished Size: 17 ½ “ tall x 15” wide. (44cm x 38cm) Lots of negative ease since its stretchy.


Stitch Legend
Ch - Chain
SS- Slip Stitch
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC - Back Post Double Crochet
FO - Fasten Off
IncSC - Increase Single Crochet (two Single Crochet in the same stitch)
DecSC - Decrease Single Crochet (Insert into next stitch, draw up a loop, insert into the following stitch, draw
up a loop, yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook)
BLDC - Back Loop Double Crochet
YO - Yarn Over
PM - Place Stitch Marker


Materials

4 Stitch Markers (Or pieces of yarn to mark a stitch for increase/decrease stitches)
Yarn Needle To weave in bulky size ends. I LOVE these for bulky yarn.


Notes


There is a video of how to make this bag here.


This is a bottom-up construction. We will be working in the round but not in a spiral. At the begining of
each double crochet row, I will say “chain two”. If you feel more comfortable chaining 3 please do. But,
I find that I get added (undesirable) bulk in my seam from doing so.

I suggest using a K hook for chain stitches if you are using a chenille style yarn because they tend to have
a lot of stretch and the chains work out too tightly and might pucker the edge of your work.


Ch2 at beginning of rows counts as the first DC. The next DC should not be at the base of this chain. Place
it above the following stitch or your waffle pattern will spiral.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks!!


Pattern


Chain 37 on the larger (Size K) crochet hook. Remove your hook and replace with the smaller (Size I) hook for
the rest of the pattern.


1
SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across until the second to the last Ch of row (35 SC), in last Ch of row SC
3 times and PM in the 2nd of these SC. Pivot work so that you can crochet along the opposite side of
your Ch. SC into the next 35 Ch and in the last Ch SC 2 times, PM in the 2nd of these SC. Slip Stich.
(Do Not turn) (72)
2-4
Ch1. SC in the base of Ch1 and across, IncSC in each marked stitches. Move the marker to the 2nd St
of each new increase, SS. (Row 2 - 74) (Row 3 - 76) (Row 4 - 78)
5
(Setup Row) Ch2. (counts as first DC here and throughout pattern) DC in next st and across. SS into
the 2nd Ch of Ch 2 at beginning of this row (78)
6
(Waffle Pattern Row 1) Ch2, DC, DC, *FPDC, DC, DC* Repeat * to * to the end of the row, SS into the
2nd Ch of Ch 2 at beginning of this row (78)
7
(Waffle Pattern Row 2) Ch2, BPDC, BPDC *DC, BPDC, BPDC* Repeat * to * to end of row. SS into the
2nd Ch of Ch 2 at beginning of this row (78)
8-27
Repeat Row 6 and 7 ten more times
28-30
Ch 1. SC at the base of chain and across, SS into the top of first SC (78 SC in each row - Ch 1 not
counting)
Instr.
Fasten Off. Lay bag flat. From each side count in and PM 9th stitch. Flip bag and repeat.
So you will have 16 unmarked stitches on each side, then the 4 marked. And front and back center
will each have 21 unmarked stitches.
31
(All chaining go to K hook...then back to I hook for the SC stitches). Attach yarn with a slipknot in any
of the unmarked side stitches.

Ch1 and SC in the base of Ch and across to stitch before the 1st marker you encounter
Ch 35 and skip the stitches between the 1st and 2nd markers (23 stitches skipped)
SC into stitch after the 2nd marker and SC across to stitch before 3rd marker (16)
Ch 35 and skip the stitches between 3rd and 4th markers (23 stitches skipped)
Sc into stitch after 4th marker and across to the end of row.
SS into the top of first SC of row. (32 sc are body stitches + 70 Ch are handle stitches)
32
Ch1 and SC in the base of Ch and in each stitch around. (102 sc) PM in the 10th and 25th SC in the
Ch stitches (handles...you will be IncSC in these markers).
33
Ch1 and SC in the base of Ch and to the stitch before the handle, *DecSC last body stitch and first
handle stitch), SC 8, IncSC in marked stitch (replace marker into the 2nd SC of this IncSC), SC 15,
IncSC in marked stitch (replace marker into 1st SC of this IncSC), SC 8, DecSc* SC 16, *repeat * to *
SC to end of row, SS into first SC. (102)  
34
Repeat row 33, Fasten off.



By MelodyCrochet copywritten 2018 - Enjoy! (and by enjoy I mean share on social media and tag me because I love to see what you
guys make!!). Feel free to sell what you make. Please, do not sell or alter my actual pattern as your own. Linking and sharing to my
blog is ALWAYS appreciated. Happy making and Thank you for coming. I really do appreciate it!


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