Vlogmas 2018!

Sunday, December 2, 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.



Waffles Tote - Free Crochet Bag Pattern

Friday, October 5, 2018


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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DFW Yarn Crawl 2018!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018




Hi! This is my crochet podcast where I discuss my crochet, knitting, other crafts as they apply. This week was the DFW Yarn Crawl and my amazing Yarn Crawl Companion and I are going to discuss all the details of our yarny week with you. I hope that you enjoy!!


A little about me? My favorite things to make are hats, shawls, blankets and socks. I love yarn, tea, coffee and making. I hope to share that love with you.




Lets Connect!


Instagram: MelodyCrochet
MelodyCrochet Podcast Group on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/melodycrochet-and-knitting-podcast


What Have I Done


Yarn Store Purchases:


Cold Weather Crochet by Marly Bird: https://amzn.to/2LF0t6v
Eco Duo by Cascade Yarns Colorway Zebra (1701): https://amzn.to/2C0MB72
Saki Silk Yarn by Wisdom yarns Colorway is Summerstock: https://amzn.to/2Ph6Cb8
Uptown Worsted by Universal Yarns in Yule Time(812): https://amzn.to/2wnDVmc
Tufts Woolens Wool Wash in Campfire Smores: https://www.tuftwoolens.com/
Clover Weaving Sticks: https://amzn.to/2MDlvIh
Heartland by Lion Brand in Biscayne: https://amzn.to/2C0196X
Antler Buttons: https://amzn.to/2LxIIGl
Brittany Knitting Needles: https://amzn.to/2PTLgSC


Bullet Journal Supplies:


Moleskine A5 Dotted Notebook: https://amzn.to/2wpWXbl
Bic Intensity Pens: https://amzn.to/2wsqt06

This week


McKnitty
McKinney Knittery
Quixotic Yarn Store
Cynthia’s Corner
Yarn and Stitches

Tupps Brewery - McKinney Knittery

Individual Posts for each item are of course on their way...and I will link to them from here as they are posted.
Thanks so much for your support and have a wonderful day!


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Melody Crochet Podcast Episode 31 Show Notes

Thursday, August 16, 2018




Hi! This is my crochet podcast where I discuss my crochet, knitting, other crafts as they apply. I finished a pair of crochet socks. I found a brand new to me yarn store on a drive and wanted to share it with you. I am getting ready to start #dfwitsayarncrawlyall tomorrow and just SO excited.


A little about me? My favorite things to make are hats, shawls, blankets and socks. I love yarn, tea, coffee and making. I hope to share that love with you.

Click here to watch...or continue below to the show notes!







WIPS

Jayda In Stitches Victorian Sampler Blanket
Boye Tulip Etimo Crochet Hook, Size J10/6mm     
I Love This Cotton yarn in Turquoise Aran Weight 100% Cotton (not mercerized)


What Have I Done (Just bought)

Red Heart Super Saver (Jade, Dark Orchid and Pool)



Clover Amour Crochet Hook Size K/6.5mm



Giveaways



1500 Subscriber Giveaway: Amber Austin!


The 1500 Subscriber Giveaway is in no way affiliated with Youtube or Instagram. The items were purchased with my own money and you can enter the contest if you comment below with an idea about what I should call the thing in the video that I asked you to name. The result will be drawn at random before I podcast on 8/8/18 at 7am. So that is the cut off! If you have questions, comments or concerns please send me a message on Instagram. Also if you would like to add to my little prize pile please see my about section for a physical address and let me know that you are sending something so I can keep an eye out. Thank you and best luck!!!


This week we also go into what I did while I was NOT crocheting


Balanced Skein Yarn Store
Redecorated my bathrooms
Cleaned Like a Mad Woman
New Bed
Lots of Painting (Art Sherpa Buddha Painting )
Pickles got a tummy flue
I tore out carpet
Homeschool all organized!



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advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by
advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Melody Crochet Podcast Episode 30! (1500?!)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018






Hi friend!

I just posted the 30th episode of the Melody Crochet Podcast and celebrated 1500 subscribers!
(Thanks guys!!) Like always, I discussed my crochet, knitting, other crafts as they applied.


I finished knitting a pair of socks that went so fast. And I have started making a tutorial for a my
"Independence Kimono" and an off the shoulder top. I reviewed ZZ Twist by Lion Brand this last week and
will post that in a day or so and I will be sure to let you know about it here on the blog.
(spoiler...its yarn. I like it).

I had lots of crochet time on the road and while visiting places because this week was Izzys Birthday!!! He is nine now, guys. Nine! Remember when I was here and showing you the first tiny things I made for him? Oh, the feels are so strong on birthdays. I am so proud of the kind, strong, peaceful little man he has become. I could just explode. It has been a wild year and he has really helped keep our family grounded.


We got him a drum set. Yes, a drum set. 

While celebrating I went ahead and made some home purchases. I am thinking that I need another youtube channel for the non-yarn related stuff that. I feel completely comfortable sharing that here with the blog...but I feel hesitant on the Youtube channel. I worry that my friends there might just be after the yarn content. I will meditate on this for the week and decide. There are several things that I haven't shared because I didn't want to bore anyone. That is not like me!

I am also really excited to share my progress on some other projects this week, designing some projects and getting ready for the holiday shop. This is the time of year that I start thinking about the holidays. I blame Hobby Lobby for putting up the Christmas Decorations. It is delightful in the heat of Texas...but it does make you feel just a little pressure.



I talk a lot about my new yarn that I purchased for the #SummerRomanceAlong with CrochetLuna. It was not on purpose. The subject of the yarn just kept coming up in the conversation. My theme is Buffy and Spike. But, I lean more toward Spike Drucilla. #teamspuffy



I hope that you take the time (30 minutes, specifically) to hang out with me on this fine day. Grab a project to work on and a nice cup of something.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them! I love to converse...if you are wondering where to connect...

Lets Connect!


Instagram: MelodyCrochet
MelodyCrochet Podcast Group on Ravelry:

The knitty gritty:


FOs

  1. Hedgehog City Roller Socks


WIPS


  1. Independence Kimono out of I Love This Cotton in Turquoise on a K hook
  2. Latitia Socks for the 80s Along out of Lion Brand Cupcake (Tutu Much)on a D hook
  3. Off the Shoulder Top out of ZZ Twist in Peacock on an I Hook


Starting


What Have I Done


Errol and Amber gift yarn!
Mad Tosh Yarn - Brienne of Tarth Battles a Bear in Euro Sock
Mad Tosh Yarn - The Red Woman in Euro Sock
Mad Tosh Pin
Mad Tosh Yarn - Denarys Unicorn Tail


Giveaways

This week I have the 1500 subscriber giveaway on MelodyCrochet youtube channel. Here are the details and rules and stuff about that...


The 1500 Subscriber Giveaway is in no way affiliated with Youtube or Instagram. The items were purchased with my own money and you can enter the contest if you comment below with an idea about what I should call the thing in the video that I asked you to name. The result will be drawn at random before I podcast on 8/8/18 at 7am. So that is the cut off! If you have questions, comments or concerns please send me a message on Instagram. Also if you would like to add to my little prize pile please see my about section for a physical address and let me know that you are sending something so I can keep an eye out. Thank you and best luck!!!

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