Sunday, December 7, 2014

Free Pattern: Tree Ornament

I was feeling inspired last weekend, so I sat down with some Christmasy colored yarn and got to work. The first thing I came up with was this little Tree Ornament! I really like it plain, but I also think it would be fun to decorate. 
I'd love to see pictures if you make your own. You can share photos on my Facebook page, Ravelry group or use the tag #prochetpatterns on Instagram.

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials Needed:
  ·      Small amount of each: green and brown yarn. This is a great project for using up scraps!
  ·      Crochet hook US H/8 (5.00 mm)
  ·      Stitch marker (optional)
  ·      Fiberfill
  ·      Yarn needle

Measurements: about 3.5 inches tall

Gauge: gauge isn’t essential for this project, just make sure your stitches aren’t too loose, you don’t want the fiberfill sticking out.

  ·      st= stitch
  ·      ch= chain
  ·      sc= single crochet

  ·      The tree and trunk are both worked in the round.
  ·      Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning stitch of each round if desired.


Round 1: Using your green yarn, start with a magic ring and work 4 sc into ring.

Round 2: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc; repeat from * around. (6 sc)

Round 3: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around. (8 sc)

Round 4: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around. (10 sc)

Round 5: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 4 sc; repeat from * around. (12 sc)

Round 6: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc; repeat from * around. (14 sc)

Round 7: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc; repeat from * around. (16 sc)

Round 8-11:  sc in each sc around.

Round 12: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 7 sc; repeat from * around. (18 sc)

Round 13: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 8 sc; repeat from * around. (20 sc)

Round 14: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 9 sc; repeat from * around. (22 sc)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff tree lightly and whip stitch bottom closed.

With brown yarn, ch 4.

Round 1: work 1 sc in  2nd ch from hook and in next ch, 3 sc in last ch turning to work along the other side of chain,  work 1 sc next ch, 2 sc in last ch, end of round. (8 sc)

Round 2-3: sc in each sc around.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff very lightly and sew to bottom of tree.

Tie a short amount of yarn to the top of the tree to hang.

This tree would be so fun to decorate! Here are a few things I might try:
Pom-poms as ornaments
A long chain of sparkly yarn wrapped around as a garland
Sequins as ornaments
Small crochet star on top

It’s also cute as is and would make a great little gift topper. I’d love to see how you personalize your little tree ornament!

Copyright © 2014 Prochet By EAS, LLC. All rights reserved. This pattern contains material protected under copyright laws and may not be copied, distributed or sold.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I've had one order after another the past few weeks, so I've definitely been busy!
One of the orders I'm working on now uses this pattern from Lion Brand and it requires three steps.
First you crochet each piece, then you felt the pieces (I like hand felting them, but you can also use your washing machince), and finally you embroider the viens onto the leaves and sew them together.
Right now, my leaves are in the drying phase of step two and I'm just itching to finish it up!
My boys are so funny, they think these are treats because they're drying on the same type of rack as we use for cookies!

I'm also working on an order for a cat bed/nest using this pattern. It's a fun pattern, but I can only work a few rounds at a time with that bulky yarn because my wrists get tired quickly!

I submitted a pattern to KnitPicks for the Independent Designer Program earlier this week also, so crossing my fingers that I hear good news back!
Head over to Tami's Amis blog to see what others are working on. What are you working on this week?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Fall, New Patterns!

I love fall and Halloween! It's such a great time of year. The trees are turning beautiful colors and we can finally wear our hoodies, scarves and boots again. I especially love decorating my house for the season. I don't go too crazy, but I have a few shelves and other spaces that get updated according to the season.

To celebrate the return of fall, I've just released two new patterns!
First up is my Frankenstein Head Ornament pattern. I just love how adorable he is and how versitile the pattern is as well. You could make him into an ornament to hang on a Halloween tree, but I've also used this same pattern with thinner yarn and attached a pin to the back for a cute little brooch. I've made a ton of these little guys and I'm thinking about stringing some of them on some twine to create a Frankenstein head garland!

Next is my Ruffle Tealight Holder pattern. I really love this pattern. These tealight holders make wonderful additions to the fall decorations I have around the house and the yarn used in the pattern (Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell) makes the perfect colors for fall. They also work great for other seasons, just change up the colors and you can have bright springy ruffles! :)

I'd love to see what you create with these patterns! Share with me in my Ravelry group, my Facebook page or use the hashtag #ProchetPatterns on Instagram.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Housewarming, Birthdays, Dinosaurs & Washi

What a busy summer! We had weddings to attend, I had a minor surgery, my youngest son turned 3 and now we're getting ready for our oldest son to start pre-school! I have plans of blogging more regularly, but for now I thought I'd catch up on what's been happening in my world.

Remember that house-warming gift I was working on when I last posted? It has been gifted (to my cousin) and I can finally share pictures! I was really happy with how it all came together, and she loved it too. :)
I made a set of matching potholders, a trivet/hot pad & wash clothes in her favorite colors.
I had a lot of fun working on these and coming up with the perfect color scheme. I'll definitely be making more of these gift sets!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen pictures from my son's dinosaur birthday party, but I'll share them here too.
I got lots of ideas from Pinterest, and although his party was just a few days after my surgery, it went over pretty smoothly with lots of help from my wonderful family!
I made this dinosaur banner for the party! My son loved it and it's now up in his bedroom. :)

This past weekend I got the itch to just make something. I didn't have anything in mind when I started, I just knew I needed to satisfy an urge to make, so it had to be something that I could also finish that day. I love crocheting and other big projects, but you don't usually get that feeling of satisfaction until the project is complete and sometimes that could take days or weeks.
So I searched around in my craft supplies and remembered I had bought some blank coin pouches. Since I was still in dino-mode from the birthday party, I made a dinosaur motif, attached it to the blank pouch and then added beads. Simple, quick and satisfying! Not to mention cute, and my oldest son loved it!

While I had been searching thru my craft supplies I also came across my washi tape. I love pretty things and washi tape is definitely one of those pretty things! I have quite a few rolls and decided it's time to do something more with it. So, I grabbed a few cans from the recycling bin and taped them up to make pen holders for my desk at work! Then, since I couldn't just stop there, I also made some washi paperclips for my planner. Another simple, quick and satisfying project!

Do you ever get that undeniable itch to create? What do you make to satisfy the urge? I'd love to hear about your creations in the comment section! :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Pattern & What I've Been Working On

Summertime is so busy! I feel like it's flying right by.

In June I participated in a swap with fellow crafters. As one of the gifts for my swap partner, I wanted to try out a pattern I'd been eyeing for a while. It's the Yes, Yes Shawl by Bernat. This is the first pattern where I've used the chart instead of the written instructions, and I loved it! It's one of those patterns that looks complicated, but once you have done a few repeats it's a breeze. And the results are beautiful! I decided to play around with colors a bit and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

I've also been busy working on a housewarming gift, but I can't share pictures just yet. Stay tuned, I'll post pictures once it's finished and has been received. :)

And finally, my biggest news this week: The pattern I submitted to KnitPicks was accepted and is now available for purchase here! This is one of the first patterns I designed back before I really knew what I was doing. I've held onto the idea and perfected it, and it's finally available for others to make as well. I used KnitPicks Dishie yarn and I really loved working with the yarn and the company! I've already started working on some more ideas to submit!

If you like these mug cozies, but crocheting isn't really your thing, I have some finished cozies available in my Etsy shop.