Crochet Designs by Kathleen

Monday, January 23, 2006

Delay in posts

I haven't taken the pics off my camera, but I've been crocheting a lot since the first of the year. I've made 3 felted bags, about 6 bangle style bags, 2 baby blankets, and am now working on a sweater. I will post pics soon, I hope.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Have a Dolly Jolly Christmas

Here is my latest Christmas Decoration...
Let's take a peek inside!

Here is my Latest Christmas Decoration.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Wire Crochet Christmas Garland

You can make this pretty garland as long as you want.
You will need Pearl beads, and sparkle beads all the color you chose. 30 gauge wire. and a size 1/2.75 steel crochet hook.

Simply string the beads on the steel wire-- I use florest wire-- begin with 1 colored and 1 pearl bead. Continue to thread beads on wire, 2 colored and 1 pearl bead until you have strung as many beads as you wish. End with 1 colored bead.

Start your garland with 1 chain st. *Place 3 beads --1 red, 1 pearl, 1 red --make a ch st around all 3 beads. Ch 5.* repeat from * until your garland is as long as you want it.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Fast and Easy Rose Crochet Capelet

© 2005 Kathleen Watkins

To make this pattern you will use an N hook, a J hook and a Q hook and WW yarn (fluffy yarn works best.. this project was made with Patron’s Allure)

Work loosely throughout entire project.

Garment Body:

Using Q hookMake a foundation Ch of 49. Turn

Rows: 1 – 25 sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each st to end. Ch 1 turn.

Neckline Edge:
With N hook, go back up to the first row you worked, and using an N hook, join with sl st to one edge. Sc in each st along the top (48 sc). Don’t finish off. (this will give the neckline a smaller shape than the bottom edge.)

Fold the project in half and crochet TOGETHER 8 sts of sc down front edge of capelet.
Finish off, weave in loose ends.

Rose embellishment:

1. With J hook, Ch 5, sl st in first ch st to form ring.
2. sc in ring, ch 4 (6 times)—You will have 6 loops
3. In each loop, sc, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sc. – you will have 6 petals now.
4. Working BEHIND the petals you just made, around the BACK of the loops you made in row 2. Ch 6, sc around the back of the next loop. You will have 6 loops.
5. In each loop, sc, 2 hdc, 3dc, 2 hdc, sc—you now have 6 more petals behind the first row.
You can finish off at this point, or continue in the same manner to make larger roses.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Winter Mukuks

Supplies needed:

J crochet hook

Any WW yarn.. I prefer woolease: 1 skein

Any furry yarn to match: 1 skein

Large holed darning needle
Two ways for the sole:
You can use a pre-made leather sole, I get a moccasin kit and sew up the heel and use this. You can get leather soles for slippers on the internet

You can make one yourself by using leather or vinyl (pleather) Just trace an oval around your foot leaving 1-1/2 ” wider than your foot. Glue a shoe pad to the center, and evenly poke holes (using an awl, leather punch or a nail) around the vinyl at about ¼ inch apart around

Fake, or real fur cut to match the size of your sole.

Mukuk—Make 2

Foundation Row Sole—

Sewn . On sole - sew a blanket stitch with your darning needle and the WW yarn, using the punched holes as your guide for needle insertion.

Crocheted -- easier if you don’t want the furry lining AND if you have a really sharp crochet hook and a strong poking arm, you can sc in each hole around—you will need a steel hook, about size 5 for this so crochet LOOSLY if you choose this method.

I’ve done my beginning row both ways, and I find it easier to sew a blanket stitch around and crochet my sc row in the top of the blanket stitch.

Note—You will use the WW yarn unless otherwise indicated in the instructions below.

Row 1 and 2: Sc in each stitch around, ch 1. Do Not turn. Finish off at the end of row two.

Ch 9, turn

Row 2-13: In second ch from hook, sc in blo in next 8 sts. Ch 1 turn.
Row 14: on this row, you will evenly crochet 29 sc evenly around 3 sides of the instep.

Attach the instep to the top of the slipper’s sole with 29 sc evenly around. With Fuzzy yarn, crochet over the row you just crocheted. By crocheting around this row, your fuzzy yarn looks a lot furrier.

Around cuff edge, evenly crochet 26 to 28 sts of sc around opening.
Row 1: hdc in each stitch around. Chain 2, turn.
Row 2: back post, front post (bp/fp) hdc in each stitch around.
Row 3: with fuzzy yarn, hdc in each stitch around. Finish off.
Row 4: hdc in each stitch around, ch 2, turn.
Row 5 and 6: bp/fp hdc in each stitch around, ch 2 turn. Finish off at the end of row 6
Row 7: with fuzzy yarn, hdc in each st around. Finish off.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Simple Slippers

By Kathleen Watkins

(C) K. Watkins 2005

j hook
any bulky or 3 ply yarn.. Just remember, if you use bulky yarn, the slipper will be thicker and tighter

Slipper: Make 2

Row 1: Ch 21. sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ch st across (20 sts) ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-14: sc in next 20 sts, ch 1, turn (20 sts) at the end of round 12 do not ch 1.

Do not finish off. Fold in half lengthwise and through both layers, sc tog first 10 sts leaving remaining 7 sts unworked–this is your foot hole, the seam is in the top of the slipper. Finish off, weave in loose ends.

Sew up heel and toe portions of slipper. Finish off and weave in loose ends.

Finishing: Starting at heel, evenly crochet 22 sc around slipper opening, then crochet a second row.

Nots: for a more bootie like slipper, on the finishing round, crochet as many rows as you desire to work into bootie shape.

This pattern is easily adjustable:

For a longer slipper, simply make a longer starting chain– about ½ inch longer than the foot slippers are intended for.

For a wider slipper, simply make more rows– enough to go around the foot the slipper is intended for.

Monday, September 12, 2005

A New creation

Fabulously Fashionable Poncho

Approximately 15 ounces of 3 ply Boucle’ yarn. (You will have some left over, but its better to have too much than too little.)
Size I and size J Crochet Hook


Foundation Row: Ch 44, turn. In 4th chain from the hook, tc. Tc in next 9 sts. Dc in next 10 sts. Hdc in next 10 sts. Sc in next 10 sts. (40 total sts) ch 1, turn. Mark this side as the right side.

Row 1: Blsc (back loop single crochet in first 10 sc. Blhdc in next 10 hdc. Bldc in next 10 dc. Bltc in next 10 tc. (40 total sts) Ch 3 turn.

Row 2: Bltc in first tc and in next 11 tc (10 tc total). Bldc in next 10 sts. Blhdc in next 10 sts. Blsc in next 10 sts. (40 total sts) Ch 1 turn.

Rows 3 - 58: Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 55 more rows. Finish off, leave length of yarn for joining.

Join: Fold in half joining right sides together. Using large darning needle, sew up along one side of collar/yoke/shoulder piece. Weave in loose end. Turn so the right side is facing out.

Lace Bottom

With J hook join yarn with a sl st at seam of collar/yoke/shoulder piece. Sc 122 sts evenly around. Join with a sl st to first sc. Do not turn. You will be working in rounds from this point.

Rnd 1: ch 6, tc in same st (this is a beg V st). * Sk 2 sc, tc ch 2 tc ( this is a V st) * around. At end of round, sk last scs. Join with sl st to 4th ch st at top of first tc. There will be 40 V sts around.

Rnd 2: Sl st to center of first V st. Ch 6. Dc in same V st. *V st in next V st, Ch 1* around. Sl st in 4th ch st at top of first tc.

Rnd 3: Repeat row 2.

Rnd 4: Sl st to center of first V st. Ch 4, dc, 2 ch 2 dc in same V st. (beginning shell st made). * V st in next V st, 2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc (shell stitch) in next V st. * around. Join with sl st in 4th ch of first st of beginning shell.

Rnd 5: Sl st to center of beg shell st. Make beg shell st, ch 1. * V st in next V st, ch 1, shell in next shell st, ch 1 * around. Join with sl st in 4th ch for first st of beg shell.
Rnd 6: Sl st to center of first shell. Ch 4, 2 dc, 2 ch 3 dc in this shell. (beginning large shell st made). *ch 1, V st in next V st, ch 1, 3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc (shell stitch) in next V st. * around. Join with sl st in 4th ch of first st of beginning large shell. You will have 20 shell sts and 20 V sts.

Rnd 7: Repeat rnd 5.

Rnd 8: Sl st to center of first shell. Ch 5. 5 dtc (double treble crochet) in same shell. * ch 1, dc in center of next V st. ch 1, 10 dtc in center of next shell * around. 5 dc in first shell. Join with sl st to top of ch 5. Finish off. Weave in loose ends.