I am so happy to have some time now to dedicate just to my patterns! I have had so many people asking and loved the comments on cutoutandkeep.net. I'm so excited, some will be free and some will be available for purchase. For my first pattern to share is one of my favorite accessories! Even though spring is here most of the states are STILL getting snow! Sorry guys maybe this will help a little!
This pattern is great for noobs and I cannot stress how important it is to check you gauge before starting a project especially for beginners. All crocheters have different tensions, I tend to be kinda in the middle. I remember when I was teaching myself, usually skipped over that and wasted so much time when I could have checked my gauge and adjusted my hook size then. For those who do not know what I mean by gauge, think of it like making a little sample fabric, you are given an amount of stitches and rows to make and measurement that should match. I may take a few tries for some and others the first time.
YARN USED: Worsted Weight (Red Heart or I Love This Yarn!)
HOOK: G or H Hook (depending on what yarn you use and your gauge)
NEED TO KNOW ABBR. & STITCHES:
- sl kn - Slip Knot
- ch - Chain
- sl st - Slip Stitch
- hdc - Half Double Crochet
GAUGE: 9 st x 4 rows = 3in x 2in
Start with a slip knot.
Ch 60 make sure that the ch is straight and not twisted, then sl st into the f1st ch.
Note: You will be working on the backside of the ch that way you will have a nice clean look.
Row 1 - 7: ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to join and turn;
Finish off and weave in strings. I like to leave about 4 in.
Fold together to make bow; Fold it up at the seam and use the hdc stitch to help it should fold very easy. Make a slip knot around where you bunched it, pull the slip knot tight and wrap around to cover the knot and make it look clean; You can make the center as small or large as you want it here;
Finish off and weave in strings.
Voila! You now have a cute new accessory to show off! Also in the center i sometimes like to clip a button or small brooch to add a little flare. Have fun! Please if you have any comments or questions, don't hesitate. This is the first of many more patterns and you do have permission to sell your handmade item just please leave a link and give me credit for the pattern/design, thank you! If your interested in purchasing any already made, pop by My Etsy Shop!