Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Crochet Hearts Hair Bow

Hello, Rebels! Let me just start by saying that there is such a wonderful and supportive group of crocheters out there in this world. You'd think we'd all be cutthroat and competitive, but I've found nothing but love in the hooker community. I made a post in one of my favorite Facebook crochet groups for testers for this simple little pattern and the feedback and responses truly floored me. You hookers are simply the best! 

Yesterday, I was trying to refine a pattern for a flower I made up several years ago. It wasn't working out for some reason, but the results inspired me to make this hair bow. Somehow my flower reminded me of hearts and I thought it would make a really neat hair bow. Hair accessories happen to be my most favorite accessories! 

I have had this bow tested by quite a few people and so far so good, but if you happen to have any questions please let me know. I would love to see your final results and what you use your bows on as well! I think they would work great on almost anything! Headbands, clippies, dresses, gloves...I could go on forever! I hope you all love this sweet little bow as much as I do! Happy hooking! 

Hook Size- I used 4MM or 5 MM. (Or whatever size you want.)

Yarn- Any worsted weight yarn. I used ILTY.

Notes- You’ll be working two loops. Any stitches not worked in or around the original loops will be worked into what I call the middle space. That is the part between the hearts. Don’t worry if that part isn’t quite perfect. You’ll be covering it with yarn later to make the middle of your bow. *If you do run into any trouble count backwards from your middle stitch in your heart. It should help you figure out where your slip stitches should be as well. 

R1- Chain 9. Slip stitch into the 8th chain from the hook, slip stitch into the 1 remaining chain. Chain 8. Slip stitch into 8th chain from hook. Slip stitch into the middle of the two loops (the remaning chain that you slip stitched into after your first loop.)

R2-Slip Stitch into the first loop that you made. Crochet these into the loop- **4 SC, 2 HDC, DC, HDC, SL ST, HDC, DC, 2 HDC, 4 SC, SL ST.** Slip stitch into the middle of the two loops again. Slip stitch into your second loop. Repeat from ** to **. Slip stitch into the slip stitch from the previous round in the middle space.

R3-**Slip stitch into the first slip stitch you made in the previous row. 1 SC into the next 4 stitches (Into the 4 SC from previous row.), 2 HDC into the next 2stitches (Your 2 HDC from the previous row.), 2 DC into next stitch (DC from previous row.), 1 HDC in next, slip stitch into the loop space (the hole in the middle).

HDC, 2 DC in next stitch, 2 HDC in next 2 stitches, 1 SC in next 4 stitches, SL ST into slip stitch from previous round.** Slip stitch into middle space. Repeat from ** to ** on the other heart. Slip stitch into the middle space.

4- **1 slip stitch next 2 stitches, 1 SC into next 6 stitches, 2 HDC into next 3 stitches, 1 SC in next stitch, 1 slip stitch on each side of slip stitch from previous row (See picture for where to place these.)

1SC, 2 HDC in next 3 stitches, 1 SC in next 6 stitches** Slip stitch in next 2 stitches. Repeat from ** to **. Finish off, but leave a long tail to wrap around the center.

Weave in the starting piece of yarn on the back of the bow like this.

Fold your bow in half length wise and wrap your long tail around the center.

And there you have it! I’m sewing some of my bows onto hair ties and the others I will attach to clippies. You can even sew them onto headbands, hats, gloves, dresses…you name it!

Copyright 2015 Katrina Payne, aka Rebel Skein. This pattern and the photos within are not to be copied, sold, or distributed in whole or in part by any other entities. You can sell whatever you make from this pattern, but you must use your own photos. Happy hooking!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Jack Skellington Applique

Hey, there friends! I know, I know. Where have I been? Right? I am terrible about this blog. I am always saying I need to post more on my neglected blog. I have so many patterns that I need and want to share with you guys! I have a big problem with getting distracted and I pretty much have no concept of time. My other problem (and a problem that a lot of hookers have) is that I write patterns down in these random notes all over the place and they are in what I like to call Katonese...a language only I seem to understand. I'm pretty sure any of you who "wing it" and try to write down what you do know exactly what I'm talking about.

Anyway, this one might not be some spectacular pattern, but I happen to love it. It's so simple and there are so many fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas out there so I need to share it. Please forgive my pictures. These pictures were taken long ago before I mastered the art of picture taking and editing (I'm still not THAT great at it, but I would like to think I have improved.).

If you have any questions please feel free to post them. If I don't get back to you in a timely manner please visit my Facebook page and message me there. I don't get blog comment notifications as easily as I do Facebook notifications sometimes. And while I'm mentioning my Facebook page...I have vowed to post more patterns on a REGULAR basis! So, please follow me on Facebook for regular updates on new, FREE patterns! Or to bug me about when I'm going to post a new pattern! As always, you did the work here. So, whatever you decide to do with what you make is up to you! Happy hooking!

Here is what I did with my Jack Skellington Applique.

Here is the pattern:

Jack Skellington Applique-

H hook

R1- Make a magic circle. 6 HDC in MC. Join with a sl st to first HDC. (6)

R2- Chain 1. 2 HDC in each st. Join. (12)

R3- Chain 1. 2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st. *2 HDC in next st, 1 HDC in next st.* Repeat from * to *. Join. (18)

R4- Chain 1. 2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 2 st. *2 HDC in next st, 1 HDC in next 2 stitches. Repeat from * to *. Join. (24)

Finish off.

Eyes- Switch to a G hook.

Make a magic circle. 5 HDC in MC.

Mouth- For the mouth I make the long smile part first. Then, I go through and make 8 stitches across the mouth to hold it down and make it have the Jack Skellington smile look. Make a nose with this same yarn and tie off. You don't really have to worry about what the back of this looks like because you'll be sewing it on something and the back will be hidden.

Sew onto whatever you like!

*Edit* For anyone wanting the glove pattern that I used just follow this link here. These are one of my favorite glove patterns to whip up some quick fingerless gloves and they are super easy to adjust size and length.