Happy Clappy Crochet

Celebrating Crochet with a Positive Spin

Back To School Team Spirit!

It is back to school time across the country, with families gearing up to send their kids to grade school, high school, or even college.  Back to school also means the start of Fall Sports – Volleyball, Cross-Country, and Football just to name a few. So, I thought I’d highlight a couple patterns I made for Cascade Yarns to help show your school spirit!

The first is the Spirit Wave Scarf. This is a quick crochet project, easily done in two or three colors, and perfect for flashing your school colors at any sporting event.

© Cascade Yarns

© Cascade Yarns

The second item will keep you warm when you are sitting in the stands during playoff season, or need something to wrap around yourself as you cheer on your favorite runner as they race across frost-covered fields. It’s the Spirit Wave Stadium Blanket! Once again, it can be crocheted in two or three colors, and you can decide how thick or thin you want the ripples to be.

© Cascade Yarns

© Cascade Yarns

Surprise a super fan with one or both of these items, and its sure to be a hit! Looking for an End of Season gift for an awesome coach? The stadium blanket would be something they would cherish for a long time.

Let me know how you use crochet to cheer on your favorite teams!

Leave a comment »

Friendship Shawl Photo Tutorial

This post will serve to show how to do the short row shaping wedge, featured in my latest pattern for Cascade Yarns – North Shore Friendship Shawl.

Follow this pictorial tutorial to make the first 5 rows of the gauge swatch as stated in the pattern.

©Laura Krzak

©Laura Krzak

Chain 32.

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

Row 1: Working into the back bar side of the chain stitch, half-double crochet (HDC) into the 3rd ch from the hook and in each ch across. Turn.

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch here and throughout the pattern), HDC in first 5 sts across. Turn.

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

Row 3: Ch 1, place stitch marker (sm) in back bar of ch 1 just made, HDC in 5 sts across. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 2, HDC in first 5 sts, …

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

back bar HDC (pick up back bar of the stitch markered chain, then insert hook into the top two loops of the next unworked stitch 3 rows down, YO and pull loop through top of st [3 loops on hook], YO and pull through all 3 loops), HDC in next 4 sts. Turn.

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

Row 5: Ch 1, place sm in back bar of ch1 1 just made, HDC in 10 sts across. Turn.

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

 

Once you have completed all 13 rows in the gauge swatch pattern, your short row sample should look something like this:

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

Use this swatch to make sure your stitching gauge matches the one in the pattern. I’m a pretty average tension – not too tight, not too loose – but if you do fall into one of those stitch tension categories, please adjust your hook size so you do get the proper gauge.

 

A quick note about gauge: Gauge is factored with this particular yarn (Category 3 – DK / Light Worsted), along with my tension and hook choice.  If you choose a different weight of yarn, please be aware that it will change the overall size of the shawl. That is why making a gauge swatch is so important. It will help you adapt your yarn choice to the pattern.

 

 

Leave a comment »

Whatever

TIME TO REGISTER TO VOTE

Aberrant Crochet (TM)

For the OffBeat World...

Knitting Like Crazy

Celebrating Crochet with a Positive Spin

I Push Books

A middle school librarian's adventures in reading

knitnrun4sanity

Running, knitting, crocheting and blogging along.

Agrarian Artisan

The Accidental Designer

Rohn Strong

Crafting a Handmade Home

Tracing Real Body Models

An alternative to the stereotypical fashion figure templates