1 for Me, 1 for You- Three Cables Block

Help me help local communities by creating blocks for Warm Up America, by making a block for yourself and one for a community project with this free pattern. I will be creating a new block every few weeks and sharing it with you, I just ask that make one for donation.

Warm Up America is a nationwide organization that encourages local donations, but will also except donations to be sent to their office so that blocks can be assembled and then blankets can be donated through the United States.

Three Cables Block

Even if you do not want to participate with Warm Up America, please consider creating blocks, or blankets for your local community. There are various places in every community that accept donations.

Three Cable Block

Crossing post stitches make great texture and stunning appearance, and they are not as difficult as you might think. Essentially you work post stitches 2 rows below your working row, to cross a cable the first posts worked will be shifted over by skipping stitches, and the last post stitches will be worked in the skipped stitches, crossing over the first post stitches created. These twists are highlighted more by having alternating post stitch rows worked by not crossing the post stitches, creating a visual gap between the rows of twists.

Gauge: 7”x9” rectangle

Materials

Medium weight yarn, in 4 colors MC (main color), CC1 (first cable), CC2 (large cable in middle), CC3 (last cable)

K/10 ½/ 6.5mm hook

Special Stitches

FPdc- Front Post Double Crochet: Yarn over, insert hook from front to back and then to front again around post of stitch, yarn over and draw up loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice. (see a visual on how to work the stitch here)

Block Pattern

With MC Ch 24

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn. -23 sc sts

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 3: Rep Row 2.

Crossing Cables Row

Row 4 (Crossing Cables Row): Ch 1, sc same st, sc in next 2 sts changing to color CC1 in last st (tips for changing colors here), FPdc around stitch 1 skipped from next stitch and 2 rows below, FPdc around next st of row 2 below, FPdc around the 1 skipped stitch before the first FPdc (this is crossing over the last 2 stitches made), changing to MC, sc in the next 3 stitches in Row 4 (note you do not work in the stitches behind the FPdc stitches), change to CC2 in last st, FPdc around stitch 2 skipped from next stitch and 2 rows below, FPdc around next 2 sts of row 2 below, FPdc around the first 1 skipped stitch, FPdc around second skipped stitch (these two stitches cross over the last 3 stitches made), changing to MC, sc in next 3 stitches in Row 4, change to CC3, FPdc around stitch 1 skipped from next stitch and 2 rows below, FPdc around next st of row 2 below, FPdc around the 1 skipped stitch before the first FPdc (this is crossing over the last 2 stitches made), changing to MC, sc in the last 3 stitches in Row 4, turn.

Working First Crossed Cable Front Post Stitch of small cable, Skipping 1 stitch over, and 2 rows below
Working second FPdc of small cable.
Working last FPdc of Small Cable, working in skipped stitch and crossing over FPdc created just before.
Working first FPdc of Large Cable, skip 2 stitches and work stitch 2 row s below. Note when working the forth stitch of this cable it will cross over the first three and be worked around the first skipped stitch, this is adjacent to the main color stitches.
The top row shows the appearance of all the crossed cables.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts changing to CC3 in last st, working over MC yarn sc in next 3 sts (tips for working over yarn here), change to MC, sc in next 3 sts changing to CC2 in last st, working over MC yarn, sc in next 5 sts, change to MC, sc in next 3 sts changing to CC1 in last st, working over MC, sc in next 3 sts, change to MC, sc in last 3 sts, turn.

Crochet over the main color, in odd number rows.
The Main color is not worked over in the even number rows, and instead when changing colors it bands across the back of the block.

Uncrossed Cable Row

Row 6 (Uncrossed Cable Row): Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts changing to CC1 in last st, FPdc around stitch 2 rows below, FPdc around next 2 stitches 2 rows below, change to MC, sc in next 3 sts changing to CC2 in last st, FPdc around stitch 2 rows below, FPdc around next 4 sts 2 rows below, change to MC, sc in next 3 sts changing to CC3 in last st, FPdc around stitch 2 rows below, FPdc around next 2 stitches 2 rows below, change to MC, sc in last 3 sts, turn.

Working first FPdc of uncrossed cable row, this stitch is directly below next stitch and 2 rows below.
Working second FPdc of uncrossed cable row of small cable, this stitch can be difficult to find as it is behind the crossed stitches, and may take a bit of practice to ensure that you find them
Appearance of uncrossed cable row on small cable.
All Uncrossed Cable Rows are shown across the top.

Row 7: Rep Row 5.

Row 8-23: Rep Rows 4-7 four times.

Row 24: Rep Row 4.

Row 25: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st across.

Row 26: Rep Row 25. Fasten off, weave in ends, block.

1 For Me, 1 For You- Triple Linen

Help me help local communities by creating blocks for Warm Up America, by making a block for yourself and one for a community project with this free pattern. I will be creating a new block every two weeks and sharing it with you, I just ask that make one for donation.

Warm Up America is a nation wide organization that encourages local donations, but will also except donations to be sent to their office so that blocks can be assembled and then blankets can be donated through the United States.

Triple Linen Block

Even is you do not want to participate with Warm Up America, please consider creating blocks, or blankets for your local community. There are various places in every community that accept donations.

Triple Linen Block

This block features color change, that does not require you to break the yarn. You can carry the yarn up the edge, as the color changes every row, and then finish the sides with edging.

Learn the best color changes.

Learn tips For Carrying Yarn on Edges.

Gauge: Square measures 7”x 9”

Materials

Medium weigh yarn, three colors (A), (B), (C)

K/10 1/2 /6.50mm crochet hook/

Block Pattern

Ch 24

Row 1: With (A), sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch across, change to (B), turn. -23sc

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, (ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next st) ten times, sc in last st, change to (C) turn.

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in same st, (ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp) ten times, sc in last st, change to (A) turn.

Row 4:  Ch 1, sc in same st, (ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in next ch-1 sp) ten times, sc in last st, change to (B) turn.

Row 5-29: Rep Rows 2-4

Row 30-31: Rep Row 2 & 3.

Rnd 1: Working around edges of block, sc evenly working 3 sc in each corner.  Fasten off. Weave in ends.

1 for Me, 1 for You- Berries and Bobbles Block

Help me help local communities by creating blocks for Warm Up America, by making a block for yourself and one for a community project with this free pattern. I will be creating a new block every two weeks and sharing it with you, I just ask that make one for donation.

Warm Up America is a nation wide organization that encourages local donations, but will also except donations to be sent to their office so that blocks can be assembled and then blankets can be donated through the United States.

Berries and Bobbles Block

Even is you do not want to participate with Warm Up America, please consider creating blocks, or blankets for your local community. There are various places in every community that accept donations.

Berries and Bobbles Block

This block features some texture, by utilizing chain loops that create little “bumps” or “berries” while it is broken up by strips of bobbles.

Gauge: Square measures 7”x 9”

Materials

Medium weigh yarn

J/10/6.00mm crochet hook

Special Stitches

Bobble: [Yo, insert hook in stitch, yo, pull through a loop] rep 4 times, yo, pull through 8 loops.

Block Pattern

Ch 23

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn. -22sc

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, [ch 3, sc in next 2 sts] 9 times, sc in last 2 sts, turn. -9 ch-3 loops

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each sc across, pushing ch-3 loops to the back side of work, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, [ch 3, sc in next 2 scs] 9 times, sc in last st, turn. -9 ch-3 loops

Row 6: Rep Row 4.

Rows 7-8: Rep Rows 3-4.

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st across.

Row 10: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, [Bobble in next st, ch 1, sc in next 2 sts] 6 times, sc in last 2 sts, turn. -6 bobbles

Row 11: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each sc and bobble skipping ch sts, turn. -23 sc

Row 12: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 13-22: Rep Rows 3-12.

Row 23-29: Rep Rows 3-9.

Row 30: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st across. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

See the texture on the Berries and Bobbles Block

Crochet More Alike

For some reason I am finding it difficult to write this post.

The last couple of weeks has reminded me of something quite fundamental within the fiber arts. When you find those that share your hobby, you find your tribe. I have witnessed several examples of how this tribe is a force of good in the world.

The first example was while I was at the DFW Fiber Fest. Just as the vendor market was about to open the rumor had spread that one vendor had not been able to set up. Apparently, the trailer that carried all of their yarns, their samples, their entire booth set up was stolen from a hotel parking lot.

Most vendors are small businesses, the entire family participates in the entire experience. This is the livelihood, and obviously a loss like this is huge set back.

So, what happened next was a true feeling of the tribe. All the other vendors donated items for a raffle drawing, while attendees began taking up donations. After 24 hours all organization came together for one central raffle drawing fundraising event. In just two and a half short days over $12,000 was raised to help offset the losses to this family.

To add to the story, apparently the thieves took approximately a third of the yarn they had stolen and donated it to a Habitat for Humanity store. A crochet loving volunteer thought that this donation looked odd, did a bit of research and was able to return some of the vendors stock to them. The vendor was able to have a small booth to sell these found yarns, in which they had a steady show of support.

This was occurring as a fellow crochet was losing her battle with cancer. By now in life I have been down this path before, it does not become any easier. However there was a bit of a difference with this passing. I know this crocheter from the Crochet Guild of America, I have spent time with her at the annual conference, and followed her life on-line via Facebook.

After her passing, her only living relative, her brother, reached out to her crochet community to inform them of just how much we all meant to her. This tribe was her family, and the simple act of sharing our love for crochet had created an environment in her life that was the world to her. Her tribe was important to her enough that they become a part of her everyday life. There is a void in the crochet community.

There are other instances that have come together this week to remind me that there is so much more we have in common than we have different. Crochet just happens to be one of those tribes that we can easily recognize, we know that if someone plays with yarn we can find a common ground.

I still do not understand why I have had such difficulty putting any of this to words, maybe it is because my tribe is too close to my heart.

Beyond Basic Hat- Free Pattern

Last week I shared a Basic Hat free pattern, I had an increased number of people wanting to make hats, and they really are great, quick projects, that can help those fighting cancer by the means of chemo therapy. I have designed both of these hats using baby weight yarn, as I find that it is both soft and hypo-allergenic.

The Beyond Basic Hat is worked holding 2 strands of baby yarn at one time (you could substitute 1 strand of medium weight yarn instead). To use 2 strands is not as difficult as it seems, you simply hold them together and treat them as if they were just 1 strand, so you yarn over using both strands together, you pull through loops using both strands together, they just get worked as one. I find it fun to use 2 different colors, like I did in this sample with teal and lemon yellow.

I find that this pattern tends to be my go to hat more often, as is really works up fairly fast, however if you want to learn how to customize the size of hat, check out my tutorial, Crochet Hat Formula, here.

 

Beyond Basic Hat

Materials:

2 skeins Lion Brand Soft Baby light weight yarn (60% acrylic, 40% nylon)

I/9/6mm crochet hook

Gauge: 5 rnds/ 8 dc=3”

This pattern is worked holding 2 strands of yarn throughout.

For directions for the Reverse Single Crochet (Revsc) check out my tutorial here.

Sizes: Baby (Kid, Woman, Man)

Rnd 1(1, 1, 1) Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from the hook, sl st to join.

Rnd 2 (2, 2, 2): Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join.

Rnd 3 (3, 3, 3): Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, [2 dc in next st, dc in next st] rep around, sl st to join.

Rnd – (4, 4, 4): Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts] rep around, sl st to join.

Rnd – ( -, 5, 5): Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts] rep around, sl st to join.

Rnd – (-, -, 6): Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 4 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts] rep around, sl st to join.

Rnd 4-8 (5-11, 6-12, 7-13): Ch 3, dc in each st around, sl st to join.

Rnd 9 (12, 13, 14): Ch 1, Revsc around, sl st to join. Fasten off, weave in ends.