granny smith applique

Posted in crocheting, free patterns on July 31, 2009 by katherine miller

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get it? because applique sounds like apple. >_<

instructions!

row 1: chain 4. dc 5 times in 4th chain from hook. ch 3, turn.
row 2: dc once in each dc across, ch 3, turn.
row 3: dc once in each of next 2 dc, sl st in next dc, dc once in each of next 2 dc. ch 3, turn.
edge: down the left side, work 5 sc and 1 hdc (6 st total) by working a stitch into the side of each dc halfway down, and then another at the base 3 times to make 6 stitches. Now you should be at the bottom of the apple where your first chain was. work 4 sc into that chain, and work 1 hdc and 5 sc evenly up the right side the same way you did for the left. now, you should be back up at the beginning of row 3.
last row: dc once in each of next 2 dc, sl st in next dc, dc once in each of next 2 dc. fasten off and weave in ends.
to make stem: attach brown yarn in the sl st dent in the center top of the apple. ch1, sc once in dent. chain 1, turn. sc in in previously made sc and fasten off.
to make leaf: chain 5. sc once in 2nd chain from hook. hdc in next chain. sc in next chain. (sl st, ch 1, sl st) in next chain in order to get to other side of leaf. sc in next chain, hdc in next chain, sc in next chain, fasten off. sew leaf to top of apple.

chunky striped hot water bottle sweater

Posted in free patterns, knitting with tags , on May 11, 2009 by katherine miller

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I made this for my stepmom for mother’s day (even though its slightly out of season). This pattern will fit a water bottle with dimensions of 8″ wide and 11.5″ long.

materials: about 150 yds of chunky/bulky weight yarn (good chance to use up some of your stash), size 10 knitting needles, size 10 circular needle, four buttons, thread or embroidery floss

instructions: cast on 28 and work in stockinette stripes (I did four rows for each stripe) until piece measures about 12″ long. Next row (RS), knit 9, bind off ten, knit 9. Next row (WS), purl 9, cast on 10, purl 9. You have just created the hole for the head of the bottle. The piece will be folded with this hole at the top, so continue working in stockinette matching the stripes on the other side, until you are one row away from matching the other side. Next row (WS): p1, bind off 2, p4, bind off 3, p8, bind off 3, p4, bind off 2, p1. Next row (RS): k1, cast on 2, k4, cast on 3, k8, cast on 3, k4, cast on 2, k1. You have just created the button holes for the bottom. Next row(WS): bind off. Fold over and sew together with the hole at the top, and the extra rows for the button holes hanging down a bit so that they can be folded over. Using the circular needle, pick up 24 stitches along the hole and work in k1, p1 rib until neck is the length you like. I worked mine to be 3 inches, folded it over, and sewed it down. Sew your buttons to the opposite side of the bottom from the buttonholes with matching thread or embroidery floss and its done : )

After much deliberation…

Posted in free patterns, knitting with tags , on September 4, 2008 by katherine miller

I have decided to make my Victorian Rose Lace Clutch Pattern free! If you’re not familiar with said clutch, you may view those in the picture below:

An html version is located here- www.shopkateydid.com/roselaceclutch.html

freshly baked potholder

Posted in crocheting, free patterns, Uncategorized with tags , , on July 30, 2008 by katherine miller

EDIT (October 7, 2012): After a comment on ravelry suggesting there are some issues with this pattern (unfortunately no specifics have been mentioned yet), I decided to go back over it, make another of the potholders, and see if I could find any errors. I admit it has been a while since I’ve looked at this pattern (about four years!), but even after completing another project I couldn’t find the errors in question, just a couple spelling mistakes. I did make some changes: I added clarifications/changed wording re-worded the cherry/bobble stitch (I thought it might perhaps be a bit too confusing as is), and added to the existing instructions in order to clarify some other parts that might have been unclear. I also added an optional 12th round to the pie filling, because I could see how someone might end up needing it to make the filling and crust the same size, depending on gauge. If you are aware of any errors in any of my patterns, have any questions, or even just have suggestions for better wording, please feel free to e-mail me at kateydidhandmade@gmail.com and I’ll absolutely make the appropriate changes as soon as possible (if in fact there are any mistakes). —Katherine

For retro-kitschy kitchens, a potholder that looks like a cherry pie. The pattern churns out a pie slightly larger than the one pictured, with more cherries (the picture of the first one I made was freeform; this pattern describes how to make an improved design). If you’re not so keen on crocheting, you can purchase one at kateydidhandmade.etsy.com.


notes before you begin:

  • the abbreviations used in this pattern are: sl st (slip stitch), ch (chain), sc (single crochet), and dc (double crochet). the cherry/bobble stitch that you will also need to know is detailed below.
  • the first stitch of each round should be ch1 (for sc rows) or ch3 (for dc rows). Add another ch 1 for the very first round of each piece.
  • how to complete a cherry/bobble stitch:
    double crochet five times in the next stitch. remove loop from hook, insert hook between the first of those double crochets and whatever your last stitch was (in other words, in front of the first double crochet), and then back through the loop that was previously on hook. draw the loop through the hole before the first double crochet.
  • note: just to avoid any confusion, the cherry/bobble stitch above does not count toward each round’s “stitch count” (noted at the end of each row in parenthesis), because the five double crochets are meant to just be a lump on top of the work (or a bobble, or a cherry, etc.). in other words, you shouldn’t be working any stitches into the five double crochets involved in a cherry/bobble stitch.
  • questions? e-mail me at kateydidhandmade@gmail.com. comments left on this blog are not an effective way of communicating for me as I have not updated it in years and I don’t check it regularly.

for the filling:
rnd 1 : sc 6 times in second chain from hook. join with sl st to first sc (6 st)
rnd 2 : repeat *dc three times in next sc. cherry bobble st in next sc* three times, join with sl st to top of ch 3 (9 st)
rnd 3 : repeat *sc in next dc, sc twice in dc after that* around (15 st)
rnd 4 : repeat *sc once in each of next two sc, sc twice in the sc after that* around (21 st)
rnd 5 : repeat *dc three times in next sc, dc once in next sc, cherry bobble in next sc* around, join to top of ch 3 (28 st)
rnd 6 : repeat *sc once in each of next 3 dc, sc twice in the dc after that* around, (35 st)
rnd 7 : repeat *sc once in each of next 4 sc, sc twice in the sc after that* around, (42 st)
rnd 8 : work like rnds 2 and 5 (56 st)
rnd 9 : repeat *sc once in each of next 6 sc, sc twice in the sc after that* around, join to first sc (64 st)
rnd 10 : repeat *sc once in each of next 7 sc, sc twice in the sc after that* around, join to first sc (72 st)
rnd 11 : repeat *sc once in each of next 8 sc, sc twice in the sc after that* around, join to first sc (80 st)
rnd 12 (optional, you should omit this round if the filling and crust pieces are the same size without it): sc once in each st around, join (80 st)

for the crust:
rnd 1: sc 6 times in second chain from hook, join with sl st to first sc.
rnd 2-8 : sc  once in each sc, increasing evenly 6 times around. (48 st)
rnd 9,11,13,15 : sc once in each sc, increasing evenly 8 times around ( 56st, 64st, 72 st, 80 st)
rnd 10,12,14 : sc in each sc around (56 st, 64 st, 72 st)

putting it all together:
rnd 1: hold the pie filling and the crust pieces back sides together, and sc through each sc around the edges to join the filling to the crust all around (80 st)
rnd 2: *sc four st in next sc, sc five st in sc after that* around (360 st)

the maple leaf rag

Posted in crocheting, free patterns with tags , on April 3, 2008 by katherine miller
free maple leaf pattern!
row 1: ch six, sc in second ch from hook and next three chains. work 5 sc in next ch, wrapping around to other side. sc once in each of next three chains and then work 4 sc in last ch, join to sc on other side with sl stitch. ch 1, turn.
row 2: work 2 sc in sl st, work 2 sc in each of next three sc. ch1, turn
row 3: *sc once in next sc, two sc in sc after that* 4 times. ch1, turn
first leaflet: sc once in each of next two sc, ch1, turn. sc once in each of next two sc, ch1, turn. sc decrease and then sl st down the side of the leaflet you just made until you return to the next sc of the maid body of the leaf.]
second leaflet: sc once in each of next two sc, ch1, turn. sc twice in eachof next two sc, ch1, turn. sc once in each of next four sc, ch1, turn. sc decrease twice, ch1, turn. sc decrease once and then sl st down the side of the leaflet you just made until you return to the next sc of the main body of the leaf.
third leaflet: sc once in eachof next four sc, ch1, turn. sc once in each of next four sc, ch1, turn. sc twice in next sc, sc once in each of next two sc, sc twice in next sc,ch1,turn. sc once in each of next six sc. sc decrease, sc once in each of next two sc, sc decrease, ch1, turn. sc decrease twice,ch1,turn. sc decrease once and then sl st down the side of the leaflet you just made until you return to the next sc of the main body of the leaf.
fourth and fifth leaflets: work as for second and first leaflets, respectively.
to finish: in the same or a contrasting color, work a sc border around the outside of the leaf, decreasing at inner corners / between leaflets and increasing at outer corners / tips of leaflets.
And you’re done!