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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Natalena Hat & Fingerless Gloves (3 of 3)

It was fun to review and re-make this pattern.  All of the pieces work up really fast, and I have to say that Loops & Threads from Michael's is hands down my favorite acrylic yarn.  I got all of it for this project during a 50% off sale, and I sure hope that doesn't mean it's going to be discontinued!

Best of all, two of my daughters got some new winter wear out of the process.  Once again, the free pattern for this set can be found here.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Natalena Hat & Fingerless Gloves (2 of 3)

The yarn for the second set is Michael's Loops &  Threads Impeccable in True Grey and Cherry.  With Valentine's Day approaching, I used hearts instead of flowers to decorate this set.  A how-to for the heart is here.

Going back and working on the solid color pair of fingerless gloves, I noticed they were just a bit snug and therefore upped the recommended hook size to an I instead of an H, as well as again changing a few words here and there to make the pattern a little easier to understand. This indoor picture is much closer to the true color of the Blue Diamond yarn.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Natalena Hat & Fingerless Gloves (1 of 3)

Thinking back to when I originally wrote this pattern, I remember that the hat in this set was inspired by one worn by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the movie No Reservations.  I had really admired its seamless simplicity.

The pattern was intended for either a solid color or two-tone set, and I wondered how clear the instructions actually were.  Sometimes I tend to overexplain things, and it just gets confusing!  That's why I decided to try out one of each.

For the solid color set, I used Michael's Loops & Threads brand Impeccable Glitter yarn in a color called Blue Diamond.  Since I took this photo outside in the bright sun to better show the flowers, it's hard to see that this is actually a very, very dark blue yarn with subtle blue sparkles throughout.  I really, really like it.

The original pattern provides for one large flower embelllishment, and now there's also instructions for the smaller one, three of which are shown here.  The only other changes to the hat part of the pattern were for clarity.  Next is to try it in two colors.

Find the new and hopefully improved Natalena free pattern here.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Tracks in the Snow Socks

The first pattern I decided to edit was Tracks in the Snow Socks.  Pictured here is the new version on my daughter's foot, with a photobomb by our year-old Boston Terrier, Bessie.  The new and (hopefully) improved pattern is here.

Rather than being reminiscent of dainty bird tracks in the snow as I had intended, the fronts of these socks looked more like tire tracks.  But that was okay.  Whatever appeared to have made them, the tracks were kind of cool, and I didn't change them.

What I was never quite happy with was the length and the short ribbing on top.  These socks made me think of crew socks that aspired to be knee socks, and failed.  This time around, I made them a bit shorter and gave them a more fitting finish at the top, simply working the V-stitch track pattern all the way around.

A Hobby Lobby finally opened near here recently, and this was the first time I tried their I Love This Yarn brand.  The color is Ivory, and it was indeed remarkably soft as promised on the wrapper.  It'll be interesting to see how it washes and wears.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Talking About Toes

One thing I'd like to add to my website is basic how-to pages that explain certain pattern elements that I tend to use over and over again.  For example, I always use one of two toe construction methods for crocheting socks.

I usually work the toe section in rounds rather than rows, to match the texture of the afterthought heel I also usually use.  At least one of my patterns, however, has its toes and heels done in rows.

Anyway, to that end, there are now two new pages devoted to crocheted sock toe construction on my website.  Toes in rounds is here.  Toes in rows is here.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I thought it might be fun to start going over and editing some of the free patterns on my website, Mrs D Crochets, and using this blog to talk about any updates, improvements, new tutorials, etc.

But I doubt I'll be able to resist putting up a scenery picture from time to time.  This is sunrise from my backyard on December 27, 2014, as an unusually warm Christmas week comes to an end.

(And there will probably be some sock knitting, too.)