Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Spring Spirals Hat and Purse

                                          By: Debbie Nicholas

                                                                       





Presenting a new pattern and way of creating lovely ridges in your items. The pattern includes a hat in sizes preemie to adult as well as a purse pattern.  The pattern for the simple flower embellishment is also included.
I reserve the entire copyright on this pattern.  Please do not make copies to share.  If you would like to make and sell items that is fine, but please give pattern credit.  I worked hard on this pattern and am eager to share it with you.  





 The above purse was made by a pattern tester.
 This purse was also made by a pattern tester



The hats below were all made by me.  I apologize that I don't have a pattern for every flower pictures.  Some of them were just made up or found online. 








Spring Spirals Hat
By Debbie Nicholas
Color A: 1 skein (3 oz) variegated worsted weight yarn (purple blend)
Color B: 1 skein (3 oz) matching solid color worsted weight yarn (yellow)
Color C: small amount of an accent color (pink)
Size H hook
Darning Needle
BASIC PATTERN
Fits infant size 0-3months (instructions for other sizes below)
Note: unless noted do not join rounds, mark beg of round with a piece of string.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, in 2nd ch from hook work 1sc, 1hdc, 10dc (12)
Rnd 2: 2 dc in BACK LOOP of each st around (24)
Rnd 3: in BACK LOOPS *1 dc in first st, 2 dc in next, repeat from * around (36)
Rnd 4-8: in BACK LOOPS dc in each st around
Rnd 9: in BACK LOOPS, dc in next 34 st, hdc in next, sc in next
Ribbing
Rnd 10: sl st in next st, ch 2, *dcfp around next st, dcbp around next repeat from*
around, dcfp around last st, jn to top of ch 2 with a sl st and fasten off. fasten off.
Spiral detail
With top of hat facing you, join Color B with a sc in the first free loop at the bottom of
the first st of round 2. Sc in each free loop around following the spiral down to the last
free stitch at the bottom of the last st of round 10. fasten off.
Flower
With Color C
Rnd 1: Chain 5 and join with a sl st to form a ring. Ch 1…inside loop work *sc ch 3,
repeat from * 4 times more, join with a sl st (5 ch 3 loops)
Rnd 2: *In next ch 3 loop work sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc, repeat from * 4 times more, join
with sl st and fasten off. Tack to front of purse as seen in picture.
For preemie size
Work as for 0-3 months size omitting round 3 and round 9-10.
For 3-6 month size
Rnd 1-3: repeat round 1-3 of Basic Pattern
Rnd 4: BACK LOOPS *dc in 1st two st, 2 dc in next repeat from * (48)
Rnd 5-9: BACK LOOPS dc in each st around
Rnd 10: in BACK LOOPS, dc in next 46 st, hdc in next, sc in next
Ribbing
Rnd 11: Repeat rnd 10 of Basic Pattern
Repeat spiral detail and flower of basic pattern.
6M-2YRS
Rnds 1-4 repeat rounds 1-4 of 3-6 size
Rnd 5, dc in 6, inc in next (54)
Rnd 6-10 dc around
Rnd 11 dc in 52 st, hdc, sc, sl st
Rnd 12 ribbing row
3-10 YRS
1-4 as for 6M-2YRS
Rnd 5 dc in 3, inc (60)
Rnd 6-11 dc around
Rnd 12 dc in 58, hdc, sc,
Rnd 13 ribbing
Teen and Adult woman
Rnd 1-5 as for as for 3-10 (60)
Rnd 6 dc in 9, inc, (66)
Rnd 7-14 dc around
Rnd 15 dc in 64, hdc, sc,
Rnd 16 ribbing row.

Spring Is Coming Spiral Purse
 byDebbie Nicholas

Color A: 1 skein (3 oz) variegated worsted weight yarn
Color B: 1 skein (3 oz) matching solid color worsted weight yarn
Size H hook
Darning Needle

With Color A: Chain 31
Round 1: sc in 1 loop of second chain from hook, hdc in 1 loop of next ch, dc in 1 loop of each ch across, turn row over and dc in another free loop back across chain.. (1 sc, 1 hdc, 58 dc)
Round 2: dc in back loop of each st around (free loop should be on outside of purse) (60 dc ) DO NOT JOIN
Round 3-6: (always in back loops) repeat round 2
Round 7: (back loops) dc in 58, hdc in next, sc in next. Sl st in next st and fasten off.

Spiral texture
Hold work with beginning chain on top, the end of round 7 on your left.
Join Color B with a sc in 1st free loop on bottom chain (on your right) sc across bottom chain, then sc in the free loop at the top of the first sc of round 1. Sc in each free loop around purse continuing to spiral to the top of the piece. Work in front loops at the top of round 7, sl st in same st as last sl st of round 7. (240 sc)
DO NOT FASTEN OFF

Top Detail
(continuing in color B)
Round 8:  Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc) , dc in back loop of each st around, join with sl st (60 dc)
Round 9-11:  (both loops) Ch 3, dc in each st around , join with sl st.
Round 12:  Ch 1 turn, sc in back loop of each st around (free loop should be INSIDE purse) jn with a sl st.
Round 13-16:  (both loops) ch 1 (don’t turn) sc in each st around, jn with sl st
(ADD MORE ROWS HERE?)
Round 17:  (shell trim) *sc in 1st st, sk 1 st, 5 dc in next st (shell), sk 1 st,  repeat from *around jn to 1st sc, and fasten off (15 sc, 15 shells)
Fold Top Detail down as show in picture.

Handles
With outside of purse facing you, lay purse flat.
Upper Trim
Join Color B with a sc in 1st free loop at the top right of the front of purse, sc in each st around and fasten off.
1st Handle
Row 1: Skip next 5 st on upper trim and join Color A with a sc, sc in next two st
Row 2-30: ch 1, turn sc across, (3 sc)
Skip next 14 st on upper trim, join top or row 30 of handles to next 3 st with sl stitches (or fasten off and sew to next three stitches) Fasten off.

2nd Handle
Row 1: skip next 10 stitches on upper handle and join Color B with a sc in next st, sc in next 2 st.
Row 2-30 repeat as for Handle one.

Flower
Round 1: Chain 5 and join with a sl st to form a ring. Ch 1…inside loop work *sc ch 3, repeat from * 4 times more, join with a sl st (5 ch 3 loops)
Round 2: *In next ch 3 loop work sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc, repeat from * 4 times more, join with sl st and fasten off. Tack to front of purse as seen in picture.



Sunday, January 26, 2014


tiny little threads bear
By: Debbie Nicholas

DMC pearle cotton thread size 8, brown and light brown
10 crochet hook
Black 1mm onyx beads for eyes. (or you can use seed beads, or do a French knot for eyes, I like the onyx beads the best. I purchased mine from beadlady001 on ebay)
Black metallic embroidery thread for nose and mouth.
Stuffing

Note: Unless otherwise stated work rounds without joining or turning, mark the beginning of each round with contrasting thread.

Head
With brown
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 1st ch. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc of rnd 1 (12 sc)
Rnd 3: 2 sc in each sc around (24 sc)
Rnd 4-10: sc in each st around
Rnd 11-12: sc2tog around, at end of rnd 12 sl st in next ch. Fasten off leaving tail. Stuff head and gather opening sew closed. I stuff the head using small amounts of stuffing and the blunt end of my crochet hook.

Muzzle
With lt brown
Rnd 1: ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (8)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next, sc in next) around (12)
Rnd 4-6: sc around at end of last rnd sl st in next st and fasten off leaving 6 inch tail for sewing. Stuff nose , don’t sew it closed, position as in photo and stitch in place on head.

Ears
Make 2 with lt brown

Row 1- Leaving 6 inch tail ch 2, in 2nd ch from hook work a sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc. , fasten off leaving tail.

Bears Facial Features
Thread needle on first tail of an ear and placing ear where you want it run thread though the head and out where it will attach to body (at neck), repeat with other tail exiting right next to first tail at neck. Tie the two ends together with a square knot, then hide ends in head by sewing back through the head and out, pull thread tight and snip, the end should disappear inside. Repeat for other tail. Then repeat for other ear.

Sew on eyes in similar fashion as ears. Thread a bead on a length of strong thread, and then thread each end and attach eye as you did ear.

Embroider facial features, such as nose, eyes and eyebrows using the metallic thread or other thread that will give you the look you want.


Body
With Brown

Rnd 1: ch 2, 10 sc in 1st ch
Rnd 2: 2 sc around (20)
Rnds 3-7: sc around
Rnd 8: sc in 5, 2 sc in next, sc in 8, 2 sc in next, sc in 5 (22)
Rnd 9-18: sc around
Rnd 19: sc2tog around, sl st in next st. fasten off, leaving tail. Stuff body and use tail to gather the opening by threading yarn though each stitch around, pull tight and sew shut.


Legs
Make 2

Rnd 1: (foot pad) With lt brown ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in 3, 3 sc in last ch, on opposite side of starting ch, working in remaining loops, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in last st, switch to brown in last st. (12)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around
Rnd 3: sc in 7, sc2tog 5x, sc in 7 (19)
Rnd 4: sc in 5, sc2tog 5x, sc in 4
Rnd 5: sc in 5, sc2tog 3x, sc in 3
Rnd 6: sc around (11)
Rnd 7: 2 sc in next 2 st, sc around (13)
Rnd 8-15: sc around
Rnd 16: sc in next st, sc2tog around, jn w sl st to 1 sc. Fasten off, stuff and sew opening closed as with body.


Arms
Make 2
With brown
Rnd 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 1st ch.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3-11: sc around
Rnd 12: sc2tog 2x, sc in 8 (10)
Rnd 13: sc around
Rnd 14-18: sc around, at last rnd, sl st in 1st st of rnd 18 and fasten off, stuff and oversew across ends.


THREAD JOINING

With strong Dental floss threaded on a sturdy needle long enough to go through body of bear, leaving a long tail, insert yarn at spot on body where its left leg will join, exit through the top of the body at neck. Take a deep stitch in the bottom of bears head and go back through neck in same hole, exiting out right leg joint. Take a stitch in the top inside of the leg that will go on the bears right (where you want the joint) and insert needle back into body at the same place it came out exiting at the left joint where you started. ( you have formed a triangle of sorts). Now take a stitch in the corresponding left leg. Now tie together the tail you left at the beginning with the thread on the needle. TIE VERY TIGHTLY and make at least 3 tight knots. They should be hidden in the joint of the leg. Hide the ends in the body. Next attach arms by entering in one joint, exiting out the other and catching the arm as you did the leg and re-entering body and back out where you started, catching other arm, then pulling tightly and knotting as you did for the legs. Your bear should now be posable. If they are too loose to hold position you need to tie more tightly and I highly recommend the floss.


Please email me at debbish@yahoo.com if you have any problems or questions with these instructions. I would love to help.

Please don’t distribute copies of this pattern. Thanks.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Big Brown Mohair Threads Bear


Brown Mohair Bear
Materials needed
Brown knitting or worsted weight Mohair
White cotton thread (size 10, bedspread weight, or knit-cro-sheen)
Cream Mohair fingering weight
D hook ( a size 1 steel hook with the same threads will yield a smaller bear)

The charm she wears is a button. Her eyes are 1 mm onyx although I recommend 4mm. Snow baby pattern is done with 4mm eyes if you want to look at a comparison
Note: When working rounds…do not join unless noted, use a contrasting thread to mark the beginning of each rnd.
Head
With Brown mohair
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 1st ch. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc of rnd 1 (12 sc)
Rnd 3: 2 sc in each sc around (24 sc)
Rnd 4-10: sc in each st around
Rnd 11-12: sc2tog, at end of rnd 12 sl st in next ch. Fasten off leaving tail. Stuff head and gather opening sew closed.
Muzzle
With cotton thread and fine mohair together
Rnd 1: ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (8)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next, sc in next) around (12)
Rnd 4-6: sc around at end of last rnd sl st in next st and fasten off leaving tail for sewing. Stuff nose and stitch in place on head.
Ears
With cotton and fine mohair together.
Join yarn with a sc to st where you want ear to go, hdc, dc, hdc, sc in same st. fasten off. Hide ends inside head

Body
With brown mohair
Rnd 1: ch 2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: 2 sc around
Rnd 3: (2sc, 1sc) 6x (18)
Rnd 4-8: sc around
Rnd 9: (sc in 5, 2sc in next) 3x (21)
Rnd 10-19: sc around
Rnd 20: sc2tog around, sl st last st of rnd 20 and fasten off stuff and sew closed.





Brown Mohair continued…
Arms
Make 2
With brown mohair
Rnd 1: with ecru ch 2, 6 sc in 1st ch.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3-11: sc around
Rnd 12: sc2tog 2x, sc in 8 (10)
Rnd 13: sc around
Rnd 14-17: work 3 sc in brown switching to white mohair and cotton together, work 5 white, switching back to brown work 2 brown
Rnd 18: sc around in brown, sl st to first st, fasten off. Stuff and join as before.

Legs
Rnd 1: With white ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in 3, 3 sc in last ch, on opposite side, sc in 3 , 2 sc in last st switching to brown . (12)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around
Rnd 3: sc in 7, sc2tog 5x, sc in 7 (19)
Rnd 4: sc in 5, sc2tog 5x, sc in 4
Rnd 5: sc in 5, sc2tog 3x, sc in 3
Rnd 6: sc around (11)
Rnd 7: 2 sc in next 2 st, sc around (13)
Rnd 8-11: sc around
Rnd 12: sc in 4, 2sc in next, (sc in 3, 2 sc in next) 2x (16)
Rnd 13: (sc in 3, 2sc in next) 4x (20)
Rnd 14-17: sc around
Rnd 18: (sc in 3, sc2tog) 4x
Rnd 19: sc2tog 8x, sl st , fasten off stuff as before

THREAD JOINING

With strong Dental floss threaded on a sturdy needle long enough to go through body of bear, leaving a long tail, insert yarn at spot on body where its left leg will join, exit through the top of the body at neck. Take a deep stitch in the bottom of bears head and go back through neck in same hole, exiting out right leg joint. Take a stitch in the top inside of the leg that will go on the bears right (where you want the joint) and insert needle back into body at the same place it came out exiting at the left joint where you started. ( you have formed a triangle of sorts). Now take a stitch in the corresponding left leg. Now tie together the tail you left at the beginning with the thread on the needle. TIE VERY TIGHTLY and make at least 3 tight knots. They should be hidden in the joint of the leg. Hide the ends in the body. Next attach arms by entering in one joint, exiting out the other and catching the arm as you did the leg and re-entering body and back out where you started, catching other arm, then pulling tightly and knotting as you did for the legs. Your bear should now be posable. If they are too loose to hold position you need to tie more tightly and I highly recommend the floss.


Copyright 2003 Debbie Nicholas

Monday, September 30, 2013

Free Crochet slouchy Hat Pattern

by Debbie Nicholas


From the back on an adult




on a child

hair tucked in
SLOUCHY HAT

Materials
Universal yarn
Classic Shades
70% Acrylic
30% Wool
Medium Weight Wool
3.5 oz
197 Yards
Color Harvest 712, Lot 950
J crochet hook

Note: do not join  rounds unless directed, work in continuous rounds.

1-Ch 2, work a sc, hdc, and 10 dc in second ch from hook
2- work 2 dc in each st around (24)
3- *work 1 dc in next  st, and 2 dc (increase) in next, repeat from* around (36)
4- *work 2 dc in next 2 st, and 2 dc in next, repeat from* around (48)
5- *work 3 dc in next 2 st, and 2 dc in next, repeat from* around (60)
6- *work 4  dc in next 2 st, and 2 dc in next, repeat from* around (72)
7-19  dc in each st around (72)
20- dc in 54 st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next  (this is the end of this row) 57
21- ch 1, sc in same st as sl st from row 20, and sc around all the stitches, when you get back around to the first sc, join the round with a sl st. (72)
22-24 ch 1 sc around, join with a sl st (72)
25- ch 1, sc around, join with a sl st and then fasten off.  Work in ends.

Too make this smaller for a younger child, omit row 5, or switch to smaller hook for rnds 21-25.  To make it for a larger head (LIKE MINE!)  work about 6 increases evenly spaced in round 7 before continuing with pattern.  then on row 20 you will work 60 dc's instead of 54.
Feel free to comment with questions.
Enjoy!


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copyright Debbie Nicholas september 2013 all rights reserved

Monday, July 15, 2013

Newborn Elf Hat

Free Crochet baby elf hat Pattern

By Debbie Nicholas

Materials Needed
Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Soft Red Heart Yarn)
Hook sizes F and G

Step 1
Using an F hook make the....

Ribbing
Row 1- ch 7 and sc in each st across (6 sc)turn
Row 2- ch 2, hdc in each Back Loop across, turn (6 hdc)
Row 3- ch1, sc in each back loop across
Row 4-39: repeat row 2-3
Row 40 repeat row 2

Now measure your length of ribbing. It should be 13-14 inches long for a newborn.  If it is OK  bring the top of the last row around to meet the bottom of the starting chain.  The slip stitch the back loop of row 40 to the free loop at the bottom of the starting chain.

*If it is too short or you need it longer, just continue in the pattern to desired length.

Do not cut the yarn, get your G hook ready for the next steps.




Step 2
with G hook
Round 1- ch 3 and then work 60 dc around. To do this I put a dc in the end of sc rows and 2 dcs across end of hdc rows. (61, counting ch 3 as a dc)
Rounds 2-4 dc around (61)

(if you want a taller hat then work a few more rows)
ready to decrease?

Step 3
Round 5: ch 3, *dc2tog, dc in 8, repeat from * around (55)
Round 6: ch 3, *dc2tog, dc in 7, repeat from * around (49)
Round 7: ch 3, *dc2tog, dc in 6, repeat from * around (43)
Round 8: ch 3, *dc2tog, dc in 5, repeat from * around (37)
Round 9: ch 3, *dc2tog, dc in 4, repeat from * around (31)
Round 10: ch 3, *dc2tog, dc in 3, repeat from * around (25)
Round 11: ch 3, *dc2tog, dc in 2, repeat from * around (19)
Round 12:ch 3, *dc2tog, dc in 1, repeat from * around (13)
(if you made longer ribbing, then continue to decrease until you get to 13 stitches left)
Round 13 ch 3, dc2tog around (7)
Round 14 ch 3, dc2tog around (4)
Round 15-22, ch 3, dc around (4)

fasten off. tie long top into knot.

copyright Debbie Nicholas July 2013, all rights reserved

Tuesday, July 09, 2013


FREE CROCHET-A-LONG

For an elf hat for newborns! 



Welcome to my first free Crochet-A-Long.  To celebrate 200 fans!  The pictures below are of different elf hats I have made for newborns.  I didn't use a pattern, but just for my fans I am going to write a pattern!  At the end you can choose to make ears (like the ones at left) or I will be providing a pattern for a flower. Or maybe do both?




 

In order to participate you are going to need some supplies!
Please grab you size F (3.75mm) and G (4.5)mm hook
If you crochet tightly you might want to go up a size!
A tape measurer, because if our gauge isn't perfectly the same we will just add more stitches! :o)
 
Some worsted weight yarn.  If you want to use baby weight yarn, you should probably hold two strands together.  Or there are some nice baby worsted weights out there.  I am going to use Red Heart Soft in an Olive Green (for my new nephew!) , a tapestry needle, and scissors
 
Ready?   When I get a comment from someone here or on facebook that they are ready, I will post the first step. 
 
Thanks for participating!
 
Love, Debbie

 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Been going crazy with KNITTING....
 This is the Moebius scarf by Elizabeth Zimmermann.  Reading her books on knitting have changed my outlook.  I wish I had got it done before it started getting warm though!

 These were a special order.  I had just started really knitting and it was a bit overwhelming but it turned out decent.  The pattern is from 1945 and is free on Ravelry
 These were both created from Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmerman.  My first sweater ever. 
 gifts for friends, mug cozies for Christmas
 I have seen similiar and knew someone wanted one, so I made up a pattern for her babie's shower.
The first pattern I tried to do, it is currently in Minnesota, hopefully keeping my son who is serving a 2 year mission for our church, warm.  If you are in Minneapolis Minn and a missionairy from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints knocks on your door, Please be nice and remember his mommy misses him lots!