November 29, 2012

Gettin' Craftsy!

 

A few weeks ago, I finished my first ever Craftsy class and it went so well that I HAVE to share my experience! Craftsy gets four stars from me. Why? Well...

 

What is Craftsy?

"Craftsy is a community of people who love to make things." Quilters, bakers, crafters, knitters, crocheters and more come together in this online community to learn and inspire. You can share and sell patterns, shop for supplies, share projects, and take online classes! I have been using Craftsy to share my free crochet patterns and I finally decided to take my first class!

Choosing a Class.

The only thing that could make Craftsy better is if they offered more crochet classes! Being an advanced crocheter I would have liked to take some unique crochet classes, but new classes are always being offered so I'm hoping its only a matter of time! Instead, I decided to learn something I have always wanted to try and I enrolled in Knit Lab with Stefanie Japel! Learning to knit has always been on my "lifelong list of things to do" and I was very excited to learn!

Class Experience.

Immediately, I was very pleased with the design of the "classroom". The course videos allow you to skip to different lessons and different topics inside each lesson, which is great for quick learners like me or others who would only like to watch certain lessons within the course. There is also a sidebar which displays questions asked by others in the class (so helpful!) And better than that, as the video plays the questions are highlighted at the point which they were asked so you can really understand "okay, this question is about what Sefanie is talking about right now" and that really really helps with the learning process! I read through responses to questions I would have other wise not asked myself and I learned that much more! Also in the questions box you can respond to all questions and, vice versa, you can ask specific questions and expect to get answers from the teacher along with others in the class (you can even attach a picture with your question!)

The course also provides you with class materials with helpful tools and patterns for the class projects. It also includes a class overview, materials and patterns, information about your instructor, and other resources.

When you finish with the class project you can share your final projects along with pictures of other finished projects made by your classmates! (View mine below!) You are allowed to comment on and view different yarns and materials that others used and it's just lovely to view other projects like your own and maybe get ideas for the next time!

On The Go.

What's better than all of this? There is also a Craftsy app for the iPad! With a lovely design, you can take your class with you and even enroll in new classes everywhere you go! The app is great for taking classes and the only thing I wish the app allowed you to do is upload patterns, but unfortunately for now you can not upload patterns to Craftsy from your iPad.

Overall.

I had an amazing first experience taking my Craftsy class! And even more, it never has to end. You can go back and view and even retake your class anytime you want! Craftsy is a fantastic and largely growing community and would recommend it for anyone!

My Projects.

Here is my first Lacy Keyhole Scarf created while taking Knit Lab!

And after taking the class I made my very first knit hat!
 

November 28, 2012

Crochet iPad Sleeve-Free Pattern!

I just got my AMAZING new gadget and I needed a nice, simple cosy to keep it in! I decided to make this very easy, crocheted sleeve. The sleeve has a fold-over flap at the bottom to protect it from all corners, but you can also easily charge it with the sleeve on! Enjoy my free pattern! (Fits standard iPad)

Crochet iPad Sleeve

By: Carrissa Knox




Materials:

I/9-5.50MM Crochet hook

Medium, worsted weight yarn

(Pictured: Patons Classic Wool-Leaf Green and Lion Brand Yarn, Vanna's Choice-Cambridge)

Yarn needle




Stitches Used:

Single Crochet (insert hook from front to back, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through both loops on hook)




Abbreviations:

Single Crochet (sc)

Chain (ch)

Stitch (st)

Slip-Stitch (sl st)




Pattern: *This pattern is like working in rows, but you are actually working in the round.

COLOR 1

Ch 26.

Round 1: Sc in each of the 25 sts across.

(Instead of turning, you are going to continue working around the backside of the chains to turn your work into rounds.) Continue with 25 sc along the back. Join with a sl st in the first st. Ch 1.

Round 2: Sc in each of the 50 sts around. Join with a sl st in first ch. Ch 1.

Rounds 3-11: Repeat round 2.

COLOR 2

*Repeat round 2 for 11 rounds*

COLOR 1

*Repeat round 2 for 11 rounds*

COLOR 2

*Repeat round 2 for 11 rounds*

COLOR 1

Round 1: Sc in each of the 50 sts around. Join with a sl st in ch 1. Ch 1.

Round 2: Sc in next 27 sts, ch 21, skip the next 21 sts and sc in the last 2 sts. Join with a sl st in first ch. Ch 1.

Round 3: Sc in next 27 sts, sc in next 21 chs, sc in last 2 sts. Join with a sl st in first ch. Ch 1.

Rounds 4-8: Repeat round 3

Make sure your sleeve fits perfectly over your iPad and turn the top flap inside out so you are looking at the inside where you will join the seam.

Sc through the next sc and the sc in the round behind it. (Yo, insert hook from front to back through first sc and sc in the round behind it, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through both loops on hook)

*Similar to slip stitching them together, but you will want to sc instead of sl st so you get a nice even seam. If you don't feel comfortable, you can sew together*




Finish: Tie off and tuck in all ends with the yarn needle.




All text and images created by Carrissa Knox from Penelope Rae at (www.peneloperae.com). You may print and share this pattern but do not reproduce or distribute as your own. Finished products created using this pattern may be sold. It is appreciated if credit is given to Penelope Rae for the design of this pattern. If you have any questions/comments please feel free to email Carrissa Knox at crochet@peneloperae.com. You can view all other crochet patterns and crochet items for sale at www.peneloperae.com

 

November 7, 2012

Crochet Santa Hat-Free Pattern!



Crochet Santa Hat
By: Carrissa Knox





Materials:
Crochet hook (baby- G hook, child- H hook, adult- I hook)
Medium, worsted weight yarn (red, yellow and black)
Festive Yarn of your choice (silver)
(Pictured: Caron, Simply Soft and Loops & Threads, Festive)
Yarn needle

Stitches Used:
Single Crochet (insert hook from front to back, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through both loops on hook)
Double Crochet (yo, insert hook from front to back, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through first 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through both loops on hook)
Double Crochet Two Stitches Together (yo, insert hook from front to back, yo, draw up a loop, insert hook in next stitch from front to back, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through first 3 loops, yo, pull through both loops on hook)
Front Post Single Crochet (yo, insert hook from right to left around the front of the post of the stitch below, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through both loops on hook)

Abbreviations:
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Double Crochet 2 Stitches Together (dc2tog)
Front-Post Single Crochet (fpsc)
Chain (ch)
Stitch (st)

Pattern:  Begin using red yarn. Start with magic circle OR ch 4 and join with a sl st to form a ring.
Ch 2, dc 11 times in ring.
Round 1: ch 2. Dc in same st. 2 dc in each st around. Join with a sl st at the top of ch 2.
Round 2: ch 2. Dc in same st. *Dc, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat around. Join with a sl st at the top of ch 2.
Round 3: ch 2. Dc in same st. *Dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat around. Join with sl st at the top of ch 2.
Round 4: ch 2, dc in same st. *Dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat around. Join with sl st at the top of ch 2.
Rounds 5-11: ch 2, dc in each st around. Join with sl st at the top of ch 2.
(Switch to black yarn)
Rounds 12-14: ch 2, dc in each st around. Join with sl st at the top of ch 2.
(Switch to red yarn)
Rounds 15 & 16: ch 2, dc in each st around. Join with sl st at the top of ch 2.
Fasten off.

Earflaps:
Lay the hat down folded in half. Find the very edge stitch on the right side and count back 6 stitches. This is where you will join your yarn.
Row 1: join with sl st. ch 2. dc in next 11 sts. Turn.
Row 2: ch 2. Dc2tog over the next 2 sts. Dc in next 6 sts. Dc2tog. Dc in last st. Turn.
Row 3: ch 2. Dc 2tog. Dc in next 4 sts. Dc2tog. Dc in last st. Turn.
Row 4: ch 2. Dc2tog. Dc in next 2 sts. Dc2tog. Dc in last st. Turn.
Row 5: ch 2. Dc2tog. Dc in next st. Dc2tog. Dc in last st. Fasten off.
(Repeat for the left earflap)

Buckle:  (using yellow yarn)
Lay your hat flat down, front side up with the top of the closest to you. Find the middle stitch in round 11 (the last red round before the black “belt”). Count back 3 stitches, this is where you will join your yarn, around the front post of this stitch.
Join with sl st around front post. Ch 1. Fpsc around this st and the next 7 sts.
Turn your work 90 degrees counterclockwise. Fpsc across the next 4 sts.
Turn 90 degrees counterclockwise. Fpsc across the next 8 sts.
Turn 90 degrees counter clockwise. Fpsc across next 4 sts.
Join with sl st to ch 1 space. Fasten off.

Edging: (using silver festive yarn)
Join with a sl st in any st of your choice. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st in the ch 1 space. Fasten off.

Finish: Tuck in all ends with the yarn needle. You can also add a pom-pom ball to the top of you’d like!



All text and images created by Carrissa Knox from Penelope Rae at (www.peneloperae.com). You may print and share this pattern but do not reproduce or distribute as your own. Finished products created using this pattern may be sold. It is appreciated if credit is given to Penelope Rae for the design of this pattern. If you have any questions/comments please feel free to email Carrissa Knox at crochet@peneloperae.com. You can view all other crochet patterns and crochet items for sale at www.peneloperae.com

November 6, 2012

100 Likes Giveaway Winners...

Thank you to everyone who entered and congrats to the winners! Winners will be contacted by email and prizes will be shipped out right away! If you didn't win this time, no worries, there will be many more giveaways in the future :-)

(The winners were chosen by promosimple.com using random.org. Winners are completely random:)


November 1, 2012

100 Likes GIVEAWAY!

As promised, I am now hosting a giveaway to celebrate my new shop name and my first 100 likes on facebook! There will be 3 winners chosen on Monday, November 5th. Prize 1 is a long crocheted autumn scarf, prize 2 is crimson crocodile-stitch fingerless gloves, and prize 3 is 30% off of a beanie of your choice from owlbolt.etsy.com!


Enter below: