Friday, February 20, 2009

We're Back!

Ok, yes, it's been a while since our last post! Everything from school to work to house hunting is getting in the way. But that doesn't mean our hooks have been idle.

Snowball wanted a pair of my fingerless gloves in the super-bulky Lion Brand Chenille Thick and Quick, so I modified the pattern for the extra bulk. Then she added the fun trim, and made herself a matching shawl - her own design!

Myself, I've been focusing on winter accessories. This white hat is my original design, requested by Mr. Rocks, my darling husband and photographer. I used Caron Simply Soft and Lion Brand Fun Fur held together. I know a lot of people who aren't crazy about novelty yarns like Fun Fur, but personally, I love it. The pile ends up on the reverse side of whatever you're working on, so to make the "cuff" I had to turn my work. Otherwise, it would have looked quite sparse. As it is, it turned out very luxe :)

I've also made a red hat from chenille yarn, and a winter set of hat, fingerless gloves and cowl out of Lion Brand Suede.

My favorite aunt broke her ankle about 5 weeks ago - just before her younger son's Bar Mitzvah celebration, no less! She told me that we're about the only people she can stand anymore, aside from a friend and neighbor of hers, and she lays in bed constantly thinking how upset everyone else gets her. So just for fun, I made her a "voodoo" doll. She loves it! She tells me that her 3 kids are constantly trying to steal it away from her, it's so cute. Mr. Rocks suggested I make one for the entire family, so that they leave hers alone, but I want her to have something unique to cheer her up.

Hopefully, I'll have some pictures of these projects for the next post.

Happy looping, everyone!

Crochet Connie

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Keeping Warm

This past Succos (Jewish holiday), we went to our Aunt Josey's house. And since we had to be outside in the cold fall air, my mother Connie and I made fingerless gloves! Well, my mom made them. I started mine but they came out wrong. lol! They kept us warm through the holiday and we got lots of compliments!

picture coming soon!


You will need:
Lion Brand Suede - one skein will make two pair
small amount of Lion Brand Fun Fur
K hook

Work all stitches in BACK LOOP only

With LB Suede, ch 30
R1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch (28 sts) Ch2, turn
R2: hdc in each st across, ch2, turn
R3: hdc in 1st 11 hdc, sc in next 5 hdc, hdc in last 12 hdc, ch2, turn
R4-5: hdc in each hdc, sc in each sc across, ch2, turn
R6-8: hdc in each st across, ch2, turn
R9: rep R3
R10-11: rep R4-5
R12-13: hdc in each st across. DO NOT FASTEN OFF

Sew seam: Fold in half and sl st in 1 lp only of each st in 1st and last rows held together as follows: Sl st to last 7 sts, sl st 4 st on side facing you only ( thumb hole), sl st last 3 st, fasten off.

Trim: Turn glove inside-out. Join Fun Fur with sl st in end of row 13, sc evenly around wrist end. Fasten off.

Connie's note: I designed this pattern after an extensive search for a fingerless glove that was worked in rows, not rounds. I found one that came close in The Chicks With Sticks Guide to Crochet, but it was extremely loose around my wrist. So I altered the patten to include changes for wrist shaping.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

First day on the Blog!

Welcome to Crochet Connie and Snowball!

We're a mother and daughter who love to crochet. Mom - Connie - learned to crochet at age 9 and has been crocheting for almost 30 years now. Daughter Snowball - not my real name, duh!- learned from her mom at age 9 (no, not a coincidence) and has been at it for almost four years. Future goal: fashion designer.

Here we hope to post about our crochet related experiences - projects, UFO's, shopping for yarn, and the occasional pattern and tutorial!

What are we working on now? Snowball is crocheting a baby blanket for a friend's cousin, and is selling her scrunchies for charity. She's also making a hat for mom.

Connie is in the middle of a tank top and a headband, and hopes to finish a messenger bag soon. It's the lining that's holding that one up - boy, I hate sewing!

Snowball's Baby Blanket Pattern

Here is a very easy and very pretty pattern.

3 colors worsted weight yarn about 8 ozs. each
Q hook

Holding 1 strand of each color yarn, ch 51.

R1-50: Sc in each st across, ch 1 turn

At end of row 50 do not ch 1 or turn.

Here you can either finish off and add a fringe, or I like to add a shell stitch border as follows:

Ch1, sc in same st, (sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st) around the edge, joining in first sc.