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July 30, 2010
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Good afternoon everyone! Phew, Friday has finally made it to Darn Good Yarn!
Chriss who has brought us amazing crochet patterns and fabulous crafting ideas on Darn Good Yarn (read more about her here)
Let’s support Chriss and her 30 day experiment of her experience of trying a lacto ovo vegetarian diet for 30 days. She will be posting her experiences daily, sharing recipes, and giving her honest opinion about vegetarianism. Here’s a link to her new blog: http://thezenveggie.blogspot.com/
July 15, 2010
OK, I admit it. I’m addicted to free patterns. I love printing them out and thinking oh I’m going to do this one and that one (and yes, one day I will…girl scouts honor). But my great friend Beth just reminded me that I need to tell everyone my favorite sites to get some cool free patterns from.
If you don’ t know, I’m a knitter, so my crochet list might be limited but if you have a favorite LEAVE A COMMENT! If it’s good I’ll put in the post with “props” to you.
Let’s all work together to make this an awesome resource for us cheepies/budgeters/thrifties/savers!
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/index.php (My fav!)
http://theartofzencrochet.blogspot.com/ Super Creativity Going On Here!
www.allfreecrochet.com (Thanks Tweeter: @AllFreeCrochet)
Now it’s your turn… Help Me Help US!
January 20, 2010
New Free Pattern on my Blog!!
To get the free pattern to make this scarf please visit my blog @
BTW: I think this scarf would work up really lovely in any of Nicole’s Yarns, especially the Banana Silk!!! I am going to give that a go next and will post photos on my blog for you to see, (and admire!)
Have the best day ever!!
November 25, 2009
So, I have been playing a lot lately at using up scraps of yarn and sometimes upcycling or recycling items I already have to give them a new look! As I promised I would post them here on crochet Corner. I think This bracelet would be great as a stocking stuffer for Christmas! Or even as a gift for a gal of any age.
Here’s one for a Bracelet:
20-40 yards of Recycled Sari Silk Yarn
An old bracelet of any width I used a plastic one about 1/2″ wide
Size 4.5 mm crochet hook.
Row 1: Make a slip knot as you normally would to start crocheting. With the inside of the bracelet towards you and the yarn on the outside insert hook to the inside (from top to bottom) of bracelet, yarn over and draw up a loop, bring yarn around back side of bracelet, yarn over, pull thru 2 loops on hook. You are going to repeat this until you have covered your bracelet. Push your stitches close together to ensure you cover your bracelet fully. Join with slip stitch to first stitch. Fasten off and weave in ends. Please see the photos below for visual help.
Tip, work the tail from the beginning under as you go, then you don’t have to weave it in later. Have fun!
November 22, 2009
Designed and Crocheted by Chriss Smith (in cahoots with Nicole, of course!)
This fun and colorful project is worked all in the round. The bag is designed to fit yoga mats up to 26″ high and 5 1/2″across when rolled up. This pattern is rated at advanced beginner.
3 Balls of Darn Good Yarn Premium Sari Silk
size 5.5 crochet hook or size to obtain gauge
1 coconut button
6 yards of sari ribbon (you can substitute this with a solid colored recycled silk. We tried black and it looked stunning!)
November 22, 2009
This is such a fun project! The entire bag is worked in the round, and includes tapestry crochet techniques for the Om symbol. The bright jewel tones and earthy feel is just such a great mix for a Yoga Mat Bag. You can also use it for those Pilates fanatics too!
Get yours today!
The finished bag can be worn across the body or backpack style, and the drawstring closure keeps your mat secure. This bag is gorgeous and versatile.
October 10, 2009
This tam is stylish and warm. Like the matching scarf, the hat is lacey but not overly feminine. Instructions are included for 3 sizes of brims and the option to add more “slouch”. This is a quick project that can be crocheted in a few hours depending on your crochet level, so this is a perfect pattern for a last minute gift that definitely won’t look last minute! This pattern advanced beginner.
October 1, 2009
Nicole: So here goes the question, what inspires you to create what you do?
Chriss: Well, that is a complicated question, sometimes I see an item on a person, such as a hat or a belt, and I haven’t seen it done in crochet, before. So I try it, and sometimes it works out horribly and sometimes I come up with a really awesome item or pattern.
My daughter, Billie, is a huge inspiration. She is such a huge help when it comes to being able to wear things in different ways. Sometimes, we talk about an idea that didn’t work out, and she can help me modify the idea. Not to mention, she is my resident model.
Crochet had this bad rap for a long time as being, doilies, mile-a-minute afghans, bulky vests, and slippers. Not to say those things don’t have there place in crochet, its just crochet is so much more. A lot of people hear crochet and are immediately put off,then I show them and they are so shocked! So, I get inspiration thru breaking boundries or changing the way people think about crochet.
I have said this one before, knitters/knitting inspire(s) me. Why? There has been a major explosion of crochet patterns in the past 7-8 years, but before that it was hard to find cutting edge/ or even really trendy crochet patterns. There are so many really great knitting patterns, so sometimes I look to whats happening in the world of knitting.
The origin of yarn can be inspiring. I look at the texture, drape, and color of the yarn. We’ll use DGY Premium Recycled Sari Silk for an example: Well, first off its silk, and silk has wonderful drape. Color? Well, that one speaks for it self. Texture, I love to work with Sari Silk in fairly tight stitches, that way it stays put and doesn’t fray too much. Also I think that is one of the best ways to display the yarn.
And lastly nature inspires me, sometimes its listening to the rain, an awesome sunset, being in my veggie garden, playing with my kids, or like many others the season inspires me.
You say, “why?” And I say, “why not?”
September 13, 2009
Who wants a easy crochet pattern? Who needs a quick gift? Who needs it to be cheap? Who needs it to be easy?
If you answered yes to any of these questions.. well thanks for sticking around:)
No, seriously, I have a great easy pattern for a hemp scrubbie for all of you crocheters out there!
Use it in the shower or on your counters. I actaully love to use mine in the kitchen because they take grit up super quick.
We all need to thank Melissa, one of Darn Good Yarn’s Sponsored Etsy Artists.
Here’s the pattern:
You’ll need one ball of hemp which will yield a couple of these puppies for you!
Finished size = just under 5 inches, round
Hook Size = E (3.5 mm)
Start chain 4, leaving a really long tail
Round 1: 16 dc in 1st ch, use tail to pull first chain closed, slip stitch to join. ch 3 (if you have a “hole” don’t worry, we can fix it later)
Round 2: 2 dc in each stitch, slip stitch to join, ch 3
Round 3: repeat round 2 (scrubber won’t be flat it will be “wavy”)
Round 5: 1 dc in each stitch, slip stitch to join, finish off leaving long tail.
Using yarn needle, weave in tail at center. If you have a “hole” use the tail to cris cross and pull the stitches together. Trim excess. Repeat with outside tail.
Another note: This is a free pattern which is not to be used for commercial gain. Feel free to tell your friends and use it how you like but respect the artist!