Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Yarny Review & Something for You

First the "disclaimer". I am extremely bias to Red Heart Super Saver Yarns. It's what I have used for years for my amigurumi and my preferred medium in producing my designs.

However, that being said - a few weeks ago, I had ordered some of the Mary Maxim Worsted Yarns since they were on sale for 99 cents a skein.  I generally treat myself to new yarns once or twice a year.
I can't say I am disappointed in how it works up for amigurumi - but it won't be replacing my Red Heart stash anytime in the near future.


PROS:
- Easy to work with and is comparable to the worsted weight I am comfortable working with.
- 2 of the 3 colors I used were soft and easy on the fingers. (1 was a little stiffer, but still not - to me - scratchy on the fingers)
- Colors are are vivid and very "primary" in nature.
- While this particular project contains no "draping", several pieces made for the project are 'flexible' and yarn easily accommodates this allowance.
- 100% Acrylilc yarn approximately 215 yrds (200m) /3.5oz (100gm) is more than enough to produce a small to medium sized amigurumi project.
CONS:
- Limited Colors - only 8 in the Worsted Weight Line
- Not an easy find for ends and not sure if skein is designed to be an inside pull or not (I had quite the yarn barf for one skein and used the other 2 working from outside - I will end up having to use a winder to make these skeins easier to use.)
- This yarn DOES have Dye Lots
- There was some splitting and pulls in the skein
- Yarn is made in Turkey. (personal preference to support USA and or Canada produced yarns.)
- Texture of yarn is not as elastic or forgiving as RHSS when frogging or if tension goes off on a stitch.


OVERALL:
Would I use it again? Sure!!
Would I recommend this yarn? I wouldn't not recommend it - MM is still having a sale on this yarn. Purchase 8 skeins and you get them for 99 cents each. At that price, of course it's worth trying to review for yourself.
You can see more specs on this brand/yarn here: http://bit.ly/2oB30Fa


So what did I make with Mary Maxim Worsted Yarns??


So grab up your favorite yarn and head on over to the @FDbyK4TT Facebook Page to hook up this adorable creature for yourself!



FDbyK4TT is not affiliated, endorsed or sponsored by Mary Maxim, or it's subsidiaries.  There are no affiliate links contained in this post and no monies have been promised or given for any review of products mentioned in this post.  

CP32 - Jelly Belly the Jellyfish




CP32 - Jelly Belly the Jellyfish

Originally posted on the FiberDoodles by K4TT Facebook Page
Reposted to Blog on March 1st 2020 


UPDATE: You can now download this pattern in PDF format (and add it to your library) on Ravelry.com for a small fee. Click here: CP32 - Jelly Belly the Jellyfish

Playing with some new yarn - something small, but not too small. Something to share - without any strings :)

Materials Used in Model:
Red Heart® WW 4-Ply Yarn in Color(s) of your choice (Model uses *Yellow, *Green, *Purple, Black and White)
Size G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook (US)
Filling for Plushies (fiberfil or similar)
Yarn Needle for Sewing
Long Straight Pins for Positioning
*Model was made with Mary Maxim Simply Worsted 3.5oz skeins of yarn - using less than a half of each skein of any single color for project
This project measures approximately 16 inches in length with materials listed here.

Underside:
with Color of choice (Model uses Purple),
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st (6 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 6 times (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (18 sts)
___ Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (24 sts)
___ Rnd 5: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (30 sts)
___ Rnd 6: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (36 sts)
___ Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (42 sts)
___ Rnd 8: [sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (48 sts)
___ Rnd 9: [sc in ea of nxt 7 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (54 sts)
___ Rnd 10: [sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (60 sts)
___ Rnd 11: in FLO, sc in ea st around (60 sts)
___ Rnd 12: [sc in nxt st, skp ea of nxt 2 sts, 6DC in nxt st, skp ea of nxt 2 sts] 10 times, slst in first sc made to join.
Finish off . Weave in tail and set aside.



Bell: (This is the only section of “body” which is stuffed)
with Color of choice (Model uses Yellow),
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st (6 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 6 times (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (18 sts)
___ Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (24 sts)
___ Rnd 5: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (30 sts)
___ Rnd 6: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (36 sts)
___ Rnd 7: sc in ea st around (36 sts)
___ Rnd 8: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (42 sts)
___ Rnd 9: sc in ea st around (42 sts)
___ Rnd 10: [sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (48 sts)
___ Rnd 11: sc in ea st around (48 sts)
___ Rnd 12: [sc in ea of nxt 7 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (54 sts)
___ Rnds 13-14: sc in ea st around (54 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 15: [sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (60 sts)
___ Rnds 16-17: sc in ea st around (60 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 18: [sc in ea of nxt 9 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (66 sts)
___ Rnd 19: sc in ea st around (66 sts)
___ Rnd 20: [sc in ea of nxt 10 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (72 sts)
___ Rnds 21-26: sc in ea st around (72 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 27: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 12 times (60 sts)
___ Rnd 28: in FLO, sc in ea st around (60 sts)
___ Rnd 29: [sc in nxt st, skp ea of nxt 2 sts, 6DC in nxt st, skp ea of nxt 2 sts] 10 times
PAUSE~ Using a stitch marker or safety pin, hold your current st and cut a piece of yarn approximately 2 feet long. Pick up the Underside, and,laying it against your current work, lining up the fans - use the unworked loops from Rnd 29 of Bell and Rnd 11 of Underside to whipstitch the 2 sections together, bring sure to stuff firmly as you go.
___ Rnd 30: resume working by working through both layers of the Bell and the last Rnd of the Underside, sc in ea st around (70 sts)
Finish off. Secure and weave in tail to hide.



Oral Arms: (Make 4)
with Color of choice (Model uses Green),
Chain 31,
loosely slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc in nxt ch, hdc in ea of nxt 28 chs, ch-4, turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), DC in ea of nxt 28 sts, hdc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, ch-1
Fold piece atop each other (creasing down the original chain 31) working through both sections, (sc, ch-2) in each st, making 1 solid piece.
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail to secure Oral Arms to Underside - evenly spaced apart, approximately between Rnds 5 through 7.



Tentacles: (Make 12)
with Color of choice (Model uses 8 Purple and 4 Yellow),
Chain 43, (sc, slst) in 2nd ch from hook, and in ea of nxt 41 chs (84 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure to Underside - evenly spaced apart. approximately between Rnds 25 and 26.



Eyeball: (Make 2) (are stuffed)
with White,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 9 sc in st (9 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 9 times (18 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea st around (18 sts)
___ Rnd 4: [sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times (12 sts)
___ Rnd 5: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times (6 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Eyeball to Bell. 



Pupil: (Make 2)
with Black,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st (6 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 3 times (9 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Pupil to Eyeball. 



Eyelid: (Make 2)
with Color of choice (Model uses Yellow),
Chain 10,
___ ROW 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 8 chs (9 sts)
___ ROW 2: sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in a of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st (7 sts)
___ ROW 3: sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts (6 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Eyelid to Bell.




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Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Janelle Blanket

As every hooker learns, once someone discovers your creative skills; you are going to get requests for gifts to give. Friends, family members even coworkers will ask you for a handmade blanket or cap to give to a new mom, a sick friend or as a "heirloom gift" to treasure.

It's always good to have a memory file of quick and easy crochet stitches that make for beautiful (not to mention quick) projects that can be completed in a weekend or so.

This was the case with The Janelle  Blanket that my daughter asked me to make for a school administrator's new baby.


What's a Mom to do?  (hint - you can't say no...)
You take the gifting needs as an opportunity to teach your child an easy stitch that makes for an easy, but memorable and thoughtful gift!





The Janelle Baby Blanket is full of texture and beauty.  Choose your own color scheme or use the one here to create a gift sure to be cherished.

Materials Used in Model:

Red Heart® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0311 White, 0722 Pretty 'n Pink, 0373 Petal Pink and 0321 Gold
(appoximately 13oz of White, less than 7oz for ea accent color)

Size US H6/5.00mm Crochet Hook
Crochet Needle (for weaving in tails)

with White,
Chain 111,

___ ROW 1: DC-Inc in 3rd ch from hook, {skp ea of nxt 2 chs, (sc, DC-Inc) in nxt ch} 35 times, skp ea of nxt 2 ch, sc in lst st, TURN


___ ROW 2: ch-2, DC-Inc in first sc, {skp ea of nxt 2 DC, (sc, DC-Inc) in nxt st} 35 times, skp ea of nxt 2 DC, sc in turning chain of previous row.

___ ROWS 3-4: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 5: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 6-8: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 9: repeat ROW 2, 
changing to White on lst st

with White,
___ ROWS 10-11: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st


with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROW 12: repeat ROW 2, 
changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROWS 13-15: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st


with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROW 16: repeat ROW 2, changing to White on lst st

with White,
___ ROWS 17-18: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 19: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 20-22: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 23: repeat ROW 2, changing to White on lst st

with White,
___ ROWS 24-31: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 32: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 33-34: repeat ROW 2, changing to Gold on lst st

with Gold,
___ ROW 35: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 36-37: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 38: repeat ROW 2, changing to White on lst st

with White,
___ ROWS 39-41: repeat ROW 2, changing to 
Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 42: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 43-44: repeat ROW 2, changing to Gold on lst st

with Gold,
___ ROW 45: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 46-47: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 48: repeat ROW 2, changing to White on lst st


with White, 
___ ROWS 49-56: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st


with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 57: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st


with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 58-60: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 61: repeat ROW 2, changing to White on lst st


with White, 
___ ROWS 62-63: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st


with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROW 64: repeat ROW 2, 
changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROWS 65-67: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st


with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROW 68: repeat ROW 2, changing to White on lst st


with White,
___ ROWS 69-70: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st


with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 71: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 72-74: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 75: repeat ROW 2, 
changing to White on lst st

with White,
___ ROWS 76-79: repeat ROW 2

Finish off.






Finishing.  You can add any simple border of your choice.  I used single crochet, placing 3 single crochet stitches in each corner to keep the "corners" sharp.

 

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