Thursday, October 18, 2012

Crochet Boutique Book Review and Giveaway

 Crochet Boutique by Rachel Oglesby

Recently, I was lucky enough to receive a review copy from Sterling Publishing of CROCHET BOUTIQUE "30 Simple, stylish hats, bags and accessories" by Rachel Oglesby, published by Lark Crafts 
Are you looking for crochet designs that are quick to crochet yet trendy? If you like crochet accessory patterns that are simple yet fashionable, then this book is for you. Some of my favorite items to crochet are accessories and Crochet Boutique has plenty of them. There are a total of 30 crochet patterns including 7 hat patterns, 10 scarf and cowl patterns and 9 bag and accessory patterns. Each one is stylish and trendy for today's crocheter.

Crochet Boutique has a little of everything. Rachel describes the crochet items herself in the Introduction: "Stylish items to adorn yourself. Cherished gifts to make for your loved ones and fashionable accents for your home". 


There is a full techniques section in the back of the book that describes all you will need to know to crochet the items in this book. Since most of the designs are accessory items, they all appear to be quick to stitch. Except for the Bamboo Handle Bag (which is intermediate) they are ALL rated beginner and easy and use mostly #4 worsted or #5 bulky weight yarns.

Need a quick gift for a trendy relative? This book has many crochet items that fit the bill. I can see several items that I will be making for my daughters this Christmas!
If you are on Ravelry, you can see all 30 projects HERE!

Would you like to own this book? Lark Crafts has graciously offered to give away a copy of Crochet Boutique to ONE lucky winner! To be eligible to win, please COMMENT below. Let us know at least one gift you will be making for the upcoming holiday season! One winner will be chosen at random on November 1, 2012. Thanks to all who participate!

Pin It!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Chicken WELCOME Door or Wall Hanging

You may PRINT the Chicken Welcome for your personal use ONLY. Thank you and enjoy!
© 2012 Jocelyn Sass/Cute Crochet Visit   Cute Crochet  for many more cute crochet patterns!

Chicken Welcome Copyright 2012 Cute Crochet

Chicken Welcome



Materials: Red Heart Super Saver 4-ply worsted weight yarn,
2-1/2 oz. #316 Soft White,
small amount each #0303 Painted Desert,
#376 Burgundy,
#645 Honey Gold;
scrap of Black
G (4.5mm) hook;
3/4" wooden letters to spell WELCOME;
stiff plastic canvas;
Burgundy acrylic paint;
1" plastic ring for hanger;
Aleene's Designer Tacky Glue;
paintbrush;
tapestry needle;


Size: Chicken Welcome measures 8-3/4" wide X 11" tall.

Gauge: 4 sc = 1 inch; 4 rows = 1 inch.


Chicken Side (Make 2)


Row 1: With Soft White, ch 26; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch across, ch 1, turn. (25).

Rows 2-5: 2 sc in first sc, sc in ea sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn. (27,29,31,33).

Rows 6-18: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (33).

Row 19: Dec over first 2 sc, sc in ea sc across to last 2 sc, dec over last 2 sc, ch 1, turn. (31).

Row 20: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (31).

Rows 21-26: Repeat Rows 19 and 20 consecutively, ending with 25 sts on Row 26. (29,27,25).

Rows 27-33: Repeat Row 19. (23,21,19,17,15,13).

Rows 34-41: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (13).

Rows 42-45: Repeat Row 19. (11,9,7,5,).

At end of Row 45, ch 1, turn.

Rnd 46: Working in ends of rows and in ea sc, sc around outer edges of chicken side; join with a sl st to first sc.

AFTER FIRST SIDE, fasten off.

Using first side as a pattern, cut plastic canvas slightly smaller than chicken side.


AFTER SECOND SIDE, do NOT fasten off.

Joining: Holding both sides with wrong sides together and matching stitches, working in both Back Loops only around, with plastic canvas sandwiched in between, sl st in each stitch around, joining sides together. Join with a sl st to first sl st and fasten off.


Comb

Rnd 1: With Burgundy, ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn. (6).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around, join, ch 2, turn. (12).

Rnd 3: (wrong side) (Hdc, sc, 2 hdc) in same place as joining; sl st in next sc,

*(2 hdc, sc, 2 hdc) in next sc, sl st in next sc; repeat from * around; join with a sl st to top of starting ch-2.

Fasten off, leaving length for sewing. Sew Comb to top of head as shown.


Beak

Rnd 1: With Gold, ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn. (6).

Rnd 2: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (9).

Rnd 3: Sc in ea sc around; join, ch 1, turn. (9).

Rnd 4: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (12).

Rnd 5: Sc in ea sc around; join, ch 1, turn. (12).

Fasten off, leaving length for sewing. Flatten beack and sew to front of chicken side over Rows 37 and 38.


Eyes

Using Black and Satin Stitch, embroider eyes over Rows 42 and 43, 1-1/4" apart.

Heart

Row 1: With Painted Desert, ch 2; 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn. (3).

Rows 2 & 3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in ea sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn. (5,7).

Row 4: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (7).

Row 5: Repeat Row 2. (9).

Row 6: Repeat Row 4. (9).

Row 7: Repeat Row 2. (11).

Row 8: Repeat Row 4. (11).

Rnd 9: Sc in first sc, hdc in next sc, 2 dc in next sc (twice), (hdc, sc) in next sc, sl st in next sc,
(sc, hdc) in next sc, 2 dc in next sc (twice); hdc in next sc, sc in last sc, do not turn;
ch 1, sc in ends of each row around to opposite end of Rnd 9,
working 3 sc in point;
sl st in first st of Rnd 9.

Fasten off, leaving length for sewing.

Sew heart to center of chicken front, over Rows 14-24, stuffing with scraps of painted desert yarn, before closing.


Hanger: Using tapestry needle and Soft White, sew 1" plastic ring to top
back for hanging.
Pin It!