WOOLY WEDNESDAY IS BACK!

After a brief/long hiatus (depending on how obsessively you read our blog) Wooly Wednesday has returned with some serious crocheting inspiration.

Just in time for the return of winter, here’s a cute crocheted flower garland!  Even if frost kills off the live flowers, you’ll always have these to decorate your dorm.  The pattern is here, courtesy of Sarahndipities.blogspot.com

ALSO!  Gosh Yarn It! will be hosting THE PUNGER GAMES, a bloodthirsty fight to the death friendly celebration of our favorite awful humor.  Monday night, Schapiro Lounge, 8 PM.

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Wooly Wednesday: Spring Break!

Howdy there, yarners!  This week’s post is inspired by the lovely week off of classes.  If you’re traveling, have fun.  If you’re at home or on campus, and itching for some warm weather travel, check out this post from crochettoday.com, about the top 5 places for yarntastic vacations!

Packing your bags already?  Take a second to crochet a luggage tag, so nobody steals your bags from the baggage claim.

Happy trails!

Let There Be Light

Wooly, wooly light.  Sure, you can outfit your entire body with knitted goods.

So cozy.

But when you simply run out of body parts and easy-to-catch toddlers to cover in yarn, try this tutorial on designsponge for a lovely knitted lampshade!  Click through for details.  And no, I couldn’t find a pattern for the bodysuit.

Somehow more elegant.

Catch the Love Bug

If you’re worried about being alone on Valentine’s Day, don’t be.  Here’s a pattern for a Love Bug amigurumi.  Just you, your crochet hook, and this little guy.  Sounds terrifically sad like a very sweet night.

Check out the pattern on Ravelry, courtesy of Heliinä Swerdlyk.

 

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue…

Flowers are pretty

And this pattern is also quite striking.

From rosehip.typepad.com, this blog post has instructions for lovely flowers perfect for Valentine’s Day.

The flowers are done “in rounds”, which means that they are worked around in circular rows, beginning with a center ring; basically, making the center ring is the first thing you will do (any basic crochet book or a “crochet round” Google search will explain this much better than me — most probably with pretty photos…) As far as which yarn and hooks to use: pick a yarn and make sure you use an appropriate hook for the gauge of the yarn you chose; I often look at what’s written on the paper sleeve, or I simply experiment with different hooks (I think it’s a great idea to buy a series of multi-size crochet hooks so that you always have a lot of different sizes of hooks on hand). Of course, the bigger the hook and thicker the yarn you use, the bigger the flower will be, and vice versa.  With the color you wish to use for the center of the flower, ch4 and join with a ss into the first ch to form a circle. Continue as follows:

1st round Ch1, work 15sc into circle. Ss into first ch.

2nd round Ch4, * skip 1sc, 1dc into next sc, ch1, rep from * 6 times more. Join with a ss into the 3rd of the first 4ch. Break off the first color.

3rd round Join the color you wish to use for the petals to first ch loop with a ss, ch1. Into same ch loop, work 1dc, 1tr, 1dc, 1sc, * into next ch loop, work 1sc, 1dc, 1tr, 1dc, 1sc, rep from * into each ch loop, making 8 petals. Join with a ss into first ch.

4th round Working behind the petals made in the 3rd round, make ss between 2 petals, ch 4, * 1sc between next 2 petals, ch3, rep from * to end. The ch loops made lie behind the petals of the previous row. Join with a ss into first ch.

5th round Make the next row of petals by working 1sc, 1dc, 2tr, 1dc, 1sc into each ch loop. Join with a ss into first sc.

6th round Working again behind the petals made in the previous round, make ss between 2 petals, ch 5, * 1sc between the next 2 petals, ch 4, rep from * to end. Join with a ss into first ch.

7th round Into each ch loop, work 1sc, 1dc, 3tr, 1dc, 1sc. Join with a ss into first sc. Fasten off, darn in ends, and voilà …a pretty flower, all done! But beware, making them can be addictive…

 

ch = chain; dc = double crochet; lp = loop; rep = repeat; sc = single crochet; ss = slip stitch;tr = treble crochet.