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Crocheted Blanket

When I am not designing jewelry, fusing glass, or making lampwork glass beads, I love to crochet.  It is very relaxing after a very long day at work.  Very therapeutic.
Here is a crocheted blanket/afghan I made for my daughter, Beckie, in Nov 2015.

I never posted pics of it, so thought I would share.

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn.

I know you crocheters out there will want the crochet pattern.  I used the Red Heart Rainy Day Ripple Throw: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/rainy-day-ripple-throw

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Friday Night Relaxing

Here is how I spent my Friday evening, getting some hooking time in, relaxing after a very busy week at work, and slowly recuperating after the oral surgery the Friday before.  My jaw is still just a little sore, but healed for the most part.

Crochet is very relaxing to me, it is very therapeutic.  I love it.  If I am too tired to design jewelry, or fuse glass, I can still be creative and crochet.  I will not use power tools or light a torch when I am tired, as that is a recipe for disaster, so I can pick up a crochet hook and be creative and also relax at the same time.  The stress of a busy day, or week melts away.

This will be a gift for someone special, so I am not telling you any more about it for now.  You will see pics of it when it is finished.

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2017 Challenge for the International Freeform Fiberart Guild

I entered my Cherry Blossoms Weaving and Crochet into the 2017 Challenge held by the International Freeform Fiberart Guild and it was published and went live online today.
This year’s theme was titled “Pattern in Nature”

I took and old picture frame I bought at the Goodwill for $5 and threw out the picture.  I had my Hubby drill holes in the top and the bottom of the frame for my warp threads to weave in, so the frame became my weaving loom.
Here are some close up pics:

I repainted the brown frame black and the wove my background mat and sky. The clouds are poly fiber fill woven into the sky.

I then crocheted the tree branches and stitched them onto the weaving.  I brought craft wire from the back of the weaving and stuck it through and crocheted around it for more branches to give it the three dimensional effect.

I then crocheted lots of the cherry blossom flowers, leaves and buds and attached them to the branches. All the crochet is freeform (no pattern).

Here is a link to the online show, which includes entries by fiber artists from all over the world: http://freeformfiberart.blogspot.co.nz/2017/06/2017-christina-lee.html

And here is a link to the online book, you can actually flip the pages of the book and look at all the entries: http://www.blurb.com/b/8001924-pattern-in-nature

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Manatee Co Fair Winners 2017

Wow, my entries at the Manatee Co Fair won awards!!

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My handmade (lampwork) bead necklace hung on my handmade sterling silver neck wire won First Place.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Double V Shell Afghan with Scalloped Edges

Double V Shell Afghan with Scalloped Edges

By Christina M. Lee, June 30, 2015

(For Lapgan Measurements see end of pattern)

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Skill Level:  Easy/Beginner

Materials:
Caron Simply Soft (5 skeins 6 oz skeins) or any 4 ply worsted weight yarn
Color A: 3 skeins Chocolate, Color B: 2 skeins Watermelon, or colors of your choice.
Crochet hook size H

Special Stitches: Double V Shell (dvs) = 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same space, will be referred to as dvs in pattern below.

Gauge: Not important

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Pattern:
With color A Ch 168.
Row 1. dvs (Double V Shell, see special stitches above) in 4th ch from hook (see above for instructions on how to make dvs), *skip 4 ch, dvs in 5th ch*, repeat across between **. Ch 3 turn.

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Row 2. *dvs in the top of the 2 ch space of the dvs in previous row*, (in the center top of shell) repeat between ** across. Ch 3 turn.

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Rows 3-17 (approximately the whole skein of yarn): Repeat row 2.
Rows 18-34: Change to color B. Repeat row 2.
Rows 35-51: Change to color A. Repeat row 2.
Rows 52-68: Change to color B. Repeat row 2.
Rows 69-85: Change to color A. Repeat row 2.
Final row. *sc in the top of the 2 ch space of the dvs in previous row, ch 5*, repeat between ** across. Fasten off.

Approximate final measurement of afghan are 45” x 60”

PATTERN UPDATE, 2/29/16: I made a nice lapgan out of this pattern by ending at row 55. Then going to the Final Row. I changed colors of yarn every 5 rows.  I used “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby.  Approximate Lapgan six 45” x 36”

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I hope you have fun creating your afghan. Please share pictures of your completed afghan with me, feel free to post them here on my blog.  I would love to see your completed afghan.

You can also post your pictures of your finished afghan and comments about the pattern on my Facebook page, Knitting & Crochet Friends.

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This is an Original Design by Christina M. Lee. Copyright June 30, 2015, Lee Creations, Inc., d/b/a Christina M Lee Designs.   Please feel free to use my pattern to make as many afghans as you desire, give them away, sell them freely.

You are prohibited from selling the pattern or claiming the pattern is your own, or publishing the pattern in any printed material without my explicit permission. You are prohibited from publishing, copying, or using the photographs in the pattern in any manner without my explicit permission.

I would please ask that when you share the pattern you give me credit for the pattern and post a link back here to my blog or my website.

If you have any questions about the pattern, or need any help with the pattern, please feel free to contact me. You may email me at Christina@creationsbychristina.net or post a comment here on this blog or my Knitting & Crochet Friends Facebook page.  Please feel free to share this pattern on social media.

Happy crocheting,  Christina

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My First YouTube Video

Made my first video about my crocheted Sock Monkey Hat & Mittens for sale.

Sock Monkey Hat & Mittens It is basic and simple and no sound.  Was just trying to see if I could do it.  Proud of myself.  Check it out.  It is probably kind of corny for all you experienced YouTubers out there, but hey, gotta start somewhere, right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNOh6OrU5lg

By the way, sold the sock monkey hat and mittens right away, so the video was a success.  If you would like a set I can crochet you one.

All fiber arts created in a smoke free, pet free environment.

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Devin’s Scarf

Devin’s Scarf
May 5, 2013
Free Crochet Pattern

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This is a scarf I designed for my grandson, Devin, for Christmas December of 2010.  I just got around to writing up the pattern almost two and a half years later.

Silk Level:  Easy
Gauge: Not important
Materials: Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand, 2 skeins Denim Mist or color of your choice.
(Or any 4 ply worsted weight yarn, such as Red Heart Super Saver, Red Heart Soft, I Love This Yarn, Loops and Threads, Caron Simply Soft, or Patons Classic Wool)
Crochet Hook:  Size I

Stitches used: chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet.
Finished Measurements of Scarf:  Approximately 7 inches wide and 75 inches long.

Download a pdf version of pattern here: Devin’s Scarf

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Pattern:
Ch 24
(Note: The two turning chains at the end of each row count as a double crochet at the beginning of the next row throughout.)
Row 1:  dc in third ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 2 turn. (22 stitches)
Row 2:  dc in very first stitch and in each dc across, ch 2 turn. (maintaining 22 stitches)
Rows 3-6:  Repeat row 2.
Row 7: dc in each of the first two dc (for a total of 3 dc counting the turning chains as a dc), *ch 1, skip next stitch, dc in each of the next 2 dc, repeat from * to last 3 stitches and dc in each of the last 3 stitches, ch 2 turn.

SANY0006-0013 dc counting the turning chains as a dc at beginning of Row 7

Continuing after the 2 dc:  1 ch, skip 1 sp, 1 dc (see row 7 above)

SANY0009-001Continuing row 7 in pattern stitch

Rows 8-9: Repeat row 2.
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Rows 8 and 9 will look like the two rows after the row with the opens spaces in the pic above.

Row 10: Repeat row 7.
Rows 11-16: Repeat row 2.

Row 17: Repeat row 7.
Rows 18-19: Repeat row 2.
Row 20: Repeat row 7.
Row 12-85: Repeat row 2.

(Note:  For a shorter scarf delete rows from this section.  In order to have the opposite end of the scarf match the first end, delete rows evenly by twos.)

Row 86: Repeat row 7.
Rows 87-88: Repeat row 2.
Row 89: Repeat row 7.
Rows 90-95: Repeat row 2.
Row 96: Repeat row 7.
Row 97-102: Repeat row 2.  Fasten off.  Work in ends.

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Add some fringe if you desire and make this for a female.  I hope you have fun creating your scarf.  Please post pictures of your finished scarf in the comments section of my blog page or on my Facebook page.  I would love to see what you created with my pattern.

My Facebook page is: Knitting & Crochet Friends

Thank you, Happy Crocheting.  Christina.

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This is an Original Design Crochet Pattern by Christina M. Lee.  Copyright Christina M. Lee and/or Christina M. Lee Designs May 1, 2013.   Please feel free to use my pattern to make as many scarves as you desire, give them away, sell them freely.

You are prohibited from selling this pattern or claiming is as your own, or publishing it in any printed material without my explicit permission.  You are prohibited from publishing, copying, or using the photographs in any manner, any place, or any format, without my explicit permission.

I would please ask that when you share the pattern that you give me credit for the pattern and post a link back to my blog page http://christinamleedesigns.com/?p=1765

If you have any questions about the pattern, or need any help with the pattern, please feel free to contact me.  You may email me at christinaleedesigns@verizon.net.

 

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Free Form Scarf, Part 4

Here is the final post on my first Free Form Crochet Scarf and my adventure into a new type of Fiber Arts, at least new to me, Free Form Crochet or FF.

In Part 1, I showed my first 3 ‘scrumbles’, (the individual sections of the scarf, each small cluster is called a scrumble.)

In Part 2, I showed ‘scrumbles 4-10, and in Part 3, I showed a detailed stitch by stitch demo of scrumble # 11.

In this post, I am going to show off the final scrumbles of the Scarf, and the completed Scarf.

 

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Here is the completed Scrumble # 11, which I showed how to make in the previous post.

 

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Scrumble #12

 

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Scrumble # 13

 

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And Scrumble # 14, the final scrumble of the Scarf.

 

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The final completed Scarf.

 

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Here is the back of the neck, of the completed Scarf.

 

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Side view of the Scarf.

 

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The other side view of my Scarf.

 

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Another view of the side.

 

 

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Final View of my Scarf.

 

I have become a member of the International Free Form Fiberarts Guild.  It is free to join.  There are plenty of wonderful people out there who will help you and encourage you to venture out into FF.  If you have any questions please message me.  If I cannot answer them I will find someone who can.

Here is a link to the Free Form Fiberarts Guild  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FFCrochet/

Happy crocheting!!!

 

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Free Form Scarf, Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of my Free Form Scarf.

See earlier posts on this blog for Free Form Scarf Part 1 and Part 2.  This is my very first Free Form Crochet piece.  I have ventured out into a new to me art form in fiber arts, no patterns, just crochet; changing stitches, changing yarns and just creating as you go along.  I love the textures that I am creating.  Each small section is called a ‘Scrumble’  I finished it some weeks back and am just getting around to posting.  Sorry, life happens and I get busy.

In Part 1, I showed my very first 3 scrumbles, the beginnings of the Scarf.

In Part 2, I showed scrumbles 4-10, and the completed scarf to that point, which was about two thirds complete.

In this post, I have decided to show the creating of scrumble # 11 in some detail.  To give you an idea of how I created each scrumble and how I created this scarf, and to also give you inspiration to create your own FF piece.

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 I started at the top of the 10th scrumble creating the 11th scrumble.  I hooked the pink and white stripped yarn on, and single crocheted around the purple chain stitch, (pic above).

 

SANY0082I then started across the top of the purple with a couple of single crochets.  I chained 5 stitches and skipped 4 single crochets and slip stitched in the 5th single crochet of the purple row.

 

SANY0086At this point I decided to turn my work.  I then chained 2 and turned.  I am now working on the back side.  I started making puff stitches across the open chain stitch area.  Puff stitches are created by making 4, 5 or 6 double crochets but not finishing the stitch and keeping the last loop of each stitch on the hook and starting the next double.  You then pull one final loop through all 4, 5 or 6 loops on the hook and pull them together tight and slip stitch, forcing the yarn to puff out ward.  The puffs show on the right side.

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 The rest of the puff stitches are complete across the open chain space.  Remember this is the back side of the work, they are puffed out on the right side.

SANY0094At this point I decided to change yarn.  I changed to a pretty blue and pink textured yarn.  I am having so much fun.  You look through the bag of scrap yarn and think, that color would be good to use next, and you go for it.

SANY0095I created some more puff stitches across the top of the single crochets from the row before with the blue and pink yarn.

SANY0098 Here is a pic of the front of the work showing the puff stitches.  I really love the texture of this yarn.

 

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This pic shows the front side of both the blue and pink puff stitches and the pink and white puff stitches.  Notice the different look and texture of they yarns and the difference in the puff stitches.  Quite interesting effect making the same stitches with different yarns.

 

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Next, I worked behind the pink and white twisted yarn puff stitches.  Chaining 1 or 2 stitches and slip stitching between the puffs.  Laying some foundation chain stitches behind the puffs to work the next row off of.  I worked these behind the puffs, then at the end of the row I chained 2 and turned and started placing double crochets around my chain stitches behind the pink and white puff stitches.  Now I am again working on the back side of the scrumble. (You can see the chain stitches behind the puffs I placed on the row before.)

SANY0107I continued putting some double crochet stitches, some triple crochet stitches behind the pink and white puff stitches I made on the previous row.  Still working on the back side of the scrumble and working these around the 1 or 2 chain stitches I placed between the puff stitches on the back side.

SANY0117This pic shows the completed row.  I came across the row with double crochets, triple crochets, then dropped down to single crochets as I came across to the purple through the center.

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I then attached the coral yarn and chained 1 and turned.  I started putting 3 single crochets in each stitch to force the piece to ruffle.  (Note the blue and pink doubles and triples behind the pink and white puff stitches on the left hand side of the pic.)

SANY0125You can now see the coral is forcing a ruffle.  3 single crochets in each stitch across.

SANY0131And here is the completed # 11 scrumble in my Scarf.

I will show the rest of the scrumbles and the completed scarf in my next blog post.  If you have not tried Free Form Crochet or FF for short, I encourage you to try it.  It is quite fun.

I have become a member of the International Free Form Fiberarts Guild.  It is free to join.  There are plenty of wonderful people out there who will help you and encourage you to venture out into FF.  If you have any questions please message me.  If I cannot answer them I will find someone who can.

Here is a link to the Free Form Fiberarts Guild  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FFCrochet/

Happy crocheting!!!

 

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Award Winning, Crocheted Wool Eater Blanket

Award Winning, Crocheted Wool Eater Blanket made for my Husband, Rick.

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I entered this blanket into the Manatee County Fair and won 1st Place in January.  I used Homespun yarn, by Lion Brand, in this project. Homespun is a bulky yarn.  It made the blanket very heavy and very soft.  My husband just loves it and so do it.  It covers most of our king size bed, but not completely.  I had to lay it on the dinning room floor and stand on a step stool to get the pics of the whole blanket.  I so enjoy being creative with fiber arts, it is very laxing.

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Here is a close up of the scolloped stitching and the edge of the blanket.

I used 16 skeins of yarn in it.  About $65.00 worth of yarn.

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Here is the blanket at the Fair

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Here are my entry form and my blue ribbon

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Here is the note the Judge wrote on the back of my entry form.

 

I entered 9 items in the Fair this year, 4 jewelry, 4 crochet, and 1 fused glass, and I won 7 1st Place awards and 2 2nd Place awards.  This is my 3 year entering the Fair and it is a lot of fun.  I encourage everyone to enter you local county fair.  More pics to come here on the blog of my award wining entries.

Here is a link to the pattern I used http://sarahlondon.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/wool-eater-instructions/.

 

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Wine Bottle Cozy

Here is the wine bottle cozy I crocheted for my Mother-in-Law for her birthday.  She loved it.

The Yarn was Red Heart Collage and the color is Landscape Green.

I just love how the greens and pink of the yarn were blended and came out so pretty.

I added the ruffled rows around the top to make it more ruffly after the draw string is pulled.

The two beads on the draw string are two of my lampwork (handmade) glass beads.

 

Here is the pattern I used: http://www.yarntomato.com/patterns/wine-bottle-cozy/

I made a few changes. I skipped rows 12 and 13, (the two rows where you add the beads) because I was not adding beads.  I did 6 rows of sc after changing from the bottle bottom and starting up the sides, but that was going too slow, so I changed to dc and crocheted to 9 inches from bottom.  Then switched back to sc for the last 1/2 inch.  For the top edge, after I finished the pattern, I wanted it more ruffly than the pattern called for, so I did one row of sc working 3 sc in each stitch to force it to ruffle and then another row of sc working 2 sc in each stitch, continuing to force it to ruffle.

Then made my draw string and added two of my handmade (lampwork) beads to the ends of the drawstring after I threaded it into the cozy.

Happy crocheting.

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New Artform, Freeform Crochet

I have found a new Artform, at least new to me!! It is called “Freeform Crochet.”  And is very exciting and fun!!  This is definately fiber arts as I had never seen it before.  You just start crocheting and keep changing yarns and stitches and see what you can create.

Working in smaller sections called “scrumbling” you can get very creative.  I have started my first scarf.  This is a great way to use up scrap yarn. Pick a pile of yarn scraps of colors that compliment each other. 8, 10 or 15 colors.

The pic depicts my first three scrumbles. The first scrumble (bottom of the pic) started on the left side with the peach yarn.  I made a random amount of ch sts, some dc in a fan shape, and created a few bobbles. I changed to a light blue, white, pink variegated textured yarn, and continued with the fan shape, created some bobbles and some open spaces.  Changed to a dark rose color, still working in the fan shape, some sc, some dc, some smaller fan clusters, filling in the open spaces left in the row before.  Still continuing in the same vein, I changed to a bulky black and blue variegated yarn, adding some more bobbles, some open spaces, some fans.  Then I went back to the peach around the edge and worked some sc, some dc, some scallops around and came back across the beginning edge of the scrumble with the light blue, pink, white variegated.  End of first scrumble.

The second scrumble started where the first one left off, number two is the one shown in the top of the pic.  As you can see I was working with the light blue, white, pink variegated textured yarn and just started the second scrumble coming out of the first scrumble.  That one went on to pink, then to purple, then rose and then a real nice bulky, fuzzy yarn in roses, browns and tans.

The third scrumble is the small one to the left side of the pic.  I attached the teal yarn to the second scrumble and made some chains, then made a small loop in the end of the ch from 3 ch sts and sl st them together, then some sc back down the ch and the 3rd row had some bobbles and dc back to the loop I made in the ch and I filled it with dc.  Changed to the purple and made some sc, around the end of the circle I did back post sc.  As I came beside the first scrumble, I made some ch sts, and sl st it to the first scrumble and more chs and sl sts.  I attached it to the first one for more stability of my scarf when I wear it and as it hangs down.

I am loving this new Artform I have discovered!!!  Thinking of doing a wall hanging for my dinning room wall.  More blog posts to come as I create more scrumbles and the scarf comes together.  Any questions, just ask.  I am learning as I go and it is totally fun.

Happy hooking, as us crocheters say.

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