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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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Our Trip to Texas

Here are pics of our trip to Texas for Rick’s Mom’s 90th Birthday celebration.

Here is my son, Robert, and brother-in-law, Rick, pulling out the air roasted turkey my Hubby cooked.

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More pics of the Turkey.  It was real yummy!!!IMG_1654

Carving the bird.IMG_1661

Mom opening her birthday gifts with some of the great grandkids watching her.IMG_1683

Mom with her gift, the lapgan blanket, I crocheted for her sitting in her lap.IMG_1686

Some close up pics of the lapgan blanket.

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I chose the colors to match Mom’s couch.

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We had a wonderful time!!!

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Manatee Co Fair Winners 2017

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

My Free-Form Crochet Shawl (without a pattern).RIMG0904

They did not display it very well, but you can see the Red Rosette Second Place Ribbon on the Shawl at the Fair.IMG_1539

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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Free Crochet Pattern: Ruffled Boa

RUFFLED BOA

May 17, 2015

By: Christina M. Lee

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Skill Level: Easy

Gage: Not important

Materials:
1 skein, Sensations, Rainbow Bouncle Patterns (Self-Patterning Bouncle) Pink/Grey Rainbow
(Note: I used 1 large 11 oz skein, if using a different type of yarn in a smaller skein, please adjust yarn accordingly.  I  had plenty of left over yarn from this skein, enough I made a pair of fingerless gloves and a stocking type hat to match my boa, and still had some left.  A regular worsted weight yarn makes the Boa too heavy (believe me, I tried it). If you change yarns, use something soft, light and fuzzy such as a baby weight yarn.)
Crochet Hook Size I/9 (5.5 mm)

Pattern:
Chain 161
(Note: Pattern is worked in round continuously on right side, do not turn.)
Round 1:  sc second ch from hook, sc in each ch across to the last ch, 3 sc in last ch. Do not turn your work. Continue to sc around on the bottom side of the chain in the open (unworked) loop all the way across the back side of the row of chain stitches back to the beginning. 3 sc in last loop, sl st to first ch creating one continuous oval, ch 2. (159 sc on each side of chain, with 3 sc in each end stitch.) 324 stitches.
Round 2:  2 dc in same stitch, (the first ch 2 acts as one dc), *3 dc in next sc*, repeat ** across this side, 6 dc in end st, *3 dc in next sc*, repeat ** across this side, 6 dc in end st, sl st in top of first ch 2 of row. Ch 2.
Round 3:  2 dc in same st, (the first ch 2 acts as one dc), *3 dc in next sc*, repeat ** around, back to beginning, sl st to beginning ch 2. Fasten off.

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You may also post your pictures of your finished Boa 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 May 17, 2015, Christina M. Lee, Lee Creations, Inc. d/b/a Christina M Lee Designs.   Please feel free to use my pattern to make as many Boas 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. or to my Knitting & Crochet Friends page on Facebook.

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

Happy crocheting,  Christina

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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.
 SANY0003-002This is what the pattern looks like, row 7 will be the row with the open spaces above.
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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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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Double V Shell Scarf with Scalloped Edges, Free Crochet Pattern

Double V Shell Scarf with Scalloped Edges
11/1/2010 by Christina M. Lee

Skill Level:
Intermediate: (If using Homespun, because it is a bulky yarn and hard to crochet with, I do not recommend beginners use this yarn.)
Easy: (If using any 4 ply worst weight yarn, see suggestions below).

Gage:  Not important

Materials:
Lion Brand Homespun Yarn 2 Skeins, color of your choice
(Or for a not so bulky look use any 4 ply worsted weight (non-bulky) yarn, color of choice and a H hook.  Ideal yarns would be Vanna’s Choice, Caron Simply Soft, I Love This Yarn, Red Heart Super Saver, Red Heart Soft, or Loops and Threads.)

Crochet hook size I

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

Pattern:
Ch 23 (28 for worsted weight).
Row 1.  dvs in 4th ch from hook (see above for instructions on how to make dvs), skip 4 ch, dvs in 5th ch, repeat across.  A total of 5 (6) Double V Shells. Ch 3 turn.

Here is what the Double V Shell (dvs) stitch looks like.
For the sample pictures I used a regular 4 ply worsted weight yarn so you could see the dvs stitch.

End of Row 1

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

End of Row 2, you can now see the scalloped edges starting to form.

Rows 3-79 (or to desired length):  Repeat row 2. Ch 3 turn.  At the end of row 79 Ch 4 turn. Finished length before fringe is 80”, with fringe is 88”.

Row 80:  sc in the top of the 2 ch space of the dvs in previous row, ch 4, repeat across.  Do not fasten off.

Pretend this is row 80.  Chain 4, sl st to the in the center top of the dvs stitch and repeat across.

 Close up of chain fringe below:

Chain Fringe:  ch 35, sl st in center of 4 ch sp, repeat across.  Fasten off.  Chain Fringe at beginning of Scarf:  Attach yarn to the opposite end of the scarf, (the beginning), in the center bottom of the dvs, ch 35, sl st in to the center of 4 ch sp, repeat across.  Fasten off.  Work in ends.

Chain 35

Sl st into center top of dvs

Chain 35

Sl st into the top of the next ch 4 space, repeat across.

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

You can also post your pictures of your finished scarves and comments about the pattern on my Facebook page, Knitting & Crochet Friends https://www.facebook.com/KnittingAndCrochetFriends?ref=ts&fref=ts.

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This is an Original Design by Christina M. Lee.  Copyright Christina M Lee Designs and Christina M Lee, November 1, 2010.   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 the 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 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 to this blog page.
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 below.

Happy Crocheting,

Christina.

Here are some other scarves I have made with this pattern:

These two were for granddaughters Allyson and KC.  Christmas Presents.

A Friend, Jessica’s scarf, a gift.

Scarf for my best friend, Linda, for her birthday.

I just love how some of the homespun yarn changes shades as you crochet.

Another shot of Linda’s scarf, the chain fringe.  I have now made 10 of these scarves for gifts.

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Knitting & Crochet Friends

Hello everyone. I am venturing back out into blogland, adding my Knitting & Crochet Friends group and fiber arts to my blog.  In these blog posts, I plan to share links to patterns I find on others websites and other blogs, share some patterns of my own that I am currently creating, and help you with any crochet or knitting questions you might have.  I hope you to feel free to ask for help.  Also I want you to meet Spike, whose picture you see here on this post.  Spike, the scuba diving doll (amigurumi), is our mascot for our group.  I will share more about Spike in a future post.

First let me share how this group got started.  It was May 2009 when my best friend, Linda, asked me to teach her to knit.  We were in Michaels arts and craft supply store, Linda, our husbands and myself.  We were looking at some very pretty yarns and Linda asked me, Do you know how to knit?  I told her that I did.  She asked me if I could teach her.  I told her I had not knitted in many years, but yes I could teach her.

We both decided to buy some yarn.  As we looked at all the pretty yarns, I started to pick out something I liked for myself, when my Husband, Rick, said, If your going to knit something, make me an afghan for the couch to cover up with when I take a nap.  Rick picked out a a nice variegated yarn in burgundies, browns, blues and tans, (to match the couch), and then I went home and dug out all my knitting needles from years prior and Linda and I started meeting every week.

It wasn’t long before more people wanted to learn first knitting, then crochet and by Sept 2009 we officially started a local group here in Bradenton, Florida called Knitting & Crochet Friends.  About a year later I created our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KnittingAndCrochetFriends

Leading this group has been a blast for me.  I love teaching.  I had not knitted or crocheted in about 25 years and I forgot how much I love the needle arts too, along with my Jewelry Design and Silk Painting Design.

Various people have passed through the group in the past three years.  Mothers and daughters learning together, from ages 6 to 70 we have had quite the variety, some rank beginners, some intermediate, and some well accomplished needle artists.  It has been fun getting to know each one.

If you in the Bradenton, Florida area, or are in the area for a visit, please join us on Sunday nights, we would love to have you.

Here is a pic of that first knitted afghan for Rick:

This afghan was my own design.  I knitted 6 rows, with the standard knit stitch (garter stitch), then I knitted one row and purled one row, for 10 rows (sockinette stitch), and alternated that pattern to create an afghan.

Over the past 3 years, I have went on to make afghans for each of my 7 grand children, and have made hats, scarves, fingerless gloves, angels and snowflakes (more about all these in future blogs).  It has been a fun adventure and I am looking forward to many more years of teaching.  I especially love teaching young people, seeing them learn handcrafts is so rewarding.

In wrapping up this post, I will share two great places to find all kinds of patterns for free.

If you are looking to find crochet patterns this is a great place is:  www.crochetpatterncentral.com

For knitting patterns:  www.knittingpatterncenteral.com

Christina

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