Autumn Buckets

I’ve had a couple of people comment on the wooden bucket in the photo with my Candy Corn Hat, so I thought I’d do a quick blog about it.

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The bucket was a super-easy project.  I had purchased a plain wooden bucket with a jute handle from my local discount department store (this was years ago) and all I did was add rub-on transfers to it and then coat the bucket with a matte varnish.  How easy is that?

The bucket has images on two different sides, so I can use it for Halloween and throughout the entire Autumn season. I usually just have some artificial foliage stuffed in it. If you want to put a live plant inside, just place a plant pot inside the bucket. It would look great hanging up from the handle with a rhododendron or something similar draping from it.

It would also make a great bucket for trick-or-treating or handing out candy!

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Candy Corn Scarf- Free Pattern

I had some yarn left over from making a candy corn hat and thought it would be fun to make a candy corn scarf.  I’m sharing the pattern for free with my readers.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Candy Corn Scarf
Designed by Carrie Carpenter

Yarn:  Caron United worsted weight yarn (4 oz/235yds/113g per skein):  1 skein each #6001 White (A), #6010 Orange (B), and 6011 Mustard

Materials:  US Size J (6.0mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors

Difficulty:  Easy

Measurements:  6 ½” wide x 74” long (not including tassels)

Gauge:  Not critical for this project

Stitch Guide:  ch(s) – chain(s), sc – single crochet, dc – double crochet, st(s) – stitch(es),  DC3TOG –double crochet 3 together

Notes:  Scarf is made by working 4 rows in A, 4 rows in B, and 3 rows in C.

For a shorter or longer scarf, make beginning chain in multiples of 14 sts plus 4.


Instructions:

With A, ch 242

Row 1:  1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each of the next 5 ch, DC3TOG over next 3 chs, 1 dc in each of the next 5 ch, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch, 1 dc in each of the next 5 ch, DC3TOG over next 3 chs, 1 dc in each of the next 5 ch; repeat from * across to last 2 chs, dc in each of the last 2 chs, turn. —15 (dc, ch 1, dc), 17 3DC TOG.

Row 2:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in first dc, 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc, DC3TOG over next 3 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc, * (dc, ch 1, dc) in next dc, 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc, DC3TOG over next 3 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc; repeat from * across to last 2 sts,  dc in each of the last  2 sts, turn. —15 (dc, ch 1, dc), 17 3DC TOG.

Row 3-4:  Repeat row 2, changing to B at the end of row 4.

Rows 5-8: Repeat row 2 using B, changing to C at the end of row 8.

Rows 9-11: Repeat row 2 using C. Fasten off.

Finishing:  Cut 9 strands each of A, B, and C approximately 15” long. Hold all strands together and fold in half forming a loop at folded end. At end of scarf, fold corners of scarf towards center creating 3 layers, draw loop of strands through all three layers of scarf, thread ends of strands through loop and pull to tighten and secure. Trim ends evenly. Repeat to attach another tassel to other end of scarf. Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

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Tunisian Crochet for Baby – Interview with Sharon Silverman

Tunisian Crochet for Baby is the latest book by Sharon Silverman.  The designs in this book are so adorable and diverse. If you aren’t familiar with Tunisian crochet,  it’s really well suited for making baby clothes, and doesn’t always have to be bulky and dense like it has a reputation for.  Sharon Silverman does an excellent job at representing a well-rounded range of designs to educate the readers on how much you can accomplish with Tunisian crochet and how beautiful Tunisian Crochet is.   Her book contains 23 Tunisian crochet baby projects, including sweaters, blankets, booties, and more.  The projects range from easy to experienced.

Sharon was kind enough to give us a preview of all the adorable projects in the book AND take the time to do an interview with me.  Just click on the image of the book to check out all the adorable designs and check out my interview with Sharon below.

 

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INTERVIEW WITH SHARON SILVERMAN

 

QUESTION: How old were you when you first learned to crochet and what was the first thing that you made?

ANSWER: My mother taught me when I was about 5 or 6. I remember making hats and handbags early on.

 

QUESTION: What drew you to Tunisian crochet?

ANSWER: I saw some Tunisian stitch patterns in a book, and when I tried them I couldn’t believe how fast it was, and the variety of fabrics I could make. I couldn’t stop grinning when I crocheted my first Tunisian swatches. Wow! I was thrilled with a technique that seemed to be the best of both worlds, a hybrid between knit and crochet.

 

QUESTION: You spend a lot of time teaching crochet.  What do you enjoy most about teaching?

ANSWER: I take my teaching very seriously, but my students and I always have fun in class. I have met such nice people through crochet! It is very fulfilling to see someone’s excitement when he or she masters a new skill. I love it when my students take what they learn and extend it beyond what I taught them. There’s no better feeling as a crochet instructor than to receive photos of a student’s original design.

 

QUESTION: I would like to expand my Tunisian crochet skills.  Any suggestions for a good pattern that would help crocheters expand their Tunisian crochet skills?  Can you provide a link to the pattern?

ANSWER: You’re in luck! Tunisian crochet’s current popularity means there are a lot of patterns and instructional videos to choose from. Annie’s Attic has a book, 101 Easy Tunisian Stitches, by Carolyn Christmas & Dorris Brooks, that is a good starting place. The authors start with the basics and then give instructions for bobbles, shells, openwork, and other stitches. As for specific patterns, I would encourage people to join the Tunisian Crochet groups on Yahoo and on Ravelry.

Many fabulous designers are working in Tunisian these days. You can’t go wrong with a Tunisian design from Kim Guzman (www.crochetkim.com) or Stitch Diva (www.stitchdiva.com), to name just two. Check out their patterns and videos!

All of my recent books (Tunisian Crochet; Crochet Pillows; Crochet Scarves; and Tunisian Crochet for Baby) are exclusively or partially Tunisian crochet. I also have several Tunisian patterns from my private line available on Ravelry (Fanette Shawl; Oceanside Dunes Shawl; Tunisian Check Scarf) for anyone who is interested.

 

QUESTION: Congratulations on your newest book, Tunisian Crochet for Baby!  Do you have a favorite project in this book?

ANSWER: Hmm, I love all of the projects, but I’d have to say the Zippered Hoodie is my favorite. The black-and-white color scheme reminds me of a panda, or a penguin, or a zebra, and the loop trim around the hood is really cute.  It was probably the most difficult project to design because of the various pieces, the zipper, the multiple sizes, and the symbol charts, but it was worth putting the time in. The sweater fits well and looks very professional. I may have to scale up the size for adults!

 

QUESTION: Any big projects or books in the works?

ANSWER: Yes. Leisure Arts will be publishing a Tunisian crochet title of mine in January, and a regular crochet book later in 2015. I’m really looking forward to a major yarn installation I’m organizing at the Delaware Museum of Natural History this December in conjunction with their “Titanoboa” exhibit. It’s part yarn-bomb, part artwork—a new direction for me.

 

QUESTION: If you’re like most crocheters, you have a huge collection of crochet reference and pattern books.  But if you could only keep one crochet book on your bookshelf, what would it be?

ANSWER: The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches, published by Reader’s Digest.

 

QUESTION: What’s something that most people might not know about you?

ANSWER: I have flown (and landed!) an airplane solo.

 

QUESTION:  Thanks so much for taking the time to be interviewed for Hooked on Crafting.  Congratulations again on your newest book, Tunisian Crochet for Baby!  The designs are absolutely adorable!

ANSWER:  I’m thrilled that you like the patterns. Thanks so much for letting other crocheters know about the book!

 

You can purchase a copy of the book from Amazon by clicking HERE.

 

Knitting Short Rows – Wavy Scarf

I saw this amazing scarf in my local yarn shop the other day and had to give it a try.  I couldn’t wait to make the scarf, though I REALLY wanted to make it in the yarn the sample scarf was in.  Since I didn’t have the extra money to buy the yarn, I tried it out with some Lion Brand Amazing yarn I had at home.  I love the way it shows off the change in colors.

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It’s a really simply pattern.  The original pattern is done in Cascade Yarns Casablanca and is made with just one skein.  You can get the free pattern on the Cascade website HERE.

The sample scarf I saw was made with color #09 Fall

When I make the scarf with the Cascade Casablanca yarn, I plan on using the Fall color. I just loved the play of colors with the design. I will be sure to share a picture when I get the scarf made.