Monday, June 29, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Party #43

Welcome to the 43rd Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 26th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

This past week I had a full week planned, but my first week at my new job kind of put me behind a little bit. I had big plans both days to come home and just click the "Publish" button, but after getting up early and spending a whole day out in the 95 - 100 degree hot sun, all I wanted to do (and did) when I got home was sleep. Today (had to correct myself as I write this on Sunday night), I get to work a shift in the self parking area by myself and boy am I excited! Then I get to start training in the valet parking area.

I did get a few posts up:
I am loving this Sweet and Generous Gift that Milena of Milena Places sent me!

My boyfriend, Chad, and I celebrated our Two Year Anniversary together.
Here is the gift I put together for him. 
You can read more about the story behind it, and all the ideas I had before settling. 
I also posted the Free Crochet Pattern for Chad's Emerald Washcloths - one of the gifts I gave to Chad for our anniversary. This pattern is written in two sizes. They are great for many uses around the house including as a washcloth in the bathroom, as a dishcloth/small hand towel in the kitchen, to dry your paint brushes off (as Chad does), among many other things!

AND! I have 8 patriotic hat and embellishment crochet patterns to share! All from a custom order I just finished filling :) Tune back in on Tuesday for the first!

Most Clicked:
Alternating Water Bottle Carrier from Crochet n Crafts. Water bottle carriers are extra great for the hot, summer season. I absolutely love this alternating pattern! I tested a chunky slouch hat for Rhelena a while back using this pattern, but must say seeing it as a water bottle carrier instead gives it a whole new look! LOVE. Free Pattern included for us :)

EyeLoveKnots Yarn Favorites:
Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Blue Clutch from Hip Met Haken. A few parties ago, I favorited a different Doily Purse shared by Saskia of Hip Met Haken. This Blue Clutch is no exception to my love of the doily top embellished purse! This is the cutest idea and with so many mandala and doily patterns available to us, the possibilities are endless! Link provided to free crochet pattern.

Summer Mandala Part 2 from Atelier Marie-Lucienne. Are you following along with the Summer Mandala mini CAL from Atelier Marie-Lucienne? This mandala is so bright and beautiful! Last week, Part 1 was one of our Most Clicked Projects - are any of your working along?

Colorado Sunset Wrap from Posh Pooch Design. The colors are the first thing that attracted me to this Sunset Wrap, but now looking closer at it the lacy look and versatility of the finished piece make me want to try out this Wrap all the more! It would definitely be too warm to accessorize with this time of year unless made with cotton yarn, but come fall, it will be a great addition to any outfit! Free Crochet Pattern included!

Red, White and Blue Doll Outfit from Tess and Annie. Welcome back Tess! What a great Summer outfit for an 11" Fashion Doll - short skirt, tank top, nautical/patriotic colors... The look itself reminds me of a Doll I have (still in the box) that is for Back to School. So cute! Free Crochet Pattern included!

Another Diana Purse from Divine Debris. I just LOVE the texture of this purse. It really pops against the solid turquoise pattern. Free Crochet Pattern included.


This Week's Giveaway... This section is under construction. I will be getting the email with the detail and raffle code tomorrow! Please tune back in and share a/nother project with us :)

Must be 18 Years or Older to enter. US only. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond to notification, or another winner will be chosen. Social media not affiliated with this giveaway. WHO is responsible for prize fulfillment, not EyeLoveKnots nor The Philosopher's Wife.
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Chad's Emerald Washcloth in 2 Sizes - Free Crochet Pattern

For our Two Year Anniversary together, I gave my boyfriend, Chad, some new paint brushes, some brush cleaner and some washcloths that he can use to dry off his brushes, wipe off his brushes or just lay his brushes on. You can read more about the story in my Our Two Year Anniversary Together - Gift Idea post.

Here, I'd like to share the washcloth pattern with you! I have it listed in two sizes because I wasn't sure what size would work best for his brushes so I made both!

They are great for using in the bathroom as a washcloth, especially the larger one, or in the kitchen as a dishcloth. Chad gets great use out of his for his paint brushes, and my little cousin, Madison, likes to use them as blankets for her dolls.

Materials:
     - About 80 yards of Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn - I used Bernat Handicrafter Geometric Yarn in Emerald Energy and Emerald Energy Ombre
     - H8/5mm Crochet Hook
     - #18 Tapestry Needle

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Lily Sugar n Cream, Lion Brand's Kitchen Cotton, Hobby Lobby's Crafter's Secret Cotton.
I do not suggest using Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton Yarn as it isn't as durable or tough enough for scrubbing. It's a good option for scarves and other garment-like projects.

    Cotton yarn is a little tougher when it comes to weaving in your ends. You will want a tapestry needle with a larger eye, and duller point otherwise, it will take you longer to weave in your ends and hurt your fingers from tugging at the needle and yarn.

Time Spent:
     The small washcloth worked up in under 45 minutes, and the medium in just over 45 minutes, including weaving. 

Measurements:
     With border, the small washcloth measures 8" wide x 8.25" in length, and the medium washcloth measures 8" wide x 10" in length. 

Gauge:
Using an H8/5mm Hook and Lily Sugar n Cream - 4" x 4"
     Chain 17, HDC in the 2nd chain, and each chain across. (16 HDC)
     R2 - 10: Chain 1, turn. HDC in the 1st stitch, and in each stitch.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     HDC - Half Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     When working up and down the sides of a project, you typically work one stitch if project is worked in single crochet, and two stitches if project is worked in double crochet.
For this washcloth, my sides have three stitches per two rows.

I finished my washcloth with an invisible join. To see a photo tutorial of this technique, see the Pattern Notes section of my Newborn Twin Chunky Hat post.

Pattern:

Small:
Chain 27. HDC in the 3rd chain, and across. (25 HDC)

R2 - 20: Chain 1, turn. HDC in the 1st HDC and in each HDC across.

Border:
Chain 1, turn. SC in the 1st HDC and in the next 23 HDCs, work 3 SC in the next HDC - corner, evenly SC down the side working 29 stitches, 3 SC in the next stitch - corner, SC in the next 23 stitches across the opposite side of the foundation chain, work 3 SC in the next stitch - corner,  evenly SC up the side working 29 stitches, 2 SC in the last/first stitch. Join to the first SC.

Medium:
Chain 27. HDC in the 3rd chain, and across. (25 HDC)

R2 - 24: Chain 1, turn. HDC in the 1st HDC and in each HDC across.

Border:
Chain 1, turn. SC in the 1st HDC and in the next 23 HDCs, work 3 SC in the next HDC - corner, evenly SC down the side working 34 stitches, 3 SC in the next stitch - corner, SC in the next 23 stitches across the opposite side of the foundation chain, work 3 SC in the next stitch - corner,  evenly SC up the side working 34 stitches, 2 SC in the last/first stitch. Join to the first SC.

Please feel free to make and sell your own version of Chad's Emerald Washcloth's using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.
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Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing a/set of Washcloth/s?
     I will be adding similar sets to my Etsy shop. Feel free to send in your custom color requests! Check out options here - Lily Sugar n Cream, Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton, Bernat Handicrafter.

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