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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Come Join Me in my new Neighborhood Challenge!

Lately, there has been so much hate and violence on the news and it so frustrating.  I have so many things that I want to say, but I don't want to focus on the negative.  I want to focus on the positive and all the good that is going on and I want to help others to see and focus on the positive too.  There is so much more love in this world than there is hate, but the hate is easier to see and react to.  

How much better could it be though if everyone would just slow down and set down their electronics for a few minutes each week to do something kind for someone?  Not for your normal group of friends and family (though that is fabulous too!), but for someone in your neighborhood that you don't know that well.  We live in a time where everyone is rushed.  Rushed to go to work, rushed to get the shopping done, rushed to get the kids to soccer or softball or a gazillion other activities, rushed to grab fast food for dinner because we don't have time to actually cook it.  To often, we "THINK" we just don't have enough time for others.  How many times do you "WANT" to help, but just don't have time?

I get it.  I do!  I've said it many times.  Honestly, it doesn't take a lot of time or even any money to be kind. I am challenging myself to be better.  I am going to make a concious effort to do extra this next month for my neighbors.  


NOW is the time to be kind.  NOW is the time to get to know your neighbors.  NOW is the tie to be sincere.  NOW is the time to strengthen our communities.  NOW is the time to make actions speak louder than words.

So, here is my "Neighborhood Challenge".  I'm not asking for big huge events (though that would be fun).  I'm just asking you to take a few minutes out of your week to do an act of kindness for someone you don't normally associate with.  Get to know your neighbors.  Let's bring back the friendly neighborhoods an get rid of the uncertainty and hate.

I've made a list of some things that we can try.  If you need to plan it out, go ahead and mark 1 day a week on your calendar or at least every 2 weeks to set aside time for acts of kindness.  Let's hold each other accountable.  Let's not just say we're going to do this, but let's do it!

Take a photo of what you're doing if you can and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #NeighborhoodChallenge

so we can see how much love is going around.  Let's fill our lives with the good!Do you have 20 minutes in the next month that you can spare?  Will you join me?

#becauseIcare  #spreadthelove  #lifeistoshort  #dontletitpassyouby


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Christmas Pine Tree Skirt Free Crochet Pattern

Christmas Pine Tree Skirt

This CAL will be held for FREE from 7/15/16 through 8/10/16
Each day, I will post 1 new row of instructions for you to work on.  Stitch placement photos will be included throughout the post.  If you have any questions, you are welcome to join my Crafting Friends Designs CAL group on Facebook.  If you don't have a Facebook account, you're welcome to comment on this post and I will help the best I can.  


This pattern will be available in PDF form HERE on Ravelry for only $1.95 when we are close to the end of the CAL.  Be sure to add it to your favorites!

Skill Level:   I would consider this an Intermediate skill level though I will have many photos showing stitch placement.  

Crochet hook: Size I/9-5.50mm
Finished Size: 4' diameter

Yarn: I used Deborah Norville Everyday yarn  
 - 2 skeins (406 yrds) Pine Green
 - 5 skeins (1015 yrds) White
You are welcome to use a single color or more than 2 colors.  Have fun with it and make it in colors you will love for a long time.  Other 4ww yarns will also work, your size may vary based on the yarn though unless you watch your gauge and adjust your hook size accordingly. 

Gauge: I will have a few gauge check points along the way so you can adjust your hook size if needed to reach the 4' diameter.

Other materials needed:
1. Yarn needle to weave in ends securely

2. 4 buttons with needle and matching thread for securing
    - I used 1" barrel shaped buttons and secured them to the double crochet rows.  You could use larger buttons and secure them to the treble crochet rows or you could even go without if you prefer
3. sewing needle and thread to stitch on buttons

Stitches:
ch - chain
yo - yarn over
st(s) - stitch(es)
sc - single crochet
       insert hook into indicated stitch, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through both 
       loops on hook
reverse sc - reverse single crochet
       working from left to right instead of right to left, insert hook into indicated stitch, 
       yo and draw up a loop, yo d draw through both loops on hook
hdc - half double crochet
       yo, insert hook into indicated stitch, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through all 
       3 loops on hook
dc - double crochet
       yo, insert hook into indicated stitch, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 
       loops, yo and draw through remaining 2 loops
tr - treble crochet
       yo twice, insert hook into indicated stitch, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw 
       through 2 loops, yo and draw through next 2 loops, yo and draw through remaining 
       2 loops
dtr - double treble crochet
       yo 3 times, insert hook into indicated stitch, yo and draw up a loop (5 loops on hook) 
       (yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) 4 times
ttr - triple treble crochet
       yo 4 times, insert hook into indicated stitch, yo and draw up a loop (6 loops on hook) 
       (yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) 5 times
PTst - Pine Tree stitch (photos shown for stitch placement)
       Ch 1, ttr, ch 1, 

dtr in 4th horizontal bar of previous ttr, ch 1, (insert your hook where the stitch marker is)

tr in 3rd horizontal bar of previous dtr, ch 1, (insert your hook where the stitch marker is)

dc in 2nd horizontal bar of previous tr, ch 2, (insert your hook where the stitch marker is)

hdc in horizontal bar of previous dc, ch 1, (insert your hook where the stitch marker is)

dc in 2nd horizontal bar of previous tr, ch 1, (insert your hook where the stitch marker is)

tr in 3rd horizontal bar of previous dtr, ch 1, (insert your hook where the stitch marker is)

dtr in 4th horizontal bar of previous ttr, ch 1 in indicated stitch (insert your hook where the stitch marker is)

Pine Tree Stitch complete:

BPtr4tog - Back Post Treble Four Together
       *sk next ch space, yo twice, insert hook around post of next st, from back to front to 
       back, and pull up a loop, [yo and pull through 2 loops] 2x* repeat from *to* 3 more
       times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on hook

BPtr8tog - Back Post Treble Eight Together
       *yo twice, insert hook around post of next st, from back to front to back, and pull up 
       a loop, [yo and pull through 2 loops]2x, sk ch space,* repeat from *to* 3 more times, 
       skip next (ch 1, sc, ch 1), repeat from *to* 4 times, yo and pull through all 9 loops on 
       hook

FPtr4tog - Front Post Treble Four Together
       work the same as BPtr4tog except insert hook from front to back to front around 
       post of indicated stitch

FPtr8tog - Front Post Treble Eight Together
       work the same as BPtr8tog except insert hook from front to back to front around 
       post of indicated stitch

Note: 
If you are comfortable working with 3 skeins of yarn attached to your project at the same time, do not fasten off your yarn at the end of each color section.  At the end of row 2, drop your white yarn and pick up your green yarn.  At the end of row 3, drop your green yarn and pick up a new skein of white yarn.  You will just carry the unused yarn up the edge of the tree skirt and work over it when you work the border.  This will help so you won't have so many ends to weave in when you're finished.  

Pattern
With White
Begin with a HDC foundation chain of 57
If you are unfamiliar with how to work a foundation chain, click HERE for a photo tutorial here on my blog.  If you prefer to work a basic chain, chain 59, turn and HDC in 2nd chain from hook and each ch across ending with 57 

       
Row 1: With White
Ch 1, turn, hdc in each stitch across (57 hdc)

Row 2: (right side) With White
Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, sk first st, dc in next 3 sts, 4 dc in next st, sk next st, sc in next st, sk next st, *7 dc in next st, sk next st, sc in next st, sk next st,* repeat from *to* 10x, 4dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts

Row 3: With Green
Ch 1, turn, sc in next 5 sts, skip next 3 sts, PTst in next st, sk next 3 sts, *sc in next st, skip next 3 sts, PTst in next st, skip next 3 sts,* repeat from *to* 10x, sc in next 5 sts
(12 Pine Trees)


Row 4: With White
Ch 4 (counts as dtr), turn, skip next st, dtr in next 3 sts, skip next st, BPtr4tog over next 4 sts,
*ch 5, sc around next ch-2, ch 5, BPtr8tog over next 8 sts (skipping the SC between the 2 PTsts),* 
repeat from *to* 10x, ch 5, sc around next ch-2, ch 5, BPtr4tog over next 4 sts, skip next sc, dtr in end 4 sts

Gauge check: 12" diameter 

Row 5: With White
Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, dc in next 3 sts, 4 dc in next st

sc around next ch-5, 7 dc in next sc, 

*sc around next ch-5, 7 dc in top of next BPtr8tog, 

sc around next ch-5, 7 dc in next sc,*  repeat from *to* 10x, sc around next ch-5, 4 dc in top of next BPtr4tog, dc in next 3 sts and in end ch-4 (23 - 7dc & 2 - 4dc)

Row 6: With Green
Repeat Row 3 repeating the *to* section 22x instead of 10
(24 Pine Trees)

Row 7: (wrong side) With White
Ch 4 (counts as dtr), turn, skip next st, dtr in next 3 sts, skip next st, FPtr4tog over next 4 sts, *ch 4, sc around next ch-2, ch 4, FPtr8tog over next 8 sts (skipping the sc between the 2 PTsts),* repeat from *to* 22x, ch 4, sc around next ch-2, ch 4, FPtr4tog over next 4 sts, skip next sc, dtr in end 4 sts 

Gauge Check: 19" diameter

Row 8: With White
Ch 3, turn, dc in next 3 sts, 4 dc in next st, skip next ch-4, sc in next sc, *skip next ch-4, 7 dc in top of next FPtr8tog, skip next ch-4, sc in next sc,* repeat from *to* 22x, skip next ch-4, 4 dc in top of next FPtr4tog, dc in end 4 sts  (23 - 7dc & 2 - 4dc)

Row 9: With Green
Repeat Row 3 instructions repeating the *to* section 22x instead of 10  (24 Pine Trees)

Row 10: With White
Repeat Row 4 instructions repeating the *to* section 22x instead of 10

Gauge Check: 23" diameter


Row 11: With White
Repeat Row 5 instructions repeating the *to* section 22x instead of 10 (47 - 7dc & 2 - 4dc)

Row 12: With Green
Repeat Row 3 instructions repeating the *to* section 46x instead of 10 (48 Pine Trees)

Row 13: With White
Repeat Row 7 instructions repeating the *to* section 46x instead of 10 

Row 14: With White
Repeat Row 8 instructions repeating the *to* section 46x instead of 10 (47 - 7dc & 2 - 4dc)

Row 15: With Green
Repeat Row 3 instructions repeating the *to* section 46x instead of 10 (48 Pine Trees)

Row 16: With White
Ch 4 (counts as dtr), turn, skip next st, dtr in next 3 sts, skip next st, BPtr4tog over next 4 sts, *ch 4, sc around next ch-2, ch 4, BPtr8tog over next 8 sts (skipping the SC between the 2 PTsts),* repeat from *to* 46x, ch 4, sc around next ch-2, ch 4, BPtr4tog over next 4 sts, skip next sc, dtr in end 4 sts

Gauge Check: 33" diameter

Row 17: With White
Repeat Row 8 instructions repeating the *to* section 46x

Row 18: With Green
Repeat Row 3 instructions repeating the *to* section 46x (48 Pine Trees)

Row 19: With White
Repeat Row 7 instructions repeating the *to* section 46x

Gauge Check: 38" diameter

Row 20: With White
Repeat Row 8 instructions repeating the *to* section 46x  (47 - 7dc & 2 - 4dc)

Row 21: With Green
Repeat Row 3 instructions repeating the *to* section 46x (48 Pine Trees)

Row 22: With White
Repeat Row 4 instructions repeating the *to* section 46x

Row 23: With White
Ch 2, turn, hdc in next 4 sts, work 5 hdc around each ch-5 across skipping the sc's and BPtr8tog's, hdc in end 3 dtr and in end ch-4

Row 24: With White
Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across

Row 25: With White
Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 3 sts, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts,* repeat from *to* across to end 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in end 3 sts

Border
Row 26: With White
Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across, rotate to work up first edge, work 3 hdc in corner st, hdc evenly to center corner, rotate, work 3 hdc in corner st, hdc between each st of the foundation chain, work 3 hdc in corner st, rotate to work down second edge, hdc evenly to outer corner, work 3 hdc in corner st, sl st to beginning st of this round, fasten off white

Row 27: With Green
Ch 1, turn, working across the outer edge, reverse sc around entire skirt, sl st to beginning st

 Fasten off and weave in ends

Stitch buttons to the dc rows of the edge on one side and use the dc's of the opposite side of skirt as button holes.

Christmas Pine Tree Skirt Crochet - A - Long begins Friday July 15th

A few years ago, I saw a photo of the Pine Tree crochet stitch and thought it was really cool.  I've had it marked to use in a design since then and have looked at it every now and then just waiting for some inspiration to hit.  Two weeks ago, I decided that I had waited long enough and I just HAD to crochet with it NOW!

Right now is the best time to start crocheting things for Christmas, so I thought it would be fun to design a Christmas Tree Skirt crochet pattern.  A lot of fans have told me that they don't crochet afghans very often because they are so big and  they give up.  We are going to work this design 1 row at a time over 27 days so that it won't feel so overwhelming.  And I'll be right here with you to help cheer you on and answer any questions you may have.

Here are the details you'll need to get ready:

Skill Level:   I would consider this an Intermediate skill level though I will have many photos showing stitch placement.


Crochet hook size I


Yarn: I used Deborah Norville Everyday yarn  
 - 2 skeins (406 yrds) Pine Green
 - 5 skeins (1015 yrds) White
You are welcome to use a single color or more than 2 colors.  Have fun with it and make it in colors you will love for a long time.  Other 4ww yarns will also work, your size may vary based on the yarn though. 

Gauge: I will have a few gauge check points along the way so you can adjust your hook size if needed to reach the 4' diameter.

Other materials needed:
1. Yarn needle to weave in ends securely

2. 4 buttons with needle and matching thread for securing
    - I used 1" barrel shaped buttons and secured them to the double crochet rows.  You could use larger buttons and secure them to the treble crochet rows or you could even go without if you prefer

So, search your closets or have fun shopping for the perfect yarn for your tree skirt!  Be sure to follow this blog and check in daily for each update. I will post the main post with stitch details and the first row of instructions on Friday.  Each day, I will update that same post with the next row of instructions. If you follow by email, you will only get the first post and will have to check back for each update.

I'm excited to get started and hope you'll all join me!




Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christmas Tree Skirt CAL coming soon

Have you ever gone into stores looking for a beautiful Christmas Tree Skirt only to find they don't have the colors or style you want?  I love having my own personalized tree skirt under my tree every year!  Now is the time to start if you're wanting to make your own.  I'm almost finished designing a new tree skirt and will be hosting a CAL so that you can easily work up one for your home this year too. 

I will post details and a photo soon so that you can choose your colors and know how much to buy. I am using Pine Green and Snow White in Deborah Norville Every Day yarn.  You're welcome to  use any 4ww yarn of your choice though.  




 Diamond Christmas Tree SkirtA few years ago, I designed the Diamond Christmas Tree Skirt with one of my favorite crochet stitches - the Brick Stitch.  It's also the stitch known for c2c afghans though this obviously is not worked c2c.  For this one, I used Caron Simply Soft yarn.  This is one of my best selling crochet patterns and I've enjoyed seeing photos customers have posted on my Facebook page with their tree skirt under their tree. 


Shades of Teal and Red have been big colors for Christmas for a couple of years now and I knew I had to design a new tree skirt for my mom last year using those colors.  I wanted a fun style and great texture and came up with the TriSquare Swirl Christmas Tree Skirt just for her.  This  skirt also uses Caron Simply Soft yarn which shows the stitch well.
 TriSquare Christmas Tree Skirt


I've seen many simple start tree skirts and thought it would be fun to design one with some braided cables to add some texture.  The Classic Cable Star Christmas Tree Skirt was fun in basic Christmas colors, but it would also be pretty in 1 solid neutral color too!
This one also uses Deborah Norville Everyday yarn.



If you're ready for another fun, new Christmas Tree Skirt crochet pattern,  be sure you follow my blog, Facebook page or have signed up to receive my newsletters (top left of the blog).

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Special offer for Email Subscribers only! Trellis Waves Round Afghan Crochet Pattern

One of the great things about running the Battle of the Stitches crochet challenge is that I get to design alongside a great group of ladies!  In April, 14 of us (10 challengers and 4 admin) designed something using the Trellis Waves crochet stitch.  
Trellis Waves crochet pattern by Crafting Friends Designs

Typically, I like working more solid stitches because they're easier to hold.  However, lately, I've tried to design things for spring and summer use which means light weight and more open stitches in the patterns.

Trellis Waves crochet pattern by Crafting Friends DesignsWhen we decided to use the Trellis Waves stitch, I knew I wanted to design something fun with multiple purposes.  It had to be something that the others in the challenge probably wouldn't design.  I came up with the Trellis Waves Round Afghan and love the results.

What I like about round designs is that you can use thread and turn them into doilies, a sturdy yarn and use it as a rug, a soft thinner yarn and use it for a table cover or 4ww yarn for an afghan.  How great is that!

Check out these photos from testers Lisa and Rebecca - BEAUTIFUL!!!


Trellis Waves crochet pattern by Crafting Friends Designs

Trellis Waves crochet pattern by Crafting Friends Designs

I released the pattern last week, but wanted to give those of you who follow my blog or through email a special discount.  I know many of you don't use Facebook, so you miss a lot.
So,  through Saturday 5/21/16, you can grab your copy of the Trellis Waves Round Afghan crochet pattern for only $1.95 in my Ravelry shop with code EmailWaves



http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/trellis-waves-round-afghan



If you like this crochet pattern, you may be interested in the following:

Snap Dragon crochet pattern by Crafting Friends Designs
Snap Dragon Round Afghan

Round Afghan crochet pattern by Crafting Friends Designs
A Round the Flower Garden Afghan

Loop the Loop crochet pattern by Crafting Friends Designs
Loop the Loop Round Afghan


Friday, May 6, 2016

New Spring Mardi Gras Chevron Afghan Crochet Pattern

Spring is here and the days are getting warmer, so I've been working on several new designs that are light weight and fun.
Of course, Chevron is still one of my obsessions.  I love the challenge of getting different crochet stitches to work well in a chevron shape.  


I posted a photo of this new design on my Facebook page and asked fans to help give it a name.  Thank you to everyone who commeted!  I have chosen a few random comments on that post to give a free copy of the pattern to today.  Angie Shaver-Gillis suggested "Mardi Gras" as the name and with the colors, I thought that was a great fit.  She will receive this pattern and 2 more of her choice for free for helping me out.

The "Spring Mardi Gras Chevron Afghan" crochet pattern is now available in my Ravelry shop and is on sale for only $2.95 (regular $5.95) through Sunday May 8th with code...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Flash Freebie just to make you smile

Bubble Towel Top crochet pattern
It's been a crazy week!   My hubby had surgery on his entire right arm on Monday and it's been a V E R Y    L    O     N    G   few days.  He's been in a lot of pain and neither of us have been able to sleep much at all.  So I want to do something for you just to spread some smiles.  

With the weather warming up, my girls like to go for walks to pick wild asparagus and cook it on the grill.  When I'm cooking, I don't like having towels on the counter, so I have several hanging towels around me for convenience.

Today only (4/21/16), I'm offering the Bubble Towel Top crochet pattern for free in my Ravelry shop.  The code for this is


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Starlight Chevron release and the new Love my Garden Chevron Afghan Crochet Pattern Collection

I'm excited to finally release the Starlight Chevron Afghan crochet pattern!  This is another fun textured design that will make wonderful Baby Shower gifts!  Like the others, the stars in this are worked right into the pattern so you don't have to worry about stitching them all on later.  Worked in Blues and Yellows for a night time gaze at the stars or in Red, White and Blue for a fun patriotic version, this blanket is great for nurseries and even photography props.  

I chose to use Vanna's Choice yarn for this design because it holds the shape of the stars well and had the perfect colors for the night sky.  

The Starlight Chevron Afghan crochet pattern is now available on my website and is on sale through 3/22/16.http://www.craftingfriendsdesigns.com/store/p259/Starlight_Chevron_Afghan_crochet_pattern.html


With each new release, I've been asked by many of you if I would release them in a collection.  Now that the 4th design is complete, I've set up the Love my Garden collection for you.  This is a great way to get all 4 stunning designs for one great price!  Each pattern is listed for $5.95 individually or you can enjoy the full collection for only $12.95.  

I have some more ideas in the works to continue this collection but it is going to take some time to get them JUST right :)

Thank you all so much for your many wonderful compliments as these 4 patterns have been released.  I appreciate your love and support and look forward to working with you more!
Kate 


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Enjoy a Day of Relaxation with the New Sea Breeze Chevron Afghan Crochet Pattern

Ready or not, spring is on it's way! We've enjoyed some nice spring weather here in Utah this past week.  It's been mostly sunny with a few spring rain showers and has been wonderful.  When flowers start popping up in our yard, we all get excited to spend time outside.  

With the change of seasons comes a change in afghan designs.  I am a HUGE afghan fan and love to have them around.  It could be the middle of summer and I will still wrap up in a blanket at night while sitting out under the stars. 

I hope you'll enjoy my new Sea Breeze Chevron Afghan crochet pattern.  It was worked with Red Heart Super Saver yarn that I had in my stash and came together quite nicely.  I love the colors Real Teal and Jade together!  Such a relaxing combination.

Free Sea Breeze Chevron pattern by Crafting Friends


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Stop and enjoy the flowers with the new Flower Garden Chevron Afghan crochet pattern

Heartbeat Chevron Afghan
I Love to crochet and I Love gardening!  You would think that those 2 things would show through together more often in my work than they have, right?  Well, as I mentioned in my post releasing the Heartbeat Chevron crochet pattern, I have never been a fan of flowers on afghans.  I also have never really been a fan of Granny Squares and I think that's where my dislike began.  When I was little, that's where you saw all the flowers in crochet work - granny flower squares.  They were big, they were bulky and I just didn't like them.
Flower Garden Chevron Afghan

It's funny how we change as we grow older!  There are still some flower patterns that I don't care for and I'm really picky about granny square blankets, however, this new Flower Garden Chevron Afghan crochet pattern I designed is among my favorite! This is the 3rd design in my new "Love My Garden" Chevron collection.  There are still a few more to come, but for now, let's stop and enjoy the flowers with a special release offer!