Sunday, January 8, 2017

Crochet Dragon Scale Fingerless Gloves - Updated!

Colorway: Stained Glass
Hello all! I have gotten a lot of very positive feedback on my pattern and that makes me so incredibly happy. My original pattern was based on my wrist size which is pretty small. So I thought a few changes would give a better fit. I also thought a foundation sc and the fp bp dc on the bottom would give better stretch. It certainly makes it easier to pull them on. Download pattern here.


Materials: One skein Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable Yarn 100% acrylic (14 wpi) or similar fingering weight yarn.

Hook(s): G/4mm, F/3.75mm (for more snug fit around fingers if desired)

Finished size: 10 inches long, 3 3/4" at widest part, 3 1/2" wide at wrist
Finished weight: 3.2 oz/90 grams, 242 yards / 221 meter

With smaller hook, work 36 foundation sc. Join with sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1 Switch to larger hook, ch 3 (counts as dc). Dc in same st as join. Ch2, skip 2 stitches. 1 dc
in next st, ch 2, 2 dc in next stitch. Ch 2, skip 2. Continue around. Sl st to top of first dc to
join. (Should have alternating sets of dc: 2 dc, skip 2, 1 dc, skip 2, 2 dc, skip 2 and so on)
You should have 2 pairs of dc.

Rnd 2 Ch 3 ( Counts as dc throughout). At first dc pair, make 4 dc around first dc post. Ch 1. Turn
work counter clockwise to work 5 dc up and around second dc post. (First scale made). Sl
st into next dc st to secure your scale. *5 dc around first dc post of next pair. Ch 1. Turn
counter clockwise to work 5 dc up and around second post. Sl st into next dc st to secure*.
Repeat around and sl st into last dc in top of first dc. (6 scales made)

Rnd 3 Ch 3, dc in same st. *ch 2. Dc in center of scale stitch. Ch 2. 2 dc into top of dc that is in
between the 2 scales. Ch 2* Repeat around. Sl st in top of beginning dc.

Rnd 4-14 Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you have completed 7 rounds of dragon scales.

Wrist and Arm Rounds:

Rnd 15 Ch 3. 2 dc in same stitch as join. *3 dc in center of scale. 3 dc in top of dc that is
between scales*. Repeat around 3 more times. When you reach the last scale, ch 7
loosely for thumb hole. Sl st to top of ch 3 to join. (11 groups of 3 dc)

Rnd 16 Ch 3. 2 dc in same space as ch 3. 3 dc in each space around 10 more
times. 3 dc in first st of chain 7. Skip 2 stitches. 3 dc in next chain. Skip 2 stitches
3 dc in next stitch. Skip 2 stitches. Sl st in top of ch 3 to join.



Rnd 17 Ch 3. 2 dc in space behind ch 3. 2 dc in next 3 spaces. 3 dc in next space. 2 dc in next 3
spaces. 3 dc in next space. 2 dc in next 3 spaces, 3 dc in last space then join to top of
first ch 3.

Rnd 18 Ch 3, 1 dc in space behind ch 3, 2 dc in each space around. Sl st to top of ch 3 to join.

Rnd 19 Ch 3, 2 dc in space behind of ch 3 space. Skip 1 space. 3 dc in next 3 spaces. Repeat
around. Join to top of ch 3.

Rnd 20 Ch 3. 2 dc in space behind ch 3. 3 dc in each space around. Join

Continue to work 3 dc in each space for 8 more rounds or until desired length.

Border: Ch 3. *Work fp dc around next dc. Bp dc around next dc*. Repeat around. Sl st
in top of first ch 3.

Ch 3. *Work fp dc around fp dc in previous round. Bp round bp dc in previous round*
Repeat around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Finish and weave in ends.


This is an original pattern by me Yolanda Oliver of Londie's Handmade Crochet (September 2016).  Please do not claim it as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern. You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Yolanda Oliver of Londie's Handmade Crochet and provide a link back to my blog www.londieshandmadecrochet.com

Friday, January 6, 2017

Dragon Scale Messy Bun Beanie



I jumped on the Messy Mom Bun Beanie bandwagon. I have to say first that I don't normally, more like hardly ever make hats for the simple fact that no matter how often I measure and follow patterns exactly, something goes wrong in the universe. It doesn't fit! Well, it is either too short, too long, too wide, or just too small. So I don't make them. A real bummer since I see so many cute hats I want to make. Now after all that spiel...I made one for a friend of mine because she seemed really excited about them. I followed Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me's pattern Crochet Mommy and Me Messy Bun Hats.  As soon as I posted my finished beanie, 

I was contacted to make one to match her Dragon Scale Fingerless Gloves I made her. Challenge accepted! Here is how I modified Sarah's pattern. Keep in mind that I'm not very experienced with making hats so I just kinda made it work. That's the beauty of crochet don't you think? 

Dragon Scale Messy Bun Beanie

Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn in the color Echo
Hook: H/5mm
Hair elastic 

24 sc around hair elastic, then follow Sarah's pattern all the way through round 8 adding. 
Rnd 9:  Begin dragon scale foundation. If you are not sure how to do this stitch, you can find great tutorials online. Sl st over into to begin working in cluster v-stitch spaces. Ch 3, dc in same space. Ch 2, dc in next cluster v-stitch space ch 2.  2 dc in next cluster v-stitch space ch 2. dc in next cluster v-stitch space. Continue around and end with ch 2.  Sl st to top of ch 3 to join.  NOTE: You will have two pairs of dc's next to each other. This is where you're just going to "make it work" at the end of rnd 10.

Rnd 10:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc) 4 dc around first dc post. Ch 1 turn work counter-clockwise and work 5 dc up along second dc post. Sl st to top of next dc. 5 dc around first dc post, ch 1, 5 dc up along second dc post. Sl st to top of next dc. Continue to end of round. Insert hook through top corner of first dragon scale and sl st in ch 2 space of previous round. (14 dragon scales made)

Rnd 11:  Ch 3, dc in same stitch, ch 2.  2 dc in stitch between dragon scales.  dc in dragon scale center. ch 2. 2 dc in stitch between dragon scales. Continue around. End with ch 2 and sl st to join.

Continue adding rounds following rounds 10 and 11 until desired length.

Brim: go down a hook size if you want more snug fit.

Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch. 3 dc in stitch between scales. (NO CH 1 throughout) 3 dc in scale center and repeat around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. 

Ch 3, Front post dc around next dc. Back post dc around next dc. Continue to alternate fp bp dc around. Sl to to join.

Ch 3. Front post dc around next front post dc. Back post dc around next back post dc. Continue to alternate fp bp dc around. Sl to to join. 

Continue until you have desired length and finish.

*The beanie pitured on the bottom is the same pattern but without the bun opening. To do this, I just made 24 dc in the magic circle.

I hope I didn't confuse anyone and let me know if you have made my version of beanie and what you think. I love input. 

Happy Crocheting!! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Scaly Fingerless Mittens by Stephanie Alldred

                         

Hello my friends! I am so excited to share with you a new version of Dragon Scale Fingerless Gloves.   These little lovelies were created by Stephanie Alldred. She is clearly very talented and I am so glad she chose to share her adapted version with me. She put her spin on it and I love it. She added a stretchy ribbed cuff on the wrist which many will find more comfy and easier to slip on. She also brought down the scales to go past the thumbs and meet the wrist. I really can't wait to try out her version. I love how the crafting community can take one idea and put a new fresh spin to it and be so willing to share. I think we all love to find new ideas and inspiration and create something wonderful for ourselves and more importantly, loved ones. I'm sorry...you just might be a little busy crocheting several of these mitts for the holidays. Better get to hookin'. If you want to to try these out you can find her free pattern here or you can just follow along below.

SCALY FINGERLESS MITTENS
ORIGINAL INSPIRATION AND PATTERN IDEA THANKS TO:
Yolanda Oliver of Londie’s Handmade Crochet 
www.londieshandmadecrochet.com
  
pattern edit by: Stephanie Alldred
Materials:
One skein of Baby Luv 100% acrylic or similar #3 fingering weight yarn.
Hook: 3.5mm; 4mm
note: 4mm hook ensures that the ch’s are looser to add more flexibility to the mitten and to ensure the mitten fits comfortably at the top.
With 4mm hook chain 32 Join with sl st to form ring. Switch to 3.5mm hook for rest of mitten.
Rnd 1 Ch 3 (counts as dc and throughout). 1 Dc in same st as join. Ch 1. Skip 1 chain loop. 1 dc in next chain loop. Ch 1, Skip 1 chain loop. * 2 dc in next stitch. Ch 1, skip 1 chain loop, 1 dc in next stitch, ch 1. Continue around. Sl st to top of beginning ch 3 (dc) to join. You should have 8 pairs of dc. Do not turn your work.
Rnd 2 Ch. 3. At first dc pair, front post DC (fpdc) around first dc post. (6 dc)
Turn your work counter clockwise upside down to work 6 fpdc up and around the second dc post. (first scale made). Sl st into next 1 dc st to secure your scale.
  • 6 fpdc around first post of next DC pair. Turn counter clockwise to work 6 more fpdc up and around second post to complete scale. Sl st into next dc st to secure scale . Repeat around. Insert your hook into the corner of the last scale and sl st into last dc in the round. This will close the gap between the two scales and look neater. (8 scales made)
Rnd 3 Ch 3. dc in same st. Ch 1. * Dc in center of scale stitch. Ch 1. 2 dc into top of dc that is in between the 2 scales, ch1 * and repeat around.Sl st in top of beginning ch 3 (dc)
Rnd 4-14 Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you have completed 7 rounds of dragon scales.
Rnd 15 make thumb hole Ch 3. dc in same space as ch3. CH1. * 1 Dc in center of scale stitch. Ch 1. 2 dc into top of dc that is in between the 2 scales. Ch 1* and repeat around until you have made 7 pairs of DC’s. Ch 11 loosely to make thumb hole. Sl st in top of beginning ch 3 (dc). You should have 7 pairs of DC’s. Turn your work to work the next row in opposite direction.
Rnd 16 Ch. 3. At first dc pair, front post DC (fpdc) around first dc post. (6 dc). Turn your work counter clockwise to work 6 fpdc up and around the second dc post. (first scale made). Sl st into next 1 dc st to secure your scale.
  • 6 fpdc around first post of next DC pair. Turn counter clockwise to work 6 more fpdc up and around second post to complete scale. Sl st into next dc st to secure . Repeat around until the 7th scale is made. Insert your hook into the corner of the last scale and sl st into the first Ch 1 of Ch 11 from last row. (7 scales made)
RND 17: Sl st. To center of ch. 11. (5 sl. St’s) Ch 3. dc in same st. Ch 2, Dc in center of scale stitch. Ch 1. 2 dc into top of dc that is in between the 2 scales. Ch 1. * Dc in center of scale stitch. Ch 1. 2 dc into top of dc that is in between the 2 scales.* and repeat around until you have made 8 pairs of DC’s. Ch 2. Sl st to beginning ch 3 (dc) to join. Do not turn your work.
Rnd 18: Repeat round 3 with 8 scales.
Rnd 19-26 Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you have completed 4 rounds of dragon scales. Finish Off,
To Make Cuff: (this will be a flat panel)
With 4mm hook, Ch 26. (loosely)
Row 1: in 2nd last ch, CH 1 counts as first SC. Sc in each ch to end. Turn. (25 sc)
Row 2: ch2 counts as first SC Sc 1 in back loop of each SC in last row to end. sc 1 in ch 1 at the end of Row 1. Turn. (25sc)
Row 3: ch 2 counts as first SC Sc 1 in back loop of each SC in last row to end. sc 1 in ch 2 at the end of Row 2. Turn. (25sc)
Row 4-48: Repeat row 3. Do not Finish off.
PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER
Switch to 5 mm hook. Fold panel in half and sl. St last row to beg. Ch. 25 (25 sl.st.) Do not finish off.
turn working pieces inside out
Switch to 4mm hook. Working in the round of the cuff, attach with sl. st. To any ch. In last round (round 26) of the mitten,
Explanation: the cuff has 48 stitches while the body of mitten has 32 stitches in the round. For every 1 SC in the cuff, you will have to SC 2 in the same stitch in the body of the mitten
Work the following stitches through the bottom of mitt and top of cuff. Ch1, Sc in same spot as sl. st.counts as first sc * 1 sc together mitt and cuff in next stitch. in the same stitch on cuff 1 sc together in next ch of mitt. * Repeat * all the way around. (48 sc). Sl st. To beginning Ch1. Finish off.
Note: some of the ch’s in the bottom row of body of mitten can be hard to Sc in. Do your best to SC the body and the cuff together evenly.
Finish off ends.
FANCY EDGING OPTIONAL:
Rnd 1: Sl St into bottom of Cuff. Ch 1 counts as 1st sc SC 45 more evenly around cuff. Sl st to beginning Ch 1 (46SC)
Rnd 2: CH 3, (counts as 1st DC.) DC 1 in same Ch 3 Space. 1 sl. St in next 2 sc of last row. * DC3 in next stitch. Sl st. in next 2 sc of last row * Repeat * to begining. DC 1 in same space as beginning. Sl. St to top of beginning ch. 3. Finish off.
Note: there should be 16 sets of 3 DC in Rnd 2.
Stephanie Alldred

     


Pretty scales all in a row


This is what she worked up following the pattern using Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn and a 3.5mm hook.


Stephanie added a fancier border to hers. I like the feminine touch of the shells. Thank you Stephanie for sharing your pattern with me and inspiring me to new techniques.  Hugs to you!

Happy Crocheting Friends!

Yolanda

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Super Easy and Super Tender Carnitas Recipe in the Skillet!



This recipe is a family favorite! My son absolutely love this and requests for dinner all the time. It's perfect to make on the stove in a skillet or in a slow cooker just make sure you brown the pork before you add it to the cooker. Of course, you can adjust the seasonings to your taste. All recipes are not set in stone. Thank goodness! If you want to give it a try here's the recipe below. Leave a comment if you try it and like it. I'd love to know what you think.


Easy Tender Carmita's in the Skillet
serves 4  (or two if you have a manly appetite)

Ingredients:

2 lb              Pork shoulder, cut into big pieces
2-3               Garlic cloves, chopped
1/2- 3/4 Tsp Oregano (Mexican Oregano if you have it)
1 Tsp            Cumin (heaped tsp. for me)
1/2 - 1 Tbsp Chili powder (I like a heaping Tbs)
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Tbs           Oil
 Juice of 1 lime
1 cup of water


  1. Season the pork on all sides with salt and pepper. 
  2. In a deep skillet, heat your oil to medium-high heat and brown the pork on all sides to get a good dark color. This is flavor! 
  3. When it's good and tanned, take it out and set it aside for a minute and add your water to the pan. You'll want to loosen up all those yummie bits on the bottom. 
  4. Now add your beautifully tanned pork back to the pan and add everybody to the pool.  Get it? Lol. I laugh at myself sometimes. Anyway, add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and let it come up to a boil. Now you can lower the heat to a simmer and cover it. Let the magic happen for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Doesn't it smell divine?
  5. Your pork should be ready to break apart and shred and use as your heart desires. We usually just stop here and plate it up, because we can't wait any longer.
  6. But if you want to make it to the end, remove your pork from the skillet BEFORE shredding it and remove the excess fat from the liquid and reduce it down to about 1 cup or so. 
  7. Shred the pork while you're waiting and place it in a baking sheet. Add your reduced liquid.
  8. Place it under the broiler just until it's a little crispy. This just takes a few minutes so don't walk away. Give it a good stir and broil for another few minutes.
Now you're all done! Did you make it through to the end? Hope you enjoyed it.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Dragon Scale Fingerless Gloves




My daughter saw these gloves somewhere online, Pinterest no doubt, that's where all the good stuff is, and asked if I could make them for her. Of course I'll make them. Isn't that what we crafting momma's do? So I looked up these glove which are from the talented Kristine on her Mareshop in etsy. Sadly she doesn't have a pattern and seems like I will have to figure this out on my own. Now I'm not very good at making up my own patterns so I was hoping I can create something that my daughter would be happy with. I think I did it. They look pretty cool and my daughter loves them. I also have a few people who seen them and have asked me if I could also make some for them. Looks like I'm going to be a busy momma.

The yarn I used is Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable. It's the first time I worked with this yarn and where have I been? It's a lovely soft yarn and the colors are so pretty and vibrant. The ball band says it's a medium 4 weight yarn but I know that all weights are not created equal. I go by wraps per inch / wpi. This yarn has 14 wpi which technically makes it a fingering weight. I used a size F / 3.75 mm hook.

If you need to adjust the size you can start with a number of chains that is divisible by 6 in order to fit your hand and have completed scales in the round. The lower part of the gloves can easily by adjust by decreasing or increasing your number of dc clusters. Using a hook one size larger will give you a larger size also. I think this pattern is a good place to start and easily adjustable to you. Just have fun with it.

Materials:

One skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable Yarn 100% acrylic (14 wpi) or similar fingering weight yarn.

Hook: F / 3.75 mm


Finished size: 10 long, 3 3/4 inches at widest part, 3 1/2 inches at decrease.
Finished weight: 3.2 oz / 90 g. 242 yards / 221 meters

Chain 36 Join with sl st to form ring.    Or foundation single crochet 36


Rnd 1    Ch 3 (counts as dc and throughout). 1 Dc in same st as join. Ch 2. Skip 2 stitches. 1 dc in next st. Ch 2, Skip 2 stitches. *2 dc in next stitch. Ch 2, skip 2, 1 dc in next stitch, ch 2*. Continue around. Sl st to top of first dc to join. (see example 1).  You should have 6 pairs of dc. Do not turn your work.
example 1:  Join with a slip stitch into the top of the beginning dc
 Rnd 2     Ch. 3.  At first dc pair, make 4 dc around first dc post. (see example 2)  (5 dc)


example 2
ch 1. Turn your work counter clockwise to work 5 dc up and around the second dc post. (first scale made). Sl st into next dc st to secure your scale. (see example 3)

example 3
 *5 dc around first dc post of next pair. Ch 1. Turn counter clockwise to work 5 more dc up and around second post to complete scale. Sl st into next dc st to secure*. Repeat around. Insert your hook into the corner of the first scale and  sl st into last dc in the round. This will close the gap between the two scales and look neater. (6 scales made)


First scale made
Rnd 3     Ch 3. dc in same st. *ch 2. Dc in center of scale stitch. Ch 2. 2 dc into top of dc that is in between the 2 scales. Ch 2* and repeat around (see example 4). Sl st in top of beginning dc.
example 4
Rnd 4-14   Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you have completed 7 rounds of dragon scales.

Rnd 15     Ch 3. 2 dc in the same stitch as join. *Ch 1. 3 dc in center of scale. Ch 1. 3 dc in top of dc that is between the 2 scales* Repeat around 8 more times. When you reach the last scale, ch 7 for thumb hole. Sl st to top of first dc to join. (50 stitches)

Rnd 16    Ch. 4. (Counts as first dc, ch 1). 3 dc in ch 1 space. Repeat around 10 more times. 3 dc in first ch of chain 7. Ch 1. Skip 2 chains. 3 dc in next chain. Ch1. Skip 2 chains. 2 dc in same stitch as first dc. Join (52 stitches)

Rnd 17     Ch. 3. Dc in same stitch. Do not ch 1 throughout. 3 dc in next space. Repeat around. 2 dc in last space. Join (37)

Rnd 18     Ch. 3. Dc in same stitch. 3 dc in next space. 2 dc in next two spaces, Repeat 3 times. Join (30)

Rnd 19     Ch 3. Dc in same space. 2 dc in each space around. Join (26)

Rnd 20     Ch 3. 3 dc in next space. *Skip 1 space. 3 dc in next 3 spaces*. Repeat around. Work 2 dc in last space and join to first dc. (30)

Rnd 21     Ch 3. 2 dc in same space. 3 dc in each space around. Join (30)

Continue to work 3 dc in each space for 8 more rounds or until you get desired length.

Rnd 29-30     Ch 1. Sc in each stitch around. Join (30)

Last Rnd     Ch 3. Sl st in third chain from hook (picot made). Sc in next 5 stitches. ch 3. Sl st in third chain from the hook. Repeat around and join in first stitch. Finish off.

Hope you like this pattern and enjoy making it.













Disclaimer: This is an original pattern by me Yolanda Oliver of Londie's Handmade Crochet (May 2016).  Please do not claim it as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern. You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Yolanda Oliver of Londie's Handmade Crochet. and provide a link to my blog www.londieshandmadecrochet.com.