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.