Tuesday, December 4, 2012

What is the magic circle?

I have had a few people ask me about the Magic Circle/ Magic Ring.  Rather than answer in 5 different places, I decided to answer in a post.

"The magic loop, or ring method, is used for beginning a crochet project worked in rounds and produces a small neatly closed hole in the center of the first round. This method can be used for beginning hats, doilies, amigurumi and other projects worked in rounds."  Quote taken from Crochet! Magazine.
There is also a great photo tutorial on the page, if you follow the link.

For those of you, who are much like me, you will need a video to fully grasp the method.  There are a lot of great videos on youtube, but I find user Tjw1963 to be one of the best.  For her video tutorial go HERE.

In addition to this post, I have also started a Resources and Tutorials tab on the blog.  I will add to it from time to time with helpful hints and resources. 

Please, keep the questions coming!  I love being able to assist you on your journey of Crochet.  There is always something new to learn!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Branching out

Are you on facebook?  I created a new fan page just for my designs!  I'd love if you would stop by and say hi!!  The page is Swirls and Sprinkles Designs.  I look forward to connecting with you over there.  I think it will be a fun way to be able to interact more with everybody.  :)
Ok, back to hookin, a hookers work is never done...
I could really use one of these!
On the go crochet hook key chain
Crochet on the go!

Sugar Plum Hat

This pattern is another variation of the pumpkin and apple hat.  The Sugar Plum is perfect for the Winter Holidays. 

Swirls and Sprinkles: Free crochet Sugar Plum hat pattern
Sugar Plum Hat

You may not change or sell my patterns in part or in whole.  You may sell your finished product, but I ask that you give credit for the pattern by linking back to me.

What you will need:
I hook
H hook for leaf
Worsted weight yarn.  Purple/plum and green
Yarn needle

BLO-Back loop only
Sl St- Slip stitch
Hdc- Half double crochet
Sc- Single crochet
Sc Dec- Single crochet decrease
WS- Wrong side
RS- Right side

Special notes:
Ch 2 does not count as a st.
After row 1 you will be working in the BLO

This hat will fit Toddler/Young child.  It fits my 3yo.
You can adjust the pattern to fit any size by simply adding some
Ch’s to your foundation and some extra rows.

Using Purple/Plum: Ch 30

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hk and every ch across.  Turn your work. (28)  (RS of

Row2-32: Ch 2, turn, Hdc in each st across.  (28)
You should have the WS facing you after you have finished row 32.  If not, simply add one more row.
With WS facing out, fold the hat in half and Sl St the last row and foundation row together.
Fasten off.

For the top of the hat:
Turn the hat RS out.
Using Purple/Plum, attach to the top side of your hat (I used the side with the tail)
Round 1: Ch 1, evenly Sc around the top of the hat.  Join with first Sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, Sc Dec all the way around.  Join with first Sc.
Continue round 2 until you have about 6 sc left.
Once you have about 6 sc left, switch to GREEN, sc in each st around until you have the stem your desired length.  (My stem is between 2 and 3 inches long)
Fasten off

Leaf Pattern

H hook
Green Yarn

Ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 2 ch’s, dc in next 3 ch’s, hdc in next 2 ch’s, sc in last ch.
Working in opposite side of ch
Sc in first ch, hdc in next 2 ch’s, dc in next 3 ch’s, hdc in next 2 ch’s, sc in last ch, sl st into first sc.
Finish off leaving a long tail to sew onto your item.