Monday, January 4, 2010

Felted Cowbaby Booties

I am really best at crochet, although I am learning to knit as well. I also enjoy felting. So, I've been working on a pattern for little crochet felted booties, and here it is! This pattern is for size 9-12 months (about 5" when finished) but you can easily adapt this pattern for smaller or larger feet simply by adding more rows where indicated, and making the foundation chain longer.

I made these precious booties for Emily's son, Colin.
Colin's booties
Then I made a second pair for Heather's daughter, Lily.
Lily's booties

You'll need: Crochet hook "G" (or size to achieve gauge)
100% wool appropriate for felting (less than 1 skein). I used Lion Brand fisherman's wool for this project.

Gauge: 4 dc sts = 1"
2 rows = 1"

Crochet pattern: Make 2

Round 1: Ch 16, dc in 3rd ch from hook and every ch until the last st. DC 7 in last st. Continue DC around on free loops (14 more dc). Join to 1st DC with sl st. (To make a smaller boot, chain only 12-14 for a newborn size. To make a larger boot, chain 20.)
Round 2: Ch 2. DC in 1st 13 sts. DC 2 sts in each of the next 7 sts. DC in the next 14 sts. Join with sl st.
Round 3: Ch 2. DC in each st around (42). Join with sl st.
Round 4: Ch 2. DC in each of the next 16 sts. DC2tog 5 times. DC in each of the next 16 sts. Join with sl st.
Round 5: Ch 2. DC in 11 sts. DC2tog 8 times. DC in 11 sts. Join with sl st.
Round 6: Ch 2. DC in each of the first 10 sts. DC2tog 6 times. DC in last 11 sts. Join with sl st.
Boot Upper: (Add more decreasing rows here if you've made a larger bootie!)
Round 7 & 8: Ch 2. DC in each st around. Join with sl st.
Round 9: Ch 2 CD in first 11 sts. 2 DC in each of the next 3 sts. DC in next 12 sts. Join with sl st.
Round 10: Ch 2. DC in each st around. Join with sl st and fasten off.

Length before felting = 6"

Notes about felting: I felted these in my washing machine, inside a pillowcase. It is a good idea to put these in a bag of some sort in order to keep the loose fibers from entering the washer and clogging it. Just wash on hot, use a tablespoon of laundry detergent, and lay flat to dry. I washed these twice. Need them a bit smaller? Just felt them again! I added the little star decorations afterwards with 50% rayon & 50% acrylic yarn, which I separated into strands of 2 ply each.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Silk & Wool (Musician) Wristlets

These soft and scrumptious wristlets were made with Berroco IncaGold in a beautfiul shade that I think has been discontinued. This yarn really is yummy. And the wristlets are soft, and just the right amount of warmth for Texas winter. :)
silk&wool wristlets

Crochet Pattern
Using H hook
60-80 yards of your favorite worsted weight yarn
(I am a plus sized gal, so my wristlets are larger. You might not need as much yarn.)

Foundation chain - make this the size of your own wrist. For me, ch 20 was perfect. Join with sl st. Ch 2, turn. HDC around, join with sl st.
Rounds 2-4: ch 2, HDC around, join with sl st.
Rounds 5-6: ch 2, DC around, join with sl st.
Rounds 7-9: ch 2, HDC around, join with sl st.
Round 10: ch2, HDC 3, 2 HDC in next st, *HDC 4, 2 HDC in next st.* repeat between stars around. Join with sl st.
Round 11: ch 2, HDC in each stitch around. Join with sl st.
(Continue making rounds until you're happy with the length. I needed these to 'end' at a specific spot because I'm a musician and need my thumbs.)
Scalloped edge: ch 2, skip one st., *three HDC in next st., ch 1(skip one st), sc in next st., ch 1 (skip one st)* repeat between stars around until you're done, join with sl st.

These are perfect for playing the viola, not getting in the way of quick moving fingers, and still keeping my hands warm in a cold rehearsal hall. :) Enjoy!