A Rose—Part II

OK, here’s my second stab at free-form roses. I like these better. When I get it down just like I like, I’ll make a pattern up. But for now I’ve just been winging it. I sort of decide what to do as I go.

Free-form crocheted roses

My 2nd attempt at a free-form crocheted rose motif.

Free-form crocheted rose motif.

I think this is my favorite so far…

free-form crocheted rose motif

I’m not sure about the light pink center… hmmm…

Free-form crocheted rose motif.

On this one I added some embroidery… There are things I like about this one… and things I’m not sure about…

As always, I welcome comments… any pointers or ideas?

Thanks! Happy Crocheting.

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

I’m really excited about this project. For the longest time, I’ve been collecting yarn in all shades of red and pink, with the idea of eventually making a rose afghan for my mom. I’ve looked and looked for rose motif patterns in crochet, but have never really found what I wanted. I realized that it’s because what I want is more of a free-form look,. rather than an “equilateral” design (is there a better word than equilateral? Mirror-image? You get the drift). I actually found one pattern that I liked a lot… and made this motif:

Rose granny square

Flat Rose Granny Square. You can buy this pattern from Nicole Rodgers for just $1. Isn’t it pretty?

While I really love the way this looks, and will definitely use it for a different project (Maybe a handbag or purse? Any other ideas?) it is still not the free-form look of a rose that I really wanted. So… I decided to try out my skills on making up my own design. I had tried this awhile back after I first learned to crochet, but it was a bit disastrous. Too bad I frogged the result, or I’d show you here. Anyway, I guess I’ve gotten better, because I really like what I’ve come up with so far:

Free-form rose motif by Karen Brimhall

Free-form rose motif—the big ones are 9 inches across, and the small one is 6 inches.

Free-form rose motif in two sizes

Free-form rose motif in two sizes

Large (9=inch) crochet free-form rose motif by Karen Brimhall

Large (9-inch) crochet free-form rose motif

Medium (6-inch) crochet free-form rose motif by Karen Brimhall

Medium (6-inch) crochet free-form rose motif

Lacy Bunting / Banners


I made up this pattern awhile ago, and made several of the triangles… and now this project is on my list of crafts to finish! I was organizing all my crochet and knitting patterns tonight, and came across the pattern I had scribbled on a pad of paper, and thought I’d share. I really like these lacey-ish bunting triangles. Someday I’ll finish them. (:

So here is a picture of several of them that I did finish:

Crocheted lacy bunting / banners

Crocheted lacy bunting / banners.

Here is the visual pattern that I scribbled out when I created these:

Lacy crocheted bunting - pattern diagram

The pattern for my lacy bunting.

OK, I’ll attempt to write the pattern out:

I used Caron Simply Soft in Sunshine and Pistachio, mainly it was what I had. I can’t remember what size hook, but it was probably the recommended size on the skein label.

Start: Ch 30.

Row 1: Ch 2 more (counts as dc). Dc in 4th chain from end, then dc all the way across  in every ch (29 dc + the ch 2 = 30 dc).

Row 2: *Sl st in 2nd dc, then ch 2. Dc in next dc. Dc all the way across*. (28 dc + the ch 2)

Row 3: Repeat from * to *. (26 dc + the ch 2)

Row 4: Sl st in 2nd dc, then ch 2. *(Dc in next dc, then ch 1)* 11 times. Dc in next 2 dc.

Row 5: Sl st in 2nd dc, then ch 2. Repeat from * to * 10 times. Dc in next 2 dc.

Row 6: *Sl st in 2nd dc, then ch 2*. (Dc in ch 1 sp, dc in next dc.) 10 times. (20 dc + the ch 2)

Row 7: Repeat from * to *. Dc all the way across. (18 dc + the ch 2)

Row 8: Sl st in 2nd dc, then ch 2. Dc in next dc, ch 2. (Sk 2 dc, dc in next dc) 5 times.

Row 9: Sl st in ch 2 sp, dc in same ch 2 sp. (Ch 1, sk next dc, dc twice in next ch 2 sp) 4 times. Dc in next dc.

Row 10: Sl st in 2nd dc, ch 2. Dc in next dc. (Dc in ch 1 space, ch 2, sk 2 dc) 3 times. Dc in next ch 1 sp, Dc in next dc.

Row 11: Sl st in 2nd dc, ch 2. (Dc twice in ch 2 sp, ch 1, sk next dc) 3 times. Dc in next dc.

Row 12: Sl st in ch 1 sp, ch 2. Dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc. Dc in next ch sp, ch 2. Sk next 2 dc, dc in next ch 1 sp. Ch 1, sk dc, dc in next dc.

Row 13: Sl st in 2nd dc, ch 2.  Dc in next dc, Dc twice in ch 2 space, Dc in dc, dc in ch 1 sp, dc in next dc.

Row 14: Sl st in 2nd dc, ch 2.  Dc in next 4 dc.

Row 15: Sl st in 2nd dc, ch 2. Dc in next 2 dc.

Row 16: Sl st in 2nd dc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

When all the bunting triangles are done, chain however long you want the tails to be, then single crochet across the top of each triangle, connecting them all, then chain an equal number for the other tail. Then I like to do another row of single crochet all the way across. I believe this is how I did it when I made the bunting in my bedroom.

Voila! Let me know if you try out my pattern, and if you see any problems I will fix it.

Little Lacy Gift Pouch

Little lacey gift pouch

Little lacey gift pouch

I found this on Ravelry, called Shell Pouch and Gift Bag by Carola Wijma. (Her website is Carola Mania (you’ll have to use Google translate.) I made it with DMC perle cotton/#5, and an E/3.5mm hook. It’s a little tiny thing! The finished size is 2 5/8″ wide x 5″ tall. It’ll make a nice little gift bag for some earrings or some such.

Crocheting with sore ol’ hands

When I first started crocheting, I had real trouble crocheting with tiny yarn and small hooks. Ugh. I have big hands and felt oh so clumsy. And trying to hold the tiny thread’s tension with my little pinky was killing me. I had a little bit more luck this time around; I wrapped the thread around my pinky an extra time, and that seemed to give me more control without having to squeeze the thread—which is what hurts my joints. (Even with fat yarn I re-taught myself to keep my pinky and ring finger held out straight instead of curling them around the yarn… I was getting to where I couldn’t OPEN my fingers back up, after just a little while of crocheting! But keeping my fingers straight and just squeezing the thread between my pinky and ring finger, held out straight, seems to work—for the fatter yarn, like sport weight through bulky.)

Anyway, here is my little pouch. I really love it.


Openwork Lace #2049 Purse

A Pinterest Find

I recently got into Pinterest, and I’ve gotten addicted to it. There are so many inspiring images there, and many of them lead to great blogs and tutorials out on the WWW. I found some really great crochet patterns on a site called MyPicot.com. They are basic patterns that you can adapt in whatever way you’d like—for scarves, handbags, apparel, you name it.

MyPicot.com's Openwork & Lace #2049

MyPicot.com’s Openwork & Lace #2049

So, I chose to try out this pattern, #2049. I just used some Caron Simply Soft yarn I had around. The pattern shows 13 rows, but I continued on until I’d done 20 rows. Then I thought hmmmm, maybe a cute little handbag? So I made a gusset all the way around 3 sides which consist of multiple rows of  9 half double crochets. Then I made the other side consisting of another 20 rows that I will slip-stich on to the other side.

Here are some pics of my progress so far:

Before blocking. I find it saves time if I don’t try to smooth things out too much while I’m crocheting… I used to get anal every few stitches and figured out that was tripling the time it takes to finish something!

After blocking—I just smoothed it out by hand.

After blocking—I just smoothed it out by hand, and pulled the clusters of 3 double crochets away from each “flower” center so the flower petals, created by the empty spaces, would show up more.

With gusset crocheted onto the first rectangle of 20 rows.

That’s as far as I’ve gotten so far… I’ll keep you posted on my progress! I have no idea yet what this will turn out to look like… I’m thinking of making an insert of contrasting fabric, maybe a cream color. To show off the pattern. We’ll see!

Lennon’s Owl Hat

Well, since I’m trying to make up for lost time, you know, I hadn’t posted anything here since 2010 until this week! But I’m working on updating my blog with some of the projects I’ve done during that time. I’ll try not to go so long again!

Wooly Owl Hat by Kat Goldin

Wooly Owl Hat by Kat Goldin

Anyway, last winter I found this great owl hat pattern on Ravelry… If you have an account, or are inclined to register for one, you can find it at: Woolly Owl Hat by Kat Goldin.

I made it for my little great-nephew, Lennon. Alas, he would never wear it. As soon as you’d put it on he would take it off. But then one snow-filled day, my niece Hye Soo and her husband Eric were playing in the snow and he left it on. So now we have these great photos:


Flower Pop Afghan

Well, last year I found myself unemployed. I had been doing some contract (definition: temporary) work at American Express, doing some basic web design, but keeping in step with this sucky worldwide job market, the contract ended. So, between job hunting and working on my family website, I started noodling around with crochet.

I have the cursed ADD-creative brain, so I tend to jump from one project to the next, never finishing anything. Well, seldom finishing anything… But miracles do appear from time to time. I did finish this bunting during that time… Anyway, I digress… I was poking around on Ravelry and was totally inspired by this gorgeous hexagon pattern by queenofstyle’s 53. Hex´s for a baby. The pattern is by one of my favorite bloggers,  Lucy of Attic24, and is called Hexagon How-to (I think you have to register for Ravelry to see the ravelry.com links).

I’m pretty new to crochet… at least serious crochet. I learned when I was 10 or 11 in Primary, at least they taught us… but I was lazy and never did my project… Ahem. ANYWAY, on to THIS post. So, when I started making these hexagons, I was hooked (ha! pun was not intended). I would make circle after circle, than add the next rounds, and then the white hexagon shape. I loved watching my little piles grow as I went.  Here are my pictures of my progress:

First circles

First circles made

Added white for hexagon shape

Added white for hexagon shape



...and stacks

…and stacks

7 rows sewed together...

only 7 rows sewed together…

...still warms Elsie dog

…but still warms Elsie dog

Not done




OK, well that was really exciting, but then I got hired on again to work another contract at American Express. My crochet and most other projects kind of got pushed into the corner… I was just pooped every day when I got home… so there my afghan sat (along with all my other ADD projects), not getting done.

Well, in May my contract ended again, so I’m back into the job hunt. Ugh. However, the bright side is I got my crochet out again. I had finished all the hexagon motifs, and all I had to do was slip-stitch them together… I would NEVER do it that way again. I think crocheting them together would be so much faster. But I didn’t want an extra edge of crochet in there, and by the time I got a few rows in it was too late to go back in time. Anyway, I spent evenings slip-stitching away, until… Yay! I finished it!

I’m so in love with it. It’s soft and cozy and when I don’t need to warm up, I just love staring at it. I love all the colors. I used Caron Simply Soft yarns. Here are the almost finished, and finished pictures:

Attaching the last hexagon

Attaching the last hexagon

Almost done...

Almost done…

I filled in the edge spaces with multiples of three double crochets

I filled in the edge spaces with multiples of three double crochets

Fits my double bed perfectly!

Fits my double bed perfectly!

This is my favorite picture of it:

It’s warm and cozy, and very soft.