Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pamela's Lattice Prayer Shawl

This pattern is very simple and quick, since half of it's chaining. It only took me three days of dedicated work. I used Lion Brand's 'Pound of Love' baby yarn, and used about half the skein.

Pamela's Lattice Prayer Shawl
© Mariel Redwood

H hook
G hook

United States terminology.
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dbc - double crochet

  1. Using the H hook, ch 36 or another uneven multiple of three. ch 2, turn.
  2. Dbc in third ch from hook and next two stitches. *ch 3, skip next 3 sts, 1 dbc in each of next three sts.* Continue from * to * to the end of the row. You should end up with 3 dbc at each end of the row, forming a solid border at each side of the shawl. 
  3. Repeat step two until the shawl has reached your desired length. After the first row, dbcs should only ever be in dbcs, never in the chains. 
  4. Using the G hook, sc around the edges of the shawl.
  5. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Friday, March 25, 2011


Well, i was pretty happy. I got to babysit my little cousin yesterday, and i finally learned how to knit!

Buuuuut, look what i found in my inbox this morning:

eeeeeeeew?! Okay, the webby, dreamcatcher-like thingy is moderately acceptable, other than the bad color choices and the fact that it's too big. but the others? Who's getting paid to make up these patterns?! And how much?!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

My B-Day!

yesterday was my birthday, and i got some awsome new yarn! can't wait to see what i end up making with it. ;)

also, i got a copy of a painting my my fave artist, j. w. waterhouse. this one:

and i got an awsome cake, a great cd,  and played soccer with my sobs for a while. all in all, it was an awsome day!
unfortunatly, it's raining today, so no soccer for now. and my great-uncle died unexpectedly yesterday, which we didn't find out about until this morning. we're all pretty upset.


i really ought to type out some more of my patterns. maybe i'll post one of those tommorrow!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

my Blue Puffy Hat

the protest yesterday was much larger. there were a few thousand people this time, and we did manage to get inside the capitol building. dad and i saw an officer there that we recognized as someone who had given us a private tour when we came to the capital a month or so ago. he remembered us, too.  :)
unfortunately, i slipped and fell right in the mud towards the end. my own fault, due to a lack of coordination. my hand and coat ended up covered in the stuff, but my dress was spared. we ended up leaving soon after anyway. some guy was nice enough to see me fall and try to help me clean up my hand a little with his water bottle! LOL.

anyway, this is my second pattern. it's for a hat that was originally supposed to be a tam. the 'tam' turned out too small and i was sick of the project by then, so just made a wide 'brim' of sorts. it actually turned out quite nicely, and i managed to make myself a real tam a while later.

[American terminology:
SC=single crochet

with a size g hook and worsted weight yarn...

round 1.  ch two. SC 6 in the first chain. slipstitch last SC to first. - 6 st.
round 2.  SC 2 in each stitch. -12 st.
round 3.  *SC 1 in the first SC, SC 2 in the second SC*, repeat around the circle. -18
round 4:  *SC in each of the first two SC, then 2 SC in the next st.*  repeat. -24
round 5.  *SC in each of the first 3 SC, then SC 2 in the 4th SC.* repeat. -32

continue like this for another 18 rows. (this is the size i made it, you may need it bigger)

round 24.  decrease 1 every 10 stitches.
round 25-34.  SC in every stitch.
round 35. SC this round in another color of yarn as trim. you can also use a yarn needle to thread the second yarn through the stitches as decoration.

© Mariel Redwood

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Haunted Wood

dad and i went to the protests in Lansing today. unfortunately we got there just in time to catch the tail end of it, but we're going again tomorrow. should be bigger then.

another hobby of mine you'll find references to on here is my writing. i love it! so here's a poem i write a couple years ago.

o haunted wood of mine,
what secrets do you hold?
whether they be new
or yellow with time so old,
tell them unto me
o haunted wood of mine.

(c) es

hope you like it.

Monday, March 14, 2011

first post!

okay, i started this pattern to share my designs with those on the world of ravelry, but i'll post about my life too, i'm sure. because this is a pattern blog, the first post should, by rights, have my first 'published' pattern. :)

Stomach warmer
This is to help get rid of cramps, something I have a lot of trouble with. It consists of a crocheted cover and a cloth bag made out of the material of your choice. Try to avoid polyester, as I’m not sure how well it would do in the microwave. To use, pop the bag in the microwave to warm it up to a comforting temprature, then slide it back inside the cover so you don’t burn your poor belly!

Row one: With a size G hook, chain 41.
Rows two/three: Dc in second chain from hook, continue across the row.  You should end up with 40 dcs. Ch1, turn.
Row four: bdc across the row, ch 1, turn.
Row five: repeat steps 2-4.
Go on for as long as you want the cover to be wide when folded.  I did 154 rows, you can change this to meet your needs.  Slip stitch the top and one side together. Fasten off.  At the other end of the cover, make two 25 stitch chains on each flap to tie it shut with.

Rice bag:
On a piece of sturdy cloth, trace a rectangle the size of the cover.  Cut out two pieces this size, and sew them together with a wide seam allowance. Make two seams to allow for wear and tear on the thread. Fill the bag with rice and slide it inside the cover.

this is how it will look when finished: