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SIMPLE BEGINNER PATTERNS FOR KNITTERS AND CROCHETERS

Additional patterns are available by contacting Joleen at 280-2836.  We have some donated patterns and pattern books available for use of our members. 

WARM UP AMERICAN AFGHAN BLOCKS -- 7" x 9" (make sure to measure) block patterns for both crochet and knit are located at the following website:  http://www.warmupamerica.com/patterns.html.  

CROCHET:  
ABBREVIATIONS: Ch = chain, sc = single crochet, hk = hook, sts = stitches, sl st = slip stitch, thru = through, rem = remainder, ea = each.  Below are several patterns for crochet that members had requested:

HAT (size H crochet hook, 4 oz skein of yarn) Size given is small, and in brackets are medium and large) Ch 33 (38, 42). Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next 27 (30, 34) sts, sl st in next 4 (6, 6) stst for top, ch 1 to turn all rows.

ROW 2: Working thru BACK LP ONLY, sl ST IN 1ST 4 (6,6) STS, SC IN REM 28 (31, 36) STS.

ROW 3: Sc in 1st 28 (31, 35) sts, sl st in rem 4 (6, 6) sts. Rep Rows 2 and 3 alternately until piece measures 12 1/2 (15, 17 1/2) inches. Tie off. Gather sl st edge tog. Sew back seam. With Pom Pon maker, make a 3" pom-pon and attach to top. Fold bottom for brim.

I have used a 4-ply yarn along with a 2-ply yarn together to give a tweed look to the hats. I have also used two strands of 4-ply yarn and a larger hook (J or K) for a thicker hat. This also speeds up the work as well. I have placed "stripes" in the hats to use up yarn, but always end the row at the top or the slip stitch end because of the end pieces of yarn.

SCARF Ch 165 (180, 195) sc in 2nd ch from ht and in ea ch across. Ch 1 to turn all rows.

ROW 2: Working thu BACK LP ONLY, sc in ea st across. Rep row 2 until piece measures 6 (7, 8)". Tie off.

FRINGE: Cut yarn into 6" lengths. Using 6 strands at once, tie fringe at end of ea ridge along both ends. Trim ends even. As you can tell this scarf is made lengthwise. The ridges made in both patterns makes the hats and scarf really look nice.

MITTENS
CH 47 (57, 67) sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next 3 (5, 7) sts for cuff, sl st next 4 sts for wrist, sc in next 11 (14, 17) sts for hand, sl st next 8 sts for fingers, sc in next 11 (14, 17) sts for hand, sl st next 4 sts for wrist, sc in next 4 (6, 8) sts for cuff, ch 1 to turn all rows.

ROW 2: Working in BACK LOOP ONLY, sc in ea sc and sl st in ea sl st of previous row. Rep row 2 until there are 6 (8, 10) ridges, or desired width of hand.

SHAPE THUMB; Work cuff, wrist and 5 (6, 7) sts of hand, ch 12 (14, 16), sc in 5 (6, 7) th st from end of hand on opposite side, finish row.

NEXT ROW: Work to ch, sc in next 4 (5, 6) chs, sl st next 4 sts, sc in rem sts of ch, finish row.  Rep last row 3 (4, 5) times. Tie off. Fold in half. Sew sides leaving cuff sts free. Work 1 row sc, evenly spaced around cuff. Make other mitten the same.

NOTE: If making baby mittens, leave off the thumb and put a ch attached to each mitten that can be threaded through the arms and back of the coat so that the child/parent does not loose the mittens.

LAP ROBES FOR RESIDENTS IN NURSING HOMES -- You are welcome to use any pattern you wish.  Generally the measurements are about a yard or 34 inches long (more or less), and about 24 inches wide (more or less).  Do not put fringe on the lap robe as it can become caught up in the resident's wheelchairs.  Best rule of thumb, just "try it on" yourself to see if it is about the right length and width. 

PRIZE WINNING AFGHAN
Finished afghan is 60 X 64 inches including fringe. You will need 35 oz. of your color choice 4 ply yarn. I like the no-match stuff, just in case you need or what it longer. You will also need a size "I" crochet hook and 13 one inch safety pins. GAUGE 6 dcs equal 2 inches, 2 rows equal 1".

Note: Count ch 3 at end of each rows as 1 dc. In the last 2 rows ch 6, not 10 for lps.

ROW 1: Ch 253, dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 9 chs, ch 10 sk 10 chs (this makes lp) *dc in next 10 ch, ch 10, sk 10 chs. Repeat from* until there are 13 groups of dcs and 12 lps, ch 3, turn.

ROW 2: Dc in next 9 dcs, ch 10, sk lp, *dc in next 10 dcs, ch 10, sk lp, repeat from *, ch 3, turn. Repeat rown 2 until there are 116 rows. Fasten off.

To finish lps: Start at bottom of afghan and with fingers pull first lp over 2nd lp, pull 2nd lp through, 2nd lp over 3rd, 3rd through, Repeat to end, fasten last 2 lps tog with safety pin. (Be sure all lps go in same direction.)

Fringe: Cut 10 inch lengths of yarn, fold in half. Knot one folded strand in each sc at top and bottom, trim fringe evenly.

FAST, EASY AND PRETTY AFGHAN
This is a super simple, and fast crocheted afghan. 

Materials:  Size P or N crochet hook.  Up to 3 skeins of yarn are need to make this afghan.  You can make it to your size requirements (use buy enough yarn to start with).  You can use all variegated yarn or three different colors.  As you crochet, a pattern/design will form on it's own.

Pattern:  chair 104 with P or N hook

Row 1:  Double crochet in 3rd chain from hood and in each stitch across; chair two and turn.

Row 2: Double crochet across and continue to double crochet until you reach the desired length.  Finish off.

 

KNIT:

COZY KNIT HAT
Size 8 knitting needles
4 oz. knitting worsted/4 ply yarn (You can use up your scraps and make a
beautiful multi-colored hat as well.)

Cast on 100 stitches (for a child's size medium)

PATTERN
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl across
Row 3: K1, P1 across
Row 4: purl
Repeat these 4 rows until knitted piece measures 8 inches, ending with a
purl row.

NEXT ROW: K1, K2 together across until last stitch, K1 (51 sts).
NEXT ROW: Purl across
Repeat these two rows one more time
Cut yarn leaving a 12 to 15 inch length; weave this back through the
remaining stitches pulling tightly together. Sew side seam and then make a pon-pom and sew this on the top of hat.

To make a smaller or larger size of hat, decrease or increase the cast on stitches accordingly. (Hat makes it own roll up brim and is so cute!)

LAP ROBE PATTERN
If you feel a little chilled while watching TV or reading at night, why not make a lap afghan to help keep you warm during these long winter evenings?  Or how about making one for Hospice or the Nursing Homes (see note on measurements for nursing homes below pattern) we donate items to?

This afghan measures 44 X 56 inches. You will need 8 skeins of 3.5 oz. of 4-ply worsted weight in the color of your choice along with size 10 knitting needles.

GAUGE: 8 sts equal 2 inches, 10 rows equal 2 inches

PATTERN STITCH: (16 rows) K 4, *K 1, yo, k 1, p 8. Repeat from *, ending with k 1, yo, k 1, k 4.

Row 2: k 4, *p 3, k 8, repeat from *, ending with p 3, k 4.
Row 3: k 4, *sl 1, k 2, psso the 2 k sts (cable twist), p 8, repeat from * across, ending with sl 1, k 2, psso the 2 k sts, k 4.
Row 4: k 4, *p 2, k 8, repeat from * across, ending with p 2, k 4.
Repeat rows 1-4
Row 9: k 4, *k 1, yo, k 1, p 1, k 6, p 1, repeat from *, ending with k 1,
yo, k 1, k 4.
Row 10: k 4, *p 3, k 1, p 6, k 1, repeat from *, ending with p 3, k 4.
Row 11: k 4, *sl 1, k 2 psso the 2 k sts (cable twist), p 1, k 6, p 1,
repeat from * across ending with sl 1, k 2, psso the 2 k sts, k 4.
Row 12: k 4, *p 2, k 1, p 6, k 1, repeat from * across ending with p 2, k
4.
Repeat rows 9-12 (16 rows of pattern stitch).

Afghan: Cast on 170 sts. Work 6 rows garter st (k each row) for border.

Foundation row: k 4 for border (place marker if desired), *p 2, k 8 repeat from * across, ending with p 2, (place maker if desired), k 4 for border. Work 16 pattern stitch rows 14 times. Then work rows 1-8. Finish with 6 rows of garter st for border. Bind off.

LAP ROBES FOR RESIDENTS IN NURSING HOMES -- You are welcome to use any pattern you wish.  Generally the measurements are about a yard or 34 inches long (more or less), and about 24 inches wide (more or less).  Do not put fringe on the lap robe for nursing home resident's as it can become caught up in the resident's wheelchairs.  Best rule of thumb, just "try it on" yourself to see if it is about the right length and width. 

EASY HAT PATTERN
Materials
LION BRAND Wool-Ease 1 ball in color of your choice

Note You may do this hat in solid colors, stripes, or variegated yarn colors.
Size 7 (4.5 mm) or 8 (5 mm) straight or circular needles
Double-pointed needles in appropriate size for circular hat
Large-eyed, blunt needle

HAT For straight needles
Cast on 80 sts. Work in K1, P1 or K2, P2 ribbing for 1 1/2-2".
Begin St st (k on RS, p on WS) until total length is 8".
Crown decreases
Row 1 K 6, k2tog across row 70 stitches.
Next Row and all even rows Purl.
Row 3 K 5, k2tog across row 60 stitches.
Row 5 K 4, k2tog across row 50 stitches.
Row 7 K 3, k2tog across row 40 stitches.
Row 9 K 2, k2tog across row 30 stitches.
Row 11 K 1, k2tog across row 20 stitches.
Row 13 K2tog across row 10 stitches.
Cut yarn leaving long tail. Weave tail through remaining stitches and pull tightly. Sew seam.

HAT For circular needles
Cast on 80 stitches. (If you knit tightly, you may add more stitches in multiples of 8.)
Join and work in ribbing of K1, P1 or K2, P2 for 1 1/2-2". Then knit all rounds until piece measures 8".
Round 1 K 6, k2tog across row 70 stitches.
Next Round and all even rounds Knit.
Continue having 1 less stitch before decreases as outlined in hat for straight needles. Switch to double-pointed needles when needed and finish off by drawing yarn through last 10 stitches.