Friday, January 27, 2012

Scrap Afghan

      My first afghan pattern!!! (Lots of exclamation marks today because my awesome husband bought a bag of conversation hearts for me so I am on a huge sugar rush!!!) So! My New Year's Resolution this year was to not buy any more yarn until I can fit my stash into one, just one, dresser. Right now I have it crammed into one dresser and five boxes... Not little boxes either!!! I am addicted to yarn. I can barely walk past the yarn aisle... So I have been crocheting like a madwoman!! And the first thing was to use up my little scraps of yarn that are too big to throw away and too little to use for a project.
      The problem I have with scraps is, I hate making granny squares. I hate sewing all of the little squares together and I hate crocheting the little squares together. So this is my solution:
  
       The Haywire Afghan.

Hook: I/9
Yarn: Medium Worsted
Size of finished afghan: 36" by 42" including trim.

Ch 145.
Row 1= Ch 2, 2 dc in third chain from hook, (sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, sk 5 ch, ch 5, sc in next ch, sk 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch) across, ending with sk 2 ch, 3 dc in last ch. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2= Sc in first dc, (sk 2 dc, sk sc, ch 5, sc over ch 5, sk sc, sk 2 dc, ch 5, sc in next dc) across, ending with sc in tch. Ch 5, turn.
Row 3= (Sc over ch 5, 5 dc in sc, sc over ch 5, sk sc, ch 5) across, ending with sc over ch 5, ch 2, dc in sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4= Sc in dc, (sk sc and 2 dc, ch 5, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, sk sc, ch 5, sc over ch 5) across, ending with sc over tch. Ch 2, turn.
Row 5= 2 dc in sc, ( sc over ch 5, sk sc, ch 5, sc over ch 5, 5 dc in sc) across, ending with 3 dc in sc.
Row 6-40= Repeat rows 2 through 5.

Edging:
Rnd 1= sc around edges, working 3 sc in corners.
Rnd 2= Dc around edges, working 3 dc in corners.
Rnd 3= Starting at corner, *[ch 23, turn. In second ch from hook, dc three times, dc twice in each ch over next 20 ch, hdc], (4 sc, ch 15. In second ch from hook, dc three times. Dc twice in each ch over next 12 ch, hdc) repeat to next corner.* Repeat from * to * until edging is complete.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

     I know these are not the prettiest cookies in the world, (this was the prettiest one out of the whole batch) but I firmly believe that a pretty cookie is a yucky cookie. This belief comes straight from my mother who makes the ugliest cookies ever, but you think you just died and went to heaven when you taste them. Her secret? She doesn't cook them all the way. For instance, her chocolate chip cookie recipe recommends 8 minutes in the oven. My mom only cooks them for 6 minutes. She taught me well and everyone I make cookies for says they are almost as good as my mom's. (I'll take that compliment. Her cookies are seriously delicious)
      This is my husband's favorite cookie. His face lights up like a Christmas tree whenever I make them. And although I am a die-hard dark chocolate woman (none of that fake stuff for me) I love these cookies too.


1/2 C butter or margarine, softened
1/2 C shortening (the butter flavored shortening tastes sooooo much better but regular will do)
3/4 C granulated sugar
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 3/4 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 12 oz bag of white chocolate chips

Cream butter and shortening together then add sugars and egg, beat well. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl then stir into butter and sugar mixture. Stir in vanilla and then white chocolate chips. (The recipe says to chill the dough for an hour, but I never did) Spoon dough onto cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

The cookies are done to perfection when they are gold around the edges and puffy in the middle. Don't worry if they seem goopy when you take them out, they will harden into a nice, crumbly cookie as they cool.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Toy Dragon

I made this dragon for my nephew for Christmas. I couldn't find a pattern for a toy dragon that I liked (story of my life :) so I wrote this pattern. His mom told me that he named it Toothless.


Medium worsted yarn - hook size G/6
stuff body and legs as you work
Body: Ch 2.
Rnd 1= 6 sc in second ch from hook. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (6)
Rnd 2= sc twice in each sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 3-5= sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 6= (sc twice in sc, sc) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (18)
Rnd 7= sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (18)
Rnd 8= (3 sc, sc twice in sc) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (22)
Rnd 9= sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (22) 
Rnd 10= (2 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn (17)
Rnd 11= ( 3 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (14)
Rnd 12-16= sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (14)
Rnd 17-18= Sc twice in sc, sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (15, 16)
Rnd 19-20= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (16)
Rnd 21-22= Sc twice in sc, sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (17, 18)
Rnd 23= (Sc, sc twice in next sc) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (27)
Rnd 24= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (27)
Rnd 25= (2 sc, sc twice in next sc) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (36)
Rnd 26-29= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (36)
Rnd 30= (Sctog, sc) repeat three times. 18 sc, (sctog, sc) repeat three times. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (30)
Rnd 31= (Sctog, sc) repeat three times. 12 sc, (sctog, sc) repeat three times. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (23)
Rnd 32-35= sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (23)
Rnd 36-37= Sc, sc twice in next sc, sc to last two sc, sc twice in next sc, sc. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (25, 27)
Rnd 38-40= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (27)
Rnd 41= (3 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st.Ch 1, turn. (22)
Rnd 42-43= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (22)
Rnd 44= (3 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (18)
Rnd 45= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (18)
Rnd 46= (3 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (15)
Rnd 47-48= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (15)
Rnd 49= (3 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 50-51= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 52= (3 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (10)
Rnd 53-54= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (10)
Rnd 55= (2 sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (8)
Rnd 56= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (8)
Rnd 57-59=  (2sc, sctog) repeat around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn.
Sctog until hole is closed. Fasten off

Left wing: Ch 17
Row 1= 4 sl st, 3 sc, 4 hdc, 5dc. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2= 5 dc, 4 hdc, 3 sc, 4 sl st. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3-6= repeat rows 1, 2, 1, 2
Row 7= 4 sl st, scfp across. Ch 2, turn.
Row 8-11= repeat rows 2, 1, 2, 1
Row 12= scbp across to sl st, 4 sl st. Ch 1, turn
Row 13-16= repeat row 1, 2, 1, 2
Ch 3, turn and 2 sl st, 8 sc across top of wing. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew wing to side of body.

Right wing: Ch 18
Row 1= dc in third ch from hook, 4 dc, 4 hdc, 3 sc, 4 sl st. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2= 4 sl st, 3 sc, 4 hdc, 5 dc. Ch 2, turn.
Row 3= 5 dc, 4 hdc, 3 sc, 4 sl st. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4-6= Repeat rows 2, 3, 2
Row 7= scbp across to sl st, 4 sl st. Ch 1, turn.
Row 8-11= Repeat rows 2, 3, 2, 3
Row 12= 4 sl st, scfp across. Ch 2, turn.
Row 13-16= Repeat rows 3, 2, 3, 2
Row 17= sl st across.
Ch 3, turn and 2 sl st, 8 sc aross top of wing

Legs (make 2): Ch 2
Rnd 1= Sc 6 times in second ch from hook. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (6)
Rnd 2= Sc twice in each sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 3-6= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (12)
Rnd 7= Sctog, 8 sc, sctog. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (10)
Rnd 8= Sctog, 6sc, sctog. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (8)
Rnd 9-11= Sc around. Sl st in first st. Ch 1, turn. (8)
Rnd 12= Sctog around. Fasten off. Sew hole shut.
Sew claws on end of leg with contrasting color. Sew leg to body.

Sc over round eight in middle of dragon's head. (Ch 2, sc in second ch. Sc over next row three times.) Repeat across neck to tail. (Ch 3, sc in next two sc. Sc over next row three times.) Repeat across back to tail. (Ch 2, sc in second ch. Sc over next row three times.) Repeat to end of tail. Fasten off. Weave in ends.