Thursday, August 27, 2015

Project Inspiration: August Crochet Stitch Pattern

As if receiving fabulous yarn every month with your subscription wasn't awesome enough, Yarnbox Classic also arrives with great project inspiration.  Subscribers receive a free knit and crochet pattern as well as a monthly knit or crochet stitch to help build on your crafting knowledge and maybe inspire your next project.  

New yarn means a pattern hunt for a new and exciting project.  Sometimes, all I need is a really great stitch that compliments the yarn color and fiber.  Then, I can then have my own crochet "choose your own adventure."

The adventure with our July Classic Box was made even more exciting with the cashmere sport yarn from Pepperberry Knits.  Any yarn with cashmere in it makes me happy. Make it 100% cashmere and I'm on happiness overload.  I thought it would perfect for the Single Post Crochet Rib stitch that came with the box.

I enjoy this pattern stitch because it's easy to remember and gives your finished piece a ton of texture.  It is an ideal stitch for garments and accessories where you want a little stretch to the material.  So great pattern texture plus awesome cashmere yarn brought me to creating this nifty cowl pattern that I hope you all enjoy.




Single Post Rib Stitch Crochet Cowl
by Aimee Hansen

Materials:
Size H crochet hook
Pepperberry Knits Sport-Weight Cashmere Yarn (approximately 230 yards)

Pattern Notes:
In this pattern, we will be alternating front post and back post stitches to give us the single post crochet rib.  Rounds are not joined unless otherwise stated.  Make sure to mark the first stitch of your round and move your stitch marker up with each round.

Gauge:
In alternating front post and back post double crochets, 17 stitches across x 15 rows high = 4"x4".  Because of the stretchiness of this stitch, gauge is not important.

Adjustments:
To make cowl longer, increase beginning chain by a multiple of 2.  To make the cowl higher, repeat round 2 until you reach your desired height.

Finished Measurements:  Approximately 29" around x 6" high

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
dc - double crochet
fpdc - front post double crochet
bpdc - back post double crochet
bphdc - back post half double crochet


Pattern:

Ch 110.  Join to form a ring being careful not to twist.

Round 1:  Ch 3 (counts as first stitch).  Mark the top ch of beginning ch 3 (this marks the first stitch of your round.  DC in the next ch and in each ch around.  Do not join. (110 stitches)

Round 2:  FPDC around the next stitch (move your stitch marker to mark this first stitch).  BPDC around next stitch.  *FPDC around next stitch.  BPDC around next stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Do not join. (110 stitches)

Repeat round 2 for 19 rounds or until desired height.  End your cowl with the next round.

Round 22:   FPDC around the next stitch (move your stitch marker to mark this first stitch).  *BPDC around next stitch.  FPDC around next stitch.  Repeat from * to last stitch.  BPHDC around last stitch.  Join with a sl st to the first stitch in the round.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.  (110 stitches)


BONUS!  If you have yarn leftover, try out this pattern for matching fingerless mitts.
I made both patterns with the 400 yards of Pepperberry Knits sport-weight cashmere that
came in the July Classic Box.




Single Post Rib Stitch Fingerless Mitts
by Aimee Hansen

Materials:
Size H crochet hook
Pepperberry Knits Sport-Weight Cashmere Yarn (approximately 125 yards)

Pattern Notes:
This pattern is very similar to the cowl above.  Your finished mitts should be snug.  See adjustments to make mitts bigger.  Make sure to mark the first stitch of your round and move your stitch marker up with each round.

Gauge:
In alternating front post and back post double crochets, 17 stitches across x 15 rows high = 4"x4".  Because of the stretchiness of this stitch, gauge is not important.

Adjustments:
To make mitts larger, increase beginning chain by a multiple of 2.  Increase the number of rounds before and/or after the thumb round to increase length for proper fit.

Finished Size:  Womens size small to medium

Pattern:

Ch 24.  Join to form a ring being careful not to twist.

Round 1:  Ch 3 (counts as first stitch).  Mark the top ch of beginning ch 3 (this marks the first stitch of your round.  DC in the next ch and in each ch around.  Do not join. (24 stitches)

Round 2:  FPDC around the next stitch (move your stitch marker to mark this first stitch).  BPDC around next stitch.  *FPDC around next stitch.  BPDC around next stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Do not join. (24 stitches)

Repeat round 2 for 17 rounds or until desired height to just below the thumb.  

Round 20: (thumb opening round)   FPDC around the next stitch (move your stitch marker to mark this first stitch).  BPDC around next stitch.  FPDC around next stitch.  BPDC around next stitch.  Ch 4.  Skip 4 stitches.  *FPDC around next stitch.  BPDC around next stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Do not join. (24 stitches)

Round 21:   FPDC around the next stitch (move your stitch marker to mark this first stitch).  BPDC around next stitch.  FPDC around next stitch.  BPDC around next stitch.  1 dc in each of the next 4 ch.  *FPDC around next stitch.  BPDC around next stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Do not join. (24 stitches)

Round 22:   FPDC around the next stitch (move your stitch marker to mark this first stitch).  BPDC around next stitch.  *FPDC around next stitch.  BPDC around next stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Do not join. (24 stitches)

Repeat round 22 for 4 rounds or until desired height above thumb.  End your mitt with the next round.

Round 27:   FPDC around the next stitch (move your stitch marker to mark this first stitch).  *BPDC around next stitch.  FPDC around next stitch.  Repeat from * to last stitch.  BPHDC around last stitch.  Join with a sl st to the first stitch in the round.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.  (24 stitches)

Repeat mitt instructions for second mitt.





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