Monday, August 5, 2013

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

FREE PATTERN: Bow Buckle Mary Janes

 New free crochet pattern for you guys! It has been way too long since I posted one last (my goods shop has been keeping me plenty busy :), and I felt the urge to design a few days ago. So here it is! The Bow Buckle Mary Janes :)


These cuties are fast and easy to make, and very practical, too! Take a classic Mary Jane style shoe, add a bow instead of a button - and how cute is the result? 

 

This pattern makes a shoe approximately 4" long (about 3-6 month size). You could always go up a yarn weight/hook size to adapt this pattern for larger sizes . . . or if you ask I might be able to come up with a pattern for a larger size :)










 Materials:
50 yards worsted weight yarn for Color A (I used Red Heart Soft in Off White)
50 yards worsted weight yarn for Color B (I used Red Heart Soft in Deep Sea)
F (3.75mm) crochet hook
E (3.5mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle (to weave in ends)
Scissors

Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch - chain
Sc - single crochet
Hdc - Half double crochet
Dc - double crochet
Ss - slip stitch
Sc2tog - single crochet 2 together
Hdc2tog - half double crochet 2 together
Dc2tog - double crochet 2 together

Notes

  • Stitch counts will be in { } at the end of each round. To determine the stitch count, start counting in the next stitch. Count around the shoe, ending with the slip stitch you just made. 
  • When you see parenthesis ( ) in the pattern, repeat whatever is in the parenthesis the number of times indicated. For instance "(2sc in next, sc in next) 2 times" means "2sc in next, sc in next, 2sc in next, sc in next".
  • The first stitch of each round after round 1 is placed in the stitch you just slip stitched into. 



Stitch Explanations
Sc2tog - insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Hdc2tog: Yarn over, insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 5 loops on hook.
Dc2tog: Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, (2 loops on hook), yarn over and insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Working in Third Loops
In round 4 of the pattern, the pattern will say "Work this entire round in the third loops of the hdc's of the previous round". The third loop is the extra loop behind each hdc. In the first picture below, my hook is inserted into the two normal hdc loops. You can see the extra loop below it. In the second picture, my hook is inserted in the third loop, behind the two normal hdc loops. Round 4 is worked only in these third loops. This leaves the two normal hdc loops visible, creating a clean edge around the shoes.



If this is too confusing, you can just work in the back loops for round 4 :)

Pattern

1. Ch12, 2sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 5, hdc in next 4, 5hdc in last stitch. Turn so you are working in the backside of chains. (See first picture below) Hdc in next 4, sc in next 5, 2sc in last, join with ss to first sc. {27 stitches)




2. Ch1, 2sc in next 2, sc in next 5, hdc in next 5, 2hdc in next 4, hdc in next 5, sc in next 4, 2sc in next 2, join with ss to first sc. {35}




3. Ch2, hdc in next, 2hdc in next, hdc in next 13, (2hdc in next, hdc in next) 4 times, hdc in next 10, 2hdc in next, hdc in next, join with ss to first hdc. {41}
Fasten off, weave in ends.

4. Work this entire round in the third loops of the hdc's of the previous round. See section "Working in the third loops" above.
Join Color B in the third loop of the stitch that you just made (it will be a slip stitch. See first photo below). Ch1, sc in next 19, 2sc in next, sc in next 4, 2sc in next, sc in next 17, join with ss to first sc. {43}





5. Now back to working in both loops as usual :)
Ch2, hdc in next 7, sc in next 7, hdc in next 17, sc in next 7, hdc in next 6, join with ss to first hdc. {43}



6. Ch1, sc in next 9, sc2tog, sc in next 3, sc2tog, hdc in next, dc2tog 6x, hdc in next, sc2tog, sc in next 3, sc2tog, sc in next 7, join with ss to first sc. {35}

7. Ch1, sc in next 11, hdc2tog, hdc in next, dc2tog 4x, hdc in next, hdc2tog, sc in next 9, join with ss to first sc. {28}

8. Ss loosely in next 28. {28}

Fasten off, weave in ends.
















RIGHT STRAP

Turn back of shoe to be towards you (as pictured below). Count 4 stitches to the right of where you fastened off. Insert hook into this stitch (as pictured below).
You will notice that you are going to be working over the slip stitches you made in the previous round. Be sure to insert your hook under both the slip stitch AND the sc. See pictures below.

9. Ch1, sc in same stitch, sc in next 11. {12}
10. Ch1, turn. Sc in next 12. {12}
11. Ch 18, ss in 8th ch from hook, ss in next 10. You should now have reached the end of the chains and the beginning of the sc's from round 10. Loosely ss in next 12.

Fasten off and weave in ends.



LEFT STRAP:

Turn back of shoe to be towards you (as pictured below). Count 7 stitches to the left of where you fastened off. Insert hook into this stitch (as pictured below).
You will notice that you are going to be working over the slip stitches you made in the previous round. Be sure to insert your hook under both the slip stitch AND the sc. (Note that this time you will be working facing the backside of the stitches)














9. Ch1, sc in same stitch, sc in next 11. {12}
10. Ch1, turn. Sc in next 12. {12
11. Ch 18, ss in 8th ch from hook, ss in next 10.You should now have reached the end of the chains and the beginning of the sc's from round 10. Loosely ss in next 12.
Fasten off, weave in ends.



Bow:
With E (3.5mm) crochet hook and Color A yarn.

Ch3, dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch2, ss in same ch. (All stitches will be worked in this same chain). Ch2, dc in same ch, ch2, ss in same ch.

Fasten off, leaving a 12" tail.

Using the tail you left, wrap yarn tightly around the center of the bow. Secure by tying a knot in the back of the bow.

Use the remaining tail to sew the bow onto the slippers, as shown below.



Enjoy the pattern, and please be sure to link your projects to the ravelry page so we can all see your beautiful work :) http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bow-buckle-mary-janes

 Please do not sell this pattern, copy it, or claim it as your own. Feel free to sell the products made from this pattern, but if you sell online I ask that you give credit to and link back to this blog. Thank you!

Also, don't forget to like my Facebook page! I'll keep you up to date on pattern testing opportunities, sales, new patterns, new products, etc. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jays-Boutique/312421472198357

Hoping to get some more free patterns out soon! Any ideas? My goods shop on Etsy (where I sell crocheted slippers and baby booties) has been occupying most of my crochet time, but I do miss creating my own patterns. But for now . . . enjoy the Bow Buckle Mary Janes!



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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Enjoy the coupon, and HAPPY SUMMER!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New etsy shop!

I'm so excited - I opened up a new etsy shop! This one won't sell patterns, it will sell finished items. To start off I've made a bunch of slippers, some hats, and some headbands - but lots more will be coming soon! What sort of things do you want to see there?

http://www.etsy.com/shop/jaysboutiquecrochet?ref=si_shop

Chances are that if you're following this blog you're just here for the patterns, but I would so appreciate it if you were to share either my page or my shop on facebook or on your blog.

Here's some of the stuff you can find there:


 Until the first of February, use the code GRANDOPENING for 15% off your ENTIRE purchase!!!! Please share this with your friends - it's a great deal :)

Thank you!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Facebook Giveaway - Inspired Crochet

Have you heard of Inspired Crochet? It's a new digital magazine full of great patterns, articles, interviews, and more! I'm going to be featured in the February issue and possibly have some patterns in there in the future :) If you're interested in subscribing, go here

Or . . . if you want to win a FREE copy of the January issue, Inspired Crochet has offered to give away one magazine each to 3 winners, and I'm hosting the giveaway! All you have to do is go to my facebook page (here), like it and the Inspired Crochet page, then like, comment, or share! Each like/comment/share counts as one entry to win a free copy of this amazing new magazine!!!

Good luck!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Two new patterns . . .

Wow, it's been so long since I've blogged! I've been super busy with new patterns - and now I have two new ones to show you!

First is the Ruffly Button-Up Scarf. This super cute and cozy scarf makes a great gift, or it's a perfect winter accessory for yourself! It works up quickly using worsted weight yarn and an H hook, and the pattern comes in toddler/child/adult sizes. https://www.etsy.com/listing/118211966/crochet-pattern-ruffly-button-up-scarf






And next is the X Marks the Spot Flats! These slippers are easy to make, and they turn out so cute and comfy that you'll want to make yourself pair after pair! Their double sole makes them amazingly cushy and durable. The pattern comes in women's sizes 5, 6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12. https://www.etsy.com/listing/119616453/crochet-pattern-x-marks-the-spot

Also, I opened up a shop in Storenvy. Check it out here.


Working on some more patterns - of course :) What have you all been crocheting lately?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Pattern - Seaspray Hat!

So excited, I just listed a new pattern on etsy, ravelry, and craftsy! This one has a bit of a story behind it (if you want to read it, go here!). It comes in sizes newborn-adult, so be sure to check it out.

P.S. These make GREAT Christmas gifts :)