Sunday, 28 October 2012

HOW TO CROCHET A NECK TIE

By Emi Harrington
COPYRIGHT, 2012, M. E. Harrington www.Hectanooga.etsy.com

 You may sell your finished items. Permission is not granted to copy or distribute this pattern in any manner. If friends would like a copy or this pattern please refer them to my blog: http://hectanoogapatterns.blogspot.ca/

 MATERIALS: Worsted weight yarn Size 5mm crochet hook Yarn needle

 INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Chain 7, single crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook, and in each stitch of the chain. (For babies, chain 5 or 6 to make a narrower tie.)

2. Chain 1 and turn, single crochet in each stitch of the chain.

3. Repeat step 2 until the rectangle is as long as you would like.

 4. Make the pointed end of the tie: * Chain 1 and turn, skip the first stitch, single crochet in the next stitch, and in each stitch, except skip the 2nd to last stitch, and single crochet in the last stitch. Repeat from * one more time. Chain 1 and turn, single crochet in the center stitch of the row, and fasten off. Thread the yarn end into a needle, and rearrange the tip of the tie, and weave the yarn end into the finished work.

5. Form the top of the tie: Fold the opposite end of the tie down approximately 1 inch. With a needle and yarn, sew the fold down, then gather up.

 6. Crochet a smaller rectangle to wrap around the gathered area: Chain 4, single crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook, and in each stitch of the chain. Chain 1 and turn, single crochet across the row, repeat from * until the rectangle is approx. 2 to 2 ½ inches long, and fasten off. Wrap around the tie, and sew in place. 7. Crochet a chain as long as you need. Pass it through the fold at the top of the tie, and tie around the neck under the collar of the shirt.

how to crochet a bow tie

CROCHET A BOW TIE, OR HAIR BOW
By Emi Harrington
www.Hectanooga.etsy.com
COPYRIGHT: 2012, Emi Harrington

 You may sell your finished items. Permission is not granted to copy or distribute this pattern in any manner. If friends would like a copy of this pattern, please send them to my blog: http://hectanoogapatterns.blogspot.ca/

 MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn,
Size 5mm crochet hook.
Yarn needle
Hair clip

INSTRUCTIONS:
Video here: http://youtu.be/JvtTbFWn6dk
1. Chain 7, single crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook, and in each stitch of the chain.

2. Chain 1 and turn, single crochet in each stitch across the row.

3. Repeat step 2 until the rectangle is approx. 8 inches long.
 (For babies, begin with chain 5 or 6, and work to 6 inches long.)

4. Bring both ends together and slip stitch together. Photo 4.

5. Find the center and fold the slip stitched seam to that point. Sew together and gather up at the same time.

6. Make a smaller rectangle to wrap around: Chain 4, single crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook, and in each stitch of the chain. *Chain 1 and turn, single crochet across the row, repeat from * until the rectangle isapprox. 2 inches long to 2 ½ inches long. Wrap around the center of the bow tie, and sew together. Pass a hair clip through the back of the bow tie, and clip onto a shirt.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Looking for Crochet Supplies?

If you're looking for some crochet supplies, look no further!
Here's a link to help you find all of the yarn and hooks you need for your crochet and knitting projects!
Everything from yarn hooks to crochet hooks and knitting needles!






Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Free Crochet eBook Featuring Emi from Hectanooga

Wouldn't you love a free E-book with tons of crochet stitches, taught by Emi...and some free patterns too?!

Well wait no longer, it can be yours now, All-Free Crochet commissioned Emi to write exactly what you're looking for.  Find it here

You'll find lots of tricky stitches (and the basic ones, too!) fully illustrated and explained in careful deatail.  So, you can get started on any crochet project today!


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Monday, 20 August 2012

Little Blue Baby Booties

Crochet these sweet little blue baby booties!  Follow along with Emi in this simple tutorial:


Monday, 13 August 2012

Crochet a Market Bag

Here's a very easy crochet tutorial to show you how to crochet a market bag!

MARKET BAG:
MARKET BAG PATTERN:

1. Crochet a chain any length. This bag works from the bottom up, so the chain should be as wide as you would like the bag to be.

2. Double crochet in the 3rd chain from the hook. *Chain 1, skip the next stitch, double crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * across the row. At the end of the chain, begin working down the other side, making the double crochet in the space between double crochet stitches on the opposite side of the chain. At the end of the row, slip stitch to join in the 2nd stitch of the first 3 stitches skipped.

3. Chain 3, double crochet in the next double crochet. *Chain 1, double crochet in the next double crochet, repeat from * around, slip stitch to join.

4. Repeat step 3 until the bag is as long as you would like it to be. Fasten off. Weave yarn ends into the finished work.

Working with 4 strands of yarn, make a chain of approximately 80 stitches. Pass the cord through the 3rd row of stitches from the top. Tie the two ends in a knot. 

SMALL FLOWER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukz70NdB9NE&list=PL166DA68A2E700BDB&in...

EASY RUFFLED FLOWER:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YREAyqhSZD8&list=PL166DA68A2E700BDB&in...

3 LAYER FLOWER:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ0D-wYbFhU&list=PL166DA68A2E700BDB&in... 

END OF PATTERN.

LEARN TO CROCHET: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSzqZ3KrR5I&list=PL166DA68A2E700BDB&in...

TENSION IN CROCHET:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f1nxb1EdXk&list=PL166DA68A2E700BDB&in... 

HOW TO CROCHET IN THE ROUND:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hdrraXTHnY&feature=relmfu

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Message in a Bottle - MidTerm Results

You've been tweeting, liking, sharing, and pinning the Message in a Bottle about the free crochet patterns found here at Hectanooga Patterns .  The message was thrown by Lisa on Friday, and this pie graph shows the current stats for all of your message tosses to date.

Currently, YouTube has it by a slim margin over Facebook. Is this what you expected?

Keep "tossing the message" about the link to this blog, and we'll see if the current results are predictive of the final results.  How?
Pin it!
Tweet it
Share it
Subsrcibe



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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Share It Challenge

Emi has been busy working on new patterns to add to this free crochet pattern blog.  She's already got 6 here, and there are many more to come.  I'm sure you know it's a lot of work to design an item, create it, write out the pattern, make a YouTube video, create a blog post and share it with you all.  Phew!

Why does she do it? Because she loves crochet of course!  And she wants to share it with you!

She offers these great designs and tutorials to you for free!  You might be wondering how can you pay her back for all her hard work and dedication. It's easy!  Share her work with others.  

We'd love it if you would share this blog with your crochet friends,  through pinterest, twitter (#hectanooga), your blog, facebook, or any other way you can think of.  Lisa from Sweetpotatopatterns  got things started by throwing a message in a bottle.  Here's the video!



Thanks Emi!  You're the best!

Did you blog about Emi?   Have you uploaded a YouTube video that references this blog?  Post a comment so our readers can check it out!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Getting Started with Crochet | Crochet for Beginners

Crocheting is a rewarding and relaxing hobby.  And it's a great way to make homespun gifts for loved ones!  You can make everything from a blanket to a scarf -- items for babies, men, women, and children.

So many YouTube users have written to us to tell us that they got their start using Emi's Learn To Crochet Videos.  Recently a young 12-year old user wrote to say that she learned to crochet using Emi's videos, then she learned to make hair scruchies, and she already SOLD 3 of them!!  Way to go!!

For those of you who would like to get started with crochet, here is a great place to start:


Once you've mastered the basics, you can move on to some beginner projects:

And when you've found your feet with crochet, you can make any of the great patterns featured on this Blog (more being added all the time)  or found on Hectanooga's Youtube Channel.

What are your favorite items that Emi has shown you how to create?



Thursday, 9 August 2012

HOW TO CROCHET A SKIRT, any size, any length

Follow along!  The Youtube tutorial video can be found at the bottom of this post. (Just scroll down past the pattern.)

FREE CROCHET SKIRT PATTERN, make it any size

BY Emi Harrington
COPYRIGHT, 2012, M. E. Harrington

You may sell your finished items.
Permission is not granted to copy or distribute this pattern in any manner.

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn,  400 grams for women’s  size small, up top 800 grams for large.
Crochet Hook, size 6.5mm (US K 10.5), and size 9mm (US M)
Yarn needle
Ribbon

INSTRUCTIONS: (This garment works from the waist down.)
See this skirt video on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=466hRrT8Jdg 
1.  First measure around the largest part of your hips, and working with a size 6.5mm crochet hook, 
     make a chain to that measurement. (Measuring around the largest part of the hips guarantees a
     garment that will fit properly.)
     Slip stitch to join, being careful not to twist the chain.  See photo 1.
2.  Chain 2,* skip the next chain stitch, double crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * around, slip
     stitch to join. Photo 2 and 3.
3.  Chain 3 and turn, double crochet in the next stitch.  *Chain 1, double crochet in the next double
      crochet, repeat from  * around, slip stitch to join. Photo 4 and 5.
4.  Chain 2, *in the next space between double crochet stitches, make 3 double crochet (shell formed), in the next
     double crochet, make 1 double crochet.  Repeat from * around, slip stitch to join.  (If you end with 2 shells beside
     each other, simply slip a double crochet between them to maintain the stitch pattern.)  Photo 6.
5. Chain 2, *in the center of the next shell stitch, make 3 double crochet (shell formed), skip the next stitch, in the next
    double crochet,  make 1  double crochet.  Repeat from * around, slip stitch to join. Photo 7.
6.  Repeat step 5 until you have reached the end of the torso, (for women’s small, that is approx. 12 inches).  Then
    change to a size 9mm hook, and continue the pattern for as long as you would like the skirt. Photo 9.  Fasten off.

    Weave all yarn ends into the finished work.  Pass a ribbon through the top row of stitches at the waist.  Photo 11.

OPTIONS:
In the shortest version, one row of loops was added.  To make the loops: *Chain 5, skip the next stitch, single crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * around, slip stitch to join and fasten off.

In the medium length version, after the initial 12 inches of shell pattern, hook size was changed to 9mm for 5 rows, and then 2 rows of 5 double crochet shells were added for flare at the bottom.  To make the 5 dc shells, simply make 5 dc instead of 3 dc shells. Photo 9.

In the long version, the same instructions were used as for the medium length, except 4 rows of 5 dc shells were added.  Photo 10.

IN MAKING SKIRTS, FOR A GARMENT THAT DRAPES AND HANGS  BETTER,  “KILLING”  THE YARN IS AN OPTION.  Normally, “killing” yarn is something we try not to do with knitted or crocheted garments, however in a skirt, and other items such as scarves, “killing” can add to the garment’s fit and feel.  To “kill” the yarn, arrange the skirt on an ironing board, and steam, pressing very heavily, with a wet cloth.  This will cause the yarn to flatten , and become silkier in feel, as well as hanging better on the body when being worn.

















Video Tutorial


Click here for the PDF



Tuesday, 7 August 2012

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER JEWELRY, PENDANT NECKLACE

Recycle Newspaper into unique jewelry, learn how to make these easy pendants from flyers and newsprint and protect the environment at the same time!  Win, win!!!  You can see how to make this one of a kind pendant scroll down to the bottom for my youtube free tutorial:  



Youtube Tutorial, watch how!

Friday, 20 July 2012

CROCHET SUNDRESS

LITTLE SUNDRESS PATTERN, newborn to age 12           
COPYRIGHT, 2012,
M. E. Harrington

You may sell your finished items.
Permission is not granted to copy or distribute this pattern in any manner.

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn, or 100% cotton worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook, size 6mm. (US J 10)
Ribbon (1 inch silky ribbon was used in this design, you will need approx. 3 yards)
 (1/4 inch ribbon was used to pass through the bottom of the dress.  You will need approx 3 yards,  perhaps more for larger sizes.)
Yarn needle
Buttons or beads optional (for the barefoot sandals).

INSTRUCTIONS (Gauge is not important in this design.)
1.  First construct the bodice in the ribbing stitch.  (The bodice is worked from side to side.)
     NEWBORN, 3 TO 6 MONTHS,   AND 16 TO 12 MONTHS: Chain 12.   
     AGE 1 to 6: Chain 14,
     AGE 6 to 10 YEARS:  Chain 16,
     AGE 10 to 12 YEARS: Chain 20
   
    Single crochet in the 2nd  stitch from the hook, and in each stitch of the chain.
*Chain 1 and turn, working in the back side of the stitch only, (ribbing stitch), single crochet in each stitch across the
    row.  Repeat from * until the work measures as follows:  (or is long enough to wrap around the chest, without
    stretching the work too much.  A little bit is fine, but in order for the dress to fit in an appealing way, it should not
    have to totally  stretch out the ribbing stitch.)
   
    NEWBORN: 18 to 19 inches
    inches
    inches
    to 22 inches
    3 YEARS: 22 inches
    4 YEARS: 23 inches
    5 YEARS: 24 inches
    6 YEARS: 25 inches
    7 YEARS: 26 inches
    8 YEARS and inches
    10 YEARS and
    12 YEARS: 30 inches

     When the ribbing is long enough, bring the two ends together, and slip stitch to join. (Tube formed)

2. Chain 2, and begin working along the opening of the tube.  Make 2 double crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to
     join.  (For a really full skirt, repeat this step once more.  The sample shown (in newborn size)  did not repeat the
     step, however for  larger sizes, this would be an option.)

3.  *Chain 2 and turn, double crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to join.  Repeat from * for:
     NEWBORN: 5 more rows.
     3 TO 6 AND 5 TO 12 MONTHS: 6 more rows.
     more rows.
     more rows.
     more rows.
     more rows.
     (If working for tall children, add more rows here.)

4. *Chain 3 and turn, single crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * around, slip stitch to join.

5. * Chain 3, single crochet in the next loop, repeat from * in each stitch around, slip stitch to join.
    Repeat the row above for:
     NEWBORN, and 3 TO 6 MONTHS: 3 more rows.
     6 TO 12 MONTHS: 4 more rows.
     1 to 2 YEARS:  5 more rows.
     3 YEARS: 6 more rows; 4 YEARS: 7 more rows, 5 YEARS: 8 more rows, 6 AND 7 YEARS: 9 more rows,
     8 AND more rows, All other sizes: 11 more rows.
     More rows of loops can be added for taller children, or to make the dress longer.

6.  Make the picot edge along the bottom of the dress:
     Chain 1, in each loop around make: single crochet, double crochet, chain 5, slip stitch in the top of the last double
     crochet formed, double crochet, single crochet.  (Picot shell formed.)  At the end of the row, slip stitch to join and
    fasten off.  Weave all yarn ends into the finished work.
  
    The finished dress can be blocked by steaming with a steam iron.


FINISH OFF:
Sew a ribbon on the front and back of the top of the bodice to form straps.  Tie the two ribbons together at the shoulder to form a strap.  (You will need to sew on 4 ribbons, 2 in front, and 2 in back.)
Optional substitute: crochet straps, using the easy headband directions, and attach one strap on each side of the top of the bodice.

Attach a bow to the center front of the bodice.

Pass ½ inch ribbon in any 2 rows along the bottom of the skirt.  Either sew the ribbon ends together and sew a bow over the join, or tie into bows.


 END OF DRESS PATTERN.





Video Tutorial:

Friday, 13 July 2012

KNITTED ELFIN PIXIE HAT PATTERN, sizes newborn adult


This little hat is so darling... made with worsted weight yarn!
It works up so quickly with large needles!
I like to design patterns for beginners and this one is easy.
It is worked flat, with straight needles, as I find circular needles a bit difficult to manuever.

Best of all, the pattern has all sizes from newborn to adult!!
You can add some fun into your wardrobe with this eye-catching number!

You can find it in my Etsy Pattern shop:

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Beach Cover Up

Watch along with the video, or use the pattern found below:


















YT # 23, BEACH COVER UP
By Emi Harrington
COPYRIGHT, 2012, M. E. Harrington

You may sell your finished items.
Permission is not granted to copy or distribute this pattern in any manner.

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn, 198 grams
Crochet Hook, size 9mm (US M)
Yarn needle
Optional: 2 beads

INSTRUCTIONS:
Gauge is not important in this design.
This design works side to side.

1.  Make a chain as long as you would like your cover-up to be. Photo 2.
     If you would like to add the loopy bottom, make the chain approx. 4 inches shorter
     than you would like the finished garment to be.
2.  Double crochet in the 3rd stitch from the hook, *chain 1, skip the next stitch, double
     crochet in the next stitch, repeat  from * across the row. 
3.  Chain 3 and turn, double crochet in the next double crochet,
    *chain 1, double crochet in the next double crochet.  Repeat from * across the row, ending with a double crochet in
     the 2nd stitch of the chain 3.
    For each remaining row: chain 3 and turn, *double crochet in the next double crochet,
    chain 1, repeat from * across the row ending with a double crochet in the 2nd stitch of the chain 3.  Make as many
    rows as required to wrap around the body with a loose fit.   Photo 3.

To make the optional loopy bottom: Photo 4 and 5.
Attach yarn in the end stitch on either side of the bottom of the rectangle, *chain 5, single crochet in the next open space, repeat from * across the row.


 At the end of the row, *chain 5 and turn, single crochet in next loop, repeat from * across the row.
 Make as many loopy rows as you would like.
 In the above photos, the sample on the mannequin form has 3 rows, the skirt style has 3 rows, and the other sample has 5 rows.

FOR THE TUNIC, make the ties for around the neck: Photos 6 and 7.
Working with 4 strands of yarn,
chain 2 cords of 35 stitches each.
Optional: add a bead on the end of each tie.
Pass through a stitch in the front, and tie in an overhand knot.
Tie the cords around the neck.

For a skirt style, chain a cord as long as you need for the waist, pass through the top row of open spaces, and tie around the waist.
Place the opening on the side as shown in the photo above.  Tie around the waist, or above the bust.

DRESS STYLE:
For the dress style, the rectangle was sewn together, and the seam placed on the side.  Then the ties for around the neck were attached.

This sample was blocked when finished.

2 methods for blocking:
Wet the garment and lay flat on a large towel, arrange as desired.  Allow to dry for a day or more.

Or:
Arrange the stitches on an ironing board, and steam press with an iron.




END OF PATTERN

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

CUTE BOW TIES!


These are so easy to make.... and hardly any sewing.... just a few hand stitches!  Done!!
This tutorial is available at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/mehartgallery

Monday, 4 June 2012

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

CROCHET A PEBBLE STITCH BAG

PEBBLE STITCH HANDBAG
By Emi Harrington
COPYRIGHT, 2012, M. E. Harrington

scroll to the bottom for a video tutorial link

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn, worked 2 strands at the same time.
Crochet hook, size 9mm
Yarn needle
Buttons

INSTRUCTIONS:  Gauge is not important in this design

Link for a video tutorial of construction of this bag on my youtube channel "Hectanooga1": 
http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit?ns=1&video_id=isad4XfOS7U (You can also click
below for the video to begin.)

Link for a video tutorial of making the round handles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5rDx7fcGEs
Link for a video of a knitted bag:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZBWgs5naWc

1.  Chain 20 (for a larger bag, chain more stitches, ending with an
     even number).
2.  Turn, single crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook,* double
      crochet in the next stitch, single crochet in the next
     stitch, repeat from * across the row ending with a single crochet.
3.  Chain 2 and turn, *single crochet in the next stitch, double crochet
      in the next stitch, repeat from * across the row.
     (The pebble stitch is the combination of making a single crochet
      in the double crochet of the previous row, and a
      double crochet stitch in the single crochet of the previous row.)
Repeat step 3 until the rectangle is as long as you would like.  (The rectangle will be folded in half for an open bag.  Or for a bag with a flap, make the first fold so that you have enough remaining to form the wrap over flap. Explained and demonstrated in the video.)

Fasten off.  Either slip stitch the side seams to close up the bag, or sew with a darning needle and the same color yarns used.

Sew buttons on that will slide through the spaces between stitches.  Attach a bow if desired by passing ribbon through a few stitches, and tie into a bow.

(See how to crochet round bag handles here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5rDx7fcGEs

END OF PATTERN.



Monday, 14 May 2012

BABY BAREFOOT SANDALS

BABY BAREFOOT SANDALS
By Emi Harrington

Copyright 2012,  M. E. Harrington

You may sell your finished items.
Permission is not granted to copy or distribute this pattern in any manner.

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook, size 5.5mm
Yarn needle
Buttons

INSTRUCTIONS:   (scroll to the bottom to watch the video tutorial!)

NEWBORN: Chain 30
3 TO 6 MONTHS: Chain 38
6 TO 12 MONTHS: Chain 44

Single crochet in the
 6th stitch from the hook for newborn and 3 to 6 Months,
8th stitch from the hook for 6 to 12 Months.


Single crochet in the next 4 stitches.

NEWBORN: chain 20 and fasten off.
3 TO 6 MONTHS: chain 28 and fasten off.
6 TO 12 MONTHS: chain 32 and fasten off.

Tie a knot in each end of the cord and trim off the extra yarn.

Make the flower:
Chain 5, slip stitch to join and form a ring.  Chain 5, single crochet in the ring, repeat from * to make a total of 7 loops in the ring, slip stitch to join and fasten off.
            Sew the flower to the front of the sandal.  Sew a button in the center.