June 20, 2012

Free Bootsy Socks pattern

a Cathy Black design

Bootsy Socks
2 skeins Patons Classic Wool
1 skein Lion Brand Homespun
Crochet Hook 5.00 (H) and 8.00 (L)
Stitch markers

Gauge: Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from
hook, sc in each ch (20)
Ch 2, Dc in next st and in following sts; repeat 5 times.

Size: 7-9 US women’s shoe size.
Special Notes: Sock fits feet from a narrower size 7 foot, to a wider foot that still wears some
normal width size 9.  Sock can easily be adjusted to fit wider or narrower widths by adding
or decreasing one chain at beginning, and adding or decreasing 2 stitches to each round.
With Homespun yarn knot beginning and end of tail to prevent unraveling.
Stitch Guide:
Dc2tog: Yo, insert hook into st and draw up loop, draw yarn through 2 loops. Yo and insert
hook in next st, draw up loop, draw yarn through 2 loops. YO and draw through all loops on
hook. 1 dec. made.

With size H hook and wool yarn:
Ch 10
Rnd 1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, place marker in 2nd sc just made. 7 sc, 3 sc in last st. Turn, 7 sc
in next 7 st. Sc in first sc to join. 20 sc
Rnd 2: 2 sc in marked sc, sc in next 9, 2 sc in next sc, sc to beginning of round. 22 sc
Rnd 3: 2 sc in marked sc, sc in next 10, 2 sc in next sc, sc to beginning of round. 24 sc
Rnd 4-6: 2 dc in first st. Dc in each st to next increase, 2 dc in increase st, dc to beginning. Ending
with 30 st.
Continuing in spiraling rounds, dc in each dc until piece measures 2” shorter than desired length. Or,  7 1/4” for size 7, 7 5/8” for size 8, and 8” for size 9. Stop sc one st shy of being even with marker when sock is laid flat.

Rnd 1: Ch 28, skip 17 sts for heel opening, dc in next 13 sts, dc 25 around ch. 38 DC.
Rnd 2-7: Dc in each st
Rnd 8: Dc in each dc until there are 2 st remaining to be even with marker. Sc 2 and go to cuff.

With wool and homespun together using size L hook.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as one dc). Dc 3 in next 3 st. *Skip one dc, dc 3 in next 3 sts.* Repeat 7 times. Slip stitch in second ch of first dc. 28 st
Rnd 2-3: Ch 2. Dc in each dc. Slip stitch in second ch of first dc. 28 st
Rnd 4: Ch 2. Dc in each dc. Slip stitch in second ch of first dc and fasten off. 28 st

Rnd 1: Make a slip knot on hook as you would to start a new ch. Yo and insert hook where foot
and ankle meet on the side of foot marker, yo and pull up loop. Pull yarn through 2 loops on
hook. Yo insert hook in next st, yo and draw up loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, yo
and draw through all loops on hook. One decrease made. Dc 22. Dc2tog. Dc 16. 40 st.
Rnd 2: In continuing spirals dc2tog, dc 20, dc2tog, dc 16. 38 st.
Rnd 3: Dc2tog, dc 18, dc2tog, dc 16. 36 st.
Rnd 4: Dc2tog, dc 16, dc2tog, dc 16. 34 st.
Rnd 5: Dc2tog, dc 15, dc2tog, dc 14, dc2tog. 32 st.
Rnd 6: Dc2tog, dc 12, dc2tog twice, dc 11, dc2tog. 27 st.
Rnd 7: Dc2tog, dc 10, dc2tog twice, dc 9, dc2tog. 23 st.
Rnd 8: Dc2tog, dc 8, dc2tog twice, dc 7, sc then slip stich and fasten off. 20 st.
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew heel opening together from corner to corner.

Weave in all ends.

June 01, 2012

I love the new "VOGUEknitting Crochet"

Earlier I posted this post on the new "VOGUEknitting Crochet" magazine.  I have since finished it and am thoroughly impressed with the patterns and layout.  The pattern photos look like a current fashion magazine, not like some other crochet magazines that tend to look from the 80's.  If this was issued regularly I believe it would be my go to magazine for patterns.  Here are some of my favorite ones from this issue.

Nicky Epstein
Dora Ohrenstein

Karen Stahlecker
Cristina Mershon
Mary Beth Temple

You can see these and all the rest of the patterns in the issue here.  There are several other patterns that I liked, but the ones above are my top "I would make these first" patterns.  Several of the granny square ones; like the coat, dress, and v-neck sweater.  If I made them I would do them in a different color way since I tend to wear more toned down clothes.  I also like most of the jewelry.  However, like the granny squares, I doubt I would make any besides the bracelet above.  No reason why I wouldn't make them except I probably would only wear them once.  I do find all the patterns inspiring, and even some of the second shots of backs and details show creative ways of shaping the garments that you usually don't see.

This issue is definitely going to be one of my favorites in my pattern collection.  As I said in the previous post, I usually only find two or three patterns I like in a magazine if I'm lucky.  With this one having 5 that I could see becoming a staple in my wardrobe, plus many more that are inspiring, this magazine is definetly one that stands apart from the rest.  Now, when is the next one coming out?!