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Archive for the ‘Free Patterns’ Category

I am an addict

Posted by sara1955 on May 6, 2012

No, I do use drugs or alcohol to calm my nerves. I am, instead, addicted to patterns, fabrics, crafting supplies, crafting and writing groups (online), books, and research. It is quite a problem. But, it is one I have no intention of changing because I LOVE my addictions.

I am on so many mailing lists for group talks on crochet, knitting, writing, tatting, history, and recipes that it’s just silly. I don’t have time to read them all. So, I create folders to hold the emails. That way I can go read them later. Do I read them later? Ummm . . . . no! LOL  Most of the emails I receive are digests, so I can go online to read them. So, do I get rid of the email? Ummm ….

You see where the problem lies. I need a personal assistant/secretary to get rid of all this unnecessary stuff.

I craft, read, and write, sometimes actually for pay, most of the time for enjoyment, and almost always to give something special to someone. I have very few items that I keep for myself. So these addictions are in the way of the time I could use for doing the things I like to do. They’re counterproductive. But, will I change? Ummm . . . probably not J

In the meantime, I have all my little emails waiting for me to take time to do something with them (we’re talking in the thousands), and crafting supplies waiting for my hands to attack them, and books waiting to be read then reviewed, and research projects waiting for me to take time to read and write about them (I’m working on a novel). But . . . oh look! Another pattern for me to grab and save!!! I’m off again!

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Free Checkerboard Game Afghan Pattern, Assembly & Border

Posted by sara1955 on February 11, 2009

The Assembly for this afghan sounds complicated, but it’s easy once you get the hang of it.  There are 8 rows with 8 squares in each.  Even numbered rows have the same color sequence (B-A-B, etc.) and odd numbered rows have the same color sequence (A-B-A, etc.).  Row 1, Square 1 is situated at the lower left; Row 8, Square 8 is situated at the upper right.  You will use rev sc (reverse single crochet) to join squares, then again to join rows.  When joining squares, use Color B.  When joining rows, use Color A.  All vertical rev sc rows will be Color B.  All horizontal rev sc rows will be Color A.

To Assemble Rows:  Take Square 1 and Square 2, wrong sides (WS) together, Square 1 facing you.  Join Color B with sl st in 2nd ch of Square 1 upper right sc-2 and 1st ch of Square 2 in the same corner.  Rev sc across square.  Repeat for each square across row.  Then, repeat complete sequence for each row across.  The color layout is as follows:

ROW 8:  B -A -B -A -B -A -B -A  (4 squares of Color B; 4 squares of Color A)
ROW 7:  A -B -A -B -A -B -A -B  (4 squares of Color A; 4 squares of Color B)
ROW 6:  B -A -B -A -B -A -B -A  (4 squares of Color B; 4 squares of Color A)
ROW 5:  A -B -A -B -A -B -A -B  (4 squares of Color A; 4 squares of Color B)
ROW 4:  B -A -B -A -B -A -B -A  (4 squares of Color B; 4 squares of Color A)
ROW 3:  A -B -A -B -A -B -A -B  (4 squares of Color A; 4 squares of Color B)
ROW 2:  B -A -B -A -B -A -B -A  (4 squares of Color B; 4 squares of Color A)
ROW 1:  A -B -A -B -A -B -A -B  (4 squares of Color A; 4 squares of Color B)

To Join Rows:  Hold Row 1 and Row 2 WS together with Row 1 facing you.  Join Color A with sl st in upper Left hand corner, in 2nd chain of ch-2 Sq 1 and in 1st chain of ch-2 in Square 1 of Row 2.  Rev sc across.  Repeat for remaining rows.

At this point, you should have a checkerboard.

BORDERS:

Top and Bottom of Checkerboard.  Crocheting in FRONT LOOPS ONLYJoin Color A with sl st in upper left corner in 2nd ch of ch-2.  Rev SC across.  Turn afghan so the Row 1 is at the top with right side facing you.  Repeat Rev SC sequence across.  NOTE:  Do not stitch in rev sc of assembly rows.

Sides of Checkerboard:  Crocheting in FRONT LOOPS ONLYJoin Color B with sl st in upper left corner in 2nd ch of ch-2.  Rev SC across.  Turn afghan so the Row 1 is at the top with right side facing you.  Repeat Rev SC sequence across.  NOTE:  Do not stitch in rev sc of assembly rows.

Final Border Rows: 

Row 1:  Join Color B with sl st in unused back loop of any corner dc.  Ch 1, sc in each dc around, ch-3 over corner ch-2 spaces. Join with sl st in beginning sc.  Note:  corner ch-3 are only worked in the 4 afghan corners.

Row 2:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), DC around working 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in each corner ch-3 space.

and VOILA!  You have an afghan/checkerboard.   These are great for boys especially.  They’re so hard for me to find appropriate crochet patterns for!

Checkerboard Game/Afghan

Checkerboard Game/Afghan

Again, if you have ANY questions or comments, please let me know!  This pattern is currently being tested for accuracy.

–Sara

© Sara Nowlin-Edens and Sara’s Craft Blog at saracrochets.wordpress.com, 2008 – 2009. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Sara Nowlin-Edens and saracrochets.wordpress.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.  Patterns provided by Sara Nowlin-Edens and saracrochets.wordpress.com are for personal use.  Finished products from said patterns may be sold individually or at craft shows and fairs, but may not be sold by or through the internet.  Patterns may be linked to but not copied or sold.

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Free Checkerboard Game/Afghan Pattern, Part 1&2

Posted by sara1955 on January 20, 2009

Size:  46″ X 46″

Yarn:  Color A:  21 oz (3 skeins Red Heart)
              Color B:  21 oz (3 skeins Red Heart)
Crochet Hook:  Size I

Stitches Used:  slip stitch (sl st); chain (ch); double crochet (dc); Reverse single crochet (rev sc); single crochet (sc)

Part I:

Round Motif :  Make 24 in Color A; make 24 in Color B

Chain 4, join with sl st.

Rnd 1:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc in ring.  Join with sl st. (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc of prev row.  (24 dc)

Fasten off.

Assemble Checkers:  Take 2 Round motifs of same color, put them WS (wrong side) together.  With same color, join with sc and use Rev sc around, last rev sc in beginning sc.  Fasten off.

You will end up with 12 checkers in Color A and 12 in Color B.

Part II: 

Square Motif:  Make 32 in Color A; make 32 in Color B

Chain 4, join with sl st

Rnd 1:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc in ring.  Join with sl st. (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc of prev row.  Join in top of beginning dc.  (24 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, dc in next 2 dcs.  *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, dc in next 5 dc, rep from * two times.  (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, dc in next 2 dc.  Join with sl st in top of beginning ch 3.  (36 dc)

Rnd 4:  Ch 4, Sk 1 dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner sp, dc in next dc, (ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc)] four times.  Rep from * two times. Dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc, ch 1, sk next dc, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.  Fasten off.  Secure loose ends.

If you have any questions about this so far, just give me a yell. 🙂

See Free Checkerboard Game Afghan Pattern, Assembly & Border for the finishing of this Game/Afghan

© Sara Nowlin-Edens and Sara’s Craft Blog at saracrochets.wordpress.com, 2008 – 2009. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Sara Nowlin-Edens and saracrochets.wordpress.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.  Patterns provided by Sara Nowlin-Edens and saracrochets.wordpress.com are for personal use.  Finished products from said patterns may be sold individually or at craft shows and fairs, but may not be sold by or through the internet.  Patterns may be linked to but not copied or sold.

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