Friday, November 22, 2013

Trinity Stitch Wristers ~ FREE PATTERN


*One Skein worsted weight yarn (or two colors if you are doing contrasting cuffs like I did)
*I hook and K hook
*large eye needle for weaving in ends
*A smileeeeeeeeee :)

Stitch Explanation:

Trinity Stitch: sc in first sc, insert hook in same sc and draw up a loop. Insert hook in next st and draw up another loop (3 loops on hook). Insert hook in the very next st draw up another loop. (4 st on hook) Yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook. Chain 1.

Lets get started and have some fun :)

With main color and I hook begin cuff by leaving a very long tail (18 inches or more for sewing later) and chain 9

*Im going to be very detailed on numbering the stitches in the photos as my counting may be different from yours*

Turn your work and sc in the BACK LOOPS ONLY beginning in the 2nd st from the hook all the way across to the final st

On the final st of the first back loops only rib row I personally go into the two loops of the stitch below. This gives the rows a more pulled together neater appearance. However if you have another method please feel free to use it.

Change to your K hook here for the body :)

Yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on the hook

Row 2:  Chain 1 and turn. Sc in first sc,  *insert hook in same sc and draw up a loop. Insert hook in next st and draw up another loop (3 loops on hook). Insert hook in the very next st draw up another loop. (4 st on hook) Yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook. Chain 1.* repeat across row. Sc in same ch as last st. 

Complete 12 rows of the trinity stitch and tie off leaving a 18 inch tail for sewing.

Using your yarn needle and your long tail at the bottom, sew up seam to your 2nd row of the trinity st nearest to the cuff very securely fasten off and weave ends in well. Using the long tail that was left at the top of the body and your yarn needle, sew together the seam going toward the cuff for about 3 trinity st rows. Secure and weave in ends. *of course try wrister on and adjust opening for your thumb as you see fit*

Yeah! Youre finished with your super easy peasy wristers :)

Thank you so much for trying out this pattern and if you liked it, I hope you give the other items in the Trinity set a go :)

Dont forget to come and say hi over at Strings N things :) 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Trinity Stitch Scarf ~ FREE PATTERN


* one skein of  worsted weight yarn (250 ish yards for average scarf, more for longer length) I used I Love This Yarn! by Hobby Lobby in Red Tweed for the tutorial. The other pictures are Hobby Lobby  ILTY! in Seablue Tweed and Grey with Agean Stripes tassels. 

* N hook

* yarn needle for weaving in ends


Special stitch explanation:

Trinity Stitch: sc in first sc, insert hook in same sc and draw up a loop. Insert hook in next st and draw up another loop (3 loops on hook). Insert hook in the very next st draw up another loop. (4 st on hook) Yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook. Chain 1.

Here we go! Lets have some fun :)

Chain 25

 Now we begin the trinity stitch.....

Row 1:
Sc in second chain from hook,
insert hook in SAME chain and pull up a loop (now 2 loops on hook)

Insert hook in next chain (number 3 in the picture) and draw up another loop....  *now 3 loops on your hook*
Insert hook in the next chain (number 4 in the picture) and draw up a loop..... *now you have 4 loops on hook
Now yarn over and draw yarn through all 4 loops
And then chain 1

* Insert hook in same sc and draw up a loop. Insert hook in next st and draw up another loop (3 loops on hook). Insert hook in the very next st draw up another loop. (4 st on hook) Yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook. Chain 1.* repeat all the way across. Sc in same ch as last st.

Row 2:  Chain 1 and turn. Sc in first sc,  *insert hook in same sc and draw up a loop. Insert hook in next st and draw up another loop (3 loops on hook). Insert hook in the very next st draw up another loop. (4 st on hook) Yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook. Chain 1.* repeat across row. Sc in same ch as last st. 

Repeat row 2 until you run out of yarn. Tie off.

Add fringe in the corners, all the way across or none at all....

Now youre finished! Wrap up and enjoy your beautiful new Trinity Scarf <3

Don't forget to come visit with me over on Facebook at Strings and Things...... I would love to see all of your beautiful finished creations <3

Monday, November 11, 2013

Trinity Hat Beanie ~ With or Without Pom~Pom ~ FREE PATTERN

Trinity Stitch Beanie
*with optional pom-pom*

Trinity Stitch Beanie
*with optional pom-pom*

Materials:*1 skein worsted weight yarn (I use Hobby Lobbys I Love This Yarn!)
if doing the contrasting band 2 skeins in the colors you choose
* I hook and a K hook
* A large eye yarn needle for weaving in ends
*Pom-pom maker (homemade maker works well here too, I use a homemade on roughly 4.5 inches across) 
*a smileeeeeeee :)

Stitch Explanation:
Sc:Single crochet
Ts:Trinity stitch as follows...chain 1, insert hook into same stitch and pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop x2, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on the hook
Because I am new to pattern writing and because some of my personal techniques may be different than traditional methods of crochet I have included painfully detailed photographic instruction. This is to ensure we are “on the same page” with our stitches and to help new crocheters, or those new to this stitch, be successful ….

A video tutorial on this hat can be found here on You Tube :)

Please join me over in a new facebook group called Crochet Supernova .....

Now smile and grab your yarn and hook :) Let's have some fun!!!!!

The band:

With your I hook and your band color chain 9

Row 1: insert hook in the 2nd chain from the hook and sc all the way across, ch 1 turn

Row 2: insert hook in back loop only and sc across all (8 sc st)

*my counting may look different than yours so I have numbered the stitches*

Repeat row 2 until you have a total of 62 rib rows making up the band. 

Chain 1 and turn on side single chain in each stitch across the LENGTH of the band until you reach the final stitch.

Joining the Band:

Bring band around joining the ends. Inset hook into last stitch going through the last row and first row of the band at the same time. Draw up a loop and sc through BOTH joining the two ends forming the band circle. 

 (I have switched yarn colors for the body of the hat so this is the time to do that as well if you care to, or simply continue in the band color) 

Chain 1 do not turn.

 Note: Switch to your K hook here

Body of the Hat:

Here is where you will begin your trinity stitch. Begin working in the round.

Trinity Stitch in each sc around ending at he beginning with your last stitch ending in the first stitch of the beginning trinity stitch. DO NOT CHAIN just continue working in the round working in the stitches of the trinity stitches in the previous row. 
Work the trinity stitch for 12 rounds

Decreasing the hat:

When you reach 12 trinity stitches high, or twelve rounds, begin to decrease the trinity stitch 4 stitches at a time. Do four normal trinities, then work a decrease as follows: 
Begin stitch as normal going into stitch just worked, skip next two stitches and go into 3rdst (this will be the top of a trinity cluster)and continue to work the stitch as normal pulling up a loop, inserting into the next stitch and pulling up a loop, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops, chain 1. Continue with 4 normal trinities, one decrease trinity stitch until you have roughly 35 or so chain spaces left , or about a palm sized opening left in the top of the hat. Sc in each stitch around, fasten off with an 8 inch tail for closing the hole.

Weave in and out of the sc in the top of the hat with your yarn needle, draw up tight with needle on the inside of the hat and tie off snugly weaving in end.

Use long tail left on the band of the hat to join the seam from the inside of the hat. Tie off snugly, weave in ends.
Using your pom pom maker make a super fun and fluffy pom. Attach FIRMLY to top of hat tying long ends on inside and weaving in tails.
Smile and relax! You've just finished your super cute new hat...... enjoy!

Next up the Trinity Scarf Pattern......

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Gift Of Inspiration

To be inspired..... to create....... so then to inspire another. There's this joy in art, a feeling of life that's tangible. You can feel it when you see or touch something beautiful and even, if you are quiet and listen, can sense the heartbeat of the hands that made it. Art is love manifest to be shared from one to another.

My story with art and crafting is a long one so if you dare pull up a chair, get comfy and sit a while. Its been love-hate..... tumultuous times, joyful at others, but constant. I call it "consistently creating", this always and forever dabbling in every medium I can get my hands on. I cant, never could, seem to stick with one thing for long, and how could I? The whole wide world is a beautiful art buffet just waiting for one to dip there fingers in and get sticky with its sweetness. Knitting. Beading. Photography. Writing. Painting. Drawing. Sewing. Jewelry making. Candle making. Needle point. Baking. Cooking. Loving. Crocheting.

Back track 40 years.... I was born to some slightly unsavory questionable characters who although tried at times I'm sure to get it together never seemed to and I was adopted out at the age of three. Up until that time I was mostly with my mother (my father in and out of jail) who was a heroin addict and bouncing from here to there, no stable home to speak of except the times I spent with my aunt and uncle. At one point being homeless my mom and me were taken in at a commune where my aunt Joy was living and who by that time in the 70's had taken to the counter culture hippie style living. There was naked gardening, art, farming and no plumbing save for an out house and a type of solar shower. From what I've heard I loved it there. I loved my aunt Joy, they say more than my mother. But even free lovin' hippies have requirements and standards. One of the rules to live free walking in nothing more than your smile through the cabbages and carrots was absolutely no "hard" drugs. Only drugs that were seen by the community to open the mind to art and spirituality were acceptable. Drugs like LSD, Peyote and Marijuana were ok in their book, even encouraged for growth and mind expansion (lol, I know tisk, tisk but don't hate..... this was the flower child era after all) but drugs that hooked you, drug you down, changed your character for the worse were considered off limits. Not good for the group as a whole, so not tolerated for the individual. My mother being an addict tried and failed to stick by this one simple rule. They busted her banging up heroin in the outhouse and we were asked to leave. So ended my adventures with the free love movement and my young minds uninhibited artistic least for a while.

I was adopted by my aunt and uncle. They had two boys of their own and wanted a baby girl so very much. My father was a blue collar worker, Minneapolis fire fighter, and my mother a white collar corporate worker. I was raised in the country in (at that time) a very small wee lil town. My life had changed in a blink of an eye. Beautiful home, clothes, private school, toys..... and love. And still, I wasn't easy to deal with. I could say I regret all the pain I caused my new parents and it would be true, yet it would also be true and fair to say I honestly at that point couldn't help it. I had no channel for the confusion, dysfunction, abandonment, self condemnation, yearning, the anger. I spewed my emotional vomit it out all over them. I had gone from the daughter of a drug store robbing junkie to being the daughter of Ward and June Cleaver, complete with Wally and the Beaver.....where did I fit in?

My new mom was a completely great mixture of Martha Stewart and Mary Tyler More. She kept an impeccable home, she worked a full time job, she loved my father passionately. She was everything I wanted to be and rejected all at once. I was 38 years old before I would realize I just needed to love her and accept her and more importantly in doing this fully learn to love and accept myself.

I grew up watching her craft. She would sit nights after a day at the office curled up with yarn on the sofa giggling at shows like Moonlighting and Threes Company. Or on other nights I would hear the start and stop whirring of her Singer as she sewed me some new fantabulous outfit for school the next day. She set up a craft group with the local ladies in our area.... they would gather at our house and drink coffee, talk about their hubbys and make what ever thing my mom came up with as their project that month. Pine cone wreaths and yarn owls on driftwood. Miniature boxes to hang on the wall filled with wee tiny tea pots and cups, small miniature washboards and lil balls of yarn and knitting needles. We kids wanted in on the fun so she set one up for us too. Tri-chem paints were one of our favs. We made dolls (Herman and Paulina oh how I loved them) with yarn hair and brightly painted faces and we'd swipe our fathers white tee shirts to decorate as night shirts for ourselves. I had one with the very cool Great Grape Ape. She taught me crochet....I made a very lopsided pink scarf for my dog Muffin.

As I got into my teen years I pushed harder becoming more difficult to handle and dropped most of the arts and crafts. I got married young, had four kids soon after. I began to bake and try my darnedest to be June. My marriage ended badly and that's all I have to say bout that for now but during this time I again crafted (isnt that what wives do after all?) and became more serious about it. I started quilting and selling them. I even scored the whole back page of the local paper after they had seen one of my memory quilts with all the hand beading and embroidery. I picked up the hook again and began to crochet. My mother made jewelry and so too I began. I sewed my kids clothes and costumes. I wrote through it all..... the only thing I thought was truly mine were my words.

Finances became difficult and I started a baking company when it was me and my four kidlets in a nasty run down trailer house. I had to haul water by hand most times... bathe them in a giant Rubbermaid tote in the kitchen. Scrub clothes by hand and when the sewer line became clogged ad I couldn't afford to have it fixed, well I did that by hand too. Through it all I crafted. I picked up the hook again and began to crochet. Then my whole world was rocked by him........

I met my current hubby ( love, swoon, awwww and yum!) and he was my superman. Literally. He swooped in and saved me. We have since had three more children (now the Magnificent Seven). He was loving and patient with me the whole time while I was just going through the grind. At that time emotionally I seemed to have been slammed right back to that rejected lil girl so long ago and I was jaded. I, honestly was rotten and mean to him more often than not but he hung in there. He could see what I couldn't, or didn't want to see. He could see me. Not my anxiety disorder, not my self hate, not the BS I decorated myself with. He saw me when I didn't know who that even was.

When I was right around 38 I woke up and didn't know anything. I was surrounded by all this "stuff" I thought I was supposed to do or be but really I didn't know if any of it was me. I pulled inward, dug around asked some tough questions. Did I bake because I liked it? Or because I was supposed to? Did I sew because it gave me joy? Or because that's what my mother did? Did I knit or crochet for the beauty of it? Or did I do it to gain the love of others? And so the Purge began. I resolved to find me by stripping back myself to nothing, to a shell, and then picking and choosing that which I truly loved. Those things that were really me at my core, not bits and pieces I threw in to be what I thought others wanted me to be. Get ready, this is gonna sound harsh, crazy or maybe both......

The Purge: I burned all my fabric. I threw out hundreds of dollars in crochet hooks and knitting needles. Burned all my pattern books. Melted all my candle making goodies. My sewing machine went to the dump (in my own defense it was on its last legs). I burned all works in progress and those that were finished waiting for sale. I saved what only was of interest to my kids and passed those things on to them. And then I sat emotionally naked for a year, struggling to find myself. Until one day I woke up. I wanted to crochet. Off hubby drove me to the store and I struggled in the yarn isle looking at all that fiber for an hour. We left with nothing, and me weeping at my inability to make a decision. This happened twice more. And then I made a baby blanket.....and never stopped. :)

Today I've filled myself back up, but only with those things that deserve my internal space. My Loves firstly being my hubby and wee ones. I found that I love to crochet. I love to sew. I love to knit. I love to write. I adore photography. I'm not fond of jewelry making. I'm not hip on beading. I have to be in the mood to quilt or do needle work. Art and beauty have both played a major role in my life. I have made my living at it. I have  both crushed my spirit with it and built myself back up by crafting my own foundation. I have used art to treat my anxiety. It has opened hearts and sparked minds. I have built entire relationships with yarn as the glue. I have found money and lost myself in its pursuit only to finally find the truth in giving away my art in order to set myself free. The thing I learned is this: Im not my mom, either of them, and that's ok. I don't have to be one or the other....neither a tragic mess or perfectly perfect. Life isn't black or white. Its art. Its color. Its texture. It light and shadow. Its sound and silence. I finally just realized what my husband has seen and loved all along.... I just gotta be me. After all, we are our own life long master pieces....getting there one brush stroke, one stitch, one word, one song, one picture at a time.

Craft on............. <3

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Doesn't have to be just crochet....can be any art <3