Crochet Wine Carrier

As I mentioned in my Chevron Koozies post, I also made a wine carrier to thank my cousin Amber for hosting my Indiana bridal shower.  I made up the pattern to give wine carriers to my friends Rachael and Cassie for hosting my Houston bridal shower last month.  I love how they turned out!

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Materials:

  • 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn
  • US size K crochet hook

Stitches Used:

Instructions:

Ch 4, sl st in first ch to make ring

R1:  Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, sl st in first sc (8 sc)

R2:  Ch 1, 2 sc in same stitch and in each stitch around, sl st in first sc (16 sc)

R3:  Ch 1, 2 sc in same stitch, 1 sc in next stitch, * 2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next stitch, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc (24 sc)

R4:  Ch 1, 2 sc in same stitch, 1 sc in next two stitches, 2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next two stitches, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc (32 sc)

R5:  Holding 1 strand from each skein of yarn together through the rest of the project, ch 1, 2 sc in same stitch, 1 sc in next three stitches, 2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next three stitches, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc (40 sc)

R6:  Ch 5, trc in same stitch, ch 1, trc in same stitch, ch 1, trc in same stitch, * ch 1, skip next 7 sc, 4 trc with a ch 1 between each trc in next sc, repeat from * four times, sl st in fourth ch of ch 5

R7:  Sl st in ch space, sl st in trc, sl st in ch space, * ch 9, skip next three ch spaces, sc in next ch space, repeat from * four times, ch 5, tr trc in sl st before first ch 9

R8:  Ch 5, trc in same stitch, ch 1, trc in same stitch, ch 1, trc in same stitch, * ch 1, 4 trc with a ch 1 between each trc in fifth ch of next ch 9, repeat from * four times, sl st in fourth ch of ch 5

R9-R14:  Repeat R8 and R9 three times

R15:  Ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc in each ch space and trc around, sl st in first sc (40 sc)

R16:  Ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, ch 13, skip next 13 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, ch 13, skip next 13 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, sl st in first sc

R17:  Ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc in each sc and ch around, sl stitch in first sc, fasten off and work in ends (40 sc)

Difficulty: Medium to Hard (the stitches are somewhat difficult)

Time Required: 0.5 Movies

Overall Experience: Excellent

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Chevron Koozies

My cousin Amber is the matron-of-honor in my wedding.  She planned a beautiful wedding shower for me that happened yesterday.  To thank her, I made her two chevron koozies and a wine carrier, which will be blogged about in a future post.  I really love how the koozies turned out!  I put them on pint glasses that will be given as a favor at our second reception.  Scroll down through all the pictures for the pattern.  Also, thanks to my sister Emily for taking pictures yesterday!  (One of these days I’m going to have to post a bunch of her pictures.  She’s really amazing!)

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Disclaimer:  Feel free to make this pattern for your personal use, for your platypus, for charity, or to sell.  The only thing I ask is that you please do not sell it on Etsy.  If you are interested in purchasing a koozie from my Etsy store, you may do so here.

Materials:

  • Small amounts of worsted-weight yarn in contrasting colors (I chose grey (g) and off-white (w))
  • 5 size US 6 double pointed needles

Stitches Used:

Instructions:

For colorwork, use fair isle technique

Cast on 48 stitches using g, distrubute on four double pointed needles, knit in rounds

R1:  Continuing with g, k2 p2 around (48 stitches)

R2-4:  Repeat R1

R5:   With g and w, k1w, k3g, k5w, k3g around

R6:  Repeat R5

R7:  k2w, k3g, k3w, k3g, k1w around

R8:  Repeat R7

R9:  k3w, k3g, k1w, k3g, k2w around

R10:  Repeat R9

R11:  k1g, k3w, k5g, k3w around

R12:  Repeat R11

R13:  k2g, k3w, k3g, k3w, k1g around

R14:  Repeat R13

R15:  k3g, k3w, k1g, k3w, k2g around

R16:  Repeat R15

R17:  k3w, k3g, k1w, k3g, k2w around

R18:  Repeat R16

R19:  k2w, k3g, k3w, k3g, k1w around

R20:  Repeat R19

R21:  k1w, k3g, k5w, k3g around

R22:  Repeat R21

R23:  k3g, k3w, k1g, k3w, k2g around

R24:  Repeat R23

R25:  k2g, k3w, k3g, k3w, k1g around

R26:  Repeat R25

R27:  k1g, k3w, k5g, k3w around

R28:  Repeat R27

R29:  Continuing in g only, k48

R30:  Repeat R29

R31:  k2tog k2 around (36 stitches)

R32:  k2tog k2 around (27 stitches)

R33:  k2tog k1 around (18 stitches)

R34:  k2tog k1 around (12 stitches)

R35:  k2tog (6 stitches)

To finish, pull a loop through all 6 stitches on needle and pull tight.  Work in ends.

Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  1.5 Movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent

Wedding Doilies 3.0

Last week I posted a pattern for an oval doily that I developed for my wedding. It almost looked circular from the outside, so I wasn’t overly happy with it. I edited the pattern, “fudging” the top and bottom stitches so they would be shorter in each round. I’m much happier with the outcome. The pattern would be absolutely ridiculous to write out. It’s quite complicated. Of anyone really, really wants it, leave me a comment and I’ll write it out. I really just wanted to share.  Yay ovals!

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Easy Baked Ranch Chicken Fingers

This is so easy and lacks real ingredient quantities, so I don’t know if I can really even call it a recipe!

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Time Required:  About 45 minutes

Yields:  5-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • About 2 pounds of chicken tenders
  • Ranch salad dressing (enough to coat the tenders)
  • Pregresso Italian bread crumbs (enough to coat the tenders)
  • Vegetable oil (enough to coat a cookie sheet)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Wash the chicken and cut off any unwanted parts such as tendons
  • Put some ranch dressing in the bottom of a small bowl and coat the tenders in dressing

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  • Optional step:  Allow tenders to marinate in the dressing in the refridgerator
  • Grease a cookie sheet with vegetable oil
  • Put the bread crumbs in another small bowl and coat the tenders in bread crumbs
  • Place the breaded tenders on the greased cookie sheet

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  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink when sliced through the thickest part

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Tovolo Cupcake Pen

My fiance bought me a Tovolo Cupcake Pen a couple of months ago.  I love cooking toys!  I just got around to using it this morning.  I made blueberry muffins.  The device has a really cool concept.  I enjoy making things in muffin tins to take places because they are already personal sized.  The only bad part is the mess I make while trying to spoon batter from my bowl to the tin.  I always make a mess.  The cupcake pen is supposed to eliminate the mess.  I simply spooned the batter in the pen.  I then squeezed it into the muffin tins.  The only negative point was that when I neared the end of the batter, quite a lot of batter was still stuck to the inside of the pen.  Next time I’ll try greasing the pen before I start.  Overall, I was quite pleased with my new toy!

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Wedding Doilies 2.0

I haven’t had a lot to post recently despite the fact that I’ve been crafting A LOT. I’m making a lot of things for my wedding, and most of them are gifts for people helping me with things; therefore, they are secret.

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I wrote a few weeks ago about the doilies I am making for my wedding. In addition to the round varieties, I also needed some oval doilies. I took the original pattern and made some adjustment to it to create an oval version. The pattern for the oval version is below. I wanted the doilies to have a larger difference between their “long” and “short” sides, but they will do. They look nice with the round versions.

Materials:

  • Size 1 Crochet Hook
  • Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread in Misty Grey

Stitches Used:

Instructions:

Ch 36, join to form a ring.

R1: Ch 3, d c in same stitch,2 d c in next 5 stitches, d c in next 12 stitches, 2 d c in next 6 stitches, d c in next 12 stitches, slip stitch in top of ch 3.

R2: S c in same space, * ch 5, skip 3 d c, s c in next d c, repeat from * all around ending row with sl st in 1st s c.

R3: Work 1 s c, 7 d c, 1 s c in each ch 5 loop, join.

R4: Sl st to center of scallop, ch 7, 1 tr c in same space, * ch 3, 1 tr c in same space, repeat from *, * ch 4, 4 tr c with ch 3 between each tr c in center st of next scallop, repeat from * 12 times, ch 4, join to 4th st of ch 7.

R5: Sl st in first st of loop, ch 4, * thread over needle twice, insert in loop, pull through and work off 2 loops twice, repeat from *, thread over and pull through all loops at one time, ** ch 3, thread over twice, insert in next loop, pull through and work off 2 loops twice. * thread over twice, insert in same loop, pull through and work off 2 loops twice, repeat from *, thread over and work off all loops at one time, (cluster st), ch 3, cluster st in same loop, ch 3, cluster st in next loop, d c in next 4 ch loop, cluster st in next 3 ch loop, repeat from ** 12 times, ch 3, 2 cluster sts with ch 3 between each cluster st in next loop, ch 3, cluster st in next loop, d c in next 4 ch loop, join to top of 1st cluster st.

R6: Sl st in next loop, ch 4, * thread over needle twice, insert in same loop, pull through and work off 2 loops twice, repeat from *, thread over and work off all loops at one time, ch 3, cluster st in next loop, ch 3, thread over needle twice, insert in next loop, pull through and work off 2 loops twice, repeat from *, thread over and work off remaining loops at one time, ch 4, sl st in same loop, sl st in top of d c, repeat 11 times.

R7: Sl st in next 4 chain stitches, sl st in next loop, sc in same loop, ch 7, s c in next loop, ch 9, s c in 12 ch loop, repeat from beginning all around ending row with ch 5, d tr c in last stitch of previous row.

R8: Ch 9, s c in next loop, repeat from beginning all around ending row with ch 5, d tr c in d tr c of previous row.

R9: Ch 9, s c in next loop, repeat from beginning all around, join.

R10: Sl st to loop, ch 3, 8 d c in loop, * 9 d c in next loop, repeat from * all around, join.

R11: Sl st to center d c of d c group, * ch 5, skip 4 d c, cluster st in next space, ch 5, sl st in center d c of next d c group, repeat from * all around ending row with ch 2, d c in joining.

R12: S c in same space, ch 9, s c in next loop, repeat from beginning all around ending row with ch 5, d tr c in 1st s c.

R13 and 14: Same as 12th row.

R15: Ch 6, s c in next loop, repeat from beginning all around, join.

R16: Ch 3, 7 d c in next loop, * d c in next s c, 7 d c in next loop, repeat from * all around, join.

R17: Sl st to 4th d c, * ch 7, skip 7 d c, s c in next d c, repeat from * all around, join.

R18: Work 1 s c, 1 d c, 5 tr c, 1 d c, 1 s c in each loop, join.

R19: Sl st to center st of scallop, ch 7, tr c in same space, * ch 3, tr c in same space, repeat from *, * ch 4, s c in center st of next scallop, ch 9, s c in center st of next scallop, ch 4, 4 tr c with ch 3 between each tr c in center st of next scallop, repeat from * 14 times, ch 4, s c in center st of next scallop, ch 9, s c in center st of next scallop, ch 4, join to 4th st of ch 7.

R20: Sl st to loop, * 2 cluster sts with ch 3 between each cluster st in each of the next 3 loops, ch 5, skip ch 4 loop, s c in 9 ch loop, ch 5, skip ch 4 loop, repeat from * all around, join to top of 1st cluster st.

R21: Sl st to loop, * 1 cluster st with ch 3 between each cluster st in each of the next 5 loops, ch 7, sl st in next s c, ch 7, skip ch 5 loop, repeat from * all around, join in top of 1st cluster st.

R22: Sl st to loop, cluster st in same loop, * ch 6, sl st in 5th st from hook for picot, ch1, cluster st in next loop, ch 1, picot, ch 1, cluster st in next loop, ch 1, picot, ch 1, cluster st in next loop, ch 7, s c in next loop, ch 4, picot. ch 4, s c in next loop, ch 7, cluster st in next loop, repeat from * all around, in same manner join in top of 1st cluster st, break thread.

Difficulty: Medium to Hard (the stitches are somewhat difficult)

Time Required: 4 Movies

Overall Experience: Excellent