Building Up the Willow Line

How are you doing on this lovely Saturday. Well, it’s Saturday here when

Willow Bottle Holder Pattern by Divine Debris
Willow Bottle Cozy Pattern by Divine Debris

I’m at but it might not be where you are. Either way, I hope which ever day it is where you are is delightful. Here I’m hoping to accomplish some much needed house work and get some patterns finished up as well as work on a new “secret” pattern that I’m not sure about still. Don’t you hate that? When you’re working on a pattern and you’re not entirely sure you like how it’s working up but you want to continue working on it? Because you won’t know if you’re happy about it or not until it’s done. That’s where I am at with this pattern I have floating around in my head.
I digress… I actually wrote this pattern up last week and had it all ready to go, but I didn’t have the pictures done. Sometimes the taking and editing of pictures takes me forever to get around to. Not because it takes so long, but because I won’t sit down and get to it. Also, the posting. I’m not consistent with the posting. I’m more content to sit and work up a pattern while watching Grey’s Anatomy reruns, all the other stuff is hard. Ok, not hard, but not as fun. :p
As the title says I’m expanding the Willow line some more, with a bottle cozy.  I was inspired by other designers posting adorable pictures of their bottle cozies and I genuinely said, “I want to make one.” So I did. And you can too, it’s very easy.

Materials:
*US G (4.25mm) crochet hook
* 1 – 2 oz worsted weight yarn
*3 different colors (although you can do more or less it’s entirely up to you) I used Loops and Threads Impeccable
* Tapestry needle

Gauge: 
4.5″ x 4.5″= 19 dcs x 9 rows

Willow Bottle Holder Pattern by Divine Debris
Willow Bottle Cozy Pattern by Divine Debris

Terms/stitches used:
*St: stitch
*Slip st: slip stitch
*Ch: chain
*Sc: single crochet
*Spike sc: spike single crochet
*Hdc: half double crochet
*Spike hdc: spike half double crochet

Note:
*If you would like to make this pattern taller, just keep adding rows before you get to the handles.
*You will need to know how to sc into the back loop only for this pattern.
*This pattern is written using 3 colors, listed below as colors A, B, and C. You can add more or fewer colors to this pattern if you would like.
*Instead of fastening off between color changes, you can just drop the yarn for the color you’re not longer using and pick it back up again when it comes time to use it. This will cut down on the amount of ends you will have to weave in, but the inside might not be as clean as some people would like. It’s your decision on this, I like to drop the yarn and pick it back up because I hate weaving in ends (unless it’s a gift and then I’ll clean it up).
*This pattern is worked from the bottom up. You complete the base and then move on to the cylindrical sides and then finish with the handles, all in one piece. This is done row by row with a slip st at the end of each row.

Finished product dimensions:
*Height: 13.5”
*Diameter: 5.25” – 5.5”

Willow Bottle Holder Pattern by Divine Debris
Willow Bottle Cozy Pattern by Divine Debris

Pattern Instructions:

(The Base)

Color A: Row 1: Create a magic circle, ch 1, sc 6 times into the circle, slip st into the first sc to secure – 6 scs
Row 2: Ch 1, sc twice into the same st as join and into each st around, slip st into the first sc to secure- 12 scs
Row 3: Ch 1, sc twice into the same st as join, sc once into the next st, *sc twice into the next st, sc once into the next st,* repeat from * to * 4 more times, slip st into the first sc to secure – 18 scs
Row 4: Ch 1, sc once into the same st as join and into the next st, sc twice into the next st, * sc once into the next 2 sts, sc twice into the next st,* repeat from * to * 4 more times, slip st into the first sc to secure – 24 scs
Row 5: Ch 1, sc twice into the same st as join, sc once into the next 2 sts, *sc twice into the next st, sc once into the next 2 sts,* repeat from * to * 4 more times, slip st into the first st to secure – 30 scs
Row 6: Ch 1, sc once into the first st and into the next 2 sts, sc twice into the next st, *sc once into the next 3 sts, sc twice into the next st,* repeat from * to * 4 more times, slip st into the first sc to secure – 36 scs
Row 7: Ch 1, sc twice into the same st as join, sc once into the next 4 sts, *sc twice into the next st, sc once into the next 4 sts,* repeat from * to * 4 more times, slip st into the first sc to secure – 42 scs
Row 8: Ch 1, sc once into the back loop only as the same st as join and all the way around, slip st into the first sc to secure- 42 scs

(sides)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc once into the same st as join and all the way around, slip st into the first sc to secure – 42 scs
Color B: Row 10: Ch 1, sc into the same st as join, spike st into the next st, *sc into the next st, spike sc into the next st,* repeat from * to * 19 more times, slip st into the first sc to secure- 21 scs, 21 spike scs
Row 11: Ch 1, spike sc into the same st as join, sc into the next st, *spike sc into the next st, sc into the next st,* repeat from * to * 19 more times, slip st into the first sc to secure – 21 spike scs, 21 scs
Color C: Rows 12 – 13: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color A: Rows 14 – 15: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color B: Row 16: Ch 1, hdc once into the same st as join, spike hdc into the next st, *hdc into the next st, spike hdc into the next st,* repeat from * to * 19 more times, slip st into first hdc to secure – 21 hdcs, 21 spike hdcs
Row 17: Ch 1, hdc once into the same st as join and all the way around, slip st into the first hdc to secure – 42 hdcs
Row 18: Ch 1, sc once into the same st as join and all the way around, slip st into the first sc to secure – 42 scs
Color C: Rows 19 – 20: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color A: Rows 21 – 22: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color B: Rows 23 – 24: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color C: Rows 25 – 27: repeat rows 16 – 18
Color A: Rows 28 – 29: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color B: Rows 30 – 31: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color C: Rows 32 – 33: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color A: Rows 34 – 36: repeat rows 16 – 18
Color B: Rows 37 – 38: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color C: Rows 39 – 40: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color A: Rows 41 – 42: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color B: Rows 43 – 45: repeat rows 16 – 18
Color C: Rows 46 – 47: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color A: Rows 48 – 49: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color B: Rows 50 – 51: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color C: Rows 52 – 54: repeat rows 16 – 18
Color A: Rows 55 – 56: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color B: Rows 57 – 58: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color C: Rows 59 – 60: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color A: Rows 61 – 63: repeat rows 16 – 18
Color B: Rows 64 – 65: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color C: Rows 66 – 67: repeat rows 10 – 11
Color A: Rows 68 – 69: repeat rows 10 – 11
Fasten off with this color.

Willow Bottle Holder Pattern by Divine Debris
Willow Bottle Cozy Pattern by Divine Debris


(The Handles)
Color B: Row 70: repeat row 10
Row 71: Ch 1, sc once into the same st as join and into the next 5 sts, ch 12, skip the next 10 sts, sc into the next 11 sts, ch 12, skip the next 10 sts, sc into the last 5 sts – 22 scs
Rows 72 – 73: Ch 1, sc once into the same st as join and each st all the way around, slip st into the first sc to secure – 46 scs
Fasten off with this color.
Color C: Row 74: Ch 1, sc into the same st as join, spike st into the next st, *sc into the next st, spike sc into the next st,* repeat from * to * 21 more times, slip st into the first sc to secure- 23 scs, 23 spike scs
Fasten off with this color.

Finishing: Close the magic circle tightly and weave in all your ends.

Although the instructions look very long, it’s really not that complicated of a pattern, I swear. Once you get the basic rhythm of the pattern, it’ll breeze right on by.
So, that’s all for me this post. I’m hoping sometime this week we’ll get the blog transferred over to http://www.divinedebris.com and I’ll get a mailing list set up so that those of you who are interested can keep up to date on what I’m doing and what patterns I’m releasing. I hope you like this pattern and don’t forget to share your finished pictures on Ravelry, my FB page or Instagram (use the hashtag #DivineDebris). I’ll share the photos I come across!

This post is linked up with Linkly Ladies by Crystalized Designs.

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Diana Pot Holder/ Hot Pad

Diana hot pad/ pot holder pattern by Divine Debris
Diana hot pad/ pot holder pattern by Divine Debris

In April I won a giveaway from Salena Baca Crochet for a bag of mish-mash cotton yarn. This was super cool, as I’m not used to winning things all that often, but then I didn’t know at all what to do with all the cotton yarn. My first instinct was to make pot holders! I mean, of course you make pot holders when you have cotton yarn, right? So as soon as my brain when there I decided to write up a pot holder design, based on one of my most recent patterns, the Diana Cowl. For the hot pad I used a US G hook and for a pot holder I used a US I hook, because for a hot pad I want very little space between the stitches but for a pot holder that’s less important. Regardless, it’s the same pattern just a bit different – the hot pad requires more stitches to get to nearly the same size. Add it to your Ravelry here. Pin it here .

Diana hot pad/ pot holder pattern by Divine Debris
Diana hot pad/ pot holder pattern by Divine Debris

Pattern:

US G (4.25) or US I (5.50) crochet hook
1 – 1.5 oz cotton yarn
Tapestry needle

Stitches used:
Ch: Chain
Slip st: Slip stitch
Sc: single crochet
Hdc: half double crochet

Diana hot pad/ pot holder pattern by Divine Debris
Diana hot pad/ pot holder pattern by Divine Debris

Notes:
This pattern is a easy to customize- add or subtract sts in groups of 2 to make it larger or smaller.
You will need to know how to work into the third loop of a hdc for this pattern.

Finished measurements:
Hot pad: Height: 6.75″, Width: 6.75″
Pot holder: Height: 7.25″, Width: 7.25″

Diana hot pad/ pot holder pattern by Divine Debris
Diana hot pad/ pot holder pattern by Divine Debris

Instructions: 
Sizing as follows: pot holder (hot pad)

Row 1: Ch 27 (31), hdc into the third ch from the hook and across – 26 (30) hdcs
Rows 2 – 4: Turn, ch 2 (counts as hdc here and throughout), hdc into the third loop of each hdc across – 26 (30) hdcs
Row 5:  Turn, ch 1 (counts as slip st space here and throughout), hdc into the third loop of next st, *slip st into the third loop of the next st, hdc into the third loop of the next st,* repeat from * to * the rest of the way across – 13 (15) hdcs
Rows 6 – 10: Turn, ch 1, hdc into the next st, *slip st into the next st, hdc into the next st, * repeat from * to * the rest of the way across –  13 (15) hdcs
Row 11: Ch 2, hdc into each st across 26 (30) hdcs
Rows 12 – 14: repeat rows 2 – 4
Row 15: repeat row 5:
Rows 16 – 20: Repeat rows 6 – 10
Row 21: repeat row 11
Rows 22 – 24: repeat rows 2 – 4
Fasten off.
Optional, but it does help to make the pattern look “finished” add a border of scs around, with ch 2 in the corners.

So, there it is, the Diana hot pad/ pot holder pattern. I do hope you like it and have fun with it.

In other me news, I’ve decided to end the ready to ship portion of my business and focus on more of a blog format. When I began this endeavor nearly 3 years ago I was hopeful and thought I had an interesting product that people would be excited about. While that’s still true, it’s also not as true as I originally hoped it would be. Not to mention, I’ve found that I like writing and developing patterns, both free and paid, and that’s the direction I want to go in. I’ve got many more patterns running around in my head and I can’t wait to get them all down- although I’m having trouble thinking about summer patterns. Maybe when I relaunch I’ll write up some of my more popular jewelry designs.
So, in that spirit, I have decided to list all my ready to ship items for 30% off their regular price, because I will be making the shift to a full-time blog and pattern writing. And speaking of, I’m running a contest to decide the name of my shawl/wrap and if I pick your offered up name, you will win the shawl/wrap and another pattern of your choosing.

This post is linked up to Hookin’ on Hump Day 95 by Moogly and Petals to Picots and Tuesday Pin-spiration Link Party by Oombawka Design.

Let me talk to you about wool dryer balls

So, have you seen these things floating around the internet, on another blog post or

Wool dyer balls by Divine Debris
Wool dyer balls by Divine Debris

perhaps for sell on Etsy? Because they’re awesome and so easy to make that I think they really should be a ton more popular than they currently are. I’m talking about wool dyer balls, as the title of this post suggests.

Back in December I came across some leftover yarn in my stash from when I got crazy and bought a skein of Fisherman’s Wool by Lion Brand. I actually made a scarf for myself from it but wore it a handful of times, my neck skin is not so welcoming to wool. Into the bin of my random yarn creations went the scarf and the leftover went into the scraps bin. Well, as I was saying, in December I came across it again and thought, “I’ve seen some great posts on FB about wool dryer balls, I wonder how hard they are to make.” Using Petals to Picot’s post on dryer balls, I set out to make some for myself.
I don’t think I can just adequately say how easy they are to make. Just begin by winding some 100% wool yarn in a ball. I wasn’t super consistent with the size of my balls here, but tried to keep them to a good 1.5″ – 2″ in diameter range. As Petals to Picot’s suggests, make sure you leave a VERY long tail and weave it back and forth through your ball to secure it. How awful would it be to have your lovely dryer ball fall apart after a month or so?

Wool dryer balls by Divine Debris
Wool dryer balls by Divine Debris

As you can see from the picture on the right, the felting is pretty subtle when you look at it but when you feel it, you can definitely tell that the individual strands are less individual and more stuck together in a huge mass. The ball on the left is felted the ball on the right is not.
Now Petals to Picots says to just throw these lil’ babies in with the washer next time you do a hearty load, but I combined her sweater technique and stuck some wool balls in a pantyhose stalking that has a run in it and washed them with some towels (photo below). I just used a couple of pieces of extra yarn, bright purple as you can see in the photo, and that way I was able to reuse the pantyhose for a later set of dryer balls. 😀 Just double knot it and then snip the yarn when you’re done.

Wool dryer balls by Divine Debris
Wool dryer balls by Divine Debris

I did this the first time I made a set of dryer balls and they were perfectly felted as soon as they got out of the dryer and I’ve been using them ever since. I even made more and sent some to my mom. The great thing about these is that they eliminate the need for dryer sheets, which is great for me because I have a strong sense of smell and hate to add more scent to things then they already have. They also cut down on your drying time, in my opinion, significantly. Not to mention, they make great little gifts!

Well, that’s all for now. I just wanted to share with you a fun little project that I’ve been working on. I will be back this week to talk about my newest design release, the Ruth Scarf. Until then, you take care of yourself!

Just a simple rug with no name.

Update: You can find the rug pattern on my website here. I call it the Willow rug. 🙂

So we’ve now been in our new house for 2 months, it’s still very exciting sometimes to think about. However, before we rug4moved into the house we had to live in a hotel for a month and that really messed up my crocheting schedule. 🙂 So when we moved in I had a difficult time getting into the habit of crocheting again. I just wasn’t very excited about it or inspired. The first thing, for the most part, that I finished after we moved into the house was this rug. The reason that I wanted to make a rug was to add some fun and personality into the house. A simple rug, like this one, was just what I needed to ease me back into crocheting.

It doesn’t have a name right now but I’ll get one at some point, because I’m going to put a pdf together and feature rug3it for free on my website. As you can see in the picture on the left, it’s a simple spike sc and sc combo. If you want to try it out before the pdf comes out, here it is:

W/ an US M or 9 mm crochet hook and 3 worsted weight yarns:

Row 1: Ch 45, sc into second st from hook and all the way across

Row 2: turn, ch 1,* sc into first st, spike sc into next st* (sc into the same st as the sc in the row beneath this one), repeat from * to * until the end of the row

Row 3: change colors, turn, ch 1, *sc into first st, spike sc into next st,* repeat from * to * all the way across

Row 4: turn, ch 1 *sc into first st, spike sc into next st* repeat from * to * all the way across

Row 5: change colors, turn, ch 1 *sc into first st, spike sc into next st* repeat from * to * all the way across

Row 6: turn, ch 1 *sc into first st, spike sc into next st* repeat from * to * all the way arcoss

Rows 7 – 108: repeat this pattern over and over until you reach row 108. Two rows of first color, two rows of second color, and two rows of third color.

Row 109: with first color: turn, ch 1,* sc into first st, spike sc into next st* (sc into the same st as the sc in the row beneath this one), repeat from * to * until the end of the row

Row 110:  turn, ch 1, *sc into first st, spike sc into next st,* repeat from * to * all the way across

Once you’re done use one of your colors and sc into each st across the top, bottom and both sides, ch-ing twice at the corners.

I hope you guys like the very simple, no name rug pattern.

Also, my next pattern: Siobhanscarf

Hello, I’m going to do this again

How are you, any of you that still might try reading my blog here?

As you may or may not know, we, the hubs and I, moved from NY to NC in May and it took a rather long time to get into our new house. It was during this time that I spent entirely too much time in hotel rooms by myself. It was the beginning of a dark, but not completely dark phase that I’m going through. I do this every time we move, it’s almost apart of the lifestyle. I get lonely, because I’m alone. I get depressed, it keeps me from enjoying things I usually care about, like crocheting. I’ve actually tried to create a post dealing about this a couple of  times, but I could not find the words.

I’m going to try to be more regular about writing, if only because it will get me into a routine and make me feel more “normal” than I do at times.

In better news, I’ve be able to crochet regularly lately! That is quite the achievement, if you ask me, because those barefoot sandals that I last posted about were the only think I had made in months. Moving this time around has been difficult. I felt (and at times still feel) isolated, listless and disinterested.

Wendypattern.
Wendy the Owl pattern

I’d like to introduce you to my first ever amigurumi design, Wendy the Owl.

While browsing through Pinterest, which I do more often than I really want to admit, I saw the most adorable owl pattern. I set to make an owl of my own, only to find the pattern to me difficult to follow, which upset me because I wouldn’t say I’m a novice crocheter. What I decided to do, because I’m in better spirits, I decided to make my own pattern. HA! It’s available to download in pdf form from my website. If you  happen to try it out, do let me know what you think. I have these lovelies hanging out in my living room, waiting for shelves that I have yet to put up. Oh, to download it you have to go through the “purchasing” process but you don’t have to enter any actual information about you to download a free item.

Hopefully in my next post I will be able to update further, talk a bit about what else I’m working on. Take care!

Bowls!

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Small bowl
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Medium bowl

So, this is something I made yesterday… it’s a little bowl thing. It’s really adorable in real life, as things that are super small tend to be. Am I alone in that thinking? I hope not. Also,

 

On the right is a medium bowl I also made. I strung two yarns together, one of them is a alpaca acrylic blend so it was really fun to work with. The flower is going to be attached to the bowl at some point, it was made exclusively in the acrylic/alpaca blend.

I’m liking this making containers thing. I hope to get better at it. 😀

New cup cozys

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Double buttons!

I made the coffee cup cozys recently and as it’s as hot as hell right now I thought I’d make a couple cozys for my to go cups. 😀 On the left is a blue one two buttons, I made it size-able too! It has two rows of button holes.

On the right are two pictures of another version of the cozy.

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Back view, opposite button.

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Front view.