Monday, June 15, 2015

Crochet: Larksfoot Slouchy Beanie Pattern





Materials:
*H/5.00 mm Crochet Hook (I use Susan Bates)
*Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in White (Contrast A) and Neon Pink (Contrast B)
You can use any light or worsted weight yarn. I prefer the Caron Simply Soft because it a bit thinner than regular worsted weight and it's shiny.
*Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
This slouch is made from the bottom up cause that’s how I roll….mostly because I like the way it looks when it’s finished this way as opposed to working in the round from the top.

You can even add more colors to the mix to give it a funky look. I’m sure I’ll make one with more colors soon.


I’ve never written one before so I’m sure there will be mistakes. Let me know if you get stuck or have any suggestions. Thanks!!
Ren

Band:
Working with Contrast A
Make a slip knot.
Chain 11.
SC in 2nd chain from the hook. SC in each chain till you get to the end of the row. You should have 10 single crochets.
Ch. 1 and turn.
10 SC in the back loop only on each row. This will create that ribbed effect.
Continue making SC rows until you’ve reached your desired length. I used 80 rows. The length has to be divisible by 4 as the larkfoot stitch works in rounds of 4 for each. This would make it so that you have 20 sets around. Slip stitch both ends together to form the band. (slip stitch each chain together vertically so you'll have a nice seam) Do not fasten off.

Slouchy:
Keep Contrast A for this row
Chain 1
Crochet 80 SC evenly around the brim. You'll be working horizontally on the brim.

Row 1:
SL ST into the top of the CH 1
Chain 3 (Counts as the first stitch)
Crochet 2 DC in the next two stitches
Chain 1 skip next stitch
*DC in the next 3 stitches, ch 1 skip next stitch* (Repeat this pattern all the way around)
SL ST into the top of the chain 3 from the beginning of the row.

Row 2:
Repeat row 1
Fasten off and weave in ends

rows1&2.png
This is how it should look after rows 1&2.

Row 3:
Switch to Contrast B (I attach contrast B to to the chain three of the previous row)
Chain 4 (Counts as the first stitch and a chain 1)
Skip the next chain space and DC in the next one.
This will be your first larksfoot stitch.
YO like you would for a DC. Insert your hook into the CH SPACE from two rows below. (Pictured below) Pull up the yarn so it's almost at the height of the previous DC. YO and pull the yarn through two loops on your hook. YO again and pull through the last loops on your hook.
*DC in the next CH, CH 1 skip next stitch , DC, Extended DC (larksfoot stitch)* (repeat this all the way around)
SL ST into the top of the chain 3 from the beginning of the row.
rows1&2.jpg
This is how row one of Contrast B will look like

Row 4:
Chain 4 (Counts as the first stitch and a chain 1)
Skip the next chain space.
*DC in the next three spaces then CH 1 skip next stitch* (repeat this all the way around)
SL ST into the top of the chain 3 from the beginning of the row.
Fasten off and weave in ends
After row 4, you'll have two contrast b rows with 2 chain spaces between each set. These are where your extended double crochet will go.
rows3&4.jpg
Rows 3 & 4 completed

Row 5:
Switch to Contrast A
Chain 3 (Counts as the first stitch)
Extended DC (larksfoot stitch) then DC in the next space.
*CH 1 skip next stitch, DC, Extended DC (larksfoot stitch), DC* (repeat this all the way around)
SL ST into the top of the chain 3 from the beginning of the row.

I like to start my chain 3 where you joined the chain 4 from the previous round.
Row 6:
Chain 3 (Counts as the first stitch)
DC in the next two spaces.
*Chain 1 skip next stitch, DC in the next three spaces*(repeat this all the way around)
SL ST into the top of the chain 3 from the beginning of the row.

Fasten off and weave in ends

Rows 7&8:
Switch to Contrast A
Repeat rows 3 & 4
Fasten off and weave in ends
Rows 9&10:
Switch to Contrast B
Repeat rows 5&6

You can keep repeating the rows until you get to your desired height.
I used 22 rows total then started my SC rows and decreases for the top of the hat.

For your last two rows, you'll honor the larksfoot stitch by going around and doing the DC, Extended DC, DC but instead of chaining one to get the space in between, you'll just continue on with a DC. After you finish the last row of larksfoot stitches, you're just going to chain 3 then DC in each space going around and SL ST at the end. (I like to use the same color for the top that I used for the brim of the hat. You can change it up if you’d like. Even make it funky by alternating colors after every two rows)

Finishing up:
Here is where you'll make the top of the hat and close it up.

Switch to Contrast A (Or whichever color you’d like that hat to be)
SC Row 1:
Chain 1
SC in the same stitch as the CH 1, SC all around, SL ST into the top of CH 1 (The amount of single crochet's will vary depending on the amount of rows you have) If you use the same about of rows that I did, you should have 80 SC.

SC Row 2:
Chain 1
SC in the same stitch as the CH 1, 3 SC, SC Dec (Decrease)
*4 SC, SC Dec (Decrease)* (repeat all the way around)
SL ST into the top of the chain 1 from the beginning of the row. (You should be left with 64 SC)

SC Row 3:
Chain 1
SC in the same stitch as the CH 1, SC all around, SL ST into the top of CH 1 (64 SC)

SC Row 4:
Chain 1
SC in the same stitch as the CH 1, 2 SC, SC Dec (Decrease)
*3 SC, SC Dec (Decrease)* (repeat all the way around)
SL ST into the top of the chain 1 from the beginning of the row. (You should be left with 48 SC)
SC Row 5:
Chain 1
SC in the same stitch as the CH 1, SC all around, SL ST into the top of CH 1 (48 SC)

SC Row 6:
Chain 1
SC in the same stitch as the CH 1, 1 SC, SC Dec (Decrease)
*2 SC, SC Dec (Decrease)* (repeat all the way around)
SL ST into the top of the chain 1 from the beginning of the row. (You should be left with 32 SC)

SC Row 7:
Chain 1
SC in the same stitch as the CH 1, SC all around, SL ST into the top of CH 1 (32 SC)

SC Row 8:
Chain 1
SC in the same stitch as the CH 1, 1 SC, SC Dec (Decrease)
*1 SC, SC Dec (Decrease)* (repeat all the way around)
SL ST into the top of the chain 1 from the beginning of the row. (You should be left with 16 SC)

SC Row 9:
Chain 1
SC in the same stitch as the CH 1, SC all around, SL ST into the top of CH 1 (16 SC)

Do not fasten off. Leave a long tail (about 15 inches) Turn your hat inside out. Working in the opposite direction of where you slip stitched, use your tapestry needle to weave the yarn in and out of both loops. Push the chains together as you're weaving. Once you make it to the end, weave in the end of the yarn making sure it's tight and secure.

PicMonkey Collage.jpg
Clearly I got lazy with the first slouchy I did..instead of doing a row of SC in between every decrease row, I just did every row as decreases. It has a different look in the back but they both still look awesome.


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Boatman by Kat Hawthorne




About The Book:
Isabel Wixon is weird. Not only does she see dead things, but her only friends consist of a talkative ventriloquist’s dummy and the gentlemanly spider that lives in her hair. Real friends? Too hard. Inventing friends is much easier. Inventing the Boatman—a terrible monster that lures kids into a strange sleeping sickness and never lets them go—probably wasn’t one of her better ideas though.               
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Kat Hawthorne tends to lurk (somewhat menacingly) in the darker corners of the literary world. In addition to a smattering of published poetry, Kat’s short fiction has appeared in such literary magazines as Underneath the Juniper Tree, Thrills Kills and Chaos, Infernal Ink, Dark Edifice, Shadows Express, Fiction and Verse, and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. Her literary novelette, The Oddity, was published by MuseIt Up Publishing on July 11th, 2014. In partnership with Enter Skies Entertainment, Kat wrote the narrative portion of Fearless Fantasy, an online role-playing game published by tinyBuild Games and hosted by Steam. As well as being a nerd of the highest order, under her “day name” Kat is a graduate of Ryerson University’s copy, substantive, and stylistic editing programs, and has since earned a specialization in editing books intended for young readers. She is an acquisitions, stylistic and copy editor at BookFish Books LLC and runs her own business where she offers her editing services on a freelance basis.Please visit www.katmhawthorne.com for more information about Kat’s writing, or www.movetothewrite.com to learn about her editing work.Find her online:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatMHawthorneTwitter: @KatMHawthorneWebsites: www.katmhawthorne.com , www.movetothewrite.com
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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Review: Haunted Things (Dust to Ashes #1) by Abigail Boyd

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

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Title: Haunted Things (Dust to Ashes #1)
Published: March 5, 2014
Pages: 67
Format: eBook
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Recommended 17+ due to strong language, violence, and drug use.
Ash never thought she'd be living in a haunted house. She just wanted to get through her senior year. But when her father uproots them, their new house is the site of the infamous Moss murders ten years ago. Ash meets Aaron, the only surviving Moss son, and sparks ignite. She's drawn to him and his darkness like nothing she's ever felt before. But things are not as they seem, and Ash doesn't know who to trust. Maybe history isn't so dead after all.

This book is episode one of a serial, and is approx. 20,000 words

Monday, June 1, 2015

Review: Mental by Justice Serai

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Published: April 7, 2015
Pages: 218
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Hope is an illusion meant to convince the broken to keep on living. That’s me. Broken.
My father pays heaps of money for doctors at the Norfolk Psychiatric Center to fix me. I’ve spent six months of my prime teenage years at this residential facility – a place for teenagers who’ve gone mental.
That’s me. Mental.
Just when I begin to feel myself fade away, a boy with a wolfish smile and mischievous eyes reels me in. Julian is broken too, but he believes in me enough for the both of us. Through him, I begin to experience this thing called hope. Doctors can’t fix me, my parents can’t either, but maybe it’s not me who needs fixing.
After all, mental is only a state of mind. It all depends on who’s doing the thinking.