Free Pattern: Crochet Bar Stool Covers

20140610-112257.jpgI finished my bar stool covers. They were fun to make.  There is something very satisfying about the granny circle/square. I’m sure most of you crocheters can look at the picture and reverse engineer how to make them, if you wanted to. I have never written a crochet pattern myself.  It seems simple enough, but when I got out my markers to try to draw a chart it turned into quite a behemoth and quickly got away from me.  I may have to enlist the help of Adobe Illustrator on that one.   I learned how to crochet by reading the tutorials at The Purl Bee. So if your find yourself scratching your head at any of my wording, that’s a great resource.  I also like to hold my ends against the work and crochet over them to eliminate the extra work of weaving in ends later.  In case anyone is wondering these are Spin Stools from Crate & Barrel. The seat is 15″ in diameter.  The colors are the same on both stools, I just reversed the order.

Link to Ravelry Project Page

Simple Text PDF Download on Ravelry

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If your stools are larger or smaller, simply continue the granny bit till the piece is just a smidge smaller than the diameter of the seat, then skip to the last 5 rounds. With crochet it is very easy to manipulate sizing. Eyeballing it (as long as your eyeballing skills are decent) is usually enough.

Until I figure out how to write a proper pattern here is a little crochet recipe of sorts:

Hook Size F

Red Heart Acrylic Yarn

With Color One-

Round 1:

I started with an adjustable loop.

Chain 3 into the loop.

Double crochet 11 times into the loop.

Join round.

Pull the loop taught.

Round 2:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 1 more time into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 2 times.

Join round.

Break yarn and switch to Color Two-

Round 3:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 2 more times into the same space.

Into each new space, double crochet 3 times.

Join round.

Break yarn and switch to Color Three-

Round 4:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 3 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 4 times.

Join round.

Round 5:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 3 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 4 times.

Join round.

Break yarn and switch to Color Four-

Round 6:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 4 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 5 times.

Join round.

Round 7:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 2 more times into the same space.

*Single crochet once on either side of the middle (third) double crochet from the previous round.

Into each following space, double crochet 3 times.*

Repeat between * until end of round.

Join round.

Break yarn and switch to Color Five-

Round 8:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 2 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 3 times.

Join round.

Round 9:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 2 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 3 times.

Join round.

Break yarn and switch to Color Six-

Round 10:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 4 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 5 times.

Join round.

Round 11:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 4 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 5 times.

Join round.

Round 12:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 6 more times into the same space.

Into each following space, double crochet 7 times.

Join round.

Break yarn and switch to Color Five-

Round 13:

Chain 3 into first space.

Double crochet 3 more times into the same space.

*Single crochet into six chain spaces of the previous round’s cluster.

Into each following space, double crochet 4 times.*

Repeat between * until end of round.

Join round.

Round 14:

Chain 3 into first crochet chain space.

Double crochet  into every following chain space.

Join round.

Round 15:

Chain 3 into first crochet chain space.

Double crochet  into every following chain space.

Join round.

Round 16:

Chain 3 into first crochet chain space.

Double crochet  into every following chain space.

Join round.

Round 17: Decreasing

Chain 3 into first crochet chain space.

Double crochet  into every other chain space.

Join round.

Round 18: Decreasing

Chain 3 into first crochet chain space.

Double crochet  into every other chain space.

Join round.

Weave in any tails.  You may have to stretch the cover a little bit to fit it on, but it will go. I find that the snugness helps it not to slip off.

-Marie

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Snowed In: French Press Cozy

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What a wild winter we’ve been having in the North East.  Lots of snow and cold temperatures, more so than any winter in recent memory. All this snow inspired me to create a little collection of knitting patterns based upon my favorite kind of winter day.  Snowed In.

I hope these sweet patterns will bring some cheer to your wintry snow days. Its not so terrible to be snowed in after all.  To celebrate the release of Snowed In, I’ll be giving away one pattern a day. Today’s pattern Is French Press Cozy, leave a comment on this post telling me why you love a snow day to win! You have until noon tomorrow, and then we’re on to the next pattern!

 My perfect snow day has me snowed in, with a day off from work and nowhere to be except in my cozy house.  The day ahead is filled with great movies, lots of knitting and scrumptious comfort food. First on my list would be a decadent brunch. Soft boiled eggs, buttered toast and fruit, and a piping hot carafe of coffee brewed in my french press.  

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It’s a sad fact that the glass carafe on these kind of presses lets your drink go cold rather quickly, but a little woolly sweater for your french press if just the ticket. This French Press Cozy is the first pattern of this collection. It will keep your coffee warm until the last drop is poured, and the cheerful color and pretty texture add to the charm of your brunch table.  Four pretty buttons close up the cozy. Mine came from Melissa Jean  but I don’t see them on her site currently.

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A noontime walk in the falling snow is everything its supposed to be. Filled with the quiet hiss of falling flakes, beautiful, eerie light, and drifts of freshly fallen snow. Coming back into the warmth of the indoors leaves you with cheeks flushed with cold, numb fingers and a rumbling tummy. The afternoon is followed up by more of the same. Knit. Eat. Repeat.   -Marie

Link to the Ravelry project page for Snowed In French Press, or  

This french press cozy has been designed to fit a Bodum Chambord 4 cup french press. If you have a larger or smaller sized press this pattern can be easily adapted to fit.
You may add or subtract the stitch repeat number from the cast on and still easily read the written directions. If you are using the chart, you can print two copies, fold one so that it repeats the correct number of stitches to see the chart for the new size. If your press is bigger around you also add extra garter stitch rows at the end, or use a second photocopy of the chart to increase the number of patterned rows until the fabric is long enough. You may also need to adjust the placement of the buttonhole yarn overs, depending on where your handle rests on your press.

Directions include fully written directions as well as helpful charted instructions.

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Free Pattern: Kiss Kiss

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Kiss Kiss

There is always an extra buzz at FlorrieMarie when we publish a new pattern! Here is our latest, cute little colour work pouches. Their name, Kiss Kiss is a nod to what was in mind to nestle inside them, chocolate kisses.

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We had been loosley planning a little Valentine’s project for a while, but they always seem get to big and eventually pushed to the back burner. I’d been sketching some ideas for a larger Valentines project but realised I’d be rushed to get it wound up in time. Absentmindedly resting some sweeties in a mitten I’m knitting made something click and Kiss Kiss was conceived.

These little darlings knit up very quickly and only use a little yarn. Even if you’re new to colour work, there’s nothing to be scared of. Each pattern can be knitted in just two colours and will still look adorable.

To download your free pattern,  visit the Kiss Kiss pattern page on Ravelry!

Please note: Ravelry is usually a very reliable way to download a pattern, but if you’re having any trouble simply make sure that your Adobe Reader is up to date and if you’re still having trouble  please send us an email at support@florriemarie.com and we would be happy to email the PDF to you.

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Leaf Kerchief is LIVE!

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Leaf Kerchief

We had originally planned the launch of this pattern around Rhinebeck, the New York State Sheep and Wool festival in mid October of last year, but due to some technical difficulties we weren’t able to get it on Ravelry. After a couple of months of patiently waiting for behind the scenes Ravelry help, we got it fixed and Leaf Kerchief is now live and ready for purchase!

This is Florrie’s first big foray into pattern writing, and I think she did a lovely job! Isn’t is beautiful? Its knit in Koigu’s KPPPM, a beautifully colored, hand painted, fingering weight wool. So simple and so pretty. We can’t wait to see all the gorgeous pictures of the projects that will soon be out there in the wild.


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Planning and Plotting

20140104-113811.jpg     This weekend I (Miss Procrastination) am working hard on a new collection of patterns. I had planned on releasing them at the end of this month, but after sitting down this morning and planning out the remaining work I have to do, I’m not as brash and certain as I originally thought. I suppose if you are saddled with the procrastination gene, its a bonus if you also have the brash self-confidence gene to back it up.  Its my “I can do it!” side that makes me think that, yes, just maybe, I can! So far this morning, to procrastinate, I have taken down my Christmas tree, packed away the decorations and tidied and vacuumed the dining room and living room… oh, and written this blog post.  Like a champ!

I have already written several of the patterns, and I just need to re-knit, chat with my test knitters and make sure the finished projects are ready for photos. But a couple of the patterns are still just sketches, notes and swatches.  Its officially Crunch Time!  So after I make some eggs and coffee for my at-home brunch I will have my nose to the grindstone and knitting like a madwoman to keep my deadline.  Do you think I can do it? Wish me luck! -Marie

PS – In case you were wondering…  the wool in the picture is Cascade 220 (aqua) and The Periwinkle Sheep (pinky-purple) Merino DK and yes, its going to knit into something wonderful! 🙂

Tilting Ribs Scarf Update

Hello! I’m happy to announce that I have finally edited my chart for the Tilting Ribs Scarf and have included it with the PDF pattern.  If you purchased it on Ravelry the update is ready to download right now! Happy knitting! -Marie

Download the update or purchase the pattern HERE.

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