Thursday, November 29, 2012

Samhain / halloween bags to Crochet



Ghostly halloween bags

1 Skein worsted weight yarn (Black)
Sm amt worsted weight yarn (Orange, White)
Crochet hook, size F
Finishing Materials:
2 (1/4") plastic eyes
Glue
Tapestry needle Finished Size: 10" T x 7 1/4" W
Gauge: 2 rows of V sts = 1" Skill Level: Medium Special Stitches:
Beg V St: (Ch 5, dc) in indicated st. V St: (dc, ch 2, dc) in indicated st. Dc Dec: (yo, insert hook in next st, pull up a lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook) 3 times, yo, draw through last 4 lps on hook to complete the st. Bag: (Using Black) Rnd 1) Ch 31; (2 sc) in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 28 ch, (2 sc) in last ch, working up opposite side of foundation ch in free lps, sc in next 28 sc; join with a sl st in first sc: 60 sc. Rnd 2) Ch 1, sc in joining; * sc in next sc; rep from * around; join with a sl st in first sc: 60 sc. Rnd 3) Ch 3 (counts as first dc); * dc in next sc; rep from * around; join with a sl st to first dc: 60 dc. Rnd 4) Ch 3; * dc in next dc; rep from * around; join with a sl st to first dc: 60 dc. Rnd 5) Beg V st in joining see special sts), sk next 2 dc; * V st in next dc see special sts, sk next 2 dc; rep from * around; join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 5: 20 V sts. Rnds 6-16) Sl st in next sp; Beg V st in same sp; * V st in next V st sp; rep from * around; join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 5: 20 V sts. Rnd 17) Ch 3, dc in next sp, dc in next dc of V st; * dc in next dc of V st, dc in next sp, dc in next dc of V st; rep from * around; join with a sl st to first dc: 60 dc. Rnd 18) Ch 3; dc in next 9 dc, ch 14, sk next 14 dc (creating handle), dc in next 16 dc, ch 14, sk next 14 dc (creating opposite handle), dc in last 6 dc; join with a sl st to first dc: 32 dc. Rnd 19) Ch 3, dc in next 9 dc, dc in next 14 ch, dc in next 16 dc, dc in next 14 ch, dc in last 6 dc; join with a sl st to first dc: 60 dc. Fasten off, secure ends. Handle Edging: (Optional) (Using orange) (Make 2) Join orange yarn to first unworked dc on bottom edge of handle with a sl st; working across the bottom edge of handle, sl st in next 13 dc, sl st over dc post on rnd 18, sl st in next 14 dc working on opposite side of ch in free lps directly across from each dc worked on rnd 19, sl st over dc post on opposite side of handle; join with a slist in first st. Fasten off, secure ends. Ghost: (Using white) Rnd 1) Starting with head: ch 4; (13 dc) in 4th ch from hook (first 3 chs skipped count as first dc; join with a sl st to first dc: 14 dc. Row 1) Shoulders: ch 1; (5 sc) in joining: 5 sc. Row 2) Ch 2, turn work; (3 sc) in first st, sc in next 3 sc, (3 sc) in last sc: 9 sc. Row 3) Ch 2, turn work; (2 sc) in first st, sc in next 7 sc, (2 sc) in last sc: 11 sc. Row 4) Body: ch 1, turn work, sl st in first 4 sc; ch 3, (2 dc) in same st, dc in next dc, dc dec over next 3 dc see special sts, leaving last 3 sc unworked: 5 sts. Row 5) Ch 2, turn work; dc dec over next 2 sts (beg 3 dc dec made), dc in next dc, (3 dc) in last st: 5 sts. Row 6) Ch 3, turn work; (2 dc) in first st, dc in next dc, dc dec over next 3 sts: 5 sts. Row 7) Ch 3, turn work; (2 dc) in first st, dc in next st, dc decr over last 3 sts: 5 sts. Row 8) Ch 2, turn work; dc dec over next 2 sts, dc in next dc, (2 dc) in last st: 4 sts. Row 9) Ch 2, turn work; dc dec over next 2 sts, (2 dc) in last st: 3 sts. Row 10) Ch 2, turn work; dc dec over last 2 sts: 1 st. Fasten off, secure ends. Finishing:Attach ghost to front of bag by clipping two lengths of orange yarn. Tie one length around the ghost, just below the head, through the bag. Tie into a bow at center front under head. Tie the 2nd length around the tail of ghost,working the length through the bag. Tie into a bow at center front. Glue eyes to face of ghost. These cute little bags can be used for holding Halloween favors for a party or candy! Another ghost can be made and attached to the back of bag, or use as fridgies!




Crocheted Cauldron Bag Pattern by Karen Glasgow-Follett

Center your mind with each stitch that you take. Focus your intent
toward the reality that you wish to make. With yarn and with hook,
the story you'll tell. Stitch by stitch you have created a spell.

Spell casting can be thought of as an action resulting from centered
thought and focused intent. The centered thought that arises from
meditation and the focused intent that is projected to manifest a
reality. The art of crochet combines these elements of spell casting
as you center your thoughts through the mantra of repetitive stitches
that create an item imprinted with your focused intent.

The item that you can create with this pattern is a versatile
cauldron shaped bag. Most commonly associated with birth,
transformation, and the infinite wisdom of the divine universe, this
wonderful bag is a perfect home for your tarot deck, rune set, or any
magical tools of your choosing.

To create this four-inch by nine-inch bag, you will need:

- a 3 ounce skein of black sport weight yarn
- a size “C” crochet hook
- a 1 inch button
- tapestry needle (or other large eye needle to weave in ends)
- safety pins to mark rows or stitches
- black sewing thread and needle

Cauldron bag sides (make two from both front and back)
Please note that throughout the pattern, the initial chain 3 acts as
the first double crochet stitch of that row. For the rows that
maintain a constant stitch count, you will skip the first double
crochet and begin stitching in the next double crochet. When the row
requires an increase in the stitch count, you will want to complete
the extra stitches in the first double crochet.

Loosely chain (ch) 42 chains

Row 1: (right side of work) Double crochet (dbc) in the 4th chain
from hook. Dbc in each chain across to end. (40 stitches) Turn work.

Row 2: Ch 3, Work 2 dbc in first dbc. Work 1 dbc in each dbc across
to last stitch. Work 3 dbc in top of chain 3. (44 stitches) Turn
work.

Row 3: Ch 3, Work 1 dbc in first dbc. Work 1 dbc in each dbc across
to last stitch. Work 2 dbc on top of ch 3. (46 stitches) Turn work.

Rows 4 – 6: Ch 3, Work 1 dbc in next dbc and in each stitch across.
(46 stitches) Turn work.

Row 7: Ch 3, Work 2 dbc in first dbc. Work 1 dbc in each dbc across
to last stitch. Work 3 dbc on top of ch 3. (50 stitches) Turn work.

Rows 8 – 13: Ch 3, Work dbc in nextdbc and in each stitch across. (50
stitches) Turn work.

Row 14: In this row, you will be working a double crochet decrease
(dbc dec). Begin the stitch as you would for a dbc. Insert your hook
in the next stitch. Loop the yarn over your hook (yarn over, or yo),
and complete the dbc to the last step. You should have 2 loops left
on your hook. Yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch,
draw your hook through 2 loops then complete the dbc by yarning over
and drawing through the remaining loops on your hook. Then ch 3, Work
dbc dec. Work 1 dbc in each stitch across to last 3 stitches. Work a
dbc dec. Work dbc in top of ch 3. (48 stitches) Turn work.

Row 15: Ch 3, Work dbc dec twice. Work1 dbc in each stitch across to
last 5 stitches. Work dbc dec twice.Work dbc in top of ch 3. (44
stitches) Turn work.

Row 16: Ch 3, Work dbc dec 3 times. Work 1 dbc in each stitch across
to last 7 stitches. Work dbc dec 3times. Work dbc in top of ch 3. (38
stitches) Turn work.

Rows 17 – 18: Ch 3, Work 1 dbc in next dbc and in each dbc across. (38
stitches) Turn work.

Row 19: Ch 3, Work 2 dbc in first dbc. Work 1 dbc in each stitch
across. Work 3 dbc in top of ch 3. (42 stitches) Turn work.

Row 20: Ch 1, Single crochet (sc) in each stitch across. Sc in top of
ch 3. (42 stitches) Cut and secure yarn.

Cauldron Bag top
Ch 25

Row 1: (right side) Work sc in 2nd ch from hook. Work sc in each ch
across. (24 stitches) Turn work.

Row 2: Ch 3, Work 2 dbc in first sc. Work 1 dbc in each sc across to
last stitch. Work 3 dbc in last sc. (28 stitches) Turn work.

Row 3: Ch 3, Work 1 dbc in next 11stitch, Ch 4, skip next 4 stitches.
Work 1 dbc in remaining 12stitches. (28 stitches) Turn work.

Row 4: Ch 3, Work 1 dbc in next 11stitches, Work 4 dbc in ch 4 space.
Work 1 dbc in remaining 12stitches. (28 stitches) Turn work.

Row 5: Ch 3 Work dbc in first stitch. Work 1 dbc in each stitch
across to last stitch. Work 2 dbc in top of ch 3. (30 stitches) Turn
work.

Row 6: Repeat row 5. (32 stitches) Do not turn work.

Evenly space 11 sc down side of bag top to corner. Work 24 sc across
the bottom of bag top. Work 11 sc up next side of bag top. Cut and
secure yarn.

Place bag top to one of the bag sides with right sides facing out.
Align the first stitch of the bag top to the 6th stitch of the top of
the bag side. Pin in place if you choose. Join yarn in this 6th
stitch with asc (work through both bag top and top of bag side.)
Attach top to side by working 1 sc in each stitch of bag top. Cut and
secure yarn.

Align bag front and back with right sides facing out. Join yarn to
top stitch with a sc at the top left hand corner. Evenly space 5 sc
along side to row 18. Slip stitch in row 18. Create the handle by
working 5 chains. Attach ch to row 17 with a slip stitch. Turn. Work 5
sc in chain 5space. Attach to row 18 with a slip stitch. Turn. Work 1
slip stitch in each sc of handle and slip stitch back into row 17.
Evenly space 32 sc down the remaining side stitches to corner. Work 1
sc in each stitch along bottom of bag. Evenly space 32 sc along right
side to row 17. Create handle in rows 17 and 18. Evenly space 5 sc to
top of bag. Cut and secure yarn.

Finish your bag by weaving in the yarn ends with the tapestry needle.
Center the button with the buttonhole and sew in place.

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AUTHOR BIO
Karen Glasgow-Follett has been practicing witchcraft for over thirty
years. As an avid crocheter for nearly thirty years, Karen has
created many patterns that relate to magic and witchcraft. She
currently lives in the midwest with her husband, two sons, and a
menagerie of four legged family members.

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