Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fleece Mermaid Tail Blanket

Fast and cheap way to make a mermaid tail blanket

DIY Fleece Mermaid Tail Blanket, very inexpensive- by Over The Apple Tree

My daughter has been wanting a mermaid tail forever! Crochet mermaid tails have been making the rounds online, but I haven't had any desire to jump on the trend. I finally broke down when she asked for one for Christmas. When I went to the store to get the yarn to crochet one, I passed by a bin of cheap fleece blankets and changed my plans.

Walmart has fleece throw blankets for $2.50! I grabbed two of the blankets, one for the lining and one for the outside main color. Then I got a 1/2 yard of green fleece($1.34) from the fabric department to use for the fins. I planned to have the tail opened in the back, similar to some of the crochet mermaid tail designs. But after seeing this tutorial from Made By Marzipan, I liked hers and decided to go that way. I just did one small thing different. Instead of using a separate piece for the waist band, I made the liner longer at the top and then folded it down to create the waist band.

DIY Fleece Mermaid Tail Blanket, very inexpensive- by Over The Apple Tree

DIY Fleece Mermaid Tail Blanket, very inexpensive- by Over The Apple TreeDIY Fleece Mermaid Tail Blanket, very inexpensive- by Over The Apple Tree


DIY Fleece Mermaid Tail Blanket, very inexpensive- by Over The Apple TreeDIY Fleece Mermaid Tail Blanket, very inexpensive- by Over The Apple Tree


DIY Fleece Mermaid Tail Blanket, very inexpensive- by Over The Apple Tree

DIY Fleece Mermaid Tail Blanket, very inexpensive- by Over The Apple Tree

This is my first homemade Christmas present this year. Perhaps I  should have started earlier, but I can't help when inspiration hits! 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Celtic Weave Fingerless Gloves- Free Pattern

I was inspired by the Outlander TV series to create some more textured crochet items for my store. After making a few fingerless gloves, I took a stab at creating my own design. I came up with this pattern almost a year ago and finally decided to type it up and offer it for free. Happy Holidays!


Celtic Weave Fingerless Gloves, Pattern by Over The Apple Tree

Celtic Weave Fingerless Gloves, Pattern by Over The Apple Tree

These woman's gloves fit small-medium depending on your tension. For larger size, use a larger hook. The top of the glove is worked in turning rows and then stitched together up the back. I tried to make this pattern as easy to follow as possible. Please drop me a note if any edits need to be made. I would not recommend this project for beginners.

Here is a helpful Celtic weave video tutorial from Pattern Paradise.

US crochet terms
Worsted weight yarn
Hook size G(4.25)
BPTC= Back Post Treble Crochet
FPTC= Front Post Treble Crochet

Wristband
Ch 16
1. Sc in second from hook and in each chain to the end. Ch 1, turn(15)
2.-28. 15 sc in BLO. ch 1, turn (15)
Join last row to beginning chain with sl st to form the cuff. Turn inside out so that the sl st seam is on the inside. Rotate to work top of glove along the sides of the rows.
 *Note: I have 28 rows for the cuff and then I say to work 30 hdc in row 1 top of glove. I did this because I have skinny wrists and preferred my cuff to be tighter. It means you will have to work 2 hdc in a couple of the stitches for row 1 top of glove. If it makes you more comfortable, you can increase the cuff to 30 rows for it to come out even.

LEFT GLOVE
Top of glove
1. Ch 2, work 30 hdc into ends of sc rows on cuff. Join with sl st to first hdc. Do not turn yet.

2. Ch2, 1 hdc in same as join, 8 hdc *(sk 2, FPTC around next 2, FPTC around 2 skipped) Repeat from* 2 more times. 9 hdc. Ch 2, turn

3. 9 hdc, BPTC around first 2, *(sk 2, BPTC around next 2, BPTC around 2 skipped posts). Repeat from*, BPTC around last two, 3hdc, 2 hdc in each of the next two stitches, 4 hdc. Ch 2, turn

4. 4 hdc, 2 hdc in same, 2 hdc, 2 hdc in same, 3 hdc, (repeat cables row 2), 9 hdc, ch 2, turn

5. 9 hdc, (repeat cables row 3), 3 hdc, 2hdc in same, 4hdc, 2 hdc in same, 4 hdc. Ch 2, turn 

6. 4 hdc, 2 hdc in same, 6 hdc, 2 hdc in same, 3 hdc, (repeat cables row 2), 9hdc. Ch 2, turn

7. 9 hdc (repeat cables row 3), 3 hdc, 3 hdc in same, 8 hdc, 2 hdc in same, 4 hdc. Ch 2, turn

8. 5 hdc, skip 10, 4hdc, (repeat cables row 2), 9 hdc. Ch 2, turn

9. 9 hdc, (repeat cables row 3), 9hdc. Ch2 turn

10. 9 hdc, (repeat cables row 2), (hdc. Ch2, turn

11. 9 hdc, (repeat cables row 3), 9hdc. Ch 2, turn

12. 9hdc, 12 sc, 9hdc. Ch1, turn

13. sl st across. Leave long tail to sew together

For RIGHT GLOVE start the same as for left glove but for rows 3-8 top of glove,  flip the side with the increases for the thumb hole but still work the cables the same. So row three, right hand would be... 4hdc, 2 hdc in each of the next two stitches, 3 hdc, BPTC around first 2, *(sk 2, BPTC around next 2, BPTC around 2 skipped posts). Repeat from*, BPTC around last two, 9hdc. Ch 2, turn


Celtic Weave Fingerless Gloves, Pattern by Over The Apple Tree

Celtic Weave Fingerless Gloves, Pattern by Over The Apple Tree

Celtic Weave Fingerless Gloves, Pattern by Over The Apple Tree

Celtic Weave Fingerless Gloves, Pattern by Over The Apple Tree

Celtic Weave Fingerless Gloves, Pattern by Over The Apple Tree

Celtic Weave Fingerless Gloves, Pattern by Over The Apple Tree

Celtic Weave Fingerless Gloves, Pattern by Over The Apple Tree

Celtic Weave Fingerless Gloves, Pattern by Over The Apple Tree


If you make these gloves to sell, please be courteous and give credit to me as the designer with a link back to this blog post. Do not copy and post this pattern or claim it as your own. Do not try to sell this pattern. Do not re-publish photos as your own.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

My Latest Crochet Projects

I really, really like to crochet. I'm constantly finding patterns I want to try or yarn I can't wait to make something with. Today I'm sharing some things I've been working on for the last couple months. I also post finished items on my Ravelry project page. I find it so helpful to see other's finished items for a pattern that I like. You can also see any new WIPs on my Instagram. Anything I don't keep or that I gift to someone else goes to my Etsy Shop.

My Latest Crochet Projects with pattern sources by Over The Apple Tree
Mittens from Frayed Knot

Katula Hat by KT And The Squid

My Latest Crochet Projects with pattern sources by Over The Apple Tree
Katula Hat

My Latest Crochet Projects with pattern sources by Over The Apple Tree
Lattice Hat by Sarah Arnold

My Latest Crochet Projects with pattern sources by Over The Apple Tree
My Color Pool Scarf, see more info here

My Latest Crochet Projects with pattern sources by Over The Apple Tree
Mittens/Fingerless Gloves by Sue's Crochet and Knitting

My Latest Crochet Projects with pattern sources by Over The Apple Tree
Crochet Cape, see more info here

My Latest Crochet Projects with pattern sources by Over The Apple Tree
Crochet Whale, see more info here

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Crochet Scarf- Color Pooling

Crochet trends come and go. Some of them I try, some I don't. This planned color pooling was too cool for me to pass up! If you follow any crochet groups on social media, you would have seen multiple projects using this method by now.  If this is your first time, prepare to be amazed at what you can do with variegated yarn!

Crochet Scarf- Color Pooling by Over The Apple Tree

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Crochet Whale Project

"Can you crochet a whale?"

Crochet Whale by Over The Apple Tree

Well, I never would have thought of crocheting a whale. I mean what the heck for? I don't have a special affinity for marine mammals or live anywhere near the ocean. But when my family asks for something, I do it. I started searching for patterns and sending them to my brother to figure out what he had in mind. I knew he would have a very specific idea of what he wanted. Now here's what you get when a man is shopping for his male friend's new baby, of the few possibilities I found, this is the feedback I got..."Not the one with the blue eyes. Make them black and angry looking, I'm trying to scare his baby."

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