Sunday, February 16, 2014

Masculine Birthday Card with Crochet - Free Pattern

My husband's birthday is in the winter and he likes college football, so I decided to make him a card with a winter theme and his team motif. In order to do that I used some crochet on the card. Here it is.

Supplies used
Paper: Gold, blue and white cardstock, pastel stripes paper
Tools: Cutting/embossing machine, small snowflake punch, square punch (for banner borders), snowflake embossing folder, computer, printer, gold gel pen, crochet hook size G, blue and gold yarn, tapestry needle, spray adhesive (to glue the sweater to the card)
Embellishments: gold snowflakes, blue ribbon, mini crochet sweater (Pattern Below), small banner with sentiment phrase.

Sweater Pattern
Ch = chain
SC = single crochet
Sk = skip
Sl st = slip stitch
Inc = increase
Dec = decrease

Ch 3
Working only in back loops
Row 1 - Sk first ch, sc in next two ch. Ch 1, turn
Repeat for next 7 rows (8 tiny rows total)

Working on the side of base you just created
Row 1 - Inc 1, SC 8, ch1, turn
Row 2 - Inc 1, SC 9, ch1, turn
Row 3 - SC 10, ch 1, turn
Row 4 - Dec 1, SC in next 6 stitches, dec 1, ch 1, turn
Row  5 - Dec 1, SC in next 5 stitches, dec 1, ch 1, turn
Row 6 - Dec 1, SC in next 3, ch, turn (working the V collar - right side)
Row 7 - Dec 1, SC in next 2, sl st. Fasten off, weave in end
Repeat rows 6 and seven on left side

Working on the decreases, do the following on both sides
Sl st to create a loop, SC 4, ch 1, turn
Row 2 - Dec 1, SC 3, ch1, turn
Row 3-Row 5 SC 3, ch1, turn  
Fasten off, weave in end.

I used a tapestry needle to "embroider" the block M on the sweater because my husband is a UM fan. But you can leave the sweater without anything on it, or embroider some other motif. 
Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a very blessed day.
Vanias Reed