Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Crochet - Along: The Baby Cozy - Finishing the body

Hello everyone. My day has been crazy and I still have a couple meetings to attend. Yikes! Still, I don't want to keep my crochet-along friends waiting, so here's the next step. We are one row away from having the body of our cozy done. It's just one row, but it's an important row because we are forming the pocket. I've taken a ton of pics for the visual people like myself and as always, I'm here if you need me.

The picture to the left is where we stopped at row 89. With the right side of the cozy facing you, fold up the bottom edge to form the pocket. You should have 37 hdc rows for the pocket leaving 17 rows unfolded for the head. (I'm hoping when you click onto the pic on the right, you will be able to read my writing. I can see it in iPhoto, so I hope it will come through.) Now it's time to place two markers where we will join the front and back of the pocket. Find your upper right and left corner stitches. Place a temporary marker in them if you like. There should be 40 stitches between the two corner stitches. From the upper right hand corner stitch, count down 19 stitches counting the corner as 1. Slip a marker through that 19th stitch and do the same for the other side. You will also need to slip the marker through the two top corners of the pocket. After you place your markers, be sure that there are 40 stitches between them on the top edge of the pocket.

Now that your markers are in place, we can move forward to the last row of the body.

Row 90: Ch 1, do not turn, sc in the next 2 sts, 3 sc in the next st (upper right hand corner made), sc in next 40 sts, 3 sc in next st (upper left hand corner made), sc in next 17 sts (you have reached your first marker and will now be working through two layers, the front and back of your pocket), sc in next 37 sts, 3 sc in the corner (lower left corner made), work 40 sc evenly across the bottom edge(see pictures below for a close up look at a corner and the bottom edge), work 3 sc in next corner (lower right hand corner made), (To be sure to place your next stitch correctly, I recommend counting down from your marker 37 sts) sc in next 37 stitches to the marker, sc in next 15 sts, join with a sl st to beg ch 1.

The body or center section of your cozy is now complete! Yeah! You can remove the stitch markers and weave in your ends. This is me being very detail oriented, but if you look at the upper right hand corner where you just finished, it tends to have two small gaps from your previous turn rows. I like to close these up a little while I'm weaving in the tail end. Below is a before and after picture of what I'm talking about.

If you find any of this at all confusing, just let me know and I'll help in any way I can. I'm hoping the pictures are useful. I know this is just one row and not much to keep the experienced crocheters busy, I'm going to get started on the right flap this afternoon and hope to have some more for you by tonight or at the latest, tomorrow morning.

Happy crocheting!

The Baby Cozy ~ Part I
The Baby Cozy ~ Part II
The Baby Cozy ~ Part III
The Baby Cozy ~ Part IV
The Baby Cozy ~ Part V
The Baby Cozy ~ Part VI

1 comment:

tami said...

1130 am the following day and i have finished to this point - love this pattern - never would have guessed about the pocket by just looking at the pics - errands to run - will be back later - i know i have until Christmas to finish - lol - but i want to make a wedding ring afghan for a friend in Australia and ship it to her by Christmas so... Wish me luck! thanx again for posting this!