Thursday, December 1, 2016

Crochet Pattern: Reusable Gift Bow My Latest #Crochet Writing

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The holidays are just around the corner. How are you doing with your handmade list? Well, sometimes you’d like to add a handmade touch to your gifts, even if you have to buy the gift itself. Previously, I shared Three Ways to Incorporate Crochet into Your Gift Wrapping, and those ideas still hold up. Today I share a simple pattern to make a crocheted bow that you can use over and over. Switch up the colors to match any gift wrap or theme!

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 5.5″ (14 cm) wide, 3″ (7.5 cm) tall

Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 10-25 yards of each color)
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
Yarn Needle
Optional: Twist Tie
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge:
Rows 1 – 7 in patterns measures 5.5″ (14 cm) wide, 3″ (7.5 cm) tall

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Crochet Pattern: Reusable Gift Bow
Row 1: ch 20, hdc in third ch from hook and in each ch across: 18 hdc
Rows 2-7:ch 2, tuurn, hdc into each hdc across: 18 hdc
Finish off.

Border
With a contrasting color, single crochet evenly around. Finish off.

To form bow, using contrasting yarn, weave a loose running stitch up the middle of the rectangle (as held lengthwise). Gather the crochet fabric as it puckers in the middle. Tightly wrap yarn around the middle of the piece. Tie with a double knot to secure. Add a twist tie to the back of the piece in order to use the bow over and over.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Crochet Pattern: Chihuahua Ears Headband My Latest #Crochet Writing

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While this may be a controversial position, I believe the chihuahua is both the cutest and mightiest of dogs! I am excited to share the love by designing this cute chihuahua ears headband. The ears are constructed separately and then affixed to a store-bought, plastic headband. This could be the beginning of an easy Halloween costume.
Skill Level:

Finished Size: Each ear measures 3″ (8 cm) wide, 3″ (8 cm) tall

Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn (small amounts of white and tan)
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: Rows 1 – 4 in pattern measure 3″ (8 cm) wide, 3″ (8 cm) tall.

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Crochet Pattern: Chihuahua Ears (make 2)

Row 1: With white, fdc 9 times, fhdc: 10 sts

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in first 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, tr in next st, dc in next st, tr in next st, 2 tr in last st: 11 sts
Finish off white yarn, and rejoin with sl st on other side of row 1 foundation stitches.

Row 3: ch 3, dc in next 8 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, do not turn, ch 1, work 2 sc along side of row 1: 12 sts
Finish off white yarn. Join tan yarn to the beginning of row 3 (the row just worked), with a sl st into the top of the beginning ch-3.

Row 4: ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, sl st in next 4 sts, sl st in ch-1 of Row 2, picot, sl st in space before Row 1, sc in next 10 sts of Row 1: 24 sts

Finish off. Weave in ends. Using 18″ of white yarn, whip stitch ears to plastic headband. The thick, tan part should go on the inside. If desired, weave in thin craft wire to give ears movement.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Crochet Pattern: Panda Headband My Latest #Crochet Writing

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Who says that kids should have all the fun? This cute and whimsical panda headband will keep your ears warm and lift your mood. Good for adults aged 18 to 108, this headband also serves as an earwarmer in the colder weather. It could be a great accessory for Halloween, or anytime you feel like rocking panda ears.
Skill Level:

Finished Size: 22 1/2″ (57 cm) circumference, fits most adults. Instructions to adjust size are included in pattern.

Materials:
Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 100 yards of white and small amount of black)
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: Rows 1 – 9 in headband pattern measure 4″ (10 cm) by 3 1/2″ (8 cm)

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Crochet Pattern: Panda Headband for Adults

Headband
Row 1: with white, work 15 fhdc
Row 2: ch 2, turn, working into back loop only, hdc into each hdc across: 15 hdc
Repeat row 2 until piece measures 22 1/2″ (approximately 44 rows), or the desired head circumference.
Finish off, leaving a 12″ tail for sewing. Fold piece in half without twisting so that short sides are together. With a yarn needle, whip stitch short sides together.

Ears (make 2)
Round 1: with black, ch 4, sl st in first ch made to form a loop, ch 2, 7 hdc in loop: 7 hdc
Round 2: ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in each hdc across: 14 hdc
Round 3: ch 2, turn, (hdc in next hdc, 2 hdc into next hdc) across: 21 hdc
Round 4: ch 2, turn, (hdc in next 2 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) across: 28 hdc
Finish off, leaving an 8″ tail for sewing. Position ears by trying headband on and carefully pinning ears to the side. Please use the photo for reference. With a yarn needle, whip stitch the ears into place. If desired, weave in matching chenille stems / pipe cleaners to add stability.

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

How to Make a Yarn Flower Using a Fork (Tutorial and Free Download)

Hey!  Remember how I raved about the new book Knit, Hook and Spin by Laurie Carlson?  Well, I'm back today to share a free pdf download from the book (courtesy of Chicago Press), and to also give you an idea of how to use the delightful floofs that you make!


Use the floofs:


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Crochet Pattern: Happy Links Necklace and Bracelet My Latest #Crochet Writing

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I bought a bag of beautiful embroidery floss from the craft store and I have been loving the experimentation process. How can I combine different strands to achieve a different look? Since embroidery floss will always remind me of friendship bracelets, I wanted to make a chunky bangle to keep or give to a friend. I had so much fun with the technique that I kept going! The end result was a jewelry piece that could be used as a necklace or bracelet, featuring links that are perfect for attaching charms. Fun for adults, and kids, too!


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