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Crochet Pattern: Pineapple Applique My Latest #Crochet Writing

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Have you noticed how popular pineapples have been lately? Artistic renderings of pineapples are adorning all kinds of things from clothing to accessories to school supplies! This crocheted pineapple applique was inspired by a cartoon image I found online. I like how this one is a little unsymmetrical. For some reason that appeals to me. It would be fun to crochet this in different colors to decorate a tote bag, t-shirt, pencil case, or even a book cover. Just use strong glue to attach them.

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 2.5″ (6.5 cm) wide at largest part, 5.5″ (13.5 cm) tall from bottom to tip.

Materials:
Embroidery floss (less than 10 yards of each color)
Crochet Hook D (3.25 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge:
Rows 1 – 7 in pattern measure 1 3/8″ (3.5 cm) high and 2.5″ (6.5 cm) wide at the largest part.

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Crochet Pattern: Pineapple Applique

Pineapple is worked in rows from the bottom up. Piece is worked with two strands of embroidery floss held together.
With Yellow
Row 1: with yellow, make 7 fsc: 7 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 9 sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 11 sc
Row 4 – 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 11 sc
Row 6: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 13 sc
Row 7 – 11: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 13 sc
Row 12: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 9 sc, sc2tog: 11 sc
Row 13 – 14: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 11 sc
Row 15: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog: 9 sc
Row 16: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across, 9 sc
Row 17: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog, finish off: 7 sc
Row 18: with green, start with a slip knot on hook, skip first 2 sc, sc in next 3 sc: 3 sc
Row 19: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc: 5 sc
Row 20: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc. 7 sc
Row 21: ch 3, turn, sc in second ch from hook and in next ch, sc in next 7 sc: 9 sc
Row 22: ch 3, turn, sc in second ch from hook and in next ch, sc in next 2 sc, hdc in next 5 sc: 9 sts
Row 23: ch 4, turn, sc in second ch from hook and in next ch, hdc in next ch, hdc in next 5 hdc: 8 sts
Row 24: ch 4, turn, sl st in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 4 hdc, hdc in last hdc: 8 sts
Row 25: ch 2, turn, sl st in second ch from hook, sl st in next 2 dc, sc in next sc: 4 sts
Row 26: ch 2, turn, sl st in second ch from hook, sl st in first sc, finish off: 2 sl st

Need help while crocheting? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll help you out! I hope you like the pattern and I would love to see your sweet creations. Please post links to pictures if you take them!



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How to Crochet: Standing Single Crochet My Latest #Crochet Writing

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Standing single crochet is a method for joining a new yarn and/or color to your work. It is as simple as starting with a slip knot on your hook with your new yarn and making a single crochet stitch. You can use this technique in place of having to tie your new yarn to your work.

How to Crochet a Standing Single Crochet Tutorial by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot

Start with any piece of crochet work, which you want to join a new yarn onto. I am using a small swatch of single crochet stitches, as shown below, for the purpose of this tutorial.
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With a different color of yarn, begin with a slip knot on your hook. The photo below shows this done. The arrow is pointing to the stitch where I am going to place the standing single crochet.

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Single crochet into the desired stitch, where you want the new yarn to start. The photos below shows this in progress.

Here I have inserted the hook into the desired stitch.



Here I have pulled up a loop.



Standing single crochet is complete after yarning over and pulling through. It should look like an ordinary single crochet stitch when complete.



Feel free to continue working across the row with more single crochet stitches, or continuing on with a desired stitch pattern.



One of the cool things about standing single crochet is that you can join yarn literally anywhere in your work where you can insert your hook. This is a useful technique in shaping and colorwork.

Please let me know if you have any questions!



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Crochet Pattern: Mason Jar Wristlet My Latest #Crochet Writing

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I use mason jars for nearly all of my beverages. I like using glass instead of plastic, and mason jars carry a certain charm. I have been toting cool water everywhere in a crocheted pouch, now my coffee and tea have been getting jealous. Therefore I’ve designed this cozy for the 24-oz wide-mouthed mason jar in which I carry my coffee each morning. If you’ve seen my other patterns, you are already familiar with my mason jar! image

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 3.5″ (9 cm) wide, 8″ (20 cm) tall

Materials: Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 120 yards of white, and 75 yards of black)
Crochet Hook I (5.5 mm)
Gold Ribbon
Optional: Plastic canvas disc 3.5″ in diameter
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: Round 1 – 4 in base measures 3 1/2″ in diameter.

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Special Stitch:
Popcorn – Work like a normal popcorn stitch, but instead of working 5 dc, work only 3 dc.

Crochet Pattern: Mason Jar Wristlet

Base (Make 2)
Round 1: with white, make an adjustable ring, ch 2, 10 hdc in ring, sl st in first hdc: 10 hdc
Round 2: ch 2 (does not count as stitch), do not turn, 2 hdc in each hdc around, sl st in first hdc: 20 hdc
Round 3: ch 2, (hdc in next hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) around, sl st in first hdc: 30 hdc
Round 4: ch 2, (hdc in next 2 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) around, sl st in first hdc: 40 hdc
Finish off.

Assemble Base
Using white yarn, and holding the two bases together over a plastic canvas circle (optional), hdc together using back loops only, sl st to first hdc: 40 hdc
Do not finish off, continue with side instructions.

Side
Round 1-2: ch 2, hdc in each hdc around, sl st in first hdc: 40 hdc

Note: After black yarn is added, the white stitches are worked over the black yarn and the black stitches are worked over the white yarn. Before new color is worked, the previous stitch should be finished with the new color. Please see the How to Change Colors tutorial.

Round 3: ch 2, hdc in first 3 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 5 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 4 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 3 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 4 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 4 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 5 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 3 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next hdc, sl st in first hdc: 40 sts

Drop black yarn, and work only in white for the next 3 rows. (Do not cut black yarn.)

Round 4-6: Repeat round 1

Round 7: ch 2, hdc in first 2 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 5 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 4 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 3 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 4 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 5 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 4 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 5 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, sl st in first hdc: 40 sts

Round 8-10: Repeat round 1

Round 11: ch 2, hdc in first 3 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 5 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 4 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 3 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 4 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 4 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 5 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 3 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next hdc, sl st in first hdc: 40 sts

Round 12-14: Repeat round 1

Round 15: ch 2, hdc in first 2 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 5 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 4 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 3 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 4 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 5 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 4 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, hdc in next 5 hdc, change to black, popcorn in next hdc,
change to white, sl st in first hdc: 40 sts

Round 16: ch 2, hdc in each st around, change to black, sl st in hdc: 40 hdc
Round 17-20: ch 1, sc in each hdc around, sl st in first sc: 40 sc
Round 21: ch 3 (counts as 1 hdc and 1 ch now and throughout), skip next sc, hdc in next sc, *ch 1, skip next sc, hdc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in second ch of beginning ch-3: 40 sts
Round 22-23: ch 3, skip next ch-space, hdc in next hdc, *ch 1, skip next ch-space, hdc in next hdc, repeat from * around, st st in second ch of beginning ch-3: 40 sts
Round 24: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st in first sc: 40 sc
Round 25: ch 1, *sc in next 3 sc, ch 1 (to make eyelet), skip next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 40 sts
Round 26: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st in first sc: 40 sc

Finishing
Finish off black yarn. Weave in ends. Weave length of gold ribbon through eyelets to form drawstring closure. Knot ribbon.
Optional: Secure ribbon by hand sewing across the bottom of the knot or using fabric glue.

To use, place your mason jar inside, and close drawstring. Slip drawstring over your wrist for easy portability. Need help while crocheting? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll help you out!



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How to Crochet an Edging for your Bullet Journal My Latest #Crochet Writing

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As I have an interest in virtually all things crafty, I have recently become enamored of bullet journaling. Bullet journaling is a relatively new concept that combines a planner, to-do list, and diary into one volume. I have only been bullet journaling for less than two weeks, but I can say it is a system that works well for me and allows me to incorporate my artsy craftsy side into my daily planning. A big bonus is that it really helps to keep me organized!

It occurred to me that crochet could (and should!) be incorporated into bullet journaling. This tutorial focuses upon crocheting an edging for your bullet journal. For the purposes of this tutorial, I will be using a piece of cardstock cut to 4.75 in (12 cm) x 8.25 (21 cm) because those are the dimensions of my bullet journal.

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Please feel free to modify the pattern as needed for your journal pages.

Materials:

Piece of cardstock cut to size (or journal/planner page)
Piece of foam or sweatshirt
Ruler
Pencil with eraser
Pushpin
Needle
Size D (3.25 mm) crochet hook
Embroidery floss or crochet thread (size 0)

For the purpose of practicing this skill, we’ll make a full-size bullet journal page in this tutorial.

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The piece made in this tutorial could be tucked into your journal as a bookmark, or adhered into the journal as you wish.

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
sts – stitches
dc – double crochet
popcorn – Popcorn stitch

Preparing the Paper:

1. Using the ruler as a guide, draw a line in pencil 1 cm (3/8 in.) from the edge(s) of the paper where you want the crochet to show.

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2. Using the ruler as a guide, mark a dot with a pencil every 1/2 cm (3/16 in.) on the line you drew.

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3. Place the paper on the foam or sweater. Using a pushpin, gently poke a hole on each dot mark.

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4. Erase the pencil lines.

5. Using the needle and embroidery floss, make a blanket stitch through the holes in the paper. Secure loose ends with tape on the wrong side of the paper. Here is a good blanket stitch tutorial.

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Crocheting:

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Row 1: Start with a slip knot on your hook. Sc into the first blanket stitch, and into each blanket stitch across: 40 sc
Fasten off and leave at least a 6 inch tail.



Row 2: Do not turn. Working right to left (or left to right if you are left handed), with right side facing, begin with a slip knot on your hook. (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc [counts as 1 shell]) into first sc, skip 3 sc, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into next sc, skip 3 sc, repeat from * across until 3 sc remain.





Instead of skipping 3 sc, skip only 2, and (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into the last sc: 11 shells
Fasten off and leave at least a 6 inch tail.

Row 3: Do not turn. Working right to left (or left to right if left handed), with right side facing, begin with a skip knot on your hook, dc into first 3 sts, ch 1, *popcorn in space between 2 shell sts, ch 1, skip 2 dc, dc in next ch, dc in next dc, ch 1,





Repeat from * until last space between shells is reached. Popcorn into last space between shells, ch 1, dc into last 3 sts. Fasten off and leave at least a 6 inch tail.

Finishing: Braid ends together, knot, trim and leave ends hanging free, or loosely weave into bobbles and let mini tassel hang out.

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To use, tuck or adhere the page into your journal. If you feel confident, you can crochet directly onto the pages of your journal.

I hope you liked the tutorial and that you find a way to use it or something similar in your planner or journal. Feel free to modify the pattern to fit your book! If you have any questions, please let me know!



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#Juneteenth DIY Art Journal Page

Juneneeth, celebrated on June 19 each year in the United States, is a day to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved Africans.  


While Africans who were held in bondage, abused, and forced to perform hard labor were legally free throughout the former slave states on June 19, 1865, their lives did not necessarily change because of the end of the Civil War.  Slave owners delayed compliance with Emancipation Proclamation, the executive order issued by President Abraham Lincoln.  This article from PBS was the one that best explained the horrific experiences of the illegally enslaved Africans after June 19, 1865.


Although the history of African Americans in this country is complicated and painful to confront, it is through celebrations like Juneteenth that we can pause and reflect upon the strength, resilience, and creativity of my people.

Therefore, I have created a journal page (above), a tutorial (below, and a free download of the handwritten Emancipation Proclamation and some Juneteenth titles and embellishments to help my readers incorporate Juneteenth into their crafting lives.

Juneteenth Art Journaling Page

  • Write "Juneteenth" in pencil, then outline all around it in black pen.  Erase the pencil lines.  Color in the title.
  • Using green and red markers, add accents to your title.  
  • Using red brush marker, write the year "1865."
  • In pencil, draw a smaller oval and a larger oval (chain link) over the 1865.  Next draw an oblong oval.  Draw a chain link.  Draw an oblong oval on the other side.  Draw a chain link and then erase part of it.  Embellish the open chain.  Color the chain in silver Sharpie.  Erase the pencil lines.
  •  Draw scrolls coming out of the chain in pencil.  
  • Using a fine-tipped pen, write the following passage from the Emancipation Proclamation (full text): 
 ...all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

  • Using a navy blue gel pen, outline the scrolls.  Erase any pencil lines.
  • In the corner of the page, write "FREEDOM" with a pencil, then outline all around it in black pen.  Erase the pencil lines.  Color the word in brown marker.  Using bronze and gold sharpies, embellish the word.  

Juneteenth Printable Free PDF Download




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