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151  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / little yellow wallet on: May 24, 2008 11:29:20 AM
We're celebrating my niece's birthday tonight - a week earlier than I thought we were going to! - so I whipped up this little wallet for her.  Her favourite colour is yellow.

This was my first time making a crocheted button.  It turned out bigger than I thought it would, but I think it's cute.


How I did it:

20 sts wide, did rows of sc until it was twice as long as I wanted it to be.  On every row after that, I did a decrease at each end of each row, and when there was two stitches left I made a loop out of chains.

Then I folded the bottom up to the last row before the decreases and sewed up the sides. Then turned it inside out.

I got the pattern for the button in the Good Housekeeping needlework book.

I tucked some money inside, then wrapped it.  I think it took me about an hour and a half to make it... totally making it up as I went. lol
152  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet on the Double baby blanket on: May 07, 2008 03:50:38 PM
I finally finished the baby blanket!  This is for my new niece or nephew to be, due in June!  (I believe I've set a personal record with this, too... I don't think I've ever finished a craft project this far in advance of the date I needed it.  I mean, it's even still light outside... not midnight the night before the baby shower, or anything!  Weird!)

I made this doing "crochet on the double" using Bernat Satin (colours: Lapis, Star Dust, Spring, Banana... which are fancy yarn names for blue, purple, green, and yellow!)

The front:

The back (with a tissue box for size reference) :

The crochet on the double tutorial:

The crochet on the double CAL:

Maybe I'll make another one...
153  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet On The Double - tutorial. IMG HEAVY! on: April 07, 2008 02:49:09 PM
First, my apologies to those on dial-up.  This is my first time doing a tute and I've tried to be thorough.  Some of the pics are just additional "this is what it'll look like at this stage" pics, so I'll leave those as thumbnails in an attempt to speed up download times.

This is "crochet on the double" also known as "cro-hooking" and probably a bunch of other names.

Basically, it is like Tunisian crochet (aka afghan stitch), except that you use two colours and a double-ended hook. 

I got my hook from Mary Maxim.  For this tute I used Bernat Satin yarn which calls for a 5mm US 8/H hook.  I use a cro-hook slightly bigger than called for, in this case, I used a 6mm J double-ended hook.  When doing regular crochet stitches I usually use a hook slightly bigger than called for (in this case, 5.5mm) so experiment with hook size to see what gives you the best results.

Start with a base chain of exactly as many chains as you need stitches.  I did ten chains, and ended up with ten stitches.

The loop on your hook at the end of your chain is your first loop in the loop row.  Insert the hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop. 

Continue in each chain, pulling up one loop for each chain stitch. (10 loops on hook)

Move the loops over to the other end of the hook.


Add the second colour by pulling a loop of it through the first loop on the hook.

Work the loops off of the hook by pulling the second colour through two loops at a time.

(So, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops, ... until you have only one loop left on the hook, it will be in the second colour)

The loop left on hook counts as the first loop.  Insert hook into the second vertical bar left by the first colour.

Pull a loop through.  Do the same for all vertical bars. (10 loops on hook)

Move loops to other end of the hook.

Turn.  (Keep an eye on the yarn leading to your yarn skeins.  If you're careful about how you turn your work, you can keep things from tangling.)

Pull the first colour yarn through the first loop of the second colour.

*Yo, pull through 2 loops* repeat between *'s until you're left with one loop of the first colour on the hook

The loop on the hook counts as the first loop in the next row.  Insert hook behind the second vertical bar in the previous row (second colour)

Continue until you've lifted a loop from every vertical bar (10 loops on hook)

Keep going until you get to the length you wanted.

I finish with a row of sc worked into the vertical bars of the previous row in whatever colour is on my hook when I'm finished the last row.  I'm not completely happy with how it looks, but it works.  If anyone has better ideas about finishing, I'd be interested in hearing them!

Insert hook into second vertical bar

Pull through a loop. Two loops on hook.

Pull a loop through the two loops. Sc made.

Finished, yellow side (second colour)

Finished, red side (first colour)

Questions? Comments? 

Join the CAL for this stitch here:

ETA: lindseycore and a Tunisian crochet tutorial suggests to finish with a row of slip-stitch.  I think that would look better!
154  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Crochet on the double (tute link) on: April 06, 2008 04:44:41 PM
I'm making a baby blanket for my new niece or nephew to be (due in June!) and decided to make it in "crochet on the double".

Anyone want to try that stitch along with me?

Here are some pics of how much I've done so far.  I'm doing the blanket in two 20"x40" strips, then sewing them together.

Blue side:

Purple side (on the hook) :

ETA: I've made a tutorial for this stitch.  Find it here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238808.0
155  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I'd play this video game! on: April 02, 2008 05:40:37 PM
Finally!  A video game for us!


156  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Flaming garbage can on: April 01, 2008 05:53:55 AM
I spent most of the month trying to figure out what to make.  I wanted to make something useful and pretty... then I remembered where I'd be shopping!

I ended up buying *exactly* $10 USD in materials (the exchange that day came to $10.1794 CAD... my receipt shows my purchase, including tax, to be $10.17. Woo!)  In the end, though, I only used about $5.65 CAD worth.

Because I want the finished product to appear on the front page, I'll post it first:

It's a garbage can that clashes terribly with my home decor, so I'm going to take it to work and use it there.  I think it'll liven the place up!

Here's what I started with:

That's a wire mesh basket (quite flimsy!), and a bunch of crazy-ugly plastic place mats.  (Though, they don't look that bad in the pics....)

Close-up of the place mats:

In progress:

Cutting the place mats:

Close-up of the weave:

View of the inside.  I cut two circles of the yellow, ran them through my Xyron machine to make them sticky (only because I couldn't find my Tacky glue) and pasted one on the inside of the basket, and one on the outside of the bottom.:

(you are getting sleeeeeeeepy.....)

I really like how it all turned out.  It's quite bright and cheerful-looking.  *Much* nicer than I'd expected when I first saw the place mats. (I almost didn't even buy them!)

Good luck everyone!
157  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / "quilted" ball ornaments on: March 30, 2008 03:05:12 PM
I just love making these.  They're easy to do, and look really neat!

You need a Styrofoam ball (the fuzzy-looking ones, not the smooth ones), a bunch of fabric, and a butter knife.  Cut pieces of fabric, no bigger than 2 inches across, I'd say, then lay the piece of fabric on the Styrofoam ball and use the knife to push the edges down into the ball (I usually push down on the fabric about 1/8 - 1/4 of an inch from the edge.  As you go, cut more fabric pieces in different shapes, just eye-balling what you need to fill the remaining spaces.

I added the ribbon to hang them by using a straight pin.  I pushed the pin through the two ends of the ribbon, added some Tacky glue on the pin, then pushed it into one of the valleys between fabric pieces.  They hold pretty well.

My mom just loves these. ^_^
158  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / yarn cat on: March 30, 2008 02:55:41 PM
I just love this little kitty!  And making them is pretty easy, too.

I got the pattern from the book "Gifts Kids Can Make" (find it here: http://www.amazon.ca/Gifts-Kids-Make-Sheila-McGraw/dp/1895565359/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1206913620&sr=8-6 )

They don't make good toys for little kids - it'd be really easy for a kid to pull the yarn out - but I find that older kids like them, as do adults (I know *I* do!).  I've made lots of these over the years, but didn't think to take pictures of them all!

Here's the one I made for myself:

Bird's eye view:

(Yes, that is a crescent moon on her forehead.  Hello, my name is Becky, and I'm a Sailormoon-aholic.)

The book isn't too bad as far as pattern books go.  There's a pattern for some little yarn birds that are pretty cute, and I still want to try making that basket on the front.  Other patterns inside might appeal to lots of folks on Craftster, though there are some in there that made me scratch my head.  At any rate, it was well worth the money for me for the cat pattern alone.
159  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / adult-sized baby blanket on: March 30, 2008 02:44:11 PM
I made this blanket a while ago.  It started with a pattern I bought from Mary Maxim: 


I love rainbows, and I thought this one looked pretty neat in the picture.  It turns out that it was even cooler than I thought.  This is the pattern that go me into using the Bernat Baby Co-ordinates yarn, and using it two-stranded, and "blending" colours that way.  (It occurs to me... I use an awful lot of Bernat yarn... I should get some stock in them, or something. lol)

Since the blanket was for me, naturally the original pattern wasn't big enough, so I just kept going until it was big enough.  If I were to do it again, I think I'd make the coloured stripes wider towards the outside, but oh well. ^_^

Here it is on my old twin-sized bed:

ETA: here's a close up of the stitches.  I've pointed out where the colour changes are:  P= purple, B=blue, G=green

160  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / yellow rose afghan on: March 30, 2008 02:36:52 PM
I made an afghan for my mom for Christmas two years ago.  I thought I should post more pictures of things I made, so here it is, sorta.  I only have a picture of one octagon from the afghan.  I'm planning on making one for myself, but with purple flowers instead.  The original pattern has pink ones.

Here's the link to the pattern:

It uses Bernat Satin yarn, which I absolutely love working with.  It's so soft, and easy to use. Yay!

Here's the pic:

(sorry about how dark it is... not sure why I didn't use the flash...)

ETA: I e-mailed my parents and asked for a pic of the finished blanket.  Here it is!:

P.S. if you are going to try this pattern my best advice is to count your petals before you continue on.  If you look carefully at that pic, you'll see that one of the "octagons" in the bottom row only has 7 sides.  (That made piecing it together an adventure, let me tell you!  It wasn't until after I had it all together and had given it to mom when we noticed that it only had 7 petals.  Oops!  At least she has an original, right? lol
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