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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: super simple crochet bows on: March 08, 2011 10:34:32 AM
I'm glad you guys like them!  Please post a picture if you make some!  Smiley

These are super duper cute! I have a lady at work that is a beginner and she wants to crochet a little newborn headband, and I think this might be the perfect embellishment for it Smiley

Yay!  If she has any trouble with the pattern, I have a pdf for download on my blog that has step by step photos of the process. 
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / super simple crochet bows on: March 06, 2011 10:47:50 AM

I've been meaning to share this pattern on Craftster for a few weeks now, but my granny square a day project is keeping me super busy!  These bows are perfect to make from scraps of just a few yards of yarn.  They are so cute when appliqued to a headband or anything else!

Materials:  Worsted weight yarn & Size H crochet hook

Stitches Used:  Slip stitch (sl st), Chain stitch (ch), Treble crochet (tr) (American terms)

Approximate Size:  2.5 X 1.5


Make a magic ring.

Ch 5, 3 tr in ring, ch 5, sl st in ring, ch 5, 3tr in ring, ch5, sl st in ring.

Cut yarn leaving a tail at least a few inches long.  Sew end through the first ch stitch at the very beginning and finish off.

You create the center of the bow by wrapping the two ends under and then back over the bow a few times until you are satisfied.  You may prefer to create a chain of stitches to wrap around the bow instead.  Finish off and weave in ends.  I like to leave the ends in case I need them to sew the bow onto something else.  If you do not sew it to something else, you may want to use a stiffener. 

The photo above shows the different shapes you can create by varying the number of tr stitches.  The bow at the top has 5 tr, and each subsequent bow has one less tr stitch.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet Blogs - Add yours here! on: March 06, 2011 10:20:46 AM

Crochet is quickly taking over my blog!
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Meatwad Amigurumi on: May 14, 2010 05:54:33 AM
So cute!  And you did get the face just right!  Smiley
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/11/10 - We have 200,000 members! on: May 11, 2010 07:52:31 PM
 Grin Yay!  I'm so glad Craftster continues to grow every year!  I have learned about so many cool things from Craftster members!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: how-to: woven circles trivet on: May 11, 2010 10:19:17 AM
I don't drink and my mind is turning to figure out what would be round and pliable enough to crochet around!!   I like the rubberband idea.  maybe if I cut out carboard rings?  or maybe fun foam? 

I'm going to take a trip to the hardware store this weekend.  Surely there are some kind of plumbing gaskets or something that can be used instead.  I'm not a drinker either, so I'm going to have to figure out a source!  I don't think rubberbands would work because they are not flat circles like the plastic rings.  Cardboard and fun foam would probably work but don't seem like they would be as durable.  I was surprised at how substantial the plastic rings felt!

That is quite wonderful!  I may have to dig through mom's stash of cotton yarn.  Mine is almost all acryllic and wool.  I agree that cotton would be better if you wanted to use it as a trivet...  hot pans and acryllic yarn don't mix too well.

I know what you mean!  Cotton yarn isn't a large part of my stash either.  I think wool could work though!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: how-to: woven circles trivet on: May 10, 2010 08:06:15 PM
Thanks for all of the sweet comments, everyone!  Please let me know what type of soda/beer rings you find that are suitable so that maybe I can make a little list!

Oh and thanks for posting the link to the website...i just made an account and i love it. i cant wait to send some patterns to my Grandma and here craft group:)

Ravelry is really cool!  I don't have many friends on there.  Add me if you want!  Smiley

I'm working on a project now using cotton yarn and will probably have a bunch left over, so this seems like the perfect project for it. Of course, I'll probably have to buy a 6-pack of Bud (and then use it to make beer bread) to get the rings Wink

This would definitely be perfect for leftover yarn.  I want to see what one would look like with two alternating colors for the six rings or even rainbow colors!  I know, I'm trying to come up with excuses to go buy beer!

im thinking purses maybe u could substitute rubberbands for the rings i used them to make stretchy hemp bracelets one time.

I'd love to see what you mean!  Smiley
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Pee-Wee's Chairry! or Chairy! and a question about posing amigurumi! on: May 09, 2010 02:20:21 PM
This is just about the coolest thing I have ever seen!  Great job!  Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / how-to: woven circles trivet on: May 09, 2010 01:48:13 PM

I found the gold and pink crocheted trivet pictured below at the thrift store this weekend, and it was a total "I can make that" moment.  The structure of the circles is made from plastic rings cut from one of those pieces that holds together a six-pack of soda.  The hardest part will be in finding plastic rings that are actually circle.  The sodas that were in my fridge (a Pepsi product) had "rings" that were more of an oval, almost D-like shape.  Luckily I had a rounded version laying around, though I have no idea what kind of soda it came from.  I am going to have to go to the 7-Eleven for research.  The nice round ones may very well be from beer cans.  The other kind may work, too, you would just have to adjust the pattern for the different shape.  The original was made with acrylic yarn, but I felt that cotton gave it a better look and added heat resistance.  Don't forget that there is still plastic in the rings!  I don't think you have to worry, however, because the thrifted version was definitely used by someone, and other than a small spot on one edge where the acrylic yarn has been slightly melted, it is in great shape (the rings are fine!).  If you're really worried about it or cannot find round soda rings, you could substitute canning gaskets or probably other circular things.  Let's get started!

What you need:

Worsted weight cotton yarn in colors that you like. I used Lily Sugar 'n Cream in Hot Pink and Lion Brand Lion Cotton in Orchid.

Round six-pack rings, trimmed apart into circles. They will not be perfectly circle and will have minor imperfections and stretched-out areas. See above photo on the left for what mine looked like. Don't worry about it too much because you won't be able to tell later. Just make sure the edges are smooth with no points.

Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook

Begin by attaching your yarn with a slip stitch to a ring. Chain 3 and work 44 double crochet into the ring. Slip stitch to third chain of your beginning ch 3 to join. (See above and below. By the way, I took excruciatingly detailed pictures of pretty much every step, but I have come to the conclusion that I went overboard and they wouldn't be necessary. If you need any help with any of this, let me know and I can make the pictures available.)

If 45 dc seem to be too many or too few to fill up your ring, you can adjust accordingly! Weave in ends.

When I had made my six circles, I ironed them to get rid of a few bumps in the plastic I felt might show through.  I used my iron's setting for polyester, and pressed each side of the circle for a short time.  This isn't totally necessary, but I do think it helped.

Now lay them out like this with each ring overlapping the next:

You're ready to make the center ring.  I found the magic number for my beginning chain to be 45 (plus 3 for turning chain) again but before you commit to that length, weave the chain through the circles as shown below and remove chain stitches if necessary.  A tiny bit of overlap is a good thing.  Leave long tails for finishing off.  So:

Chain 48, double crochet into the third chain from your hook.  Double crochet in each remaining stitch.

Weave your center ring through your circles as shown above.  Adjust the ring to evenly show through each section.  You should have a slight overlap as shown below.

Fasten off behind a plastic ring, sewing the inner ring into a continuous loop.  I did not attach it to anything but itself.  Now you have a cluster of 7 interlocking rings.  You need to crochet the border around the outer rings to hold everything together securely.  The appropriate number of double crochets needed in each ring seems to be roughly a third of the number of double crochets you did into each individual ring.  

As pictured above, attach your yarn with a slip stitch to the first loop that shows just to the left of the next ring.

Chain 3, double crochet in each double crochet up to the next circle.  I used 14 in each circle.  Fasten off, and you're done!  Unless you want to add a decorative stitch to the edge of course!  I pressed it again with my iron on the polyester setting.  Please share pictures if you make one of these!  Feel free to add it to the Ravelry pattern page (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/woven-circles-trivet) I made for this tutorial, and please let me know if there is anything I could make more clear with additional photos or descriptions.  Thanks!

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: colorful granny square throw on: May 28, 2009 05:18:43 PM
one silly question:  how do you block an afghan after its assembled? just wondering.  thanks!   Wink

Haha!  I don't know, but I thought I'd try it!  I really just want to try the steam thing for the softening effect.  Smiley
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