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1  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.
2  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!

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / colorful granny square throw on: May 25, 2009 05:56:07 AM

I'm so happy with the way this turned out!  I used the "join as you go" method to put this together (check out sarah london textiles' flickr set with super clear step-by-step instructions for doing this).  My throw is 6 x 6 blocks, and I added a row of each color used in the squares for the border.  I still need to block it, but I'm not in a hurry!

Closeup of joined squares:

Gratuitous action shot:

I made the quilt a couple of years ago.  Love it, too!

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / newsboy cap on: May 17, 2009 06:51:50 PM
I used the "Soon Come" pattern from Get Your Crochet On: Hip Hats & Cool Caps.  The book has great instructions with clear photos which was a great help for a beginner like me.  I used a bulky wool blend yarn in several colors that I have had stashed for a few years.  The hat turned out too big (because of the bulky yarn) until I washed it with hot water for a cycle or two.  Now it is perfect! 

On to the pictures!




Top (pre-felting):


I love it!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / vintage fabric coasters on: January 25, 2009 12:41:11 PM

I made tons of these for Christmas gifts this year. It was a fun project to use up scraps of fabric from my stash of vintage linens and practice quilting.  Everyone loves coasters, and when they're machine washable, we actually use them at my house now.  I have a box of really cute paper coasters that I inherited, but I never want to use them because they are pretty much single use. 

These could be made with any fabric.  Just stack a piece of cotton quilt batting or flannel, then your first side (right side up), and then your top fabric (right side down).  Sew around all sides, leaving an opening a couple of inches wide to turn right side out.  After turning, sew up the opening, and quilt the top however you'd like.  Sewing about 1/4" from the sides makes them more structured.   

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Needlepoint Pillow with Owls on: February 04, 2007 05:09:21 PM
I found the canvas that I used at a thrift store for a few cents.  I planned to frame it when I was done, but when I discovered a pillowcase (the floral fabric) in my massive stash of thrifted linens matched the colors I chose perfectly, I knew I had to make it into this pillow.  

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / coffee themed tea towels on: December 01, 2006 03:58:25 PM
This was my first experience using waffle-weave towels, and I found it to be much easier than I had expected.  The designs are from an Aunt Martha's pattern. 

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Animated Kitchenware on: June 19, 2005 09:52:06 PM
This is one of my first embroidery projects.  The designs are from an Aunt Martha's pattern, and I plan to eventually finish all seven days.  Since I tend to get bored with projects, I have put off doing the rest until later.  Since I have discovered embroidery, I have little use for paper towels because I have tons of tea towels!

Here are a few detail shots:

I mostly used split stitch.  The eyes are satin stitch outlined with backstitch; the steam, the spoon, and lettering were done using stem stitch; and the little water drops are backstitch.  Smiley
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