Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hanging Scarecrow

I made this cute and whimsical 19" tall Scarecrow this afternoon using #4 worsted weight yarn.  You can hang him in the house, on your door, attach to a wreath or to a garden stake to place at the entrance to your home....several possibilities for this cute and easy Scarecrow.

Hanging Scarecrow
Hanging Scarecrow Pattern 
Difficulty Level:  Easy

Size:  Approximately 19" tall

Gauge:  I did not gauge this project

Materials:  
--2.5mm, 4.0mm and 5.0mm hooks
--#4 worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver in red, orange, burnt pumpkin/terra cotta, black, brown yellow, green, pink and an ivory/off-white)
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet 
HDC:  half double crochet 
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) 
SC3tog:  single crochet 3 stitches together (decrease)
HDC2tog:  half double crochet 2 stitches together (decrease)
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off. 

Directions:
A.  Head:
1.  With 5.0mm hook and ivory, 10 HDC st into MR.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (10)
2.  2 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (20)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (30) 
4.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 2 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (40)
5.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 3 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (50)
6.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 4 st.  Repeat around.  Sl st join to first st.  FO and weave ends.  (60)

Eyes (make 2)
1.  With 4.0mm hook and black yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  (6)

Nose:
1.  With 5.0 mm hook and orange yarn, Ch4.  SC in 2nd ch and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
2.  SC2tog, SC in next st.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
3.  SC2tog.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  (1)

Mouth:
1.  With black yarn, embroider.  

Cheeks (make 2):
1.  With 2.5mm hook and pink yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Leave tail for attaching. (see pics for placement)

B.  Hat:
1.  With 5.0mm hook and brown yarn, Ch21.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (20)
2-3.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 3, do NOT Ch1, but FO brown yarn.
4.  Skip 4 st, and join red yarn into the 5th st.  Ch1.  Into same st, 1 HDC.  1 HDC in the next 11 st.  FO and weave ends.  (12)
5.  Re-join brown yarn, 1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
6-10.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
At the end of Row 10, do NOT Ch1, but FO and leave a long tail for attaching to the head.   (I had to work my brown yarn in and out of stitches to get it back down to the initial rows for attaching the hat to the head - I hope this makes sense)

Sunflower:
1.  With 5.0mm hook and black yarn, 6 HDC into MR.  Sl st to first st to join and FO.  (6)
2.  Join yellow yarn and Ch1.  3 HDC in the first st; *sl st into next st AND 3 HDC into same st* repeat from * to * around.  Sl st to first st and FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  

Hair:
I joined 3 strands of yarn to each side of the hat (skipped 1st 2 stitches on each side), tied in a double knot and used my tapestry needle to fray. 

C.  Body/Feet:


1.  With 5.0mm hook and green yarn, Ch17.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
2-8.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
9.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in next 12 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
10.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in next 10 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
11.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 10 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
12.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 12 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
13.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 14 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (18)
14-17.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (18)
Forming the first leg:
18.  1 HDC in the first 7 st and 2 HDC in next st.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
19.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (9)
20.  1 HDC in the first 7 st, HDC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
21-26.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
At the end of Row 26, FO and weave ends.
For the second leg:
27.  Join green yarn on opposite end of Row 17 and repeat steps #18-26.

Feet (make 2)
1.  With 5.0mm hook and a burnt pumpkin/terra cotta shade of yarn, Ch9.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
2.  1 HDC in each st across.  FO and join yellow yarn.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
3.  With yellow yarn, 1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
4.  1 HDC in each st across.  Do not Ch1.  Turn.  (8)
5.  *Sl st into first st, Ch3.  Sl st into 2nd ch from hook and next ch.* Repeat this for a total of 8 times. (I attached the feet by whipstitching the burnt pumpkin/terra cotta shade to the last 2 rows of the body)

Mock Shirt:
1.  With 5.0mm hook and orange yarn, Ch8.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
2-8.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (7)
At the end of Row 8, FO and leave a tail for attaching to the top, center of the body.  

Mock Buttons (make 2):
1.  With 2.5mm hook and black yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Leave a tail for attaching.  (I attached mine 2 stitches over from each side of the bottom of the mock shirt)

Center Pocket:
1.  With 4.0mm hook and brown yarn, Ch6.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.   (5)
2-4.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
At the end of Row 4, FO and leave tail for attaching.  (I attached mine under my mock shirt, by leaving/skipping one row between the two)

Side Pockets (make 2):
1.  With 4.0mm hook and brown yarn, Ch6.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
2.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
3.  SC2tog, SC in next st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
4.  SC3tog.  FO and leave tail for attaching.  (I attached mine 2 rows down from the center pocket to make a left and right side pockets)

D:  Arms/Hands (make 2):
 Arms:
1.  Leave a long tail before you start this row (this will be for attaching the arm to the body.  With 5.0mm hook and orange yarn, Ch6.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
2-13.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
At the end of Row 13, do NOT Ch1.  Turn.
14.  Sl st into first st, 3 HDC in next st, sl st in next st, 3 HDC in next st and sl st into the last st.  FO and weave ends.

Hands: 
1.  With 5.0mm hook and yellow yarn, Ch6.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
2.  1 HDC in each st across.  Do NOT Ch1 and turn.  (5)
3.  *Sl st into first st, Ch3.  Sl st into 2nd ch from hook and next ch.* Repeat this for a total of 5 times. (I attached the hands by whipstitching to the backside of Rows 13 and 14 of each arm.)

Assembly:
1.  Attach all facial features to head first. 
2.  Attach hat to center, top of head. 
3.  Attach the mock shirt, buttons and pockets to the body.  
4.  Attach head to center, top of body.  
5.  Attach arms to each side of body, under the head.  
6.  Attach feet.  

Hanger:
I just tied a piece of yarn to the back side of the hat to use as a hanger.  

I haven't decided yet if I'm going to keep mine in the house or use craft glue and attach to a garden stake to put beside my front doorsteps, along with my Ghostly Boo Garden Stake. 

 Happy Crocheting...

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Monday, September 18, 2017

ABC Carrying Case/Wall Mat

How cute and functional is this ABC Carrying Case/Wall Mat for the Toddler to the First Grader?  Carry it around, hang on the wall or lie it down on the floor - teach colors, ABC's and counting (up to 26).  There's 26 pockets.  I plan to make 26 animals - one for each letter to help with phonetics by relating initial sound to animal!

Once I get my animals made for each letter, I will add a separate post.

ABC Carrying Case/Wall Mat Pattern

Difficulty Level:  Intermediate

Gauge:  11 HDC stitches x 10 rows = 4"

Size:  Approximately 15 1/2" wide x 30 1/2" long (opened)

Materials:
--6mm hook for the mat, handles and pockets
--5mm hook for the appliques (bottle of glue, eraser and crayon)
--1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Grey Heather for case/mat
--Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in colors of choice for the pockets, abc's and appliques (I used scrap yarns I had)
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
FLO:  front loops only
BLO:  back loops only
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together
SC3tog:  single crochet 3 stitches together
FO:  fasten off

Special Stitch:
Picot Stitch:  Ch3, sl st into 1st ch

Directions:
Mat:
1.  Ch41.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across. Ch1 and turn.  (40)
2-35.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (40)
36.  Working in FLO, 1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (40)
37.  Working in the BLO, 1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (40)
38-73.  Working in both loops again, 1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (40)
74-75.  1 SC st in each st around the perimeter of the Carrying Case with 3 SC st in each corner.  Sl st join and Ch1.  At the end of #75, FO and weave ends.  

Handles (make 4):
 1.  Ch16.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (15)
2-3.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (15)
4.  1 SC in the first 3 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
5-8.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)

At the end of Row 8, FO and join yarn on the opposite end (last st of row 3).  Repeat #4-8.  

Assembly of Handles (make 2):
1.  Whipstitch 2 handles together to make into 1 handle.  Before finishing off, you may want to add a very small amount of polyfil.  Attach the handles in the center.  (see pics) 

Pockets:
I made 2 pockets (ABC and the XYZ):
1.  Ch36.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (35)
2-7.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (35)

I made 4 pockets (DEFGH, IJKLM, NOPQR, STUVW):
1.  Ch42.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (41)
2-7.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (41)

At the end of Row 7, FO and leave a long tail for attaching to the mat.  

Assembly of Pockets:
1. For each pocket, you will first whipstitch down the side, across the bottom and up the other side.  
2.  For ABC and XYZ pockets, I used my ruler to measure and whipstitch the strip into 3 sections.  
3.  For the remaining strips, I used my ruler to measure and whipstitch the strip into 5 sections. 
 
ABC's:
I made my own alphabet for this project.  There are numerous sites on the internet with the ABC's.  (I may add mine later on.)  

Appliques:
(5mm hook)
I placed the following 3 appliques on the front side of the Carrying Case/Wall Mat.

Bottle of Glue:
1.  With white yarn, Ch9.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 6 st, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (10)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next 8 st, 2 SC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
4.  1 SC in each st across. Ch1 and turn.  (12)
5-13.  With white yarn, 1 SC in first 2 st, then with blue yarn, 1 SC in next 8 st, and then with white yarn 1 SC in last 2 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
14-16.  With white yarn, 1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
17.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 8 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (10)
18.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 6 st, SC2tog.  FO.  Leave long tail for attaching.  Turn.  (8)
19.  With orange yarn, skip 1st st and join into 2nd st with a Ch1.  Into same st, SC.  Then 1 SC in next 5 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (6)
20-21.  1 SC in each st across. Ch1 and turn.  (6)
22.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 2 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
23.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 2 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
24.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
25.  SC3tog.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.

Now, either embroider or surface crochet "GLUE" with black yarn.  (see pics)

Crayon:
1.  With dark shade of blue, Ch 9.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
2.  1 SC in each st across.  FO.  Turn.  (8) 
3.  Switch to light blue yarn and Ch1.  1 SC in each st across.  FO.  Turn.  (8)
4.  Switch to black yarn and Ch1.  1 SC in each st across.  FO.  Turn.  (8)
5.  Switch to light blue yarn and Ch1.  1 SC in each st across.  FO.  Turn.  (8)
6.  Switch to black yarn and Ch1.  1 SC in each st across.  FO.  Turn.  (8)
7-15.  In light blue yarn, Ch1.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
16.   Switch to black yarn and Ch1.  1 SC in each st across.  FO.  Turn.  (8)
17.  Switch to light blue yarn and Ch1.  1 SC in each st across.  FO.  Turn.  (8)
18.  Switch to black yarn and Ch1.  1 SC in each st across.  FO.  Turn.  (8)
19.  In light blue yarn, Ch1.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
20-21.  In dark blue, 1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)  
22.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 4 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (6)
23.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next 2 st, SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
24.  SC2tog, 1 SC in next st.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
25.  SC3tog.  Ch1.  (1)
26.  Work 1 SC in each st around the perimeter of the crayon.  FO and leave tail for attaching. 

Eraser: 
1.  With dark shade of pink, Ch6.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  FO and join light pink yarn.  Ch1 and turn.  (5)
2-11.  With light pink, 1 SC in each st across.  At the end of Row 11, FO and join dark pink yarn.  (5)
12.  With dark shade of pink, 1 SC in each st across.  FO.  Leave tail for attaching.  (5)

Now, with dark shade of pink, join yarn to work 1 SC in each end of the light shade pink.  (10)
Repeat on opposite side.  (Do not work a stitch into the dark shade of pink - see pics)






 Happy Crocheting...

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Blue Dreams Toddler Blanket/Pillow

I whipped up this "Blue Dreams Toddler Blanket/Pillow" for my grandsons to share and nestle under while at my house in the coming fall and winter months.

This blanket easily converts to a pillow.  It measures approximately 31" x 42".  I used varying shades of blue Bernat Blanket Yarn I had leftover from another project.

Blue Dreams Toddler Blanket/Pillow

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Gauge:  7 HDC stitches x 6 rows = 4"

Size:  Approximately 31" x 42"

Materials:
--10mm hook
--Approx 425-475 yds of Bernat Blanket Yarn (I used Baby Blue, Blue Dreams, Navy and Country Blue for the blanket; I used Dark Grey for the border; I used Navy and white for the pillow top.) 
--Tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st: slip stitch
St: stitch(es)
SC: single crochet
HDC: half double crochet 
DC: double crochet 
FO: fasten off 

Directions:
If you want a bigger blanket, adjust your starting chain and work more rows.  
1.  Ch67.  1 HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (66)
2-40.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (66)

Border:
(Dark Grey yarn)
41.  Join yarn in any st and ch2.  DC in same st as Ch1 and around blanket.  Place 3 DC st in each corner.  Sl st to join to first st and Ch1.  
42.  SC around.  Place 3 SC st in each corner.  Sl st to join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.  

Pillow Top:
1.  With Navy Yarn, Ch16.  1 HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (15) 
2-15.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (15)
At the end of Row 15 FO and weave ends.  

Border: 
1.  Join white yarn in any st and Ch1.  SC in same st as Ch1 and around.  Place 3 SC in each corner.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.  
2.  Re-join Navy Yarn in any st and Ch2.  DC in same st as Ch1 and around.  Place 3 DC in each corner.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Leave long tail for attaching. 

Assembly:
1.  Turn blanket vertically and place pillow top center top.  (See pics)
2.  Whipstitch the sides and the top of the pillow top; leave the bottom of pillow top open.  

To Convert to pillow:  
1.  Turn blanket over to wrong side and fold each side inward; see pic.
2.  Fold 3 times.
3.  Turn blanket over to right side and fold the pillow top up and over to nestle the wrong side under pillow top; wrong side of pillow top will be facing out.  

Happy Crocheting...
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Super-Soft Christmas Stocking...

Here's another seasonal decor item - a Christmas Stocking.  I used Bernat Blanket Yarn.  This was quick to make, super soft and measures approximately 12" long.  This looks good as is or you could add an appliqué to it.  Hang from your mantel, on a door/Wreath or fill with goodies and give as a gift.

Super-Soft Christmas Stocking
Super-Soft Christmas Stocking
Difficulty Level:  Easy

Size:  12" long x 6" wide (approximate)

Materials:
--8mm & 10mm hooks
--Bernat Blanket Yarn (approx 55 yds red; approx 15-20 yds white)
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
SC2tog:  single crochet 2 stitches together (creates a decrease)
FO:  fasten off

Special Stitch:
Shell Stitch:  *Yarn over insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on the hook* (into the same stitch repeat 2 more times).  Then, yarn over and pull through remaining 4 loops on hook and Ch1.

Directions:
The stocking is made in 2 pieces (front and back).  Each piece is made the same.

Stocking (make 2):
1.  With 8mm hook and red yarn, Ch12.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (11)
2.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in the next 9 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (13)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in the next 11 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (15)
4.  1 SC in the first 14 st and 2 SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
5.  2 SC in the first st and 1 SC in the next 15 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (17)
6.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (17)
7.  1 SC in the first 15 st; SC2tog.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
8.  SC2tog; 1 SC in the next 14 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
9.  1 SC in the first 12 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
10.  SC2tog; 1 SC in the next 10 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (11)
11-20.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (11)
At the end of Row 20, FO red yarn.  Leave a long tail for attaching 2 pieces together.  

Special Note:
For the stocking top, I used a 10mm hook to make mine a little bigger than the red portion; however, I think it would look just fine (and maybe, even better, if I would've just stayed with the 8mm hook)

21.  With 10mm hook (or 8mm hook, if you want), join white yarn with a sl st and Ch1 in the last st of Row 20.  *Shell stitch into the first st, SC in the next st...*repeat across.  Ch1 and turn.
22.  You will work *a SC st into the top of the previous row shell stitch; then a Shell stitch into the previous row SC st* repeat across.  Ch1 and turn.
23.  *Shell stitch into the first st, SC in the next st...*repeat across.  FO and leave a tail for attaching.

Assembly:
Place the right sides facing each other and work a whipstitch around the stocking to join together; I left a long red tail for the red portion and a long white tail for the white portion.  Once joined, turn right side out.  

For hanging loop:
1.  With white yarn, Ch12.  SC in 2nd ch and across.  FO, leaving a long enough tail for attaching to the side of the top.  
Happy Crocheting...
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sweet Roll Cardigan With Hood

My cousin had a beautiful baby girl on August 30 and has relocated from Florida to West Virginia.  So, this super cute Cardigan with hood is sure to keep McKenna toasty warm this fall and winter.

I used a 5.0mm hook and approximately 260 yds of #4 worsted weight yarn.  It is the Sweet Roll yarn by Premier Yarns (245 yds/roll) in Birthday Cake Pop.

Sweet Roll Cardigan with Hood


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Umpire Belt Bag....

I whipped up this Umpire Belt Bag for hubby.  This bag can also double as a Yarn Belt Bag for me.  I used "I Love This Yarn," in black, from Hobby Lobby.

This is a fairly simple pattern and only requires a knowledge of chains, single crochet and half double crochet stitches.

This bag has many uses:
--Umpire Belt Bag
--Yarn Belt Bag
--Vender Belt Bag to wear/use at craft shows/festivals
--Alternative/variation:  omit the belt tabs and make straps on each side to tie around your waist

Umpire Belt Bag Pattern

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Size:  12" x 8" (not including the belt tabs)

Materials:
--4.5mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn (I used, "I Love This Yarn," in black from Hobby Lobby); approximately 1/2 a skein
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  Half Double Crochet
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
Front:
1.  Ch41.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (40)
2-28.  "SC and HDC in st.  Skip next st."  Repeat across.  Ch1 and turn.  (40)

At the end of Row 28, FO.  Leave a long tail for attaching.

Back:
The Back panel is made the same way as the front.  At the end of Row 28, do NOT fasten off yarn.  You will now make the belt tabs.

Belt Tabs:
1.  1 HDC in the first 13 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (13)
2-15.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (13)

At the end of Row 15, FO and leave a long tail.  Fold tab down on backside and whipstitch Row 15 to Row 1.  FO and weave ends.  This makes your belt tab opening.

Join yarn on opposite end and repeat Rows 1-15 for second tab.

Assembly:
Whipstitch the front and back panels together down the sides, across the bottom and up the other side.  Fasten off and weave ends.  
Happy Crocheting 

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Mini-Christmas Baskets

I made these "Mini-Christmas Baskets" with leftover Bernat Blanket Yarn.  These super cute little baskets make are great for gift giving - fill with candy, ponytail holders, hand sanitizer, trio of Bath & Body products or a candle.

Give to friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, teachers - the list goes on and on.  Each basket only takes about 10-15 minutes to make, with or without a strap.

Mini-Christmas Baskets Pattern
Difficulty Level:  Easy

Gauge:  This isn't too important for this project

Size:  3" x 3"

Materials:
--10mm hook
--11 yds Bernat Blanket Yarn in color of choice; 2 1/2-3 yds Bernat Blanket Yarn in white
--tapestry needle to weave

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st: slip stitch
St: stitch(es)
SC: single crochet
MR: magic ring
FO: fasten off

Directions:
1.  With yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (12)
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (18)
4-5.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  At end of Round 5, FO and weave ends.  (18)
6.  Join white yarn in any st and Ch1.  SC in each st around.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (18)
7.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and FO.  Weave ends.

Strap (optional):
1.  With yarn, Ch45 and FO.  With tapestry needle, weave in and out of Round 6.  Tie a double knot on each end of strap.  Trim, if needed.
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