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Ciara Crochet Cloche


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I wrote this cloche pattern while designing a gift for my friend Ciara. It's a great lightweight style that works well to hold the hair back on a windy day or keep your head warmer on a cool day. It has a fun cluster mesh design that is intricate enough to leave alone, but looks great with a decorative accent such as a flower as well.


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Materials:
Fibranatura Oak, 1 skein
Size I(5.5 mm) crochet hook

Gauge: 14-16 sts and 8 rows in a 4"x4" double crochet square


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Row 1: chain 3, then sl st into first chain st to create ring.
Row 2: ch 2, dc 9 into ring. sl st into 2nd chain st to close round.
Row 3: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 2 into each st, 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 4: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 1, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 1) 9 times. sl st into 2nd st.
Row 5: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 2, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 2) 9 times. sl st into 2nd st.
Row 6: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 3, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 3) 9 times. sl st into 2nd chained st.
Row 7: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 4, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 4) 9 times. sl st into 2nd st.

Rows 8-10 : ch 2, dc remaining sts. sl sts into 2nd st.
Row 11: ch 3, sk 1 st, (dc4tog, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc 1, ch 1) 15 times, dc4tog, ch 1, sl st into 2nd st.
Row 12: ch 1, sc remaining sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 13: sl 1, ch 1, dc3tog into same st, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc 1, ch 1, sk 1 st, (dc4tog, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc 1, ch 1) 15 times, sl st into 1st cluster.
Row 14: ch 1, sc remaining sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 15: sl 1, ch 3, sk 1 st, (dc4tog, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc 1, ch 1) 15 times, dc4tog, ch 1, sl st into 2nd st.
Rows 16 - 19: repeat rows 12 - 14
Row 20: ch 1, hdc remaining sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 21: ch 1, dc into same st, dc2tog into remaining sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 22: ch 1, sc remaining sts. sl st into 1st st. Cut tail, pull through. Weave in ends.

Leave plain or embellish with crochet embellishments, such as a crochet rose or leaves.

Baby Crochet Stripes Beanie - Crochet Pattern



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My son Parker was born last Sunday, and while I've been hanging out holding a sleeping baby on my chest, I've taken the opportunity to have some yarn in my hands. This beanie is made with Knit Picks Shine in worsted weight, but can be made in any soft worsted weight yarn. Machine washable is always a big bonus for babies, who I'm coming to find out are very messy! I came up with this very basic baby beanie with stripes of a coordinating color worked through the bottom. This hat pattern is quick, easy, and doesn't use much yarn at all.

Note: Stripe colors can either be carried up the back of the project, or can be trimmed and worked into the rows.

Materials:
Size H crochet hook
Knit Picks Shine worsted weight yarn, 2 colors

Gauge: 8 sts x 4 rows in 2"x2", double crochet stitch



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Size 0-3 Months:

Row 1: with Main Color (MC) chain 3, then sl st into first chain st to create ring.
Row 2: ch 2, dc 9 into ring. sl st into 1st dc to close round.
Row 3: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 2 into each st, 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 4: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 1, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 1) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 5: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 2, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 2) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 6: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 3, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 3) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 7: ch 2, dc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 8-10: ch 2, dc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 11: with Accent Color (AC) ch 1, sc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 12: with MC, ch 1, hdc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 13: with AC, ch 1, sc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 14: with MC, ch 1, hdc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 15: with AC, ch 1, sc all sts. sl st into 1st st. Trim ends and weave in.



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Size 3-6 months:

Row 1: with Main Color (MC) chain 3, then sl st into first chain st to create ring.
Row 2: ch 2, dc 9 into ring. sl st into 1st dc to close round.
Row 3: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 2 into each st, 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 4: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 1, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 1) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 5: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 2, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 2) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 6: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 3, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 3) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 7: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 4, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 4) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 8: ch 2, dc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 9-11: ch 2, dc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 12: with Accent Color (AC) ch 1, sc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 13: with MC, ch 1, hdc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 14: with AC, ch 1, sc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 15: with MC, ch 1, hdc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 16: with AC, ch 1, sc all sts. sl st into 1st st. Trim ends and weave in.

Size 6-12 months:

Row 1: with Main Color (MC) chain 3, then sl st into first chain st to create ring.
Row 2: ch 2, dc 9 into ring. sl st into 1st dc to close round.
Row 3: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 2 into each st, 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 4: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 1, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 1) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 5: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 2, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 2) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 6: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 3 (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 3) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 7: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 4, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 4) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 8: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 9, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 9) 4 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 9: ch 2, dc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 10-13: ch 2, dc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 14: with Accent Color (AC) ch 1, sc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 15: with MC, ch 1, hdc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 16: with AC, ch 1, sc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 17: with MC, ch 1, hdc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 18: with AC, ch 1, sc all sts. sl st into 1st st. Trim ends and weave in.

Winding a Center Pull Ball of Yarn by Hand - Video Tutorial

In this video Megan LaCore of www.theartofmegan.com shows you how to hand-wind a center pull ball of yarn from a hank. Though this technique is shown with a handmade hank of yarn, any kind of yarn wrapped in any preparation can be wound into a center-pull ball with this method.

Cabled Cowl - Crochet pattern


Crochet Cabled Cowl
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Over Christmas break, my husband Mark and I were watching a TV show with my mom about knit and crochet cables. I enjoy elegant details in my work, and loved the thought of crochet cables. However, I wasn't a big fan of how they worked their cables, and ideas started running through my head on how to create my ideal crochet cable.

I pictured this design as a cowl, because by design cables act a bit like ribbing, and a tube of ribbed fabric makes an excellent neck covering, which is perfect for the rainy winter months in the San Francisco Bay Area. The tiny scalloped top edging can also be omitted for a more masculine look.

Hook size H
Gauge: 7 sts by 10 rows = 2 inches
Yarn: On Line Linie 208 Nature-Wool
Weight: Bulky / 12 ply (7-8 wpi)

Pattern:

Row 1: Ch 78, sl st into first st to join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.

Row 2: Turning foundation chain over, ch 1, then sc 77 into back loop of chain. Sl st into first st to join in the round.

Row 3: Ch 2, dc 77, sl st to join.

Row 4: Ch 2, dc 1, *(dc 4 into front of post, dc 2)* 12 times, dc 4 into front of post, sl st to join.

Row 5: Ch 2, dc 1, **(sk 2, dc 2 into front of post, cross in front of work and dc 2 into front of post of skipped sts, dc 2 into 2 following cabled post sts)**, sk 2, dc 2 into front of post, cross in front of work and dc 2 into front of post of skipped sts

Rows 6 - 8: Repeat row 4

Row 9: Repeat row 5

Row 10 - 12: Repeat row 4

Row 13: Repeat row 5

Row 14 - 15: Repeat row 4

Row 16: Repeat row 5

Row 17 - 18: Repeat row 4

Row 19: ch 1, sc 77

Row 20: Repeat row 16

Row 21: (Sl st, ch 3, sk st, sl st), repeat to end of row, slipping last st into first st. Pull tail straight up through final st.

Weave in ends. Block to shape.

Making T-Shirt Yarn - Recycled Craft Supplies


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The holidays are here, and it's time to spread the good cheer. Why not make an effort this year to reuse and recycle as many of your gifts as possible?

Today I'll be showing you how to make t shirt yarn, which is great for creating custom yarns, from slim to bulky weight, that can be made into any number of great home decor or fashion gifts.

First, collect t shirts. Specifically, you want a tube knit shirt with no side seams for the best results. Harvest shirts from your give-away pile, your friends' or family's cast-offs or closets (after asking, of course!), or from thrift stores. If you opt for the last option, this is a case where bigger is better. Hit up the men's sections first, heading straight to the xxxl's if possible. Bigger shirts will get you more yardage for the same amount of money.

Wash and dry all shirts when you get them home. Next, we dissect.


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Begin by cutting off the hemmed portion of the t shirt as close to the stitching as possible. From there, cut a spiral strip from the bottom edge of the t shirt all the way up to either the armpit area of the t shirt or to the printed design, whichever comes first.

The thickness of your strip will determine the thickness of your yarn, but be careful not to cut down to less than a quarter of an inch strip or you won't be able to stretch your strips into yarn.


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Here's one 3xl shirt, cut into 1 continuous strip, before stretching.


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Begin stretching the strips between both hands by pulling the strip lengthwise. This works with the properties of a knit stitch to curl the cut ends of the fabric in on the strip, creating a rounded piece of fabric that is easy to work with and looks smooth. Continue pulling the strip until the entire length of the fabric has been stretched.


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Here's the same 3xl t shirt after being cut and stretched, waiting to be rolled into a ball.


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Here's my original pile of t shirts after being cut, stretched, and wound into balls. As you can see, I've already started crocheting them into a Christmas-colored rag rug. The rag rug was raffled off at the Our City Forest Eco-Holiday Craft Fair, and now has a happy new home!

Enjoy your new yarn, and enjoy making a green impact on our world!

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