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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

summer crochet

Here in Michigan, winter is coming to a close and spring is starting to show through. I don't despair for my crocheting, though, because there are plenty of warm weather crochet projects out there!

Using a lighter yarn works well for warmer weather wearables. Switching to a cotton or sock yarn to do a project is a simple way to transfer a winter wearable into a spring/summer item (but always check your gauge! Lighter yarns don't work up the same way heavier yarns do). Try making a lacy sun hat instead of a bulky, warm hat, or make a beach cover up instead of a sweater.

Another warm weather project is embellishments. Creating appliques for summer or winter wearables is always fun. Adding a flower to a hat makes a personal statement and changes the look at the same time. Crocheting a lacy edging around the collar of a favorite tee or blouse adds a feminine touch. Creating your own jewelry with crochet is stylish and whimsical. All these projects can be put into a purse or bag and brought with you on vacation as well.

You may want to try different projects altogether. Sitting under a pile of yarn can often become too warm and uncomfortable if the air conditioning isn't strong enough, or if you like to sit outside and crochet, like me. So why not try napkin rings, placemats, or dishcloths to name a few? They work up quickly and don't cover your lap with heavy, hot fabric. Another idea is stuffed animals or dolls. I've become quite enraptured by these, myself. I've made stuffed sheep, cartoon characters, people, and other toys.

So don't put down those crochet hooks for summer! Try something new and small, or practice your stitches on a favorite take-along project. But don't stop crocheting!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cancer ribbon bags and pattern

These lined, drawstring bags are a finduraser item for the Relay For Life. I can




worsted weight yarn: 2 colors, background/main color A and ribbon color B G hook cloth for lining sewing needle matching thread Using color A and starting with a magic circle, 6 sc, do not join. through both loops: 2. 2 sc in each sc (12 sc) (make sure to crochet over your hanging string so you won't have to tuck it in later!) 3. *1 sc, 2 sc* 6 times (18 sc) 4. *sc in next 2, 2 sc* 6 times (24 sc) 5. *sc in next 3, 2 sc* 6 times (30 sc) 6. *sc in next 4, 2 sc* 6 times (36 sc) 7. *sc in next 5, 2 sc* 6 times (42 sc) 8. *sc in next 6, 2 sc* 6 times (48 sc) still, do not join! begin sides back loop only: 10. hdc in next sc, dc in next 47 through both loops: 11-12. dc in each 13. Using B to start the ribbon, dc 1, change to A, dc in next 5, Change to B, dc 1, Change to A, dc in next 41 14. With B, dc in next 2, change to A, dc in next 3, change to B, dc in next 2, change to A, dc in next 41 15. dc in next, change to B, dc in next 2, change to A, dc, change to B, dc in next 2, change to A, dc in next 42 16. dc in next, change to B, dc in next 3, change to A, dc in next 43, change to B, dc in next 17. dc in next, change to A, dc, change to B, dc in next 2, change to A, dc in next 41, change to B, dc in next 2, change to A, dc 18. dc in next 2, change to B, dc in next 2, change to A, dc in next 44 19. dc, change to B, dc in next 2, change to A, dc, change to B, dc in next 2, change to A, dc in next 42 20. dc, change to B, dc in next 3, change to A, dc in next 44 21. dc, change to B, dc in next 3, change to A, dc in next 44 22-24. dc in next 48 25. dc in next 45, hdc, sc, sl st 26. ch3, dc in nextst, ch 2 sk 2 dc, *dc in next 2, ch 2, sk 2 dc* 11 times, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3 27. ch 3, dc in next 47, join, jasten off. Strap join A on one side of bag, with ribbon facing forward, *ch 3, dc in next 2* repeat till strap is desired length, join to opposite side of bag. Drawstring chain 100 with color B, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch after. fasten off. weave string through holes made by ch 2 spaces on bag. Before you sew in your lining, make sure the best looking side is showing! I always have to turn my bag inside out to have the side that looks best on the outside. If you've never sewn a lining before, try looking here. It isn't quite the same since our bag is round, but cut out a circle for the bottom and one long piece for the sides. Sew the side to the bottom (making sure the right side is on the inside, fold over and iron the top and sew down, then sew up the side seam. Follow the directions for sewing it into the bag here. I'm not the best seamstress (I'm uncomfortable even saying that word about myself!) so if this doesn't make sense let me know! I just follow the directions on the other site ;-)