By Sandy from San Jose, CA
Approximate Time: about 2-3 hours
From loop, crochet a chain of 50. Join for a loop. Chain 3, and make a double crochet in that stitch and each of the rest of the loop. Join. This is your base row.
Chain 3 and make a double crochet, chain 1, and another double crochet in the first stitch. This is your first cluster. Skip two stitches on the base row, but DO NOT make a chain between your clusters.
Make another cluster in the third chain from the base of the last cluster so you have a cluster that is wider on the top than the bottom.
Continue this pattern to the beginning of the row, join, chain 3 and continue this pattern around.
You should have 18 clusters.
Continue this cluster pattern till you have made 9 rows.
Your last row should be single crochet in each stitch around, and join.
Chain 50 and slip stitch the loop to the opposite side of the opening of the purse.
NOTE: Your "half way mark" is stitch 25. Break off and weave in tail.
I made some little tassles on the bottom, whip stitched the bottom closed and dipped it in sugar water. This basically folds it in half, along with the loop on top.
I decorated with buttons like a tree but you can thread through some ribbons, (pre-dipping) ripped rap for a country look or something sparkling.
By Sandra from Yorktown, VA
I would highly recommend this pattern since it turns out so nice. You can use any color(s) you like. The pictures show the front, the back, and my daughter modeling it. She likes things form fitting; you can make the vest looser so that it closes more in the front. The fringe is crocheted chains, easy to make, and very jaunty.
Approximate Time: It took a few weeks working on and off.
It was pretty easy to make, and the pattern is for free at the Red Heart website. Here is the link:
By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH
Approximate Time: 30 minutes to one hour
For the table centerpiece:
By Nelly from Estacada, OR
This pattern can easily be custom made since it is made using measurements in inches rather than Gauge and numbers of stitches and rows.. Takes about half a skein of 4 ply yarn and can even be made multicolor from leftover yarns
For a little reference, I have made a cap that fits my husband, and I have noted the measurements that were used to make the cap shown above.
Approximate Time: I am bad about keeping track of time, but believe that I finished this in about 3 hours, and that was recording directions as I worked.
Hatband: Ch 12.
Row 1: Starting in 3rd chain from the hook, make 1 DC in each chain across. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: DC in each DC across, working in back loop only. 10 DC.
Row 3: Repeat row 3 until piece measures the number of inches for the headband. End on an even row (My hat took 34 rows to reach 23 inches.)
Fold band and match up the first row with the last row; then SL ST in each stitch across, going through both ends. Ch 1. Then turn band and, working around the edge of the band, make 2 sc in the side of each DC around. (My hat took 68 SC to complete) Join with SL ST to first SC, This completes the first round. Ch 3. (Do not turn.)
Next Round: 1 DC in each SC around. SL ST to join. Ch 3. (Do not turn.) Repeat this round until the hat is long enough to reach the crown of the head, or longer if you desire a roomier hat. (My hat has 14 rows, and fits tightly to the head.) Work 1 row of sc in each DC around and fasten off.
Cut a piece of yarn about 14 inches, and, using a yarn needle, weave through the SC row; then draw it up tight, and tie it off with a double knot. Pull the strings to the inside of the hat and trim them to 1/4 inch. Make a pom-pom and attach to the top of the hat.
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By Harlean from Hot Springs Arkansas
Approximate Time: For all three, about 1 hour
Full Body Angel Pin:
Follow the same directions but "use Dc's and not TrC". This makes the pin a bit smaller and I think tighter.
Angel Head and Wings Pin:
NOTE: I didn't show the smaller angel being done, as it's the same pattern as the larger one.
By Sandi from Salem, OR
Approximate Time: 60-90 minutes
So, if you are using double thread, chain 14, then chain another 7, using that for your first treble crochet and chain 2.
For those not familiar with crochet lingo, you are going to work using treble crochets with two chains in between. A treble crochet is when you yarn over twice, then when you are yarning over you are going to pull that yarn through three sets of two loops.
So, you have 21 chains on your hook. Now, make your first treble crochet in the 8th chain from the hook, chain 2, and make a chain 2 and repeat the two trebles and chain two in each of the next 13 stitches.
Your work will ruffle like crazy and that is exactly what it is suppose to do. Now, there is something to keep in mind when you are working. When you put two trebles in each stitch, that stitch gets pretty crowded, and it might be easy to miss the next one. To keep from skipping the next chain, pull the new one you just made to the right a bit and you can get to the next stitch easier.
Once you get to the end, your hook and yarn will be at the top of the work. Chain 4 and turn. Now, you can make a double crochet in that same stitch. (Your chain 3 is the same length as a double crochet so that acts as the first one, plus the chain 1 in between is your chain 4).
Chain one and make two double crochets with a chain one between in each stitch on the base row. When you are done, break off your yarn leaving about 6 inches and thread through to hide down below.
Now, if you are using a pipe cleaner then thread it back and forth between the base of the flower. Once the pipe cleaner is woven then fold over the end and kind of twirl it around so the flower "gathers" then twist it closed tight.
If you are using a fake stem, simply heat up the glue gun and when it's warm, wrap the center of the flower and the tail around the stem and glue as you go. You can then put the leaf sections on the bottom and if you do that fast, you can catch some of the heat from the glue and keep those glued too. If not, you can place them where you want and glue them once they are in place.
They look really nice in a vase with baby's breath or little white flowers like I used here.
By Sandi/Poor But Proud
Approximate Time: 1-1.5 hours
By Sandi from Salem, OR
Crochet Gingerbread House
Time to Complete: 2 hours, not including dry time for the paint.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook, Sc in each stitch across. Chain 2 turn.
Row 2-8 Sc in each stitch across Chain 2 turn. Fasten off. Work in ends. Set aside.
1 Sc in first stitch , 2 Sc in last stitch. Chain 2 turn
1 Sc in first stitch and 2 Sc crochet in last 2 stitches. Fasten off. Work in ends. Set aside.
Row 1: Single crochet in each stitch across, Chain 2 turn.(8sc)
Row 2-6 Single crochet in each stitch across, Chain 2 turn then fasten off and work in ends. (8 sc)
Row 1 : same as above for bottom
Row 2-10 Same as above for bottom
Fasten off and work in ends.
Assembly: Sew all four sides together with a needle and a little bit of the leftover brown yarn. Sew on bottom. Slide on to milk carton this should fit snuggly on the milk carton if not just squirt some glue down the sides and glue it down. For the roof take your 2 pieces and crocheting in back loops only slip stitch together. Finish off and work in ends. Trim for Roof and gable ends: With bulky white yarn, slip stitch evenly around all edges.
Finish off and work in ends. Now, tape or hot glue the top of your milk carton shut. Hot glue roof in place, be sure to center your roof as it is a bit longer than the milk carton. Glue on gable ends.
Decorations: Using white fabric paint as you would use frosting, Paint on door and windows. Now have fun with it glue on any little thing your heart desires. This is a great way to use up pieces of other ornaments that would be thrown away.
Have fun and Merry Christmas!
By Debra Frick
Made in thread and attaching a pin back and they also could be used for a pin or the center of a corsage. They also could be glued to a branch for a centerpiece or glued to a wreath with spring flowers for a beautiful one of a kind spring wreath. They also can be used as refrigerator magnets. The best part is they only use up that scrap yarn that you have leftover from other projects. You only have to know two basic stitches to make them, chain stitch and double crochet cluster stitch.
Time to make: about a half hour
By Debra Frick
The booties are so easy in fact that I would ask that if you make one pair use some leftover yarn to make a couple of pairs for your local hospital for babies in the ICU. Research shows that small babies need to be kept warm not only on their heads but their feet as well.
Row 1- Ch 25 (35), sc in second chain from hook, sc to end. Ch 2, turn.
Rows 2-13 (2-19) *Hdc in in back loops of first sc, hdc in back loops ONLY across. Ch 1, turn. Sc across, ch 2 turn.*
You may braid a strap or crochet a strap. Make up your own! If you don't have time or aren't really creative you can use this pattern:
Ch 5 (8), sc in second ch from hook, sc to end. Ch 1 turn.
You may make this strap as long as you like by simply adding more rows! You may also add extra rows to the purse if you like!
Thank you! (if you do post this pattern anywhere, please post my name on it: Mackenzie OK)
Mackenzie from TN
I am sure that one (at least) of my fellow TF people will be able to help me find a pattern that I spotted some time ago. I believe that it was here somewhere on TF. It was a crochet blanket, in the 6 colours of the rainbow, in crayon shaped panels, with the colours written on lozenges in the centre of the crayons. I hope that I have been able to describe them so that you will recognise the pattern I mean. Thanking you in advance
By Lesley from England, UK
Thank you so much Dragonswing, it is the crochetme pattern that I was looking for. By the way, I looked at your posts and feedbacks. You are straight to the point aren't you. When I agree with your views I think they are very well put, when I disagree they seem rather blunt......lol
Lesley from England UK