Bookworm Bookmark

bookwormWe are celebrating “March is Reading Month” at my school. I made up these Bookworm Bookmarks to use as prizes!

Here is the super easy pattern:

Click here for printable version.

Materials:

  • yarn (any weight, any color)

  • size H crochet hook

  • wiggly eyes

  • hot glue gunbook3

  • scissors

Method:

  1. Chain 70

  2. Starting in 2nd chain from hook, single crochet 3 times into the same chain. Repeat single crocheting 3 times into each chain for 17 more stitches.

  3. Slip stitch one time into each of the next 33 chains.

  4. Single crochet 3 times into each chain for the last 18 chains.

  5. Tie off. Weave in ends. Glue on wiggly eyes.

My Etsy Shop

About 2 months ago I opened an Etsy shop called HandiGirlz.  I figured I would try my hand at selling some crocheted items that I think would be perfect for gifts! I’m gradually getting more items listed for sale. I have actual handmade crocheted items (not patterns) for sale. I really enjoy making baby booties and hats, so that’s what you’ll see! I’ve sold 5 items so far–ha ha–not many, but it’s been fun! ;)

Easy Flower Bracelet

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Here is a pattern for an easy bracelet that works up very quickly. Last week a few of my 5th graders stayed inside for recess and I taught them how to make this. They loved it!

For printable version click here.

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:

  • Yarn of choice in 2 colors (I used Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice Wheat and Goldfish)

  • Size H crochet hook

  • ¾ inch button

  • scissors and tapestry needle

Method:

  1. With bracelet color, chain 30. Wrap this chain around wrist. This is just a starting point for figuring out sizing. You will need to adjust by chaining more (or less) depending on wrist size. The right fit is achieved when the chain fits around wrist and overlaps by 1 to 1½ inches (without pulling).

  2. Beginning  in 2nd chain from hook, single crochet 1. Chain 2. Skip 2 stitches (this makes the buttonhole). Single crochet into next and each stitch to the end of the row. Finish off and weave in ends. Set this piece aside.

  3. Now make flower. With same bracelet color, chain 4. Connect to 1st chain with slip stitch, forming a circle. Chain 1.

  4. Single crochet 12 into middle of circle. Change to petal color, then join to 1st single crochet with slip stitch.

  5. Chain 3, yarn over, insert hook into same stitch as your chain 3, pull up a long loop matching the height of the chain 3, yarn over and (in same stitch) repeat pulling up the long loop 2 more times.

  6. Keeping all of these loops on your hook, yarn over and insert hook into next stitch. Repeat pulling up the long loop 3 times in this stitch, then yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.

  7. Chain 1 to secure the loops, then chain 1 again.

  8. Slip stitch into next stitch.

  9. Repeat steps 5 through 8 four more times.

  10. Fasten off and weave in ends.

  11. Using bracelet color and tapestry needle, sew center of flower to center of bracelet. Sew button to end opposite of button hole.

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Pattern Testing

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I recently joined an Etsy team called Pattern Testing. Pattern writers ask for help with their accuracy of directions. Those who are willing to help by creating the product and providing feedback receive the pattern for free! I think it is a fantastic deal! This Paige Bolero by Alana Harley from Inventorium turned out beautifully! I think my niece will love wearing it this spring over a cute sundress!

Crochet Pattern for Penguin Jumper

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As promised in yesterday’s post, here is the pattern! Have fun!

For printable version, click here.

Skill Level: Easy

Finished size:

  • 20 cm length

  • 12 cm width

  • side seam below flipper opening 12 cm

  • flipper opening 4 cm high

  • neck seam 4 cm

Materials:

  • Medium (worsted) weight yarn in two colors (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice)

  • size H crochet hook

  • tape measure showing metric units (usually back side of inches)

  • scissors and tapestry needle

Abbreviations:

  • ch = chain

  • ss = slip stitch

  • hdc = half double crochet

  • sc dec = single crochet decrease

Lower Ribbed Band:

  • Row 1:  with first color, ch 6, beginning in 2nd ch from hook sc 5, ch 1 (does not count as a stitch throughout pattern), turn.

  • Rows 2-34:  working in back loops only sc 5, ch 1, turn.

  • Row 35:  working in back loops only sc 5, (at this point, this piece should measure approximately 24 cm in length and 3 ½ cm in width), now fold piece in half and ss together the  5 unused loops of foundation chain with the 5 back loops of row 35, turn right side out, DO NOT FASTEN OFF.

Lower Body (worked in rounds):

  • Round 1:  ch 1, beginning in same stitch as ch 1, sc in side edge (see Fig. A) of band, then sc in each of the next 35 rows, join to 1st sc with ss, ch 1, DO NOT TURN WHEN WORKING IN ROUNDS. (36 sc)

Fig. A

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  • Round 2:  sc in same stitch as joining stitch and around, join to 1st sc with ss, ch 1. (36 sc)

  • Round 3:  sc in same stitch as joining stitch and around, join to 1st sc with ss, change to second color, ch 2. (36 sc)

  • Round 4:  hdc in same stitch as joining stitch and around, join to 1st hdc with ss, ch 2. (36 hdc)

  • Round 5:  hdc in same stitch as joining stitch and around, join to 1st hdc with ss, change back to first color, ch 1. (36 hdc)

  • Round 6:  repeat round 2

  • Round 7:  repeat round 2

  • Round 8:  repeat round 3

  • Round 9:  repeat round 4

  • Round 10:  repeat round 5

  • Round 11:  repeat round 2, DO NOT FASTEN OFF.

Upper Body Back (working in rows):

  • Row 1:  sc in same stitch as joining stitch, sc in next 13 stitches, ch 1, turn. (14 sc)

  • Row 2:  sc 14, ch 1, turn. (14 sc)

  • Row 3:  sc dec, sc 10, sc dec, ch 1, turn. (12 sc)

  • Row 4:  sc 12, ch 1, turn. (12 sc)

  • Row 5:  sc 12, ch 1, turn. (12 sc)

  • Row 6:  sc 12, fasten off, weave in end. (12 sc)

Upper Body Front:

  • Row 1:  turn piece over and working down at last full round, start at the right side and skip 4 stitches, attach first color in next stitch (see Fig. B), ch 1, beginning in same stitch sc 14, ch 1, turn. (14 sc)

Fig. B

front

  • Row 2:  sc 14, ch 1, turn. (14 sc)

  • Row 3:  sc dec, sc 10, sc dec, ch 1, turn. (12 sc)

  • Row 4:  sc 12, ch 1, turn. (12 sc)

  • Row 5:  sc 12, ch 1, turn. (12 sc)

  • Row 6:  sc 12, ch 6, turn, DO NOT FASTEN OFF. (12 sc)

Upper Ribbed Band:

  • Row 1:  working back toward the body and beginning in 2nd ch from hook sc 5, join the band to the body of the jumper by working a ss into next stitch, ss into next stitch, turn. (5 sc and 2 ss)

  • Row 2:  working in back loops only and continuing away from the body of the jumper sc 5, ch 1, turn. (5 sc)

  • Row 3:  working in back loops only and back toward the body of the jumper sc 5, join to the body by working a ss into next stitch, ss into next stitch, turn (5 sc and 2 ss)

  • Rows 4-23:  rep rows 2 and 3 alternately (the 2nd ss of row 11 will join to the upper body back – see Fig. C).

Fig. C

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  • Finish by holding the beginning and ending rows together. Join together by working one ss into each chain loop and back loop of each sc across. (5 ss)

  • Fasten off, weave in ends.

For printable version, click here.

Crocheting for a Cause

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I love the idea of crocheting for a cause. I once participated in a group that made hats for cancer patients. It was a very rewarding experience.

I recently came across a news story claiming a foundation for penguins in Australia is asking for people to knit small jumpers for the penguins that they rescue from oil spills. I then came across several comments from people claiming that it is a hoax.

I continued to research and discovered that it is NOT a hoax.  The Penguin Foundation in Australia put out a call (see link here and scroll down to March 2014) for knitted penguin jumpers to be used for either the rehabilitation of penguins affected by oil spills, or to raise money for wildlife conservation. I also found this great article by Mary Mooney, Penguin Sweaters: Separating Fact from Fiction.

The foundation provides a knitting pattern, but since I do not know how to knit, I wanted a crochet pattern.

I do have a friend who knits, and she generously whipped one up for me so that I could take some measurements. The photo below shows the front and back of her knitted jumper before stitching them together at the side seams.

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Using these measurements, as well as the dimensions specified by the foundation, I am almost finished with a fairly simple crochet pattern that works up quite quickly! I can’t wait to share it! I will post the free pattern here soon!

Let’s Get Started!

I’m so excited to start documenting my crochet patterns, projects, and ideas!

Crochet has been a passion for me since I was 10 years old. I remember first learning the craft from my paternal grandmother and falling in love with it immediately. My first project was a gift for my sister, who was expecting her second child. My project was supposed to be a baby blanket, but I didn’t end the rows correctly, so it ended up being a baby cape! Ha Ha! She loved it anyway! My grandma helped me attach a button to the front and it looked like it was meant to be!

I’ve completed so many projects over the years, and of course, have many unfinished projects waiting for my attention. What crafter doesn’t, right? I taught myself how to read a pattern, I’ve created my own designs, and I’ve recently started writing my own patterns to share with others.

In this blog, I intend to share my ongoing experience with crochet. I hope that it inspires your creativity and contributes to your passion for crochet!

Kristin