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Crochet Fruit Coasters – Yarn Club Fundraising Project #4 – Free Pattern

Spring has been procrastinating and seems nowhere nearby, but I guess I could speed it up a little bit by making some fruit coasters to feel the summer earlier.  I’ve  made a set of 6 for the Knitting Club Fundraising.  All of them are using the same pattern pretty much, except changing yarn colors.   I innovated my pattern from Christine Longe’s Green Apple Coaster pattern as well as Tessa Shearer’s Summer Watermelon Coaster pattern.

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I used Caron Simply Soft that I got from Michael’s.  For crochet hook, I used the 4.5 mm hook

Here’s the basic pattern:

R1: Chain 2 (counted as 1 double crochet) in magic ring, and then make 11 double crochet. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2, then chain 2 (as the next round’s first double crochet) – 12 stitches.

R2: Work 1 double crochet in the same stitch where you chain 2, then work 2 double crochet into each double crochet gap. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2, then chain 2 (as the next round’s first double crochet) – 24 stitches.

R3: Work 2 double crochet in next stitch. *Work 1 double crochet in next stitch, 2 double crochet in next stitch.* Repeat * 11 times.  Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2, then chain 1 (as the next round’s first half double crochet) – 36 stitches.

R4: Work 1 half double crochet in next stitch, work 2 half double crochet in next stitch.   *Work 1 half double crochet in next 2 stitches, work 2 half double crochet in next stitch.* Repeat * 11 times.  Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2, then chain 2 (as the next round’s first  double crochet) – 48 stitches.

R5: Work 1 double crochet in each stitch around. – 48 stitches.

Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.

Apples:  Use white yarn for R1-R4, and green/red yarn for R5.

Lime/Lemon/Orange: Use green/yellow/orange yarn for R1-R3 & R5, white yarn for R4.

Watermelon: Use red yarn for R1-R3, white for R4, and green for R5.

Seeds for apples/watermelon (optional):  Use Black Yarn to sew accordingly.  (See photo for placement.) Fasten off and weave in ends.

Leaf for apples:  Use green yarn, Chain 9, work 3 dc in 4th chain from hook,  1 double crochet in next 2 chains, 1 half double crochet in next chain, 1 single crochet in next chain, 1 slip stitch in last chain.  Go on the other side of the chain and repeat in a reverse order: slip stitch in first chain, 1 single crochet in next chain, 1 half double crochet in next chain, 1 double crochet in next 2 chains, 3 double crochet in last chain (where the first 3 double crochet were made).  Fasten off, sew in apple coaster and weave in ends.

Stem for apples:  Use brown yarn, chain 10, from 2nd chain from hook, work 1 single crochet in each chain.  Fasten off, sew in apple coaster and weave in ends.

Section Lines for Lime/Lemon/Orange: Use white yarn, chain enough length measured from magic ring hole to R4 (white).  I chained 8 for mine.  Fasten off and sew into coaster.  Weave in ends.

Thank you for reading and comments are welcomed.   I would love to see your finished items too.  Show me in comments or on my Facebook page or twitter.

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Crochet NBA Hat – Yarn Club Fundraising Project #3 – Free Pattern

When I sold my first project- the ear warmer, the associate dean passed by and asked if we would make and sell any items for men.  And he said he would be interested in a basket ball hat.  You name it, I make it.  Here’s what I made for him:

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I used Bernat Premium Yarn (Color: Royal Blue) that I got from Walmart for the blue, and used scrap yarns left from my previous projects for the orange and white.

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And here’s the pattern that I made up based on an NBA tuque that I found in google:

ABBREVIATIONS

ch = chain; sl st = slip stitch; st(s) = stitche(es); sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; rep = repeat; * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.

Note: At the end of each round of hdc, slip stitch and chain 2, then turn.

R1: Using blue color, 5 hdc in magic ring. – 5 hdc

R2: 2 hdc in each hdc around – 10 hdc

R3: 2 hdc in each hdc around – 20 hdc

R4: *hdc 1, 2 hdc in next hdc*, rep 10 times.  – 30 hdc

R5: *hdc 2, 2 hdc in next hdc*, rep 10 times.  – 40 hdc

R6: *hdc 3, 2 hdc in next hdc*, rep 10 times.  – 50 hdc

R7: *hdc 4, 2 hdc in next hdc*, rep 10 times.  – 60 hdc

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R8: hdc in each hdc around. – 60 hdc

R9: *hdc 5, 2 hdc in next hdc*, rep 10 times.  – 70 hdc

R10-R18: hdc in each hdc around. – 70 hdc

R19: change to white yarn, hdc in each hdc around. – 70 hdc

R20: change to blue yarn, hdc in each hdc around. – 70 hdc

R21: change to orange yarn, hdc in each hdc around. – 70 hdc

R22: change to blue yarn, hdc in each hdc around. – 70 hdc

R23: change to white yarn, hdc in each hdc around. – 70 hdc

You will now do the edge of the hat by using front post half double crochet and back post half double crochet.

R24: On each of the 70 hdc from R23, you make 1 front post half double crochet and 1 back post half double crochet alternatively across. – 70 stitches

R25: Make 1 back post half double crochet and 1 front post half double crochet alternatively across. – 70 stitches

Repeat R24 and R25 until you reach the height of your preference for the edge.  I repeated twice and ended in R29.

Fasten off and sew in ends.

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Thank you for reading and comments are welcome!

 

 

 

 

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Crochet Piano Bench Cover – Free Pattern

I have been trying to redo the piano chair cover (here’s my previous one done a few years ago) using Granny Rectangle, and finally I found out how to do so from Crochet Again’s post: A Better Granny Rectangle.

I used Caron Cakes Yarn that I got from Michael’s and 4.5 mm crochet hook.

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In the 6th chain from the hook, make 3 double crochet.  Skip 2 chains, and then make 3 double crochet in the next chain.  Continue across, when you reach the last chain, make 1 double crochet, and then chain 3 (count as 1 double crochet).

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Insert your hook (see picture below) into the gap between the last 3 double crochet clusters and the last double crochet you made the 3 chains on top of, and make (in this gap): 2 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double, chain 3, 3 double crochet.

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You have just made 2 corners:

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Then make 3 double crochet in each gap in between the 3 double crochet clusters

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When you reach the end (see picture below), insert your hook in where the arrow pointed,

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and make 2 corners there: 3 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double crochet.  And then you again make 3 double crochet in each gap in between the 3 double crochet clusters.

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Until you reach the end, slip stitch into the top of the beginning chain 3.

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I want to have the clusters tighter together, so I modified the pattern a little bit.  Instead of making 3 chains for the corners, I only make 1 chain in between the 3 double crochets.

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So once you reach the length & width of desire, you can stop making corners and just make 3 double crochet across in between the clusters.  Once you reach the height of desire, you can just fasten off.  Here’s the finished project (20″ x 14″ x 3″):

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Thank you for reading and comments are welcome!

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Crochet Cell Phone Wristlet with Rosebud/Butterfly – Yarn Club Fundraising Project #2 – Free Pattern

I made two cell phone wristlets with inspiration from MyPicot’s posts: Crochet Rosebud Stitch and Crochet Butterfly Stitch.

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I have used the Caron Simply Soft Yarn (Heather Grey for the body of the cozy, Watermelon for the rosebud).

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For the butterfly and rose leaves, I used some scrap yarn that I have left from my previous projects.

To begin, I chained 17 (for my iPhone 6S).

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Starting at the 2nd chain from your hook, do half double crochet across on each of the 16 chains.

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Continue with half double crochet for the other side of your chain, that will make another 16 half double crochet.  So you will have a total of 32 half double crochet as an oval/rectangle shape.  I used a stitch  marker to mark my first stitch because I will be working in continuous rounds (instead of joined rounds with a joining mark in the finished piece).

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Do half double crochet for another rounds until 2/3 of the height of your phone with 32 half double crochet each round.  Mine ends in row 10.

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The next round (Row 11 of mine) will be changing to the first color (for the butterfly or leaves depending on which one you would like to do).  MyPicot has very good instructions on how to do the butterfly with antennas : Crochet Butterfly Stitch.  The position of the rosebud with leaves or butterfly will be up to you.  I will show below how I did the rosebud with leaves.

Join green yarn and single crochet in the first 8 stitches, and now starting to make the 2 leaves: chain 3

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Insert your hook from back to front into a half double crochet below (like the picture below) and make 1 single crochet.  Where you insert the hook will be the where the tip of the leaf (left one) be positioned.  To make the leaf, in the 3 chain space, you make 1 single crochet, 1 half double crochet, 3 double crochet, 1 half double crochet, 1 sc.

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To make the other leaf, chain 3, and then insert your hook from back to front again in a half double crochet that’s 3 stitches from where you positioned the left leaf and make 1 single crochet.  Now repeat what you did for the left leave: in the 3 chain space, you make 1 single crochet, 1 half double crochet, 3 double crochet, 1 half double crochet, 1 single crochet.   Then continue making single crochet across to the end of the row.

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Next round (row 12 of mine) you join pink yarn and single crochet in the first 8 stitches, and now starting to make the rosebud: chain 12, 3 double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook, and then 3 double crochet in each of the remaining 8 chains, chain 3, slip stitch in last chain.  Turn and roll spiral together from one end, rolling towards the other end.  Form strip together into a rosebud shape.  Insert hook through bottom side of rose and sew all layers of the rosebud making slip stitch.  Repeat this slip stitch process one more time, chain 1 and turn. Then continue making single crochet across to the end of the row.

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Join grey yarn and repeat the half double crochet across process until you reach the height you need.  You should still have 32 half double crochet each round. Mine is from row 13 to row 23.

Row 24 (to make the wristlet hole and strap): chain 45 (making the strap), skip 5 half double crochet (make sure the 5 you are skipping are in the center of the cozy), single crochet in the next 11 half double crochet, chain 5, skip 5 half double crochet (make sure the 5 you are skipping are in the center of the other side of the cozy), single crochet in the last 11 half double crochet.

Row 25 (to make the wristlet hole and strap thicker/stronger): make half double crochet in each of the 45 chain, single crochet in the next 11 single crochet, make 5 half double crochet in the 5 chain space, single crochet in the last 11 single crochet.

Fasten off and sew in ends.  Here’s the completed rosebud wristlet:

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Thank you for reading and hope you have fun making this beautiful cozy.  Comments are welcome.