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Crochet Tunisian Ear Warmer – Yarn Club Fundraising Project

It’s been a while since my last post, and I have been feeling guilty for slacking off.  Finally I’ve picked up the crochet hooks again and made the Tunisian Ear Warmer (Click here for the free pattern) for the Yarn Club Fundraising.  I used Bernat Baby Big Ball Sport Yarn (Color: Blossom) and a 4 mm crochet hook.  I followed the free pattern but since I am using a different yarn and a different size hook, I made more than 55 rows as stated in the  pattern.  I started with chaining 17 (same as the pattern), and crocheted until it measures 20″ long.  I made this for a 9-year old, but you can measure the head size and minus 1″ in order to get a better fit (since the yarn will stretch).  I like the Tunisian stitches very much and this is what it looks as when completed!  Hope you will like it too!

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CLICK for Babies 2017 – Crochet Purple Baby Hats

I did this once three years ago, and didn’t get time to do it again in the past two years.

This year the knitting club at work will be participating, so I am in!  Coworker found this pattern from Allicrafts (click here) and I love it.  I made 2 trying out the pattern differently, using Caron Simply Soft.

First one, I used 5mm crochet hook, and follow the pattern until round 4.  I did purple and pink yarn alternatively.

Round 1 (use purple yarn): Make a magic ring, ch 3 (as part of the first cluster), then yarn over (yo), insert the hook into the magic ring, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook.  Two loops remain on the hook. One half-closed double crochet is complete. A half-closed stitch is one that’s only worked partway, and then finished at the end of the combination.  Repeat the preceding step once.  You should end up with 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw the yarn through all 3 loops on the hook, chain 2.  The first cluster is completed.  *yarn over (yo), insert the hook into the magic ring, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook.  Two loops remain on the hook. One half-closed double crochet is complete. A half-closed stitch is one that’s only worked partway, and then finished at the end of the combination.  Repeat the preceding step twice.  You should end up with 4 loops on the hook, chain 2.* Now you finished the 2nd cluster.  Repeat from * 3 times.  Pull magic ring tight.  sl st to top ch of ch 3, sl st in next st, sl st in ch-2 space.  (5 clusters)

Round 2 (change to pink yarn): This round you will make 2 clusters in each ch-2 space, making 10 clusters.  Ch 3 (as part of the first cluster), then yarn over (yo), insert the hook into the ch-2 space, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook.  Two loops remain on the hook. One half-closed double crochet is complete. A half-closed stitch is one that’s only worked partway, and then finished at the end of the combination.  Repeat the preceding step once.  You should end up with 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw the yarn through all 3 loops on the hook, chain 2.  The first cluster is completed..  In the same ch-2 space, *yarn over (yo), insert the hook into the magic ring, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook.  Two loops remain on the hook. One half-closed double crochet is complete. A half-closed stitch is one that’s only worked partway, and then finished at the end of the combination.  Repeat the preceding step twice.  You should end up with 4 loops on the hook, chain 2.* Now you finished the 2nd cluster.  Repeat from * twice in each ch-2 space.  sl st to top ch of ch 3, sl st in next st, sl st in ch-2 space.  (10 clusters)

Round 3 (purple):  This round you will make 2 clusters in first ch-2 space, then 1 cluster in next ch-2 space alternatively, making 15 clusters.  Ch 3 (as part of the first cluster), then yarn over (yo), insert the hook into the ch-2 space, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook.  Two loops remain on the hook. One half-closed double crochet is complete. A half-closed stitch is one that’s only worked partway, and then finished at the end of the combination.  Repeat the preceding step once.  You should end up with 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw the yarn through all 3 loops on the hook, chain 2.  The first cluster is completed..  In the same ch-2 space, *yarn over (yo), insert the hook into the magic ring, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook.  Two loops remain on the hook. One half-closed double crochet is complete. A half-closed stitch is one that’s only worked partway, and then finished at the end of the combination.  Repeat the preceding step twice.  You should end up with 4 loops on the hook, chain 2.* Now you finished the 2nd cluster.  The next ch-2 space you will only make 1 cluster, so repeat from * once.  Then repeat from * twice in next ch-2 space, then once until the end. sl st to top ch of ch 3, sl st in next st, sl st in ch-2 space.  (15 clusters)

Round 4 (pink): This round you will make 1 cluster in each ch-2 space, making 15 clusters.  Ch 3 (as part of the first cluster), then yarn over (yo), insert the hook into the ch-2 space, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook.  Two loops remain on the hook. One half-closed double crochet is complete. A half-closed stitch is one that’s only worked partway, and then finished at the end of the combination.  Repeat the preceding step once.  You should end up with 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw the yarn through all 3 loops on the hook, chain 2.  The first cluster is completed..  In the next ch-2 space, *yarn over (yo), insert the hook into the magic ring, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook.  Two loops remain on the hook. One half-closed double crochet is complete. A half-closed stitch is one that’s only worked partway, and then finished at the end of the combination.  Repeat the preceding step twice.  You should end up with 4 loops on the hook, chain 2.* Now you finished the 2nd cluster.  Repeat from * in each ch-2 space till the end.  sl st to top ch of ch 3, sl st in next st, sl st in ch-2 space.  (15 clusters)

Round 5 (purple): This round you will make 2 clusters in first ch-2 space, then 1 cluster in next 2 ch-2 space, then repeat the same process, making 20 clusters.  Ch 3 (as part of the first cluster), then yarn over (yo), insert the hook into the ch-2 space, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook.  Two loops remain on the hook. One half-closed double crochet is complete. A half-closed stitch is one that’s only worked partway, and then finished at the end of the combination.  Repeat the preceding step once.  You should end up with 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw the yarn through all 3 loops on the hook, chain 2.  The first cluster is completed..  In the same ch-2 space, *yarn over (yo), insert the hook into the magic ring, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook.  Two loops remain on the hook. One half-closed double crochet is complete. A half-closed stitch is one that’s only worked partway, and then finished at the end of the combination.  Repeat the preceding step twice.  You should end up with 4 loops on the hook, chain 2.* Now you finished the 2nd cluster.  The next 2 ch-2 space you will only make 1 cluster, so repeat from * once.  Then repeat from * twice in next ch-2 space, then once in next 2 ch-2 space until the end. sl st to top ch of ch 3, sl st in next st, sl st in ch-2 space.  (20 clusters)

Round 6 (pink): This round you will make 1 cluster in each ch-2 space, making 20 clusters.  Ch 3 (as part of the first cluster), then yarn over (yo), insert the hook into the ch-2 space, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook.  Two loops remain on the hook. One half-closed double crochet is complete. A half-closed stitch is one that’s only worked partway, and then finished at the end of the combination.  Repeat the preceding step once.  You should end up with 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw the yarn through all 3 loops on the hook, chain 2.  The first cluster is completed..  In the next ch-2 space, *yarn over (yo), insert the hook into the magic ring, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook.  Two loops remain on the hook. One half-closed double crochet is complete. A half-closed stitch is one that’s only worked partway, and then finished at the end of the combination.  Repeat the preceding step twice.  You should end up with 4 loops on the hook, chain 2.* Now you finished the 2nd cluster.  Repeat from * in each ch-2 space till the end.  sl st to top ch of ch 3, sl st in next st, sl st in ch-2 space.  (20 clusters)

Round 7-11 (purple): Loosely sl st around in back loops only. (60 st)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Then I tried 5.5 mm crochet hook, following the pattern without changing anything, using pink and grey yarn alternatively.  It turned out about the same size as what I did with the purple/pink one.

Which one do you like better, color/pattern wise?  Stay tuned since I will be trying out different patterns when working on this project. 🙂

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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 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 Wedding Bear Couples

Oh my, it’s been 6 months since my last post.  Finally, inspired by a niece’s request, I crocheted a bear that I made a few years ago (see previous post here) but with a different outfit – black tuxedo.  Here’s what I made for her:

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After that, my 5-year old boy said he loved it and wanted one.  Alright alright, I will make another one, and also write up the pattern in case any of you out there would like to make one too 😝 So I made the outfit in grey this time.

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And of course, my 7-year old girl will not want to be left out.  So I decided to make the girl one too, but with a crown instead of a hat this time, and a different dress – a dress with train…I am not done with the front though – still working on the bouquet and will do some more decor on the dress.  Here’s the back as a sneak peek (as always, you gotta wait for the bride’s grand entrance, right? 😉):

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