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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 – Knitting 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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