Christmas Coasters

This weekend I worked feverishly on several sewing projects as Christmas gifts for family and friends.  It was a good weekend for it since the weather in South Jersey took a turn for the colder and we had our first snowfall of the winter.  I captured a picture from out back to share.  It wasn’t a lot of snow and it’s mostly melted now, but I used it as an excuse to hunker down for the weekend and get holiday stuff completed.

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Even though I was not working on Christmas coasters this weekend, I did put a few sets together between the start of fall and today….mostly on our 5,000 mile road trip in October.  I love making coasters because they work up quickly and they don’t require a lot of space to work in so car rides are a perfect time to whip some up.  These three are basic patterns, work up quick and put pretty little pops of holiday cheer all around the house (they store easy too)!

Christmas Coasters

I’m still trying to find the pattern I used for the snowflakes.  I know it was designed for a pattern that worked with thread instead of yarn and it was designed to be stiffened with starch and hung on the tree.  I used worsted weight yarn and an H hook so the piece would work up larger than original and they are a perfect coaster size.  As soon as I can track down the pattern, I will post it.  In the meantime, there are some amazing free patterns for snowflakes out there….many are intermediate designs, but some can be done with minimal stitch knowledge.

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These adorable Christmas tree coasters were so fun to make.  I had to remind myself they would be having things set on top of them because all I wanted to do was add some beading as ornaments on them after I placed the little stars.  I found this free pattern here.  You will need a Ravelry account to access her pdf file, but it’s a great pattern for a basic tree form.  They are really cute.  I stashed mine under some candles around the living room.

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Lastly, I made a set of mittens that are adorable.  The pattern is free and you can find it here.  The pattern includes instructions to add a snowflake pattern in the middle of the mittens, but I didn’t have time to add them when I made them and they are pretty cute plain.  I used them for wine glass coasters, but they would work for anything.

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If you are looking for a cute project that will work up quickly, coasters are the project for you….with the holidays upon us, it’s a last minute great gift idea.  Enjoy the free patterns and as always….Happy Hooking!

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Scrubbies Made from Scrubby Yarn!

As a follow-up to yesterday’s article on Tulle Kitchen Scrubbies , I wanted to share another short, quick pattern for making Scrubbies from another material that you can find in almost any craft corner of the major shopping outlets.  Red Heart came out with the Scrubby Yarn line some time ago but I had just made quite a few out of tulle, so I waited until I needed to do a restock and I grabbed a few.

 

 

Scrubbies with Red Heart YarnA few….meaning more than 2 but less than 10 (cause I always need extras) and started surfing the internet for some ideas.  I didn’t go searching for a pattern since I already had the basic measurements in mind.  Instead, I went searching for inspiration….that’s short for I took about 2 hours to scroll through my Pinterest and pin a ton of things I hope to do someday and then I came back to this really funky material and grabbed my hook to start creating something new.

When I say this is a strange material, I am not kidding.  I would describe it as a tattered thick thread and it’s admittedly a little strange to work with at first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrubbie Yarn By Red HeartI picked Tropical because I loved the pop of colors, but whatever your color choice is I am sure you can find it since they have 27 different color options to pick from.

I decided to start with something basic just to get use to working with the material and see how sturdy it was going to be.  I did a variation on the pattern from yesterday. 

This pattern is super easy and works up so quickly you can make enough for a month’s supply while watching your favorite show.  When completed, you will have a nice circle scrubbie with a loop at the top that you can slide over your faucet to allow fast drying.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the pattern for the scrubbies I made:

Supplies:

Red Heart Scrubby Yarn in Tropical

K Hook

Tapestry Needle

*Gauge is not important for this pattern.   My finished circle will be approximately 5″.  Smaller gauge needles will require more repeated rounds but will have a tighter stitch in the finished piece.

Stitches:

Sl st: slip stitch

Ch: chain

Dc:  double crochet

*Magic circle- If you do not know how to do a magic circle, you can chain 4 and begin Round 1 in the third chain from the hook.

Begin:

Make a magic circle, ch 3

Round One:  11 dc into magic circle, sl st into top of ch 3 (12)

Round Two:  Ch 3, dc into same st, 2 dc in next st and each st around. (24). Do not fasten off.

Take a moment to measure your circle.  I prefer my scrubbie to fit in my hand, so I like mine to measure about 5″ across and for that reason I was able to stop at Round Two and begin creating the loop.

If you need to continue another round in order to increase the size of your piece, just begin with another ch3 and then dc in each st around, sl st to the top of the ch 3 and repeat until your scrubbie is as big as you would like it to be.

Now let’s make the loop.  After securing the final round with a sl st to the top of your ch 3, ch 10 and sl st back into the same st.  Secure your loop to the piece (I use a double knot to keep it in place), fasten off and weave in the ends.

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Voila!  New scrubbies to use!!!  Anything to make cleaning the dishes less mundane.  Feel free to throw your finished product in the dishwasher for a quick cleaning anytime you run a load (keep it up top) or you can wash it with your towels in the machine, just throw it in a mesh bag or a pillowcase so it doesn’t get torn apart.

Hope you enjoy the pattern.   Happy Hooking!

 

Tulle Kitchen Scrubbies Pattern

One of the first crochet patterns I ever wrote for household use was a pattern for Kitchen Scrubbies made from different colors of tulle.  I wanted to create something quickly that would be durable and most importantly, clean my dishes and pans without damaging them.  There are lots of scrubbie patterns on the internet and many of them are for tulle, so I was able to come up with a general idea of how to use the material and how big I wanted the scrubbie to be.  Fortunately, I had a leftover roll of light pink tulle I used earlier this year when I made a Valentine’s Day wreath for my front door.  So, I grabbed the tulle and a few more supplies and I was able to put one together in less than 10 minutes!!!  Tulle Scrubbie.jpg

I’m sharing my pattern with you in the hopes that you will take a few minutes today and whip some up for your kitchen.  I promise you won’t be disappointed with how well they clean your dishes.

If you love these as much as I do, you will find more uses than just in your kitchen.  I create tulle scrubbies in different colors for use in different rooms in the house.  Keeping colors specific to the cleaning jobs they are used for saves a lot of guesswork when Hubby and the kiddos step in to help with chores.

Here’s my free pattern:

 

Tulle Kitchen Scrubbie Pattern:

 Beginner

Finished Scrubbie: 5” Circumference

*Gauge is not important with this pattern.  The smaller the gauge of your hook, the tighter the stitching will be and the more rounds you may need to complete to obtain the 5” circumference.

Supplies:

Tulle (3” width and @ 25 grams)

11.50mm/P Hook

Tapestry needle

Stitches:

Ch-chain

Sl St-slip stitch

DC-double crochet

Begin with a ch 4. (You can use the magic circle technique here if you are familiar)

Round 1:  Place 12dc into the 3rd ch from the hook, sl st into the top of the first dc, ch 3. (Do not turn the work but continue in the round) (12)

Round 2:  Place 2dc into each dc around, sl st into the top of the first dc.  Ch 10 and sl st into same dc*.  Secure the tulle and fasten off.  Weave in the ends. (24)

*Take a moment to measure your piece.  Depending on the gauge of your hook, you could be ready for the finishing round.  If you need more rounds to make the circumference larger, simply ch3 at the end of round 2 and dc in each dc around then finish the piece the same as Round 2 above.

 

Happy Hooking!

 

 

 

A Week of Frustrations

Well, that’s what this past week of project work has been….I started out working on a sandal pattern with flip-flop bases to them.   I tend to stitch loosely and with this particular type of pattern, it is not a positive attribute to have.  I did finish at least one of the sandals all the way to the end and then had a good laugh with the family as I put my foot in it and showed everyone my summer clown shoe.  Since it was a failed project, I didn’t think to take a photo but I will in the future.  I am going to practice this pattern or another similar one and I will do some step by step photos.

My second project this week was not a complete failure, but I didn’t approve of the final outcome.  It was another tank top with a really beautiful design under the bralette.  The pattern was easy to read and the stitch work itself was easy, but I ended up with a back strap that was way too long and the shoulder straps were oversized as well.  So, I did some quick fixes to it and my daughter loves it and says she will wear it……I’m gonna start another tank top for her and lower my needle and yarn sizes.

Since I don’t have a new project to share, I thought I would share a post that I put on my Instagram and Ravelry accounts earlier this year.  I did quite a few pillow projects and this happened to be one of my favorites….

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I found this wonderful pattern for FREE!!!!!  Right, I love free patterns….especially when they work up this beautifully!  This particular one is written in a  fit to size pattern, so I was able to get a larger pillow than she worked in her pattern and follow the steps with no problems at all.  Other than the sizing difference, the only variation I made was to the flower on the pillow itself.  I was making this as a gift for my sister who has two young  boys running around the roost.  Although I love the flower clip idea that was suggested, it just wasn’t a practical option….that flower would not have made it a week. So, I looked up a puffy flower pattern and sewed the applique to only one side.  That way if my taste and my sister’s taste didn’t match, there was always a plain side.

You can find this pattern on my Ravelry page which has a direct link to this pillow pattern.  Click here for my Ravelry page.  While you are there, check out some of the other free patterns I have linked on my page.  I am always adding new projects.

Happy Hooking!