January 22, 2012

Crochet the Day Away.

Today it is utterly dreary outside. There is this foggy mist (is that redundant?) in the air. And, frankly, it's made me feel a little down.

So I decided to brighten my day by using some cheery, springy colors to try some new crochet projects (thanks, pinterest).

Here they are (I've attached links to patterns):

The first things I decided to make were a couple of different bookmarks. The first one is supposed to be a bookworm. Click here for the pattern.



Here it is actually in the book. I admit, it is a little bulky for the book... But on the other hand... it's kind of cute.

Here it is sticking out of the book!


The 2nd bookmark is a heart bookmark. I used a pattern for a heart (found here) and then I crocheted a long tail (goes in the book) and attached a tassel. It could be a good gift. Maybe.



The 3rd thing I made were some flower coasters. Here is the link to the original pattern. However, after I made one, I felt like it was too big. So I modified it and kind of made my own pattern (exciting, right?) Here are the finished coasters.






Here is the pattern for the coasters:

YELLOW (flower center)

Round 1: Chain 2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook—do not join (6 sc)
Round 2
: 2 sc in each st around—do not join (12 sc)
Round 3
: *2 sc in next st, sc in next stitch*, repeat pattern around (18 sc)

End off yellow

PETAL COLOR

Round 4: Join petal color using a sl st (anywhere on yellow), ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts*, repeat this pattern around. Do not join. (24 sc)
Round 5:
* 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts*, repeat this pattern around. Do not join. (30 sc)
Round 6: *sl st in next st, skip next st, 5 dc in next st*, repeat this pattern around, ending with a sl st in beg sl st (makes 10 petals)

End off, weave in ends (I’ve found it works better if you can work them in as you’re going around—it will save you time in the end)


I hope enjoy the patterns. And if you don't crochet-- you should try. There are tons of sites and YouTube videos dedicated to making it easy (if I can follow patterns and videos, anyone can)

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