Little crochet doily pouch

Will hold a deck of cards, or Pokemon cards if your kids are into that sort of thing. Yesterday my son came home from school having completed his first Poke-trades. He didn’t make out very well, but he may have learned something (I hope).

Anyway, the pouch he had been using I had made him a while ago for his little rock collection. It is now too small to accommodate his growing Pokecard collection, so I made this one.

crochet pouch

crochet pouch

I used whatever yarns I had that had blue in them which is why this pouch is very multicoloured.

I got the pattern here https://thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/little-doily-bag/

Pouch part
You will need yarn in 8ply and a 4mm hook. I used cotton, but acrylic or wool would work too. These instructions are in US terms.

To make the purse chain 22, turn and half double crochet (hdc) in the third stitch from the hook and each stitch across (20hdc). Chain 2, turn and hdc in each stitch across the row. Keep working back and forth (remembering to ch 2 at the end of each row) until you have a rectangle approximately 20cm long. I made this bag with stripes, alternating two rows in each color – and 4 rows (rows 8-10) at the bottom of the bag (where you fold it). I sc the sides together but you could just sew them.

I did change a few things in the doily part.

To make the doily flap:

1. No Magic Circle because Google can’t teach me how to do it.

2. Ch 5, 9 dc in first ch. Join with a ss to complete the round (10 DC).

3. CH3, DC in same stitch, 2DC in each remaining stitch around, join with a ss to complete the round (20DC).

4. CH3, DC in next stitch, CH2. *DC in next 2 stitches, CH 2* repeat between * and * around, join with a ss to complete the round (10 x 2DC pairs).

5. SS to 2ch space. CH3, DC, CH3, 2DC into same space. *2DC into next space, ch3, 2DC into same space* repeat between * and * around, join with a ss to complete the round.little crochet doily bag 26. Change color and join yarn in a 3ch space.

6. CH3, DC 3 into first 3ch space, *ch 1, DC4 into each remaining 3ch space* around, join with a ss to complete the round. Fasten off and sew in all ends. (I found that anything more than 4 dc pulled at the doily too much and wouldn’t have made a good flap).

Attach doily to back of purse, approximately one third of the way down. Carefully sew in place. Add button to the front.

Reuse tin lid as coaster

I had this ill fitting lid kicking around holding scrapbooking scraps. reuse tin lidWhen I upgraded to a cut out milk jug I needed to find a new purpose for the lid or throw it out. I recently painted the top of my small filing cabinet

paint filing cabinet

paint filing cabinet

which sits beside my laptop and I used to always put my coffee on it, leading to stains. I didn’t want to stain my new paint job so I settled on the idea of making a coaster.

I spray painted the thing with a white primer then painted the sides blue. I crocheted a long chain of blue garden twine that Hubby had bought me to tie up my tomatoes and hot glued it down in a circular fashion both on top and inside the lid. Voilà, coaster!

reuse tin lid into coaster

reuse tin lid into coaster

reuse lid into coaster, inside

reuse lid into coaster, inside

reuse tin lid into coaster, top

reuse tin lid into coaster, top

Milk jug ring flower free crochet pattern

I knew there should be a way to reuse even the plastic ring that attaches the cap to the milk jug and I finally found it on Pinterest! You crochet a flower around the ring.

reuse milk jug ring

reuse milk jug ring

I’m going to slip the flower around my daughter’s ponytail.

Here is where I got the pattern:
http://whiskersandwool.blogspot.ca/2011/11/christmas-wreath-ring-christmas.html

And here’s the pattern:
Round 1) Join yarn with a sl st around 2” plastic ring, ch 1, 36 sc around ring, join with a sl st to beg sc. Do not turn. (36 sc)

NOTE: Either the ring I had was too small or my yarn too thick but I could only get 24 sc, a multiple of 6 as well, into the ring. Not a problem, rounds 2 and 3 are done exactly the same.

Round 2) Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 2,* sk next st, sc in next st, ch 2*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to beg sc. Do not turn. (18 sc, 18 ch-2 spaces)

Round 3) 5 dc in first ch-2 space, sk next sc,* sl st in next ch-2 sp, sk next sc, 5 dc in next ch-2 sp, sk next sc*, repeat from * to * around, ending with a sl st in last ch-2 sp. End off, weave in ends.

To Finish: Cut a strand of red yarn, weave through the ch-2 openings, and tie into a bow.

Crochet Pokemon Superball free pattern and crochet pokeball free pattern

pokemon super ball free pattern

pokemon super ball free pattern

pokemon super ball free pattern

pokemon super ball free pattern

Poke Super Ball is approx 3 inches square.

Made with 7/0 crochet hook

White ball half:
Ch 2
6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (there will be no sl stitches)
2 sc in ea sc around (12 sts)
*1 sc in 1st sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18 sts)
*1 sc in 1st 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (24 sts)
*1 sc in 1st 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (30 sts)
*1 sc in 1st 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (36 sts)

Sl st in next st and insert row marker.
sc in back of ea sc around. Sl st.
sc in ea sc around for 2 rows. Sl st in last 3 sts. Fasten off.

Blue ball half:
same as for white until last row. No sl st in last 3 sts, attach to white ball at row marker with 6 sc. Fasten off.

Sew in ends.

Black Band:
Note:
I did this by knitting it but you can do it as a crochet chain that you sc for 2 rows then fasten off.

Using 3.25mm needles CO 42 sts. K 2 rows. Cast off. Pull tight when sewing to top white row of white ball half. It will not reach all the way around so make sure to leave the open spot in the front center where you will add the white and black button.

Front button circle:
Begin in white
Ch 2
6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
2 sc in ea sc around (12 sts)
switch to black yarn
*1 sc in 1st sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18 sts). Fasten off.

Sew to front of Pokeball.

Superball red “ears”:
These are knit on 3.25mm needles
Make 2
CO 13 sts, K 1 row, cast off
Sew to blue half of PokeSuperBall with cast off edge to the outside (not really important if you mess this up) on both sides of ball.

Regular Pokeball:
Make white part the same
Make blue part red
Black band and circle parts are the same
No red “ears”

Crochet water bottle carrier free pattern

With spring approaching outdoor activities approach too. This year, I’M NOT CARRYING EVERYTHING IN MY PURSE. The heaviest items are the water bottles so I bought 2 kid sized bottles and now I’m crocheting little bottle purses for the kids.

Here’s the pattern I based my project on: http://vallieskids.blogspot.ca/2009/05/16oz.html

There were a few glitches in the pattern so I re-wrote parts of it and added a strap of my own invention.

She used a G hook, but I used a K {6.50 mm} to get the right size for my bottle. I used Bernat handicrafter yarn and one bottle carrier will use one ball of yarn. The water bottle is 6 in tall and 2.5 in in diameter.

Rnd 1) Ch 2. 10 double crochet in 2nd ch from hook, slip st to first double crochet.
Rnd 2) Ch 2 (this did not count as my first double crochet). 2 double crochet in next st and each st around, sl to first double crochet
Rnd 3) Ch 2, double crochet in same st, *2 double crochet in next st, double crochet in next st* rep *to* around, sl st to first dc

Rnd 4) Ch1, sc in same st. *sc in each back loop* rep *to* around, sl to first sc

Rnd 5) Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch2, skip next st, sc in next st*, rep *to* around.
Rnd 6-22 or however tall you need to make your bottle carrier. It’s best to measure this with a full water bottle since the crochet will stretch a bit.) You may want to put a row marker here. I didn’t. * ch2, sc in next ch2 space, repeat from * around.
Rnd 23) Ch1, *sc in each sc and ea ch2 space* rep *to* around,
Rnd 24-25) Ch1, *sc in ea sc* around. End with sl st but do not fasten off.

Strap
Row 1: Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 6 sc.
Row 2: Ch 4, turn. Trc in 2nd sc from hook, ch 1, trc in 2nd sc fr hook, ch 1, trc in 2nd ch fr hook.
Row 3: Ch 4, turn. Trc in ch-1 space, ch1, trc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, trc in ch-1 sp.

Repeat Row 3 until strap measures desired length.

Finish
Sc strap end to bottle holder. Weave in ends.

crochet water bottle carrier

crochet water bottle carrier

The water bottle is full so you can see the full effect of the stretch.

I chose to make a netting like strap because I didn’t want a solid one that my kids would sweat under.

Crochet flower free pattern

I thought that if I put a pretty pink flower on my daughter’s headband she might be persuaded to wear the headband more often and keep her hair out of her face. Luckily the internet has lots of free patterns for crochet flowers. It seems that the internet believes that everyone should know how to make one. This is the one I chose.
http://mylittlecitygirl.com/2012/02/dewdrop-crocheted-flower-pin-free-pattern-for-kids-and-adult/

You’ll have to download the pattern.

crochet flower on headband

crochet flower on headband

I only made the “flower motif” part of the pattern and at Row 2 I made 4 dc, not 5, because I could only fit 4 on the ring. So here’s what I did.

DEWDROP FLOWER PIN CROCHET

© 2012 Copyright Alla Koval Designs, Inc. http://mylittlecitygirl.com/

FLOWER MOTIF

begin in yellow

• Ch 5, sl st in 5thfrom hook to form ring.

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, (sc, ch 3) 5 times in ring, join with sl st to beg ch = 5 ch-3 sps and 5 sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-3 sp around, join with sl st to beg ch = 5 petals.

switch to pink

Rnd 3: Ch 1, working behind petals of Rnd 2, (sc in next sc of Rnd 1, ch 5) around, join with sl st to beg ch.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, 9 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-5 sp around, join with sl st to beg ch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

How to starch a doily with, well, cornstarch.

Our 4 bathrooms need some decorating. I managed to pull something off in the little en suite bathroom in the master bedroom, but the rest of the house was SOL. I’m not useless at making halfway pretty things so I crocheted a doily. The problem, and it was a big problem, was that the pattern sucked. It was poorly written, confusing and left a lot of room for interpretation. Overall I think I did pretty well but the end result was a very bunched up doily. And a note written on the pattern to never use it again.

finished doily, bunched up

finished doily, bunched up


I used a homemade mixture of 1.5 cups filtered water (Brita) and 2 tbsp. cornstarch. Stir well. I had to soak the doily a little bit because it’s made of acrylic yarn that doesn’t readily absorb water. Then I laid it out flat on a tea towel, put another over top and added a heavy textbook. I left it that way overnight.

Pressing between 2 towels after being dipped in starch mixture.

Pressing between 2 towels after being dipped in starch mixture.


In the morning I took off the top layer of pressing material so the doily could dry properly and not smell like a wet towel.

final drying stage

final drying stage


I’d say that my cornstarch mixture produced a lightly starched doily. If you want something stiffer just add another tbsp. or two of cornstarch.

I'm holding it up and it's holding it's flat shape!

I’m holding it up and it’s holding it’s flat shape!

This is where the doily went.  The wipes are for the kids to wipe their faces without drenching the floor.

This is where the doily went. The wipes are for the kids to wipe their faces without drenching the floor.

Crochet doll diaper free pattern

I had actually been looking for a dress pattern but a diaper cover popped up in the search and I went down that garden path instead.

The original pattern is here http://flowerscreations.blogspot.ca/2012/05/free-diaper-cover-pattern.html but it’s for a real baby and it’s a diaper cover but I adapted the pattern to fit a 12 inch to 16 inch doll.

crochet doll diaper free pattern

crochet doll diaper free pattern

Adjustable Diaper Pattern

#4 crochet hook

Terms:
Ch- chain
Sc- single crochet
Dc- double crochet
Hdc- half double crochet
Sl st- slip stitch

Ch 55
Row 1: sc 1 in second ch from hook, sc 1 in every st across, ch 1 and turn (54 st)
Row 2: dc across, ch 1 turn (54 st)

These DC are the button holes which makes these easily adjustable for different size dolls.

Row 3: sc 1 in every st across, turn
Row 4: skip 1st dc, sl st in next 14 dc, ch 2, hdc 1 in next 24 across, ch 1 turn (24 sts)
Row 5: sc 1 in every st across, ch 2 turn (24 sts)
Row 6-9: repeat rows 4-5 once for a small doll, twice for a larger doll
Row 10: hdc2tog, dc 1 in next 20, hdc2tog, ch 1 turn (22 sts)
Row 11: sc2tog, sc 1 in next 18, sc2tog, ch 2 turn (20 sts)
Row 12: hdc2tog, dc 1 in next 16, hdc2tog, ch 1 turn (18 sts)
Row 13: sc2tog, sc 1 in next 14, sc2tog, ch 2 turn (16 sts)
Row 14: hdc2tog, dc 1 in next 12, hdc2tog, ch1 turn (14 sts)
Row 15: sc 1 in every st across, ch 2 turn (14 sts)
Row 16: hdc 1 in every st across, ch 1 turn (14 sts)
Row 17-20: repeat row 15-16
Row 21: sc 1 in every st across ch 2 turn (14 sts)
Row 22: hdc 2 in first st, dc 1 in every st across ch 1, turn (15 sts)
Row 23: sc 2 in first st, sc 1 in every st across ch 2 turn (16 sts)
Row 24: hdc 1 in every st across, ch 1, turn (16 sts)
Row 25: sc 1 in every st across, ch 2 turn (16 st)
Row 26: hdc 1 in every st across, ch 1 turn (16 st)

Switch to contrasting color, ch 1 and sc around the outside of the diaper. Fasten off and weave in ends

Tip: use 2 st on the turns of each corner

Attach button on side of work where you are seeing the right side of the lining color. Fasten off, and weave in ends.

crochet diaper with adjustable buttons

crochet diaper with adjustable buttons

I had to use 2 buttons because I chose very thick yarn for the diaper so one button wouldn’t go through both straps.

For the next diaper I will use yarn half that thickness.

Crochet bathmat free pattern

This is why I haven’t blogged much this week, I’ve been crocheting this thing.crochet bathmat free patternIt’s not actually a bathmat, it’s for the floor on Hubby’s side of the bed which is kind of narrow. Correspondingly, this mat is more long than wide.

Bathmat Pattern
You will need 7 balls of Bernat yarn in the colours of your choice. I used Robin’s Egg, Hot Blue and French Blue; and a #7 crochet hook. And about a week of your time if you have kids.

Assuming you already have the hook, the Bernat balls are $2 each, so this bathmat, custom coloured to your bathroom; costs $14, is 100% cotton, and washable.

Ch 61
Row 1: Sc in ea sc beginning in 2nd sc from hook. 60 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in ea 60 sc
Row 3-4: rep Row 2.

Rest of mat: Sc in ea sc around, making 3 sc in the corner sc. End when it’s the size you want with 3 sl st right before the next corner. Weave in ends.

NOTE: If you wanted to make an actual bathmat, Start with a Ch 41 or Ch 51, depending on the size of the tub and space in the bathroom.crochet bathmat free pattern colour scheme