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  • Summer Yarn: Finger Crochet a Scarf or Necklace in Cotton

    I do love scarves as a great embellishment to most outfits. They can be fun and funky, or sleek and classic; chunky for coats, silky for dresses. Now that summer temperatures and humidity are looming, I don't want anything heavy, bulky or scratchy around my neck.  But I do want to wear a little extra color and pizzazz to more casual outfits. The perfect solution is a light-weight, airy Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace in cotton yarn!

    After choosing my yarn colors, I was off making chain after chain. I did hold my yarn a little differently than demonstrated in Leisure Arts' Finger Crochet video, (this video is found as an additional video listed with the, "Learn to Arm Knit" video. Scroll down below the initial viewing window and select the Finger Crochet video). Once I got comfortable with how I was finger crocheting, I easily fell into a rythym.

    Make chain stitches one after another creating a long chain for your Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace. Make crochet chain stitches one after another creating a long chain for your Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace.

    I knew Leisure Arts had both a video tutorial and pattern associated with finger crocheting, so all I had to do was to rummage through my cotton yarn stash and choose some colors. When I learned how to arm knit, I remember seeing a bonus finger crochet pattern shown in the leaflet, 75517 - Learn How to Arm Knit. If you don't have a stash of yarn but are quite intrigued by arm knitting and finger crocheting, you might consider purchasing a kit that has all needed supplies included! The kit's contents found in 47134 - Learn to Arm Knit includes yarn, an instruction booklet with a finger crochet scarf pattern and tassel/pom-pom making techniques.

    My Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace is growing. Finger Crochet is described in several Leisure Arts' items: 47134 - Learn to Arm Knit Kit and 75517 - Learn How to Arm Knit. My Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace is growing. Finger Crochet is described in Leisure Arts' items 47134 - Learn to Arm Knit Kit and 75517 - Learn How to Arm Knit.

    I chose colors that were definitely summery that elicited thoughts of beach breezes, mild winds, shoreline discoveries, porch swings, bare feet...relaxed fun. Trying to look fresh and cool during the summer can sometimes be difficult. In order to remain comfortable while adding some relaxed embellishment to my outfits, I wanted to use cotton yarn. It is light-weight and breathable. Both of these characteristics were necessities for my scarf or necklace that I planned to drape around my neck during the summer!

    Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn in colors Cornflower Blue and Cool Breeze Ombre. The Learn to Arm Knit booklet that is included in the kit; note the Bonus items listed on the front cover. Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn in colors Cornflower Blue and Cool Breeze Ombre. The Learn to Arm Knit booklet standing next to the box is included in the KIT; note the Bonus items listed on the front cover.

    I knew I had to have a very long chain to loop multiple times around my head in order to drape properly. I just kept in the zone of chaining; it was much easier to keep going once I started rather than breaking my time up into crocheting segments. I never did measure my final length of chain; I can only guess how long it was if the inside loop measures 27" in diameter when I laid it on the table.

    Close-up of the length of chain looped around and around trying to determine the final appearance of the scarf or necklace. Close-up of the length of chain looped around and around trying to determine the final appearance of the Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace.
    Finger crochet chain - chain - chain to whatever length you desire! The inside circle loop measures 27". Finger crochet: chain - chain - chain to whatever length you desire! The inside circle loop measures 27" inches in diameter.

    As I was crocheting, I thought of adding a little something more to finish the scarf a little differently than the examples that I had seen showing bulky yarns. I did not want to add weight to my project because that would defeat the purpose of the scarf or necklace being light-weight. I returned to my stash and found a solution!

    Other supplies used: 7-9mm Freshwater Pearls, Stretch Magic bead and jewelry cord (0.7 mm / 0.28 in), and a wooden button (1.5" in diameter). Other supplies used: 7-9mm Freshwater Pearls, Stretch Magic Bead and Jewelry Cord (0.7 mm / 0.28 in), and a wooden button (1.5" in diameter).

    I strung some Freshwater Pearls onto Stretch Magic Bead and Jewelry Cord before weaving into one section of my project.

    Fresh water pearls strung on the Stretch Magic cord to add a little glimmer to the chain. Freshwater Pearls strung on the Stretch Magic Bead and Jewelry Cord to add a little glimmer to the chain.

    I attached the scarf or necklace together as described in leaflet 75517 - Learn to Arm Knit or instruction booklet contained in the 47134 - Learn to Arm Knit KIT. Then, I added a wooden button as my signature - I love buttons, too!

    The final Finger Crochet Scarf / Necklace has seven loops, not six as pictured when the innermost loop measured 27" inches in diameter. The final Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace has seven loops, not six as pictured when the innermost loop measured 27" inches in diameter.

    The Finger Crochet Scarf or Necklace is in summer colors and is a free-flowing pattern of loops. it is light-weight even with its added Freshwater Pearls and wooden button, and will feel cool hanging around my neck since it is made using cotton yarn.

    A snapshot at the end of the day; the necklace is a good length. A snapshot at the end of the day; the necklace is a good length.

    This is a great way to end a few long, hot days -- and summer hasn't officially begun! Until next time, stay cool!

    Martha

  • Bull’s Eye Coasters

    This is just a quick and easy project. Something small that you can carry around with you it’s too hot to try to work on really big projects. I have a baby blanket that I stopped working on in May because it was getting to hot. I found the pattern for Bull’s Eye Coaster from a Leisure Arts book called Modern Motifs. But the book says Bull’s Eye Square. I was going to do crochet a square. But I thought they were so pretty and the perfect size for coaster. I am making them for a gift. I will make the square at a later time I need a couple pot holders for my table.

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    I found the pattern to quite easy to follow. I did my very first join with a DC (double crochet). It took me a couple tries to get it down. I was chasing my yarn around the crochet hook. Quite humorous if anyone was watching me. I used The Sassy Skein mercerized cotton, a hot pink and an electric blue. I loved the bright colors. I thought that it would be perfect for a Bull’s Eye target. It makes me want to go out and get a target and throwing darts. Probably not a good idea I don’t want a whole bunch of holes in my wall or in my foot which I did at my aunt’s house when I was a kid learning how to throw. I learned very quickly not to drop darts the land sharp point down.

  • Granny Square Headband

    A few weeks ago one of my kids that I nanny for asked me to make them a headband. I asked her what kind of headband and she shrugged her shoulder and said “I don’t know!” So I thought about it and when looking through a crochet book by Leisure Arts called Quick Itty Bitties. I saw this crochet Granny Square Hat. I thought how cute would that be as a headband instead of a hat.

    Granny Square Headband

    I found this cotton yarn Crème de le Crème while on vacation last week in Southport, NC called Angelwings Needle Arts. So I used 5 colors 4 different colors for the granny squares each square has three colors. I know that the pattern calls for more than 4 colors. The 5th color is a light gray I used light gray to crochet the squares together and did a single crochet across the top and the bottom. She can wear this headband now or when it gets cold to keep her ears warm. I like knitting or crocheting with cotton because breaths. This project was quick and easy. It only took a couple hours.

    Granny Square Headband

  • Refresh Facecloth

    I’m so into washcloths right now. They are small, quick, and easy projects to do. I decided to pick a pattern with a stitch that I have never done before. I picked a pattern with a yarn over in it. I have been knitting for years and in all the patterns I have yet to do one with a yarn over. I chose the facecloth from Spa and Bath Sets to Knit by Rhonda White. The pattern is called Refresh. I used yellow Lily’s Sugar n Cream. I can now do a yarn over I have had lots of practice. Just pull your yarn forward as if to purl and knit into the next stitch. Doing this makes a stitch. Remember for every yarn over you usually have decrease stitch.

    First project with a yarn over First project with a yarn over

    If you are going to do this then use a row counter to keep up with your rows. I also used two place makers one on both ends so I could keep up with my knit stitches on the wrong side and a place marker clip by clover for the right side. It ready does help with what row you have to work the correct pattern row. Also, you can use a post it notes to keep up with your rows. You never have to lose your place again!

  • Baby Washcloth

    I was working on a Baby Bunny washcloth from the book Baby Washcloths to Knit by Melissa Bergland Burnham. As I was knitting at my favorite coffee shop a friend who also knits made the comment that he didn't think that the bunny would show up on the white Egyptian cotton yarn. I tried to explain that lighter yarn colors show intricate stitches and cables better than darker yarns like black, navy, dark browns, and dark grays. These colors are very nice but your pattern doesn't show up very well.

    Bunny Washcloth knitted in Egyptian Cotton Bunny Washcloth knitted in Egyptian Cotton

    Thinking about his comment over the weekend I decided to look through my yarn stash and I found a cotton acrylic blend to knit another  Baby Bunny washcloth in black this way I can show him and who ever reads this what I am talking about. You don’t want to spend money and a lot of time on something and not be able to see and show off your skills as a knitter. When knitting these two washcloths keep in mind that I used two different types of yarn so they are two different sizes. The white washcloth is smaller than the black washcloth. Same amount of stitches and rows. On washcloths I don't worry about doing a gauge like I would on a sweater or socks where your gauge does matter.

    Bunny washcloth knitted in cotton acrylic blend Bunny washcloth knitted in cotton acrylic blend. See how hard it is to see the bunny.

     

    So choose wisely! I know a lot of time I fall in love with the feel and color of yarn. This sometimes makes it hard to pick the perfect pattern.

  • Easter Egg Dishcloth

    Wow! Easter is a day away. I have finished crocheting a cute little Easter egg dishcloth just in time. I found the pattern for this in a Leisure Arts book called Crochet book called A Dishcloth a month. So if you are looking for a last minute project it didn't take much time at all. Continue reading

  • Praying Hands

    Easter is just a couple days away. I am still addicted to washcloths/dishcloths. I really liked the Dishcloths for Special Days by Julie A Ray. I knitted the Praying Hands washcloth in just a couple hours. I used yellow Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream worsted cotton. Continue reading

  • Flower Dishcloth

    The book cover of Learn to Crochet African Flower Motifs by Candi Jenson and Heather Vantress caught my eye. I fell in love with the colors and I knew at that moment that I had to get it and I had to crochet things in it. The first project of many is a flower dishcloth. Continue reading

  • A Tisket, A Tasket, A Blue Crocheted Basket

    I've crocheted a basket!

    Finally!  I've tried a few basket patterns before, but I've never finished one.  The Oval pattern from Baskets seemed like a pretty perfect pattern to try, though.  We need plenty of containers around the house to hold little odds and ends and I do always love a good cotton yarn project.  And this is a great cotton yarn project.

    This is crocheted with two strands of yarn held together, which will annihilate your joints.  Holy moley.  But if you're really super strong, or if you just take lots of breaks, this is a great project.  After a few wrestling sessions, I made this in the medium size.  It calls for three skeins, and I had two skeins of Robin's Egg Blue by Sugar n' Cream.  I decided to make the bottom of the basket with some Sugar n' Cream Denim.  Once upon a time last summer, I bought three or four skeins of Sugar n' Cream yarn.  My reasons are completely forgotten, and only the stash remains.  I think I have a skein and a half left.  Gracious.  But the dark blue made a nice contrast for the bottom and the top border.

    There are three top borders to choose from with this pattern as well!  I went with the long single crochet option because I love the look of long single crochet stitches.  They're made by crocheting into the stitch in the row below.  It's a simple technique that makes a lovely stitch.

    This basket is going to hold my daughter's hair accessories in our bathroom.  I'm not sure how all those little pony tail holders and barrettes get everywhere, but they do.  Oh my goodness, how they do.  After I give myself a break from working with cotton yarn held double, I'm probably going to make another one for myself to hold some of my crocheting and knitting notions.  I think I'd like to toss all of my stitch markers and measuring tapes into one large container instead of into some of the smaller containers cluttering up the bookcase in my craft corner.  Maybe I'll try the Round Basket pattern next!

    It's even holding craft supplies in this picture!

    For now, though, I've got some hair accessories to pick up and a bathroom to tidy.  I'm pretty excited about this little container and I think it's going to look great.

  • Weekly Dishcloth: Simply the Best

    I crocheted Dishcloth #20 from The Big Book of Dishcloths this week and I love it. 

    When I first started flipping through this book, I wondered if there was a pattern that was just a simple square made of double crochet stitches.  And this was it!  Yup, that's all this is.  The perfect beginner dishcloth, or the perfect dishcloth for someone who's just in the mood for something simple.  Either way, this is perfect for variegated yarn. 

    I was really in the mood to use some of this yarn.  It's Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn and it's in the Camelot colorway.  I love its reds and pinks and not-quite-oranges.  And there's gray!  You wouldn't think gray would work too well with those colors, but it does and I loved it from the moment a destashing friend tossed it my way.  The navy blue yarn I used for the border made a nice contrast.  There are three border options in The Big Book of Dishcloths, and I usually like to pick the one that uses single crochet stitches.  I do love a good single crochet stitch border.

    I enjoy variegated yarn, but sometimes I don't want to use it on patterns that use distracting techniques.  If this dishcloth had a lot of front post crochet stitches, the stitches and the yarn would distract from each other and this might look messy.  I like the simple stitches of Dishcloth #20 with this wildly colorful yarn. 

    My next crocheted dishcloth is going to be fancy, I promise.  There are some really interesting patterns that use up to three different kinds of yarn and I'm excited about trying them out.  But I just had to try out this variegated yarn before I did anything else.  And I'm glad I did, because this one's a beauty.

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