Monday, November 30, 2015

Hooks with a History - Part 1






  Check it out: I have new toys! So, if you saw the post about the Holly Holiday Table Runner, then you know I was at Mom and Dad's house to take the pictures of it (as well as the old Lacy Fall Table Runner). I gave them the new table runner, but I didn't come home empty-handed: I scored some crochet goodies! And these are vintage crochet goodies... Oooo!




crochet hooks, vintage





  Please bear with a bit of confusion in this history, for I have trouble keeping everything straight when Mom's telling me the story as I'm distracted by the sight of their "white panther" staring at me through the door, the TV's on, and I'm suffering from heavy metal and coffee withdrawals...




cat, crochet





  A long, long time ago, my great-granny, or maybe my mom's great-granny was doing something... She cleaned houses, took in laundry, helped take care of sick people, took food to the poor... So, she was doing some kind of nice thing for somebody as usual, and they happened to hear that my mom (16 or so at the time) was trying to teach herself how to knit. They sent over a how-to or a pattern book and a set of needles.




knitting, needles, vintage





  I scored those needles and more a long time ago when I was trying to teach myself to knit. After the lady passed away, her family gave all of her needlework stuff to my mom. And then my mom gave it to me when I started knitting. So, I learned (and promptly forgot) how to knit on vintage needles; cool! I really should get back into knitting...




knitting needles, vintage





  Anyways... You may or may not have heard the partial story of my vintage Hero hook. That was in a case with some cable holders, another rusty hook, and other stuff that Mom told me to keep, even though I wasn't crocheting yet or knitting cables. I've been trying to dig up some history on the Hero hook forever, and can't really find any solid information. I also can't find any hook exactly like it. So, I thought maybe Mom could fill in a little of the story, and perhaps owned the rest of its mates. What I got wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but I got a partial history, more mystery, and more vintage!




crochet hooks, vintage, steel





  The history that we know is pretty much what I already told you. Some lady gave them to my mom when she was a teenager. So, since the original owner was pretty vintage herself, I have no idea how old some of this stuff could be without more research. Some of it is obviously not-so-old, but it's all way older than me! I'm going to be taking a closer look at all of them and doing some internet digging over the next few days. Since it's the holiday season, I'll break up what I find into separate posts, to keep them short. And until then, you'll just have to sit in suspense!
 



Happy Crocheting!





Monday, November 23, 2015

A Pattern with a Story





  For all the times I insist that I'm an intelligent person... I really do dumb things sometimes. Really. Like, sewing buttons on backwards; thinking I can get out of Wal-Mart in only 20 minutes; believing that the kids actually cleaned their room. And putting patterns up for sale on Ravelry for only $2.50, when it took me a year to design. Hello! Brain? Where do you go when I need you?




Ravelry. for sale, crochet pattern, table runner





  So, the people purchasing my pattern say it's a great price. I would think so, too, if I was buying it. Please, do not feel bad; enjoy your cheap pattern. And all the knowledgeable people in the crafty world are saying "Hey, stupid! You'll never make a profit!" Noooo... That's not what ya'll really told me, but that's what my brain started saying when it came back from vacation. So... If that's what any of you were implying with your kinder-than-that words, then you can see that I get the point.




  However, what do you consider "profit"? I only need to sell the pattern three or four times to make my money back from the yarn used. Time spent... Now, there's where the story starts: How worried am I about getting paid for time spent, when the pattern was a gift to begin with? I still would have made it, regardless if I make money from it. Yes, it took me a year to finish, but for much of that time the project was idle. Let's get to that story to explain:




  Once upon a time, I designed a lacy fall table runner. I really, really liked it, but my ugly hand-me-down coffee table did it no justice. On the other hand, my parents have nice, what-I-consider-new furniture. And the green I used in the project goes quite well with their color scheme. So, mom got the table runner. And unlike many people that receive gifts from me, she said "Thank you". I like "thank you's". And mom liked the table runner enough that she asked me to make her one for Christmastime, too.




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  Sure, I can start a table runner for Christmas in late October! I have plenty of time to get it done, right? Ha! That was in 2014. Long-time readers may remember me sharing a picture of the work-in-progress I was trying frantically to finish. I didn't. I had made an awesome motif that had bobble stitch "holly berries" and a complicated pattern for "leaves", which I intended to surround with "snow". I had some trouble with the stitch count I ended with, which made it impossible to turn it into a decent-looking square. So, it became a hexagon motif.




  I showed a "square" to mom. (I don't know why my brain still insists on calling it a square when it's clearly a hexagon... But you know what I mean.) She loved it. I did too! It still turned out to be a failed design. The six leaves could have been turned into a true square, but the motif just kept growing, and growing... Until it was fourteen inches across, and I still had two rounds to go before it would truly be a square. Too big. And that's how it got ripped out and turned into the hexagon.




crochet pattern, hexagon motif





  That's not the happy ending. There was no happy ending for that motif. It looks so great, but the pattern is complicated and hard to follow. Because I had to bind off and start in a new place in a few rounds, it used more yarn than needed. And when I started working out how the joining and border would be done, I ran into more problems with an un-dividable stitch count. I hate prime numbers.




  I also hate to give up, but I get impatient and move on to new things. I still have the pattern for that motif, and perhaps someday I'll fix the issues. Until then, I started a whole new project. One with an easier pattern to follow, and using less yarn. One that didn't constantly end up as a multiple of thirteen that needed to be divided evenly by four. One that I finished!




  So really, there wasn't a year in designing the new table runner. It was just a year of not designing the right one. Once I finally worked the pattern out, it only took me about a week to finish this one. Of course... I made the centers for the motifs all in a night, then let the pattern sit untouched for another week. Then I added the "leaves", and let it sit for another week or so... And then there was probably another week before I joined the squares, once they were finished. Maybe I should try having less WIP's and concentrate more on finishing something...


Ha, ha... Yeah right!


  But seriously, to add up the time I actually worked on it, I had this project done in a week or less. Add to that the time it takes a designer to edit, test, and write the pattern, plus take pictures, and maybe... Maybe I have two weeks of work in it. Including mistakes, interruptions, and temper tantrums... One year. So, how can you calculate the real value of something like that?




crochet pattern, Holly Holiday Table Runner





  I'm not that worried about it. Mom loves her holiday table runner, and that's what counts the most. The second-most important thing is that I learned how to sell a pattern on Ravelry - Something I've been meaning to do for a long time. And because I couldn't figure out the promotional code-thing, I put the pattern up for super-cheap. You know what?... While writing this, I'm starting to think I have borderline disease-level procrastination. When something doesn't go right, I'll keep putting it off. I really should think more about that some other time.


-The end.




Happy Crocheting!





Sunday, November 22, 2015

I Finally Figured Ravelry Out






  I mentioned trying to figure Ravelry out when complaining writing about my wedding shawlette. Yay! I finally kinda did it! No, it's not the pattern for the shawlette... I'm holding off on that one until I'm comfortable with Ravelry. Right now, I'm still in that "Omg, I hope I did it right" stage.




  So... At this point, I'm just excited and wanted to spew words about it. My dad told me I write too much about how people are buttheads don't appreciate things. I agree. How's this for some happy stuff? I've linked a few of my free patterns on Ravelry before, but I've never figured out how to sell one until now. I did it, I din't break the internet, and I think everything is working. Now, if only I could figure out that free download thing...



http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/holly-holiday-table-runner





  But, I can't. I would say I need more coffee, but I just have to go to bed. I'll save the free download thing for in the morning, when my eyes aren't twitching and I can see straight again. For now, my late-nighters (and for later, my latecomers), how about some opinions? Can you go check it out for me and make sure I didn't break the internet? Please? And I promise there will be free download codes for stuff in the future.




  What I'd like to know is: Would you buy this pattern? (Not if your're going to buy it, just... Would you?) Did I charge too much? Too little? I'd love to know the answer to that before I tell you all the real story behind it. And no, it's won't be another gripe about how somebody didn't appreciate my work. Mom loved the table runner!




  This is supposed to be a link to the listing: Holly Holiday Table Runner. The link works for me. Also, if you click on the picture below, it should take you to the same page... *Sigh*... If I did it right. For whatever reason, I can't check that link in a preview. But as soon as I hit publish, I'm hitting the hay. Man, I really wish the Kid would grow up to become a computer programmer/tech/code writer already, so I can crochet more.








Happy Crocheting!




Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hearts for Paris






Nous Somme Tous Paris




  On November 13th, 2015, I didn't sit watching the news on a television. I didn't hold hands with anyone and pray. The events in Paris didn't affect me physically, but on November 13th and the days that followed, I sat there dumbfounded, wanting to help and not knowing how; wanting to write and not knowing what. Wishing I could feel helpful instead of helpless. Hoping this would be the last time the world would see such cruelty, but knowing it won't be. The news this morning: More violence. Terrified that any of us could be next. And that's one way that terrorists win.




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  My heart goes out to Paris, but at the time, my words and money could not. My good friend Jenn's words and pattern reached me first. As she asked "Do you remember?", I didn't. I was just teenager then. Distracted by the birth of my only niece on the same day, I was unaware of the support from Paris after the events of 9/11. Although I knew what was going on and was just as scared as everyone else, I was being a kid, not reading papers. But, as I read the words Jenn wrote and let them sink in, the memories started flooding in. Was it the inattention of being young, or had I blocked everything out from fear? The attacks on November 13th again left me feeling like that clueless, scared kid that didn't know what to do or say.




  I found my voice through crochet. I had to start working on the Paris stitch. Then I began a pair of the fingerless mitts Jenn designed. And as I "prayed" for Paris over my stitches, I knew one small thing I could do. I can crochet.



http://rovingcrafters.com/2015/11/15/for-paris/




  After putting the mitts down, I crocheted a black heart. I'm not sure if it just seemed fitting at the time, or if it was a reflection of my mood. Staring at the finished piece, again not knowing what to do next, I made another. I thought about the lives lost; destroyed; altered for all time. Then, I read in the news: There will be war. I made a purple heart: For all those injured or killed in past wars due to terrorism, and for those who will be in the future.




free crochet pattern, heart, Paris, November 13th





  Then, something for Paris. A heart in blue, a heart in white, and another in red for the French flag. But, it still wan't right. Each color was separate. The stitches were lacy and far apart. I needed to make something that represented "togetherness". I wanted the stitches to be closer, and the colors to be joined, just like the United States and France are joined and together in our mourning after acts of terrorism.




free crochet pattern, heart, Paris, November 13th





  I redesigned my pattern into something that fit. A heart in the colors of the French flag. But, now what? How can I use it to do something? The thought became a pulse in my head: "Do something, do something, do something". I want to personally hold each person and say "I'm sorry". I want to go there to help somehow. I wish I could donate money...




  Wait, I can! I don't make a ton of money by making guides on Guidecentral, but at least I make something. I created a step by step tutorial for my "Heart for Paris", with the promise that my earnings for the guide will be donated to the French Red Cross. And that's how you can help, too. Each "like" the guide gets on Guidecentral will make me a tiny, little, itty bitty bit of extra money, which will increase my donation. Signing up for a Guidecentral account is free and easy, so please, please, please go give the guide a like if you want to help but can't donate. This isn't some useless Facebook spam: For every hundred "likes" the guide gets, I can donate another dollar on top of my original earnings.




  Now, on to the pattern: There are two versions of this heart. The exact written instructions are for the tri-colored Heart for Paris. You will find an explanation to alter the pattern for the lacier single-color version. Gauge has not been measured because the pattern was made to fit any size yarn. Adjust your hook size according to your yarn manufacturer's recommended hook, and see additional notes for how I made the extra-lacy version of the black heart.




free crochet pattern, heart, Paris, November 13th





Skill level:






Materials:
Any size yarn
I used Aunt Lydia's #10 thread for the black hearts, Loops and Threads Woolike for the purple, and Caron United in Blue, White, and Red for the rest. 

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Recommended hook size
I used two different sizes of steel hooks for the black hearts (see notes after pattern), a size H/8 - 5.00 MM for the purple, and a size I/9 - 5.50 MM for the tri-color and separate blue, white, and red hearts.

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Yarn needle
*Optional* accessories for pattern: You may wish to use this piece as an applique, brooch, decoration, etc., in which case you will need things such as needle and thread, jewelry findings, or additional yarn/thread for hanging.




Gauge:
Not important. Finished pattern made with worsted weight yarn and size I/9 - 5.50MM hook (in half-double crochet stitch) measures 2" (5 cm) wide by 2" (5 cm) high.




Notes:
Chain-2 at beginning of rows 1 - 3 counts as a half-double crochet stitch.




Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)
Half-double crochet (hdc)
*Optional* Double crochet (dc)




Directions:

Begin with Red and a slip knot on the hook.

Row 1:
Chain 2, make 1 hdc in the farthest ch from the hook, changing to White on the last yarn over of the stitch. Cut red.


Row 2:
Ch 2, turn. Make 1 hdc in the first (same) stitch. Make 2 hdc in the next (last) stitch. (4 hdc)


Row 3:
Ch 2, turn. Make 1 hdc in the first stitch. Make 1 hdc in each of the next 2 stitches. Make 2 hdc in the last stitch, changing to Blue on the last yarn over of the last stitch.


Row 4:
Ch 1, turn. Make 1 hdc in each of the next 2 stitches. Ch 1, sl st in the same st. Sl st in the next st. Ch 1, hdc in the same st. 1 hdc in the next st. Ch 1, sl st in the last st.


Bind off, weave in ends.




free crochet pattern, heart, Paris, November 13th



*Directions for lacy heart:
Follow pattern above, replacing (ch 2) with (ch 3), (hdc) with (dc), and (ch 1) with (ch 2). Extra-lacy black heart was made with #10 thread and a size 0 steel hook. The less-lacy version was made with the same material and the manufacturer's recommended hook size of 7.


free crochet pattern, heart, Paris, November 13th




GrĂ¢ce crochet nous sommes un

Nous Somme Tous Paris!





Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Gift That Can't be Given






  I suppose I made a promise that I couldn't keep... In the post before I published the Bandanna Baby Bib pattern, I mentioned the Little Cutie that the project was intended for. Since Halloween is over, I guess I won't be spoiling the surprise if I tell you he was going to be a cowboy. Smart Cookie Mommy's plan was to use simple jeans and a button-up shirt he already has, plus a new pair of boots that would last him through the winter season. I intended to make the bib as an accessory for his costume. And I promised you all some photos.



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  So, where are all the pictures of Cutie in the whole getup? There are none. One of my kids' old stuffed animals had to double as the model. Having already made a commitment to another project, I was worried I wouldn't finish the WIP in time for Halloween. I dumped a little of the housework on the Other Half and worked a few evenings to get it done. And I did get it done.




  One week before Halloween: The Other Half talks to Cutie's daddy. Daddy says that Mommy will bring the little guy over tomorrow for a fitting and pictures... So I wait. And wait... And wait. No Cutie. A phone call and a promise of a visit the next day: And I wait all day again. Daddy promised that he'd bring Cutie over the next day... And again, for the day after that when he failed to show.




  Four days of waiting, and I gave up. They never bothered to contact me in the remaining three days to Halloween. It came and went, and the accessory never was added to the costume. Here it sits in my house, waiting for a Cutie to wear it. Sad and lonely without a little one's companionship, my WIP seems to be destined as a dust collector.



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  What's the deal? I pondered over the situation a few times. Did I offend them in some way? I was worried that I had, but then, why promise you'll show up? Why not say "thanks, but no thanks"? I never would have wasted the yarn to make the bib, if I had known they didn't want it.




  But... They sure acted like they did! When I asked Mommy if she would mind me adding to his costume, there was no indecisive "hmm...", "maybe", or "no, that's nice, but you don't have to". There was only: "That would be cool!" And when Daddy came back in the house, she made a point to tell him what I would be making. And yet another: "That's cool".




  I'm over 30 now... Have I finally passed the age where I don't understand the language of youngsters? Does "cool" now mean that you don't care? To me, it means awesome; great; super; wonderful. But after my idea was called "cool" multiple times, I'm left wondering what they meant by it. At least I know it wasn't a horrible design of the pattern itself that sent them running... They never saw it.



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  This isn't the first time that someone turned down a gift! What seems like a long, long time ago: I made a beautiful CD case with a beaded cover for a friend. I used her favorite colors, and stocked it full of some music she would enjoy. I presented her with the gift, told her 'happy birthday', and she replied "That's pretty. Here, you keep it."




  What is wrong with these people? Better yet: What's wrong with me? I have a history of creating things that aren't appreciated. Is my work horrible and I just don't know it, because I have some mental disease that makes me think my work is awesome? How hard should you have to work to give a gift?




  But, wait... You don't really have to answer that, because I already know. Those questions were only fleeting thoughts in my head. I spent more time typing those sentences than actually thinking them. I have my own gift: Indifference. It's a gift that's learned more than given, but other people sure have a hand in developing it. Long ago, it used to cause some true emotional damage when one of my projects was mistreated or under-appreciated. And now, I just don't care. If you don't want it, then fine. I can sell it. I can save it for when the mommy-to-be I know pops. Or, I can donate it to charity. For every one person that doesn't appreciate my work, there's countless others that are praising it. Why should I let those few get to me?




  Some might think that indifference is a bad emotion, but I feel like it's usable here. You shouldn't be indifferent towards your work, home, or your family. (Well, at least most of them, lol.) Excuse me for the following sentence, but... Does it really matter if I don't care that they don't care, as long as there's others that show they care? You can't make everybody happy. So, concentrate on making sure you stay happy. You know what would make me happy? If I finally got to that afghan I was designing for myself. It's time to be selfish.



afghan, design, WIP





Happy Crocheting... For Yourself!





Thursday, November 5, 2015

An Ode(r) to Sheep






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Oh, mighty Sheep, who live in a barn
Your fleece can be used to make wonderful yarn
You are important, oh mighty Sheep
As you are counted we drift off to sleep



Oh mighty Sheep, we love your wool
Fiber this fabulous won't come from a bull
Your roots in our history run quite deep
We owe much to you, oh mighty Sheep



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You are a beast that is often ignored
At the mention of "sheep", most become bored
Your popularity is now a bit less slight
After you recently managed to stop a flight



Interest was piqued when we received word
That trouble was caused by some of the herd
You caused a fiasco, oh mighty Sheep 
When you were packed on a plane, two thousand deep



It must have been miserable down in the hold
But you got your vengeance a hundredfold
The pilots and crew met with some trouble
When the airplane filled with your methane bubble



Oh, mighty sheep, you don't smell like roses
Your odor began assaulting their noses
In midair, with nowhere to run
They had to endure the deed that was done



In distress, the flight was grounded
As fire alarms and warnings sounded
Oh, mighty Sheep, as you flew through the sky
Did you laugh while you made the pilots cry?



The air was cleared and the flight resumed
But the crew had already been properly fumed
It must not be fun transporting sheep
The smell is quite bad, and the -ahem- gets deep.



Oh, mighty Sheep, may your conditions be checked
And you treated with much more respect
For your wool is so loved among the fiber arts
That we can forgive your smelly farts



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  For those of you who haven't heard, quite a debacle was caused recently by some sheep on a cargo plane. In transport from Australia to Malaysia, the 2,000+ sheep packed in the cargo hold managed to ground the flight due to an excess of methane gas. The beasts released so much manure and flatulence that the gases set off the fire alarms. I found a report of the incident here. Apparently, after airing out the aircraft for two and a half hours, the flight was able to resume.




  In closing, I'd like to add that over 2,000 sheep on a plane seems extreme, even if they were lambs instead of full-grown sheep. If they were full-grown sheep, then holy cow! I mean... Sheep! No wonder the flight was grounded. Being unable to find an example of how packed in they were, I can't condemn these people. Who knows? Maybe the sheep had plenty of room. But when your flight is being grounded due to sheep farts, perhaps that's too many.




Happy Crocheting!




  

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Bandanna Baby Bib






  Make sure those baby bronc busters are geared up right! Even the littlest cowboys and cowgirls need a bandanna for ridin' the range. Since the youngun's are a mite too small to be tyin' their own, here's one that ya'll can stick on for em'. A few color changes and some fancy stitchin' make this here kerchief snazzy enough for the town hall dance after the dogies are rounded up.




crochet, free pattern, baby, accessories, western wear, bib





  Okay, enough cowboy-talk and let's be serious. This bib was made to fit from 6 months to 12 months, with a circumference of 12" (30.5 cm) around the neck. The body is 4" (10 cm) long, at the point. After consulting my size chart, I discovered that a neck of 12" should fit from 6 - 18 months. Really? Doesn't the kid grow somewhere in between there? I don't have any 18 month old to try this out on, so I'm cutting the size off at 12 months for safety, and you won't make a bib that cuts off the poor kid's circulation. If you happen to know baby sizes better than me and you have the answer, please leave a comment to help others out!




Skill level:
crochet, skill level. easy





Materials:
3 colors worsted weight (4) acrlic yarn
-I used Caron United in Cherry, White, and Navy
Crochet hook size H/8-5.00 MM or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn needle
Matching colored thread
Sewing needle
Sew-on Velcro




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Gauge:
In 4" by 4" (10 cm by 10 cm)
8 rows of 12 half double crochet




Notes:
Chain 2 at beginning of rows always counts as a half double crochet

In straps: Chain 1 at beginning of rows always counts as a single crochet

Change colors on the last yarn over of a stitch. (For hdc: Yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop - 3 loops on hook. Yarn over with new color, pull through all 3 loops.




Stitches and abbreviations:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)
Half double crochet (hdc)

Skip (sk)
Space (sp)
Stitch (st)


Directions (body):

Begin with Color A (CA).

Row 1:
With slip knot on hook, ch 2 (counts as first hdc). Make (1 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in farthest ch from hook.


Row 2:
Ch 2 (counts as hdc), turn. 1 hdc in first hdc. 1 hdc in next hdc. (1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in ch-1 sp. 1 hdc in next hdc. 2 hdc in last hdc.


Row 3:
Ch 2, turn. 1 hdc in first hdc. 1 hdc in each of next 3 hdc. (1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in ch-1 sp. 1 hdc in each of next 3 hdc, 2 hdc in last hdc; change to Color B (CB) on last st.


Row 4:
Ch 2, turn. 1 hdc in first hdc. 1 hdc in each of next 5 hdc. (1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in ch-1 sp. 1 hdc in each of next 5 hdc. 2 hdc in last hdc; change to CA on last st.


Row 5:
Ch 2, turn. 1 hdc in first hdc. 1 hdc in eaach of next 7 hdc. (1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in ch-1 sp. 1 hdc in each of next 7 hdc. 2 hdc in last hdc; change to CB on last st.


Row 6:
Ch 2, turn. 1 hdc in first hdc. 1 hdc in each of next 9 hdc. (1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in ch-1 sp. 1 hdc in each of next 9 hdc. 2 hdc in last hdc; change to CA on last st.


Row 7:
Ch 2, turn. 1 hdc in first hdc. 1 hdc in rach of next 11 hdc. (1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in ch-1 sp. 1 hdc in each of next 11 hdc. 2 hdc in last hdc.


Row 8:
Ch 2, turn. 1 hdc in first hdc. 1 hdc in each of next 13 hdc. (1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in ch-1 sp. 1 hdc in each of next 13 hdc. 2 hdc in last hdc. Do not bind off.


Beginning of left strap:

Row 9:
Do not turn. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 1 hdc in post sp. 2 sc in next post sp.


Row 10:
Ch 1 (counts as sc), turn. 1 sc in next sc. 1 hdc in each of next 2 hdc.


Row 11:
Ch 2, turn. 1 hdc in next hdc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc.


Rows 12 - 30: 
Repeat rows 10 and 11 (8 times), repeat row 10 once more.

Bind off, weave in ends.


Right strap:

Row 1:

With CA and wrong side facing, join in the side post space of row 7. Ch 1 (counts as sc), sc in same sp. 2 hdc in next space (row 8).


Row 2:
Ch 2, turn. 1 hdc in next hdc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc.


Row 3:
Ch 1 (counts as sc), turn. 1 sc in next sc. 1 hdc in each of next 2 hdc.


Rows 4 - 22:
Repeat rows 2 and 3 (8 times), repeat row 2 once more.

Bind off, weave in ends.


Surface crochet embellishment:



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*I tell you in the following instructions to begin with the right side facing you. In the picture above, you see the back side of the surface crochet, which some may prefer. If you want the thinner single strand to show instead of the crocheted loops (seen in display photo), begin with the wrong side facing.



Working down right strap -
With Color C and right side facing, bring up a loop in the middle post space of row 30 (body). Sl st in the middle post space of row 29 to secure. *Pull up a loop long enough to reach the ending hdc sp of next row, sl st in this space. Pull up a loop long enough to reach the middle post space of the next row, sl st in this space.*Repeat from * to * until reaching the main body of the pattern.

Working across the body -
Pull up a long loop, sl st in first hdc of body. Pull up a long loop, sl st in post sp of row 10. **Pull up a long loop, sk 1 post sp, sl st in next post sp of row 11. Pull up a long loop, sk 1 post sp, sl st in next post space of row 10.** Repeat from ** to ** to the space before the corner ch-1 of row 10. Sk 1 post sp of row 11, pull up a long loop, sl st in the next post sp of row 11. Pull up a long loop, sl st in ch-1 corner sp of row 10. Pull up a long loop, sl st in first hdc post sp after ch-1 sp of row 11. Pull up a long loop, sl st in post space of row 10.Repeat from ** to ** to end of body. Repeat from * to * to end of left strap. Bind off, weave in ends.


With needle and matching color thread, sew on 2" (5 cm) Velcro to the end of each strap.


*If you follow the blog, then you know my (lack of) sewing skills! If not, then you can always refer to my post "I am a Sewing Dummy". The following is an example of how I sewed on the Velcro. It's probably not the right way, but it works for me... Except for that part where I became a pincushion... That hurt a little :)



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First, gather all needed supplies, including coffee. The yarn isn't needed for attaching the Velcro, and I don't know why it's in the picture. Maybe because I needed more coffee. I'm probably using the wrong kind of needle for this, and I don't know what size it is. Sorry, I'm not much help when it comes to sewing. Wanna come over and sew some Velcro on for me? I'll make you a cup of coffee!



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Okay, before we get to my horrible example of sewing: I really recommend putting the rough side of the Velcro on the side that faces out. In case the pieces aren't exactly lined up when attached to the little one, the soft side of the Velcro will be towards the skin. 



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What I have is a big, long tape of Velcro. I've seen it sold in pre-cut squares and rectangles, plus ovals which may be perfect for this project. But since I already have this kind, I cut about 2" (5 cm) of Velcro, then I trimmed the ends to round the corners. 



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Before I attach the Velcro, I secure the thread to the crochet piece with a little back stitching. Although I know the correct term for this, I'm probably doing it wrong - I leave a long tail after sewing through a bit of yarn, then sew over and over... And over, and over the tail.



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I sew up through the Velcro then back down through it, without going all the way through the crochet piece. I angle my needle so that it comes out to the side of the Velcro before traveling through to the back of the yarn. Each time I bring the needle back up, I begin before the last stitch made, to (hopefully?) secure the thread.


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I did pretty good at making a straight line for part of the seam, but the rest shows my true abilities.



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And this picture shows my sewing abilities at their full extent. It's a good thing that only went through the top layer of skin. Once, I went horizontally all the way through my nail bed. This is where I'll stop the sewing tutorial and tell you to proceed at your own risk. 


  I don't want it to end that way, but I'm really not your teacher when it comes to sewing. Twice, I sewed myself to the pattern, and almost bled on it after a good jab of the needle. I know, I know... Use a thimble... But how do you keep the thing on your finger? It's constantly falling off and just annoys me.


  I remember another of my mother's attempts at teaching me to sew: "You really don't get this, do you?" I can do algebra and geometry. I'm not always grammatically correct, but I know when you're not. And I have common sense enough to back out of a parking space and not cause a disaster. Sewing is just... Beyond me. I managed to attach the Velcro without a trip to the hospital. My seams are strong; threads intact. I wish you the same. I'll just spare you the pictures with the bandages and bloody fingers. After all, Halloween is over, right?




Happy Crocheting!
And successful sewing, too!