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I just looked at the calendar and realized that I managed to lose two weeks somewhere.  I SHOULD be on week 12.  Hrm.

Anyway, I have a thing for baskets.  I think it’s because although I tend to create clutter as I craft, deep down (and I mean WAY down), I aspire to be one of those highly organized minimalists.  Yeah.  Right.

Here’s a quick and easy (and free!) pattern for a chunky crocheted basket.

MATERIALS

  •                 Lion Brand Thick and Quick yarn (I used less than a full skein)
  •                 Size N (9.00mm) crochet hook

 DIMENSIONS

                My basket ended up being 8.5” across and 5.75” deep using this pattern.

 PATTERN NOTES

                Basket is worked in joined rounds.  The rounds are joined with a slip stitch to the first stitch unless otherwise noted.  Gauge is not crucial in this project.  Pattern is written in American crochet terms.

 PATTERN

 Ch 4.  Join with sl st to first ch to form a ring.

 Row 1:  Ch 2 (counts as first hdc now and throughout), 11 hdc in ring.  Join.  (12 hdc)

 Row 2:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, 2 hdc in each st around.  Join.  (24 hdc)

 Row 3:  Ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st*, repeat from * to * around.  Join.  (36 hdc)

 Row 4:  Ch 2, hdc in next st, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next two stitches*, repeat from * to * around.  Join.  (48 hdc)

 Row 5:  Ch 2.  Working in FRONT LOOPS ONLY, hdc in each st around.  Join.

 Row 6.  Ch 2.  TURN.  Working through BOTH loops, hdc in each st around.  Join.

 Row 7:  Ch 2, hdc in each st around.  Join.

 Row 8-9:  Repeat row 7.

 Row 10:  Ch 2, hdc in next 5 sts, ch 6, skip next 6 sts, hdc in next 18 sts, ch 6, sk next 6 sts, hdc in next 12 sts.  Join.

 Row 11: Ch 2, work hdc in each st and 6 hdc in each ch 6 space of previous round.  Join, cut yarn and weave in end.

I changed colors a few times along the way for my basket.  For a larger basket, continue increasing the bottom before working in the front loops (row 5) that form the side.  To do this, you’ll increase 12 stitches per row (hdc in next three sts, 2 hdc in next), and so on.

These baskets would also look great felted if you use 100% wool.  Quick and Thick is part wool and part synthetic, so I don’t think it would felt very well.  Just remember when you’re making the basket to felt it that it WILL shrink, so crochet it larger than you’d like the finished basket to be.  Once you crochet it, toss it into the washer with a few pairs of jeans (make sure there’s nothing with velcro in there or it will stick to your project), and wash as usual on the hot cycle.  Check your basket every few minutes and take it out once the felting is to your liking.  I allow my felted projects to air dry so that I can shape them as they dry.

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My tiniest clone is just about seven months old and still hasn’t popped a tooth yet.  She’s been drooling at a rate of about 3 gallons per hour though, so I think she’s getting close.  Bib changes are pretty frequent around here, and I knew it was time to whip up some new ones when I found myself reaching for a Christmas bib because all other options were in the wash or soaked with drool.

Gather your supplies.  You’ll need:

  • Fabric of choice (a fat quarter will make four bibs)
  • Cotton chenille stripe fabric
  • a glass or other round 3.5″ object
  • velcro
  • a sewing machine

Layer your fabric and chenille, right sides together and cut it to 8×10″.  Be sure when you’re lining it up the the fabric and chenille in the directions that you want them.  I like my chenille stripes to be horizontal, and for this bib, I wanted the fabric stripes to be vertical.  The longer length is the vertical measurement.

Use your glass (mine was my beloved Yuengling lager pint glass) to trace rounded edges at each corner.  Center the glass about 1.75″ down from the top edge and trace a circle.  Trace a line from the middle of the top edge into the circle. 

Now start cutting.  I like to throw a few pins in the layers to keep them from slipping around. 

Once all your cuts are made, it’s time to sew.  I pinned the edges and sewed all around with a 1/4″ seam allowance, making sure to leave about a 2-3″ opening along one side so you can turn your bib inside out.  I used a pencil to get into the corners when I turned it inside out because the top pieces can be a little tricky.

Fold the edges of the opening under and pin in place, then press your bib.  Add the Velcro and top stitch with a narrow seam allowance around the edges.

The great thing about this bib is that you can use the chenille side for very heavy droolers, or the fabric side for the more fashionable baby.  If you want to make several at once, you can layer, trace and cut them all at the same time, just be sure the right sides are together because it makes it easier to line up to sew.

Here’s Miss Ava modeling her new bib.  It took about 4 seconds for her to drool on it.  🙂

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Okay.  So I couldn’t wait until January to start my challenge.  Like everything else, once I get an idea in my head, I can’t let it go.  There are no shortage of ideas clanging around in this head…just a shortage of time.

Crochet is my first love.  Not long after I learned, I jokingly told my husband that I wished I could make a living from crochet.  Thanks to etsy, that dream became a reality.  It’s the perfect job – I work from home around my kids’ schedules and my couch is my office.

I make a LOT of hats.  I’m also a big fan of ease and immediate satisfaction.  I like being able to make something QUICK without too much fuss.  This little chunky beanie is the perfect project for that.  The hat can be made in about 15 minutes and is a great blank slate for embellishment.  I decided to try a felt flower this time because I love the crisp lines in contrast to the softness of the crochet stitches. 

Enough chatter.  Let’s get down to business.  I’m splitting this into two parts – the hat and the flower.

SIMPLE CHUNKY BEANIE

MATERIALS

  • Bulky weight acrylic yarn (I used Deborah Norville Premier Serenity in Pristine)
  • Size P crochet hook
  • Yarn Needle

 SIZES

            0-3 months (3-6 months, 6-12 months)

 NOTES

            Pattern is worked in joined rounds. 

 The first ch3 at the beginning of each round counts as the first dc.

 PATTERN

 Ch 4.

 1:  Make 9 (10, 11) dc in fourth chain from hook. Join with sl st to top of first dc.

 2:  Ch 3, dc in same space.  2dc in each st around.  Join with sl st to top of first dc.  20 (22, 24) sts

 3:  Ch 3, dc in next st and in each st around.  Join. 

 4:  Repeat previous row 2 (3, 4) more times.

 Finish off and weave in loose ends.

Pretty easy, right?

And now for the flower.

FELT FLOWER TUTORIAL

MATERIALS

  • Craft Felt
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Button

First, I cut the felt into three circles of increasing size.  The circles, once cut into petals, will nest inside one another.

Next, I cut petals into each circle.  I just freehanded this part, but you can use a template it that’s easier.

I also cut out some leaf shapes and then I stacked the petal layers on top of one another. 

I sewed on the button using embroidery floss and I also added some veins to the leaves, and then I sewed the leaves to the flower.

And finally, I sewed the flower to the hat.

That’s all there is to it.  Enjoy! 🙂

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