Soap Sacks

For those of you who commented or emailed me for the pattern for the sweet little Soap Sack— here you go.

Crocheted Soap Sack

Using Cotton thread and an H hook–

Chain(ch) 6, to form a ring.

Row 1-  Ch 4, (dc, ch 1) in the ring 11 times. Join in  3rd stitch of beginning ch 4.

Row 2-  Slip stitch(sl) in first ch 1 space, ch 4. (dc, ch 1) in each ch 1 space around. Join in 3rd stitch of beginning ch 4.

Row 3~7  Repeat row 2.

Row 8-  Sl in first ch 1 space. Chain 5, (dc, ch 2) in each ch 1 space around. Join in third space of beginning ch 4. Do not fasten off.

Hang loop: Chain 65. Secure last chain to first chain and fasten off.

Tie a knot at the base of the hang loop…

close to the bag.

After you drop your favorite soap into the bag, weave the hang loop through several of the top chain 2 spaces and cinch the bag closed.

Now my friends–you can begin your Christmas gift stash RIGHT NOW.

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Sweet Little Easter Basket

Have you ever seen such a sweet little Easter basket in all your life? Hence the name, I suppose, but you must admit, it would look lovely as a centerpiece. It just melts my mushy little heart thinking of all the jelly beans, and Cadbury Mini Eggs and Reese’s Bunnies you could fit in this little thing. Yum…

But I digress.

If you crochet—and who doesn’t? (haha)–then you’re going to love this EASY project.

I’m not kidding–I made one and a half of these while watching Voyage of the Dawn Treader last night–which is fabulous, by the way…the movie, I mean…well, and the speed crochet too, I guess. So both.

It’s made in a continuous round…

using 3 strands of your favorite yarn. You know I’m going to say that I used Peaches and Cream 100% cotton–because I love it beyond belief–and it’s soft and comes in a million colors. Good thing because I’m making a few baskets and I need them all slightly different.

A”K” hook worked the best for me–but you can play with it.

Sweet Little Easter Basket

Beg at base of basket, with 3 strands your favorite yarn held tog, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 8 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around – 16 sc.
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around – 24 sc.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around – 32 sc.
Rnd 5: Working in back loops only, sc in each sc around.
Resume working through both loops of each st again.
Rnd 6: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 7: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc; rep from * around – 36 sc.
Rnd 8: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 9: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc; rep from * around – 40 sc.
Rnd 10: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 11: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc; rep from * around – 44 sc.
Rnd 12 : Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 13: Incorporate a piece of floral wire under each stitch and sc in each sc around. Note: Adding the wire is optional–but it helps the basket hold it’s shape much better.

Fasten off.

HANDLE
With 3 strands held tog, ch 31.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 28 ch, 4 sc in last ch; rotate piece to work along opposite side of foundation ch (at the base of the sts you just worked), sc in next 28 ch–incorporating a piece of floral wire under these stitches, 2 sc in last ch; join with slip st in first ch.

Note: Again, the wire is optional–but it helps the handle hold it’s shape so it doesn’t flop over.

Fasten off.

FINISHING
Sew ends of handle outside top edge of Basket. Weave in ends.

And there you have it my dears. I do hope you’ll try this one. If you’d like help or if you’re new to crochet–go to Crafting Tutorials and scroll to the bottom. There are some easy links to show you the basics–step by step.

Do it–you’ll love it.

Now…to fill this lovely basket with all that good stuff. See’s catalog anyone?

Heh, heh, heh.

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Shamrocks and Clover

I found these sweet little Shamrocks over at Skip To My Lou and couldn’t resist–being the crochet fiend that I am. They were so easy and fun that before I knew what was happening…

I had little piles of 3 leaf shamrocks and 4 leaf clovers all over the place.  I couldn’t seem to stop myself. At first I thought I’d turn them all into sweet little pins and force my family to wear them out into the world to keep from getting pinched.

But then…

the bigger the pile grew, the more I loved the idea of hanging a garland around the house to welcome the little people and their pots of gold…

especially their pots of gold…heh, heh.

If you’d like to whip up a few yourself, and you have a G crochet hook and some yarn then you can try your luck at luring a Leprechaun over to your place too.

Shamrock

Chain 4, join with a slip stitch in first chain to form a ring.

Leaf (make 3 for a shamrock or 4 for a clover): Chain 3, trc, dc, trc, ch 3, slip stitch in ring.

Stem: Chain 6, sc in 2nd chain from hook, and slip stitch in remaining four chains. Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

To join into garland:

Chain 40.

Sc in the top of right side of shamrock petal, chain 2, sc on the left side of top of shamrock petal. I actually staggered my connection stitches so that the shamrocks and clovers tilted different ways along the chain–some to the left, some to the right, and some straight up and down—but you can do it however you’d like.

Ch 20, sc in the top of right side of shamrock petal, chain 2, sc on the left side of top of shamrock petal, chain 20, continue until all shamrocks are joined.

Ch 40, fasten off.

Hang this pretty thing on your hearth, banister or door for maximum Leprechaun capturing effect. Good luck!

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Skinny-Mini Headband

Got about twenty minutes…a few scraps of yarn…and a crochet hook? If so–look how much fun you can have–making the easiest headband in the world! It was so darn easy that I promptly made a bunch of different colors and sizes of headbands and forced everyone in the house to model them for me. Big kids…little kids…grown-up kids. No one was safe.

Miss Foo here, however, was the only really good sport about it…hence, the Miss Foo fest. Look how adorable!

It’s made using a simple single crochet stitch (SC). I used an H hook and Peaches and Cream Cotton yarn.

If you’d like to make one or a million of these little pretties–here’s all you have to do…

Skinny-Mini Headband

Instructions

Chain 4.

Row 1:  SC in the 2nd chain from hook and in each stitch across.

Row 2:  Chain one, and turn. SC in each stitch across.

Row 3~ Repeat Row 2 until headband will fit comfortably around the head of whoever you’re making a headband for. Repeat Row 2– 5 more times and fasten off. Weave in thread ends.

Tie the headband together with a sweet little square knot.

I made this brown one a bit wider–it’s 5 stitches across. Work with the knot until it looks exactly the way you want it to. The headband is going to have a little stretch to it.

Then find a pretty little head to put it on.

Now…take a bow. You deserve it–you clever little thing.

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Crocheted Valentine Garland

I found the pattern for this adorable Crocheted Valentine Garland a few years back, over at Skip To My Lou and just knew that I had to make them. Turns out that by the time the Superbowl was over—and all the new cars were given away to the millionaire quarterbacks–I had a cute little stack of pink and purple hearts–smaller than the palm of my hand– just waiting to be strung together.

It was fun. It was fast. It was totally Valentine-y.

I hope you’ll give these little cuties a try some evening, with your pink, purple, red and white yarn scraps. I used Peaches and Cream cotton–because I love it, and a G hook. But you could make them small and delicate with crochet thread, or thick and bulky with T-shirt yarn.

And now—to find the perfect spot to hang my pretty, pink little sweet hearts.

Hmmmm…maybe the boys’ room. That would be a nice surprise. HA!

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Thanks so much for all the love and support we’ve received with Dane’s Charity Water Birthday. The campaign officially runs until March 31, 2011. So far, we’ve reached over $800–which will provide clean drinking water for 44 people–for LIFE! Who says regular folks can’t change the world? :}