Saturday, August 23, 2008

Plastic Bag Holder

So I just finished moving into my new apartment. Two of my roommates are knitters and one is not. After only a few Walmart trips we managed to accumulate a large number of plastic grocery store bags and one of the knitters said to me, "You need to crochet us a plastic bag holder because you can crochet faster than we can knit. "(which is true and yet another reason crocheters are cooler than knitters) So I look at other patterns and came up with a hybrid.

Plastic Bag Holder

5 oz of worsted weight yarn (I used 2 skeins of Peaches and Cream cotton)
size G hook
yarn needle

R1: Ch 44 and join with sl st to first ch
R2: Ch 3 (this counts as a dc throughout pattern) dc in each ch around join with sl st to 3rd chain throughout pattern
R3:-Eyelet row- Ch 4 skip first dc and dc in 2nd dc of previous row *ch 1 dc in 2nd dc* repeat around and join
R4:Ch 3 and dc in each dc and ch 1 space of previous row and join
R5:Ch3 and dc in each dc around and join
Repeat row 5 until desired length
repeat R3 -eyelet row-
repeat R4
sc in each dc around and join
From joining sl st make a chain of desired length for a handle then join to opposite side of top row using a few sl st.tie off and weave in ends
to make the ties that go through the eyelet rows you can either make a chain of the yarn the desired length and weave it through the eyelets or ribbon.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Easy and Warm 2 Stitch Scarf

I made this scarf from the yarn I bought while I was at Oxford. It is very very warm because the yarn is super thick.

This pattern can be used on any yarn and adjusted to any gauge or size. This scarf is divided into 3 parts. 1 section (2o in) of double crochet, 1 section of single crochet, and another section of double crochet. It can be worked in one color or two or even three. Each section is about 20 inches to make a 60 in adult size scarf.

Easy and Warm 2 Stitch Scarf

3 Skeins of Jeager 100% wool (thick wieght yarn I don't have the exact name with me but when I do I will post it) I used 2 of beige and 1 of brown

Size P (9 mm) hook

-Ch 15 with color 1 (Beige or skien one)
-Double crochet in 4th chain from hook and dc in each chain across (12 DC) ch 3 and turn
-Repeat with 12 dc in each row for 20 in or until you run out of yarn
-Work in color 2 on last dc of last row ch 1 and turn
-Single crochet in each dc across (12 sc)
-Repeat for 20 in or until you run out of yarn
-Work the second skein of color 1 on last sc of last row ch 3 and turn
-Double crochet in each sc across (12 dc)
-Repeat for 20 in or until you run out of yarn (it should be the same length as section 1
-On last row use sc instead of dc.
-Weave in ends

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hyperbolic Crochet::The coolest thing I found in London

When I was in London I literally stumbled upon the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Exhibit at the Exhibition Hall. I took a bunch of pictures of the works of art and the info for the exhibit. If you are in the London area it is running through August 17th 2008.
Here are some links for more information:

Here are some pictures of the awesome crocheted reefs!

Some were made from recycled material. Above:orange trash bags and VHS film

There are a lot of pictures because it was so cool.

There were a bunch of cool hanging things.

I really want to make these for my apartment.

This was one of the highlights of my trip!!!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

My backpack is too small and there is too much yarn

I am now in Berlin and we have managed to find multiple yarn stores in Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, and Germany and my backpack is filling up with yarn. Ill be back in a week and can start posting pics
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