Little Girl’s Fancy Crochet Bitty Bag

dscf3809Yes, I know…time is running out to get this done by Christmas, but trust me…it’s quick and easy. You could have it completed in the time it takes to watch a Hallmark Christmas movie…or two. 😉

Things You Will Need:
Red Heart Super Saver: 1 skein each 706 Pretty n’ Pink and 313 Aran
Crochet hook : 4mm (US G-6)
Yarn needle
(5) 1/2-inch flat white buttons

GAUGE:
15 sts = 4”
20 sc rows = 4”

Gauge is not important for this pattern. As long as tension is consistent throughout, a slight altering in size will not hinder a successful completion of this pattern.

Pouch (purse body):

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Using Pretty n’ Pink, form a magic ring. Work in continuous rounds.

Round 1: 6 sc in the ring. Do not Join. (6 sts)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st. (12 sc)

Round 3: *Sc in first st, 2 sc in next.* Repeat between ** around. (18 sc)

Round 4: *Sc in two stitches, 2 sc in next.* Repeat between ** around. (24 sc)

Round 5: *Sc in three stitches, 2 sc in next.* Repeat between ** around. (30 sc)

Round 6: *Sc in four stitches, 2 sc in next.* Repeat between ** around. (36 sc)

Rounds 7-20: Sc around.

Finish off and weave in the ends.

Doily Flap:

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Using Aran, form a magic ring. Flap is a half-doily and is worked in rows.

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 9 dc in the ring. Do not join. Turn. (10 sts)

Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch 1). *Dc, ch 1* to the last st of the row. Dc in the last st. Turn.

Row 3: Sl st in the first ch 1 space. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc, ch 2, 2 dc. In the remaining ch 1 spaces 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, 7 dc (cluster) in ch 2 space. *sc in the space between the next two dc pairs. Cluster in the next ch 2 space.* Repeat between ** to the end of the row. Sc in top of last dc.

Do not turn. Working across the row ends, evenly space 18 sc. Turn. Line up the edge just stitched with the edge of the pouch. Sl st 18 sts on the edge of the doily flap to 18 sts on the pouch edge.

Handle:

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Using Aran, ch 40, turn.

Round 1: Sc in the second ch from the hook and in each of the next 37 chs, 3 sc in the last ch (the end). Working up the other side of the ch, sc in 38 chs and 3 sc in the end. Sl st to first sc of the round.

Round 2: *Ch 2, sk one st, sl st in the next.* Repeat between ** around. Sl st to the base of the first ch 2 of the round.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Flower:dscf3797

Using Pretty n’Pink, form a magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, work 9 sc in ring, join with sl st to beg ch 1.

Round 2: Ch 3, work 2 dc in the base of ch 3, sl st in next st, *work 3 dc in next st, sl st in next,* repeat between ** around. (5 petals)

Round 3: Sc, hdc in the next st, work 3 dc in next st, hdc,sc in the next st, sl st in sl st from previous row,* repeat between ** around. (5 petals)

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

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Place 1 inch on one end of the handle over the pouch edge on one side of the flap. Using the Aran yarn and a yarn needle, stitch the end to the pouch. Repeat on the other side of the flap with the remaining end of the handle. Using the Pretty n’ Pink yarn, stitch a 1/2-inch flat white button over the handle ends.

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Fold the flap to the front of the purse. Position the flower to the right of the flap’s center. Place a 1/2-inch flat white button in the center of the flower. Use Pretty n’ Pink yarn and a yarn needle to stitch the button and flower to the flap.dscf3807

Open the flap. With the front of the purse facing front, center and stitch a 1/2-inch flat white button to the sixth row from the top edge of the pouch using Pretty n’ Pink. Fold the flap to the front and insert the button through the hole of the center cluster on the last row of the doily flap to close the purse.

Enjoy!!

Merry Christmas!!!

Crochet Carrot Pocket-Tutorial

DSCF2852Happy Spring!

DSCF2858I shared these last year, but I never posted the tutorial like I had intended. Well, better late than never. Actually, let’s pretend I’m early. After all, you do have a little time before Easter and a little time is all you will need.

DSCF2855Abbreviations:
ch = chain
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
rnd(s) = round(s)

Things You Will Need:
Worsted weight yarn: orange and green
G crochet hook
Scissors
Ruler

Special Note: Pocket is crocheted in continuous rounds through rnd 20. Do not ch up and connect after each of these rounds.

What To Do:
Form a magic ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in the ring. Pull the tail to cinch the center closed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (8 sc)
Rnds 3-4: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 5: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around. (12 sc)
Rnds 6-7: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 8: *Sc in the next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (16 sc)
Rnds 9-10: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 11: *Sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from *to* around. (20 sc)
Rnds 12-13: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 14: *Sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around. (24 sc)
Rnds 15-16: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 17: *Sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around. (28 sc)
Rnds 18-19: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 20: *Ch 2, sk next st, sc in next.*, repeat from * to * around. This is the end of the continuous rounds.

DSCF7230Rnd 21: Change to green yarn. Ch 1. 2 sc in each ch sp around. Sl st to the beginning ch.

DSCF7232Rnd 22: Ch 2. 2 dc in next st. *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from *to* around. Sl st to the beginning ch 2. Fasten off and weave in the end.

Drawstring
Ch 60. Thread the chain through the ch spaces of Rnd 20.

Roots
Cut an 8″ length of green yarn. Thread through the bottom tip of the pouch and knot. Unravel the ply to create the carrot roots.

DSCF7241Enjoy!

Party Time!

Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party
Submarine Sunday

My Last-Minute Easter Decorations

2-DSCF3645Last year we had just moved into our tiny rental and I didn’t even decorate for Easter. I also didn’t have room for hosting Easter, as is our tradition. When I sorted through things in our storage units for a yard sale this last summer, I purged a lot of decorations from all holidays. Our house is much bigger this year so now I am kinda regretting some of that purge. When I got out my Easter decorations the other day I only found one box. :( Since most store-bought offerings are not my style I decided to make more decorations with things I already have.

1-DSCF3639I started out with a small branch from a tree hubby was pruning. Using an old flower pot for the base, and middle son bringing me some gravel, I “planted” my branch to “grow” my Easter tree.

2-DSCF3645A stash of peat pots were transformed into little Easter buckets. I sponge painted white on the outside. Craft wire was used for the handles. Small vintage pictures were decoupaged to the front of the buckets and the handles were spruced up with buttons and ribbon.

3-DSCF3651I added them to the tree, but it still needed a little something-something.

4-DSCF3679I had just finished making crocheted flower garlands for my Etsy shop and decided mini version of the flowers would be just the thing to bring out the “spring” in my tree.

5-DSCF3661I simply hot glued them to the branches.

6-DSCF3664I wrapped some fabric strips around a couple of garden tools and added them to the pot to complete the tree.

7-DSCF3667I needed something for my dining table. I cut bed springs down a bit and inserted little flower pots. In this picture they have the grass, but I am still going to add jelly beans and a peep.

8-DSCF3675I saved two spaghetti sauce cans a couple of weeks ago and after a little paint, some scraps of burlap, lace and a tie of jute, they were restyled into flower vases. I’ll fill them with cuttings from the beautiful abundance of color that has bloomed in my yard.

I still have a few other things I would like to make, but I wanted to get this posted before it got to late. I’m off to the grocery store and then more decorating. 😉

Enjoy!

Have a great weekend and a wonderful Easter!

Scrap Wood Easter Signs

5-DSCF3428Easter Eggs and Bunny Trail Signs

We have been enjoying really nice weather so I took advantage of warmer days to work on some wood projects. Since the weather turned a bit cooler and drizzly I thought I should finally get this posted before the holiday comes and goes. 😉

I didn’t get pics of the steps like I should have…I kinda got carried away until the photo op was gone.

3-DSCF3419The St. Patrick’s Day shamrock signs did so well I decided to go ahead and make quite a few of the Easter signs. That may or may not have been a great idea. I’ve had them on local Facebook selling pages for about a week and even though they are selling, it has been slow going. Hmm…only time will tell. Oh well, if they don’t sell, then I guess I’ll be gifting friends, family and neighbors. :)

Like the shamrock signs, I used scrap pallet wood.

1-DSCF3411My Cricut came in handy once again for creating my stencils.

2-DSCF3420Unfortunately I didn’t have a bunny on any of my cartridges so I had to hunt through my pattern books to find the shape I was envisioning, then I cut that stencil by hand.

4-DSCF3424The eggs were requested by a previous customer. I thought they turned out pretty cute. I have already sold out of the pink eggs.

My favorite is the bunny trail sign.

Enjoy!

More Crochet In Etsy Shop

1-DSCF3272Vintage-Inspired Mini Crocheted Bunnies

1-DSCF3260-001Crocheted Sunflower Appliques

I’ve been doing a lot of re-stocking in my Etsy shop lately. That has been one of my goals for 2015 and so far I have been able to keep up with it.

These listings just happen to be crochet items. Crochet just seems to draw me in when the weather is cold. Maybe it’s time to change it up a bit. Who knows, maybe a few projects using different mediums will cause the weather to shift toward spring. ;0

Enjoy!