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Olympic Mother Bears

August 25, 2016 No comments yet
Olympic Mother Bears

Everyone at Ravelry has been celebrating the Olympics and the Mother Bear Group has been busy making Olympic Mother Bears. I crocheted 3 Olympic bears during the games. It was fun to make the bears for charity and also participate in the 2016 Ravellenics Games at Ravelry.

Here are the 3 different teddy bears I completed in the Toy Toss event. The first bear is Katie bear I crocheted in honor of Katie Ledecky. Katie bear is posing with her first gold medal she won in swimming for the USA.

Next is Aly bear in honor of Aly Raisman of the 2016 USA gymnastics team. […]

Striped Recycled Plastic Bag Tote

August 17, 2016 No comments yet
Striped Recycled Plastic Bag Tote

I crocheted this latest recycled plastic bag or plarn tote using lots of white plastic bags and a few red and grey plastic bags. Recycling all the white retail plastic bags I get can be challenging. Let’s face it, the white bags are boring and need something to help brighten up the project when you crochet or knit with them. So by adding some colorful bags, I created a few stripes to spice up this recycled tote bag.

I used the free recycled round grocery tote pattern to crochet this bag. I just changed up the stripes of colored plarn a bit for a different look than the original pattern. But otherwise it’s the same pattern. As with any pattern, you can always just make a few changes which will result in a new look.

Below is another picture taken with the tote bag laying down flat.[…]

Superman Mother Bear

August 10, 2016 2 comments
Superman Mother Bear

It was super hero theme in July for the Mother Bear Project at Ravelry. I decided that I wanted to crochet a Superman teddy bear for the project.

Here is Superman or maybe I should say Superbear.

I crocheted my bear in the round and seamless using this crochet bear tutorial. I used a piece of gold felt to draw the S logo for my Superman costume with markers and then just glued it onto the bear. I crocheted the red cape by attaching red yarn to the side of the neck and single crocheting around to the other side of the neck. I then crocheted in double crochet stitching until I had the desired length for the Superman cape.

These theme teddy bears are just so much fun to make. You can see all the different bears that were crocheted and knitted for the children at our Ravelry […]

Christmas in July Mini Stockings

July 30, 2016 1 comment
Christmas in July Mini Stockings

It was Christmas in July for me this month. I have been working on crocheted mini Christmas stockings for the Warmth for Warriors 2016 Stocking Drive. July marked my start of crocheting the little socks for the organization that collects the stockings and fills them with small gifts such as chapstick, shampoo, lotions, or other small toiletry and gives them to our troops at Christmas.

It is always fun to crochet these cute little stockings for the troops. It is a wonderful way to use up scraps of yarn as you only need little bits of yarn to do the toes and heels and add contrast to the stockings.

Here are more of the 6 inch stockings that I crocheted this month. As you can see[…]

Recycled Basket with Kitchen Items

July 24, 2016 2 comments
Recycled Basket with Kitchen Items

I crocheted this plastic basket from recycled plastic retail bags. The bags are cut 1 inch wide and connected using the loop method to create plarn or plastic bag yarn. Here is the free plarn basket pattern I used to crochet the basket.

The basket is filled with kitchen items for an upcoming Relay for Life fundraiser. Included in the basket are potholders, an oven mitt, dishcloths and pot scrubber.

The jute and green granny square kitchen items were shared in a recent blog here […]

Ashlyn Scarflet

July 10, 2016 1 comment
Ashlyn Scarflet

I crocheted this keyhole scarf using the Ashlyn Scarflet pattern. This is a free crochet pattern found over at Craftybegonia’s blog with the scarflet pattern found here.

The pattern stitch is very pretty and here is a closeup of the scarf end area.

I used 3.6 ounces of worst weight yarn to complete the scarf as I did a few extra rows on the decorative ends to make it a bit longer. I used a H (5 mm) crochet hook on my project. The finished length of my scarflet is about 38 inches long by 5-1/4 inches wide. One correction I did find was on second side at end of row 1, I believe should be only Ch 1, turn; rather than Ch 4. Also on row 3, I repeated row 2 of the Urchain Stitch in each Ch 2 space by working 1 SC, Ch 2, 1 SC in the space.

Here is one more photo showing the scarf open […]

Star Trek Mother Bears

July 1, 2016 No comments yet
Star Trek Mother Bears

Each month the Mother Bear group over at Ravelry features a theme for the Mother Bear Project. I wanted to share these two Star Trek characters I crocheted.

Meet Mother Bears James T Kirk and Scotty Scott of starship Enterprise. I tried my best to copy their uniforms from the original Star Trek series including the emblems on their uniforms.


Both of these bears were crocheted using the seamless crochet pattern from the Mother Bear Project. I have a seamless mother bear tutorial that I have posted with helpful tips. In my tutorial I show how to crochet the bears seamless, […]

Baby Round Ripple Blankets

June 20, 2016 No comments yet
Baby Round Ripple Blankets

It is time again to start making baby blankets for the 2016 NICU Baby Blanket Drive. Each year Kathryn over at Crochetville makes and collects baby blankets for the yearly delivery just before Christmas. This is the 10th year of the drive and my 7th as a contributor.

Here are two round ripple baby blanket I crocheted this month. Both of these were crocheted using Aggie May’s round ripple pattern.

The centers were crocheted just using up scraps of yarn I had on hand. Then I used pink and white Red Heart yarns on the first one that measures 24 inches wide. The 2nd round ripple blanket was crocheted […]

Mini Plarn Flower Basket

June 11, 2016 3 comments
Mini Plarn Flower Basket

I needed a little mini flower basket for a garden theme crochet project so I cut some plastic bags very thin to accomplish this tiny recycled plastic basket. The basket is filled with wild Yarrow and Lupine flowers.

I used 2 recycled plastic bags and cut them in long continuous strips just a 1/4 of an inch wide. Here is one bag cut just 1/4 inch wide and rolled into a little plarn ball. As you can see this is thin, single strand plarn. I joined strips with a small knot and then just crocheted over the ends on the inside of the basket to hide the splices.

Mini Crocheted Plarn Flower Basket Pattern

G (4 mm) crochet hook
2 plastic retail bags cut 1/4 inch wide in one continuous single strand

Finished basket size: 3 inches wide x 2.75 inches tall

Directions:
Rnd 1
Ch 2 and SC 5 times in the 2nd ch from hook. […]


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