Crochet

How to Crochet: Fixing a Too-Loose Hold

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Whenever someone is continually struggling with crochet, at any point in the process, I generally find that they’ve lost tension in their grip, as seen above.  Once that happens, your fingers just aren’t long enough to save you.  I’ve been harping on the proper static left hand grip (I suppose there could be others, but […]

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How to Crochet: Working Into the Chain

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Apart from getting the chain started, the hardest part of crochet is working the first row of stitches into the blasted chain. Again, however, the left hand grip is very important. So let’s review. 1. Grab yarn with bottom two fingers. 2. Turn hand over and point that pointer, under and away from you. 3. […]

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Crocheted Washcloth: Double Lace

by Ivory Soap Crafts

I haven’t done one of these in a while, so here’s a new washcloth pattern.  Before we get started, here’s a close up of the pattern stitch: Double Lace Washcloth ch 30 Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook. Dc to the end. Row 2: ch 3 , turn, *skip 2 dc, (1dc, ch […]

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How to Crochet: Chaining

by Ivory Soap Crafts

This post is in no way to intended to replace a crochet book, however, after teaching several folks to crochet, I’ve run up on a few things that are often missing from the print lessons. The main issue is the GRIP in the left hand (these are right handed lessons), so let’s start with that. […]

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Ladder Stitch Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Ladder Stitch Dishcloth G needle, worsted weight cotton ch 33 row 1:  sc in 2nd ch from hook, skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch, (ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch, skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch) 4 times. row 2:  ch 1, turn, sc in first dc, skip 2 […]

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Treble Shell Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

I like dishcloths that dry quickly and aren’t too good at trapping food particles.  I don’t mind the cloth removing particles, just that I don’t want the weave to be tight enough to get them stuck up in there for good.  Anyway, like TL, I have four kids jumping on my head all day, so […]

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Make Fleece Yarn from Fabric

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Fleece yarn is great for fluffy, chunky knitting and crochet projects. The following technique turns any big squares of cloth into fabric yarn balls, but this yarn tutorial is specifically geared for fleece. I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner.  I have GIANT piles of leftover fleece. Making Fleece Yarn Find the Stretch […]

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Treble Scrubbie Cloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Easy Treble Scrubbie Cloth ch 28 Row 1:  tr in 5th chain from hook, tr across. Row 2:  ch 4 , turn, fptr across Row 3: ch 4, turn, tr across Repeat rows 2 and 3 four times. Tie off and weave in ends.

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Shelly Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Shelly Dishcloth ch 31 Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, *skip next ch (4 dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch, skip next 3 ch, dc in each of next 5 ch; rep from * across, ending with dc in each of last 2 ch, turn. Row2 : ch3 (counts as dc), skip […]

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Filet-ish Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Filet-ish Dishcloth 1.  ch 32 2.  dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch, rep from *, turn 3.  ch 4 (counts as dc + 1ch), skip next ch space, dc in next dc, ch 1 dc in next dc.  *(dc in next ch space, dc in next […]

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Chaplet Pattern

by Ivory Soap Crafts

It’s been a while since we posted a new pattern.  TL is convinced that the hot weather just sucks the afghan-will right out of us.  But, my gears are revving up as the temperature drops, so here’s my first little project of the season. Sacred Heart Chaplet *This pattern is similar to my rosary pattern, […]

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Doeling Bonnet

by Daisy Crafts

I’ve never been one to stitch for my chicks, but my baby goat’s horn removal wounds looked like they could use a little cushioning. So, here’s the most ridiculous pattern I’ve ever written: Ivory’s Little Goat Bonnet Lilly worsted weight, G needle Bonnet: Ch 10 and join in a circle with sl st. Ch 20 […]

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Tawashi Cloth

by Daisy Crafts

Not absorbent, but scrubs like nothing I’ve ever seen. Especially good if you have any of that leftover baby yarn with the fine thread woven in. Texture is everything. And in case you’ve guessed my secret, yes, this was going to be a baby blanket gift originally. But I *hate* patterns that expect me to […]

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Ivory’s Seed Stitch Tute

by Daisy Crafts

There has been a bit of confusion about my pattern for the seed stitch trivets, so here’s a pictorial tute of the stitches. 1. Ch 25 2. Single crochet in second chain from the hook. (Where the silvery one is poking) 3. Note that there are two single crochets and then ch1 sc, ch1, sc. […]

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Seed Stitch Hot Pad (or “Trivet” for you fancy folks)

by Daisy Crafts

I. Love. This. Pad! Or THESE pads, I should say. I’m making a bagillion (read: five.) I am not a fancy table setting lady, so I use potholders as hot pads. By the time all of the dishes are on the table, I’m pulling things out of the oven with a wadded denim apron. Not […]

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Crocheted Corner Bookmark

by Daisy Crafts

Another corner bookmark! But, it’s different if it’s thread and not seed packets, right? RIGHT? I find that they take an extra second to adjust, but once installed, will hold no matter how hard you shake it. Crocheted Corner Bookmark No. 10 mercerized cotton thread, No. 10 steel needleMAKE TWO OF BELOW PATTERN Ch4R1-Put two […]

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Child’s Snuggie

by Daisy Crafts

Materials: -Child that watches too much Qubo (kids’ channel with exclusively As Seen on TV ads) and begs for a Snuggies, Slider Stations, and Smart Clips. -Crapload of yellow yarn -Big honking needle cause you’re not spending weeks on something that you suspect she only wants because the lady on the commercial has pretty hair. […]

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Scrubby Rows Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

This is the unbordered, unadorned, workhorse of the kitchen. And no cemented blob of counter-adhered oatmeal shall prevail against it!! Scrubby Rows Dish Cloth Worsted Sugar and Cream, H needle Ch 37 Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across Front Post Single Crochet (FPsc) follow these directions, only […]

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Child’s Furry Purse

by Daisy Crafts

When I first tried out working with fun fur, I made this quick and easy purse for my little girl. Easy Furry Purse H hook, WW pink acrylic yarn, clearance Mango Fun Furpattern worked holding one strand of each Ch 20 Row 1. Dc in fourth chain from hook and every ch after that. Row […]

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Loosey-Goosey Market Bag

by Daisy Crafts

What happens when you find ten balls of fun fur at 80% off? I know that there are lots of great bag patterns out there, however, none of them seem to take into account the fact that I can’t count to ninety-seven twice without skipping or adding a few stitches. So, out of concern for […]

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Rosary Pouch

by Daisy Crafts

I made these AGES ago, (to go with some baptism rosaries), but we’ve quite a few requests for the pattern, so I had to accost a previous recipient and ask to see it. Embarrassing! This pattern uses afghan stitch, but I used a regular needle since the work is only 15 stitches wide. If you […]

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Pima Face Cloth

by Daisy Crafts

I call this the ‘Pima’ facecloth, because that’s what it’s made from…Pima Cotton. Which is like the American version of Egyptian Cotton. Very strong. Very soft. Very expensive. Unless you hit the jackpot at a garage sale, like me. Fifty cents a skein! Pima Facecloth H needle,WW cotton Ch 31 Row 1: Sc in second […]

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Ivory’s Bead Stitches

by Daisy Crafts

I’ve been asked for pictorial instructions for the beads on my rosary pattern. It’s a puff stitch, but doing it on a chain can seem a bit weird. 1. Yarn over. 2. Turn the stab the ‘bump’ on the previous ch. 3. Yarn over and pull through one loop. There will be three loops on […]

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Quick Dry Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

This is my new favorite dishcloth. It works up quickly. It’s pretty. And, it dries fast, so no stinkification. Quick Dry Dishcloth (If you’re familiar with pattern stitches, just do the Lacy V’s three times and border.) H needle, WW cotton Ch 29 Row1: Dc in fifth ch from hook, *skip next 2 chs, (dc, […]

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Crochet Jogger’s Wrap

by Daisy Crafts

This is not pretty, but it’s my new best friend. Hubby and I trade out “jogging” in the mornings. I think he actually jogs, but I “jog.” It’s closer to that exaggerated “I’ll-get-back-to-you-in-a-sec–I’m-hurrying-to-the-bathroom” shuffle that folks do when they have GOT to tinkle. Anyhoodle, it’s COLD at 5:30AM these days. My chin, mouth, nose, and […]

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Crocheted Rosary

by Daisy Crafts

I looked FOREVER for a rosary pattern. I found one, but the beads were too difficult for me. This lady, wisely advised me to change the beads to puff stitches, and with a few other alterations, I’ve made about fifty of these. They make fantastic gifts for Catholics, and once you get the hang of […]

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Auntie’s Afghan Pattern

by Daisy Crafts

Way-More-Than-Four-Hour-Afghan Adapted from THIS pattern. Afghan is worked with a P-hook, THREE strands held together, and absolute crap load of worsted weight acrylic. (I used two red, one gray.) Ch 84. (Or however wide you like your blankies. I’m 5’10” and like to be swallowed in afghan-osity. You can do 54, 64, 74, 84, 1204…) […]

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Crocheted Washcloth: Diamonds

by Daisy Crafts

Diamonds Washcloth Pattern size H needle worsted weight cotton Ch 26 Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across Row 2 & 3: Ch1, turn, sc in each sc across To work FPtr: Yarn over hook twice, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of the […]

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Crocheted Washcloths: Snapdragon

by Daisy Crafts

This is the first washcloth in a series of three…or more depending on how much I can make hubby watch Miss Marple over the next few weeks. I would like to draw your attention to the almost good photo above. I was trying to get all fancy pants and make a pretty pic like TL […]

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Homemade Sponge and Soap-saver

by Daisy Crafts

In the quest to rid my home of disposables, I was left with a sponge. I prefer sponges to washcloths when it comes to dishwashing, so I searched around on the net until I found a wonderful pattern for washable cotton sponges at Gherkin’s Bucket. So, if you do not crochet, and never wish to […]

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Homemade Crochet Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

I may have started aggressively pursuing making my own products to reduce the amount of chemicals in my family’s life and spend less time and money in the checkout lane, but I realized recently that I have another reason: I actually PREFER my own stuff. Even if I suddenly found out that Tide was totally […]

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