Update on Jillie’s Flap Hat and double thickness pot holders

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Darling Daughter visited last night with GrandDolly #2 and brought the flap hat with her.  She had tried to take pictures of Jillie wearing it, but it’s impossible to get a one year old to hold still for a millisecond, let alone long enough to take the picture.  So, it’s not the greatest picture but I’m very pleased with how well it fits her.  Getting her to keep it on may be a challenge.  This is Darling Daughter wrangling her little one.

I posted a few nights ago about this hat, the pattern and where it’s available.  It’s not a freebie so if you’d like one, you’ll have to bite the bullet and pay for it.  The post is here.

Her hat is hardly noticeable, but wow what great eyes…..

My sister had asked me if I could find her a pattern for double thickness  pot holders — which I did find and sent to her promptly — but then I decided that I needed to make a few for myself.  I had to take the pictures separately because two of them are so dark and the other two so light.  As I look at the images, the crocheting seems a bit rough to me.  I had and “ah ha” moment tonight that resolved  the issue I was having of seaming the pot holder after I finished it.  I think I’ll wait until tomorrow to take a shot or two and show what I did.  For now, these were my first four attempts.

If you look at the seam in the  pot holder that is on its point above, you can see the holes that were made when I started crocheting on the back side of the foundation chain.  I was able to eliminate that and make the whole  pot holder prettier.

Well, I think that’s enough, don’t you?

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I have been on a dishcloth / facecloth marathon now for a few weeks.  It started out just making a few for Darling Daughter, then thought I would make  a few more for my sisters and mother.  I posted the tutorial for the extremely Wicked Easy Dischcloth HERE.

I still have more cotton, but I have a couple of unfinished projects that I need to get to  — like the other cover to my lounge chair cushions!!  Summer is nearly over and I still have to finish the second one!

This is what my small mountain of completed dishcloth / facecloths look like.

So, today I will be packing these up and sending them on to the relatives — I still have a skein or 2 left and intend to make a few for myself.  It seems that I give away 90% of what I make — do you think I am subconsciously  seeking approval or validation? Could be!!

At any rate, it soothes my mind to knit or crochet while the TV drones in the background.  Not exactly mindless, but it’s repetitious enough to let my mind wander around, quietly plotting my next project.  Besides the aforementioned cushion covers, I have puttputt slippers to make for the GrandDollies and Darling Daughter, hats, mittens, sweaters (yes an actual sweater — GrandDolly 1 spotted a pretty yellow soft yarn in Michaels and a free pattern hanging on the hook right next to it — the kid has an eye for four years old!!)  The yarn is yummy, smooshy and luscious and is calling my name from it’s home in the yarn basket. It’s definitely time to move on to something else.

Wicked Easy Dishcloth (or Facecloth) tutorial

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This is a great little project while sitting in front of the television in the evening.  I’ve made as many as 3 in one sitting. And I’ve also had nights where I spent alot of time ripping out what I had done incorrectly!

WICKED EASY DISHCLOTH (OR FACECLOTH)

Crochet hook size H (gauge is not terribly important)

This pattern uses a half double crochet (hdc) and to make a half double crochet:
(yarn over, insert hook in chain, yarn over pull through one loop, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops)

About an ounce of cotton Sugar ‘N Cream or Bernat Handicrafter cotton

1) Chain 26

2) 1 hdc in 2nd chain from hook and in each stitch across

3) Chain 2 (counts as first hdc in next row) and turn — 25 stitches

4) Work 1 hdc in each stitch across and in top chain of  chain 2.

5) Ch 2 and turn

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until cloth is desired size. Mine work out to be about 8 – 8.5″ square

To finish, work slip stitches around three sides of the cloth, cut yarn and weave in the end.

Done!!! Told you it was wicked easy, eh?

I hate surprises…….

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I finished these two potholders last night.   Aren’t they just cute as can be?  Okay, now REALLY look at them — doesn’t the salmon color in one look just a tad more pink than the other one?  Yeah, that’s what I thought too!!  Even funnier tho — I’ve been crocheting them at night — yes, when it’s dark and watching TV — and I just didn’t notice the color until I took the picture and started tweaking it in my Irfanview software.  THEN I saw the difference.  Sure enough, I checked the yarn bands and they’re two different dye lots.  Oh well — I was going to send them to my sister but I can guarantee you that if I do, she’ll notice the difference before you can whistle Dixie.

Anyway, the pattern is one that I found online on a blog written by a lady by the name of Eva in Norway and I just fell in love with it, so much so that I didn’t notice the dye lots didn’t match!!  Mine don’t look quite as finished as Eva’s, but they were great for a first try and I’ll be making more. The yarn that I used was the old faithful Sugar N Cream color Butter Cream Ombre.

If you’d like to take a look at the pattern, here is the address for Topflappen, which I believe is potholder in Norwegian. Thanks for such a great pattern, Eva!!!

The Incredible Disappearing Yarn Tail

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As much as I love to knit, weaving in the ends when finished is just not my favorite part.  I can’t seem to finish off neatly enough to suit me and it irritates the daylights out of me!!  I am always quick to point out to my knitting friend Kim that you are the only one that will know where the booboos are, but of course I don’t listen to my own advice. You never know when the knitting police will jump out and examine your stitches!!

For that reason alone, I love to crochet. It’s just so much easier to deal with those pesky ends.

This is a way of working in the beginning yarn tail that I’ve used for years.  I’m sure others have found this also, I just haven’t stumbled across it on line.  I’ve never had a problem using it. It gives your work a nice clean beginning without a yarn end hanging there.

I start weaving after completing the first row. In this case I am working on a baby cap in a ripple pattern (crocheting in back loop only). I’ve already chained 1 and turned. This picture shows the end before I start. I always give the end a good tug to make sure it’s not loose.

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At this point, I took my hook and put it through the back loop and then kind of wiggled it down through the single crochet vertical bar under the loop, then hooked the tail end and pulled it up through.

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Now I’m ready to start crocheting the second row. I put my hook through the back loop and at the same time, lay the end across so that when I yarn over and pull through, I’m securing the end in the stitch.

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I continue across the row in the same manner until I’m getting to the end of my tail. I give it a little tug to the left to make it a little longer (your work to the right will contract a little in response to that little tug), crochet a few more stitches, then I take the already worked end to the right and pull it back into the right length. Voila! The yarn disappears under all the single crochets that you’ve done and there’s no more end.

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