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Fairy Ring

This is a filet crochet Hexagon (6 sides) panel that you will crochet in the round starting from the center out. In order to accomplish this, it will help if you have a slight understanding of how to make a granny square, remember the corners ? Each time you came to a corner you had to place 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in order for it to grow larger evenly.
This uses that same concept sort of :
1. On the chart when you see a white or open mesh square on the edge in the next ch 3 space you will ch 2, dc, ch 3, dc, ch 2.
2. On the chart when you see a dark/block or open mesh square on the edge in the next ch 3 space you will do 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc.
If this is as clear as mud, not to worry, I have written out the first 5 rows so that it will make it much easier to understand. Let’s get started.
Materials: 1000 yds of size 10 crochet thread
Size 7 hook
Gauge 10 squares = 2.3 inches, 10 rows = 2.5 inches
Based on filet: solid block = 4 dc open mesh = dc ch 2 dc
Row 1: ch 6, join to form a ring. . Ch 3 (this will count as a dc ) dc 23 more times in ring, join with a slip stitch to the top of beginning ch 3.
Row 2(1st row of your chart): Ch 5 (this will count as a dc and a ch 2 )* skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 2* Repeat from * to * 4 more times, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3 join with a slip stitch to the 3 rd ch of beginning chain.
Important Notes: I do not like the way it looks when you have to slip stitch over so in order to avoid that, we will be starting the next row in the middle block of the chart. In order to keep track use your ch 3’s as a guide (these ch 3’s are in between each panel). See on the chart we have 3 open squares(or mesh) for each section, here is how we are going to do them.
Row 3: ch 5, *dc in next dc, ch 2. (dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch 3 space. Ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2 *. Repeat from * to * 4 times. Ch 2, join to the 3 rd ch of beginning chain.
Row 4: ch 5, *dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc. Ch 3, skip ch 3 space. Dc in next dc, ch 2 , dc in next dc, ch 2*. Repeat from * to * 3 times. Dc in next dc ch 2, dc in next dc.
Ch 3, skip next ch 3 space. Ch 2, join to the 3rd ch of beginning chain.
Row 5: ch 5, *(dc in next dc, ch 2) twice. (dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch 3 space. (Ch 2, dc in next dc) twice, ch 2 *. Repeat from * to * 3 times. (Ch 2, dc in next dc) twice, ch 2, (dc,ch 3, dc) in next ch 3 space. Ch 2, dc in dc, Ch 2, join to the 3rd ch of beginning chain.
Row 6: ch 3 (counts as a dc), (2 dc in next ch 2 space, dc in next dc) 2 times, *Ch 2, dc in next dc. Ch 3, skip next ch 3. Dc in next dc, ch 2, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch 2 space) 3 times, dc in next dc. * Repeat from * to * 3 times. Ch 2, dc in next dc. Ch 3 skip next ch 3. Dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch 2 space, join to 3rd chain of beginning ch.
From here just follow the chart, making sure to make your solid blocks solid, and your open mesh open.

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Goddess for all Seasons

Back by popular demand: This is a sample of how I come up with ideas. My son was eating the chips out of this very clever container and when I looked at it I thought immediately that it resembled the figure of a goddess so I made her up. You can get the container from the chips isle at your local grocery store.

Materials: 1 go snack chip empty container (remove label rinse and let dry) Few rocks, marbles small enough to fit inside container (you don’t need many just enough to weight the bottom to keep it from flipping over) Batting, polyester stuffing or cotton balls 3 oz worsted weight yarn Size H hook Marker (MARK BEGINNING OF ALL ROWS) Bottom: Row 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook Row 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc) Row 3: * 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (18 sc) Row 4: *1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (24 sc) Row 5: *1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (30 sc) Row 6: sl st into 1st sc, ch 1 sc in back loop only around Rows 7 to 20: work even (or sc in each sc) slip crocheted piece onto container. Row 21: * sc in next 8 sc, decrease repeat from * around (27 sc) Row 22: * sc in next 7 sc, decrease repeat from * around (24 sc) Rows 23 & 24: work even Row 25: * increase in next sc, sc in next 7 sc repeat from * to end (27 sc) Rows 26, 27 & 28: work even Row 29: * increase in next sc, sc in next 8 sc repeat from * to end (27 sc) Row 30 & 31: work even ***put your rocks, marbles or whatever you are using for bottom weight inside the container, put the lid on make sure it snaps tight** Breast area: *continue to mark beginning of each round* Row 1: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in each of the next 4 sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in each of the next 4 sc, sc in remaining 14 sc (38 sc) Row 2: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in remaining 14 sc (42 sc) Row 3: work even Row 4: sc in next 30 sc, decrease, sc in next 2 sc, decrease, sc in next 2 sc, decrease, sc in last 2 sc (39 sc) Row 5: work even Row 6: ch 5, skip next 4 sc, sc in next sc (arm hole made) decrease, sc in next 7 sc, decrease, sc in next 3 sc, decrease, sc in next 7 sc, decrease, sc in next sc, ch 5, skip 4 sc, sc in next 4 sc. Row 7: sc in next 5 ch, sc in next sc, decrease, sc in next 5 sc, decrease, sc in next 3 sc, decrease, sc in next 5 sc, decrease, sc in next sc, sc in next 5 chs, sc in next 2 sc, decrease. (32 sc) Stuff and shape breast area. Row 8: decrease, sc in next 4 sc, decrease, sc in next 3 sc, decrease, sc in next sc, decrease, sc in next 3 sc, decrease, sc in next 4 sc, decrease, sc in last 5 sc. (26 sc) If necessary stuff and re shape breast area. Row 9: sc in next 7 sc, decrease, sc in next 3 sc, decrease, sc in last 12 sc ( 24 sc) Row 10: *sc in next 4 sc, decrease repeat from * around (20 sc) Row 11: work even Row 12: * sc in next 3 sc, decrease repeat from * around (16 sc) Row 13: * sc in next 2 sc, decrease repeat from * around (12 sc) Rows 14, 15 & 16: work even Stuff and shape for shoulders Row 17: 2 sc in each sc around (24 sc) Rows 18 to 22: work even Row 23: * sc in next 4 sc, decrease repeat from * around (20 sc) Row 24: *sc in next 3 sc, decrease repeat from * around (16 sc) Row 25: *sc in next 2 sc, decrease repeat from * around (12 sc) stuff neck and head Row 26: *sc in next sc, decrease repeat from * around (8 sc) stuff and shape if necessary Row 27: decrease around (4 sc) finish off hide ends Arms: attach to opening made by row 6, sc around (11 sc) Rows 2 to 25: work even (make sure to use marker) Row 26: decrease, sc in next 2 sc, decrease, sc in next 2 sc, decrease, sc in last sc (8 sc) Rows 27 to 31: work even Row 32: decrease, sc in next 3 sc, decrease, sc in last sc (6 sc) Rows 33 to 34: work even end off Repeat for other arm, slip stitch ends together as shown in picture. I think Fall is starting to show up for most of us and that means we need to get our Goddess decorated for this season. I used a multi color thread but please use what ever color you would like to. It is crocheted in one continuous strand that you can make longer or shorter. I wrapped it around starting from the bottom and worked my way up. The thread seems to cling to the yarn making it easy to just drape it any way you want to.

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Baby Crochet Football Helmet

Although I am not a football fan and yes this post is just a little late for the play offs, I wanted to share this little pattern with you. Baby Crochet Football Helmet by Breezybot isn’t this the cutest thing. Not only can you make it in any color for your favorite team, this little gem can also double as a Roller Derby Helmet for your favorite derby team, which is really more up my alley. Yes Derby girls do occasionally take time out to have a family, but don’t worry they certainly get back on the track. Keep your eye on this site, as it does say she plans on creating a larger size helmet for adults, which would be more than awesome. ***Please do read her copyright terms, and they do say for personal use and if you want to do something else then buy the pattern, which is also very reasonably priced***

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Scraps

If you use yarn then you have scraps and for whatever reason, we seem to hold on to these no matter how much is left. I’m sure I just belong to some type of yarn hoarder group AND more than likely there will be a reality TV show about this, hehe. Anyway I found a couple of good patterns that would certainly help you make good use of those AND they are even beautiful to look at and honestly to date I have not make color matches and all of mine turn out beautiful, but remember I love colors of all kinds. You are certainly welcome to match colors up if you want to but I do not. First up we have Wool Eater and many thanks go to Sarah London for posting the very fabulous and in detail instructions.

Next on our list is Rainbow never ending Granny Square which I also love and there is even a graph to go along with it. There are many patterns on how to use up your left over yarn but I really love these 2 and what I “try” , remember I said TRY, to do is to start one of these and keep it going as I have scraps or left over yarn. Surprisingly enough if you start one, you see it and usually will just add to it. Good luck with keeping that stash in line.

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