Friday, February 27, 2009

Crocheted Bib

My friend became a Great Aunt again and so I crocheted some bibs to send to the new baby. These bibs are simple to do and made from 100 % cotton so that they are soft and absorbant.
Bib Pattern
100% Cotton I used Sugar and Cream cotton in Violet Stripes color
H hook
sewing needle
2 small buttons

With H hook Ch 28
Row 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (27sc) turn
Row 2 ch 1 sc in ea sc across turn
Row 3-27 repeat row 2 till bib measures 6" turn
Row 28 ch 1 sc in 1st 6 sc then sc2tog in next 2 sc turn this begins the neck and straps
Row 29 ch 1 sc2tog over the first 2 stitches then 1 sc in each sc to the end turn
Row 30 ch 1 sc in each sc across to last 2 stitches and then sc2tog over last two stitches turn
Row 31 - 40 ch 1 sc in each stitch across turn (5 stitches)
Row 41 ch 1 2sc in 1st stitch then sc in ea sc to 2 last sc and sc2tog in the last 2 stitches turn
Row 42 ch 1 sc2tog over 1st 2 stitches then sc in ea sc to last stitch and make 2 sc in last stitch turn
Repeat Row 41 and 42 4 more times ending with a row 42 fasten off

Other side strap and neck
Row 1 With right side facing attach yarn in 12th stitch with a sl st ch 1 sc2tog over the stitch you joined in and the next sc then sc in ea stitch to end turn
Row 2 ch 1 sc2tog 1st 2 stitches then 1 sc in ea stitch to end turn
Row 3 ch 1 1 sc in ea st to last 2 st sc2tog over last 2 st turn (5st)
Row 4-13 ch 1 1 sc in ea st across turn
Row 14 ch 1 sc2tog over 1st 2 st then 1 sc to last st 2 sc in last st. turn
Row 15 ch 1 2 sc in first st then 1 sc in ea st across to 2 last st. sc2tog over last 2 st. turn
Repeat rows 14 & 15 4 more times fasten off
Attach yarn in the top left corner of the neck edge of left strap with a sl st ch 1 sc in same sp as sl st and then sc evenly around entire bib when you get to the opposite strap across from the beginning where you attached the yarn the chain 6 and sc in that same st then continue around the rest of the neck with sc attach to first sc with sl st finish off. Sew a button across from loop made on opposite strap and then another one down that same strap a little ways so that it can be adjusted for size.
I tried to write the directions down as I went but can't quarentee they are correct hopefully they are. Enjoy

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Crocheted Doily Easter Baskets

Last year for Easter I made my Grandkids, Aunt and Mom and Dad Easter baskets from crocheted doilies. The picture above is of one of them. After Easter you can put other things or silk flowers in them for decoration. It is a simple way to make a basket.

This picture is of another doily basket I made and put flowers in for a table decoration at a retirement party. I had done some in smaller doilies and some in this size. The smaller ones were on the tables that people sat at and this and another one just like it was on the serving tables.

The way to make these is simple. You crochet your favorite doily and then you put it into a plastic bag with fabric stiffener. Make sure you get the whole doily wet with the stiffener then squeeze off the excess. Drape the doily over a bowl or whatever you have that is the shape you want the basket to be in and let dry completely. Remove and add flowers or plastic eggs or whatever you like. That's it simple. I hope you try this and enjoy.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Chocolate Peanut butter Peanut Clusters

I have to eat things without gluten or corn and was really wanting some chocolate so at Christmas my daughter, granddaughter, grandson and I decided to make some candy that I could eat and everyone liked it too. I will share some more with you later but here is one of the ones we made.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Peanut Clusters
1 12oz pkg gluten and corn free chocolate chips(we used Whole Foods 365 brand)
1 12oz pkg gluten and corn free peanut butter chips
1 jar of roasted peanuts (make sure no cornstarch has been used by looking at the ingredients on the jar.)

In a microwave safe bowl put 2/3 of the pkg of chocolate chips and the whole pkg of peanut butter chips in the bowl. Heat at 30 second intervals till melted. Stirring half way through. Take bowl out and add the rest of the chocolate chips to temper the chocolate stir till the chips are melted. Add the jar of peanuts or as many as you like to taste. Stir till thoroughly mixed then you can either spread the mixture out on wax paper and let it cool or you can use a spoon and put the mixture out by spoonfuls on the wax paper and leave to cool. If you spread the mixture out when it is cool you can break it into pieces. Store in an airtight container and enjoy.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Scrap yarn purse

I had some black yarn and fun fur yarn left over from a project I had done and decided to make a little purse for my teenage granddaughter. It is simple and takes maybe a couple of hours to make. I added skull buttons to both sides after the picture was taken and I used one of the buttons to close the purse off by making a loop of fun fur to go over the button. This purse she uses when she is just going to the store or out in the car to carry a few things and usually a paperback book. This is a quick and easy pattern and the purse can be ready to use by the next day.