Fabulous Key Fobs

key-fobsDesigner: Lori Hellander

Keep your keys on a short leash with colorful monkey’s fist knot fobs made from paracord.


Materials:

  • 2 yards of paracord in desired color
  • 16-millimeter glass marble
  • 114“-diameter split key ring
  • Embroidery floss in color to match paracord
  • Sewing needle

  1. Following knot-tying instructions, below, make a monkey’s fist knot around the marble using paracord. Leave an 8″-long tail at the beginning and end. Wrap each side of knot three times.
  2. Bring beginning and end tail together, and tie an overhand knot around the key ring about 2″ from the monkey’s fist knot.
  3. Cut the excess paracord from the tails, close to the overhand knot. Using a lighter, carefully melt the ends of the paracord to secure the knot and prevent unraveling.

How to Make a Monkey’s Fist Knot:

1. With tail in palm of hand, wrap rope up and over fingers three times.
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2. Tuck working end outside the loops at back of hand, pulling end to palm side through middle fingers as shown.
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3. Wrap working end around both back and palm loops two times.
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4. On third pass, wrap working end around palm loops only and exit through the center to side with tail.
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5. Bring working end through hole below center loops, and wrap up and over loops three times, securing the core. Exit working yarn through the center to side with tail.
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6. Insert core (such as a marble or tennis ball) into center of knot. Adjust loops on each side of knot to tighten the knot around the core.

 

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How to Make a Pom-Pom with a Clover Pom-Pom Maker

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Looking for a unique embellishment on a gift or a decoration for a party? Make pom-poms in assorted colors with the Clover Pom-Pom Maker to add a fun twist to your DIY.


Instructions from the Clover website.

Buy the Clover pom-pom maker here.

 

 

1. Wind your selected fiber on each “half moon” shaped arm of the pom-pom maker.  Use more yarn for a fuller pom-pom.
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2. With the arms closed, insert a sharp set of scissors into the groove and cut the fiber loops.  When done you should be able to see the center all the way around the pom-
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3. Insert a length of fiber, cord, yarn around the groove, pull tight and tie in place.  This piece holds the pom-pom pieces together so make sure it is tight enough to hold those fibers in place and the double knot is tight enough to prevent it from ever loosening.
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4. Pull the tool in half setting your pom-pom free.  Now just fluff and shape it by hand and trim to suit your purposes.

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Pineapple Dishcloth

pineappleDesigner: Alexis Middleton

Banish plain rectangular dishcloths by giving them a tropical twist!


Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn: yellow, green (such as Lily Sugar ’N Cream in Yellow and Neon Green)
  • Size H (5 mm) crochet hook

SPECIAL STITCHES

Fan: In specified st, work (dc, ch 1) 4 times, dc in same st (5 dc total). Fan made.

Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc): Yo, insert hook from back to front to back around post (vertical bar) of specified st; yo and draw up a loop to height of a dc; yo and draw through two loops, yo and draw through both loops on hook. BPdc made.

Spike Stitch Double Crochet (SSdc): Insert hook in st two rows directly below next stitch (or specified st) and draw up on a long loop to height of current row; yo and draw through two loops, yo and draw through both loops on hook. SSdc made.


MAKE THE PINEAPPLE BODY

Row 1: With yellow, ch 20, sc in first st from ch and in all remaining sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 2:
Sc in first st, skip 1 st, work Fan in next st, skip 2 sts, sc in next st; skip 3 sts, work Fan in next st; skip 3 sts, sc in next st; skip 2 sts, work Fan in next st; skip 1 st, sc in last st; ch 3 (counts as dc of next row), turn.

Row 3: *BPdc around 2nd dc of next Fan, ch 1, sc in next dc, ch 1, BPdc around next dc, dc in next sc; rep from * twice; ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1 sp), turn.

Row 4: (Dc, ch 1, dc) in base of ch; *sc in next sc, skip next st, work Fan in next dc; rep from * across to last sc, sc in last sc, in top of turning chain work (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc);
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Row 5: Sc in first dc, ch 1, BPdc around next dc; dc in next sc; *BPdc around second dc of next Fan, ch 1, sc in next dc, ch 1, BPdc around next dc, dc in next sc; rep from * once; skip next dc, BPdc around next dc, ch 1 sc in third ch of turning ch; ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Sc in first sc; *skip next st, work Fan in next dc, sc in next sc; repeat from * across; ch 3, turn.

Rows 7–10: Repeat Rows 3–6.

Row 11–13: Repeat Rows 3–5.

Row 14: Sc in first st; ch 1; skip next st, sc in next dc; ch 2, sc in next sc; (ch 2, skip next st, sc in next dc) twice; ch 1, skip next st, sc in next dc, ch 1, sc in last sc. Finish off and weave in ends.


ADD THE LEAVES

Row 1: With green and wrong side of pineapple body facing you, join yarn in third sc from the right; *2 SSdc in sc two rows below; ch 8, sc in second ch from hook; hdc in next two chs; dc in remaining four chs; slip st in top of SSdc below (leaf formed); repeat from * twice, working all SSdc in same st; sc in third sc from left on previous row; ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in first sc, ch 10, sc in second ch from hook; hdc in next two chs; dc in remaining six chs; sl st in top of sc at base of chain (leaf formed); *working behind leaves of previous row, sc in next two sts; ch 12, sc in second ch from hook; hdc in next two chs; dc in remaining eight chs; sl st in top of sc at base of chain (leaf formed); rep from * once; working behind leaves of previous row, sc in next two sts; ch 10, sc in second ch from hook; hdc in next two chs; dc in remaining six chs; sl st in top of sc at base of chain (leaf formed); sc in next sc. Finish off and weave in ends.

Cross-Stitch Coffee Table Tray

102368808Designer: Jaydee Decker

A metal perforated baking tray from a kitchen-supply store serves up a trendy cross-stitch plus sign and makes a handy place to corral odds and ends.


Materials:

  • 13×18″ perforated metal tray
  • Painters tape
  • Spray paint: yellow and peach
  • Yarn needle
  • Yarn: magenta

1. Tape off one-third of tray from top to bottom and through one vertical row of holes. In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint one side of tray yellow; let dry. Peel off painters tape and apply a new line of tape aligned with the spray-painted line. Spray remaining side of tray peach; let dry. Remove tape.

2. Find the center of tray. Following the chart, below, cross-stitch the design using yarn needle and magenta yarn. Leave a long tail on back of tray for first and last stitches, weave tails under previous stitches; trim ends.

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