Crocheted Owl Basket

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Designer: Deja Jetmir 

Whooooo’s ready to get organized while looking stylish?


Materials:

  • Two 5-ounce skeins worsted weight yarn: gray (such as Red Heart Super Saver in Grey Heather)
  • Size J crochet hook
  • Blunt-end yarn needle

Gauge: 6 rows and 8 hdc = 3″

Finished size: 8″ tall

See our guide to yarn here.

 

Abbreviations:

hdc-inc, dc-inc, sc-inc = work two of the designated st in one stitch.
hdc-dec = (Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a lp) twice, yo and draw through all 5 lps on hook.
picot = ch 5, sl st in top of first st.


Crochet the Basket:

Note: The basket is worked in a spiral, so joining rounds is not necessary. Mark beginning of each round.

Rnd 1: With 2 strands of yarn held together, ch 3 (2 chs counts as hdc), hdc 7 times in beg ch (8 hdc).

Rnd 2: Hdc-inc in each st (16 hdc).

Rnd 3: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next st; rep from * 7 more times (24 hdc).

Rnd 4: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next 2 sts; rep from * 7 more times (32 hdc).

Rnd 5: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next 3 sts; rep from * 7 more times (40 hdc).

Rnd 6: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next 4 sts; rep from * 7 more times (48 hdc).

Rnd 7: * Hdc-inc, hdc in next 5 sts; rep from * 7 more times (56 hdc).

Rnd 8:
* Hdc-inc, hdc in next 6 sts; rep from * 7 more times (64 hdc).

Rnds 9–17: Hdc in each st around (64 hdc).

Rnd 18: *Hdc-dec, hdc in next 6 sts; rep from * 7 more times (56 hdc).

Rnd 19: *Hdc-dec, hdc in next 5 sts; rep from * 7 more times (48 hdc).

Rnd 20: *Hdc-inc, hdc in next 5 sts; rep from * 7 more times (56 hdc).

Rnd 21–26: Hdc in each st around (56 hdc).

Sc in next st, sl st in next st to finish off. Fasten off, and weave in ends.


Make the Eyes:

Note: Each eye is worked in a spiral, so joining rounds is not necessary. Mark beginning of each round.

 

First Eye:

Rnd 1: With 2 strands of yarn held together, ch 2, sc 6 times in beg ch (6 sc).

Rnd 2: *Sc 2 times in each st; rep from * 5 more times (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *Dc 2 times in each st; rep from * 11 more times (24 sc).

Rnd 4: *Dc 2 times in next st, dc; rep from * 5 more times, tr, dtr, picot; fasten off.

 

Second Eye:

Rnds 1–3: Rep First Eye instructions.

Rnd 4: Picot, dtr, tr, *dc, dc 2 times in next st; rep from * 5 more times, hdc, sc, sl st to finish off eye; fasten off and weave in ends.


Add Eyes to Basket:

1. Position the right eye on the basket at the point of the last st. Using two strands of yarn and a tapestry needle, tack down the center of the eye; using the center hole as a guide, bring the needle up through the center and then back down in the first round of stitches. Continue until center is secure.

2. Using two strands of yarn and the outside stitches of the eye, tack down the eye securely, leaving the picot stitches unsewn. Weave in all ends. Repeat with left eye.


Add the Beak:

1. Using two strands of yarn and long straight stitches, embroider a beak between the bottoms of the eyes.

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Handled Storage Tote

knitting-toteDesigner: Sheila Sinclair Snyder

Need a place to stash your stuff? Whip up a handled bag by stitching together sweater-wrapped clothesline.


Materials:

  • Approximately 100′ of 14“-wide clothesline
  • Old sweaters: various shades of gray, various bright colors
  • Sewing thread: gray

 

Finished size: 8″ tall (with handles) × 17″ wide


Assemble the Tote:

1. Cut old sweaters into 114“-wide strips, cutting each as long as possible. Wrap a dark gray strip clockwise around the beginning of the clothesline, overlapping the strip along the length.

2. Fold the covered clothesline over on itself 10” from the end. Referring to How-To Sew a Cord Coilbelow, and using gray sewing thread, sew between the clothesline rows along the 10″ length to begin the bag bottom. Continue adding gray sweater strips and coiling the clothesline to make an approximately 3×11″ oval coil for the bag bottom. Do not trim clothesline.

3. To begin the bag sides, lay the wrapped clothesline over the top of the outermost row of oval coil. Shift the base under the sewing machine foot so the oval is flipped up slightly on the left side of the foot. Continue sewing between the rows, adding sweater strip wraps, and coiling the clothesline on top of the base.

4. Where desired, add strips of light gray to make horizontal rows around bag sides. Add random, brightly colored short strips as desired.

5. When the bag sides reach approximately 7″ tall, add a handle to one wide side by leaving a 7″-long portion of the covered cording unstitched. Shape the handle as desired, leaving a gap between the coil and the handle. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the handle where it attaches to the coil for extra reinforcement.

6. Continue sewing the coil until you reach the opposite side. Repeat Step 4 to add a handle opposite the first handle.

7. Continue sewing one more complete round around bag sides, adding a second layer to each handle.

8. Trim cord to end along the top of a bag side near the base of a handle. Wrap a sweater strip onto the cord, extending the wraps past the end of the cord by 1″; trim strip if necessary. Finish sewing the covered cord to the coil, reinforcing at the end with backstitches.


How to Sew a Cord Coil:

1. For a round base, coil one end of the cord tightly around itself a few times until the coil is the size of a quarter.

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2. While holding coil firmly, place the coil under your sewing machine’s zigzag foot with the cord extending off the right side toward you. Use a wide zigzag to stitch between the cording rows, catching the cording on both sides to hold it together.
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3. Slowly rotate the coils counterclockwise as you zigzag-stitch in between the rows. For long continuous curves, you may wish to switch to an open toe sewing machine foot. Tilt coil as you stitch to build sides.
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Spell Bound Kitchen Canisters

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Designer: Alison Gamm

These labeled kitchen canisters are easy as 1, 2, 3! With only a few supplies, you can create cute holders for your most-used kitchen staples.


 

Materials:

  • White ceramic canisters
  • 112“-tall letter stickers
  • Fine-tip oil-based markers: gold and brown

 

1. Adhere letter stickers to the sides of white ceramic canisters to spell the word coffee, flour, and sugar.

2.  Use gold and brown fine-tip oil-based markers to add closely spaced dots around letter stickers; let dry.

3. Carefully remove letter stickers.

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Throwback Chalkboard

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Chalk up this noteworthy idea to a salvaged contractor’s ruler folded on its hinges into a square and used as a frame with a chalkboard backing. Cut a board to fit the back of the folded-ruler frame, paint it with chalkboard paint, and screw it onto the back of the ruler frame. The frame will be multiple squares deep, making the perfect ledge for pieces of chalk.


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Flower Cork Bulletin Board

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Pull out the stops to use salvaged corks for this floral-theme corkboard that is anything by boring. Form the flowers by strategically positioning stained cork ends faceup. Use a deep frame or shadow box to accommodate the depth of the corks. To stain the corks yellow and orange for the flower centers, brush watered-down acrylic paints onto the cork ends.


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