Crocheted Pillowcases

Designer: Kari Stecher

Take your crochet skills over the edge with colorful bands.


Materials:

  • Pillowcase
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • Large-eye embroidery needle
  • Sport weight/DK cotton yarn in desired color
  • Size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook
  • Fabric marker

Note: Gauge is not crucial to the success of this project.


1. Turn pillowcase inside out. Beginning 14” from pillowcase edge, use a water-soluble marking pen to mark dots every 12” along the inside of pillowcase band.


2. Foundation Rnd: Measure a length of yarn that is 15 times the width of the pillowcase opening. Fold the yarn in half and knot the ends.

3. Working from inside pillowcase band, blanket-stitch the edge. To blanket stitch, refer to photos and diagram, below.

4. Push needle through a marked dot to outside of pillowcase. Form a reverse L shape with the yarn, and hold angle of L shape in place with your thumb. Push the needle down into next dot to the right. Come up under the reverse L shape, and, crossing over the trailing thread to secure the stitch, again form a reverse L shape with the yarn. Push the needle down at the next marked dot to the right and come up under the reverse L shape. Continue around pillowcase band.

5. To join end of blanket stitches to beginning, bring needle through front of first stitch knot. Tie off.
6. Turn pillowcase right side out. Make a slip knot on crochet hook and insert hook under blanket stitch. Note: The first stitch can begin anywhere.


BEGIN EDGING (OR ALL EDGINGS)

Rnd 1: 3 sc in each st, join to first sc with sl st.
PILLOWCASE #1 (YELLOW CASE WITH GREEN EDGING)

Rnd 2: Ch 4, dc in same st, * sk next 2 sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st. Rep from * to end. Sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.
Rnd 3: * (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch 1 sp, sk next 2 dc. Rep from * to end. Sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.

 

PILLOWCASE #2 (GREEN CASE WITH CREAM EDGING)

Rnd 2: Ch 5, sk next 2 sc; * dc in next sc, ch 2, sk next 2 sc. Rep from * to end. Sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 5.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, * 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 1, sk next dc. Rep from * to end. Sl st to beg ch 1. Fasten off.

 

PILLOWCASE #3 (BLUE CASE WITH ORANGE EDGING)

Rnd 2: *Ch 1, sk 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, ch 1, sk 2 sc, sl st in next sc. Rep from * to end. Sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.

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.

tray-diagram

Embroidered Waste Basket

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Designer: Jaydee Decker

Perforated metal waste cans are available in a variety of styles, and this faux-caned version works great for cross-stitching because of the vertical and horizontal hole alignment.


Materials:

  • Perforated metal waste can (must have vertically and horizontally aligned holes; our can is 20 holes high)
  • Spray paint: gold
  • Yarn needle
  • Super-bulky yarn: white

Assemble the Waste Basket:

1. In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint metal waste can; let dry.

2. Find the vertical center on side of can. Following the chart, below, cross-stitch design from the center out using yarn needle and white yarn. Leave a long tail on inside of can for first and last stitches, weave tails under previous stitches; trim ends. End yarn between motifs so yarn is not visible in open areas of can.

basket-pattern

 

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