Friday, 27 March 2009

Potholders

Single thread

You need:
Cotton yarn (potholders gets filty with food = needs to be washed in hot water)
A hook that goes with the yarn (read the label that comes with the yarn)
A needle (to weave in ends)
A pair of scissors (to cut the tread)

Use either thick yarn, or double thread of thinner yarn (odd English = translated directly from Norwegian..)

Pattern (in UK terms. I think):
Ch 6, join to form a ring.
1. ch 3 to make first tremble, work 13 more tr in the ring; join with a sl to the top of the beginning (14 tr)
2. ch 3, make 2 tr in every tr from the last round(28 tr); join
3. ch 3, 2 tr in the next stitch, *1 tr in the next, 2 tr in the next* continue all the way around; join 4. ch 3, 1 tr in the next stitch, 2 tr in the next, *2 tr in the next 2 stiches, 2 tr in the next*; join
5. ch 3, 2 tr in the next 2 stitches, 2 tr in the next, *3 tr in the next 3 stitches, 2 tr in the next*; join
6. make 7 rounds of increasing in the same way

Make the border:
Make a chain stitch in one of the st from the last round, skip 2 st, *make 3 tr into the next st, ch 1, 3 tr into the the same st as the last 3 st, skip 2 st, make 1 slip stitch* Keep on working like this, until you've finished the round..
Before cutting the yarn, ch 10 and make a slip stitch into the last st (forms the loop for hanging).
Weave in all ends.

Thinner yarn, held double

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Colourful cotton bag :)

Yarn: different kinds of cotton yarn (should be about the same gauge, though)
Hook: one that goes with the yarn. I used 3,5 mm


Pattern:

Ch 6, join to form a ring.

1. ch 3 to make first tremble, work 13 more tr in the ring; join with a sl to the top of the beginning (14 tr)

2. ch 3, make 2 tr in every tr from the last round(28 tr); join

3. ch 3, 2 tr in the next stitch, *1 tr in the next, 2 tr in the next* continue all the way around; join 4. ch 3, 1 tr in the next stitch, 2 tr in the next, *2 tr in the next 2 stiches, 2 tr in the next*; join
5. ch 3, 2 tr in the next 2 stitches, 2 tr in the next, *3 tr in the next 3 stitches, 2 tr in the next*; join
6. make 7 rounds of increasing in the same way

It should look like this.. :)
7. ch 3, make one tr in each tr all the way around (still using white yarn), but crochet only through the back loop. This makes an edge between the base and the body of the bag..
8. Keep repeating the last round (through both loops, though) until you have the hight that you want. Changing between different stitches (single crochet/double crochet/trebles, whatever they are called) gives you a chance to use most of your scrap yarn..

9. the shortest scraps can be used to make slip stitch rows after the bag is done (or you can use them on the handle)..

the finished bag..

10. I made the handle by crocheting a 85 cm long chain, which I crocheted trebles into
11. then I used different yarn and crocheted single crochet along both sides of the trebles. I keept doing this until the handle was wide enough (unclear? Look at the photos). Use small leftovers if you like..

I used an old buckle at the handle, and a small button that makes sure the handle stays on even if the buckle slips.. Brown yarn and some trebles was all I needed to make the buckle stay in place. I attached the handle on the other side of the bag, using lots of yarn and even some cross stitches (mostly for fun)..


It might be a good idea to put fabric inside the bag, and maybe a pocket or two? ;)