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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mobile Phone Pocket_3


I said I would make a black and white grid pattern telephone pocket this week (# 6).
First of all, I had a bit of problem. I couldn't find the little ruler I used last and so the school ruler I found instead, showed that 5 rows equals 1 inch. Well, that messed up my calculations. So I'm gonna have to go back and change the basic pattern. Excuse me while I go do that.
Second of all, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get the grid pattern to come out right when crocheting in the round, so I'm crocheting this grid pattern in the flat and will stitch up one long side and the bottom to make my pocket.
 
On my basic pattern, I chained 32 chains to begin, with 31 sc, but in order to get the grid pattern to come out even, I'd have to either go smaller, which is not an option, or go a bit larger, which I did. So to begin:
 
(# 6) Supplies:
* Red Heart Fashion Crochet Thread. Size 3 of 100% Mercerized Cotton. 126 yds of both white and black.
* Boyd's Size D crochet hook.
* Scissors, steel yarn needle, stitch keeper or safety pin, sewing needle and thread
* 1 button in either white, black or bright red.
* a doubled towel or quilt pad and a number of rustproof straight pins
 
(# 6) Directions:
Step 1: Ch 36 loosely (make it an even number of stitches, so that you can make it 5 sc for each grid; see grid pattern). In second ch from hook make a single crochet and 1 sc in each of the next 4 chs. You should have 5 sc.
As in the striped pocket, I dropped the black thread when I attached the white, however, so that you have no loose threads to snag on the phone, you will have to crochet over it.
 
Tip: Drop black thread to the back; drop the white thread to the front. (Black back). The only time you can snug thread is at the loop on the hook, otherwise do not pull the thread as you crochet over it or it will distort your fabric.
 
Step 2: To attach white, slip your hook into next ch with black thread over the hook, slip a noose of white thread on hook and make a sc, holding both the beginning chain and the black thread together in the opposite hand from the hook. It will feel awkward, but persevere. Make 4 more sc. Drop white thread to the front and pick up black thread.
Step 3: Make 5 sc in next 5 chains in black. Then drop the black thread to the back and pick up the white to make 5 sc in the next 5 chains. Continue till you get to end of chains.
Step 4: Ch 1. Make 5 sc in black. It is helpful if you fold the white thread to the back and crochet over it. You will have to count 5 sc for each color to the end of row to get it to come out correctly, dropping and crocheting over threads. Continue till you come to end of body of work. Ch 1. Repeat this row 3 more times.
Step 5: We are going to alternate colors in row 6. Ch 1 in white and make 5 sc. Repeat, alternating colors for all five rows.  Continue work, alternating colors, as to the grid pattern until you complete the crocheted fabric. Picking up both colors, ch 1. Do not turn.
Tip: If you must drop the work at any time, insert stitch keeper or safety pin into the last 5th sc, so when you come back to it, you will know that you've completed the 5th sc and can begin the next color.
 
Step 6: To finish, do the rsc across the top of the fabric with both colors in hand to make a varigated rope-like finish. End off. Weave in all loose ends of thread.

 
Tip = Blocking is useful when your fabric wants to curl and you want it flat or when you want to shape starched fabric into the final shape, such as ruffles on a doily.
 
 

Step 7: To block the phone pocket crocheted fabric = dampen it, then pin flat on a doubled towel, straighening lines to grid. If you wish, you may spritz fabric lightly with starch. Let dry.
Step 8: Un-pin. Fold right sides together and whip stitch 1 long side and the bottom together. Turn inside out and finish by adding the button loop, button and neck loop.
 
Simple Washing Tip = I've already washed my purple pocket. To do that, throw the pocket in the wash with your colored clothes, remove, flatten pocket with your fingers and hang to dry. Simple as that. 
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(# 7) Supplies:
* Aunt Lydia's Baker's 100% Cotton Twine Thread, Size 1 Super Fine (Art #159; 150 yds) by Coats & Clark, www.coatsandclark.com
* Small bit of white thread left over from last phone pocket project.
* Small bits of red and yellow thread or 1 hank each of embroidery thread in red and yellow.
 * Boyd's Size D crochet hook.
* Scissors, steel yarn needle, stitch keeper or safety pin, sewing needle and thread,
* two small black buttons or beads & 1 large button for closure
 
(# 7) Additional Directions:
And while I was crocheting this variegated fabric, I thought how much it looked like a flecked chicken, so I decided to turn this pocket into a one and then I had to run to the store to get additional thread.
While I was at the store, my husband suggested since I needed just a little red and yellow thread, why not purchase embroidery thread which I did.

 
Frugal Tip: My husband works in a warehouse and he brings me home throw away goodies from time to time like for instance the heavy-duty cardboard tubes from the printed mailing labels they slap on the boxes. I wind my embroidery thread on them. Lacking these, wind thread on TP or paper towel roll.  
 
Step1: Ch 32 and follow basic in the round pattern to make a tube 6 inches long.
Step 2: SS into next row and make a neck loop. I make my neck loop of ch's 30 inches long because I'm a BBW. Make yours however long you need it. Flatten your fabric-- where the ch's began is one side and you need the opposite side to attach ch with a ss. Ch 1, turn, and sc across ch. Attach to beginning side with ss. Flatten fabric once again handle side to handle side to figure out center front; ss to that point and make a ch 16 loop; attach to beginning of ch with ss. End off, then weave ends into fabric.
Step 3: Attach the end of red embroidery thread to front left just in front of handle of neck loop. Ch 1, then make a sc in same stitch. We're going to make scallop stitches (scst) for the chicken's comb at the top of its head, so make two more sc, then make 5 dc in same stitch as last sc, then sc in same st, 2 sc, scst in next, repeat across top to handle. When you come to button chain and neck loops, push them to the back and crochet around them. I made half of my scst on one side of button chain, then the other half on the other side. When you come to the next handle of the neck loop, sc around it and across the back to handle. Attach to beginning red sc, ss into it and end off. Weave ends in.
 
Eyes: With white thread, ch 5, ss into last ch to make a circle. Ch 1, and make a sc. Make a total of 10 sc in circle. Attach to beg sc with ss. Ch 2. Make 2 half-double crochets (hdc) in each sc around, ss in 2 beg ch and end off. Make another eye just like this one. Whipstitch to fabric underneath comb. Sew a black button in center of each, then sew beak just underneath and in between. To make beak, see directions below.
 
Beak: Ch 6 with yellow embroidery thread. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and all across ch, ch 1 turn. Decrease (dec) two sc into one by pulling up two loops through two sc and then pulling one through all three loops on hook. Sc in remaining sts. Ch 1, turn. Dec again, then sc in remaining st. Dec again, sc once more. Ch 1, turn. Dec last two st and end off. Weave ends in and trim. Blind stitch onto front of fabric under eyes when you sew on buttons.
 
Feet: Flatten fabric and attach yellow on beginning chain in line with handle of neck loop. Ch1, then sc in same spot and across about a third of the way, catching both sides of fabric together. It looks like I've sc 7 stitches. Ch 10, then sc into 5 ch, ch 6, sc into those 5 ch, repeat, then wind hook through sides of all the last sc and pull up a ss as for a cls, then sc down remain ch to fabric. Sc across bottom of fabric 5 or 6 times and make another foot, then finish off by sc across the rest of the bottom and end off. You may block the feet if you wish to have them flat.
 

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I went over to a girlfriend's last night and got two more ideas for another couple of phone pockets. That's next.
 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mobile Phone Pocket_2

I decided I wanted more pockets, mainly ones in keeping with my current theme of black and white, so following the basic pattern I crocheted a (# 3 and 4) a solid black with a white flower, then the opposite and next (# 5) a black and white stripe. Next, I am going to have to work out a pattern for a (# 6) black and white check and a (# 7) variegated black and white pocket which will be following this post. 
 
 
Tip = If you would like to keep track of the type of thread you use for a project, after removing the label, fold it in half and stuff it down inside the cardboard tube. It will be right there if you need it.

(# 3 and 4) Solid Black and Solid White Alternate Supplies to Basic Pattern's:
* Red Heart Fashion Crochet Thread, 100% Mercerized Cotton, Size 3, 125 yard ball in black
* Red Heart Fashion Crochet Thread, 100% Mercerized Cotton, Size 3, 125 yard ball in white
* 2 safety pins or 1 stitch keeper + 1 safety pin
* one black and one white button

Tip = When you crochet in the round, remember that the little tail of thread at the end of the beginning chain is also the beginning of your rows.

(# 3 and 4) Alternate Directions:
Step 1 = I crocheted mine in the round so that I made a tube 5 1/2 inches long from bottom open end to top open end.
Step 5b. In the round = When you come to the end of the rsc row, ss to finish row and ch 1. Fasten a stitch keeper to the ch. This will be your center back. Flatten fabric to figure out front center and pin. Set aside to make flower. 

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To make flower:
Row 1 =
Ch 5 with the opposite thread color to your crocheted fabric. Without removing the last ch from hook, ss into the first ch to make a circle. Ch 3.
Row 2 = Make 3 double-crochet (dc) into ch circle, ch 3 and sc on circle. Repeat 4 more times. When you've made the complete circle, ss in bottom ch of first "petal." Ss up chs to top, then ch 3.
Row 3 = To form the petals of this flower, we are going to make a cluster stitch (cs) on top of last row's dc's. Make a dc in 1st dc from step 2, except do not complete stitch, leaving last loop on hook. Make 2 more dc (you should have 4 loops on hook). Pull one loop through all the loops on the hook to complete cs. Ch 5. Ss in sc made in circle to complete the petal, then ch 5 and repeat. Make 4 more cs to make a total of 5 petals. End off after making last ss in last sc. Weave thread tail through back of flower.
Row 4 = Remove front pin, then sew flower onto front of pocket, then button in center.


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Step 6 = Remove stitch keeper from back loop and slip your hook back into the loop. Ch 16, fasten at center back and end off. Weave ends in. (Note: I made a belt loop for my mother's phone pocket, but since I don't wear belts, I decided that I didn't need to add one.)
Step 7 = Turn pocket inside out and whipstitch bottom end closed. Since black is hard to see sometimes, slip your finger in between both sides to make sure you catch both, pulling thread snug, but not too tightly or you'll distort your fabric. Whipstitch to the end and fasten off. Weave ends in and turn right side out. Go on to basic pattern step 8 and crochet neck loop. 

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(# 5) Stripes Alternate Supplies:
* Red Heart Fashion Crochet Thread, 100% Mercerized Cotton, Size 3, 125 yard ball in black
* Red Heart Fashion Crochet Thread, 100% Mercerized Cotton, Size 3, 125 yard ball in white
* one white button

(# 5) Alternate Directions:
Step 1 =
I crocheted mine in the round so that I made a tube 5 1/2 inches long from bottom open end to top open end.
Beginning with black, crochet four rows, then attach white to beginning of 5th row after ss, dropping the black thread behind work and towards the hand you hold the hook in. Continue 5th row in white thread. When you come to the beginning of the 6th row, pick up black thread, crochet over it, and then drop it again. Do not pull it tight. In this way, the dropped stitch is added to the body of your work and there will be no loose threads to catch on the phone.
Make a total of 4 rows of white, then drop thread and take up black, alternating colors until you have a total of 5 black stripes and four white ones.


Step 5b. In the round = Ch 1, then rsc around top of pocket with the white thread.

Step 6 = When you come to the end of the rsc row, ss to finish row and ch 16, then ss back into itself. Fasten off and weave ends through inside of work. (Note: Following the basic pattern, you can add a belt loop to your pocket, however, I did not.)
This is your center back. Flatten fabric to figure out front center and sew a white button on at this point. 

Step 7 = Flatten tube, centering button, then at bottom of tube, attach white thread at side of fabric. Sc across bottom to close tube, catching both front and back loops of beginning chain in sc's. Fasten off and weave tail back through white sc.
Go on to basic pattern step 8 and crochet neck loop in black.

Next I'll complete the pattern for the checked pocket and flecked one!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mobile Phone Pocket

My mother keeps losing track of her mobile phone in her house, so I decided to make her a little pocket to carry it in so that she could either wear around her waist on a belt or around her neck on the days she doesn't have a clothing pocket. Now if I can just get her to remember the acronym RTP (return to pocket). *smile*

Supplies Needed:
* Red Heart Fashion Crochet Thread, 100% Mercerized Cotton, Size 3, 125 yard ball
* (second one = bits of varigated thread to add to body of fabric)

* Boyds Crochet Hook, size D
* Large Safety Pin or Stitch Keeper (looks like a giant safety pin). If you need to leave your work, thread the stitch keeper through the last loop to keep your work from unraveling until you return.
* Tape measure or ruler.
* Scissors
* Large-eyed yarn needle. (I prefer a slender blunt-end steel needle.).
* 1 (3/4 inch) button.
* Sewing needle and thread to match


Directions:
Step 1.
Chain (ch) 32 or enough chains to go around the width of your phone ending on a even number of chains. Don't make it so tight though, that you might not be able get a finger and your thumb into the pocket to retrieve the phone.
Step 2. Single crochet (sc) in each chain across. (31 sc).


(OPTIONAL = At this point, you have a choice. You may crochet your pocket in a flat piece or you may decide to crochet your pocket in the round. Here's directions for both options.)

Step 3a. On the flat = Ch 1. Turn. Sc in each stitch across (31 sc). Repeat this row until your piece measures as long as your cell phone plus one inch. (5 rows = 1 inch).
Step 3b. In the round = Meet the two ends of row together. Slip-Stitch (ss) into the first stitch at the beginning of the first row to make a continuous circle. Ch 1. Make a sc in the same sc you made a slip-stitch in. Continue sc around the row until you come to the end. Repeat. You will be making a tube as long as your mobile phone plus one inch. (Note: I prefer to crochet in the round.)


Step 4a. On the flat = Check your fabric against your phone to see if it is long enough. (My crocheted fabric was 5 inches long). At this point, if you wish, you may end your last row as is, but I wanted to add a decorative edge, which is a reverse single crochet (rsc). To make, ch 1, but do not turn. Without slipping the loop off your hook, slip the tip of your hook back into the last sc you just made and pull up a loop. Sc as usual. You will  sc backwards all across last row, making a rope-like finished edge.
Step 4b. In the round = Check your fabric against your phone to see if it is long enough. My tube was 5 inches long. At this point, if you wish, you may end your last row as is or you may add a decorative edge which is a reverse single crochet (rsc). To make, finish row by ss into sc of last row, then ch 1. Without slipping the loop off your hook, insert your hook back into the last sc you just made and pull up a loop. Sc as usual. Keep going backwards across last row, making a rope-like finished edge.


Step 5a. On the flat = When you come to the end of this rsc row, end off, leaving a long (abt. 15 inches or so) thread tail to whip stitch your flat piece together along the long side to make an open-ended tube. Weave in ends, trim, and turn tube inside out. Flatten tube and figure out where center front is and sew a button on at this point. On opposite side, at center back, attach crochet thread.
Step 5b. In the round = When you come to the end of the rsc row, ss to finish row and ch 1. Fasten a stitch keeper to the ch. This will be your center back. Flatten fabric to figure out front center and sew on a button at that point with needle and thread. Remove stitch keeper and slip your hook back into the loop.


Step 6 = Insert phone into tube. Ch across the top of your mobile telephone, around button and back to starting point (I had 16 chs). Fasten at center back with ss, then to make a belt loop, ch 5 inches long or as long as your tube is. Fasten ch to bottom of tube at center back with a ss. Ch 1.

(On the second phone pocket I made, I shortened this belt loop chain to 3 inches and laid it down the center line to attach it where it ended.Ch 1.)

Step 7 = Sc across chain. If it's hard to sc with phone in tube, remove phone. End row by fastening at top center back with a ss. Ch 1, turn. Continue sc two more rows, fastening with a ss at bottom center point. Fasten off, leaving a long tail (18" to 20" long) of thread. Turn tube inside out and whipstitch end closed. Weave ends in and trim if needed. Turn right side out. You may consider this phone pocket complete with belt loop handle, or you may continue by adding a neck loop .

(On the second phone pocket I made, I added crocheted dangles to the bottom to close the tube. Here's how = flatten tube button side up and attach thread on side. Ch 1, sc, catching both front and back chains, then ch 7, double-crochet (dc) 7 times in 6th chain from end, then sc down remaining chain. SS through front and back of crocheted fabric, ch 1, 2 sc in 2 chs, catching both front and back together, 7 ch, 7 dc in 6th ch, and 5 sc back down ch. Repeat. Continue until you have closed end of tube with 7 or 8 dangles. Fasten off and weave ends in.)

Step 8. Neck Loop = Flatten tube once more to find east and west sides. Attach thread to one of those side points and ch. At any point, to test length of chain, you may insert your cell phone into the pocket again and slip the stitch keeper through the last loop on your chain and the other side of the pocket.  (Since my mother and I are BBW's, I made a chain approximately 30 - 32 inches long.) Remove phone, flatten tube, and attach ch to opposite side. Ch 1, turn, and sc across ch. When at end of row, ss on fabric edge and fasten off. Weave in ends and trim. You may tuck neck loop inside pocket when wearing on your belt.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Walker Bags

I decided I needed a walker bag on my rolling seat walker.
 
 
 I usually use a cane to help keep my balance when walking as I was diagnosed with vertigo several years ago after I fell and herniated a disc in my lower back. (However I've learned since then, despite the maneuverability of the cane, it can also not stop me from falling if I catch the rubber tip on a stair lip. I crashed several weeks ago at a girlfriend's house and scared her! Oh, my sore knees!) At the same time, I was told I had arthritis in my spine (okay, so that explains the pinched nerve and fire down my leg when I stand or walk too long, huh?) and an extra vertebra. Mom always said she goofed on me -- I was her first pregnancy experiment! She said she should have named me "Grace" instead! *giggle*

I take my walker with me to places where I might have to walk or stand quite a bit. I love having a portable place to sit down when I poop out in pain and the guy(s) might not be done looking. I looked on Pinterest for ideas on how to make one and decided to design one from a quilted black and white crib bumper pad I picked up some time ago junking. I cut out two rectangles the width of my walker back, sewed the ends together and down the center to make two pockets. Next I held up the bag to the walker and guesstimated where to sew the ribbons on.

I was in a hurry to get my walker bag done as I was going shopping with friends the next day, so I sewed ribbons on it to hold it on temporarily. The ribbons won't hold heavy loads, but I thought it might do to hold a water bottle. I will make sturdier handles later with fabric if the need arises.
 
The basket under the seat also got an fabric insert because previously, when I've used the walker as a shopping cart, I would lose small items through the wires. It worked dandy! See photos.


Friday, January 24, 2014

The History of Knitting

I found an homeschooler's blogging site with a slideshow on the History of Knitting! Very interesting! (Karen B. Nelson)  I learned to knit for a Girl Scout Badge in my day, but prefer to crochet. It's not so hard on the tips of my fingers! *smile*
Pinterest  I'm having so much fun!  It's almost too much eye candy!