Scrap Busting Cotton Facial Scrubbies- Free Pattern

This is a very simple, basic pattern. There are no special stitches, and there is nothing fancy whatsoever in their appearance. If you just want a quick project, you want to use up your little cotton leftovers, or you are just beginning to learn how to crochet in the round (and want tons of practice!), then this pattern is perfect for you!

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Multi-Purpose Cotton Mesh Bag- Free Pattern

I first created this simple Mesh Stitch bag to be used as a laundry bag for little crocheted face scrubbies, so they wouldn’t get lost amongst the other items in the washing machine. However, as I was busy crocheting, my mind started thinking of other uses for the bag. Depending on the size, you could also use the bag to wash your delicates/lingerie (ie/ bra straps not becoming tangled up with other items in the wash), a bath toy bag, or even a bag to hang dry your camping dishes in.  This would also make a lovely gift bag! Myself, I will be using the smaller bag for laundering face scrubbies, and the larger bag, I will buy some suction cups with hooks on them, and hang the bag in the bathtub for bath toys!

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Multi-Purpose Cotton Mesh Bag

© 2018 Amanda Bryant

Materials Used:

Peaches & Cream cotton yarn (I had about a ½ cone of yarn- about 7 oz worth- leftover from another project, and I was able to make two of these bags from it, with plenty remaining for *probably* a third bag)

Size 5.75 mm hook

Stitch markers

Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

Ch- chain

Dc/Dcs- double crochet/s

Sk- skip

St- stitch

Sp/Sps- space/spaces

Ch Sp- chain space

Gauge: in (dc, ch 1) pattern, 8 stitches= 4 inches, and 8 rounds= 4 inches

Finished Measurements:  smaller bag- 5 inches wide x 9 ½ inches tall; larger bag- 7 ½ inches wide x 9 ½ inches tall

Instructions:

For the smaller bag- Ch 23; (for the larger bag- Ch 33). To make a bag of a different size from the pattern below, simply make a foundation ch of any even number + 3. Then follow the pattern instructions as written.

Round 1- Dc in 5th ch from hook (counts as dc, ch 1, dc), ch 1, *(sk next ch, dc in next ch, ch 1) repeat from * across row. Turn work to work in other side of foundation chain. Sk the first ch, dc in first skipped ch of foundation chain , ch 1, **(dc in next skipped ch, ch 1), repeat from ** across, join with a sl st in the beginning dc (the 2nd ch of the foundation chain)  = 20 ch sps & 20 dcs (30 ch sps & 30 dcs) around.

Round 2- sl st in the first ch sp, ch 3 (counts as a dc, ch 1), *(dc in the next ch sp, ch 1), repeat from * around. Join with a sl st in the second ch of the beginning ch-3

Repeat round 2 until desired length (on both of my bags I repeated round 2 for a total of 18 rounds)

**Optional Hanging Loop (if you don’t want a hanging loop, skip this step and proceed to “last round”)– Place a st marker in a ch-sp where you want the hanging loop to be (or on either side of the bag if you want 2 hanging loops, for example if you want to use the bag as a bath toy bag- in which case you could hang it off of 2 suction cups)- SEE PHOTO BELOW *the safety pins are my stitch markers!

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Next, ch 2 (counts as a dc), then dc in each ch-sp and in each dc up to the stitch marker. *Dc in the sp where the st marker is placed. Ch 10 (or longer, if you want a bigger hanging loop), sl st in the first ch (-the ch furthest from the hook, which will form a loop). Dc in next dc, and in each ch-sp and dc around (if making 2 hanging loops, repeat from * to end of round). Join with a sl st to the beginning dc. Fasten off. Your bag should resemble the photo below:

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Last round (only if you did not make a hanging loop)- ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in each ch-sp and dc around, join with a sl st to beg dc= 40 dc around (60 dc around).  Fasten off. Your bag should resemble the photo above, minus the hanging loop.

**Optional- Chain tie/drawstring- for the smaller bag ch 70, for the larger bag ch 100

Weave ch tie through the ch spaces in the round before the last round. Or, instead of making a chain, you could use a long shoe lace as the tie. If you are using it as a laundry bag,  I don’t recommend using ribbon as it would fray in the wash. But ribbon would look nice if you are using it as a gift bag!

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Weave in all loose ends.

 

 

Pincushion (Free Pattern)

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Pincushion Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2018

This is a very simple pattern and requires only a small amount of yarn.  It is ideal for those who are just learning to crochet in the round, as it is a very basic pattern using only a single crochet stitch, and works up quickly. It is also a great way to use up your left-over scraps of yarn. You could also whip up a basket full of these little pincushions to sell at a craft fair for $1 or $2 each, and attach your business card to them. You can improvise with unlimited colour variations and any weights and sizes of yarns, threads and hooks.

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Materials Used:

Scrap amount of Red Heart Super Saver (Color Minty)

Fabric flower shaped button (any button will work)

Polyester Fiberfill

Sewing needle that will fit through the button holes; yarn needle

3.75 mm crochet hook

stitch marker to mark end of rounds

Gauge- gauge is not important. Just make sure you use a small enough hook to make sure your stitches are close together so the fiberfill does not pop through the stitches.

Finished Measurements: 9 inches circumference, 3 inch diameter, 1 1/2 inch height

Special Notes:

Do not join at the end of each round. This item is worked in a continuous spiral.

Remember to move your stitch marker up as rounds progress.

Stuff the pincushion lightly so that pins can be placed into the cushion with ease.

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

Ch- chain

Sc- single crochet

Sc2tog- single crochet 2 single crochet stitches together (decrease)

Instructions:

Ch 2

Round 1: make 8 sc in the 2nd ch from hook (8 sc)

Round 2: make 2 sc in each sc around (16 sc)

Round 3: (make 1 sc in the first sc, 2 sc in the next sc) around (24 sc)

Round 4: (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) around (32 sc)

Round 5: (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) around (40 sc)

Rounds 6- 11: sc in each sc around (40 sc)

Round 12: (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog in the next) around (32 sc)

Round 13: (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, sc2tog in the next) around (24 sc)

Round 14: (make 1 sc in the the first sc, sc2tog in the next) around (16 sc)

Stuff.

Round 15: (sc2tog) around (8 sc)

Fasten off. Cut yarn, leaving long tail.  Using yarn needle, draw yarn tail through the 8 sc from the last round, pulling tightly to close up the hole. Secure with a knot.

Using the same yarn tail, attach button to the top of the pincushion, pulling the yarn through the middle of the pincushion tightly, and secure the yarn with a knot on the bottom side of the pincushion. Cut off excess yarn tail and weave in end.

 

WIP Wednesday- May 9, 2018

As you can see, I’ve decided to try (again) a weekly post of my WIP’s . I did this a couple of years ago, but I didn’t keep up with it. Fingers crossed that it’ll work out this time around 🤗 (I find that since I’ve been paying for my blog I make better use of my time and make sure I keep publishing more regularly here!)

In my most recent Weekly Update I mentioned that I’m now working on an amigurumi doll. So that is the focus of this WIP Wednesday.

This is what I’ll call the “prototype “. I’m using Red Heart Super Saver,  left overs from the Ripple Blanket I made earlier this year (which is technically still a WIP since I still haven’t weaved in all of the yarn tails!).

The skin color is Aran, the clothing is Grenadine (the pink), and I’ve included little white socks. Oh, and the safety eyes are 12 mm black. There are still a few more decreasing rounds to go, to shape the top of the body, and then of course making arms and adding hair and a face to the head, and then sewing it all together. If you look closely you will see that I’ve crocheted in only the back loops around the waist; this is so I can add a little skirt attached directly onto the doll.  To cover my color changes I’ll probably add little shoe straps and a button, and when I make the second of this doll I’ll use a non-jogging color change method. I probably should’ve done that first time around! Lol

For the second version of this doll, I will be using the Mainstays brand of yarn for the body, but still in the color Aran. Red Heart use to sell a color, which I believe was called something like “blush” (?), which was better suited for flesh-tone. I couldn’t find it though when I was in the yarn aisle the other day at Walmart.  But I noticed that the Mainstays “Aran” is slightly darker than Red Heart’s , so I picked that up.  I also couldn’t find a light enough brown,  which would more closely resemble my daughter’s skin tone (I’ve used Red Heart Super Saver’s “warm brown” in the past). So the Mainstays Aran will hopefully do.

I am also thinking that I might make a boy version of the doll. But we’ll see. Or even a naked version, with removable clothing. I have so many ideas going through my head at once, lol. Just don’t hold me to any of these ideas…no guarantees or promises that I’ll do all of this! Lol.

What I’d also like to do is make animals, but for some reason I’ve never been able to make them work, unless of course I follow someone else’s pattern. I guess making/designing dolls is easier for me because I really don’t have to stop and think about their shape too much. On a side note, you can see a couple of my previous doll designs here: Valentine Doll  and Best Friends Amigurumi.

So there ya have it, my “first” WIP Wednesday.  I hope you enjoyed the read 😁

~Amanda ~

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