Monday, April 23, 2007

The Scrubby Sponge

Ok, decided to add another crochet pattern. This one whipped up very quickly, like in 2 hours for me. Please, don't hesitate to let me know if there is any errors in this pattern.

Scrubby Sponge

2 balls Size 10 crochet thread (I used bedspread cotton)
Size B hook
Kitchen sponge

Holding 2 threads together, Chain 23

DC in 5th chain from hook. *ch1, sk 1 ch, DC in next chain, repeat from * to last stitch. (DC, ch 1) 3 times in last chain. Now start working on the other side, doing the ch1,sk 1 DC pattern, using the same stitch from when you went across the row. End with 2 (DC-ch1) in the end hole (the beginning 4 chain). Do not join, but start to work in continuous rounds using the DC-ch1 pattern in the holes made from the first round.

When you get it as tall as the sponge, stop with DC at one corner, then do ch1, HDC in next stitch, then *(ch1, HDC) 2 times in the next hole, and around again until you reach the hole just after the HDC. CH1, sc in next space, slip stitch in next space. Cut thread and weave in ends.

Now take the thread you have been using, and chain 40. Cut off and leave the tails (or if you prefer, weave the tails back in). Find about center of the top, and using the hook, pull chain through, do a simple tie and you’re on your way to scrubbing!!

I’m sure that if you want to, you can sc the top shut, but I prefer to be able to change the sponge out when it becomes too gross to be used anymore (and that includes running it through the dishwasher several times), or if the sponge is totally worn out and falling apart. I just don’t like to throw away my handiwork like that.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Chocolate Hobo Bag

Here is my favorite Pattern, the Chocolate Hobo bag. Hope you have as much fun as I did making it.
Chocolate Hobo Bag

One lb cone Peaches-n-Cream worsted weight Cotton, Chocolate or whatever color you choose. (If doing the stripes, then have a contrasting color yarn handy, but make sure it is cotton yarn as well)

Size 8 double pointed needles (must have 5 in the package)
Size 8 Circular Needles (I can’t remember the length at this time)
Size G crochet hook (optional)
Button of choice (optional)
Yarn Needle for sewing
Ring markers.

Using double pointed needles, leaving about a foot length of yarn, cast on 8 stitches and divide between 4 needles. Join, being careful not to twist them.

Rnd 1: Increase in each stitch knitting
Rnd 2: knit one, increase one around
Rnd 3: knit 2, increase one around
Rnd 4: knit 3, increase one around
Rnd 5: knit 4, increase one around
Rnd 6: knit 5, increase one around
Rnd 7: knit 6, increase one around
Rnd 8: knit 7, increase one around
Rnd 9: knit 8, increase one around
Rnd 10: knit 9, increase one around. During this round, it might be helpful if you put stitch markers right after your increase. Also, remember to mark the beginning of the round at this point.
Next rnd: knit
Next rnd: knit until one stitch before marker, increase.
Repeat these last 2 rounds until you have a total of 144 stitches, switching to the circular needles when necessary.
Next rnd: Knit straight until desired length. If desired, add stripes in the body of the bag.. Mine was 5 rnds of white separated by 10 rnds of Chocolate, then another 5 rnds of white. Then worked with chocolate again.
Next rnd: knit 36, bind off 36, knit 36, bind off 36.

Now we will be working in rows, forming the handles.
Knit first row
Purl next row
*Knit 1, knit 2 tog, knit across until last 3 stitches, knit 2 tog, knit one
Purl next row. Repeat from * until there are only 16 stitches left. Use Stockingette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) until half of desired length of handle.

Repeat for the other 36 sts. Sew handles together and sew bottom hole of bag closed. Crochet around all edges.

Optional: Crochet a chain loop when you finish the edges. Sew a button of choice on the side opposite the chain.