Posts Tagged ‘cotton yarn’


After finishing my year of teaching preschool, I suddenly have some time in the evenings to do something other than lesson planning, cutting, laminating, and preparing crafts.  I decided to take a breather before jumping into projects for others and make something for my house.  I have not done this in a long time.

I rambled around Ravelry, searching for ideas.  I came up with one potholder that just did not look quite right.  Perhaps I will try it again another day.  Then, I happened upon these lovely Fanciful Flower Potholders by Claudia Lowman.  I like for my potholders to be thick, so these seemed like good ones to attempt.  Since we have our red, white, and blue tablecloth on the table for Memorial Day through Independence Day, I decided to pull out my cones of red, white, and blue cotton yarn.  (Where did I get cones of these yarns?  Sadly, Elmore-Pisgah has sold their space in NC, where I used to order cones directly.)


I discovered that I need to pay a bit closer attention as I work this pattern.  Can you tell which one ended up not quite right?  I ended up adding one too many petals and have one hot pad that is off center.  Once I discovered this, I counted petals and wrote notes down on my copy of the pattern, so I hopefully will not make such a mistake the next time.  I could blame my mistake on watching the third part of Hatfields and McCoys on my DVR while trying to complete the second one.  If you want to follow my lead and mark your copy of the pattern to have the same size sections of colors, I count 17 petals for the first three rounds (first color), 22 petals for the second color, and 49 petals for the last color.


What is in your project bag this week?

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crochet apple cozy cupcake with cherry on top

Dress Up Your Apple

The apple cozies last week for teachers gave me an idea. I decided to try making a cupcake themed one. This is my first attempt. I had a little frustration figuring how to do the brown part. I semi-remembered the general idea from some ribbing on some pattern I did long ago for a sweater or something, but apparently not correctly as I frogged it quite a few times. I think for the next one I will make the brown part just a bit taller.

I crocheted over a button to make the cherry on top. Not sure if that is exactly what I had in mind, but now that I have made one I have several ideas for different varieties. I will probably try a few different ideas this week when I am not cleaning the house in preparation for company coming.

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Crocheted Cozy for Apples

A quick photo in the morning

Somehow I found myself totally unprepared for Teacher Appreciation Week this year. I did sign up to make a dessert for the teacher luncheon as well as helping set it up, but I did not find time to make anything for teachers until Thursday evening.

This was a great excuse to use up some small balls of cotton yarn, especially one with great colors but with challenging color changes. I found the pattern on Ravelry. As you will notice if you compare photos, my buttons are on the opposite side. That is what happens when you are a lefty, like me. I could have changed the pattern, but I did not really think the side the button was on was that important in the case of an apple cozy to change it.

Now I need to figure out gifts for teachers for the end of the year. Anyone have any ideas? There are lots of teachers for each kid, so it cannot be too complicated.

Be sure to remember to check out my May Giveaway post if you like free crochet patterns.

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My tawashi scrubber needs some eyes

New tawashi bird coming soon

I have had a few new tawashi ideas floating around in my head for a while, but have been busy with other things. Last night I finally decided to just sit down and work on the bird idea I had. I was fortunate to have half an hour to sit outside my older daughter’s ballet class and then some time while listening to American Idol to keep working. I had a great idea for the wings, which I soon realized required me to change directions in order to get both wings to curve downward.

By the time I got as far as the picture I was tired. I tried some white stitching for eyes that just did not look quite right. I decided I would then try black, but the black yarn was nowhere to be found. I am still searching for it, but I did manage to clean up a bunch of my corner of the couch last night in the process. Hopefully I will solve the eye problem tonight and be able to make a second bird to test the pattern myself and get it ready to type up and send off to another tester before offering it for sale. I imagine you will soon see some silly birds finding their way into my tawashi section of my Etsy and Zibbet shops also.

If anyone has a brilliant idea for my bluebird’s eyes, please let me know. I will update you as soon as I figure out my solution.

Photo courtesy of my Kodak Easyshare as my husband has work today that involved the new Canon Rebel.

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Easter Egg Tawashi Scrubbers

After making some progress on letter patterns, I decided to work on a few new tawashi patterns as well. Today I finished a set of Easter egg tawashi. I have not quite decided if I want to add one more row to the pattern yet before I type it up and make it available. I do know that I want to experiment a bit with some color changes to offer some variations to the basic pattern. So far I have only tried out solid and a big center stripe, but I am may also try out some zig zags this evening.

Unfinished Shamrock Tawashi

I also have been working on a shamrock pattern. That one has taken quite a bit more trial and error and I won’t be sure if I have it the way I want it until the emerald green tulle comes in that I ordered.

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I just finished making a second library tote to help me get the pattern written out a little more clearly. If you have questions, feel free to ask away. The yarn I used has been discontinued, so I mentioned yardage in the pattern. I did use slightly more than four skeins for a tote if you happen to have any of this in your stash.

Library Tote

Lauraslefthook copyright 2008
You may link to this site, but do not post the entire pattern and photo elsewhere. Feel free to use this pattern to make these for yourself, family, or friends. Please do not sell the pattern. Do not sell products made from the pattern online. If you wish to share the pattern, please send the person to my blog to get it.

Lion Brand Thick & Quick Cotton or other super bulky weight cotton (possibly two or three strands of worsted might work) —- approximately 350 yards
N hook


11 sc and 8 rows is 4 inches

Finished dimensions: Dimensions of the bag are: 14 x 10.5 x 6 inches, not including the handles.

Turn at end of each row.
ch 36.
Row 1: Sc in second ch and each ch across. (35 sc)
Row 2-12: Ch1, sc in each sc across. (35 sc)

Front Side:
Row 13: Ch 1, sc in backloop only of each sc across. (35 sc)
Row 14-16: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. (35 sc)
Row 17: Ch 3, *skip one sc, (dc, ch1, dc) in next st, skip one sc, dc, dc *, repeat across, ending with dc in last sc.
Row 18-27: Ch 3, *(dc, ch1, dc) in ch 1 below, dc, dc, (dc, ch 1, dc)* repeat across, dc in last dc.
End off.

Back Side:
Start on opposite side of beginning chain.
Row 1: Sc across. (35 sc)
Row 2-4: Sc in each sc across. (35 sc)
Row 5: Ch 3, *skip one sc, (dc, ch1, dc) in next st, skip one sc, dc, dc *, repeat across, ending with dc in last sc.
Row 6-18: Ch 3, *(dc, ch1, dc) in ch 1 below, dc, dc, (dc, ch 1, dc)* repeat across, dc in last dc.
End off.

Start along edge of bottom.
Row 1: 12 sc evenly spaced across bottom rows.
Row 2-4: Ch 1, sc in each across. (12 sc)
Row 5-14: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each dc across. (12 dc)
Repeat along second side.

Sc seams together along the outside, starting at bottom.

Top edge:
Sc evenly around top edge.

Handles: Make two.
ch 7
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and each across. (6 sc)
Row 2-24: Ch 1, sc across. (6sc)
Fold handle in half and whipstitch together. Attach handles to bag just below and behind the row of sc at top. Be sure to attach securely.

ASL Sign for the Post: To sign library, make an “L” with your thumb and pointer finger. Rotate your hand in a circle in front of you. Lifeprint explains it well.

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flower coaster

I decided to attempt to make up a simple pattern for a flower shaped coaster to use some of the cotton worsted yarn I have in my yarn bin devoted to cotton worsted. Feel free to use this pattern to make these for yourself, family, or friends. Please do not sell the pattern.  Do not sell products made from the pattern online. If you wish to share the pattern, please send the person to my blog to get it.

Please let me know if you try it out. Let me know if any of my instructions do not make sense, or might be worded more clearly.

Flower Coaster Pattern

Lauraslefthook copyright 2008


G or H hook

small amount of worsted weight cotton in two colors

Directions: Do not join rounds, unless noted.

Round 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc)

Round 3: 1 sc in first sc, 2sc in next sc; repeat around(18 sc). End off first color.

Round 4: Join new color with sl st in any sc. (Hdc, dc) in next sc. (Dc, hdc) in next sc. Sl st in next sc. Repeat around, ending with dc, hdc.

Round 5: Sl st in sl st. 2 dc in each of next 4 stitches. Sl st in next sl st. Repeat around, ending with final set of dc. Finish off by weaving end into the first sl st.

Weave in ends.

If you just want to get some of these cute coasters without all the work, check them out in my etsy shop, Laura’s Left Hook.

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