The 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop
Welcome to a new week in the 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop! I'm excited you've joined us and hope that you've had fun whipping up some great crochet projects for holiday (or any occasion) gifting.
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Why I chose this crochet project
If you've followed me for a while, you know that I love to make candy and my girls LOVE taking homemade gifts to neighbors and friends. When I'm in the kitchen for hours making old fashioned Boston Cream, Fudge, Penuche and Carmels, it's nice to have a kitchen towel hanging from my stove, fridge or drawers for easy access. They are a MUST have in my kitchen and it's fun to gift them in a little basket with a bunch of homemade cookies or treats!
st(s) - stitch(es), sl st - slip stitch, ch - chain, yo - yarn over, sc - single crochet, hdc - half double crochet, dc - double crochet, tr - treble crochet
Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc): Yo, insert hook from front to back to front around post of indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops on hook
Half Double Crochet 2 Together (hdc2tog): [Yo, insert hook in next indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop]2x, yo and pull through all 5 loops on hook
Note: This design uses standing stitches to begin rows unless otherwise stated. If you are unfamiliar with how to begin a row with standing stitches, you can use the following: ch 1, turn, sc in very first st; ch 2 and skip very first st to be counted as a hdc; ch 3 and skip very first st to be counted as a dc
If you would like to learn how to work standing stitches, you can find a great tutorial here: http://jessieathome.com/crochet-techniques-chainless-row-turns-sc-hdc-dc/
Star Kitchen Towel Top Crochet Pattern
One of the things I like to make for quick neighbor, teacher and friend gifts is crocheted towels. They are a great way to let someone know you're thinking about them and that they're worth your time since it's handmade. Typically, a batch of homemade treats accompany the towels in a small gift basket along with a little note of appreciation. Another cute and useful addition to the gift basket is a Recipe Card Holder. I recently posted about how I make the recipe card holders HERE on my blog.
Quick, easy and made with love!
I HAVE to have towels hanging in my kitchen for easy access and staying organized. If I know my towel is hanging on the stove, I don't have to worry about it being knocked on the floor or getting something on it that I don't want. It's easier to keep clean. This is also a simple way to switch out kitchen decor for various holidays or seasons.
Star stitch crochet video tutorial
DIY Recipe Card Holder
When you're in the kitchen cooking up a storm, sometimes it's hard to keep your recipe cards clean. Accidents happen and things can get messy, especially when little kids are helping out! When my girls were little, I had SO many empty baby food bottles and I didn't want to throw them away. There HAD to be something we could use them for! I started buying baby food in those little plastic containers with the lids and they came in handy to store a variety of small things such as beads, safety pins, buttons and much more. The question still remained....What do you do with the left over glass bottles?
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Recipe Card Holder Supplies
1. Regular sized baby food bottle cleaned out and with a lid
3. 6" Dowls (I bought the 12" dowls and cut them in 1/2)
4. Hot glue gun
6. 2" Craft Clothespins
7. Scissors and wire cutters
8. Small craft supplies of your choice (wood shapes, miniature hats, flowers, ropes, birds, butterflies, etc)
Classic Cable Chevron Afghan
4 years ago, my youngest sister asked me to make an afghan that she could give her mother in law for Christmas. I had designed the Ribbon Candy Afghan for her son a year or so before and she wanted me to make another one.
Here's the thing... I rarely make the same thing more than once. I have so many ideas in my head for new designs that I'm afraid if I started making something a 2nd time, I'd drag my feet wishing I could be creating something new. I think she actually laughed at me when I told her I'd design her a new afghan but wouldn't make the one she wanted.
Little did I know... this new afghan I'd be designing would become one of my best selling crochet patterns. Hundreds and hundreds of crocheters have already enjoyed this pattern and I hope you'll enjoy it too! **Limited time** special on the Classic Cable Chevron Afghan pattern below.
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