Sunday, August 14, 2016

Newest Free Crochet Pattern W-I-P

When this bag is finished I'll definitely have to shorten the name but right now it is called the 'T-shirt yarn crochet Aldi's alternative brown bag'.  

I recently made a trip to Aldi's and remembered by quarter for the cart but forgot to bring my shopping bags.   I have several crocheted grocery shopping bags.  My daughter-in-law is smart she keeps hers in her car at all times. But I keep forgetting to put mine back in the car after shopping trip. 

So I ended up buying two brown bags.  However, the brown bags inspired me to make this design out of T-shirt yarn (aka tarn).  

The base of the bag measures 7" by 12".    I used the chainless double crochet method.  Loved it!!!

The height of the bag at the base is 17".

So one side is done .. 3 more to go.. 

I'll right out the full pattern when it's done.  In the meantime if you have any questions, please leave me a message or email at plastiquerecreations(at)yahoo.com.  

Thanks for visiting with me today,
Teresa 









Monday, February 22, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern - Pop Tab Broomstick Lace Bracelet/Cuff


This pattern may not be sold, published, reproduced-mechanically or electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying from any website(s) or electronic mailing lists, etc..  
Please do not offer, sell or distribute this pattern in any way to anyone else.  

I have recently fallen in love with the Broomstick Lace crochet stitch.  I wondered how it would look made with pop tabs.  In less than a half hour, I had a beautiful pop tab bracelet.

Designer Notes:

  • The only 2 stitches you need to know are slip stitch and single crochet.
  • The bracelet/cuff is made for slide on/off.  
  • Whether you are using plarn, tarn or regular yarn, there is stretch which makes the slide on/off comfortable.

Materials used:
Scrap yarn
Ruler or large knitting needle
Pop/Pull Tabs - how many depends on the width and desired fit - 
   Single Broomstick Lace - 1 pop tab x 5 rows =5
   Double - 3 pop tabs x 5 rows =15
   Triple - 5 pop tabs x 5 rows = 25
each Broomstick Lace stitch requires 2 pop tab holes = 4 single crochet stitches
Size F crochet hook
(optional) Needle for weaving ends

Pattern note - As you can see in the pic below, removing the clipped piece from the inside of the pop tab gives a cleaner appearance to the exposed edge of bracelet.

Step 1:  Establishing width - 

Join with a slip stitch in first hole, make 2 single crochet stitches in same hole.  For 1 Broomstick Lace stitch, make 2 single crochet stitches in next hole.  Jump down to Row 2 instructions. 
For wider bracelet - continue to Step 2.


Lay 2nd pop tab behind 1st pop tab as shown in pic below and 2 single crochet stitches into hole through both layers.  

Continue layering 2 pop tabs for each Broomstick Lace for a wider bracelet/cuff.
  
Step 2:
Pull up a loop from each single crochet stitch made from the previous row by inserting hook into the single crochet stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop sliding it onto stitch holder.  In picture below, a standard ruler was used as the stitch holder.   Most instructions suggest a large knitting needle.   It's really the designer's choice.


Continue pulling up loops across to the last single crochet stitch.

Step 3: Pull all stitches off stitch holder - slide crochet hook through middle of first 4 stitches and chain 1, make 4 single crochet stitches in same 4 loop hole.   Insert hook through the middle of next 4 loops making 4 single crochet stitches.  Continue pattern for every 4 loops.   (This completes the pattern set.  Each set made will be used for desired fit.) 
When end of row is reached, turn.

 
Step 5:  Starting next pattern set - with wrong side facing you, place the right side of pop tab to right side of piece, pull a loop through first single crochet stitch and first hole of pop tab, chain 1.  Make a single crochet stitch in same stitch and in each stitch across. 

When finished, straighten up pop tabs.  Below pic shows back view.  Chain 2, turn piece with right side facing you.

Make 2 single crochet stitches in each hole across.

 Repeat from Step 2 until desired fit. 


To finish the bracelet/cuff - with wrong side facing you, fold piece in half matching beginning pop tab row with last single crochet row made - repeat Step 5.

As you can see, this design is very versatile. 

I look forward to seeing your finished designs.  Let me know if you have any questions.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern - Small Tarn Veggie/Fruit Bag with RecycleZip closure

This pattern may not be sold, published, reproduced-mechanically or electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying from any website(s) or electronic mailing lists, etc…  Please do not offer, sell or distribute this pattern in any way to anyone else.  **This and all my other recycled yarn patterns are all yarn friendly**


This bag measures 10" wide and 8" in height.  I created this bag and several more since to keep smaller veggies/fruit safe while I do my grocery shopping.  The pattern can easily be modified to the width and height of your choice.  The width of bag is the width of the ziplock bag.

Supplies:
1 Adult T-Shirt Yarn
Size I Crochet Hook
Ziplock Bag 
Hole Puncher or other tool needed
Clear Tape 
Large Eye Needle

Preparation of ziplock bag:
  • Cut about 1" off bottom and slit up the sides all the way to solid color strip. 
  • Lay bag on flat surface and fold over top layer.  This is to keep the layers separate while taping.  
  • Working on the inside, fold bottom of bag up to solid color strip and tape across placing tape just below solid color strip.   Tape around a couple of times.   
  • To avoid the ziplock closure from protruding through the sides of bag, measure approximately 1" from the bottom and with your scissors make an inward diagonal cut on both sides. 
  • Hole punching method - 2 holes are made for each stitch.  Starting at the edge, punch 2 holes side by side about 1/4" apart, measure about an inch and make another set of holes.  Repeat to end.  Do the same for other side.

Pattern Directions:
Row 1:  Chain 32, single crochet in second chain from hook and in each stitch across, chain 1 turn.
Row 2:  Double crochet in each stitch across
Row 3:  The pattern for each row is double crochet stitch, * chain 1, skip 1 stitch, double crochet.  Repeat * 6 times.  Double crochet in next 3 stitches, repeat *pattern.  
Row 4:  Repeat Row 3 thru 20 or desired height of bag.

To determine desired height, fold bag in half matching top and bottom edges.

At end of last row made, chain 1, single crochet in each end stitch.  Fasten off, leaving enough tail for whip stitching sides together.  Repeat on other side - count the number of single crochet stitches to ensure both sides are even.   

Attach ziplock closure - 
Before stitching sides together, I have always found it to be so much easier to attach the ziplock closure first.  Designer's preference really.  After you make a few of these, try it both ways and then determine what's easiest for you.

Cut approximately an 8" piece of yarn.  Open ziplock bag - place it on wrong side at edge of bag with ziplock even with top edge.  Enter needle from wrong side around a stitch on right side coming back out to wrong side in 2nd hole then make a knot with other end of tail.  Go to next set of holes entering from wrong side around stitch on right side and back out through 2nd hole.  Repeat to opposite end.  Repeat stitching in opposite direction going back to starting point.  Fasten off, weave in remaining tail.  Using same stitch method, attach ziplock bag to opposite edge of piece.  Weave in remaining tail.

Stitching sides:  Stitch method to use is really the choice of each designer.  The method used here and with the majority of my designs is stitching through the back loops of each side.  It gives an attractive appearance on the right side.  Pull the bag through the ziplock opening so wrong side is out.  Using tail, whip stitch each side together.

Making Straps:
First determine placement of straps.  Join with a slip stitch 2 stitches to the right where one strap will be.  
Round 1:  Single crochet in each stitch around.  Join with a slip stitch to complete round.

Row 1:  Single crochet in next 3 stitches,  chain 30 or desired length of strap, single crochet on bag and in next 2 stitches.  Chain 1 and turn.
Row 2:  Single crochet in same stitch and in each stitch across.  Fasten off, weave in ends.  
Repeat on opposite side for 2nd strap.



Let me know if you have any questions. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern - Pop Tab Earrings made with Hosiery Yarn

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Yes, making earrings with pantyhose may sound somewhat strange and to some maybe a little gross but that alone is reason enough to make them.

Pantyhose yarn is very lightweight and easy to work with.  Majority of my pantyhose yarn creations are kitchen scrubbies.  This type of yarn has just the right texture for scrubbing and yet gentle enough not to scratch the surface.

Materials Needed:
  • 12 pop tabs - same size and cleaned
  • Crochet Hook size F
  • Pantyhose - 1 pair of 2 colors:  primary and secondary color
  • 2 earring wire hooks
  • Pliers


This step is optional - I have found when making pop tab jewelry, it looks more refined without that edge piece that comes off the can.  This can be easily removed turning the pop tab over to wrong side, starting at one edge corner and slowly rip off the edge.   


Pattern:
Join primary color with a slip stitch in first hole, single crochet in same stitch.


Place another pop tab behind the first pop tab as shown in the picture below. Make 2 single crochet stitches in same hole. 


Repeat the pattern for the third pop tab as shown in the picture below. Make a single crochet stitch in same hole, make a decreased single crochet stitch through same hole and in next hole.  Place the fourth pop behind third pop tab and make a decreased single crochet through same hole and next hole.  Make a single crochet in same hole.  Place fifth pop tab behind fourth and make 2 single crochet stitches.  


Place a 6th pop tab behind the fifth and make 7 single crochet stitches around end corner to work on opposite side.  Based on your yarn weight, feel free to add more or less around the corner.  Do what works best for the yarn type being used.

Working opposite side, make 2 single crochet stitches in next 2 holes.  In 4th hole, make 3 single crochet stitches.  In 5th and 6th hole, make 2 single crochet stitches and in starting hole finish with 6 single crochet stitches. Join with slip stitch in beginning single crochet stitch to complete round.  Fasten off, weave in any loose ends.




Join 2nd color with a slip stitch in 2nd stitch as indicated in pic below.  You'll start and end there.  The edging is slip stitch, chain, slip stitch, chain - around bottom and corner ending at first corner stitch on opposite side of same hole.


The next 14 stitches will finish as one stitch - you'll start the stitch but won't finish until the last stitch.  Start with single crochet, half double, double crochet in each stitch to the last 2 stitches which will be half double crochet and single crochet, yarn over and go through all the stitches on your hook finishing with a tight stitch.  Make a chain then slip stitch into the first slip stitch made.  Fasten off, weave in all ends.  Attach the earring hook to the middle stitch.

If you want a matching pair, make another just like it.  

This design is very versatile.  I made this same design but instead of an earring hook, attached an o ring and wore as a pendant on my necklace.

I'm quite proud of this design.  Nobody could tell it was made of pantyhose yarn.

Leave a note if you have any questions on the pattern or send me an email at plastiquerecreationsatyahoo.com






Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Crochet Frayed Pants Bags

I just finished my newest design  - and wanted to show them off.

Sara - a family friend agreed to be my young and cute model to show off the Khaki and Blue Jean Bags crocheted from the pant legs of each pair of pants.  

This is the Khaki Pants Bag - the strap is a beautiful brown leather belt sewn in between the layers.

Crochet Khaki Pants Purse


This is the frayed blue jean bag - the strap is a long yellow fashionable belt that allows you to wear the bag over the shoulder or across the body.



I used a different technique to make the pants leg yarn because when you cut into the seam of the pants, it compromises the stitching.  So when you crochet and give it a little tug, the yarn comes apart then you have to tie the ends together.  

Stay tuned as I'll be posting the pants leg yarn tutorial sometime this week.

Let me know what you think about these.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern - RecycleZip Plarn Kiddie Bag


This pattern may not be sold, published, reproduced-mechanically or electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying from any website(s) or electronic mailing lists, etc…  Please do not offer, sell or distribute this pattern in any way to anyone else.  
**This and all my other plarn patterns are all yarn friendly**

There are many different uses for this bag but it was designed to be a child's bag because it's the perfect size for little hands.  The ziplock is an added fun feature and the perfect closure to keep the important stuff from falling out. It's never too early to start teaching kids about recycling.

Are you asking - why a ziplock for closure?  My response is why not.  But the real reason is (lol) I'm zipper challenged.  Me and zippers just don't get along.

This bag is also the perfect size to keep fruit and vegetables safe from bruising while shopping at the farmer's market. 


Materials Needed:
Plastic yarn:  15 plastic bags each of 2 different colors of your choice (the Kiddie Bag was made with Publix grocery bags and Dollar Tree bags)
Size H crochet hook
1 quart size zip lock bag
Clear tape

Preparation of ziplock bag:
Cut about 1" off bottom and slit up the sides all the way to solid color strip. Lay bag on flat surface and fold over top layer.  This is to keep the layers separate while taping.  Working on the inside, fold bottom of bag up to solid color strip and tape across placing tape just below solid color strip.   Tape around a couple of times.   Measure about 1" down from the solid color strip and with your scissors make a diagonal cut on both sides.  This is to avoid the bottom of the ziplock bag potruding through the outside of the mesh bag. Repeat on the other side. 

Pattern:  
Bottom - 
Rnd 1:  Chain 14,  3 double crochet stitches in 3rd chain from hook and in each chain across and 6 double crochet stitches in last chain.  Continue on opposite side of chain, double crochet in each stitch across with 2 additional double crochet stitches in starting chain.  Join with slip stitch in top of chain 3.

Pattern Note for Rnd 2:  
Across -  One double crochet stitch in each stitch across for 11 stitches.          Corners - Make 2 double crochet stitches in each of the 6 corner stitches

Pattern Note for Rnd 3:   
Across - One double crochet stitch in each stitch across for 13 stitches
Corners - 2 double crochet stitches in each of the next 2 stitches, 1 double crochet stitch in next, 2 double crochet stitches, 1 double crochet stitch and 2 double crochet stitches in each of the next 2 stitches.  Join with slip stitch.

 Mesh - (16 mesh rounds)
Rnd 4:  In same stitch, chain 3 and 1 double crochet stitch, *skip 2 stitches, slip stitch in 3rd stitch, chain 3 and double crochet stitch in same stitch.  *Repeat around, join with slip stitch at top of chain 3.

Round 5:  With color 2, chain 3 and double crochet stitch in double crochet stitch of previous round.  *Slip stitch in top of chain 3 of previous round, double crochet in double crochet stitch of previous round.  *Repeat around.   Join with slip stitch at top of chain 3.

Round 6:  With color 1, repeat round 5.

Repeat Round 5 alternating colors each round for a total of 16 rounds or desired height ending with color 2.

Pattern Note:  the number of stitches made in round 20 should be the perfect fit for a quart size ziplock bag.
Rnd 20:  With color 1, make 2 single crochet stitches in each chain 3 space and in each double crochet stitch from previous round.  Join with slip stitch.  (50 stitches)


Rnd 21:  Single crochet in each stitch around.
Rnd 22:  With color 2, single crochet stitch in each stitch around.
Rnd 23:  With color 1, single crochet stitch in each stitch around.

Handles - 
With front of bag facing you, determine middle stitch and even count 11 stitches across the front.  Place a small strand of plarn on 12 stitch on both sides where handle will begin and end.  Do the same on opposite side counting 14 stitches from handle on one side around to handle on other side.

Rnd 24:  Single crochet in each stitch to handle marker, chain 35 skipping 11 single crochet stitches from previous round, single crochet stitch in 12th stitch for a total of 14 single crochets to handle marker on opposite side.  Chain 35 skipping 11 stitches, single crochet in 12th and in each stitch around.  Join with slip stitch in first single crochet stitch.

Rnd 25:  Single crochet in each stitch around.   Join with slip stitch in first single crochet stitch.

Attaching ziplock bag - 
Before sewing in ziplock bag, weave in all ends.  Place ziplock bag inside opening of kiddie bag making it even.  Pattern Note:  To allow zip flexibility, you don't want to sew the bag too close to the top.

With color 1, stitch ziplock bag to kiddie bag on round 23. Stitch around a 2nd time for double stitching. Weave in your final ends.  

I hope you enjoy the pattern and would love to see pics of your finished items.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tarn Pop Tab Bracelet - Free Crochet Pattern



For me, I'm not completely dressed unless I am wearing bracelets.  Sharing with you this simple casual bracelet design that makes up quickly.  


I was going couponing the next day and knew I would be out shopping for a long period of time. So comfort and sturdiness was imperative.  

I just happen to have left over t-shirt yarn from making this tote - 

   
Materials Needed:

  • Pop Tabs (cleaned and same size):  8 or number needed to fit around your wrist comfortably when finishe
  • T-Shirt Yarn:  Strips cut in 1/2" thin strips - 2 colors needed 
  • Crochet Hook:  Size F
  • Large Eye Sewing Needle 

For each pop tab, with one color join with slip stitch in a hole and single crochet all around the pop tab.  Join with slip stitch in first single crochet stitch.  Fasten off and weave in tail.

Begin piecing pop tabs together by placing right sides together and stitch the sides together until a complete ring has been formed.

With other color, join with slip stitch in back loop of any stitch, *chain, slip stitch in next stitch.  Repeat * around and join with slip stitch to first stitch. Fasten off and weave in tail.




Wear it proudly!!!

Feel free to contact me at plastiquerecreations@yahoo.com if you have any questions.  I would love to see your finished designs.