Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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

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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