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*New design
Ruffles-n-Puffs crochet cowl for kids
Measures approx.5×20″
Designed to fit children between the ages of 3-10. Wear responsibly & with caution on the littles as anything around the neck can indeed become a choking hazard.
Worked in soft suede mustard cotton & drapes beautifully.
This lovely little cowl will be available for purchase via my Etsy shop within the next couple of days….hopefully! Fingers crossed! Life is hectic at the moment!

I plan to jot down the pattern to share here on my blog but I just need to find the time to do that! Keep your eyes on this blog for the free pattern! Coming soon…….

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As promised a Wrapping It Up– glass jar cozy tutorial.

Things you’ll need:

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Several scraps of different shades & textured yarn/string/ribbon/thread.
I imagine you could even use strips of fabric although I have not yet attempted this method

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*Clear drying craft glue (I’ve tested several and have had the best results using fabric stitch glue)
*A glass bottle or jam jar
*Sponge for applying glue or if you are brave and don’t mind getting your hands a bit messy use your fingers to apply glue (I used a little makeup application sponge–it’s what I had on hand and it works perfectly for this project)
*Small scissors

Directions:

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Remove any labels from glass jar by spraying a little ‘Skin-So-Soft bath oil by Avon’ directly onto the label.
After allowing to sit for a few minutes the label should lift right off the glass.
If you do not have SSS bath oil on hand just soak your jar in warm soapy water for 15 minutes or so and use a little elbow grease. If the label is very stubborn & difficult to remove after soaking just scrape off using a Brillo pad or steel wool while the label is still wet. (btw SSS makes an excellent mosquito repellent as well. Love the stuff!)
image source: Google Images-Avon

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Apply glue to your sponge and swipe a thin layer to a small area of the glass. You do not have to saturate your jar in glue because once you begin wrapping the yarn stays pretty secure. Only apply the glue to begin & end each new color so that it lays flat & secure against the glass.

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Slowly & evenly begin wrapping one color yarn around jar using your fingers (or you could use the flat side of a nail stick) to push the yarn into place so that it is nice and snug. You don’t want to see gaps between the yarn.

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Choose a different color and/or textured yarn and repeat the above step until you are satisfied with your design.

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use various textured/colored yarns

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Allow to dry completely before displaying
makes a unique pen cozy
or bud vase.
*note the two solid color crochet designs pictured above are removable crochet glass cozies. The yarn wrapped cozies are permanent and can not be removed from the glass jar.

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I love these little glass jar sweaters.  I really enjoy making them because not only are they adorable but they work up rather quickly.

You can find a crochet pattern for one HERE  (cute green cozy pictured above).  The multi colored cozy designs are actually thread wrapped glass.

I will be posting up a super simple wrap cozy tutorial soon so keep your eyes peeled!   Have a wonderful day!   -K

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I crocheted this small hexagon using left over white thread from a previous project though I imagine this pattern would look fantastic worked up with vibrant color yarn.   The materials I used are a size 3 crochet thread with a size 0 crochet hook.  While I have not tested this pattern using any other type of yarn I am pretty certain  it can be worked up in a worsted weight yarn as well.   My example measures approximately  3.5 inches

Skill Level: Easy

American Crochet Terms

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sl= slip stitch
bo= bind off
beg= beginning
dc= double crochet
rep=repeat

Special stitches:
Beg 3dc cluster:
Ch 3, make 2 more dc but hold onto the last chain of each dc, yo & pull through all 3 loops on hook   (ch3, yo, insert into stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through 1 loop* rep 1x more, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook)

3dc cluster:
dc 3x’s holding onto the last chain of each dc, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook  ( yo, insert into stitch, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through 1 loop* rep 2x more, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.)

Pattern:
Beg Round.  chain 5, sl to form a ring.

Round 2.    Beg 3dc cluster in ring, ch 3, *(3dc cluster in ring, ch3) 5x = 6 3dc clusters & 6 ch3 spaces.

Round 3. Sl to first ch3 sp, beg 3dc cluster, ch3, 3dc cluster all in same space, ch3 (3dc cluster, ch3, 3dc cluster, ch3)  in each ch3 sp around. Sl to Beg 3dc cluster of previous round.

Round 4. Sl to first ch3 sp. beg 3dc cluster in first ch3 sp. (3dc cluster, ch3, 3dc cluster in next ch3 sp, 3dc cluster in next ch 3 sp) around. sl to beg 3dc cluster of previous round.

Round 5.  Sl to first ch3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, (3dc,ch2,3dc in next ch3 sp. 3dc in next 2 ch3 sp’s) around. Sl to join. bo, weave in ends.

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stitch motifs together & create something awesome! :]

….that is the question for many of us yarn fanatics! The answer is NOT to knot….ever!

 [OK I have to admit here that perhaps I have, in past, tied knots while crocheting…but I was 8 years old at the time and those little mistakes have shaped me into the awesome knot-less crocheter I am today]

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When you get to the very end of a skein of yarn and need to attach another skein to finish a project…use this method for a smooth transition.  Using one strand of yarn from the new skein,  thread your yarn through a darning needle [a sewing needle with a large enough eye to accommodate the thickness of your yarn]  and weave back and forth through itself in the manner shown above

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Gently pull the needle through all the layers of yarn so that the yarn is sewn into itself and sorta makes a loop at the end as demonstrated in image above.

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Re-thread your needle with the yarn end where you left off on your project side. You are going to do exactly the same steps with this yarn as you did with the yarn from the new skein….this time though you will thread your darning needle and pull this yarn through the ‘loop’-made of the new skein before proceeding to weave the yarn through itself in the same manner as shown above.  This method will attach the new yarn to the existing yarn that you are using to complete your project. ….Weave into itself and gently pull through all layers as done before.

ImageGently pull the two attached strands of yarn to secure and smooth out any bulky areas.  You will notice that this method does increase the bulkiness of the yarn a tad..but I find that it is not so noticeable nor unsightly on most crochet patterns & far less noticeable [annoying]  than a big ole knot landed in the middle of a gorgeous pattern.     I’ve used this method for years and it’s proven to serve as a suitable as well as secure alternative to the unsightly ‘knot’ method.

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Last night I posted a little teaser for this jar cozy  with the promise to post up a free crochet pattern.  Since I like to keep my promises…….

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Olive Ewe Jar Cozy Pattern:

I created my cozy for an 8oz.  sized glass olive oil jar that is square in shape.   I’m certain this pattern can be fashioned to any sized square bottle by simply creating your starting chains longer by adding a few extra chains onto the beginning 4 chains of 20. (sounds confusing…it really is not)   For example my pattern requires 4 chains of 20 in order to fit snugly around my olive oil jar.      The bottom will look like a cross that overlaps the edges a bit as in my photo example.

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This is an original pattern created with love by me & is my absolute pleasure to share with you to use and enjoy.  My only request is that you not sell items made from this pattern online & if you happen to post pictures online of your finished project using this pattern please link my page. Give credit where credit is due. Thanks so much!  Enjoy!!!

Lets get started!

Please note I am not a pattern jotting expert!  I’ve only ever written patterns for friends to try, and well because they are friends I doubt very much  they would want to tell me I’m not very good at it!  hahaha…   I will do my best here and if you happen to notice any mistakes feel free to bring them to my attention!   If you get stuck on any part of this pattern, feel free to hit me up here and I will do my very best to help walk you through.

Materials I used:

Thread size 6 (mine was purchased overseas and is 100% Egyptian cotton)
Steel crochet hook size 0
-or any light weight thread cotton yarn and matching size hook.

Crochet Terms (American English):

ch= chain
SC = Single Crochet
Sl_ slip stitch

Pattern:

Round 1.  *Make a beginning chain of 21, sc twice into the 20th chain from your hook* <*you may need to add or subtract a few beginning chains in order to fit your particular jar>  Measure it on the bottom of your container by centering it,  to see if it reaches over the sides a bit.  If so, your good to go!
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Repeat from * to * 3 times more join with a sl to first sc – you will sc twice into the same chain as the first each time.  You now have four loops of 20 with 2 sc between each loop.

Round 2. Sl into the first 10 chains of the beginning chain 20, ch 1,  sc, ch3, sc in same chain space.  *Chain 10, sc, ch3, sc* in each loop around. sl to join in first sc.
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Round 3. <this round will begin continuous rounds without joining>
sl into first chain 3 space.
ch1, sc, ch 3, sc in same space, *chain 5, sc, ch3, sc in next chain 3 space* *to* around. do not join on this round or proceeding rounds.

Round 4.  sc, ch 3, sc in chain three space, ch 5, *sc, ch 3, sc in next ch 3 space, chain 5*  repeat *to* around
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Round 5.  repeat round 4 continuously, until desire length.  You can finish off any way you choose. I made a little crochet i-cord using some soft wool scraps from a sweater I made last year…. weaved the cord into each loop around the neck of the bottle….  Its simple and cute.  You can use ribbon or crochet a cute border.  The sky is the limit people!

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Whats really fantastic is no one would ever guess there is a bottle of olive oil sitting on my dresser in my bedroom.  It looks as though it belongs there  amongst all my other pretty things …it actually does serve a purpose for reasons I will explain on a later blog.

Til then, Peace, love and blessings
K.

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