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BRAND NEW WEBSITE!


HodgePodge Crochet has outgrown the world of the free WordPress blog. Unfortunately this blog is creating issues with scrolling to find content and is lagging and just making life miserable for readers who want to find patterns and content without wasting an hour waiting for the screen to move.

I’ve decided to go the paid route which means that things will load and scroll faster AND offers more flexibility along with the option to add in fun things that can connect the community! I’m still working on migrating and organizing all of my content onto the new website (all of my free patterns are still being relinked to make them simpler to find) so if you want to head on over to have a look around and let me know what you think click here: http://hodgepodgecrochet.net/

I hope to see you there!

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The Pattern Pack: April 2015 GO GREEN!


I am super thrilled to announce that HodgePodge Crochet is this month’s EXCLUSIVE design in The Pattern Pack GO GREEN edition!!!

The Pattern Pack: April 2015: GO GREEN!

Within the pages of this edition you will find my exclusive design for the Framed Hook Holder! I’ve been sitting on this project for a long while now and am so happy to have finally written it. Now I have a place where I can display all of my favorite hooks and markers that is both functional (I’ll never lose a hook or marker again!) and beautifully displayed. It’s also a great conversation starter and is perfect for every size hook I own from the smallest thread hooks to the biggest covered hooks!

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www.hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Framed Hook Holder :: The Pattern Pack :: April 2015 GO GREEN

This issue is also packed full with other amazing designs, all of which embrace the theme of living a green lifestyle and using our yarn to create beautiful things that are also eco-friendly!

Click the link >> http://www.thepatternpack.com/this-months-pack/ << to find out how to get your copy today!

DIY Coasters!


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There are several nerdy obsessions I have. (You’ve probably all noticed the Doctor Who thing by now…) But I also LOVE anything Harry Potter and I have a passion for all things Walking Dead. So, after the last HodgePodge Crochet gift exchange–when my crossbow toting Walking Dead mug was gifted to me by the same dear friend who sent me all of that handspun Exploding TARDIS yarn--I knew I wanted to turn things up a notch by creating something nerdy to rest it on.

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What goes better with a Team Daryl Walking Dead mug than Harry Potter?!? It works in my head… Off to Pinterest I went in search of how to make this a reality! I found an amazing How To over on brightnest. Using a few cheap supplies and some DIY magic, she came up with three gorgeous ways to make coasters that reflect your personal style.

Still, I wanted something a little more…geektastic…so I decided to build on her idea and make my inner nerd happy!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ :: DIY CoastersI started with the cork. For my  project I used cork tiles. You can find these pretty much anywhere. They come in a pack of 4 and are perfect for cutting and are also flat (which is important if you’re making a coaster) but you can also use the rolled cork too if that’s what you have lying around. Just unroll it a day before you plan to use it and place it flat under something heavy (like a stack of books) so you can work with it a little easier.

You will also need a ruler, a pencil, a sharp scissor or X-Acto knife, an acrylic sealer like Mod Podge, a paintbrush, cardboard, hot glue sticks and a glue gun or e6000, a printer, and images of whatever it is you want to turn into a coaster! Optional extras are things like acrylic paint (to age your coasters), yarn (to decorate the edges), and rubber sealer (to protect the cork from drying out and to provide some grip so your coasters don’t go sliding around on you.)

The first thing I did was to cut coaster sized squares of both cardboard and cork. The beauty of this project is that you don’t have to do it with traditional square or circle shapes and you don’t have to stick with the standard coaster size. Make them smaller for impromptu tea parties or larger for oversized mugs. Make them oval or hexagonal or go with a rhombus if you’re feeling particularly geeky.

Since I wanted to put several Harry Potter chapter titles on my coasters, I went with a standard 4″ x 4″ square.

I sandwiched together my cardboard and cork and glued them together with my hot glue gun. Cardboard LOVES hot glue so this part of the project went super quick. Once I’d gotten all four of my coasters glued together, I printed out the chapter headings I wanted as coasters, cut my images to fit, and then took my time painting some Mod Podge on the cardboard, arranging the image on top, and painting on more Mod Podge to secure. GO SLOW so you don’t get any air bubbles and keep smoothing until your image is how you want it.

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I know people are going to ask me where I got my images from and the answer is from the book! I own all of the Harry Potter books as digital copies so it’s pretty simple to take the digital image and create a printable graphic to use in a project like this one. In order to create a printable of your favorite chapters–in Harry Potter or any book that you love–all you have to do is follow these simple steps:

If you’re on a PC, pull up the page you want to copy and hit the Prtsc button on your keyboard. (Nothing will happen so don’t panic.) Then open your favorite graphics program and paste the image into it. Crop until you are happy, save the image, open a word doc and insert the image. Adjust the image so it is the correct size and print!

If you’re on a Mac, pull up the page you want to copy and hit Command+Shift+4. This brings up a selection box so you can specify an area to take a screenshot of, then save it as a file to the desktop. Open your word alternative (like OpenOffice) and insert your image. Adjust the image so it is the correct size and print!

If you own a physical copy of the book you can always scan your pages into your computer and use that as well. Save your image and follow the steps above to adjust and print!

Once you finish sealing them with several coats of Mod Podge and they’re dry, you’re pretty much done. I wanted to age mine so I broke out the acrylic paints and got to work. I thinned some brown and yellow with water and used a paper towel to gently rub them in. Because the coasters were sealed, I got some lovely results!

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https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.comOnce they were dry, I covered them one more time with Mod Podge and then sprayed the cork backing with some aerosol rubber. This step is optional but I find that it helps protect the cork from drying out and also gives your coasters a little grip so they don’t move around too much on you.

After a few coats, you’re ready to use your new coasters!

You can opt to wrap them in a little fun fur (because who among us isn’t a little nerdy for yarn)…..

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and all that’s left is to pull up your favorite pattern on your computer, grab some yarn and a hook, top your coaster with your favorite mug and hot beverage, and enjoy!

 and all that's left is to top with your favorite mug and hot beverage!

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DIY Glow In The Dark Yarn


PLEASE UPDATE YOUR BOOKMARKS!!!

This awesome blog post can be found over at the HodgePodge Crochet website!! 

http://hodgepodgecrochet.net/2014/09/diy-glow-in-the-dark-yarn/

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HodgePodge Crafts: Ojo de Dios


Here in my corner of the planet, back to school means spreading out around our family school table and getting messy. Yup, we’re a homeschooling family, and that generally means tons of glue, crayons, paint, paper, and chaos!

My favorite school art projects always involve yarn (no shock there, I suppose) so when Mexico popped up in our geography curriculum I was over the moon to pull out some yarn for my kids and I to dive into the diverse and rich history of the Mexican culture!

The art project slated for the day was the God’s eye. I won’t go into detail explaining what they are or what they are created for (that’s what Google’s for) but I will tell you how we made ours!

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In order to make the simple version of a God’s eye you will need:

  • Two wooden craft sticks (or up-cycle some Popsicle sticks)
  • Hot glue
  • Yarn

This craft will take approximately 15 minutes to get all the wrapping complete (less if you’re familiar with the process and speed it up!)

To start, glue your craft sticks together using a small dab of hot glue in the center to make a cross (or an X depending on how you’re holding your sticks.)

To make things simpler for my kids I glued the end of the yarn to the center of the cross, but you can skip that part and just begin wrapping your yarn if you prefer.

Label your sticks 1, 2, 3, and 4 so kids have a point of reference when wrapping.

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In order to begin, wrap the yarn twice around the center, rotate and wrap twice more around the center creating a central X around the middle of the sticks.

Once you’ve completed the center, begin wrapping the yarn once around 1, once around 2, once around 3, once around 4, making sure you are always going in the same order around the sticks. Do not overlap the yarn! Each new layer of yarn should be sitting next to the yarn before it so that you continue to grow the pattern outward toward the tips of your craft sticks.

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When you have run out of craft stick, simply use a dab of hot glue to secure, create a loop to hang, and display your cool new wall art!

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We had so much fun creating these mini works of art. For even more fun, I recommend dying your acrylic yarn following my tutorial here before making one! (See the example below which was done with dyed acrylic yarn!)

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If you tackle creating your own colors for this project, your Ojo de Dios can be totally unique and a one of a kind piece of art!!

I’d love to see your Ojo de Dios if you make one. Simply pop over to HodgePodge Crochet over on facebook to drop me a pic!