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Foundation Chain Chevron Bracelet

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron BraceletMy kids love to crochet. Coming from a family where their mom is a chronic crochetaholic, they sort of naturally fell into it. (My four year old calls crochet her ‘destiny’. I’m a proud mamma!)

But, they all began their crochet journey by going through the rhythm of the endless foundation chain to learn hook technique and tension. To them it’s fun to knot yarn but they always get impatient when it comes to getting that chain down. How do you explain to a 4 year old that it’s game on once they master it and then they can run off to the races with their first real project?

Since impatience is where a lot of young (and old) crocheters decide to give up–because it’s boring to crochet chains over and over and over–what’s better to encourage practice then to turn your foundation chains into a super fun project!

This is something that relatively young children can tackle (with supervision and guidance) and be successful with! Once they make a few, they will be begging to practice chaining just to make more bracelets!

What you’ll need:

  • A crochet hook (any size will do for this project)
  • Yarn (any weight or brand will work but I find plain old kitchen cotton (the kind you use to make washcloths from) the best for younger fingers because it’s sturdy and easier to see your stitch-work when crocheting.)
  • Scissors
  • A button
  • A clipboard or a binder clip and some sturdy cardboard.

The basic process of making a chevron friendship bracelet is super simple for children to master. It does take some patience and younger children will need some help making sure their colors cross the proper way, but I promise it’s a lot of fun!

The DIY Chevron Friendship Bracelet tutorial from HGTV Handmade on YouTube does an amazing job at describing the basic technique for getting the chevron pattern down. Take a few minutes to watch the process and before you know it, you’ll be making bracelets faster than you can wear them!

Now that you know the mechanics, it’s time to work the same bracelet with lengths of foundation chain!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron Bracelet

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron Bracelet

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron Bracelet

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron Bracelet

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron Bracelet

Depending on the thickness of your yarn, your bracelet will take on dramatically different looks! Have fun experimenting with color and texture!

And if your little one is still too young to chain (or really doesn’t want to) make your chevron bracelet without chaining! Textured yarns look lovely in the chevron pattern!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron Bracelet

Don’t forget to have fun and remember that having a good time will always get a huge thumbs up from your littles!! After all, that’s why we all love to play with yarn too, right?!?!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron Bracelet

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron Bracelet

The Whole Knit & Caboodle Presents: Free Video Tutorial- Joining Amigurumi Pieces Using the Mattress Stitch

My good friend Sarah from over at The Whole Knit & Caboodle is a magic maker with amigurumi!!(Seriously, if she were to be cast as a witch in the Harry Potter books–she’d be that one getting stunned looks from the professors creating magic never seen with a hook, some needles–she can KNIT too!!!–and yarn!)

She’s recently come out with several amazing patterns that you can find in her pattern shop over in Ravelry!!

Some of her awesome patterns include these AMAZING works of art:

See, I told you she was a magic maker!!

Recently she decided to open up a YouTube channel to school the rest of us muggles on proper ami techniques!! As of this blog post, she only has one–but it’s an AWESOME one!! It shows you everything you need to know about the proper way to join pieces using the mattress stitch!

Hurry up and run on over to her blog to check out the goodness!! Free Video Tutorial- Joining Amigurumi Pieces Using the Mattress Stitch | The Whole Knit & Caboodle.

If you like what you see, don’t forget to subscribe to her YouTube channel to keep track of all the new tutorials she has planned!! 

Cowboy Boots


This awesome blog post can now be found over on the HodgePodge Crochet Website! www.hodgepodgecrochet.net

Cowboy Boots: http://hodgepodgecrochet.net/2015/06/crochet-with-hodgepodge-cowboy-boots/

HodgePodge Crochet Video Tutorial: Cowboy Boots

Knotted Headband

You Seriously Made That?! is an AWESOME blog written by a super crafty mama named Cami. Seriously, if you haven’t checked it out–GO NOW, I’ll wait.

One of her projects swept like wildfire through Pinterest toward the tail end of last year. It was a post for the Knotted Headband. It’s adorable and relatively simple for the new crocheter. The directions call for a skill of basic chains and a hot glue gun–really, that’s it!

Knotted Headband

I fell in  love instantly with the design and right away set to work making up a small army of my own headbands. When it came to the hot gluing though, I ran into a slight snag… See, I’m not a giant fan of gluing yarn. I’ve been burned before by the hot glue (not literally but you get the idea.)

It never ends well–especially on things like headbands where you are tugging on the ribbon to secure it around your head. So I’ve come up with a crochet alternative that will not only make things more secure, but they’ll probably last a lot longer. And if you go to all that trouble to make one, you want your work to be around for a while!

Hello Kitty Applique

Crochet amigurumi is one of my all time favorite things to do with a hook and yarn. You sit down with a skein and in a couple of hours you have a cute stuffed animal aching to brighten up anyone’s day.

But sometimes a 3D animal just won’t work and you need something flat–an applique, to give that cuteness factor to an item that can be worn.

Today, I’ll show you how to crochet a Hello Kitty applique to stitch onto a hat or a pair of slippers or really anything your imagination dreams up!

Quick Tip: If you decide to make one, I HIGHLY SUGGEST that you line the back of the face with some white felt. The black yarn you use to embroider the face with is really visible from the back and when you are all done stitching that face on you’ll have a hot mess on your hands from the front.

You don’t have to line the back of course but this is the result:

Proper placement of Hello Kitty’s eyes, nose, and whiskers is what will set your applique apart from the rest.

Think of her face as it appears  above. Notice how her eyes lie more than halfway down her face and her nose is exactly center and directly below the eye-line. Her whiskers are placed directly opposite each eye and all seem to be directional to it. (meaning they sort of point right at the eye they are closest to.)

Now, when you have completed your applique, refer back to the grid in order to ensure the best results! Using black yarn in a yarn needle, embroider the eyes and whiskers. Embroider the nose using yellow yarn.