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Monday, January 30, 2012

Fresh Off Tha Hook Monday Jan. 30, 2012

Check out my newest crochet items!! =)  
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Crochet Flower Pot Cover

I have 2 of these flower pots from each of my two youngest's births.  I've had them put away for a long time because they just don't go with the rest of my house.  

I was crocheting what was to be a drawstring bag, but ended up being my new flower pot cover.

My Poinsettias fit perfectly in them. =)

Flower Pot Cover
Written by: Valerie Brown


Flower pot: circumference: 14.75 inches, height: 4.25 inches
Hook: size J/10 6.00MM
Yarn: worsted weight, 1 ball of each color
Tapestry needle

Cover Pattern

Magic loop (or ch 4, join)

Round 1: 8 hdc, sl st in 1st hdc
Round 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around, sl st in 1st hdc (16 hdc)
Round 3: ch 1, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st.  Repeat from * 6x. hdc in next 2 st, sl st in 1st hdc (24 hdc)
Round 4: (change color) ch 1, * hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st.  Repeat from * 7x.  sl st in 1st hdc (30 hdc)
Round 5: *ch 3, skip next st, sc in next st. Repeat from * 14x, sl st in 1st sc (15 ch 3 spaces)
Round 6: *sc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, sc in ch 3 space. Repeat from * around. sl st in 1st sc & in each st to dc
Round 7: (change color) ch 4 (counts as 1st dc, ch 1), *dc in next dc, ch 1. Repeat from * 12x. sl st in 1 dc (14 ch 1 spaces)
Round 8: * sc,ch 1, dc, ch 1, sc in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * 14x. sl st in 1st sc & each st to dc
Round 9: (change color) sc in same dc, ch 3. *sc in next dc, ch 3. Repeat from *13x. sl st in 1st sc, ch 1 (15 ch 3 spaces)
Round 10: 3 hdc in each ch 3 space around. sl st in 1st hdc (45 hdc)
Round 11: ch 1, hdc in each st around. sl st in 1st hdc. (45 hdc)
Round 12: ch 1, *hdc in next 4 st, hdc dec. Repeat from *6x. hdc in next 4 st. sl st in 1st hdc.
Round 13: ch 1, *hdc in next 3 st, hdc dec. Repeat from *6x. hdc in next 3 st, sl st in 1st hdc.
Round 14: ch 5 (counts as 1st tr, ch 1) *skip next st, tr in next st, ch 1. Repeat from *13x. sl st in 1st tr. (16 tr, ch 1 spaces)
Round 15: *sc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, sc in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * around. sl st in 1st sc.
Round 16: (change color) sc in same sc with new color. ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, sc in next sc. *sc in next sc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. sl st in 1st sc.

Fasten off, weave in ends.


ch 78
Fasten off & tighten knot.
Cut ends about 1/2 inch from knots

Weave in chain through tr spaces (round 14)

Place flower pot in cover & tie a bow with the drawstring.

It can be used to store other items as well though. Either way you choose to use the flower pot it'll look cute with it's new crochet cover. =)

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Crochet Remote Caddy

I'm a practical person and this remote mess was not working for me.  I had to find a way to get everything organized so I started looking online for a pattern to organize my remotes.  All of the patterns I found were too small or just didn't work for me.  I decided to create my own pattern so I grabbed my yarn, hook, paper and a pen and got started.

After a few days of crocheting and unraveling my work, writing and rewriting every stitch I made, this is what I came up with...

  This is my original pattern and I am so pleased to share it with you. =)  

All I ask is that you link to this page when you reference the pattern. 

Crochet Remote Caddy 
Written by: Valerie Brown

RedHeart Yarn, worsted weight
Hook size H/8-5.00MM
Tapestry Needle


(Make 2)

Ch. 52
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook & ever ch to end (51 sc)
(now we begin to work in rounds)
Row 2: ch 3, turn (counts as 1st dc), dc in front loop of next 50 sc, dc in back loop of each dc to 2nd to last dc, dc in both loops of last dc, sl st to top of 1st dc to complete round. (102 dc)
Rows 3-12: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in each dc around, sl st in 1st dc (102 dc/round)
Row 13: sl st in nxt dc, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 50 dc (51 dc)
Rows 14-21 ch 3, turn, dc in next 50 dc (51 dc)
Fasten off 
*On first half only, leave 2 feet tail at fasten off, on second half leave about 2 inch tail

Connecting 2 Halves

Place both halves with pockets facing each other.
Line up both corner dc and begin to sew (not weave) together the halves making sure the stitches are lining up equally.
Knot last stictch (insert needle into st, pull up loop, put needle through loop & pull knot tight
Leave tail loose to crochet border over at end.

Pocket Dividers

(Make as many as you need for both ends)
*Ex: If you want 4 pockets, you will need 3 dividers

Begin new chain.
Ch 21
Fasten off with 2 inch tail

Weave ch starting at front bottom of dc (through both sides) & ending at top dc from back to front, just under border of pocket. 
Make sure both ends of ch align with top and bottom pocket borders.

Place your items in the pockets to ensure they fit.


sl st in right side of main pocket
sc in each st across top of pocket
*when coming to a ch divider sc through ch AND border to secure divider*
At corner of pocket begin 2 sc through both, front & back, dc on side border, 2 sc in each pair of dc across.
At next corner sc, ch1, sc in corner sc (at base of sc, not top), sc in base of each sc across, sc, ch1, sc in corner sc
2 sc in both, front & back, dc along side border
When you reach your initial starting point sl st in top of border dc (same place you did the 1st sl st to attach yarn) , fasten off leaving about 2 inch tail

Repeat border pattern to complete 2nd half

Weave in any loose ends.

Reinforce Pocket Dividers by sewing a few knots over each top divider/border junction.
Weave in loose ends in back of project.

I added my husband's name. You can add any extra embroidery or decorations that you want. =)

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fresh Off The Hook Monday, 1/23/12

This was my first Fresh Off The Hook video. I made this small project especially for this video. =)

If you're interested in being a part of the Fresh Off The Hook family send a video audition to OneVirtuousWoman.  She is the founder of the group.

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My Knit Shawl and Scarf

I taught myself to knit about 2 months ago.  My first project was a knit scarf. After I completed that I made a knit shawl. I love them both and wear them regularly. =)

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Misc. Crochet

Here are a few blankets that I've made.

Here's my baby's first Christmas stocking.

Some of my projects I did with crochet thread.

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More Crochet Hats

This was my first custom order. =) 

This is my favorite for myself. =)

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Homeless Hats

I've decided at the beginning of this year that I would make a minimum of 100 crochet beanies throughout the year to donate to the homeless.  I also sell them. The money I make enables me to continue purchasing more yarn and making more hats for the homeless.  Here's a look at what I have done so far.

These hats are the ones that I've already donated.

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