Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hacky Sacks

Over the last few days, I've been experimenting with hacky sacks. As you can see I did some solid ones, striped ones and some with multicolored yarn (I think those are my favorite).

If you are going to change colors, I highly recommend checking out this blog post on the jogging stitch from NeedleNoodles.com.

To make your ball you will need 4 ply worsted yarn and a G/6-4.25MM crochet hook.

sc- single crochet
sts- stitches
ss- slip stitch
sc dec.-single crochet decrease (Insert your hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull it through, leave the two loops on the hook. Insert your hook in the next stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull through, there are 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.)

Row 1: Create a magic ring, ch1, work 9 sc into the ring and pull tight. Do not join. Just keep working around.--9sc

Row 2: Work 2 sc in each of the 9 sts.--18sc

Row 3: Work 1 sc in each of the 18 sts.--18sc

Row 4: *Work 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts., work 2 sc in next, *repeat around.--24sc

Row 5: *Work 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts., work 2 sc in next, *repeat around.--30sc

Row 6-11: 1 sc in each st. around. --30sc

Row 12: *Work 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts., sc dec.  *repeat around.--24sc (This is when you would want to add you rice sack inside)

Row 13: *Work 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts., sc dec.  *repeat around.--18sc

Row 14: Ss in next, *skip a st, ss in next, *repeat around.-- 9ss

Sew the top shut, and sew in the tail.

To make the rice sack for the inside...

You will need:
- panty hose (I use knee highs and can get about 3 sacks out of each one)
- rice
- a measuring cup
- pair of scissors

First, fill the hose with 1/3 cup of rice (or whatever you want to use). Then, knot tightly and cut off the excess close to the knot. That's it!


To use the hose again, tie a knot in the end and turn it inside out.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Pickle Ornament

Have you ever heard of a Christmas Pickle?

This German custom is quickly becoming an American Tradition. The idea is to hide the pickle ornament on your Christmas tree and the first person to find it wins a prize.

Here's my simple pattern if you would like to make your own (or you can buy one from my etsy shop):

Hook: E/ 4-3.5mm
Medium Worsted Weight Yarn

Row 1: Work 6 sc into a magic chain. Pull tight.*--6sc
Row 2: Work 2sc in top of  each sc from previous row. --12sc

* At the end of each round you will not join. You will just continue to work the next row. This will prevent you from having a line or seam. Just count your stitches or use a stitch marker.

Row 3-9: Sc 1 in each around. --12sc
Row: 10: Sc2Tog. Sc 1 in each of the next 12sts.--12sts
Row 11: Sc 1 in each around. --11sc
Row 12: Sc 2 in the first st. Sc 1 in each of the next 10 sts.**--12sc

**Rows 10-12 make your pickle curve slightly.

Row 13-15: Work 1 sc in each around.--12sc

**This is when you want to stuff your pickle, but be sure not to over stuff.**

Row 14: Sc2Tog 6 times.--6sts.
Row 15: Sc2Tog 3 times, fo and sew in tails.--3 sts.

Lastly, I threaded a piece of ribbon on my yarn needle and stuck it through the top of my pickle, tying it to make a loop for hanging,  using Fray Check on the end of ribbon to keep in from fraying. I then used glitter glue to add some pickle bumps and hung the ornament to dry.