Cross Hatch Button-Up Cowl Crochet Pattern

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Free Cross Hatch Button-Up Cowl Crochet Pattern

Free Cross Hatch Button-Up Cowl Crochet Pattern

Cross Hatch Button-Up Cowl Crochet Pattern – Winter is quickly approaching but I have to be honest and admit that it’s not my favorite season; but at least I’ll be cozy this winter with this thick and rich cross hatch button-up cowl. I actually crocheted this cowl back in August while I watched my daughter swim at the lake – how’s that for being prepared! I’m sure all the other beach dwellers were thinking “um, kinda hot out here to be making a scarf.”

This cowl is the perfect pattern for the beginner or more experienced crocheter. It is super easy and quick to make; I’m sure I made it in one day. The yarn I used is really soft and I love how thick and luxurious it feels when I wear it. It’s the perfect scarf – make one for yourself and then make more for the special people in your life!

Download your free Cross Hatch Button-Up Cowl Crochet Pattern below.

Cross Hatch Button-Up Cowl Crochet Pattern

NOTES: Pattern in U.S. crochet terminology

SKILL LEVEL: EASY

MATERIALS:

  • Hook: U.S. N/9.00mm
  • Bulky size 5 Yarn – 2 skeins (Loops & Threads Charisma used in photos)
  • 2 x 1.25” buttons
  • Darning Needle & Scissors

ABBREVIATIONS:

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sl = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet

FINISHED SIZE:  10” wide, 36” long.

PATTERN:

Make a slip knot and chain 36.

ROW 1: 2dc in the 4th ch from the hook, skip 3 ch, 1 ch in the next ch, * ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 3 chs, skip the next 3 ch, sc in the next ch, repeat from * across row, turn.

ROW 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *skip next 3 dc, [1 sc, ch 3, 3 dc] in the next ch-3 space, skip the st, repeat from * across ending skip last 2 sts, sc in the top of the turning chain, turn.

ROWs 3 -47 (or until it reaches 35” in length): Repeat row 2.

ROW 48: sl st in first 3 sts, carry on as usual as per row 2 until the last shell space, then 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sl st into the last st.

Break yarn, weave in ends.

FINISH:

Sew on your buttons. One end has 4 points and the other end has 5 points. Lay the finished piece down with the end with 4 points on the right and the end with 5 points on the left. To figure out placement of buttons, on the end with the  5 points and side closest to you, sew the first button between shell 1 and shell 2 in the 3rd row (the centre of the button should be about 2” from each edge).  The second button should also be between shell 1 and shell 2 but should be further down in row 7, approx. 3” from the centre of the other button. Once complete, wrap the cowl around your neck and button the buttons in the space between the shells in between rows 2 and 3.

Download the Free Cross Hatch Button-Up Cowl Crochet Pattern here.

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Printable Secret Decoder Wheel

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Use this FREE DIY printable decoder wheel to send & receive secret messages without anyone being the wiser. A great resource for teachers and homeschoolers for spelling practice, math, writing activities, word work, etc. Also makes a wonderful addition to spy theme parties.

Printable secret decoder wheel.

Printable Secret Decoder Wheel – Attention all secret agents! Your secret decoder wheel has arrived and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to send and receive secret messages to your friends without anyone being the wiser. No one will be able to decode your messages unless they have the secret key.

This is a super fun play activity for kids but also a useful resource for teachers, homeschoolers and parents. The secret decoder wheels could easily be used for math skills, spelling practice, writing activities, word work and more. They are also great for secret agent spy birthday theme parties or a secret treasure hunt. Think of all the possibilities!

Printable Secret Decoder Wheel Instructions

HOW TO MAKE THE DECODER WHEEL:

  1. Cut out the circles below and stack in order from the number 1 wheel on the bottom, then number 2 wheel and finally number 3 wheel on the top.
  2. Attach the three discs by carefully poking a round brad fastener (or thumb tack with an eraser behind) through the middle of all three wheels.

HOW TO USE DECODER WHEEL:

  1. Pick a letter on the outer wheel and a number in the inner circle – this is your key (ex. M21). Turn the inner wheel so that the number (21 in our example) lines up with the out wheel letter (M in our example). On our wheel 21 also corresponds with R in the shaded section. Don’t move the wheels now, keep them in place.
  2. First, write your message. No numbers (write them out), and no punctuation.
  3. For each letter of your message, find that character on the outer wheel, and write down the letter that is exactly beneath it on the inner wheel until your message is complete.
  4. To read the encrypted message get the key from the message sender and align the wheel – keep the wheel in this position. For each letter of your message, find that character on the inner wheel, and write down the letter that is exactly above it on the outer wheel.

Secret decoder wheel printable.

Download your printable secret decoder wheel with instructions here.

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Houses Coloring Page

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Free printable house coloring pages - a wonderful resource for teachers, homeschoolers and parents. Also a fun and educational way to entertain kids. Houses Coloring Page – When I was a little girl I used to spend hours drawing houses and floor plans that went with them. I still remember my Dad walking to the end of our very long farm lane driveway to get the weekend newspaper. As soon as he brought it in I would fling it open in search for the “homes” section. Back in the day, they would have pages of house renderings and the corresponding floor plan designs – trying to entice all the farm folk to become city slickers. To this day I have no idea what it was that drew me to draw page after page of houses but I know I had books full of my designs. At one point I was seriously considering becoming an architect but then my school guidance counselor told me all the math credits I’d need to get into University – let’s just say that math wasn’t my strong suit. Eventually the dream of being an architect faded but I never lost my joy of drawing houses. Now that same joy seems to have been passed down to my daughter who loves drawing, especially the bricks on the buildings.

I’ve made two designs. The first printable is a coloring page full of houses. The second printable has houses but also an option for kids to draw their own house too – a wonderful resource for teachers, homeschoolers and parents. Also a fun and educational way to entertain kids.

Download or print your free houses printable coloring page here.free houses coloring page and printableDownload or print your free houses printable coloring page with a frame to draw your own home here.free houses coloring page

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DIY Button Stamp Tool Tutorial

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DIY Polymer clay stamp tutorial

DIY button stamp tool tutorial – great for pottery, polymer clay, play dough and plasticine.

DIY Button Stamp Tool Tutorial – A number of months back, I came across a bucket list of things I’d like to try that I had made years ago and forgotten all about. I was so thrilled when I browsed through the list and realized that I had done all but one item on my list. Strangely enough though, I had just signed up to take a pottery class – the one missing item from my list. After my first class, it quickly occurred to me that I had fallen in love with what was to become my new hobby. The tactile, hands-on, fingers in the clay thing and the scent of damp earth seemed to fulfill something in my life that I didn’t even know I was missing. One class turned into three classes; three classes turned into nine classes, and now I’ve just signed up for an advanced pottery class for the fall.

At some point in my research for pottery ideas, I noticed that many of the potters and studios have their signature stamps that they put on all their work. I loved this idea the moment I saw it. I’m still a beginner potter and don’t quite feel like I can use my own signature stamp yet but I still love the idea of having a little extra detail hidden somewhere on the clay piece. One day I popped into a second hand shop and I came across this amazing bag full of antique buttons. For a mere $2 I bought the bag full of buttons and rushed home to figure out how to turn these into stamps. The process is pretty easy and I have to say I couldn’t believe how sturdy and durable these clay stamp turned out. These texture tools are great for pottery clay, polymer clay and the kids will love them for play dough and plasticine.

DIY Button Stamp Tool Tutorial 

Materials:

  • Buttons
  • Polymer Clay (Sculpy, Fimo, etc)
  • Nylon string (fishing wire will work)
  • Knife
  • Cookie sheet with parchment paper

Directions (see photos below):

  1. Using a 4″ nylon string, find two buttons (similar size works best) and tie the buttons together.
  2. Roll out a piece of polymer clay and form into a cylinder shape. Make the size of the clay a little shorter than the nylon string with the buttons when pulled taut. The role of clay should also be a little fatter than the width of the buttons.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut a slit down the length of cylinder of polymer clay but only half way into the cylinder.
  4. Pulling the buttons taut, slide the nylon string with the buttons on the ends down into the slit.
  5. Gently squish the two sides of the cylinder polymer clay together and slowly roll the clay until the clay squishes down to meet both buttons and fills the space behind the buttons.
  6. Carefully place the button stamp tool onto a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Bake using the polymer clay baking instructions (I baked mine for 20 minutes at 275 degrees).
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Download your easy to make DIY Button Stamp Tool instructions here.

DIY Button Polymer clay stamp tutorial

DIY polymer clay stamp texture tool tutorial.

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