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Crochet Infinity Scarf

| Crafts & DIY, Crochet

Infinity scarf

Easy crochet infinity scarf

Crochet Infinity Scarf – Today it’s 28 degrees Celsius in Victoria, BC (it’s typically about 18-20 degrees in September here) – not the sort of day to be thinking about winter clothing but let’s be honest, fall is right around the corner. This past week I started a new infinity scarf project.  I made this pattern up based on a baby blanket I made last year that I absolutely loved.  This pattern is so easy and has a really nice rhythm to it once things get moving along.

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Materials:

  • 1.5 Skeins of Yarn – Bulky – I used Loops & Threads – Country Loom – Ocean Tide
  • Crochet Hook – US K10.5/6.50mm
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors`

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet (U.S.)

Directions:

  1. Counting in 3’s, ch as many stitches as it takes to make a chain 60″ long (this pattern calls for original chain to be any multiple of 3 so just count “1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3…” as you make the chain and make sure that your last chain lands on chain number 3).  Check that the chain hasn’t twisted and join to the first stitch with a sl st so that it now forms a ring.
  2. Round 2: dc in every chain until you’re completed the round and join to the first dc with a sl st.
  3. Round 3: ch 3 and then sc between the 3rd and 4th dc, ch 3 and then sc in between the 6th and 7th dc.  You want to keep repeating this pattern every 3 double crochets until you’ve completed the round. Join with a sl st.
  4. Round 4: dc 3 into the chain you made in the previous round and then dc 3 into the next chain and continue in this manner until you’ve completed the round.  Join with a sl st.
  5. Repeat the pattern from Round 3 & 4 until the scarf is the desired width.
  6. Bind off and weave in the ends.

If any of my instructions are unclear please view this video which is where I learned how to make the baby blanket that this scarf was based on.  The video tutorial is wonderful and very easy to understand.

Download the Crochet Infinity Scarf pattern.

If you love crocheting scarves as much as I do, check out this fantastic book: Cozy Stash-Busting Knits: 22 Patterns for Hats, Scarves, Cowls & More

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Crochet Cat Bed, Crochet iPhone Case, Easy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

Thanks for reading!

~ Jamey

Crochet infinity scarf

Crochet infinity scarf

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Jellyfish Friendship Bracelets – Free Printable Template

| Crafts & DIY, Kids Fun, Printables

Jelleyfish bracelet tutorial with printable template.

Jelleyfish bracelet tutorial with free printable template.

A while back, I tried to teach Noelle how to make friendship bracelets.  I used to spend hours making these when I was a kid.  It didn’t go overly well with Noelle. I’m not sure if she was still a bit too young or she just wasn’t interested. Determined to find something easier for her to make, I found some Pinterest posts on how to make woven bracelets (I wanted to give credit to one great post in particular but it’s a broken link now).  I got out an old cereal box and some embroidery thread and sat down to test it out – it worked! Inspired by this super easy friendship bracelet idea, I created a simple template that you can print out, glue onto some light cardboard (cereal boxes or pasta boxes work well), cut out and you’re ready to go.

Oh, and I have no idea what the real name is for these sorts of bracelets but Noelle and I named them Jellyfish Bracelets because as you’re making them, they look like jellyfish (see photos below).

Materials:

  • Light cardboard box that you can cut up (cereal, oatmeal or pasta boxes for example)
  • Download Template
  • Paper
  • Embroidery floss – Up to 7 colours
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Any jewellery findings if you want to make it removable, otherwise just tie the bracelet right on your wrist
Printable Jellyfish Bracelet Template

Click to download – Printable Jellyfish Bracelet Template

Instructions:

  1. Download the printable template and print onto a piece of paper
  2. Cut out one of the circles from the paper and glue onto a piece of your cardboard (make sure to get the edges of the circle covered really well with glue).  Let the glue dry completely. (If you aren’t patient enough to do the whole glue thing, you could just copy the template design directly onto the cardboard with a pen).
  3. Now cut the cardboard with the paper glued onto it around the edge of the circle to where the tips of the arrow heads are. Cut a slit in each line that has the arrow head, about the same distance as the line itself. Use the sharp end of your scissors to poke a hole in the middle, approximately the size of the circle.
  4. Now grab your embroidery floss and cut either 7 or 14 pieces (2 of each colour) all 18″ long  for adults or about 14″ for smaller kids. I find that doubling up the floss (using 14 pieces) is thicker and goes a bit faster.
  5. Knot together all the embroidery thread at one end so that there is still a little tail of ends.
  6. Careful thread the ends of all the thread through the hole so that the knot is on the back side of your template/cardboard.  Put one piece of each thread (2 pieces per slit if you’re using 14 pieces of floss) into each slit so that it’s snug into place – see Photo A.
  7. Now, turn the template so that the empty space is pointing to your chest.  Count 3 slit spaces to the left from there (approx. the 10:00 pm position if it were a clock).  Take that piece(s) out of the slit and place into the empty space that is facing your chest – see Photos B and C.
  8. Turn the template counterclockwise so that the empty space is again pointing to your chest and repeat step 7.
  9. Keep your thumb gently over the hole in the middle to make sure that the bracelet remains in position while you’re moving the threads around. You’ll also want to run your fingers through the threads underneath the template from time to time to prevent the threads from getting tangled.
  10. Eventually you’ll start seeing the bracelet appear underneath once you get going – see Photo D. Keep going until you’ve reached your desired length. Tie off the end and finish off as you please (I added some clasps so my daughter’s bracelets so she could take hers on and off but you can keep things simple and just tie the two ends of your bracelet together).

Book idea: Kids (and their parents) will love these fun 40 projects that include simple beading, sewing, felting, bookmaking, and so much more in the book Craft Camp: Over 40 Fun Projects for Kids

Looking for more great kids stuff:  10-minute superhero costumeprintable robot colouring page DIY I spy gamegood karma cardsfamily movie night tickets, blank faces coloring pages, indoor fairy garden

You may also want to checkout my popular Pinterest Boards and Follow me on Pinterest.

Thanks for reading!

~ Jamey

Follow this tutorial to create your own jellyfish bracelet.

Follow this tutorial to create your own jellyfish bracelet.

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Crocheted Cat Bed

| Crafts & DIY

Easy to crochet cat bed

Easy to crochet cat bed

Crocheted Cat Bed – Our new little kitten Milo is now 12 weeks old and growing bigger with every day that passes.  He’s slowly started exploring the house but generally spends most of his time where his people are. Milo loves to hang out with me in my office and now he’s taken up a semi-permanent residency on my desk beside my monitor and keyboard. He loves to rest his head on my arm while I type away.  Since he always sleeps in the same place on my hard, wooden desk I thought he might be more comfortable in a little bed of his own so I crocheted one for him. It was pretty simple and didn’t take long to make. My cat bed measured 12″ in diameter but you can easily make it smaller or larger if you’d like. OK, no more cat posts after this one for a while… I promise.

Materials:

  • 1.5 Balls of Yarn – Bulky – I used Loops & Threads Charisma
  • Secondary Colour of Yarn – same weight
  • Crochet Hook – US J/6.00mm
  • Stitch marker or scrap of contrasting colour yarn
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors

Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet (U.S.)

  1. Ch 2 and then 6 sc in second ch from hook. Place marker.
  2. Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around.
  3. Round 3: 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 2 sc. Continue all the way around.
  4. Round 4: 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 3 sc. Continue all the way around.
  5. Round 5: 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 4 sc. Continue all the way around.
  6. Round 6: 2 sc in the next sc. sc in the next 5 sc. Continue all the way around.
  7. Keep up this same pattern of increasing  by one each round until you’ve gone 20 rounds in which the final round would be: 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 18 sc. If you want to make it a bit bigger this is where you’d add a few more rounds until you have the size you’re after.
  8. Rounds 21 – 28: sc in each sc around.
  9. Rounds 29 – 30: Change to new yarn colour. Sc in each sc around for 2 rounds.
  10. Bind off and weave in ends.

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How To Photograph People Jumping

| Design & Technology, Kids Fun, Outdoors

Tips for taking jumping photographs.

Tips for taking jumping photographs.

How To Photograph People Jumping – Who doesn’t love summer days spent frolicking on the beach.  More than half of our time during the summer is spent camping at our RV on the beach.  That means a lot of time hanging out enjoying the sand, sun and waves. During the past few summer’s there I’ve taken many, many photos, especially of my daughter.  I love capturing all the moments of childhood – digging, burying, throwing, riding, running and my favourite, jumping.

People are often too scared or intimidated to shoot high action jumping photos but there are a few tricks that can help you capture the moment. Most camera’s these days have all you need to take these super fun photos.

Choose your scene

Make sure you have a simple background. Usually something that isn’t too busy so that the jumper will stand out. Also make sure you aren’t taking the photo directly into the sun – always try to get the sun behind you if possible.

Get up close and personal

The closer you can get to the person jumping, the more dramatic the photo will be and the more detail you’ll be able to capture. Often times taking the photo in portrait format (or up and down) helps make the jumper stand out better – remember to leave room at the top of your photo so that the head doesn’t get cut off.

Go low, low, low

The most dramatic and energetic jumps are photographed when the photographer is lower than the jumper. It helps to kneel, crouch or lay on the ground when taking these photos.

Study your camera

If you have a DSLR camera, use a high shutter speed if possible – if you’re not sure just keep on automatic.  If you’re using a point and shoot, test how quickly your camera actually takes the photo after you push down the shutter button.  Many point and shoots have a bit of a lag so make sure you account for this minor timing adjustment.  You can also use the sports or motion setting  if your camera comes with that setting.

Focus

Have the person stand right where you’ll be taking the photo and pre-focus your camera by pressing the shutter button halfway down to prepare for the shot.

1-2-3-JUMP

Count “1-2-3-jump” to help get the timing right for taking the photo. You may have to do this a few times to coordinate with your jumper. Remember that you want to snap the shot at the peak of the jump.

Shoot, shoot and shoot some more

The beauty of the digital camera’s is that you can take as many photos as your memory card can handle and you can delete on the spot, so take as many photos as you can… well, until your jumper runs out of steam anyway.

These quick tips will help you take great jumping photos

These quick tips will help you take great jumping photos

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