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DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle

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DIY Crochet Hook Polymer Clay Handle Tutorial

DIY Crochet Hook Polymer Clay Handle Tutorial

DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle – As you all know by now I really enjoy crocheting.  It’s what I do to relax.  A while ago, I tried my hand at amigurumi (the Japanese craft of crocheting small stuffed animals).  It took me a little less than an hour to decide that amigurumi wasn’t for me and then it took me a bit longer to realize why… it hurts my hands. The little hooks that you use to crochet in this style are so tiny that you really have to get a good grip on them and I found my hands would cramp up.

A few weeks ago, I randomly came across a photo of someone holding a hook covered in what I presumed was polymer clay and I had my “ah-ha” moment – that’s what I need to do for my hooks too. I went to the store and bought a variety of Fimo packages in different colors along with a straight blade for cutting the clay. I rolled and twisted and rolled some more until I had some marbled designs that I was happy with, popped them in the oven and 15 minutes later I had beautiful and practical crochet hooks.

If you’re hands hurt from crocheting, I highly suggest this easy modification that will make a world of difference for your hands.

Material:

  • Polymer clay in various colors (Sculpy, Premo, Fimo, etc.) *if you just want the functionality without the hassle of mixing colors, you can make things easier by just using one color.
  • Straight blade or sharp knife
  • Cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Crochet hooks

Directions:

  1. Choose 3-5 colors of clay and knead the clay until it’s soft and then roll the clay into little logs (I made them about 2″ long).
  2. Take all the logs and twist them together. Roll on a smooth flat surface.
  3. Fold over and twist again. Roll on a smooth flat surface. Keep doing this until you’re happy with the design. *Be careful not to do it too many times or it will all just turn into one color – likely grey or brown.
  4. Roll the clay smooth and until it’s about the width of a pen and about 4″ long. If you find your piece of clay has gotten too long as you rolled it out just cut off any excess clay so that you have it the correct length.
  5. Gently take the end of your crochet hook and with a back and forth twisting motion push the hook into the clay. Be patient, it goes in pretty easily as long as it isn’t forced quickly. Keep going until you’re almost at the end of the clay log.
  6. Now roll the clay with the hook in it on the smooth surface and taper the end closest to the hook.  Feel free to trim a little from the end if it gets too close to the end.
  7. On the side furthest from the hook, gently tap against your hard surface until it’s flattened.
  8. Ad a small circular piece of white clay to the end. This is where you’ll write the hook size with a permanent market or use a stamp to mark the size.
  9. Place  the crochet hook and handle on a cookie sheet that has a layer of parchment paper on it.  Cook in the oven at 275 degrees F for 15 minutes (add a few minutes if it’s thicker than 1/4″).
  10. Take out of oven, allow to cool.

Also, if you’re new to crocheting and would like to take your crocheting to the next level before you try your next crochet project, I highly recommend some of the online crochet classes at Craftsy. Craftsy has amazing courses taught by world class instructors.

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Tutorial on how to make polymer clay grips for your crochet hooks.

Tutorial on how to make polymer clay grips for your crochet hooks.

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Easy Reversible Crochet Boot Cuffs

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Pattern for reversible crochet boot cuffs

Pattern for reversible crochet boot cuffs

Easy Reversible Crochet Boot Cuffs – One of my very favorite things about this time of year is being able to break out my boots.  Over the last season or two, boot cuffs or boot toppers have really become popular and rightfully so, they really help showcase your beautiful boots. I’ve been wanting to purchase some boot cuffs for a while now but haven’t found anything fabulous so I decided just to make my own instead.  I created this design without any pattern (I’m thrilled they actually turned out). There may be better ways to make the boot cuff but this is what I came up with and actually, I love them. *A special thanks to my husband for being so patient while I directed the photo shoot and he took the shots. You’re a good man!

Download Reversible Boot Cuff Pattern

Reversible Boot Cuff Pattern

Materials:

  • A soft medium weight yarn. I used Red Heart Soft in Light Grey Heather.
  • Crochet Hook – US J10/6 mm.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Basic Boot Cuff Directions:

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

Part 1: Ribbed side of the boot cuff

Ch 15.

Row 1: 1dc in the third chain from the hook and then one dc in every stitch until you’re at the end of the row. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2. 1sc in each stitch until you’re at the end of the row. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 3. 1dc in each stitch across row. Turn.

Repeat rows 2 – 3 until you reached your desired length. Keep wrapping the piece around your leg in the knee/calf area to fit to the correct size. The cuff should be snug enough so that it doesn’t fall down your leg but not too tight that it’s difficult to get over your pants. For reference mine was 13 inches wide. If these are for someone else, you’ll want to measure their legs before you start making the cuffs.

Part 2: Textured side of the boot cuff.

Ch 18.

Row 1: 1sc in the second chain from the hook. *Tr in the next chain, sc in the next chain*, rep * until end of row. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, *tr into the sc from the previous row, next sc into the tr from the previous row*, rep * until end of row. Turn. (tip: your tr should always be going into a sc stitch from the previous row and your sc should always be going into a tr from the previous row).

Repeat Row 2

Keep up this pattern until this piece is as long as the ribbed part of the cuff. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Now using your yarn or tapestry needle cut a long piece of yarn and carefully sew together the two parts of the cuff along the longest sides (see photo below). When the long side is complete, sew together the two short sides. Weave in any loose ends.

Follow the instructions above and create another boot cuff for the other leg.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this free pattern. If you’d like to get your hands on more crochet patterns check out this great book: Crocheted Scarves and Cowls: 35 colorful and contemporary crochet patterns

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Crochet Fingerless GlovesDone In A Day Baby BlanketEasy Crochet Can CozyTulip Textured Crochet Dishcloth, Colorful Solid Granny Square Dishcloth, Crochet Beach BagOutland CowlCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

Easy pattern to make your own crochet your own boot toppers.

Easy pattern to crochet your own boot toppers.

 
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Crochet Caps for a Cause Pattern

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Crochet Hat Pattern - great for beginners and to donate.

Crochet Beanie Pattern – great for beginners and to donate.

Crochet Caps for a Cause Pattern. Last week I had a new and exciting experience – I became a volunteer at our local hospital.  I originally created this blog to have a creative outlet but I had no idea the impact my readers would have on my life.  All the positive feedback and comments have helped me see that I have an opportunity and an obligation to give back .  My new volunteer job is to create and deliver art and activities for the pediatric and geriatric wards and to make hats and blankets for the maternity and neonatal intensive care units.  I delivered my first big package of materials and hats last week and it felt so amazing to be able to contribute to this wonderful cause.

In honour of this new endeavour in my life, I’m including the pattern for what I’m calling my “Caps for a Cause” crochet beanie.  This is a very quick and simple pattern that even beginner crocheters can easily master. I crochet pretty slowly and I can make these hats in about 45 minutes (much less time for a preemie sized hat). These hats can be made in any size from preemie all the way to men’s large so this is a very versatile pattern.

If you’re new to the world of crochet and would like some help getting started, I would suggest some of the great crochet classes offered at Craftsy.

READER CHALLENGE

I’d also like to extend a challenge for any of my readers who are so inclined to join me in this volunteer effort. Hospitals are in great need of caps for newborns, preemies, and cancer patients.  Blankets, shawls, wash clothes and toys are also in high demand. Most hospitals have volunteer programs for receiving knitted and crochet goods so I encourage  you to donate if possible – oh, and please share your experiences with me in my comments section.

Crochet Caps for a Cause Pattern – download pattern.

Materials:

  • A soft medium weight yarn. I used Red Heart Soft. Choose as many different colors as you’d like.
  • Crochet Hook – US J10/6 mm. I used this larger hook size for the baby hats so that the hats were a little more airy and stretchy but feel free to use a smaller hook if you prefer.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Basic Hat Directions:

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

  1. Ch 5 and then join together into a ring with a sl st (keep all your stitches loose). Or use the magic ring method if you prefer.
  2. Round 1: Ch 2 and then make 12 double crochets into the ring. Join with sl st.
  3. Round 2: Ch 2 and then 2 dc into the same stitch. Now do 2 dc in each stitch around and then sl st to join.
  4. Round 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in the first stitch then 1 dc in the next and the repeat this pattern for the entire row. Sl st to join.
  5. Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in the next stitch then 1 dc in the next TWO stitches and repeat in this pattern for the entire row. Sl st to join.  (*Hats for preemie babies skip to step 7 – note that hospitals ask that hats for preemie’s be a little bit longer so that they can fold back the edge of the hat)
  6. Round 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in the next stitch then 1 dc in the next THREE stitches and repeat in this pattern for the entire row. Sl st to join. (*For larger hat designs you’d just keep increasing the number of stitches between each dc by 1 until you get the size you’d like. Example: the next row would be 2 dc in the next stitch then 1 dc in the next FOUR stitches, the next row would be 2 dc in the next stitch then 1 dc in the next FIVE stitches, etc…)
  7. Rounds 6-12: Ch 2, double crochet in each stitch and join with a slip stitch.  Continue this for each row until the hat is as long as you want it. (I usually do 6 rows for my baby hats)
  8. Final row, chain 1 and then sc in each stitch and slip stitch to join (keep this last row loose or else it will make the hat too tight at the bottom).
  9. Fasten off and weave the ends into the hat using your yarn/tapestry needle.

For the striped hat design just alternate different colors for each row (and add a third colour in the second last row of dc’s if you’d like).  For the hat with the second color along the rim, change the color in your last row of dc’s and then keep that color for step 8. I really like having at least 2 colors in the hat design, it just makes it a little more exciting to look at and you can have fun coming up with contrasting colors.

To add the single woven thread through the hat, thread your tapestry needle with a piece of yarn about 24″ long. Starting at the back seam of the hat, weave in the yarn and tie in with a knot and then weave in and out of each stitch around one row. See photo below for exactly where you put your needle through to get the same design I’ve done. When you’re done the row fasten off and weave in any ends.

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Crochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie, Crochet Infinity Scarf

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Thanks for reading!

~ Jamey

Basic Crochet Hat Pattern - Perfect for donating to hospitals.

Basic Crochet Hat Pattern – Perfect for donating to maternity and neonatal intensive care units.

Update: Here’s the pile of hats that Noelle and I took to the hospital on New Year’s day… what a positive way to start off a new year.

Hat donations

Hat donations

 

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Crochet Infinity Scarf

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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’ve 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 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 Fingerless GlovesDone In A Day Baby BlanketEasy Crochet Can CozyTulip Textured Crochet Dishcloth, Colorful Solid Granny Square Dishcloth, Crochet Beach BagOutland CowlCaps for a CauseCrochet Infinity ScarfCrochet Cat BedCrochet iPhone CaseEasy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

Thanks for reading!

~ Jamey

 Whip up this beautiful and easy to crochet infinity scarf in a day or two. This crocheted infinity scarf is a great pattern for beginners too.
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