Pet Bandana – 3 ways!
Baby Hexagons One a Day
2015 is baby hexagons! It’s a great way to use up your wool / yarn stash and they take minutes to make!! Perfect for beginners. Just one a day fir this lovely year of crochet.
Here’s the pattern.
You can use any weight wool / yarn with the right sized hook.
Ch4 and join with a sl St to make a ring.
Rnd 1. Ch3 (counts as a tr) 17tr into ring. Join with a sl St to 3rd ch of 3ch. (18tr)
Rnd 2. Sl St between the posts of the tr directly next to the sl St you’ve just made and the next tr in rnd 1. 2ch (counts as a htr). 1tr,1ch, 1tr, 1htr all into same place.
* miss 3 tr from rnd 1. 1ch, 1htr,1tr,1ch,1tr, 1htr in same place. Rep from * around. Join with sl St to 2nd ch of 2 ch. (6clusters)
Fasten off. Sew in ends.
For the rest of the baby hexagons make rnd 1. In rnd 2 use the 1ch between the 2 tr as a 1ch join to jaygo or join as you go!! ALSO you can use the 1ch between the htr’s as a ch join – so you are making an extra join along that edge – it’s up to you!!
Alternatively join together this time next year!! (Not the method I’m going to use!!!).
I apologise if there are any errors. Please feel free to let me know and errata will be added or if you have any questions please ask away.
Please note that although the idea is to make one baby hexagon a day, they are terribly addictive so you may find yourself making more than one!!
Easy Crochet Cable Headbands
You can use Chunky & a 6 or 6.5mm hook or Aran and a 5 or 5.5mm hook. As you are working across the width, tension is not important as you will stop working once the band is long enough to go around your head.
Pattern notes: 2ch at the beginning of every row counts as a treble.
START: 14ch, 1tr in 4th ch from hook. 1tr in each ch to end. (12st)
Row 1. 2ch, 1tr in next 2st. fptr in next 6st. 1tr in last 3 st. Turn
Row 2. 2ch, 1tr in next 2st. bptr in next 6st. 1tr in last 3 st. Turn
Row 3. 2ch, 1tr in next 2st. skip the next 3st. fptr in the next 3 st, fptr in the skipped 3st. 1tr in last 3 st. Turn
So in Row 3 you have 12 st all together. St 1 has the turning chain in it. Stitches 2 and 3 have trebles. Then you skip 4,5 & 6 and work fptr into 7, 8 & 9. You then go back to the skipped stitches & starting with 4, then 5 & 6, put a fptr into these stitches to the “cross over” of the cabling. Finally, 1 tr in the last 3 st. Turn
Row 4. 2ch, 1tr in next 2 st. bptr in next 6 st, 1tr in last 3 st. Turn.
This could confuse you if you haven’t cable crocheted before. When you start the bptr you work into the last 3 fptr that you made, in this case (and sticking with the system in the last green paragraph) stitches 3, 2 & 1 You then have to hunt underneath these stitches for 6, 5 & 4 in that sequence. Finally, 1tr in last 3 st & turn.
Now you repeat as follows:
Rows: 1, 2, 3 & 4 until the band is long enough to go around your head or the head of the person you are making it for.
Join by sl st across the width of the band but do not fasten off.
1ch, rdc (reverse double crochet) around the edge of that side, then fasten off & rdc around the edge of the other side!
Hey Presto – a lovely cable crochet headband!
Triangle A Day Blanket
This is the 2014 “Triangle” a Day blanket & it’s great that you want to join in!
This is the ideal way to use up your wool / yarn stash OR give yourself an excuse to buy more!
Don’t worry, if you can’t make one a day, make one when you can, make one every other day or make one a week! You can always catch up if you miss a day or make extra before you go away etc. It’s up to you – do it your way!
You can choose to make a stack of triangles and join them as you like, with your preferred joining method
you can join as you go as I will be doing.
The patterns for the triangle & the join as you go method are below.
You can make these triangles with any wool / yarn that you have e.g. double knit or chunky and the corresponding hook to that wool weight.
This is a small sketch of how my blanket will look – with triangular edges, however I haven’t worked out the amount of triangle that will be needed, although I know that my Square a Day Blanket 2013 was 19 x 19 so I will work “square” for a while & keep you posted!
(If there are any mathematicians out there then please feel free to work it all out & let us all know!)
Here we go….
To start Ch4, join with a slip stitch to the 1st chain to make a ring
Row 1 Ch4, 3tr, 3ch, 3tr, 1ch, 1tr, into the ring.(keep the tail end to left if you are right handed & to the right if you are left handed , so that you work over the top of it to “darn” it in as you go. Turn
Row 2 Ch4(counts as 1tr 1ch), 3tr into 1ch space, 1ch, [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] into 3 ch space (the “peak” of the triangle), 1ch, 3tr into next 1 ch space, 1ch, 1 tr into the same space. Turn
Row 3 Repeat Row 3, adding 1ch 3tr 1ch along each edge (as you would with a granny square)
Row 4 Repeat Row 3
Joining as you go
If you decide to Join as you Go, then you simply need to replace the 1ch with a 1ch join to the 1ch space of the triangle that you want to join it too!
Make a triangle – the 1st one as per the pattern above. When you start the 2nd one, make your triangle as “normal” however when you get to the 4th row, join with a 1ch join instead of making a 1 chain space. To make a 1ch join, insert your hook into the 1ch space of the opposite triangle, WOH, pull through to front of the piece & complete the 1ch by taking the wool through the loop on the hook.
If you need more information on the Join As you Go or JAYgo method, there is a great chapter in my book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crochet-Beginners-who-want-Improve/dp/1484875117 or a video tutorial is available on my Online Crochet Course 3 https://coursecraft.net/courses/z9Ndv
Joining back to back – From the start:
4ch, join with a slip st to form a ring . 1ch join to the centre ring of the triangle opposite. 3ch, 1ch join to triangle opposite.
3tr into ring, 3ch, 3tr into ring, 1ch, 1ch join to triangle opposite. TURN.
3ch, 1ch join, 1ch,
3tr into 1ch space
1ch, [3tr, 3ch,3tr]into 3ch space, 1ch.
3tr in 1ch space, 1ch, 1ch join to opposite triangle, TURN.
3ch, 1ch join……
Do you get the idea?
When you get to the very end of the 4th row, instead of 3tr, 1ch, 1tr, simply make the 1ch & join with a sl st to the opposite triangle to finish. Fasten off & sew in ends.