Just Crochet/Craft Idea's: It's been a very long time since I have posted anything to my Blog. Due to family and life in general, I got a little detoured. I will try to get time to type up some new entries. I have created a lot of items, gave them away and did not take pictures or type them up. We lost both of our boys this year. Jiggy in March and Stubby in July. We have a new friend her name is MayBee (due to the fact that we weren't quite sure about keeping her). She's 4 years old and full of energy. I make her Kitty Strings with yarn, it was such a hit, I donated some to the local animal shelter. I'll try to put them on the Blog next week. As usual, if you have questions about crafting or crochet, I will answer them under the post where you leave the comment. Thanks for stopping by. Birdie

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Flower Choker, Tee Band, Bracelet and Earrings

I created this project for a new tropical outfit that I bought for a club function. It's fairly simple and cute. You could make a bunch of these and sell them at the Flea Market or on your web site. The pattern is free to copy, please don't sell the pattern. The Choker, Bracelet and Earrings speak for themselves, but, what is a Tee Band? It's a bracelet you wear over your tee shirt sleeve! You could also measure your leg circumference and make one to fit your thigh  to wear over your jeans Call that one (Jeans Band). Teen's like this idea, so I hope you enjoy it!

Tropical Flower Choker, and/or Tee Shirt Band, Bracelet and Earrings
By Berta Gilholm

Any Sock Yarn size #1 – fine, 50g/1.75 oz.: 1 skein each of Aqua, Lime, and Navy (used approx. ¼ or less of a skein, so enough leftovers for project will do.
Crochet Hook: 2.75mm [US C-2].
Split stitch markers, yarn needle, tiny button (to match colors), earring posts.
Gauge: 13 sts = 2” in sc, 4 rows = ¾ ” in sc. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
Size: Choker = 14 ½ /15” x ¾”, Tee Shirt Band = 13 ½ /14” x ¾”, Bracelet = 6 ½ /7” x ¾”, Flower approximately ¾ to 1”.
Abbreviations and Stitches: Chain = ch, Slip stitch = slst, Single Crochet = sc, Half Double Crochet = hdc,
Note: Instructions given for Choker (Tee Shirt Band/ Bracelet in parenthesis) for Earrings make only the flower.
Pattern Instructions:
Ch 91 (81/36)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—90 (80/35) sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, ch 5, join to last sc in  bottom of row 1 with a slst this makes a button closure, Fasten off Aqua, weave in turn,
Row 3: Join navy in last aqua sc, (weave in tail as you work), Ch 1, sc in each sc across, Fasten off Navy, turn,
Row 4: Join aqua, (weave in both color tails as you work), Ch 1, sc in each sc across, Fasten off,  weave in tail.
Flower for Choker, Tee Shirt Band, Bracelet and Earrings (make 1 for bands and 2 for earrings):
With Navy ch 2, slst in 2nd ch from hook, (small Ring made)
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in ring, join with slst to first sc, work in rounds, fasten off navy, weave in tail, join lime in first sc with slst,
If needed place a marker in first st for beg of rnd, move marker up as you work.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc, join with slst to first sc, join to first sc with slst (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, *2 hdc in next sc, (2 hdc, sl st) in next sc, repeat from * around, (5 flower petals), join to first sc with a slst,  Fasten off and weave in ends.
Center of Flower:
Leaving a 4” to 5” tail (for earrings 3” and weave in) for the rest carry this tail loosely in back of flower,  join Aqua to one of the front posts of a sc in (round 1/navy), ch 2, skip 1 sc, sc in front post of next sc, ch 1, sc in front post of next sc, ch 1, sc in front post of  last sc, join to first sc of that rnd., Fasten off leaving 5” tail (for earrings leave 3” tail, fasten off and weave in ends), For bands, weave tail through front of work to back in center of flower. For Choker/Tee Band and Bracelet: Attach flower with yarn needle, sew each tail through the center of the band securely, tie the 2 tails in a knot behind band. Chain stitch the tails behind band until you run out of yarn, let hang loosely down behind and below band. Sew the button on the opposite end of band from button closure, weave in all ends.
For Earrings:  Slip a long-post earring that has a medium pearl,  bead, etc. through center of each  flower earring to wear.

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