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Practice Projects

Crochet Flower

Crochet Flower

We will start practicing crochet by creating this cute crocheted flower. You will put all your recently-learned skills into practice here.

You can then use the flower as an embellishment for the coffee cozy (below) or anything else you desire.

Grab some bulky yarn and a size H-8 (5 mm) hook, or whatever size you have handy. This is just practice, after all. Watch the video and follow the pattern below to learn how to create a crocheted flower.


Crochet Flower Instructions:

Materials:
1 yard bulky yarn
1 size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook.

Flower Center:
MR (Magic Ring). CH 1, SC 11, sl st to join in first SC st.

Petals:
In 1st stitch, CH 1, SC 1, HDC 1, DC 1, HDC 1, SC 1. *Sl st in next SC. In next stitch, CH 1, SC 1, HDC 1, DC 1, HDC 1, SC 1, repeat from * until five petals have been worked ending with a sl st. Finish off. Use tails to sew flower where desired.

Great work! Now we’ll learn how to create stripes in the round on a coffee cozy you can make with leftover scraps of bulky yarn.


Coffee Cozy

Coffee Cozy

This cute coffee cozy is a great way to practice crocheting in the round, making stripes, and sandwiching your yarn.

You’ll also practice making a simple border on both sides of your project.

The Ravelry page for this project can be found here, although the pattern is no longer available online (only here in this class!).


Coffee Cozy Instructions:

Loosely ch 20. Join in round with sl st in first ch.
Round 1: Ch 2 (turning chain), HDC in each ch – 20 HDC. On last yarnover of last HDC, use new color. Continuing with new color, join with slip stitch in first HDC.
Repeat round 1 for five more rounds changing color on the last yarnover of the last HDC of each round. If desired, sandwich tail yarns in the first 6-8 HDCs of each round. End off. 6 rounds total of HDC.

Border:
Join yarn, ch 1. SC around both the top and bottom edge of cozy (working through the bottom loop of the initial base chain). End off. Cut sandwiched yarn tails. Weave in remaining tails with a tapestry needle.


Granny Square

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It’s time to learn the famous granny square! Grannies are clever people, and this little square is a great way to build things out of crochet.

The granny square combines several of the easy stitches you’ve just learned and puts them together into a basic 3-round pattern. You can repeat the last round to make a bigger and bigger square.


Granny Square Instructions:

Ch 4. Sl st into the 1st st to join the circle and form a ring. You can also substitute this step with a Magic Ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (turning chain), 2 dc into ring, ch 2 (1st corner), 3 dc into ring, ch 2 (2nd corner), 3 dc into ring, ch 2 (3rd corner), 3 dc into ring, ch 2 (4th corner). Sl st into top of turning chain.
At this point it is smart to begin to work from the chart. It is easier than reading the directions.

Round 2: Sl st across next 2 dc until you reach the 1st corner ch-2 spaces. Sl st into corner space. Ch 3 (turning chain, counts as 1st st). 2 dc into corner space, ch 2, 3 dc in same space, ch 1. In the second corner, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1. Repeat for next two corners. Sl st into top of turning chain to join.

Rounds 3 and up: Sl st across next 2 dc until you reach the 1st corner ch-2 spaces. Sl st into corner space. Ch 3 (turning chain, counts as 1st st). 2 dc into corner space, ch 2, 3 dc in same space, ch 1. Side spaces: Into each next space that is not a corner space, 3 dc, ch 1. Corner: Into next corner space, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1. Repeat for all side spaces and corners. Fasten off.

Excited about granny squares? Here are three sites with long lists of free granny square patterns for you to go wild with:

Great work! You are ready to put your skills together on a real project – a bulky striped crocheted hat.


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