Crochet: Get Started with SC!

Single Crochet Projects

The single crochet stitch (SC) is one of the most basic stitches but there is no limit to what you can make. Believe it or not, all you need is a little practice, a touch of creativity, and a whole lot of imagination.

A good way to start is usually by making scarves (in my opinion). Since it is simple, and only requires knowing how to make a chain stitch and a single crochet (SC), it is really good for practice. Once you’ve mastered making a SC, you can do more variations.

To start, you mostly need two things.

HOOK: Various sizes. I began with a variety pack.

YARN:  Color of choice of course =)

(image credit: bonnieskozyknit.com)

I have two projects I am working on currently. One is a cowl scarf (absolutely love them because if you make one large enough, it becomes a hood too!), and the other is a mug cozy (requested by my sister).

Here are some past projects where I used the single crochet stitch.

Tissue Cover: I actually think this could double as a bag of sorts haha.

Cell Phone Sock: Buttons are one of my favorite things to add (and ribbons!).

Cup Sleeve: Going green!

Crochet Bracelet

I will be posting my own tutorial on the single crochet in the near future. But in the meantime, if you are curious or would like a head start, do a quick internet search. There’s a lot of great written tutorials and videos online. (Library is a good place too!)

Cheers Misc. Makers!

Make: Pocket Full of Stars

What’s a better way to say “I Love You” than a pocket full of stars.  Called either lucky stars or love stars, these little creations are very easy to make with very few supplies needed. Be careful not to crush them! They say you’ll be quite “UN-lucky” with love if you do! (=P)

Here’s how to do it in ten easy steps.

Supplies Needed:

1) Paper Ribbon

(Found in many asian craft stores, usually in round rolls. Thin colorful paper strips or origami paper are good alternatives).

2) Scissors

3) CLEAR Empty Jar or Container (Be creative!)

Optional: Stickers, ribbons, jewels, etc.

(Anything to decorate the jar, but these are so pretty on their own too!)

Method

(Sorry, it’s the science major in me hahah).

1) Cut the ribbon into strips 5-6inches in length.  (However many is your choice).

2) Take one end of the ribbon, and holding the design part on the outside, make a loop just as you would when tying a knot – Be sure to leave a small tail on the left end! (See Picture)

3) Tighten the knot just enough that you create a nice pentagon shape.

4) Fold over the left short end and then tuck into the pentagon. (The crease you made when you folded the left end should creates one of the edges of the pentagon!)

5) Flip the pentagon over so that the long end of the strip is face down and to the left of the pentagon. Then, fold the long end over the pentagon. (Use the edges as a guide. The folds should be diagonal to maintain the pentagon shape).

6) Following the shape of the pentagon, continue to fold the tail over each edge. The end result should be the pentagon with a now short tail.

7) Tuck in the short tail. NOTE: If the short tail only goes halfway or less across the pentagon, go back one step so that the tail is slightly longer. Measure across the pentagon, fold in the excess edge, and then tuck in.

8) Using your thumb and index, pinch any two adjacent edges together to start forming the points of the star. Then, pinch in all corners.

 

9) Fill stars into jar and decorate jar if desired!

10) Give to someone you love with a hug or a kiss! <3

 

 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Any questions, feel free to ask.

I would love to see pictures of your creations. Please send them my way!

Cheers Misc. Makers!