Oh my stars! Ninety-three of you said you wanted to play with me. I feel like a rock star, or at least like a kid with bag of candy on the playground. LOL!
Let's get started. Today's the day. The first day of the first week of On The Edge...(insert trumpet fanfare)
This week's task: Gather Supplies
Difficulty Level: 1 Dove Chocolate
- 1 bag of Dove Chocolates
- Basic Sewing Supplies (pins, scissors or rotary cutter, sewing machine, iron, thread, etc.)
- 1 1/8 yard of cotton quilt-weight fabric (I will be using two different fabrics. See the fabric requirements for two different prints in the considerations below.)
- Yarn (Weight 3/Light or Baby)
- Crochet Hook (size US f5/3.75mm)
- Yarn Darning Needle (I have a size 15 needle)
- Water Soluble Marking Pen
That's it. See? Easy. Only one chocolate needed.
Some things to consider:
If you choose to use two fabrics on your pillowcase, you will need 1 yard of focus fabric and 1 1/8 yard of the coordinating fabric. The downside to using two fabrics...you have to buy nearly twice as much fabric. The upside...you have enough fabric to make two pillowcases.
If your yarn selection is limited, choose your yarn first and match it to a fabric. This will keep you from turning this task into a 2 chocolate job. If you have a spanky yarn store in your town like Loopy, you can select either yarn or fabric first. (Click the Loopy link. I'll wait. It's positively YUMMY.)
The fiber content of the yarn can be of your choosing. I like cotton and cotton/bamboo blends. I have been careful to select yarn that can be washed in the washing machine. I don't want to have to hand wash my pillowcase.
Crochet stitches you will need to know for this project are chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet. If you are new to crochet, I highly recommend Linda Perman's book, Crochet Adorned. I saw some copies at JoAnn this weekend. They were 40% off. Linda's explanations and illustrations are the bomb. She also has great crochet patterns and projects. The book isn't necessary, just nice. Don't forget to play with your yarn and crochet stitches this week if you are new to crochet or need to brush up on your skills.
On the chocolate front...light or dark, filled or solid, nuts or not...it makes no difference. I choose dark chocolate because no one else at my house likes it. Is that wrong?
Tip of the week:
On our pillowcase, we don't have to stitch into a foundation chain. However, if you are practicing this week, you will be using a foundation chain. It is sometimes a little tricky to insert your hook in the foundation chain. In Crochet Adorned, Linda suggests turning your chain over and stitching into the underside loops (referred to as "bumps" on my photo) on the back of the chain. This worked like a charm for me. Go ahead. Try it.
Chain about 40 stitches.
Flip it over to the backside and single crochet into the underside loop of each chain you made skipping the first stitch next to your hook. Single crochet into the "bump" of each foundation stitch across the row. Chain one (called a turning chain).
Turn your work (flip it horizontally so your crochet hook is on the right-hand side again). Skip the turning chain and single crochet across the row again. This time you will insert your hook under the V's of the single crochets you've already stitched. At the end of the row, chain two (turning chain for double crochet).
Turn your work. Double crochet across the row beginning in the first single crochet.
Look at you go. Stop for a chocolate, girlfriend, then carry on!
Until next Monday,
New to crochet? Check out this link on how to hold your hook.