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If you have an extra doily hanging around that you don’t know what to do with, or if you feel like making one, but every surface your house, your relatives’ houses, and your friends’ houses are already covered with doilies that you have made, here’s an idea for another use. Just take the doily and insert it into an inexpensive wooden embroidery hoop (a plastic one that’s colored coordinated would work as well), tie a ribbon around the connector part, hang it up, and use it for storing and displaying your earrings. I find that it works best with the hook style earrings. They are easy to take on and off the holder. As always, feel free to ask me any questions about this project in the comments section.
And here’s another picture of Lola to enjoy.
Note: This Necklace is for women, not for cats! Lola was just my temporary model. I took it off her right after the picture was taken.
Small amount of crochet cotton (size 10)
Size 1 metal crochet hook
Small beads (I used 3.5 to 4 mm size faceted beads) Amount required depends on the size of the necklace (see below)
Beading or large eye sewing needle
bdc = Bead double crochet: Thread over, insert hook into stitch, pull thread through, thread over, pull through 2 loops, bring bead up close to hook, thread over, with bead between hook and thread, and pull through remaining 2 loops. In other words, do a normal double crochet, but add the bead before pulling through the last 2 loops. The beads are on the opposite side of the crochet work.
Determining size: The length of my finished choker was about 12 1/2″. This was obtained by starting with a beginning chain of 81. You can add on in multiples of 4 if you want to have more of the beaded patterns. Or you could add on any amount of chains if you just want to have plain single crochet stitches on the back of the necklace to make it the correct length. Please ask me any questions in the comments section.
First thread the beads onto the crochet cotton with the needle. If the beads are big enough, they can be threaded easily if you stiffen the end of the thread with white glue first. For my size, I used 54 beads. It’s a good idea to string extras on, just in case.
Ch 81, (not too tightly, now). Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end (80 sc), ch 1, turn.
Row 1: Sc in first 3 sc, *skip 1 sc, (1 bdc, 1 dc, 1bdc, 1 dc, 1bdc) in next sc, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc* , repeat from * to * for bead pattern stitch. (For my size choker, this pattern was repeated 18 times.) Sc in remaining 5 sc. (This is where you could make the choker longer if you didn’t want to add more bead pattern stitches.) Turn.
Row 2: Working along side of piece, 4 sl st along short edge. Ch 1, sc 5 in loops underneath beginning ch. *Ch 3, sc, sc*, repeat from * to * across. End with 3 sc . Ch 7 (or enough to fit around your chosen button) and slip stitch to sc on other end of short edge. Finish off.
Sew button with crochet cotton on end opposite loop. Weave in ends.
You might want to starch this lightly with a spray starch on the wrong side.
In this blog, I will post original patterns, some vintage patterns, and musings about life in the Copper Country of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Here’s the first pattern. I haven’t tested it lately, but will crochet it up soon, and post a picture.
Easy Ribbon Bookmark
Size 10 crochet cotton
Size 6 or 7 steel hook
Size 6 hook will make a slightly larger size
1/4″ ribbon (approx 14″ or length desired)
Row 1: Dc in 6th ch from hook (counts as 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc). Ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next ch across. (30 ch, 31 dc)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), turn, dc in each dc and ch 1 sp across, 2 dc in ch 6 sp (61 dc).
Row 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch), turn, *skip 1 dc, tr in next dc, ch 1. Repeat from * across, ending with last tr in ch 3 (31 tr, 30 ch1 sp).
Row 4: Ch 3, turn, dc in each ch sp and in each tr across, ending with 2 dc in ch 5 sp (61 dc).
Row 5: Ch 4 (counts and 1 dc and 1 ch), turn, *skip 1 dc, dc in next dc, ch 1. Repeat from * across.
Edging: Working around the outside of the bookmark, ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) over dc just made, (sc, ch 3 sc) along edge of bookmark over dcs and trs and between dcs along the long edges. On corners, work (sc, ch 3, sc) twice. Continue around ending with a sl st in first sc. Finish off. Weave in ends.
Block and stiffen as desired.
Weave ribbon through spaces made by tr stitches.