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In yesterday’s post I said I made a gift bag…and something was inside!

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Well…the bag contained a hat and a pair of booties!  They are for a little guy who was is only a few weeks old.

By the time cold weather rolls around he should be able to wear them!

The hat is made using a variation on a basic hat pattern.

Some hat patterns call for a rectangle that is joined at a seam to form a tube.  From there a piece of yarn runs through the top edge and is pulled tight like a drawstring. Turn it inside out and weave in all the edges – and there you have it!

I varied this basic pattern.In_the_bag3_033012

I used basic ribbing in half-double crochet to form a rectangle. (Half-double in the back loop only.)

Once I folded the rectangle in half and made the seam, I made a row of single crochet around the top, decreasing (single crochet two together) every six stiches.  (Yes, count the stiches first!)

The next row was decreased every five stiches.  The next row was decreased every four stiches.

The reason for doing this is to have less bulk when you finally do insert a drawstring and pull it closed!In_the_bag2_033012

The little mukluks are a favorite pattern.  I’ve made many pair of these.  I love to watch the little booties take shape!  Once you’re done they look like they’re going to march away!

The pattern is from Bernat.

The pattern is free but you may need to register on the web site to see it – http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=4185&cps=21191

I had a lot of fun setting up the past two posts…I think I may do this every so often.

Stay tuned for more crocheting including more of “What’s in the Bag?”

Happy Crocheting!

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I am finally participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post!  This week’s theme is Design.  Rather than posting from my main blog, Comments from Cathy, it seemed to fit the theme better if I posted from my crochet blog!

After all my Christmas crocheting my stash consisted of numerous small balls of yarn. I decided to use up as much as I could by making a laptop case for my new mini.

This design is my own. I hope you like it!  I’ve been known to make a variety of bags for different occasions.  This was is a bit different from the others because of the striping pattern and the variety of colors.

Here are the front and the back…

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The opening and the tie/closure.

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Here’s a close-up of the opening as the fabric is doubled.

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As far as the stripes…there’s a pattern that’s said to be pleasant to the eye.  It occurs in nature and is called the Fibonacci sequence.  Since I had varying lengths of yarn in my stash this seemed to be a natural choice!

The striping pattern is 1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13, then decreasing (from 13 ) – 8 – 5- 3 – 2 – 1 – 1.

For the Math aficionados, add the preceding row to get the next result:

0 + 1 = 1

1 + 1 = 2

2 + 1 + 3

3 + 2 = 5 etc.

Because of the size of the case I stopped at 13 rows as far as the sequence. You can see this on the back side.

The last photo shows the case in action as I was in getting ready to use the netbook at the airport!

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If you’d like to know more about the Fibonacci sequences see Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number.

Happy Crocheting!

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What better way to show off my fingerless gloves than with a song featuring my pal Taylor!

These gloves are made of a soft wool and cashmere blend, finer than other yarns I’m generally used to using.  The little skein felt so wonderful in my hands that I decided the finished items should cradle my hands as well!

Made in the round, there are multiple rows of single, then double and finally half double crochet.  For those of you who crochet or knit, the general shape may look like similar to a sock without the heel and toe.

Fun to make, fun to wear, and as shown in the pictures they allow lots of movement!

Yes, the picture below is the same one from my main blog, Comments from Cathy.  Please take a moment to visit!

http://wp.me/p1OXNv-4t

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A word about patterns…the patterns that I’ve used in this post and the previous one are from my own little head.  I’m saying this because I want to be sure and give appropriate credit if I follow a pattern.  Happy crocheting!