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Ideal Crochet Sphere (Mathematically!) with pattern. Whenever I have to crochet a sphere, I always pull out the tried and true method: increase by the same number of stitches each row for a little while, work the rows even for the middle bit, then decrease by the same number of stitches each row until you're finished.

Ideal Crochet Sphere (Mathematically!) with pattern

Once it's stuffed, this makes a decent sphere! Plus, it's a super easy pattern to remember. But it got me to thinking, how would I go about making an ideal sphere? After I got bored asking google, I threw a little bit of math at it. Turns out the the number of stitches in each row should scale with sin(theta), where theta is the polar angle. These are two spheres that I made this way: I included the pattern for the 2 spheres at the end of this post. I found it tricky to figure out how to squeeze a weird number of increases into a row where they in no way fit evenly, so let me know how these patterns work out for you if you try these! Also, math is fun! Yoyo Afghan Instructions / tutorial.

The tutorial has been removed from here and a link added where you can order it in book form.

Yoyo Afghan Instructions / tutorial

This is because I have contracted to do so with Annie's Attic. I hope this makes it easier for my readers that they can carry a pattern with them and carry that with them and not have to sit in front of their computer screen to work on this project. The book is still on Amazon and is called Learn to do Yo-yo crochet. Above link you have to be a member then look in the archives to find the free pattern. If you play with making a few blocks or an entire afghan or make other things with this technique, please post them on the group I made on flickr. Crochet Pattern: “Cup of Tea” Coffee Mug Cozy with Non-Slip Backing. 8.9K Flares8.9K Flares × This week’s challenge for Iron Craft was to make a coffee cozy.

Crochet Pattern: “Cup of Tea” Coffee Mug Cozy with Non-Slip Backing

What a perfect crochet project! I made mine to look like a cup of tea, with an applique-and-embroidery tag and string on the side. I also gave it a non-slip backing, so it won’t slide around precariously on my mug while keeping it warm. For this project I used worsted weight acrylic yarn from the bowels of my stash. To make the body of the cozy, make a chain that is about 9 1/2 inches long. To make the button flap: R1: Ch 6; turn and sc in each st across starting with 2nd ch from hook, turn, ch1. (5 st) R2-9: Sc in each st across, turn, ch1. R10: Sc in first sc; ch 2, sk next 3 st; sc in last sc of previous row, turn, ch 1. Zen Jacket. Flax & twine: World's Best Potholder.

I’ve been thinking a lot about things I used to make when I was young.

flax & twine: World's Best Potholder

I wanted to update some of those gifts to make them more modern and current. In particular, I kept thinking about the potholders my Grandmother taught me to make. Actually, they are the first thing I ever learned to make, so it seems apropos to have it be my first posted pattern. Let me tell you, these potholders rock! They are sturdy, washable and incredible at blocking out the heat from even the hottest of pots and pans.

Yarn Worsted Weight Yarn: 100% Cotton; Shown here: Lion Brand Yarn Lion Cotton (100% cotton; 236 yards [215 m]/142 g): #152 espresso Hook Size F/5 (3.75mm) Gauge 19 sc and 21 rows to 4″ (10cm) Notions Twine or embroidery thread, tapestry needle Instructions The crocheted fabric is doubled for the part that holds the pot and then there is another layer to protect the top of your hand (which I burn all the time if I don’t use these!) Main piece: To begin, using size F/5 (3.75mm) hook, Ch 32. Fasten off. Four Leaf Clover. Perfect Fit Hobo Bag. Peace Sign. By Rachel Choi – 33 Comments You can never spread enough peace!

Peace Sign

Crochet this peace sign and use it as a pin, magnet or applique. You can embellish hats, blankets, shirts or whatever you can thing of. Have fun crocheting peace! Finished Size: 2 3/4″ (7 cm) in diameter Gauge: Not that important for this pattern, you may adjust the hook size to obtain the desired finished size. Need help understanding the abbreviations? Crochet Pattern: Peace Sign Round 1: ch 13, tr in first ch made, (ch 3, tr in first ch made) 2 times, ch 7, sl st in sixth ch made at beginning of round Round 2: 14 sc in ch-7 space, 6 sc in next 2 ch-3 spaces, 14 sc in next ch-7 space, sl st in first sc made, finish off. Don’t understand chain spaces?