March is National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). I’m happy to be part of Crochetville’s NatCroMo Designer Blog Tour. Each day in March they’ll be profiling two crochet designers with links to their blogs. Thanks to Amy and Donna for including me in the tour.
I designed a quick little project to celebrate NatCroMo using 2 octagon motifs. These take a small amount of yarn so they’d be a perfect use for your leftovers. I made mine with worsted weight yarn, Cascade 220, but you could use pretty much any worsted or aran weight yarn. I used about 20 grams of yarn total (about 44 yds. or 40.2 meters). Finished size is 5″ across from point to point.
Octagon Flower motif
I used 4 colors of Cascade 220 and a size 7 (4.5 mm) hook.
This motif is worked in the round. Do not turn after each round.
Abbreviations (U.S. Terminology used)
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
sl st = slip stitch
y.o. = yarn over
tr2tog = treble crochet 2 together
Two steps to make a tr2tog:
1) Y.O. twice, insert hook into sc, y.o. and pull up a loop, (y.o. and pull through 2 loops) twice, 2 loops on hook.
2) Y.O. twice, insert hook into same sc, y.o. and pull up a loop, 5 lps on hook, (y.o. and pull through 2 loops) twice, y.o. and pull through 3 loops, 1 loop left on hook. tr2tog made.
Octagon Motif, make 2 for small purse.
Round 1: With color A Ch 2, make 8 sc in 1st ch made. Sl st to first sc to join. (8 sc)
Round 2: Ch 1, make 2 sc in each sc around. Sl st join with color B. (insert hook into 1st sc made, y.o. with color B and pull through all loops on hook, sl st made). Cut color A leaving a 6” tail. (16 sc)
Round 3: With color B ch 3, tr in same st as sl st, ch 3, sc in next sc, (ch 3, tr2tog in next sc, ch 3, sc in next sc) 7 times. Ch 3, sl st join with color C in top of ch 3, cut color B leaving 6” tail.
Round 4: With color C, ch 1, sc in tr, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, (sc in tr2tog, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2) 7 times, Sl st join with color A in first sc, cut color C leaving 6” tail.
Round 5: With color A, ch 1 beginning with first sc, [sc in sc, sc in ch 2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in dc, sc in ch 2 sp] 8 times. sl st join with color D in first sc, cut color A leaving 6” tail.
Round 6: With color D, ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sc, *(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch 2 sp, dc in the sc immediately after the ch sp , dc in each of next 4 sc.
(Note: be careful not to miss the 1st sc that is right after the ch 2 sp).
repeat from * 6 more times, then (dc, ch 2, dc) in last ch 2 sp, Dc in each of last 2 sc, join with a sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.
Weave in ends giving each end a gentle tug to snug up any loose stitches.
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To make purse:
Place two motifs together with right sides facing out. Pin together leaving two sides of the octagon open. Whip stitch the two motifs together at the sides, joining outside loops from a stitch from each motif. Sew 6 sides leaving 2 sides open.
Find a button that will fit through the hole in the point of the motif. Use sewing thread to sew the button to the back motif so that it will go through the front motif.
Here’s a photo showing the top opening of the bag with the button sewn to the back motif.
If you’d like to add a strap it would be easy to sew one to the corners where the purse opens. I’d suggest holding two or more strands of yarn together and making a long chain. Another possibility would be to use a pretty ribbon for a strap.
Next month I will be teaching beginning Tunisian crochet and Tunisian crochet in the round (with double ended Tunisian hook) at YarnCon in Chicago IL. That’s Sunday April 19, 2015. If you are in town be sure to check it out. It’s a great little Indie Fiber Fair and I always have fun browsing the vendor tables there. Sending a shout out to my friends at Sun Valley Fibers, and Fleur de Fiber, looking forward to seeing you at YarnCon.
Here’s a sneak peek at the Tunisian crochet phone cozy we’ll be making at YarnCon.