Striped phone cover

… with flowers!

Striped phone cover

This is a pretty old project of mine —  a phone cover made using leftover yarn from other projects. (After all, isn’t that what phone cover projects use — leftover yarn? Mine always have…)

For the body, I knit in the round for the required length, alternating blue and pink rows. At the top, I created holes by repeating *yo, k2tog*, then bound off in the next row. I then sewed up the bottom. For the pull cords, I made two 3-strand braids, each about four times the width of the cover. I looped the cords from opposite ends, weaving them between the yarn-over holes, and finally knotted together the ends of each cord.

The cover still seemed too plain, so I crocheted two flowers that I secured tightly on the cover. Ta da! ❤

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The Magic Ring and I

If you think there’s nothing really magical about the magic ring in crochet, you might want to think again. 😉 When I discovered it, it seemed nothing short of magic!

The magic ring, or magic circle, is a great technique to make the starting, or innermost, circle of in-the-round crochet projects. During my early days of crocheting, it used to be a constant source of disappointment when the “chain 4, join with slip stitch” method would always result in a great big hole at the center of the innermost circle, even with less than 4 initial stitches. Not that it’s bad — it works really well for certain patterns. But when you’re crocheting a hat, for example, you’d obviously not like the top of your hat to have hole at its center, would you? 🙂 Magic crochet to the rescue!

If you’d like to see how a magic ring is crocheted, check out this simple, but great, video tutorial by Crochet Geek. If you like to read instead, you might want to have a look at the equally great instructions by All Free Crochet.

After having rambled so much about not leaving a hole in the middle, I must admit I do leave a small hole at times even when using the magic ring. It depends on the project. Take for instance this ‘flower’ at the center of this piece;  I don’t think it would look as good if the center is fully closed up —

Flower center using magic circle

Flower center using magic circle

Also, you can control the size of the hole if you use the magic ring for this flower, and keep the size uniform if you’re crocheting multiple identical pieces. Would you agree?

So… When did you discover the magic ring, and did it change your in-the-round project beginnings? I’d very much like to know…

A crocheted keychain ornament

Crocheted Keychain Ornament

Crocheted Keychain Ornament

I didn’t work much on my cardigan project this past week since I was busy trying to figure out stuff for my new photo-blog, so I thought I’d write about a micro-project that I finished instead — a crocheted keychain ornament. I finally got my house key copy from my dad, so I thought of using some yarn left over from a recent project to make a keychain ornament. The result — a goth-style black flower! It wasn’t flowery in the beginning. In fact, it looked like a medallion (I forgot to click a picture of that) because I’d done chain stitches between the ‘petals’ of the flower, but then I didn’t like how it looked, unraveled that row, and made single crochets between the petals instead. Now, this looks much better.

Hope you, like me, think it’s cute! 🙂

And now that the photo-blog’s started, I can go back to knitting my cardigan in peace.