Crocheted Bin “Explanation”

Thank you for all of the wonderful compliments on my crocheted bin!
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I called this an explanation, because, unfortunately, this is not a pattern.
I wish I had the exact pattern, but I just made it as I went along.
What I can tell you, is the basic idea of what I did:

I started with a magic ring.
After the ring, the whole thing was double crocheted.
For the next several rows I increased every other stitch until it looked flat enough (there was some shaping involved with my hands when it started to get curvy).
When it seemed flat, I increased every 3 stitches for a couple of rows, then every 5,  then 7 etc. until I got it to the right size, while keeping it flat.
To make the sides I just kept  crocheting around without increasing. It naturally formed the right shape when I stopped increasing, but it took a couple of rows to look like it was working.
I kept doing that all the way up, then finished and hid the tails.
Again, there was some manipulation and shaping with throughout the process. The sides also got a little wavy, and I needed to stretch and shape occasionally.

It was actually pretty simple. I didn’t use the best yarn, so this particular bin was more difficult than it should have been, but with the right yarn and hook it should be pretty easy.

I would suggest a bulkier yarn, and a medium to smaller hook to keep it tight (depending on what you want to put in your bin).

If you are a “stick to the pattern” type of person, I apologize. I’m not very good at sticking to patterns or, consequently, making patterns.

Please feel free to leave any questions you have in the comments.

I hope this is at least somewhat helpful!

Crocheted Storage Bin

You know how¬†necessity is the mother of invention? ¬†Well, my ¬†fiance and I moved in to our rental house and realized that it has very little storage. I didn’t realize how expensive¬†storage bins can be! One new basket or bin usually costs at least $15, and we need at least 15 to store everything.¬†Buying all of those at full price would be ridiculous, so we’ve been getting creative.

Since I learned how to start circle crocheting projects this week, I decided I’d try for a storage bin.

This one is¬†very small, it’s 5″ in diameter,¬†is¬†¬†and is approximately ¬†8″ tall, but it will be handy for something!

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I’m still thinking of adding little leather handles, and I will be starching it, so I guess it’s not completely done, but I was too excited about how it turned out to not share the photos!

My First Crocheted Hat!

Just a quick update.
I crocheted my very first hat… or really anything circular in crocheting. It is a slouchy beanie.
I would give you the pattern, but I genuinely don’t remember what I did. I will be trying to re-create it this week… so we’ll see!
It turned out pretty well for a first attempt/making it up as I went along.
The only thing I had to look up was how to start a circle. I looked it up on YouTube, and found some great tutorials.

Here is what I came up with (sorry for the webcam photo!):

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I’ve worn it almost every day since I made it (because I’m a dork like that), and it has only stretched a tiny bit. I’m pretty pleased with it.

Let me know what you think!

Scarves!

Hey, so just a quick post. Here are a couple of scarves I made. One of them I made for my fiance, and actually started it about 2 1/2 years ago, but was in school and busy… and maybe perhaps forgot… a little. The point is, it’s done. It is crocheted, and my¬†stitches are very very tight, so it’s actually 30 stitches across (single stitched), but it looks smaller. It ended up being 73″ long, which is awesome. I love long scarves. I didn’t make Tommy model his scarf for you, so it’s on me. It does fit him though, and he loves. it.
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The second scarf I just threw together in like 3 minutes… Maybe 5. ¬†It is an infinity scarf, and I really loved this fabric, so I made something I thought I would wear on a regular basis. I also like that it has the look to be worn everyday or pair with a cute steampunk outfit. I literally just cut it in half and sewed the edges together. I didn’t even hem it, because the edges curled up nicely, and I like the look of the raw edge.
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Hope you like them. ūüôā
I have arm warmers in the making, so if I ever decide on a pattern that I like, I may actually finish a pair (I have 2 singles so far… we’ll see!).