My work week has begun and it's been very slow. I suppose most of our customers are still enjoying whats left of the holiday. My hook and yarn have kept my idle hands busy. If I could take my sewing machine to work with me I would but I fear the noise would bother my co-workers. Crocheting, however, is quiet and portable. It's also easy to hide in a desk drawer when a customer (or boss) walks up.
I've admired the many wrists cuffs I've seen around blogland and came up with my own crocheted version using the bobble stitch. Of course, I learned the bobble stitch from what has now become my crochet Bible Crochet Adorned.
I "adorned" my cuff with a pretty wooden button. I have become quite obsessed with wooden buttons since I made this pin cushion. You will no doubt see more wooden buttons in the future.
I also made sure to write down the pattern to share here. If you have trouble understanding any parts of it please let me know.
Yarn- wool-ease ww/ Hook size - H/8 5.00 mm
Bobble stitch - Make 4 half-complete double crochets into the same stitch, leaving the last loop of each stitch on the hook. Yarn over and draw a loop through all 5 loops on the hook.
row 1 - ch 3 (count as first hdc) in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across, turn
row 2 - ch 1, dc in next 2 hdc, *bobble in next hdc, sc in next 3 hdc, repeat from * across ending with sc in last 2 hdc, turn
row 3 - ch 1, sc in each st across, turn
row 4 - ch 1, sc in first 4 sc, *bobble in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, repeat from * across ending with 4 sc, turn
row 5 - ch 1, sc in each st across, turn
row 6 - repeat row 4
row 7 - ch 1, hdc in each sc across, fasten off and weave in ends
sc around entire cuff and fasten off and weave in ends
place button on one end of cuff and sew on
make the button loop by chaining 5 to 6 chains and slip stitch them into the middle sc of the opposite end
Your finished piece should look somewhat this.
Now slip the cuff onto your favored wrist (mine is the left one) and wear with pride. No one but you will ever know you made it while you were actually suppose to be working.
I even managed to make a few more for my girls during my slow work day. These are smaller than the bobble cuff and instead of making a button loop I skipped a stitch to make a button hole. I don't know the name of the stitch I used but it alternated between a single crochet and a double crochet. I also used a much cuter button.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.We sure did. There was plenty of time spent with family, good food, and thoughtful gifts. My heart and belly are both very full.
And now we are enjoying the best part :: after. After the festivities and after the mad rush. After is the part I enjoy most. We had a gloriously long weekend to just be together with nowhere to go and nothing to do but play with the new Christmas toys.
Carlee received a new pair of roller skates. Although she has never skated in a real pair of skates, she didn't let that deter her. She insisted on wearing those skates all week and endured many falls and bruises. Oh my, the persistence in this girl! She now glides around the house like a pro.
For Sarah, my artist, there were many craft projects and art supplies. Nothing makes her happier than painting and drawing all day long. Truly a girl after my own heart.
And for my gamer/ classic rock lover, a gift that he never expected. Jake loves all electronic gadgets, but this one was at the top of his list. He was crazy excited to get this and it barely left his hands.
I received the best gift of all :: watching, relishing, and partaking in another wonderful holiday.
No doubt you've seen soft trees around blogland already. They've been popular for several years now and for good reason. They are simple to make and no matter how you choose to finish them, the results are always whimsical and sweet.
You can find the pattern here. And for more inspiration, check out the Flickr group dedicated to soft trees.