Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Quick Crochet Gift Idea!




I just realized haven't ever mentioned the Dreaming of Spring Bracelet pattern. I designed it way back when, before I ever thought I would have a crochet blog. It has generously been offered as a free pattern by Potter Craft Publishing. It is a fun project you can crochet in a short time, with a small amount of yarn or pearl cotton thread. I have given several as gifts to young girls as well as women. For the original version, I used a light sport weight yarn that I bought in Kuwait. For the book sample, they wanted a yarn that was available in the USA and Canada, so I went searching for a substitution. Unfortunately at that time, I couldn't find any variegated yarns in the right weight. So I ended up using 2 strands of DMC Pearl Cotton 8. I made the flower on the bracelet on the left with one strand of black and one strand of off white. I made the flower on the other bracelet with 2 strands of the same variegated thread. 

This is a version I made for my daughter when she was a newborn. I used only one strand of pearl cotton for the wristband and a soft fingering weight yarn for the flower. I also shortened the length of the wrist band. I only wish I had thought to take a photo of her wearing it. She is 6 now and I can't believe she was ever that tiny!



The two photos below, are of the samples I made to submit to the book. It originally had beads on the wristband, but the final samples were simplified for young beginning crocheters. The center of the flowers can be embellished with a single bead, or a cluster of beads, or beads and sequins.



So if you are in need of a gift, you can whip this up in no time with a little yarn from your stash!

2 comments:

  1. Oh I wish I had seen this sooner! I think my daughter and neighbor girl would LOVE something like this.

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  2. Sorry Cris! Hopefully you will have time to make them for another occasion! :-)

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