November 19, 2018

Hanging Baskets and a Great Lamp!

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In an effort to save water, money, energy, and my sanity (less to fold!), my school-age kids are expected to wear pajamas for two nights before washing. I decided my kids needed a little storage bag to help them to have a place to stash their pajamas between nights of wearing them. I am hoping that seeing the bag will remind them to stash their pajamas and not take them directly to the laundry basket. It's been a couple months now and so far, they have sometimes remembered and sometimes they've walked right past the baskets and totally forgot that they'd only worn the pajamas one night. Eh, it's a start, right?

I saw a cute pattern for a hanging basket on Pinterest and decided to check it out. Turns out, she had re-written the pattern into English from the original website, which was in Norwegian, using Google Translate. While I'm grateful for what she wrote out, hers turned out huge and then I modified it enough on my baskets that I wanted to save my notes here on my own blog. If you need any help with abbreviations, check here.

And I wanted to say that now that they days are getting shorter, it might be helpful to have a bright lamp handy! I've been trying out one from Brightech, a magnifier floor lamp. I (and my kids, sigh) love that it can be dimmed and switched on and off right at the lamp head. If you're in the market for a helpful lamp like this, check it out!

And now, here is my my version of the pattern!

Hanging Basket

Yarn: Bernat Maker home dec in two colors
Hooks: K/sz 10.5/6.5mm
Supplies: Stitch marker (or scrap piece of yarn), yarn needle

Crochet loosely, or try a size L hook if desired.

NOTE: Work will be started on "Wrong Side."
     At the end of each Rnd 1 - 12, place st marker to identify end of rnd.

With first color:
Ch 2.
Rnd 1 (WS): 5 sc in 2nd loop from hook, do not fasten off, place st marker. (5 sc)
Rnd 2 : 2 sc in each st around. (10 sc)
Rnd 3: 2 sc in each st around. (20 sc)
Rnd 4: (1 sc, 2 sc) repeat around. (30 sc)
Rnd 5: (1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc) repeat around. (40 sc)
Rnds 6-9: Sc in each st around. (40 sc)
Rnd 10: (1 sc, 2 sc) repeat around (60 sc)
Rnd 11: Sc in each st around. (60 sc)
Rnd 12: Sc in each st around, sl st to top of  first st of rnd. st marker is no longer needed (60 sc)
Rnd 13 (RS): TURN. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to top of first hdc. (60 hdc)
Rnd 14: Ch 2, in back lps only, hdc around, sl st to top of first hdc. (60 hdc)
Rnd 15: Ch 2, hdc in each st around (both lps), sl st to top of first hdc. (60 hdc)
Rnd 16: Ch 2, hdc in 15 sts, dc in 30 sts, hdc in 15 sts, sl st to top of first hdc. (15 hdc, 30 dc, 15 hdc)
Rnd 17: Ch 2, in back lps only, hdc in 15 sts, dc in 30 sts, hdc in 15 sts, sl st to top of first hdc. (15 hdc, 30 dc, 15 hdc)
Rnd 18: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to top of first sc. (60 sc)
Rnd 19: Ch 1, sc in 20 sts, sc2tog 10 times, sc in 20 sts, sl st to top of first sc. (50 sts)
Fasten off.
With second color:
Finishing Rnd (loop strap and edge): attach new color into last st of last Rnd. Ch 10, sl st into first st from last Rnd. Turn, ch 1, then sc along the 10-ch (loop made). You should be back at the sts of Rnd 19. Reverse sc along Rnd 19 sts, sl st to beg of rnd. Fasten off, leaving 10-inch tail.
Wind tail around base of loop and weave in loose ends.


 All done!

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