Every year I get so caught up in holiday crafting for family that I run out of time to do those things I’d really love for the people who’d most appreciate it – “my girls” – my fellow knitters/crocheters/seamstresses that I hang with – on Ravelry, as blog pals, at Knit night! These are the people who oooh and ahhh over most everything I make all year long….who are as excited as I am with a clever new idea, the latest pattern that went viral, or a yummy skein. My girls deserve some knitterly/hooky/stitched up love, for sure! I’m collecting some cute little gift ideas just for them.
Project #1: Crocheted Needle Rolls
I’ve always admired the Catherine’s Wheel crochet stitch pattern, so when I spied the Sao Paolo Purse, a free pattern from Naturally Caron, I was inspired to get out my odds and ends of leftover cotton and try it out. I followed the basic pattern, stitching 12 rows of full wheels after the first row of half wheels. (25 rows total). At that point, I fastened off, folded the bottom 2/3rd of the way up and single crocheted it together at the sides, then added doubled ribbon ties on the scalloped side to tie it closed. Fill it with hooks, double pointed needles, tape measures and notions, then roll it up and tie a couple of jaunty little bows to hold them tight. Easy! Mine came out just the right size ,( 6.5″ tall by 8″ wide), with dk weight cotton and a size E (3.5mm) hook.
Don’t be afraid to pull out your scrap bag and use up those colorful odds and ends…this is the perfect scraptastic sort of project for it.
Maybe it’d be just the thing for one of your girls?