Saturday, May 28, 2016

Elfin Leaf Halter Top - Crochet Pattern Review - EarthTricks

I have been wanting to try some festival style tops so I went a searching on Etsy and decided to try this Elfin Leaf Halter Top from EarthTricks.

There are so many other fun designs from this shop, I definitely plan on stopping by for more patterns!

Materials I Used:
     - Almost a full 4 oz/200 yard skein of Lily Sugar n Cream in Yellow
     - 4.5mm Crochet Hook (larger than recommended in pattern)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle
     - Elfin Leaf Halter Top, Paid Crochet Pattern from EarthTricks

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Bernat's Handicrafter, Lion Brand's Kitchen Cotton, Peaches n Cream, Hobby Lobby's Crafters Secret Cotton

Time Spent:
     I had my top ready in just under two hours.

Measurements:
     One Size through C Cup. It fit me perfectly at a 35" bust, but if I were making for an A cup, I would drop down a hook size, because it didn't fit my mannequin too well. Hehe.
Finished Cup measured 7" Wide by 6.5" in Length.

My Gauge: 
     8 DC by 3 Rows = 2 1/8" x 1.75" 
*My gauge did not quite meet the gauge from the pattern, but top came out to fit fine.

Pattern Notes:
     Overall, I had a lot of fun working up this top and even learned a new technique. Pattern had a few errors and was a little fuzzy in following, but I had no issues working through it. This top was exactly what I was looking for, and I plan on working up a bunch more.

You could use the basic top and embellish in a variety of ways including adding a fringe along the bottom, working a different openwork pattern, or a color change to name a few. Though I don't think it needs it, you could also add a lining, or elastic.

I DO NOT recommend this top for use in the water - the cotton will absorb the water, the top will become heavy and lose it's shape.

The great thing about using Lily Sugar n Cream yarn for this top is the fact that it machine washes and dries well, it'll keep you cool in the hot weather, and it's very durable to withstand machine washes and wear-after-wear. I have a few projects made from it that I have machine washed and dried. I just threw them in with my regular clothes and they have come out just fine. I would suggest if machine washing this top to throw in a lingerie bag. 

I plan on working up some others colors to add to my etsy shop - link below. These will definitely be great for upcoming music festivals or just hanging out in the hot summer weather.


I found a few things in the pattern that I'd like to point out:

*I found a stitch count error that though brought to the designers attention, I want to bring to yours because I ended up having to take out my work and redo: After the first cup, chain 6, and after the second cup, chain 7 - then you will end up with the correct number of 61 stitches.

*After the last cup, I found myself working along the wrong side of the cup so I took out my stitches, fastened off my yarn and reattached it to the other side so I'd be working across the right side.

*Turning is throughout the whole piece, though not stated. Work it regularly.

*I have never worked the crocodile stitch before, so this was new to me. I felt uncomfortable working the slip stitch into the base of the double crochet because it sounded odd to me - and even almost caused me to put the piece down and work on something else. It's supposed to feel odd though. You are working the row of scales over top of the openwork you created with the upside-down v-stitches. Work your stitches loosely so the work underneath doesn't bunch up.

*Prior to working the finishing row, I started with the neck tie of the right cup as outlined below, once I worked the final slip stitch, I worked the finishing row, and once to the chain 2 space of the other cup, I worked my final neck tie in the same manner as the first. This saved in a little time from now having to fasten off and weave in so many ends.

*I worked my neck/back ties as chain 58 (55 measured 15"). DC into the 4th chain. Work 5 SC into the space created between the chain and the double crochet, and join to the first SC to create a little decorative bobble. Then I slip stitched down working into the back loop of each chain. to create a nice, clean edge and sturdy tie. For a C cup, I might suggest working a larger chain because the chain 58 made me consider adding more to mine.
With so many size, yarn type and color options, I would love to see them! Please share your photos on my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page, or our latest Yarn Fanatic Party Link Up!

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Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing an Elfin Leaf Halter Top?
     You can check out EyeLoveKnots on Etsy to see what I have available! Use the search box to type in what you have in mind, or feel free to send me a message with your custom request. I am happy to make in A-C 32-36 cup sizes in color of your choice. View color options here: Lily Sugar n Cream.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ether Top - Crochet Pattern Review - MermaidCatDesigns

After completing the Ceres Top and submitting my feedback, Stacey of MermaidCatDesigns reached out and asked if I'd be interested in testing out the pattern for this Ether Top and boy was I excited! This is such a beautiful top, and the finished piece is even more so and super comfortable. 

The use of lightweight yarn kind of intimidated me - not that it was scary, but I knew it'd take me a little while to complete. It ended up being very easy to work up and follow, and though it took me about 10 hours to finish, it didn't seem that long. I'm even thinking about the next yarn I am going to use in working a new top.

Materials:
     - Pattern suggests Sport Weight Yarn - I used a skein and a half of Baby Bee's Sweet Delight which is a #3 yarn in the Sage colorway.
     - 3.5mm Crochet Hook (as recommended)
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
     - Opt Stitch Marker for Sleeves
     - Ether Top, Paid Crochet Pattern from MermaidCatDesigns

Time Spent:
     I worked this top up in a few seatings for just over ten hours.

Measurements:
     Small, Medium & Large Sizes Available. I worked the Medium size and it fit perfectly - to fit a 35" bust, and measuring 14" in length from sleeve seam to bottom of motif.

My Gauge with 3.5mm Hook:
     19 HDC by 14 Rows = 3 7/8" x 4"

Pattern Notes:
     Overall, this was another fantastic pattern to work up. So easy to follow, so easy to read and understand. With the step-by-step photos and the basic stitches used, I would say this top is one an advanced beginner can work. 

You can use the basic top to wear a variety of ways, or use a different motif across the bottom. I have since found the Synthesis Sun Dress and Dimension Maxi Dress - both with the same basic top and a little different in the rest. I think with more rows of the motif part, it would also make a really cute top. You could also omit the sleeves and wear it like a tank top. So many possibilities!

I do not suggest this top for use in the water, but it would be great for sun bathing or going to a festival.

With all the loose ties, I would suggest if machine washing, to place in a lingerie back. Make sure to wash on the gentle cycle too.

I found a few things in the pattern that I'd like to point out:


*Connecting motifs can be intimidating. Even as someone who has worked a few join-as-you-go projects, I still forgot until I worked it myself that you join into the new motif from behind, and into the current motif as normal. Don't be intimidated - it's really rather easy!

*MermaidCatDesigns patterns are written a little different than traditional. In this piece, keep in mind that there are two different sets of directions for the shaping: When row begins with chain 1, it does not count as a stitch, and the first stitch is worked into the second stitch; When row begins with chain 2, it does count as a stitch, and the first stitch is worked into the first stitch.

*For the shoulder seam, work it with wrong sides facing so when you turn it right side out, the seam will be on the inside. I worked mine using slip stitches so it would create a seam that was less bulky and would lay flatter. Alternatively, you can fasten off with a long tail and sew it closed, but I like the security of stitching closed.

*For sleeve, the pattern states to work into the next chain space. I worked my first stitch into the first chain space.
*After working half of a sleeve as written, I did not like the seam that was created by the half double crochet join - shown in my photo above. I took my stitches out to the end of Round 8, and then began working in a continuous manner. Just make sure if working in this manner that you are working 34 chain spaces around. I used a stitch marker to help me keep track of rounds.

*For the ties in the front, back and neck, I wanted something a little more sturdy so after the final double crochet, I added 5 single crochets into the space created by the double crochet and joined to the first single crochet to create a little ball on the end, and then I slip stitched all the way down in the back loop of each chain. This does take a little more time and patience, but it creates a sturdier and clean looking tie with less stretch.

*After I completed my top and put it on, I found that I couldn't keep my sleeves up. To fix this and give me more security, I attached my yarn to the shoulder seam on both sides, chained 52, and worked into as stated above. With these extra ties, I had no issues keeping my sleeves up, and keep more comfortable.
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Friday, May 20, 2016

DIY - Using Artificial Flowers to Make Hair Clips

When my Aunt Patti got married two years ago, My Aunt Debbie went as a hippie - everyone dressed up as something!

I wanted to give her a few options on a bunch of things (just in case she didn't like one or two).

I crocheted a Hippie Style Headband in a few different colors. I wanted to put add a flower or two to the headband but then I thought, what if she wanted to wear the headband but not the flower? Or wanted a different flower on that colored headband? 
So... I decided to try my hand at using artificial flower to make some removable hair clips.

These hair clips are great to add to any hat or headband, for infant up to adult. They are also great solo clips!

**This tutorial and photos were put together two years ago! I do things a little differently now, but it's all still good stuff :)

Material Notes:
     - You will need some artificial flowers to take apart - I am destashing some in my EyeLoveKnots Etsy Shop!
     - Some clips - alligator, single or double prong 
     - about 5" of 3/8" grosgrain ribbon each clip (or felt)
     - Hot Glue Gun & Sticks
     - about 1" Circle of Felt per flower
     - Side/Wire Cutters - You can find these in the jewelry and floral departments
     - Opt, my How to Partially Line Alligator Clip tutorial

Material Notes:
      FLOWERS: You can find these in so many places like the dollar store (got mine at Dollar Tree), your local arts and craft store (Joann's, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore), online (Etsy, The Ribbon Retreat), etc... 
You can purchase the kind with the stems - like you'd put in a vase - or you can purchase some that stemless from your craft supply source.
      CLIPS: I would recommend purchasing some clips that are CPSIA Compliant, meaning they are safe for children 12 and under because they do not have harmful levels of lead. In this example, I am using Double Prong Alligator Clips from Hobby Lobby. They do not specify whether or not they are CPSIA Compliant - but I am carefully with the jewelry charms and such that I buy from Hobby Lobby because they list on the back that they may contain lead.
I have been looking to make a purchase of the Double Prong Clips from the Ribbon Retreat. They are sturdy, CPSIA Compliant, and fairly priced.

Time Spent:
     You can have a set of these worked up and ready to wear in under half an hour.

Tutorial:
     After you choose your flowers and hair clips, you will need to pull of the stems. (If you have stemless flowers, skip this step). They pop off really easily. I like to hold the stem in between my ring and middle finger as I cup the flower, then gently pull apart.

Notice, you now have a plastic, leafy part left under the flower from the stem. DO NOT take this off yet! It will help keep your petals secure.
Flip your flower over and look at it. Arrange the petals as you'd like them to be, then flip them back over.

Gently lift the petals, layer by layer. In between each layer, I recommend placing a drop of hot glue to keep all the petals where they need to be.
Yes, in my photos I used a lot of glue. It will seep through onto other layers. No worries, any glue marks will be covered up soon.
**BE CAREFUL! The fabric of the flowers on top of and below the hot glue will be hot!



If you choose to keep the centerpiece of the flower, you will need to glue that down as well. Otherwise, when you cut the stem, it will just fall off.
Some of them are not flat so you will need to be a little creative with your glue placement.
You can also choose to replace this piece with a button, gem, cabochon, some beads, etc.






Now, flip your flower back over and pull out your side cutters. You will need to first remove the plastic, leafy part. It pulls off easily but may be a little tight. 
Place the flat side of your cutters against the flower and cut the stem as far down as possible. 
If there is any left poking out, it will interfere with the placement of your clip.



I like to cut my felt in circles just big enough to cover the center of the flower. You can purchase pre-cut felt circles in 1" or 2". You can also cut your felt into squares. Whatever you fancy, hot glue it to the back of the flower were the stem once was.


Hot glue the flat part of your lined hair clip to the felt.
*If you aren't sure how to line your hair clip, check out my How to Partially Line Alligator Clip tutorial.

Tada! Beautiful new hair accessories. These are easy, inexpensive and quick gifts perfect for giving with a new hat, on their own, with a [few] headband[s], at a baby shower or baby/child's birthday or to wear yourself! Depending on the size and shape, they may also work nicely for a brooch or on some bobby pins.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Hair Clips using this tutorial, but please DO NOT claim this tutorial as your own nor should you sell my tutorial, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my tutorial anywhere, link to it instead.

With so many size, flower types and color options, I would love to see them! Please share your photos on my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page.

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Interested in Purchasing some Flower Hair Clips?
     You can check out EyeLoveKnots on Etsy to see what I have available! Use the search box to type in what you have in mind, or feel free to send me a message with your custom request. I am happy to make in any custom color and/or flower.

I am destashing supplies & have flowers up in there perfect for this project! I am open to shipping internationally, and will combine shipping.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ceres Top - Crochet Pattern Review - MermaidCatDesigns

I have been wanting to try some festival style tops so I went a searching on Etsy and decided I would start with this Ceres Top from MermaidCatDesigns.

There are so many other fun designs from this shop, I definitely plan on stopping by for more patterns!
UPDATE, 07.02.16: I've worked an updated review with back strap adjustment as shown above. Find my notes here - Ceres Top, Take Two.

Materials I Used:
     - Almost a full 4 oz/200 yard skein of Lily Sugar n Cream in White
     - H8/5mm Crochet Hook (as recommended in pattern)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle
     - Ceres Top, Paid Crochet Pattern from MermaidCatDesigns

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Bernat's Handicrafter, Lion Brand's Kitchen Cotton, Peaches n Cream, Hobby Lobby's Crafters Secret Cotton

Time Spent:
     I had my top ready in about two hours.

Measurements:
     One Size 32-36" B/C Cup. Notes included for making an A size cup.

My Gauge: 
     13 SC by 14 Rows = 4"

Pattern Notes:
     Overall the pattern was really fun, quick and easy to follow. Aside from discovering a few errors that have since been corrected, I didn't have any issues with my top and the download was available right away. I would say with the step-by-step photos that this pattern would be suitable for an advanced beginner.

You could use the basic top and embellish in a variety of ways including adding a fringe along the bottom, working a different openwork pattern, or a color change to name a few. Though I don't think it needs it, you could also add a lining, or elastic.

I DO NOT recommend this top for use in the water - the cotton will absorb the water, the top will become heavy and lose it's shape.

The great thing about using Lily Sugar n Cream yarn for this top is the fact that it machine washes and dries well, it'll keep you cool in the hot weather, and it's very durable to withstand machine washes and wear-after-wear. I have a few projects made from it that I have machine washed and dried. I just threw them in with my regular clothes and they have come out just fine. I would suggest if machine washing this top to throw in a lingerie bag. 

I plan on working up some others colors to add to my etsy shop - link below. These will definitely be great for upcoming music festivals or just hanging out in the hot summer weather.
With so many size, yarn type and color options, I would love to see them! Please share your photos on my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page, or our latest Yarn Fanatic Party Link Up!

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Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing a Ceres Top?
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Friday, May 13, 2016

DIY - How to Partially Line a Double Prong Clip with Grosgrain Ribbon

If you'd like to make some cute little hair clips for yourself or little one, or to give as a gift, part of it includes a partially lined hair clip. 

If you're unsure of how to partially line a double prong clip, simply follow my photos and steps below.

*Why do we partially line hair clips?
A. To better hold in the hair. You can definitely fully line the clip if you want to.

**This tutorial and photos were put together two years ago! I do things a little differently now, but it's all still good stuff :)

Materials:
     - At least 4.5" per clip of 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon 
     - Double Prong Hair Clip (you could substitute for alligator clip, barrette, etc)
     - Lighter for Sealing 
     - Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

Material Notes:
     If you are in a pinch, felt will also work and does not fray meaning no need to seal edges.
     I would recommend purchasing some clips that are CPSIA Compliant, meaning they are safe for children 12 and under because they do not have harmful levels of lead - ESPECIALLY if you plan on selling the hair clips. In this example, I am using Double Prong Alligator Clips from Hobby Lobby. They do not specify whether or not they are CPSIA Compliant - but I am carefully with the jewelry charms and such that I buy from Hobby Lobby because they list on the back that they may contain lead.
I have been looking to make a purchase of the Double Prong Clips from the Ribbon Retreat. They are sturdy, CPSIA Compliant, and fairly priced.

Time Spent:
     You can have a whole set ready in just a matter of minutes.

Tutorial:
     First things, first. You will need to measure and cut your ribbon. You will need 4.5" for each double prong clip.
Secondly, you will need to seal the edges of your ribbon so they don't fray. I was a little intimidated at first too but it's easy! I use a birthday candle to get the flame from a regular candle and quickly ran my ribbon across it.
I do know that the picture below does not have a flame. I just didn't have enough hands for that one, plus safety first ;)
*If you are using felt, DO NOT heat seal!
For the lining, I like to first measure out how far to place my hot glue.
Then you'll need to remove the clip, put hot glue along that measured part of the ribbon and then I simply placed my clip the same way it was when I took the measurement. The hot glue will be facing you at this time.
I press my finger along the ribbon into the hot glue.
Once you get to the pincher part, add some more hot glue and press the ribbon down some more.
Turn the clip so you see the springs. Place some hot glue on each side on the inside NOT PUTTING ANY ON THE SPRINGS, and press down your hot glue into it.

All that is left is that tiny piece of the pincher on the other side. Put some hot glue on it and press down the remaining piece of your ribbon and you're all done!
Make them in different colors to match your hair embellishment.

Please feel free to make and sell your own Partially Lined Clips using this tutorial, but please DO NOT claim this tutorial as your own nor should you sell my tutorial, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my tutorial anywhere, link to it instead.

With so many size, ribbon types and color options, I would love to see them! Please share your photos on my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page.

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Interested in Purchasing some Lined Hair Clips?
     You can check out EyeLoveKnots on Etsy to see what I have available! Use the search box to type in what you have in mind, or feel free to send me a message with your custom request. I am happy to make in any custom ribbon.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Yarn Fanatic Party #58 - Week 2 - EyeLoveKnots Sponsored Giveaway

Welcome to the 58th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 41st as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

I don't have much to share since our last party, but I did manage to get this out (and I have a fun summer top to share this weekend!):
Slanted Shell Beanies - Toddler, Child, Adult Sizes - Free Crochet Pattern

I AM ALSO DESTASHING! Check out these items. Current shipping set to US and Canada, but I am open to shipping internationally, and will combine shipping.
You can find more Destashing goods in my Destash section.
At one time, I was REALLY big into plastic canvas projects, and Caron's One Pound is great for these projects. In fact, some of the yarn I have is still from when I started plastic canvas 10 years ago. These days, I am not into big plastic canvas projects anymore and while going through my yarn stash recently, I pulled all the yarn out to share with you.
This listing includes NOT FULL skeins but no less than about half with some almost full, and one skein with a WIP still attached. It contains Purple, Cream, White, Rose, Sky Blue, Forest Green, Peach, Sunflower and Royalty.
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Melrose Doily Tutorial from Atelier Marie-Lucienne - Free Crochet Pattern. This tutorial is complete with step by step photos and detailed notes with pattern. It's beautifully done both online and in construction. I am adding this one closer to the top of my list because I'd love to have a rug like this doily.

Snowflake Blanket from My World of Crochet - Crochet Inspiration. What a beautiful blanket this is! And though it is Spring here too, what better time than to start on a blanket like this for the Winter time? Little by little they are quite time consuming but worth it in the end results.


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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Slanted Shell Beanie - Toddler, Child, Adult Sizes - Free Crochet Patterns

Not too long ago I shared my free crochet pattern for the Slanted Shell Baby Beanies (in 3 baby sizes) with you. I am working on a few other items to go along with that, but I got a little side tracked so I thought why not add the larger sizes to the collection for now.

Materials:
     - Less than half a skein each of Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Rosy Cheeks [Pink], Hot Rose [Pink], and Purple
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     With one skein, you will be able to make at least two adult sized hats.

Time Spent:
      I had all sizes done in roughly the same amount of time - an hour to an hour and a quarter.

Measurements:
The Toddler Size has a crown of 5.75" in diameter, a circumference of 18" to fit a head size of 18-20", and is 6.5" in length.

The Child Size has a crown of 6.25" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 19.75" to fit a head size of 20-22", and is 7" in length.

The Teen/Adult Small Size has a crown of 6.75" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 21.25" to fit a head size of 22-23", and is 7.75" in length for cloche-like & 8.5" in length for regular beanie.

*Stretch depends on your yarn brand selected. The Everyday Soft yarn has about an inch to an inch and a half, while a yarn such as Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn has about two inches worth.

Gauge:
With I Love This Yarn and an I9/5.5mm Hook = 4" x 4"
     Chain 16, DC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (14 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet
     RS - Right Side of Piece

Pattern Notes:
     Join to the first stitch, not the beginning chain.

Beginning chain 2 in the crown does not count as a stitch.

Turning is only done through the slanted shell pattern. Watch for directions.

For Adult Size, there are two different lengths. The cloche-like length is shown with the regular length in parentheses.

My head measures 21.25", and I usually wear a child's size (hehe). With this stitch pattern, I did find the hat to be a little tighter than a regular beanie, but I still felt comfortable in a child's size with adult length. It is best to measure your head before beginning.

Patterns:

Toddler:
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 12 DC into the 1st chain. Join. (12 DC)

R2: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 11 DCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (24 DC)

R3: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first two stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch) 11x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (36 DC)

R4: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first three stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 2 stitches) 11x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (48 DC)

R5: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first four stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 3 stitches) 11x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (60 DC)

R6 (RS): Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the 1st DC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next DC, skip the next DC] 29x. Join. (30 clusters)

R7 - 17: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the 1st DC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next DC, skip the next DC] 29x. Join.

R18 (RS): Chain 1, turn. SC into the 1st stitch, and each stitch around. Join. (60 SC)

Fasten Off & Weave in Ends.

Child:
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 10 DC into the 1st chain. Join. (10 DC)

R2: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 9 HDCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (20 DC)

R3: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first two stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (30 DC)

R4: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first three stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 2 stitches) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (40 DC)

R5: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first four stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 3 stitches) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (50 DC)

R6: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first five stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 4 stitches) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (60 DC)

R7 (RS): Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the 1st DC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next DC, skip the next DC] 29x. Join. (30 clusters)

R8 - 18: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the 1st DC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next DC, skip the next DC] 29x. Join.

R19 (RS): Chain 1, turn. SC into the 1st stitch, and each stitch around. Join. (60 SC)

Fasten Off & Weave in Ends.

Adult:
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 12 DC into the 1st chain. Join. (12 DC)

R2: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 11 DCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (24 DC)

R3: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first two stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch) 11x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (36 DC)

R4: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first three stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 2 stitches) 11x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (48 DC)

R5: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first four stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 3 stitches) 11x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (60 DC)

R6: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first five stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 4 stitches) 11x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (72 DC)

R7 (RS): Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the 1st DC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next DC, skip the next DC] 35x. Join. (36 clusters)

R8 - 20 (22): Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the 1st DC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next DC, skip the next DC] 35x. Join.

R21 (23) (RS): Chain 1, don't turn. SC into the 1st stitch, and each stitch around. Join. (72 SC)

Fasten Off & Weave in Ends.

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