Archive for the ‘Crochet’ Category

When I see something I like, I check to see if it’s something I can make. I like being crafty and creative, so I’d much rather make something than buy it. After a friend had posted a picture on Facebook of some cute, colorful shoelaces her daughter had crocheted, I saw a new project to put at the top of my queue.

As is often the case with me, I look at yarn, think about what I want and how I want something to look, look at more yarn, and think some more before finally making my decision. I searched Pinterest for ideas and instructions, but all the ones I saw were made with a thicker yarn than I wanted to use. I Googled them and still didn’t find what I was looking for. Finally I couldn’t hold off any more. While I was browsing at Hobby Lobby last weekend, I decided to just buy the colorful crochet thread that I kept going back to.

Yesterday morning before we left to spend the day at Six Flags, I decided I needed a small project for the road. I grabbed my thread and a tiny crochet hook and looked up instructions on foundation crochet.

Originally I was going to make them with foundation double crochet, but that seemed too wide. I ended up using one row of foundation half double crochet. For the correct length, I measured against the laces in my white Converse tennis shoes, which the new colorful ones would be replacing.


  • 1 ball Artiste acrylic crochet thread (I used color 108, Carnival) *There is a lot more thread on the ball than what is required to make one set of laces, so find another project for it or make extra sets for yourself or your friends. They’re going to want some, too!
  • 1 size D (3-3.25mm) crochet hook


  • Chain 3, yarn over, insert hook in 3rd chain from hook, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook – 1 foundation half double crochet stitch made.
  • *Yarn over, insert hook under both loops of the chain made in last stitch and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook. Repeat from * for desired length of shoelace, then tie off and work in ends.

I can’t wait to wear them! I’d like to tomorrow, but a big guy in chunky boots stepped on my little toe at church this morning and it hurts to be touched. I don’t know if I’ll be able to stand a shoe for a few days… In the meantime, I think I’ll buy another ball of a different color and crochet some laces for my navy Converse shoes.


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Crocodile Rocks

My friend Paula and I have been “team teaching” for our church’s fall semester of Wednesday night “apps”. She taught a 4-week course on beginning sewing in September, and I assisted. Last Wednesday night, I started teaching a 4-week class on beginning crochet. (Paula will end the semester in November with a 4-week class on fleece projects, and we’ll be sewing hats and making no-sew blankets for a local assisted living facility.)

In preparation for my class, I typed up a list of crochet terms and their commonly used abbreviations. I want my students to leave the class knowing how to read a pattern so they’ll feel confident in making a few projects of their own. I also gathered several different types of yarn of varying qualities and some completed projects I’ve made in the past. I wanted them to see there’s so much more you can make than just a scarf, which is our project for this class.

We spent the better portion of the first class talking about hooks, yarns, and projects. Then we got down to the business of actually crocheting. First it was tying a slip knot. Then it was holding the hook and learning to make a basic chain. Some of the ladies had crocheted before, so before we left class for the night, I showed them how to single crochet.

Since some of the ladies were still having a few problems – and there are many different ways to tie slip knots, hold a crochet hook, etc., I put together an email for them of links to instructional videos and websites for them to refer to when they practice.

My goal for this Wednesday night is to teach double, treble, and half-double crochet stitches, then let them see how a combination of those stitches can produce a wide variety of patterns. They will then need to start thinking about a scarf pattern they would like to use for their project.

In preparation for next week’s email (to be sent Thursday or Friday, after I see what areas need some additional practice), I browsed some of the countless scarf patterns available at Crochet Pattern Central. Many of them are more advanced than what my students will be ready for, but there are some really pretty – and simple! – patterns mixed in there as well. In my browsing, I came across the crocodile stitch (aka dragon scales), which I had seen and pinned several months ago on Pinterest.

After much searching, many dead ends, and several frustrating tutorials, I finally found what I was looking for! I used a little of what I had seen (and liked better) from one tutorial and combined that with what I found on another tutorial, and I came up with this:


I love it! With the right yarn (i.e., something not too stiff and in the right colors), this could make a gorgeous scarf. I want to make one, but I’m requiring myself to finish my year-long knitting project first. (I’ll tell more about my ruana in another post. Yes, I’m almost finished…)

The ladies in my crochet class will have to wait to learn the crocodile stitch, though. I think I’m going to save that for a possible future intermediate class…

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