A sure fire way to get students interested in crochet is to make fun things in front of them. Since I tend to make fun and whimsical things anyway, my maniacal plan works perfectly. Just recently, I was making something for the prize box that many of the students wanted. A student who never expressed an interest in crochet suddenly wanted to learn the craft. Seeing me crochet helps them to envision themselves making all sorts of things they didn’t think were possible.
I’m not taking personal requests from the students anymore but I am taking suggestions (they are personal requests that I turn into suggestions) on what to make. So far, I have made an emoji with sunglasses, a YouTube pillow (I had to ask for clarification on that one), and a Pokeball (this was the project that inspired my student). They were all simple to make and worked up fairly quickly.
To start off this Freebie Friday, I present a new tip I learned while looking up pictures of Pokeballs. I came across a blog that had a pattern for one. I wasn’t interested in the pattern, just the pictures, but I went ahead and read the post because a tip in the notes caught my attention. It mentioned and invisible decrease, that when you do the decreases, if you do them in the front loop only, it reduces the holes you get from said decreases. I tried it out immediately and I liked the results. I will be making my decreases in the front loops only from now on!
This weeks pattern will be for the Pokeball. This is my pattern but feel free to visit that other site and check out their pattern as well. I am not affiliated in any way with the blog mentioned but since I found the invisible decrease tip helpful I thought I would include the link.
I will include the patterns for the emoji and the pillow in future posts.
Red, white, and black yarn. I used Caron One Pound Yarn for each color.
Button (make and set aside and sew on after rnd 18)
With white, Ch 4, sl st (or magic ring)
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring, do not join, change to black in last st
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc)
Starting with red, Ch 4, sl st (or magic ring)
Rnd 1: 8 sc in ring, do not join
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (16 sc)
Rnd 3: *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*, rep from * to * around (24 sc)
Rnd 4: *1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st*, rep from * to * around (32 sc)
Rnd 5 – 9: 1 sc in each st around (32 sts)
Change to black in last st of previous round
Rnd 10 and 11: 1 sc in each st around (32 sts)
Change to white in last st of previous round
Rnd 12 – 16: 1 sc in each st around (32 sts)
Rnd 17: *1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog*, rep from * to * around (24 sc.)
Rnd 18: *1 sc in next st, sc2tog, *, rep from * to * around (16 sc)
Sew on the button before the top closes.
Rnd 19: sc2tog every st, (8 sc)
Rnd 20: 1 sc in each st, (8 sc)
Stuff and sew closed. If the hole is too small, stuff after round 19.