Easy Double Crochet Hat: Child Small

sc: single crochet;  dc: double crochet;  ch: chain;   sl st: slip stitch

Ch 4 join to form ring.
Rnd 1: ch 2, 10 dc in ring (10dc)
Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around (20dc)
Rnd 3: ch 2, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) around. (30dc)
Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in each st around (30 dc)
Rnd 5: ch 2, (dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. (30 dc)
Rnd 6-11: Repeat rnd 4. (35 dc)
Rnds 12-13: sc in each st around.  Fasten off. (40 sc)

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Easy Double Crochet Hat: Preemie/Small Doll Size

sc: single crochet;  dc: double crochet;  ch: chain;   sl st: slip stitch

Ch 4 join to form ring.
Rnd 1: ch 2, 10 dc in ring (10dc)
Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around (20dc)
Rnd 3: ch 2, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) around. (30dc)
Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in each st around (30 dc)
Rnd 5: ch 2, (dc in next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. (35 dc)
Rnd 6-9: Repeat rnd 4. (35 dc)
Rnds 10-11: sc in each st around.  Fasten off. (35 sc)

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Tiny Clusters Shawl Pattern

Adapted from “The Big Book of Crochet Stitches” By Jean Leinhauser & Rita Weiss Suggested Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver,  Caron One Pound, Caron Simply Soft or similar 4 ply acrylic. Hook: Size H or I Crochet hook Special Instructions for Single Crochet Cluster (scCL): Draw up a lp in each of next 3 sts, YO and draw through all 4 lps on hook; scCL made. Instructions: Chain 81 (makes about 25 inches.  Pattern states chain multiples of 2 + 1 used.) Row 1: Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and each chain across.  Chain 2; turn. Row 2: Sk turning ch, *scCL over next 3 sts, ch1; insert hook in last st of prev scCL; rep from * across, end with sc in last st; ch 2; turn. Row 3: Starting in base of turning ch, *work scCL over next 3 sts, ch1; insert hook in last st of prev scCL; rep from * across, end with sc in turning ch; ch 2, turn. Rep row 3 for pattern, approx. 60-70 inches for shawl.

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What to Make With Used Greeting Cards

Save all those holiday cards people send you in the mail.  They can be used for lots of projects.  This is just a list to guide you; if you’re not creative google specific projects with used Christmas Cards for instructions or for more ideas google “used Christmas card project ideas”

Cookie Cutter Photo Ornaments (One local Walmart had a bin of 18 of these ornaments for $9.  Buy after Christmas for an even sweeter deal!  Ace Hardware also sells these individually for 79 cents each.)  You can use photographs, copies of photographs in color or black and white, or greeting cards for this.  When we did this project we added heavy wrapping paper (make sure it is the heavy kind) to the back of the ornaments for added sturdiness.  I’m sorry I can’t find a link I really like for this project.  I did link to one but here is what I remember doing when someone showed me how to make these.

Materials:
Double Sided Tape
Aluminum Cookie Cutters
Used Christmas Cards, Photographs, copies of photographs etc.
Strong wrapping paper
Ribbon
Scissors
Pencil
Elmer’s Glue (this will dry clear I promise!)
hair dryer (optional)

1.   you place an aluminum cookie cutter around the outside of the cutter onto something pretty….your photo or old Christmas card…
2.  Place that over heavy wrapping paper and cut around it but not too close leave some edge on the wrapping paper…
3.  use double sided tape to tape the back of the pretty photo or christmas card to strong wrapping paper cut out in same shape….Elmer’s glue to glue it on the ornament…optional use hair dryer to speed up drying…
4.  I can’t remember what we all did after that but it involved waiting for the glue to dry and somehow putting the ribbon through the paper & aluminum ornament before it dried.  Seems to me we just put it through and let the glue hold the ribbon in place then tied a knot at the top to make the loop… Could probably poke a small hole in top of paper to put thread or something through too.

Crochet Border Ornaments
Christmas Ornaments (Not Crochet)
Decorate Mason Jar Lids
Make pretty envelopes
Use for Gift Tags (use cookie cutters or a glass or similar to cut out sections of cards; you might get 2 or 3 or more tags out of one card)

Homemade Bookmarks

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Crossword Puzzle Lovers Book

Do you know someone who likes sudoku, crossword puzzles,  word searches, other puzzle types or variations of these?  If so here is a good idea that costs very little.

You need:
Staples OR
Binder and hole punch

You can assemble this either by stapling pages together or assembling in a binder.  A lot of newspapers have weekly crosswords.  If you visit your library you could copy puzzles for very cheap on their copy machine to put in here.  Some free newspapers also have puzzles.  Such as Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express.  You could either cut these out and somehow assemble into a book or copy them out of the newspaper on a copy machine.  There are also crossword puzzles of various kinds located online.

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Holiday Hair Scrunchies

Lately I have been making up some simple hair scrunchies I found on youtube.  The ones I make whip up quick, I can do them in about 10 minutes.  Recently I found this link for Christmas hair scrunchies.  You take basic elastic things—in fact the ones that were frequenty free after Register Rewards at Walgreens in 2011– and crochet around them.  Here is the link:

http://shonasplace.greycastle.net/Crochet/MyPatterns/mypatterns.html#xmasholly

You could even use any colors you like to make these a little less holiday themed or color them for school colors, etc, whatever you want!

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Crossword or Word Search Puzzles

Use clues on any subject the recipient is interested in, such as movies, music, books, sports, etc.

A romantic touch, if you are married or with someone for a long time, you could make a puzzle reminiscent of your relationship with the clues about key events in your relationship or important events in the person’s life, etc.

Here are some websites you can use to help you create puzzles:
http://www.armouredpenguin.com/crossword
http://www.crosswordpuzzlegames.com/create.html
http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/WordSearchSetupForm.asp
http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/cryptogramSetupForm.asp

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