3.8.19

Harambee

Crocheted Blanket

 

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Finished Size: 60 in / 152 cm x 52 in / 132 cm 
 
  
 
 “Harambee” is a Swahili word that means “all pull together.”

It is important to work together and help one another out whenever possible.

Community collaboration can accomplish amazing things, and interaction with others in the community can re-invigorate the human spirit.



 

Materials:


- crochet hook size I / 5.5mm

- worsted weight yarn (Note: yards/meters are rough estimates);

                red 240 yds / 220 m

                white 300 yds / 274 m

                light brown 1800 yds / 1646 m

                medium brown 380 yds / 348 m

                dark brown 730 yds / 668 m




Abbreviations: 


ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

tr = treble crochet

st / sts = stitch / stitches

Y/O = Yarn Over

RS = Right Side

F/O = Fasten Off






Instructions:




BLANKET


With dark brown yarn, leave a 5-6 in / 12.5-15 cm tail and ch 205.

F/O, leaving a 5-6 in / 12.5-15 cm tail for fringe.


From now on:

Begin each row with a 5-6 in / 12.5-15 cm tail for fringe.

F/O each row with a 5-6 in / 12.5-15 cm tail for fringe.

Crochet all rows with RS facing you. 



Row 1: With dark brown yarn; sc in each st across.

Row 2: With dark brown yarn; dc in each st across.

Row 3: With dark brown yarn; *sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, repeat from * to last st, sc in next st.

Row 4: With white yarn; *sc in next st, make a long sc in skipped st one row down, repeat from * to last st, sc in next st.

Row 5: With white yarn; *sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, repeat from * to last st, sc in next st.

Row 6: With light brown yarn; *sc in next st, make a long sc in skipped st one row down, repeat from * to last st, sc in next st.

Row 7: With light brown yarn; dc in each st across.

Row 8: With light brown yarn; sc in each st across.

Row 9: With light brown yarn; sc in each of next 7 sts, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in each of next 9 sts, repeat from * to last 7 sts, sc in each of next 7 sts.

Row 10: With light brown yarn; sc in each of next 6 sts, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, skip next st, sc in each of next 7 sts, repeat from * to last 6 sts, sc in each of next 6 sts.

Row 11: With red yarn; sc, *sc in each of next 5 sts, dc in skipped st one row down (from the front of the work, insert the crochet hook underneath the ch-space and through the skipped st from back to front), tr in skipped st two rows down, dc in skipped st one row down, skipping next 3 light brown sts (they should be behind the red sts you just made), sc in each of next 2 sts, repeat from * to last 4 sts, sc in each of next 4 sts.

Row 12: With light brown yarn; sc in each st across.

Row 13: With light brown yarn; dc in each st across.

Repeat Rows 1-13 two more times.

Repeat Rows 1-6.

Row 46: With light brown yarn; dc in each st across.

Row 47: With light brown yarn; sc in each st across.

Repeat Rows 46-47 seven more times.

Repeat Row 46.

Row 63: With medium brown yarn; sc in each st across.

Row 64: With medium brown yarn; dc in each st across.

Row 65: With medium brown yarn; sc in each st across.

Row 66: With light brown yarn; dc in each st across.

Repeat Rows 63-66 two more times.

Row 75: With light brown yarn; sc in each st across.

Row 76: With light brown yarn; dc in each st across.

Repeat Rows 75-76 two more times.

Row 81: With light brown yarn; sc in each st across.


Repeat blanket pattern for second half of blanket.



FINISHING


Place both blanket halves together with RS facing you.

Work Joining Row, or sew both halves together.

Joining Row: With light brown yarn; (Remember to start with a 5-6 in / 12.5-15 cm tail for fringe) Place a loop or slip knot on hook and insert hook into first st on top row, Y/O and pull through all loops on hook to perform a slip stitch, then work one dc into the first st on bottom row. *Insert hook into next st on top row, Y/O and pull through all loops on hook to perform a slip stitch, then work one dc into next st on bottom row. Repeat from * to end of row. Slip stitch in same st as last slip stitch made and F/O, leaving a 5-6 in / 12.5-15 cm tail for fringe.

For a finished looking edge: use dark brown yarn and work one row of reverse sc on each side of the blanket.



FRINGE


Cut extra lengths of yarn approximately 10-12 in / 25-30 cm long.

Add extra lengths of yarn to blanket by taking 2 strands of yarn and holding them together, fold them in half and use the crochet hook to pull them through the edge of the blanket on each dc row.

Tie fringe in bunches of 6 strands by making a knot where the fringe meets the blanket.

You may trim the fringe to be as even or as short as you would like.
 

26.6.19

Raw Jute Purse

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FINISHED SIZE: approx. 8-9 in / 20-22.5 cm diameter


 

Materials:


- 2  6-oz / 170-g balls of 2-ply jute cord

- size K crochet hook

- purse strap(s)

- 2  D-rings

- 1  ¾ in / 44 mm button

- needle & thread




Abbreviations:


ch = chain

sl st = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

BPDC = back post double crochet

st / sts = stitch / stitches

F/O = Fasten Off





Instructions:




BAG



The “ch 3” at the beginning of rounds 2-7 do not count as the “first dc” of that round. “Sl st in first dc” means sl st into the first actual dc stitch of that round.

Work over any loose ends of jute as you go, as they can be difficult to weave in later.



Ch 4 loosely.

Sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1.

Round 1: 8 sc into ring, sl st in first sc. (8 sc)

Round 2: Ch 3, 2 dc into the same st you just made a sl st in, 2 dc in each st around (including into the sl st made at the end of the last round), sl st in first dc. (18 dc)

Round 3: Ch 3, 2 dc into the same st you just made a sl st in, *dc in next st, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, repeat from * around (including into the sl st made at the end of the last round), sl st in first dc. (32 dc)

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc into the same st you just made a sl st in, *dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * to last two sts, dc in each of last two sts (including into the sl st made at the end of the last round), sl st in first dc. (44 dc)

Round 5: Ch 3, 2 dc into the same st you just made a sl st in, *2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts, repeat from * to last two sts, 2 dc in each of last two sts (including into the sl st made at the end of the last round), sl st in first dc. (62 dc)

Round 6: Ch 3, 2 dc into the same st you just made a sl st in, *dc in each of next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * to last two sts, dc in next st, 2 dc into the sl st made at the end of the last round, sl st in first dc. (80 dc)

Round 7: Ch 1, back post sl st into ch 3 from last round, ch 3, BPDC in each st around, sl st in first dc. (80 dc)

F/O.

Repeat instructions to make second half of bag.


ASSEMBLY


Take the two halves of the bag (with wrong sides facing inwards) and sew them together slightly over halfway closed.

Using jute cord, lash the D-rings to either side of the bag opening.

Place the button near the front top center of the opening of the bag and sew in place.

Using jute cord, make a chain or a braid that is long enough that, when it is sewn onto the back top center, can wrap around the button and hold purse closed.

Attach purse strap(s) to D-rings.

Add lining, if desired.