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Crocheted Doorknob Decoration
The instructions assume a certain level of crochet ability. If you are a true beginner, a good site to look at for the basics is Crochet Lessons. This site describes the chain stitch, slip stitch, double crochet, finishing off (fasten off) and weaving in ends.
- Size J crochet hook (K if you crochet tight)
- Red, green and white worsted weight yarn
- Yarn needle
- Ponytail holder, three rubber bands or a few inches of stretchy elastic.
- Jingle bells
- With green yarn, chain 3. Join to first chain with slip stitch.
- Chain two (counts as first double crochet).
- Double crochet two more times into the center hole of the chain 3 loop. Chain 1.
- Double crochet three times in center hole of the chain 3 loop. Chain 1.
- Repeat step 4 four more times. (There should be 6 clusters with chain 1 space in-between.) Join with slip stitch to first double crochet (from step 2). Finish off.
- Join white yarn to any chain 1 space with slip stitch. Repeat steps 2 - 5. Finish off.
- Join red yarn to any chain 1 space with slip stitch. Repeat steps 2 - 5. Finish off.
- Join green yarn to any chain 1 space. Chain two (counts as first double crochet) and double crochet around the rubber bands two more times in chain 1 space.
- Double crochet in the next three double crochet stitches, also working around the rubber bands.
- Double crochet three times in next chain one space.
- Repeat steps 8 and 9 and join in first double crochet.
- Chain 10 in green yarn. Finish off leaving a tail long enough to tie on a pompom or tassel.
- Join white yarn to base of green chain 10 "rope". Chain 7. Finish off leaving a tail long enough to tie on a pompom or tassel.
- Join red yarn to opposite side of the green rope from the white rope. Chain 4. Finish off leaving a tail long enough to tie on a pompom or tassel.
- Make three pompoms or tassels, one in each color (see below for directions on making tassels and pompoms.)
- Tie pompoms or tassels to "rope" ends.
- Attach one large or three small jingle bells to the place where the "ropes" meet the knob cover. (It works nicely to use a tail of yarn to do this before you weave it in.)
- Weave in all loose ends with yarn needle.
Directions for making tassels:
Hold a short length of yarn across a piece of 2 inch wide cardboard (or use your fingers spread apart to wind around). Wind yarn around the short length of yarn and cardboard 15 times (to make 15 loops). Grab both ends of the short length of yarn and tie loops securely. Slide off cardboard. Wrap a short piece or yarn around the tassel 1/4 to 1/3 of the way down from the tied ends. Cut bottoms of loops and trim evenly.
Directions for making pompoms:
Cut two 1-3/4 inch diameter circles out of sturdy cardboard. From the inside of the larger circle, cut a smaller circle with half the diameter of the larger circle to make a ring. Holding both pieces of cardboard together with a piece of yarn in-between with tails hanging out. Tightly and closely wrap yarn around the ring until every bit is covered. For a fluffier pompom wrap yarn a few more times. Cut the yarn around the outside of the circle while holding everything securely in place. Bring together the loose ends of the trapped yard. This will draw the cut pieces of yarn together toward the hole in the middle. Tie tightly and trim off edges for a neat pompom.
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