O Glorious Pinpricks of Light

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Happy Wednesday!

The sun has come out again, after days and days of flooding gray clouds, constant dripping, and dank, bleary chill.

Perfect crochet weather. πŸ™‚

A sweet friend requested today’s featured project. She spotted it online and simply had to have one for her mother.

I finished just in time​, as Mother’s Day is right around the corner!

The best part? Her mother’s name is Star. ❀

The pattern is a dream. Simple enough to remember after the first few rounds, but such a clever desgn: both the peak and the valley stitch are the designer’s personal creation. I love it, and will definitely be making more.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chromium-star-blanket

Just starting out:

Growing larger:

Too big to shoot:

Almost finished:

Pretty rainbow colors:

It was a delight to make and my friend loved it. 

I loved discovering a great new pattern.

Happy hooking!

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May The Force– free lightsaber pattern

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It is rare to get a new pattern right on the first try! But always fun. Sci-fi fan that I am, albeit a closet one, when I saw the crocheted light-saber online last week, I knew I had to have a go at THAT!
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My dear friend has a little boy that would love one. Being a boy, I knew the cardboard tube I planned to insert for stiffness wouldn’t last long during battles, requiring it to be “reloadable”– or allow for inserting fresh cardboard. So the handle is hinged, with a button attatchment!

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And it came together so nicely. No frogging required! It was a nice change from the hat pattern I slaved over earlier this week…seven attempts at the first dozen rows and it STILL didn’t lay nicely.

Here she is:

CROCHETED LIGHT-SABER

*Note: I prefer half-double crochet. One of my many quirks. This pattern can EASILY be converted to using single or double crochet if you prefer, so I have included measurements, as well as stitch counts.

Crochet hook: 5mm
Worsted weight yarn

Circle Tip (end of saber)

In color of choice, ch 2 (counts as first hdc)
Rnd 1: 8 hdc in 1st ch, join. 9 hdc
Rnd 2: ch 2, hdc two times in ea st around. 18 hdc– 1.5 inches

Cylinder Sides

Hdc around for 18 st, working in back loops only. Do not join.
Working in both loops, continue to hdc around until saber measures approximately 11 inches long.
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Handle

Rnd 1: Changing to black, hdc in each st around (18 st). Join. Ch 2.
Rnd 2: hdc around in BACK loops only. Join last st to first with sl st. Then sl st back one row, under first front loop from rnd 1. Ch 1.

Rim: working in Rnd 1 again, two hdc in ea front lp around. Join.
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Button-holes: ch 5, sl st in 1st ch to make loop. Sl st in next 3 st of rnd 2. Repeat ch 5, sl st to make second loop. Finish off.
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Second handle piece: make as circle tip and cylinder sides of light saber, using black. Crochet in continuous rounds to about 2 inches long.

Whipstitch pieces of handle together, leaving a quarter to a third of it open. Sew buttons in place to fit loops.

Insert cardboard tube of desired length (I taped together a toilet tissue tube and one from a roll of paper towels and was just about perfect!) and fasten buttons. Give to child of choice, or display proudly on mantel.

Replace cardboard tube as needed. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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May the Force be with you. πŸ™‚
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