Thursday, August 8, 2013

Pocket Wreath Paperclip Bookmark  

Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat.
Here’s a penny project for the old man’s hat.
You don't need to worry, and you don't need to fret.
The more you give at Christmastime, the more you get.
So I am making a ton to give away.
Actually I am giving them all to my mother,
who is 85 years young and still working full time at a health facility in Florida.
She simply loves giving away little baubles and trinkets and trifles to all the patrons.
It makes her happy, and I think it keeps her young.
So this will be the little Christmas gift that she can put in her treat-basket.
This is a super easy pattern.
One complete Wreath takes less than 10 minutes.
It’s a great Shirt Pocket Holiday Decoration.
It would make a nice addition to a Christmas Book.
Or you could clip it to your Tree.
Maybe you could unwind part of the paperclip and use it as a plant poke.
If you find other uses for it, I’d love to hear.
But most of all, I hope you enjoy it.
Happy Holidays!

~ = Approximately
Beg = Beginning
Ch = Chain
FO = Fasten Off
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
Sc = Single Crochet
Ss = Slip Stitch
St(s) = Stitch(es)
BLO = Back Loop Only
FLO = Front Loop Only
YO = Yarn over
** Uses US Terminology 

3.5 mm / E hook
~ 4 ½  to 5 yds of WW (I used Red Heart)
Large Paperclip (I used the Plastic covered kind: 80 for $1 at the Dollar Store)
Yarn Needle to weave in. 

Gauge is not crucial. 

Size: Wreath = ~ 2 ¼”  (5.7cm)
 Note  If you work over the beg yarn-end, you will not need to weave it in later.
            At the end of the first Rnd, pull the yarn-end snug to form a nice circle.
            Also, you may need to push the sc’s snug along the circle ring to fit them all in. 

Rnd 1:  Ch 9, Join with a ss to the first sc to form a ring.  Ch 1.

            Hold the top of the paperclip behind the joined st.

            Insert the hook through the ring and then through the top of the paperclip (see middle pic below).

            Pull up a loop, YO and complete a Sc.  Make one more Sc through the ring and clip.
Then continue around the ring only with 16 more Sc.
           Join with a ss to first sc.  Turn, and Ch 1. 
  (2 sc connecting the paperclip + 16 sc around ring = total of 18 sc) 

Rnd 2:  Sc in BLO of each st around.  Join.  Turn, and Ch 1.   (18)

Rnd 3:  Sc in BLO of the first sc.
            (Ch 2, Sc) in BLO of each st around.
 Ch 1, and join to the first sc.  (The final ch-1 produces a more even finish.)
FO with ~ 6” (~15cm) to weave in and anchor the clip. 

            Pull the Paperclip down across the back.

            Make sure it is vertical with the circle-wreath.

            Then anchor it with one stitch on each side near Rnd 1.

            If you stitch further down the paperclip, you will lose some of the paperclip holding-capacity.

Finish:  Pull a contrasting color yarn through the bottom or top and tie a bow.
If you prefer you could use a tiny ribbon.


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