Jumbo Amour-Made Hanging Planter!

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Crochet Hanging Planter
Every time I think I’m going to sit down and teach myself how to macrame a plant hanger, I end up looking longingly over at my crochet hooks. Crochet is so much more my jam! Truth be told, though I much prefer the look of bulkier yarn hangers, made with chunky yarns. Unfortunately, though until recently I didn’t have a large enough hook that would both do the job, and be comfortable to work with. I love the look of big crochet but man, sometimes creating it makes my wrist angry. Well, my friends, I’m pleased to report that my crochet dilemma is no longer! Thanks to my friends at Clover, I’m now the proud owner of a size 12 mm, Jumbo Amour Crochet Hook which is not only super-comfy to crochet with, but also comes in my favorite color: turquoise. <insert awkward, but joyful crochet-inspired dance>

Man, I dig this hook — and when I also came across the same shade of jersey, t-shirt yarn I knew they’d be besties, right away. The result of their partnership is: Plant Happy, a bulky planter holder that’s fit to be tied onto anyone’s patio awning. Make one for yourself today, then bookmark this pattern for teacher gifts later. Enjoy!


T-shirt or Jersey yarn (12 oz. I used 1/2 a cone of this.)
Size 12 mm Jumbo Amour Crochet Hook
Split Ring Stitch Marker
Super Jumbo Tapestry Needle
Tara-cotta pot (7″/18 cm diameter at mouth x 6″/15 cm tall)
Book or 8″/20 cm piece of cardboard

Plant Hanger Tools

Finished Size
Stretches to approx 25″/63.5 cm long (excluding tassel and hanging loop)

9 sts x 8 rows = 4″/10 cm in sc


Ch 7; join with a sl st, taking care not to twist. Place marker.

Rnd 1: Ch 1 (counts as sc), sc in next ch and in every ch around. Join with a sl st. –7 sts.

Rnd 2: Ch1, sc in same st, *2 sc in next st; rep from * around. Join with a sl st. –14 sts.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in next st, *sc, 2 sc; rep from * around. Join with a sl st. –21 sts.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in next st and in every st around. Join with a sl st.

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Main Section:
Rnd 1: Ch 5, sk 2, sc in next st, *ch 4, sk 2, sc in next st; rep from * around. Join with a sl st in first ch of beginning ch 5. Place marker. –7 loops made.

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Rnd 2: *Ch 4, sc in loop space; rep around. From here you’ll be working in a spiral, but use the marker as a guide to know when you’ve made a full round.

Continue as for Rnd 2 until piece stretches to approx. 4 1/2″/11.5 cm tall, ending with a ch 4, sl st in the loop closest to the marker.

Fasten off.

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Hanger Strands:

Divide planter Main Section into fourths. Join yarn at the loop space of one of those four points.

Crochet a 14″/35.5 cm chain.

Fasten off, leaving at least a 9″/23 cm tail.

Repeat for remaining 3 points.

Make tassel:
Wrap t-shirt yarn 15 or so times around cardboard piece. Slip an additional piece of yarn through the top loops of all of the strands; tie.

Carefully slide yarn off the cardboard, and pinch together about 1″/2.5 cm down from top, cinching tightly, using an additional strand of yarn.

Cut the bottom loops to create tassel strands.

Knot the four, Hanger Strands together, then create a hanging loop by tying an additional knot with the chain tails.

Weave in ends.

Place pot inside Planter Hanger. Donezo!

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Yarn Arts Ambassador, Clover Needlecraft, Inc.

Psst! Learn more about knitting, crochet, and cool products like the Jumbo Amour hooks on my, “Ask Me Monday” live video streams. Log on and tune in to my Facebook page every Monday at 10amPT/1pmET. Hope to see you there!

Big Apple Lemon Drive

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Want to be part of making history and have lots of fun doing it? Want to promote your guild or group and win some money for it? Join the Craft Yarn Council in its Big Apple Lemon Drive to draw awareness about the stress-busting benefits of knitting and crochet!

Why the need for lemons in NYC you ask?

Inspired by the success of its Stitch Away Stress campaign in April, the Council wants to have some more fun with the stress-reducing benefits of knitting and crochet… this time on one the most stressful days of the year, April 18, 2016, otherwise known as Tax Day!

April also happens to be National Stress Awareness Month (you get the connection).

With the help of your guild or group, the Council plans to hand out thousands of knitted and crocheted lemon stress balls with a message about the stress-reducing benefits of these crafts to taxpayers on the busy streets of New York City. Hopefully, they will be inspired to take up knitting or crochet and experience the health benefits themselves!

(courtesy of www.craftyarncouncil.com)

To learn more visit craftyarncouncil.com/bigapplelemon and to sign up click here!

Watch Twinkie Chan make a lemon from start to finish!!!

Vickie Howell’s Watermelon Baby Bib!

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You may’ve noticed that just as fruit goes in and out of season, its respective member’s likenesses go in and out of style. Last year you couldn’t walk more than a few paces in your local department store or boutique shop without seeing something inspired by pineapples. This year, the same seems to be the case for its less-acidic friend, the watermelon! I’ve seen slices everywhere — from beach balls and buttons, to handbags and headbands, to dolls and dresses. Watermelon is the new pineapple. Clearly.

After spying this trend (again, and again), while out and about, I jumped on Pinterest to do further research. The result was a rabbit hole of watermelon findings, of which I curated my favorites onto a virtual board. That particular board, I promise, is bursting with fruit flavor! Click here to scroll through, and repin to your juicy, heart’s content. But I digress.

Watermelon Bib

My point is that I was inspired. That inspiration combined with the fact that I was headed on a trip to visit some of my favorite bubbies, got me thinking about cute ways to apply the trend to something a baby would wear. It’s so dang hot right now, though that the only knitwear I could bear to subject a little one to, is a sweet bib. So, I grabbed the Takumi needles from the set I always travel with (you can watch the video on Facebook from this week’s, “Ask Me Monday” live feed to hear more scoop on knitting while traveling), and cast-on for this wee watermelon, wearable-treat! Here’s how you can make one too.


Yarn Arts Ambassador, Clover Needlecraft


1 ball each of Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell, in colors: (A) Crimson Twine, (B) Jade Jersey, and Scraps of (C) Cotton Club
Clover Takumi Bamboo 16″ (41 cm) Circular Needle, Size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm)–or size needed to obtain gauge
Optional: 2, Clover Takumi Bamboo Double-pointed Needles (dpns), size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm)–or size needed to obtain gauge
Clover Chibi Tapestry Needle


Finished Measurements
Length: (at center) 5 1/4″ /13.5 cm
Width: 9 1/2″/24 cm


21 sts. x 44 rows = 4″/10 cm in Garter Stitch

Note: This section is worked in short-rows, and can knit with either a circular needle or two dpns.
With Color A, CO 24.

Row 1: K 23, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn (last st will now be wrapped.)

Row 2: K 23.

Row 3: K 21, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 4: Knit 21.

Row 5: K 19, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 6: Knit 19.

Row 7: K 17, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 8: Knit 17.

Row 9: K 15, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 10: Knit 15.

Row 11: K 13, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 12: Knit 13.

Row 13: K 11, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 14: Knit 11.

Row 15: K 9, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 16: Knit 9.

Row 17: K 7, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 18: Knit 7.

Row 19: K 5, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 20: Knit 5.

Row 21: K 3, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 22: Knit 3.

Row 23: K 1, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 24: Knit 1.

Repeat Rows 1-24, seven times MORE.

Note: If you chose to use dpns for last section, switch to circular needle here to accommodate extra sts.

Next Row: K 24, pu 23 across top of piece. –47 sts

Next Row: Knit.

Neck shaping:
Row 1: K 15, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 2: K 15.

Row 3: K 14, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 4: K 14.

Row 5: K 13, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 6: K 13.

Row 7: K 12, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 8: K 12.

Row 9: K 11, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 10: Knit 11.

Row 11: K 10, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 12: K 10.

Row 13: K 4, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 14: K 4.

Row 15: K 3, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 16: K 3.

Row 17: K 2, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 18: K 2.

Row 19: K 1, sl 1, bring yarn fwd, sl st back to LH needle, turn.

Row 20: K 1.

Left neck shaping done.

Row 21: Knit 47.

Rows 22-41: Rep rows 1-20 (only wrap and turn rows will now be works on WS rows.)

Right neck shaping done.


Note: You can use either dpns or circular needle for this section.
With Color B and RS facing, pu 88 sts evenly along entire bottom edge.
Row 1 (WS): Knit.

Row 2: Knit, picking up 7 sts evenly. –54 sts.

Row 3: Knit.

Row 4: Knit, picking up 2 sts evenly. –56 sts.

Row 5: Knit.


With Color B and either dpns or circular needle, pu 4 sts at top corner of bib.
Work in i-cord for 10″/25.5 cm.


Repeat for opposite side.


Using Color C and tapestry needle, duplicate stitch “seeds” in desired pattern across bib.

Weave in ends. Block if necessary.


Warm Up America! Crochet Challenge by B.hooked Crochet


B.hooked Crochet is inviting you to be part of their challenge to aid the organization Warm up America! At Clover we’re still working hard to make that afghan and there’s still time for you to join!


To learn more about the organization Warm Up America click here.

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The Challenge is open worldwide to anyone who would like to participate. Each participant will complete the afghan pictured above (in the colors of their choice) to donate it to Warm Up America! Foundation.

Please join our Facebook group if you wish to participate! It gives you the opportunity to share your pictures and progress!

This pattern is beginner-friendly! Having a little crochet experience helps, but is certainly not required. You will be provided with four detailed video tutorials, diagram and written instructions to help you through this process.

-courtesy of www.bhooked.com

Click here for an easy free pattern that will get you started on the challenge!

Tool School Takumi Interchangeable Knitting Needles with Steve Butler


What is it? – Few knitting tools are more useful than a quality interchangeable circular knitting needle assortment. At home or on the road it’s like having a knitting shop in a case.  With all the component parts you can create the perfect knitting tool to fit virtually any intended project.  To make the Takumi Interchangeable Circular assortment more accessible, the component pieces are now available individually along with some useful accessories.  Takumi Bamboo Knitting Needles are legendary for their warm, organic feel with just the right amount of flex to them to make them comfortable.  Newly designed points make them perfect for any size yarn or knitting application.  Attach the knitting needles to restyled cords that are incredibly soft and flexible and you have the perfect circular knitting needle.  New connectors, stoppers, repair hooks and an attractive case round out the system.  All you add is the creative inspiration for your project.

What does it do? – This is the ultimate knitting tool box.  Acquire  the components as you need them and create the assortment that is perfect for everything you do.

Takumi Bamboo Interchangeable Knitting Needle Points – Nothing feels or performs like bamboo.  The interchangeable points are available in twelve sizes to meet the needs of virtually any application.  Sizes available are 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,10.5,11,13,15.

Takumi Interchangeable Cord – These cords are newly redesigned to be soft and flexible, enabling your projects to lie flat as you knit.  They are available in five sizes. The lengths available are 16, 24, 29, 36 and 48 inches.

Takumi Interchangeable Cord Connector – Interchangeable connectors allow a whole new dimension in flexibility.  For larger or uniquely sized projects two or more cords can be joined together to make a single longer cord.  The connections are smooth and seamless so there is no hang-ups with even the finest, most delicate yarns.

Takumi Interchangeable Stoppers – Interchangeable stoppers simply screw into the ends of the cords when the needle tips are removed.  They are large enough to prevent stitches from sliding from the ends of the cord but small enough to tuck away in your kit.

Bamboo Knitting Repair Hooks – Bamboo repair hooks are an essential to any knitting kit.  The Takumi Knitting Repair Hooks come in two sizes, each with a pointed end and a crochet hook style end.  The hooks allow you to manipulate your yarn to effectively repair a dropped stitch from even five or six rows down without having to pull out all of those stitches and start over.

Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needle Case – With all of these wonderful components the only challenge is keeping them all together.  Problem solved.  This attractive case organizes the components as you acquire them for easy access as you need them.  It’s spacious enough to accommodate the entire set if you so desire.


Watch Tool School Here!!!


Whimsical Wonder Clip Holders by Carol Porter

wc1Make a whimsical Wonder Clip holder for your Wonder Clips!!! Here’s how….

Wonder Clips Holder, Purple/Lavender Felt



Art No. 8461 Flower Frill Template

Lavender Felt Strip 4″ x 7″

Three green felt Leave

One Votive Candle Holder



1.Make one large flower frill petal.

2. Fold felt strip along the long edge; stitch raw edges; clip to the stitching every 1/4″ then cut the loops.

3. Glue 3 leaves evenly around the edge of the candle holder.

4. Roll the loop strip and glue into the candle holder.

5. Glue and insert the flower frill petal                                                                                      into the center.

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Art No. 8921 Needle Felting Mold Rose

Art No. 8901 Pen Style Needle Felting Tool

Art No. 7926 Natural Wool Roving Pink

Art No. 7922 Natural Wool Roving Moss Green

One Preemie Hat OR Sleeve Cuff from an old Sweater

Polyester Stuffing


1.Make the felted rose following package instructions.

2. Fold ribbing from cuff or hat back on itself; fill with stuffing.

3. Cut a felt circle the size of the base and glue in place.

4. Glue felted rose on top of stuffing.

5. Enjoy your new Wonder Clip holder!!

Download our free project sheet here to learn how to make all FOUR Wonder Clip Holders or from our website www.clover-usa.com under project sheets.