Egg Pompom + Clover News by Vickie Howell

Clover VH_BLOG_BANNERFor years now (seriously, over a decade), I’ve used Clover brand tools more than any other for my knitting, crochet, and general notions needs. Their bamboo, Takumi needles are a staple item in my studio (I love the way wool sliding off bamboo feels), and 9 times out of 10 if I need a large-eyed yarn needle or a stitch holder, Clover’s going to be the name on the one I grab from the shelves. That said, I’m thrilled to announce that I am now their, Yarn Arts Ambassador! In conjunction with my role as the International Spokesperson for Yarnspirations (in which I get to share all kinds of yarn-y goodness with knitter’s and crocheters), I’m excited to provide scoop on new products, as well as create new projects using Clover tools –or sometimes, just share a new way to use a notion that’s been around for awhile; like the one I’m showing today. Let’s dig in!

(Side note: I also have a daughter named, Clover. No relation. Just coincidence. It may get confusing. ;-))

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I don’t know about you, but I’m perpetually decorating for holidays at the 11th hour. A lot of that has to do with being a working mom of 3, and juggling career, home, and family. Some of it, though truly happens because I love crafting in theme of whatever day it is on or around the actual day it’s happening. I’m one to cast-on for a red knitting project on Valentine’s Day, or start a little crocheted, Fall-colored something on Thanksgiving. It’s part of the way I celebrate!

Well, folks here we are just a couple days away from Easter which means time to craft in a water colored palette — and since I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to pom-poms, I decided this was the route I’d go. What’s cuter than pastel pom-poms, you ask? Egg-shaped versions, of course! They’re easy to shape as long as you have a firm, evenly-wound pom foundation to start with. To get this, I highly recommend forgoing the fork, hand, or cardboard method. Instead, opt for a pom-pom maker (trust me, I tried without one and my finished, trimmed, egg-pom looked more like a sad, under-watered topiary.)

Make one for fun or to hang from the kidlet’s basket, or more to make a garland. Here’s how!

Materials
Bernat Sheep(ish) Stripes by Vickie Howell, in color: Homme(ish)Large, Clover Pom-pom Maker
Scissors

 

How-to:

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Once you’ve followed the above steps, it’s time to give your pom an eggcut! The trick is to trim in arcs. As long as you cut more of on the ends than you do in the middle, you’ll be golden (like a gold egg for Easter!)

Here’s a quickie, time-lapse video to show what I did.

 

Simple, fast, and frankly, smile-inducing. Grab your Clover Pom-pom Maker, and get eggy with it this weekend!

Happy Easter, Ostara, Bunny Day, Spring, or whatever!

xx,

Vickie
@VickieHowell

DIY Embroidered Pendant

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Embroidered pendants…these little gems are popping up everywhere! Who wouldn’t like some fun wearable art? This project takes less than an hour to make and makes for a perfect little handmade gift anyone would adore.

Be sure to check out the Clover Pinterest page for more embroidery inspiration.

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Supplies

Instructions

Place fabric in embroidery hoop

Use marking tool to measure and trace pendant on fabric

Use marking tool to draw design

Thread floss on needle and embroider design on fabric

Once complete, remove fabric from hoop. Cut out design and place in pendant.

 

 

Crochet a Bear Beanie

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Crochet a Bear Beanie with Clover’s Amour Crochet Hooks. The elastomer rubber handles are designed for comfortable stress free manipulation and reduced fatigue. Allowing you to crochet for longer periods of time.

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Crochet Beanie Pattern

Size: Teen (21.5″ head circumference)

Materials:

Medium Weight Yarn in Green and Blue

Art. No. 1047/H  (5mm), US Size H

Art No. 340 Chibi Jumbo Darning Needle

Art No. 353 Locking Stitch Marker to mark your rounds

Crochet terms used:

sl st: Slip Stitch

ch: Chain

hdc: Half Double Crochet

sc: Single Crochet

dec: Decrease stitch

( ): Indicates the total number of stitches at the end of each round.

Beanie:

Rnd 1: 8 hdc inside magic ring, sl st in first hdc (8)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, hdc in same sl st, 2hdc in each st around,  join with sl st top of ch 2 (16)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, hdc in same sl st, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next st* repeat * to*, join with sl st top of ch2 (24)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, hdc in same sl st, 1 hdc in next two sts, *2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next two st*, repeat *to* around, join with sl st top of ch 2 (32)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, hdc in same sl st, 1 hdc in next three sts, *2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next three sts*, repeat *to* around, join with sl st top of ch 2 (40)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, hdc in same sl st, 1 hdc in next four sts, *2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next four sts*, repeat *to* around, join with sl st top of ch 2 (48)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, hdc in same sl st, 1 hdc in next five sts, *2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next five sts*, repeat *to* around, join with sl st top of ch 2 (56)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, hdc in same sl st, 1 hdc in next six sts, *2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next six sts*, repeat *to* around, join with sl st top of ch 2 (64)

Rnd 9: Ch 2, hdc in same sl st, 1 hdc in next seven sts, *2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next seven sts*, repeat *to* around, join with sl st top of ch 2 (72)

Rnd 10-17: Ch 2, 1 hdc in each st around, change color to blue in last hdc, join with sl st top of ch 2 (72)

Rnd 18-23: Ch 2, 1 hdc in each st around, join with sl st top of ch 2 (72)

Do not finish off, continue to make first ear flap

Earflap

Row 1: Ch 1, 1 sc in next twelve sts, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 2-4: 1 sc in each st, ch1, turn (12)

Row 5: dec next 2 sc, 1 sc in next eight sts, dec next 2 sc, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 6: 1 sc in each st, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 7: dec next 2 sc, 1 sc in next six sts, dec next 2 sc, ch 1, turn (8)

Row 8: 1 sc in each st, ch 1, turn (8)

Row 9: dec next 2 sc, 1 sc in next four sts, dec next 2 sc, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 10: dec next 2 sc, 1 sc in next two sts, dec next 2 sc, ch1, turn (4)

Row 11: dec next 2 sc, dec next 2 sc (2)

Finish off, use darning needle to weave in ends.

Next Earflap

Count to the right 28 sts. Attach blue yarn with a sl st, ch 1, 1 sc in next twelve sts, ch 1, turn.

Continue with rows 2-11 from first earflap.

Do not finish off, continue to make edging

Edging

Place stitch marker, ch 1, turn, 1 sc in each st around ending at stitch marker. Join with sl st

Finish off, use darning needle to weave in ends

Braids

Cut 6 strands of yarn in blue, 6 strands of yarn in green, and 6 strands of yarn in beige approx. 40″ long.

Use 3 strands of each color for each earflap.

Fold the 9 strands in half, pull the folded end approx 1″ through an opening at the bottom of earflap.

Grab the yarn and pull tight through loop. Braid the strands of yarn and secure the ends with a knot.

Ears:

Rnd 1: 6 hdc inside magic ring, sl st in first hdc (6)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in next 4 st (8)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, turn, 1 sc in next 8 sts (8)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next 8 sts (16)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, turn, 1 sc in next 16 sts (16)

Finish off

Sew the ears between rounds starting to work at row 7 and down

Whimsical Felted Flowers

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Spring is finally here. We’re enjoying the beautiful weather, green grass, and flowers in full bloom. The gorgeous scenery has inspired us to create some whimsical felted flowers. Beckie Hansen shares her technique for flower making with felt, find instructions and more felting inspiration listed below:

Pom Pom’s in Bloom

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Pom Pom’s are a great way to use up any leftover yarn. What’s even better is that you can create “images” inside your Pom Pom depending on how you wind the yarn. Clover’s Pom Pom makers make it easy!

Have you tried to create unique designs with your Pom Pom Maker? We’d love to see!

 

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For more Pom Pom inspiration:

 

 

 

Felting with Beads & a giveaway!

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Follow along with us all month long as we share projects, tutorials, and inspiration with Clover’s crafting tools. In celebration of National Craft Month we also have giveaways planned all month long! We want to see how you are celebrating National Craft Month and let us know what crafting tools you would like featured this month. Feedback is always appreciated!

We’ve seen felt beads but have you ever tried felting WITH beads?

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Clover’s Pen Style Needle Felting Tool, Felting Claw, and Felting Needle Mat to create a heart shaped embellishment on a sheet of felt.

We used beads and yarn to add that extra embellishment to our heart.

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Last, we used a wet felted handbag to add our heart shaped embellishment.

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Now for the giveaway!Enter for a chance to win a prize package of:

  • 1 Pen Style Needle Felting Tool
  • 1 Felting Needle Mat (Small)
  • 1 Felting Applique Mold
  • 1 Natural Wool Roving Assortment
  • 1 Felting Needle Refill

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO ENTER:

Click the Rafflecopter link below for instructions on how to enter this giveaway

Felting Fun Giveaway