How to Wind a Center-Pull Yarn Ball

Have you ever gotten a good deal into a project and then realized you made a big error and had to scrap the whole thing? Well, that just happened to me with the project I’m currently working on. I know it can be really frustrating when you start to pull apart all of your stitches. Your work may have been wasted, but you can easily salvage your yarn back into an easy to use center-pull ball like the one you started with.

All you will need is the yarn you want to wind back up and your crochet hook. If you’re trying to wind up a very large amount of yarn, you will need a longer object like a knitting needle. The numbers below go along with the pictures.

1. Put the end of your yarn along the length of your crochet hook.
2. Fold the yarn back over and wrap it around both the hook and yarn towards the end of the yarn. Leave some of the yarn end sticking out the entire time. This is going to be your center-pull in the end.
3.-4. Turn again and start wrapping your yarn diagonally in the other direction. Repeat this process over and over until you’ve gotten a good bit of thickness to it.
5. Using the crochet hook to anchor your yarn, start wrapping long-ways, spinning the hook as you go along so that you’re not just wrapping in the same spot the entire time.
6. After you’ve gotten more thickness to it, start wrapping short-ways again. Repeat this process of alternating long-ways and short-ways wrapping until you’re almost out of yarn.
7. I always like to finish off with a bit of short-ways wrapping to hold everything together. Tuck the end of your yarn under some of the strands.
8. Now you’re done and can pull the crochet hook out of your yarn ball. If you wrapped it tight, this may need a bit of work (you can attach something to the end of your hook to help pull it out). Start crocheting again using the yarn end you left sticking out as your center-pull.

 

 

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Bunny *Pattern*

This bunny has already been featured in two of my posts, so now it’s time to show how to make him!

What you will need:
-Yarn (any color. I used red.)
-Yarn (black)
-Yarn (white)
-Crochet hook
-Stuffing
-Yarn needle
-Scissors

You can choose whatever brand of yarn you’d like. I chose Marks & Kattens Flox  yarn with a size D/3-3.25mm Boye hook.

Abbreviations:
R – round(s)
ch – chain(s)
sc – single crochet(s)
st – stitch(es)

1 – Head (make 1)

R1: Make a magic ring and sc 6 inside. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
R2: Make 2 sc in the next 6 st. Skip over the chain of R1. (12st)
R3: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (18st)
R4: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (24st)
R5: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (30st)
R6: [Make 1 sc in the next 4 st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (36st)
R7 – R12: Make 1 sc in the next 36 st. (36st)
R13: [Make 1 sc in the next 4 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (30st)
R14: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (24st)
R15: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (18st)
R16: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (12st)
R17: [Sc the next two st together.]*6 total times around. (6st)
Stuff the head and sew the opening closed. Finish off  the tail.

2 – Body (make 1)

R1: Make a magic ring and sc 6 inside. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
R2: Make 2 sc in the next 6 st. Skip over the chain of R1. (12st)
R3: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (18st)
R4: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (24st)
R5: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (30st)
R6 – R13: Make 1 sc in the next 30 st. (30st)
R14: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (24st)
R15: Make 1 sc in the next 24 st. (24st)
R16: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (18st)
R17: Make 1 sc in the next 18 st. (18st)
R18: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (12st)
R19: [Sc the next two st together.]*6 total times around. (6st)
Stuff the body and sew the opening closed. Leave a long tail to help attach the head later.

3 – Legs/Arms (make 4)

R1: Make a magic ring and sc 6 inside. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
R2: Make 2 sc in the next 6 st. Skip over the chain of R1. (12st)
R3: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (18st)
R4 – R8: Make 1 sc in the next 18 st. (18st)
R9: [Make 1 sc in the next 4 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*3 total times around. (15st)
R10 & R11: Make 1 sc in the next 15 st. (15st)
R12: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*3 total times around. (12st)
R13 & R14: Make 1 sc in the next 12 st. (12st)
R15: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*3 total times around. (9st)
R16: Make 1 sc in the next 9 st. (9st)
Stuff the leg/arm. Pinch the opening closed so that it’s flat and sew closed across. Leave a long tail.

4 – Ears (make 2)

R1: Make a magic ring and sc 3 inside. Join. Ch 1. (3st)
R2: Make 2 sc in the next 3 st. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
R3: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. Skip over the chain of R2. (9st)
R4: Make 1 sc in the next 9 st. (9st)
R5: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (12st)
R6: Make 1 sc in the next 12 st. (12st)
R7: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (15st)
R8 – R13: Make 1 sc in the next 15 st. (15st)
R14: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*3 total times around. (12st)
R15 & R16: Make 1 sc in the next 12 st. (12st)
R17: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*3 total times around. (9st)
R18: Make 1 sc in the next 9 st. (9st)
Do not stuff the ear. Press it flat. Pinch the opening closed so that it’s flat and sew closed across. Leave a long tail.

5 – Tail (make 1)

R1: With white yarn, make a magic ring and sc 6 inside. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
R2: Make 2 sc in the next 6 st. (12st)
R3 & R4: Make 1 sc in the next 12 st. (12st)
R5: [Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (6st)
Don’t sew closed. Leave a long tail.

6 – Eyes (make 2)

With black yarn, make a magic ring and sc 6 inside. Join. (6st)
Leave a long tail.

Using the long tails of the pieces you made, begin attaching them together.
Attach the head to the body using the tail you left on the body (with sc rounds going horizontally).
Attach the legs and arms along the bottom and side of the body with the flat end traveling along a sc round of the body. Try to attach the two legs to the same round to make them even (same with the arms).
Attach the ears to the top of the head a little closer to the back of the head than the front.
Attach the bunny tail onto the lower part of the back.
Attach the eyes to the lower half of the face. Using some white yarn, sew on a small white dot to each eye.
With black yarn, sew on an x-shape for the nose and mouth.
Finish off any leftover tails.

Carrot *Pattern*

Most of the crochet work I do is freehand, but I figured, why not write down a few patterns and share them from time to time? You can never have enough free patterns, right? Before I started this blog, I made a mermaid pattern and posted it to Instructables ( here ). I thought I’d share something a bit more simple today though.

So we have…. a carrot! I know. Exciting, right?

What you will need:
-Orange yarn

-Green yarn
-Brown yarn (optional)
-Crochet hook
-Stuffing
-Yarn needle
-Scissors

You can choose whatever brand of yarn you’d like. My orange yarn is Marks & Kattens Flox with a size D/3-3.25mm Boye hook.

Abbreviations:
R – round(s)
ch – chain(s)
sc – single crochet(s)
slst – slip stitch(es)
st – stitch(es)

With orange…
R1:
Make a magic ring and make 3 sc inside. Pull the tail to close the ring. Join. Ch 1. (3st)
R2: Make 2 sc in the next 3 st. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
R3: Make 1 sc in the next 6 st. (6st)
-I would like to note that at this point, I stop joining and chaining at the end of each round. This helps to avoid a seam in the finished product. The only downside is that you have to be more careful with keeping count since the beginning of the next round is not as visible (using a marker helps). If you want to continue with the “Join. Ch1.” then feel free. If not, then just start each new round directly into the next stitch (you’re going to skip over the chain of R2).
R4: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (9st)
R5 & R6: Make 1 sc in the next 9 sc. (9st)
R7: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (12st)
R8 & R9: Make 1 sc in the next 12 sc. (12st)
R10: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (15st)
R11 – R13: Make 1 sc in the next 15 st. (15st)
R14: [Make 1 sc in the next 4 st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (18st)
R15 – R18: Make 1 sc in the next 18 st. (18st)
R19: [Make 1 sc in the next 5 st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (21st)
R20 – R29: Make 1 sc in the next 21 st. (21st)
R30: [Make 1 sc in the next 5 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*3 total times around. (18st)
R31: [Make 1sc in the next st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (12st)
R32: [Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (6st)

Using the small opening you now have, stuff the carrot. Sew the opening closed and finish off the tail.

With green…

Using the posts of the last round you crocheted, sc 6 in a circle into the top of your carrot. Join. Ch1.
Make 1 sc in each st around for 2 rounds (6st).
[Sc in the next stitch. Ch 9. Turn. Skip the first ch and make one sc in the next 8 ch. Slst into the same st as your last sc.]*repeat this in each st around. You should end up with 6 protruding pieces. Finish off your tail.

You now have a carrot! You can choose to stop here or you can choose add the brown scratchy, stripey details that I did. What are those called on a carrot anyway?

For this, you will need your brown yarn and yarn needle.
Starting anywhere on the orange part of your carrot, thread the yarn in an over-under pattern across a few posts of a crocheted round (as shown in the picture above). Pull the yarn through and, along the same round, thread over-under the opposite posts than before to create the appearance of a solid brown line. Do this several times in different spots on the carrot (varying the length of the line). Finish off your tail.

Done and done!