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25 April 2007 @ 10:12 am
Lip Balm holder  

I made this for my daughter as a quick way to explain filet crochet, thread crochet and crocheting in the round to a friend I designed a chart for.
There are a lot of methods for doing filet crochet, and Google will find lots of them, but the chart I designed was for a 3 stitch mesh, which means that an open block is 1 dc, chain, 1 dc, and a closed block is 3 dc, the last dc of the previous block is the first dc of the first one.

So this pattern is going to be written for beginners.

You will need a size 7 hook. Gauge can vary though, and these are pretty quick, if the first one doesn't fit after you get the first few rows done, switch hook sizes, it's it's too loose, go to a smaller hook which will have a higher number, if it's too tight, switch to a larger hook. You want it snug so it will stay in place, but not so snug you can't change it out.
Size 10 crochet cotton, also called bed spread weight, it's a very common size, and comes in lots of great colors and colorways.
a keyring or ball chain if you're going to put it on a key ring, you can also just make a strap long enough to go around your neck.
A needle to weave in ends.

Rnd 1:Start by chaining 2, in the first chain, single crochet 8 times, slipstitch to join.

Rnd 2: Chain 1, then 2 single crochets (sc) in the same stitch, I've found for myself for single crochet rows, a tight chain 1 which doesn't count as the first sc, followed by a single crochet in the same stitch looks neater then chaining 1 and counting it as the first sc, or just sc after my slipstitch to join, however, all methods work for some crocheters, so do what you're comfortable with. 2 scs in each stitch around , slipstitch to join. (16 stitches)

Rnd 3: chain 1, sc in each stitch around, slipstitch to join.

Rnd 4: repeat round 3.
Starting the filet:

Rnd 5: Chain 3, the first 2 chains count as the first double crochet (dc), skip one stitch, dc in next stitch (open mesh made), dc in next 2 stitches, (closed mesh made), ch 1, skip a stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, ch 1, skip a stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, ch 1, skip a stitch, dc in next 2 stitches, slipstitch to the second chain in first 3 chain row to close.

Row 6: Chain 2 for first dc, dc in next 2 stitches (closed mesh made), ch 1, skip a stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, ch 1, skip a stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, ch 1, skip a stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, ch 1, skip stitch, slipstitch to 2nd chain made.

Rnd 7: repeat round 5

Rnd 8: Repeat round 6

Rnd 9: repeat round 5

Rnd 10: Repeat round 6

Rnd 11: repeat round 5

Rnd 12: Repeat round 6

Rnd 13: chain 1, sc in each stitch around, slipstitch to join

Loop: chain 10, slipstitch to start of chain, if you want to reinforce it, slipstitch around the 10 chains.
Break off and finish, weaving ends in.

In international crochet symbols, this is how the body of the holder is made if it helps to see it. Working from the bottom up.

Most filet crochet patterns are done on grids, so one like this would be shown like this

The white squares indictate open meshes, and the black one show the closed meshes.

In my scan of the completed lipbalm container, I wrapped a piece of duct tape around the lip balm tube so the holder would show better.

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the sleepy wolfsingingwolf on April 26th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)

Thank you hun!
shala_beads: pink crochet socksshala_beads on April 26th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
I can tell you desperately needed a pattern for a lip balm cozy!!! *grins*

Working on a beaded one now in cylinder beads.
the sleepy wolfsingingwolf on April 26th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Actually, you aren't far off, hun.

I've been looking at lip balm making kits.....
shala_beadsshala_beads on April 26th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Why kits? Lipbalm is SERIOUSLY the easiest thing in the world to make. I highly recommend both From Nature with Love and of course Lavender Lane, I've always gotten great service from both of them.
Fats and wax are all you need for good lipbalms, and a microwave. I like using about 40% wax/30% butters/30% oils, and if I want just a tint of color/scent.. well.. I'm cheap. Unsweetened kool-aid! I use bees wax pellets because they melt fast, although I suppose you could just buy a block and grate it. I'm impatient. Same formula or you might want to make a wax/oil mix with more wax for solid perfumes, they don't need the same sort of glide and more wax would make them stay on really well without feeling oily.
the sleepy wolfsingingwolf on April 26th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
*double squee*

I didn't have either of those places bookmarked for soap making supplies!

So far, I've been eyeing http://www.pinemeadows.net/index.php and
shala_beadsshala_beads on April 26th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
I'll check them out too! I like cocoa butter for my skin. :)