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07 July 2008 @ 04:15 pm
Crocheted Peace Symbol Stick Barrette  

I used worsted weight cotton, the variegated color is Sugar'n'Cream Playtime, which appears to be a discontinued color, and a navy Lion Brand Cotton, and a size F hook. Any worsted weight cottons in contrasting colors will work.
The stick part is a 3/16" inch dowel cut to about 5 1/2 inches, sharpened on both ends, then sanded very smooth with 120 grit sand paper, then 220, then 400 and the ends were dulled slightly with sandpaper.
The pattern is really adaptable, my daughter who is the model in those pictures has very thick hair, so it's a bit big. I'll include notes to make the symbol a bit smaller. If you know how to crochet flat circles, and think you can figure out that part, the circle is started with 6, and has 6 rounds total (ending with 36 stitches), slip stitch the peace symbol, and meet us back here at round 7. You'll need to know single crochet, double treble, and slip stitches. I've put notes at the end for beginners.

Rnd 1: Chain 2 or make a "magic loop", do 6 sc in the first stitch or loop, sl st to join.(6 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1 (doesn't count as first stitch here or throughout), do 2 sc in each st around. Sl st to join.(12 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat ** around.(18 sts)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* , repeat ** around, sl st to join. (24 sts)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat ** around, sl st to join. (30 sts)
Rnd 6: ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat ** around. Sl st to join (36 sts)
Break off yarn.

At the top of one of the points, join in your contrast color by making a slip knot in your yarn, and putting a loop on the hook, then slip it into the stitch at the top of the point, slip stitch, then before you start slip stitching, mark your points that you're slipstitching to. The first thing we will do is the inverted V shape, but we are marking all the points we are stitching to now. So not counting the stitch your hook is in, count 6 stitches from your hook, and mark that, that's the bottom of your peace symbol, count 6 more stitches, and mark that, it's the other side of your inverted V,then count 12 stitches, and mark that, it's the top of your peace symbol.
Now, start your peace symbol by slipstitching up to the middle of the circle, then down to mark on the other side. Break off yarn.
Join the yarn again the same way to the top of your peace symbol, and slipstitch down to the bottom.

Rnd 7: Work over your yarn ends from the previous rnds and embellishments. ch 1, 2 sc in first stitch, sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 stitches, and here's the tricky part, double treble crochet in the 4st from your hook on this round. Yep. You're going backwards for a second. Working back in the rnd 6,2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st. (you should be at the top now), sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, and do that neat thing with the double treble again going back into the this round 4 stitches from your hook, working back in round 6, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st, sl st to join, break off yarn, and weave in ends.

Well, the important parts to remember.. are none of it really. As long as you have a stick, and can make something with holes to put it through, you can make a stick barrette, but for this style, as long as you can make a circle, and know how to increase it, and don't mind a touch of math to figure out where to put the double trebles, you can make this a bit smaller, or you could make one with 5 sides and put a star in it, or.. like I'm planning, you could make an eyeball barrette.

For beginners- Flat "circles" are made by regular increases, this pattern actually makes a hexagon. You increase every stitch on the second round, every other stitch on the 3rd round, every 3 stitch on the 4th round, and keep increasing that way, so you're adding the same number of stitches that you started with in your base round to every round.
A double treble, in American terminology means you wrap your hook 3 times, and work off the loops the same way you do a double.
The abbreviations in this crochet pattern are

  • sc= single crochet
  • ch= chain
  • sl st= slip stitch

If you don't have nice thick hair that can be held back with a stick barrette, but want to wear them anyway, try putting it back in a pony tail then put the barrette on with the stick going through the hair trapped by the pony tail holder.
EDIT: The completed eyeball variation-

For this one, there were different color changes, and the veins were embroidered on with 2 strands of red 4 ply yarn. The eye color variations were done using spike stitches, which means instead of inserting my hook into the top of the stitch, I inserted it on the bottom of the stitch to create a spike when I worked finished the stitch.
Round 1- black
Round 2- light green
Round 3- moss green with the following variation-
ch 1, sc in first st, 1 sc SPIKE stitch an 1 sc in next st, *1 sc in next st, 1 sc spike stitch and 1 sc in next st,* repeat ** sl st to join (18 sts)
Rnd 4: white
Rnd 5: white
Rnd 6: white
Rnd 7: black
Embroider on veins and make a pupil following the pattern just for the first round and sew it in the middle.
Feeling: accomplishedaccomplished
reviarevia on July 9th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
Oooh! Very cool! As soon as I get some time on my hands, I am making one or 3 of these!
shala_beadsshala_beads on July 9th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
They work up soo fast. I think I'm going to make a bunch more!
(Anonymous) on July 21st, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
I thought you might get a kick out of knowing someone put a link in a post to one of the crochet groups I belong to. YOU GO GIRL! *wink*

shala_beadsshala_beads on July 21st, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)