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Hugs and Kisses (aka Noughts and Crosses)

hugs and kisses

I AM a fan of Valentines Day. I get cheesed off with people who bemoan the occasion, “Consumerism, bla bla, invention of greetings card companies, moan moan, “etc etc. As far as I’m concerned, it’s an excuse to remind the people you care about that you love them.

 

That being said, I’m not a fan of overly smooshy, sickly sweetness. Well, not all the time. So, if you’re after a quick, quirky crafting project that’s perfect for young and old alike, this is the project for you!

 

A fun, cute version of the classic Noughts and Crosses game that takes a couple of evenings to work up. The board is the front of a little wallet that keeps all the counters safe and sound, you could even add a crochet strap and it would look really ace as a shoulder bag.

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I’m also planning a version of this game with more than 9 squares, and a version for kids with bugs or flowers for counters. Perhaps a crochet trophy for the winner would be amusing too!

 

 

 

Materials:

Double Knit wool, red, deep pink and light beige.

3mm hook, or any hook to create a finished work that will hold the filling well

Yarn needle

1 button approx 2cm wide

 

Abbreviations (UK crochet terms)

rnd : round

dc : Double crochet

sl st : slip stitch

st : stitch

c : chain

 

Hug (make 5)

Magic circle 8

rnd 1-30            dc 8

End with a sl st, break thread and pull through last st to finish.

Stuff, and sew beginning of work to end to for the ‘O’

 

Kiss (make 5)

Magic circle 8

rnd 1-12            dc 8

*next, dc into the centre of the stick you’ve just created using the ‘surface crochet’ method (there is a good tutorial here: http://www.crochettoday.com/how-to/how-work-surface-slip-stitch, but remember to do a dc rather than a sl st.) in a small square shape, 2 dcs on each side, so you have 8 st.

rnd 2-5            dc8 (this forms one of the remaining ‘arms of the cross)

End with a sl st, break thread and pull through last st to finish.

Stuff, and using yarn end sew up to enclose stuffing and weave in ends.

Repeat from * on the other side of your work to create the cross shape.

 

Board

 

Squares (make 9, 5 edged in red, 4 with pink)

Ch 12 in beige

row 1-10            dc 12, ch 1 and turn

row 11            dc 12

Break thread and pull through last st to finish.

To do the edging, choose your accent colour, dc 10 along each side, and 3 into each corner st.

sl st, break thread and pull through last st to finish.

 

St the 9 squares together just below the edging so you form a neat ridge (see photo for reference)

 

dc round the edge of the board in red, picking up 36 st on each edge and dc 2 in each corner st.

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To make the board into a wallet,

ch 112 in beige

row 1-4            dc 112, ch 1 and turn

row 5                        dc 112

Break thread leaving long tail and pull through last st to finish.

Using tail, sew one long edge of this to 3 edges of the board. This will make the pocket depth.

Next,

Ch 36 in red

row 1-35            dc 36, ch1 and turn

row 36            dc 36

Break thread leaving long tail and pull through last st to finish.

Use tail to sew this to the beige panel you’ve just created. This forms the back of the wallet.

To form the triangular section:

Ch 36 in red

row 1-4            dc 36, ch1 and turn

row 4                        dc 36

Break thread leaving long tail and pull through last st to finish.

Use tail to sew this to the top of the board

In pink,

Ch 36

row 1-5            dc 36, ch 1 and turn

*miss 1 st, then dc to 1 stitch before end, ch 1 and turn* repeat until 10 st remain.

miss 1 st, dc 2, ch 4, miss 4, dc 2, ch 1 and turn.

Miss 1 st, dc6, sl st.

Break thread and pull through st to finish.

Sew the ch end to the red section.

Sew button into place on the back of the wallet using the pink triangle to place it

 

Ta da!

 

I hope you enjoy the pattern and have fun creating other alternatives to the noughts and crosses game.

hugs and kisses

hugs and kisses

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This entry was published on February 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm. It’s filed under crochet, pattern, toy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

9 thoughts on “Hugs and Kisses (aka Noughts and Crosses)

  1. That’s gorgeous! I might give it a try!

  2. What a lovely little project!

  3. Great idea and nice execution.

  4. Reblogged this on Gráficos e Receitas and commented:
    para brincar de jogo da velha :p

  5. Reblogged this on fpvj.

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