6.30.2016

Catona "Paper" Chain

While brainstorming ideas to motivate my kiddos to do their summer reading, I came up with a little crochet pattern to share with you. I wanted something visual and tangible that allows them to "count" books or minutes read--something that would show progress towards their goal. Thus, the idea of a paper chain--the kind I made in grade school as a child seemed just the ticket! But, rather than running for the paper, I ran for the yarn (of course). A crocheted chain!


Scheepjes Catona Chain (free crochet pattern) by Susan Carlson of Felted Button




Scheepjes Catona Chain (free crochet pattern) by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

With my plentiful stash of lovely Scheepjes *Catona, I quickly found all of the colors that make me happy, then raided my button stash, and made these colorful little strips. (You can read more about Catona here.) Quick, simple, colorful--and with BUTTONS! Can't beat that!


Scheepjes Catona Chain (free crochet pattern) by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Here's how I made my Catona "Paper" Chain...

Materials:

  • C hook (2.75mm)
  • Small bits (about 19 yds/17.5m) of *Catona (100% mercerized fingering/4ply cotton) in your choice of colors (I used 25g balls in colors: 390, 252, 256, 264, 222, 226, 398, 251, 282, 261, 247, 146, 253, 205, 245 and 100.)
  • Buttons -- I used varying sizes, but on average they were 5/8" (1.6cm)
  • Needle

Skill Level:

  • Beginner

Stitches Used: (US Terms)

  • ch, hdc
Abbreviations: 
  • ch = chain
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip
  • sp = space

Pattern:
Leaving the starting tail about 8"/20cm long (used later to sew on button), 
ch 10
Scheepjes Catona "Paper" Chain (free crochet pattern) by Felted Button

Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn (9 hdc)
Scheepjes Catona "Paper" Chain (free crochet pattern) by Felted Button

Rows 2-36: ch 1 (does NOT count as st here and throughout), hdc in each st across, turn (9 hdc)
Scheepjes Catona "Paper" Chain (free crochet pattern) by Felted Button

Scheepjes Catona "Paper" Chain (free crochet pattern) by Felted Button

Row 37 (Buttonhole Row): ch 1, hdc in next 4, ch 1, sk 1, hdc in next 4, turn (8 hdc, 1 ch-1 sp)
Scheepjes Catona "Paper" Chain (free crochet pattern) by Felted Button

Row 38: ch 1, hdc in next 4, hdc in ch-1 sp, hdc in next 4, turn (9 hdc)

Row 39: ch 1, hdc in each st across, fasten off (9 hdc)

Now weave in the end you just fastened off, but save that long starting tail for sewing on your button at that end. I just used my needle to weave that end to the position in the middle of the piece and sewed on the button. Pretty easy, huh?


Scheepjes Catona "Paper" Chain (free crochet pattern) by Felted Button

I must say that this was a satisfying project! And my kiddos think it's fun to button their next link in the chain and watch their reading progress! 

Scheepjes Catona "Paper" Chain (free crochet pattern) by Felted Button

I'm thinking this would be a super way to teach the littles how to crochet, as well. Maybe you could have them create their own "link" in their favorite colors! And I love that this will be something that can have many uses in the future--like just looking cute in a spot of the house.

What fun ideas do you have for uses for this "paper" chain? Please share your ideas in the comment section below or on my Facebook page here.

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19 comments:

  1. Ingenious!!! Of course it had to come from you, my dear, with that fantastic button that allows us to change up the order, put them together, take them apart - it's really, really lovely!! Thank you!

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    1. Haha! Why, thank you, Judith! They are really fun and quick! Enjoy!

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  2. this is such a fun idea!

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    1. Thanks, Casey! My kiddos certainly agree.

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  3. This is a great idea!!!!I like the colors

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  4. I've done something similar to this with my Crochet Club kids. Once they learn the chain and single crochet stitch, they each make a link to add to our club chain. I love the button closure (we sew our links).

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    1. I agree that they are such a simple beginner's project--quick and cute. I love the idea of making the links for a club chain. That would bring such a sense of belonging and teamwork.

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  5. What a cute idea! I love that it's reusable! You could make one in Christmas colors to count down to Christmas.

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    1. I looove the idea of counting down to Christmas this way! Thanks for that!

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  6. Stash buster! Will be decorating my banister this Christmas. And don't have to be "finished" to use it =)

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  7. This would be PERFECT as a teacher gift. Now I need to make a chain for my kid's preschool teachers.

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    1. I completely agree. I'm always looking for ideas for teacher gifts.

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  8. Makes a great bookmark too! When finished with the book, add the bookmark to the chain!

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  9. Fantastic idea. Very useful.

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    1. Thank you. I hope you enjoy it.

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  10. Or a braclet for every day when your done wearing it add it back to your chain one to match every outfit

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