"Childrens Hospital Donation"

"Childrens Hospital Donation"
This is the load of Baby Hats, Blankies, Teddy's Bears & Dolls we took to
Childrens Hospital In Little Rock today.. There are over 400 Baby hats...

Friday, March 25, 2011

May Day Hanging Basket

{In Honor of Tracy Ann}
"JMSQ "Copyright March © 2000-2011

Years ago, when my Mother was a girl, they would make some cute baskets out of colored paper and pick some fresh wild flowers that had bloomed and place the flowers in their May Day Basket, then "quietly" put their May Day Flowers on someones doorstep and leave, Giving the reciever a Special Surprise when they arrived home or happened to come out doors. This was always done on May 1st of each year, and in secret. {Random Act of Kindness & Love}

Now I thought about this over the years from time to time, and I've come up with a sweet Crocheted Hanging Basket that you can have a normal hanger (for displaying on your wall) or a Large Hanger (for hanging over the recievers door knob). Either case you the creater will have fun making and designing these fun May Day Hanging Baskets.

You can choose the square design of your choice, or use the one I've shared below. The square  MUST be SQUARE (same size on all 4 sides) for this to work.

The Orange one was worked with a J hook, the others were worked with a H hook.. (same pattern  was used however)

                                   "JMSQ "Copyright March © 2000-2011
                                    {Happy Birthday MOM J.Sampson}
skip next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 dc in stitch just skipped X st just made. Each X st takes 2 sts  to complete

Rwo 1: ch 32, 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, ch 2 turn (29  sts)

Row 2: skip 1st st, 1 dc in next st, 1 dc in stitch just skipped [X st completed],  *skip next  st, 1 dc in next st, 1 dc in stitch just skipped, *Repeat across, 1 dc in last st, ch 2 turn (30 sts, = 14 X sts, 2 dc)

Row 3: 1 dc in each st across, ch 2, turn (30 sts)
Repeat row's 2 & 3:  6 more times ending after last row being a dc across.
Sc around cloth, , fasten off.

Change colors for trim, sc around, 3 sc in each corner, don't forget to add hanging loop on 2nd corner from trim beginning as below.

*Hanging Loop: sc down one side, and along another side, in center corner work, 1 sc, ch 10 for  normal hanger, [ch 35 for Lg. Hanger,] 1 sc all in same center st of this corner, then sc along  the rest of row, and sc down last row., finish off and leave a LONG TAIL for whip stitching  together take 2 opposite corners and put together matching sts, whip st to top of and tuck in tails

Now you can add a bow in the center , go through both layers [front & back] of cloth for stability (I do, it helps hold the weight of flowers)

Make a lovely card or note, add some fresh flowers or nice artificial flowers, pick out that special neighbor and go Bless them by leaving a love gift on their door.

Don't forget to make one for yourself, they are so simple and fun to make.

I made my first May Day Hanging Basket for my Mother back in March 2000 and she still has it hanging on her fireplace mantle. Brought back some lovely memories, so I decided to do this again for all my sourounding neighbors.. .. JMSQ

Corrections added 4/12/2011

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