It's possible that chapstick holders are a bit of a stretch for Mother's Day gifts, but, as a mother myself, I can tell you, I am always losing my chapstick. I don't think I have ever, in my lifetime, finished a chapstick from start to finish. In fact, I'm pretty convinced that there is a secret safe haven where chapsticks run to hide from dry lips, and they are just living it up in all their half used glory. Maybe they're canoodling with single socks!
So I came up with a solution, because I am also I mommy who loves all things under the sea!
Worsted weight yarn in the magical mermaid color of your choice.
Hook size E-3.5mm
Plastic lobster clasp hook
Yarn needle for weaving in ends.
Terms and abbreviations to know:
ch, chs - chain, chains
st, sts - stitch, stitches
rnd, rnds - round, rounds
sl st - slip stitch
hdc - half double crochet
hdc2tog - half double crochet 2 together, decrease with hdc
inc - 2 single crochet into 1 st
BLO - back loop only
FLO - front loop only
Notes: This pattern begins at the fin, working in rows, but is worked all in one piece. When working the decreases in the first part, be sure you are either in the FLO or BLO of the designated sts, depending on the row you're working. They are not worked through both loops of the st. When working in rnds, the rnds are worked continuously, without joining. If working with a slightly thinner yarn, you may need more rnds. The sts should still stretch to accommodate the ChapStick, but you want the tube portion of the holder to measure approximately 2.5 inches. If you'd like an ad-free PDF copy, click on the pattern title below for the Ravelry listing, for a small fee.
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Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from the hook and next 2 chs, sl st in last 3 chs; 6 sts
Row 2: ch 1 and turn, BLO sl st in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, hdc2tog; 5 sts
Row 3: ch 1 and turn, BLO, hdc2tog, sl st in next 3 ts; 4 sts
Row 4: ch 1 and turn, BLO, sc in each st across; 4 sts
Row 5: ch 1 and turn, BLO, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 3 sts; 5 sts
Row 6: ch 1 and turn, BLO, sl st in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; 6 sts
Row 7: ch 2 and turn, BLO, hdc in next 3 sts, sl st in next 3 sts; 6 sts
Ch 1, but do NOT turn. Work 3 sc across the flat ends of the rows.
The pattern will switch here to working in rnds.
Rnd 1: turn and sc 3 across in FLO, then turn and sc 3 across in the unworked loops behind, do not join; 6 sts
Rnd 2: inc in each st around; 12 sts
Rnd 3-11: BLO, sc in each st around; 12 sts
Cut yarn. To attach clip, ch 1, put the clip on the back of the hook and slide it forward, pulling the hook and yarn through clip. Ch 1 and sl st into next st to end. Weave in ends.
For some finishing touches while weaving in ends, see the final picture.
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