BUT, here is the Candy Cane pattern as promised. It's really an easy pattern, and a good way to use up some of those leftover bits of yarn that everybody has. I prefer mine in red and white, but you could use whatever colors you like.
Here's what you need:
Scraps of yarn, in white (Color A)and red (Color B) or colors of your choice
chenille stems - in a color to match Color A
Size H crochet hook
Note: Please read these notes before you start your project.
- The sequence in the first and last ch taper the ends for a more finished look.
- Don't be alarmed if the chains seem to 'gap' from the multiple st in each ch. You won't be able to see them when you're finished, and they make it easy to weave the chenille stem through.
- When you work the 3 dcs in each chain, your work will automatically begin to spiral. Don't be alarmed if it seems to take on a life of its own. :) You can easily manipulate it to spiral the way you want it to go.
Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc, 1 hdc, and 1 dc (all in same ch), * (3 dc in each ch across)* ending at next to last ch. In last ch, work 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc. End off and weave in ends.
Row 2: Do not turn. Starting at the beginning of Row 1, with Color B, ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sc in each st across. End off and weave in ends.
Finishing: Take a chenille stem, and measure the length of your candy cane, after you have it spiraled in the direction you want it to go. Add a little to the length so that you can turn the ends under, so that they don't 'poke' you. Do not turn them under until after you have woven them through the candy cane. This is where those 'gaps' (see Notes) come in handy. Thread the chenille stem through those gaps, and turn the ends under to hold it all together. You can either thread a piece of yarn through and tie it to make a hanger, or hook one of the regular ornament hooks through and hang it on your tree. You could also use it as an embellishment on your presents.