Jackie used Red Heart Comfort Glitter yarn in white. The 2nd row was sc and the 3rd row was 3tr in each st and then ch2. "I don't think there is any need to put a stitch in the hole at each end of the barrette as the work usually covers it anyway."
The barrette is one of the "clippy" kinds, like can be found at craft stores.
Any kind of yarn can be used - the really fancy yarns looks really cool, and the normal worsted weight do well as well. I've made some with X-mas varigated yarns, and even thread with the same general pattern.
I use an "8" Steel Hook or "H" Aluminum hook size, depending on whichever yarn/thread you are using.
1. First I take the middle spring piece out, then pop out the 'clipping bar', so all you have is the top bar to work with.
2. Start with the slip knot on the crochet hook. Use your fingers to feed a loop of the yarn from the bottom side thru the hole on one end of the barrette, and use the loop to make a sc. Ch 1 (if using thread, may need to ch 3 or 4).
3. Sc on the other side of the metal posts, going around the barrette, the finished stitch should be on the top side of the barrette. Watch your fingers with this, the corners of the posts (bottom side of barrette) are sometimes kind of sharp. SC all the way across, fitting as many sc on the barrette as you can.
4. When you reach the other set of posts, and have as many SCs as you want, ch 1, then sc thru the hole in the end, using the same method as the starting sc in step 2. From here the rest is easy :)!
5. Ch 2, turn. 2 dc in same sc (end sc). 2 dc in each sc across to last sc. 3 dc in end sc. Ch 3, turn.
6. Here's where you can get really creative.
The variations of this are as endless as scrunchy patterns, mostly because once the foundation rows are set, the creative juices can flow.
Another tip: If the second row is too 'tall', sc or hdc can be used instead of the dc. I've done so many different variations, its hard to put all of them into patterns. But now you have the basics, and this will create a simple quick and well covered barrette, anyone can be proud to own, receive, etc.
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