One word! Amaze-balls; wait is that even a word? That’s how I describe this month’s Crochet Surprise Box.

I heard a loud knock on the door. My mailman seriously sounds like the police force knocking down my door. I knew immediately what it was because we have members that posted about their excitement. I jumped right off the couch and grabbed my box. It smelled so good. I thought oh no, my tea bag opened.

I opened the box to discover that the tea had not opened. It was bath bombs! The bath bombs came from JSBathBombsandMore. You can find her Esty store by clicking HERE. I looked at her site to see if there were instructions on how to use the bath bombs. I couldn’t find anything but the ingredients she used. I did have the option to contact the shop owner but I myself do not have an Etsy account. I will be letting the bath fill up before I get in.

 

 

The tea of the month is “Mango Ceylon” – A lovely blend that pairs citrus smooth, mildly brisk Sri Lankan black tea with hints of juicy mango. There’s also a touch of calendula to lend a bit of color. This tea can be served hot or cold, but perfect for a cold brew on a hot day.

As you all know I’m not a tea drinker. My father-in-law drinks them. I remember him opening it and said, “Wow, I’ve never seen a tea like this”. I got up and went to look. It looked like there was dry pieces of mango in the tea. He immediately brewed some. Told me that it was one of the best teas he had ever tried. He is a huge fan of this one.

The pattern is “DAY SPA KIT”. It includes a pattern for 1 bath pouf, 2 floral facecloths, and a bath mitt. The box came with 4 skeins ‘Bernat Handicrafter Cotton’ in Robin’s Egg color and 2 skeins ‘Bernat Handicrafter Cotton’ in White. Here’s what the finished project is meant to look like:

I started with the Bath Pouf. It needs 2 Robin’s Egg and a 5.5 mm hook. (I suggest using a metal or bamboo hook. I am using The Crochet Lite Hook, its plastic, and I feel like I’m going to break it). You know, I’m surprised at the different textures of cotton. I’ve worked with multiple brands of 100% cotton worsted weight 4 and this one I think is perfect for scrubbies. It’s not super soft like the red heart cotton or other brands. Its has more of a scratchy feel. Anyways, on to the pattern.

 

 

Its starts with a chain 5 joined by a slip stitch to make a circle. Easy! Then chain 40 and join to chain 5 circle with a slip stitch. You just created the loop to hang in your shower. Again, easy!

Round 1 states to chain 1 then work 25 single crochet into the circle. Are you serious?!?!?! My first thought was that won’t fit. It was a tight squeeze, but it does fit. Join to the first single crochet with a slip stitch.

Round 2 begins with a chain 3 but it does NOT count as a stitch. 3 double crochet into each (25) single crochet. This round was kind of tough for my little hands. Each single crochet was so tight it was hard for me to push the hook through 3 times each stitch. Basically, we are tripling the amount of stitches. Round ends with 75 stitches.

Round 3 is done the exact same way as round 2. This one was much easier because the stitches were not super tight. 3 double crochet in each of the 75-double crochet. Again, we are tripling the amount of stitches. You should have 225 stitches.

The final round repeats round 2 and 3. 3 double crochet in each of the 225 stitches. This was the round I had to add the other skein too. Because of the way this one folds and curls, I literally tied the ends together and continued to crochet as if it was a single skein. I had to add the 2nd skein ¾ of the way through this round. Again, we tripled the amount of stitches. The round should end with 625 stitches. Tie off and weave in your ends.

I will admit I never once counted each stitch. That is just way too many for me to count and not loose track with 2 children running around. I used a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. It all worked out.

Now onto the floral facecloths; this is a set of 2 done in opposite colors. You will need 1 skein of ‘Bernat Handicrafter Cotton’ for your main color. For the contrasting color you’ll need 1 skein.

I started with the Robin’s Egg as my main color and White as my contrast. The chain 2 at the beginning of each round DOES NOT count as the first stitch for the first 3 rows. With that being said….

With your main color chain 4. Join with a slip stitch to make a circle. Round 1 states to chain 2, then 10 half double crochet in circle. Join to the first half double crochet. Round 2 and 3 we are doing 2 half double crochet in each stitch to double the amount on each round. Round 2 you should end with 20 stitches and round 3 should be 40 stitches.

From here on out the chain 2 DOES count as the first stitch for that round. Round 4 begins by chain 2, 1 half double crochet, chain 1, 2 half double crochet in the same spot as the slip stitch. I added my row counter on the first half double crochet. *Skip the next 2 stitches. 2 half double crochet, chain 1, 2 half double crochet in the next stitch. Repeat from the asterisk all the way around. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the chain 2. That gave me 14 shells.

Round 5 states to slip stitch in the next stitch and chain 1 spot. Chain 2, 1 half double crochet, chain 1, 2 half double crochet in same chain 1 spot. Again, I added my stitch counter on the 1st half double crochet after the slip stitching. *2 half double crochet, chain 1, 2 half double crochet in the next chain 1 spot. Repeat from the asterisk all the way around. Join with slip stitch to the top of chain 2. This still gives you 14 shells.

The pattern says to do round 6 & 7 the same way. Slip stitch into the next stitch and chain 1 spot. Chain 2, 2 half double crochet, chain 1, 3 half double crochet in the same chain spot. Again, I added my stitch counter to the first half double crochet after the slip stitching. *3 half double crochet, chain 1, 3 half double crochet in the next chain 1 spot. Repeat from the asterisk all the way around. Join with a slip stitch to top of chain 2.

Now because we added the extra half double crochet I ended up doing an extra slip stitch at the beginning of round 7. So, it ended up going like this for me; slip stitch into the next 2 stitches and chain 1 spot. Chain 2, 2 half double crochet, chain 1, 3 half double crochet in the same chain spot. Stitch marker added on 1st half double crochet. *3 half double crochet, chain 1, 3 half double crochet in the next chain 1 spot. Repeat from the asterisk all the way around. Still should have 14 shells. When doing the slip stitch to end this round add your contrasting color.

Round 8 starts with your contrasting color, in my case White. Chain 2. *8 double crochet in next chain 1 spot, single crochet in-between shells. Repeat from the asterisk all the way around giving you 14 shells. Join with slip stitch to first double crochet.

I’m going to type out round 9 EXACTLY how it is on the pattern.

Round 9: ch. 1. 1 sc in same spot as sl st. ch 1, (1 sc in next dc, ch 1) 7 times. *(1 sc in sp between next 2 shells 1 row below, ch 1) 4 times. 1 sc in same ch 1 sp as last sc. (ch 1, 1 sc in sp between next 2 shells 1 row above) 3 times. **(1sc in next dc, ch 1) 8 times. Repeat from * 11 times more, then move from * to ** once. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Ok, so I totally didn’t understand this round at all and I still don’t just by reading it. To the point I took the whole thing apart because I thought that I had done it all wrong. I took pictures of where I was at. Also took pictures of the pattern. I posted it to a couple different crochet groups I’m in asking for help. One person had figured it out and tried to show me step by step with pictures. I still couldn’t figure it out. I e-mailed the founder Sarah and asked her how to do it. She had stated that others were struggling also in our little Crochet Surprise Community. She decided to whip it up her self again and make a video showing us how to do round 9. I watched the video and crocheted along with her. I was laughing the whole entire time, it was so easy! I even went back to the round after completing it, to read it and I still didn’t understand it even after doing it. It makes no sense to me at all. Props to Sarah for making the video for us.

The last portion of this month’s box is the bath mitt. For this you will need 2 skeins of the Robin’s Egg and a 4.5 mm hook. This bath mitt is one size fits all. It is worked in two pieces. The first piece is the main mitt area. It is not worked in the round. You will turn after each round. At the end you will fold it in half and sew the sides together. The second piece the thumb piece. Its worked in the round directly onto the thumb gusset.

To start the mitt, you will need to chain 34. Row 1, this is the right side, states to do a single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, then a single crochet in each chain till you reach the end of the row. Turn your work. You should have achieved 33 stitches. I put a stitch marker on my first single crochet. Make sure you mark it special, noting that this was the right side.

Row 2 is chain 1, single crochet in each stitch to the end of the row. Again, I added my marker to the first single crochet, turn. You should still have 33 stitches. Repeat row 2, 6 more times. 33 stitches per row for a total of 8 rows.

Now it is time to make the thumb gusset. This is where we will be increasing the amount of stitches per row. Row 1, right side, chain 1. Single crochet into the first 16 stitches, 2 single crochet in next 2 stitches, single crochet till you reach the end of the row; turn. You should have 35 stitches now, with marker added to first single crochet.

Row 2 states to chain 1, single crochet into each stitch till the end of the row; turn.

Row 3 begins with a chain 1, single crochet in the first 16 stitches, 2 single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet in the next 2 stitches, 2 single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet to the end of the row; turn. This gives you 37 stitches with maker added to first single crochet. Row 4 repeats row 2.

Row 5 states to chain 1, single crochet in the first 16 stitches, 2 single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet in the next 4 stitches, 2 single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet till the end of the row; turn. This should have given you 39 stitches. Marker added to first single crochet. Row 6 repeats row 2.

For row 7 you will chain 1, single crochet in first 16 stitches, 2 single crochet in next stitch, single crochet in the next 6 stitches, 2 single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet till you reach the end; turn. You now have 41 stitches. Marker added to first single crochet. Row 8 repeats row 2.

Row 9, chain 1, single crochet in to the first 16 stitches, 2 single crochet in next stitch, single crochet in the next 8 stitches, 2 single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet till you reach the end of the row; turn. You now have 43 stitches, marker added to first single crochet. Row 10 repeats row 2.

Row 11 you will chain 1, single crochet into the first 16 stitches, 2 single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet in the next 10 stitches, 2 single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet till you reach the end of the row; turn. You now have 45 stitches. Marker added to first single crochet. Row 12 repeats row 2.

We have finished with the increase in stitches. Now we are making the opening for your thumb. Row 13 states to chain 1, single crochet into the first 16 stitches, chain 2, skip 14 stitches, single crochet till you reach the end of the row; turn. Marker added to first single crochet.

Row 14 you will chain 1, single crochet in each stitch including the chain 2 area till you reach the end of the row; turn. This should give you 33 stitches. I added a stitch marker to the first single crochet. Continue to repeat row 2 until you reach 8” in length from top to bottom. You will need to end with a row facing the WRONG SIDE.

The next portion of the mitt we will be shaping the top. We are going to be decreasing stitches on each row. Starting with right side facing you; chain 1, single crochet in the first stitch, stitch marker added, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the next 11 stitches, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the next 11 stitches, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the last stitch; turn. We decreased stitches 4 times, this should leave you with 29 stitches.

Row 2 begins by chain 1, single crochet in the first stitch, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the next 9 stitches, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the next 9 stitches, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the last stitch; turn. This row has 25 stitches.

Row 3 you will chain 1, single crochet in the first stitch, stitch marker added, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the next 7 stitches, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the next 7 stitches, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the last stitch; turn. You now have 21 stitches.

Row 4 starts with a chain 1, single crochet in the first stitch, single crochet 2 together, single crochet in the next 5 stitches, single crochet 2 together, single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet 2 together, single crochet in the next 5 stitches, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in last stitch; turn. You now have 17 stitches.

Row 5 begins by chaining 1, single crochet in the first stitch, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the next 3 stitches, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in the next 3 stitches, single crochet 2 stitches together, single crochet in last stitch. Fasten off. Your left with 13 stitches.

Last portion of the mitt is the thumb. With the RIGHT SIDE facing you, join yarn with a slip stitch to chain spot. Chain 1, single crochet in the next 2 chains, single crochet in the next 14 stitches. Join with slip stitch to first single crochet. This gives you 16 single crochet. Marker added to first single crochet.

The next round you will chain 1, single crochet in each stitch around; stitch marker added on first single crochet. Join with a slip stitch to first single crochet. Still should have 16 stitches. Repeat this round 4 more times.

The following round we are decreasing stitches to close the thumb up. You will start with a chain 1, single crochet 2 stitches together; stitch marker added. You will do this a total of 8 times. Join with a slip stitch to first single crochet. Now you have 8 stitches.

The last round you will chain 1, single crochet 2 stitches together; stitch marker added. You will do these 4 more times leaving you with 4 stitches. Fasten off and weave in ends.

We still need to fold and sew. The pattern states with the RIGHT SIDE facing you sew the glove together along the open sides, working from the base up to the finger tips. Fasten off and weave in ends. I will be honest I folded it inside out and sewed it with the WRONG SIDE facing me, so the seam was on the inside of the mitt when finished. It is totally up to you on how you want to sew it together.

I know that I really enjoyed making this months Surprise Box. This one is a keeper for me. I’ve got Christmas idea’s all ready for all the women in my family! I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. Now please excuse me while I go enjoy a bath bomb….

Stay tuned for a round up post with more spa like creations!