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Easy Keyboard Duster

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Use this easy crochet pattern to make a unique crochet pattern from Lily Sugar n' Cream. Whenever you're looking for something to dust off your computer keyboard with you can use your new duster. It's handy for reaching small spaces in your home and office.

MEASUREMENT
Approx 5½ ins [14 cm] diameter.

MATERIALS

  • Lily Sugar’n Cream (70.9 g/2.5 oz; 109 m/120 yds)
  • Contrast A (01712 Hot Green) 1 ball
  • Contrast B (01009 Soft Teal) 1 ball
  • Contrast C (00042 Tea Rose) 1 ball
  • Size 4 mm (U.S. G or 6) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

GAUGE
15 sc and 16 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].

ABBREVIATIONS
Loop = Insert hook into st. Wrap yarn around finger and pull up a loop. Keeping finger in place, yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook – Loop made.

INSTRUCTIONS
Back

With A, ch 2.
1st rnd: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st in first sc.
**2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st in first sc.12 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 18 sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in next sc. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from * to last sc. 1 sc in last sc. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 30 sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 4 sc. Rep from * to last 2 sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Join with sl st to first sc. 36 sc.
7th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 5 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 42 sc.
8th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 6 sc. Rep from * to last 2 sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Join with sl st to first sc. 48 sc.**
9th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 7 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 54 sc.
Fasten off.

Front
With B, ch 2.
1st rnd: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
Work from ** to ** as given for Back, substituting Loop for each sc.
Note: Loops will be on WS of work.
9th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 7 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 54 sc.
Fasten off.

Handle
With C, ch 6. Join with sl st to first ch.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 6 ch. Join A with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: With A, ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 6 sc. Join B with sl st to first sc.
3rd rnd: With B, ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 6 sc. Join C with sl st to first sc.
4th rnd: With C, ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 6 sc. Join A with sl st to first sc.
Rep last 3 rnds until Handle measures 6 ins [15 cm].
Fasten off.

FINISHING
With RS of Front (flat side) and WS of Back facing, join C with sl st at edge. Working through both thicknesses, work 1 rnd of sc around to join Fasten off. Sew Handle to Back as shown in picture.

 

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I was able to make the top piece of the duster, but struggled for 3 1/2 hours trying to figure out how to do the loops for the bottom piece. I have been crocheting for over 30 years, and have never been so frustrated with a pattern. I made loops but could not figure out how to lock them so they didn't come undone.

Thanks. This pattern sounds great! If you used the 100% cotton that is used for dishcloths, that should work. And if not for computers, then pianos, cordless phones, TVremotes, or anything else that has small raised parts. Hmmm, maybe even my venician blinds. . . {:-)

Loved it, quick and easy to make!

Cute! Clever! But NOOO. More than one computer expert has warned me...Do not use microfiber cloths around computers. Any kind of static can fry a computer, as can liquid in the keyboard. Don't vacuum either! These experts advise using the cans of air spray oh so carefully so as not to let a drip fall into the keyboard. Frustrating, isn't it? If these experts and I are wrong, yay! Cleaning a computer is a high pressure hassle for me. I've already lost a desk top, and my husband a desktop and a laptop, so I'm extra cautious now. Can't afford to lose anymore!

I think this is a great idea. you spray the electronic cleaner on it also. Couldn't you?

I love this idea and have printed the pattern to make one for the home puter and also my lap top

I plan to make one! Neat idea

What a cute and useful idea! I can see myself making this and my colleagues hounding me to make one for them too.

I think this pattern is ok for new crocheters. Little projects are always a good way to learn new things. But I personally would not make it, too cutesy and like one of the other member mentioned below it is why crochet gets a bad wrap with this type of item. People need to see that sweaters, socks, hats, etc. can be as beautiful as knitted items.

So if only the more difficult projects were posted on here, what would the beginners crochet? I have seen many sweaters, etc. posted on here for more experienced crocheters. There needs to be a mix of them all, in my opinion.

"People need to see that sweaters, socks, hats, etc. can be as beautiful as knitted items." Why? I do not think that crochet should be kept within the boundaries that knitting has set forth. I like making unconventional items, because I use them as decorations around my house as well as in my scrapbook. I do not want to make any "sweaters or socks, or hats." I have what I want in that respect. In summary, BOO. I do not share your opinion.

Some people might like to make this pattern.

I think this is a great idea. I just printed the pattern off for my mom to make. She is always looking for something "useful" to make. Now I KNOW what I am getting for my birthday this year.........

I would not make this project. I think it is cute, but would just be one more thing to find room for. Currently I use a very old shaving brush to clean my keyboard. Takes up almost no room and adds a little character to the scene!

I am going to try this one for sure. Maybe will try a frilly yarn later and skip the loops and see how it goes. To the ones who posted the comments on it being tacky....get an imagination. This is what crochet is about...coming up with new ideas. If this works as good as it sounds it will be a great addition to laptop accessories that will fit in a carry case.

This is a fine project...It's about new designs and testing the limits of our imagination. Traditional projects are ALWAYS good, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with taking a fiber art, such as crocheting, to whole, new levels of creativity. I'm a fiber artist (and teacher) of many years and proud of it. I'd say YES to creativity and imagination and this project is definitely both! Can't wait to give it a try and to share it with my fellow fiber artists! ;o)

NO - I would never waste my time on something so tacky! It's "projects" like this that have given crochet a bad, bad name. Put time and talent to better use! How about caps for premies, shawls for cancer patients, etc ...........all are honorable & creative use of crochet.

It is closed mindedness like yours that limits crochet to predetermined boundaries. Crochet is not about those limitations, it is about expressing oneself. I suppose this definition only applies if you consider crochet an art, but I believe that anything that is creative and unique is art. Art does not have to be enjoyed by any person other than the creator, but it is filled with emotion and passion. Furthermore you mentioned that "caps for premies, shawls for cancer patients, etc ...........all are honorable & creative use of crochet." So, you have never made an item for yourself? You have always donated them to individuals who are in the hospital? I think not. Get off your pedestal. Crochet does not have to be honorable.

Oh Please! We've spent years trying to get away from tacky little doo-dads that give crochet a bad name. Just go buy a Swiffer and make something worthy of your time and talent!

Just started this last night. I so hate the loop stitch. I found it easiest to loop around the first finger on my right hand. the idea is to hold the yarn out so that once you complete the stitch, you have a loop. Finishing the stitch secures the loop. Hope this helps.

I couldn't wait to try this, but I could NOT figure out the "LOOP" stitch for the life of me. I have crocheted for 40 years, so am not a novice.... may be I am just getting too old to learn something new?

I didn't try it, but just from reading also find it difficult to understand!! Maybe it is simpler than the explanations. Hope someone that will succeed, will explain it differently so we will understand. I will try this this evening, and let you know. If not, I think maybe to just make loops and than knit between the loops to keep it stable.

So cute & useful;)

I love this project also. I want to make several for using and giving to family and friends. Can use up some of my scrap yarn, always a plus. Thank You.

I can't wait to try this project, what a clever idea!!

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