Here is a picture of my first completed travel Tic Tac Toe. Since this is from my head, I am going to test the pattern as written in the next few days and take pictures as I go for instructional purposes. Check back soon! It's a fun project for kids, beginning crocheters, as well as yarn junkies with oodles of gauge swatches lying around.
SKILL LEVEL - easy
FINISHED SIZE - 5" x 5"
YARN - Lily Sugar and Cream, as many colors as you want.
HOOK - K/10.5
NOTIONS - yarn needle
Gauge - not important for this project. You can use any yarn and any hook - more experienced crocheters who choose a different yarn, can adjust the number of stitches and rows, a multiple of three works best, to obtain the correct size of about 4" by 4". Also, instead of making the game pieces out of yarn, you could use buttons, coins, etc.
Game Board- Front/Back (make 2)
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across, ch 1, turn. (12 sc)
Row 2-11: sc across, ch 1, turn.
Row 12: sc across, fasten off.
Place the two squares back to back, lining up row 12 at the top edge. Join a contrasting color yarn (insert hook through both squares, draw up a loop, chain 1, hold yarn tail in place and stitch over it to hide.) Begin sc through both pieces evenly down one side (may be more than 12 stitches), across the bottom (should be about 12 stitches across) and up the third side. At the corners, add in one extra sc to round out the corner. At the top edge, sc across, through only one side, finishing back where you started, fasten off and weave in ends. This makes a pocket to hold games pieces with contrasting border. Use contrasting color yarn and yarn needle to backstitch a tic tac toe grid across the front. Use the stitches and rows to guide you along in a straight line.
Game Pieces - (make 5 each)
Make adjustable ring (wrap the end of your yarn around your first two fingers two times, so that the end of the yarn is closest to the end of your fingers. Slide the crochet hook under the first loop, grab the second loop with the hook and draw it through the first loop.)
Ch 1, sc 6 inside.
Pull tail to close loop.
Sc2 in each sc around (12 stitches), sl st to close, fasten off. Pull tail through middle to the back and tie off with the beginning tail in two overhand knots, snip ends to 1/2 inch or so.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Sl st in next ch sp.*
rep from * to* three more times.
Sl st to join back in 1st ch sp.
Pull tail through middle to the back and tie off with the beginning tail in two overhand knots, snip ends to 1/2 inch or so.
I have looked at so many crochet pattern websites in the last six months, but to to my knowledge, this is my original idea. I have searched them over again, to be sure, and found only one other game with a completely different concept and construction.