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How to Crochet Surface Slip Stitches

Learn to work the surface clip stitch with this crochet tutorial  video - then use this for the Tic Tac Toe game board crochet pattern - create a travel size game.

I recently wanted to make something fun for my little guy who is almost 5 years old. He has plenty of hats and won't wear scarves, but loves to play!

When we go to a local restaurant, he like to play with the little chalkboards they have there to help keep children quite while they wait for their food. Lately he's been grabbing the Tic Tac Toe boards, and we are learning to take turns winning!

Tic Tac Toe game board crochet pattern for a travel size game board. Store your pieces inside the game - by Little Monkeys Designs.

That gave me an idea - I could crochet him a travel size Tic Tac Toe board that never runs out of chalk! 
Tic Tac Toe game board crochet pattern for a travel size game board. Store your pieces inside the game - by Little Monkeys Designs.

Introducing: The Tic Tac Toe travel game board

I love how it turned out - it looks a lot like a chalkboard! I designed it using basic crochet stitches so that my Beginning Crochet Course students could make it for themselves too. It is a pouch with all the game pieces stored inside and buttoned shut for traveling.

But, it needed one fancier stitch - the surface slip stitch. So, I created a quick video to show you how to work a surface slip stitch on the top of your project.



It's quick and easy! 

Tic Tac Toe game board crochet pattern for a travel size game board. Store your pieces inside the game - by Little Monkeys Designs.
If you'd like to crochet your own travel size Tic Tac Toe game board, the pattern is available on Little Monkeys Designs. (FYI - if you sign up for my crochet newsletter, you can grab a 20% off coupon to use on this fun pattern.)


Tic Tac Toe game board crochet pattern for a travel size game board. Store your pieces inside the game - by Little Monkeys Designs.

p.s. I took the game to my grandparents over the Thanksgiving weekend and they loved it! Grandma even requested the pattern to crochet one for herself as they spend a lot of time in the Doctor's office. I sent her the pattern - and a finished game board.




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With the holidays right around the corner, handmade gifts are always appreciated too!

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