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Make This Crown For Your Little Prince or Princess
When I was little, I attended both tap and ballet classes. My first acting and modeling jobs were when I was six and seven. And whenever we wanted dress up clothes, my mother would get to her sewing machine and add a few more costumes to the trunk. I grew up pretending I was a knight, a pirate, a queen, a detective, and a dog, among other things. One of my favorite accessories, whatever I was playing at, was a pink, glittery tiara that fit just right.
My mom didn’t crochet or knit a lot earlier in my childhood, but if she had, she would have definitely gotten a kick out of this crochet crown and wand. Gifted to a small child, these are made for becoming royalty, fairies, or any number of fairytale creatures and characters. Little boys and girls will love having these soft, comfy accessories in their dress-up box.
Of course, you don’t have to be a kid to wear these. These can be made in bulk for a bridal party, for a generational picture, or for birthdays and special anniversaries. Everybody deserves to feel special and this crown and wand will accomplish that while becoming a beloved keepsake.
Yarnspiration has a free pattern for the crown and wand, complete with pictures, details, and instructions. The pattern is marked as easy, as the only stitches you’ll need to know to make these crocheted crowns are: single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), treble crochet (tc), slip stitch (sl st), and picot (the pattern explains it, and it’s actually a very easy stitch to learn). There is also a walk-through if you want to learn the adjustable ring method. I’d recommend this for any level of crocheter. Even if you’re new to crochet, all these stitches are easy enough to pick up from watching crochet stitch tutorials on YouTube. If you’d rather read instructions on how to make each stitch, there are stitch guides available online as well.
To make a crown and wand or scepter for your favorite prince or princess, you’ll need to collect the following materials: 3 oz. of yarn (the pattern suggests using something like Simply Soft Party), sizes “G” and “H” crochet hooks, a stitch holder (you can also use safety pins if you haven’t got a stitch holder), a yarn needle, beads, a dowel, a hot glue gun and glue sticks, and a pair of craft scissors.
You can forego the beads on the crown and wand/scepter if you like, or you can add buttons in lieu of beads. The glue gun and glue sticks are used to assemble the wand/scepter, so if you’re only making the crown, you needn’t include those materials. You can use any color to make these, whether you choose to make them the same color or similar shades, or if you use variegated yarn, or pastels, earth tones, or bold colors. You can also add ribbon or lace to make them extra fancy.
Want to make your royal court some accessories they can use to rule their world? You can find the free pattern at Yarnspirations.
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Take A Trip Down Memory Lane In This Tiny Volkswagen
My parents were born in the 1960’s. Unfortunately, neither of them were exposed too much to the cultural shifts at the time because of strict parents, church, and a private school. I’m sad I don’t get to hear stories about their hippie lifestyle or their Volkswagen, but that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming about the ’60’s and wishing I had my own Volkswagen. I have a friend whose lifelong dream as been to own one and go on road trips with her family, and although I can’t buy her a life-size Volkswagen, I’ve been thinking about making her one of these adorable crocheted Volkswagens.
The free crochet pattern comes from Ravelry user “Epsiej”, available as a free PDF download (in English and Dutch). It can also be added to your pattern library if you are already a Ravelry user. If you aren’t one yet, I highly recommend it. There are thousands of patterns for every kind of project imaginable, and I’ve found a lot of high quality free patterns on there. It’s my go to for when I want to browse and get a feel of what I want to make next, and seeing the progress I’ve made and how many patterns I’ve used is encouraging. You can also follow other members to see what they’re up to and when they release new patterns.
I don’t know that the Volkswagen can be labeled “amigurumi” but it does have some similarities in that it is both crocheted and sewn, the pieces have to be assembled, and you stuff it with fiber fill or whatever your preference is for stuffing. That being said, this is one of the easiest projects I’ve seen of this type, partially because of the shape of the Volkswagen. You can also decide to leave off some details or use buttons and shorten the construction process that way. This pattern is a great introduction to amigurumi if you are a beginner, and it is accessible to any level of crocheter.
To make your own tiny Volkswagen, you’ll need the following: a 2.5mm crochet hook, yarn (you’ll need to pick a few different colors, and a yarn that will crochet up well with a 2.5mm crochet hook), a tapestry needle, scissors, and fiber fill (you can also use old scraps of fabric, part of an old pillow, or batting). The only stitches you’ll need to know are single crochet (sc), slip stitch (sl st), decrease (dec), and chain (ch). Once you’ve gathered all the required materials and looked over the written instructions, you can begin.
There is a little embroidery, and some small pieces to sew on once the main body of the Volkswagen is complete. However, it shouldn’t take that long, and you don’t have to worry about “mirroring” the sides of the Volkswagen. This would make a perfect gift for an old hippie, a young hipster, and everyone who loves road trips. The van would look cute in a nursery or pretty cool on a shelf in a home office.
If you want to add this to your car collection, you can find the free PDF pattern by Espiej on Ravelry.
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Boot Out Boring With These Cute Cuffs
Where I live, boots aren’t just fashionable. They’re also practical, especially when taking part in activities like hiking, horseback riding, and farming or gardening. Not all of these boots are pretty. Some are mostly practical in nature. But if you want to look cute no matter what boots you’re wearing, dress them up with some scalloped boot cuffs. They’re small enough that they don’t take long to make, and you can bust some of your yarn stash by using remnants.
I’ve seen a lot of boot cuffs in my day, and I remember getting my first pair. They were store bought, with little bits of lace and buttons. I appreciated them and wore them often, but I wished they had been thicker and less decorative. I searched through the internet for free crochet boot cuff patterns and found a wealth of projects. However, if you’re like me and have a specific idea in mind, searching can become quite tedious. Therefore I’ve chosen a simple, scalloped boot cuff that anyone (beginner to advanced) can make.
This pattern for Scalloped Boot Cuffs comes from Jenny Dickens, who has provided the pattern as a free PDF download on Ravelry. If you like this pattern, you can check out her other patterns, as well as projects she has completed. I like this feature of Ravelry because you can go down a rabbit hole and come back with an entire library of patterns! They’re also all marked so you know which ones are easy and which ones are more difficult and might be better suited to a more advanced crocheter.
Jenny Dickens’ “Autumn Berry Crochet” pattern for scalloped boot cuffs is great because you can add on and embellish it with whatever you want, such as ribbon, buttons, or lace, and you can make them smaller or larger very easily, just adding or subtracting a few rows. They’re stretchy enough to fit over your pant legs, and tight enough that they won’t get loose and fall down into your boots.
The crochet stitches you’ll need to be familiar with in order to complete this project are single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), back loop only (blo or bk lp), chain (ch), and chain space (ch sp). If you’re not familiar with the back loop only, do go ahead and look up a video tutorial on YouTube, as it can be a bit confusing the first couple of times. However, it’s a common enough stitch that it’s worth learning so you can take on bigger projects.
To make yourself or a friend a pair of these boot cuffs, you’ll need some worsted weight yarn (the pattern recommends using something like Vanna’s Choice), a size “I” crochet hook, a tapestry needle, measuring tape, a pair of scissors, and whatever you want to use to embellish them (if anything). These would make a great stocking stuffer, or favors (for bridesmaids, for example), or to accompany the gift of a new pair of boots. They’re the perfect small accessory that completes an outfit.
Want to add these to your wardrobe? You can find the free pattern by Jenny Dickens on Ravelry.
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This Fair Isle Hat Is No Slouch
The first time I became aware of the Fair Isle pattern, I was probably about nine or ten years old. My mother’s friend spun and dyed her own wool, she had a giant loom, a spindle, and several Angora rabbits. She presented my mother with the softest, coziest, most beautiful winter hat I’d ever seen. It was grey and white, all spun from Angora rabbit fur (despite what some people think, Angora rabbits are not killed for their fur. They shed it and the shedding is spun into yarn). We still have it and every now and then I like to touch it and marvel at how soft it is, so soft you can barely feel it.
Of course, not many of us have access to (or the finances for) such fine yarn, but the Fair Isle isn’t just for homespun yarn. You can use any worsted or Aran weight yarn for this hat, and if you’re new to Fair Isle, this is a great place to start because it doesn’t cover the whole hat — just a small portion. You can use up some yarn remnants while you’re at it, whether you decide to go with two colors, three colors, or more.
The free pattern from Destashification also comes with several pointers on how to make your first Fair Isle project without pulling your hair out. If you prefer video instructions over written, you can find plenty of help on YouTube, or even by visiting your local fiber shop. I guarantee someone there will know how to do Fair Isle, and if they don’t, they’ll know someone who will.
A note about yarn weight: if you’re going to use worsted weight or Aran yarn, you’ll need to use US size #7 knitting needles. However, if you’d prefer to work the hat up in DK yarn, you can do so by going down two sizes and using a pair of US size #5 knitting needles. Using DK will require some more stitching and rows, but if you prefer it, it’s worth a little extra time. Another perk of using DK yarn is that you will not have to increase in Row 16. You will need to be aware of how tight your stitches are, as this will affect the hat’s ability to stretch when someone wants to wear it.
The free pattern also comes with photos, and more importantly, graphs. One square of the graph represents one stitch, so my advice is to print out the graph (doesn’t have to be in color as long as you are sure of which colors you’re using where), and as you go, mark off the stitches you’ve made. This will prevent you from losing a stitch and having to go back and figure out where it went wrong.
This hat would make a great Christmas gift or fall/winter birthday gift, with or without an accompanying scarf or pair of boot cuffs, gloves, or mittens. You can use the recipient’s favorite colors, add embellishments such as buttons, and customize it to you or your recipient’s liking.
Interested in adding this Fair Isle Slouch Hat to your collection? You can find the free pattern over at Destashification.
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You’ll Tank Us For This Cute Kerchief Top Find
I’m not typically a summer person. I prefer autumn, when I can bundle up in a sweater and enjoy wearing accessories like beanies, scarves, and gloves. However, over the years I’ve added to the list of what I like about summer. While I dislike the heat, I do enjoy lying in a hammock, attending cookouts, and swimming. All of those things are made better by having something cute and comfy to wear, and I don’t have that many summer clothes. Just a lot of t-shirts. So I decided to find something I could make to wear this summer, and I think I’ve found my new favorite — the Kanata Kerchief Tank Top from Jennifer Ozses.
It’s one of those patterns where the end result is stunning and people gush over how long it must have taken, or how complicated it might have been, and you just smile because you didn’t have to spend weeks or a lot of money to create this beautiful summer top. It’s very simple, requiring four squares and then seaming them together and adding edging. Easy, right? Bonus, the free pattern comes with instructions on how to alter to fit you perfectly, and it doesn’t matter what your gauge is, since you can add or subtract rows to suit your needs.
The stitches you’ll need to know to make the Kanata Kerchief Tank Top are skip (sk), chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), and double crochet (dc). These stitches should be known to all levels of crocheters, and I believe with a little patience and determination, beginner crocheters could take this project on. And whether you like graphs or written instructions, Jennifer has you covered, since the free pattern PDF she wrote contains both.
It does start with a magic circle, so if you’re not familiar with that, you can easily find help online through video tutorials on YouTube. It doesn’t take that long to learn and is a technique used a lot in the crochet world, so it’s a good thing to learn early on if possible.
Once you’ve crocheted four squares, you’ll assemble them and seam them together, thus creating the “kerchief” look. You’ll be adding on straps and embellishments, and then, if you like, you can block the entire tank. It’s optional, so don’t feel pressured if you haven’t blocked something before. If you’d like to learn how to block, go back to YouTube and watch a few people go through the process.
The end result is a sweet, summery tank you can wear to pool parties, nights at the drive-in, cookouts, and more. It would also make a great gift for a teen, or for sisters, cousins, and friends. You can use whatever colors they prefer, and if you want, you can add on to the tank and make it more unique by including buttons, lace, ribbon, sequins, or beads. You can also pair it with a long sleeve tee for cooler weather, or put it on top of a bathing suit when you get out of the pool.
Want to include the Kanata Kerchief Tank in your summer wardrobe? You can access the free PDF pattern from Jennifer Ozses on Ravelry.
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Crop Out Cleanup With This Farm Playmat
When I was a kid, I played with my brother’s toys as much as my own. I really loved their Legos, Playmobil, and cars. At church we even had a road play mat, and we’d race our cars down the roads, twisting and turning as we imagined where these cars were going, and why. It provided us hours of entertainment, and it kept clean up to a minimum, since all we had to do was take our cars and put them back in the box.
We didn’t have our own play mat, but if we had, I would have wanted something like this Farm Playmat from Lion Brand. It’s soft, with plenty of texture, it’s small enough for one child or two (and won’t take up the entire floor), and you can take it on trips for keeping kids occupied in the hotel room or even on the beach. If you make it out of cotton, it’s easily washable, and will withstand many, many hours of play.
The free PDF pattern is available on Lion Brand, which has hundreds of free patterns. If you haven’t signed up with them yet, you can do so via e-mail or Facebook. I’d recommend going ahead and getting an account because you can browse their free patterns, shop, and look up helpful tips all in one place. It doesn’t take long to join and it will save you time in the long run. They even include a list of what you need for a project in case you want to buy it all at once and get started.
If you’re like me, though, you have plenty of yarn already and need something to bust your yarn stash. This Farm Playmat is great for that as you can customize the mat by choosing the child’s favorite colors. You can make a pastel world, or a bright, bold world, or even make everything in varied shades of one color to produce an ombre effect. You can also add fun little touches like buttons, zippers, snaps, and ribbons to encourage even more exploration. Pair this play mat with some stuffed animals, a farmer doll or scarecrow, or some farming equipment such as a tiny tractor and you have a perfect gift for any little kid, no matter their gender.
The finished product measures around 20 inches in diameter, and is marked as “Easy”, which means most crocheters should find this pattern fun and quick to work up. You’ll need bulky yarn (the pattern recommends using brands like Vanna’s Choice and Lion Brand Bonbons), crochet hooks in sizes “G” and “H”, stitch markers, large eye blunt needles, and a pair of scissors. You’ll need to know the crochet stitches chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), half double crochet 2 together (hdc2tog), single crochet 2 together (sc2tog), and slip stitch (sl st). If you aren’t familiar with crocheting two stitches together, the pattern has an explanation of how to do so.
This free PDF pattern also comes with instructions for making farm animals, a barn, and a tractor. Want your own farm? You can find the pattern at Lion Brand.
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Showcase Your Hipster Side With These Mason Jar Cozies
I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t love mason jars. With the introduction of Pinterest, there have been hundreds of ideas swarming around the internet that utilize these containers for things other than their original purpose, housing jams and jellies and pickled vegetables. There are even jokes about how much people love mason jars — I recently heard someone say that the fastest way to summon a witch is to tell her that mason jars are on sale. I use them primarily for food receptacles, from overnight oats to homemade instant soups. I’ll link to some of those recipes down below because once you realize how incredibly versatile they are and how nice it is to have a cover separating the cool or hot glass from your hands, you’re going to want to try it all.
I love making overnight oats (especially since I hate hot oatmeal), which is easy and nutritious. However, the jars become so cold that I’m afraid they’re going to fall through my hands. This is where a a jar cozy comes in handy. The opposite issue I have is that when I’m prepping food right before going somewhere, sometimes the jar becomes too hot and I’m stuck trying to lift it with my sleeves wrapped around my hands or scrounging through the kitchen drawers for hot pads. This is also where a cover comes in handy.
It’s also nice to have a small project like this that can use up yarn remnants. I have about five partially-used yarn skeins that I need to do something with, and I think this project would not only be productive in getting rid of my stash, it will be practical when I need something to cover a mason jar later.
This project can be completed by any level of crocheter, as you can personalize this project to include any stitches you fancy. You can also use any color, and though the pattern recommends using worsted weight yarn, there’s nothing stopping you from using up that bulky you don’t know what to do with, as long as you have the correct size of crochet hook.
To follow the pattern, you’ll need some worsted weight yarn and two sizes of crochet hooks: size “G” and size “H”. You’ll also need to know the following stitches: the magic ring (find a video tutorial on YouTube if you haven’t used this stitch before), skip (sk), slip stitch (sl st), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), and chain (ch). Most, if not all of those, should be familiar to basically every level of crocheter. I personally love the half double crochet stitch as it’s easy to memorize and handle while working on a pattern.
The end result, of course, is a mason jar cozy for yourself or friends or family who love using jars for their cold morning coffee, hot soup, warm leftovers, salad, or pickled vegetables, in a bright array of colors. You can also accessorize them with ribbon (around the top), buttons, and beads.
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These Pretty Puff Stitch Gloves Will Aid Your Winter Glow-Up
I don’t know that there’s a more universally appealing crochet stitch than the puff stitch. It looks great on everything from sweaters to hats to bags to gloves to blankets. It’s versatile, looks great in solid, ombre, or multi-color yarn, and it’s simple enough that most crocheters will be able to pick it up in no time. I remember the first place I saw a puff stitch pattern — it was on Pinterest and I was looking for fingerless gloves. I nearly gasped aloud. The gloves are so pretty with this stitch, and I immediately wanted to know more about what it took to be able to create this stitch.
I’ve used it in several projects since, and have remained in love with how it looks. I’ve used it on blankets and bags, mostly, but this new puff stitch pattern for fingerless gloves might get my creative juices revving enough to start on a pair for myself. Of course, these gloves are very popular, and would make excellent presents for friends and family members alike, especially if their favorite color, favorite team colors, or favorite tones were included. You can also dress them up with sequins, beads, or buttons, and use variegated yarn or handspun yarn with color changes.
To make your own pair of fingerless gloves, you’ll need to gather the following materials: one skein of yarn (the pattern suggests using something like Rengarenk, but any worsted weight yarn will work), a size “H” (5mm) crochet hook, and a pair of scissors. You’ll also need to be comfortable using the following crochet stitches: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), back loop only (blo), slip stitch (sl st), and skip (sk).
The puff stitch is as follows: yarn over (yo), insert crochet hook into stitch, yarn over and draw yarn through stitch, yarn over, and draw the yarn through the remaining loops (there should be two). Basically it looks like you’re crocheting two stitches in the same space. It might take a little getting used to, but for the end result, it’s deceptively easy.
Once you’ve mastered the puff stitch with some practice, you’ll be crocheting the bands of the fingerless gloves flat. Then you’ll join and crochet in the round while making the puffs. This is actually pretty easy and shouldn’t scare off any first-timers or early beginners. Take your time, refer back to whatever helpful written instructions or video tutorials you’ve found, and it will become easier.
The end result is a classic pair of fingerless gloves that you can wear all throughout the fall and winter. You can make several pair, in whatever shades you desire. It is fun to mix it up, so if you want to use some sort of fancy yarn, or embellish the gloves in any way, feel free to do so. The more fun a project is, the more likely you will finish it and want to show it off, which can sometimes result in paid commissions or requests for Christmas presents from friends and family.
If you want to add these fingerless gloves to your accessories, you can find the free pattern at Knitella.
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I remember watching the first Star Wars trilogy when I was five years old. I was instantly mesmerized by Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and all the various creatures and aliens that populated the galaxy. In Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, I adored the Ewoks and dreamed of living in the forest with them. They were so cute, and so deadly. Their simple forest life, their use of natural items, and their community appealed to me. I wanted one, or wanted to be one. Unfortunately, I was consigned to being a human, and many years later, I’m still wishing I looked like a teddy bear.
Imagine, then, my delight upon discovering this Yub Nub Scoodie pattern by Kristen Stevenson. It’s a delightful project with many applications. I pictured an entire line of fandom scoodies, from Dobby to 101 Dalmatians to Dumbo. All you have to do is adjust the ears. But first, obviously, you need the Yub Nub Scoodie so you can show off your Star Wars love at the premieres of the new films, or while you’re hosting a re-watch of the first trilogy.
The pattern is available as a free download on Ravelry, and once again I want to recommend signing up for an account. Not only can you download hundreds of free patterns, you can store them in your “pattern library” on Ravelry, you can see what other people are making, and you can search through the patterns with plenty of specifics. I’ve been a member for several years now and I’m still discovering patterns I want to try.
The scoodie is worked flat, then seamed up the back. Ears are attached after the main part of the scoodie is complete. For one scoodie, you’ll need to collect the following materials: a size “K” crochet hook, 2 skeins of chunky yarn for the main part of the scoodie, and some yarn for the ears (the pattern suggests using a combination of regular chunky yarn and fuzzy yarn to make the ears more realistic), as well as two buttons and a pair of scissors. If you want to leave the buttons out, you’ll just need some extra yarn or leather for lacing up the scoodie.
This pattern is great for any level of crocheter, including beginners. There are only three stitches to know, all very simple: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), and double crochet (dc). It would be a great project for a crocheter who has made a few scarves and wants to stretch their crocheting skills.
The Yub Nub Scoodie would make a great gift for any Star Wars fan, and one size fits most. If you’re going to make it for a child, you can of course size the scoodie down. You’ll probably want to keep checking it as you go, just to make sure that it will be the right size for the recipient. Get measurements beforehand, and if you know your gauge, you can do a simple equation and estimate how many stitches you’ll need.
Are you ready to join the Ewok tribe? You can find the free PDF pattern from Kristen Stevenson on Ravelry. Yub Nub!
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I love dogs. I grew up with several, especially when we lived in the country. We had two beagle-basset mixes named Copper and Todd, and later, a lab mix named Jessie. Copper was a goofy, cuddly boy, while Todd was a shorter, grumpier version who nevertheless kept us in his sights while he surveyed the scene for danger. Jessie was a curious, sweet dog we were given on my birthday (she was found on the side of the road as a tiny puppy). Later in life, my husband and I adopted a small hound mix named Parker, who refused to wear clothing unless it was freezing outside. Then she wouldn’t go outside until she was wearing her Santa suit.
Now we have a three-year old Sheltie named Ransom. Since he sheds quite a bit at certain times of the year, we like to keep him groomed and his fur short. Of course this isn’t a big deal in Colorado until the winter time. It has been supremely chilly lately and we’ve made sure Ransom is inside during the coldest days and nights. I’ve been contemplating giving him a sweater to keep him warmer during the day while he’s outside barking at the mailman or chasing squirrels.
I ran across this darling “Juno Jumper” from Alice Neal and thought it would be the perfect sweater for a small or medium-sized dog. It’s cute, cozy, and not too complicated. You’ll need about 100 grams of chunky yarn (the pattern recommends using something like Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky, and there’s also a link to the same yarn with a sizing guideline if you need to make the sweater a bit bigger or smaller for your furbaby. Just remember, you’ll need more yarn if you’re going to make the sweater for a larger dog). You’ll also need 6.5mm circular needles, 4 stitch markers, scissors, a tapestry needle, and (marked as optional) a 6mm or 7mm crochet hook. Stitches include knit, purl, increase, casting on, knitting with holes, knit two together (k2tog), and ribbing.
This should work up very quickly, especially if you are familiar and/or comfortable working with circular needles. I confess I haven’t used them as much as I should, but there are usually some friendly knitters online (YouTube, for example), or at the local fiber shop if you run into a problem. I’d recommend this pattern for a beginner intermediate knitter, someone who has used circulars before but wants to try making something a little challenging.
If you like this pattern and want more, you can find the author at Alice in Knittingland. You can also find her on social media and other craft sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Etsy. I originally found the pattern on the Love Knitting Blog, so if you peruse their site and decide you like it, you can join their community and share your photos in the comments of the original post (I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like seeing pictures of cute animals in sweaters!). Keep your furbabies warm in winter with this stylish sweater. They’ll want to show it off to all their friends when you go for a walk.
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