Crochet in Code

I’m making a ring for the Yarn Bombing Los Angeles project “Put a Ring on It.”  While an engagement ring seems to be the reference intended — as in “if you like it, why don’t you marry it?” and bringing in the idea of “engagement” in community — I thought of a secret decoder ring, and about crocheting in Morse code.


According to this Morse code translator, “put a ring on it” is .–. ..- – / .- / .-. .. -. –. / — -. / .. –

I made the dots red, the dashes aqua, and the spaces (slashes) dark green:

.. ..– – / . / .. .. . . / — –. / ..

Each row is a symbol; so three dashes in a row are three aqua rows.
I made a swatch with thrifted acrylic DK yarn, 32 rows, 16 stitches per row; that’s enough for a ring that’s a little bigger than a bagel, and looks like a chunky bracelet.
I stuffed it with a plastic bag (which doesn’t add weight, and doesn’t mind a little rain).

Here’s the finished ring (and another ring made from the same code):IMG_4482

When I’ve made a few, I’ll place them in the community, and I’ll contribute photos to the Put a Ring on It Project.  Stay tuned.


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3 Responses to “Crochet in Code”

  1. Sandie Says:

    What a fantastic idea! I will have to try this. I’ve always loved the idea of morse code though I’ve never taken the time to actually learn it. Perhaps this will be my inspiration. Thanks!

  2. Anne the SpyGirl Says:

    Love! Found you through Yarn Bombing LA and their project. Used your image thumbnails from the YBLA site in a blog post here:

  3. Connie rohman Says:

    Hi Penny, I saw this on YBLA. I’ve been a part of YBLA since it started, but I don’t think we’ve met. Carol said you and I should be in touch, since we are both doing morse code projects. Check out my website at Best, Connie

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