Archive | July 2012

Sunshine Butterflies

We’ve had tons of glorious sunshine lately which has been fantastic.   Jasmine finally can go out on walks now her vaccinations are all sorted. Lots and lots of fun has been had exploring the local parks and fields.   Her personality has really come out in the few weeks since we got her from the Rescue Centre and now she’s tearing around the place like a proper little terrier filling my life with amusement and showing the true stubborness and selective deafness that JRs are known for.  More work is needed before she realises that I am the boss of this household at all times and she can’t just listen to me when it suits her, which has earned her the nickname of “little princess”.  She’s kept the sweet side of her personality too and loves her cuddles or to curl up and sleep on my lap.  But all my playing with the” little princess” has left little time for crocheting this week.

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Me and Jasmine relaxing in the park.

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“Princess” Jasmine being carried to the vets pre-vaccinations

I finally managed to block the butterfly that I made my mum as a thankyou for getting me Jas.  However it would still benefit from a starching.    This wonderful pattern is available here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/delicate-crochet-butterfly .  I found the stitches easy to do but needed to pay very close attention to every stitch to make sure I got it all in the right order.   Not a pattern to try and follow when sleepy..  The resulting butterfly is so intricate and beautiful it is worth spending the time to get it right. A  few more in reds and creams are planned to decorate my bedroom.  These are so versatile I can see them used as a doily or as added decorations on objects such as bags and lampshades.  I just have to cover my house in them to satisfy my butterfly obsession.   Perhaps in a nice glittery thread to add more sparkle to my life.

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Green butterfly doily

I’ve also been testing out old crochet patterns for trims and collars to find what works for necklace designs.  I’m starting to get the hang of crocheting with a tiny hook and thin thread and to see which ones I like the look of when hung.  This has resulted in quite a few scrapped projects that are in my wip bag so I can look at them for inspiration of what works etc.

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Crochet Neckpieces

This week I’ve been rather busy experimenting with crochet necklaces  and chasing after Jasmine who has decided that wool and trainers are her favoure toys which she has to run off with to hide and chew them, mischievous little dog.    I’ve discovered an array of brilliant patterns  that combine thread and gems in artisctic designs. But also there have been some  very definite failures that were scrapped before completion either due to being too complicated for me to follow or that I just didn’t like the way they were turning out.  Practice, practice, practice then I can share some more with you.  Ignore the rather gingerly looking colour of my hair it is long past due a re-dye to go back to its usual brilliantly bright red.

I’ve come up with my top 3 so far (listed in no particular order). My favourite patterns were all found on Ravelry and I picked them for their beautiful simplicity:

Mesh neckpiece : http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mesh-crochet-necklace by Stefanie Fail.
A wonderfully simple pattern which makes a dramatic neckpiece.  As it only uses chain stitches and single crochet it is suitable for beginner crocheters.  This is perfect for crocheting whilst petting the dog, watching TV and talking to the other half all at the same time – just remember to reduce by one stitch at the end and beginning of each row.

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For my version I used King Cole haze yarn which is black with silver glitter running through – just beautiful for a hint of glimmer.  I also  added a glass bead to the end which helped with the drooping of the necklace.
This necklace screams out to be made in a variety of colours and threadweights for different occasions it was so quick and easy to make.   Watch this space for more as I’ve just “won” some silver Spritz  yarn on ebay which would be perfect for this.

Crochet neckfrill:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ruffled-crochet-bib-necklace by Stefanie Fail
An easy to follow pattern.    I however wasn’t sure where exactly the sections were meant to be attached and when I put it together my necklace hung weird so I need to work on attaching it together better.

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I used a grey stylecraft DK yarn for simple elegance.  Although I still need to block the necklace and attack the sections more firmly.

Folded crochet necklace: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Velda

gia/folded-lace-necklace by Lia Govers.
Another easy to follow pattern.  Suitable to beginners who can follow a basic pattern than uses dcs sc and chain stitches.  Rows repeat so its an easy project to do whilst watching the TV.

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My necklace needs blocking to really look its best.  I also think I missed a row somewhere as my necklace seems much smaller than the pattern.  Although this could be due to the fine fingerweight thread I used.   If i did this one again I would use a thicker DK yarn.

Puffballs purse

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Puffball purse was inspired by my cuddly, furry black and white panda hottie. It warms me up on cold nights and the lavender scented herb bag filling  aids my insomnia.  Cute and functional.

The puffball purse is a quick project perfect for using up ends of stash yarn. It is written using US terminology.   I would say it is suitable for a beginner crocheter using single crochet (UK dc) , double crochet (UK tc) and puffball stitches.

I always welcome feedback on my designs.  If you have any problems please do contact me.  I’m new to writing patterns so any tips on improvement or what parts you like most are much appreciated.

Materials
4mm crochet hook.
Any DK yarn in 2 differwnt colours
Size can be altered by increasing/decreasing chain length.  Ensure the chain length is divisable by 6.  Ensure that the colour changes are done on the inside of the purse and any lengths of yarn are on this side.

Abreviations:

US Crochet terminology used : Ch – chain, DC – double crochet, Tr – treble crochet, SC – Single crochet, SS – Slip stitch,

Special Stitches

Puffball stitch – (done in alternate colour to rest of bag: 1 ch (1  tr into next st two rows below) 6 times. Take hook out of last  tr, insert it into first chain of this group, pull the loop of the last  treble through the chain to create a puffball.

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Side of Purse
With colour A Chain # (divisable by 6 )  ss to join.  (I used chain 54)
Row1 Work sc into each chain, ss to join
Row 2 Ch 2, work dc into each chain, ss to join.
Row 3 Ch 2, work dc into each chain, ss to join.
Row 4: Ch2 1 dc into each of next 5 dc.  Join Colour B, *With Colour B *1 ch (1  tr into next st two rows below) 6 times. Take hook out of last  tr, insert it into first chain of this group, pull the loop of the last  tr through the chain to create a puffball. With Colour A 1 dc into each of next 5 dc, repeat from * to end.  Join with ss.
Row 5 Still using colour A Ch2, work dc into each stitch, ss to join. (Note puffball counts as one stitch)
Row 6: Colour A ch2, 1 dc into each on next 2  dc. *With Colour B do puffball stitch, with Colour A 1dc into each of next 5 dc, repeat from * to end.  Join with ss.
Row 7 Still using colour A Ch2, work dc into each stitch, ss to join.
Row 8 Still using colour A Ch2, work dc into each stitch, ss to join.
Repeat rows 4-8 until purse is required depth.
For the black and white purse I did one more repeat of row 4-6.

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Bottom of purse:
Sc into each dc with colour A.

Turn bag inside out and hold both front and back sides together.  Chain 2, SC through stitch on both front and back of the bag so that you join them together.   Work SC across the bottom of the bag until it is sealed shut.
Tie off end and weave in ends.

Finishing:
If you are a sewer you can line the purse and add a zip to the top.   I would recomend this method if you plan on using as a coin purse.
Alternatively if you wish to hold larger items such as make up you can add a flap as shown:
Flap
Row 1: Attach colour A to top back of purse.  Chain 2 then dc along back edge of the purse.
Row 2: Dc in each dc.
Row 3 working in back loop only sc in rach dc.
Attach press stud to middle of flap and middle of front or alternatively add a button for closure.

** Please feel free to make this project for gifts. If you choose to pass along this pattern, link my blog!**

Shells and Squares Bag

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I’m always running out of storage space.  Especially since starting this new hobby.  There are so many yarns, WIPS and UFOS that need to be safely stored and transported around.  Additionally I have a minor bag fetish, I love to have a different colour bag to match each outfit, each passion and in all different sizes and shapes.

This is my first bag design and has yet to be tested :O I’d love it if you do make anything with this pattern please send me links. (Or use Raverlry to add your project). If you find any errors or need any clarification please send me a message. Any feedback is gratefully received.

Quick tips

You can alter the length of the bag by increasing or reducing the initial chain – just keep it to a multiple of 3.

The base of the bag can also be made deeper by increasing the number of rows.

The height of the bag can be altered by repeating rows 5-8 until the bag is the height that you want. I tend to end on the square pattern at the top.

Gauge is not essential to this project but will effect the overall size of the bag and the size of the holes. Ajust hook size and wool thickness to suit your own preference.

Line the bag with fabric if you plan on carrying things around in it as the holes are too large for small objects!  I leave mine unlined as I use them for stashing wool, WIPs and UFOs.

Quick instructions for shopping bag size:

I used Robins Chunky wool in 2 contrasting colours, 6.5mm crochet hook
Base of bag

Chain 51 in colour A
Row 2 SC around the chain on both sides to give two rows of sc.
Row 3 Ch2 and turn – sc into each sc for row.

Sides of bag.

You now work in a round  crotcheting around the edge of the bottom bag piece you have formed.
Row 1: Ch3 work 2 dc in same stitch, *skip two stitches, work 3dc into next stitch (shell) *  Continue from * to end of row.
Row 2: Ch3 work 2 dc into space between shell.  *Work dc (shell) into space between each shell.
Row 3:  Join 2nd colour with a ss (colour B).  Chain 3, DC in each stitch around, finish with ss to first stitch.
Row 4: SS so you are beginning in space above shell.  Ch 7 *skip 2, treble into backloop only of next stitch, ch2* repeat * to end of row.
NB Your trebles should be on either side of each shell.
Row 5: Chain 3, dc into each stitch working into back loop only.
Row 6:  Attach colour A into stitch above centre of gap from row 4. Ch 2, dc x2, * skip 2 dc x3 (shell),* repeat * to end ss into first stitch.
Row 7: Chain 3 work 2 dc into space between shell.  *Work dc(shell) into space between each shell.
Row 8: Chain 3 work 2 dc into space between shell.  *Work dc(shell) into space between each shell.

Repeat rows 3-8 until bag is desired height.

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Top Trim:

Row 1: Using colour B SC in back loops only.

Row 2: using colour A SC in back loops only

Row 3: Using colour B SC in back loops only.

Bag handles:

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Chain 75 with colour B

Row 1 DC in each chain with colour A

Row 2 Sc in each DC with colour B
Finishing

Weave in the ends and fill up the bag with lots of goodies.

Florasaurus

I  always end up stumped when it comes to thinking of original gifts for my partners birthday.   He gets clothes every time…..  But I couldn’t resist trying out my new craftiness hobby to make him something a bit different.  I’d already been warned that a crochet hat and scarf would not be warmly received.   Especially if I dared to make him and the dog matching ones hehe.  So that left me scratching my head and hunting for inspiration when I came upon the absolutely cutest little amigurumi baby dragon:   Pattern available through Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-snow-dragon

As a total novice to toy making this was a bit of a challenge but I persevered detirmined to make an orignial gift.    My stitches were too loose so the stuffing showed through, but rather than restarting this turned into a feature.  The green stitches with black sock stuffing gave a great scale effect.  To turn the dragon into a dinosaur I omitted the eyebrows, ears and spines and instead shaped the head to be a little longer and added a fatter tail and a bright golden flower.

Awsome recycling of old worn out socks for the filling was very budget and envionment friendly – double bonus.  And the toy was small enough to make using left over ends of wool.   I just have to make a snow dragon version for myself to add to my dragon collection.

It was happily recieved by my partner and now gaurds his D&D dice set.  I even learned a new florasaurus fact from him: All florasauruses have flowers around their necks to signify they are peaceful t-rexes that only eat bad monsters, not people or cute little doggys. 😀

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