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Freeform Bag progress 2

As an attempt at “learning how to do freeform” I’m taking part in a free-form bag Crochet-along (CAL) run by Ravelry UK Freeformers Group .  I decided to blog along each step so I could follow what I did and my thought processes and repeat for future endeavours.  Hopefully anyone thinking of taking up freeform can see its not as daunting as it first looks. I’d highly recomend any one new to freeform joins in with a CAL so you can get feedback and tips on what you are doing, see how others are progressing and get lots of encouragement and support as you go along.

These are just my own interpretations/ideas around free-form crochet, there’s lots of different views about what does and doesn’t classify and how to do different things.  I’ve put a set of links to what resources I am using to learn on the links page.

Things I’ve  learned so far.

Flowers, leaves, stitch patches etc are all called pieces they are not scrumbles until artistically joined together. Therefore a scrumble is when you put pieces together to form something containing multiple pieces in different textures/stitches. Or crochet/knit a scrumble all in one go changing yarns as you go along. Scrumbles have no size or shape limits. It is all open to interpretation!

Random holes in the scrumbles are allowed, even encouraged. But you can also fill them with pretty sparkly beads and buttons.

Scrumbles can be put together to form free-form objects. Otherwise known as majestic, artistic creations.

Scrumbling is highly addictive and can make time disappear into a bright spark of creativity.

Looking at other people’s scrumbles is highly addictive and can make time disappear into a bright spark of inspiration.

Firmly rewind your yarns after each time you use them otherwise you end up drowning beneath a tangle of yarn and create a nest for the little dog to play in and further mess up yarns.

Yarn change regularly.  Learn to love weaving in loose ends or crochet them in as you work.

Fairy wings are awesome to create and curve beautifully around flowers.  Bullions however are nightmares invented to make you throw down your crochet hook in fury and storm off to make a cup of tea.

Freeform is pure artistic expression, there are no rights or wrongs, its about having fun and letting your imagination run wild.

Bag Progress:

When I posted my first scrumbles   I got some lovely feedback on the CAL forums that breaking up the big blocks of red and adding in more yarns would improve them.  My first attempt is shown in an earlier post.  The group is very supportive and there are ton’s of tips shared on yarn selection, how to create scrumble, what to improve, stitches and yarns used, how to line a bag etc.

So for my second set of scrumbles I endeavoured to use less red and try to balance them out more.  I followed the guidelines of creating about 5 pieces and joining them together to form a scrumble.   But as you can see they are still rather plain, and I felt looked basic compared to the beautiful creations I’d seen described as freeform.  The great thing about this was it gave me an excuse to do more “research” and look through a few hundred or so examples of what other people had created.  The sheer amount of talent was amazing. I came away feeling daunted but also incredibley inspired. The main site I used for an idea on how scrumbles could look was Prudence Mapstones A Scrumble a Week blog. Her creations are jaw-dropingly artistic. Go take a peek at her site for examples of just how beautiful freeform can look.

I was happy with the overall shape and feel of my scrumbles. So these scrumbles became the foundation from which to build upon and add in more detail.

For the leaves I  added outlines/extra parts  in different coloured yarns, often just using a row of sc or surface crochet.  On one leaf I weaved in a length of contrasting yarn to emphasise the stem.

Holes in flower centres were filled with glittering beads and buttons to add a bit more sparkle to the scrumble.

I covered over gaps with tiny flowers crocheted with crochet cotton.

Using a greater variety of yarn and adding more stitches to each one added more detail and interest. The hard part was then knowing when to stop before it all turns into a mess of yarn!

I now have the first scrumble that I like and can be classed as completed.:

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And two more which I’ll keep tweaking until I feel they are worked upon enough.

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Sweetpea Crochet Hook Case Pattern

I’ve been collecting a number of crochet hooks lately and always seem to be loosing them. I get a small collection back every time I tidy from ones that have escaped under the sofa, behind the cushions, and they always tumble out of the wool bags I hide behind the sofa. So I definitely needed a safe place to store some. I also wanted a method that would allow me to transport hooks and the essentials like needle, thread, scissors and safety pins around with me as I travel back and forth to my mums. After glancing through a few images of hook cases I decided to make up my own. This meant I could try out the Sweetpea stitch I had seen in one of my crochet stitch directories.

This case is very adaptable and you can add pockets or hook holders where you need to fit in your crocheting goodies. It could also be adapted easily into a pencil case or jewelry pouch. I’m considering making another to store my crochet necklaces in, replacing the surface crochet with more pockets.

As always feedback is welcomed. If you do run into any problems let me know so I can amend the pattern to make it clearer! Feel free to use my designs for gifts etc and please do link back here to the pattern so I can see what beautiful items you have made.

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I haven’t blocked my case yet, but this would make the case more squared and less likely to curl up at the corners. I’m not sure it needs it though as most of the time it is rolled up to store the hooks.

Stash Buster – Sweetpea Crochet Hook Case

This pattern is written in American crochet terms conversions and abbreviations are given at the bottom of the pattern.
As you can use up the ends of yarns and mix and match to create stripes etc. this is a great stash buster or way to try out a new yarn without committing to a large project.

What you need:
4.00 mm crochet hook
Double knitting weight yarn Colour A and Colour B
I used less than one skein of red Woolcraft New Fashion Double Knitting and a small amount of Black King Cole Haze DK.
One button, needle and sewing thread

Case:
Chain 37 (increase or decrease this chain depending on wool and hook so that the chain is about a couple of inches longer than the height of crochet hooks. Just ensure that your chain number is a multiple of 7 plus 2 extra – e.g. 7*5 = 35 + 2 ch = 37 chains)

ROW 1 ch 3, 1 dc into 4th ch from hook, dc along into each chain to end of row.
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Row 2 ch 3 (counts as first dc) 1 dc into 2nd chain of hook, *miss 2 dc, 5 dc into next dc (shell), sk 2 dc, 2 dc into next 2 dc*,
repeat from * to end of row.
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Row 3: ch 3, 1 dc between first 2 dc, *1 dc between 3rd and 4th of shell, 5 dc between the 2 single dc,*
repeat from * to end of row with 2 dc between last 2 dc.

Row 4: Ch3, 1 dc between first 2 dc, *5 dc between the 2 single dc, 1 dc between 3rd and 4th of shell, *
repeat from * to end of row with 2 dc between last 2 dc.

Repeat by alternating row 3 and row 4 until crochet case is desired width. I used 18 rows.

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Pocket:
Chain 12
Row 1: Ch3 tc in 4th ch from hook, tc in each chain
Row 2: Ch3, turn, tc into back loop only of 2nd tc and tc in each tc to end
Row 3: Ch3, turn, tc into front loop only of 2nd tc and tc in each to end.
Row 4 + repeat alternating row 2 and 3 until piece measures high enough to hold your scissors or other items.
Attach to the case using sc along sides and bottom.

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Hook inserts
These are worked using straight lines of single crochet surface crochet. I added 2 lines to hold my hooks (see picture for positioning)
Join the yarn and hold on the side with the pocket.
Insert the hook under the row to be worked and out to the front again, yrh and draw loop through, yrh and draw through 2 loops on hook. (One surface crochet is now completed).
Work a line of surface crochet until about 1 inch from the edge of the case.

If you are unfamiliar with surface crochet it is demonstrated in this video by CraftyAndy:

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Border and button – worked in Colour B
Row 1: With Colour B sc around edge of case.
Row 2: Ch3, (dc, ch1, 2dc) in same stitch, * sk 3 sc, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in same stitch, * repeat from * all around the case.
Finish by adding a button to fasten the case into a roll.

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Abbreviations and Conversions

ch = chain
dc = double crochet (American dc is equivalent to treble crochet in English crochet).
sc = single crochet (American sc is equivalent to double crochet in English crochet).
shell = 5dc into one dc.
sk = skip
tc = treble crochet (American tc is equivalent to double treble crochet in English crochet)
yrh = yarn around hook

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My little crochet helper cuddling up to the work in progress. She loves to curl up on my lap whilst I crochet which unfortunatly adds a few dog hairs into the stitches!

I love to see what people make so please do link your creations to me. This pattern can also be found/linked to via Ravelry:

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.

Bubbly doggy bagness

Several days have been  filled with the joy of learning a new stitch and a different method of making stable bags.

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1) Two yarns held and crocheted together provide a chunky structure for a bag.
2) The bubble or popcorn stitch.  This pattern used the method of:  “4DC in next stitch. Drop loop from hook; insert hook from front to back in top
of 1st DC, grab dropped loop and pull through stitch.  This forms a quirky little bubble stitch.”

These were put to great use during the construction of a new bag.  I chose Black red and gold colour-scheme so it would match most of my evening clothes.    I was pleased with the final result however I think it does need lining before I could use it to transport items around in.  At the moment it is being used as a project bag to store all my works in progress.

Pattern for the bubble bag can be found here:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/raspberry-bag Its very easy to follow to produce a wonderful bag.    I made alterations of adding  rows of DC between the bubble rows.  This meant that the bag worked up faster and  I think it may have used a little less yarn.  Details of the wool I used etc can be found on my Ravelry project page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Veldagia/raspberry-bag

I’ve also started on my next bag (my own design!!)  However this has been interrupted by a new canine addition to our family.  We adopted her from the rescue centre and on first impressions she seems the perfect crocheting companion.  However she does like to snuggle into the wool/me as I try to crochet so progress has been slower but even more entertaining.

RPG Eye Bag

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Everyone has an obsession, a quirk that brings a smile to their face as they ramble on and on.  My latest is crocheting and anything wooly or cotton especially if it sparkles too andI can neatly tangle it into pretty designs.  My partners latest obsession is tabletop rpgs.  He’s had such enduring patience on all my wool shopping trips I wanted to find the perfect thank you gift.  The most amazing patterns could be found  on Ravelry which could combine our two obsessions of RPG and crocheting.  Finally I settled upon a  pouch that looked like an eye.  Perfect for hiscthulhu interest, just the right size to hold a couple of sets of dice.  And ohh so wooly and cute.

 
The pattern was brilliantly simple to follow.  I’d recommend it to beginners who have mastered the basics of chain stitches, slip stitches, magic loop and hdcs (or dcs to us British).  Using only small amounts of different coloured wool its perfect for using up those end of balls we all acquire and tangle around in the bottom of the stash bags.    I used King Cole Haze Glitter to give a sparkle to the pupil and then random scraps for the rest.   The result was a sweet little eye pouch perfect for my partner to keep his dice in.

Link to pattern:  http://theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc08/catchhiseye.htm