Wednesday, May 27, 2009

If birds could crochet....


they would make tiny nests like this.



Tuesday, May 26, 2009

How to make wee crochet clothes

I hope you have fun making these clothes.

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All of the patterns are made in the round and are
unjoined (worked in spirals).
Let me know if you have any problems with the instructions
as they have not been tested.
Please let me know if you make any.
If you want to make the bag click here.


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The dress on the right is made in worsted weight
and the one on the left is made with sock yarn.
The skirt and the top are about 1 inch tall,
the pants and sundresses are all 2 1/2 inches tall.


Dress pattern:
Worsted weight and size 5.5 mm hook.
Work in rounds and use a marker to keep track of rounds
I made this in 2 sections, top and skirt.
This makes it is easy to also crochet the tops and bottoms as separate pieces.

Top part: (starting at waist)
Ch 13, sl st to form a ring.
Rounds 1 to 3: sc each round.
Bind off.
Make 2 straps by ch 7 and attach them to the top

(by sewing or sl st)
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Or you can not bind off and sl st to the point where you want the straps and then work them directly on the top. Whatever works best for you.

Skirt part:
Flip top upside down and attach yarn with sl st to the waist.
Rounds 1 to 2: Sc each round
Rounds 3 to 5: Sc around but increase 1 st on each 'side' of skirt to cause it to flair.
(I put a safety pin on each side and when I got to it I worked 2 sc into a st.)
Bind off.

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Red skirt with grey edging:The main skirt is worked in a DK weight (Zara)
and the grey edging is closer to a sock weight. I used a 4.mm hook)

Using red yarn Ch 19, sl st to form ring,
Rounds 1 to 3: sc each round
Rounds 4 to 8: sc each round but increase 1 st at each side to cause it to flair.
Bind off.
Edging: Attach grey yarn to skirt hem with a sl st.
Work pattern [skip next st, 5 hdc in next st, skip next st, sl st in next]
working the last sl st into first st. Bind off.

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Skirt pattern: (not pictured)
( worsted weight)
Ch13, sl st to form a ring.
Work rounds 1 to 5 of dress pattern (skirt part).
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Pants pattern
(I used sock weight yarn and size 4.mm hook)

Starting at waist:
Ch 18, sl st to form ring
Rounds 1 to 5: sc each round.Round 6: First pant leg...this is completely worked first, then you will reattach the yarn to make the second leg.
Sc in the next 8 st, then work next sc into the first sc of this round to form a ring.
Leave the other 8 stitches unworked for now.
Rounds 7 and up:Continue working in rounds until you reach the length that you want. For the last 2 rounds I increased a stitch on each side so that it would flair out like bell bottoms.
Bind off
Reattach for second pantleg and work the same as first.

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I also made a second
dress using sock yarn with a hook size of 4.mm
I used the same pattern but added extra rows. Sorry I didn't keep track of the number, I just added extra until it looked right using the dress made out of worsted as a guide.
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Grey top:
I used Marci Senders' great pattern and adjusted
the template so that the sides would flair.
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Working in ends:
You don't need to take much time with the ends, I quickly secured the ends on the inside and cut them to a short length so they wouldn't be seen.


Please note that all content and images are mine and are protected by
copyright.
I love to share my patterns but, as usual, please do not claim them as your own or publish my patterns on your site without my permission ....you are more than welcome to link to it. Do not sell any items made from this pattern. Also I ask that you credit me as the designer when posting your pics of any items you make.

Monday, May 25, 2009

How to make a crochet clothespin/peg bag

I use my outdoor clothesline a lot and when my store bought peg bag finally fell apart I decided to crochet one.
It seemed natural to make little clothes for the front of it so I ended up designing some that are very close to what I wore when I was around 20 years old.

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Today I'm posting the pattern for the bag.
You can find the free patterns for the clothes here.




Bag:
Yarn: Bernat cottontots, colour sweet cream.
Hook:4.5mm

Finished dimensions 12x20 (w x h)
Beginner level

You will make a large rectangle( with an opening) which you will later fold in half.
The width of the rectangle is the width of your hanger plus 1 inch and

the length is 2 times the height you want your bag to be.
I made my rectangle 12 inches by 20 inches.
I placed my opening 16 inches from the bottom of my rectangle.

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For my yarn and hook size:
Make 53 chains.

Rows 1 & up
: sc each row to end, ch 1 turn. (52 st)
Continue crocheting rows until you have made a length of 16 in.


You will then make a row that has an opening for the pegs as follows:
Sc in the next 15 st, make 22 chains, skip the next 22 st, sc in the last 15 st.(52 st)
(Basically you want to divide your width into 3 parts ...2 sides and an opening.
First decide how wide you want your opening ..this will be the # of chains that you make and # of skipped stitches. The remaining # of stitches will be your two sides.)
Continue again with single crocheting each row for another 4 inches, Cast off.


Lining: You don't have to line it but I wanted to stop my bag from getting stretched out too much. I took the easy path and simply cut a piece of fabric that was 11 inches wide by 16 inches tall. Pin this as shown below and sew all edges using the same colour of thread as the bag itself.
(I ended up changing the fabric after I took this picture).

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Now is the time to sew on any embellishments.
I simply used thread to sew mine on.


Next fold the bag lengthwise and either sc or slip stitch the side seams closed.
Next insert the hanger through the top opening and crochet that closed leaving the hook part sticking out.
Add your clothes pegs and you're good to go!

Please note that all content and images are mine and are protected by
copyright.

I love to share my patterns but, as usual, please do not claim them as your own or publish my patterns on your site without my permission ....you are more than welcome to link to it. Do not sell any items made from this pattern. Also I ask that you credit me as the designer when posting your pics of any items you make.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Little crochet clothes


These little crochet clothes will be part of a larger project.
I really enjoyed making up the patterns for these and when I get them typed up I will post them as free patterns.

How little are they?
The skirt is 1 inch, the pants and sundresses are all 2 1/2 inches.
I may play more with the patterns and I have some other ideas in my head that I want to try.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A box of possibilities

Today I decided to clean up and organize my workspace a bit. I came across this box (formally filled with chocolates) and now used for holding little crocheted items.
workroom clutter

You know the kind.... those odd things that aren't really a project on their own but are fun to make.
Mine include various parts of flowers (stems, leaves, petals), small granny squares, partly finished projects that were rejected because they were too small, too big, misshapen, or the wrong colour.
This last catagory includes half of Cartman's head, a half finished bird shaped egg cosy that I tried to design but looks nothing like a bird, an extra cup-shaped sweater for my little owl that I made that didn't suit him... things like that.
bits and bobs

The glove is a bit of yarn graffiti that I haven't put up yet. This past spring I gathered a bunch of lost, holey gloves from the nearby school when the snow melted. When I looked at it laying in the gutter I wondered what it would look like if it was left there. I'm sure Mother Nature would have eventually added some leaves and flowers, so that is what I did. I have a bunch more gloves and mittens that I want to play with.

Not everything in this box will end up as graffiti.
A lot of the flowers will be added to the street memorials put
on poles and trees by friends and relatives to honour those who have died in car accidents.
I'm hoping it will bring a small bit of comfort; that even a stranger can recognize the sacredness of that spot.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Bunny rattle made in crochet


This pattern by Vickie Howell came from the magazine
Crochet Today (Special Baby Issue May/June 09)

Since the body itself was so easy to crochet,
it left me time to have fun with the embellishments.

The bunny's head contains a rattle and I
added leaves and a flower for a little colour.

I also used the same yarn to embroider
the bunny's face.

I used fine merino superwash for the body.
wool/nylon sock yarn for the leaves,
and the leftovers from a lovely scarf
for the flower.

Friday, May 1, 2009

A wee pair of booties


I've had these made for a while but I could never
get a good picture.
Well the sun came out today
along with a few spring flowers
so here they are.

These are the famous Saartje's booties
(click link for the free pattern).
I didn't put buttons on mine, instead I crocheted
little leaves and sewed the straps down.
I knit the larger size but they are
still only 3 inches in length and I'm really
hoping that they fit my niece's baby girl.
I chose green because it is my niece's
favourite colour and also at the time
she was still pregnant and didn't know
the sex of the baby.

I used a sock yarn called Sisu which is
80% wool and 20% nylon.
I picked it because I love these greens
and also because it was really
reasonably priced.


Like others I didn't like all the ends
that had to be woven in
and I think there must be a million
different interpretations of how to
make the straps, but the end result
was well worth it.
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