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SuperScarf and Other Crochet Stuff

Early this year, I made myself a bulky infinity scarf, but only got to wear it once or twice as it was  way too big and warm for the weather 🙂 Now, it’s time to get it back out – yeeey! And…SuperScarf is trending this season!!! 🙂 So here is my SuperScarf 2016:

It’s a mix of merino and shetland wool with some acrylic. It weighs 1.15lbs 🙂 So it’s nice and soft and warm and a tiny bit heavyish. The pattern is very simple – chain a multiple of 2 for a desired width, plus 1 plus 4 for foundation; row 1 (starting in chain 5 from hook), and each following odd row – work crossed dc stitches (no chains in between) across, dc in last stitch, ch 1, turn. Even rows: sc across, chain 3, turn. When desired length achieved – join (sew/crochet) ends together and you have an infinity scarf!

Yesterday, I made myself a funky little Tunisian + Classic Crochet Cowl, which is very light-weight and tiny compared to the SuperScarf 🙂 Tunisian stitching makes it pretty thick and elastic, but not too stretchy, so it keeps its shape well.

In case it might be of interest to you 🙂 it includes a combination of 8 different Tunisian Crochet basic stitches, 10 rows each, a decorative join [not skipping any stitches along edges, left end – sc, ch2, (right end – sc, sc, ch2, left end – sc, sc, ch2), repeat from ( across, sc at end of join], a decorative surface stitch along the join, and a border along the top and bottom of the cowl – mini shells and linked flowers.

And here’s my Petit Cowl, an airy and lacy piece, the tiniest of the three. I am yet to finish the matching wrist warmers:

Next, I’ve made a Tapestry Crochet Coaster; it’s virtually reversible! If you weave in the ends nicely, you can use the coaster either side facing up 🙂

You can try making one too. The border with picots and ch3s in the pattern below, may not be very clear, as the awesome app I used to chart it wouldn’t let me be more precise, but it will give you a general idea of the elements used to complete it.

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I’ll try making it in Tunisian Crochet next, making the “red cells” within the tree in different colors, like multicolor ornaments, for a decorated tree effect.

Lastly, here’s an idea for a Tunisian Crochet Snowflake Coaster 🙂 and a SC+CH Duo Swirl Ornament:

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Cheers!

 

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Snowballs and Icicles in Color

Is it winter yet? Well, I know we’re not there yet, but, it’s never too early to make some colored snowballs and icicles for the season. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing…

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I’ve crocheted a few swirly and twirly snowballs and icicles – little colorful ornaments that are safe to have around kids and pets, with adult supervision, of course 🙂

If you’d like to make yourself some of these, you are welcome to check out my written pattern for a Duo Swirl Snowball (see green&yellow and green&red below) and a Duo Swirl Icicle (see white&blue below) here: Snowballs and Icicles in Color – Crochet Patterns-1-2 🙂

With practice, you’ll see that the principle, or technique, described in the pattern will also apply when you make a trio or a quartet swirl.

Here’s a quick pattern for the ornament on the left (pink&lavender), which is not included in the pdf:

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MC. Sc, hdc, dc, in MC; dc x 3; dcinc x 12; dcdec x 13; sc; complete in both colors (the pdf above contains a step-by-step breakdown of the dual color swirl work principle); make a loop; fasten off.

Lastly, try making some Trio and Quartet Swirls (see photos above) too with these easy-peasy patterns:

Trio: MC. Sc, hdc, dc, in MC; dcinc x 3; (dc, dcinc) x 3; (dcdec, dc) x 3; dcdec x 3; dc-hdc-sc together; complete in 3 colors; tie and braid the ends; create a loop; fasten off.

Quartet: MC. Sc, hdc, dc, in MC; dc, dcinc; dcinc x 4; dc, dcinc; dc x 8; dcdec, dc; dcdec x 7; sc; complete in 4 colors; tie and braid the ends; create a loop; fasten off. 

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(US) Crochet term abbreviations: MC – magic circle=magic ring=sliding loop (see video on how to make MC that works for this pattern); sc – single crochet (+); hdc – half double crochet (⊤); dc – double crochet (†); dcinc – 2-stitch double crochet increase (⩝); dcdec – 2-stitch double crochet decrease (⩜); dc-hdc-sc together – a 3-stitch combination decrease.

Cheers!

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Seasonal Crochet Crocheting Season

I can’t tell exactly why, but I have been enjoying crocheting very much. Whenever I have a few minutes to spare, I go for yarn of the color I feel like using in a given moment 🙂 and a crochet hook and produce whatever comes to mind. My crochet ideas appear like flashes, and if I don’t pay enough attention 🙂 or don’t have access to my yarn stash, they float away and then it’s really hard to visualize the idea I all of a sudden had or recreate it in fabric. I like looking at my yarn as a palette of acrylic colors, and at times, watercolors, and seeing hooks as brushes 🙂 But, when crochet pieces come straight from imagination and immediately become fabric, it maybe hard to recreate a piece or chart/write down the pattern. I have had to “reverse-engineer” my own pieces (and I only do it to my own pieces!!! 🙂 ) a couple times, which taught me an importance of taking notes before any of my steps, or strokes 🙂 escape my memory.

Anyway, I’ve made a “sweater” the other day for my Aloe plant. It’s been chilly, so I thought this sweater-like soft and warm pop of color home decor piece would make a nice addition to my fall 2016 crochet “collection”:

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This morning, I decided to make a fall theme square motif incorporating my pumpkin motif and elements of a motif from a book by my favorite author, Linda P. Schapper. I love her collection of motifs; the monocolor work allows full freedom for crocheter’s imagination to come up with any desired colorway. By the way, the first row of flowers in my plant sweater can also be found in her book of motifs. So, the center of my square motif is a pumpkin:

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I haven’t had a chance to make a chart for the motif, but I’ve recorded the instructions in writing, which you can look up here: pumpkin-motifs-1-2. You’ll find two motifs, mostly identical, but with some variations in Rnds 1 and 4.

Here is my square motif; I really wish I had taken a photo before I decided to moisten it to block; here it is, completely wet in its pre-blocking stage, and in a desperate need of reshaping and refluffing:

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I see a future placemat or a toy blankie in it 🙂 I might make another one with a lighter, more ‘airy’ border to replace the now dense dcs and trs, which are pretty good in their own way and go well with the ‘dc shells’ of the center piece. Cheers!

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Granny Apple or Adventures in Crochet Pattern Making

Let me begin by saying: I love apples 🙂 All kinds of apples. Any size, shape, and color. I feel like each time I have an apple, I think of my Grandma and her beautiful yard and garden in which, among other plants and trees, she had several different kinds of apple trees. I think of apple tree blossoms, and the little green and sour miniature apples (yes, my friends and I tried eating those on a number of occasions, most probably because a tiny apple in that stage was too cute not to give it a try), and the fully ripe multi-color fruit, mostly sweet and juicy. My sister, on the other hand, has never been a fan of this particular fruit, sweet or sower…would never have one bite…go figure 🙂

Anyway, I was playing with different shapes, working on my granny-style crochet ‘shapes and colors’ set, when I came up with a granny apple pattern. It came out pretty cute – – and I’ve been using my apples as coasters.

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If you’d like to make yourself an apple coaster similar to one of these

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you are welcome to use my pattern, which I’ve charted out HERE:

The Granny Apple can also be used as a sensory toy in your playtime with your little one(s).

I’ve experimented with the leaf and stalk shapes and sizes, yarn and thread size, color and pattern border. Try the pattern as is, then, if you wish, play with the placement of build-up chains and/or chains within rounds/rows, e.g. add a chain if you feel like having 2 chains in place of 1 in each corner, add 1 chain where there are none in between corners, or remove the single chains between every 3 DC in the initial round…to obtain your preferred shape.  As they say, there is no right or wrong in crochet; there is always a way that works best for you. Cheers!

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Overcoming a Fear of Multiple Loose Ends

I’ve made a sample of Bird of Paradise, Frida’s Flowers, in size 10 crochet thread 🙂

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It’s worked so well, I’m going to make the rest of the motifs in the blanket project in crochet thread too. I’d like to put together a miniature version of the blanket, but first, I’ll need to see how each motif looks in the size. The free pattern for the blanket can be found here.

The thing is, for a while, I’d been avoiding multi-color projects simply because I didn’t feel like weaving in multiple ends. I’ve always loved colorful crochet pieces and admired the work others produced in beautiful colorways. I just didn’t wish to work with more than just a few colors spaced out at quite large intervals, so it’d be easier to sow in the ends. Then, I came across Edie Eckart’s tip, which I really liked 🙂 In her “Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs: Creative Techniques for Joining Motifs of All Shapes”, she advises: Continue reading “Overcoming a Fear of Multiple Loose Ends”

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A Motif a Week – 2 – Tree

The pick of the week is a cute little tree motif. The mini-version I’m naming an “Orange Tree”. It’s so cute, I’ve decided to make it into wall art.

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The magnified variation, a Lemon Tree, is also pretty cute, so it’s going to turn into wall art as well 🙂 I’m still to crochet a border to frame the canvas that the pieces are to be pasted on. I might post an update when that’s complete 🙂

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To be continued 🙂

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Mixing Wet-felting and Crochet

I’ve made another flower ring; this time, not a wearable one though. It’s a napkin ring 🙂 I used some merino wool to wet-felt the flower and the stem and #10 cotton crochet thread to compete the petals (¹) and sepal and to add a leaf (²).

Crochet pattern (  ¹& ²) credit: Caitlin Sainio.

 

 

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A Little Wearable Flower

I’ve crocheted myself a new little ring.  The flower pattern incorporates elements of a circle pattern by Edie Eckman. Last week, I discovered E. Eckman’s work for myself, thanks to a post by MrMaxwellMakes and the WordPress that makes it possible for creative folks to connect and share info and ideas. Her math approach to crocheting is so in synch with how I’ve been looking at it. I looked at a few books of hers and came to a conclusion: I love her work! 🙂

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Wearing blue today feels so right 🙂

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A Motif a Week: Square One

Today, I’m starting a new project “A Motif a Week”. The following square motif is going to be my Square One 🙂

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The motif was designed for crochet thread #10. I, however, love the magnified version in weightier yarn. I do enjoy delicate lace crochet pieces. I just think the same design can be made in a variety of sizes, each beautiful in its own way 🙂

Once a week, I’ll take a motif, in random order, from one of my two go-to crochet motif books displayed herein and make it in a couple of different sizes of varying color composition. I’ll use crochet thread #10 with 1.5-1.75 mm crochet hooks and yarn with 3.5-6.00 mm crochet hooks. I’ll post the results on Thursdays.

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I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to use the motifs for. I might incorporate them in my handmade jewelry, make some free form accent pieces, put together some home decor items, or add them to my collection of coasters. I’m going to use baby yarn, tested and approved for use in baby items, to keep my options open 🙂 The baby yarn is so soft and nice to touch, it will only keep me motivated to keep going and possibly come up or end up with something nice and soft and wearable 🙂

I’ve done a photo a day, a piece of jewelry a day… – little monthly personal projects that were fun and created a cool creative rhythmic routine; that was way before this blog came into being. Now, I’m thinking – why not make a similar project for my crochet thingies! I’m making it a weekly thing; that feels like the right pace at the moment 🙂

The last piece in this project is going to be a micro-version of Square One ! 🙂

N.B.: This project has been suspended due to lack of time; I still love Ms. Sainio’s work and would love to spread the word about her amazing designs while honing my own crocheting skills through this activity 🙂 I intend to get back to it as soon as I have a possibility to!!! ❤ Oct. 14, 2016.