Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Crochet, easy new born vest

I used two strands of 5 ply yarn for the vest and 12 ply yarn for the blue trimming.
Amount of yarn, main color, two 25 gm balls. Small amount of contrast color.
Size 5.00mm hook for the vest and size 4.00mm for the trim.
Very quick and easy to make up. Size new born to 3 months.
Starting at the bottom of the vest.
DC= yo hook, insert hook into loop, draw through yarn, yo hook, draw through 2 loops, yo hook, draw through 2 loops again. (Australian/English term for dc is trbl)

Ch 3 is beginning dc of every row.
Ch 63, work 1 dc in 3rd chain from hook and in each ch across, ch 3 turn (61 dc)
1 dc in 2nd dc from hook and in each dc across, ch 3 turn.
Work 9 more rows as above.

Divide for right side:
Working in blo, dc across to 11th dc, ch 3 turn (12 dc)
DEC: 1 dc in next 10 dc, ch 3 turn (11 dc)
1 dc in next 10 dc, ch 3 turn (11 dc)
1 dc in next 9 dc, ch 3 turn (10dc)
1 dc in next 9 dc, fasten off yarn.

Working Across the back:
Attach yarn to the 7th dc from right, side edge
ch 3 in same st, working in blo, dc across next 24 dc, ch 3 turn
Work 4 more rows of dc, then fasten off.

Working the Left Side.
Attach yarn to the 7th dc from the back, side edge
ch 3 in same st, working in blo, dc across next 11 dc, turn
DEC:sl st across to 2nd dc, ch 3 in 2nd dc, 1 dc in next 10 dc,ch 3, turn
1 dc in next 10 dc, turn
sl st across to 2nd dc, ch 3 in 2nd dc, 1 dc in next 9 dc,ch 3, turn
1 dc in next 8 dc, fasten off.
Using back stitch, sew shoulder seams together, sew in all loose ends.

For the trim, sc evenly around the vest and around the sleeves.
Tassels are short lengths of yarn, sl st into the blo rows.
Vest can be worn with or with out buttons.
Enjoy the pattern.
The shoes are made from a fake mary jane pattern.
The bonnet is made from Bev's easy round baby hat, with just a few modifications.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Brides Garter and Ring Bearer's Pillow

This is what I am working on at the moment. 24.01.08

Apart from sore eye's and frogging it ( a phrase I learnt for undoing and reworking)

I enjoyed working with these items.

The pattern for the garter is not mine, you can the pattern here.

The ring cushion/pillow is my creation.

I will type up the pattern and post it.

I have not as yet stuffed the pillow.

I've used ear ring hooks to hold the rings.

Both items have the same colored beads.

I'll be back to post a the picture of the finished pillow.

Here is the finished set.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Granny Square Bag/Purse

Granny Squares and Bags
This was pretty easy and fast to make.
It's simply made from 6 granny squares sewn together.
Then I used the crochet moss stitch around the top of the bag.
I have found a very strong way of making the handles for the bags.
It's simply a length of chain-hdc around both sides of the chain, then complete with rsc (crab st).
That hdc is American English. I suppose the translation for it would be htrbl.
I read so many American English patterns, I find my self writing in those terms.

Now What To Do With This

So this is a before picture.
I cut the bottom off the skirt, to shorten it a little and I will use the cut piece to make a matching top.
We'll come back to this project once I've completed it.

I've also got to work on this thread I bought for $2.00 a cone.

3 Tier Drawsring Bag

This is another bag I made.
I was writing the pattern as I made it, but then I lost my place.
So I'll have to go back to it and start over.
The Drawstring is designed to be used for a back pack or over the shoulder strap.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Crochet a new look, with old T's.

I realised the fashion from last year was too short, or I had put on a bit of size. Probably the latter. I am also not partial to a bra, they are too restricting for my liking especially in the heat. I altered a few of my T's and here's what I got. I particulary like the white one as it is a new one I bought in 2006 for a song but never wore it, the black netting type of crochet I placed around it, ensures that I can go without a bra, it hugs in around my boobs and you cant see through it.
The others add length and hides a bit of the cleavage.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Crochet Carpet Bag

making crochet bags out of carpet yarn

And another.

Here's another bag I have made.
It's made from the box of carpet nylon I got.
Well that is what I am calling it.
The carpet nylon is very strong and this type is actually a little soft to feel.
I just made it up as I went along.
I've used old curtain rings for part of the handle.
There are no gaps in the crochet, there-fore nothing will fall out.
I must say that this is a very strong little bag and cute too.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Crochet draw string bag with seed beads.

I got this box of yarn from Trash & Treasure for $12.00.
It's mostly 100% nylon and I am sure it is for making carpet.
You may recognise one of the colours from the cat I made, sophis-ti-cat.
What to do with so much yarn?
Apart from the cat, I have now made a draw string bag.
Scroll down to see it

I started at the base with sc worked in the round and increased until I was happy with the size. I continued to work upwards with a bit of a decrease here and there for shaping. I added the black in, to form a pattern. It's kind of like crochet tapestry. I hand sewed seed beads into it for decoration and did some over crochet. The draw string is done in a plat.

Over all I am quite happy.

Crochet Cat.

I named this cat. Sophis-ti-cat.

I read some where that once you've made one type of amigurumi, you can make any type of amigurumi using the same technique. So I gave it a go with-out a pattern and just made it up as I went along. I visualised the shape I wanted it and either increased or decreased where I wanted to change shape. It's all done in SC and where you want a smaller or larger beginning, the trick is in the beginning circle. Starting with 4 SC in the circle then increasing will give you a smaller beginning. Starting with 8 SC in the circle will give you a larger beginning. The smaller size being for arms and legs and the larger for the body. 6 SC in the circle is usually the head and the most used beginning. Once you have done the body, you bring your project alive by adding features. One feature being the ears, shaped differently can determine what your project will be. Adding a tail will determine it even further.
The fun part is adding facial features, the eye's can say it all. I am awake, I am asleep, I am a wide eyed beauty, I am Asian and so on. Some makers don't include a nose or a mouth. Whiskers for a cat are a great feature, you can make them long, short, stand out or flat to the face. Felt can be used for these features along with pipe cleaners or even the yarn. I have purchased eye's and you can get them in various shapes and colours. Adding jewelery or clothes can make your project more life like. I also add thread wire to the parts I want to shape. Well good luck with your amigurumi project. There is plenty of help on the web to assist you.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Crochet Camera Case

Here is a cute little camera case.
This will fit a small camera.

To make a larger camera case, ch the width (horizontaly across the face of your camera) of your camera and work sc rows the horizontal length of the face of your camera.

Hook size 4.00mm
8 ply Yarn used.
Special stitches.
Back Loop Only. Work your stitches in the loop further away from you.
Ch, 15
1. sc in second chain from hook and each chain across, ch 1, turn (14 sc)
2. sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn
3. work 2 more rows as above.

5. working in blo, sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn. 6. repeat 2nd row 14 more times.
19. repeat row 5 once.
20. repeat row 2, 4 more times
23. repeat row 5 once.
24. repeat row 2, 14 more times. Do not fasten off!
slip st beginning row and last row together. Do not fasten off!
work 5 sc evenly across narrow side of case.
work 14 rows of 1 sc in each of the next 5 sc, ch 1, turn. fasten Off.

sew this bottom flap into place, attaching it to the 3 remaining sides.
Top Flap.
Working at the top now, attach yarn to one of the wider sides and work 10 sc, evenly across.
Work 10 rows of sc, in each of next 10 sc across, ch 1, turn.
Button Hole.
Work 1 sc, in next 4 sc, ch 2, miss 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, ch 1, turn.
Work 1 sc, in next 4 sc, work 2 sc in the ch 2 space, 1 sc, in each of next 4 sc, ch 1, turn.
Work 1 sc in each sc, ch 1, turn.
Work 1 sc in each sc across, fasten off.

Tidy ends, sew on button and decorate any way you want.