Posted in Crochet, Garments, Toddler

Little Red Riding Hood

Once upon a time there lived in a certain village a little country girl, the prettiest creature who was ever seen. Her mother was excessively fond of her; and her grandmother doted on her still more. This good woman had a little red riding hood made for her. It suited the girl so extremely well that everybody called her Little Red Riding Hood

Charles Perrault

My Little Red Riding Hood inspired cape was made using hook size 10 and Robin Super Chunky – lovely soft yarn in deep red colour, a pleasure to work with. I decided to make it in half treble crochet as this stitch gives great dense texture. 

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I didn’t follow any pattern, this is my original make, which I am particularly proud of 🙂

And my little girl sure looks cute wearing her Little Red Riding Hood. 

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Posted in Baby, Blankets, Crochet, Yarns

Candy Cane BB no. 2

Today I present another baby blanket made from Sirdar Pattercake, I used yarn cake in Candy Cane colour again. I just love it!

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It really is amazing yarn and one ball is sufficient to make a great baby blanket.

This time I started with small granny square and then worked the blanket corner-to-corner. I added white edge to it for a neat finish and voila!

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Posted in Crochet, Garments, Ideas, Knitting, Uncategorized

Work in progress

As always, I have couple of projects going on at the same time. So, here is a quick review of what you can expect to see here in the nearest future.

Easy Lavender Shawl

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I lost the ball band so I can’t tell the brand of yarn. Weight is dk but I am using hook 5.0 mm to obtain loose tension for this shawl.  Nearly there, just need to figure out what edging to add to make it look complete.

Toddler Peach Vest

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Again, lost the ball band, so not sure on the brand. Using 4.0 mm hook and dk yarn.

Tee “Amanda” by Adriafil

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This is going to be a Tee in size M. I am using knitting needles size 4 mm and Adriafil Kimera in green shades. This is mercerized Egyptian cotton, really lovely to work with.

Posted in Ideas, Yarns

In search for inspiration…

Whenever I need a little inspiration on what to knit or crochet next I like to visit my favourite local yarn shop Purly Yarns. They are small family run shop that offers friendly atmosphere and lots of inspiration – come and see, you won’t be disappointed!

As usual, when I visited last week I got myself new balls of yarn that I can’t wait to try and already have couple of ideas on what to make.

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I am sure that kids socks made of ColourLab will look great! I am planning on using Vauvan Sukka pattern by Kerttu Latvala.

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I am very curious about Batik Swirl by Stylecraft. I got it in shade Meadow, bright and colorful, with the purpose of making a scarf to cheer me up during winter days to come. Quite possibly I will use free pattern that is included on reverse of the ball band.
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I really enjoyed working with Creative Cotton Print when I was making my Buggy Bag and Tunisian Pot Holder. This cotton is so versatile and has lovely colours too, this time I got it in pink and orange. It will be perfect for making heat packs like these Rice Bags.
Posted in Crochet, Garments, pattern, Toddler

Toddler Sun Hat

Materials
hook 3.75 mm or size needed to achieve tension
yarn or tapestry needle
1 ball (50 g) of dk yarn or cotton, I used 100% cotton Puppets in a shade of white
yarn oddments in pink and green

Tension
17stitches and 10 rows to 10 cm (4 in) measured over treble worked using 3.75 hook and main yarn

Finished size
suitable for toddlers, 2 – 3 years

Abbreviations
ch = chain; dc = double crochet; htr = half treble; rep = repeat; sl st = slip stitch; tr = treble

Sun Hat Pattern
FOUNDATION RING: ch 6 and join with sl st to form a ring
ROUND 1: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 15 tr into ring, join with sl st into 3rd of ch 3 [16 tr]
ROUND 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr into same place, 2 tr into each tr to end, join with sl st into 3rd of ch 3 [32 tr]
ROUND 3: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr into same place, * [1 tr into next tr, 2 tr into next tr]; rep from * to last 1 tr, 1 tr into last tr, join with sl st into 3rd of ch 3 [48 tr]
ROUND 4: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr into same place, * [1 tr into each of next 2 tr, 2 tr into next tr]; rep from * to last 2 tr, 1 tr into each of last 2 tr, join with sl st into 3rd of ch 3 [64 tr]
ROUND 5 – 7: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr into each tr to end, join with sl st into 3rd of ch 3 [64 tr]
ROUND 8: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr into same place, * [1 tr into each of next 7 tr, 2 tr into next tr]; rep from * to last 7 tr, 1 tr into each of last 7 tr, join with sl st into 3rd of ch 3 [72 tr]
ROUND 9 – 14: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr into each tr to end, join with sl st into 3rd of ch 3 [72 tr]
ROUND 15: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr into same place, * [1 tr into each of next 3 tr, 2 tr into next tr]; rep from * to last 3 tr, 1 tr into each of last 3 tr, join with sl st into 3rd of ch 3 [90 tr]
ROUND 16: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr into same place, * [1 tr into each of next 9 tr, 2 tr into next tr]; rep from * to last 9 tr, 1 tr into each of last 9 tr, join with sl st into 3rd of ch 3 [99 tr]
ROUND 17: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr into same place, * [1 tr into each of next 10 tr, 2 tr into next tr]; rep from * to last 10 tr, 1 tr into each of last 10 tr, join with sl st into 3rd of ch 3 [108 tr]
ROUND 18: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr into same place, * [1 tr into each of next 3 tr, 2 tr into next tr]; rep from * to last 3 tr, 1 tr into each of last 3 tr, join with sl st into 3rd of ch 3 [135 tr]
ROUND 19: ch 1, 1 dc into same place, 1 dc into each tr to end join with sl st into 1st dc [135 dc]
Fasten off yarn.

Twigs, flowers and leaves
TWIGS: Add twigs by working in surface crochet directly on the finished hat. (optional)
FLOWERS: Ch 6 and join with sl st to make a ring. Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 3 tr into ring, ch 3, turn; 1 tr into first tr, 1 tr into each of next 2 tr, 1 tr into 3rd of ch 3 (petal made), ch 3, turn; * working across back of petal just made, work 4 tr into ring, ch 3, turn; 1 tr into first tr, 1 tr into each of next 3 tr (petal made), ch 3, turn; rep from * 6 times, join with sl st into 3rd of beg ch 3 of first petal. Fasten off yarn.
LEAVES: Ch 6. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Dc in next ch, htr in next ch, tr in next ch, 4 tr in next ch, turn slightly to continue working on the bottom of the foundation chain and tr 3 more (7 total in that chain), tr in next ch, htr in next ch, dc in next ch, sl st in next. Fasten off yarn.

Finishing
Weave in the yarn ends. Pin flowers and leaves to a hat. Secure flowers with a few stitches worked in matching yarn, taking the stitches over the chains behind each flower petal. Stitch leaves in place down the centre of each leaf.

Posted in Crochet, Toys

Frankie the Doggie aka the Sausage

Today I am presenting one of my first crochet makes, made about 3 years ago, when I was expecting my first-born. Turned out that A. was not interested in this doggie at all, however J. absolutely loved it. It is still my kid’s faithful friend, although we call him not Frankie as the original pattern suggests but Sausage.

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Sausage was created based on the pattern from the below magazine.

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It wasn’t the easiest pattern to follow for a beginner but the effect is worth a try. I was quite pleased with myself when I finished it.

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Posted in Baby, Crochet

Cutie’s Hoodie

Today I would like to show off my first ever crocheted jumper. Made for my baby girl in silky coral yarn, I think it was Rico but I am not sure as it was completed long time ago.

Cutie’s Hoodie was done following very simple pattern I found in my favourite magazine Women’s Weekly Knitting & Crochet. It has lots to offer, patterns for beginners and advanced, tips and tricks, makes for women, babies or home. You name it, it’s there!

Without further ado: Cutie’s Hoodie 🙂

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I must say I am very proud of this make and will definitely make it again and again in bigger sizes. It was super easy yet the effect is so gorgeous that lots of people complimented it. What do you think?

Posted in Bags, Crochet

Buggy Bag

Well, it has been a while since I last posted here. Let me excuse myself by presenting my newest project that I worked on for the past two weeks or so: Buggy Bag.

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It is based on the pattern for French Market Bag that I found here. It is written in US crochet terms, so had to spend some time on understanding the differences but then the bag turned out to be super easy to make.

I used Rico Creative Cotton Print again as it is really nice to work with. I used shades of green and a crochet hook size 4.5 (I really like working with my wooden set). It gave me really big and spacious bag that I attached to my buggy. It accommodated all my shopping and still had some space left which is quite an achievement in my opinion (I tend to shop a lot in one go).

I think at some point I will try making another one but a bit smaller so it could serve as shoulder bag. Let me know what you think in the comment box below 🙂