Knitted Onesie

Started this way back when my nesting instincts were nuts. A surprisingly simple pattern with all over moss stitch and crochetted edging. Ending up doing the 3-6mo size so it will theoretically fit bean in the fall.

The piece has a somewhat bizarre tie closure on both sides of opening. Going to try it out but anticipating needing to switch to velcro or snaps or something.

The crochet edging is simple and cute. I’m going to try it out on some matching booties and hats for a complete outfit!

Here is the free pattern on ravelry as “baby talk” if you are interested! Here’s the direct link: https://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=9054&cid=17

And so it begins…

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Tis the season for Christmas crafting!

I love this time of year. I can legitimately knit for five hours straight while watching Christmas movies because I am doing something NECESSARY. My hubby is as pleased as I am to give and receive homemade gifts. Therefore my excessive crafting is a SERVICE. I am ensuring that people get the warm and fuzzies on the 25th.

Unfortunately for you fine folks I can’t post anything yet as some of you will be the lucky recipients and I don’t want to spoil anything. I will post all the pictures and pattern links in the new year.

This year (as per custom) everyone will get an ornament and then something especially for them. I’ve also decided to do the big gifts for the ladies in my life (the boys can have a turn next year). I have taken on an enormous project for my mother. Here is the link to pattern. Let’s just say she probably won’t be getting it until her birthday. Needles this tiny do not lend themselves to speed. I’ve had to shelve it for now until the season passes.

I still have many pairs of socks and mittens standing between me and my Christmas Eve rum and coke. But it’s a happy hurdle. Well, more like a long hike- its work technically, but its oh so enjoyable!

Rainy Day Earrings

Ug. It just won’t stop raining! I’ve done every chore, I’ve read the books, I’ve binged the Netflix… Good news is my thumb is out of the splint and I can now craft again! Woot!

Today I bring you crochet earrings. They are dead simple and cost about $2 to make.

You need:

-a pair of large old hoop earring you don’t wear anymore (mine were left over from a gypsy costume and were about 2.75 inches in diameter)

-two skeins of embroidery floss (I used DMC 550/purple) you will have a bit left over but not enough to use only one skein for two earrings

-2.35mm crochet hook

Begin by covering the hoops with a row of slip stitches using the entire thickness of the embroidery thread (aka don’t pull it apart into individual threads). Keep “casting on” until the hoops are covered (number of stitches varies with your specific hoops). Make sure the active part of the stitch is on the inside.

Now turn the hoop and start working your way back to the start. Chain 3 then double crochet in every other cast on stitch. Be sure to stay on the inside of the hoops.

Turn again. This time chain 2 then single crochet in every other double crochet. You can still pull stitches fairly tight on this row but be careful.

Turn again for the last row. Chain 2 and then single crochet in every other single crochet below. Now you have to be very aware of your tension. The stitches will be quite large and open.

And that’s it! So easy right? The pictures don’t give this jewel tone purple justice! They would look great in just about any color I think.

Let me know if you try them out!

The Stacking Toys of Doom

Bwahaha! Check out these beauties! Admire them, because they took WAAAAYYY too long to make.

I have a niece and an honorary nephew under the age of one so I KNEW I needed to make something epic for them. Something that would earn me favourite aunt status.

I found the pattern on Ravelry, which cost a few bucks but the complexity of the pattern is not replicate-able (unless your a crochet guru).

I learned the hard way about mixing weights of yarn. The pedestal for the girl bear was re-crochetted three times as I made the rings. Her head is also significantly smaller so her snout looks a bit too big- but that’s character right?

The boy bear was all done from the same brand of yarn. He worked up just like the pattern suggests. It was actually crazy to just have everything slide into place without alterations.

One of the hardest parts was embroidering the nose. Next time I would definitely buy some plastic ones and only embroider the mouth. I think it would look cleaner.

The pattern suggest you make the pants into overalls with a few more crochetted bits. It was cute but I really liked the way it looked with out it.

The head always looked like Groot to me while I was finishing it up. I MAY do my own pattern up since I have all these plastic eyes and brown yarn now.

Anyway I hope my beloved babies love these bears as much as I do.

Crochet Inception

I have made this bag:

It is crocheted, from yarn left over from other crochet projects, and is filled with my current crochet project.

I also gave one to my lovely friend who made us both liners so that hooks didn’t slip out. The little slots keep all the important bits at your fingertips.

The final piece is the simple addition of snap barrettes to keep the many colors from unraveling.

The main body of the bag is shell stitch and the top edge and handle are all single crochet for strength. Here are some close-ups if you’d like to copy the design:

Soon I will be posting pictures of the current project- I am so excited for you all to see it!

The Velveteen Rabbit

So I’ve got this left over velvet yarn. I also needed an easy (aka big hooks, big stitches) project to do in the car on our road trip. I know its not ideal to amigurumi with double crochets. And I will admit the rabbit is not super sturdy but because of that he’s unbelievably soft and cuddly.

I forgot to find a pattern before we left so here is my somewhat sketchy notes on what I made up on the way. Use this pattern as a guideline please, you may need to fiddle it around a bit. If you find huge errors let me know and I will correct them.

If you make one post a pic, I’d love to see!

The Velveteen Rabbit

Body and head (the peanut)

Ch3, dc 7 times in first loop, sl into chain to close circle (8)

Ch2, dc twice in each loop, sl to close (16)

Ch2, dc twice in each loop, sl to close (32)

Ch2, dc twice in each loop, sl to close (64)

Ch2, dc once in each loop, sl to close (64) repeat to desired body length (I did 7 more rows)

Ch2, decrease every 2 dc into one, slip to close (32)

Ch2, decrease every 2 dc into one, slip to close (16)

Ch 2, dc twice in each loop, sl to close (32)

Ch2, dc twice in each loop, sl to close (64)

Ch2, dc once in each loop, sl to close (64) repeat to desired head length (I did 4 more rows)

Ch2, decrease every 2 dc into one, slip to close (32)

At about this point you should start stuffing.

Ch2, decrease every 2 dc into one, slip to close (16)

Ch2, decrease every 2 dc into one, slip to close (8)

Using tapestry needle pick up 8 loops throw a bit more stuffing in there and then pull closed.

Arms (make 2, or 8, you know whatever floats your boat)

Ch3, dc 7 times in first loop, sl into chain to close circle (8)

Ch2, dc twice in each loop, sl to close (16)

Ch2, dc once in each loop, sl to close (16) repeat to desired length (I did 7 more rows)

Stuff.

Press the arm closed flat, line up the stitches. Using hook slip stitch the opening closed. Leave a long tail for sewing on body.

Legs (again, make 2 if your into it)

Ch3, dc 7 times in first loop, sl into chain to close circle (8)

Ch2, sc twice in next 4 stitches, then 2 hdc in one stitch, 2dc in next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in last stitch, sl to close (16)

Ch2, sc twice in next 6 stitches, 2 hdc in next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next 6 stitches, 2 hdc in last 2 stitches, sl to join. (32)

Ch2, dc in each stitch, sl to close. Repeat once.

Ch2, dc next 14 stitches, dc two together next 16 stitches, dc in last 2 stitches, sl to join.

Ch2, dc next 12 stitches, dc two together next 12 stitches, sl to join.

Ch2, dc in each stitch, sl to join. Repeat to desired length (I did 6 more rows)

As with arms: stuff then fold opening flat with toe pointed forward, using a slip stitch through both sides of fold close the opening. Leave long tail for attaching.

Ears (make 2)

Ch 8, form a loop with sl st.

ch2, and dc in next 7 stitches, sl to join. Repeat to half of total desired length of ear (I did 6 rows total)

Ch 2, 2dc in next stitch, dc next 3 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, dc in next 2 stitches, sl to join

Ch 2, 2 dc in next stitch, dc 4 times, 2 dc in next stitch, dc 3 times. Sl to join

Ch2, 2 dc in next stitch, dc 5 times, 2 dc in next stitch, dc 4 times. Sl to join.

Ch2, dc next 2 stitches together, dc 4 times, dc next 2 stitches together, dc 3 times, sl to join.

Ch2, dc next 2 stitches together, dc 3 times, dc next 2 stitches together, dc 2 times, sl to join.

Ch2, dc next 2 stitches together, dc 2 times, dc next 2 stitches together, dc 1 times, sl to join.

Fold ear along natural fold (should be obvious where it wants to fold). Do not stuff. Close tip with sl st across both layers (only 2 and a knot really needed). Cut yarn and push tail into ear.

Tail

Ch3, dc 8 times into first chain, sl st to join.

Ch2, dc twice into each stitch, sl st to join.

Ch2, dc into each stitch, sl to join.

Ch2, dc next 2 stitches together 4 times, sl to join.

Stuff.

Ch2, dc next 2 stitches together 2 times, sl to join

Sew opening closed and then sew onto body.

Making up

Pretty straight forward, put all the bits where you want them. I sewed from above and below for more sturdiness. I haven’t figured out a good face yet. Will keep you posted.

The Easiest Crochet Blanket Ever

Ok, I will admit I have made this blanket 6 times. It’s partially my fault for wanting someting quick and mindless- and partially because everyone wants one!

This super easy pattern looks great in any colour. It is easily customizable to an size from baby to queen bed spread. The pattern looks complicated but it is only chain and double crochet.

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I made this double bed size spread as a birthday gift to my husband waaaaay back in our dating lives. We still use it! It’s very warm

The pattern came from my dorm room mate Steph. I don’t know where she go it. I have passed it on to every crochetter I meet.

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The blanket is called a “corner to corner”. Which means you can play with width since  you  don’t have to commit to a foundation chain. A standard pattern creates a square blanket but if you simply begin decreasing on one side and not the other it will become a rectangle.

Above is a sample of a square which gets slip stitched to the next. You then chain 3 and then crochet 3 double crochet into the hole created by the stitch below. The second picture is turning the corner, which begins decreasing that side.

While this is super easy once you’ve learned it, sometimes the process is hard to grasp at first. Here is an excellent video to get you started.

Happy hooking!