Crocheted Booties

A few weeks ago a friend posted a photo to me on facebook. It included a link to a lovely pattern for crocheted booties with a crocodile stitch cuff. The same friend was having a naming ceremony for her little girl 4 days later. I decided it would be lovely to make her daughter a pair of the booties.

I have never crocheted so fast or furiously- it was totally worth it.

I purchased the pattern from knit picks UK and received the pattern within an hour via email (it seemed longer as I was so eager to start!). The pattern was written using american terms (by Lianka Azulay) and easy to follow.

The yarn I used was Sirdar Folksong. In retrospect this was maybe a little on the thick side for this project but I liked the feel and colour.

I love way they turned out. They are a little too big for my friends daughter but I was worrying they might be too small. Its nice she can grow into them. :-)

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Crocheted Kokeshi Doll

I felt like crocheting up something quickly. So, I decided to look for inspiration in a magazine given to me by a student I taught last year (thank you Leah).

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Simply Crochet: Amigurumi Collection Summer 2015

I came across a pattern for small Japanese dolls called Kokeshi dolls (though it’s my understanding that these folks are traditionally made of would and ornately decorated).

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The pattern was very easy to follow and I finished my doll in a couple of hours (whilst also watching TV).

The next time I use this pattern, I might stitch the hair on rather than crocheting a wig cap. I will definitely make sure I stuff the body more firmly and perhaps the head less so- my little doll is a little top heavy and is prone to toppling. :-)

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Sea horse

A few weeks ago I started an amigurumi Sea horse from Vanessa Mooncie’s book “crocheted Sea Creatures”.

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There are 12 wonderful creatures to make. However the creatures that really caught my eye and persuaded me to buy the book were the Sea horse and the Octopus (which I’ve yet to start).

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I love the way my sea horse has turned out. It is just over a foot tall which was longer than I expected it to be. The crocheting involved was relatively easy involving simple increases, decreases and a fair amount of colour changing.

The pattern uses UK terminology which wasn’t a problem. However, I must admit that the wording of the pattern was not always straight forward. There were several points where I was left a little stumped. I persevered and I’m glad I did so.

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I used Paton’s DK Smoothie and some old Navy blue acrylic yarn I had left over from another project.

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Snood it be any better?! (sorry)

I’ve finished a project! Yes it was simple.Yes it was quick. But its finished… even the ends have been woven in!

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In actuality, I’ve finished two projects because whilst I was crocheting I could see I would have enough yarn for  gloves or mittens. I opted for Wristers which I have made lots of times before (see here).  I did however tweak the pattern slightly, so that the ribbing on the cuffs was more pronounced I alternated front post double crochets and back post double crochets (US terms)

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I’m rather pleased with how it’s all turned out turned out. I used a 10mm crochet hook and created a round of about 64 stitches. I then worked a spiral (like amigurumi) using double crochets (US terms) forming a tube til it was about arm length. I worked in a spiral as I’m really not keen on seems left when joining rounds and chaining up; others may not see it but I do. :-)

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The colours are really autumnal and I’m not convinced the photographs do the pieces justice. Also, lacking a more glamorous model I had to do the job myself. :-)

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A Snood

I’ve wanted to crochet but it has been hard recently. There’s really no reason, as far as I can see, for the lack my lack of inspiration; I’ve found it really difficult to pick up a project. Putting pressure on myself wasn’t working so I decided it was ok to take a break.

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Then this week I felt an urge. I rummaged though my boxes of yarn and choose some wool I need to use up (more about that later) and thought about how I could use it.

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I’ve started making a Snood. I’m modelling it on a knitted one I purchased a few years ago.  I’m not doing anything complicated as the yarn is so pretty as it is.

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It’s lovely to want to crochet again.

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The king of procrastination

This should have been written about a month ago … Sometimes life happens! Never mind better late than never.

Here is another piece of my attempts at freestyle crochet. I’m really quite pleased with how it turned out.

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I made use of my amigurumi skills.  Also, I used my double ended crochet hooks in continuous rounds producing an impressive effect.

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The Tunisian simple stitch with two colours created a great look with a really flat  surface texture.

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Currently I’m finishing off a commission and will finish off another Afghan soon.

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Lovely Hooks

In January it was my birthday. I received some beautiful double ended, symfonie crochet hooks from my mother and father in law.

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They are lovely to look at; light to use, and allow me to do Tunisian crochet in the round. I can see them being useful when crocheting infinity scarves, hats and sleeves.

Whilst experimenting, I created a small band using the honeycomb stitch. I wasn’t too sure how well the stitch would work.

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Not only did the stitch work really well but working in the round with two colours of yarn created a great effect.

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I’ve used my double ended crochet hooks in another project that I’ll share soon.

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Still crocheting

I sat for about 5 minutes trying to think of a good title for this post. It’s been ages since my last post. Sadly, I’ve not been crocheting as much as I was or as much as I would like to.

I do have some things I’d like to share though: I’ll begin with my first go at freeform crochet.

After admiring works of crocheted art on Pinterest, I thought I’d have a go myself.

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I didn’t use a specific pattern but did Google freeform crochet for more inspiration.

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I played around with hyperbolic crochet and used my amigurumi skills. I found tutorials explaining how to do the bouillon stitch and included some of that too.

My only regret now is using only one color of yarn. However, this was my first attempt…

My next go at freeform crochet, I feel, looks a lot better. But I’ll share that in another post. :-)

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Hedgehog Giveaway

Last week, I decided that to boost the number of likes on my Facebook page I’d hold a give away.  I’m really pleased with the results. I’m not quite at my target of 200 likes but very close. I also discovered that you could change the name of a page; I did this and Mark’s Crochet page became Guy Who Crochets page. :-)  Streamlining my brand.

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I made this hedgehog during the Summer. I particularly proud of this amigurumi as I completely designed it myself. The spikes were an adaptation of the surface crochet I’d used on the TOFT sheep I’d crocheted.

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If you use facebook feel free to drop by and like my page. I’ll pick a follower randomly once I hit 200 likes and get her/him posted off to their new home.

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Giant Tunisian Crochet

The weekend before last, I went to a hobby and crafts show in Birmingham. I came back with plenty of yarn and best of all my 2.4 cm Tunisian crochet hook.

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It wasn’t long before I put it to work making a nice, chunky scarf. I split open a bag of Patons “Colour Works Aran” and removed four balls.

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Using the Tunisian simple stitch, I worked the four balls into a thick fabric weight chains wide (though I could/should have used ten, I think).

It took me about five days to crochet the scarf, from start to finish. However, I’m pretty sure that with the inclination and without distractions I could have made it  four hours.

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It feels really soft and I reckon it will be gorgeously warm in  coming winter months.

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I’m looking forward to making some nice chunky blankets  in the future.

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