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Crocheted Comforter

In my post a couple of days ago, I teased with a few photos of the comforter I’ve crocheted. I intentionally didn’t show the whole thing because I wanted to take some better photographs, in natural light, with a better camera. Also, I felt, it deserved it’s own post!

SAMSUNG CSCI am so pleased with how it’s turned out. The (Sirdar snowflake) yarn I used makes the granny square beautifully soft and fluffy.

SAMSUNG CSCAttaching the head to the comforter was something I’d seen on Pinterest (I think). I loved the idea but thought that it would look better if attached at the corner rather than in the centre of the square. The pattern I used for the teddy bear head is available free here. I did, however, adapt the ears and rather than creating inner and outer circles opted for one half circle per ear.

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I’m really pleased with the way this turned out and will definitely be making more… perhaps with other animal heads. My Husband suggested adding paws too, which I quite like the idea of. 🙂

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Feeling chunky!

Recently, I’ve been working with Sirdar’s Snowflake chunky yarn and I thought I would write a short review.

This is a fleecy polyester yarn that caught my eye as I was perusing the range at hobbycraft. I was in the market for some yarn to make baby things so this really seemed to fit the bill. Not knowing the gender of the babies I’m crocheting for, I opted for neutral cream and light brown.

20140117_155928 20140117_160004The first project I’ve used it for consists of two parts: a striped granny square comforter and an attached teddy bears head (There will be a more comprehensive post about this during the next few days).

For the granny square I used a 4mm hook. The yarn crocheted together nicely and I’m really happy with the resultant square. The only issue I encountered when crocheting the comforter was when I needed to frog (undo) a portion of my crochet. The yarn seems to latch to itself and I had to be quite firm when pulling my stitches undone; at the time I worried the yarn might snap but it didn’t. The yarn sticking to itself in such a way may actually, in the long run, make it more suitable for it’s purpose. Hopefully, it will resist the rigours of little hands 🙂

The nature of the yarn makes the stitch definition poor. However, you get a wonderfully soft fluffy effect.

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I used, or attempted to use, part of an amigurumi teddy pattern to create a head to attach. This was really difficult and I must admit I considered giving up at one point. As I’ve mentioned, the yarn results in poor stitch definition. I really struggled to see what I was doing. I remedied this by using another strand of dk yarn alongside thus making it a little easier to see the stitches I was working. Persevering was well worth it the finished comforter looks lovely.

Overall, I’m really happy with this Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky yarn the fluffy effect the yarn has produced is fantastic; and it was very reasonably priced. I shall definitely be using this yarn again but am now prepared for difficulties I may encounter.20140117_155934

 

 

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I wonder…

I wonder what I could make with this? Lol 🙂

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This Sirdar snuggly, chunky Snowflake yarn really caught my eye. It has a fluffy cottonwool like texture and is incredibly soft. I’m thinking I’ll lose some stitch definition using this for snowflakes but I’m intrigued as to how it will look. 🙂

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Merging, adapting and tweaking

As many will know, I’ve got snowflakes on the brain. Well last night I adapted an existing snowflake pattern from a book (Mini Christmas Crochet by Val Pierce).

I used elements from other snowflakes I’ve seen on the internet. Adding these features to the final round.

There are still things I’d like to change but I’m happy with the result of my tinkering.

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Star snowflake

Just a short post to share another snowflake. This hasn’t been starched or blocked yet.

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I’m quite enjoying making these… I may see if I can write some patterns for my own. 🙂

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And another snowflake

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The pattern for this one is from a book of Christmas projects. I used wool and a metallic silver thread (though the thread is difficult to see it does add a sparkle).

I’m thinking I could use some embroidery thread to make some smaller snowflakes with a 1mm hook

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Idle hands make snow flakes

I’ve finished a couple of projects recently and was at a loose end. So rather than continue with my bear that I’m crocheting (bit complicated atm) I decided I’d make a snow flake. I’m thinking maybe I could make and sell a few or even give some as gifts.

I’m really pleased with the result but need to find a way to stiffen it. My spray starch didn’t do the trick.

Here’s the pattern… I spotted a few mistakes but generally it’s good http://www.bhg.com/christmas/cards/crochet-a-snowflake-gift-topper/

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