elisabeth andrée

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crochet pyramid shaped cushion with embroidery stitches

welcome, nice of you to visit my blog! 

 

the nutty pillow is waiting, unfortunately i did not have time and it is a little too warm to work on it. it is sunny and warm and it’s nice to go outside. 

work in progress the NUTTY PILLOW

work in progress the NUTTY PILLOW

 

yesterday afternoon and evening, i’ve worked on the mustard yellow scarf, only a few stitches to go and then i can weave in the yarn ends.

i do not think i be able to post part two of the tutorial on my blog this week, but maybe in the weekend or shortly thereafter.

wip crochet mustard yellow scarf

wip crochet mustard yellow scarf

 

 

pyramid cushion

what i have done is finishing the pyramid shaped crochet cushion with embroidery stitches. the pyramid is stuffed with leftover white acrylic yarn that i cut into pieces. 

 

it is also useful as a standard for my ipad on table or lap.

 

now i have three pyramids, all with a different look. 

if you like to make one too here is the link to the original idea and this is the link to the tutorial for the pyramid made with 2sctog.

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    see you soon!

     

     


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    how to make a scarf with a crochet stitch pattern

     

    as promised on instagram i try to explain how to crochet this stitch pattern.

     

    below might look like a lot of blah blah blah, but for a non experienced crocheter it can be useful to read all the notes before you start crocheting :) especially since this is not a comprehensive tutorial, not even a pattern.

     

    stitches
    if you are able to crochet the basic stitches and you know how to weave in the yarn ends, i think you will succeed to crochet a scarf. crocheting this stitch pattern is a great way to practice the following stitches:

     

    in american english terms:

    ch = chain, chains
    ss = slip stitch
    sc = single crochet
    dc = double crochet

     

    extra: beg linked dc = beginning linked double crochet
    instead of the beginning 3 chains of the rows with the double crochets you make a beginning linked double crochet. with beginning double crochets you avoid gaps in your work and also you avoid working into the top of the beginning chains on the opposite end of the row. 

     

    you can do two things:

    a. at the end of the row make 3 chains, turn
    or 
    b. at the end of the row turn and make 3 chains

     

    for this stitch pattern i prefer b.

     

    how to make the beg linked dc?

    turn, make 3 ch, insert hook in the second chain from hook, yarn over and draw up a loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook into the first stitch of the row (= the last sc of the previous row) and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), (yarn over, draw through 2 loops) twice.

    vashti braha has a good tutorial for a neat beginning linked double crochet with photos, see here.

     

    what you need to make the scarf
    to make the scarf you need: yarn with a suitable size crochet hook, a needle with a blunt tip and scissors.

     

    what about the yarn?
    any yarn is suitable, but to my opinion a somewhat thicker yarn that is a little woolly or fluffy gives a beautiful effect. 
    the mustard yellow yarn i use is micro grande of smc which is suitable for crochet hook size 3.5 – 4.5 mm. i work with size 4.5 mm. i love the yarn, but it doesn’t drape very well, my scarf is therefore a bit stiff. the balls of micro grande yarn are 100 grams and circa 200 m and i need about 2.5 – 3 balls. this yarn has been rebranded as original micro grande, more info here
    my scarf is not finished at the moment but it measures about 181 cm long and about 22 – 23 cm wide.
     
    so concerning the yarn my advice is simple: make a little wish list
    • what yarn do i like to wear around my neck / on my skin 
    • what yarn do i like to crochet with
    • how long and how wide do i want my scarf (measure it) to be
    • how do i like to wear my scarf (this choice influences the length and width)
    • i prefer to make short rows (working widthwise like the blanket) * see extra info
    • i prefer to make long rows (working lengthwise like the mustard yellow scarf)

    for this stitch pattern it is best not to work too tight but also not too loose, test which hook size is best for your way of crocheting. 

    if you are not sure about how much you need of the yarn of your choice, please ask your yarn supplier. the amount depends on how long and wide you like your scarf to be.

     

    * extra info:
    for a blanket i used the same stitch pattern and inexpensive acrylic yarn and the result looks like this. 

    crochet strips blue green white by elisabeth andrée

    crochet strips blue green white by elisabeth andrée

    on the picture you can see that i used the same stitch pattern but that i worked widthwise (the blanket is made of long strips) and for my current scarf i work lengthwise. which effect do you like most? 

    more info about the blanket and photos you can find here. 

     

    let’s start 
    how to crochet the scarf – part 1.
    first crochet as many chains until you have a length that you want for your scarf and for sure make some extra chains. at the end of row 1 you probably will keep some chains unworked**, don’t worry about it. you simply can loosen these chains with a needle and then weave in the yarn end. see here for the tutorial. 

     

    row 1. 
    make 1 sc into 2nd chain from hook, 1 sc in next chain, *make 2 ch, skip next 2 ch, 1 sc in next 2 ch*,
    repeat between * and * until the end of your chains.
    if you have some chains unworked, see ** 

     

    row 2.
    make a beg linked dc, 1 dc in next sc, *2 ch, skip next 2-ch space, 1 dc in next two sc*, repeat between * and * until end of row, 1 ch, turn

     

    row 3.
    make 1 sc in first two dc, *make 2 ch, skip next 2-ch space, 1 sc in next two dc*, repeat between * and * until end of row, turn

     

    row 4. and further 

    keep crocheting rows 2 and 3 until your scarf has the width (or length) you like to have.

     

    next week i will post part two.

     

    until then, best of luck with crocheting!
    work in progress crochet scarf by elisabeth andrée

    work in progress crochet scarf by elisabeth andrée

     

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    work in progress: crochet and embroidery

    how are you?! 
    since last week, no progress to show concerning my nutty pillow. i couldn’t work on it because i went for a weekend trip with my cousin renée to the north of the country and to visit my mother, who i had not seen for over a year. i had brought a small project with me to be able to crochet some stitches. it is the easiest stitch pattern i think and it will be a simple scarf.

     

     

    monday was unexpectedly sunny and warm and i sat in my garden making embroidery stitches ​​on my white pyramid in the works.

     

     

    UPDATE

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    later this week i hope to publish some explanations about how to crochet the stitch pattern of the mustard yellow scarf.

    i hope you will come along again!


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    work in progress: the crochet nutty pillow

    nice to see you!

    with a lot of short and longer pieces of leftover yarn i’ve made ​​yarn balls, crazy yarn balls, to make another cushion for a dog or cat (i think). the ball on the first picture i already had for a while.

     

     

    the pieces of yarn i knotted together, and normally that’s something i never do. the knots you can see and feel and they are not secure as weaving in yarn ends is.

    but i did it anyway because some pieces of yarn were so short and i did not feel for other methods to join the yarn ends.

     

    with these ball i crochet the nutty pillow:)

    it’s a really fun project to work on because the nature of it is changing with every color you add. occasionally i crocheted a few rows of white yarn (also leftover from another project) between rows to freshen up the whole.

    at the moment i’m working on the edge with bright pink yarn of which i found an almost complete ball in a bag with leftovers. then i will sew a fabric cover to fill with more leftover yarn and yarn ends, to put in the crochet nutty pillow. but i have no time for that the coming days, so that’s a job for next week.

     

     

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    until next time!

     

     

     


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    yarn, crochet, knit: yarn bombing

    hello and welcome!

     

    not long ago, i confessed that i am not a huge fan of yarn bombing, but contribute to this sweet project, i wanted to do.

    since a few months i am also on instagram and i like it, although i have not read the instructions yet and therefore i can not do more than post pictures and write comments.
    anyway, on instagram, i met a man/came across (you say it like that in english?), the yarnbomber. he makes beautiful yarn bombing projects, of which you can see the photos on his website

    he also attempts to set the world record for largest crocheted granny square, see here

    what attracts me in his projects, next to the size, the location, the way it’s made and looks, is – very important to me – that the material is reused for other projects.

    therefore contributing to project 7, no idea what it will be, i could not resist and this is part of what i sent to america.

     

    contribution yarnbomb project 7

    contribution yarnbomb project 7

     

    of every contribution the yarnbomber makes a photo, place it on instagram and writes something kind about it.

    picture Instagram Yarnbombs

    picture Instagram Yarnbombs

     

    what i also find very special is this and i quote:

    “on march 10, 2012 i touched yarn and picked up knitting needles for the 1st time in my life. 81 days later i installed this, my 1st yarnbomb….”

     

    isn’t this cool?!

     

    i will be back with a new blogpost on wednesday about some work in progress and i hope to see you then!

    have a lovely, healthy and creative week!

     

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