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christmas decoration 2014 – crochet and paper

december is a month when many of us love to see glittery things, do you too? 🙂

 

i made some decoration to hang onto my wall next to couch, but it would also be nice in front of a window. the lamp is close by so in the evening the light let the decoration sparkle a little extra. it looks cute!

in case you like to do something similar too, you will find the info how to make below and also the links to the pages with patterns or links to patterns and downloadable prints, all free!

 

crochet

what you need is some not to thick yarn from your stash. i used cotton 8 and catania mercerized cotton and for both crochet hook size 3.00 mm and of course you need scissors and a needle with a blunt tip.

 

crafting

for the crafting part i used 2 tiny bottles of glitter and green glitter tape which i bought for just a few euros. 

you need something for your decorations to hang, like a rotan/rattan stick, or pretty clothes hangers. i used an old thin metal rod. next to that you need transparent water-soluble glue, a bowl, water, scissors, a bowl, a brush and a cup or small vase and cling film, funny paperclips, sewing thread.

 

it will be messy 🙂

 

 

you can use any crochet motif you like, patterns can be found for example on pinterest, ravelry or mypicot (scroll down for the christmas theme).

i used motifs i made in the past and kept in a box and motifs i made for christmas two years ago. you can the info about these and links to patterns on my christmas blogpost here.

 

some other info which might be useful
  • if you like to make a yarn bowl in a glittery way, use all the info you can find in this blogpost but sprinkle glitter over it while your bowl is still wet.
  • if you like to harden your crochet (or knit) motifs, you can find the information here.
  • last but not least, if you like you can print your own copy of the faux crochet stars here and the holiday balls here

 

 

oops that are many links, but how to make the christmas decoration of this year?

 

here we go

1. hang your rod, hangers or other onto a wall or in front of a window

2. print and cut – if wanted – the faux stars and the holiday ball. cut the faux crochet stars and glue – with undiluted glue – two similar ones with the wrong sides together with sewing thread between them, repeat this until your garland has the length you have, cut thread and attach the garland with a piece of glittery tape onto the rod. you can use the same method for the holiday balls.

3. crochet the motifs you like.

4. mix the glue in a bowl with about the same amount of water. 

5. brush the glue on the motifs and sprinkle some glitters over them, pin and let dry. when they are dry use some yarn to hang them onto the rod. 

6. if you like you can also crochet some garlands. i used my pattern for the spring garland, numbers 3, 5 and 10. after you crochet them, brush to the glue on them, sprinkle the glitters and let them dry. except garland number 5, you do as follows : put your finger into a. the glue, b. one of the cups, c. the glitters, d. in the same cup and repeat this procedure until you did all the cups. let dry.

7.attach the garlands with some glittery tape onto the rod.

8. to make the glittery curl, put some cling film around a cup or small vase, put glue on it, wrap yarn around and sprinkle glitters, let dry completely. use a knife to loosen the cling film. hang curl onto the rod.

9. if you have some nice paperclips, make a nice garland of them, i have birds and i love them (you can see them on the fourth picture in the gallery above).

 

this is the result, pictures taken in the evening with artificial light.

 

 

by the way, not everything went well. it is better to use undiluted glue when working with paper. i didn’t at first and the result was bumpy paper and glitters that are not spread equally. thankfully wrapping a gift for my mother went well. i used bright pink paper, some glittery tape and a holiday ball. 

 

 

enjoy making your own glittery thingies! 🙂 

 

until next time!

 

 

 


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faux crochet again

welcome!

a new week ahead, hope it will be a great week!

some of you are (already) really busy for christmas and i thought maybe i can help you just a little. last year i made some printable faux crochet stars which you still can find here and my post about christmas decoration to crochet including patterns and links to patterns which you can find here.

this weekend i made something new for you to print:

some of them are faux crocheted and some are more natural like plants or flowers. you can print them, cut and glew them on gifts or on cardboard and make a garland. you can decorate them with glittery thing or anything you like to do. maybe something nice to do with children or for yourself to relax.

here is the link to the document (pdf, 4 pages).

hope you will enjoy it! 🙂

i will be back later this week with some crochet.

thanks for visiting!


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small crochet mesh shopper

hello! happy new week!

sorry, it took a while but here are the explanations to make the first bag of the set (see my previous post). more to come in nearby future 🙂 

below are my notes, it is not a detailed pattern, but i hope it’s sufficient to crochet your own small mesh shopper. would you prefer a comprehensive crochet tutorial, you can take a look here: how to make a mesh bag.

crochet mesh shopper 3 colors yarn

 

 here we go!

 

used yarn:

scheepjes stone washed XL, for the body green agate and blue apatite, for the top and handles smokey quartz, 1 ball of each color. more info about the yarn here.

UPDATE! this is the correct link to the info about the XL version of the yarn

close up of stitch patterns in three colors

 

i worked with crochet hook 4 mm.

stitches used in american terms:
  1. chain = ch
  2. slip stitch = ss
  3. single crochet = sc
  4. half double crochet = hdc
  5. double crochet = dc

 

 

body of the bag

 

the height of the body of my bag is about 27 cm.

  • start with a magic ring
  • row 1. 1 ch, 8 sc into ring, ss into first sc
  • row 2. 1 ch, 1 sc in first sc, *3 ch, 1 sc in next sc*, repeat between * and * until you have  7 loops, end with 1 ch and 1 hdc into the first sc = 8th loop
  • row 3. 1 ch, 1 sc over the hdc, *4 ch, 1 sc into next loop*, repeat between * and * until end of row, but end with 2 ch and 1 hdc into first sc
  • row 4. 1 ch, 1 sc over the hdc, *4 ch, 1 sc into next loop, 4 ch, 1 sc into same loop*, repeat between * and * until end of row, but end with 2 ch and 1 hdc into first sc
  • row 5. 1 ch, 1 sc over the hdc, *5 ch, 1 sc into next loop*, repeat between * and * until end of row, but end with 2 ch and 1 dc into first sc
  • row 6. 1 ch, 1 sc over the dc, *5 ch, 1 sc into next loop*, repeat between * and * until end of row, but end with 2 ch and 1 dc into first sc
  • row 7. 1 ch, 1 sc over the dc, *5 ch, 1 sc into next loop, 5 ch, 1 sc into same loop*, repeat between * and * until end of row, but end with 2 ch and 1 dc into first sc
  • row 8. 1 ch, 1 sc over the dc, *5 ch, 1 sc into next loop*, repeat between * and * until end of row, but end with 2 ch and 1 dc into first sc
  • row 9 and further. repeat row 8 until your bag has the height you like to have.
    note: better don’t make the body to large because it really stretches (see photo below).
    crochet mesh shopper by elisabeth andrée

 

 

top part of the bag

 

the top part of my bag measures about 5.5 cm.

  • row 1. 1 ch, *1 sc into next 5 ch, 1 sc into sc*, repeat between * and * until end of row, ss into first stitch
  • row 2. 1 ch, 1 sc into first sc, *1 ch, skip 1 sc, 1 sc into next sc*, repeat between * and * until end of row, end with 1 ch and ss into first sc
  • row 3. 1 ch, sc into first sc, 1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 sc into next sc*, repeat between * and * until end of row, end with 1 ch and ss into first sc
  • row 4 and further. repeat row 3 until you like the height of the top part. 

 

handlessmall crochet mesh shopper handles

 

 

 

the handles of my bag are circa 26 cm long and are located about 5-6 cm from the sides, there is about 17-18 cm between start and end points of the handles.

hold or lay bag flat and measure where you like to have your handles, the ‘scar’ (that is where you start and end the rows) will be at the side.  

 

  • row 1. 1 ch, sc into first sc, *1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 sc into next sc*, repeat between * and * until you reach the starting point of your first handle, crochet sufficient chains to create the length you like to have for you handle (remember the number), 1 sc into sc at the ending point of your first handle, continue with the stitch pattern, until you reach the starting point of your second handle and crochet the same number of chains as your first handle, 1 sc into sc at the ending point of your second handle, continue with the stitch pattern until end of row, end with 1 ch and ss into first sc
  • row 2. 1 ch, sc into first sc, *1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 sc into next sc*, repeat between * and * until end of row, end with 1 ch and ss into first sc
  • row 3. make 1 ss into all the sc, skip all the 1 ch spaces, work loosely, the slip stitches look large!
  • weave in yarn ends
  • attach yarn at left beginning point of one handle and make 1 ss into each of the chains until you reach the end of the handle, continue working at the top part of the body between starting and ending points of the handle, make 1 ss into all subsequent sc, skip all the 1 ch spaces, work loosely, ss into first ss. weave in yarn ends.

 

make the second handle in the same way.

 

 

optional

 

make a small band/strap that fits around the top part of the bag to hang a keyring onto (or something else). 

crochet chains to required length, turn, 1 ss into second ch from hook and into all subsequent chains, turn and work on the other side of the chains, 1 ch, 1 ss into first ch and into all subsequent ch until end of row, cut yarn, hang keyring onto band, fold band around the top of the bag and sew ends of band together.

 

you are done!

 

hope you like to use your little mesh bag very often!
until next time!

 

 


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how to crochet a stretchy ribbing fabric

hello, welcome!

 

this week i actually wanted to finish these bags and cases and also wanted to post the promised explanations, but unfortunately i had to spend much time in bed and slept a lot.  i feel a little better, and i wanted to send you my best wishes for the weekend. 

 

at the same time, maybe you like to see what i’m crocheting at the moment? well, my current project is a blanket of variegated yarn in three shades. it is stylecraft special double knit in greengage, charcoal and atlantis. atlantis is my favorite, it is so beautiful but my photos don’t do the colors justice. for more info about the yarn see this link

 

3 shades of variegated yarn

 

the required hooksize for the yarn is 4.00 mm, but i work very loosely with size 5.5 mm and the result is a very stretchy and soft fabric, it would be fabulous for a shawl/scarf. 

 

crochet ribbing in 3 shades by elisabeth andrée

 

do like this idea and the look of the soft ribbing?

 

here is how to crochet it, it is the super simple!

 

used stitches in american english terms:

  • ch = chain or chains
  • ss = slip stitch
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • hdc flo = half double crochet into the front loop only

 

crochet hdc flo = half double crochet front loop only

crochet hdc flo = half double crochet front loop only

 

  • start with crocheting as many chains as you need for the length, my blanket measures about 170 – 175 cm
  • row 1. make 1 hdc into the third chain from hook under 1 loop only and into all subsequent chains until end of row, 2 ch (the two chains don’t count as a stitch here or in any of of the following rows), turn
  • row 2. make 1 hdc flo into the first stitch and into all subsequent stitches until end of row but end with a hdc into the last stitch under two loops (the normal way), 2 ch, turn
  • row 3 and further. repeat row 2 until you have the size you like to have.

 

i still have to crochet many, many rows and stitches and therefore i don’t have a plan for the edge yet. the way the edge looks now is a little wavy, but that is because of the ribbing.

 

 

 

 

hope you like it!

 

if you have some time to spend i would like to ask you to take a look at this post and try the alternatives for beginning rows in a square motif and then let me know your opinion?!

 

anyway, i hope you will have a happy, healthy and creative weekend!

 

joining creative friday at natural suburbia

until next time!

stretchy crochet fabric by elisabeth andrée

 

 

 


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wip gray and yellow crochet blanket and a question

 

the blanket with the yellow and gray blocks is almost finished and i hope to put the pictures online later this week.

 

 

have you already some experience with crocheting, i would like to ask you to do me a favor, no pressure of course 🙂

do you have the time to try something? during the making of this blanket, i have used two different ways to start a row. i like it but i’m wondering if you also find it useful? 

besides the three starting chains, there are multiple ways to start a row like the standing stitches, tutorials for these are easy to find with a search on the internet, but i did it in a different way.

 

for my blanket, i used this pattern for the square, but here you can also see a drawing (sorry, it’s ugly).

 

drawing crochet test square by elisabeth andrée

drawing crochet test square by elisabeth andrée

 

 

i thought it would be best not to copy and paste the pattern for the square and the other tutorial to this post, so therefore there are some links in de explanations below. hope you don’t mind? 

 

here we go

used stitches (american english terms)

  • ch = chain
  • ss = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet

 

A. method with color change

1. crocheting the squares starts with a magic loop and with row 1 the same way as described in the pattern, the technique i’m talking about concerns row 2 to 4

2. row 2 and further: attach the yarn with a new color with this method. you can use it for all stitches (sc, hdc, dc, tr), although it will be unhandy for the higher stitches, but making a treble this way should be fine. 

3. you can at the end of the row finish off with a slip stitch into the first stitch and then weave in the yarn at the back of your work or you can use this way. i did both and for sewing the squares together like i did, the way with the slip stitch gives a little neater result, i think.

 

 

B. method without color change

1. crocheting the squares starts with a magic loop and with row 1 the same way as described in the pattern

row 2: ss into first chain space and make 1 ch, 1 dc into same space, 2 ch, follow pattern until end of row, but end as follows: 2 ch, crochet 1 dc into the first chain space over the ss and the ch, ss into next dc.

row 3: ss into next 2 ch space, 1 ch, 2 dc into same space, follow pattern until end of row but end as follows: 3 ch, crochet 1 dc into the first chain space over the ss and the ch, ss into next dc.

row 4: ss into next dc, ss into next 2 ch space, 1 ch, 2 dc in same space, follow pattern until end of row but end as follows: 1 ch, crochet 1 dc into the first chain space over the ss and the ch, ss into next dc.

5. weave in yarn end.

 

 

optional

row 5 of only double crochets into all the stitches, also into the chains instead of into the chain-spaces, with in the corners 1 dc into the first chain, 1 ch, 1 dc into the second chain. also for this row you can use the methods as described above under A. and B.

 

 

hope you like to give it a try and tell in the comment section below this post about your experience? you can post a comment until 45 days after today.

love the hear from you!! 🙂

 

joiningginny’s yarn along at small things

 

until next time!!