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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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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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how to make a scarf with a crochet stitch pattern – part 2

 

welcome back!

 

 

if you missed part 1 here is the link to the explanation of the stitch pattern.

 

let’s continue with the scarf and make the edge, which is a simple one without curls and bobbles (but you can always choose something else, all according to your taste). 

 

  1. end with a 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.
  2. do not turn because the side which is facing you is the right side. that is the side where you crochet the first and last row of 2 sc, 2 ch, 2 sc, 2 ch (=row 3).
  3. you will now work all around the scarf. 
  4. make 1 ch, 1 sc into the same stitch,  (attach a paperclip or a yarn end in a contrasting color to the 1 chain space you just made), make 3 ch, now continue working on the short side, *crochet 1 sc into the next stitch in which you made a sc, make 3 ch, 1 sc into the next stitch in which you made a sc*, repeat until you reach the next corner, 1 sc into the first ch of your beginning chain, 1 ch
  5. continue working on the long side, you make single crochets into the same chains as you made the single crochets of the first row, 1 sc in same ch, 1 sc in next sc, 2 ch, skip 2 sc, *1 sc into next two sc, 2 ch, skip 2 sc, 1 sc into next two sc*, repeat between * and * until next corner, make 1 ch.
  6. make 1 sc into same stitch, 3 ch, continue working on the second short side, crochet 1 sc into the next stitch in which you made a sc, *make 3 ch, 1 sc into the next stitch in which you made a sc*, repeat between * and * until you reach the next corner, 1 ch.
  7. continue working on the second long side, make 1 sc into the first sc of the last row 3 of the stitch pattern, 1 sc into the next sc, 2 ch, skip 2 sc, *1 sc into next two sc, 2 ch, skip 2 sc, 1 sc into next two sc*, repeat between * and * until last corner, make 1 ch
  8. make 1 sc into the 1 chain space with the paperclip or contrasting yarn end (don’t remove), make 1 sc in all subsequent stitches (all around the scarf) until you reach the 1 chain space at the beginning of this row and end with a ss into the 1 chain space. 
  9. weave in yarn ends, remove paperclip or contrasting yarn end, you’ve finished your scarf!

 

 

 

some extra notes
  • as you can see while working on the edge or looking at my pictures, the spaces on the short sides, are large enough to function as button holes. all you have to do is to sew buttons on one short side. but of course you can make the button holes larger by crocheting more chains. 

    the edge of the mustard yellow scarf by elisabeth andrée

    the edge of the mustard yellow scarf by elisabeth andrée

  • have you chosen to work widthwise you can instead of 2 sc, 2 ch, 2 sc (of first and last rows) choose to make 2 sc, 3 or 4 ch, 2 sc, etc. the rest remains the same.
  • in the way as describes in part 1 and part 2, you can use any stitch pattern to crochet a scarf, bag, blanket or otherwise.

 

hope you like to wear your scarf!

UPDATE: joining creative friday at natural suburbia

 

mustard yellow crochet scarf by elisabeth andrée

mustard yellow crochet scarf by elisabeth andrée

 

 

 


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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

UPDATE:  joining creative friday at natural suburbia

UPDATE 2: part two of the explanations for making the scarf is online here