March 30, 2012 § 2 Comments
I found this little guy on my op-shopping trip today. He was stuffed in a pile of old linen, unfinished and unloved. I decided at once to adopt him. When I asked the lady how much he was she took one look at him, turned up her nose and said ’10 cents?’. I couldn’t let him be so cheap so I gave her 2 dollars instead. I decided to crochet around the edge in red but that’s as far as I got. I’m now deciding whether to display him as he is or use him as a centerpiece on a quilt for my daughter. I’d like to make him into a quilt, surrounded by 1930s feedsack material – the only problem is that I suck at sewing. I couldn’t even sew a straight line to save my life.
March 29, 2012 § 4 Comments
I made this cushion for my daughter out of a vintage doily I found at our local op-shop. It was really easy to make – I just crocheted around the edge until it was the size I wanted. But it wasn’t as easy to find a circular cushion insert. Has any one else come across this problem? I ended up just using the stuffing you buy to stuff soft toys with.
March 28, 2012 § 2 Comments
March 27, 2012 § 1 Comment
I made this bunting for my daughter’s first birthday. It was one of my first projects and I think its a good one for a beginner. Every crocheter has to make a bunting at least once. You can find the pattern here.
March 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
A little bit (but not too much) about me:
I’m a busy photographer and mother to one very energetic, very spolit 2 year old girl. When I’m not taking or editing photos I’m can be found sipping tea and cursing while I unravel rows and rows of crochet. All because I couldn’t be bothered to follow a pattern. I started crocheting when I was pregnant with my little girl, I wanted to make her some booties. I found a pattern I liked and after a few hours and many failed attempts at the first few stitches, I gave up. A few months later while I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my baby (she took her sweet time!) I decided to try again. Thankfully I persisted and after two bouts carpel tunnel syndrome in both my wrists, and 2 years of stumbling through poorly written ‘learn to crochet’ books, I’m proud to say I understand at least the basics of crochet. I started this blog because I found the most useful information on the internet through free tutorials and patterns written by lovely people who were willing to give up their time to help novices like me.
And yes! I did (eventually) make those booties.
March 22, 2012 § 19 Comments
I adapted this pattern from one I found in a vintage book. I considered selling it on ETSY but I’ve been crocheting for 2 years now and everything I’ve learnt I’ve done so through free tutorials and patterns. So I thought I’d give something back. Excuse the colours in some of these photographs, I used 35mm Lomo film.
Hook size: 2mm
Age: Approx 6-12 months (my models a bit older but she has a tiny head)
SC: Single crochet
DC: Double crochet
HDC: Half double crochet
Sl st: Slip stitich
SIDE PANEL (make 2)
9ch. Join with a sl st to first ch to form a circle.
R1: 2ch to count as first SC. Work 15 SC into circle. Join with a sl st to 2nd of first 2ch.
R2: 7ch to count as first DC and 4ch sp. *Miss 1 SC, 1 DC into next SC, 4ch* repeat 6 more times. Join with a sl st to 3rd of first 7ch.
(8 DC and 8 sp)
R3: Work (1SC, 7DC, 1SC) in each 4ch loop to end. Join with a sl st to first SC.
R4: *6ch, keeping 6ch at back of work make 1SC between petals* Repeat 7 more times. Work last SC into first ch.
R5: Work (1SC, 9DC, 1SC) into each 6ch loop to end.
R6: Same as R4
R7: Word (1SC, 13DC, 1SC) into each 6ch loop to end.
Join yarn for leaves to center of one petal.
R8: 1SC into same place as join. *(7ch, work 1 DC into second ch from hook and next 5ch, 1SC into same place as last SC) twice, 7ch, 1DC into center of next petal* repeat 7 more times. Join with a sl st to first SC.
Join year for main body of bonnet to top of first leaf of a group of 2.
R9: 1SC into same place as join. *6ch, 1SC into top of next leaf, 4ch, 1SC into to of next leaf* repeat to end. Join with a sl st to first SC. (96sts)
R10: 3ch (counts as first DC). Work 1DC in each SC to end. Join with a sl st to 3rd of first 3ch. (112 sts)
R11: 3ch (counts as first DC). Work 1 DC into next 6DC, 2DC in next DC. *1 DC into next 7DC, 2DC in next DC* Repeat to end. Join with a sl st to 3rd of first 3ch. (126 sts)
R1: 1DC into 3rd ch from hook. 1DC into each ch to end.
R2: 3ch (counts as first DC). 1 DC into each DC to end. Turn.
R3 – R34: Repeat R2.
Join center panel to side panels along 5 petal groups, leaving other 3 groups free.
Attach yarn to edge of bonnet. 3ch sl st into 3rd ch from hook. Sl st into next 3 stitches. Repeat all the way around the edge of bonnet. Join with a sl st. Cast off.
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