Lots of Finished Objects – just no time for blogging

Fingerless gloves — done!

Wrist warmers — One pair done!

Bunny hat — done!

Other stuff — in progress!

Now to find the time to write all the patterns down, post them, and write some proper blogposts for them.

As you can see from my lack of posting, I’ve been a bit side-tracked. “What could be more important than blogging about crocheting and knitting?” you may ask. Well… except the actual crocheting and knitting I’ve been up to, I’ve also been taking some online courses. And, you know, working (i.e. that thing you do so you can get money to buy more yarn).

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The courses mostly have to do with writing (both fiction and non-fiction) and the homework has taken up quite a bit of time. Especially since the stories tend to go from flash fiction to novella in about half an hour of plotting! If you’d like to read some of the stories, head over to my other blog, Hersenskim.

However, I am making a point of at least typing up the patterns this week so that I can go and post them on Ravelry!

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Not too bad if winter looks like this!

In the meantime, you can buy the bunny hat pattern over here. The pattern is by the very talented BriAbbyHMA. Trust me, the pattern is beautifully written, gives sizes for various ages and is worth every cent. And that’s coming from someone paying in Rand!

Here are few pictures of my finished objects. (Just trust me when I say little Yiskah looks absolutely adorable in her bunny hat!)

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You can follow me on Instagram to see what other yarny (yes, that’s a word now) things I get up to. Like the scarf I just started using the Paris stitch. (I don’t know what it is, but I just love this stitch!) The wool is a light purple wool from The Stash I inherited from my grandmother (a whole 200 g so yay!). So it is kind of a heirloom scarf…

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Stuff still in progress…

I’m currently busy with the following:

  • An adult Jack Skellington beanie
  • The purple heirloom scarf
  • The peacock shawl
  • A second pair of my “Nettie’s Wrist Warmers”
  • Baby beanies for the charity group I am part of
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Sir Tristan asleep on the crochet blanket my grandmother made for me when I was a child 🙂

Winter WIP Update – May and June 2017

May passed in a flurry of writing and crochet projects and, before I knew it, the winter solstice is less than three weeks away! Lucky for us, the winter on the Highveld is not as harsh, and the real cold only starts in July and August when the winds start up – so I still have some time to finish all my winter WIPs!

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Not too bad if winter looks like this!

During May, though, I finished the following:

  • Captain America fingerless gloves and pattern
  • Winter Soldier fingerless gloves and pattern
  • Security blanket for a newborn (an amalgam of two patterns)
  • Squishy the Octopus (find the pattern over here)

And currently I am busy with:

  • Harley Quinn and Joker long fingerless gloves and patterns
  • Lacy wrist warmers
  • Peacock shawl

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I’m planning on typing up the patterns over the weekend so that they will be done and up on Ravelry by next Friday. These will all be free patterns, btw!

 

Free Fingerless Gloves Pattern — Superhero-themed

Two weeks ago I first spoke of my plans of making Marvel superhero-themed fingerless gloves. This past long weekend I at last got around to making the first two gloves — Hawkeye and Black Widow. While I was planning on using a specific free pattern, I ended up making up my own pattern, which you can find below. I’ll also put up a PDF here and on Ravelry as soon as it’s done.

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Both of these gloves are worked fully in black, with the patterns worked as separate appliques that are sewn onto the glove. One reason for this is that I wanted to keep the pattern as simple as possible so that beginners can also make them. The size is also very easily adjustable — the stitches given in the pattern is simply the amount I used to get a comfortable fit for me.

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Pattern

Needed:

  • DK yarn in black (I used Elle Charity yarn)
  • 4-ply yarn in purple (I used Chick yarn from The Stash.) (Hawkeye)
  • 4-ply yarn in red (I used Mirage yarn from The Stash) (Black Widow)
  • 5 mm hook
  • 4 mm hook
  • Needle for working in the ends

Method – Glove (make 2):

Work in DK yarn with 5 mm hook

 Make a foundation chain of 35 stitches (measure your hand to adjust size and number of stitches), close with slip stich.

Working in the round:

Row 1 – 5: 1 double crochet in each stitch around, starting each row with 2 chain that count as the first stitch. Close each row with a slip stitch.

Working back and forth:

(This will be the thumb opening)

Row 6 – 14: 1 double crochet in each stitch around, do NOT close with slip stitch, but turn and work in opposite direction. Close ONLY row 14 with a slip stitch. (You can use fewer rows here – just measure on your hand as you go along.)

Working in the round:

Row 15-16: Work one double crochet in each stitch, but decrease with one stitch at the end of the row.

Row 17 – 24: Work one double crochet in each stitch without decreasing.

Work in ends.

Method – Hawkeye applique:

This chevron is worked in much the same way as you work a ripple stitch blanket, but using only 14 chain stitches to make one “ripple”.

Work in 4-ply yarn with 4 mm hook

Note on final row: Instead of working 3 trebles twice in the centre two stitches, work (2 trebles, 1 double treble) twice. This will ensure that the chevron doesn’t have a rounded point. You should have 4 – 5 rows in all (just check size against the size glove you’re making).

Pin applique to the glove and stitch onto glove using whip stitch. (I kept the ends of the chevron long and used those to attach the applique with.)

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Method – Black Widow applique:

Black Widow’s applique is made up of two triangles of treble stitches. It is also worked onto a black background.

Work in 4-ply yarn with 4 mm hook

Pin applique to the glove and stitch onto glove using whip stitch. (I kept the ends long and used those to attach the applique with.)

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The Next Patterns!

The next two patterns I will be making will be Captain America and Winter Soldier. These I’ll probably only have ready by the end of the month, as I have a few other bits and pieces I’m also working on. These will be slightly more difficult than the Hawkeye and Black Widow patterns, I think, but will still be fine for beginners to make.

Other WIPs

Besides these gloves, I am also working on the peacock shawl, baby beanies, and am making an adult size Jack Skellington beanie pattern for another friend (which will also be available here once it’s done). Then there is more baby crochet for a pregnant colleague’s baby shower later in the month.

Ps. My wrist is a bit icky this week which is why the patterns are so wonderfully drawn. Hopefully by next week I’ll be back to normal and can redraw them properly!

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Baby Crochet – Squishy the Octopus and Beanies

Around the world people are making crocheted octopuses for babies – specifically those in the NICU – you can read more about it over here.

One of my friends asked me to make one for her (she is pregnant at the moment) and I jumped at trying my hand at one of these. The result — behold Squishy:

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The octopus is straightforward to make, the tentacles are just a bit fiddly to do. Squishy is made from Stylecraft baby yarn (which I can highly recommend) and bits of blue and red yarn I had in The Stash.

The only other project I have been working on since I last blogged, is the charity baby beanies. I’ve finished quite a few of them — you can get about six beanies from a 100g ball of yarn. Now I just need to work in the ends and then send them off to the hospital.

This weekend I want to start on the Marvel fingerless gloves and do some work on the peacock shawl as well – I want to finish it by winter!

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WIPs for Winter 2017 Part 1

Here in the southern hemisphere winter is quickly approaching and, with it, the need for some new fingerless gloves for me and some of my friends. There are oodles of patterns — both free and paid — available, but I have decided to make one of my own as I was specifically asked for Marvel-themed gloves. As I want some Marvel-themed ones as well, I decided to take this simple pattern and change it up a bit to fit in with the different characters. The characters chosen for the first four are, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Captain America, and Winter Soldier.

So I am thinking that Hawkeye will be black and purple, Black Widow black and red, Winter Soldier grey and red, and Captain America blue, red and white.

I’ll continue to make some inspired by other characters as well (Iron Man, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, etc.) as time goes by.

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Other WIPs – moar beanies, an octopus, and a shawl

I’m still busy with the peacock shawl and have only now picked it up again after a few months. (The shawl is actually this gorgeous pattern by Jasmin Räsänen.) It’s getting a bit big to work on while standing in a queue or the like, so I’m using that time to work on some more beanies using the Lisha Hat design you can download for free on Ravelry. I’m making most of the beanies to be 0 – 3 months.

I also found out that my one friend is pregnant (*does happy dance*) and she asked me to make one of the octopuses usually given to preemie babies in the hospital. For this one I’m using Stylecraft’s baby wool (nice going me for losing the label!) for the octopus and a bit of cotton to embroider the face. Expect more baby stuff in the future as I start making some things for her!

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WIPs – Baby Crochet for Charity

After some time when I was struggling with a scarf — not so much the pattern as just getting the time to work on it and not being entirely happy with the yarn that I was using — I’m finally back to my normal crocheting again — yay!

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This past week I have been working on some more baby beanies for charity and find that the Lisha Hat pattern is my favourite to use for the newborn size. While these have a very nice lacy pattern to them, they are very easy to memorise and takes about an hour to complete.

In these photos I’m using Kartopu Benekli Bebe yarn and a 5 mm hook to get the desired gauge. I should be able to get 5 – 6 beanies from this 100g of yarn.

The pattern can be found here and is available for free on Ravelry.

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Jack Skellington and Crocheting for Babies

One of the awesome things about Pinterest and Ravelry is that there is always new patterns to discover and there’s a pattern for everyone. So, when I came across this Jack Skellington baby beanie, I knew the perfect person to make it for…

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Behold Jack Skellington! 

The beanie turned out better than I thought it would, and the little girl looks incredibly cute in it!

Crocheting for babies – and a free baby booties pattern

As you (may) know, I crochet baby goodies for Beanies, Booties, and Blankets (check out the Facebook page) – a charity that gives handmade clothes and blankets to newborns at provincial (public) hospitals. My stash of beanies and booties have not really increased as I’ve had a few orders to finish and really didn’t want to work on the baby things while having a cold 😦 But it really is a lot of fun to make these little bits and pieces in-between the other, bigger projects!

One of the patterns the beginner knitters in the group uses (*cough* like me *cough*) is this crossover booties pattern. The first pattern is for premature size and the second for newborn. They are worked in DK wool with 4mm needles.

There are, however, various versions of this pattern available on the internet.

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My first try at the crossover booties 🙂 

Crossover Baby Booties Pattern

(Make 2)

Cast on 26 stitches.

Work in garter stitch for 10 rows

Bind off 10 stitches and the beginning of the next row and then finish the row.

Bind off 10 stitches at the beginning of the next row (this leaves you with the 6 central stitches).

Work these 6 stitches in garter stitch for 22 rows and bind off.

This leaves you with a T-shaped piece of knitting. The bottom part of the “T” is the sole of the shoe. Work the top of the “T” to this sole by crossing them over each other and sewing the seams and toe closed.

And that is it!

 

For a bigger pair of booties you can cast on 39 stitches and cast of 15 instead of 10.

The Peacock Shawl and Lots of Beanies

After a few weeks of electricians, plumbers, no hot water in the house, and lots and lots of stress crocheting, I do have some finished pieces to show and the Eilian/peacock shawl is definitely coming along very well with about 500m of the yarn already worked into the shawl. (Yarn – Red Heart Lacie in 00005, 3mm hook)

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Besides the peacock shawl I’ve also started working on the beanies for the charity I’m helping out – check out their Facebook page here if you’d like to help as well – and have finished six so far.

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The yarn I’m using is all DK, although it ranges from Charity to Family Knit at the moment (4 mm hook throughout). I still want to put a flower or heart on all of them as I don’t see why you can’t give something beautiful and special.

I’ll post links to all the patterns next time 🙂

A Green Shawl, Wrist Warmers, and 2017’s First WIP

Although 2017 is only a few days old, I am pleased to already have a FO and a new WIP. The wrist warmers which I made as a Christmas present were also finished in time and the receiver loved them (yay!). The pattern for them is at the bottom of the post.

The Eilian/Greengage Shawl

The shawlette I made with Stylecraft Special (DK) in the Greengage colourway (and a 4mm hook) is my first finished object for the year! The pattern is Eilian by the extremely talented Jasmin Räsänen. I think it will work wonderful during the fall when the weather is just starting to get nippy.

The Eilian/Peacock Shawl

My new WIP – and first WIP for the year – is also the Eilian shawl, but this time worked in Red Heart Lacie (Colour 00005) and with a 3mm hook. I just love this pattern, as you can tell! The lace pattern also shows a lot clearer in this version. I’ve decided to call it the Peacock Shawl and think it’s going to be gorgeous once it’s finished. I have about 800m of Lacie yarn, so it should give me a sizable shawl.

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The Wrist Warmer Pattern

The wrist warmer pattern is based on this pattern and is worked in a classic granny square pattern using DK wool and a 5mm hook. I used 8 rows to get the desired size.

Sew two sides together, leaving a gap for your thumb to fit through. Next, to make the wrist warmer fit better over your hand, tuck and sew one or two blocks on the outside of the hand. The flowers will hide the seam, so don’t worry.

Work one or two rows of double crochet around the bottom to round it off.

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Elle Pullskein DK in Duck Egg, Mistletoe, and Watermelon

Flower pattern:

The flower is worked as a simple 1 row pattern, starting with a magic circle. (Make 2)

Make a magic circle and work as follows: 1 ch, 1 dc, 3 tr, 2 dc, 3 tr, 2 dc, 3 tr, 2 dc, 3 tr, and end with a slip stitch. Fasten to the wrist warmer over the seam to hide it.

Goals for 2017

I’ve already stated my writing goals for 2017 in this blogpost, so I thought that I would take this time to look at what I want to achieve next year with regard to my crafting.

Looking back at 2016…

2016 was a really productive year (starting, actually, just after Christmas 2015) crochet and knitting wise. I finished various crocheted and knitted pieces, among which are the four mermaid tail blankets I completed (okay, the last one is 95% done), a large pineapple shawl (my biggest project up until then), two knitted scarves, a baby blanket, and various security blankets.


The knitting is especially a big thing as it was the first time in about a decade that I picked up the needles and the first time I tried my hand at not only increasing and decreasing, but also (very basic) lace knitting. So, yes, my knitting may not look perfect, but I am proud of it because it’s my first go at something more intricate than basic knit and purl rows.

I also started the Randburg Knitting and Crochet Meetup a few months ago and we’ve turned into a great bunch of women that meet once a month to crochet, knit, chat, drink tea and coffee and perhaps even eat some cake. Then, of course, I also started this blog not too long ago…

Looking forward to 2017…

On the knitting front I hope to better my technique and knowledge by knitting some more smallish projects like scarves. But, for the moment, my plans for 2017 do include a LOT of crocheting. One of my friends who also started crocheting and I are going to make the Duinen scarf by Jasmin Räsänen (I cannot get enough of her patterns!) whereafter I plan to make the Edlothia shawl – also by Jasmin Räsänen – with some yarn I bought during the year.12940080_202466006801173_1663928324_n_small2

As I at last got my hands on some more of the Elle “cool and crazy” no 5 thread, I can also finish the mermaid tail shawl next year – whoohoo!

Lastly, I want to try and do more amigurumi. So far I’ve only made a Baymax and enjoyed myself thoroughly and really want to explore that kind of crocheting as well.

But that’s not all…

Besides the projects I’m making for myself (although the knitted scarves will become gifts if they turn out well!) I am also going to make some goodies for a local charity called Beanies, Booties, and Blankets. They are one of the charities that make baby clothes and blankets for less fortunate babies and mothers in the state hospitals.

I’ve also thought about making beanies for cancer patients for a local oncology centre, so maybe the making of crocheted/knitted goodies will go hand-in-hand. Because the projects, like beanies and booties, are so small, they are also easier to carry around than the shawls and mermaid tails! And will be a lot easier to WIP out in a long queue than half a blanket…

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I’ve also received word that other people also want to order some of the mermaid tail blankets, so there may be quite a few WIP pictures still to come…

Have a blessed festive season, Christmas, and New Year!

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