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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A LITTLE MOUSE MADNESS - Mickey Mouse inspired booties and cap

free crochet pattern for booties and cap

A LITTLE MOUSE MADNESS
 Mickey Mouse inspired booties and cap

This is going to be a little bit of *Mouse* craziness here.  I am making this set for a very special person who’s gonna hear the pitter patter of little feet soon .. and as she loves The Mouse, guess I’m gonna bombard her with a few of my projects on that theme here.

Materials used : Today I’ve used one skein each of the lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon with a 3.5 & 4 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Intermediate.  

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.


In this blog write up, I am making a set of Mickey mouse inspired baby shoes and a cap.  I have made one baby set before along the same lines, and if you missed that blog, check out https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2016/02/a-really-cute-mouse-cap-shoes-n-diaper.html
         

Mickey Mouse baby shoes :

free crochet pattern for baby booties

free crochet pattern for baby booties

free crochet pattern for baby booties


Materials used : For this project I used our Indian Oswal Cashmilon with a 4 mm crochet hook

For this lovely project, I’ve used the inspiration from this free pattern at http://www.hopefulhoney.com/2015/03/mickey-mouse-inspired-baby-booties.html

This lovely designer , Olivia, has a whole set of projects (with free patterns) which are a must see and do , so go along and take a look at her awesome free blogs.

For the shoes, the only change I’ve made is to start with my chosen and loved foundation single crochet (fsc).  I also feel that as we are going to work on both sides of the chain (for the sole of the shoe), the fsc works better.  If you decide to use the fsc, please start with 10 fsc and work as instructed in the very 1st fsc.


Mickey Mouse cap :

free crochet pattern for baby cap


Materials used : For these projects I used our Indian Oswal Cashmilon with a 4 mm crochet hook

For these two lovely project, I’ve used the inspiration from this free pattern at

I did not have the buttons of that size, but have a lot of white yarn.. so I made a small button myself.

I started with a magic circle and worked 12 hdc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st and pull to close.  I then worked 1 sc in each hdc all around and joined with a sl-st to finish.  Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach onto the cap.
I made two such ‘button’s and they are about 1.5” diameter, which is exactly what the designers asks as well!

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

C 2 C CLUTCH PURSE 1

free crochet clutch purse pattern

C 2 C CLUTCH PURSE 1

A few days back, while working on my first C2C clutch purse, I found two charts, and decided to use both of them to make purses.  Check out this first C2C as well as many many more bags I've made before, at the end of this blog.

So here I am back again, making something new and different, and I’m glad that you’re here with me as we work on this project together.

Materials used : Indian Polyester cone yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook.
This will be superb with our Indian Laura cotton and a 3.5 – 4 mm crochet hook too.

Difficulty level : Intermediate to Advanced skill level.  
The pattern we’re using here is the C-2-C, so if you have done this before.. come along and see how we’re making a square into a rectangle.

OR


How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/



Stitches used :

Extended Single Crochet (e-sc) : hk into st, yo (2 lps on hk), pull through one lp, yo (2 lps on hk),pull through both lps.  One e-sc made. (An e-sc is basically an sc on an sc)


The beauty of this pattern is that you could work with either an dc or an e-sc.  I love the e-sc and often have replaced that stitch for the dc, as I love that it gives you the length needed (almost same length as a dc), but is a ‘lighter’ stitch.. well, to *know* what I mean, you just gotta try it too... tee hee.

Before we head off, let’s try to visualize what we’re going to create here today.

This pattern is worked a little like a C-2-C pattern.
The pattern is worked basically side to side, in a straight line, but due to the way we use our stitches, the end result looks complicated and diagonal.
Just to throw in the curve (and difficulty), you can add in a second color, which will not only accentuate the stitch but make it look awesomely complicated.

We may be working different sizes for our pattern, so as always, I’ll give you a general idea and write up and you go off and create your genius product.  Just remember to share my blog (with the full URL or blog link) please when you make your beautiful bag. Thanks.

So let’s get started.

I am going to give you instructions for a change of colour (using 2 colours) BUT you can work the whole pattern in one colour as well.

Our stitch count for this pattern is multiples of 6 + 1

free crochet clutch purse pattern

Start : (using MC) : with a chain of stitches in multiples of 6 + 1.  Turn.

Row 1 : (using MC) : dc in the 4th ch from hk ;
(dc in the next 2 ch ; ch 3, and sl-st in the same ch as the last dc) ;
*sk next 3 ch, dc in the next ch ; rep (to) once* ;
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

If not changing colours, please just continue with pattern.

If changing colours, please change to your CC yarn now, attaching it at the st you have ended at (which coincidentally is the stitch you started from as well)

There are two ways to continue with our changing of colours.  You can either carry the unused colour yarn along OR you can fasten off and weave in ends when you attach your 2nd colour, and re-attach it again when you are done with your row. 

Please take a look at the many links on how to join yarns when using more than one color at the top of this blog.

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour :  http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html

Row 2 : (using CC) :  ch 3 ; 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ;
ch 3, and sl-st in the same ch-3 sp ;
*sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, and sl-st in the same ch-3 sp*;
rep *to* till last 3 dc ;
sk last 3 dc and dc in the last st .  Turn ( Read *Note )

*Note :  We started this row with a ch-3, so the last st here is this ch-3 sp.  However if I say ch-3 sp, it sounded confusing.  So basically you sk the last 3 dc and work the 3 dc in that ch-3 sp.  Got it?

Row 3 : (using MC) :  ch 3 ; 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ;
ch 3, and sl-st in the same ch-3 sp ;
*sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, and sl-st in the same ch-3 sp*;
rep *to* till last 3 dc ;
sk last 3 dc and dc in the last st .  Turn

And this is the basic pattern.  You will continue working Rows 2 and 3 for the pattern.

If you’re only using one colour, you will just repeat Row 2.  Row 2 and Row 3 are the same, but it’s only to remind you to change colours if using two colours.

So let’s visualize this.  As you reach the length of your project, instead of working 6 ch, you will sl-st along the last 3 dc made, till you reach the 1st ch-3 sp, and then you will work your pattern in that ch-3 sp, and continue all the way to the end.

So what happens when you reach the width of your project?
The same thing. …

You will work all the way till the end, and then you will sl-st along the 3 dc’s and work your next set of sts in the ch-3 sp. 

Once again, this is exactly how one works the C-2-C.  It’s just that as far as I know, I have seen the C-2-C worked for afghans and scarves / wraps – which are way larger projects and our purse is a tad smaller !

Our Row 5 then is just for the change of pattern when you have reached the length of your project

Row 5 : sl-st  ch ; Turn and work dc in the 4th ch from hk ;
dc in the next 2 ch ; (sl-st and join with the corner of the last square)
*ch 3, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once* ; rep *to* 2 times , ending with 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp.  Turn.

Ok now that you have got this far, I am sure you also know how to get the nice diagonal across one side.. all you need to do is work till one 3-dc set at one end, Turn then sl-st past that set and start your pattern for the next row.
Each row you will work till one set from the end.

Of course, you need not get the diagonal finish.. you could well opt for a neat rectangular finish as well.. but there you go , with options and decisions!

Once done, fasten off and weave in ends.

free crochet clutch purse pattern

free crochet clutch purse pattern


For lining , making an I-cord for the bag and zipper ideas, please check the top of this blog.

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Monday, 20 March 2017

BEAUTIFUL LOTUS DRESS FOR BARBIE

free crochet dress pattern

BEAUTIFUL LOTUS DRESS FOR BARBIE

This project started off in an odd way.  One lovely lady was working on my Exquisite lotus dress for a baby and got stuck on one of the rounds towards the end.  I only recalled that this project was a really beautiful one (and is being shared a lot on Facebook) but I could not really help her with the pattern off hand.  I just *had* to make it.. so I came up with the idea of making this dress for the sadly neglected dolls neatly stashed in my daughter’s cupboard ;)… and I am thrilled at how it has turned out.. beautiful, isn’t it?
and thanks to Johana, I now have a dolls crochet dress to my repertoire of crochet work :)


 
and the original inspiration is this beauty..


 Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon Red rose knitting cotton with a 1.3 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Advanced
The original pattern is an Intermediate to Advanced skill, but here as we’re making this so much smaller, there are calculations that increase the skill requirement. Sorry.

Stitches used :

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.



For this project, you will need to follow the instructions from my earlier pattern link for the Lotus dress – given above.

I will just give you ideas on how you can go about this – I cannot give you exact numbers as I am not sure what size doll you’re going to work with.

1.       So the first part is for the yoke.  I chose the yoke pattern numbers off the link given in the original pattern but worked it in half.  So for the 1st neckline it’s a 40 stitch start, and the 2nd is a 46 st start, so I tried both the 20 and the 23 stitch start and I think the 23 stitch start worked for my doll.
2.     I worked in hdc all through my pattern
3.     The pattern repeat for the skirt is specified / given as 9, but if we work in multiples of 9, we are not going to get a decent frilly base.. so I just worked in every stitch all around, in pattern.
4.     Once you have that first round for the skirt portion done, then you do not have to worry about the stitch count in multiples of 9, and the pattern falls in place quite beautifully.
5.     Note though that you get the 4-dc sets and the panels alternating properly.. and if they do not work, then you will need to tweak such that they do.  So how do you tweak?  Well, if it does not work using every stitch in pattern, then you change it every other stitch, and skip stitches in between.  At the end of the round, if you have the pattern ending the way it is intended, then you will get the skirt falling the way it should too.




free crochet dress pattern

I am quite sure that you are going to have a lot of fun creating this.. I may add that working with a thinner thread and hook, and with hdc is not the easiest thing to do in the evenings and nights.. so there was quite a bit of rip rip rippin that happened along the way.. and many frustrated ‘chuck this project’ threats that followed too.. but I am glad that I persevered .. and I love love love the end result

Finallllly I will need to let you in on a secret ;) Tweak # n100
The makers of this wonderful Barbie doll have broken even the ‘myth’ of the Size zero’ and this madam has no waist !! Our yoke and waist therefore need to be pulled in.. so while I was working (and ripping) my project, I forgot this – but I know that the lovely Doris Chan has an awesome way of tightening and cinching finished crochet garments – If you have an idea of how she does that, then yaay.. else you’ll do what I did.. Tie a sash around and neatly arrange the extra material, such that the skirt billows beautifully, the sash neatly disguises and no one really notices..

Now come come.. you aren’t going to go back to the photograph and check this out now, are you?? ;)

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