Thursday, 22 October 2015
MISCELLANEOUS BABY STUFF
MISCELLANEOUS BABY STUFF
This is a write up for a cute set of nesting baskets with an even cuter elephant motif. I’ve used freely available patterns from the net, but I’ve had to make a few alterations to suit the requirements and custom-make it.
Materials used : Today I’ve used the lovely shiny Indian Polyester silk purse yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook
Skill level : Intermediate
Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
rep : Repeat dc : Double crochet
ch : chain ch-sp : chain space
sp : space
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 this lovely new way of starting a dc row. Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
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 the chainless dc start.
Crab stitch / Reverse single crochet : (Reverse sc) : This is your regular single crochet st, but done in reverse. So instead of moving ‘clockwise’ as we regularly work, you move anti-clockwise or counter clockwise, and you’ll achieve a slightly ‘bumpy’ single crochet, which is your reverse sc.
The lovely nesting baskets are from a Moogly pattern by +Tamara Kelly http://www.mooglyblog.com/birds-nest-bowl-set-free-crochet-container-pattern/
The only change that I made here was in increasing the number of rounds I had to do to get the size needed for my order(s).
The yarn used with the original pattern also did not give me the required gauge, so that needed a small calculation and tweak. That said, this is such an easy pattern, that it can be made in any size and looks absolutely lovely.
I also did a round of crab stitch or reverse single crochet at the top.
The motifs are a free pattern and I found two that were cute. One is a video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r43zbLyGew
And the one that I used is a really simple and oh, so cute written pattern http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2014/10/e-is-for-elephant-crochet-elephant.html
I made these elephants and attached them to the sides of the baskets and to give them a little ‘fullness’ (or lift?), I stuffed them with just a little bit of polyfill.
The only change I made with this cute motif for the festoon, is to alter the stitch size so that I got different sized little elephants and then lined them up trunk-to-tail to have them walk like the Jungle Book elephants
Baskets in use
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A full time mum, a part time social service volunteer, animal fosterer and a Guinness World Record holder
I love art and craft - and am grateful for this hobby that keeps me busy and out of 'mischief'.
We (as a family) are also staunch protectors of stray animals and will continue to do our bit to make this a safe world for them.
We strongly believe in R-R-R and several of my projects will show this.