Friday, 27 May 2016

Make it ! Sombrero Ring Holder !!!

The inspiration for these sombreros comes from Lauren's Mini Sombrero Crochet Pattern .


In fact, the first sombrero (the one with the blue edging) is crocheted following the original pattern, while the next ones (pink and yellow edgings) have in my personal variations to Lauren's pattern.



My sombreros (all of them) were made using a 3,5mm hook and cotton threads.
You need, also, a pair of scissors, a yarn needle, a stitch marker (as working in spiral, it's a good idea to identify the first stich of the round) and a small amount of toy filling.

All the sombreros are crocheted using a pale blue cotton thread



and the colourful edging is made with single crochet stitches (=SC, abbreviation) (US crochet terminology) and picots (each made of 3 chains). Every 3 single crochets, you make a picot!

First Sombrero

Is the one with the blue edging


I simply followed Lauren's pattern.
The only difference is the final embellishment, as I preferred picots to French knots ! ;oD



Second Sombrero

This one has a pointy cone and a slightly larger base.



Some variations were added to the original pattern :

chain 2
round 1 : 4 SCs in the first chain made (4 stitches)
round 2 : 2 SCs in each stitch (8 stitches)
rounds 3 and 4 : crochet 8 SCs around (8 stitches)
round 5 : repeat [1 SC + 2 SCs] 4 times (12 stitches)
rounds 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 : crochet 12 SCs around (12 stitches)
round 11 : 2 SCs in each stitch (24 stitches)
round 12 : crochet 24 single crochets around (24 stitches)
round 13 : repeat [1 SC + 2 SCs] 12 times (36 stitches)
rounds 14, 15 and 16: 1 SC in each stitch around. Slip stitch in first stitch of the round (end of round 16), cut yarn and trim ends in.

With a different colour, add the round of SCs and picots.






I added even a third sombrero to the group




To put the sombrero's cone in the condition to stay straight, you have to contrast it's natural floppiness with the help of some toy filling (use a skewer or the bottom of a pencil to push it inside)



I think that it would be nice to gift a set of sombreros to a friend, maybe 3 or 5 : What do you think??


My cat Margot was very sweet to try one on ....




xxxx, Alessandra






Thursday, 19 May 2016

How to join "side by side" two squares made of double crochet stitches (US crochet terminology)

I'm not the first one to offer a photo tutorial on this specific topic. In fact, there is a good one provided by Tif from dottie angel right HERE (an "ordinarily extraordinary" blanket how to ...).

Tif creates a lovely "eyelet join", I'm more basic : my joining method is really essential. I know that some of you will love it, some others will ignore it, but I love to have more options to choose from and I love to share this method with you, just because you can have one more option to choose from, too!!!




The two squares shown in the above pictures follow a simple pattern (you can pick any kind of yarn and, consequently, any hook size for this) : chain 42 stitches and insert hook in 3rd chain from hook to crochet your first double crochet (=DC, using the US crochet terminology). Crocheting one DC in each chain, you will end the row with 40 DCs. Chain 2 and turn your work and repeat the pattern. For the first square, I worked the first 18 rows in turquoise, while from row 19 to the end (row 26) I've been using a pea green. The second square, joined to the first one while crocheting it, has the first 8 rows (instead) in green and the other 18 in turquoise. You are free to choose the design better suits your taste! ;oD

My photo tutorial will show you my joining method using smaller squares to practice with. It's quicker and gives you the right confidence with the technique!

The pattern for your first mini square is the following (in my case, some acrylic DK yarns and a 4mm hook):
make a slip knot on your hook, chain 12, push the tip in 3rd chain from hook to crochet your first DC, crochet other 9 DCs (total : 10 DCs), chain 2 and turn your work. Repeat this pattern other 4 times and at the end of row 5 don't chain 2, just fasten off and you will have something like this



Pick a new colour and follow the given pattern, but remember to stop (you are working the first row of your second mini square) when the 9th DC is done ...



At this point, wrap your yarn as starting a new DC and insert the tip of your hook in both last chain of the first row of your 2nd mini square-to-be and in the first chain of your "chain 2" made at the beginning of row 1 of the first mini square, as shown below ...



Then, wrap yarn on hook and pull it trough the chain of first mini square to the front of your work and through the chain of the base of first row of second mini square (you have just done a slip stitch) and crochet the last DC as usual ...



Now, you have to slip stitch in the top of first stitch of first row of the 1st mini square ...



To do that, insert your hook in that stitch (shown with the help of the white arrow, above), wrap yarn around the hook and pass it from the back to the front of the mini square ...



.... and through the loop on the top of your last DC of the 2mini square ... join done ..



Then, chain 2 ...



and make another slip stitch ! This time through the top of first stitch of 2nd row of 1st mini square ...



Turn your work and crochet 10 DCs for the 2nd row of your 2nd mini square and chain 2 ...



Turn again and start the 3rd row of DCs




slip stitch in top of 1st stitch of row 3 (1st mini square) ...



... chain 2 and slip stitch in top of 1st stitch of row 4 (still 1st mini square)....



Turn your work, crochet 10 DCs of row 4 of 2nd mini square and chain 2 ...



Turn your work again and work 10 DCs to complete row 5 of your 2nd mini square ...




Insert the tip of your hook in first stitch of row 5 of the 1st mini square ...



Make a slip stitch ...



... and fasten off !!!



Don't forget to trim ends, in ... ;oD ...



Bigger or smaller squares, the joining method remains the same ...



Let me know !!!!

xxxx Alessandra













Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Postcards from My Little Crowd© : CHANGE, #8

....After a long while, a new postcard for you all!!!

I had in mind this special person since the beginning of the year, but I started to crochet him only a couple of days ago ...




... I was too scared to make him ridiculous and it was not my intention, but the design for My Little Crowd is intended to be naïve, so here what I made :



more details ...



... and the postcard I'm sending to you ...



... that matches perfectly another quote from the Mahatma "In a gentle way, you can shake the world".

xxxx Alessandra

Thursday, 12 May 2016

A new knitted triangular scarf !!!

In February, I made my first triangular scarf (HERE) ...
.... and yesterday I completed a new one !!!!

I decided to follow the same pattern used for the previous scarf, but selecting a different colours scheme, more bluish ....



Using the same circular knitting needles (4,5mm), I started my project with a royal blue (found in my yarn stash) from SIRDAR "Wash'n'Wear" DK double crepe and I chose other yarns to add later on ...



It was a calm knitting, as I used to knit some rows each time (very rare!) I was getting bored with my crochet projects (yes, more than one at a time!) ...



When the royal blue was gone (no more from my stash), I decided to join (look HERE) the new colour (ROWAN RYC cotton jeans, shade 363 blue wash, 2 balls) ...




After this shade, I decided to add few rows (I ended my work at row 220) of SIRDAR Snuggly DK shade 0385 twisted blue



... and off the knitting needles ...



Honestly, even though I love blues, I found my scarf a little bit dull, so I decided to add some extra details in neon colours ....




Happy with that !!! But more happy with the addiction of some mini pompoms and tassels ...




So, my happy ending is the following ...







... You can se it even in the dark ... :oD ....



xxxx Alessandra

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