I’m not making a New Year’s Resolution. It’s way too late for that anyway. No, this is a resolution I plan to keep. So here goes:
I will not start any new projects until all my current projects are finished.
I always do this to myself. I get this amazing idea and I have to start immediately. Pinterest is not helping me here either. I see a really cool crochet project, and I have to start it right there and then.
So here is how this will go. Below I will list every project that I’ve started but not finished. I will not start any new projects until every single one on the list is crossed off. To help me do this, I’ll take my sister-in-law’s great advice, and pack away all the yarn that are not currently involved in a project. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
In no particular order:
- Beaded Top
- Amigurumi Beaded Elephant
- Revamped Mouse Pad
- Nyan Cat Bag
- Green Square Blanket
- Granny Square Seat cover
I never thought much of finger-less gloves before, being only half a glove and such. I have to admit though, they come in pretty handy when you need your fingers for stuff like, I don’t know, crocheting!
The crochet group I meet up with every couple weeks have been crocheting dog blankets that goes to local pet shelters. Here’s mine:
It is made with leftover acrylic yarn, and the pattern is courtesy of the Snuggles Project. The pattern, used with 2 strands of yarn, makes for a really thick snuggly blanket. Here’s a close-up of the stitches.
I also decided to get a head start with the Special Olympics Scarf Project. You make and donate your handmade scarfs in the official colors chosen for that year. These are then given to the athletes as a welcome gift. For more information click on the picture below.
At the bottom of the page you can select your state, and get more information on the how’s, where’s and when’s. It seems that unfortunately not all the states have resources and volunteers available to run this project, but I’m sure the other ones won’t mind your support. 😉
I used the fabric yarn I made a while ago to make an oval-shaped basket.
That dark part in the middle? That’s an entire bed-skirt. The rest of it? That’s an entire double bed sheet. Makes me wonder how much fiber goes into one ball of yarn.
I might have gotten another row in with the 2 pillow cases. I only keep my socks in it though, so I don’t need anything deeper.
On a different note:
I started putting my blanket squares together. Finally. Here’s where I am so far.
And no, those ends are not weaved in yet. I hate weaving in ends, and I always leave it for last. Maybe I can convince my mom to do it for me when she comes to visit? 😉
A while ago I started making a summer top. I chose the easiest pattern I could find, but it was still pretty hard to make.
It doesn’t help that you can’t follow an exact pattern, because you have to adjust for size. Not that I ever follow patterns.
Here is the result:
Now let me start off by saying that for my first try, I’m pretty damn proud of this. It actually fits, and the colour is awesome!
It was made with 2 skeins of Patons Grace cotton yarn I had in my stash. If I was going to wear this I would have made it a bit longer, and would have needed more yarn.
What I would do different.
- The shoulders were easy, and looked pretty much the way I imagined, although it could have been slightly wider. After that it was a process of crochet, try it on, frog it, and start all over again. Many times.
- The armholes were either too tight or too loose and floppy. It was a matter of increasing and decreasing stitches as I went along. When I got past the bust area it became easier.
- The other thing I should have done, was crochet in a spiral, instead of closing each round. In the picture you’ll notice the stitches where I closed each round, in the bottom left of the top.
As I mentioned, I won’t be wearing this, and have already frogged it, but I will use the yarn for something else, and I definitely will come back to this pattern again at some point.
P.S – I will make up for not posting anything last week, by doing 2 posts this week. This cutie pie below distracted me for the first half of the week. I don’t have an excuse for the second half of the week. 🙂
For my first tutorial, I thought a dishcloth would be a good start. Whenever somebody learns to crochet, the first thing they make is a dishcloth. If this was not the case with you, please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear what the first thing you ever made was!
Right now, making these are also a good way for me to try new yarn, new stitches or new patterns. Then you also end up with something possibly useful afterwards.
Before you start
You’ll need to know how to make chain stitches, single crochet and triple (treble) crochet.
I used worsted weight cotton yarn and an 8mm hook size.
This pattern will work just as well if you use a smaller hook down to 5mm, but it will have less open spaces and be smaller. That might be something you prefer.
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
tc – triple (treble) crochet
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
Making this dishcloth
This dishcloth has small bumps on the one side for extra “scrubbing power”, and it also creates a nice 3d-effect.
Row 1: sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (25 stitches)
Row 2: ch 1, turn. * sc in first st, tc in next st. Repeat from * 12 times across the row. End with sc (25 stitches)
The triple crochet is what causes the bump, and can be popped out on either side of the dishcloth.
Row 3: ch 1, turn. sc in first stitch and across the row (25 stitches)
Row 4-25: Repeat rows 2 and 3 alternatively until you have 25 rows. Don’t fasten off.
Border: Work 23 sc evenly around the edges, working 3 sc in each of the corners. Join with sl st to the first sc.
Let me know if you make some of these, and send pictures. I’d love to see it!
Feel free to make as many dishcloths as you want, and you can also sell them. However, please don’t claim this pattern as your own or reproduce it anywhere else. You’re welcome to link back to this site or pattern.
… so I can hug 8 people at once.
I recently developed an interest in amigurumi, and made these octopi over the weekend. Aren’t they the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? I want to make a whole bunch, and have an entire Christmas tree filled with cute little octopi!
Last night I dreamed about yarn. An entire room filled wall to wall with yarn, in every colour in the world. And it was all mine.
Some of the first things I made was a couple pouches for me and Michael’s d&d games.
I used a very easy pattern from Shala Beads.
The 4 leaves were crocheted in a pretty dark blue worsted weight from my local yarn store. These leaves were then crocheted together with black worsted weight yarn. At the top I went around with 2 rows of single crochet, a row of double crochet (where the ribbon was going to go through), and ended it off with another row of single crochet. Michael made the bead by drilling a small hole through a d20 die, which I then put on a black ribbon to close the pouch.
The blue one has a more masculine feel to it, so of course I had to do something different for mine. That’s where sparkly yarn comes in. For those who don’t know yet,
For this one I used a bright orange ribbon to add some colour.
I did not want to be done with the sparkly yarn yet, so I decided to make another pouch. This time I wanted to try out a different pattern.
This one I just crocheted in the round, alternating between rows of single crochet and double crochet. The top I ended off with a pretty scallop edged border. I happened to have just the right shade of ribbon lying around, and it looked perfect with this magenta pouch!