Sunday, October 28, 2012

Crochet Irish Rose Square

Since I'm done with school I finally got some extra time to do some experimenting with crochet. I found this complicated looking rose square pattern in a free ibook I downloaded onto my ipad. The book is called Priscilla's Crochet and has a crazy amount of patterns in there and although most are kind of old fashioned looking, there's quite a few small projects I'm wanting to try out just to test out my crochet skill and see what I can do. I've been crocheting for almost two years now and pretty much taught myself through watching youtube videos and searching online for patterns to try or how to do unfamiliar stitches.

I've done roses in the past so that part of this pattern was quite familiar, however, the leaves were a little tricky with different numbers of chain stitches for each part of the leaves and triple crochet stitches for the wide part of the big leaves. I couldn't quite remember how to do a triple crochet so I had to go look that one up! On the whole though I found I was able to understand the pattern and, since it was rated as intermediate I was quite please with myself when it turned out looking like the picture. So, I think I will try out a few more intermediate patterns soon then I can consider myself graduated from beginner to intermediate - woohoo!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halloween spider headband

I just whipped up this cute spider headband - great for Halloween. The band is made from single crochet stitches. To start you need to chain 5 then single crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook and each stitch across, chain 1 and turn. Repeat until the band reaches the desired length then slip stitch the ends together to make the band.

To make the spider I chained 4 then slip stitched to form a ring then did 6 single crochet in the ring then slip stitch to join.

Leg: chain 4, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and next 2 stitches to make the first leg. Slip stitch in the same single crochet that leg came from and repeat to make a second leg. Slip stitch in the next single crochet and do two more legs. Repeat until you have 8 legs and fasten off. Pull spider legs into place and sew on to headband.

Goth bunny

This is the custom ordered rabbit I made for my niece. She asked for black as the main colour and a deep purple for the ears. The face looks a little scary but it's how she wanted and I think it looks kinda cool. She also asked for a red bow and after a bit of searching I found a pattern for a big bow which I was able to adapt into a suitable size for the rabbit. It was quite simple to make with rows of half double crochet stitches.

Pirate squares

Here are the pirate squares I made. I got the idea from pictures I saw on Facebook and decided to play about and make my own. I started in the middle with the brown using a half double crochet stitch. I worked around that with the red and black before adding white and pulling it into a granny square.

I made three pirates then some other granny squares to match. Maybe I will make more and turn them into a pirate blanket!

Crochet Amigurumi Monkey

Here is the first monkey I made. This was a custom order for a family member. She asked for light blue with white bits. I think it turned out pretty well and she loves him.

I then went on to make another monkey. I was asked for a blue one so wanting to make the monkeys unique I chose a darker blue and thought lime green would work great with it. The next two photos show the steps to making him.

And here are the two finished monkeys together with the yarn I used. I found the monkeys pretty easy to make since I've gained experience from making the other toys. The only difficult bit is trying to sew them together and get things in the right places.