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Froggie Bonnet Bonanza – Free Pattern!!

Hey all!

This hat is such a hit that I’ve made a whole bunch more in different colours! What colour will you wear ? I call dibs on the red one – ha ha ha!

I would like to give a shout-out to my model, Ms Halle “Bearry” – she has been most cooperative and professional! Don’t you think she rocks these bonnets?

Here is the pattern if you want to make your own. I found the pattern for a bonnet here:https://katarynaj0.wixsite.com/lovelyloops/single-post/2017/07/31/Horatio-Cool-Bonnet

The eyes & straps patterns are my own and here they are (using US Terms). I used DK yarn and a size 4mm hook.

Terms:

CH – Chain

SC – Single Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

HDC – Half Double Crochet

SC2TOG – Single Crochet 2 together

DC2TOG – Double Crochet 2 Together

SS – Slip Stitch

THE EYES

Round 1: Using black yarn, in a magic loop, and make 8 HDC . Join with SS. and cast off. (8 HDC)

Round 2: Join white yarn into any DC made on Round 2 and make 2 DC into each DC from previous round all the way round and join to first DC with SS. (16 DC). Cast off.

Round 3: Using yarn in the colour you made your bonnet, join yarn into any DC with CH. 2SC into same stitch, SC into next stitch. *2SC into next DC, SC into next DC* all the way round and join with SS. (24 SC)

Round 4-5 : CH 2, DC in each SC from last round, join with SS.

Round 6: CH 1, * SC2TOG, SC * all the way round and join with SS (16 stitches)

At this point, stuff the eye with stuffing (it could be fiberfill, cotton or yarn bits). I don’t like to firmly pack mine as I like the eyes to be a bit squidgy – but it’s entirely up to you how you decide to do yours.

Round 7: CH 1, DC2TOG all the way round and join with SS (8 stitches)

Round 8: CH 1, DC2TOG all the way round and join with SS (4 stitches)

At this point, if you see that there is still a bit of a gap that needs closing , just thread the tail into a needle and sew the hole closed.

You will need to make 2 of these and then stitch them onto the bonnet.

THE STRAPS

For the straps, I simply made 101 CH, and then from 2nd CH stitch from hook, made HDC in each CH till the end. Cast off and sew in the ends. I made 2 of these and simply threaded them into each corner of the border of the bonnet and tied a simple knot 🙂 You could, of course, use a different method.

Have a great time making these hats – and why not share a selfie modelling your creation!

Froggie Bonnet

Hey all!

I’ve been awfully quiet lately because I have been very busy working on my biggest project to date – and it is now done! But, more on that in a future post – after I take some good photos – so stay tuned and check back soon!

This week, my daughter showed me a really cute frog hat she came across for sale online and asked me if I could make one for her . Of course! I’m always up for a challenge and after “frogging it” a few times (pun totally intended – ha ha!) here it is!   I really had fun making this and will be making some more 🙂 

Some notes on the design : firstly, it is 100% crochet, including the ribbing you see in the photo. It’s quite common to see ribbing in knitting projects, and for all you “crocheters”, who also knit, the concept is the same. I’ll try to describe it here. I used HDC – Half-double crochet (US terms).  Here is an example of how to do this –  you can adapt to your own projects.  To start this, you need a foundation row, so let’s say we have a row of 6 DC (Double crochet) already done. Here are following rows:

Row 1 : CH2, Repeat (FPHDC (Front Post HDC), BPHDC (Back Post HDC) x 3.  Turn.
Row 2 : CH2, Repeat (BPHDC, FPHDC) x 3. Turn.
Rows 3- : Repeat from Row 1 until you reach the desired length.

Simple! Might be an idea to experiment with using DC instead of HDC – let me know how you get on. Till then, peace out folks! 

Crochet multi-colour Pencil Case / make-up bag/ toiletries pouch – Free Pattern

Hey all! Hope you are doing fine and churning out fabulous projects! If you need some inspiration, here is an easy one which I designed and made from nylon crochet thread (the same that I used to make the belt in my previous project ). Again, thanks to the stiff and abrasive nature, it lends itself really well to this pouch / case. The pattern is quite straight forward – it’s mainly single crochet (US Terms).  Here is the pattern :

I used a 1.4mm crochet hook for this project.

CH – chain stitch
SC – single crochet

YO – yarn over

Start with 61 CH

Row 1: skip first chain and 1 SC into remaining 60 CH, ch 1 and turn

Row 3-9: 1 SC into each of the 60 SC from previous round, ch 1 and turn.

By the end of the last round, you will now have a rectangular piece, which will be the base of the pouch/case.

Row 10: In this round, you will be working all around the rectangular piece just made. 1SC into the back loop only of each of the 59 SC from previous round. Make 3SC in the last SC from previous round. 7SC down the short side of the rectangle, 3SC in the first stitch of the long side, 1SC in each of the next 59 SC, 3SC in last stitch of long side, 7SC down the other short side. Slip stitch into the first chain made at end of round 9. CH1 and turn.

Row 11: SC in the first SC from last round. Place a stitch marker between the CH and the SC just made as it will become hard to identify end of a row since will will be working all around. 4SC, 3CH, skip 1 stitch. (5SC, 3CH, skip 1 stitch) all the way round – N.B. you will end with 2 or 3SC. Slip stitch into first CH. Remove stitch marker.

Row 12-13: CH1, SC in the first SC from last round. Place a stitch marker between the CH and the SC just made.  4SC, 3CH, skip ch space madein last round. (5SC, 3CH, skip 1 stitch) all the way round – N.B. you will end with 2 or 3SC. Slip stitch into first CH.  Remove stitch marker.

Row 14: CH1, SC in the first SC from last round. Place a stitch marker between the CH and the SC just made. 4SC, SC over the 3 chain spaces from rows 11-13, into the Stitch skipped  in round 11. . (5SC, C over the 3 chain spaces from rows 11-13, into the Stitch skipped  in round 11) all the way round – N.B. you will end with 2 or 3SC. Slip stitch into first CH.  Remove stitch marker.

Rows 15-42: Repeat Rows 11-14  7 more times.

Row 43-47: CH1, SC in the first SC from last round. Place a stitch marker between the CH and the SC just made. SC into each stitch from row 42. Slip stitch into first CH. Remove Stitch marker.  Cast off.

If you would prefer a deeper pouch,  repeat rows 11-14 till you get the desired size.

Once ready, sew in a zipper and voila! Your pouch is ready!  It’s fantastic for school – but you could also use it as a make-up bag, or for keeping toiletries.

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Crochet multi-colour Belt – Free Pattern

Hey fellow crocheters,

I recently bought some rather nice nylon crochet thread because I really liked the colours. Nylon is quite stiff and abrasive , so you have to be careful what you use it for. I  decided to make a belt. The pattern is quite straight forward – it’s mainly single crochet (US Terms). However, even though the nylon is stiff, I did a double layer as I felt that the belts should be pretty stiff. Here is the pattern :

I used a 1.4mm crochet hook for this project.

CH – chain stitch
SC – single crochet

YO – yarn over

Start with 11 CH

Row 1: skip first chain and 1 SC into remaining 10 CH, ch 1 and turn

Row 2: To create a double layer SC, put hook through the backloop only of the SC made on row 1 and also the loop left over from initial chain stitch (see marked image below).  Repeat till end of row, ch1 and turn.

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Row 3 :  From now on, the double layer sc will be easier to make.  Insert hook through the leftmost loop in the sc just made on last row, and in the remaining loop in the corresponding stitch in the previous row. Repeat till end of the row, ch1 and turn.

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Keep working this way till you reach the desired length.

For the buckle, I used 2 brass hoops, recycled from an old handbag . 

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Hope this has given you some ideas!

Happy crocheting!

Versatile Seaside wrap

Hey all!

I came across this really beautiful boho-inspired wrap – and here is my version. I used different yarn and hook size – which explains the difference in size from the one you see in the pattern – but I love it!

As you can see, it can be worn 2-ways:

1 – over shoulders,

2 – As a skirt-wrap – perfect for the beach.

Here is the original pattern if you want to try it out: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/seaside-wrap

Hope you get inspired by this! Enjoy!

The Virus Shawl

Hey everyone! Hope you are all enjoying summer and safe ! I might have mentioned once or twice, or a hundred times that I love winter – I am totally a winter person. I love being able to snuggle with soft, warm woolly things – so it is no surprise that I make a lot of winter projects.

Firstly, a little disclaimer about the title of this post and the name of this pattern i.e. “The Virus Shawl” – this name and pattern has been around for years and has nothing to do with COVID-19.

I have made a few shawls so far, but it’s always been a challenge to properly show-case these without a model. I have asked politely, then begged and even tried to bribe my lovely daughter into being my model – but with no luck . So, I now am a proud owner of a mannequin!

Here is one of the shawls that I made . There are several free patterns available online.  However, here is one you could refer to – it includes a written pattern in form of graph as well as YouTube videos for both right and left-handed crocheters. If you do try making this, I would love to see your creations! Please feel free to share in comments to this post : https://www.woolpedia.de/english/crochet-tutorials/shawl/

N.B. I used a variegated 4-ply yarn, and used a 4-mm hook.

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Beach dress – written pattern

A few posts ago, I shared a free pattern for a beach dress (size 8-10) published by Katia at (https://www.katia.com/EN/patterns-spring-summer-woman-dress-8031-488.html.).The pattern is available only in graph form – which is quite hard to follow, so I have prepared a written version. I did try to modify this so that rather than preparing front and back pieces and then sewing them, just making one continuous piece. This was not as easy as just doubling up on the stitches – there was much frogging involved I don’t know how many times I had to undo and redo this to maintain symmetry. Therefore, it is far simpler to follow the 2 piece pattern, so that is what I have written up here. The other modification I did was this time, I crocheted fixed straps to the pattern . Enjoy!

Crochet hook size used: 3mm and 4mm

Yarn : Katia Jaipur cake

Stitches:

CH – chain stitch
SC – single crochet
DC – double crochet
DC3tog – DC 3 together

We will be making the front and back of the dress (which are identical) separately and then stitch them together at the end.

In addition, the pattern calls for making 4 straps and then stitching them to the back and front pieces.

STRAPS (make 4)
Using the 4mm crochet hook and 3 strands of yarn, work a strip of chain stitch measuring 40cm long. Cut the yarn and fasten off.

BACK
Using 3mm crochet hook, CH 83.

Row 1: CH 3, DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3, 2nd DC is made in CH 5 from hook) , 38 DC, 5 DC in next CH, 38 DC, DC3tog

Row 2 – 4: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 38 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 38 DC, DC3tog

Row 5: CH, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 20], (SC, CH, SC) in next DC, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 20], SC.

Row 6 : CH, SC, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 20], (SC, CH, SC) in next CH, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 21].

Row 7: CH 3, 42 DC, 5 DC in next CH, 43 DC

Row 8: CH 3, 44 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 45 DC

Row 9: CH 3, 46 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 47 DC

Row 10: CH 3, 48 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 49 DC

Row 11: CH, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 25], (SC, CH, SC) in next DC, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 25], SC.

Row 12 : CH, SC, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 25], (SC, CH, SC) in next CH, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 26].

Row 13: CH 3, 52 DC, 5 DC in next CH, 53 DC

Row 14: CH 3, 54 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 55 DC

Row 15: CH 3, 56 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 57 DC

Row 16: CH 3, 58 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 59 DC

Row 17: CH, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 30], (SC, CH, SC) in next DC, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 30], SC.

Row 18 : CH, SC, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 30], (SC, CH, SC) in next CH, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 31].

Row 19: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 61 DC, 5 DC in next CH, 60 DC, DC3tog

Row 20: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 60 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 61 DC, DC3tog

Row 21: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 61 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 60 DC, DC3tog

Row 22: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 60 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 61 DC, DC3tog

Row 23 : CH, SC, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 31], (SC, CH, SC) in next DC, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 31], SC.

Row 24 : CH, SC, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 31], (SC, CH, SC) in next SC, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 31], SC.

Row 25: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 63 DC, 5 DC in next CH, 62 DC, DC3tog

Row 26: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 62 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 63 DC, DC3tog

Row 27: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 63 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 62 DC, DC3tog

Row 28: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 62 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 63 DC, DC3tog

Row 29 : CH, SC, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 32], (SC, CH, SC) in next DC, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 32], SC.

Row 30 : CH, SC, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 32], (SC, CH, SC) in next CH, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 32], SC.

Row 31: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 65 DC, 5 DC in next CH, 64 DC, DC3tog

Row 32: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 64 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 65 DC, DC3tog

Row 33: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 65 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 64 DC, DC3tog

Row 34: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 64 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 65 DC, DC3tog

Row 35 : CH, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 33], (SC, CH, SC) in next DC, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 33], SC.

Row 36 : CH, SC, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 33], (SC, CH, SC) in next CH, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 34].

Row 37: CH 3, 68 DC, 5 DC in next CH, 69 DC

Row 38: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 68 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 68 DC, DC3tog

Row 39: CH 3, 70 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 71 DC

Row 40: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 70 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 70 DC, DC3tog

Row 41 : CH, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 36], (SC, CH, SC) in next DC, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 36], SC.

Row 42 : CH, SC, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 36], (SC, CH, SC) in next CH, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 36].

Row 43: CH 3, 74 DC, 5 DC in next CH, 75 DC

Row 44: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 74 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 74 DC, DC3tog

Row 45: CH 3, 76 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 77 DC

Row 46: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 76 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 76 DC, DC3tog

Row 47 : CH, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 39], (SC, CH, SC) in next DC, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 39], SC.

Row 48 : CH, SC, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 39], (SC, CH, SC) in next CH, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 40].

Row 49 – 52: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 78 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 78 DC, DC3tog

Row 53 : CH, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 40], (SC, CH, SC) in next DC, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 40], SC.

Row 54 : CH, SC, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 40], (SC, CH, SC) in next CH, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 41].

Row 55: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 80 DC, 5 DC in next CH, 80 DC, DC3tog

Row 56 – 58: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 80 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 80 DC, DC3tog

Row 59 : CH, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 41], (SC, CH, SC) in next DC, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 41], SC.

Row 60 : CH, SC, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 41], (SC, CH, SC) in next CH, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 42].

Row 61: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 82 DC, 5 DC in next CH, 82 DC, DC3tog

Row 62 – 64: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 82 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 82 DC, DC3tog

Row 65 : CH, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 42], (SC, CH, SC) in next DC, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 42], SC.

Row 66 : CH, SC, [(SC, CH, skip DC) x 42], (SC, CH, SC) in next CH, [(CH, skip DC, SC) X 43].

Row 67: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 84 DC, 5 DC in next CH, 84 DC, DC3tog

Row 68 – 70: DC3tog (1st DC is CH 3) , 84 DC, 5 DC in next DC, 84 DC, DC3tog

FRONT
Work the same as Back

FINISHING
Sew on straps: Attach one strap to each end of the starting row of Front and Back pieces .
Sew the sides: align the back and front pieces and sew from end (row 70) up until row 16 .

Crochet Summer Beach Dress

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Summer is round the corner – so here is my first creation for summer – a stylish multi-coloured beach dress. It’s made using the Jaipu Cake cotton yarn from Katia.

The published pattern can be found here : https://www.katia.com/EN/patterns-spring-summer-woman-dress-8031-488.html.

I am working on an modification (improvement) to the pattern as we speak and will post it on this site once ready.

I love variegated yarn like this as you get a beautiful result even with a simple pattern.

Hope you get inspired by this ! Enjoy!!

 

 

Infinity Scarf

I love winter, and it is slowly on it’s way in 🙂 One of the things I love about winter is the clothes – those warm, soft & fluffy woolies, in which you wrap up tight.  So, here is my first project in preparation for this season : the infinity scarf.

I love infinity scarves as they are so versatile and you can wear them in many ways.

For this one, I have used a variagated yarn by Katia which has a gold thread running through it, but you can use any yarn of your choice. As for stitch choice, I used the puff stitch because it forms double-sided bobbles that are both thick and fluffy – just what you want for your scarf.

This is a really easy project, and in case you have not made a puff stitch before, here is an explanation :

Step 1 : –  Start by making a chain ( it should be in multiples of 2 stitches plus 4) till it is as wide as you would like your scarf to be.

Step 2: – Once you have made the chain, yarn over hook and insert the hook into the 4th chain from hook. Yarn over again and draw up a loop. You should have three loops on your hook. ** Yarn over hook and insert the hook into the same 4th chain from hook. Yarn over again and draw up a loop. ** Repeat from. You should now have 7  loops on the hook. (N.B. some people will even make puff stitches with 9 or 11 loops – it’s totally upto you – but I opted for 7.)

Step 3 : – Yarn over and draw the yarn through all the loops. This is your Puff Stitch.

Step 4: – With the loop pulled through the puff stitch, make a single chain to secure your Puff stitch.

Step 5: – Skip 1 chain stitch and make your next puff stitch in the next chain stitch. Repeat till you get to the end of the chain. You should end the row with a puff stitch.

Step 6: – At the end of your row, flip your work and make 3 chain stitches.

Step 7:- For all subsequent rows, make your puff stitches in the chain-1 space from the previous row.

Repeat till the scarf is as long as you like. Once done, I joined the last row to the initial row with slip stiches – but you can sew this if you prefer.

Enjoy!!