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Cute little bag – with tapestry crochet base

A few posts ago, I showed you my very first attempt at tapestry crochet, in which I made a little “bowl”.

Well, I was not satisfied and went on to transform it into a little bag. I did not make the sides using tapestry crochet, but instead made little puff stitches – like the ones used in the inifinty scarf which I posted about in my last post. Here it is – what do you think?


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.



Santa Cushion

Christmas is round the corner, and I can’t wait to start decorating!

Here is a Santa cushion cover I made inspired by a pattern published here: https://www.yarnspirations.com/row-en/bernat-santa-pillow/BRC0517-005623M.html.

Instead of using a zipper to close, I used buttons and crocheted little hoops.




To “Gnome” me is to love me…..

Christmas has to be my favourite time of the year, and this year, I just had to make some Scandanavian Christmas gnomes – oh my gosh – they are just adorable! You can find lots of free patterns on ravelry, and then put your own spin on them. Here are some of mine…..and keep a look out – there are more already being made .

Blue and Grey Cushion Covers

Do you ever buy yarn because you like the colour or texture even without having a project in mind? Well, I am guilty of that! In fact, sometimes I end up using the yarn for a project, only to undo it later as I find that it’s not quite right. I have this really lovely cotton yarn by the brand Katia. It is silky and unlike most other DK cotton I have used , it’s not stiff at all. The yarn is variagated  in blues and greys. After a number of  other projects, I settled for cushion covers. There is no patterm – I just winged it. I am quite pleased with how they have turned out. What do you think?


Colourful Lined Baby blanket

I came across this  lovely pattern on a blog called (Mille Makes) and have adapted it to make a stylish baby blanket: https://millemakes.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/something-pretty-the-pattern/

I lined it with flannel (that was quite challenging!), as the design has holes and you  don’t want little fingers from getting caught in the design. This is a fantastic way to use up any left ofver yarn.

What do you think?

Toddler Slippers


Here are some slippers I made for toddlers. Again, I modified the Elmo  pattern which I shared in my earlier post (https://manjrisplace.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/cute-elmo-baby-booties), so that it is bigger, and added the white row detail as well as the straps. Toddlers love running around barefoot, or with just socks on , so this is a  great and stylish way to keep little toes warm. What do you think?

“Bootie-ful” baby booties


Here are some more booties I made.  I modified the Elmo  pattern which I shared in my earlier post (https://manjrisplace.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/cute-elmo-baby-booties), and embroidered some flowers all around to make them pretty. What do you think?

Cute Elmo Baby Booties



Baby things are so cute , and these could’nt be any cuter! What a great way to start baby’s shoe collection 🙂 I am a firm believer that you can never have enough shoes!

Thanks to Olivia from The Hope Honeywho has published the pattern here: http://www.hopefulhoney.com/2015/03/elmo-inspired-baby-booties-crochet.html


Tapestry Crochet

I am always on the lookout for new techniques and ideas when it comes to crochet and recently, I came across something called tapestry crochet. This technique will allow you to make the most beautiful and intricate designs – some can look very complex and you might think that they are for very experienced crocheters – but other than multiple colour changes, tapestry crochet is practically the same as normal crochet, using a single crochet as the main stitch, and using several colours of yarn at the same time.  So give it a try!

Here is my first attempt where I wanted to get a feel of the technique – the pattern I made up as I went long.  It’s a little bowl 🙂

Here is a link to some tips which will help you along the way:  https://shop.mybluprint.com/crocheting/article/tapestry-crochet-tips/

Now – I’m off to start my next tapestry crochet project – so stay tuned….