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Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Simple Square pattern


Hi there!

Nice to see that you have found your way to my blog. It's been very qiuet here for a long time now, but hopefully that's about to change. It's funny that my last post was about craving creativity, longing to design my own patterns. Because right now, my head is bursting with ideas, and I hope to share som new crochet patterns with you in the near future.


Today, I have a square for you. It's simple regarding its construction, but it's so much fun! It has a lot in common with your regular granny square. The pattern is easy to memorize, and you can play all day long making it in different colour combinations. You can do that with any square of course, but since this one is so simple in itself, the colours truly make all the difference.


The square in my tutorail is rainbow coloured, like the one on the left in the first picture. But you can make it in any size and any colour you like. Take a look at all the fun I've had, and hopefully you will get inspiration. Or maybe you came here with an idea? I'd love to see it! This crochet pattern is now found on Ravelry too, and I'd love you to link to it in your project.


The pattern is shared below both written and as a chart, but if you prefer a pdf with more pictures of the process, or if you want it in Swedish, here are your links:

Svenska

English (US terms)


As you can see, I've made this square in a lot of different yarns and sizes. So just pick a yarn you like, a hook in the recommended size, and get going!


About the pattern

You can repeat the last two rounds as many times as you want, to make the square the right size for you. I have made the rainbow square from the tutorial in the yarn Järbo Nova with a 3,5 mm hook, and I made it in seven rounds. It meassures aprrox. 12 cm.

Every round starts with a ch 3, which counts as the first dc. The round is always finished with a sl st in the third chain of the beginning ch-3.

I have chosen not to mention when you should cut the yarn and fasten the end, since that depends on how often you choose to make a colour change. However, I have written the pattern as if you change every round, or after each odd round. You can certainly make less changes, but then you will have to figure out where in the pattern you start and end each round.

I use US crochet terms.

Abbreviations:
Ch - Chain
Dc - Double crochet
Sk - Skip
Sl st - Slip stitch
St – Stitch

Pattern

Ch 5, join with sl st in the first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (first dc), 2 dc in ring, *ch 3, 3 dc in ring*. Repeat from * to * two more times, ch 3. Join  with sl st to ch-3.

Round 2: Join yarn in any ch-3 space. Ch 4 (first dc + ch 1), *dc in next dc, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next dc, ch 1, (dc, ch 3, dc) in ch-3 space, ch 1*. Repeat from * to * two more times. Dc in next dc, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next dc, ch 1, (dc, ch 3) in ch-3 space. Join  with sl st to third ch in ch-4.

Round 3: If you use a new colour, join yarn in the first dc on any side. Ch 3 (first dc), *dc in ch-1 space, dc in dc* repeat from * to * until you reach the corner. *Make (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch-3 space. Dc in every dc and ch-1 space until you reach corner.* Repeat from * to * two more times. Make (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch-3 space. Join  with sl st to ch-3.

Round 4: Join yarn in any ch-3 space. Ch 4 (first dc + ch 1). *Dc in next dc, ch 1, sk 1 st; repeat until you reach last dc before corner, dc in last dc, ch 1, make (dc, ch 3, dc) in ch-3 space, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * two more times. Dc in next dc, ch 1, sk 1 st; repeat until you reach last dc before corner, dc in last dc, ch 1, make (dc, ch 3) in corner. Join  with sl st to third ch in ch-4.

Round 5: Repeat round 3.

Round 6: Repeat round 4.

Round 7: Repeat round 3.

Keep repeating  round 4 and round 3 if you want to make a bigger square.

I hope this inspires you to beatiful makes!

And if you do find something off about the pattern, or if you have questions, please let me know!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Aching for creativity

I sometimes  wish that I was more creative. Or more talented. At least better at design. At times I long desperately for inspiration for something really beautiful, something that isso me and that I have designed. Unfortunately, I am really terrible at picturing things in my mind. The imagined object is really blurred and I have no idea gow to make it. But it almost aches, this craving for creativity. 

I love flowers. And I love making afghans. I want to get this brilliant idea of a flowery afghan that is all my design. And really pretty too. 

I got this idea that I could try c2c (corner to corner) crochet and make something pretty. I was all fired up, but forced myself to at least try the technique once before I got carried away. Well, it wasn't hard, and quite fun to make. But oh my, all those ends to fasten!


This is what I made. A simple flower, 4 colours and 10×10 pixels. And I got 14 ends to fasten. 14!!! I usually crochet over the ends as often as it's possible, since I hate weaving in those ends. And I can only imagine how many ends there would be on a big afghan. So I guess my mind will go on searching for the ultimate design idea. And the rest of me kind of longs for this mood to shift.

Friday, May 27, 2016

My Sophie's Universe

May I introduce Sophie's Universe CAL 2015


This, my friends, is the first crochet afghan I ever made. I saw it on Instagram, and it was love at first sight. I got started the same day! And I enjoyed it so much. I crocheted in an insane speed. It took me a month and a half to finish it.

I made it a year ago, but I never blogged during that period. I have more things to show you that might be new to you but not to me, so to say.


It is remarkably varied, there are new stitches and techniques the entire time. It's so hard to take a fair picture of it since you loose all the details.


I made mine in cotton, with a 3,5 mm hook if I remember it right. It's soft and cosy, and I use it almost every day.

 I didn't have a colour plan, just used what I had in my basket, and decided each round when I was there.

Take a look at some of the details! The squares to make it rectangular, the center flower, a flower shaping a corner and a row of tulips.


Another row of tulips, an amazing flower, another flower forming another corner, and a row of roses. Possibly my favourite part.

I keep it on our bed, and I spread it out so you can get a clue about the size. The bed is 1,8 m wide.


I always thought that I lacked the patience to crochet a afghan. Turns out you don't need all that patience, you just need to find the right pattern!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

African Flower blanket border

When I showed you my African Flower blanket, I stated that there was nothing much to say about it. Today I decided that I was wrong. I have more to say, that I hope might be helpful for someone. 

Maybe you are new to African Flower hexagons? You can find the pattern here.

We can also talk about the join. Sometimes I sew the hexagons together, but I don't have that patience with a big piece like this. So I joined on the go, as I was doing the last round on the hexagon. 

The first join takes place in a corner. Instead of just making that chain, I make a slip stitch through the corner of the hexagon I'm joining to. Then I make 3 hdc and I slip my hook from the loop. I stick the hook in between the 3rd and 4th stitches (on the left side from the joined corner) and pick up the loop and pull it through. I do this every 3rd stitch. When I join to a corner with two hexagons, I make on slip stitch in both corners.

This join isn't completely flat or invisible, but it is fast and easy. 


If you want to try this join but you don't understand my instructions, just let me know and I can show you.

The thing with hexagons is that you don't get even edges. If that is what you want, you have to fix it somehow.

Below, you can see the long side of my blanket. Between the peaks of the hexagons, you get a V that you might want to build up to an even (or almost, you can tell I don't like blocking, right?) edge.


This is how I  do it.

Round 1
Start in the top chain space, join the yarn and ch 1. This is your first sc. *Sc in next st, 3 hdc, 2 dc, make a dc cluster with first dc in the corner, second in the join between the hexagon, and third in the corner of the next hexagon. Continue with 2 dc (don't miss the stitch in the corner), 3 hdc, sc and sc in the corner.* Now you can repeat from * to *. When you reach the corner of your work, you make 3 sc in the corner space.

On the short side, make sc evenly across the entire side. Make 3 sc's in the corner space and repeat the pattern for the long side. Join with a slip stitch in the first sc when you have completed the round.

Round 2
Sc in the same stitch, *sc in the next 3 sts, 3 hdc, 2 dc, dc cluster in the next 3 sts, 2 dc, 3 hdc, sc*. Repeat from * to *. In the corner, make (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in the middle sc.

On the short side, hdc in each stitch. Repeat corner, long side and short side around your work. Join in first sc.

It might happen that you will have to add an extra sc or two around the corners. If you don't like my crooked style, you can always block.


I didn't mention this, but in order to get my short sides even, I made a half African Flower for each space. This gives a fairly straight edge to just work sc over.


Well then, let's move over to the actual border. I made mine in brown and beige, to calm down the blanket a bit. 



Round 1 - Brown
Sc in every st. (Sc, ch 2, sc) in corner space. Join with first st and cut yarn.

Round 2 - Beige
Hdc in every st. (Hdc, ch 2, hdc) in corner space. Join with first st.

Round 3 - Beige
Make sure that you will skip the last st before the corner. If not, make sl st into next st before you start this round.

Ch 4 (this is your first dc and ch 1). *Skip next st, dc in next st, ch 1* repeat to corner. In corner space make (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1). Skip hidden st in corner and next st. Repeat * to * and corners. Join in 3rd ch in the beginning of the round. Cut yarn.

Round 4 - Brown
Join in dc with sl st and ch 3, or start with standing dc. Dc in same stitch. * Skip ch, 2 dc in dc*, repeat * to * until corner. In middle dc, make 6 dc. Repeat for every side. Join and cut yarn.

Round 5 - Beige
Dc in every st, in 4th dc in corner make (dc, ch 2, dc). Repeat for every side. Join but do not cut.

Round 6 - Beige
Ch 2 (first sc), sc in every st. 3 sc in corner space. Do not skip hidden st in corner. Repeat, join and cut yarn.

Round 7 - Brown
We will make a sc cross stitch.
Find the middle corner sc. Count two st away, join and ch 2 as your first sc. Now, go back and make a sc in the first st after the middle corner sc, over your first sc. Skip the 3rd st and sc in 4th st. Sc in 3rd st. Continue like this, skip one st, sc in next, sc in the st you skipped. When you reach the corner, 3 sc in the middle sc. Skip the next st, sc in next st, sc in the st you skipped.

It is not easy to explain without a lot of pictures, which I didn't have now. If you want a tutorial, just ask. Or search, I am sure there are videos and tutorials on this stitch out there.

Well, now I think I have said it all. Time to get some sleep, I guess.

Take care!

Friday, February 19, 2016

African Flower Blanket


I used to only start quick and simple projects. I shook my head at the bare idea of making a blanket in crochet. Well, I just finished my second! 


There is not much to say about it, really. I made African Flower hexagons, and a few half hexagons to make a straight edge. On the long sides I used the same technique I used on my African Flower bag pattern to make it straight, that is starting with sc on the top of the hexagon and increasing the height of the stutches by making hdc, dc as the "V" between the hexagons got deaper. Two rows is what it takes for me to straighten it up. But the corners tend to end up with too many stitches. However, what I make will never be perfect, so I'm still very happy about this blanket.


It's quite a heavy thing, it weighs 1,8 kg, made in Järbo soft cotton with a 4.5 mm hook. But I find the weight comforting, and it's soft and warm. A real winner if I may say so!



Saturday, January 30, 2016

Towel crochet edging

In our downstairs bathroom, we can't use standard towels next to the basin. We need the smaller size, like a guest towel. However, when I went shopping for towels, I couldn't find anything in that size that I liked. So I bought the standard size and cut off the bottom part.





I used blanket stitch on the cut raw end, and I made crochet edgings using those stitches.




Short enough!




The patterns I used were simple ones, not building too much since I needed the towels to be short.

The left: ch 2, *skip one stitch, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2hdc) in the same stitch, skip one stitch* repeat from * to *

The middle: *sc, skip one stitch, 5 dc in the same stitch, skip one stitch* repeat

The right: front side facing you, make sc the entire row. Without turning the towel, use crab stitch the entire way back.




I am very happy with the outcome. Oh, and the rugs are brand new, that's why they look so clean.



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Decoupage on fabric


I love decoupage. I wish I was a good painter, but I'm not. Decoupage lets me make beautiful decoration without being able to make pretty flowers by hand. Love it!

If you're not familiar with decoupage, it's a technique where you use a glue/varnish to stick the top layer of a paper napkin on a surface. Like on this canvas. The text is my making, but the flowers are decoupage.


I have used decoupage on multiple objects, but now also on fabric. It opens a world full of possibilities! I have made pillow cases for the couch (I made a green painting and the pillows didn't match) and decided to try decoupage when I ran out of green fabric.


I used one motif with stars and one with flowers, the one I used on the canvas. It turned out great! The glue feels a little plastic when it dries, but that's fine.


I tested to use the napkin as it was on one pillow.


Then I cut out the flowers and formed a bouquet on the front of the next pillow...


 ... and on the back I just spread them out.


I also made a new lamp shade for the window. It is a piece of fabric glued with hot glue to the wire frame. I love that I now have a matching canvas, lamp and pillows in this room!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New year, new mittens

Happy New Year! A little late maybe, that's a habit of mine. Yep, I've been knitting mittens. I wanted a pair to go with my red coat, now I've been using the grey and purple made for another coat. Moving them from coat to coat made me worry that I would forget them and end up with cold fingers. :)

I bought grey, red and orange wool and intended to make a pair just like the old ones.



Didn't happen. I got the idea that I would knit with all three colors in every row, making a warm inside on the mittens, with all the strands carried behind. It took a while to find a pattern. And it was made in stripes. So I made up a pattern of my own, making it striped diagonaly (however you spell that).



I like them, but I wish I had done a few things differently. They are a bit tight, even though I thought I had more than enough stitches. I should have made them even wider.

Making the second mitten, I decided to let the stripes turn the other way. I also changed the order in which I held the three strands. Misstake. Now the grey pops out on one, and red on the other. Also the thumbs could have used an extra round. No big things. I just worry they will be cold due to the tight fit, and the whole idea using three colours was making them warm. But still, they're fine. And they reminded me that I really like knitting mittens. :)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Long time... again

I'm not here too often, am I? I haven't let go of the blog, it's simply easier to use the faster social networks these days. Facebook, Instagram... Don't have the patience or enough words for the blog. But tonight I'm here!

Winter is truly here. Snow and all. The son started using his winter hat, which looked a little too tight. So I convinced him he needed a new one. :) I went to my yarn shop today, and made the hat tonight. I love a quick project!


A dark picture, I know. But do you really expect me to wait until tomorrow?

This hat is a Minecraft hat. If you have young kids you know what I'm saying. It's a computer game. "Everybody" a certain age plays it. The hat is supposed to look like a creeper, a creature from the game. He has a cap with a creeper and he loves it.

The hat is made in crochet with three strands of baby wool in two different greens. With a big hook. 7 mm. I made the face in black and stitched it to the hat. It's a very soft hat, so I might have to make one for me too. Without the creeper... I hope he will enjoy wearing it!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Re-made

Spent last night in the crafting-room. The clock in our livingroom stopped a while ago. Since I wasn't very happy with the look of it, I decided to give it a re-make. I stripped it and only kept the hands and the mechanism. And then... nothing. :)

So last night I felt the inspiration. And went with it. This is how it turned out.


It's a dark picture, but Sweden in November doesn't get much lighter... :)

My favourite detail? The pink second hand! I painted the canvas with a "sea green" acrylic paint, and the hands with green and pink hobby paint. Rhinestones and a paper doily.

The green colour on the hands was also used on the lamp shade i finished last night too. It used to be an ugly pink velvet shade, but I stripped it and painted the wire green. It stayed like that for a while, but last night I decided to add some paper roses from my scrapbook flower box.


It was hard to catch the lamp with the camera last night, so I took a new shot today.


I like it so much more than the old lamp...


Best of all is that both clock and lamp didn't cost me much at all. The canvas was a cheap one and the lamp shade was bought on a flee market. I love budget crafting!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tired of crochet

Or tired from crochet? I don't know. I only know I won't touch a hook again. Today. Maybe tomorrow. ;)

I guess I have been working a little too hard these last few days. My thumbs are hurting. But at least I got something for my trouble. For a while at least. She'll be up for sale too.


She's a sweetheart, don't you think? I was worried she would look all weird, since I never manage to make the flowers flat when I work with a small hook. And I have to, to avoid the stuffing to sneak out. Especially the pentagons are hard. But she flattened out when I filled her up.


Want to make one? Here's the pattern!