Monthly Archives: April 2013

Crocheted Cardigan

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I posted, but that’s because I was working on something a little more complicated (in theory) than usual. I’ve never attempted a cardigan or sweater or anything wearable by 1/2 of your body, so this was new to me. It was a pretty simple pattern as far as cardigans go, I assume. I took it from a Loops & Threads pattern book I purchased a couple years ago but never used before. If you are interested in the pattern, more information can be found on Ravelry. The yarn I used was, for once, the recommended yarn for the pattern: Loops & Threads Impeccable, worsted weight, in yellow, violet and white. That’s what happens when Michael’s has a sale on all Impeccable yarn for only $2.99 each! (I was just as excited to find yarn that cheap as I was to find this book again and be able to make this cardigan). But that’s enough about that. Here is a picture of the pieces made, before being sewn together:

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After everything was crocheted, the pattern said to pin it into shape and place damp towels over it and allow the towels to dry. This didn’t make much sense to me, but I tried it anyway.

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After a few hours, I realized this method (at least for me) was not doing anything. So, I threw the wet towels in the dryer, wet the garment pieces, and this is what I actually did to block the pattern:

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It worked out better. Once everything was dry, I then attempted for the first time to seam the garment pieces together. This was challenging if only for the facts that it was my first time, and I kept twisting the arms thinking they were supposed to attach another way. But, I think I did a decent job. Here is a close up of the finished seaming:

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Once that was done, I had to create the edging to finish the project and have an area for the buttons to attach. That was pretty easy and straight forward, and I think added a nice finished touch. I realized, however, that I have a relatively lengthy torso, and the cardigan was too short for me. So in an effort to lengthen it, I added a couple rows of double crochet to the sides and back. Here is the finished product:

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And me wearing it:

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And because I found these buttons at Fabricland for about 50 cents BEFORE I came up with the colour scheme and I just think they are super cool, here’s a button close-up:

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Overall, it’s not perfect however considering it was my first cardigan (and really the first pattern I attempted at the “Intermediate” level of crocheting…), it turned out really well! I am very happy with the results and I hope you enjoyed this post!

You can view details about the pattern on my Ravelry page.

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It’s a Dragon!

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while, and I finished this guy a couple days ago. He turned out pretty cute! I realize after crocheting a little bit of it that I really should have used a smaller hook to avoid the gaps, however the pattern I was using didn’t specify size of hook or weight of yarn used, so I guessed (incorrectly, it seems). Now I just say that it’s a speckled dragon! 😉 Here are some overall pictures:

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I added a couple of changes, as well. I inserted some wire into the wings, so that they are bendable. It works  really well and looks pretty cool! I also did my own eyes–the pattern called for buttons but call me old fashioned, I don’t like the idea of buttons on toys for small infants. Although, this dragon is probably the SIZE of a small infant. I guess he’ll  have a cuddle buddy, if his mother doesn’t keep it for herself.

A short post today, but this is the latest thing I had been working on.

Ankle Socks, Part 1

Hello dear friends and family.

It’s possible I should have waited until BOTH ankle socks were completed to update my blog. I was so excited with the results of the first one, however, that I instead decided to make it a two parter. I used Bernat’s sock yarn, I can’t remember the name of it but the one that is two shades of pink and two shades of green. Instead of using the Bernat sock patterns, I used the Paton’s Kroy Socks pattern (specifically the Jacquard & Stripe Socks pattern–membership required, but free, to view the pattern). Instead of making it calf-length (I really just had one ball of it), I simply did 10 rows of ribbing followed by 10 rows of stockinette to make it an ankle-length sock. I thought this length turned out to be the perfect length.

Here are some pictures so that you can see the overall colour pattern the yarn created, which I love!!

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Now some more specific information and pictures. I really love how the heel flap and instep turned out. They’re beauties. Check them out:

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For some reason, and I’m not really sure why, these two sections of making socks are the most fun to me. I don’t know why these stitches aren’t used in more patterns. They can be really pretty with the right yarn! Now on to the toes:

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I was worried from the beginning when the pattern said to “graft” the two sections together. I was like “what? Is that an actual knitting term?” But I found a couple helpful youtube videos and just went with it. The first time I got halfway across and realized (somehow) that my stitches were not the same on each needle (which they really should be…) So I went back, unwove it and picked the stitches back up, not really an easy thing to do at that point. Eventually I picked up the correct stitches, watched another couple videos, and it seems to have worked. Probably not my neatest stitch, but certainly less obvious than any other seam I’ve done! So I’ll call it a success, despite the mild frustration.

I was very pleased with this pattern and the fit of the finished product. The pattern was very easy to read and follow (compared to other sock patterns I have seen), and the measurements from the pattern seem to have been very accurate. My next blog will probably be a continuation of this, to see how knitting sock #2 turns out. Also, to see how well they look together! Stay tuned.

Crocodile Stitch Clutch

Hey everyone! My apologizes for such a lengthy time between posts. Sometimes it just takes me a while to create things! In this case, I made the Crocodile Stitch Clutch as seen on My Merry Messy Life. It actually didn’t take too long for me to make–only a day or two. I, however, thought it would be good to wash it before adding a lining and blogging about it, and THAT took just over two days to finish air drying. I suppose I could have thrown it in the dryer (both fabrics are machine washable and dry-able, after all). It’s just a stubborn thing I have, believing that air drying is better for these things. Perhaps I am just paranoid that it would shrink like crazy (the top bit being 100% cotton.) Anyway, enough ranting about that for now.

I began this pattern, not really knowing anything about the crocheted crocodile stitch. This is me learning it:

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So far, so good! After the first row of crocodile stitch, I realized it’s not as hard as it sounds. The most challenging aspect I found was attempting to line up where each crocodile stitch was supposed to go each time (as it’s supposed to basically stagger, more or less, to make it look “scaly”). But I figured it out (I think). Here is the finished front of the purse:

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I didn’t take a picture of the finished back. It was a pretty simple straight half double crochet that didn’t take very long to finish at all. Once it was done, I sewed the front to the back (with some difficulty as I’m not used to sewing things together that don’t line up. I figured this was likely an issue with my crocheting, as I am not at all an expert. Or, the fact that it’s a purse, and there has to be somewhere for the contents of the purse to go.)

Once that was done, I switched colours and crocheted the handle section. A lot easier to do than I expected, and took no time at all! After that I washed it (waited a couple days), then sewed a lining, sewed the lining into the purse, and sewed on some snaps to the lining to keep it closed. Here are some final shots:

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Now the avid crocheters visiting this blog (or anyone, really, paying close attention) probably have noticed my mistake. Unfortunately I didn’t until my stitching job was complete. (That is….I sewed the back and the front together upside down. lol. Big whoops!!) After I calmed down, I decided to just go with it, as it still looks cool in my eyes, anyway. I think it worked out well and I hope you enjoyed this post 🙂 Despite all my rantings this time around. My frustration had nothing to do with this wonderful pattern, but more to do with my impatience and the fact that I tend to freak out a little when I mess up any given pattern 😉

Next on the to-do-list….We will have to see. I am currently working on a pair of socks (almost done sock #1), so that may be my next post. If not, it will be whatever I decide to create between sock #1 and sock #2!

Getting My Blogging Act Together, One Project at a Time

Hello blogging world. I made an attempt to blog years ago, and it never really stuck. This may be because I never really had a subject to blog about! I decided instead of flooding my Facebook page with knitting/crocheting projects, I would instead blog about them.

The first project I am going to blog about is a cute little owl toy I made for the next little baby in the family. I didn’t create this pattern. Instead, I found the pattern here: http://www.justcraftyenough.com/2011/09/project-little-black-owl/. Obviously (obvious only if you scroll down to the pictures at this point…) I did not use black, as the pattern suggests. Here are all the pieces waiting to be sewn together: IMG_2372

 

You have your little owl body (instead of batting, I stuffed him with cut up socks who lost their partners in the laundry), two crocheted eyes (I opted for this instead of the felt directions), a beak and two knit wings (as per the pattern). If any visitors have found this blog via a search engine, let me know if you’d like to know how to crochet the eyes or beak. Both are very simple, easy and quick to finish.

The finished product is here!

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I love the colours in this yarn. Hopefully the baby will enjoy it!

Next project: I have a lot of ideas for my next project, however I am thinking it will likely be a mini purse/clutch for those fancier outings. Stay tuned!