Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas is here!

This time, the pattern, it is for a pair of mini mittens, this could be used as a tree ornament or a last minute embelliment for a gift (instead of the classical ribbon bow) :-D

Before the pattern I just want to mention a couple of granny square stockings I made, and a couple of cute snowmans with a tutorial to make them.

I wanted the stockings to be colorful and not just red/green:

This stocking was made following this inspiration:

 I did mine a little smaller, and joined in a diferent way but is basically the same pattern, this is how it looked while joining:

Here I was trying different ways of joining

Now this other stocking...

was made following this pattern:

In my stocking, again. I joined a different way and made it shorter:

"join as you go method" closer view

I found this ways to join on a website that has 12 ways to join granny squares, was very useful for me so here´s the link for you to take a look at it: 12 ways to join granny squares by craftpassion

Next project I  made...

was inspired by:

This pattern can be found on Repeat Crafter MeThere you can find a lot of great patterns and ideas, you probably have seen it already! 
I made the snowmans and scarfs following the pattern on that link, just I didn´t add the buttons on the belly, added arms and made different hats with pompoms. The original pattern is great but I made a few changes for my snowmans so in case you want to know about them: Here is how I did my changes:

mittens: (2 for each snowman)
4 sc in magic ring, join (4 sc)
ch1, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc around, join (6sc)
ch1, sc around. join (6sc)
ch1, 2 sc tog, sc in next sc, around, join (4sc)

hat: (one for each snowman)
4sc in magic ring (4sc)
sc around (4sc)
2 sc in next, sc in next sc around (6sc)
sc around (6sc)
2 sc in next, sc in next 2 sc around (9sc)
sc around (9sc)
2 sc in next, sc in next 3sc around (12sc)
sc around (12sc)
2 sc in next, sc in next  4sc around (15sc)
sc around (15sc)
2 sc in next, sc in next 5sc around (18sc)
sc around (18sc)
2 sc in next, sc in next 6sc around (21sc)
sc around (21sc)
2 sc in next, sc in next 7sc around (24sc)

I made the pompoms with the method I explained in a previous post.

This is how I added the hands, first I made a brown cord, you can use a very thick yarn, and passed it from side to side of the snowman using the same crochet hook I used to make the snowman:

(loving that placemat  huh? )

(changed to blue hat here)

I measured the length needed by passing the arms around the second snowman to see how long the arms had to be, and made knots on both sides of the brown cord. Then I passed a sewing needle with thread through the knot on one end of the cord (that knot will function as the hand inside the mitten):

and then passed it inside the fist mitten, to pull the "hand" inside the mitten:

It looks like the needle in the photo is wrong: the hand should enter by the open side

It should look like this after the hand is pulled inside the mitten and after that thead the second mitten passing the needle from the closed side to tthe open side:

and back to yellow...

Now, pass the needle through the second knot/hand, and back to the mitten to pull second hand inside the mitten:

after pulling the second hand inside the mitten, fasten off in the middle of the two mittens, and weave in ends:

I wanted to combine them and added the blue pompom to the yellow hat, and viceversa, so when they are hugging each other the mittens of one combine with the pompom on the other:

To make them hug, just pass the arms of each one around the other snowman!

Ok after this short (?) tutorial I´ll share the little mittens pattern, here they are!:

(photo is a little too shiny, sun was super bright at that moment)

and here is the pattern: 

Again as a jpeg so it is easily saved, please let me know how this works... Hope you enjoy it and merry christmas!

Happy crocheting!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Gingerbread monkey cuteness!

Merry Christmas!

This has been a very busy season, I have been crocheting a lot... So I have a lot to share! Yay!

As promised I´m back to offer you a cute pattern... A Gingerbread monkey! Well it is really a monkey wearing a gingerbread man costume:

I imagined a cute monkey with gingerbread man costume and started looking for a pattern, couldn't find exactly what I was looking for so I made my own pattern  and I will share it with you, so you can make your own cute Gingerbread monkey!

Also, remember I´ve posted before about this owl with a snowflake on his belly, that I had made?

This year I made a new Christmas owl:

Poinsettia Owl

To make this owl I used the same pattern I used for last year´s owl, but made a poinsettia for it´s belly instead of a snowflake. To make the poinsettia I used this pattern for a flower. The pattern includes a big and a small flower, I made the small one using red yarn and then sewed some yellow beads to the center.

Now, on to the monkey pattern... I made the pattern and wrote it as I made it, haven´t tested it but wrote it very carefully, please let me know if you find any error or typo.

I´d love to know if you made it, and how it went! You can find the pattern on 4 shared, here is the link: Gingerbread Monkey
Also let me know if you have any problem with the link.

I hope you like it!

Happy crocheting!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

We all live in a yellow submarine

Haha... this is a short post just to share a simple pattern to crochet  cute baby booties inspired by the yellow submarine song by The Beatles.

(Before we move to the pattern, I just want to anounce that a christmas post will come soon, with a cute pattern, please keep on checking for that!)

In the past I had made this yellow submarine bag:

But now I made this by request:

The pattern is based on a previous pattern I shared: Very useful baby booties, you can find those on my previous post. 

This time I made a few changes and embellished them to look like Yellow submarines:



I found some inspiration on Pinterest,  but made my own version because I wanted them to look more authentique, I even made four windows for each bootie, I wanted to put them all on the same side but it was too much for one side so I put two on the front and two on the back, but still there is one window for each one of the Beatles. 

(detail of propeller)

(detail of side embellishment)

This embellishment was hard to make, I wanted it to look like the red/pink/blue "window" on the original submarine...

It's obvious that is not the same but I was very happy with the flavor it added to the booties, specially considering the size it has.

In the pattern I forgot to mention it but the hook I used is a # 4, and all small details: empellishment, periscope, windows were crocheted with a #2 hook and a lighther weight yarn. 

Ok so with no further words, I present you the Yellow submarine baby booties pattern:
This time the pattern is on Jpeg, for easier download, let me know how do you like this way, or if you prefer a PDF uploaded to 4Shared like I've done in the past.

Thanks for reading,
Happy Crocheting!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Baby booties and Cocoa oatmeal cookies: Nice and Yummy!

Hello there! I hope you are all fine!

I´ve been wanting to post this patterns for a lot of time now.
The problem is most of my patterns look like this:

I usually write them in any piece of paper I have on hand while I´m creating. Now I´m trying to retrieve all this information. I hope to share more, more easily fin the future...

That said it took me time to write this two patterns I´m about to share.

But before I share the booties patterns, I´d like to share a cookies recipe, the picture does not make them justice, but this cookies turned out so good that I still wanted to share the recipe, I had a recipe for oatmeal cookies but I wanted to make them with cocoa, so I made some variations and they turned out delicious!

This cookies are thin and crispy and have a yummy cocoa flavor! I hope you make them and like 'em, If you do make them I´d love to hear about that too :-)

Cocoa oatmeal crispy cookies

1 1/2 bars of margarine
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

- Mix oats, sifted flour, cocoa powder and baking soda and set apart 
- Cream margarine and sugar.
- Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Add dry ingredients to cream mixture, little by little
- Grase baking sheet and lay batter with a spoon, flatten with the help of a fork and leave enough space between cookies as this tend to grow considerably.
- Bake at 180C (350F) for about 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn them as they are bark brown and will be hard to tell if they get lightly or heavily browned!
- Place on cooling racks, let them cool down, they will be soft at the begining and then will become crispie.
- Enjoy! 

Now back to the baby booties...

Very useful baby booties
The first pattern I´m going to share is for a simple to crochet baby booties I created. I call them Very useful baby booties, because they where so simple to make and are so useful to keep babies feet 

(this photo is missing the shoe laces)

Here is a picture of some other versions I´ve made:

The red white blue are a bigger size (3-6 months old) and the colorful ones where ment to look like sneakers. They are all made with the same pattern but I liked to change colors so they look different, The pattern is given to make them plain but you can play with the color arrangement. Also I suggest you can add an embellisment like a flower or a pom-pom like the ones in the photo at the begining of the post.

I´d also like to share how I made the pom-poms, cause I´m really happy of how they turned out, I had tried to make pom-poms before but they always fell apart because the knot to tie all the strands was not strong enough, but this time I was determined to make better pom-poms! I searched for a better knot in this book...

...and I found it! It´s called The Constrictor Knot, what a name for a knot! Sounds exactly like the kind of knot I was looking for!
So first to tie the knot, I followed the instructions in this video to make the pom-pom, and used The Constrictor Knot and then a regular knot instead of two regular knots like the video shows. 

 Here are the indications for the knot, directly from the book:

Here I show one pom-pom after I made The Constrictor Knot...
 ...after that I just finished like the video shows :-)

Link to the Very useful baby booties, here. I use 4 shared to storage my patterns, It works for me, but in the past, specifically for one of my posts there where problems to download the pattern so if you have trouble, please let me know.

Now the second pair of booties...

Granny square baby booties

In this pattern, I explain step by step how to assembly the booties which is the trickiest part, over all they are very easy to make, and you can make them with granny squares, or any kind of squares as long as they are the size given.

Link to Granny square baby booties, in case you want to use regular granny squares: here.

I hope you like them! 

Happy crocheting... and baking if you like!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Christmas late late post

Back in Christmas last year I crocheted some amigurumis which I had not been doing in ages!
Been busy for a while...

I wanted to share the projects I made for Christmas and where I got the patterns.

First one I made was a christmas ornament:
Snow flake owl

I made the owl following this pattern, from Crea8tion Crochet, I made Rnd/Rw 1-6 with blue yarn and following Rnds/Rows with Light blue. 

For the snowflake on the owl's belly, I looked and tried a lot of snowflakes but none gave me the size and look that I wanted so I came up with my own snowflake pattern.

A word about the size: I usually crochet my amigurumis with the G hook (4.00 mm) so that´s the one I used on this one too, but and I´m not sure about the size of the hook I used for the snowflake, sorry about that, I think I used a B hook (2.25mm). The yarn for the owl was worsted-weight and the yarn for the snowflake was sport- weight mercerized cotton)

Snowflake Pattern:
Begin with adjustable loop.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, join with slip st to first sc. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in ea sc around, join with slip st to first sc. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: *Ch 11, sl st in 8th chain from hook; Ch 6, sl st in 5th chain from hook; Ch 5, sc in 2nd chain from hook and in the next three ch, sl st on the next sc (this is the same ch, where a sl st have been placed previously); Ch 5, sl st to same previous sl st, sc to next unused ch, sl st in the next ch (this ch is first ch in which you had made an sl st in this round), Ch 8, sl st again in same ch; sc in next 3 ch; sl st in next 2 sc from Rnd 2. Repeat from * 5 more times. F.O.

I made a chart to show the first 2 rounds and one of the spokes made. Now, I don't have any 
fancy software for the diagrams so I hope you can understand this one made with paint :-S

Here is a picture of a snowflake make with this pattern just that this one was made with chunky yarn and a G hook for you to be able to see it more clearly:

Next thing I crocheted for christmas season was a Christmas Minion:

I made this Minion following this pattern from Pops de Milk. The original pattern is for a regular blue overalls minion, I just changed the color of the yarn to make it more Christmassy and Crocheted a simple Christmas Hat.

The next project on my list was a Christmas Zebra:

I used a free pattern from Kristen´s Crochet, and now I went back to link it but is not there any more, now it is for sale on ravelry, apparently there where some infringements with her free patterns, so now this one is for sale but she still has other ones for free if you want to check her blog,
I added a Chistmas hat and scarf to complete the look, This was not part of the original pattern but it was called for given the season!

The last two crocheted objects I made for Chistmas were two hacky sacks, one of them is a minion, and the other one was inspired by Mickey Mouse.  

I've made a few hacky sacks before and always use the same pattern created by Amber Linn which is free, yey! Both of this hacky sacks where made following this same pattern. Here are the details to make them look like a Minion or Mickey Mouse hacky sack.

Mouse Hacky Sack:
Rnds 1-14: black yarn
Rnds 15 to end: red yarn

Add two big white button to the red part around 17th or 18th rnd.

Ears: (make two)
Begin with adjustable loop. work in continuous rounds.
With black yarn:
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] around.  (18 sc)
Rnd 4: [2 sc in next sc, sc in nect 2 sc] around. (24 sc)
Sl st in next sc, F.O.
Attatch ears at the top of the black part of the hacky sack, separated by de first 2 or 3 rounds. Weave in ends.

Yellow hacky sack:
(When I made this one I made a yellow hacky sack and then added the goggles but after that I realized it would have been easier to make the goggles strap while crocheting the sack so here are the color variations for that option.)
Rnds 1-12 and 15 to end: yellow yarn
Rnds 13 and 14: black yarn

Eyes: (make two)
Begin with adjustable loop.
With black yarn:
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, join with slip st to first sc. (6 sc)
Change to white yarn:
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in ea sc around, join with slip st to first sc. (12 sc)
Change to gray yarn:
Rnd 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] around, join with slip st to first sc. F.O. (18 sc)
Attatch eyes to goggle strap, weave in end.

Use black yarn and tapestry needle to embroider hair and smile as desired and weave in ends.

I also want to share two mini photo tutorials for some  crafting ideas:

Chocolate mugs!

Stained Glass Effect TP roll snowflake

Let me know if you have any questions, and if you do any of this I´d like to know how it turned out! :0)

Happy Crocheting (and/or crafting)!