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!