Miniature Crochet Rose

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Inspired by miniature crochet animals made by SuAmi, I decided to try and make a miniature crochet rose. The task seemed simple enough: just use a very fine, single ply yarn, and a tiny crochet hook. Easy, right?

No. Nope. Not at all.

I thought I had good eyesight, but I have been proven wrong. I even thought I had pretty nimble fingers, but wrong again.

It was almost impossible to see the stitches and even more impossible to get the hook to go through them. But after a few tries, I managed to make one tiny rose, which is still not as tiny as SuAmi’s miniature animals. After a few hours of squinting my eyes and doing crochet-acrobatics, I take my hat off to SuAmi, and will stick to normal-sized roses from now on.

Speaking of which: I bought some awesome new yarns from a lovely shop called Karnaluks in Tallinn, Estonia. I’ve aYarns from Karnalukslready made a few roses using the yarns, and I’ll be posting the results on my blog someday soon.

 

And here’s what I managed to make this time. It’s a little under 2cm in diameter (so less than 0.787402 inches, if that makes sense).

Thanks for viewing! And happy Easter to everyone!

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St. Patrick’s Day: Hearts and Shamrocks

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As promised, here are two patterns for St. Patrick’s day: hearts and shamrocks!
For the hearts, go to Owlishly’s blog to get the pattern. There are instructions for three different sized hearts. I used the smallest one for my hearts.

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And for the shamrocks, I used this shamrock motif pattern I found.

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Thanks for viewing, and happy St. Patrick’s day tomorrow!

-Kati-


Crochet Leprechaun Hat [pencil decoration] – Free Pattern

Hi!

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St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner… So here’s a pattern for a crochet leprechaun hat that I created as a pencil decoration. I’ll post a blog entry about a green pop-up heart and a shamrock soon, too!

Apologies in advance if the pattern makes no sense or if there are horrible typos (this was a long project to make/write up). It’s my first time trying to write down instructions for an original pattern, and I wasn’t entirely sure how to explain it all. Leave a comment below, if you wish to have more detailed instructions, or if you want clarifications for some part of the pattern.

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Leprechaun hat pencil decoration – pattern:

Abbreviations:

ch(s) = chain(s)
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es) (At the end of each round “—- st” = the number of stitches made on that round.)
sc2tog  = 2 single crochets together (decrease)
sl st = slip stitch
back lps = back loops only
front lps = front loop only

Notes:

  • I used basic cotton yarns and a size 1.75mm hook. (In other words: use a fine yarn and a small hook.)
  • First, start by making a magic circle/an adjustable ring, or chain 2 loosely and work round 1 into the first chain made.
  • Work in countinuous rounds. Do not join any of the rounds and do not cut the yarn at any point. Use a stitch marker to mark each round, if you wish.

♣ The crown top of of the hat:
Round 1: Into the magic circle, work 6 sc. (Pull the circle closed.)  —- 6sts
Round 2: 2 sc into each st around. —- 12 sts
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times. —- 18 sts.Hat top
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in the next 2 sts] 6 times. Sl st into the next st. —- 24 sts.
(At this point, it wound be good to fasten off the beginning yarn, but do not cut off the yarn you’re working with.)

NOTE: The top of the hat is supposed to lay flat.

♣ The side band (“body”) of the hat:
(Ch 1, if necessary to get to the next round, to make a sharper edge to the top of the hat.)
Round 5: Working in back lps only: sc into each st around. —- 24 sts.
Round 6: (Decrease round) Working in both loops again: [sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts] 6 times. —- 18 sts.
Round 7-8: Work sc into each st around. —- 18 sts. (Change the colour of the yarn at the end of round 8. Do not cut off the other yarn.)Colour change
Round 9-11: With a different colour (for example: black), sc into each st around. —- 18 sts.
(At the end of round 11., reattach the first yarn you used (green), but do not cut off the second yarn (black). Fasten off the start of the black yarn.)

♣ The brim of the hat:
Round 12: With green again, make an increase round in front loops only: [2 sc in next st, sc into next st] 9 times. —- 27 sts.
Round 13: In both loops again, work: [2 sc into next sc, sc into next 2 sts] 9 times. —- 36 sts.
Round 14: [2 sc into the next sc, sc into the next 5 sts] 6 times. Sl st into the next st (or just fasten off). Cut the yarn. —- 42 sts.

Belt buckle: At this point, decorate the black wrap-around part with, for example, yellow yarn. Make a belt buckle on the opposite side of the start of the rounds. I made a square, weaving around each side of the square twice to make the lines pop out more. Belt buckle

♣ Finally, make the part that wraps around the pen/pencil:
(Or stop  here, and just use the hat as a finger puppet, etc.)
Round 1: With the black yarn (that is still supposed to be attached to the hat), work in the back loops (of black yarn) that were left behind in round 12. There are 18 back loops. Work a decrease round, ending with 12 loops.
Working with the black yarn: Pull up loop through the nearest sc (start of round 11), pull up a loop through the next sc too, working a sc2tog. Sc into next st. Then: [sc2tog, sc in next st] 5 times. —- 12 sts
NOTE: For the next round: Depending on how big you want the hole for the pencil/pen to be, decrease a few more times. I made a hole that fits arPencil holder/wrap-aroundound a normal pencil.
Round 2: [sc2tog, sc in the next 5 sts] twice. —- 10 sts.
Round 3-4: Sc into next st, around. At the end of round 4, sl st into the next st and/or fasten off. —- 10 sts.

You can make more rounds, if you want the wrap around the pencil to be longer.

And that’s it!

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Thanks for viewing! Again, leave a comment below if you need help with this pattern. And please, if you make a leprechaun hat using this pattern, give credit to KatiCrafts, thanks!


Crochet Adult Boots

Hello!

Here’s a quick update on my latest crafts, some predictions for future blog entries, and a thanks!

UPDATE! I’ve been trying to make adult boot(ie)s for ages, and I think I’ve started about 5 different pairs, but now I’ve managed to finally complete a pair. The original pattern is by Bonita Patterns and I’ve just chosen not to do the crocodile stitch part of the ankle. I also added some small pompoms to the boots.

NEW AND UPCOMING! Two blog posts coming in the near future: Valentine’s hearts (I know, I’m horribly late for that), and St. Patrick’s Day shamrocks. If you have any suggestions as to which craft projects would be good to try out, or which crafts you want tutorials on, please leave a comment.

THANKS! Also, a big thank you and a hello to all of my new subscribers! I’d love to hear from you, and see what you’ve been crafting lately, so again, please leave a comment below.

Happy March to you all! And thank you for viewing my blog!

-Kati-

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This Year’s Christmas Card

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It’s that time of the year again, when I have to come up with a Christmas card design that will be somewhat easy to replicate dozens of times. This year I’ve decided to go with a simple wreath, using Martha Stewart’s branch punch.

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I suppose the card could do with a bit more tweaking, but I like things simple and clean, so this will have to do!

If and when I make more cards, I’ll post the results, but for now… this card right here is this year’s Christmas card!

Thanks for viewing! And Happy Holidays to everyone in advance!

-Kati-

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Crochet Rose Leaf

Hi, all!
Crochet Rose Leaf
I recently made a promise to share a pattern for a crochet rose leaf, and so this is me, fulfillig my promise. If you’d like to see me craft something specific, or post instructions for it, please let me know!

For the leaves in my pictures below, I used this pattern:

Veined Leaf Pattern (All credit goes to Wind Rose Fiber Studio.)

First, start by: chain 10, leaving 8” beg tail
Side 1: working in back loops of beginning chain, 3 dc in fourth st from hook, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in last st, ch 1, sl st in ch just made (leaf point made)
Side 2: working down the other side of the beginning chain in the front loops, sl st in next st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, work 3 dc in next st, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3

Stem: chain 4, sl st in second st from hook and in next two sts. sl st to next dc, finish off weaving in all loose ends

Note: The tip of the leaf gave me some problems at first, but luckily there’s a helpful YouTube video to show how it’s done: http://youtu.be/j8UG0y-rAEs
I also made a longer stem, by adding more chains, just so I could attach it to the roses better.

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Thanks for viewing and thank you again to my new visitors and subscribers!

-Kati-


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High-top Tennis Booties: Wool vs. Cotton

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I’d like to say a huge HELLO and welcome to my new subscribers and viewers! About a week ago, my blog got over 2000 visitors one day, out of the blue, and I owe it all to the lovely people who shared my crochet rose tutorial on Facebook and Pinterest. So thank you for sharing and for visiting! Merci! Gracias! Teşekkür ederim! Danke! Kiitos!

Now onwards to today’s topic: high-top tennis booties! I’m pretty sure I’ve made so many high-top tennis booties by now that I could make them in my sleep. And I’m also pretty sure that most people are sick of me making them and/or talking about them, but here I am, with yet another blog post about tennis booties!

This time, I figured I’d make booties out of wool and cotton and see which material works best. I’ve again used Novita’s Miami cotton yarn for the booties, as well as a wool yarn called 7 Veljestä (Seven Brothers, also by Novita). The pattern for the booties is mostly from Crochet Geek, although, as per usual, I’ve changed the pattern a bit (see below).

Here are some pictures. If you wish to have more detailed information or tips about how to make the booties, leave a comment!

So wool or cotton?

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COTTON: The biggest plus for using a cotton yarn is obviously the texture: it’s a lot softer than wool and probably more comfortable for the baby to wear. It’s also nicer to work with when making the booties. And it might be easier to wash/clean as well. The only minus for cotton (that I can think of) is that it’s not as warm as wool, and the booties are thus mostly for spring/summer time use.

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WOOL: The good thing with using a wool yarn is that it will keep the bootie more “upright” and solid, in a way. It’s almost like a shoe, and not just a pretty sock-cover. It’s warm, but also scratchy.
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I personally like using the cotton yarn more, but I suggest using a yarn depending on what purpose you’re making the booties for (outerwear or as a type of a sock).

Changes made in the pattern:

  1. The biggest change is in the sides of the sole (see pic below), where I’ve made row number 5 (of the sole) in back loops only, to give the bootie a sharper edge at the bottom of the sole. The pattern suggests you make rows 4 and 5 with the same color, and in both loops of the previous stitches (I assume?). However, I think that after row 4, the sole is large enough as is, and I change the color for the next row (in the pic below: the change is from red to white), and I make the stitches in row 5 into the back loops of the 4th row.
  2. To create another sharp edge, I whip stitch the toe top around the front loops of the sole sides.
  3. A smaller change: Sometimes I find that the 7 rows of the tongue aren’t enough (the tongue is too short), and so I sometimes make an additional row of single crochet stitches to the top of the tongue. Once you go around the tongue (the tongue edging part), you create another row, and thus the tongue will have 7 rows of half double crochet stitches and two rows of single crochet stitches.
  4. Also, a tiny tip: I often iron the sole piece before going on to row 5, just to get the sole flat enough, so it won’t curl upwards too much.

Edge of the booties

And that’s it for tennis booties, for now!

Thanks for viewing!

-Kati-

 

(PS. Coming up next in my blog: crochet rose leaves.)