Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Future Crochet Nerd

Over 4th of July weekend, I took my daughter to Michael’s and got her her own crochet stuff. I let her pick two colors of yarn and we got a nice (nicer than mine!) crochet hook that she can use for a long time.

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I then sat down with her and taught her how to chain. She really got the hang of it after awhile! She started making a bunch of chain bracelets, which is a great project for her because she gave them to all of her friends and family.

Here is the one she made me! We also got matching elephant bracelets for a $1 and we wear them everyday.

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We will soon try to start the single crochet and go from there. If anyone has any tips on teaching kiddos learn to crochet, let me know! I’m excited to have another future crochet nerd in the house. She is already getting excited about yarn like me.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Linked Double Crochet ::Tutorial::

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Today I just wanted to share a tutorial for a really cool crochet stitch. When I learned how to do this stitch, I was really impressed and loved the outcome.

This stitch is called the Linked Double Crochet (LDC). In the pictures below, you will see regular double crochet stitches on the left. On the right are the linked double crochets (worked in the round). The linked DCs close up the holes and it’s a very sturdy and pretty fabric. So the stitches are the same height as a regular DC but the holes are closed up.

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This stitch can be worked in the round or back and forth. I personally prefer to only use this stitch in the round. I like the look of all of the stitches facing forward and giving a flat and even look. So this tutorial will be in the round but you can easily do this back and forth.

Lets get started!

I am using just a worsted weight yarn and a 5mm hook. You can really use whatever yarn you want since this isn’t an actual pattern. To practice, just grab something you have on hand.

To start, chain any desired amount of stitches you would like to practice on. I think I chained 35, which is completely random. I do recommend more than 15 just to help you practice.

 

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Join your work to the beginning chain with a slip stitch so you can work in the round

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Chain 2 and work one DC (double crochet) in each chain around. Join with a slip st to the beginning chain. Chain 2. This is all just to give you a base to practice on.  You can of course start your round with linked stitches right away. The next row is where I will show you the Linked Stitch

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In the first stitch, do one regular double crochet (DC)

Now take a peak at the double crochet you just made. You will notice on the front of the stitch there is a horizontal bar that goes across the stitch. I’m going to call this the Front Bar.

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To start the linked stitch, insert your hook from the top into the Front Bar

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Yarn over and pull up a loop

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You now have two loops on your hook. What you have done is, instead of yarning over to start a regular DC, this loop is taking it’s place.

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Now you can finish your DC. Insert your hook into the next stitch

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Yarn over and pull up a loop. You now have three loops on your hook

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Yarn over and pull through two loops

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Yarn over and pull through the last two loops on your hook. You have now linked that DC to the first DC. Pretty cool, right? And easy!

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Let me show you one more time

Insert your hook from the top into the Front Bar of your previous double crochet.

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Yarn over and pull up a loop. You now have two loops on your hook (remember this is replacing the yarn over you usually do to start a regular DC)

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Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.

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You now have three loops on your hook

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To finish, yarn over and pull through two loops, then yarn over and pull through the last two loops on your hook.

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If you are using this stitch and going back and forth on your work, all you do is chain and turn at the end of your row, do one regular double crochet to start and then you can continue making your linked stitches

Isn’t this a fun and easy stitch? I love the look of it. I used this stitch to make my tablet cover I made awhile back. It is a perfect stitch for this because it’s sturdy and thick. My tablet is very save and protected.

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I hope you like this stitch!  Let me know if you have any questions.

Smile

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sleepy Baby Doll

I wanted to share this sweet little baby doll I crocheted for a friend. I love how simple it is but it’s still so cute!

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The pattern is made in pieces. The body is one piece, two arms, the head, and the hat. Then you just seem them all together at the end, which is very easy.

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I love the little hands because it reminds me of the newborn stage where babies like to clench their little fists… I’m such a dork

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The only embroidery is the two sleepy eyes which I just did with black yarn.

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This sweet little doll went to my friend Rachel’s daughter who loves dolls right now. I hope she liked it!

I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Acrylic yarn for this pattern but I’m sure any worsted weight or lighter would work.

You can try this free pattern but it’s unfortunately in Spanish. It’s a very easy pattern to figure out and there’s also a video that walks you through the pattern. Here’s where you can check it out!

Doll Pattern

If you have any questions about the pattern, just shoot me an e-mail. I ended up writing it all out in English for myself.

 

Happy Crocheting!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

{ WIP Wednesday }

Happy Wednesday! I haven’t done a WIP Wednesday is a long time! I have lot of projects going on, which is typical for me. I am spontaneous and compulsive and will start something and then get bored. Anyway, here’s what I have in progress.

Lots and lots of Coffee Cozies. I wanted to add something to my shop for the summer that was colorful, simple, and easy. I am adding all of these colors plus more soon.

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I’m going to add a couple new hat styles to the shop in the fall. I’m loving this pattern!

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Hey down in the front Dino Dude! Go back to playing with the little guy…

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sorry about that… So I am also changing up my scarves in my shop. I’m thinking bigger, chunkier, and better quality yarn!

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Last but not least, my friends Buddy Blanket. This is turning out so pretty! The colors my friend chose are awesome. I wish this could go faster but with single crochets, I sometimes feel like I’m going in slow motion. But it is a fun project to work on. I love watching each thick row of color build and grow.

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Well that’s all for now! I hope to get back into the blogging groove more now. I hope you are all doing well!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

{ Wool and the Gang REVIEW }

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Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well!

I had an awesome opportunity to review a new crochet kit from Wool and the Gang. They have had many kits for knitting and now they have a collection of kits for crocheting as well!

Wondering what is in a crochet kit? Well first off, I think it’s genius. These kits have everything you need to make a project. They come with yarn, a pattern, a crochet hook, and even a needle for weaving in your ends. It’s perfect for beginners, someone looking for a new item to make, or for anyone who doesn’t have access to some of these items. They also have different difficulty levels if you are more experienced with your crocheting. There’s something for everybody.

Go check out their kits here!

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When I got the package in the mail, the first thing that impressed me was the packaging. It had the details of the project, a picture, and was even sealed with a cute sticker.

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When I opened it up, I was excited to see all of the goodies inside. Like I said, it came with everything you need for the project!

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The yarn for this project is a bulky t-shirt yarn that I was excited to try for the first time. I also loved the colors they chose!

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Each package has cute details and great instructions

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Here is my finished basket!

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At my daughter’s request, I started with the pink yarn and ended with the navy.

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As I was working with this yarn and pattern, I noticed a couple things.

1. It works up very quickly because of the bulky yarn so the project is perfect for something quick.

2. The yarn is very sturdy and makes for a thick and functional basket.

3. I am a very tight crocheter, therefore this yarn was sometimes hard to work with for me. It would get very stiff and tight. After I loosened by tension, I noticed it got a lot easier and I was able to go a lot faster.

4. The written out pattern is very easy to understand and read. It even has pictures and instructions for each stitch you need to know for the pattern.

5. I am overall really happy with the results!

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I did tweak the pattern just a tiny bit when I got to the side of the basket. When it was time to start working up the side, I did a single crochet into the back loop for one row. This just gives the transition a little nicer look. Again, personal preference for me.

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Here is the basket with the rim not folded down. You can use it either way in my opinion!

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Now, when I saw in the picture that there was a plant in the basket, I panicked. Unfortunately in our house, lovely greenery, plants or flowers don’t last long. I figured I can use it for something else and it will still be cool. What’s great about the pattern is you can use it for so many other things.

For example, a little basket for my daughter to keep her little animals I have made her…

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…or even a basket to keep your yarn and accessories in or even a current project.

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I think the options are endless and just one more reason why I love the pattern!

 

If you would like to try a crochet kit of your own from Wool and the Gang, head over to the site and check out all of the different options. I’m sure there is something you will like! Also check out the rest of their site for other cool stuff.

Crochet Kits

Wool and the Gang

You can follow Wool and the Gang  here at @WoolandtheGang or use hashtag #ShareYourKnits

 

I also want to give a big thank you to Wool and the Gang for letting me review one of your great crochet kits!

 

 

 

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