Month: May 2014

Colour Combinations: Colours of Grace

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COLOUR!!

I just Love It!

Shades and Tints of all the Hues that God created; it just fascinates me!

As I became a yarn distributor, I wanted a new way of introducing the possibilities of colour to the creative community; especially the crochet gals…

So I started playing around with photos, adding some yarns that compliment the colours of the photos and very soon this became one of the most inspiring methods of putting together colour combinations for that special crochet project we all want to start, but just can’t decide on the colours to use!

These are previously published combinations, so I’m sorry for those who knows these photos already.  New ones will come in the future, but for now, refresh your possibilities!

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Please let me know how these colour combinations helped you in making colour choices!

Hope you enjoyed feasting your eyes 😉

B

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Free Pattern: My Doll Slippers

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Since my little girls were babies, I fell in love with Mary Jane shoes as one as my most favorite items to make, either by sewing or crochet.

So every now and then, when I’m getting the chance, I’m playing around with shoes.

Nevertheless, when my girls got their first dolls, one of the first items in the dolls’ wardrobe was crochet shoes.

Last week for their birthday, we gave them baby dolls as birthday presents.

Yesterday the one girl came to me, asking to make shoes for her “baby” as her feet gets cold (as it is winter this time of year in the Southern Hemisphere).

I grabbed some yarn and started putting something together.

And wha-la!!

I wanted to call them “The 5-minute Doll Slippers” as it is really so quick to make them.

But I decided to stick to a simple “My Doll Slippers”.

 

My Doll Slippers

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Skill Level

02-easy

 

Materials
  •  50g Colours of Grace Magdalene (100% Cotton) 10-ply 4-medium
  • 4.5mm crochet hook

 

Gauge

7sc x 8rows = 5cm x 5cm

 

Approximate Finished Dimensions

Heel to Toe = 5.5cm

 

Abbreviations

ch – chain

beg – beginning

blo – back loop only

dc – double crochet

hdc – half double crochet

prev – previous

sc – single crochet

sl st – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

yo – yarn over

 

Special Stitches Used

Dc2tog:

Yo hook, insert hook into indicated st, yo, pull up a loop through st (you should have 3 loops on hook), yo and pull through 1st 2 loops (1st dc done halfway), insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop through st (you should have 4 loops on hook), yo and pull through 1st 2 loops on hook (2nd dc done halfway). Now you should have THREE loops on hook.  Yo and pull through ALL THREE loops on hook.

Hdc2tog:

Yo hook, insert hook into indicated st, yo, pull up a loop up through st (you should have 3 loops on hook), insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop through st (you should have 4 loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through all 4 loops on hook.

Sc5tog:

Insert hook into indicated st, yo, pull up a loop, (insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop) x4 (you should have 6 loops on hook), yo and pull through all 6 loops.

 

Pattern Notes
  • This pattern in written in American English terminology.
  • Although I used the Colours of Grace 10-ply yarn, this pattern also works perfectly when I use 2 strands of the Vinnis Colours’ Nikkim which is a 7-ply yarn.

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Instructions

Sole

Round 1: ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 chs, hdc 1, dc 5 in last ch, (now you will work in the opposite side of the chain, causing you to work in the round) hdc 1, sc 2, 2sc in last st, join with sl st  in ch-1  – 14sts

Round 2: ch 1, 2sc in same st and next 4, 2sc in next 4 stitches, sc 4, 2sc in next 2 stitches, join with sl st in 1st sc – 22sts

 Sides

Round 3: ch1, sc in blo of each st around, join with sl st in ch-1 – 21sc

 Top

Round 4: ch1, sc 3, hdc2tog, (dc2tog) x2, hdc2tog, sc10, join with sl st in ch-1 – 17sts

Round 5: ch1, sc 2, sc5tog, ch1, sc in next 10, join with sl st in ch-1.

Fasten off.

To download the pattern in PDF format, click here!

 

Blessings!

B

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A 4th Birthday Party

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Wednesday was my girls’ 4th birthday, and when I had to decide on a venue to host the party, the choice was easy;

Shelanti Restaurant & Tea Garden.

This is where I host my Crochet Classes & Workshops.

We had a Princess Birthday Party, and as always, mommy loved the dress-up and decorating part!

Beforehand, I made hand-out invites in the shape of a party dress.  The previous years I did electronic invitations, but decided this year that a princess should hand out proper invitations to her guests.

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I made party dresses for the girls, did cake decorating, princess themed snacks, and my favorite…the crowns I made from felt.

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We had some fun activities…

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And each princess had to decorate her own cupcake!

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And here are my two beautiful little princesses!

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Congratulations on your 4th Birthday, my precious little angels!

I pray God’s blessings over your life and may you always be aware of His Love and Presence in your life!

Design your own Beanie

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NOTE:

THIS IS ONLY A GUIDE AND MAY DIFFER FROM STITCH TO STITCH, PATTERN TO PATTERN, TO YARN USED, TO HOOK SIZE.

I get weekly inquiries from ladies asking for help to crochet beanies.

Well, here I have a few guidelines made up ​​and at the end, you can find a Free Newborn Beanie and the link to my Granny style beanie available in my Ravelry online shop.
To design your own beanie sounds very challenging, but once you get the basic concept on how to crochet a flat circle, and you have the basic head measurements, it is very simple.

But first I’m going to give you a few rules for the use of specific stitches. The stitch you are using will determine how accurate your measurements for different sizes will be.

Let’s start with measurements:

 

MEASUREMENTS

Head circumference:

Measurements are taken with a measuring tape horizontally around the forehead.

Make sure the tape measure is horizontally parallel to take correct measurements.

Beanie length:

The length of the beanie is measured from the crown to the bottom of the earlobe.

I’ve seen beanie patterns on the web that are simply to short. It looks ridiculous when a beanie stops just above the ear. Make your beanie rather too long than too short. It is more practical, especially for children who are still growing.

Next is the flat circle or crown of the beanie:

 

THE CROWN

How many times did you crochet a circles that simply refuses to lie flat?

It all depends on the kind of stitch you’re using and the amount of stitches worked into the foundation circle plus how you increase in each round.

What to remember?

  1. The number of stitches needed depends upon the height of the stitch. The taller the stitch the more stitches required.
  2. When you use the same stitch throughout your motif, the number of stitches to be added on subsequent rounds is the same for every round. That number is the same number of stitches used in round one.
  3. Increases should be made one by one and spaced evenly as possible around.

See fig.1.1 below

Table 1.1 Type of stitch versus amount of stitches versus increase for each round.

SAMPLE ROUND 1 ROUND 2
Increase
EachStitch
ROUND 3
Increase
Each2nd Stitch
ROUND 4
Increase
Each3rd Stitch
ROUND 5
Increase
Each4th Stitch
ROUND 6 Increase
Each5th Stitch
EACH ROUND
sc 6 = 12 = 18 = 24 = 30 = 36 + 6
hdc 8 = 16 = 24 = 32 = 40 = 48 + 8
dc 12 = 24 = 36 = 48 = 60 = 72 12 +
tr 18 = 36 = 54 = 72 = 90 = 108 18 +
dtr 24 = 48 = 72 = 96 = 120 = 144 24 +

The most effective stitch that I found for successive size increase for beanies is the hdc (half double crochet).

The dc (double crochet) can be very variable in increasing, but I adjust my increase in the last round by skipping every 2nd increasing stitch pair, so instead of 12 increased stitches in that round, I will have only 6.

Figure 1.1 Equal increase in Double Crochet.

Circle Diagram 1.4 clear

 

The measurements for the CROWN will be as follows:

Head circumference minus 5cm = perimeter of flat circle.

Now for the sides:

 

SIDES

To keep it simple, keep the stitch type you use for the crown. Once pattern stitches are incorporated, the size of the beanie around the head will be influenced. Some stitch patterns gives a tighter tension on the item, others give a looser tension.

For the sides; stop increasing, and just keep up with the number of stitches that you ended with in the last increasing round of the crown.

Continue until you reached the required length.

Here is a table with basic measurements of head circumference, crown length and circumference of beanie.

Table 1.2 Beanie measurements guide in centimeters

Size Head Circumference Hat Circumference Beanie Perimeter Length (crown to base of ear)
Newborn 34 31 29 13
3 Months 41 39 36 15
6 Months 43 40 38 16
12 Months 46 43 41 17
2 Years 48 45 43 18
3-5 years 51 48 46 19
6-10 years 53 50 48 20
Teen to Adult 56-61 51-56 51-56 21-22

Remember as I said at the beginning, this is just a guideline. You have to play with the yarn, hook size, type of stitch and stitch pattern, if you want to use it this way.

Play around, do not be afraid!

Here is a FREE PATTERN Newborn Beanie!

Here is my STYLE Granny Beanie in sizes Newborn to Adult !

I trust that this information is of value to you and that you will design your own beanie very soon.

Good luck and enjoy!

B

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