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Monday, July 28, 2014

Weeks 3, 4 and 5 of CAL

I've been having a lot of fun doing the Dada Neon CAL. This is a crochet-a-long for freeform crochet. Each week there is another piece to be added to the blanket.

If you're interested in joining, here is the first week:  http://dadacrochet.blogspot.de/2014/05/your-personal-freeform-cal-week-1.html

Week 1 was an abstract shape, week 2 was a hand.

Week 3 was a flower garden:  Here's mine:




Next came Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Starry Night"
Here's my version of that:





Week 5 was favourite pet. This is very difficult for me, because I'm not really good at art, as such. Also how do I crochet every animal in the world?  They're all my favourites. I decided to go with a cat. It looks a bit like one of mine.



I decided rather than crocheting around it, I would do a netted background. Once it was joined on, I felt it needed something else, so I made a swirled ruffle in the corner. I will probably still need more, but I'll see as the blanket grows.


So this is what it looks like after week 5.







I'd gradually "loosened up"  while going through the weeks, and I started to "play" a bit more.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Floral Fantasy Mandala Pattern




 I've finished this pattern and had it tested.

It is now available from: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/floral-fantasy-mandala

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/9709288

and
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/home-decor/floral-fantasy-mandala/103993








 
This pattern consists of a variety of stitches, creating a multi-layered textured effect.

All stitches used are explained thoroughly. Illustrations and photos are included throughout the pattern to help make everything clear.

This is great for stash busting. Use a different colour for each row, or make it all in one colour.

The finished product can be used as a doily, a wall decoration, cushion covers, and much more.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Freeform CAL week 1 and 2

I've started the CAL. This is so free-ing!






So this is the result of week 1. It looks very strange, but I think I like it.

Week 2, I need to crochet a hand, then join the 2 pieces together.





I'm not so sure I like it now. But I'm really enjoying making it. It's such a different way of making things.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Freeform CAL

I'm in the middle of making some patterns, but I really want to do some freeform crochet.  I'm sure I'll be able to do both.

Freeform is just so amazing.

Have a look at these amazing pieces of art.

http://jac-bercreations.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/freeform-crochet-capelet.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/elinfelt/3903215619/

http://easycrochetphoto.canalblog.com/archives/2013/05/08/27107149.html

So I've decided to join a freeform CAL(Crochet-a-long)

http://dadacrochet.blogspot.de/2014/05/your-personal-freeform-cal-week-1.html

I'm 8 weeks behind, but I'll catch up.

I'll post each piece on here as I've finished it.

The patterns that are coming soon, are for mandalas.

This is the first one:


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Blocking and stiffening Crochet Items

Blocking and stiffening
 

When crocheting or knitting, you will often be instructed to block the piece/pieces.

Blocking is basically a way of stretching and shaping a piece to a certain shape or size. It helps it to look better, to be more uniform in shape and sets the design.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lots more crochet

I've been doing a lot of crochet lately, mostly baby stuff.


 There is also a lot of Christmas stuff.


Most of it has been added to my Artfire studio and website.  The rest can be bought by messaging me and will be added to the sites soon.




 Most of the items can also be bought from my stall at the Traralgon craft market every second Saturday of the month.

There are lots of booties,
  


And high tops







Christmas hats, and nappy covers,





More hats,



Long tail hats,


There are also facewasher gifts and crochet cupcakes.




Sunday, July 7, 2013

Free Crochet Baby Crocs Pattern

I have been asked several times for the pattern to make these baby crocs.

SO HERE THEY ARE!

This pattern is given for free, but of course I would love it if you would donate something for the time I've put into this for you.

You can do what you want with the finished piece, apart from mass production.  But the pattern itself if mine and cannot be sold or shared without my permission.













BABY CROCS  - my own pattern

 

Australian/British terms
To fit newborn size

8 ply wool, 4mm hook

Rnd 1 -  Ch 11, htr in 2nd ch from hook, htr in next 8 ch, 3 htr in last ch, (working on opposite side) htr in next 8 ch, 2 htr in last ch, sl st to 1st htr. (22sts)

Rnd 2 - Ch 2 (counts as a st here and throughout) htr in same st as joining, 2htr in next st, htr in next 8 sts, 2 htr in each of next 3 sts, htr in next 8 sts, 2 htr in last st, sl st to top of ch-2. (28sts)

Rnd 3 -  Ch 2, htr in same st as joining, 2 htr in next 2 sts, htr in next 6 sts, tr in next 3 stitches, 2 tr in each of next 7 sts, htr in next 7 sts, 2 htr in each of last 2 sts, sl st to ch-2. (38sts)

Rnd 4 -  Work this row in the loop behind the back loop, 1 ch,  14 dc, 17 htr, 8dc, slip stitch to join.

Rnd 5 - In both loops, 1 ch, 13dc, 19tr, 7dc.

Rnd 6 – 1 ch, 13dc, 2trtog 4x, 2 tr, 2trtog 4x, 8dc (29sts)

Rnd 7 – 1 ch, 12dc, 2htrtog 6x, 7dc

Rnd 8 - 11slst, 2 tr, 2trtog 3x across front, 2tr, slst across other side.

Straps - 23ch, tr in 4th chain from hook, tr in next, htr in next 17 sts,  tr in last 2 sts.  3dc over end tr, slipstitch across, 3dc over other end tr, slst along other edge.


Anyone who makes these, could you please let me know if there are any errors.  I had many notes over the page, which I think have all been added.


 

There is another size that I still have to fix up the pattern for.

 



Created by Jenny Lawson


For any questions, email me at:  craftcove@gmail.com

More tutorials can be found at:  Jewellery from Craft Cove    http://craftcove.blogspot.com/
Please do not distribute, lend or copy.
Do not mass produce.

Copyright  2013 Jenny Lawson

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