Shhh! Secret crochet project

Shhh! Secret crochet project

hi!

I’m madly crocheting at the moment, and following a pattern (!). It’s a bit of a cheeky secret gift for someone. It’s pretty.

  

It’s just an acrylic Panda yarn, but the colours are lovely.

 
I got the pattern on ravelry, from Naturally Nora (a very productive crochet pattern maker) here. It’s gorgeous. This one is a little more “far out” because of my yarn choice.

  
Much of my first night was spent ripping rows I somehow stuffed up, but now I’m on my way there is no looking back. I have just five to six more rows to go and then I’ll be adding some plain wooden toggles. But no telling, it’s a secret.

I’m sure many of you out there are expert hook wielders…. what pattern/project/tutorial can you recommend for someone who is really just starting out?

Chat soon xx

This could be the beginning of a new venture: crochet baskets ‘r’ us?

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How fantastic is crochet?!? Yep, still a crochet newbie and still overwhelmed by what can be achieved with a simple hook and a bit of yarn. Love it.

Think I mentioned in my last post that I was working on this little project, and here it is, in all of its yarny, baskety goodness!

I was originally inspired by this picture but then needed a pattern, which I found at design sponge.

The general gist of the pattern is this:

Make yourself a ring – do it with your magic circle or just with four stitches, whatever works for you.
Round 1: Make 8 single crochets (sc) into the ring. Some people use a stitch marker here to mark the beginning of the round, but I just count. It’s up to you!
Round 2: Make 2 sc into each stitch to end of round.
Round 3: *1 sc into next stitch, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round.
Round 4: *1 sc into next 2 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round.
Round 5: *1 sc into next 3 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round.

The joy of this pattern is that you can just keep increasing the base until you have the size you want. You do this by just increasing the stitches between the 2 sc into next stitch. I ended up getting to *1 sc into the next 9 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch…. before I stopped increasing.

Then the same applies for the height. One you have found the perfect base size, it is just 1 sc into each stitch until you reach the height you like. You can really play around with this pattern! Low bowls, taller baskets that fold over at the top… so many options. I am sure that if I was better at counting I could also add in some interesting stitches to spice things up a bit, too. Maybe one of those puffy stitches would be cute on this? I was also thinking you could make a really interesting basket by then reducing the width at the top. My brother wants me to make a cat cocoon, which would be fun, too. You can also play around with the yarn you use (tshirt yarn, anyone?). Oh my – so many options… But even plain, I am just so happy with this basket! Oh! And when I had finished, I turned mine inside out. I just prefer the texture of the basket that way.

So, there you have it. Now you can make one, too. I would love it if you could let me know if you make any of these 🙂

Happy hooking lovely people!
xx

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Weaving a little magic

Weaving a little magic

Has it really been a month since my last post?
I have been admiring weaving work for weeks now (must pop up a post about some of my favourites), and have been desperate to try with one of the boys. Little gave it a go with me today – we went out to the backyard, collected sticks, twigs, bark, leaves and grass, combined it all with various textiles on the table and had a play. So much fun! This kept him going for a good thirty minutes. (I could have kept going all afternoon – very addictive!). Have you tried any weaving? I’m now thinking I should think about making some woven earrings…
Hope all’s well at your place, chat soon xx