Crafty Crocheters

Facebook is a huge part of most people’s lives at this time.  It is a place to connect and share.  A friend of mine and I have created a new group for all lover’s of crochet.  It is a place for connecting with like-minded fiber-craft artists and a place to share your creations and get feedback or help if needed.  We will have a weekly shop/site/page share for members to post their sites.  I hope that it will become a welcoming community for crocheters of all ages.

If you are interested, please join this newly created group.

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So Many Sandals

It seems that lately everyone loves crochet baby sandals!  Okay – maybe, it’s just me… I love these adorable little shoes! But I have had a few orders and once I make one pair, I usually end up making 3 or 4 more of the same style to test out different colours and textures of yarn just to see which I prefer.

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I was absolutely thrilled when I got an order for the sandals posted above (thank you Facebook, for making designs go viral through mommy groups!!).  I searched for a pattern that resembled the style the customer had sent me – which actually proved to be a little more difficult than I had thought.  Finally, I found sandals from PatternsDG on Etsy that would be perfect.

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The pattern called for a light sports weight yarn and after checking my local Michaels, I could not find yarn that weight in the shade I needed.  I ended up using Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn – which is worsted, so I dropped to a lower hook size to obtain the gauge required.  I have since made the sandals in a cotton sport-weight blend, but I actually like the look of the worsted better.  The soles were thicker to give the illusion of more support and the sides actually “stood up” on their own.  I found although the cotton blend was a dream to work with, it resulted in a “floppy” sandal.

The newborn headband was super simple to make, using the chart featured HERE for the correct length, I simply completed a foundation chain single crochet (Gleeful Things has a great tutorial if you are unfamiliar with this stitch technique) with a 4.0mm hook and used a slip stitch to join the band into a circle and sewed my favourite flower on the front.  Easy Peasy.

Have you attempted baby sandals?  What is your favourite pattern and/or yarn to use.

Happy crocheting!

Back to the Grind

Is it just me, or is it insanely difficult to get back to the grind after a vacation?

camping3July 1st is Canada Day in Canada (obviously) and my family decided to take a much needed camping trip.  It was wonderful getting all the children unplugged and having some real family bonding time.  As much as they complained about the idea of camping beforehand, I really do think they enjoyed themselves – other than the car ride, during which we were packed like sardines.  Three kids plus two adults and two of our three dogs makes for a tight squeeze!

Being that this was our first family camping trip, I really embraced my craftiness and organizational skills and made many things to assist us on our trip.  after a quick trip to Dollar Tree, I was ready to begin.

As per my son’s request, the first thing I made was a first aid kit.  Although I could not find the carrying case I envisioned, I was quite happy with the choice I finally made – just a simple clear kitchen stacking container.  In addition to the basic contents for the first aid kit, I also grabbed a weekly medication divider to store all our medications in, rather than taking full bottles.

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And then it was time for my favourite part… using my Cricut to create designs to complete my crafts.

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Red vinyl seemed like an obvious choice for everything related to first aid.  I used Oracle 651.  I prepped and primed all surfaces using rubbing alcohol prior to the vinyl application.  Although it seemed like I was using my Cricut for a glorified label machine, I was so happy with how everything turned out.

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Since returning home, I have made labels for all of my essential oil roller-bottles since I loved the look of these ones!  In the next few weeks, I will add roller-bottle labels to my SVG freebies page.

~ Happy Crafting ~

Adorable Crochet Crocs

 

I am a crochet addict.  And a pattern addict, if I am being honest.  When I see cute patterns, I simply must have them.  And while my intentions are good, I don’t always get around to making everything I purchase.  I have countless patterns sitting in limbo just waiting for a reason to be made.  Several of these said patterns are for baby booties.

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I have always loved little baby feet in adorable handmade booties.  Unfortunately, I learned to crochet well after my children were past the toddler stage. Although I have made them slippers in the past, it really isn’t the same as making newborn booties, and let’s be honest, not many teens and pre-teens are too keen on wearing mom’s handmade wearables.

Despite the fact that I had no one in mind when I saw theese super cute crochet crocs from Crochet Oasis, I knew I needed this pattern.

I would classify this pattern as an intermediate pattern, although it uses basic crochet stitches, you must be comfortable in making several stitches in the same stitch on various rows; for example, the white and beige edging shown in my pictures.  The band of the croc is done using a knotting technique called macreme.  While it is a very simple technique to master, people that are new to this may struggle with the knotting at first.

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The pattern itself, is written beautifully in terms that are relatively simple to follow.  There are a tonne of pictures for those who prefer visual learning.

For this project, to obtain the correct gauge for the newborn size, I used my 2.75mm and a 2.25mm Clover Amour hooks. The soles of the shoe were created using a beige Needle Crafters yarn and the tops and band were made with Bernat Softee Baby.  I chose the option of non-moveable straps for my booties, since I did not have anyone to test the size on (the pattern recommends that you size the strap according to the child’s feet if you are making a moveable band).

I enjoyed this pattern immensely and have gotten many compliments on the finished product.

Happy Crocheting!

 

 

 

 

Crochet Cuddler: Unicorn

Next to amigurumi, my favourite things to crochet are infant security cuddlers and lovies.  Cuddlers and lovies are a cuter version of a security blanket.  Cuddlers have a kawaii pillow look.  Unlike traditional crochet stuffies, these Cuddlers are lightly stuffed so that small arms can wrap around them easily.  Lovies, on the other hand are part security blanket  and part stuffie – with a crochet stuffie head (and sometimes arms).  As both items are intended for toddlers, they are small in size.

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I knew I wanted to start creating Cuddlers right away when I stumbled across 3AM Grace Designs a few weeks ago.  The ladies at that site have created so many adorable (and free!) patterns.  If you are interested in showing support, the ad-free, printable versions of the patterns may be purchased for a small fee.

The first design I was drawn to was, of course, the unicorn.  This pattern, written in standard US terms, was very easy to follow.  Pictures through out made the addition of the snout, ears and horn a breeze.

I did not test my gauge prior to starting this project – which is not uncommon for me when creating non-wearables.  Using the required 5.0mm hook, my completed Cuddler measured 12.75inches from horn tip to neck base and 9.5inches across, from snout to the back of neck/mane.  For the eye, I used a large shank button (I am unsure of the actual size) rather than the safety eye that the pattern called for.  Also, I did not use a popsicle stick for the horn, I simply stuffed the horn slightly firmer than the rest of the Cuddler.

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I am so happy with how this project turned out – I do plan on making several more versions of this magical Cuddler!

If you have attempted a Cuddler as well, I would love to see it – tag me on social media.

Happy Crocheting!

 

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Tuesday Tips: Getting Started with Crochet

I am a self-tauTeaCupght crocheter.  Actually, I am a self-taught crafter in general.  I am frequently asked how to get started in crochet and how to learn the various stitches.  I do not use “proper form” when crocheting, so this makes it a bit more difficult for me to teach others the basics of crochet but I can point you in the right direction.

My advice to anyone who is wishing to get into this craft is to drive right in!  Surround yourself with YouTube tutorials. There are several crafters willing to share their techniques with others.  Two of my favourite YouTube crocheters are SimplyDiasy and Naztazia.  Both of these channels have videos on crochet basics for absolute beginners.

The internet is your friend and is an invaluable resource when learning a new craft. There are so many free crochet patterns, anyone just learning will not have to spend money on patterns right away.  New crocheters should join Ravelry.  This website is an amazing community.  In addition to both free and paid patterns (both knit and crochet), you can connect with other crafters (almost similar to Facebook, but for yarn artists).  I have been a part of several groups over the years, including crochet-a-longs, Crochet Swaps and more!  If you are a member of the community, please feel free to friend me (I have been slacking in updating my profile and projects there, but that is on my To Do List today).

Ami4Do not spend a fortune on a craft you are just learning.  Give yourself time to learn the stitches before buying expensive yarns and hooks.  Read some free patterns, check out the YouTube videos.  Crochet can be a very affordable hobby to start.  Dollar stores sell both yarns and hooks.  I suggest that you learn the basics before upgrading to more costly hooks and supplies.

Do not overwhelm yourself with your first project – start small and work up to a more difficult project.  This is advice I did not take – as my first project was an amigurumi cupcake.  I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my crafts and as soon as I learned the basic stitches, I jumped into amigurumi.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out?  What was your first crochet project?

Next week, we will dive into the stitch basics.

Happy Crocheting!

Father’s Day: A Success!

Birthdays, holidays and special events are the perfect time to give the gift of homemade items.  During these times you can practice and really perfect your craft before selling things to the masses.  I always struggle with gifts to make for my father, but with the aide of my new Cricut Explore Air 2, I feel like I really knocked it out of the park this year!

The first step to creating the perfect Cricut’d gift is to either create the perfect SVG or purchase one.  Caty Catherine is one of my favourite websites to visit for SVG files.  Great prices and excellent quality files will make this a favourite of yours as well.  I nabbed an amazing full alphabet file.  The possibilities really are endless with this one.  The first shirt I designed was relatively simple to create and adhere.

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I also purchased a file from Greedy Stitches on Etsy.  I just couldn’t decide on which design I liked best, so I made both styles.

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