Make: Vibrant Bohemian Necklace

2016-06-01 14.11.17I have a huge stash of embroidery floss in all colors possible so I’ve decided to create quick and fun project using one of my favorite color combos. It took me approximately 40 minutes to crochet and furnish this lovely piece. Make one yourself using my free instructions from the text below.

SUPPLIES

  • Brass bead
  • Brass chain
  • Embroidery floss (four different colors)
  • 3 mm hook
  • Tapestry needle

PATTERN

Thread  on brass bead and make a magic circle.

Row 1: into magic circle ch 1, sc 16 – color A (gold)

Row 2: ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next* to the end of the row (22 dc) –color B (peach)

Row 3: ch 5 (tr plus ch 1 space), *tr, ch 1* to the end of the row –color C (rusty brown)

Row 4: in ch 1 spaces make *sc, ch 2(make a picot), sc*, repeat in each ch1 space to the end of the row – color D (light blue)

Now, attach your brass chain to the first and last sc of row 4.

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This is pretty much it! You can alternatively choose to block your finished piece before attaching the chain or use different kind of cotton for even better(stiffer) results as embroidery is quite delicate. Enjoy your necklace and feel free to share your thoughts and pictures in the comments bellow!

The simplest crochet basket

4.jpgIf you are in search of quick, easy and pretty crochet pattern then go ahead and make this basket following my free pattern. I made it in an hour when I was looking for an addition to a gift I have purchased for a friend. It works as storage or a decoration, it’s perfect for beginners and can be excellent last-minute gift solution!

The pattern is worked in single crochet entirely, by exchanging two colors and is 25 cm wide.

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Bulky cotton yarn (white and beige)
  • 7 mm crochet hook
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

PATTERN

Start with a magic ring. The rounds are worked without joining.

Rnd 1: ch1, sc 5 in the ring; place the stitch marker in the last sc.

Place the marker in the last stitch of each of the following rows  as you work.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc of the previous row (10 sc)

Rnd 3: 2 sc in first sc, *sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next st, sc in next* to the end of the row (15 sc)

Rnd 4: 2 sc in first sc, *sc in next two stitches, 2 sc in next st, sc in next two* to the end of the row (20 sc)

Rnd 5: 2 sc in first sc, *sc in next three stitches, 2 sc in next st, sc in next three* to the end of the row (25 sc)

Rnd 6: 2 sc in first sc, *sc in next four stitches, 2 sc in next st, sc in next four* to the end of the row (30 sc)

Rnd 7: 2 sc in first sc, *sc in next five stitches, 2 sc in next st, sc in next five* to the end of the row (35 sc)

Rnd 8: 2 sc in first sc, *sc in next six stitches, 2 sc in next st, sc in next six* to the end of the row (40 sc)

Rnd 9: 2 sc in first sc, *sc in next seven stitches, 2 sc in next st, sc in next seven* to the end of the row (45 sc)

Rnd 10: 2 sc in first sc, *sc in next eight stitches, 2 sc in next st, sc in next eight* to the end of the row (50 sc)

Rnd 11: in the BLO work sc to the end of the row (50 sc)

Rnd 12 – 14: sc to the end of the row (50 sc)

Switch color to white.

Rnd 15 – 18: sc to the end of the row (50 sc)

Switch color to beige.

Rnd 19: sc to the end of the row, bind off and weave in ends.

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There we are, enjoy your pattern! Make sure to share the results with me and post your comments bellow!!🙂

Vintage looking coin purse

This cute little purse was made few years ago but I anyway have decided to write down a pattern for my readers so you can have a bit fun with it! All you need is clutch mechanism, some pretty yarn and your crochet hook. Make sure you purchase mechanism with holes in its frame, so you can sew in your purse. I can’t even remember which hook size I used, but I think you can’t go wrong with 3mm hook and 8ply yarn. The pattern itself is really simple, just two small doilies joined together and then sewn in to the clutch frame. So, I’d say this is one hour of fun project with a pretty romantic outcome!

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ABBREVIATIONS:

‘V’: *dc, ch1/2, dc*

Cluster: 2dc, ch2, 2 dc

BLO: back loop only

PATTERN:

Start with a magic ring.

Round 1: ch3, dc 11, join to the 3rd ch of ch3 (12 dc)

Rnd 2: ch3, dc in same st, in the BLO work 2dc in each st to the end of the rnd, join to the 3rd ch of ch3 (24 dc)

Rnd 3: ch3, dc in same st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join to the 3rd ch of ch3 (36 dc)

Rnd 4: ch1, sc in same st; in the BLO work *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st, sc in next 2 st*, join to the ch1 space. (48 sc)

Rnd 5: ch 4(counts as dc and ch1), dc in same st *ch 1, skip 2; in next st work dc, ch1, dc *, keep working to the end of the row ending with ch1 and joining to the 3rd ch of ch4 space

Rnd 6: in ch 1 space (the one between the ‘V’)  ch5(counts as dc and ch2), dc, in the ‘V’ only  work *ch1; dc, ch2, dc* , keep working to the end of the row ending with ch1 and joining to the 3rd ch of ch5 space

Rnd 7: in ch2 space ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc, ch 1, in ch2 space * 2dc, ch2, 2 dc, ch1*; repeat to the end of the row joining to the 3rd chain of ch3. Fasten off and weave in ends

JOINING:

Notice that you have 17 clusters in last round. Start joining from the beginning of 4th cluster, and fasten off when you come to the end of 14th cluster. Leave a long tail as you are going to need it to sew the clutch.

Tuck remaining parts of round 7 (6 clusters total) into the clutch frame and sew trough sewing holes on the outside of the frame. Optionally, you can make lining for your purse. I like mine better without the lining because it is more ‘baggy’ this way and the lace looks prettier.

So, if you want to make your coins cozy, I’m inviting you to make my vintage coin purse! If you like my pattern, spread the word on social media and help my blog get new followers🙂 And of course, share your results or comments with me!!

 

PIXELS BOW

I’ve been through some weird pixel phase recently . I’m not sure how would I describe what having a pixel phase means or where could it come from. Maybe it was from learning web design, another phase of mine🙂 Anyway, it  finally have manifested as making pixelated hair bow clip. Why I like this clip so much is that when you think about it, it is a little girl’s hair decoration put in serious context, avant-garde I’d dare to say!

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My pixel bow  is knitted flat, in one piece. I folded finished piece on half, joined tops together, bottoms together and then the sides were joined together as well. After that I got rectangular piece of fabric 4 inches wide and 2,8 inches tall.

Now, here is the written pattern with photo instructions so you can make one yourself.

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The pattern goes something like this:

ABBREVIATIONS:

A – white color

B – black color

KB/ KA – knit with B/A

PB/ PA – purl with B/A

NOTES:

  • Level: easy/intermediate
  • Rows that are entirely worked in purl/knit stitch, are always worked with B
  • When you are working with A, try to make your stitches less tense than you normally would (mine are bit too tight so they don’t show as nice as they should)

PATTERN:

With B, cast on 59.

Row 1: Knit entire row.

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2B, K1A, K2B to the end of the row.

Row 4: with B, purl entire row.

Row 5: K2B, K1A, K2B to the end of the row.

Row 6: with B, purl entire row.

Row 7: with B, knit entire row.

Row 8: P2B, P1A, P2B to the end of the row.

Row 9: with B, knit entire row.

Row 10: with B, purl entire row.

Row 11. with B, knit entire row.

Row 12: P2B, P1A, P2B to the end of the row.

Rows 13-16: repeat knit and purl rows, ending with purl.

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Row 17: K2B, K1A, K2B to the end of the row.

Row 18: P2A, P1B, P2A to the end of the row.

Rows 19-25: repeat rows 17 and 18, ending with row 17

(Note: now you will be repeating rows 1-16, only in opposite direction)

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Rows 26-29: repeat rows 10 and eleven, ending with knit.

Row 30: P2B, P1A, P2B to the end of the row.

Rows 31-33: repeat knit and purl rows, ending with knit.

Row 34: P2B, P1A, P2B to the end of the row.

Rows 35-36: knit one row, purl one row.

Row 37: K2B, K1A, K2B to the end of the row.

Row 38: purl

Row 39: K2B, K1A, K2B to the end of the row.

Row 40: purl

Bind off.

After folding it in half, joining tops, bottoms and sides together  it’s time to somehow you attach it to the hair clip! I was first thinking of gluing two pieces together but glue would irreversibly ruin my pretty piece of fabric which I attentively knitted for hours (I’m a knitting newbie plus using tiny needles and thin yarn). So I decided to sew two pieces together, which at the end looks like this:

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Take you needle and a thread, make a knot at the end of the thread and pull it through the fabric as shown on picture below:

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Then, pull the needle through the whole center piece of the fabric, a shown on picture below. Repeat that several times until you feel that your bow is secure enough.

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Now attach the hair clip as shown on picture and sew it to the fabric securely.

This is it! I hope that instructions were clear enough and that you have decided to make one yourself! You can see how the final product looks on my hair:

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I wanted a minimalist feel to my bow so I chose to go with black and white. I would encourage you to experiment with more vivid colors. Whatever you choose to do, I would love to see the result, so please share it! Another idea would be to make a broche out of it – just glue it to a large pin. Or you can attach it to a rubber band, like I did few years before with this pretty bow:

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Happy making people! I hope you will enjoy it and wear it with proud!🙂

Crochet wall clock

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One of my favorite pins I’ve pinned on Pinterest is this crochet doily clock. Although this one is a real looker, I wanted something simpler and I bit more practical. After all, purpose of having a clock hanging of the wall is to actually know what time it is, and I’m just not sure that doily clock would be working for me in that case. I came up with simple double crochet circle pattern with some marks for better orientation. Marks are consisted of ‘beams’ and pointy picot clusters at the top of each beam.  After soaking in starch, blocking and pulling cooper wire through the back, I’ve implemented the clock mechanism. Mechanism was purchased on eBay for less than a dollar.

If you are ready to get started, this is the clock pattern:

Start with a magic ring.

Rnd 1: Chain 5 (counts as dc and ch-2 space), *dc, ch 2*,  repeat from * to * six more times, join to the 3rd chain of ch-5. (8 dc and ch-2 spaces)

Rnd 2: Chain 3, 2dc into the same space, ch 2, *3 dc in next dc, ch 2* , repeat from * to * six more times, join to the 3rd chain of first dc. (24 dc and 8 ch-2 spaces)

Rnd 3: Chain 3, dc in same space, dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, *2 dc in next dc, dc, 2 dc, ch 2*,   repeat from * to * six more times, join to the 3rd chain of first dc. (40 dc and 8 ch-2 spaces)

(notice that you are forming triangles separated by ch-2 spaces)

Rnd 4-7: Chain 3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, *2 dc in next dc, 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat from * to * six more times, join to the 3rd chain of first dc. Repeat this pattern by making increases in the first and last dc of each ‘triangle section’ forming.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in each dc and ch-2 space, join to first sc and fasten off. (112 sc)

Rnd 9: Join yarn to any of the sc’s made in ch-2 corner, ch 4(count as dc and ch1), in the same st: dc, ch 2 (make a picot), dc, ch 1, dc; skip 2 sc, sc in next 8 st, skip 2 st, *in the same st: dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2(picot st), dc, ch 1, dc; skip 2 sc, sc in next 8 st, skip 2 st*, repeat from * to * six more times, join to the 3rd chain of first dc.

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To give your clock some support, insert your cooper wire in the back of row 8 and pull  through entire row. I first made a small loop at the beginning of the wire, and when finished with pulling through, made another loop on the other end of the wire. Then I just attached loops to each other to give the wire more stability.

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When you are done, it’s time to set your mechanism. And be sure that the hook on the mechanism matches 12 o’ clock beam! ;D

Now find a decent place on your wall, stick a nail in it and voila!

NOTE: please do report if there is something wrong with the pattern, that is a possibility since I made the clock some time ago  :)

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