Neck Warmer quick gift idea- knitting free pattern

Hi,

I hope you are doing fine, last week I really used my hand, so much I was a bit tired. So I did not finish anything quite yet, working on small projects, speaking of which, I would like to share with you this quick Xmas gift I made a few last year:

 

Neck Warmer – free pattern

Needles 9 mm, brought from Brazil

Tapestry needle

I used these 2 yarns held together as one for the whole project.

You only cast a few stitches enough to kind of cover the neck, in my case I casted about 25.

Go back and forth only purl stitch.

See the thing with using a furry kind of yarn is that you should not make fancy stitches, the yarn is fancy enough you would like to show it, not your stiches (in my opinion of course).

Go like that for about 20″ length bind off .

Fold it like a V.

as shown in this other work I made posted in my Brazilian Blog.

being the horizontal line the longer edge

Sew the smaller edge to the longer one, with the tapestry needle.

I hope you can make it, if not just write and I will be glad to help you out.

In case you can go ahead and make a few of these to give away and a few for you as well.

Take care,

Drikka.

Why crochet over knitting

I just love to crochet, it hasn’t always been this way though.

Back when I was in college, and worked as a teacher assistant, I had little time for hobbies (once I had to stay up 2 nights in a row in order to  get ready for some finals).

Whenever I had the chance to go home visit my family, Mom and I liked to sit back, chat and keep our hands busy. At that time I liked knitting much better than crochet ’cause it seemed so much faster, in fact I believe it is, once you get  the hang of it, and have an expert by your side -such as my Mom- to fix those stupid mistakes you may make as you go.

I also had the  feeling that when you are knitting it is as if you are creating an exquisite  piece of fabric. I left crochet for my granny doilies and baby outfits.

Never knew that years later I would be so in to crochet. I adore it, it really became my passion. It all started when I was getting too stressed at work-teaching is enchanting but tiresome – and I wanted to pick up a hobby I could perform while I was with my, then, baby daughter.

I tried to get back to oil painting, too smelly it didn’t work out, then learn how to sew, had no talent, knitting again -ops the needles are too long, pointy and I was not that fast anymore, besides I just couldn’t stop in the middle of the row when the baby needed me.

Then crochet crossed my mind. I thought about making a crochet toy Tasha the hippo in Backyardigans cartoon for my daughter. I followed this pattern I found on Lion Brand site, and for the red dress I followed a Brazilian pattern .  She loved it so much, unfortunately I never took its picture, and it was passed on.

I have learned to like crochet ever since. I tend to think that when you learn to love something it gets into you, becomes part of who you are, I can’t resist the colors and so many possibilities that are being unwound by crochet and these  great designer minds full of creativity and unlimited new arrangement for the same old stitches.

That is amazing!

I am recently revisiting my Vogue Knitting CROCHET magazine issue for the 100th time.

If you haven’t gotten yours yet, I would reconsider. It certainly is a splash of color and inspiration to say the least.

Gotta go now,

Take care,

Drikka.

Crochet&Knit Mini afghan- meant for a doll house

Hello there,

Hope you are all fine!

I know I was supposed to post a photo yesterday but guess what! – I fell again, this time on the stairs over my left and leading hand. It hurts, of course so I wasn’t able to write much, neither finish other projects.
The fun part of it was seeing my little daughter B.,  who by the way hardly ever falls, teaching me how I am supposed to go down the stairs in order not to fall again… well, she is right. I run up and down a lot.
Anyway, I would like you to see this which is meant for the mini crib, since she doesn’t have little babies that fit it, she picked up small fairies and treats them as if they were the babies. Way to go!


I’m afraid that’s all for today, tomorrow we chat again!

Take care,

Drikka.