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
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).
I finally made it! After a few months -in fact I let it aside for 2 for the holidays, then my second-hand sewing machine left me by myself, then I had a few orders (as you may know those baby caps), and this project that started as a crochet baby crib, then a bed, then she needed a bag for it, she got a little over the edge, until I finally settled it as a bed-beg. She liked, and accoerding to her friends “she is so lucky”.
What I used:
Handicrafter, 1 of those super saver sizes, in this girly pink colors, and a hook in a size that would give it a sort of “stern” look, 4,5 mm.
So initially it consisted of a big oval flat crochet base started with 45 stitches 3 to turn continued on the opposite side, across 3 to join. Up to a size that she would be comfortable to carry her doll in. To which I attached the sides, made is single crochet rows, after I added handles, which need to be shortened by the way I just realized yesterday. I made 90 chains for the heading and feet area. Inside I created, now I was lazy, because I had to hand sew, a sort of “mattress, and some side cushions to make it cozy, I mean a Comfy Crochet. All those can be detached as she asked me to use card board in order to make the sides and base firmer and let’s face it the bag will have to be washed at times. When you do detach the sides and bottom matterss out it turns into a big bag, for her to put her toys into and go play outside with her other friends. It came in handy, and avoids them coming in and out all the time.
It still needs some inside pockets to carry the diapers, baby food, and her water bottle…
I do hope you are doing fine, as I am, today was my day off and I took it to organize a few things I have here, some of them are a few crochet projects that haven’t been finished yet.
I also took some time to read my posts backwards, I found a request of a reader, I hope she can see it as now I found the time to answer to it properly. she liked the crochet Rose pattern and asked me how to make a leaf and the spiral too.
I decided just for the matter of filing later, to split the instructions in 2, being the first the instructions on how I make the leaves.
I must let you know hat in case you are just a beginner you might find Annie’s Attic instructions really handy
any kind of yarn
a crochet hook compatible to the yarn you are using
chain stitch= ch
slip stitch= sl
half double crochet= hdc
treble or triple crochet=tc
Start with 13 chains. Row 1 – turn your work, make 1 more chain an in the second ch from hook make a sc,*1 hdc in each of the next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of the next 2 chains, 1 tc in the next ch -which will be your 7th chain- 1dc in each of the next 2 chs, 1 hdc in each of your 2 next chains, 1 sc 1ch *and turn your work, do the same stitches you did in the previous row. Row 2– 1sc in each of the next 2 ch and repeat from *to* . In case you want a “firmer” leaf, do one sl in each chain at the back of the initial chain, in its center, it will make the leaf looks even more realistic. I particularly like it.
Fasten off. Make a few and sew the cork/spiral adornment. This pattern is coming soon.