It’s always sunny in Brussels

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I have met Otilia many years ago. Back then, we were both living in a place where everybody knows each other. But I really met her when she moved to Brussels to study documentary filmmaking. She came like a ray of sunshine, bringing along warmth and a certain delicacy in her manner of speaking, looking, living the life. We spent many evenings, talking late into the night, enjoying red wine and my culinary experiments, discovering artists… I almost became a subject of one of her documentary films, which was a very exciting experience that also proved that I am terrible in front of the camera 🙂

Otilia was part of a first workshop I organized for my lovely friends to enjoy our creativity, yarns and needles. I am very happy that she restarted then to crochet and she does a wonderful job at it ;).

For Christmas or rather a couple of weeks later :), I knitted a headband to keep her warm when she rushes on her bike through rainy and windy (very windy!) Brussels. She accepted it with so much joy, which probably can not be compared to my joy, when I see people liking what I crochet or knit for them.

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Thanks to Otilia for so beautifully wearing the head band, which can be also worn as a collar, and to Miguel for the sunny pictures ❤

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The headband was made of Rosarios 4 Bulky Light yarn following the DROPS Design Braidy pattern.

 

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Crochet – connecting people

tapestry crochet bag

Tapestry crochet was long on the list of my crochet projects. I have never tried it before, but I was certainly attracted by the mathematics behind it, since most things I have seen were quite geometrical 🙂

For years one of my friends wanted to have a bag crocheted by me. I think by now she has several baskets, a scarf, but she wanted a bag – because we know (and this blog is a proof) we can’t have enough of them 🙂 This summer, it was finally time for it. And I’ve decided to make it in tapestry crochet. Long story short, I found a pattern on Etsy that I thought was very dreamy and summery.

While the pattern was very well written, it took some time in making the bag. I had to do other things in the meantime, my yarn has finished too soon, so I had to reorder… But finally, I made it 🙂

I was very happy with how it came out, so I decided to send a picture to the Etsy shop. What happened after was one of the nicest conversation I had with a stranger 🙂 I will not go into details, but I will say that Maria Isabel is one of the sweetest girls, far away in Mexico, who was quite generous with compliments 😉 Thank you, Maria Isabel, for making my day!

Going back to the title of this post, to prove that crochet connects people, here it is: a girl in Mexico writes a crochet pattern, another girl in Belgium uses it, and yet another girl in Moldova will enjoy the bag:)

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You can find this and other beautiful patterns at Chabe GS crochet patterns on Etsy.

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meditation for fingers is also on Facebook and Instagram

Color block crochet tote

crochet summer toteLiving in Belgium, you can never know how much real summer you would actually have 🙂 When you crochet something summery, you really want to finish it as early as possible, so that you manage to use it. Lucky us, we are having quite a lot of sun these days and the forecast still looks good! This two color tote is perfect for going to the beach or to the market or, as its new owner said, for bringing lunch to the office 😉

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It is made of some 300gr of quite sturdy synthetic yarn, and crocheted with a size 3 hook. The pattern is free and can be downloaded at mica makes. I used the same yarn to make a few other bags. Check them out here, here, here and here 🙂

Little crochet purse & my first tutorial

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I made this little purse for a lovely friend, a very strong and wise woman for her birthday. I know she has been waiting for it for a long time 🙂

This is also my first attempt to write down how I made it. I really hope it is clear and easy to follow. I would appreciate any comments and advice on how to improve it.

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Tutorial 

Materials You need a purse frame, yarn and a crochet hook. For this purse, I used a frame of approximately 15cm, about 150 grams of synthetic yarn, and a matching crochet hook, No. 3.

The purse is crocheted in a round, without joining rows, starting from a magic loop. It is then sewn to the purse frame. The handles are crocheted separately and attached to the frame.

Used stitches (US)

SC – single crochet

HDC – half double crochet

DC – double crochet

PC – popcorn stitch – 5 DC together in one stitch

Base

1 Six SC in the magic loop = 6 stitches

2 Two SC in each stitch = 12 stitches

3 SC in the next stitch, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 18 stitches

4 SC in the next two stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 24 stitches

5 SC in the next three stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 30 stitches

6 SC in the next four stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 36 stitches

7 SC in the next five stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 42 stitches

8 SC in the next six stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 48 stitches

9 SC in the next seven stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 54 stitches

10 SC in the next eight stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 60 stitches

11 SC in the next nine stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 66 stitches

12 SC in the next ten stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 72 stitches

13 SC in the next eleven stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 78 stitches

14 SC in the next twelve stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 84 stitches

15 SC in the next thirteen stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 90 stitches

16 SC in the next fourteen stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 96 stitches

17 SC in the next fifteen stitches, two SC in the next stitch – repeat five more times = 102 stitches

The size of the base can be adjusted depending on the size of the frame. For this purse, the size of the base circle was slightly larger than the metal frame. This way the purse will have some volume.

Once you have reached the desired size, you can proceed to the next stage.

18 HDC in the next five stitches, 1 PC – repeat sixteen times more = 102 stitches

19 HDC in each stitch = 102 stitches

20-21 Repeat row 19

22-29 Repeat rows 18-21

30 SC in each stitch = 102 stitches

31-33 Repeat row 30

Finish off. Next, the purse is sewn to the frame.

Handles Crochet a cord of desired length. You may also want to have a longer cord, so that the purse can be worn on the shoulder. You can use the so-called Romanian (point) lace cord stitch. Attach it to the frame and sew the ends together. Cut off the yarn and weave in the ends.

Have fun crocheting 😉

Twice cozy hot water bottles

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It seems to me that crocheting hot water bottle coats might be a solution to long and rainy nights. First, you get very cozy finding the perfect wool, picking a pattern and finally crocheting the coat. Then, you get cozy every time again and again when they are softly keeping you warm.

These two have been made for two lovely friends 🙂

Have cozy and warm winter nights! 🙂

Less is more zpagetti bag

simple zpagetti bagSometimes you don’t need a very elaborated pattern to crochet something cute. It was a present for a friend, and, yes, I’ve seen her wearing it 😀

This bag is crocheted around only with the single crochet stitch. It is a great project for beginners – it will get you hooked! 😉

I used my favorite Zpagetti yarn in light jeans and wooden handles. All from Hoooked. Other projects made from the same yarn can be found here and here.

Because a girl can’t have enough of them…

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Bags, of course!

This one is made of one my favorite yarns zpagetti, the same one I used for my rug. I guess one of the reasons is that it comes in a million of great colors and it works really really fast 🙂 It probably took me about an hour to crochet this bag. I have also reused a very cute flower decoration I had kept from an older bag.

For this bag I used the Zpagetti yarn in taupe, and the basis is of the pattern is the very simple single crochet stitch. Try it out!

Crochet lace for autumn

plum crochet scarfLast days of November… The winter temperatures are already here. The only thing reminding it is not yet winter are the leaves on the trees and the lacy scarves that one can still wear. Here is one I made for this autumn, surprisingly in time! So I managed to wear it 🙂

It is a lovely pattern. I used it to crochet similar scarves in other colors for my girlfriends. It makes for a very nice present 😉

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This scarf was made of 3 skeins of Schachenmayr Bravo yarn, and a no. 3 crochet hook. I used the fairly easy and lovely pattern from Vogue Knitting Crochet Magazine 2012. You can purchase the pattern on their website.

 

 

Starry scarf

starry scarf

We have a surprisingly beautiful autumn in Brussels! The sun lets us enjoy the color change and the calmness of early mornings. Yet the mornings are getting chilly. Chilly enough to put on a warm scarf 😉

This one is a birthday present for my friend Maaike, for whom I made the rose earrings.

I had troubles photographing the scarf, since I use a quite simple camera and no additional lighting. I believe the scarf is much prettier in real life 😉 Now looking for tips how to take pictures of crochets and knits, in particular of dark colors.

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To make this scarf, I followed the Crochet Infinity Scarf pattern. I used about 150 gr of Schachenmayr Boston yarn and a No. 7 crochet hook.

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Last summer project

red crochet bagOnly because the calendar says it is the last day of summer 🙂

As planned, in August I worked only with the materials I had at home. Here, I followed the lovely pattern designed by Sayjai of K and J Dolls, mostly because of the bobbles 🙂 My bag came out a bit different, because I used another kind of yarn and a much smaller hook size.

While the first signs of autumn are already here and this bag is in such a bright summer color, I am looking forward to still wearing it a couple of times, maybe on those particularly grey days…

Now the time is coming for woolly crochet – scarves, hats, blankets… Can’t wait 🙂

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This bag is made of synthetic yarn for macrame (which I also used for the Crocodile and the Raspberry bags) with crochet hook size 4. The pattern consists of chain, slip, single crochet and double crochet stitches. The handle is made of a metallic chain and a crocheted strap attached with metallic clasps.