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

crochet purse

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

hot water bottle

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.

Tiny raffia basket

small raffia basketWith this post, I will start a separate series on this blog Baskets. I have made a lot of them, using different materials, shapes and colors. Baskets are great to decorate your home, store small things, and try to be organized 🙂 They also make nice presents.

This one is made from raffia, which I also used to make the mini Christmas decorations last year. The material is quite sturdy, which makes it slightly harder to work with, but then it is quite suitable for objects that need to keep their shape.

 

Yes, holidays are here!

xmas tree decoration

 

What I love most about holidays is the endless amount of surprises, presents, lights and smiles! To make this even more special, I believe everyone should make at least one present or decoration or sweets – forget the stores.

When I was a child, paper was my favorite material: for snowflakes, toys, garlands. This year, crochet was the obvious choice 🙂 These little decorations were made for the girls in my office, and the little pair of shoes was the hit 😉

Enjoy this wonderful time of the year and make something!

xmas tree deco collage

Just a crochet rug

chunky crochet rug detail

 

I’ve been dreaming of making a new rug for months. Crochet with such thick yarns is both hard and satisfying. My fingers hurt a bit, but then it worked soooo fast. In no time you can crochet something quite big! 🙂

I was inspired by many crocheters online who experiment with chunky/jumbo/mega crochet. Taking as basis one of the oldest pattern – “the granny square” – and making something new and modern was a perfect option for my new bed-side rug 🙂

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I have used about 3 rolls of one of my favorite yarns, Zpagetti from Hoooked and a No. 12 crochet hook. The basic element is a classical granny square, connected to each other with a slip stitch row, while the edge is made of a round of double crochet stitches. I drew my inspiration from this gorgeous Granny Square Floor Rug.

chunky crochet rug

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.

starry scarf full

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.

 

Crocodile-dile-dile

crocodile crochet bag

It is said that a girl can’t have enough bags! And many other beautiful things… 🙂 I am definitely one of them. So here it comes, my new bag.

My August handicraft resolution was to make something out of the materials I have at home, and I succeeded. But I have to confess, my list of what I need (!) to buy next only grew bigger.

I looked forward to trying the crocodile stitch and I thought this texture would work well for a bag. You can also use it to crochet baby slippers, scarves, lampshades…

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The Crocodile bag is made of synthetic yarn for macrame (the same I used for the Raspberry bag) with a crochet hook no. 4. To make it, I followed the easy and well-explained tutorial for Crocodile Stitch and finished it with single crochet stitches. The handles are made of metal and beads.