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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Pineapple market bag – written pattern, chart









































I’m getting many requests for a written pattern for this market bag. I didn’t have one, so I decided to make it. In the last fortnight I have been crocheting this market bag, writing down the pattern for it, just to make sure I have got the pattern right, I crocheted another market bag based on my pattern. I didn’t realize how time consuming it is. I do have a great admiration for those of you who are writing patterns on regular bases.

The pictures are to help guide you through the crocheting, and supporting the written pattern for this market bag.
I have added charts as well. It may be even helpful to learn reading the charts.
As you can see, I have also attempted lining the bag. That proved to be very tricky as well.








































































I know that my patterns are usually for free, but on this one due to the time and effort spent on it, I have had to provide this one for symbolic price only, and you can find it HERE.
Have a nice week
Clara

Monday, January 18, 2016

Helpful owl

Hello everybody,
Today I would like to share with you one very special owl I made for my little daughter.
We have got the same problem every day. When I’m trying to style her hair I never have enough or the right hair clips handy. They are always all over the place. So I came up with this hair clip holder. I’m secretly hopping my daughter will be more motivated to clip them on the owl before she takes them off. It would make life so much easier for me every morning.


Owl Clip holder - pattern
Size: The owl on the picture is around 11cm (4,4”) in diameter, cca 12cm(4,8”) high, the ribbon cca 45cm (18”).

You need: 
Acrylic yarn or cotton of your choice (I used cca 50 grams of darker grey, grey, pink and white) 
Crochet hook E/3,5mm
Needle 
Around 1 m (40”) off pink/silver ribbon
Around 20cm (8”) off white ribbon
2 bigger black buttons with two holes for eyes
15cm x 15cm (6”x6”) cardboard
Glue (I used decoupage glue)
A few more buttons and beads to finish decorating the owl

Terms/Abbreviations: I used US terminology
ch           chain 
slst          slip stitch
sc            single crochet
hdc          half double crochet
dc           double crochet
2dctog.    2 dc’s crochet together 
3dctog.    3 dc’s crochet together
tr            treble crochet
st            stitch 
**           repeat

The Owls body
It is worked in circular crochet method, beginning at centre. Slst. join at end of each round. Don’t turn, but continue in same direction until instructed otherwise.
Round 1: White yarn
Begin with magic ring, ch3 (count as dc), 15dc’s into the ring. (16dc’s). Do not turn.
Round 2: White yarn
Ch3 (count as dc), dc into same st., 2dc’c into every next st. (32dc’s). Do not turn.
Round 3: Pink yarn
Ch3 (count as dc) – 2dctog. in same st., dc in next st., *3dctog. in next st., dc in next st.* around. (16-3dctog./16 dc’s). Do not turn.
Round 4: Grey yarn
Ch3 (count as dc), dc into same st., 2dc’c into every next st. (64dc’s). Do not turn.
Round 5: Grey yarn 
This row increase evenly 11 dc’s (roughly every 6th dc). (75dc’s). Do not turn. Do not cut the yarn.
Round 6: Grey yarn 
Ch4 (count as tr), tr in next st., dc in next st., dc in next st., hdc in next st., sc in next 10 st., hdc in next st., dc in next st., dc in next st., tr in next st., tr in last st. (20 stitches). Turn now!!!
Round 7: Grey yarn 
Ch3 (counts as dc), dc in next 2 st., hdc in next st., sc in next 3 st., slst. in next 6 st., sc in next 3 st., hdc in next st., dc in next 3 st., (20 stitches).
Round 8: Dark Grey yarn
I used a (crab stitch ) all around the owl as you can see on the pictures. You can find the tutorial on Youtube.

White eyes: Make 2
Begin with a magic ring, ch3 (count as dc), 15dc’s into the ring. (16dc’s).

Tiny flower: Pink yarn
Begin with a magic ring, *ch3 – 2dctog. – ch3 – slst. into the ring*, repeat 3 more times (4 tiny petals).

Beak/nose: Dark Grey yarn
Ch5, 4 tr into 5th ch from the hook. (5tr).

Bigger flower on the end of the ribbon - Work in the rounds as follows:
Round 1: Pink yarn
Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, ch 1), * 1 dc into ring, ch 1 *; repeat 5 more times. Join with a slst. into 3rd ch of the ch-4 made at the beginning of this round. (7 ch-1 / 7dc’s). Fasten off.
Round 2: White yarn
Join the color into any of the ch-1 spaces, ch 1, *1 sc, 3 dc, 1 sc* into the same ch-1 space; repeat 6 more times into next ch-1 spaces. Join with a slst. into the first sc of the first ch-1 space. (7 petals).
Round 3: White yarn
Ch 1, and work behind the petals now, slst. into the stem † of the last sc made in round 2. Ch 4, sc into the stems of the next 2 adjoining scs (between the two petals) and then 
*ch 3, sc into the stems of the next 2 scs *; repeat 5 more times, ch 3, and then sl st into the first ch of the ch-4 done at the beginning of this round. ( 7 ch-3 spaces/loops behind each petal made in round 2).
Round 4: Grey yarn
Join the color into any of the ch-3 spaces/loops. Ch 1, *1 sc, 4dc, 1 sc* into the ch-3 space, repeat 6 more times into all ch-3 spaces; sl st into the first sc of the first petal made in this round. (7 petals behind the first 7 made). Fasten off.

Assembling:
The main crocheting is done now. Sew the white eyes with black buttons, beak/nose, and tiny flower with button. and other decorations on the owl’s body now. 
Cut the back out of cardboard. (I just pressed the owl onto the cardboard and drew around it). It should look like the one on the picture below.
Secure the ribbons on the cardboard as you can see on the picture below. I glued the ribbons and stapled them as well, just to give it extra strength.
Glue the owl to cardboard now. You can adjust it before it dries completely.
Sew the bigger flower onto the end of the ribbon. It looks pretty and it holds the ribbon down as well. You can add some hair to the ears if you like.









































Now it’s up to the little girls to do they job. I certainly hope the excitement will last. So far the hair clips are on it, but in the future only time will tell.









































We got so exited about this project, that we made one more owl. I used the leftover felt I had from the Christmas angels, and made a felted owl holder as well. As you can see, there are so many variations.






































Have a nice week
Clara

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Pineapple skirt

Hello everybody, I know I have been a little longer than usual. Thank you for your patience. I was trying to finish a skirt and the pattern for the skirt so I could share it with you. And here it is:








































The Pineapple skirt pattern

The size really depends on the type of material and size of hook you are using. You can vary the size by using a different type of material and size of hook.
The one I made (on the picture) is cca 80cm (32”) long and cca 95cm (38”) around the hips.

You need:
I used 300g – 350g of acrylic yarn (It’s better if you are using yarn with some elastic in it – it’ll give the skirt a nicer form, than 100% cotton. It will make the skirt fit better as well).
Crochet hook 3mm
Yarn Needle
16 little beads (optional)

Terms/Abbreviations: I used US terminology
ch          chain
slst         slip stitch
sc          single crochet
dc          double crochet
st           stitch
3dctog.  3 dc together
2dctog.  2 dc together

Note: Please read all the instructions first, so you can choose which way you want to make your skirt.


Skirt
At first I made 8 pineapple squares. One square measures cca 12cm (4,8”). See the chart bellow. It is all depending on size of your skirt. The pattern can be use for any even or odd amount of squares.








































When I had all the squares I needed, I sewed them together – backstitch only. The other option is to join them together with sc’s if you like. You should end up with sort of circle made out of squares.

























Top part of the skirt
Work the top of the skirt in rounds. Do not turn. Slip stitch on end of each round.
I started with the top part of the skirt, but it’s really up to you if you will work the way I did. Use the 
“chart no.1” you can see above, how to make the top of the skirt. After row 1 following this chart you should have 280 dc’s around. And just keep following the chart. Fasten of. Weave the ends.


























Lower part of the skirt
Work the lower part of the skirt in rounds as well. Do not turn. Slip stitch on end of each round. Use slip stitch on end of each round to get where you need to be to start next round. Start with row/round of dc’c same as with the top of the skirt – 280dc’s – backstitch only. The pineapple pattern is repeating every 20 stitches. You should end up with 14 pineapple motives. To start, follow row/round 1 and 2 from the 
“chart no. 2” you can see below. After finishing row 2 work rows/rounds 3 – 10 from “chart no.3” below. Afterwards repeat rounds 1-10 from “chart no.3” as many times as needed to obtain the length of the skirt you desire. Finish your work on lower part of the skirt with round 6 of the “chart no.3” – you should have 14 unfinished pineapple motives. Fasten of. Weave the ends.





























Lower edge of the skirt
Now we are going to be finishing the pineapple motives. Start each pineapple motive from the right side of the skirt/work. From now on you’ll be turning your work back and forth on the end of each round!!!!
Follow the “chart no.4” above. Start with round 7.
As you can see on the pictures I added a little bead on end of each pineapple. That is optional.



























Drawstring through the top of the skirt
I just thought it would look nice to put a drawstring with pineapples through the top of my skirt. It can be used to hold the skirt up if needed as well. To do it, I used the pattern for earrings you can find here.




















































There it is. You should have nice skirt now, or an inspiration for one at least.
To my knowledge this is as best way I can explain how to make this pineapple skirt.
I hope you can understand me, however if you come up with any problems or difficulties, write to me, and I’ll be more than happy to help, or explain further.
Have a nice week
Clara