Crochet Crown Headband {a tutorial}

Not for lack of WIPs, I just made something new. It is a problem I assure you. Here I was sitting knitting on my second color affection when I thought to myself. “Crowns!” I need to crochet a crown. I also need it to be a mini crown because EVERYTHING is cuter in miniature. Just think of anything and google it and add miniature to it.

What do you do with a miniature crown anyway? You glue it onto a headband and make a 5 (6 in two days) year old extremely happy.

They are very easy to make.
I made two variations one using DK yarn and a 3.5 mm hook and sports weight yarn and a 3 mm hook.
You can use any weight yarn and hook as long as it gives you a tight fabric because you don’t want a flimsy crown. I also tend to crochet and knit tight so make sure you test it out and see if it works.

Version 1: {greens and blues}

Make a 30 stitch chainless foundation. You could also just chain 30 but it is always a good idea to learn something new.
Slip stitch into the first SC to join the round.Make sure you don’t twist.
Round 1 – 3: SC into each stitch all around, slip stitch into first stitch to join in the round.
Round 4: Turn your work around so you will be working on the wrong side. SC in same stitch, *4DC in same stitch, SC* repeat until the end of the round, then slip stitch into the first stitch to join the round. Turn around the work so you are back to working on the right side.
Round 5: SC into each stitch all around, slip stitch into first stitch to join in the round.
Round 6: DC into each stitch all around, slip stitch into first stitch to join in the round.
Round 7: *SC in same stitch, Skip two stitches, in the next stitch (4 DC, CH3, 4 DC ), skip 2 stitches*, SC in next stitch, slip stitch into the first stitch to join the round.

Finish off yarn and weave in all ends.

To attach to the headband, I cut a felt circle the size of the base of the crown,sewed it to the crown then glued that onto the headband.

Version 2: {purple}

Make a magic loop, chain 3 (counted as first stitch) and 11 DC.

Round 2: 2 DC in each stitch (24 stitches), slip stitch into first stitch and CH 1.

Round 3 – 5 : *2 SC in same stitch, SC* all around,  slip stitch into first stitch and CH 1.

Round 6:  Turn your work around so you will be working on the wrong side. SC in same stitch, *4DC in same stitch, SC, SC* repeat until the end of the round, then slip stitch into the first stitch to join the round. Turn around the work so you are back to working on the right side.
Round 7 – 8: SC into each stitch all around, slip stitch into first stitch to join in the round. CH 1.
Round 9: *SC in same stitch, Skip two stitches, in the next stitch (3 DC, CH3, 3 DC ), skip 2 stitches*, SC in next stitch, slip stitch into the first stitch to join the round.

Finish off yarn and weave in all ends.

Since this one has a circle for a base you can just glue it directly to the headband, that is what I did, but in retrospect I think a felt circle might have helped it keep its shape better.

 

 

How to make crochet doll hair [tutorial]

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Crochet Doll Hair

I am loving the doll frenzy I am into right now. I am a little bit OCD when it comes to details. I want the hair to be perfect. Or at least look like good hair (when perfection is impossible).  I did a lot of researching and googling before settling on the way I did it.  I encourage you to do the same, because every technique is interesting and works for a different style, mine is great for buns.  For a larger image, just click on the one below to see it in more details, the order of the images is from left to right, top to bottom.
 

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First of all you will need to make a crochet chain that barely goes around your doll’s head at the hairline. Slip stitch into the first chain and do a round of single crochet.  Use the same yarn you will be using for the hair.  This looks like a headband and it will serve as the hairline and where you will be stitching the hair.

Pin it around your doll head, do this slowly and carefully, try different styles and placement.

Sew it onto your doll’s head.

Using craft wire insert into a stitch and bring it out again to form something like a skinny U.  This will be used for the bun.  Again do this slowly, because changing where it is changes the whole look.

Using a threaded needle with the hair stitch into the headband and then take the yarn around the wire, keep doing this until the entire head is covered with yarn hair.  

Next wrap yarn around the wire until it is completely covered with yarn.  I kept going until it was quite thick because I wanted a full bun.

Because I am making a Granny doll, I added a little bit of white to one of the temples and wrapped the rest around the bun to give it a fun look.  You can skip this or do it with a different color for a totally different and cool look.

 

Magnetic Photo Bookmarks {DIY}

I love reading, but I probably love bookmarks and collecting them just as much.  Apparently my little girl loves these things too.  She is almost 6 now but she will always grab my books, pretend to read them and then take my bookmark.  And I don’t like losing my place in a book.

After a little bit of googling I found printable magnetic bookmarks on The Pretty Blog and made some for myself.  If you know me or if you have been following long enough you will know that I just can’t leave things alone. For example I just can not follow a recipe, I need to add something else or take away something that should be in there.  So, naturally I felt that I could make some of my own using some of my favorite photographs from my Instagram account.  It made sense to use instagram because the pictures were already squared.

 

You can make your own, it just takes a little photo editing.  Or you can download the one I made.

Magnetic Photo Bookmarks

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I don’t have a specific tutorial because it will all depend on what software you will be using, but here are the basics:

Magnet Photo Bookmarks

  1. Resize your images (square them first if they aren’t square) to 4.5 – 5 cm, I found that this is a good size.
  2. Round the edges of the image. I use pixelmator and you select the image, then select Refine Selection.
  3. Copy the image and paste another copy of it on the top edge of the image.
  4. Flip it vertically
  5. Now move it in an empty place so you can add more.
  6. Keep going until you have all the bookmarks you want/need (not like a girl could ever have enough bookmarks)

Once you have your file ready print it on heavy cardstock

Cover it using clear plastic contact paper. You don’t have to, but this makes them more durable.

Cut each one out, making sure you cut the round corners at the top as carefully as you can. Fold along the center where the two images meet.

Glue a magnet on each side. I have these really thin, flat, square, self adhesive magnets that I find at my local stationery store.

Keep going until you have wonderful bookmarks that won’t fall out of your book. Now go read a good book.


 

Icord bangles { Tutorial }

I am on a diy jewelry kick. I love making these quick accessories that I can wear right away.

This is a simple bangle covered with a knitted icord using leftover fingering weight yarn.

You will need:

  • Leftover fingering/sock weight yarn (variegated yarn works great)
  • A thin bangle
  • Two dpn needles
  • A pair of pliers
  • A jump ring
  • A small charm
  • Darning needle and scissors

 

Cast on 4 stitches.

Slide your stitches on the dpn to the other side.

Place your bangle behind your stitches and bring your yarn from behind the bangle.

Knit the four stitches, making sure you pull the yarn tight from behind the bangle so your stitches are even.

Repeat until you have covered the entire bangle in icord

 

 

Sew both ends together and use the pliers to attach the charm to the jump ring and then attach to your bangle.

Enjoy your new bangle.

If you don't have a bangle, knit an icord to fit your wrist, attach charm, and a clasp.

Sock project keeper or the DPN hugger

No body wants to hug a DPN right?  They’re skinny and sharp at both ends.  And they are know for running away and leaving your socks in the middle of a WIP, well at least mine do.  And I am not exactly a fan of picking up stitches.

And do you remember these?  I finished one of the socks and cast on for the second one of the pair.  I now understand why some knitters like the two at once method.  It makes sense for people like me.So the DPN hugger was born.  Or maybe it was just me procrastinating and not actually knitting, I guess now you know why it took me so much time to knit the first one. 🙂

You will need 2 pieces of outer and 2 pieces of lining fabric sized (17.5 x 4.5 cm) these fit DPNs 15 cm long.  And two pieces of elastic 6 cm long each.
   Place the pieces of elastic 5cm from the edge on each side on the right side then place the other piece right side face down and pin.
  Pin the lining right sides facing.
  Sew three sides, and leave one long end without sewing it.
  Repeat for the lining but leave a gap in the middle for turning at least 5 cm long.  Clip the corners and the excess elastic.
  Place the lining inside the outer, right sides facing, make sure that the elastic straight and one piece at each side.
  Sew along the top and trip the excess elastic at the top.
 Turn it right side out.
   Place your needles inside and pull the elastic around the side so that your needles are nice and safe.  And you are done.  Now you can put your knitting safely in any bag without worrying that your needles are going to run away.  If you want to make them for longer needles, just cut a longer rectangle and change the placement of your elastic.

Now excuse me while I go knit me some socks.

Crochet Bookmarks

I have a shawl to finish, so instead of working on it, I made bookmarks

The pictures are quite self explanatory. Crochet a flower, square or whatever motif you life. Cut out a peice of felt for the back and cut elastic that is long enough to go around your book from on edge of the motif to the other side. Sew the elastic to the felt and then sew them to the crocheted motif.
Quick, satisfying and very practical because they are less likely to fall out like regular bookmarks do.

Tutorial: How to make a rigid base for your knit or crochet bag

One of the most common questions I get is How do I make a base for my bag? After a bit of trial and error I came up with this technique, I hope it helps.  The instructions are in PDF format which you can get by clicking the image or the link below.  This is the method I used in my Uncubed bag pictured below and the bags have held up quite well



You can download the file by clicking this link MakeARigidBase