Sometimes you need to do things again

I have been getting questions on my Curvy Pouch pattern recently about the decreases. I can’t see where the problem is so I decided to cast on one myself and follow the pattern to see if I can find the problem.

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I finished something

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It is a miracle. I actually started and finished something. This is another November Hat.  It is starting to feel slightly chilly in the morning so a hat for the little one was in order.  It was a fun knit, and the yarn works beautifully with the stitch pattern.

Seeds and Trees Baby Blanket {free pattern}

I love gifting baby blankets. They take longer than a cardigan and a hat, but they are satisfying to make. You might remember seeing me start this a couple of days ago. It was a rough start but once I settled on a stitch pattern I liked it was nice and easy. I used an acrylic yarn because babies leak and I want the mommy to just throw it in the washing machine. It is soft and textural. I love texture and the vertical stripes add enough visual interest to make it really pretty.

It is for a baby boy and I wanted it to look sophisticated and not scream baby so I went for a deep denimy blue. I hate the pale blues and pinks they use for baby stuff.

The seed stitch border is an alternative to the garter stitch but still makes sure that it doesn’t curl at the edges, which I just hate.

Do you want to make one?

The pattern is available for free, just click the link to get it, a chart is also included.

Seeds and Trees Baby Blanket (click this link or any of the images to get the pattern)

Seeds and trees baby blanket

Crochet Cuties: Coat Hangers

Coat hangers can be cute?

Yes yes yes they can be very cute.

So cute in fact that I want to make some.

I can across there cheerful ones from Petite Fee.

My grandmother had these, I am not sure if she made them or someone made them for her (she’s an amazing seamstress, knitter, crocheter, cook, grandmother and an amazing woman all around).

I a free pattern by Spud & Chloe for them if you want to make your own.

The Baby Blues Blankie {a free pattern}

You might have seen it before, but let me tell you the whole story.

I got this
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Because a friend was going to have a baby, so I could make this.
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And I fell in love with the color and stitch detail
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The yarn was so soft and squishy, perfect for a tiny baby.
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I had to hide it till I gave it to my friend because my little one, loved it too. Oh well, maybe I should make her a bigger one soon.

And guess what, I giving the pattern away for free, so that lots of other little babies (or bigger babies) can enjoy it.

It is small 27 inches by 25 inches, which is perfect for strollers and car seats, the size is easily adjustable, just make sure you have more yardage. You can also use any weight yarn, just use the recommended size hook for it too.

Pattern Details:
Tools needed: 4mm hook
Material needed: 792.0 yards (724.2m) of DK weight yarn
Pattern Difficulty: Easy
Formats Available: PDF
Pattern Style: abbreviated

The pattern also includes a chart for the stitch pattern

Download the BabyBlanketBlues pattern here

The MummyGo Bag

I am calling this the MummyGo Bag because it is perfect for you mums out there, grabbing stuff and always on the go.  I wanted a medium sized bag that could hold my stuff and be easily accessible.  It is also very easy to make and takes almost under an hour from start to finish.  The corners aren’t rounded and the handle can be pulled to give it a gathered look that is so sweet.  You can carry it on your shoulder or hold it easily, whatever your style is.

First of all you will need to get your materials ready.

You will need:

  • 2 40 x 40 cm squares from the outer fabric
  • 2 40 x 40 cm squares from the lining fabric
  • 1 strip 80 cm x 15 cm for the handle
  • Sewing machine, needle, thread and an hour of free time
  • This MummyGoBag pattern piece
Fold your squares and using the pattern piece pin it on the fold in the top corner and cute it out on all 4 squares.  You should now have 4 U shaped pocket peices and 4 big U shaped squares (well almost U shaped)
Pin one outer pocket piece to one lining piece right sides together.  Repeat for the other two pieces.  These will be your pockets.
Sew them together leaving an inch or two for turning.  Remember to start with a back stitch and end with a back stitch so that they don’t come apart while turning.  Clip the corners and trim any extra fabric so they don’t bulk up.
Turn inside out and press ( you can ignore pressing but trust me it will make your life easier)
Pin the pockets to the right side of the main bag pieces and sew all around.  Remember the open part you kept for turning, make sure it is at the bottom so you can sew over it.
Sew the pockets and remember to back stitch at the begining and the end so the pockets take the abuse later on.
Put the two main pieces right sides together and sew along the bottom.  Repeat for the lining.
Measure 5 cm from the raw edge along the sewn bottom and mark.
Fold over the side and pin.
Fold it over and pin
Repeat for the other side
Repeat for the other corner,  it is almost like making a dart. Now sew from the top of the U to the other side
Repeat for the lining but leave an opening at the side for turning.  Don’t forget those back stitches.
Insert the lining into the outer body right sides facng
Sew along the top edges and opening.  Turn it right side out thru the opening you left in the lining.  Sew the opening in the lining
Top stitch along the edges for a cleaner look.
Fold over the edge 5 cm in on both sides.
Sew the edges?.
For the handle fold both sides towards the center then fold a second time in half. Press to make your life easier
Now sew along the edge.
Almost done.  Insert the handle into the folded and sewn edges.  Trim it using pinking shears so it won’t fray and pin them together.
Sew a square to close the handle.  You can hide that in one of the sides.
And Ta DAAAAA!  Your bag is complete.  Now go fill it with stuff and go out have some fun.

I made another one too.

If you make one of these I would love to see it so let me know.

Easy Peasy Circle Shrug Or Scarf Or Wrap

Circles Shrug ToddlerI mean really really easy.

All you need to do is crochet a rectangle then slip stitch the edges together to make sleeves.

Is there anything easier than that?

You can do this with any weight yarn and any size hook.

I made one for myself and one for my daughter.

Hers was done in a worsted weight yarn and took a couple of hours.

Mine was done in a fingering weight yarn and took ages, mainly because I kept stopping and doing other things in the middle.

You need to measure the length you would like the shrug to be.  Both of the ones I made were short sleeve ones.

Start chaining, your chain should be a multiple of 5 + 2.  For my shrug the starting chain was 192 and for Lulu’s it was 62.

Row 1: Turn and SC in the second chain from the hook, SC across till the end of the chain.

Row 2:Turn and do a no turning chain dc (the link takes you to a youtube video explaining how to) you can also do a 3 chain if you prefer. 2DC in the same stitch, *Skip 4 stitches, In the same stitch 2 DC, Ch 1, 2 DC* Repeat until you get to the last 5 SCs, Skip 4 and then 3DC in the last stitch.

Row 3:Turn do a no turning chain dc, 2 dc in the same stitch,  skip all the DCs and work (2DC, CH1, 2DC)  CH 1 space only until you get to the last cluster which is 3DCs.  Work 3 DCs in the very last DC.

Row 4:Turn do a no turning chain, 2 DC in same stitch, *CH2, SC in the space between the DCs in Row 2, CH2 . (2DC, CH1, 2DC ) in the next chain space. CH2, and SC in the space between the next DC clusters in row 2*.  Repeat until the last 3DC cluster and DC3 in the last DC.

Repeat rows 2 – 4 until the shrug is as high as you want it.

Turn your work and  SC in same stitch,* CH 4, SC in CH1 space* Repeat until you SC in the very last dc.

Turn and SC in each SC and 4 SC in the CH4 spaces till the end.

Now fold the rectangle over and either sew the edges or slip stitch together to form the shrug.

Wear it and feel pretty good about yourself or make a mini one for the mini you in the house.

Larger Shrug

Stitch Close Up

Crochet Chart for the Circles