Wee Crochet Gifts ~ Pattern Collection

As any crafter knows in August we’re well into the time where you have to make decisions and start making your Christmas gifts.

I’ve been looking for a few little crochet gifts to share with co-workers and as gift toppers. Here are a few ideas that I’ve collected. I’m looking forward to trying them out. {I’ll post as I finish a project!}

I’d love to see your suggestions! The more the merrier!  


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When I followed the link (via Pinterest) to Savvy Nana’s site,  I was delighted to find a pattern and that she has patterns for other cute little things such as Crochet Jute Twine Basket.

 

 

 

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These adorable little stocking from Sewrella look perfect to share. I think I’ll put little candy canes in them and use them as gift toppers!

Or maybe just a little something to add to Christmas cards?

 

 

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And who doesn’t enjoy a warm beverage during the holidays? I think this may be a good gift idea for those who walk their little ones to school each day or even the teachers who have morning yard duty!

This cup cozy by Yarn Artists looks like fun to make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I adore this border. I first saw it when Repeat Crafter Me shared her Gingerbread House advent calendar.

The stitch is simple yet it’s an impactful border.

Instructions for the candy cane border can be found here.

 

 

 

 

I love the idea of adding the candy cane border to a washcloth or cup coasters or even a cup cosy for the holidays.

 

 

Another quick and easy gift idea are drink coasters. From a simple round to a tea cup shape they whip up easily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I could go on and on collecting patterns and ideas for yarn art gifts but I’ll have to stop or I won’t have time to create!  One of the many things that I love about crochet is the possibilities. A few balls of yarn, a hook and my imagination and I can create beautiful yarn art!

 

 

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Yarn & Tea: July ~ Time flies when you are crocheting. Part 2

I know why July flew by! I was busy and as the saying goes.. “time flies when your crocheting”. That is how it goes? Isn’t it? 😉

I was concerned that your tea (or coffee or wine) needed refreshing so I made July’s wrap up into two posts. {Part One can be read here.} So now that we’ve refreshed our mugs (or glass) here I go..

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In July I have also picked up the  Sidewalk shawl that I haven’t worked on in some time. It requires me to pay attention to the pattern. I usually make projects that don’t have changes to the pattern for each row.

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While I’m enjoying the pattern I find that I can’t work this project when my darling family is around. After all these years they still have not caught on that counting louder means I’m trying to ignore you / I’m focusing on this.

Talking about having to pay attention…

I saw this adorable zebra pattern at Repeat Crafter Me. When I posted it to my Facebook page someone requested that I make one.  It’s a lovely pattern, very straight forward with obvious colour changes. (I’ll write more when I’m done.) This will be my second amigurumi 🙂 I’m still undecided if I’ll make more. As I posted on Instagram, some focus is needed because the neighbours will wonder what the yell of frustration is all about.20170726_173829

Among other things on my social media and blogs I played with a new header and title for my Facebook page. It was originally started just for the pieces of yarn art that I sell but now I post a variety of crochet ‘stuff’ including blog posts from here. So.. it needed an update.

Perhaps I should tackle a few jobs around the house now that I’ve spent half of summer working on my crafts?

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Whew! Now to get back to my PHD (projects half done) I seem to have started several again! Oooops.

How are your projects coming along? Did you finish a few? Start one or two?

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#YarnandTea (formally #YarnandCoffee) July ~ Time flies when you’re crocheting. Part 1

I’ve been updating my social media and blogs this month. Part of that is updating the title to this monthly post.

I started this monthly summary post and fell into some social pressure when I named it Yarn and Coffee. I don’t drink coffee unless it’s a fancy decaf dessert coffee. I’m a tea drinker. Since this post was intended to invite others to link and/or comment I thought I’d put coffee in the title.

“Having coffee” means getting together to chat; the beverage is usually optional. I waskeep-calm-its-all-about-me-7-18k52l7-257x300 inspired by #WeeklyCoffeeShare. I do enjoy the comments and hearing from you {please, please do continue!!!!} but I’m finding this monthly post is a lot about me. So….

The title is changing to my preferred hot beverage. 😉

 


What a busy month! July started with a bang! Lots of fireworks and celebrations for Canada Day. This year was a big one for us it’s our 150th.

P_20170717_101250We also celebrated some family time. We went camping at Rock Point Provincial Park. Camping with teens who love to read makes for a very calm and relaxing weekend. With lots of time to crochet.

I will have to bring a different chair or some other pillows for our next trip. I had a very difficult time getting comfortable in my new chair. The arms are too high and the back isn’t straight enough.

While camping I started one shawl. Just a simple C2C with yarn that’s been in my stash for ages. The other is also a C2C shawl. I know she will love the colours in Caron Cakes Funfetti so it’s going to be a Christmas present for her (shhh)

When we came back from camping, someone had messaged me on Facebook asking for more detailed instructions to the Jack Skellington blanket that I made this past winter. I more or less made my own “pattern” up so I wrote out directions for my Jack Skellington blanket and posted them. The lady wants to make a Jack blanket for her son before he’s deployed. I can’t wait to see photos of how it turns out!!!!

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It’s been such a busy month that this post was rambling on so I’ve broken it into two parts. July’s Yarn and Tea Part 2 is coming soon.

What have you been up to? Has summer given you more time to create lots of yarn art?

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Jack Skellington C2C Blanket Directions

I really have to call this a Set of Directions because pattern implies a step by step (row by row) instructions.

The original grid is one I found on Pinterest (it’s actually a friendship bracelet pattern). Please feel free to use these directions for your own personal use. Do not sell this set of directions. Please do not use my photos as demo for your work.

I’d love to see your work. Please link back here with your creations.

I’m sharing the details I used to work out the directions. If you’d like to make your own you’ll have to do some prep work.

Print the basic graph.

Draw your own lines/squares to add the appropriate width and length.

And count squares per “row”.

Stitches used:

dc = double chain   https://www.pinterest.com/pin/358528820326574382/

sc = single chain  (edge only)


I suggest that you watch these videos. They are how I discovered how to count the squares per row AND very importantly how to make a C2C (Corner to Corner) rectangle.

NOTES:

At time stamp 2:35 Counting Boxes

8:10 Writing your rows (amount of blocks per colour)

24:00 How to change colours

40:00 How to BEGIN your C2C

51:45 How to decrease as if a square

54:05 How to decrease RECTANGLE

 

More about C2C rectangle


Directions C2C Jack Skellington

Materials

Graph (see below)

Paper

Pencil

Ruler

Tapestry needle (weave in LOTS of ends)

5mm crochet hook (or one suited to your yarn)

approx 3 balls of BLACK Caron Simply Soft (6oz/170.1 g medium 4 yarn)

approx 8 balls of WHITE Caron Simply Soft (6 oz/170.1g medium 4 yarn)

Sorry I did not count the balls as I made this project!! This is a guess-stimate.

Dimensions 

Based on 1 square = approx 2 cm ( 1 inch )

1 square = 4 dc

 

Single bed (Cnd/US) 97cm wide by 191cm tall  {38inches wide x 75 inches tall}

36 squares wide (total)

74 squares tall (total)

plus border

BORDER

1 row of sc white

1 row of sc black

1 row of dc white

 

Preperation

1.Print Jack Skellington graph

2. Adhere printed graph onto larger sheet of paper

3. With ruler draw (extend) graph.   Make enough new boxes to complete bed sized blanket.

Original graph (# of original squares)

28 squares wide

51 squares tall

ADD / Draw with ruler

9 squares to each side to total 36 squares WIDE  ( 28 original squares + 18 added squares = 36 squares wide)

23 squares to bottom AND top of graph (tall) [ 51 original squares + 46 added squares = 74 squares tall]

Use ruler to draw additional boxes

4. Use a ruler to draw diagonal lines through boxes to visualize the C2C rows. (And help you count the number of squares per colour. * see above video) REMEMBER to note the alternating direct of each row.

5. {Optional} Write row by row your colour blocks.  {see video above @ minute 8:10}

 

Starting with white begin your Corner to Corner Jack Skellington blanket.

  1. Chain 6.
  2. Crochet the first corner block. Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each of next 2 stitches.
  3. Begin the 2nd row. Turn and ch 6.
  4. Crochet 1st block of 2nd row. Repeat Step 2 to create the block.
  5. Create the 2nd block in the 2nd row. …
  6. Start crocheting the 3rd row.
  7. Continue following your graph / written block chart note colour of each block

NOTES

I used stitch markers to note which edge is my “bottom” and which edge is the starting side. In my photos, I count rows starting from left corner so I would be noting the left side of the blanket.

If this is your first C2C I suggest using some spare yarn to practice the stitch (follow along with above video) before starting this blanket.


This was written several months after I completed the blanket. Please comment below if you find any areas (in my directions) that need updating.

Related posts:

https://crochetstitchesandbutterflykisses.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/jack-skellington-c2c-blanket/

https://crochetstitchesandbutterflykisses.wordpress.com/2017/01/22/on-track-with-jack-skellington-blanket/

https://crochetstitchesandbutterflykisses.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/feeling-creative-inspiration/

 

 

 

That’s a wrap … finally

I’m not even sure I remember when I started one of these wraps. The longer one, the wrap made with Impeccable (Fern) by Loops &

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Threads with trim in Radiant Lime, Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand…. I started that one because I had purchased the yarn for another project but it wasn’t bright enough green.

I found the green very soothing so …  instead of this yarn becoming a hat set for a friends daughter it became a wrap for… me?

 

The design is very simple just a long rectangle with lovely long fringe. I don’t know that this “pattern” has a name.

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You simply make it as wide as you wish (even number of stitches) then make your first stitch of the 2nd row as a double stitch (US term) then single stitch then double then single… repeat until end of row. END with a double stitch.

 


Lemon Lime Shawlette

My other wrap/shawlette is made from Caron Cakes (Lemon Lime) using the corner to corner stitch. It is just a shawlette because I only had one ball of this colour. I had used the other ball to make a scarf. I could have purchased more, however, I’m trying hard to not purchase yarn just because.  And this project was a “just because” project. It started as something to keep me occupied while my son was at throws practice. (track and field/shot put)

edit: Lemon Lime – Caron Cakes is discontinued 😦  But I can’t be sad for long… I just love this yarn and I’ll have to find another project or two for it!!