Squares

What have I been up to…

yes I have been a bit absent, it’s been busy, as life tends to be.

I went to a wedding and a funeral in the one week, a surreal experience going through the happiest and saddest of emotions in such a short space of time.

But I also managed a bit of crochet therapy.

Firstly I have been making these super cute baby beanies!

Baby Gumnut Beanies

Baby Gumnut Beanies

The idea originally was to make one for my soon to be niece or nephew but the pattern (which can be found here) is for preemie babies and does not increase well to a newborn size, so there was a lot of experimenting.

This is how i did the pattern (Aussie/UK terms):

Using 8ply and a 6mm hook, I started with the stem – in the above pattern this is made separately and joined later.

Magic circle, 2 chains, 5 DC into the magic circle. join

rows 2-5: 1 chain, DC around and join (5)

row 6: 1 chain, 4 DC into first 4 stitichs, 2 DC into next stitch, join (6)

row 7: 1 chain, 2DC into each stitch, join (12)

row 8: 2 chain, 2 Treble into each stitch, join (24)

row 9: 2 chain, *2 treble, 1 treble* repeat around and join (36)

row 10: 1 chain, *2DC, 1DC into next 8* repeat around and join (40)

row 11: 2 chain, puff stitch into every second stitch – please youtube or google this

row 12-18: 2 chain, puff stitch into each space around and join.

row 19-20: 1 chain, DC around and join.

Tie off – I prefer to leave all ends long and use a darning needle to weave the ends in.

Up cycled Stripe Jumper to Vest

Up cycled Stripe Jumper to Vest

I also made this…

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This was a lovely jumper that had a couple of tears starting in the seams

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I cut off the sleeves as that is where the worse rips were

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and I took in the side seams, partly to help with the seam integrity and partly because it always was a bit of a floppy jumper

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a bit of hemming on the arm holes too

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very happy with the result and wore it to work a couple of times.

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It’s lovely quality, cotton and a little bit of glitter through the edges

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Square Swapping!!

Square Swapping!!

I also joined a crochet block swapping group!

I had been turned off by another I joined before I even started thanks to all the negative comments with people stating they had send heaps and only received a few back. No I don’t have time to make and send heaps and this group had nothing to control who sent to who for an even swap.

so I joined a once a month swap where you do not even need to participate each month and you are designated a partner. You can also suggest colour choices.

I chose blue, orange, silver and purple for my girl and was very happy with my squares!!

I made a pink and purple and a rainbow square for my partners and have eagerly joined up for a third! I also made one square myself so the resulting blanket has one square from Mummy (bottom right)

I’m worried my crocheting days are number.. well until next winter. today we had a 29C day, not bad for the 2nd week of spring! but I will soldier along! In fact I have purchased some cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills to stretch out my crocheting days for as long as possible!

Happy hooking!

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Holiday Hooking

Holiday Hooking!

We have just had a long awaited and needed holiday. Just a week, and a bit random in the planning, but over all I’d call it a success. We saw snow, beaches and wineries, and I took along some yarn and hooks…

So here’s a little glimpse of the crocheting side of our holiday…

OK, so the first ones a bit of a sad sorry… after my darling nephew past away last year I’ve been wanting to contribute to the NICU and Angel babies, so when someone from my online crochet group asked for photo props and keepsakes for these little ones I happily made this hat and a blanket. I will keep making them but I don’t think I’ll post them much, too heartbreaking. A tiny tiny hat

and then someone posted picture of a Granny Square Bag she had made her daughter, I had to make one….

Crochet Granny Square bag by the fire…

I did start a pair of slippers as I had forgotten mine, but they were not working out as planned and I have not finished them, maybe they will appear in another post??

I bought my first ever crochet magazine along the way… 

which has a cute bracelet to make with stitch markers as charms…  which fits in really well with the whole crocheting on the move thing! I didn’t have the right size hook on me so I’ve been waiting to get home and make it up!!

And for the remainder I worked on the ever present WIP…

Gorgeous crochet WIP

Luckily this is so beautiful I can happily pick it up and add to it any time!

Once home I decided to join a monthly 10 inch square swap and so I made this to be the foundation of my blanket which I plan on making up for miss 3, who loves blue and orange. Also it is #GrannySquareDay2015 according to Instagram…

10 inch blue and orange classic crochet granny square

Pretty productive holiday really… I’ve taken crochet around with my before to parks etc, but this is my first holiday – except visits to my Mum’s house, which don’t count. Quite happy as I can hook and chat and it keeps me occupied and warm!

Have you taken your hobby on holidays with you?? How did it go?

The resulting hat

How to size a crochet hat

I see crochet patterns all the time where they have all different sizes from newborn to large adult. And it doesn’t always turn out the right size, with different yarns and tension. But in reality, if you have the recipient (or a similar sized one) nearby there’s a much easier way to size the hat.

Since you are usually starting from the top, you need to start flat – magic circle – and work a flat circle by increasing until you suddenly stop increasing and work down the sides. So when does this happen?

Answer: when the circle is the size of the wearers hand.

Please the wearers hand on the circle to know when to stop increasing.

Place the wearers hand on the circle to know when to stop increasing.

As I was making a hat for her cousin who is about a year older, I did another round of increasing and then started down the sides.

The resulting hat

The resulting hat

The hat is slightly too big for her, as I did the extra row of increasing, so hopefully, it will be perfect for her cousin!!

I hope this helps! Give it a try, pick a favourite stitch and make up your own crochet hat pattern, start with a magic circle, increase by the number of stitches in the magic circle every row until it’s as big as the hand. Good luck, tell me how you went?!

PS. babies heads are a bit disproportionate and you should make sure their hand fits comfortably inside the circle before starting the sides.