Last minute Beret for Z

I made all of this! Crochet Stash busting and family warming.

You may have noticed a bit of crocheting for my nieces lately, well it’s all ready to ship but I thought I’d show it off first!!

The ribbed mittens have already been expressed down, as miss Z was very cold in her new cold climate and mittens small enough were proving hard to find.

Ribbed Crochet Mittens

Ribbed Crochet Mittens

I made her a beanie as well

Crochet Lady Bug Beanie

Crochet Lady Bug Beanie

And then I made this random snoodie…

Snoodie

Snoodie

Not sure who that’s going to fit, hopefully miss Z as my sister bought her a set with mittens, scarf and beanie, but they were too big are have gone to miss J.

Purple is her favourite colour

Purple is her favourite colour

Meanwhile I made miss J these…

In her favourite colour.. Purple

Ribbed Crochet gloves that reminded me of boiled sweets!

I started with a rib and just kept going.
Hippo Hat

Cos it was purple…

More appliqué!

Lexi helped..

Lexi

Lexi “helped with the plaits”

Find the free pattern here on Repeat Crafter Me

Wearable together without, hopefully, being too over powering.

So just in case, I whipped up one of my signature items from last year…

Last minute Beret for Z

Last minute Beret for Z

This took me less then 2 hours to whip up! I’m really hoping it fits, but I’m pretty confident as I’ve had a bit of practice with these. If you are using the hand measuring method of sizing for the beret, you will need to go almost double the hand size and then come back in to the right width. I count how many rows I’ve gone past the beanie size and then bring it back in that many rows…

So.. minus the pink mittens, here is the final shipment!

Shipment for nieces

Shipment for nieces

Hopefully this will get them though the cold winter and I can make some more for the older one next year and “hand-me-down” from mine to the younger one.

I was hoping to do some serious yarn busting with this project, but it doesn’t look any smaller… baby and Toddler hats just don’t take up much yarn!

Now I should really fit some study in before making an Infinity Scarf for my sister, hoping to barter it with one of her amazing prints!

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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.

Fox hat

I Made This Today – Crochet Toddler Fox Beanie!

I Love one day crochet projects!! Not only is there faster satisfaction, it’s more likely to be finished rather then fall into the WIP list… Also great for last minute gifting..!!

I’d been think of this one for a while, and then when my sister posted a pic of her little one in his Mum’s beanie cos he’d grown out of his… There is a story behind the fox theme for my sisters family, but thats another story.

When I saw this perfect coloured soft burn orange yarn my mind was made up. I then found this pattern which was perfect and well written. Repeat Crafter Me – Fox Hat

Orange Magic Circle for Fox Hat

I’m a little obsessed with photographing my magic circles right now

There was a break for dinner..

There was a break for dinner..

And Finally Finished after small person bed time

And Finally Finished after small person bed time

And I just couldn’t help starting the next one…

Can you guess what this magic circle will be?

Can you guess what this magic circle will be?

Well it won’t be finished tonight, so I will continue on and hopefully it won’t end up on the WIP list xx

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Crochet Blogs – Aussie Style

So I’ve been looking through some Aussie Crochet blogs for a bit more local influence. Makes sense really; seasonally, terminology  and shopping wise, not to mention supporting my local crafty blogging community. And I thought I would share.

  1. Suburban Jubilee – I feel like I just been on a journey with Jubilee, there is more than crochet and I loved the balance. Lots of yarn and project as well as glimpses of the Grandkids.  Yarn and pretty stuff!
  2. Crochet kitten – A good blog – for blogspot – great pictures and original free patterns.
  3. thedovenest – Lots of craft on this page, great pictures and her approach to crochet really suits my style, intuitive with many project on the go at once…
  4. littlewoollie – A feast for a crocheters eyes, great pictures and colours. Once again, a lot of things on the go and the large number of pics really appeals to me.  Great colour crochet!!
  5. The royal sisters – I love the Aussie content and the support of the Aussie wool industry.
  6. Katies kitchen blog – I wouldn’t call this a crochet blog, but she is very good at Granny squares and the crochet and quilting are nice eye candy
  7. howtocrochetaheart.blogspot.com.au/ – A very good learn to site. Original patterns and great pictures.  Call out for pattern testing
  8. Crafts Mum Ship – Lots of great crafts and pictures. Mummy stuff too.
  9. Future girl – Free patterns for crochet and knitting
  10. gege crochet – Original patterns for crochet and felting

So that would be my first ever “10 best … ” list. it’s as much a reference for myself as you. I’m going to keep building on it, feel free to add more into the comments and I will most likely do a part 2.

meanwhile, here is a sneak peak at my current project…

I love this yarn!

Enjoy!

Crochet and Footy..?!

A friend has been knitting neurons…

OK Vicki, you’re not making sense!!

Last year a group called “Neural Knitworks” made a whole stack of neurons with yarn, 1665 in fact, they then hung them up in an exhibition, which looked amazing!! But why..?

“Neural Knitworks is based on the principle that yarn craft with its mental challenges, social connection, and mindfulness, helps keep our brains healthy and active.

Neural Knitworks events are based on the principle that yarn craft with its mental challenges, social connection, and mindfulness, helps keep our brains and minds sharp, engaged and healthy.
Have fun as you
• design your own woolly neurons, or get inspired by our scientifically-informed knitting, crotchet or knot patterns
• natter with neuroscientists and teach them a few of your crafty tricks
• contribute to a travelling textile brain exhibition
• increase your attention span and test your memory.
Calm your mind and craft your own brain health as you
• forge friendships
• solve creative and mental challenges
• practice mindfulness and relaxation
• teach and learn
• develop eye-hand coordination and fine motor dexterity.”

Sounds pretty good!

So this year, to raise awareness of brain injury in sport, in particular rugby league, my friend is knitting footy neurons!

Today she asked me to join in, and I thought, why not, it’s just a little neuron… turns out they are a bit bigger then the pictures looked, about the size of my hand. But I hunted around and just happen to have the right colours, so here is my #FootyNeuron

Manly Footy Neuron

Manly Footy Neuron

Other’s heard the call as well!

Footy Neurons

Footy Neurons

The First two pictures are wrapped/woven, which is perfect if you don’t knit or crochet or if you just want to try something different.

EDIT:

Manly VS Penrith

Manly VS Penrith

Floating Yarn Neurons

So if you would like to have a look and find out more, please visit the facebook page – Neural Knitworks or the science week site where you can download the free pattern book. Don’t forget to hastag #FootyNeurons to help spread the word.

Made these today

Last year a friend sent me this:

Knit Grape booties

and asked if I could make them. And I said No… I don’t knit, but I could make these:

Crochet Chilli Elf Booties

And she said yes! So I did.

First a practice run:

practise booties in purple

practise booties in purple

Then the real thing:

My Crochet Elf Booties

My Crochet Elf Booties

I think I prefer the purple colour, but not the yarn, and I used this pattern, mostly. The red yarn is 5ply wool crepe, which my Mum had told was really lovely to work with, and as Mum’s tend to be, she was right!

They are super cute, soft and stretchy and if anyone wants a pair please message me or see my Etsy page.

CROCHET CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR EVERYONE!!

I want to make a slouchy hat for my brother in law for Christmas – yes all my extended family are getting crocheted goods this year… – and this one seems quite simple, if I’m going to make a beanie for a guy I think it should be simple. I don’t think he needs the diamond brooch

Made on Main: Spin-A-Yarn | Crochet Beanie Tutorial
I’m thinking of making string baskets for others…
A string basket in the making, I’m keeping this one for my yarn!
I’ve just made this up, just crocheted a square and then stopped increasing once it is the desired width. could do round, hexagon or anything really.
I plan on blogging the whole process, so keep an eye out for that.
No tutorial as it’s from Etsy

and maybe some string wine bottle carriers…

I cannot find a pattern like this for free, but I’m sure I can figure something out. I’m sure there’s a wine bottle about to use as a size guide…

Cotton String is great, a bit harder to work with but a great result. It’s cheap and clean.
This cover is a bit simpler, it would be easier to figure out.
Any bag would work really, and I guess cotton would stain easy and not wash well. But it would look good at first 😉  !!
Would you be happy receiving these gifts?
Any other suggestions for modern crochet gifts?