Home-made yarn bowl – no sewing or gluing involved

Originally posted on Rosy Alice Crochet Designs:

So, I made a yarn bowl from a plastic bottle LOL.  I was coveting the beauties for sale on Etsy while my daughter guzzled a gigantic bottle of fizzy pop, and it gave me an idea! It took me about five minutes, and involved nothing but a pair of scissors,  a bread knife and the cooker!

So, I made a yarn bowl from a plastic bottle LOL.
I was coveting the beauties for sale on Etsy while my daughter guzzled a gigantic bottle of fizzy pop, and it gave me an idea!
It took me about five minutes, and involved nothing but a pair of scissors, a bread knife and the cooker! And also the counter my daughter likes to use to mix paint on as a special background for the photos.

I started by removing the label and rinsing the bottle out under the tap. Then I cut it in half using a bread knife because I'm massively protective of my scissors.

I started by removing the label and rinsing the bottle out under the tap. Then I cut it in half using a bread knife because I’m massively protective of my scissors.

If you look closely, you should be able to see some lines going around the bottle. I used them as a guide for cutting.

If you look closely, you should be able to see some lines going around the bottle. I used them as a guide for cutting.

There are two more of the lines around the bottle, as you can see. I used the left hand one as a v. convenient guide to cut all the way around. There are two more of the lines around the bottle, as you can see. I used the left hand…

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2014/44 – A cute sun hat (and sunglasses case)

Howdy!

So this one comes from Simply Crochet’s website, and I think it looks really cute.

I think this would look even better in hot pink and lilac, or some other combination of a bold colour and a paler one (though you could pick a combination of really bold colours too – I think that would work well if you alternated the colour on the stripey detailing, by having 2 different colours for the detailing and one for the rest of the hat, or even using a multicoloured yarn for the detailing).

Plus, if you don’t want the rim of the hat to curl in this case, you can look at this post here for tips about that.

Note that this pattern is already in UK terms. Find it here: http://www.simplycrochetmag.co.uk/2013/07/24/free-patterns-sun-hat-sunglasses-case/

Happy crafting!

- Leeloo the Tall

Having trouble with curly hat brims in crochet?

Originally posted on Rosy Alice Crochet Designs:

I make my slouchie beanies from the brim up, rather than starting at the crown. I’ve noticed that often this brim will curl up a little. Not a terrible problem but it can be annoying and un-pretty.

I recently started a new slouchie beanie for my daughter (in soft rainbow yarn!) using a foundation double crochet (single for US crocheters), and I’ve noticed that the brim isn’t curling. Yay!

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2014/43 Adorabubble sandals

So today we have some really cute sandal-style foot decorations, which look so cute! There’s a lot you could do with these even without the flower.

My mum made me some and I asked for her to add some beads to glitz it up a bit, sort of like Greek-style shoes. You could add all kinds of glam, like glitter or use shinier wool, or remove it completely and just go for simple. You could probably experiment with different shapes, colour combinations or stitches if you want as well.

Here’s some my mum made, don’t they look great? I want to see footsie things1if  there’s a way to secure them onto my flip-flops so I can wear them outside the house.footsie things 2

Note that when is says single crochet (“sc”) it means a UK double crochet, and a US double (“dc”) is a UK treble crochet.

Here’s the full version – http://www.tutusteaparties.com/2012/03/crochet-barefoot-sandal-free-crochet.html

Happy crafting!

- Leeloo the Tall