2014/84 – mittens!

Here’s a practical one for you – mittens! Oombawka design’s pattern for mittens looks easy enough though might take a little while (it comes in multiple parts).

But don’t they look great? And so warm too. Plus the cuff is narrower and the hand so it’s comfy, won’t slip off or let the cold in.

Go ahead and take a look, but remember it’s in USA terms so check our translation guide.

Find the tutorial here:

http://oombawkadesigncrochet.com/2014/01/mommys-simply-easy-mittens-free-crochet.html

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/82 – 5 things to crochet this winter

Do you ever get to that time of year when everyone (work, school, friends, etc) wants something from you and you’re so busy and overwhelmed you just give up and do something you enjoy?

Well that’s what today’s post is for me.

Plus I’m feeling somewhat festive at the moment – which is nice since last year I felt fairly Grinch-y. So without much further ado, here are some ideas about what to crochet this winter. Some are great gift ideas, others are just perfect for the cold season.

#1

Sukigirl has provided the pattern for this adorable little plush toy, Hobbes, by Bill Watterson. To be honest I am entirely unfamiliar with the creator or brand, I just think that the cat is adorable, and very easily customisable. But those familiar will appreciate this even more!

You can switch the orange-black pattern for tabby-brown-and-black, ginger-and-blond, or any colours you like really. You could give it a more Coraline/Tim Burton feel by using buttons for eyes. You could add a flower or bow to girlify it for little girls.

It’s in US terms so please refer to our stitch translation guide if you get stuck!

Note: this one looks a little fiddly, so is probably good for intermediates and experts.

Find the tutorial here: http://sukigirl74.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/free-hobbes-crochet-pattern.html

#2

This is Micah Makes’ awesome mug warmer design! Use other embellishments to it (like the flowers or hearts or ice-skate patterns we’ve posted previously) or leave it plain, both look great, and perfect for not burning hands on very hot drinks this winter.

Free tutorial here:

http://www.micahmakes.com/blog/free-pattern-mug-coaster-cozy

 

#3

 Good luck getting cold in this baby. Such a professional-looking style of bobble-hat, that looks really warm thanks to the densely-packed stitches! I would probably go with purple and black, or grey, or maybe white and pink and navy blue to match my new Christmas jumper 😛

You can thank June C WannaB for this one. Download the tutorial here:

http://thishousewifelife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/trinity-hat-beanie-with-or-without.html

 

 

 

#4

These baby boots are so cute! I couldn’t resist sharing these with you. They look absolutely adorable.  For those with little ones in the family, this going to be useful, and for those who don’t have any in the family, you can just squee along with me at these :p

You can find the pattern on All About Ami – see here:http://www.allaboutami.com/post/31922998270/babybuttonboots

 

 

#5

Almost as cute as the boots is this XS dog jumper. (Picture not available but trust me you want to take a look). And a great idea too! Keep your doggy warm this winter with Stitch 11’s pattern – and add your own individual flair. Perhaps some wintery designs could be sewn on top?

Find the tutorial (US terms) here: http://stitch11.com/xs-dog-sweater/

Enjoy!

-Leeloo the Tall

2014/75 – really cute top idea – great for tops that are too short!

So this one is a bit of a weird one.

I found a picture tutorial for it on pinterest and it links to a blog but the post is gone. So you won’t be able to see the full explanation, but I still recommend you go explore the awesome blog it came from!

Pin Them All has created a quick tutorial for turning granny squares into a really cute top decoration. I guess you could use any granny square pattern you like as long as you fit the dimensions of the shirt you’re adding them to.

And with winter on its’ way, what better way to convert summer tops into winter ones?

The key (middle right) translates the stitches into US patterns so click here for our translation.

Check out the blog it came from here:

http://pinthemall.net/pin/52849e050991b/

2014/70 – upcycling old jumpers with crochet

So this is another of those clothing amendment tutorials, like the t-shirt one. Except this one is a bit more wintery. It’s pretty easy. I think you could use a similar technique for any number of different fabrics or items of clothing, to decorate or just make clothes bigger. Though it does involve some sewing.

Find it all here:

http://trash-collector.livejournal.com/9794.html

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/58 – gorgeous trendy collar

Simply crochet recently posted a free pattern for a quirky collar you can add to your tops and dresses for a bit of flair. I absolutely love it, it looks so cute!

And it’s REALLY simple!

It’s another that I think would work really well with beads, sequins, ostentatious buttons or glitz. Plus, trying it in  bold colours would bring some quirkiness to an outfit and make a statement, perhaps red collar on a blye shirt/dress?

Find the full tutorial is available here:

http://www.simplycrochetmag.co.uk/2013/08/22/free-pattern-crochet-collar-pattern-download/

2014/53 – a cute 1920’s style hat!

Another cute one I found on Crochet for Cancer, which resembles hats from the 1920s! There’s a lot of potential for customisation with this one, again you can use flowers or whatever you like – or no embellishments at all. I really adore this one, because it’s great for bad hair days.

This one comes from Cre8tion Crochet, and probably looks more complicated than it is. It does involve a “magic circle” stitch, for which it has a tutorial it links to. The tutorial for the hat itself is in US terms, so don’t forget to use double stitches where it says single, and triple stitches where it says double.

Find the full tutorial here:

http://www.cre8tioncrochet.com/2013/01/free-spring-crochet-pattern-red-heart-spring-blossom-cloche/

And Crochet for Cancer:

http://www.crochetforcancer.org/chemo-cap-patterns/crochet-patterns-videos/

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/52 – a wide brim hat ready for autumn!

Here’s a really cute hat for adults that would look great in any colour. Plus you don’t need to stick to the flower shape recommended if there are other you think might look better. Or perhaps you could use something else, like the strawberry or pineapple patterns from last week.

It’s taken from Crochet for Cancer, which specialises in things for those going through chemo. Lots of their patterns are really cute and all of the ones I’ve seen are free!

This particular one came from Stitch of Love, and shows the pattern in UK terms. Find the pattern here:

http://lovestitches.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/pattern-for-my-ridge-hat-with-brim.html

And the Crochet for Cancer website here:

http://www.crochetforcancer.org/chemo-cap-patterns/crochet-patterns-videos/

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/50 – A very “in” bow tutorial

We’re breaking away from the fruit theme today with something a little more multi-purpose: beautiful bows!

They look so cute, and they are super easy. This pattern comes from a beginner crocheter, so this one is definitely something everyone can do. Plus it’s something I think everyone can use – you could glue them to hair clips or pins, or to a headband (which you could buy or make), or you could attach them to safety pins and wear them like a badge, or add them to collars or bags… The list goes on. You could use them with almost anything so they are definitely an essential pattern to have under your belt!

This patterns uses US terms, so just a quick reminder:

US single crochet = UK double crochet

US half double crochet = UK half treble crochet

US double crochet = UK treble crochet

Find the whole thing here:

http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2013/01/easy-crochet-bow-tutorialpattern.html

Happy crafting!

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/41 Girlifying a men’s shirt with crochet

Hey there!

So this one is less a crochet project and more a clothing alteration project, with little bits of crochet as the centre-piece.

I think it’s really cool how Designs by Studio C did this, and it inspired me with ideas for other outfits you could to this with – like right above the hem of a really plain skirt, or sleeves. It’s a really simple way of making boring clothes more interesting, and great for beginner crochet-ers too.

The prep for this is shown first, and the way that she recommends doing the crochet is at the bottom of the page.

For the full tutorial, see here:

http://designsbystudioc.com/how-to-alter-a-mans-t-shirt-again/

Happy crafting!

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/31 – Bridal garter using elastic with crochet – pattern translation

This is sexy, don’t you think? It’s really sweet and looks like it will hook up quickly. The designer has also shown us how to use elastic with crochet, a useful tip. You could use this pattern as a basis for making other items like scrunchies.

It uses:

sc – UK DC.

hdc – UK HTR

tc aka tr – UK DTR

 

Visit Cre8tionCrochet for this and many other lovely patterns.