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

2014/43 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

2014/39 Crochet slippers – not crocheted in the round!

I don’t know about you, but I always crochet slippers in the round. This pattern made its way to us: Bev’s crocheted a rectangle and sewn it into the shape she wanted to create a pair of slippers. Ingenious!

It’s all in UK TR. Easy.

Visit Bev’s country cottage for the pattern.

 

 

2014/36 Snowman crochet slippers, Olaf-inspired, free pattern (a proper one!)

Given the success of the lazy blog post we wrote about using our Minion-inspired slippers pattern to make Olaf-inspired slippers, we wrote up the pattern properly! We still don’t have a photo of a finished item, but if you make them …

It’s a Ravelry download too: download now.

You will need:

4mm hook

White yarn

Black yarn

Orange yarn

Hook: 4mm.

Tapestry needle.

Stitches (UK terms): half treble (htr), double crochet (dc), treble crochet (tr).

THE TOE

This section determines the shoe size of the slipper. The instructions I’ve given here should cover all average adult shoe sizes. If you want your slippers to be smaller, miss out Round 4. If you want them to be larger, add “Round 4a” and crochet “1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, then 2 htr all the way round”. Alternatively, play around with different hook sizes.

We start with orange yarn and a circle. Use your preferred method: either chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain to create a loop, or use a magic ring and chain 1 to secure. It’s important to keep track of the first stitch of each round with your stitch marker. I don’t slip stitch to join rings – this way, you don’t get a visible join. Go straight from the last htr of round 1 to the first htr of round 2.

Round 1: 10 htr into the ring.

Round 2: 2 htr into each htr from round 1.

Round 3: 1 htr then 2 htr into the next stitch. Continue all the way round. You should finish on a 2 htr in the last stitch.

Switch to white yarn for the rest of the slipper.

Round 4: 1 htr, 1 htr then 2 htr into the next stitch. Continue all the way round. You should finish on a 2 htr in the last stitch.

 

The Foot

This section determines the length of the slipper. Adjust the number of rows up or down to match the size of the foot you are crocheting for. You’ll want to keep working until the length of the slipper is slightly shorter than the foot.

Round 5: 1 htr in each stitch all the way round.

Round 6 -16  , repeat round 5.

Rounds 17 – 23: 1 htr in each stitch all the way round.

We are now going to create an opening for the foot.  We won’t be crocheting all the way around any more. Your work will create a rectangle shape.

Round 24: Chain 1. Crochet 28 htr back the way you came, ie back over the previous round.

Rounds 25 – 36: Repeat round 24.

 

The Heel

After row 36, fold the straight end in half and double crochet the two sides together. Turn inside out. Sew in any loose ends with a tapestry needle.
The Eyes

White circles.

Make a magic loop again (or a ring using whatever your preferred method is) using white wool.
Round 1: 10 tr into ring. Slip stitch to join.
Round 2: Chain 2. 1 tr into same stitch. 2 tr into each remaining stitch from previous round. Slip stitch into top of chain 2 to join.
Round 3: Chain 2. 1 tr into same stitch. *1 tr into next stitch. 2 tr into each remaining stitch from previous round.* Repeat from * to * all the way round. Slip stitch into top of chain 2 to join.
Round 4: Chain 2. 1 tr into same stitch. *1 tr into next stitch. 1 tr into next stitch. 2 tr into each remaining stitch from previous round.* Repeat from * to * all the way round. Slip stitch into top of chain 2 to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

I also double crocheted along the top of the white circles, as below in the hat photo, to give his eyes some definition.

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Black circles
Using black yarn, start with a magic ring or chain 4 and join with a slip stitch – whichever method you prefer.
Round 1: 10 tr into ring. Slip stitch to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew or glue the black circles to the white circles: you can sew them to the centre of the white circles if you like or you can place them somewhere else if you prefer. See my Olaf hat photo for a suggestion. Sew the eyes to the slippers in a similar position to those in the photo of the Minion-inspired slippers.

The eyebrows – make 2
Using black yarn, chain 17.
Tr into the 2nd stitch from the hook and then the next 4 stitches.
Htr into the next 5 stitches.
Dc into the next 5 stitches.

Fasten off. Sew in ends. Sew onto slippers as shown in picture of hat.

The hair.
Cut 2 pieces of black yarn, each about 3 inches long (8 cm). Thread them through the top centre of the slippers above the eyes and knot them on the inside of the slippers to secure.

All done!

 

 

2014/29 Snowman crochet slippers free pattern, inspired by Olaf from Frozen

UPDATED MAY 25TH 2014: We have written this pattern up properly HERE!

 

Ok. I am the laziest blogger EVER. I have no pictures to show you for this idea but as it spontaneously erupted in my head while I was making an Olaf from Frozen beanie hat (proper pattern for that coming Monday and a pattern for a Christophe hat to follow), here’s my brainwave:

Use our Minion slippers pattern to make Olaf slippers:

  • Crochet the first two or three rounds in orange for his nose.
  • Use white yarn instead of blue and yellow.
  • Crochet the circles for the eyes entirely in white. It’s up to you whether you make one or two eyes per foot. I’d probably go for one.
  • Crochet little black circles for the pupils.
  • Don’t crochet around the eyes with silver or grey.
  • Sew the black circle onto the white circle, then sew the white circle to the slipper. It’s the only way to make his eyes stand out.
  • Surface crochet his eye brows.
  • Sew in some tufts somewhere above the eyes for his hair – just a few strands like you’re making a tassled hem.

If you decide to make these, can we use a photo, please? We’ll credit you and give you a nice big blog link (if you have one). I know it’s cheeky, but I’m not planning on actually making these slippers … like I said, lazyyyyy!

Click here for the pattern.

2014 number 2: crochet wellies!

These are amazing. Crochet them with a big hook and some chunky wool and they’ll fit you! You could put an insole or a piece of  shaped cardboard in the foot for a bit of sturdiness. Slipper boots are all the rage in my house.

When it asks for an sc, crochet a UK DC. When it asks for an hdc, crochet a UK HTR.

Visit Repeat Crafter Me for the pattern!

Minion socks. SOCKS!!!!

The lovely lady at loopsan.com has made some Minion socks, my friends. GENIUS. Just look at them! They make me want to say “Boca”.

She’s put together quite the site and we highly recommend you take a look. She’s open to feedback too, plus is offering free patterns in both UK and US terms … as well as recipes that include chocolate. Say no more.

Get the Minion pattern here – and look around while you’re at it!

Crochet Christmas Slippers – free pattern

These adorable Christmas slippers are super quick and easy! Ideal extra Christmas presents, or something just for you.

This is own pattern based on our pattern for Minion slippers here. IMG_20131121_182835

Feel free to make and sell these as much as you want, but the pattern is free to everyone and will remain that way. You can reproduce it on your website or blog as long as you credit us as source, and don’t charge anyone any munnies.

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Hook: 4mm.

 

Tapestry needle.

 

Stitches: half treble (htr), double crochet (dc) and treble (tr).

 

THE TOE

 

This section determines the shoe size of the slipper. The instructions we’ve given here should cover all average adult shoe sizes. If you want your slippers to be smaller, miss out Round 4. If you want them to be larger, add “Round 4a” and crochet “1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, then 2 htr all the way round”. Alternatively, play around with different hook sizes. For a child’s size, we’re guessing that you stop increasing after round 2, or maybe even round one if your little one has tiny feet. If that doesn’t work, try a smaller hook.

 

We start with green yarn and a circle. Use your preferred method: either chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain to create a loop, or use a magic ring and chain 1 to secure. It’s important to keep track of the first stitch of each round with your stitch marker.

 

Round 1: 10 htr into the ring.
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Round 2: 2 htr into each htr from round 1.

 

I don’t slip stitch to join rings – this way, you don’t get a visible join. Go straight from the last htr of round 1 to the first htr of round 2.

 

Round 3: 1 htr then 2 htr into the next stitch. Continue all the way round. You should finish on a 2 htr in the last stitch.

 

Round 4: 1 htr, 1 htr then 2 htr into the next stitch. Continue all the way round. You should finish on a 2 htr in the last stitch.

 

The Foot

 

This section determines the length of the slipper. Adjust the number of rows up or down to match the size of the foot your are crocheting for. You’ll want to keep working until the length of the slipper is slightly shorter than the foot.

 

Round 5: 1 htr in each stitch all the way round.

 

Round 6 – 23  , repeat round 5.

 

 

We are now going to create an opening for the foot.  We won’t be crocheting all the way around any more.

 

Round 24: Chain 1. Crochet 28 htr back the way you came, ie back over the previous round.

 

Rounds 25 – 36: Repeat round 24.

 

Your work will create a rectangle shape.

 

 

The Heel

 

After row 36, fold the straight end in half and double crochet the two sides together. Turn inside out. Sew in any loIMG_20131121_155819ose ends with a tapestry needle. You should end up with something like this!

 

 

The red Shell edgingIMG_20131121_164718

First, htr all the way around the opening in your red yarn, starting and finishing at the join at the heel. You need to make sure you’ve crocheted stitches in  multiples of six, plus one stitch. If your final stitch count isn’t in the six times table, add or deduct the necessary number of stitches somewhere sneaky. No one will notice, we promise!

Then chain one. *Miss two stitches. 5 treble crochet into the next stitch. Miss two stitches. Double crochet into next stitch. Repeat from * all the way round.

Fasten off. Sew in all ends – and voila!

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Snowflake slippers

I came up with these beauties using the snowflake pattern in issue 11 of Simply snowflake slippersCrochet magazine (out now if you’re quick). Hook up six or seven snowflakes and sew them together at the points until you have a slipper that is slightly smaller than the foot they’re for and voila!

I’m so addicted to making slippers at the moment.

Best Crochet Tutorial ever. EVER!!!!!!!

This is quite amazing. It’s the best crochet item I HAVE EVER SEEN! 

Have you ever seen anything like it?! It’s from accordingtomatt.blogspot.de, and Matt is that rare thing in the crochet world: a man! Of course, as he says, his aim is to inspire so you can make this in colours of your choice. I’m thinking a Steampunk theme for my daughter, The Tall One.

He has posted a gorgeous and thorough photo tutorial, with the most beautiful detail shots. It’s in US terms so crochet a UK DC when it asks for an SC; a UK HTR when it asks for an hdc, a UK TR when it asks for a dc.

Once you’re done, both he and we would love to see photos! Have any of you tried this tutorial already? Let’s see!

DO visit his blog for some other lovely ideas. It’s gorgjois and not just all about crochet!