2014/72 – crocheting wire jewelry

Ever wanted to try crocheting with wire? Here’s a really handy tutorial which goes through it step-by-step, showing you how to make jewelry. It looks pretty cool.

Tell us what you think!

Find it here:

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/604/how-to-make-wire-crochet-jewelry/page/all

2014/71 – something for beginners

Hello!

So here’s one which isn’t exactly crochet but it a great idea for when you have odd strands and straggly bits of yarn left-over which are too small to start a new project with.

Yarnball earrings! How cute are they? I can imagine wearing pink ones all the time. Love it!

Find the tutorial here:

http://ithappensinablink.com/2014/10/yarn-ball-earrings.html

2014/69 – dreamcatcher earrings

Here’s a cute one. Dreamcatcher earrings! Looks pretty easy, and you can make matching necklaces and other jewelry. Add some beads or feathers like in the picture and voila! Quicky, one-of-a-kind jewelry!

You have to sign up to see the tutorial, but it’s free, quick and easy. Find the tutorial here:

http://www.free-crochet.com/detail.html?code=FC00618&cat_id=471

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/67 – A slightly selfish post about a crochet necklace

Hands up, you caught me officer. I admit it, this post is nothing more than a selfish hint to my mother about something I want her to make me.

Take a look at what Cynthia Shaffer claims to have just “thrown together on a whim”. Talk about creativity!

I absolutely love this design – wearing crochet isn’t for everyone, and I am very picky about what crocheted items I will wear. For me it’s quirky, unique stuff that I haven’t seen a million times before, or stuff with an obvious use.  But this necklace really ticks all of the boxes. It’s quirky, multi-textured and trendy, one of a kind and could easily be steampunk’d by incorporating clockwork elements or something vintage-y/noir-ey. Just gorgeous.

I wonder what other stitches or patterns you could use, perhaps more spider-webby ones in the spirit of hallowe’en? Maybe difference kinds of chains?

The tutorial is available below, but the blogger is using US terms so please refer to our stitch translation guide!

http://cynthiashaffer.typepad.com/blog/2013/07/crochet-hemp-and-chain-necklace-tutorial.html

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/63 – crochet flower and button earrings!

Do you ever find that you have nigh unending heaps of bright buttons going to waste?

Or that you can never find the *perfect* project to add them to?

Well never fear, Happiness Crafty is here with a pattern for some gorgeous flower earrings!

I have a feeling you could equally adapt other patterns for the same purpose – the heart pattern we showed a while ago (great for Valentine’s themed earrings), maybe even the pineapple or the skates (instead of giving them a winter theme, you could use summer colours and use several smaller buttons for wheels instead of blades). You could make earrings like this with any shape pattern! Or even wacky or novelty buttons.

It’s all in UK terms already, and looks pretty easy, so go crazy!

http://happinesscrafty.blogspot.gr/2014/07/crochet-button-earrings-free-pattern.html

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/37 Finger rings

This beautiful crochet ring comes from I’mTopsyTurvy. She has kindly posted a pattern on this page but also links to others she found on Pinterest. These are gorgeous and quick to whip up, especially during summer in the northern hemisphere when it’s too hot for hats and blankets!

When the pattern asks for a dc, crochet a UK TR.

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

She sticks her flowers to a metal ring base, but I don’t have any so I’ll be crocheting a little ring of a row or 2 of dc to attach mine to.

Visit her blog here!

 

Bracelet – pattern translation

Another bracelet approved of by The Loud Daughter. She’s 15 so is the source of all authority on What Is Cool and What Is Not Cool.

The designer made hers with twine! The pattern is simple – where it asks for an sc, crochet a UK DC. Where it asks for a dc, crochet a UK TR. Where it asks for an hdc, crochet a UK HTR.

Visit WrenHandmade for this pattern – and others!

Friendship bracelet

From Accrochet, a bilingual lady who posts in both English and French, this is dead quick and easy. My younger daughter, The Loud One, is mid-teens and this style of bracelet is v. trendy atm. You’ll earn instant Cool Points.

Click here to visit Accrochet for the tutorial. It’s all in chains!

Pattern Translation – Heart bracelet video tutorial

Found this on YouTube by SIMPLE CROCHET – it’s a fairly simple bracelet. You will need to translate the following stitches:

Single Crochet – UK DC

Half Double – UK HTR

Triple – UK Double Treble

Double Crochet – UK TR

Beware: there are also some increase stitches in there but she’s put lovely slow-motion sections in the video so you shouldn’t have any trouble.

Increase stitches are sneaky ways of getting extra stitches in without making it obvious.  They’re dead easy and really useful, plus also can give a lovely shape you wouldn’t get any other way. I use them a lot for flower petals.

For the bracelet section, she uses an ICORD. The video explains how to do this technique, but PlanetJune also has a great tutorial. If an Icord is a bit advanced for you at this point, you could easily make the bracelet some other way – chains, chains + a couple of rows of DC or HTR or TR. You can make this section as simple or as complicated as you like. Don’t stress it!

You could make belts or headbands this way too, and add as many hearts as you like in contrasting colours, perhaps. You could crochet around an existing bracelet or even add the heart to the broomstick bracelet we looked at yesterday!