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Mirror Sunflowers

And now, for the great reveal… ūüôā

Here are the completed sunflowers attached to my bathroom mirror. I’m very happy with how they came out.¬†My bathroom looks a lot brighter and cheery now.

Mirror Sunflowers

This idea can be taken so much farther by replacing the sunflowers with other kinds of flowers, garlands that go around the whole frame, hearts, butterflies, etc.

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Sunflowers – Work in Progress

Here’s a look at my latest work in progress.

Sunflowers

I ironed and starched the pieces and now I’m waiting for them to dry before I sew them together. The finished project will be a decoration for my bathroom mirror. Basically, one sunflower with three connected leaves in each corner of the mirror. I will post pictures once it’s complete.

I got my inspiration from here but I only followed the pattern for the leaves, not the flowers themselves.

Turning – Clockwise or Counterclockwise?

Turning at the end of a crochet row can be done either way, clockwise or counterclockwise, and the result should be the same. As long as you’re consistent with which way you turn, your work will come out neat. There are a few websites that say you should always turn clockwise if you’re right handed and counterclockwise if you’re left handed so that the working yarn ends up behind the crochet hook.

Until now, I’ve been turning clockwise for no reason other than it came naturally to me. For the past couple of days I’ve been working on some diamond-shaped pieces which require an increase in the last stitch of every row. Since I intend to make a purse out of the joined pieces, I’m single crocheting rather tightly because I want the bag to be tough and sturdy. At the end of each row, I found it very difficult to get my hook through that last stitch. Besides it being worked tight, the top loops of the stitch seemed to be slanted away from me, making it even more difficult.

After my hand started to cramp up, I decided to try turning the work counterclockwise. Well, what do you know, the loops of the last stitch were straight against the top of the work and inserting the hook below them was a piece of cake.

I’m sure this difference is not noticeable when using a looser tension.

I’d like to know some of your thoughts on this so feel free to leave me your opinion in the comments section.

Braided Crochet Scarf

A few weeks back, I stumbled upon WindsorKnits’ pattern and was instantly inspired. I wanted one for myself in dark purple. I absolutely love it!

Braided Crochet Scarf Purple

It was very easy to make. Just 3 long strips, braided, and sewn together.

I’m thinking of making a second one in a lighter colour, maybe beige or cream.

Keychain – Tiny Penguin

I’ve been working on this little guy on an off for a few days now. It might look like a small and easy project, but crocheting him was definitely not a walk on the beach. I used a 2.5 mm hook and fine bamboo yarn, and since I crochet tighter that most people, half the time I couldn’t even find my stitches. I’m not even going to go into how fun it was sewing all those tiny pieces together. In the end, it was worth it because he’s so darn cute! Take a look for yourselves if you don’t believe me.

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I’m going to attach a string to the top of his head and put him on my keychain or attach him to my purse.

Colourful Flower Trivet/Potholder – FREE PATTERN

Add some colour to your kitchen with this great Colourful Flower Trivet/Potholder. It’s easy to make and you can use any colours you like. For a more simple look, you can choose only one colour throughout.

Please note: I did not include any colour changes in the pattern. Also, I apologize for the low quality pictures РI will have better ones up in a few days.

For this project, the type of yarn, hook size, or gauge is not important.

Rnd 1: Using the magic circle, work 8 sc in the center. (8)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in the first sc, 2 sc in each st around. Sl st into the first sc to join. (15)

Rnd 3: Ch 3 (will count as a dc). Dc in the same st, 2 dc in each st around. Sl st into the top of the ch 3 to join. (30)

Rnd 4: Ch 1. Sc in the same st. *Hdc in front loop of next st, 4 dc in front loop of nest st, hdc in front loop of next st, sc in front loop of next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st in the first sc to join.

Rnd 5: Ch 3. This round is worked in the remaining back loops of Rnd 3. *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the top of the ch 3 to join. (45)

Rnd 6: Ch 1. Sc in the same st. *Hdc in front loop of next st, 4 dc in front loop of nest st, hdc in front loop of next st, sc in front loop of next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st in the first sc to join.

Rnd 7: Ch 3. This round is worked in the remaining back loops of Rnd 5. 1 dc in the next st. *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the top of the ch 3 to join. (60)

Rnd 8: Ch 1. Sc in the same st. *Hdc in front loop of next st, 4 dc in front loop of nest st, hdc in front loop of next st, sc in front loop of next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st in the first sc to join.

Rnd 9: Ch 3. This round is worked in the remaining back loops of Rnd 7. 1 dc in the next 2 sts. *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the top of the ch 3 to join.

Rnd 10: Ch 1. Sc in the same st. *Hdc in front loop of next st, 4 dc in front loop of nest st, hdc in front loop of next st, sc in front loop of next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st in the first sc to join.

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Enjoy!

Playing Card Coasters – gift idea

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on a Christmas gift for a family member who loves playing poker. It’s a set of four coasters of aces of all four suits.

Playing Cards Coasters

When I thought of this gift idea I was hoping to find a pattern on the internet, but my search yielded no results. So I had to design my own diagrams and pattern. The good news is that I managed to finish right in time for Christmas Eve.

For this project, I used my favourite bamboo yarn in white, red, and black. The squares are 3.5 inches wide, 25 stitches by 25 rows, with a border row. I tried using worsted weight yarn but the gauge was too big and the resulting squares were the size of pot-holders, not coasters. I tried modifying the pattern to keep the size of the squares while decreasing the number of stitches and rows, but this significantly reduced the detail in the design, so I found that using a finer yarn and hook was better.

I’m currently putting the finishing touches on the pattern and I might make it available soon.

Miniature Speakers

Hi all!

I just finished writing my first pattern!

Miniature Crochet Speakers

The idea for these miniature speakers came from the need to make something for my audiophile boyfriend. A couple of years ago I made him another decoration for the rear-view mirror in his car and I thought it was time for a change. They also look nice as a decoration on an office desk.

The speakers are a couple of inches tall and have an (optional) string attached to them for easy hanging.

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If you want to take things to the next level, you can even turn these into real miniature speakers by concealing a little speaker inside each of the “enclosures” and then stuffing and closing them.

Meet Albert the Sleepy Sheep

Hi everyone!

I’d like to introduce to you the very first crochet amigurumi I made. His name is Albert the Sleepy Sheep, and this is the pattern I used.

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This is what he likes to do in his free time…

He talks on the phone a lot.

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He listens to music.

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And, of course, loves to crochet.

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Welcome!

Until now, creating a crochet blog has been an idea that’s been slowly simmering on a back burner. I’ve wanted to take this step a few times before but I held back and waited for the right time to do this. Well, there’s no better time as the present, right?

I’m relatively new at crochet – it hasn’t even been a year since I first picked up a crochet hook. For a few months before that, I have been playing around with knitting looms but i felt they had their limitations. And so I progressed (on a hypothetical ladder I see crochet being on slightly higher rung) to crochet because I felt that its span of possibilities expanded to the borders of our imagination whereas loom knitting is pretty much limited to hats and scarves.¬†

I’ve learned so much over the past months from many crochet experts – bloggers, YouTubers – and have just recently started experimenting and coming up with my own ideas and patterns (only a couple, so far).¬†

This blog will mostly serve as a log for me to keep track of my creations but, hopefully, also to inspire other crocheters out there.

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