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Clover Doily

It took me quite some time to finish it, but here is my newly completed Clover Doily.

I have yet to straighten and stiffen the piece but, as is, it measures 25 by 31 inches.

I followed Tat-a-Renda’s pattern but I excluded the smaller motifs that she adds between the larger ones and around the edge of the finished piece. I like the airiness of this version a little better than her original. (I recommend you go check out her blog, as

I absolutely loved working on it! Which is probably why it took me way longer to finish than it should have. I enjoyed the process so much, I didn’t want it to end. The motifs are very easy to make and very repetitive so it was easy for me to work on it while watching TV, travelling, etc. The motifs can be joined together gradually, or they can be sewn together at the end. I chose to join them as I worked through the piece, to minimize the amount of extra work and extra thread needed to sew them after the fact.

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4th Annual NICU Charity Challenge

Hi all.

I decided to put my talents to good use and, since it’s the season of giving, I have joined the Sunset Family Living Annual NICU Challenge. The challenge started on November 20th and will run until January 6th. It consists of making 12 preemie hats and donating them to the nearest NICU.

If you wish to join, just click on the picture below.

participant-badge

You don’t have to join this particular challenge to make a difference. There are many causes out there that one can support. But if you’re anything like me, you love creating things with your hands and sometimes run out places to store them or people to gift them to. So instead, if we can all put a little bit of our time and talent into helping those in need, whether it is making hats for babies in the NICU, warm clothes for the residents of a local shelter, or simply helping out a family in your community to put a few gifts under the tree this year, it would mean the world to the people in need.

I’ve received the first pattern of the challenge and will begin making some hats in the next few days.

Free Pattern – Christmas Present Pillow

As promised in my previous post, here’s the pattern for the Christmas Present Pillow, albeit a little late. This pattern can also be found as a free PDF download on Ravelry.

Notes:

  • This pattern creates a square pillow 16″x16″ by using a pillow form with those dimensions. Changing the hook size and/or yarn might require changing the number of stitches. Keep a measuring tape handy and double check as you move along.
  • For this project, I used a 4.5 mm crochet hook and Red Heart Comfort yarn. If you’re using a different yarn, you can adjust the hook accordingly but keep in mind that a tight stitch is desirable for this project so the white pillow form doesn’t show through.
  • I chose to sew shut the pillow cover. If you prefer using a zipper or buttons, you may do so.

Materials:

  • Red yarn
  • White yarn
  • 4.5 mm crochet hook (or another hook that matches your yarn)
  • Pillow form 16″x16″
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape

Pillow cover:

  1. With red yarn ch 62.
  2. Sc  in the second chain from the hook, sc in each of the following chains until the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn.
  3. Repeat row 2 above until the piece measures 32″ long. Finish off.
  4. Fold the pillow cover and sew the edges first. ChristmasPillow-15-1
  5. Place the form inside the cover and then sew the remaining opening. I keep the opening in the middle of the pillow like this because it will eventually be covered by the crisscrossed white bands.ChristmasPillow-16
  6. The pillow cover is now complete.

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White bands (make 2):

  1. With white yarn ch 123 and join to form a circle which making sure not to twist the chain. The chain should fit around the pillow.ChristmasPillow-19
  2. Sc in each of the following chains around the circle. The piece is worked in the round, do not join.
  3. When you have completed 6 rows, finish off.
  4. Repeat the instructions above for the second piece.
  5. Place the white bands on the pillow creating a cross.

Bow:

  1. With white ch 141.
  2. Sc in second chain from the hook and in the remaining chains until the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn.
  3. Sc in each in each sc, sc2tog for the last 2 sc in the row. Ch 1 and turn.
  4. Repeat row 3 above until the piece has 8 rows. Finish off.
  5. Attach red yarn to a any stitch around the edge and sc evenly around making a border. Finish off.
  6. Fold the piece to make a bow and attach it to the center of the pillow.

The finished product should look something like this:

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Christmas Present Pillow

I decided that this Christmas I would make as many presents as I could and only buy the remaining few. There are a couple of problems with this. First being not knowing what to make for the male characters of my life and second is having the school semester end right around Christmas-time which means I have to dedicate most of my time on final projects and exams.

A few weeks ago I had an idea of what I wanted to make for my mom. I’ve heard her say for the past two Christmases that she wishes she had some nice Christmas-y pillows for the living room. I wanted something like this but crocheted and red with a white bow.

It took me about a week to complete it but now it’s finally done so I can share it with the world.

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I originally set out to make a set of 4 pillows by Christmas time but, after seeing how long one took, a set of two seems like a more realizable goal.

I’ve also put together a detailed pattern with pictures for those of you looking to make this pillow for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Miniature Speakers ***CROCHET PATTERN***

Miniature Crochet Speakers

Making the speaker box:

Materials:

2 ply acrylic yarn (black)

3.5 mm crochet hook

Polyfil stuffing

Square top (make 2)

  • Rnd 1: Ch 8
  • Rnd 2: Sc in second chain from the hook, sc in the next 6 chain spaces. Ch 1, turn
  • Rnd 3: *Sc in the first sc and in the next 6 sc. Ch 1, turn*
  • Next rounds: Repeat from * to * until your piece looks like a square. Depending on the type of yarn and the hook used, the number of rows needed to make a square may vary. With the yarn and hook that I used 7 rows were enough to produce the desired square piece.
  • Finish off. Weave in the ends and cut any excess yarn.

Rectangle side (make 4)

  • Rnd 1: Ch 8
  • Rnd 2: Sc in the second chain from the hook, sc in the next 6 chain spaces. Ch 1, turn.
  • Rnd 3: *Sc in the first sc and in the next 6 sc. Ch 1, turn*
  • Next rounds: Repeat from * to * until your piece looks like a rectangle. Depending on the type of yarn and the hook used, the number of rows needed to make the desired rectangle may vary.
  • Finish off. Weave in the ends and cut any excess yarn.

Connecting the pieces

  • Crochet the 6 pieces together using the black acrylic yarn.
  • You can choose to sew the pieces together but the edges of the box are more defined and straight when they are crocheted.
  • Before closing the box shut, stuff it with polyfil.

 

Making the round grills

Materials:

Bamboo yarn (black and grey)

3 mm crochet hook

Yarn needle or hot glue

Small circle

  • With black, make a magic circle
  • Rnd 1: Chain 1 and work 7 sc in the circle
  • Change to grey
  • Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in every sc around
  • Connect with a slip stitch to the first sc in the row. Finish off.
  • Weave in the ends and cut any excess yarn.

Large circle

  • With black, make a magic circle
  • Rnd 1: Chain 1 and work 7 sc in the circle
  • Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in every sc around
  • Change to grey
  • Rnd 3: Repeat *1 sc in first single crochet and 2 sc in the next sc* until the end of the round.
  • Connect with a slip stitch to the first sc in the row. Finish off.
  • Weave in the ends and cut any excess yarn.

Attaching the grills

  • Pick a rectangle side of the speaker box where you want to attach the speaker circles.
  • Follow the diagram below and either sew or glue the circles onto the box.

ENJOY!!

 

Uses for these little speakers:

~Hang them on the rear-view mirror in the car.
~Place them on your desk at home or at work.
~Have a audio-enthusiast friend? This would make a great gift for them.

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.

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