Friday, August 20, 2010

More Berenguer Outfits

I'm still making doll clothes, using a size 6 crochet hook and #3 thread.

Here's a Girl's Colorful Dress from Itsy Bitsy Babies and Their Bassinet Purses, available from Annie's Attic.
This dress was a variation of the Ladybug Dress .
A friend showed me this Karate Kid outfit. It was so cute I had to make my own. No pattern, just pants and a shirt as done in other patterns.

And here is an 8 in. Berenguer wearing an outfit called Becky's Bed Doll designed by Amy Carrico.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

5 inch Berenguer Babies

I couldn't resist these dolls after seeing them in catalogs from Annie's Attic and Mary Maxim. After much experimentation, it was apparent that what suited me best was crocheting clothes with number 3 cotton thread. Here are some of the results:

Lavendar Rose Dress set from Amy's Crochet World

Hoodie and Jeans set from Amy's Crochet World

Jeffrey's All-Star Romper set from Amy's Crochet World

Capri set from Amy's Crochet World

For those who prefer knitting, there are wonderful patterns available at Creative Knit Designs. And if you're on Ravelry, try My Mini Nursery.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Look Out for Teddy Bears

Interested in crocheting some teddy bears? Here are some patterns I've tried.

Becky's Crocheted Teddy is made in a flat piece, starting with the legs, working up the body to the head, and going back down the other side. Then it is sewn together and stuffed.

These two were made from a pattern called Crochet Teddies and Bunnies and are made in pieces. The legs and arms are attached as the body is made. The muzzle and tail are made separately and sewn on. The ears are crocheted onto the head.

These colorful teddies are Jelly Beanz Bearz by Christal Friend. The green one came first. The muzzle seemed a little short so I added a row on the rest of them. These are crocheted in pieces, but the legs and arms are crocheted on as the body is made.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Mini Key Ring Purses

Here's a cute way to use up sock yarn scraps. Look here for the free pattern. It shows 4 variations and includes the directions for all.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Knitted Lip Balm Cozy

Here's a quick project that uses scraps of yarn. These were all made with bits of sock yarn. Click here for the pattern.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bias Cup Cozy

I've been playing with ideas for cup cozies. I wanted something heavy enough to protect fingers from a hot drink and sturdy enough to stand up so it's easier to get the cup in. Here is my result. I really like it in variegated yarns.

Directions for Bias Cup Cozy

size G crochet hook
worsted weight acrylic yarn (doesn't take much)
Crochet in the back loop through out to create the ridge.
Row 1:
Chain 12 Work 2 single crochet in second chain from hook, then crochet one single crochet in each chain across
to last 2 chains. Crochet the last 2 chains together. Chain 1 and turn. (11 stitches)
Row 2:
Single crochet the first 2 stitches together, then crochet one single crochet in each stitch across to the last stitch. Work 2 single crochet in the last stitch. Chain 1 and turn. (11 stitches)
Row 3:
Work 2 single crochet in the first stitch, then crochet one single crochet in each stitch across to the last 2 stitches. Single crochet the last 2 stitches together . Chain 1 and turn (11 stitches).
Repeat rows 2 &3 for a total of 21 rows. Slipstitch the ends together.
Single crochet around the top, doing a pattern of 1 sc in two rows, then 2 sc in third row. Do a second row with 1 sc in each sc. Join, cut yarn, and weave in end. Do the same on the bottom of the cozy.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Parade of Spring Hats

It has been brought to my attention that postings have been a bit sparse lately. Therefore, here are some of the hats I've been making. All linked patterns are free downloads. And all of them are pretty easy to make.

Here we have a Crocheted Shell Stitch Preemie Hat. It's a stitch I haven't used with a hat before and I like the way it looks.

And this is the Mock Cable Baby Hat. It is very easy to make and does not use cable needles.

Here is a basic crocheted beanie with fdp's to add interest.

I've done this type of design on the Knifty Knitter but not on needles. The Simple Hat Pattern gave directions for this variation.

It's getting close to the time the local Farmers' Market will open so I've been looking for some new brimmed hats to sell.

The Beanie Brim Hat is a free pattern available on Ravelry. It really isn't flat on top; that's just the shape of my flower pot.

The Nubby Brim Cloche is another pattern from Ravelry.

The last hat is a Crocheted Brimmed Hat. It is fuller and looks like it will let your head breathe.

All of these hats were made with acrylic yarns. I'm planning on making the last three with cotton yarns as we get into summer.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Winter Olympics 2010

Rather than joining any of the Olympics groups on Ravelry, I decided to do my own thing. My project was to see how many pairs of socks I could crochet during the Olympics. All were made in my size and done the same way: F hook, hdc foot, afterthought heel, v-stitch leg, and 3 rows of "ribbing" (fpdc and bpdc). The final count was 9 pair --- woo hoo!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Crocheted Socks

Recently I decided to crochet a pair of socks. Ravelry has a group for that and I got some helpful information there about good basic patterns.

For my first pair I used the Ultimate Crocheted Socks pattern. It calls for an F hook so the socks worked up very quickly. With the esc stitch, they were also soft. The pattern has a nice explanation of a short-row heel.

Next I tried Vee Socks for Me. For this pair I used Sockotta yarn, an F hook, and a short-row heel. The foot of the sock is hdc and the leg is the v-stitch.

Here is a variation of the Vee Sock for Me. Again it is sockotta yarn and an F hook. On these socks I did hdc on the sole of the foot and the v-stitch on top of the foot and on the leg. The heel is afterthought. I love the way the heel looks. I wasn't quite sure about the afterthought heel and found a very clear explanation here.

For me, crocheting a pair of socks is much quicker than knitting them. They are a little bulkier but not uncomfortable to wear. I like using an F hook because it's faster and the sock fabric is a little looser. I like using hdc instead of sc for the same reasons. I think I'll make some more.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Mostly Hats

I can't seem to stop making the Short Rows Wavy Hat. It's so easy and really shows off the colors in the yarn because of being knit sideways.

James C. Brett makes Marble Chunky yarn in gorgeous colors. The skein is 200 g and an adult hat takes only 1.85 oz.
This hat is made from MC8.

I made this hat by following the directions but using size 8 needles instead of 10. When the hat measured 19 inches along the brim, I stopped and kitchenered the seam. This is the same yarn but a different colorway. An adult hat from this skein had sharp divisions of color but this size sort of blends from one color to another. This color is MC3.

I've been wanting to try slipstitching with 2 colors and found this pattern. The slipstitching is supposed to extend from the brim to the crown but I stopped early.

And here is another pair of Sockotta socks. I lost the band when I wound the yarn into 2 balls a few years ago so can't identify the yarn. This is the basic toe-up fleegle-heel sock I've been making lately.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hat Frenzy

It all started with the idea of making a masculine hat. This is one of Vanna's Choice yarns. It's okay but nothing special.

Then I used the same yarn and needles but did a baby hat. What a difference in the way the yarn looks. I think I was using size 9 needles. Guess I need to use smaller needles on the adult hat next time.

That got me back into making baby hats. This is Bernat Baby Jacquards - I'm a Big Boy. I used size 7 needles instead of the recommended 6 so the pattern isn't quite as defined.
Here I used Baby Marble by James C. Brett.
The colors in sock yarn are so tempting but my stash is out of control. So I bought one skein of this yarn and made a baby hat. It's Paton Kroy Socks - Mexicala Stripes.

My latest craze is shortrowing. This hat is a combination of patterns and is made with Sensations Rainbow Classic Pattern - Turquoise Rainbow.

I ran across this pattern on Ravelry. It's called the Short Rows Wavy Hat and looks great with variagated yarn. Here is a pink and green hat made from Bernat Softee Chunky - Summerset Ombre.

And this hat is made from Red Heart Super Saver - Peruvian Print.