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Book review: Crochet in color

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Colorful crochet projects…  What’s not to love about a crochet project made with happy colors.  If the colors are well chosen, I truly believe that a colorful blanket can make you smile.  I do.

But how do you know that you used the right colors?  Where do you find your inspiration?  Especially when you did not had the privilege to have an education in fashion or color techniques…

 

Well, one tip I can tell you… don’t overthink it!  I get my inspiration from my neighbourhood.  In fact you can draw your inspiration from anything!  From a bouquet of flowers, or maybe your favorite piece of clothing, from the cover of a book, wallpaper, a photo, …  Just try it, you’ll see that you’ll discover some really great color combination, that didn’t even think about before.

Still a bit in doubtful about your skills?  Why not try a book filled with colorful crochet projects and start from there?  One book that is great for inspiration is “Crochet in color” from “Kazuko Ryokai”.  It has plenty of happy projects with lovely preset color combinations.  The projects are suitable for a beginner level.  I especially love the blanket that’s on the cover of the book.  But there’s also lot’s of other fun projects in it, like coasters, a pillow, a cozy for your coat rack, …

Have fun with your colors!

New website!

I am so excited with the news I have for you!  The last few days I have been working on my new blog!  Not only did I changed my theme, but the software behind my blog is also shiny and new.  I am so thrilled with all the new features it adds to my blog!

But wait… there’s more!  I’m currently also working hard to open a webshop for my crochet patterns.  How awesome is that!  Soon you will be able to buy and download my pattern directly from my website.   I know… It’s okay to squee.

Can’t wait to see it?  Go to littlewendycrochet.com and subscribe so you never ever have to miss one of my blogposts again.  And it’s totally okay to try out those new share-buttons.

crafty greetings,

Wendy

Easter preparation time!

The bees are humming, the birds are singing, the trees are slowly getting leaves again… and on sunny days, you can already feel it’s getting warmer.  It feels as if nature is awakening again.

Slowly we’re heading for a new season. Spring! The season of joy, colour and happy feelings, don’t you agree?

But this also means that it’s almost Easter!  Yay!  So let’s get started on our easter decoration.


I found these fantastic egg-dye-kit in my local supermarket.  In the kit you’ll find 3 different dying colors for boiled eggs. Well… we creative people can make that at least 6 colors 😉  But that’s not all!  There’s also some very cute stickers in the kit, to decorate your eggs afterwards.   I swear, if I had a webshop, I would definitely have had these kits in stock.


For those who looking forward to a babyshower of a friend or family, maybe you can make a quick download of my free pattern Lola, sweet little rabit.

Or if you’re looking for a smaller project, you might like my free pattern Pencil toppper Rabbit.

Don’t forget to bring me a visit on ravelry and show me your finished Little Wendy crochet projects! And who knows… your Little Wendy crochet makes might even pop up on my Facebook page.

Happy crafting!

Wendy

Free pattern: stripes’n’cuddles baby blanket

———-> English versio

Although crochet is my most favorite craft by far, I did learn to appreciate knitting as well a while ago.

I confess that knitting was not my cup of tea for a long time… until someone gave me the advice to switch to circular needles and to hold the yarn in my left hand (just like it is in crochet).  These two small changes made a whole lot of difference to me.

To practice knitting, I made a lovely, chunky baby blanket in a very thick and soft yarn.  I chose to work with an icord for the border, because I think it complements the look.

If you don’t know how to make an icord, I’ve posted some video-tutorials below my blog.

This pattern is suitable for a beginning knitter, because (obviously) I’m a beginner too.  So if I can do it, you can too!  I used a very thick yarn that knits up fast!  So before you know it, you will have made a beautiful, soft and chuncky baby blanket.

Skill level: beginner

Techniques you should know to make this blanket:

  • icord cast on
  • knit an icord
  • knit onto an icord
  • garther stitch
  • start a new color
  • icord bind off

Materials needed:

  • 780 – 1000 meter chunky yarn (850 – 1100 yrds)
    For example: Schachenmayr Bravo Big (+- 7 skeins)
  • tapestry needle
  • knitting needles size 10 mm (US 15)

How to make it:


Always knit garther stitch, unless mentioned otherwise.


ICORD

  1. Cast on 3 stitches and knit them.
  2. Slip stitches to your left needle.
  3. Knit 3 stitches.
Repeat 2 and 3 until you have an icord of approx. 1 meter long.
BLANKET
  1. Pick up stitches along the icord edge until the end of your icord. (See video below.)
  2. Pick up the 3 cast on stitches from the beginning of your chain.  This doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as you pick up 3 stitches in the beginning of your chain, you should be fine.
  3. Turn. Knit 3, change color, knit to the last 3 stitches.  Slip 3 stitches to your right needle. Keer je werk.  Brei de eerste 3 steken in de kleur van je icord, zet een nieuwe kleur aan.
Repeat 3 until your blanket has the desired lenght.  Be aware that you have enough yarn left for you icord cast off.
Icord cast off
 
  1. *Knit 2, knit 2 together through the back loop, slip 3 stitches from your right to your left needle* Repeat until you have 6 stitches left (3 on your right and 3 on your left needle).
  2. Cut your yarn with a long tail. Do an icord cast off.
Weave in all ends.  And your done!
Have fun with your cuddly’n’cute baby blanket!
crafty greetings,
Wendy
 
———-> Video’s

Icord cast on

In deze video maken ze een icord met 4 steken.  Voor mijn patroon moet je maar 3 steken opzetten, maar indien je wenst mag je uiteraard ook 4 steken opzetten.  Hou er dan wel rekening mee dat je ietsje meer garen zal verbruiken voor de rand.
This video uses 4 stitches for the icord.  My pattern only needs 3 stitches for the icord, but feel free to work with 3 or 4 stitches for your icord.  Do take in mind that you will be using a bit more yarn, if you choose to work with 4 stitches.

Picking up stitches along an icord edge

copyrights video: Berroco yarn

Icord bind off

copyrights video: knit purl hunter

A quick & tiny valentine-make

These lavender bags are a perfect project for those who love easy and fast crochet makes. It hardly takes one hour to hook one up.

And if you’re like me, a tv-watching-crocheter, this makes it even better!  There’s only one stitch you’ll need to make -> single crochet.  Just keep on crocheting in the round and before you know, you have a lavendel bag.

I think a lavender bag is a lovely gift for any occasion.
So be creative and make one with a christmas tree, or with the new year on it, or with a flower for easter, or …
Make one with a little ribbon and hang it in your closet.

This little project has lots and lots of opportunities to get creative.

This is how I made them:

Materials needed

  • a leftover sport weight cotton, f.e. catania
  • 2,5 mm crochet hook
  • a leftover felt
  • glue for textile
  • scissor
  • a needle
  • dried lavender flowers
How to crochet it
  1. chain 20
  2. start in the 2nd chain from the hook.  Make 18 sc, increase 3 sc in the last chain.  Continue working on the other side of the chain.  Make 17 sc, increase 2 sc in the last chain.
    You’ve now finished your first round of sc.
  3. Continue to crochet sc in the round, until you have 17 rounds.  Flatten the bag and sc until you’re in one of the corner of your bag.
Finish off with a long thread.  Stuff your bag with lavender and sew closed the top of the bag.
Cut a heart out of a piece of felt and glue it onto the bag with the textile glue.

A little word about the lavender…

If you want to enjoy your lavender bags for a long time, I recommend buying a high quality of dried lavender flowers.  I know some of you have lavender bushes in their garden and yes, they do smell good… but they keep their scent by far as long as the kind that professionals companies use for their lavender bags.  And we only want the best, right ?

However, the dried lavender that you can buy in drug stores (or specialized stores) is the one you’re looking for.  And if you think that (after some years) the scent has gone, don’t throw it away!  Just a drop of lavender oil in the bag and you can enjoy your lavender scent again for months, if not years.

Don’t know where to buy loose lavender flowers ?  Here’s some shops where they sell the good stuff:

  • Dille & Kamille -> drug store chain, with online shop
  • bastin.nl -> grower, with online shop
  • Lavendula.be -> grower, no online shop
  • Musée de la Lavande -> grower, no online shop.  This is where I bought mine.  If you’re ever visiting the Provence, make sure to visit this site.  You won’t regret it!

To release the lavender scent, just squeeze your bag.  I usually repeat this process once a week, but feel free to squeeze your lavender bags as much as you like.

Have a lot of fun making Valentine-lavender-bags!

crafty greetings,

Wendy