Category: Free pattern

FREE pattern: Aubergine, felted veggies

 

Aubergine felted veggies

You like crochet veggies? Make a bunch of this crochet aubergine and give them away as a toy or use them for decoration.

Here’s some fun facts about aubergines:
– Did you know that an aubergine isn’t actually a vegetable, but a berry?
– And here’s another fun fact about aubergine: During the renaissance the Italians called it a “mela insana”, which literally translates into “crazy apple”.

And… I have great news for the subscribers to my newsletter!  Because you can have this pattern for free!  Yeah, you heard me… FREE!

Not subscribed to my blogpost yet?  If you are fast, you can still grab this free pattern!  It’s free for subscribers only until  April the 30th, 2016.

For those who don’t want to subscribe. You can grab this cute pattern for a tiny fee on my ravelry webshop.

Happy crocheting!

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

My favorite free patterns

You want to make your own christmas/silvester gifts ?  But you’re not sure yet, what to make.  But it has to be something cute and fun.

Here are some of my most favorite free crochet projects that are a succes every time!  And the best part is that they are all free patterns.

 

Amamani puzzle ball // designed by : Dedri Uys from lookatwhatimade.net
M. Richard the whale // designed by : Stacey Trock from Freshstitches.com
Odd the Octopus // Designed by : Ina Rho from inart.no
Elephant // designed by : Chisachi Kushima
Tomato // designed by : Little Wendy crochet

crafty greeting,
Wendy