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The 5 most perfect patterns to learn Amigurumi crochet

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Who wouldn’t agree with me that these crocheted softies or Amigurumis are utterly adorable. You would love to make such cuteness yourself, but how does it work?  And won’t it be to difficult for me?

Absolutely not.  Actually there’s plenty of Amigurumi patterns for beginners.

I selected 5 of those beginner patterns for you.  Just go for it and before you know it you’ll be crocheting any amigurumi.

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Unboxing – Little box of crochet

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Who doesn’t like to receive a gift?  Either personally given to you or in your mail.

Recently I subscribed myself to Little box of crochet, a subscription service that sends you a box filled with crochet goodies EVERY month!

The box contains a crochet pattern, all necessary notions and some very gorgeous extra’s.  The story behind the making of this gorgeous box is a heartwarming and beautiful story, that I think everyone should read.

Already getting excited?  Let’s take a look inside!

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Designer discovery: Happy Patty crochet

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Whenever I discover a designer that really made me go “wow!”

This week I stumbled upon the website Happy Patty Crochet.  And I have to admit… I was blown away with the beautiful designs I saw!

Happy Patty Crochet sells crochet patterns for flowers.  But her designs are just so breathtakingly beautiful, that you just don’t know what you’re looking at if you go to her site for the first time.

What I really like is the option to buy a bundle to make a whole bouquet of flowers.  Yes, I know… it might be a little bit more expensive than a real bouquet, but hey… you can keep it for life!  While a real bouquet only last for an average of 2 weeks, this bouquet last forever.  Maybe a lovely idea to buy as a gift for yourself?  If you start now, you might end up with a beautiful bouquet of flowers on mothers day!

I bought the pattern of the Gerbera Daisy, the rose applique en for the rose bouquet.

The patterns come with a clear written instruction.  To obtain the lovely look, designer Patty has come up with a fun variation on the Tunisian Simple Stitch.

The pattern states that it has a difficulty level for the intermediate crocheter.  So, if your more a beginner level, it might be a bit of a challenge in the beginning, but if you’re all for challenges, I’d say go for it!

The yarn itself is also a bit more difficult to find. She used crochet thread no.20 and no.40.  lovecrochet.com has a lovely selection of this type of yarn in a variety of lovely colors.  For example Anchor en DMC have some really beautiful colors in their selection.

I am absolutely fan of her patterns.  I already ordered my yarn and hope to start my bouquet soon!

Creative greetings,
Wendy

 

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!

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