Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Crocheted Jewellery Stand

As my bedroom is quite small I need to come up with creative ways of storing my things, and one thing I always leave scattered about is my Jewellery but I didn't want to pay a fortune for a decent Jewellery box (which would take up precious space) so I decided to make my own.

I saw a lady on YouTube do something similar to this a few months back but decided to modify the general idea of it to make it more personal to what I wanted it for :)


 Because I used a picture frame as the main structure, it can be placed horizontally and vertically to fit any space, I have mine on my chest of drawers in between other photo frames.

I like using it sideways for hanging earrings and other little bits of Jewellery whilst I can put it upright to hang longer bits of Jewellery such as necklaces


These have been a life saver for me as I can easily fit them onto small shelf spaces and gaps on my desk, plus they look lovely and fit my room perfectly.

If you would like to purchase one of these Jewellery Frames please click here :)

As always please feel free to comment and criticize :)

Monday, 28 January 2013

How to do the Double Crochet Cross Stitch (X Stitch)

I started using the double crochet cross stitch ( X stitch ) as I love the effect it gives off, I love to use this stitch for borders on my projects as I think it just makes things that little bit special by adding the extra detail. I decided to do a tutorial for this stitch as some of my latest projects include it and I thought it would be nice for reference for people who are unfamiliar with the X stitch and have all the information they need in one place, as I intend to post the patterns shortly.

To see what this design looks like incorporated into my projects add me to stay posted on my latest designs :)

1) First off you need to start with an odd number for your chain (I chained 13 for this tutorial)



  2) you then want to double crochet into the 5th chain from the hook,


 3) yarn over then go behind the double crochet you've just made


4) go through the previous chain


it helps to hold down the double crochet already done as shown in the below picture to see what you're doing better and if you're finding it difficult


 5) double crochet as normal


6) This creates the X stitch, to continue, skip one chain and double crochet into the next (indicated by the green crochet hook) and repeat previous steps to create another X stitch


7) Repeat these steps till you come to the end of the row


8) At this point you can either finish off or chain 1 and turn to continue with single crochet or chain 2 and turn to continue with half double or double crochet.

If you have any problems with this tutorial then please get in touch and I will help to the best of my abilities :)

Sunday, 27 January 2013

UK & US Crochet Terminology

Despite living in the UK, In all my patterns I always use the US terminology due to personal preference, for all those who use the UK terminology i'm going to include a conversion chart in this post to help make reading patterns easier if you don't already know the conversions.


I hope this is helpful in some way, I also thought it was necessary due to the fact over the next few days I will be posting some of my own patterns :D


Thursday, 24 January 2013

Crochet Hair Accessories :)

I don't usually put my hair up often but when I do  I want something slightly unique, I couldn't really find any accessories in any of the nearby shops or online so I decided to create my own.

I was going to do some form of bow to attach to a hair tie or clip but I couldn't get any to look the way I wanted so I turned to the internet for inspiration.

I found that loads of people made hair pieces using crocheted flowers and after browsing a few patterns I came up with this simple rose which I then made out of some sparkly wool I had left over from a Christmas project and some grey wool from a hat Ill be posting tomorrow.

To make them wearable I simply stick a bobby pin through the back
I use these to make simple hairstyles look a little more elegant, like this:

A simple bun :)













Top Knot :)


                                       

I'm in two minds whether or not to post the pattern so let me know if you would like me to post it or not.

I also think this would be ideal pinned to a dress or blazer for formal events like weddings if a nice colour was used such as the white version.

Please feel free to comment and criticize :)

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Owl Hat :)

Following on from the panda hat, ive noticed that owls for some reason are becoming increasingly popular so I decided using a similar pattern for the panda hat and adding a few extra bits to make an owl version.

(The knobbly bit on the head isn't a mistake I just couldn't get it to lay flat!) 

This one took a little less time than the panda hat as for some reason I find changing colours speeds up the process although you're still doing the same amount of work XD

I'm going to try and do at least one animal themed hat every couple of days or so until ive ran out of animals to do (please feel free to leave your suggestions I need all the help I can get!).

Ill also be posting pictures tomorrow of hair accessories as well as the patterns for how to make them.

Please feel free to comment and criticize as always :)

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Panda hat :D

Ive been wanting one of these for ages now but couldn't find any I liked in shops so I decided to make my own :)

The whole thing took about 5 hours in total, I used my ear flap design from a previous post in this design and used my mothers beanie pattern for the main bulk of the hat.

I decided to use bobbles for the ears and I thought it would add to the feel of the hat and look better than rounded flat ears.

 
Please feel free to comment and criticize and let me know if you would like the pattern :) 

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Catnip Toys :D

Since having 7 cats that need to be entertained, my mum came up with this great little idea for using up the scrap bits of wool we had laying about by making these cute little cat toys.

We stuffed them and put a small amount  of catnip in the center of the toy before sewing it together.

This is the result:


Ironically the cat in the video isn't one of ours but our neighbors cat who was originally one of our kittens lol

video
Think he enjoyed it? lol


Saturday, 19 January 2013

Crochet Ear Flaps

While working on my latest project (owl hat soon to be posted), I tried to find a good pattern or tutorial for ear flaps and all the ones I found/attempted either turned out too small or didn't look the way I wanted them to.

I decided in the end to make up my own pattern and thought this would be a good choice for my first pattern to post on here to hopefully help others who have had this problem.

The ear flaps are large enough to cover a big portion of each side of the head making them lovely and warm, ideal for cold weather.


The finished ear flap should look something like this (Pattern based on an adult sized beanie) :




Please note this is the first pattern ive actually written down for others to use so there may be errors scattered about, please contact me or comment if there are any problems with this pattern :)

This can be made either separately then sewn on or can be crocheted directly onto the hat.

I used Half Double crochets (HDC) for this pattern but it can easily be done in double and single crochet (please note the type of stitch you use alters how big the ear flap is and how it looks).

If you are unsure of how to do a hdc decrease an explanation can be found here

Please make sure to chain one at the end of every round as to make sure the pattern doesn't dip or warp in ways it shouldn't :)

Rnd 1: Chain 18 or hdc crochet into the next 18 on the hat, chain one extra for turning

Rnd 2-4: hdc in the next 18 hdc

Rnd 5: hdc decrease over the next 2 hdc, hdc in the next 14 hdc, hdc decrease over the last 2 hdc

Rnd 6: hdc in the next 16 hdc

Rnd 7: hdc decrease over the next 2 hdc, hdc in the next 12 hdc, hdc decrease over the last 2 hdc

Rnd 8: hdc in the next 14 hdc

Rnd 9: hdc decrease over the next 2 hdc, hdc in the next 10 hdc, hdc decrease over the last 2 hdc

Rnd 10: hdc in the next 12 hdc

Rnd 11: hdc decrease over the next 2 hdc, hdc in the next 8 hdc, hdc decrease over the last 2 hdc

Rnd 12: hdc decrease over the next 2 hdc, hdc in the next 6 hdc, hdc decrease over the last 2 hdc

Rnd 13: hdc in the next 8 hdc

Rnd 14: hdc decrease over the next 2 hdc, hdc in the next 4 hdc, hdc decrease over the last 2 hdc

Rnd 15: hdc decrease over the next 2 hdc, hdc in the next 2 hdc, hdc decrease over the last hdc

Rnd 16: hdc decrease in the last 4 hdc (hdc decrease, hdc decrease), Fasten off

At this point either sew to hat or single crochet around the ear flap to give it a nice finish.

Hope this pattern was in some way useful to what you were looking for :)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Amigurumi :)

As mentioned in the previous post, one of my motivations for taking crocheting up was receiving the most amazing little amigurumi zoo for my 18th birthday from my best friend.

This year was her 20th and I decided that I wanted to repay the favor by making some animals in return.

I ended up only making a giraffe as at this point I was still fairly new to amigurumi and spent alot more time than necessary on each animal I attempted.

This is the result of my efforts to make my first animal


She named him Melman from Madagascar XD

Now i'm obligated to make her a hippo, lion and a zebra so she can have the whole Madagascar set!

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like the pattern or just to say hi :)

Tackling a Teddy!

Besides encouragement from my mum, another big factor in me starting crocheting was a present my best friend gave me for my 18th, she made me 4 little animals, a lion,wolf,penguin and elephant.

Since then ive always wanted to make a teddy bear and finally decided to actually put plans in motion to start my first big project

I started by trying to make a little one but as I wasn't used to working with smaller objects I lost my temper many times and decided to go all in with a big teddy :)


He is yet to be named so if anyone has any suggestions please comment!

He took roughly 4-5 hours to make working on and off and used well under one ball of wool, he is roughly about 30cm tall, decided to give him a little scarf as its FREEZING in the UK at the moment and wanted him to look the part, if anyone would like the pattern please comment or get in touch :)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Baby hats :)

This is one of my more "normal" projects I guess, when I left university I obviously didn't have a job to walk straight into and thought to myself there must be something I can do in my spare time, I then thought that maybe I could try and sell little bits and bobs I make.

I started off with making newborn baby hats as they were quick and easy to replicate and I could sell them cheap as I know how hard it is at the moment money wise.

I  did 6 different types of hat each with their own styles.


If anyone is interested in these hats they can be found here :)

Please feel free to comment :) I welcome all comments and criticisms

I'm more than happy to share the patterns if anyone would like it :)

Minecraft!

As many others do I love Minecraft! Unfortunately thanks to my laptop being from the stone age and requiring some kind of fossil fuel to power the damn thing I can only play it if someone is kind enough to let me play it on their computer :(

Anyway....I thought it would be fun to create a Minecraft themed hat since the game has become so popular among different age groups and I chose the creeper as to me its one of the most memorable mobs in game and was for me personally a nice little challenge.

I know i'm not the first person to come up with this design as many others produce and sell this type of hat all over the internet, however this project was a challenge as I wanted to crochet the whole thing out of wool and as I've noticed through research ive done that many people choose to use felt for the facial features due to the complexity of the shape.

After successfully using every scrap bit of black wool I had and many failed attempts I managed to create the entire creeper face out of wool -does happy dance- :D

Bear in mind this is literally the first attempt I've done of this and yes i'm aware it doesn't look exactly neat and tidy but its a work in progress :)

I think I made it look a little too angry! lol

Please feel free to comment and criticize the hell out of this to help me improve the design as i'd love to be able to put a pattern up for the face specifically :)

p.s Enderman hat anyone? :D

Disney Hats!

One of the first projects I worked on with my mum was a pair of Disney themed hats, being a huge Disney fan (yes I still remember all the songs!) I found this project both entertaining and adorable.

I decided to do both Mickey and Minnie, not only for the fact that I love anything Disney related but for the fact I think these would look adorable on twins :)


Mickey

Minnie


Please feel free to comment, criticize and all that jazz :) i'll be happy to answer any questions and share my patterns if anyone would like them :)
Both hats side by side - I think twins would look so cute in these!

The Poke Beanie

One of the first nerdy projects I wanted to do was something Pokemon related after making a poke ball, after a quick search around on the internet I saw that a few people were making poke ball hats so I decided to give them a try, however I kept running into problems such as incorrect patterns, wrong sizing or the design just not turning out how I wanted it.

After a few more attempts I decided to try my hand at creating my own pattern to make the hat look the way I wanted it, a few stressful hours later and I had myself my own Poke ball hat :D

(in hindsight I shouldn't have used a red background XD)

Please feel free to comment, criticize or ask any questions and i'll be sure to reply :)

I will gladly post the pattern for this hat if anyone would like it :)



Welcome to the Madness!

First off i'd like to welcome you to the madness and thank you for taking the time out of your day to find yourself here :)

My name is Crissy, i'm 19 and live in the UK on the coast with my mum and 7 lovely (pain in the bum) cats, I consider myself a massive geek/nerd, i'm heavily into anime as well as games like skyrim, Pokemon and fallout etc. I love gaming/comic conventions and will usually (when affordable) attend the London Comic-con twice a year. I consider myself quite a creative person and can often be found sketching, painting, taking photos of weird things my cats do and more recently crocheting.

I took up crocheting in mid 2012 after going through a stressful time after dropping out of university after the slow realization I hated what I was studying, the almost non existent support and the whole experience in general, I needed something to occupy my time to stop me going insane from suddenly having nothing to do  and crocheting is where I turned after my mum suggested it and found out instantly how much I simply enjoyed doing certain projects and how useful it was as a creative outlet, the more things I made and the nice comments that friends and family would make over them encouraged me to look for a place where I could share my patterns, to express my passion for my work as well as find like minded people who would happily give their honest opinion on such creations and here is where I ended up :) 

I started off by making simple granny squares and scarves which my mum taught me to do but quickly progressed on to making hats, flowers and amigurumi, I started to think about different things I could do to make the items I make more interesting and appealing to individuals like myself, I thought about the things I would personally like to do and at the time happened to be watching Pokemon and thought how cool it would be to have my own set of life size poke balls, a quick Google search later and I stumbled across wolf dreamers patterns and after a few hours had my own set of poke balls.

This blog will mostly consist of posts about my latest projects, what I will be working on in the future and if i'm brave enough I may even post my patterns if anyone would like to know how I made something :) i'll also use this space to share any experiences and stories about life in general.

I would love to hear from anyone whether its a constructive comment or just passing through to say hi :) so please feel free to comment or contact me in some way and I will gladly get back to you.

Until next time :)