It’s been a while since my last post, and I have been feeling guilty for slacking off. Finally I’ve picked up the crochet hooks again and made the Tunisian Ear Warmer (Click here for the free pattern) for the Yarn Club Fundraising. I used Bernat Baby Big Ball Sport Yarn (Color: Blossom) and a 4 mm crochet hook. I followed the free pattern but since I am using a different yarn and a different size hook, I made more than 55 rows as stated in the pattern. I started with chaining 17 (same as the pattern), and crocheted until it measures 20″ long. I made this for a 9-year old, but you can measure the head size and minus 1″ in order to get a better fit (since the yarn will stretch). I like the Tunisian stitches very much and this is what it looks as when completed! Hope you will like it too!
Spring has been procrastinating and seems nowhere nearby, but I guess I could speed it up a little bit by making some fruit coasters to feel the summer earlier. I’ve made a set of 6 for the Knitting Club Fundraising. All of them are using the same pattern pretty much, except changing yarn colors. I innovated my pattern from Christine Longe’s Green Apple Coaster pattern as well as Tessa Shearer’s Summer Watermelon Coaster pattern.
Here’s the basic pattern:
R1: Chain 2 (counted as 1 double crochet) in magic ring, and then make 11 double crochet. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2, then chain 2 (as the next round’s first double crochet) – 12 stitches.
R2: Work 1 double crochet in the same stitch where you chain 2, then work 2 double crochet into each double crochet gap. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2, then chain 2 (as the next round’s first double crochet) – 24 stitches.
R3: Work 2 double crochet in next stitch. *Work 1 double crochet in next stitch, 2 double crochet in next stitch.* Repeat * 11 times. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2, then chain 1 (as the next round’s first half double crochet) – 36 stitches.
R4: Work 1 half double crochet in next stitch, work 2 half double crochet in next stitch. *Work 1 half double crochet in next 2 stitches, work 2 half double crochet in next stitch.* Repeat * 11 times. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2, then chain 2 (as the next round’s first double crochet) – 48 stitches.
R5: Work 1 double crochet in each stitch around. – 48 stitches.
Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.
Apples: Use white yarn for R1-R4, and green/red yarn for R5.
Lime/Lemon/Orange: Use green/yellow/orange yarn for R1-R3 & R5, white yarn for R4.
Watermelon: Use red yarn for R1-R3, white for R4, and green for R5.
Seeds for apples/watermelon (optional): Use Black Yarn to sew accordingly. (See photo for placement.) Fasten off and weave in ends.
Leaf for apples: Use green yarn, Chain 9, work 3 dc in 4th chain from hook, 1 double crochet in next 2 chains, 1 half double crochet in next chain, 1 single crochet in next chain, 1 slip stitch in last chain. Go on the other side of the chain and repeat in a reverse order: slip stitch in first chain, 1 single crochet in next chain, 1 half double crochet in next chain, 1 double crochet in next 2 chains, 3 double crochet in last chain (where the first 3 double crochet were made). Fasten off, sew in apple coaster and weave in ends.
Stem for apples: Use brown yarn, chain 10, from 2nd chain from hook, work 1 single crochet in each chain. Fasten off, sew in apple coaster and weave in ends.
Section Lines for Lime/Lemon/Orange: Use white yarn, chain enough length measured from magic ring hole to R4 (white). I chained 8 for mine. Fasten off and sew into coaster. Weave in ends.
I have been working on this for a while and finally it’s completed. I started the pattern with something I found online, but by accident I did it my way which turned into a slightly different pattern. I originally planned to make this for myself, but it turned out a bit too small for me. Since I promised my niece to make her a shrug, and this size is just perfect for her, she’s now the owner. Pattern (that includes both teeager and adult size) is available at Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry. Hope you will like it!
Oh my, it’s been 6 months since my last post. Finally, inspired by a niece’s request, I crocheted a bear that I made a few years ago (see previous post here) but with a different outfit – black tuxedo. Here’s what I made for her:
After that, my 5-year old boy said he loved it and wanted one. Alright alright, I will make another one, and also write up the pattern in case any of you out there would like to make one too So I made the outfit in grey this time.
And of course, my 7-year old girl will not want to be left out. So I decided to make the girl one too, but with a crown instead of a hat this time, and a different dress – a dress with train…I am not done with the front though – still working on the bouquet and will do some more decor on the dress. Here’s the back as a sneak peek (as always, you gotta wait for the bride’s grand entrance, right? ):
I have been working on this since March 2015 and finally it’s completed. I saw something similar on a TV show, and that looks like a wool cashmere cardigan. So I decided to knit one for myself and came up with this pattern of my own using the little chevron stitches I found online. Pattern is now available at Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry. Hope you will like it!