Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Crochet Mitts - Free Pattern Roundup

I've said it once and I'll say it again: 'tis the season to crochet mittens! With only 8 days left for Christmas, crochet mittens (with or without fingers) are a sort of Christmas "get-out-of-jail" free card for every crocheter. They usually don't take up a lot of yarn and/or time, they're fairly easy to make and they're a foolproof gift. I've rounded up the cutest, coziest, and warmest mittens for the whole family and created this round-up: 8 free patterns for 8 days until Christmas! Enjoy!

1. Firecracker Gloves, by Ria Saakshi (sizes for women, but easily customizable).

2. Owl mittens, by The Green Dragonfly (sizes for kids, but easily customizable).


3. Mrs Murdoch's Mittens, by Brenda K. B. Anderson (sizes for toddlers, older kids, women, men).

4. OMG, It's Almost Christmas Fingerless Mitts, by The Anarchist Knitter (size for women).


5. Stripy Mitts, by Sandra Paul (medium size, but easily customizable).

6. Adeline Fingerless Mitts with Faux Cables, by Crochet Dreamz (one size).

7. Arles Patterned Mittens, by Gosyo (medium size, for easily customizable and with chart).

8. Hermione Shell Mittens, by Andrea Denby (sizes for small, medium, large).

What did you crochet for holiday gift giving? Did you include any mittens on that list? Have you made crochet mittens before and loved the pattern? Share in the comments!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 - The Anarchist's Collection: #4 - Crochet Cat Nest

It's the ultimate crochet pattern (and gift) for cat lovers. It's quick to make, although working with t-shirt yarn and a small hook (8.00mm) can be a challenge (but it is an excellent way of working out while crocheting). I used some t-shirt yarn I bought at the dollar store for €1.85 and used 3 "skeins", for a total of about 1500 gr. Awesome, awesome project, which gave origin to a massive feud between my cats. They keep fighting among themselves to get in the nest and the worst part is that the nest is not even for them... Poor, poor Anarchist kitties... :)

The (free) pattern can be found here!
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É, com certeza, o melhor modelo (e prenda) em crochet para os apaixonados por gatos. É fácil e rápido de fazer, embora trabalhar com trapilho e uma agulha pequena (8.00mm) possa ser um desafio (mas é uma excelente forma de irmos ao ginásio enquanto fazemos crochet). Usei trapilho que comprei numa loja asiática (chamemos assim), 500 gr por €1.85 e usei 3 "novelos", para um total de cerca de 1500 gr. Projecto espectacular, que deu origem a um conflito enorme entre os meus gatos. Estão sempre a lutar uns com os outros para ver quem vai para lá dormir. E o pior é que o ninho nem sequer é para eles... Pobres, pobres gatos Anarquistas... :)

O modelo (gratuito) pode ser encontrado aqui!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 - The Anarchist's Collection: #3 - A Vest For Little Dudes (and Girls)

It's the perfect little vest for little dudes (or girls, for that matter). Knitting/crocheting for little dudes is often a challenge: there are thousands of patterns for cute dresses, cardigans and boleros and shrugs, but not so many patterns for vests ou "manly-looking" pieces (don't get me wrong, personally I prefer gender-neutral garments, but most people have a different option). Anyway, when you do find a pattern "suited" for little guys, you stick to it like glue. My all-time favourite is Felipe, by Joji Locatelli. It's available as a free Ravelry download and it's only fault is that it is only available in one size: newborn. However, I was determined to knit this for one of the little dudes in my life (who's almost 3), so I heavily adapted the pattern. Here are my mods:

  • Size 9 needles (gauge of 16 st/in);
  • Cast on 104 stitches;
  • Stockinette stitch portion - 9,5 in;
  • Dividing for front and back:
    • BO 4 stitches, remove marker, BO 4 more stitches; K3 (P2, K2), P3 over next 48 stitches; BO 8 stitches; K3 (P2, K2), P3 over next 48 stitches.
  • Back:
    • Continue K2, P2 pattern for 20 rounds;
    • K3, P2, K2, P2, BO 26 stiches, P2, K2, P2, K3.
    • Continue each strap in pattern for 24 rows (don't forget the buttonhole, if you want to add buttons).
  • Front:
    • K3, (P2, K2), K3 for 14 rows, BO.
And that's it! Perfect toddler size! 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 - The Anarchist's Collection: #2 - Basic Round Knitted Toddler Top

Awesome little sweater and pattern, perfect to quench my obsession with round yokes. It fits like a charm, albeit already on the snug side. It only took me one skein of this gorgeous yarn (YAY!). Anyway, my notes:
  • Needles: 5.0mm;
  • Gauge: as stated in pattern;
  • Yarn: BMG Affinitas Winter Tweed, colourway 07 (100% acrylic - but good acrylic ;))
  • Increases were made Elizabeth Zimmerman's style, which are super fast and look very good!
  • I may make another, because I feel that it won't fit by Winter... I will use the same pattern, but 6mm needles (3T size).
Outra espectacular camisola e modelo simples, perfeito para acalmar a minha obsessão com decotes redondos. Serve como uma luva, embora já esteja um pouco apertadita. Só precisei de um novelo deste delicioso fio (YAY!). De qualquer forma, ficam as minhas notas:
  • Agulhas: 5.0mm;
  • Amostra: conforme indicado no modelo;
  • Fio: BMG Affinitas Winter Tweed, cor 07 (100% acrílico, mas um acrílico óptimo;)). Custa cerca de 5€, mas tem 100 gramas.
  • Fiz os aumentos ao estilo da Elizabeth Zimmerman, que são super rápidos e ficam lindos!
  • Posso vir a fazer outra, porque acho que não vai chegar até ao Inverno... Vou usar o mesmo modelo, mas agulhas de 6 (tamanho 3 anos).

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 - The Anarchist's Collection #1 - Non Stop Top

It's that heart-breaking time of year again, when you have to sift through drawers and drawers of clothes that no longer fit. But, as always, every cloud has a silver lining: it's also time to knit and crochet compulsively to build up an entirely new "collection"! Yay!

So, kicking off the collection, here's one of my favourite top patterns ever - Non Stop Top, found here on Ravelry. Why is it one of my favourite patterns? Well, it's knitted in one piece, without breaking yarn, for one. It's seamless, which is also great. But, most importantly, it's this sort of magical design that grows and stretches immensely, which means that a sweater will last - and FIT - at least two years, which is a great deal when you're knitting for tiny humans. It will probably look like the weirdest thing that you'll ever knit, but I assure you that it is awesome!

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 - The Anarchist's Collection #1 - Non Stop Top

Yarn I used: Drops Fabel (in "tex-mex" - orange - and "guacamole" - green), 75 gr and 50 gr, respectively.

Needles: 3.25/US 3.

Mods: I made the green one a tad bit smaller, since it is meant for a two-month old. The orange top is to be worn by Little A,, who has recently turned 2 and it fits like a charm, with plenty of room to grow!

É novamente aquela triste altura do ano em que temos de abrir gavetas e gavetas cheias de roupa que já não servem. Mas, às vezes, há males que vêm por bem: é também altura de tricotar e crochetar de forma compulsiva para construir uma "colecção" totalmente nova! YAY!

Portanto, para abrir as hostes, aqui fica um dos meus modelos favoritos de sempre - Non Stop Top, disponível aqui no Ravelry. A razão pela qual é um dos meus modelos favoritos? Bem, é tricotado numa peça só, sem cortar fio, por um lado. Sem costuras, por outro. Mas, ainda mais importante, é um design quase mágico que cresce e estica imensamente, o que significa que a camisola irá durar - e SERVIR - no mínimo durante 2 anos, o que é muito quando se tricota para humanos pequeninos. Provavelmente, será a coisa mais estranha que alguma vez tricotaram, mas garanto que é espectacular!

Fio que usei: Drops Fabel (em "tex-mex" - laranja - e "guacamole" - verde), 75 gr and 50 gr, respectivamente, comprado na Bolas de Tons.

Agulhas: 3.25mm

Mudificações: Fiz o verde um pouco mais pequeno, porque é para um pequenito com 2 meses. O laranja é para a LIttle A, que fez 2 anos há pouco, e serve como uma luva e ainda tem espaço para quando crescer!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sock Yarn Baby Blanket - Free Knitting Pattern

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate/referral links, which only means that if you click the link and buy something, I'll get a small commission. And trust me: by small, I mean small as in so-small-that-it-cannot-even-support-my-yarn-addiction. 

Most baby blankets' patterns give me the creeps. They're heavy, frumpy, impractical and even worse is when they have a right side and a wrong side (who has time for that when you're trying to wrap up a baby in the cold?). More, baby H., my much-anticipated godson, will be born right in the middle of summer and temperatures here get quite high. So, with all this in mind, I decided I wanted something extraordinarily light, colourful and easy. And this was born: 

It only weighs 150 gr, it's light, airy but still able to keep those cold summer evenings and nights at bay! And the pattern (if we can even call it a pattern) couldn't be any simpler: you knit, knit, knit and let the yarn speak for itself. I think the most important thing about this blanket is the drape. I used 5.00 mm needles, which produced a soft, drapey fabric, perfect for a baby blanket. So,

Sock Yarn Baby Blanket


I wanted this to be a car seat blanket, so it's a 65 cm by 65 cm square. Nevertheless, you can easily make it longer ou shorter by just continuing to do increases until you reach the size you want.



  • Cast on 3 stitches.
  • Row 1: knit across;
  • Row 2: (Increases) knit 2, YO, knit across;
    • Repeat row 2 until the side of the blanket is the length intended (you should measure one of the sides with the YOs, NOT the stitches/length on the needles).
  • Row 3: (Decreases) Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the row.
    • Repeat Row 3 until you have 3 stitches on the needle. 
  • Bind off and do all other necessary albeit boring things like blocking, weaving in ends and the like.

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A maior parte dos cobertores para bebés assustam-me. São pesados, maltrapilhos, nada práticos e ainda pior é quando têm direitas e avessas (quem é que tem tempo para isso quando se está a tentar embrulhar um bebé no frio?). Mais, o baby H., o meu mais-do-que-aguardado afilhado, vai nascer mesmo no Verão e as temperaturas aqui não são simpáticas. Portanto, tendo isto tudo na cabeça, decidi que queria algo que fosse extraordinariamente leve, colorido e fácil. E assim nasceu este cobertor.
Pesa apenas 150 gramas, é leve, delicado mas mesmo assim capaz de afastar o frio das noites de Verão! E o modelo (se é que lhe podemos chamar um modelo), não podia ser mais simples: liga, liga, liga e deixamos que o fio fale por si. Acho que o aspecto mais importante deste cobertor é o drapejar. Usei umas agulhas de 5.00, o que produziu um tecido macio e fofo, perfeito para um cobertor de bebé. Portanto,

Cobertor de Bebé com Fio de Meias
Queria, acima de tudo, que fosse um cobertor para usar no carrinho, portanto é um quadrado de 65 por 65 cm. No entanto, facilmente se torna maior, bastando apenas que se continue com os aumentos até atingir o tamanho desejado.
  • 150 gramas de fio para meias (acho que o fio com long print funciona melhor, como o Delight da Drops Garnstudio, que comprei na Bolas de Tons, cor 10 mostrada aqui).
  • Agulhas de 5.00 mm, com um cabo de 150 cm (fica grande).
  • Montar 3 malhas;
  • Carreira 1: Liga.
  • Carreia 2: (Aumentos) 2 liga, 1 laçada, liga até ao fim.
    • Repetir a 2ª carreira até atingir o comprimento desejado (deve medir um dos lados com a laçada e NÃO as malhas/comprimento nas agulhas);
  • Carreira 3: (Diminuições): 1 Liga, 2 juntas como liga, 1 laçada, 2 juntas como liga, liga até ao final.
    • Repetir a 3.ª carreira até ter 3 malhas na agulha.
  • Rematar e fazer todas as outras coisas aborrecidas mas necessárias, como esconder as pontas e essas coisas.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Baby Dungarees (or the Cutest Thing I ever made)

Work has been really getting in the way of my knitting/crocheting. Humpf. And, with a brand new baby from a very dear friend around the corner, let's just say that I'm not amused. But, considering how limited my time is, I need to be savvy in my projects and I need to be fast and furious. With that precise thought in mind, I decided to go for a pair of baby dungarees. And here is my train of thought:
  1. I wanted the "main body" to be knitted and not crocheted;
  2. I wanted them to be seamed;
  3. I would then add the back straps later on.
Having chosen Cotton Merino by Drops Design (colourway 08), I needed a pattern for worsted yarn and I came across this one here, available as a Ravelry download.

So, I just knitted the whole thing and sew the seams. And then my mods began:
  1. I did not pick up stitches for the legs (I HATE PICKING UP STITCHES); instead, I just single crochet around the leg openings and the end results is pretty cool;
  2. For the straps: at the back of the shorts, after determining the middle of the piece, I counted five to my right and then did 10 sc. I continued with these 10 sc for about 10 cm (4 in).
  3. Then, I only sc on the first 5 sc (first strap) and continued on with these 5 sc for about 20 cm (8 in). After that, I did the buttonholes: 2 sc, ch 1, sk 1, 2 sc on every 4th round.
  4. For the second strap, I rejoined the yarn at the beginning of the last round of 10 sc, 5 sc and continued on as for the first strap, being careful to place the buttonholes evenly and accordingly.
There you go! Your "Friday-cuteness-overload-moment"!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Snug as a Bug Sleep Sack

It's called "Baby fever". Every crafter knows what I'm talking about. As soon as you hear that someone you know is having a baby, it begins: you plan your projects, you buy the yarn, you browse through thousands of patterns and finally you roll up your sleeves and knit/crochet. Add someone you really like into the mix and multiply this for a thousand.

This is my take of the Snug as a Bug Sleep Sack, by Robyn Devine.It's avialble as a free Ravelry download (here) and it's pretty straightforward, just the kind of pattern I like. I didn't have to make any mods whatsoever! To maintain my level of sanity, I used a self-striping yarn (Drops Garnstudio Fabel Print, colourway 677, purchased at Bolas de Tons) and I think the end result is pretty nifty. And I only used 1.5 skeins, so I'm sure I still have enough yarn for a pair of matching booties, for instance. The buttons are also cute, just right to keep the little dude warm!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Primavera - Ruffle Shrug for Babies

Primavera (i.e., "Spring" in Portuguese). That elusive time of year when your nose is constantly running, you kind of itch all over and you begin to live. You start spending more time outdoors, you relish the sun and babies begin to show those wonderful baby rolls. But that doesn't mean that you no longer need some warmth. This is where this cute shrug comes into play. Designed to be crocheted in cotton, it is simple but cute, adding just that extra-layer (much needed during Spring or even during Summer/Autumn). So, grab your hook and yarn and go!

Primavera - Ruffle Shrug for Babies


6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years
(shown here in 6 month size) 


  • 100/125/150/200 mt of worsted cotton yarn (shown in Rowan Classic Cotton Jeans);
  • 5.5 mm/I hook;
  • 5/6 buttons.


Instructions are for the smaller size, with changes for the larger size noted in parentheses as necessary.
  • Foundation Row: Chain 43 (47, 49, 53). 
  • Row 1: Dc in 3rd chain from hook and next 2 (2, 3, 3) ch, 3 dc in next chain (increase corner made), dc in next 6 ch, 3 dc in next chain (increase corner made), dc in next 12 (14, 14, 16) ch, 3 dc in next chain (increase corner made), dc in next 6 ch, 3 dc in next chain (increase corner made), dc in next 10 (12, 12, 14). Chain 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), turn.
  • Row 2: *work dc until you reach the middle st of previous corner, 3 dc* - repeat 3 more times.
  • Repeat row 2 until you reach row 6 (7, 8, 8).
  • Divide-for-Sleeves Row (or Row 7, 8, 8, 9) - dc until the first st of the corner from the previous row, 2dctog, joining the middle st of the 1st corner with the middle st of the 2nd corner, dc until the first st of the 3rd corner from the previous row, 2dctog, joining the middle st of the 3rd corner with the middle st of the 4th corner, dc to end, chain 3, turn.
  • Next Row: Dc in each st across, Ch3, turn. Repeat this row 0 (1, 2, 3) more times.
  • For the ruffle: 
    • Ch 1, sc across. Chain 3 turn.
    • Chain 4, 1 dc in first sc, chain 1, *1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1* in each sc across. Break off yarn. 
  • For the sleeves:
    • Attach yarn to the middle stitch of armpit at the back. Chain 3, dc across, picking up 2 stitches for each horizontal dc at underarm, for a total of 24 (26, 28, 30) st.
    • Dc in each st across. Join with sl st to begin of round. Repeat this row 0 (1, 2, 2) more times.
    • Chain 1, sc in same st, *ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc* until the end. Join with slip st to beginning of row. Sl st to first chain space. Repeat row 2 more times.
  • Sow button on 1st row and on every other row.
  • Weave in ends. Grab pretty baby. Put on shrug. Tear up due to cuteness overload.

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You have permission to sell any finished item you make using this copyrighted pattern. However, you may not reproduce, sell, adapt, modify, communicate to the public, reproduce or otherwise use any part of this pattern, because that would be super uncool! Any other questions or doubts, please let me know @ theanarchistknitter@gmail.com!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Zip It! - One Skein, One-hour Zippered Crochet Cowl

Say "Hi" to the Anarchist!

And, I'm back! After almost 2 weeks (2 WEEKS) stuck in an apparently endless job, I'm "free" once again. And, obviously, I need to compensate my abstinence by knitting/crocheting every bit of yarn in sight! I was particularly drawn to this boucle orange yarn I bought for 37 cents a skein (I kid you not). I kind of love it and hate it, all at the same time. Could I possibly be able to do something pretty - or at least functional - out of it? I went for a cowl. A quick-to-make, one skein, one-hour cowl. The zipper was added later as a sort of architectural element (wow, don't I sound pretentious?). Well, I think it turned out cool. I wish I had a prettier zipper (one of those gold-like ones), but whatever. I was in "Crochet-Frenzy" mode!

E estou de volta! Depois de quase 2 semanas (2 SEMANAS) presa a um trabalho que aparentemente não tinha fim, estou "livre" novamente. E, obviamente, tive de compensar a minha abstinência tricotando/crochetando todos os bocados de fio que foram aparecendo! Especificamente, este fio, cor-de-laranja, bouclé, que comprei por 20 cêntimos (não estou a brincar). Tenho uma espécie de relação amor/ódio com este fio. Será que consigo fazer algo bonito - ou pelo menos funcional - com isto? Decidi-me por uma gola. Uma gola rápida-a-fazer, de-um-novelo, de-uma-hora. O fecho foi acrescentado depois como uma espécie de elemento arquitectónico (chiça, que pedante pareço!). Bem, penso que até ficou fixe. Queria ter posto um fecho mais bonito (daqueles tipo dourados), mas, não interessa, estava no meio de um "Frenesim de Crochet!

Zip it - One Skein Zippered Crochet Cowl


    • 60 gr. of worsted bouclé yarn;
    • 6 mm/J hook;
    • 12-inch zipper.


    • Foundation Row: Chain 66. Do not join.
    • Row 1: 1 dc in 3rd chain from hook, dc across.
    • Row 2: Chain 3, dc across;
    • Row 3: Chain 5 (counts as dc + ch 2), 1 dc in 3rd st, *chain 2, sk 2, 1 dc*, ending with a dc on top of the turning chain. 
    • Row 4: Chain 3, dc across (placing 2 dc in each ch 2 space - for neater results, crochet into the chains and not below);
    • Row 5: Chain 3, dc across.
    • Repeat Rows 3-5 2 times.
    • Weave in your ends.
    • To attach zipper: using safety pins, place one side of the closed zipper tape to one side of the cowl (I opted for sewing the zipper on the outside, so this is even easier). Grab your needle and threat, sew the piece and the zipper tape. Pin and sew the other side following the same directions. If you want, you can obviously sew the ends.   

    Zip it - Gola em Crochet de um Novelo, com Fecho


    • 60 gr. de fio para agulhas 5 (worsted) bouclé.
    • agulha de 6 mm;
    • Fecho de 25 cm.


    • Montar 66 malhas corridas. Não junte.
    • Carreira 1: 1 bride simples (bs) na 3ª malha a contar da agulha, 1 bs em todas as malhas.
    • Carreira 2: 3 malhas corridas, 1 bs em cada ponto anterior.
    • Carreira 3: 5 malhas corridas (conta como bs + 2 mc), 1 bs na terceira bride simples da volta anterior, *2 malhas corridas (mc), saltar 2, 1 bs*, terminando com uma bs em cima das malhas corridas para voltar.
    • Carreira 4: 3 malhas corridas, 1 bs em cada ponto anterior (2 bs em cada espaço de 2-mc – para um resultado mais bonito, crochete dentro da mc e não abaixo);
    • Chain 3, dc across (placing 2 dc in each ch 2 space - for neater results, crochet into the chains and not below);
    • Carreira 5: 3 malhas corridas, 1 bs em cada ponto anterior.
    • Repetir as Carreiras 3-5 2 vezes.
    • Remate o trabalho.
    • Para colocar o fecho: com a ajuda de alfinetes, coloque um lado do fecho fechado de um dos lados da gola (eu optei por cozer o fecho por fora, portanto, ainda é mais fácil). Pegue na agulha e fio e coza a peça e o fecho. Proceda da mesma forma para o outro lado. Se preferir, pode rematar as pontas do fecho.

    Thursday, 27 March 2014

    Puff.Puff: Easy Crochet Tablet Cozy

    Poor tablet, running around naked in a house filled with handmade items. It wasn't fair. It deserved some pretty, especially since it was Little A.'s and Big J.'s birthday present to me. (Also, I needed an excuse to procrastine, to take my mind from the nagging work that has been taking up more time than I like and to crochet a little).
    Pobre tablet, a correr pela casa nu e isto numa casa cheio de coisas feitas à mão. Não era justo. Merecia algo bonito, especialmente porque foi o presente que a Little A. e o Big J. me deram nos anos (Também precisava de uma desculpa para procrastinar, para deixar de pensar no trabalho aborrecido que me tem ocupado mais do que aquilo que gostaria e crochetar um pouco).

    Puff.Puff: Easy Crochet Tablet Cozy

    Finished Measurements:

    8.5 in x 6 in (21,5 cm x 15 cm)
    To fit a 7' tablet.
    You can easily increase the finished size; just make sure that your starting chain is an even number. 


    • Sports yarn in 4 colours:
      • 20 gr. for main colour;
      • 10 gr. for each complementary colour;
      • 3.5mm/E hook.
      • 1 button.


    • 5 dc = 1 in (2,5 cm)

    Special Stitches:

    Puff Stitch: YO, insert hook in next st, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through two loops, (YO, insert hook in same st, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through two loops) 2 times, YO, and draw through all loops on hook.
    If you need some visual help, please see this video tutorial.


    • Foundation Row: Chain 48. Join with sl st to form a circle, being careful not to twist the chain.
    • Row 1: Chain 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), 1 dc in each chain - 48 stitches. Join with sl st to beginning chain 3.
    • Row 2: Chain 3, dc across the entire row. Break off yarn. 
    • Row 3: Join CC1 (complementary colour 1) on top of any dc from previous row, chain 3, dc pull through 2 loops, dc pull through 2 loops, pull through all loops, *chain 1, sk 1, 1 puff stitch on next st*, repeat from * to * for a total of 25 puff stitches. Sl st to beginning chain 3. Break off yarn. 
    • Row 4: Join CC2 and repeat row 3;
    • Row 5: Join CC3 and repeat row 4;
    • Row 6: Chain 3, dc across the entire row through the back loop only.
    • Rows 7-8: Chain 3, dc across the entire row. On the last row, break off yarn. On the last row, break off yarn.   
    • Row 9: repeat row 3;
    • Row 10: repeat row 4;
    • Row 11: repeat row 5;
    • Rows 12: Repeat row 6.
    • Rows 13-14: Chain 3, dc across the entire row. On the last row, break off yarn.  
    • Rows 15: repeat row 3;
    • Row 16: repeat row 4;
    • Row 17: repeat row 5;
    • Rows 18: Repeat row 6;
    • Row 19: Chain 3, dc across the entire row.
    • Row 20: Chain 1, sc in same stitch, sc in next 11 st, chain 10, sc in next sc, sc across. Break off yarn. Weave in ends.
    • Remember how we have a big hole in the beginning? To close this gap, the way I see it, we have two options:
      • Whipstitch the thing (not my cup of tea);
      • Turn the work so that the gap is facing up and making sure that both halves are aligned. Working from right to left, insert the crochet hook through both loops of each piece and draw up a loop. Yarn over and draw through both loops. Continue until you have 24 sc. Break off yarn. Weave in ends. Sew on button. Grab tablet. Marvel at your work. Dance a little if it pleases you.

    (C) theanarchistknitter.blogspot.com - All rights reserved. 
    You have permission to sell any finished item you make using this copyrighted pattern. However, you may not reproduce, sell, adapt, modify, communicate to the public, reproduce or otherwise use any part of this pattern, because that would be super uncool! Any other questions or doubts, please let me know @ theanarchistknitter@gmail.com!

    Wednesday, 12 March 2014

    Easy-as-1-2-3 Toddler Pompom Skirt

    Yes, yes, yes, kids (especially ours) are awesome little persons that fill your life with joy while driving you to the brink of madness every single day. But a crocheter/knitter/crafter has a secret reason to love kids: they represent endless opportunities to MAKE something. Later last week, we came to the sudden realization that Little A. had very few skirts (some dresses, but very few - 2 - skirts). In my attempt to raise a gender-neutral human being, I often forget Little A. is a girl. Well, no harm done: it's just yet another opportunity to create! In a matter of hours, the first crochet skirt was created. Hope you also like it (I know I do!).
    Sim, sim, sim, as crianças (principalmente as nossas) são pessoas pequeninas fantásticas que nos enchem a vida de alegria ao mesmo tempo que nos levam à loucura todos os dias sem excepção. Mas uma crocheteira/tricoteira/artesã têm uma razão secreta para adorar crianças: representam oportunidades infindáveis para FAZER alguma coisa. No final da semana passada, apercebemo-nos de que a Little A. tinha muito poucas saias (alguns vestidos, mas muito poucas - 2 - saias). Na minha tentativa de criar um ser humano livre do preconceito do género, esqueço-me às vezes que a Little A. é uma menina. Bem, não vem mal ao mundo: é apenas outra oportunidade para criar! No espaço de algumas horas, a primeira saia em crochet estava feita. Espero que gostem (eu gosto e muito!).

    Easy-as-1-2-3 Toddler Pompom Skirt

    Finished measurements: 

    18 in waist (unstretched)/ 8 in length.
    To fit a 12-24 months old toddler.


    • 100 gr of Aran yarn for skirt (I used Lanas Stop Top Merino)
    • Small Amount in two contrasting colours for Pompoms. 
    • 6.5mm/K hoo
    • Darning needle


    •  14 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches.


    Foundation: Chain 64. Join to form a circle).
    Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 1, skip 1, sc in the next stitch*, repeat until the end of the row. Sl st to the first sc.
    Row 2-4: Sl st to first ch 1 space, ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 1, skip 1, sc in the next stitch*, repeat until the end of the row. Sl st to the first sc.
    Rows 5-13: Chain 3, dc across the entire row.
    Row 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc across the entire row.

    For the Pompoms:

    • Using Contrasting Colour 1, make 2 pompoms (I used one of those pompom-maker thingies). Grab your hook and make a chain 25-inches long. Using darning needle, run this long chain through the second row of skirt, using the ch-1 spaces. Sow pompons unto chain (I may or may not have gone a little crazy with the size of the second orange pompom... :D).
    • Using Contrasting Colour 2, repeat steps above, but run the chain through the fourth row of skirt.
    And now, run, find a cute baby and rejoice at your work! 

    Queue this on Ravelry!

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    You have permission to sell any finished item you make using this copyrighted pattern. However, you may not reproduce, sell, adapt, modify, communicate to the public, reproduce or otherwise use any part of this pattern, because that would be super uncool! Any other questions or doubts, please let me know @ theanarchistknitter@gmail.com!

    Monday, 3 March 2014

    80's child - Easy, Fast and Gorgeous Baby Legwarmers

    Most baby legwarmers are awesome and stupid, all at the same time. Awesome, because they look cute and fluffy and... did I say CUTE already? But they are also stupid. Little legs are, as a rule of thumb, restless little legs, always-kicking little legs, won't-stop-until-I'll-get-rid-of-the-legwarmers little legs. But, for every problem, there's always a solution. I remembered those dreadful stirrup pants people insist on using still today and although the notion of having a strap under the foot to hold the pant legs in place seems utterly nonsensical in adults, it makes perfect sense for babies. So, here is my Free Crochet Pattern for a pair of Easy, Fast and Gorgeous Baby Legwarmers:

    80’s child - Easy, Fast and Gorgeous Baby Legwarmers

    (0-12 months)
    - 25 gr of dk weight yarn, in Colour A (CA);
    - 25 gr of dk weight yarn, in Colour B (CB);
    - 4mm/G hook.
    (12-24 months)
    - 25 gr of worsted weight yarn, in Colour A (CA);
    - 25 gr of worsted weight yarn, in Colour B (CB);
    - 5mm/H hook

    Notes on sizes:
    - The fabric on these is quite stretchy (as you can see in the picture) but if you are dealing with extra-plump, cute little legs, consider going up one hook size, adding two chains to the starting chain, while remembering to include these in the maths involved for row 4 (make a 10-chain space, but leave one additional stitch on each side, for instance) or increasing one stitch every 4th row after the heel gap.

    Foundation: With CA, chain 22, join to form a circle.
    Round 1-3: ch 2, 1 hdc in each chain until the end of the row. Sl st to the beginning ch 2.
    Row 4 (heel gap): ch 2, 1 hdc in the next 5 st, chain 10, skip 10, 1 hdc in the next 6 st. Sl st to the beginning ch 2.
    Round 5: chain 2, 1 hdc in the next 5 st, 1 hdc in each ch of the previous row, 1 hdc in the next 6 st. Sl st to the beginning ch 2. Break off yarn.
    From now on, you will be crocheting hdc in every st for every round, just being careful to make the stripes (if desired) as demonstrated on the scheme. Always attach the new colour  to one of the stitches of the previous round on top of the heel gape (this way, the “seam” will be at the back of the legwarmers, not on the side or front).
    So, the stripes, to create a gradient effect, go like this:
    Colour Scheme

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    You have permission to sell any finished item you make using this copyrighted pattern. However, you may not reproduce, sell, adapt, modify, communicate to the public, reproduce or otherwise use any part of this pattern, because that would be super uncool! Any other questions or doubts, please let me know @ theanarchistknitter@gmail.com!

    Thursday, 27 February 2014

    How to pick "random" colours for granny motifs - Tutorial

    How to pick "random" colours for granny motifs

    At first sight, you may think that the colours on those beautiful crochet grannies blankets are completely random and that the people crocheting them simply and randomly picked up the colours they had at hand. Well, that's not entirely true. The "oh-so-random-look" of the granny squares is often intentional, i.e., most crocheters like their colour choices to appear random, but they plan it that way... What? Planning randomness? What is this madness, I hear you ask? Well, it is the truth. But have no fear, I'll guide you through the easy, simple process.

    (Note: if you need help choosing the colours to begin with, there are some tools I find helpful:
    1. Always choose one colour for the last row of every motif. White is often the colour of choice for this, but, for a baby blanket, for instance, you may opt for the classical pink or blue or even a light grey;
    2. Choosing the remaining colours:
      1. COLOURlovers: Website with more than 3 million user-created color palettes to inspire your ideas;
      2. Design Seeds: the palettes are often accompanied by inspirational images, so the website is really, really cool;
      3. ColorCombos: scroll down to find thousands of palettes, often quite vivid and colourful).

    After deciding on your colours and your motif (by the way, have you seen my Granny, Meet the Stripes square?), it's time to create randomness... My tool of choice to create colour-madness is this one:
    Granny Squares Color Pattern Generator

    Well, as the name says, this website will help randomize the colours you will be using for your granny project. You will need:
    - to know the size of your project (width, height);
    - to know the colours you will be using in the project (I suggest one for the "border", which will be used in the last round of every motif, and 7/8 additional ones).
    My next "granny project" is going to be a granny hexagon top for Little A., but this will still do the trick. I will be needing 18 hexagons and will be using 3 colours per motif (border will be always white). So:

    And now, we will be dealing with the colours. I'm using 8 different colours (not counting with the white, since this will only be used in the last round of the hexagon - were I to put it here, and it would also be randomized) and so the next step will be to choose the colours, clicking the black square to open the colour palette and clicking on "add another" when it's time to move unto the next one. My colours look like this:

    And let's click GENERATE! :)

    My end result is this:

    And I guess I'm pretty happy with it. It has the right amount of each colour and I am able to already see the white limiting and linking each motif. The best part is that if you're not happy with the "final" look, you can always compulsively hit the "Generate" button until you are happy with your "totally-not-planned" randomness. With my colours, here are some other possibilities:

    So, now, go, spend the next couple of hours at http://granny-square-colors.com/, choosing your randomness and dreaming of yarn! :)