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. 

Materials:

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

Gauge:  

  • 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.

Instructions:

  • 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.




 
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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.

Materials:

  • 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

Gauge:

  •  14 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches.

Instructions:

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 3-13: 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! 



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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

Materials:
(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.

Instructions:
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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