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!