Category Archives: crochet

Play Food Project: 4. Apples

I’m carrying on with my health-kick in my play food project, this time I’ve made three crochet apples! I used this pattern from Drops design: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/pattern.php?id=5888&lang=us which was fairly easy to follow (although I couldn’t figure out how to do the stem their way so I just adapted the leaf from the carrot I made last time!)

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Again, I used DMC Natura cotton yarn.

And how does my son like them? Well he loves them (apples are one of his favourite fruits) and was already pretending to eat them before I could get them photographed!

You can see all my play food HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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Play Food Project: 3. Carrots

I’ve finished the third instalment of my play food project, and this time I decided to make a family of health carrots! I followed this excellent tutorial on Ravelry from Kristi Tullus: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crocheted-carrots—amigurumi-play-food  It was free to download and everything is explained so clearly – I even learned how to do a magic ring!

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Again, I used DMC Natura cotton yarn (that’s Lion Brand for those of you “across the pond”!).

They’ve gotten the seal of approval from my son (he had already put them in his play saucepan to make dinner before I could take a photo!), so I think I’ll carry on in the healthy vein with this project! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Play Food Project: 2. Macarons

The second instalment of my play food project is complete! I made some yummy French macarons, using this tutorial from NyanPon.

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Again, I made these using DMC Natura 100% cotton yarn that I have in my stash. While the body of the macaron was easy to make (just a spiral of DCs), I couldn’t get my head around the surface crochet (the “ridge” above and below the “filling”). You can’t see it in the photo, but the ends of the surface crochet rings are wonky. I’m not sure how to make it neater. I couldn’t sell these but they are grand for my son’s play food set!

I think next time I’ll have to make some healthy like fruit or a vegetable to make up for two deserts in a row! 🙂

Play Food Project: 1. Cupcakes

My son is just turned two, and he loves playing at cooking and eating and drinking. I’m not a huge fan of the fake plastic play food that’s available out there to buy, so I decided to started crocheting and sewing some play food for him. There are some fantastic tutorials around, so I have a whole list of cute food items to make! My first effort are these amigurumi cupcakes, which I made following this tutorial from Itsy Bitsy Spider.

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I made these using DMC Natura 100% cotton yarn that I have in my stash. I made the purple and green cupcake with a 3mm hook, as recommended for that yarn, and while it turned out fine, the weave isn’t tight enough, so I used a 2.5mm hook for the pink and yellow one, with a better result.

It’s a really easy quick project to make, it’s nice to have a short project like these that you can finish in one day.

Finished: Crochet hearts and butterflies ornament

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Back in August, I posted about crochet hearts and butterflies I was making for an ornament, inspired by Attic24. I quickly got all the little butterflies and hearts crocheted (10 or each) but it took me a while to get the right twigs to complete it. A couple of weeks ago, I went to the in-laws place in the country and saw some lovely yellow coloured branches on a willow tree. So I chopped off a few and brought them home. I found it hard to get a good photo but it looks cute in the living room. The baby was even mesmerised! 🙂

WIP: Crochet butterflies and hearts ornament

I love the Attic24 blog, it’s partly what got me to learn how to crochet back in January. I saw this “heart tree” on the Attic24 blog and I decided to make something similar to put on a bookcase in my living room.

I already have the perfect jug which I found at the annual pottery market in my OH’s home town (I had the idea in my head when I visited the market so that made me more efficient in my shopping! 🙂 ), made by an artisan potter called Silvia Triebel.

A few weeks ago, I found this tutorial for crocheted butterflies on the Marie’s Making blog, it’s simple to follow and it doesn’t take long to make a butterfly. I had also found a diagram for crochet hearts on the DMC facebook page, from a Portuguese crochet club. That was nice, because it meant I had to learn how to read crochet diagrams!  Here’s a close up of the heart I have made so far:

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I thought a mix of butterflies and hearts would be cute. I’m using the DMC Natura cotton yarn I have leftover from my granny square blanket, which make this a very economical project (apart from the price of the jug). Now I just have crochet lots more hearts and butterflies, and find some nice dry twigs to hang them on!

Infinity Scarf

I do realise this is completely unseasonable but I have just finished a crochet infinity scarf. Yes it is the middle of summer here, and it is 35 degrees outside, but I found this lovely Plassard Multico acrylic/wool mix yarn and I just had to make it. Also, I want to change my habit of thinking of a great craft project when it’s too late to do it (e.g. thinking of great Christmas projects on December 15th, or a scarf a week into a cold spell).

I made this scarf without a pattern, I just worked in the round, with enough chain stitches in the first round to wrap around my neck three times, and then did rounds of triple crochets until I had almost run out of yarn (I had two balls), and finished with a round of double crochet. It’s very cosy, and not at all scratchy. I love the graduated colour too. I won’t say that I’m looking forward to winter to wear it, but I will be glad of the scarf when the cold comes!