March 3, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Crochet Headbands

It was during Little Sister Sue’s birthday in January that Jay and I had the pleasure of meeting a very lovely couple (we’ll call them Bob and Gail) who are into board games, video games, and other nerdy, geeky things. As we shared interests and pub food, my blog and crochet came up. Like a proud parent I showed off my crochet creations. At this point, Gail was out of earshot and Bob took that moment to ask if I would crochet a Star Trek headband for Gail. She’s a huge Star Trek Next Generation fan and wouldn’t it be awesome if she could go jogging while wearing a headband in the colours of the Wesley Crusher sweater? I couldn’t refuse and gladly accepted the challenge. Bob and I emailed back and forth and hashed out colours, size (he secretly measured one of Gail’s headbands), and cost. In the end, I came up with this Wesley Crusher headband for Gail. She loved it!

Enterprise HeadbandsWesley Crusher Headband - Pops de Milk

Of course, I didn’t stop there. I decided to also crochet a Redshirt Headband or the Picard (or Riker) Headband.Picard and Wesley Crusher Headbands - Pops de Milk

The pattern for this headband is very simple and would make a great project for beginners.

Materials

-worsted weight yarn in Starfleet officer colours

-size 5.5mm and 3.50mm hooks

-yarn needle

-stitch marker

Stitches (US terms)

ch- chain

dc – double crochet

hdc – half double crochet

sc – single crochet

sl st – slip stitch

inc – increase (2 sts in same st)

Notes

Pattern for headband is worked with two (2) strands of yarn held together to create a thick fabric. Work in rounds, joining with slip stitch at the end of each round. Do not turn at the end of each round.

The Picard Headband – with 5.5mm hook

Starting with 2 strands of red yarn, Ch 60 and sl st to first ch.

Rounds 1-2: ch 2, dc in same space as sl st and each st around, join with sl st to first dc.

Rounds 3-4: ch 2, hdc in same space as sl st and each st around, join with sl st to first hdc.

Switch to black yarn.

Round 5: repeat Round 4.

Rounds 7-8: ch 1, sc in next st and each st around, join with sl st to first sc.

*Optional* for Rounds 7-8 you can decrease (sc2tog) at the beginning and end of each round to give it a rounder shape, like a hat.

Fasten off and weave ends.Picard Headband - Pops de Milk Picard Headband - Pops de Milk Picard Headband - Pops de Milk Picard Headband - Pops de Milk Picard Headband - Pops de Milk

Combadge – with 3.50mm hook and using single strand of gold or silver yarn.

Row 1: ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, turn.

Row 2: ch 1, sc in next st, inc in next st, sc in next st, turn. (4 sts)

Row 3: ch 1, sc in each st, turn.

Row 4: ch 1, sc in next st, inc in next 2 sts, sc in next st, turn. (6 sts)

Row 5: ch 1, sc in each st, turn.

Row 6: ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, inc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts (8 sts)

To make a neat edge, ch 1 and sl st in each row (along the side of the triangle) all the way around until you reach the first st then…

ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 2 ch, skip next 3 sc (on main triangle piece) sl st in next 3 and repeat to create the other point. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing to headband.

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February 24, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Crochet “Junk” Pouch

I wasn’t sure what to call this project but I thought of the junk drawer everyone has – the drawer in the kitchen or bedroom or office where you stash miscellaneous things like rubber bands and measuring tape or journals and gum. Well, I don’t know about you but I tend to have random things in my purse or backpack that I do use/need but they tend to go all over the place. And even more frustrating is when I change purses and I forget to transfer every little random item from one bag to another! Keys, wallet, and cell phone are pretty standard items that I won’t leave the house without but there are other things I tend to forget. To solve this problem I made a pouch to store the small items so that when I change bags, all I need to do is grab this pouch and not worry about forgetting my lip balm or asthma inhaler. Of course, this would also be great as a make-up bag or a pouch to store crochet/knit/sewing notions, etc.

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To make this pouch I went with a basic single crochet stitch and, because I’m still practising, I did it in a checkered tapestry crochet design. For this pouch I did not carry the yarn between colour switches and instead left loosely hanging yarn – I found it helpful to hold the yarn with my finger while changing colours so it wouldn’t be too tight in the middle.How to Tapestry Crochet - Pops de Milk How to Tapestry Crochet - Pops de Milk1 How to Tapestry Crochet - Pops de Milk2Because I added a liner it wasn’t a big deal to leave the loose bits of yarn hanging. In the end this is what the inside looked like:How to Tapestry Crochet - Pops de Milk3

After making the rectangle I sewed the sides together but because I did not want a flat pouch, I added a bit of width by crocheting sides. I picked up stitches in the centre, decreasing as I got to the top and then sewed the rectangle to the sides.Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk1 Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk2 Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk3 Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk4 I made a liner with some scrap fabric and added a zipper too. For the zipper I used a sharp yarn needle to sew chain stitches, which I later sewed directly to the second last row of the crochet pouch.Crochet Junk Pouch Liner - Pops de Milk Crochet Junk Pouch Liner - Pops de Milk1 Crochet Junk Pouch Zipper - Pops de MilkCrochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk8Now I have a fancy, and functional, pouch where I can safely store the little things I forget!Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk7

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February 17, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Giant Crochet Granny Square Blanket

Last week I shared with you a tutorial on how to crochet a Basic Granny Square and now I’m going to show you what I finally finished:

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The inspiration for this blanket came from my daydreams of spring – fresh colours, stormy skies, and rain showers. I think it took me about three weeks and several skeins of Bernat acrylic yarn to complete this soft and cosy blanket.Giant Granny Square Blanket - Pops de Milk Giant Granny Square Blanket - Pops de Milk

As mentioned, I started with a basic granny square and just continued to add rounds. The only difference after the third round is I added a chain between each cluster of double crochet stitches and of course two chains in the corners. I used acrylic yarn but you can use any worsted weight yarn or even try using bulky yarn for a quicker blanket. This blanket ended up measuring around 53″ x 53″ (136 cm x 136 cm) but I feel like I might add more to it. That’s the beauty about granny squares, you can continue adding more rounds until it’s the size you want!Giant Granny Square Blanket - Pops de Milk

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February 10, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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How to Crochet a Basic Granny Square

Today’s post is not only a how-to but also a bit of a preview for something I’ve been working on for the past several weeks. The project I’m crocheting will be my largest piece this year! But first, I want to show you how to crochet a basic granny square and because it’s almost Valentine’s Day I went with a pink theme. Plus don’t the stitches in the middle round almost look like hearts?

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Yarn and hook size are not important for this tutorial, you can use whatever you have on hand to practice but of course, make sure you’re using the right hook for the right yarn!

This granny square is made using double crochet stitches and joining with a slip stitch at the end of each round (square?).

First, make 12 dc in magic ring. I did this by creating a magic ring then chained 3 and made 11 additional dc, then slip stitched to the top of the beginning chain.Basic Granny Square - Pops de Milk

Second, in any stitch make *[3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] all in the same stitch, skip 2 sts, *repeat 3 more times, sl st to first st.Basic Granny Square - Pops de Milk Basic Granny Square - Pops de Milk Basic Granny Square - Pops de Milk

Third, in any ch-2 space make *[3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] all in the same space, ch 1, in the space between corners make 3 dc, ch 1, *repeat 3 more times, sl st to first st and fasten off.Basic Granny Square - Pops de Milk Basic Granny Square - Pops de Milk Basic Granny Square - Pops de Milk

 

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February 2, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Crochet Heart

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought I’d get into the lovey dovey mood and make a cute little crochet heart.

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This pattern is for a plushie heart that you can leave plain or dress up as you like – maybe add a cute amigurumi face or embroider a sweet love note!

Materials

-worsted weight yarn in red. I’m using Bernat – True Red

-3.50mm crochet hook

-polyester fiberfill for stuffing

-yarn needle

-stitch marker

Stitch Abbr.

st(s) – stitch(es)

sc – single crochet

inc – increase (2 sts in same st)

dec – decrease (sc2tog)

This pattern is worked in continuous rounds, do not join or turn at the end of each round. Use stitch marker to keep track of beginning/end of rounds.

Crochet Heart

Round 1: make 5 sc in magic ring OR ch 2 and make 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook.Crochet Heart - Pops de Milk

Round 2: sc around (5 sts)

Round 3: inc in each st (10 sts)

Round 4: sc around (10 sts)

Round 5: [sc in next st, inc in next] repeat 5 times (15 sts)

Round 6: sc around (15 sts)

Round 7: [sc in next 2 sts, inc in next] repeat 5 times (20 sts)

Round 8: [sc in next 3 sts, inc in next] repeat 5 times (25 sts)

Round 9: [sc in next 4 sts, inc in next] repeat 5 times (30 sts)

Round 10: sc around (30 sts)

Round 11: skip 15 sts, sc in remaining 15 sts. Leave unworked stitches for now. (15 sts)Crochet Heart - Pops de Milk

Round 12: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 5 times (10 sts)

Round 13: sc around (10 sts)

Round 14: dec 5 times (5 sts)

Fasten off and sew opening shut. Begin to stuff heart with filling.Crochet Heart - Pops de Milk Crochet Heart - Pops de Milk

Pick up a stitch in first unworked stitch and sc around (15 sts)Crochet Heart - Pops de Milk

Repeat rounds 12-14. Fasten off and sew opening shut. If there is a little gap in the centre just use a bit of scrap yarn to sew it together. Crochet Heart - Pops de MilkAnd that’s how you make a cute little crochet heart to give away to someone special. Or keep it and show yourself some love!Crochet Heart - Pops de Milk

 

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January 27, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Needle Felted Penguin

The first time I ever heard of needle felting was a few years ago at a coffee shop in Vancouver where I went for a knit and crochet meet up. One of the girls in the group was a dental hygienist and that afternoon she had brought a needle felted tooth. It was awesome and I was amazed that something could be created by using just a needle and fluffy wool. Since then I have seen needle felted projects and always felt a little intimidated – just how is it that you can shape stuff like that??

Recently, the people at FUN.com sent me a felting kit for me to try out. This was exactly the kind of push I needed to get out of my crafting comfort zone and give this intriguing hobby a try.

FUN.com has a selection of needle felting kits suited for beginners and I chose to make the penguin. The kit came with the necessary wool plus more colours in case I got creative, instructions, and two needles, which I’m so glad for because I ended up breaking one of them! Needle Felted Penguin - Pops de Milk

I followed the instructions and got out the white wool for the body and once I got started I couldn’t put the needle down! It was almost therapeutic, stabbing and poking the wool together – though I did poke myself a couple of times so be warned. It was nice to have the extra colours so I added some rosy cheeks to my penguin. I was fascinated by how quickly and easily the wool took shape and after a few (seemingly short) hours I ended up with this adorable penguin:Needle Felted Penguin - Pops de Milk Needle Felted Penguin - Pops de Milk

I think his name is Gunter and I think someone I know will become good friends with him :)Needle Felted Penguin - Pops de Milk

Having made my first needle felted project I can honestly see this becoming part of my hobbies. Thanks so much to the wonderful team at FUN.com for letting me try a new craft! Now to check out their other kits….

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January 20, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Crochet Crowd Women’s Peaked Hat

Lately all I really want to make are toasty warm garments to ward off the freezing temperatures. This morning it was -18C (with wind chill) and even though I wore my goose down jacket and my awesomely warm Banana Scarf, I was shivering as I walked to the subway station. I made a decision to search for a new hat pattern and I think I have found a winner on The Crochet Crowd page.

The hat is called the Women’s Peaked Hat and it’s a Crochet Crowd challenge! I do love a crochet challenge!

You can find the PDF on Yarnspirations.com and be sure to check out the Crochet Crowd’s notes on making different sizes. I’m so excited to get started and sport my fancy new hat!

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