March 24, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Crochet Cables Clutch

The Crochet Cables Clutch from Craftsy is now finished!! And I’m very happy/excited to start using it.Crochet Cables Clutch - Pops de Milk

With the cables clutch I needed to block (shape) the final piece. Even though I used acrylic yarn I still needed to block the piece so the edges wouldn’t curl as much. But not only that, I kind of wanted to give it a wash to clean the every day dirt (not to mention hand sweat from occasional bouts of crochet cables frustration), natural oils, lotions, and okay I will admit the occasional cookie crumb – hands can get dirty and so does the project you’re handling! Earlier this year I was gifted a fiber and fabric wash from Bijou Basin Ranch. They are a small family run ranch where they raise Tibetan yaks for their glossy coats to make yarns. They sent me a few samples of their Allure Fiber Wash and I had been waiting for a chance to try some out.

For the clutch I decided to try the Prairie Breeze wash. I followed the instructions on the bottle – use 2 capfuls of soap to a gallon of water and soak the item for about 10 minutes. The soap smelled so lovely, almost like it should be a luxurious bubble bath. I’m actually tempted to bathe in it! It wasn’t an overpowering scent, just fresh and fragrant. The bottle said there’s no need to rinse but I may have used a tiny bit more soap than I needed so I ran the piece under some cool water for a few seconds and then gently squeezed out some water. I squeezed out more water by rolling the crochet rectangle in a thick towel and then pinned it down to give it shape. I was happy to find no soap residue. It’s been a few days since I washed the clutch and it still has a mild fragrance.Crochet Cables Clutch - Pops de Milk Crochet Cables Clutch - Pops de Milk Crochet Cables Clutch - Pops de Milk

After blocking I measured the piece and found scrap fabric that was the right size for a liner – and a nice contrasting colour too. I was very lazy about making this liner so I used fusible web to iron the visible hems but sewed the sides before attaching it to the clutch. The original pattern instructions said to use a magnetic snap but I decided to go with a button instead.Crochet Cables Clutch - Pops de Milk Crochet Cables Clutch - Pops de Milk Crochet Cables Clutch - Pops de Milk

I’m really glad I signed up for the Craftsy class because now I know how to crochet cables and I have a cute clutch to wear for Spring!Crochet Cables Clutch - Pops de Milk Crochet Cables Clutch - Pops de Milk

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March 17, 2015
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Craftsy Quick and Easy Crochet Cables – WIP

Today I have a WIP (work in progress) to show off because, although I wanted to have this done by now, I may have been a bit too ambitious about this project. Oh, will I ever learn?? If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ve probably seen my progress the last couple of days.

I signed up for the Craftsy class last week on how to crochet cables, including a pattern for a cabled clutch. I was so eager and overly confident that I could master the cable stitch in a few hours and have the clutch completed in a day.

Not so.

Part of crochet, whether you’re brand new or advanced, is accepting that sometimes you must undo your work and start all over again – especially when your piece looks nothing like what the instructor is showing you on screen. Another part of crochet is learning not to quit too soon and that if you’re following the pattern then chances are you’re going in the right direction.

It took me about three attempts to finally understand and feel comfortable enough with the stitch to make it past the 4th row. But I’m actually really pleased with how it’s coming along, considering that in the beginning I was convinced I was doing it wrong – even after restarting and re-watching the videos. But I ignored my inner pessimist and kept on going – this is part of the reason I had to start over again so many times. I wouldn’t say this particular stitch is so difficult that it’s not worth trying but I will say that it takes a couple of rows to actually see the design, so giving up and starting over doesn’t always help. Here is where I’m at now:Crochet Cables WIP - Pops de Milk

Not bad, right?

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March 14, 2015
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Crochet Pie Roundup

Happy Pi Day!

Okay, so I know pi has nothing to do with edible pies but I couldn’t resist the urge to share (and drool a little) over these yummy crochet pies. Which one do you like most?

Crochet Pie Roundup

Crochet Pie Roundup

 

1. Pie-rets – No pattern but was extremely amused by the lattice pie beret on Monster Crochet

2. Crochet Pumpkin Pie Brooch and Tissue Holder – Free pattern on Twinkie Chan

3. Crochet Cherry Pie Slice – Free pattern on Crafster

4. Squeeze and Sniff Pumpkin Pie – Free pattern on Crafty is Cool

5. Apple Pie Pot holder – Free pattern on Book People Studio

 

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March 10, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Lumpy Space Princess Sleeping Mask

A couple of months ago Twinkie Chan shared a pattern for a Holly Golightly sleeping mask. I thought it looked so cute and thought about making my own mask but my wandering crochet mind quickly forgot. Recently though I had a dream. It might have been the night I watched The Lich episode of Adventure Time where Finn and Jake help Billy collect crystals from all the princesses in the land of Ooo. I guess the most memorable part was when they took the star-shaped crystal from Lumpy Space Princess while was sleeping. I think that same night I saw that Twinkie Chan had made more crochet sleeping masks.

That’s the only explanation I can think of as to how I came to have a dream about an LSP sleeping mask that thankfully, when I woke up, I was able to remember.

Lumpy Space Princess Sleeping Mask

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I used acrylic worsted weight yarn and a 4.00mm crochet hook. To crochet this sleeping mask I decided to use tapestry crochet and drew a chart where each X or square represents a single crochet stitch. In Row 3 you’ll notice in the brackets it says (3sc inc) so for that stitch you’ll make 3 sc stitches in the same space. In Row 36 you’ll make a 3sc dec or sc3tog.LSP Sleep Mask Chart - Pops de MilkTo make your own Lumpy Space Princess mask first chain 9 then single crochet in the second chain from the hook and each chain across to total 8 single crochet stitches. LSP Sleeping Mask - Pops de Milk LSP Sleeping Mask - Pops de MilkAfter that just follow the chart in the direction of the arrow, working in rows. And it helps to use a stitch marker at the beginning of the first row just to remind you which side you’re working on and which direction you need to go. LSP Sleeping Mask - Pops de MilkTo make colour changes start making a single crochet but before pulling the yarn through to finish, pull the new colour through and try to “trap” the hanging yarn in the stitches as you go along. In this case I’m starting on the eyes so that means changing to black yarn for one single crochet stitch and then immediately switching back to purple:LSP Sleeping Mask - Pops de Milk LSP Sleeping Mask - Pops de MilkLSP Sleeping Mask - Pops de Milk LSP Sleeping Mask - Pops de Milk

To finish off the mask I sewed elastic to the sides.LSP Sleeping Mask - Pops de Milk

Now I can enjoy my lumping sleep like a princess.LSP Sleeping Mask - Pops de Milk

LSP Sleeping Mask - Pops de Milk

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March 3, 2015
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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

Crochet Junk Pouch - Pops de Milk

 

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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:

Giant Crochet Granny Square BlanketGiant Granny Square Blanket - Pops de Milk

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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