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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January 15, 2015
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Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair

It’s been about a year since I started making amigurumi. But specifically, amigurumi with joined legs. That sounds weird, I know, but what I mean is amigurumi where I create the legs separately and then join them to create the pants or the torso. So far I had only made creatures and people with two legs and I thought it was time to experiment with four legs!

Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair

Cute Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair

Notes:

If you’re a beginner you might want to start with two legs until you get the hang of it – as I said, I didn’t even attempt to make four legs until now. The pattern is worked in continuous rounds so it’s a good idea to use stitch markers to keep track of where your rounds begin/end. Do not join or turn at the end of each round.

Materials:

-Worsted weight yarn in colours of choice – I’m using Bernat acrylic yarn in Lush, Emerald, Tangerine, and White.

-Size 3.50 and 3.25mm hooks.

-Polyester fiberfill for stuffing.

-Yarn needle.

-Optional: 4mm safety eyes.

-Optional: scrap piece of felt in white and black.

-Optional: sewing needle and thread.

Stitch Abbr. (US terms)

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

inc – increase (2 sts in same st)

dec – decrease (sc 2 tog)

FO – fasten off (cut yarn)

Pattern

Legs – Make 4

Using 3.50mm hook.

Round 1: in magic ring make 6 sc OR ch 2 and make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Round 2: inc in each st (12 sts)

Rounds 3-5: sc around (12 sts)

Make the first 3 legs and fasten off, make the 4th leg but do not fasten off. Here is where we join all the legs:

First, place a stitch marker/scrap piece of yarn/safety pin in the 10th stitch of each leg – this will help to remind you how far to go and where to start when working on the belly.Cute Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair

Pick up any one of the FO’d legs and, while keeping the hook in the current leg, make a sc in the next 9 sts of the FO’d leg. Cute Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long HairRepeat with the remaining legs, making sure to leave 3 sts unworked on each leg. Once all the legs are joined sc around and you should have 36 sts in total.Cute Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair

Under Belly of the Beast

Using 3.50mm hook.

Remove the hook from the current stitch, making sure to pull some extra yarn so the piece doesn’t unravel. Now you will close the middle gap of unworked stitches. Pick up a loop in any of the stitches with a stitch marker on it.Cute Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair

Rounds 1-2: sc around (12 sts)Cute Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair

Round 3: dec around and FO leaving long tail for sewing. Sew any of the remaining gaps in the centre and in each of the leg corners.Cute Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair

Weave ends and return to top of leg portion.

Body

Using 3.50mm hook.

Now that the tricky part is over you can finish the body! Continuing from where you left off:

Rounds 1-4: sc around (36 sts)

Begin to stuff and continue to stuff until closed.

Round 5: sc in next 4 sts, dec, [sc in next 7 sts, dec] repeat 3 times, sc in next 3 sts (32 sts)

Round 6: sc in next 4 sts, dec, [sc in next 6 sts, dec] repeat 3 times, sc in next 2 sts (28 sts)

Round 7: sc in next 4 sts, dec, [sc in next 5 sts, dec] repeat 3 times, sc in next st (24 sts)

Round 8: [sc in next 2 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Round 9: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 6 times (12 sts)

Round 10: dec 6 times (6 sts)

FO and sew opening shut.Cute Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair

Eyes – Make 2 (or less or more!)

Using 3.25mm hook

Round 1: in magic ring make 4 sc OR ch 2 and make 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Round 2: inc in each st (8 sts)

FO and leave long tail for sewing.

Attach safety eye, if using, and sew to monster.

Alternatively you can make the eyes with felt by cutting out two circles in white and 2 tiny circles in black. I used a hot glue gun to attach the pupils to the white felt and then I sewed the eyes to the monster.

Hair Piece

Using 3.50mm hook.

Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across making 4 sc in last ch. Continue around on bottom of ch to end. FO and leave long tail for sewing.

Cut several strands of yarn, about 6-7″ in length and attach to hair piece: fold strand of yarn in half and use a smaller crochet hook to pull the loop through the stitches in the hair piece, then pull the ends through the loop and tighten. Once you have desired amount of hair on the hair piece you can sew it on to the monster’s head.Cute Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair Cute Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair

Add some flair to your monster and get creative with the colours. You can use googly eyes or buttons for the eyes, you can cut the hair and give the monster a buzz cut!Cute Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair Cute Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair Cute Crochet Four Legged Monsters with Long Hair

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January 13, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Easy Crochet Magic Ring

Guys, I finally figured out a crazy easy way to start a magic ring! If you’re like me and you find the magic ring (or magic loop) a little intimidating and hard to understand, let me tell you, it’s not that complicated. I even did a post last year on how to make a magic ring but I don’t think I was very clear. In my previous post I explained that you first need to make a loop and then pull up a chain but I can understand how that might be confusing. Instead, my “newly-found” way to understand this magic ring is to say, make a slip knot but don’t tighten the slip knot.

Observe:

Start by making a loop as you would to make a slip knot.Magic Ring - Pops de Milk

Insert the hook from back to front and wrap yarn to pull through but don’t tighten.Magic Ring - Pops de Milk

Magic Ring - Pops de MilkMagic Ring - Pops de MilkTo make your first stitch simply insert the hook back into the loop (front to back), making sure to trap the yarn tail, and make your first stitch. Magic Ring - Pops de MilkMagic Ring - Pops de Milk

Continue making stitches until you have the number you need. In this example I’ve got 6 single crochet stitches. Magic Ring - Pops de Milk

Once you’ve got the necessary number of stitches, carefully pull on the yarn tail to tighten the loop and close the ring. Magic Ring - Pops de Milk

In case your last stitch is lost during the closing of the ring you can always make another stitch before you fully close the ring OR when you start, first make a chain before making your stitches in the ring.Magic Ring - Pops de MilkMagic Ring - Pops de Milk

And that’s it! Now you can continue with whatever round crochet project you’re working on!

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January 6, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Crochet Banana Scarf

Friends, I have to start by pointing out how incredibly cold it got in Toronto. Like, -20C eyelashes are frozen together and my face hurts cold. On top of the frigid quality in the air, it’s also a little gloomy. Naturally this weather makes me want to snuggle into something warm which is where this post is headed. When you read the words Crochet Banana Scarf you might think the scarf is yellow like a banana but you might also think, the scarf is shaped like a banana. And in today’s post, you’d be right on both counts because I have created a bright yellow scarf shaped like a banana! Obviously this is both to keep me warm and to provide me with a burst of happy banana yellow colour.

Crochet Banana ScarfCrochet Banana Scarf - Pops de Milk

Materials

-worsted weight yarn, approx 380 metres/200 grams. I used Patons Decor wool/acrylic blend in Mimosa

-small amount of brown worsted weight yarn.

-5.50 mm crochet hook.

Abbreviations (US)

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

inc – increase (2 sts in same st)

dec – decrease (dc 2 tog)

sk – skip

Notes

Pattern is worked in rounds with slip stitch to join. I found it helpful to place safety pins or stitch markers in my middle increase/decrease stitches to remind me where to increase/decrease. Don’t worry too much about the exact number of stitches as this scarf is easily adjustable – just remember to make increases on both ends, increases/decrease in the middle to get a banana shape. As always, if you notice any mistakes I would love to know!

With yellow yarn.

Round 1: ch 142, dc in 3rd ch from hook and across each ch, 6 dc in last ch, continue to dc along bottom of foundation ch, 5 dc in last st space, sl st to 1st dc.

Round 2: ch 2, dc in same st as sl st and in next 127 sts, inc in each of the 6 sts on the end, dc in next 67 sts, dec, dc in next 69 sts, inc in each of the 6 sts on the end making last dc in same space as starting ch, sl st to 1st dc.

Round 3: ch 2, dc in same st as sl st and next 70 sts, inc in next st, dc in next 67 sts, [inc in next st, dc in next st] repeat 7 times, dc in next 64 sts, dec, dc in next 68 sts, [inc in next st, dc in next st] repeat 7 times making last dc in same space as starting ch, sl st to 1st dc.

Round 4: ch 2, dc in same st as sl st and next 64 sts, inc in next st, dc to end, make last dc in same space as starting ch, sl st to 1st dc.

Round 5: ch 2, dc in same st as sl st and in next 38 sts, inc in next st, dc in next 33 sts, inc in next st, dc in next 33 sts, inc in next st, dc in next 33 sts, [inc in next st, dc in next 2 sts] repeat 7 times, dc in next 65 sts, dec, dc in next 66 sts, [inc in next st, dc in next 2 sts] repeat 7 times making last dc in same space as starting ch, sl st to 1st dc.

Round 6: ch 2, dc in same st as sl st and next 38 sts, inc in next st, dc in next 70 sts, inc in next st, dc in next 33 sts, [inc in next st, dc in next 3 sts] repeat 7 times, dc in next 67 sts, dec, dc in next 66 sts, [inc in next st, dc in next 3 sts] repeat 7 times making last dc in same space as starting ch, sl st to 1st dc.

Round 7: ch 2, dc in same st as sl st and next 38 sts, inc in next st, dc in next 35 sts, inc in next st, dc in next 35 sts, inc in next st, dc in next 34 sts, [inc in next st, dc in next 4 sts] repeat 7 times, dc in next 131 sts, [inc in next st, dc in next 4 sts] repeat 7 times making last dc in same space as starting ch, sl st to 1st dc.

Round 8: ch 2, dc in same st as sl st and each st around, sl st to 1st dc. Fasten off.

With brown yarn.

This portion is worked in rows.

Row 1: Looking at beginning of round, count back 19 sts, pull up a loop, ch 1 and sc in next 10 sts, turn.

Row 2: ch 1, sk 1st st, sc in next 7 sts, turn.

Row 3: ch 1, sk 1st st, sc in next 6 sts. Fasten off and weave ends.

Switch back to yellow yarn to make the other end

Row 1: Pull up a loop on opposite end, ch 2, dc in next 10 sts, turn.

Rows 2-6: ch 2, dc across, turn.

Fasten off and weave ends.Crochet Banana Scarf - Pops de Milk Crochet Banana Scarf - Pops de Milk2

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December 31, 2014
by Pops de Milk
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Pops de Milk in 2014

Pops de Milk in 2014

Pops de Milk 2014

Another year gone by and so many fun projects to show for it!

1. Rob Fordgurumi

2. Giant-ish Squid

3. Cutest Little Sperm Whale

4. Dave the Minion

5. Secret Turtle Box

6. Death Star Pillow

7. Summerlicious Coasters

8. Mason Jar Bear Cosy

9. Fancy Crochet Bolero

10. Crochet Cactus

11. Boot Slippers with Felt Soles

12. Santa Mason Jar Cosy

Ahh, a trip down crochet memory lane. The hurtles, the victories, the frustrations and giggles. What an amazing year – I learned so much and created some pretty cool stuff, if I do say so myself. I wonder what I will create in 2015!

Happy New Year!

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December 30, 2014
by Pops de Milk
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My First Pair of Crochet Mittens!

For the past month or so I’ve been working on a pair of mittens. I tried different designs and made a few versions until I was happy with the shape. First I tried starting from the top down using the same sprial method as making amigurumi. Then I tried making a cuff first and working my way up, making increases and decreases, but the shape looked a little lopsided and the cuff was too loose. Finally I decided to use a smaller hook for the cuff, which I made with tighter stitches in the back loop only, then used a larger hook for the main piece and only made decreases until the very end.

Crochet Mittens

My First Crochet Mittens - Pops de Milk

Materials

-Worsted weight yarn, 100g in colour of choice

-3.25mm Clover Crochet Hook and 4.5mm Clover Crochet Hook

-Stitch marker

Stitches (American Terminology)

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

BLO – back loop only

inc – increase (2 sts in same st)

dec – decrease (sc 2 tog)

The cuff is worked in rows and the hand portion is worked in continuous rounds (do not join or turn at the end of the round). Use stitch marker to keep track of beginning/end of each round. You can easily adjust the size by increasing or decreasing the number of rows in the cuff and the number of stitches in the rounds. Example – the cuff for these mittens is made up of 30 rows so the beginning round will be 30 single crochet stitches. If your mittens are bigger/smaller, the number of rows you end up with will determine the number of stitches in the beginning round – keep this in mind when calculating your rounds.

Starting with size 3.25mm hook.

Ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn.

Row 1: sc in BLO, ch 1, turn (9 sts)

Repeat until you have desired size – in my case I made 30 rows total.

Join ends with single crochet to form a seam. Do not fasten off.

Switch to larger size hook.

Round 1: pick up a sc in each row – in this pattern it will be 30 sts to form the first round.

Rounds 2-3: sc around (30 sts)

Round 4: [sc in next 4 sts, inc in next] repeat 6 times (36 sts)

Rounds 5-8: sc around (36 sts)

Round 9: [sc in next 5 sts, inc in next] repeat 6 times (42 sts)

Rounds 10-13: sc around (42 sts)

Creating the thumb hole…

Round 14: sc around and skip last 6 sts.

Round 15: skip first 6 sts [sc in next 4 sts, inc in next] repeat 6 times (36 sts)

Rounds 16-22: sc around (36 sts)

Round 23: [sc in next 4 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (30 sts)

Rounds 24-29: sc around (30 sts)

Round 30: [sc in next 3 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Round 31: [sc in next 2 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Round 32: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 6 times (12 sts)

Round 33: dec 6 times (6 sts)

Fasten off and sew opening shut.

Thumb

Round 1: Pick up 12 sc in skipped sts from Rounds 14 & 15 (12 sts)

Rounds 2-7: sc around (12 sts)

Round 8: dec 6 times (6 sts)

Round 9: dec twice and fasten off.

My First Crochet Mittens - Pops de Milk My First Crochet Mittens - Pops de Milk

 

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