May 26, 2015
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Crochet Table Mandala

For some time I’ve wanted to make something to hide or at least partially hide the centre line in the dining table where the leaf extension goes. I could use a table cloth but…it’s much easier to clean a naked table surface than having to wash a cloth all the time. We started getting weekly flowers from Fresh City and they look so pretty on the table but the table crack is still there. Last week Rescued Paw shared this beautiful mandala pattern and I knew this would look perfect on the table with the flowers!Crochet Table Mandala - Pops de Milk

Naked table with ugly line.Crochet Table Mandala - Pops de Milk

Now that’s better! Doesn’t it look so pretty and flowery? To make this mandala I used a light weight yarn though I’m not sure about the weight (I used a mystery yarn I found in my stash).  And now the dining table is not so naked!Crochet Table Mandala - Pops de Milk

 

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May 21, 2015
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Crochet Bow Necklace

If you follow me on Instagram then you probably know I got a new summer haircut and wanted to make an accessory to go with it. Originally I wanted to make a bow hair clip but when I couldn’t find the right hair clips I had to improvise. I searched through my jewelry and accessories and came across a gold chain that I must have worn only once. I decided then the chain would come out of hiding and into use.

Crochet Bow Necklace

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To make this bow necklace you’ll need to know a bit about tapestry crochet. You can check out this post on tapestry crochet and making colour changes and check out this post to see how to make increases and decreases at the end and beginning of each indicated row. Pattern is worked from bottom up or from the bottom right corner on the chart. Download the PDF chart here.

Once your bow is done you can sew felt on the back to hide all the yarn bits. Cut two slits where the chain will go and sew the felt to the bow. And that’s it! Now I just need to figure out what I’ll make for a hair accessory…

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May 12, 2015
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Crochet Colour Spill Coasters

Suddenly it feels like summer, as though spring got bored of being springy and jumped straight into humid heat. I really don’t want to complain (yet) because I did moan and groan about how cold it was this winter but, it’s hot out there! It’s so hot that as soon as I add ice to a drink the condensation immediately dribbles down the glass and pools at the bottom. My immediate thought: make more coasters!

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Materials

100% cotton yarn, worsted weight like Handicrafter cotton in colour of choice

Size 4.50mm crochet hook

Notes:

Pattern is worked in rounds, do not turn at end of round. Use stitch markers to keep track of beginning/end of round. Don’t feel you need to stick to the exact stitch combinations I’ve outlined in Round 4 – you can make your own variations and add a unique touch to your coasters!

Stitch Abbr. (US Terms)

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

tr – triple crochet

inc – increase (2 sts in same st)

Pattern

Round 1: in magic ring chain 3, make 12 dc and sl st to 1st dc (12)

Round 2: ch 2, inc in same space as sl st and in each dc around, sl st to 1st dc (24)

Round 3: ch 2, inc in same space as sl st, dc in next st, *inc in next st, dc in next st* repeat around (48)

Round 4: ch 1, sc in same space as sl st, sc in next st, 3 tr in next 2 sts, dc in next st, sc in next  2 sts, 2 dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, 3 tr in next 2 sts, dc in next st, hdc in next st,  sc in next 3 sts, sl st in next 2 sts, sc in next st, 3 dc in next 3 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next 2sts, dc and tr in next st, 2 tr in next st, dc and hdc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, sc in next st, sl st to join.Crochet Colour Spill Coasters  - Pops de MilkCrochet Colour Spill Coasters - Pops de Milk

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May 4, 2015
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Boba Fett Bag

Happy Star Wars Day!

Some of you might have already guessed that the mystery project was indeed Boba Fett – yay! The idea to make the bag came out of nowhere. One night, before bed, I was brainstorming ideas for May 4th. Jason kept throwing out great, though complicated, ideas like a large Millennium Falcon or a TIE fighter. And then it came to me:

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To make this bag you will need to know a bit about tapestry crochet (you can check out this post for some tapestry crochet guidance as well as making a liner). And for the increases and decreases check out my previous how-to post here. And the rest is all about following the chart, which you can download here. I used acrylic worsted weight yarn and a size 3.75 mm crochet hook. Finished size is about 8 x 9 inches. If you want to make a strap simply make a length of chains, however long or short you want and then single crochet across and around the bottom of the foundation chain. Sew into bag before sewing in liner, if using a liner.Crochet Boba Fett Bag - Pops de Milk Crochet Boba Fett Bag - Pops de Milk Boba Fett Bag - Pops de Milk2 Crochet Boba Fett Bag - Pops de Milk Crochet Boba Fett Bag - Pops de Milk Crochet Boba Fett Bag - Pops de Milk

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April 30, 2015
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How To: Shape Crochet Pieces

In preparation for next week’s project reveal, I want to show you how to shape a crochet piece by making increases and decreases. If you’ve ever made a sweater or something that required you to add stitches at the end of a row then you probably know where I’m going with this. If you’re like me and this is your first time, stick around.

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Without giving too much away the photo above is of the mystery project and if you’ll notice, there are increases/decreases at the end of each row. When I first started this project my first thought was to simply add the necessary chains at the end of the row, work my way back and add chains at the end of the new row. But you can imagine that the piece would not be even – picture a cross, only one half is higher than the other. To make the shape symmetrical here is how you make an increase:

Start your project as you would and when you come to the end of a row make the number of chains needed.How To - Shape Crochet Pieces

Work your way across the next row but stop a few stitches from the end and remove the hook, careful to pull enough yarn so your piece doesn’t come undone.How To - Shape Crochet PiecesInsert the hook into the last stitch and add the necessary number of chains. Remove hook and fasten off.How To - Shape Crochet PiecesInsert the hook back into the working loop and crochet to end and into your newly created chains.How To - Shape Crochet Pieces

After a few increases this is what the piece would look like:How To - Shape Crochet PiecesTo make decreases finish the row as you would and instead of making a chain and working your way back, fasten off. Remove the hook and join in the indicated space: How To - Shape Crochet PiecesHow To - Shape Crochet PiecesContinue to work across the row but remember to stop before the end. In this example, I need to have a decrease of 2 stitches at both ends of the row so I will begin my row 2 stitches in and I will end my row with 2 stitches remaining.How To - Shape Crochet Pieces

And that’s how you shape crochet pieces with increases and decreases. Check back soon for the project that will put your newly found knowledge to use!

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April 29, 2015
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Taking A Break From Crochet Means…More Crochet!

Like the title of this post suggests, taking a break from crochet ended up turning into crocheting more. It’s like when you want to start a diet. The instant you declare, “My diet starts now!” you’ll immediately feel hungry and want to rummage for some sort of unhealthy snack. In my last post I said I wanted to take a break from designing and instead made a crochet bookmark. I have been reading quite a bit more lately but I have also been working on a few crochet projects created by other talented designers.

We all know how much I love Adventure Time so when Twinkie Chan shared her pattern for Ricardio I knew I would have to give it a try. It’s been a slow process because, like I said, I mostly end up designing and creating for the blog. But little by little and here and there I add a few more stitches. Ricardio is getting there!Taking A Break From Crochet Means...More Crochet! - Pops de Milk

The next project I decided to try was this crochet bag on the Moogly blog. I was drawn by the stitch design and by the fact that it was a short CAL (crochet along) so I wouldn’t have to invest too much time – seriously, this is probably every crocheter’s dilemma when it comes to CALs.Taking A Break From Crochet Means...More Crochet! - Pops de Milk

Around the time that I was nearing the end of the first part of the Moogly CAL, I rediscovered a pair of crochet socks I had started working on a while ago (I can’t even remember when). I thought, might as well finish these now! The pattern is from a booklet I found at Michael’s for Patons Stretch Socks (crochet and knit patterns). There were a few times I had to restart certain parts because I found the instructions a tad confusing but I improvised and now I have one completed sock, though I will have to redo the toe…and add more length to the sock because my feet are not that small.Taking A Break From Crochet Means...More Crochet! - Pops de Milk

And lastly, because I seem to find it necessary to pile projects upon projects on myself, I decided to make a dishcloth using this pattern on Yarnspirations. I’d been meaning to make some new dishcloths (the current ones are getting a little ratty after so much use). Really love the bumpy texture, great for scrubbing!Taking A Break From Crochet Means...More Crochet! - Pops de Milk1

Okay, so maybe I haven’t completely taken a break from designing. The last several weeks I’ve been working on a project I’m very excited about and I really can’t wait to share it with you – I almost feel like that friend or relative who gives you a birthday present way too early just because they can’t wait for you to enjoy it (I’m looking at you, Mom). But I will be patient and leave you hanging, muhahaha! I’ll just leave you with a little hint:Taking A Break From Crochet Means...More Crochet! - Pops de Milk

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April 21, 2015
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Crochet Bookmark

With work, life, and some times nicer weather I’ve been finding it a little difficult to focus on crochet and the blog. My attention span drifts toward more demanding tasks and unfinished work assignments. Crochet is supposed to bring comfort and release from the everyday stress but I suppose that applies to crochet that you yourself are not designing and testing. Design and pattern QA is not my favourite part about crochet – this is the part that is more like work rather than play. I decided to take a little break by doing something I love but haven’t made time for in ages – reading. It has been almost a year since I read a book because it’s hard to crochet and read at the same time. You might be thinking, “You know, there are these things called audio books….” To which I will say, it’s just not the same as picking up a book and using your eyes to absorb a story. I am, after all, a visual learner. Anyway, a friend lent me a book and I quickly became immersed in the story but it wasn’t long before my hands were reaching for a hook and some yarn. Oh, what’s a hooker to do? Crochet a bookmark!

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To make the blue bookmark I used Fine weight (2) merino wool yarn and a size 3.25mm crochet hook and for the pink bookmark I used Light weight (3) cotton yarn.

The stitches in the square brackets are done in the same ch space. There are two versions of this pattern with the only difference being the single chains between each repetition eg. “sc in next 3 ch, ch 1, skip 2 ch, [dc 2, ch 3, dc 2] ch 1, etc.” Try them both and see which one you like best.

Ch 34, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, ch 1, skip 2 ch, *[dc 2, ch 3, dc 2], skip 2 ch, sc in next 3 ch, skip 2 ch* repeat and end with 2 sc. Ch 1, continue on bottom of foundation chain and repeat pattern to end, ch 1 and slips stitch to first sc. Fasten off and weave ends.

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You can block your bookmark or simply press it between the pages of a very heavy book. You can see that the different types of yarn and pattern versions gave each bookmark a different look. Experiment and see what you come up with!

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