October 21, 2014
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Crochet Zombie Pattern Roundup

Ahh! Zombie!!

Zombie Braaaains - Pops de Milk

Crochet zombie roundup, that is…actually that’s even scarier than just one zombie. Still, of all the different Halloween ghouls and monsters out there I think my favourite are zombies. I have seen a lot of zombie movies but a few days ago while Little Sister Sue and I searched for a (somewhat) scary movie to watch I realised I haven’t seen quite a few of the old classics like White Zombie, the first zombie movie ever made. Filmed in 1932, it stars Bela Lugosi as an evil voodoo master in Haiti who brings people back from the dead and turns them into slaves. Surprisingly these zombies don’t eat flesh but they do kill people under Murder Legendre’s orders. Despite the age of the movie, I thought it was creepy and a must-see for all zombie enthusiasts.

So, because Halloween is almost here and I still have White Zombie on my mind, I collected a few of my favourite crochet zombie patterns, including my own zombie pattern from earlier this year. Zombie Roundup - Pops de Milk

1. Zombie Mug Cozy – Geek Crafts

2. Crochet Zombie – Pops de Milk

3. Zombie Bunny – Crochetbot 3000

4. Zombies in Love – Squirrel Picnic

5. Zombie Gretel – Speckerna

6. Zombie Murphy – Speckerna

Do you love zombies? What’s your favourite zombie movie?

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October 17, 2014
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Chunky Purple Infinity Scarf ~ Crochet Pattern

Remember the Apple Scarf Guy? Ever since I saw his lovely scarf I wanted to make a crochet version of the purple infinity scarf and I had this gorgeous chunky Loops and Threads yarn in a deep purple that was perfect for this project. Sadly, I didn’t have enough yarn to make an entire scarf so I added a few rows of a greyish beige yarn from Mary Maxim. I think it turned out quite beautifully and it’s the perfect shade for autumn!

Chunky Purple Infinity Scarf

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Chunky Infinity Scarf - Pops de Milk #crochet #scarf #pattern

Chunky Infinity Scarf - Pops de Milk #crochet #scarf #pattern

Chunky Infinity Scarf - Pops de Milk #crochet #scarf #pattern

This scarf was super quick and easy to make and would be a great project for a beginner. To make this scarf you’ll need two 100 gram/100 metre skeins of bulky/chunky yarn (5) and size 6.50mm crochet hook. You can also add more rows (or make less) to get a wider or narrower scarf.

Abbreviations:

ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)

Ch 160

Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.
Row 2: ch 4, sk 2 sts, hdc in next st, *ch 2, sk 2 sts, hdc in next st* repeat to end and turn.
Row 3: ch 2, *2 hdc in ch space, hdc in next st* repeat to end making 3 hdc in last ch space.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired width is reached. Sew the ends together and voilà! Purple Infinity Scarf!

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October 14, 2014
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Crochet Egg and Bacon Art

One of my favourite things to eat for breakfast are eggs and bacon. Could be from all those lazy Sunday mornings with my family and later with Jay, getting up to fry delicious bacon and practice the art of sunny side up eggs with the perfect yolky centre. Actually, if I could eat that everyday I probably would but because I care about my body I don’t. Still, the sight of a plate of eggs and bacon brings an instant smile to my face and I thought, wouldn’t my fave breakfast make for some fun and cheery art? Crochet Egg and Bacon Art:Crochet Bacon and Egg Art - Pops de Milk #crochet #eggsandbacon #art #pattern Crochet Bacon and Egg Art - Pops de Milk #crochet #eggsandbacon #art #pattern Crochet Bacon and Egg Art - Pops de MilkThis was the first attempt at making crochet bacon. I wasn’t crazy about it because it just didn’t have that fried, crispy look to it. Plus, the light pink yarn made it look a little too uncooked for my taste. So with some strategically placed increase and decrease stitches along the rows I achieved the shape I was looking for.Crochet Bacon and Egg Art - Pops de MilkI think my favourite part of this project was adding the eyes and mouth.

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To say that I had fun crocheting this would be an understatement. I was literally laughing when I started stitching the arms and I got to this point:Crochet Bacon and Egg Art - Pops de Milk

After figuring out the crochet pattern, this project didn’t take much time to make and it’s great for using up leftover yarn. I used an old sweater and a rectangular frame (8 x 11 inches) but you could also use canvas, an embroidery hoop, or shadow box to display your breakfast art.

This Crochet Egg and Bacon Art pattern will be available for FREE until November 1st (download the PDF pattern here) or you can purchase the pattern here at my Etsy shop.

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October 10, 2014
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Easy Crochet Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie

A few weeks ago I was drawn to All About Ami’s blog post on this crochet men’s beanie and I knew I had to make one. I was inspired by Stephanie’s nature shots so during one of our walks, Jay took a few shots of me wearing the crochet beanie.Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hatEasy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hatThis crochet beanie hat was crazy easy to make, definitely a great crochet project for beginners. The pom pom was a bit of an experiment for me because a) I didn’t have a pom pom maker and b) this was probably my second time making a pom pom.Then I decided to get creative and used different yarn colours. Here is the link to the beanie pattern and there is also a pom pom tutorial video link in All About Ami’s post, which I really wish I had watched before making my pom pom). Here’s how my pom pom experiment went down:Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat

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October 8, 2014
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Science Rules! Crochet Candy Corn Rat

Little Sister Sue and I are working our way through every episode of Adventure Time, starting from the very beginning, and we’re currently at season three. The episode that inspired this pattern is called From Bad To Worse where there is a candy zombie outbreak and Finn and Jake must figure out the zombie formula before it’s too late. Princess Bubblegum tries to tell them science will do the work but is only able to say (unintelligibly), “Science is my rat,” before she is turned into a candy zombie. After much confusion it is discovered that Princess Bubblegum was referring to Science the candy corn rat. Yep, I giggled quite a bit at this point. I love candy corn, especially now when Halloween is coming up so I felt it was absolutely necessary to crochet Science the candy corn rat:Science Rules! - Pops de Milk #candycorn #rat #crochet

And for doing such a great job turning everyone back to normal, Science gets a Royal Medal for Heroic Bravery!Science Rules! - Pops de Milk #candycorn #rat #crochet Science Rules! - Pops de Milk #candycorn #rat #crochet Science Rules! - Pops de Milk #candycorn #rat #crochetOur hero(ine?)!!Science Rules! - Pops de Milk #candycorn #rat #crochet

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October 6, 2014
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Crochet Basics – Working in the Round Part 2

If you’ve just found this post I suggest you visit the previous posts to catch up: how to make a slip knot and chain, how to make a single crochet, and working in the round part 1.

We’ve entered the decrease phase! Now that you’ve got a rounded shape you’ll want to continue shaping it by decreasing some stitches. A decrease is basically joining two stitches together to make one stitch. And just like when you made increases, the decreases are also evenly spaced apart.

To start a decrease insert the hook into the indicated stitch, wrap yarn over hook and pull through (looks like the beginning of a single crochet stitch but…), insert the hook into the next stitch, wrap yarn over hook and pull through, now you have 3 loops on the hook. Wrap yarn over hook and pull through all loops. That’s a decrease:Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginnerBecause we are continuing to make a pumpkin shape we’ll need to add a few stitches in between the decreases (dec), as I mentioned they need to be evenly spaced. The combination of stitches and increases to be repeated are between brackets. The pattern looks like this (remember in the previous post we left off at Round 6 with a total of 36 stitches):

Round 7: [sc in next 4 stitches, dec] repeat 6 times  (30 sts)

Round 8: [sc in next 3 stitches, dec] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Round 9: [sc in next 2 stitches, dec] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Round 10: [sc in next stitch, dec] repeat 6 times (12 sts)

Round 11: dec 6 times (6 sts)

In this photo below I’ve made 4 single crochet stitches:Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Then started a decrease:Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner And now I’m ready to repeat that segment (sc in next 4 sts, dec) all the way around until I have 30 sts at the end of the round:Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginnerContinue to make decreases and you’ll start to see the pumpkin taking shape:Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginnerSomething people ask me is when to begin stuffing the project at hand. It really depends on the size of the item but in this case because it’s small, I’ve decreased until there are 12 stitches and there is a hole big enough to fit stuffing:Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginnerWorking in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginnerI like to leave a bit of space at the top so I have room to continue decreasing and I add more stuffing just as I finish off. In this photo I’m decreasing 6 times so I’m left with 6 stitches.
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That little gap that’s left can be closed by threading the tail into a yarn needle and sewing it shut:Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginnerAnd there you have a round pumpkin shape! But you’re not done yet, this pumpkin (or Jack-o’-Lantern) needs some detail. If you want to add vertical stitches around to give it a bumpy look then leave a very long tail of yarn and then fasten off. Thread the yarn into a yarn needle and begin by inserting the needle into the centre and pulling it through the opposite end. Pull yarn, a bit tight, wrap around and insert the needle into the opposite centre, pull through to the other end. Repeat this until you have 6 stitches, or more/less, it’s up to you. Weave in a few times to secure the yarn and fasten off.Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginnerWorking in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner

To make a stem:

Chain 4 and make 2 single crochet stitches (increases) in each chain. Leave a long tail for sewing and cut the yarn. With yarn needle, thread the short end and weave it through the stitches then thread the long tail and sew onto pumpkin.Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner

For the Jack-o’-Lantern face I used a bit of scrap felt and a glue gun, but you can also sew the pieces on or embroider any design you like. You could even use safety eyes or googly eyes to make it even cuter.

Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner But if you’re looking for some fall décor then you can leave pumpkin blank and display it at Thanksgiving!Working in the Round Part 2 - Pops de Milk  #crochet #beginner

Now with your new-found knowledge you can experiment with increases and decreases to get the size and shape you want. Try it out and make more pumpkins in different sizes!

Here are the patterns for both pumpkins:

Mini Pumpkin

Round 1: ch 2 and make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sts)

Round 2: inc in each st (12 sts)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Round 4: [sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Round 5: [sc in next 3 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (30 sts)

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

Round 7: [sc in next 4 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (30 sts)

Round 8: [sc in next 3 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Round 9: [sc in next 2 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Round 10: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 6 times (12 sts)

Begin to stuff with fiberfill and continue to stuff as you decrease.

Round 11: dec 6 times (6 sts)

Fasten off and leave tail to sew opening shut. Weave ends.

Bigger Pumpkin

Repeat Mini Pumpkin Rounds 1-6 then:

Round 7: [sc in next 5 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (42 sts)

Round 8: [sc in next 6 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (48 sts)

Round 9: [sc in next 7 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (54 sts)

Rounds 10-11: sc in each st around (54 sts)

Round 12: [sc in next 7 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (48 sts)

Round 13: [sc in next 6 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (42 sts)

Round 14: [sc in next 5 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (36 sts)

Round 15: [sc in next 4 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (30 sts)

Round 16: [sc in next 3 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Round 17: [sc in next 2 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Round 18: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 6 times (12 sts)

Begin to stuff with fiberfill and continue to stuff as you decrease.

Round 19: dec 6 times (6 sts)

Fasten off and leave tail to sew opening shut. Weave ends.

I hope you’ve found this short Crochet Basics series helpful and if you have questions send me a message :)

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October 3, 2014
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Crochet Basics – Working in the Round Part 1

Something I hear very often is, “I love your crochet stuff, I wish I could crochet.” It’s the exact same thing I would think to myself every time I came across a super cute crochet plushie or amigurumi. Learning to crochet might seem incredibly difficult but it’s surprisingly easy once you let go of all expectations and you have patience with yourself. Patience and a willingness to make mistakes are key.

When I first began crocheting all I could handle were squares and even then I couldn’t keep them straight – to be honest I sometimes still have that problem! Luckily, squares aren’t the only things you can create with crochet. I learned how to crochet a circle – which I strangely found easier to make than a square – and before long I was crocheting in the round, making spheres. But first, baby steps. And if you haven’t checked out my previous posts on Crochet Basics here is the post on making a chain and slip knot and here is the post for making a single crochet stitch.

In this post I’ll show you how to work in the round and make increases to create a sphere. The way I begin a ring is to make 2 chains and then make the necessary number of stitches in the 2nd chain from the hook:Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochetCrochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochetMost circles begin with 6 single crochet stitches so in this example you’ll insert the hook into the 2nd chain from hook and make 6 single crochet stitches in the same chain. This is the first single crochet in the ring:Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochet Insert the hook into the same chain:Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochet Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochet

2 single crochet stitches in same chain:
Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochetContinue to make single crochet stitches in same the chain until you have 6 in total:Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochet

One important thing to note when working in spirals is that you do not turn and continue making stitches in the opposite direction. You also do not join the last and first stitch at the end. Instead you begin the next round (notice they are called rounds and not rows because we’re going around in a circle) in the first stitch you made. If you continued to make single crochet stitches around and around you’d end up with a tube, which is great if you’re making amigurumi legs or arms. But we’re working towards a sphere for a pumpkin shape so in the next round  we’ll make increases.

To make an increase you simply make 2 single crochet stitches into the same stitch. So once you’ve made your first stitch, insert the hook into the same space and make another stitch:Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochet Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochet Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochet Two single crochet stitches in the same stitch:Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochetIn this example we want an even sphere so each round is increased by 6 single crochet (sc) stitches (sts) and each increase (inc) is spaced out by an equal number of stitches. The combination of stitches and increases to be repeated are between brackets. Here is how the pattern reads:

Round 1: make 6 sc in ring (6 sts)

Round 2: inc in each stitch around (12 sts)

Round 3: [sc in next stitch, inc in next stitch] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Round 4: [sc in next 2 stitches, inc in next stitch] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Round 5: [sc in next 3 stitches, inc in next stitch] repeat 6 times (30 sts)

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

You’ll notice the total number of stitches at the end of each round increased by 6 and the stitches spacing them apart increased by 1 every round.

12 single crochet circle:Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochet 18 single crochet circle (at this point it’s a good idea to use a stitch marker so you don’t lose the beginning/end of each round):Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochet 24 single crochet circle:Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochet 30 single crochet circle:Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochet 36 single crochet circle:Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochetOnce you reach the required number of stitches in the pattern you’ll “work even” or “single crochet around” meaning you won’t make any increases, just single crochet around in each stitch:Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochetIn this pattern we’ll only work even for 2 rounds. Here is what the circle looks like after one round of even single crochet:Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochet After 2 rounds of even single crochet and it’s already starting to take a spherical shape:Crochet Basics - Working in the Round Pt 1 - Pops de Milk #beginner #crochetNow that you can make increases check back for the next post where I’ll show you how to make decreases!

 

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