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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April 14, 2015
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Crochet Giraffe

It must be the change in weather that has got me in the mood for making cute animals. It was around this time last year that I churned out some adorable creatures like Mr. Hedgehog and this amigurumi dolphin. I guess spring is the season for inspiration and when I looked at my Ideas Notepad, it came as no surprise that animals were the main theme. At the top of the list I had written down the tallest land dweller, the giraffe.

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Like modern-day dinosaurs, these gentle giants stand between 5 and 6 metres! I think they are hilariously cute with their super long neck and legs. I tried to recreate this look in the crochet version, making sure that the neck and legs were more exaggerated than the body.

Pattern Notes

Unless indicated, pattern is worked in continuous rounds. Use stitch markers to keep track of beginning/end. For the legs and neck I made sure to stuff firmly (the body is not as important to stuff that much) but this will ensure that the legs and neck will hold and stay upright.

Materials

-worsted weight yarn in pale yellow and brown

-3.75 mm and 3.25 mm crochet hooks

-embroidery thread and needle

-yarn needle

-fiberfill stuffing

Stitch Abbr. (US terms)

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

inc – increase (2 sts in same st)

dec – decrease (sc 2 tog)

hdc – half double crochet

Pattern

Head – with 3.75 mm hook

Round 1: make 6 sc in magic ring

Round 2: inc in each st (12 sts)

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

Round 4: sc around.

Round 5: [sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Rounds 6-11: sc around.

Round 12: [sc in next 2 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Begin to stuff with fiberfill.

Round 13: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 6 times (12 sts)

Round 14: dec 6 times (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave ends. Use embroidery thread to sew eyes or you can also use safety eyes if you have them.

Neck – with 3.75 mm hook

Leave about 18″ of yarn for sewing.

Round 1: ch 6, join with slip stitch to 1st ch. Ch 1, sc in same space as slip stitch and in each ch around.

Round 2: sc in 1st sc and around.

Rounds 3-13: repeat Round 2.

Round 14: dec 3 times, [inc in next st, sc in next st] repeat 3 times.

Round 15: sc in next st, dec in next st, sc in next 4 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 4 sts.

Round 16: sc around.

Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing. When the neck is complete you should have long yarn tails on the top and bottom. Sew the neck to head or body before stuffing.

Body – with 3.75 mm hook

Round 1: ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across with 3 sc in last ch, working on bottom of foundation ch sc in next 6 spaces, 2 sc in last sp (18 sts)

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

Round 3: [sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st] repeat 8 times (32 sts)

Round 4: [sc in next 15 sts, inc in next st] repeat 2 times (34 sts)

Round 5: sc in next 15 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 17 sts, inc in next st (36 sts)

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

Rounds 7-10: sc around.

Round 11: [sc in next 5 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (36 sts)

Round 12: [sc in next 4 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (30 sts)

Round 13: work this round in BLO (back loop only) [sc in next 3 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Round 14: [sc in next 2 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Begin to stuff with fiberfill.

Round 15: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 6 times (12 sts)

Round 16: dec 6 times. Fasten off and weave ends.

Legs – with 3.75 mm hook

Starting with brown yarn.

Round 1: make 5 sc in magic ring.

Round 2: sc around in Back Loop Only.

Round 3: inc in each st (10 sts)

Switch to yellow yarn.

Rounds 4-18: sc around.

Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing.

Ears – with 3.25 mm hook

ch 3, hdc 3 times in 3rd ch from hook. Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

Spots – with 3.25 mm hook

Make 4 sc in magic ring, slip stitch to first sc. Fasten off and leave tail for sewing. Make as many as you like and sew to body parts.

For the eyes I used this easy embroidered eyes tutorial on Squirrel Picnic. Once you have all the parts you can put your yarn needle to work and get sewing!Crochet Giraffe - Pops de MilkCrochet Giraffe - Pops de Milk

 

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April 7, 2015
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Crochet Chunky Trellis Scarf

Oh Spring, when will you stay? Why must you play games with us? We had some lovely weather just before Easter weekend and then it snowed! But I was ready for the weather change – I was armed with a spring scarf.

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Months ago I bought this bright green yarn with the idea of crocheting a spring cowl – the colour is just so fresh and vibrant. I thought I had missed my chance as the weather warmed up but “luckily” I’ve been given a second chance. Last week I showed you a very simple stitch called the Trellis Stitch and now I’ll show you how I used it to make this scarf.

The scarf is worked in rows using a thick yarn that works up quickly.

Materials

– 2 100g skeins of super bulky yarn (6) – I’m using Bernat Softee Chunky in Grass

– size 9.00mm crochet hook

– large buttons, 3-5

– needle and thread to sew buttons

Pattern

Row 1: ch 134, sc in 6th ch from hook, [ch 5, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch] repeat to end, turn.

Row 2: [ch 5, sc in next ch 5 space] repeat to end, turn.

Repeat until you almost run out of yarn, about 14-15 rows. Fasten off and weave ends.

Sew buttons to one end of the scarf. If you find that the buttons are too small or the holes in the scarf are too large you can close the gap with a few stitches. Alternatively you can sew the scarf ends together.Chunky Trellis Scarf - Pops de Milk Chunky Trellis Scarf - Pops de Milk Chunky Trellis Scarf - Pops de Milk Chunky Trellis Scarf - Pops de Milk

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April 2, 2015
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How To Crochet: Trellis Stitch

Today I want to show you a very simple stitch that is perfect for beginners and great for quick projects. The trellis stitch is made up of a series of chains and single crochet stitches in the chain spaces. I’m currently using this stitch to crochet a chunky, yet light, spring scarf. Here’s how you can practice the stitch before I share the scarf pattern instructions next week!

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To practice you’ll need a hook and yarn – the size and weight are not important but just make sure the hook is the right size for the yarn. In this example I’m using worsted weight yarn with a size 4.00mm hook. The foundation is worked in multiples of 4 chains plus 2. Need a crash course on chains and single crochet? Check out the links below before you get started.

How to make a chain.

How to make a single crochet.

Row 1: ch 18 (16 chains plus 2), sc in 6th ch from hook, [ch 5, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch] repeat to end, turn.

Row 2: [ch 5, sc in next ch-5 space] repeat to end, turn.How to Crochet Trellis Stitch - Pops de Milk How to Crochet Trellis Stitch - Pops de Milk How to Crochet Trellis Stitch - Pops de Milk How to Crochet Trellis Stitch - Pops de Milk How to Crochet Trellis Stitch - Pops de Milk How to Crochet Trellis Stitch - Pops de Milk How to Crochet Trellis Stitch - Pops de Milk How to Crochet Trellis Stitch - Pops de Milk How to Crochet Trellis Stitch - Pops de Milk

Repeat row 2 until desired length is reached or you feel comfortable with the stitch.How to Crochet Trellis Stitch - Pops de Milk How to Crochet Trellis Stitch - Pops de Milk

Fasten off and admire your stitch sample. Now you’re ready for next week’s project – Chunky Spring Scarf!

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