Friday, December 20, 2013

FOLD AND CUFF CROCHET SHAWL CARDIGAN!

Have you seen those lovely, over sized shawl-cardigans, looking like a warm embrace of a snuggling blanket?! I wanted one, needed one! 
But I had serious problems figuring out how to do it! Both technically and practically.
In the end, it's simple enough, like everything figured out! Even as it was THIS close to be unraveled, several times! Until it's finished, it looks quite strange! 
The best with this cardigan is the extra long sleeves with the hand-warming cuffs! Like integrated fingerless gloves!  And...it can be worn up...or down; It's turnable!
I'm so happy with it! I put it on in the morning, and barely want to take it off for bedtime!
Last crochet pattern published, for this year anyhow!
Pattern HERE
Or go directly to the shop!                        
The body is worked with Herringbone dcs, and the cuffs and edgings
have Pebble-stitches. A nice contrast to the plain crochet surface.

Wear it as a normal cardigan.......

Here you can see the "dolman"-sleeves created by
the special folding of the basic-shawl.


Cozzzy!

Here the cardigan is turned upside/down!

This is the way I'll normally wear it

Here the Herringbone- and the Pebble-stitches are visible.

My best hand-warmers ever!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

COMPLETING MY WINTER ENSEMBLE WITH NEW WHITE FINGERLESS "FUR" GLOVES!

These gloves was in fact just meant to style the Winter White Coat, 
when shooting the photos. 
As a lot of persons have asked me for the pattern; 
Here it is!
For the last year, I've been working to design a complete
set for the coat. There are head-band, or ear warmers if you like,
skirt, knee-long socks, boots, and finally the gloves!
Links to the other garments you'll find on the glove-listing,
following THIS LINK

My lovely winter boots! Perfectly warm with the Aran Cabled socks inside.

The skirt with white lace.

The crochet fabric created with FrontPost-dcs,
are really flexible and warm!

Fury Gloves!

A little piece of art.
But sooo simple to achieve!

CHRISTMAS SET WITH TASSEL HAT AND RED POM POM BOOTIES

Working the red booties (See post below), I grabbed Sophie's 
white tassel hat with brown stripes and tassel, unraveled, 
and made red stripes instead! Match it must!
With the red tassel, the set came out real cute!
The hat-pattern you'll find HERE

For a cutie baby!

CHRISTMAS BABY WRAP BOOTIES!

I was so curious to see how the little wrap-booties 
would look in another color, so here they are in red and white!
The booties are crocheted on the round, in one piece.
The sole visible, is created by the Front- BackPost dcs.
Link to the pattern, HERE

Real cute in red and white!
I replaced the 2 buttons, with 1 pom pom on each shoe!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

POST STITCHES FOR THE BABY'S TASSEL HAT!

A hat to match the Wrap and Button Baby Booties! 
Nice to make a set for the baby, yes?
The good thing about Post- crochet stitches, is that they turn light yarn
into a chunky, soft and warm fabric. Perfect for baby-wear!
This is Post-dc sts. Once you've got the hang of the technique,
it's like crocheting any dc-project!
Pattern included How to make Cord and Tassels.
Link HERE
I've made a 2in1-pattern-pack; Hat and Booties included!
Link HERE

My cute Sophie with her new hat!
Sizes from 3 months - 2 years.

This is the smallest size; 3-6 months

Pretty set!
This is the medium size; 6-12 months.

Natural colors for the baby!

Pretty selection of onion hats! With cord and tassels!

Embellish and style the baby hats!
So cute the little babies, with over-sized bows and flowers!

WHITE LACE CROCHET DRESS FOR LITTLE GIRLS

This dress was one of the first I designed, with a pattern in mind.
It has been one of my best-sellers for 3 years.
Starting publishing my patterns, my instructions was written in British English crochet terms, the lay-out was still not developed to the level my patterns are today, and..... my English were so and so! 
This beautiful lace dress deserved a fully renovation. So.. I have more or less rewritten it:
  • New lay-out
  • US American crochet terms
  • Full stitch Diagram for the chest section
  • Crochet-Flower Tutorial included for the flower-"buttons" on the dress
  • Improving/changes for instructions, and all the detail-st-charts, for better and easier understanding
  • Corrections for some instruction-errors
  • Improving my English (For the better I hope!)

This is the first......and last, garment I ever worked
with hook-size 2,5 mm (US 2), and Fingering yarn!
It was not done in a week, but it was great fun!
The dress developed in a natural and beautiful manner,
creating the increasing repeats of lace and flower-borders.
Like to try out the pattern? Link HERE
Size for girls 3-5 years. Aboutly.

I made these cute, white slippers for my Sophie's
not to pretty feet! Very simple one piece/toe up
pattern. Link HERE:

The dress fresh off the hook, one beautiful summer day,
3 years ago!
I originally had the dress buttoned on the back,
with handmade polymer buttons.
Designing this pretty hat for the dress,
I turned the closure for the straps to the front,
and replaced the buttons with these cute flowers!
The neck-opening is large enough to close the straps permanently!
These are the flowers included with a tutorial for the updated pattern.
Link to the hat HERE
The hat-pattern includes - by the way, also adult sizes!



Sunday, November 17, 2013

WRAP AND BUTTON - BABY BOOTIES CROCHET PATTERN!

I have now designed my first baby-slippers!
Avoided it forever... the competition is huge!
So many beautiful and clever baby-booties out there!
Persuaded by a friend, I went to work.
I like my adult Red Rib Wrap Slippers, so these were my 
inspiration for the Wrap and Button Baby-Booties!

Sophie's feet forces into the M-size!
She should be about 3 years according to the height,
but her head- and  feet-size are for a 2-year baby!
For those who do not know Sophie; She's my little doll-manikin! 

This is the smallest size, for newborn to 6 months.

This is size L, for 12-18 months.

2 cuties! The smallest and largest size.


The 4 sizes.

The slippers are entirely worked with Post-dcs.
This makes it possible to create the special rib-wrap,
and separate the sole-section from the foot-piece.
May look complicated, but once you've got the hang of
FP- and BPdcs, it's like working any dc-project! 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Affordable Crochet-Gifts Everyone Would Love to Receive!

 Once upon a time, long time ago, we all received homemade gifts! 
It was not fun! Soft presents! 
Now everyone get hard presents! 
I've seen a lot of happy faces lately, unpacking a handmade gift!
That's special! Someone have been thinking of you, making it!

For Adults See the selection in my Ravelry store,
or in my Sophie and Me-shop on Etsy!
For Kids! See selection in my shops linked above!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

HIS HOUSE SHOES - CROCHET SLIPPERS SPECIAL FOR HIM!

Men are freezing too, and he’s worth 
a pair of warming slippers, yes? 
Wouldn't he be happy for these home-shoes, 
made special for him, with your own hands! 
One-piece, toe-up, perfect for the winter-holidays, 
and a quickly worked present! 
These slippers for men, are a modified/simplified version
of my denim slippers for WOMEN 
Link for His Loafers, HERE

I inserted handmade soles, covered with old jeans-fabric!
Personal message-label attached

Worked with heavy Worsted, quick and easy!

Looks cool too, like real loafers!

With or without socks!?

Monday, October 28, 2013

ME AND MY HAPPY SCRAP SHOES AND BAG ON A STROLL!

Still Summer In Italy!
It's so lovely to wear summer clothes in the end of October!
Crochet Pattern for The Happy Scrap Shoes, 
you'll find HERE
Crochet Pattern for The Happy Scrap Bag, 
is HERE
Stopping for espresso and ice cream on a beach-bar.

I'm so happy with these accessories!
My cord-soles are still sturdy, soft and strong, after wearing
them a long summer.
And the bag...came late but good! Love it!

On top of a sand bank with scrub and cactus of different sorts,
separating the street and the ocean.



Saturday, October 5, 2013

RIBBED and WRAPPED CROCHET SLIPPERS

I must admit; These are my favorite winter slippers!
Light and easy to wear. And of course, attached soles as usual, 
for extended lifetime, protected against wear and tear, sturdy and warm!
PATTERN HERE

The basic slippers, only inserted my handmade insoles.
Basic crochet pattern HERE

Wrap around cold feet!

Aaaaand......Crochet Soles attached!
Slippers completely change "look" with soles applied!
The soles extends the lifetime of the slippers,
protects them against wear and tear, and makes them sturdy and warm.
Pattern for my Tailored Crochet Soles HERE
OR purchase the 2in1-pattern HERE

Beauties from Sophie and Me!

Details. The crochet button-closure was not really necessary,
but looks nice, and make a good fit to the foot.

Ready to wear!

The ribbing and the wrap makes the slippers well fitted,
and shapes to any foot.

Part of the sole visible.

Cozzzzzzy!