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Crochet as a Meditation

Hi everyone! I am happy to be back and to write my next post. I started to work again so I had no time for developing new patterns and crocheting them and writing about them. At least I thought so. Now I am learning to use my time efficiently but at the same time to take care that I always can relax when I need it. So I want to share with all of you how crochet saved me again 🙂

There is no pattern in this post but an advertisement how cool it is to use patterns from other people 🙂 Being a parent is a great thing but it also can be really tough. You have to be always 100% concentrated, you have to keep thousends things in your head and plan everything. Well, sometimesit is just too much for me and then I am really looking forward to the evening, when my son goes to bed. And my holly time starts, the time when I can be anyone and when I can do anything. The truth is that often I have only capacity for laying on the sofa watching a series. Sounds like waste of time, right? No powers at all for creativity and finishing all the crochet projects I am excited about. So recently I discovered that a short meditation directly after a child falls asleep makes a real difference. Just some minutes of silence (or with a pleasant music) without any thoughts (or as little as possible) can clear the mind and “reset” our brain, it’s amazing! Later I realized that meditating by doing something simple works better for me. For example by practicing a yoga. Well, then I went even further and decided that meditation with producing something would be just great. And crochet was a perfect answer to that!

So just pick a cool pattern (there are so many nice ones in internet) and just follow it without thinking. I am a big fan of the movie HOME so I decided to crochet the boov Oh! I used this instructions which are by the way really nice and clear and look how it turned out:

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If you are balanced and relaxed, new ideas will always come to you! Following patterns of other people made me think of my own and now I am working on several small projects which I show you next days!

Good luck in your new projects and always try to find time for yourself!

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Dummy Holder Crochet Tutorial

Tomorrow we fly with our 7 months old son for the first time! I am very excited about it! I have no idea how he will behave in the airport and during the flight. So I read hundreds of articles about travelling with children and what one should take. And then I realized that we don’t have a dummy holder! So I took a crochet hook and yarn leftovers, after an hour the problem was solved 🙂

You will need:

  • 2.00 mm crochet hook
  • left over yarn of colour you like
  • Scissors and sewing needle
  • wooden clip

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown in brackets

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Instructions:

As I mentioned before, yarn leftovers are perfect here. We basically make many small beads and rings to put on our dummy chain. Choose different sizes (also by choosing different yarn and hooks) and colours, make it interesting for your child!

So as you can see on pictures I made 4 beads (2 small and 2 bigger ones) and 2 rings. Of course, you can make as many as you’d like. You can also decorate the dummy holder with everything you want! You should remember that a baby will put it in its mouth most of the time so you should carefully choose deco elements.

Step 1. Crochet the chain as long as you want the dummy holder to be and crochet 30 ch additionally (for the loop which actually connects dummy with the chain), don’t join the chain. Connect one end to the wooden clip.

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Step 2. Beads. Make as many as you want. Note, that you should make them in the order you want to put them on the chain (starting from the wooden clips)

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Rounds 4-6: sc in all 18 st (18)
Round 7: (sc in next st, dec) X 6 (12)

Using the hook pull the chain through the magic ring and stuff the bead. Later you can move the bead on the chain so the exact position is not very important for now.

Round 8: dec X 6 (6)

Cut the yarn leaving a tail for sewing and go with the sewing needle through the last round closing the bead.

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The bead is finished! You can make it bigger/smaller using bigger/smaller hook and yarn. Or you can change the size manually:

  • To make the bead bigger, crochet one more round between rounds 3 and 4:

Round 3.5: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)Then make 4 instead of 3 Rounds without changing. Afterwards crochet (sc in next 2 st, dec) X 6 (18) and you are at Round 7 of the description above, follow it to the end!

  • To make the bead smaller, crochet first two rounds, then make 2 rounds without changing (12) and pull the chain through the magic ring. Afterwards keep following the instructions.

Step 3. Rings. You can put the rings any time in any order at any place of the chain.

Crochet 15 ch, join with sl st on the chain (at the right position).
2 ch, 28 hdc in the ring, join with sl st.
(reverse sc in next 6 st, inc) X 3, note: reverse sc is a regular sc but in the opposite direction!!!

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The ring is finished! If you want to make it smaller, make the row of sc’s instead of hdc’s. If you want to make it bigger, make crochet dc instead of hdc in the row.

That’s it! Now you can combine these two shapes and play with sizes and colours! Have fun! I hope, your baby will like its new dummy holder!

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Was it fun to crochet with this tutorial? Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find there something you like!

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Cozy Earwarmer Crochet Pattern

If you bike a lot, go to the swimming pool or just like hair buns, this pattern is for you! As most of the patterns in the blog, it is really quick. The best part is that it looks complex, but it is really easy to crochet! An earwarmer is an amazing thing, I have it only one day and I love it already, I did not even take it off when I came home after a walk!

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You will need:

  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • recommended for the hook black and grey yarn
  • scissors

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • exFPtrc – extended front post treble crochet (US crochet terms), this stitch is explained in the tutorial.

Let’s get started!

The Pattern:

Start with black yarn: 86 ch, join with sl st, 2 ch.
Finish every round with sl st and start a new one with 2 ch.
Round 1: dc in all ch (86)

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Rounds 2- 6: (change to grey yarn) (dc in next st, exFPtrc in dc under next st) X 43 (86)

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How to make exFPtrc:

Yarn over twice (Picture 1), go through the next dc  (Picture 2), yarn over and pull the hook through (Picture 3), you have 4 loops on the hook now. Yarn over and pull through the first loop on the hook (Picture 4).

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Then yarn over again and pull though next two yarn loops, now you have tree loops left (Picture 5), yarn over and pull again though next two yarn loops, now there are only 2 loops on the hook (Picture 6), the last step: yarn over and pull though all two loops. You just crocheted your first exFPtrc! Congratulations! Compare your result with the lower two pictures and follow the pattern further!

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Round 7: (change to black yarn) hdc in all st (86)
Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the end.
Your earwarmer is finished! Enjoy 🙂

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Was it fun to crochet with this tutorial? Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there!

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Crochet Gloves, Step-by-Step Tutorial

Earlier I thought that it is impossible to crochet good comfortable gloves. And as I never actually could knit, I just never dreamed of making gloves myself. But now there are so many cool new tricks for crocheting! One can crochet really anything and noone can say that for making socks or gloves one should learn knitting!

Last week I lost my gloves somewhere and it’s time to crochet new ones!

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Materials:

  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • recommended for the hook dark blue yarn (I used a yarn 50g = 125 m (1.75 oz = 137 yds) and I needed 100 g (3.5 oz) for the gloves)
  • white embroidery floss and a needle
  • scissors

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)

The Pattern

Try to crochet not too tight otherwise the gloves will be too hard. You can also take a hook one size bigger than recommended for your yarn. I wanted to make warm gloves so I didn’t use a bigger hook.

Ribbing:

It may look confusing when you start, but once you try you will see that it’s simple and very beautiful way to crochet a ribbing. I will explain now how it works and if you have more questions afterwards, you can also have a look at the tutorial.

13 ch
Round 1: hdc in all 13 ch, 2 turning ch

Rounds 2-30: hdc in all 13 st (here comes the trick: while crocheting the row, insert the hook one stitch lower than the one you would normally use. It is shown in the picture below (N 2). As you can see there, you crochet always to the front part, that’s why the ribbing looks knitted), 2 turning ch.  At the end of Round 30 make only 1 ch instead of 2.

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Body:
Now we join the ribbing. Insert the hook into both layers and join them with sl st in all 13 st. Turn the ribbing inside out so the sl st are not visible.
Now we can start the glove body. Continue crocheting on one side of the ribbing
Round 1: sc in 45 st. (You have to crochet sc one time into every vertical stitches row and two times between the rows, it will give you 45 sc) (45)
Rounds 2-4: sc in all 45 st (45)

 

Round 5: sc in next 21 st, inc, sc in next st, inc, sc in next 21 st (47)
Round 6: sc in all st (47)
Round 7: sc in next 21 st, inc, sc in next 3 st, inc, sc in next 21 st (49)
Round 8: sc in all st (49)
Round 9: sc in next 21 st, inc, sc in next 5 st, inc, sc in next 21 st (51)
Round 10: sc in all st (51)
Round 11: sc in next 21 st, inc, sc in next 7 st, inc, sc in next 21 st (53)
Rounds 12-15: sc in all st (53)
Round 16: sc in next 21 st, skip next 11 st, sc in next 21 st (42)

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Rounds 17-26: sc in next 42 st (42)

Little finger:
Round 1: sc in next 6 st, 2 ch, skip next 30 st, sc in next 6 st (14)
Rounds 2-11: sc in all 14 st (14)
Round 12: (sc in next st, skip next st) X 7 (7)
Round 13: (sc in next st, skip next st) X 4 (4)
Round 14: sc in next st, skip 1 st, sl st in next st.
Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the end.

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Ring finger:

Round 1: Start crocheting the ring finger in the middle of the bottom of the little finger. Insert there the hook (as it is shown in the picture (1) below), make 1 ch, sc in next st, dec (to make the corner smooth, see picture (2) below), skip next 21 st, sc in next 5 st, 2 ch, sc in next 4, dec, sc in next st (15)

Rounds 2-15: sc in all 15 st (15)
Round 16: (sc in next st, skip next st) X 7 (7)
Round 17: (sc in next st, skip next st) X 4 (4)
Round 18: sc in next st, skip 1 st, sl st in next st.
Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the end.

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Middle finger:

Round 1: Start crocheting in the middle of the bottom of the ring finger. Insert there the hook, make 1 ch, sc in next st, dec, skip next 12 st, sc in next 5 st, 2 ch, sc in next 4, dec, sc in next st (15)

Rounds 2-18: sc in all 15 st (15)
Round 19: (sc in next st, skip next st) X 7 (7)
Round 20: (sc in next st, skip next st) X 4 (4)
Round 21: sc in next st, skip 1 st, sl st in next st.
Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the end.

Forefinger:

Round 1: Start crocheting in the middle of the bottom of the middle finger. Insert the hook there, make 1 ch, sc in next st, dec, sc in next 11 st, dec, sc in next st (15)
Rounds 2-15: sc in all 15 st (15)
Round 16: (sc in next st, skip next st) X 7 (7)
Round 17: (sc in next st, skip next st) X 4 (4)
Round 18: sc in next st, skip 1 st, sl st in next st.
Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the end.

Thumb:
Round 1: Start crocheting in the middle of the bottom of the forefinger. Insert there the hook, make 1 ch, sc in all st, now you don’t make dec in the corners so that the thumb points a bit to the side (16)
Rounds 2-11: sc in all 15 st (15)
Round 12: (sc in next st, skip next st) X 8 (8)
Round 13: (sc in next st, skip next st) X 4 (4)
Round 14: sc in next st, skip 1 st, sl st in next st.
Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the end.

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First glove is finished! make the second one the exact same way!

 

Now you can embroider something if you like or just leave them like they are! The gloves are finished! I am sure you will wear them proudly and nobody will believe that you have made them yourself!

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Was it fun to crochet with this tutorial? Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there!

You may like:

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Hairband, Quick and Simple Crochet Pattern

I didn’t post anything here for a while, because right now I am crocheting gloves and as I have extremly little time for it, it takes forever. Bigger crocheting projects are sometimes difficult for me because I need a feeling that I can finish something. So every time when I crochet a bit bigger thing, I make something small at the same time. I don’t know if it is logical because then the main project takes even longer but I like it! That’s why I want to share with you a simple and quick way to make a hair band. It takes only 10-15 minutes and you can choose any colour and style you like!

Materials:

  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • yarn recommended for the hook
  • rubber band
  • scissors

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Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown in brackets

Only three steps and you get a perfect accessory which completes your outfit! I chose a “Milk coffee” colour, it matches my hair 🙂

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Instructions:

Round 1: 31 sc in the rubber band (31). Important: the size of the hair band I made is quite small, it fits better for children. If you want a bigger hairband, just make more stitches, stretch the gummy and look if it is big enough for you. In other words, the 31 stitches is a minimal size.
Round 2: 3 dc in next 31 st (93)
Round 3: sc in all 93 st (93)

The hairband is finished!

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Was it fun to crochet with this tutorial? Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there!