Thursday, February 16, 2017

Crochet Troll Hat



My grand daughters have made these hats in high demand around here. Let me just say the HAIR is enough to drive one crazy, my recommendation is to take your time on pulling the hair.
You have to unwind each strand and I used a doggy wire brush, but make sure you do it on a table and pull firmly while holding the hat carefully. I also used a regular hair brush to get the yarn unwound and really smoothed it with the dog brush.
There are some videos on youtube but most I found were in spanish or some other language so they were no help to me, you might get some tips.

work the hair a row at a time in the beginning till you get it brushed out
smoothing it out before adding bangs
before adding the hair band and flowers
she's almost complete


Pattern

Abbreviations:
ch(s) = Chain(s) sc = Single Crochet
sp(s) = space(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = Slip Stitch
sk = Skip
Dc (dec )= Double crochet decrees
Mc = Magic circle
hdc = Half Double Crochet
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side
FO = Finish Off
Hdc(dec) = Half double crochet decrease
Tr= Treble

Materials:
Super saver – Shocking pink or similar
Red Heart or other source – Mint, Turquoise, Deep pink, black,
white

Hook- 5mm(H)
Needle
Tape measure tape
bristle brush
Scissors
Stitch markers

**Notes – Everything is worked in rounds unless stated otherwise. 

Child (5-10)
(Fits 20″ circumference, 12-12.5″ in height)
Hook- 5mm(H)
Using a pink yarn.
Round 1: Magic circle 8 hdc (8)
Round 2-3: hdc each st around. (8)
Round 4: 2 hdc in each st around. (16)
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Round 5-6: hdc each st around. (16)
Round 7: hdc in first st, 2 hdc the next st, repeat around. (24)
Round 8-9: hdc each st around. (24)
Round 10: hdc the first 2 st(s), 2 hdc the next st, repeat around. (32)
Round 11-12: hdc each st around. (32)
Round 13: hdc the first 3 st(s), 2 hdc the next st, repeat around. (40)
Round 14-15: hdc each st around. (40)
Round 16: hdc the first 4 st(s), 2 hdc the next st, repeat around. (48)
Round 17: hdc each st around. (48)
Round 18: hdc the first 5 st(s), 2 hdc the next st, repeat around. (56)
Round 19: hdc each st around. (56)
Round 20: hdc the first 6 st(s), 2 hdc the next st, repeat around. (64)
Round 21-33: hdc each st around (64)

Eye’s 
(Make 2 of each part)

Bottom (white)
Round 1: Mc 4hdc, 3 dc, 4hdc, 3dc pull tight and slst ch 1 (14)
Round 2: 2 hdc 4 times, 2 dc 3 times, 2hdc 4 times 2 dc 3 times slst and tie off leaving a tail for
sewing. (28)
Middle (dark Pink)
Round 1: Magic circle 6hdc. (6)
Round 2: 2 hdc in the first st, 2 dc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next 2 sts, 2dc in the next st, 2 hdc in the
last slst and tie off leaving a tail for sewing. (12)
Top (Black)
Round 1: Magic circle 6 hdc slst and tie off leaving a tail for sewing. (6)
First Sew the top/black eye piece to the middle/pink eye piece. Next sew the
middle to the bottom piece. Now sew onto the middle part of your hat two rows from the bottom.I used black yarn on the eyelashes and a little curve around part of the eye. And I added a
white yarn dot on the eyes.

Troll ears (Make 2)
Round 1: Magic circle 6 hdc. Pull tight but do not join. Ch 1 Turn. (6)
Round 2: 2 hdc in each st around. Ch 2 Turn. (12)
(Note insert your hook through all 3 sts instead of 2.)
Round 2: 2 hdc in the first st, hdc the next 2 sts, repeat till the end. Ch 1 turn (16)
(Note insert your hook through all 3 sts instead of 2.)
Round 3: 2 hdc in the first st, hdc the next 3 sts, repeat till the end. Ch 2 turn (20)
(Note insert your hook through all 3 sts instead of 2.)
Round 4: Dc in the first st, sc in the next 11 sts. (dc, 2 tr) in the same st. (2 tr, dc) in the same st. sc in
the next 6 sts. Ch 1 turn. (24)
Note insert your hook through all 3 sts instead of 2.
This will help them curve inward
Round 4: slst in the next 7 sts, (dc, tr) in the same st. (tr, dc) sc in the next st. slst in the next 14 sts. Tie
off. (27)
Note add your ears one row up from the bottom. Sew half the ear and then fold the top corner of the
ear and then sew it down.


Band
I used Minty green
Hook 5mm (H)
In green
CH according to the hat base number count. Slst together ch 3.
Dc each st around. Slst and tie off

Flowers
(Make 3)
I used a pretty bright blue
Hook 5mm (H)
Blue Flowers
Round 1: Magic circle 6 hdc.m(6)
Round 2: (4 hdc) in the first st, in the next sc, Repeat this around. (14)
Slip stitch and leave tails to sew through band

Hair
Add the hair to every other row and I added some spaced in between the rows I did fully all the way down about 3" above eyes Add more where you think it needs it.
Once hair is added untwist each strand then brush out using a bristle brush
Take your time unwinding the yarn and especially combing it out.
Smooth it up and the bangs down towards the eyes side to side
I sprayed mine with some glitter hair spray when finished.





Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Making Yarn Cakes to Crochet


Everyone is crazy about the Yarn Cakes, you've seen them, Sweet Rolls, Caron Cakes, Bernat Pops and many other brands. Yeah they are nice, but some people can't get them, and the prices are in a wide range, and you know what, most of all, you can't get just the color combos you might want.
So I have figured it out, I am making homemade Yarn Cakes
It's easy, takes a little time and some planning and the best thing is you can make them out of just about any yarn you have or can find. So what are you waiting for?

First you need a winder and some patience, most of of the later, you can't be in a rush.
The winders go from price ranges I've seen over $70 down to just $15 bucks
and if you are gentle the cheaper ones work well I have had no problems with a cheaper one and what's better than having fun and saving money too.

Remember to treat you little winder with care, go slowly and be gentle
I get mine to wind more than it says by adding a larger(wider) bottom on the winder with a piece of heavy cardboard cut to fit on the spindle or a slice of plastic cut in a circle just a little bigger than the original winder base.

I like this gadget

You can use so many kinds of yarn and any color that you can buy
Take my advice, count your turns to keep track if you are making more than one cake of the same color combo
Be sure to pull out the yarn holder spindle arm till it clicks, firmly but not too hard but it will stay up
don't wind too fast to keep the yarn in place and if you add a bigger base like I do sometimes, just be sure not to cut your circle add on piece wider so it hits the yarn spindle arm and you can get bigger cakes, if you cut it right it slides right down over the center of the winder and can give you about a half inch more of a cake
pace yourself and you can get lots of good use out of this tool
I am on a Roll ....LOL Literally now
stay tuned for more fun

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Crochet Ripple Blanket in Rainbow Sherbet






Here is a project to use the beautiful Caron Cakes to make
This can be a baby blanket or a lapghan or make it bigger for a bed blanket, I was even thinking it would go great on my porch table in the summer

These are some of the Caron Cakes you can get online or at Michael's Craft Stores

This is a Ripple Pattern
you will need the following for a baby blanket
Materials
Yarn: Caron Cake yarn 2 spools (I used Rainbow Sherbet)
Hook: 4.25 mm (or 4.00 mm) / (G/6) / UK 7
Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker
Stitch Legend
r – row
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch(s) – chain(s)
sl st – slip stitch
dc – double crochet

Special Stitches
Cinch Circle: cross yarn to make a loop, pass hook through loop from front to back, hook yarn and bring it back through loop to pull up a loop on your hook, chain 1. This will make, and secure, the circle. Work all successive stitches into circle over top of the shorter tail. When finished the first row of stitches, pull the shorter tail to cinch the circle shut.

Good Tips to Know
The number of stitches you should have at the end of each row will appear in parentheses for the first few rows to establish pattern
In this Pattern Ch-3 at the beginning of each row counts as a double crochet stitch
If your ch-3 begins on top of a skip stitch, sl st into the next st before chaining 3
“Peaks” are the sunburst points, “Valleys” are the dips in between
You should always have 12 Peaks and 12 corresponding Valleys
The 2 stitches at the bottom of the “Valley” are always skipped
When joining a new cake skein , begin in a ch-2 space
 If you are joining your new skein on a “Row 1 of 3” (ch 5, dc) into the ch-2 space (counts as dc, ch2, dc)
 If you are making a larger blanket, you will require more yarn!

***
Ready to Begin? Let's GO
Pattern
R1: Make a cinch circle, ch 3, 11 dc into circle, cinch shut, join with a sl st to the top of the ch-3 (12)
R2: Ch 3, dc into the same st, 2 dc into each st around. Join with a sl st to the top of the ch-3 (24)
R3: Ch 3, *skip the next st, (dc, ch 2, dc) into the next st*. Repeat from * to * around ending with (dc, ch 2) in the same st as Ch-3. Join with a sl st to the top of ch-3 (48)
R4: sl st into the next ch-2 space. Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into same ch-2 space. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the next ch-2 space*. Repeat from * to * around. Join with a sl st to the top of the ch-3. 

R5: join new colour with a sl st in any ch-2 space. Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into same space. *Dc into next st, skip 2 sts, dc into next st, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into next ch-2 space*. Repeat from * to * around until you reach the ch-3 you began with, join with a sl st.
R6: sl st into the next st, ch 3, dc into the next st, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the next ch-2 space, dc into the next 2 sts, skip 2 sts, dc into the next 2 sts*. Repeat from * to * around until you reach the ch-3 you began with, join with a sl st.

R7 (For repeating pattern, this is Row 1 of 3: The “Small Peak Motif” Row): (if you are on a “Valley” stitch, sl st into the next st to start row) ch 3, dc into each stitch up to the ch-2 space *(dc, ch 2, dc) into the ch-2 space, dc into each st down to the “bottom of the valley”, skip the 2 “valley” sts, dc into each st back to the ch-2 space*. Repeat from * to * around until you reach the ch-3 you began with, join with a sl st. Place a stitch marker on this row to mark it as a “Pattern Row 1”. 
(no stitch count increase)
R8 (For repeating pattern, this is Row 2 of 3: Regular “Peak Motif” Row): (if you are on a “Valley” stitch, sl st into the next st to start row) ch 3, dc into each stitch up to the ch-2 space *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the ch-2 space, dc into each st down to the “bottom of the valley”, skip the 2 “valley” sts, dc into each st back to the ch-2 space*. Repeat from * to * around until you reach the ch-3 you began with, join with a sl st. 
(stitch count will increase by 24 sts)
R9 (For repeating pattern, this is Row 3 of 3: Regular “Peak Motif” Row): (if you are on a “Valley” stitch, sl st into the next st to start row) ch 3, dc into each stitch up to the ch-2 space *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into the ch-2 space, dc into each st down to the “bottom of the valley”, skip the 2 “valley” sts, dc into each st back to the ch-2 space*. Repeat from * to * around until you reach the ch-3 you began with, join with a sl st. 
(stitch count will increase by 24 sts)
Repeat Row 7, 8 and 9 making sure to move your stitch marker to the “1 of 3” row each time you make it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Crochet Lavender Puzzle Scarf and Gloves




This is such a pretty set I call it Lavender Puzzle Scarf and Gloves because it looks like puzzle pieces

I used 2 skeins of yarn for this set  Caron® Simply Soft® Ombres™

For the scarf it's simple
INSTRUCTIONS
Ch 30.
1st row: (RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch. *Skip next ch. 1 sc in next ch. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch. Rep from * to end of chain. Turn. 10 ch-3 sps.
2nd row: Ch 1. *(1 sc. Ch 3. 1 sc) in next ch-3 sp. Rep from * to end of row. Turn.
Rep last row until Scarf measures 64" [152.5 cm]. Fasten off.

For the Fingerless Gloves
Materials:
4.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Caron® Simply Soft® Ombres™
Scissors
Tapestry/ Wool Needle

Instructions:
Taking your hook and wool make a 
Slip Knot then chain 30 Chain Stitches.  Join to first chain with a Slip Stitch, but be very careful not to twist the chain!
Row 1~ Chain 2 then Half Double Crochet in each chain all the way around. Join with slip stitch to the second chain of the last stitch. 
Row 2,3,4,5,6~  Chain up 2. Half double crochet in every stitch all the way around. Join with slip stitch to the second chain of the last stitch.  
{If you have larger hands you can easily make the palm/hand space longer by adding a few more rows.}

Row 7~  Chain up 2. Half double crochet in the next 9 stitches. Now it's time to make the hole for the thumb. Chain 4 then skip next 4 stitches. Half double crochet in the  remaining stitches. As always, join with a slip stitch to the second chain of the last stitch.

Row 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15~ Chain up 2. Half double crochet in every stitch all the way around. Join with slip stitch to the second chain of the last stitch.
Note~ If you would like your gloves to be longer, just simply add more rows!

Row 16~ Here around the edge I did the same stitch as in the scarf with 
1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch. *Skip next ch. 1 sc in next ch. Ch 3. 1 sc in next ch. Rep from * to end of chain to both top and bottom of gloves. Weave in ends.
So pretty

Unicorn Hoodies

Happy Winter Blues days...It's chilly we made it through and ice storm, wasn't too bad, didn't lose power so I can live with that.
I have been busy crocheting, birthdays, sewing and I am taking time to sit down and update my blog

Today I present the Unicorn Hoodies
This is so soft and floppy and warm and cozy
I used The soft Blanket Yarn for the body and most of the mane
I used a smaller twine type for the Unicorn horn
I really love how it turned out
The scarf has pockets sewn together at the bottom for little hands
but you can wrap it around the hood either way
its soft and droopy and if you make it right your child can get a good couple of years out of this one
I used hdc stitches 
The horn is single crochet and a little stuffing 
and the mane is simply tassels cut and pulled through where I wanted them.

2 of my sweeties love these

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Blanket Yarn Using V-Stitch Pattern



Well I'm hooked on the blanket yarns!! THEY are SO SOFT and easy to work with and they look so pretty.

SO I went yarn shopping and got a bunch of colors for some projects. I'm so excited with these
All of this is blanket yarn except for the Yellow which is for a Superman
Blanket for a Full Size Bed I'm slowly working on.
So many pretty colors

So the first blanket I finished tonight
This blanket is made using The V-Stitch
The V-stitch right now is to work the double crochet without the chain space in the center of the V. This fabric will have a row of V stitches with one dc stitch on either end of the row. Here's how to do it:
So simple and easy to make
I used 5 large skeins of Blanket Yarn
Start by crocheting a chain of 90 Stitches 
THEN 
  1. Crochet a foundation chain that is a multiple of 6. In this example, I've crocheted a starting chain of 90
  2. 2 dc in 4th chain from hook. (This is the V-stitch).
  3. *Skip 1, 2 dc in next ch*
  4. Repeat *to* until there are two chains left.
  5. Sk 1, dc in last ch. This completes your first row of V-stitches bordered by 1 dc on either end of the row.
  6. Now you're ready to start your next row, so turn the work and ch 3 for you first dc of the new row.
  7. Skip 2, 2 dc in the space between the two dc that make the V from the row below.
  8. Repeat across the V-stitches of the row below.
  9. Skip 1, dc in last ch.
  10. Repeat until the project is the length you desire. Finish off and weave in ends.
That's easy and fun to do and this makes up quick and looks pretty you can make so many color combinations.




Friday, July 15, 2016

Fisherman's Bass Red Velvet Cake




So I like decorating Cakes, I've made lots of cakes, but this is my first at Molding Chocolate and I have to say I seem to have a talent for it if I do say so myself.
I made this cake especially for one of my Son-in-laws for his birthday this week.
It takes a bit of time actually but it's fun and it's so worth it if you like cake decorating you should try it, although if you don't, or don't have the time, you can order one but believe me they aren't cheap but they are so worth it, the person you give it to will always remember it.


Now to make the chocolate Molding Clay
First Chocolate Molding Clay is made from any good chocolate and Corn Syrup
Molding chocolate recipes

what you need:
5 cups (40 oz) candy melts or good chocolate chips
8 oz clear corn syrup
(first here is a tip, using less corn syrup is better than using more)
I find especially in warmer temps, as it doesn't want to set and firm up as quickly


put chocolate in microwave safe bowl
make sure you use a rubber spatula not wooden tools
melt according to directions
generally heat for 1 minute full power
and then put it in for another 30 seconds 50% power
if it doesn't melt completely heat just a few seconds more at a time
do not overheat this

heat the syrup for about 40 seconds
just to warm up to mix with chocolate

if you are going to color the chocolate, add gel color
now before adding syrup
do not use liquid based colors

now add syrup and stir gently
and slowly
do not over stir this now
scrape the sides and stop stirring
stir about 1 minute 20 seconds 


lay plastic wrap over a flat surface
so you can move it afterwards


wrap it up and press flat so it will set faster
Let it sit for over an hour
then unwrap and start kneading
Cut in small pieces and knead each piece

if it's still real oily and sticky it needs to rest more
if it's really oily still let it sit overnight
if you have oily chunks then follow this tip
if it still has little chunks in it after kneading
pop it in the microwave for 5-10 seconds give or take
then continue to knead till the chunks are gone
then wrap it up and store it in an airtight container till you're ready to use it 


after you have it mixed you can either work with it as clay, but remember
don't work it too long, if it gets to soft, stop, let it sit in a cool place but
do NOT refrigerate and rinse your hands in cool water to cool them down, this will 
all help you work with your chocolate.

If you are working with large shapes you may want to make a rice crispy sculpture first
when making a rice crispy form, you will use rice crispy cereal and marshmallows
no butter 

                                       (I will have more on these instructions as I have time)
This is the fish with the second coat of luster dust
using semi wet dust


This is final coat of dust done dry


Rice Crispy Forms for Chocolate or Fondant Molding

You will need a box of Rice Crispy Cereal any brand works
a large bag of Marshmallows

I use a large bag of marshmallows, half the bag for this fish, rocks and cattails
I didn't measure the cereal but at least 8 cups maybe 10
NO Butter, it makes it oily and wont hold up

Melt the marshmallows for about 30 seconds at a time, then stir with a spatula
give it a second, then microwave again and it should melt as you stir, don't over melt
Next you will stir in the cereal and get it covered with the melted marshmallows
then give it a few minutes to cool, this is important, be patient
after about 3-5 minutes, wash your hands and either grab some crisco
or spray them lightly with a Pam like spray and get in that bowl
and mix, and press down, you want to smash the cereal and get it formed together
now be thinking of your basic shape and remember you will want it smaller than
the finished shape you are going for.
You can shape freehand for small objects, of if making larger items
you will want a basic wire sculpture in the general outline of the shape you are 
making, and press this wire into a styrofoam board or circle to hold it while you work.
You can also use pvc pipes made into a basic shape for bigger shapes still. 
I searched and found lots of helpful videos for this all on Youtube

I freehanded this cake and the shapes held together just fine without the wires or pvc 
for me, I guess I got it all just right.
After you get your shapes together, cover it with plastic wrap and press it tightly with it.
wrap it up well, stick it in the refrigerator and let it sit for at least a couple hours 
to overnight.
When it has set and gotten solid and is firm, you are ready to take it out 
and start covering it with the mixed Chocolate recipe and working with it to smooth it how
you like. 

You can color the chocolate with edible luster dust, or gel colors worked in small amounts for me
some say it doesn't work for them, you will just have to try and see, depending on what colors you need.
Then as you work with the chocolate over the shape, you may have to let them sit up awhile to firm up and dry
I kept mine on the table or counter, lightly covered with more plastic wrap but a little open for the air to 
help dry the chocolate to set up.

This is really interesting to learn and work with but it takes a great deal of time to make 
but it's worth to me, as I am an artist and this is just part of what I like to create.

More posts coming as I have time. Happy Creating