Friday, February 28, 2014

Tutorial Dada's Place

Wanted to share this with you. This is a wonderful tutorial on the inspiring blog Dada's Place. Have a look!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Time Out

It's been busy busy around here the last few weeks. Lots of ideas, developments, questions, comments, emails, suggestions... I'm in desperate need of a time-out. And I'm my own boss, so...

I will be offline for some time. Might take 2 weeks, might take 4, might take 6. I'm not sure yet. I want to refresh my inspiration and I want to get some ideas going. Need to figure out some stuff and want to clear my head a bit. I also really want to do a big spring cleaning of the house, and I feel like doing something else than crochet like sewing, or decorating...

Well, I'm of. See you in a bit! Have an inspiring day!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday Chit Chat

So, I had a lovely relaxing weekend. Did you? Nowhere to be, nothing to do really, but crochet and hang out with my lovelies. I could use that! 

Made 30 circles and am turning them into squares now. I went to my blog to check out the tutorial, to see how many stitches I used to make them square, but discovered I didn't make a tutorial on this one yet... Silly. Must look into that...

This stroller blanket is almost finished. Am still figuring out what to do with the edging. Must seek some inspiration. It's always difficult to choose an edging, don't you think??

I really wanted to show you these absolutely adorable postcards. I bought them at a flee market I was attending last week. They are supposed to be made in the 1950's... I don't know if that's true, but I love them anyway. And it's clear that they are vintage. They were made in Spain. I LOVE them!! Think I'll frame them.

Well, that's it for now. I'm busy making a pattern on the flower coasters (from my shop). They will be in my shop somewhere next week I hope. I'll let you know by then.

Have a happy monday!

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tutorial Flower Square V

As promised, I present to you the tutorial of the Black-White-Grey Flower Square. This is not my own pattern. It's quite a classic pattern and I really don't have a clue where it's from. It's old and been done many many times. But since lots of you requested a tutorial on this square, I decided to share it with you.

I used mercerized cotton, Phil Cotton 3 and Catania. And I used a 3,5 hook, but I crochet very tight and most of you I would recommend a 3 mm hook.

I use the American terminology.
Slip Stitch (ss)
Chain (ch)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Double Crochet (dc)

Start with a magic circle (or chain 3, join with ss). 
Round 1: Ch 2 (or 3 if you prefer), 11dc. 12 stitches in total, join with a ss.
Round 2: Change color. Start in between 2 of the dc's from the previous round, ch 2, 1 dc in the same space, 2dc in next space, all around, join with ss. 24 Stitches in total.

Round 3: Change color, I used a contrasting color here. Start in the space between 2 of the 2 dc's from the previous round (see picture above), ch 2, 2 dc in same space, 3 dc in next space, all around, join with ss. 36 stitches in total.
Round 4: Change color. Start in the space between 2 of the 3 dc's from the previous round (see picture above). ch 2, 2 hdc in same space, *3 dc in next space, ch 3, 3 dc in next space, 3 hdc in next space*, repeat *to* until you've created a square. Join with ss. 
It's important to know that in this square, the corners aren't formed in one space, but by the ch 3 in between two spaces. That's the big difference from a 'normal' granny square.

I ironed the squares so they would be easier to sew together. I would recommend to sew these squares together, rather then to crochet them together. I think it's much prettier. Just hold the fronts of the squares to each other and put you needle trough 2 opposite stitches (see picture above). Just proceed with the next 2 squares in the same way. Then sew the other side together and this is what you'll get!

I made my first digital chart with Crochet Charts. It's a very simple program and easy to learn. I know this one isn't flawless yet, but I'm learning. I'm definitely going to purchase this software (for now I used a trial version). I know I forgot the starting ch 2's and the ss's, but hey, this is my first try!!

To make a cushion out of two sides, just join the sides with single crochet all around. For the picot edging: start in any stitch, ch 3, double crochet in first chain from hook, skip 1 (or 2) stitch and join with a slip stitch. Super simple! And if you only skip one the only important thing is that you have an even number of stitches. In a square that's always the case...

Well, hope it's clear. Feel free to ask questions, preferably through email. Do put in a link of the project you have a question about. 

Have a meaningful thursday!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Go With The Flow

At the moment in Holland (at least where I live) the weather is super nice. Sunny and a little chilly. It feels like spring is already in the air, and the light is magical! (Except when you're driving a car, than you can't see a thing...). Anywho, it always makes me a little restless and uppity, the first days of sun after a whole lot of grey. I was planning on making a tutorial on the Black-White_Grey square (or the flower square V) and it took me much longer than I estimated. And then all of a sudden my man stood in front of me, to take me out on a nice long walk in the sun, with our misbehaving dog. I couldn't resist... So no tutorial today. I will do my best to get it finished thursday or friday.

So I decided to go with the flow today. That rarely ever happens. I did finish this granny square blanket. It has been lying around for ages just waiting to be finished. I'm gonna make some pretty pictures of it soon. I really REALY love this color combo!! And it's so nice and soft and very warm too.

And this is what I'm still working on now. I love the square, but am still not sure how to join them. A with edge doesn't work, so this is what I came up with... Also not sure about this though...

Well, I'll keep you posted! Have a lovely tuesday!

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