Posts Tagged ‘crochet’

Crocheted with love

Dec
12

Sometimes I look down while working on my daughter’s afghan and this is what I see.

crocheted with loveMade with love. Always.

It’s been a long time…

Dec
06

A very long time. Just over a year and one too many family emergencies/crises behind us. Thank goodness.

I’m back. Not back everyday or five days a week, but back to posting a little bit of crafty goodness as the crafty goodness happens. There will be some little changes around here, some tabs will go missing, printable parties will be moving to instant downloadable versions only, and some will be retired for good. I am moving on from the full-time crafty lifestyle and pursuing my true life purpose. So my little part of the crafty pie is going back to the perfect and lovely hobby that it has always been.

For now, I am crocheting like crazy! I have a rainbow afghan to finish for Christmas.

rainbow afghan

It’s nice to back. I look forward to sharing crafty goodness with you. Again.

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Heart Cake Toppers

Feb
10

Oh yes, I have one last idea for how you can use my pattern for crochet heart confetti. And then I’m done. I promise. But if you, like me, like to mix up your crafty goodness, say crochet with baking, here’s another little bit of crafty goodness you can create using these little hearts.

Valentine’s Day cake toppers! Just whip up your favorite cake and frost it using your favorite frosting (my favorite is this Swiss Meringue Buttercream from Sweetapolita). Chorchet a few confetti hearts, slip them onto the pointy end of bamboo skewers ad stick them into your cake. Simple and easy decor for Valentine’s Day!

I must admit, I am falling head over heels for simple cake decor on tall bamboo skewers. How about you?

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Heart I Love You Placecards

Feb
09

How much am I loving these little crochet hearts? Tonnes! Here is yet another sweet idea for using these little bits of crocheted love.

Sweet little placecards for the table. I was brainstorming ideas for decorating each place setting around our table on Valentine’s Day, so I set this up just to see how it would look, and I think I’m loving it. A simple I love you, because well, I love my family.

These hearts have a pinback, so my girls can wear this token of my love. But underneath this little pin is a little surprise.

Will you be dining at home Valentine’s Day? How will you be setting the table?

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Envelopes

Feb
09

Last year when I was planning my daughter’s Alice in Wonderland birthday party, I was brainstorming invitation ideas with a friend when we came up with the idea of putting the invitation in a crocheted envelope and sealing it with a vintage Alice In Wonderland pin. While I didn’t use the crocheted envelopes for my daughter’s brithday party, I have rediscovered their usefulness for Valentine’s Day! How about a crocheted envelope filled with love notes (or heart confetti) and sealed with a heart?

In a crafty household such as ours, these crocheted envelopes are a welcome Valentine gift. One would almost expect a bit of crafty goodness on Valentine’s Day, yes? The great thing about the envelopes is that they aren’t just perfect for Valentine’s Day. They’re perfect for any day you want to gift something a bit crafty to someone you love. You can fill it with just about anything, or use one to store your own love notes and cards. You can make one about 10 times bigger and it would be the perfect wrapping for a tablet or laptop, don’t you think?

The fantastic thing about these envelopes is that you only need to know how to chain and single crochet. Seriously, that’s it! Which kinda makes it a perfect, lovely project for a newbie hooker, besides a basic washcloth. The pattern is just a simple square with four corners folded in to meet eachother. Easy peasy.

I used my crochet heart confetti pattern to make heart pins to seal the envelope. Just add a pin back to the heart and pin the envelope closed. I have two little girls that are going to love these little envelopes sealed with love. How about you? Have a girl, or boy or partner who would love one on Valentine’s Day?

Crochet Envelopes

Materials

  • Any worsted weight yarn in your favorite colour.
  • Size G6 hook.
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Scissors.

Finished Measurements

There are 4 different sizes you can make. The envelope in the picture is 4.5″ x 4.5″.

Approx 4.5″ x 4.5″ square, when flap is closed.
Approx 5″ x 5″ square, when flap is closed.
Approx 5.5″ x 5.5″ square, when flap is closed.
Approx 6″ x 6″ square, when flap is closed.

Techniques and Abbreviations

ch (chain)
sc (single crochet)

Crochet Envelope Directions

  1. Ch 26 (28, 30, 32). 
  2. Do sc in each ch stitch.
  3. Chain 1, turn, do sc in each sc.
  4. Repeat step 3 until piece is 4.5″ (5″, 5.5″, 6″) square.
  5. Cut yarn and bind off.
  6. Fold three corners of the square into the middle. Using your tapestry needle and a length of yarn, sew the three corners together to help stabilize the envelope, while you sew together the two seams.
  7. Weave in yarn ends.

Make one heart (you can use my Crochet Confetti Heart pattern from yesterday’s post) in your favorite colour. Using your tapestry needle and a length of yarn, sew a pin back onto the back of the heart. Fill your envelope with treats or sweets or love notes, fold down the top flap and pin in place with the heart.

Happy hooking!

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Heart Confetti

Feb
08

I have been diving back into crochet lately and I have been enamored with these little crochet hearts.

So enamored in fact, I have made so many of them that they have become confetti, of sorts. Hand crocheted heart confetti. I really like that. So I decided I would package up a few in these little glassine bags that I have had since our wedding to give away to those I love for Valentine’s Day. (Oooh these would make cute wedding favors packaged this way!)

Add just a touch of decor tape to close the envelope.

And these little packages are ready to give away. I just love the idea of giving away a pocket full of love. A sprinkling of love confetti. I really just want to throw a sprinkle of these soft hearts high in the air above my girls so they can feel my love raining down on them. Heartfelt and homemade love in tangible form. And these, once you get the hang of crochet, are quite meditative to make.

If you are just starting your hooking career or picking it up again after a long hiatus, the first one may take you a while. I scribbled this little pattern out almost three years ago during my second phase of crochet experimentation. I ended up making a lot of bowls instead and a bunch of deformed hearts until I got the combo of stitches just right. I really wanted to make tiny little hearts, but crochet thread and I don’t get along very well. We still don’t, hence these hearts are made with worsted weight yarn and are about 2″ tall. 

I haven’t really touched a hook since I jotted down this little pattern and made all those bowls (anyone want a crochet bowl?). I had all but lost my crochet abilities, well, almost anyways. To help refresh my memory, I downloaded the Learn to Crochet booklet from Lion Brand to use as a reference when I totally forgot how to make a half double crochet and double crochet stitch. It was like teaching myself to crochet all over again! Needless to say, it took me 45 minutes to make that first heart with all the reading and referring back to the book. But once I regained my crochet muscle memory, each heart took about 10 minutes. Granted, I am slow at crochet, you may very well whip one of these up in half the time. They are really that quick and easy.

So this year, I will be handing out little pockets of heart confetti for Valentine’s Day. I may even make a few extra to hand out to random strangers on the 14th to inject a little surprise love into their day. Yesterday I also had an epiphany thanks to this little blog post. It reminded me of the secret love hunts I used to create using folded heart notes, and I love the idea of using plush hearts instead! Even more, I love the idea of whipping up a batch of the little crochet hearts and tucking them in pockets and laptop cases and glove boxes for my honey to find throughout the month. Or year. We certainly do have an extra mason jar on hand in the cold cellar.

I’ll have a few more ideas about how to use these sweet little hearts in the coming days, but for now, want to try your hand at making them?

Crochet Heart Confetti

Materials

  • Any worsted weight yarn in your favorite colour.
  • Size G6 hook.
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Scissors.

Finished Measurements

Approx 2 inches tall with worsted weight yarn. If you want a smaller heart and those tiny hooks and crochet thread like you, you can make much smaller hearts.

Techniques and Abbreviations

ch (chain)
st (stitch)
sl st (slip stitch)
sc (single crochet)
hdc (half double crochet)
dc (double crochet)

Note

You can tell I was only making bowls when I scribbled this pattern down as this heart is worked in one continuous spiral. There is no joining and no turning, just continue to work around in a spiral.

Crochet Heart Directions

  1. Ch 2.
  2. Do 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. Do not join. Do not turn.
  3. Moving around the circle, do 2 sc in each of the next 5 sc, ch 1.
  4. Do 2 dc in the next sc.
  5. Do 2 sc in the next sc.
  6. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  7. Do 1 hdc and 4 dc in the next sc.
  8. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  9. Do sl st in the next sc.
  10. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  11. Do 4 dc and 1 hdc in the next sc.
  12. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  13. Do sl st in the next sc.
  14. Cut yarn and bind off.
  15. Using a tapestry needle, weave in yarn ends.

Have fun crocheting your own little confetti hearts! If you decide to whip up some hearts, drop me a line and a pic, I would love to see your creations!

backdrop inspiration

Jun
21

I found this picture in Mi Mitrika‘s Flickr stream.

My crochet skills, although lacking, can pull these off. I can crochet circles, ovals and bowls, and that’s about it. For me, that’s perfect. I prefer knitting for most items, but for rugs, trivets and bowls I’m crochet all the way. I think these colorful crochet circles could make a lovely backdrop for a dessert table, in muted lavender, grey and cream.

Too bad I’m on a yarn diet.

i’m beginning to like my postman

Jan
20

Two days in a row the postman has brought me exciting mail! Yesterday my new bottlebrush trees arrived, and today a beautiful package from Bobbi Lewin on Etsy.

She packaged everything so beautifully. It was a treat to open this up! There was a surprise in every layer.

A sweet little red flower.

The enevelope was full of punched heart confetti.

And then the lovely crocheted heart banner!

Oh my sweet loverly goodness, it really is as lovely in person as I imagined it to be.

 I can knit hearts, but I cannot crochet hearts and definitely not in such lovely detail. I will knit most things myself, but I will purchase my crochet goods everytime. There are just some things that look much better in crochet and delicate hearts are one of them. This garland really was the prettiest on all of Etsy! I saw it and thought, oh that would look lovely as the background decor for that Valentine’s Day project I have coming up, and in my front window. It really will, it is perfect. But for now, it is hanging on my studio mantel, just above my yo-yo mats and bottlebrush trees. 

Oh sweet girlie goodness!