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Little Minion

I said that my large minion was the first of a couple that I had made. Well, this is the other guy. He’s about the size of a Blackberry cell phone and I think is quite cute.

It was Dave, my husband’s idea for me to make minions and these little guys were what he had in mind. I must say they’re a hit with my kids and all their friends.

I used a 3mm hook and double knit yarn. This makes them strong and firm and will keep their shape. I looked for ages online to find a pattern, but wasn’t really satisfied, so I made this one up.

Jono’s Night Cap

night cap

Oh the things you make when you have teenage children! So, this is a night cap, or as Jono likes to call it, a cool long pointy beanie thing. And yes, he actually wears it, not only with his pajamas but out to the mall – gosh.

I simply used tr crochet, starting at the point, slowly increasing until the last about 9 rows. Then I added a few rows of dc to make the band. It’s an acrylic dk, or worsted weight yarn and I used a 5mm hook. And finally added the pompom. It’s been many years since I made a pompom, taking me back to my childhood.

Jono Night Cap

Long Scarf

grey long 1

I realize winter is almost over, but I did make these scarves a little while ago. I made 4 scarves in 6 days, one for each of the gents in my home. This is a long, tasseled, loose-stitch crochet scarf with a knit look. Sometimes you just need a simple ordinary old scarf. And this is particularly warm too.

I used a simple double knit (worsted weight) yarn and an 8mm hook. The loose stitching makes this a very comfortable, soft and casual looking scarf. A smaller hook makes a tighter stitch and is a smarter style, as you’ll see when I post two of my other scarves.

I’m not sure my boys will get much more use out of them this season, but they are timeless and should last a few winters.

blue scarf grey scarf IMG00090-20131005-1206 IMG00097-20131005-1210

Newborn Flower Shoes

Every time I make a new pair of shoes I think that that pair is the cutest ever. These, however, have got to be my favourite. I made them with a matching narrow headband which I wrote about in my last blog post.

I find that shoes with a buttoned strap fit better and are more likely to stay on than the ballerina type shoes. I’ve also realized that the strap needs to be quite far back on the shoe and must be a substantial width. Many people have replaced the strap with a wide ribbon which then laces around the ankle. I have no doubt that this is equally effective, and perhaps one day I’ll make a pair like that, but….it’s not really my style.

These were made with a beautiful Egyptian cotton/ wool blend and a 4mm hook. I quite like the look of the extra deep sole.

Newborn Narrow Headband

Tiny things are just too cute. This little headband was made for Megan Grace who is just a few weeks old (and has a wonderful name). I’ve made a couple of these headbands, but none as tiny as this.

I used this chart pattern which is easy to follow, and just added a few extra chain and a sl st at the end to make the button hole. My hook was 3mm. I also used a different flower as I prefer 5 petals to 6. Grey is a colour I would never have used for little people in the past, isn’t it funny how we used to limit ourselves with colours. I’m very grateful for the colour freedom of today.

This headband has a very sweet pair of shoes to match. I’ll be adding them to my blog in a couple of days.

Little Girl’s Sun Hat

Summer is such a wonderful time. We usually associate crochet with winter woolies; blankets, scarves, beanies etc, but summer presents a whole new world of creative crochet opportunity. This is the second little sun hat I’ve made for little girls.

It’s 100% cotton which makes it light and cool, perfect for sunny days. I used a 4.5mm hook and Vinnis locally hand-dyed cotton yarn. It will fit a one year old.

I have a ladies summer scarf to finish making up now, but then not sure what to put my hand to….hmmm?

Cotton Oven Gloves

There’s so much you can do with a simple skein of string or two. I’ve wanted to make these  oven gloves for a while now and have finally done it. The string gives them a wonderful natural earthy look and they turned out superbly thick too.

I used Mrs Murdock’s Mittens pattern posted by Brenda K. B. Anderson on www.crochetme.com as the basic foundation for my gloves, with just a few adjustments. Instead of the ribbed pattern she used for the cuff I used alternating fpdc and bpdc as in my Coffee Cup Cozies. I did this in order to avoid the extra join. I’m lazy like that. I also up-scaled the pattern by 1 size to make it suitable as oven gloves and not fitted mittens.

The string is 1mm and most reasonably priced at a hardware store. I used 100g for these gloves with a 3.5mm hook. The stitches are very tight with such a small hook, but they need to be to create the right thickness. The bonus is that South African string is 100% cotton, making them good quality gloves that will keep their shape.