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My Cotton Scarf

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I found this gorgeous yarn and had to make myself a scarf. There were a wide selection of colours, but I chose light grey, charcoal, beige and cream. I’m please to have a  scarf that I can dress up with now.

The yarn is 80% cotton and 20% acrylic, which is a fantastic combination. I prefer it to 100% cotton. I didn’t have a pattern, but with a 6mm hook, I used a simple V stitch for the entire scarf. That is Tr, ch, Tr in every second stitch (British terminology). I didn’t want a long scarf, but made it just long enough to go around my neck twice. It is super warm and wonderfully comfortable.

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Long Scarf

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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.

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Beige Circular Scarf

It feels a bit strange making a scarf right at the beginning of summer, but this was made on request from a friend.

This is the fourth scarf I’ve made using this pattern and I’m never disappointed by the results. This time I used a beige double knit, single strand, and a 9mm hook. It’s not as chunky as my first one, but came out great anyway. The yarn is Elle Pure Gold, which is a South African produced 100% acrylic.

It’s been a slow week on the production line here. A few months ago I promised myself I would work on one project at a time. Well, I’ve been working on a cushion cover, and it’s taking forever, so I’ve deviated a bit from that ideal. I have an order in for some baby boy gumboots and some baby girl shoes. My cushion cover can wait….again.

Crocodile Stitch Baby Boots

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My first attempt at crocodile stitch. I made these a few months ago for a friend who has the most delightful little daughter.

I learned how to crocodile stitch, after a couple of trials and errors, with some help from this pattern. However, I ended up not making the particular shoes in that pattern because I needed a larger size. I used this pattern for the shoe part and then added the cuff. They are made up with a wool/acrylic blend and a 4.5mm hook.

I love making baby shoes and am so inspired by all the new and creative ideas out there.

Men’s Beanie Hat

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It is done! I can’t believe that something that was so simple to make took me such a long time to get to. At last it is finished, and I’m pleased with the outcome.

Crochet and men’s clothing are two things that don’t mix easily. I was happy to find this pattern that was chunky without being poofy. The yarn is also pretty cool. It’s elle timber, which is a chunky acrylic. I used a 6mm hook for the head and a 5mm hook for the brim. I also used fewer rows than in the pattern as my yarn was thicker and my hooks bigger.

Nice to have another project under my belt. I must say that whilst bigger projects give a great sense of achievement, the smaller quick ones are very fun.

Next up will be a wide baby head band with a big flower. I also still want to make a cushion for my lounge and a blanket for my room (ambitious much).

Also starting to contemplate writing my own patterns. ?!?

Newborn Baby Bamboo Beanie

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This is possibly the cutest thing I have made so far. It is so very tiny that I can hardly believe that it would fit on a little person’s head.

It measures only 14.5cm across the brim and so would probably only fit a baby under 4kgs. I haven’t tested that yet, though. Once again I used 100% bamboo, this time with a 3mm hook. I didn’t have a pattern, but got the inspiration from Gracious Rain at http://www.graciousrain.com/2010/04/30/for-the-shop/

I will make a few more of these now, using different sized hooks for older babies and possibly even toddlers. Before I do that, though, I must make Dave his long awaited beanie.

 

Ladies Beanie

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I sat last night with no hook and yarn in my hands and felt lost. My yarn supply is running sadly low, but I found this lovely chunky wool in my cupboard and began this beanie.

Thanks Mary, for this pattern http://crochetingthedayaway.blogspot.com/2011/11/this-hat-is-really-easy-i-am-happy-to.html. You call it easy peasy and it really is. The link to the fastening off tip is also really helpful. I used a 7mm hook and it took me just over an hour to make up, whilst watching a movie with the family.

Looking forward to having covered up ears on the sides of the wintery hockey and rugby pitches.

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