About overlay crochet

There is a CAL going on with overlay crochet, Sophies Garden, a gorgeous pattern, it can be found on www.lookwhatimade.net. It inspired me to go search for overlay crochet, a technique i haven't been exploring. After 'Pinteresting" i found a pattern on YouTube, in Portuguese, but a very clear movie on how-to. You can find it under the name Flor Harmonia.

After making the original pattern to get an understanding of overlay crochet, i changed the pattern and added some rounds.

Trying out different color variations.

It seems, i cannot crochet something, without turning it into something 'usable", this turned into a baby blanket.

I showed this to a niece, who is pregnant with a baby girl, and offered her a blanket like this. She opted for a blanket in just baby pink, grey and white.

I love the blanket, it's sweet and posh:) She hasn't seen it yet, i am hoping they will like it.

Fan Ripple Rainbow Blanket

Ever since i watched "Breaking Amish" and saw the gorgeous blanket the mother was crocheting, i wanted to try the pattern. I found a diagram on pinterest, here is the picture.

I tried it, and it worked! Of course there were some things, i had to change, because i was not satisfied with the original pattern. I turned my project into a baby blanket with rainbow colors.

I love the way it turned to! This will be a gift for a friend of my daughter, she has seen the pictures already, and she can't wait to wrap her baby in it:)

My other daughter loved the pattern too, and asked me to crochet her a hat and scarf. No problem dear:)

I especially love the way the crown of the hat turned out, making decreases turned into a star. She was very happy with her new set!

Last projects 2014

Since my granddaughter is very into dressing dolls at the moment, i could pick up an old hobby of mine, crocheting for Barbie dolls.This is the 3rd time around i can do this, first, when i was 10, making my own, second time for my daughters, and now the next generation. I so love doing this! My skills have grown considerably in 50 years:)

Because the yarn i used has a little sparkle in it, the princess look is guaranteed:) The top Barbie is mine from childhood. I bought a new Barbie, because the vintage Barbie dolls have a very different body shape. Since the dolls stay at my place, she can play with both of them. She loved the dresses!

Purple Tablerunner

I am a member of several crochet groups on Facebook, and every once and a while, something comes along, i get inspired by.

This table runner for instance, i thought was gorgeous. I showed it to my youngest daughter, she wanted one in purple.It took some time, before i could start with it, because most purple candles are scented with lavender, and she hates the smell! 

But here it is, all done! The rings of the runner i made by wrapping a thicker yarn a couple of times around the candle bowl, and crocheting over it. It makes it possible to wash in case of staines or other mishaps:) She hasn't seen it yet IRL, but she already loved the photo i send her.

Secret project

I wanted to do a yarn bomb project in my street. There is this fence, that screams for some crocheted ornaments. Here's the story.

First i gathered some crocheted snowflakes diagrams on my pinterest. They can be found under the name of Hyke van der Meer, the pinboard is called Russische haaksels (sorry for the Dutch name:). I made 12 ornaments. I soaked them in a mixture of half wood glue and water, to prevent them from sagging. They even are water-resistant now! Note: i pinned them to block, and used normal iron pins, but they stained rust on the ornaments. Next time better to use stainless steel pins!

The next 2 ornaments are slightly bigger.

The bottom one says "Happy Holidays"

Last night at 01.30 i put them up.

This morning i took a picture with much better light:)

I hope they won't be stolen and/or taken down by maintanance.....

Orders are up

My bucket list is shortening:) I had 2 orders waiting, a happy winter hat for my niece, and a granny square cardigan for my oldest daughter.

The hat is made of Stylecraft Special DK, my niece picked the colors herself.

The cardigan is made of Alize yarn, Burcum Batik, ordered at yarn street.com
This is a wonderful acrylic yarn, and available in many self striping colors. My daughter picked this combination. Her cardigan is a bit longer, and has no buttons. She hasn't seen it yet, it's a surprise:)

Happy receivers

My sweet granddaughter visited yesterday, and she was over the moon with her new hat and mittens. She wanted to wear them, even though it's still not cold outside:)

I customized the mint cardigan for my sister, and as you can she, she's very happy too:)

The tale of 2 cardigans...

In the beginning.....

My daughters are going to be hosting a stand on Flavourites, a fair for internetshops. My daughter Anke is a graphic designer, and will show her products at that fair, my other daughter will help her. Their booth is next to the entrance of the hall, and the event will take place at the end of november.
10 week ago i was crocheting a poncho for my granddaughter with a granny flower square, and my daughter asked me, if i could make a cardigan like that for them for the fair, to shield them from the cold, instead of wearing a coat. Of course, no problem, 2 cardigans coming up.....

On Pinterest i found this granny square coat, which they both liked very much. I found the designer, Oma Koppa on Facebook, and she is an amazing artist! Her Facebook link is: https://www.facebook.com/506706346027000/photos/a.766161623414803.1073741834.506706346027000/776258732405092/?type=3&theater - please check her work!

Being who i am, i didn't want to simply copy the pattern, but started looking for an alternative square. Soon enough i found a nice looking one, and crocheted it. (Unfortunately i deleted the source of this square, so i can't give a link to that pattern) After making a couple of squares, i didn't like it enough, but used the rejected squares to make a blanket for the doll's bed.

I started playing with the pattern, and designed a new one. I loved it, and we chose a color scheme in purples and blue. After making a bunch of squares, we didn't like the way it turned out. Again the rejected squares turned into a project, a baby blanket.

I bought some cheap yarn, and started designing the actual cardigan. It's always better to make try-outs with cheap yarn, since there's a lot of ripping involved:) This went smoothly, the result was a form fitted cardigan in my size.

The second try in order to see if the pattern was correct, made from a selfstriping yarn, turned out even more beautiful.

Finally we reached the point of choosing the designated yarn. The choices of yarn are limited, because my daughter is allergic to wool. We went for acrylic yarn, Alize Burcum Batik bought at yarnstreet.com in selfstriping pink-purple-white.

The yarn arrived a week later, it was really pretty! But.... the label said needle 4-5 mm, when i ordered it i presumed it would be the same as the ones i already used. Bummer! the yarn was totally different from the previous ones... I had to redesign the cardigan to the new yarn. Oh well, time well spent:)

The present day... the cardigans are crocheted, fitted to their specific wishes, and all done! I am so proud of the results! It was a long journey, but i learned a lot along the way. For me, that's the merit of designing, testing and learning new things.

A little extra: a flower clip to match the cardigan.

My other daughter has ordered such a cardigan as well, i still have to finish some ongoing projects, but this pattern for sure will return in my work!

An appriciated gift

A little peak from the babygirl, i made the pixie and socks for. Her parents loved it and gave me permission to post this photo on the blog.

So cute, the socks on her little feet!

Small projects are fun!

Playing around with my bubblewrap stitch, i made a little pixie and socks for a newborn girl for a friend. It's so much fun to make these little things, all it takes is 2 days to make. I hope the mom nd dad will like it!

The doll i bought a couple of years ago, still is fine with playing model:)

The socks have little strings, to prevent them from slipping off.

The both of them, with a high level of cuteness:)

Cherry Blossom Blanket

Due to the warm weather, i wasn't able to finish my Cherry Blossom Blanket, way too hot to work on having a fabric of 140cm by 180cm on my lap! Since a couple of days the temperature has fallen, so i took the blanket and finished it.

Here it is n all its glory:) The stitch i used was my Bubblewrap stitch, it took 22 skeins of 100 grams to make it. It's quite heavy... The finished size is 140cm by 200cm. It's going to my granddaughter for her new bed, she's very excited to get it.

In my experience the edges of crochet and knitted blankets are always difficult to finish. The sides are not straight and often flaired or curled. I have come up with an edge, that works quite nicely, at least for crochet. I haven't tried it yet in knitting. I made a phototutorial on how-to.

As always, the photos from top left to bottom right.

Photo 1: Make slipstitches on the right side across the blanket, chain 1 in the corners. Turn the work.
Photo 2: Make slipstitches on the wrong side in the SAME place as the other round of slipstitches, again chain 1 in the corners. Turn the work.
Photo 3. Single crochet across the blanket in the SAME place as the first slipstitches. In the corners: single crochet, chain 1, single crochet, chain 1, single crochet. 
Photo 4: This is how the back should look.

I hope you enjoy using this way of edging!

A Bag Story

This handbag has been floating around on Pinterest and Facebook crochet groups in Holland. It's a pattern called 'Mermoz Round Bag' from an Anny Blatt magazine, but there is no source to be found. However, there is a site, which has the pattern and diagram, you can find it here:


The original bag doesn't have the little leaves behind the flower. On Facebook some crocheters made a pattern of their own. I as well was smitten by this bag, so i gave it a try myself.

This is what i came up with. The flower in the original pattern has 6 leaves, the other pattern has 8 leaves. The flower is made like an Irish flower, where the petals are crocheted on a chain behind the previous petals. In my experience the chains usually are too long, they create a rather large gap, so i reduced the number of chains by 2.

The leaves are crocheted the same way, behind the petals.

Because the gaps in the flower always will be there, i sewed them together at the back. It doesn't show in the front, and it effectively closes the fabric.

Making the same kind of chain round for the start of the big circle. I introduced another thread of yarn, when i started the circle, crocheting single crochets over the second thread, like in tapestry crochet. The goal is to create a fabric, that doesn't need lining. If you do use a second thread, pull it regularly, preferably after 10 or 15 single crochets, because it tends to bulge a little in loops.

The original pattern is made of clusters and 2 chains, but again, too open to my liking. I changed to bubbles.
First round: 1 single crochet, 1 bubble of 5 double crochet, 2 single crochet, 1 bubble, 2 single crochet, ending with 2 single crochet.
Second round: (wrong side) single crochet in every single crochet and bubble.
Third round: 2 single crochet, 1 bubble, 2 single crochet, 1 bubble, ending with 1 single crochet.
Fourth round: single crochet across the round like the second round. In this part of the bag i used the second thread as well, simply crocheting the single crochets and bubbles over the thread. This gives a very tight and closed fabric. The same principal of tightning regularly!

The handles in the original pattern are tubes, which are filled after finishing. My fear was, they would be too heavy. I chose to make a simple handle of single crochet rounds, lenghtwise. Again crocheting over the second thread. This is a very good idea, because this will prevent the handles from stretching too long when the bag is used. I made a phototutorial on how to attach the handles to the bag.

This also can be used for other bags. The order of photos is from top left to bottom right.
Photo 1: The handle is sewed onto the bag, slightly lower then the edge, in order to spread the pulling force. Start at the place where the needle is placed.
Photo 2: The back, the handle is sewn only on the sides and bottom.
Photo 3: Crochet at the wrong side a surface chain under the 2 loops of the last round. This way you create 2 sides to crochet onto.
Photo 4: When you get to the handle, push the hook through both the handle and round.
Photo 5: This is how the chain on the back of the handle looks.
Photo 6: You have arrived at the left side, crochet crabstitch on the front round of the 2-in-1 round. It's a bit of a hussle, but it should work:)
Photo 7: At the end of the round, pull the working loop through the first loop of the round to the back, chain 1, crochet single crochet on the back of the 2-in-1 round. This is the front of the work, but it's crocheted behind the handle. Keep crocheting single crochet rounds over the second thread.
Photo 8: This is how the attachment of the handle on the back looks like.
Photo 9: And here's the front. There is a nice and almost invisible connection.

The original bag is closed with a zipper. I don't like to use zippers in knit- and crochetfabric, often they don't get sewn in as nicely as i want to. My solution for closing the bag is an 8-shaped figure. It is made like this:
Chain 20, slipstitch in the 9th chain from the hook, slipstitch 3 more chains, slipstitch in the 1st chain. Chain 1, crochet in the circle: 1 half double crochet, 6 double crochet, 1 chain, 6 double crochet, 1 half double crochet. Single crochet in the next 4 slipstitches, in the next circle 1 half double crochet, 6 double crochet, 1 chain, 6 double crochet, 1 half double crochet, 4 single crochet in the other side of the slipstitches. Close with slipstitch and fasten off. I embellished the 8 figure by crocheting a round of surface chain stitches around.

The buttons are crocheted as follows:
Start with a magic circle with a very long tail. You will need it for sewing the button on. Crochet 10 single crochet in this magic circle, close with slipstitch, crochet 13 single crochet OVER the first round, close with slipstitch and continue with a surface chain round under the 2 loops of the previous round. Slipstitch and fasten off.

Here is the end result. I'm quite proud of my bag!