Return with a vengeance

It's been a very long time since i last submitted a post to my blog! But life sometimes has a nasty habit of getting in the way of things. It took a while, but now i am back, and with a vengeance ;) 
Why not re-start with a fully new designed carnival outfit in blasting rainbow colors.....

The story of this project started in october last year, i mentioned to my daughter, that i wanted to crochet my outfit for carnival, she replied in a sort of disbelief, that that would be a lot of work to make. Now nothing gets me more motivated than remarking something like that!

I had to design a cardigan from scratch, frog 3 blankets to get the yarn i needed, (they were not to my liking anyway!), find a nice stitch, and crocheted away...

The first part of the cardi without the second sleeve, a crocodile stitch border on the sleeve, a whole lot of snippets, an another variety of stitches on the sleeves. The idea was to make all parts of the cardi consisting of different stitches.

The second part, this time with bot sleeves, the press-buttons hidden beneath the flowers and the color change of the crocodile stitch border of the sleeve, because red popped out more!

Third part with the same overall picture, but some tryouts for the hat, and the painting of the shoes.

Drumroll.... the hat! The part i am most proud of! I crocheted a fabric of sc over 3 yarn threads, thus creating a fairly stiff base for my hat. I wanted to make it cone shaped, because i have i very tiny head :). I pleated the bottom to get that cone shape. To make it more sturdy i sewed in a very stiff lining (ironing was not an option for the crocheted fabric, it would loose its shape). To decorate the hat i found lots of crocheted flowers on Pinterest and Youtube, especially the Brazilian tutorials on 'flor" are magnificent! When they all were finished i sewed them onto the hat. In the top 1 sewed a rib in a circle, to maintain the shape. I closed the hat on top with a flat crocheted circle in sc.

I needed a lot of leaves, but couldn't find a 3D one to match the flowers. I designed one myself. Here's how:

Photo 1 - chain 12, Photo 2 - return on toploops of the chain with 11 slipstitches, if you look closely, you see a new chain emerging. Chain 1, work in toploops of this chain. Photo 3 and 4 - 1 single crochet, 1 half double crochet, 1 double crochet, 5 triple crochet, 1 double crochet, 1 half double crochet, 1 single crochet, chain 2, Photo 5 - slipstitch in loop behind the first chain, (this is the top), Photo 6 - on the other side make 1 single crochet, 1 half double crochet, 1 double crochet, 5 triple crochet, 1 double crochet, 1 half double crochet, 1 single crochet, 1 slipstitch in the first single crochet on the other side. Finished! Photo 7 - top view, Photo 8 - back view.

Next up was the skirt. I already bought one in a carnival store, crocheted a LOT of flowers and sewed them on. The legwarmers in crocodile stitch were a fun little detail to make.

A week before carnival i realized i had no purse to take my phone, hanky's and money with, so i quickly crocheted a little flower purse.

All the work done! on february 7 my daughter Anke did a photoshoot of me in my outfit, with some face paint to complete the look. Her garden was a lovely setting and as you can see, we had lots of fun!

Here we are... February 12 in Maastricht, the second day of carnival. My sister took this lovely picture of me.

A picture taken by a member of one of the Facebook crochetgroups i am participating, she was in the parade herself.

And even made it onto the site of our regional paper...

I couldn't be more proud of what i made, being showered with compliments, picture requests and people, i was able to make smile!


  1. You and your beautiful crochet works have been missed, Hyke. You really have done yourself proud with this fantastic carnival outfit.

    1. Thank you so much Gwynna for the double compliment! It’s been a hard time, but i am so glad to be back!