Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Handy Oval Makeup Purse - free crochet pattern

Crochet pattern - makeup purse
Handy Oval Makeup Purse

I got the idea for this makeup purse when I saw my sister-in-law using the Handy Coin Purse I gave her, to carry a lipstick and compact powder. Those basic makeup essentials hardly fit into the coin purse, but it seemed like a good idea. It saves the bag from clutter, and the front opening is most practical - since the contents of the purse can easily be seen and retrieved.
Then I recently saw the Oval Basket in my stash, it was folded flat and I immediately saw a purse!
I repurposed the pattern, using lighter weight yarn. The addition of a zipper makes it a cute handy purse. I'm thinking of making more, for gifts this Christmas. And this finished sample I'm sure, will delight my SIL!

Handy Oval Makeup Purse
Schachenmayr nomotta Catania, 100% cotton, sport weight yarn, 25 gms. (one skein is enough for 2 purses)
Crochet hook 3.5 mm (or 6/0), or hook to match your yarn
Zipper, approximately 8 inches
Needle and sewing thread
Gauge: not so important
Finished measurement: sample is approx. 7 " in height and 4 " wide, measured at the widest part

Notes: Beginning ch 3 counts as dc. Bottom will curl initially, but will flatten when the side is done.

Rnd 1: Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st on top of beginning ch 3 to join. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around, join with sl st. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around, join. (48 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 3, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next) 6 times, hdc in next 11 dc, dc in next, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next) 6 times, hdc in next 11 dc, join. (38 dc and 22 hdc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in next 2 dc, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in each of the next 5 dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in each of the next 5 dc, dc in next dc, hdc in next 6 sts, sc in next 5 sts**, hdc in next 6 sts, repeat from * to **, hdc in next 3 sts, join. (80 sts)
Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, (dc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts) repeat around, join. (80 sts)
Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next dc, dc in next 2 sc, (sc in next 2 dc, dc in next 2 sc) repeat around, join.
Rnds 8 -13: repeat rnds 6 and 7, 4 times. (80 sts)
Rnd 14: (edging and handle) Ch 1, sc in 15 sts, sc3tog, ch 16 for loop (make longer if preferred), sl st in the base of loop, sl st in each ch, sc in the next 37 sts, sc3tog, sc in remaining 22 sts. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Finishing: Sew the zipper

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Circular Scarf - free pattern

Circular Scarf Pattern
Circular Scarf

Circular Scarf
A simple crochet project using only one ball of cotton thread. Made up of a repetitive pattern that is easy to do, and quite addicting. 
This design has two innovations: 1. no long starting chain, no  foundation single crochet (fsc) or double crochet (fdc), and 2. no need to add edging rounds, it begins with a neat edge.

Yarn: Coats and Clark, Anchor Lifestyles mercerized cotton, size 10 (40 g), Color, 1 ball
Hook: Size 2.5 mm (C or 4/0), adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge
Notions: yarn needle for weaving ends
Gauge: 5 pattern repeats and 9 rows = 4" in pattern stitch
Finished measurement: approx. 35 " (89 cm) circumference, 5 3/4" (14 1/2 cm) wide

Notes: Pattern is worked in rounds, turned after every round.
To customize length, increase or decrease pattern repeats on the 1st round. To customize width, increase or decrease rnds.

Stitches used
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
dc - double crochet
tr - treble crochet
Special stitch
2-tr Cluster – [Yarn over hook (yo) twice, insert hook in stitch, yo, draw yarn through stitch, (yo hook, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook) twice] 2 times, yo, draw yarn through 3 loops on hook.

Rnd 1: Ch 5, tr in 4th ch from hook, (ch 6, tr in 4th ch from hook) repeat 43 times, ch 1, sl st in the 1st ch of this rnd — 44 pattern repeats Rnd 2: Ch 4, tr in the same st, (skip the tr and ch-3 in 1st rnd, 2-tr cluster in the next ch, ch 3, dc in 3rd ch from hook, 2-tr cluster in the next ch) repeat around, sl st on the 1st tr of this rnd to join, turn. Rnd 3: Ch 4, tr in same st, (2-tr cluster in the next tr, ch 3, dc in 3rd ch from hook, 2-tr cluster in the next st) repeat around, join, turn. Rnds 4-12 (or desired width): Repeat rnd 3.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Crochet scarf
Cluster Stitch Pattern

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Two lovely shawls, ten years ago...

Looking back at my projects posted on Ravelry, I reviewed these two shawls made 10 years ago!
These two shawls remind me of the beginning of a new age of crochet (at least for me...), since these were made from among the first patterns I found on the web. Oh, those were the days when we crocheters were so eager to blog and love looking at each others finished projects...appreciated most anything crochet, and amazed that we could instantly share to anyone around world ;) We still do now, but at that time we were so it seems to be a given and there's just too much out there to see, we hardly take the time to admire each and every project...

My lovely (and much younger) sister used to model for me, and these also remind me of that time she's about to take off... (she's now settled in the UK with her hubby and kid).

Project details on Ravelry

Project details on Ravelry

I printed the patterns at once, for I guessed it wont be there forever. I was right. The first pattern though, is still available on the Internet archives (pattern). The other one became a for sale pattern at the Mani di Fata website.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Crochet Book, a lovely crochet kit...

The Crochet Book
Saw this on The Book Depository and thought I'd share...this can be a lovely gift for yourself or for a fellow crocheter (especially for beginners) :)
The package includes all of the above, and shipping is included as well...since its free worldwide delivery as always on The Book Depository.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Handy Coin Purse - crochet pattern

I made these coin purses for some street kids I met last week. (more about this on my next post...)

I chose this design since it finishes up quickly and is suitable for both boys and girls. It is easy to hold, and with a finger inside the loop, it is secure in your hand.
I made the fabric ones from recycled denims, and the crocheted one from denim-like yarn. This project is quite simple, except for the sewing of the zipper. You can sew it by hand or by machine - I tried both, and there's not much difference...its not easy! Its a necessary part of the design though.

Here's a simple crafting tutorial to inspire. Any sturdy fabric, or any crochet stitch pattern can be used...I chose a mesh stitch pattern to make it quick and light...

Handy Coin Purse
     Cardboard pattern measuring 4 1/2" x 6 1/2"
     Zipper, approximately 4 1/2 inches (I used zipper from old denim jeans)
     Nylon cord, measuring 4 inches, or belt loop recycled from denims
     Yarn of your choice (I used 4-ply fingering yarn, a cotton/acrylic blend)
     Crochet hook 2.5mm (or 4/0), or hook to match your yarn.
Finished measurement: approx.4 1/2 " in height (excluding loop), and 3 1/4 " wide, measured at the bottom

Note: For crochet version, the cardboard pattern is just a guide to get the desired measurement.

Ch 2 at the beginning of row counts as 1st dc.

Row 1:Ch 54 (or chain an even number to an approximate length of 7 1/2"), dc in 3rd ch from hook, (ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next ch) repeat across, dc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in next dc,(ch 1, dc in next dc) repeat across, dc in last dc, turn.
Rows 3-17: Repeat row 2. Fasten off.

Crochet loop (optional): Chain to measure 4", sl st on 2nd ch from hook, sl st on each ch across, fasten off leaving enough tail for sewing.

Sewing and Finishing:
1. Fold the sides toward the center, leaving enough space for the zipper closure. With matching color thread, sew the zipper in place.

2. After attaching zipper, turn the project inside out, position the loop and sew it at the center top edge.

3. Fold one side towards the center and sew it across the top. Do the same on the other side.

crochet purse

4. Sew the bottom side across. Trim the excess length of the zipper.

crochet purse

5. Turn right side out and its done!

Crochet coin purse

Denim coin purse
For denim version, trace the cardboard pattern on the wrong side of the fabric and add a sewing allowance on all sides before cutting.

Fold along the seam allowance. Sew and finish up the same as instructed above.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Crochet a Tank top

I love how this project turned out. It was relatively easy to make, though it looked like a complicated design. 
Pattern: Neox Tanktop, Pierrot Gosyo Co., Japan
crochet top by mimi
Crochet Tank Top
 It came out a size small (32-34" bust)...which is just right for me. The color of the thread looks different in the photos as it actually looks closer to skin color. 

Crochet fashion top
Crochet tanktop

Project details on Ravelry.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Crocheting a Pierrot pattern...

While looking for design inspirations... I'm also on the lookout for patterns that I can make into finished projects. I usually zoom in on designs I can crochet with our locally available threads. Moreover I look for patterns that are quite interesting, yet relatively simple to make.
I know the yarn companies are promoting their yarns, so they come up with free patterns. I would like to thank them for offering the patterns to everyone. Sure, I would like to try the yarns they made the pattern for (I did so a few times)...but due to horrendous shipping and taxes involved, I rarely venture into it.

So for this project I would like to thank Pierrot Gosyo co. in Japan for the lovely pattern :)

Crochet Tanktop

Wait, this is just half of the top! Back and front sides are crocheted separately and then seamed on shoulders and sides. This is the back part, with the neckline higher than that for the front.
I will be making the front part these next two few days, and hopefully I can wear this top on Sunday next week ;)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Crochet strapped Flip-flops

How about a simple crochet makeover for an ordinary pair of flipflops? This is easy and neat :)

Pair of rubber flipflops or sandals
Crochet yarn or thread, I used 4-ply yarn (may be substituted with 2 strands of size 10 thread)
Crochet hook to match your yarn, I used size 3mm
Yarn needle to weave in ends
Fabric glue, a good-quality one will be durable, flexible and waterproof when it has dried - I used Bostik "Tacky" craft glue
Finished measurement: approximately 5 1/2" on each side

Note: Work sl sts in back loop only.

With main color yarn and 3mm hook, ch 66,
Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and on the next 7 chs, sc in the next 24 chs, 3 sc in the next ch (place marker in the middle st, move the marker up as you go), sc in next 24 chs, sl st in the last 8 chs, turn.
Row 2, Sl st in the first 8 sts, sc in each sc across, with 3 sc in the middle st (where marker is placed), sl st in the last 8 sts, turn.
Rows 3-6: Repeat row 2. Fasten off.
Top edging: With contrasting color yarn, attach yarn on the 1st sc of the last row, sc in each sc across, fasten off and weave in ends.
Bottom edging: With right side facing, attach contrasting color yarn on the opposite side of the 1st sc of row 1, sl st on each st across (except on the last 8 sts), fasten off and weave in ends.

Secure the middle of the crochet piece by sewing around the center joint of the flipflop strap. Do the same with the ends of the straps using the tail ends of the crochet (you may skip this, since the glue will be strong enough to hold the straps in place). Apply glue on the top of the flip flop straps and position the crochet piece. The tacky glue will be completely dry after 12 hrs.