Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Throwback free crochet patterns

These are the free patterns that I published in my other blog titled My Patterns...haha, don't know what I was thinking back in 2005, but it was the in thing to have blogs, so I got several :p I just transferred the content there to this blog, so I can delete the inactive blog.

crochet free pattern
flower frame souvenir

 
Flower Frame Souvenir
Designed by: Mimi Alelis @2002
http://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com
Note: This pattern cannot be posted anywhere else on the internet.
Materials:
10 gms. cotton or rayon crochet thread, in ecru or other color
1.75mm. steel hook
small length 1/8 " satin ribbon
small flowers for decoration
white glue
Instructions
Frame
Rnd 1: Ch 5, 14 dc in 4th ch from hook (Ch 3 counts as 1st st). Join with sl st on top of ch 3 (15 sts).
Rnd 2: Ch 4, * dc on next dc, ch 1. rep. from * around. Join on ch 3.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, *2 dc in ch-1 space, dc on dc. rep. from * around. Join. (45 sts)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in back loops only on every dc. Join.
Rnd 5: Ch 3, * skip one sc, hdc on next sc, ch 1. rep. from * around. Join on ch 2 of starting ch. fasten off.
Edging: With front facing, join thread on remaining loop of rnd 4. * Ch 3, 2 dc on same st, skip 2 sts, sl st on next st. rep. from * around.
Join (15 shells) Fasten off.
Stand
Row 1: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each sc across. (6 sc) turn
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across (6 sc). turn
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each 2 sc, 1 sc over the next 2 sc (dec), sc in next 2 sc.(5 sc). turn
Row 4 - 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. turn.
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sc over the next 2 sc (dec), sc in each of next 2 sc. (4sc) turn
Row 7 - 8: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sc over the next 2 sc (dec), sc in last sc (3 sc). turn.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Fasten off leaving an 8" length for sewing.
Finishing
Sew the stand at the back of frame. Stiffen the frame with white glue mixed with equal amount of water. Do not put stiffener on round 5 of frame. Leave to dry and shape as necessary. Dry completely. Weave a 1/8" ribbon on round 5.
Tie to a bow and trim ends. Decorate with flowers.



crochet free pattern
hat souvenir
Hat SouvenirDesigned and copyrighted by: Mimi Alelis @2002
http://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com
Note: This pattern cannot be posted anywhere else on the internet.

Materials:
10 gms. cotton or rayon crochet thread, in ecru or other color
1.75mm. steel hook
small length 1/8 " satin ribbon
small flowers for decoration
white glue
Instructions
Starting at the top, ch 4
Rnd 1: 14 dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st on starting ch.
Rnd 2: ch 4, *dc in next dc, ch 1; rep. from * around, ending w/ ch 1, sl st in 3rd st of ch 4 (15 sps)
Rnd 3: ch 3, * 2 dc in next sp, dc in next dc, rep. from * around, ending with 2 dc in last sp. sl st on top st of ch 3. (45 dc)
Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in same space. * ch 3, skip 2 sc, sc in next sc; rep. from * around. join
Rnd 5: sl st in ch 3 sp. ch 1, * sc in same space, 3 dc in next sc, sc in next space, ch 3; rep. from * around. join.
Rnd 6: sl st to 2nd dc. ch 1, sc in same space, * ch 3, sc on ch 3 loop, ch 3 sc on 2nd dc; rep. from * around. join.
Rnd 7: ch 1, sc in same space *2 sc in ch 3 space, sc on sc, rep. from * around. join.
Rnd 8: ch 3, *skip 1 sc, hdc on next sc, ch 1; rep. from * around. join on ch 2 of starting ch.
Rnd 9: ch 1, sc in same space. ch 5, skip 1 sp and 1 hdc, sc on next sp, * ch 5, skip 2 hdc, sc on next sp; rep. from * around. join.
Rnd 10: ch 1, sc in same loop, * sc on next loop, 5 dc on next sc, sc on next loop, ch 5; rep. from * around ending with sc on last loop, ch 5, join.
Rnd 11: Sl st to the 3rd dc, ch 1, sc on same space, * ch 7, sc on next loop, ch 7, sc on 3rd dc of next shell; rep. from *around. ch 3, tr on starting sc.
Rnd 12: ch 1, sc in same space. * ch 7, sc on next loop, 5 dc in next sc, sc on next loop, rep. from * around ending with ch 7, sc in next loop. join.
Fasten off. Weave in ends with needle.
Finishing Stiffen wtih white glue mixed with equal amount of water. Shape and mold as necessary. Dry completely. Weave a 1/8" ribbon about 15" long on round 8. Tie to a bow and trim ends. decorate with flowers.


crochet free pattern
beaded scrunchie

Beaded Scrunchie
Designed and copyrighted by: Mimi Alelis @2005
http://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com
Note: This pattern cannot be posted anywhere else on the internet.

Materials:
1 ball crochet cotton (Cannon crochet cotton used in sample)
22 beads of your choice
Size 6/0 crochet hook (3.50mm)
Ponytail elastic
Yarn needle for finishing
Instructions:
Work with two strands of thread held together.
First string the beads onto the thread before starting to crochet. (I use white glue to stiffen the end of the threads to easily string the beads.



Knot the thread on the elastic
Rnd 1: Single crochet around elastic (44 sc). Sl st on 1st sc to join.
Rnd 2: Ch 4, (dc in next sc, ch 1) repeat around. Sl st on 3rd ch of beg. ch 4
Rnd 3: Sl st in 1st ch 1 space. (2dc, ch1, 2dc,ch 1 in same space. In the next ch 1 space, 3dc, ch1, take up one bead, ch 1, 3dc, ch1) repeat around. Sl st on beg. dc. Fasten off. Weave in ends with yarn needle.

More photos of beaded scrunchies here and here.

Fur scrunchies - photos and tips on making these.

All my designs in one page - thanks to Ravelry!



Appliques for Baby Items
Designed and copyrighted by: Mimi Alelis @2005
http://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com
Note: This pattern cannot be posted anywhere else on the internet.

Materials: Cotton thread, small amounts
Size 2 or 1.75mm steel hook

Flower : With white (contrasting color) , ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc. Change to pink (main color), [ (ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, sl st) in the same sc, sl st to the next sc], 6 times, making 6 petals.

Star : With any color, ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
[ (ch 2, dc, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, dc, hdc, ch 1, sl st) in the same sc, sl st to the next sc], 5 times, making 5 points. (Note: this applique is reversible.)

Butterfly : With dk color (for body), ch 8, sl st on 2nd ch from hook, sc in the next 5 ch, 3 sc and sl st on the last ch. Fasten off.
Attach light color (for wings)on the 2nd sc from tail end, [(ch 2, dc, 2 tr, ch 3, sl st) in the same sc], skip 1 sc, sl st on the next sc, repeat [ ].
Ch 2, passing under the body, sl st on the opposite edge of the 2nd wing made, [(ch2, dc, 2 tr, ch 3, sl st) in same stitch], skip 1 stitch, sl st on the next stitch. repeat [ ]. Fasten off.

Balloons : With any color, leaving a 6” tail for sewing, ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join, work continuously around: 2 sc in next 6 sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in the next sc, sc and hdc in the next sc, sl st in next sc. Ch 1, turn, sl st on the next st. Ch 7, or more for the string. Fasten off.
Photo of balloons sewn on mittens is here.
All my designs in one page - thanks to Ravelry!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I'm Tweeting now ;)

...I have some followers, but someday I might have a lot ;) Personally, I still like (and will continue) to blog and I still like to read blogs that I have chosen to follow. I do check out my favorite blogs once in while, and sometimes leave a comment. And I still appreciate people reading and leaving a comment in my posts. I still like blogging and bloggers. How about you?
Someday I might catch up on tweeting and tweeters too. So for now, here's a tweet ;)


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Hello July!

Crochet Stuff
Crochet and Other Stuff

Hello, are you having a wonderful year of crafting so far?...I guess I haven't done much in the first half of this year. Hope you'll join me in catching up with designs and projects in the next half :)

Crochet Stuff
Cheers!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

It Girl Crochet, the book

This book is now out and available to order online or maybe you can find it in bookstores or craft stores. I just got my order from the Book Depository, I ordered this last May 30. (ETA: I also got my contributor's copy in the mail, a few weeks after...)

It Girl Crochet
It Girl Crochet
I'm grateful to be part of this published book by Interweave ;)

Let me tell you more about my design in this book. Starting back in the middle of August, 2012, the editor Sharon Zientara, sent a call for submissions of crochet designs in line with the theme concepts for her upcoming book. I was really inspired with the email she sent to her so-called designer crush list. So I did my best to come up with a submission. At that time I was intent on making a short lacy top inspired by a top worn by a celebrity. I made up my own pattern stitch to achieve the look using mostly triple crochet stitches. I was pleased with the sample I made, and got excited when my design was accepted ;)
Lacy Crochet Top
Lacy Crochet Top
However, when I got the yarn for the book project, I was not sure it would match since it wasn't as soft and fine as the bamboo thread I had initially worked with. The color was also a bit dark for my preference. But upon working with the yarn and finishing the project, I did appreciate it somewhat. Linen yarn looks and feels natural and is nice to wear...it becomes softer and silkier as you use it.


Sienna Top

Mimi Alelis
Sienna Top
There are also several projects in the book (view on Ravelry) that I would be interested in making...I'm liking the Edie Clutch, the Hippie Belt and the Gypsy slouch hat, to name a few. What are your favorites?

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Bits and pieces of my crafting space

Here are some items I picked for my crafting space. Its not much, but I like for now ;)

crafting space
The Essentials
These are the handy 'must-have' accessories. The corkboard, glued permanently on the wall...The office table lamp which works just fine, even for thread crochet....The scissors, ruler, pen and pencil, are contained in a crocheted cozy (which used to be a camera cozy, stiff enough to stand on its own) ;)

crochet motifs
Irish Crochet Motifs
The five Irish crochet motifs set in a frame and hung on the wall...

Butterfly motif
A butterfly motif made from this pattern by Chinami Horiba

Doll with crocheted dress
Lastly, this doll wearing a crocheted dress - a Japan Surplus Store find. The doll is just a bust with a head. It has no arms, only hands. Its propped up on an empty thread cone. It stands 10 inches tall on my table ;)





Taking a break from it all...



...at the hospital,


unfortunately. I underwent an urgent laparoscopy operation last Saturday (May 31) for a swollen appendix and pelvic infection...Back home, I'm recovering well. Thank you to my relatives, friends and crafting buddies for the get-well wishes, and of course to my family for bearing with me.