Thursday, October 16, 2014

Crafty stuff update

Denim projects


Recyclable denims

Aside from crochet, I also enjoy sewing projects, especially when using recyclable materials such as used denims. There's a good supply of this material from thrift shops nearby. However, not all are cheap. To maximize the cost and minimize waste, recycled denim projects are up on my crafting list...and fortunately I got another custom order to make use of denims.
This time around I'm using what is left from the jeans after I have cut off the legs for the placemats. The placemats are the main products ordered from me for a small restaurant which opened a year ago here in Quezon City (see previous post). They were quite successful in their venture, now they need more placemats! They're also ordering Christmas ornaments in the form of denim stars ;)

Denim Star

This looks simple to make, but if you're making a hundred pieces with just one pair of hands, it takes more than patience to finish. With a deadline to meet...I should be working on it double-time now. But wait! Halloween is near and I just got the urge to crochet a spider!

Spider charm


Crochet Spider Charm

Occasionally, I'd crochet small projects using cotton thread...I try to make it detailed as much as my hands and eyes can manage. This is the first spider that I made, and I quite liked it though it needs some improvement...maybe I'll post a pattern soon... :)

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a blessed All Soul's Day celebration.



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hello Kitty Crochet

Hello Kitty Crochet Book
Hello Kitty Crochet


My order is on its way! I can't wait to tell you about this cute little amigurumi crochet book, which I pre-ordered from The Book Depository several weeks ago. Its now available and my copy will soon arrive in the mail. Remember, the price on The Book Depository site already includes shipping worldwide, so I guess its the best place to order books.
Hello Kitty Crochet is all about Hello Kitty and her Sanrio friends depicted in the art of amigurumi (Japanese for crocheted dolls). Whether you’re an experienced crocheter or just a beginner, you’ll find helpful tips and how-tos for creating the dolls and its accessoriesIf you're into amigurumi and love Hello Kitty characters, you'll love this book. It was released in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Japan’s most famous kitty.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Random Crochet Stuff

Catching up post on some recent crochet stuff...

Here's a little teddy souvenir item I made for my nephew's 1st birthday last July. It is made from a Ravelry designer's pattern (details here)
I made up the number 1 figure and the scarf. This is only 2 inches tall ;)

Tiny Teddy
Little Teddy Souvenir

Some simple bracelets made to use up leftover yarns and materials. The first one using coins with holes...the pattern is free and can be found on my FB page.


The next one is just a simple ch and sl st bangle - using a garter cord...project details on Ravelry



Since halloween is near...and if you're looking for a simple halloween accessory, there's a free pattern I made a few years ago - Just Got Stitched-up Choker, pattern here. I'll be making a few more of these to sell on my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/mimicrochet



Lastly, I've just picked up my order from Bergere de France yesterday, though the package was marked received at the P.O. on Aug 26 (12 days after they shipped it), I only got the Postal notice this week...and as if they purposely delayed it - since the Postal/Customs fee is now P100., which is a 100% increase effective this week :p. Hello Postmaster General :/

Bergere order
Bergere de France

The yarn is Bigarelle - very nice!! I love the natural texture of cotton and linen combined...and it has a fresh outdoor scent ;) The items are reasonably priced...though the shipping for this cost me around $25., flat rate for international shipping....so I should have ordered more yarns :p Then again it was so hard to choose which yarns I would actually end up making a project. These two skeins are enough to knit the top on the cover of the magazine. Hope to be able to make it!






Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pinwheel flower - free crochet pattern

I got the inspiration for this flower from a pattern in an old Japanese book. It is quick and easy to make, and a bit unusual ;) Hope you enjoy making these like I did! (Photos edited on PicMonkey.)

Crochet and Other Stuff free pattern
Pinwheel Flowers

Pinwheel Flower
original pattern and photos copyright  by Mimi Alelis, 2014 
http://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com/2014/08/pinwheel-flower-free-crochet-pattern.html

Make several of these for fashion accessories or to decorate your home.  

Materials:
Cotton thread, size 10 (for the small sample)
Lightweight yarn (for the medium sample)
Worsted weight yarn (for the large sample)
Crochet hook size 1.5 for small, 3mm for medium, 3.5mm for large
Note: Finished size will vary with yarn and hook used. Most any yarn can be used for this pattern.

Crochet and Other Stuff free pattern
Pinwheel flower in progress


Flower pattern
Ch 5, join with sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 10 sc in ring, sl st in 1st sc to join. (10 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 6 (counts as dc and ch 3), (dc, ch 3 on next sc) repeat around, sl st on top of beg ch 3 to join. (10 dc, 10 ch-3 spaces)
Rnd 3: [Work the next sts on the post of dc of previous rnd - (sc, ch 3, 5 dc), then sc on the ch-3 space] repeat around, join. (10 petals)

Fasten off and weave in ends. For a better pinwheel effect, take the tip of each petal with your thumb and forefinger and twist petal to the left.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Free crochet patterns previously published in the crochet calendars...

I'm finally doing something about the crochet patterns that got published in the crochet calendars of not so long ago. I'll be putting it here on my blog for those who'd like to make these projects :)

Meanwhile, these patterns are now available as pdf downloads on Ravelry:
























Radiant Coaster








Spiral-ruffled Scrunchie




These are the patterns that will be published in subsequent posts:










Diagonal-striped coin purse












Multicolor Sling Purse









Oval Basket









Going around in circles bracelet

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Throwback free crochet patterns

These are the free patterns that I previously 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)


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!