Archive for June, 2008


Just before the deadline….!

I just made these for my friend’s son’s 5th birthday (it was the 21st of June).  I am totally pleased with the way they came out.  I had grand expectations to finish Splinter the Rat before the birthday but i’m not so good at forcing myself to finish projects by a certain date – it seems to take the fun out of making it!

Teenage Mutuant Ninja Turtles – complete with eye masks and belt








Yes – they are napping on my bed before they had to be locked in a box for the party!

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I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but it’s been really hot here this week! Unfortunately my polar bear can’t really keep me cool, but he’s keeping me happy, anyway:

crocheted polar bear close up

Remember, theme change approaching on July 1st: the new month-long theme will be WIP (Work In Progress) – a perfect opportunity to finish up some of those crochet projects you started and didn’t get around to finishing! We don’t have a banner image for the theme yet… Eve was going to make one, but she’s indisposed. Would anyone like to volunteer to make one? Let me know if you do!

The parameters:

  • Text has to say ‘Crochet Along’, and WIP or Work in Progress – you can choose!
  • Size of image is 760 pixels wide by 190 pixels high.
  • Any images you use must be copyright free, or you must get the permission of the copyright holder(s) before we can use the banner.

If there are no takers, I’ll whip up a banner for us on June 30th 🙂

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This almost became part of the WIP theme, but I finally finished it last night. It is a summer placemat.

I used white Red Heart yarn, pink Caron’s Simply Soft yarn, and a K hook. I made a little boo boo in the bottom left corner. I made it too long, so I tucked it under the side and single crocheted around the edges to keep it tucked behind the back. Oops!

It is actually for my cat, Drusilla, and she doesn’t mind. 

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Summery Fun!

These are a couple of summer wallets I just finished.  They work really well to hold your cash, cards, lip balm, etc. if you’re going to the beach and don’t want to grab your regular big wallet.  Plus, they are so cute you could totally forego a purse altogether and sport one of these instead!











I used Peaches & Cream 100% cotton worsted weight yarn so they are pretty study and can be machine washed.  Again, as you can see from my last post as well, i’m really into buttons right now.  I just can’t seem to use enough of them!


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It’s finally time to unveil our secret project! Folding Trees is a new international collaboration that June and I have set up together.

Folding Trees - the best tutorials and paper creations online

There is a huge variety of crafts that can be made from a humble piece of paper: origami, paper art, quilling, papercutting, recycled paper crafts – to name just a few. Our aim with Folding Trees is to collect the best tutorials we have found on the net, inspire people by highlighting amazing paper creations from talented artists and crafters, and share our own paper crafts and tutorials.

On the site today, June is sharing a tutorial to make these puffy origami lucky stars from strips cut from magazine pages:

Folding Trees lucky stars tutorial

We invite people to share links to their own tutorials or point us to inspirational paper crafts they have seen. Everyone is also welcome to join the Folding Trees Flickr group and share photos of all their crafty paper projects with us! We will feature some of the submissions on the site.

June and I hope you’ll like our new project, and we’re looking forward to seeing you at FoldingTrees.com!

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So I’ve disappeared for a bit but here i am again.. Got something hot off the hook and I thought I’d post it.. Hope its not too late though.. I’ve been toying with an idea about making a nice little sling bag since my last one went horribly wrong (its still stuffed somewhere behind the drawers). I found some nice white twine and used it instead of yarn. Cheap and strong, I used about one roll and a little bit more which cost me about 1.5euros. I’m rather pleased with how it turned out and its not that difficult or time consuming to make it either. I cheated and used a big hook so it took me less than a day to make. I thought I’d direct you guys to my blog for the pattern.. But what the heck.. I’ll just post it here.

beach sling close-up beach sling bag in action

I used the fanfare pattern from lionbrand. Basically I made two “squares” of it and whip-stitched them together and added a strap.

-Thin white cotton twine
-5mm hook
-Lining cloth

(ch a multiple of 6 sts + 4) Depends on how big you want your bag to be.

Row 1
Work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next 2 ch, *ch 3, skip 3 ch, 1 sc in next 3 ch; rep from * across. Turn.

Row 2
Ch 1, 1 sc in first 2 sc, *skip 1 sc, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc; rep from * end 1 sc in last sc. Turn.

Row 3
Ch 4 (counts as 1 sc and ch 3), skip (2 sc, 1 dc), 1 sc in next 3 dc, *ch 3, skip (1 dc, 1 sc, 1 dc), 1 sc in next 3 dc; rep from * to last 4 sts, end ch 3, skip (1 dc, 1 sc), 1 sc in last sc. Turn.

Row 4
Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc in first ch-3 sp, *skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc, skip 1 sc, 5 dc in ch-3 sp; rep from *, end last rep 4 dc in last ch-3 sp. Turn.

Row 5
Ch 1, 1 sc in first 3 dc, *ch 3, skip (1 dc, 1 sc, 1 dc), 1 sc in next 3 dc; rep from * across. Turn.

Rep rows 2–5 till the length you want. ( I repeated it only 6 times I think )

End on Row 5, then:
Ch 1, 1 sc in first 2 sc, *skip 1 sc, 5 sc in ch-3 sp, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc; rep from * end 1 sc in last sc. Bind off.

Ch 4, sc in the second ch from hook and in each ch. Turn.
*Ch 1, sc in each sc.* Repeat till desired length.
(Note: If you are making a bigger bag, make a wider strap.)

When you’re done, sew in the lining and we’re good to go. 😀 ( I haven’t done that yet though.. But i’m thinking of using some kinda waterproof material for the lining.. Any ideas? )

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New theme for July


*Just bumped this posts so everybody can see it at the top*

Originally uploaded by quartodeideias


Hi Everybody,

June is still not over but it is almost time to say goodbye to Summer Crochet (including Amis) and start thinking of a new theme.

To make things a little less complicated with votes etc. June and I were thinking to have a theme where everybody could show their W.I.P.s. Anything crocheted you are working on right now; show us some action photos and of course as always the finished work.

So what do you think? It would only be for 1 month and I am sure everybody has some of those half-finished projects stuffed in bags in cupboards… 🙂

Don’t forget to leave your comment….! and for people who have been lurking on this blog now is an awesome time to come and join us.

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I guess I better get my summer crochetalong post up!!!

It is another item for Blythe – a sun dress!

more can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/morganannie


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planetjune contest!

Hey All,

I’ve been running PlanetJune for 2 years now, and to celebrate I’d like to invite all you Crochet Alongers over to enter my 2nd blogiversary contest!

You can win a pattern of your choice from my pattern store, or this adorable PocketAmi mouse:

win a PocketAmi mouse! 

Contest closes Friday 20th at 5pm EST. Hope to see you there!

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My summer hat…


Originally uploaded by mlochk22@

This is a really horrible picture of the hat I made. It’s not even finished in this picture, but I haven’t had time to take a picture of it now that it is finished though! This hat is now sporting an orange band around it to give it a more finished look. I PROMISE, someday, I WILL get a finished picture up on here!!

I only have a little bit more to do on my crocheted jacket, so I’m hoping to finish it soon! Pictures of that to follow ASAP!

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Wire Crochet

Another summery bracelet…! Hope you like it.

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Terrence The Terrier

I have to admit I have fallen in love with Patons Divine.  I crocheted this dog with Patons Divine and after brushing, he came out soft, fuzzy and cuddly, all the things you could possibly ask for in a stuffed toy.  Terrence is 10 inches long and 11 inches tall.

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I wanted to show you this pattern I wrote last year again because it is a little bit like the pattern I used for the Lap-top Cover.

Anyway a little while ago I crocheted this seamless bag with chunky wool and a huge hook but never wrote a pattern down. (The size is 37cm wide by 31cm high)

See, I love crocheting but I am not really into sewing the sides up for bags. So please find below the pattern for a seamless purse. I guess it’s probably totally the wrong way to make a bag/purse but it is soo easy! Here is a view of the bottom and I think it looks fine.

The end result looks like this and the only thing you have to do at the end is sew the buttons on and weave the ends in.

I used:

6mm hook
2 skeins of very yummy merino wool
3 buttons
After it’s finished you might want to line the purse. I am not very good at sewing so if somebody has a good tutorial for lining a crocheted purse please let me know. I think this would also look very nice without the flap and a zip in it.

Alrighty here we go; the pattern:

ch 40

row 1: 1 hdc into every top loop of chain then without turning go around the other side and 1 hdc in every bottom loop of chain

no chains at the end of a row just keep going around and around untill your work has the desired height, mine is about 10cm high.

No you are going to make the flap:

sc in first 40ch of front of work to make a nicer edge and hdc in back of work turn work over

ch 2, 40 hdc turn over keep going untill you have 6 rows like this.

ch 2, 9 hdc, 2 ch (for button hole), 8 hdc, 2 ch (for buttonhole), 8 hdc, 2 ch(for buttonhole), 9 hdc

ch 2, 40 hdc

ch 1, then sc in every hdc around for nicer edge

Now sew your buttons on.

Taadaaa! The finished result. (Size is 26cm wide and 11.5cm high.)

Since I am not the greatest pattern writer please let me know if you see any mistakes or ways to discribe it better. I think I will sew some lining in mine and maybe make some pretty embroidery on the front but the plain one is rather nice too I think. And if you are going to have a go at this please leave a link in the comments section of this post so I can have a look at your purse/bag

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Lap top cover

Finally last night I finished the cover for my lap-top, and with finally I mean it has been sitting as a WIP in my cupboard for the last 6 months. I winged the whole thing so sorry I cannot share a pattern with you. Anyway here it is:

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A little ladybug

I saw this ladybug pattern on Ravelry and knew I had to give it a try. It was a really quick and easy project and it turned out too cute. 

I had to improvise a little, since I didn’t have all of the items. So, I used pipe cleaners instead of wire and felt eyes instead of google eyes. 

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Boo Ami

This is Boo.  He is a character that my husband created about 10 years ago that he paints.  I decided to design a doll for use at his art shows as somthing tangible that people can hold and look at.  I’m really very proud of them i must say!

Here is one of his paintings that my Boo doll is modeled after:


 It is really exciting to go to his art shows and see my dolls sitting happily under one of his paintings!  And it’s helped to get my art onto the streets and out of the house where only the two of us enjoy them.

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Okay, remember back during the Granny Square theme, when I posted a pic like this, swearing I would finish it sometime before I die, and promising a post when I was done?

one strip



96 multi-color squares. 97, if you count the 17th that got stuck on a row of 16, by accident, discovered when trying to join strips and attempting to figure out what the heck I did. 96 squares of weaving in ends, having to redo because my tension was funny, and I ACTUALLY BROKE A HOOK. I wore it out.

I can’t believe I actually finished this. *phew*

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This is the little manatee I made for Heather over at Frankenpug. She won my 100th post give away!
Since he is a water baby, I thought he would fit with the Summer theme…..

I can’t share the pattern as it wasn’t my design…….but it sure is cute!

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Thread jointed Fuzzy Bear, crocheted with Patons Divine.  I bushed him after he was finished to emphasize the fuzzy effect.  This yarn is a mohair blend, a little chunky but I like how he turned out.  He stands 11 inches tall.


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Originally uploaded by Arbel Egger

It’s World Environment Day on the 5th of June so I thought it would be nice to show you some amazing recycled shopping bags crochet from around the net.

The picture of the flowers is from Arbel Egger (see link at the top of the page).

You have probably all seen the amazing work of Gooseflesh. She crochets freeform sea creatures out of plastic shopping bags and other materials. Have a look through Helle’s site and Flickr photos to get inspired.

Have a look on Instructables for an excellent tutorial with pics on how to make yarn from your collection of plastic shopping bags.

I found a pattern for this Round Plastic Bag Tote  from Marlo’s Crochet corner.

I hope you feel inspired to make something beautiful out of something that normally ends up in the rubbish. I would love to see some amigurumi made out of this, so if you have done some come and show it!

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Mr. Rabbit

Here’s my new guy!  I think he turned out pretty cute.  I’m really in to using buttons right now – i seem to want to put them on everything.

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Updated links

I have just adjusted the sidebar to all the free links available out there. Please don’t forget if you stumble over some amazing links while surfing the net or you have written your own to send me an e-mail  so we can add it to the list.

Here is one of my favourite ones I found today link Gosh Bri you are amazing!



Happy crocheting!


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I just fell in love with Eve’s crocheted necklace pattern that I went home tonight and tried it. I didn’t want to make anything elaborate or with expensive yarn or beads, in case it turned out wrong,  so I whipped up a little bracelet using acrylic yarn and pony beads.

Here is my first try:

Now that I have the hang of it, minus the clasp part, I am going to give it a try with nicer yarn and beads. It was so much fun, thanks Eve!

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Here is a pattern I wrote over a year ago, it was on another blog but I thought you guys might like to see it again. It’s super quick and a really good way to use up some of that scrappy yarn lying around.

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Wow it has been a long time since I have been here but I am so happy to be back. First of all I would like to thank Tracie for stepping in when I needed it most. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I don’t know what June would have done without you. The Crochet Along is a heap of fun but also a lot of work.

So I am back as your admin again WOOT WOOT!! How have you all been? Since it has been a little quiet over here I thought I’d start my intro of with a mini tute. I have been making a couple of these in March for some friends and they always result in a lot of oooh”s and aaaahs.

So here we go with the mini-tutorial. FInd some pretty beads and some matching cotton yarn in summery colors. Thread all the beads on your yarn first, be careful you do not want to cause the yarn to get fuzzy. Then it is just chain stitches, I did 3 or 4 stitches between every bead but you can vary the distance for a different effect. 

When you have done your last bead you just loop them into 2 or 3 lengths and make a ring on one end and a clasp on the other.  All done!

You can really make it as complicated as you like with sparkly beads and beautiful yarn or like me with wooden beads and some scrap-yarn..

Good luck!

Oh don’t forget from today summer crochet also includes amigurumi again!! So show us your amis baby 🙂

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