Archive for the ‘Summer Crochet’ Category


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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To get prepared for some public watching and major soccer parties I crocheted myself a little purse with just enough room for my mobile, a little wallet and a keychain.


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Busy as the Bees…

I feel the need to chime in with a “I’m not really gone!!”  just trying to wrap things up!!  I’ve been working on several projects, and have only got one to full completion, but no pictures yet!!

Here are my current projects:

A summer hat for me, that I just got finished, but have yet to take pics of…

A spring/summer jacket that I really like but have gotten frustrated with, not just because there are some issues with the pattern, but because the armhole and back edging just doesn’t make any sense. Like my gran says, do the best you can and make it work from there!!

And a monkey for my son, who has been patiently waiting for the last few months for me to finish…
Add to that trying to learn how to knit, full time work and college, a family, etc., it’s no wonder I haven’t finished a darn thing!! LOL!!

So, now you know! Is anybody else out there over extending themselves on projects?

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Jaime is right, our site has been pretty quiet over the last month, so we’re going to shake it up a bit around here to get things going again!

  1. As of June 1st, the Crochet Along theme will be expanded to include ANY amigurumi as well as Summer Crochet. So start taking pics of any ami you’ve made throughout May, because as of June 1st, we want to see them all!
  2. I’d like to thank Tracie for helping me out with the admin side of the site for the past few months. We’re having another admin change this week, and the return of a familiar face 🙂 Stay tuned on June 1st for more on that!
  3. Just an aside: you may have noticed that WordPress now includes a graphic icon when you leave a comment. If you want your own personal avatar to show up, just make sure you’re logged in before posting your comments, otherwise you’ll get one of those random coloured patterns as your icon 🙂

PocketAmi Dragonfly by planetjune
Here’s one of my latest while we wait – I’ll show you some more on Sunday!

So, get your latest amigurumi together, or start making some new ones, and get ready to post them on or after June 1st (that’s this Sunday!) – we’ll remind you when it’s time!

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This is my new little friend “Cleo the Cat”.  She likes to hang out in the bookselves and spy on interesting new characters.

I made Cleo out of some vintage varigated yarn that I found at a thrift shop and she is wearing a little off white t-shirt with vintage buttons sewn on the front.  I made the pattern as I was going, but if you’d like the pattern i’ll try and scratch one out.



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Not dead…yet!

Hi all!  It’s been so quiet around here… must be all that spring cleaning (or fall bundling-up-edness for you southern-hemisphere folks ;))…  I haven’t been slacking, I swear… I have been embroiled in battle!  Over on Ravelry, I got drafted into Killer Bunnies, a battle royale (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/killer-rabbit) and I’m on my second victim!  I actually got a bruise on my pinky.  It’s viscious!  The pattern, Frankebunny, is supposed to be a mishmosh of different stuff, and it’s cute if kind of strange… they did a knitted version too in the spirit of Monty Python, but I fear DPNs.

Bun #1 – He Who Kills – can be found here:



Bun #2 – Angus McBunny, or Dead Bunnies Do Wear Plaid, has been photographed but the negatives are being held for ransom… 🙂

Anyway just sharing what I’ve been up to… what have YOU been doing?

– Jaime

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100th Post Give Away!

To all my friends at Crochet Along…..stop by my blog and enter to win!


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Fat bottom bagI finally finished the FBB, well all but one handle to stitch on. I’m really quite chuffed and can’t believe it’s turned out so well, with no pattern to look at. I kind of thought the black handle/decrease part would look quite nice as there was a lot of pattern going on in the main part of the bag. The handles are black too, so it kind of pulled it together I think.

Fat bottom bagMy Mum has bought me the book, but I couldn’t wait that long, to see the pattern!!

Terrible I know!

I’m starting a much larger version of this now, as it isn’t quite as big as the sort of bag I would normally buy, so this time, I’m using a cream aran mixed with a brown marble from James C Brett. Its still coming out quite striped, but I like it, and its lovely to work with too and its coming out massive, so I think a nice cream lining for that and some brown handles. I might even cover the handles with some leather type thong/thread slip knotted to cover.

Mums cushionMy Mums birthday is on Tuesday, So i decided I might try and make her something. I’ve been quite worried, as I’ve not been crocheting for long, and didn’t want to muck it up and she ends up with a crappy present. I started making a cushion cover on Tuesday and crocheted that in a really nice blue mohair mixed with a DK black I had. Its sooo soft and should be nice for her to cosy up with when shes sitting watching TV or knitting.

Tonight will be spent lining it and getting it all wrapped up nice and neat for sending off on Monday. Happy Birthday Mum! 🙂

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Crocheted shell bookmark for all of your poolside summer reading.  🙂  Has a nice large bead  and tassel and works beautifully in almost any size book. Measures 15 inches tip to tip.  Super fast and super easy project.  I will post my pattern on my blog. 


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Summery Bag


Here’s something pretty and functional – this is from Lion Brand’s pattern list: click me!

(In the interest of smallifying this post, the pic here is teeny… look in the flickr pool for a much better look!)

This bag holds SO MUCH. Seriously. I’ve made this pattern a few times now, sometimes with longer handles for folks who like the cross-chested thing. I added the beads just for yucks.

This was done with just plain-ol’ Red Heart worsted workhorse yarn, and can I say again it holds EVERYTHING you own? 🙂

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