Showing posts with label wrist cuffs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wrist cuffs. Show all posts

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Crochet, crochet everywhere... in my house

I'm having one of those explosions of creativity.

And the house is a bloody mess.

All actions of domesticity have been abandoned, except for a brain fart I had yesterday when I found myself accidentally cleaning the oven.

People who know me will find this dreadfully out of character.

I've got three or four potential projects on the go which means if I don't rein myself in, none of them will get finished!
 
In the process I have created a crochet nest.

I read this interesting article in Simply Crochet magazine recently where Kat Goldin (in her regular column) describes the special nest she has created where she crochets on the couch. I have one of these. There is a spot in the corner that is ample ass sized, surrounded by all of the things to suggest a large, yarny Bower bird lives there.


Firstly I have been making mandalas.  Or doilies. How about Mandala Doilies? Mandoilies! They are mandala-ish but being used as doilies.
Here's some of what I've made so far.


I am loving making them.

 
I'm using bright coloured cotton yarns and they whip up so fast. I can make at least one in an evening in front of the telly, then start on another before I drag my exhausted body off to bed at ridonkulous hours.


I must admit it's not the crochet keeping me up, it's the bloody addictive binge tv on the Netflix! I've powered through 3 and a bit seasons of Arrow, halfway through season 2 of Daredevil and my personal collection of the X-Files.




I have been trying to perfect the stitch counts so they are regular, and easy to understand for when I publish the pattern.  I also really really want to make them into Youtube tutorials too. But it takes a while to make a good Youtube vid. So when I start to think about writing the patterns up, editing them into printable PDFs, writing a video tutorial plan, filming and editing, I feel a little overwhelmed and pick up another project!

Which has been my Stevie Bird pattern...
I thought that because Stevie Bird is such a popular little pattern, that I would also make a Youtube tutorial for it!

But I hadn't made any Stevies since last year, so I printed my PDF out and started making one.


Then I discovered a few ridiculous errors! How did I ever publish this with such glaringly bad mistakes???

I've made 2 Stevies in the past couple of days (whilst also making Mandoilies) and am currently updating the webpage pattern and the PDFs. Then hope to make a video tutorial for them.


My personal "veg out" project which I'm also making is a cardigan which I found on Ravelry.

It's called the Turnberry Cardigan which was designed by Drew Emborsky and is available for free.

I have a bag full of purple merino Superwash which I purchased for another project which I decided not to complete. Hopefully this one will turn out ok.


Do you have a Yarny Bower Bird Nest?

Monday, 28 December 2015

Saturday Night Movies & Crochet 2015 Recap in Pictures!


If you follow my Facie page, you'd know that most Saturday nights (or Sunday nights), the Blonde Bombshell (aka BFF Emma) and my lovely Bear and I watch movies. And crochet. 

Now you and I both know that there's nothing more wonderful than curling up on the couch with a bit of tellie, or a movie and picking up yarn and hook. And drinking the tea and eating the munchies.

Sometimes we've had Ring Ins join us.  And without fail they have been all like, "So you really do crochet AND watch movies?!?" like it's the last bastion of crazy multitasking and it's as weird as if we told them AND demonstrated that we cooked a souffle AND fought off the vikings at the same time.

Most of the time I post a little Photo mosaic of whatever we're watching and both crocheting on Facie.  When the Bear joins us, he doesn't crochet. But I'm sure if he could give a car an oil change or tinker with solar panels in the loungeroom, he'd do that.

What he does do is help us unravel tangles, slowly unwind tricky yarn balls and sip his Scotch and regularly drops hints to the Blonde Bombshell to see if she'll finally succumb and watch Sharknado. He hasn't succeeded yet and probably won't after we watched Zombeavers.

So to wrap up our year in movies, I thought I'd indulge and give a recap of my photo mosaics from Facebook.  I started posting them in about mid April and unfortunately one or two are missing such as the night we watched Zombeavers...



bill murray
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: We love Bill Murray. And Wes Anderson movies. The Blonde Bombshell was making some coasters that night whilst I made a cloche hat for a friends little girl.
(18 April)
sun theatre yarraville
The Avengers Age of Ultron: We took our movie night to an actual cinema for family movie night. And we took our crochet! (25 April)

granny stripe blanket
Noah: Sorry for the funny fuzzy photo. I also had salted caramel chocolate treats. All to myself! (2 May)

kingsmen colin firth
Kingsman Secret Service: Who doesn't love Mr Darcy? Sexy monkey that he is. That's my Rainbow Scoodie nestled with a nice cuppa. (9 May)

mermaids movie bob hoskins
Mermaids: Shoop shoop shoop. Such a gorgeous classic movie! Remember how Cher only ever cooks entrees because she can't commit to cooking a whole meal? (16 May)

Eurovision 2015: No movie tonight. It was a huge magical Eurovision weekend. And what made it a huger deal was Australias invitation to participate. I was so excited I even took a dodgy photo of the tv screen. We're super equally excited that we've been invited back again for 2016! Squeeee! The Blonde Bombshell was working on the worlds heaviest and most labour intensive blanket whilst I was working on my Fan Dance Wrist Cuffs (24 May)

scandi knit scarf
From Here to Eternity: I really enjoyed this movie. Although it wasn't all about the sand pash. That scene left me with an uncomfortable empathetic feeling of sand up the clacker. Ugh. But Frank Sinatra and Burt Lancaster were delicious to watch. My project that night was my Intarsia Knitted Scarf. (30 May)


wrist cuff crochet
The Last Five Years: seemed to drag for blimmin' five years. Holy Oprah I would have rather watched 5 hours of infomercials! The BB was crocheting a gorgeous chunky cowl whilst I played around with more wrist cuffs! (13 June)

#yarnaddict
Thor The Dark World: That Saturday night I was solo and I think I was just happily sitting there enjoying Hemsworth muscles and sorting through my yarn stash. Drinking a massive cap and totally blissed out. (18 June)

netflix series
Daredevil: no, not the dumb ben affleck movie (gawd I hope he doesn't eff up batman). This was a bit of a Netflix tv show binge. The BB was absent, so Sonofagun No.1 and I tucked in. Why has he got a laptop? Because he was watching some other Avengers movie on the lappie AND Daredevil on the tellie. The teenaged version of multitasking. (20june)

cucumber sex toy
Swinging with the Finkels: have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee whizz! I wonder if Mandy Moore has ever used vegetables as a sex toy?" I haven't. But I found out anyway. I'm not sure that scene was relevant to the storyline.... I also was working on my Rainbow Granny Stripe designed by Lucy at Attic 24.(27 June)

sun theatre yarraville
Antman: Another trip out to our local Art deco cinema to soak up calorific Choc tops.  A tip for crocheting in dark places like the cinema is to take something with an easy, repetitive pattern that you don't need to look at too often.  (18 july)
 
granny rectangle crochet
Wives & Daughters (Netflix series): After smashing that Granny Stripe blanket in under a month, I moved on to my last blanket of the winter season which was a big granny rectangle in blue and white for love of my life, the Bear. (25 july)

sun theatre yarraville
Fantastic Four:  there's something about this movie where, no matter how many times they try to revamp the story, if never seems to launch. But it still made for cosy blanket making and a fun night out with the kids. (8 august)

square crochet basket
The Grand Budapest Hotel:  Another Wes Anderson indulgence. I think I was trying to figure out how to crochet a square basket in the round. By the end of the night I gave up and started playing with cottons! (1 August)

christopher meloni fridge
Wet Hot American Summer: If you haven't caught this bizarre gem of a movie yet, do yerself a fava and get on it! Then (as in 'afterwards', watch the prequel series on Netflix. I have never loved Christopher Meloni more than after I saw him humping a fridge... (15 August)

amigurumi bird
Zac & Miri make a porno: Well they tried. That night I finished one of my first little birdies. I call them 'chickadees' but still have not published the pattern.  (29 august)

Focus: Good old local soap opera star made good Margo Robbie and the fresh prince. Watch it. It's interesting. And tonight I finally finished Bears blankie. Crap that blanket took ages!  (5 Sept)

tunisian crochet
The X- Files Season 2:  Since they announced the new 6 episode special of the X-Files which is to be released in January, I have been catching up on ALL of my favourite ever tv show episodes. I also started working on a pattern I found in a magazine for a Tunisian Cardi. It's a beautiful cardigan and I'm sure the designer created it perfectly, but whatever was published in the magazine doesn't quite work out. I have already emailed them about one error, which they gave me the correction, but quickly found several other errors which ultimately decided I didn't have time to figure out or follow up on. Maybe in a few weeks I'll pick it up again :( (26 Sept)

stephen hawking
The Theory of Everything: This was kind of interesting. I actually started to read Stephen Hawkings book A Brief History of Time after this. Fascinating read! Well the first few pages were. I'm sure the rest is too if I ever get the chance to finish the book. I haven't yet figured out how to crochet AND read a book. It's the whole book holding, hook holding business. (10 Oct)

berry cheesecake
Jurassic World:  Look at that cute little bubba! My beautiful Sonofagun No. 1 turned 15, and as his party was held another night, we watched his movie of choice and the BB brought over the most delicious cheesecake! (24 October)


amigurumi fox
The Hunger Games: The BB decided it was time my HG cherry was popped. I also started working on a sweet amigurumi fox I found the pattern for in a crochet magazine.  (7 November)


crochet stars
The Hunger Games Catching Fire:  See those sweet little stars? This was my free pattern for Join As You Go Christmas Star Garland. (21 November)


egg nog
A Very Murray Christmas:  Every December we switch to Christmas movie mode, and kicked off in awesome fashion with this little gem of a special. I started working on my Axel cushion which is still a work in progress. (5 December)

kawaii
Lethal Weapon: A classic Xmas movie. Just like Die Hard. I had put aside my Axel cushion to create a sweet little kawaii felt fairy doll for my Christmas tree which I found in a copy of Mollie Makes magazine. (12 dec)

elf on a shelf totoro
Bad Santa: I couldn't believe what I was watching! It was hilarious and depraved viewing. This was our Christmas dinner and I was able to give the BB her Totoro Amigurumi which I made from a free pattern I found on Ravelry by designer Lucy Collins. It was so quick and easy to make! I was also working on a cloche hat as a Chrissy prez for one of my nieces.
(20 dec)

budgie crochet
Hunger Games Mockingjay: With Xmas finally over, I was itching to get back into the Hunger Games movies. Only one more HG left in the series! My Axel Budgie cushion is coming along nicely. (26 dec)

There we are. The year in movies. And a year in crochet!

This has been a tradition at my place for the past 4 years and I wish I had catalogued the previous years. The previous year was an absolute pearler as we indulged in many old classics such as Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Temple movies, I think somewhere in there we also watch some classic James Dean. If you've got any suggestions for me for future movie viewing I'd love to hear them! Now we look forward to the next 12 months of Saturday Night Movies & Crochet (not a very catchy title, I know).

Saturday, 15 August 2015

'Why is Violet blushing?' Crochet Wrist Cuffs Pattern


“Goodness me! Why is Violet blushing?”

“I couldn’t quite say.  But if you ask me, I’d say I happened to glance over towards the 

pianola and noticed a certain son of Lord Lipplesbottom glancing for more than a thrice of a 

second at her ankles!”

“Ooooh! How brazen!”





I love wrist cuffs. You've probably all gathered this by now since this is my third pattern for them!

This pair is perfect for when the weather is still fresh and cool in Spring or as it cools down in Autumn.

Made from washable cotton blend yarn, you can pick whatever colour takes your fancy.

I love the old worldy steampunkness to them.


My first pair of Do the Fan Dance Wrist Cuffs and the second pair 'Kiss Me Mr Darcy' are both free patterns available on this blog.

My third pair 'Why is Violet blushing?' is available for purchase as a pdf from my brand spanking new Ravelry shop and also from my brand spanking new Etsy shop.
 
So what do you get?
Lots of photos of course. And a clearly written professional PDF pattern with the instructions, list of yarn and tools. Plus you unlimited support from me. Just email me at balibelibear@gmail.com or msg me via Facie.
You can purchase it using the Ravelry button below or click on the Etsy button on the right sidebar to purchase via that forum.

xox
Louise
The Red Haired Amazona

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Kiss Me Mr Darcy Wrist Cuffs Tutorial

Behold!



Another addition to my wrist cuff obsession....

Kiss Me Mr Darcy! (you know he wants to!)




My first pair of cuffs, Do The Fan Dance are a more basic version with just one frilly edge, but these ramp up the style factor a teensy bit. 

Would you like a pair?
Great leaping Mozarts you do!

Will I make them for you?
Pfft! Make em yourself!

It's not hard! Intermediate, maybe. Beginning. Hmmm, give it a go. I guarantee if you're a beginner, you'll be able to shed that humble moniker as soon as you're finished and declare yourself beginner no more!

I had a wee little fun while making these and created a stop motion animated video. My first ever. So it's a bit wobbly.


The main body of the cuff is super duper easy and is fairly similar to the Do The Fan Dance wrist cuffs...

Don't be put off by this seemingly loooooooong tutorial.  They are actually very quick to make and not too hard.  I just always like to include LOTS of photos to show what I'm doing.


Tools of the Trade

3ply crochet cotton
2.5mm crochet hook
2mm crochet hook
Scissors & needle for sewing in your ends


Stitches used are in American Terms

Sk- skip
Sl st- slip stitch
Ch- chain
Sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet

The Cuff

To start take your 2.5mm crochet hook and ch 34.  (I use a larger hook for the beginning chain to prevent any tightness as you start to work with the chain.)

Then switch down to a 2mm hook.

Row 1: Dc in the 4th ch from the hook.  Dc in each ch across.  Ch 3, then turn.


Row 2-25: dc in each dc of the previous row across to the end. Ch 3, then turn.  At the end of the last row of your cuff, don’t tie off as you will then fold the piece widthways and slip sitch the 2 ends together to form your cuff.
I have crocheted 25 rows to fit my chubby little wrists, but please check your measurements and crochet more or less rows accordingly.

The Subtle Frilly Pretty Bit on the Elbow End

Turn your work 90 degrees so you are now working around the rim of the cuff. 
This will be the soft shell edging on the elbow end.

Row 1: Ch1, then work 2 sc in each dc post around. Continue around, then join with a sl st to the beginning ch 1.
Row 2: *Ch3, sk 2sc, sc. Repeat from * to the end. Sl st in the beginning ch.
Row 3: Sl st into the ch 3 space. In each Ch 3 space *sc, 2 dc, sc. Repeat from *  to the end. Sl st into the beginning of the row. Finish off.

The Main Double Frilly Fantabulous Bit on the Hand End


Turn your work now to the other holey end bit where your hand will stick through.  Join your crochet cotton on one edge where your joining seam is (so all the beginnings and ending happen in one place).

The front fan pattern is worked up in a space of 10 stitches. To ensure the pattern works around completely and even with no half fans at the end you may need to add in extra single crochets.

STEP 1:

Ch 1 & Sc evenly all the way around the cuff edge. Generally you will work 2 sc per dc post as shown in the photo below. BUT in order to ensure you finish in 10s, you may have to work some extra scs in. This pattern used 25 rows of DCs. Therefore with 2 scs per dc post, I would have ended up with 50scs.  Perfect.  
But if you use more or less, then sneak in extra scs evenly around the cuff.
Better to increase than decrease as this will give a nice flared out effect.

STEP 2:

NOW FOR THE BACK FRILL!!!
No need to finish off your previous colour. If you're comfortable, leave that attached for when you start work on the front frill.

Attach your back colour (mine is a lighter green).
Row 1: WORKING IN BACK LOOPS ONLY , ch 1, sc in same sp, then sc around. Sl st in beginning sc.
Kiss Me Mr Darcy Crochet wrist cuff
Back loops only!

double crochet cuff
SC all the way around
Now continue working in both loops.
Row 2: Ch3, 5dc, ch x 2, sk 2 sc, *dc, dc, 2 dc, dc dc, ch x 2, sk 2 sc. Repeat from * around to end, then sl st in top of beginning ch3.

Row 2
Row 3: Sl st across to Ch2 space.  Ch 3, 2 x dc, ch 2, 3 x dc. Then *Ch 2, in next 2 ch sp (3 x dc, ch 2, 3 x dc). Repeat from * to the end. Then sl st in top of beg ch 3.


Row 3
Row 4: Sl st across to Ch 2 sp between the 2 3dc clusters. Ch 3, 2 x dc, ch 2, 3 x dc. Then *Ch 3, in next 2 ch sp (3 x dc, ch 2, 3 x dc). Repeat from * to the end. Then sl st in top of beg ch 3.

crochet wristlet
Row 4

Row 5: Sl st across to Ch 2 sp between the 2 3dc clusters. Ch 3, 2 x dc, ch 2, 3 x dc. Then *Ch 2, then in the ch 3 sp, sc in the middle of the ch 3 sp to also crochet around the previous 2 row chains.  Then Ch 2, and in next 2 ch sp between the dc clusters (3 x dc, ch 2, 3 x dc). Repeat from * to the end. Then sl st in top of beg ch 3.
See photo below for close up.
Kiss Me Mr Darcy Wrist Cuffs
Row 5
Row 6: Ch 1, Sc in same space, *then 3 sc (one in top of 2 dcs, then 1 in next ch), 
ch 3, sc in next ch, sc in each of the next 3 dcs, 
sc in the next 2 ch, 
sc in sc of previous row, 
sc in next 2 ch, 
Repeat from * to the end. Sl st in beginning ch. Finish off.
free pattern
Row 6- looks like a crown!

Done! Sort of. One last frilly bit!
This is worked the same as the Do the Fan Dance Cuffs, so I've pinched those photos...

STEP 3: 
Row 1: Pick up the previous colour, ch 1, sc in same sp, then sc in EACH FRONT LOOP all the way around.
Row 2: WORKING IN BOTH LOOPS:  Ch1, sc in same space, then sc in each of the next 4 sc of the previous row, *Ch3, sk 2 stitches, sc, ch 4, sl st back into the same space to create a loop. Ch 3, sk 2 stitches, 5 sc. Repeat from *. Continue to the end, then join with a sl st to the beginning ch1.

crochet wristlet
See that cute little loop and the skipped stitches and all that jazz? 

wrist cuff crochet
Now Row 2 is finished! Not much further to go...
 Row 3: Now we want to create a little pyramid of scs.  So after joining up with the first of the 5 scs of the previous row, sl st to the 2nd sc (essentially skipping the 1st) and Ch1, then sc in that and the next 2 scs of the previous row (scs in the middle three stitches).  *Ch4, join with a single crochet to the 4ch loop of the previous row, ch4, sl st back into that loop, ch 4, sl st back into that loop, ch 4, sl st back into that loop. Now you made a shamrocky looking thing! Then Ch 4, sk the chains of the previous row AND the first sc of the 5 scs, 3 sc in the next 3 scs of the previous row.  Repeat from *.  When you've gone all the way around, join with a sl st into the beginning ch 1.


free crochet pattern
So skip the first sc, the 3 scs, skip the last sc. 

free wristlet
Chain 4, sc to the loop, ch 4 again....

do the fan dance wrist cuffs
And join back into the loop...

luck of the irish crochet
After doing this 2 more times you have a little shamrocky thingo!
 Row 4: Now To begin Row 4, finish Row 3 by joining to the beginning ch 1, then slip st to the middle of the 3 scs, ch 1, then sc in the same space. *Dc over to the first loop in your little shamrock skipping the next sc and all the chains. Dc again into the first shamrock loop, ch 1, then 2 dc into the same shamrock loop. 
Then in each of the next 2 loops (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc), then sk the chains of the previous row & the first sc to do 1 sc in the 2nd sc. Repeat from * around to the end. Then join with a sl st to the 1st sc.


Now To begin Row 4, finish Row 3 by joining to the beginning ch 1, then slip st to the middle of the 3 scs, ch 1, then sc in the same space.

From that sc, sk the next sc and chains to dc into the first of the 3 loops


Ch 1 then 2 more dcs into the loop (2 dcs, ch 1, 2 dcs)

Do the same thing in the other 2 loops as well.

kiss me mr darcy wrist cuffs
Then sc into the middle sc of the 3scs of the previous row to complete this part of the fan!
Done!  
Well, first sew in your ends.
Now you're really done! 

Wrist cuff crochet tutorial

If you'd like to try my other more simpler version Do the Fan Dance, it looks like this:


If you make yourself a pair or two, show them off! Pop on over to my Red Haired Amazona Facebook page and post your pictures, or just say hi! I love seeing what everyone is making and meeting new peeps!

If you did enjoy my tutorial or any others you've found on my little blog.  Many of my tutorials are free for everyone, however if you'd like to make a little donation, it would be gratefully received and contribute towards future free tutorials!