Monday, 28 November 2016

Mega Granny Square Jumper !!!

I started to crochet my first granny square for my jumper-to-be on last 4th of October...




... and little by little, crocheting on a daily basis, I added rounds after rounds ...





... while I was working on other two w.i.p.s, like my PONCHO and the GEODE PILLOW ...




... and when I completed 26 rounds for the first granny, I wanted to block it to see its real measures : it reaches 74 cm for each side (more or less!) ...




The yarns I've been using were all from my personal stash, no new yarn was bought for this project and some are discontinued, while others I have no more the band with all the details or brand.
I will try to give you a kind of yarn list, starting from the center of the granny (I was working with a 6mm hook, btw) :

KATIA AZTECA shade 7837 fuchsia-maroon-brown (53%wool, 47%acrylic)
FILATI TROPICAL LANE SPENDOBENE SUPER SPORT shade 266 off white (47%merino wool, 53%dralon)
FILATI TROPICAL LANE SPENDOBENE SUPER SPORT shade 34 mustard yellow
ROBIN PAINTBOX CHUNKY shade 4003 sunset (100% acrylic)
FILATI TROPICAL LANE SPENDOBENE SUPER SPORT shade 583 bordeaux
PATONS JET 12 ply shade 812 pink
Japanese yarn from GOSYO SANGYO shade bordeaux (variegated)
PATONS JET 12 ply shade 708 rose
KNITTY - 6 MM - shade dark blue (bought in shop, at : casa)
Japanese yarn from GOSYO SANGYO shade white with various colours in
FILATI TROPICAL LANE SPENDOBENE SUPER SPORT shade 334 pink
KARTOPU LAKE K1001 silver grey
PATONS JET 12 ply shade 810 green
SIRDAR CLICK DK shade 200 spicy pink
LANA ACRILI by Huan Qiu s.r.l. shade 718 lilac
WENDY QUASAR CHUNKY shade 2577 infrared
FILATI TROPICAL LANE SPENDOBENE SUPER SPORT shade 34 mustard yellow
FILATI TROPICAL LANE SPENDOBENE SUPER SPORT shade  92 orange
SIRDAR ESCAPE DK shade 189 desire
ROBIN FX CHUNKY shade 4204 tulip (pink)
acrylic yarn, shade fuchsia from Egypt
SIRDAR CLICK chunky with wool shade 0150 sage green
acrylic yarn, shade turquoise from Egypt
SIRDAR ESCAPE DK shade 0185 passion
APOLLO SCHACHENMAYR NOMOTTA shade 00002 natural
APOLLO SCHACHENMAYR NOMOTTA shade 00050 marine

Once the blocking of the fist granny square was completed, I decided to crochet even one more mega granny and two "smaller" ones as sleeves ...




For each sleeve (after blocking, both sleeves mesure 48 cm each side) I've been working 16 rounds, following this yarn sequence (from the center to the last round) :

SIRDAR CLICK DK shade 200 spicy pink
FILATI TROPICAL LANE SPENDOBENE SUPER SPORT shade 583 bordeaux
WENDY QUASAR CHUNKY shade 2577 infrared
PATONS JET 12 ply shade 812 pink
PATONS JET 12 ply shade 810 green
PATONS JET 12 ply shade 708 rose
FILATI TROPICAL LANE SPENDOBENE SUPER SPORT shade 92 orange
Japanese yarn from GOSYO SANGYO shade white with various colours in
KNITTY - 6 MM - shade dark blue (bought in shop, at : casa)
ROBIN PAINTBOX CHUNKY shade 4003 sunset
FILATI TROPICAL LANE SPENDOBENE SUPER SPORT shade 34 mustard yellow
KARTOPU LAKE shade K1001 silver grey
Japanese yarn from GOSYO SANGYO shade bordeaux (variegated)
APOLLO SCHACHENMAYR NOMOTTA shade 00002 natur
KATIA AZTECA shade 7837 fuchsia-maroon-brown
APOLLO SCHACHENMAYR NOMOTTA shade 00050 marine




Once all the 4 pieces were blocked ...




... It took me some time to take the courage to give a shape to my project, as I never crocheted a jumper before ...




So, last week, in just one morning (with no interruption!!!!), I started to join all the pieces together ...










... so it was ready after some hours (and some single crochets !!!) to wear ...







... don't you believe me ??? ;oD

Here is the proof that this jumper is really wearable and right my size ...






... it as long sleeves and a very cosy fit ... just the way I like it!!!

... do you agree, too? ;oD

xxxx Alessandra



Saturday, 26 November 2016

New pattern for sale on Ravelry : My Quintet of Christmas Stockings !!!

Yes, I wrote a new pattern !!!!

It's Christmas related and it gives you some ideas to crochet 5 different stockings:




You may crochet just the one you prefer or even all five, right?

The pattern for sale is full of colourful pictures and it consists of 38 pages.

The crochet skills required : easy/intermediate

You have to know basic stitches as (US crochet terminology) chains, slip stitches, single  and double crochets, the "join-as-you-go" method used to join both toes and heels to the rest of the socks.

With the same pattern you can crochet the following stockings:


The Big Stocking





The Colourful Granny Stripes, the Pompom and the Fringes Stockings




and the Baby Stocking





What do you think???

You are free to use any yarn weight and hook size : it will be fun!!!! The pattern is easily adaptable to any size and you can embellish each stocking as you like : give a lot of freedom to your creativity and have a lot of fun!!!!!

The pattern is for sale on Ravelry HERE !!!!!!


xxxx Alessandra






Monday, 14 November 2016

Make it! Gingerbread House ornament !!!

In this last couple of weeks I feel unstoppable!!!!

I really love to create decorations for Christmas : a lot of fun !!!!

Today, I'm showing you how to crochet some gingerbread houses to hang on your Christmas tree or to use for a bunting, a wreath or just to add as a decorative element on the table or on a parcel ...




WHAT YOU NEED :

4mm hook
some colourful DK yarns from your stash
yarn needle
scissors
mini bells
baker's twine

Please note I follow the US crochet terminology, thank you !!!

You can work your ornament with different weight of yarns, if you like !

The pattern for the house takes inspiration from an "old" photo tutorial of mine : Make it! Granny House!!! There are slight differences with the pattern of today, but you can choose the one you prefer!

Let's start !!! ;oD


CANDY CANES (make two)



You can decide to crochet white candy canes or colourful ones (for example : all red) and add the extra colour (slant line) when sewing the sweets along the house sides.
I prefer to crochet candy canes using two colours (like in tapestry crochet), starting the foundation chain with the darkest colour, never with white.

As you can see from the above picture, you need to crochet two candy canes, one with a right bending and one with a left bending !

right bending : (red & white candy cane) Make a slip knot on your hook with red yarn and chain 23.
Wrap yarn around the hook and insert its tip in 3rd chain from hook and work your first double crochet (=DC). Work another DC in next chain. Change colour (=white) and crochet 2 DC in next 2 chains. Change colour (red) and work 5 DC in same chain (bending). *Change colour (white) : work 2 DC in next 2 chains / change colour (red) : work 2 DC in next 2 chains *. Repeat pattern in between ** other 3 times, reaching the end. Chain 2 (with red) and slip stitch in last DC.
Cut yarn, fasten off and sew ends in.

left bending : (green & white candy cane) Make a slip knot on your hook with green yarn and chain 23. Wrap yarn around the hook and insert its tip in 3rd chain from hook and work your first DC. Work another DC in next chain. Change colour (white) and crochet 2 DC in next 2 chains. [change colour (green) : work 2 DC in next 2 chains / change colour (white) : work 2 DC in next 2 chains)] 3 times . Change colour (green) and work 5 DC in same chain (bending). Change colour (white) and crochet 2 DC in next 2 chains. Change colour (green) and work your last 2 DC in last 2 chains. Chain 2 and slip stitch in last DC.
Cut yarn, fasten off and sew in ends.

If you have problems in crocheting your candy canes using two colours separately, you can try to use two strands together and follow the same patterns !!! Remember that your personal touch is a must in any of your works, ok ? ;oD


PEPPERMINTS (two sizes)




It depends on the size of your gingerbread house : big house ? Big peppermint !!! Small house? Small peppermint !!!! ;oD

Even in this case, you need to confident with the basics of tapestry crochet ( if you need some help, have a look here), as you need to know how to carry 2 threads along the same row/round !




small peppermint

Choose a colour (yellow, for example) and make a slip knot on your hook. Chain 4 and slip stitch in the first chain to make a ring.
first round : chain 2 and work 12 DC into the ring. Slip stitch in top of first DC to complete the round.
second round : chain 2 and work 2 DC in same stitch. Change colour (white) and work 2 DC in next stitch. [Change colour (yellow) and work 2DC in next stitch) / change colour (white) and work 2 DC in next stitch] 5 times. Slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 24)
Cut yarn, fasten off and sew ends in.


big peppermint : this time we choose green as the main colour. Make a slip knot on your hook, chain 4 and slip stitch in the first chain to make a ring.
first round : as small peppermint
second round : as small peppermint, but remember to NOT CUT THE YARN !!!
third round : chain 2 and work 1 DC in same stitch. Work 2 DC in next stitch. Change colour (white) and work 1 DC in next stitch, then 2 DC in next stitch. [Change colour (green) and work 1 DC in next stitch and 2 DC in next stitch / change colour (white) and work 1 DC in next stitch and 2 DC in next stitch] 5 times. Slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 36)
Cut yarn, fasten off and sew ends in.

If the "big peppermint" is to big for your gingerbread house, try to crochet half double crochet stitches, instead, in the third round ! ;oD


GINGERBREAD HOUSE pattern




As written at the beginning of this post, this pattern origins from a previous one, that you can easily find HERE !!!

....You can crochet even a rounded version of it (HERE) if you like...

Anyway, today I'm giving you the updated version of the "Granny House" and we are going to work the granny square and the roof together, with no interruption in the pattern!


Choose the colour you prefer (I've been really traditional : caramel is my choice, buy you can work with any colour!) and make a slip knot on your hook, slip stitch in the first stitch to form a ring.

first round : chain 2 and work 3 DC into the ring, then chain 3. Repeat (3 DC into ring + chain 3) other 3 times. Slip stitch in top of first DC.

second round : slip stitch in following 2 DC tops and 1 slip stitch in corner. Chain 2 and in same corner : 3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC, chain 1. Repeat (3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC, chain 1) for each corner. Slip stitch in top of first DC.

third round : slip stitch in following 2 DC tops and 1 slip stitch in corner. Chain 2 and in same corner : 3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC, chain 1. In next chain-1 space : 3 DC, chain 1. Repeat [(3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC, chain 1 in each corner) + (3 DC, chain 1 in each chain-1 space)] 3 times.  Slip stitch in top of first DC.

fourth round : slip stitch in following 2 DC tops and 1 slip stitch in corner.  Chain 2 and in the same corner : 3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC, chain 1. In first chain-1 space and in next chain-1 space : 3 DC, chain 1. Repeat (3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC. chain 1) in each corner, while repeat (3 DC, chain 1) for every chain-1 space! Slip stitch in top of first DC.




Above you can see your 4 rounds granny square done !

Now, 2 slip stitches in the tops of the following DC and 1 slip stitch in the first corner on the left ...




... and let's start the ROOF : 





first row : chain 2, work 1 DC, chain 4 and in same corner work 3 DC (see above pics) and chain 1.
Repeat (3 DC in chain-1 space, chain 1) 3 times. Then in corner : work 3 DC, chain 4 and work 1 DC,  TURN

second row : work 4 single crochet (=SC) around last "chain 4" . Chain 3 and repeat (3 DC in chain-1 space, chain 1) 3 times. Work 3 DC in last chain-1 space, but no chain 1 : in fact, work 1 DC in next space. TURN

third row : chain 3 and repeat (3 DC in chain-1 space, chain 1) twice. Work 3 DC in last chain-1 space and 1 DC in last space. TURN

fourth row : chain 3 and in following chain-1 space : 3 DC, chain 1. Work 3 DC in last chain-1 space and 1 DC in last space. TURN

fifth row : chain 3. Work 3 DC in chain-1 space, chain 3 and slip stitch in last space. In this same space you work the chimney : chain 3 and work 3 treble stitches.

Cut yarn, fasten off and sew in ends.




This picture shows you the house made following the "old pattern".

The first picture of this section, instead, shows you the house made following the new instructions !


JOINING CANDY CANES and PEPPERMINT to the gingerbread house




There is not a specific order to follow : you can choose to sew on first the peppermint, then the candy canes, or the candy canes first, then the peppermint .... or 1 candy cane, then peppermint, then second candy cane .... it's up to you, my dears!!! ;oD


I suggest you to sew your candy canes along the sides of the house, using a yarn needle with some yarn (matching the main colours of the candy canes, in my case) and simple stitches.

The peppermint is placed in correspondence of the house' s center. With some yarn matching the main colour (and the help of a yarn needle), pass this yarn in the back of the house and make some knots. Done!!

If you look the back of the house, you will notice how neat it is ... !!! ...




.... and in this pic you have even the "icing " on the roof!!!! ;oD


"ICING" on the roof!




Do you know any gingerbread house without icing ??? I think it's quite impossible, right ???

You need different colours to make a happy roof and some patience ....

.... the stitches used (slip stitches and single crochets and picots!) are not difficult to crochet, but it takes some time to do that, as you need to crochet  (1 SC, 1 SC, chain 3 and slip stitch in first chain, 1 SC ) in the top of each shell ..






... and 3 slip stitches along the bottom wraps of each shell ...






I usually start to crochet the first row of icing at the base of first roof row.

You start with slip stitches, which are worked along couples of bottom wraps of each shell. The pictures above are showing these properly, I think !

After the first slip stitches, you work 3 single crochets (+ 1 picot) in the tops of the DC of each shell.

To make all this work easier, please remember to keep the roof folded backward !

The pattern repeats itself along each row, so you can easily manage that, even every next row becomes shorter .... ;oD







.... and to complete this beauty, just cut a lenght of baker's twine to form a loop to hang your ornament anywhere ....






... but if you desire a smaller version of the gingerbread house ???

No worries, because you can crochet a ...


MINI GINGERBREAD HOUSE




This time, you need to crochet a 2 rounds granny square . Once done, slip stitch in the following 2 tops of the DC and 1 slip stitch in the corner.
You can start the roof :

first row : in the same corner : chain 2, 1 DC, chain 4 and 3 DC, chain 1. In the chain-1 space : 3 DC and chain 1. In last corner : 3 DC, chain 4, 1 DC , TURN

second row : 4 slip stitches along previous "chain 4" , then chain 3. In chain-1 space : 3 DC, chain 1. In next chain-1 space : just 3 DC. Work 1 DC in last space, TURN

third row : chain 3 and work 3 DC in chain-1 space. Chain 3 and slip stitch in next space. In this space chain 3 and work 3 DC : chimney done !

Cut yarn, fasten off and sew ends in .


In this specific case. you simply need to sew on a small peppermint, no candy canes needed !!!





... oh yes, what about the icing on the roof ???


Make a slip knot on your hook with a sweet colour (!!!) and starting (from right to left) along the first space of the roof :

3 SC
chain 3
3 SC (along 2nd space)
chain 3
3 SC (along 3rd space)
chain 3
1 SC, chain 3, 1 SC, chain 3, 1 SC, chain 3 (along shell in top of roof)
3 SC (along next space)
3 slip stitches along chimney bottom wraps
3 SC in last space!

Cut yarn, fasten off and sew ends in.


Cut some baker's twine, add a mini bell and knot a loop ....






... not bad, right ?

have fun, xxxx Alessandra




































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