Monday, 29 November 2021

MAKE IT ! PENTA STAR (hanging decoration)!

 Another Christmas decoration for you all !


The original pattern was written at end of March 2018, but I never made a post about it! In December 2019 I printed some copies to gift to the members of my knitting and crochet group here in Edinburgh!
Today I`m releasing an updated version of it!!! Hope you will enjoy it!

WHAT YOU NEED
  • Some chunky yarn : in my basket I found some balls of  Hayfield Bonus Chunky extra value (100 g ball) both in teal (yarn B) and  in red (yarn A) and one ball in each colour is more than enough!
  • Small amount of sparkling yarn : in another basket (!!!) there were some balls of James C. Brett Twinkle fashion DK and I chose some red and some grey to work with!
  • 6mm hook
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • blocking board or foam tiles, pins and water spray bottle
Please, note that I follow the US crochet terminology!

PATTERN
Start with the centre of the star.


Make a slip knot on your hook with your chosen colour (yarn A), 6ch, sl st in 1st chain to form a foundation ring.

Round 1 (RS): 3ch, 1DC, 2ch, (2DC, 2ch) 4 times, sl st in : top of 3ch, in next st and corner space.

Round 2: (3ch, 1DC, 2ch, 2DC) in corner space, (2DC, 2ch, 2DC in next corner) 4 times, sl st in : top of 3ch, in next st and corner space.

Round 3: (3ch, 1DC, 2ch, 2DC) in corner space, 2DC in next space, [(2DC, 2ch, 2DC) in next corner, 2DC in next space] 4 times, sl st in : top of 3ch, in next st and corner space.

Round 4 : (3ch, 1DC, 2ch, 2DC) in corner space, (2DC in next space) twice, [(2DC, 2ch, 2DC) in next corner, (2DC in next space) twice] 4 times, sl st in : top of 3ch, in next st and corner space.

Round 5: (3ch, 1DC, 2ch, 2DC) in corner space, (2DC in next space) 3 times, [(2DC, 2ch, 2DC) in next corner, (2DC in next space) 3 times] 4 times, sl st in : top of 3ch, in next st and corner space. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

It`s time to pick up the other colour (yarn B) to crochet some points for the star !
Each point is crocheted individually, along each side of the pentagon motif.


Row 1 (RS): join yarn B in any space corner with a sl st and (3ch, 1DC) in same corner, (2DC in next space) 5 times, turn.

Row 2 (WS): 3ch and 1DC in first st, miss st, miss space, (2DC in next space) 3 times, miss space, miss st, 2DC in top of 3ch, turn.

Row 3: 3ch and 1DC in first st, miss st, miss space, (2DC in next space) twice, miss space, miss st, 2DC in top of 3ch, turn.

Row4: 3ch and 1DC in first st, miss st, miss apace, 2DC in next space, miss space, miss st, 2DC in top of 3ch, turn.

Row 5: 3ch and 1DC in first st, miss st, miss space, DC2tog (on top of 2DC of previous row), miss space, miss st, 2DC in top of 3ch, turn.

Row 6: 3ch, DC3tog in top of : 2nd st, previous DC2tog and next st, 3ch, sl st in top of 3c, fasten off.

Repeat pattern 4 more times.
Weave in all ends.


EDGING and HANGING LOOP

Work two strands of sparkling yarn held together.
Starting in any star point, join yarn with a sl st and work 2sc around each stitch post (6 rows = 12sc). The same in the bottom "V" between two points : work 2sc. In each point, instead,  work 3DC.

When you reach the starting point, after the last sc, work 2DC, 28ch, sl st in top of the second DC ( the loop is completed), 1DC, sl st in first sc, fasten off . Weave in all ends.


If you like, add a tassel to the bottom of the star : cut 10 pieces of sparkling yarn (at least 40cm each), fold them in half. Pass the loop (with the help of the hook) from front to back and pull the yarn ends through it. Pull tight and trim the excess of yarn.


If needed, pin the star on a blocking board and spray it with water. Let it dry completely before use!



Thank you, xxxx Ale

Please, show me your makes on IG using the following hashtag : #homemadeatmyplaceoriginals or  tagging me @alessandrapoggiagliolmi .

Text, Design and Photography : Alessandra Poggiagliolmi
All Rights Reserved. No part of this pattern may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the copyright holder.

Sunday, 21 November 2021

MAKE IT ! The Wrapped Gift Ornament !

 Even this project is an "oldie" of mine, as I posted it on my Instagram feed in January 2019, but it went lost because of the hacking, so ...

It is a good time to re-purpose it with a fresh take, right?




... yes, you can decide to crochet single gifts or make a full Christmas tree ornament : so, let`s start!!!

WHAT YOU NEED
  • leftovers of DK yarn : I`ve been using a selection of Rico Fashion Cotton Metallise` DK for the central part of the granny gift and some spare colours of Bergerac de France Ideal.
  • 4mm hook
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • baker`s twine
  • clear nail polish (to fix knots and ends)
  • blocking board/pins/white glue/small brush and bowl
Please, be aware I follow the US crochet terminology.


WRAPPED GIFT PATTERN
Using any metallic yarn, make a slip knot on your hook, 4ch, sl st in first chain to form a ring.
Round 1 : 3ch, 2DC, 1ch, (3DC, 1ch) 3 times, sl st in initial 3ch, fasten off.
Round 2 : join the new colour with a sl st in any corner, where you work (2ch, 2DC, 1ch, 3DC), (3DC, 1ch, 3DC) in next 3 corners, sl st in top of initial 2ch, fasten off.
Weave in ends.


HANGING LOOP and NICE BOW


Hanging Loop (look at first four pictures of the above collage)
Cut 30cm (or more, or less) from the baker`s twine or from the colourful yarn (same colour of the wrapped gift) and knot together the two ends. With the help of the hook, pass the loop through the top space of the square (front to back) and let the knotted end pass through the loop and pull it tight to keep it in place.

Nice Bow (from fifth picture to last one)
Cut 30/40cm from the metallic yarn (it matches the inner circle of the square) and fold it in half. Pass the loop in the previous top space (from front to back) and push the hanging loop in the centre of it. Pull down the metallic ends so to close the loop around the hanging loop. Now fold both metallic ends to the top, one to the left and one to the right. Let them go around (from back to front) the hanging loop and knot them together once they are to the front. Make a little bow and trim the excess of yarn.
Use the clear nail polish to fix the knot and to stop ends from fraying!

CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT

You can crochet more wrapped gifts and join them together as you go, so to build up a lovely Christmas tree. 


 

In the above pictures you can see both front and back of the tree. I understand that knotting all those bows is time consuming, but think of the people who collect christmas ornaments and love to receive a new one each year... all that work it`s worth it and look how neat the back is!!!
Obviously you can decide to make an ornament without all those bows (just look at the third picture at the beginning of this post!) and it will look really lovely!

HOW TO
After choosing the colour or colours to use for your tree, you need to plan how many gifts your tree needs. My version is made out of  10 wrapped gifts (reaching an H=15cm without trunk, H=18cm with trunk), but you can do a nice one even with less, like 6 wrapped gifts!

I started mine from the top and just followed the given pattern, completing it with both hanging loop and bow.
Then I crocheted the second row of gifts (two squares), then the third row (three gifts) and the fourth row (four gifts).
For each row of gifts I`ve assigned a specific colour (for both metallic and colourful yarns) and joined the gifts (from left to right) using the join-as-you-go method (also known as JAYG) : when working the second round of the square, you use slip stitches to join this square to the one /s surrounding it.


When done with the joining of the last gift, turn the tree upside-down, so to work the trunk.

Trunk
Row 1 (RS): Make a slip knot on your hook and insert it in the top left corner of the first square, where you work your first sc. Then work 1sc in each corner and in each dc top. Your last sc is in the top right corner of the last square. Turn your work.
Row 2 (WS): 1ch, sc across, turn
Row 3: 5ch, insert hook in second chain from hook and work 1sc, work 3 more sc along this mini foundation chain, then sl st in top of first sc of row 2 and sl st in next sc, turn to work 4sc in back loops only (you are starting a ribbed trunk!), turn.
Repeat till you complete row 3 : 1ch, 4sc in back loops only, sl st in sc of row 2, sl st in next one, turn to work 4sc in back loops only, turn
If you like, you can finish the trunk with a line of sl sts along the to-be bottom. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends.

Bows
Cut 30cm lengths from the baker`s twine, as many as you need. With the help of the yarn needle, create an "X" over the hole of the square and bring the ends to the front, where you knot them and make a bow. Cut excess of twine, then brush the clear nail polish over the knot and on the ends of the bow.
Repeat for the other bows.

BLOCKING
Pin your tree on a blocking board/tile, with the WS facing you. Prepare a solution of white glue (50%) and water (50%), mixing them well together. Brush this solution on your tree and let it dry completely before removing it from the board.


Hope you really enjoyed this pattern!!!
Thank you, xxxx Ale

Please, show me your makes on IG using the following hashtag : #homemadeatmyplaceoriginals or  tagging me @alessandrapoggiagliolmi .

Text, Design and Photography : Alessandra Poggiagliolmi
All Rights Reserved. No part of this pattern may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the copyright holder.

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

MAKE IT! Granny Christmas Ornaments (recycling removable bra pads!)!!!

 Oh yes!! All the times I buy a padded bra I collect the pads out : I simply don`t like them ...at all!

So, having a nice collection (both circular and triangular) of pads, I thought I could reuse them in a clever way ... and simple granny motifs gave me the idea to crochet some padded ornaments !!!



If you do the same as me, well maybe you`ll be interested to know  how to crochet these peculiar and squishy ornaments, right?

WHAT YOU NEED
Leftovers of worsted/aran yarn
5mm hook
scissors
yarn needle
couples of removable bra pads, circular or triangular or both
matching sewing thread and needle
stuffing
baker`s twine
colourful beads (diameter : 3cm)
pins (useful when sewing together two pads)

I follow the US crochet terminology.
Please, note that the pads have sizes, so you may need to adapt the given patterns (L and XL sizes) to your own bra removable pads!

I suggest you to weave ends as you go !

PATTERN for GRANNY CIRCLE ORNAMENT

First step : sew together a couple of circular pads and before closing the gap, fill the void with some stuffing. 


Make a slip knot on your hook, 4ch, slip stitch (sl st) in first chain (ch) to form a ring.
Round 1 : 3ch, 11DC, sl st in top of 3ch, fasten off (F.O.).
Round 2 : in any space between DCs : join new colour with a sl st, 1ch, 2DC, 1ch, (2DC, 1ch) in next space 11 times, sl st in top of first DC, F.O.
Round 3 : in any ch-1 space : join new colour with a sl st, 1ch, 3DC, 1ch, (3DC, 1ch) in next ch-1 space 11 times, sl st in top of first DC, F.O.
Round 4 : in any ch-1 space : join new colour with a sl st, 1ch, 2DC, 1ch, 2DC, (2DC, 1ch, 2DC) in next ch-1 space 11 times, sl st in top of first DC, F.O.
Round 5 : in any space between two shells : join new colour with a sl st, 1ch, 3DC, while in the next ch-1 space : 2DC, then (3DC in next space, 2DC in next ch-1 space) 11 times, sl st in top of first DC, F.O.
Work a second circle and stop at end of round 4.


We are going to join the two granny circles together using the join-as-you-method (JAYG) while working the fifth round of the second circle! The joining slip stitches are written in bold!

Start Round 5 (2nd circle) : in any space between two shell : join new colour with a sl st, 1ch, 3DC, collect the 1st circle (WS facing WS of 2nd circle), sl st in space after any 3DC shell of 1st circle, 2DC in next ch-1 space, sl st in space after 2DC of 1st circle and so on...



When you`ve joined together half of the circles, insert the stuffed pads and continue the joining


After completing the last shell (a 2DC one!), sl st in 1st DC of 2nd circle, sl st in corresponding space of 1st circle. Joining is complete!
We add an extra round : 3ch, sl st in next space, 2ch, sl sl in next space, (3ch, sl st in next space, 2ch, sl st in next space) 11 times, F.O.
Weave in ends.


Knot some baker`s twine and add a colourful bead so you have a lovely ornament!


PATTERN for GRANNY TRIANGLE ORNAMENT

First step : sew together a couple of triangular pads and before closing the gap, fill the void with some stuffing. 

You will notice less photos for this pattern, but this is because the process is the same as the previous one : it`s just a change of shape and written pattern!


Make a slip knot on your hook, 4ch, slip stitch (sl st) in first chain (ch) to form a ring.
Round 1 : 3ch, 2DC, 2ch, (3DC, 2ch) twice, sl st in top of 3ch, F.O.
Round 2 : in any corner : join new colour with a sl st, 1ch, 3DC, 2ch, 3DC, 1ch, (3DC, 2ch, 3DC, 1ch) in next corner twice, sl st in top of first DC, F.O.
Round 3 : in any corner : join new colour with a sl st, 1ch, 3DC, 2ch, 3DC, 1ch and in next space : 3DC, 1ch, [(3DC, 2ch, 3DC, 1ch) in corner, (3DC, 1ch) in next space] twice, sl st in top of first DC, F.O.
Round 4 : in any corner : join new colour with a sl st, 1ch, 3DC, 2ch, 3DC, 1ch, and (3DC, 1ch in next space) twice, [(3DC, 2ch, 3DC, 1ch) in corner, (3DC, 1ch in next space) twice] twice, sl st in top of first DC, F.O. 
Round 5 : in any corner : join new colour with a sl st, 1ch, 3DC, 2ch, 3DC, 1ch, and (3DC, 1ch in next space) 3 times, [(3DC, 2ch, 3DC, 1ch) in corner, (3DC, 1ch in next space) 3 times] twice, sl st in top of first DC, F.O.
Round 6 : in any corner : join new colour with a sl st, 1ch, 3DC, 2ch, 3DC, 1ch and (3DC, 1ch in next space) 4 times, [(3DC, 2ch, 3DC, 1ch) in corner, (3DC, 1ch in next space) 4 times] twice, sl st in top of first DC, F.O.

You may notice that in the picture above both rounds 5 and 6 are red : sorry for the confusion! 
Work a second triangle and stop at end of round 5.


We are going to join the two granny triangles together using the join-as-you-method (JAYG) while working the sixth round of the second triangle! The joining slip stitches are written in bold!

Start Round 6 (2nd triangle) : in space before corner : join new colour with a sl st, 2ch, collect the 1st triangle (WS facing WS of 2nd triangle), sl st in space before corner of 1st triangle, in corner : 3DC, sl st in corner of 1st triangle 3DC, sl st in space after corner of first triangle, (3DC in next space, sl st in corresponding space in first triangle) 4 times and so on...
When you`ve joined together 2/3 of the triangles, insert the stuffed pads and continue the joining, and in last space : 2DC, sl st in top of  initial 2ch, so joining is complete!

We add an extra round : 3ch, sl st in next space, (3ch, sl st in next space) all around F.O.
Weave in ends.


Knot some baker`s twine and add a colourful bead so you have a lovely ornament!


In case you are using darker pads as filling for your ornament (like black), try to use darker colours to hide it : it works, as you can see : 


The photo gallery continues 





Hope you love this idea, too! 
xxxx Alessandra

Please, show me your makes on IG using the following hashtag : #homemadeatmyplaceoriginals or  tagging me @alessandrapoggiagliolmi .

Text, Design and Photography : Alessandra Poggiagliolmi
All Rights Reserved. No part of this pattern may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the copyright holder.

Friday, 12 November 2021

MAKE IT ! The Mini&Easy Gingerbread Man

 

The original design for this gingerbread man is from end of  November 2018 and it was posted on my IG feed as a #freecrochetpattern, but that feed has been hacked, so the original post is never to be found!

So yesterday, using the original photos as the following one ...

... I was able to re-write the pattern, so you can enjoy it ... again!!!

WHAT YOU NEED

any DK wool

4mm hook

scissors and yarn needle

baker`s twine

clear nail polish (to block the bow`s knot and to avoid fringing at bow`s ends)

blocking board, pins, fabric stiffening spray

The pattern is written following the US crochet terminology.

Each gingerbread man reaches H=7cm (more or less)

PATTERN

Head

4ch, sl st in first ch to form a ring

Round 1 : 3ch, 11DC, sl st in top of 3ch. Do not fasten off !

Body

12ch, sl st in first chain (first arm done)


20ch, sl st in first chain (first leg done)


20ch, sl st in first chain (second leg done)
12ch, sl st in first chain (second arm done)


Now, sl st into head, next to the joining point of the circle


Your gingerbread man is done and it`s so small you can hold it easily in the palm of your hand 



Weave in all ends.

STIFFENING


Pin your gingerbread man/men on a blocking board, with WS facing you.
Spray the fabric stiffening and let it dry completely before use.
If you don`t have this kind of glue, no worries at all! You can prepare a solution made of 50% water and 50% of white glue. Mix them together in a small bowl and then brush the solution on the back of your little men and let them dry completely!

EMBELLISHIMENTS

You can use some baker`s twine or colourful yarns to knot around the space between head and arms to have a lovely bow. Trim the excess of yarn and use some clear nail polish to fix both knot and ends.


If you like, you may sew some metallic thread around the gingerbread man


or glue some rhinestones to have brilliant eyes, too


USE
I think the sky is the limit, right?
You can use them for : parcel tags, table placeholders, pins, cupcakes toppers, stocking fillers, ornaments, applique`, mini buntings, etc etc etc !

Please, show me your makes on IG using the following hashtag : #homemadeatmyplaceoriginals or  tagging me @alessandrapoggiagliolmi .

Text, Design and Photography : Alessandra Poggiagliolmi
All Rights Reserved. No part of this pattern may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the copyright holder.

Thursday, 14 October 2021

MAKE IT !!! ADD A POMPOM FLOWER TO YOUR HAT!

 

Do you like the idea?

Even if I love to work with colours, when it comes to my clothes and accessories I prefer to go for few shades, as blue, grey or green...not mixing them together!

Anyhow, I like to add that unique detail to make that piece of garment notable!


WHAT YOU NEED
  • two pompom makers in different sizes : 65mm and 45mm
  • some colourful yarn
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • a hat to embellish!
Choose the colours you prefer for the central pompom (the bigger one) and for the 6 petals (smaller ones).


Your pompoms need to have long tails, because they are useful when knotting them to the top of the hat !Trim all the pompoms so to have lovely fluffy rounded ones. 
Once you are happy with the position of the small ones (put under the big one), pick up your flower and with the help of a yarn needle pull all the tails, from the top of the hat to inside.
From the inside, divide the tails in two equivalent groups and make the first knot. Check the top of the hat if the flower is right or if you need to pull tighter. Once you are happy, complete the knotting with a couple of more knots! Then cut the excess of yarn. Your hat is ready!!!










Hope you really like this small and happy idea!
 xxxx Alessandra

Text, Design and Photography : Alessandra Poggiagliolmi
All Rights Reserved. No part of this pattern may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the copyright holder.

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