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.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

MAKE IT !!! TWO COLOUR BLOCK RIBBED HAT (adult size) !

 


This is a very quick project and simple, too, because of the yarn weight and the easy repeated stitch (sc in back loops only) from start to end. The ribbed outcome produces a very elastic fabric so that one size fits almost everyone!

WHAT YOU NEED
  • 6mm hook
  • COLOUR TWEED from TEDI (check here), 100g, 163m, 74% acrylic/ 20% wool / 6% viscose : 1 ball in cream (yarn A) and 1 ball in charcoal (yarn B).
  • scissors/tape measure/yarn needle
  • pompom maker (optional) to obtain a 8.5cm diameter pompom
Please be aware I follow the US crochet terminology

Skill level : confident beginner/intermediate

You can use any medium/worsted yarn weight to achieve a similar effect.

So let`s start !!!



PATTERN
With yarn A chain 51.
Your foundation row (= row 1) is made of single crochet (sc) stitches worked inserting the hook under the bump strands to obtain a nice neat edge.
Row 1 (RS) : insert hook under second bump from hook and work your first sc, then sc across till end, turn. [50 sts]
Row 2 (WS) : 1ch, 50 sc in back loops only, turn.
Rows 3-40 : repeat row 2. When working last stitch of row 40 : change colour in last stitch draw to yarn B.
Rows 41-65 : repeat row 2, turn.


In the next row you will join the two long sides of the fabric, to form a tube : turn the panel ready to start row 66 and fold it pulling the bottom edge to the top under the black portion of the fabric 




Row 66 (WS) : insert hook under the top of first sc and under the first st of foundation row and work a slip stitch (= wrap yarn, pull through both sts and loop on hook : done!), repeat to the end of the row, where you fasten off leaving a long tail of yarn (useful for cinching the top of your hat).



Thread the yarn through the needle and pass it in and out along the edge of the tube. When you reach the starting point, pull the yarn tightly and secure the top with some knots. No worries if you get a small hole, because it will be hidden by the pompom !!! Turn the tube inside out. Weave in all ends.

POMPOM

You can wrap one side of the pompom maker with cream yarn and the other side with charcoal, so to have a double colour pompom


or you can use both yarns together to have a free style one, instead 


Trim the excess of yarn to obtain a fluffy and rounded pompom!

BRIM

Fold the bottom edge of the hat to the top, at least 6 cm in length. You can fix it simply stitching a couple of stitches on both sides of the hat!


IMPORTANT

Before folding the rectangle into a tube, you may know that its dimensions are :

36 cm wide (bottom and top) and 40 cm high (sides)

and more precisely :

the first 40 rows form a rectangle with the following measurements :

36 cm wide and 25 cm high

This means that the charcoal part has H = 15 cm

The above information is useful if you are going to use different weights of yarns from the ones I`ve been using, just to have an idea on how you can adapt the pattern if you have to !


Thank you, 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.

Sunday, 3 October 2021

ERRATA CORRIGE : END OF SUMMER BAG

 

During the last couple of days I decided to crochet a new version of my END OF SUMMER BAG (you can buy the pattern here ) and I did notice a couple of oversights....sigh!

Sorry for that!

Here a quick rectification :

Page 7, RND 10 : after the second pattern repeat, you need to add "10 times"as it`s missing...

Page 9, RND 32 : after the comma at the end of first brackets, add "1ch,"

That`s it !!!

Thank you for your understanding,

xxxx Alesssandra

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

MAKE IT!!! The Round Bag !

 On my sketch book, this design started on the 2nd of July 2020 and I think it took just one day to be completed. I`ve tried to submit it a couple of times to crochet magazines, but it was completely ignored!

But I love it, because it`s simple and bold at the same time! My first version was made in blue, the new one is in hot pink : which one do you prefer most? 


The blue version (Turquoise/HH07) starts with a magic circle and you work 6 hDC in the first round. You need two balls in blue and one in steel. The final scallops are made with 7 chains each. The diameter of the bag is 36cm/14.2in . Even the bamboo handles are slightly different from the ones used for the pink bag with a width of 20cm/7.9in .

The given pattern is for the pink version !

YOU NEED

  • knitcraft HUG IT OUT super chunky, 200g/100%acrylic/58m in the following shades : Hot Pink/HH08 , 1 ball and Steel/HH02 , 1 ball 

Be aware that both Hot Pink and Turquoise are discontinued. At the moment in the Hobbycraft stores you can find the following shades : Paprika, Steel, Shell, Duck Blue, Duck Egg Blue, Pink, Mustard and Ruby!

  • 15mm hook
  • scissors/yarn needle
  • bamboo handles, 18cm (W) x 12cm (H) [7.1 x 4.7 in]



Both bag panels reach a diameter of 32cm/12.6in.
Gauge is not important for this project.
Please remember I follow the US crochet terminology.
Skill level : confident beginner/intermediate
The initial 2ch of each round is never considered as a stitch!

PATTERN
Front Panel
Make a slip knot on your hook using the hot pink yarn. Chain 4 and sl st into first chain to form a ring
Round 1 : 2ch, 8hDC into the ring, sl st in top of 2ch [8sts]
Round 2 : 2ch, 2hDC in each stitch, sl st in top of 2ch [16sts]
Round 3 : 2ch, (1hDC, 2hDC in next stitch) 8 times, sl st in top of 2ch [24sts]
Round 4 : 2ch, (2hDC, 2hDC in next stitch) 8 times, sl st in top of 2ch [32sts]
Round 5 : 2ch, (3hDC, 2hDC in next stitch) 8 times, sl st in top of 2ch [40sts]
Round 6 : 2ch, (4hDC, 2hDC in next stitch) 8 times, sl st in top of 2ch [48sts]
Round 7 : 2ch, (5hDC, 2hDC in next stitch) 3 times



Now collect one bamboo handle and work 7DC around it (=5DC, 2DC in next stitch) : you work the first half of the double crochet stitch as usual, while to complete it you incorporate the bottom the handle before the last stitch draw





After the handle is all wrapped, continue the round as : (5HDC, 2hDC in next stitch) 4 times, sl st in top of 2ch [56sts] and fasten off. Weave in all ends.
N.B. : if you need a visualization on how to crochet around a bamboo handle, you can find useful video tutorials on YouTube!



Back Panel
Follow the instructions given for the front panel, but this time use the steel yarn!


 

JOINING and EDGING
Put the pink panel on the top of the steel one (so their WS are facing) and pair the handles on the top.
Using the steel yarn, make a slip knot on the hook and push it under two paired stitches, missing the first three pairs starting from the left of the handles (so you are in the fourth pair of stitches!).



Row 1 : work 43 sc around (you stop 3 couple of stitches before the handles, right side), turn
Row 2 : *5ch, miss two sts, sl st in next st; rep from * to the end, fasten off.
Weave in all ends.

YOU HAVE A BAG !!!!





..you may add a big flower to embellish it !!!




Hope to see some bags soon !!!! Remember you can find me on instagram, too !!! [here]

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.

Thank you, xxxx Alessandra

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

MAKE IT !!! DIAMOND MOTIF EARRINGS and PENDANT !

 Here I am again with a new project for the week : some geometric jewellery!

A very quick make, which needs a little amount of yarn, so you can consider it as a stash buster and it`s a great idea if you need to prepare some precious gifts for Christmas time... Birthdays are perfect, too!!!


YOU NEED :
  • Rowan summerlite dk , 50g, 100%cotton, 130m, in following shades : rouge, linen, plaster,ocean and summer. Obviously, you don`t need to buy this cotton : any dk cotton from your personal stash will do!
  • 3,5mm hook
  • scissors/yarn needle/tape measure
  • earring fish hooks and jump rings/ small amount of waxed cord or similar
  • white glue/brush/foam tile/pins
Skill level : confident beginner/intermediate
Dimensions : 10cm (L) x 6cm (W)
I follow the US crochet terminology!

PATTERN

Make a slip knot on your hook and chain 2.
Row 1(RS): 2sc in 2nd chain from hook, 1ch, turn [2sts]
Row 2: 1sc, 2sc in last st, 1ch, turn [3sts]
Row 3: 2sc, 2sc in last st, 1ch, turn [4sts]
Row 4: 3sc, 2sc in last st, 1ch, turn [5sts]
Row 5: 4sc, 2sc in last st, 1ch, turn [6sts]
Row 6: 5sc, 2sc in last st, 1ch, turn [7sts]
Row 7: 6sc, 2sc in last st, 1ch, turn [8sts]
Row 8: 7sc, 2sc in last st, 1ch, turn [9sts]
Row 9: 8sc, 2sc in last st, 1ch, turn [10sts]
Row 10: 9sc, 2sc in last st, 1ch, turn [11sts]
Row 11 (RS): 10sc, 2sc in last st, 1ch and rotate the triangle down right so to have the left side as your new base to crochet around [12sts]

Row 12 (RS): work 12sc evenly distributed along this side, working the first one in the space between last two sc of row 11 and the last one in the same chain of first sc of row 1, 1ch, turn [12sts] 
Row 13 (WS): 10sc, sc2tog, 1ch, turn [11sts]
Row 14: 9sc, sc2tog, 1ch, turn [10sts]
Row 15: 8sc, sc2tog, 1ch, turn [9sts]
Row 16: 7sc, sc2tog, 1ch, turn [8sts]
Row 17: 6sc, sc2tog, 1ch, turn [7sts]
Row 18: 5sc, sc2tog, 1ch, turn [6sts]
Row 19: 4sc, sc2tog, 1ch, turn [5sts]
Row 20: 3sc, sc2tog, 1ch, turn [4sts]
Row 21: 2sc, sc2tog, 1ch, turn [3sts]
Row 22: 1sc, sc2tog, 1ch, turn [2sts]
Row 23 : sc2tog, fasten off [1st]

Weave in all ends.


In the above picture you see the diamond motif completed, ready to become a piece of jewellery!

You can decide to use just one shade or maybe more... and the results can be so different, as you can see from the next picture



... and you can even have a version with stripes, too 


This last design implies you have to change colour at the end of each row and need to carry the unused yarn, as in tapestry crochet!

To have a couple of earrings, simply crochet two diamonds, then add the jump rings at the top. Before closing the rings attach the fish hooks and they are done!


You can decide to have a necklace, too, so in this case instead of fish hooks, simply knot a waxed cord around the jump ring as in next picture


You can use even some metallic yarn to reach a festive look ...



TIP : maybe you need to stiff each motif before wearing your jewellery pieces. Pin the motifs (WS facing you) on a foam tile. Prepare a solution made of 50% water and 50% white glue. Brush it on the motifs and let them dry completely before use!

... You can even make coasters from this pattern, as you can see..



To have a coaster it`s very simple :
You need to follow the pattern from row 1 to row 23 for the first two triangles [see below pic] as the coaster is an hexagon made out of 6 triangles. The other four triangles are made just following the pattern from row 12 to row 23 four times !!! So you will have to work triangle 3 [see below picture] four times and you start each one after a rotation (as made between triangle 1 to 2) :



As usual, if you make one or two please let me know!!
Thank you, xxxx Ale

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

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

MAKE IT ! The Easy Going Blanket!!!

 


This blanket has a lot of qualities, as
  • it`s easy to crochet
  • it`s a stash buster
  • the size is adaptable
  • no border is needed
  • you can use a lot of colours, just a few or simply one!
This sample was started just before the first lockdown, in February 2019...
i think I`ve completed it in just few days, but I was not convinced... but yesterday I decided to trim the lateral tails and to steam it and... now I love it!!!
I think that was not convincing me were the colours, as I`m not a huge fan of the rainbow effect in general, but I love this blanket as it`s really cheerful!!!
Wanna make one,too ??

WHAT YOU NEED
I had some Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in such an array of colours that the list will be infinite!
If possible, use what you have, don`t buy more yarn! Any aran weight will do!
In specific : my blanket weighs around 1300g and measures 110cm in width x 100cm in height, I think it`s a good size for a baby blanket!

hook size : 5mm

scissors/yarn needle/tape measure/steamer


STICHES and ABBREVIATIONS
Please, remember I follow the US crochet terminology!
chain : ch
slip stitch/es : sl st/s
single crochet : sc
double crochet : DC
fasten off : F.O.
right side : RS
wrong side : WS
DC5tog  (=bobble) : (wrap yarn around hook, insert hook under the ch-2 space, wrap yarn again, pull to the front, wrap yarn, draw through two loops) 5 times [6 loops on hook], wrap yarn, pull through all loops : bobble done! After completing the bobble, always chain one. Look at pic below, right to left.


PATTERN NOTES
The foundation chain is made of repeats of 4 + 5 chains.
You alternate a row of bobbles with a row made with sc and ch-2 spaces. You change colour for each row and each row is worked on the same side [RS].
Gauge/tension it`s not relevant.
Remember to leave long tails, at both start and end, for each row.

PATTERN


Using a 5mm hook, make a foundation chain of 205 chains. [change the length to your liking]
Row 1: insert hook in 6th ch from hook, where you work your 1st sc, (2ch, miss 2, 1sc in next ch) repeat to the end and F.O. [67 spaces]

Row 2: join new colour in first space with a sl st, 2ch, 1bobble in same space, 1ch, [1 bobble in next space, 1ch] till the end, after last bobble no 1ch but 1DC in top of last sc. F.O. [67 bobbles]

Row 3: make a slip knot on your hook with new colour, insert hook in space between initial 2c and bobble to work the first sc, [2ch, miss bobble, 1sc in space between bobbles] repeat to the end, the last sc is worked on top of last DC of previous row. F.O.

Row 4: join new colour with a sl st in top of first sc, 2ch, 1 bobble in ch-2 space, 1ch, [1 bobble in next ch-2 space, 1ch] till end, after last bobble no 1ch but 1DC in top of last sc. F.O.

Repeat Rows 3-4 to the desired length. My blanket is made of 53 bobble rows+53 ch-2 space rows.
The last row (=blanket top) is a ch-2 space row.

FRINGES


Once the blanket has reached the right dimensions, you will have something like the above picture!

You need to knot the tails together, two by two, first one side, then the other.



After all knots are done, you need to trim the tails. I`ve measured 7cm (starting from the knot end) for each couple and cut!


Your blanket is done!!!!!

If needed, steam it (or spray it) to give a neat finish!






Let me know if you are going to make one, too!!!

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.

Thank you, xxxx Ale

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