Posted in Crochet, Free Patterns, That's Cool, tagged 'n, baby, beginner, cotton, cream, Crochet, dishcloth, free, hat, pattern, scrubbies, show, slide, sugar, tawashi on February 23, 2008 |
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I’ve been making these scrubbies on and off for a while now. The pattern is a no brainer, so it’s a great project for the hands when your mind is occupied. I put all my Lily’ s Sugar and Cream scraps in a little basket with a hook, ready to crochet when I’m on the phone.
These scrubbies are also perfect cotton stash-busters. There’s very little yarn needed, and the pattern is exceptionally easy to modify. Subtracting a few rows or reducing the foundation chains does little to alter the finished product.
I picked up too many stitches to gather together in my first few scrubbies. It’s best to thread through less than half the stitches on the side, otherwise you’re left with an open hole that is difficult to pull closed. This is what happened with the bottom right scrubbie.
The photo mosaic shows my four favorites out of a batch of eight. If you’re interested in the other four, I made a slide show of the complete set over at slide.com.
Another free pattern with a similar design is the baby swirls hat, which is basically a giant scrubbie with only one side cinched together. It’s a great hat for beginning crocheters and makes a cute hat for newborns.
*That’s cool* a random fact
Cottoncan absorb up to 27 times it’s weight in water and the absorbent fibers get stronger when wet.
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Posted in Crochet, tagged 'n, amugurumi, card, Craft, Crochet, doll, Knitting, magazine, making, pattern, patterns, photo, review, rubber, scrapbook, stamps, things, zine on January 18, 2008 |
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There’s a magazine out there called Crafts ‘n Things. Could you believe that they’ve got a collection of crochet patterns tucked between craft sections? This mosaic is just a sampling of the crochet projects included in the February 2008 issue.
The amigurumi doll is titled “Princess Peony”. What a cute name for a doll! As far as I’ve read the arms don’t have wires so they’re probably not poseable as the picture suggests. Even without poseable arms she’s a promising project and comes out at 16″, which is a sizable little crochet creation.
The baby blanket with the delicate shell border would look nice all in one color. The two tone is pretty too, though. As for the quilt, the pattern calls for a vintage doily for each square. I like the idea, but I don’t know if I would tack handmade doilies to a quilt.
The applique bird has nothing to do with crochet, but I liked project with the rick-a-rack edging. Looks like a fairly simple way to spruce up the kitchen towels.
There are tons of projects crammed into the Crafts ’n Things magazine. Along with eleven crochet patterns and one knitting pattern, (can you believe those odds?) there is a mish mash of Martha Stewart-ish crafts. The sections read like this: heartfelt gifts, hooked on crochet, the jewelry box, crafting green, cards*stamps*style, simply quilts, product showcase.
You get cross stitch, wall hangings, photo album bindings, gift basket ideas and much, much more so, even if you aren’t a rubber stamp person, there are plenty of other crafts covered. It was actually nice to see a selection of popular crafts all in one magazine. One downfall of the magazine is there are so many different craft projects there aren’t many articles focused on technique. However, if you’re looking to expand your crafty mind and score a few crochet patterns in the process it’s worth the $5.99 U.S./ $6.99 CAN INT’L, or at least a proper skim in line at the grocery store.
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