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Soft Early Fall Beanie

Soft Early Fall Beanie

Soft Early Fall Beanie

 

This beanie is made with the super bulky The Wool yarn from We are knitters.

(Any other bulky yarn could be used instead. Just make sure that the yarn you use is bulky and that the gauge is same as the pattern.)

Before you start, make sure that your yarn and your measurements are correct with the pattern. Start by making a tension swatch to control the gauge, knit using 15 mm needles a swatch and count your stiches. This beanie is knit back and forth using straight needles.

If you have more stitches than the required, then you should knit loosely, or use bigger needles. If you have fewer stitches then knit tighter or use smaller needles.

Remember, that it is ok if the measurements or tension are off a little, that beanie will look lovely anyway. Here is a link to a very good youtuber that can help if you still have problems.

*PDF pattern at the bottom of the page.

Size:

The circumference of the beanie is approx. 50-52 cm, it is quite elastic.

The beanie is knit in the size adult medium, for a larger size, cast on 2 stitches more (34 in total) at the start. For a slouchy beanie, cast on 4 stitches more (36 in total) at the start.

Gauge: 

In a 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inch) square there are:

7 & 1/2 stitches & 9 & 1/2 rows.

What you need:

  • 1 (200 g) The wool from we are knitters. (you will use more than half)
  • 15 mm knitting needles.
  • A yarn sewing needle
  • Scissors

 

Ready? Let’s get started

 

Start

Cast on 32 stitches using any cast on method you like.

(For different sizes, se information under Size.)

Row 1:  * Knit 2, Purl 2 *. Repeat * – * until end of row.

Row 2: * Purl 2, Kit 2*. Repeat * – * until end of row.

Row 3: * Knit 2, Purl 2 *. Repeat * – * until end of row.

Row 4: * Purl 2, Kit 2*. Repeat * – * until end of row.

Row 5: * Knit 2, Purl 2 *. Repeat * – * until end of row.

Row 6: * Purl 2, Kit 2*. Repeat * – * until end of row.

Now you will continue is stockinet stitch, you knit one row, and purl one row.

Uneven rows will be purl, even rows will be knit.

Row 7- 24: Alternate between knit and purl rows.

 

*(For a slouchy hat, knit and purl until you reach 30 rows.)

Once you are happy with the length of your beanie rectangle, you will go on and finish it off and make it into a nice beanie.

Finishing

Cut the yarn at least 3 times the length of your knitting, approx. 90 cm (35 inches). Thread the yarn on the sewing needle and go through all the stitches on the knitting needle. Once all the stitches are of the knitting needle, pull on the yarn to tighten the top of the beanie and make a knot. Now sew through the length of the beanie to close it. Use any sewing method you like. (Click here for a video of a good seamless looking stitch.) When the sides are sewn together, fasten the yarn tail and enjoy.

 

Optional

Add a decorative label, pompom, tag or even a cute button to make your kitting more personal.

PDF pattern:  1 hour beanie pattern

Sun is shining Top from WATG

Sun is shining Top from WATG

Making clothes is very scary for me. I want to make something that can look good on me, but also does not look homemade. I want something fun to work on, but still learn to make something new. So when I bought the Sun is shining top from Wool and the gang I was both excited but also a bit scared.

This post is not sponsored, this kit is something I wanted to make and this is my honest opinion.

 

I just love this label that comes with the kit, but it was hard for me to chose a way to fasten it. So i used a very simple stitch for the corners.

The kit comes with very soft cotton, a pattern, a label, a needle and a crochet hook (if you would like). The yarn was very soft, but I had problem with knots, that were visble in the top, but an e-mail to WATG and some pictures od the knot and they sent new ones.

The pattern had some unclear instructions, but I crochet a test swatch to test the stitch, to test the yarn and the gauge. So that was very helpful.

Overall am very happy with this soft and comfy to. It was perfect to wear over cute dresses and with high waist skirts. The pattern was very quick to work on, the top is made of four parts, a front, a back and two smaller arms. this is a very easy pattern to modify to fit your own preferences. All four parts can be made shorter or longer, but make sure to order more yarn if you want to make yours longer. This soft cotton also comes in many pretty colors.

Unicorns

Unicorns

Since I started to crochet, I have made many cute unicorns. Here are some of my favorite.

A cute mini rainbow unicorn. It was made with Drops yarn in merino wool. The rainbow yarn is hand dyed by me.

Look at that cute belly 🙂
Another cute unicorn. This time with hand dyed merino wool.
Matching the eyes with the bow.
Drops merino wool is perfect when making amigurumi, baby toys or baby clothes. Just look at these pretty colours.
A special order made for a mini human. This unicorn design is cute in all colours.
My first every Unicorn. Unix. This cute and much bigger one was made with bulky wool from Drops and leftover yarn.

 

Crochet Coin Purse

Crochet Coin Purse

The last couple of weeks I have been working on a number of knitted and crochet projects, that I will share soon, but this one is my favorite so far. I ordered this cute metal frame from ebay some weeks ago, and when it arrived, I just had to stop everything and work on it. This simple coin purse is crochet using the sunburst pattern, front and back, these are then joined using simple crochet stitches to create the sides of the purse, it is very quick and easy. I hade a lot of fun working on it, I hope you enjoy this pattern and post.

The basic idea is that you crochet a purse that matches the frame, both the length and the depth. The Sunburst square will be made to match the length of the frame (from side to side). One of the squares will then be worked into a purse by simple crocheting along the three sides, then the second square will be crochet in to close the purse.

What you need:

  • Yarn, any yarn you like
  • Hook that matches your yarn
  • Frame
  • (Optional) thinner yarn to decorate the sides
  •  Needles, both yarn and large sewing needles
  • ( Optional) Fabric
  • Thread

How to do it:

  1. Start by working one sunburst square that is big enough to match the length of the frame (see below for info on how to make the sunburst square). Fasten off and wave in the ends of the yarn.
  2. Make a second square, but do not fasten off, work around the square’s three sides with simple crochet stitches to create the purse. When you reach the edge, chain one, turn the work around and simple crochet back. Do not increase or decrease the number of stitches. Work until the length of the simple crochet part match the depth of the frame when it is opened. (See pictures above).
  3. When the size of the simple crochet part of the purse matches the depth of the frame (when open), fasten the first square to the purse. You could do so by slip stiches around or by sewing using the yarn needel.
  4. Simple crochet around the edge of the purse to give it a clean look, if it is uneven.
  5. (Optional) If you would like the purse to have some lining on the inside, measure the bottom and the sides of the purse. Cut any fabric you like, to fit, remember to cut more that you need. Sew the parts together (right side of the fabric on the inside of the purse) place the fabric purse inside the crochet purse, sew together around the edge.
  6. Place the frame over the opening of the purse, adjust to place it correctly, and sew in the purse to the frame.
  7. Finish the purse by sewing with a nice thin yarn, or the same yarn you used.

 

Sunburst square:

  1. Slip stitch, chain five, joining with a slip stitch in the first chain.
  2. Chain three (double crochet), double crochet around the ring 15 times. Join with slip stitch in the last chain of the chain three at the start.
  3. Chain one, puff stitch. repeat around a total of 16 times. End round by joining with a slip stitch into the first puff stitch.
  4. Chain two, Cluster stitch. Repeat around. End with chain two then a slip stitch into first cluster stitch.
  5. Chain four (treble crochet), two treble crochet in the same space. chain three, three treble crochet in the same space. *three double crochet in the next space. Three half double crochet in the next space. Three double crochet in the next space. Now we will have a corner: three treble crochet followed by chain three, then three more treble crochet.* Repeat *-* twice.
  6. When you have reached the last side of your work. Right after the corner, three double crochet in the next space. Three half double crochet in the next space. Three double crochet in the next space. Work three treble crochet in the same space as the one from the start of the round ( that is a corner) chain three, slip stitch into the chain four from the start of this round.

Now this is how you make a sunburst square, you can make it bigger by working in the same way around, until you are happy with the size. Now, go back to the “How to do it”-part to complete this purse. 🙂

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

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This must be the cutest little thing ever, and it fits perfectly here.

A miniature winter wonderland that is so sweet, cozy and has a Swedish winter feeling. These porcelain houses and trees are to die for, the houses can hold candles inside and the different designs and shades of green and white is the perfect mixture of vintage and modern. The houses and the trees are from “Søstrene grene”, which is a store, if you are not familiar with it, that has a lot of nicknacks, simple furniture and other fun stuff. They had different houses, with candle holders, led-light or without, different shapes and designs to choose from for very good prices. This is not a sponsored post, just letting you know where I got everything.

If you are planing to try this DIY out, and please do because it’s so much fun, you should know that you can use what ever you have at hand. You might already have trees, houses or reindeers at home, use them, use whatever you thing looks best and yours will be more personal and unique. But remember, less is more. I choose to stay in the same color scheme, since I do tend to go crazy when colors are involved, and it turned out great. Don’t forget, you can make this as big, or small as you like, I made a small one, since I only had room on my windowsill. Feel free to adjust this and make it your own. 🙂

*Do not leave lit candles unattended. 


Winter Wonderland 

Preperation time: none       Total time: 20 min

What you need to make this:

  • Mini houses/ a castle/ a shed (whatever makes you happy)
  • Some trees
  • Status ( I used a small Santa and a cute reindeer)
  • Moss (both green and white)
  • Small light & candles
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Everything you need to make this.
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Sooo pretty 🙂

Moss can be found at any large store this time of the year, you could also bring some home from the garden or the woods. But I don’t want to the risk of insects in my house, so I bought both green and white to create some texture and dimension in my mini-land.

How you do it:

  1. Choose where you want to place your miniature land. Remember, it will be hard to move around, so give this some thought before deciding. If you want to have your moss right on the surface of the place you choose, then skip to step 2 now. If you are worried about your surface being ruined, then put down some plastic wrap, baking sheet och even a board on your surface before putting on the moss.
  2. Place the moss on your surface, and break it gently, the moss will be in one piece so when you break it apart a little it will look more like natural grass. By breaking it up, you also make the moss looks like a small hill area, stop when you are happy with the look.
  3. Now place the largest items you have, here I placed the houses, rearrange until you like the look. Make sure that the houses are stable on the moss, especially if you are using candles later.
  4. The trees and any other decoration can be placed now, mix it up a little and don’t forget to put the decorations everywhere, this creates more dimension in your cute little town.
  5. Place you lights now, light them up and rearrange until satisfied.
  6. Final touches, I had some dried flowers and some berries that I just placed and sprinkled over. I can’t say NO to color.
  7. Enjoy 🙂

Comment if you do try this out and tell me how it went, you are welcome to comment if you have any questions or tips 🙂

  More pictures: 

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Sweet, sweet reindeer 🙂