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.
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.
I have been making so many amigurumis lately, so many that I have not had the time to post about them. Right now I have them on my Etsy Shop, both ready made and patterns. However, this post is about the one amigurami that made my want to make my own designs. It is a post that I wrote months ago, but did not post, until now.
“I have been intreseted by these cute amigurumi figurs for som time now, and have given it a try but they did not turn out as good as I hoped. BUT, I have been seeing so many cute and cool crochet Star Wars figurens and could not keep myself from making one for me. Istumbled upon this really sweet pattern by Pilbeam from defectivegeek.com, you can find it here, and I just loved the way it looked. I am a huge Star Wars fan, and I think Padme is a great lead character, so I had to make it.
The pattern was very clear and easy to follow, I made some misstakes so I hade to redo som things, but other than that I thought it was great.
Here is she, a Padmé of my own design
Here is a sweet Padmé in her pretty summer dress 🙂
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
(Optional) thinner yarn to decorate the sides
Needles, both yarn and large sewing needles
( Optional) Fabric
How to do it:
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.
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).
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.
Simple crochet around the edge of the purse to give it a clean look, if it is uneven.
(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.
Place the frame over the opening of the purse, adjust to place it correctly, and sew in the purse to the frame.
Finish the purse by sewing with a nice thin yarn, or the same yarn you used.
Slip stitch, chain five, joining with a slip stitch in the first chain.
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.
Chain one, puff stitch. repeat around a total of 16 times. End round by joining with a slip stitch into the first puff stitch.
Chain two, Cluster stitch. Repeat around. End with chain two then a slip stitch into first cluster stitch.
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.
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. 🙂