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Chunky laptop sleeve

I bought my new laptop about four years ago, after my first PC, a gift for my 18th birthday, crashed on the floor and was irremediably broken. Since then I promised to treat the new one very carefully, to protect it from bumps and scratches, keep its screen clean and update regularly its software. Unfortunately I can’t help it…when it comes to technology I am everything but careful! I use to carry my laptop in my shopping bag without any sleeve, it tastes all my sandwiches and coffee, the wires of its charger and mouse are always insanely tangled and it is better not to talk about the fingerprints and the dust on the screen! However, I decided to make an effort and try to make our life together less shocking for my device, crocheting a special gift just for ‘him’.

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The pattern for this sleeve is very easy and effortless. After having counted the initial chains all you have to do is keeping crocheting in a round until you reach the total length of your laptop.

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The number of your basic chain depends on the width of your device, for mine, a 13 inch laptop, I had to chain 60 using a 3 mm hook.

row1 : ch1, sc in the next 59 st, 3 sc into the 60th st. Sc on the other side of the initial chains and 3 sc into the last ch. Sl st into the first ch.

At the end of row1 your work should look like an oval shape.

row2 -end : ch1, 2 sc into the next st, *skip 1 st and 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the first ch.

edging : ch1, crab st all the way around. Sl st into the first ch.

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To make my sleeve look more precious I added a nice silver charm. I think it looks very elegant and fine and it matches perfectly the grey color of the yarn.

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Now my laptop is finally ready to be carried around wondering a little bit less about getting bumped. I hope you too like this pattern, it is very easy and relaxing to make. By simply adjusting the basic number of chains this pattern will also work perfectly for other devices like your tablet or smartphone. Give it a try and let me know how it turned out! Happy crocheting my dear and see you to the next post. XX

Crochet headbands…

Headbands are my favorite hair accessories. Whether I want to keep my hair straight down or have fun trying to make some up-dos, adding an headband can totally make the difference. They are such feminine and elegant accessories and let’s be honest…I always feel a bit as a princess when I wear something on my head!!!!

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crochet headbandsFor the “ flower headband” I have used an ivory cotton thread and a 1.5 mm hook. Then I followed this cute lace pattern I found on the net, perfect to have a romantic final look. To make the headband perfectly fit my head I also added an hair elastic to it.lace pattern 1For the “ fan headband” I have used the same tools, but for it I chose a more casual pattern. You can never go wrong with them! This headband looks more classic with its fan stitches , the larger band makes it very comfortable to wear and it looks perfect on everyday hair styles.

lace pattern 2I hope you guys like these patterns. Now it’s your turn, which headband would be more ‘you’? which one would you like to wear? Give it a try and let me know how it turned out!! Happy crocheting dear and lots of kisses for you !!!!

Crochet coin purse pattern…

I have always had a weak for kiss clasps! They remind me of my childhood when my grandma used to open her leather kiss clasped coin purse and gave me money for ice cream or candies. Since then the nice ‘click’ sound of the frame’s opening became for me totally addictive and growing up I couldn’t resist to their romantic and vintage look.

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crochted coin purseAfter having looked around all the craft stores in my hometown and never found it, I finally bought the frame from an online shop on Dawanda.com. I have never used this website before, but my first experience with it was absolutely positive. The shop’s owner, a Portuguese lady was so kind and also helped me in the purchase ( I had some problems with my pay pal account). She has such a great selection of items for your craft projects, that I felt overwhelmed and wanted to buy everything. This bronze curved frame just caught my heart and I thought that it would have been the right combination of romanticism and vintage.

sew on frameThe pattern for this coin purse is very easy and it is worked holding two strands of cotton thread together. I also used two different shades of green color and two different thread thicknesses. This is completely optional, but I like to experiment new techniques and the mix of color and thickness that came out made me very proud!

What you’ll need :

  • 8.5 cm coin purse frame
  • 50 gr of cotton thread in the color you prefer (A)
  • 50 gr of cotton thread thinner than (A) and of a lighter shade (B)
  • 3.5 mm hook
  • needle

Holding (A) and (B) in a magic loop make 6 sc

row1: ch1, 2sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch (12)

row2: ch1, *1sc into the very next st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (18)

row3: ch1, *1sc into the next 2 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (24)

row4: ch1, *1sc into the next 3 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (30)

row5: ch1, *1sc into the next 4 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (36)

row6: ch1, *1sc into the next 5 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (42)

row7: ch1, *1sc into the next 6 st, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first ch. (48)

row8-18: ch1, 1 sc in each st around. At the end of each row sl st into the first ch. (48)

Fasten off the cotton threads

At the end of row 18 your coin purse will look like a little basket 5-6 cm high and that will be the time for the frame to be attached. Open your frame and fit it with the top of the coin purse just crocheted making the holes of the sew-on frame match the stitches beneath. Insert your needle in one stitch and in the hole of the frame.

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crochet coin purse sew on frameKeep holding the coin purse and the frame together and going in and out of both of them. Once you have gone through all the holes this is how your coin purse should look like.

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crochet coin purseI love how cute is this coin purse , I can’t wait to make others using other frames from la mercerie portugaise trying different shapes and patterns. I will update you as soon as I will make them, in the meantime try to make your own little purse and let me know if once you have done it you find less unpleasant to use your coins!!! XX

Crocheted basket…

I never have enough boxes to store all my stuff! This is the reason why my jewelry always ends up into old and smelly shoe boxes, or why I usually threw my make-up into those mysterious drawers that make it magically disappear. Well, this time I decided my new beauty products and perfumes deserved better and I thought about a crocheted basket as the perfect way to keep them all in order and in a nice looking place.

1To make my basket I have used a light pink ball of Zpagetti yarn. It was my first time with this kind of yarn and I felt absolutely enthusiastic about it. Even if it needed a large hook size, crocheting fabric wasn’t hard at all. Since the fabric is very soft and chunky, the work went up really fast and I was able to finish my project in a couple of hours.2

3Here below is the pattern I made up for this project. It is meant for a medium size basket, but you can customize it making it bigger or smaller by simply adding or reducing the initial number of stitches.

What you’ll need:

  • a ball of Zpagetti yarn in the color you prefer
  • 8 mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • scissors

PATTERN

Into a magic loop make 6 sc

row1: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), 1 sc into the same st. 2 sc in each st around. At the end of the row sl st into the first ch. (12 st)

row2: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), 2sc into the next st.* 1 sc into the very next st, 2 sc in the next ones*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the first sc. (18 st)

row3: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), 1 sc into the next st, 2 sc into the next one.* 1 sc in the next two stitches, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the first ch. (24st)

row4: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), 1 sc into the next two st, 2 sc into the next one.* 1 sc in the next three stitches, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the first ch. (30st)

row5: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), 1 sc into the next three st, 2 sc into the next one.* 1 sc in the next four stitches, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the first ch. (36st)

row6: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), 1 sc into the next four st, 2 sc into the next one.* 1 sc in the next five stitches, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the first ch. (42st)

row7: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), 1 sc into the next five st, 2 sc into the next one.* 1 sc in the next six stitches, 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the first ch. (48st)

row8-16: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), 1 sc in each st around. Sl st into the next st at the end of the row. (42 st)

row17 : ch2 (it counts as the first dc), *ch1, skip the very next st and dc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the second ch. (42 st)

I also added a romantic touch weaving a lace ribbon through the double crochet stitches of row 17 and tying a bow at the center of the basket. I absolutely love how delicate it looks! To make my basket look more like a nest I finally made an edging row of crab stitches all the way around.

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5I hope you guys like this pattern. I can think about so many ways you can use these baskets. You can keep your ‘treasures’ inside them or you can fill them with soaps, scented candles, skin care products and make it the perfect gift for a friend !! Have fun with Zpagetti and let me know your impressions and what’s your favorite crochet project to do using this yarn. I love you all and see you to the next post..byeee!!!! XX

Crochet bracelets…

Hello my dear friends, today I am going to share with you the ‘craft attack’ I have been working to, all week long. Being a lot into jewelry lately, I spent the last Sunday thinking and thinking about a nice pattern for some pretty and stylish bracelets and I finally came up with an idea. Have you ever thought about using cord instead of cotton thread to make your crocheted jewelry? Well I did it and I fell absolutely in love with the result!

crochet tube braceletThis cute, half-rigid bangle is worked using the tube spiral technique, which is an effortless pattern consisting on not ending each row with slip stitches but on working them in a continuous way. This means that you won’t be bothered by any stitch counting or markers placing and that will make this technique so ridiculously simple and extremely easy to do.

What you’ll need :

  •  4.5 mm cord of the color you prefer
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • needle
  • scissors
  • charm
  • jump rings

Pattern :

row1 : ch 5, then sl st into the first one

row2-end : sc all the way around

As you can see there’s not so much to say about the pattern. Starting from a 5 chains loop you are going to sc into all the stitches without closing any row. Keep repeating it until you are able to wrap your tube around your wrist comfortable. Once you’ve done join the two ends of your long tube to form a circle and fasten off your cord thread. That’s it!crochet tube braceletsNow have fun  playing with colors, charms (golden or silver ones), materials, dimensions to make your bracelets more personal. I am sure you will do your best in it! Remember that to change the dimension of your tube you only need to increase or decrease the initial chains number if you want your bracelet to look thicker or thiner.foto3

4You can also crochet a tube as long as the half of your wrist size and adding to the other half a chain. Make everything look more precious by adding some charms.

56Well I hope you guys liked this pattern , give those bracelets a try and I am sure once you’ll start you won’t never get enough ! There are so many ways you can customize it and I will look forward to see your pictures as always! I love you all and see you to the next post…bye!!!!

Pineapple earrings…

Usually in this time of the year I like to play with cotton thread to renew my jewelry and accessories. After having looked for some inspirations here and there, the first piece of my spring/summer 2015 collection came out! These pineapple earrings with all their warm shades will look just lovely and trendy during the next sunny days and I can’t wait to wear them!

1To make these earrings you will need :

  • 50 gr of cotton thread in the color you prefer
  • 1.25 mm crochet hook
  • 2 earrings clasps
  • 4 jump rings
  • 2 beads

I was inspired by this video tutorial found on onevirtouswoman channel. I like this girl and the positive energy she transfers. Her patterns are super easy, understandable and I definitely recommend you to give a look at her you tube channel. As you will see, I only made some changes at the beginning of her pattern to the upper part of the earring  through these 3 simple rows.

row1: into a magic loop ch 3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc. *Ch 2, 2 dc * . Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.

row2: ch1 (it counts as the firs sc), sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch.

row3: crab stitch all the way around . Sl st into the first crab stitch.

When your earrings are done, you can leave them as they are and I am sure they will look adorable or you can free all your fantasy and creativity to customize them ! In my case I applied some beads at the bottom to give them just a more shining look. What do you think?

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DSC_1659I hope you girls liked this pattern. If you are a fan of crocheted jewelry please share your passion with me, I always love being inspired by my readers! Also, I can't wait to see how you customized your pineapple earrings and let me know how many pairs you have done since I am sure all your friends are going to love and ask for them! Now the only thing left is wishing you a happy crocheting and we will see soon to the next post…bye XX

Sweet macarons…

DSC_1646This was my third trial with macarons and definitely the best coming out! The first time I tried to make this delicious and nice looking cookies, they ended up straight into the trash. After an entire evening spent measuring, mixing, learning about ‘macaronage’, ‘croutage’ and other ‘age’ french words, I got some sticky, flat, colorless biscuits, which tasted more like a sort of almond chewingum..it was a complete disaster!!! I promised myself to give them another chance and I did it. Few weeks later, with all my enthusiasm and loving heart for those cute, pretty biscuits I made them another time. This time the result was much better, but still they had cracks on the shell and no macaron shape at all.So, abandoned the idea of cooking them for a while, but still in love with these patisserie beauties, I decided to make them following a recipe I know much better and finally I had my soft, colored, well looking macaron..yeahh!!!

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Here are the ingredients :

  • 20 gr of cotton thread in the color you prefer ( to make the shells);
  • a small amount of cotton thread for the cream (you can choose the taste you like more, chocolate, vanilla..) ;
  • 2 mm hook, scissors, a needle (tools);
  • fiberfill;
  • ribbon

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The shell

row1: into a magic loop, make 8 sc. Sl st into the first sc. (8st)

row2: ch1, 2sc in easc stitch around. Sl st into the first ch (16 st)

row3: ch1, *1 sc into the very next st and 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the first ch. (24st)

row4 : ch1, *sc into the next 2 st then 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the first ch. (32st)

row5 : ch1, *sc into the next 3 st then 2 sc into the next one*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row then sl st into the first ch. (40st)

row6 : ch1, sc in each st around. Sl st into the first ch. (40 st)

row7 : ch1, *sc into the next 3 st, 2sc joined together into the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl into the first ch. (32 st)

row8 : ch1, *sc into the next 2 st, 2sc joined together into the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl into the first ch. (24 st)

Repeat this pattern another time to have the second shell of your macaron.

 The cream

Start filling the two shells with the fiberfill. When they look puffy enough, join them making sc into any sc of row8. When you have done, fasten off your thread .

When my macaron was ready, I used it as a charm for my Eiffel Tour keychain. To make everything cuter I tied a small bow into the keychain and here it is! Now it’s your turn ladies, have fun crocheting your macarons, make them in different colors and if you have any tips or secrets to share about the cooked ones, I will be all ears!! I love you all..bye XX

Slouchy beanie…

Looking at my hats collection I then realized I do not have one in a black color. This surprising observation came with the unexpected finding of two balls of black yarn completely new into my yarn storage box. Just coincidence? My mum would probably call it ‘a cosmic mess’ , but anyway I decided to kill two birds with one stone giving to those balls a reason to exist and filling my closet gap 🙂

basco1To make this beret I have used 100 gr of Witico black yarn ( 50% wool, 50% acrylic) and my 3.5 mm crochet hook.

basco2The final size that came out fits an adult head circumference of approximately 54-56 cm. Here below is the pattern I made up for this cute beanie, give it a try and let me know if it is clear enough. Personally I found it a bit difficult writing the pattern in words, but I did my best! However if you are more a ‘chart-type’ I will improvise a drawn pattern! Have fun my loved crocheters and see you to the next post ! XX

row1: in a magic loop ch 3 (it counts as the first dc). *Ch 1, dc into the loop*. Repeat from * to * 13 times (16 stitches). Sl st into the third ch.
row2 : ch 3 (it counts as the first dc), dc into the same stitch. 2 dc into the next stitch. Repeat all the way around until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row3 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 2 dc into the next stitch. *1 dc into the next stitch, 2 dc into the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row4: ch3 (it counts as the first dc). *Ch1, skip the very next stitch, 1dc into the next one, ch1. Dc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row5 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), dc into the ch 1 space and the next stitch, 2dc into the next one. *Dc into the next three stitches, 2dc into the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row6 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), dc into the next three stitches, 2dc into the next one. *Dc into the next four stitches, 2dc into the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row7 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc). [Ch 1, skip the very next stitch, dc into the next one] (2 times). Ch 1 and dc into the very next stitch. *Dc into the next stitch, [ch1, skip the very next stitch] (2 times) , ch 1 aand dc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row, sl st into the third ch.
rows8-9: ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc all the way around. At the end of the row sl st into the third ch.
row10: ch3 (it counts as the first dc), ch1, skip the very next stitch, dc into the next one. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
rows11-12 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc all the way around. At the end of the row sl st into the third ch.
row13 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), [ch1, skip the very next stitch, dc into the next one] (12 times). Ch1, skip the next 2 stitches (decrease) , dc into the next one. Repeat all the way around, then sl st into the third ch.
row14 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc into the next 11 stitches, 2dc joined together into the next ones (decrease). Repeat until the end of the row and then sl st into the third ch.
row15 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc into the next 10 stitches, 2dc joined together into the next ones (decrease). Repeat until the end of the row , then sl st into the third ch.
row16: ch3 (it counts as the first dc), [ch1, skip the very next stitch, dc into the next one] (9 times). Ch1, skip the next 2 stitches (decrease) , dc into the next one. Repeat all the way around, then sl st into the third ch.
row17 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc into the next 8 stitches, 2dc joined together into the next ones (decrease). Repeat until the end of the row , then sl st into the third ch.
row18 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc into the next 7 stitches, 2dc joined together into the next ones (decrease). Repeat until the end of the row , then sl st into the third ch.
row19: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), sc into the next 2 stitches, 2 sc joined together into the next one. Repeat until the end of the row, sl st into the first ch.
row20: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), sc into the next stitch, 2 sc joined together into the next one. Repeat until the end of the row, sl st into the first ch.
rows21-23 : ch1 (it counts as the first sc), sc all the way around. At the end of the row sl st into the first ch.

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