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Rosy blanket…

About four years ago I made my first blanket ever for my little and at that time just newborn niece. Unfortunately I didn’t have a blog yet so I couldn’t share my work with you. This is why when I heard my colleague was expecting a baby girl and she is now eigth months pregnant, I thought this could be the perfect chance to gift her with something ‘heartmade’ and at the same time to show you one of my favorite patterns for baby blankets.

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Picking up the color for this project was easy. When I saw this beautiful pale pink I couldn’t think of anything more delicate and appropriate to welcome a new baby girl into this world. To make a piece of about 60×80 cm , I have used 6 balls of ‘Baby Supremo’ yarn ( a total amount of 300 gr) which is just as its name says…supreme !!

yarnIt is an antiallergic yarn and washable which is always a plus for mommies and babies who are experimenting their first meals and diapers!! It is incredibly soft and easy to work with. The suggested hook sizes ranged between 3 and 3.5 mm and with no hesitation I went for the biggest one to obtain a softer texture.

blanketIVI love the openwork pattern created by the V stitch, it makes this blanket perfect for babies coming during spring/summer times. I also adore the combination of a clear and simple body pattern with a precious, large and more elaborate edge. I think it really makes this piece unique and sophisticated.

VstitchedgeTo start your own blanket you are going to make a foundation chain multiple of 3+3. I chained 121.

row1 : dc into the 4th chain from the hook, ch 1 and dc into the same stitch. *Skip 1 chain and dc into the next ch. , ch1 and dc into the same stitch*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row when you will make a dc into the last ch.

row2-end : ch 3 and turn your work. *Dc into the next ch 1 space, ch 1 and dc into the same ch 1 space*. Repeat from *to* until the end of the row, then dc into the last stitch.

As you might have seen the pattern for the body of this blanket is very relaxing and easy to follow since there is no counting at all, excepting for the initial foundation chain. On the contrary, for the edge I thought a written pattern would be too complicated, so I decided to post here a chart of it. It basically shows that on a base row of single crochet you are going to work this beautiful arches alternating dc joined together and simple chain stitches. 

patternI am always fascinated by the beauty of this pattern and I hope you will be impressed too. I only regret I didn’t take a picture when I used the same pattern for my niece’s blanket. She was born in June, then I wanted something that matched the brightness and the happiness that only summer times can do and I went for a pale yellow cotton thread. Even then the result was amazing.

blanketWell, now I will be waiting for your own blanket. Try to use this pattern, maybe playing with different colors and materials, use light yarn or thread and share your works with me on my blog and social media : facebook, twitter , google+. I really can’t wait to see them !!!! I wish you a lovely crocheting time and see you to the next post…byeeee!!

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‘Knit-like’ infinity scarf…

Hi my lovely friends, it’ s been a while since my last post , but a lot has happened! As some of you may know, last September I graduated as a civil engineer and I started looking for a job. At the beginning I felt a little discouraged, I used to spend almost my entire days in front of my laptop searching for companies, sending CV and it seemed no one was looking for me. By the way I didn’t give up, I kept looking with a more positive attitude and now I am super excited to tell you that I’ve been working since almost two months!! I am officially a civil engineer in a private company, even if I still didn’t get used to people calling me in this way. I love my job, it makes me travel a lot and every day I can meet new people who can help me growing up personally and professionally. Even if my job makes me very busy and some days really tired, I always have time for my biggest passion, because as they say in one of my favorite movies ‘passion is what keeps us alive’. So today I am here to share with you my last project, which is a ‘knit-like’ crochet infinity scarf.

DSC_1117You know what I think about infinity scarves, I love them, they go with every outfit and enrich also the simplest ones, even a basic white T-shirt with a jeans. To make this infinity scarf I have used 5 skeins of Roby Hobby (it looks like the website is still under construction) yarn in the grey color and my 8 mm crochet hook.

DSC_1051The yarn is incredibly soft and warm, it is the chunky type and you’ll be able to make three rows with each skeins. Be sure to have an enough big yarn needle and then just make yourself comfortable, maybe with a hot cup of tea (considering how freezing is outside ) and enjoy my super easy pattern.

Row 1 : ch 100

DSC_1083Row 2: ch2, hdc in the back loop of the 3rd chain. *Hdc in the back loop of each stitch around*. Repeat ** until the end of the row.

Crocheting in the back loops only, is what will give the knit like look to your scarf.

DSC_1087back loopsRow 3-15: ch 2 and turn your work. *Hdc in the back loop of each stitch around*. Repeat ** until the end of the row.

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DSC_1096Once you have your long ‘rectangle’ just sew the two ends together and you’ve done !!! It couldn’t be easier, am I right? Now twist your scarf twice around your neck and you won’t be able to take it off.

DSC_1132I hope you guys like this pattern, as you have seen it is super easy and super super (other 100 super) quick. Since the yarn is very thick your work will go very fast and you’ll be able to end it in an afternoon if you have a free one. Moreover, since it’s holiday season, you can use this pattern to make scarves as a gift for your dearest friends. They will appreciate it because it didn’t come only from your heart, but also from your hands.

Now after this long talk , it’s time to wish you happy crocheting, happy holiday season and whenever you have any questions, or just want to say ‘hello’ feel free to leave me a comment.

I love all my readers…kiss u

P.S. The movie I was talking about is ‘Dead poets society’ aw *.*

 

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Infinity scarf…

Here comes the fall, my favorite season. It’s the time of the year when the nature acts like a painter and dyes everything around us with thousand perfectly mixed colors. The results are beautiful landscapes of trees no more green, but tinged with yellow, red and orange leaves. The sky is of a very intense blue and you can appreciate more the light and the warmth of the sun. However the days get shorter and when the sun goes down, the wind rising reminds you that winter is just a matter of weeks. With these feelings I decided to crochet a warm scarf to wear during the chilly autumn days. Infinity scarves are my favorites, I love them, they are so versatile and complete your look. I made mine in a cream color, I put it on , went to the park and had fun taking some pictures!

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To make this scarf I used the tropical lane carisma yarn. It’s incredibly soft and it has a lighter shade which mixes to the white cream for a really fine and unique color combination.

What you’ll need:

  • 250 gr of tropical lane charisma yarn, in the color 401
  • 6 mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle

Stitches used :

  • chain stitch (ch)
  • double crochet stitch (dc)

Start chaining 34 + 3 to turn your work.

 Row 1 : 1 dc in the 5th ch from the hook, *ch 1, skip the next stitch and 1 dc in the next one*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

 Row 2-100 : ch 3 and turn your work. *1 dc in the very next ch 1 space, ch 1 , 1 dc in the next ch 1 space *. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

 Sew together the ends of the long rectangle you have to form a big circle. Twist it around your neck and you have now your scarf ready !!!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this pattern. It’s very quick and easy, give it a try and I would love if you want to share your result with me ! See you to the next post…lots of kisses !!!!

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Soft baby blanket…

Hi my lovely friends! Today I have a great news to share with you…In few months I will become an aunt again 🙂 !!! My best friend is expecting a little baby girl (her name will be Chiara) and now that she is at her sixth month of pregnancy there’s absolutely no time to waste. Thanks to my boyfriend I didn’t buy all the purchasable yarn in the store, but I started with this beautiful and delicate lavender color to make a soft and warm blanket.

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I was inspired by this chart I found on the net . It took few hours to understand how it worked, because the instructions are written in Russian, but with a bit of imagination I finally succeeded!

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Well, if you too have a baby girl on the way and want to gift her with something personal and special, make yourself comfortable and follow my ‘row by row’ tutorial.

What you’ll need:

  • 400 gr of yarn for baby items in the color you like
  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • scissors

Stitches used :

  • chain stitch (ch)
  • single crochet stitch (sc)
  • double crochet stitch (dc)

 TIP : Choose always the best for babies! Their skin is very delicate and sensitive so be sure to buy soft and anti-allergic yarn, plus do their mums a favor buying also a washable kind 🙂

 Start making a foundation chain multiple of 7+3 until you reach the desired width for your blanket. Mine was about 24’’ (60 cm) then I chained 154+3 = 157.

 Row 1 : ch 1. Sc in the next 3 stitches from the hook, *ch 4, skip the next 4 stitches and sc in the next 3 stitches*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

 Row 2 : ch 1 and turn your work. *Sc in the next stitch, ch 1, skip one stitch and sc in the next one. 9 dc (fan) in the 4 ch space*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

 Row 3 : ch 1 and turn your work. *Ch 3, 1 dc in the very next ch 1 space. Ch 3, sc in the 4th, 5th , 6th fan stitches*. Repeat from * to * until the last ch one space of the row. Then ch 2 and dc in the last stitch.

 Row 4 : ch 1 and turn your work. Sc in the next 2 ch space. *Ch 4, sc in the ch 3 space. Ch 3 , sc in the next 3 ch space. * Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

 Row 5 : ch 1 and turn your work. Ch 2 (it counts as the first dc) , 4 dc in the same stitch. *Sc in the next 3 ch space , ch 1 and sc in the same 3 ch space. 9 dc in the next 4 ch space*. Repeat from * to * until the last 3 ch space. 5 dc in the last stitch to end the row.

 Row 6 : ch 1 to turn. Sc in the next stitch.* Ch 3, dc in the next ch 1 space. Ch 3 , sc in the 4th 5th 6th fan stitches*. Repeat from * to * until the last ch 1 space of the row. Ch 3 and sc in the last stitch.

Row 7 : ch 1 to turn. Ch 4, sc in the next 3 ch space. *Ch 4, sc in the next 3 ch space. Ch 3 , sc in the next 3 ch space*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.

Row 8 : ch 1 and turn your work. *Sc in the next stitch, ch 1, sc in the 3 ch space. 9 dc in the 4 ch space*. Repeat from * to* unit the end of the row.

Keep repeating the sequence row 3-row 8 until you reach the desired length of your blanket. Mine was about 32’’ (80 cm). Then fasten off your yarn and start making the edge.

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Edging : The original pattern is multiple of 20 chains, but I am too lazy to count and I decided to make it easier 🙂

Row 1 : sc in each stitch around. 3 sc in the corners of your blanket.

Rows 2-7 : ch 3 (it counts as the first dc), 2 dc in the same stitch. Skip one stitch and sc in the next one. Skip one stitch and 3 dc in the next one. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Slip stitch in the third ch.

I also had some yarn left, so I decided to make these cute and warm baby booties. You can find the original pattern in http://besenseless.blogspot.com/ blog. Then I added a little bow for a more personal touch.

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In a magic ring, *ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3 and slip stitch in the very next ch from the hook*. Now you’ve done the first side of your bow. Repeat from * to *for the other side. Cut a long thread of yarn and start wrapping it around the center of your bow. Secure it on the back with a knot. Sew the bows on your booties and that’s it !

I hope you guys like this work. If you are going to make this blanket or if you have already made one using other patterns, feel free to share your pictures with me. I can’t wait to see them! I wish you happy crocheting and see you to the next post! Ciao.. 🙂

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Vintage Ruffles…

Hi my dear friends! It’s sale time here in Italy and I couldn’t miss a tour in my favorite yarn store. Everything was half priced, so what a great chance to buy all the things I liked and even more ! When I saw this ‘crochetable’ polka-dots fabric, it was love at first sight! No way I would have left it in there!! As a vintage style lover, my mind went to 1950s fashion straightaway and I decided to use it like ruffles for a skirt. Here is the final result and believe me, I can’t help running my hands through those ruffles . They are incredibly soft!!!

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Here is the pattern I made up for this work and I can ensure you it’s really easy, quick and beginner friendly (that was my second skirt project ). The final size fits a 3 years old child ( waist circumference of about 55 cm and a total length of 21 cm), but I am gonna give you some tips to customize your size. Well, keep reading and if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment, I’ll answer as soon as I can. Happy crocheting !!!!

What you’ll need :

  • 250 gr of yarn in the color you prefer; I chose the white cream.
  • 3.00 mm crochet hook;
  • 2 balls of dark red dots fabric (400 m)
  • elastic band ;
  • yarn needle;
  • scissors.

Stitches used :

  • chain stitch (ch);
  • single crochet stitch (sc);
  • double crochet stitch (dc);
  • slip stitch (sl st).

The first thing you need to do is to take some measurements. You should define waist circumference, hips width and total length of your project. If you’re crocheting this skirt as a gift and you want to surprise the person who’s gonna receive it, you can find in this post the size table I usually use.

Once you have all your measures, start crocheting a foundation chain as long as the hips width you want to reach. Then, join to the first chain with a slip stitch to form a circle, making sure your work doesn’t twist.

Rounds 1-10 : ch 1 (it counts as the first sc), sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first chain.

 Rounds 11-15 : ch 2 (count as the first dc), 1dc in the back loop of each stitch around. At the end of the row sl st into the second ch.

 Rounds 16 : ch 2, *1 dc in the back loop of the next 13 stitches, 2 dc in the back loop of the 14th stitch (increase)*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row. Then sl st into the second chain.

 Rounds 17-20 : ch 2, 1dc in the back loop of each stitch around. At the end of the row sl st into the second ch.

 Rounds 21: ch 2, *1 dc in the back loop of the next 16 stitches, 2 dc in the back loop of the 17th stitch(increase)*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row. Then sl st into the second chain.

 Rounds 22-26 : ch 2, 1dc in the back loop of each stitch around. At the end of the row sl st into the second ch.

 What’s working in back loop?

As you can see the upper part of the stitch is defined by 2 loops. Working in back loops only, means that you are going to insert your hook underneath the loop on the back to make your stitch.

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How to attach the fabric :

Once you have the ‘body’ of your skirt, you need to attach the fabric. As you can see it comes with big holes in the upper part to be crocheted.

  1. Insert your hook into row 11 from the back, grab the entire fabric and pull it through
  2. In the back of the work, go few stitches over, grab your fabric and pull it through
  3. Sew the fabric to secure
  4. Insert your hook in the front loop of row 11 and in the first hole of your fabric and pull I through.
  5. Insert your hook in the very next front loop and in the second hole of the fabric and pull it through the two loops you have on your hook.
  6. Keep repeating point 5 until the end of the row
  7. Sew the fabric to secure.

 Attach your fabric to rows 11-16-21-26.

I put an elastic band to make the skirt more comfortable to wear. To create the elastic casing, fold the waistband in half and sew all the way around, leaving a 10 cm opening to add the elastic. Cut it to be the length of the waist circumference minus 10 cm. Slide the elastic into the casing, using a pin. Pull it through the loop until you reach the other side where you are going to sew the two ends together. Close the opening left and that’s it!

 I hope you guys enjoy this pattern. I tried to explain step by step what I have done, but if you have any doubts or questions leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help you. Also I will be pleased to see the pictures of your handmade projects using this pattern and the fabric print you chose. Now I can only wish you happy crocheting and keep in touch! Byeeeee.

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Lovely Ruffled Skirt…

My little niece is my favorite model. She is 2 years old and she loves ‘flying skirts’. When I heard it for the first time, my only thought was about how surprising can be a child’s imagination since this is the name she uses for ruffled skirts. Until that moment I never crocheted a skirt, especially a ‘flying one’, but I took up the challenge and tried to make one for her. After three weeks working, here is the final result and judging from her excitement I really can say that the mission was accomplished!

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Here is the pattern I made up for this skirt and if you are a beginner don’t give up! This was my first skirt project too, so let’s get started!!

What you'll need:

  • 250 gr of cotton in the color you prefer. I chose the green mint color.
  • 1.75 mm crochet hook;
  • elastic band ;
  • ribbon;
  • needle;
  • scissors ;

Stitches used :

  • chain stitch (ch);
  • single crochet stitch (sc);
  • double crochet stitch (dc);
  • slip stitch (sl st);

The first thing you need to do is to take some measurements. You should define waist circumference, hips width and the total length of the skirt. If you don’t have the opportunity to take these measures directly from your model this can be the most difficult part. This is why I usually follow this table especially when my project is a gift.

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Once you have all the measures, make a foundation chain long as the hips width you measured or you got from the table (in my case it was 55 cm). Join to the first chain with a slip stitch to form a circle, making sure your work doesn’t twist.

 Rounds 1-12 : ch 1 (it counts as the first sc), sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first chain.

Rounds 13-20 : ch 3 (the first 2 ch count as the first dc), skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch.*Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Sl st into the second ch.

Round 21: ch 3 (the first 2 ch count as the first dc), skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch. *Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch. (repeat 5 times). Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch, ch1, dc in the same stitch*. (first increase). Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Sl st into the second ch.

Rounds 22-28 : ch 3 (the first 2 ch count as the first dc), skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch. *Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Sl st into the second ch.

Round 29: ch 3 (the first 2 ch count as the first dc), skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch. *Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch. (repeat 5 times). Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch, ch1, dc in the same stitch*. (first increase). Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Sl st into the second ch.

Rounds 30-36 : ch 3 (the first 2 ch count as the first dc), skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch. *Ch 1, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.Sl st into the second ch.

For the ruffles I was inspired by the pattern I found on Olga Verenich blog http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/4768064/blog . They will be attached to rounds 13-21-29-36.

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I put an elastic band to make the skirt more comfortable to wear. To create the elastic casing, fold the waistband in half and sew all the way around, leaving a 10 cm opening to add the elastic. Cut it to be the length of the waist circumference minus 10 cm. Slide the elastic into the casing, using a pin. Pull it through the loop until you reach the other side where you are going to sew the two ends together. Close the opening left and you’ve done!

You can leave the skirt like this or you can add some belt loops and embellish them with a ribbon. I also bought a white t-shirt and I sewed two little crocheted butterflies on the collar. And here is the final outfit!

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 Now I can only wish you happy crocheting! I can’t wait to see all the pictures of your handmade skirts and the way you customized them. If you have any questions about the pattern, leave a comment and I’ll be pleased to answer as soon as I can. Keep in touch my dear friends and see you next time!

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