Thursday, 30 May 2013

A very easy pattern for a very tiny bag.

I made this tiny bag to keep my earplugs in, to stop them getting separated or dirty. 
It's such a simple pattern, that I wasn't sure if it's worthwhile writing it down, but decided that it could help beginners if I did. So, here it is.

I "made" the yarn, by simply tying small pieces of other yarn together. The finishing result is bumpy, from the knots, so unsuitable for something like socks, where the knots would be felt, but perfectly good for something like this. I love the scrappy look it gives but, of course, you can use whatever yarn you want, with an appropriate hook size.

Crochet skills needed:
To be able to single crochet (I use american terms) and chain.

You will need:
  • Yarn (I used dk/worsted weight)
  • A crochet hook (I used a 4mm one, but just use whatever is suggested for the yarn)
  • A button (The size doesn't matter within reason, as it's easy to adjust the size of the buttonhole)
Start by making a slip knot, then chain until it's the width you want your finished product, then chain one more. I chained 9.

Now, single crochet in the second chain from the hook, then continue single crocheting in every chain along that side. 
When you reach the end, continue around it, and single crochet in every loop on the opposite side. 

Continue single crocheting in every loop until your bag is the desired length. No need to worry about rows, stitch counts,  or shaping; I told you it was easy!

When your work has reached the desired length (mine is 2 inches long), crochet until you're at a side of your work, with your current stitch directly over one of the bottom corners. 

Chain one, turn the work, and crochet back along the just-worked stitches, until you reach the opposite corner. 

Continue repeating like this, until the flap has almost reached the desired length. Now you're going to do the buttonhole. 

Take your button, and hold it infront of your work. Count how many stitches are needed to make the width of the button (erring on the smaller side). For me it was 3.

Count the amount of stitches you are working on the flap, subtract the number from the button, then halve it. I was working 7 stitches, so I subtracted 3, and halved it to 2. 

Chain one, turn, and single crochet that number of stitches. Now, chain for the amount of stitches appropriate for the button (making sure not to chain too tightly). Skip the same amount of stitches as you chained, and continue single crocheting to the other side.

Cut your wool and cast off. Now all you have to do is sew on the button and you're done. Congratulations!

Feel free to ask any questions, and I'd be happy to hear any feedback about the pattern. 
Happy crafting :)

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

What I've been working on.

Here's an update on the projects I've been working on recently (the patterns are available via my ravelry page, and they're all free)

I made my granny this kindle cozy for her birthday, and I love how it turned out. It's even got a tag on, which I made recently! I'm planning on putting them on all handmade gifts I give.

You'll have seen this gloves partly-made in my previous post. I changed the fingers so I can type and use touchscreen devices in them, but otherwise followed the pattern, and they're really cozy and fit well!

Aaand a close-up!

 This is a hat I made my granny a while ago, and have taken it back to add a couple more "rolls" to the end, to make it longer. 

Aand last, but definitely not least.. my May Socks! I absolutely love the pattern, and the yarn (which I can thank my granny for, as it was a present from her), so these are probably my favourite socks so far! They look "crumpled" when off, due to the nature of the pattern, but they're not like that when worn. 
I'm so glad I've been able to use real sock yarn recently, as the resulting socks are just so nice. 
I'm hoping to finish them by the end of the day! But as I've got to go to a doctors appointment, and then recover from said doctors appointment, that may not be possible. 

I haven't been able to work much on my ripple blanket recently, as we've had a bit of a heatwave (for England, anyway), and it's just been impossible to have a thick blanket on my knees while making it. It's a bit colder now though, so maybe I'll make some more when I've finished my socks! 

I hope you've enjoyed my recent rambling posts, as I haven't had the brain power to put together anything more structured or useful.. but I'm still hoping to make a sock darning tutorial at some point, and even post my own (crochet) pattern for fingerless gloves!

Goodbye, and Happy Crafting!