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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Stripy top with fringe – full written pattern

Hello,
I think this stripy top could come in handy all year around - in the summer over a swimsuit, in the winter over a turtleneck. You just need to choose the right material to use for your purpose.
I used soft acrylic anti-peeling yarn “Tulip color” and you can get it here.





I personally like the little fringe on the bottom of the top. It nicely covers all the little imperfections our bodies may suffer from.
The best thing is that is not as time consuming as my pineapple patterns are. You can see the progress is very fast.
You will find the adjustments for smaller or larger sizes within the full written pattern as well.
There are many pictures to help guide you through the crocheting, and supporting the written pattern. I also believe this pattern is suitable for a dedicated beginner as well.

I am providing the pattern for this “Stripy top” for symbolic price only, and you can find it here:


or here:



Have a nice week
Clara

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Never enough pineapple – Pattern

Hi,
First of all I would like to thank to all of you, who brought the following to my attention.
Somebody is using the pictures (my pictures of top I made) that you can see below to advertise “their” pattern.
 Although I understand there is more than one version of explaining how to do one thing, I don’t understand why it should be advertised using my pictures. The person replaced “his/hers” pictures, which were already copied out of some crocheting magazine, with my pictures. And is using my pictures to advertise “their” pattern.
You can understand how upset and disappointed I am.

I made this pattern by myself as you can see on the many pictures inside the actual pattern. They were to help guide you through the crocheting, and supporting the written pattern for this top. You will find that the pictures inside (making the top in progress) are corresponding to advertised main pictures.
I’m adding the charts as well. It may be easier for some to compare it with the written pattern while working.

You can find the pattern for this exact top for a symbolic price only, and you can find it here:


or here:


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For those who like pineapple patterns as much as I do, here is another: 
Elegant pineapple cardigan/vest




I am providing the pattern for this very elegant pineapple cardigan/vest for symbolic price only, and you can find it here:


or here:


Have a nice week
Clara



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Shawl – Full written pattern

Hi,
Autumn is knocking on the door again. So I made for you a pattern for very nice shawl, which will come handy. It is crocheted from connected squares, so you can adjust the size according to your needs.


This time I used ALIZE angora gold simli” - color number 4760. I liked the silver effect of this yarn. You can get this yarn all over the world. But this shawl can be made from any yarn or cotton of your choice. Multi-colored or single colored it will still look great.

There are many pictures to help guide you through the crocheting, and supporting the written pattern for this shawl. I have added charts as well. It may even be helpful with learning to read the charts.
I’m also confident the written pattern is suitable for a dedicated beginner as well.



I am providing the pattern for this Shawl for symbolic price only, and you can find it here:


Have a nice week
Clara

Friday, September 8, 2017

Recycled denim bags

Hi,
As you might know already I really love to make bags and purses. I’m experimenting with combining crocheting and sewing to make some of my bags. You can see these in my earlier posts.
The past few weeks I was working on my first fully sewn bags. I used my favorite material-denim. To be more specific recycled denim, which I’m getting in my favorite charity store. The varieties are endless and it keeps the cost of material reasonably down.
As I mentioned before I only have minimal sewing skills and I –with some (big) help from Google –managed it.
The star shoulder bag you can see right below is measuring: cca 44cm x 37cm(17,6” x 14,8”), handles 50cm(20”).





The fold over bag you can see right below is measuring: cca 35cm x 45cm(14” x 18”), handles 50cm(20”).



I hope you like the bags as much as I do. I would like you to take this post as an encouragement to all of you, who are not professional tailors, and would like to try to sew something for yourself. It can be done with a little bit of dedication. 

Have a nice week
Clara



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Flower/denim bag – free tutorial



Hi,
I didn’t know what to do with all the sorts of quality cotton leftovers I had at home. I’m sure many of us, crocheters, have the same problem. 
Since I really love to make bags and purses, I decided to combine the leftover cotton with denim and try to make some bags bigger and smaller. For the denim parts I used jeans (preferably not stretchy) from charity store.
I understand it may look difficult at first, but I only have minimal sewing skills and I –with some help from Google –managed it. So don’t be scared. Google up how to sew simple bags (there are so many good tutorials on Pinterest for free) and go for it.
I have to admit sewing the first bag took me around nine hours, the second one was ‘’only five hours’’. I know a professional tailor would be probably be crying at the time I used and the fiddling around I did. But I’m very pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The sewing is not absolutely perfect, but it looks clean and professional enough for me.
The only advice I can give you is to make the front/flower part first. That way you can adjust size of the denim parts easily.
The smaller bag you can see right below is measuring: cca 37cm x 36cm(14,8” x 14,4”).
The bigger bag you can see further below is measuring: cca 39cm x 41cm(15,6” x 16,4”).



First you have to make flower squares (30 for small one, 36 for the bigger one). One square is cca 6cm x 6cm (2,4” x 2,4”) if you work with crochet hook G/4mm.
I used a free flower square pattern I found here:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flower-pillow-2 

You can use any flower square as long as you like it. It is your choice. You need to crochet the squares together, I used sc’s.
I made two fully crocheted bags with a similar front some time ago. You can use it as a guide and you will find it here:
http://emmhouse21.blogspot.cz/2015/03/soft-flower-purse.html
http://emmhouse21.blogspot.cz/2016/05/another-pretty-flower-bag-pattern.html




You should have the front crocheted before you start with the sewing. Now sew the back using this crocheted part as a front side.
It is great way to use leftovers and recycled jeans to make a beautiful and eye-catching bag. Color combinations are endless and the price of materials very moderate. I just hope I will get faster with sewing, but they say practice makes perfect. I most certainly hope so because I have got so many ideas for new bag designs.

Have a nice week
Clara

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Refurbished flower/denim bag – free tutorial


Hi,
My little daughter “desperately needed” a new bag. Which girl doesn’t?
I found a suitable denim cross body bag in my local charity store. The only problem was it had some not very nice labels and stickers all over it. I just removed them and properly washed the bag.
I have all sorts of yarn and cotton leftovers. I used them to make the flowers. My daughter made the choice of colors and beads.
And that is what we came up with. I think it looks very cute and the colors are matching to pretty much every shade of pink garment in my daughter wardrobe.


Refurbished denim/flower bag - free tutorial

Size: cca 20cm x cca 20cm (8” x 8”)

You need:
Any yarn or cotton of your choice (I used odd bits of cotton)
A Crochet hook
A Yarn Needle
A Denim bag of your choice (I got mine in charity store)

Terms/Abbreviations: I used US terminology
ch       chain
slst     slip stitch
sc       single stitch
dc       double crochet
st        stitch

Body of the bag:
I just removed all the unwanted labels from the bag and washed it in the machine.

Flowers:
I used a very simple flower I found on the net. I don’t know who came up with the pattern for this flower first. There are so many practically identical free patterns available.
Round 1: MR, ch1, 15sc’s into the ring, slst. into first ch1, don’t turn.
Round 2: *ch2, 2dc’s in each of next two st,, ch2-slst. into next st.,* repeat 4 times, fasten off.

Sew the flowers on the bag the way you would like it or the way you can see it on my bag. I put a flower button in the center of each flower.







































There it is. You should have nice bag now or an inspiration for one at least.
I hope you understand, but if you come up with any problems or difficulties, write to me, and I’ll be more than happy to help.

Have a nice week
Clara

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pineapple top market/shoulder bag – full written pattern

Hi,
After, thanks to all of you, the great success of the previous pattern for “Pineapple Market Bag” from last year, I have come up with another market bag.


This one has got a much more tightly crocheted and stronger bottom. That way you can leave it without lining if you wish.
I added a little pineapple tassels – it makes the bag look even more romantic. They can be used to secure your bag as well.



The pictures are there to help guide you through the crocheting, and supporting the written pattern for this market bag.
I have added a few charts as well. It may even be helpful with learning how to read and use charts as well.

You can adjust the size of the bag or handles to suite your needs. I feel confident that the written pattern is suitable for a dedicated beginner as well.

I am providing the pattern for this very romantic, but practical market/shoulder bag for symbolic price only, and you can find it here:


Have a nice week
Clara