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King’s Day: free crown crochet pattern!

It’s King’s Day this week in the Netherlands, and for that occasion I designed a crown!

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The crown is made up of two parts, and you can crochet the crown in any color you want!

For King’s Day I made the crown in orange, and red-white-and-blue, our National colors. Isn’t it gorgeous?!

My doughter loves it, she wears it every day 🙂

For the pattern description I made the crown again, and this time in yellow-red. Also very Regal colors! The beads makes it look all pretty.

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Do you want to make this crown?

Here’s the link to the UK pattern:

Haakpatroon Kroon UK (101 downloads)

And here’s the link to the USA pattern:

haakpatroon kroon USA (116 downloads)

The pattern is also available in Dutch, via THIS LINK.

Have fun!

 

Crocheted a groceries bag, gave it to my sweet sister

A while ago I saw in the 5th edition of Aan de Haak (a Dutch crocheting magazine) a design of a groceries bag.

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The groceries bag is in the lower left corner of the cover

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Very handy, a (spare) groceries tote, and good for the environment!

It also looks a lot happier than those plastic bags.

I especially liked the bottom and the handles of the bag, I wanted to change the sides. Below you can read what I changed.

The bottom of the bag is made of a big circle of double crochets. As you can see I used yarn with many colors. It is Papatya batik acrylic yarn.

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In the original pattern the sides are made with 7 chainstiches, hooked with a single crochet. This becomes a fishnetted pattern. I replaced this with 5 chain stitches, hooked with a single crochet, and 3 double crochets in each loop in the row above. Then a row with 5 chain stitches, and then another row of 3 double crochets in each loop. Etcetera. The bottom- and top two rows are made with loops of 3 chainstiches instead of 5.

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The handles are made as the pattern describes. The last two rows were crocheted with a matching blue yarn, and the top row is a crab stitch.

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I gave this bag to my sweet sister, she had her birthday last week. I put a few little gifts in the bag.

I’m working on a new pattern, it will be ready for King’s day (hint!). Come back soon!

 

Handlettering challenges: my entries

Handlettering is one of my creative outlets.

Sometimes I find it difficult to come up with things to handletter, so I participate in handlettering challenges on Instagram (you can read more about it in this post). It is fun and it solves my lack of inspiration 🙂

Below you can find my latest entries:

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Accio, a Harry Potter spell. An attempt at brushlettering.
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Take a step. Repeat.
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The O’s are eyes
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I proof-read my work and found lots of mistakes 🙂
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I tried some shading.
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Stippling gives a nice effect
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Mr. Roboto. There also are doodle challenges. I’m not much of a doodler, but I can just manage a robot.
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Another Harry Potter quote. Sneep still loves Lily. Dumbledore says:”After all this time?” Sneep:”Always.”
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So true.
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Star wars! Yoda is my favorite Jedi.
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This quote is from The Wizard of Oz. Practised brushlettering again, it’s quite difficult!
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This one was for easter 🙂
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Recognize the quote? It’s from The Karate Kid. I watched that movie lots of times.

Wow, that was a lot! But then, handlettering challenges are so great to participate in 🙂

As you may have seen I occasionally try brushlettering. Brushlettering is handlettering with a brushpen, a pen with a soft tip. It gives a very pretty result, at least, if you’re good at it. I’m still at a practicing level, it is quite hard to master! If you want to learn more about brushlettering, google and youtube have lots of tips and info (the searchwords are already entered in the link, just click and you will automatically go to the relevant page).

In the meantime I am also working on lots of other things. For example, I just finished a bag I made for my sister. I will show the pictures next time.

Have a nice day!

Gea

dragon and unicorn, once upon a time,…

A while ago we were in a local Dutch Boekenvoordeel store, and saw cute crochet kits of a dragon and a unicorn.

Both kids found them totally awesome and asked if I would crochet these amigurumi for them.

Sure! 🙂

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When I came home, I saw that the yarn in the kits was more wooly than the packet suggests. That was a bit unfortunate. I used a different yarn than the one provided (I used Phildar 3) to get the same smooth look as the picture on the kit.

Here’s the dragon:

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Waah! a dragon!

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He has wings and a pretty red ridge on his back.

And here’s the unicorn:

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The blue sparkly manes and the light blue horn are made with ByClaire yarn. Perhaps it would be better next time to use a smaller hook/thinner yarn on the manes, they are a bit too bulky for my taste.

Both kids are super happy with the amigurumi, so mommy is too!:)

The Wollowbies series are not only available in kits, but also as books. There is an animal version (from which I made this chick) and just recently they launched a fairytale version with these dragon and unicorn in it.  These books are available in Dutch and German and available in various bookstores and yarnshops.

In the meantime I am working on several new projects, when they are finished I will show them here on my blog. If you want to keep track on my progress, you can follow my Instagram account where I regularly show pictures of my ongoing struggles 😉

I wish you well, have a nice day!

All together in one big bundle, with a discount!

In a previous post I showed you my new Etsy designs: a whole lotta new mice silhouettes from the Cinderella movie.

Since yesterdat they are also available in one big mega bundle!

All 14 silhouettes with a 15% discount, that’s more than 2 designs for free!

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These designs are ideal for cutting machines such as the Silhouette Cameo or the Cricut, but also printable files are included so you can also use these designs for a pretty print (on the nursery for example, or as a party invitation!).

Curious? Click on the image, or here: CLICK

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Ten free bunting crochet patterns

As you may know from previous posts, I love bunting!

(you can see here, and here)

The interweb is full of crochetpatterns, including bunting.

In this post I have collected 10 sites with free crochet patterns for making bunting and garlands.

Here you can find the bunting, with the links to the pages.

Enjoy!

 

Happy crafting!

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The new Cinderella mice are online!

As I mentioned in my previous post I was working on new digital files for my Etsy shop, and I am proud to say that lots of new files have been added!

All new files are Cinderella themed, I really like the little mice 🙂

Running around, trying to help “cinderelly” with the key, and Cinderella’s dress, they are so adorable.

These files are a nice addition to the ones I already had in my shop.

Here’s a sample of the files added:

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Every one of these listings on Etsy has an extra picture with a suggestion how to use such an image.

Sorry for the watermarks through the images, unfortunately it is necessary. In the real files no watermark is present of course.

All these digital files are suitable for cutting machines such as the Silhouette Cameo and the Cricut, but there are also PDF and PNG files added, so you also have the option to print the file to make a nice (mini)poster of postcard.

Feel free to take a look!