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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 (130 downloads)

And here’s the link to the USA pattern:

haakpatroon kroon USA (137 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!

 

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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dragon and unicorn
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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dragon and unicorn

dragon and unicorn

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!

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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!

Chicken and chick, crocheted spring decoration

The weather is so nice at the moment!

Spring is in bloom, the little lambs are jumping around in the meadow, it’s awesome!

(you can probably tell, I love spring)

To get the springtime inside my house too, I wanted to crochet a chicken and a chick.

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chicken and chick, chick and chicken.

The chicken is a free pattern by Stip&Haak (it’s in Dutch, but there are chrochet translations available in the internet. Search for the pattern on the site in “gratis patronen”). There is also a bigger (paid) chicken available on this site, that one is also adorable!

The chicken is about 10 cm high, I used a nr 2,5 crochet hook. The yarn is by Yarn&Colors en Phildar3.

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The chick is from a book called Wollowbies, which is available at multiple locations. It’s a great amigurumi book full of cute animals like this chick, a giraffe, a cow, a pinguin, …

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hello!

I crocheted the chick before I crocheted the chicken, and I used a bigger hook. You can tell by the bigger stitchsize on the chick.

These two are feeling very cozy with the easter bunnies on the table, guarding the chocolate eggs (they are not very good guards, mjom mjom mjom).

A coffeetable of spring fun!

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easter bunnies

two easter bunnies, crochet a cute couple

Easter is coming, just a few weeks to go!

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The chocolate easter eggs are already on the table (nomnomnom), and while eating them I felt like crocheting some easter bunnies!

The pattern is from Wolplein.nl , they have lots of materials to knit and crochet, and there are also free patterns available like these easter bunnies

I used a yarn with a color gradient, which makes every bunny different. I found the colors very Spring-y 🙂

Each bunny consists of a front- and backside which you crochet separately, and then connect with single crochets, en fill.

To match the colors of each bunny as much as possible, I crocheted 1 side of the small bunny after I crocheted 1 side of the big bunny, so that the greenish color would be on again for crocheting the second half of the big bunny. All colors you see came from 1 ball of yarn, but because I crocheted the big and small bunnies alternately, the big bunny has a predominantly green-yellow-pink color, and the small binny a pink-purple-blue appearance.

The pattern also mentions a cross-stitched mouth, but I didn’t feel like doing that.

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The bunnies have a cute pompom on the back, made with the same yarn.

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My daughter said “aawww, cute!”

The easter bunnies are placed now by the empty jar or chocolate eggs  🙂

All ready for Easter!

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Birthday present: Garland! Crocheted bunting with free pattern

A while back my sister-in-law and her son had their birthday.

They have their birthday on the same day, how great is that! That was an awesome birthday present 11 years ago 🙂

For my Sister-in-law I made a little present:

a birthday garland!

I crocheted this garland with a self-designed pattern, the pattern is described below.

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Very merry, lots of bunting to make every room a happy place 🙂

And they are not at all hard to make!

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