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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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

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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!

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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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Bunting on a cake, with free crochet pattern!

I saw a fun idea on Instagram:

A crocheted bunting on a cake!

And those are exactly the things I like to try, it looks so cute!

You can see the result in the picture below:

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 Isn’t that awesome?!

Bunting on a cake, how festive can you get 🙂

These will look awesome on a (children’s) birthday cake, and the bunting is not difficult to make.

The individual flags are connected with a thread to two wooden skewers, which you poke in the cake.

 Curious about the free pattern?

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bram the bear

Bear Bram has a new home

This is Bram the Bear.

Bram is a bit shy..

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I crocheted him with a pattern from Stip&Haak, and I think he looks great!

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Do you see something there Bram?

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I used Yarn&Colors yarn in the colors white and opaline glass. I used some left-over black for the nose , and the eyes are from a local Boekenvoordeel shop.

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 Meanwhile Bram the Bear has moved to his new owner; baby Niels can cuddle with Bram all day now.

(Beware: this type of eyes can be hazardous to small children)

I’m going to miss you Bram!