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Make your own Needle Point Protectors or Stoppers!

We just shifted to our own place and its been real time-consuming and energy-draining just getting the place set up. If I could knit up a bed, I’d do it in a jiffy.. But since I cant, we just have to stick to sleeping on the floor. Oh and crafting some more possible things.

I didnt have time to get back to blogging and crafting till a few days back. The first order of things was to get a head start on a knitted table runner for the coffee table. And frankly working with it has not been a piece of cake.. Because I noticed that whenever I had to run to the kitchen to attend to something I had left on the stove/oven/sink(with the water running).. which I shouldnt have left unattended in the first place, ahem.. My stitches just magically fall off the needle and I have a hard time getting them back in order.

I googled the solution for this, as usual and found out there was something called Point Protectors. I didnt know they existed till then.

Then I looked for ways I could make them myself instead of spending on it (Domestic life, Chapter 1: Budgeting :/).

1.There were a lot of Ideas like the one with the fabric/leather with an elastic strap.

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It looked great and though I wanted to try it, I was just far too lazy. I wanted something with Instant Gratification. (Bad trait, I admit)

2.There was this other one made with Sugru (Self-setting Rubber)

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The Instructions are here, if youre interested: http://www.instructables.com/id/Sugru-Knitting-Needle-Stoppers/?ALLSTEPS

I didnt think I could find Sugru anywhere. (Translation: I was too lazy to go hunting for it :P)

3.Then  there was the amazing cork idea.

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It was so simple and all my troubles would be over. Except… I had no access to corks, I didnt drink neither did I know anyone who drinks and would happen to have a few dozen corks lying around.. So that idea was out as well.

Anyway I just let it rest and the idea seemed to go away, I was destined to keep losing my stitches and spending an hour gettting it back in order by which time I got fed up of knitting it and stowed it away for another day.

A few days later, out of the blue I had this Idea I could, you know crochet one. But there was the obvious problem of large spaces and the needle jutting out of them (which defeats the whole purpose). Then it hit me I could make the stitches really tight and so there would be no spaces and it would hold its shape as well.

One problem down one more to go.

There was the matter of the Stoppers itself not slipping off the needle. It had to stay on the needle and not fall off with the slightest touch.

I thought of adding an elastic, and since I didnt have an elastic band, what better way to substitute it than with a rubber band. 😀

The first mistake I did was crocheting it top down! I had no way to attach the rubber band to it except cut it then thread it through. Let me tell you, it did not look at all appealing and I was horrified. But since I was at a block and couldnt think of anymore ideas, I used it as it was.

Until today morning. I had an eureka moment and thought, “Why not crochet around the rubber band (which will disguise it) and start from bottom up?”

It worked out wonderfully fine! It took me just 15 mins max and a new stash buster idea was born!

Heres a pic of the finished stopper.

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THINGS YOU WILL NEED: 

  • Rubber bands

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Any size is fine..

  • Crochet hook- small size ( compared to the yarn anyway, like a lace hook or slightly bigger)

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  • Yarn (bigger size than the lace yarn)

STEPS:

Step 1: If its a small rubber band just wrap it around your finger twice (or atleast till its really tight). Since I used the big one, I wrapped it around my finger multiple times.

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Step 2: Gently slip it off your finger, treat it like a magic circle. Slip the yarn into the centre of the ring and make a slip knot. Start crocheting around the rubber band, like you would around a magic circle.

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Step 3: Continue crocheting around tightly. You can go by rounds or just crochet around continuously in a spiral. After you’ve reached a certain height (place your needle in and check) decrease for one round (skip alternate stitches and crochet= decrease). Do a few more rounds and decrease periodically or continue without decreasing. It really doesnt matter, you can shape it however you want.

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Step 4: After you’ve reached the desire height (place in your needles and keep checking for a snug fit) decrease till only 2 stitches are left and bind off.

You can go ahead and make 2 separate ones for both the needles or if you’re like me (Suuuper Lazy :D), just make one for both the needles!

Here is my needle with the work. In case youre wondering what Im working on.. Its a entrelac table runner. I adapted it from a Scarf pattern. 🙂 As you can see, its far from complete… Hopefully it’ll be over soon!

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You know, now that I think about it.. My Needle stopper kinda looks like the one from clovers, the shape and all.. Oh and the colour! What a coincidence 😀

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And as always appreciate your comments and thoughts, do drop in if there are any queries.

Ciao,

Until next time.

Its a’Ringing!

The other day, I was going through Pinterest.. to browse through some crochet and knitting stuff.. Little was I aware that my mom was behind me.. suddenly out of nowhere my mom says, “That’s so pretty, why cant you ever make things like that!”

I turn around, with my jaw hanging open.. Oh my god who are you and what did you do with my crochet-hating, knitting-despising, wool-disliking mom?

In the past all my attempts to make my mom use the little trinkets I’ve made in crochet for her, have gone in vain!! VAIN I TELL YOU!!

(its partly due to the fact that, her expertise is beads.. She can make absolutely anything with beads.. Shes a wiz.. and though I can whip up a thing or two with beads, Im not a bead person -__-  Well, as they say to each their own!)

And then she sees this:

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And goes all awwwww..

Anyway atleast this was a breakthrough.. my mom was finally asking me to crochet something for her!

 

This project was a no-brainer so I finished it in about 20 minutes! The pattern is from here: http://www.crafteandoqueesgerundio.blogspot.com.es/2012/12/patron-campanas-navidenas-pattern.html

The only thing we need to do is make sure the smallest hook is used, so that the stitches are tight and the shape is maintained.

So here it is,

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My mom is planning to use it as a hanging trinket on her bag. (But so far its hanging on a nail on the wall. Story of my life :/)

 

But we just made a slight modification.. She didn’t like the idea of a little jingle hanging from the bell. So we made our own instead with- what else- beads!

If you want the instructions for the bead ball lemme know! I’ll write it out.

Heres the bead in close-up:

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Hope you liked this idea! If you do try it out, I would love to know!

Ciao

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mysterious Afghan Treble Crochet – Part 2

Hey y’all!!

This the continuation of yesterdays post! Lets jump in right away..

We stopped till the 2nd circle..

Lets begin from the third circle.

Step 3: 3rd circle of flowers

Well the third circle is pretty much simple if you understood till the previous step. (Im doing it with a different colour here)

Make 4 chain stitches

F. –then YO twice and insert into the slipstitch (shown in pic) you made previously.

-YO, draw up a loop. You’ll have 4 loops on the hook.

-YO pull through the first 2 loops, 3 loops remain on the hook

-YO again pull through 2 loops again, and you’ll have loops remaining on the hook, leave it as it is

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Repeat it “F” again, it’ll look like the below picture.

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G. Now YO and pull through all the 3 loops. You’ll get a petal.

We have to go through the same procedure to get 3 petals on the same stitch.  (shown below)

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But on the adjacent tip, as shown in the above pic, instead of making 3 petals in one stitch, we make 2 petals.  After that we make a set of 2 petals again in the next one.

In the next one, we make a 3 petal set again.

Shown below:

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And this how it should repeat.

3 petals- 2 petals- 2 petals- 3 petals again

Finally when you come a whole round just slip stitch into the adjacent petal.

You’re third circle is done!!

If you look at your work now, you’ll see that there are 4 sets of 3 petals (shown below)

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These actually make the “corners”, if you want to finish off here.

Step 4: 4th circle (optional)

But if you want to make it bigger then all we do is, start the fourth circle from the slipstitch made at the 3rd circle.

After doing 2 petals, when you come to the points shown (with an arrow in the pic below) which is actually the centre petal of the 3 petal set- do a 4 PETAL set.

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So the repeat will be 4 petals-2 petals- 2 petals- 2 petals- 4 petals again

But I didn’t want it any bigger so I just finished of in the 3rd.

Now you’re bed of roses (or jasmine! :P)  is ready!!

All that’s left is the edging.

Step 5: Edging

 Join in a new color of  yarn anywhere except the “corner” and SC around (depending on the size of the yarn, you have to decide how many SC’s to make, I just did 2).

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To make the corner  more clear:

In the pic below, can you see the gap (marked by the circles)??

That is because I didn’t SC into the corners and just made 2 chain stitches as mentioned in the above pic.. this is what gives a nice Square edge.

Ta Dah!

After completing one row of SC, do another one and another if you wish. Always making a chain stitch at the place of a chain stitch in the corners. ( you may have to increase it from 2 Chains if you make it bigger.. Just see how many works for you.)

Phew!! That was one long pattern tutorial.. but when you do it, its actually so worth it!!

It looks so pretty!! They may be used singly as a coaster or joined with many more pieces like it to create a beautiful throw.

Hope you enjoyed it!! Please let me know in the comments!

And fire away if you have any doubts 🙂

Ciao

 

Heart-Shaped Corner Bookmarks

Hey there!!

My first post is gonna be about this adorable looking Corner Bookmark!

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Actually, I got the heart pattern from here: http://fizule71.blogspot.ae/2013/02/je-libo-valentynske-srdicko.html

And I could pretty much figure out the instructions once Google translated it to English..

Here we go:

Step 1: Make 31 chain stitches and do a slip stitch on the first  chain, making a ring. ( I thought the magic circle would also work, but I was wrong.. the arcs don’t turn out just as nicely.. )

Step 2: Now we work through each stitch of the ring. Basically a chain stitch has 3 different strands. (When we do stitches through it, we have to make sure we grab at least two of the strands.)

Okay so make 3 chain stitches (right after joining with the slip stitch), this is equal to one Double Crochet (DC).Then in the same stitch, make 2 DC’s. That will make it 3 stitches in the same chain stitch. This is actually makes up the right half of the tip of the heart.

Step 3: Make 1 DC each in the next 6 chain stitches. This is the right side of the “V” portion of the heart.

Step 4: Make 2 DC’s each in the next 6 chain stitches, which gives us a total of 12 DC’s. This makes up the right curve of the heart.

Step 5: In the next chain stitch, make 5 Partial  DC’s

And this is how its done:  Wrap the yarn around the needle, insert it into the chain stitch, grab the yarn with the hook and pull through. You’ll have 3 loops on the needle. Now, wrap the yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops, and you’ll end up with 2 loops on the needle. So far, it’s just like a double crochet yes? Well after this is where it becomes a partial; instead of wrapping the yarn over and pulling through the remaining 2 loops, just leave it as it is.

Repeat this 4 more times into the SAME CHAIN-STITCH. After that you’ll end up with 6 loops on the needle, just wrap your yarn over pull through.Make a chain stitch. It gives a sort of  squashed look- which is the pinch portion of the heart.

[Note: you can make seven partial DC’s too and you’ll end up with a more nice deep pinch heart]

After this step of the heart we pretty much have to copy whatever we did till step 5 but in reverse (It’s the mirror image..)

Step 6:   Make 2 DC’s each in the next 6 chain stitches, which gives us a total of 12 DC’s. This makes up the left curve of the heart.

Step 7: Make a DC each in the next 6 chain stitches. This is the left side of the “V” portion of the heart.

Step 8: In the last remaining stitch, make 3 DC’s. Then make a chain stitch and join it (with a slip stitch) to the top loop of the 3 chain stitches we made at the beginning (remember the one which we made to pose as a DC?)

These are the steps to the basic heart, which are pretty as they are. You can just snip off your yarn here and weave in the ends and you’ll end up with this!

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If you’re in the mood for some extra fancy look, you can proceed with the below step without snipping the yarn off.

Step 9: Make 3 chain stitches, skip the first DC and insert into the top of the next DC and make a Single Crochet (SC). Continue this throughout and when you reach the beginning, just slip stitch into the top stitch of the 3 chain stitch.

Snip off your yarn and weave in the ends and VOILA!! You’re done!

The completed heart

But then these were just two cute looking hearts… For no  reason at all I made two of them.. And then in an eureka  moment I just sewed them up at its “V” portion and got a cute little corner bookmark!

Hope you found this post useful! Let me know in the comments.

Also if you want me to make any crochet or knitting patterns and explain, just let me know in the comments below and I guarantee I’ll follow it up!

Guys, I have a confession to make.. As a “technologically” handicapped person I had a hard time dealing with Photoshop.. I made the stupid (not to mention rookie) mistake of not clicking  proper pictures and I fooled myself into thinking I could just touch it up in Photoshop, “Oh, it will be oh-so-easy,”

But then, by the time I was done with one pic I broke into sweats and got panic attacks (Okay, I’m just exaggerating now..)

Anyway, please bear with me for the pictures.. I’ll put up better ones next time!

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to leave your comments!