I finally have another amigurumi tip video posted!
I also call these fingerless gloves. I’ve made a number of these, so in this video I give you my opinion of the free pattern from Lion Brand.
I have a new video book review up! This one combines my love of crochet and jewelry making: Bead Crochet Jewelry: Tools, Tips and and 15 Beautiful Projects
I often think of design ideas when I’m half asleep. Sometimes this can be in the middle of the night when I really should be sleeping, but sometimes it will happen as I’m waking up. This past Sunday morning the latter happened, and lucky for me, I was able to clearly remember my idea instead of having a foggy recollection of it. To make sure I did not let the day get too far gone without having the chance to at least start my jewelry design idea, I pulled out some hemp and glass beads and set them in front of me to see as I sipped my morning cup of tea. This was going to happen!
Soon after breakfast, I located a size B crochet hook, and I got busy. I used about 4 yards of thin purple hemp and slipped on 30 glass beads onto it. Using chain and single crochet stitches, I start creating what I had envisioned a few hours earlier.
Squeee! Serious cuteness ahead……
I will get a chance to briefly see my niece and her hubby soon and wanted to give at least the first installment of baby goodies to them, so I managed to crank out this baby afghan (started at the beginning of this month) and a matching bunny stuffie.
I used leftovers to make the bunny. This bunny is a favorite of mine, and I have probably made a half dozen of them already for charity. The pattern (Blair the Bunny) comes from Freshstitches.com. It’s a paid for pattern and definitely worth $5. In fact, she has sales occasionally and I usually stock up on patterns from her her when she has them, so I probably paid less than $5 for this pattern.
The afghan is 32 x 36 inches, and I basically just used 2 different types of yarn and the fan stitch. I may take some time to write up the pattern for this because I really like how it turned out and could see making it again. The finished size is a good baby or even small lapghan size, and it works up very fast.
Here’s the bunny and baby afghan together. Love!
The pattern is a free one from Lion Brand called “All Season Wristers,” and I did modify this a tad. I made the larger size (that starts with 34 chains) and used a size G hook instead of an F. I also just attached yarn to the hole area for the thumb and did around 6 rows of single crochet. For me, that made the thumb part much easier than the instructions provided. Also, because I like to be able to turn down these gloves so that you can have the option of wearing them on the long side, I added about an inch of single crochet at the top of each one.
These are ready to be soaked and blocked, and then I have plans to mail them off to a friend of mine who is yarn worthy. I have a lot of left over yarn from this skein, so I’m toying with the idea of seeing if I can squeeze out another pair. I may even rewind the ball of yarn to see if I can get two even balls and try making them two at a time and see how that goes.
Here is another bead crochet experiment, and I think it turned out pretty well. I used size 10 gold-colored thread (which I think I got at Michael’s), a D crochet hook (3.25mm), and 17 - 10mm lampwork beads (these were made by DD Hess) in shades of purples and garnet. I formed the hook with some brass wire too. This was actually pretty easy to do, so here is a quickie tutorial for you.
Since the holes in these beads are fairly large, just thread the crochet thread through all 17 beads, and push them way down onto the spool of thread.
Row 1: Do the chain stitch until you have about 21 inches worth.
Row 2: Single crochet down the entire chain.
Row 3: Do 10 single crochets, then slide one bead down and up against the last stitch. *Do 5 single crochets, and moved a bead, and repeat from * until you’ve pushed all the beads down. Finish with about 10 (or so) single crochet stitches until you get to the end.
At this point, you should have a few inches on either end that has no beads on it. Fold these over, and stitch the ends against the crocheted material you’ve just made by using a sewing needle threaded with more of the crochet thread.
You can either purchase a prefabricated hook or you can make your own using a little wire. I used 21-gauge brass dead-soft wire to make my hook.