Sunday, 16 April 2017

DIY Starburst boots.


So here we are again with the granny hexagon post. This time we are joining them to make a boot from them. It's colorful, super easy and super cute. 

We will need 6 granny hexagons and 2 slipper soles to complete this boot. I have already uploaded detailed tutorials for both of them. Click on the pictures below to get to them.



Step 1: Take 3 hexagons and join them in a way as in picture below. 




Step 2: Put this arrangement on the slipper sole and stitch them as shown in picture. the black dotted line joins with the edge of the sole. and the white lines joins together to form the back of the boot.



Step 3: This is how it will look from the side. 1 hexagon will cover the foot and 2 others will cover the ankles.



Step 4: Make a row of single crochet over the rim of the boot and if you wish you can make a string and tie them up when you wear these classy boots.




The final picture.


Leave your comments and tell me what you think about this pattern.
Thank you and keep crocheting.


How to crochet a starburst hexagon

Look at these colors and how wonderful they look together. Spring is already here and this hexagon pattern is bringing in extra positive energy. I'm getting overwhelmed with joy that I'm finally able to upload this beautiful pattern.

I have a video version of this already uploaded on YouTube. Keep scrolling to get to it.



Materials Required:

I used:

3 ply cotton yarn in colors Bright Red, Green, Yolk Yellow,and Sky-blue.
9 g poly hook(3.25 mm aluminium hook)

Stitches Used:

Round one Treble stitch.
Round two Puff stitch.
Round three double crochet.
Round four double crochet.
Round five single crochet.

If you are not a crocheter already you can check it out here. Its super easy.

Steps:


1. Chain 4. Join to make magic ring.

2. Round 1. (Color-Red) Chain 3. Wrap yarn twice on the hook. Going through the magic ring pull yarn through once. you will have 4 loops on the hook. Pull yarn through 2. Pull through 2 again. Pull through last 2. That's one treble complete. Wrap yarn on hook twice again to start a new stitch. Repeat for 16 more times. (total stitch count=18)
Weave in and fasten off the yarn tail.

3. Round 2. (Color-Green)Make a slip knot and join with the red ring just made. Chain 3. Wrap yarn around the hook, insert through the same hole and pull once. Wrap again and pull again. Repeat one more time. [i.e. 3 time in total] You will have 7 loops on the hook. Pull yarn through 6 of them leaving the last one. Now you will be left with 2 loops on the hook. Pull yarn through both of them and chain 1.
This stitch is called puffy stitch.
Repeat this for each hole. you should have 18 puffs by the end of this round. Fasten off and weave in the ends.



4. Round 3. (Color-Yellow)  Make a slip knot and join with the previous round. Chain 3. This round includes only double crochet stitches. Again we will be working in holes rather that stitches. Wrap yarn around the hook, insert through the hole we have joined our yarn with. Work a double crochet stitch but don't complete it. work 2 more double crochets in the same manner, but don't complete any of them. You will have 4 loops from the four double crochet stitches on the hook. Pull yarn through all of them and chain 2. work four double crochet in each of the next holes of this round. Join, fasten off and weave.

5. Round 4. (Color-Blue) Join the blue colored yarn to the previous round. this round is also worked in double crochets. Make 2 complete double crochets in first hole. make 2 more in next. in third hole work 5 double crochets in a single hole. We don't chain in between stitches in this round. The pattern is simple: 2 stitches in one, 2 in next and 5 stitches in 3rd. Repeat for the entire row. By the end of this round we will have 6 edges and 6 vertices.
Join the ends.

6. Round 5. (Color-Blue) We don't fasten off and weave but we continue for the last round. In this round we keep on crocheting single crochets in each previous stitch. when we reach the center of each vertex i.e. the 3rd stitch of the vertex, make 3 single crochet stitches in same stitch. this will make the vertex more detailed and will prevent hexagon from curving.

You can also watch the video for this tutorial on our YouTube channel.



I hope that this tutorial will be helpful to you in your blanket and slipper projects.
leave your comments below and let me know what you think about it.



Friday, 14 April 2017

Benefits of being crafty

We all have our hobbies. The things we indulge in after a long, tiring day at work. Haven't you noticed yet that they are so relaxing? If you don't have any hobby, try to find one for yourself and make it a habit to work on it often.

Whether you are a crocheter, a painter or an embroiderer, being crafty can benefit your mind and body. Research shows that being crafty can have health benefits.

If you have kids than you should encourage kids to be more creative and imaginative as crafts do have so many developmental benefits for children too.




      Keep reading, I have jotted them all.      

1. Reduces Stress.


The repetitive motions of a craft like sewing or knitting can produce a calming effect which is almost equivalent to meditation.

2. Reduces Anxiety.


The anxiety disorders are on rise. Being crafty can help improve the condition of a person suffering from anxiety.  Repetitive and constant motions of crafts develop a rhythm and this rhythm can help people with anxiety disorders.
 
Knitting therapist Betsan Corkhill surveyed 3454 knitters and more than half of them said they felt very happy after knitting. Many of them stated that they knitted specifically for relaxation and stress relief, and those who knitted more frequently reported more mental and emotional relief than those who did it less frequently - they reported feeling calmer, happier, less sad, less anxious and more confident.
Source: davidwolfe.com 

3. Improves Problem Solving and Mindfulness. 


Doing stuff together with friends can aid in mind and brain wellness. It improves the capabilities of problem solving and attentiveness. Moreover being crafty helps in development of hand-eye coordination.

4. Sense of Achievement.


Being crafty can also give you a sense of pride and achievement. It can boost ones mood, induce happiness and increases persons self-esteem, patience and perseverance.

5. Helps People with Eating Disorders.


A small study performed in Canada focused on people with Anorexia Nervosa. Many of these women were given free knitting lessons and a research was conducted that showed [and many of them agreed] that taking lessons reduced their fears of eating.


6. Prevents Your Brain From Ageing Quicker.


This may seem weird but when we are being creative, our brains release dopamine, which is natural anti-depressant. Studies shows that crafting activities help in delaying brain aging by reducing stress and improving mindfulness. Creative activities even help in alleviating depression.

7.  Has developmental benefits for children.


Developing creativity in children provides a stable foundation for future learning. Helps children with their confidence and self-esteem. Its something that they don't have to about grades and can express themselves in best possible manner.

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi said this during a TED talk in 2004
" When we are involved in creativity we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life. You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. you forget yourself. you feel part of something larger."
Source: countryliving.com

As a child I have always been into crafts. As an adult I blog about them. I can tell you by personal experience that, it works. I have too many hobbies and I enjoy each one of them. As a matter of fact I never get bored.  Being bored is not in my dictionary. [Because it is being crafty, always].

Think about something you would love to invest your time into. Maybe it is crocheting, Sketching or even cooking. Doesn't it always make you feel great? Doesn't it de-stress you? Don't you get happy? Well, than what are you thinking? Wanna try crocheting?


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

10 Reasons Why You Should Give Handmade Gifts

Do you have a handmade gift that you treasure? Are you always lost whenever it comes to gifting your friends and family? Do you want to put in a little more love in your gifts? We thought it would be fun to put together the reasons why you should consider giving handmade this year.



1. The person who has everything.

Don't we all have that "hard to shop for" person in our lives. They buy pretty much anything they want to and you remain hanging there wondering what to give them as gift. Well isn't handmade the one that will touch the heart? Remember giving a gift is more about emotions and feelings than what money can buy.

2. You determine the quality.

Well, you are making it so you control the quality.

3. Personalization.

You can create your own personalized gifts in so many different ways by including favorite colors, quotes, patterns..... endless possibilities.

4. Unexpected.

Handmade gifts bring joys, laughter, tears, jaw-dropping expressions and beautiful memories. Isn't the surprise factor worth it.

5. Unique/One of a kind.

Well for your unique people, unique handmade gifts are totally in. Sometimes its good to have something that only you can have, nobody else has it. And that is one thing ladies always shop for-one of a kind thing.

6. Less expensive.

In many cases giving a handmade is less expensive than puchasing a gift. When you purchase something you are usually paying for the time it takes to make them. If you eliminate the time factor than giving out the handmade is much soft on your pocket.

7. Thoughtful.

A handmade bag, a handmade necklace, a painting all need to have been given a thought. It is a great feeling to feel that someone actually  took the time and effort to decide and make something for you. Something that will touch your heart.

8. Do what you love.

Creating something can be therapeutic and so relaxing. It can be a stress buster. Moreover it is an excuse to get away with your busy schedule to do something you love.

9. Gift they will treasure.

Do we even need to explain this. A handmade gift is someones love and you will always remember it and treasure it.

10. Share your talents.

We all are talented in some ways and finishing a creative project gives such sense of accomplishment, right? Seeing someone wear it, use it, display it can give greater satisfaction.

If you know of some other reasons and have some gorgeous handmade gift ideas than share with us.
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Sunday, 5 March 2017

My Spring Inspired cushion

I did this pattern on one cold winter afternoon. I saved it, to share it in spring. I have put some beautiful pink blossoms and some fabric bird applique to decorate it with. It gives such warm and happy vibes. And it looks perfect on my favorite sofa.

Its so easy that even a novice can do.


Materials:

In this pattern I'm using 3 ply cotton yarn in colors sky-blue, baby-pink, mustard, leaf-green and deep-chocolate and cream-white.
Crochet hook of size 9 made of stainless steel.
Fabric bird applique.
Stuffing.
Fabric for back side.
Tapestry needle and thread.

Size:

This pillow is an exact square of size 12 X 12 inches.

Steps:


I chose sky-blue for the base.

Round 1: Chain 63. Start from the 4th stitch from the hook and make a row of plain double crochets. You must have total stitch count of 60.

Note: If you don't know how to crochet you can easily learn it from here. It includes most important stitches for a beginner.

Round 2 - 60: Chain 3. 1 double crochet stitch in each stitch.

The border: Change the color of the yarn to cream-white.

Make a border of single crochets all around.
At the corners make 5 single crochets in each hole.

Branch: Take a deep-chocolate color yarn and using a tapestry needle make a chain stitch on two edges of the blue patch in form of  a branch.

Flowers and leaves: I have already compiled a post regarding the flowers and the leaf in one of my slipper patterns-Click here to get to it.

Birds: To make the little mustard flowers watch this video here.

Just like me you too can use a little colorful bird applique to compliment the cushion.
I have done a separate post to show how it is done step wise.

The back of the pillow:

Either crochet another patch of blue or use a fabric of your choice.
Stitch it (whatever is your choice) to your patch from 3 and half sides. Stuff it. And after all the stuffing is done Sew the remaining half of the 4th side of your pillow to complete it.



Update: If you want to increase the size of the cushion than add the number of stitches in the initial chain. The number of stitches depend upon the size you want to take.
Also you must increase the number of rows too to the number of stitches.

e.g. If you increased the number of stitches in chain to 70 i.e. 10 more than what we have made, than you must also increase the number of rows to 70 instead of keeping that to 60. This will ensure you have a perfect square.

Moreover the size of cushion will depend upon the thickness and type of yarn and hook used. This pattern will remain same of all types, although number of stitches may vary. 

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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Comfy Crochet Moccasins

Finally this shoe pattern is done and I can't believe i'm writing it at last and sharing with my beautiful readers.



So grab your crochet supplies and work rounds and rounds of crochet stitches with me.

Materials Required:

Crochet Hook( size 9 )
8 ply Nylon Yarn
Cotton Yarn
Tapestry needle
Ribbon

Level:

Intermediate

This shoes is made in 3 parts.
1. Sole.
2. Body.
3. Upper Patch.

We will begin with the sole.

> Sole:

I have already made a tutorial for the crochet sole pattern that can be used in any slipper pattern with sole.

> Body:


Steps:

Round 1: Don't start from top but just few stitches below where the toe begins (probably 10 or more). Start with single crochet and stitch through the front portion of the sole, do so for 49 stitches so that you reach the area where ankle area begins. (refer to picture below)

Make next 5 stitches in half double crochet and after that continue in double crochet for 24 stitches.
Make next 5 stitches again in half double crochet and continue with single crochet stitches till you reach the end. Join with the first stitch.

Lets recapitulate: We begin with 49 single crochet stitches, 5 half double, 24 double, 5 half double and 9 to 13 single crochets to complete the row.

         




Round 2 and 3 : 49 half double crochet stitches. 34 double crochet stitches. 9 to 13 half double crochet stitches. Join.

Round 4: 5 single crochets. 2 decrements.
In toe area, 2 single crochet, 1 decrease (* repeat 5 times).
2 decrements, single crochet up to 49th stitch.
5 half double, 24 double, 5 half double and 9 to 13 single crochets to complete the row.

Round 5: 39 half double crochets, 2 decrements. 24 double crochets, 2 decrements. Join to complete the row.



We make decrements and use different height stitches (in same row) so as to make the shoe comfy and snug. It also gives shoe a required shape.

> Upper Patch:


This is done in single crochet only.

Round 1: Chain 19.
Round 2: Single crochet in each stitch.
Round 3: Skip first stitch work from next stitch. Increment 1 in last stitch.
Round 4: Work from the first stitch in all stitches.
Round 5: Skip first stitch work from next stitch. Increment 1 in last stitch.
Round 6 to 9: Repeat steps of round 4 and 5 till 9th row.

Round 10: Skip first stitch work from next stitch. Increment 1 in last stitch.
Round 11: Work from the first stitch in all stitches.
Round 12 to 18: Repeat steps of round 10 and 11 till 18th row.

Make a row of single crochet on all sides to make them even.

Join the upper patch to the body of the shoe using tapestry needle and yarn end. Fold the upper patch from the side with two ends and join at the edges.

Joining the string or laces:

Take the lace or string you want to use and insert it through the holes of crochet stitches of the body, taking the ends out from the upper patch right in the center. Make a knot.





Wear it, Flaunt it.







Easy slipper soles

World is flooded with the design inspirations for the slipper or shoes you could make and most of them are required to have a separate sole. This post is about one such easy slipper sole that can be done in crocheting. You can work any kind of slipper on these crochet soles and adjust stitches according to your yarn type and hook size.


If you are good at knitting, a simple garter stitch patch like this would also do.

Materials Required:

Crochet Hook( size 9 )
8 ply Nylon Yarn. (I'm using 2 strands of yarn to make sole thicker and stiffer.)

Level:

Beginner.

Steps:


Round 1: Chain 11, skip the first two stitches and begin from the 3rd one from the hook. start double crochet and you must have 9 stitches by the end of round 1.

Round 2: Chain 2, Make 9 double crochet stitches over the previous round of 9 stitches.

Round 3: Chain 2, make 4 double crochets and in 5th stitch increment one stitch. Continue in double crochet for the rest of the row. (total stitches =10)

Round 4: Chain 2, Double crochet in each stitch.

Round 5: Chain 2, Make one increment in the first stitch and the last stitch of the row. (total stitches= 12)



Round 6 - 10: Chain 2, double crochet in each stitch. (stitch count will remain 12)

Round 11: Chain 2, make 6 double crochets and in 7th stitch increment one stitch. Continue in double crochet for the rest of the row. (total stitches =13)

Round 12: Chain 2, Double crochet in each stitch.

Round 13: Chain 2, Make one increment in the first stitch and the last stitch of the row. (total stitches= 15)



Round 14 - 24: Chain 2, double crochet in each stitch. (stitch count will remain 15)

Round 25: Chain 2, Make one decrement in first and last stitch of the row. (total stitches=13)



Round 26: Chain 2, Make one decrement in first and last stitch of the row. (total stitches=11)

Round 27: Make a row of single crochet stitch all around the patch to smooth out the edges.

Fasten off and weave in the end.


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Crochet Peacock Feather

Motley, Magnetic and a Mascot feather. Did I say just too much? But, that's what I think about it.
Today's post is about a lovely Peacock feather.  I made it just for fun and now I'm making key hangers and bookmarks with it. And since it looks like little colorful dream catcher I can hang it around it as well.


Skill:

Beginner

Materials:

Yarn of 6 different colors. (Probably black, blue, yellow, rust, green and a gradient green)
Crochet hook(size: 9G pony hook)

Steps:


Round 1. Make a magic ring and 8 double crochet stitches in it with the black color. Change the color to blue and add two more stitches in the magic ring of blue color.
Hence total stitches in magic ring is 10.

Round 2. Make 2 half double crochet stitches in each stitch till you reach the 8th stitch. Make 1 double crochet stitch, Chain 1, make another double crochet stitch in the same stitch ( a lil hole is made) and continue in half double crochet stitch for the full round.

Round 3. Change color to yellow. Make 2 half double crochet stitches in each stitch. when you reach the hole of the above round make 1 double crochet stitch in the hole. chain 1. make another one in the same hole. continue with the half double crochet stitches.



Round 4. Change color to rust. ( I used a beautiful gradient rust) Make 2 half double crochet stitches in one stitch and 1 in next. continue for the entire round. When you reach the Double crochets of underlying row, Make a similar double crochets for your current row.

Round 5. Change color to green. This round is done in single crochet stitch. Make 2 single crochet stitches in one stitch, 1 single crochet in next, 1 more in next. Repeat for the entire round. When you reach the Double crochets of underlying row, Make a similar double crochets for your current row.




Round 6. Take a different colored yarn. I used a green and blue gradient yarn. Cut 15 strands of equal lengths and tie them at the bottom side of the rim of the feather.




I used it as a bookmark.


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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Little Crochet Flowers

These little lovelies are too adorable. A sweet way to adore your crochet projects. In this tutorial we will be making these. They have the diameter of 1 inch approx. I have used such flowers in numerous projects and I completely love these. My favorite actually.



You will require worsted yarn and size II hook.
Time required : 5 mins max.

Watch the video:



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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Crochet slipper pattern (adult size) Video

We have finally, successfully made this video, with love, for our lovely people. It is a simple bootie pattern for the beginners to get started. We think its the easiest one out there. It is the video version of the patterns we have already shared.




This is our first video and we hope you like it.

We have used the cotton yarn and a small size(ii) aluminium hook for this pattern.

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Owl Mitts and Boots Pattern (kids aged 8 to 10 yrs)

Owls and Owls and Owls coming through. Haha! I'm falling in love with these over and over again. Oh, those cute big eyes and that gradient yarn and look how they are basking in sun.



Grab your crochet hook and favorite yarn, we are going to make these today for kids we love.

Difficulty level: 

Beginner

Kids age group: 

8 to 10 years.

Time taken for entire project: 

3 hours or more.

I used:

Chunky cotton yarn. (Galaxy green, rust, white, black)
hook sized 9.
Tapestry needle and thread.

I tutorial will include a pattern for bellies, gloves, eyes and noses and a string.
I'm assuming you know crocheting and if you don't know than read this post before you proceed.

Let's begin:

1. The Boots.


Steps: 
Round 1. Make a magic ring.
Round 2. Make 12 double crochet stitches in the ring.
Round 3. Make 2 double crochet stitches in each stitch. you will have total stitch count of 24.
Round 4: Double crochet 2, increment one double crochet stitch. Repeat.
Round 5 to 9. One double crochet in each stitch.
Round 10 to 25. Make a double crochet stitch on only16 stitches. Repeat for next rows.

Fold the edge from outwards and sew the ends together.
Now make a round of double crochet on the rim of the bellies just made to make it even.



2. The Gloves.


Steps:
Round 1. Make a chain of 27 stitches. Join the ends.
Round 2 to 4. Chain 3 and make a double crochet stitch in each stitch below. Join again.
Round 5. Make double crochet stitch in each stitch except last two. when you reach 25th stitch make a chain of 8. join with the other end of the round to complete it.. This is a space left out for the thumb.
Round 6 to 7. Make a double crochet stitch in each stitch including chain stitches.
Round 8. Decrease 2 stitches in this round below the thumb area, so that the thumb has now only 6 stitches instead of 8.
Round 9. Decrease 2 more stitches in the thumb area so that the total stitches equal to 4 in thumb region. But continue without any alteration around other part of the gloves.
Round 10 to 13. Make the double crochet in each stitch.
Round 14. Make a round of single crochet stitches.


Done.

The Eyes.


Steps:
Round 1. Make the magic ring from black yarn and a smaller size hook.
Round 2. Make 10 half double crochet stitches in the hole.
Round 3. Pick up the white yarn and make the round of half double crochets , 2 stitches in each underlying stitches.

Pick a piece of white yarn and insert it across the black region to for the shine in eye.


The Nose.


Steps:
Round 1. Chain 3.
Round 2. Make 3 double crochets in each stitch.
Round 3. Decrease the three stitches together. chain 1 and done.

The String.


Steps:
Round 1. Chain 80.
Round 2. Make slip stitch in each stitch.



Assemble every thing using tapestry needle and thread.


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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Up-cycle an old phone case.

Smart phones. Trendy covers. Glitter and holo. That's what we want!

If a smart phone is expensive so is its cover. We don't need to be some artists to make one cute trendy Phone case. Hence, we tried a simple Diy to upgrade a cheap, transparent plastic Phone cover into a little glitter.


Its cute, useful and we can make many of them with variety of designs and colors and change them often.

You will need:

Ordinary Tape.
Paper cutter.
Phone case.
Black nail paint of acrylic color.
Paint Brush.
Golden glitter nail paint.
Scissor if need be.

Steps:

1. Since my tape was a bit thicker in width I cut it into half using a paper cutter So that my stripes are thinner.
2. Paste them at equal lengths from inside of the phone cover.


3. Take some black acrylic paint or nail polish and apply in the spaces left out.
4. Let it dry.


5. Pull the tape off and fill the spaces with the golden nail paint.
6. let it dry.
5. You can adorn it with pearls, and beads.
6. Put a piece of paper on the inside of the Phone case.
7. Put it on your phone. 

That's it.


You can try variety of designs and colors to beautify that silly looking case using nail paints.

Bye.

DIY beginners cowl.

Who doesn't want a trendy cowl to flaunt during the best time of the year. And what if you get it cheaply without spending lots of bucks on ready made products. Plus it can form an adorable gift for someone you love.

With all this in mind we have made awesome and cozy cowl DIY pattern anyone can do. You don't have to be a master crocheter to do this. This is super easy and unisex till you add that rose to it.




Skill Required:

Beginner.


Materials Required:

Chunky Yarn. Emerald and Grey
Crochet hook size 10.
Beads for adornment.

Steps:

Step 1.

Round 1: Chain 115.
Round 2. Make 115 double crochets over this chain.
Round 3 to 24: Double crochet over and over again.
Fasten off.


Step 2.

Stitch the two ends of your crochet patch together. you can use yarn for that or a needle and thread.

There you go. its unisex and simple.

Step 3.

The rose:
It is made from grey yarn. This tutorial will help you make one.
The string:
Round 1: Chain 230.
Round 2: Slip stitch over each stitch.

Making a string.


Ready to assemble

Step 4.

Affix the rose on the cowl and draw the string through the holes of the double crochet made.


Wear it and flaunt it.
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