Monday, October 13, 2014

Autumn changes

I have a new project that I've been working on for quite some time.  

I got the idea when I visited my daughter in Brooklyn, New York a couple Thanksgivings ago.



One of her roommates had this gorgeous hand-crocheted afghan 
that his mother (or grandmother?) made for him.  
Something about the color combination
and uniqueness of the design intrigued me.

When I got home, I quickly searched ravelry.com and the web
at large looking for a pattern so I could make one for myself.

No go.

Anywhere I looked I could not find a pattern even remotely like it.

In my search for the pattern, I came across one from Doris Chan.
(All-Star Blanket in the book Crocheted Gifts: Irresistible Gifts
to Make and Give by Kim Werker) 
and though it comes close . . . it still wasn't the one I was looking for.

[This is the All-Star Blanket I made my son and his wife for their anniversary last year.]


But, still I simply HAD to make an afghan like the one I coveted in Brooklyn.

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Since I couldn't find the pattern I wanted ~

I decided to take matters into my own hands.

After weeks of work designing and figuring
and making samples and tweaking the pattern . . . 
I think I'm finally ready to share it with the world.

I'm very proud to introduce my latest design.
I'm calling it the Brooklyn Star Blanket because 
that's where I came across the "original".

I'll be unveiling the pattern by sending a submission
to a popular crochet magazine to see if they'll publish it for me.

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Meanwhile here's a photo of the "sample" in progress.


I'm SUPER excited and very pleased with how it's turning out.







Friday, October 25, 2013

~ How To Make ~ A Mini Cupcake Garland ~



It's just a tiny little thing ~ 1" X 1.5", this teeny tiny amigurumi cupcake.  I made a regular sized cupcake (Lion Brand pattern (L30206) but wanted a mini version that I could make into a birthday cupcake garland.  

I did a search on ravelry.com but, no luck!  

So here's my newest pattern and y'all can use it to make your own tiny cupcake garland.  I'm happy to let you use the pattern for your own use, or to make a gift for someone else, but please don't make the garland and sell it for profit.  That's not cool.





MATERIALS:

Worsted weight yarn in white, yellow and red; don't go buy any new skeins ~ use leftovers from your stash
Size C/2 crochet hook
Yarn needle
Glass beads
Craft glue



GAUGE: Not necessary for this project. Each cupcake is approximately 1" x 1.5".
CAKE:  Make 9.
Row 1:  Using yellow yarn and magic loop technique (check youtube for videos - it's not that hard) sc 6 in magic loop; 6 sts.

Row 2:  2 sc in each st around, sl st to join beg of row; 12 sts.

Row 3: Sc in back loop of each st around.

Row 4 & 5:  Sc in each st around.

End off leaving at least an 8" yarn tail for ease in sewing.





FROSTING:  Make 9.
Row 1:  With white yarn and magic loop technique (as above), 6 sc in magic loop; 6 sts.

Row 2:  2 sc in each st around; 12 sts.

Row 3:  *2 sc in next st, 1 st in next st* repeat around; 18 sts.

End off leaving at least an 8" yarn tail for ease in sewing when it comes time for that.

CHERRY:
With 18" length of red yarn thread yarn needle and embroider at French knot in the middle of the "frosting".









ASSEMBLY:

Sew  together using the 8" yarn ends, thread yarn needle and sew frosing to cake bottom around edge.  Try to make small stitches and don't pull too tightly as you go around the edge of the cupcake.  Hide all the yarn ends inside the cupcake.  Plump them into shape.  Now it's time to ~ ~ ~ 
  
ADD SPRINKLES:

Use just the smallest dabs of glue (I used Alene's Original Tacky Glue) to randomly glue small beads on top, 8-10 beads; whatever looks good to you.  It makes it easier to have tweezers to place each bead exactly where you want it.  Set cupcake aside to dry.





Awwww!  So cute and tiny.

GARLAND:  
I made 9 mini cupcakes and then crocheted them together on a swag to use for birthday celebrations.  With the green thread or sport weight yarn, ch 15.  Use sl st to join to beginning chain to make a hanging loop.


Continue with ch st, ch 25.  Now use the crochet hook to catch a stitch in the frosting of one cupcake.  The stitch that you use to "catch" the top of the frosting can be a bit looser than the chain.  This will help each cupcake dangle nicely.  Proceed with another 25 ch sts, then attach the next cupcake.  Continue in this fashion until all 9 cupcakes are attached.  Then chain 40 sts and count back 15 sts to make a sl st to make the other loop for hanging.

Voila!       So cute for birthday parties and other celebrations!




If you're not a crocheter, you can buy this swag in my etsy shop.  

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