Friday, May 27, 2011

Long Beanie & New Vest for Troy

I seem to have a little obsession for crochet at the moment. But who can blame me, it is coming into winter after all!

ICAN is holding an exhibition during the June long weekend at the Old Court House in Wollongong, the theme being "All about Long". So, continuing on my hat theme, I decided to crochet a long beanie, from a long strand of yarn:

And one beanie became two:

 I also decided Troy needed a little vest to keep him warm. So I designed and crocheted this:

The buttons are false - there are snaps sewn behind them. Next time I will make the buttons real - snaps sewn onto yarn really don't work that well. You have to pry them open with your finger nail. You can't just pull at the crocheted fabric because it stretches too much. I do really like the side entry though (the opening is on the right side and right shoulder).

The yarn used in the beanie is "Filo Grande", colour is "paint pot", from, bought from Big W for about $5.70. It is a 12ply acrylic yarn, and I used a 6.5mm hook around the head (about 6 rows), and the rest was done using a 10mm hook (spiral). All done in double crochet.

The yarn for the vest was bought from one of those cheap $2 shops. It took just over 1 ball of 8ply acrylic yarn (yes, $2 per ball), using a 5mm hook, all DC.

Pixie beanie - crochet

I have been quite busy with the hook and yarn lately. My first was a pixie, or gnome beanie, making up a pattern as I went based on this:

Instead of crocheting in rounds, I just spiralled around ( I hate the look of joined rows, and don't mind the spiral affect at all). I also used 3 strands of 8 ply yarn together (all different blues) with a 10mm hook, working in double crochet. I like the chunky affect, and it works quickly! I finished most of this beanie in one feed! Just had to finish the ear flaps after he was finished!

Just wished I made it a little bigger - their heads seem to grow quite quick at this early age.