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Willow Blanket

One day The Patchwork Heart has posted her willow blanket project and I fell in love with the willow block. It was so beautiful that I couldn’t just sit and stare at it, I had to make my own blanket. I worked hard to find a free pattern for a willow block and I was lucky. If you have the book 200 Crochet Blocks you will definitely find this block in it. As you understand, I didn’t have the book so I searched further until I found a free PDF file with 7 different patterns for crochet bags and one of the bags was made using the willow block pattern. Lucky me! You can find the book right here: Crochet Bags and Purses: 7 Free Crochet Bag Patterns

For my willow blanket I used 6 different colors + the border color. I made 30 willow blocks, and believe me or not but it took me less than a week to make it (in total, I mostly used my weekends to crochet the blanket). I am so proud of myself! 🙂 It was my first block blanket and it turned out great. 

For connecting my blocks I was following this tutorial: The Sunroom. Thank you for sharing it!

After I was done and started hiding the yarn tails, I realized that I could’ve done it while crocheting because it does take lots of time before you are happy with your finished work. I learned my lesson!

Here it is, my pride, my beautiful willow blanket in its glory:

Newborn Hat

The one person I’m always being inspired by is SARAH from Repeat Crafter Me. She has tons of great ideas and she shares her patterns for free which is even more amazing. Her patterns are colorful, easy to make and original. If you love cooking and children crafts, you will also be able to find something just for you.

My latest project by Sarah was a cute newborn hat with a heart on. I made two of them just in two evenings. I love them. I wish I could wear then, sadly my head is way too big. You can find the pattern her: Crochet Newborn Knot Hat Pattern.

Here is my cute result:

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I chose not to make a heart and keep it even more simple. Also, instead of a slip stitch around I made crab stitch edging.

I think that the pink hat needs an additional explanation. I do not know how I made the bottom to look like it does but I do have a guess. I think, I accidentally started to crochet from the other side. It gave it a very nice look. Sometimes, mistakes do have a very good finale and give you a chance to discover new things.

 

Headband with Buttons

This headband should’ve been a slouchy hat which pattern I found on M.I.L.C.H. Schaum blog. The pattern is written in two languages: Swedish and English. One day I will make a hat too, that’s how easy and beautiful it is. 

This time I ended up with a headband because I was in a hurry to make my last Christmas present and send it to the future owner. Actually, when I finally heard from them about it, they said that she was looking for one to buy. Yay! It’s mind blowing, how you can guess things like that. I was very happy about it. I especially was happy about the sizing: it fit! If you are a beginner at crocheting you know what I mean. You are always worried about the clothing size, and it’s a great relief when you finally manage to do it right. I’m dancing a little winner’s dance right now 😀

If you decide to make it be sure to measure your head. I just made a chain and put it on my head to see if it ‘s long enough. Sad we don’t have a person by our side every time we make something like that, but it helps if they tell you their head’s measurements. As you can guess, I made it just before Christmas, therefore, I can’t really remember how many times I’ve chained. I know I’ve written it somewhere but couldn’t find my little note anywhere (believe me, I have tons of notes). Also, keep in mind that it depends on your yarn and hook size as well. Nevertheless, I don’t think you will fail, it’s just too easy. I also chose to follow only the first part of her pattern. I did it 8 times. When I was done with my headband I chose big blue buttons and sewed them on the side. Doesn’t it look cute?

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It should be warm and nice to wear, and very stylish as well. 

Christmas Projects + Patterns

Hello,

I finally managed to sit down and write this post. Here you will find all the Christmas projects I made and links to the patterns. Some of them don’t have them but there will be new posts coming. You will find the patterns when you press on the picture (the new page will open). 

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I didn’t follow the pattern til the end for the next snowflake as I couldn’t understand it, therefore it looks differently.

This angel doesn’t have a pattern but I guess you can easily imagine how I made it. I used some felt fabric, drew angel details separately (you can create your own angel), then sewed them together (don’t forget to stuff it a bit), and embroidered the face. I also braided a halo and sewed it to the head.

These stars and a heart are made of a clay (I bought, it was for making Christmas decorations). You just have to get some air drying clay, cookie cutters, acrylic paint and modge podge. First, I made shapes, then let them dry (it took me about 2 days). After that I covered them in white, red or green (depends on your shape and wishes). After it dried I drew some patterns on stars. You can also see that one of them is being made using “a stamp”. I used an old doily. I just put it on a clay and push it a bit in with a rolling pin (don’t squeeze too much as it won’t look very beautiful) and after it dried I covered it with paint. When they were colored I used modge podge so they become resistant to water.

This star and a tree were made the same way as the angel above.

There will be a new post coming with a tutorial on how to make a pine cone  tree.

These humongous snowflakes were made using ice cream sticks. I was inspired by this picture tutorial found on Pinterest. 

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That’s how many Christmas decorations I have managed to make last year. I hope that you will be able to use some of the ideas for the coming Christmas. Or maybe you are already preparing for them? I do. Don’t laugh – it’s never too early to start preparing for Christmas.

Brain Waves Beanie

Hello,

I’m so happy to finally write this post (I’ve been waiting for it for two months). I made this beanie for my good friend as a birthday present. It got a little bit too small, but he reassured that “it’s still possible to wear it”. I used the pattern by Liz McQueen. Thank you for your work and sharing this lovely pattern with us. 🙂

Here is my result (my model is my hubby, his head is a little bit bigger than my friends):

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If you like it, give it a try and make one to your beloved ones or  just anyone you know. They will be very glad about it 😉