Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pleated Purse

This is a popular pattern on ravelry right now (Easy Pleated Crochet Bag), and it lives up to the name - very easy to make. It's hard to judge the scale from the pictures, but it's much smaller than I expected. It's really too small to be useful for an adult (even as an evening bag, the scale doesn't look quite right), but it's perfect for a child. I plan to give mine to a seven year old for Christmas.

I'd like to revisit the pattern and make a larger (wider) version. Definite potential.

Bib, Take 3

Another take on my bib pattern. I've used a second color for the edging, and limited the scalloped border to the neckline only.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ribbed Hat

I've been slaving away on two hats recently. I wanted to recreate Galen's favorite hat in adult and baby sizes, and have completely failed on prior attempts. It's a very fine weave, and the hat should be very soft and thin - the wrong yarn / hook combination can make for a stiff hat. Here's the baby version, which is worked in double crochet (back loops only) with a 3.25 mm hook.

Guidelines for success:

Baby Version: Ch 2, work 8 dc into second chain from hook. Next row work 2 dc in every stitch, following row 2 dc, 1 dc; following row 2 dc, 1 dc, 1dc; etc. Work until desired size (or increase until row 8), them work in dc to desired length.

Adult: same, but start with 12 dc in second chain from hook.

In either case, you'll need a hook between 3.25 and 3.75 for a fingering yarn. You may need to try all three to achieve the right texture.