How to Crochet 2 Together (…2tog)

IMG_7179When I was learning how to crochet I had a hard time reading patterns.  I had to write out the full words and rewrite, in details any and all special stitches required, so here is a quick tutorial on how to crochet 2 together.  In patterns you will see …2tog.  It could be sc2tog, hdc2tog, dc2tog or even tr2tog, this tutorial will tell you how to crochet them.  The same rules apply to these 4 types of crochet stitches: sc, hdc, dc and tr.

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Itty Bitty Little Kitty!

IMG_7146I have a girlfriend who loves kitties.  She is going to be a first time grandmother come December and I wanted to make something for her.  My aunt gave me this crazy yarn to play around with.  I started to make a scarf with it, but I didn’t like how it was turning out.  Then I tried to make a hat with it, again, I didn’t like how it was turning out.  Then I thought … ‘hmmm… This yarn would be great for an amigurumi project.  Maybe a bear, or a puppy?…I know, a kitty!!!’  I came up with this pattern one night while fooling around with the yarn.  I’ll be honest, it is creepy yarn to work with!  But it’s soft and adds great texture to the kitty.

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How to Easily Change the Colour of Yarn When Crocheting With Multiple Yarns

IMG_6182For me, the greatest tip I learned, and it’s one that I use every time I crochet, when working with different colours, is how to switch between colours without having to tie little knots; it was revolutionary!  I couldn’t believe it, no more trying to hide those pesky little knots within my projects.  No more weaving in tails through out my projects.  No more hoping I tied my knots tight enough so that it doesn’t pull out and look loose and/or untidy.

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The Fuzzy Polar Bear Hat

IMG_4941 WMMy 4 year old son is really into yarn and has been for years.  He loves playing with all the soft and colourful left over scraps of yarn I have.  One day, last year, he was going through my stash (I have a crazy stash) and rooting around the bottom, he came across a skein of Bernat Pipsqueak and fell in love with it.  He carried that skein around with him everywhere and one night, I’ve even caught him trying to go to sleep with it.  I asked him if I could make him a “blankie” with it and he said no because he already has a blankie, he wanted a hat instead!  I came across this pattern for a Fuzzy Polar Bear Hat and one night when he was sleeping I crocheted it for him.  The next morning I gave it to my son and he was so happy he kept rubbing it on his cheek saying “It’s so soft.  Thank you Mummy.  I love you!”  He loves his polar bear hat and wears it everywhere.  He also loves telling strangers who comment on the hat how soft it is and that it was made just for him.  A link to the pattern can be found here.

 


Nyela d’Endel xoxo

 

When Zombies Attack!

PvZ_Pictures.doc2When zombies attack you need to be prepared and no one knows that better than my kids!!!  My boys are huge Plants vs. Zombies (other wise known as PvZ)  fans (Plants vs. Zombies is a registered trademark of PopCap Games).  They loved the computer game so much we had to get it for the Xbox and my son’s Nintendo 3DS.  When they are not playing the game, they are acting it out.  One kid will pretend to be a plant and the other will be a zombie and then they have at it.  They read Plants vs. Zombies books and collect PvZ stickers.  Last year, Santa brought them PvZ figurines to play with because that’s all they wanted for Christmas.  They are totally obsessed with the game and have been, for what seems like years.  I have searched high and low for PvZ Crochet Patterns and have come across a few really nice ones, but I have yet to find a pattern for the Cherry Bomb which is my youngest son’s favourite plant in the game, so I thought I’d have a go at it and try and write up a pattern for him; this is what I came up with.

I hope the pattern makes sense.  Please let me know if there are any mistakes and I’ll address them right away

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The Pokémon Inspiration Part 3 ‘Deck’ Cases

IMG_6833IMG_6529-1I was taking part in an online “Crochet Challenge” and had to crochet something using UK terms, but I was having a very hard time finding patterns written in UK terms.  I scoured the internet for what seemed like ages to find a nice pattern that was written in UK terms, however it seems that the few projects I did come across were not in my taste.  So I decided to take it upon myself to do something a little different.  I’m going to “translate” a US term pattern in UK terms.

For my boys birthday we threw a Pokémon inspired theme party.  For the favours, we had decided I was going to make little (what my kids call) “pokéballs” and a little bag (like My Cute Little Bags) in the pokémon original colours of red, black and white and we are going to put some Pokémon cards in them and call them “deck sacks”.  The “deck sacks” pattern is what I’m going to translate….So here it is….

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My Cute Little Bags

easter bag 5-2I decided to make these cute little bags in April so that they can be used to put little Easter goodies into.  Depending on colours used, these can be a great little bag for any occasion.  Red and green for Christmas, oranges and browns for Thanksgiving or pastels for Easter.  Make them in your child’s favourite colour and put little goodies in them and hand them out as loot bags, or give them to little girls and little boys to put their little toys inside!

This is the first pattern I have written and I hope it makes sense to you.  It makes sense to me, but then again, I know what I’m trying to say!!!

If there are any problems or corrections needed, please feel free to leave a message and I will fix it up.

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