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Little Foxy

October 31, 2013

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Dress Pattern: http://www.liveinternet.ru/community/3203889/post232411256/

Hat pattern: http://goodknits.com/blog/2013/10/01/crochet-sly-fox-hat/

Yarn: Elann Lara

Needle: 2.5mm

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I wanted Sonia to have a foxy dress for autumn, she likes her Ikea stuffed foxes and says Vulpea all the time.

I followed the basic pattern in the link, but couldn’t read it in Russian, so I followed the schemas and approximated the number of repeats and increases.

It is not made in the round, I turned in the center back, leaving an opening for about 15cm. When the dress was done, I crochet again along the neckline, adding the picots and the button holes in the back opening. it has 3 sewn on flat buttons.

I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but almost everything in crochet can be fixed with steam! shhh!

The applied fox is a simple crochet circle, with ears and an elongated nose.

The eyes and nose are embroidered over using a big needle with crochet thread number 10, in brown, black and a dot of white.

It is sewn on with needle and regular sewing thread as a pocket, from upper ear corner, around the bottom nose, and up to the other ear corner, leaving the top part open for the pocket.

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How to crochet the ears on the applied fox head:

Crochet 5 single crochet stitches.

Slip stitch into the second stitch from hook

Single crochet into the next stitch.

Half double crochet into the next stitch

Double crochet into the next stitch

Treble crochet into the next stitch

Skip 5 stitches from the circle and slip stitch in the next crochet.

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This will create the basic triangle shape of the ear. Repeat for the second ear… I approximated the distances.

I also crochet the foxy hat to go with the dress, and Sonia admires herself in the mirror repeating the word Vulpea (Fox) when wearing it.

Happy Halloween!!!

35 Weeks Since September

April 29, 2012

and I’m 35 weeks pregnant, yes it will be a girl.

Pattern: Little White Dress – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-white-dress

Gray and blue yarns: http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/naturallycaroncom-spa

Purple yarn: http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/bernat-handicrafter-cotton-baby-solid

Pink yarn: …

Wool

May 18, 2011

A winter project, but I am behind on posting…

Yarn: Fisherman’s wool brown

2.5 skeins = 1162.5 yards (1063.0m)
Hook: 4.5 mm

Pattern: Big Bow Cardigan from Interweave Crochet Winter 2008, size small

Buttons: coconut shells from JoAnns

There is a lot of crochet to be done for this pattern and very very repetitive, so you should be a quick crocheter to attempt it.

Crocheting through the back loops only creates a body hugging fabric, very elastic.

I did have to alter the pattern a lot with the yarn I used. Here are my notes from Ravelry:

lengthened front and back by 10 stitches.
Lengthened sleeves.
Left side: added more rows, should have made the collar too on the left.
Made smaller buttonholes.

I added length to the sleeves and bodice, and added many more rows plus additional bands of single crochet to the left and right front pieces so that they overlap in order to button them up, creating sort of a border after the buttonholes.

I also gave up on the big heavy bow and crocheted a high neck instead, simply find it more practical and less heavy.

In the air

December 22, 2009

In the air, originally uploaded by fmirela.

on the way to SLC from FLL, two hats, one for my friend Oana, one for me.
on the way back to FLL another little hat for a little girl named Alexandra. She drew a pretty thank you note for me :)

Pattern: www.ravelry.com/projects/ShiftyGirl/divine-hat
Yarn: Country something wool blend. 2 sheins
Hook: 5mm

I really liked working with this pattern. Except the hat is very thin in this yarn, not really for winter days, but then again, there’s no winter around here where I am…

See more pics on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mirelapopovici/4195243564/

Crochet Dress

August 22, 2009

Pattern for the crochet top/dress

http://mirelap.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/crochet-top/

Measurements:

Bust: 80cm

Length: 86cm

Hem: 100cm

Thread: 220g

Crochet hook: Nr.2

Pattern: see drawing

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. = chain

x = single crochet

| = double crochet

all those curved lines are chains of 2, 4 and 6 chains as indicated in the drawing.

Test square: for a width of 3 pattern repeats and a height of 3 patterns => 10x10cm

Back:

Start with the shoulder. Chain 13 + 3 for the edge and you will continue downwards. Make 5 rounds of the pattern and put the work aside.

Start with the other shoulder. After the 6th round of pattern chain 48 (i chained 53 just to make it larger).

After the 48 chain, link it with the other shoulder strap. The work will have 10 pattern repeats per width.

Continue work until you have 7 pattern repeats on the vertical.

Armhole shaping:

Make it wider with 7 chains + 3 chains for height, on each side, for the armhole shaping. Work will have 12 pattern repeats per width.

At 13 pattern repeats in total per vertical, first row increase to 5 chains instead of 4. Next row the height will increase from 3 to 4 chains. Next row the chain is increased from 6 chain stitches to 7 chain stitches.

At 19 pattern repeats in total per vertical, increase everything with one chain:

instead of 5 chain stitches => 6 chain stitches

instead of 4 chain stitches => 5 chain stitches on the side

instead of 7 chain stitches => 8 chain stitches

After 26 pattern repeats the back side is finished.

Front:

Just like the back. I did mine wider with two pattern repeats to fit the bust.

Click to download PDF – scanned from an old magazine, original in Hungarian

P.S. hope this is not breaching any copyrights…

Crochet Wool

July 9, 2009

Missing winter already? And it is the middle of summer…
It shows I have been living for too long here in Florida and I don’t know what season we are in. I wish I had more winter and more mountains!

The photos were taken at the end of April 2009 in Snowbird Utah, skiing at 20C was weird but fun, ice in the morning, a wet melt in the afternoon, but well worth the trip, the scenery is incredible.

Diamonds!

Mini Snowman

Pattern: from Crochet Magazine
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool

Crochet winter hat

Crochet wool hat

Flower detail

Stripes closeup:
wool lines

Fleece lining:
Hat lining

Strings:
lining detail

Matching scarf with some needle felting on fleece and yarn remains:
Scarf

Crochet Collar Top and Outdoor Fabrics

June 5, 2009

I had one of those moments of inspiration yesterday followed by the sewing addiction and sleepless hours in front of the machine. You know those moments? I’m sure all of us sewing addicts have them often.

My sister in law visited us this weekend and she is always very stylish. She wore a breezy light cotton, had a band a woven band around the neckline, the fabric was gathered on this band.

if A -> B -> C then A -> C

woven band -> crochet collar

light breezy cotton -> embroidered cotton gauze

There I was putting the pieces of the puzzle together, pinning the fabric on the dress form, marking, cutting and sewing till after midnight. The collar was already crochet just looking for a match.

The whole top is underlined using the same fabric, the fabric is cut in a double layer so it eliminates the sheerness. The helped a lot with the finishing of the seams, the right side was first sewn to the underlining at the neckline and armholes, for front then the same for the back. A topstitch seam creates a nice finish and keeps the underlining from rolling up to the right side. The back has a cut in the center, the lining and underlining were sewn together, just like when you are working with a facing, but this time the facing is as long as the top.The side seams are sewn like a tube, the underlining side seams and then the top’s side seams all in one long seam. Turn everything to the right side, sew the crochet part onto the top. Sew a little further away from the crochet’s edge, I like to leave the edge of the crochet hang freely over the fabric, so the seam doesn’t even show. Or it can be attached by hand…but I’m too lazy.

I didn’t know what to do with the hem, since I had two layers of fabric now. I had the chose of cutting the top layer shorter and let the bottom layer visible, but I sewed them together over a folded band.

The next morning I woke up to wear my breand new top :) Thanks Ioana for the inspiration.

Oh, and I did it all by draping on the dress form, no pattern for the crochet part either. It has matching pineapple earings to go with it! Photos pending of course.

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My fabrics are nicely packed inside a box that arrived the same morning from the Rocky Woods online store.

Just waiting to be cut.

Polartec Windbloc Laminate – Graphite/Brick
Woven poly face (brick)
High pile grid velour back (graphite)
2-way stretch
Polartec Windbloc Laminate - Graphite/Brick

Gore® Soft Shell with microfleece liner – Grey
Water repellent, smooth woven face
Waterproof Gore-Tex membrane
Microfleece back
No stretch
Gore® Soft Shell with microfleece liner - Grey

Reflective zippers:
Zippers with Silver Reflective Stripes

The others are the UV protection fabrics for the shirts. The red and green are a little fuller but will be great for the long sleeved versions, the plaid ones are very soft to the touch and thinner, looking forward to sewing those. The colors for me are not really muted, red and pink, but oh well…why not be a little girlie…even if it is sports wear.
Sun Protective Fabrics

I wish that Rocky Woods would have better pictures of the actual fabric, like the fashion fabrics club has. That would make the whole buying stuff online an easier choice. They do offer samples, I just didn’t want to wait that long.

Now I have to carefully choose a pattern for the softshells and already have some patterns in mind for the shirts.

I do need more advice on the seam sealing process. Will the seam tape that is ironed on hold over the fleece backing? Will the SeamGrip work? hmm….

after some more reading…I found this link that explains a lot about sealing and seaming http://www.bushwalking.org.au/FAQ/DIY_RNCSeams.htm

Updated: After all the research, I decided to call Rocky Woods, actually spoke to a nice person, no robots, and she told me that the iron on tape will probably peel off from the fleece backside, as I suspected. I will try the shoe goo on a scrap piece, since I already have that at home and they say it is similar to SeamGrip. If that doesn’t work either, I will simply sew a double seam, maybe a french like seam…that will also look good on the inside if it is not too bulky, or use some bias tape, maybe reflective…or who knows, I’ll play a little with the scraps…

P.S. After everything is sewn, here is how to take care of it:

http://www.rockywoods.com/Fabric-Information-Help/App-Notes/Outerwear-Repair

How to sew outdoor fabrics:

http://www.questoutfitters.com/tips_and_hints.htm

Seraphina Shawl

March 5, 2009

Seraphina Shawl, originally uploaded by fmirela.

Pattern: www.angelfire.com/journal2/donisfuff/croshawl.html

Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool – 2 skeins

Hook: 3.5 mm (need to double check)

I fell in love with this pattern. It is very well described here and has a chart: www.crochetville.org/forum/showpost.php?p=1203781&pos…

This is my second shawl based on the pattern and it turned out to be a simpler pattern than I first thought. The important thing to remember is to do the increases only at the beginning and end of each row and on both sides of the point.

I will try the increases technique next time in a more precious yarn with a different stitch to see if I can reproduce the shape.

Seraphina Shawl

This keeps me warm in the office even if we are in Florida, the wool is breathable so it is perfect over a thin long sleeved blouse.

I would pair it with jeans for a poncho like casual wear or over a little black dress for a chillier evening.

Lotus Smock Camisole

March 5, 2009

Lotus Smock Camisole, originally uploaded by fmirela.

Yarn: Elann Sonata, 4 skeins
Pattern: Stitch Diva’s Lotus Smock Camisole

I’ve wanted to make this one for sooo long. It’s amazing to see a crochet pattern that is so interesting, modern and really unique. I enjoyed how the yarn took shape after taking it of the loom. This is a lot of fun to make since it can be tried on after the first row. It really is really fast and really easy to make!

The walnut wood hairpin lace frame was a Christmas gift from Marius. I love it! It even smells like walnuts! Yum!

The speed of this project is simply incredible and the instructions are crystal clear. I would like to see one of those diagrams for it though…otherwise there’s a whole lot of reading, but in all the pattern is actually simpler then described.

I might even have the courage to give this another try in a different yarn as a dress.

I do love this yarn especially for crochet because it is woven and can be handled easily. I would prefer a drape-ier  yarn for this pattern though, this is just a little stiff, but just a little.

See a gallery of creations based on this pattern here:

http://www.stitchdiva.com/custom.aspx?id=203

Bamboo cami

January 31, 2009

Bamboo cami, originally uploaded by fmirela.

Pattern: Knitting Lingerie Style, the Silk and Pearls cami
Yarn: Bernat Bamboo, 4 balls 60g each
Knitting needles: 5.5mm
Crochet hook: 5.5mm
Shell beads or pearls for straps

My mother made this during her stay with us this winter holidays. I can’t say for sure, but I believe the book instructions were followed, or maybe the number of stitches for cast on were reduced to accommodate the yarn…I have to ask if anyone is interested…
I can only take credit for the straps on this project. I used square shell beads for the straps and single crochet along and thought them.
I like the feel of the bamboo yarn, very soft, airy and drape-y. The color is very neutral and nude looking. It washes me out but a little more eye makeup should fix it, or a nice tan…I do wish it was just a little bit more fitted and a touch longer.
I think it could be worn also as a vest over a shirt.
Thanks mom! Looking forward to the next vacation together, I had a wonderful time!

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