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Showing posts with label crochet pattern review. Show all posts

My Pattern Experience: Roll Up Armadillo Crochet Pattern

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Hello all!  
Welcome to another edition of My Pattern Experience - where I write about a pattern that someone else designed and I tried it out.  I always try to be completely honest about the pattern and how it worked up.  

This week, I'm writing about a totally adorable amigurumi.  My daughter has always been obsessed with small animals.  Especially of the stuffie variety.  I decided to make her this little armadillo because I thought she would love the way it rolled up.

The pattern is Roll Up Armadillo by Kati Galusz

To make this adorable little guy, I used Red Heart Super Soft in wine as well as Red Heart Super Soft in Cream.  Let me start by saying that I am not an expert in amigurumi.  I have made a few pieces, but nothing too crazy - and this guy was surprisingly easy!  The body works up very quickly, and the shell even quicker.  I think the only part that gave me a little difficulty was the feet, but even that wasn't too hard.  I sewed on the eyes using embroidery thread to give it a little bit of texture and a nice blue pop.  The most magical part of this pattern is after you get it all completed and can roll it up!  It's amazing that the simple shell can do that!


Overall, this was a great pattern.  I think it would be great for an advanced beginner or intermediate crocheter to give a try!

My Pattern Experience: Women's Peaked Cap

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My Pattern Experience:  Women's Peaked Cap

I found this hat on ravelry one day and just knew I had the perfect person to give it to.  This hat worked up really quickly, it was fun to make and I was lucky to find just the right button to go on it.

I wish I had made it just a tad bit larger, for a bit more of a slouchy look on the top, but the recipient loved it anyway!  The brim is nice and holds its shape well even without the use of any plastic canvas or wires.

You can find the pattern here:  Women's Peaked Cap 

My Pattern Experience: Scalloped Wristlets {Crochet Pattern Review}

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My Pattern Experience: Scalloped Wristlets
I have to say, I LOVE this pattern.  These are so cute, and so simple to make, and even vary!  I bet I made at least 4 pairs of them last year for Christmas and made them in an array of colors and styles.  I found that they look totally different when done in two tones or plain.  It is a super simple pattern to make, and can be made in one piece.  They also work up very quickly, I can whip up a pair in about an hour.  I highly recommend this pattern!!!

My Pattern Experience: Racing Arrows Hat [crochet pattern review}

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For Christmas this past year, I decided to make a set of 6 hats that would all go together yet each one be unique and different. It was because of this that I found this Racing Arrows Hat on Ravelry. This was the perfect hat to tie in to the set and I loved working the pattern up.  It was fairly easy to do if you are familiar with working the front post dc (fpdc), and the color patterning is very visually striking so people are always wondering "how long did it take you to make that!?!"  I have plans to make many more of these hats!
Overall, an easy to work fun hat with great detail!

My Pattern Experience: Bohemian Shawl

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My Pattern Experience: Bohemian Shawl

I made this shawl in about three days, near the end of fall getting ready for winter wear.  I love it!  I get a million complements on it, no matter which way I wear it.  I used just one color instead of a variegated yarn to bring out the pattern and love wearing it with a greatly contrasting shirt underneath.  The pattern is really easy, and when I made it, I learned a technique new to me- a single crochet foundation row.  I love this technique now and often not only use it, but also double crochet foundation rows to start large pieces.

After you get the first five rows worked, it's just three rounds repeating which decreases as you go, which means that it gets easier as you go along.  When you're done, you just work the edging and you have this beautiful shawl to show for it!  

I used a larger hook, I think it was an "I", and I used Caron Simply Soft and love the way the shawl drapes.  The other great thing about this pattern is that you can wear it in many different ways and it is quite warm.

My Pattern Experience: Bernat Diamonds and Tweed Blanket

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My Pattern Experience: Bernat Diamonds and Tweed Blanket

This was one of my first large crochet projects.  I started it YEARS ago.  Literally YEARS.  I enjoyed the pattern of the blocks because it was unique yet easy.  I remember getting through a large chunk of the squares and then putting it aside.  When I picked it back up, I finished the squares but never seamed them.  Then, about a year ago, I started seaming but I chose to be lazy and try and cover up a bunch of ends with my seaming.  It didn't work so well, so I ended up setting it aside. I pulled it back out when I was going through all of my WIPs that I had thrown off to the side, knowing that if I could just buck up and finish it, that I would have a complete blanket with minimal effort.  I ripped out all the seams, sewed in every end, and reseamed it.  I still don't like how the seams turned out, and if I were to start it all over, I know that I would be able to do it better this time around with many more years of experience under my belt.  I gave it away though, got it out of my house and hopefully the recipient likes it, because I don't want it back in my house!!  Pretty pattern, but so glad to be done with it! :)

My Pattern Experience: Yes Yes Shawl Crochet Pattern Review

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My Pattern Experience: Yes Yes Shawl by Vickie Howell

I had originally made this shawl for one person and then changed my mind and gave it to another at the last minute.  I regret not having taken a picture of it, it really works up beautifully!

The pattern is just 13 rows, which means that it works up pretty quickly, and I opted to use a larger hook- I think I used an I or a J rather than the G that the pattern called for.  I used Caron Simply Soft yarn, which I frequently use for crochet shawls because sometimes they don't have a very good drape with other similarly weighted yarns but the simply soft just has a gorgeous drape, especially when you go up a hook size or two.  My only complaint on the pattern is that it's a little on the smallish side, which means that there isn't much versatility in how many different ways that you can wear it.

Regardless, it's a beautiful shawl and I do have plans to make at least one more... if only for myself!

My Pattern Experience: Mayflower Baby Blanket

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My Pattern Experience: The Mayflower Blanket

I was asked to make a baby blanket as a commission for a friend.  I didn't have much time to craft and I knew that it would have to be something fairly easy.  She requested it to be made in a pink yarn of my choosing and any pattern that I so desired.  Since I knew I would only be using one color, I wanted it to have some sort of unique pattern rather than just be a granny square or something else simple.  When I found this pattern, I was tickled pink.  It was so easy and worked up to be beautiful- with the zig zag cable and shell bringing shadow and interest to the solid yarn and the pattern looks really impressive and difficult, but it's not!  It's just a two row repeat- and the rows are technically the same, you just switch front post and back post depending if you are working the right side or the wrong.

 It worked up super fast- it took about 10 days of good solid work on it, though it did eat through a lot more yarn than I expected!  I had bought a Caron Baby One Pound skein and ended up having to get another to make it through the last third of the blanket and the edging.  I won't complain though, because it truly is a beautiful blanket.  I also made a modification to the edging, because it was already larger than I had expected, so I wanted to cut down on the extra width.  I love how this blanket came out and highly recommend that you try it!!!

My Pattern Experience: Doris Chan's All Shawl {crochet pattern review}

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Today's "My Pattern Experience" is brought to you by Doris Chan's "All Shawl" crochet pattern.  It is a pattern that has 4 different ways to complete it, which if you were daring, could turn into a million and one!  I love this shawl pattern.  It's so versatile.  You can take any piece of this variety pack pattern and make yourself a wonderfully unique shawl.  For this shawl, I used a super large hook- a K, though in retrospect, I almost would like to see it worked up with something larger, like a P.  The trim portion is gorgeous (though would have benefited if I had time to block it before these pictures).  The best part was that it worked up super quick!!  I had this shawl done, from start to finish, in about 3 hours, with lots of interruptions (I have children, and it gets hard to have a solid block of time).  I can't wait to try out some of the other variations with the pattern, but I just had to share this with you!

I love the open look that is created with the edc and large hook!

Isn't this edging gorgeous??

I like to wear shawls all wrapped up around my neck, and the variegated yarn causes a lovely effect with this one!!

My Pattern Experience: Hermione the Unicorn {crochet pattern review}

My daughter is just crazy for small animals.  I knew from the moment that I decided to make her something that I would make her an animal for Christmas.  I looked through a lot of patterns, because I didn't have the motivation to make a new pattern myself and I found a pattern for Hermione the Unicorn.

As part of a new series for the blog, "My Pattern Experience", I decided to write a review on this pattern.  It was very easy to work up, and I had it completed in a short three days.  I made a few small changes, using different colors, a different set of eyes, and then I modified the hairline, removing the ruffle around the hair and the tail.  I used a grouping of one strand of white eyelash yarn, one pink sparkly yarn, and one variant eyelash yarn in varying shades of pink.  I expanded the hairline too because I wanted the head to be fuller of hair.  I kept the ruffle around the neck as well.  I was super happy with the result and so was my daughter!  She has named the unicorn Claire.

If you want an adorable and easy amigurumi, go for this one.  You'll learn a few new techniques, and you'll have fun and feel rewarded when you finish it!