Crochet Clothes Hangers

It's been way too long and I won't let that happen again. It just seems that everything I do is in a bit of a knot and I find it hard to get that knot untangled. I need to get things straight again.

Today I want to share a DIY I made for Dille & Kamille. They are selling these amazing cedar wood clothes hangers which I love as they are perfect for wool clothing and dresses. I've tweaked this pattern to fit around the sturdy Dille & Kamille hangers.

You need a 5 mm crochet hook and Annell Malmedy yarn form IDA Yarn Shop. I've used a beautiful soft alpaca yarn for the top hanger which I bought in Dordrecht and is one of a kind. The importance of this pattern is that you use that 5 mm hook!

You can download the pattern in English here and in Dutch here.

I often get asked where I got my pink scissors from. I bought mine ages ago from Sublime Stitching but she's no longer selling them. I found a pair on this website. It's one of those best lifetime buys.

Happy Monday x

The Principles of 3D Crochet

Can I first give a big hug to all of you who left a comment on my previous post. I will get back to this topic properly as we kind of lost to connect and I love to connect.

On to the subject of 3D crochet, or making balls, bubbles ... things that stand out. I've made this post initially for my upcoming magazine but with cutting down and taking it slow(er), the magazine will turn into a zine and will be published when I have loads to tell instead.

These 3 simple steps explain you how to start crocheting balls. Try to mix it up and use it for various projects. I'll show you two different projects I've used 3D crochet for.

Wrist warmers are great for autumn and spring when it’s getting either colder or warmer. I use them in my car when the steering weal is freezing in the morning or when I work in my basement sewing room where it can get very chilly.

Hook size
4.5 mm

Yarn
Annell Rapido 3331

Stitches
CH (Chain)
HDC (Half double Crochet)
SL ST (Slip Stitch)

Foundation chain:
CH 25 - SL ST in the first CH to make a hoop.

Round 1/3/5/7:
HDC all around - CH 2 and turn.

Round 2/4/6/8:
CH 2 - HDC 6 (ball) - CH3* - CH till end - CH 2 turn.

Round: 9-14:
HDC all around - CH 2 and turn.

Round 15:
Fit your thumb size, make a gap. I’ve skipped 4 CH for my thumb. So you CH 4 - skip for CH and HDC.

Round 16-22:
HDC all around - CH 2 and turn.

Round 23:
CH 2 - HDC 2 in the same stitch - SL ST in next stitch - HDC 3 - SL ST in next stitch* - Fasten off with a SL ST.

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This is what I've used for a standard IKEA INNER 50 x 50 cm pillow. I've only made one crochet front panel and used unbleached cotton to make a cover.

Hook size
7mm

Yarn
Katia - Canada 3

Stitches
CH (Chain)
HDC (Half double Crochet)
SL ST (Slip Stitch)

Foundation chain:

Cast on 34 stitches - CH 2 (counts as 1 HDC) - HDC until end

Row 2-28:
CH 2 (counts as 1 HDC) 3 HDC - HDC 4 (ball) - HDC 3 * HDC 5 at the end of the row

Round 1-15:
CH 2 - HDC until end SL ST

Have fun. I'll be back later this week with the first issue of my zine as I've got loads to show you. I'm so grateful for all of you who still visit my blog. It's here to make you smile x

Striped Crochet Christmas Stocking

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The sun is out today so I got up and photographed, as many as possible, projects I've been working on. It has been so dark outside and for the past few days it's been foggy all day.

First off ... I've got some very simple crochet Christmas stockings for you. The pattern is for the stripy ones I've made but you can skip all that and make them very basic or add more colour. Do whatever you like, this is just a basic pattern.

The Stitches

  • sl st=slip stitch
  • dc=double crochet
  • sc=single crochet
  • ch=chain

The Foot

Start with a magic ring

Colour 1/Round 1: dc 8 in the magic ring, pull tight, sl st

Colour 1/Round 2: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) 1 dc in the same dc (now you have 2 dc in the dc of the previous round. Repeat in remaining dc's, so 2 dc in each dc of the previous round. sl st.

Colour 1/Round 3: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) 1 dc in the same dc (now you have 2 dc in the dc of the previous round. 1 dc in the next dc of the previous round. Repeat in remaining dc's, so 2 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc ... in the dc's of the previous round. sl st.

Colour 1/Round 4: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) 1 dc in the same dc (now you have 2 dc in the dc of the previous round. 1 dc in the next two dc of the previous round. Repeat in remaining dc's, so 2 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc ... in the dc's of the previous round. sl st.

Colour 1/Round 5: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) 1 dc in the same dc (now you have 2 dc in the dc of the previous round. 1 dc in the next three dc of the previous round. Repeat in remaining dc's, so 2 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc ... in the dc's of the previous round. sl st.

Colour 2/Round 6: ch 1 (counts as 1 sc) sc all around. sl st.

Colour 1/Round 7-8-9: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) dc all around. sl st

Colour 3/Round 10: ch 1 (counts as 1 sc) sc all around. sl st.

Colour 1/Round 11-12-13: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) dc all around. sl st

Colour 4/Round 14: ch 1 (counts as 1 sc) sc all around. sl st.

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The Heel

Crochet 15 dc's wide and 4 dc's up to form a heel as seen in the image above.

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Fasten off and start to dc all around all the stitches as seen in the image above.

Repeat to dc/sc until you have reached a satisfied length of the sock.

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I've used Annell Rapido yarn 3260 (off white), 3233 (baby pink), 3224 (indigo) and Scheepjes wol Roma 1411 (bright pink), 1413 (sand) and 1400 (light green)

The rabbit is from Maileg - The postcard from 1Canoe2 - The blue wrapping paper is from Loods5 and the pink on from IKEA and I don't have a clue where I got the candle holder from, but it's perfect.

Would love to read your comments and links to your stockings.

Hats

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I've been away, not that I have been away away but my mother is here and I like to spend the 6 weeks a year I get to spend wit her really spending with her. I also had to work as the shop is busy, there were book meetings (I'm going to write a book, more about that soon) and there were a few photo shoots on the premises. All super fun things, but I've missed the blog.

I'm back and I come bearing hats. Three wee hats for you to crochet.

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Have fun and see you back later xox

ps: the new born hat is totally inspired by Fozzie Bear

ps ps: I've re-opened my Etsy shop using it as an outlet. You can buy props and stuff there, like these 3 hats.

Happy Easter!

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I'll be signing off for the Easter weekend as it will be a busy one. I have to boil 18 eggs and feed 18 people over a period of two days. Later today I'll be going out for dinner with Anki, Iris and Caroline so I'll have some relax time before the Easter madness begins.

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I've made these for my sister, to add a splash of colour, you can find the pattern here.

Happy a lovely Easter, See you after the weekend xox

101 woonideeën Easter Special and Giveaway

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For Dutch interior magazine, 101 woonideeën, I've designed crochet egg cosies for the Easter special booklet that's included with this month's issue. There are such fun Easter craft projects in this booklet and the layout is just too cute.

You can find the English instructions here and a interview with me over at the 101 woonideeën blog here.

The Giveaway

I was given quite a lot of these booklets so I'm giving them away to 20 of you, yes TWENTY!!

You only have to leave a comment and I'll pick 20 winners on Tuesday the 3rd. The booklets are in Dutch but a total feast to the eye so this giveaway is open to readers worldwide.

Have a lovely weekend xox

This giveaway is now closed.