Posts Tagged ‘Crochet’

Crochet Kindle Fire Cover Pattern

Monday, February 20th, 2012

My latest crochet pattern! I love my kindle fire and needed a soft and squishy cover to protect it when I am not using it. I chose to create a cable pattern since the cabling adds an extra layer of padding as compared to normal flat crochet or knit.

Carrie Wolf - Crochet Kindle Fire Cover Pattern

You can purchase the pattern in many places:

On Ravelry:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kindle-fire-cover-crochet-cable-fish-pattern
On Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/91906995/crochet-pattern-kindle-fire-cover

On Craftsy:
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/Accessory/Kindle-Fire-Cover-Crochet-Cable-Fish/2119

Carrie Wolf - Crochet Kindle Fire Cover Pattern

Carrie Wolf - Crochet Kindle Fire Cover Pattern

Carrie Wolf - Crochet Kindle Fire Cover Pattern

If you like crochet cables, I highly recommend this book of patterns, very affordable and tons of patterns to learn:

Interlocking Crochet Colorways

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

The interlocking crochet technique opens up a huge range of possibilities. The double-sided patterns are such a bonus, especially when working on blankets and scarves.

Here is a colorway that I have used in a baby blanket for our little friend Sebastian. This is a sample of the same colorway but with a different pattern.

Interlocking Crochet

This book has a great set of patterns and teaches the basics of interlocking crochet.

Interlocking crochet is pretty basic once you get the hang of it. You create 2 separate rows of double crochet filet, then each row is worked with a separate color through the mesh of the other color. Now, when I first bought this book, I actually threw it across the room because I could not figure out the stitches. I HIGHLY recommend that you watch these tutorials by the author before you start.

http://www.interlockingcrochet.com/video-tutorials/interlocking-crochet-video-tutorials.html

This pattern has a different patterned opposite side, some have the same pattern with just the main dominant color reversed.

Interlocking Crochet

Interlocking Crochet

Much more to come!

Crochet Kitty Cat Collar Pattern now available!

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

My pattern for these adorable crochet kitty cat collars is available for purchase here. Pattern also available on Etsy here. The hardware for the collars is also available.

I do also sell the finished collars on Etsy here.

These are so fun to make, the Omega nylon comes in 90 different colors, so you can make a collar for every occasion!

Crochet Kitty Cat Collar Pattern

Crochet Kitty Cat Collar Pattern

How to insert a zipper and lining into a crochet purse tutorial

Friday, July 8th, 2011

I just finished this awesome slate gray crochet purse from my original pattern and now I need to add those important finishing touches of a zipper and lining. I have created this tutorial to show in detail how I did this! To see more images of purses created with this pattern see my earlier blog post.

Purchase this crochet purse pattern here!

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Inserting the zipper:
Purchase a zipper that is an inch or two longer than your opening.

Unzip the zipper and start pinning to the top of the purse. Note how the zipper teeth are just above the last crochet stitch, not below or even. This will help to make sure your crochet does not get caught in the zipper when in use.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Here is a picture looking at it from another angle:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Continue pinning the zipper to the purse all the way around:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

A look at the pinning from a some different angles:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Hand or machine sew the zipper in place. I prefer to hand sew, thus the “organic” stitches:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Note how the extra inches of the zipper just float down into the corner of the purse:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Congratulations! You now have a fully functioning zippered purse!

Next up, I will show you how to line the purse.

Lining the purse:

Lay your purse flat and take the following measurements:
1) Height of the front panel – add 1/2 inch to your measurements
2) Width of the front panel – add 1/2 inch to your measurements
3) Height of the gusset (bottom and side piece) If you have an envelope purse, this measurement is not necessary as there is no bottom per se. – add 1/2 inch to your measurements

Height of front panel of this purse = 5 1/2 inches:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Width of front panel of this purse = 6 1/2 inches:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Height of the gusset = 3 inches

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Cutting your lining fabric:

Cut 2 pieces for your front and back that are 6 x 7 inches (this is your 5 1/2 height + 1/2 seam allowance x 6 1/2 width + 1/2 in seam allowance)

Cut 1 piece for the gusset that is 3 1/2 x 19 inches (this is your 3 in height + 1/2 seam allowance x the sum of the height of the two front panels and width of the front panel including their seam allowances = 6+6+7

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Sewing your lining:

With right sides facing, place one of the front panels centered on the gusset panel as shown below. Place pins 1/2 inch from each side of the front panel to show you where to start and stop sewing.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Sew between the 2 pins.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Pull the front piece back and place the other front piece as described above and pin and sew in place.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Your lining should now look like this:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Now, match up the top of the side of the gusset with the top of the side of one of the front panels and pin. Note how this forms a box shaped corner.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Sew from 1/2 inch from the top down to the corner. Repeat on all 4 sides. Your lining should now look like this:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Test fit your lining by inserting into your purse to make sure it feels like there is more lining than the inside of the purse.

Now, since this particular purse has a gusset and the sides round out and decrease as they get towards the top where the handles attach, you will want to mimic this in the lining. Right now you have a very square lining and a rounded purse. So place some pins about 1/2 inch from the seam angling in a similar angle as the purse sides.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Sew a diagonal line towards the side of the lining. Cut off the excess fabric from both sides.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

See how much more like your purse the lining looks now! Next, press a 1/2 inch seam around the top of the lining.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Now place pins in the middle front of both sides of the lining and the purse.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Now insert the lining into the purse and line up the pins and re-pin the middle fronts of the lining to the middle fronts of the purse.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Now pin the lining all the way around the purse.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Now hand or machine sew all the way around the purse.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Voila! A completely finished purse!!!

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Here are some other colors I have worked my pattern in:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Purchase this crochet purse pattern here!

Trillium Crochet Fiber Art Flower Bouquet

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Trillium Crochet Fiber Art Flower Bouquet

I have been reading up on Botanical Art and Illustration lately in an effort to take my crochet wildflower designs to a new level, how inspiring! I bought these 2 books and highly recommend:

I am intrigued by the beauty and minimalism of ikebana flower arrangements and was inspired to create this arrangement in one of our art glass bud vases. The colors in the glass played off the purple and burgundy trillium so well. The vase sold the day after we took this picture so I am happy we got this shot!

We have been working all summer at WolfArtGlass to deepen the color profiles of our art glass and this vase is a great example of layering multiple colors in the same family, opaque and transparent, to create a very deep rich color.

Trillium Crochet Fiber Art Flower Bouquet

Rain Lily – Crochet Fiber Art

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

You can tell that recently we finally had a good rain after months without because the rain lilies are everywhere! I love the resiliency of these amazing wildflowers. Here is my crochet Rain Lily nestled among its real counterparts: Oh and yeah, if you look real close at this first picture, you will see my arch enemy poison ivy mere inches from the flowers I was photographing…..

Rain Lily - Crochet Fiber Art

Rain Lily - Crochet Fiber Art

Rain Lily - Crochet Fiber Art

Rain Lily - Crochet Fiber Art

Ode to the Mexican Hat Wildflower

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Lately I have been working the Mexican Hat wildflower motif in clay and when I started looking back through photos for this post, I realized that I have been making Mexican Hats in some form or another for years now. Each year these amazing flowers bloom here at the house and they have apparently been more of an inspiration to my art than I had ever realized!

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

I have been drawing them…

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

I have been crocheting them…

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

And now pottery!!

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

Mexican Hat Wildflower Pottery

Crochet Wildflowers – Mexican Hats and Greenthread

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

This Spring has been an amazing one for our wildflowers. Dean has been taking so many pictures and video that I was inspired to create these crochet versions of two of my favorites – the Mexican Hat and Greenthread. I have some other designs in the works!

Crochet Wildflowers

Crochet Wildflowers

Crochet Wildflowers

Crochet Silver Wire in Glass Paperweight

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Dean and I experimented with some of my silver wire crochet in a glass paperweight last night during our glass-blowing session. Pretty interesting stuff, we will definitely work on this some more to see how we can cross-pollinate our crafts.

Crochet Silver Wire Glass Paperweight

Crochet Silver Wire Glass Paperweight

Blue Crochet Baby Tuque

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Blue Crochet Baby Tuque

Eden Madil Bamboo – Tahoe Blue and White yarn

favorite blue

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

favorite blue

Peachey Lace Crochet Choker – Etsy Treasury

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Peachy Lace

new crochet scarves!

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

I have been working the past month or so on a bunch of new merino wool crochet scarves – I am really happy how they are turning out!

The patterns for the blue and red scarves are from this awesome crochet pattern book The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Design, a must have for any level of crocheter. The blue scarf pattern is on page 152 pattern #190 and the red scarf pattern is on page 219 pattern # 290.

The pattern for the brown scarf is from the equally awesome book 220 more Crochet Stitches. Also a must have for your crochet reference library. This pattern is on page 35 pattern #I.71.

blue merino wool crochet scarf

blue malabrigo merino wool crochet scarf

nutmeg merino wool crochet scarf

nutmeg merino wool crochet scarf

cinnamon merino wool crochet scarf

cinnamon merino wool crochet scarf

crochet easter bonnet with pansy

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

About 4 years ago in 2008 I first made this cute little crochet Easter bonnet. I was messing around making hats and made this one without writing my pattern down. I also used a pansy flower design that was not my own. So, fast forward to 2012 and I finally have created the pattern using my original pansy flower design!

As you can see from the comments on this post, I am WAY overdue!

You can purchase this pattern several places:

On Ravelry:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-pansy-easter-bonnet-hat
On Etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/92837841/crochet-pansy-easter-bonnet-toddler-baby
On Craftsy:
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/Accessory/Crochet-Pansy-Easter-Bonnet-BabyToddler/5372

Here are pictures of my new design:

Carrie Wolf - Toddler Easter Crochet Bonnet with Pansy

Carrie Wolf - Toddler Easter Crochet Bonnet with Pansy

Here are the pictures of my original prototype, the hat is the exact same one as above except this hat below does not have my original pansy:

Carrie Wolf - Toddler Easter Crochet Bonnet with Pansy

Carrie Wolf - Toddler Easter Crochet Bonnet with Pansy

UPDATE New Crochet Purse – product shots

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

I have completed the pattern for this awesome purse! I am working it up in black and slate gray and they looks amazing. Here is the post of the black purse.

Purchase this crochet purse pattern here!

Would you like to know how I inserted the zipper and lining into this purse? Here is a tutorial on how to do this!

Started this Friday and finished Saturday, crocheted with Dark Olive Hilos La Espiga nylon no.18. I took my favorite leather purse and created a template for me to crochet.