DIY: Easy Wooly Flower - Headband

25 03 2014

End of last week I played a bit with carnations.

My lovely daughter joined in.

DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht

Poor girl - she had to stay home from school for a week dealing with a really bad flu-like cold and fever for many days. 

It was a hard week for both of us because she loves her weekly rhythm with lots of sports, activities and friends.

Not being able to do any of this and being tied to the sofa made her even more miserable.

The day I brought home the carnations was the first day she was feeling better.

I was so glad to finally see her smiling and having rosy cheeks again!

We came up with this super simple to make headband. So cute and romantic...

DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht

In case you like to make one too you'll need:

 - 3,5 meter merino wool roving and some fresh flowers to decorate the headband

Leaving a tail of about 40cm roving simply chain the wool with your fingers until desired length around the head is reached.

Tie both tails together with a knot and then another knot.

Cut the flower stems short and weave them into the wooly chain.

That's all.

DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht

After we were done playing with the headband I stored it on a wall hook and by now - a few days later - the flowers have beautifully dried up and the headband makes a nice decoration...

Happy Day,

Anette

P.S. Today is Creadienstag


Easy Chunky Crochet Heart Pillow

11 02 2014 DIY

I am really into this extrem thick wool thing lately.

It's fun, because a project is done in a few minutes, looks cool and feels oh so cozy!

For this chunky crochet heart pillow I used un-spun wool called roving.

Chunky Crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Häkelherzkissen aus Kammzugwolle

Since I am located in Germany I ordered my wool from a german supplier but roving is available everywhere online and is usually used for spinnig your own yarn.

I picked this really soft merino roving and a crochet hook size 25mm which I ordered here.

I parted my string of roving in half and rolled it back into a ball - so my yarn size was approximately 12.5mm when I slightly twisted the roving a bit for measuring the thickness.

For one chunky heart you will need about 40 meters (about 650gram) of roving for crocheting the heart and about another 20 meters for stuffing the heart.

You can use the same wool roving for stuffing or some less expensive roving (that's what I did as you can see the white wool on the picture further below) or you can use some polyester filling from the craft store.

Here we go - you crochet in a round and because I usually totally confuse counting crochet in rounds I came up with a really simple tutorial with very little counting :-)

Start: Chain 2

Rnd1: work 4 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook

Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung

Rnd2 and all following rounds: alternate 1 single crochet in next 2 , 2 single crochet in next... repeat until you can count 24 stitches all around.

Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung

Next Rnd: single crochet in each stitch around (you can mark your start point with a piece of ribbon for example so you know when you made it all the way around)

Next Rnd: single crochet in next 6, skip 12, single crochet in last 6

Next Rnd: single crochet in next 12 (each stitch around)

Next Rnd: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat all the way around

Next Rnd: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung

Second heart bump:

Rnd1: single crochet in next 12 stitches

Rnd2: single crochet in next 12 stitches

Rnd3: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat all the way around

Stuff your heart with your extra roving or filling material. 

Rnd4: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat

Fasten off and with the tail end and using just your fingers weave the hole shut between the heart bumps.

Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung Chunky crochet heart pillow tutorial by lebeslustiger.com, Herzhäkelkissen Anleitung

I then washed my chunky heart on a 30 degree WOOL-cycle in the washing machine together with a tennis ball. 

Afterwards I let it dry on the heater - turn from time to time.  

Note: It's not like the usual felting in the machine were you choose a warm-cold cycle and your piece felts a lot.

This is a very light felting with the wool cycle just to give the roving a bit more strength and to prevent pilling. 

Happy Valentines Day,

Anette 

Today is Creadienstag

P.S. 

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Hop Along To Easter

28 02 2013

I found this adorable pattern on Pinterest and changed it just a bit. Really fun and easy pattern and the little bunny is done in a very few minutes.

You could decorate it for your easter brunch table, put it up the wall, window, door, cabinet, shelf...make a few for a mobile or a garland...also very cute year around in a nursery or kids room! 

Who doesn' t like the company of a dear bunny, right? 

You can find my inspiration here at Love the Blue Bird. Thank you for this great pattern!

And here is how I made it:

Again - I used fabric yarn - simply because I have so much of it and plus i really like it, too.

Start with a magic ring. I have always read about this magical ring thing in tutorials and finally looked it up on you-tube...

Make 6 single crochet stitches in that ring and pull the yarn ending - magic!

A perfectly nice ring!

Join with a slip stitch. I always marked the slip stitch with a little piece of thread so I knew when I finished the round.

Round 2:

Chain one - then 2 single crochet together in each stitch, join with a slip stitch. 

Round 3:

Chain one - then one single crochet in the first stitch, then 2 single crochet together in the next one, repeat until round is finished.

Join with a slip stitch. 

Round 4:

Chain one - then one single crochet, one single crochet, 2 single crochet (in one stitch), repeat until round is finished.

Join with a slip stitch. 

Now comes the little head:

Somehow I miss pictures for that part - SORRY!

Chain one - then one half double crochet and a treble crochet in the next stitch, two treble crochet in each of the next two stitches, one treble crochet and a half double crochet in the next stitch.

There is your little bunny head! 

Now - no additional chain - just start going around with slip stitches until the first treble crochet on the other side.

Chain 7  for the first ear.

Make a half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and then 4 treble crochet.

Slip stitch in the third treble crochet from the head and then chain 7.

Make a half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and then 4 treble crochet.

Slip stitch in the sixth treble crochet from former round - leave a bit of tail - cut and pull your yarn right thru.

NO additional slip stitches here.

Take your ending and weave those holes close. With this fabric yarn I just use my fingers to do that and place a knot when finished. 

Now decide on a little bunny tail to add.

I actually like the simple floppy one best :-)

Plus - it is so much less work than a bobble...

More yarn creativity is collected @Nic's today

Happy Hopping Day,

Anette 


I Heart Valentine Crochet

13 02 2013 DIY

I collected lots of crochet hearts over at my "Happy Busy Hands" Pinterest board and got really inspired to make a simple one myself. 

They are so fun to make and also make great little gifts or a nice decoration - not only for Valentine's day... 

I used recycled cotton yarn because it's a bit heavier and stiff so that the heart keeps up its shape nicely.

Here is how you start:

Row 1:

Chain 3 plus 1 more chain for turning. You ALWAYS end your row with one turning chain.

Row 2:

One increase in the first single crochet, then one single crochet and another increase in the last single crochet. One turning chain.

Row 3, 4, 5, 6 

One increase in the first single crochet, then single crochet in the middle stitches and another increase in the last single crochet. One turning chain.

Row 7:

Just single crochet - no increases - one turning chain

Row 8,9:

One increase in the first single crochet, then single crochet in the middle stitches and another increase in the last single crochet. One turning chain.

Row 10:

Just single crochet - no increases - one turning chain

Row 11:

One increase in the first single crochet, then single crochet in the middle stitches and another increase in the last single crochet. One turning chain.

Row 12, 13, 14:

Just single crochet - no increases - Total stitches at this point are 19. One turning chain.

Row 15: 

Starting the right lobe:

Single crochet 9 stitches and one turning chain. 

Row 16:

Start the row with one decrease - meaning you "skip" one - single crochet the rest, total stitches in this row: 8. One turning chain.

Row 17: 

Decrease with first two stitches of the row, single crochet in the middle stitches and decrease with the last two stitches of the row. 

Total 6. One turning chain.

Row 18: 

As row 17. Total 4

Row 19: 

Two decreases. Cut the yarn and finish. 

Left lobe:

Single crochet into the 9th stitch from the left side.

There will be one unused single crochet left in the middle of the row.

Complete row. Total of 9 stitches. Make one turning chain.

Row 16 left lobe:

Single crochet 7 then one decrease with the last two stitches. Total 8. One turning chain.

Row 17:

Decrease with first two stitches of the row, single crochet in the middle stitches and decrease with the last two stitches of the row.

Total 6. One turning chain.

Row 18:

As row 17. Total 4

Row 19:

Two decreases.

Don't cut the yarn - instead go all around the outer edge of your heart with single crochet.

Make three stitches in one on the tip of the heart to create a nice tip. You can also go twice in one stitch somewhere around the lobe to make a nice shape.

Sometimes it gets a little tricky finding the right place for your stitch but it will be all fine in the end :) 

It could even be extra fine with adding a little sparkle design to your heart...

Just use plenty of glitter medium and plenty of glitter!

I really like the isosceles cross symbol right now - it stands for stability and protection in celtic tradition.

Happy Valentine's day,

Anette 

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