Happy New Year!!

02 01 2017 DIY

Love yourself even a bit more and spread love and kindness around you - It's free and I really do believe this will help making the world a better place these days...

These adorable little chunky crochet hearts are perfect to get you into the right mood for this.

The crochet hearts are great for decorating on any occasion throughout the year (not only for Valentine's Day but for sure it's very perfect for that special day...) and also make wonderful little handmade gifts.

I have chosen recycled fabric yarn for this quick and easy project, but any other yarn is fine too.

Fabric yarn makes a really solid heart whereas other yarns will be softer.

If you choose thinner yarn you need to adjust the stitches and do more rounds.

Material you need for one crochet heart:

- about 11m not too thick fabric yarn ( mine is from Wollfactory) - if your yarn is very wide you can cut it in half or you can cut your own yarn from an old t-shirt for example.

- crochet hook size 6.0mm

- scissors

- a little bit of filling (some un-spun wool like I used or yarn left-overs or some synthetic fill material)

Here we go - you crochet in rounds 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 - leave the first chain really wide (picture step 1)

Rnd1: work 4 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook (meaning in that first wide chain...), pull the ending tight to form a close and nice tip (picture step 2 and picture step 3)

Now...

(For the full tutorial please click "continue reading" further below )

Crochet Heart pattern tutorial, make these cute little crochet hearts from fabric yarn or any other yarn and you will have great little ornaments or gift tags for any occasion - also grat for Valentine's craft. Original tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Häkel Herz Anleitung, DIY Häkel Herz

Crochet Heart pattern tutorial, make these cute little crochet hearts from fabric yarn or any other yarn and you will have great little ornaments or gift tags for any occasion on hand - also great for Valentine's craft. Original tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Häkel Herz Anleitung, DIY Häkel Herz

Crochet Heart pattern tutorial, make these cute little crochet hearts from fabric yarn or any other yarn and you will have great little ornaments or gift tags for any occasion on hand - also great for Valentine's craft. Original tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Häkel Herz Anleitung, DIY Häkel Herz Crochet Heart pattern tutorial, make these cute little crochet hearts from fabric yarn or any other yarn and you will have great little ornaments or gift tags for any occasion on hand - also great for Valentine's craft. Original tutorial by lebenslustiger.com, Häkel Herz Anleitung, DIY Häkel Herz


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3D Cube-Style Crochet Coasters

15 06 2015 DIY

If you have been on my blog before you might have seen our wonderful round solid oak table. (For example in this post)

The smooth surface of the table is just left natural and besides a light oil finish there is no protection especially against liquids.

But not only wood can react to spills - many other natural materials like marble for example are sensitiv too.

So I came up with some modern and stylish 3D cube-style crochet coasters which work perfect for hot cups of tea or what ever your favourite drink – warm or cold – might be.

Full DIY tutorial on how to tapestry crochet these cool 3D cube-style coasters by lebenslustiger.com

They also make great little gifts to bring at the next dinner party invitation ;-)

Plus you can work on them everywhere - don’t you love those little handwork projects you can work on while waiting somewhere?

You will make a set of 6 coasters in no time...

I have chosen two different grey tones – one lighter and the other one darker – and a beige and added splashes of colour in light peach, vanilla and orange.

Of course you can choose any colour combination you like.

I would just make sure to have a lighter and a darker shade and a contrasting third colour so the 3D effect will show.

I used a 4mm mercerised cotton yarn for crocheting because I liked the festive touch of the shimmer and the sturdiness oft the finished coaster. The technique I am using is tapestry crochet and I will walk you through step by step. Material list: I used “DROPS Muskat Mercerized” 100% Cotton but any other cotton yarn will do
  • Gauge: 10x10cm (4“x4“) 21st x 28 rows
  • Weight: 50gr (1.8 oz) = 100m (109yds)
Colors:
  • 19 light grey
  • 24 medium grey
  • 10 peach
  • 51 light orange
  • 30 vanilla yellow
  • 23 beige

Tools you need:

  • Crochet hook 4,5mm (UK7, US7)
  • Needles: 4mm or 4,5mm (US6 or 7/UK6 or 7)
  • Scissors
  • Needle to sew in the endings

A finished coaster has a hexagonal shape with the sides being about 5-6cm long and the diagonal about 10cm.

Full DIY tutorial on how to tapestry crochet these cool 3D cube-style coasters by lebenslustiger.com

Start: Yarn light grey

  • Ch 13

Row 1: position your second colour - orange in my case - to travel inside each grey Sc

  • Yarn light grey Sc1 in 2nd Ch from hook, Sc9

Now and in every row...

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