Finished Objects, Past Projects

Danish Heart Garland

After seeing this Danish heart pin on Pinterest, I was reminded that I haven’t yet posted about my own Danish heart projects! I have made many of these adorable interwoven hearts from the free pattern on alipyper.com.

Danish Heart Garland

My most ambitious version of the project is a garland that I hang in the doorway for Valentine’s Day. Each heart is made from two ovals with slits, which get folded in half and interwoven. It’s much easier than it looks – my favorite kind of project! 🙂

Danish Heart Garland

I made the garland out of two different thread sizes: Aunt Lydia’s (sparkly) Iced Bamboo, and Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Cotton (size 10). I alternated the larger (Iced Bamboo) and smaller (Classic Crochet Cotton) hearts on a crocheted chain that’s made from leftover thread held together.

Crochet Heart Ornament

This past Christmas, I made a few of the hearts as gift toppers. I experimented with some different color combinations (above) to coordinate with wrapping paper, and also did some in the classic color combo.

Woven Crochet Heart Ornament

My garland got a first place award in its category at the contest last year. Love this pattern – give it a try!

Finished Objects, Past Projects

Sunburst Pineapple Doily

The second part of my “mini” and “mega” doily challenge was to use the Sunburst Pineapple Doily pattern for its original thread crochet purpose. For this one, I used Aunt Lydia’s (Size 10) in River Blue.

Sunburst Pineapple Doily

You’ll notice that I took some liberties with the pattern, so it looks a bit different than the doily blanket. The points of this doily don’t overlap, but rather stay flat. The overlapping points are made by finishing off the doily on one of the rounds, then crocheting each point individually. But here, I continued crocheting in rounds.

Sunburst Pineapple Doily

I chose to make this change for practical reasons. The first was that the doily was getting too large for its diameter category in the crochet contest. The second was that I was running out of thread, and the store didn’t have any left in stock. So, I improvised the edge as I frequently do. How cheap resourceful.

Sunburst Pineapple Doily

For such a simple, repetitive design, it really does have impressive results. And what a great colorway! My thread crochet version got a fourth place honor, and the judges commented on the nice shade of the thread.

Finished Objects, Past Projects

Doily Blanket

I challenged myself to a task for the contest last year: make two versions of a doily in different sizes. The “mini” version was to be made of thread, and the “mega” version was to be made from yarn. Here’s the final result of the larger version: a doily blanket.

Sunburst Doily Afghan

The pattern is the Sunburst Pineapple doily, which is a rather large doily even when made with its intended thread. My blanket version was made out of the lovely Antique Teal shade of I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby.

Sunburst Pineapple Doily Afghan

No awards for this one, but I do really like it. In fact, it’s one of the few crocheted afghans that I have out on display. It’s draped over the living room loveseat at this very moment. 🙂

Sunburst Pineapple Doily Afghan

Crocheted Snowdrop Treetop Angel
Finished Objects

Snowdrop Treetop Angel

This past weekend, I got it into my head that I wanted to make a tree topper angel. (Nothing like waiting until the last minute!) We have one on our tree that I purchased on Etsy before I got into thread crochet myself. It’s nice, but I thought it would be much more meaningful to have one of my own creations atop the tree.

I perused Ravelry and Google’s image search to find a pattern that I liked. I found plenty of lovely designs, but the ones that I really liked were published in now out-of-print books or otherwise not available. The only logical solution: create my first original design! Presenting the Snowdrop Angel:

Crochet Snowdrop Treetop Angel

To say that this is my first original design isn’t strictly true. I have done a few other projects that were essentially my own design – I just didn’t write the pattern. In an effort to create something that I could reproduce, though, I took the time to write down coherent steps. And it was HARD.

Crochet Snowdrop Treetop Angel

The process of writing down the pattern certainly slowed things down. When I designed this angel, I knew what elements I liked, but I actually closed all of the programs on my computer except Word so I wouldn’t be influenced by other projects. It was mostly trial and error. For many of the rows/rounds, I tried and frogged several different possibilities before getting one that gave me the correct look and shaping.

Crochet Snowdrop Treetop Angel

I even created an entire wing assembly design and decided that, although it was nice, it didn’t really match the style of the other components. So I tried again.

Crochet Snowdrop Treetop Angel

This angel is made with Rustica Eclat crochet thread, which you can purchase at Hobby Lobby (see link). It has iridescent strands that give the Snowdrop Angel the appropriate glistening effect.

Crochet Snowdrop Treetop Angel

I was worried that when I stiffened the angel (with a mixture of craft glue and water), the iridescent strands wouldn’t show through enough. But they do! I’m so glad. 🙂 The finished angel is about 8.5″ tall – perfect for our smallish-sized tree.

Crochet Snowdrop Treetop Angel

I really, really, really want to make this pattern available, and I certainly intend to. I had thought I would publish it along with the finished photos, but it’s still rough and there’s a good chance there are errors. It’s important to me that people who want to try it be successful, so I’m going to wait until I have a chance to polish the pattern and test it myself. (After some time has passed so I’m not just remembering how I made it!) Plus… who is going to be making more Christmas decorations at this point?! (Besides me, of course.)

I hope you have a great Christmas! Much love for all of your encouragement on my projects throughout the past year. 🙂

Finished Objects, Past Projects

Cobweb Scarf

I don’t know about you, but I just can’t stop creating scarves. For someone who likes to try different different types of patterns, stitches, and yarns, there’s no better project. Plus, they’re awesome gifts. And to keep. A girl just can’t have too many. I made this one almost a year ago. (Wow, has it been that long?!) It’s the Cobweb Scarf by Joan Barnett.

Cobweb thread crochet scarf

I used Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Cotton in the Monet (930) variegated colorway. I’d loved this thread for a long time (still do), and was looking for an awesome way to use it. The stitch pattern, which was pretty easy to memorize, and the beading are lovely.

Cobweb thread crochet scarf

I modified my version slightly by adding more “cobweb” square repeats (six across instead of just three), and incorporated more beading on the edges.

Cobweb thread crochet scarf

I’m not going to lie – the beading was such a pain on this project. I used a thumbtack to shove the thread loop through the tiny beads. Every. Single. Time. Lots of poked fingers, and my patience was definitely tested. I wouldn’t recommend using such small beads if you don’t have lots of time to get this project done. For me, the result is worth it. It’s a little heavy, but I like wearing it.

Cobweb thread crochet scarf

This was one of my projects for the contest last summer… I’m pretty sure it got an Honorable Mention in the accessory category.

Finished Objects, Past Projects

Crocheted Angel Ornaments

Now it’s officially acceptable to talk Christmas (I’m looking at you, Christmas in July at Hobby Lobby), so I thought I’d share one of my ornament projects.

Crochet angel ornaments

One of the funny little things that my husband and I have in common is that we both had crocheted angels at the top of our Christmas trees while growing up. Although I haven’t made a full-size one yet, I’ve made a few miniature versions. These ornaments are made from the Lora’s Angel pattern – one of the best angel patterns I’ve found (and it’s free!). Mine were made with Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread. They really need to be starched again, but you get the idea. 🙂 It’s an awesome pattern – give it a try!

Finished Objects

A Tale of Two Harunis

Hot on the heels of my Chroma Lollipop Haruni project wrapup, here is the other Haruni shawl that I made soon after. This one was made with my Knit Picks Comfy in Sea Foam.

knit picks comfy yarn haruni shawl

I’m still not too sure about this one. Because the yarn doesn’t have the “halo” that the Chroma has, it seems less forgiving of my uneven stitches.

knit picks comfy yarn haruni shawl

When it’s flat, like it is in the photos, it looks great. But drape it over anything… like, oh, say, shoulders… and it doesn’t seem to hang quite right. I do love the color, though, and it was nice to use a solid shade to give more emphasis to the pattern. Another thing I like? The fact that I went with the crocheted edging on this one rather than the I-cord option (which I used on my Chroma version).

knit picks comfy yarn haruni shawl

In any case, I was very pleased to make this lovely pattern again! I rarely repeat patterns, but I wouldn’t mind creating several more Haruni shawls.

Pssst… I went on a little weekend getaway and yes, it involved a yarn-store stop. Can’t wait to share the details and my haul. 🙂

To see this project on Ravelry, click here.

Finished Objects

Chroma Lollipop Haruni Shawl

You may recall that I purchased some Knit Picks Chroma yarn in Lollipop to make a Haruni shawl. Well here it is!

Chroma Lollipop Haruni Shawl

I got the idea to use the yarn for this pattern after seeing one created by a Ravelry user. It’s a fantastic way to take advantage of the gradually transitioning colors – just look at the neat ripples it makes on the edging!

Chroma Lollipop Haruni Shawl

I had a lot of trouble keeping my center stitches even in this pattern. I thought it might just be because of the varying thicknesses found in the yarn, but I had the same problem with the one I made with my Comfy yarn.

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There are two edging options for this project – a crocheted edging and a knit I-cord edging. For the sake of trying something new, I went with the I-cord edging. Now that I’m done, I think I would have preferred the daintier crocheted edging option. Oh well – now I know! Practice makes perfect, and I still need a lot of practice. 🙂

Chroma Lollipop Haruni Shawl

See this project on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/BabycakesCreates/haruni

Finished Objects

Between-Meal Centerpiece Wrap-Up

I realized that, despite several updates about my Between-Meal Centerpiece project, I haven’t yet posted the final pics. Here it is, in all its glory. And by that, I mean it’s glorious that it’s finished. 🙂

between meal centerpiece

As much as I like giving my projects as gifts, this one is for me. I love the colors, I love the size, I love the design.

between meal centerpiece

The only thing I don’t love? My serious lack of blocking skills. I try and try, but I still need improvement.

between meal centerpiece

In fact, most of the critical comments I got during judging for the contest (on several pieces) were related to my blocking. I think I’m just impatient to complete the project and don’t spend enough time on the blocking process. Any helpful hints or advice? What’s your blocking method?

between meal centerpiece

This one got a second place ribbon at the contest. Here it is on display – you can also see a hint of one of my other projects peeking in at the right:

between meal centerpiece

See this project on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/BabycakesCreates/between-meal-centerpiece

Finished Objects

Stained Glass Granny Square Afghan

I wasn’t planning to share another granny square project so close on the heels of my gingham baby blanket post, but the feature on stained glass crochet projects over at Crochet Concupiscence made me want to share my own.

stained glass crochet

If you’re active in online crochet sources, you can probably spot the inspiration for this one right away. Like many, many other crafters, I’m a big fan of JulieAnny’s Stained Glass Afghan Square by Julie Yeager. It’s a lovely design with textured details that I just had to try.

stained glass crochet

I made some modifications to the original design to add more of a “linked” appearance between the squares, but the spirit of the design remains the same.

stained glass crochet

I chose really bright, fun, happy colors in two shades each. I was originally just using the pink, yellow, and blue shades (it had a CMYK thing going for it, which I loved), but it needed an additional color to work for the size I had in mind.

stained glass crochet

This one got a third place award in the contest. I’m honored. 🙂 And speaking of the contest, and stained glass afghans, here’s an afghan that I loved from that contest. The creator’s name (NOT ME) has been cropped out to respect privacy, but if it’s yours and you want credit, let me know! Here’s the pattern on Ravelry if you’re interested. How beautiful are those shades of pink and green?!

stained glass crochet

See my project on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/BabycakesCreates/julieannys-stained-glass-afghan-square