Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon by lydienne

A great use for leftovers of yarn. You need less than 10 grams/0.35 oz of each color when you use four colors. My hot air balloon is 13 cm/5.25 inches high.

Note: For the balloon start each round with ch2 (counts as dc) and end each round with a slip stitch in the new color.
The basket is worked in continuous rounds.

Balloon

ch 4, join with sl st to form ring
R 1: 14 dc
R 2: 2 dc in ea st (28 dc)
R 3: *2 dc in 1, dc* repeat (42 dc)
R 4 and 5: 42 dc
R 6: *dc2tog, dc* repeat (28 dc)
R 7: 28 dc
R 8: dc2tog around (14 dc)
R 9: *dc2tog, 5 dc* repeat (12 dc)
R 10: 12 dc
R 11: sc2tog in BLO (6 sc)
Stuff and close remaining hole.

Basket

ch 2
R 1: 6 sc
R 2: 2 sc in ea st (12 sc)
R 3: 12 sc in BLO
R 4 and 5: 12 sc
R 6: 12 sl st
Weave both ends in.

Now I connected the balloon and the basket at three points. I just made knots and hid the ends.

Have fun crocheting and don’t forget to add your project on ravelry! I’d be very happy to see it! 🙂

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Doily

Doily

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I made this doily for my mother’s birthday. I’m much into lace stuff this days. You can find the free pattern here.

 

 

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Here’s another lace thingy I made. The motif is taken from an old doily.

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Tunisian Short Row Potholder

Tunisian Short Row Potholder

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I tried this pattern because it’s completely different to other potholders and I love Tunisian crochet. It worked up quite fast or at least it felt like that. 😉

It’s the first project with variegated yarn that I really like. In this context this type of yarn just looks best.

But then not all variegated yarns work. I really liked the bright colors of this yarn (Schachenmayr Bamboo Batik). I saw on ravelry that it is used for sweaters and then really looks good, just not for a “tiny” potholder. I frogged it.

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You can find the easy but not boring pattern here. It has a great video tutorial!

Stopper Gnome or Kabouter

Stopper Gnome or Kabouter

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Stopper Gnome (or Kabouter) by lydienne

For personal use only. Pattern may not be republished or sold. Products may not be sold without my written permission.

Stitches used (US terms):
ch = chain stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch

Other abbreviations:
BLO = in back loops only
FLO = in front loops only
sk = skip
FO = Fasten off.

Hat in red
ch 2
R 1: 3 sc
R 2: 4 sc
R 3: 6 sc
R 4: 10 sc
R 5: 10 sc
R 5: 12 sc
R 6: 14 sc
R 7: 16 sc
R 8: 20 sc

Face in rose
R 9: 20 sc in BLO
R 10: 20 sc
R 11: 20 sc
R 12: 16 sc
R 13: 16 sc

Clothes in blue
R 14: 16 sc in FLO
R 15: 20 sc
R 16 : 25 sc
R 17: 25 sc
R 18: 25 sc
R 19: 25 sc
Stuff the head and put the stopper into the crocheted piece.
R 20: 20 sc
R 21: 15 sc
R 22: 9 sc
FO, close hole

Beard
ch 8 + 1
Row 1: 1 sl st, 2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 sc, 1 sl st
R 2: ch, turn, sk 1st st, 1 sc, 2 dc in next 2 sts, 1 sc, sl st
R 3: ch 1 , turn, sk sl st, sl st in next, ch 2, 1 dc in next 4 sts, ch 2, sl st in sc of row before
Sew beard onto face.

Embroider nose (in rose), eyes (in black, brown, or whatever color you like), eye brows and hair (in white).

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And look what my parents gave us some days after I finished this gnome. 🙂

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For a green lover

For a green lover

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Started yesterday evening and finished this mitts today. You can find the pattern here. It’s well written with lots of pictures.

These are my alterations for the project:

Finished after 9 rows of hearts and not 10. Worked one round of sc to finish.

By using only 2 colors I didn’t have to cut yarn at the end of each round. I carried the yarn inside the mitts.

I found the thumb wouldn’t work. So, I did it as follows:

Rnd 1: same as in pattern

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next two scs, sc2tog, sc in next 3 scs, sc2tog, sc in next 6 scs, sc2tog, sl st in first sc.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next two scs, sc2tog, sc in next 2 scs, sc2tog, sc in next 5 scs, sc2tog, sl st in first sc.

Rnd 4 and 5: sc around

 

I think it’s a very nice and quick project, especially  for Valentine’s Day!

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