Starting off…

Welcome to my weekend ‘Crochet-Along’. I will be posting updates over the weekend to support you in making your own pair of Turkish Slippers. Feel free to leave a comment of question if you get stuck.

This pair of slippers is worked ‘in rounds’ which means you never actually finish a row and turn the work around. It is one continuous, spiral row of crochet. So…you need to ‘mark’ the beginning of each row so you can keep a count of the rows and keep your place. I use specially designed markers. A 4cm long piece of contrast coloured thread is good for this.

Use a ‘Magic Ring’ of 6sc to begin at the toe end of the slipper. A tutorial to show you how is found here.

So let’s get started…

Round 1 – Using double yarn, make the 6sc ‘Magic Ring’. Join the last sc to the first sc with a slip stitch.

Round 2 – 1ch, place a short piece of coloured yarn behind this stitch as a ‘place marker’. 2sc into same stitch as slip stitch and then each of the remaining 5sc around. When you get back to the place marker, join with a slip stitch (ss), 1ch. There should be 12sc now. Shift the marker to behind this 1ch.

Round 3 – 1sc into the same stitch as ss, 1sc into next sc and each sc to the end. Join with another ss into first sc of round, 1ch, move marker up. Move marker up after each 1ch of the round.

Round 4 – 1sc into same stitch as ss, *2sc into next sc, 1sc into next sc*, repeat from * to * to end. Join with ss, 1ch.

Round 5 – same as Round 3.

Okay…let’s stop there. If you can’t wait til my next post, just repeat this process again for your second slipper.

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Slip into some slippers

Perth is having a dramatic drop in temperature and it’s time to slip on the slippers. Nothing better than having warm toes when they’ve been cramped in cold shoes all day.

I thought I might have a ‘Crochet-Along’ this weekend. The marking is finished and I really need a crochet fix! Something less cerebral and more creative.

If you want to join me…you’ll need to at least have some idea of the basic /sc/ (single crochet stitch) and /ch/ (the chain stitch)…the rest, well…you’ll need 3-4 balls of an 8ply yarn of your choice and a size 5.00mm crochet hook. All up, if you can find cheap wool or acrylic, this neat pair of cosy slippers will cost around $12.00.

Brush up your crochet skills by doing a quick online ‘how to crochet’ tutorial before you start.

See you in the morning!

Op Shop bag – remade

I found this fabulous crocheted bag at the Salvo’s (Salvation Army Shop). It was easy to see the pattern and so… like all good crochet creatives, I set about recreating this bygone era bag.

I had some wool left over from my crochet hat phase, so used that for the first attempt. The pattern was easy enough, but the real wool (with felting qualities) made it a fuzzy representation of the original…

I decided to seek out some cotton thread, as this was what the original was made with. So, with ‘Sullivans’ Coton-A 5ply crochet & knitting yarn (40% acrylic/60% cotton) I have begun the second offering of this neat bag. The old cane handles are available in yarn shops and the plastic ones I used for the bag above are a cheap alternative. I am going to use the real things for the new bag.

You can see the top of the bag is large, but when it is stitched around the handles, gravity takes over and it drapes beautifully from the handles. Pattern will be uploaded soon too.

Pull Tab (Soda Tab) Crochet

I saw a bag made from pull tabs (off the top of soft drink/soda cans). It was crocheted and the tabs created an amazing ‘indie glomesh’…bigger and better than the original glomesh my grandma’s purse was made out of in the 70’s …so like all things interesting I decided it was something I could make too! There’s a long story to how I gathered enough pull tabs to make it… needless to say I appropriated them. Here’s how it is coming together so far…

Repeat the single crochet around the centre cross bar of the pull tab three times then single crochet before and after the treble from the row beneath.

The yarn in this example is ‘Romantic’ by Moda Vera  –  it may no longer be available. 


Bindy ⛓💙

The Best Beanie

All my 16 year old son’s friends and their dads hailed this as the best beanie and I couldn’t make them quickly enough last winter…

Found at http://www.allfreecrafts.com/crochet/beanie.shtml

I used double 8ply yarn for a really solid and strong beanie. The extra warmth was not really the reason…winter here in Western Australia is rarely colder than 10-15 degrees C during the day. We love to ‘rug up’ though as we all long for a chilly or even white winter! It’s never going to happen…

What’s old is new again

Last year I played around with making my own wallet after seeing a ‘Golden book’  coin purse in a local shop. I had some fabulous old sewing patterns and loved one so much, the thought of carrying it around with me inspired my sewing pattern wallets. I have given many away as gifts and even sold some to a fabulous shop at the top of the hill where I live. They do have a relatively short life compared to the Oroton wallet that did me well for a couple of years, but when they have gone past their use by date, I simply find another pattern and make a new one! This one was a Christmas present…

The pattern envelope is sandwiched between clear plastic and stitched. They aren’t entirely waterproof…but then again I never take my wallet swimming!