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1  Little Rainbowy Purse in Crochet: Completed Projects by red_door on: June 01, 2007 12:23:37 PM
This is a little purse I made for my god-daughter's fourth birthday present. I filled it up with little goodies like art supplies, sparkly hair clips, and a wood bead necklace kit. I like it's rainbowy goodness Smiley  I sort of patterned it after the look of the Orange You Glad bag in The Happy Hooker book, but didn't follow the book's pattern.



Basically, I made two squares the same size out of Red Heart variegated yarn (I think it was 24 or 25 single crochet by 30 rows) and then a strap about 8 or 9 single crochets wide and as long as seemed appropriate. Then I sewed all the pieces together with single crochet and a plain color yarn and then added some reverse single crochet along the top edges of the squares. I don't think I've ever made anything with quite this concentration of single crochet, but I think it came out pretty well. Hope you like the rainbowy goodness, too!
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2  Birthday Jewelry in Crochet: Completed Projects by red_door on: April 23, 2007 12:39:11 PM
I finished these little bits this weekend as a birthday gift for my mom. The pattern for the fan part of the necklace is in the April/May issue of CrochetToday magazine. For the earrings, I crocheted around 5mm jump rings and made a little chained loop to attach to the earwire. Then I connected the pearl with a headpin through the crochet.


Today's the day, so we'll see what mom thinks Smiley
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3  Re: Baby Duds in Crochet: Completed Projects by red_door on: April 02, 2007 09:32:15 AM
Thanks for the compliments, everyone. Baby duds are so fun to make Smiley

stitch and stones, I used the pattern here http://peanutzmom1.tripod.com/hats.html for the pumpkin hat. I don't remember if I changed anything. If I did, I don't think it was anything major. I think the striped version there is really cute, too. I'll have to try that one soon.

momkat, the little puff balls on the edge of the purple sweater and hoodie are part of the yarn I used. It's Ci Ci from Patons. I think it's really fun, too! It also looks much better than the original trim I had on the sweater, which was just pastel variegated baby yarn double stranded.

The little pom poms are much better, don't you think? I just did a row of single crochet with the Ci Ci yarn. I hope you post photos of anything you make with this fun trim!
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4  Re: It's Almost April, so Hats and Scarves, Of Course in Crochet: Completed Projects by red_door on: April 02, 2007 09:22:52 AM
Wow, thanks for the compliments, everyone. I'm enjoying my new crochet obsession and hats and scarves are fun and don't take too terribly long, so they make me feel productive Smiley The cable one took a lot longer than I expected, though. I guess there are extra stitches involved because of how the cables work. I thought it was interesting, though. I'd never made cables before.

datura, the ripple hat and scarf patterns only use one color, so you can make up your own color scheme however you want. I thought that was fun. Also, I think I added a row or two to the bottom of the hat so I could add my scarf colors in. I also ended up slip stitching one of the stripes on there. I don't remember exactly what I did, but winging it seemed to work out fine!

tigergirl, I think I have the URLs for the hat patterns in my notebook at home. I try to remember to post them for you tonight or tomorrow. I'm not sure the exact definition of a beanie, but these aren't really short. They're more like stocking caps, I'd think, but I'm sure you could make them as long or as short as you'd like. Here's a photo of my brother in the cabled hat. He says he has a big head, so the sizing may vary, but I think the pattern has a couple of sizes, which I think is cool.

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5  Baby Duds in Crochet: Completed Projects by red_door on: March 30, 2007 10:01:08 AM
Here are some baby duds that I've finished for some of my friends' munchkins lately.

This sweater's from CrochetMe's Baby It's Cold Outside pattern at http://www.crochetme.com/Feb_Mar_2005/patt_baby_sweater.html. This is the second one I've made from this pattern and they're both fun. The little pixie hood pattern was kind of made up from a pixie hood post I saw on Craftster before that were variations on this patttern: http://www.angelfire.com/folk/celtwich/Pixiehood.html.


For the same baby, I made a little pumpkin hat. She was born in October, so it's appropriate Smiley


Finally, for my friend's one-year-old's birthday, I made Alicia Paulson's Cecily Sweater: http://www.rosylittlethings.com/crocecily.html

It was really fun, and (I think) really cute.

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6  It's Almost April, so Hats and Scarves, Of Course in Crochet: Completed Projects by red_door on: March 30, 2007 09:39:47 AM
Since it's getting all nice and springy, I figure, what better time to post all the hats and scarves I made for my Fall/Winter birthday and Christmas gifts? I guess it's like Spring Cleaning on all the posts I should make. Wink

First, a hat and scarf set:
The hat's from the CrochetMe Bellilveau Cove pattern at http://www.crochetme.com/belliveau-cove-gulf-shores. I added a cord that I made so that my friend could make it tighter around her head, if she wants. The scarf is from the Happy Hooker's One Skein Scarf pattern. I added an extra round of sc in contrasting yarn to make it wider and to make it match the hat more.

Another hat and scarf set:
I made these from free patterns available at the Woolcrafting website: http://www.woolcrafting.com/ripple-hat-pattern.html and http://www.woolcrafting.com/ripple-scarf-pattern.html. I used Red Heart Soft yarn for these and they feel really nice and soft.

Finally, three hats I made for my parents and brother for Christmas:
The third one is also from the CrochetMe Belliveau Cove pattern.  The others are also from free online patterns.
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7  Amigurumi Kitty in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by red_door on: March 16, 2007 08:38:23 AM
This is my first official amigurumi. It was pretty fun! I made him for my friend's son's third birthday (which is why he has three stripes on his tail). The little munchkin loves kitties and pretending that he is one. I got the pattern from anapaulaoli.

Sally, one of my real kitties, also wanted to meet the new guy:
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8  Re: Star Baby Blanket~Along in Crochetalongs by red_door on: March 16, 2007 08:23:33 AM
Here's an in-progress photo of my star blanket (of course, my Annabelle had to get in on the photo action, but at least she gives some scale to the picture). I think I'm about halfway done. I haven't decided how big I want it to be quite yet. I like how the different variegated yarns have different kinds of color changes. And I think the semi-muted yellow keeps the crazy yarns from being too crazy.

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9  Flowery Baby Sweater and Hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by red_door on: August 16, 2006 01:17:56 PM
I've been enjoying Craftster's resources for a few weeks now, but this is my first time posting any FOs. This is a little sweater and hat I made for my cousin's baby shower. I used the Baby It's Cold Outside pattern from Crochetme for the sweater (http://www.crochetme.com/Feb_Mar_2005/patt_baby_sweater.html) and a free pattern for a knot hat from the Lion Brand website for the hat (http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/cvs-babyHat.html?noImages=0).

Making the sweater buttons into a flower and leaf was a fun idea of mine. Here are some photos.

Sweater and Hat

Close-up of buttons while buttoned

Close-up of buttons

Close-up of button loops

Fun patterns, and pretty fast to make! I might be making more variations on these  Smiley
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