Category: Video

Super Simple Spiral DC Beanie

Sometimes I like to make crazy hats.  One time I made minion hats as part of the costumes for Igor and I to wear to a nerd outing.  Another time I made some as fake hair, and even one with a hook through the head.  Many of these hats start out as a very basic beanie.  I don’t want to be bothered with joining or seams when making them so I made a video to show you how I make them.  They are made in rounds like amigurumi, so they don’t have the concentric circles a normally joined DC beanie would have.  But they do start off with a spiral so they may or may not work for what you are trying to do with them.

Super Simple Spiral DC Beanie

Super Simple Spiral DC Beanie

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Lady Cassandra

I started watching Doctor Who episodes when I was commissioned to make some dolls from the show.  It was research, don’t you know?  😉  But one episode really creeped me out.  It was the one in which Lady Cassandra, the last human, is introduced.  Even though she claims to be the last human, she has basically deteriorated into just a remaining piece of skin with a face and a brain in a jar, even though she seems to think she has improved over time.  She continually needs to be moisturized so she doesn’t dry out.  Anyway, she bothered me so I had to get her out of my head and out onto my hook.  This is the result.  It’s super easy and in video form.  Skills needed to complete her are CH, SC, SC from the Back, HDC, DC.  I’ve also made a video to show how the SC from the back is done and you can link to it from inside the video if you need to refer to it.  As with all my patterns, it is copyrighted to me, Mad Crochet Lab, all rights reserved, 2014, and should not be downloaded or embedded elsewhere.  The only benefit I receive for free patterns is the traffic at my sites.  If you want to share with someone, please just give them the link. Thank you!

Free Lady Cassandra Video Pattern

Free Lady Cassandra Video Pattern

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Free Simple Frog Video Pattern

My animal shelter bed is still being tested, but in the meantime, I’ve finally put up the video pattern for this cute little frog.  He’s very simply made.  The only difficulty is in using chenille yarn, which has no stretch to it and makes it hard to the see the stitches.  I think it makes it soft and lovable though.  Of course, it can be made with regular worsted weight yarn as well.  It will still be adorable.

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This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted. It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold. Credit must be given to me as the designer.

Copyright 2014 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

Skills Needed

Ability to work in the round, Single Crochet, Slip Stitch, Invisible Decrease, Seamless Finish Off or Color Change, Single Crochet in Back Bumps of Chain

Materials

Small amounts of green and ecru or white chenille yarn (can alternately use acrylic worsted weight yarn)

Pair of wiggle eyes

Small amount of polyester fiberfill

Hook size F

Stitch marker

Tapestry Needle

Instructions

HEAD/BODY

With green yarn,

Rnd 1 – CH 2, then make 6 SC in back bump of 2nd CH from hook (alternately, if not using chenille yarn, making 6 SC in an adjustable ring will work)

Rnd 2 – INC in each stitch around = 12

Rnd 3 – *INC in next SC, SC in next and repeat from * around = 18

Rnd 4 – SC in each stitch around = 18, FO, using seamless method.  If work turned while you were crocheting, turn it so the side you want facing is facing out.  Switch to Ecru yarn.

Rnd 5 – Join with an immediate SC to any SC and SC in each stitch around = 18.

Rnd 6 – *SC in next SC, INV DEC in next and repeat from * around = 12

Stuff

Rnd 7 – INV DEC around = 6

Finish off by threading the yarn into the tapestry needle and weave through outer loops of each stitch around.  Gather tightly, take a few stitches back and forth to lock the closure and hide tail inside body.

 

EYE PIECES (Make 2)

1 – CH 2, Make 4 SC in 2nd back bump from hook.  Finish off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Use both starting tail and end tail to sew these to top of head.  Attach wiggle eyes to the eye pieces.

 

FEET (Make 2)

With Green,

1 – CH 3, SS in 2nd back bump of CH from hook and also in the the last one.

2-3- Repeat Step 1.  CH 1, Finish off, leaving a long tail.

Use long tails to sew feet to bottom of from with toes pointing out from the center of his body.

You can also watch the video here:

 

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Yarndango Project 47 – Spiral Heart Free Pattern

I was looking for some ideas for a little applique to use on gifts or as ornaments and one certain spiral heart picture kept coming up on Pinterest that I fell in love with.  It is described as a free pattern, but unfortunately, the link went to a private, invite-only blog.    I  was not comfortable asking to join a blog simply to get access to a free pattern and didn’t know how to go about it anyway.  But I was pretty sure I could design something of my own, so this is what I came up with.  I’m sure it’s not the same as the one I fell in love with, but it suits my needs just fine and I’ve tried to make it as simple for you to recreate as possible.  Out of respect for the designer who inspired the one I fell in love with, this pattern is free and I hope you enjoy it.  Please refer back to me as the designer.

Spiral Heart

This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted. It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold. Credit must be given to me as the designer.

Copyright 2013 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

Spiral Heart

Spiral Heart – www.madcrochetlab.com

Materials Needed for this Experiment:

  • Size F Hook
  • Small Amount Worsted Yarn in Desired Color (or any appropriate sized yarn and hook, though with thread, you may want to do Round 3 using HDC)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Marker

Notes:

It’s best to make this with a simple solid color yarn to start.  It can be done in any yarn, of course, but the loops found on the back of the work may be difficult to see/find.  So if you want to use some fancy yarn, I recommend making a couple up first using a plain yarn to practice and get familiar with the construction.  🙂  Finished size as written is approximate 2-1/2 inches tall but will depend on hook and yarn size you use.  UPDATE:  This pattern is now also available on my youtube channel at youtube!  Or just scroll to bottom of post to view right here!

Directions:

1 – Make 10 DC in an adjustable ring.

Start by inserting hook into FLO, in stitch indicated with arrow.

Start by inserting hook into FLO, in stitch indicated with arrow.

2 – Join by making a DC in the first and each FLO of each DC.  It forms a little cup shape.

3 – Without breaking yarn, jump to working in BLO of same stitches and make 2DC in each. You will find these loops on the outer bottom part of the cup shape.  This is what it will look like at end of round.

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4 – Again, without breaking yarn, jump to working on back – there are little loops there that are hard to see  (refer to photo, below). You will work in those loops but still have front of heart facing you.  Make 5 TC in next loop, then DC in each of next 4. Then DC, TC and picot on top (by making CH 2 and SS in 2nd loop on hook), DC, all in same stitch. Then make DC in each of next 3 loops and 5 TC in last loop. SS to last stitch in previous round, tightly. Continue to finish off by making a SC in each stitch around except make 2 in the picot stitch for a more rounded heart. You could also SC, Picot, SC in the picot for a more defined point.  I tend to like rounded hearts full of love, but more angled ones have their own beauty too!

Finish off, pull tail of ring tightly to close up hole and tie it to finishing tail, close to the V of the heart and make a loop to hang it if desired.

Loops found on back of work. Work them with right side of heart facing you. Photo is just to show location of loops, indicated by arrow.

Loops found on back of work. Work them with right side of heart facing you. Photo is just to show location of loops, indicated by arrow.

 

Some variations of colors and yarns

Some variations of colors and yarns

 

Watch the video to make this pattern here:

 

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