Crochet Hearts

I used this pattern for crochet hearts so I could compare it with the knitted hearts:

http://www.planetjune.com/blog/free-crochet-patterns/love-hearts/

Here’s mine:

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The crochet hearts seem a little easier to make than the knitted hearts, and the shape is really cute.  The advantage of the crocheted version is that there’s no grafting, which I seem to suck at.  But I’m not willing to give up on the knitted version yet.

Flower Embellishments

I’m always on the hunt for the best flower patterns so I can use them for embellishments and decorations.

I recently tried this very simple, quick crochet pattern for a puffy flower:

http://bethsco.blogspot.com/2011/04/crocheted-puff-flower.html

It was pretty quick and easy – but I was using a very splitty yarn (Caron Simply Soft), so those puff stitches were a bit tricky.  Here’s how mine came out:

puffy_flower_1

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1/2/2014 Update: I tried this pattern for crocheted daffodils.

http://www.crochetme.com/media/p/94557.aspx

They are pretty, but it involves quite a bit of sewing – first to put all the petals together, and then to stitch the middle onto the petals.  It’s really not too bad, but I REALLY don’t like sewing, LOL.

Here’s how mine came out:

daffodil_1

daffodil_1

Filet Crochet – Phoenix

I started a filet crochet project using this chart:

http://witchwolfwebcreations.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/phoenix-charts.html

I got to Row 3, and I already noticed a mistake…..sigh.  Now, the question, to rip or not to rip?  I think I’ll just keep going, since is just a practice project for learning filet crochet.

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12/16/2013 Update: OK, I ended up ripping out and starting over from Row 2 🙂  It turned out I had not really done anything wrong, but I was getting confused when I was reading the chart backwards for the even rows.  (Is the square on the left side or right side of the column line?)  On the odd rows I was doing it one way and on the even rows I was doing it the other way – haha!

Crochet Butterflies

I tried two different patterns to see which one I liked better.

Here’s the first one:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butterfly-grace

And here’s my butterfly:

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Here’s the second pattern:

http://charmedyarn.blogspot.com/p/butterfly-pattern.html

And here’s my second butterfly:

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Although I liked the pointy wings on the 1st butterfly, the 2nd pattern was sooo much easier on the second butterfly.  And the shape of it is really cute.

I think I can re-create the pointy wings on the second butterfly if I do 5dc, ch3, 5dc on the last round instead of just 10dc.  I’ll have to try that next.

Also a generous Raveler gave me a great idea on how to do the antennae.  I will give that a shot too, and post that.

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Update 2/8/2014; I tried the 2nd pattern (the one with the non-pointy wings) but did the 5dc ch3 5dc instead of 10dc on the last round.  Here’s the result:

crochet butterfly

crochet butterfly

 

It looks almost like the butterfly grace….hmmm, looking at it this closely, I’m thinking butterfly grace might be just a tad nicer.

crochet-butterfly_3I used this butterfly to decorate a birthday gift bag for a little girl who likes purple.