NatCroMo Blog Tour

NatCroMo Blog Tour

Crochetville  Is having their yearly March Blog Tour.  Each day of March they feature Yarn Shops and Crochet Designers on their blog.  Where you will find awesome inspiration and pattern specials.  Do take some time and browse their blog to feast on all the yarnie goodness. I am honoured to be part of the Blog Tour.

 

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For the Glamping Theme I have this Hanging Basket Idea for you.  A neat and compact way to store goodies in your tent or caravan.  You can use my Merry Go Round Crochet Basket  free pattern.  Crochet three baskets with t-shirt yarn; or any bulky cotton; or use two or three strings of any dk yarn in your stash.  Crochet a long string of chains and attach/join the baskets.

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In today’s blog post I want to show you a few projects I made since December.  And then right at the end of this post you will find my NatCroMo Special.

First some news on where we live.  Last year we moved from Paternoster to Langebaan to be closer to the school.  We first rented a house and in December we moved into our own newly built house in Paradise Beach. Here you can see the sunset from our house.  We had lovely sunny days which we spent on the beach.  In January the teenagers went back to school and the little one started Grade One.  And now she is practicing her writing in the sand on the beach.

 

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A highlight in January was having my Snowflake Crochet Pattern featured in Ideas Magazine.  If you want the pattern, you can buy the magazine online from Zinio .

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Early in January I finished this HUGE floor cushion for my middle child.  It ended up 120 cm in diameter and 50 cm high. I used about 13 kg of t-shirt yarn and my 15 mm hook.  We filled it with foam chips.

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And in progress now, is a slightly smaller version for the six year old.

In February I was commissioned by Carle from Nurturing Fibres to design patterns for Creative Hobbies Magazine. Look out for these awesome home decor patterns in their June issue.

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I put a piece of calico fabric on Anya’s plastic ABC puzzle and then block my crochet piece with KnitPro T-Pins.IMG_2766

In February I made this beautiful basket.  You can find the free pattern and other home decor patterns via the Facebook page Yarn in a Barn CAL.

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And in between all my projects I play around with designs of my own.  I need to write up all these patterns, but find that very time consuming.

I also completed quite a few t-shirt yarn rug orders.  Let me show you  some of them.

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Then my eldest ordered a rug too.  I am using Patricia Kristoffersen’s famous Splendid Doily Pattern.  We are about 75% in to the pattern, but do not have enough of the t-shirt yarn to finish.  Argh.  Plan B is to bring in another colour.  Hope to finish this one soon.

And I’ve kept the best for last.  My Quandala Rug Pattern!

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For the next week you can download it for free.  Use the code “NatCroMo Blog Tour”.

This is the dates and times for the special:

Start date March 18, 2017 at 00:00
End date March 25, 2017 at 23:59

I’ve recently crocheted three rugs with this pattern.  My client wanted bright and colourful.

And I love this version by a crochet friend.  She used Tori (a bulky cotton/bamboo blend) by Vinnis Colours.

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I hope you enjoy the pattern if you do download it.  Do like (give it a pink heart) on Ravelry and tag us on Instagram if you upload your photo there. #quandalarug.

Quandala stands for Quick and Easy Mandala.  This is an easy pattern for first time rug makers.  And other than normal rug patterns out there, this one has a fabulous soft texture and feel.

Thank you for visiting.

Enjoy the rest of the March Crochet fun with NatCroMo.

 

 

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crochet an elegant square t-shirt yarn rug / hekel ‘n elegante blokkie t-shirt jaarn mat

crochet an elegant square t-shirt yarn rug / hekel ‘n elegante blokkie t-shirt jaarn mat

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Net gou ‘n vinnige inskrywing met ‘n skakel na hierdie mooi blok se patroon. Ek het ‘n bestelling gehad vir ‘n “granny square” mat. En dit net nadat ek DRIE blou granny square matte moes hekel vir iemand. Ek was net so klein bietjie keelvol vir ‘n gewone granny square en vir die alewige gesukkel om die 6 blokke so netjies moontlik, as wat die T jou toelaat, aanmekaar en plat te kry. Ek wou iets nuuts, maklik en vinnig doen en het die internet deursoek vir ‘n anderste ouma blok. Wel ‘n paar gevind, maar nie een wat skreeu: “Pick me! Pick me!” nie. Toe gaan ek maar deur my hekelboeke en deur al die gestoorde patrone op my iPad. En toe! Daar praat hierdie patroon met my. Iets heel anders. Mooi kant effek. En die heel belangrikste, jy kan die blokke aanmekaarhekel met jou laaste rondte! Yay! Fanwolletasties! Jy moet weet dit was ‘n hele paar dae se soek!

So hierdie keer hoef ek nie te gaan sit en my eie notas ontsyfer nie! Ek kan net vir julle die patroon skakel gee. Lekker!

Hier is hy:
Dis ‘n PDF ebook wat jy gratis aflaai by Red Heart Yarn se website.
Die elegant square patroon is op bladsy 11.
Daar is sommer ‘n paar ander oulike patrone en idees ook in die boek.

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Just a quick blog entry with a website link to the beautiful square I used in this rectangular rug. I had an order for a doily rug and for a granny square rug. And just before that I finished an order for THREE granny squares rugs. I had absolutely NO motivation to start another one. So I browsed the internet for unusual granny square patterns and preferably one that would work with JAYG as it takes quite a bit of effort to join normal granny squares in a neat and flat way with the T-shirt yarn. I found a few on the internet, but not that one that screams : “Pick me! Pick me!”
Then I went through the crochet books in my bookcase and the patterns stored on my iPad. Found this one in a file screaming for my attention! It had this nice lacy look and its joined with JAYG! Yay! Fanyarntastic!

So this time around I don’t have to sit down and decipher my own notes! I can simply share the website link. Cool!

Here it is:
It is an free PDF ebook you can download from Red Heart Yarn’s website.
The Elegant Square pattern is on page 11.
The ebook has a few other nice patterns an ideas.

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Die blok se hekel was baie maklik. Jy hekel al die blokke tot by rondte 5. Dan hekel jy een blok tot by rondte 6. En dan gaan jy JAYG met die ander blokke se rondte 6. Ek het so bietjie gesukkel met die aanmekaarhekel met rondte 6 en toe maar sommer so op my eie aangevoeter.

As jy nie weet hoe om te JAYG nie gaan Google bietjie en lees op. Ek belowe jou as jy een keer blokke so aanmekaar gehekel het gaan jy nie sommer weer die ou tydrowende manier van vaswerk gebruik nie.

It is an easy square to crochet. You crochet 6 blocks up to round 5. Then you crochet one square up to round 6. Then you JAYG the other 5 in their 6th rounds. I struggled a bit with their instructions for the JAYG and ended up just fudging mine together my own way.

If you are not familiar with JAYG, Google it. I can promise you, once you’ve used this method to join your squares you won’t go back to the arduous time consuming old way of doing it.

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Ek was vreeslik opgewonde toe al 6 blokke mooi aanmekaar gehekel was! So mooi! Maar hy het n nog ietsie gekort. ‘n Randjie dalk? Ja! ‘n Randjie om hom mooi af te rond. Weer ‘n groot soektog. Die rande wat ek altyd om die matte sit wou nie werk nie. Ek het seker 5 verskillende pogings aanghekel waarvan almal te dik/breed was en dan verloor die mat sy lacy look. Na so ‘n dag of twee se dink en kyk het die antwoord gekom! Basies net ‘n herhaling van rondte nommer 6 reg rondom die mat met die charcoal kleur.

I was super excited when I had all the squares joined together. So different from all the granny square rugs I’ve done previously. I loved it! But something was missing. Perhaps a border? So another search and I had a look at all the methods I used for my other rugs. I’ve tried about 5 different versions. Nothing worked. They were all to broad/thick and didn’t look right with the lacy look of the squares. And then, after a day or two of thinking and looking at the rug, the answer came. Simple and easy! Just a sort of a repeat of round 6 right around the squares with the darker charcoal. Perfect. I did not write down what I did their with the border, but I think if you have a close look at it you should be able to figure it out.

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En dan die gewone klaar-met-mat-feesvier met koek en koffie by Mondvol Padstal!

En dan word die matte mooi gewas.

En dan word hulle mooi toegedraai in bubble wrap vir pos.

En dan die afwagting om te hoor of die ontvanger gelukkig is daarmee!

Then the usual rug-completeness-celebration with cake and coffee at Mondvol Farm stall!

Then the rugs go into the washing machine.

Then they get wrapped up in bubble wrap for mailing.

Then the anticipation for feedback from the receiver.

Then, onto the next one!

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oooh! Just received the photo’s from my client

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Ek koop my T-shirt wolle by https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel?ref=hl
I buy my T-shirt yarn from https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel?ref=h

See you soon for some more fabulous rug talk and photo’s !

pink doily t-shirt rug / pienk doily t-shirt mat

 

En hiermee uit-frieken-eindelik die doily mat patroon! Ek dink mos altyd ek kan gou in een aand ‘n patroontjie uitskryf. Vergeet partykere dat ek ‘n huis, man en drie kinders het! Hahaha! O! EN ‘n mat besigheid!

Hooray! At last! The doily rug pattern! I always think I can whip up the photo tut in one night! Seem to forget about the house, hubby and three children! Oh! AND a rug business!

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Steke gebruik:

 

ks = kettingsteek

kb = kortbeen

hlb = halwe langbeen

lb = langbeen

gs = glipsteek

V-steek = bestaan uit (1 lb, 2 ks, 1 lb). Let Wel !!! by party rondtes het die V-steke 3 ks tussen die langbene. die eerste V-steek van die rondte is altyd 3 ks wat tel as een langbeen.

rondtes word “toegemaak” met ‘n glipsteek in daai begin “3ks” se 3rde ks. Let Wel party rondtes word toegemaak deur ‘n glipsteek in die begin V.

 

Stitches used:

(US terminology)

 

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

dc = double crochet

ss = slip stitch

V-stitch = (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc). In some of the rounds, the V-stitches have 3 chains in-between the dc’s. The first V-stitch in a round has 3 chains which counts as a dc. Rounds are closed with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain of that beginning 3 ch. NB, some rounds are closed with a slip stitch into the first V.

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Dit is nogal ‘n uitdaging om ‘n patroon te skryf vir ‘n T-mat. In die tyd wat dit opgeneem het kon ek seker 5 sulke matte gehekel het! Elke bal en kleur verskil van tekstuur, rekbaarheid en breedte van die stroke. Dus werk ‘n patroon soms vir een breedte T en nie vir die volgende ene nie. Ek hoop hierdie ene werk vir julle. Ek het hom al met ‘n hele paar verskillende kleure en dikte T gehekel. Geniet dit! En vra maar as jy iets nie verstaan nie!

It is quite a challenge to write a pattern for a t-shirt yarn rug, because the strips in every ball of t-shirt yarn differs in width, elasticity, texture. I do hope this one works for you. I’ve crocheted a few rugs in different colours and fabric thickness with this pattern. Enjoy! Please do ask if anything is unclear to you.

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Brown version where you can see the different hook sizes. The brown T was a bit thicker than the pink T I used in the tut, but worked fabulous! (57 cm)

 

and a grey one!  (62cm)

and a grey one! (62cm)

 

and a red one!

and a red one! (57cm)

 

 

 

Ek stuur gewoonlik my patroon so bladsy vir bladsy vir my suster se dogter, Anne-Marie om dit oor te gaan vir tik, spel of hekelfoute. Baaaaie Baaaaie dankie Anne-Marie. Die arme vrou word soms tot saans laat gebombardeer met eposse en bbm’s. En sy het sommer so saam met die check van die patroonbladsye vinnig haar eie rooi weergawe gehekel!

Whenever I write a new photo tut, I send the pages to my sister’s daughter, Anne-Marie. She checks them for spelling and/or crochet mistakes. The poor woman gets bombarded with late night emails and text messages! Thank you so much for your input and patience Anne-Marie! And whilst checking the pages, she started her own red doily rug.

 

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Volgende patrone op die lys:

Die hart. Bwhahaha! Hy sal seker eers met volgende jaar se Valentyns reg wees!

Die blou mandala. Ek het rondte vir rondte neergeskryf wat ek gedoen het. Sal ek hom gou môre aand opsit? Bwhahaha!

En dan die groot mandjie? Die aand daarna?

Next patterns on the list:

The heart. Bwhahaha! Maybe before Valentine’s next year!

The blue mandala. I wrote the pattern down as I went along. Shall I post that tomorrow night? Bwhahaha!

And after that, the large basket? The next evening?

 

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Ek koop my T-shirt wolle by https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel?ref=hl

I buy my T-shirt yarn from https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel?ref=hl