Posts Tagged With: Crochet

Pop tab Coin Purse

I’m excited about this one.

same pattern, two different designs

same pattern, two different designs

These little guys are coin purses made from pop tabs. I got the urge to try this after watching the following videos on youtube.

 

Youtube strikes again!

If you watched the above video, you’ll see some differences between them and the coin purses I made. The first time I did this project I followed the pattern to almost a T.

Hey, no place in town sold Espiga Rayon thread. And I didn’t feel like shopping over the internet to find any. That time I used Cotton crochet thread from Aunt Lydia.

When I completed the project I didn’t like how it looked with the sides being made of the pop tabs. I looked nothing like the picture shown in the video. In the end I pulled that project.Cotton crochet thread pop tab coin purse

This time around I skipped the  middle section and crocheted the two side together. I like this look much better to tell the truth.

Once again I used Aunt Lydia crochet thread for the dusty red one. But to try something new, I used Plarn on the second one.

The one  I did with the crochet thread had a more 3D shape to it. I think it looks more like a flower than a coin purse. I think if I were to change how the sides are connected to the pop tabs it might look more like a coin purse.

I did try starting the sides at the top of the pop tabs on another project. It made it look more like the plarn shape.

Plarn pop tab coin pursePersonally, the one made of plarn is my favorite. It lays flat like the one in the video and its more earth friendly that its thread counterpart.

What should I try next?

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Key Chain with Pop Tabs

You do it every time to open a can: pull on the pop tab. In the past all they used to be good for was fundraising for schools. Now people are getting crafty with the little buggers and you wont believe what they’ve come up with. If your curious…

 

 I’ve seen a lot of people making bracelets, chains, belts, headbands, you name the accessory it’s probably out there. Heck, I’ve even seen a steering wheel cover made of pop tabs. A woman called stephsyaya makes and sells these on Esty.com.

 

I’m nowhere near as talented as this but I too have dabbled in the fusion of crochet and pop tabs. My recent craft experiment turned out to be Christmas gift to my mom. Here it is!

 

Mom's three heart keychain

Mom’s three heart keychain

This is one of the simplest projects to do with pop tabs. Each heart is made from two pop tabs crocheted together with a chain connecting it to the clip.

I have more yarn scraps than I know what to do with and a few tabs left over from friends collecting them for me. All I needed to buy for this project was the clip. I got it at Joanns in a pack of assorted Lanyard Hooks, Split Rings And Key Rings for $3.

The inspiration for this I found a few months back. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “Youtube is dangerous.” I found a video on how to do this by Yolanda Soto Lopez. This is the same woman who taught me how to make the Black Poncho that Pickachu modeled last year.

So far, mom loves the gift but hasn’t clipped it to anything. This would be a quick and easy thing to make for a friend or family member for any occasion. This heart shape can also be used to create crochet bags and coaster.

With crafting, your only limitation is you imagination.

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Minecraft in fashion

Let me start this one out by asking a question. “Have you heard of Minecraft?”

For those of you who don’t know about this game here’s the lo down from a non-player. Minecraft is a build anything, do anything because you can kind of game. Everything is made out of blocks in this game… even the building blocks are made out of blocks. The options of what you can make are limited only by your imagination. If you don’t believe me, then take a look at this!

That was all made in Minecraft. Pretty cool hu?

Now like I said before, I don’t play Minecraft personally. I back seat game on occasion. What I do with Minecraft is create items the resemble items in the game. I make Minecraft hats.

To be honest I’m proud of myself for lerning how to do this. I’m sure you’ve searched on google for Minecraft hats and have seen come cool creations.

The idea to try my own had at making something like that came from a gift idea for my boyfriend. He is a big gamer and loves Minecraft; he probably has every mod out there. So, I decided that I was going to make him a creeper beanie.

Creeper beanie

Creeper beanie

For this design I made the hat first with only one strand of yarn and then stitched the mouth and eyes on later. It wasn’t bad for my first try, but I thought I could do better. Perfectionist that I am. the second time I made the hat it had two strands of green and the face was stitched in as I went along.

I must have pulled the project three to four times before I had the look I wanted. My problem with do the in stitch design was the face slanting. Counting stitches didn’t help with my slanting problem, so I ended up winging it. I think it turned out alright, don’t you?

But I couldn’t stop there. Somehow my brother caught wind that I was making these and asked if I would make him a black creeper with a red face. He is attending Moorhead State, so his request made sense from a school color stand point.

Moorhead Creeper

Moorhead Creeper

You can see in this one how the nose part is a little slanted, but the rest looks good. The kid loved his Christmas present. I hope he wears it to his classes on campus.

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Playing with Plastic

I wouldn’t call myself a “green freak” but I do like thinking of ways to reuse things so that they don’t end up in the dump. Seeing how I’m in college I can’t do as much as if I had my own house. If that was the case I would have one word right on the tip of my tongue: Compost. but like I said, College in a dorm. I don’t think my floor mates would appreciate the smell.

But this isn’t about what I will do, its about what I’ve been doing. And I have been playing with plastic; plastic bags to be more specific.

I have a friend who one year for a gift gave me a crochet bag she made entirely out of something called Plarn. Plarn is the term for yarn that is made from plastic bags. you can make this stuff from any sort of bag you get at a store. Mine are mostly from Walmart and the C3 store on campus. Before I left for college my family and I would use the unholy bags as trash can liners for in the bathroom, offices and bed rooms. In the form I only have one trash can and it gets emptied onces every two weeks or so. The bags have been piling up and making plarn out of the bags cuts down on the clutter.

There are two ways that I make plarn. I either do the loop method which is the easiest and fastest to make.

From the video you can see that the strand is actually doubled giving it a little extra strength.  This way of making the stuff is good for weaker plastics such as those Walmart bags. that stuff is ridiculously thin and snap under the slightest tug.

The second method is the continuous strand method. It may take longer to do and has a higher rate of possible fixable mistake, but it gives you more plarn to work with. This method works better for a stronger plastic such as industrial trash bags.

It was with this second method that I’ve been playing the most with.  I cut seven (and a smidge) 50-60 gallon trash bags into plarn and with that I made my first rug. Not going to lie, I’me kinda proud of this. The idea didn’t really come from anywhere specific but the stitch that I used was the weave. The Crochet Crowd has a video on how to make the basic stitch. I tinkered with it from there.

Can you see the Mistake?

Can you see the Mistake?

In the video he uses two strand of normal yarn and a 6.5 mm crochet hook. I also used two strand of my plarn and for once I had the same size hook as the one in the video. My rug measure 18.5 X 30 inches. It probably took me two days to get it crocheted , granted I did mess up and have to pull a good five inches or so and start over.

 

 

The start of the weave

The start of the weave

Once it was to the size that I wanted I started weaving in strips left over from a botched Halloween costume. To tell the truth the fabric was a table cloth that I  bought at the Bemidji Goodwill for $3.00 about. The fabric was cut in a round so I had a continuous strip to work with. after weaving it through I left approximately 6 inches at the ends. I haven’t tied the ends yet but once that’s done I’ll clip the fabric strips. Some of the strips I have tied down but they make the back-and-forth pattern look weird. To fix this I’m thinking that I’ll warp the strip around the plarn outer post and then tie the knot.

I liked working on this project and it made heads turn when I was working on it at work. The rug itself has an almost soft and squishy texture to it. The best part about this project is that this rug will last longer than the bags would have on their own.

However working with the Plarn was a killer on my hands. Plastic cuts aren’t as bad as paper cuts granted but weaving the fabric through ate away at my cuticles. I’ll be having hangnails for a week at least. Another thing that was a little frustrating was that my fabric strips kept fraying. I had snibbles clinging to everything; my shirt, my pants my socks, the futon, my bedding, even my computer (figure that).

When I do try this project again I’m going to try just one strand of Plarn. Using two made the rug very stiff and thick. using just one should let it fit under doors better. Another thing I want to try is using ribbon or actual yarn to weave through the posts. at least that stuff won’t  leave snibbles behind… I hope.

Pretty socks on Plarn Rug

Pretty socks on Plarn Rug

In Case You Missed the Links

Weave stitch tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCRWsush4PE

The crochet Crowd YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/user/mikeyssmail

Looped plarn method video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdTm2V4ssvY

Continuous strand method video:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo0xsp5SCFE

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Mr. Bear’s new hat

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Its been awhile since I’ve done a crafty post and for that I apologize. This recent project gave me a bit of trouble. I ended up pulling this project 3-4 times before I finally managed to get it right.

This project was found once again on Youtube. The creator of this hat is The Crochet Zombie, and for all my problems with making this hat, the tutorial video was brilliant. In this case, my problems was in “crafter error.”

 

In the tutorial, Crochet zombie calls for a  5 mm hook. Being the college student that I am, I don’t have a 5 mm. I had a 4.25 mm and thought that would work alright. Ah, no. If the pattern calls for this size hook don’t go smaller if its for clothing. I ended up having problems with the yarn that I was using and the hat was very tight and honestly would have fit a small child. Not what I was going for. This was pull #1

Pull #s 2 and 3 were because I messed up on the increases and hiding the resting color. I didn’t even finish the bottom of the hat on these tries they were that bad.

So try 4 was the one that became Mr. Bear’s new hat. Gosh knows I had plenty of practice with the previous tries. I ended up using a 6mm hook. This made the stitches a little bigger and looser than what was in the tutorial, but it works. I followed my memory for the most part of making the hat (thank you failures), only consulting the video to know how deep to make the hat.

I must have a bigger head than Crochet Zombie. I made the hat as deep as she did, but it just covered the tips of my ears. Normally I like my hats to come to the bottom of my ears, so I added another row of half double crochets and did a finishing row of single crochets to end it.

I might actually keep and wear this one. Before I wear this hat, I would soak it in cold salt water so the dark color doesn’t fade or bleed and then wash it with like colors.

In Case you missed the Links:

Crochet Zombie’s Youtube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCrochetZombie?feature=watch

Swirl Beanie Tutorial: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mP-tquWvA0

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Pikachu in a Poncho

I finished this latest project last night while I was working the front desk. I found the Youtube video for this over the Christmas break, but didn’t start it until a week or so ago. The neck is 130 stitches around and is 33 rows long. In the video Yolanda Soto Lopez, the creator, shows her work before she teaches you how to make it. On her it reaches to her hands. The one I did only comes to the elbow and isn’t as flowey as her’s. I think when I try this again I will decrease the number of stitches around the neck to 120 or 125 and do 32 rows of just the netting, that should help with the length.

This video has instructions spoken in English but there are Spanish subtitles, which made things interesting. There were times that the English instructions were not clear and caused some confusion, this is why I’m thinking about tinkering with the original design.

Poncho laid flat

Poncho laid flat

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Mr. Bear wears hats

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Over this past Christmas break I learned to crochet three different types of hats. I had heard that my aunt who knits had learned to make some and I had hope that she would teach me, but a family chili cook off got in the way. Thank goodness for Youtube. Youtube is good for two reasons:

  1. I can’t read a crochet or knitting pattern to save my live. I work better when I can see it being done and can mimic what I see.
  2. If I ever need more ideas that I have yarn to make them, Youtube it the perfect muse.

The first hat I attempted to make was a simple Easy Beanie. The woman who did the tutorial walked me through step by step with easy to see and follow instructions. Let me just say that tutorial videos that have the person talking you though the steps make for a better learning experience for the viewer.

The second hat was a Granny Square hat. Bobwilson123 is an excellent creative crocheter that I now go to for a lot of ideas for my own projects. The thing that I like about her videos is that if she makes a mistake in the tutorial you’re watching she will actually show you how to fix the mistake without completely pulling out your work.

The third hat I didn’t have for Mr. Bear to model, but it is called the Brick Stitch hat and was also another hat I learned to make from Bobwilson123. Mom loved this one and has it at home with her. This was a simple hat to make once you got used to the pattern. Another cool thing about this hat is that the pattern can be for a hat or it can be modified into a bag. So say you made the hat too big for a person’s head you can just turn it into a bag and save the project.

Thank you Mr. Bear for modeling the hats.

In case you missed the links: 

Easy Beanie

Bobwilson123’s Youtube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/user/bobwilson123?feature=watch

Granny Square hat

Brick Stitch hat

Brick Stitch bag

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