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Project Pile: Scalloped Neckline Lace Dress

A couple of weeks ago I decided that I wanted to crochet a dress for my daughter.  I haven’t made a lot of clothing, but the few pieces I have made are wonderful.  They’re so much fun, and give such a feeling of accomplishment.  So when I came across this pattern, I knew it was the right one.

Crochet Scalloped Neckline Lace dress

I especially loved the texture and the romantic neckline, but had to find the perfect yarn.

Eventually I settled on using Scheepjes Softfun, a yarn that I’ve heard so much about, but hadn’t had the opportunity to use yet.

Very happy to receive this in the mail today! #scheepjes #scheepjeswol #yarn #yarnlove #crochetlove #crochetaddict #softfun #weekend

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But before I could begin, I had to check a few projects off the list.  I had to finish a scarf, a couple of amigurumi projects, and finalise the Bucketful of Sunshine pattern, but once they were all out the way, it was all systems go!

I just love the neckline on this pattern, it’s just so beautiful.

The project was surprisingly easy.  It took me a few swatches to get the gauge right, as I crochet much tighter than the average designer, it seems.  In the end I had to upsize to a 4.5mm hook (the pattern calls for a 3.5mm hook) which seems to be about the norm for me now.

Here is the end result.  I’m so happy with the outfit, my daughter looks so cute!

Thanks to Carrie for this photo, taken at the weekend:

And here she is, with her first love: Peppa Pig.

Crochet scallope neckline lace dress

Now I’m hoping for a long, hot summer so we can wear the dress every day!

 

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Scheepjes Bucketful of Sunshine Hat – Tutorial (Toddler)

Here it is, the tutorial for my Bucketful of Sunshine Hat!  My daughter absolutely loves it, and so do I.  And it’s ready, just in time for the glorious weather in the Netherlands.

Enjoying the weather and the Bucketful of Sunshine hat on missneriss.com #scheepjes #scheepjeswol #cotton8 #crochet

Let’s get started, shall we?  This tutorial will show you how to make a hat to fit a toddler/preschooler.  My daughter has a small head for her age (it’s a family thing, so does my husband), so if your toddler’s a bit bigger, go up half a hook size, it won’t matter.

This hat is made using the V-Stitch and the Half V-Stitch.  The half V-stitch may well be a made up term, but it’s essentially the same stitch as a normal V-Stitch, but using the half double crochet instead of a double crochet.  You can V-Stitch using whatever height stitch you like really, but Google wouldn’t tell me the official name, so I’ve assigned one to it.

The V-Stitch

The V-Stitch is a very easy stitch to master, it is essentially a double crochet, chain 1 and double crochet in the same stitch.  Then you skip a stitch and repeat in the next.  When it comes to the next row, instead of doing the V-Stitch into the double crochet stitch, you do it into the chain 1 space.

A bit like this:

V-Stitch step 1, chain 3

V-Stitch step 1, chain 3

V-Stitch Step 2 - DC into same stitch

V-Stitch Step 2 – DC into same stitch

V-Stitch step 3 - skip 1 stitch, DC into the next stitch

V-Stitch step 3 – skip 1 stitch, DC into the next stitch

V-Stitch Step4 - Chain 1

V-Stitch Step4 – Chain 1

V-Stitch step 5 - DC into the same stitch

V-Stitch step 5 – DC into the same stitch

And there you have it!  The V-Stitch

And there you have it! The V-Stitch

The Half V-Stitch is the same process, using a half double crochet instead.

What you’ll need

Scheepjeswol Cotton 8 in three shades of the same colour.  I used yellow (508, 551, and 655). The best thing you can do is cake the yarn so you can pull from both ends, because for this project we’re using two strands together.

You’ll also need a 5mm crochet hook. scissors and a tapestry needle.

Abbreviations

(American terms)

MR – Magic Ring

DC – Double Crochet

VS – V-Stitch

HVS – Half V-Stitch

Inc – Increase

STS – Stitches (stitch count)

Notes

The beginning of each row begins with a CH3, which counts as the first DC and CH 1 to start your first V-Stitch of the row.  Below I will just use VS, but assume unless described otherwise that the first V-Stitch is a CH3, DC.  Always join into the chain space of the first V-Stitch.

When working the Half V-Stitch, still chain 3 at the beginning of the each row.

Oh, and did I mention that I’m a leftie?

Round 1

Start with a Magic Ring, chain 3 and work 9 DC into the ring, pulling it tight.  You’ll have 10 double crochets for your foundation.

10 DC into a magic ring

Round 2

VS Inc x5.  SLS into the first VS to join = 15 STS

To crochet a V-Stitch Increase, follow the instructions for a normal V-Stitch, but instead add a third V.  So, DC, CH1, DC into the same stitch, CH1, DC into the same stitch again.  Skip 1 stitch and either repeat the increase (as is needed in Round 2) or work an ordinary V-Stitch.

V-Stitch Increase - CH3, DC, CH1 DC, skip 1 stitch, V-Stitch in the next

V-Stitch Increase round

Round 3

(VS Inc, VS) x 5.  SLS into the first VS to join = 25 STS

INC, VS x 5 round

 Round 4

(VS Inc, 2 x VS) x 5.  SLS into the first VS to join = 35 STS

INC, 2VS x 5 Round

Round 5

VS x 20.  SLS into the first VS to join = 40 STS

VS x 20 Round

Round 6

(VS Inc, 3 x VS) x 5.  SLS into the first VS to join = 45 STS

Round 7

VS x 25.  SLS into the first VS to join = 50 STS

Round 8-12

VS x 25.  SLS into the first VS to join = 50 STS

Change colour

Change Colour

Round 13-15

VS x 25.  SLS into the first VS to join = 50 STS

Change Colour
Round 16

VS x 25.  SLS into the first VS to join = 50

Round 17

In this row we start making the brim.  We will count the CH 1 space in the V-Stitch as a stitch.  We will also be adding a few increases to widen the brim.

CH2, (2DC in the next stitch, which is the 1st CH space, then DC in the next 14 Stitches.  Repeat this 4 times and slip stitch to the first CH2 of the round. = 80 STS

DC in each stitch around, adding increases every 14 stitches

Round 18

HVS x 40 = 80 STS

Half VS around

Round 19

HVS x 40 = 80 STS

Finish off and weave in the ends.

Sunburst

To make the sunburst, I experimented with lots of different flowers and picots and nothing really seemed to be right.  So, when I came across this scrubby pattern on Petals to Picots, I realised it would be perfect.  I just grew the sunburst with each colour instead of crocheting the entire base in one go.  Then I just tacked it onto the hat in the right spot.  You can pick up the pattern for free here.

Sunburst attached to Bucketful of Sunshine hat

 

Here’s the finished hat, modelled on my super-cute (just recovering from chicken pox) daughter:

Bucketful of Sunshine hat on missneriss.com - free pattern #scheepjes #scheepjeswol #cotton8 #crochet #freepattern Bucketful of Sunshine hat on missneriss.com, made with Scheepjeswol Cotton 8. #scheepjeswol #cotton8 #scheepjes

You’ve made it to the end, way to go!  I hope you enjoy making this adorable hat as much as I’ve enjoyed designing it.

Watch this space, coming soon are other sizes, including the 3-6 month old which is up next!

For updates and cute photos in the mean time, do follow me on both Facebook and Instagram, and I would be so excited if you would share your own projects with me!

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Bucketful of Sunshine Hat – The Big Reveal!

I’ve been teasing you here, and on Instagram and Facebook with shots of yarn and half-completed projects and today, finally I can show you what I’ve been working on!

This morning I managed to convince my almost two and a half year old to pose for some photos of my new hat design, and she rocked it! So, without further ado, I present to you The Bucketful of Sunshine!

Bucketful of Sunshine hat on missneriss.com, made with Scheepjeswol Cotton 8.  #scheepjeswol #cotton8 #scheepjesThe Bucketful of Sunshine is made using three shades of yellow Scheepjeswol Cotton 8 (508, 551, and 655) working from light to dark, creating a really cool ombre effect.

Bucketful of Sunshine hat on missneriss.com, made with Scheepjeswol Cotton 8.  #scheepjeswol #cotton8 #scheepjesThe sunburst on the side is actually inspired by a free pattern by Petals to Picots and doctored a little to minimise the cutting and joining (because we all know how much I avoid weaving in multiple ends wherever possible).

Bucketful of Sunshine hat on missneriss.com, made with Scheepjeswol Cotton 8.  #scheepjeswol #cotton8 #scheepjesI used the V-Stitch, making it perfect for the summer months to come.  Light, airy and full of sunshine.  I’m working on a tutorial for the V-Stitch for lefties as it happens, so keep an eye out for that too!

Bucketful of Sunshine hat on missneriss.com, made with Scheepjeswol Cotton 8.  #scheepjeswol #cotton8 #scheepjesI’ve just loved working with Scheepjes Cotton 8.  It has become my favourite cotton yarn and will surely be my future go-to.  I love the feel of it, I love the look of it and to get this project just right I frogged and frogged and frogged, and yet it holds up brilliantly.  No splitting, catching, breaking or any other annoying yarn habits.  What also makes it an enormously appealing yarn is that Scheepjeswol a Dutch company, and I’m all about supporting local businesses.

And possibly, what I’m most proud about this project is that it has given me the opportunity to produce a pattern!  And a free one at that!  Stay tuned next week and I’ll have a pattern in a toddler size at the very least, with plans for babies and adults in the works too…

What do you think?  Don’t I have the cutest kid?  She’s sunshine personified, and The Bucketful of Sunshine was wholly inspired by her.

 

Yarn Love

Look what arrived for me this week!  The postman is already one of my good friends, but this may well have elevated him to BFF status.

Scheepjeswol Cotton 8 #cotton8 #scheepjes #ombre

It went straight into my project bag, and to the top of the project queue.

Scheepjeswol Cotton 8 in my favourite project bag #cotton8 #scheepjes

This last Saturday was King’s Day here in the Netherlands.  The first King’s Day ever I think.  We haven’t had a king here since the end of the 1800s, but for the longest time we’ve always celebrated Queen’s Day with fabulous national holiday and one of the biggest parties on the entire planet.

King's Day in Amsterdam, photo by Caitlyn from olympicwanderings.com

King’s Day in Amsterdam, photo by Caitlyn from olympicwanderings.com

My favourite part of King’s Day is the free market.  Everybody pours out onto the streets and sets up their own little stall, selling all their old stuff.  It usually starts the night before, with the really serious sellers and buyers camping out over night to get the best bargains and make the biggest profits.  Most of it is junk though.  We come across the same woman selling the same Disney videos (that’s right, videos) every year, so she’s obviously not in it for the money!

Speaking of junk, one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure, as they say.  We bought loads of cool things, including a brand new rain coat for our daughter, lots of picture books and I even found a loom!  However, this was my number one score for the weekend:

Originally this case housed massage machine from an era long past, but was only interested in the packaging.  A quick spray with some paint and gingham lining and I have myself the cutest little project case in the world!

Scheepjeswol Cotton 8 in my new pimped project case#cotton8 #scheepjes

Scheepjeswol Cotton 8 is a yarn that I haven’t had the chance to work with yet, but I know for sure that it will be a perfect fit for me.  Its vibrant colours are perfect for summer and it’s so, so soft.  It will be brilliant for amigurumi.

But that’s not the destiny of this batch.  Instead I have another project in mind.  Something beautiful for warm summer days.

Stay tuned and there’ll be a pattern in it for you….

Wink’s Summer Hearts Mandala

If you only follow one new blog this year, you must make sure it is A Creative Being.  Everything about Wink’s blog is beautiful.  The projects, the colours, the photography, everything.  It’s just one amazing package of crochet goodness. I have a few of her patterns, including the Design Wars shortlisted entry Dancing Hearts Wrap and most recently, the Summer Hearts Mandala which is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I wanted to create the mandala in line with the Crochet Collective’s Mandala Crochet Along, but I’m just useless at sticking with timelines, my life is just too busy, plus I really wanted to make this mandala as my first, and it wasn’t on their schedule (but there are some extraordinary ones, so check it out). So, I decided to sit down one night and smash it out.  And smash it out I did.  It’s a seriously fast pattern to work up, and it looks amazing.  I had the yarn and colours that Wink used (or close enough to) on hand and I couldn’t imagine using anything else. The finished mandala with the tension being too tight But I had a problem.  It’s difficult to see above, but instead of lying flat, the mandala has curled edges.  See what I mean? Mandala, tension too tight on missneriss.comSo I decided to leave it for the night as it was late and I was tired, and I wanted to fix it in the morning when I was feeling fresh again. The problem I have is that although I was using the exact same yarn, and the exact same hook as the pattern, my tension is far tighter than Winks, so the edges curled up on me.  This is a result of all the amigurumi projects I’ve been focusing on – you have to crochet tight so as to keep the stitches close together (I usually use at least one hook size down than what the yarn calls for). Here’s how I hold my yarn, how do you hold yours?  See how tightly wrapped around my little finger it is? Here's how I hold my yarn, super tight tension after so many amigurumi projects.But instead of frogging the entire project, I decided to just rip out the last couple of rows, to where it started to curl. The offending rowThis is the row that was causing the problem, before that I was progressing beautifully. I decided that because it’s difficult for me to loosen my tension (old habits die hard, right?), I would go up half a hook size and try my best. Changing from a 4mm to a 4.5mm hook to complete the projectI love my Clover hooks, they are the single best crochet related purchase I’ve made so far. And here we go!  The finished mandala! Summer Hearts Mandala by A Creative Being on missneriss.comSee how beautifully flat it lies now? It has a slight curve, a bit like a saucer, but I think that’s the intention, and I love it. See how it lies flat?  Perfect Summer Hearts Mandala on missneriss.comThe Summer Hearts Mandala was a beautiful project to make, I’m definitely going to be making more, and will experiment with different colours. Would you like me to make you one? By all means feel free to get in contact, I’d be honoured. Have you made any mandalas?  Which pattern is your favourite? There are so many to choose from and they’re all beautiful.

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Bring on the Summer!

Bring on the Summer!

I made this lovely sun hat for the mother of a friend of mine and when I gave it to my friend, she loved it so much she has decided to keep it for herself and now I’m commissioned to make a second for her mum.

I found the inspiration on Pinterest (of course!) and it comes from the Japanese site for Pierrot Yarns.  The chart pattern left me scratching my head for a while, but I figured it out (mostly) in the end.

I only followed the pattern very loosely.  I used a bulkier yarn than the pattern called for and then when I was almost finished I realised it was too floppy and I hated it.  There was no way I could allow my friend to take it.  By this stage it had become a bit of a monster project.  Who knew so many single crochet stitches would take so long!

I kept pushing the project to the bottom of the pile to be looked at much, much later.  When I couldn’t put it off any longer I decided to re-evaluate.  My solution was to rip the entire brim out and start it again.

I’m so glad I did!  The second time around I just seemed to get how to do it. and make the brim lovely and firm.  I worked some leather chord into the last three or four rows to add just a little bit more strength, but I’m not sure if that really helped or not, but I like to think it will.

To finish off I added three flowers, which complement the hat perfectly.  I found the pattern for those on The Party Artisan and added beaded embellishments to the centre of each one.  It was pure luck that I had the same colour beads lying around.  It must be because I’m so in love with pink…

Here’s the hat with the edges rolled up.

Sunhat

Now I want one for myself, it’s one of the projects I’m the most happy with so far and one that will only improve the more I do it.

Materials used

Hat:  Drops Paris 26, 5mm hook for the hat and 4mm for the brim
Flowers: Drops Paris, 33, 59, 60, 5 mm hook
Leather chord from a craft store worked into the final three rounds for some added stiffness

Today I’m linking this post over at Hookin’ on Hump Day on Moogly and My Merry Messy Life, hosted by Tamara and Sara, go check out all the fabulous projects linked this week.

Moogly
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Summer beanie

Summer beanie

When my daughter Raina grew out of the first hat I made her it was the middle of summer. Because I was (am?) obsessed with crochet, I had to make her a replacement straight away. But because it was so warm – well, warm by Dutch summer standards – I had to come up with a cool alternative.

So, using cotton yarn, I whipped this together using a pattern I made up as I went along (must start writing these down) and a butterfly I found on Pinterest.  Raina is about six months old in this photo, and it fits her perfectly.

So far it has also been one of the most requested items I make, so I’m busy making more!  Want one for the warmer weather?  Just send me a message or comment below.