Tuesday, March 3

A New Shopper

Thank you for your kind comments on my recent posts and my sincere apologies for not answering them personally yet. I really appreciate them a lot though!

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I would love to have made a travel blanket like last year's, because it is such a nice souvenir. It brings back memories of all the places where I've worked on it. Unfortunately this year there will be no travel blanket. However I did make a small project. If you follow me on Instagram you've seen the work in progress on this one.

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The result: a shopper!

I've always wanted to try this spider pattern since I came across it on the internet. Unfortunately it is one of those - as I call them - orphaned patterns, without source. I tried to trace it back to its origins, but alas. If you know where it is first published, or who the designer is, please let me know so I can give credits and link to the original pattern, if possible. Thanks!

I really like this pattern, because there is a bit more to it than shows at first sight: the rows are not very tidy, if you know what I mean - I like that. ;-) 

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When I was about to crochet the handles I was a just a tad grumpy because those would sort of ruin the pattern when using the bag (because it crumples). Then I realised I was being stupid because bamboo handles are widely available here. So off to the market I went and I found the perfect size hangers. Pattern saved!

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I'm sorry for the somewhat crappy photos. Some people had a good laugh when they saw me trying to capture me-with-my-new-bag with the self-timer. My camera on a pile of yarn cakes to get the right height. Aaargh. Well, this is the best I could do. (What on earth is that arm doing there in the air? Seriously.) A tuk tuk driver thought I had gone mad when I hung my bag on that wall (the nail was there already!) in the middle of a crowded street because that beautiful wall just seemed the perfect backdrop. (Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me then, it was still chilling on top of those yarn cakes. So just a telephone snapshot there.)

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Okay... A lot of words for a small project... Sorry about that...
Many thanks for your lovely visit!
I wish you a most lovely day.


Saturday, February 28

A Crochet Project Revisited

Chiang Mai has a thriving craft scene. There is a lot of really interesting crafting going on. Bookshops stock lots of gorgeous books on crafts. Last year I showed you some pictures from Bantaktor: a crochet (and a bit of knitting) project in Northern Thailand with a shop in Chiang Mai. They employ about fifty women who crochet and knit good quality products in return for which they receive a fair payment.

Recently I revisited them and they had lots of cute, new things. I think you don't mind having another peak inside. ;-) So here we go!


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ByHaafner, crochet, Bantakor, Chiang Mai, fairtrade,

ByHaafner, crochet, Bantakor, Chiang Mai, fairtrade,


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ByHaafner, knitting, cushion, Bantakor, Chiang Mai,

ByHaafner, crochet, Bantakor, Chiang Mai,

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Would you like to see more? You can find Bantaktor on Facebook - here. And of course do pay them a visit if you are in or near Chiang Mai. It's well worth it! Click here for my post from last year.

That's all for now! I hope you've enjoyed this little crafty tour.

Many thanks for your kind visit and have a lovely weekend.


Monday, February 23

A Field of Tulips Hangers * The Pattern and a (Little) Tutorial

Are you ready for spring? I know I am! You can now invite spring to your home with the tulip hangers. Here's the pattern and a little tutorial for you.

byHaafner, crochet, hanger, pattern, tulips, pastel


You'll need
 Cotton yarn suitable for a 3 mm hook (I used Rio Cotton from Lammy Yarns, except for the white, there I used something else from my stash, but Rio would do nicely there. And having seen the lovely colours from the brand new byClaire range, I think they would be perfect for these hangers too!)
 Crochet hook 3 mm
 Hanger with a minimum width of 2 cm (0.8 inches). The length doesn't matter, you can easily adapt the pattern accordingly.
 Blunt needle.

Remarks beforehand
 American crochet terminology – sorry UK-friends!
This pattern calls for a v-stitch: 1 dc, ch1, 1 dc in same stitch
 And for a 4dc-cluster:
Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook into the ch1-space.
Yo and draw up a loop – 3 loops on hook. Yo and pull through 2 loops – 2 loops on hook
Yo and insert your hook into the same space, yo over and draw up a loop – 4 loops on hook.
Yo over and pull through 2 loops – 3 loops on hook.
yo and insert your hook into the same space. Yo and draw up a loop – 5 loops on hook.
Yo and pull through 2 loops – 4 loops on hook.
Yo and pull through all 4 loops on your hook.
♦ You'll be making an identical front and back which are sewed together.
For a 3d effect you could substitute the 4dc-cluster with a popcorn stitch.

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Mmm, I realise that my symbol for a 4dc-cluster resembles that of a popcorn. Meant here is cluster stitch, although a popcorn would be a nice alternative. See above under Remarks beforehand...

















Step 1, in white
 When making a slip stitch to start your work, leave an extra long tail. (This ensures that you are flexible in adjusting the length of your work if it turns out too short later on. More about this under Step 2.)
♦ Crochet a chain that's at least 5 cm (1.5 inches) longer than your hanger. 
♦ Sc in 2nd sc from your hook, single across the chain. Measure every now and then against the lenght of your hanger. If you think it's long enough, do not cut yarn yet.

Step 2, in green
♦ Do not turn your work.
♦ Attach green yarn in the first sc. 
♦ Chain 2, skip 1 sc
 * v-stitch, skip 2 sc* repeat until you nearly reach the end of the row.
 Measure if your work is long enough to cover the length of the hanger. If necessary you can pick up the white yarn again and make a few extra single crochets in your begin chain. You could even add a few chains to your begin chain (if necessary) because you left an extra long tail right in the beginning. How nifty. ;-)
 If your begin chain and/or your round 1 (the single crochets) are too long, you can easily unravel the redundant stitches from both. This is the reason you did not turn your work at the beginning of step 2.
 Okay, is your work the right length? Then, after the last v-stitch: skip 1 st, 1 dc, cut green and white yarn.

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Step 3, in colour of your choice
♦ Don't turn work 
♦ Chain 3 in first dc of previous round
♦ *4dc-cluster in the ch1-sp of previous round, chain 2* 
 repeat across this round
♦ Than ch1, 1 dc in last dc of previous round
 Cut yarn.

Step 4, in white
 Don't turn work
 1sc in 2ch of 3chains of previous round, 1 sc in ch1-space
 * 1sc in top of cluster, 2 sc in ch2-space*
♦ repeat 
♦ 1 sc in the last ch1-space, 1 sc in dc

Step 5 (in white)
 1 turning chain
♦ Turn your work.
 Sc in every st, till end of round
 Now measure if your work is wide enough. If not, add an extra round of single crochet. You can decide whether you'd like this extra row here, or at the bottom of your work. (My hangers are cm (about 0.8 inches) wide, and I didn't need an extra row of sc.)
 Weave in ends.

Step 6
Make an identical back side, repeating step 1 to 5.

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Step 7
Hold the two pieces together, wrong sides facing eachother. Use your blunt needle and the white yarn to whipstitch front and back together (only stitching though the outer loops). Start on the side, then whipstitch about half of the lenght, slip the hanger in, stitch past the hook of the hanger, continue until done! Weave in the very last ends and let your Tulips Fields hanger invite spring in!

One more thing...
All this information might make this seem like a really complicated pattern – which of course it is not. I just wanted to give some tips on how to easily adjust the pattern to any lenght hanger. Of course, if you're making more hangers you can just count the stitches of your first hanger and duplicate that number for your other hangers – assuming they have the same size. ;-)

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I hope you will enjoy this little project.
As always I'm delighted with your visit. Thanks!

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Friday, February 6

A Field of Tulips * Hangers

Oops, and suddenly is over a week since I last posted here. A lot has happened since then. Last week I decided it would be a good idea to relocate temporarily to Thailand. And so I did. Booked a ticket, got the visa and here I am. Never a dull moment, ha! The next sixs week I will be reporting from here. :-)

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However, before I packed my bags I made something I'd like to share with you. May I present to you... My Field of Tulips Hangers! (The only thing I lacked was time to make decent pictures of them.)


byHaafner, crochet, tulips, hangers, pastel
I made these because I was so looking forward to spring. I hope you like them. The tutorial and pattern will follow soon. If you can't wait that long and you want to give your hangers a crochet coat like right away, may I suggest you buy a copy of the Big Comic Relief Crafternoon Magazine, to which I contributed other patterns to spruce up your hangers. ;-)

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#smittenblanket
Before I end this post, I would like to ask your attention once again for the Smitten Blanket. I know some of you are already making it - which truly fills me with happiness! For everyone is making one and sharing photos of it: I would really appreciate it if you tag it #smittenblanket on social media, because in a while I'd love to make a compilation on this blog of all the Smitten Blankets around the globe. And also because I just love to see all your blankets. ;-) Thanks so much, I really appreciate your help!

These two lovely ladies are making the blanket:
 The amazing Smilena, who had already made four squares the day after I posted the pattern: *click*. Wow! And since then she has made even many more squares *click*.
 The talented Ellebel, you can find her progress on the Smitten Blanket here on Instagram *click*.


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♦ Thanks for your kind visit. Happy weekend to you! 

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Friday, January 30

Instacrochet

Although I have been using Instagram for quite a while now, I don't have a public account. Or rather, I didn't - because earlier this week I switched the button from private to public. I feel this comes with an obligation to go out for an arty cappuccino more often and to spot all kinds of quirky details in the wild... Anything to feed my account, right?! *Ahem*

I guess what I'm trying to say here is that it might take me a while to get used to the fact that it's now a public account. But without joking: I'm tremendously excited about the prospect of having another creative outlet. I'm also tremendously anxious that - with one unfortunate swipe on my tablet (they happen) - I will publish an uncensored picture. ;-) In general I will - from now on - post about works in progress on Instagram where as on my blog I will focus on finished works. You'll find yarn on both!

Anyway! Here's a taste of the older pictures you will find on my Instagram. There are quite a few older pictures that you might have seen popping up on this blog before, but there are a whole bunch of new ones too. I hope you'll enjoy it.

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byHaafner, vintage teacups, doilies, crochet, vegan coconut pie

byHaafner, crochet, doily, vintage, granny square, vegan muffin


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byHaafner, pink pelargonium, neon, vintage,
Feel welcome to visit me  over at my Instagram account! (With a huge sense for originality called byHaafner.) I now officially declare it open for the public. *champagne*

Thanks for being here - I hope you have a most lovely day! And don't forget to...
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Friday, January 23

Smitten. The pattern.

Wow, I was blown away by your kind comments on the Smitten Blanket. Many thanks!

As promised I'd come back here soon with the pattern. Well, tadaah, it's here now - written and as a chart! Regarding the latter: *phew* it was quite a challenge to draw one that's not veeery wonky. ;-) (BTW if you have a suggestion for good software to create crochet charts, I'd love to hear about it!)

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Please note that to the best of my knowledge this is a very old, vintage pattern. I re-created it from a blanket I fell in love with. However, if a original pattern is somewhere to be found, please let me know and I will of course give credit where it's due! Kudo's to the original designer of this lovely pattern.

Before you start crocheting...
 I made every popcorn stitch (abbreviated: pc) in this blanket with 6dc's. More common is a popcorn with 5 dc's. Using 6 dc really makes your popcorn pop, however if you're not a experienced crocheter of tend to make loose stitches I would advice to make a 5-dc pc, because otherwise the center of your square could get too heavy and could cause the last rounds to ruffle. And a 5-dc-popcorn is just as lovely. (And eats less yarn!)
If you have not worked a popcorn stitch before I can recommend Youtube for some excellent tutorials.
 I used a 5.5 mm crochet hook. This resulted in a blocked square of 34 x 34 cm.
 One square eats (very) roughly about 120 mtr yarn.
♦ Please note that in round 8 you do not want to make a dc on top of the popcorn from round 7. You'll need a little gap there - it is like the top of a little gap-staircase started in round 5, if you know what I mean ;-).
 Instructions between * * are repeated as many times as the patterns calls for.
 If you're using the chart as reference: I did not mark the first stitch of a round specifically as such.

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To start
chain 6, close in first chain to form a ring. Alternatively, make a magic circle.

Round 1
16 dc in ring.
(Your first dc is either made from 2 chains, or, preferably, by using a standing dc)

Round 2
*1dc, ch2*
repeat 15x (16 in total)

Round 3
*make 1pc in a ch2-space, ch3, 1 pc in next space, ch3*
repeat all the way round (16 pc's in total)
sl st in first pc of this round

Round 4
sl st in next ch3-space,
*1pc, ch3, 1pc, ch3, 1 pc, ch3, 1 pc, ch10*
repeat 3x (4 in total)
sl st in first pc of this round

Round 5
sl st in next ch3-space,
*1pc, ch3, 1pc, ch3, 1pc, ch2, [6dc + ch3 + 6dc + ch2 in ch10-space to make a corner]*
repeat 3x (4 in total)
sl st in first pc of this round

Round 6
sl st in next ch3-space,
*1pc, ch3, 1pc, ch2, 2dc in ch2-space, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc's,[ 2dc in ch3-space + ch3 + 2 dc in same space], 1dc in each of the next 6dc's, 2dc in ch2-space, ch2*
repeat 3x (4 in total)
sl st in first pc of this round

Round 7
sl st in next ch3-space
*1pc, ch2, 2dc in ch2-space, 1 dc in each of the next 10dc's, [2dc in ch3-space + ch3 + 2 dc in same space], 1dc in each of the next 10dc's, 2dc in ch2-space, ch2*
repeat 3x (4 in total)
sl st in first pc of this round

Round 8
sl st in next ch2-space
*2 dc in this ch2-space, 1 dc in each of the next 14 dc's, [2 dc's in ch3-space + ch3 + 2dc in same space], 1 dc in each of the next 14 dc's, 2dc in ch2-space*
repeat 3x (4 in total)
Close this round with a slip stitch of by using a blunt needle.
Please note: don't make a dc in the pc of the previous round: you want a little gap there for the consistency of the pattern. (See remarks under Before you start crocheting...)

Round 9
Make a standing dc (alternatively: chain 2) in any dc of the previous round, 1 dc in each dc of the previous round. In the corners: 2dc in ch3-space, ch3, 2 dc in same space. Continue with 1 dc in each dc of the previous round. All the way round. Close the round.

Round 10
Repeat round 9.
Weave in ends!

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ByHaafner, crochet, vintage pattern, popcorn stitch, granny square, crochet blanket


Joining the squares
Have you made enough squares for your blanket? Congratulations! Now you can start joining them and watch the pattern fully emerge...
For my sample blanket I slipstitched the squares together. Hold the squares together (front sides facing eachother) and slipstitch through the outer loops. Easy peasy! After that, I gave my sample blanket a simple edging of two rounds of dc.

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Wow - that was it, I guess. Your blanket is ready!

Please leave a comment if you detect a mistake or if something is not clear and I will do my best to help. I do hope you have as much fun with this pattern as I had. Oh, and if you are making this blanket, I'd loooove to see the result!

Thanks for your kind visit. Much appreciated!
Happy crocheting and have a lovely weekend.


Sunday, January 18

Smitten

Two weeks ago I showed you a picture of a gorgeous vintage crocheted blanket in Lisbon. (The pink blanket with the popcorn stitches; this link will bring you to that post...)

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I also promised that I would figure the pattern out. So that's what I did! I hereby proudly present my lapsized sample blanket. I call it my Smitten Blanket. Because that's what I am with this lovely vintage pattern. (I'm planning to make a fullsized blanket with this pattern!)

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It was such a lovely project. At the moment I'm finalizing the pattern (both as a chart and in words) and I will publish it here within a couple of days.

Before I conclude this post I'd like to say a big Thank You to Vanessa from Coco Rose Diaries for the blog love. Her distinctive crochet and styling skills are simply amazing and she is a huge inspiration to me. Her post also made me realise I've got some work to do: Update my blogroll... It's been added to my todo-list. ;-)

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Well... That's all for today. Do check back here if you are interested in the pattern for the Smitten Blanket. By the way, I've also got a pattern lined up that should bring a bit of spring in our houses. Because I definitely need that during these grey days...

Many thanks for your kind visit.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I wish you a happy week!