Thursday, May 21, 2015

Crochet Cupcake Pixel Blanket



The masterpiece is complete! Here is my Crochet Cupcake Pixel Blanket! Phew, it's finally finished and I am really happy with the way it turned out. Let me tell you all about it and walk you through all the steps so you can make your own! I will try to answer some frequently asked questions as well. Wish I had some better photos for you, but because of its size, it is hard to photograph. So these will have to do for now :)

This tutorial is broken up into 4 different posts in order to give you as much step by step direction and detail as possible. Click the highlight links above each picture to see the process documented in each post. Also be sure to refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below!




Continue below for FAQs, border tutorial, and more pictures of the final blanket!
FAQs:

How long did it take you to make? I started this blanket is early April. It is now the end of May so just about two months. I was able to make 20 squares in 1 hour (uninterrupted) but of course I was never able to crochet for an hour straight... so just the squares took me over 50 hours. Then I wove in the ends, laid out the squares, joined the squares, and made the border.

But all those ends?! Not gonna lie, this project is tedious but so worth it when it comes together. In my opinion weaving in those ends was the easiest and quickest part! The bulk of my time was spent repetitively crocheting the squares. Even joining took longer than weaving in the ends. Two ends to weave in on each square didn't take long and there was a quick sense of satisfaction after each square was finished.

How much yarn do I need? One skein of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice makes about 20-21 squares. I made a total of 525 squares so that is about 25 skeins just for the squares. The joining will take 2 skeins and then another for the border.

I used: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in these colors: Beige (approx 15 skeins), Pink (approx 6 skeins), Scarlett, White, Black (approx 4 skeins), Honey (approx 3 skeins), Dusty Purple, Aqua, Mustard, Fern, and Raspberry. 1 skein or less of the ones that I didn't specify.

Where can I find a pixel graph? Perler bead patterns (try THIS website) make perfect pixel graphs! Read more about it HERE.

How do I join the squares? I used THIS technique by Petals to Picots to join my squares. You can read all about it my Pixel Square Layout and Joining Post. You don't have to use this method. Feel free to join as you go.

How big is the blanket? The finished blanket is 63x53 inches and fits perfectly over a twin size bed!

How big are the squares? Each of the pixel squares measures 2.5x2.5. If they start curling you may want to block or dock them. Check out my Pixel Square Docking Station!

What does the back look like? Because of the way I slip stitched the rows together, the squares are bordered on the back. I actually really like it and it has a cool texture but if it bothers you, you could line it with fleece or use a different joining method.

This is what the back of the blanket looks like!
The pixels do puff out a little but I really like the dimension it adds to it!

Is there a way to adjust the size of the design so it's less pixels? The only way to adjust the size of a pixel blanket is by adjusting the size of the squares (use a smaller hook and lighter weight yarn... also the squares I used are smaller than the average granny square). A pixel blanket is just what the name says... made of pixels. Just like in a photo, the less pixels you have, the less detail you have. Believe me, I tried to alter this cupcake design, but you really do need all these pixels to make the picture work. If you want to make a blanket with less pixels, you may want to choose another design with less pixels. For instance THIS FOX PIXEL BLANKET only has 132 squares.

Now lets talk about the border!
Sometimes all you need is a simple single crocheted border. With all the different elements in this blanket, I didn't want to over do it with a fancy edge (although I did consider doing a scalloped border). So I did 2 rounds of SC in beige and one round of SC in Pink. When you get to the corners, make SC + chain 1+ SC.


I suppose I should also mention that when I wove in the ends from joining each row, I made sure to weave my loose end through the corners of the squares to bring them together. When crocheting your border you don't want any single crochets to land in between squares so try and close that gap as much as you can.



This blanket would be so sweet a little girls room!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this blanket come together! Can't wait to see the pixel projects you are working on! 



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stamped Clay Yarn Ball Charm


A fun little yarn ball stamp doesn't only have to be used with ink. With a bit of polymer clay, you can make your own yarn ball charms! Perfect for a necklace, bracelet, or keychain for you and your yarn-lover friends!

I found THIS stamp on Amazon (made by www.heroarts.com) and it is a great size to make little charms (1.5x1") although I'm sad to say it is currently unavailable :( But don't worry, below are links to some similar ones (crocheters, the knitting needles can be cut off your clay charm). I also encourage you to check out the Hoffee and Nuffin Etsy Shop for a great selection of yarn ball/crochet/knit themed stamps!



I stamped about a quarter size piece of Sculpey III Polymer Clay. 


I used my 5-in-1 tool set to cut around the yarn ball and poke a hole in it. You could easily use an exacto knife and a pin or pen to poke a hole as well.


Smooth out edges with your finger and bake in oven at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.


When cooled, coat with Sculpey Gloss Glaze.


Add a keyring or string on a chain!




Monday, May 11, 2015

Love Button Crochet Hat


I love the combination of yarn, buttons, and felt! And a little of all three went into this Love Button Hat :) Use this pattern and design as a inspiration for your own creation! I ordered the Alphabet buttons from Amazon and I think they are adorable but in full disclosure the package that was sent to me didn't have any R's or B's... which kinda limits the word possibilities. They are about 3/4 in tall and come in pastel and dark pastel colors. Link to primary colored alphabet letters are below as well. Those ones are slightly larger.



Materials:
- Worsted Weight Yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Lime, Aqua, Pink, and Beige.
- Small piece of felt for the heart.
- Alphabet Buttons
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet

Crochet Beanie:
CHANGE COLORS EVERY 3-4 ROWS!
Note: I decided to make a couple rows of single crochets along the bottom using a 4th color. If you want to do the same, change color on your last row and make two or three rows of Single Crochet's instead of one row of Double Crochets.

Size: 0-3 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5-10: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
fasten off, weave in ends.

Size: 3-6 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6-11: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
fasten off, weave in ends.

Size: 6-9 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7-12: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
fasten off, weave in ends.

Size: 9-12 Months (Should fit up to about 16 months)
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8-13: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
fasten off, weave in ends.


Size: Toddler/Preschooler
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9-14: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
fasten off, weave in ends.

Size: Child
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 10-15: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
fasten off, weave in ends.

Size: Teen/Adult
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 10: 2 DC in first, DC in next 15, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
Round 11-16: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
fasten off, weave in ends.

Cut a heart from felt. I printed out THIS ONE and used it as a template. Sew it onto middle stripe of hat.
Attach "LOVE" buttons on hat under the felt heart.




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Friday, May 8, 2015

Pom Pom Owl Art


Here's another owl project for you! And this one couldn't be any easier! Store bought assorted pom-poms, a shadowbox frame, and a little hot glue are all you need. You could make any shape, animal, letter, etc but you know how much I love owls :) So lets go ahead and make Pom Pom Owl Art!

Materials:
- 8x10 inch shadowbox frame
- 2 large bags of assorted color and size pom-poms.  Mine are from Michaels.
- Hot glue gun


Lay out your design. When you have a basic outline, start hot gluing the pom-poms directly to the back of the frame. It helps to start with the eyes and work outward. Just a little dab of glue on the back of each one is fine. And if you make a mistake they are pretty easy to lift off and glue down again.


Add in pom-poms for the background. I didn't even need to glue them down! But you could if you want to ensure they stay in place.


Put back in frame and it's ready to display! Great for a nursery or child's room!





Thursday, May 7, 2015

Weeble Wobble Crochet Witch


I had a fun opportunity to do a little crafty exchange with the very talented Laura Kelly. She made me one of her famous doodle drawings (see it HERE) and I told her that I could crochet her anything she would like. Her request? A little bitty witch :) Laura has a love for the Halloween holiday and magical witches. Elpheba from Wicked being one of her favorite characters and Minx from the book Little Witch is one of her childhood favorites. I told her I would see what I could come up with and I think I nailed it with this Weeble Wobble Crochet Witch! Since the bottom is weighted with poly-pellets, the doll actually sits up like a Weeble Wobble toy! It was actually this pattern that inspired my Girl and Boy Crochet Amigurumi Dolls (pattern here). I know I am posting this out of season, but it's never to soon to get started on your Fall crafting!

Materials:
- Worsted Weight Yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Dusty Green and Black
- Size G Crochet Hook
- Poly-Pellets
- Poly-Fil Fiber Stuffing
- Tapestry needle
- 6mm Safety Eyes

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease
DC = Double Crochet
TC = Triple Crochet

Witch Pattern:

Head:
With green yarn
Magic ring, ch 1 and make 10 SC in ring, continue to crochet in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (20 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (30 SC)
Round 4-8: SC in each stitch around (30 SC)
At this point add on safety eyes (4 stitches apart from each other) between rounds 5 and 6. Stitch on mouth (and eyelashes optional) as well. Weave in ends.
Round 9: SC Decrease, SC in next, repeat around (20 SC)
Round 10: SC in each stitch around (20 SC)
Start stuffing with poly-fil
Round 11: SC Decrease, SC around until top starts to close... SC Decrease until completely shut. Weave loose end through the middle of head and down through bottom. You will use this to sew the head to the body.

Body:
With green yarn
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 10 SC in ring, continue to crochet in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (20 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (30 SC)
Round 4-7: SC in each stitch around (30 SC)
Change to black yarn
Round 8-13: SC in each stitch around (30 SC)
Be sure to stuff with poly pellets and fiberfill BEFORE closing! See picture directions HERE.
Round 14: SC Decrease, SC in next, repeat around (20 SC)
Round 15: SC in each stitch around (20 SC)
Round 16: SC decrease, SC in next, around until top starts to close... SC Decrease until completely shut.
Fasten off and weave in ends

Arms (make 2):
With green yarn
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 5 SC in ring, continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (10 SC)
Round 3-5: SC in each stitch around (10 SC)
Change to black yarn
Round 6-7: SC in each stitch around
Round 8: SC Decrease, SC in next 3, repeat around (8 SC)
Round 9: SC in each stitch around (8 SC)
Round 10: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around,
Fasten off, stuff, sew shut and sew onto body.

Hat:
With black yarn
Magic ring, ch 1 and make 4 SC in ring, continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in first, SC in next, repeat around (6 SC)
Round 3-4: SC in each stitch around (6 SC)
Round 5: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around (8 SC)
Round 6: SC in each stitch around
Round 7: 2 SC in first, SC in next 3, repeat around (10 SC)
Round 8: SC in each stitch around (10 SC)
Round 9: 2 SC in first, SC in next 4, repeat around (12 SC), join, chain 3
Round 10: 2 TC in each stitch all the way around. Join to first TC, fasten off stuff lightly and sew on to head.

To make skirt on shirt:
Add black yarn around first row of shirt colored SC stitches on body. Chain 2 and make a DC around the same stitch. Make 2 DC around each stitch all the way around. Join to top of chain 2 and fasten off, weave in ends.






If you aren't familiar with Laura Kelly, she is a talented designer of doodles, paintings, stationary, crafts, and much more! You can check her out on Facebook, or her Website, or on her Blog.

You should bookmark or print out this adorable Three Little Witch doodle she drew! Tuck it away until October for more Halloween decor :)



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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Crochet Pixel Square Blocking (Docking) Station


I've been working on a pixel square blanket for the past month. If you didn't catch my first two posts about it you can see it HERE and HERE. It is going to be a cute cupcake design...eventually :) With well over 500 squares to make, I think I underestimated the time this blanket will take. But as my piles of squares continue to stack up, I noticed that my cute little pixels were starting to curl and look rounded and sometimes uneven. So I created a blocking station for them to sit on! Although I had to use the word blocking because I did not block these squares in the traditional way you would block an afghan square. Typically you would wet the squares and pin them down, one by one. Moogly has a great tutorial for this HERE. In my case, I just wanted to stretch the yarn a bit and let the squares take shape. I was inspired by THIS fabulous blocking station by LookAtWhatIMade.  Her version is a true blocking station while mine is more of a docking station :)


Here's my sad little stacks of pixels BEFORE my docking station was created.


I used a large piece of styrofoam board (purchased at Michaels Craft Store). It measures 2x12x28 inches and I ended up cutting it in half since I wanted two different stations (one for upstairs and one for downstairs). I used bamboo skewers from the grocery store to pin the blocks down but sometimes the wood on the skewers would split and the yarn would catch. Remember that game Pick Up Sticks? Those would have worked better in my mind.

Poke the skewers into the foam in 2.5 inch squares around. Leave a one inch gap between each square.


I place the pixel squares on the skewers in stack of 10. You really don't want to go much higher than that because the skewers start to lose support and bend inwards towards the top.


Here is the difference between a pixel square that has been docked overnight versus one that hasn't.











Friday, May 1, 2015

DIY Ninja Turtle Socks


If your kids love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles then they will go nuts for these easy DIY Ninja Turtle Socks! I used green socks I found at the Dollar Tree and 3D fabric paint to create masked eyes on the top of the sock as well as puff paint pizzas on the heel of each sock to prevent slipping! This would be a fun TMNT birthday party project for the slightly older crowd!

Materials:
- Green socks. I found green socks at my Dollar Tree in kid sizes 4-11. You can find them online as well: Kids Ankle Socks
- 3D Fabric Paint/Puff Paint in black, white, and mask colors (purple shown). Pizza colors: light brown, red, and yellow. I found these little bottles of Scribbles POP 3D paint for 49 cents each at my local Michaels Craft Store. They sell them in packs or individual bottles.
- Fine tip marker. I happened to have a  green one but you could use black. You will paint over your lines!
- Paper template. I printed out THIS PICTURE from Google images cut out the mask and traced it onto the sock. See pictures below.


Place a piece of card stock paper inside the sock to create a flat surface and prevent bleeding/sticking.


Start with the black and outline your mask.


Fill in with purple. Ideally you will want to let the black dry for a bit but I was impatient and didn't have trouble with it bleeding or smearing.


Continue filling in the rest of mask.


Let dry! It will be tacky in about an hour and dry enough to paint the pizzas on the bottom heels in about 3-4 hours.



Give it a full 24 hours for it to completely dry and ready for wear!