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Crochet Mary Jane Slippers

Hey guys,

Just so you know this is just a preview post of a work in progress for my crochet slippers. So here we go.
I found a great blog post called good knits that features a really nice pair of crochet Mary Jane slippers. This tutorial gives directions for a size 9.5-10 large slippers. I wear a size 8 but decided to follow the pattern anyway to see how they would fit. Here is how they are coming out.

Purple Crochet Mary Jane’s

Crochet Mary Jane Slipper

They are quite a bit larger than my foot so I am in the process of converting the pattern for my size…8.  If any of you guys are interested in a smaller size of this slipper keep a watch out for my next slipper post. Here is how it looks so far for the smaller size.

Grey Crochet Mary Jane’s

As you can see the grey slipper with the modified pattern fits much closer to the foot.

Until next time! Happy Crocheting

Cricket


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Inspired by nature: Autumn in Quebec

Gonna miss autumn when the snow comes…Autumn is definitely my favorite season with all the beautifully colored leaves. I was able to get a couple of nice shots while taking a walk with my hubby and 3 month old baby boy. It’s so inspiring to get out of the house and into nature!

Autumn Colors of Quebec

I love this cute little guy! It’s so hard to catch a chipmunk this close up.

Chipmunk Breakfast

I love to take nature walks in our town. We have to take advantage of the times when the weather is nice up here in Quebec. And as much as I love to crochet sometimes we have to lay down our hooks and get out there and get inspired by life!

Cricket


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Crochet Dish Rags: A beginners project

Ok guys if your new to crocheting or just getting started then the crochet dish towels/rags are the way to go. This is a way to practice your basic stitches while learning how to keep your tension consistent and make something useful all at the same time. These also make great Christmas presents! You can use any of the three basic stitches you want, the single crochet (sc), the half double crochet (hdc), or the double crochet (dc).

crochet dish towels

Crochet Dish rags

What you need

crochet hook – I would suggest a 5.5mm-6mm hook but you can go smaller as it suggests to use a 5mm hook on the cotton yarn. The hook size will determine the size of your dish towel it will also determine the weight of your towel so to speak. I find that I do not want my rag to be too tightly crocheted as it would be with a smaller hook because it is harder for the water be to absorbed into the fabric. And we want the rag to be useful right. Using a slightly larger hook is also good for beginners.

yarn – For dish towels/rags you will want to use 100% cotton. I use Bernat Handicrafter Cotton it comes in really large balls so you can make lots of rags and its affordable only about 9$

Crochet Dish Towels

Folded Crochet Dish Rag Gift Set

Getting it started

So now you have chosen your yarn, hook, and stitch and you are ready to begin. You will make a slip knot. Then make a chain as long as you want your towel/rag to be.  Crochet as many rows as you want in the stitch you have chosen to get the height you want. I will be making a post soon about sc, hdc, and dc for beginners you will be able to refer to.

Once you have made your towel the size you want. You will fasten off. Do this by cutting the thread and leaving about a 5 inch tail. You need to leave a tail in order to secure your work. After you cut your yarn pull the yarn through that is still on your hook. then separate the yarn ply in half. This is a 4 ply yarn so you should have 2 strands on each side now. Take 2 of those ply’s and pull then through 1-2 stitches away from where you fastened off. Then make a double knot to secure your work. Pull on the knot as hard as you can without breaking the thread. Then cut the remaining thread short. Do this on your beginning tail as well.

Congratulations!

You are now a crocheter and probably completely obsessed already. This is the most wonderful hobby in the world and you can learn to create beautiful works of art in a very short amount of time. Keep at it and until next time.

Happy Crocheting!

Cricket


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My Mermaid Tears Purse

I have fallen completely in love with the crocodile stitch in crochet as many of you have also. How couldn’t we isn’t it fantastic! Anyway thank you to www.bernat.com for their awesome mermaid tears purse pattern and thank you to the crochet crowd for their incredible tutorial on youtube. You can get the pattern for free from bernat you just have to sign up for a membership first. Super simple! And they have lots of great patterns.

Crocodile Stitch

This stitch work is done in multiples of 6 so you can chain 84, 90, 96 or whatever amount of stitches gives you the size bag you want.

Crocodile stitch bag

My mermaid tears purse

This purse pattern is so beautiful but I found that the bag became a little heavy. I am going to make several of these purses for Christmas gifts and I think I am going to make the bags slightly smaller and change the handles because of the weight.

I’ll keep you posted and until next time Happy Crocheting!

Cricket