Another reason why I love crochet

I learned to crochet when I was a kid but to this day I still find new things about the technique to get excited about. There are so many styles of crochet and you can make such a wide range of things. Good thing for me ’cause I love learning new things.

A good friend of mine gifted me with a Molla Mills calendar that got me interested in tapestry crochet. It’s something that’s been on my list of techniques to learn but have struggled to find time for. Having the calendar on my wall has been a good reminder of that list but for some reason I really wasn’t into crocheting some swatches as I usually do when testing new stitches. Then I made a stupid mistake and put my lucky cat purse in the washing machine. It went in intact and dirty but came out clean with a bunch of holes. So I thought a new pouch/purse for my phone would be a good size product to test tapestry crochet. I choose this graphic pattern for November from the calendar and improvised my way through it. There were some rows where I  counted the stitches wrong but otherwise it wasn’t that hard once I understood how you switch between yarns. I used this tutorial as a guide for the yarn switch but when I was putting the calendar on the wall I realised that there was instructions illustrated on the back.

Now that tapestry crochet isn’t a mystery to me anymore, I want to try more advanced patterns and maybe something with more than two colours. I’m even playing with the idea of designing my own patterns. Would that be something you guys would be interested in?


Another set of d.i.y. cotton pads

Last year I started working on finding alternatives to regular single use cotton pads. I crocheted a couple of sets and I’ve been using them regularly. I have noticed however, that when it gets really cold the crocheted pads are a bit too rough on my skin and I end up returning to disposable ones. So that’s why I decided to make an additional set of cotton pads that are a bit softer. This time I made them from trey cloth instead of crocheting. I could have cut them into squares to make it easier but for some reason I really wanted them to be round. Overlocking the edged would probably have been faster too but I was too lazy to go back to the store and buy more cotton yarn. Luckily, I had some water-soluble support material left over from some school project ages ago. It made zigzagging way easier and neater.

I usually do laundry once a week or every other week and I’m currently testing the double cleansing method so that requires a lot of cotton pads. I’m gonna try these out for the next few months and see how I like it. Have you tried reusable cotton pads? Did you make them yourself or did you buy them?

 

 

 


A crochet project worth repeating

Remember those crochet cotton pads I made a few months ago? Well I decided to make a set from the thin cotton yarn I tested then. They might not absorb that much liquid but they have a nice exfoliating feature I like. I only do the laundry about once a week so I’m gonna need a few more sets than the two I’ve made so far. I was maybe thinking of sewing the next set from some really soft fabric for those days I really need to be gentle to my skin. I need to do some research and find the most suitable fabric and figure out how to finish the edges. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_pads_white_2

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_pads_white_3


My Stitch Library – Cool knits edition

After I finished knitting my seed stitch scarf, I vowed to stay away from big knitting projects for a while. I want to focus more on my sewing projects, so with knitting I’ll mostly stick to learning some new challenging stitches. Here are the lastest additions to the My Stitch Library.

Zuri_Zuberi_knitted_swatches_4

Zuri_Zuberi_knitted_swatches_6

Bamboo stitch

I would like to have a sweater in this stitch, though it might be a while before I have the patience to knit such a big garment. I also learned that when knitting more complex stitches, I need to knit quite loosely otherwise it becomes difficult. The stitch is not that complicated but if you knit too tight (like I tend to do) your work distorts diagonally. This swatch was ironed straight.
Link to tutorial

Zuri_Zuberi_knitted_swatches_2

Zuri_Zuberi_knitted_swatches_5

Raspberry/ Trinity stitch

This stitch is not as difficult as I thought it would be. Once you understand how the “berries” are created it’s pretty straight forward. Unlike the other stitches I tried the swatch doesn’t roll and it’s easy to keep the edges straight. I really love the texture of this stitch so I’m gonna have to find a project that I can use it in.
Link to tutorial

Zuri_Zuberi_knitted_swatches_3

Zuri_Zuberi_knitted_swatches_7

Rick rack rib

Probably the coolest stitch I’ve ever knitted but boy was it difficult for me! I think I had to redo it two times before I finished this swatch. The mistake usually happened when I had done a few rows and then left it for a couple of days, when I’d return to it, i’d get a detail wrong and boom there went the entire row!
Link to tutorial


The year-round scarf

Date : 07/06/2017
The year-round scarf

It only took me a year! Well, it’s been finished for a month or so, I just hadn’t gotten around to taking pictures of it. Why did it take so long? I’m in a way new to knitting so my pace is quit slow. Also, I was crocheting all kinds of projects in between so this scarf always ended up at the bottom of the priority list.
The last (and first time) I knitted a scarf was in 7th grade. It was a navy blue garter stitch scarf that was very wavy because I was probably too impatient to care about knitting equally tight rows. I’m glad I took the time to knit this scarf properly. I wanted a thinner wool scarf that I could use all year round. When I took these pictures I thought I maybe won’t be needing this scarf this summer but then I went to an outdoor party recently and was glad I hadn’t packed it away with the rest of my winter clothes. Hopefully I won’t need to use it too often this summer!

Zuri_Zuberi_peach_knitted_scarf_2

Zuri_Zuberi_peach_knitted_scarf_4

Zuri_Zuberi_peach_knitted_scarf_3

Zuri_Zuberi_peach_knitted_scarf_5


Elevating the swatch – Crocheted dish cloths

As you know I like to learn new crochet stitches on a regular basis. I usually crochet small swatches that I later use as reference when choosing stitches for bigger projects.
After I had finished my latest batch of swatches I realised that if I crocheted the swatches a little bigger I would have made myself some dish cloths! It’s weird that I didin’t think of it before. I used the suzette and lemon peel stitches that I had just tried out, I like their compact and textured surface.
Dish cloths are fun to make because they don’t take that long to make and you can immediately put them to use. One tip I would give is to take shrinkage into account when deciding on size. Otherwise, happy crocheting!

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_dishcloth_2

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_dishcloth_3

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_dishcloth_5

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_dishcloth_4


The oval upgrade – an embroidered cardigan

I’m one of those people who discovered the versatility of a classic cardigan pretty late. Up until design school my everyday style was overly practical, especially during winter. Most of the time I walked around with thick zip sweaters with as high collars as possible. “I refuse to freeze” was my motto, I hadn’t learned the art of layering you see.

I remember what I think was the first classic cardigan that owned. It was a very tight beige rib jersey number that I wore for special occasions, like my uncle’s graduation. But after internships abroad my changed a lot. I now wanted to look more “polished aspiring fashion professional” and less carpenter on lunch break. More classic cardigans now started finding their to my wardrobe. By the time I moved to Helsinki cardigans were such a staple, that they became the core of my work uniform.

Zuri_Zuberi_embroidered_cardigan_7

Over the years I’ve become so picky about materials and fit of my cardigans that I now feel I have a cardigan shortage. That’s why I’m always on the look out for them in flea markets and second hand stores. This red number I bought in a flea market in Vaasa a few months ago. I liked that it was a more cold red but felt it was almost identical to an orange one I already own. So I thought I’d elevate it a bit by embroidering something on it.

Zuri_Zuberi_embroidered_cardigan_5

Zuri_Zuberi_embroidered_cardigan_4

I decided on such a simple shape as a circle since I hadn’t embroidered on a knitted fabric before. Getting the even circle turned out to be quit the challenge. I had an idea of randomly scattered polka dots in two sizes but what I got annoyingly aligned oval shapes. I kind of like the cochobon shapes now but I would have wanted to get a more random placement of them. What I’m really happy with though is the colour combination. I do have to stop myself though from buying any more red clothes. Ever since that coat, I feel the colour has taken over my wardrobe!

Zuri_Zuberi_embroidered_cardigan_6

Zuri_Zuberi_embroidered_cardigan_2

Zuri_Zuberi_embroidered_cardigan_3


Raindrops keep hanging on my ears

Ok, that was a bad title but sometimes I just have to take the cheezy route. Another option was Drop it like a pear!

I made these earrings months ago (probably at the same time as these ones) but forgot to post the pictures. I love the long drop shape and the colour of the beads. I got them last last year when I was in Copenhagen and I think the stone is jade. I’ve been using these earrings a lot since I made them.

I looked in my jewellery box and there are five pairs of drop shaped earrings in different colour and sizes. I’ve been trying to figure out where this love for this shape comes from but I can’t pinpoint where it started . Maybe it’s because of all those costume dramas I’m always watching. I will continue investigating.

Zuri_Zuberi_green_jade_earrings_3

Zuri_Zuberi_green_jade_earrings_2


Short of genius – Crocheted cotton pads

In today’s world of Pinterest, you see very many beautiful diy ideas and sometimes you see so many that you don’t know where to start creating. Then there’s the diys that are so clever and simple, you’ll be like “why didn’t I think of that!” That’t what happened when I saw Matilda Gustafsson’s post about crocheted cotton pads. I immediately saved the post on bloglovin’ and went through my yarn bag to see if I had any yarn I could use.

Cotton pads are one of those things I’ve been wanting to find a less wasteful alternative for and I love crocheting so this diy was really up my alley. I chose to crochet my cotton pads round with double crochet using this diagram.

There are so many ways one could crochet these cotton pads. One could use different materials, shapes, sizes and patterns. In the coming months I at least want to crochet a couple of sets in different thicknesses and maybe use linnen and bamboo instead of cotton.

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_pads_2

At first I wanted to use linen yarn but it felt a bit unnecessary to go buy yarn when I had cotton yarn left over from other projects. I didn’t know which thickness would be ideal so I made one out of each yarn before crocheting more.

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_pads_3

I went with the thicker yarn, I think the thicker pads absorb more liquid. I might crochet more pads from the thinner yarn at a later point. I liked the exfoliating aspect of this test pad.

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_pads_4

One tip I would give is to think of shrinkage when deciding on size of the pads.

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_pads_5

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_pads_6

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_pads_7


My Stitch Library – Textured crochet edition

I’ve been thinking about making a big and warm triangle scarf for a while now, I just haven’t been able to decide how to make it. Winter may be over (thank goodness!) but I’ve given up trying to make big projects during the season they’re intended for. Instead I get started when I have the inspiration and try not to have too many projects going on at the same time. It’s a constant challenge for me.
Considering how long it took me to knit the seed stitch scarf ( a post on that is in the works) I think I’ll be crocheting the triangle scarf. And what  do I do when I can’t decide on which stitch to use for something? I learn new stitches and make some swatches. It’s become a regular habit of mine and I have to say I quit like the process. I’m gonna start posting them under My Stitch Library, as it is in a way a collection of crocheting and knitting stitches. I used Hopeful Honey’s tutorials for these swatches. I like her tutorials because they’re clear but short.

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_swatches_1

Mini bean stitch

Looks pretty straight forward but after a few rows I realised that my swatch didn’t have the right “slant” in the rows as it should and decided to start from scratch. I like to crochet pretty tightly which sometimes makes it difficult to see key parts in some stitches. I also wanted to yarn over before every “mini bean”, which you shouldn’t in this stitch. Sometimes I would forget and notice it a few rows later. Luckily it got easier halfway through the second swatch, for me it just required a bit of practice. I really like the 3 dimensionality and texture of this stitch. I’m thinking about making a scarf with it in the future.

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_swatches_5

Suzette stitch

I struggled to keep my rows even, I probably skipped one too many stitches somewhere. It’s otherwise an easy stitch to crochet. I like the subtle texture of this stitch, I have one up coming project made with it.

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_swatches_2

Lemon peel stitch

Probably the easiest of the stitches I tried this time. I would recommend this for beginners to try out. I like the texture of this stitch and how compact it is. I also have one up coming project made with this stitch.

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_swatches_3

Zuri_Zuberi_crochet_swatches_4

Primrose stitch

I kept forgetting how to start and end the rows so if I would make something with this stitch I would probably need to write down some notes in the beginning of the project. I really like the star  pattern this stitch creates on one side. I usually prefer stitches crochet patterns with identical sides but this one has a pretty reverse side so it’s worth a spot in my stitch library.

 


@