Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday Gift- Multi- purpose drawstring bags

I may have mentioned before that I work in a zebrafish lab, and I really like the women that I work with...they are all scientists and super cool. So, I made the bags below and filled them 
with candy as a Holiday gift. My co workers really seemed to like them. These little bags can work as a cellphone pouch, make up bag, pencil-pen sack, etc. To make them, start off by workin in rounds, like making a hat: ch 4, slip stitch in the fourth chain from the hook to make a circle, ch two and sc, hdc, or dc around, slip stitch in the top of the ch2- try crocheting two times in every other stitch until you get the circle or bottom of the bag to the desired circumference. Decrease every five stitches to create the bend and crochet up until you get to the top of the bag and do a filet stitch or holes-sc, dc, or hdc two times, skip two stitches and crochet the chosen stitch two more times. ch 80 and sc in all 80 to make a drawstring to go in the holes. Make a longer chain to attach to the sides of the bag as a handle. You guys know I don't to traditional patterns, but email me if you need extra help: barrettbossertia@cofc.edu

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Unfinished Crocheted Projects By Ife

The semester has ended for the holidays, and I'm hoping to be more productive or at least more motivated to finish my projects.

Here are the pieces to a set of shorts I started over the summer before the semester started.It is very easy...I will post the pattern in a couple of years when I finish it.;)

A onesie and hat I started to crochet for my niece almost two years ago.

The pieces of a crocheted bear my mother in law, Shelly Bossert created the pattern for (ursorminorminiatures.com), and I started it almost three years ago...it is still in this condition.

My goal is to start some new projects, finish them, and post before school starts.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

My Sister's Crochet

Hello All! I haven't posted anything new for awhile, but I wanted to share some really cool new crochet fashion from Wiggleroomnyc at Etsy.com (update 03/02/13-wiggleroomnyc closed). My sister, Ouida, who taught me to crochet granny squares at the age of 10 years old crocheted a tank top and a dress that's just out of this world! These awesome handmade pieces were available for sale for only $45.00 (the red, gold and green top with the white edging), and the creme de menthe dress is only $180.00 (short sleeved dress can be seen at Etsy). However, my sister closed down her etsy shop, and decided to sell her items privately. Contact Pekuliar Closet on facebook for more information.

This is the perfect summer dress, the filet stitching is perfect for keeping cute and cool on a hot N.Y day. I love the model's (Ore, my neice) short natural hair, which enhances the fresh and cool design of the dress...the color scheme of the design also says "cool breeze". I think it's important to consider all of this when designing a crocheted piece. I tend to struggle with selecting the right color schemes (usually due to poor yarn selection). This is a great example of how to enhance a simple color scheme with an intricate design. This dress can no longer be viewed in more detail at Pekuliar Closet @facebook.com. Contact Pekuliar Painters on facebook in NYC for more information on purchasing and custom made items.


Friday, May 18, 2012

The Counterfeit Crochet Project!!! (So High Fashion)


You may have seen my original High Fashion Crochet post that listed the pattern for a counterfeit Chanel crocheted handbag. Well, I failed to mention that it comes from an organization that counterfeits designer crocheted handbags. Check out this amazing website! I absolutely love it...you have to read for yourself. The genius who came up with this is anti-factory, and I love the fabulous items listed on her site.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Sexiest One Piece I've Ever Crocheted!

Okay, so my little sister is going to kill me when she sees that I've posted this swimsuit I free style designed for her body almost 7 years ago! I thought I lost this picture, but I found it on a flash drive.   

Sunday, March 18, 2012

S(t)=h(t) = Spring time = Hat time!

So, it's spring time, and I prefer to work with extremely thin yarn at this point. For this hat, I used a cotton strand that was super thin, and so I bought two balls of yarn, and put the two strands from each ball together to make one thicker strand, but it's still not so thick that it's heavy. I apologize because I threw the wrapper away, and I can't remember the brand name. However, the yarn is so thin that it's perfect for making doilies, and the needle I used is a #5 Steel Crochet Hook 5-Size 7
This is a photo of the actual yarn and needle I used. I had chained 6 at the point in the photo.

$1 online: Boye's Crochet Hooks feature the preferred tapered throat and smooth rounded head. Precision-crafted quality assures a fine finish and accuracy of gauge."
Above is a pic of the two balls of yarn after I already crocheted the hat...I just took the picture.

The Pattern, kinda sorta...

Ch 6

Slip stitch in ch 1 to create a small circle.

DC 6 around the circle (repeat 2 x or until the circle starts to bend in the slightest)

To make a flat circle, increase by dc 2x in 1 stitch, dc 1 (repeat around until flat circle and return to 1 dc in each stitch)

Repeat until you have a flat circle about 7 in diameter. Below is a you tube video on how to dc decrease.

Dc decrease once every five stitches all the way around, so dc 5, decrease (dc decrease).

Crochet once in each stitch all the way around for about 10 rows

To make the brim:

begin to increase by 2 dc in 1 stitch every other stitch for one row. so, 2 dc in 1, 1 dc in 1 (repeat around) repeat until it gets wavier or you can decrease down to 1 in each stitch again to lessen the waviness of the brim.

United States standard crochet hook and knitting needle sizes

Millimeter range Knitting needle size Crochet hook size (letter) Crochet hook size (numeric)
2.25 mm 1 B 1
2.75 mm 2 C 2
3.25 mm 3 D 3
3.5 mm 4 E 4
3.75 mm 5 F 5
4 mm 6 G 6
4.5 mm 7 7
5 mm 8 H 8
5.5 mm 9 I 9
6 mm 10 J 10
6.5 mm 10.5 K 10.5
8 mm 11 L 11
9 mm 13 M/N 13
10 mm 15 N/P 15
12.75 mm 17
15 mm 19 P/Q
16 mm Q
19 mm 35 S
25 mm 50

Monday, March 5, 2012

High Fashion Crochet, Dedicated to Srimoon!

So, I was checking my email, and I received a beautiful comment/compliment regarding my neglected blog. I was inspired to scour the web for more inspiration before going to bed tonight. I do love this blog, but I recently quit job hunting after snagging an awesome gig as a lab aide in a microbiology lab! Also, Statistics has been kicking my butt! However, there is no excuse...one must always make time for crochet!http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/flowers.php Here's a cool link to a site that has an abundance of flower patterns for crocheting...you don't have to make a whole new sweater, you can just spruce up an old sweater or cardigan to start! If you feel ambitious, here's a free sweater pattern link: click here for Crochet central sweater patterns FREE!!! One more thing: Skip To my lou-Click here for the most beautiful crocheted flowers, I've found all night!

The cute, matching frock is to die for! I just love outrageously feminine stuff like this. These came from Elle Magazine...I must admit, 2010, but who cares...it's crochet!

I found all of the above pics by going to google.com.fr (google france) and searching "fashion crochet".  The selection only differs slightly, but I am inspired by the dress in the top center, and the one at the bottom center.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

More High Fashion Crochet

I apologize for neglecting my blog for entirely too long! However, I'm a CofC student with a full-time job where I am forced to stare at a bright computer screen for eight hours a day, and take back to back telephone calls within the confines of a drabby, gray cubicle...but I'm not complaining.

Now for the crochet! What you see here below is a cleverly designed crocheted slinky, black, "freak 'em" dress (as Beyonce would say, to avoid the original term coined by the comedian, Martin Lawrence, which includes the vernacular...if you get my drift). I decided to maximize the size of the photograph for you to notice the thin yarn used to create a netted appearance in the areas
that don't need to be covered, and then a tight stitch to cover private areas. Take note of the chain stitches at the shoulders and chest area.

                                  Revenge of the Granny Square is back...muhuhuhuhahahaha!

These dresses are oh so retro. I'm really in favor of the full length crocheted dresses. I like how each granny square is edged in black, so that the black edging is what connects all the squares, giving a collection of mismatched squares a cohesive appearance. I just wish that they didn't put the red and white, candy striped socks on the poor child. She may be red-headed, but she's nobody's step-child...lol! I don't know what the heack I'm taking about. Oops, did I just text talk? I don't know the rules of blogging, but I certainly would never do that in a term paper.

                                                  This dark and edgy photo...I kind of find it awkward, and the only reason that I've decided to post it is because I'm digging the creativity with the granny squares, and the black lining does remind me of the photograph above. However, this model...in this pose has to grow on me or something, I don't know...it's just wierd. I am totally feeling the black waist band/ belt around this dress versus the thin, brown belt that I believe I see in the granny square dress above.