Saturday, March 11, 2017

DOOR-MAT SOLES - DIY Soles - TURN SLIPPERS INTO SHOES FOR STREET WEAR!!

DOOR-MAT SOLES



Turn your crochet (or knit) slippers into shoes for street wear!

Customized Method for ANY foot-size and foot-shape, infant to giant!

I LOVE the option to wear my crochet-slippers on the street! 
As canvas shoes, the traditional Espadrilles with rope-soles. Years ago I invented the Any size Cord-Sole method. Creates the most beautiful soles, and they will always be my favorites. As much as I love them, the Cord-Soles are just too time-consuming for me! I often need several pairs a month for my designs.

DOOR-MAT SOLES are the solution, creates very good, strong soles, fast and cheep!
The post for the Spring-Flower Slippers joined to the soles are HERE!
The Door-Mat-soles are the result of my need to make a pair of solid, comfy, sturdy, durable, and cheep soles,
FAST!

Doable for all handy crafters. 
No sole-hole-punching! No seaming!

The soles are made of a DOORMAT! Bound to be strong and durable, right??

The slippers will be joined to the soles, or you can continue to crochet a shoe in rounds on top of the sole. 
Note that sealant/glue is involved in the creating of this sole.

You need a doormat, woven, made by sisal or jute,
Rubber backing is great.
The edge around the sole are a band crocheted with hemp-string. 

Make a template of the slippers on your foot.
Cut out the soles!

Silicone around the edge...

Glue band around sole...

DONE!
Ready to join your slipper!

The beauty of a handmade Door-mat Sole!



SPRING-FLOWER CROCHET/KNIT SLIPPERS

In Northern parts of the earth, winter can last for months. When finally the snow start melting, and the first wild-flowers peeks up from the cold ground, it’s spring!
What a feeling!
To take on “small-shoes”, as we called it a life-time ago, was like flying!
These crochet/knit slippers are a tribute to the best time of the year!
KNIT WITH YOUR HOOK!
Not Tapestry, not “normal” crochet. 
I’ve tried to demystify crocheting with colors, without too much fuss!
This is a no-stress, no-hurry project! 
Slow-down, relax, enjoy every stitch!

The pattern is created with the crocheted knit-stitch (Split single crochet)
Also called the Waistcoat Stitch
A regular sc, with hook inserted into the middle of the stitch.
Require a minimum of practice.

Happy spring slippers!

Skill level: Intermediate. 
Not difficult, just different! 
Crucial skill: You need to understand colored pattern-charts, like in knitting, or cross-stitch embroidery.

As I always do with cotton slippers, out-soles are joined to the bottom!
Note the pretty insoles with labels!

See the post about the DOOR-MAT SOLES, HERE!

Ready for street-wear!

These out-soles are invented in the moment I designed the slippers!

The DOOR-MAT SOLES!!

Protect your slippers against wear and tear, join out-soles to the bottom! And turn your slippers into shoes for street-wear! 

Inventing this doormat method for out-soles, was the kind of experience:
WHY EVER DID I NOT THINK OF THIS BEFORE!

CROCHET SLIPPERS WITH DOOR-MAT SOLES! 
Turn your crochet (or knit) slippers into shoes for street wear!

The DOOR-MAT SOLES FOR STREET WEAR!
The smartest thing I ever invented (Almost!)

TUBE SOCK CROCHET SLIPPERS

Apart from a well shaped toe and heel, these slipper-socks are plain and simple. 
And oh so warm and cozy!


Learn a new stitch! 
The special crochet/knit stitch gives a classic touch to this simple design;
Ssc (
Split single crochet). Also called the Waistcoat Stitch
A regular sc, with hook inserted into the middle of the stitch. Require a minimum of practice.

Perfect for scrap-yarn, play with colors and stripes.

Unisex, awesome design also for the men in your life!

Fast and fun to work. 
The slippers are made in one piece from toe to heel, in continuous rounds.

Great gift, make them in many colors and sizes for family and friends!

The TUBE SOCK SLIPPERS!
I had to invent a crochet-stamp for them, as everyone thought they were knitted!

 
 
 

Friday, February 17, 2017

HONEYCOMB CROCHET HAT

HONEYCOMB CROCHET HAT

The honeycomb pattern looks gorgeous worked with chunky yarn, and create a warm, soft, and stretchy hat! 
Completely made with dcs, the pattern is achieved with FPdcs. 
Great appearance in any color, with- or without pompom.
Terminology: 
US - American Crochet Terms. 

PDF Pattern: 5 pages written instructions with step-by-step-pics and tutorials. Stitch diagram for the honeycomb pattern.
HONEYCOMB HAT
Great also without pompom!

HONEYCOMB HAT.
GET THE PATTERN!

FAIR ISLE CROCHET/KNIT SNOW HEART MITTENS AND FINGERLESS GLOVES

Another design special made for the Snow Heart pattern!
Earlier published patterns with the same motifs; Snow Heart Slippers, and Snow Heart Cap.

The crochet-pattern for the Snow Heart Mittens and Fingerless Gloves, gives you two possibilities; The mittens with thumbs, or simple fingerless gloves (handwarmers), a great approach to the crochet/knit method.

If you still have not tried to knit with your hook, I strongly recommend it!
The stitch has several names: Split Single Crochet (Ssc), Waistcoat Stitch, and Center Single Crochet (Csc). 

Also called Fair Isle Stitch, due to the perfect knit-look this stitch create, and the endless possibilities to work stranded, colored patterns with it. Just like in knitting!

HOW IS THIS STITCH DONE?


Insert the hook into the middle of the sc, between the two vertical "legs", tilt the hook slightly to the right, and the tip will find it's way through the st-loops.
See Annie's public video for how it's done, on the round, as well as forth and back.
Note that the most distinct knit-stitch will appear worked on the round.

The simple hand-warmers.

The mittens with thumb.

Detail of the heart-pattern.

So pretty!

Doesn't this mitten give a warm and  heartly winter-night mood!

Detail of side-ways sl st ribbing and pattern.

SNOW HEART MITTENS AND FINGERLESS GLOVES

SNOW HEART MITTENS AND FINGERLESS GLOVES

FAIR ISLE CROCHET/KNIT SNOW HEART CAP

As you can see on previous post, I published a pair of slippers with my new Snow Heart pattern

SNOW HEART SLIPPERS


Now I have designed the Snow Heart Cap with the same pattern, a more simple design, which make the approach to this super-fun technique easier available for everyone!

If you still have not tried to knit with your hook, I strongly recommend it!
The stitch has several names: Split Single Crochet (Ssc), Waistcoat Stitch, and Center Single Crochet (Csc). 

Also called Fair Isle Stitch, due to the perfect knit-look this stitch create, and the endless possibilities to work stranded, colored patterns with it. Just like in knitting!

HOW IS THIS STITCH DONE?


Insert the hook into the middle of the sc, between the two vertical "legs", tilt the hook slightly to the right, and the tip will find it's way through the st-loops.
See Annie's public video for how it's done, on the round, as well as forth and back.
Note that the most distinct knit-stitch will appear worked on the round.

SNOW HEART CAP:

I had to add the stamp "100% crochet, NOT Knit",
to avoid disappointed knitters!
Note the ribbing, worked with sideways sl sts.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO MAKE THIS FAIR ISLE CROCHET/KNIT CAP;
PATTERN: Sophie and Me on Ravelry:

HERE


 This is a customers hat in darker colors.

Made by Birgit/Cadooh Crochet, who, by the way, has translated the pattern to German!








Saturday, January 7, 2017

FAIR ISLE CROCHET/KNIT "SNOW HEART SLIPPERS"

WELCOME 2017!!
I hope you all had some relaxing days in end of last year!

Here is my first crochet pattern published in the new year:


I'm so exited about these slippers, as they are the first pattern I've released with this "new" method for crocheted colored patterns.
I've experimented with this method for a long time, and, as I unfortunately often do, underestimated my customers' talent, skills and desire, to test and try new methods.
In only a few days I'm proved to be wrong!
People love these slipper, as I also do! Yeaaah!
These slippers are designed for the pure joy of being able to knit colored patterns with my hook!
Skill level: Intermediate. 
Not difficult, just different! 
Crucial skill: You need to understand colored pattern-charts, like in knitting, or cross-stitch embroidery.
The heart-pattern with the traditional “lice”-stitches, is an overcoming challenge as a first approach to this super-fun technique!
Not Tapestry, not “normal” crochet.
I’ve tried to demystify working with colors, without too much fuss! This is however a no-stress, no-hurry project! 
Slow-down, relax, enjoy every stitch!

The simple heart-pattern in two colors can be made in endless combinations.
Also the toe-cap is a possibility for a third shade.

The pattern is created with the crocheted Knit-stitch; Ssc (Split single crochet). Also called the Waistcoat Stitch. (The links will take you to some great tutorial-videos!)
The stitch is a regular Sc, with hook inserted into the middle of the stitch (split). Require a minimum of practice.
Same technique as I have used for the Crochet/Knit Clog-Slippers, and the Crochet/Knit Casual Slippers.
Three color-combinations for this pretty heart-pattern.

HOW TO CROCHET STRANDED COLORED PATTERNS
Traditionally done with the Tapestry-method, working the carried strands into the sc sts on back side of work.
With Ssc, you can knit with your hook! Any stitch diagram for knitting, can be worked with this method.

The result looks more like knitting than worked with tapestry, but denser, as the Ssc include more of the sc-stitch. 
As you can see on photo above, I have worked this toe-cap with regular scs! So great to combine crochet stitches!

Unlike the tapestry-method, the colored, carried strands are floating on BS of work, as in knitting!

I keep both strands on one finger, pick up the color you need as you work, if you find that easier. Check the crisp color-transitions!

The challenge is to carry two colored strands working the pattern, and to achieve a consistent tension for each color. 
It’s also a challenge to keep the strands untwisted! Lift work up holding one strand in each hand, leave hook in st. Let the work swirl until strands are untwisted. Repeat for every 2’nd round or so.

  

PRACTICE is the magic word, as for any skill we want to master.
In this version the toe-cap is worked 
with Sscs.
It is however crucial that you are able to follow the colored pattern-chart for your size. There is a full stitch-diagram for each size in this pattern!
If you’ve ever done cross-stitch embroidery, or knitted stranded patterns, you will easily understand the pattern chart!




Take it easy, and enjoy!

The Snow Heart Slippers!

Crochet, NOT knitted!