Friday, 18 December 2015

A Free Printable Tag, to hug your yarny gifts

So, it's that time of year again! Lots of ends to weave in and plenty of handmade items to wrap. This year, I've decided to create this special tag, to add even a little more awesomeness to our handmade gifts. If you need to edit the back of the tags (to add special care instructions, for instance), simply edit the file. If you only need to print and wrap yummy wool, download the PDF file. Enjoy wrapping squishy, soft presents!

Free Printable Tag - PDF version

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Super quick poncho (and another Drops pattern)

One Christmas project down. This particular one was easy-breazy. It's a cozy cape/poncho, in crochet, for Little A.'s great-grandmother. It's a Drops Garnstudio free pattern, but an easy one!
I used 5 skeins (for the XL/XXL size) of Ice Yarns' Bolivia Worsted, which I bought for $0.40 a skein! So total cost for project was $2. And the photo doesn't do the yarn any justice!

It's  a wonderful pattern, with great and quick results. Get it for free here.

Um projecto de Natal feito. Este foi especialmente fácil e sem espinhas. É uma capa/poncho confortável, em crochet para a bisavó da Little A. É um modelo gratuito da Drops, mas é fácil, juro. Usei 5 novelos (para o tamanho XL/XXL) de Bolivia Worsted, que comprei por 35 cêntimos o novelo. Portanto, o custo total do projecto foi menos de 2 euros. E a foto não faz justiça ao fio!

É um modelo agradável, com resultados bonitos e rápidos. Disponível, gratuitamente e em português, aqui.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Nola's slipper pattern - Tradução para Português

(c) Photo by Ravelry user prairiepatch (c)
This is the Portuguese translation for the Nola's Slipper Pattern, available here. This is not my pattern.

Esta é a tradução para português das Pantufas da Nola, disponível em inglês e gratuitamente aqui. Este modelo não é meu, sendo que sou apenas responsável pela tradução do mesmo.

Pantufas da Nola

(c) Photo by Ravelry user helloyarn (c)

- 200 gr de fio para agulhas 5/5.5 (worsted);
- Agulhas de 5.5 mm, circulares para facilitar o trabalho de apanhar as malhas para a sola.


12 pontos = 10 cm em ponto mousse, com o fio dobrado.


- Com o fio dobrado (ou seja, trabalhando com dois fios do mesmo novelo), montar 39 malhas. 
- 1.ª Carreira (direito): *1 meia, 1 liga* repetir até à última malha, 1 meia;
- 2.ª Carreira (avesso): *1 liga, 1 meia* repetir até à última malha, 1 liga.
- Continuar em canelado 1/1 cerca de 15 centímetros (28 carreiras).

Parte de Cima do Pé (Língua):

-  Trabalha-se nas 13 malhas do centro, deixando os outros pontos nas agulhas;
- 1.ª Carreira: Com o avesso virado para si, 26 em liga, vire.
- 2.ª Carreira: 13 em liga, vire.
- 3.ª Carreira: 13 em liga.
- Continue desta maneira até ter completado 34 carreiras.
- 35.ª Carreira: Com o direito virado para si, tricotar duas malhas juntas como liga, 9 em liga, tricotar duas malhas juntas como liga.
- 36.ª Carreira: liga.
- 37.ª Carreira: tricotar duas malhas juntas como liga, 7 em liga, tricotar duas malhas juntas como liga.
- 38.ª Carreira: liga.
- 39.ª Carreira: tricotar duas malhas juntas como liga, 5 em liga, tricotar duas malhas juntas como liga.
Não vire o trabalho.

(c) Photo by Ravelry user chomolhari (c)

Pé (lados):

- 1.ª Carreira (direito): Apanhe e tricote, em liga, 19 malhas ao longo da língua, tricote, em liga, 13 malhas do punho.
- 2.ª Carreira (avesso): 39 malhas em liga, apanhe e tricote, em liga, 19 malhas no lado direito da língua, 13 em liga (total de 71 malhas).
- Tricote mais 10 carreiras em liga.


- 1.ª Carreira (direito): tricotar duas malhas juntas como liga (abreviado daqui para a frente como 2ml), 28 liga, 2ml, 3 liga, 2ml, 3 liga, 2ml, 27 liga, 2ml;
- 2.ª Carreira (avesso): liga (66 malhas)
- 3.ª Carreia: 2ml, 26 liga, 2ml, 2 liga, 2ml, 2 liga, 2ml, 26 liga, 2ml;
- 4.ª Carreira (avesso): liga (61 malhas)
- 5.ª Carreia: 2ml, 24 liga, 2ml, 1 liga, 2ml, 1 liga, 2ml, 25 liga, 2ml;
- 6.ª Carreira (avesso): liga (56 malhas)
- 7.ª Carreira: 2ml, 22 liga, 2ml, 2ml, 2ml, 24 ml, 2ml
- 8.ª Carreira (avesso): liga (51 malhas).

Rematar as malhas, cozer a sola, o calcanhar e o pufo.
Também é possível terminar com um remate invísivel (ponto Kitchener); nesta opção, não é necessário rematar as malhas.

Toca a tricotar! :)

(c) Photo by Ravelry user SpiderWomanKnits (c)


Monday, 9 November 2015

Little Red Riding "Yoked"

Following a very specific request by Little Anarchist ("I need a red cardigan"), I decided to have a go at this "classic". The pattern is "Yoked", by Hannah Fettig, available for purchase here. Yes, it's a paid pattern (and not a cheap one, in fact), but it is flawless, e.g. it includes all the things a paid pattern should include: multiple sizes (from baby to adult), careful and detailed instructions, correct stitch counts... So, it's more of an investment than a paid pattern; I'm sure I'll be coming back to it eventually.
As for the cardigan per se, I do wish I had used non-acrylic yarn, since I think you would have looked a lot nicer. I used 1.5 skeins of Valeria de Roma's Delfos, in tomato red and, to be quite frank, I was not pleased with the result immediately after casting off. After some tender-love-and-care (as in "blocking" - and yes, you can and should block acrylic), however, it did turn out quite nice. And, obviously, the Little Anarchist was quite pleased with her Little Red Riding "Yoked"!

Considerando um pedido muito específico da Pequena Anarquista ("Eu preciso de um casaco vermelho"), decidi tentar este clássico. O modelo chama-se "Yoked", da Hannah Fettig, disponível para compra aqui. Sim, é um modelo pago (e não é barato, também), mas é imaculado, ou seja, inclui todas as coisas que um modelo pago deve incluir: vários e diferentes tamanhos (de bebé até adulto), instruções cuidadas e pormenorizadas, contagens de pontos correctas... Portanto, é mais um investimento do que um modelo pago; tenho a certeza de que tornarei a voltar a este modelo mais tarde.
Relativamente ao casaco propriamente dito, devia ter utilizado fio não-acrílico, por acho que iria ficar muito mais bonito. Usei 1.5 novelos de Delfos, da Valeria de Roma, em vermelho tomate e, para ser franca, não gostei nada do resultado depois de rematar. Depois de algum amor e carinho (ou seja, "bloquear" - e sim, podemos e devemos bloquear acrílico), até ficou engraçado. E, obviamente, a Pequena Anarquista ficou muito contente com o seu "Casaquinho Vermelho"!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

FO - Baby dungarees

Frigging baby knits that always look so cute... I dare you to look at these dungarees without going "awww". It's humanly impossible. How about those bees? :-)
Bolas lá para as peças de bebé, que ficam sempre tão giras. Desafio-vos a olhar para este macacão sem suspirar. É humanamente impossível. E aquelas abelhas? :)

Pattern/modelo: On the Go-veralls.
Yarn/fio: BMG Affinitas Allegro
Size/Tamanho: 0-6

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Omne Trium Perfectum or Good blankets come in threes

Every stitch I make is made out of love, from my heart. I guess ultimately my knitting and crochet is one of my ways of spreading love and kindness through the world. So it's with a very big smile on my face that I'm sending these to Knit for Peace, who's been collecting blankets to send to refugee camps in Kurdistan. They are all baby blankets (30 inches x 30 inches), colourful, soft and cuddly.

Cada ponto que faço é feito com amor, vem do coração. Acho que o meu tricot e o crochet acabam por ser um dos meus métodos de espalhar amor e bondade pelo mundo. Portanto, é com um grande sorriso que envio estas mantas à Knit for Peace, que tem estado a reunir mantas para os campos de refugiados no Curdistão. São todas mantas de bebé (cerca de 65 x 65 centímetros), coloridas, suaves e aconchegantes.

Pattern: No pattern, really. It's just four 12' granny squares, put together with a zig zag stich and then 4 rows around the entire blanket. Easy edge pattern from here.
Yarn: Ice Yarn Baby Batik (2 x 100 gr skeins).

Modelo: Não tem um modelo, na verdade. São só quatro granny squares de 30 centímetros, que uni com um ponto de ziguezague e depois fiz quatro carreiras à volta da manta. O acabamento é simples, ver aqui
Fio: Ice Yarn Baby Batik (2 novelos de 100 gr).

Pattern: Corner to Corner Square Granny Afghan, by bobwilson123. Available here. Super fast, by the way. Also the same pattern used for the next blanket.
Yarn: Ice Yarn Baby Batik (2 x 100 gr skeins).
Modelo: Manta Granny Quadrada Canto a Canto, da bobwilson123. Disponível aqui. Super rápido, já agora. Também o usei para a manta que vem a seguir.
Fio: Ice Yarn Baby Batik (2 novelos de 100 gr).

Another Corner to Corner, this time in worsted weight. Awesome, awesome colours!
Outro de Canto a Canto, desta vez em fio worsted. Cores maravilhosas, maravilhosas!


Sunday, 27 September 2015

An Ode to Fall (and to pretty yarn)

This little number was actually completed last year, but, for reasons only an anarchist mind knows (or forgets), it was only worn for the first time yesterday. And it's adorable beyond words. And the colours, oh, the colours (even prettier than the original model, I dare say)... Rico Design Superba Bamboo speaks for itself and it's quite eloquent. 
The pattern is another Drops pattern (yes, yes, I'm probably mad). Tilda is a light bolero designed for children, calling for fingering yarn and a 2.75mm hook (I used a 3.5mm hook, with no significant difference in gauge). The pattern is - gasp - admirably simple and straightforward, but the motifs (the little squares around the bolero - 20 for this size) are crocheted separatedly and sown ONE BY ONE. SO MANY ENDS TO WEAVE IN! But this is, pretty much, the only thing to say about the pattern and the effort really pays off. 
Even Little A. (widely known for her recent allergy to anything crochet-related) miraculously loved it! Happy days!

Esta beleza foi feita já no ano passado, mas por razão que só uma mente anarquista compreende (ou esquece), só foi estreado ontem. E não há palavras para descrever o giro que é. E as cores, oh, as cores (ainda mais bonitas do que o modelo original, atrevo-me a dizer)... Rico Design Superba Bamboo fala por si e é bastante eloquente.
O modelo é outro da Drops (sim, sim, provavelmente sou doida). Tilda é um bolero leve, desenhado para crianças e que precisa de fio fingering e uma agulha de 2.75mm (eu utilizei uma agulha de 3.5mm sem diferença a nível de tamanho). O modelo é - pasmem-se - surpreendentemente simples e claro, mas os motivos (os quadrados pequenitos à volta do bolero - 20 para este tamanho) são crochetados um a um e cozidos também UM A UM. TANTAS PONTAS PARA REMATAR! Mas isto é, basicamente, a única coisa a apontar ao modelo e o esforço acaba por compensar. 
Até a Little A. (sobejamente conhecida pela sua alergia a tudo o que esteja relacionado com crochet) miraculosamente gostou! Dias felizes! 


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Hang on to your hat(s)!

A while back, I was asked to make 3 little beanies for a little cousin, who will be making her world debut in October. And, frankly, it was one of the hardest things ever. THERE ARE SO. MANY. PATTERNS. SO. MANY. I spent, at least, an entire month completely overwhelmed in patterns (or maybe I just had a really great excuse to binge-browse patterns).

In the end, these were my choices (all free):

Pattern: Eyelet Baby Hat, by Marianna's Lazy Days. Available here.
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Karisma Superwash.
Absolutely gorgeous and super easy pattern. It took me approximately 2 hours to complete (including seaming).


Pattern: Sourball Bonnet, by Larissa Brown. Available here (Ravelry link).
Yarn: BMG Affinitas Miltons, in dusky pink. A good-old Portuguese acrylic yarn, able to withstand a beating and get away unbruised.
First time knitting this sort of "headgear" and knitting lace. A little bit of extra work, but it is cuuuuutttteee. I mean, it's a bonnet with a polka dot ribbon. Need I say more?

Pattern: Pixie Filigrane Hat, by Elizabeth Brassard. Available here (Ravelry link).
Yarn: Katia Artico, about only a quarter of the skein.
The result "in person" is a lot nicer than the picture shows (white definitely doesn't like to have its picture taken). Very cool and quick pattern, with bulky/superbulky wool.

 Pattern: Shell Stitch Beanie, by The Dainty Daisy. Available here (also includes link for flower).
Yarn: Ice Yarns Wool Worsted 50, which I dyed with food colouring in the microwave. The end result was grey with little tiny specks of yellow and red.
It took me about 1 hour to complete this project, so quick, quick, quick. Shell beanies are always a hit. Topped with a flower, I expect everyone to drool over this one.

And, ta-da, my hand-picked, handmade, custom-dyed collection of tiny hats!
Há algum tempo atrás, pediram-me para fazer 3 gorros para uma prima, que estreará em Outubro. Francamente, foi mesmo difícil. Existem tantos modelos. TANTOS MODELOS. Perdi, pelo menos, um mês completamente engolida por modelos (ou, se calhar, precisei de uma desculpa sólida para passar os dias a olhar para modelos.
No final, estas foram as minhas escolhas (todos gratuitos): 
Modelo: Eyelet Baby Hat, da Marianna's Lazy Days. Disponível aqui.
Fio: Garnstudio DROPS Karisma Superwash.
Muito bonito e modelo super fácil. Demorou cerca de 2 horas (incluindo a costura).
Modelo: Sourball Bonnet, da Larissa Brown. Disponível aqui (Ravelry).
Yarn: BMG Affinitas Miltons, em rosa velho. O bom e resistente fio Português, capaz de suster uma coça e sair incólume.
Foi a primeira vez que tricotar este tipo de "capacete" e lace. Dá um pouco mais de trabalho, mas é giiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrooooooo! Quer dizer, uma touca com uma fita com bolinhas. É preciso dizer mais alguma coisa?
Modelo: Pixie Filigrane Hat, da Elizabeth Brassard. Disponível aqui (Ravelry).
Yarn: Katia Artico, cerca de 1/4 do novelo.
O resultado final é muito mais bonito ao vivo (o branco não gosta mesmo nada de ser fotografado). Modelo engraçado e rápido, com fio bulky/superbulky. 
Modelo:Shell Stitch Beanie, da The Dainty Daisy. Disponível aqui (inclui também modelo da flor).
Fio: Ice Yarns Wool Worsted 50, que pintei com corante alimentar no microondas. No fim, ficou cinzento com pequenas "manchas" de amarelo e vermelho.
Precisei apenas de uma hora para completar este projecto, portanto, rápido, rápido, rápido. Os gorros em crochet são sempre uma sensação. Para mais com um flor, acho que todos vão adorar este!

Monday, 10 August 2015

Baby Surprise Jacket - Take 2

I think every knitter out there is secretly amazed and scared of Elizabeth Zimmermann's talent. I mean, who on earth would think of turning a dysmorphic piece of knitted fabric into a jacket? The first time I knitted BSJ, I didn't understand the "thing" until the very end. But again, the first time I knitted BSJ, I decided to use DK yarn PLUS fingering yarn, which resulted in this huge, heavy, heavy-duty jacket wieghing almost as much as Little A. [hide face in shame]... But, fast forward to a few months later, with a little more knitting experience under my belt, I think I've finally mastered the "thing"!
I used 1 skein of Ice Yarn's Baby Model (listed as DK, but actually sport weight) and 3.5 mm needles. It didn't turn out a newborn size; it's more like a 6-12 months size. I like it very much, although I do think the yarn is a bit "too busy". It was also the first time I did an i-cord bind-off and I am in love with the technique and the result. Nevertheless, my favourite thing about the "thing" is the *Surprise*, masterfully placed in its name. I guess a very cool exercise would be to actually give the shapeless piece of wool to someone, preferably the recipient, ask them to guess what it was (Is it a blanket? Is it a very poorly knitted shawl?) and then seam the jacket in front of them (I can hear the gasps and wows as I type), in a sort of "Knitting Ta-da Moment" and literally living up to its name. I guess I'll be adding that to my to-do list.

 Eu acho que não há tricotadeira que não se sinta secretamente admirada e aterrorizada com o talento da Elizabeth Zimmermann. Quer dizer, quem é que consegue pensar em transformar um pedaço disforme de tricot num casaco? A primeira vez que tricotei o BSJ, não compreendi a "coisa" até chegar mesmo ao final. Mas, na verdade, a primeira que tricotei o BSJ, decidi usar fio DK MAIS fio fingering, juntos, o que resultou num casaco enorme, pesadíssimo, pronto-para-tudo que pesava quase tanto como a Little A. [esconde a cara com vergonha]... Mas, avançando alguns meses, com mais alguma experiência nisto do tricot, penso que consegui, finalmente, dominar a "coisa"!
Usei um novelo de Baby Model, da Ice Yarns (listado como DK, mas sport na verdade) e agulhas de 3.5mm. O tamanho não é para recém-nascido; é mais para 6-12 meses. Gosto muito do casaco, embora considere que o fio é um bocado "confuso". Também foi a primeira vez que usei o remate com i-cord e adorei a técnica e o resultado. No entanto, a minha coisa preferida sobre a "coisa" é a *Surpresa*, brilhantemente colocado no nome. Acho que um exercício engraçado seria dar a peça amorfa de tricot a alguém, de preferência o recipiente do casaco, pedir-lhes para adivinhar de que se tratava (É um cobertor? É um xaile muito mal tricotado?) e depois cozer o casaco à sua frente (consigo ouvir a admiração e as exclamações enquanto escrevo), numa espécie de "Momento de Magia-Tricot" e literalmente fazendo jus ao nome. Acho que mais me vale adicionar isto à minha to-do list.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

I survived a Drops Pattern!

And finally a new blog post! The last one feels (and was) ages ago! Work, as always, has been seriously interfering with my crafting. Harumph... But, alas, an Anarchist has to work, no matter how desperately she (often) only wants to crochet...
And now, my great achievement: I followed a Drops pattern to the T and survived! In all fairness, the pattern IS pretty straightforward and easy, but Drops Design people are notoriously famous for their often-labyrinthic-and-criptic patterns. The Circles of Love, however, is easy and helpful, providing wonderful tips for the assembly process, with an end result that is lacy, light and quite stunning.
I had to use a different yarn, from a different brand, because it seems impossible to Fabel here in Portugal. So, I went on and dove right into my stash and found Ice Yarn's Baby Model, a nice self-striping yarn (1.5 skeins), and Ice Yarn's Super Baby, a solid and realible basic yarn, albeit a bit plasticky (2 skeins). Both are marked as being sports yarn, so I went ahead and used a 4.5mm hook. This meant the blanket came out bigger (Score! Just what I wanted!), big enough to fit Little A.'s bed! :)
In the end, I was actually quite relieved that I'd used acrylic yarn, instead of wool; had I used the latter, I would have had to apply some seriously ninja-like furious blocking skills, because the finished motifs and the blanket curl and twirl and seem unable to lay still.

So, my opinion on the pattern and the finished blanket? Every thumbs-up you can find! <3

E, finalmente, um novo post! O último parece que foi (e foi mesmo) há anos! O trabalho, como sempre, tem interferido de forma muito séria com o crochet. Arre... Mas, enfim, uma Anarquista também de trabalho, independentemente de desesperadamente querer (apenas e frequentemente) crochetar...
E agora, o meu grande feito: segui um modelo da Drops criteriosamente e sobrevivi! Na verdade, o modelo É simples e fácil, mas os indivíduos da Drops Design são sobejamente conhecidos pelos seus modelos muitas-vezes-labirínticos-e-crípticos. O Circles of Love, no entanto, é fácil e até útil, dando dicas fabulosas sobre a construção, com um resultado final que é leve, rendado e muito bonito. 
Tive de usar um fio diferente, de uma marca diferente, porque parece que é impossível encontrar Fabel aqui em Portugal. Portanto, mergulhei na minha stash e encontrei o Baby Model, um fio fixe com padrão (1,5 novelos) e o Super Baby, um fio básico, de uma cor e fiável, embora algo "com-um-toque-de-plástico". Os dois são da Ice Yarns, são fios sport e por isso usei uma agulha de 4.5mm. Isto significa que a manta se tornou maior (Fixe! Mesmo o que queria!), grande o suficiente para a cama da Little A. :)
No final, acabei por não me arrepender por ter usado acrílico, em vez de lã; se tivesse usado lã, teria de ter esticado a manta com super-poderes de ninja, já que os motivos e a manta torcem e encaracolam e parecem incapazes de ficar quietinhos.
Portanto, a minha opinião sobre o modelo e a manta? Todos os "fixes" que poderem encontrar! <3

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Pattern finds of the week - week #24/2015

Oh, the ever-expanding myriad of *free* crochet and knitting patterns that have us browsing the internet for hours on end... This past week, I was found shamefully drooling over these:

Lacy Floral Throw, by Red Heart.
Does this have a vintage feel or what? I'm already considering yarn options, because I MUST. MAKE. THIS! 
Available here.

 Pineapple Crochet Top, by Beautiful Crochet Stuff
This is NOT for the faint-hearted, although it's quite an easy pattern once you get pass the lenghty descriptions. I have completed one in a matter of (3) days (just need to weave in those pesky ends) and the result is great! So, if you're feeling adventurous and if you want to put those brain through some serious exercise, check out the pattern here

 Footies, by Quirky Bird Knits
Around here, summer is a synonym for walking around barefoot, which, in turn, should be a synonym for "hobbit-like feet". I guess a great solution would be to knit these in cotton, so they could act as summer house slippers. I probably will give them a go. Pattern here.

Dyning, by Yarn Madness
If you have tiny and medium-sized humans in your life, you must make this awesome top for the upcoming summer heat. Featuring an easy and straightforward lace panel, it's seamless and fresh! Get the pattern here.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

FO - "Spring has sprung" Bolero

Spring had been a complete farse until this past weekend. We still dragged heavy coats around and the generalised mood still was "Oh, no, not crappy rain again". But this weekend, spring has finally sprung and in its full splendour! Yeah! And, as usual, I'd left everything for the last minute: I still hadn't crocheted/knitted a decent springy/summery item for Little A. With that in mind, I made a list of "must-have handmade items" for Little A. for the hot weather ahead:
  • 1 poncho;
  • 1 cardigan;
  • 1/2 boleros;
  • 3/4 tops/tunics. 
And the first bolero, in cheerful and green tones, is done! Best of all, I actually managed to follow a Drops pattern and survive! I may have mucked up the mesh section, by not really paying close attention to stitch counts, and I also opted out of the sleeves. But, still, I couldn't be happier with the results. It looks soooooooooo cute! 
Pattern: s24-19 Bolero, by DROPS design
Size: 3-5
Yarn: Ice Yarns Magic Design 
How much: 0.6 skeins (216.2 meters (236.4 yards), 60 grams
Time spent: 3-4 hours
Level of sanity after completing a DROPS pattern: apparently, unaffected. 

A Primavera tinha sido uma completa farsa até ao fim-de-semana passado. Continuamos a arrastar casacos pesados para todo o lado e a conversa generalizada era "Oh, não, chuva outra vez". Mas este fim-de-semana, a primavera primaverou e no seu esplendor total! SIM! E, como sempre, deixei tudo para a última hora: ainda não tinha crochetado ou tricotado uma peça primaveral/estival para a Little A. Assim, fiz uma lista de "peças essenciais feitas à mão" para a Little A. usar durante o calor que aí vêm:
  • 1 poncho;
  • 1 casaco;
  • 1/2 boleros;
  • 3/4 camisolas/túnicas. 
E o primeiro bolero, em tons verdes e alegres, já está feito! Melhor ainda, completei um modelo da DROPS e sobrevivi! Talvez tenha lixado a parte da rede, porque não prestei atenção ao número de pontos e carreiras, e também não fiz mais nada nas mangas. Mas, mesmo assim, não podia estar mais satisfeita com o resultado. É tãoooooooooooooooo giro!
Modelo: Bolero s24-18, da DROPS design  
Tamanho: 3-5
Fio: Ice Yarns Magic Design
Quanto: 0.6 meada (216,2 metros)
Tempo dispendido: 3-4 horas
Nível de sanidade depois de acabar um modelo DROPS: aparentemente, sem alterações. 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

2.5 k - A Quick Granny Stripes Crochet Lapghan

After having spent an entire week trying to finish what apparently was a never-ending dress for Litte A. in *navy blue* (the horror!), I needed some instant "craftification". And nothing says fast like a Q/15mm hook and 4 strands of yarn held together, right?

The yarns had all been in my stash for quite some time, staring at me, softly whispering "Please, make something out of me" and you know you should always listen to what your yarn has to say.... Particularly the Sale Luxury Premium one, of which I ordered 16 skeins back in February only to find out that it did not live up to my expectations. "Make a lapghan out of me", it said, and the Anarchist quickly complied, using 12 skeins of the sheep-smelling fussy mess. To the mix, I added 3 skeins of Baby Multicolor and 2 skeins of Diva, all from Ice Yarns. So my stash is 2370 meters lighter! That's almost 2.5 kilometers (2700 yards, give or take)! That's a whole lotta yarn! Not bad, for such a simple yet cuddly lapghan that only takes a few hours in the making. I mean with a gauge of 3 rows and 2 dc clusters = 10 cm (4 inches) and an easy stitch (the granny stitch is always a favourite), it's a fool-proof, easy and fast crochet project!
So, if, like me, you need some instant "craftification", go ahead and tackle the beast. I think it would also be a great rug if you were to replace the yarn with t-shirt yarn or any other type of cotton yarn. But, since it's such a great stashbusting project, you can use any yarn you have roaming around without a destination!

2.5 km - A Giant Granny Stripes Crochet Lapghan

Don't forget to queue this project on Ravelry!

Finished Size: 80 x 120 cm (32 x 46 inches)

Gauge: 3 rows and 2 dc clusters = 10 cm (4 inches)


  • 2 strands of DK yarn (total of 1000-1200 metres/yards) and 2 strands of sport yarn (1000-1200 metres/yards), held together throughout;  
  • or 2 strands of worsted yarn and 1 of sport yarn held together throughout.
  • Q/15mm hook.

  • Foundation Chain: Holding 4 strands of yarn, chain 52;
  • Row 1: 3 dc in 4th chain from hook, *chain 1, sk 3, 3dc in next chain*, repeat until last ch;
  • Row 2: Chain 4 (counts as 1 dc + ch 1 here and throughout), *3 dc in ch-1 spacefrom previous row, chain 1*, repeat until last cluster, 1 double crochet on the last double crochet from the previous row.
  • Row 3: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), 2 dc into very first st, *chain 1, 3 dc in ch-1 space from previous row*, repeat until end.
  • Row 4 - 40: repeat rows 2 and 3.
And TA-DA! That's it! You've probably strenghtened your arm muscles more than you would have after a trip to the gym, but you now have a giant albeit über cuddly lapghan! 

Finishing off:
I did add a fringe to mine. After having struggled with the idea, I did succumb to the dangly little devils. If you are also adding a fringe, make sure you cover all the stitches; otherwise, your lapghan will end up looking a bit toothless. 

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Milo - The perfect vest pattern

Normally, I don't pay for patterns. Not that I don't recognize the work of designers (I do, believe me I do), but I end up finding a free alternative and stick with that. When I *do* buy patterns, I wish they were all like Milo, by Georgie Hallam. It's beautifully written, covers a great range of sizes for tiny humans and includes all necessary explanations and stitch counts. But, most importantly, the final result is something like this:

I've knitted the 12 month size and it only took 1 skein of Araucania Ranco Sock (yarn held double = perfect gauge). I didn't have to do any mods, but I did forget to decrease during CO (Note to self: read the ALL instructions *before* starting something!)...
Needlesss to say, I'm very, very happy with the result! <3

The pattern may be purchased here:

Normalmente, não tenho por hábito pagar por modelos. Não que não reconheça o trabalho dos designers (acreditem, reconheço e muito), mas acabo sempre por encontrar uma alternativa gratuita e fico-me por ela. Quando compro *de facto* modelos, gostava que todos fossem como o Milo, da Georgie Hallam. Está excepcionalmente bem escrito, incluí muitos tamanhos para humanos pequeninos e todas as explicações e números de malhas. Mas, ainda mais importante, produz os resultados que podem ver em cima.
Tricotei o tamanho para 12 meses e só precisei de uma meada de Araucania Ranco Sock (fio dobrado = amostra perfeito). Não fiz nenhumas alterações, mas esqueci-me de diminuir durante o remate (Nota para mim mesa: ler TODAS as instruções *antes* de começar alguma coisa!)...
Não preciso de dizer que estou muito, muito satisfeita com o resultado, pois não? <3
O modelo pode ser comprado aqui: 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Toddlerized Crochet Angel Wings Pinafore

Maxine Grosner's Angel Wings Pinafore is one of my favourite patterns ever (available for free here). It builds up fairly quickly and creates amazing-looking pieces (check out my previous "version"). The only catch is that it's only available in a 0-3 size, so I had to put my thinking hat on to upsize it (Little A. is currently 2,5 years old, but she already wears a 3-4T size).

So, after playing around with some yarn and a hook, I came up with these mods and the pinafore fits her perfectly! :)

  • 150 gr of worsted yarn (using Wool Worsted 50, I spent 3 skeins exactly, so approximately 330 meters/360 yards). 
  • 6mm/H hook;
  • 3 (cute) buttons (optional).

  • Follow the pattern until the end of row 4.
  • Add an extra row (row 5): dc across.
  • Row 6: continue on according to row 5 of the original pattern.
  • Completed 14 rows of "shells" after row 8 of original pattern (row 9 for this size).  
  • Left out row 18 of the original pattern; instead, I simply single crochet across (1 sc in each st).
  • NOTE: I decided to not to join the work in the round, since I wanted to fit more like a tunic. I also think you probably get some more "fitting time" by not joining in the round. 
And... BANG!!! A Toddlerized Angel Wings Pinafore!   

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Getting an Ice Yarns' Coupon Code

I'm a huge sucker for Ice Yarns. It probably has something to do with their novelty yarns and with the shipping that gives you the opportunity of receiving the yarn right at your front door. The yarn itself is also great: good yardage, awesome colours and colour combos, great variety.
I probably place an order every month and I've recently found out that you can, quite easily, get a 10% discount code for your order. To achieve that, you need to have already knitted/crocheted an item with yarn from Ice Yarns and you should also have pictures taken of the item.

So, here's my tutorial for

Getting an Ice Yarns' Coupon Code
    1. Go to;
    2. Click on "Knitters and Crocheters Gallery":

    3. Once you get to the Gallery, please click "Add you knitted item", on the right of the screen, or simply scroll to the bottom of the page.

    4. Fill out the form. Include your name and the email address you will use to place the order, since the discount code will only work with that address. Include a project name and a short description. After that, upload your pictures by clicking "Please select pictures from your computer". Your completed form should look something like this:
    5. Once you've uploaded your pictures, click on "Create my Project". A pop-up will confirm that your project was created:

    6. Now, you'll need to play the waiting game, but soon enough you will receive an email from Ice Yarns, with the subject "Knitted item on iceyarns #YYY". You will find a coupon code, valid for 30 days after submission.  Remember to use the email address you've included for uploading your project when you're placing your order.

    7. Coupon codes do not apply to promotional items. They also don't apply to shipping fees. It may be a while before you get your code (it ranges from a few hours to a few days), but it will come, don't worry!

    8. Enjoy your bargain yarn! <3

    Monday, 9 February 2015

    Perfect sweater for the little ones!

    It's safe to say that I'm a bit obsessed with this particular pattern. This sweater is the sixth I've made so far, but this time I decided to include long sleeves and a button band.

    Yarn: The original pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, but I decided to use sports weight yarn, maintaining the 3.00mm needles. I think sports weight yarn creates a tighter fabric, as opposed to fingering yarn, which creates a more open, holy fabric (see here). I used Ice Yarns' Baby Multicolor, 3 skeins, for a total of 450 meters (3-4T size).

    Sleeves: Instead of BO the stitches for the sleeves, I placed them in some scrap yarn and continued on with the top. When the body was done, I transfered the sleeves stitches to DPNs and picked up 6 extra stitches under the arm. I continued knitting in 2x2 rib for 12 inches before BO.

    Button band: With a 3mm crochet hook, I made 16 sc along the left side of the neck opening. On the second row, I did 1 sc, chain 5,  8 sc, chain 5, 7 sc, chain 5. TADA! Button-band-thingy done. This is definitely my favourite addition, since the neck opening on the other tops was quite wide and, with the buttons, it does become cozier.

    Again, this is one of my favourite patterns of all time. And don't let looks deceive you: it can come across as small or impossible-to-fit, but I assure you it WILL stretch and fit for a long time!

    Saturday, 31 January 2015

    Shawl Collar Vest/Shrug

    The Anarchist, in one of her very rare sightings.
    I seem to have surpassed my fear of knitting/crocheting adult clothing. :) It's not so much a fear, but rather a "ooohhh-this-is-taking-so-long" feeling... Well, hyperactive rants aside, I'm proud to show off my first ever knitted adult garment!

    The pattern couldn't be another easier (seamless and in-the-round), but becomes quite tedious, due to the ribbing. It's also free and may be found on Ravelry (here). I made my gauge proposedly bigger, so it had more drape to it.

    The yarn used was Ice Yarns Etno Alpaca, in grey/white/black, which has this cool thick-and-thin texture that I adore.

    And that't it. One awesome vest/shrug thing done! 

    Monday, 26 January 2015

    And yet another baby kimono...

    Ok, it's time to admit it: I am completely obsessed with baby/toddler/kid kimonos. Little A. has more kimonos and wraps that she can possibly wear and I promise this is the last one of the season (or maybe not, but we'll get to that when the time comes).

    I love this particular pattern by Lion Brand (see here) and although I'm not crazy about seams and knitting flat, the end result is awesome and I've made 3 of them so far, one for each year...As you can see in the picture below, Little A. has what one could call a long record of kimono-wearing:
    The first two were actually knitted using Super Bulky yarn (Drops Eskimo and Andes, respectively); this year's edition was actually knitted in bulky yarn (Ice Yarns Peru Alpaca Bulky), which I got on sale directly from Turkey for $0.75 a skein (each pack has 8 skeins). It's a very nice yarn, thick and "reliable", but I particularly like the colours; they remind me of wasps, which are very unpleasant creatures with rock-start outfits.
    I knitted the borders in seed stitch, just to keep things interesting and to prevent curling up and that's it for my mods. Gauge was spot on with 6mm needles.
    The doll was bought at this awesome store in downtown Porto and, let's be honest, makes the whole thing come alive with cuteness! :) I simply sew it on (after two very failed attempts) and that's it. Another one bites the dust!

    Pronto, está na altura de o admitir: sou completamente obcecada por quimonos para bebés e crianças. A Little A. tem mais quimonos do que aquilo que é considerado saudável e prometo que este é o último da estação (ou talvez não, mas deixaremos isso para depois).
    Adoro este modelo em particular da Lion Brand (see aqui) e embora não goste de ter de cozer ou de tricotar "a direito", o resultado final é brilhante e já fiz três até agora, um por cada ano... Na segunda imagem, conseguem ver a evolução dos quimonos. 
    Os primeiros dois foram tricotados em fio super bulky (Drops Eskimo and Andes, respectivamente); a edição deste ano foi tricotada em fio bulky (Ice Yarns Peru Alpaca Bulky), que comprei em saldo directamente da Turquia, por €0.60/meada (cada pack tem 8 meadas). O fio até é muito agradável, grosso e "fiável", mas do que gosto mais é das cores; lembram-me as vespas, que são criaturas muito desagradáveis com fatiotas à estrelas de rock.
    Tricotei os remates em ponto de arroz, só para manter as coisas interessantes e para impedir que as pontas enrolassem e quanto a modificações, chega. A amostra estava correcta em agulhas de 6mm. 

    A boneca foi comprada na Casa Botónia em Cedofeita e, sejamos francos, é o que faz com que o quimono expluda de "cuteness". :) Simplesmente, cozi a boneca no quimono (depois de 2 tentativas muito falhadas) e pronto. Pelo menos, já está feito!