Crochet

Iron Man

DSC_1128.JPGI made this version of Iron Man recently for a friend who loves all things super heroes. Like most of my Crochet projects it was a labour of love which inevitably  took me a little longer than I was expecting! However, I’m the first to admit I’m a fair weather crocheter so for someone less rusty with more experience it wouldn’t be as long.

I found  this metal buddy pattern free online. The design is part of a kids hero set by Mary Smith. It’s really easy to follow and the doll is made using the amigurumi technique of working in the round.

I used a combination of Cygnet Double Knitting Yarn in Red (1206)  for the head, body, arms and legs and Cygnet Double Knitting Yarn in Sunshine (C100/184) for the mask and banding. I also used up some white and black wool scraps I had left over for a previous project. To stuff  it I used an old synthetic pillow as a cheaper alternative to known brand soft toy filling but I feel it has done just as good a job and is also fire-retardant.

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Although the pattern recommends a hook size of 2.25 mm, I used a 4.00mm one and it still turned out great my version is a little bigger than the 18 inches in the Patten standing at nearly 25 inches. However, this just means there’s more of it to love.

Have you had a project that has become larger than life? What are your Crochet achievements? Let me know in the comments I always love to here from you.

Till next time make something with love .


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The unexpected Christmas gift

Christmas can become a bit of a commercial holiday with mass produced gifts which are available everywhere you go. It can start to lose its meaning a bit. Which is why we started a thing a couples of years ago that has fast become one of our favourite Christmas rituals. As well as the store bought presents we try to set each other a present challenge. Last year we decided we each had a day to make a gift that we thought represented the other person. My hubby made me a spice rack as I love to cook. It was both pretty and practical and capable of holding together a multitude of things (which I thought was quite sweet). I decided to go with something a little less practical and made this…..

IMG-20151224-WA0001When deciding what I though would sum my beloved up perfectly and what he needed most in the world I knew it could only be one thing… a crochet festive Lobster bedecked in a tinsel scarf and a tiny Santa hat. After all who doesn’t need one of these little critters in their life!

I remembered the episode of friends where phoebe was talking about how lobsters mate for life and my husband is definitely my sole mate so I went for it and I’m so glad I did! Just like him my project turned out to be cheeky, full of joy and completely adorable.

I used A free Crochet lobster pattern from red heart which was actually part of a set including a mermaid. I adapted the pattern slightly in order to make it longer in the head and body. I used a 4mm hook instead of the recommended 3.75 and Marriner DK acrylic wool in claret to give him a deeper red colour. For stuffing I used an old pillow although any soft toy filling would work well. I gave him brown safety eyes used for soft toys and I sewed on a nice cheeky smile. This was a really cute little project which took on a personality all of its own. As you can see below it has definitely evolved from the original patterns picture but it is still just as cute.

 

Do you like to make gifts for loved ones?

I hope you had a very merry Christmas and have a happy 2017!

Till next time make something with love


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