Recently I was on a weekend break on the beautiful island of Majorca and although it was warm and sunny and we were out and about in our summer gear, I came across this really gorgeous coat. When I think about it, on most of my trips I come across very special coats (sometimes it is a jacket, but mostly it is coats). Long story short, I bought it. The only thing that bothered me was that in big bold letters across the shoulders the name of the brand is embroidered. But I found the perfect solution: simply crochet a big shawl which will hide the letters!
Lace… So easy, yet so nice! Of course I also need the matching hat:
I used a bright red cotton yarn that goes perfectly with the embroidery you can see on the coat. On the pics, it looks a bit orangey but it is really a very intense red.
One more picture of the lace detail! Once again, I used a lace pattern from this wonderful book by Linda Schapper: Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic and Original Patterns. The border is from another really great book by Edi Eckman: Around the Corner Crochet Borders. If you are afraid of crocheting lace, it is easier than you think! Especially shawls which are basically just big rectangles. Lace patterns look more complicated than they are. The whole shawl I made here is just chains, single and double crochet. I swear! I admit, I have not yet made another piece of clothing after the blue jacket which did not turn out the way I wanted it to be…
If you want a nice hat as well, why not have a look at my hats on Dawanda?
I love this song… Ich möchte ein Eisbär sein – Nouvelle Vague
And with this song in mind I worked on two baby hats this week. One is for a tiny polar bear, one is for a tiny black bear.
They are made with cotton yarn and a 3,5 hook. You might remember that I already tried making babyhats earlier this year and then was utterly surprised to find out that babies do have quite large heads. Now I make my baby hats a bit bigger. Babies cry less when the hat actually fits
On Monday I also made a couple of wristbands based on the one I made last week. They are already awailable in my online store: Wristbands made by Nadel Verpflichtet. All the pictures can be seen on the Nadel Verpflichtet Fanpage on Facebook.
Ah, springtime equals babytime at the moment. So many people I know are pregnant or recently had their baby. An excellent opportunity to make some baby stuff. Babies have no say in what they wear so no mean comments to be expected from their side.
But since I don not have kids myself, I was not sure when I made my first babyhat how big I should make it. Of course it was too small. It will have to be worn by the little girl’s future dolls!
Here is Tigger modelling it:
Since I saw that the little girl also owns an orange onesie with tiger print, I decided to skip the cute cat hat and make a tiger hat instead, of course way bigger than the first one so it actually fits her:
It is made of 100% cotton so I guess the baby can wear it now as well.
Oh, I also made a pouch for my mother-in-law’s mobile phone from left-over yarn in pink/purple/lilac:
My hats turn out to be pretty popular so I made some new ones. Each of them is unique since I work without a real pattern and I never count my stitches (sometimes I should…). As soon as I have a minute to spare, I will put them on sale on Dawanda.
I made this pink hat for a friend’s mum since she really liked the brilliant blue hat I made two weeks ago for her.
Four very light berets in teal that look really neat with jeans.
I love the contrast of the red rose with the light green yarn of the hat. Plus the back looks really neat with its shell pattern:
And the last hat, in berry tones. I actually sold this hat yesterday at a market in Nuremberg. My first sale on a market! With real customer interaction. Whoohoo!
All seven hats are made of cotton yarn, perfect for spring and cool summer evenings. Plus they all now feature my cool label!
So I have a couple of hats for winter to offer and now I would like to add some more for warmer temperatures. They are mad of cotton yarn (the green one is a blend though. As soon as I have some more of them finished, I will put them in my shop so you can buy them. I am also preparing to sell some of my products at a local market which means I am busy with making hats and flowers mainly… Hope you like the the hats!
They are all unique since I never work with a strict pattern, I simply decide on the pattern while I crochet along. As with the winter hats, the back is lacy as you can see here:
When they will be for sale, I will include flower adornments (as for the green one) in matching colors but I did not get the flowers finished before sunset today and I need daylight to take the pics. So more pictures to follow! Don’t forget to check back.
As I already announced last week, I have added some headbands to my online shop on Dawanda. But not the ones I had presented last week – no, I have made some more. For more pictures, click on the links above each picture. You will be led to the respective offer on Dawanda, where more pictures are available.
And here is my masterpiece. A huge pink flower with two leaves. More of a headpiece than just a plain headband.
Are you invited to some weddings this year? These headbands are a wonderful addition to every outfit! Feel free to buy them all. Different colors are available upon request.
Apart form the headbands I have been busy with a hat. The hat was commissioned by a friend so I am not going to keep it… It is made with a very light yarn so the hat can been worn in spring weather. Finer yarn also means that it takes ages to finish your piece of work. That’s why I like winter more. The thicker the yarn, the quicker you are done. And I am not a very patient person…
Winter is almost gone but it is still cold so wearing a hat is still a good choice. I have made several hats for myself but lately my friends have taken a great interest in those hats. I made 3 alone this week upon order. Plus I found the time to make 3 more which I have just published in my store on Dawanda. Six hats in one week – my poor fingers start to hurt a bit…
Basically this week it is all about the money After I successfully sold my first item I plan on selling more. If you have an active account on Dawanda, don’t forget to “heart” my products, to help me gain some publicity (and let others know that my hand-made treasures are awesome of course).
Have a look at my hats here. They all come with an extra flower in a different color so you can match them with your current outfit. The back of the hat is an open crochet pattern but despite the “open” structure, your head stays warm thanks to the material – 100% pure Merino.
And finally the petrol hat – click here to buy it.
This week’s project is not very exciting: it is a simple hat in gray and black which I made for my husband. I used yarn I had left over from different projects, thick yarn because thick yarn means the project will be done in almost no time. I used a crochet hook size 6 with yarn from Schachenmayr (Boston).
I did not use a pattern for the hat: I simply started with a “magical” ring (a crochet ring which you can pull tight after you finished your first round) and then did crochet in the round. I increased steadily until the hat fitted my husband’s head the continued. When the hat was long enough I decreased a couple of stitches over the last three rounds to shape the hat. That’s it The entire thing took me about 1,5 hours.
Here is a picture, with my husband proudly modeling his hat: