Creations By Hand

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Handbag December 17, 2010

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I just finished up a crocheted handbag.  This was the first bag I have crocheted where you work on both sides of the chain to create the bottom.  I have done bags in the past where you just work in a spiral.  I got the pattern from ravelry.  The pattern name is Japanese Blossom Handbag.  It was easy, fast, fun and turned out pretty cute.  I also love that it only took me two skeins held double, one strand from each skein.  I think I will probably make more of these in the future. 

I’ve noticed as I learn to crochet more and more everyday that there are some items that I would prefer to crochet over knit (gasp!).  As a knitter first it’s hard to say that but it’s true.  I have found that I like to crochet over knit hats.  I find it easier and faster than working with double point needles.  I also liked crocheting this bag better than any I’ve knitted, although working with circular knitting needles is not as slow as double points.


Hat & Mitten Tree

Filed under: Fiber Arts — creationsbyhand @ 9:48 am

My elementary girls have a hat and mitten tree at school every year.  I enjoy making hats for them to donate.  It gives me a chance to work with my hands and help those that need to stay warm in this cold Missouri weather.  I didn’t make too many, just enough to fill a Wal-mart sized plastic bag.  I may make more as the girls do not go on winter break until December 23rd.  Here are some of the hats I made.




Block 12 April 9, 2010

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Block 12

Block 12

Ch 25 (multiple of 2 + 1)

Row 1 (right side):  Sc in second ch from hook, dc in next ch, *sc in next ch, dc in next ch; repeat from * across

Row 2:  ch 1, turn; sc in first dc, dc in next sc, *sc in next dc, dc in next sc; repeat from * across

Repeat row 2 until desired size.


Block 11 March 27, 2010

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 Block 11

I really liked doing block 11.  I liked the rows of chains across the block.  They look like knit stitches, really cool.

Block 11

Ch 25 (multiple of 2 + 1)

Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across

row 2:  (right side) ch 2, turn, hdc in first sc, *skip next sc, hdc in next sc, hdc in skipped sc; repeat from * across to last sc, hdc in last sc

Row 3:  ch 1, turn, sc in horizontal strand of each hdc across (strand is just below the stitch that you would normally crochet into).

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to desired size.


Block 10 March 17, 2010

Filed under: Crochet — creationsbyhand @ 10:36 am

I really enjoyed this block.  I am finding that I like to work back and forth in crochet as opposed to in rounds.  This may be becuase I was a knitter long before being a crocheter.  This block ended up much bigger than some of my other blocks and I may have to redo it.  I really like the texture that the tr crochets gave it.

Block 10

Block 10

ch 26

row 1: (right side): sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc. *tr in next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * across.

Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in each st across

repeat rows 2 and 3 to desired size.


Behind…behind March 15, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — creationsbyhand @ 5:25 pm

I realize I am about two weeks behind on posting my blocks. Last week I watched two extra kiddos for some friends whose day care was closed for three days. Then this weekend, my 2, 4 and 8 year old, along with myself, got sick. We were vomiting all over the place! NOT fun! We are all doing better and we are praying that the other two children and Daddy do not get it. Provided that all goes well with the family in the health department, I plan to get to work on block 10 and 11 and have those posted soon. Thank you for your patience!


Block 9 March 4, 2010

Filed under: Crochet,Uncategorized — creationsbyhand @ 10:04 pm

Block 9
Originally uploaded by CreationsByHand

Block 9 took me longer to post because for some reason it took a couple of days before the pictures showed up in my flickr account. I actually had the block done by Monday of this week.

Block 9

Ch 26

Row 1 (right side): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 chs, (skip next 2 chs, 5 dc in next ch, ch 2, skip next 3 chs, dc in next 2 chs) twice.

Row 2: ch 3, turn; dc in next 3 dc, 5 dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 4 dc, dc in next 4 dc, 5 dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 4 dc in next 3 dc, dc in top of beginning ch.

Repeat row 2 to desired size.