Freehand troll crochet

It’s time to present my troll! πŸ˜€

Apparently it is a female troll, as it got a dress! πŸ˜‰

Lots and lots of strands for the hair. It’s a mess in the back, but I think trolls have messy hair… Part of the hair is glued to keep it away from the eyes etc. The hair yarn is a little thinner than the yarn for the body and the dress, and as you can see it is multicolored. I made a little flat bowl or what to call it, and stitched it to the head, upside down. So it was like the bottom of the hair. Then I attached the strands of yarn to that, one by one. It took quite some time. I wanted the hair to be messy and of different length. I have not seen a troll with perfectly cut hair!

The dress can not be removed. I also glued the shoes to the bottom of the feet. So they can not be removed either. I made a patch of the dark blue and stitched it on the side, to make the dress look a bit old. The bottom of the dress is blue (as well as the top) and the bottom has a wavy pattern. I made a little pocket with the main dress color (I think the yarn color is called something like green petrol, whatever that means). In the pocket I put a tiny little teddy bear. The bear I made with felt probably years ago, but I thought he should be in the pocket as a little toy.

What else? As I wrote in the title and in a previous post, this is freehand. I had no instructions at all to look at. I just figured it out. It was a UFO (unfinished object). I made the head, body, the nose and an ear months ago. Then it was just half done until I decided to bring the thing to the knit and crochet cafΓ©. I had made the other ear and the arms a few days before that.

I did not write down any instructions at all, so don’t ask me how it was made! πŸ˜‰ I do remember that the dress is 32 stitches at the top and 66 stitches at the bottom.

I’d say it’s about 30-33 cm (=about a foot)Β tall.

Well, on to the next crafty project, whatever that will turn out to be… πŸ™‚

Continuing unfinished object

I am sure I’m not the only one who has UFOs in the drawer or closet. πŸ™‚ Unfinished objects who just lay there for months…

Well, I decided to bring such an object to the knit and crochet cafΓ© this evening. πŸ™‚ Last week we didn’t have any lesson because it was sports holiday and the schools were closed. The week before that I decided not to go, because I didn’t know what to crochet. So I have not been there for a while.

The object that I brought with me is going to be a troll. πŸ™‚ I don’t have a pattern, so I just crochet freehand, so to speak. For months the thing had a body and head (in one piece), a nose and one ear… A few days ago I made the second ear and two arms. Today I stuffed the arms and attached them to the body. I also crocheted a leg and started on the second leg. It needs a tail too and hair. Then I will try to crochet a dress.

The legs were difficult to figure out. I had to start all over again with the foot.

An other problem when you crochet without pattern is of course that you need to remember how you made an arm or a leg, because then you have to make the other one the same… I don’t write anything on paper, so I have to remember how many stitches per rounds there is or when I decreased some stitches.

I don’t want to write down the instructions, because I want it to be one of a kind. If people, when it’s done, want to crochet a troll too, they can look at my images of the troll, but I will not be able to say exactly how it was made. May be if I had started writing down the instructions from round one of the head, but I made that months ago. So it would be very difficult for me to count the stitches of the head and body.

It’s quite large, because I don’t want a small troll. I want a pretty large one. I don’t have an exact image of how I want the troll to be when it’s finished. Once I thought about making small green leaves with felt and attaching them to the hair. Because I have an image in my head of a troll with leaves and twigs in its messy hair. But we’ll see. May be I decide to leave out the twigs and leaves.

Well, I will finish the troll this time. May be this week, may be next week. I’ll post a picture of it whenever it is done. πŸ™‚


2nd rainbow unicorn ready!

My second rainbow unicorn is ready! πŸ˜€ Materials and pattern from Simply Crochet magazine.

It’s smaller than the first one, and whiter. It has a big golden horn.Β The curly hair was made by untwisting the yarns. It took quite a lot of time, so I am not going to do it on the other unicorn. It’s just a different hair style. πŸ˜‰

The little one has difficulties standing on his own, because the legs are smaller and he has got lots of heavy hair in the mane and the tail.

There was no mouth or nostrils in the pattern.

Not sure what I will crochet next. May be something from the amigurumi app that I have on the phone. We’ll see. πŸ™‚

2nd rainbow unicorn coming soon!

Later today I will start making the rainbow unicorn that comes as a free kit with “Simply Crochet” issue 54. πŸ™‚

I don’t know how long it will take to make it. May be a few days. I have other things to do as well. But I’m sure it’s done next week. I’ll post a picture then.

This 2nd unicorn comes with safety eyes. I don’t think I have used those before. So I hope I will understand how to fasten them. It also comes with gold thread to make the horn. For the first one I just used grey yarn. I do have silver thread, but I didn’t think of using that…

Beaded bracelets

During the beading class tonight I had time to make two bracelets. They were really easy to make and I didn’t have to wait for the teacher to give instructions. The black beads that I bought from the teacher were enough for both bracelets. I also bought the red beads and the metal pieces between the beads. The light blue beads I brought with me from home.

It has a stretchy thread, so no lock is needed. πŸ™‚

Rainbow unicorn crochet

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It’s 11 pm and I just finished my rainbow unicorn. πŸ˜€

I used the instructions for a zebra and instead of making it with stripes, I made the whole thing white, except for the hooves, of course.

I had to google rainbows, to see in which order the colors come. The mane (which is just knotted) is the correct order as I could tell from the pictures. For the tail, there is no order in the colors, I just knotted two strands of each color at the back.

I finished the crocheting some days ago, but took a break and continued today. I did put the tail on some days ago, but when I cut the strands, I had stretched the yarns, so the tail turned out shorter than I wished. Today I removed the old tail and made a new one. The new tail could be a bit longer, but I am not going to change that anymore. I made a little fringe with red in front of the ears, because I thought it needed that.

The other day I noticed that a magazine called “Simply Crochet” just happens to have a rainbow unicorn kit with the latest issue! πŸ˜€ I sometimes buy the magazine, but I didn’t buy it yet. I’ll probably do it later and see how their unicorn turn out to be. πŸ™‚

Sadly I have lost all my googly eyes that I had in a little plastic bag. 😦 I just can not find it anywhere! Oh well, I guess I will find the little bag eventually, in a place that I haven’t thought of looking in yet. I had to get some eyes from the craft store today, but tonight I thought they were too small. Luckily I also got the half beads that I could use as eyes for the unicorn. They look like black beads that has been cut in half, so that they are curved on one side and flat on the other side.

For the horn I stitched a few rows back and forth and then I stitched the long sides together into a little horn.

The unicorn can stand on its own, without leaning. I guess it is because it has four legs.

I guess that’s it about the rainbow unicorn crochet. At the moment I don’t really have anything to work on, craft wise, so I guess I will have to look in books, magazines etc. for some inspiration.

I just realized that it is the beading class tomorrow! Where did two weeks go so soon?! Oh well, I will probably make an easy bracelet and may be I have time to make something else too. I’ll show you when I have finished something. πŸ™‚

Now I really need to sleep.


Cross stitch picture


I have now finished my cross stitch picture and framed it! πŸ˜€

It’s from the February 2017 issue of CrossStitcher magazine, in case you want to make it too. I usedΒ threads and fabric that I had at home, so the colors may not exactly match the ones in the magazine.

In the magazine the blue border was actually half-done at the bottom. I guess that was part of the joke that this is about. But I just could not leave it half-done! So I decided to finish the border.

I had some problems to frame it today. I ironed it and put it in the frame, but then I had to remove it and iron it again. I think it is still a bit crooked and uneven, but I’ll let it be this way now.

It’s a dark brown frame with some gold. I am not going to hang it on the wall, because the frame has a piece of cardboard so it can stand on a table. I will keep it on the drawers where my TV is.

Reflections in the glass is making the color changes in the fabric.

It was fun and easy to cross stitch this. No backstitches at all, only cross stitches. πŸ™‚