Dec 202011

KellySweaterDec2007 1 Mrs Weasley Sweater Christmas Gift

The Mrs Weasley Sweater is the best handmade gift I’ve ever made.  I enjoy crocheting and go through bursts of making a ton of items for a few months, than usually take a year or two off before getting the urge to crochet again.  It is always extra special when I can make something special for someone as a gift, especially when I know they will really and truly love it – and I knew this Mrs. Weasley sweater was going to be a a big hit with my best friend Mama Kelly (she is has big a Harry Potter fan as I am and Mrs. Weasley is her favorite character). 

Christmas 2007 Mama Kelly’s Mrs. Weasly Sweater – I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed making this sweater for my dear friend Mama Kelly and she looks awesome in it – it is so HER! I was even more thrilled that I managed to actually get it done in time to give it to her for Yule 2007 (since I didn’t even start it until the beginning of Dec.). I was thrilled I managed to get the sizing just about right (since my crochet projects prior to this had been much easier type patterns like blankets, ponchos, scarves, etc.).

I managed to find a box big enough to use to wrap the sweater in (a big American Girl box that we had), inside I also covered it with lots of tissue paper, and added on top of the tissue paper a printed out photo from the movie of Mrs. Weasley in the sweater that I added the message: Happy Yule from Mrs. Weasley!

It was so hard keeping the secret too. But I knew if I posted even a hint about making something special that Mama Kelly would some how guess, but I wanted her to be totally surprised so I managed to keep it a secret.  A lot of folks were almost as excited about the project as I was.  All the ladies I work with got to see it in progress and the finished sweater when I had it done.  They couldn’t wait to see photos of Mama Kelly wearing it. They were all keeping their fingers crossed for me that I would win the bid on the buttons (the auction on ebay was not an easy one to win and I almost lost them!) – everyone agreed they were the “perfect” buttons (though I did get a few other buttons on auction just as a backup in case I lost the bid).  Here are some closeups:


KellyJustButtonCropped2007 1 Mrs Weasley Sweater Christmas Gift

I started making the sweater Dec 16, 2007 finished it by Dec. 24, 2007 – except for the last rows of trim along the front where the buttons would go since I had to wait for the buttons to arrive to know how to place them and where to put the buttonholes. I won the button ebay auction a couple of days before Christmas, and they arrived Dec. 29 so I managed to get the whole thing completed by Dec. 30. The body of sweater took 9 balls of Vanna’s choice yarn (dusty rose), and for the arms I used 13 different colors (two different brands of soft yarns to get the color variety I wanted – Caron Simply Soft and Red Heart Soft Yarn).

I wish I had taken a picture of her stirring the big pot of yummy soup she was making while she was wearing the sweater – she really did look like she belonged in a magical home like The Burrow.

Do you make handmade gifts?   What is your favorite kind of gift to make?

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose

Note: Pattern Info.: “Coat of Many Colors,” from Crochet Cabin (cost $7).

Nov 122011

Lian Hat 3 Angelgirl Crocheted Cap

A few years ago my best friend, Mama Kelly, crocheted a cap for my daughter, Angelgirl.  She liked it so much she wanted to have a few in lots of colors.  I really enjoy crocheting, so I came up with this quick and easy little pattern and made her a few.  The photo shows one made in a lightweight yarn, great for spring and fall, but if made in a heavier yarn it is very nice for winter too.

Crocheted Cap 
Materials: Hook size G;  Yarn: 2 ply, about 4 ounces
Size – Pattern can easily be adaptedfor smaller or larger size.  This hat fit Angelgirl when she was 12, she is petite, wears size 8 to 10 clothes

When I first made it, it was about 2 sizes to small (only had 6 rows of dc and then started the shell rows).
Circumference – lessen or increase the number of double crochet rows (1-9), if increasing do two dc every 12 or so stictches evenly all around increasing in a multiple of 3 to keep circle flat.
Length – reduce or increase the number Shell\SC & Chain rows

Chain 4, slip stitch together to form a circle.
Row 1 – Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), dc 9 in circle (total 10)
Row 2 – Chain 3 and dc in first stitch, 2 dc each of the remaining 9 stiches (total 20)
Row 3 – Chain 3 and dc in first stitch, *dc crochet in next and two dc in next*, repeat from * for a total of 30 dc
Row 4 – Same as Row 3, for a total of 45 dc
Row 5 – Chain 3 and dc in first stitch, *dc in next 8 and two dc in 9th, repeat from * for a total of 50 dc
Row 6 – Chain 3 and doc in first stich, *dc in next 9 and two dc in 10th, repeat from * for a total 55
Row 7 – Chain 3 and doc in first stich, *dc in next 10 and two dc in 11th, repeat from * for a total of 60
Row 8 – Chain 3 and doc in first stich, *dc in next 4 and two dc in 5th, repeat from * for a total of 72
Row 9 – Chain 3 and doc in first stich, *dc in next 11 and two dc in 12th, repeat from * for a total of 78
Row 10 – SC and Chain Space Row: chain 1, single crochet in first 3 dc, chain 3 and skip 3 dc, *single crochet in next 3 dc, chain 3, repeat from * all way around, end with slip stitch to first sc
Row 11 – Shell Row: slip stitch to second (middle) sc, chain 1 and sc, *five dc in chain space (shell), sc in middle sc, repeat from * all way around, end with slip stitch to first sc
Row 12 – SC and Chain Space: slip stich to 2nd dc, sc in middle three dc, chain 3, *sc in dc 2,3,4 of next shell, chain 3, repeat from * all way around, end with a slip stitch to first sc
Repeat Row 11 and 12 four more times, or more for desired length to fit the child; end with a repeat of row 12 (SC and Chain Space row)
Last row:
Single crochet in each of the sc and 3 sc in chain spaces, all way around.
Optional – For one to three more rows sc crochet in each stitch all way around. This creates a nice edge that can be worn flat or turned up. I prefer having a total of three rows of sc to finish the hat, it just gives it a more finished look to me.

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Note: This was my first time creating a pattern, I hope the directions clear.

What crafts do you enjoy?  What gifts have you made or will be making this year for Christmas (Yule)?

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