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Free Pattern: Double Seed Stitch Sling Bag May 26, 2013

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Crafts, Crochet, Free Pattern, Tutorial, Tutorials, Yarn.
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My friend Mei Yeeโ€™s mom was looking to buy a bag to use when she commutes (for her wallet, phone & card holder), but couldn’t find one thatโ€™s the right size she wanted. So I offered to make her one. ๐Ÿ˜€

I asked her for the measurements and she wanted something that 6 by 6 inches. I played around crochet & knit bag ideas, tried some trial patterns, until I finally settled on this.

I used a mercerized cotton yarn (EL. D. Mouzakis Butterfly Super 10), the texture & sheen when completed was so pretty. I started with a turkish cast on for the base of the bag (a popular technique used for toe up socks), knitted 1 inch of stockinette stitches before starting with the double stitch stitches. Complete the final few rows with stockinette again, 1 row of seed stitch and cast off.

The strap was crocheted because itโ€™s a whole lot faster to crochet straps. If you can’t crochet, you can use the knitted i-cord but I can tell you it’ll take a long time. ๐Ÿ˜›

Added bag lining and a zipper. Iโ€™m very pleased with the result! And so is she! ๐Ÿ˜€


What you need

Yarn – EL. D. Mouzakis Butterfly Super 10 (about a skein + slightly more)

3.5mm circular knitting needle (with long enough cable for knitting in the round)

3.5mm crochet hook


Turkish Cast On – 80 stitches

– Knit in stockinette stitch for 1 inch

– switch to double seed stitch ย (double seed stitch – row 1 & 2, knit 1, purl 1 in the round, row 3 & 4, purl 1, knit 1 all around)

– Repeat the 4 rows of double seed stitch pattern for next 4.5 inches

– Switch to stockinette stitch for another 0.5 inches.

– Switch to single seed stitch for 4 rows (if preferred), cast off, cut yarn and weave in yarn end.

– Attach yarn to side of the pouch with a crochet hook with 4 single crochets. Chain 1, Turn and sc into next 3 stitches (4 sc on each row) , repeat till desired length of strap is achieved.

– Pull yarn through the last sc and stitch the strap onto other side of the pouch.

You can add lining and a zipper to the bag if you wish.

And here’s my model with her new little bag! (edited for privacy :P)


Pattern for Crochet Version of Ribbed “Lace” Bolero June 15, 2010

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Crafts, Crochet, Free Pattern, Tutorial, Tutorials.
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I got a couple of request for the pattern of my crocheted version of the ribbed lace bolero, so here it is.

This is a really easy crochet pattern, inspired from the knitted version here. And it’s not really lace, it’s more like mesh. ๐Ÿ˜›


Anyway, first of all, measurements. This is based on the description from the knitted version. It’s the same logic as the knit version, so credit’s not mine.

Measure your shoulder span. Add 4 inches for each sleeve. So, if my shoulder span is 17 inches, I add 8 inches to it, which brings about a total of 25 inches.This will be the width of the bolero.

Next, measure your upper arm. Mine measures 12.5 inch. Add 6.5 inch to this measurement. This will be be the length of the bolero, which is 19 inches.

After that, you will have to calculate the number of chains required to start this project.

You will need to chain in multiples of 4 + 2 chain.

So, if for example, my gauge is 4 stitches per inch. My shoulder measurement is a total of 25 inches. So, (25 x 4) + 2 = 102. I will need to chain 102 to start.

If my gauge is 6 stitches per inch, this is how I calculate: 25 x 6 =150. However, 150 is not a multiple of 4, that is, you cannot divide it by 4 and get a whole number. The closest number to 150 divisible by 4 to get a whole number is either 148ย  or 152. So,ย  in this case, I’d go with 148 + 2. I like my shrug snug rather than loose. ๐Ÿ™‚


Ch = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet

Start of Pattern:

Chain __. (the total # of stitches calculated as per your measurements. Mine’s 102)

Ribbed Row 1: SC into the 2nd chain from hook. SC in the bar of each chain till the end. Ch 3, turn. (This Ch 3 will be your first double crochet).
(SC into the bar of the chain will allow you to have a even finish on both ends of your shrug)

Ribbed Row 2: BPDC into the 2nd SC post. * FPDC into the next 2 SC post. BPDC into the next 2 SC bars.* Repeat from * to * till end. You should end with a BPDC stitch at the end. Ch 3, turn.

The last stitch on the just finished row was a BPDC. When you turn, it will become a BPDC. So, on the new row, you will have to start with a FPDC.

(The ribbing is created with 2 BPDC, 2 FPDC, repeat till end. or 2 FPDC followed by 2 BPDC till end .. depending on which side your crocheting on)

Ribbed Row 3: FPDC into the 2nd post. *BPDC into next 2 posts, followed by FPDC into next 2 posts*. Repeat * to * till end.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until the ribbed rows reach about 3 inches, it’s time to start with the body of the shrug.

Body Rows:

Ch 3 at the end of the last ribbed stitch. DC into the top of the 2nd stitch from chain 3. *Ch 2. skip 2 stitches. DC into the next 2 stiches.* Repeat * to * till end. Ch 3, turn. Repeat body row till desired length minus 3 inches is achieved. Ch 1, turn.

Finishing Ribbed Rows:

Finishing Ribbed Row 1: SC into next stitch from chain 1. *2 SC into the space of the chain 2 in the previous row. 1 SC into the top of the next 2 stitches.* Repeat * to * till end.

Finishing Ribbed Row 2: Here you have to check your stitches on the ribbed rows in the beginning. If the corresponding stitch on the other end is a BPDC, then you should start this row with BPDC (or vice versa). So looking at the pictures, row 2 should be done in BPDC into 2nd post of sc, followed by FPDC into next 2 sc posts and BPDC into next 2 sc posts. Repeat till end.

Finishing Ribbed Row 3: This will follow the logic of the beginning rows. Repeat Finishing Ribbed Rows 2-3 till you reach 3 inches of the finishing ribbed rows.

When you’re done, your work should look like this (kinda, this is a miniature version :P)

Fold the ribbed rows ends towards each other. Sew up the matched ribbed rows on each side. This will create theย  armholes and sleeves of the shrug. (You can sew up the ribbed rows with the ends of your yarn or you can weave in the ends and sew with a matching thread. Whichever way that works for you. :D)

I used about 1 2/3 skein of yarn.ย  The yarn I used was Sirdar’s Wash ‘n’ Wear Double Crepe Dk, fyi. ๐Ÿ™‚
The specs of the yarn are:
Blend: 55% Acrylic, 45% Nylon
Ball weight: 100g
Yardage: 270m/296y
I used a 4.25mm, G hook. I didn’t do a gauge but I just measured on my shrug. It’s about 6 stitches per inch across and 3 double crochet rows per inch tall (if that makes sense to you).

I hope the pattern and my explanation makes sense. Let me know if you need clarification or spot a mistake.

Depending on your size, especially if you’re big like me, it’s gonna take a while to crochet this because it’s gonna be a BIG PIECE OF CLOTH by the time you’re done. ๐Ÿ˜› If you’re tiny, then I guess you will be able to finish it fast!

The bolero will look like this. You can wear it with the ribbed rows folded or not!

Sorry the pictures aren’t great. I really don’t know how some of the popular crafters take the pictures for their tutorials. I don’t have a tripod nor an awesome camera. It’s so hard to take pics when you’re actually doing the do. ๐Ÿ˜›

I’d really love comments! And if you do make this bolero, please let me know! I would love to see it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Have fun making your bolero!

Note: Although the design for this shrug is not entirely original, the crochet pattern is written by me.ย  It is free (like the knitted original) and should never be for sale. Therefore, do not duplicate for commercial purposes. You may use this pattern for personal use only. Thank you.

How to paint your own Burberry’s nails March 17, 2010

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Fashion, Makeup, Tutorials.
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If you like Burberry’s and nail art, you may like this tutorial. ๐Ÿ˜€

What you will need:

  1. Base coat
  2. Top coat
  3. Main nail colour in preferred shade of beige
  4. Nail art paint in black and red.
  5. Thin sharp tipped nail art brush (if your nail art colour doesn’t come with built in brush for application)


  1. Study the pattern & colours of the Burberry check pattern. ๐Ÿ˜€
  2. Prep your nails. (file, shape, remove cuticle, moisturize)
  3. Make sure your nails are clean and dry.
  4. Apply 1 coat of basecoat.
  5. Apply 2 coats of main beige colour.
  6. With the black nail art brush, draw 3 thin black lines across the top of your nail.
  7. Then, draw 3 thin vertical lines on the on the right side of your nail.
  8. Next, with the red nail art brush, draw 1 vertical thin red line on the left of your nail.
  9. Then, draw 1 thin red line across the bottom part of your nail.
  10. Finally, apply 1 coat of top coat.
  11. If you have accidentally gotten nail polish onto your skin, clean it off with a cotton swap soaked with nail polish remover. ๐Ÿ™‚

Quick demo: These are pretty badly drawn (not the original ones I drew). I even got some paint on my skin. ๐Ÿ˜›

Note: Remember to allow the nail colour and nailart paint to dry before proceeding to the next step. Also, if you prefer, you can also fill in the squares at the intersection of the 3 horizontal &ย  the 3 vertical lines and also the spaces between the black lines (study the pattern above :D) with white nail art paint! This is achievable if your hands are really steady! I did mine without the white. ๐Ÿ˜›

If you have never tried painting your own nail art before, it may take some practice for your hands to get steady. Also, if you are right handed, painting your nails on your right hand with your left will be rather challenging. Vice versa for left handlers. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m right handed, so take a look at my nails.

Nails on my left hand, painted by my right hand so they look pretty alright.

Nails on my right hand, shoddily painted by my retarded left hand. ๐Ÿ˜›

But, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! The more often you try painting nail art, the easier it becomes. ๐Ÿ™‚

have fun!

I made booties for my piano bench! March 10, 2010

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I made booties for my piano bench!

The fabric was from an old pair of denim skorts (skirt+shorts) I had. The lace was from the $2 store.

And this was how I made it ๐Ÿ˜€

1. I measured the leg width and cut out circles with about 2 extra inches around the width.

2. I sewed around the circle with a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.

3. Then I sewed the lace on the right side of the fabric.

4. This is how the circle looks like with the lace on. Ignore the pen markings ๐Ÿ˜› I was marking it and realised that it’s not necessary really. ๐Ÿ˜› It’s a disappearing ink marker, so the marks will disappear after a while.

5. Fold the circle into half on the wrong side of the fabric. Stitch a few stitches at the edge. Repeat on otherside of the semi-circle.

6. Fold the stitched up circle again in half with the stitched up portions meeting. Then stitch at the edge of the semi-circle again.

7. Continue until you get something like this. If you want a smaller bootie, you will have to fold & stitch a few more stitches.

8. On the wrong side of the fabric, stretch and sew an elastic band into the circle (about where the previous stitches are, doesn’t have to be precise).

9. And there, the sewing is done!

10. If you have quilt batting or thick felt, you can cut out a square piece about the size of the bootie and insert it into the bootie.

This will give cushion to the chair.

So there you go! New booties for my piano bench!

You can make these for any chair legs really. It protects your floor as it prevents the floor from being scratched! ๐Ÿ™‚