Welcome to the first edition of Crafted, a quarterly series detailing my recently handmade items. I’ll be sharing patterns, stitches, and materials I used to make them. :D I hope you guys find this series helpful. It won’t just be crochet. I’ll also be sharing sewing and other projects at the end of the season.

Since getting back into crochet, I’ve crafted a lot of clothing for myself and my loved ones. The awesome thing about crochet is if you use the right materials, you can whip something up very quickly. A few of these projects were impulse ones that I finished in less than a week. XD So here’s what I’ve made recently!

Note: I used US crochet terms for this post, with UK terms at the bottom of each section. I’m personally more comfortable with UK terms since that’s what I was taught with, but I understand that it can be confusing when posts don’t specify which terms are used. I get confused all the time! x_x

Also, special shoutout to my friend Alex for helping me take the first three pictures while we were hanging in Boston Common!

Phone sleeve lying on grass

Cozy Phone Sleeve

This is one of the first things I made, a cute floral sleeve for my phone! It’s nice and stretchy, so even if I slap a case on my phone, it’ll fit nicely. The top and bottom are made with single crochets for a tighter trim, and half treble crochets make for a very pretty look in-between. The pattern I followed was made for iPhones, but it can be easily altered for any phone so long as you measure it while you stitch. I also used a larger hook. 6.5mm is my favorite. <3 I used a chunky pink yarn for the flower. Instead of a layered flower like in the original pattern, I opted for single since mine ended up so big. I tested out a couple of flower patterns before stitching into my phone. I also followed this basic flower pattern by B.hooked Crochet, and while it turned out very nice, it didn’t go that well with my phone sleeve.

I just used basic stitching techniques to apply the flower to my sleeve. I used a tapestry needle and closed it up like I would a seam. XD Probably not standard practice, but it worked out for me.

Pattern: Crochet iPhone Case
Yarn: Lion Brand Yarn 620-402 Wool-Ease Yarn in Wheat, Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn in Hot Pink
Stitches: Single crochet (UK double), half double crochet (UK half treble), treble crochet (UK double treble), slip stitch
Tools: 6.5mm hook, tapestry needle

Back of puff stitch hat

Slouchy Beanie

My most useful creation! XD I’ve been wearing this beanie almost every time I step out. It’s so warm, cozy, and perfectly fit for me. <3 I used a 5mm hook to make the band which took a while to make. I sat down one afternoon and watched three episodes of Jane the Virgin while working on it, and it still wasn’t done. Granted, I stitch more slowly when I’m watching something at the same time.

Once the band was finished however, the work went a lot more quickly. Puff stitches are fast if you do them right. They were a little tricky at first, but you just gotta keep trying until you get a feel for them. I had to yarn over very loosely for me to get them right. I switched to my 6.5mm hook for the puff stitches and did 20 rows for my hat. Turned out great! I’m thinking of making a cream one soon.

Pattern: Puff Stitch Slouchy Beanie
Yarn: Lion Brand Yarn 620-153 Wool-Ease Yarn in Black
Stitches: Single crochet (UK double), puff stitch, slip stitch
Tools: 5mm hook, 6.5mm hook

Me wearing boot cuffs with red skirt and tights

Boot Cuffs

Another favorite! I’m so in love with boot cuffs right now. I want to make ALL THE PATTERNS! XD But back to this one, it was super quick and easy to make. I used chunky yarn and my 6.5mm hook, which definitely helped in working it up faster.

The only thing that took a lot of time was the fitting. I kept stitching and unraveling rows to get the perfect fit for my legs. I kept bouncing between 26 and 32 rows. I knew I wanted it to fit up to my knees. Once I go the right fit though, making the second cuff was a breeze. :D I’m planning on making a second pair soon.

I did add to the pattern and single crocheted the top edge of my cuff, just to give it a more polished look.

Pattern: DIY Crochet Boot Cuffs
Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn in Grey Heather
Stitches: Single crochet (UK double), crossed double crochet
Tools: 6.5mm hook

Nike shoes and leg warmers against boardwalk

Leg Warmers

I made these leg warmers on impulse the night before I left for Boston. I had half a skein of black yarn left that I didn’t know what to do with, so I figured I could use them for leg warmers. They’ve been back for a while, and I’m loving it.

I didn’t follow a pattern. I just measured the foundation chain to the height I wanted and got to work. It’s just rows and rows of double crochet. Very soft and warm!

Yarn: Lion Brand Yarn 620-153 Wool-Ease Yarn in Black
Stitches: Double crochet (UK treble)
Tools: 6.5mm hook

Blue scarf folded on table

Long Fringed Scarf

I took this picture at the last minute. XD I made Mike a long fringed scarf as one of my first projects. I didn’t follow a pattern for this one as it was pretty simple to make. Like my leg warmers, this is just rows and rows of double crochet. I stitched into just the front of the loops to create a ribbed effect. This took me weeks to make as I worked on it in-between trips and other projects. When I was done, I just knotted some yarn onto the ends for the fringes. It’s so, so warm. <3 Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn in Faded Denim
Stitches: Double crochet (UK treble)
Tools: 6.5mm hook

Have you made anything recently? Got any patterns you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments!

Comments

  1. I wish I was crafty enough to make the boot cuffs! They’d come in handy for me when during the wintertime when I wear my boots out. Thick socks can make it too hot, and the cuffs look cuter. :p

    I tried crocheting, but I lost patience. I also did better with the thinner yarn, but my grandmother (Gmama) thought the thicker yarn would be easier for me. :s I’d love to try learning again, but the different types of hooks are confusing, and then there is yarn and the terms. >.<

    I haven’t made anything craft-wise lately. The holidays are really busy and stressful for me most of the time. :x
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    1. In my experience, hook size matters more than thread size for ease of use which is why I love my 6.5mm so much. XD

      If you’re interested in learning again, you can start with some cheap yarn and a 5mm hook (most projects use this) to practice. I was super rusty, so that’s what I did. I didn’t feel bad for messing up since the yarn was cheap to begin with. I even picked out colors I didn’t like on purpose. :P

      And I found videos super helpful for demos! You can start with a single crochet and work your way up. That’s enough to make scarves and such. :D I like this one: https://youtu.be/zBfrK1eipsA
      It uses UK terms though, so it says double crochet, which is US single.

  2. Girl, these are awesome! Being that I can’t crochet at all due to my hands not having enough fine motor skills to tackle them, I can really appreciate what you did here XD I can knit basic stuff, but there is no way I can do what you did!

    And wow at the differences in the US/UK terminology. It’s good you listed both, though, since it will help people who know one or the other!

    I think my favourite from this collection is your phone sleeve and your hat! I really like the pink flower on the sleeve :D And the hat is really cute on you! ^^

    Thanks for sharing, Raisa!
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    1. That’s funny because I think knitting takes more fine motor skill? :’D Btw, I’ve started looking at some bamboo knitting needles! I haven’t purchased any yet, but I’ve been reading a lot about knitting! <3

  3. All of these look so good! The phone sleeve with the flower is so cute, and I love your beanie. It looks both stylish and warm :) I also really like the leg warmers! I never learned how to crochet, but I used to sew when I was young. My mom crochets so many things now, and a couple years ago, we started buying her amigurumi books, which she really enjoys XD

    (By the way, I ended up buying the Pixel Crochet book for my mom for Christmas. I hope she’ll like it!)
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    1. Woohoo! I hope she likes it too. Let me know what she thinks! I still haven’t started on any pixel blankets because I’m trying to use my current yarn stash before buying any more. I’m excited though!

  4. Look at you with your crochet pr0ness! I like the floral touch to it to make it stand out a bit. Any plans to add leaf petals to the next one? :D. I used to have a slouchy beanie and they always look fashionable during the winter! And it’s even better because you can make it fit nicely with your head size.

    It’s crazy how expensive boot cuffs are! Why spend more $$$ to buy one when you can make one yourself while watching TV? XD.

    The last time I tried crocheting was 10 years ago- when Youtube wasn’t a big thing yet. Following instructions though looking at pictures didn’t click with my brain @__@. I should try again soon! I have the materials but not the cool skillzzzzz.

    1. Oh yeah, I’ve looked at boot cuffs online and some of them can run for a lot of money! @_@ That’s crazy to me. Mine was less than $10 worth of yarn and just one afternoon. XD

  5. AHHH I LOVE THESE! Once you get more comfortable with crocheting cute patterns etc, then the accessories market will have no more power over you! Hehehe. I LOVE that phone sleeve especially! Did you know iPhones don’t handle cold below freezing? It’s actually bad for them so now that is useful!!!!!

    PS. THIS GIRL MADE A RED INFINITY SCARF AS WELL. IT’S SO GOOD AND WARM. <3 <3
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  6. Eee. This new series sound so awesome and I can’t wait to read more of them. :D Thank you for creating and sharing it.

    The phone sleeve looks so pretty. :D I really love how you made it and the flower with it just adds a lot more vibrancy.

    That beanie looks awesome. It looks like something that has been made in a store! :D

    OMG, boot cuffs. That is such an awesome creation and they look really cool. :D

    The scale looks so pretty as well.

    I really loved this post. So many great things that you have made. You could totally sell them in an Etsy store. ;D
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    1. Thank you so much! <3

      I love the idea of an Etsy store, but I wouldn't be able to dedicate the time to takes to build a side business. :'D I'll probably have to stick with personal projects and gifts for friends. I can probably take commissions every now and then if anybody here wants a phone sleeve/hat/other accessories, hehehe.

  7. Your crafts are so beautiful! I especially love the beanie, it looks great and it’s very useful too! :)

    I’d love to see more of your handmade creations! :)
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  8. I tried crochet way back in highschool as it was part of our subject. I find it exciting at first but it was so confusing for me, I just can’t figure out how to properly do it. Haha i ended up asking mama to do it for me. Haha i can’t imagine the effort for these materials, as I was even having a hard time making simple patterns. If time permits i’d love to try this again. I want to make beanies too! Haha I should ask for mama’s help again and teach me. Hehe
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    1. It takes a good bit of practice to get that muscle memory going. I’m sure you’ll get it once you pick it up again. :D Learning single crochet is enough to make a few things!

  9. I love these! I wish I could do something like this but I don’t have the patience, unfortunately. I think the last thing I made was my Poison Ivy costume for Comic Con and that was really hard.

    Your phone case and beanie are my favourites! You’re so talented!
    Xxx
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    1. That’s funny because one of my goals is to sew a cosplay outfit! XD Or at least just a normal outfit. I’m planning on starting that up when it’s warmer.

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