Afkortingen/ abbreviations

Hieronder vind je de afkortingen die gebruikt worden in alle patronen van Vaemkes.

All abbreviations used in the crochet patterns, designed by me are listed below. In Dutch, US and UK terms.

NLNederlandsUSUnited statesUKUnited kingdom
ToerRowRow
MRMagische ringMLMagicloopMLMagicloop
StStekenStStichesSt/ stsStitches
LLosseChChainChChain
VVasteSCSingle crochetDCDouble crochet
MINMinderenDECDecreaseDECDecrease
MEERMeerderenINCIncreaseINCIncrease
*…* XHerhaal tussen de **…* XRepeat steps between **…* XRepeat steps between *
STKStokjeDCDouble CrochetTCTreble Crochet
HvHalve vasteSl stSlip stichSl stSlip stich
HSTHalf stokjeHDCHalf double crochetHTCHalf treble crochet
Sla overSteken overslaanSkipSkip stitchesSkipSkip stitches

De afkortingen hierboven kunnen afwijken van patronen van andere ontwerpers.

The abbreviations above can be different in other patterns of other designers.

Daisy flower

Daisy flower free crochet pattern

Anyone that follows me on Instagram has seen this flower already multiple times. The reason is very simple. This pattern works up so quick and easy and is an absolute yarn scraps remover. When I start making one, I usually end up making 5 or more, depending on the amount of scraps. Either because my left over needs to be completely gone (so I don’t feel guilty buying new yarn). Or one flower is just too sad and it needs a couple of friends. To share this feeling, I am sharing the pattern for this little Daisy flower, for FREE!

Daisy flowers, free crochet pattern

What you need

  • One crochet hook, 3mm
  • Some scraps/ left over yarn (I used some yellow and white cotton) any color is sufficient.
  • A tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • 5 to 10 minutes, if you are new to crochet the first few could take you 20 to 30 minutes.

The pattern, US terms

  1. To start you need to create a magicloop including 6 stitches.
  2. Increase each stitch, you will end up with 12 stitches.
  3. Cut the thread, this is the heart of the flower. Weave the ends in.
  4. Add white to one of the 12 stitches using a slip stitch.
  5. Crochet a chain containing 15 single crochet.
  6. Attach the chain using a slip stitch in the yellow stitch next to the one you attached the white yarn.
  7. You created your first flower petal, Repeat step 5 and 6 12 more times.
  8. You end up with a cute Daisy flower, containing 13 flower petals.
  9. Cut the thread and weave in the ends. Your flower is ready.

TIP: Would you like to create a different type of flower, be creative with the chain length. And the size of the heart. If you increase until 18 stitches (two rows instead of one) with a brown color and you make the loops smaller, you might end up with a cute little sunflower (not tried yet, just an idea that popped up in my head).

Free crochet pattern Daisy

Possible ideas to do with the finished flowers

So now that you created a cute little flower, what to do with it. Well you can add it to a present or a card and send it to a loved one.

Make a broche or a hairpin with it. A necklace or a bracelet for a child. Make a few and put them together in a garland or in a vase. Let me know what you created with them, I am curious to see the finished objects.

Looking for the Dutch translation of this pattern? Click here.

Cheers,

Diana

How to french knit, the basics

French knitted thread

As a child I’d love to make these bulky threads using French knitting. My sister and I would do a little competition, who could get the longest thread with the yarn available…

Okay, back to French knitting. Let me know in the comments if you made the same long threads as a child and after that, didn’t know what to do with it! I am re-inventing French knitting but before we can start creating we have to know how to make that thread again. So, here is a full do-it-yourself guide on how to French knit by hand!

What you need

Make sure you have the following materials ready for use because without them, french knitting will be difficult:

  • Yarn
  • Scissor
  • (crochet) hook or anything else you can grab the yarn with.
  • A French knitting doll
Tools French knit
Step 1, tools

The DIY is written using a French knitting doll with 4 pins. You also have dolls with 6 or 8 pins. The DIY works the same, you only need to zig zag the yarn a couple times more in the beginning. Let’s get started now we have all the materials ready.

Starting your French knitted cable and continuing

The following steps will show you how to get started and continue making your yarn thread. The second part of this DIY shows you how to stop the thread in the most beautiful way. You can find different DIY’s on the internet but I think the below steps give you the most beautiful start and finish. Show me your makings when you finish! I’m curious to see what you create.

  1. Place the yarn through the French knitting doll as seen in step 1.
  2. Move the yarn around one of the pins. (step 2)
  3. Skip 1 pin and move the yarn around the third pin. The fourth pin is skipped too (see step 3).
  4. Back to pin 1. Place the yarn above the loop that is already there.
  5. Pull the loop that is under the yarn over it. That will be your first stitch. (step 4 and step 5)
  6. Place the yarn on the second and third pin and pull the loop over the yarn from the third pin as shown in step 6, step 7 and step 8.
  7. Move the yarn around the fourth pin and go back to pin 1. Now move the loop again like you did in step 4 over the thread (step 9 and step 10).
  8. Now you are going to repeat to move the loop over the thread for each pin just like you did before, until your thread is long enough to create something with it (see step 13).

TIP: At one point you should get a pattern in the middle as seen in step 12.

Removing the thread from the pin

To remove the thread from you French knitting doll, leave a long thread (around 10cm) and cut it.

  1. Finish your last loop and take the loop that is left on your pin. Now pull the thread through as you can see in step 13.
  2. The first pin is now free of any yarn, see step 14.
  3. Repeat the steps for all other pins, when you’re at the last pin, your work should look like step 15.
  4. When you completed all 4 pins in this case, your French knitted thread is finished as can be seen in step 16.
Oldskool

French knitting might be a craft we all forgot about, because we never knew what to create from it. You can’t find a lot of things to make after you finished your thread. But, it is PERFECT to introduce yarn and fluffy stuff to children, therefor I am re-introducing this craft and share some fun DIY’s whenever I get an idea that is perfect for French knitting. I am already creating some.

Hint: make it in a brown color….

So, that’s all for now. I promise your kids gonna love French knitting while I re-invent it.

Cheers,

Diana

A DIY to make these cute little flowers using french knitted cords

Today I am sharing a DIY to make these cute little flowers using french knitted cords. This French knitted flower is a 10 minute craft (if you have a knitting machine). But making one by hand will take no longer than a few hours. Let’s get started.

Difficulty

Waardering: 2 uit 5.

What you need

  • Yarn (cotton, acryl, wool), scraps are fine too as long as it is enough. You need around 10 grams per flower.
  • A french knitting doll or knitting machine with 4 pins.
  • A tapestry needle or a crochet hook.
  • Some epic vintage buttons (or some normal ones).
  • A free hour or two.

Let’s get started!

If you don’t know how to work with a french knitting doll or a knitting machine, I would suggest to read this tutorial about how to start and finish your yarn thread.

I would love to hear from you! Let me know what you think of this tutorial. Show me your finished flowers on social media #vaemkes or if you have some awesome tips for me, share them in a comment or email me, vaemkes@outlook.com

Cheers, Diana

STEP 1

Take a 24 inch or 60 cm long french knitted cord and an embroidery needle. No need for a sharp needle.

STEP 2

Now fold a part of your cord double and use the needle to wiggle the end through the loops. This is how you create the leaves of the flower.

STEP 3

Repeat step 2 until you have 5, 6, 7 or 8 flower pedals. Whichever number you prefer. The lesser the amount the bigger the flower will be.

STEP 4

Your flower should look like this when you are at the end of the cord. You can skip a tiny bit if needed, as can be seen on the picture.

STEP 5

Now move the thread through the leaves and your flower will start to take shape.

STEP 6

Use both threads to tie a knot and keep your flower in shape. Just a regular knot would do the trick.

STEP 7

To add some drama to your flower add a cute little (vintage or re-used) button. It will make your flower beautiful. Try different colors, shapes and buttons to get a variety of flowers. Create a garland, add some to your hat or clothes or pimp a bag. Be creative is all that matters.

WANTED Rainbow edition

rainbow wanted edition

This WANTED, rainbow edition will be one of the most colorful ones yet. Who doesn’t love a good rainbow pattern or design, right? It is colorful, bright, all types of rainbows are allowed (pastel, darker, mixing and matching random colors). And this edition contains only FREE patterns and designs! So take your leftover yarn/ all the yarn/ buy some new yarn and let’s get started!

A tiny knitted rainbow by Amanda Berry
Knitted rainbow pattern
The knitted rainbow, designed by Amanda Berry

When I was searching for some interesting rainbow pattern, I came across this tiny knitted rainbow from Amanda Berry. Isn’t it adorable? It is a free download on ravelry, so no excuses anymore to not start knitting!

Haak maar Raak, Kirsten, Queen of the rainbows
Larksfoot pattern Haak maar Raak
The little larksfoot pattern desgined by Kirsten

There is one person that can not be forgotten in this list when it comes to rainbows. Kirsten from Haakmaarraak.nl has some amazing rainbow patterns and some are even free! I choose the little larksfoot rainbow blanket to be pictured here, but go check out her website if you’re a rainbow lover like me! You will find a lot more patterns that you might like.

Punch needle rainbow

As promised, all patterns are free and this one is a complete DIY guide in French… but don’t worry another website has already translated it for you and it is also available in English. Cute for a childrens room. If you like punch needle or if you want to get to know punch needle. This is a fun project to make. Transform it into a keychain or a decoration piece.

Punch needle DIY rainbow pattern
A DIY punch needle rainbow by Purple Jumble

Translated by Perles and co you can follow the DIY in English. Want to practice your French? The original DIY came from purple jumble and you can find the tutorial here.

Enjoy these FREE patterns in this wanted, rainbow edition. If you want more yarn inspiration go check out the other wanted posts.

Cheers,

Diana

WANTED, summer edition

Wanted summer 2020 edition

It is almost July and here in the Netherlands the summer holiday is starting. While this year most of us have to stay home during the summer vacation. This wanted edition will contain two amazing crochet books and one cute embroidery kit to get that vacation vibe going, even from your couch. So, let’s get going. Back your crochet bag. Take your suitcase full of embroidery needles and let’s make our own crafty vacation.

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Let’s go camping crochet book from Kate Bruning
Let's go camping crochet book, Kate Bruning

Let’s go camping. A crochet book with lots of tiny crochet patterns to create your own camping site. It is very high on my To-Have list. Fun to make and fun to play with. If you can’t go to the camping, bring the camping to you! (Even if you don’t crochet, just google this book and enjoy the pictures, I LOVE IT!

You can buy the book here (dutch website) or for the Dutch book here.

Summer embroidery kit, Stitchonomy
Wanderlust embroidery kit, stitchonomy
Designed by Alyssa Westhoek from Stitchonomy

A fun and small embroidery project for this summer. Designed by stitchonomy, located in the Netherlands, this kit screams summer holiday! You can buy this kit or other kits on her website. Just follow this link. I also love -the mountains are calling, I must go- kit!

While I am looking at all these lovely designs I can’t stop wondering, where would you have gone this year? Share in the comments below.

Globetrotters crochet book by Ilaria Caliri
Amigurumi globetrotters crochet book by Ilaria Caliri.

Not in the mood for a hotel, camping or resort? This book will travel the world with a backpack. But mostly from your own couch, chair or bed… A book filled with patterns that promises you to take a trip to amigurumi land and introduce a lot of different inhabitants! I can already imagine how much fun kids would have to play with these characters and the huge backpack that comes along with it.

You can buy the book here (Dutch website).

Hope you have a fun vacation at home or maybe somewhere else (if you’re lucky). Hope to see you soon. Want more inspiration from other designers, creators and makers? Check out the other wanted posts here.

Cheers,

Diana

Een DIY om deze leuke bloemetjes te maken

Ooit gedacht, wat moet ik toch maken van die punnikkoorden en ze vervolgens in een hoek gegooid? Om je op andere gedachten te brengen deel ik vandaag een DIY om deze leuke bloemetjes te maken.

Moeilijkheidsgraad

Waardering: 2 uit 5.
Gepunnikte bloemen

De benodigdheden

  • Garen (katoen, acryl of wol), restjes zijn ook perfect! Je hebt ongeveer 10 gram nodig per bloem.
  • Een punnik poppetje of machine met 4 pinnen.
  • Een stompe naald
  • Een paar sjieke knopen (tweedehands of vintage werkt perfect).
  • Een uurtje of 2.

Laten we beginnen

Als je nog niet weet hoe je moet punnikken, gebruik dan deze tutorial om het te leren.

Ik hoor graag wat je van deze tutorial vindt en wat je ermee gemaakt hebt. Deel het met # vaemkes op social media. Heb je tips? Deel ze dan hieronder in een reactie of stuur een email naar vaemkes@outlook.com

Groetjes, Diana

stap 1 bloem maken met punnikkoord

STAP 1

Maak een koord van ongeveer 60 cm lang en leg een stompe (borduur) naald klaar.

stap 2 bloem maken met punnikkoord

STAP 2

Vouw een stukje van het koord dubbel en haal de naald door de steek. Hierdoor creëer je de bloemblaadjes.

stap 3 bloem maken van punnikkoord

STAP 3

Blijf vouwen. Wanneer je je lussen groter of kleiner maakt krijg je meer of minder lussen. Zo kun je variëren met je bloemetjes en het aantal bloemblaadjes.

Stap 4 bloem maken van punnikkoord

STAP 4

Je bloem moet nu vorm beginnen te krijgen. Wanneer je het einde van je koord hebt bereikt, kun je een paar steekjes foetelen. Heb je nu teveel koord over, vouw dan opnieuw de blaadjes door ze iets langer of korter te maken. Oefening baart kunst.

stap 5 bloem maken van punnikkoord

STAP 5

Wanneer je het draadje door het koord haalt onstaat een bloemetje.

stap 6 bloem maken van punnikkoord

STAP 6

Door beide draadjes van het uiteinde te nemen en hier een knoopje in te maken blijft je bloemetje stevig zitten.

stap 7 bloem maken van punnikkoord

STAP 7

Voeg nu een leuke knoop toe of iets anders dat kan dienen als het hart van het bloemetje en maak een slinger, pimp je kleding of maak je eigen tuintje. Genoeg creatieve ideeën om deze bloemetjes te gebruiken.

WANTED: Microbes and cells edition

Talented artists working with micro organisms

Now that the whole world has eyes for the corona virus and all around the world we are being locked down. I though it would be fun to do a wanted with some original and mind-blowing art, patterns and ideas that all relate to microbes and cells. Check these artists out, you can even make your own pathogen if you want!

All microbes and cells are made by yarn, felt or fibers. Absolutely safe to look at, no precautions needed, Enjoy!

Elinart

Elinart micro organism art
Source: Elinart

Her art speaks for itself. Each piece represents fungi, Bacteria and spores that live around us and on us in harmony. On this plate they look gorgeous. I know from experience that most of them usually don’t smell very nice, though. Luckily these pieces of art are not smelling at all and you can buy them here.

Laura Katherine McMillan

Cell structures on fabric by Laura Katherine McMillan
Source: Laura Katherine McMillan

Virusses need cells as a host. No cells means a very short life span for the virus. That is why keeping distance is so important right now. But if we zoom in at our own cells and have someone as Laura Katherine McMillan use her imagination we see the beauty and complexity of them captured on fabric. Check out her website for more inspiration and cool designs.

Alicia Watkins

Embroidery art of microbes and cells by Alicia Watkins

Alicia Watkins is an artist with a passion for all sort of micro organisms and diseases. With her needle and some embroidery yarn, she has the ability to make even the worst disease look kinda cute. The example in the picture is a representative of the common cold and looks similar to the new COVID-19 virus. Check out her Etsy shop to make your own embroidery pathogen.

I hope you enjoyed these artists and the art they are making. As someone with a big interest in biology I really like to see it in an art form of any kind. Want more Wanted inspiration? Check it here.

Keep safe and see you later!

Diana

Christmas tree ornament

Christmas tree ornament

This week I share an oldie but a goldie, if you ask me. The Christmas tree ornament was a free pattern on my old website and will stay available here as well. I made them small but add rows and you can make a big tree. Perfect to add to your other ornaments and you can make them in any color. Add some lovely beads and this Christmas tree will steal the show.

Christmas tree ornament

Pattern

Top:
  1. magicloop (6)
  2. INC 6x (12)
  3. DC 12 front loop (12)
  4. DC 12 back loop (12)
  5. 1DC, INC 6x (18)
  6. DC 18 front loop (18)
  7. DC 18 back loop (18)
  8. 2 DC, INC 6x (24)
  9. DC 24 front loop (24)
  10. DC 24 back loop (24)
  11. 3DC, INC 6x (30)
  12. DC 30 front loop (30)
  13. DC 30 back loop (30)
  14. 4DC, INC 6x (36)
  15. DC 36 front loop (36) Cut the yarn and leave a long tail for sewing.
Bottom:
  1. magicloop (6)
  2. INC 6x (12)
  3. DC 12 back loop (12)
  4. DC 12 (4 rows total) (12)
  5. DC, INC 6x in front loop (18)
  6. DC 2, INC 6x (24)
  7. DC 3, INC 6x (30)
  8. DC 4, INC 6x (36) Cut the yarn.
  9. Use atapestry needle and sew the top and the bottom together. When 3/4 is done, fill the tree with filling. Close it off.
  10. For the finishing touch add some beads to make your christmas tree special!

Will you show me your finished Christmas tree ornament? If you’d like to find more free patterns follow this link.

Enjoy!

Diana

Christmas tree ornament

Magic

Wanted magical yarn related stuff

With these days just before the festive season I always get a bit magical. With some luck we even have a bit of snow here. In this Wanted, magic is the keyword and I’ll share my top 3 of favorite crochetted hocus pocus.

This post contains affiliate links. Read my disclosure here for more information.

Wizardy crochet ~ Dinegurumi

Wanted November, Dinegurumi designs
The wizard and his apprentice by Dinegurumi

Okay, I could fill a whole Wanted post with Harry potter, but I think you’d like some diversity? Well Dinegurumi has some epic crochet patterns and this wizardy spectical is one of them. Isn’t he the cutest and the best thing he is customizable.

Furl’s crochet hooks ~ Furl’s

Wanted November, Furl's crochet hook
It looks like there is something magical going on inside this crochet hook ~ Furl’s

Abracadabra! Don’t they look like real wands? Especially when you see what you can create with a crochet hook. We talk in ourselves for a couple of days, weeks, sometimes months and tadaa, we have ourselves a scarf, a sweater or a doll. These Furl’s crochet hooks are on my wishlist for a long time, but soo pricey. But soo beautiful.

Knitting magic book ~

Wanted november, knitting magic book Tanis gray
The official Harry Potter knitting book by Tanis Gray

Talking about magic. Who doesn’t think Harry Potter? My generation grew up with Hermione, Ron and Harry and this book is too freaking amazing! Accio book… now I have to wait until I find it on my bookshelf. Even a real life Hedwig to knit for yourself! What else do you want? These cold rainy days are a very, very good excuse to start learning how to knit. The book will be available on 28 January though, so you can practice a bit before the real knitting starts. Available on Amazon and Bol.com for the Dutchies! But you can also call your local shop and ask if they can order the book.

Do you want more wanted posts? Click here to find the halloween special or click here to find all wanted posts.

See you around,

Diana