This summer I decided to try something new and so I tried my hand at crocheting an umbrella cover. Or two.
The steps look deceptively simple, really. The hard part is to make it all work correctly!
I tried two:
- kid sized umbrella covered with white cotton/bamboo blend
- adult sized umbrella covered with acrylic yarn
Errors you should avoid (I didn’t, so I am warning you):
- picking a cheap, shoddy frame (limp spokes, bad opening mechanism)
- using cotton in very dense pattern (HEAVY!)
- removing the old cover from the umbrella too early
Steps to get your umbrella covered, high-level:
- Buy an umbrella (full/straight, not foldable one).
- Crochet a doily of choice that has the same number of beams/parts/spokes as the umbrella (or twice that) to the size of the umbrella, making sure you alter the centre to fit over the umbrella tip.
- Try it over the existing cover to make sure you have enough. Should be rather tight fit, but remember that if you crochet too many rounds, part of it can be left as a bit of an edge. Put knitting markers or something else that will remind you where the ends of the spokes came to be.
- Take the little plastic pins off the end of the spokes. Cut them off the fabric and put safely aside.
- Snip the threads that keep the fabric attached mid-spoke.
- Cut the fabric around the tip.
- Put the doily on, tightening the middle round around the tip of the umbrella with spare bit of thick cotton yarn.
- Tie the little pins temporarily to the places where the doily touched them when you tried it over the cover (where the markers are).
- Put them now over the ends of the wires and slowly open the umbrella to see how taut the whole thing is. You may need to move the plastic pins to another place in the crocheted cover for better fit. Close it to make sure the pins don’t fall off the ends of the wires because of weight of the cover or some unforeseen looseness.
The final outcome is here.
The white, cotton, kid-sized umbrella:
The rainbow, acrylic yarn, full-sized one:
Narrated in Polish, but I think the video may anyway help someone to start at least.
How to start:
How to add more wire and finish the cover:
(entry in Polish, to describe one small, weird street in Lublin that we saw last weekend)
Kiedy wyszliśmy z Czeskiej Piwnicy, było coś koło 1:30. Część wsiadła do taksówek, ale my mieliśmy niedaleko, więc spacer miał więcej sensu. Ania i Spike też wybrali opcję pieszą. Nie zdążyliśmy odejść za daleko od Rynku, kiedy Spike zaproponował, że nam pokaże coś ciekawego i zaprowadził nas na uliczkę Żmigród.
Uliczka faktycznie wyglądała ciekawie:
– O, robisz dokładnie to co ja zrobiłem – powiedział Spike, widząc jak fotografuję kolejne palindromy.
Schodziłam w dół uliczki i łapałam kolejne, bo zasłaniały się nawzajem.
Kiedy uznałam, że mam już wszystkie, zawróciłam i…
– O, patrzcie, samochodzik!
Spike się zainteresował, bo nie zobaczył autka, kiedy był tam wcześniej.
Po chwili odkryliśmy, że w oknach piwnicy/sutereny też jest coś ciekawego:
Powydziwialiśmy chwilę nad tym, co właściwie można znaleźć w takiej małej uliczce…
– O, drugi samochodzik! – zauważyłam błyskotliwie (był po przeciwnej stronie ulicy, znacznie wyżej)
Spike się nieco zepsuł, bo tych rzeczy zrobiło się nieco dużo i też uwiecznił samochodzik.
Kiedy tak staliśmy, dyskutując o uliczce, spostrzegawczości, i tym, że niektóre rzeczy są diablo szybkie, Goldie, patrząc na nas (robiących zdjęcia samochodzikowi) zakomunikował:
– A wiecie, że tam jest cytat z wiersza, wyżej?
I tu zepsuliśmy się zbiorowo. Cytat z wiersza był mianowicie NAD samochodzikiem. O, taki niepozorny:
Rozejrzeliśmy się podejrzliwie po okolicy, szukając czegoś, co się może na nas jeszcze czaić, ale były tylko takie ładne drzwi:
A następnie udaliśmy się obejrzeć bramę obok, która poza tym, że śmierdziała standardowo piwniczką i tym, czym śmierdzi większość otwartych bram, to była ozdobiona dużym napisem NIBYLANDIA i prowadziła na podwórko, na którym znaleźliśmy m.in. niebieskie pudełko na ścianie (a na nim napis J…Ć POLICJĘ), wycięte z dykty drzewko i manekina na balkonie.
Sugestia, że manekin powinien mieć domontowaną fotokomórkę i machać ręką do podchodzących nie spotkała się z entuzjazmem :> I tak o 2 w nocy miał wysoki kripfaktor.
I’ve been making these for the last 14 years or so – with success smaller or bigger, but they do make a charming tree decoration and they are rather easy (and relatively cheap) to make.
The star I’ve made as the example for this tutorial looks like this:
So, to count what you’d need for a similar one:
6 bigger faceted beads for the center (here: 5mm brown)
6 medium seed beads for the center (here: 2mm pearly white)
36+36+6 small seed beads for filler/spacer and tips (here: 1,5mm bronze)
6 bigger faceted beads for the “arms” (here: 5mm brown, again)
24 smaller faceted beads for “arms” sides (here: 4mm lighter brown
6 smaller faceted beads for tips (here: 4mm lighter brown, again)
copper wire, about 50cm
So, now for step by step:
- Thread one “tip” seed bead more or less in the middle of the wire. Bend the wire so that the bead is at the tip of that bend. Thread one “tip” faceted bead on both ends of the wire – closing the loop with the seed bead.
2. On each end of the wire thread the same set of beads:
- three spacer seed beads
- two smaller faceted beads
- one bigger faceted bead
- three spacer seed beads
…and then pick the “centre” seed bead and thread the wire ends through it from opposite sides, creating a smoothed “X” (with the seed bead in the center of it)
Now ignore one wire end for the time being and on the other, thread:
- one faceted centre bead
- one white centre bead
- three spacer beads…
- bigger faceted bead
- two smaller ones
- three spacer beads
- one smaller faceted bead (“tip”)
- one smaller seed bead (“tip”)
- and now take the wire back through the faceted bead, from the same end, thus creating a shape like “—o” with the seed bead sitting in that “o” part
- make sure there is some slack in the way the wire is tightened, but not too much; just enough for it to bend a bit
Now add the same set of beads from the tip down:
- three spacer beads
- two smaller faceted beads
And now thread the wire back through the bigger arm bead that is already there on the first star arm created
Add the three small seed beads
And thread the wire through the white centre bead added at the beginning of this arm, thus closing the arm.
Repeat the operation of adding new arm until you have 5 arms.
In order now to create the last arm and close the star, the wires have to be again threaded in symmetry. First, add a bit centre bead on each.
Then add the white centre bead on one of the wire ends, and thread the other one in opposite direction (creating an X).
Add three seed beads on each wire and thread the wire ends through bigger faceted bead on respective arms.
Now, build the rest of the adm, adding two smaller faceted beads and three seed beads on each.
Thread them now together through the tip faceted bead (in the same direction)
And now thread them through the seed bead, in opposite directions
Tighten the end up
Now, with the wire ends hanging free, you can make them into a nice loop that may be used to hang that star. Wrap one end around the cover of a lipstick (creating a bunch of nice little loops) and then wrap these loops with the other end of the wire to make it stay in shape.
I have recently picked up henna, or so called “temporary tattoos”. I prefer just “henna painting”.
Mostly I’m practising on myself. So, for some examples :)
This was my first attempt. Not very subtle – more like “marker grade” than “fineliner”, which was my aim.
The second attempt went more towards gears and wheels. This is what the henna paste looks like a few minutes after application:
Now, this is my third cone, and I used it up all on my left arm:
Freshly applied, slightly dry:
Same part, peeled off and washed, already gaining some colour:
Inside of my arm (the above picture was already dried, peeled off and you can see a bit of orange peeking from the other side):
Same thing, dried, peeled off and washed. Slight redness due to paper tape I used to keep the dry paste in place.
And here’s how I used up the last dregs in that cone, inside of my palm:
During the growing season I’m documenting my activities here: https://tinybalconygarden.wordpress.com/
It’s a temporary thing, don’t worry :)
Brand: DROPS Paris
Colour: Solids (both saturated and less so)
Content: 100% cotton
Thickness: 75m/50g (150m/100g)
Country of origin: EU
Suggested needle/hook size: 5mm
I bought Paris for the first time as it was “nice not-wool” for a friend who can’t wear woollen items. I made the hat and got some leftover grey yarn. It was nice, if dull, to knit, as I tend to get easily bored with monochrome work.
Now, of the leftovers I made a small amigurumi mouse for my son…
…and then I bought some colours, as I really liked the feel of that yarn.
Really, I love it. It is made of several strands (8, I think), which plied together make for soft and reasonably strong yarn. Now, 2 years later, I have a crocheted mouse, a blanket:
1. Pieces arranged before stitching
2. During sewing:
3. Sewn together, partial border crocheted:
Now my son is keeping it in his bed and I can’t take a photo of the finished version.
And a bag :) (two different light settings, one for each side ;))
I can reasonably say: I WOULD BUY MORE.
Beginners? Yes, definitely. Undoes with no issue, no fuzz (it’s cotton!), wears out a bit after a few crochet/undo sessions, but not a lot. Before, I wrote it’s not good for beginners, but my son, who just started crocheting this year, actually liked it a lot. I WILL buy more, if he wants to make another mouse or anything.
Brand: YarnArt Everest
Colour: mixes (see link)
Content: 70% acrylic, 30% wool
Thickness: 320m/200g (160/100)
Country of origin: Turkey
Suggested needle/hook size: 5,5mm
I bought Everest ’cause it looked interesting.
It is nice to touch, slightly squeaky, but not much. Crochets up very nice, works good in the knitting mill, although it’s on the limit of its thickness tolerance. The acrylic compound makes in much fluffier than pure wool.
Would buy again, lots. Whenever I have time to work on a really freakishly patterned blanket :)
For beginners, easy to undo, not much fuzz.
Below: a tube pillow crocheted with Everest.
My name is Srebrna and I have a little problem with blankets.
A big amount of yarn made its way into my hands over the last few years – gifts, destashes and so on. None of these could be made into something specific due to limited amount of each colour/type, so I decided to divide all that stuff into colours and make blankets.
Blanket one: Earth colours. Bunch of squares, made into a 10×10 square, bordered in shaded green. It usually rides with us in the car and is used in case someone is cold and the AC doesn’t kick in.
Blanket two: Purples. Also a bunch of squares, but organised a bit differently. Still Work In progress, 8 squares and the border waiting to be finished.
Blanket three: Blues. Squares of various blues and some off-whites, all about 30 cm. All crocheted, but not sewn together. Will go to my son’s room and serve as the bed cover.
Blanket four: Purple & cream round ripple. Made from DROPS Andes yarn, 10 balls. Only one planned more or less properly. Used Excel to calculate optimum usage of yarn.
Blanket five: Cotton. Specifically DROPS Paris. Hexagons trimmed with light gray yarn, of varying pattern inside. Still crocheting them, but I expect this one to be quite a headache when it comes to sewing it.
Blanket six: Purple hexagons. Bunch of pinks, purples and creams from various similar-sized DROPS yarns (karisma, lima, merino extra fine). Made up only of “African flower” hexagons. Hopefully it’ll be pretty. Still only part of the hexagons done.
Blanket seven: Green& brown hexagons. Kind of followup on number one, only in different shapes. Still some odds and ends of earth-toned yarn left, plus I found some green yarn probably older than me in a box, so I need to use it up. Hexagons are more effective than squares.
…ya, a little problem.
Ripple blanket – here’s the pattern
Just finished my new blanket. Took me less than a week – yarn I needed arrived on Wednesday and the whole thing was done on Sunday. Pretty quick.
I should probably start at the beginning.
Some time ago there was a sale on DROPS yarns (very nice stuff in general) and I bought some random balls in colours that seemed interesting. “Andes” was one of these and finally I made a cowl/scarf thing out of it. Which was a total failure, because the outcome was way too thick and stiff. Probably I used a hook some sizes too small. Well.
So this week I undid it and added some cream Andes to it as a contrast, took a 8mm hook and hooked a round ripple blanket. In three days (was kind of busy on Saturday). After work only.
So, here’s the outcome. Photographed inside, no natural light, so colours are a bit wrong, but it’s, in general, somewhat purple-ish. It’s 130 cm in diameter (from point to point) and it covers my new armchair quite nicely :)