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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Two Baskets and a Back Story

This month I was rather excited to have been asked by Lazy Daisy Jones to be a guest on her fabulous blog for her February Back Story and felt very privileged to be featured amongst some of my favourite instagrammers and crafters; Annaboos House, Kath Webber, Jelly Jam Ellie and Made by Swimmer. You can view it here at www.lazydaisyjones.com (I kept it brief in my usual style)

I have also been busy making baskets to store some of my yarn and crochet projects. I picked up some amazing denim blue Jersey be Good t-shirt yarn by Wool and the Gang, on a visit to the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace a over a year ago and had been waiting for the right design to come to mind. I thought I'd share the pattern with you here.

Two baskets



You will need:
12mm crochet hook (or the size appropriate for your yarn/tension)
One cone of t-shirt yarn for the basket with handles (I used Jersey be Good for both baskets)
Two cones for the basket with contrast trim (or one cone and some left over from a previous project)
The thickness of the yarn may vary. In this situation the denim blue yarn was slightly thinner than the grey. You can work more or less rounds on the base and sides to your own preference.

Abbreviations: (UK terms)
ch - chain,
sl st - slip stitch,
dc - double crochet,
st(s) - stitch(es)

Basket with handles


Note: At the end of each round join with a sl st to top of first dc

Ch 2
Round 1 6dc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
Round 2 2dc in each st around (12)
Round 3 (dc 1, 2dc in next st) six times (18)
Round 4 (dc 2, 2dc in next st) six times (24)
Round 5 (dc 3, 2dc in next st) six times (30)
Round 6 (dc 4, 2dc in next st) six times (36)
Round 7 (dc 5, 2dc in next st) six times (42)
Round 8 (dc 6, 2dc in next st) six times (48)
Working in the back loop from now on and remembering to join with a sl st at the end of each round
Round 9 to 15 48dc
Round 16 9dc, 6ch, miss 6sts, (this will form the handles) 18dc, 6ch, miss 6sts, 9dc
Round 17 9dc, work 1dc in each ch and continue in dc to end
Round 18 Working in front loop, sl st around
Fasten off and weave in ends.



Basket with trim



Note: At the end of each round join with a sl st to top of first dc

Ch 2
Round 1 6dc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
Round 2 2dc in each st around (12)
Round 3 (dc 1, 2dc in next st) six times (18)
Round 4 (dc 2, 2dc in next st) six times (24)
Round 5 (dc 3, 2dc in next st) six times (30)
Round 6 (dc 4, 2dc in next st) six times (36)
Round 7 (dc 5, 2dc in next st) six times (42)
Working in the back loop from now on and remembering to join with a sl st at the end of each round
Round 8 to 13 42dc, join contrast colour just before you make joining sl st
Working in contrast colour
Round 14 42dc
Round 15 Working in back loop, sl st in each st around
Fasten off and weave in ends.



I would love to see your makes, tag me on Instagram

Thanks Flo and Dot

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Cosy cushion and cloud streaked skies

January for me has been all about deadlines, it has passed me by in a flash. Now it's February, it's time to stop all that rushing around (if only for a little while), relax and be cosy indoors, read those books I got for Christmas, maybe crochet something for myself, take walks in the crisp winters air and just enjoy my surroundings. This year I'm lucky to have been asked to collaborate with We Are Knitters and so when I received some yarn samples I couldn't wait to try them out. The colours and textures were just right for this cushion, which was inspired by the cloud streaked skies from my walks and is perfect to snuggle up with whilst reading those books.

Cloud streaked skies cosy cushion



You will need:
10mm crochet hook (or the size appropriate for your yarn/tension)
Two 200g balls of The Wool in Aquamarine
One 200g ball of The Wool in Natural
40cm cushion pad

Abbreviations: (UK terms)
ch - chain,
sl st - slip stitch,
dc - double crochet,
tr - treble crochet

Make 2
Using Aquamarine, ch 26.
Row 1 Dc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch to end (25)
Row 2 Dc, *ch1, miss 1dc, dc, repeat from * to end.
Row 3 Dc, *1tr into dc below ch on previous round, dc, repeat from * to end.
Row 4 to 10 Repeat rows 2 & 3 three times and row 2 once more.
Join Natural and repeat pattern to end working rows 11 to 14 in Natural, 15 and 16 in Aquamarine, 17 and 18 in Natural and 19 to 25 in Aquamarine.
Fasten off.




Place right sides together and either sl st or sew three sides together leaving the bottom open, turn to the right way, insert cushion pad and sew the bottom opening closed.



I would love to see your makes, tag me on Instagram

Thanks Flo and Dot




Saturday, 7 January 2017

Bright lights, bright ideas

A new year, new ideas, some weird, some wonderful, some instantly dismissed or forgotten, some put aside for later and some so good that you can't wait to try them out. Lately I've had so many ideas I've taken to carrying around a notebook and pen because I want to remember them all. I made a crochet light bulb for a colleague at work last year, a brilliant gift for an ideas man, I forgot to write the pattern down and suddenly this week decided I needed to, so I borrowed it back for a while, wrote it down, made a few more in bright colours and now here it is to share with you....

Bright lights, bright ideas




You will need:
3.5mm crochet hook (or the size appropriate for your yarn/tension)
DK acrylic yarn in yellow or any bright colour (I used Stylecraft Special DK)
A small amount of grey and black yarn,
Polyester filling.

Abbreviations: (UK terms)
ch - chain,
dc - double crochet,
dec - decrease (dc two together)

Light Bulb (using main colour)
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Round 1 Dc 6 in second ch from hook (6 dc)
Round 2 2 dc in each st around (12 dc)
Round 3 (Dc 1, 2 dc in next st) six times (18 dc)
Round 4 (Dc 2, 2 dc in next st) six times (24 dc)
Round 5 (Dc 3, 2 dc in next st) six times (30 dc)
Round 6 (Dc 4, 2 dc in next st) six times (36 dc)
Round 7 to 13 36 dc,
Round 14 (Dc 4, dec) six times (30 dc)
Round 15 to 16 30 dc,
Round 17 (Dc 3, dec) six times (24 dc)
Round 18 24 dc,
Round 19 (Dc 2, dec) six times (18 dc)
Round 20 to 21 18 dc,
Round 22 (Dc 1, dec) six times (12 dc)
Stuff the light bulb with polyester filling,
Fasten off (no need to close the gap) and weave in ends.

Screw Fitting (using grey)
Ch 2
Round 1 Dc 6 in second ch from hook (6 dc)
Round 2 2 dc in each st around (12 dc)
Round 3 12 dc,
Round 4 to 6 Working in back loop only for these three rounds, 12 dc,
Round 7 12 dc,
Fasten off leaving a longish thread.
Join yarn to last unworked loop from round 6 and dc in each loop around to first unworked loop of round 4 (36 dc)
Using black yarn, embroider a circle between rounds 1 and 2.
Stuff and sew screw fitting to light bulb, through back loops of screw fitting only.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make one on its own or string them together.
I would love to see your makes, tag me on Instagram

Thanks Flo and Dot

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Tiny Christmas Jumper Garland

Hi there, a week has passed and I haven't progressed very far with my Christmas shopping and we still haven't put the Christmas decorations up.....so what have I been doing with my time?! Well I've written my cards, which is a start and I've also been faffing with tiny crochet Christmas jumpers! The inspiration for these came from some Christmas jumper wrapping paper left over from last year....I'd run out of matching tags so thought I'd make my own crochet jumpers to decorate the presents. I made a few in different designs and then thought I know why not string them together to make a garland and that's what I did. Here is the pattern....

Tiny Christmas Jumper Garland


You will need:
3.5mm or 4mm crochet hook
1 small ball DK red cotton yarn
1small ball DK white cotton yarn
(I used Paintbox DK cotton)

Finished size: Approximately 4cm tall by 6cm wide

Abbreviations: (UK terms)
ch - chain
st(s) – stitch(es)
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch

Make your jumpers plain or stripy. When changing colour, attach the new colour just before completing the last stitch ie. before the final yarn over hook. To prevent unnecessary joins carry the yarn you are not using up on the inside of your work. I embroidered tiny snowflakes onto the plain jumpers.
Make 6 or more jumpers and string together to make a garland, or hang individual jumpers on your Christmas tree or use to decorate your presents.

To start
Ch 10, join with a sl st to form a circle
Round 1 Ch 1, dc in each ch around, join with a sl st to first dc (10)
Round 2 Ch 1, 2dc in each st around, join with a sl st to first dc (20)




To make the body:
Round 3 Ch 1, dc 3, skip 5 sts, dc 5, skip 5 sts, dc 2, join with a sl st to first dc. (10)
Round 4 to 7 Ch 1, dc 10, join with a sl st to first dc.
Fasten off.





Where each round has been joined make this the back of the jumper.
To make the arms: (make 2)
Join yarn at the back of the jumper to any unworked st from round 3 above.
Round 3 Ch 1, dc in each of the 5 previously unworked sts around, join with a sl st to first dc. (5)
Round 4 to 6 Ch 1, dc 5, join with a sl st to first dc.
Fasten off.




To finish:
Weave in any ends and thread together to make a garland or attach an individual thread to each jumper to make a single decoration.

I would love to see your makes, tag me on Instagram.

Thanks Flo and Dot



Saturday, 3 December 2016

Me, my blog and a snowflake pattern

Hi there, welcome to my blog and my very first post. I've been thinking about this for a while....a place to share my crochet and some of my ideas and inspirations. You can normally find me on Instagram as I tend to prefer pictures to words, but I've persuaded myself to give blogging a go. I started sharing my makes on Instagram about three years ago and some of you seemed to like them, so I thought maybe I ain't so bad at this crochet thing. I wrote a few patterns and even had a few of my designs published. Here on my blog I hope to inspire a few more of you to crochet. I love it and I hope you will too!

Now for that snowflake pattern.....

Simple Snowflake



For the large snowflake I used t-shirt yarn and a 15mm hook, but you can use any yarn and hook to suit.

Abbreviations: (UK terms)
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
st - stitch
sl st - slip stitch

Ch 2 to start or magic loop.
Round 1: 6 dc in second ch from hook or magic loop, join with a sl st to first dc.


Round 2: Ch 1, * dc in first st, ch 4, sl st in second ch from hook, (ch 2, sl st in second ch from hook) twice, sl st in each of remaining 2 ch, dc in same st as first dc, repeat from * till six points made, join with a sl st to first dc. 






Fasten off and weave in ends.

I hope you enjoy this simple snowflake pattern. The snowflakes can be used in various ways; hang them in the window, on the Christmas tree or use them to decorate cards or presents. Feel free to tag me on Instagram with any of your makes.

Thanks

Flo and Dot