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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Snow, cacti and flamingoes


I think I went a little stir crazy this week after three days at home after all the snow. Probably just the same as normal really! We had quite a bit of snow here in Norfolk, the buses stopped running and postman didn't come for three days. It was quite exciting when all my yarn deliveries arrived at once on Saturday morning! Anyhow there I was converting my little bunny wabbit pattern into an egg cosy and suddenly I thought why not make a cactus egg cosy, then one became three and here they are!


Cactus Egg Cosy

You will need:
3.5mm/4mm crochet hook (depending on your yarn, tension and the size of your eggs!)
50g ball green DK cotton yarn (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK from LoveCrochet in Lime Green, Spearmint Green and Grass Green)
A small amount of bright cotton yarn for the edging and flower, together with a small amount yellow for the centre (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Bubblegum Pink, Lipstick Pink, Bright Peach, Buttercup Yellow and Daffodil Yellow)
Yarn needle

This pattern is written in UK terms (1dc is equivalent to 1sc in US terms)
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
dc - double crochet
dec - decrease (dc two together)
tr – treble
tr2tog – tr two together (Yarn over hook (yoh), insert hook through first stitch, yoh, pull
through, yoh and pull through first two loops leaving two loops on hook. Yoh, insert hook through
same stitch, yoh, pull through, yoh and pull through first two loops leaving three loops on hook.
Yoh pull through all three loops)

Basic Cactus Cosy
Work in continuous rounds throughout unless stated
Ch 2
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: 2dc in each st around (12)
Round 3: (dc, 2 dc in next st) six times (18)
Round 4 to 5: 18dc
Round 6: (2dc, 2dc in next st) six times (24)
Round 7 to 12: 24dc
Edging: dc, then make an extended dc into row below, repeat to end, sl st to first dc.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Flower
Ch 3, tr2tog in third chain from hook, ch 2, sl st into centre, * ch 2, tr2tog, ch 2, sl st into centre, repeat from * till 5 petals made.
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach flower to cactus.
Using yarn needle and yellow yarn make three loops in centre of flower.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Saguaro
Make the basic cosy, a flower and arm as follows:
Ch 2
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: 2 dc in each st around (12)
Round 3: (dc, 2 dc in next st) six times (18)
To form top of arm
Round 4: Miss 9 sts, 9dc around (9)
Round 5: 9dc
Round 6: 9dc
Round 7: (dc, dec in next st) three times (6)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

To form bottom of arm
Round 4: Join yarn to first unworked st on Round 3, 9dc around
Round 5: 9dc
Stuff arm and fasten off leaving a long thread and sew to cosy.

Prickly Pear
Make the basic cosy, a flower and the following:
Middle
Ch 2
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: (dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (9)
Round 3: (2dc, 2dc in next st) three times (12)
Round 4: (3dc, 2dc in next st) three times (15)
Round 5: 15dc
Round 6: (3dc, dec) three times (12)
Round 7: (2dc, dec) three times (9)
Round 8: (dc, dec) three times (6)
Stuff lightly and fasten off leaving a long thread and sew to cosy.
Top
Ch 2
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: (dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (9)
Round 3: (2dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (12)
Round 4: 12dc
Round 5: (2dc, dec) three times (9)
Round 6: (dc, dec) three times (6)
Stuff lightly and fasten off leaving a long thread and sew to cosy.

Now you deserve a rest, have a cup of tea in your favourite mug!



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Thanks Flo and Dot

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Wabbits, wabbits, wabbits

Hello! Long time no post. This is my first post of 2018. It's been a busy start to the year with lots of magazine commissions on top of the day job. I'm hoping to get in a much better routine so I can post on here more frequently and share more patterns with you. Today I'm bringing you a little bunny wabbit pattern, in plenty of time for Easter. I love making these bunnies and they love to wave their carrots in the air! They are made in DK cotton, but Aran works well too. Obviously I wouldn't recommend giving the cocktail stick to small children! And please be assured no bunnies were hurt in the process!


Little Bunny Wabbit

You will need:
3.5mm crochet hook (or the size appropriate for your yarn/tension)
50g ball DK cotton yarn (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK from LoveCrochet)
A small amount of white cotton yarn for the tail and pink for the nose
2 black safety eyes or beads
Polyester stuffing
For the little carrots on sticks you will need a small amount of orange and green cotton yarn, polyester stuffing and a cocktail stick

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

Body (using main colour)
Work in continuous rounds throughout unless stated
Ch 2
Round 1: Dc 6 in second chain 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 to 5 18 dc
Round 6 (Dc 2, 2 dc in next st) six times (24 dc)
Round 7 to 13 24 dc
Attach safety eyes, using the picture as a guide
Round 14 (Dc 2, dec) six times (18 dc)
Round 15 (Dc 1, dec) six times (12 dc)
Stuff the body
Round 16 Dec six times (6 dc)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Ears (make 2 using main colour)
Ch 2
Round 1 Dc 6 in second chain from hook (6 dc)
Round 2 (Dc 1, 2 dc in next st) three times (9 dc)
Round 3 to 8 Dc 9
Round 9 (Dc 1, dec) three times (6 dc)
Round 10 Dc 6
Fasten off leaving a longish thread to attach ears to head.

Tail (using white)
Ch 2
Round 1: Dc 6 in second chain from hook (6 dc)
Round 2: (Dc 1, 2 dc in next st) three times (9 dc)
Round 3: Dc 9
Round 4: (Dc 1, dec) three times (6 dc)
Stuff lightly and fasten off leaving a longish thread to attach tail to body.

Sew on the eyes, if you haven’t used safety ones. Sew on ears and tail and embroider a little pink nose using the picture as a guide.

Make the little carrots on sticks as follows:
Little Carrots (using orange)
Ch 2
Round 1: Dc 5 in 2nd ch from hook (5 dc)
Round 2 to 3: Dc 5
Round 4: (Dc 1, 2 dc in next st) twice, dc (7 dc)
Round 5 to 6: Dc 7
Round 7: (Dc 1, dec) twice, dc (5 dc)
Stuff carrot and fasten off.
Join green yarn to top of carrot (ch 6, sl st to top of carrot) five times to make leaves
Fasten off, close gap and weave in ends.

Take a cocktail stick and glue the little carrot to the top. Flatten the bottom of the bunny to help him stand and give him the carrot stick to hold by poking into his side. Don’t worry he won’t feel a thing!


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Saturday, 23 December 2017

Uses for Corks Part 1 - Christmas Trees

I've been saving prosecco corks for well over a year now, my intention is to one day make a cork board, but in the meantime I thought I'd find another use for them and cover them in crochet, as you do! Here is my quick and easy pattern to make them into Christmas trees. Hope you find it useful!


Cork Christmas Trees

You will need:
3mm crochet hook
1 ball green 4 ply cotton yarn
(I used DMC Natura Just Cotton)
Prosecco cork
Sequins

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

Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Round 1: 6 dc in second ch from hook (6)
Round 2:  (dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (9)
Round 3:  9 dc
Round 4:  (2 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (12)
Round 5: 12 dc
Round 6:  (3 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (15)
Round 7: 15 dc
Round 8:  (4 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (18)
Round 9: 18 dc
Round 10:  (5 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (21)
Round 11: 21 dc
Round 12:  (6 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (24)
Round 13: 24 dc
Round 14:  (7 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (27)
Round 15: 27 dc
Round 16:  (8 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (30)
Round 17: 30 dc

Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew or glue on sequins and pop on your cork, put a little polyester stuffing in the top if needed.

Makes a sweet little Christmas table decoration. Pop a name card on them and use to label your place settings.

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Happy Christmas! Flo and Dot

Monday, 4 December 2017

Mondays, Sprouts and Marmite

Mondays, Sprouts and Marmite some people love them some people hate them! I love Marmite, and sprouts - as I've grown older I've become accustomed to their taste, but Mondays, give me any other day! In a hope to cheer up Monday, here's my crochet sprout pattern. Makes a great tree ornament, garland or wreath, add eyes for fun, or even add them as a decoration or a little extra when wrapping presents. I'm making mine into a wreath :)

Even if you don't like them they are a must at Christmas...No?!



Crochet Sprout

You will need:
4.5mm or 5mm crochet hook
1 ball green Aran cotton yarn
(I used Paintbox Aran cotton from LoveCrochet)
Polyester stuffing

Abbreviations: (UK terms)
ch - chain
st(s) – stitch(es)
dc - double crochet
dec - dc two together
htr - half treble
tr -treble

Centre
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Round 1: 6 dc in second ch from hook (6)
Round 2: 2 dc in each st around (12)
Rounds 3 to 5: 12 dc
(If attaching safety eyes do so at this point)
Round 6: 6 dec
Fasten off, stuff with polyester filling, close the gap and weave in ends.

Leaves (make 3)
Ch 2
Row 1: 2 dc in second ch from hook, turn (2)
Row 2: 1 ch, 2 dc in each st, turn (4)
Row 3: 1 ch, 2 dc in first st, 2 dc, 2 dc in last st, turn (6)
Row 4: 1 ch, 6 dc, turn
Row 5: 1 ch, 1 dc, *1 htr and 1 tr in next st, 1 tr and 1 htr in next st, repeat from *, 1 dc
Fasten off, leaving a long thread to attach leaves to centre.

Sew leaves to sprout centre, I attached mine at the base and with a few sts between rows 4 and 5. Weave in ends.

Thread onto bakers twine to make hanging ornaments or a garland, or attach to a wire wreath. Glue on eyes to make them more fun. 

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Thanks Flo and Dot

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sunshine and Pineapples

Oh my where has the time gone, it's May already! At least that means summer is on its way and to bring the sunshine here a little sooner, I have been using lots of yellow in my crochet. In fact at the moment you could say I'm a little bit crazy about yellow. I'm currently working on a bright yellow sunshine cushion and have been extra busy making pineapple garlands for my etsy shop.


I mentioned in an earlier post that I was lucky to have been asked to collaborate with We Are Knitters this year and they very kindly sent me 8 balls of the most gorgeous honey coloured yarn to make a throw. The yarn is super soft and super squishy thick Peruvian wool and and I'm sure it wont be a surprise when I say I was inspired by sunshine and pineapples when I made this throw.


If you'd like to make one of your own, here is the pattern:

Pineapple Sunrise Throw

You will need:
15mm crochet hook (or the size appropriate for your yarn/tension)
Eight 200g balls of The Wool in Honey

Abbreviations: (UK terms)
ch - chain,
dc - double crochet,
tr - treble crochet

Finished size: width 115cm length 155cm (there are two rows to the pattern and the width of the blanket can be adjusted by reducing or increasing the number of chain by 6 or multiples of 6)

Ch 64
Row 1 2tr in 4th ch from hook, miss 2 ch, dc, * miss 2 ch, 5tr, miss 2 ch, dc, repeat from * to last 3 ch, miss 2 ch, 3tr in last ch, ch1, turn.
Row 2 Dc in first tr, *ch1, miss 2tr, in dc on previous row work (1tr, ch1, 1tr), ch1, miss 2tr, dc in 3rd tr, repeat from * to end, turn.
Row 3 Ch 3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into dc, * miss 1 ch, dc in ch space between next 2 tr, miss 1 ch, 5tr into dc, repeat from * to end, working 3tr into final dc rather than 5tr, ch1, turn.
Repeat rows 2 & 3 until you reach the desired length, ending on row 3 and leaving off final ch1.
I worked 43 rows in total
Fasten off and weave in any ends.












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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.



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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, ch 1, turn. (25)
Row 2 Dc, *ch1, miss 1dc, dc, repeat from * to end, ch 1, turn.
Row 3 Dc, *1tr into dc below ch on previous round, dc, repeat from * to end, ch 1, turn.
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.



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Thanks Flo and Dot