Wednesday, 27 January 2021

The Weekend Wonder, granny square blanket pattern with video tutorial...

Hello friends, as you probably know I have recently started a Youtube channel and I wanted to make some videos and tutorials especially for beginners.  I have disigned this crochet blanket with that in mind.  It's super simple and the video shows in detail how to make each stitch and also covers how to add in a new ball of yarn, or change colours.  I hope this will be a great starter project, for new crocheters that would like to make their first blanket.




I used a chunky weight yarn, which works up really fast making it ideal for beginners.  For a small sized lap blanket, you could even make this in as little as a weekend.  My chosen yarn also has a self patterning effect meaning you get a beautiful blanket without lots of colour changes.  Meaning less ends to weave in at the end.  This blanket would also look great made with yarn cakes.


Video Tutorial







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Weekend Wonder Blanket


Materials

3 balls James C Bett Marble Chunky (colour MC61)
6mm hook
Darning needle

Gauge

Not essential for this project

Ability

Beginner

Abbreviations US Terms (UK conversion)

Sc - single crochet (double crochet)
Dc - double crochet (treble crochet)
Sl st - slip stitch
Sp - space
Ch - chain
St - stitch




Other notes:  The granny square is turned after each round, this ensures no twisting of corners as the size increases.  Ch3 at the start of rounds counts as a double crochet.  You may use any yarn weigh for this blanket as long as you use the hook size recomended on your yarn ball band.  

Thick chunky yarns will work up faster and are ideal for beginners.  A small lap sized blanket may be made in as little as a weekend.  It is recommended that you make your tassels before starting your blanket, to make sure you have enough yarn.

About the yarn:  Marble Chunky is a super soft chunky / bulky weight yarn and comes in a huge variety of colours.  Each 200g ball has 312 metres and is 100% acrylic.  It may be both machine washed and tuble dried.





 Foundation Chain 4 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 Ch3, 2dc into ring, ch2, [ 3dc into the ring, ch2] 3 times, join with  sl st to top  ch3.  Turn.


Round 2  Sl st into ch sp, ch3, 2dc into same sp, ch2, 3dc into same sp (corner formed), [ 3dc, ch2, 3dc into next sp] 3 times, join with sl st to top ch3.  Turn.


Round 3  Sl st into ch sp, ch3, 2dc in same sp, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in each corner, 3dc in each sp across side of square, join with sl st to top ch3.  Turn.



Repeat round 3 until blanket is required size, do not fasten off, do not turn.

Single Crochet Border


Ch1, sc in same st, sc in each stitch around and 3sc in each corner, join with sl st to top of 1st sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.



Tassels


Using tassel tutorial make 4 tassels and attach to each corner of the blanket.  I used 50 wraps with chunky yarn to make mine...












Thank so much for stopping by and I will see you all again very soon...

Catherine
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Saturday, 19 December 2020

Sunflower Beanie - Add a little sunshine to your autumn & winter with my Sunflower Beanie...

 

Last week I shared my Sunflowers Scarf pattern with you all and this week we have the matching beanie.  Inspired by Van Gogh's famous painting, I hope this will add some sunshine to your life.  Crocheted in 100% new wool, this hat will keep your head cosy even in the coldest weather.




As always an ad free pdf version of this pattern is available in my online stores, thank you for helping to support my work...








Video Tutorial






Sunflower Beanie



Materials

Drops Alaska in Dark Brown Mix (A) 1, 50g ball, Mustard (B) 1, 50g ball, Off White (C) 2, 50g balls
Darning needle
Stitch marker
5mm (H) hook
4.5mm (7) hook

Gauge

4 x 4 inches (10x10 cm) = 14sts x 8 rows (in ldc) 

Ability 

Intermediate

Abbreviations US Terms (UK Conversion)

dc - double crochet (treble crochet)
sc - single crochet (double crochet)
hdc - half double crochet (half treble crochet)
ldc - linked double crochet (linked treble crochet)
lhdc - linked half double crochet (linked half treble crochet)
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
sp(s) - space(s)
sl st - slip stitch
cl - cluster
bcl - beginning cluster
ps - puff stitch
yo - yarn over
sk - skip
pm - place marker


Other notes: US terms throughout. Drops Alaska is a 100% new wool. Each 50g ball contains approx. 77 yds (70 m) and is hand wash only. When substituting yarn be sure to choose one with a similar gauge. When starting the first ps, pull up a loop to the height of the st, this looks more seamless than chaining 2 to start. 

Special Stitches 

Beginning cluster: Ch2, [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops] x3, yo pull through all loops, ch1 to lock in place. Cluster: [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops] x4, yo pull through all loops, ch1 to lock in place. 

Puff stitch: [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a long loop] x4, yo pull through all loops, ch1 to secure puff. 

Linked double crochet: Insert hook into horizontal bar of previous st, yo and pull through loop, insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops, yo pull through remaining 2 loops. 

Linked half double crochet: Insert hook into horizontal bar of previous st, yo and pull through loop, insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo pull through all loops. 


With A and 5mm hook, ch4 and join with sl st to form ring. 

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), 12sc into ring, join to 1st sc. (12sc) 



Round 2 Ch1, sc in same st, [ch3, sc in next st] around, ch3, sl st to sc. (12sc, 12 ch3 sps) 


Round 3 Sl st into next sp, ch1, sc in same sp, [ch3, sc in next sp] around, ch3, sl st to sc. (12sc, 12 ch3 sps) 


Round 4
 Pull up a loop, ps in ch sp, ps in same sp, [2ps in next sp] around, sl st to top ps. (24ps) With B, join with sl st in any ch sp.


Round 5 Bcl in same sp, [cl in next sp] around, sl st to top bcl. (24cl) With C, join with sl st in any ch sp. 


Round 6 Ch1, sc in same sp (pm), hdc in next st, ldc in next st, ldc in each sp and st around, do not join we will be working in a spiral. (72ldc)



Remember to move marker up each round. 

Round 7 Ldc in each st. (72ldc) 

Repeat round 7, 9 more times or until piece measures 8 inches (20cm) from top of crown ending with lhdc, sc, sl st in last 3 sts. Do not fasten off. 


Ribbing 



Row 1 With right side facing and 4.5mm hook, ch9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch, sl st to next 2 sts along bottom of hat, turn. (8sc) 


Row 2 Sk both sl sts, sc in each st working in bl only, turn. 



Row 3 Ch1, sc in each st working in bl only, sl st to next 2 sts along bottom of hat, turn. 

Repeat row 2 & 3 until you have worked around the entire hat. Do not fasten off. 

Turning work inside out, sl st or sc both edges together to join, fasten off and weave in ends.




I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and if you would like to make the matching scarf you can find the pattern here.

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See you all again soon...

Catherine
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Sunday, 13 December 2020

The Sunflowers Scarf Pattern - Inspired by Van Gogh's famous painting... Including my first video tutorial!


Inspired by Van Gogh's famous painting, the Sunflowers scarf is made from 100% new wool making it super cosy for autumn and winter.  Sunflowers always make me feel so happy, I love the cheery brightness of the petals and the intricate honeycomb effect of the seed head.  I used 12 Sunflower Granny Squares joined together, with big poofy tassels at the ends.  Treat yourself or make a last minute gift for someone you love.





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Sunflowers Scarf



Materials

Drops Alaska in Dark Brown Mix (A) x3 50g balls, Mustard B x2 50g Balls, Off White x4 50g balls
Darning needle


Hook

5.5mm (I) hook

Gauge

Finished granny square measures 6 ¼ inches (16 cm)

Abbreviations US Terms (UK Conversion)

dc - double crochet (treble crochet)
sc - single crochet (double crochet)
tr - treble crochet (double treble crochet)
hdc - half double crochet (half treble crochet)
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
sp(s) - space(s)
sl st - slip stitch
cl - cluster
bcl - beginning cluster
ps - puff stitch
yo - yarn over
sk - skip


About the yarn:  Drops Alaska is a 100% new wool.  Each 50g ball contains approx. 77 yds (70 m) and is hand wash only

Special Stitches

Beginning cluster: ch2, [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops] x3, yo pull through all loops, ch1 to lock in place.

Cluster: [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops] x4, yo pull through all loops, ch1 to lock in place.

Puff stitch: [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a long loop] x4, yo pull through all loops, ch1 to secure puff.

Other notes:  US terms throughout.  When substituting yarn be sure to choose one with a similar gauge.  When starting the first ps, pull up a loop to the height of the st, this looks more seamless than chaining 2 to start.  Squares may be blocked individually before joining, or alternatively you may block the finished scarf.


Sunflower granny squares (make 12)



 

With A, ch4 and join with sl st to form ring.

 

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), 12sc into ring, join to 1st sc.  (12sc)

 


Round 2 Ch1, sc in same st, [ch3, sc in next st] around, ch3, sl st to sc.  (12sc, 12 ch3 sps)

 


Round 3 Sl st into next sp, ch1, sc in same sp, [ch3, sc in next sp] around, ch3, sl st to sc.  (12sc, 12 ch3 sps)

 


Round 4 Pull up a loop, ps in ch sp, ps in same sp, [2ps in next sp] around, sl st to top ps.  (24ps)



 

With B, join with sl st in any ch sp.

 

Round 5 Bcl in same sp, ch1, [cl in next sp] around, sl st to top bcl.  (24cl)

 


With C, join with sl st in any ch sp. 

 

Round 6 Ch4 (counts as tr), 2tr in same sp, ch2, 3tr in same sp, *3dc in next sp, 3hdc in next sp, 3sc in next sp, 3hdc in next sp, 3dc in next sp, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in next sp* repeat from *to * 3 times, 3dc in next sp, 3hdc in next sp, 3sc in next sp, 3hdc in next sp, 3dc in next sp, join with sl st to top ch4.  (24tr, 24dc, 24hdc, 12sc)



Fasten off and weave in ends. 

 

 Blocking your squares can improve the look and feel of the finished scarf...




Joining Squares

 

Join two squares together as follows-

With right sides facing and C, join with a sl st in top right corner sp.  Working through both squares simultaneously, sc each st together across the square, ending with a sc in top left corner sp.  Fasten off.  Continue to join all remaining squares to form scarf. 





Work a border of single crochet around the entire scarf as follows - Join C with sl st to any st on side of scarf, ch1, sc in same st, sc in each st around scarf and [sc, ch1, sc] in each corner sp, join with sl st to 1st sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Tassels

 

Using remaining C and tassel guide, make 4 tassels and attach to each corner at the ends of the scarf.  Use 50 wraps per tassel.




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Catherine
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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Top Ten Crochet Makes For Halloween This Year...

Hi everyone, how is it this time of year already?  Where has the time gone? I don't think any of us will be celebrating halloween in quite the usual way this year, but here are a selection of free crochet patterns that you can make for your kids or to decorate your home...









Decorate your home with this super cute bunting by Jen Hayes..

Candy Corn Bunting






I just love this black cat applique by Golden Lucy Crafts...

Black Cat






You cannot have halloween without pumpkins or treats.  Pumpkin treat dish pattern by Hooked on Patterns...

Pumpkin Treat Bowl






Keep those ears cosy with this pumpkin earwarmer.  Pattern by Loops & Love Crochet.

Pumpkin Earwarmer






Make this cute amigurumi pumpkin kitty.  Pattern by Crafty Kitty Crochet.

Pumpkin Kitty






More candy corn, this time in the form of a crochet treat bag.  Your kids will love this.  Pattern by Itchinforsomestitchin.

Candy Corn Treat Bag






Another treat bag and another kitty.  Pattern by Oombawka Design Crochet.

Cat Treat Bag






You can never have enough bunting and this spider web design by Annie Design Crochet is just adorable.

Halloween Crochet Garland






Another great pattern for halloween, this comfy cushion by the Loopy Lamb.

Mad About Boo Pillow







I love the texture on this one.  A super cute amigurumi pumpkin by Raffamusa Designs.

Tunisian Pumpkin









I hope you find something here that you like and I will be back soon with more crochet to share with you.


Take care

Catherine
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