Sunday, 22 March 2020

Granny Square Cowl - Part 4 of our Mini Mother's Day Series

Hello everyone, it's time for our final instalment of our Mini Mother's Day pattern series.  If you are from the UK, happy Mother's Day, take some time out of your day to treat yourself and make this quick and easy cowl.

If you are from the US you still have plenty of time to make this as a gift.  I hope you enjoy the pattern...




You can find part 1 part 2 and part 3 here...



I have used Stylecraft Batik Elements DK in the shade Titanium and matched it with Jarol Heritage DK in Winter White.  Although I have used different colours for some of the patterns, they are all designed to be a matching set and you can of course use the same colourway for each one.


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Granny Square Cowl


Materials

Stylecraft Batik Elements DK & Jarol Heratige DK (less than 100g in total)
4mm (G) hook & 3.5mm (E)
Darning needle

Size

Adult

Gauge
Not essential for this project

Ability

Intermediate

Abbreviations US Terms (UK conversion)

sc - single crochet (double crochet)
dc – double crochet (treble crochet)
ch – chain
sp - space
st(s) - stitch(es)
sk – skip
bl – back loop
mc – main colour
cc – contrast colour



Other notes:  Alternate between cc and mc each round and join in new colours with a sl st, if you are not changing colour, sl st to corner sp when starting a new round.  Ch3 at start of round counts as dc (you may replace with a standing st or chainless dc if you prefer).
 
Five squares are joined together with ribbing at both edges.  The larger sized hook is used for granny squares and the smaller hook is used for ribbing.



Granny Square (make 5)

With large hook and cc, ch4 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 (Right side), Ch3, 2dc into ring, [ch2, 3dc into ring] 3 times, ch2, join with sl st to top ch3.




Round 2 Join new colour in corner sp, [ch3, 2dc,  ch2, 3dc] in same sp, in next and every sp [3dc, ch2, 3dc], join with sl st to top ch3.




Round 3 Join new colour in corner sp, ch3, 2dc in same sp, ch2, 3dc in same sp, 3dc in each sp across sides, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in each corner sp, join with sl st to top ch3.




Rounds 4-6 repeat round 3.



Joining squares

With right sides together sc or sl st 4 squares together to form a tube.





Ribbing

Row 1 With right side facing, small hook and mc, attach yarn at any seam with a sl st, ch7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch,  sl st to next 2 sts along bottom of granny square, 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 granny square, 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.




Repeat ribbing on the other edge of the cowl, fasten off and weave in ends.




Gently steaming the finished piece will make your cowl more flexible and easier to wear (just don't touch the iron to the fabric).





Thanks so much for stopping by, at times like these we all need a little sunshine in our lives and I hope my free patterns will provide you with some much needed joy.

All the best and stay safe...

Catherine
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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

2020 Spring Scarves & Shawls Roundup - Celebrate spring and make one of these gorgeous lightweight scarves or shawls...

Although the winter has been pretty mild here in Windsor, I think we can really feel the beginning of spring.  The the trees are trimmed with pink blossom and the golden daffodils are bobbing their pretty trumpets in the breeze.  The temperature has also risen too and the sun has been shining, tempting us to take off our coats.

With the weather warming, it's time to switch to more lightweight accessories, so I thought I would take a look at scarves and shawls, perfect for spring.  Here are the ones I picked out by my favourite designers...





The first is this pretty shawl by Pattern Princess.  She uses a cotton blend yarn, making it a perfect accessory for spring and if you have a whole day to yourself to crochet, can be made in only 8 hours.

8 Hour Cabana Shawl




This infinity scarf is a great addition to your spring wardrobe.  Wear it loose on warmer days and double wrap it on cooler ones.  Crocheted in lovely colourful cottons, pattern by Dora Does.

Leap Year Infinity Scarf





Another pattern by Dora Does, this stunning spring shawl.

Perceptions Triangle Scarf






I love this pretty in pink scarf by Golden Lucy Crafts.  The tiny flowers are just adorable.

Spring Blossom Scarf





Another simple yet elegant shawl pattern.  It can be worn both over the shoulders as a traditional shawl or bandana style like a scarf.  Pattern by Knitting With Chopsticks.

Gathering Driftwood Shawl




Shawls really are perfect for spring, they add just the right amount of warmth and a splash of colour.  This lacy pattern is by Annie Design Crochet.

One Skein Crochet Shawl




Crochet flower garlands are so pretty and fun to make but I never thought of wearing them before.  What an original design by Crafty Kitty Crochet.

Cherry Blossom Scarf





My last choice is another design by Dora Does.  The yarn is incredibly pretty and sets of this simple scarf pattern perfectly.

Expansion Scarf




I do hope you found some inspiration here and will visit my featured designers.  Which is your favourite?  Let me know in the comments below...


Pint it for later...




I will be back soon with more crochet to share with you.  Bye for now...

Catherine
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Sunday, 15 March 2020

Granny Square Beanie - Mini Mother's Day Series Part 3

Hello Friends.  It's time for part 3 of our Mini Mother's Day pattern series and this week continuing on with the granny square theme, we have the Granny Square Beanie.  I'm sure any mother would love this for Mother's Day or you could even make a head start on your Christmas gifts.

You can find part 1 and part 2 here...

The hat is designed to fit an adult and is quite snug around the brim and slightly slouchie at the top.  4 squares are joined together with ribbing added at the brim and granny stitch shaping at the crown.  It works up pretty fast, making it a great quick and easy gift.




I have used Stylecraft Batik Elements DK in the shade Titanium and matched it with Jarol Heritage DK in Winter White.  Although I have used different colours this time, all of the patterns are designed to be a matching set and you can of course use the same colourway for each one.


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







Granny Square Beanie


Materials

Stylecraft Batik Elements DK & Jarol Heratige DK (less than 100g in total)
4mm (G) hook & 3.5mm (E)
Darning needle

Size

Adult

Gauge
Granny square 4 ½ inches (11 ½ cm)

Ability

Intermediate

Abbreviations US Terms (UK conversion)

sc - single crochet (double crochet)
dc – double crochet (treble crochet)
ch – chain
sp - space
st(s) - stitch(es)
sk – skip
bl – back loop
mc – main colour
cc – contrast colour
dec - decrease


Decreasing:  A decrease is worked over 2 sps as follows, dc in the 1st sp, dc2tog over same and next sp, dc in 2nd sp.  

The first round of decreases is worked where the corners join, all following decreases are worked over the sps before and after previous decreases.  You are effectively making a granny square in reverse.


Other notes:  Alternate between cc and mc each round and join in new colours with a sl st.  If you wish to make in only 1 colour, sl st to corner sp when starting a new round.  

Ch3 at start of round counts as dc (you may replace with a standing st or chainless dc if you prefer).  The larger sized hook is used for granny squares and crown.  The smaller hook is used for ribbing.




Granny Square (make 4)

With large hook and cc, ch4 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 (Right side), Ch3, 2dc into ring, [ch2, 3dc into ring] 3 times, ch2, join with sl st to top ch3.




Round 2 Join new colour in corner sp, [ch3, 2dc,  ch2, 3dc] in same sp, in next and every sp [3dc, ch2, 3dc], join with sl st to top ch3.




Round 3 Join new colour in corner sp, ch3, 2dc in same sp, ch2, 3dc in same sp, 3dc in each sp across sides, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in each corner sp, join with sl st to top ch3.




Rounds 4-6 repeat round 3.



Joining squares

With right sides together sc or sl st 4 squares together to form a tube.






Ribbing

Row 1 With right side facing, small hook and mc, attach yarn at any seam with a sl st, ch9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch,  sl st to next 2 sts along bottom of granny square, 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 granny square, 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.





Crown Shaping

With mc, right side facing and large hook, join yarn with sl st in any sp that is not a corner sp where squares are joined.

Round 1 Ch3, 2dc in same sp, 3dc in each sp around working a dec at each join (over sp before and after the join), join with sl st to top ch3.

Rounds 2-5 repeat round 1 placing your decreases above decreases in previous round.




Round 6 Ch3 (counts as 1st dc of dec), work 4 dec
 around, join with sl st to top ch3.  Leaving a long tail fasten off and thread yarn onto a darning needle.  Work through each stitch and pull tight to close top of hat.  Fasten off and weave in ends.






I do hope you enjoy the pattern and give it a go and make sure to stop by next week for our final pattern in the series.

All the best
Catherine
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Sunday, 8 March 2020

Granny Square Fingerless Mitts - Mini Mother's Day series part 2

Hello everyone, it's time for part 2 of our mini Mother's Day pattern series and this week we have the mitts to match the boot cuffs we made in part 1.  It's another granny square design (you know how I love granny squares) and they are quick and easy to make.

The mitts will fit an average adults hands but can be adjusted for bigger or smaller hands by going up or down a hook size.  You could even use less rounds for your squares to make them the right size for a child.  The pattern is easily adjustable.




I have used Stylecraft Batik Elements in shade Magnesium and Stylecraft Batik in Cream to make my mitts, but you could use any colours you wish or make in just one colour.  This is a great project to play around with colour, the options are limitless.  I would love to see yours, why not join the Facebook group and share your photos or use #lullabylodge on Instagram.

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Fingerless Granny Square Mitts


Materials

Stylecraft Batik DK / Elements in 2 colours
 3.5mm (E) hook & 3mm (E) 
Darning needle

Size

One size

Gauge
Granny square 3 ¾ inches (9 ½ cm)

Ability

Intermediate

Abbreviations US Terms (UK conversion)

sc - single crochet (double crochet)
dc – double crochet (treble crochet)
ch – chain
sp - space
st(s) - stitch(es)
sk – skip
bl – back loop
mc – main colour
cc – contrast colour


Sizing:  One size, fits most.  If you would like a slightly smaller or larger size, go up or down a hook size accordingly.  You could also make these for a child by using less rounds in your granny squares, check the square against the hand you are making it for to get an idea of how many rounds you need.  If making for a child you might also want to adjust the number of chains you make for the ribbing at the wrist, just make the chain as long as you would like the ribbing to be.


Other notes:  Starting with mc alternate between mc and cc each round and join in new colours with a sl st, if you wish to make in only 1 colour, sl st to corner sp when starting a new round.     The larger sized hook is used for granny squares.  The smaller hook is used for the ribbing.



Granny Square Make 4

With large hook ch4 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 (Right side), Ch3, 2dc into ring, [ch2, 3dc into ring] 3 times, ch2, join with sl st to top ch3.




Round 2 Join new colour in corner sp, ch3, 2dc in same sp, ch2, 3dc in same sp, in next and every sp [3dc, ch2, 3dc], join with sl st to top ch3.




Round 3 Join new colour in corner sp, ch3, 2dc in same sp, ch2, 3dc in same sp, 3dc in each sp across sides, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in each corner sp, join with sl st to top ch3.




Round 4 & 5 Repeat round 3.







Joining squares

With right sides together sew or sl st 2 squares together along one side...



 ...on the opposite side join only the top 3 sts together, then the bottom 3.  This leaves a gap for your thumb.






Ribbing

Row 1 With right side facing, small hook and mc, attach yarn at any seam with a sl st, ch15, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch,  sl st to next 2 sts along bottom of granny square, turn.




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 granny square, turn.

Repeat row 2 & 3 until you have worked around the entire cuff.  Do not fasten off.  Turning work inside out, sl st or sc both edges together to join, fasten off.




Join yarn to top of mitt with sl st at side seam and repeat ribbing instructions around top of mitt, but ch only 4 to start.  Fasten off.




Join yarn with sl st to bottom of thumb hole (where 2 squares are joined).  Repeat ribbing instructions around the thumb hole, but ch only 4 to start.  




Fasten off and weave in ends, complete another mitt with the remaining squares.







I hope you enjoyed this pattern and if you did be sure to pop back soon for part 3 and subscribe so you don't miss any posts.

See you soon...

Catherine

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