Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Super Easy No Knead Bread - Store Cupboard Recipe

This bread is so simple and can be made from ingredients you already have in your pantry.  The finished loaf is very similar to ciabatta.  It's delicious for sandwiches the day it's baked and perfect for toast or bruschetta the next day.

No kneading is required as the dough is left over night and time does all the work for you.





Easy Peasy No Knead Bread



Ingredients

3 cups flour (bread flour or plain flour)
1½ cups water
1tsp salt
½tsp dried yeast


  • Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well.  It should form a very sticky dough, with the consistency of very thick porridge.

  • Cover with cling film or a damp tea towel and leave overnight.  The next morning the dough should look bubbly and frothy.

  • Turn out onto a very well floured work surface and dust the dough and your hands with flour.

  • shape the dough with your hands by gently turning around and under, until if forms a round loaf shape

  • Leave to rest for 30 mins.

  •  Meanwhile heat your oven to 180℃ and put your dutch oven or loaf tin inside to heat up.

  • Scoop up your dough and place in the dutch oven and cook with the lid on for 30 mins.

  • Remove lid and bake uncovered for a further 15 mins.

  • The bread should be golden and crusty when cooked and sound hollow when tapped.

  • Turn out onto a rack to cool


You will now have the most delicious, crusty, country style bread.  Cooking in the dutch oven is what gives this loaf its crust.  You can of course, just cook if in a normal loaf tin or baking sheet, if you don't have one or would like a softer crust. 




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Sunday, 5 April 2020

Crochet Along With Me - March

Hello everyone sorry this post is a little late, it should of gone out at the end of March and so without further ado let's take a little look at what has been going on last month...







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Crochet Along With Me... (March edition)


So my temperature blanket is coming along nicely, I am really pleased with how it is looking so far and am really excited to see the introduction of new colours as we move into spring.  How are yours looking?  Make sure to share your photos with the Facebook group or use #lullabylodge on  Instagram.



It's getting so big now, it is really starting to look like a blanket and not just scraps of yarn





First few rounds in the warm peachy colour





This month we have been making beanies for our charity CAL and I have enjoyed making these hats.  A few basic beanies and also a smaller version of my Granny Square Beanie, made with smaller squares to fit a child or teen.  


I hope these hats will make nice cosy heads.




Have you been joining in?  Have you been making hats to donate?  Make sure you let me know in the comments below...


This month I hosted again at Our Happy CAL Place and I chose a super cute tea cosy for our weekly project.  It was so fun to make, I have never made a tea cosy before so I really enjoyed making something new.  As you can see it features a granny square design (you know I am a sucker for a granny square) and was so quick and easy to make.  If you know someone that loves their tea, this would make a great gift.  






Our Happy CAL Place has a new crochet along every week and also every month with different themes, so go on head on over there and check it out.  There is no obligation to join in, you can just take part in the ones your fancy.  It's a lovely friendly group and we all need to feel connected in these current times.



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Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Simple Soap Sack - Free crochet pattern, part of the 2020 Charity Stash Bash CAL

Hello friends.  It's time for instalment three of our Charity Stash Bash CAL.  If this is your first time here at Lullaby Lodge, you can find out all the crochet along details in the link below...

This month we will be making these cute soap sacks.  Soap is one of the requested items for the shoe box appeal and while sending someone soap as a gift may not seem appealing, adding these cute little cosies, will make bath time more fun for the children.





Make sure to crochet them in lovely bright colours that they will love and remember to leave the packaging on your soap when packing up your shoe box.  I have only removed mine to take the photos, I will be using fresh unopened bars of soap to donate.

These cute soap sacks are so quick and easy to make, you could whip up a whole batch in no time at all.  They use only a few grams of yarn, perfect for using up those last scraps of cotton.  They would also make lovely gifts too, why not get ahead of all your Christmas makes.



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If you would like to take part and prefer knit over crochet, I have linked some other pattern choices along with more crochet soap sacks for you to make.  Just click the Stash Bash link above for more patterns and information. 



Simple Soap Sack


Materials

Aran / worsted cotton in 2 colours (around 10g in total)
4.5mm hook
Darning needle


Size

Fits an average bar of soap


Ability

Beginner 


Abbreviations US Terms (UK conversion)

sc - single crochet (double crochet)
hdc - half double crochet (half treble crochet)
ch – chain
sp - space
st(s) - stitch(es)
sl st - slip stitch



Other notes:  Made to fit an average bar of soap.  Fits very snugly, if you would like a looser fit add a couple of extra starting chains.  The loop is designed to keep your soap in its sack, if you wish to use it to hang up your soap, you might want to make the chain a little longer.


With contrast colour, ch9 (or any odd number that matches the width of your soap)

Round 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 6 chs, 3sc in last ch.

Continue along underside of ch.

Sc in next 6 chs, 2sc in next ch (same ch as 1st sc), join with sl st to first sc.  (18sc)




Round 2 Ch1 (does not count as st), sc in same st and in every st around, join with sl st to 1st sc.

Rounds 3-4 as round 2, fasten off. 




Join new colour with sl st.

Round 5, Ch1, hdc in same st and in every st around, join with sl st to 1st hdc.  (18hdc).




Rounds 6-10 As round 5.  Fasten off.




Join contrast colour with a sl st.

Round 11 Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st to starting sc.

Round 12 Ch1, sc around sack skipping 2 centre sts on front (choose which side will be the front), ch 2 to replace skipped sts.  Join with ls st to starting sc.




 Round 13 Ch1, sc in same st and in each st and sp around until you reach 2 centre sts opposite ch2 sp from previous round, sc in next st, ch20 (or desired length), sc in next st and in all remaining sts, join with sl st to starting sc and fasten off and weave in ends.


Front



Back



Add your soap...




Make lots...








I hope you enjoy the pattern, there are so many charities out there that you could make these for, I am sure you will find one that is dear to your heart.  If you are joining in with the CAL, don't forget to share your photos with the Facebook group or use #lullabylodge on Instagram.

If you are new here then please consider subscribing, I post every week, with new patterns, round ups, reviews and more...

Take care
Catherine
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Sunday, 29 March 2020

Cabin Fever Crochet Along - New weekly CAL featuring guest hosts and designers...

Hello friends, I hope you are all coping and staying safe.  As many of us are in lockdown, I thought it would be a great time to have another little crochet along.  Something with a different theme each week, perfect for using up your stash.






The CAL will be run over at the Facebook Group, where you will be able to post your photos.  Group members will also be able to volunteer to host each week's CAL and I am also hoping to include some guest designers.

For those of you who don't use Facebook I will add a section to this post for each week's chosen pattern.




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Cabin Fever Crochet Along



Starting April 4th, each new week's CAL will start on a Saturday and last for one week. They will each feature one of the following themes -
  • First Saturday: Kitchen & Bath
  • Second Saturday: For the Home
  • Third Saturday: Gift Ideas
  • Fourth Saturday: Guest Designer
  • Fifth Saturday: Lucky Dip
If you wish to host, tag me in a comment in the Facebook group and let me know which week you would like to host, you can see available dates in the files section of the group page. If you have your own blog and design your own patterns perhaps you would like to be a featured guest designer, you can email me at catherine@lullabylodge.com for more information.

Instructions for hosts
  • Please choose patterns that fit the theme and can easily be completed in just a few hours.
  • Make your chosen pattern before the cal starts and provide photos.
  • Post at your earliest convenience on the Saturday you are scheduled to host (we do understand time zones will differ)
  • Copy & paste the template into your post (this can be found in the files section of the group page), filling out all relevant details & linking the pattern either a direct link or to the Ravelry pattern page.
  • Post photo of your finished item in the comments
  • Be available to answer any queries or questions about the pattern
  • I will be available to offer any help you need


I hope this CAL will create a real community spirit in these troubled times and most importantly keep our spirits up.



Weekly Patterns & Hosts




Good morning everyone, it's time for week one of our Cabin Fever CAL. This week's theme is Kitchen & Bath and I have chosen something quick and easy to get us started.

We haven't had any member volunteers yet from the Facebook Group, so I have been working to get more guest designers instead, but if you would like to host one week, please let me know and I will add you to the line up. I hope you enjoy this week's pattern...


April Week 1: Kitchen & Bath




Yarn usage:  Around 60g


Time:  30 mins - 1 hour


Ability:  Very easy pattern using basic stitches.


Other notes:  A nice quick and easy pattern.  I don’t have much DK cotton so I used Aran weight yarn for mine, with a 5mm hook.  I chained 30 to start and skipped one row from each end.  The finished cloth turned out the same measurements given in the pattern.



You can see my version below…





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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...


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

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