Showing posts from July, 2019

Helix Ice Pop Cosy - A free pattern by Lullaby Lodge...

We are just heading into the second week of the summer holidays here in the Uk and we have had some really warm weather lately.  So what better way to cool down than with some delicious ice pops.  Your kids will love these!  These cosies will keep their little hands warm and keep the ice pops cool.  They are so quick and simple to make, you can whip them up in no time at all. Helix Ice Pop Cosy Materials Aran / Worsted cotton yarn small amounts  Darning needle Stitch marker (optional) Hook 4.5mm (7) Size Variable Ability Beginner Abbreviations US Terms (UK Conversion) sc – single crochet (double crochet) ch - chain sl st - slip stitch st(s) - stitch(s) pm - place marker Other notes: I used Drops Paris to make my cosies, but you can use any cotton Aran / worsted weight yarn to make yours.   The cosies are made by working with two colours simultaneously in a spiral.   Move stitch marker up after each round if using.   As the size

Tranquil Washcloth - CAL Central washcloth crochet along...

Hello friends!  It's the first week of the summer holidays here in the UK, so things at Lullaby Lodge are slowing down a little.  Little T and I are very busy out and about, enjoying the summer.  I will get back to all my regular posts in September, but don't worry I will still be squeezing in the odd post here and there. We are now up to week six of the CAL Central Washcloth crochet along and this week's pattern is by Rhondda Mol from Oombawka Design.   Here is my interpretation of the Tranquil Washcloth. The pattern is well written and easy to follow.  It uses front post stitches to create a lovely textural cloth.  I bet this would be great for gently exfoliating your skin, or make a fantastic dishcloth.  I used Scheepjes Cahlista yarn with a 4.5mm hook.  I found that my single crochet stitches were a bit too tight to easily work the Waistcoat stitch border, so I did my last two rounds in Linen stitch instead. As always I added one of these labels.

Wattle Stitch Washcloth - CAL Central washcloth crochet along...

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the summer.  The school holidays have just started here and it's time to share week 5 of the CAL Central washcloth crochet along washcloths.  This week's pattern is called Wattle Stitch Washcloth and is designed by Erica Dietz from 5 Little Monsters blog. This was another really quick and easy pattern, featuring the Wattle stitch which creates a lovey texture to the cloth.  Here is my version of Erica's Wattle Stitch Washcloth . I used Scheepjes Cahlista cotton Aran yarn with a 5mm hook to make my washcloth, but the pattern actually calls for DK yarn with a 4mm hook.  I prefer to make mine using thicker yarn and I have many more colours to choose from in this yarn weight... As usual I added one of my labels to give it a more professional look.  These are great if you are planning on gifting your cloths.  You can find these labels in my Etsy store... Why not join in the fun, it's not too late to start.  CAL

Meet Dumpling, a rescue cat story... & Free crochet blanket pattern

Meet Dumpling, she lives with Little T's dad and Little T absolutely adores her.  She was a rescue cat from Battersea Cats and Dogs home and not very much was known about her life before she was taken in.  She was found as a stray and taken care of by Battersea.  Little T's dad had previously had another cat "Marmite" who had died in a tragic accident and felt it was time to get another.  So we all went together to the cats home and it was decided that Dumpling would be the one to come home with us. At first she was afraid to go outside and was very wary of us, but she soon settled in and over time has started to go outside.  She doesn't stray far though, always staying close by.  She likes to play with Little T, he always insists on buying her toys every time we go to the pet shop and he likes to give her "Dreamies" for treats.  When she first came home she had a lovely hand knitted blanket that someone had made and donated to the shelter, it&#

Learn how to surface crochet and make this cute granny square - A Lullaby Lodge tutorial...

Hello lovely people.  This week I thought we would take a look at surface crochet.  This is an advanced technique that can turn something really simple into something amazing.  Don't feel intimidated by it being an advanced technique, as it is actually very easy once you get the hang of it.  This project uses a basic granny square and adding some surface crochet at the end, totally transforms the look of the square. Spinning Top Granny Square Materials Yarn Darning needle Hook Use a hook recommended on your yarn ball band Abbreviations US Terms (UK conversion) dc - double crochet (treble crochet) sc - single crochet (double crochet) ch - chain sl st - slip stitch st(s) - stitch(s) sp - space Advanced technique: Surface crochet.  Surface crochet stitches are worked over the top of your regular crochet stitches, usually after the main body of the crochet is finished.  For this pattern we will only be using chain stitches to "draw&qu

Color Block Washcloth - CAL Central crochet along group...

Hello friends, it's week four of the CAL Central Washcloth crochet along and this week we have another colour block pattern.  This week's washcloth is designed by Carolyn from The Purple Poncho and features a two colour, colour block design with a pretty cluster stitch. I really enjoyed this week's design.  It was so quick and easy to make, I just had to make two.  The pattern is very easy to follow and produces these visually stunning colour block cloths.  You can find the free pattern here... I used Scheepjes Cahlista cotton Aran yarn with a 5mm hook.  I chained 30 and worked one row less on each end to keep the cloth the correct size, of seven inches square.   I always like to add a pretty label to my cloths so they are ready to gift. You can purchase a printable pdf for these labels in my Etsy Store , along with a selection of other labels. Pin it for later... Why not head over to the very busy Facebook page and see what e