Saturday, 8 December 2018

Christmas Crochet Round Up! Decorate your home with these 10 free patterns...

What could be more festive than bedecking your halls with gorgeous handmade decorations.  I have scoured the web and found this selection of my favourite 10 free patterns.

Everyone loves a granny bauble and this Christmas Bauble by Carmen Heffernan is gorgeously bright and cheerful, perfect for any tree...

... and what tree would be complete without some pretty stars?  Why not try these Crochet Stars by One Dog Woof...

Trim your tree with the super cute Santa and Mrs Claus designed by Yarnhild

You can never have enough baubles on your tree and this free pattern from Hello Yellow Yarn is super cute!

Crochet a Christmas Gnome for your home, with this pattern from Simply Crochet Magazine.  

No Christmas is complete without pudding and this Crochet Pudding Decoration by Crafty Cruella is just the thing...

Make these festive Crochet Christmas Tree Ornaments, pattern by Salvabrani.

Santa wouldn't know what to do without his trusty reindeer and this Crochet Rudolph ornament is just adorable.  Pattern by Knots and Thoughts.

We don't always get the white Christmas we are dreaming of so why not make a flurry of Crochet Snowflakes with this simple 2 row pattern.

Finally this gorgeous granny star by my good friend Marjan.  You can find Myriads of Stars on her blog...

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas crochet round up and don't forget to share all your makes over on my Facebook Group page...

Happy Christmas Hooking

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Free Pattern - Mini Hottie

Need a last minute Christmas gift for someone?  Then this is the perfect project.  This knitted mini hot water bottle can be finished in just a few of hours...  Would also make a great birthday or Mothers day gift.  

The pattern is suitable for beginners who know the basic stitches and are familiar with working in the round.  The hottie is worked in stocking stitch, with simple decreases and ribbing at the neck.  Cute pom pom ties may be added.  The cover is very stretchy and can be easily removed for washing with no need for any fastenings.  Please read the pattern in its entirety before beginning your project.  You will need the whole 50g ball, please consider this when substituting yarns…

Mini Hottie

You will need...
8mm dpn's or circular needles (using magic loop method).
7mm dpn's or circular needles
1, 50g ball Drops Eskimo or any other yarn with similar gauge (10 x 10 cm = 11sts x 15 rows in stocking stitch
Darning needle
Clover pom pom maker (optional)
500ml hot water bottle

Stitches used
k - knit
k2tog - knit 2 together
ssk - slip, slip, knit
st(s) - stitch(s)
dec - decrease
st st - stocking stitch

Stocking stitch
Knit every round.

2x2 Rib
[k2, p2] repeat to end

With 8 mm needles cast on 32 st’s and join in the round.

Row 1-23 st st,
Row 24 k1, ssk, k10, k2tog, k2, ssk, k10, k2tog, k1 [28 st’s].  Change to 7 mm needles.
Row 25-35 2x2 rib.
Cast off in rib.  Sew bottom closed using whip stitch.

Pom Pom Ties (optional)
Make 2 small pom poms (using smallest size Clover pom pom maker) attaching a 60 cm piece of yarn to both pom poms.  Tie in a bow around the neck of the bottle.

Stopper loop
Thread a short length of yarn through the stopper and knot.

This pattern is also available in a printable format in both my Etsy and Ravelry stores.

For this one I missed out the pom poms and added a few extra rows of ribbing to make a roll neck...


© Lullaby Lodge 2018 you may not copy, sell or otherwise distribute this pattern; however, you may sell your finished items.

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Saturday, 3 November 2018

Lullaby Lodge Crochet & Fibre Arts Facebook Group

For all my lovely crochet and knitting friends, I have created a Facebook group for us to share all fibre related projects and patterns.  It is a place to socialise and chat about our love of crochet and other fibre arts and to share and find new patterns and blogs etc.  I hope you will all pop over and join, I would love to see what projects you are working on and to share hints and tips etc.

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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Half Term Break - Pendine Sands

Wow things have been so busy here over the last few weeks.  I have been inundated with custom orders for baby blankets, dolls blankets, hot water bottles, baby hats and bed spreads; so the half term has come as a welcome break.  Time to get away from it all for a few days.

We travelled straight from school pick up on Friday and headed for South Wales.  I have many fond memories of childhood holidays in Wales and was very excited to be returning with Little T.  It took us around 3 hours to cross the Welsh border and the sun was setting just as we traversed the Seven Bridge, providing stunning views.  A little over an hour later we arrived at the Pendine Sands holiday park.  It was now pitch black and we would have to wait till morning to see the local scenery.

It really was worth the wait.  The next day proved to be a blinder, with gorgeous sunshine and hardly a cloud in the sky.  Just look at the breathtaking Welsh coastline...

 rugged cliffs...

gorgeous sandy beaches...

squelching in the sand...

 catching tiddlers...

family time at the beach.

The accommodation in the park itself was great too, we stayed in a lovely caravan and there is plenty to do if you have little ones.  A family indoor swimming pool, play areas for the kids, restaurants and pubs, a chippy and also the show bar for evening entertainment.  The staff were all great too very friendly and helpful.  I am sure we will be visiting again soon...

I hope you have all enjoyed a last blast of summer too, wherever you are.

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Saturday, 6 October 2018

The Blanket Stitch - Crochet Tutorial

The crochet blanket stitch is such a versatile pattern and can be used to create many items not just blankets.  You can use this stitch pattern to create hats, scarves, hot water bottle covers anything you can think of, just use the hook size recommended on your yarn ball band.  

This is a stitch tutorial only, if you are looking for the Sweet Dreams Baby Blanket pattern you can find it here...

Video Tutorial

The Blanket Stitch

 US terms are used throughout

sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain
sp - space
sk - skip
st(s) - stitch(s)

Foundation chain loosely make a ch as wide as you would like your project to be, a multiple of 3 +1

Row 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, *sk2, sc in next ch, 2dc in same ch* repeat from *to* until last 3 st's, sk2, sc in last ch.  Turn.

Row 2 ch3, dc in 1st st, *sk2, sc in next st, 2dc in same st* repeat from *to* until last 2 st's, sc in sp between ch3 and dc of last round.  Turn.

Repeat row 2 until piece measures desired length.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

This stitch pattern creates nice neat edges so there is no need for a border, unless you want to add one of course.  You could add a row of simple shells like this baby blanket...

As there has been so much interest in this silver and pink blanket you can now find the full pattern here... or a printable PDF version is also available in my Etsy Store...

The stitch pattern works up great using yarn cakes too.  I made these ones with Caron Cakes.

A printable pattern for the Caron cakes blanket can be found in both my Etsy and Ravelry stores.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and please be sure to share your makes on my Facebook page or Instagram using #lullabylodge.

See you soon

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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Glamping at Long Acres

We recently spent an idyllic couple of days at Long Acres Camping & Glamping site in Surrey.  Little T had been asking and asking if we could go camping and living in a small flat with no ample storage to keep all the gear we would need, had meant that the answer was always no.  So when I came across a deal on Wowcher for a 2 nights Glamping trip, I thought this would be the perfect compromise.  Little T could get his outdoor camping experience without us having to buy all the gear, plus we could have nice cosy beds to sleep in.

I have never purchased a holiday with Wowcher before but the whole process was pleasantly simple.  Once receiving my voucher code all I needed to do was call Long Acres to make my booking.  The lady I spoke to on the phone was very friendly and helpful and we ended up paying a little extra for the luxury package and also the hire of a fire pit (this was well worth the extra money).  Now all we had to do was wait...

The day finally arrived for our camping trip and little T was so excited.  It was only a short drive to  Long Acres and we were not disappointed when we arrived.  The camp site was in the heart of the Surrey countryside and was beautifully maintained.  The staff were amazingly friendly and helpful, we were shown to our accommodation and given the low down on all the amenities.  We stayed in their Cedar Pod which was very quaint.  It had 2 beds, a small cupboard and electric points, a porch decorated with fairy lights and an outside seating area with the fire pit.

We loved every minute of our time here at Long Acres...

Cooking outside...

Dutch oven cooking on the fire pit...

...and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

I cannot recommend Long Acres enough and look forward to planning another visit...

Bye for now


Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Pattern Testing - Yarn Cakes Shetland Lace Scarf

Hello everyone, now that Autumn is in the air it's time to get knitting all those winter woollies.  If you are looking to try something new why not join in with my latest pattern test.  It is for a lovely warm winter scarf, knitted in an old Shetland Lace pattern.

If you would like to take part in the test please head over to The Testing Pool at Ravelry to join in the fun...

You don't need to be an experienced tester or even knitter to take part.

Happy knitting