Friday, 19 April 2019

Get Set For Summer! Six Stunning Crochet Sun Hats - Free Pattern Selections

Hello, it's Freebie Friday and the weather is really warming up now.  So it's time to break out the sunglasses, whack on some sun cream and keep your head cool with these gorgeous crochet sun hats.  Here are six of my favourites, including hats for girls, boys, you and even dolly...

Crochet Sun Hats Six to Make





Take a trip down memory lane and crochet this hat inspired by The Little House series.  Pattern by Crochet For You.

Straw Sun Hat




This one is perfect for the little girl in your life.  Crocheted in pretty cotton.  Pattern by Daisy Cottage Designs.

Shell Stitch Sun Hat




This next pattern is great for both girls and boys and is designed by My Hobby is Crochet.

Ocean and Sun




This stunning hat by Drops Design features a pretty shell brim, perfect for keeping cool and looking pretty...

Dune Hat




This super cute linen stitch hat comes in 4 sizes and even one small enough for your doll.  The pattern is designed by A Crocheted Simplicity.


Linen Stitch Sun Hat




Finally another adorable hat by My Hobby Is Crochet.

Let The Sun Shine




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Saturday, 13 April 2019

Craft Fair Idea #4 Cute Note Card Packs - 2019 Craft Fair Series

Hello friends and welcome to another addition of my 2019 craft fair series.  This week I have been making these really cute note card sets.  They are so easy to make using Project Life Cards, some designer paper and a few other crafty bits and pieces.  I have chosen to keep my designs super simple so I can mass produce them for the craft fair.  I just wanted something that will be quick and easy to make for a bargain buy.  I got this idea from one of my favourite Youtubers Lyriclover810, she makes some really beautiful things and has a great craft fair series on her channel.  You should really go check her out and I will link her video at the end...


Project Life Note Card Packs


Materials

Designer series paper
Paper trimmer or scissors
Project Life Cards (or any journaling cards)
Glue (I prefer to use tape runners)
Envelope punch board
Bone folder (optional)
Scoring board (optional) 
Corner rounder (optional)

Using a paper trimmer or scissors cut your single sided designer paper to 8 ½ inches by 4 ¼.


You now want to score this at 4 ¼ inches (this part is optional but can help to stop your paper cracking) you can go ahead and just fold this in half lengthways if you don't have a scoring board.


Use your bone folder to burnish the edges to make them nice and crisp.


For a more professional look go ahead and round your corners with a corner chomper (this is also optional, you can leave them square if you wish).  You now have a base for your card.


Pick a Project Life Card that compliments your chosen designer paper (you can buy these from Amazon I will link them at the end).


Using your prefered glue attach the Project Life Card to your base like so...


You can leave them just like this for a simple note card, or go to town with embellishments...


I added some washi tape and a cute handmade butterfly sticker to this one...


Now we need to cut either some matching or contrasting designer paper for the envelope (or you could just use printer paper for white ones).  You need to cut a square measuring 6 ¾ by 6 ¾.  Now we are going to make our envelope using the envelope punch board.  If you don't have one of these I really recommend getting one, they are so simple to use and so much fun.  You can make so many things with them not just envelopes.  I will have another tutorial coming up soon, showing you how to make cute little paper bow embellishments with your envelope punch board.  Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss this.


First line your paper up with the 3 inch mark, then punch and score, you then turn your paper anti clockwise and line your previous score line up with the little marker that sticks out.  Then punch and score again.  Simply repeat this until you have your envelope template.  Lyriclover810 shows you how to use the punch board in her video.


This is how it should look...


Now simply fold the sides of your envelope inwards and glue to secure, leaving the top open.  Homemade envelopes just look so adorable.


Now rinse and repeat until you have enough for your craft fair.  They really are addictive you won't be able to stop making them...


I have packaged mine in clear cellophane bags with 2 cards and 2 envelopes in each to make cute little note card packs.


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Dishcloth Crochet Roundup - Six Free Patterns to Make + Free Bonus Pattern

Gorgeous Crochet Dishcloths 


Now most of us out there do not enjoy doing the washing up, but how can you not have a smile on your face when doing your dishes with one of these beauties?  I never really saw the fascination of making dishcloths until I made my own and now I am hooked.  It really does make house work seem less of a chore.  I have selected six of my favourite patterns for you to make...


Put your crochet skills to the test and try out some cabling.  This dishcloth has the most gorgeous texture to it and would look great in a variety of colours.  The free download is available at Knit Pics.

Crochet Celtic Weave Dishcloth





Add a little bit of summer to your chores with these bright and cheery flower dishcloths designed by Doni Speigle.  The free download is available in her Ravelry store.

Flower Power Dishcloth





This simple design would be a great project for beginners.  It is designed by Karla Ann and available at Crochet Life.

Adorable Crochet Dishcloth






Add a coastal theme to your kitchen and make these super cute starfish dishcloths.  The pattern is available at Red Heart.

Starfish Dishcloths


https://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/starfish-dishcloths



This gingham dishcloth is just adorable and comes with a pattern for the rose potholder too.  Both patterns available at Yarnspirations

Rose Potholder and Dishcloth





This last selection boasts not one but four different coordinating designs.  Pattern available at Petals to Pecots.

4 Quick and Easy Crochet Dishcloths





That concludes this weeks round up, but if you are still hungry for more dishcloth patterns, why not try my Splashtime Washcloths...

Splashtime Washcloths





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Saturday, 6 April 2019

Spring Garden Baby Blanket - Free Pattern (Cath Kidston inspired)

The Spring Garden Baby Blanket has been a popular pattern of mine and now you can enjoy this pattern free, here on my blog.  The blanket was inspired by the gorgeous colours Cath Kidston uses and is aimed at an advanced beginner, available in 2 sizes.  The larger size is great for a cot or even a sofa throw.  The smaller size can be used for the car seat, buggy or crib.

Spring Garden Baby Blanket



Materials

Cot [pram] blanket:  Stylecraft Special Aran 1 ball each in shades Lemon, Baby Pink, Fondant, PomegranatePistachio (or Meadow) and 4 [2] balls Cloud and Cream.  You may substitute any other Aran (Worstead) yarn for this project.

Hook


Size

Approximately 110 x 110 cm for the cot  and 65 x 65 cm for the pram blanket.

Ability

Advanced beginner

Abbreviations / Terms

Us terms are used throughout (UK terms)
sc - single crochet (double crochet)
dc - double crochet (treble crochet)
tr - treble crochet (double treble crochet)
dc2tog - double crochet 2 together (treble crochet 2 together)
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain
sp - space

Notes:  The motifs are worked in rounds begin each round with a ch3 or a chainless dc whichever is your prefered method, unless otherwise stated.  Finish every round by joining with a sl st to the top of the ch3 (or chainless st) from the beginning of the round.  Rounds 4 and 5 are worked in Cream, round 6 is worked in Cloud and for rounds 1-3 choose colours at random from the remaining colours.  Please read the pattern in its entirety before beginning.

Cot Blanket
follow the motif pattern from rounds 1-6.  Make 36

Pram Blanket
Follow the motif pattern work rounds 1-4 and 6 (omit round 5).  Make 16


Granny Flower Motif



Ch 4 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 12dc into ring.


Round 2 2dc into each sp between the st's from previous round.


Round 3 3dc into the sp's between each pair of st's from previous round.


Round 4 Starting in any sp ch4, 2tr, ch2, 3tr in same sp (corner Made), [3dc in next sp] x2, *3tr, ch2, 3tr in next sp, [3dc in next sp] x2* work from *to* 2 more times.


Round 5 In each corner 3dc, ch2, 3dc and along each sp along side 3dc.


Round 6 As round 5 (if you are planning on using the join as you go method to join your squares 
omit this round).


Joining your motifs

Use your preferred method and Cloud yarn to join the squares.  You can sew them together with a darning needle or you can single crochet them together from the back.  If you prefer to use the join as you go method this can be done by omitting round 6 from your motifs and joining with Cloud.  For the cot blanket you will need to join your squares 6 x 6 and for the pram blanket 4 x 4.  I will add some links to Youtube videos with different joining methods at the end.


Border:  With Cloud

Round 1 In each corner 3dc, ch2, 3dc.  Along each side 3dc in each sp.  Where 2 squares meet dc, dc2tog, dc across the join.

Round 2 In each corner 3dc, ch 2, 3dc.  Along each side 3dc in each sp.

Round 3 As round 2.

Round 4 With Cream as round 2.

Round 5 In each corner 9dc.  Along each side sc in 1st sp after corner, [in the next sp 7dc, sc in next sp] repeat to next corner.  Weave in ends.


You will end up with something like this...


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Friday, 5 April 2019

Gorgeous Crochet Sundresses - Six To Make For Your Little One - Free Patterns

Six Free Crochet Summer Dress Patterns To Make


Now we are finally into spring and the cold winter days are behind us, it's time to start crocheting with some pretty cotton yarns ready for summer.  I have compiled a beautiful selection of free crochet summer dress patterns perfect for your little one...


My first selection is by The Lavender Chair.  She has so many delightful dress patterns that it's hard to choose between them (so I ended up picking 3 of her patterns).  The dress also comes with a matching sun hat.

Falling Fans Dress





This next design is by One Dog Woof and features a pretty diamond lace pattern.  

Summer Diamonds Toddler Lace Dress 





This gorgeous dress is designed by Theresa Knapp.  The green and turquoise makes a striking combination.  Your little girl will look adorable in this.

Little Miss Allison's Dress





This is my second selection by The Lavender Chair and also comes with a matching sun hat.  I just love the way the black flower makes the dress look like a poppy...

Weeping Willow Toddler Dress





This gorgeous pastel pink dress is by My Accessory Box and features a simple chevron design.

Baby Blossom Summer Dress





...and my final selection happens to be my favourite and is another stunning design by The Lavender Chair.

Vintage Toddler Dress




I hope you enjoy these selections and I will be back soon with more crochet and crafts...

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