Saturday, 13 July 2019

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.


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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

How to make the perfect granny square - Updated version, a tutorial by Lullaby Lodge...

Hello everyone.  I have been taking some time to look over and review some of my older tutorials and patterns and feel that some of them need a bit of refreshing.  So this week's Tutorial Tuesday will feature the first of these updated patterns.  Granny squares are one of my favourite things to crochet and so I loved making these squares to update the tutorial...


You can find the updated tutorial here...




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Sunday, 7 July 2019

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

Hi everyone I hope you are all doing well.  It is week 3 of the CAL Central washcloth crochet along.  This week we have the fantastic Color Block Washcloth, design by Mary Beth Temple.  I was a little hesitant to join in with this one as I have a real aversion to intarsia colour work.  I have tried intarsia with knitting a few times and have always found it rather frustrating.  Crochet intarsia however, is so much easier and I am glad I gave it a go.


The pattern comes with a colour chart and to be honest I didn't even read the written pattern as I find charts easier to follow.  The pattern calls for DK yarn and a 3.5mm hook, again this week I chose to use aran weight instead.  I went with a 4mm hook and my finished size was actually slightly smaller than the pattern stated, at 7 and a half inches.


I used Scheepjes Cahlista yarn again, as it comes in so many gorgeous colours and added a gift label.


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Friday, 5 July 2019

Quick and easy projects for you to crochet this summer - Free crochet patterns selected by Lullaby Lodge...

Summer is in full swing here now and the holidays will soon be upon us.  I often hear people say "it's too hot to crochet", well it is certainly too hot here for working on anything large like a blanket, so I thought I would find a nice selection of quick and easy projects that are perfect for summer.  Go and make a nice pitcher of iced tea and sit out in the garden with one of these lovely projects...

Quick & Easy Summer Crochet





I just love this boho style crochet necklace by Why I DIY?, you can find the free pattern over on her blog.

Vibrant Bohemian Necklace




While you are lounging in the sun, why not make a pretty case for your sunglasses.  The pattern is available at Crochet Happens blog and she even shows you how to make a pretty lining for your case.

Crochet Sunglasses Case




These flower hair clips are too cute for words and can be crocheted in no time at all.  You can find the pattern at Grace And Yarn.

Crochet Hair Clips




Barefoot sandals are perfect for summer and a great quick and easy project.  This pattern by Devine Debris is just gorgeous.

Kayla Barefoot Sandals




Here's one your kids will love.  Make a handy cosy for your ice pops.  Designed by Roar patterns and is available to download at Ravelry.

Eat Me Icy Holder




My final selection is these fruity pot holders.  They just look so bright and sunny.  The pattern is available at Heart Handmade.

Fruity Pot Holders




I hope you enjoyed my selections for this week.  Which was your favourite?  Let me know in the comments below.  I can't decide between the barefoot sandals or the pot holders.  

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Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Starburst Daisy Dishcloth - Free crochet pattern by Lullaby Lodge

Hello everyone, I usually have a tutorial to share with you on Tuesdays, but this week I have a free pattern instead.  I hope you like my Starburst Daisy Dishcloths.  Homemade dishcloths really brighten up your day, especially when they come in such delicious colours.  I think they would also make great coasters or table mats.


Starburst Daisy Dishcloth


Materials

Aran / Worsted cotton yarn small amounts  (approx. 15g / half Oz each colour when making a 2 colour daisy).
Darning needle

Hook

5mm (H)

Size

Dishcloth 20 cm (8  inches) diameter

Ability

Intermediate


Abbreviations US Terms (UK Conversion)

tr - treble crochet (double treble crochet)
dc - double crochet (treble crochet)
sc - single crochet (double crochet)
hdc - half double crochet (half treble crochet)
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
sp - space
sl st - slip stitch
bl - back loops
cl - cluster
bcl - beginning cluster
ps - puff stitch
yo - yarn over
sk - skip

Special Stitches

Beginning cluster: ch2, [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops] x3, yo pull through all loops.

Cluster: [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops] x4, yo pull through all loops.

Puff stitch: [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a long loop] x4, yo pull through all loops, ch1 to secure puff.

Other notes:  You can make the more traditional yellow and white daisy or you can use more colours if you wish, simply fasten off at the end of the round and join in the new colour.  You can use any cotton Aran / worsted weight yarn to make these cloths.  When changing colours join new colour with a sl st where indicated.

Dishcloth

Ch4 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 Ch3 (counts as dc), 15 dc into ring, join with sl st to top ch3.  (16dc)


Round 2 Pull up a loop (or join new colour in any st), ps in same place, ch1, [ ps, ch1] in every st around, join with sl st to top first ps. (16ps)


Round 3 Sl st into next sp (or join new colour in any sp), bcl, ch2, [cl in next sp, ch2] repeat around, join with sl st to top first cl.  Fasten off.  (16cl)


Round 4 With white join in any sp, ch4 (counts as tr), 6tr in same sp, [sl st in next sp, 7tr in next sp] repeat around, join with sl st to top ch4.  (8 petals)


Round 5 Sl st into next st, ch2 (counts as hdc), 2dc in next st, 3dc in next st, 2dc in next st, hdc in next st, sk next 3 sts, [hdc in next st, 2dc in next st, 3dc in next st, 2dc in next st, hdc in next st, sk next 3 sts] repeat around, sl st to top ch2.  Fasten off.  (8 petals)


Round 6 With contrasting colour work in bl except for fpdc, join in first hdc of any petal, ch1, sc in same st, sc in each hdc and dc, and fpdc around each Round 4 sl st.  Fasten off.  (72sc, 8fpdc).


Round 7 With white and working in bl only, join in any sc after fpdc, ch1, sc in same st, sc in every sc, fpdc around every fpdc, join with sl st to starting sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  (72sc, 8fpdc).



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I hope you enjoyed this pattern and I'm sure you can come up with lots of other lovely colour combinations.  I would love to see what you make, tag your social media pics with #lullabylodge so I can check them out.  You can find a pdf version of this pattern in my Etsy Store...


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Saturday, 29 June 2019

Sunset Washcloth - CAL Central crochet along group on Ravelry...

Hello friends!  It's the second week of the CAL Central Washcloth Crochet Along and this week we have another pretty washcloth to make.  If you remember the CAL started last week with the gorgeous Rosettes and Ridges Washcloth, which you can read about here.  This week's addition is another super pretty pattern, this time designed by Devine Debris.  You can find the Sunset Washcloth pattern here and while you are at it why not check out the Ravelry group thread.




The pattern calls for DK cotton yarn (which I don't have much of in my stash), so I used Aran weight for mine.  I really like Scheepjes Cahlista yarn, it comes in so many gorgeously, yummy colours.  Here is my version of the Sunset Washcloth.


The pattern is very easy to understand and features repeating rows of single crochet and single crochet with spike stitches, with interlocking colours.  The finished pattern makes a very pretty washcloth.  You could of course use it for doing the dishes if you prefer.


The pattern does have a whopping 48 rows, but don't let this deter you as really, after you have worked the first couple of colour repeats, the pattern is easily memorised.  I did miss a few rows off to stop my cloth getting too big (as I was using Aran weight yarn with a 5mm hook).


Of course no washcloth would be complete without a pretty label.  You can find these labels and a selection of others in my Etsy Store...

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Friday, 28 June 2019

Make a blanket for a rescue cat - Free crochet patterns selected by Lullaby Lodge...

My local Cat & Dog shelter is always looking for blankets for their rescue animals, so I thought a great way to use up some stash, that might not otherwise get used, would be to make some blankets for them.  We have a Battersea Cats and Dogs home in Windsor where I live and they generally prefer knitted blankets to crochet ones, especially for kittens as they can easily get their paws stuck in the holes that crochet blankets often have.  So I have hunted down some patterns that I think will be suitable for cats (or dogs).  The patterns I have chosen are not all specifically designed for cats but all have very little or no holes and can all be made with stash yarn (woohoo use up that stash!).


Blankets for Rescue Cats




This first blanket is actually designed as a baby blanket, but as it creates a close knit fabric, would make a great blanket for cats.  The pattern is by Sunset Knots.

Woven Stitch Baby Cat Blanket




This next blanket is made up with loads of lovely textural squares.  A great project for using up all those leftovers.  The pattern is by Heart Hook Home.

Creighton's Blanket




This blanket is specifically designed for shelter cats and the pattern is by Lindsay Allercott.

Animal Shelter Kitty Blanket




Another blanket that is designed for babies, but as it has such a dense fabric this will be a great choice for cats.  The pattern is by Kim Guzman and you can find it on her blog.

Straight to the Heart Baby Cat Blanket



This blanket by Linda Davie has a lovely texture to it and is designed specially to have no holes...

No Holes Baby Cat Blanket




My final selection is a fabulous stash buster project, gorgeously colourful and stripy (let's not think about those ends...).  The pattern is by Crochet Instinct.

Scrap Yarn Stash Buster Blanket




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I hope you enjoyed my selections and feel inspired to make a blanket for a rescue cat or dog.  I also have some exciting news, I have a new blanket pattern just released and it has been designed especially for rescue kittens and for using up your stash.

Cat Blanket No.1



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