Friday, 9 August 2019

Send your kids back to school with one of these fabulous crochet pencil cases - Free crochet patterns selected by Lullaby Lodge...

If feels like the summer holidays have only just begun, but before you know it, it will be time for the children to head back to school and what better way to send them off than with one of these super cute pencil cases.  I have found some lovely patterns to share with you today, they are all quick and easy to make and are sure to put a smile on your child's face.

Back to School - Crochet Pencil Case Patterns




First off we have this really pretty pencil case by Sincerely Pam.  I love the rainbow yarn, it really sets off the hearts beautifully. 

Tapestry Heart Pencil Case




Your little ones will love this snappy chap and what gorgeous bright colours.  This pencil case is designed by Irene Strange.

Mister Snaps




Who doesn't love a granny square?  They look super cute in this pencil case designed by Sum of Their Stories.

Granny Square Pencil Case




The next pencil case has two variations of the same design, one nautical and the other floral, both stunning...  Pattern by Anabelia.

Back to School Pencil Case




Your little monsters will love these colourful critters.  Pattern designed by Crochet Dreamz...

Monster Pencil Case




...and finally this pretty pencil roll can also double up to store your crochet hooks.  Pattern by Maki Crochet.

Roll On Pencil Case




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Wednesday, 31 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 of ice pops can vary, if you find your cosy is too big, go down a hook size and if you find it is a little tight go up a hook size.


With colour A ch3 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 ch1 (does not count as st), 3sc into ring, pm in first sc (if using).  Pull up a long loop so you don’t lose your stitches and remove hook.  Join colour B into ring with sl st, ch1, 3sc into ring.  (6sc)


Do not join in the round we will be working in a spiral…

Round 2 with B 2sc in each of the next 3sts.  Pull up a long loop so you don’t lose your stitches and remove hook.  Insert hook back into colour A and 2sc in each of the next 3sts.  (12sc)



Round 3 with A sc in next 6sts, with B sc in next 6sts.  (12sc)



Repeat round 3 until your cosy is desired size, (I made mine a total of 18 rounds).


Final round with A sl st into next st and fasten off, with B sl st into next st and fasten off and weave in ends.


You can really go to town with colours and they are so fast to work up you won't be able to stop at only one...


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Sunday, 28 July 2019

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.


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Sunday, 21 July 2019

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 Central has a very active Facebook group where you can go and chat and share your photos and see what everyone else is making...

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Friday, 19 July 2019

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's good for cats to have something familiar when they first go to their new home.


Cat and dog shelters are always on the lookout for hand knitted or crocheted blankets, so I thought it would be a nice idea to make some blankets myself to donate.  My local shelter prefers knitted blankets as kittens can sometimes get their paws stuck in the holes that crochet blankets often have.  So I thought I would design a blanket, with no holes for little kitties to get their tiny paws stuck.  This pattern is great for using up your stash and can be made with any yarn.  I had some giant 400g balls of "cheap" Aran yarn, that had been lying forgotten in a tub somewhere.  I bought it on a whim because it was a "bargain" and never used it because it wasn't very soft.  I'm sure you all have some of "that" yarn in your stash.  So go on dig it out and make a rescue cat or dog happy...

For more rescue cat and dog blanket ideas check out this post here...


Cat Blanket No.1


Materials

Aran / Worsted from your stash

Hook

6mm (J)

Size

Approx. 85 x 85cm (33 x 33 inches)

Ability

Intermediate

Abbreviations US Terms (UK Conversion)

ldc – linked double crochet (linked treble crochet)
dc –double crochet (treble crochet)
sc – single crochet (double crochet)
ch - chain
st(s) – stitch(es)
sl st – slip stitch
yo – yarn over


Special Stitches



Linkeddouble crochet: Insert hook into horizontal bar of previous st, yo and pull through loop, insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops, yo pull through remaining 2 loops.


Other notes:  This pattern is designed with kittens in mind.  Linked double crochet creates a dense fabric, with no holes for little kitties to get their tiny paws stuck.  I used Aran / worsted yarn for mine with a 6mm (J) hook; but could just as easily be made with any gauge yarn.  Just use a hook size recommended on your yarn ball band.  Use as many colours as you like and change colours at will.  When changing colour, pull new colour through last st of row.


Blanket


Make a ch as long as you would like the width of your blanket to be (I chained 100 for mine).

Row 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ldc in each ch across.  Turn.  (98ldc)

Row 2 ch2 (does not count as st), dc in 1st st, ldc in each st across.  Turn.  (98ldc)

Repeat row 2 until you have completed 54 rows (or blanket is required length).  Fasten off.


Border


Round 1 Join with sl st to any st along top of blanket, ch1, sc in same st, sc in every st across top and bottom of blanket, 3sc in each corner, along sides sc evenly across (how many sc you work along the sides will depend on your tension.  I found for every 6 rows I needed 10sc.  If your sides start to pull in you don’t have enough sts and if your sides start to go wavy, you have too many).  Join with sl st to starting sc.

Round 2 ch1 sc in same st, sc in every sc, 3sc in every corner st, join with sl st to starting sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

If you would like a wider border you may repeat round 2 until you reach desired width.


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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

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" pretty patterns on top of our work.

Other notes:  I used Scheepjes Cahlista (Aran) yarn to make my squares, with a 5mm (H) hook, but you can use any yarn you like, just use the hook size recommended on your yarn ball band.  I like to use a chainless dc to start my rounds, you can do this if you wish or use the traditional ch3 as stated in the pattern.

With chosen yarn and hook, ch4 and sl st to form ring.

Round 1 ch3 (counts as dc, in this and every round), 11dc into ring, join with sl st to top ch3.  (12dc).  If you find it easier you can add a stitch marker to your first stitch; move this up each round.


Round 2 ch3, dc in same st, 2dc in each st around, join with sl st to top ch3. (24dc).


Round 3 ch3, dc in same st, [dc in next st, 2dc in next st] repeat around to last st, dc in last st, join with sl st to top ch3.  (36dc).  


Round 4  ch4, 2tr in same st, ch2, 3tr in next st (corner made).  *Dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, 3tr in next st, ch2, 3tr in next st* repeat from *to* 3 times.  Dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, join with sl st to top ch4.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


Round 5 ch1 (does not count as st) sc in same place, sc in every st around and 3sc in each corner sp, join with sl st to first sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


Insert your hook from front to back into the top of any st from round 1.  Holding your yarn at the back of your work, pull up a loop.  Insert your hook into the next st and pull up a loop and pull through loop on hook making a ch st.  Continue to make ch sts in this way in every st from round 1.  Cut yarn.


To finish off neatly, pull yarn through to the front of your work.  Thread onto a darning needle and slide under the first ch st and pull through, next insert your needle into the centre of the last ch st and push through to the back of your work.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


Repeat this process on rounds 2 and 3.


You can really experiment with colours and make some pretty squares...


Changing the background colour totally changes the look.


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