Friday, 6 December 2019

Last Minute Christmas Crochet - My top selections, for quick and easy projects, to decorate your home with...

Hello friends!  I'm sure you are all super busy this holiday season, but there is always time for crochet right?  It's so nice at this time of year, to be indoors, all cosy and warm.  With your Christmas decorations up and feeling festive with a little something Christmasy on your hook.  Go make yourself a nice cup of coco, get your hook out and crochet up one of these lovelies...





You can never have too many baubles on your tree and these crochet ones are so pretty.  I love the way the gaps in the crochet allow the ball underneath to shine through and the sparkly yarn adds extra glitz.  You can find this pattern at Annie Design Crochet.

Christmas Baubles





This time of year is always so busy, busy, busy.  What with all the shopping, decorating and cooking, but you can still whip up this super cute, crochet Santa in no time at all.  Add a hanging thread for an adorable tree decoration, or you could make lots and use them for gift toppers.  The pattern is by Little Johns Yarn.

5 Minute Crochet Santa





Want something squishy to cuddle up to this Christmas?  Then look no further than 3amgracedesigns' cuddly candy cane.

Candy Cane Kawaii Cuddler





I'm not a big drinker usually, but I do like to have a little tipple at Christmas.  A nice glass of mulled wine or maybe a Baileys over ice.  This festive tree coaster will have you feeling merry and bright in no time, along with a glass of sherry and a mince pie?  The pattern is by Fluffy Stitches.

Tunisian Pine Tree Christmas Coaster




Another little something to hang on your tree.  Isn't he just adorable?  I love this pattern by my good friend Marjan, which you can find on her blog here...

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer





Every fireplace need stockings at Christmas and this design by Sincerely Pam is so quick and easy, you can make it in just a few hours.  The pattern is perfect for beginner crocheters too.  Make them for gifts or just hang to decorate your home.

Alex Stocking





Lastly we have another hanging ornament and this one is such an unusual idea and is reminiscent of a vintage Christmas.  This pretty ice skate pattern is by Crochet Cloudberry.

Crochet Ice Skate Christmas Bauble




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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Velvet Stocking - Make this soft & cuddly Christmas stocking - Christmas Cal

Hello everyone.  It's Christmas craft along time again and this week I have a super cute pattern to share with you.  I have been really enjoying experimenting, with Bernat's Velvet and will be making lot's of new patterns using this yarn.  Bernat Velvet is so soft and snuggly, you just cant stop touching it.  Have you tried this yarn before?  It really is beautifully soft, albeit a little tricky to work with.  So what to make first?  I needed a Christmas gift for my niece and nephew and just thought this yarn would make great Christmas stockings, perfect for a baby's first Christmas or just to make your home look extra festive.



Velvet Stocking


Materials

1 ball each in 2 colours Bernat Velvet yarn

Hook


Size

Approx. 15 inches (38cm) long

Abbreviations 

US terms  (UK conversion)
sc - single crochet (double crochet)
hdc - half double crochet (half treble crochet)
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain
st - stitch


Other notes:  This pattern is described as intermediate, purely because of the nature of working with the velvet yarn.  This type of yarn obscures the stitches and requires some skill to determine where they are.  It is recommended for this reason to count your stitches as you go until you become familiar working with the yarn.  Colours used, Quiet Pink and White.


Stocking Toe

With contrast colour, starting with a magic loop.

Round1 Right side, ch1, (does not count as st), 8hdc into ring, join with sl st.  (8hdc).

Round 2 Ch1, 2hdc in each st around, join with sl st.  (16hdc).

Round 3 Ch1, [2hdc in next st, hdc in next st] repeat around, join with sl st.  (24hdc).

Round 4 Ch1, [2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts] repeat around, join with sl st.  (32hdc).

Rounds 5 - 7 Ch1 sc in each st around, join with sl st, turn.  (32sc).  Fasten off.

With main colour and right side facing, join with sl st in 1st st of round.





Rounds 8-21 Ch1, sc in each st around, join with sl st, turn.  (32sc).  Fasten off.


Shape Heel

With contrast colour, joining with sl st to 8th st to the right of the back seem, (there is a slight seam visible from the joining sts).

Row 1 Ch1, sc in same st and in next 15 sts, turn.  (16sc).

Rows 2-4 Ch1, sc in each st, turn.  (16sc).

Row 5 Ch1, sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc in next st, turn.  (12sc).

Row 6 Ch1, sc in each st to last 6 sts, sc2tog, sc, turn.  (8sc).

Row 7 & 8 Ch1, sc to last st, sc2tog over next st and 1st st from previous row, sc in next st, turn.

Row 9 & 10 Ch1, sc to last st, sc2tog over next st and 1st st of previous row, turn.  Fasten off.



Body of Stocking

With right side facing and main colour, join with sl st to 6th st of heel.

Round 1 Ch1, sc in same st and next 3 sts, sc2tog, sc4 down left side of heel, sc2tog over side of heel and 1st st of main body of stocking, sc in next 14 sts, sc2tog over last st and side of heel, 4sc up side of heel, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts, join with sl st, turn.  (32sc).

Rounds 2-20 Ch1, sc in each st around, join with sl st, turn.  (32sc).  Fasten off.

With right side facing and contrast colour join with sl st to 1st st to the right of seem.

Rounds 21-40 Ch1, sc in each st around, join with sl st, turn.  (32sc).  Fasten off and weave in ends.


Hanging Loop

With contrast colour ch30.

Row 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch.  Fasten off.

Sew hanging loop to top of stocking.







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Saturday, 30 November 2019

Christmas Giveaway! - Win 10 Lullaby Lodge PDF's & some super cute Christmas labels...

Hello friends.  It's that time of year that is meant to be all about giving, so I have decided to do a Christmas giveaway.  One lucky winner will receive the first prize, of ten Lullaby Lodge PDF's.  This will include a mix of Christmas themed patterns, blanket patterns and printables...


...and five runners up will receive these super cute personalised Christmas labels.




So how can you be in for a chance to win?  Just use the Rafflecopter below.  There are lots of ways to enter and you don't need to do them all, just choose the ones you would like to do.  The more points you get the higher your chance of winning.  You will need to give your email address to enter (this is how I will contact the winners).  I will not use your email address for any other reason.



If you have any friends that you think would like to enter, please share on your social media.  The giveaway entries close on 14th of December and winners will be announced on the 15th.

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Monday, 25 November 2019

Candy Cane Dishcloths - Add some Christmas cheer to your chores, with my Candy Cane Dishcloths - Christmas Cal

Hello friends.  It's craft along time again and this week I would like to share with you my pattern for these festive Candy Cane Dishcloths.  I have also added 2 bonus patterns for you to enjoy.  No one likes to do the dishes, especially after eating a big Christmas lunch.  These cloths will make wash up time less of a chore and put a smile on your face while you tackle that huge pile of dishes.  Dishcloths and washcloths also make great last minute gifts.  Each cloth only takes a matter of minutes to make and if you add one of my festive labels, you will have gifts for everyone in no time at all.




Candy Cane Dishcloth


Materials

Aran / worsted weight cotton yarn in red, white & green
Darning needle


Hook

4.5 (7) hook

Abbreviations US Terms (UK Conversion)

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

Other notes: Change colours every 2 rows following the colour sequence white, green, red.  Do not fasten off when changing colours and carry yarn up the side of work.

With white ch37

Row 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, [ch1, sk1, sc in next st] across, sc in last st.  Turn.  (18sc, 18ch1 sp)

With green

Row 2 ch2, [sc in next sp, ch1] across, sc in last sp (this will be the turning ch).  Turn.

Repeat row 2 keeping colour sequence correct until a total of 19 stripes have been formed, finishing with white.  Fasten off green and red yarns.

Continuing with white we will now work 1 row across each side...

Row 1 ch1, sc in next st (around post of first green st), ch1, sk1, sc in next st (around post of first white st), [ch1, sk1, sc in next st] across, ending with ch1, sl st to corner st.  Fasten off.

Joining with a sl st to the opposite side, repeat row 1.  Fasten off and weave in ends.




Merry Granny Dishcloth


Materials

Aran / worsted weight cotton yarn in red, white & green
Darning needle


Hook

4.5 (7) hook


Other notes: Starting with white yarn, follow my pattern for The Perfect Granny Square and work 9 rounds in the colour sequence white, red, green.

Final round: With white join in any st, sc in each st around and [sc, ch1, sc] in each corner, join with sl st to first sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.




Festive Splashtime Washcloth


Materials
2 colours cotton 4ply (red & white or green & white)
Darning needle

Hook
5mm (H) hook

Other notes:  Using red and white yarn or green and white, follow my pattern for Splashtime Washcloths.  If you would like your cloth to end up the same size as the other Christmas cloths, ch30 to start.  Continue until piece measures approx. 8.5 inches.  



These dishcloths look very merry in their Christmas labels, making them perfect for gifting...




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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Christmas Belly Bands - Printable labels for all your holiday, knitting & crochet gifts...

Hello friends, I have been really busy creating these super cute belly bands for all your handmade Christmas gifts.  They come in 2 sizes making them great for dishcloths, spacloths, scrubbies, hats, gloves, socks and more.  They can be easily printed off at home and look great on both white and kraft paper.  100gsm or more is recommended.


The labels are available to buy from my Etsy Store, or as a free gift when you sign up to my Patreon page (this is by far the cheaper option).  You can become a patron from as little as $1 a month and can cancel at anytime.  Other benefits of becoming a patron include...

  • Exclusive patron only content
  • Sneak peeks at patterns in the making
  • Opportunities to pattern test
  • Special offers and coupon codes
  • Pdf patterns
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The small labels are great for dishcloths...


...and the larger ones shown here, with a beanie and mini hot water bottle.



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Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Become a Patron! - Join Lullaby Lodge at my new premium subscription service...

Hello everyone!  I have more exciting news to share with you.  I have a new premium subscription service at Patreon.  If you would like to receive exclusive patron only content, then head on over to Patreon and check it out.



I will be posting extra content every week on my Patreon page.  "What kind of content?" I hear you say.  Here are some of the things you might see over at Patreon...


  • Sneak peeks at patterns in the making
  • Opportunities to test patterns
  • Special offers and coupon codes
  • Pdf patterns
  • Pattern support 
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There are different levels of membership available and you can join from as little as $1 a month. 


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Monday, 18 November 2019

Mini Hot Water Bottle - Great last minute gift idea, quick & easy make - Christmas Cal

Hello friends, this week for the Christmas craft along, I have updated another old pattern.  You can find the original pattern here...   This mini hot water bottle cover, makes a wonderful quick and easy, last minute gift.  I'm sure there is someone you know, who would love one of these.




Mini Hottie



Needles
7mm dpn's or circular needles

Ability  
Beginner who is familiar with working in the round

Size
Fits 500ml hot water bottle

Gauge
10 x 10 cm = 11sts x 15 rows in stocking stitch

Abbreviations
k - knit
k2tog - knit 2 together
st(s) - stitch(s)
ssk - slip, slip, knit
pm - place marker

Special Stitches
2x2 rib - [k2, p2]

Other notes:  This project will use an entire ball of yarn, if your gauge is not spot on you may require another ball.  The cover is worked in the round in stocking stitch (knit every row), with ribbing at the neck.  I like to use Knit Pro Symfonie, interchangeable needles.   The smooth wood is a delight to knit with and they are super lightweight, making them a great choice for anyone suffering with arthritis or tired hands. There is no need for any fasteners on the cover as it will easily stretch over your bottle.

With 8mm needles, cast on 32 st’s and join in the round, pm to denote beginning of round.

Round 1-23 k

Round 24 k1, ssk, k10, k2tog, k2, ssk, k10, k2tog, k1 [28 st’s].  

Change to 7mm needles.

Round 25-49 2x2 rib.

Cast off in rib.  Sew bottom closed using whip stitch.


You can make a stopper loop, by tying a scrap of yarn to the stopper...


If you are giving this as a gift you might like to add a festive belly band.



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