Sunday, 13 December 2020

The Sunflowers Scarf Pattern - Inspired by Van Gogh's famous painting... Including my first video tutorial!


Inspired by Van Gogh's famous painting, the Sunflowers scarf is made from 100% new wool making it super cosy for autumn and winter.  Sunflowers always make me feel so happy, I love the cheery brightness of the petals and the intricate honeycomb effect of the seed head.  I used 12 Sunflower Granny Squares joined together, with big poofy tassels at the ends.  Treat yourself or make a last minute gift for someone you love.





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Sunflowers Scarf



Materials

Drops Alaska in Dark Brown Mix (A) x3 50g balls, Mustard B x2 50g Balls, Off White x4 50g balls
Darning needle


Hook

5.5mm (I) hook

Gauge

Finished granny square measures 6 ¼ inches (16 cm)

Abbreviations US Terms (UK Conversion)

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


About the yarn:  Drops Alaska is a 100% new wool.  Each 50g ball contains approx. 77 yds (70 m) and is hand wash only

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, ch1 to lock in place.

Cluster: [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops] x4, yo pull through all loops, ch1 to lock in place.

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:  US terms throughout.  When substituting yarn be sure to choose one with a similar gauge.  When starting the first ps, pull up a loop to the height of the st, this looks more seamless than chaining 2 to start.  Squares may be blocked individually before joining, or alternatively you may block the finished scarf.


Sunflower granny squares (make 12)



 

With A, ch4 and join with sl st to form ring.

 

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), 12sc into ring, join to 1st sc.  (12sc)

 


Round 2 Ch1, sc in same st, [ch3, sc in next st] around, ch3, sl st to sc.  (12sc, 12 ch3 sps)

 


Round 3 Sl st into next sp, ch1, sc in same sp, [ch3, sc in next sp] around, ch3, sl st to sc.  (12sc, 12 ch3 sps)

 


Round 4 Pull up a loop, ps in ch sp, ps in same sp, [2ps in next sp] around, sl st to top ps.  (24ps)



 

With B, join with sl st in any ch sp.

 

Round 5 Bcl in same sp, ch1, [cl in next sp] around, sl st to top bcl.  (24cl)

 


With C, join with sl st in any ch sp. 

 

Round 6 Ch4 (counts as tr), 2tr in same sp, ch2, 3tr in same sp, *3dc in next sp, 3hdc in next sp, 3sc in next sp, 3hdc in next sp, 3dc in next sp, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in next sp* repeat from *to * 3 times, 3dc in next sp, 3hdc in next sp, 3sc in next sp, 3hdc in next sp, 3dc in next sp, join with sl st to top ch4.  (24tr, 24dc, 24hdc, 12sc)



Fasten off and weave in ends. 

 

 Blocking your squares can improve the look and feel of the finished scarf...




Joining Squares

 

Join two squares together as follows-

With right sides facing and C, join with a sl st in top right corner sp.  Working through both squares simultaneously, sc each st together across the square, ending with a sc in top left corner sp.  Fasten off.  Continue to join all remaining squares to form scarf. 





Work a border of single crochet around the entire scarf as follows - Join C with sl st to any st on side of scarf, ch1, sc in same st, sc in each st around scarf and [sc, ch1, sc] in each corner sp, join with sl st to 1st sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Tassels

 

Using remaining C and tassel guide, make 4 tassels and attach to each corner at the ends of the scarf.  Use 50 wraps per tassel.




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Catherine
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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Top Ten Crochet Makes For Halloween This Year...

Hi everyone, how is it this time of year already?  Where has the time gone? I don't think any of us will be celebrating halloween in quite the usual way this year, but here are a selection of free crochet patterns that you can make for your kids or to decorate your home...









Decorate your home with this super cute bunting by Jen Hayes..

Candy Corn Bunting






I just love this black cat applique by Golden Lucy Crafts...

Black Cat






You cannot have halloween without pumpkins or treats.  Pumpkin treat dish pattern by Hooked on Patterns...

Pumpkin Treat Bowl






Keep those ears cosy with this pumpkin earwarmer.  Pattern by Loops & Love Crochet.

Pumpkin Earwarmer






Make this cute amigurumi pumpkin kitty.  Pattern by Crafty Kitty Crochet.

Pumpkin Kitty






More candy corn, this time in the form of a crochet treat bag.  Your kids will love this.  Pattern by Itchinforsomestitchin.

Candy Corn Treat Bag






Another treat bag and another kitty.  Pattern by Oombawka Design Crochet.

Cat Treat Bag






You can never have enough bunting and this spider web design by Annie Design Crochet is just adorable.

Halloween Crochet Garland






Another great pattern for halloween, this comfy cushion by the Loopy Lamb.

Mad About Boo Pillow







I love the texture on this one.  A super cute amigurumi pumpkin by Raffamusa Designs.

Tunisian Pumpkin









I hope you find something here that you like and I will be back soon with more crochet to share with you.


Take care

Catherine
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Saturday, 25 July 2020

Simple Scarf - Part of the Charity Stash Bash crochet along...



Hello everyone, it is time for our next pattern in the Charity Stash Bash CAL.  This month we have a crochet scarf designed for absolute beginners.  It's a quick and easy pattern and matches the Basic Beanies that we made at the start of the year.






This pattern is also being featured as part of the Crochet for a Cause CAL and as such, the pdf version will be available to download for free for one week, starting Monday 17th July.  Each Monday during the event, two designers will make their pattern available to download free. Their pattern will be free for one week only so be sure to check back every Monday.  You can find more information about the cause and links to the free patterns here...


All designers will be sharing hat and scarf patterns with the aim of donating them to your local homeless shelter, school, cancer centre or pregnancy resource centre.  This coming Monday it is my turn to share a pattern and you will be able to download the pdf for my Simple Scarf free for 1 week.  Remember this pdf will only be free for 1 week so be sure to head on over to Ravelry for your pattern.






Click the picture above to find other great patterns, you will need to check each Monday to see what pattern is available for that day.  Click the picture below to get your free pdf of the Basic Beanies pattern.


If you would like to know more about the Chaity Stash Bash CAL you can check out the links below.




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The pdf for this pattern is available free for Crochet for a Cause for 1 week only, from 27th July 2020




The Simple Scarf


Materials

1 [1, 2, 2] 100g Aran / worsted yarn
Darning needle
5mm hook



Size

2-4 [5-10, 11-Teen, Adult]


Ability

Beginner


Abbreviations US Terms (UK conversion)

hdc - half double crochet
ch – chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
sl st - slip stitch
mc - main colour
cc - contrast colour



Other notes: Ch 1 at the start of the row does not count as a stitch.  The scarf is worked back and forth in rows horizontally, with fringing added at the end.


Foundation Chain

With mc ch 110 [160, 190, 220]

Row 1 Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (109 [159, 189, 219] hdc)

Row 2 Ch1, hdc in each st across, turn.  (109 [159, 189, 219] hdc)

Repeat row 2, 6 [8, 10, 12] more times or until desired width, fasten off and weave in ends.


Fringing

With cc cut lengths of yarn slightly more than twice the length you would like the fringe.  Using 3 strands of yarn for each tassel, fold in half to make a loop, push hook through the bottom of scarf and pull the loop through.  Pull the ends of yarn through the loop to form a tassel (you may need to pull each individual thread in order to neaten and tighten the tassel).

Add one tassel at each row end and trim to neaten.  Repeat on the other end of your scarf.








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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the pattern...

Take care

Catherine
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Sunday, 12 July 2020

The Jacob Blanket - Textured colour block baby blanket pattern...

Hello friends.  Today I have a blanket pattern to share with you that was previously only available in my store.  The blanket features a colour block design that would look great in many colour combinations.  It's such a simple pattern and is suitable for beginners.





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Jacob


Materials

2 100g balls each in colours Dixie, Haze & White of Stylecraft Jeanie Aran
Darning needle
5mm (H) hook



Size

90 x 70 cm (35 x 27 inches)


Ability

Advanced beginner


Abbreviations US Terms (UK conversion)

sc - single crochet (double crochet)
dc - double crochet (treble crochet)
hdc - half double crochet
ch – chain
sp - space
st(s) - stitch(es)
sl st - slip stitch
sk - skip


About the Yarn
Stylecraft Jeanie Denim Look
100g / 210m
60% cotton 40% acrylic
Machine washable


With White ch 117.

Row 1 *Sk2 ch (first ch counts as turning ch), [sc, ch1, dc] in next ch* repeat from *to* until last 3 chs, sk2 chs, hdc in last ch.  Turn.

Row 2 Ch1, *[sc, ch1, dc] in next ch sp* repeat from *to* across, hdc in turning ch from previous row. Turn.

Rows 3-32 repeat row 2, changing colour on last row by pulling new colour through last st of row.

Rows 33-64 With Haze repeat row 2, changing colour on the last row.

Rows 66-96 With Dixie repeat row 2.  Fasten off.







Single Crochet Border

Sc evenly around blanket, changing colours when necessary to keep colour block effect correct.  How many sts you work will depend on your tension.  If your border makes your edges “wavy” you have too many sts, if your sides are “pulling in” you have too few, adjust accordingly.

This is what worked for me…

Along sides 2sc around each hdc post, sc in side of each turning ch, 95sc evenly across top, 95sc evenly across bottom, 1sc in each corner.







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Take care and see you again soon...

Catherine
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