A Touch of Spice with a Pompom Edge.

SoL Inspired crochet blanket.

I think this is one of my favourites. A blanket just for me! I am really surprised that I Iove it because most of my finished blankets tend to make me feel a bit meh. It’s usually to do with not turning out how they looked in my head, so they get abandoned or I give them away. The stitch used is the Stacked Shells section of Cherry Heart’s Spice of Life blanket. Sandra herself did the same thing and I liked it even more than the SoL [my SoL]. I’ve totally copied! It’s called A Touch of Spice and I really love it.

Stacked shells. SoL inspired blanket.

Last year I bought a pile of Stylecraft Life DK thinking I was going to make a Rustic Lace Square blanket. I’m still undecided about the Rustic Lace Square with this yarn though. Some of the blankets I’ve seen are exquisitely beautiful but they look cottony and fine, not woolly and wintery. They’re lacey. I’m not sure this is the yarn for that project but I’ve still got loads of Stylecraft left so…

Stacked shells with a bobble edge.

The bobbly pompoms are my absolute favourite bit. I love the red and I just think they’re fabulous. I was super proud of them because I made up the pattern myself. Well, I thought I had until I started checking out other places on t’interwebs.

All the bobbles!

I’d found a couple of patterns and tutorials that had really faffy ways of crocheting pompoms,  that I just couldn’t be bothered to do. I did try. Every pompom took an age and it would have taken a lifetime to go round the whole blanket. My reaction to that was to come up with my own cheaty pompom. However, someone else has too, I discovered via Pinterest. Oh well. On the plus side, I have discovered a delightful blog!

Since I’ve already taken some photographs I’ll put up the method of how I made my pompoms. It must happen all the time. It does happen all the time. Have you had this kind of experience? If you’ve come up with a new idea/pattern, do you check out whether or not it has been done before?

Spice of Life inspired Stacked Shells crochet blanket.

Bobbly pompom edging.

These are UK terms.

4tgr = treble crochet 4 together

Yarn over (YO) hook, insert hook in stitch (st), pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook. YO hook, pull through 2 loops, 2 loops on hook. YO hook insert into st, pull up a loop, 4 loops on hook. YO, pull through 2 loops, 3 loops on hook. YO hook insert into st, pull up a loop, 5 loops on hook. YO, pull through 2 loops, 4 loops on hook.YO hook insert into st, pull up a loop, 6 loops on hook. YO, pull through 2 loops, 5 loops on hook. YO pull through last 5 loops.

(I think this is correct. Tricky to write down, that’s for sure).

making a crochet bobble edge

Essentially this is the pattern:

*Ch7, 4tgr in 4th ch from hook, ch1, ss into bottom of cluster, ch3, skip 3 st and ss into next st.* repeat around.

I’ve broken it down with a few pictures below:

How to make a crochet bobble edge. Tutorial.

Photo1: chain 7.

Photo 2: Beginning the 4trb cluster.

Photo 3: Before yarning over and pulling through last 5 loops.

A photo tutorial for a crochet bobble edge.

Photo 4: Finished cluster.

Photo 5: Slip stitch into bottom of the cluster (original 4th ch from hk.)

Photo 6: ch3.

How to crochet a bobble edge.

Miss 3 stitches. Slip stitch into 4th. Repeat all the way around. Fasten off, sew in ends and admire.

My Spice of Life inspired crochet blanket.

Amazingly for me, I blocked the blanket. I pinned it directly onto the carpet because I don’t have any spongey foam boards. It doesn’t seem to have ruined the carpet. I sprayed it lightly with water and left it over night. By morning it was dry (It was near the radiator). I have draped myself in it every evening since I finished it last week. It’s lovely.

Anyway, that is that. Sewing stuff next I think. Maybe some Jedi robes for the boys, slightly different. And I’ve dug out some paper piecing hexies, which is a very old, ongoing project.

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Crochet Circles in a Square Blanket.

Crochet circles in squares.

A few days ago I had a nice comment about one of my blankets that I’d used as a backdrop for another project. Every once in a while the blanket just happens to appear here on the blog somewhere, usually in the background of a random photo.

[Check out my more colourful version Here]

One of my many crochet blankets.

It was lovely to hear from the person behind 365 days handmade (I see lots of crochet goes on there!). She had noticed the blanket and it got me thinking. I decided that I should write a post about it. I don’t have much I want to share this week so it’s an ideal opportunity to talk about an old thing.

crochet

I’ve taken lots of pictures of the blanket and I will just bung them up as I blather on about how I made it.

pastel colours

I remember the picture that made me want to make it. I haven’t seen the picture for a couple of years and now that I see it again… well, it’s miles better than mine…poo. The person who made it has a (now defunct) blog called Crochet with Raymond. It’s still up and has lots of beautiful woolly things.

crochet blanket

I was making it three years ago, I was pregnant with my youngest boy and I really wanted it to be finished by the time he arrived. I remember staring at it whilst I was in labour, feeling annoyed that the border still had two rows to go.

crochet blanket for bedtime

I chose colours similar to the original, I used Stylecraft Special DK because that is what they sell at the shop down the road. I use Stylecraft for the majority of my projects but I want to try something new – any suggestions?

There are ten colours: Lipstick, Fondant, Pomegranate, Cloud, Sherbet, Aster, Meadow, Clematis, Wisteria and Cream. Lots of balls of cream were used, maybe 8 or 9 and then I think it was just one of each of the others but I really don’t remember.

angled crochet

I didn’t use an existing pattern, I made it up. It was easy enough to do but I reckon it’s probably the same as other patterns out there. I’ll quickly write down what I think I did (using UK terms):

With a 4mm hook ch4 and join with a slip stitch.

Round 1: Ch4 (counts as 1trb and 1ch), *1trb into the ring and ch1* repeat around from*. [12 stitches]. Join with a slip stitch to the 3rd ch. Fasten off (I think fastening off and then joining the new colour with a slip stitch looks much better than other ways of colour changing- didn’t do that here though).

Round 2: Join new colour. Ch2, 1htrb, ch1. *2trbtogether in each chain space, ch1. Repeat around from*. [12 trbtogether]. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the first 2ch. Fasten off.

Round 3: Join new colour. Ch3 (counts as first stitch). 2trb into chain space. ch1. *3trb into next chain space, ch1. Repeat around from.* Join with a slip stitch to the top of the first 3ch. [12 clusters].

circle in a square

Once I had lots of circles I crocheted them all together using Attic 24’s method of joining as you go. I think it’s this that creates the decorative pattern in the corners, which is one of my favourite things about this blanket. Using this method still means lots of ends to sew in, I’ve since sacrificed pretty corners in favour of the continuous join method, it stops all the dreaded ends. Looking at the picture above, I see that the stitches in the corners of each square have triple trebles rather than trebles.

crochet blanket on my bed

Anyway, I think that’s it. The border is just going round and round with clusters and the final round is a variation of the bobble edge from Attic 24 (thanks again!) but with slip stitches between them. There are either 2 or 3 slip stitches between each bobble.

corner of crochet

Mostly it’s screwed up on the sofa and the children wrap themselves in it whilst they watch the telly after school!

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Really Easy Crochet Shawl: A Simple Granny Triangle Pattern.

Simple Granny Triangle Shawl. Really easy free pattern.

This was a really fast make that I speedily churned out last week. It has turned out much nicer than I thought it would, I’m ever so pleased. It has also come at a very convenient time because as soon as the last end was sewn in, the temperature dropped and it was literally freezing outside.

Crochet Granny Shawl. Free pattern.

Whilst there are numerous Granny triangle patterns already out there, I didn’t bother checking any out until after I’d started this one. It was mainly to see if I was doing it the way others did. Mostly I was but I think they’re all unique in some way.

shawl mirror

I’ll share what I did here, with pictures, so if anyone else wants to make it, then they can. It is a good beginners project. I started it on a Monday and finished it on a Friday. It was taken out with me when I went places, so I could pick it up and stitch a few rows here and there. Or I just plonked myself in front of the telly of a chilly night.

Drops Lima DK

I’ve used Drops Lima, which is an Alpaca/wool mix double knit. I fell in love with Drops when I squished a few balls of it in a shop in Nailsworth (just outside Stroud) last year.  It was Karisma, which I went on to use in the Lilypad Fireplace blanket. For this shawl I used Lima in the following: Off White x5, and one of each of Goldenrod (!), Powder Pink, Cerise, Pistachio, Grey Blue and Dark Blue.

The pattern uses UK terms but it isn’t difficult to translate to US crochet speak. I used a 4mm hook. The 3ch at the beginning of rows always counts as a first stitch.

And whilst you’re here, please feel free to look around. Have you checked out my other free patterns?

Abbreviations:

ch= chain, ch sp= chain space, dc= double crochet (US single), tr= treble crochet (US double), htr= half treble.

ss= slip stitch, st= stitch, Fo= fasten off, ^ = little arrow pointing upwards!

Granny Triangle Shawl.

Start with a slip stitch.

Get yourself a slip knot and put it on your hook. You’ll need to do this for the colour changes too.

Beginning your granny triangle shawl

To begin, ch4 and join with a ss to make a circle. (A magic circle might work better for this but I didn’t even think of doing it at the time!)

Row 1: ch3 (remember that this counts as the first stitch!) [top left pic ^], 2tr into the circle, ch2, 3tr into the circle [top right pic ^].

Row 2: Ch3 [bottom left pic ^] and turn. Make 2tr into the first st [bottom right pic ^]. In the middle ch sp make 3tr, ch2, 3tr. In the last st [top of the 3ch] make 3tr.

Beginning row three of granny shawl

Row 3: ch3 [left pic ^] and turn. Make 2tr into first st [right pic ^]. In the next ch sp make 3tr, in the middle ch sp make 3tr, ch2, 3tr. In the next ch sp make 3tr. In the last stitch of the row [top of the 3ch] make 3 tr.

Many rows later...

Continue as Row 3 until you’ve used all the main colour. Fo. I used 5x 50g balls.

Nearly four balls in.

It should look something like this ^.

changing colours.

For colour changes, make a slip knot with your chosen colour and attach to the top of the first st with a ss. Carry on as normal. I did two rows of each colour.

Granny stripe edging

Scallop edging.

Attach the Powder Pink the same way as usual.

Row1: Ch3 and then make 1tr in the top of each stitch all the way along to the end. In the middle ch sp make 2tr, ch1, 2tr.

Row2: Ch3 and turn. 4tr in same st. *Miss 1 st. Ss in the next. Miss 1 st, 5tr in the next. Repeat from * until the middle, which has 7tr rather than 5. Continue on your merry way until the end of the row. The last scallop of trs is finished with a ss in the same st, which should hopefully be the last st of the row. Fo.

the tip

Back loops only for this row apart from the slip stitches. With the right side of the scallops facing you, attach Cerise. Ch2. In the top of each tr make a htr. Ss in top of all ss. For the middle scallop: Make 1htr in the top of each of the first two trs, 1tr in the next st, 3trs in the next (middle) st, 1tr in the next st, and 1htr in each of the last two st. The rest are the same as the first half of the row. Fasten off and sew in ends!

Crochet shawl. Ridiculously easy shawl pattern.

Blocking maybe a good idea at this stage but as I’m incredibly lazy I haven’t bothered with it. It might benefit the edging if it is particularly curly, but I think it adds to the scallopy effect.

And that is it. I feel like I’ve seen the word Scallop a few too many times now, not sure I’m keen.

another crappy self portrait.

I’ve been wearing it like a scarf. Look! A crappy self portrait. I chose this one for the Minecraft picture in the back ground. It wasn’t until afterward that I cleaned the mirror. Wish I’d done my eyebrows.

cat tail.

When trying to take pictures, it takes twice as long when the cat wants to get involved.

By the way, please only make these for yourself or your friends. Don’t sell what you’ve made and don’t sell the pattern. Thanks. Feel free to comment or say hello! [Edit] And check out my summery version here!

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Getting ready for Hallowe’en, Amigurumi patterns aplenty!

The Amigurumi Halloween collection.

I originally planned to start working on my Halloween ideas in the summer. That didn’t really happen and I’ve left it until late. Not a surprise. I’ve been rush rushing to get my brain babies out and into the open for a few weeks. I was pretty keen to get some patterns up and running by October but have been somewhat disorganised. Having said that… I’ve only gone and done it!

working on halloween project.

A tray of mess is what I have had sat on my lap every nap time for about three weeks. I have made many variations of witches, bats, cats and pumpkins. I started pretty much from scratch but the idea is based on one I had about four years ago. I remember starting to write the witch pattern down (based on some Christmas angels that weren’t very good). I think it is probably a good thing that I lost what I’d written because I found the initial attempts…

working on a witch

Hidden in a bag under the stairs were some sorry looking heads and hats and unidentifiable things.

Yucky old witch head.

Poor, yucky old witch head. Ugh, it belongs to the cat now. It’s been clawed and beaten but it’s robust enough that the stuffing is still there inside her green head. Anyway, I shall move on to how she looks now…

Halloween amigurumi. Little crochet witch.

She’s in need of a haircut but other than that, I am very pleased with what I’ve come up with. Begone manhands!

little purple amigurumi witch.

Here she is, off to a party. She’s got her fancy hat on and she’s carrying her fabulous pumpkin. She’s got some mates too…

Mini crochet bat. Halloween amigurumi.

amigurumi halloween cat

She also thought she’d try growing pumpkins in her veg patch. She was quite pleased with the results.

mini crochet pumpkins for a cute garland. Free pattern!

Anyway, I took a deep breath and decided to be brave. I thought I would try something new, you know, just give it a go. So…. I have added these to a Ravelry shop. Me and Husband worked together to sort out how to actually open a Ravelry shop after Bake Off last night. For peeps that have never done this before, it was quite confusing but I think it’s worked. The pattern has had some ‘likes’ too! It has joined my Owl pattern on Ravelry but unlike the owl pattern I am charging a small fee for this Halloween Collection. A lot of work has gone into, not only designing the patterns themselves, but also making sure it all looks smart and lovely. This is partly down to the help I’ve had, so thank you to my friends who have all done their bit to support me and give me advice. X

Zeens and Roger now has a Ravelry shop. Woot!

And an Etsy shop! Woot Woot!

I think it’ll take time to learn how to use these selling platforms, I have no clue what I’m doing. None at all! But I will get there eventually.

Wait! Hang on a minute! Just because I can, I’m sharing the pumpkin pattern here! Huzzah! If you like it, think about popping over to the shop to purchase the rest of the pattern for the full set. Thanks very much.

Small crochet pumpkins. Free pattern!

Mini Halloween Pumpkin (Measures about 2.5cm across):
Using orange yarn.
Round 1: 6 into a Magic Ring
Round 2: inc around. [12]
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc in next) around. [18]
Round 4-5: sc around. [18]
Round 6: (sc in next st, dec). [12]
Round 7: dec around [6].
Fo and leave an extra long tail (at least 50cm).
Stitch closed by threading needle through the front loops and pulling tight to close hole. Thread the tail through the top centre of the pumpkin keeping the yarn tight. Wrap the yarn over the outside the pumpkin and thread through the bottom centre of the pumpkin. Repeat this 4 or 5 more times for a good pumpkin effect. Keep the yarn nice and tight. Secure yarn and fo. Thread some green yarn through the centre of the pumpkin and then back through, leaving a loop (be careful not to pull it all back through). Knot the ends together tightly and snip tails short.

Cute little crochet pumpkins. Free crochet pattern!

And there we have it. Now that it’s all done I feel a bit weird. I have lots more ideas for the future but my head is going a bit crazy and it’s working faster than my hands can. I wish someone would pay me to play.

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Crochet granny owl decoration. Free pattern!

new crochet owls

[EDIT:: for 2019 I have written an update and created a video tutorial on YouTube. Please go HERE to find out more. Cheers.]

A while ago I wrote about how I was working on a crochet pattern. It was something that I came up with a few years ago but I wasn’t entirely happy with it. I dug out my old and poorly written pattern and decided to play around with it and give it a makeover. I now think it is ready to unleash so it can fly off and make new friends!

making crochet owls

Here are lots of crochet granny owls in various stages of making. They don’t take too long to put together.

needle in the eye

I’m only hurting them because I love them.

four crochet owls

I made eight in the end, each of which turned out a little different depending on how I tweaked the pattern.

lots of crochet owls

What I like is, you can add bits or leave bits off. Wings, tufty ears, hangy loop. The wings can be sewn on completely or half sewn on so that they flap about.

tufted crochet granny owl. free pattern.

Owly with wings and tufty ears.

crochet granny owl pattern. Add wings and tufts for more owliness.

Owly without wings and tufty ears. This one has suffered a minor injury to his hanging loop. He was attacked by a scissor weilding boy.

lime and lilac crochet owl

A friend of mine knew what I was up to and offered to help turn my pattern into a fancy pants PDF that could be downloaded. This is something I have no experience in and I am unbelievably grateful that she spent so much time making it for me. She is an amazing artist and graphic designer, it looks so pretty! I have given her a open favour in return, I wonder what it’ll be…

crochet owl pattern. It's in the detail.

The PDF should be just below. It has the pattern and some (hopefully) helpful pictures.

GRANNY OWL PATTERN (2)

I love these owls. I feel a weeny bit of proud of myself! They’re very cute. I think a snowy owl version would look lovely hanging from a Christmas tree. Or, I’m thinking of a Halloween version?! I’d love to see one of those. Also, I’m sure it could be turned into other creatures besides an owl. Can’t think of any at the moment though…um… turn it upside down, add a few curling tentacles and it’s an octopus??

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Little crochet flower pattern

bunch of little crochet flowers

I’ve noticed that I have shared quite a few things I’ve made from other people’s patterns on here  but there hasn’t been much that, has come directly from my own brain. Sooo I am going to rectify that now and share a pattern that I’ve come up with myself.

It’s a pattern for some little flowers. I’m sure there are lots of similar ones out there but this one is nice because I created it for my friend’s daughter. She wanted some hair clips with crochet flowers and this is what I came up with.  There are two sizes because the first one I made was  just a bit too big to stick on a hair clip so I down sized it. I don’t remember if I took photographs of the orginal flowers I made, it was about two years ago!

bunch of crochet flowers

Please excuse me if the pattern doesn’t work, I’ve never done this properly before. My note book has words and pictures that I can just about decipher, translating that has been…interesting…

For both of these I used a 3mm hook and Stylecraft Special DK. I’ve written the pattern in UK terms.

Small flower pattern.

Chain (ch) 6 and join with a slip stitch (ss).

Round 1.

Ch3, 1trb into the ring (counts as 1 pair of spokes). (Ch5, 2trb into ring) x5. Ch5 and join with a ss to the top of the ch3.  [6 petals]. Fasten off (Fo).

joining round 2 crochet flower

Round 2.

Join new colour with a ss in between a pair of spokes. Into each 5ch sp (space) make 6dc. Ss in between each pair of spokes. Join with a ss to the first ss. Fo and sew in ends.

little crochet flower

Extra small flower pattern.

Ch5 and join with a ss.

Round  1.

Ch2, 1 half treble (htr)into ring (counts as 1 pair of spokes). (Ch3, 2htr) x4. Ch3 and join with ss to the top of the ch2. [5petals]. Fo.

small little crochet flower

Round 2.

Join new colour with a ss in between a pair of spokes. Into each 3ch sp make 4dc. Ss in between each pair of spokes. Join with a ss to the first ss. Fo and sew in ends.

With the help of a glue gun just wodge these on a hair clip. I can see lots of them together on a head band too or do whatever you like with them!

lots of crochet flowers

There, my first pattern. I do have more that I’m going to blog about including one that I am completely in love with that, is very cute indeed. I want to see if I’ve got this one right before I get over excited though. I’d love to hear what people think but please don’t hate it!!