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Sunday, 5 August 2018

Sweet shop squish and tiny makes

I'm currently working on a design using some gorgeous yarn from the amazing Kate Selene. I've been a big fan of her hand dyed yarns (or her squish as she endearingly calls it) and her scrumptious colourways for some time and follow her on Instagram. Looking at her yarns in all their delightful colours and their enticing names is just like being in an old fashioned sweet shop.


Working with Kate's yarn makes me ooh and ah as each stitch is a new colour or combination of colours. I'm particularly fond of her minis skeins because I love making tiny things, but I've also used it to make crochet socks and shawls. Her scrappy bobbins are really great for making tiny things and adding small pops of colour. You can find Kate and her squish here.


You can find the pattern for the tiny jumpers here on my blog (I used two strands of sock yarn for these). The hanging was made with DK yarn and one round granny squares, using join as you go method. And the pattern for my little hearts is free on Ravelry.

My current favourites are her 100's and 1000's colourways, which come in lots of shades including pink, blue, mustard, purple and mint. Recently I made a couple of tiny animals, Little Blue Bear and Mustardy Lion, using three of these colours (blue, mustard and purple) and I've written the pattern down for you now.



Little Blue Bear and Mustardy Lion

You will need a small amount of sock yarn, stuffing and black embroidery thread, a 3mm hook and a pencil.

Body & Legs
Ch 2
Round 1 6dc in second ch from hook (6)
Rounds 3 to 6 6dc
Fasten off
Note: Make the second leg in the same way but at the end of round 6 do not fasten off instead 4ch and join with a sl st to last dc on first leg. Continue around to make the body.
Round 7 6dc around first leg, 4dc along 4ch, 6dc around second leg, 4dc along other side of 4ch (20)
Rounds 8 to 11 20dc
Round 12 8dc, dec, 8dc, dec (18)
Change colour for Lion
Rounds 13 to 16 18dc
Fasten off.

Head
Ch 2
Round 1 6dc in second ch from hook (6)
Round 2 2dc in each st around (12)
Round 3 (dc, 2dc in next st) six times (18)
Rounds 4 to 8 18dc.
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach head to body.

Ears (make 2)
Ch 2
Round 1 5dc in second ch from hook (5)
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach ears to head.

Bear Jacket
Ch 19
Row 1 dc in second ch from hook, dc to end (18)
Rounds 2 to 5 18dc
Row 6 2dc in first st, 16dc, 2dc in last st (20)
Rounds 7 to 8 20dc
Fasten off. Sew jacket around neck of bear through first row of ch.

Arms (make 2)
Ch 2
Round 1 6dc in second ch from hook (6)
Round 2 6dc
Change colour
Rounds 3 to 6 6dc
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach arms to body.

Bear Scarf
Ch 37
Row 1 dc in second ch from hook, 35dc (36)
Fasten off.

Lion Mane 
This is worked in loop st as follows: Wrap yarn from front to back around pencil. Insert hook in ch and pick up yarn from behind pencil, pull through ch. Keeping yarn loop on pencil, yoh and pull through 2 loops on hook. Repeat in next ch. Leave loops on pencil until end and slide off.
Ch 17
Row 1 loop st in second chain from hook, 3 loop st, 2 loop st in each of next 8sts, 4 loop st (24)
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach mane to head.

Lion Tail
Ch 11
Row 1 4 loop st in first ch, 9 sl st 
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach tail to body.

Stuff head, body and legs. Sew together. Sew on ears (and mane). Sew jacket to Bear as instructed. Sew on arms (and tail). Embroider nose and eyes with black embroidery thread.

I would love to see your makes tag me on Instagram

Thanks Flo and Dot


Sunday, 4 March 2018

Snow, cacti and flamingoes


I think I went a little stir crazy this week after three days at home after all the snow. Probably just the same as normal really! We had quite a bit of snow here in Norfolk, the buses stopped running and postman didn't come for three days. It was quite exciting when all my yarn deliveries arrived at once on Saturday morning. Anyhow there I was converting my little bunny wabbit pattern into an egg cosy and suddenly I thought why not make a cactus egg cosy, then one became three and here they are.
Made with Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK from Lovecrochet, you can now find the pattern in my Etsy shop




I would love to see your makes tag me on Instagram

Thanks Flo and Dot

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Wabbits, wabbits, wabbits

Hello! Long time no post. This is my first post of 2018. It's been a busy start to the year with lots of magazine commissions on top of the day job. I'm hoping to get in a much better routine so I can post on here more frequently and share more patterns with you. Today I'm bringing you a little bunny wabbit pattern, in plenty of time for Easter. I love making these bunnies and they love to wave their carrots in the air! They are made in DK cotton, but Aran works well too. Obviously I wouldn't recommend giving the cocktail stick to small children! And please be assured no bunnies were hurt in the process!


Little Bunny Wabbit

You will need:
3.5mm crochet hook (or the size appropriate for your yarn/tension)
50g ball DK cotton yarn (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK from LoveCrochet)
A small amount of white cotton yarn for the tail and pink for the nose
2 black safety eyes or beads
Polyester stuffing
For the little carrots on sticks you will need a small amount of orange and green cotton yarn, polyester stuffing and a cocktail stick

Abbreviations: (UK terms)
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
dc - double crochet
dec - decrease (dc two together)

Body (using main colour)
Work in continuous rounds throughout unless stated
Ch 2
Round 1: Dc 6 in second chain from hook (6 dc)
Round 2: 2 dc in each st around (12 dc)
Round 3: (Dc 1, 2 dc in next st) six times (18 dc)
Round 4 to 5 18 dc
Round 6 (Dc 2, 2 dc in next st) six times (24 dc)
Round 7 to 13 24 dc
Attach safety eyes, using the picture as a guide
Round 14 (Dc 2, dec) six times (18 dc)
Round 15 (Dc 1, dec) six times (12 dc)
Stuff the body
Round 16 Dec six times (6 dc)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Ears (make 2 using main colour)
Ch 2
Round 1 Dc 6 in second chain from hook (6 dc)
Round 2 (Dc 1, 2 dc in next st) three times (9 dc)
Round 3 to 8 Dc 9
Round 9 (Dc 1, dec) three times (6 dc)
Round 10 Dc 6
Fasten off leaving a longish thread to attach ears to head.

Tail (using white)
Ch 2
Round 1: Dc 6 in second chain from hook (6 dc)
Round 2: (Dc 1, 2 dc in next st) three times (9 dc)
Round 3: Dc 9
Round 4: (Dc 1, dec) three times (6 dc)
Stuff lightly and fasten off leaving a longish thread to attach tail to body.

Sew on the eyes, if you haven’t used safety ones. Sew on ears and tail and embroider a little pink nose using the picture as a guide.

Make the little carrots on sticks as follows:
Little Carrots (using orange)
Ch 2
Round 1: Dc 5 in 2nd ch from hook (5 dc)
Round 2 to 3: Dc 5
Round 4: (Dc 1, 2 dc in next st) twice, dc (7 dc)
Round 5 to 6: Dc 7
Round 7: (Dc 1, dec) twice, dc (5 dc)
Stuff carrot and fasten off.
Join green yarn to top of carrot (ch 6, sl st to top of carrot) five times to make leaves
Fasten off, close gap and weave in ends.

Take a cocktail stick and glue the little carrot to the top. Flatten the bottom of the bunny to help him stand and give him the carrot stick to hold by poking into his side. Don’t worry he won’t feel a thing!


I would love to see your makes, tag me on Instagram

Thanks Flo and Dot

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Uses for Corks Part 1 - Christmas Trees

I've been saving prosecco corks for well over a year now, my intention is to one day make a cork board, but in the meantime I thought I'd find another use for them and cover them in crochet, as you do! Here is my quick and easy pattern to make them into Christmas trees. Hope you find it useful!


Cork Christmas Trees

You will need:
3mm crochet hook
1 ball green 4 ply cotton yarn
(I used DMC Natura Just Cotton)
Prosecco cork
Sequins

Abbreviations: (UK terms)
ch - chain
st(s) – stitch(es)
dc - double crochet

Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Round 1: 6 dc in second ch from hook (6)
Round 2:  (dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (9)
Round 3:  9 dc
Round 4:  (2 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (12)
Round 5: 12 dc
Round 6:  (3 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (15)
Round 7: 15 dc
Round 8:  (4 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (18)
Round 9: 18 dc
Round 10:  (5 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (21)
Round 11: 21 dc
Round 12:  (6 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (24)
Round 13: 24 dc
Round 14:  (7 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (27)
Round 15: 27 dc
Round 16:  (8 dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (30)
Round 17: 30 dc

Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew or glue on sequins and pop on your cork, put a little polyester stuffing in the top if needed.

Makes a sweet little Christmas table decoration. Pop a name card on them and use to label your place settings.

I would love to see your makes, tag me on Instagram

Happy Christmas! Flo and Dot

Monday, 4 December 2017

Mondays, Sprouts and Marmite

Mondays, Sprouts and Marmite some people love them some people hate them! I love Marmite, and sprouts - as I've grown older I've become accustomed to their taste, but Mondays, give me any other day! In a hope to cheer up Monday, here's my crochet sprout pattern. Makes a great tree ornament, garland or wreath, add eyes for fun, or even add them as a decoration or a little extra when wrapping presents. I'm making mine into a wreath :)

Even if you don't like them they are a must at Christmas...No?!



Crochet Sprout

You will need:
4.5mm or 5mm crochet hook
1 ball green Aran cotton yarn
(I used Paintbox Aran cotton from LoveCrochet)
Polyester stuffing

Abbreviations: (UK terms)
ch - chain
st(s) – stitch(es)
dc - double crochet
dec - dc two together
htr - half treble
tr -treble

Centre
Work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Round 1: 6 dc in second ch from hook (6)
Round 2: 2 dc in each st around (12)
Rounds 3 to 5: 12 dc
(If attaching safety eyes do so at this point)
Round 6: 6 dec
Fasten off, stuff with polyester filling, close the gap and weave in ends.

Leaves (make 3)
Ch 2
Row 1: 2 dc in second ch from hook, turn (2)
Row 2: 1 ch, 2 dc in each st, turn (4)
Row 3: 1 ch, 2 dc in first st, 2 dc, 2 dc in last st, turn (6)
Row 4: 1 ch, 6 dc, turn
Row 5: 1 ch, 1 dc, *1 htr and 1 tr in next st, 1 tr and 1 htr in next st, repeat from *, 1 dc
Fasten off, leaving a long thread to attach leaves to centre.

Sew leaves to sprout centre, I attached mine at the base and with a few sts between rows 4 and 5. Weave in ends.

Thread onto bakers twine to make hanging ornaments or a garland, or attach to a wire wreath. Glue on eyes to make them more fun. 

I would love to see your makes, tag me on Instagram

Thanks Flo and Dot

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sunshine and Pineapples

Oh my where has the time gone, it's May already! At least that means summer is on its way and to bring the sunshine here a little sooner, I have been using lots of yellow in my crochet. In fact at the moment you could say I'm a little bit crazy about yellow. I'm currently working on a bright yellow sunshine cushion and have been extra busy making pineapple garlands for my etsy shop.


I mentioned in an earlier post that I was lucky to have been asked to collaborate with We Are Knitters this year and they very kindly sent me 8 balls of the most gorgeous honey coloured yarn to make a throw. The yarn is super soft and super squishy thick Peruvian wool and and I'm sure it wont be a surprise when I say I was inspired by sunshine and pineapples when I made this throw.


If you'd like to make one of your own, here is the pattern:

Pineapple Sunrise Throw

You will need:
15mm crochet hook (or the size appropriate for your yarn/tension)
Eight 200g balls of The Wool in Honey

Abbreviations: (UK terms)
ch - chain,
dc - double crochet,
tr - treble crochet

Finished size: width 115cm length 155cm (there are two rows to the pattern and the width of the blanket can be adjusted by reducing or increasing the number of chain by 6 or multiples of 6)

Ch 64
Row 1 2tr in 4th ch from hook, miss 2 ch, dc, * miss 2 ch, 5tr, miss 2 ch, dc, repeat from * to last 3 ch, miss 2 ch, 3tr in last ch, ch1, turn.
Row 2 Dc in first tr, *ch1, miss 2tr, in dc on previous row work (1tr, ch1, 1tr), ch1, miss 2tr, dc in 3rd tr, repeat from * to end, turn.
Row 3 Ch 3 (counts as first tr), 2tr into dc, * miss 1 ch, dc in ch space between next 2 tr, miss 1 ch, 5tr into dc, repeat from * to end, working 3tr into final dc rather than 5tr, ch1, turn.
Repeat rows 2 & 3 until you reach the desired length, ending on row 3 and leaving off final ch1.
I worked 43 rows in total
Fasten off and weave in any ends.












I would love to see your makes, tag me on Instagram

Thanks Flo and Dot






Saturday, 25 February 2017

Two Baskets and a Back Story

This month I was rather excited to have been asked by Lazy Daisy Jones to be a guest on her fabulous blog for her February Back Story and felt very privileged to be featured amongst some of my favourite instagrammers and crafters; Annaboos House, Kath Webber, Jelly Jam Ellie and Made by Swimmer. You can view it here at www.lazydaisyjones.com (I kept it brief in my usual style)

I have also been busy making baskets to store some of my yarn and crochet projects. I picked up some amazing denim blue Jersey be Good t-shirt yarn by Wool and the Gang, on a visit to the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace a over a year ago and had been waiting for the right design to come to mind. I thought I'd share the pattern with you here.

Two baskets



You will need:
12mm crochet hook (or the size appropriate for your yarn/tension)
One cone of t-shirt yarn for the basket with handles (I used Jersey be Good for both baskets)
Two cones for the basket with contrast trim (or one cone and some left over from a previous project)
The thickness of the yarn may vary. In this situation the denim blue yarn was slightly thinner than the grey. You can work more or less rounds on the base and sides to your own preference.

Abbreviations: (UK terms)
ch - chain,
sl st - slip stitch,
dc - double crochet,
st(s) - stitch(es)

Basket with handles


Note: At the end of each round join with a sl st to top of first dc

Ch 2
Round 1 6dc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
Round 2 2dc in each st around (12)
Round 3 (dc 1, 2dc in next st) six times (18)
Round 4 (dc 2, 2dc in next st) six times (24)
Round 5 (dc 3, 2dc in next st) six times (30)
Round 6 (dc 4, 2dc in next st) six times (36)
Round 7 (dc 5, 2dc in next st) six times (42)
Round 8 (dc 6, 2dc in next st) six times (48)
Working in the back loop from now on and remembering to join with a sl st at the end of each round
Round 9 to 15 48dc
Round 16 9dc, 6ch, miss 6sts, (this will form the handles) 18dc, 6ch, miss 6sts, 9dc
Round 17 9dc, work 1dc in each ch and continue in dc to end
Round 18 Working in front loop, sl st around
Fasten off and weave in ends.



Basket with trim



Note: At the end of each round join with a sl st to top of first dc

Ch 2
Round 1 6dc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
Round 2 2dc in each st around (12)
Round 3 (dc 1, 2dc in next st) six times (18)
Round 4 (dc 2, 2dc in next st) six times (24)
Round 5 (dc 3, 2dc in next st) six times (30)
Round 6 (dc 4, 2dc in next st) six times (36)
Round 7 (dc 5, 2dc in next st) six times (42)
Working in the back loop from now on and remembering to join with a sl st at the end of each round
Round 8 to 13 42dc, join contrast colour just before you make joining sl st
Working in contrast colour
Round 14 42dc
Round 15 Working in back loop, sl st in each st around
Fasten off and weave in ends.



I would love to see your makes, tag me on Instagram

Thanks Flo and Dot