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Saturday, 10 November 2018

Baubles, baubles, baubles

Is it too early to mention the C word or B word? Oh well, whatever, here goes......Christmas..... Baubles!! I know lots of people love autumn but October always makes me feel a little sad and miserable, maybe its the change in the weather or the lack of daylight/sunlight or the clocks changing, BUT once we get into November and we start thinking of Christmas and sparkly lights and decorations I start to feel better.

Marriner yarns kindly sent me some samples of yarn to try back in September and I immediately fell in love with their Mermaid DK and Mercerised Cotton DK yarns. So of course now I'm in the mood :) I had to make some bauble cosies didn't I?


And here's the pattern:

Bauble Cosies

You will need:
3,5mm hook
Baubles 4cm
Marriner Mermaid DK in Carnival
Marriner Mercerised Cotton DK in Berry and Grey
Yarn needle

This pattern is written in UK terms:
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
dc - double crochet
When changing colour, start the new colour just before completing the last stitch ie. before the final yarn over hook.


Mermaid Bauble (make 2)
Work in continuous rounds.
Make 2ch
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: 2dc in each st around (12)
Round 3: (dc, 2dc in next st) six times, continue changing yarn as you go (18)
Round 4: (2dc, 2dc in next st) six times (24)
Rounds 5 to 6: 24dc
Fasten off leaving a long thread to sew the two halves together.

To finish
Sew two halves together around bauble, I started at the bottom and used both ends, one way and then the other, up to the top. You may find the yellow stitches stand out more, if so fasten off and use another length of yarn to sew together.
Fasten off and weave in ends.


Stripey Bauble (make 2)
Make one half starting in Berry and the second starting in Grey
Rather than cutting yarn on each round carry it upwards at the back of your work.
Using Berry/Grey, make 2ch
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook, join with sl st to first st (6)
Round 2: Join Grey/Berry, ch, 2dc in each st around, join with sl st to first st (12)
Round 3: Using Berry/Grey, ch, (dc, 2dc in next st) six times, join with sl st to first st (18)
Continue changing yarn as you go
Round 4:  ch, (2dc, 2dc in next st) six times, join with sl st to first st (24)
Rounds 5 to 6: ch, 24dc, join with sl st to first st
Fasten off leaving a long thread to sew the two halves together as above.

Beach Ball Bauble (make 2)
Work in continuous rounds.
Rather than breaking yarn each time carry it along and upwards at the back of your work.
Using Berry, make 2ch
Round 1: dc in second chain from hook, join Grey, dc, dc in Berry, dc in Grey, dc in Berry, dc in Grey, join with sl st to first st (6)
Round 2: ch, 2dc in each st around, working 2dc alternately in Berry and Grey, join with sl st to first st (12)
Round 3: (dc, 2dc in next st) six times, working pattern in () alternately in Berry and Grey, join with sl st to first st (18)
Round 4:  (2dc, 2dc in next st) six times, working pattern in () alternately in Berry and Grey, join with sl st to first st (24)
Rounds 5 to 6: 24dc, working 4dc alternately in Berry and Grey, join with sl st to first st
Fasten off leaving a long thread to sew the two halves together.

To finish
Sew two halves together around bauble as above matching colours and yarn as you go.

Snowflake Bauble (make 2)
Using Grey, make 2ch
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook, join with sl st to first st (6)
Round 2: ch, 2dc in each st around, join with sl st to first st (12)
Round 3: ch, (dc, 2dc in next st) six times, join with sl st to first st (18)
Round 4: Join Berry, ch *dc, extended dc (insert hook into increase st on round 2 below next st, yoh, pull through, yoh, pull through both loops on hook, one extended dc made) in next st work both dc and extended dc (insert hook into same increase st on round 2 below next st, yoh, pull through, yoh, pull through both loops on hook, one extended dc made), repeat from * until end (24)
Work in continuous rounds.
Rounds 5 to 6: 24dc, join with sl st to first st
Fasten off leaving a long thread to sew the two halves together.

As an alternative make the second half of the snowflake bauble starting in Berry and then Grey.


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

Thanks Flo and Dot

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Pom-pom Party Hats and Instagram

Just dropping by to say Hi!
Me and my blog aren't the best of friends at the moment but we're trying hard to make it work ;)
I prefer Instagram and somehow my IG feed has recently reached nearly 40k followers!
So in celebration I thought I'd share the pattern for my pom-pom party hat, which was first seen in the 100th issue of Inside Crochet magazine.
So here its is.
Hope you like it!


You will need:
Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK from Love Crochet
Yarn A: Washed Teal 433/Paper White 401 x 1 ball,
Yarn B: Buttercup Yellow 423/Lime Green 429 x 1 ball,
Yarn C: Dusty Rose 442/Bright Peach 412 x 1 ball,
Yarn D: Blush Pink 454/Bubblegum Pink 451 x 1 ball.
3.5mm hook
Pom-pom maker – 45mm diameter
Shirring elastic & cardboard or ready-made party hat to stiffen
Fabric glue
Finished size: Approximately 18cm tall x 10cm wide

This pattern is written in UK terms (1dc is equivalent to 1sc in US terms)
ch - chain
st - stitch
dc - double crochet
dec - decrease (dc two together)
sl st - slip stitch
MB – make bobble as follows: Yarn over hook (yoh), insert hook through st, yoh, pull through, yoh and pull through first two loops leaving two loops on hook. *Yoh, insert hook through same st, yoh, pull through, yoh and pull through first two loops * leaving three loops on hook. Repeat from * to * twice more until five loops on hook. Yoh pull through all five loops. Bobble made.

Party Hat
Using Yarn A and 3.5mm hook, 2ch.
Rnd 1: 6dc in second ch from hook.
Rnd 2: [dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 9dc.
Rnd 3: 9dc.
Rnd 4: [2dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 12dc.
Rnd 5: 12dc.
Rnd 6: [3dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 15dc.
Rnd 7: 15dc.
Rnd 8: [4dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 18dc.
Rnd 9: 18dc.
Rnd 10: [5dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 21dc.
Rnd 11: 21dc.
Rnd 12: [6dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 24dc.
Rnd 13: 24dc.
Rnd 14: [7dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 27dc.
Rnd 15: 27dc.
Rnd 16: [8dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 30dc.
Rnd 17: 30dc.
Rnd 18: [9dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 33dc.
Rnd 19: 33dc.
Rnd 20: [10dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 36dc.
Rnd 21: 36dc.
Rnd 22: [11dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 39dc.
Rnd 23: 39dc.
Rnd 24: [12dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 42dc.
Rnd 25: 42dc.
Rnd 26: [13dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 45dc.
Rnd 27: 45dc.
Rnd 28: [14dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 48dc.
Rnd 29: 48dc.
Rnd 30: [15dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 51dc.
Rnd 31: 51dc.
Rnd 32: [16dc, 2dc in next st] three times – 54dc.
Fasten off.

Bobble Edging
Using Yarn B/D and 3.5mm hook, join with sl st to last st worked on hat, *MB in next st, sl st in next st, repeat from * to end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Spots (Make 4 in yarn B, 4 in C and 4 in D)
Using 3.5mm hook, 2ch, 6dc in second ch from hook, join with sl st to first dc to form a circle. Fasten off leaving long thread to sew spots to party hat.

Pom-pom
Using yarn B make a pom-pom, 45mm diameter.

Finishing
Sew spots around the party hat and sew pom-pom to top. Weave in ends. To stiffen the party hat, make a cone from cardboard and trim to fit under the hat, attach a length of shirring elastic to each side of the cone to fit under the chin. Slip party hat over the cone and secure in place using fabric glue. If preferred use a ready-made cardboard party hat and trim to fit.


I would love to see your makes, tag me on Instagram.
Thanks Flo and Dot

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. Hope you like them.




You will need:
3.5mm/4mm crochet hook depending on your tension and the size of your eggs
50g ball green DK cotton yarn (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Lime Green, Spearmint Green and Grass Green)
A small amount of bright cotton yarn for the edging and flower, together with a small amount yellow for the centre (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Bubblegum Pink, Lipstick Pink, Bright Peach, Buttercup Yellow and Daffodil Yellow)
Yarn needle 

This pattern is written in UK terms (1dc is equivalent to 1sc in US terms)
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
dc - double crochet
dec - decrease (dc two together)
tr – treble
tr2tog – tr two together (Yarn over hook (yoh), insert hook through first stitch, yoh, pullthrough, yoh and pull through first two loops leaving two loops on hook. Yoh, insert hook through same stitch, yoh, pull through, yoh and pull through first two loops leaving three loops on hook. Yoh pull through all three loops) 

Basic Cactus Cosy
Work in continuous rounds throughout unless stated
Using green, ch 2
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: 2dc in each st around (12)
Round 3: (dc, 2 dc in next st) six times (18)
Round 4 to 5: 18dc
Round 6: (2dc, 2dc in next st) six times (24)
Round 7 to 12: 24dc
Edging: Join contrasting colour, * dc, then make an extended dc into row below, repeat from * to end, sl st to first dc.
Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Flower
Using flower colour, ch 3, tr2tog in third chain from hook, ch 2, sl st into centre, * ch 2, tr2tog, ch 2, sl st into centre, repeat from * till 5 petals made.
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach to cactus.
Using yarn needle and yellow yarn make three loops in centre of flower.
Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Saguaro
Make the basic cosy, a flower and arm as follows:
Using green, ch 2
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: 2 dc in each st around (12)
Round 3: (dc, 2 dc in next st) six times (18) 

To form top of arm
Round 4: Miss 9 sts, 9dc around (9)
Round 5: 9dc
Round 6: 9dc
Round 7: (dc, dec in next st) three times (6)
Fasten off and weave in ends. 

To form bottom of arm
Round 4:Join yarn to first unworked st on Round 3, 9dc around
Round 5: 9dc
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach to cosy.Stuff arm. 

Prickly Pear
Make the basic cosy, a flower and the following two pieces:
Middle
Using green. ch 2
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: (dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (9)
Round 3: (2dc, 2dc in next st) three times (12)
Round 4: (3dc, 2dc in next st) three times (15)
Round 5: 15dc
Round 6: (3dc, dec) three times (12)
Round 7: (2dc, dec) three times (9)
Round 8: (dc, dec) three times (6)
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach to cosy.
Stuff lightly. 

Top
Using green, ch 2
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: (dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (9)
Round 3: (2dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (12)
Round 4: 12dc
Round 5: (2dc, dec) three times (9)
Round 6: (dc, dec) three times (6)
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach to middle
Stuff lightly. 

To Finish
Sew pieces together using picture as a guide.



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