Thursday, 28 February 2013

Quick Crocheted Lace Infinity Scarf Pattern

Here's another project that can easily be completed in 3 hours :)



I love quick and easy projects like this as you can see the results very quickly and its incredibly satisfying  especially if you're just starting out with crochet.

This scarf makes a beautiful gift for any occasion, and because of how quickly it comes together its perfect as a last minute gift if you happened to forget!

This pattern uses about 3/4 of a 100g ball of wool.



Lace Infinity Scarf Pattern

Using a 4mm hook

chain 40

Row 1: sl st into the 4th ch from the hook, *ch 4, skip 3 ch and sl st into the 4th* repeat to end of row, ch 4 and turn.

This should make 10 loops

Row 2: sl st into the first loop, *ch 4 and sl st into the next loop* repeat to the end of the row, ch 4 and turn.

Row 3-140: Repeat row 2 (you can make this whatever length you require, 140 rows is only what we did)

Finish off, leaving a long tail.

Bring the two ends together and line them up, using a tapestry needle and the long tail you left earlier, sew the two ends together, finish off and weave in the ends.

As always please feel free to comment and let us know how yours turned out!

Crocheted Catnip Toy Pattern

This is a very quick project and hardly uses any wool,

Hdc Dec - Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop (don't pull through the loops yet), Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook

To begin with you're going to need a jingling cat toy of some sort, I picked up a pack of 12 at Poundworld.

Plastic balls with a bell inside

Start with a magic loop


Rnd 1: 6 hdc in magic loop, tighten loop and join to first hdc with a sl st, ch 1.


Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st, ch 1.


Rnd 3: 1 hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st, ch 1.


At this point the edges should be curling up to form a bowl shape, check to see if the ball fits within with bowl, if it does carry on, if not go back to the beginning of round 3 and repeat round 2 again instead then moving onto round 3.



Rnd 4-5: Repeat round 3

Rnd 6: *hdc dec in the first 2 hdc, 1 hdc in next hdc* repeat all the way around, join with sl st, ch 1.

At this point, insert the ball into the case you are creating, this may be difficult but its meant to be very tight.



You will now be working with the ball in the casing, this can be very difficult but just take your time.

You will now be working a continuous round to the end of the project:

Rnd 7-end: hdc dec until there is only a little opening left, at this point you should put the catnip inside the ball,


hdc in last few hdc to fill the last gap. Finish off and weave in ends (or pull them into the ball as an easier option)


These are great little toys to give your cats, our cats just don't like to play with the plastic ball as it makes loud noises on our wood floors but this solves the problem and uses up my scrap wool at the same time!



Just to prove they work, here's our cat Pippa having some fun

video

As always please feel free to comment and tell us/show us what your cat made of them! 

Crochet Easter Chicken Childrens Hat Pattern

With Easter coming up, we decided some cute Easter themed things were in order! the first pattern we went with was a Childrens Easter/spring chicken hat, I remember when I was in primary school, every Easter we would have a hat competition and the best hat would win a prize, I'm not sure if any schools still do this but if so then this is a quick little project should help any parent looking for a last minute entry!



We worked this pattern using 2 strands of wool at the same time, not only to make it more stable and less see through but also because the wool we normally buy for some reason is thinner than usual making it almost impossible to work with in some cases, if you are using a decent wool then don't pay any attention to this and just use 1 strand as normal!

We used a 4mm hook for every element of this pattern

The Beanie -Using a Light Yellow Yarn

Begin with a magic loop,

Rnd 1: 10 hdc into the magic loop, tighten loop and join with first hdc with a sl st, ch 1, (10)

Rnd 2: 2 hdc into each hdc, join with first ch with a sl st, ch 1, (20)

Rnd 3: *1 hdc in first hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc), repeat until end of round, join with sl st, ch 1, (30)

Rnd 4-15: 1 hdc into every hdc, join with sl st, chain 1 (30)

Finish off and weave in ends.

The Eyes (make 2) - Using Black Yarn

Begin with a magic loop,

Work 10 hdc into the magic loop,

Tighten loop and join to the first hdc with a sl st,

Finish off and weave in ends.

The Beak (make 2) - Using Orange Yarn

Ch 11

Rnd 1: sc into second ch from hook, sc to the end of the row, ch 1 and turn, (10)

Rnd 2: sc2tog, sc into the next 6 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn, (8)

Rnd 3: sc2tog, sc into the next 4 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn, (6)

Rnd 4: sc2tog, sc into the next 2 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn, (4)

Rnd 5: sc2tog twice, (2)

Rnd 6: sc2tog in the last 2 sc (1)

Finish off and weave in ends.

Lay the two triangle together, lining up the edges, using a tapestry needle and matching yarn, sew along the two slanted edges leaving the bottom open,

at this point, don't finish off as you can use the yarn left to sew the beak to the hat.

Assembly


  • Sew the eyes onto the hat.
  • Sew the beak on, to make the beak more prominent you could use a little stuffing before sewing it to the hat. 
  • To make the little tuft on top of the hat, cut equal lengths of white wool, pull half the length through the top of the hat, then pull it back out a few stitches over, then simply tie it into a knot and trim the wool to desired length.
As always please feel free to comment! we would love to see pictures of the finished hats!

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Monday, 18 February 2013

Simple Chunky Infinity Scarf Pattern

While walking round poundstretcher for our weekly wool top up, we came across this amazing wool which neither of us had seen or heard of before called Rozetti Fireside :) Its this a lovely soft super chunky wool and it comes in a great mix of colours.

Both my mum and I bought 2 200g balls of a different colour and set to work on creating some simple patterns to compliment the wool, this is what I came up with:



This Project is easily achievable with a couple of hours since the wool is so chunky, I also only ended up using one ball so I still have another one to do something with! :D 

The scarf itself is lovely and thick, perfect for the chilly weather, and is very comfortable to wear.

Note: if you cant get this exact brand, don't worry! you can use any super chunky wool and still achieve a great effect!

Chunky Infinity Scarf Pattern

Using a size 6.5mm crochet hook, ch 131

Row 1: hdc into second ch from hook and into every space to the end of the row (130)

Row 2-14: ch 1, turn, hdc into each hdc (130)

Finish off and weave in ends

This may seem not worth uploading as it is so simple but its designed to let the wool do the work for you :) 

The wool itself changes colour as you work with it, the one I got had a base colour of dark blue but had flecks of metallic light blue, green and copper throughout giving this lovely effect without taking up hardly any of your time (colours shown in picture below).


As always, Please feel free to comment :)

Easy Crocheted Slippers Pattern

This pattern makes quick but sturdy slippers, they are perfect for walking around the house in, are very comfortable to wear and they leave loads of room for customization.


How the slippers turn out is based on what types of wool you use, the blue & yellow pair were made using very cheap and thin wool which resulted in more of a ballet pump shape, while the pink and beige pairs were made using a thicker type of wool which resulted in a kind of a boot shape.

How to Crochet Slippers

To start off with, you will be using 2 balls of wool together, so pick two colours of roughly the same thickness.

Working with a 5mm crochet hook and both strands of wool, chain 2

Rnd 1: 9 hdc in the second ch from hook, join with sl st to first hdc (9)

Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st (18)

Rnd 3-8: ch 1, 1 hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st (18)

Rnd 9: ch 1, 1 hdc in each hdc around, DON'T JOIN! ch 1 and turn (this creates the opening for your foot)

Note: this next part of the pattern is for size 5-6 feet, to make it smaller or bigger, just increase or decrease the amount of the following rounds

Rnd 10-20: Repeat round 9

Place the two open ends together and sl st down the open edge (this is the back of the slipper not the opening on the top of the slipper!)

Finish off and weave in ends.

At this point you can either leave them plain or customize them however you see fit :)

Decorated with a simple heart
For some other ideas, you could easily place a bobble, bow or flower on the end of the shoe, thread a ribbon round the opening or maybe crochet a different colour around the rim of the opening :)


Note: these things are so much fun on a wooden/laminate flooring!

As always, please feel free to comment! We would love to see what designs/customization you come up with!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Easy Crocheted Snood Pattern

While walking round poundstretcher for our weekly wool top up, we came across this amazing wool which neither of us had seen or heard of before called Rozetti Fireside :) Its this a lovely soft super chunky wool and it comes in a great mix of colours.

Both my mum and I bought 2 200g balls of a different colour and set to work on creating some simple patterns to compliment the wool, this is what she came up with:

Snood/Tubular Scarf

The whole project took roughly 5-6 hours so could easily be achieved within a day.

If you cant get the same wool that we did, that's fine :) just use any super chunky wool and it will turn out the same!

Easy Crocheted Snood Pattern

With a 6.5mm hook,

Ch 91

Row 1: Hdc into second ch from hook and into every ch to the end of the row (90)

Row 2-38: Ch 1, turn, Hdc into every ch to the end of the row (90)

Bring the two ends of the snood together and line the edges up,

Sl st down the width of the snood to join the two ends together,

Finish off and weave in ends with a tapestry needle.

There you have it, one snood :)

For those who don't know what a snood actually is, its a tubular scarf that can be used to keep the neck warm but can also be worn like a hood as shown in the below pictures.

Worn as a scarf
Worn over the head

Thursday, 14 February 2013

How to Crochet a Sea Shell

This is one thing that I've never been able to find a pattern for so I managed to come up with a version which works :)

This pattern is worked in continuous rounds to create the spiral shape of the shell, do not join with a sl st at any point.

I apologize in advance if the pattern is difficult to understand as I am unsure of how to write a pattern for something that doesn't have rows or rounds XD


You can use any size hook and any kind of wool for this project

Begin with a magic loop

Chain 2

5 sc in the magic loop

Tightly close the loop

Sc into the top of the 1st sc

2 sc into each of the next 7 sc

2 hdc in each of the next 7 sc

2 dc in each of the next 4 sc

3 tr in each of the next 2 sc

Finish off and weave in ends

To add a different coloured edge to the shell, pick a different colour,

Put your hook through the hole of the magic loop and draw up a loop,

Begin slip stitching through your design, following the spiral,

When you reach the end of the interior spiral and come out at the side when the edge is, just begin to single crochet in each sc to the end,

Finish off and weave in ends.

You can use whatever colors you like for this to create some interesting effects, these are some that I did with some odd bits of wool I had laying about.


As always, please feel free to comment and share the color combinations you used :)

How to Crochet a Heart

In the spirit of valentines day I thought it would be a good time to upload my crocheted heart pattern :)

Miko, my cat modelling the heart :)


This is a great little embellishment for any project and looks great just on its own.



Depending on what wool and hook size you use, the size and shape of the hearts can vary,

For this pattern I used Super chunky wool and a 4mm crochet hook (for the larger heart I simply switched to a 6mm hook)

with the 4mm hook the heart measured 4cm long & 5cm wide, the 6mm measured 6.5cm long & 6cm wide

This pattern requires you to work in a magic loop, do not tighten the loop until the pattern specifies this

How to Crochet a Heart

Make a magic loop

(work all of row 1 in the magic loop)

chain 2

Row 1: 3 Treble crochets (tr), 4 Double crochets (dc), 1 Treble crochets (tr), 4 Double crochets (dc), 3 Treble crochets (tr)

chain 2

Now tighten the loop until the hole is almost closed,

Now slip stitch through the hole and finish off

Pull the loop completely closed, secure by weaving in ends with a tapestry needle.



As always, Please feel free to comment if you have any questions :)

Monday, 11 February 2013

Easy Crochet Oven Gloves Pattern

My mum first learnt how to crochet when she was 9 growing up in Germany, one of the first things they were taught to make was oven gloves, she recently remade the general idea of the oven gloves but more modernized.

This is a really easy and quick project, perfect for an afternoons work plus you get something very useful at the end of it.

This tutorial just for the plain oven gloves, this gives you room to personalize them to suit your kitchen or you can look at the quick tutorials we have here on the blog to give you some inspiration :)


You can chose any colour combination you like for this pattern, we chose white & blue to suit our kitchen :)

Oven Glove Pattern (make 4)

ch 35

Row 1: sc into the second ch from hook, sc to the end of the row (34)

Row 2-35: ch 1 & turn, sc to the end of the row (34)

Finish off and weave in ends

Now lay the two panels together lining up all the sides,

With your chosen color, draw a loop through both sides and begin to sc around 3 sides of the panels, when you reach the end of the 3rd panel, chain 14 and then attach it to the panels with a sl st (this creates a loop so you can hang the gloves)

Finish off and weave in ends

Right

Left
As always please feel free to comment and let us know what colours and designs you chose for your gloves :)

Sunday, 10 February 2013

1 Hour Slouchy Beanie Pattern

When it comes to hats/beanies I've always had the hardest time with them since taking up crocheting last year, I've spent the last week or so getting frustrated while trying to make a slouchy beanie pattern to post after my mum and I worked together on the puff stitch beanie and finally something clicked and I came up with this pattern.

This beanie took me roughly an hour but this can vary depending on what speed you work at, though this project is easily finished within a few hours.

Its a great little afternoon project, if you're stuck for ideas or even for a last minute gift for someone.

I think this will be a great hat for spring/summer as it leaves a lot of room for your own customization, this would look great with some metallic buttons sewn to the rim, a flower or even a bow sewn on the side of the beanie.

You can alter this pattern to be as long or as short as you want it, the following pattern is only what I did :)

Its best to use the the chunkiest wool you can find to achieve a nice look, though I'm yet to try this out with a thinner wool so please let me know how it turned out if you try!

The beanie looks alot better on than off!

For this pattern I used a 8mm hook and super chunky wool, I probably used maybe half to three quarters of a 100g ball,

I didn't find that tension was particularly important for this project as I naturally crochet very loosely and it still fit my head, if you find that maybe the beanie is too small then try changing to a larger hook or change to a smaller hook if its too big.

Note: The chain at the beginning of every Rnd counts as 1 dc/1 sc

Rnd 1: Ch 4, dc into the 4th ch from the hook and ch 1, in the same chain space *dc + ch 1* 6 more times (8) Join with first ch with a sl st.

Rnd 2: Ch 4, *1 dc + chain 1* twice in each chain space (16) Join with the first ch with a sl st.

Rnd 3: Ch 4, *1 dc + ch 1* twice in first chain space, *1 dc + ch1 in next dc, 1 dc + ch 1 twice in next dc* repeat to end of Rnd (24) join with the first ch with a sl st.

Rnd 4 - 12: Ch 4, 1 dc + ch 1 in each chain space, join with sl st (24

Rnd 13: Ch 1, 2 sc in each chain space, join with first ch with a sl st (48)

Rnd 14: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc all the way around, join with sl st (48)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Not the best picture since my hair is covering most of my face!
It actually went down to below my ears :)
If you encounter any problems with the pattern, please get in touch and I will help the best I can :)

Saturday, 9 February 2013

How to Crochet a Hair Scrunchie

This very quick project takes about 10 minutes or less and is an excellent way of converting plain hairbands and using up all those annoying scraps of wool you haven't found anything to do with yet but still hang onto it for the sake of it.

You can use any size hook and any kind of wool for this project to create various different looks, for instance, if you use a chunky wool and a larger hook you will get a more wavy design while if you use a smaller hook and wool it will look neater and turn out a lot smaller.


As you can see the pink and grey scrunchies were made using a 4&5mm hook while the white and blue scrunchies were made using a 3mm hook

How to make them

First start off with a plain hairband,

Do a single crochet to attach the wool to the hairband,

Now chain 5 then single crochet around the band again,

Repeat this process until you cant fit anymore on the band pushing the sets together as you go, you will see that this creates a ruffle effect

To finish, simply slip stitch into the first sc, finish off and weave in the ends

And there you have it :)



You can experiment by using different kinds of wool, the amount of chains in between each single crochet and the hook size, we got some pretty interesting results using multicolored wool and wool which had sequins glued to it!

As always, Please feel free to get in touch and suggest your ideas or tell us how you made your scrunchies! :)

How to Crochet an Apple

Over the last couple of days ive seemed to have no motivation to do any of the projects ive had planned which has been very frustrating.

My mum was working on her latest projects when she mentioned that she wanted to crochet some fruit to sew onto her project, suddenly I was inspired to attempt to make an apple for her.

After looking for some patterns, most of them were either just a circle or were a 3D apple which isn't what she wanted, so I decided to make my own design, this is what I came up with:


The whole thing takes under 10 minutes and its very easy to do :)

How to crochet an apple

Start off with a magic loop and chain 2,

Rnd 1: Do 14 Double crochets (dc) in the magic loop, pull the loop tight, join with the first chain with a slip stitch (sl st) and chain 2 (14)

Rnd 2: Do 2 dc in each dc all the way around, join with first ch, do not chain (28)

Rnd 3: Do 2 dc in the next 10 dc, 1 half double crochet (hdc) in the next dc, slip stitch into the next dc, 1 hdc in the next 2 dc, slip stitch in the next dc, 1 hdc in the next dc, 2 dc in each of the next 10 dc, slip stitch into the next dc.

Finish off and weave in ends.

The Stem

Chain 9, single crochet into the second chain from the hook, single crochet to the end of the row,
Finish off, leave a bit of a long tail for sewing.

The Leaf

Chain 8,

Row 1: Single crochet (sc) in second chain from hook, half Double crochet (hdc) in the next chain, double crochet (dc) in the next chain, Treble crochet (tr) in the next chain, dc in the next chain, hdc in the next chain, sc in the last chain.

Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing

Now sew the whole thing together, attach the leaf to the stem, attach the stem where the dip is at the top of the apple, weave in all ends.

One completed Apple :)

This is what the apple looks like when sewn onto a flat surface (its a little flat at the bottom as my mum didn't know there was meant to be a little dip!)



Friday, 8 February 2013

Simple Crochet Slouchy Beanie Pattern

This Pattern uses the puff stitch, if you are unfamiliar with this stitch, a tutorial can be found here.

The finished Product:


This hat is very comfortable to wear and keeps your head and ears lovely and warm, perfect for chilly days although I tend to wear mine around the house for no reason!

Please bear in mind we are relatively new to pattern making so there may be errors although we have spent a good amount of time double checking everything, if you encounter any problems or don't understand something, please get in touch and we will help you the best we can :)

This project took us in total around 6-7 hours to complete.

The hat is worked in two parts, the band and the main body of the hat.

We used a 3.5mm crochet hook for this project,

Tension doesn't matter that much but we would recommend switching to a smaller hook if you crochet very loosely, this is to make sure it fits your head properly in the end.


Ribbed Band

Ch 15.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn (14)

Row 2: Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each st across, turn. (14)

Row 3-76: Repeat row 2

Fasten off, leaving a long tail,

Bring two ends together and line them up,

Using the excess tail, sew or slip stitch the two ends together to form a band.


Body

Join yarn with sl st in the edge of the band at the seam.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, work (76) sc evenly spaced around the edge of the band; join with slip stitch


Rnd 2: Ch 3, skip first sc, Puff st in next sc, ch 1, *sk next sc, Puff st in next sc, ch
1; repeat from * around; join with sl st in top of the beginning ch (you should have 38 puff stitches in total at the end of every Rnd).

Round 3: Ch 3, Puff st in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, *sk next Puff st, Puff st in next ch-1 sp, ch
1; repeat from * around; join with sl st in the top of the beginning ch.

Rnd 4-13: Repeat Rnd 3

Fasten off leaving a long tail of yarn.

Turn the hat inside out and using a tapestry needle, thread the yarn over and under each stitch of the last row,

When you reach the end, pull tightly on the thread to gather the top of the beanie and close the hole,

Pulling the wool gathers the back of the hat like this 

At this point, just to be safe, do a couple of stitches using the needle through the top of the beanie to keep the hole from coming undone.

Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.

One simple Puff stitch Slouchy Beanie :)




Thursday, 7 February 2013

How to do a Crochet Puff Stitch

I love the look of the puff stitch on hats, scarves, blankets etc, I decided to upload a tutorial due to a new pattern we will be posting shortly using this stitch and thought it would be a good idea for people who like the pattern but don't know the stitch.

For this tutorial I used a 6 mm hook and chunky Aran wool, you can use any type of wool and any size hook for this stitch.

If you have any suggestions for future tutorials we should do, please leave them in the comment section below :)

1) At whatever point you want to begin the puff stitch, chain 3


2) Yarn over (like you would a double crochet) and go through the next chain

3) Yarn over and pull through, at this point you should have 3 loops on your hook

 DO NOT PULL THROUGH THEM YET!



4) Yarn over again and go through the same chain, yarn over and pull through again, you should now have 5 loops on the hook


5) Yarn over, go through the same chain again, yarn over and pull through, you should have 7 loops on your hook


6) Yarn over, go into the same chain again, yarn over and pull through, you should now have 9 loops on your hook (basically you go through every chain 4 times)


7) Yarn over


8) Now pull through ALL 9 loops on the hook (this part can be a little tricky if you did the loops too tight or your hook sticks, don't worry if this happens just the stitch over and it should go through)


9) At this point chain 2 (one is to help the puff stitch to keep its shape, the other is to leave space for the next puff stitch)


10) to do the next puff stitch, skip one chain and go into the next one following the steps till the end of the row


To do another row of puff stitches, you would chain 3 and then repeat the previous steps going into the chain spaces (gaps in between each puff stitch)

Hope this tutorial has been at least a little helpful, please feel free to comment or get in contact if you have any problems :)

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Crocheted Cat Bed

One of the latest projects my mum decided to do was a crocheted cat bed after seeing the idea somewhere and since we have so many cats, it would be useful to have another thing for them to lay on although they aren't fussy.....bloody things will sit on your wool if you're not careful!

Anyway!...she adapted the general idea of a pattern she found to make it more suitable for our cats, this is what she came up with:


As you can see, it's very popular with Tiger, one of our oldest cats, she claimed the bed as hers within 24 hours of my mum finishing it!

She got annoyed that I kept getting up close and personal to take the photos!
The project in total took about two days, roughly 300g of wool (200g of grey, 100g of beige) and half a bag of stuffing, we wont be posting the pattern for this on the blog but if you're interested in the pattern, get in contact with us and we will gladly send you the details :)

Loving the bed....and the sunshine!
Pretty Kitty :)
Sleepy kitty


Well that's one cat sorted mum, now for the other 6!

As always please feel free to comment and get in touch :)