Wednesday, 27 March 2013

2 Hour Slouchy Beanie Pattern

When I first learnt how to crochet I quickly realized I got frustrated easily at projects that took forever (forever being 6 hours or more) unless there was a variety of things to keep me interested, I think that's why I love to post quick patterns as I think as a beginner it's a nice confidence boost to see a project come together and also very rewarding.

When I first posted the pattern for the one hour beanie I never expected it to get as many views as it did, the response to it was just phenomenal and I feel like I need to follow up and keep with the theme of the hour based projects.

For this 2 hour beanie, I wanted to target a person who is very new to crochet (knowing just the basic stitches etc), so this pattern uses only chains, slip stitches and single crochets. Of course you don't have to be a beginner to enjoy this pattern :) I'm sure there's some veterans of crochet out there who need a simple project to help their creativity flow :)

I used regular Patons 8 ply wool (DK wool is the US equivalent)and a 4mm hook for this project.

They look better on than off!
The Band

Ch 11

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

Row 2-76: sc in the back loop only to the end of the row, ch 1 and turn (10)

Line the two ends up and sl st through both layers along the edge to join, don't finish off!

The Hat

You now want to start by putting 76 sc around the edge of the band.

Note: The best way I found of doing this is putting 2 sc in each dip :)

From this point on you don.t need to worry about working in joined rounds, we will be working a continuous round which means there will be no joins (think of a spiral)

Use a stitch marker to give you an indication of where the beginning of rounds are.

Rnd 1: *ch 4, miss 4 sc and sl st into the 5th sc* Repeat this all the way round till you reach the first loop

Rnd 2: ch 4 and sl st into the first ch 4 space (the loop), *ch 4 and sl st into the next loop* repeat around

Rnd 3-24:*ch 4 and sl st into the next loop* repeat around

Finish off leaving a very long tail

Using a tapestry needle, thread the wool from the tail and loosely weave in and out of the loops on the last round

Now pull tight!

This should bring the top of the hat closed

Secure this with a few stitches before finishing off and weaving in all loose ends

And there you go :) An easy present or a perfect hat for spring :) keep it casual or dress it up with a flower or bow



As always please leave a comment :) we would love to know how you got on and whether or not we should continue this series! Also let us know if you have any questions! we are more than happy to help :)

Crocheted Neck Warmer Pattern

As we live on the coast, the weather can change within the space of an hour here, you can go out in the morning in full winter gear and need to completely strip by midday due to it being way to hot!

We decided to do a neck warmer as the wind at the moment is so bloody bitter it feels like your ears and nose drop off just from being outside for a few minutes.

This project also makes a lovely present for the man in your life as well! My mums other half works outside most days and like most men owns a motorcycle (which is where a neck warmer comes in handy!)

This took us an afternoon to complete so its a relatively short project, we used 8 ply wool (similar to DK wool in the US), used a size 4mm hook and used about 3/4 of a 100g ball of wool.

The Finished Product!
Neck Warmer Pattern

Ch 31

Row 1: hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook in the back loop only, hdc into every ch to the end of the row in the back loop only, ch 1 & turn (30)

Row 2: hdc in the back loop of each hdc to the end of the row, ch 1 & turn (30)

Row 3-48: repeat row 2

Bring both ends of the project together and line them up

sl st through both layers along the length to join it together

Finish off and Weave in ends

And there you go! one very simple but very comfy neck warmer :D

It can be worn both rolled down or to cover up your face and shown below

Its lovely and comfy to wear and it certainly keeps you warm!


You have no idea how much I wanted to laugh when taking this one!
As always please drop us a comment on how yours turned out and let us know if you have any questions! :)

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

What to do with Scrap Bits of Wool


While working on my latest set of pocket pets, I made a small pile of all the excess bits that I snipped off, these bits came from the long tails I left to help with sewing, by the time I completed 3 of these little animals I had gathered enough of these bits to equal that of a small ball of wool,

At this point I was literally horrified at the amount I was throwing away, I mean what are you supposed to do with these little scraps?



I've seen other bloggers use their scraps to make beautiful hats in a mish mash of scrap colours, cushion covers, face clothes and even hairbands,

But I couldn't even use my scraps for any of these because the bits were too short and by the time I tied all the bits together it would have been a colossal waste of time

By this point because of the weird way my brain works, I started thinking of all the scraps I'd thrown away and thrown myself further into depression at the slow realization of how much useful wool I'd carelessly gotten rid of and how much money i'd lost by doing so

Well no more! I shall not waste another tiny scrap! I shall find them a purpose!

I decided to collect the scraps I had until I figured out their fate, slowly a collection of scraps accumulated in the corners of my bedroom, slowly spilling out into the corners of the living room...it was only a matter of time before my very houseproud mother and shut my hoarding operation down, it didn't exactly help my case when one of my cats came along and decided to drag the contents of of one of my collections out from its hiding place!



So I compromised and stored them in old glass jars my mum had kept for whenever I feel particularly crafty instead

So there this jar sat......slowly collecting a colorful array of wool from both myself and my mums finished projects



They still didn't have a purpose though....

I was working on a little amigurumi pattern late at night when I realized I had completely ran out of stuffing,

Now i'm one of those annoying people that is very lazy and needs alot of motivation to do something, but when I do start I need to complete it all in one go (hence why most of my own patterns take so little time!)

So there I am sitting in bed, getting more and more annoyed holding this deflated looking animal in my hands, almost as if I thought if I stared at it long enough, it would somehow magic a bag of stuffing into the room

But alas no such luck :(

At this point my gaze traveled upwards and landed on this glass jar that was collecting scrap wool and the biggest smile spread over my face.....



I HAD FOUND ITS PURPOSE!

The jar of scraps turned out to make excellent filling for my toys! I now have these glass jars in random places so I always have a place to put the little scrap bits thus always having stuffing on hand!

Please leave a comment and tell me how you use your scrap wool! :D

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Crochet Pocket Pets: Chick, Bunny & Cat Patterns

With "spring" upon us and Easter right round the corner I thought I would post my easy amigurumi style pattern on here.

This is another one of those 1 hour pattern things I seem to do alot of....perfect for beginners and those of us who don't have quite as much patience as we think we do ;)

Just a heads up, this is going to be an ongoing series! :D every week i'll be releasing a set of 3 animals every week (not sure what day yet!) so leave your suggestions to the animals you would like to see!

Since Easter is at the end of the month I thought it would be appropriate to do a bunny and a chick, I also thrown a cat in there well....because I can XD

The Happy Trio
The great thing about these animals is the main body is the same pattern, the things which defines the animals are the extra bits and colours used :)

Main Body

Note: The whole animal (including the extras) is done using a size 4mm hook

This is worked in continuous rounds - be sure to use a stitch marker to give you a rough idea where you are in each round

Begin with a magic loop,

Rnd 1: 6 sc in the magic loop, tighten the loop (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Rnd 3: *1 sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc* Repeat around (18)

Rnd 4: *1 sc in the next 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc* Repeat around (24)

Rnd 5: *1 sc in the next 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc* Repeat around (30)

Rnd 6-16: 1 sc in each sc around (30)

Rnd 17: *1 sc in the next 3 sc, sc2tog* repeat around (24)

Rnd 18: *1 sc in the next 2 sc, sc2tog* Repeat around (18)

Rnd 19: *1 sc in the next sc, sc2tog* Repeat around (12)

At this point stuff firmly

Rnd 20: sc2tog around to close the hole

Finish off and weave in ends

The chick does have a little tail! I just forgot to take a picture!

How to make the Chick:

The beak and the little tuft of hair were sewn on using a tapestry needle and the eyes are cheap googly eyes which are self adhesive.

Wings & Tail : 

Make 3

In a magic loop,

Rnd 1: 6 sc, tighten the loop (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)

Rnd 3-5: 1 sc in each sc (12)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing

The feet are made from 1 orange pipe cleaner, I simply folded it into little V shapes and split it in half to form the feet, to attach them I used excess wool from sewing the tail on to sew the feet in place but feel free to use glue if you're more comfortable with that.

Again, sorry I forgot to take a picture of the tail!

 How to to make the Bunny:

Note: the front legs for the bunny are the same as the legs for the cat

The eyes are again cheap googly eyes, and the face is sewn on with a tapestry needle, the tail is made using the smallest setting on my bobble maker.

Ears:

Make 2

In a magic loop,

Rnd 1: 6 sc (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)

Rnd 3-11: 1 sc in each sc (12)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Hind legs:

Make 2

In a Magic loop,


Rnd 1: 6 sc (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)

Rnd 3-5: 1 sc in each sc (12)


Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.


How to make the Cat:

The face is sewn on with a tapestry needle, the belly is also just a simple crocheted circle and optional!, stripes were also sewn onto the back with a tapestry needle.

Ears:

Make 4 - 2 the main fur colour and 2 in pink, then sew one of each together

Ch 6

Row 1: sc into second ch from hook and into the next 4 ch, ch 1 & turn (5)

Row 2: sc2tog, 1 sc sc2tog, ch 1 & turn (3)

Row 3: sc2tog, 1 sc, ch 1 & turn (2)

Row 4: sc2tog (1)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Legs:

Make 4

In a magic loop,

Rnd 1: 6 sc in the loop, tighten loop

Rnd 2-6: 1 sc in each sc (6)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Tail:


In a magic loop,

Rnd 1: 6 sc in the loop, tighten loop

Rnd 2-12: 1 sc in each sc (6)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

I hope you give this nice little project a go! it's quick and fun to do and a great project to get the kids involved in making their own animals!

Please let me know what animals you would like to see next and be sure to comment on how your animals turned out!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Crochet Babies Slumber Hat Pattern

To begin with, we apologize for the lack of patterns the last couple days, both my mother and I have the flu which we are trying to get over as quickly as possible!

This is a cute little hat that is easily completed with 2 hours and the little ones look absolutely adorable in these! Fitting ages 0-6 months.

These hats make excellent baby shower presents or just a gift in general, it hardly uses any wool and looks amazing!

Note: this pattern requires the use of front and back post double crochet


Using a 4 mm hook


Start with a magic loop

Rnd 1: 8 hdc into magic loop, tighten the loop, join with sl st, ch 2 (8)

Rnd 2-29: hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (8)

Rnd 30: 2 hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (16)

Rnd 31: 1 hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (16)

Rnd 32: *1 hdc in first hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc* Repeat around, join with sl st, ch 2 (24)

Rnd 33: 1 hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (24)

Rnd 34: *1 hdc in the next 2 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc* Repeat around, join with sl st, ch 2 (32)

Rnd 35: 1 hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (32)

Rnd 36: *1 hdc in the next 3 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc* Repeat around, join with sl st, ch 2 (40)

Rnd 37: 1 hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (40)

Rnd 38: *1 hdc in the next 4 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc* Repeat around, join with sl st, ch 2 (48)

Rnd 39: 1 hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (48)

Rnd 40-48: *fpdc, bpdc* Repeat around, join with sl st, ch 2 (48)

Finish off and weave in ends

Continue by making a big bobble and sew it onto the end of the hat



And there you go, one slumber hat :)

As always, please feel free to comment :)

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Crochet Button Up Headband Pattern

One of the biggest issues I touched upon in my last headband pattern, was the utter havoc hats do to your hair, and headbands really aren't much better!

The amount of times I've spent a significant amount of time getting ready to go somewhere or meet someone, you do your makeup to perfection, spend hours getting your hair to sit right, then you go to put on that headband you wanted to wear because it matches your outfit and BOOM! all hard work out the window if you don't get it right the first time -throws teenage tantrum-.

But fear not! this handy little pattern solves the problem those pesky headbands cause!

How about a headband you can place on your head, adjust to your liking and play around with it WITHOUT wrecking your hair? sound good? how about a headband you can button up?



Using a 4.0 mm hook


Ch 4

Row 1: hdc in second ch from hook and into every ch to the end of the row, ch 1 & turn (3)

Row 2: 2 hdc in first hdc, 1 hdc in next hdc, 2 hdc in last hdc, ch 1 & turn (5)

Row 3: 2 hdc in first hdc, 1 hdc in next 3 hdc, 2 hdc in last hdc, ch 1 & turn (7)

Row 4: 2 hdc in first hdc, 1 hdc  in next 5 hdc, 2 hdc in last hdc, ch 1 & turn (9)

Row 5: 1 hdc in each hdc to the end of the row, ch 1 & turn (9)

Row 6-29 (or however many rows to fit round your head): 1 hdc in the Back Loop of each hdc to the end of the row, ch 1 & turn (9)

Row 30: 1 hdc in each hdc to the end of the row, ch 1 & turn (9)

Row 31: sc2tog, 1 hdc in next 5 hdc, sc2tog, ch 1 & turn (7)

Row 32: sc2tog, 1 hdc in next 3 hdc, sc2tog, ch 1 & turn (5)

Row 33: sl st into first hdc, ch 3, sl st into last hdc, ch 1 & turn (5)

(the ch 3 space makes the hole for the button)

Row 34: 3 hdc into the ch 3 space.

Finish off and weave in ends

Sew a big button onto the other end of the band

And you're done :)


You can easily do the button up wherever you like, for instance, for a plain headband just do it up behind your head, personally I think having the button showing is a nice little touch and can look really special if you use a lovely decorative button.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Crocheted Easter Bunny Hats Pattern

Here's another Easter themed pattern for you!

We thought we couldn't not do an Easter bunny pattern and to change things up we have 2 different variations for you :)

These would look adorable on the little ones and I'm sure with a few alterations even the parents can join in with the fun!

Note: The pink bunny hat is bigger than the white one as it uses 2 strands of wool but it uses the exact same beanie hat pattern


You can use whatever beanie patter you are comfortable with, however here is the one we used if you don't have one:

The Beanie:

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.


Stiff Ears (Make 2):



Ch 10

Rnd 1: hdc into second ch from hook and to the end of the row (9)

When you come to the end, do not turn, work in a continuous round (basically instead of turning your work as normal, work round the edge and down the other side)

Rnd 2: hdc in the next 7 hdc, when you reach the corner, 3 hdc in the corner, hdc in the next 8 hdc, 3 hdc in the corner

Rnd 3: hdc in the next 8 hdc, 3 hdc in the corner, hdc in the next 10 hdc, 3 hdc in corner

Rnd 4: hdc in the next 10 hdc

Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing

Floppy Ears (Make 2)


Note: you can easily add pipe cleaners to the inside of the ears to make them into any shape you want, for the purposes of this pattern we left ours floppy


Ch 2

Rnd 1: 4 sc into the second ch from hook (4) 

Rnd 2: sc in each sc around (4)

Rnd 3: 2 sc in each sc (8)

Rnd 4: sc in each sc around (8)

Rnd 5: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc* repeat around (12)

Rnd 6: sc in each sc (12)

Rnd 7: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* repeat around (16)

Rnd 8-20 (or to however long you want them): sc in each sc around (16)

Rnd 21: sc2tog around (8)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Simply fold the ears over 
And there you go :) simple Easter hats that will look adorable on any child

As always please feel free to comment :) we love hearing from you!

Monday, 4 March 2013

Crocheted Bow Headband Pattern

I've seen alot of these headbands floating around the web recently and fell in love with the look of them, it's such an easy but adorable twist on a plain headband and thought it would be a fun and quirky edition to any outfit.

Although I love making hats etc, I very rarely wear them myself, purely because I hate having to deal with a birds nest of a hairdo when I come to take it off, so these headbands are perfect for keeping your ears from freezing and falling off while keeping your hair in almost the same shape you left the house in!

As you know I'm a sucker for a project that can be quickly completed and this pattern is no exception! This doesn't take long at all if you have a spare hour or so and hardly uses any wool, they make cute last minute present ideas as well!

Experiment with different colours! 

Bow Headband Pattern

Basic Wide Headband:

Ch 81 (or however many until it fits round your head)

Row 1: hdc into second ch from hook and into every ch to the end of the row (80), ch 1 & turn

Row 2-8: hdc into every hdc, ch 1 & turn.

Lay the two ends together and sl st along the edge through both pieces to join them together,

Finish off and weave in ends.

The Strip

Ch 11

Row 1: hdc into second ch from hook and in every ch to the end of the row (10), ch 1 & turn

Row 2-8: hdc into each hdc, ch 1 & turn

Finish off leaving a long tail

Using a Tapestry needle, thread this onto the tail you left,

Wrap the strip tightly around a part of the headband, this creates the bow effect

Bring the two ends together and sew the strip shut,

Finish off and weave in ends.

Note: placing the strip over the seam of the headband is a great way to hide it!


And there you go! a very easy and cute headband that doesn't mess your hair up too bad!

As always, please feel free to comment :)

Easy Crochet Lace Headband Pattern

With spring coming up here in the UK (spring being no different to winter whatsoever), we decided to do some spring themed patterns, and to start things off we went with a nice girly lace headband.

This project is very quick to do, it can easily be finished in 10-20 minutes and looks great in a variety of colours.

Although not included in the following pictures, we added accessories to our headbands to jazz them up a bit, on one we put a crocheted daffodil, following the spring theme of course, and on another we added a crocheted bow.

(please comment below if you would be interested in a daffodil/rose/bow crochet tutorial!)

There is a large opportunity for you to get creative with this pattern :) customize it and make it your own to suit any occasion!



Chain 16
Row 1: Skip the first 3 chains, slip stitch into 4th chain - *chain 4 skip 3 chains and slip stitch into 4th chain* continue until end of row, chain 4 and turn.

At this point you should have 4 loops
Row 2: *Slip stitch into the first loop (ch 4 space) and chain 4* repeat to the end of the row, chain 4 and turn.

Row 3-62: Repeat row 2

Note: Please increase/decrease the amount of rows depending on the size of your head!

This pattern makes the headband incredibly stretchy to keep checking to make sure its the right length as you go along.


Finish off, leave a long tail.

Taking a tapestry needle, thread it on to the tail you left,

lay the two ends of the headband together and sew them together.

One lace headband :) easily done in under half an hour!



As always, Please feel free to comment and tell us how you customized your headband for spring :)


Crocheted Ruffle Ring Pattern

This is a quick little project that makes a great statement piece.

I made a ring out of this but you could easily stick a pin through the bottom of this and turn this into a broach or corsage, perfect for a special occasion!

This is another one of my 30 minute projects, great for beginners!



The Ruffle

Using a size 3.5mm hook

ch 10, sl st into first chain to form a loop, ch 2,

Rnd 1: 5 dc into each ch all the way around, join with first dc with a sl st, ch 2,

Note: the ring will automatically start to ruffle up by itself due to the amount of double crochets in each chain, don't worry if it doesn't look like it will at first!

Rnd 2: 7 dc into each dc all the way around, join with first dc with a sl st,

Finish off and weave in loose ends

Taking a tapestry needle and the same colour yarn, position the ruffles how you would like them to be and simply stitch them down to hold them in place, you can also stitch through the middle of the entire ruffle to stop it from opening up and flapping about.

The Strap (make 2)

For a step by step picture tutorial of making and attaching the strap, click here

This bit varies depending on how big your hands are and on what finger you want the ring on,

As I have quite large hands, my measurements are quite big,

Please adjust according to the size you want it,

(for middle finger)

ch 15, sl st into the first ch to create a loop, finish off and trim ends,

On the bottom of the ruffle, position the loops about 1-2 cm apart,

Using the needle and yarn from earlier, sew the rings to the bottom of the ruffle,

Finish off and weave in ends.

And that's that :) one ruffle ring.

As always, please feel free to comment :) we would love to see what you come up with!

Friday, 1 March 2013

Easy Crocheted Rose Ring Pattern

Over the last few days Ive been really focused on creating patterns that are very easy providing you know crochet basics and are very quick to do (30 minutes to an hour).

I came up with this after seeing some lovely jewellery on pinterest but wasn't willing to pay a crazy amount of money, so I took my normal rose pattern that  use for headbands and broaches and simply shrank it down a little and voila! a rose ring.

This is easily completed in about 15 minutes and looks great! plus its good for using up scrap bits of wool you have.



The Rose

Using a size 3mm hook

Ch 31

Row 1: sc into second ch from hook and into every ch to the end of the row, ch 1 and turn


Row 2: sc into the next 2 sc,


 *5 dc in the next sc, sc into next sc, skip the next sc* repeat to the end of the row


You should end up with 8-10 petals - it varied for me as it can be difficult to tell where the stitches are sometimes so don't worry if you have more or less!


Finish off and leave a long tail!

Thread the long tail you left onto a tapestry needle,

Holding on to the bottom row with the petals facing upwards, begin rolling tightly until the petals start to fan out,
If you're having trouble, here is a quick demonstration:

video

Once happy with the shape of the rose, thread the needle through the sides of the rose to hold it securely.

Thread the needle through the rose and out the bottom, do not finish off


The Strap (make 2)

Note: The reason there is two straps is because the rose is quite chunky, it tends to flap about when you're wearing it, the two straps keeps this from happening and holds it more securely to the finger.

This bit varies depending on how big your hands are and on what finger you want the ring on

As i have quite large hands, my measurements are quite big,

Please adjust according to the size you want it

(for middle finger)

ch 15, sl st into the first ch to create a loop, finish off and trim ends


On the bottom of the rose, position the loops about 1-2 cm apart

You should see a circle pattern on the bottom of the rose, use this as guidance
Using the needle and yarn from earlier, sew the rings to the bottom of the rose

Finish off and weave in ends.

There you have it! once finished statement rose ring :)


Please as always, feel free to comment and we would love to see pictures of the completed rings! :D