Monday, 22 April 2013

Easy Crochet Bolero Pattern

We apologise for the very long break in between posting patterns :( both my mum and myself have had a rough week or two when it comes to crocheting, almost like a creative block I guess but have no fear as we are back with a vengeance!

As an apology we are going to be pumping out tonnes of free and easy patterns over the next few days! We are also going to start uploading more tutorials of different stitches and techniques to help some of the beginners out there :)

As of right now this blog has received an incredible 50,000 views!

As a thank you to the amazing response we have received from starting up a blog to post our patterns on we wanted to come up with something a little special to post

Both my mum and I have wanted to make some other clothing items besides hats, slippers etc. but whenever we have a look at patterns which we are interested in, they make utterly no sense to us XD especially when you bring in templates and all that jazz!

That's when we came up with the idea for this little beauty

The idea came from adapting the lace we have done for our headbands, scarves and 2 hour slouchy beanie to create a block of fabric that could be used, also with the weather painfully slowly warming up here in the UK, this may come in handy for keeping your arms covered without having to wear a bulky jumper or hoodie or if you're like me and HATE showing your arms off!

This project can also be easily achieved within a day as it comes together really quickly.

so without further ado, we present our Easy Lace Bolero!





This whole project uses only 1 ball of wool! so don't worry about running out of one colour!

We used a 4mm hook and 1 280 metre ball of 8ply (DK) wool.

This pattern fits both my mum and myself who range from a UK size 12 to 16, however if you find that it is not wide enough or is too long feel free to take or add chains to make it fit you :)

This pattern is worked in sets of 4 - if you alter the number of starting chains please check to make sure your end number is a multiple of 4 otherwise it will not work
 
Bolero Pattern

Ch 120

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

You should now have 30 loops

Row 2: sl st into first ch 4 space (The first loop), *ch 4 and sl st into the next loop* continue to the last loop, ch 4 and turn.

Row 3-72: Repeat row 2

Note: The number of rows is only a rough guide, you can do as many as you are comfortable with, the correct length should join up loosely underneath your arms.

Finish off and weave in ends

You should now have a large rectangle



Fold the rectangle in half length ways



Taking a tapestry needle and the same coloured wool, sew along the length of both pieces till you reach the 3rd or 4th loop, finish off and weave in ends

Repeat on the other side (this creates the arm holes)

And there you have it :) one bolero/cardigan thingy perfect for spring and summer!

There is so much room for customisation in this project to really make it your own, try using vibrant colours of wool maybe?

 


 you could even add some cute appliques or broaches such as a crochet rose or bow perhaps?

Please as always drop us a comment :) we always love to hear back from you and we love to see how you customise yours :)

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Crochet Owl Sleep Mask Pattern

This is a great little project that takes hardly and time and a few scraps that anyone who sews or crochets will have laying around :)

These eye masks make great party favors for a girly sleepover, perfect for those of us unlucky to work nights  or just those of us who prefer to not get up until the early afternoon ;)

I used a size 4mm crochet hook and standard 8 ply (DK) wool, as well as a little bit of elastic.

Finished Product
The Mask


ch 3

Row 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc, 2 sc in last ch, ch1 and turn (5)

Row 2: 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 and turn (5)

Row 3: 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1 and turn (7)

Row 4: 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 and turn (7)

Row 5: 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1 and turn (9)

Row 6-11: 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 and turn (9)

Row 12: sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (7)

Row 13: 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 and turn (7)

Row 14: sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (5)

Row 15: 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 and turn (5)

Row 16: 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1 and turn (7)

Row 17: 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 and turn (7)

Row 18: 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1 and turn (9)

Row 19-23: 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 and turn (9)

Row 24: sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (7)

Row 25: 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 and turn (7)

Row 26: sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (5)

Row 27: 1 sc in each sc, ch 1 and turn (5)

Row 28: sc2tog, 1 sc, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (3)

Sc around the outside of the mask as many times as you like to make it the size you want (I went round twice with mine)

Finish off and weave in loose ends

Now attach pieces of elastic to the sides

And there you go! One easy sleep mask!

Eyes (Make 2):

In a magic loop,

Rnd 1: 8 hdc, join and ch 1

Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each hdc, join and ch 1

Rnd 3: 2 hdc in each hdc, join and finish off leaving a long tail for sewing

To create the eyes, use a tapestry needle and a little black wool to create them

Beak:

ch 7

Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch to the end of the row, ch 1 and turn

Row 2: hdc dec in the next 2 hdc, hdc in the next 2 hdc, hdc dec in the last 2 hdc, ch 1 and turn

Row 3: hdc dec in the next 2 hdc, hdc dec in the last 2 hdc, ch 1 and turn

Row 4: hdc dec in the last 2 hdc, ch 2

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing

Assemble and sew all the bits to the main mask and attach a bit of elastic long enough to stretch round your head to the sides of the mask and you're done!

One owl sleep mask!


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