Friday, 28 June 2013

100,000 VIEWS!!!!! WOW!!!!!

So I just decided to check on how the blog is doing today and I to my surprise.....
 
WE HIT 100,000 VIEWS!!!!!!!!
 
just.....wow :D I mean it only seemed like a few days ago I got this happy when we had 100 views in total!!!!!
 
A big thank you to everyone who has supported and helped us along the way! You have inspired us to keep this blog alive through all your positive feedback!
 
As a thank you, we would love to do something special we haven't done before on the blog, but we aren't sure what yet.....
 
We was thinking maybe of a pattern giveaway or something like that
 
If anyone has any ideas on what you think we should do then please leave a suggestion!

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Babies Snuggle Blanket Pattern

After doing our last baby blanket, we decided we wanted to do another one but with a little bit of a twist.....

After hunting through countless pictures on Google and Pinterest for inspiration we stumbled upon a picture of a blanket which had a babies toy attached......both my mum and I had seen these before but it had us both going awwwwwww

We decided then and there that it would be our next project.....now we know you can easily Google something similar and that the idea is nowhere near our own but we have both worked really hard and are very proud of what we've done (especially proud of my mum as I become a nightmare on longer projects since I get bored VERY quickly), so we thought we would share the pattern we can up with.

For this pattern you will need 3 balls of DK wool (you will have lots left over!), all in different colours and a 4mm crochet hook, for our blanket we used:

  • Grey (A)
  • White (B)
  • Light Pink (C)
This project took us roughly 2 days to complete, it would have taken us a lot less but I've recently had to help move all my stuff from one house to another and my mum sadly hasn't been feeling very well as of late.

Anyway! we chose a bunny for the blanket shown in the pictures as it was aimed at a baby girl, but feel free to find any alternative animal you wish :)

Also please bear with us as the blanket pattern was by far the hardest thing we have ever had to write up! To save you the hassle if our pattern makes no sense to you, I have included a handy link to a basic granny square pattern here



Blanket
 
Chain 5, sl st into the first ch to create a loop

ch 3, (this counts as your first dc now and throughout the pattern)
 
Work row 1 in the loop you have just created
Row 1: 2 dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, sl st into ch3 to finish row.

Finish off

With the next colour sl st into any of the ch2 spaces to join

Row 2: *ch3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3dc all into ch 2 space, ch1* Repeat 3 more times, sl st into ch3 to finish row. 
 

Finish off

With the next colour sl st into any of the ch2 spaces to join

Finish off

With the next colour sl st into any of the ch2 spaces to join

Row 3: Ch 3, 2 dc , ch 2, 3 dc into first corner space, ch 1, 3 dc into ch 1 space, ch 1, Ch 3, 2 dc , ch 2, 3 dc into second corner space, ch 1, 3 dc into ch 1 space, ch 1, Ch 3, 2 dc , ch 2, 3 dc into third corner space, ch 1, 3 dc into ch 1 space, ch 1, Ch 3, 2 dc , ch 2, 3 dc into fourth corner space, ch 1 and sl st into ch 3 to finish row.
 
Finish off,
 
Repeat row 3, changing colour each round.
 
Please note, with each new row you will be adding an extra *ch 1, 3 dc into ch 1 space, ch1* to each side
 
Carry on until you have 16 rows,
 
Finish off and weave in all loose ends (this will take a LONG time)
 
 
 
Bunny
 
These are worked in continuous rounds
Head
 
In a magic loop,
 
Rnd 1: 6 sc, tighten loop (6)
 
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
 
Rnd 3: 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in 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: 1 sc in the next 4 sc, 2 sc in the next sc, repeat around (36)
 
Rnd 7-18: 1 sc in each sc around (36)
 
Rnd 19: 1 sc in the next 4 sc, sc2tog, repeat around (30)
 
Rnd 20: 1 sc in the next 3 sc, sc2tog, repeat around (24)
 
Rnd 21: 1 sc in the next 2 sc, sc2tog, repeat around (18)
 
Rnd 22: 1 sc in the next sc, sc2tog, repeat around (12)
 
Rnd 23: sc2tog, repeat around (6)
 
Finish off leaving a long tail.
 
Using a tapestry needle, sew the remaining gap closed, do not weave in ends, this can be used to attach the head to the blanket later.
 
Ears (make 2)
 
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 8-10: 1 sc in each sc around (16)

Rnd 11: 1 sc in first sc, sc2tog, repeat around (12)

Rnd 12-17: 1 sc in each sc around (12)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing to the head.

Now all that's left to do is:
  • Assemble the head
  • Use a tapestry needle to create the face

  • Sew the head to the centre of the blanket
And you're done!

Phew that was a big project! 

Of course your not restricted by colour at all! use whatever colour combinations and animals you like! as shown below:



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Monday, 24 June 2013

Easiest Beanie Ever Pattern!

One of the things I struggled with when I first began crocheting is finding a decent beanie pattern that I could understand, every pattern I came across I didn't understand or I'd get half way through and get completely lost

Hdc....dc....sc2tog....All of that made no sense at the time and I wished at the time there was just one simple pattern designed for a complete beginner to understand

So I made it my mission to create a extremely easy pattern for beginners, one that uses only the very basic of crochet stitches, one that doesn't take very long at all, one that didn't have a difficult to understand assembly and most of all didn't have to decrease at the top to close the beanie up!

And so the beginners beanie was created!



Feel free to mess around with this pattern however you like! this was created to be plain and simple so feel free to add some funky colours or appliques or flowers...etc etc :D

Terminology (note all terminology is in US terms):

sc - Single Crochet

sl st - Slip Stitch

blo - Back Loop Only

As you can see this pattern uses the very basics of crochet to create a very easy but great looking hat!

However if you are not familiar with working in the back loop as specified above, we have included a link to crochetspot.com where we found a nice and easy to understand picture tutorial:

http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-in-front-back-or-both-loops/

Using regular DK (8ply) wool in which ever colour you choose and a 4mm crochet hook:



The Band:

Ch 11

Row 1: sc into the second ch from the hook and into the next 9 ch, ch 1 and turn (10)

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

Bring the two ends together and line them up, slip stitch through both pieces along the edge to join them together, do not finish off!

Rotate the band so it is laying sideways





Main Beanie:

Row 1: ch 1 and work 76 evenly spaced sc round the band of the hat, I worked 2 sc in each of the little dips if that helps

From here on you will be working in continuous rounds, this means that you will not have to join with a slip stitch or turn at any point, simply single crochet continuously in one direction, you may want to use a stitch marker to give you an indication of where you are in each row and to help you count how many you've done.

Row 2-30: sc in each sc around (76)

Note: you can make this beanie as large or as small as you want, the 30 rows is just what we did :)

Finish off leaving a long tail of at least 9" (23cm)

Taking a tapestry needle, thread it onto the tail you left, loosely weave the tail through every other sc and pull as you go along to close the hole

When the hat is fully closed, simply run a few simple stitches through the top of the beanie to hold it closed

It looks a little like a beret from this angle lol

weave in ends and you're done! One finished beginners beanie!

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Face Scrubbies Pattern

Here's a simple yet very useful pattern handy to have laying around!

My mum first got the idea for these a while back when I started going through ALOT of cotton pads due to a medical condition which led to loads of skin problems and lots of skin products to get rid of them.

Of course there were cheap alternatives to cotton pads and you can always get them from discount stores....But in reality some of us can't spare the time or money it takes to go get these things.

So she thought she would make her own.

She thought it would be useful to have something small enough which can wash, cleanse and all that jazz without getting your hair or clothes wet like a flannel can.

It also had to be rough enough to provide good exfoliation but soft enough so it didn't irritate my already sensitive skin

Plus it had to be very good at holding the products that I use on a daily basis, I mean what good it is if my products cant/wont foam up properly

And so she created these little funky face scrubbies



A word of warning, this pattern does require the use of a puff stitch, if you don't know how to do one, click here to see an old tutorial of ours
Face Scrubbies Pattern
In a magic loop

Row 1: 8 puff st into magic loop, tighten loop, join with slip st, ch 2 (8)

Row 2: 2 puff st in same space as ch 2 , 2 puff st in between each puff st from previous row, ch 2 (16)


Row 3: 2 puff st in same space as ch 2, 2 puff st in between each puff st from previous row (32)

Fasten off and weave in ends.
And that's all there is to it!

As you can see from the picture below, we ended up making way too many!



They come together really quickly and are actually very nice to use

My Honest Review:

The first time I tried using them it felt weird to be using wool on my face but was genuinely quite nice and soft to use, the wool helped my products foam correctly and held the product well, in fact I had to spend a little longer trying to get all the product out of the face scrubbies, I also found they are really good for getting all the makeup off your skin.

Pros:

Gentle on your skin - I have really sensitive skin and these didn't cause any negative effects

Cost effective - these hardly use any wool, can easily be made out of scraps

Good exfoliation - removes dead skin effectively

Quick drying

Reusable - Can be put through the washing machine!



Cons:

Can dry out your skin if you scrub too hard - Make sure to moisturise to avoid this!

If you wash them too often in the washing machine they may lose their shape - Weirdly this doesn't happen when you wash your face or soak them in the sink



Overall they are great to use and are worth doing!

These are fantastic especially if you have a daughter who wears a lot of makeup/is into skincare!

 
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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Baby Booties Pattern

Here is our second baby related pattern of the day!

My mum and I recently went to a local craft fair and saw about 70% of the crochet and knitting stalls selling these tiny (and very adorable) baby booties.

Now we have always seen them posted on pattern websites and on Pinterest but we were never really inspired to make them until we saw them up close and personal.

So we did some searching online but didn't really find a pattern we both agreed on or liked very much, so we combined the elements of a few patterns plus our own ideas to simplify it down as much as possible and this is what we came up with!

 

 

You can achieve many different sizes of booties just by changing your hook size, for instance, the pink booties were made with a 3.5mm hook and we have worked out the sizing to be suitable for a newborn, however, use a 4mm and double up on your wool and you get something suitable for a 3-6 month old, our biggest pair (the red ones) worked out to be suitable for a 3-4 year old and that was with using super chunky wool and a 8mm hook

These do not take long at all! you can easily get a pair done within an hour, which is perfect for a last minute baby shower gift or as a little treat for yourself if you happen to be expecting a litlun!



Baby Booties

 
Ch 9.

Rnd 1: 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 5
ch, 6 dc in the last ch, turn to work along opposite side of the
beginning ch, dc in next 5 ch, 3 dc in last ch, sl st in top
of first ch, ch 2 (22)

Rnd 2: hdc in same space as sl st, 2 hdc in each
of next 2 dc, hdc in next 5 dc, 2 hdc in each of next 6 dc,
hdc in next 5 dc, 2 hdc in each of next 3 dc, join with a sl st, ch 2 (34)

Rnd 3: hdc in the back loop of each st around,
join with a sl st, ch 2 (34)

Rnd 4: hdc in next 8 hdc, dc2tog (decrease) 8 times, hdc in
next 9 hdc, join with a sl st, ch 2 (26)

Rnd 5: hdc in next 8 hdc, dc2tog (decrease) 4 times, hdc in
next 9 hdc, join with a sl st, ch 2 (22)

Rnd 6: hdc in next 8 hdc, dc2tog (decrease) 2 times, hdc in
next 9 hdc, join with a sl st, ch 2 (20)

Rnd 7-8: hdc in each st around, join with a sl st and ch 2 (20)

Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with a sl st (20)

Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
 
And there you go! One adorable pair of baby booties!
 
 
This pattern can be adapted in so many different ways so please leave us a comment telling us what you did with yours :)
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Tulip Baby Blanket Pattern

One of the things we thought this blog lacked was children's and babies items, since there are no children in the household and we don't know anyone with small children we could borrow, we never really felt inspired to create anything for the younger generations since we didn't have anyone to model for us.

Well, until now, my mum came up with this pretty flower pattern about a week ago and thought it would look great as a blanket which is how we got onto baby things.

It started off as a stripey blanket until she turned it around and I commented that it looked like little tulips in a row, since then we have called it our tulip pattern.

This pattern also contains a tutorial for how to do a V stitch!

This blanket takes around 2 days working at a slow pace and 1 ball of each colour used (you should have a lot left over!)

For this pattern, you will need 3 balls of DK wool, each in a different colour

A - This will be the main colour of the blanket, we chose a pale yellow for ours

B - This will be the stem and leaves of the tulips, we chose a mint green colour

C - This will be the tulip petals, we chose a bright pink

As mentioned above, you will be using DK (8ply) wool and a 4mm crochet hook for this project.



Spring Tulip Baby Blanket Pattern

Ch 91 with A


Row 1: hdc into second ch from hook, hdc into each st to end of row, ch 2, turn (90)

Row 2: hdc into each st to end of row, Attach B with a sl st, ch 3 and turn (90)

Row 3: dc into same space as the ch 3 (This counts as first V stitch),* miss next 2 hdc, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc into same st*, repeat from * to * until end of row, Attach C with a sl st, ch 3 and turn (You should have 30 V's)

Row 4: 2 dc into first V stitch (ch 3 counts as first), 3 dc into each V stitch until end of row, attach A with a sl st, ch 2 and turn (90)

Row 5 - 6

As Row 2

Row 7

As Row 3

Row 8

As Row 4

Rows 1-4 represent the pattern, repeat until the blanket is the desired size.


Now with A, begin working two rows of double crochet around the edge of the blanket to add a nice border and to neaten up the edges

Note: When adding the border, add 3 extra dc on the corners to stop the blankets edges from curling up

Fasten off.

Now comes the "fun part"

Taking a tapestry needle, begin weaving in and trimming off loose ends, this can take a while depending on the size of the blanket you make so put on some music or your favourite TV show and get to work!

And there you go! one adorable tulip baby blanket!

       
  (Here you can see the little tulip shapes)

This would make an amazing baby shower gift or as a little gift to yourself if you have your own little bundle of joy on the way!

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Saturday, 8 June 2013

1 Hour Slippers Pattern

One of the most popular and most requested patterns we have to date is that of a slipper pattern, we posted our original slipper pattern a few months back and it went nuts view wise being the most searched thing on our blog!

The other day my mum and I went into Hobbycraft and my mum spotted a great deal on a usually expensive wool plus it was 3 for 2! So of course we had to have it being the wool addicts that we are (slowly hides the masses of wool under a blanket), but then came the dilemma of what we were going to do with it......

The wool we bought

I first tried to make some kind of chunky lace spring scarf but it all went disastrously wrong and was unravelled, my mum then tried to make a cat bed out of it but we both agreed that it wouldn't work, she then tried to make a pair of slippers which went horribly wrong but we thought with a few tweaks, her idea could work

And so the 1 hour slippers were born! (well made but you know what I mean)



These things come together so quickly (30 minutes per slipper) so they're perfect for a small project or as a last minute gift! they are also incredibly comfy and amazingly fun on wooden floors

(Beware these may be unsuitable for some due to their slippery nature on wooden floors!)

We used a 8mm crochet hook and a super chunky yarn of your choice (we used Paton's Fab Big Colour)

Small (sizes 3-5)

In a Magic loop

Rnd 1: 6 dc, tighten loop, sl st into first dc and ch 3 (6)

Rnd 2: 2 dc in each dc around, join and ch 3 (12)

Rnd 3: *1 dc into first dc, 2 dc into next dc* repeat around, join and ch 3 (18)

Rnd 4-5: 1 dc into each dc, join and ch 3 (18)

Rnd 6: 1 dc into the next 14 dc, ch 3 and turn (14)  (do not join, this creates the hole for your foot)

Rnd 7-8: Repeat round 6

Turn the slipper inside out at this point, align the slipper so that the flat panel you have just created folds together to create the heel of the slipper, sl st through both bits to join them together

Finish off and weave in loose ends



Large (sizes 6-8)

In a Magic loop

Rnd 1: 6 dc, tighten loop, sl st into first dc and ch 3 (6)

Rnd 2: 2 dc in each dc around, join and ch 3 (12)

Rnd 3: 2 dc in each dc around, join and ch 3 (24)

Rnd 4-5: 1 dc into each dc, join and ch 3 (24)

Rnd 6: 1 dc into the next 15 dc, ch 3 and turn (15)  (do not join, this creates the hole for your foot)

Rnd 7-10: Repeat round 6

Turn the slipper inside out at this point, align the slipper so that the flat panel you have just created folds together to create the heel of the slipper, sl st through both bits to join them together

Finish off and weave in loose ends


 
And there you go! one very easy pair of slippers!
 
Be sure to make two!



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Saturday, 1 June 2013

Spring Tulip Headband Pattern

Here in the UK we seem to be stuck in a permanent winter at the moment, its bloody June and I think we have had 2 days so far where its warm enough to sit outside without limbs freezing off or getting soaked through by constant rain!

Never the less we thought we would work on something at least slightly spring related to make things a little bit more cheerful here on the blog!

My mum was originally making a striped blanket using this pattern until I asked her how she was making those flowers, she looks at it and turns the pattern to the side then realises that her pattern looks like she has crocheted a row of pink tulips.

She then decides it would be perfect for a spring related headband as tulips here in the UK only flower during the spring.

And Ta Da! The Tulip Headband was born!

For this pattern you will need:

3 Different colours of wool, A pink for the tulips (C) , a green for the leaves (B) and another colour of your choice, we chose yellow (A)

A 4mm Crochet hook

And a Tapestry Needle

Note: to increase or decrease the size of this headband, add or takeaway 5 from the starting ch

 

Tulip Headband Pattern
Ch 76 with (C)

Row 1: hdc into second ch from hook and into every ch to the end of the row, ch 2 and turn (75)

Row 2: hdc into every hdc to the end of the row and turn (75)

Finish off with (C)

Attach (B) with a sl st and ch 4

Row 3: dc into same space as the ch 4, *skip 2 hdc, dc, ch 1, dc in the next hdc* Repeat this sequence to the end of the row (you should end up with 26 V shapes)

Finish off with (B) and turn

Attach (A) with a sl st and ch 3

Row 4: 3 dc into the first V (ch 1 space), 3 dc into every V (ch 1 space) to the end of the row.

Finish off with (A) and turn

Attach (C) with a sl st and ch 2

Row 5: hdc into every dc to the end of the row, ch 2 and turn (75)

Row 6: hdc into every hdc to the end of the row

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing

Using a tapestry needle, weave in and trim and loose ends apart from the long tail you left

Bring the two ends of the headband together and line them up, using the tapestry needle and the tail you left, sew through both pieces to join them together, weave in loose ends.

And you're done!



There you go one spring tulip headband! perfect for bringing some joy regardless of the weather!

Feel free to experiment with the colours on this one! This would look lovely in all colours so play around with it to find something you're happy with!

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