Friday, 15 November 2013

250,000 Views! And Competition Time!

So I thought I'd head on over to the blog to check how many views we had today and.........
 
 OH MY GOD WE HIT 250,000 VIEWS!!!!!!
Wow....just wow! a quarter of a million views! 250,000 people thought our patterns were good enough to look at!



We have both talked it over and decided we wanted to do something special, we wanted to give away something but that would mean we could only include the UK.

So we are still doing a giveaway but a little differently so everyone around the world can participate!

There are 3 premium patterns up for grabs which will not be displayed on the blog and are patterns we are both very proud of.

- A lace beret

-A moustache pillow

-A Christmas teddy Bear

To enter the competition you:

-Must have a valid email address (one that you use regularly so we can get in contact if you win!)

- Enter using the contact page on our blog

Replying to this post or on facebook will not count as an entry!

Use the contact us form to send us a little message with what pattern you would like out of the three the most.

3 Winners will be chosen at random and announced on the below date.

The deadline is Tuesday Midnight with winners being announced on the 22nd of November (a week from now)

Thank you all so much for sticking with us! We have hit a very important milestone for us and its only up from here! Expect loads of great new content in the coming months and we hope you all have a wonderful day!

Anna & Crissy

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Chunky Winter Headband Pattern

Now I know you're thinking....a headband? in winter? (at least where we are!) yes I know it sounds completely mad but trust us on this one OK?

This headband is designed for winter....as random as that sounds....

We used really chunky wool and made the headband wider so it covers your ears, see we aren't completely mad!.....yet XD



This would make a great Christmas present as it doesn't take long at all to do and you can make loads from just one ball of wool, plus you can personalise them any way you choose, we have given you one option below.


This pattern relies on you using a very chunky wool, it needs to be thick enough for you to use a size 7-8 hook with! So use bulky wool!
Terminology (we use US terms!):

ch = chain

sl st = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

hdc = half double crochet

tr = treble crochet


Chunky Headband
 

Ch 11

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

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

Row 3-22 (or to how ever many fit your head comfortably): sc into the back loop only to the end of the row, ch 1 and turn (10)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Using a tapestry needle and the long tail you left, bring the two ends of the headband together, line them up and sew together, weave in ends and there you go! one very warm headband!

Of course feel free to leave it as it is or add your own decoration.

I originally wanted to put a sparkly large snowflake on the side and my mum wanted to put this large flower, of course we had a disagreement over what should go where etc. etc....In the end we settled for the flower which is shown in the picture below, it is supposed to be based on a poinsettia which is primarily a Christmas flower here and with the addition of a funky button sewn on top, we were both very happy with the result.





Poinsettia

In a magic loop

Rnd 1: *2 sc and chain 2* repeat *to* six times, after the last chain 2, sl st into the first sc, tighten up the magic loop.

Rnd 2: into the first ch2 space, work the following stitches *sc, dc, tr, dc, sc*. This creates one petal, repeat from * to * into every ch2 space. (6 petals total for the round), join with a sl st and finish off leaving a long tail.

Now find a funky looking button and using a tapestry needle and the tail you left, sew the button onto the centre of the button and use the remaining tail to sew the flower into position onto the headband, weave in any loose ends and you're done.



As always please feel free to get in contact with us however you choose, we would love to see how you decorate your chunky headbands!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Things Havent Quite Gone As Planned!

Ok so today didn't quite go as planned.....fine it was an epic failure lol!

I've been fighting all day trying to make the blog a custom background....getting it so close to how I want it but then when its uploaded blogger turns it into a mess by mucking up my colours e.g. pastel green becoming a dark murky green colour....so yeah that's been fun and I'm not entirely sure how to fix it....



Ive been looking at every tutorial under the sun today, from youtube to goggle to fellow bloggers and I've reached a stage in which I'm completely stuck now, I have the borders perfectly aligned, my colour schemes figured out and the overall design I'm going for all planned out, but the second I upload it here all my colours change to dark and depressing.

I've googled the problem all day, tried removing templates/colours/backgrounds and nothing seems to help....So if anyone knows how to fix this problem or even know what the hell it is then please could you get in contact! I'm completely stuck here!!!!!

Considering how today has gone I thought I'd just tell you about what we're up to....when it will all be done and perfect is a completely different story for now lol!

We plan on giving the blog a complete new look, it has roughly looked exactly the same now since we started this in January and we feel as though its time for us to get our own identity by creating a custom background and header for the blog which represents us much better than any preset background could ever do.

We also want to add a completely new section to the blog, we want to highlight our favourite blogs/websites/forums all to do with crochet, bits and bobbles wouldn't have as many views as it does now if it wasn't for other bloggers who have brought attention to us after stumbling across our page in search of patterns. So we want a place to highlight our own favourites whether it is another well known blogger with a large pattern database or a brand new blogger with only a few things to show.

The only thing we managed to achieve blog wise today would be the addition of the contact us page which you can now find up the top there, we have also added the contact feature to all of our pattern pages, that way if you encounter a problem with any of our patterns or don't understand how something is written, you can copy and paste that directly into the contact us box so we can help you better.

My mum has also been hard at work today creating a new pattern which will be going on the blog tomorrow, she has made this lovely chunky headband which is great for covering your ears, perfect for winter! So expect that tomorrow!

We are tackling each problem as it arises and are trying to improve the whole experience for you our lovely viewers :) yes there has been a few hiccups today but no doubt we will find a way around them....somehow!

As always please feel free to get in contact with us via our snazzy new contact us box or from leaving us a message on our facebook page or comment section.

(p.s if you happen to know anything about creating custom backgrounds please get in contact as i could really use some help!)

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Christmas Stocking Pattern!

This has been one of our most requested Christmas related patterns so here it is!
Christmas Stocking!
 
 
You will need:

  • 1 ball of red wool (you will only use at the most 1/4)
  • A small amount of white wool
  • Tapestry needle
  • Some scissors

Terminology (we use US terms!)

ch = chain

sl st = slip stitch

hdc = half double crochet

The numbers at the end of the rows in brackets are the number of stitches you should have at the end of each round.

In a magic loop (click here for a tutorial for a magic loop!)

Rnd 1: 6 hdc in the magic loop, tighten the loop, sl st into the top of the first hdc to join, ch 1 (6)

Rnd 2: 2 hdc into every hdc to the end of the round, join with a sl st, ch 1 (12)

Rnd 3: *1 hdc into the next hdc, 2 hdc into the next hdc* repeat *to* to the end of the round, join with a sl st, ch 1 (18)

Rnd 4: *1 hdc into the next 2 hdc, 2 hdc into the next hdc* repeat *to* to the end of the round, join with a sl st, ch 1 (24)

Rnd 5: *1 hdc into the next 3 hdc, 2 hdc into the next hdc* repeat *to* to the end of the round, join with a sl st, ch 1 (30)

Rnd 6: *1 hdc into the next 4 hdc, 2 hdc into the next hdc* repeat *to* to the end of the round, join with a sl st, ch 1 (36)

Note: at this point, feel free to keep increasing till it gets to the size you want, just be sure to adjust the pattern accordingly.

Rnd 7-12: 1 hdc into each hdc around, join with a sl st, ch 1 (36)

Right! now comes the interesting part.....stick with it! I promise it will make sense the more you do!

Rnd 13-20: 1 hdc in the next 18 hdc, ch 1 and turn (18)

This should have created a flap, told you it would look weird! Don't worry this will actually be the heel!

Slip stitch into the next 9 hdc, this should put you in the middle of the flap

Fold the slap in half and slip stitch the two parts together and chain 1 when you reach the top

Now turn the whole thing inside out, it should look like a trainer sock or shoe

And you're ready to continue!

Rnd 21: hdc around the whole rim, basically hdc into each stitch along the sides of the flap and over the curve that's left, I ended up with 44 hdc but it doesn't matter if you have a few extra or less as it doesn't effect the overall look, ch 1. (44)

Rnd 22-32: 1 hdc into each hdc around, join with a sl st, ch 1 (44)

Switch to either fluffy wool such as snowflake yarn or just use regular white wool (note if you use regular white do 8 rows instead of 4!)

Rnd 33-36: 1 hdc into each hdc around, join with a sl st, ch 1 (44)

Finish off and weave in the loose ends.

And you're done!

One Christmas stocking!

Feel free to decorate this however you like! For instance, I used some of the fluffy wool left over to stitch a design in to the bottom of the stocking as shown here:



As always feel free to get in contact with us if you have any questions or just to show us how you decorated your stocking!

Friday, 8 November 2013

Christmas Baby Booties/Tree Ornament Pattern

We had a request a little while back from one of our friends to make some Christmas themed baby boots for them as a present for a baby shower and thought we would share the pattern with you :)

The pattern itself is very similar to our old baby booties pattern we posted earlier on in the year but with a few adjustments to make it more.....Christmassy?



We ended up making a bunch of these to use as tree decorations, you simply thread some string or wool through the top rim and you have yourself an adorable tree decoration!

To make these booties even more adorable, we used a special wool for the rim of the boots to make them look like little stockings, the wool is called Sirdar Snuggly Chunky Snowflake and we used it in the colour pure white.



This stuff is a little bit pricey at £2.40 for 62 metres from Hobbycraft (The cheapest we found it!) but a little goes a long way! And beginners beware! This wool looks pretty but if you're new to crochet it will be fairly difficult to see where your stitches are!

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 or Christmas gift!



Terminology used (Note: we use US Crochet terms!)
  • ch - Chain
  • sl st - Slip Stitch
  • sc - Single Crochet
  • dc - Double Crochet
  • hdc - Half double crochet
  • sc2tog - Single crochet two together
  • dc2tog - Double crochet two together
You will need: Regular DK wool in red, regular DK wool in white (or the fluffy wool mentioned above!), a 3.5mm crochet hook and a tapestry needle.


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 9-12: Switch to either white fluffy or regular white wool, hdc in each st around, join with a sl st and ch 2 (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 :) whether you chose to make the booties or use them as tree ornaments!
Make sure to like us on facebook to see the latest patterns we post! And as always please feel free to leave us a comment or get in touch if you have any questions :)

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Babies Santa Hat Free Pattern!

With Christmas approaching at the speed of light, we thought we better kick ourselves into gear and start cranking out the patterns!
 
 
We have lots of patterns coming your way after our autumn break! We are back with a vengeance and have everything from quick Christmas gift guides to fancy looking presents to give that someone special and even some crochet Christmas tree ornaments! So keep checking back or like us on facebook to keep updated!
Now! onto the first of many patterns! A cute little Babies Santa Hat!
 
 
 
 
This is a great little gift or project for anyone with a baby or toddler (why people feel the need to dress their children up in ridiculous costumes I'll never know! looking at you here mother! - Crissy)

The pattern can be easily adjusted to fit younger/older children by either increasing or decreasing the amount of increase rows.

Abbreviations (please note this is US terminology) :

Ch: Chain
Sl st: Slip stitch
HDC: Half double crochet

Please note: the numbers in brackets at the end of a round are the amount of stitches you should have at the end of that round.

With the red wool make a magic loop, click here for a good tutorial we found on how to do this.

Rnd 1: Chain 2 (this counts as the first hdc throughout the pattern), 5 hdc within the loop, join with a sl st into the ch 2 and tighten the loop. (6)

Rnd 2: Chain 2, hdc into same space as the chain 2, 2 hdc into each of the next 5 hdc, join with a sl st. (12)

Rnd 3-4: Chain 2, hdc into each hdc, join with a sl st. (12)

Rnd 5: Chain 2, hdc into same space as the chain 2, * 1 hdc into next hdc, 2 hdc into next hdc* repeat *to* to the end of the row, join with sl st. (18)

Rnd 6-7: Chain 2, hdc into each hdc, join with a sl st. (18)

Rnd 8: Chain 2, hdc into same space as the chain 2, * 1 hdc into the next 2 hdc, 2 hdc in the next hdc* repeat *to* to the end of the round, join with sl st. (24)

Rnd 9-10: Chain 2, hdc into each hdc, join with a sl st. (24)

Rnd 11: Chain 2, hdc into same space as the chain 2, *1 hdc into the next 3 hdc, 2 hdc into the next hdc* repeat *to* to the end of the round, join with a sl st. (30)

Rnd 12-13: Chain 2, hdc into each hdc, join with a sl st. (30)

Rnd 14: Chain 2, hdc into same space as the chain 2, *1 hdc into the next 4 hdc, 2 hdc into the next hdc* repeat *to* to the end of the round, join with a sl st. (36)

Rnd 15-16: Chain 2, hdc into each hdc, join with a sl st. (36)

Rnd 17: Chain 2, hdc into same space as the chain 2, *1 hdc into the next 5 hdc, 2 hdc into the next hdc* repeat *to* to the end of the round, join with a sl st. (42)

Rnd 18-19: Chain 2, hdc into each hdc, join with a sl st. (42)

Rnd 20: Chain 2, hdc into same space as the chain 2, *1 hdc into the next 6 hdc, 2 hdc into the next hdc* repeat *to* to the end of the round, join with a sl st. (48)

Rnd 21-22: Chain 2, hdc into each hdc, join with a sl st. (48)

Rnd 23: Chain 2, hdc into same space as the chain 2, *1 hdc into the next 7 hdc, 2 hdc into the next hdc* repeat *to* to the end of the round, join with a sl st. (54)

Rnd 24-30: Chain 2, hdc into each hdc, join with a sl st. (54)

Rnd 31-32: for these 2 rows you will need to be familiar with front and back post stitches, click here for a simple tutorial we found if you don't know how to do this.

Chain 2, Alternate between front post and back post stitches to the end of the round, this should make a ridge effect.

When you come to the second row of front and back post stitches, make sure you do the same stitch as the row below, for instance wherever you did a front post stitch, you do the same in the round above.

Finish off and weave in loose ends

make and sew on a bobble and you're done! one adorable baby Santa hat!


 
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