Monday, 29 September 2014

Easy Crochet Christmas Mug Cosy Pattern + Updates!

Before getting into a lovely free pattern we have a couple quick updates regarding the blog and what we have been up too!

First of all we have now added 2 new features to the blog which can be found at the very bottom of the page, the first feature is a new print friendly button, this button allows you to print off our patterns without having to print off the entire page worth of pictures and text etc. so it just gives you the pattern which is cool!

The second feature is our new Etsy store banner! this will link you to all the different bits and bobs we have up for grabs on Etsy right now including our brand new book! we have created an eBook for beginners to crochet including a different stitches and a couple of patterns as well which can be found using the app below :)

Right enough babbling onto the free pattern!

Pay no attention to my poor photography skills!

So it's coming to the end of September and shops are already starting to get their first Christmas stock in, I even saw a bloody Christmas tree in the Range the other day! Although I think it is a tad too early for all of this to start as Halloween is much closer we decided to work on a few easy Christmas themed patterns for all of you out there who like to get a head start on your homemade gifts!

This is a very simple little pattern that is moderately friendly as long as you know how to half double crochet and change colours! (you will also be working in both rounds and rows so keep an eye out for that)

You will need:
  • 1 Ball of red DK (8ply) wool
  • 1 Ball of green DK (8ply) wool
  • A 4mm Crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • And of course a regular sized mug!
Christmas Mug Cosy Pattern!

To begin, use a magic loop and red wool.

Rnd 1: Put 12 half double crochets within the magic loop, tighten the loop and then join with a slip stitch into the top of your first half double crochet, chain 2 (12)

Rnd 2: Put 2 half double crochets into each stitch of the previous round, join with a slip stitch and chain 2 (24)

Rnd 3: *2 Half double crochets into the first stitch, 1 half double crochet in the next stitch* repeat from *to* all the way around your round, join with a slip stitch and chain 2 (36)

Rnd 4: 1 half double crochet in each stitch around, join with a slip stitch and chain 2 (36)

At this point check to see how well this circle fits the bottom of the mug, if it is far too small repeat round 4, if not carry on with the rest of the pattern.

Rnd 5: half double crochet into the back loop of every stitch in the round, this is going to make the cosy bend to the shape of the mug, join with a slip stitch (36)

Row 6-7: Switch to green wool, half double crochet into each stitch around, do not join! chain 2 and turn!

Row 8-9: Switch to red wool, half double crochet into each stitch around, do not join! chain 2 and turn!

Repeat rows 6-9 until the cosy covers the whole of your mug, once the desired length is reached use the current colour you have attached to single crochet around the whole of the last row and down around the part that goes around the handle to neaten it up.

Finish off and use a needle to weave in any loose ends you have.

Now use a little bit of ribbon or wool to thread through the opening at the top of the handle and tie a pretty bow to secure it in place around the mug.

And you're done! from this point you can put any decoration on the side of the mug (we used a snowflake!) and you could also fill the mug with the recipients favourite tea/coffee/hot chocolate as a nice little present!

As always please feel free to comment below or get in touch with us on our facebook page if you have any comments or questions! Also keep a look out for a few Halloween themed projects coming up in the next week!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Free Crochet Elsa From Frozen Crown & Hair Pattern!

After a few months break we are back and ready to get going for Christmas! (yes I know its here already!) We apologise for the absence but once again we became swamped with commissions from our store and on top of that I was also approached by a company to write 3 sets of beginners crocheting books which was very exciting to do!

We aren't going to promise that we will post as often as we did a few months back but we will be posting more regularly now the orders have died down enough for us to focus on creating new patterns and stuff :)

This little pattern came about after we had a good friend of our point out we had never really done anything like this before and where she works there has been a boom in Frozen related sales so we decided to give it a go and this is the result! :)

True to most things on this blog it is very quick to do! you can easily have this done in an hour or less plus you can get quite a few out of 1 ball of wool which is always good!

This pattern is worked in sets of 6, this means that you can adjust this pattern to fit any head size as long as your beginning chain ends in a multiple of 6.

For this pattern we will be making the crown to fit a child between the ages of 5-7, if you wish to adjust the size feel free to do so as the principles of this pattern stay the same :)

You will need:
  •  1 Ball of Blue DK (8PLY) wool
  • 4mm Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

The Crown

Begin by splitting your ball of blue wool into 2, basically just roll another ball out of it until you get to about half way.

For this pattern you will be working with 2 strands of wool at the same time, just crochet as normal but use both strands at the same time! this is so the crown is more solid and stable when being worn.

To begin, chain 60

Join the two ends together by slip stitching into the first chain to create one big loop.

Rnd 1) Chain 2, half double crochet into every stitch till you get back to the beginning point, join with a slip stitch (60)

Rnd 2-4) Repeat round 1 (60)

You will now begin to make this headband look like a crown, please read the instructions carefully to create the points.

Rnd 5) Chain 1 and single crochet into the same space as the chain, *skip the next 2 stitches, in the 3rd stitch do 3 double crochet, chain 4 and another 3 double crochet, now skip another 2 stitches and single crochet into the next stitch* repeat everything within the ** all the way around the hat, if you correctly had a multiple of 6 then you shouldn't have any extra stitches left over, if you have a few feel free to fill them with a few extra single crochet or undo your work and start again.

Finish off and use a tapestry needle to weave in any loose ends to complete the crown.

And there you go the crown is finished! you can easily leave it like that or you can add extras such as snowflakes to make it more Frozen related or you can add Elsa style hat to the back as shown below.

To do the hair simply measure out a length of white wool to the length you want the braid to be between your hands, then begin wrapping the wool around and around till it is the thickness you would like, use an extra bit of wool to secure the whole lot together and braid it, secure the end with a hair tie or more wool and tidy up the ends with a pair of scissors before using a tapestry needle to securely sew the braid to the crown at the back.

And you're done! Now you can make your little princess an actual crown to make her feel really special!
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