Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Pattern Testing - Knitted One Ball Shawl

Hello lovely people!  This is just a quick post to share with you a new pattern that I have been working on.  It is designed for beginner knitters and uses the popular yarn cakes which come in a variety of gorgeous colours.  The shawl is knitted in garter stitch making is very easy for newbie knitters.  It features an asymmetric shape with cute sewn in tassels and a shawlette style.  A larger shawl may be maid simply by using 2 balls instead of 1.  The shawl can be worn in many different ways, around the shoulders or as a cowl.  Caron Cakes is recommended for this project, however any similar yarn may be substituted...

The pattern is currently undergoing testing over on my Facebook page and if you are interested, I have space for a couple more testers.  Testing is very easy, you simply follow the pattern and report back with your views on ease of understanding, clarity etc and check for any mistakes.  As compensation for all your hard work you will be gifted a finished copy of the pattern or alternatively you may choose any other pattern from my store...

If you would like to take part head on over to Facebook and leave a comment on the shawl thread.

Ta ta for now

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Crochet Tutorial - How to add a simple shell border to a granny square baby blanket.

A pretty shell border is the perfect way to finish off a crochet project.  You can use it to edge a blanket, a hat or even the cuff of a sleeve...

Simple Shell Edging


dc - double crochet
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
 ch - chain
 sp - space

Adding your border to a granny square...

Join your yarn with a sc, 3 spaces to the right of any corner

then work 7 dc into the next sp...

...and sc in the next sp.

Now working into the corner sp.  Into this and every corner make 9 dc...

...and then a sc into the next sp.

Continue in this fashion around your granny square

until you get back to the beginning.  Join with a sl st to your starting sc.

A row of simple shells makes a great edging for a baby blanket...

This shell border is easy to add to your granny square just remember that you need to work your border on an odd numbered round. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

See you soon

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Crochet Tutorial - The Granny Flower Square

The Granny Flower Square is probably the most simple flower motif out there and can be used to make almost anything your imagination can think of.  Of course my most favourite thing to make has always been blankets and I have made many in the past using this motif.

The Granny Flower Square


dc - double crochet
tr - treble crochet
sl st - slip stitch
 ch - chain
 sp - space

Instructions in parenthesis [  ] are repeated the required number of times.  Join new colours with a sl st.

Foundation Ch 4 and join with a ss to form a ring

Round 1 work 12 dc into the ring.

Round 2 work 2 dc into each space between the stitches from the previous round.

Round 3 work 3 dc into the spaces between each pair of stitches from the previous round.

Round 4 starting in any sp ch 4, 2 tr, ch 2, 3 tr in the same sp (corner made), [3 dc in next sp] x2, *3 tr, ch 2, 3 tr in the next sp, [3 dc in the next sp] x2* work from *to* 2 more times and join with a sl st to beginning ch 3.

 With a few more motifs you could make a blanket like this...

The story behind this blanket can be found here in this post and the full pattern is available in both my Ravelry and Etsy stores...

I would love to see some photos of your granny flowers, please feel free to share some pics on my Facebook page.

See you soon

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Crochet Tutorial - The Granny Stripe

Who doesn't love a granny stripe?  The granny stripe blanket is in my opinion, the most quintessential crochet blanket of them all...  They have been around for decades and the basic pattern is so easy to master.  You only need to know a few basic stitches and in no time at all, you can create a gorgeous, squishy, stripy, colourful blanket, perfect for snuggles on the sofa.

The Granny Stripe

 sc Single crochet  
dc Double crochet 
 sl st Slip stitch  
ch Chain  
sp Space  
 sk skip 

Foundation Chain   a multiple of 3 + 1 (keep chaining until you reach the required width of your blanket).

Row 1 dc in the 4th chain from hook, *sk 2 chains, 3 dc in the next chain* repeat from * to * until the last 3 chains, sk 2 chains and 2 dc in the last chain. Turn. We will now be working in the spaces between each group of stitches 

Row 2 chain 3, 3 dc in the next sp (in between the first 2 dc and the next 3 dc) and in each sp along the row.  End with 1 dc in the last stitch (top of chain 3 from previous row).  Turn. 

Row 3 chain 3, dc in the first sp, 3 dc in the next space and every space along finishing with 2 dc in the last sp.  Turn 

Rows 2 and 3 form the pattern, continue in this way changing colours when ever you like...

...until your blanket is the desired length.  Fasten off and weave in ends. 

You could end up with something like this...

The full detailed pattern for this blanket including the Linen stitch border is available in both my Etsy and Ravelry stores.

The granny stripe is one of my favourite go to patterns for blankets.  The easy repetition makes it perfect TV crochet and you have so many options when it comes to colour.  The pattern will also work with any gauge yarn, just use the recommended hook from the yarn ball band.

Here are a few I have made in the past...

I will be back with more patterns to share with you soon.
Take care

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Crochet Tutorial - How to Make the Perfect Granny Square

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the weekend.  For a while now I have been wanting to add a tutorial section to my blog aimed at beginners.  This will enable them to turn the basic stitches that they have learned into a blanket or throw.  Something to help them on their journey from novice to pro in no time at all.  I am hoping to include a variety of very easy patterns and perhaps a section on different joining methods and so on.  So without further ado...

How to Make the Perfect Granny Square

sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
 ch - chain
 sp - space

Instructions in parenthesis [  ] are repeated the required number of times.  Join new colours with a sl st.

 Foundation Chain 4 and join with a sl st to form a ring

Round 1 (right side) ch 3, 2 dc into ring, ch 2, [ 3 dc into the ring, ch 2] 3 times, join with a sl st to the top of starting ch 3.  Turn your work over.

Round 2 (wrong side) join a new colour in any corner sp, ch 3, 2 dc into same sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same sp (corner formed), [ 3 dc into the next sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same sp] x3, join with a sl st to the top of the chain 3.  Turn your work over.

Round 3 (right side) join a new colour in any corner sp, chain 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp, [3 dc in next sp, 3 dc in next sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp] x 3, 3 dc in next sp, join with a sl st to the top of the chain 3.  Turn your work over.

Continue in this way...

...round after round...

...in the same manner...

...changing colours and turning your work over after each round (this keeps your squares nice and straight with no twisty corners and adds a lovely texture).  
Now you have mastered the basic granny square you can use this for the base of many projects.  Make lots of squares and join them together to make a blanket or throw.  For a super easy baby blanket project just keep adding more and more rounds to your square until you get to the size you want and you can make a pretty blanket like this one...

Full printable instructions for this blanket can be found in both my Etsy and Ravelry stores...


Sunday, 18 March 2018

Granny Flower Love!

Well hello everyone!  If you have been waiting for another stash busting post please accept my apologies, I have had a couple of commissions that have taken up all of my time and the stash busting will have to wait.  So, I will share 1 of those with you instead.

I was very fortunate enough to receive an order for a single bed blanket.  I don't make large blankets very often, so it was a refreshing change.  My customer chose the colours and the design.  She wanted granny flowers on a cream background.  The room the blanket was intended for was to have Cath Kidston wallpaper and so the colours were chosen around this...

I used Stylecraft Special Aran for this project.  I find an aran weight yarn is much nicer for making bigger blankets and the Stylecraft aran is so soft and squishy.  

Colours used  - Lemon, Pale Rose, Cloud, Aster, Pomegranate, Pistachio, Baby Pink and Cream.

First I make all the flowers

Then surround them with cream.

 I am really loving my customers choice of colours.  Soon there are too many to fit on my table...

...and then the joining begins.

I used the continuous join as you go method as this means a lot less ends to weave in.

Finished off with a border of pretty shells in Pale Rose.
Ta Da!

All that is left to do now is add a pretty bow and off it goes to its new forever home.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope to have more things to share with you soon.

by for now..


Thursday, 15 February 2018

Stash Busting Challenge - Week 2

Hi everyone, sorry this post is a little late.  We have been super busy with half term activities, days out and visiting family.  

So continuing with the stash busting, more granny squares, large ones this time.  For this blanket I have used Stylecraft Special dk in shades of Pale Rose, Mocha, Parchment, Duck Egg, Soft Peach and Cream.

 I joined the squares with single crochet from the back in Pale Rose, which leaves a lovely dotted line of colour on the front of the blanket.

 A simple border of pretty shells to finish it off.

Ta Da! blanket three finished...

 ...looking for a new home.

I loved the way the pink and duck egg blanket turned out and wanted to make something similar for a boy.  So I exchanged the pink and peach for Copper and Stone Nepp in Life dk.

For this blanket I used a round of bobble edging in Duck Egg to finish it off.

Ta Da! Blanket four finished.

Now available in my Etsy store... 

The stash busting will continue next week...
By for now