Saturday, 25 May 2019

Crochet Granny Bookmark - Our Happy CAL Place, weekly and monthly CAL group on Ravelry.

Hello lovely people, last week I joined a CAL group over on Ravelry.  The group is called Our Happy CAL Place and if you like a good crochet along, I recommend you head on over to Ravelry and check them out.  The group has many different crochet alongs throughout the year, in particular a monthly and weekly crochet along.  The group is very friendly and helpful with a wide variety of projects and themes each week / month.  Joining a group like this is a great way to use up some stash and this bookmark would make a great gift for a book lover...



This weeks CAL was this cute Granny Bookmark, which is a free Ravelry download by Deborah Ellis.  The pattern calls for no.10 thread and a 1.5 mm hook.  I love the way thread projects look, but for myself, I am not keen working with such a tiny hook.  So, not having any thread weight yarn in my stash. I went for this cotton fingering yarn by Drops.  I used a 2.5mm hook to make my version of the bookmark and also skipped rounds 2 & 3 (otherwise it would have been far too big).


I'm really happy with the way it turned out and the pattern was very easy to follow.  Why not head over to the Ravelry group and take a look at the other members projects.  They are all so different, it's lovely to see everyone's take on this pretty pattern.


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Friday, 24 May 2019

Make your picnic extra special with some homemade crochet loveliness - Free patterns selected by Lullaby Lodge...

It's nearing the end of May and summer is nearly here.  It's time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, make some tasty treats and head on out to the park for a picnic.  I have some great patterns to share with you to make your picnic perfect.


Picnic In The Park




Essential to any picnic, is a picnic blanket and this one by Yarnspirations looks just fabulous.  Who doesn't love gingham?

Caron Gingham Picnic Blanket





Make these gorgeously, colourful, crochet can cosy's.  Perfect for keeping your drinks cool in the sun.  The pattern is by Beatrice Ryan Designs.

Rainbow Ridges Can Cosy




Pack all your sandwiches and yummy treats in this crochet picnic basket.  The pattern is by Crystalized Designs

Picnic Basket




Another pattern from Yarnspirations.  These giant cushions will make your picnic extra comfy, perfect for a posh picnic.

Spiral Crochet Pillow




Add a riot of colour to your picnic with this rainbow bunting, pattern by Rett.

Rett's Flower Bunting




Lastly we have yet another pattern from Yarnspirations.  This blanket not only looks amazing but also doubles up as a handy carryall, making this pattern not just beautiful but practical.

Convertible Crochet Blanket Bag



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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

How to turn your circles into granny squares - Crochet tutorial by Lullaby Lodge

In last week's Tutorial Tuesday, we learned how to make crochet circles and as promised this week, I will show you how to turn them into squares.  I have used Stylecraft Special Aran in colours Baby Mint, Baby Pink, Saffron, Aspen, White and Fondant to make my squares with a 5mm (H) hook; but you can use any yarn you like, just use the hook size recommended on your yarn...


Circle Granny Squares


Materials

Yarn
Darning needle
Stitch marker (optional)

Hook

Use the hook size recommended on your yarn ball band

Abbreviations / Terms

US terms (UK terms)
hdc - half double crochet (half treble crochet)
dc - double crochet (treble crochet)
tr - treble crochet (double treble crochet)
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)

With your main colour, ch 4 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 ch3 (counts as dc, in this and every round), 11dc into ring, join with sl st to top ch3.  (12dc).  If you find it easier you can add a stitch marker to your first stitch; move this up each round.


Round 2 ch3, dc in same st, 2dc in each st around, join with sl st to top ch3. (24dc).



Round 3 ch3, dc in same st, [dc in next st, 2dc in next st] repeat around to last st, dc in last st, join with sl st to top ch3.  (36dc).  Fasten off.


Round 4 with border colour, join with sl st to any st, ch4, 2tr in same st, ch2, 3tr in next st (corner made).  *Dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, 3tr in next st, ch2, 3tr in next st* repeat from *to* 3 times.  Dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, join with sl st to top ch4.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


Make lots of squares and join them to make a blanket, or you could make your squares with cotton yarn to make table mats.  So many ideas to choose from.  What will you make with yours?  Let me know in the comments below...


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Friday, 17 May 2019

Great ideas for Father's Day - Free patterns selected by Lullaby Lodge...

Wow this has been a tough one!  It's so hard to find great crochet patterns for men, for the summer season.  There are plenty of hats, scarves and gloves patterns for the winter, but there seems to be a lack of patterns available for this time of year.  I did manage to find 6 patterns that I love, to share with you though.  I hope you like them too...

Crochet Gifts for Father's Day




First off, is this gorgeously chunky man blanket.  This blanket would be great for camping if your Dad is outdoorsy or just keep it by his favourite armchair to ward off the evening chill.  It's crocheted in super chunky yarn so you could whip it up in no time.  The pattern is available at Simple Sweet Yarns blog.

The Hubbie Nubbie



If you are looking for something quick and easy, then this gadge stand would make the perfect gift, for dads who love their iphones.  The pattern is by 5 Little Monsters.

Crochet Phone or Tablet Stand




Show your dad how much you love him, by crocheting him this stunning pouffe.  Perfect for putting his feet up.  The pattern is available at Red Heart Yarns.

 Argyle Bean Bag Ottoman




This quick and easy project will keep all your dads stuff exactly where he needs it.  Great for storing his phone, the telly remote or any other bits an pieces.  The pattern is by Ma.ma in a Stitch.

The Ultimate Tablet Case




Let your dad know how amazing he is, by gifting this Super Dad mug cosy.  Pattern available at Hooked on Patterns.

Super Dad Mug Cosy




Lastly, these crochet slippers would make any dad happy.  Pattern by Make & Do Crew.

Modern Slippers




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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

How to crochet flat circles, three different ways...

This week for Tutorial Tuesday, we will be learning how to crochet circles.  I will be showing you how to work the right amount of increases to keep your circle nice and flat and how to make them with three different stitches.  Next week we will look at how to turn your crochet circles into granny squares, so be sure to follow and subscribe (in the sidebar) to make sure you don't miss it.




Crochet Circles Three Different Ways


Materials

Yarn
Darning needle
Stitch marker (optional)

Hook

Use the hook size recommended on your yarn ball band

Abbreviations / Terms

US terms (UK terms)
sc - single crochet (double crochet)
hdc - half double crochet (half treble crochet)
dc - double crochet (treble crochet)
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain
st('s) - stitch(es)


Double Crochet Circles



Ch 4 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 ch3 (counts as dc, in this and every round), 11dc into ring, join with sl st to top ch3.  (12dc).  If you find it easier you can add a stitch marker to your first stitch; move this up each round.


Round 2 ch3, dc in same st, 2dc in each st around, join with sl st to top ch3. (24dc).


Round 3 ch3, dc in same st, [dc in next st, 2dc in next st] repeat around to last st, dc in last st, join with sl st to top ch3.  (36dc).


Round 4 ch3, dc in same st, [dc in next 2 st's, 2dc in next st] repeat around to last 2 st's, dc in last 2 st's, join with sl st to top ch3.  (48dc).


You can continue in the same way by increasing 12 stitches each round.  An easy way to remember how to work your increases, is by knowing that the number of stitches between increases will go up by 1 each round; for example round 3 has 1 stitch between each set of increases and round 4 has 2 stitches between each set.  Round 5 would have 3 stitches and so on...



Single Crochet Circles




Ch 3 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 ch1 (does not count as st), 6sc into ring, join with sl st to 1st sc.  (6sc).

Round 2 ch1, 2sc in 1st st, 2sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc.  (12sc).

Round 3 ch1, 2sc in 1st st, [sc in next st, 2sc in next st] repeat to last st, sc in last st, join with sl st to 1st sc.  (18sc).

You can continue to increase in the same way as for the double crochet circle, this time increasing 6 stitches each round.


Half Double Crochet Circles




Half double crochet circles can be made in the same way.  Just start with 8 hdc into your ring and increase by 8 stitches each round.



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Saturday, 11 May 2019

The Sunshine Dishcloth & Tea Towel Set - Free Crochet Pattern

Hello everyone, I have a new pattern to share with you today.  My Splashtime Washcloths have been so popular, I thought I would design another dishcloth pattern.  This one also comes with a matching tea towel and I thought it would tie in nicely with all the granny square tutorials.  This is a great starter project for beginner crocheters.





Sunshine Dishcloth & Tea Towel


Materials

2 x 50g balls Drops Paris in White & 1 ball each Pistachio, Strong Yellow & Light Pink (or any other cotton Aran / worsted yarn)
Darning needle

Hook

5mm (H)

Size

Dishcloth 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 inches)
Tea Towel 38 x 30 cm (15 x 12 inches)

Abbreviations / Terms

US terms (UK terms)
dc - double crochet (treble crochet)
sc - single crochet (double crochet)
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
sp - space
sl st - slip stitch

Other notes: The dishcloth is worked in rounds in one piece and the tea towel is made by joining 2 squares together and then continuing in rounds.  Start each round with ch3 (counts as dc).  Use the photo as a guide to colour sequence; 2 rounds Pistachio, 2 rounds Light Pink, 2 rounds Strong Yellow and final rounds White.  When starting with a new colour, join with a sl st in any corner sp and ch3 (counts as dc).

Sunshine Dishcloth





With Pistachio ch4 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 ch3, 2dc into ring, [ch2, 3dc into ring] 3 times, ch2, join with sl st to starting ch3.

Round 2 ch3, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in corner sp, ch2, 2dc in same sp.  [dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in corner sp, ch2, 2dc in same sp] x3.  Join with sl st to beginning ch3.  Fasten off and join new colour.

Round 3 along each side dc in each st across.  In each corner 2dc, ch2, 2dc.  Join with sl st to starting ch3.

Round 4 repeat round 3 and fasten off and join new colour.

Rounds 5 & 6  repeat round 3 and fasten off and join new colour.

Round 7 repeat round 3, fasten off and weave in ends.


Sunshine Tea Towel




Granny Squares (make2)

With Pistachio, make 2 granny squares by working rounds 1 & 2 of Dishcloth pattern twice.  Sew or crochet your 2 squares together; we will now be working in rounds around these 2 squares.

Round 1  join with sl st to any corner sp, ch3 (counts as dc), dc, ch2, 2dc in same sp.  Along sides dc in each dc across & 2dc in each ch sp.  In each corner 2dc, ch2, 2dc.  Join with sl st to starting ch3.

Round 2 ch3 (counts as dc), dc in every dc along sides & in each corner 2dc, ch2, 2dc.  Join with sl st to starting ch3.  Fasten off and change colour.

Rounds 3 - 8  repeat round 2.

Rounds 9 ch1, sc in same sp, along sides sc in each st, in 1st corner sc, ch10, sc (hanging loop made).  In every other corner 3sc.  Join with sl st to 1st sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.



I also designed some pretty labels to go with them.  These are available in my Etsy store...


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Friday, 10 May 2019

Be beach beautiful this summer, with these free crochet patterns. Everything you need for a day out at the seaside...

I just love this time of year!  The weather is getting warmer, the sun is coming out and it's time to start thinking about our summer holidays.  A day out at the beach or a week in the sun, is just what we need after all the cold weather.  So what better excuse for starting a new project than the prospect of showing off your crochet at the beach.  Why not make a crochet holdall to carry all your bits and pieces or maybe a gorgeous beach towel to relax on.  Perhaps, if you are feeling really brave, a crochet bikini?  I'm sure there will be a pattern here for you.

Beach Beautiful Crochet - Six to make...




You can't have a day out at the beach without a beach towel and this one is a beauty.  Gorgeous, sunny, crochet, stripes make up this lounge cover with matching towel.  You can find the pattern at Snappy Tots blog.

Beach Day Lounge Cover & Towel




Make your toes look pretty in these barefoot sandals.  The pattern is from Sewandsew's blog and is such a quick and simple make, you could even whip them up while sunbathing...

Daisy Chain




If you are spending a day out at the seaside, then you will need something to carry your sun cream.  This crochet beach bag looks great in soft mint yarn.  The pattern is by Si Nanay Madel.

Summer Beach Bag




If you love soaking up the sun by the pool, then this stunning cover up is the perfect pattern for you.  The design is by Megmade With Love.

Easy Breezy Swim Cover



For those of you out there with an adventurous heart, why not crochet your own bikini.  This one is designed by Esther at The Happy Unraveler.

Vega Crochet Bikini




Lastly, you cannot go to the beach without a pair of flip flops.  These crochet ones are just gorgeous.  I love the sunny, summery colours chosen by  Miss Neriss Crochet Design.

Bloom Flip Flops




Well that's it for this week's Freebie Friday!  I hope you found something you like.  I think my favourite is the beach cover up, what's yours?  Let me know in the comments below...  and don't forget to follow and subscribe (in the sidebar) for more posts like this.

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