Tuesday, 17 September 2019

The "Diane Rachael" granny square, a tutorial by Lullaby Lodge...

Hello friends, I have a really special pattern to share with you today, this pretty granny square.  Sadly a year ago we buried my sister Diane.  She suffered for many years from Multiple Sclerosis, a truly terrible disease.  I wanted to make something in her honour and so the Diane Rachael Square was born.  

My sister loved the colour yellow and even had her husband paint her room in yellow so it would cheer her up.  She also loved flowers particularly daffodils, so the square just had to be of a flower design in yellow yarn...

Diane Rachael Square



Materials

Yarn
Darning needle

Hook

Use a hook recommended on your yarn ball band

Abbreviations US Terms (UK Conversion)

dc - double crochet (treble crochet)
sc - single crochet (double crochet)
hdc - half double crochet (half treble crochet)
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
sp(s) - space(s)
sl st - slip stitch
cl - cluster
bcl - beginning cluster
yo - yarn over
sk - skip

Special Stitches

Beginning cluster: ch2, [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops] x3, yo pull through all loops, ch1 to lock in place.

Cluster: [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops] x4, yo pull through all loops, ch1 to lock in place.

Other notes: US terms used throughout.  I made my square with Scheepjes Cahlista Aran in Lemonade, with a 4.5mm hook and my finished square measured approximately 6 inches.

Ch4 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), 8sc into ring, join with sl st to 1st sc.  (8sc)


Round 2 Bcl in next st, ch2, [cl in next st, ch2] in each st, join with sl st to top bcl.  (8cl)


Round 3 Sl st to next sp, bcl, ch2, cl in same sp, [cl, ch2, cl, ch2] in each sp around, join with sl st to top bcl.  (16cl)


Round 4 Sl st across to 2nd sp, ch1, [sc, ch5, sc] in same sp (corner loop made), *ch2, sc in next sp, ch5, sk a sp, sc in next sp, ch2, [sc, ch5, sc] in next sp* repeat from *to* twice, ch2, sc in next sp, ch5 sk a sp, sc in next sp, ch2, sl st to sc.  (4 corner loops, 8 ch2 sps, 4 ch5 sps) 


Round 5 Sl st into corner loop, [bcl, ch2, cl, ch2] in same sp, 2dc in each ch2 sp, 7hdc in each ch5 sp, [ch2, cl, ch2, cl, ch2] in each corner loop, join with sl st to top bcl.  (16dc, 28hdc, 8cl, 8 ch2 sps)


Round 6 Sl st into corner sp, [bcl, ch2, cl, ch2] in same sp, dc in next and each ch2 sp, dc in every st, [ch2, cl, ch2, cl, ch2] in each corner sp, join with sl st to top bcl.  (52dc, 8cl, 8 ch2 sps)


If you would like a bigger square you may repeat round 6 until desired size...

Round 7 Sl st to corner sp, [ch1, sc, ch2, sc] in same sp, sc in top of each cl, 2sc in each ch2 sp, sc in every dc, [sc, ch2, sc] in each corner, join with sl st to sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


I plan to design a new baby blanket using this square, so make sure to check back often...



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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Learn how to knit lace with this simple Caron Cakes colour block scarf - Free knitting pattern by Lullaby Lodge...

We are very fast approaching autumn and it's time to start thinking about making something to keep us cosy when the weather starts to get colder.  I want to share with you my pattern for this Shetland Lace scarf.  This pattern was previously only available to buy in my online stores and is now available for you here, free on my blog.



The Shetland Lace Scarf is worked back and forth on straight needles and is comprised of a variation of the Old Shale stitch.  The lace is created by simple increases and decreases on a 4-row repeat, making this a perfect introduction to lace knitting.  An adventurous beginner could easily master this pattern.  The yarn cake creates a lovely colour block effect, with no need to keep changing colours.  The yarn does all the work for you.  There is also a matching hat pattern which you can find here...




Shetland Lace Scarf


Materials
  1 ball Caron Cakes or similar yarn 
Darning needle

Needles
  5mm (8 US) 

Ability  
Intermediate

Size
Approximately 160cm 

Gauge
Not essential for this project

Abbreviations
k - knit
p - purl
k2tog - knit 2 together
yo - yarn over
st(s) - stitch(s)

Cast on 54 sts.

Row 1 k.
Row 2 p.
Row 3 [k2tog] 3 times, *[yo, k1] 6 times, [k2tog] 6 times* repeat from *to* twice, [yo, k1] 6 times, [k2tog] 3 times.
Row 4 p.

These 4 rows form pattern.  Continue in pattern until piece measures approximately 160-165 cm ending on a row 4.  Loosely cast off.  Weave in ends and lightly block.





If you would like a longer scarf, simply continue in pattern until required length (you will need an extra ball of yarn for this).


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Friday, 9 August 2019

Send your kids back to school with one of these fabulous crochet pencil cases - Free crochet patterns selected by Lullaby Lodge...

If feels like the summer holidays have only just begun, but before you know it, it will be time for the children to head back to school and what better way to send them off than with one of these super cute pencil cases.  I have found some lovely patterns to share with you today, they are all quick and easy to make and are sure to put a smile on your child's face.

Back to School - Crochet Pencil Case Patterns




First off we have this really pretty pencil case by Sincerely Pam.  I love the rainbow yarn, it really sets off the hearts beautifully. 

Tapestry Heart Pencil Case




Your little ones will love this snappy chap and what gorgeous bright colours.  This pencil case is designed by Irene Strange.

Mister Snaps




Who doesn't love a granny square?  They look super cute in this pencil case designed by Sum of Their Stories.

Granny Square Pencil Case




The next pencil case has two variations of the same design, one nautical and the other floral, both stunning...  Pattern by Anabelia.

Back to School Pencil Case




Your little monsters will love these colourful critters.  Pattern designed by Crochet Dreamz...

Monster Pencil Case




...and finally this pretty pencil roll can also double up to store your crochet hooks.  Pattern by Maki Crochet.

Roll On Pencil Case




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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Helix Ice Pop Cosy - A free pattern by Lullaby Lodge...

We are just heading into the second week of the summer holidays here in the Uk and we have had some really warm weather lately.  So what better way to cool down than with some delicious ice pops.  Your kids will love these!  These cosies will keep their little hands warm and keep the ice pops cool.  They are so quick and simple to make, you can whip them up in no time at all.



Helix Ice Pop Cosy


Materials

Aran / Worsted cotton yarn small amounts 
Darning needle
Stitch marker (optional)

Hook

4.5mm (7)

Size

Variable

Ability

Beginner

Abbreviations US Terms (UK Conversion)

sc – single crochet (double crochet)
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
st(s) - stitch(s)
pm - place marker

Other notes: I used Drops Paris to make my cosies, but you can use any cotton Aran / worsted weight yarn to make yours.  The cosies are made by working with two colours simultaneously in a spiral.  Move stitch marker up after each round if using.  As the size of ice pops can vary, if you find your cosy is too big, go down a hook size and if you find it is a little tight go up a hook size.


With colour A ch3 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 ch1 (does not count as st), 3sc into ring, pm in first sc (if using).  Pull up a long loop so you don’t lose your stitches and remove hook.  Join colour B into ring with sl st, ch1, 3sc into ring.  (6sc)


Do not join in the round we will be working in a spiral…

Round 2 with B 2sc in each of the next 3sts.  Pull up a long loop so you don’t lose your stitches and remove hook.  Insert hook back into colour A and 2sc in each of the next 3sts.  (12sc)



Round 3 with A sc in next 6sts, with B sc in next 6sts.  (12sc)



Repeat round 3 until your cosy is desired size, (I made mine a total of 18 rounds).


Final round with A sl st into next st and fasten off, with B sl st into next st and fasten off and weave in ends.


You can really go to town with colours and they are so fast to work up you won't be able to stop at only one...


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Sunday, 28 July 2019

Tranquil Washcloth - CAL Central washcloth crochet along...

Hello friends!  It's the first week of the summer holidays here in the UK, so things at Lullaby Lodge are slowing down a little.  Little T and I are very busy out and about, enjoying the summer.  I will get back to all my regular posts in September, but don't worry I will still be squeezing in the odd post here and there.


We are now up to week six of the CAL Central Washcloth crochet along and this week's pattern is by Rhondda Mol from Oombawka Design.  Here is my interpretation of the Tranquil Washcloth.


The pattern is well written and easy to follow.  It uses front post stitches to create a lovely textural cloth.  I bet this would be great for gently exfoliating your skin, or make a fantastic dishcloth.  I used Scheepjes Cahlista yarn with a 4.5mm hook.  I found that my single crochet stitches were a bit too tight to easily work the Waistcoat stitch border, so I did my last two rounds in Linen stitch instead.


As always I added one of these labels.


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