Friday, 18 October 2019

How to Make Tassels - A tutorial by Lullaby Lodge...

Hello everyone, I have another tutorial to share with you today, we will be learning how to make tassels.  Tassels are so versatile and can be used for many craft projects not just knitting and crochet.  They add great finishing touches to scarves and shawls, can be used to decorate a whole host of clothing and homewares and made with some sparkly yarn make great Christmas decorations.



Tassels


Materials

  Yarn 
Darning needle
Scissors
DVD case or card

I made these tassels by wrapping yarn around a DVD or game case.  This makes nice big poofy tassels, suitable for decorating scarves or shawls.  If you don't have a DVD case you can cut a piece of card to the size you would like your tassels.

Start by wrapping your yarn around the case or card.  The amount of wraps you do will determine how thick your tassels will be.  I made 100 wraps for these.


Using a darning needle and a long strand of yarn, insert under the wraps and slide up to the top.  


Secure firmly with a double knot.


Cut the strands at the bottom.


Taking another length of yarn, tie around the top with a double not.  Wrap yarn around a few times and using the darning needle hide your ends inside the tassel.



With remaining long ends securely sew to your project and hide ends inside the tassels.


I added mine to my Caron Cakes Shawl.  This knitting pattern is available to purchase from my Etsy Store.  A free version will also be coming to my blog very soon, so be sure to subscribe to make sure you don't miss it.

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Saturday, 12 October 2019

Pretty Daisy Sachets - Our Happy CAL Place, weekly & monthly crochet along group...

Hello friends, this week at Our Happy CAL Place we have been making these super sweet, crochet sachets.  These would make a great last minute gift for someone, or add them to your draws and keep your clothes smelling fresh.  The pattern is called "Daisies" and is by Lisi Gonzalez.


The written instructions unfortunately, leave a lot to be desired and I think a beginner would have some problems understanding them.  I made a few changes to the pattern and have written up full instructions on my Ravelry page ,which you might find helpful, if you would like to make some for yourself.  Why not check out the Ravelry thread to see what everyone else has been making?

Here's my interpretation...

Daisies



The pattern doesn't give any suggested yarn or hook size, so you can leave that up to your own creative spirit to decide what you use.  I would however, recommend going down a hook size, to stop your stuffing from poking through.


I used an Aran weight cotton yarn with a 4.5mm hook.  Crochet flowers are great for experimenting with colour and I love working with pretty cotton yarns.  I stuffed my sachets with toy stuffing and added a scrap of fabric in the centre with a few drops of essential oils, making them smell as delicious as they look.  Some dried lavender would also be great in these...

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Saturday, 5 October 2019

Get your hook out for Halloween and crochet up one of these fabulous patterns...

Halloween is nearly here, but there is still time to crochet up some spooky, Halloween, hooky.  I have a few of my favourite patterns to share with you today from my featured designers and check out the link blast for even more Halloween ideas...


Halloween Crochet


I just love this funky twist on a crochet pumpkin.  Divine Debris has created this gorgeously squishy, gingham, pumpkin, in velvet yarn.  A great addition for Halloween or fall decor.  The pattern is available free over on her blog.

Velvet Pumpkin Goldmine




If you are looking for something super quick and easy to add some Halloween charm to your decor, then look no further than this pretty pattern by Golden Lucy Crafts.  I love the way she has decorated these crochet hearts to give them that spooky Halloween vibe.

Halloween Hearts




What witches outfit would be complete without this super cute witch legs scarf.  The pattern is by Chelsea at The Crafter Life.  Head on over to her blog to check it out...

Witch Legs Scarf




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Saturday, 28 September 2019

Infinity Scarf - Our Happy CAL Place, weekly crochet along group on Ravelry...

Hello everyone, this week at Our Happy CAL Place we have been making this Infinity Scarf, pattern by Brenda Grobler.  If you like a good crochet along then be sure to check this group out.  They feature both weekly and monthly crochet alongs and there is always something for everyone.


This was a nice quick and easy project, the pattern was well laid out and easy to understand.  I made a few alterations, making my scarf half the length stated in the pattern.  I will be donating this scarf to our local church to use in the shoe box appeal and I didn't want it to take up the whole box.  The original pattern has the scarf wrapping around twice.  I also added a twist before sewing mine together.

Here is my interpretation of Brenda Grobler's 

Infinity Scarf



The design uses the Iris stitch pattern which I love...


My version wraps around the neck once with a twist in the front.


I used Stylecraft Jeanie yarn with a 5mm hook, it's my first time using this yarn and I really love it.    I'm very pleased with how it turned out and would like to make this again in the full size.  I hope the recipient will like it.

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Sunflower Granny Squares - Learn how to crochet them in this tutorial by Lullaby Lodge...

Hello friends, autumn is upon us, the air is crisp in the morning, the days are still warm with a last hint of summer and the leaves are starting to turn golden and fall off the trees.  What better way to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall with this gorgeous, sunny, sunflower, granny square.


Sunflower Granny 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)
tr - treble crochet (double treble 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
ps - puff stitch
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.

Puff stitch: [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a long loop] x4, yo pull through all loops, ch1 to secure puff.

Other notes:  US terms throughout.  I used aran / worsted cotton yarn to make my squares with a 5mm (H) hook.  This creates a square that measures approximately 6 inches.  You can of course make your squares using any yarn, just use the hook size recommended on your yarn ball band, (this may change the size of your square).  When starting the first ps, pull up a loop to the height of the st, this looks more seamless than chaining 2 to start.

Granny Square


Ch4 and join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), 12sc into ring, join to 1st sc.  (12sc)


Round 2 Ch1, sc in same st, [ch3, sc in next st] around, ch3, sl st to sc.  (12sc, 12 ch3 sps)


Round 3 Sl st into next sp, ch1, sc in same sp, [ch3, sc in next sp] around, ch3, sl st to sc.  (12sc, 12 ch3 sps)


If you are starting a new colour, join in any ch sp.  If continuing with same colour, sl st to next ch sp.

Round 4 pull up a loop, ps in ch sp, ps in same sp, [2ps in next sp] around, sl st to top ps.  (24ps)


If you are starting a new colour, join in any ch sp.  If continuing with same colour, sl st to next ch sp.

Round 5 Bcl in same sp, ch1,  [cl in next sp, ch1] around, sl st to top bcl.  (24cl)


If you are starting a new colour, join in any ch sp.  If continuing with same colour, sl st to next ch sp.

Round 6 Ch4 (counts as tr), 2tr in same sp, ch2, 3tr in same sp, *3dc in next sp, 3hdc in next sp, 3sc in next sp, 3hdc in next sp, 3dc in next sp, [3tr, ch2, 3tr] in next sp* repeat from *to * 3 times, 3dc in next sp, 3hdc in next sp, 3sc in next sp, 3hdc in next sp, 3dc in next sp, join with sl st to top ch4.  (24tr, 24dc, 24hdc, 12sc)


These sunflowers would also make great coasters.  Simply omit round 6 and instead work 3sc in each ch sp around.

I really enjoyed designing this square and I think a blanket made with these squares would look fabulous.  What would you make with yours?  Let me know in the comments below...



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Saturday, 21 September 2019

Ombre Crochet Coasters - Our Happy CAL Place, weekly and monthly crochet along group on Ravelry...

Hello everyone, now that the busy summer holidays are behind us, I have had more time to take part in some crochet alongs again and I thought I would share with you what I have been making this week...


At Our Happy CAL Place, this week's crochet along has been these pretty "Ombre Crochet Coasters",  pattern by Marinke Slump.  It is such a quick and simple pattern, you can whip these up in no time at all and they would make a great last minute gift for someone you love.  The pattern is very easy to follow and it has been lovely to see everyone's different takes on the design.  Why don't you head on over to the CAL group and take a peek.  The group runs both weekly and monthly cals, so there is always something for everyone and the members are a really friendly bunch, why not come and join us?

Here's my interpretation...

Ombre Crochet Coasters...



I had some variegated yarn in my stash, which I never really know what to do with.  I have never been the biggest fan of variegated yarns, but I think they came out ok...


I'm not sure which of the two colours is my favourite.  Which do you like best?


Just the right size for my cup of tea...

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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.


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