Friday, 19 February 2021

Knitted Rosewater Shawl

 I finished knitting this shawl in August 2018... it has taken me this long to block it!

Rosewater Shawl knitted in beautiful hand-dyed yarn

I used Lazadas Blocking Wires and some T-Pins to block it.  A bit fiddley but with a good result.  I think this is the set I ordered, but the packaging seems to have changed in the subsequent years!

Rosewater Shawl knitted in beautiful hand-dyed yarn

It's quite difficult to photograph in the dingy light at this time of year... but hopefully these pictures give some idea...

Rosewater Shawl knitted in beautiful hand-dyed yarn

The pattern is the Rosewater Shawl by Janina Kallio.  I used the recommended needle size, but should have gone up needle sizes, as I am a tight knitter.  I'm not sure how I ommitted to do this!

Rosewater Shawl knitted in beautiful hand-dyed yarn

The shawl is therefore smaller than it should be, but I'm happy about that as it fits around my neck quite neatly.  I sometimes find lots of excess shawl a bit annoying, flapping about!

Rosewater Shawl knitted in beautiful hand-dyed yarn

The light is best in this last photograph, and you can see the lovely colour of the yarn.  It was a hand-dyed skein of yarn from Dandelion and Dogwood - back when they were The Little Tailoress - called Jam Tart.  It actually sparkles, but I haven't been able to capture that on camera.

I'm glad to get another WIP finally finished!



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Friday, 12 February 2021

Watercolour Valentine's Hearts - Kids' Crafts

I don't go in for Valentine's decorating usually, but I thought it would be nice to do some Valentine's crafting with my daughter, who is coming up for 21 months old.  Anything to provide some entertainment during these lockdown days!

Make easy watercolour hearts with your children as Valentine's crafting.  You can use them as hanging decorations on a Valentine's tree.

First I gave her some pink, purple and red watercolour paints to use on an A4 piece of plain white card.  I had to fill in the gaps, as she was more interested in painting with just the water than the paints!  We covered both sides of the card and left it to dry.

Make easy watercolour hearts with your children as Valentine's crafting.  You can use them as hanging decorations on a Valentine's tree.

I then cut the A4 sheet into 3 sections that would fit into my Cricut Joy and used it to cut out hearts.  You could easily do this by hand, though.

Make easy watercolour hearts with your children as Valentine's crafting.  You can use them as hanging decorations on a Valentine's tree.

To make them more durable when being manhandled by a toddler, I then laminated them...

Make easy watercolour hearts with your children as Valentine's crafting.  You can use them as hanging decorations on a Valentine's tree.

I punched small holes in each one and prepared some sparkly gold and pink yarn into hanging loops...

Make easy watercolour hearts with your children as Valentine's crafting.  You can use them as hanging decorations on a Valentine's tree.

The sparkly yarn I used was Anchor Artise Metallic* - I have this in quite a few colours!  It's especially good for Christmas crafting!

Then my daughter got involved again... she would hand me a heart and a loop, which I would string together.  She'd then hang them on a decorative white tree I have, or show me where to hang them.  She retained interest for about two thirds of the hearts!  (Some re-distribution did occur afterwards!)

Make easy watercolour hearts with your children as Valentine's crafting.  You can use them as hanging decorations on a Valentine's tree.

A pretty Valentine's tree was the result!

If your child is older they could be involved in more elements of the process.  Emily was happy with this, though, and proudly showed her Daddy the heart tree she made!

Do let me know if you give this a go - I'd love to see!


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Friday, 5 February 2021

Knitted Bracelet

I knitted this bracelet last year, but then didn't get round to sewing the clasp on and finsihing it off.  I'm trying to get a few things finished that have been languishing, so have finally completed it!

Beautiful hand-knitted bracelet

It was made with a kit by The Knitting Gift Shop that I bought at Unravel in February - who knew that would be my last proper outing before Covid struck?!

Beautiful hand-knitted bracelet

I'm pleased with it and it's easy to wear as it's soft and doesn't clunk against things!

Beautiful hand-knitted bracelet

Featured here with a lovely bracelet my friend Anna made me!




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Friday, 29 January 2021

Daisy Crochet Easter Egg - Pattern

As I said in my last post, back in 2017 I worked on a collaboration with Hobbycraft.  They provided me with polystyrene eggs and yarn, and I designed these colourful crochet Easter eggs.


Free pattern for cute colourful crochet easter eggs

The patterns were on their website, but it seems they have been taken down now.  I have had a couple of requests for the patterns, so I'm publishing them here on my blog.

Use this free pattern to create cute and colourful crochet easter eggs. Multi-coloured or daisy patterned, these will look great as part of your easter decorations!

There are two designs.  This pattern is for the Daisy eggs, as shown below.  The Multi-Coloured eggs pattern can be found here.

Use this free pattern to create cute and colourful crochet easter eggs. Multi-coloured or daisy patterned, these will look great as part of your easter decorations!

Please note that the polystyrene eggs that Hobbycraft supplied me with were quite big.  If you use smaller eggs, then you might have to end a few rounds sooner, or perhaps use a thinner yarn and smaller hook.

You Will Need

Rico Creative Cotton Aran Yarn – yellow, white, and your choice of main colour (I used candy pink, sky blue and light green).  You can buy this yarn from Love Crafts*.

1 crochet hook – the yarn calls for 4 to 5mm so choose according to your tension

10cm polystyrene eggs

 

Abbreviations

ch = chain

dc = double crochet (US single crochet)

tr = treble crochet (US double crochet)

htr = half treble crochet (US half double crochet)

sl st = slip stitch

st sp = stitch space (the space between stitches)

sk = skip

st/s = stitch/es

sp = space

FO = fasten off (fasten and cut yarn, weave in ends)

yo = yarn over

tr3tog = treble crochet 3 together (US double crochet 3 together): yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook (leaving 2 loops on hook), [yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] 2 times (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.


Special Stitches

Surface Stitch: hold yarn at back of work, insert hook between any 2 tr sts, yo and pull a loop up to the front, [insert hook into next st sp between tr sts, yo, pull through st and loop (like a sl st)] around.  Stop with one stitch to go, cut yarn and pull through last st made.  With a needle thread the end through the loops of the 1st st and back through the last st made, to the back of your work.  This creates a final st which blends seamlessly. 


Notes

To make the pattern simpler to follow, I have not specified the chains that count as initial stitches for the first 3 rounds.  The first stitch of each round is to be made with chains:

   tr = 3ch

   htr = 2ch

Or a standing stitch:

   Wrap your yarn around your hook to create an initial loop (you can use a slip knot to secure it), then work the stitch as normal.


Make Two:
Daisy:
R1: (Yellow) Create a magic ring, 12htr into ring, sl st into 1st st, FO.  (12 htr)

R2: (White) [tr3tog, ch1] into each st sp, sl st into 1st st, FO.  (12 tr3tog between 12 ch1)


Main Colour:

R3: (New colour) 3tr in each ch1 sp, sl st into st sp between 1st 2 tr sts.  (36 tr)


R4: (Same colour) ch3 (counts as 1st tr), tr into next st sp, [ch2, sk st sp, tr into next 2 st sp] around, [ch1, dc] into top of ch 3 to join the round (counts as final ch2 and start of next round).  (12 sets of 2tr between 12 sets of ch2)


R5: (Same colour) ch2 (along with dc ending last round, counts as 1st tr), 2tr into same ch2 sp, [ch1, 3tr] into each ch2 space around, dc into top of ch2 to join the round (counts as final ch1 and start of next round).  (12 sets of 3tr between 12 ch1)


R6: (Same colour) ch2 (along with dc ending last round, counts as 1st tr), 2tr into same ch1 sp, [ch1, 3tr] into each ch1 space around, dc into top of ch2 to join the round (counts as final ch1 and start of next round).  (12 sets of 3tr between 12 ch1)


R7: (Same colour) ch1 (along with dc ending last round, counts as 1st htr), htr into same ch1 space, htr in next 2 st sp, [2 htr in ch1 sp, htr in next 2 st sp] 4 times, [htr, tr] into ch1 sp, tr into next 2 st sp, [tr, htr] into ch1 sp, htr into next 2 st sp, [2 htr in ch1 sp, htr in next 2 st sp] around, sl st into 1st ch1, FO.  (44 htr, 4 tr)


Surface Stitches:

Over R3: (Yellow) Work surface stitches between the tr sts of R3.


Assemble

Position both halves around the polystyrene egg, ensuring the 4tr on each half are at the pointed top of the egg.

 

Cut a length of yarn and sew together through the outside loop of each stitch of the final row of both halves, leaving an end long enough to create a hanging loop at the start and finish of your sewing.

 

Knot your ends together close to the egg to secure your stitching, then knot them at the top to create a hanging loop.

 

Your pretty daisy egg is complete!


If you have a go at making these, please let me know, as I'd love to see them!


Use this free pattern to create cute and colourful crochet easter eggs. Multi-coloured or daisy patterned, these will look great as part of your easter decorations!

Use this free pattern to create cute and colourful crochet easter eggs. Multi-coloured or daisy patterned, these will look great as part of your easter decorations!

Use this free pattern to create cute and colourful crochet easter eggs. Multi-coloured or daisy patterned, these will look great as part of your easter decorations!

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Sunday, 24 January 2021

Multi-Coloured Crochet Easter Egg - Pattern

Back in 2017 I worked on a collaboration with Hobbycraft.  They provided me with polystyrene eggs and yarn, and I designed these colourful crochet Easter eggs.

Free pattern for cute colourful crochet easter eggs

The patterns were on their website, but it seems they have been taken down now.  I have had a couple of requests for the patterns, so I'm publishing them here on my blog.

Use this free pattern to create cute and colourful crochet easter eggs. Multi-coloured or daisy patterned, these will look great as part of your easter decorations!

There are two designs.  This pattern is for the Multi-Coloured eggs, as shown below.  You can find the pattern for the Daisy eggs here.

Free pattern for cute colourful crochet easter eggs

There are two variations of pattern at the sides, for the penultimate round.  A filled in look shown in the yellow on the right, or a more open patterned look shown in the blue on the left.

Free pattern for cute colourful crochet easter eggs

Please note that the polystyrene eggs that Hobbycraft supplied me with were quite big.  If you use smaller eggs, then you might have to end a few rounds sooner, or perhaps use a thinner yarn and smaller hook.

You Will Need

Rico Creative Cotton Aran Yarn – white, candy pink, yellow, orange, violet, sky blue (or colours of your choice).  You can buy this yarn from Love Crafts*.

1 crochet hook – the yarn calls for 4 to 5mm so choose according to your tension

10cm polystyrene eggs

 

Abbreviations

ch = chain

tr = treble crochet (US double crochet)

htr = half treble crochet (US half double crochet)

dtr = double treble crochet (US treble crochet)

sl st = slip stitch

st sp = stitch space (the space between stitches)

sk = skip

st/s = stitch/es

sp = space

FO = fasten off (fasten and cut yarn, weave in ends)

SP-2 = spike stitch over two rows.  For the purposes of this pattern this is a treble (US double) which, instead of going into the row you’re working into, goes into the row below that, into the stitch space between a set of two trebles in R3.  This creates a long treble stitch.

 

Notes

To make the pattern simpler to follow, I have not specified the chains that count as initial stitches.  The first stitch of each round is to be made with chains:

   tr = 3ch

   htr = 2ch

Or a standing stitch:

   Wrap your yarn around your hook to create an initial loop (you can use a slip knot to secure it), then work the stitch as normal.


Make Two:

R1: Create a magic ring, 12tr into ring, sl st into 1st st, FO.  (12 tr)


R2: (New colour) [htr, ch1] into each st sp, sl st into 1st st, FO.  (12 htr between 12 ch1 sp)


R3: (New colour) [2tr, ch1] into each ch1 sp, sl st into 1st st, FO.  (12 sets of 2tr between 12 ch1 sp)


R4: (New colour) [3tr, ch1] into each ch1 sp, sl st into 1st st, FO.  (12 sets of 3tr between 12 ch1 sp)


R5: (New colour) [tr, SP-2, tr, ch1] into each ch1 sp, sl st into 1st st, FO.  (12 sets of (tr, SP-2, tr) between 12 ch1 sp)


R6: (New colour) [2tr into ch1 sp, tr into next 2 st sp] around, sl st into 1st st, FO.  (48 tr)


R7: (New colour) Start in 1st tr st from any (2tr into ch1 sp) from R6: 23tr, 4dtr, tr into remaining sts around, sl st into 1st st, FO.  (44 tr, 4 dtr)

 

Alternative Final Two Rounds

(Used in the egg featuring sky blue - this gives more of a patterned effect on R6, but also shows more of the polystyrene egg.  Which you try depends on your preference, or give them both a go!)


R6: (New colour) [3tr, ch1] into each ch1 sp, sl st into 1st st, FO.  (12 sets of 3tr between 12 ch1 sp)


R7: (New colour) [2tr into ch1 sp, tr into next 2 st sp] 5 times, [tr, dtr] into ch1 sp, dtr into next 2 st sp, [dtr, tr] into ch1 sp, tr into next 2 st sp, [2tr into ch1 sp, tr into next 2 st sp] around, sl st into 1st st, FO.  (44 tr 4 dtr)


Assemble

Position both halves around the polystyrene egg, ensuring the 4dtr on each half are at the pointed top of the egg.

 

Cut a length of yarn and sew together through the outside loop of each stitch of the final row of both halves, leaving an end long enough to create a hanging loop at the start and finish of your sewing.

 

Knot your ends together close to the egg to secure your stitching, then knot them at the top to create a hanging loop.


Free pattern for cute colourful crochet easter eggs

Your colourful crochet egg is complete!



Please let me know if you make any - I'd love to see them!



Free pattern for cute colourful crochet easter eggs

Use this free pattern to create cute and colourful crochet easter eggs. Multi-coloured or daisy patterned, these will look great as part of your easter decorations!

Use this free pattern to create cute and colourful crochet easter eggs. Multi-coloured or daisy patterned, these will look great as part of your easter decorations!



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