Category: Crochet

Christmas makes 2017

My Christmas makes this year included: crochet baubles using my yarn stash and baubles from a charity shop; chutney made from harvest lunch left over tomatoes and fabric christmas trees created from recycled fleece and buttons. I got together with some friends to make wreaths over coffee, which was a really lovely thing to do and while I was making my Christmas cards, I gave a friend a quick linocut tutorial. The red bauble was made with Stylecraft DK yarn on a 3.5mm hook. It is based on 12 UK trebles into a ring which fits a 55mm diameter bauble.





I have been crocheting hats galore! The Granny Stripes hat is a free pattern from Yarnspirations. The Galilee hat and Castaway hat are based on Mamachee patterns. The Nordic beanie is a based on a My Rose Valley pattern. I have one more hat to make then I think I might be done with hats for a bit!

The Granny Stripes I made with Stylecraft Special DK yarn in Graphite, Silver, Midnight, Petrol & Mustard. I used a 4mm hook (I think!) & 3.5mm for the ribbing as the pattern is for a worsted weight yarn and Stylecraft Special DK is light worsted. People had commented the pattern came up big so I guessed that it would be about right.

Minky’s Nordic Beanie is based on the Mamachee Galilee hat. I made the Teen/Adult size up to Round 7 using Stylecraft Special DK yarn and a 4mm hook (to fit a 10 year old) to get a basic beanie shape. Then I based the pattern on the My Rose Valley Nordic hat.

Rnd 8 – (color A) Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 4, 2dc in next st, (dc in next 5, 2dc in next) around, join. (70)
Rnd 9 – (color A) Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 4, 2dc in next st, (dc in next 5, 2dc in next) around, join. (70)
Rnd 10 – (colour B) Ch 1, sc in each st around, join. (70)
(Ch 1 at beginning of each following round, – doesn’t count as a stitch, Ist stitch of round into same stitch)…
Rnd 11 – (colour C) sc, Ch 1, skip next, around
Rnd 12 – (colour B) 2sc in each ch sp, around
Rnd 13 – (colour D) dc in each st around
Rnd 14 – (colour E) 2dc into same stitch, skip next, around
Rnd 15 – (colour B) 2dc in space, skip next, around
Rnd 16 – (colour E)  2dc in space, skip next, around
Rnd 17 – (colour D) dc in each st around
Rnd 18 – (colour B) sc in each st around
Rnd 19 – (colour C)  sc, Ch 1, skip next, around
Rnd 20 – (colour B) 2sc in each ch sp, around
Rnd 21 – (colour A) dc in each st around
Rnd 22 – (colour A) dc in each st around
Rnd 23 – (colour E) sc in each st around.

The Castaway hat is crocheted mainly in back loops and although I love the final effect of the ridges, it was a bit slow going. I used James C Brett Marble DK in MT18 and a 5mm hook (I think). In the pattern it has a repeated “slouch” round (Round 10) but I substituted a rounds of doubles instead, then when I got to Round 22 I continued in doubles and began to reduce to create a beanie shape.







Crochet season

September marks the start of the crochet season for me. I don’t generally crochet much in the summer, but when the season starts to turn and the evenings start drawing in, the urge to crochet hits me! I really wanted to start a new project this week and decided to crochet a simple cleaning cloth to ease me back into it. The stitch I used is either linen or moss stitch – I used this tutorial then added a border and hanging loop. I also went to my local “Crochet and cuppa” group for inspiration – and a chat!

Spring things

Spring has definitely arrived so here is a round up of my makes over the past couple of months. This is the second Mamachee’s Galilee Hat I have crocheted, experimenting a bit with the pattern, gauge and colour. The Two Zip Hipster bag from Dog Under My Desk was quite time consuming to sew but the pattern was easy to follow and I am really pleased with the result. The mess of cables around the house was driving me mad so I made a few of these cable tidies. Now I need to make loads more! The crochet flowers are from patterns by Attic 24 and are work in progress…

Crochet slippers

I have been working on different crochet booties and slippers for a few months and these are the results so far! I purchased the pattern for the lovely Mamachee Galilee slippers from Etsy which was fairly easy to follow with lots of possible colour variations. I found they worked up a bit small (though that’s probably just my crocheting). The Toffee Apple baby booties were from here with an easy to follow video tutorial.