Thursday, 27 November 2014

Snowflake Season



Christmas season is fast arriving and what better excuse than that to make a few snowflakes to decorate your home. 
These are so easy and quick to make (less than 30 minutes each) that you will wonder why you ever bought shop made decorations. 

I used a 3mm hook and Giza Cotton DK from King Cole. I chose this yarn because it doesn't split when crocheting......always a bonus.


Giza is a mercerised Egyptian cotton with a lovely crisp white colour which is ideal  for this type of project.


One of the patterns shown here is a modified version of Snowcatchers Savanna Snowflake. The middle section is the same as shown in the original pattern but I tweaked the outer edges to suit myself.



I have never blocked or stiffened any projects that I have done in the past,
 so this was a new experience for me. I was very pleased with the results. 
I used a diluted PVA glue mixture to stiffen the snowflakes using one part PVA to one part water and applied with a clean paint brush.

To block the snowflakes I used a gardeners kneeling pad which I covered in plastic food wrap. This allowed the finished pieces to be easily removed once dried.

I think you will agree that the finished products are very pleasing to the eye and if stored properly they can be used for years to come. 


To see more inspirational patterns then check out Snowcatchers Snowflake Gallery.
OR
Free crochet snowflake patterns on Pinterest.
OR
why not experiment and design your own.


If you like the little snowmen in the pics why not have a look at Jeanette Everson's Facebook Page to see some of her wonderful and unique handmade ceramic creations.....you will not be disappointed.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Alpaca Beanie and Cowl - FREE PATTERN

Here is the free pattern for my Alpaca Beanie and Cowl set.


I used Stylecraft Alpaca DK in  colours Fig and Storm and a 5mm hook. 



The patterns are quite basic and have not been tested so if you find any discrepancies or improvements that can be made I would appreciate your messages on 

Abbreviations:
For the basic stitches follow this LINK

Ch          Chain
Ch St       Chain Stitch
Sl St   Silp Stitch
Htc   Half treble crochet (Half double crochet - US)
Jwss         Join with slip stitch
Ps Puff Stitch (yo hook, insert into st, yo and draw up a long loop) 3 times, yo hook and pull through all loops on your hook. Ch1 to close the stitch.
S Small (Child size)
M Medium (Young Adult size)
L Large (Adult size)
Bptc Back post treble crochet Video tutorial
Fpdc Front post double crochet Video tutorial


Cowl:

Chain 120, join to first chain with a slip stitch, taking care not to twist the chain.

Round  1:         Ch2 (this is your first htc), htc into each st. Jwss to beginning ch2. (120 htc)
Rounds 2-5: Repeat round 1. (120 htc)
Round  6:         Ch2, Ps into same stitch,*Ch1, skip next st, Ps into next st* Repeat from * to * until the end of round, Ch1, skip last st, Jwss to beginning ch2. (60 ps & 60 ch1 spaces)
Rounds 7:         Ch2 (this is our first htc), *htc into ch1 sp, htc into top of puff stitch* Repeat from * to * until end of round, Ch1. Jwss to beginning ch2. (120 htc)
Rounds 8-11: Repeat round 1. (120 htc)
Round  12: Repeat round 6. (60 ps & 60 ch1 spaces)
Round  13: Repeat round 7. (120 htc)
Round  14-17: Repeat round 1. (120 htc)
Round  18: Repeat round 6. (60 ps & 60 ch1 spaces)
Round  19: Repeat round 7. (120 htc)
Round  20-23: Repeat round 1. (120 htc)
Round  24: Repeat round 6. (60 ps & 60 ch1 spaces)
Round  25: Repeat round 7. (120 htc)
Round  26-29: Repeat round 1. (120 htc)
Fasten off and sew in tails.

Hat: S/M/L

Ch 4, join to first chain with a slip stitch to form a loop.

Round  1:          Ch2 (this is your first htc), 9htc into the loop. Jwss to beginning ch2. (10 htc)
Round  2:          Ch2 (this is your first htc) htc into the same stitch, 2htc into each htc in round 1. Jwss to beginning ch2. (20htc)
Round  3:          Ch2 (this is your first htc) htc into the same stitch, *1htc in next st, 2htc in next st* Repeat from * to * to second last st. htc in next st. Jwss to beginning ch2. (30htc)
Round  4:          Ch2 (this is your first htc) htc into the same stitch, *1htc in next 2 st, 2htc in next st* Repeat from * to * to third last st. Htc into last 2 st. Jwss to beginning ch2. (40htc)
Round  5:          Ch2 (this is your first htc) htc into the same stitch, *1htc in next 3 st, 2htc in next st* Repeat from * to * to fourth last st. Htc into last 3 st. Jwss to beginning ch2. (50htc)

Small Size Skip to round 8

Round  6:          Ch2 (this is your first htc) htc into the same stitch, *1htc in next 4 st, 2htc in next st* Repeat from * to * to fifth last st. Htc into last 4 st. Jwss to beginning ch2. (60htc)

Medium Size Skip to round 8

Round  7:           Ch2 (this is your first htc) htc into the same stitch, *1htc in next 5 st, 2htc in next st* Repeat from * to * to sixth last st. Htc into last 5 st. Jwss to beginning ch2. (70htc)
Round  8:           Ch2, Ps into same stitch,*Ch1, skip next st, Ps into next st* Repeat from * to * until the end of round, Ch1, skip last st, Jwss to beginning ch2. (S/M/L - 25/30/35 Ps & 25/30/35 ch1 spaces)
Round  9:           Ch2 (this is our first htc), *htc into ch1 sp, htc into top of puff stitch* Repeat from * to * until end of round, Ch1. Jwss to beginning ch2. (50/60/70 htc)
Round  10:   Ch2 (this is our first htc), htc into each st to end of round. Jwss to beginning ch2. (50/60/70 htc)
Round  11-13:   Ch2 (this is our first htc), htc into each st to end of round. Jwss to beginning ch2. (50/60/70 htc)
Round  14:   Repeat round 8. (S/M/L - 25/30/35 Ps & 25/30/35 ch1 spaces)
Round  15:   Repeat round 9. (50/60/70 htc)
Rounds 16-19:   Repeat round 10. (50/60/70 htc)
Round  20:   Repeat round 8. (S/M/L - 25/30/35 Ps & 25/30/35 ch1 spaces)
Round  21:   Repeat round 9. (50/60/70 htc)
Rounds 22-25:   Repeat round 10. (50/60/70 htc)
Round  26:   Sl St around front of first htc of round 25, ch3 (this is your first fptc), *bptc into next st, fptc into next st*. Repeat from * to * to second last st, bptc into last st. Jwss to beginning ch3. (S/M/L - 25/30/35 bptc & 25/30/35 fptc)
Round  27:   Sl St around front of first fpdc of round 25, ch3, *bptc into next st, fptc into next st*. Repeat from * to * to second last st, bptc into last st. Jwss to beginning ch3. (S/M/L - 25/30/35 bptc & 25/30/35 fptc)
Fasten off and sew in tails.

Flower:

Leaving a long tail for sewing together, 
Ch32, 
Row 1: Make 4tc into fourth ch from hook (first 5tc petal), *skip next ch, 5tc in next ch* repeat to end of chain (15 5tc fans) turn.
Row 2: *Skip 2 st, make 7tc into next st, skip 2 st. Sl st between this petal and next petal* (7tc petal created) repeat 9 more times. (leaving 5 petals from row 1 incomplete) 

Twist into a flower shape with the 5tc petals forming the centre of the flower with the 7tc petals forming the outer layers.  into shape and attach to the hat.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Crochet Clock Face

Here is a little something I did when I took a friends clock apart and couldn't get it back together...lol. She asked me to make a piece of crochet to back it so I designed this piece and ordered a new mechanism to put into it.

She is a fan of anything Cath Kidston so this influenced the colour choice but feel free to pick your own colour way and have fun making it.





This pattern has not been tested so any suggestions for ammendments to it would be greatly appreciated.

Clock Face Pattern


The clock face should be approximately 12 inches in diameter when completed using DK yarn and a 4.5mm crochet hook.

Ch4 and join with a slip stitch (jwss) to form a loop

Round 1: Ch3 (first tc), make 11 tc into the loop, jwss to beginning ch3.

Round 2: Join yarn at sl st join and ch3 (first tc), tc into same stitch, 2 x tc into the next 11 stitches, jwss to beginning ch3.

Round 3: Join yarn between any two tc on the previous round and ch3 (first tc), 2 x tc into same space (NOT INTO STITCH)  *ch1, skip next st, 3xtc into space between next 2 stitches* x 11, ch1, jwss to beginning ch3.

Round 4: Join yarn in any ch sp of the previous round, ch3, tc into same ch sp, *ch1, fptc around middle tc of 3tc grouping on the previous round, ch1, 2 x tc into next ch sp* x 11, ch1, fptc around middle tc of 3tc grouping on the previous round, ch1, jwss to beginning ch3.

Round 5: Join yarn to the left of any fptc of the previous round, ch3, tc into same space, *tc between next 2 tc, 2 x tc into next ch1 sp, ch2, 2 x tc into next ch1 sp* x 11, tc between 2 x tc on previous round, jwss.

Round 6: Join yarn in any ch 2 space in previous round, 4 x tc into same ch sp, *tc between 2tc and 1tc on previous round, tc between 1tc and 2 tc on previous round, 5 x tc into next ch2 sp* x 11, tc between 2tc and 1tc on previous round, tc between 1tc and 2 tc on previous round, jwss.

Round 7: Join yarn using a standing bptc to any stitch, bptc in every stitch. jwss to beginning standing bptc.

Round 8: Join yarn to first bptc (Round 7) in any 5tc group (round 6), ch3, tc into next 2 stitches, *ch3, tc into next 3 stitches, skip next st, tc into next 3 stitches* x 11, ch3, tc into the next 3 stitches, jwss to beginning ch3.

Round 9: Join yarn using a standing bptc to first tc of any six tc group in previous round, bpdc in the next 5 stitches, *5 x tc into the ch3 space, bptc into next 6 stitches* x 11, ch3, jwss to beginning standing bptc.
Round 10:Join yarn using a standing *dc into third tc of any 5tc group on previous round, htc into next 2 stitches, tc into next 2 stitches, ttc (yarn round hook 3 times at start of stitch) between the two tc's directly below on round 6, skip 2 stitches, tc into next 2 stitches, htc into next 2 stitches* x 12, join with sl st to beginning standing dc.

Round 11:    Join yarn using s standing tc to first htc to left of any dc on round 10, ch1, tc into same st, *ch1, skip next st, tc into next st, ch1, skip next st, tc into next st, ch1, fpdtc round ttc from round 10, ch1 skip next st, tc into next st, ch1, skip 1 st, tc into next st, ch1, tc into next st, ch1, tc into same st as last tc,* x 11, ch1, skip next st, tc into next st, ch1, skip next st, tc into next st, ch1, fpdtc round ttc from round 10, ch1 skip next st, tc into next st, ch1, skip 1 st, tc into next st, ch1, tc into next st, ch1, jwss to beginning standing tc.

Round 12: Join yarn using s standing tc to any st in previous round, tc into each st, jwss to beginning standing tc.




Add more rounds of tc's as neccessary until you have reached the desired size, increasing as you go to keep the piece laying flat.

I would love to see your finished items so please e-mail your pics to me at heishookedsince2013@gmail.com OR post them on my facebook page www.facebook.com/heishooked

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Road Tripping

I have really been neglecting this blog of late and it's  time to get back on track.....What better way to do this than to show you all my latest WIP's.

I came across the pattern for this Road Trip Scarp on the Official CCC facebook page where the very talented Ms Zelna Olivier was very kind to share her beautiful and simple design.


Have a look and see what you think.





I used King Cole Splash in Fireburst # 818 and a new sequined thread just in from King Cole called Cosmos to add a bit of sparkle. I think they really worked well together.





I decided to do the edging detail in plain black DK to compliment the black thread in the Cosmos but also to frame the coloured scarf. The embellishments which will be added later will also be in black. Watch this space!


I still have to add the embellishments to finish it off and I hope to have it completed later today. I will post some finished pics when I do.

FINISHED PRODUCT
As modelled by the lovely but rather camera shy Kathleen



My little tribute to the wonderful designer Ms Zelna Olivier (Zooty Owl)


I intend to show this to the beginners crochet class which I teach in The Little Wool Shop on Thursday evenings as a sample of something that they might like to try. I think it will be ideal as a first project for beginners to do and I will post some pics should any of them decide to give it a shot.

If you fancy having a go yourself you can find the pattern by using this LINKon Zelna's blog.

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Rainbow Round Ripple

As with most crafters we rarely make anything for ourselves so while on a weeks holiday from work I decided to rectify this by making myself a Rainbow Round Ripple blanket. I have wanted to make one of these for a very long time but I rarely have a minute to myself so it was always one of those 'some day' projects.  

I have always known that it was going to be rainbow colours to reflect my gay pride but also to give a real pop of colour in my otherwise magnolia apartment. 


The pattern I used is the Spectrum Afghan pattern from The Crochet Crowd on YouTube. The first four rounds are just a simple circle with increases on each round, round five begins the forming of the ripples. Round six is the first round that shows you the pattern you follow for the rest of the blanket. 


It really is a pattern that you can do in your sleep once you get the hang of it. The only concentration required is to keep track of which rounds to increase your stitches on. Different patterns give different suggestions for increasing when making a round ripple but I found increasing on two rounds out of three worked for me. (On the points of the 'increase' rounds use 2dc ch2 2dc into the chain space on the previous round and on the 'no increase' round you use 1dc ch2 1dc in the chain space of the previous round.


It is very pleasing to see the stars forming as this blanket grows, each band of colour adding another dimension to an already interesting shape. I decided from the outset that I was going to use two strands of yarn (Stylecraft Special DK for all colours except one of the greens) and a 7mm cochet hook. The reason for using two strands was so I could blend the colours by using one strand of the previous solid band colour and one strand of the next solid band colour.



When I added the strong green colour (shown above), I wasn't quite sure if it would work with the previous shade, simply because there was such a strong contrast between them. To reassure myself and to get the opinion of others I posted a pic on The Creative Crochet Crew Facebook Page and on The Official CCC Social Group Facebook Page asking for advice. On both pages the general consensus was to go with it and reserve judgement until I had a few more rounds done. I am so glad I did because that colour is one of the round that really pops and adds impact when you see it.



I love how the yellow and dark green rounds stand out and give impact to the blanket.


My favourites of all the colours, the aqua, turquoise and blue!


The finished product takes pride of place in an otherwise bland interior. I love it!

Here is a list of the yarns and colours used.

Rounds 1 & 2         Stylecraft Special DK - Matador (2 Strands)
Rounds 3 & 4         Stylecraft Special DK - Matador (1 Strand) Lipstick (1 Strand)
Rounds 5 & 6         Stylecraft Special DK - Lipstick (2 Strands)
Rounds 7 & 8         Stylecraft Special DK - Pomegranate (1 Strand) Lipstick (1 Strand)
Rounds 9 & 10       Stylecraft Special DK - Pomegranate (2 Strands)
Rounds 11 & 12      Stylecraft Special DK - Pomegranate (1 Strand) Shrimp (1 Strand)
Rounds 13 & 14      Stylecraft Special DK - Shrimp (2 Strands)
Rounds 15 & 16      Stylecraft Special DK - Shrimp (1 Strand) Saffron (1 Strand)
Rounds 17 & 18      Stylecraft Special DK - Saffron (2 Strands)
Rounds 19 & 20      Stylecraft Special DK - Saffron (1 Strand) Meadow (1 Strand)
Rounds 21 & 22      Stylecraft Special DK - Meadow (2 Strands)
Rounds 23 & 24      Stylecraft Special DK - Meadow (1 Strand) Green (1 Strand)
Rounds 25 & 26      Stylecraft Special DK - Green (2 Strands)
Rounds 27 & 28      Stylecraft Special DK - Green (1 Strand) King Cole Pricewise  - No 39 (1 Strand)
Rounds 29 & 30      King Cole Pricewise   - No 39 (2 Strands)
Rounds 31 & 32      Stylecraft Special DK - Aspen (1 Strand) King Cole Pricewise - No 39 (1 Strand)
Rounds 33 & 34      Stylecraft Special DK - Aspen (2 Strands)
Rounds 35 & 36      Stylecraft Special DK - Aspen (1 Strand) Turquoise (1 Strand)
Rounds 37 & 38      Stylecraft Special DK - Turquoise (2 Strands)
Rounds 39 & 40      Stylecraft Special DK - Turquoise (1 Strand) Royal (1 Strand)
Rounds 41 & 42      Stylecraft Special DK - Royal (2 Strands)
Rounds 43 & 44      Stylecraft Special DK - Cloud Blue (1 Strand) Royal (1 Strand)
Rounds 45 & 46      Stylecraft Special DK - Cloud Blue (2 Strands)
Rounds 47 & 48      Stylecraft Special DK - Cloud Blue (1 Strand) Wisteria (1 Strand)
Rounds 49 & 50      Stylecraft Special DK - Wisteria (2 Strands)
Rounds 51 & 52      Stylecraft Special DK - Wisteria (1 Strand) Grape (1 Strand)
Rounds 53 & 54      Stylecraft Special DK - Grape (2 Strands)
Rounds 55 & 56      Stylecraft Special DK - Grape (1 Strand) Emperor (1 Strand)
Rounds 57 & 58      Stylecraft Special DK - Emperor (2 Strands)

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Little Ripple

I have a thing for ripple patterned items at the moment. I can't explain what it is but suffice to say it is grabbing my attention with both hands. I spotted this post on Monkey BooBoo's blog this morning and just had to share it. Isn't this just so cute. Maybe it's the perfect quick project to try today
CLICK HERE for the free pattern.

Here is my one I finished today, complete with gingham buttons.



Monday, 23 June 2014

Mandala in Bloom

Well the day has finally come and Mandala in Bloom is well and truly blooming.
It took a few months to get here but today was the day it finally happened and Mandala In Bloom got itself published and was sent on it's way on the world wide web. 

It was all new to me when I started on this journey, I knew very little about crochet, only that I enjoyed it, found it to be relaxing and I was quickly becoming quite good at it. I could sit for hours, playing, experimenting and trying different things, all the while staying off the cigarettes which was the reason I started crocheting in the first place. 

 I started to keep notes on what I had done while hooking away, just for my own records really...nothing else, but when I posted a picture of the finished mandala online, people started conmmenting on it in a very positive way and asking if there was a pattern available. Of course there wasn't......but now there is.


A lady I met through a fabebook group invited me to join a private group dedicated to designers and testers where we can swap ideas and help each other develop patterns. And this is where the real education began.


I requested five testers who would be able to test and deliver photos of their finished mandala within a two week period. During the testing period we were in contact continuously where they would make suggestions or say where they were having difficulty with my terminology. Lets jusy say if I were writing a book on nuclear physics......there would have been a lot of explosions.





Some of the testers would post pics of their progress as it happened while others waited until the end. The same applied to notes, some sent suggested amendments during the process and others at the end. I learned very quickly that different people have different interpretations of what you are trying to convey. (this is where it would have helped if I had known a little more about the process of crochet pattern writing before I started) and it caused some confusion at times, but we got there in the end.


I must say I really enjoyed the whole process and I will definitely do it again......Only this time I will not be progressing to the next round until the one I am working on has been written down in the most minute detail and photographed until it's colour is fading from the flash :-)




I hope you enjoy the photographs, some are mine, some are from the testers. 
I would like to express my gratitude to my testers. They were an absolutely wonderful team and a pleasure to work with. Without you all I would not be writing this post.....Thank you al again. xxx

TO GET YOUR COPY OF MANDALA IN BLOOM CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW!