Monday, 31 March 2014

African Flower (Hexagon) Afghan:

Here are a couple of photographs of an afghan that my good friend Pauline has recently completed. She is an acomplished crocheter but this was her first attempt at an African Flower Afghan. I absolutely love it. There is just a riot of colour going kind of thing.

We met each other via a facebook page that we both joined and she has since been my advisor whenever I am stuck on a project. As I live in Ireland and she is in Wales we have never met in person......Hopefully one day we will. What better person to have as a mentor than somebody who can complete this quality of work. Thanks for all your help Pauline. xxx

CLICK HERE for a link to her Pinterest Board

Here is a link to the african flower tutorial by Girlybunches

For those who like a chart diagram to follow:
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Here is a link to the Craft Passion Website mentioned in the tutorial.

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Little Star

I have started working on a new twelve pointed ripple style afghan for a work colleague who is due to give birth to her second child this week. I'm a typical man and tried it without ever looking at a pattern (TWICE) and made a pig's ear of it both times, so I decided there was only one man to show me the error of my ways - and that man is Mikey from The Crochet Crowd. He does the best video tutorials and walks you through every step required to get excellent results. Here is my progress so far:

The start of the twelve points are begining to show.

I have used a 4.5mm hook with DK baby yarn that had lost it's band so I cannot identify the brand.......anyhow it is wokring up quite well and I am pleased with my progress so far. I have completed ten rows (4 circular and 6 pointed) and it now measures 29.5cm / 11.5 inches from point to point.

This is a very easy pattern and once you have completed row six it's plain sailing all the way.....after that you just keep increasing until you have achieved your desired dimensions.

You can find a YouTube video tutorial hosted by the talented Mikey here.


Rebecca gave birth a couple of days ago to a beautiful bouncing baby boy called Rory who weighed in at 9lbs 8oz. I had better get this project finished before I go and visit them both tomorrow.

I have added some blue to the star afghan and I also used back post dc to give a raised stitch where I used the blue. It just adds a bit of texture.

To go to a video link on how to back post double crochet then CLICK HERE where Mikey from The Crochet Crowd will guide you through the steps.

I also made two little hats for Rory while I had some spare time on my hands the other day, one in white and the other in the same blue yarn as used in the afghan.

I don't have a pattern for these hats as they were something I tried from an online pattern months ago and it just stuck in my head so I made them from memory.....and as I don't know anything about the size of baby's heads I made two different sizes just in case the first was too small. All I need to do is sew in the tails and I'm done.

It is now almost 2am on April 1st and it's time for bed......The afghan has now reached 28 rounds and measures 31 inches / 79cm in diameter from point to point. I will continue to 40 rounds and see how it is....Maybe that will be enough......Watch this space.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Tropical Rainbow

Just about to head to bed and get some beauty sleep before travelling to the wedding and happened to check in on facebook. There was a post there from my lovely friend Kathleen, owner of  TheLittleWoolShop where I buy all of my yarn featuring a yarn by Stylecraft called Merry Go Round. I was making a granny square afghan using this yarn when it sold out. It has finally come back in stock and I will be ready to get cracking again.....Note to self "buy enough next time"

This is what it looks like crocheted:

And here is a knitted baby cardigan and hat made by the lovely Kathleen

 Kathleen stocks six different colour-ways......must try another one soon.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Here Comes The Bride

This afghan is something I have been working on for the last five to six weeks in my spare time. It is going to be a gift for a good friend of mine who is getting married next Saturday, March 22nd. I am really looking forward to the wedding even though I have to do a reading at the mass and I really hope she likes the gift.

The yarn used is Stylecraft Special Chunky 
in Meadow, Denim, Parchment and Lipstick.......
I buy all my yarns from Kathleen @ The Little Wool Shop
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tell her that John sent you.

It is growing slowly but surely.

I didn't have a pattern to follow...I just winged it.

I really like how the flowers are three dimensional and appear to rise above the rest of the afghan even though they form the centre of the granny squares and are not an addition on top of the squares.

It took me a couple of weeks to make the 14 granny squares and the 14 flower squares......I really do not like when I have to do something that is repetitive.....What can I say? I bore easily :-)

Nearing the end I decided to crochet a few rows of dc1 ch1 to add a bit of variety to the border section and also to reduce the weight as it was getting quite heavy.

 Finally there.....just a few loose threads to sew in......Very pleased with the result.