Monday, 25 August 2014

Sea cow from 'Sarah & Duck'

After posting pics of the cuddly, crochet sea cow that I made for my nephew (who is ridiculously attached to his) I've had messages from people asking if they can get one.  Having finished the majority of work for The Book I finally got round to making one for sale which is available on my Etsy shop.  I've also finally written up the pattern, so if you want to have a go at making one yourself (or getting a Nan to) here's your free sea cow crochet pattern...

(Written using US terminology)

Hayfield Bonus Chunky Yarn, shade: Petrol (829)
7mm hook

A little black yarn and yarn needle, 2 yellow buttons with suitable thread and needle for eyes, stuffing

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch

Round 1: ch 6
Round 2: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc in the next 3 ch’s, 3sc in the end ch, working up the other side, sc in the next 4 ch, (10)
Round 3: 2sc, sc in the next 4 st’s, 2sc, sc in the next 5 st’s  (13)
Round 4: 2sc, sc in the next 6 st’s, 2sc, sc in the next 6 st’s  (16)
Round 5: 2sc, sc in the next 7 st’s, 2sc, sc in the next 7 st’s  (18)
Round 6: 2sc in the next 2 st’s, sc 7, 2sc in the next 2 st’s, sc in the next 6 st’s  (21)
Round 7–29: sc in each st
Round 30: sctog, sc 8, sctog, sc 9  (19)
Round 31: sctog, sc 8, sctog, sc 7 (17)
Round 32: sctog, sc7, sctog, sc 6  (15)
Round 33: sctog, sc 5, sctog, sc 6   (13)
Round 34: sctog, sc 4, sctog, sc 5  (11)
Round 35: sc in each st – stuff
Round 36: 2sc, sc, sc, 2sc, sc, sc, 2sc, sc, sc, 2sc, sc  (15)
Round 37: 2sc, sc in next 3, 2sc, sc next 3, 2sc, sc, next 3, 2sc, sc next 2  (19)
Round 38: 2sc, sc in next 4, 2sc, sc next 4, 2sc, sc, next 4, 2sc, sc next 3  (23)
Round 39: sl st , stuff tail then sew up

Round 1: mr 6
Round 2: 2sc in each st  (12)
Round 3: 2s, sc in next 5, 2sc, sc in next 5  (14)
Round 4: sc in each, sl st to finish
Stuff with just a little stuffing, and making sure it sits with the widest part across the face,  and sew to face.

Arms – make 2
Round 1: mr 8
Round 2: sc in each st
Round 3: sctog, sc in the next 6 st’s  (7)
Round 4: sctog, sc in the next 5 st’s  (6)
Round 5: sctog, sc in next 4 st’s  (5)
Round 6: sc in each st, sl st to finish
Stuff lightly and attach to the body

Weave in all ends, and as a finishing touch ch4, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sl st in to the last 2, fasten off and attach to the top of his head as a little wisp of hair.

Sew on the eyes, use a little black yarn to embroider an upside down ‘v’ for the mouth and 2 ‘x’s for the nostrils.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Crochet Elsa hair

I can't imagine that ANYONE in the world doesn't know how popular the movie 'Frozen' is amongst all girls.  I have boys, we hadn't noticed it, moved in opposite a girl; BAM! Frozen everywhere. 

I have a work colleague who had seen the crochet mermaid hair I'd made, she has a little girl who is in to?  BAM!  Frozen.  She's been looking for Elsa hair for ages, can't find any and asked if I could make something up in time for a birthday.

Of course...

I'll get the pattern on Etsy as soon as possible for Crochet Elsa from Frozen Hair (snappy).

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Super Chunky Crochet

My gorgeous and adorable husband whipped me up an extra-large crochet hook from the end of a broom handle - awesome, I know.  As a massive camping fan but also epic complainer, I always moan in the morning from being too uncomfy and cold on the sleeping mats we take with us, so in an attempt to use up some of the ridiculous amounts of yarn I have lying around I used 6 balls and crocheted them all together to make a cosy, extra layer for sleeping on.  It was BRILLIANT.  I'm trying to convince the husband ot make a few more so I can put them on Etsy and share the super crochet joy with everyone x

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Cable Knit Crochet Wristwarmers

Got a pair made and wore them camping this weekend. They're snug and just the right amount of cosy for the cool nights.  Pattern online with the rest of the autumn  collection soon xxx

Monday, 11 August 2014

Crochet Cable stitch

I've had an idea for ages to make little wrist warmers for autumn, but in my head they've had a cable design on them - and I can't knit for toffee.  So last night I started googling 'crochet cable' and came across and excellent youtube tutorial (will find the URL and post it soon)

 And within an hour had made this!  Exceptionally pleased with self.

Immediately cracked on with first attempt at glove, and here is the first one:

Will crack on with the next one and get the pattern written up ASAP.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Crochet moccasins

With all my patterns now dedicated to The Book my Etsy shop is looking a little threadbare, so I've started work on a new collection for the autumn.  The first are these exceptionally cosy crocheted moccasin slippers - it was odd putting them on in 28 degree heat, but I can't wait up get them on as soon as the chill starts to kick in, bring on autumn!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Dress For a Wedding

We have a wedding coming up and I was in the world of 'I haven't a stitch to wear!'  I always want to have something a bit different, and usually end up making a dress, but with a mountain of crochet to do there just hasn't been time.  So a quick thrift shop, a dress for £4 and a raid of my craft stash and this is what happened.

All you need to do to make this very pretty floral collar is sew from the back, through the center of your flower, thread a bead on and sew back through the center and out the back - the bead will keep your thread from going back through and also look loooovely.  I used faux pearls in pink and cream, and also a vintage glass buttons to add some sparkle.