Crochet Christmas Wreath

I have recently been inspired to make a Christmas wreath. I have seen various versions in magazines and on blogs. You only have to google ‘Crochet Christmas Wreath’ to get some great ideas!

For mine, I decided to stick with traditional Christmas colours (for a more funky Christmas wreath see Lucy of Attic24’s!) and designs. I had such fun making this (even though it took a lot longer than I anticipated!), and it was great to use up some little woollen bits I have had lying around for ages. The red fluffy stuff was even leftover from a jumper my granny made! I like how it’s a nice mix of materials: wool, acrylic, fluffy stuff! It gives it real texture! The base was a polystyrene doughnut I picked up from Samuel Taylor’s in Leeds.

If I have time, I will make another one for the family home this Christmas, but this one is going in my ETSY SHOP!

Let me know what you think, and send me links to your wreaths! I’d love to see them! Here is mine:

Crochet Hearts

One of the first things I learnt to crochet was hearts. In fact, my first project of any size was a heart garland which I still have hung up in my room. It’s looking a bit tatty now, and I must say my skills have improved a lot since then, but the hearts still bring me great joy. The pattern I used for that garland was this one.

Today, however, I have been making even smaller hearts. I’m not really sure what I’m going to use them for yet. Probably greetings cards (I have made lots with these hearts in the past, and they were a hit at Artwave!). Wanna see them?

Ta-da!

Aren’t they adorable!? I love the colours.

Right, so to make your own: I used THIS pattern for the small hearts, and THIS pattern for the larger ones. And the yarn I used was Drops Safran, which I absolutely LOVE working with. It is 100% cotton, really soft, and they make it in great colours!

Let me know if you have any other cool heart patterns!

Crochet Clutch Purse – Picture Tutorial

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Hello! I’ve decided it’s about time I posted my first tutorial! I worked out this little purse when coming up with something to make for a friend’s birthday present, and it turns out they’re addictive to make. I hope you enjoy making them as much as I have, and make sure to show me your pictures!

Yarn weight: I used DK, but you could use any, with a corresponding hook

Hook size: 4mm (or size appropriate for the yarn you are using)

Difficulty: Easy

Materials: Yarn, hook, button, needle

Abbreviateions: SLST – slip stitch, CH – chain, SC – single crochet, HDC – half double crochet, DC – double crochet, R – row, () brackets indicate the total for that row

NOTE: I am using the AMERICAN stitch terms.

Top: Drops Safran in Mint Green, Bottom: Sirdar Snuggly in Teal

Top: Drops Safran in Mint Green, Bottom: Sirdar Snuggly in Teal

Ok, let’s start!

Chain 25

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R1: HDC in 3rd chain from hook,

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and every chain across (23HDC), CH2 and turn

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R2-23: HDC in every stitch across (23HDC), CH2 and turn

Fasten off

= 23 rows of 23 HDC

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To make the flap:

R1: CH3, then 3SC in the 1st CH, CH1 and turn

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R2: 2SC in each stitch (6SC), CH1 and turn

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R3: *SC in next, 2SC in next*, repeat ** across (9SC), CH1 and turn

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R4: *SC in next 2 stitches, 2SC in next*, across (12SC), CH1 and turn

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R5: *SC in next 3 stitches, 2SC in next*, across (15SC), CH1 and turn

R6: *SC in next 4 stitches, 2SC in next*, across (18SC), CH1 and turn

R7: *SC in next 5 stitches, 2SC in next*, across (21SC), CH1 and turn

R8: *SC in next 6 stitches, 2SC in next*, across (24SC), CH1 and turn

R9: *SC in next 7 stitches, 2SC in next*, across (27SC), CH1 and turn

R10: *SC in next 8 stitches, 2SC in next*, across (30SC), CH1 and turn

R11: *SC in next 9 stitches, 2SC in next*, across (33SC), CH1 and turn

R12: SC in next 10 stitches, 2SC in next, SC in next 5 stitches, CH3, skip 3 stitches and SC in next 2, 2SC in next, SC in next 10 stitches, 2SC in next (17SC, CH3, 16SC), CH1 and turn

(This creates the button hole. Miss out the CH3 gap if you do not want a button hole, or adjust the chain length and number of stitches missed to adjust button hole size)

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R13: SC in next 11 stitches, 2SC in next, SC in next 4 stitches, 3SC in chain 3 gap, SC in next 4 stitches, 2SC in next, SC in next 11 stitches, 2SC in next (39SC), CH1 and turn

R14: *SC in next 12 stitches, 2SC in next*, across (42SC)

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Instead of fastening off, attach the flap to one end of the HDC rectangle you made, using a row of SC across the top.

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Fold the bottom of the rectangle up to the top and SC along the sides.

To make the edging (change yarn here if you want a different colour):

SLST with new colour into first stitch of flap, *skip 1 stitch, 5DC in next stitch, skip 1 stitch, SLST in next*, repeat ** across.

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Fasten off, sew in the ends, and attach a button

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Voila!

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Go forth, and make these in tonnes of different colours! Let me know if you encounter any problems with the pattern!

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**OR if you can’t be bothered to make your own, head over to my Etsy shop to buy one of mine! **

**Ravelry listing for this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/clutch-bag—purse-with-shell-edging**

La Biennale – Portugese Exhibition – Crochety Goodness

Last week, I was lucky enough to be taken to Venice by my lovely parents. I will do a post shortly about how beautiful it was and what we got up to, but more urgently I want to tell you about the most amazing crochet exhibition. We were in Venice to see La Biennale – a collaborative art festival that occurs every other year in Venice, bringing in exhibitors from all over the world. We saw so many countries’ exhibitions, but my favourite was Portugal’s! It was set up on a boat which had sailed from Lisbon, and it involved a whole CROCHET ROOM!! Going into it was overwhelming for me, I just wanted to squeal it made me so happy!

The exhibition was meant to invoke thoughts of the deep sea, and give a womb-like experience. I decided I wanted to decorate my whole room like this! Right, time for photos…

Again, sorry for not-so-great pictures, but hopefully you can get an idea of what it was like to be in that amazing boat. They even ran a free boat ride twice a day which showed you the beautiful Venice bay, and played you some lovely portugese music. (If I can find out what it was, I want to buy a CD).

To see some far superior photos and find out more about the project, please visit the ACTUAL exhibition website HERE.

I would love to know your thoughts on the exhibition, or any others you have seen!

Tom Baker Scarf

Hello again!

I just thought I’d share with you a little (actually not-so-little) project I’m working on for my good friend Willo. He is a big Dr. Who fan and has commissioned a Tom Baker Scarf. I had a quick look on google (as I wasn’t quite sure what it should look like) and stumbled upon this! Although it is a knitting pattern, I have just made the scarf 45 single crochets (that English double crochets) wide (which is actually a little too wide IMO. If I were to do it again, I’d probably do 40), and am following the row numbers in this pattern and so far it is looking pretty good (I think!). It has already taken many hours, and I’m only about a sixth of the way through (according to the pattern!). Soooo, this is what it looks like so far:

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Obviously it’s a work-in-progress, but I’m pretty pleased so far (and hopefully Willo will be).

The yarns I am using are:

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Sorry for the terrible photo, and please ignore the shades that aren’t labelled, those are not for this project. But hopefully you can see the colours I’ve used. I bought them all from woolwarehouse.co.uk

Let me know if any of you have made a Tom Baker scarf!

Mum’s Birthday Teacosies

It was my lovely mum’s birthday last week, and since she asked for a teacosy for her birthday present, I thought I’d crochet her one! This isn’t something I’ve tried making before, but it was great fun.

I started off using this pattern. It was simple and easy to follow, but I still managed to make my teacosy too small for the teapot size I wanted. However, I finished the pattern and adorned it with some roses from Attic24’s pattern. (By far the best roses pattern I’ve found). I then tried making a larger teacosy using this pattern which ended up the right size, so I just gave my mum two teacosies for her birthday! One for Small Teapot and one for Big Teapot.

And heeeeeeeeeere are the photos!

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I’m pleased to say mum was very happy with them, and used them for birthday morning tea. She was so happy, in fact, that she wore one as a hat (Mad Hatter!).

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Sorry for terrible photos taken on my phone! I am still without camera!

Right, now for some technicalities –

The yarn I used for the orange one was: Drops Nepal in Orange Mix (2920), Purple Mix (4434) and Goldenrod (2923) which I purchased from woolwarehouse.co.uk.

The yarn I used for the pink, blue and purple one was Sirdar Snuggly (I can’t remember the shades I’m afraid!) which I bought from Create! in Ilkley, which is a lovely independent yarn shop. Sadly, this is the only yarn in there I could afford!

New Phone!

So, yesterday I got a new phone, and knowing me, something bad is going to happen it (I slammed my last one in my car door!), so I need a way to protect it (especially as I can’t seem to get insurance for a phone bought on eBay! Ridiculous!). I have ordered a case off ebay, but before that arrives I need something so help protect it if (when) I drop it. So I thought I’d whip up a quick crochet phone case!

I didn’t use a pattern, but I did get some inspiration from this design. However, as I am lazy, I decided to work the case in the round instead of having to sew it up afterwards.

I started with a chain that fit around the phone, then just continued to single crochet in the back loops in a big spiral, without joining, until it was the right length, then I just worked a few rows of SC backwards and forwards to make the flap at the top which I folded over and sewed down.

I’m afraid my decorations aren’t as nice as that of the post I took inspiration from because I don’t have any felt, but I did my best with cotton thread. Want to see it?

Here you go:

If you would like more instruction on how it was made just let me know!