Thursday, 29 September 2011

Autumn Babies!

All babies need a hat...
a handmade crochet hat, of course...
and made by you!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Crochet "Just for Men"

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CROCHET PATTERNS for MEN

Here it is my latest pattern for THE MAN in my life! This crochet pattern is totally a man thing! Robust with a sensual earthy style.  

These crochet mittens were made with Patons Wool Blend Aran, a classic autumn/winter yarn and it is ever so worthwhile to go and check out the lovely yarn colour palette. Yarn shades range from creams to browns and from blues to greys.  Perfect colours for manly crochet garments and accessories.

I simply love crocheting with this yarn, it's a great wool blend aran with 63% wool and 27% acrylic, ball weight 100g and recommended hook 4.5mm. However I have written this pattern using a 5mm hook, because using a 4.5mm hook with the FPdc stitch pattern will make the finished material too tight and rigid with limited stretch factor.  

These crochet fingerless mittens are a huge hit with my man!  He loves the textured design and has already asked for another pair in a dark blue colour. 

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Here are the PATTERN DETAILS:  

COUNTRY Man Mittens Crochet Pattern

This mittens pattern is easy and quick, with a double rib texture for the cuff and single rib texture over the palm.  Trimmed with contrast colour at cuff edge and palm edge.   Crochet in the round, with optional thumb section.  No seams to sew.  Wear the mittens on either hand.  The pattern is the same for both left and right mittens.

One Size:  Adult Man = Medium to Extra Large
Basic Stitches:  single, double, front post double crochet.
Yarn:  Patons Wool Blend Aran 63% Wool 27% Acrylic
Hook:  5mm
TerminologyUS AMERICAN crochet terms

This pattern can be adapted to other yarns.

COUNTRY Man Mittens Crochet Pattern is available from my online stores:  Ravelry      Etsy     Craftsy



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I hope you enjoy my latest crochet pattern, I am off to relax a bit, and then tomorrow is another day!  I am working my way through my "Crochet To Do" list.

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COUNTRY Man Mittens Crochet Pattern 
is available from my online stores:

  Ravelry           Etsy          Craftsy




Friday, 16 September 2011

CHARITY HAT PATTERN

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PATTERN Crochet Hat PINK REMEMBRANCE

A celebration and remembrance hat pattern dedicated to all those touched by cancer.  A textured pattern finished off with a simple breast cancer remembrance ribbon.

This pattern written in USA American crochet terms.

Basic Stitches:  single, half double and double crochet.
Yarn:  King Cole "Bamboo Cotton" 
Hook:  4mm 
Size: Ladies M
Measurement:  Head circumference 21-22.5in

This pattern can be adapted to other yarns.

I’m raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care using JustGiving and I'd really appreciate your support.

ALL proceeds from the sale of this pattern will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care  http://www.mariecurie.org.uk

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You can help support this cause HERE in two ways:

1. You can purchase PINK REMEMBRANCE Crochet Hat Pattern from one of my ONLINE shops RAVELRY or CRAFTSY and I will donate the proceeds.

also

2. You can make a donation (NO minimum) direct to "Justgiving" via my page: http://www.justgiving.com/Barbara-Summers.

It's easy, fast and totally secure. It will be much appreciated.

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You’re making a big difference -

Every £20 will fund a Marie Curie Nurse for one hour to care for a terminally ill patient in their own home.

£160 will pay for a whole shift for a Marie Curie Nurse to be there to support a patient and their carer for a whole day or night.

£12,000 needs to be raised every hour of every day to fund their work.

Only a quarter of all terminally ill cancer patients in the UK currently die at home. Marie Curie Nurses care for half of them - but they want to reach more. 

Your donation will help make this a reality for ALL. 

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity. 

So please dig deep and donate now. 
It will be much appreciated.

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YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO SELL what you make from Barbara Summers' PATTERNS. Please read "NEW POLICY CHANGE"


Patterns available from my online stores

CRAFTSY        RAVELRY 

Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!

Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
(C) Copyright - All rights reserved.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Simple, quick, easy crochet mittens

Autumnal equinox is coming!
Here in the northern hemisphere the sun will soon cross the celestial equator and move south, taking the warmth and long daylight hours with it!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

GIVE ME A HAND! and I will give you a MITTEN!

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Fingerless mittens - my favourite clothing accessory - I love being able to use my fingers even though I have gloves on - and that is what fingerless mittens are all about.  The freedom to do!





This is a fingerless mittens design which I worked on last winter. I made a pair of fingerless mittens in this lattice pattern (a nice olive green with purple trim) - do you remember? You can read about it HERE

So, it has taken me HOW LONG? to finally get this pattern into the computer?  Sometimes that's just how it is, and sometimes it is worth waiting, it has turned out to be quite fruitful, with minor adjustments to the original pattern, and simplified pattern instructions.  I am happy with the end product.  All worth the wait!

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YARN TALK:  

James C Brett - Who is this man, you say?

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Well, I don't know WHO he is!  but the yarn is fabulous, it is my latest yarn find and I am in love with this Pure Merino DK
and yes, can you see on the label - it is machine washable... not that I ever wash my handknits in the machine... but maybe you do?

This yarn is so incredibly soft and there is a fantastic range of colours.  It is ever so luxuriously delicate to the touch (well, yes I pinched the words from the yarn description on Deramores, oops!)

It is absolutely the perfect yarn for these mittens and I dare say for any garment!  By the way, if you're wondering which shade is this pink, it is Shade No. 15.

Do you think I am addicted to fingerless mittens?  YES? you may be right.
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LATTICE Fingerless Mittens Crochet Pattern

is available from my online stores:

RAVELRY     ETSY      CRAFTSY


Enjoy!
Ciao, ciao!


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Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.
All rights reserved.


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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Crochet for Men!

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CROCHET for MEN on Father's Day!



For those down-under  (Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji) - today is Father's Day.


Although my father is no longer on this earth, I still remember him on this day.  Happy Father's Day Dad!



And I am sure he would have loved this latest pattern for a Crochet Mobius neckwarmer called "SHADOW".

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Pattern is written using Patons "Shadow Tweed" yarn and 7mm hook.  

This crochet mobius neckwarmer fits comfortably snug around the neck and is wide enough to pull up and cover ears, mouth and nose for those freezing wintry mornings.  I have also included hints on how to up-size the pattern.

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This pattern is available from my online stores:
  


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Enjoy
Ciao, ciao!

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