Monday, 29 August 2011

SEASIDE Coasters

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Cheerful seaside colours!

The colour of water -  deep blue, sea green, turquoise -  greens and blues the world over.


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Seaside colours are my inspiration for these crochet coasters and matching centre piece doily. Blue and green, never to be seen. What was that saying? It was an old saying from my early school days, oh well can't remember the rest!

In today's fashion world it seems these colours are everywhere. I really love the finished look of these blue and green colour combinations they look really well together.

Just take a look around at nature, the colour combinations are absolutely inspiring!


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Look at a peacock, their feathers are magnificent blue and green -   absolutely fabulous! OK so there are other colours between the blue and green but hey they do work well together.

Crochet Coaster Pattern "SEASIDE"
Here is the new pattern, I am releasing this simply beautiful coaster pattern for FREE and next week will include the accompanying pattern for the centre piece doily, but first I want to make another centre piece with the olive green as the focus. I am just loving this colour.
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I know, it's taken me a while to get back to writing up these patterns for release however, this past week has been full of other website, pattern, document and photo re-organizing.  And what a job it is, I am still grasping with the enormous task put before me and the call of the hook is always beckoning.

DOWNLOAD the crochet pattern for SEASIDE Coasters  HERE
ALSO remember to check out my other FREE Patterns HERE

OR you can download my FREE Patterns from my online stores -  RAVELRY and CRAFTSY

Ciao, ciao for now and I hope you enjoy the FREE PATTERN for the Crochet Coasters SEASIDE.   

You are always welcome to share your colourful creations in the comments BELOW or on my Facebook Page CROCKNIT 


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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Just Clone Me!

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I want to be cloned


Why isn't there another me? Another Barbara who can spend all the time she likes on the laptop keying in crochet patterns, sorting through photos, tagging everything (and I mean tagging EVERYTHING) and just getting everything organised?

I would like to spend my day exploring new crochet ideas, crocheting, playing with a variety of yarns, creating at my leisure, and jotting down pattern notes, which could be deciphered and turned into written patterns by the other me.  Where is this other me? 

CROCHET PROJECTS

Some days I look around and I have a stash of projects all finished and a notebook full of my scribbles and notes, and no inclination at all to sit down at the laptop and key it all in - I need help, I prefer to play with my crochet hook, not sit at the keyboard recording the steps!

PREVIEW of PATTERNS

Anyway here is a little snippet of some crochet patterns I am working on and when the urge to sit at the laptop for a few hours to write out the patterns occurs, they will be available for purchase and few will be FREE.

1. SEASIDE Crochet Doily and Coasters


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This crochet doily and coasters set will be a great addition to my festive table come Christmas. I love the blues with the green, however, I may try making a set in a range of festive-type colours such as - yellow, pomegranate, fuschia and green. Wow it's only August and I am already thinking of Christmas!


PATTERN DETAILS:

Simple crochet doily and coasters pattern, colours of the sea, you can make them as colourful and festive as you like.

Two simple coaster patterns – both same size, but with a variation to number of rows worked and the stitch sequence. For that eclectic look!

YARN: Patons 100% Cotton DK
HOOK: 4.5mm
MEASUREMENTS:  Doily 11.5ins (29cms) diameter; Coasters 4.25ins (11cms) diameter 

I just love the amazing colour range Patons has available in this DK cotton yarn.  A good substitute yarn is Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton DK.

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FREE CROCHET PATTERNS  SEASIDE Doily and Coasters Crochet Patterns are available from my online stores RAVELRY and CRAFTSY

2. Crochet Mobius (Neckwarmer) and Mittens


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Basically my thoughts have been focused on Christmas and the cold weather mainly because this summer has been lacking in warmth, just a wee bit. I am already thinking mittens and neckwarmers and doing a bit of work on my crochet MAN stuff, like crochet mobius for men with matching mittens. What do you think?

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Unfortunately for this little project the yarn I used was a left-over from last winter and definitely a yarn I would not recommend, it's by Sirdar called Tweedie Chunky 40% Wool, 15% Alpaca and 45% Acrylic (I think it has been discontinued). I don't like the texture when it's crocheted - the feel is just too r-u-b-b-e-r-y, yep that's right rubbery. Why do they even bother making this awful stuff?


Anyway I made the mobius and one mitten and I hate it so much I have binned it, yeah it's that bad, honesty I couldn't even bring myself to feel comfortable giving it to a charity shop!

THERE IS NO PATTERN for this disaster!  I totally gave up trying to make it in another yarn, I was so put off by the texture and feel of this yarn. C'est la vie!


3. Chunky Mobius for THE MAN



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Here is my favourite mobius pattern for men SHADOW named after the yarn I used.  It's a really nice chunky yarn Patons Shadow Tweed 56% Wool 40% Acrylic 4% Viscose. It's not exactly my favourite all natural fibre yarn, but my darling suffers with wool itchiness, no matter how it comes, merino wool, cashmere, or alpaca, you name it, he finds it itchy! go figure! So this is a nice bearable, non-itchy yarn for him to wear.  For substitute yarns check out this website: YARNSUB

SHADOW Crochet Mobius is a great Christmas gift, it can be made with only one skein (using 7mm hook) and Patons has a nice assortment of colours available in this yarn.  UPDATE: now discontinued check with YARNSUB website for substitute yarns.

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I am seriously thinking about making a few more of these as quick gifts for Christmas, however even though it is only 56% wool it is still HAND WASH only, which can be an issue for some. 

SHADOW Mobius for Men Crochet Pattern is available from my online stores:  RAVELRY         CRAFTSY         ETSY

MORE CREATIVE IDEAS

There will also be a simple pattern coming soon of how to make a mobius headband with some basic shaping involved. I have made it with cotton yarn and before I release the new pattern want to also make it with wool. So it's something you will have to wait and see when I next post my blog. HERE IS A SNEAK PEAK PHOTO.

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Well that's all for now, I am busy crocheting myself another sleeping beanie, oh yeah!

Ciao Ciao!

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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Crochet Mobius - How to start





How to Crochet Mobius

Here is a little slide-show (video) dedicated to the lady who first came up with the concept of crocheting a mobius in a continuous circle.

"I was sure that one should be able to make it in one piece, from the center out." Quote Mirjam Bruck-Cohen

Do you know her? 

Her name is Mirjam Bruck-Cohen, a fibre artist, from Israel.

Read about my encounter with Mirjam here.

I am ever so grateful to her for allowing me to share her brilliant concept for How to Crochet Mobius.

I don't have facilities to create a video - so with the help of my trusty camera I have put together this slide-show and hopefully it will help some of you to get started.




If you are after the written instructions you will find them HERE also.

I am always happy to receive feed-back here in the Comments or on my Facebook page.

Enjoy!
Ciao, ciao!

Copyright © 2008
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.
All rights reserved.


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Friday, 5 August 2011

LASTEST PATTERNS - Keyhole Scarf, Mobius Scarf and Mittens

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Here are my latest creations for winter :

an adult KEYHOLE scarf and FINGERLESS mittens set

SWEETHEART

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AND
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MOBIUS scarf and FINGERLESS mittens set

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BOTH Crochet PATTERNS are NOW AVAILABLE

FROM my ONLINE stores


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