Tuesday, 24 March 2015

LET'S PLAY - CROCHET FUN - Free Pattern

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EASTER COASTER - SPRING CROCHET - FIVE PETAL COASTER - Free Pattern

Do you like to play?  and have fun?   Do you like to play with yarn and hooks?  then join me here each week and we will have some crochet fun.  

I am going to share some brand new, never seen before Barbara Summers designs, some have been hiding in the bottom of the crochet projects box, and some are being designed on the spot as I crochet and write the blog.  So gather your yarns and hooks, get yourself a cuppa, and let's play, let's have some crochet fun!

I know Easter is just around the corner, and so is spring, therefore, this my first design is a light, bright, spring feel, Easter coaster.  Although you could also use it in other ways too.  Which we can discuss later after we have made one, two, three, or more.

Let's play - shall we?   


WHAT YOU NEED:  

Yarn:  Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton Dk or similar DK yarn
Hook:  E-4 (3.5mm)
Notions:  Scissors, Yarn needle


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PATTERN DETAILS:

DIFFICULTY:  Easy Intermediate
PATTERN NOTES:  You need to know how to colour change and crochet in the round.  Stitch guide: single crochet, treble crochet, standing sc, standing tr.

This pattern is written in USA - American Crochet Terms.




USA - American Crochet Terms
UK - British Crochet Terms
Ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc =double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/es
cont = continue
rep = repeat
rnd = round
beg = begin/beginning
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn round hook
FDC = foundationless double crochet
FTR = foundationless treble crochet
BL = back loop
blo = back loop only
FL = front loop
flo = front loop only
BPdc = back post double crochet
rtrb = raised treble back
FPdc = front post double crochet
rtrf = raised treble front

PATTERN STARTS:
With MC
Rnd 1: Magic loop, ch1, 10sc in loop, sl st in ch1. (10sts)

Rnd 2: Ch4, tr in same st, ch1, *(2tr, ch1) in next st, rep from * around, invisible join.  Fasten off. (30sts)

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Change to CC1
Rnd 3: Join yarn in any ch1-sp, with standing sc, *ch3, sc in next ch1-sp, rep from * around, join in middle of sc.


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Rnd 4: *Ch6, sc in middle of next sc, rep from * around, invisible join.  Fasten off.

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Change to CC2

Rnd 5: Join yarn in any ch6-sp, with standing tr, (2tr, ch1, 3tr) in same ch6-sp, *ch3, sc in next ch6-sp, ch3, (3tr, ch1, 3tr) in next ch6-sp, rep from * around, invisible join.  Fasten off.

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Change to MC

Rnd 6: Join yarn in middle of any sc, with standing sc, *4sc in ch3-sp, sc in next 2tr, (1sc, ch3, 1sc) in ch1-sp, sc in next 2tr, 4sc in ch3-sp, sc in middle of sc, rep from * around, invisible join.  
Fasten off, hide ends.

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NOW make more, four (4) or six (6) or eight (8) coasters, 

all depends on 

"how many do you need?"  

Try different colours.


Have some fun, have a play!  
and 

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SHARE YOUR CREATIONS 
HERE IN THE COMMENTS 
OR 

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BE CREATIVE
PLAY AND HAVE SOME FUN!


LET ME KNOW how you go with this pattern and please share your creations. 
 I am always happy to help if you have any questions in regards to the pattern.



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Enjoy!
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Saturday, 21 March 2015

SPRING Crochet - SCARBOROUGH FAIR Bag

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SPRING CROCHET

Spring Equinox is here, and the cold, wet, dreary days of winter are slowly but surely leaving.  Daylight hours are lengthening and a hint of warmer weather is just around the corner.
Daffodils are blooming,  bringing some lively colour into our lives and the thought of summertime is on my mind.

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Even though I am currently indoors and all rugged up (the weather this week has been a bit colder than the average for March), I am having thoughts of warm summers, blue skies, country walks and magical adventures... YES I am multi-tasking.... day-dreaming whilst I am blissfully crocheting away, surrounded by bright colours and lovely cotton yarns.

I am in love with Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton DK and the Sparkle DK.  Lovely bright and bold colours, very hard to resist.  Plus the bonus of 100g balls.

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And here is what I made.... a circular crochet bag... with a mix of vibrant and subtle summer-time colours.  I named this bag design "SCARBOROUGH FAIR"... to celebrate the colourful, prosperous times of Scarborough Faire.  Did you know? Scarborough Faire  was a 45 day trading event held yearly during the middle ages in the seaside town of Scarborough, Yorkshire, Britain.

Merchants came from all over England, Norway, Denmark, the Baltic States and the Byzantine Empire.
Such a huge event attracted not only tradesmen, but also other buyers, sellers and pleasure-seekers.

Can you imagine what an amazing spectacle it must have been?
Oh to travel back in time?  
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OK enough day-dreaming from me, let's talk more about this Scarborough Fair bag.  To finish off the bag I decided to line it with calico to extend bag life.  What a happy thought -  long-life! yay!  

You will be pleased to know I have this pattern available in USA and UK crochet terms.  So please select the correct pattern terminology.

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Here are some PATTERN DETAILS:

DIFFICULTY: Easy Intermediate

SIZES: One size

MEASUREMENTS: Bag circumference is approx. 32in (81cm) and 15in (38cm) deep; handles 30in (76cm)

YARN USED: Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton and Sparkle DK ● 100% Cotton ● 100g/201m/219yd ● Shades: MC Cream; CC1 Agean Shine; CC2 Fern; CC3 Coral Shine; CC4 Natural Shine; CC5 Driftwood. 1 ball of each colour.

YARN ALTERNATIVES: Any DK weight cotton

TENSION: Not critical to this pattern (this pattern uses larger hook than recommended on yarn label)

NOTIONS: I-9 (5.5mm) hook (for body of bag), H-8 (5mm) hook (for handles/straps), Yarn needle

PATTERN NOTES: You need to know how to crochet in the round. Instructions in this pattern are for six (6) colour crochet bag. Bag lining is optional. This written pattern has accompanying photographs at the end of the written instructions. 
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 SCARBOROUGH FAIR Crochet Bag PATTERN 
available from my online stores:
CRAFTSY     RAVELRY


BE CREATIVE
PLAY AND HAVE SOME FUN!


LET ME KNOW how you go with this pattern and please share your creations. 
 I am always happy to help if you have any questions in regards to my patterns.


Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
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Friday, 13 February 2015

CINDY Crochet Drawstring Bag FREE PATTERN

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HERE IS A QUICK and EASY pattern for a round drawstring bag using 
the FANS and POSTS stitch pattern.

You can check the blog post about 
HOW TO CROCHET the SWATCH 
for the FANS and POSTS HERE


PATTERN DETAILS:

DIFFICULTY:  Easy Intermediate
YARN USED:  HAYFIELD BABY CHUNKY by Sirdar ● 70% Acrylic 30% Nylon ● 3 colours ● Shade 400 WHITE; Shade 412 MINT CHOC; Shade 413 MILKYWAY.
NOTIONS:  7mm Hook, Yarn needle
MEASUREMENT:  Approx Height 9in (23cm); Circumference 17in (43cm)
PATTERN NOTES:  You need to know how to colour change and crochet in the round. 

This pattern is written in USA - American Crochet Terms.

USA - American Crochet Terms
UK - British Crochet Terms
Ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc =double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/es
cont = continue
rep = repeat
rnd = round
beg = begin/beginning
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn round hook
FDC = foundationless double crochet
FTR = foundationless treble crochet
BL = back loop
blo = back loop only
FL = front loop
flo = front loop only
BPdc = back post double crochet
rtrb = raised treble back
FPdc = front post double crochet
rtrf = raised treble front

ADD THIS PATTERN TO YOUR RAVELRY QUEUE AND FAVORITES


PATTERN STARTS:

Base of Bag - Increase rnds
Change colour every rnd.  Do not cut yarn each time, carry the colours up the rounds.
Rnd 1:  Magic ring, ch1, 7sc in ring, join with sl st in ch1. (7sts)
Rnd 2:  Ch1, 2sc around, join with sl st in ch1. (14sts)
Rnd 3:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, 1sc in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (21sts)
Rnd 4:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, 1sc in next 2sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (28sts)
Rnd 5:  Ch1, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 3sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1.  (35sts)
Rnd 6:  Ch1, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 4sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1.  (42sts)
Rnd 7:  Ch1, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 5sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1.  (49sts)

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Body of Bag - Fans and Posts stitch
Rnd 1:  Ch3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc in next st, *skip 2sts, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next st, skip 2sts, 1dc in next 2sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch3.
Change colour every rnd.
Rnd 2:  Ch3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc in next dc, *skip next 3dc, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next ch1-sp, skip next 3dc, 1dc in next 2dc, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch3.
Rnd 3-8:  Rep Rnd 2.

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Top of Bag - Decrease Rnd
Change colour every rnd.
Rnd 1:  Ch2, dc2tog in next 2sts, *1dc in next 6sts, dc3tog in next 3sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in top of dc2tog.  (49sts)
Rnd 2:  Ch3, 1dc around, join with sl st in ch3.
Rnd 3-4:  Rep Rnd 2.
Do not change colour, continue last rnd with same colour.
Rnd 5:  Ch1, rev sc around, join.  
FASTEN OFF, HIDE ENDS.
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DRAWSTRING (make 2)

Ch80, thread drawstring through last dc rnd, two (2) dc at a time, in opposite direction to each other, tie a knot in the end.

OPTIONAL:

You can line the bag if you wish, and use it as a cosmetic or toiletries bag.

SIZE ADJUSTMENT:

This bag uses multiples of seven (7) stitches.  To make larger bags:
  • Increase the number of total stitches in the base of the bag.  
  • Increase the number of rounds to lengthen the bag.
  • Increase the length of the drawstrings.

SUBSTITUTE YARNS:  

Use any yarn and recommended hook.  Adjusting number of stitches and rounds accordingly.



BE CREATIVE
PLAY AND HAVE SOME FUN!

enjoy
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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Crochet LACE with Fans and Posts


How to crochet a FAN and POST stitch

This Swatch stitch pattern creates a lace-like fan stitch, perfect for larger projects.  

This swatch uses USA - American Crochet Terms:


USA - American Crochet Terms
UK - British Crochet Terms
Ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc =double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/es
cont = continue
rep = repeat
rnd = round
beg = begin/beginning
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn round hook
FDC = foundationless double crochet
FTR = foundationless treble crochet
BL = back loop
blo = back loop only
FL = front loop
flo = front loop only
BPdc = back post double crochet
rtrb = raised treble back
FPdc = front post double crochet
rtrf = raised treble front

This stitch pattern uses:  
multiples of 7sts (plus 4 for foundation ch).

Make your swatch:

Row 1:  Ch25, 1dc in 4th ch from hook, *skip 2ch, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next ch, skip 2ch, 1dc in next 2ch, rep from * to end, turn.

Row 2:  Ch3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc in next dc, *skip next 3dc, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next ch1-sp, skip next 3dc, 1dc in next 2dc, rep from * to end, ending with last dc in top of ch3, turn.

Rep Row 2 for as many rows as needed.

Hook:  G-6(4mm)
Yarn:  Wendy Supreme Cotton DK

CROCHET LACE FANS POSTS
YOU CAN MAKE THIS SWATCH 
WITH 
A DIFFERENT COLOUR
FOR EACH ROW
OR 
TRY BLOCKS OF COLOUR
FOR EXAMPLE
SIX (6) ROWS IN ONE COLOUR
TWO (2) ROWS IN ANOTHER COLOUR

BE CREATIVE
PLAY AND HAVE SOME FUN!








Tuesday, 13 January 2015

MAN Slippers ROBUSTUS


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I love to crochet for my man and these warm and comfy slippers are "simply perfect" for his man-sized feet (UK Size 11.5)


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These crochet man slippers use my favourite crochet stitch "front post double crochet" and "back post double crochet" which makes the construction of these slippers very sturdy hence the name I have given them "ROBUSTUS".

Handmade with a 100% aran yarn and a H-8 (5mm) hook they work up quite quickly, so you can make a pair of man slippers for the man in your life within 24hrs. 

ROBUSTUS Man Slippers not only look great on men, but also look great on women, so don't miss out, go ahead and make yourself a pair as well.  See photo below and in other photos mine are the smaller pair of slippers.


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PATTERN DETAILS:
DIFFICULTY:  Easy Intermediate
YARN USED:  ARAN Wool 100% ● 2 colours
NOTIONS:  H-8 (5mm) hook, Yarn needle
PATTERN NOTES:  You need to know how to front and back post half and double crochet; and crochet in the round. 


Slippers Pattern includes instructions for a three (3) sizes:


Men's 

SMALL (UK 6-7.5)

MEDIUM (UK 8-10)

and 

LARGE (UK 10.5-12)



SHOE SIZE CONVERSION CHART


US
6
6.5
7
7.5
8
8.5
9
9.5
10
UK
4
4.5
5
5.5
6
6.5
7
7.5
8
Euro
36.5
37
38
38.5
39
40
40.5
41
42

US
10.5
11
11.5
12
12.5
13
13.5
14
14.5
15
UK
8.5
9
9.5
10
10.5
11
11.5
12
12.5
13
Euro
42.5
43
43.5
44
45
45.5
46
47
47.5
48


Approximate measurements range from 9.5in to 11.5in in length and 3.75in to 4.75in wide.  

You will be able to make slippers in varying sizes by adjusting the row counts and/or the stitch counts, allowing you to easily adjust the length and the width of the slipper to match your foot measurements.

Go ahead have a play, and have some fun!


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You can also change the slipper style, from "close" fit around ankle to "loose" fit.  


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This crochet slipper pattern also includes accompanying photos at the end of the written pattern.  


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ROBUSTUS MAN SLIPPERS PATTERN

NOW AVAILABLE


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Enjoy!
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