Soft “Cream and Blues” Popcorn Throw

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This pattern is really a derivative of another pattern which I have in a crochet book. The original pattern uses white wool, and has very small squares but I wanted to see the result of making four large squares using a blues and cream colour scheme as shown in the picture, and then whip stitched them together to make a blanket.

The blanket colour design is entirely original and is made of entirely of double crochet stitches with a popcorn stitch at every corner per row.blankie1

Right now it’s a work in progress that I wanted to share because I think its not only unusual but quiet pretty too.

If anyone would like me to write up a pattern for this blanket then do let me know!

 

 

 

 

Calentita Gibraltar Festival – Craft Market

Each year Gibraltar celebrates a food festival called Calentita. There are different marquees set up, each trading different world cuisines as well as cakes and many other types of desserts.

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My favourite pick this year would have to be the Hungarian Chimney Cake, because not only was it strangely barbecued on a skewer, but it was tasty too!

 

 

20160618_182631Each year I take part in the craft section of the festival, which sells abundant home made crafts. It is very successful and busy.

 

 

Here is my table with some of my hand made crochet items. Barefoot sandals, ladybugs, owls, cupcake keyrings, teddy and bunny soft toys, fridge magnets, kittens, girl’s purses are just a few of the items I made for the event.

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Free Pattern Ocean Blue Ripple Blanket

BlueRippleBlanket1One of the things I love the most is actually choosing the color scheme for any new project I make.

Especially when I am making a blanket or throw and I get to think about the possible endless combinations, then hunt through the yarn I already have to see what colors actually complement each other.

This ‘ripple’ effect is a very popular pattern in crochet. It is so very easy and yet so stunning, a really great pattern to work up in front of the TV.

The only thing that seemed a little tricky at first was the two double crochet stitches that needed to be worked into the chain 3 at the end of each row. Once you get the idea of that you will not need to keep looking at the pattern, and after just a few rows it all seems to flow pretty easily.

I think this blanket would look great as an addition to any nautical theme or child’s bedroom. I chose the colors specifically for this cool ocean blue effect and the white wool is variegated with a few blue specks too.

If you would like to try this pattern yourself head over to Daisy Cottage Designs for the free pattern. Lauren has some wonderful crochet makes on her site!

 

Easy-To-Make Butterfly Dreams

Having seen some really gorgeous crafts being created in every area imaginable recently, I thought I would attempt my own designer butterfly.

I usually crochet all the crafts I make, so this time I thought I would come up with a craft design that is a little bit different to my norm, using materials I already had and some I haven’t used in a while.

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It turned out to be a really fun project, which I enjoyed spending time on. The applique butterflies turned out pretty unique, I added individual detail and created a butterfly that is versatile and can be used for many projects, magnets, key chains, applique, flower decorations, and pillow or clothing adornments, as just a few examples.

The butterflies can be made in less than thirty minutes and are pretty easy to craft with very few materials required. If you would like to have a go at making these sweet butterflies head over to my Etsy store and grab the pattern as a quick PDF digital download. Enjoy!

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As I mentioned in my store, I would love to see your creations, so don’t be afraid to post your links here on my page with your own designs.

Marbles, The Tiny Amigurumi Kitten in a Basket

I discovered this adorable crochet pattern whilst I was actually looking for a different type of cat pattern, and I loved it. Isn’t it funny how that happens? He’s actually probably one of the cutest crochet kitty’s I have ever come across, so I have named him Marbles as he seems to love chasing them around the room.

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Marbles is 4.5 inches in length from the tip of his front paw to the end of his back paw and is made with 4 ply silk crochet cotton, in oatmeal using a 2.5 mm hook.

Credit goes to Bubbles and Bongo for this beautiful kitty pattern. Check it out as they have some amazing amigurumi patterns for sale in their store.

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Marbles is for sale in my Etsy Store. You really can’t do without him because he is Purrrfect!

 

 

 

 

Free Pattern Sweetheart Ladybird Cushion

Anyone who loves crochet understands that there are just not enough hours in the day to make all the things you want to make. And there are always going to be those items you make for the first time and know you’re going to make over again and again.

I know it sounds silly…but for me it’s little crochet ladybirds. I just love them! They are quick to make, cute and can be thrown on to just about anything, from cushions to key rings to headbands!

All you guys out there who are interested in learning to crochet should give the little ladybird a go, so easy, quick and cute!

Here is a gorgeous sweetheart ladybird cushion adapted from a free pattern, where I also attached a few of my favourite little bugs. The result… something adorable and unique!

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The cushion is available at my Etsy store, but below is the free ladybird pattern for you to try! There are variations to this pattern online.

Sweet Ladybird Pattern –

3mm hook (if you want a bigger ladybird use a larger hook, try 3.5 or 4mm)

Head

With black yarn ch 2

1). Work 5 sc in 2nd chain from hook,

ch 1, 2 sc in each single sc (10 sc)

2). Ch 1, sc in each sc around. F/o

Body

1). Chain 2, 5 sc in 2nd chain from hook.

2). Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around (10 sc)

3). Ch 1, (2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc) rpt around (15 sc)

4). Ch 1, (2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc) rpt around (20 sc)

Rows 5 – 7.

Chain 1, sc in each sc around.

8). In back loops only chain 1, sc-dec around (10 sc)

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9). Chain 1, sc-dec around (5 sc)

F/0 leaving a long tail. Use the tail to sew hole shut on bottom and weave in ends. Sew head to body.

Antennas

Cut two small pieces of pipe cleaner or black wool if preferred and sew on to ladybird head. Use white wool to make two slits for eyes.

 

 

 

 

Chinese Crochet Dolls

This is the Goth family from China. I had this very interesting idea of making crocheted sets of families that would have some kind of personalities of their own. The cute little dolls come with their own passports and a family background. This young family pictured below are very much into the modern goth influences.

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Each doll possesses its own authentic passport, issued by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Doll Republic of China, because obviously, in order to travel they require identity documents!

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I made many sets of these family gifts and sold them all.  Check out my Etsy Store for the Sheng Li family in my stock.

 

Free Pattern ‘Diamond Desires’ Crochet Table Mat

starstitchIf you’ve never tried the star crochet stitch before, it really is very unusual and pretty. It can be a little awkward to grasp at first but after working a few of these stitches you should pick it up in no time.

I created a star stitch table mat using my favourite shade of blue adding a star pointed edging and diamond centre. Feel free to use the colours you like! I think you’ll the agree the result is quite striking  and would make a great housewarming gift, a gift for gran’s table, or just a nice addition to one of your own tables.

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The pattern is posted below with clear photo diagrams. If you have any problems please contact me and I will do what I can to help, and don’t forget to share your own result in the comments below as I would love to see.


Diamond Desires Table Mat

by Crochetsomethingcool

Materials used:  1 skein each of Sirdar Snuggly Double knitting Shade A (0188) &  Shade B (372)

Each square measures 5″ x 5.5″ – use any hook to obtain your gauge.

Finished piece measures approximately 14″ x 12″.

Throw is worked in four pieces using double crochet, single crochet, special star stitches and treble stitches for the edging. The star stitch works in multiples of two’s. You should have 9 star stitches on each completed row (two working rows completes the pattern).

Square 1 (Make 2)

With A (blue) Chain 24

Row 1

Pull a loop through the 2nd chain on the hook, (2 loops on hook)

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Pull another loop from each of next four chains (six loops on hook)

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y/o and pull through all six chains (1 star stitch made)

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Chain 1

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*Pull first loop through the chain just made. (Diagram 5)

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Pull another loop through the last post. (Diagram 6)

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Pull another loop through the chain beneath the last post. (Diagram 7)

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Pull 2 more loops from next two chains. (six loops on hook) (Diagram 8)

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Y/o pull through all six loops on chain. (Diagram 9)

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Chain 1* (Second star stitch made)

Continue from * to end of row. (9 stars made)

1 dc in last stitch. (some patterns use a hdc stitch at the end of a row but I prefer a dc as it stands at a better height to the rest of the stitches.)

Row 2

Turn. Ch 1

sc in same stitch.

1 sc in first ‘eye’ of next star.

2 sc in each of next ‘eyes’ of star (Diagram 10)

1 extra sc at very end of row. (19 sc)

F/o

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Row 3. (Change to white shade.)

This part is a little tricky, take a deep breath but hang in there!

Ch3 (Diagram 11)

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Pick up a loop from the 2nd chain (Diagram 12)

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Pick up a loop from the 1st chain (Diagram 13)

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Pick up a loop from the back loop of the first chain. (Diagram 14)

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Pick up a loop from each of the next 2 stitches. (six loops on hook) (Diagram 15)

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Y/o and draw through all loops on the hook.  (1 star made)

Repeat from * to * in Row 1 finishing with 1 dc in last stitch. (Diagram 16)

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Turn Change to blue

Repeat Row 2.

Rows 5 – 13

(skip last blue sc row)

ch 1 work a row of sc in blue working anti-clockwise starting left side of piece, sc evenly around in blue, making 2 sc in each corner, join to  ch 1 and F/O.

F/o.

Square 2

Work first 7 rows in blue as square 1, switch to white for remaining 6, (13 rows) add blue sc border.

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Square 3

Work first 7 rows in white as square 1, switch to blue for remaining 6 (13 rows) add blue sc border.

When all 4 squares are complete sew together through back loops. With blue add a neat border of single crochets around the whole piece.

Edging : Cathedral edge-crochet edging. Simple instructions for this edging are found on this site here.

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Centre Diamond

5 mm hook

Row 1

Chain 4 with white, ss to make ring

Ch3 (counts as a dc)

7dc in ring. (8 dc made)

Join. F/0

Row 2

With blue ch 3, 1 dc in same stitch

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2 dc in each dc with a ch 2 in between. (16 dc)

Join to top of ch 3.

Row 3

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* (4 tr, ch3, sc in 1st ch, 4tr in chain space) Point of diamond made.

sc in next chain space* (repeat three more times from * to *)

ss join to bottom of first point.

Change to white and sc around.

Embroider centre design in blue using needle.

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Finish off and weave in ends.

 

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