Monday, 29 April 2013

Free crochet pattern - Cheeky peas in a pod

This quick and easy pattern was inspired by Toy Story funny enough because my daughter just loves the film and especially the adorable little cheeky peas in a pod!

So here is my take on the traditional peas in a pod.








You will need

Some green yarn
Some short scraps of black yarn
Small amount of toy stuffing
3.0 mm crochet hook or any hook that is appropriate for the yarn you are using

Pea (make 3)

Step 1
Using your green yarn crochet 5sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (5)


Step 2
2sc in next st and in ea st around - (10)

Step 3
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (15)

Step 4 - 6
1sc in ea st around - (15)


Step 7
*1sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat from * to * until end - (10)

Pause your work here and using your black yarn stitch some eyes and a small mouth, stuff your pea and continue;


Step 8
*sc2tog* repeat from * to * until end - (5)


Step 9
Stitch remaining gap closed and hide your tails. Repeat steps 1 to 9 for two more peas.


Pod

Step 1
Using your green yarn ch13, 2sc in 2nd st from hook, 1sc in next 10 sts, 2sc in last st - (14)


Step 2
Turning your work clockwise and crocheting into your foundation sts, crochet 2sc in 1st foundation st, 1sc in next 10 sts, 2sc in last st - (28 total sts from steps 1 and 2)


Step 3
1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 11 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 11 sts, 2sc in last st - (32)


Step 4
1sc in next st, ch1 (count as first dc), 1dc in next st and in ea st around, sl st in ch1 to join round - (32)


Step 5 - 6
Ch2, 1dc in next st and in ea st around, sl st in top of 2ch to join round - (32)


Step 7
Sc2tog twice, 1sc in next 10 sts, *sc2tog* repeat from * to * twice more, 1sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, fasten off and tie in all tails - (26)


Pop in your peas and now you're done!

Happy crocheting everyone.





© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in a crochet group. Thank you.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Lovers' Knot Shrug Crochet Pattern - Inside Crochet Magazine Issue 41

Wedding season is most definitely in the air and I have already received my first invitation to a friend's wedding so I was delighted to have the opportunity to design a crochet pattern for Inside Crochet magazine's special wedding May issue that comes out today. 

I decided on an ornate, light and airy shrug to compliment either a wedding dress or just simply for that special outfit.

I also selected the Lover's Knot stitch which is very similar to the Solomon Knot stitch, also known as the Half Knot stitch. I thought that stitch would be appropriate for such a romantic occasion as well as give the shrug the drape I was looking for.

This pretty shrug is inspired by Spring's warming sun, fresh colours and romantic feelings and is complimented with finer detailing of a picot edge and flowers, all made with Sublime Egyptian Cotton DK yarn which gives the shrug its beautiful drape.

As you can imagine I was also very excited to see the photographs of the modelling session and honoured to discover I had two beautiful models model my shrug for the magazine of which both made the shrug look stunning.

I was also delighted to discover my Lovers' Knot Shrug pattern made the front cover! As you can imagine I have become a very delighted crochet designer and I hope you enjoy crocheting this shrug as much as I have enjoyed designing it.

Issue 41 also has lots of other beautiful designs too for your own home-made wedding such as Tracey Shears Wedding Dress and Claire Montgomerie's Wildflower Buttonholes as well as lots of other inspiring ideas for your special day.

Issue 41 of Inside Crochet is on sale today, 26th April 2013 in local stores such as WHSmiths. 

Inside Crochet magazine is also available in various US stores and as a digital subscription. 

For more information please visit www.insidecrochet.co.uk

Happy crocheting everyone and thank you Inside Crochet! (^-^)






Finding crochet on our travels - Bumbles Tea Rooms, St Ives

One of the most exciting things for any crocheter is finding crochet and knitted items when you least expect them surely and it seems Cornwall is popping up a few times on my crafty radar.

A couple of years ago I was delighted to come across some crochet yarn bombing at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. I don't know what it is but I literally get butterflies in my tummy when crocheted items present themselves to me when I am not expecting it! As if somehow I am not alone in my love for the art form and I can feel the crafty love from this person even though they are not there with me.

You can imagine my delight then when we were in St Ives in Cornwall just this month and I came across a quaint little tea shop in the back streets called Bumbles.

We didn't have time to go in but I was delighted when I saw a whole knitted set of cakes in the window and it seems to be a recurring theme for some tea shops these days to put knitted cakes in their window displays. It is certainly a fun idea and the cakes won't go off any time soon! Maybe it is a new take on the plastic food displays of that found in Japan.

Stupidly I hestitated in taking a photo because I was having a shy moment but you can view an image here of the display. http://www.flickr.com/photos/amessuperfluous/4541634580/

Where has crochet popped up in your life when you've least expected it? I would love to hear your stories!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

How to crochet a newborn baby boy stripey beanie - Product review Deramores baby yarn

I was delighted to be asked to review Deramores.com's new range of baby yarns as any crocheter would be but I was even more delighted to find that the yarns were extremely lovely to work with.




You can watch my first impressions on receiving the baby yarn pack in the video above. I found the yarns to be a really good selection of colours that you could mix together really nicely. There wasn't, in my eyes, any odd colour that couldn't be used as sometimes you can get with yarn packs.

The Deramores Baby DK yarn pack comes with 8 balls and the ball shades include: Snow White, Ivory, Sky Blue, Denim Blue, Blossom Pink, Deramores Pink, Apple Green and Primrose Yellow. The pack sells for £22.99 (about $30) or you can buy the balls individually for £2.99 and you can buy them from outside the UK as well.

The great thing about Deramores is that they deliver really quickly. I have often ordered the day before and received my yarns the next day which, as an impatient crocheter and person in general he he, this is a blessing!

The yarns feel extremely soft and smooth to work with and don't smell chemically like you can find with some non-natural fibre yarns. The great thing about these yarns too is that they can be washed in a normal washing machine cycle at 40 degrees and even tumbled on a cool tumble. A god-send for any mum who knows how much washing a baby can get through! 

Part two of my review includes a free crochet pattern tutorial for a newborn baby boy stripey beanie and I am in love with the blue shades mixed together. The written pattern is included below the video.




You will need
1 ball of Deramores DK baby yarn in shade Snow White 001
1 ball of Deramores DK baby yarn in shade Sky Blue 003
1 ball of Deramores DK baby yarn in shade Denim Blue 004

or any DK yarn/light worsted weight yarn in your chosen colours.

3.5 mm crochet hook

This pattern is in US terminology.
dc = tr in UK terminology

W = white
LB = light blue (sky blue)
DB = dark blue (denim blue)

Round 1
In W, crochet 10dc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (10)

Round 2
Ch2 (count as st here and throughout), 1dc in same st as chs, 2dc in ea st around, join LB with sl st to join - (20)

Round 3
Continuing in LB, ch2, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join - (30)

Round 4
Ch2, 1dc in next st, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st*  repeat from * to * until end, join DB with sl st to join - (40)

Round 5
Continuing in DB, ch2, 1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join - (50)

Round 6
Ch2, 1dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, join W with sl st to join - (60)

Rounds 7
Continuing in W, ch2, 1dc in next st and in ea st around, sl st to join - (60)

Rounds 8
Repeat round 7, joining LB with sl st to join - (60)

Rounds 9 - 10
Repeat round 7 continuing in LB, join DB with sl st on last round to join - (60)

Rounds 11 - 12
Repeat round 7 continuing in DB, join W with sl st on last round to join - (60)

Rounds 13 - 14
Repeat round 7 continuing in W, sl st to join, fasten off on last round - (60)

For a longer hat if preferred you can repeat round 7, alternating each colour on every two rounds.

For more information on Deramores new range of DK baby yarn click here:

Happy crocheting!



© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in a crochet group. Thank you.

Friday, 5 April 2013

How to make your own shabby chic, beach weathered, vintage backdrop for your props!

The shabby chic, beach weathered, vintage look is very much in fashion these days but sadly finding authentic inexpensive items has become a bit of a task, especially as the big stores have jumped on the band-wagon and are now selling shabby chic items at rediculous prices, kinda ironic I always thought.

So, if like me, you don't want to fork out a small fortune but still want that shabby chic backdrop for your craft items to be photographed against then maybe my tutorial on how to make your own will be useful! It is easier than you think and doesn't require any DIY skills. Believe me, I can't even put a shelf up! And the best thing is, it can all be done for under £10, less than $15, maybe even less if you already have the paint, sandpaper and brushes!

You will need;
  • Tongue and groove slats in your desired length, something cheap and cheerful will do
  • Olive oil
  • Coffee
  • Matt emulsion tester pots in white and slate blue
  • Sandpaper
  • Something to damage the wood with, such as a screwdriver
  • Paint brushes

So the first thing to do is to head down to your local hardware store and pick yourself up a cheap packet of tongue and groove wooden slats. These are wooden slats that slot together, which are used for flooring or walls. I managed to find a cheap slat pack for less than £5 in HomeBase. Quality really isn't a concern as we want that knackered look remember, so don't spend a fortune, find the cheapest pack in the lengths you require.

I also picked up some small tester paints pots of matt emulsion paint, in white and a slate blue colour, which were about £1.50 each.

You don't need very much paint so tester pots are perfect. I also picked up some sandpaper and some cheap paint brushes. The sandpaper needs to be fairly gritty so get something fairly harsh.

At home I slotted my slats together and the first job I did was to damage the wood, that's right, scratch the wood and add some dents, as many as you like. It may feel a bit weird damaging such perfectly good wood but we need to give our final piece that nice, well used finish.

Next you want to sand down your slats, especially the edges and corners so they are nicely rounded. This will make the wood look like it has been weathered by the sea and give a softer feel.

Then I painted over the wood with olive oil which brings out the wood's natural colour, like a varnish but without all the chemicals and mess. This will also enable the paint to not stick as well. Let that dry overnight.

Next morning sandpaper your slats again quickly, not too harshly, just a once over and then you want to paint on some of your white emulsion paint but don't paint the slats completely, just brush it on here and there, as lazy as you like and as messy as you like, don't be afraid to do a bad job! Now let that dry.

Once your white coat of paint has dried, sand the wood down again to take off some of the paint and blend it into the wood. You can also scratch the paint off with the sandpaper as well.





Now get your slate blue paint and paint that onto your slats haphazardly as well, like you did with your white paint.

Make sure to leave gaps and allow the brush to do a bad job, allowing for an uneven coat. Let that dry.

When your blue paint is dry, get your sandpaper again and this time work hard to sandpaper off some of the paint. Scratch it off too with the edges of the sandpaper.

Suck up any paint/wood dust as you go with your vacumn cleaner.





Now take some black coffee and paint that on as hapharzardly as you did your paint. Before it dries, wipe it down with some kitchen roll.

This will give your wood a deeper brown colour but in a more weathered look than a strong varnish would give.







Let that dry and then bring back your white paint. Paint on some white paint again, just as hapharzardly as you did before and let that dry.

This is just to build up a few layers of paint as if the wood had been painted a few times.

Sandpaper it all down again gently and then you're finished!





Now you have the perfect shabby chic, beach weathered, wooden backdrop for your projects to be photographed against and for less than £10.


I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!
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