Thursday, 16 May 2013

Quick and simple crochet heart bracelet pattern


I adore crocheting little hearts and what better to amalgamate a few into a gorgeous bracelet which would surely delight any crochet jewellery lover out there. It is also a wonderful way to use up some scrap pieces of yarn.

This pattern uses a silky 100% cotton DK yarn (light worsted weight) called Rico Design Essentials Cotton DK which gives a lovely finish for finer projects. Perhaps a little 'strandy' to work with but it is worth sticking with for the results.

So I picked colours Berry and Silver and I used a 2.5mm crochet hook, you can use up to a 3.5mm crochet hook though but bigger hooks will make slightly bigger hearts.

To start you need to make on average about 10 hearts, you may need to crochet more or less hearts depending on your required sizing.

To make the hearts you will be working different stitches into a magic circle which can be tricky so you may prefer to chain 4 stitches to start, slip stitch into your first chain to form a loop and then work these stitches into that loop. Whatever is easiest for you.

Step 1 - Making your hearts
Crochet [4tr, 3dc, 1tr, 3dc, 4tr] into your magic circle, pull to tighten and sl st into the centre of your loop to finish. Leave long tails at the beginning and the end to sew your hearts together.

You can watch my video here on how to make the hearts as well.


Step 2
Now you need to sew your hearts together.

 

Take both your tail ends and using a yarn needle sew them into the bottom stitch of your next heart.



Now thread your ends back into the centre of your previous heart. Repeat this step once more until stitching is firm and hide your tail ends in your work.


Repeat this until you have connected all your hearts.

Then all you need to do is to use the remaining tail ends to tie your bracelet onto your wrist. You may prefer to sew your starting heart's tail ends to the bottom of your heart.

And now you're done!


I hope you enjoyed that quick tutorial. Stay inspired and 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.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

How to crochet a small lady bird bug insect

I'm never quite sure what to call these little guys, ladybirds? ladybugs? I grew up calling them ladybirds but they are not really birds are they he he


Anyway, waffle aside. This little creature was inspired by a children's game. If you crochet lots of these little bugs with different amounts of spots they make a wonderful mix and match game and also a counting game for young children.

You will need


3.5 mm crochet hook
DK/Light worsted weight yarn in red and black
Some toy stuffing but you can also use left over scraps of yarn
Scissors and yarn needle

Bug Bottom


Step 1
Using your black yarn, crochet 8sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (8)

You can watch my tutorial here on how to do a magic ring if you like:
http://youtu.be/0m0952XQjbA


Step 2
2sc in next st and in ea st around - (16)


Step 3
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (24) sl st in next st regardless of round to fasten off, tie in all tails.

Bug Top



Step 1
Using your red yarn, crochet 8sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (8)


Step 2
2sc in next 4 sts joining your black yarn in the last st, continuing in black crochet 2sc in next 2 sts joining your red yarn in the last st, continuing in red crochet 2sc in last 2 sts - (16)




Step 3
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * three more times joining your black yarn in the last st, continuing in black crochet **1sc in next st, 2sc in next st** repeat from ** to ** once more joining your red yarn in the last st, continuing in red crochet ***1sc in next st, 2sc in next st*** repeat from *** to *** once more - (24)






Step 4
1sc in next 12 sts joining your black yarn in the last st, continuing in black crochet 1sc in next 6 sts joining your red yarn in the last st, continuing in red crochet 1sc in last 6 sts - (24) sl st in next st regardless of round to fasten off, tie in all tails. 





Finishing

Step 1
Take some short lengths of your black yarn and tie 3 knots into the middle of each length. Sew each end of your length pieces into the red part of your bug so the knot stays on the right side and tie on the back. These are your bug dots so do as many or as little as you like.





Step 2

Using your black yarn and your yarn needle and with wrong sides facing each other, stitch your bottom piece to your top piece by stitching through the inside stitch loops only (see photo). Before closing, stuff your little bug with some toy stuffing or yarn scraps and stitch closed. Tie in all your tails.





Tip* A clever way of hiding your tail ends inside your work instead of outside is to thread your yarn into your project and out the another side, it doesn't matter where, then pull your yarn tight, scrunching up your project a little, cut your yarn and then allow your project to spring back into place, the tail end of your yarn should end up inside your project, hidden away!



And now you're done!

Happy crocheting everyone. For more free patterns visit www.happyberry.co.uk or www.youtube.com/happyberrycrochet


© 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.