Thursday, 27 June 2013

Welcome to the copy of our June newsletter!

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Welcome to the copy of our June newsletter!

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Welcome to our June newsletter!

June has been quite the busy month. Our crochet designer Laura Eccleston has just finished up designing a crochet tunic and shrug pattern exclusively for online UK yarn retailer Deramores.com. This crochet pattern set is for ages birth to 7 years and is available now to buy in print and digital format via their website here. Please note this pattern is in UK terminology.


There are also quite a few other crochet and knitting patterns now available on our website, blog and YouTube channel for your hooks and needles to enjoy such as...
Latest Crochet Patterns
Baby Strapped Slippers
Baby Strapped Slippers
Sizes: 0 - 2 years
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Parisian Purse
FREE Pattern
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Heart Bracelet
FREE Photo Tutorial
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Coin Purse
YouTube Video Tutorial
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Simple Granny Square
FREE Photo Tutorial
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Small Box
FREE Photo Tutorial
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Latest Knitting Patterns
The Afternoon Scarf
FREE Photo Tutorial
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Baby Sun Dress
For ages: 0-3 months, 3-6 months
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Saturday, 15 June 2013

A powerful image - Crocheters from around the world


The above image, I feel, is a very powerful image. It may just be a map of the world but this image was taken from my Google Analytics account just this morning and shows the visitors to my crochet and knitting website in the last year, from May 2012 to end of May 2013.

This map details that people from virtually 90% of the world have at some point popped by my website. To me that is a wonderful compliment of course but to me it tells a bigger story.

A story of just normal people who have the same interests, same desires, same family values as all of us, regardless of where they live in the world, regardless of what they look like, their beliefs, their history, regardless of what others think of them.

These people love to crochet, are women who love to craft and make items for their children, their newborn babies to show their love and creativity, people who love to make home-made items to give to their friends and loved ones. People just like you and me.

This map shows that people from war torn Syria love to crochet, people from ravaged Iraq love to crochet, even people from remote parts of the world like Mongolia and Greenland. Their faces don't matter, their govenments don't matter, their histories don't matter when it comes to crochet.

We are all just crocheting that one stitch at a time, sharing the united world love of craft and of crochet.

To me, that is best image I received from Google this morning.

 

Friday, 14 June 2013

How To - Crochet a Coin Purse and Sew in Purse Frame Handles


This blog post is a follow on from my recent video tutorial to make a coin purse, using sew in purse frame handles. You can watch the video here.


For those who prefer to follow a written tutorial then here it is! I hope you enjoy making them.

You will need;
  • DK/Light worsted weight cotton yarn
  • 2.5mm crochet hook
  • 1 x sew in coin purse frame (which you can pick up easily from eBay) It's important to find the 'sew in' frames rather than the glue in ones for a better finish
  • Yarn needle
  • Sewing needle or any needle that can fit through your frame holes
  • Scissors
Firstly the crocheted purse (make twice)

Round 1
Work 10sc into magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (10)

Round 2
ch2, 1dc in same st as chains, 2dc in next st and in ea st around, sl st in top of 2ch to join - (20)

Round 3
1dcfps (double crochet front post stitch) around previous rounds chains below, 2dc in next st, *1dcfps around next dc post, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (30)

Round 4
*1dcfps, 1dc in next st, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (40)

Round 5
*1dcfps, 1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (50)

Round 6
*1dcfps, 1dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until you have 30 sts, so half way around your circle - (30 - half of 60) This creates a fatter bottom to your purse, the frame will be attached at the smaller part at the top. See video for clearer details.

Next...

Fasten off your first circle but on the second circle do not fasten off, instead sew your two fatter ends of your circles together, counting 30 sts and joining as you go, making sure right sides are facing outwards. Fasten off and tie in all your tails.

Using strands of your same cotton or similar coloured thread, sew your open ends to your sew in frames. To do this make sure all of your crochet is worked neatly and evenly into the crevice inside each frame side. I recommend sewing through each hole and then sewing back through the previous hole. See video for clearer details.

And now you're done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. For more tutorial crochet fun then please pop by my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/HappyBerryCrochet or come say hi on my Twitter page at www.twitter.com/happyberryUK





© 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.

How To - Crochet a Small Box


This sweet little project is just perfect as a small gift for someone, perhaps to hide some chocolates in or even a special piece of jewellery. Why not give it a go!

Finished box using suggested materials measures 3" x 3" approx.

You will need;

  • Some DK/Light worsted weight cotton yarn
  • 2.5mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
Bottom

Round 1
Work 10sc into magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (10)


Round 2
ch2, 1dc in same st as chains, 2dc in next st and in ea st around, sl st in top of 2ch to join - (20)


Round 3
ch2, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in top of 2ch to join - (30) Fasten off and tie in all tails.


Round 4
Re-join your yarn around any dc post from round 3 and ch2, 1dc around each dc post from round 3, around, sl st in top of 2ch to join - (30)




Round 5 - 8
ch2, 1dc in ea st around, sl st in top of 2ch to join - (30) Fasten off on round 8 and tie in all tails.



Top

Round 1
Work 10sc into magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (10)

Round 2
ch2, 1dc in same st as chains, 2dc in next st and in ea st around, sl st in top of 2ch to join - (20)

Round 3
ch2, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in top of 2ch 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, sl st in top of 2ch to join - (40)

Round 5
In back loops only for this round, ch2, 1dc in ea st around, sl st in top of 2ch to join - (40) Fasten off and tie in all tails.



Flower

Round 1
Work 10sc into magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (10)

Round 2
*[1sc, 1dc, 1tr] in next st, [1tr, 1dc, 1sc] in next st* repeat from * to * until end to make five petals, sl st in next st regardless of round and fasten off, use your tails to sew and tie into place on the top of your box.

You can watch my video tutorial here on how to make the flowers.


And now you're done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. For more tutorial crochet fun then please pop by my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/HappyBerryCrochet or come say hi on my Twitter page at www.twitter.com/happyberryUK





© 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.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

The Afternoon Scarf - A quick and easy knitting tutorial for absolute beginners

This Afternoon Scarf has this name because you can literally knit it up in an afternoon.

This pattern is designed for absolute beginners because well, I am one! My knitting designer is a little busy today so I thought I would share with you this very simple knitting pattern but one that gives stunning results!

This scarf is using two chunky weight yarn colours that have been knitted together, just a chunky yarn in a light blue and a deeper turquoise blue.

The key to this pattern is the size of your knitting needles. You will need 20mm knitting needles which are quite large but give this scarf the stunning results you see.

To begin you need to cast on 12 stitches using both coloured yarns. To cast on is the same as knitting, so let's explain the basics of casting on and the knit stitch in one go.

Firstly you need to create a slip stitch and place that onto your left knitting needle. Then put your right knitting needle through the slip stitch you have just created.


The photo above shows the same idea.

Then you need to wrap your yarn around your right needle and down through the middle of the needles, over your stitch.


Then it gets a little more tricky. Making sure the yarn you've wrapped around isnt too loose, twist your right needle over the wrapped yarn, down and then up through the main stitch you're working.


The wrapped yarn you have 'captured' becomes your new stitch and if you are knitting, this stitch stays on your right needle and you push off the old stitch from your left needle but when casting on you need to keep the old stitch on your left needle and your new stitch needs to be moved from your right needle to your left needle, so you have cast on your first stitch.


The above photo shows the old stitch being pushed off the left needle to create a knit stitch, where you just keep the new stitch on your right needle.

So now you know how to cast on and to knit a knit stitch, at least I hope so! I'm thinking some video tutorials may be in order from my knitting designer.

So you should cast on 12 stitches.

Now you just need to knit as normal using the above technique for the knit stitch where you push off the old stitch instead of saving it. Knit to your desired length, 1 ball of yarn in each colour should be sufficient for an average lengthed scarf.


When you are happy with your length, just repeating the knit stitch over and over again on each row, you need to cast off.

To cast off knit 2 stitches as normal so you have 2 stitches on your right needle, pull the first stitch over the second and off the right needle so you are left with 1 stitch on your right needle.

Now knit another stitch so you have two stitches again on your right needle and repeat the same process. Repeat this until you have just 1 stitch left on your right needle. Cut your yarn and simple pull it up through your remaining stitch, letting go off the needle.

And now you're done! One very quick and easy chunky knit scarf with stunning results all ready for your Etsy store.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. Make sure to subscribe to me on Twitter and Facebook and YouTube for more fun crochet and knitting projects!

If you would like to buy the scarf shown or would like to have one made just pop me a message.

Happy knitting 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 knitting group. Thank you.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Simple Crochet Granny Square

This quick and simple granny square crochet pattern is just perfect for so many crochet projects from bags to hats or even just as a simple glass coaster.

This granny square measures about 3 inches x 3 inches and uses 2 shades of DK/light worsted weight cotton yarn and a 2.5mm crochet hook but you can use any yarn and hook size to create bigger or smaller squares.



Round 1

Using colour1 and a 2.5mm crochet hook, crochet 8sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, join colour2 with sl st to join – (8)


Round 2
Continuing with colour2, ch2, 3dc in same st as chains, sk1, *4dc in next st, sk1* repeat twice more, re-join colour1 with sl st in top of 2ch to join – (16)


Round 3
Continuing with colour1, ch4, *1dc in next st, ch2* repeat until end, re-join colour2 with sl st in ch2 of ch4 to join – (16 dc spaces created)


Round 4
Continuing with colour2, *[1sc, 1dc, 1tr] in next dc space, [1tr, 1dc, 1sc] in next dc space* repeat from * to end to make 8 petal shapes, re-join colour1 with sl st to join – (8 petals)


Round 5
Continuing with colour1, ch2, sk1, 1hdc in next st, 1sc in next st, *2hdc in next st, 2dc in next st, 3tr in next st, 2dc in next st, 2hdc in next st, 1sc in next st, 1hdc in next st, sk1, 1dc in next st, sk1, 1hdc in next st, 1sc in next st* repeat twice more, 2hdc in next st, 2dc in next st, 3tr in next st, 2dc in next st, 2hdc in next st, 1sc in next st, 1hdc in next st, sk1, sl st in top of 2ch to join, fasten off and tie in tails.


And now you're done!

This granny square pattern is part of our Granny Square Beret pattern for teens and adults which is available as a free download here from our website.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. Make sure to subscribe to me on Twitter and Facebook and YouTube for more fun crochet and knitting projects!

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.