Friday, 31 January 2014

Forget-Me-Not Yarn Scrap Fridays - Chinese New Year (Sea)Horse 新年快乐

新年快乐 Happy Chinese New Year everyone (^-^) and welcome to my second Forget-me-not yarn scrap Friday where today I thought I would do something a little different and in tune with Chinese New Year and the year of the Horse.

However I thought just crocheting a horse may be a little too ambitious to cover in a short YouTube video and blog post (video coming later today) so I thought I would try a Seahorse! The horse of the sea as I adore Seahorses.

This small applique is just perfect for anyone who loves seahorses but you can also use them as appliques on hats or cushions, or perhaps make lots in different colours for a babies mobile.



You will need;

- 2 different coloured yarns, I chose 100% cotton DK/light worsted weight yarn
- A 2.5mm crochet hook or any hook that is suitable for the yarn you are using
- Yarn needle and scissors

W = white
AC = alternate colour

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

Alternatively you can ch4, sl st in ch1 to form a loop and crochet 10dc into your loop.

Step 2
Ch6, 1dc in 2nd st from hook, 1sc in next 4 sts, sl st in next st on main circle (which we will now call the head), 1sl st in next 3 sts, [1sc, 1hdc] in next st, [1dc, 1hdc] in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next st

Step 3
Join AC with a ch1 (don't count as st), TURN, sk sl st, *1sc in next st, ch3, sl st in same st as sc below chs* repeat from * to * another 4 times, 1sc in next st, ch29

Step 4
sc2tog starting in 2nd st from hook and joining W when pulling through last 3 loops. sc2tog another 6 times along your chains, hdc2tog, dc2tog, 2dc in next st, 1dc in next 6 sts, dc2tog, 1sc in next st, sl st in last st, sl st in next st on head to join

Step 5
TURN, sk sl st, 1sc in next st (the sc from last row), 1hdc in next st, 1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, 1dc in next st, 1hdc in next 2 sts, 1sc in next st, sl st in next st

Step 6
TURN, sk sl st, sl st in next 3 sts, 1sc in next 4 sts, sl st in next 3 sts, sl st in next st on head, sl st in next st (on head), fasten off and tie in all tails.

Step 7
Take a short length of AC and tie 2 knots in centre, sew one end into centre of head (the loop you created at the beginning) but just to one side of the centre hole, sew other end into head just to one side of the centre hole, tie a double knot on the back and sew in ends by sewing through the stitches to the picot edges and hiding your tails in the same coloured yarn in the picots.

And now you're done! (^-^) Have fun and happy crocheting. Any questions just pop by my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/happyberrycrochet 

Why not try 2013's Snake crochet pattern here or 2012's Dragon pattern here.

For more free video tutorials and patterns then do pop by my YouTube channel youtube.com/happyberrycrochet

Happy crafting folks!








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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Forget-Me-Not Yarn Scrap Fridays - Forget-me-not Flower


One evening I came up with the idea of starting a new series every Friday called Forget-Me-Not Fridays with the idea of using up small amounts of yarn to make small crochet projects.


The idea being to then give them to someone to cheer them up! This could be an elderly neighbour, a relative you haven't spoken to in some time or even someone you have fallen out with and you don't know how to make amends, perhaps even just a stranger on the street who looks like they cheering up. You can of course just enjoy the free video tutorial and pattern! (^-^)

Each week I will share a free crochet pattern via a video tutorial on my YouTube channel and also here on my blog. As I didn't plan to write up the patterns as well this written pattern has come a bit late but someone has requested the written versions as well so from now on I shall release both versions on Fridays as best as I can!

So what did our first pattern bring? As the new series is called Forget-Me-Not Fridays I thought what better than a small Forget-me-not flower. Very quick and easy to make and all you need are some short lengths of yellow and blue/purple yarn.

So what will I need?

- Blue or purple yarn (I used DK/Light worsted weight yarn)
- Yellow yarn (I used DK/Light worsted weight yarn)
- 3.0mm crochet hook or any hook that is suitable for the yarn you are using
- Yarn needle and scissors

Round 1
Using your yellow yarn ch4, sl st in 1st ch to form loop, crochet 10sc into loop, join blue yarn with sl st to join round - (10)

You can alternatively work 10sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten and join your blue/purple yarn with a sl st to join round - (10)

Round 2
*[1sc, 1dc, 1tr] in next st, ch1, sl st in previous tr, [1tr, 1dc, 1sc] in next st* repeat from * to * another 4 times until you have 5 petals, sl st in next st (same st as first half of first petal), fasten off and tie in all tails.

And now you're done! (^-^) Have fun and happy crocheting. Any questions just pop by my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/happyberrycrochet 

For more free video tutorials and patterns then do pop by my YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/happyberrycrochet

Happy crafting folks!






© 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.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

How To Crochet our Solomon Cowl - FREE pattern inspired by Katniss

Katniss Inspired Cowl Free Pattern
The asymmetrical cowl has become one of the most popular styles this season, inspired by the famous huntress Katniss Everdeen from the very popular science fiction series, where the designers themselves were inspired from recent cat walk fashions.

So what better than for me to design our very own asymmetrical cowl style for you guys.

Random Fact* Did you know the character Katniss was named after the plant Katniss, known as Kuwai in Japanese? 

This cowl uses a mixture of techniques but is only comprised of the single crochet stitch, double crochet stitch and the Solomon/half knot stitch.

Previous knowledge of the Solomon stitch will be required for this pattern but you can watch our tutorial here on how to work this stitch:


Materials Required
  • 423 yards approx. of Super Bulky/Super Chunky yarn in any colour. I chose Sirdar Faroe Super Chunky yarn in shade 0396
  • 8.0mm Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • Rope that measures 1/2 inch wide

Notes

Stitch count is not important for this pattern but do work to an even number of stitches. 

When cutting the rope, measure 1 strand of rope around your shoulders, drop one end off one shoulder and bring in the rope a little. This will be the length needed for your rope neckline. Then cut another 8 strands the same length.

When crocheting around the rope do not crowd your stitches, just crochet enough to cover the rope and keep the stitches loose enough so you can move the rope inside a little.

When working your Solomon Knot pull up about a thumb's width, just under an inch.

SK = Solomon Knot

This video shows how to work the first 3 rounds of crocheting around rope.



Pattern

Step 1 - First rope round
Katniss Inspired Cowl Free PatternTaking 3 strands of your rope, place them together and work a slip knot onto the right hand end of the rope, the rope must lie to your left as your crochet along. To work your slip stitch, wrap your yarn around the rope and cross over the top, put your hook under the first piece of yarn and grab the second piece, pull up, making sure to leave about an inch of rope visible at the end.

Single crochet an even amount of stitches around the rope until you have an inch of rope visible the other end. To single crochet around the rope, put your hook under the rope, grab the yarn and pull round and up, keeping it loose, yarn over when at the top of the rope and pull through to complete stitch as normal.

Making sure your stitches are all facing upwards and not twisted, sew your rope ends together using similar coloured yarn. Sew them together individually and tie ends together to secure. Take some more yarn and wrap around remaining visible rope to hide it, tie ends together and sew in ends to hide. Slip stitch in first single crochet to join round. Double check you have an even number of stitches. - (I worked to 168 stitches)

Step 2
Ch4 (count as 1 stitch), put your hook into next st, yarn over and pull through but before completing your single crochet, place 3 more rope strands on top, again leaving an inch of rope visible at the end. Pull your yarn up to top of rope and finish your single crochet stitch as normal. Repeat this with each stitch around. 

Before slip stitching to join round, sew your rope ends together using similar coloured yarn. Sew them together individually and tie ends together to secure. Take some more yarn and using a yarn needle sew through middle of rope bands and wrap around remaining visible rope to hide it, tie ends together and sew in ends to hide. Slip stitch in top of ch4 to join.

Step 3
Repeat step 2

Step 4
*dc2tog* repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join - (84)

Steps 5 - 6
Ch2 (count as st here and throughout), 1dc in next st and in ea st around - (84)

Step 7
*1SK, sk1, sl st in next st* repeat from * to * over next 43 stitches (or half your stitch count plus 1)

Step 8
1SK, TURN, sl st in previous SK, *1SK, sl st in previous SK* repeat from * to * until end

Step 9
Ch1, TURN, sl st in previous SK, *1SK, sl st in previous SK* repeat from * to * until end

Steps 10 - End
Repeat steps 8 and 9 respectively until you can't work them anymore. Step 9 is decreasing your work by 1SK each time and creates the asymmetrical design. Fasten off and tie in all tails.

Next steps
Re-join your yarn in same st as last st on step 8 and repeat step 7. 

Then repeat steps 8 and 9 respectively. Fasten off and tie in all tails.

Finishing
Sew your straight edges together on the inside, making sure to leave a hole for your arm at the top.

And now you're done! (^-^) Why not embellish your cowl with a large wooden button or some tassles. Have fun and happy crocheting. Any questions just pop by my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/happyberrycrochet 

I am currently working on a video tutorial that shows how to work the rope neckline which will be added here soon.

PLEASE NOTE* I'm usually ok about selling items made from my patterns but items made from this pattern cannot be sold in your own stores, sorry guys! 

For more free video tutorials and patterns then do pop by my YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/happyberrycrochet

Happy crafting folks!





© 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.


Saturday, 18 January 2014

How To Crochet a Simple Flower for Absolute Beginners


When I first learnt to crochet I remember the one thing I enjoyed crocheting the most was flowers.

They are great fun to do by themselves but you can also add them to so many other projects, such as appliqués on hats. You could also make lots of them and turn them into some gorgeous bunting or a pretty headband for a special little girl in your life.

This flower is very easy to make but that is easy for an experienced crocheter to say right? So I thought I would work on a video tutorial that is slow enough for absolute newbies to crochet to try. I really hope you find it useful and can follow along but for those who just want the pattern then please just read on! (^-^)

You will need
- Any yarn you like but I chose some yellow DK/Light worsted weight yarn
- Any hook size that is suitable for the yarn you are using but I chose a 3.5mm crochet hook
- Scissors

Simple Flower

Step 1
ch7, sl st into first ch to form a loop

Step 2
*ch4, 3tr into centre of loop, ch4, sl st into loop* repeat from * to * another 4 times to make 5 petals.

And that is it!

Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see more simple flower patterns. (^-^)

For more free video tutorials and patterns then do pop by our YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/happyberrycrochet

Happy crafting folks!






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Monday, 13 January 2014

How To Crochet a Double Flower with 2 sets of petals


I love making these cute little flowers as you can have so much fun with different coloured yarns. 


These little flowers were first seen on a variation of my simple chunky baby shoes which you can find the free pattern for here.

So how do we make them? Well, if you are more of a visual person you can check out the video tutorial on how to make them above if you like but for those who prefer a written pattern then simply read on my lovelies!






Materials Required

- Any yarn weight (I used DK/Light worsted weight sparkly yarn)
- Any hook that is suitable for the yarn you are using (I used a 3.5 mm crochet hook)
- Yarn needle and scissors

Pattern

Round 1
Ch4, sl st in first chain to form a loop, crochet 10sc into the centre of your loop you've just created - (10)

Alternatively you can crochet 10sc into a magic circle.

Round 2
In back loops only crochet *[1sc, 1dc, 1tr, 1dtr] in next st, [1dtr, 1tr, 1dc, 1sc] in next st* repeat until end and you have 5 outer petals.

Round 3
In front loops only crochet *[1sc, 1hdc, 1dc] in next st, [1dc, 1hdc, 1sc] in next st* repeat until end and you have 5 inner petals.

For more free video tutorials and patterns then do pop by our YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/happyberrycrochet

Happy crafting folks!






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How To Crochet Iris Stitch Finger-less Mitten Wrist Warmers


These mittens use a beautiful stitch called the Iris Stitch.

The Iris Stitch is a beautiful stitch to use but no previous knowledge is required on how to work it for this pattern.

I thought I would use this pretty stitch in another finger-less mitten design for you guys, so I do hope you like them.

You can watch a video tutorial on how to make them here as well.


Materials Required

- Chunky/Bulky weight yarn (yarn weight 5)
- 5.0 mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle and scissors

Stitch Library

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sk = skip
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet

To fit average ladies hand size.

Increasing and decreasing the pattern
Work to 4 (+2) which means calculate a stitch count using the 4 times table for example 4 x 7 = 28 (4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4) then add 2 at the end of your calculation, in this case 28+2=30. So for a slightly smaller mitten you could start with a stitch count of 26 (which is 4x6+2=26) or a slightly larger mitten you could start with a stitch count of 34 (which is 4x8+2=34).

Pattern

Round 1
Ch30, sl st in first chain to form a loop - (30) Ch3, sk2, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st, *sk3, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st* repeat from * to * until last 2 sts, sk2, sl st in top of 3ch to join - (7 fan sets made)

Round 2
Ch3, *[2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next 1ch sp* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in top of 3ch to join - (7 fan sets)


Rounds 3 - 11
Repeat round 2

Round 12
Ch3, *[2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next 1ch sp* repeat from * to * another 4 times, sk next st, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st (centre of fan sets), sk 2 fan sets, sl st in top of 3ch to join - (6 fan sets)

Round 13 - 14
Repeat round 3

For more free video tutorials and patterns then do pop by our YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/happyberrycrochet

Happy crafting folks!






© 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.