Hand Made Wash Cloths

Hello all. You will have already seen these wash cloths if you saw my end of January post. I got very annoyed when I couldnt find any flanels in my local shops, so I decided to make my own. Well finally, I am here to share the patterns with you!

Th first is this star stitch flannel.

Pattern

Chain 35.

Row 1. Pull up a loop from the 2nd, 3rd, 4th 5th and 6th chain from the hook, then yarn over one more time and pull the final loop through all loops on the hook. *Chain 1. Now draw up a loop from the space made by the chain 1, the final post of the previous star, into the chain at the bottom of the final star and then the next 2 chains. Yarn over once more and pull through all loops on the hook.* repeat until you have just 1 more chain remaining. HDC once more into the final chain. Turn your work.

Row 2. Chain 2, HDC once into the top of the HDC from the previous row then twice into each chain 1 space. When you reach the end of the row, HDC once into the top of the first stitch of round 1. Turn your work.

Row 3. Chain 3. Pull up a loop from the 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook then into the stitch at the base of the chain 3 and the next 2 stitches of the previous row, then yarn over one more time and pull the final loop through all loops on the hook. *Chain 1. Now draw up a loop from the space made by the chain 1, the final post of the previous star, into the chain at the bottom of the final star and then the next 2 chains. Yarn over once more and pull through all loops on the hook.* repeat until you have just 1 more chain remaining. HDC once more into the final chain. Turn your work.

Row 4. Chain 2, HDC once into the top of the HDC from the previous row then twice into each chain 1 space. When you reach the end of the row, HDC once into the top of the first stitch of round 1. Turn your work.

Row 5 to 18, repeat row 3 and 4 7 more times.

To finish, complete a round of SC around the edge of your square, comprising of 32 stitches per side plus 3 in each corner. Ss from the final SC into the first SC. Fasten off and sew in ends.

The second is this cluster stitch face scrubbie.

Pattern

Round 1. Into a Magic Circle, Chain 3 then DC 11 times (for 12 posts in total). SS into the top of the first post.

Round 2. Chain 3, then DC 4 more times into the first stitch. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the chain 3. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the chain. Chain 1. In the next stitch, *DC 5 times. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the first of the five DC stitches. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the first DC. Chain 1.* Repeat 10 more times for 12 clusters. SS into the top of the first cluster and again to the first chain 1 space.

Round 3. Chain 3, then DC 4 more times into the first chain 1 space. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the chain 3. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the chain. Chain 1. In the same chain 1 space, *DC 5 times. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the first of the five DC stitches. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the first DC. Chain 1*. Repeat 22 more times for 24 clusters. You should have 2 clusters of 5 DC in each of the chain 1 spaces. SS into the top of the first cluster and again to the first chain 1 space.

Round 4. For the final round, chain 1, then SC twice into each chain 1 space until you reach the end or the round. SS into the first SC, fasten off and weave in ends.

The third is this bobble stitch scrubbie.

Pattern

Round 1. Into a Magic Circle, Chain 3 then DC 11 times (for 12 posts in total). SS into the top of the first post.

Round 2. Chain 1 then SC into the first stitch. Chain 1. In the second stitch, complete a bobble stitch. (DC 5 times into the stitch, but instead of pulling through twice, just pull through the first time and leave the loop on the hook. Once you have worked 5 stitches like this, yarn over once more and pull through to create 1 bobble). Cain 1. SC into the next stitch, Chain 1, then bobble again. Repeat this around until you have 6 bobbles and 6 single crochets. Chain 1 then SS into the first SC.

Round 3. Chain 1, then SC twice into each SC and twice into each Chain 1 space. SS from the last to the first sc of the row.

Round 4. Chain 1 and SC twice into each of the first 2 stitches. Bobble stitch. Sc twice into the next 2 stitches. Bobble. Repeat to end of round.

Round 5. Chain 1. SC once into each sc and into the top of each bobble. SS into the top of the first SC to finish round.

Round 6. Chain 1. SC once into each stitch to end. SS into the top of the first SC to finish round. Fasten off and sew in ends.

And there we are. 3 wash clothes. Work them in 100% cotton to create a lovely set that can be washed over and over again.

I think I will make a couple of sets of these amd pair them with some handmade soap for some cute christmas presents.

A Year in Crochet (2017 Edition)

So, as is customary at this time of year, I though a bit of reflection was in order. Sometimes its good to take stock of what you habe acheived. The first reflection is of my crocheting over the year. 

My first completed project of 2017 was this dinosaur scoodie. I actually started this back in august 2015 so was very pleased to complete it finally. I gifted it to my cousin for his 10th birthday – and according to his mum he loved it – he couldn’t wait to get to school to show his mates!

Then there are these cute little book marks I made back in February. You can find the patterns here and here

The next project I completed was my Christmas GSE blanket. Another one that had been on the pile for a while – Since april of 2015. But I stitched the last stitch and sewed in the last end of March 2017.

Then it was time for a little pile of baby gifts. A rainbow blanket for little baby Harley, and a fluffy blanket and matching hat for little baby Elkhana. I finished these all in April of 2017.

I then made these adorable sandles to take with me on my holidays back in May. 

I then got on with a couple of blankets for battersea dog and cat home, also both finished in May.

I then moved on to this Ami Octo. Completed in July. You can find the pattern here

And another doggy blanket also completed in July.

As well as this tiny octo, crocheted at thr request of my kitty. You can find the pattern here

I then made my first ever Shawl. This lovely shawl was madd with another of my Caron Cakes. You can find the pattern here. I finished this is August.

I then moved onto this lovely matching hat and scarf combo. You can find the patterns here and here.

I also started chipping away at my pile of little projects free from the front of my Simply Crochet magazines. I love the little cactus the most!

I then didnt finish anything for a while. I started on a few larger projects. The next thing I finished was this hat and mitten set, just in time for bonfire night. You can find the patterns here and here

Then there are the things I am working on still. These three I hope to have completed by the end of the year. A wreath, A Jumper and My Last Dance on the Beach Blanket. 



Equally Pretty Alpaca Mittens

As promised here is the pattern for the matching mittens to the hat I published last week. 

 For these mittens you should hold 2 strands together whilst working. For the whole set you need 2 balls of each colour. 

1. Chain 42. Hdc into third chain from hook and all chains to end. Ss into the first hdc of the round. (40)

2. Chain 2. Hdc into all stitches.
3. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.
4. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.

Fasten off and change to green yarn.

5. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.
6. Chain 3. Dc in first stitch, *chain 2 (skip 2) and dc in the next 2*. Repeat until you reach the last ch 2, skip 2 then sc in the last stitch of the round. Ss into first dc.
7. For the next round ss across the dc to the first ch2 space, then chain 3 and dc onto the ch 2 space. *Chain 2 then sc 2 times onto the next ch 2 space*. Repeat to end, but instead of making the final chain 2 and slip stitching to close the round, instead you should stop at the last 2dc. Turn your work.
8. Chain 3, the dc until the first dc of the last row (you should have 38dc stitches).

Fasten off and change to blue yarn.

9. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches to end, then chain 2 and ss into the first dc of the round.
10. Ss across two more dc’s, then chain 3 and dc into the next stitch. *Chain 2 (skip 2) then sc 2 times onto the next 2 stitches*. Repeat to end. Chain 2 more and ss into the first dc stitch.
11. For the next round ss across the dc to the first ch2 space, then chain 3 and dc onto the ch 2 space. *Chain 2 then sc 2 times onto the next ch 2 space*. Repeat to end. Chain 2 and ss into first dc.
12. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.

Fasten off an change to grey yarn.

13. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.
14. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.
15. Chain 3. Sc in all stitches around.
16. Chain 3. Sc in all stitches around.

Finally, for the thumb holes, gind the hole in the side of the mitten from row 7 to 11. Attatch yarn and Sc twice into each dc post around for 20 Sc. Ss into the first. Cjain 1 and then complete another row of 20 Sc. Fasten off and weave in all ends. Then you are done!

These mittens are super warm. I wore the set for bonfire night this year and they were lovely and snuggly! You can find the plttern for the matching hat here. 

 

Pretty Alpaca Hat

Finally, I am getting around to publishing this pattern.

I made this hat using Drops Alpaca – The colour choice was dictated by what was lying around in my stash. You may remember that last christmas I made a hat for my brother in law to be for. If not you can find it here. I used the yarn leftover from that project to create this.

I think this hat is perfect for men and women so would make a great gift. Anyways, here is the pattern:

For this hat you should hold 2 strands together whilst working. For the whole set you need 2 balls of each colour.

At the end of each round, Ss into 1st dc stitch of the round then chain 3 (does not count as a dc)

1. Dc 12 into a magic circle. (12)
2. In the next round, dc twice in to each space. (24)
3. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next. Repeat. (36)
4. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 2. Repeat. (48)
5. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 3. Repeat. (60)
6. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 4. Repeat. (72)
7. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 5. Repeat. (84)
8. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 6. Repeat. (96)
9. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 7. Repeat. (108) Fasten off.

Attatch green yarn.

10. Dc in all stitches around.
11. Dc in first stitch, *chain 2 (skip 2) and dc in the next 2*. Repeat until you reach the last ch 2, skip 2 then sc in the last stitxh of the round. Ss into first dc.
12. For the next round ss across the dc to the first ch2 space, then chain 3 and dc onto the ch 2 space. *Chain 2 then sc 2 times onto the next ch 2 space*. Repeat to end, ch 2 one last time and ss into first stitch of the round.
13. Dc in all stitches around and twice into each chain 2 space. (108) Fasten off.

Attatch blue yarn.

14. Dc in all stitches around.
15. Dc in first stitch, *chain 2 (skip 2) and dc in the next 2*. Repeat until you reach the last ch 2, skip 2 then sc in the last stitch of the round. Ss into first dc.
16. For the next round ss across the dc to the first ch2 space, then chain 3 and dc onto the ch 2 space. *Chain 2 then sc 2 times onto the next ch 2 space*. Repeat to end, ch 2 one last time and ss into first stitch of the round.
17. Dc in all stitches around and twice into each chain 2 space. (108) Fasten off.

Attatch grey yarn.

18. In the next round, dc2tog then dc once into the next 7. Repeat. (108)
19. In the next round, dc2tog then dc once into the next 6. Repeat. (96)
20. Dc in all stitches around. (96)
21. Sc in all stitches around. (96)

Fasten off and sew in ends.

Keep your eyes peeled for matching mittens!

Once again, For this hat you should hold 2 strands together whilst working. For the whole set you need 2 balls of each colour.

Chevron Waves Hat

So recently I shared with you a simple chevron infinity scarf pattern. On the night when I finished this I still had plenty of yarn left over and so I decided to make a matching hat. To go with it. Here is the pattern.

1. Chain 94. Turn.

2. Hdc into the next ch from the hook, Skip 1 *Hdc into the next 4 chains. 3Hdc into the next chain, Hdc into next 4ch. Skip 1* repeat until you have just 2 chains remaining. Skip 1 and Hdc into the last chain. Ch1. Turn.

3. Hdc into the first stitch. Skip 1.  *Hdc into the next 4 stitches. 3Hdc into the next stitch, Hdc into next 4 stitches. Skip 2* repeat until you habe just 2 stitches remaining. Skip 1 and Hdc into the last chain. Ch1. Turn.

Repeat row 3 x 16 times.

You will now have a rectangle of wavy stitch. Put this to the side. We will now work on the brim of the hat. 

1. Ch 81. Turn.

2. Hdc into the next chain from the hook then in all chains to the end. Repeat this 4 times so you have 4 rows of Hdc. At the end of the 4th row, ch3 and turn.

3. Dc into the next stitch and all stitches to end. Repeat this step 3 times. Fasten off leaving a long tail on the end for assembly purposes. 

Fold the rectangular brim in half and pin it in place along the bottom edge of the wavy rectangle. Take the long end of the brim tail and sew along the top edge to fasten both sides of the fold togrther with the bottom edge of the wavy rectangle securely sandwiched inbetween. Once this is done, sew up the back of the hat. You ahould now habe a tube. To seal off the top of the hat, take a length of matching thread and sew it into the top 3 stitches of each peak in the wavy pattern. Then pull tightly so that all of the peeks meet and tie off to secure. Finally, make a large pom pom out of the remaining yarn and secure to the hat using the taild of the thread used to tie the center of the pom pom. 

Chevron Infinity Scarf Pattern

How are we all! 

I am popping in today to share with you a new pattern. Yippee! I love chevrons, they seem to be really on trend at the mo. So I made this very simple Chevron Infinity Scarf.

I crocheted it in Drops Alaska. It took approximately 1 ball of each. I used a size 5.5mm hook.

Here is the pattern. 

1. Ch 36, then turn.

2. Hdc into the second chain from the hook. Skip a chain, then Hdc into each of the next 15 chains. Hdc 3 times into the next ch then Hdc into the next 15. Skip 1 then Hdc into the final chain. Ch 1, then turn.

3. Hdc into the first stitch, skip 1, then Hdc into the next 15. Hdc 3 times into thr next stitch, at the peak of the chevron, then hdc into the next 15. Skip 1, and Hdc into thr final stitch. Ch1 then turn.

4. From now on we continue row 3. You can change your yarn colours as little or as often as you like. I chose to work in a repeating pattern of 3 rows of hdc in red blue or pink, change colour, 1 row of hdc in cream. Whatever repeat pattern you choose make sure it fits into 42 rows. 

Once you have completed the 42nd and final row, line up both ends and slip stitch through each stitch to close up the ends. 

Now sew in your ends amd you are finished.

I found in the end that drops alaska whilst pretty was a little itchy being made of wool. So I gave it a good old soak in hair conditioner. That seemed to do the trick nicely. 

A Lovely Meshy Shawl

I recently was looking over blog posts and saw Quiet Water Crafts WIP post about a wonderful scarf she was making using Caron Cakes.

It really inspired me to whack out one of my remaining Caron Cakes and get crocheting. This is what I came up with.

Firstly, I have to say, I really love the colour combo. The rainbow sprinkles Caron Cakes I used on Harleys baby blanket back in April was lovely, but unfortunately as it is a mixture of colours there are quite a lot of muddy bits where the dye has bled together. This isn’t the case with this colourway. Its a lot crisper. 

Anyways, Here is the pattern. Enjoy!

Row 1. Into a Magic Loop, Ch3 for the first Dc, then Dc once, chain 3, then Dc twice.

Row 2. Ch 3, then Dc into the same stitch. Dc once into the rest of the stitches in the row, until you reach the chain 3 space, where you shoud Dc twice, Chain 3, and Dc twice more. Continue with a single Dc in each stitch, until you reach the final stitch, where you should Dc twice into the same stitch. 

Row 3 and 4. Repeat Row 2. 

Row 5. Ch 1. Sc into the same space. *Chain 4, Skip 2 then Sc into the next stitch*. Repeat until you reach the chain 3 space, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 3 space again, before continuing to chain 4 then skip 2 then Sc into the next Stitch. 

Row 6. Chain 5. Sc into the first Ch 4 space. *Ch 4 then Sc into next chain 4 space*. Repeat until you reach the chain 4 space at the corner of the work, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 4 corner space again, before continuing to chain 4 then Sc into the next Ch 4 space. When you get to the final Chain 4 space, Ch 2 then Dc into the first Sc of the previous row. 

If it helps you to understand the mesh pattern, I used this diagram to understand what to do, particularly when reaching the ends of the row. Obviously, I modified the number of stitches but you get the gist. Hopefully it helps you too.

This is not my image, I found it with many other very useful stitch diagrams over at Erga Handmade. Go and check them out!

Row 7. Ch 1. Sc into the same space. *Chain 4, then Sc into the next Ch 4 space*. Repeat until you reach the chain 3 space, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 3 space again, before continuing to chain 4 then Sc into the next Ch 4 space. 

Row 8. Chain 5. Sc into the first Ch 4 space. *Ch 4 then Sc into next chain 4 space*. Repeat until you reach the chain 4 space at the corner of the work, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 4 corner space again, before continuing to chain 4 then Sc into the next Ch 4 space. When you get to the final Chain 4 space, Ch 2 then Dc into the first Sc of the previous row. 

Row 9. Now we need to create the foundation for the next row of Dc. To do this we repeat row 7, but instead of chaining 4, we chain 3. 

Row 10. To create the first row of Dc, Chain 3 and Dc into the first stitch, then Dc 3 into each Chain 3 space and once into each Sc. Continue this pattern until you reach the corner chain, where you should Dc twice, Chain 3, and Dc twice more. Continue to Dc once into each Sc amd 3 times into each 3 Chain space. In the final Sc of the row, Dc twice. 

Row 11 to 13. Follow Row 2.

Row 14 to 18. Follow Row 5 to 9.

Row 19 to 22. Follow Row 10 to 13.

Row 23 to 27. Follow Row 5 to 9.

Row 28 to 31. Follow Row 10 to 13.

Row 32 to 43. Repeat Row 5 to 8 three times.

Row 44. Follow Row 9.

Row 45. Sc into the first stitch, then Sc once into every Sc stitch and Sc twice into each Chain 3 space, until you reach the corner, where you should Sc 4 times into the chain 3 corner space. Continue to Sc once into every Sc stitch and Sc twice into each Chain 3 space to the end. 

Row 46. Sc into the first stitch, Chain 7, then skip a stitch and Sc into the next stitch. Repeat to end to create the final round. 

Fasten off and sew in the ends.

And there you have it! One lovely Caron Cakes shawl! Enjoy! And remember to send me a pic if you give it a go!