Still crocheting…..

My goodness I’ve just realised how long it’s been since I last wrote a blog post! Shocking really but I’m afraid life just takes over with two very busy boys and with another on the way, one house move and a first year of school I’ve just not had a chance to keep you all updated with what I’ve been working on. 

So what have I been up to? Well here’s just a few projects…

 
  A fair few newborns are being cuddled in my granny square blankets and mini cardigans this year, along with some very natural and organic teething rings and teething necklaces. Also my very own dungaree design with a pompom bunny which I may share the pattern very soon right here. 

 And…. 
So teacher gifts featured heavily this year and I opted to make a beautiful rose hearts for both school and preschool teachers. I also had a family member go through some horrid chemo treatment so I quickly hooked up a cotton hat and ear warmer for her. And one of the most recent makes (this week) is stickman, he’s a wee bit fiddly but look how cute he is!

So what now well I’m hoping to start providing some of my very own patterns on here but you may need to forgive my pregnancy brain within the writing! X 

Crochet Christmas elf….

So hopefully most of you saw my blog post last week about my advent calendar I made for my boys last year, well this year it’s similar apart from I’ve made a couple of crochet elves who bring little presents, a Christmassy craft or an activity for that day.

  
I’ve obviously got the idea from “elf on the shelf” but I’ve altered the rules slightly to fit in with our family

Rules 

  • The elves must be loved and we must be kind to them by looking after them for the whole 24 days
  • The elves fly back to Santa each night to report on whether the boys have be good or a little naughty, as they are always watching and listening 
  • Every morning we have to search for them to see what they’ve got planned for us that morning whether it’s a craft activity, a planned visit or a little present
  • They also bring a little envelope with a chocolate coin in as the chocolate before breakfast was one of the things I loved about December when I was younger! 

How I made him 

I used a free pattern by Sydney Duenas which you can find on raverly here

I actually worked the body slightly different by just ch 23 and working 22 dc in each ch. I then joined the last stich to the first dc stitch to create a round with a sl stitch. I then turned at the end of each row ch1 and worked dc all the round until length stated by the pattern. 

I would also make the hat slightly smaller if i make them again as it is too big but my boys quite like taking them off and on again. 

I used drops Paris cotton with a 5mm hook. 

I also popped pipe cleaners into the arms and legs but I wish I had double or tripled them up as they keep popping out the ends of my crochet! Trial and error eh?! 

Most important thing is that both my boys like then and love finding them in the morning! I’ll pop some new posts up soon with what they get up to…..x

Crochet cluster coaster pattern 

So I had a lovely surprise on Sunday I found that I was featured on crochet concupiscence’s blog written by the wonderful kathryn, it really was a wonderful surprise and I’m feeling a little proud.

Anyhoo I’ve had quite a few people ask about the pattern for the coasters featured so as I made up the pattern, which I did write down. I thought it would be nice to share as it’s the season of giving….

 

So for these particular coasters I used style craft cotton dk in dove & white with 4.5mm hook, but you could use any cotton really with the appropriate hook. 

Pattern – uk terms 

Special stitches

 dtr (double treble) cluster –  *yarn over twice insert hook into stitch yarn over and pull through 2loops (leaving 3 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through 2 loops (leaving 2 loops) repeat from * again (leaving 3 loops on hook) repeat from *again (leaving 4 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through all 4 loops 

 dtr ( double treble) begining cluster – ch 4, *yarn over twice insert hook into stitch yarn over and pull through 2loops (leaving 3loops on hook) yarn over and pull through 2 loops (leaving 2 loops on hook) repeat from * again (leaving 3 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through all 3 loops 

 Tr (treble) cluster – yarn over insert hook into stitch yarn over and pull through 2loops (leaving 2 loops on hook) repeat from * again (leaving 3 loops on hook) repeat from *again (leaving 4 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through all 4 loops 

Tr (treble) begining cluster – ch 3, *yarn over insert hook into space yarn over and pull through 2loops (leaving 2 loops on hook) repeat from * again (leaving 3 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through all 3 loops

Pattern 

Start with a magic ring ch2, 12 tr stitches into the ring, pull the tail tight, sl st into 1st tr.

Round 1 – dtr beginning cluster, ch1, dtr cluster, ch 1 in each stitch in the round, sl st into top of first cluster.

Round 2 – tr beginning cluster into previous ch1 space from round 1, ch2, tr cluster in same space, tr cluster, ch2, tr cluster in the next ch1 from previous round, repeat till the end of the round, sl st into top of begining cluster. 

Round 3 – dc in ch2 from previous round, 5 tr inbetween pairs of cluster, dc in ch2 repeat till end of round, sl st into first dc. 

Faster off and sew in ends!

So please feel free to make and share and I would be ever so grateful for a tag or share here and there.