Thursday, 31 July 2014

Dress For a Wedding

We have a wedding coming up and I was in the world of 'I haven't a stitch to wear!'  I always want to have something a bit different, and usually end up making a dress, but with a mountain of crochet to do there just hasn't been time.  So a quick thrift shop, a dress for £4 and a raid of my craft stash and this is what happened.






All you need to do to make this very pretty floral collar is sew from the back, through the center of your flower, thread a bead on and sew back through the center and out the back - the bead will keep your thread from going back through and also look loooovely.  I used faux pearls in pink and cream, and also a vintage glass buttons to add some sparkle.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Little bear hat

You'd have thought I'd have had enough by now, what with The Book and everything, but weirdly once you start making you think of even more to make and it just keeps going.  So right now I have hats in my head, and moccasins, and baskets crocheted of string.  Maybe over the summer holidays I'll get some done, but here was a quick crochet hat with little integral bear ears that happened this morning...


The Book

In know it's been months since the sea cow, but I have been crocheting like a demon to get all the collections made and written for the book deadline - which is today!  Ta daaa!  Everyone asking when they can buy the patterns I've had to take off Etsy, the book will be out March 2015 (fingers crossed, white rabbits, any other superstitious phrase that ensure it all goes to plan) and you can buy them again then. Here are a couple of sneak previews of some of the new patterns that will be in it - clearly these were taken in my VERY messy craft room with my extremely unprofessional children, but I present to you - crochet hero costume, crochet fairy costume, crochet cowboy hat and crochet Frozen costume.  There are MANY more....






Friday, 16 May 2014

Sea Cow

You'll have gathered by now that most of my makes are for sons and nephews, well this is no exception. My twins littlest beast is a massive 'sarah & Duck' fan (check it out on cbeebies) in which Scarf Lady - crazy old knitting woman - makes many things, including a sea cow.  Little nephew desperately wanted one, so Aunty Crochet over here whipped one up. His thank you movie is the single cutest thing I have EVER seen.

Anyway, here is crochet sea cow, pattern coming soon.


Friday, 9 May 2014

UNACCEPTABLE!

All the beasts, big, medium and small all asked for a crochet Lemongrab from Adventure Time.  Having made Finn and given him away, I couldn't say no, so here he is.  Free pattern coming really soon x


Sunday, 27 April 2014

Mexican Death Duck

Two Christmases ago we got a 'decorate your own flying duck' set and I have literally been agonising for years as to what to decorate them with.  Finally, after all that time divine inspiration has struck: Mexican death duck has been born!

I then got obsessed with the idea of doing other cultural designs, so today Indian Mhendi Duck was made, and now I just have to decide whether the last one is an Eastern European folk design, or something Skandi and simplistic...



Saturday, 15 March 2014

Free Adventure Time Crochet Pattern

As promised, here's your free Finn pattern, this is the big dude, little dude coming soon. Mathematical!



Big Finn
You will need:
White wool
Light blue wool
Dark blue wool
Peach wool
Black wool
Suitable sized hook
Yarn needle
Peach felt
Matching thread
Some black embroidery thread
Stuffing 

Body
1. Using white mr 6
2. 2 sc in each stitch (12)
3. 2sc in the next stitch, sc in the next, repeat (18)
4. 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 2, repeat (24)
5. 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 3, repeat (30)
6. 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 4, repeat (36)
7-16. Sc in each stitch for 9 rows
17-43. Swap to light blue, sc in each stitch for 16 rows
44-50. Swap to dark blue, sc in each stitch for 6 rows
51. In inner loops only sctog, sc in next 3
Stuff with stuffing 
52. Sctog, sc in next 2
53. Sctog, sc in next stitch
54. Sctog til close

Legs
1-6. Using black mr 8, sc for next 5 rows
7-10. Switch to white and sc for the next 3 rows
11-28. Switch to peach and sc for 17 rows 
29-35. Switch to dark blue and sc for 6 rows, sl st
Weave in ends, stuff lightly and attach to bottom of body

Arms
1-24. Using peach mr 8 and then sc for 23 rows
25-30. Switch to light blue and sc for the next 5 rows, sl st
Weave in ends, stuff lightly and attach to body on either side.

'Ears'
Make 2
1. Using white mr 5 and then sc for one row
Attach to either side of head

Cut out an oval from peach felt and see to head, using black embroidery thread sew in eyes and mouth