Monday, 10 April 2017

Free Bunny Pattern


It has a been a very odd start to the year and I have been struggling to keep going for some of it but I seem to be emerging and of course my bits of hooky have definitely helped to keep me slightly in touch with reality.  Depression and Anxiety can rob you of so much, I found that I could only concentrate to hook on one pattern, one that I made up last year for a client - my bunny.  As you can see I got through all the colours of my Debbie Bliss Eco Baby cotton yarn (some of which is old stock colours that I have stashed).

If you would like to make one for Easter then here you go.....

This pattern is worked UK crochet terms, in the round starting at the nose finishing at the bottom, then adding feet and tail.

I used a 2mm crochet hook.

Head and Body
Row 1. With nose colour - 6 d/c in magic circle (6)
Change colour to bunny body.
Row 2. 1 d/c in each stitch around (6)
Row 3. 2 d/c in each stitch around (12)
Row 4. (1 d/c in next stitch, 2 d/c in next stitch) repeated 6 times in total (18)
Rows 5-8. 1 d/c in each stitch around (18)
Row 9. (1 d/c in next stitch, 1 decrease d/c) repeated 6 times in total (12)
Stuff head, using black thread and a needle make two french knots for the eyes leaving the tails of starting and finishing yarn inside with the stuffing.
Row 10. (1 d/c in next stitch, 2 d/c in next stitch) repeated 6 times in total (18)
Row 11. (1 d/c in next 2 stitches, 2 d/c in next stitch) repeated 6 times in total (24)
Rows 12-17 1 d/c in each stitch around (24)
Row 18.  (1 d/c in next 2 stitches, 1 decrease d/c) repeated 6 times in total  (18)
Row 19 (1 d/c in next stitch, 1 decrease d/c) repeated 6 times in total (12)
Stuff body
Row 20 (1 decrease d/c) repeated 6 times in total (6), cast off, run a darning needle through each stitch with the tail and pull closed before fastening off completely.

Ears x 2

Row 1.  Make 4 d/c in a magic circle. (4)
Row 2. (1 d/c in next stitch, 2 d/c in next) repeated twice (6)
Row 3. 1 d/c in each stitch around (6)
Row 4. (1 d/c in next stitch, 1 decrease d/c in next) repeated twice (4)
Row 5. 1 d/c in each stitch around (4) cast off leaving a long tail to sew to head.

Front Paws x 2

Row 1. Make 6 d/c in a magic circle. (6)
Rows 2 - 4. 1 d/c in each stitch around (6) finish off leaving tail to sew to body.

Back Paws x 2

Row 1. Make 6 d/c in a magic circle (6)
Rows 2 - 5.  1 d/c in each stitch around (6) finish off leaving tail to sew to body.

Tail

Row 1. Make 6 d/c in a magic circle (6)
Row 2. (work 2 d/c in next stitch) repeat 6 times in total (12)
Row 3. 1 d/c in each stitch around (12)
Row 4. (1 decrease d/c) repeated 6 times in total (6) Stuff tail and finish off by using the tail to first draw the tail closed (as for body) and then to fasten the tail to the bottom.

Sew all together and you should have a bunny!



Should you find any problems with the pattern please let me know in the comments, I would also love to see your own bunnies that you make!

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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Free Christmas Snowman and Santa Claus Bauble Patterns!


It's almost Christmas and I have finished all my craft fairs for the year.  I have just a few Christmas items left which will go in a facebook sale some time this week, but have been chatting with my dog groomer Roy this afternoon and he has persuaded me to write up my pattern properly and has even bought some of my yarn stash so that he can have a go!  So I better get my finger out and get those instructions down.......

You need:

Yarn in the colours of your own choice.  I use Debbie Bliss Eco Baby (which is sports weight)
2.75mm crochet hook
toy stuffing

Instructions are all in British crochet terms

Snowman 

Body and Head
 
Starting from the bottom of the snowman and working in the round to the top of the head:

1. 6 double crochet (d/c) into a magic circle(m/c) (6 stitches)
2. 2 double crochet into each stitch around (12 stitches)
3. *1 d/c into the next stitch, 2 d/c into the next* repeat 6 times (18 stitches)
4. * 1d/c into the next 2 stitches, 2 d/c into the next* repeat 6 times (24)
5. * 1 d/c into the next 3 stitches, 2 d/c into the next* repeat 6 times (30)
6 - 11. 1 d/c in each stitch around (30)
12. *1d/c into the next 3 stitches, 1d/c decrease* repeat 6 times (24)
13. *1 d/c into the next 2 stitches,  d/c decrease* repeat 6 times (18)
14. *1 d/c into the next stitch, 1 d/c decrease * repeat 6 times (12) fill with stuffing
15. 1 d/c decrease around (6)
16. 2 d/c in each stitch around (12)
17. *1 d/c into the next stitch, 2 d/c into the next * repeat 6 times (18)
18. *1 d/c into the next 2 stitches, 2 d/c into the next* repeat 6 times (24)
19-23  1 d/c around (24)
20. * 1 d/c in next 2 stitches, 1 d/c decrease * repeat 6 times (18)
21. * 1 d/c in next stitch, 1 d/c decrease* repeat 6 times (12) fill with stuffing
22.  1 d/c decrease in remaining stitches (6) fasten off

Hat

1. 6 d/c in a magic circle (6)
2 - 9 follow pattern for head from 16 - 23 (24)
10. 1 d/c in each stitch around in front loop only (24)
11. 1 d/c in each stitch around through both loops (24) fasten off leaving a long tail.

Scarf

1. Chain 30 stitches
2. Work one d/c in second chain from the hook, one d/c in each remaining stitch (29) fasten off.

Bobbles x 3 

1. 6 d/c in magic circle (6)
2. 1 d/c in each stitch around (6) Fasten off leaving a long tail. With a needle and the long tail, stitch in each of the stitches and pull together to form a ball.

Making Up

Using a black piece of yarn enter the top of the head bring it down  to the centre of the face and make two french knots to make the eyes, take the thread back to the top of the head and tie the yarn pieces together. 

Using orange thread do the same as the eyes, but make long stitches to form a triangle.

Thread one of the bobbles into the top of the hat and fasten off well.

Sew hat to the top of the head.

Fasten a bobble to both ends of the scarf leaving long threads to fasten the scarf to the body.  Tie the scarf around the neck of the snowman, fasten the bobbles to the snowman's body.

You are done!

Santa Claus

Body and Head
 
Start the body in the same manner as the snowman.  When you finish row 15 change colour to the face colour.  Continue with new colour working from row 16 to 22, fasten off.

Nose 

Make a bobble as for snowman in face colour.

Hat

1. work 3 stitches in a magic circle. (3)
2. work 1 d/c in each of the stitches (3)
3. work 2 d/c in each stitch (6)
4. work 1 d/c in each of the stitches (6)
5. *work 1 d/c in next stitch, 2 d/c in the next* repeat 3 times (9)
6. work 1 d/c in each stitch (9)
7. *work 1 d/c in next 2 stitches, 2 d/c in the next* repeat 3 times (12)
8. work 1 d/c in each stitch (12)
9. *work 1 d/c in next 3 stitches, 2 d/c in the next* repeat 3 times (15)
10. work 1 d/c in each stitch around (15)
11. *work 1 d/c in next 4 stitches, 2 d/c in the next* repeat 3 times (18)
12. work 1 d/c in each stitch around (18)
13. *work 1 d/c in next 5 stitches, 2 d/c in the next* repeat 3 times (21)
14. *work 1 d/c in next 6 stitches, 2 d/c in the next* repeat 3 times (24)
15 - 18 work 1 d/c in each stitch around (24) Change colour to white.
19. 1 d/c in each stitch around (24)
20. 1 d/c in each stitch using the front loop only (24)
21. 1 d/c through both loops in each stitch around (24)

Hat Bobble

Make the same as the snowman bobble.

Beard

1. 6 d/c in a magic circle. (6)
2. 2 d/c in each stitch around (12)
3. *1 d/c in next stitch, 2 d/c in next stitch* repeat 6 times (18)
4. *1 d/c in next 2 stitches, 2 d/c in next stitch* repeat 6 times (24)
5. *1 d/c in next 3 stitches, 2 d/c in next stitch* repeat 6 times (30), finish off leaving a long thread.

Making Up

Thread needle with the nose tail, place in the centre of the face, stitch to face and fasten off.

Thread the needle with the black thread  and make a french knot on either side of the nose.

Stitch the hat bobble to top of the hat, then fold the end of the hat and bobble forwards and stitch to the hat.  Use the end thread from the hat and stitch to the head.

Fold the beard in half and stitch the two loose sides together, use the long thread to stitch the beard to the face from the hat edge on one side of the face, under the nose and to the hat edge on the other side of the hat.

And you are done!

I do hope you enjoy the pattern, please get in touch if you find any problems with the pattern.

Happy Crafting x.






 


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Woven Braids



Woven Braids are a great way of using up scraps of left over yarn and all you need is 7 strands of yarn approximately 40 cm long and a  piece of card cut into a circle.  Mark out 8 points evenly around the card and make a small 1 cm cut into each of these points.  Next make a large hole in the centre of the circle.
First take all the strands at one end and make a knot.  Next push the knot through the whole in the circle of card.
Next turn the circle over and space each of the seven strands of yarn into one of the cut spaces on the outside. It doesn't matter which colour goes where.



 Hold the card with the one empty space facing you as above.

Count three strands going anti clockwise from the empty space.  Pick up the third thread and move it down into the empty space


Turn the card so that the empty space is facing you and repeat the process.




 As you continue you will notice the braid appearing underneath the card.  Occasional you may need to pull the knotted end gently to make sure the braid comes out nice and evenly.
Continue until you are happy with the length.  If using your wrist to measure it ensure you leave enough to tie each end in a knot together.

Once you are happy with the length, take all the pieces of yarn out of the cuts in the card and pull it all through the hole.

 Tie this end in a knot and cut both ends to the same length.


You do not have to make your braid into a bracelet, how about attaching it to a hair grip and putting it in you hair - much easier than the standard way of braiding hair!

If you have any questions or notice any mistakes please do not hesitate to contact me, details in the about me tab or leave a comment on this post. 

Happy Crafting x.




Monday, 14 November 2016

Make your own Dorset Button



 

 To make your own Dorset button all you need are the following:

Approximately 6 metres of two different coloured yarn
A wooden curtain ring
A pair of scissors
A darning needle.

1. To get started you first need to choose which colour yarn you would like on the outside of the ring  attach your  the ring by securely as follows:
2. the next step is to start making a blanket stitch.  Keep the beginning knot on the outside of the ring.  Thread your needle and bring it through the centre of the curtain ring.
next you put the needle through the yarn at the top of the outside of and gently pull it tightly...
Continue,  pushing the stitches close together until your ring looks like the following
3.  Next you need to push the stitches until they are all on the inside of the ring.
4.  Next you are going to make the 'spokes' in your button.  First take the yarn and wrap it around the ring opposite to where your yarn starts and back to the top.
5. Next using the needle thread around the ring several times until the yarn is in the position of being a quarter of one side.  Then repeat the wrapping, taking it to the opposite side and back again.


6. Continue to do the same until you have 8 spokes in total
7.  The centre of the spokes now needs to be secured.  To do this draw your needle up in between two of the spokes and then put it back through in between the opposite two spokes. Do ensure that your stitches are holding the spokes in the absolute middle of your ring.  Continue until all the spokes are securely together...

8.  It is now time to start filling in the middle of the Dorset Button.  To do this put your needle in between two spokes and then go backwards around that spoke
 

9. You now need to thread the needle back up through the next two spokes.
10.  Again go backwards around the next spoke.  Continue to do this working around and around..
11. You may need to add more yarn.  To do this you need to knot the two ends of the yarn together.  Then continue to go around making sure that the knot stays at the back of your work.  Once you have been around a few more times you can cut off the excess thread at the back.


If you wish to change the colour at this time then continue in the same manner.


12.  When you have filled in as much as you want to ( you don't have to fill in completely). Put the yarn to the back of the button.  Turn to the back and use one of the last stitches to go around that  and knot the yarn a few times before snipping off the excess.




And now you should have your Dorset Button.......

I wonder what you will do with yours, hang it somewhere? Make it into a necklace? Do more and make a mobile?  Whatever it is enjoy your crafty work.

If you have any queries or notice any mistakes please contact me either in the comments or from my details on the about me tab.

Happy Crafting :o)