Friday, December 13, 2019

Christmas roundup

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Hey everybody! I just thought of posting a roundup of my various Christmas crochet patterns before it's late. I know I'm already late and most of you must have started your Christmas crocheting but I thought about it only today. I was taking a look at my Blogger stats and saw that as usual the views for my Christmas tree pattern has peaked up this month. This is one of my most viewed patterns and I'm very happy about it but there are a few other patterns which are good but not as popular, so I thought I would make a post to bring them all together. 

The first one is of course the Christmas tree and you can get the pattern from here   

This gorgeous wreath is a favourite of mine. It would look beautiful on your craft room door. You can get the pattern here

This stash busting colourful hexagon patchwork Christmas stocking is an absolute fun to make. Get the pattern with photographs detailing the joining method by clicking here

You can make some cute ornaments for your Christmas tree using these patterns from here, here and here.   

This one is not crochet but I would love to share it here. These are salt dough ornaments that I made a few years ago and they are so easy and fun to create. I have a tutorial here for these cuties and you should give it a try. 


Monday, November 4, 2019

New baby blanket patterns

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I have published two new baby blanket patterns in my Ravelry store and webstore.  I am yet to publish it in my Etsy shop.
The floating leaves baby blanket is made using medium worsted weight yarn. I had yarn left over from my Pastel confetti scarf which I used for the blanket and I still have one more hank left.
The endless waves baby blanket is my favourite of the two. I used sport weight yarn in 6 colors. You can make both these blankets in any size you want.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Cassidy cardigan - new crochet pattern

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I have been away from my computer, or rather forced to be away, as my computer crashed again! I really can't understand why this keeps happening every few months. Thankfully, my son recovered all my data. Otherwise I would have ended up losing everything again as it happened almost a year ago. Now my son has let me share his computer with him, so I have only a limited computer time. Anyway this has left me with plenty of time to crochet and work on my dollhouse. If you remember I had mentioned earlier that I was working on a dollhouse. This was when I had taken a short break from crocheting but now that crocheting has taken the front seat the house became neglected and began to resemble an abandoned property with dust covering all surfaces and construction materials strewn around everywhere. I cleaned everything and I'm working on the 2nd floor now.  I'm also working on two baby blankets and a pullover. 


This cardigan is my recent finish. It's an easy pattern and the cardigan looks wonderful but the color doesn't photograph well. I tried many times and still I'm not satisfied with the outcome. A friend has borrowed my camera for a few days and I am using my mobile phone to photograph and the quality sucks. Once I get my camera back I think I'll take new photos and upload them again, for now these would do.  

This cardigan is worked from top down. I have written this pattern for 4 adult sizes. Yarn used is light worsted weight or DK yarn and hook size is D/3.25 mm. Only basic stitches are used and so would be suitable for an advanced beginner. The pattern is available in my Etsy, Ravelry and web store. 
  

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Pumpkin house with witch hat roof - free crochet pattern

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Hi, how are you all? It's fall and I'm seeing pumpkins in various forms everywhere on the internet. For my share I  made a pumpkin house. Interestingly the house is not stuffed. It's hollow inside so that you can use it to store candies or other knick-knacks. The roof is removable and it also has a door that can be opened!



Size

The pumpkin house measures approximately 7 inches wide and 9.5 inches high.

Materials

  • One skein of worsted weight yarn in orange, green and black
  • Little amount of brown and white worsted weight yarns for the door and window
  • Crochet hook size G/4 mm
  • Yarn needle
  • stitch markers
  • dollhouse door hinges (optional)

Abbreviations/Crochet terms used:

[ ] - repeat instructions within parenthesis as a set as many times as instructed
ch - chain
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)
hdc - half double crochet (UK - half treble)
sc2tog/sc3tog - single crochet worked together in 2/3 consecutive stitches (sc decrease)

Note:

  • The pattern is written in standard US terms
  • You can use any yarn but the size of the hook should be one or two sizes smaller than the suggested size for that particular yarn so that your house stays firm

If you wish to purchase a PDF version of this pattern you can buy it from here

Instruction
Pumpkin base

Note: Work in continuous rounds without joining at the end of each round. Use a stitch marker to identify the 1st st of every round. 

Using green ch 4, join the last ch with a sl st to the 1st ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1, 8 sc into ring
Round 2: 2 sc in each st (16 sc)
Round 3: Repeat [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] around (24 sc)
Round 4: Repeat [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] around (32 sc)
Round 5: Repeat [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] around (40 sc)
Round 6: Repeat [sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] around (48 sc)
Round 7: Repeat [sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st] around (56 sc)
Round 8: Repeat [sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st] around (64 sc)
Round 9: Repeat [sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st] around (72 sc)
Round 10: Repeat sc in each st around (72 sc)
Join orange. Do not fasten off green, we’ll continue with it later.

Pumpkin house
Round 11 (work into back loops only): Using orange sc in the back loops of 62 sts, leave rest of the sts unworked for the door. Turn.
Round 12: Ch 1, sc in 2 sts, repeat [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] across. Turn (92 sts)
Round 13: Ch 1, sc in 2 sts, repeat [2 sc in 4 sts, sc in 8 sts, 2 sc in 4 sts, sc in 2 sts] 5 times. Turn (132 sts)
Round 14: Ch 1, sc2tog, repeat [sc in next 24 sts, sc2tog] 5 times. Turn (126 sts)
 (I have placed markers to identify the ridges)
Round 15 to 21: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn (126 sts) 
Round 22: Ch 1, sc in each st across, ch 6.
From here onwards start working in continuous rounds without turning at the end. Place a marker at the 1st st of a round to easily identify the beginning of the round.
Round 23: sc in the 1st sc after the space left for the door, sc in rest of the sts and each of the 6 chs. (132 sts)
Rounds 24 and 25: sc in each st around.
Round 26: sc2tog 2 times, sc in 16 sts, repeat [sc2tog 5 times, sc in next 16 sts] 4 times, sc3tog 3 times, sc in next 2 sts. (108 sts)
Round 27: sc in 6 sts, sc2tog 4 times, repeat [sc in 5 sts, sc3tog, sc in 5 sts, sc2tog 4 times] four times, sc in rest of the 10 sts (80 sts)
Round 28: sc in 5 sts, sc2tog 3 times, repeat [sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in sc3tog, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog 3 times] 4 times, sc in rest of the 9 sts (57 sts) 
Round 29 and 30: Sc in each st around. Cut off yarn.



Witch hat roof

Using black ch 60, join the last ch with a sl st to the first ch to form a ring, being careful not to twist the chains.

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc (60 sc)
Round 2: Ch 1, repeat [sc2tog, sc in next 28 sts] twice. Join with a sl st to the 1st st (58 sts)
Round 3: Ch 1, repeat [sc2tog, sc in next 27 sts] twice. Join with a sl st to the 1st st (56 sts)
Round 4 to 11: Repeat the rows decreasing 2 sts in every round so that you have 40 sts in the 11th row.
Round 12: Ch 1, repeat [sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts] 4 times. Join with a sl st to the 1st st (36 sts)
Round 13: Ch 1, repeat [sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts] 4 times. Join with a sl st to the 1st st (32 sts)
Round 14: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join (32 sts)
Round 15: Ch 1, sc in 28 sts, sc2tog 2 times. Join (30 sts)
Round 16: Ch 1, sc in 26 sts, sc2tog 2 times. Join (28 sts)
Round 17: Ch 1, sc in 24 sts, sc2tog 2 times. Join (26 sts)
Round 18: Ch 1, sc in 22 sts, sc2tog 2 times. Join (24 sts)
Round 19: Ch 1, sc in 12 sts, sc2tog 2 times, sc in 6 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts. Join (24 sts)
Round 20: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st and 2nd sc, sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog 4 times, sc in 5 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts. Join (24 sts)
Round 21: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st and 2nd sc, sc in next 8 sts, sc2tog 3 times, sc in rest of the 8 sts. Join (23 sts)
Round 22: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st and 2nd sc, sc in next 8 sts, sc2tog 4 times, sc in 5 sts. Join (21 sts)
Round 23: Ch 1, sc in 2 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog 4 times, sc in 3 sts. Join (19 sts)
Round 24: Ch 1, sc in 4 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, sc in 6 sts, sc2tog 2 times, sc in 3 sts. Join (19 sts). Cut off yarn and close the opening by sewing the edges together.

Brim

Round 1: Join yarn in any st at the bottom and repeat [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] around. Join (90 sts)
Round 2: sl st in each st around. Cut off yarn.

Grass around the house

Round 1: Pick up green and sc in each of the 10 sts in the doorway, then sc in the free loop of each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st st (72 sts)
Round 2: Ch 1, repeat [sc in 11 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. Join (78 sts)
Round 3: Ch 1, repeat [sc in 12 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. Join (84 sts)
Round 4: Ch 1, repeat [sc in 13 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. Join (90 sts)
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join. Cut off yarn.

Make one circle and join both the pieces together working sc around the edges to have a firm base.


Door

Row 1: Using brown ch 9, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in rest of the chs across. Turn (8 sc)
Row 2 to 11: Ch 1, sc in each st across (8 sc)
Row 12: sc2tog, hdc in 4 sts, sc2tog. Fasten off
Join yarn at the right lower end and sl st along the edges.

Window

Row 1: Using white ch 7, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in rest of the chs across. Turn (6 sc)
Row 2 to 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across (6 sc). Cut off yarn.
Using black sc around the edges. Cut off yarn and weave in all the loose ends.

Attaching the door and window

I have used dollhouse door hinges to attach the door but you can also use a small piece of wire to secure the door to the wall. Sew a button to act as a door knob. Make a loop of 3 or 4 chains on the wall to close the door. Sew the window and decorate the house as desired.

Hope you enjoy the pattern!

Friday, September 13, 2019

A finish, some works in progress and a weekend sale!

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I started this tablecloth a few years ago. It was my vacation project. I worked on it only during my vacation. Rest of the days it was packed away. I managed to finish it this year. I used green and red along with white to add some color to it and am pleased with the way it turned out. 
This tablecloth was also started around the same time or maybe a year later and this is also my vacation project but somehow I forgot about its existence and it came as a surprise to me when I opened my vacation project bag. It has only a few more rounds left but I don't think I'll finish it anytime soon. 
There are also a few others in various stages of progress. I started it out as a raglan but gave up as I couldn't get my maths right, so I changed it into a cardigan with a round yoke. This cardigan now needs sleeves. I ran out of yarn, I think I'll need one more ball. I haven't placed the order yet. I hope to complete this soon. Sorry, the photo quality is not so good. It has gotten dark when I clicked this.
While waiting for the yarn I think I'll complete at least half of this one though I'm not revealing what it is now. It has lots of textures and patterns and I'm loving it.
I finished crocheting this baby dress but yet to take proper photos and finish the writing part. I won't be releasing it now because I'm thinking of transferring all my kids' patterns to a new shop and it's going to take time. 
This one was started about 2 years ago but it has become sort of an abandoned project because I lost the chart that I had prepared with great difficulty when my hard drive where I had stored it crashed. I do have the written pattern though, but still I felt disheartened after losing the diagram and abandoned it. Maybe I'll look into it when I have finished all the WIPs in my hands now.

That's it. Please note that there's a weekend sale with 15% off live in Etsy. Don't forget to check it out. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Crochet baby shoes - free pattern

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I completed this pattern few months ago but found time to post only now. The baby shoes pattern is written for 3 sizes (newborn to 1 year). You can embellish it however you want. I used buttons. If you are using buttons or beads please be careful. Don't leave the babies unattended because buttons and beads may pose a choking hazard for smaller kids. It's safer to embroider designs or sew on appliques on the shoes or just leave them plain.

Before going to the pattern I would like to introduce you to the latest pattern available in my shops- The Eliza baby dress pattern. This cute little dress pattern is available in 2 sizes - 3 to 6 months and 6 to 12 months. 



This pattern is available in my Etsy, Ravelry and Wix stores.



Coming back to the baby shoes, the pattern is written in standard American terms. The pattern is written for the newborn size, changes for other sizes are given within parenthesis - green for 3-6 months and red for 6-12 months

You can also purchase a PDF version of this pattern from here for $1.20.

Materials used:

Fingering weight yarn (16 wpi) about 50 gm
Crochet hook size E/3.5 mm
Yarn needle
Buttons, beads and ribbons for embellishing (optional)

Size:

Newborn - length of the sole is 3.75 inches
3 to 6 months - length of the sole is 4.25 inches
6 to 12 months - length of the sole is 4.75 inches

Abbreviations/terms used:

** - repeat instructions within asterisks as many times as directed
[ ] - work instructions within parenthesis as a set as many times as directed
ch - chain
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)
dc - double crochet (UK - treble)
hdc - half double crochet (UK - half treble)

Instruction

Round 1: Ch 11 (13/15), sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 8 (10/12) ch, 4 sc in last ch, sc in next 8 (10/12) ch on the other side, 3 sc in next ch. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc at the beginning of round. (24/28/32 sc)
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in same st and in next 2 (3/4) sc, dc in next 6 (7/8) sc, 2 dc in next sc, 3 dc in next 2 sc, 2 dc in next sc, dc in next 6 (7/8) sc, hdc in 2 (3/4) sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 3 hdc in next 2 sc. Join with a sl st to the 2nd ch. (36/40/44 sts)
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 9 (11/13) sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] 3 times, sc in next 11 (13/15) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st. join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (42/46/50 sc)
Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in same st, hdc in next 6 (7/8)sts, dc in next 4 (5/6) sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] twice, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] twice, dc in next 4 (5/6) sts, hdc in 6 (7/8) sts, repeat [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st] twice, 2 hdc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st. Join with a sl st to the 2nd ch at the beginning of round. (54/58/62 sts)
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (54/58/62 sc)
Round 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 12 (14/16) sts, sc2tog, sc in 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 16 (18/20) sts, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (48/52/56 sts)
Round 7: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 8 (10/12) sts, sc2tog, sc in 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in 6 sts, sc2tog, sc in 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in rest of the 19 (21/23) sts. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (44/48/52 sts)
Round 8: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 13 (15/17) sts, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in 15 (17/19) sts, sc2tog, sc in 4 sts, sc2tog, sc in next st. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (40/44/48 sts)
Round 9: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 7 (9/11) sts, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in 4 sts, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in rest of the 16 (18/20) sts . Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (36/40/44 sts)
Round 10: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 10 (12/14) sts, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in 14 (16/18) sts, sc2tog twice, sc in next st. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. (32/36/40 sts)

Newborn size fasten off. Rest of the sizes continue with next round.

Round 11: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc and cut off yarn. (32/36/40 sts)

Decorate as desired using buttons, ribbons, etc.





Saturday, August 3, 2019

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