18.11.17

One Finished Yoga Cushion!

Good evening!
As promised, today I'm showing you my finished yoga cushion.
In all honesty, this cushion was completed a little while ago and has been in use since!
It works perfectly....just enough height for me to perch comfortably 😉

I opted for a fairly well stuffed feather cushion pad so it would stand the test of time....in other words it would stand the weight of me on it without becoming as flat as a pancake!

So here we go....


I used Scheepjes Wanderlust in the Hawaii colour way.




The cushion used only 2 balls of yarn which makes it a very affordable project as it retails at £3.99 per 100g ball.



I added a tassel to each corner to give a bit of interest....well that and I seem to have a tassel thing going on at the minute 😉


The colours work beautifully with my well worn yoga mat!


I'll be showing you how you can make the cushion (or similar) in the next couple of days.
It's a simple but effective stitch pattern and you can alter it to fit whatever cushion size you need 😊
On that note I'm off to pour a well deserved gin and tonic... (it's been a busy day here!)

Til next time x

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10.11.17

New Project Update

Hi Folks!
Long time no speak.....this year literally has been a whirl of activity.
It seems like ages since since I last posted so thought it was about time I put down the hook long enough to write a quick update on this project.

If you remember (I know! it's been a long time...!) I had started a new project with some gorgeous Wanderlust yarn from Scheepjes.


A lovely 100% acrylic colour changing yarn to make a yoga cushion.



Bet you didn't expect all of those colours hidden inside that ball of yarn?
I chose the Hawaii colour way for this project because I loved the variety of colours and also it works perfectly with my yoga mats (plural....I have 2!)


The texture of this crochet stitch really brings this yarn to life...
I've made 2 rectangles to join together to cover the cushion. As it's going to be stretched over a cushion pad there was no need to block!



Check out that yummy texture!
The only drawback with this stitch pattern is that you have to fasten off and join on every row.
Yup....that means a whole heap of little tails to weave in....


Next project will definitely not require this level of tail weaving in!
It really was worth it though....I'm delighted with the finished cushion 😍😍😍

Join me next week and I'll reveal all!
Til then x


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3.5.17

New Yarn = New Project

Hello everyone! I've got some new yarn....actually some *fairly* newly released yarn to play with!
More colour changing yarn 💕
Wanderlust was released a few weeks ago. Another winner from Scheepjes.
I seriously don't know how they keep releasing all this beautiful yarniness!
It's a single ply yarn that is 100% Acrylic and is sold in 100g balls and that gives you 232 metres of beautiful colour changing loveliness!


Don't you just love that promo pic???!!!!!!


And check out that colour choice! 19 colour combinations!

I decided to wander over to Hawaii for my new project. Although I'll admit it was a tough choice...


What you can't tell from this photo is that there are even more colours hidden inside this ball of loveliness......some blues and greens.....
I'm going to make a rectangular cushion. A perching cushion for my yoga and meditation practice. I'm fairly new to the practice and am finding that I need to perch my butt on something for comfort during long spells of sitting cross legged. I'm blaming old age 😂
I think I've managed to find a crochet stitch that really makes this yarn sing.....it's still a work in progress....I'll keep you updated!
Til next time x
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29.4.17

Happiness In A Shawl Reveal

Ah! Happy happy happy!!!!
My gorgeous Happiness shawl is completed.
I LOVE IT!!! 💚💚💚
My favourite colour, my favourite yarn and a pattern by one of my favourite designers.
*contented sighs all round*
Let's do a quick recap before I show you the finished shawl....
The yarn is Cotton 8 by Scheepjes


I chose this stunning colour (723) 💚


And THIS beautiful shawl design by Bernadette Ambergen.
I wanted a shawl that was a decent size and it was to be used as a lightweight cover up on the chilly summer evenings.
Here it is.....


As you can see from the photo it's a great size!


And the lacy border gives it a bit of interest.


Cotton 8 is wonderful to work with. It's non splitty and just seems to work up like a dream. 


Blocking really brings the lacy design to life. The best thing about Cotton 8 is that the more you handle and wear it, the softer it gets! I've already got a smaller shawl made with it and it wears really well. I'm looking forward to wearing my Happiness shawl with pride!!!

Til next time x
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26.4.17

Whirl Reveal

Hey!!!! I've got a reveal to share.....
Remember THIS POST where I talked about the new yarn from Scheepjes?
Well, as predicted, Whirl has got the yarn world in a spin!
Most stores can't keep it on their shelves!!!


Not surprising really when you see the colour combinations!


I was lucky enough to receive a sample to play with before the grand release date. 
Oh my....it did not disappoint!
It was a dream to work with 💜💜💜

If you remember, I decided to use THIS free pattern to whip up a wrap!



I think this is where I left it last time....


Finished but in need of a good blocking!


Check out the difference! Blocking really opened up the stitches and also gave it a heavenly drape. This is seriously gorgeous yarn!


The colours are a delight as are the colour changes! So sooooo gradual. 
Oh and not splitty at all!!!
I know there are other gradient yarns out there but my experience is of them being so splitty and not pleasant to use. Not Whirl....


I think I can definitely say that this yarn is now added to my favourites list!
Now I just need to try ALL of the flavours 😉

PS Rumour has it that THREE new flavours are about to be added!!!!

Til next time x

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23.4.17

Tassel Scarf Free Pattern!

Here we go....no step by step for this one but I've added links to some great websites that should help you!
The amount of tassels you add is purely up to you!
Go wild or reign in your tassels 😂😂😂

For my project, I wanted a scarf that would be very warm and snuggly. Because of this I chose to work up the scarf using 2 strands of the yarn. This gave a denser and consequently VERY warm scarf. To achieve a scarf that is lighter you can work using only one strand but bear in mind that working only one strand will gave your scarf a more open weave. 


Ingredients

Hip Hop x 200g (8 balls)
Boogie x 25g
Disco x 25g
Charleston x 25g
Cha Cha x 25g
Merengue x 25g

4mm hook
Scissors
Darning Needle (to weave in ends)
Piece of sturdy cardboard/ruler to make tassels (mine was 1.5 inches high which made the same size tassels)

How To

Finished Measurements: Approx. 14 inches (35cm) wide x 75 inches (190cm) long after blocking and not including the tassels!

I have used THIS simple but VERY effective pattern for the scarf designed by the super talented Dedri Uys from Look At What I Made blog. 
I'm not going to write out the pattern in full as Dedri has wonderful step by step instructions on her blog!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE WRITTEN IN AMERICAN CROCHET TERMS!!!!!!

So, for your starting chain you will be using 2 strands of Alpaca Rhythm Hip Hop and chaining 60. 
Work 14 rows as per instructions and fasten off. Join in Cha Cha and work one row in that colour, fasten off. Join in Hip Hop and work another 14 rows. Fasten off and join in Merengue. Work one row and fasten off. 




So basically you are working 14 rows in the main colour and then one row in a contrasting colour.
The colour order is completely up yourself but I have used the following colour order:

Cha Cha, Merengue, Charleston, Boogie and then Disco



Continue with this for 150 rows. Work another 14 rows in Hip Hop and fasten off. Weave in your ends and block to the final size. Blocking opens up the pattern and really makes the stitch pattern sing. 

You are now ready to make some tassels!!!!


There are some easy to follow instructions on making tassels all over the internet!
THIS site condenses the process and makes it simple to understand. 
With your 1.5 inch board/ruler and still using 2 strands of yarn, wrap the yarn around 25 times. Cut the yarn. Using a darning needle threaded with 2 strands of yarn, thread the yarn underneath the wrapped yarn and secure at one side with a knot. Cut the ends. Secure by wrapping 2 strands of yarn about 1cm from top and tying off. Hide the ties inside the tassel. 

I went a bit mad with tassels for my scarf and made 36 in total!!! 
I tied them to my scarf using the long strands of yarn as shown in the photo above. One at each end of the stripes of colour and a further 8 tassels to each end of the scarf which were evenly spaced. The ends were woven into each tassel to make a neat finish. 


And there you have it! A finished tassel scarf!!!!


The length and width can easily be adjusted to suit your needs. 
I hope you like it 😊

Til next time x

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28.3.17

Happiness is.......

Using my favourite yarn by Scheepjes to make something from one of my favourite crochet designers.
I know!!! Doesn't get much better than that does it?
Ok.... throw some decent gin into the mix and I think we have recipe made in heaven 😜
Cotton 8 was the very first Scheepjes yarn I discovered. It was being sold on a market stall in Groningen (which is a stunning Dutch city by the way!). I was blown away by the colour choice and also the price. I loved the feel of it. It didn't look splitty. It had an expensive feel about it but with an affordable price tag. Perfect for the newbie hooker I was back then. I made my first BIG project with it. Oh the anxiety of it all....what if I messed it up? What if it didn't look good? 
Well to be honest, it didn't really matter. Because Cotton 8 is so affordable, if I made mess it was no big deal. But you know what? I didn't! And....that blanket still lives on my bed today. Cotton 8 just gets better and better with use. It goes sooooo very very soft and snuggly. One day I'll get around to making that blanket bigger....one day....
However I digress! 
Where was I? Oh yes! New project!!!
I need a new shawl. Meh......well maybe I don't need a new one....but I sure as hell want one. 
It's the same thing really 😉
I rather thought this one would fit the bill.....


Stunning isn't it? It's called Victoria and you can find the pattern HERE.


I think it will be a beautiful shawl to wrap around my shoulders on chilly summer evenings.

I'm planning on making it a decent size. Nothing worse than a shawl that doesn't wrap all around!
The shawl is designed by the very talented Bernadette Ambergen.....or Berniolie as she is known on Ravelry. Check out her work! I can't even begin to imagine how she dreams up these designs!!!
I've made a few of her designs before....

Stunning aren't they?
Anyways back to the shawl! 

I chose this stunning colour to work with. Its colour 723. 
I've made a start and am working through it quickly.


It's a lovely relaxing project to make so far. Perfect to hook whilst watching TV.
I'm hoping to have it finished in a couple of weeks. 
I'll keep you posted on the progress! 

In the meantime, do pop over to Bernadette's shop. 
I'm sure there's a pattern in there with your name on it screaming to be made 😉

Til next time x
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25.3.17

Dot - free blanket pattern and tutorial

Hello! Today I'm going to talk through the making of Dot step by step. It's a nice and easy pattern for beginners and experienced hookers alike. 
If you don't need step by step help, please feel free to skip to end where there's a written motif pattern for you 😊



It's made from Scheepjes Colour Crafter which is 100% premium acrylic and is available in 100g balls. A blanket designed to be easy care. My blanket is a cot sized blanket (34"x48") but you can easily make more squares to increase the size.
Ok let's get started!

Ingredients

Scheepjes Colour Crafter in the following colours:
Sint Niklaas x 2 balls
Malmedy x 1 ball
Den Helder x 1 ball
Bastogne x 1 ball
Terneuzen x 1 ball
Wilnis x 1 ball
Knokke x 1 ball
Charleroi x 1 ball
4mm crochet hook
Scissors
Darning needle to weave in ends
Blocking board and pins

How To

(We are working in UK English crochet terms)
Please bear in mind that I am left handed when looking at the photos 😉

Begin with your chosen coloured yarn. 


Make a magic circle (I always wrap my yarn around my fingers twice to make a secure circle)
Round 1. Working into the circle, chain 3 to make your first stitch and then work another treble crochet and chain 1. Next work 2 treble crochet stitches and chain 1, repeat this 6 more times so that you end up with 8 sets of 2 treble crochets separated by a chain stitch. 


Join with a slip stitch into the third chain of your first stitch. Now pull the tail of your magic circle tight. 


Round 2. Slip stitch into the next chain space to get you into the starting position for this round. Now we are going to make some treble clusters into the chain spaces made in the previous round. The first cluster is made slightly differently as we need to make the first stitch. Chain 2 to make the first stitch, yarn over hook and insert into the chain space, pull through 2 loops, repeat this twice more (you should have 4 loops on your hook) yarn over hook and pull through all 4 loops and chain 3. Yarn over hook and insert your hook into the next chain space, pull through 2 loops. Repeat this 3 times. You will have 5 loops on your hook (see photo above). Yarn over hook and pull through all 5 loops, chain 3. Repeat this 6 more times.


Join with a slip stitch to the first cluster.


Round 3. In this round we are going to make some puff stitches. A little fiddly but effective!
Slip stitch into the next 3 chain space. Yarn over hook, insert into the chain space and pull through, repeat 4 times so you will have 11 loops on your hook (as in photo above),  yarn over hook and pull through all 11 loops....this is the tricky bit!


It should like the photo above!


Now secure this by chaining 2. Work a double crochet into the top of the next cluster and chain 2. Make another puff stitch into the next chain space, chain 2 and double crochet into the top of the next cluster, chain 2. Repeat this for the rest of the round.


Join with a slip stitch.
Fasten off yarn. 
Don't worry if your circle curls up a bit at the edges, that will settle when we work the next round. 


Round 4. With the grey yarn, join in any 2 chain space. Chain 2 (counts as first half treble crochet) and work 2 more half treble crochets into the same chain space. Into the next 2 chain space work 3 half treble crochets. It should look something like the photo above. 


To  make the corner, into the next chain space work 1 half treble, 1 treble and 1 double treble, chain 1 and move onto the next chain space. Into that space work 1 double treble, 1 treble and 1 half treble. Your corner should look like the photo above!


So continue to work 3 half trebles into the next 2 sets of chain spaces and then make a corner as before. 


It should look like this! Fasten off and weave in the ends. 

So that's how you make the squares. 
For a cot sized blanket measuring approximately 34"x48" I made a total of 117 squares which when blocked measured 4" each. 
I made 17 squares in each of 5 colours and then 16 in the last 2 colours. 


Next step is to block your squares. I pinned mine to my blocking board and then gave them a good soaking with the spray gun!

Joining


Lay your squares in the order that want them to be joined. 
(Mine are unblocked for this tutorial!)


Next place right sides together and work a double crochet in the corner chain space. Chain 3 and work a double crochet in the space between the next set of 3 stitches. Repeat this to corner space. Instead of fastening of pick up your next pair of squares and repeat the process.


You should end up with a row of sets of squares joined like this although yours will be longer!
Continue joining your squares like this. So on the next row you will be adding 1 square at a time to the 2 already joined if that makes sense?


You'll end up with rows of horizontal joins. Joining by using this method cuts down on joining and fastening off and ultimately doesn't have so many ends to weave in which is always a bonus!!!


Once you have made all of your horizontal joins you can start on the vertical joins using the same method.


It should end up something like this on the reverse..... 


And this on the right side! I don't weave my ends in at this point as I find it much neater to weave them into the border stitches but it's entirely up to you. 

Border


I have opted for a very simple border of linen stitch. Using the grey yarn, start by joining into a corner chain space, work a double crochet, chain 3, double crochet into the corner space, chain 1 miss 1 stitch and double into the top of the next stitch. Continue along each edge in this pattern and work a double, chain 3 double into each corner space. Join with a slip stitch. You may have to fudge a little for the first round 😉
On the next round you are going to make your double crochets into the chain spaces and a double, chain 3 double crochet into the corner spaces. Work another round in the grey and finish by working the final round in one of the colours. Fasten off and weave in your ends. 

TADA!!! Your blanket is finished!


Motif Pattern

UK English terms.

Using one of the coloured yarns, make a magic circle.
Round 1. Ch3 (counts as first tr) tr into circle, ch1, *2tr, ch1. Rep from * 6 times. Join with slst in 3rd ch of 1st st. 
Round 2. Slst into ch-sp. Ch3, 3trcl, ch3, *4trcl, ch3, rep from * 7 times. Join with slst.
Round 3. Slst into next ch-sp. *Puff st in ch-sp , ch2, dc in top of cluster, ch2. Rep from * 7 times. Join with a slst. Fasten off yarn. 
Round 4.  Using grey yarn join into any ch-sp. Ch2 (counts as htr for this group of htr only) 2htr into ch-sp, 3htr into next ch-sp, (htr, tr, dtr) in next ch-sp, (dtr, tr, htr) in next ch-sp (corner made) Rep around motif. Join with slst. Fasten off yarn. 
Weave in ends and block to 4" square. 

Joining and border made as above. 

Hope you find my instructions useful. 
Enjoy!

Til next time x

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