Category Archives: Crochet

In a Vase on Monday: Pink, White and Grey

in a vase on Monday, crochet doily

The colour combination that is floating my creative boat at the moment is pink, white and grey.

In the vases (two jam jars and an old Victorian ink pot) are Stacchys, a white perennial wallflower with a delicious scent, red campions and a pink geranium.

The crocheted doily is from a pattern by Zoya Matyushenko – oh I do love her patterns – but oh boy! you do have to concentrate very hard when making them. This one is Birgitta and has yet to be blocked. I am thinking of putting it on a wire hoop to hang on the wall.

I used a 3mm hook and Junaluna gradient yarn, which is a 3ply cotton and not the easiest to work with, but it looks fabulous and it so wonderfully soft, it would be gorgeous for a shawl.

I am joining Cathy as she gathers lilacs from her gardentoday, with lots of other locked down gardeners from all over the world – and what a wonderfully colourful lot we all are, to be sure.

Ear Savers

Ear savers for NHS workers, for use with surgical masksCrocheted Ear Savers

A band to be worn with Surgical Masks to stop ears getting sore.

5” x 2″ or 12cm x 5.5cm

EDIT: I have seen photos of them in use, and the nurse who I made them for says they are just the right length for her. 

US terms

Abbreviations

Ch        chain               dc        double crochet

St         stitch

Materialsear saving bands to be worn with surgical masks

Yarn:

These can be made in any yarn that can be washed at 60 degrees in a washing machine.

Stylecraft Special DK says 40 degrees on the label, but I made a blanket for my Mum out of SSDK, she is in a Care Home. The blanket has been washed many times at 60 degrees, and although the yarn has become thinner and less fluffy,  it is holding up well 4 years later.

I used oddments of Stylecraft Special DK: Matador, Turquoise, Fiesta and Sunshine.

Approximately 4gms for each band.oddments

Hook : 4.5mm

2 buttons, 1″ diameter

Pattern

Ch14 for the foundation chain.

Round 1

Dc in the third ch from the hookphoto tutorial

work 10 more dcs into the sts of the foundation chain.

Work 7 dcs into the last st to form the rounded endphoto tutorial, crochet, ear savers

10 dcs into the loops at the base of the foundation chain.

bands to be worn with surgical masks

Work 2 dcs into the last loop

Picking up two loops at the end, work 3 dcs into these loops.

tutorial

Join with a slip st. into the stitch indicated by the needle

slip st to join

Round 2

Ch2, work dc into the same st.

ear bands tutorial

10 dcs

2 dcs into each of the next 7sts

10 dcs

photo tutorial, ear band

2dcs into the next 6 sts. Join with a slip st.

Alternatively add another colour

tutorial for ear savers

Round 3

Ch 1, crab st around. After the last st, cut the thread, pull through and sew in to join.

crab stitch edge

crab stitch edge, photo tutorial

Sew in the ends and sew buttons on.

ear savers for use with surgical mask, crochet pattern

A great little project for using up some of my stash.

I have made these for the daughter of a friend of mine who is a nurse in our local hospital.  When I asked her what colour she would like she said ‘oh anything bright’.

I hope these hit the spot!

 

Making Rainbows

 

crochet rainbowWhen the world gives you Storms, make rainbows.

Attic24’s Neat Ripple Blanket and size 4.5mm hook.

Mostly using Stylecraft Special Double Knit  (SSDK) but having to add other colours from different ranges to get the effect my 10 year old grandson, Big Bro, wants.

I am making a blanket for each of my grandchildren – this is the 8th and last one.

I show 6 of them here.

The 7th was one made for Big Sis, she also wanted Rainbow colours.

The pattern is Amanzi by Jen Tyler, but I did my own variation on the edge.

Amanzi blanket, crochet, Jen Tyler design

 

Colour order for the Neat Ripple Rainbow (not the Amanzi):

Turquoise SSDK

Azure –  Hayfield Bonus DK, Extra Value (0824)

Petrol – James C Brett or  Geraardsbergen (2011) Scheepjes Colour Crafter  (blue)

Empire SSDK

Teal SSDK

Green SSDK

Grass Green SSDK

Sunshine SSDK

Bright Orange –  James C Brett

Matador SSDK

Raspberry SSDK

Fuchsia Purple SSDK

Orchid – King Cole Pricewise DK

Purple – King Cole Pricewise DK

Royal SSDK

Wigs and Blankets

Attic24 Dahlia crochet along

As Storm Dennis rages outside and local social media is full of trees falling on cars, high banks sliding across country lanes and coast paths collapsing, I am staying safe and cosy, warming myself up with a wonderful array of oranges, pinks and purples.

The blanket above is my version of Attic24’s current Dahlia inspired Crochet Along. I have been loosely following Lucy’s Colourwash version. I just can’t resist playing around with the colours, using the way Lucy puts colours together as a jumping off point.

This is the 6th or 7th Attic24 Crochet Along I have been part of and I can highly recommend them. They are always rich in warmth and a sense of community, especially if you follow Lucy’s blog and the Hooked on Attic24 Facebook Group.

The first CAL I joined in with was the Cosy Stripe ; then the Neat Ripple, link to Lucy’s pattern here ; the Neat Wave, Lucy used Moorland Colours, I made mine in Dorset Summer Hedgerow Colours; the Woodland Blanket was one of my favourites; and last year was the Sweet Pea inspired Trellis Stitch blanket.

pink wig, chemo hat, funky, crochet

As the rain beats against the windows and the wind plays music with my photovoltaic roof panels, I have been finishing off a few wig W.I.P.s

funky chemo wig, pink and orange, crochet

This wig is to add to my collection of variations on my Curly Wig. The basic pattern can be found on Etsy and Ravelry.

This new version could be just the thing to keep the ears warm on a day like today.

Stay Safe and Cosy.

Is it a Hat, is it a Wig?

chemo wig, crochet, hat, wig

My latest variation of one of my basic hat/wig patterns.

Here is the originalcrochet wig

I have added rows of DK yarn in between the main rows of the chunky yarn.crochet chemo wig

I’m thinking I might make another with multicolured yarns of all different weights – it could be a great stash-buster.

The hat/wigs have been worn for fancy dress:  a multi-coloured one, modelled here by my lovely daughter-in-law

fancy dress, crochet wig

They have been bought for wearing in college plays, as fun chemo wigs, by my nephew and his mates on a zany night out and of course Halloween

Cruella Deville anyone

fancy dress wig

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along

The book I am re-reading and the moment is  Tao of Pooh

An oldie but goodie.

Pastel Mandala Madness: Parts 6 to 9.

This photo shows the Throw right up to Part 18, but the colour order below is Parts 6 – 9crochet blanket, Mandala Madness, Scheepjes Stonewashed

I have been steadily making progress with my Pastel Mandala Madness (started in Spring 2017), made with Scheepjes Stonewashed Cotton and Acrylic mix yarn.

It is Sport/Baby weight, whatever that means. I think it is somewhere between 4ply and DK. I am using a 3.5mm hook.

The colours, and the row-by-row order up until Round 42, are listed on my first post about this blanket/throw here.

And now for the colour order up until the end of Part 9:

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Part 6

Round 43, 44, 45    Axinite

Round 46    Moonstone

Part 7

Round 47, 48   Moonstone

Round 49   Pink Quartzite

Round 50, 51, 52   Moonstone

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Part 8

Round 53   Pink Quartzite

Round 54, 55   Rose Quartz

Round 56, 57  Pink Quartzite

Part 9

Round 58, 59   Moonstone

Round 60    Crystal Quartz

Round 61    Amazonite

Round 62    Larimar

Round 63.  Pink Quartzite

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I do love this yarn, but it is not cheap. Well worth it though as the colours and the feel of it are delicious.

 

Coastal Crochet Workshop

UPDATE: Because of the Covid-19 we have had to cancel. We hope to reschedule as soon as we can.

Exciting news!

Eleonora of Coastal Crochet is coming to Dorset to run a Coastal Coasters workshop.

She has designed this bright and summery poster for the event.crochet workshop

The workshop is on the Sunday after Easter Sunday. Why not come along and make a weekend of it. There are plenty of lovely places to stay around here.

We will crochet with Eleonora all morning and then we can spend the afternoon finishing off our projects. There is always something very special about crafting together.

I have followed Coastal Crochet for a few years now and have really enjoyed watching Eleonora’s journey to becoming a published crochet designer. She always shares such wonderful photos of her travels as well – I’m really looking forward to meeting her!