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Crochet Oak Leaves and a Finger Puppet

crochet oak leaves on woodland blanket

Yarn Along! Yarn along! Tra-la-la-la-la! I love Yarn along!

I love to see all the other things that are being made, book recommendations, and mainly because I just love Ginny’s Blog and seeing what she is getting up to. Her photographs are always superb.

So this month I am making the finishing touches for the Squirrel Nutkin Woodland Blanket.

There will be leaves and squirrels appliqued onto the blanket

The little oak leaves are from Lucy’s Pattern here.

The larger ones are on Charlotta’s blog In the Yarn Garden

Charlotta makes them with 4ply cotton. I made them with the Stylecraft Special DK and they turned out to be monsters!

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The one on the left is made with a 4.5mm hook, the middle one with a 4mm hook and the monster on the right is made with a 3 mm hook.

I have felted the two biggest ones. Click  felted to see how I do that.

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Here they are compared with Lucy’s oak leaf made with a 4.5mm hook

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I’m planning a cascade of leaves in the bottom left-hand corner of the blanket

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Not sure how many yet.

Squirrels will scamper all over the blanket free pattern, crochet squirrel motifand a few leaves and an owl, Old Brown, will be in the top right hand corner.

If you would like to make a Squirrel motif you can find my free pattern with photo tutorial here.

And look!

If you sew two together – you can make a finger puppet! Ta Dah!

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Ginny adds a book she is reading to her Yarn Along post.

I don’t read much, as it takes up too much crafting time, but I do love to listen to podcasts or music whilst I’m crafting and this is making me so happy right now

 

I’ve been wondering about making these characters in crochet, what do you think?!

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Squirrel Nutkin and Old Brown

Attic24 woodland cal 2018, squirrel motif

Squirrel motif, free crochet pattern

Click on the link for the free Squirrel Motif Pattern – I still have more photos to add, but I’m glad to have heard from a couple of people who have been able to make a squirrel.

The throw measures 1m60cm, 5’3″ long, and I have decided to stop here (just short of the end of Part5) as this will be just the right size to go on Little Bro’s bed and for him to carry it downstairs to the sofa for snuggling under with his Big Bro. Any bigger and I think it might be too cumbersome for him.

Attic24 woodland Cal, random colour order

We Attic24 Woodlanders eagerly await the intructions for the edging, which will be posted on Friday. I have been loosely following Lucy’s Random Colour Order and have substituted Mocha with Walnut (brown)

Woodland Cal, Attic24, free pattern

Toooo-whit-tooooo-whoooooo-hooo-hooo!

Crochet Squirrel Motif

As the Woodland Blanket is being made for Little Bro aged 5, I wondered if he would like a few leaves and squirrels.

crochet squirrel motif

He would!

and so it seems would some of you!

I was pleasantly taken aback by the squirrel-love that poured in when I posted a picture on Facebook and Instagram, with lots of people asking for the pattern.

Oh my goodness – creating a squirrel is relatively quick and easy compared with creating a pattern for others to follow.

These mischievous little creatures have led me a merry dance, but at last I have arrived at a pattern.

This patten has not been tested so please feel free to contact me with any questions.

squirrel motif, free pattern

Pattern for the Squirrel Motif

Stylecraft Double DK

4.5mm hook

US crochet terms. I am left-handed so the photos will show work from a LH perspective, but the pattern should work just fine for right-handers. Working with the right hand the squirrels will face the other way.

Starting with the back leg

Make a magic loop, Ch1, 8sc into the loop, pull loop together, sl into the 1st ch. to join.                                                  8 sts

2nd Round

Ch1, 2sc into each st, sl into the first ch. to join.                                          16 sts

3rd Round

Ch1, 2sc, 2sc into next st,

(back foot) ch4,crochet tutorial

sc into 3rd and 4th st from the hook, sc into same st as the 2scs

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sc into the next 4sts.photo tutorial, free pattern

2sc into each of the next 3sts, sc, 2sc into next st, 2hd into next st, 2dcs into next st, 2 tr into next st.

(neck) Ch4 crochet tutorial, squirrel motif

work 4dc into the 4th ch from the hook photo tutorial, squirrel motif

sl into same st of Round 2, 2sl, sl to join.crochet squirrel motif tutorial

 

4th Round

Sl into next 3sts. sl into next 2 loops (back foot) photo tutorial, squirrel motif

2sl into next st, which takes you round the end of the ‘foot’,

Sl into next 9sts, 4sc,crochet squirrel motif

(tail) 4sc into back loops (if you can find another loop lower down, at the back of the work, to work into as well this stabilises the back loop stitches), 2hd into back loops, ch7,squirrel motif

3hd in 3rd ch from hook,

2dc, 2tr, dtr (yarn 3 times round the hook)  in next ch,

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2dtr, tr in next ch

2tr, dc, in next ch, sl into next st of Round 3squirrel motif tutorial, free pattern

2sl, Work 5 sc in the gaps between the next sts. (also covering the thread at the base)crochet tutorial

free pattern, squirrel motif

At last it begins to look like a Squirrel

(head) ch3, sl in 3rd ch from hook,

sl into one of the ch3 (into, not over), sl into first dc of the neck,

Working into the gap between: 4sc, hd, sc.squirrel motif, free pattern

2sl, hd.crochet squirrel motif, free pattern

(front foot)

2sl, ch2, sl in 2nd from the hook, sl into the body at base of front foot . Cut yarn and pull through to the front, then take the end to the back (leave a long tail of thread if you will be sewing this on as applique), or sew in the ends.

Pin to shape and block.

How did you get on? I’d love to know. 🙂

 

Yarn Along in Solva

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This morning starts on the best window seat in Solva, with ‘The President’s Hat’ and the start of a new crochet project. Couldn’t be happier!

I am making another version of my Woodland Hoodie pattern, planning to adjust and improve slightly. Master R loves it so much and is still wearing it – now in it’s third year.

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along

Yesterday I went in search of the yarn bombed footpath sign I’d seen on Coastal Crochet

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from a certain angle it looks like a bird or a llama don’t you think?

I climbed down the slipway (centre bottom of the pic) and set off across the beach following this man who walked all the way to the sea, swam and walked all the way back again, no towel, not a hot day – brrrrrrrr!

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the tide was right out at 4.30pm

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so I could walk round the headland to St.Elvis Bay

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and do a bit of Beach Cleaning

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and then meandering back

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amongst families, artists

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dog walkers and fishermen all enjoying the late afternoon and early evening…..

….. before a fabulous meal at the Harbour Inn, followed by our must-do-when-in-Solva – Tony’s Tuesday Bingo – “seven and six, was he worth it”, “Theresa’s Den, number ten”, “two little ducks, quack quack…..”

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With a chance to do a few rows between the rounds and the banter.

Perfect day!

Woodland Crafts

wood1On Sunday, A was feeling better but still a little fragile, so I went along with her and her 3 littlies to a delightful Woodland Craft gathering in our village. It was beautifully set up with all sorts of things for the children to make and do, like decorating little logs as FC and wrapping jingle-bell sticks …

wood2… cutting lengths of willow to wire together into a star. Proudly shown here by Master R in his Woodland Hoodie, (A free crochet pattern on my Wild Daffodil Ravelry site) which he is able to wear for a second year.

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He particularly likes the hood.

 

And LOVED being able to use real tools.

Miss E and Master R made reindeers

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And Little Miss M made clay decorations

wood5And they were all able to have a tumble and clamber on the salvaged cargo nets hanging in the trees.

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A picnic lunch followed by music and singing round the fire rounded off a perfect day.

Woodland Hoodie, free pattern.

Ravelry.com is an amazing source of all things knitting and crochet. You can find all manner of patterns on the site for free and to buy. I have a few patterns for sale on Ravelry and Etsy – and gosh it takes so much work to put a pattern together! I am working on several at the moment and they take SO much longer to get right than I ever imagined. Knitting and designing is the easy part – getting the pattern in a form that others can follow is another thing altogether.

I found a great pattern for a crocheted Hoodie on Ravelry. It didn’t work out quite as I wanted it and so I have adapted it and am offering it for free:

Click on this ‘Woodland Hoodie’ link for an instant free pdf of my version of the pattern:

Woodland Hoodie

183 Ravelers have already downloaded it – exciting!

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