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Cosmic Bedspread Complete

Tah Dah!!!       Drum roll please!

At last it is finished

crochet bedspread

This has been a really fun project to make. The journey began back in April when Helen Shrimpton’s Crochet Along started and I finished the CAL back in June, but I wanted to do a few more rows to make it bigger and work out how to make a scalloped edge.

crochet picot edging

The bedspread, shown here on a 5′ wide double bed, had to wait patiently in the background whilst I made a couple of dreamcatchers for birthday presents, and then it was hard to pick it up again.

But I did it!!

I can highly recommend Helen’s patterns and this one is FREE and comes with a video tutorial.

To see other amazing Cosmics, join Helen’s Hookaholics on FB and go to the Photo Albums. If you ever need inspiration for colour combinations there is surely no better place to go.

I made this Bedspread with Scheepjes Whirl and Whirlettes and a 3mm hook:

2 x Rosewater Cocktail Whirl

1 x Jumping Jelly Whirl

1 x Citrus Whirlette

1x Blueberry Whirlette

I really enjoyed mixing up the Whirls and playing with the gradients in the colours to get the effect I wanted.

It measures 1m 41cm – 1m 35cm.           or             4’6.5″ x 4’5″

Blog posts showing progress:

Making a start. Parts 1 and 2

Parts 3 and 4

Parts 5 and 6

Parts 7 and 8

Part 9 and beyond

I am so happy with my zingy bedspread!

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A Dreamcatcher for Miss E

A certain special person has an 11th birthday this week and I made her this dreamcatcher

Agnes, crochet mandala

Using one and a half balls of  Scheepjes Sweet Treat, Chrystaline and a 2mm hook.

I’m waiting to see if Miss E wants it hanging up on the wall or twirling free like a mobile before I add any dingle-dangles, and something to hang it up with.

It is a free pattern by Zoya Matyushenko from Estonia, if you join her Facebook Group.

crochet cotton

It is not as complicated as it looks, and Zoya’s instructions are very clear and easy to follow, but I did find Round 25 a bit of a struggle which was also the round when the first ball of yarn ran out. Thank goodness for Facebook Groups where everyone is so helpful with handy hints and advice on how to get through the tricky bits.

on screen

 

There is only one photo for this pattern (her paid for patterns have a photo for each round), but I had the photo enlarged next to the pattern on screen and that worked well. ( I have obscurred some of the instructions)

 

Zoya’s patterns are a delight, each round creates beauty

Agnes by Zoya Matyushenkp

Stopping here would make a sweet little coaster or mat.

(or in yellow a little Sun to applique onto a fabric collage)

I must discover how to join foundation rings in a neater way – any tips?

It was blocked to pull out all the picot points – I love my new blocking pins –

crochet cotton mandala

before attaching it to the 45cm wire ring with stitch markerscrochet mandala, dreamcatcher

I try to use small independent suppliers when I can and found Glitterwitch, based in Kent, UK. A very efficient service and nice friendly communication with Jan the owner.

After attaching the mandala to the ring with the stitch markers I sewed each point on individually with the same thread, going over the ring 5 times, and sewing through the picot, working from the back.

crochet mandala, doily, dreamcatcher

Here it sits on a nail in my hall.crochet doily

Of course it is also Teddy’s birthday teddy with knitted dressand since she is part of the family, she got a couple of new dresses, with a bag to keep them in.

tote bag

The little Tote Bag comes from my Society 6 Shop

It is one of my paintings photographed and printed on fabric.

Can you guess what Miss E’s favourite colour is. 😉

I’m in the process of writing a pattern for the dress, but in the current heatwave, my brain is not co-operating very well.

There seems to be a heatwave in most of the Northern Hemisphere this Summer – how are you all doing? I’m loving the early mornings and glorious evenings.

Happy Friday!

Cosmic Cal Parts 7 – 8

With Part 6 of the Cosmic Cal completed,

timourous beasties

doesn’t it look perfect with this chair covered in a luxurious fabric by ‘Timorous Beasties‘…..

…….. on to Part 7 in which we meet the dastardly Cosmic Stars!!!

Helen’s You Tube tutorial for Part 7 is  here.

Continuing with the Jumping Jelly Whirl until completing Round 78, I worked Round 79, the first part of the Cosmic Stars, in Citrus Whirlette.

I don’t know if it is because I am left-handed and following a right-handed video, or because I was using a 4 ply cotton yarn which has no give, but I just could not get the placement of the spokes right – stitch markers to the rescue!

cosmic stars

There was much chat on the FB groups about these stars and I was near to giving up on them when one wonderful person suggested working into front posts instead of front loops and this worked much better for me. Phew!DSC_0580

By the time I had worked along one side I was down to only needing the bottom middle marker to show me the way

cosmic stars

Finding the ‘eye’ of the star in the completing row was tricky, so I employed a knitting needle to make the hole big enough to get my hook throughCosmic Cal, free pattern

Cosmic Cal, free pattern, crochet

I was so relieved to get to the end of those Stars, knowing I would never have to make them again!

However, lots of people said they loved them and are making several more Cosmics including the Stars.

Mercifully Part 8 was delightfully relaxing as I continued into the orange section of the Jumping Jelly.

Part 9 to come.

Cosmic 4

 

Sheepjes whirlI am thoroughly enjoying following Helen Shrimpton’s Cosmic Crochet Along (Cal). She really is an outstanding designer with plenty of challenges to keep you on your crocheting-toes.

Following  Part Two came the excitement of Part 3 in which we would be learning a new stitch – Star Stitch!star stitch

Cute!

But first there were a few more rows to square up the hexagon……

The rows of doubles and trebles (US) in this 4ply cotton yarn were getting to look a bit like a string vest in the corners so I decided to add a bit of texture in the form of popcorns and bead stitches.

To keep in with the Cosmic theme, I’m calling them Sputniks

cosmic corners

The yellow for the two rows of Star Stitch came from the beginning of my second ball (yarn cake) of Rosewater Cocktail.

I continued with the first cake, which was now moving into the pink mixed with turquoise.

The photo below shows Parts 3 and 4 completedcosmic cal

I was thrilled that the first Whirl just made it to the end of Part 4.

The tail of yarn you can see was all that was left!

Joining in with

Linky (1)

 

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!

oak leaves

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.

oak leaves, felted

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

crochet oak leaves

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

crochet autumn leaves

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!

squirrel finger uppet

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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?!

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

free pattern, tutorial

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,

miss 1ch,crochet squirrel motif

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. 🙂