Category Archives: Crochet

Happy Halloween

Posted on 31 October, 2013

IMG_9783My wee 3mm crochet hook has been hard at work the last few weeks making all these little amigurumi decorations for Halloween.

It all started with this little ghost.  He’s a free pattern and can be found on the Lion Brand website.

IMG_9633He needed some friends to keep him company.  So, next appeared a wee pumpkin.  (This pattern is available to buy from Karla Fitch’s Ravelry Store).

IMG_9668And shortly after that, a witch’s hat. (This one is another free download from Lion Brand).

IMG_9694As you can tell from my photos, my wee ghost was delighted to meet new friends.

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After seeing how happy my wee ghost was, I crocheted another friend for him,  this time a bat.  (The pattern for this one can be found on Shala’s Beads Blog).

IMG_9768And then a Mummy followed the bat.  (Mummy pattern can be found on Lemming13’s Blog).

IMG_9774This morning, I also had a go at making a fabric pumpkin from a tutorial that I found on the Quill Cottage Blog.  There are a few other tutorials in that link to make fabric acorns and autumn leaves too.  I now have my own little pumpkin patch!

IMG_9672The real pumpkin to the back left of the photo is a Munchkin Pumpkin.  All of them are quite small.  Here is the fabric one on the back of my hand to give you an idea of size:

IMG_9682All my handcrafted Halloween decorations are now sitting on top of my fireplace in my sitting room.

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Unfortunately, they won’t see any trick or treaters tonight as people living in Kilmarnock and the Irvine Valley celebrate Halloween on the last Friday of the month, which was 6 days ago. This is all very strange to me as this tradition wasn’t followed where I come from.

IMG_9606I made the Halloween bunting last year from felt that I made from felting knitted rectangles.  These little felted hanging decorations were made last year too.

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My final Halloween crochet project for this year was my pumpkin coasters.  (Another free download available through Ravelry designed by Ira Rott).

IMG_9257I only had enough Rowan Handknit Cotton to crochet five coasters, so I crocheted a 6th one using Ecru coloured yarn.  I like the white pumpkin best:

IMG_9316Whatever you are all up to tonight, I hope that you have a spooktacular Halloween and stay safe if you are out guising xx

 

 

Hexagon Blankets

Posted on 22 October, 2013

Last week, I finished two hexagon-shaped blankets that I’ve been working on.  I’m delighted with how both of them have turned out.  Hexagons are my favourite shape, which probably is part of the reason why I love these blankets so much.  The first one was my African Flower Blanket.  This is a crochet hexagon pattern which I found on the Heidi Bears Blog.

IMG_9533I started crocheting this blanket in the middle of August after seeing some very pretty crochet squares on Instagram.  Here’s my little bundle of flower hexagons growing:

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This was supposed to be an ongoing project for over winter, but those little hexagons are very addictive and my blanket is finished already!  I used Rowan Handknit Cotton yarn to crochet my hexagons . . . this was mostly leftovers from a Debbie Abraham’s Blanket that I knitted for my son a few years ago.  The Debbie Abraham’s Blanket was called Four Seasons, and after finishing this blanket I had just over 750g of yarn remaining (not counting full balls, just the ones that I had knitted from).  Here’s a wee pic of me with my Four Season’s Blanket and all those Rowan Handknit Cotton leftovers.

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I did have to buy the cream coloured yarn to trim each flower in my hexagon shape, but it was still a great way to use up most of those leftovers.

I had no idea just how big my finished African Flower Blanket would be when I started crocheting.  I had thought that I would end up with a lap blanket or maybe even a small throw for over the back of my couch, but after crocheting 169 flower hexagons, I have a fairly decent sized blanket . . . big enough for two people to snuggle under.  The finished blanket is 63 inches across, and is perfect for throwing over the back of the 2 seater couch in my sitting room.  It really helps to brighten up this room too.

IMG_9511While I was crocheting these hexagons, one of my biggest worries was how to arrange them once they were finished.  Hubby came to my rescue and he wrote me a little computer program to help in arranging all 169 hexagons.  Isn’t he a wee star?!  You can see that program working in this video from my instagram feed.

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The edging for the blanket is a shell edging.  The first edging was a bit bulky and frilled slightly, so I had to rip it out and redo it.  I’m happier with how it looks now.  I left 2 stitches between my shell and my double crochet.  I also worked 6 trebles into each shell (just in case anyone out there is wondering how I did it).

I just love this finished crochet blanket!  I’m still surprised at how big it is and I’m already planning my next crochet blanket using some Sirdar Ella leftovers that I have lying around.

The 2nd photo below is the other hexagon blanket that I finished last week.

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This one is a patchwork and quilted hexagon blanket that I made from a jelly roll.  I made this quilt top in January and it has taken me until now to layer it up and quilt it.

IMG_9435 The pattern is Hexagon Garden from the More Layer Cake, Jelly Rolls & Charm Quilts book by Pam & Nicky Lintott and the fabric is A Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey.

IMG_9452I adore this fabric and this jelly roll was one of the first fabrics that I bought last year when I started learning to sew.  I’ve already made another quilt using this fabric at a quilting class I went to earlier this year run by Sheila, aka Bluepatch Quilter.  You can see the quilt in this photo:

IMG_9475You won’t get cold sitting about my house . . . you have a choice of blankies to snuggle under.

Did you spot my wee Halloween decorations in one of my previous pics?  They’re sitting on top of the fireplace.

IMG_9549IMG_9540These are little amigurumi decorations that I’ve been crocheting, but I’ll tell you more about those in my next post xx