Monday, 31 July 2017

Free Crochet Pattern - Amigurumi hat and bow

 
Materials
Any yarn and hook you desire. I used a 4mm metal hook and stylecraft DK acrylic yarn to achieve a hat measuring 5.5 cm or 2.5 inches in height and 4cm or 1.5 inches wide. 
Bare in mind smaller hook and yarn smaller hat, likewise bigger hook and yarn, bigger hat 😉
If you wish to make the hat larger add more increasing rounds at the top BEFORE crocheting in the back loops. This will give the hat a wider circumference. 
Pattern Notes
Written in UK terms
It is recommended that a stitch marker is used to mark the beginning of each new round. Hat is made in the traditional amigurumi method, do not join after each round.
Dc - double crochet
Sl st - slip stitch
(1) - number of stitches you should have at the end of each round
** - repeat the instruction in between the stars around
Blo - crochet in the back loops only
Flo - crochet in the front loops only
Inc - increase
Any problems please do leave me a comment, or contact me on social media.
Okay let's hook and roll!
  1. 6 dc in a magic ring, pull the ring closed (6)
  2. Increase around 2dc in every stitch (12)
  3. *1 dc, inc* around (18)
  4. Blo - 1 dc in each stitch (18)
  5. In both loops - 1 dc in each stitch (18)
 6-15. Repeat round 5 (18)
  1. Flo - 1 dc in each stitch (18)
  2. In both loops - 1 dc around (18)
  3. *2 dc, inc* around (24)
  4. 1 dc in each stitch (24) fasten off.
Et voila your hat is complete.
I stuffed mine to attach it to my kitty, but it's really up to you how you style it out.

   
For kitty's bow I simply did the following;
Chain 7 turn
1 dc in second chain from the hook to the end, chain 1, turn (6)
1 dc in each stitch, chain 1, turn (6)
Repeat once more. Fasten off
Tie a long piece of yarn around the middle of the length of crochet to make a bow shape and sew in place.
My daughter says he looks like a circus cat 🤔 not the look I was going for but I'll take it 🤣 she thought he was very cute.

I hope you enjoy styling up your amigurumis. The kitty pattern i used is from the super talented Sarah Sloyer at Critterbeans you can visit her on Ravelry here. Happy hooking from down the rabbit hole x  

Friday, 28 July 2017

Back To School Pattern Roundup

I know, i know, theyve only just finished school for the holidays, and already im on back to school kit, but there is a very good reason, you only have 6, yes, 6 weeks to ensure theyve got everything they need for the new term.   Back to school essentials can be really expensive, the average UK household will spend a mega £330 on back to school essentials, and those of you in the US will top us by nearly double with the average household spending almost $800. So why go money mad, when chances are you have spare yarn lying around screaming at you 'use me save money'! Now all of the patterns below arent necessarily essentials, but they are things youre most likely (bar uniforms) to spend the most money on. So save a few quid (to spend on holiday perhaps 😁) and hook up a storm this summer. Lets get to it shall we 1. Back to school rucksack from Yarnplaza 
This is soooo cute. I love the design and colourway, and how it looks super suave, but actually its lots of granny squares very well constructed to make a fab rucksack. Simple enough, and with a well writen pattern to boot. This bag can be made in any colour you like, and is great for little munchkins and trendy teens alike. Get the kids involved picking their own colour and they're much more likely to love it. The average backpack costs around £20 if you hooked this from Paintbox cotton yarn currently on offer at just £1.92 per ball, and used the amount the pattern requires youd save £10.40 win win to me 👍🏻   2. Mini bow hairclips from hello yellow yarn
Now i know hair accessories arent going to be at the top of the list, in fact if youre anything like me youll send them with any old clips in! But this year we had a set of uniform rules, and i quote "hair fashions are not encouraged in school" (bye bye jojo bows!) "hair accessories in school colours are permitted for functional usage" in lamens terms for our school, blue and yellow clips are ok. Hence why making your own is a money saver, and you know youll always be able to replicate them should they go astray, get misplaced etc, during the year. 3. Rainbow Lanyard from the Moogly blog
This ones more for the older kids. Not sure if youve noticed but at college or uni nowadays everyone needs id. Great, it keeps our kids safe, and also its more functional (id card opens 100 doors type functional!). Saying this the plain black lanyards they get issued are booooring, and this is where Moogly comes in. Functional, stylish, customisable, super easy. What more can you want in a pattern. 4. Crocodile pencil case from lets knit
Isnt this just the cutest?! Okay its more for younger kids, but youre sure to be a hit if you work up this for your kiddo. You do have to register with the site to get this pattern, however you wont be dissapointed, the site has huge amounts of free knitting and crochet patterns, all of different skill levels and tastes. This pattern does require a bit of skill to complete, but is worth mastering as its super cute, and can be worked i a variety of colours, im thinking purple and pink 😁👍🏻  5. Octopus pencil topper from topcrochetpatterns.com
Ok so not at the top of the list again, (and probably doesnt feature on many lists!) but this is one of those cute things you can use to jazz up otherwise boring pencils, and then be able to get away with buying a pack of 10 for 50p from b and m as opposed to a £2 pack that look pretty! Again you have to register with the site to download this pattern, but this is another site its totally worth doing for. Made in traditional amigurumi method, the pattern also includes an angelfish and whale in the download too.  6. Rainbow pencil case from the diaper mum
A schoolbag staple, and extremely easy to whip up. This pencil case has very basic instructions, easy to put together and easy to customise. The pattern also shows you how to line the bag and add a zipper. Personally i wouldnt line the case as its only for school, but i suppose that all depends on the maker. Use any stitch or colour you like for this case with loads of possibilities.  7. Chic rucksack from Kate Eastwood
Now, i know ive included 2 backpack patterns, my intentions here were that this pattern is perhaps more suited to an older girl than a younger one, and i didnt like to leave out those of you with older kits. This backpack is super stylish, comes with comprehensive, well detailed instructions and pictures in the tutorial, and appears simple enough to make, with a simple method of construction. Again for those of you with a few skills up your sleeve you could omit the edging, or even add a pattern or colourwork into the design. I have to say i just love the style of the backpack. Its very cute. 8. Rillakuma phone sleeve from sweetorials 
Again this is more for the teens in your life, a great way to keep their phone safe. This is soooo easy. The tutorial is on youtube and the video is only 6 minutes long so you can imagine how quickly this will work up. The video has good writen instructions alongside the video and is good quality and easy to follow. A super simple but very cute way to keep those phones safe, and kawaii is very on trend right now. 9. Coin purse / pouch from zipitzippers.com
Ok so this has a multitude of uses. This is great for the smaller kids to take into school with money for trips, dinners, or a morning snack in. Some schools here in the uk let you take in a purse for the week with money in and leave it in school, this is perfect for that. For the older kids its a cool purse, great for keeping headphones, usb drives etc in. For the girlies its a great way to conceal those products they may only use once a month if you get my drift! 10.  Mini granny square tech case by sugarbeans
Oh i do love granny squares. Theyre so versatile, and can be made in all the colours of the rainbow. I love this pattern for many reasons, its super cute, useful, and mixes the kitsch granny with girly detailing in the shell stitch border. Its practical and can be adapted for laptops, phones, ipods, ipads you name it 😁. A super easy make, with great pictures detailing the construction of the case. Great for beginners too and can be styled to suit.   There you have it. 10 super patterns for all the family members that could save you a few quid if nothing else. If youd like to see more im constantly adding to my pinterest boards here. Happy hooking from down the rabbit hole x

Monday, 10 July 2017

The Paris Stitch Pouch - A Free Crochet Pattern



Hi hi beautiful people, and welcome to my first ever pattern!

im so thrilled to be sharing this pattern with you. A few weeks back I shared a tutorial for the Paris stitch here on the blog. After writing it up I got thinking, what cute fun accessory can I turn this stitch into. I played around a tad, and eventually came up with this.

Ta daaaa!

Fun, funky and bright, a cute accessory pefect for summer. so without further ado scroll down and the pattern will be waiting.

Materials

You  can use any yarn and hook for this project depending on the look / feel you want your pouch to have, or the size you want it to be.
I used a 4mm hook and Stylecraft  acrylic DK yarn in sunshine, turquoise, and cream. For a pouch with a finished size of 15cm high unfilled and with a base of 15cm in diameter.
Scissors
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


Pattern notes


written in uk terms


YO - yarn over
Ch- chain
Dc- double crochet
Trb - treble crochet
Inc - two double crochet into one stitch
Hdc- half double crochet


The base of the pouch is worked in continuous rounds. I used a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round ( similar to amigurumi method).


The Paris stitch will be worked into the last round of the base. The Paris stitch is made from a set of stitches divisible by 3+1 extra stitch. To make the bag bigger or smaller just add or eliminate rounds based on this stitch count.


Ensure you have the correct number of stitches after every round.


1. Dc 6 into a magic circle (6)
2. 2inc in each stitch around (12)
3. (1dc, inc in next) repeat around (18)
4. (2dc, inc) around (24)
5. (3dc, inc) around (30)
6. (4dc, inc) around (36)
7. (5dc, inc) around (42) 
8. (6dc, inc) around (48)
9. (7dc, inc) around (54)
10. (8dc, inc) around, on last set (8dc, 3dc in last stitch) this will give you the desired number of stitches divisible by 3 plus the extra stitch for the Paris stitch (61)
11. Begin the Paris stitch. Ch3 (1trb+1ch) in the first stitch work the following (1trb, 2ch, 1dc) *skip 2 stitches work (2 trb, 2ch, 1 dc) in the next stitch. Repeat from * around joining with a slip stitch to top of the beginning chain.
12. Ch 3 and turn. Work 1trb, ch 2, 1dc in the first ch2 space from the previous round. *in the next ch2 space work 2trb, 2 ch, 1 dc. Repeat from * around. Join to top of the beginning chain with a slip stitch.
13. Repeat round 12. Change colour if desired at the end of the round.
14. (Decrease round) Paris stitch decrease. Begin the row, ch3, decrease in next 2 chain spaces (yarn over, insert hook into first ch2 sp, yo, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook) yo insert into next ch2 sp, yo, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook) yo pull through 2 loops (2loops on hook) yo pull through last 2 hoops) decrease finished, trb,ch2,dc into same ch2 space as decrease ended in . Continue round to end. Slip st in first decrease st.
15. Repeat round 12.
16. Repeat round 14 (decrease round) change colour if desired at the end of the round. 
17. Repeat round 12
18. Repeat round 12
19. Repeat round 12. Change colour if desired at the end of the round.
20. Repeat round 12
21. Repeat round 12
22. ch3, skip a stitch, 1 hdc in next * skip a stitch, 1 hdc in next* rep around. Note, count all stitches in this round (trb and dc from previous round) as 1 stitch each. Count ch2 spaces from the previous round as 1 stitch. Join into 1st hdc space made.
23. ch3, hdc in each space made in the previous round. Slip st into first space made in the previous round. Change colour if desired.
24. Paris Stitch in every other space around. Join with a slip stitch.
25. Ch 3 Paris Stitch around. Join to the top of the chain with a slip stitch. Fasten often.
Weave in all ends (the boring bit I know!)


With two colours of yarn together chain a length of your choosing. Thread the chain through the hdc spaces made in round 23. 


Make two tassels and attach them to the ends of the chains if you like (I think it gives the bag a fun cute vibe!)


Ta daaa you're done 🙂


Please do tell me how you like it, any feedback would be gratefully received.
Happy Hooking from down the rabbit hole X