Ripple Crochet Blanket

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How good is CROCHET?!

Really…I am a bit of a nut for it.  A little bit Nana I know, but it works so well as a relaxing ‘unwind’ activity for me.

I usually get stuck into it each evening, once the kids are in bed.  I’ve been making heaps of home decor stuff, from lampshades…to floor mats….and scarves.  I am truly knocking myself out with the stuff!  I’ll publish more pics and how-to posts in the next few weeks – so stay tuned dear readers!

Now to today’s subject (or this year / two year’s subject – because let’s be realistic It’s likely going to take me that long to complete).

It is my RIPPLE CROCHET BLANKET – which is presently at a nice length to cover ONLY my feet. But I’m working on that.

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I am loving this ripple pattern – available right here from Attic24. Lucy has provided the pattern, detailed stitch instruction and excellent images – all for free!  Well worth a look and try.

I’m using 10 ply Country Aran from Cleakheaton – and it is divine.  As a bonus it’s nice and thick…so my blanket is growing quickly!  I’d definitely recommend using 8ply yarn or above just for the quick progress alone!

Are you into crochet?  What are you making at the moment?

I love your feedback, so keep it coming!

Rosy x

Be careful what you search for

I’m a big fan of the google search. Even better is the random connections/answers/sites that you get back.

After recently teaching my friend how to crochet, she wanted to find some cute patterns for her baby.

She searched for crochet patterns.  Then crochet beanies, crochet headbands, crochet shoes.  And the most beautiful pair of crochet sandals (thongs) appeared.

Google is like a genie really.  You wish it, Google finds it.

Until you get lazy.  Wanting the pattern for these super-cute sandals, my friend google-searched for crochet thongs. This my friends is when the fun began.

I have four words for you:  WHOA!  CROCHET MAN THONG!

How FUNNY is that?  My friend and I laughed and laughed.  I have tears of laughter still.  It’s all about the unexpected, the surprise factor, the BAM: Take That!

I’ve ordered one for Mr F.  He tells me that he’ll need an extra extra large.  I told him he’d better make a wax appointment.

How about you?  What have you found by accident in your internet searching?  Something funny? Strange? Or just rude?  I’m all ears and looking for a laugh.

Amy x

Here’s a pattern for a crochet flowers cushion.

Look at me, showing off because I’ve finished the pretty crochet cushion.

Hip Hip Hooray, after about 2ish years it’s done and looking quite fine. Yes, that WAS two years to complete. On and off.  More off than on.

Bright hey? I LOVE colour.  I just do, that’s me.

I used the awesome pattern from THE Rosehip Blog.  I’d recommend this project for the intermediate crocheter.  If you like all things pretty and a little bit vintage PERLEASE go and check it out.  It has such cool crochet stuff, including crocheted edging on pillowslips and the like.  So NICE.

I used 8ply yarn and a 4.00mm crochet hook.

One little hiccup though. The Rosehip pattern gives you all the instructions to make the cutesy flowers on squares, but no details on putting them all together.

So here’s what you do (what I did).

Gather all your squares together and lay them out in order. Take a photo on your phone, so  you can keep referring back to it.

Next: start with two squares.  With wrong sides together and matching corners, pick up the inner loop from each square and single crochet them together.   Here’s some pics to demonstrate (bad-light photos, sorry):

I just continued on my merry way.  Joining more square pairs together to form the neat rows.

THEN I joined the rows by working my way across, single crocheting them altogether. When I came to each join, I just crocheted over the top.  The finished work has a lovely raised crochet join.  Am in love with it.

THEN I came to crocheting the back of the cushion.  Hmmm, had quite a few attempts at this one.  Wasn’t sure which method was best.  Joining my wool across the bottom (short side) of the front cover and crocheting my way up the back (as one continuous piece?  Or crocheting a separate back and joining with a single crochet after.

I first tried to join and crochet my way up, joining to the sides as I went.  I really wasn’t happy with this method, as the back kept growing.  Wider and wider.  This just happens for some reason.  If anyone knows why, I’d love to hear.  Plus I didn’t like the way I was joining it to each side (with a double crochet).

So I pulled it all out (a few times – so hard to destroy your hard-earned crochet work).  Finally I decided to just crochet the back on its own and join it to my front piece.  To do this, I needed to crochet two pieces, which I could overlap and join with buttons.

The first Back: I counted the stitches across the width of my flowers front, I then chained the same amount and worked a double crochet row by row, until the back was about two thirds the length of the front piece.

When I came to the seond last row, I added some buttonholes, just by working in a chain stitch at regular intervals (5 chains).  Eg: 18 double crochet, 5 chain, 18 double, 5 chain.  Note: To work out my regular intervals, I counted the total number of stitches, then divided by 5. Then I added another row of double crochet.

I finished it off with a fan style stitch* (technical term anyone?): chain 5, then slip stitch into previous row, repeat until end.  Turn then work into each chain: 1 single crochet, 1 double crochet, 5 trebles, 1 double crochet, 1 single crochet.  It looks like this (minus the buttons):

Second Back:  Repeat as per first Crochet Back, but only measure to about half of the front.  This will ensure you have a good overlap for the back.

Right, we now have a front and back.  Next:Let’s join this baby!

Line up the front to the shorter back.  Starting from one end, single crochet them together all the way around.  When you reach the back join, overlap the longer back over the top of the shorter back and single crochet all layers together. Continued on.  Step.  Step.  Repeat.  Step.  Step.  Repeat.  HANG ON, now I’m doin’ some dance moves.  Back to the job at hand…

After single crocheting around the entire cushion, add a fancy fan-like stitch around the edge* (see above for instructions).  CUTE!  Agree?  I hope so.

Finally, I lined up my buttonholes and then sewed on the buttons to match.  And supercalifragalisticexpialadocious.  One cushion cover complete.  PHEW!

Just add cushion: I made my own cushion insert to match.  Using polycotton, I cut out two rectangles to match the size of the cushion cover.  With right sides together, I sewed all the way around, just leaving an 8cm gap on one side.  I turned the cover right side out, and stuffed the little sucker with toy stuffing.  I mean REALLY STUFFED IT.  FULL.  Using a ladder stitch, I then closed the opening.

After stuffing cushion insert, and stuffing it into cushion cover, you should get this:

 

Sweet as.  Your turn now.  Amy c

Kids Knits Patterns

Hiya.

A friend asked me yesterday if I knew of any good knitting/crochet patterns for kids.  Just like waving a red cloth at a bull really. I have quite a few favourites and so thought I’d share just a couple:

Firstly, Numero Uno, I heart this, Top of the List has to be: Amanda Keeys Knitting and Crochet Patterns.

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Amanda Keeys is a photographer, based in Tamworth Australia.  Her knitting & crochet patterns are to die for, and she has a heavenly book: Baby Beanies.  Put this in your Must Buy Basket girlfriends (or boyfriends)!

Two (2):  I love Kids Tricot.  Divine patterns for the little ones.  And all buyable online. It’s a french website,  so you just hit Translate and everything is displayed in English.  If that’s the lingo that you speak.

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Numero Tre: For the boys only – is the good old Panda Play Days Pattern Book.

Pic care of here.  You can buy from www.woolbaa.com.au, and all good knit/wool stores and Spotlight of course.

So, just a quick snapshot.  Tell me: are you inspired?  Or maybe some good ideas for nana to knit?

Ciao lovelies,  Amy x

Back from Siesta-ville

Hello folks!

Have you ever been to Siesta-ville?  Also known as Take-a-Break Town.  Quite nice isn’t it?  Not a real place, just taking a step back and chillin’ for a while.

I’ve just arrived back from there – I had some time-out from blogging, facebooking, teaching sewing classes and other Rosy stuff.  It was not planned, it just happened – and it was only a few weeks.

I’ve enjoyed it.  It’s always good to take a step back and reassess.  It allows you to plan for bigger, better, brighter.  Or just new stuff that’s fun.  Do you ever do this?  I feel guilty at first…then I enjoy.

Mind you, I have been busy making (along with day-job, family, dog, sport, housework, cooking….the general grind!)

Back to making.  Crochet.  Actually lots of crochet.  Here, look:

Do you like?  I call it my lolly crochet cushion cover.  Maybe you prefer calmer colours, black/white, natural?  Some of you have probably seen it before in an earlier version.  I’m now crocheting the back of the cushion cover.  I’ve had a few go’s at it actually.  I had trouble with it growing!  I’ve nearly finished it now though & I’ll post some tips very soon.

Also Lampshades.  I have a great tutorial for this lined lampshade – and it’s coming soon.  Seriously drab to fab.  Here’s a before & after shot.

Did you know that recovering a lampshade is really quite easy, inexpensive, and you get the exact fabric and look that you want.

I get my lamp frames from op shops and the like, then I re-cover to suit.  I’d just recommend that when starting out to make a practice one first, so you can get the hang of measuring, stretching and gluing.

Floor Cushions.

One of my faves.  And we’re selling the pattern (one of our very own) here.

So now I’m back and MAN I have some good sewing stuff to tell you about.  Lovelies we are going to get busy – I’ve got lots to share.

First stop is: Stencilling.   I’m talking fabric, walls, cushions, furniture.  Anything that doesn’t freely move really.  And I’ll post this little beauty in the next few days.  Yes my friends, just a small wait.  Exciting?  Why yes.

Oh, and I’ve finished the bar stool upcyle.  I’ll finalise this little how-to in the next few days too!

Thanks for reading me.  Hope it’s entertaining!

Amy x

Crochet cushion is coming along nicely

Yes, nicely it is….albeit very slooowly.

Crochet Cushion Top

I must say, I’m really enjoying putting this together.  I made a lot of these crochet flower squares sitting by the pool watching the kids frolicking, probably sipping on a lovely glass of wine. Happy place.  Oh look, here they are in the making.

Now, I wasn’t sure whether to join it to a fabric back or keep crocheting.  Decision?  Keep crocheting baby!  Especially when it’s fun as.

Mind you, I started these flower squares at least a year ago…but hey that’s part of the joy, coming back to it every now and then and escaping from a busy life to chill a bit.

I also plan to give a lovely crocheted scalloped edge.  I’ll give you an update soon…ish.  Hopefully sooner than another year!

Ps.  I used a sweet pattern from Rose Hip – go visit and say hi.  I think you’ll like her stuff.

Love x

Filing is no fun.

Today was a productive/non-productive day.  I finally got into the study and started filing – it actually happened by accident – I needed to find something and there was NO WAY to quickly flick to the correct file and find it in a flash.

Soooo, the filing and shredding process began and I think I did a good, no actually I did a great job of it.  However…why does the study look worse than when I started?

Maybe because after lunch I needed a well-earned rest and cup of tea.  Maybe I needed to get stuck into a crochet project, and then a Rosy Floor Cushion.

I really did need to take Jaz to the park and pick Georgie up from school and do fun stuff with the kids (well feed them at least!)  That last bit was a joke by the way.

Tomorrow will be a much better day for filing.  Yes indeed, Friday’s were made for filing.  Oh hang on, I have to work.  So maybe I’ll get back to it on Saturday…and so I step back onto the ‘Will File Tomorrow’ treadmill.  And I’m pretty content with that.

Amy x

ps.  Dear Filing, you are not my friend so please stop beckoning me to give you any attention when I walk into the room.  It must stop.  Really.