2014/87 – snowman greetings card

This one is a bit more Christmassy, and really really easy! J Peggy Taylor has designed a gorgeous greetings card with a snowman on it. I think it looks really cute.

You could add in your own backgrounds, or keep it really simple like she has. Lots of customisation options, and pretty quick!

Find out how she did it via the link below.

Check it out:

http://oaktreesstudio.wordpress.com/how-to-tutorials/crochet-snowman-greetings-card-tutorial/

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/86 – Christmas stockings by Grace@WhileWalkingMyDogs

So following on from our previous share-post, the second competition winner is Grace of WhileWalkingMyDogs.

She shared with us her 30 Christmas ornaments, and my favourite is this one – these gorgeous Christmas stockings. I know we’ve posted some a pattern for stockings already, but I really like Grace’s interpretation. It’s so simple and effective and traditional. I really recommend taking a look!

I love the tinsely top and the use of the Christmas button to glam it up a bit. A really simple and easy idea which is so versatile with just some mixing and matching of colours. You could add all sorts of buttons, beads, sequins, shiny yarn for the toes/heel…

Please be sure to check it out:

https://whilewalkingmydogs.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/01e6bd47a0dfe2259bf6349c2b25720f8169c4afa5.jpg?w=224&h=224

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/83 – 3 Christmas decorations

Here’s one for those getting ready for Christmas – 3 patterns for making Christmas tree decorations!

There’s a wreath, a Christmas tree (if you want to be a bit meta and put a tree on a tree) and my favourite of the three: an angel!

Once again I recommend using colourful beads to decorate them, especially on the Christmas tree, which you could make them look like baubles if you chose the right colours! You could add extra thread in different colours as tinsel. Perhaps you could work out how to add a miniature star o the top of the tree.

Just be sure to translate the stitches from US terms to UK terms.

Find the tutorial here:

http://handmadebycamelia.blogspot.ro/2013/12/pattern-christmas-ornament.html#more

– Leeloo the Tall

P.S. This is my 50th post on UK Crochet Patterns!

2014/80 – in the spirit of Christmas…more stockings! (Miniature ones this time)

I’ve come to realise that I LOVE Petals to Picots. They’re constantly posting stuff I love. Take these stockings for example.

Absolutely freakin’ adorable. Super easy, very cute, and massive scope for customisation. Different accessories, different colours, different fluff, add some shiny bauble-esque beads (or actual baubles?!), or just coloured buttons, the possibilities are endless. These would look great hanging from the tree stuffed with sweets 😉

In fact if you guys make these then send us a picture and we’ll promote your blog, as part of our new ongoing competition for featuring blog posts.

Also don’t forget our free chocolate giveaway, courtesy of Serenata Flowers!

Check out the link for the free pattern here:

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/home-decor/mini-christmas-stocking/118290?SSAID=676300

Happy crafting!

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/78 – A cool idea

 Woman’s Weekly posted an idea for crocheting decorations for cards. Theirs is a flower but with Christmas only 6 weeks away I thought people might like to replace the flower with Christmas motifs, or other seasonal designs. Super-versatile, I think this one is a must-have for your crochet portfolio, because you can do so much with it, and all it really requires is glue, cards and the spare bits of leftover yarn that just aren’t big enough for a new project but too big to just throw away.

Enjoy!

http://www.womansweekly.com/knitting-crochet/how-to-make-our-free-gift-card-pattern/

 

2014/76 – a bit early I know, but I don’t care! Have some Christmas stockings.

I know that lots of “Scrooges” and “Grinches” out there will object and say it’s over a month too early to be thinking about Christmas. Well usually I agree, I don’t think anyone should even be thinking about it until well after Hallowe’en.

BUT

These are absolutely adorable! Cannot resist showing you these. And I am sure that some of you out there already have a mountain of projects waiting for your attention, so you might actually appreciate some advance notice. At least I hope you do!

The full tutorial is on facebook, posted by Littlefolds.

Find it here:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/1627721527455218/

2014/46 – Gorgeous Christmas decoration (I know it’s super early!!)

I know it’s early, but I just couldn’t help myself! I really like this pattern, it makes for a very pretty snowflake decoration, which (yet again) I am tempted to suggest adding sparkly beads or a yarn with silver glitter might give it that extra dazzle.

(I also think that if you could connect the snowflakes together, you might be able to incorporate this into a cape like Elsa’s from Frozen.)

Once again, just a reminder that when it mentions single crochet it means a UK double crochet, and double crochet means a UK treble.

It looks complicated, but it’s easier than it looks!

Full instructions are here:

http://www.petalstopicots.com/2013/01/pretty-picot-snowflake-pattern/

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/38 Lightsabres!

For the nerd in you, how about this: crochet lightsabres?

They’re from The Sparkly Toad and are all UK htr! Nice and easy, and doable in front of the telly. You’ll need some cardboard tubes too, either loo rolls or kitchen rolls. These will keep your little Star Wars fans happy and allow them to whack each other all they like with no injuries. Plus, any breakages are replaceable in a jiffy!

Visit The Sparkly Toad for the pattern.

2014/36 Snowman crochet slippers, Olaf-inspired, free pattern (a proper one!)

Given the success of the lazy blog post we wrote about using our Minion-inspired slippers pattern to make Olaf-inspired slippers, we wrote up the pattern properly! We still don’t have a photo of a finished item, but if you make them …

It’s a Ravelry download too: download now.

You will need:

4mm hook

White yarn

Black yarn

Orange yarn

Hook: 4mm.

Tapestry needle.

Stitches (UK terms): half treble (htr), double crochet (dc), treble crochet (tr).

THE TOE

This section determines the shoe size of the slipper. The instructions I’ve given here should cover all average adult shoe sizes. If you want your slippers to be smaller, miss out Round 4. If you want them to be larger, add “Round 4a” and crochet “1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, then 2 htr all the way round”. Alternatively, play around with different hook sizes.

We start with orange yarn and a circle. Use your preferred method: either chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain to create a loop, or use a magic ring and chain 1 to secure. It’s important to keep track of the first stitch of each round with your stitch marker. I don’t slip stitch to join rings – this way, you don’t get a visible join. Go straight from the last htr of round 1 to the first htr of round 2.

Round 1: 10 htr into the ring.

Round 2: 2 htr into each htr from round 1.

Round 3: 1 htr then 2 htr into the next stitch. Continue all the way round. You should finish on a 2 htr in the last stitch.

Switch to white yarn for the rest of the slipper.

Round 4: 1 htr, 1 htr then 2 htr into the next stitch. Continue all the way round. You should finish on a 2 htr in the last stitch.

 

The Foot

This section determines the length of the slipper. Adjust the number of rows up or down to match the size of the foot you are crocheting for. You’ll want to keep working until the length of the slipper is slightly shorter than the foot.

Round 5: 1 htr in each stitch all the way round.

Round 6 -16  , repeat round 5.

Rounds 17 – 23: 1 htr in each stitch all the way round.

We are now going to create an opening for the foot.  We won’t be crocheting all the way around any more. Your work will create a rectangle shape.

Round 24: Chain 1. Crochet 28 htr back the way you came, ie back over the previous round.

Rounds 25 – 36: Repeat round 24.

 

The Heel

After row 36, fold the straight end in half and double crochet the two sides together. Turn inside out. Sew in any loose ends with a tapestry needle.
The Eyes

White circles.

Make a magic loop again (or a ring using whatever your preferred method is) using white wool.
Round 1: 10 tr into ring. Slip stitch to join.
Round 2: Chain 2. 1 tr into same stitch. 2 tr into each remaining stitch from previous round. Slip stitch into top of chain 2 to join.
Round 3: Chain 2. 1 tr into same stitch. *1 tr into next stitch. 2 tr into each remaining stitch from previous round.* Repeat from * to * all the way round. Slip stitch into top of chain 2 to join.
Round 4: Chain 2. 1 tr into same stitch. *1 tr into next stitch. 1 tr into next stitch. 2 tr into each remaining stitch from previous round.* Repeat from * to * all the way round. Slip stitch into top of chain 2 to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

I also double crocheted along the top of the white circles, as below in the hat photo, to give his eyes some definition.

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Black circles
Using black yarn, start with a magic ring or chain 4 and join with a slip stitch – whichever method you prefer.
Round 1: 10 tr into ring. Slip stitch to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew or glue the black circles to the white circles: you can sew them to the centre of the white circles if you like or you can place them somewhere else if you prefer. See my Olaf hat photo for a suggestion. Sew the eyes to the slippers in a similar position to those in the photo of the Minion-inspired slippers.

The eyebrows – make 2
Using black yarn, chain 17.
Tr into the 2nd stitch from the hook and then the next 4 stitches.
Htr into the next 5 stitches.
Dc into the next 5 stitches.

Fasten off. Sew in ends. Sew onto slippers as shown in picture of hat.

The hair.
Cut 2 pieces of black yarn, each about 3 inches long (8 cm). Thread them through the top centre of the slippers above the eyes and knot them on the inside of the slippers to secure.

All done!

 

 

2014/30 Free pattern – Snowman hat inspired by Olaf from Frozen

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This pattern is also available as a Ravelry download – download now.

19.04.14 Updated to add instructions to add tooth.

You will need:

5.5 mm hook
White yarn
Black yarn
Orange yarn

Stitches:
Chains
Double crochet – dc (US sc)
Half treble crochet – htr (US hdc)
Treble – tr (US dc)
Treble 2 together – tr2tog (US dc2tog): yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over and insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull off 2 loops. Yarn over, pull off all remaining loops.

The hat

Start with a magic ring and white yarn. Alternatively, chain 4 and join with a slip stitch. Please note that there is no join with a slip stitch while making the hat. You will crochet the first stitch of the next row into the last stitch of the previous row. You may need to use a stitch marker to keep track of the number of rows. To make your hat larger or smaller, use a larger or smaller crochet hook.

Round 1: 10 htr into ring. If using the magic ring method, pull ring closed and tie a small double knot after stitch 10 to secure and stop ring stretching when worn (20 stitches).

Round 2: 2 htr into each stitch from the previous round (20 st).

Round 3: *1 htr into first stitch, 2 htr into next.* Continue from * to * all the way around. You
should end round on a 2 htr (30 st).

Round 4: 1 htr, 1 htr, 2 htr into next. Continue from * to * all the way around. You should end round on a 2 htr (40 st).

Round 5: 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 2 into next. Continue from * to * all the way around. You should end round on a 2 htr (50 st).

Round 6: 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 2 into next. Continue from * to * all the way around. You should end round on a 2 htr (60 st).

Round 7: 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 2 into next. Continue from * to * all the way around. You should end round on a 2 htr (70 st).

Rounds 8 – 26: 1 htr into each stitch (70 st).

Round 27: 1 dc into each stitch (70 st). Fasten off and sew in ends. Alternatively, as this is the hat brim, you could crochet a round of tr instead, if you would prefer a wider brim.

The eyes – make 2

White circles
Using white yarn, start with a magic ring or chain 4 and join with a slip stitch – whichever method you prefer.
Round 1: 10 tr into ring. Slip stitch to join.
Round 2: Chain 2. 1 tr into same stitch. 2 tr into each remaining stitch from previous round. Slip stitch into top of chain 2 to join.
Round 3: Chain 2. 1 tr into same stitch. *1 tr into next stitch. 2 tr into each remaining stitch from previous round.* Repeat from * to * all the way round. Slip stitch into top of chain 2 to join.
Round 4: Chain 2. 1 tr into same stitch. *1 tr into next stitch. 1 tr into next stitch. 2 tr into each remaining stitch from previous round.* Repeat from * to * all the way round. Slip stitch into top of chain 2 to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Black circles
Using black yarn, start with a magic ring or chain 4 and join with a slip stitch – whichever method you prefer.
Round 1: 10 tr into ring. Slip stitch to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew or glue the black circles onto the white circles as shown in the photograph. Place them wherever you like. Sew the eyes to the hat as shown in the picture. I placed mine three rows above the brim of the hat.

The eyebrows – make 2
Using black yarn, chain 17.
Tr into the 2nd stitch from the hook and then the next 4 stitches.
Htr into the next 5 stitches.
Dc into the next 5 stitches.

Fasten off. Sew in ends. Sew onto hat as shown in picture.

The hair.
Cut 2 pieces of black yarn, each about 3 inches long (8 cm). Thread them through the top centre of the hat and knot them on the inside of the hat to secure.

The nose
Using orange yarn, chain 12.
Row 1: 1 tr into 2nd stitch from hook and all remaining stitches. Chain 2. Turn.
Row 2: Crochet tr2tog. Tr into each remaining stitch, except for last 2: tr2tog into last 2. Chain 2. Turn.
Repeat row 2 until you have made a triangle – should be about 5 rows, including the last row with only 1 tr2tog.

Sew or glue nose to hat as shown in photo.

Additionally, you could add his tooth if you like. IMG_20140419_173016

Using white yarn, join to hat below nose with a chain.

Row 1: Crochet 1 tr into same stitch and then 9 more across.

Row 2: Chain 1 and crochet 1 tr into same stitch. 9 more tr across. Fasten off and sew in ends.