2014/84 – mittens!

Here’s a practical one for you – mittens! Oombawka design’s pattern for mittens looks easy enough though might take a little while (it comes in multiple parts).

But don’t they look great? And so warm too. Plus the cuff is narrower and the hand so it’s comfy, won’t slip off or let the cold in.

Go ahead and take a look, but remember it’s in USA terms so check our translation guide.

Find the tutorial here:

http://oombawkadesigncrochet.com/2014/01/mommys-simply-easy-mittens-free-crochet.html

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/82 – 5 things to crochet this winter

Do you ever get to that time of year when everyone (work, school, friends, etc) wants something from you and you’re so busy and overwhelmed you just give up and do something you enjoy?

Well that’s what today’s post is for me.

Plus I’m feeling somewhat festive at the moment – which is nice since last year I felt fairly Grinch-y. So without much further ado, here are some ideas about what to crochet this winter. Some are great gift ideas, others are just perfect for the cold season.

#1

Sukigirl has provided the pattern for this adorable little plush toy, Hobbes, by Bill Watterson. To be honest I am entirely unfamiliar with the creator or brand, I just think that the cat is adorable, and very easily customisable. But those familiar will appreciate this even more!

You can switch the orange-black pattern for tabby-brown-and-black, ginger-and-blond, or any colours you like really. You could give it a more Coraline/Tim Burton feel by using buttons for eyes. You could add a flower or bow to girlify it for little girls.

It’s in US terms so please refer to our stitch translation guide if you get stuck!

Note: this one looks a little fiddly, so is probably good for intermediates and experts.

Find the tutorial here: http://sukigirl74.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/free-hobbes-crochet-pattern.html

#2

This is Micah Makes’ awesome mug warmer design! Use other embellishments to it (like the flowers or hearts or ice-skate patterns we’ve posted previously) or leave it plain, both look great, and perfect for not burning hands on very hot drinks this winter.

Free tutorial here:

http://www.micahmakes.com/blog/free-pattern-mug-coaster-cozy

 

#3

 Good luck getting cold in this baby. Such a professional-looking style of bobble-hat, that looks really warm thanks to the densely-packed stitches! I would probably go with purple and black, or grey, or maybe white and pink and navy blue to match my new Christmas jumper 😛

You can thank June C WannaB for this one. Download the tutorial here:

http://thishousewifelife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/trinity-hat-beanie-with-or-without.html

 

 

 

#4

These baby boots are so cute! I couldn’t resist sharing these with you. They look absolutely adorable.  For those with little ones in the family, this going to be useful, and for those who don’t have any in the family, you can just squee along with me at these :p

You can find the pattern on All About Ami – see here:http://www.allaboutami.com/post/31922998270/babybuttonboots

 

 

#5

Almost as cute as the boots is this XS dog jumper. (Picture not available but trust me you want to take a look). And a great idea too! Keep your doggy warm this winter with Stitch 11’s pattern – and add your own individual flair. Perhaps some wintery designs could be sewn on top?

Find the tutorial (US terms) here: http://stitch11.com/xs-dog-sweater/

Enjoy!

-Leeloo the Tall

2014/50 – A very “in” bow tutorial

We’re breaking away from the fruit theme today with something a little more multi-purpose: beautiful bows!

They look so cute, and they are super easy. This pattern comes from a beginner crocheter, so this one is definitely something everyone can do. Plus it’s something I think everyone can use – you could glue them to hair clips or pins, or to a headband (which you could buy or make), or you could attach them to safety pins and wear them like a badge, or add them to collars or bags… The list goes on. You could use them with almost anything so they are definitely an essential pattern to have under your belt!

This patterns uses US terms, so just a quick reminder:

US single crochet = UK double crochet

US half double crochet = UK half treble crochet

US double crochet = UK treble crochet

Find the whole thing here:

http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2013/01/easy-crochet-bow-tutorialpattern.html

Happy crafting!

– Leeloo the Tall

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!

 

 

2014/31 – Bridal garter using elastic with crochet – pattern translation

This is sexy, don’t you think? It’s really sweet and looks like it will hook up quickly. The designer has also shown us how to use elastic with crochet, a useful tip. You could use this pattern as a basis for making other items like scrunchies.

It uses:

sc – UK DC.

hdc – UK HTR

tc aka tr – UK DTR

 

Visit Cre8tionCrochet for this and many other lovely patterns.

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.

2014/29 Snowman crochet slippers free pattern, inspired by Olaf from Frozen

UPDATED MAY 25TH 2014: We have written this pattern up properly HERE!

 

Ok. I am the laziest blogger EVER. I have no pictures to show you for this idea but as it spontaneously erupted in my head while I was making an Olaf from Frozen beanie hat (proper pattern for that coming Monday and a pattern for a Christophe hat to follow), here’s my brainwave:

Use our Minion slippers pattern to make Olaf slippers:

  • Crochet the first two or three rounds in orange for his nose.
  • Use white yarn instead of blue and yellow.
  • Crochet the circles for the eyes entirely in white. It’s up to you whether you make one or two eyes per foot. I’d probably go for one.
  • Crochet little black circles for the pupils.
  • Don’t crochet around the eyes with silver or grey.
  • Sew the black circle onto the white circle, then sew the white circle to the slipper. It’s the only way to make his eyes stand out.
  • Surface crochet his eye brows.
  • Sew in some tufts somewhere above the eyes for his hair – just a few strands like you’re making a tassled hem.

If you decide to make these, can we use a photo, please? We’ll credit you and give you a nice big blog link (if you have one). I know it’s cheeky, but I’m not planning on actually making these slippers … like I said, lazyyyyy!

Click here for the pattern.

Hat inspired by Minions: new free tutorial from ukcrochetpatterns

Pattern to crochet a Minion hat

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This pattern will show you how to crochet a Minion hat with ONE OR TWO EYES to fit older children, teens and adults, with instructions for bigger and littler heads.

 You’ll need:

 Yellow yarn

Blue yarn

Black yarn

White yarn

Grey or silver yarn

Size 5mm hook (US 8 / H) (use a size 6mm hook for bigger heads, size 4 for smaller)

Tapestry needle

Stitch Markers to mark the first stitch in each round

Terms are UK throughout with US translations below:

Stitches used:

Double crochet (dc) (US single crochet/sc).

Half treble (htr) (US half double/hdc).

Treble (tr) (US double/dc).

Chain.

Abbreviation: st = stitches

To start:

Use a magic ring to make a circle

Or

Chain 4 and slip stitch into the 4th chain from the hook to make a circle.

Round 1: ten htr into the ring. Tighten ring if necessary (10 st).

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 – 17: 1 htr into each stitch (70 st).

Change colour to black.

Rounds 18 – 20: 1 htr into each stitch. (70 st)

Change back to yellow.

Rounds 21 – 26: 1 htr into each stitch (70 st).

Change to blue

Round 27 and 28: 1 dc in each stitch all the way around.

Fasten off and sew in ends.

The Eyes

For one big eye:

With black yarn, start with either a magic ring or chain 4 and slip stitch into 4th chain from hook to create a ring.

Round 1: Crochet 10 tr into ring.

Round 2: Crochet 2 tr into each tr from previous round. Fasten off.

Round 3: With white, crochet 1 tr into first stitch, 2 tr into second. Repeat from * to * all the way around, as in the first rounds of the hat pattern above.

Round 4: Crochet *1 tr, 1 tr, then 2 tr*, then repeat from * to * all the way around, as above. Fasten off.

Round 5: With silver or grey, crochet *1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc*, then repeat from * to * all the way around, as above.

Fasten off. Sew in ends. Sew eye onto hat.

For two eyes:

Make 2. With black yarn, start with either a magic ring or chain 4 and slip stitch into 4th chain from hook to create a ring.

Round 1: Crochet 10 tr into ring.

Round 2: Crochet 2 tr into each tr from previous round. Fasten off.

Round 3: With silver or grey, crochet *1 dc, 2 dc* and then repeat from * to * all the way around, as above.

Fasten off. Sew in ends. Sew eyes onto hat.

You could also sew in a few strands of black at the crown of the hat for hair.

Please remember to cite this source when reproducing this pattern, otherwise make ’em and sell ’em as much as you want!