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

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

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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.