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

2014/53 – a cute 1920’s style hat!

Another cute one I found on Crochet for Cancer, which resembles hats from the 1920s! There’s a lot of potential for customisation with this one, again you can use flowers or whatever you like – or no embellishments at all. I really adore this one, because it’s great for bad hair days.

This one comes from Cre8tion Crochet, and probably looks more complicated than it is. It does involve a “magic circle” stitch, for which it has a tutorial it links to. The tutorial for the hat itself is in US terms, so don’t forget to use double stitches where it says single, and triple stitches where it says double.

Find the full tutorial here:

http://www.cre8tioncrochet.com/2013/01/free-spring-crochet-pattern-red-heart-spring-blossom-cloche/

And Crochet for Cancer:

http://www.crochetforcancer.org/chemo-cap-patterns/crochet-patterns-videos/

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/52 – a wide brim hat ready for autumn!

Here’s a really cute hat for adults that would look great in any colour. Plus you don’t need to stick to the flower shape recommended if there are other you think might look better. Or perhaps you could use something else, like the strawberry or pineapple patterns from last week.

It’s taken from Crochet for Cancer, which specialises in things for those going through chemo. Lots of their patterns are really cute and all of the ones I’ve seen are free!

This particular one came from Stitch of Love, and shows the pattern in UK terms. Find the pattern here:

http://lovestitches.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/pattern-for-my-ridge-hat-with-brim.html

And the Crochet for Cancer website here:

http://www.crochetforcancer.org/chemo-cap-patterns/crochet-patterns-videos/

– 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

2014/40 – Super cute slouchy hat

Hey there!

I’m a new admin here, (I’m “the tall one”, daughter #1). I’m 22 and I’m a university student and new dressmaker. I’m still learning to sew clothes but I like to make things that look a bit different from current fashions (mostly involving popular styles in different or surprising fabrics or prints). Something I want to experiment with is mixing crochet and sewing projects together, since mixing textures and fabrics together on clothes seems to be quite popular at the moment. As far as that goes, watch this space!

Today’s post is about a really pretty hat pattern that we found, which I really like because it’s quite comfy and great for a bad hair day. It’s also got lots of gaps in it, so it’s quite breezy, enough so that you can probably wear it in the summer if you want. This would probably look cute with glittery/shiny wool or the occasional shiny little bead threaded throughout.

For this one, just bear in mind that when it says “single crochet”, that’s a UK double, and where it says a “double crochet” that’s a UK treble crochet.

Click here for the pattern from Gleeful Things.

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/33 Using elastic with crochet (2)

Following this post about using elastic with crochet to make a beautiful bridal garter, walkerwhimsy shows us how to make a headband with elastic, so that you don’t have to use ties or worry about getting the size exactly right.

It’s all UK double crochet and shell stitch – easy peasy! It looks very sweet and would be useful for using up bits and pieces of yarn. If you don’t have any hair bands, I crocheted a row of dc around elastic bands. You could also wrap ribbon or thread or yarn around them, too.

Click here for the pattern from Walker Whimsy.

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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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.

2014/24 Another lovely from our friend Jane Burns

The very clever Jane Burns has just emailed us about some quick and cute bear ears! She’s attached them to hair clips so they can just be worn by themselves, as well as with fancy dress. How cute are they?! Think of the possibilities!

Pattern in UK terms here.