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

2014/84 – 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

2014/83 – 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!

2014/82 – 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

2014/79 – gorgeous cowl

Today we have a lovely cowl from B. Hooked Crochet. It looks really snuggly and I like the autumnal colours.

Plus the author rates it as an easy pattern, and provides a full tutorial.

Go check it out!

http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/2014/09/03/fall-color-cowl-free-pattern/

Please don’t forget our competition!

– 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/

 

2014/70 – upcycling old jumpers with crochet

So this is another of those clothing amendment tutorials, like the t-shirt one. Except this one is a bit more wintery. It’s pretty easy. I think you could use a similar technique for any number of different fabrics or items of clothing, to decorate or just make clothes bigger. Though it does involve some sewing.

Find it all here:

http://trash-collector.livejournal.com/9794.html

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/66 owl pattern in US terms

The cutest owl pattern ever has just been posted for free by Craft Queens, and I just think it’s incredibly adorable. Great for keyrings or decorations (perhaps use a greyish-white colour of wool and it’s a snowy owl Christmas tree decoration?).

Be advised that it’s in US terms so don’t forget to check out our stitch translation guide.

Here it is:

http://craftyqueens.nl/2014/05/04/hoot-hoot-free-crochet-pattern/

– 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