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!

2014/82 – 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

2014/80 – 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

2014/76 – 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