2014 number 6 – Spider slippers – pattern translation

We know, these are a bit Hallowe’eny, but we don’t follow rules ‘cuz we’re, like, totally dangerous ‘n’ stuff. Our love for crochet slippers is no secret, so we think these spider slippers are flippin’ awesome!

They are all UK DC so they’re really easy! You can customize these to suit: how about pastels for Easter? With chocolate circles? Or red and green for Christmas, with coloured baubles?

Click here for the pattern from Crafttown.

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Something fast and easy for Hallowe’en!

Crochetnmore never fail to have good ideas. This pattern is really quick and will whip you up some pencil toppers, Pumpkin-style!

Again, we think it’s adaptable – you can try other fruit and veg for different times of year. You can even use chunky thick wool to make them bigger than shown.

Where it asks for an sc, crochet a UK DC. Where it asks for a hdc, crochet a UK HTR. Where it asks for a dc, crochet a UK TR.

Click here for the pattern.

Cute little vest pattern + many more

We found mylittlecitygirl.com a while back, while on the hunt for Steampunk crochet patterns for The Tall Daughter. Some patterns cost ££ but the site offers quite a few free ones too, like this sweet little vest for girls. I can see this being adaptable for other sizes and, of course, different colours. The version in the picture was made for Halloween.

Visit the site for a free pattern download here.

Don’t forget to use our stitch translation guide where necessary!

Little Pumpkins by Vicki Brown

This talented designer appears in magazines. My daughter, the Tall One,  particularly likes her tops and has compiled a “Mum, can you make me this?” list!

Today we’re looking at her Little Pumpkins patterns, already in UK terms, on her blog.

These are pretty easy and quick. You could use different colours to crochet other fruits, but I love pumpkins!

Visit Vicki’s blog and take a look at her other patterns too!

Spiderman gloves – pattern translation

This AWESOME and AMAZING pattern is a downloadable pdf file with excellent instructions and lots of pictures.

It’s fairly straightforward: wherever it says SC, crochet a UK DC. Wherever it says TR, crochet a UK DTR.

I know the pattern designer made these for her little boys, but my big girls (14 and 21!!!) adore them too!

Go Webs!

Spider web cuffs

A nice, simple project to crochet some spooky spider’s web cuffs/sleeves that I think are too nice to keep just for Hallowe’en. All you need to know is how to chain and slip stitch.

These spooky babies are probably the easiest things you’ll ever make! All you need to know is how to slip stitch and chain!

You’ll need white wool, a 4 mm hook and a tapestry needle to sew in your ends.

Chain 43
Then join the two ends with a slip stitch. As the gloves are supposed to resemble spiders’ webs, it doesn’t matter too much if your yarn twists over.
Chain 46.

 

Now go right back to the beginning of the chain 46 you have just crocheted.
Find the third chain from its start and slip stitch into it to create your second loop.
Chain 46 and slip stitch into the third chain seven more times. This is the arm section. Your work should start looking like this as you go.
Now we’re going to make the loops a bit closer together for the hand sections of the arm warmers: chain 44 (not 46) and slip stitch into the first chain (not the third). Repeat this step four more times. The picture shows how they look spaced closer together. Then break your yarn and fasten off.

Next, reunite your hook with a new piece of yarn. If you look at the picture above, you will see that I’ve slipstitched into the yarn on the opposite side to the side we’ve been working on up to now. This is how we will join the other side of the loops together, otherwise we’ll just have all those loops joined on one side and flapping around on the other!

Slip stitch into the very first loop you crocheted directly opposite from the side already joined.

Chain 3. Slip stitch into the same point on the next loop. Repeat until you reach the first of the loops on the hand section. Follow the same process to join the loops together, but only crochet 1 chain in between loops.You should end up with this.

Now, I stopped at this point because I was happy with how it looked but if you want, you could add more chains between the loops to make a more spiderwebby-effect. To do this, find the point halfway between the chains joining the loops and follow the same process – attach your yarn with a slip stitch, chain 3, slip stitch into the next loop, continue to the hand section, chain 1 etc.

Ta-Dah!