Monday, 21 April 2014

Boy Blanket


This is the start of a Boy themed blanket I am making for my son. It will be along the same lines as my previous blankets (see side bar) but I thought I would make a different base just for a change.

For the bottom I am thinking:

Submarine, Yacht, Ship

Next panel will be:

Ambulance, Police Car, Fire Engine

Then:

Dump truck, Bulldozer, Concrete Mixer

Last panel will be:

Airplane, Helicopter, Hot Air Balloon

If you want to keep up to date on when these patterns are released just follow my facebook page:

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But in the meantime feel free to get started on the base. It looks just as good without all the appliques.

Measurements:

Completed blanket measures 45 x 64 inches and is pictured on a single bed.

Materials:

  • DK/8ply Yarn. I used Moda Vera Marvel. Can be substituted for WW/10 ply provided you meet gauge or you will get a different size blanket.
  • 5.50 mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Tape Measure
Gauge: 5 rows x 7 stitches in a 2 inch square

Notes: Ch 2 counts as a hdc throughout pattern.

Pattern:

Starting with grey,

Row 1: Ch 141, hdc in 3rd ch from the hook and in each ch across (140 hdc)
Rows 2-32: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. (140 hdc)

Change to white,

Rows 33-37: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. (140 hdc)

Change to blue,

Rows 38-69: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. (140 hdc)

Change to white,

Rows 70-74: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. (140 hdc)

Change to grey,

Rows 75-106: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. (140 hdc)

Change to white,

Row 107-111: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. (140 hdc)

Change to blue,

Rows 112-143: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across. (140 hdc)

Finish off and weave in all ends.

Border:

Join grey in any corner,

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in same stitch as ch 1, sc EVENLY around entire piece making sure to keep note of the amount of stitches on each side. The top and bottom should have the same amount of stitches, same with both sides. Make sure to place 3 sc in each corner to help the border turn.

Finish off with grey and join white, 

Rounds 2-3: Ch 2, hdc in each stitch around making sure to place 3 hdc in each corner.

Finish off with white and join blue,

Round 4: Ch 2, hdc in each stitch around making sure to place 3 hdc in each corner.

Finish off with blue and join grey,

Round 5: Ch 2, hdc in each stitch around making sure to place 3 hdc in each corner.

Finish off with grey and join blue,

Round 6: Ch 2, hdc in each stitch around making sure to place 3 hdc in each corner.

Finish off and weave in all ends.

 



Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Koo Koo Bunny

With the idea of getting into the Easter holiday spirit I made this little bunny softie for my daughter. She immediately called it Koo Koo which is where the pattern name came from. It works up quickly so you should have time to make one (or a few) before Easter. They would make great additions to your Easter baskets.



As an added bonus, if you make one before Sunday the 20th of April and post a picture on my facebook wall Knot Your Nana's Crochet you will go into a draw to win one of my eBooks. You can choose from the following designs:

Crochet Ebook
Little Blossom's Blanket, Farm Blanket, Zoo Blanket
So lets get crafting,

Materials:

8ply/dk yarn in white, pink and black
3.50 mm/E crochet hook
Yarn needle
Scissors
Stuffing

Pattern:

Do not join rounds. Mark the beginning stitch of each round with a stitch marker or a scrap piece of yarn. This is for all pieces except for the inner ears as these are worked in rows.

Body/Head: with white

Starting with a magic circle,

Round 1: Ch 1, 12 sc into the circle. (12 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (24 sc)
Round 3: *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next* Repeat between * around. (36 sc)
Round 4: *2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 2 stitches* Repeat between * around. (48 sc)
Round 5: Sc in each stitch around. (48 sc)
Round 6: *2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 3 stitches* Repeat between * around. (60 sc)
Round 7-9: Sc in each stitch around. (60 sc)
Round 10: *Sc2tog, sc in next 3 stitches* Repeat between * around. (48 sc)

Now is a good time to stop and embroider the face.

Do the cross for the nose first. Then the line for the left eye, then the line for the right eye. Working back from right to left start doing the lashes. I worked underneath the "line" starting each lash about 3 mm below the line and going up into/below the line. You should be able to do this continuously for all lashes

Round 11: Sc in each stitch around. (48 sc)
Round 12: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 stitches* Repeat between * around. (36 sc)
Round 13: *Sc2tog, sc in next stitch* Repeat between * around. (24 sc)

You will find it easier to add the stuffing to the body around now.

Round 14: Sc2tog around. (12 sc)
Round 15: Sc2tog around. (6 sc)
Round 16: Sc2tog around. (3 sc)

Finish off and close of the end hole while weaving in the end.

Ears: with white

We will be making 2 ears. One big ear and one small ear. You will start both ears the same.

Starting with a magic circle,

Round 1: Ch 1, 4 sc into the circle. (4 sc)
Round 2: *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next* Repeat between * around. (6 sc)
Round 3-4: Sc around. (6 sc)
Round 5: *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next* Repeat between * around. (9 sc)
Round 6: Sc around. (9 sc)
Round 7: *2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 2 st* Repeat between * around. (12 sc)
Round 8-13: Sc around. (12 sc)

Finish off small ear here. Continue for big ear.

14-16: Sc around. (12 sc)

Finish off big ear.

Inner Small Ear: with pink.

Row 1: Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from the hook and in next 2 ch’s. (3 sc)
Row 2-7: Ch 1, turn, sc in same stitch as ch 1, sc across. (3 sc)
Row 8: Sc3tog. (1 sc)

Ch 1, sc around entire piece. Finish off leaving a tail for sewing.

Inner Big Ear: with pink

Row 1: Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from the hook and in next 2 ch’s. (3 sc)
Row 2-10: Ch 1, turn, sc in same stitch as ch 1, sc across. (3 sc)
Row 11: Sc3tog. (1 sc)

Ch 1, sc around entire piece. Finish off leaving a tail for sewing.

Feet: with white (make two)

Starting with a magic circle,

Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc into the circle. (6 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (12 sc)
Round 3-7: Sc in each stitch around. (12 sc)
Round 8: Sc2tog around. (6 sc)

Finish off leaving a tail for sewing.

Arms: with white (make two)

Starting with a magic circle,

Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc into the circle. (6 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (12 sc)
Round 3-4: Sc in each stitch around. (12 sc)
Round 5: Sc2tog around. (6 sc)

Finish off leaving a tail for sewing.

Tail: with white.

Starting with a magic circle,

Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc into the circle. (6 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (12 sc)
Round 3: Sc2tog around. (6 sc)

Finish off leaving a tail for sewing.

Assembly:

Weave in all ends not needed for sewing. Sew pink inner ears to corresponding outer ear. Sew ears, arms and feet to body as shown in picture. The tail is placed in the middle on the back of the bunny. I only stuffed the body and left the remaining pieces empty.







Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Little Bow Skirt

This cute little skirt was designed for my daughter. She is obsessed with skirts and I don't say that lightly. She will change her skirt at least 3 times a day. If you match gauge and follow instructions it should fit a 19-21 inch waist. I have provided instructions below which should enable you to adjust the size.





This size of this skirt can be adjusted provided your starting number of stitches is in multiples of 14+1. You can also increase the length by repeating rows 8,9,10,11 and ending on row 9 before adding the finishing round.

I found a size chart here which should help with measurements if you don't have the child available to measure - http://www.projectrunplay.com/2012/07/skirting-issue-sizing-charts-and-prize.html


Materials:

·        8 ply/dk yarn in pink (55 grams) and white (15 grams). I used Moda Vera Marvel.
·        4.0 mm crochet hook
·        Button
·        Scissors
·        Yarn needle
·        Tape measure


Gauge: 9 dc = 2 inches, 4 rows = 2 inch


Special Stitches

4 dc cluster: Yarn over, insert hook into first st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through first 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, skip one stitch, yarn over insert hook into next st, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook into same st, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops. You should have 5 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

Dc2tog over 3 stitches: Yarn over, insert hook into first stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch (3 loops on your hook), yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on your crochet hook, (2 loops on hook), yarn over, SKIP ONE STITCH, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through remaining stitches on your hook.

Skip Middle Stitch

Pattern:

Skirt:

Ch 85, (or multiple of 14 + 1)

Row 1: Sc into the second ch from the hook and in each ch across (84 sc)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Hdc into each stitch across. (84 hdc)

Without twisting current rows join with a sl st to top of ch 2 to make a continuous circle.

Round 3: Ch 4 (counts as beginning ch 3 + ch 1), skip 1, dc into next stitch, *ch 1, skip 1, dc into next stitch*. Repeat between *around. Ch1 and join to 3rd ch in beginning ch 4.

Round 4: Ch 2, hdc into each ch 1 space and into each stitch around, Join to top of ch 2 with a sl st. (84 hdc)

Round 5: Ch 2, hdc into same stitch as ch 2, hdc into the next 5 stitches, *2 hdc in next stitch, hdc in next 5 stitches* Repeat between * around. Join to top of ch 2 with a sl st (98 hdc)

Round 6: Ch 3, dc in next st *dc2tog over 3 stitches (you will skip the middle dc and go into the first and third dc's), dc into the next 5 stitches, v-st in next stitch (dc, ch 1, dc), dc in next 5 stitches* Repeat between * ending with 3 dc, join to top of ch 3 with a sl st. (98 hdc)

Round 7: Ch 3, *Dc2tog over 3 stitches (you will skip the dc2tog from previous row and go into first and 3rd st), dc in the next 5 st, v st in ch 1 space, dc in next 5 st,* Repeat between * around ending with 4 dc. Join to top of ch 3 with a sl st. (98 dc)

Round 8: Ch 3 (does not count as a stitch), *4 dc cluster over the next 3 stitches (see note, start in same st as ch 3), ch 3, skip 2 st, 2 dc cluster in the next stitch, ch 2, skip 2 st, (2 dc cluster, ch 4, 2 dc cluster) in ch 1 space, ch 2, skip 2, 2 dc cluster in next stitch, ch 3, skip 2* Repeat between * around. Join to middle of 4 dc cluster with a sl st.

Round 9: Ch 1, *sc in top of 4 dc cluster, 2 sc in next ch 3 space, 2 sc in next ch 2 space, 5 sc into ch 4 space, 2 sc in ch 2 space, 2 sc in ch 3 space* repeat between * around. Join to first sc with a sl st.

Round 10: Ch 1, turn, sl st into next 3 st, Ch 3, turn, dc in next st *dc2tog over 3 stitches (you will skip the middle dc and go into the first and third dc's), dc into the next 5 stitches, v-st in next stitch (dc, ch 1, dc), dc in next 5 stitches* Repeat between * ending with 3 dc, join to top of ch 3 with a sl st. (98 hdc)

Round 11: Ch 3, *Dc2tog over 3 stitches (you will skip the dc2tog from previous row and go into first and 3rd st), dc in the next 5 st, v st in ch 1 space, dc in next 5 st,* Repeat between * around ending with 4 dc. Join to top of ch 3 with a sl st. (98 dc)

Round 12: Repeat round 8
Round 13: Repeat around 9
Round 14: Repeat round 10
Round 15: Repeat round 11
Round 16: Repeat round 8
Round 17: Repeat round 9

Round 18: Ch 1, sc into the same stitch as ch 1, ch 3, sl st into the 3rd ch from the hook, sc into the next stitch. *sc into the next stitch, ch 3, sl st into the 3rd ch from the hook, sc in next st* Repeat between * around. Join to first sc with a sl st.

Skirt should measure 8 inches in length. Continue repeating rows to increase length.

Finish off and weave in ends.

Bow:
Round 1: Ch 46, hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across. Join to first ch 2 with a sl st. (45 hdc)
Round 2-4: Ch 2, hdc in each stitch around. Join to top of ch 2 with a sl st.(45 hdc)

Stitch small gap closed and weave in ends.

Centre of Bow:

Row 1: Ch 5, hdc in 3rd ch from the hook and in remaining ch’s (4 hdc)
Row 2-8: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in each stitch across (4 hdc)

Wrap centre of bow around bow and stitch closed. Weave in ends.

Belt:

Ch 82, dc into the 4th ch from the hook and in each ch across. (80 dc)

If making a bigger or smaller size skirt ch 3 less than the starting ch.

Assembly:

Weave the belt in and out of the loops created in round 3. Sew bow to right side of belt and sew button on the back. Push the button through the dc rows on the belt to secure.





Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Cosy Crochet Slippers (Adult)

Slippers-crochet


I was originally making these slippers for myself but my mum has now claimed them. They are easily adjusted to any adult size. I am sure the same technique could be used for childrens slippers as well. Just make the rectangle base the same size as the child's foot and make a smaller square for the top. 

Any 4 inch square works for the top of these slippers or just be creative and chose a different applique to stitch to the top of the granny square in the pattern.

Materials:

8 ply/dk yarn. I used Moda Vera Marvel in white, grey and pink
5.0 mm crochet hook
Tape measure
Scissors
Yarn needle
Safety pins
Stitch markers or scrap yarn

Gauge:

5 rows x 8 stitches in 2 inches

Notes:

Original slippers were made to fit a foot which is 9 inches in length. To adjust the length simply do more or less rows on the base of the slippers. When it comes time to sc around the base you will need to adjust the stitch count.

Ch 2 counts as a hdc

BLO – Back loop only

SC3TOG – Single crochet three stitches together. This is similar to single crochet two together but is done over 3 stitches.

Pattern:

Base: make 2 white and 2 grey.

Row 1: Ch 14, hdc into the 3rd ch from the hook and in each ch across (13 hdc)
Row 2-22 (or stop at the length you need): Ch 2, turn, hdc into each stitch across. (13 hdc)

Finish off and weave in ends.

Joining soles: makes 2 soles



Hold soles of slippers with wrong sides together (one grey and one white). With grey (bottom of slipper) facing you join grey yarn in any stitch around. Make sure you place the same amount of stitches down the short sides and the same amount down the long sides. This will keep the rectangles even. For the slippers I made I had 22 stitches down the long sides, 11 stitches down the short sides and 3 sc in each corner for a total of 78 sc. Depending on what size you are making you will have more or less stitches down the long side. The way I kept it even was since I had 22 rows I did a stitch at each end. So if you have 20 rows do 20 stitches.

Round 1: Working through both soles stitches. Ch 1, sc in each stitch around placing 3 sc in each corner. Join to BLO of first sc with a sl st.

Round 2:  Working in BLO, ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Join to first sc with a sl st

Round 3-5: Back working in both loops, ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Join to first sc with a sl st.

Finish off and weave in ends.

Granny Square Top:

Any 4 inch square will work here but since Valentines Day is coming up I chose to do a basic granny square with a heart appliqué.

With white, start with a magic circle or ch 3 and join with a sl st to make a circle,

 Round 1: Ch 3,  2 dc into the circle, ch 2, *3 dc, ch 2* Repeat 3 times. Join to top of ch 3 with a sl st. (12 dc)

Round 2: Sl st to next ch 2 space, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) to make first corner, ch 1 *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)* into each ch 2 space around. Join to top of ch 3 with a sl st. (24 dc)

Round 3: Sl st to the next ch 2 space, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) to make first corner, ch 1 * 3 dc into the next ch 2 space, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into the corner space, ch 1* Repeat between * 3 times, 3 dc into the next ch 2 space, ch 1. Join to top of ch 3 with a sl st. (36 dc)

Finish off and weave in ends.

Pink heart appliqué - http://www.planetjune.com/blog/free-crochet-patterns/love-hearts/ I used the medium heart.

Sew heart appliqué to square.



Joining Top to Slippers and Closing Ankle Opening:


Pin square at the corners to the slipper. I didn’t count stitches, just worked from sight. Join grey yarn in corner. Sc through both the sides of the slipper and the granny square to join.

Pink arrow shows beginning of round 1 and remaining rounds.

Once finished joining the granny square continue to sc down the side of the slipper, across the back and down the other side. Once you get back to the granny square work across the remaining edge of the square.

You have now finished round 1 and are back to the beginning of round 2. Instead of joining rounds work in a continuous circle keeping track of the beginning.

Mark each corner approx with a stitch marker or scrap piece of yarn. When you SC3TOG the marked stitch will always be the middle stitch of the three.  The first corner is the beginning of round 2.



Round 2: Sc to first marker (second corner), SC3TOG, sc to third corner, SC3TOG, sc to fourth corner, SC3TOG, sc to beginning of round (back to first corner), SC3TOG.

Round 3-5: Continue to sc around making sure to do a SC3TOG in each corner.

Finish off at the beginning after the last SC3TOG.


Weave in remaining ends.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Simple Crochet Roses (3 sizes)


These roses are worked in one piece and are only made up of two rows. They are super simple to make and the smaller two work up really quickly. They can be used in a variety of different projects including hats, headbands, hairclips, hair bow holders. Use your imagination and I am sure you will come up with something great. Us crafters are good at that :).

Gauge: 
4 sc and 4 rows = 1 inch

Materials:
8 ply yarn. I used Moda Vera Marvel. Any yarn will work though just be aware your flowers might turn out a different size. My measurements are as follows:

Large Flower: 6 inch diameter, uses approx 35 grams of yarn.
Medium Flower: 4 inch diameter, uses approx 18 grams of yarn
Small Flower - 2 inch diameter, uses approx 4 grams of yarn

5.00 mm crochet hook
Yarn needle
Scissors

Patterns:


Medium Flower:

Ch 55,

Row 1: Dc into the 6th ch from the hook (the 6 skipped ch’s count as 1 dc, ch 2), (dc, ch 2, dc) into each stitch across. (50 ch 2 spaces)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, *6 hdc into ch 2 space, sc into next ch 2 space* Repeat 5 times. *8 dc into next ch 2 space, sc into next ch 2 space* Repeat 10 times. *10 tr into next ch 2 space, sc into next ch 2 space* Repeat 10 times. (Total of 25 shells) 

Scroll down for assembly.

Small Flower:

Ch 25,

Row 1: Dc into the 6th ch from the hook (the 6 skipped ch’s count as 1 dc, ch 2), (dc, ch 2, dc) into each stitch across. (20 ch 2 spaces)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, *6 hdc into ch 2 space, sc into next ch 2 space* Repeat 10 times. (Total of 10 shells) 

Assembly:

Finish off, starting from the end with the hdc shells (this will become the centre of the flower), roll into a spiral shape, stitching together as you go. The size of your flower will depend on how tightly you do this so keep this in mind when stitching together.



 

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Large Flower Hair Bow Holder



I needed to come up with a quick present for a friends little girl and this is what came to me. I was inspired by this super cute bow one from Cakers Crochet http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/i-like-big-bows-bow-holder but I thought I would rather a flower at the top so that is what I did. It will make a great last minute Christmas gift and the flower and butterfly patterns can be used for a variety of other things. The flower measures 6 inches in diameter and the butterflies measure 1 inch.

Materials:
DK/8 ply yarn (you could use worsted weight. It will just turn out slightly bigger) in purple and pink. I used 35 grams of the purple yarn which was Moda Vera Marvel.
5.0 mm crochet hook
White Felt
1 metre of ribbon
Hot Glue Gun (super glue will work too)
Scissors
Yarn needle

Gauge: 4 sc and 4 rows = 1 inch

Pattern:

Flower: 

Ch 105,

Row 1: Dc into the 6th ch from the hook (the 6 skipped ch’s count as 1 dc, ch 2), (dc, ch 2, dc) into each stitch across. (100 ch 2 spaces)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, *6 hdc into ch 2 space, sc into next ch 2 space* Repeat 10 times. *8 dc into next ch 2 space, sc into next ch 2 space* Repeat 20 times. *10 tr into next ch 2 space, sc into next ch 2 space* Repeat 20 times. (Total of 50 shells)

Starting from the end with the hdc shells (this will become the centre of the flower), roll into a spiral shape, stitching together as you go.





 Butterflies: make two


Starting with a magic circle,

Round 1: *Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, sc into the circle,* Repeat between * for a total of 2 times. *Ch 4, 2 tr, ch 4, sc into the circle* Repeat between * for a total of 2 times.


Finish off, pull circle tight and weave in ends. Wrap a contrasting colour of yarn around the middle of the wings and tie in a double knot. Cut the ends to the same height to make the antennae. 

Assembly:

1: Lay ribbon out as shown


2. Glue butterflies to bottom of ribbon.


3. Attach flower to ribbon.


4: Cut a circle slightly smaller than the flower and glue to the back.


Attach hair clips and you're finished!









Friday, 6 December 2013

Granny Square CAL (Finished Blanket)

I can't believe I finally got it done. It might have taken 8 months but it was well worth the end result. I was going for a queen size blanket but with my joining method it hangs over the side of my bed which is why the photo's were taken on the floor.

You can find the link to all 99, 8 inch squares here: http://www.knotyournanascrochet.com/2013/04/granny-square-cal-week-one.html




I joined using the ch method which you can find instructions for here http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/pattern.php?id=4478&lang=us


The border was made up of 4 rounds of hdc. Place 3 hdc into each corner to turn.
The last round was a follows: Ch 5 (counts as first hdc and ch 3), sl st into the 3rd ch from the hook (to make picot) hdc into the same stitch, *ch 1, skip 1 stitch, sc into the next st, ch 1, skip 1 stitch (hdc, ch 3, sl st into the 3rd ch from the hook, hdc) all into next stitch.* Repeat around. Join to top of first hdc (ch 2) with a sl st. Finish off.



http://www.knotyournanascrochet.com/2013/04/10-different-ways-to-join-granny-squares.html

http://www.knotyournanascrochet.com/2013/04/10-ways-to-get-perfect-finish-on-your.html