Crochet Spring Bunting Pattern

Here’s a pattern I wrote recently for another class I was teaching – I’ve only made three bunting triangles for this sample but you could make it as long as you like! I hope you like it x


Crochet Spring Bunting:

 You will need:

DK yarn in a variety of colours (I have used white, yellow, pink and green)

4mm crochet hook

Needle for sewing in ends
To make the bunting triangles:

With yellow yarn, ch6 and join with a slip stitch to form a foundation ring.

Ch3 (counts as a tr), 11tr into the ring and slst to join (12tr)

Change to white yarn, join in any stitch, ch3, sk1, ss into next stitch – continue all the way around (will give you 6 chain spaces).

*Slip stitch into next chain space, ch2, her, 2tr, 2htr, ss into next ch space* continue all the way around. Cut the yarn and fasten off with white.

Join the pink yarn in between 2tr. Dc. *ch4 then between the next 2tr (2tr, ch3, 2tr), ch4, dc in between next 2tr*. Continue around, slst to join. (This will form 3 corners)

Ch2 (counts as a htr), *4htr around chain, htr into next 2 stitches, then (2htr, ch3, 2htr) into corner space. Htr into next 2 stitches, 4htr around chain, htr into dc from previous round*, continue to end, join with a slst and fasten off.
For the border:

Join the green yarn in a corner space, ch3, sk1, slst into next stitch, *ch3, sk1, slst into next stitch* continue all the way around two sides of the triangle (at the tip/corner of the triangle slst into corner space, ch3, slst into corner space again, then continue as before).

Fasten off after two sides are done. Repeat for each bunting triangle.

Joining the bunting:

With green yarn ch10, slst into first ch to form a loop (this will enable you to hang the bunting easily). Then ch25. This is when I joined my first bunting triangle – dc into each stitch along the side of the triangle that doesn’t have a border yet. Then ch15 again before adding your next triangle, and continue like this until all triangles have been added. After the last triangle ch35, then slst into the 10th chain from the hook to form a matching hanging loop to the one at the other end. Weave in ends. (Obviously if you want the triangles closer/further apart you can vary the number of ch stitches in between).

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Easy Crochet Basket Pattern

I love making crochet baskets – they’re incredibly versatile and quick and easy to make. I recently taught a class on hot to crochet a basket and thought I’d share the pattern on my blog too…so here it is!

You Will Need:

T-shirt yarn (approx 240g)

10mm crochet hook

Needle (for sewing in ends)

Stitch marker

How to make the basket:

Round 1: Using the t-shirt yarn, form a magic ring, 6dc into the ring and tighten (6)

Round 2: 2dc in each stitch (place a stitch marker into your first stitch, and for every round) (12)

Round 3: 1dc into first stitch, 2dc into the next stitch *dc, 2dc* until end of the round (18)

Round 4: 2dc into first stitch, dc into the next two stitches *2dc, dc, dc* until end of round (24)

Round 5: *2dc, dc into next 3 stitches* (30)

Round 6: dc in back loops only for the whole round (30)

Rounds 7-10: dc in every stitch (30) (Nb this is 4 rounds)

Round 11: dc in first 5 stitches, ch8, skip 5 stitches from previous round, dc into the next stitch and the following 9 stitches. Ch8, skip 5 stitches, dc into the last 5 stitches. (36)

Round 12: dc in every stitch, when you get to the chain sections, dc 8 over the chain and then continue with the dc until the end. (36)

Finish off and weave in ends
Ta-dah that’s it! These make great little gift baskets or storage solutions – happy crocheting!x

Easter petal basket pattern

I love crochet baskets – big ones are great for storing yarn, you can make nesting ones and hanging ones, I even have a small one on my desk for pens. I wrote this pattern for the hobbycraft blog last year and thought I’d share it here too for anyone who would like to make it.


How To Make An Easter Petal Basket
You Will Need:

2x balls of Conway + Bliss Odin in Lilac

8mm hook

Small amounts of Hayfield Bonus DK in green, yellow and white

Needle (for sewing in ends)

Stitch marker
How to make the basket:

Working with two strands of Debbie Bliss Odin at the same time:

Form a magic ring, 6dc into the ring and tighten (6)

2dc in each stitch (place a stitch marker into your first stitch, and for every round) (12)

1dc into first stitch, 2dc into the next stitch *dc, 2dc* until end of the round (18)

2dc into first stitch, dc into the next two stitches *2dc, dc, dc* until end of round (24)

*2dc, dc into next 3 stitches* (30)

dc in front loops only for the whole round (30)

Rounds 7-15: dc in every stitch (30) (Nb this is 9 rounds)

*dc, ch1, skip 1* repeat until end of round (30)

dc into every dc and ch space from previous round (30)

Slip stitch into next stitch, *skip 2, 7tr into next stitch, skip 2, slst* repeat until end of round (this forms the petal edge of the basket)

Finish off and weave in ends


To make the daisy garland:
Leaf 1: With Hayfield Bonus DK in green, ch8, then working down the chain into each chain stitch work the following: sk1, slst, dc, htr, tr, htr, dc then slst and ch1.

Working down the other side of the original ch8, now work: slst, dc, htr, tr, htr, dc, slst.

Now chain 108 stitches (this should comfortably go round the circumference of your basket – adjust as necessary). Once you’ve done this, put a safety pin or stitch marker through your last chain and then thread it through the holes in your basket made in round 16 until it comes back out at the start – make sure Leaf 1 remains at the start and doesn’t get threaded through.

Make Leaf 2 by following the Leaf 1 instructions on the last 8 chains you made.

Finish off and weave in ends.

To make the daisy – with yellow, 6dc in magic ring and tighten. Then 2dc into each stitch and fasten off (12).

Join the white yarn into any stitch from the previous round, ch4 then slst into next stitch, *slst, ch4, slst* until end of round (forms 6 chain petals).

*Slst into chain space of next petal, ch1 then htr, tr, htr, dc, (all in the same petal chain space) then slst into next stitch* repeat until end. (6 petals)

Sew the daisy onto the green leaf chain where the two ends meet above the leaves.

Happy making! I’d love to see any baskets you make so if you’re on Instagram feel free to tag me @holly_pips

Xx

 

HiyaHiya Crochet Hooks – Review

The lovely team from HiyaHiya Europe recently got in touch with me and asked if I would like to review some of their hooks – I’d seen them popping up on various websites but hadn’t actually tried them myself so this sounded perfect!

I regularly use all size hooks so they kindly sent me a 1.5mm, a 5mm and a 12mm – and I was immediately drawn to the 12mm – it’s sparkly! And purple! Truly gorgeous to look at, and as it turns out, really nice to work with. It’s acrylic so it’s lightweight, really smooth to use and glides easily through your work. I tested it out on some t-shirt yarn and whipped up this little hook pot, and I can honestly say it was a delight to work with – and did I mention it’s sparkly!😉✨💜

Next up I thought I’d give the 1.5mm a go….a bit daunting as it’s so teeny, but using 2 strands of embroidery thread I worked up this tiny granny square! I thought it would be quite tricky but the hook was really smooth to use. This would be perfect for adding a delicate lacy edge to a project like a tea towel or child’s clothing. (That’s a 10p coin there for scale)


Last but not least I gave the aluminium 5mm hook a go. Because it’s aluminium it’s very lightweight – I used it with some denim tape which isn’t always easy to work with but the hook made it simple (and now I want to make a whole bunch of these little denim stars!)


I should point out that I’ve not been paid to advertise these – HiyaHiya just sent me some hooks and asked for an honest review which I’m always happy to give. These hooks were really nice to work with and I’ll definitely consider them should I need more hooks in future – and the sparkly one would make a brilliant stocking filler (yes I’m already starting to think about Christmas!🙈🎄)

African Flower Blanket 🌸

I love crocheting African Flowers – they’re such a pretty design, and I’ve made a whole host of Heidi Bears designs using them – they’re also quick and easy to make in batches. 

My latest blanket is destined for a new baby girl, and they wanted something in pale grey, pink and white – we added in a pale yellow too as I find this design works best with four colours.

I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran yarn in Stormy Grey (4 balls), Blush Pink, Banana Cream, and Paper White (1.5 balls of each).

As the blanket is 6×6 squares I made them in batches of 6 at a time, with each group having a different colour combo in the middle/petals. By doing them in batches I managed to get this whole blanket completed in 2 weeks – a good job too as the baby has arrived!


If you’re looking for a good pattern to square off your African Flowers I can recommend this Made in K-Town blog post.

I didn’t get time to measure it before it was collected but it came out roughly 1 metre square and was lovely and cosy due to the Aran thickness.


For the joining I used a flat slip stitch join which have a nice neat finish. I went down a hook size to do the border (I used 5mm for the squares and then a 4.5mm for the border) which was made up of a row of double crochet (sc if you’re using US terms) but making htr’s (hdc) into the point where the squares join. I then followed this with a round of htr in the back loops only, of white, then yellow, then pink.

Anyway here’s hoping it is very loved in its new home, and keeps baby V all warm and snuggly….

‘Colourful Crochet’ Blog Tour

Welcome to the Colourful Crochet blog tour!

Last month the lovely Marianne (aka @marretjroos on Instagram and the lady behind the maRRose blog) asked me if I’d possibly like to review her brand new book – how could I refuse?!


Marianne’s new book ‘Colourful Crochet’ is an absolute delight. It has more than 20 new crochet projects, ranging from lovely cushions for the home, snuggly baby blankets and also fun items of clothing. Unlike some other books, these are all projects I would actually make and have in my home – there’s no ‘filler’ projects in there making up page numbers.

As the title suggests the projects are bright, colourful and cheery, interspersed with photos of the super smiley Marianne modelling her creations – it can’t fail but a bring a smile to your face!

The project that particularly caught my eye was Marianne’s ‘Inez’ Hexagon Blanket. Her colour choices are superb (you can see it on the front cover of her book) but what I really like is that she’s used a join-as-you-go puff stitch to join the hexagons together.  I’ve used join-as-you-go before but never with puff stitch and I think the effect it gives is brilliant. I’ve given it a go with a palette of purples but this pattern is so versatile it could be used with any colours and any size yarn.


The pattern instructions in the book are very clear and concise, and are all marked with a skill level of Easy/Intermediate/Challenging, so there really is something for everyone.


Some other favourites from the book (which have been added to my extremely long list of projects I want to make) are the chunky circular Boho cushion, the beautifully textured cobblestone blanket, and the stunning geometric triangle blanket.

Colourful Crochet is now available to buy on Amazon here – but Marianne has given me an extra copy to give away to one of you lovely lot! So to be in with a chance of winning pop over to my Instagram page to enter!

Wishing you all a colourful week!

Xxx

A pastel Sunburst blanket for my new baby niece!

Making blankets for babies is probably my favourite thing to crochet – in fact it was the first thing I ever crocheted, a giant granny square blanket for my future baby before I was even pregnant! There’s just something lovely about making a blanket to keep them warm and cosy after their arrival into the world, and I love giving them as presents to friends and family.  So when I found out I was going to be an Aunty again I think one of the first questions I had for my sister was ‘Have you got a colour scheme in mind? What kind of blanket would you like?’


Soft pastels of cream, yellow, pink and blue were decided on, and I had been itching to make a blanket in Scheepjes Stonewashed yarn so this was the perfect opportunity! The yarn is 70% cotton, 30% acrylic – it’s lovely and soft whilst also being durable and perfect for babies.  I opted for the XL weight (Aran I believe) – thicker yarn equals larger squares and that means you don’t have to make quite as many 😉 The colours I chose were Moonstone for the main background colour, then Citrine (yellow), Rose Quartz (pink) and Amazonite (blue). The stonewashed effect of this yarn is lovely and gives it a soft, almost vintage look.  I used a 5mm hook and the quantities I used were:

Moonstone: 11 balls

Citrine, Rose Quarts and Amazonite: 2 balls of each


The three colours meant as I was using 2 colours per Sunburst (the inner circle and adjacent round) that I could make six colour combinations e.g. Pink middle with yellow, yellow middle with blue, blue middle with pink etc. I then made 8 of each of these colourways giving me 48 squares, making a blanket 6×8 squares.


I also tried out my new blocking board for the first time with great success- it just makes them a bit more pointed and gives a slightly neater finish.


To join them I used SC (or DC in U.K. terms) with the right sides together, it gives a nearly invisible join on the front, with a ridge on the back which I quite like. I joined them all in strips horizontally and then vertically as well.  I wanted a fairly simple border, so first of all I did a round of SC in Moonstone, and where the squares met I made a hdc instead as I find there’s sometimes a bit of a dip and this bring it into line for a nice straight edge. I followed this with a hdc round in Rose Quartz before adding a shell border in yellow.



The measurements of my finished product blanket were 75cm x 98cm (including the border) with each square being approx 11 x 11cm.


And I couldn’t resist making a little toy to go with it…unicorn pattern by Kornflake Stew, made in Stylecraft Special DK, with Debbie Bliss Odin for the hair!✨🦄


I hope you like them little Kovah Willow, love Aunty Holly xxx

Christmas Crochet Wishlist 2016

Christmas is fast approaching – I can’t wait, it’s my favourite time of year and so much fun now with the children, and it’ll be Milo’s first Christmas so even more reason to celebrate!

I get asked a lot by friends and family for Christmas present ideas, most don’t have a clue about crochet. So I thought I’d do a blog post with some crochet christmas present ideas that might interest people, not just my friends and family but maybe yours too (send them the link!)  I did a similar post a couple of years ago and it was really popular so I thought I’d do an update for 2016. I want to point out none of this is sponsored at all – it’s my own genuine opinion on some great crafty gift ideas.

Let’s start with the basics….you can’t beat some good crochet hooks.  My personal favourites are the Clover Amour ones (I’d be lost without my trusty purple 4mm!).  They cost about £6 each and would be perfect popped into a stocking or as a set.

 

Another crochet staple is yarn….where do I begin! There are some great yarn colour packs or CAL (crochet along) kits available on sites such as Wool Warehouse, Love Crochet, Deramores etc.  These are great as they contain all the yarn and usually a pattern to make a project like a blanket.  Alternatively, and this is my current guilty pleasure….hand dyed yarn! This comes in skeins and is so beautiful and unique. It’s usually produced on a small scale by individuals, some of my current favourites are by Kate Selene and Norah George Yarns – check out this gorgeous example below! (Yarn and photo by Kate Selene)

   

Another idea is a subscription box.  There’s haberdashery ones out there, and sock yarn subscription boxes, but my absolute favourite (and which I have subscribed to for the past year) is Little Box of Crochet.  There is a different project each month created by a guest designer and in your pretty box you get everything you need to make it – yarn, hook, stitch marker and usually some little extras.  Here’s a pic of November’s box, a perfectly autumnal wreath designed by Just Pootling. One-off boxes are available in their shop or why not get a subscription and have a box of loveliness pop through your door each month!IMG_5221.JPG

If there’s a particular aspect of crochet you want to learn, if you want to brush up on your skills or if you’re a total beginner, crochet workshops make great presents.  I’ve both been gifted and also run crochet workshops and there’s usually someone nearby that runs them.  I can’t not mention my fabulous friend Jane at Tea & Crafting in London for any of you living in the capital (they run a whole variety of craft classes) and I’m currently putting some together in Sherborne at The Slipped Stitch for any of you who might live down here in Dorset. But wherever you live, ask at your local yarn shop or look out for knit & natter groups – many of whom crochet as well as knit, there’s plenty of people running lessons out there.  Not crochet related but there’s a fantastic local quilting course I’ve been dropping big hints about to my hubby 😉

Crochet books are another great idea – it’s worth checking if there’s a particular one your recipient is after but here are a few of my well-loved favourites as well as some I’m putting on my Christmas list (I’ve linked to Amazon for ease but obviously they are available elsewhere too)

Crochet classics:

Around the Corner – Crochet Borders (by Edie Eckman)

200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans (by Jan Eaton)

For Amigurumi fans:

Edwards Menagerie

Edwards Menagerie Birds

Let’s Go Camping (by Kate Bruning)

Zoomigurumi

New this year:

Star Wars Crochet Pack

Corner to Corner Lap Throws (by Repeat Crafter Me)

Crochetterie: Cool Contemporary Crochet for the Creatively-Minded (by Molla Mills)

Alternatively how about a crochet magazine subscription- I currently subscribe to Simply Crochet which has a good range of projects and interesting articles with designers I admire and I love it arriving each month and sitting down with a cup of tea to read it.

Lastly how about a new crochet tool….there’s not as many crochet gadgets around as I’d like but here a few tools which are useful.

A yarn swift or winder – for any skeins you buy which need to be wound into cakes first, this little gadget is quick and easy to use.

 

Some people prefer the more traditional swift design:

 

Another handy item for your craft corner is a blocking board.  These seem to have become a lot more popular this year with various independent makers out there producing them.  These beautiful wooden boards come with pre-measured holes drilled into them, enabling you to block your crochet squares to the right size and make them perfectly uniform.  DaisyBoo are a popular supplier (from what I see on Instagram), and I’ve recently ordered one for myself from an independent maker on Facebook – R Hills Wood Turner, which I’m very excited about and I can’t wait for it to arrive (mainly because I have a WIP that’s been in a project bag for a year which desperately needs blocking!)

 

Another great item is a yarn bowl.  I have a lovely one made in Cherry wood, and there are gorgeous ceramic ones out there as well.  The idea being that you put your yarn into it while you’re working and it feeds out through the hole in the side, without rolling around all over the floor while you work.  Again Etsy is a great place to shop, and one shop I can’t help swoon over is Earth Wool Fire – each bowl is a true work of art – just look at this one below! (pic by Earth Wool Fire)

 

 And finally, I couldn’t not suggest some stocking fillers…

As well as hooks, another pocket size addition could be some cute stitch markers.  Instagram favourites Korutumi Crochet and Pedros Plaques make adorable ones (and also really unique polymer clay handled hooks)

 

And how about some pompom makers! I love the Clover ones but there’s loads of brands out there and they are really affordable, cute and useful item to have (no more cutting out cardboard circles like we did at school!).

 

I hope this has given you a few ideas – I’ll be sending the link to my hubby (just in case he hasn’t noticed those huge hints).  What would you add to the list? What’s on your crochet wish list this year – I’d love to hear!

Happy shopping!

Holly x

Last Dance on the Beach Crochet-along

I’ve seen some beautiful Crochet-along’s in the last few years but when I saw the first photos of the CAL by Scheepjes in memory of Marinke (A Creative Being) I knew I had to join in.  This isn’t the first one I’ve done (let’s not mention the Lilypond blanket I STILL haven’t finished from last year) – I think its the camaraderie and collective experience which make these special – it’s fascinating to see how different people approach the same project, especially those that have come up with their own colour ways.

The talented group of Marinke’s friends who designed the patterns put together three fabulous colour options – I was instantly drawn to the Dance in the Sea pack, a vibrant mix of green and blues, very me! But after pausing to consider it, I opted for the Dance in the Rain kit – the more neutral palette of greys, blues and browns suits our home colour scheme and there’s only so many blankets in my usual colour choices that I can have lying around the house. NThe Dance under the Stars kit was very bright and colourful and fun, and I’ve seen some gorgeous finished blankets on the Facebook group but I have to say I am definitely more in love with the cooler colours of the spectrum as opposed to the oranges and reds (maybe its because I don’t wear these colours as they clash with my red hair!)

Anyway I am so glad I ordered my kit early, this CAL proved amazingly popular and kits sold out all over the place!  I used the Colour Crafter kit which was lovely and squishy, but the merino looked gorgeous and I definitely want to work with it in the future (maybe when I don’t have small children with grubby hands! ).  The pace of this project was perfect – 4 (of the same pattern) squares each week, for 12 weeks, followed by a week for joining and a week for the border.  Producing 4 squares a week made it possible to work on other projects at the same time – I always have a multitude of projects on the go at any one time otherwise I tend to lose interest.  And thankfully that didn’t happen with this blanket! The textures and variety of patterns kept it interesting and exciting, and I couldn’t wait for the pattern release each Wednesday. So here are some pics of the squares – I ended up swapping the rib stitch square for Tinca’s square which was an alternative from the Facebook group and very pretty.

  

I chose to single crochet my squares together rather than use the flat slip stitch join…I loved the texture of the blanket and wanted a bit more of a defined divide between the squares, but I went with the border recommended – a lovely, simple linen stitch solid border – totally perfect to finish off this blanket!


And so the big reveal!….I totally love this blanket and I’m so pleased I kept up with the CAL, this is definitely a blanket to treasure. A big thank you to all the designers who were involved in this project. xx