12/02/2017

5 travel friendly free crochet patterns

Easy and free crochet patterns - perfect for airplane, train or car 


I don't know about you, but I'm always looking to fit in more crochet time so ahead of my long-haul flight I thought I'd roundup some of the best travel-friendly free patterns. For me, travel crochet needs to be simple in pattern and colour - as you'll see in the patterns below! 

Most airports and airlines allow crochet hooks in your hand luggage, but it's always worth checking individually with your carrier. Plus a good tip is to take a cheap hook and yarn, just in case they do confiscate it at security on the day.


1. Modern crochet shawl by Made Peachy
Start this one on the plane then complete with the extra colours later.


2. Mulberry Shadow Pocket Scarf by Hopeful Honey
One colour and perfect if you're heading somewhere cold!


3. Simple crochet coasters by Bella Coco
These cute coasters make great gifts, so you can get ahead with present making while on the go.

4. Giant granny square blanket image source Croscill
This one is an image for inspiration, rather than a pattern, but it's just lots of large granny squares joined together.



5. Ombre crochet jumper by Pattern Piper
Something gorgeous to add to your wardrobe when you arrive at your destination!


Do you have a favourite pattern for travelling? 



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14/01/2017

Crochet fox hat | finished project

The cutest fox ears baby hat and link to free pattern

Ta-dah, my first finished crochet project of 2017 and is it not the cutest crochet baby hat ever? I've wanted to make one of these for a while, so a friend (who happens to love foxes) having a baby just before Christmas was all the excuse I needed!

It was fairly quick to make and I even had the perfect colours already in my yarn stash (love when that happens). The crochet pattern is by Jenny from Sweeping up glitter; it uses US terms but as it’s such a simple pattern I was able to translate it into UK as I went - replacing the dc with tc and then the sc with dc. The only time I got into difficulty was my own fault for not reading ahead on the pattern and crocheting the whole of the ears together in the orange. Oops. I had to unpick a bit to get the brown to sit properly on the tips of the ears, they really make the hat though so it was worth it to get it right. 

My friend loved it! I was a little worried it looked too big for a newborn, but it fitted perfectly and was stretchy enough to also fit her two year old. I'm slightly tempted to make some adult sized ones as gifts too, perhaps in a slightly more rust shade of orange to make them a bit more adult appropriate… 



Orange yarn - Stylecraft Special DK in Spice

What animal ears would you wear?



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08/01/2017

Thoughts for 2017 - not quite goals but it's a start


Firstly, Happy New Year!... I think I can just about get away with still saying that.

Well, I don’t know about you but I’m still really struggling to get out of holiday mode (despite being back at work for a week). I had grand plans of being super organised by January 1st, armed with a list of resolutions, actions and a tidy desk. The reality though was that I had a good long break and completely switched off, and forgot to even buy a 2017 diary. Oops. I have now rectified that last situation, but I still can’t settle on goals or a plan. 

So for now I’m just going to look at the big picture of 2017 and let the detail come when I have the headspace for it. As long as you’re moving forward and not standing still, it’s all progress in my book.

Follow your dreams motivational print available from my Etsy shop

Here are the three things I’ll be working towards:

Plan a wedding – if you didn’t see on my Instagram we got engaged on Christmas Eve! Naturally I can’t help starting to plan and pin ALL the wedding things, so a fair bit of my time is being taken up with this. It’s a once in a lifetime thing though, so I don’t want to feel guilty about time spent gathering inspiration. 

Make more things – specifically for my Etsy shop. I really enjoyed creating products and patterns for the floral and feather shop last year and when wedding excitement has died down a bit, I do want to get back to this and have my shop looking great before next Christmas. 

Create blog content in advance – and generally be more organised about blogging. In my 5 years of blogging I’ve never been particularly organised with it. I’d love to plan in advance and make sure I come up with some really creative and original posts. 

Now I’ve written it down it really doesn’t look that scary and I’m feeling more motivated already (or that could just be the sugar rush from the three Quality Street I’ve just eaten). 

What are your plans for 2017? 



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30/12/2016

Most popular posts of 2016 – your favourites

Top 5 posts of 2016

This is one of my favourite posts to write because it gives me a chance to look back over the year and rediscover all of my favourite DIYs, makes and bakes  - although these are your favourites (according to google analytics) I’m super pleased that lots of them are my favourites too! 

The quilted patchwork cushion cover makes me smile whenever I sit on it (I’m pleased to report it’s very comfy) and we still practically live off Gary’s oat bars - we’re going to need a lot to make up for all the Christmas chocolate too. I’m also happy to see that ‘Four simple ways I’m going to make my life better’ has made the top 5; I was unsure about hitting publish on that one as it was a bit different to my usual style and while I admit I have kind of gone back to eating lunch at my desk, I’ve definitely stuck to the others and feel a lot better for it.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and crafty 2017!


1. How to sew a quilted patchwork cushion cover


2. Crochet iPad case – free pattern


3. Gary’s healthy honey oat bars


4. Four simple ways I’m going to make my life better


5. Crochet tissue box cover

What's your favourite thing you've made, done or baked in 2016? Let me know in the comments.

Hope you have a happy New Year!




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19/12/2016

Knitted snowflake bunting | free pattern

Nordic style Christmas bunting


Whether you live somewhere that gets a healthy dose of the white stuff each winter or not, this knitted snowflake bunting guarantees you'll get a bit of snow to admire (and for those of us in the UK, it comes without any travel chaos or panic shopping. Win). Plus the cool blues and Nordic style means it could easily be left up after Christmas as winter bunting too.

As it’s my final Sew Crafty Design Team post of the year, I had to go back to the gorgeous DMC Natura Just Cotton yarn, the simple cotton really suits the cool, Nordic vibe. Plus of course the red mini pegs are the perfect finishing touch!


You will need

Cotton yarn in Navy, Powder and White*
UK 10 / 3.25mm knitting needles
String*
Mini pegs*
Scissors
Tapestry needle 

Abbreviations

K knit
k2tog knit the next 2 stitches together
P purl
rep repeat
s1 slip one (slip a stitch onto the right-hand needle without knitting it)
ssk slip, slip, knit (slip 2 stitches one at a time then knit the slipped stitches together)
st(s) stitch(es)

For each bunting flag

Cast on 31 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Row 5: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 6: K.
Row 7: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 8: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (29 sts on needle)
Row 9: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 10: K.
Row 11: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2. Rep Rows 8-11 twice more. (25 sts on needle)
Row 20: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (23 sts on needle)
Row 21: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2. Rep Rows 20-21 eight times more. (7 sts on needle)
Row 37: K1, ssk, s1, k1, psso, k2tog (4 sts on needle)
Row 38: K.
Row 39: Ssk, k2tog. (2 sts on needle)
Row 40: K.
Row 41: K2tog. (1 st on needle)
Break yarn and pull through the remaining stitch.

Pattern chart



Once you have made your desired number of bunting flags, cut a length of string and peg your flags along the string. So easy and festive!


*some of the materials for this project were supplied by Sew Crafty, but all opinions are my own.


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14/12/2016

How to make a glitter holly Christmas card

Easy DIY Christmas card with detachable decoration


Despite making my own Christmas cards every year I realised I've never actually shown you any, mainly because I'm usually making them in a ridiculous rush two days before Christmas... but thankfully, this year I've been a bit more organised. So today I'm sharing my super quick and easy handmade Christmas card, featuring the most gorgeous glittery felt you ever did see from Sew Crafty shop, plus you can detach the holly and use it as a Christmas decoration the following year!


You will need

Holly decorations (see below)
Blank cards and envelopes 
String
Glitter felt*
Mini pegs*
Double sided tape
Pencil
Ruler
Scissors
 

How-to

First make your holly decorations, I crocheted mine using this leaf pattern from Attic 24 and this berry pattern from From Home Crochet. But you could make them out of card, fabric or even upcycle an existing Christmas decoration.

Attach string to your holly decoration and tie into a knot, making sure the knot is hidden behind the decoration.



Take your glitter felt and lay right side down, then place your card on top at an angle and draw around it. While you have your pencil in hand use a ruler to find the centre point on the card and put a small dot where you want your peg to go. 


Cut out your piece of felt and cover the back with double sided tape. Then carefully stick onto the front of your card.



Clip the peg over your decoration then cut a very small piece of double sided tape and stick it on the back of your peg.


Finally stick the peg to the front of your card - over the dot you made earlier, and ta-dah one finished Christmas card, quicker than you can sing deck the halls!



Have you made any Christmas cards this year?

*some of the materials for this project were supplied by Sew Crafty, but all opinions are my own.


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