Friday, 15 March 2019

Blanket Round Up Five

Yes can you believe it, the blanket round ups are still on going because I really love making blankets, and it's just as well because there is always a great need for them, from the tiniest preemie blanket to  bed sized blankets, Loving hands members have even made huge sized blankets for orphan elephants 


This particular blanket is much smaller than that, it's just the right size for a lap blanket, but I have to be honest I love it so much I haven't had the heart to send it on yet.



Sometimes when I'm visiting my favourite blogs I come across something that I just have to make and this was one of those things.  The reason I liked it so much was because I was intrigued by the corner to corner join as you go method which was shown along with a great a tutorial on The Patchwork Heart. Can you imagine hardly any ends to sew in and no joining! 





I then had to search through my scrap yarn and decided that this particular blanket  would be a great contender for the coned yarn that I have stashed up in my loft. As always throughout the making of a stash blanket you are never sure if you'll have enough yarn to complete it, luckily I had enough to make it to a decent size.



Coned yarn is usually 3 or 4 ply so I used three strands together which works out more or less as an Aran weight and wound it into lovely yarn cakes with my yarn winder. I'm sure I took a photo of that lovely yarn all ready to be used but if I did I can't find it anywhere.  It's always a great feeling when you get to the middle of one of those cones because they seem to be never ending. 

You can find..
The corner to corner tutorial here
Who needs your blankets here

Have a great weekend! 😊

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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Aiden Baby Hat Pattern

Aiden Baby Hat.


crochet baby hat pattern easy crochet free pattern


This hat pattern was designed with little boys in mind as it has a lovely texture without it looking too feminine, although little girls would look lovely wearing it too.

This particular stitch is also ideal for premature babies as it has a closed texture.

Materials
Dk Yarn approximately 18 grams of soft baby yarn for the largest size.
4.5mm crochet hook.

Abbreviations
This pattern is written In UK crochet terms.

Htr = half treble crochet.  (hdc US)
Tr = treble crochet.           (dc US)
dc = double crochet.          (sc US
fphtr = front post half treble.   (fphdc US)
bphtr = back post half treble.    (bphdc US)
ss = slip stitch.

Rib stitch is usually made by using fptr and bptr for this hat I have used front and back post half treble which I found works much better when making tiny sizes. This is worked in the same way but instead of pulling your hook through 2 loops twice, you pull through all 3 loops to compete the st.

Newborn 


Crown.
Make a Magic ring

The 1ch at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch. 
Round one - 1ch, 6dc into the ring, ss to 1st dc, = 6sts.

Place marker to mark the beginning of each new round as it's so easy to pass it without realising.
Round Two - 1ch, 2 dc in same space as ss and in each st round = 12sts

Round three –1ch, 1dc in same space as ss, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st rep from* to end of round. ss to 1st dc of previous round = 18sts.

Round four -1ch, 1dc in same space as ss, 1dc in next st, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 2sts, 2dc in next st rep from *to the end of  round, ss to 1st dc of previous round = 24sts. 

Round five -1ch, 1dc in same space as ss, 1dc in next 2sts, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st rep from * to the end of  round, ss to 1st dc of previous round = 30sts


Round six -1ch, 1dc in same space as ss, 1dc in next 3sts, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 4sts, 2dc in next st rep from * to the end of  round, ss to 1st dc of previous round = 36sts


Round seven -1ch, 1dc in same space as ss, 1dc in next 4sts, 2dc in next st,*1dc in next 5sts, 2dc in next st rep from * to the end of  round, ss to 1st dc of previous round = 42sts


Round eight -1ch, 1dc in same space as ss, 1dc in next 5sts, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 6sts, rep from *to the end of  round, ss to 1st dc of previous round  = 48sts


Body of hat
Consists of two pattern rows using Up and down stitch


Round 1 - 1 ch, 1dc in same place as ss, *1 tr  in next st, 1 dc in next st, rep from * to end of round. Ss to dc of previous round.
Round 2 - Ch1, 1 tr in same place as ss, * 1 dc in next st, 1 tr in next st, rep from * to end of round. ss to tr of previous round.
Repeat these two rounds until the body of hat measures four and a half inches.

Rim.
The rim of the hat is worked in front and back post half trebles to form rib. (see abbreviations)
Foundation round - ch1 and 1 htr in same place as ss, 1 htr in each st around, ss to 1st htr of previous round. 
Rib = ch1, 1htr in same place as ss, *fphtr in stitch below, (see picture below) bphtr in next st, rep from * to end of round, ss to htr of previous round.
Repeat this row 3 times.
Break yarn and weave in ends.

Large preemie.


crown = as above to round seven = 42sts 

Body of hat = as above until hat measures 4½ inches from beginning.

Rim = as above but repeat rib row twice.

Medium Preemie.

crown = as above to round six = 36sts 

Body of hat = as above until hat measures 3½ inches from beginning.

Rim = as above but work rib row once.

Optional Heart

Magic ring
3ch, 2tr, 1htr, 1dc, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 3ch, ss to centre, pull up tight.
To make the heart bigger go up a stitch size or use a larger hook.



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Thursday, 28 February 2019

The Other Sweater.

Regular readers of my blog will remember I started the year with two works in progress, I was actually indulging myself by making not one but two sweaters all for me, one knitted which I finally finished and showed you here and the other was a crochet sweater.

Now this was a definite first for me, I have made almost everything there is to make in crochet but I have never made a sweater for myself, I made a sleeveless top which you can see here and I also made this cardigan, I can show you the pattern only as the actual cardigan was frogged, now maybe I'm a peculiar shape but that cardigan just didn't sit well on my frame, it looked quite hideous to be honest but strangely enough I wasn't sad when I pulled it all out, all those hours of work you may think were for nothing but I enjoyed making it so it really didn't matter and the yarn was put to better use in the form of many charity makes. 

So what about the sleeveless top I can hear you asking well yes I wore that.... once! and that was really just to try it on, it eventually went into the charity bag where I hope that someone liked it better than I did. 

Now you would think that after that I would have learnt my lesson but oh no not me I wanted to make a crochet sweater and that's what I did....


I have to say the fit is loose but I can stand that, a big blowsy sweater like the knitted one but the problem is the yarn, it's so heavy I need a crane to lift it and once it's on, it brings me to my knees, Eskimo's could wear this sweater it's so heavy and warm but they would probably sink in the snow,😮 it weighs in at 850 grams!. Now that it's made up I don't like the colour or the way that the variegated colours have come together it hurts your eyes to look at it😵 I wont be using this particular type of yarn for sweaters again.




So lets find some positives.. I made it without a pattern and it does actually fit! I know, I know I wont wear it but I'm quite proud that I was able to do that.  The yarn was in a sale and very cheap so I don't feel too bad about it not working out.





So what shall I do with it? shall I pass it on to a charity for the homeless perhaps or one that supplies clothing to countries with sub zero temperatures or should I frog it and use the yarn for hats and scarves. All suggestions gratefully received. 

Have a great weekend.😊

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Aimee Baby Hat Pattern

Aimee Baby Hat




A cute little baby hat in newborn and preemie sizes I made this little baby hat to match the Aimee Baby Jacket for Preemies 

This hat is worked in the round from the crown down.

Sizes..
Newborn, large and medium Preemie.

Materials
Approximately 18 grams of Double Knit soft baby yarn for Newborn size and 15 grams for Preemie.
4.5 mm crochet hook

Abbreviations
This pattern is written in UK crochet terms.
dc =  UK double crochet (sc single crochet in US)

pgrp = pattern group, one pgrp = 2dc, 2ch, 2dc all worked in one stitch or 2ch space. 
           


                                      
Newborn 
Crown
Make a Magic ring

The 1ch at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch. 
Round one - 1ch, 6dc into the ring, ss to 1st dc, = 6sts.

Place marker to mark the beginning of each new round as it's so easy to pass it without realising.
Round Two - 1ch, 2 dc in same space as ss and in each st round = 12sts

Round three –1ch, 1dc in same space as ss, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st rep from* to end of round. ss to 1st dc of previous round = 18sts.

Round four -1ch, 1dc in same space as ss, 1dc in next st, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 2sts, 2dc in next st rep from *to the end of  round, ss to 1st dc of previous round = 24sts. 

Round five -1ch, 1dc in same space as ss, 1dc in next 2sts, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st rep from * to the end of  round, ss to 1st dc of previous round = 30sts

Round six -1ch, 1dc in same space as ss, 1dc in next 3sts, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 4sts, 2dc in next st rep from * to the end of  round, ss to 1st dc of previous round = 36sts

Round seven -1ch, 1dc in same space as ss, 1dc in next 4sts, 2dc in next st,*1dc in next 5sts, 2dc in next st rep from * to the end of  round, ss to 1st dc of previous round = 42sts

Round eight -1ch, 1dc in same space as ss, 1dc in next 5sts, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 6sts, rep from *to the end of  round, ss to 1st dc of previous round  = 48sts

NB amended on 25/2/19 to remove superfluous asterisk on rounds 5 and 6  

Body of hat

Round nine - ch1, pgrp ( see abbreviations) in same space as ss, *skip 2dc, pgrp in next st rep from * to end of round. = 16 pgrps

Round ten - ss into 1st dc of previous row (see picture below) 1ch, pgrp in 2ch space of 1st pgrp of previous round, pgrp into each 2ch space to end of round.


Repeat round ten until the hat measures 6 inches from top to bottom.

Break yarn and weave in ends.

Large Preemie 
free pattern,crochet baby hat, easy, simple, free preemie hat pattern

work crown as above to round seven = 42sts 

Body of hat = 14 pgrps  work until it measures 5 inches

Medium Preemie

work crown to round 6 = 36sts continue as same.

Body of hat = 12 pgrps  work until it measures 4 inches.

Optional Flower
Work all the following into a Magic Ring  2ch,1tr,2ch, five times, tighten the ring to close the centre. 
Just change hook size to make it smaller or larger.





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