Monday, 2 May 2016

I Just Love A Challenge or Two.

April went by without me realising it a month of frantic activity both on the home and crafting front.  I am dealing with a very tricky situation at the moment and it's very emotionally and physically draining but it has to be sorted because it's been hanging over me for ten years this time I have to see it through and draw a line under it and move on.

I hate anything that takes me away from my crafting activities and of course my blog and my visits to you lovely lot but in this case needs must, once it's all sorted I hope that I can tell you more about it. 

Even though I wasn't able to craft so much I still did manage to achieve most of my objectives  for April and busted a 900 grams of stash and better still I resisted the urge buy any yarn last month yay! Unfortunately I haven't been able to show you everything but I will when time allows.

So what have I got planned for May on the crafting front....

I am joining in with the Feel Good Charity Challenge hosted by the Crochet Crowd it started on the 10th April  and will finish at the end of May so I have my work cut out if I'm going to submit any of my projects. I'm hoping to have two entries one in the afghan category and one in the hat category which will tie in quite nicely with another challenge which has been set by a facebook group I'm part of  Knit Your Square To Give Your Share, they too have set a challenge Bash your Stash  Big Hat Little Hat which runs from the beginning of May to October.

I have already made a start on the afghan..




An easy granny stripe blanket made with stash Aran yarn so hopefully it will work up quite quickly, I have missed making a blanket and I'm so happy to be making this.  I'm also hopefully going to make a hat today and I'm looking forward to that too.

I know what you are saying yes but what about the sweater a month and the two Ted Puppets well I'm pleased to say I did manage to make my April Teds and here they are...


crochet toys free pattern easy charity makes
Pattern here
making a late appearance but I did complete them in April.  As you all know I did manage to make an April Sweater as for the May sweater I make no promises to actually finish it in May because of the challenges but I will try and if I don't manage then it will be two June sweaters instead.

So for May then we are looking for..

1 Afghan.
12 Hats.
2 Ted Puppets.
? 1 Sweater.

Will I do it?

What are your plans for May? why don't you join the challenges too it's fun. :) 

Read about the Teddy Puppet Appeal here




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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

April Sweater.

I have challenged myself to make one boy sweater each month and I have succeeded so far, well okay it's usually a rush to get it finished in time and so far it's nearly almost been last minute but I get there in the end....



I like to use this as an opportunity to try out some of the many free crochet/knitting patterns that are available to all of us from so many sources..



This time I used a Red Heart pattern it can be found here.  One of the problems with stash-busting is you rarely have the same yarn that the pattern calls for and so have to compromise.  This pattern asked for sport weight yarn and I used DK, as a result the chest size is two inches less that the expected finished measurements.  I made the 24 inch chest size which is supposed to have a finished chest size of 28 inches that's a whole 4 inches more, mine measures 26 inches which I reckon is just right a two inch give I think is more than enough.


I don't like this type of crochet ribbing it has no stretch at all, you can't beat knitted rib for stretch, if I make a knitted ribbed crochet sweater I will  get the best of both worlds I think. 



So enough of the moaning I think for all my complaints it's still a lovely sweater and was very easy and quick to make, it's quite an open pattern so I will be supplying a little T shirt to go underneath.

STATS

It took 170 grams Marriner Yarn in shades..
Apple
Royal
Madonna
Oatmeal.

Now I just have time to make my two April Ted puppets for the Teddy Puppet Appeal before the end of the month. Click here for more details about this appeal.

Have a great week.

Linking with...




Snickerdoodle Sunday
Hookin on hump day
Cooking and crafting with J&J
Handmade Monday
Lunamon Design
Scrapability Saturday
Link and Share Wednesdays






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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Stash-Buster Party Eight.

Welcome to stash-buster link party eight, as always a big thank you to everyone who shared their lovely projects at the last link up, these were your favourites....


Ginny's cute Teddy Bears.
Janet's amazing  Fair Isle Hat
Sigrid's lovely North Sea Blanket
Congratulations ladies and thank you for linking and linking back to the stash link party in your blog posts. 

Can I  remind everyone to please mention the stash-link party in your post or place the stash buster button in your sidebar to spread the word and encourage others to bust their stash. I can't feature your work if you haven't done this.


Now it's time to Party! remember all crafts can be included.


        Stash-Buster Link Party 8

Rules


  • Please grab the stash-buster link party button
  • All crafts are welcome either complete or works in progress.
  • Link the picture from your actual post and not your blog address.
  • Be polite and click on at least 2 links and leave some nice comments
  • Please mention the link party in your post or display the party button in your sidebar if you want to be featured.










Any LH pictures are projects made by ladies who are members of Loving Hands, clicking on the picture will show you an enlarged version, if you would like any information about any of the projects shown please just ask in the comments section. 




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Sunday, 17 April 2016

All In One Preemie Cardie





This is really the only crochet preemie top pattern you will ever need, these little tops are basic quick and very easy to crochet, made in one piece you can easily adapt them for smaller and larger sizes and add your own touches.

Sizes..
Small Preemie 10 inch chest
Medium Preemie 12 inch chest
Large Preemie 14 inch chest

For the body warmer variations just follow the size you require and omit the sleeves, work a row of dc around armholes to finish off.

Materials

4 mm crochet hook.
3.50 mm crochet hook.
DK yarn in the following approximate quantities..
Small preemie = 20 grams.
Medium preemie = 30 grams.
Large preemie = 40 grams.
Medium body warmer = 20 grams.

THIS PATTERN IS WRITTEN IN UK CROCHET TERMS.

  • Made in half treble crochet (htr) and double crochet (dc) for edging.
  • US = half double crochet (hdc) and single crochet (sc) for edging.
  • Made in one piece bottom up.
  • Long sleeved version in brackets.


SMALL PREEMIE



Chain 46
Htr in 3rd chain and in each chain to end = 44 htr
Work 6 rows htr.

Right front and sleeve

Right side facing working on first 11 sts only
Row 7 – chain 2, dec one st work to end (10 sts) now make a 4 chain for short sleeve or 12 chain for long sleeve.
Row 8 – htr in 3rd chain of sleeve and htr in each st to end decreasing 1st in last 2 sts, = 13(19)sts  2ch turn
Row 9 – dec 1 st at beg of row htr to end.

Continue like this decreasing one stitch at neck edge till you have 9(15) sts remaining.
Work one row without decreasing and fasten off.

BACK

With right side facing..
Chain 4(10) for right sleeve then htr in next 22 sts, chain 6(12) for left sleeve.
Row 7 – htr in 3rd ch and each ch for left sleeve, 22 sts for back and 10 ch for right sleeve. = 30(42)sts. 2ch turn..
Row 8 – htr in each htr to end, 2ch turn..
Continue until back measures the same as right front and then fasten off.

LEFT FRONT

Right side facing
Row 7 - Chain 4(10) htr in last 11 sts decreasing one st at neck edge, 2ch turn.
Row 8 – dec 1st then htr in each htr for left front and each 4 (10) ch for left sleeve..
Continue as right front reversing shaping until left front matches right front and back.
Fasten off.

FINISHING
See below



 MEDIUM PREEMIE


Chain 50
Htr in 3rd chain and in each chain to end = 48 htr
Work 8 rows htr.

Right front and sleeve

Right side facing working on first 12 sts only

Row 9 – chain 2, dec one st work to end (11 sts) now make an 8 chain for short sleeve or 14 chain for long sleeve.
Row 10 – htr in 3rd chain of sleeve and htr in each st to end decreasing 1st in last 2 sts, = 16(22)sts, 2ch turn.
Row  11– dec 1 st at beg of row htr to end.

Continue like this decreasing one stitch at neck edge till you have 11(17) sts remaining.
Work one row without decreasing then fasten off.

BACK

With right side facing
Chain 6(12) for right sleeve then htr in next 24sts for back and then chain 8(14) for left sleeve.
Row 9 – htr in 3rd ch and each ch for left sleeve, 24 sts for back and each ch for right sleeve. = 36(48)sts. 2ch turn..
Row 10 – htr in each htr to end, 2ch turn..
Continue until back measures the same as right front and then fasten off.

LEFT FRONT

Right side facing
Row 9 - Chain 6(12) for left sleeve and then htr in remaining 12 sts decreasing one st at neck edge, 2ch turn.
Row 10 – dec 1st then htr in each htr for left front and each ch for left sleeve..
Continue as right front reversing shaping until left front matches right front and back.
Fasten off.

FINISHING
See below.


Large Preemie



Chain 58
Htr in 3rd chain and in each chain to end = 56 htr
Work 10 rows htr.

Right front and sleeve 

Right side facing working on first 14 sts only...
Row 11 – chain 2, dec one st work to end (13 sts) now make a 8 chain for short sleeve or 16 chain for long sleeve.
Row 12 – htr in 3rd chain of sleeve and htr in each st to end decreasing 1st in last 2 sts, = 18(26)sts, 2ch turn
Row 13 – dec 1 st at beg of row htr to end.
Continue like this decreasing one stitch at neck edge till you have 11(19) sts remaining.
Work one row without decreasing and fasten off.

BACK

With right side facing
Chain 6(14) for right sleeve then htr in next 28 sts, chain 8(16) for left sleeve.
Row 11 – htr in 3rd ch and each ch for left sleeve, 28 sts for back and each ch for right sleeve. = 40(56)sts. 2ch turn..
Row 12 – htr in each htr to end, 2ch turn..
Continue until back and sleeves measure the same as right front.

LEFT FRONT
Right side facing
Row 11 - Chain 6(14) htr in remaining 14 sts decreasing one st at neck edge, 2ch turn.
Row 12 – dec 1st then htr in each htr for left front and each ch for left sleeve..
Continue as right front reversing shaping until left front matches right front and back.
Fasten off.

FINISHING for all sizes..

Sew arm seams and weave in loose ends.
Using 3.50 hook.
With right side facing work a row of dc around work making a 3 chain for a buttonhole one row down from the beginning of front shaping.

Optional Heart

Magic ring
3ch, 2tr, 1htr, 1dc, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 3ch, ss to centre, pull up tight and hopefully you will have one little heart.
To make the heart bigger just go up a stitch size or use a larger hook.

If you find any mistakes in this pattern or anything is not clear please leave me a comment.
Have fun :)




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