I have made this type of hat quite a few times before - it is probably my favourite design for a young baby. The Little Pumpkin Hat just looks adorable on any baby.
This one was made from some worsted weight alpaca from my stash and scraps of wool for the leaf and stalk. I knitted the size 3-6 months but apparently it fits the newborn baby fine. It should last for a few months as you can unroll the brim a bit to make it larger. The pattern I used was Pumpkin Hats by Sarah Hood which is a free download from Ravelry. Highly recommended!
Also for my colleagues new baby boy...
... the equally adorable Yoda Hat which is also available through Ravelry. I purchased a couple of skeins of Berroco Abode at Loop last year and this was the perfect project for it. The parents are big fans of Star Wars and were well pleased with this supercute topper.
Expect another update soon as there are a lot more finished and half finished projects waiting to be photographed and featured on this blog. It has been a very productive summer!
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
I found this design when searching Japanese crochet sites for free patterns and general inspiration. It is just a simple mesh shawl with a pretty border which includes dangling leaves and little balls. A lot of the Japanese shawl and scarf designs feature really interesting borders and I am a big fan of these designs. I love the way they can make the simplest piece of fabric into a spectacular masterpiece. I wouldn't call this one a masterpiece but it was enjoyable and quick to crochet. I used most of a skein of Madeleine Tosh Merino Light that I purchased at Loop last year. It is a beautiful soft yarn and the colours are slightly tonal, which I absolutely love.
Drops have had a truly amazing sale this Summer with 35% off their cotton yarns, so obviously I had to take advantage of that. I love Drops! The yarns are amazing quality, come in a huge range of gorgeous colours and are incredibly reasonably priced. Their massive collection of free patterns is pretty good too. I found this cute little bag pattern in Issue 55 of Inside Crochet - it is the Boogie Bag by Jane Crow.
The piece of crochet with which I am most pleased is the Arianna cardigan wrap. It is a brilliant pattern by Vicky Chan - available, of course, through Ravelry. The genius of this design is in it's very simple shape that when worn drapes beautifully and looks far more complicated than it is. The garment is incredibly versatile and can be worn either way up for different looks.
I used a cone of cotton/acrylic 4 ply from Yeoman Yarns for this version. It is a very economical but good quality yarn which I greatly recommend. The 2000m cone easily completed the garment with some to spare and had the added advantage of no joins or ends to sew in. I like the finished item so very much that I have started another in gorgeous green Araucania sock yarn (another sale purchase) and can't wait to see how it turns out. The wool should be a little lighter than the cotton.
I have been doing a little knitting too. Here is the proof...
Sirdar Click Chunky at 49p a ball is hard to resist - so I didn't. Kemps Wools often come up with incredible bargains on discontinued yarns and colourways and it is well worth checking out their discount section on a regular basis. The pattern was a Sirdar design from a recent edition of Knitting magazine. It knitted up in a few days and is very warm and wearable.
Acrylic yarn seems to be much softer and better quality these days and I am almost won over by it. The colours of this Stylecraft Merry-go-Round were enough to tempt me. This simple , fun, rainbow shawl is incredibly quick to crochet and the pattern is easy to memorise. I have worked up most of this on recent train journeys and at concerts where I don't want to concentrate on a complicated pattern.
Lastly, a quick fun project that I made from Poundland acrylic dk doubled up to make chunky weight. I used the Mama Capybara pattern from "Huge and Huggable Mochimochi" by Anna Hrachovec. It is a wonderful book packed with fun toy and accessory designs which easy to knit and definitely live up to the promise of being huggable. I made this giant guinea pig (ok, so he is really a capybara) for a friend at work who fosters a lot of the little guys for an animal welfare organisation as it tries to find permanent homes for them. Hope she has room for this little one!
Monday, May 12, 2014
Another recent crochet success...
This one is from Yumiko Alexander's lovely book "Rustic Crochet". I used the 100% linen that I got from Ice Yarns. It was a quick and easy project and overall I am quite pleased with the result. I do love linen but am wondering whether this stuff is perhaps a bit more suited to accessories rather than garments. It has a bit of a string effect and is not very soft. This thought inspired the next project. A cute bag embellished with flowers.
Still on the crochet theme, I made this blanket from cheap acrylic yarn inspired by a pattern I saw in a magazine. This was a project that I could make with my eyes closed and so ideal for knitting club and telly watching. I really love the fringed edging which makes it look quite special. I loved making this and am sure that I will be making more throws in the future.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
I finished the Mermaid Tail baby snuggle really quickly - it was a joy to crochet. The shell stitch pattern gives it an interesting scaley look which seems particularly fitting.
The pattern is by Kat Goldin and is available free on the Guardian website. It is the best mermaid tail pattern that I have come across and I can't wait to see it modelled by the baby. She is going to look so cute. The yarn is James C Brett Marble Chunky and I used just under one ball in the green colourway. It was very reasonably priced and feels lovely and soft. I am tempted to make another one.
Meanwhile, I have dug out the pure linen that I bought from Yarn Paradise and have started another project from Yumiko Alexander's Rustic Crochet. This time it is the Pearls shrug. The yarn looks a bit like string and I am wondering if I should have got it in a different colour. Hopefully it will soften up a bit when I wash it.
Monday, March 31, 2014
I used Ice Yarns Premium Angora which was a mega bargain - what's not to love about this whole project!
I love that you can wear it as a stole...
...or scrunch it up like a scarf.
At the moment I am working on a small Mermaid Tail. It is actually a snuggly cocoon wrap for a newborn baby.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
I used a cone of Yeoman Yarns' Cotton Club No. 8 Linen which was a total bargain at just £10 including postage. The cotton /linen mix is lovely but not the softest. The slubby yarn gives it a natural rustic look, which is what I wanted. The garment shape is very unusual being a cross between a jumper and a poncho.
I have started an easy shawl which is ideal to crochet whilst watching subtitled foreign dramas on the telly. I have 2 balls of Autumn wind from lotus Yarns to use up. It is a cotton and cashmere blend and is beautifully soft.