CSM stool

Yarn enhanced  drum stool

I’m getting together items so I can transport and demonstrate my sock knitting machines a craft fairs and crank ins.

Over the weekend I obtained a stool meant for drumming.  It needs new feet which I have ordered from Ebay. It also had a boring black plastic top which called out for some fibre enhancement.

Using some stash Aran cotton I crocheted a granny cover.

No pattern just winged it.

Handmade – crochet baby shoes and gift boxes

This weekend has been crochet baby shoes and boxes weekend.

Purl and Lace(local wool shop) wanted some replacement baby booties in the mary-jane and ballerina style.  I had 2 commissions for mary-jane booties.  I was also out of the gift boxes I supply them in.

So I settled down on Friday after our visitors had left and got crocheting.

The patterns I use are a variation of a set of patterns I Purchased on Etsy.  They are sold in the Lovely Crow etsy shop, she has some great patterns.  Be warned though they are american patterns so watch your stitches.

All my booties are crocheted in DK and 4 ply cotton, which means I have to make them at least a size bigger than required as the patterns are designed for worsted weight yarn.  I find that american patterns use worsted and aran a lot, its a shame we don’t have the range of aran yarns over here, especially cotton aran.

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As I had run out of boxes I also made some origami gift boxes.  These are made out of standard craft card stock, just by folding and no glueing although I do cheat by using a sticker to anchor the edges inside each part of the box.

 

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I made a selection of boxes for use now and for use later on.

 

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So now my shoes are ready for sale.  I used my label and stickers to finish them off.

Its a good job I don’t make the booties any bigger as I can’t make the boxes any bigger with 12″ card stock.

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Got a craft fair next weekend so I shall need some of these boxes.

Free Pattern – Easy Knit DK Bear

I’ve been meaning to publish this free pattern for an absolute age.

If you wish to print this pattern click on the bear!!

Knit in any DK yarn on 3.5mm needles.

Description:

Medium size bear knitted in DK yarn.

Finished Dimensions:

Approx 27cm tall

Materials:

1 x 100g Patons 100% Cotton DK shade 2715 – Nougat (Pink) or shade 2702 Sky (Blue)

1 pair 3.50mm knitting needles,

Contrast coloured yarn for eyes, ears, nose, mouth and paws

Toy Stuffing

3 x buttons

 Note:Bear is knitted in one piece from toe to toe, and then folded over and sewn into shape before being stuffed and having features added.

 

Legs:

1. With 3.50 mm needles cast on 12 stitches.

2. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows, ending on a purl row.

3. Break yarn and transfer stitches to a stitch holder.

4. Repeat for second leg, again ending with a purl row. Do NOT break yarn.

5. Knit across the leg just worked, and then pick up stitches from the stitch holder (24 stitches).

Body & Arms:

1. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows.

2. Cast on 18 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows. These form the arms, a total of 60 stitches (18 arm +24 body+18 arm).

3. Work straight in stocking stitch for 15 rows.

4. Cast off 18 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows, to finish the arms (24 stitches remaining)

Head (front & back):

1. Work straight in stocking stitch for 50 rows for head in picture or 60 rows for a bigger head.

Arms & Body:

1. Cast on 18 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows. These form the arms, a total of 60 stitches (18 arm +24 body+18 arm).

2. Work straight in stocking stitch for 15 rows.

3. Cast off 18 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows, to finish the arms (24 stitches remaining)

4. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows.

Legs:

1. Work first 12 stitches on needle and transfer the remaining 12 stitches to a stitch holder.

2. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows.  Cast off.

3. Pick up stitches from stitch holder & put back onto needle, rejoin yarn and work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows for second leg.  Cast off.

Finishing:

Fold bear in half along the head section ensuring legs and arms line up neatly. Sew up bear leaving a gap (for stuffing) on one side of the body.

Make neck by weaving a length of yarn in and out around the bear where the arms join. Pull tight & knot but leave a gap so the head can be stuffed. Create ears by running stitches across the corner at each side of the head.

Stuff the bear, filling the head, then arms, then legs and then the body. Sew up the gap in the body.

Using a contrast yarn and the picture as a guide, embroider the eyes, nose, ears, mouth and paws. Weave in any loose ends. Sew on 3 buttons down the chest.

Scarf:

With 3.5cm needles, cast on 5 stitches.  Knit in garter stitch for 36cm, cast off. Weave in any loose ends.

If giving to a small child please omit the scarf and the buttons, also make sure all embroidery is secure.

 

You now have a new friend…….

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Please do not copy, resell or sell this pattern. You may print a copy for your own personal use for the purpose of making the pattern item.

You are welcome to sell the finished items you have made at craft fairs, Etsy and such like but please do not use this pattern for large-scale volume commercial purposes.

Just when you thought I’d finished with the Crochet Granny Square Cardi

Just when you thought it was all over ……

Following on from my previous granny square cardigan – I’ve made another based on the pattern below, this time it was a childs size 24 inch chest.

Original pattern, Granny cardigan by Yarnartist

This time I used Knitcol trends – 052 by Adriafi which was purchased om my trip to bath a few weeks ago.

~the cardi took just under 3 balls on a 5mm crochet hook, the wool is just shy of being Aran weight – ball label tension is 16 st x 22 rows.

Latest Project : Crochet Granny Square Cardi

I’ve wanted to do an adult crochet project for a while and came across this post a couple of weeks ago

Granny cardigan by Yarnartist

So I’ve used this pattern as a basis for this Cardigan.  Basically you make two hexagon granny squares – 6 sides instead of 4 untill you get to the size you require.

I used Rowan Purelife organic cotton in 4 ply – the colour is Rhubarb.  It is great to crochet with as it does not split.  I used a 4.5mm hook and did 22 rounds to get my size – 44 chest.  I did 10 extra rows on each side  of the back for the back neck.  I finished it off with 2 rows of double crochet and a third with a bead above every cluster.   As the cardigan wraps slight at the front I made a rose and have attached it to a pin to secure the front.

I’m pleased with the result it fits well, but I’m going to have to get used to the flared sleeves.  I will probably make another one in maybe Aran like the orignal one.

I must also get better at showing and photographing my projects.

Simple – crochet babies cardigan

I’ve been looking around for a very simple pattern for our new crocheters for their second workshop (after just mastering the basics in their Learn to crochet workshop). This will help us explain the construction of a garment and its associated pattern terms.

After rummaging through load of patterns and books I found an old pamphlet from 1972 in my stash of old and vintage patterns. The booklet is by a company called Chadds, of which, I’ve never heard of. I had to guess amount of yarn as I had no idea how long the balls of Chadds Baby quickernit were or even the weight of the balls. As it took 5 balls I assume they were 25g ball size. I had a rummage in my stash and came up with 1 full ball and 2 lightly used balls of 50g twilleys dk cotton. I managed to get the cardigan out of the balls but it was a close run thing. Why do I crochet/knit quicker when I’m running out of wool!!

The cardigan is crocheted in trebles throughout and is made in one piece starting bottom back up to the shoulders and then down to the bottom of the fronts.

I edged the cardigan in a contrast dark lavender colour.  Cardigan still needs pressing but you can see whats its going to look like when finished.

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