Crochet square motif waterfall cardigan

Crochet  square motif waterfall cardigan

I’m so pleased with this cardigan, it get many admirers and is so comfy to wear

This is more a recipe rather than a pattern.

Using any yarn and an appropriate size hook, either the correct size for the yarn or up to 1.5mm above standard size for the yarn.

For mine I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK and a 4.5mm hook.

The amount of yarn will depend on the size being made and the weight of the yarn.

This recipe will work with any square motif that can have extra rows added to give the size required.

The cardigan is made up of 4 motifs on the back, and each front is also made up of 4 motifs.  The sleeves are crochet in the round from armhole to wrist.

Now the maths part!!

  1. Back: Measure the back width required, divide by 2. e.g. 20/2=10, each motif square will be 10 inches square, this will give a cardigan with a 20 inch back measurement and a 20 inch length from back of neck.
  2.  Shoulder: Measure from your shoulder/arm join to your neck – 1 inch. e.g 4-1 = 3
  3.  Armhole: Measure from top of your arm down to where the underarm of the sleeve will be placed  e.g. 10 inches

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Motifs

Motif preparation – Select a motif to use, it is easier if you pick a motif that can have extra rounds easily added to it if you need a motif size greater than the motif you are using.  I had to add several rows to the motif I was using.

Make 12 motifs in total, 4 back, 4 left front, 4 right front. You can join as you go but do not join the sides to the back.

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Assembly

  1. Join 4 motifs together to form a square to give back, same for right front and same for left front.
  2. Join the back shoulder to left front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
  3. Join the back shoulder to right front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
  4. Join the back side to the left front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open
  5. Join the back side to the right front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open

Sleeves

If you require tapered sleeves then use your judgement and trying on the cardigan to decrease ever 5 rows or so until the sleeve is the shape required

Start arm at the underarm join and crochet in the round until sleeve is required length, I used (Tr 2, 1 Ch) for the whole round,

Finishing

To finish use your favourite edging stitch for mine I used Crabstitch

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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.

Weekend away

We have just returned from a few days away.

We got Julia to look after the dog.  Julia lives on a farm, looks after her own horses and stables others right in the middle of a forest, where the dogs have free roaming around the farm and stables.

On Thursday we travelled up to Bath and hit the shops and walked around town.

Pete bought a pair of Lee Jeans & T-shirt and I bought some shoes.  These may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I love the colour.  They are actually children’s shoes but Ecco often do children’s shoes up to size 7 – yippee, which means they are cheaper than adult shoes.  (I also think that they are VAT free)Ecco Shoes

I also visited the Bath wool shop and met two lovely ladies and their dog.  Fantastic range of wools, some unusual and lots of small knitted things for sale hidden in and around the shop.  Of course, I invested in some wool that I don’t sell in my shop.

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Picture from Bath Wool Shop Website

I bought some Rico Poems (4ply sock wool) and some Adriafil Knitcol Trends (DK/Aran), no plans as yet but they’ll keep the stash topped up.

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For dinner we went to a new Spanish Tapas restaurant La Perla.  Their food was marvellous, a modern take on tapas.

Friday we went to Whitstable driving through some awful rain storms.  We ran along the prom, went to a Junk/Collectables shop and went  for a pub restaurant meal.

Saturday we went to Canewdon, Essex to see some old friends and stayed overnight with them returning Sunday afternoon.

We picked the dog up Monday morning and of course he is ignoring us and sulking.

Sarahs birthday present

Our friend Sarah has a big birthday in a couple of weeks so the knitty girls and I decided to make her a present.

We decided on a kitchen set consisting of :

  • Oven gloves
  • Pots holders
  • Apron
  • Notice board

My task was to make the oven gloves.

The oven gloves were made using Patons 100% Cotton in blue and pink.  The hand pads were lined with 2 layers of felt and the whole thing was lined with a recycled curtain donated by our friend Jane Colquhoun.  I’m very pleased with the result.

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e- Tea party invite

Thank you Black Cat Originals for inviting me to your tea party.  I’m delighted to join you.

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No tea party can be complete without cake – Cupcakes that is, and of course knitted ones don’t have any  calories – yippee.

Here is a link to my free knitted Cupcake pattern – it uses scraps or DK yarn and takes about an hour to knit.

Use it for a decoration or you can use it as a pin cushion.

Click on the cake for the pattern.

Happy Knitting

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A little fish

Although I’m meant to be making a crochet oven glove as a present and a crochet throw for myself I got a little distracted the other day.  My friend Jane (Jane Colquhoun – extremely talented textile artist) had with her her book on Birds and Butterflies, so I promptly borrowed it and leant her in return my book on knitted and crochet flowers as she wanted to knit a daffodil.

I was taken with the goldfish so promptly crocheted one – took a whole evening but I’m pleased with the finished result.  Crochet in Louisa Harding Grace Hand Dyed, the yarn is a bit over the top for this project but the colours were just right and the yarn was a sample I had in the shop.

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New tea cosy

My partner hates tea cosies and he hates with a vengeance my current tea cosy so it was time for a new one.

We  also we want a ‘show and tell’ pattern that’s used crochet & decreasing for our next crochet workshop.  It took a couple of evenings to make and a  knit & natter session with Jane and Julie  to finish it off.

The wool for cosy came from someone who had a clear out and was  a DK that is not made any more .  The flowers were made from Noro which were some of the left overs from my crochet scarf

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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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