I just wanted to share with you this very sweet and quick make, that I hooked up a couple of weeks ago now, for little Jess. I did want to make it in navy with… More
Hi, I just wanted to drop by to share with you this fabulous and free crochet sampler rainbow pattern by the amazing Sharon from The Stitch Foundary
It’s a quick make and looks fabulous hung up in the window to show support to all of our key workers at this unbelievable time and to add some cheer and unite in community spirit.
From a crochet point of view, the pattern is free, easy to follow and has several different stitches which give the rainbow some lovely textures. There is no gauge to worry about and you can make it from scraps…what’s not to love!
I did alter mine slightly…sorry Sharon!
I used 5 stitches to complete my popcorns in the orange row, instead of the recommended 3 stitches…just because it made my popcorns fatter and I like nice fat popcorns! Then on the last row of red I chained 5 and missed a stitch, instead of chain 3 between each stitch…just because it made the row less ruffled and more arched and I preferred the more simple finish.
Anyway, it’s a fabulous pattern and will make you smile if you hook it!
Apparently April 2020 has been and gone, it has seemingly slipped by silently…drowned out by the roar of Covid-19, and all without as much as a blog post from me. My sincerest apologies, the NHS has been a crazy place to be employed of late and I have found it difficult to transition from there and slip into the rather relaxed mode at home…it feels like I am straddling two time zones!
I have been productive however, and I have a few things to show you and some good patterns I have found to share with you. The first of which is from one of my all time favourite designers…Mon petit violon. I have a brand-new niece scheduled to arrive in this world at any moment and I fell in love with the ruffle romper by Mon Petit Violon. So just before we were locked down I ordered 2 balls of Rico cotton soft in saffron. As soon as they arrived through the letter box I got my hook out and, well pretty much got lost in the beautiful stitches and shape of this romper. I oohed and aahhed as I hooked (no, I really did…out loud!). The pattern is a wonderful hook, it is clearly written and comes in two size options 0 – 6 months and 6 -12 months. I am hooking the 0 – 6 months as baby is due any day now.
There are plenty of helpful pictures included in the pattern too and although the stitches used are simple, I would suggest you would need some previous knowledge and experience of crochet and reading patterns so as not to be overwhelmed. Oh and of course it is very important to test swatch your gauge to begin with!
So there I was oohing and aahhing and hooking away merrily and what I should have done was read the partof the pattern which suggested amounts of yarn, because just as I got to the ruffle part…I ran out of yarn!
I should have ordered 3 balls! No problem! I thought and hit the button to order more…but an ‘out of stock’ message appeared! No problem! I thought as I checked the box that said ‘send email when back in stock’.
Three weeks passed and no email…a frantic search online found my heart sinking as shop after shop did not have any balls of saffron left. In desperation last week I put an appeal out on Instagram to see if any lovely hooker, anywhere in the world had some in their stash to sell to me… and my wonderful #sidekicksistas came to the rescue. The beautiful Karen alerted me to 3 balls that were available at Laughing Hens! Now I had never come across this beautiful gem of shop before…but I hit the order button and am now just waiting for my yarn to arrive, so I can get that ruffle hooked hopefully before my niece arrives!
Talking of patterns I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the support you have given to me with my recent pattern release.
You have really blessed me!
I promise I won’t leave it as long before I next drop by.
Oh my days…I hope everyone is well and staying safe…what strange and frightening times we are living in! I am still having to work, but the rest of the Robins are tucked up tight at home with Mr R for safe keeping.
In between my shifts for the last 4 weeks I have been trying to distract myself by pattern writing…and today I have been able to release my offering of this adorable baby bonnet. It has taken me 4 weeks to write, get pattern tested, product tested and edited, so it has kept me well distracted from the worry in this world.
(If you want to skip the rest of this post, you will find a 20% off coupon code at the bottom of this post!)
This beautiful baby bear bonnet is sure to make a perfect baby shower gift for a precious little one. Or indeed this cute little bonnet would make a sweet photo prop to take along to a newborn photoshoot. Of course, it would also be great for dress up and everyday wear too!
What do you think?
Fancy hooking your own beautiful baby bear bonnet? This beautiful pattern is easy and quick to hook up and comes in sizes
0 – 3 months
6 – 9 months
9 – 12 months
1 – 2 years
2 – 5 years
Materials you will need:
Aran / worsted weight yarn – pattern recommends Stylecraft special, but any aran/ worsted yarn may be used (5.0mm) crochet hook
stitch marker (optional)
The pattern is written using UK crochet terminology and has a handy conversion of stitches into US terminology provided in the pattern notes.
You are welcome to sell what you make using my patterns – I hope this bonnet sells well for you! Please do include a link or reference to my shop for the pattern. This pattern including photographs are copyright protected and you are not permitted to reproduce, redistribute, copy, share or re-sell.
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Stay safe lovelies.
Hey Lovelies I’m in need of pattern testers again. Yes, I’ve been able to get back to some of what I love and I’ve been writing a pattern for a beautiful baby bear bonnet. It all came about when I just couldn’t find a pattern for a basic baby bonnet that worked…I tried several!!
So I thought I’d just write my own. I still have a couple of sizes to figure out, but for the most part it is written.
Here’s what I’m looking for.
Do I need to have test crochet before?
Nope… as long as you can crochet and read from a written pattern you are good to apply to be my tester. Infact, I am looking for people with varying abilities of crochet.
Is there a deadline?
Yes…if you are successful in applying for the role of tester I will require you to finish the test within a week of receiving the pattern.
Other than crochet the pattern on time what else do you need me to do?
Good question! I will need you to give me lots of feedback, to include the good, the bad and the ugly!
Spot typo’s and grammatical errors and make pattern corrections.
I need you to keep in touch even if this means you can’t meet the deadline…life happens, I understand that.
I also require a good quality photo of the finished item that I will be able to use on all social media, my blog and in my Etsy shop…I will of course tag you.
I will require you to be active on social media, ideally you need to be active on Instagram and or facebook….What does this mean? I would like you to share the pattern once published and it is available on general release, I would like you to post your picture with a link to the pattern. I will let you know when the pattern is live.
Do I get paid to test a pattern?
Nope…I wish I could say yes, but sadly the answer is no! You also need to be able to provide your own materials…in this case a small quantity of aran / worsted weight yarn. However, you will get the pattern fully edited for free and if your photo’s are of good quality I will use them here on my blog and in my social media / Etsy shop and I will always tag you so people can head your way!
So if you are interested and can turn this around for me within 7 days, and you are happy with the terms above, please leave me a comment below, with your facebook and Instagram handles and expressing your interest. I have about 4 spaces available and if you are successful I will be in touch within the next week.
This is my newest make and I just love it…
What do you think?…I just love making these beautiful baby bibs. I will pop the pattern details below in case you want to make your own…but they are available to buy just here.
These super absorbent 100% cotton bibs are not only stylish, they are brilliant at catching those dribbles! The textured bobbles are soothing and safe for sore gums to chew on, to provide some natural relief from teething pain.
I had so much fun hooking these bibs and the best bit was choosing a colour palette for them…but I am thrilled with the colours I have chosen…
I have decided to make these bibs available in packs of 2, so you can have fun mixing and matching your colour choices. They are also machine washable for ease of care.
Pretty, stylish, practical what’s not to love and available now!
pattern: Bitty Boho Bib by Ashley @ A Crafty Concept
I wanted to stop by and show a beautiful shawl I made as a Secret Santa swap for one of my #sidekicksistas.
If you don’t know I am wonderfully blessed to be a part of a fabulous group of crafties that meets once a month. I met them online way back when I had my foot operation and I started the #seasidestashbustingblanket in 2018, and they kindly invited me along. They really are just the most supportive and creative women and we all share the same crafty kindred spirit. Even though I don’t make the monthly meets and only get to about three a year, I just love these women so much. The highlight is always our Christmas dinner in December where we all chip in and cook something for the table…here we are look…
This year for the secret Santa swap, I decided I was going to make a shawl and after a long trawl through ravelry, I set my heart on the Dragon Belly Shawl by Johanna Lindahl of Mijo Crochet. It is a free pattern and has a simple 2 row repeat, which means it is the perfect pattern to hook up whilst indulging in a box set. Perfect relaxing crochet. The pattern is well written and I will definitely be making this again.
I decided to treat my recipient to a Scheepjes whirl to hook this shawl in…well to treat myself really as I had never hooked with this yarn before and I had wanted to for ages. I chose the Blueberry Bambam which was my second choice. I had originally chosen the Jaffa Pop colourway…but it was out of stock everywhere, and I mean everywhere and was not due to be re-stocked until after Christmas. So Blueberry Bambam it was.
The yarn was a beauty to hook with. It is a beautifully soft cotton blend 4ply yarn which has a long gentle gradient. I used the whole 200g (1000m) and it made a great sized shawl. The whirl was worth every penny, as it produced a really lovely quality fabric which drapes amazingly. I love the raised rows of this shawl and it is aptly named the Dragon Belly for this reason. So, if your looking for a fabulous make which won’t tax your brain; but will certainly scratch that creative itch and give you a real sense of hooky satisfaction…this is the pattern to go for.
Happy New Year…Happy New Decade!
I have been wanting to sit and write for quite a while, but I didn’t want to sit and write just for the sake of it, so I have been waiting to see how my heart settles…and it is beginning to, I think!
Oh I have missed you all…how are you?…do let me know! I have got so much to share with you. Firstly, I have been hooking and sewing and I will of course share the patterns and my makes with you, but I am taking a different direction; it has just taken me a little while to figure how that change fits with this blog. To be honest I am still not sure how it will all pan out but it’s time to see.
For those of you who stop by regularly, you will know that I have been quiet both here and on my social media sites, you will also know that I ventured to set up a little Etsy shop with baby makes and this is what has taken my attention recently. I was so busy with orders leading up to Christmas it was pretty much all I could focus on. I was busy hooking lots of these Santa Hats
I had orders for lots of these elf hats too…
If you pop over to my other Instagram site @baby_yarnyrobin you will see some very cute babies looking festive in their hats which I find just utterly thrilling.
I also made bear hats
and Daddy and me sets
So, you see I was very busy. The orders blessed my crochet socks off and also took me completely by surprise and it has all been a very steep learning curve which I have absolutely relished and found altogether overwhelming all at the same time. Of course my order books are much quieter now; as to be expected, and I am mindful I have a full time job and this little venture is just a hobby and that is all I need and want it to be right now.
So, I am still going to share my crochet makes right here, continue with pattern reviews and share some little stories of life here at the nest…just like before. I also want to get back to some pattern writing at some point. I have decided not to go down the route of CE Testing, I just can not bring myself to set fire to my makes! I will have to settle for making any amigurumi toys as gifts only.
A lot of the makes I share will be baby and toddler related (not least as I am going to be an Auntie this Summer, thanks to my little SiL!) and we will just see how that goes for a while. It won’t all be shop related, it will just be smattered here and there…because I love this little space of mine and I love you stopping by to spend some time here.
Well, I am really glad I got back on the blogging horse…it was every bit a pleasure as I remember it. Looking forward to 2020 with you.
It feels like it jumped from August right in to October without September ever being! Sorry I have been absent…my excuses are below; however if you don’t fancy reading about them you can skip to the crochet I have to show you, below!
It feels like we have entered a whole new life season here at the nest…all of my boys are now in high school and we are all trying to figure out a new normal. My evenings consist of co-ordinating logistics with Mr R, ferrying each to various sporting activities, or taking girlfriends home or picking up from girlfriends houses or trying to figure out whether it is ok for them to get the train to and from football on a Friday evening…I feel like I am constantly asking myself the question, is it safe? Turns out very little seems safe these days, but I guess that is how they grow up…I’ve just got to let them…some how!
Whilst we’ve been adjusting autumn has tiptoed in quietly but surely, but I am yet to appreciate its glory and splendour. Mr R has done some serious damage to his knee and it has put pay to our usual long walks. So all in all life has been up in the air a bit, but we are beginning to settle now, I think.
I do have some crochet to show you though. The arrival of Autumn compelled me to start a new blanket.
The blanket pattern is called ‘The dark wave Throw’ by Redsparrowcrochet
you should really pop over and take a look, Esme, has some stunning patterns available…I am in awe!
It is a brand new skill set for me as it is mosaic crochet, which I have never done before. The pattern is very well written, but it is definitely not a project for in front of the tv as I do have to concentrate very hard and focus on what I am doing. As a consequence I am making slow progress, but the thrill of watching the pattern emerge is hugely satisfying.
I have also been making some more bear hats
pattern by Rachel Glassco
(some alterations to pattern made by myself)
and I have been making orders for this very cute Santa hat.
The pattern for this hat is the ‘Mint elf hat’
The faux fur trim is a polyester yarn by James C Brett called ‘Chinchilla’. I have never used a faux fur yarn before as I thought they would be tricky to work with. However, I found this easier than I thought I would. I felt for the stitches rather than seeing them and I just love the look of this hat. The faux fur is just so super soft and the oversized pompom finishes this hat off just perfectly; needless to say I have a few orders for these so will be hooking some more in the coming days.
I have also been working on a pattern for a sensory teething ring, but I am still in the very early stages of this, so I will update as I make progress. So, I think that is about it, if you have got this far…thanks for stopping by. I’m off to do a little more mosaic crochet, with a cup of coffee…now there’s a nice safe thing to do!
I don’t know where it came from, my urge to dye yarn. It is not something I have ever thought of doing until about eight weeks ago; when the thought entered my head and I literally became obsessed with wanting to dye yarn. Before I knew where I was, I had become the clueless owner of 2 beautiful hanks of bare merino/nylon sock yarn.
Of course I couldn’t wait for dyes or my preferred mordant of citric acid to be delivered, so I watched a few youtube tutorials which dyed yarn with food colourings and used white vinegar as a mordant and off I went to raid my kitchen cupboards. I was very disappointed with the resulting consequence, the colours did set, but they were insipid and uninspiring and the white vinegar made everything smell just horrid…for ages!
So, I had to wait for my order of acid dye and citric acid to be delivered. Oh the excitement when the delivery guy knocked that door! I tore open the parcel and oohed and aahed at my little bottle of brilliant blue Jacquard acid dye and then went to watch a lot more tutorials, which got me quite confused. Each tutorial recommended different amounts of mordant and they contradict each other greatly. I summarised there was no one way to dye yarn and so I decided to just go for it! I wore a safety mask as you must when dealing with acid dyes…that youtube did agree on! and I carefully noted down everything that I did, to include times and measurements and then I began to dip dye my yarn. I chose to dip dye as I wanted to play with the colour a little and because this seemed the simplest technique aside from just dumping the hank into the pot to get a solid colour.
I enjoyed the whole process immensely, (apologies for the lack of photo’s but it is quite hard to take photo’s when you are dealing with dyes and heat sources, whilst wearing gloves, trying to write the process down and not quite knowing what you are actually doing!) I just love that you don’t quite know how the dye is going to take to the yarn and how the yarn will look when it’s finished. There is a definite amount of science to it, but there is a whole lot of artistry and magic involved too!
I was thrilled with the end result too, a beautiful gradient skein of lovliness, in pastel blues. Some of the bare yarn just peeped through on the paler end, which I really liked…that was the magic bit! What I was not prepared for was the sheer joy of twisting it into a skein…oh my word, that twist is a beautiful thing!
I added a label and printed some sock patterns out and gifted it to my Mama for her birthday.
Now I can’t wait to dye some more yarn and try some different techniques. I have certainly found a new yarn addiction! It’s really great to try something new isn’t it?
If you have any yarn dyeing tricks and tips please let me know in the comments thread below…I would love to hear them and jot them down in my yarn dyeing journal.
Crochet has had to take a back seat for a little while. July was and always is a crazy, busy month with end of school stuff! This year though was particularly busy as my littlest robin left primary school and began getting ready for new adventures in high school. I won’t regale you with the number of tears I cried…they will always be my babies I know…but I no longer have any babies in the nest. I now have three secondary schoolers; that are at times like teenage toddlers and at other times, shaping up to be lovely young men. What has this got to do with sewing on ears I hear you ask…it hasn’t a thing to do with it, so I will stop waffling and get to the point of this post.
Sewing on Ears has proved for me to be incredibly time consuming in the past. Whether I am sewing ears onto a lovely squashy amigurumi or sewing bear ears onto baby hats, my ears…well not my actual ears, but the crochet ears, have ended up being wonky, not in the right position or have ended up looking unequal. I have found this to be incredibly frustrating; as what I thought would take me 5 minutes has taken me much longer and has caused a number of expletives to fall from my mouth! That was until I developed a method which has proved to be both accurate and speedy every time and since I don’t have much crochet to show you, I thought now would be a good time to write this post.
My method is very simple…you just need a balloon, a glass and pins. With these three items sewing ears onto hats and garments and amigurumi becomes much easier…every time! Yes, I sew ears onto amigurumi before stuffing and sewing up, using this method and it seems to work really well. The beauty of using a balloon is that you can blow it up to the exact size required. You do need to be careful that you don’t prick the balloon with the pin though!
I told you it was simple.
So there you have it, I hope you find this post useful…do let me know.