seaside stash busting blanket weeks 17- 20

crochet blanket cal

I thought you might like another little update on the slow CAL (crochet a long) I’m participating in which is being hosted by the lovely Eleanora over at coastal crochet. You can also find lots of other amazing blankets and makers participating in this CAL  across social media by searching #seasidestashbustingblanket.

You can read about  my weeks 1 – 4 just here

and  weeks 5 – 8 just here

weeks 9 – 12 here

and weeks 13 – 16 here

 

Here is how it has been growing…

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Now, I’m off to catch up with the rows for week 21!

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seaside stash busting blanket weeks 13- 16

I can’t believe that this blanket has been on my hook and in my life for four months.  It is getting large enough now for me to throw it over my lap in the evenings  and I thought you might like another photo update on my progress. 

You can read about  my weeks 1 – 4 just here

and my weeks 5 – 8 just here

and weeks  9 -12 just here

But let me show you weeks 13 – 16. 

crochet mixed stitch blanket

Now Weeks 13 -15 were just fine…

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but week 16…

crochet mixed stitch blanket

well it was basket weave and if you are a long time reader you may remember my last foray with basket weave…It looks great but I do not like hooking this stitch you can read why just here.

So it came as a very welcome relief to find out that the next stitches were the relaxing long wave stitches after the stressful basket weave!

If you want to find out more about this delightful slow CAL (crochet a long) which is being hosted by the lovely Eleanora hop over to her beautiful blog… Coastal Crochet. You can also find lots of other amazing blankets and makers participating in this CAL across social media by searching #seasidestashbustingblanket.

I‘m off to do another couple of rows now.  I will be back soon to show you what else has been on my hook of late and I will also write an update about my yarny knitting adventure.

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seaside stash busting blanket weeks 9 – 12

I thought you might like another little update on the slow CAL (crochet a long) I’m participating in which is being hosted by the lovely Eleanora over at coastal crochet. You can also find lots of other amazing blankets and makers participating in this CAL  across social media by searching #seasidestashbustingblanket.

You can read about  my weeks 1 – 4 just here

and my weeks 5 – 8 just here

But let me show you weeks 9 – 12.  I have enjoyed these weeks so much, hooking out and about in town

CROCHET MIXED STITCH BLANKET

The blanket is certainly growing larger and no longer resembles a scarf…in fact it is way past scarf stage now and is handy for keeping my lap warm whilst I hook away.

MIXED STITCH CROCHET BLANKET

I think this will be the last close up picture where the whole of the blanket will fit into frame.

mixed stitch crochet blanket

 

I’m still ploughing through my stash too, so this makes me doubly thrilled with this blanket.  I find I am really looking forward to every Monday and Friday when the next rows are released.  I love the surprise of not knowing what the next set of rows will be.

mixed stitch crochet blanket

 

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#seasidestashbustingblanket weeks 5 – 8

I thought you might like a little update on the slow CAL (crochet a long) I am participating in which is being hosted by coastal crochet…details  of weeks 1 – 4 are just here. You may have seen it across social media with the #seasidestashbustingblanket.

#seasidestashbustingblanket
mixed stitches…

There are several things I am enjoying about this CAL.  The first of which is the pace.  Eleonara, is releasing just four rows a week; two on a Monday and two on a Friday and so it feels very relaxed. 

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as approved by little Jess

The second little gem is that I am busting my stash!  The CAL’s focus is using up what you already have and so this blanket is being made entirely from stash.  I have a lot of stash, not as much as some, but too much to be just lying idle.  I feel like I am achieving something very positive  using up my hoard and turning my treasure into  usable wealth. 

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The third pleasure is the online community element of this CAL.  I have met and chatted with so many talented ladies and gentleman and have been inspired and encouraged.  It never ceases to amaze me how folk can hook the same pattern and yet the different colour choices make it look so different. 

Creativity…I just love it!  

#seasidestashbustingblanket
week 8

Eleonora, has called it her seaside blanket because she lives by the sea and takes her inspiration from her surroundings and therefore that is reflected in her colour choices. It made me smile when she introduced pink into her blanket… stating she new she would have to as it was in her stash. Eleonora, likened it to strawberry icecream on the beach, which I liked a lot.

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It got me thinking about the colours in my blanket and what they reminded me of and after some thought I think they remind me of a stormy sunset. 

So I am going to call this my Stormy Sunset blanket…what do you think?

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Grandma Kathy Tea Cosy…Free Crochet Pattern and Tutorial.

captureThis is the fifth tea cosy in the Grandma collection, and is quite simply delightful.  The use of traditional granny stitches means that this pattern can be hooked within an evening.  Ideal for that last minute handmade present.  This cosy is sweetly uncomplicated and will cloak any tea pot with elegance.

Dedicated to the inspiration that is ‘Nanna Kathy’ 

 

crochet tea cosy free pattern

The pattern makes a tea cosy that fits a standard 6 cup teapot.

I used less than 50g of Stylecraft special dk yarn in gold and scraps of apricot.

You will also need a darning needle, pin or stitch marker and a pair of scissors.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

 

  

Stitches used in this pattern refer to English terminology, however a conversion to US terminology is provided in brackets below.

Ch – chain stitch 

slst – slip stitch 

dc –  double crochet (single crochet)

htr– half treble crochet  (half double crochet)

tr – treble crochet (double crochet) 

dtr – double treble crochet (treble crochet)

 

You will also need:

a 5mm crochet hook for main body of teapot and a

4mm hook to complete picot edging trim.

 

Ok, here we go…

Using the gold yarn and 5mm hook, Ch 20

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

To adjust cosy size, the starting chain should be equivalent to the height from the base of teapot to the top of the body of the teapot or to put it another way, to the start of lid.  If adjusting the starting chain it must be a multiple of 3+2.

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 Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in each st along, ch3, turn (ch3 counts as tr)  (19dc in total).

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Row 2: 2tr in same space as ch3, *miss 2 sts, 3tr in next st (granny cluster)* 

repeat * – * til end of row, ch3 (counts as tr) turn. 

(x7 granny clusters / x6 spaces).

 

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

 

Row 3: miss 1st granny cluster, 3tr in space before next granny cluster, *miss granny cluster, 3tr in space before next granny cluster* Repeat * – * to last space, miss 2 sts, 1tr in last st of row, Ch3 (counts as tr), turn.

(20sts = x6 granny clusters / 7 spaces / 1tr on each end of row).

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Rows 4: 2tr in same space as ch 3, *miss granny cluster, 3tr in space before next granny cluster* Repeat * – * to end.  Ch3 (counts as tr), turn.  ( 21sts = x7 granny clusters / x6 spaces).

 

Row 5: – 17: Repeat rows 3 and 4, but omit turning ch on row 17.

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Row 18: turn, ch1 (does not count as st)dc in same space, dc in each st across, ch3 (counts as tr), turn.

(20sts). 

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Now to make the spout hole!

 

Row 19: 2tr in same space as ch 3, miss 2sts, 3tr in next st, ch 10, miss next x5 granny clusters / x4 spaces, 3tr in last st. 

(20sts).

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial Row 20: ch1 (does not count as dc), dc into same space, dc in next 2sts, dc in next 10 chain sts, dc in next 6sts, ch3 (counts as tr), turn. (19dc).

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Row 21: Repeat Row 2. 

Crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorialRow 22 – 32: Repeat rows 3 and 4 but omit turning ch on row 32.

If adjusting cosy size make sure to finish this section on a row that is the same as row 3 in the pattern ie/ starts and finishes with 1tr.

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  Row 33: ch1 (does not count as dc), dc in same space, dc in each st along and fasten off and weave in ends

(20dc).

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorialnb/ top and bottom – x1 granny cluster underneath spout

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorialNoting top and bottom correctly, attach gold yarn to top right side.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorialNow to complete the petals.

Row 34: ch1 (does not count as dc), dc in same space, dc in each st across – ( the term sts here is used loosely as they are actually the side posts of the trebles and double crochet sts of the previous rounds.  It may look a bit ambiguous, but we are aiming to get 36dc across this top edge), turn.

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try to space these sts as evenly as you can… its just a case of getting them in!

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Row 35: ch1, *miss 2 sts, in next st place dc, htr, tr, 2dtr, in next st  place 2dtr, tr, htr, dc*

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Repeat * – * to end of row

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slst to beginning ch1 to join cosy in a circle.  

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Side Seam: Place cosy on teapot and mark with a pin across top of handle, slst from top of cosy down to this point (approx. 1.5cms).

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Return cosy to the teapot and repeat process, this time marking below the handle.  Remove cosy leaving marker in place, continue to slst along one edge (not both) until you reach marker for the bottom of the handle.  Now slst both edges together to bottom of cosy, fasten off and weave in all loose ends. 

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Picot trim: Finally, attach apricot yarn in any beginning dc of petal (ie. dc to the right hand side of petal).

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  With a 4mm hook, ch1 (counts as dc), dc in next 3sts, dc in next st, ch3, slst into 1st ch (picot made),

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dc into same space as previous dc, dc in next 4sts…1st petal edged. 

For next petal and for all petals around, dc in next 4sts, dc in next st, ch3, slst into 1st ch, dc in same space as previous dc, dc in next 4sts.

NB/ do not crochet in this space by mistake  

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Do not crochet in this space by mistake else your picot will not be central!

To finish slst to beginning ch of trim, fasten off and weave in ends.

crochet tea cosy free patternNow I think it’s time for a brew…don’t you?

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I REALLY HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED MAKING THIS PATTERN AS MUCH AS I HAVE ENJOYED CREATING IT FOR YOU.  IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT SOMETHING OR NOTICE ANY ERRORS PLEASE SHOUT UP.  EQUALLY PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR Grandma Kathy Tea cosy CREATIONS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW or with the #THEGRANDMACOLLECTION #AYARNYROBIN ON SOCIAL MEDIA…I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM!

THE Grandma Kathy Tea Cosy IS part of the Grandma Collection ©2018 designed by Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#seasidestashbustingblanket

As if having one large blanket on the go isn’t enough!  I have accidentally, well…ok…I spent 2 hours rummaging through my yarn stash, so not accidentally at all…but I couldn’t help but chain the starting chain for this mystery CAL, which is being hosted by the talented Eleonora over at Coastal Crochet.

#seasidestashbustingblanket

  In my defence I am using only stash and there are only 4 sweet rows of the pattern being released each week…so that’s doable isn’t it? 

I was a little late to the hook up, starting in week 2, but I am fully caught up and I can’t wait for week 3.  The bobbles were fun to hook and I am pleased with the mustard (gold) against the raspberry.  The yarn is stylecraft special dk and I’m planning on using these colours.

yarn pegsIn addition to these colours I will also be using Graphite (charcoal grey) and Gold and possibly candyfloss pink…I am still undecided about the candyfloss…mmm…we’ll see…What do you think?  

I am slightly disgruntled that I have not been able to find my yarn pegs for these missing colours in the picture, but I am unable to look properly because of this…

It really hurt! and I am a big baby!

Yes, It’s all done and it wasn’t very pleasant and I still feel queasy, and I am not a good patient (it must be the nurse in me!) but I am grateful to be this side of it.  

I have always wanted to complete a CAL like this but have always been a bit cautious about being able to follow the pattern instructions, but Eleonora’s instructions are written very clearly  and she has also made a video tutorial to help out if needed, so I think it will all be gucci.  

The blanket is going to be a fair old size when it’s finished in the Autumn.   You can checkout other blanketeers in this CAL by using the #seasidestashbustingblanket or #coastalcrochetcal.

xxxxx

 

 

Grandma Florence Tea Cosy…Free Pattern and Tutorial.

crochet tea cosy free pattern

This is the fourth tea cosy in the Grandma collection, and is sure to charm.  The crochet mesh design means this pattern makes for a very quick hook up.  Ideal for beginners using just a half treble crochet stitch, this cosy is abidingly delightful and will trim any tea pot with joy.

Dedicated to the inspiration that is ‘Nanna Florence’ otherwise known as my Mom! 

Crchet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

The pattern makes a tea cosy that fits a standard 6 cup teapot.

I used less than 50g of Stylecraft special dk yarn in cream.    Please note that I have used a different colour yarn in the beginning of the photo tutorial below. 

You will also need a darning needle, a selection of 5mm wide ribbon, a 50cm length of fluff, a button, a pair of scissors and x4 stitch markers (or small safety pins or scraps of different colour yarn).  The use of a hot glue gun is optional, ribbons can either be glued into position or stitched.

ribbons, ayarnyrobin free pattern

  

Stitches used in this pattern refer to English terminology, however a conversion to US terminology is provided in brackets.

Ch – chain stitch 

slst – slip stitch 

dc –  double crochet (single crochet)

htr– half treble crochet  (half double crochet)

You will also need:

a 4mm crochet hook

 

Ok, here we go…

Using the cream yarn  Ch 4

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Join with a slst to form a ring.

Row 1: Ch1 (does not count as a st), 6hdc into ring,

finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (6hdc).

 

Row 2: Ch1, (does not count as a st) 2hdc in same space, 2hdc in each st around, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (12hdc).

 

Row 3: Ch1 (does not count as a st), 2hdc in same space, 1hdc in next st, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next st* . Repeat * – * to end,  finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (18hdc).

 

Rows 4: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), 2hdc in same space, 1hdc in next 2 sts, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 2 sts*. Repeat *-* to end, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (24hdc).

 

Row 5: Ch1 (does not count as st), 2hdc in same space, 1hdc in next 3 sts, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 3 sts*. Repeat *-* to end, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (30hdc).

 

Row 6: Ch 1 (does not count as a st),   2hdc in same space, 1hdc in next 4 sts, *2hdcin next st, 1hdc in next 4 sts*.  Repeat *-* to end, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (36hdc).

 

Row 7: ch1 ( does not count as a st), 1hdc in same space and in each st around, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (36hdc).  

 

Row 8: ch1 (does not count as a st), 2hdc in same space andin each st around, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (72hdc).

 

Row 9 and 10: Repeat row 7, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (72hdc).  

You should have something that is starting to look a bit like a flying saucer!  This is a good point to check your measurements with your intended teapot.  Place your hooked disc on top of your teapot. You want the edges of the circle to be approx. 1cm from the handle of the teapot.

To mark out handle and spout holes, simply take x4 st markers (or cut short pieces of yarn in a different  colour as I did) and place/ tie first marker in the st behind where you joined last row.

Counting backwards (or to the right)miss x3 sts and place/tie second marker in next st.  This marks out your handle. 

 

From this second marker count backwards (or to the right) 30sts and place 3rd marker in the next st (31st st).  Return to the first marker and count forwards 30 sts (or to the left) and place 4th marker in the next st.

 

 You have now marked out the handle and spout positions for your cosy.  Marker #1 and #2 indicate the handle space and markers #3 and #4 indicate the spout space.

The next stage of the cosy is to construct the sides.  So, for the purposes of the pattern these will be referred to as side A  (between marker #1 and #4) and side B between marker #2 and #3). 

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Side A row 1: In Cream yarn Ch 4 (counts as 1htr and 2ch), miss 2sts *htr in next  st, ch2, miss 2sts*

repeat * -* until you reach marker/ tie #4. 

NB/ last htr is completed in st marked by marker / tie #4

(x11htr, x10 ch2spaces)

Grandma Florence tea cosy, photo tutorial free pattern

Side A row 2: ch4 (counts as htr and 2 ch) turn work. 

Miss 2 sts, *htr in next st, ch2, miss 2 sts*

repeat * – * to end of row, placing last htr in top of ch2.

(x11htr, x10 ch2 spaces).

 

Side A row 3: We are going to increase the mesh at each end of the row. 

Ch 4 ( counts as htr and 2ch, turn work, htr into same st ( increase made), ch2, miss 2sts, *htr in next st, ch2, miss 2 sts*

repeat from * – * til end of row placing htr in ch2 of previous row, ch2, htr in same space (increase made). 

(x13htr, x12 ch2 spaces).

 Side A row 4: ch 4 (counts as  htr and 2ch), turn work, miss 2 sts, *htr in next st, ch2, miss 2sts* 

repeat * – * til end of row. (x13htr, x12 ch2 spaces).

 

Side A row 5 – 15: repeat side A row 4.  Fasten off.  Side A completed.

Grandma Florence Tea Cosy free pattern photo tutorial

 Side B: Join cream yarn in st to the left of st marker #2

Grandma Florence tea cosy free pattern photo tutorial

repeat Side A instructions between markers 2 and 3.  Fasten off and sew in all loose ends.

Remove stitch markers. 

Place on your teapot to check the fit.

Grandma Florence tea cosy free pattern photo tutorial crochetNow for the fun part! Weave the ribbons in and out of the mesh.

ayarnyrobin free crochet tea cosy pattern
weave the ribbons in and out of the mesh…

alternate each row ie, start weaving from under the post on one row and over the post on the next row.  NB/ on row 3 you will not need to alternate in order to keep the pattern of covered and exposed posts.

crochet tea cosy pattern available at ayarnyrobin
This gives me another idea!!!

Repeat weaving ribbons for both Side A and Side B.  Once completed you need to secure the ribbons.  I used a hot glue gun to do this but you could just as easily machine sew. 

Turn work so that the wrong side is facing upwards and begin by securing the ribbons that end by going behind the post. In the picture below this would be the green ribbon, followed by the blue then the red ribbon.  Secure both sides being careful not to pull the ends of the ribbon to tight, you need to allow a little give in the ribbon.

Crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Continue to secure the ribbons in this way.  You should now only have ribbons that  go over the post left to secure.  To do this split the side of the post stitch with your nail and thread through the ribbon.  In the photo below the top picture shows the blue ribbon already threaded and the bottom picture shows the red ribbon yet to be threaded with the place for it to be threaded through  indicated by the safety pin. 

NB/ this can be a bit tricky and may require a wee bit of patience! 

Once threaded, secure as before. 

Crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Edging:  join cream yarn to the bottom corner (any side).

Crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Ch2 (does not count as a st), htr into same space (to the right side of ribbon), ch1. 

NB/The next st is to be placed in between ribbon).

*ch1,htr in between ribbon*

Crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

repeat *- * until last ribbon at the top. Don’t worry too much about the ribbon seeming loose at the sides, just keep placing those htr’s between the ribbons! The last htr being placed to the left side of the last ribbon.

Dc in the sts across the lid of the cosy.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Now place htr to right of top ribbon on opposite side,*ch1, htr in between ribbon*. 

Repeat * – * to end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat the whole of the edging process on the other side of the cosy, but do not fasten off as this is where the tab is created.. 

Tab: To complete the tab ch2 (does not count as st) turn work, 

Tab Row 1: *htr in ch sp, htr in next st* repeat * – * x3 more times (8htr in total) 

Tab Row 2: ch2 (does not count as a st) turn work, htr in each st along (8htr) 

Tab Row 3: repeat Tab Row 2.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Tab Row 4: Turn work, slst in next 2 sts, ch8, miss 4 sts, slst in next 2sts, fasten off and weave in ends.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Attach button centrally on opposite side to tab.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorialNow to sew handle opening.  To do this sew the two edges on opposite side of cosy to tab and button.  Sew from bottom up to the 4th or 5th ribbon or until the bottom of your handle.

Finally to neaten the edges around the spout, join cream yarn to st just above the tab. 

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Ch2, htr in each st around until st just above button, fasten off and weave in ends. 

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Repeat the process to neaten the edges around the handle, this time joining the cream yarn to any st in the opening for the handle, ch2, htr in each st around, joining with a slst in top of ch2 to finish.  Fasten off. 

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Finally to add the pompom. 

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Now you could just make a pompom, but I just tied the first part of a bow over and over until I had a fluffy ball.

crochet Tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

I threaded some yarn through it and secured it to the top of the tea cosy where it looked rather quite proud.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorialEt voila! A beautiful tea cosy to warm your brew!  

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

 

Crchet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

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I REALLY HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED MAKING THIS PATTERN AS MUCH AS I HAVE ENJOYED CREATING IT FOR YOU.  IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT SOMETHING OR NOTICE ANY ERRORS PLEASE SHOUT UP.  EQUALLY PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR Grandma Florence Tea cosy CREATIONS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW or on social media using the hashtags #ayarnyrobin or @yarnyrobin…I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM!

Grandma Florence Tea Cosy is part of the Grandma Collection ©2018 designed by Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of year review…Bring on 2018

2017 has certainly had it’s ups and it’s downs.  I am pleased  to report that it is ending on an up.  I have really enjoyed perusing back through my posts and have picked out my favourite from each month in way of  reviewing 2017 here at the nest.  Before we begin I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of my seasoned readers, to those of you that have recently discovered this little corner of yarniness and to you if you have  just stumbled across this post by accident.

Without all of you, I would just be here, hooking and writing and hooking some more; annoying my family by taking photo’s every 2 minutes and whilst that would be ok, it is so much more fun with you dropping by and saying hi every once in a while.  You encourage me and inspire me to keep blogging about all things yarny and for that I am very grateful. 

So grab a glass of prosecco or the bottle!  or maybe a cuppa if you prefer and lets look back at 2017 here at the nest.

January 2017 

shawl crochet ayarnyrobin
crochet in bed.

2017 began with shawls, having completed x2 virus shawls I had the bug for more.  This‘ is the ‘pink shawl’ by Cecile Balladino,  and it is still one of my favourites although I still can’t call it the ‘pink shawl!’

February 2017

#yarnlove challenge 2017

I had so much fun doing the yarn love challenge during February.  A post a day was a challenge, but I relished the daily prods to share. 

I’d love to do this again in 2018. 

Here is a little link to my favourite #yarnlovechallenge post and another favourite… well I couldn’t just pick one!

March 2017

Sunday Shawl by Alia Bland
Sunday Shawl hooking

Another month another shawl…This time the beautiful Sunday Shawl by Alia Bland.  This project proved to be the perfect way to jump into spring, maybe it was those delicious pastels against the warmth of the grey.

April2017

Alpaca cake…

A milestone birthday, an alpaca birthday cake, and a graduation. I couldn’t have imagined a happier set of celebrations. I was so  blissfully unaware of the catastrophe about to beset us.

May 2017

Interlocking stitch

At least I got some crochet in whilst juggling hospital trips and the absence of a critically ill Mr R…crochet is not only my joy it’s my default when things get tough…my sanity. 

This Baby Wilmer blanket, filled me with hope, a new life just entering this world, whilst life at the nest  felt as if it had paused in some horrific nightmare.

June 2017 

yarnbomb, ayarnyrobin gate installation
yarnbomb

Mr R had prayerfully turned a corner  and our healing had begun, it was time for some fun and this yarny gate installation celebrated that!

July 2017

free dog collar crochet pattern...simple free pattern which you can crochet in under an hour
Jess… with her new crochet collar.

Still healing, but healing well! 

Small projects worked best and this ‘Oh so cute’ free dog collar pattern went down a treat with little Jess.

August 2017

C2C crochet baby blanket, crochet heart squares in paintbox cotton yarn
crochet and coffee

I fell so in love with these adorable C2C (corner to corner)hearts that I just couldn’t stop hooking them!  I couldn’t!! 

They fell off my hook so quickly that before I knew where I was I had enough for a blanket of hearts. 

I have to confess that I still need to border this lovely…yes it is still a PHD (project half done).  In my defense I just can’t decide what colour to border it in!

September 2017

crochet barefoot sandals - Corfu designed by ayarnyrobin.wordpress.com, summer feet
Corfu – Barefoot sandals

September felt much more ‘normal’ although I don’t know why…I spent a large majority of it bobbing around on a lazy river being drenched in golden sunshine on the amazing island of Corfu.  I didn’t forget about you though…look I made these barefoot sandals  by the pool… here’s the link to the free pattern just in case you fancy a pretty 20 minute hook up!

October 2017

Autumn woodland walks a plenty, a suprising wildlife sighting and family…I am so blessed.

November 2017

The Grandma Dot Tea Cosy, crochet tea cosy, The Grandma Collection by ayarnyrobin
Grandma Dot Tea Cosy

Finally, the release of my newest tea cosy in the Grandma Collection…the Grandma Dot tea cosy.  I don’t know why this took me so long to publish but it did.  Anyway, thank you for your frankly very kind feedback about this free pattern…there will be another one coming very shortly in the new year.

December 2017

loom knitted hat, ayarnyrobin
loom knitted beanie…

I told you 2017 ended on an up…the hat fit!

Enough said. 

Thank you 2017 for the joy, for the triumphs, for the challenge and even for the heartbreak…for all the folk that have stood alongside me whether that has been for a few minutes, a few days or for those lifers that are always cheering me on… you know who you are.  

Finally, thank you once again to you, for riding this journey with me… I think you are amazing and want to wish you all a very blessed and  extremely yarny 2018…

wherever it may take you.

xxxxx

 

Grandma Dot Tea Cosy…Free Pattern.

crochet tea cosy free pattern

This is the third tea cosy in the Grandma collection, designed with simplicity and sweetness.  The top down design means this pattern makes for a quick hook up.  Ideal for beginners and sure to guarantee  a perfectly sweet cosy for your teapot. The Grandma Dot Tea Cosy, crochet tea cosy, The Grandma Collection by ayarnyrobinDedicated to the inspiration that was ‘Nanna Dot’

dotty little crochet flowers

The pattern makes a tea cosy that fits a standard 4 cup teapot.

I used less than 50g of Stylecraft special dk yarn in colourways cream  and raspberry which I used  as my base colours.  Please note that I have used a different colour yarn in the photo tutorial below. 

I also used scraps of stylecraft special dk yarn in: lipstick, saffron, meadow, fondant, gold, shrimp, lime, khaki and grape.

You will also need a darning needle, a selection of beads with a centre hole wide enough for the dk yarn to be threaded through, a pair of scissors and x4 stitch markers (or small safety pins or scraps of different colour yarn).  The use of a hot glue gun is optional, flowers can either be glued into position or stitched.

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Stitches used in this pattern refer to English terminology, however a conversion to US terminology is provided in brackets.

Ch – chain stitch 

slst – slip stitch

hdc– half double crochet  (half single crochet)

You will also need:

a 4mm crochet hook

 

Ok, here we go…

Using the raspberry yarn  Ch 4

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Join with a slst to form a ring.

Row 1: Ch1 (does not count as a st), 6hdc into ring,

finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (6hdc).

 

Row 2: Ch1, (does not count as a st) 2hdc in same space, 2hdc in each st around, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (12hdc).

 

Row 3: Ch1 (does not count as a st), 2hdc in same space, 1hdc in next st, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next st* . Repeat * – * to end,  finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (18hdc).

 

Rows 4: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), 2hdc in same space, 1hdc in next 2 sts, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 2 sts*. Repeat *-* to end, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (24hdc).

 

Row 5: Ch1 (does not count as st), 2hdc in same space, 1hdc in next 3 sts, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 3 sts*. Repeat *-* to end, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (30hdc).

 

Row 6: Ch 1 (does not count as a st),   2hdc in same space, 1hdc in next 4 sts, *2hdcin next st, 1hdc in next 4 sts*.  Repeat *-* to end, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (36hdc).

 

Row 7: ch1 ( does not count as a st), 1hdc in same space and in each st around, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (36hdc).  

 

Row 8: ch1 (does not count as a st), 2hdc in same space andin each st around, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (72hdc).

 

Row 9 and 10: Repeat row 7, finish with a slst in 1st hdc. (72hdc).  

You should have something that is starting to look a bit like a flying saucer!  This is a good point to check your measurements with your intended teapot.  Place your hooked disc on top of your teapot. You want the edges of the circle to be approx. 1cm from the handle of the teapot.

To mark out handle and spout holes, simply take x4 st markers (or cut short pieces of yarn in a different  colour as I did) and place/ tie first marker in the st behind where you joined last row.

Counting backwards (or to the right)miss x3 sts and place/tie second marker in next st.  This marks out your handle. 

 

From this second marker count backwards (or to the right) 30sts and place 3rd marker in the next st (31st st).  Return to the first marker and count forwards 30 sts (or to the left) and place 4th marker in the next st.

 

 You have now marked out the handle and spout positions for your cosy.  Marker 1 and 2 indicate the handle space and markers 3 and 4 indicate the spout space.

The next stage of the cosy is to construct the sides.  So, for the purposes of the pattern these will be referred to as side A  (between marker 1 and 4) and side B between marker 2 and 3). 

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Side A row 1: In Cream yarn Ch 1(does not count as a st)* 1hdc in same st and in each st along to marker/tie 4, ch1, turn*

 

Side A row 2: repeat Side A row 1 returning to marker/tie 1.

 

Repeat  (side A row 1 and side A row 2), to fit the height of your teapot.  I completed 15 rows in total.  Fasten off.

To complete side B, join  cream yarn in stitch to the left of stitch marker number 2

repeat Side A instructions between markers 2 and 3.  Fasten off and sew in all loose ends.

Remove stitch markers. 

Place on your teapot to check the fit.

Next, using a darning needle sew sides A and B together  from the bottom of the cosy  to below the spout (approx. 2 rows) and on the handle side from the bottom of the cosy to below the handle. 

Now for the creative part… making ‘dotty little crochet flowers’.  I made x4 flowers in each of the following colours:

lipstick, fondant, grape, gold, raspberry, saffron and shrimp

A dotty little crochet flower
A dotty little flower

To make a ‘dotty little flower’ ch4, slst to 1st chain to make a ring.  Ch 2 (counts as a hdc) x9 hdc into ring, slst into top of starting ch and fasten off to finish. 

To create flower centres you can cross stitch the centre,  add beads and create a french knot centre.

I used a cheat method to create the french knot centre by pulling a piece of yarn from the back of the flower to the front and then tying a knot x10 in the yarn in exactly the same place to make a large knot.

a dotty little flower

To finish thread the other tail of the yarn from the front to the back, so both tails are now at the back of the flower, tie to secure and trim tails short.

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Secure your dotty little flowers to both sides of the cosy.  You can sew them into place or secure them with hot glue!  Then using green yarns sew simple stems and leaves using a back stitch to finish.  I used  stylecraft special DK yarn in meadow, khaki and lime.

dotty little crochet flowers

And there you have it…a sweet dotty flower tea cosy to keep your brew warm.

xxxxx

I REALLY HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED MAKING THIS PATTERN AS MUCH AS I HAVE ENJOYED CREATING IT FOR YOU.  IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT SOMETHING OR NOTICE ANY ERRORS PLEASE SHOUT UP.  EQUALLY PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR DOTTY FLOWER CREATIONS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW oron social media using the hashtags #ayarnyrobin or @yarnyrobin…I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM!

 

 Grandma Dot Tea Cosy part of the Grandma Collection ©2017 designed by Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Tuesday…

Today has been a coffee and crochet kind of a day…except I forgot to take any photo’s ! 

So here are some photo’s of previous coffee (and tea) and crochet combo’s…just to give you the flavour of my day! 

Happy Tuesday.

xxxxx