Amigurumi zebra…

 

crochet zebra

I’ve been wanting to introduce  this rather charming crochet zebra to you for a couple of weeks now, but I have been working overtime (urgh!!!). 

This is Abe…isn’t he just a dude?  I started hooking him a little while ago…my first foray into the world of amigurumi and most definitely not my last.

crochet zebra
I really struggled to put him down, he was such a joy on my hook.  I absolutely loved every paintbox cotton stitch.  I have made a lot of mistakes and he certainly has taught me  a lot and for this reason he is mine to keep…I am a bit like a 4 year old child at the moment, moving him from room to room so he is with me!!!   

crochet zebra

I think the hardest part for me was sewing him together…Not only was it a bit like a zebra horror show, he proved to be a little tricky.

crochet zebraTo begin with I sewed his ears to his nose…I was extremely frustrated at this point and so I do not have the photo to show you. It was late in the evening and his ears were the first things I joined together for him.  I was feeling rather chuft with myself and  I didn’t make the sickening discovery until just before bedtime.  I lay there trying to go to sleep, but it was no good.  I had to get up and perform some late night intricate facial surgery.  It was silly o’ clock when I finally got back into bed, but worth the midnight oil not to wake up to such a silly mistake.

crochet zebraIf you look closely at that arm and you have a trained eye you will notice that it is actually inside out…another lesson learnt.

crochet zebraBut I just love his cute little face and his stripy pyjamas.

crochet zebraHis limbs have just the right amount of dangle.

crochet zebraOnce he came to life it wasn’t long before his character began to shine through…posing zebra alert! 

All in all I love this dude and I have found a suprising new love in amigurumi (crochet toys)… You can find the free pattern details at the bottom of this post.

crochet zebrapattern by amvabecreations

 

xxxxx

 

 

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Seasidestashbustingblanket weeks 20 – 24

mixed stitch crochet blanketHere’s just a little update on the lovely

#seasidestashbustingblanket …

I confess I have fallen a week behind with this CAL.  I am laying the total blame for this at the feet of Gareth Southgate and the England world cup team for smashing history and those penalties…apologies if you are reading this in Columbia. 

I am also totally going to blame the UK heatwave…the hottest and driest summer since 1976…which was also before I was born!  It is glorious but it makes hooking blankets hot work.  If you look closely at week 24’s photo you will see just what I have been hooking instead… but I will write a separate post all about that next time.

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My Yarny Knitting Adventure part 6…

 

  In which fire is involved!

Campfire that is and a little fizz of course.  I am now feeling much more relaxed when I knit; well with this pattern anyway. I think it is because I know I can undo a mistake and put it right, the pressure of getting it right or starting over from the beginning is no longer a looming threat.

learning to knitSo, I took my knitting alfresco last weekend and enjoyed every single second of it!

I even managed some around the campfire…

learning to knitI am so pleased with this little (BIG)project…I have made some more progress since these photo’s…I am now half way through the second pattern repeat, but still a long way to go before it even starts to feel blankety. 

What do you think?

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PATTERN DETAILS:

The pattern is this rather magnificent blanket... by Purl Soho inspired by Barbara Walker. 

 

OTHER POSTS FROM MY KNITTING JOURNEY ARE JUST HERE:

part 1 of my knitting adventure is just here

part 2 of my knitting adventure is just here

part 3 of my knitting adventure is just here 

part 4 of my knitting adventure is just here

part 5 of my knitting adventure is just here

 

 

 

 

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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My Yarny Knitting Adventure part 5…

 

  In which Momma comes to the rescue!

After my last update about my knitty adventure, I continued for all of 2 more stitches before I noticed another dropped stitch and had to rip it all back again!  I don’t have any photo evidence of this as I could not face taking the photo. 

Now, I felt like stuffing the yarn into the bottom of a bag and just forgetting about the whole sorry thing, but deep down I knew I could do this if I just kept trying and waited for it to click.  There is a point where things just click into place and whatever it is you are doing feels more natural. 

learning to knit

Well,  I recast and re knit the first three rows and then half way through the fourth row I realised that I was knitting quite quickly, my knitting action felt more fluid and I realised that the muscles in my face were actually relaxed and not contorted…and I was enjoying this knitting experience…finally!

learning to knit And so I continued until I got to row 19 and realised I had knit a stitch instead of slipped it!  

The four cream knit stitches in the middle of this photo should have been x3 knit stitches and a slipped stitch     (or x3 cream stitches and x1 teal)

Now, I only know how to rip back and start again, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do that, but I also couldn’t work out how to unknit the stitch either.  So I headed over to Mom’s who rescued the day and who also taught me how to unknit the stitch and fix the problem.

learning to knit

I am now on row 20 and am dancing the happy knitty dance!

The pattern is this rather magnificent blanket... by Purl Soho inspired by Barbara Walker. 

This knitting adventure is finally becoming enjoyable!

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part 1 of my knitting adventure is just here

 part 2 of my knitting adventure is just here

 part 3 of my knitting adventure is just here 

part 4 of my knitting adventure is just here

 

 

My Yarny Knitting Adventure part 4…

 

  In which I make a giant leap!

You may well have thought ‘Well that didn’t last long!’ and for a wee while there I thought I may never knit again to.  I have not knit since the last time we spoke of knitting just here.  There are many reasons why but they could just be summed up in one word…’life!’ Yes, life has been busy and if I’m honest very, very sad at the nest, due to a very sudden and very untimely bereavement and so as such I have been unable to comprehend summoning up the fair amount of concentration knitting demands from me. 

I have taken solace in my hook and hooked rows of simple half double crochet on my long forgotten Charming Harbour Blanket instead.

So, after a good while without knitting I spent an evening browsing patterns and decided I still may never knit again because they seemed so flipping difficult to read and  to interpret.  That was until I saw this rather magnificent blanket... by Purl Soho inspired by Barbara Walker.  Advanced beginner it said…and I said ‘well then I can do this!’  

I borrowed my Mom’s circular needles and tried to cast on.  There lay my first problem, I had forgotten how to cast on and I thought yet again I may never learn to knit! That would have been an awful shame because my lovely brother had in the passing weeks gifted me these beautiful needles.  

new knitting needles

With a little perseverance and some minor cursing I remembered how to cast on and look…

learning to knit

I  had managed 123 little stitches followed by one row of knit stitches.  What this picture doesn’t tell you is that this took two attempts as I lost a stitch somehow on my first try.

learning to knit

So, you see my knitting adventure continues precariously but it does continue!

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part 1 of my knitting adventure is just here

 part 2 of my knitting adventure is just here

 part 3 of my knitting adventure is just here 

 

 

 

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…

crochet mixed stitch blanket

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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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Five Fabulous Free Crochet Tea Cosy Patterns…

There are now 5 fabulous unique and quirky tea cosies available in the Grandma Collection. 

crochet tea cosy free pattern

A very special and sassy collection of tea cosy crochet patterns designed by me and dedicated to the inspirational women in my life.  

There is the loom flower topped ‘Mary cosy’ with beaded detail.

crochet tea cosy free pattern

The  ‘Mabel cosy’ is adorned with bright buttons and lace for some feminine chic.

crochet tea cosy free pattern

Pretty beaded flowers bedeck the ‘Dot cosy’ 

crochet tea cosy free pattern

The ‘Florence cosy’ will add a large dose of fun to your teapot with a fluffy oversized pompom and woven ribbons.

crochet tea cosy free pattern

 and the  ‘Kathy cosy’ offers understated off the shoulder glamour in traditional granny stitch style.

Each patterns is free and comes with a photo tutorial.   They are easy to hook and make great weekend projects; which makes them the perfect gift for tea lovers.

crochet tea cosy free patterns

Which one is your favourite?

I hope you will have fun hooking these great tea cosies.

xxxxx 

 The Grandma Collection ©2018 and the associated cosies are designed by Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin.
I would love to see your makes and you can share on social media by using the following hashtags
#ayarnyrobin #yarnyrobin @yarnyrobin
These patterns to include the photos are the property of Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin. You can’t modify, resell or share these patterns. You can sell finished items made from it, but please mention that the item is made using AYARNYROBIN pattern.

 

April crochet…

Well the rain and the snow finally stopped for a little while and the sunshine made a cameo appearance last week. 

april sunshine

It seems more rain and freezing temperatures are on there way again!  But, the sunshine certainly influenced my hooking last  week and I took my hook alfresco whenever I could.  crochet al frescoI have also enjoyed getting back outdoors and walking the dogs now my foot has finally healed.

sunny shadows

Of course there were pit stops along the way!

sandwich timeI have also been keeping up to date with the seaside stashbusting CAL…this photo was taken at the trampoline park.

seaside stashbusting cal

Not much has occurred on the knitting front, in fact it would be fairer to say nothing has happened.  I am enjoying my hooking far too much to be slowed down by needles and I have a couple of commissions that I really must finish.  One of which I can now show you…

crochet baby clothesAren’t they just the sweetest?

I loved making these little baby shorts. 

The pattern is by Mon Petit Violon Designs and I will definitely be hooking some more.  I used Rico baby cotton soft yarn in a dk weight and a denim blue and finished them off with some little wooden buttons. Rico was a lovely yarn to hook with and has given a beautiful stitch definition to the garment.  Of course it is soft enough for babies skin also and machine washable. 

Finally, I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has given me such encouraging feedback across my social media about the Sunshine Jelly Baby Blanket…

crochet baby blanket

It has really made me smile. 

Have a good week what ever you get up to

xxxxx

Sunshine Jelly Baby Blanket Free Pattern…

crochet baby balnket I am so thrilled to be able to introduce the Sunshine Jelly Baby blanket to you.

This delightful crochet blanket is vibrant and fun to hook and the pattern is available, complete with a photo tutorial just below. Made from Drops Muskat cotton, it measures  74cms x 74cms or 29″ x 29″…the perfect pram blanket size, of course you can make the blanket bigger by adding more squares if you wish.
This delicious blanket is made using the Robins Nest square which I designed a few years ago and if you are a regular here you will know that I have recently updated this pattern. When I first designed this square I always intended to make a baby blanket…I guess somethings just take a while to come to pass.

 crochet baby blanketAs always I’m using English crochet terminology.
Ch – chain
Slst – slip stitch
dc – double crochet
tr – treble crochet

ch3 – counts as a treble unless otherwise stated.
I’m using drops muskat cotton.

and I’m using the colours  and quantities listed below
red – 100g
old pink – 80g
white – 50g
vanilla yellow – 65g
dark orange -20g

sky blue – 35g
apple green – 50g
and a 4mm crochet hook and a 3.5mm crochet hook 

Each lovely yarny square measures 7″ x 7″ or 18cm x 18cm once blocked.

You will need to make 16 squares to make this blanket arranged 

4 x 4…

of course you can make more squares if you wish to make a larger version.

crochet baby blanket


So here goes…
with a 4mmhook ch2, join with ss to form a tiny ring (you could make a magic circle instead if you prefer)

CROCHET TUTORIAL

Row 1: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL11tr into ring,

CROCHET TUTORIALjoin blue yarn and slst into 3rd ch
(12tr in total).

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 2: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL1tr in same space, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL2tr in next st, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL *2tr in next st, ch1*, repeat * * x10 times,
join white yarn and slst into 3rd ch
(12 clusters of 2tr and 12 ch spaces).

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 3: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL *3tr in next ch space*,

CROCHET TUTORIALrepeat * * x10 times, 2 tr in next ch space,

CROCHET TUTORIALjoin with slst in top of ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 3tr).
Row 4: join green yarn in between any cluster of 3tr of previous round and ch3,
3tr in same sp, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL

*4tr in between next cluster of 3tr, ch1*,

CROCHET TUTORIAL

repeat * * x10 times, join with slst in ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 4tr and 12 ch spaces)

CROCHET TUTORIAL

Row 5: join yellow yarn in any ch space and ch3,
4tr in same sp, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL*5tr in next ch space, ch1*,
repeat * * x10 times, join with slst in ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 5tr and 12 ch spaces)

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 6: join pink yarn to any ch space and ch3,
5tr in same sp, ch1,
*6tr in next ch space, ch1*,
repeat * * x10 times, join with ss in ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 6tr and 12 ch spaces)

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 7: join red yarn in any ch space, ch3,
5tr in same space,

CROCHET TUTORIALch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL6tr in same space (corner made),

CROCHET TUTORIAL*6tr in next ch space, 6tr in next ch space,

CROCHET TUTORIAL6tr in next space, ch3, 6tr in same space*
(2nd corner made)
repeat * * x2 times

CROCHET TUTORIAL6tr in next space, 6tr in next space, join with slst in beginning ch3. Do not fasten off.

Row 8: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL1tr in next 5sts,

CROCHET TUTORIAL

*6tr in ch3 sp, ch2,
6tr in same space (corner made),

crochet tutorial*1tr in next 5sts,

crochet tutorialdc UNDER next stitch (indicated by the hook)

crochet tutorial1tr in next 5sts, dc under next stitch,
1tr in next 5sts, dc under next stitch

CROCHET TUTORIAL1tr in next 6sts,
6tr in ch sp, ch 2, 6tr in same space*

CROCHET TUTORIAL

repeat * * x2times

CROCHET TUTORIAL

1tr in next 5sts, dc under next stitch,
1tr in next 5 sts, dc under next stitch,
1tr in next 5 sts, dc under next stitch,
slst to beginning 3rd ch to finish.
Weave in ends.

crochet tutorial

Blocking:

A word on blocking:
Before blocking…

crochet tutorial

Your square will be wibbly.
After blocking…

crochet tutorialYour square will lie flat and will look much better.
Blocking is really worth the extra effort and isn’t difficult or expensive to do. I just pinned this square to my ironing board so that it measured 7″ by 7″ and hovered my iron just above the square and blasted it with steam. Allow to cool before unpinning and store carefully. Alternatively, you could pin the square to the required measurements to a towel or a pin board, spritz with water and allow to dry.

Joining:

I have used a simple and easy slip stitch to join these squares.  I have chosen this join for two reasons.  The first reason is that it is secure and does not add anything to the squares, allowing them to showcase themselves.

The second reason is it uses the least amount of yarn and also creates less ends to weave in. 

So to join the squares start by placing 2 squares with the right side to the right side…ie/ the wrong side of each square will be facing outwards. 

Note that this join requires you to place slip stitches in the top of the stitches along the edge of the square and you should go under both loops of each stitch. 

crochet baby blanket free pattern

 Some stitches will require you to slip stitch in both stitches of each square, these stitches should be the corresponding stitches for each square. Some stitches will require you to slip stitch in the top square only.  This is because the squares are only joined to each other at each corner and in the middle of each scallop. 

Join yarn in 2nd ch of any corner space and with a 3.5mm hook slst,

in both squares slst in the next 6sts,

in top square only slst in next 6 sts (tr), slst in next st (dc), slst in next st (1st tr of scallop),

*in both squares slst in next 3 sts (2nd, 3rd &4th st of scallop),

in top square only slst in next 3sts (tr,dc,tr)*

repeat * – *

in top square only slst in next 5sts,

in both squares slst in next 6 sts, miss chst, slst into 2nd ch of corner space. 

Repeat this process for each side of the square which requires joining.  You will not need to cut your yarn at the end of each side joined as you can continue round by adding another square.  I started joining in the middle of the blanket.  You will have to join in a new corner space for some of the joins, but the process remains the same.

I do hope you enjoy this pattern.

The Sunshine Jelly Baby Blanket ©2018 and the robins nest square ©2016 are designed by Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin
I would love to see your makes and you can share on social media by using the following hashtags
#ayarnyrobin  #yarnyrobin @yarnyrobin
This pattern to include the photos are the property of Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin. You can’t modify, resell or share this pattern. You can sell finished items made from it, but please mention that the item is made using AYARNYROBIN pattern.