My Make Do Blanket…

I have been reviewing my yarn stash…I have lots of little balls and some big balls of mainly acrylic yarn…mostly Stylecraft special dk and some balls of ‘I just don’t know what’. They are leftovers from projects long gone by like my Happy Ripple

crocet ripple blanket
from 2014

and my Very V Blanket

crochet v stitch blanket, rainbow blanket
Very V blanket from 2016

and the Cosy Cottage Blankets I hooked way back in 2014

the ‘his’ colour way
Cosycattage blanket, ayarnyrobin, crochet blankets
Cosy Cottage Blanket by Attic 24

Of course, I did well last year de-stashing a lot of what I had with the lovely coastal crochet CAL

I was going to gather the rest up and take it to the charity shop…as I have felt for quite a long while that the numerous odd balls of this colour and that colour have been blocking my creative mojo.  But, as I gathered what was quite a tangled mess a pang of guilt coursed through me…it seemed so wasteful. 

I peered into the bag of what I had managed to detangle, not even sure if I liked the colours anymore, but I couldn’t shake that wasteful feeling.  I also felt tired, but I needed to hook; and so before long a simple granny stripe (there are several versions of the pattern out there) began to fall from my hook.  Even more surprisingly, the random colours were so very satisfying to my soul…as was the feeling that this odd surplus of yarn was not only becoming useful, but it was becoming something rather splendid indeed!

crochet blanketI am calling it my ‘Make Do’ blanket.  I’m not sure what size it will be when it is finished…I’m not even sure how many chains I began with, I’m just making do! 

What’s on your hook?

 

 

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Little Hearts…Lots of Joy!

These are some of my first makes of 2019…

crochet hearts

Colourful 3d crochet hearts. The pattern is called ‘Hearts and Bees’ by MojiMojiDesigns.

I spent a lazy New Years afternoon looking at lots of different heart patterns over on pinterest, but this pattern was written well and was my favourite by far. 

crochet hearts

I really like the neat little invisible decrease stitch which is recommended in the pattern too.  I had read ‘invisible decrease’ in a few patterns, and had no idea how to make my decrease invisible, but this pattern clearly explains how to execute said stitch…and it is super nifty and is indeed invisible. 

crochet Hearts

These hearts are made from Stylecraft Special Chunky and measure approx. 10cms x 9cms.    

I ended up hooking several and found it a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon thawing out after an extremely cold and particular lengthy walk with the dogs. 

crochet hearts

I think these hearts would be adorable as little newborn photo props or for gender reveals or perhaps even for Valentine’s which is just around the corner! 

What do you think?

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seasidestashbusting blanket…The End!

It’s done!  I have made the last stitch and woven in the last end of my beautiful #seassidestashbusting blanket. 

It’s huge and I simply love it!

mixedstitch crochet blanketOh! what a journey this blanket has been…a beautiful, stitchy, vibrant and meandering journey of colour, crochet and community…not to mention stash busting too! 

mixed stitch crochet blanket

Thank you so much to Eleanora over at Coastal Crochet for hosting such a marvellous and well organised CAL (crochet-a-long) and to all the lovely people I have met  a long the way; who have encouraged and inspired me with kind words or blankets of their own.  I have really enjoyed scrolling through the IG feed #seasidestashbustingblanket and seeing so many wonderfully unique contributions.

mixed stitch crochet blanket

I am keeping this blanket for myself because honestly, I just can’t bear to be parted from it.  I have hooked in so many memories of my year…like the sunny glamping rows, the foot surgery rows, the world cup rows, the too hot to crochet rows and the snowy day bobbles and I can relate each memory to the specific rows.  I will leave you with my photographic journey…

#seasidestashbustingblanket CAL

#seasidestashbustingblanket weeks 5 - 8mixed stitch crochet blanketcrochet mixed stitch blanketcrochet blanket calmixed stitch crochet blanketseasidestashbustingblanketmixed stitch crochet blanketLove, love, love this blanket. 

I’m not sure what I’m going to do without the weekly rows…

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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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It Just happened…

broomstick crochet balnket
It just happened…honest!

I have a small confession for which I hold my temporary insomnia completely responsible.  I have started  yet another crochet blanket.  But, in my defence it is a gorgeous broomstick crochet, and in a beautiful wild rose blush and it’s for my new bedroom. 

So, that’s ok. 

It is!…just look at it on a chunky size 22 needle.

broomstick crochet blanketIt has been my weekend love and has been a welcome distraction from the snow and freezing temperatures; and it grows quickly too.

broomstick crochet blanket

This blanket is so pretty and feminine and uses a very old stitch.  Traditionally, hooked over a broomstick handle, hence the name.  It is a little undignified, sat with a huge needle between your legs whilst you anchor the stitches over that size 22!! 

Not really one to take to the coffee shop if you catch my drift!

broomstick crochet blanketSo that is three blankets on the hook now…my seaside stashbusting blanket is all up to date, you can check it out just here and my Charming Harbour blanket is making steady progress too.

  I have also been really enjoying the ‘yarn – a – long’ series which has been running each Sunday through March.  There is still time to join in with the chatter, last Sundays is just here.

Enjoy the rest of your week whatever you have planned.

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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. 

#seasidestashbustingblanket
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. 

#seasidestashbustingblanket

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.

#seasidestashbustingblanket weeks 5 - 8

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).

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

 

 

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).

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

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.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

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

(20sts). 

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

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).

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

 

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.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial
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*

crochet tea cosy - The Grandma Collection

Repeat * – * to end of row

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

slst to beginning ch1 to join cosy in a circle.  

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

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).

crochet tea cosy free pattern an tutorial

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. 

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

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

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

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

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

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  

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial
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.

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