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Decorative Tea light Lace

I originally found this pattern while placing random searches into Pinterest. It linked me to another blog:

http://lacycrochet.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/crochet-votive-candle-holders-free.html

The pattern is written very clear and precise and the end result is beautiful!

One thing I have challenged was the petal shape, it is undeniably pretty and delicate, but they do need molding into shape to produce the flower effect. The result is shown in the featured image above.

The image below however, shows my adaptation to the petal. Each petal here is ten DC’s  with a slips stitch before and after each one…

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In other words, each petal is thicker and made more defined by using the slip stitch technique.

I am still up for a debate on which one I prefer though, so all opinions are appreciated!

If you like what you see check out the link above! I don’t wish to take any credit away from the original designer, however if you would like to purchase this product or anything else listed on this page check out:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BETTEDESIGNS/1415519978711389?ref_type=bookmark

Bye for now!

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Decorative Tea light Jar Lace

Hi all,
As some of you may know from my previous post Bettedesigns now has its very own Facebook page, so if you would like to see further updates, news and up and coming projects then please follow this link:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bettedesigns/1415519978711389?ref_type=bookmark

(please let me know if there is any difficulties with the link, b x)… As you will be able to see the page is very freshly opened, but I do hope to add new completed projects each week, a monthly project list every month and it is a board to which you can send requests and ideas, so please please please like the page!

Ok so with all the begging aside, lets begin!

This particular pattern was sent to me from a copy of Woman’s weekly and I believe is still sold through their online page. If I can ever find the link I will place it here…….

Each design is listed by size, small, medium and large and with each size brings increased difficulty… or at least supposedly it does!
Don’t be put off! Once you get your head around the thin yarn and small crochet hook, these are extremely easy to make and include only Ch, DC, Tr and Slst.

So this is what I was able to make…

Small:

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Medium:

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Large:

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Each one took about thirty minutes to make and I would consider myself a very slow crocheter.

These look extremely delicate, but in fact they hold their shape very well and have a little bit of give for when stretching round your jar. I absolutely love how they glow when the candles are lit and the pattern is emphasised well. A beautiful, unique design that will make a statement to anyone’s home!

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The Mini Tea Cosy

So my previous cable tea cozy went down pretty well. So well in fact another was requested from me, however this time it wasn’t for an average four cup teapot, but a teapot with a width of 17cm  and a height of 9cm. This therefore being my first attempt at adapting a pattern, I actually went and bought a very cheap teapot of these measurements to help the process.

So this is what I bought…£5.00 from Tescos… Bargain :) !

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The adaptations I made was to shorten the initial chain to 56, meaning each panel includes 28 stitches, broken down into six for the cable and eleven for each side of the cable ( for the stitches that rotate between SC and DC).

A second change was the elastic band at the bottom of the cozy was shortened to a width of five stitches instead of ten.

But lastly an extra weave sequence of the cable was added. This was based only on a personal preference, as with such a small pot I loved the slightly over sized jumper look quality it provided.

Finished off with some lacy ribbon….And wollah!

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If you want further information on the cable tea cozy check out my previous post. Otherwise, the pattern is sold very reasonably on Etsy by Knotsewcute.

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Bettedesigns now has its very own Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bettedesigns/1415519978711389

So please check it out and like the page!

Crochet Phone Case

There seems to be an endless supply of crochet phone case patterns for every size of iPhone ever made. However, if you’re looking to make one for an android phone and unless  you’re well practiced and prepared to adapt patterns, you are kind of left hanging in the dark…

So being a newbie to making phone cases, I was so thankful when I found this pattern on Crochet Hooks You.

http://www.crochethooksyou.com/crochet-cell-phone-case-pattern/

It is extremely easy and only involves, CH, SC and DC and this is what I was able to produce:

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This pattern is very forgiving and durable and can either be stretched around a variety of sized phones, or you can very easily add any number of stitches to the width or the height. Although working in rounds, you do have a slight seam produced from the slip stitch described at the end of each round, however placing this seam along the edge of your phone does make this very unnoticeable. Not only is this design highly adaptable when it comes to changing the size, these cases are a perfect base to go crazily creative on. One simple Google search and you can find inspiration with  designs such as bows, flowers, buttons, handles and clasps , these of which could very easily be added on.

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So if you like what you see check out the link above for the full pattern description and feel free to ask any questions!

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The Patchwork Cushion By Susi Jay

So I’ve been given permission by the lovely Susijay, my mum, to post about this beautiful, one of a kind patchwork cushion I recently received from her. Its completely hand made, not a single sewing machine in sight and I can’t be more impressed!!!

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This stunning cushion involves the tricky hexagon shape and must have taken pure patience and determination. Qualities I wish to death I had inherited.

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So watch this space as she’s  hoping to branch out into quilts, phone cases and tea cozies. I don’t know about you guys but I can’t wait to fill my house with these beautiful things.

Knitting and crocheting is making one huge come back so how about showing some support for patchwork too! Who needs generic high street bought goods anymore…

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The Crochet Hook Case

I don’t know whether its just me, but crochet hook cases seem hard to come by. So with a growing collection of hooks it seemed like the next logical idea would be to make myself one!

I can’t take any credit for the pattern, I simply scoured Pinterest until something interesting jumped out at me. Always up for a challenge I was happy when I found the star hook case.

http://allicrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/free-pattern-star-hook-case.html

This was what I was able to produce…

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photo (10)The star pattern was not only pretty and fun to make, the design even means that you do not need to create hook pockets you simply weave the hooks through the holes of the stars and use the ridges to weave any yarn needles. In other words, you are just producing a a simple rectangle, that you roll and tie to close. EASY!

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photo 3 (3)Although, the design did take on a very unusual trapezoidal shape initially as warned in the design pattern. It didn’t put me off the design and with time I can see  the stitches and therefore the shape relaxing. One thing I would do differently for next time however is to make the case twice the recommended size, the picture above only shows a third of my crochet hook collection!

Like what you see, check out the link!

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The Granny Square Blanket

Before I start, I really want to thank everyone for all the lovely comments! All the interest and support has been wonderful!

So! Who said the granny square blanket wasn’t modern…..photo 2 (8)

This gorgeous design is timeless and although frequently used for baby blankets they also make beautiful throws. I was largely inspired by the free  pattern listed on daisycottagedesigns.net and followed it rather closely. However, my pattern reading skills still need to be improved and I struggled to understand round one. So I actually started the blanket by:

  • Slip knot, chain four and slip stitch in the first chain to create a circle.
  • Round one- chain two, two dc into the circle. *Chain one and three dc into the circle* Repeat three times and slip stitch to join. Slip stitch along and into the first chain one gap.

As Lauren’s design was advertised as a baby blanket, I also increased the rows to make more of a lap blanket.

So I have:

12 rows of navy blue

4 rows of cream

4 rows of red

4 rows of navy

4 rows of cream

4 rows of red

4 rows of navy

But what I love the most about this design is the picot edging. It not only protects the edges from fraying it helps to support the shape and structure of the  holey granny square, while making the design stylish and contemporary.

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So do check out http://www.daisycottagedesigns.net/2014/02/free-crochet-patterns-granny-square.html if you would like to follow the design more closely. However, If anybody would be interested in purchasing a throw from me I’ll soon be creating an Etsy account!

So  I’ll leave you with another a cat picture, as that seemed to work wonders for last time!

Bye for now!

Bee

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