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!

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The Granny Square Cushion

So maybe believing I could post weekly was rather naive when it came to the larger projects! But hopefully the wait will be worth it…

So handmade, homely traditional goods are the height of season, so I thought I would have ago at making the granny square cushion. Many free patterns can be found all over the internet, ranging from easy to hard. The pattern I chose was EXTREMELY easy and went like this:

  • Round one: Slip knot and chain five, slip stitch into the first chain to create a circle. Chain three and do eleven double crochet into the circle (the chain three acts as the first dc), slip stitch to join.
  •  Round two: In between the previous stitches change colour and chain three, double crochet into the same stitch. Now work two dc  between every stitch of the previous round. Slip stitch to join.
  • Round three: In between the previous stitches change colour and chain three, place two more double crochet into the same stitch. Place three dc  between every group of two dc crochet from the previous round. Slip stitch to join.
  • Round four: Change colour once more and chain three between a group of stitches from the previous round. Place two more dc in the same gap, chain one and place another three dc into the following gap of stitches, chain five (to create a corner) and place three dc into the next gap. Three dc into each of the next two gaps with a chain stitch between and chain five, repeat until finished and slip stitch to join and weave in ends.

*Join squares together with single crochets.

This was what I was able to produce………..

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So easy I recommend this to any crochet newbie! However, it is such a beautiful design I will be making more and recommend the pattern highly to even the experienced. Its a household must accessory!

My next challenge for the up coming week or so…. is an afghan blanket, so watch this space! (I equally have a few orders to get through so I will blog as often as I can)

Tea Cosy no. 2

Hey, sorry for the late blog! I do try and blog weekly however my partner decided to change our broadband provider …..what a polava! So… with the success of my previous tea cosy, I’ve had another family request! This time  searching for something a little less girly, I stumbled across this beautiful cable crochet pattern on etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/156411033/tea-time-cozy-crochet-pattern-pdf?ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_search_query=crochet+tea+cosy+patterns&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

It includes stitches such as SC, Reverse SC, DC, HDC and cable (refer to cable mittens), it advertises itself as an intermediate pattern, however once you understand the cable technique and as long as you keep the right number of stitches at the time, the pattern became very easy to do. One thing I do have to praise is the PDF pattern itself, it was so descriptive and had each stitch and section described beautifully and annotated with pictures, I will definitely be purchasing patterns  from Knotsewcute again.

So this was what I was able to produce…

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Effectively, without giving too much away you work in rounds to produce the elastic like ribbing , divide off to create two cable panels and then join everything off with a few rounds of half double crochet. One technique I was really quite happy about, was producing rows of alternating single crochets and double crochets, which can be seen on either side of the cable pattern. It produced such a rustic chunky stitch and a pattern of its own, itself crocheted with a bulkier yarn and some chunky buttons would look lovely as a tea cosy even by itself. So watch this space… I might attempt that sometime soon and show you what I mean! I equally loved the ribbing and found it so quick and easy to produce, I would definitely be using this in future projects…

One minor thing I wished the pattern did include was details on how to efficiently stitch the pon pons on! My stitching is pretty horrendous and these might need restitching when used on a day to day basis.

Otherwise , I would give the pattern a five stars and recommend that you check it out!

Anyone fancy purchasing a finished product, message me!

Crochet For Men

So I recently had another family request! This time it was my granddad asking for a crocheted hat. I initially hit a blank wall, as all the designs I liked were knitted and under a short period of time with spring looming ahead of us, I was never going to have enough time to teach myself a whole new art.

So I was extremely great full when I stumbled across a dog tooth patterned skull cap hat. Being fitted and with such a chunky stripey pattern it really striked me as a manly hat for football enthusiasts.

So the pattern was found on this website:

http://www.elkstudiohandcraftedcrochetdesigns.com/2013/08/03/free-crochet-hounds-tooth-hat-pattern/

Its extremely descriptive and helpful and really made the pattern seem like childs play. This was what i was able to produce….

photo 3 (1)So the pattern for this again without taking credit or any page views away from the original website, is very similar to my last skull cap pattern. Whilst,the main base of the hat is made up of half double crochets which makes a lovely chunky, thick (non-holey) texture, the clever part is the dog tooth pattern. This includes simply changing colour and rotating between single crochets and double crochets and alternating this per row.

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A further technique that I explored was the reverse single crochet. It was recommended as it produces a twist rather than anything that might contribute to a girly frill. I personally loved this technique and will reproduce it again and again. The technique includes holding the crochet hook in its original right handed position (if you are right handed) and single crocheting left to right, rather than right to left. Easy peasy!

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So like what you see, check out the link!!

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