Friday, 24 April 2015

Bali's Best Newborn Hat Pattern

 I found it very hard to find a simple newborn hat pattern that was written for 8ply yarn so I made my own.

This pattern is FREE and you’re most welcome to use it for charity, gifts or selling purposes.


(Written in US terms)
Pattern has been tested but as always feel free to let me know if there are any mistakes.


Finished size (with crab stitch edging) is 14cm from top of hat to bottom edging when laid flat.

Terms:
st - stitch
ss - slip stitch
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet

Materials:
- 4mm hook
- 8ply yarn (I used 4 Seasons Superwash Merino 8ply, from Spotlight)


Start with your preferred ch4 slip stitch, or magic loop to make a circle. 
R1 - ch3, 11dc into circle, ss into top of beginning ch3. (12dc)
R2 - ch3, 1dc in same space as beginning ch3, 2dc in each st to end of round. ss into top of beginning ch3. (24dc).
R3 - ch3, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st**. Repeat from * to ** to end of round. ss into top of beginning ch3. (36dc).
R4 - ch3, 1dc in next st, *2dc in next st, 1dc in next two st**. Repeat from * to ** to end of round. ss into top of beginning ch3. (48dc).
R5-11 - ch3, 1dc in each st to end of round. ss into top of beginning ch3 (48dc).
R12 - ch1, 1sc in each st to end of round. ss into top of beginning ch3 (48sc).

Complete hat with a round of crab stitch edging. If you dont like crab stitch edging, feel free to complete another row of sc and finish off.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Annabelle's Star Flower Square


(Written in US terms)
Pattern has been tested but as always feel free to let me know if there are any mistakes.

Terms:
st - stitch
ss - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
tr - treble (triple) crochet



 

Special instructions:
- DC CLUSTER - 
Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook, leaving last loop of this dc on the hook. Yarn over, insert hook in the same stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook, leaving last loop of this dc on the hook (there are now 3 loops on the hook). Yarn over, pull loop through all 3 loops on hook (this completes one cluster).

- PICOT -
Ch3, ss into the first ch of the ch3 made


With color A
Start with a magic loop, or ch4 and slip stitch to make a circle
R1 - 8sc, ss into first sc
R2 - ch2, 1dc in same space as ch2 (beginning dc cluster made), (ch2, dc cluster in next st) 7 times, ch2, ss into top of beginning dc cluster. {8 dc clusters}
R3 - ch1, sc in same space as ch1, (2sc in next ch2 space, sc in next st) 7 times, 2sc in next ch2 space, ss into beginning sc.
R4 - (ch3, sk 1 st, ss into next st) 11 times, ch3, sk 1 st, ss into same space as beginning ch3.

NOTE: Round 5 is made into round 3 stitches NOT the ch3 spaces you just made on round 4. Do not use the round 4 spaces as you will use them on round 6. You might find it beneficial when completing round 5 to push the ch3's from round 4 to the back so they're out of your way.

R5 - WORKING IN STITCHES ON ROUND 3 - (no chains to start this round) *In the next sc on round 3 (3dc, picot, 3dc), sk over the ss that was already made on round 3, sc in next sc.** Repeat from * to ** 5 times, ss into same space as beginning. Break off yarn.

With color B
Join new color in any ch3 space that you made on round 4.
R6 - (ch4, 2tr, ch2, 3tr) in same space, *3dc in next space, 3dc in next space, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next space.** Repeat from * to ** 3 times, 3dc in next space, 3dc in next space, ss into top of beginning ch4.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Mallow Square


A picture of a crochet blanket with this square design can be found on Pinterest but the link goes to a sold out blanket on a homewares store called Malvamood in Uruguay. I haven't been able to source any proper pattern for the blanket so I sat down and nutted it out with the help of @cypresstextiles at the end. If anyone does know the source of the original pattern please let me know.

I am naming the square the Mallow Square, as Malva in Spanish translates to Mallow.



(Written in US terms)
Pattern has been tested but as always feel free to let me know if there are any mistakes.

Terms:
st - stitch
ss - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
tr - treble (triple) crochet
dtr - double treble (triple) crochet



Materials
- 8ply yarn and 4mm hook (but can be used with other size yarn and hooks).




With color A
Start with your preferred ch4 slip stitch, or magic loop to make a circle.
R1 - ch3, 11dc into circle, ss into top of beginning ch3. (12dc).
R2 - ch3, 1dc in same st as ch3, *ch1, 2dc in next st**. Repeat from * to ** to end of round. ss into top of beginning ch3. (24dc).
R3 - ss across into ch1 space, ch6, *1dc into next ch1 space, ch3**. Repeat from * to ** to end of round. ss into 3rd chain of beginning ch6.
R4 - ss into ch3 space, ch3, 3dc into that space, ch1, *4dc in next ch3 space, ch1**. Repeat from * to ** to end of round. ss into top of beginning ch3.
R5 - ch3, 1dc in next two st, 2dc in next st, *ch1, 1dc in next three st, 2dc in next st.** Repeat from * to ** to end of round. ss into top of beginning ch3.
R6 - ch3, 1dc in next three st, 2dc in next st, *ch1, 1dc in next four st, 2dc in next st.** Repeat from * to ** to end of round. ss into top of beginning ch3.
R7 - ch3, 1dc in next two st, ch1, 1dc in next three st, *ch1, 1dc in next three st, ch1, 1dc in next three st.** Repeat from * to ** to end of round. ss into top of beginning ch3. Break off yarn.
With color B
R8 - join new color in any ch1 space with 1sc, *ch3, 1sc in next ch1 space.** Repeat from * to ** to end of round. ss into beginning sc.
R9 - ss in to ch3 space, (ch4, 1tr, 2dtr, ch2, 2dtr, 2tr) into that ch3 space (beginning corner made), *4dc in next ch3 space, 4hdc in next ch3 space, 4sc in next ch3 space, 4hdc in next ch3 space, 4dc in next ch3 space, (2tr, 2dtr, ch2, 2dtr, 2tr) in next ch3 space (normal corner made).** Repeat from * to ** to end of round. ss into top of beginning ch4.
R10 - ch2, 1hdc in next three st, *(2hdc, ch2, 2hdc) in ch2 space (corner made), 1hdc in next 28 st.** Repeat from * to ** to end of round. ss into top of beginning ch2.


Sunday, 1 June 2014

Modified version of Elisabeth Andree's Summer Blanket Square

Modified version of the Elisabeth Andree Summer Blanket Square


This is a modified version of Elisabeth Andree's japanese square that she used for her summer blanket here:
https://elisabethandree.wordpress.com/tag/summer-blanket/

She said she used a pattern from a Japanese book but I couldn't find a link to it anywhere, so I have written up the pattern myself. It may not be exactly what Elisabeth has done but it's as close as I could get. I also added a around of double crochet at the end because I need to squares to go together with some other squares I'm working on, so it's a bit different than this one:
https://elisabethandree.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/img_2490-scaled1000.jpg
but you can keep the border she used if you wish (I don't include instructions on how to do it though).

YOU WILL NEED:
8ply yarn
4mm hook

Pattern is written in US terms.
Rounds 1, 3 and 4 I have advised you of what you should have at the ends of these rounds to make sure you're on track. E.g. (6 ch5 spaces)

Ch4 and ss into first ch to form a circle
Round 1 - *ch5, ss into circle**, repeat from * to ** five times. (6 ch5 spaces)
Round 2 - sc 4 times in each ch5 space, ss into first sc of the round.
Round 3 - ch3, *2dc in next stitch, dc in next stitch**, repeat from * to ** until end of round. (36 stitches)
Round 4 - ch6, *dc in next 3 dc, ch3**, repeat from * to ** ten more times, dc in next two dc, ss into 3rd chain of beginning ch6. (12 lots of 3dc)
Round 5 - ss into ch3 space, ch4, 2tr, ch2, 3tr all into ch3 space, skip dc, dc into next dc, skip dc, 3hdc into ch3 space, skip dc, sc in next dc, skip dc, 3hdc in ch3 space, skip dc, dc in next dc, skip dc, *3tr, ch2, 3tr into ch3 space, skip dc, dc in next dc, skip dc, 3hdc in ch3 space, skip dc, sc in next dc, skip dc, 3hdc in ch3 space, skip dc, dc in next dc, skip dc**, repeat from * to ** to end of round, ss into top of beginning ch3.
Round 6 - ch3, dc in next 2 dc, *2dc, ch2, 2dc into ch3 space, dc in each dc**, repeat from * to ** to end of round, ss into top of beginning ch3.

If you would like to follow Elisabeth's Summer Blanket posts, then start here: https://elisabethandree.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/new-project-episode-1/

If you would like to take part in Yarn Corner's CAL for Kogo project, which we will be using this square for the month of June, then please request to join Yarn Corner on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157893757611209/ and look in the file section for details on this CAL, with all blankets made and delivered to Melbourne charity Kogo to help out people in need. Or the links for the squares are also available in this Pinterest album: http://www.pinterest.com/twilighttaggers/yc-cal-for-kogo/

Friday, 3 January 2014

Ella Rose square pattern



ELLA ROSE SQUARE


The ELLA ROSE SQUARE is a square that I modified from here:
http://www.rukodelie.by/content/?id=6260
as I wanted a slightly different look.

The Ella Rose square is not hard to master even though the pattern may look detailed and/or complicated. I have written it up so that the round joins are in the ch2 corner space, so you don't have the join line showing.


YOU WILL NEED:
8ply yarn
4mm or 4.5mm hook

Pattern is written in US terms

SPECIAL STITCH:
DC BOBBLE (a bobble of two double crochet) - work half way through a double crochet and leave the loop on the hook, work half way through another double crochet (in the same stitch as the other double crochet), yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.

Start with a magic loop, or ch4 and ss to make a circle.

R1 - 8sc in to loop, ss to close the round.
R2 - ch8 (counts as half of a dc bobble and ch5 corner space), *dc bobble in next sc from previous round), ch5**, repeat * to ** six times, dc in same space as ch8, ss to 3rd ch of beginning ch8, ss in to ch 5 space.
R3 - ch5 (counts as dc and ch2 corner space), 4dc in ch5 space, *ch1, sc in next ch5 space, ch1, (4dc, ch2, 4dc) in next ch5 space**, repeat * to ** twice, ch1, sc in next ch5 space, ch1, 3dc in next ch5 space, ss to 3rd chain of beginning ch5, ss in to ch5 space.
R4 - ch5, 2dc in ch5 space, *dc in next 4 dc, dc in next ch1 space, dc in next sc, dc in next ch1 space, dc in next 4 dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch2 space**, repeat * to ** twice, dc in next 4 dc, dc in ch1 space, dc in next sc, dc in next ch1 space, dc in next 4 dc, dc in ch5 space, ss to 3rd chain of beginning ch5, ss in to ch2 space.

Repeat R4 for as many rounds as you want to make your square big enough.


Sunday, 12 February 2012

Crochet Duck Sweater/Jumper Pattern

CROCHET DUCK SWEATER/JUMPER PATTERN AND PHOTO TUTORIAL
Ever wanted to turn these:
into these?
Then read on!

SKILL LEVEL: Easy to intermediate. You must be comfortable with increasing and decreasing.

TIME: Depends on how fast you crochet, but I can knock one of these out in less than half an hour.

MATERIALS:
* Plastic or rubber duck. I prefer to use the medium sized ones [ones used in my photo examples are 9cm in length x 7cm in height] but once you get familiar with the pattern, you can adjust it for other sized ducks.
* Size G - 4.0mm crochet hook
* 8ply acrylic yarn [the ducks tend to sink if you use wool or cotton yarn]
* 2x stitch markers
* Needle
* Scissors

GAUGE: Not important in this pattern as it's very much a "make it up as you go" sort of pattern.

STITCHES:
* This pattern is written in US terms.
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
2dc in each st = increasing
2sctog = decreasing with sc
2dctog = decreasing with dc
st = stitch
ss =slip stitch

NOTES:
* Please be aware that the results of this pattern can differ dramatically, depending on the size of the duck you have, the size of the yarn you use, how tight you normally crochet. I have to admit that every time I make a duck jumper, I usually just make it up but so many people have asked me for a pattern. So don't take this pattern as gospel. If you need to add more stitches in, or take them away, then do that. Or if you find another way of making the jumpers then do that instead.

PATTERN: This pattern works from the neck of the duck downwards and you will be working in the round. You will need to keep trying the jumper on the duck to make sure it fits after every row. 

Ch 16, ss into the 1st ch to make a circle. Check to make sure it fits over the duckie's head.
Row 1 - ch1, sc in each st, ss into that first ch1 
Row 2 - ch3, 2dc in each st, ss into that first ch3 
 Row 3 - Face the duck away from you and place your stitch marker at the edge of the duck's right wing. 
 
Now working in the back post of each stitch - ch3, 2dc in each st across to the beginning of his left wing and place second stitch marker here, 
then 2dc around the rest of the row but in the normal stitch not the back post, finishing up back at your first marker, ss into your beginning ch3. [You will see that crocheting like this makes a rib line over the front of the duck.]

Now this is where some winging [excuse the pun!] comes into it. You have to fill in the back part of the duck.
Row 4 - IMPORTANT: Turn your work - you're now going to be working in the opposite direction as before. Ch3, 2dctog, *1dc, 2dctog* to your second stitch marker, then 2sctog to end [this part is under the front part of the duck where you previously did the rib line], ss into ch3 
You will now begin decreasing for the rest of the pattern. You will be working on the underneath of the duck.
Row 5 - ch3, 2dctog to end, ss to ch3
Row 6 - Same as row 5. You can start to see the hole closing up.
Row 7 - You have a choice of doing the same as row 5 or sewing close the hole. By this stage the hole should be fairly small so it's up to you if you prefer to sew it up [like I do] or do another row of decreasing to close the hole.
FINISHED!!

SHARING MY PATTERN:
Feel free to share my pattern on your blog/website/facebook etc. Also feel free to make and sell these little cuties etc. I don't mind. Just don't copy the pattern and say it's yours. Thanks all and happy hooking!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Yarn Corner Stitches Up City Square


Part of my contribution to the project

Not long after Yarn Corner had formed last year, and we'd been bitten by the bug of yarn bombing in groups and how fun it can be and how much you can get done, we were sitting around at a cafe and someone had the idea of doing a tree, but I wanted to go further and do lots of trees! I wanted IMPACT! So why couldn't we yarn bomb all the trees in City Square? Surely it couldn't be that hard? Oh my, I had no idea!

That's me sewing up the first tree. You wouldn't think from this angle, but I'm seriously high up!

I think ducks might be becoming my signature yarn bomb as everyone loved them last year and they were a hit again this year.

6 months in the making became Yarn Corner Stitches Up City Square. It was about 4 months of asking the City of Melbourne Council if this type of idea was even possible and waiting for them to go to different departments to get permission for a whole range of things. Then submitting examples of other trees that had been yarn bombed and how they weren't damaged. And a meeting with the Tree Planning department about their Urban Forest Strategy. Then a mountain of paperwork to get through, and all this was even before they accepted our proposal! Then of course we had to find yarn bombers that were interested in our project.
When we realised just how much yarn we were going to need and how much money it would take to put on such a massive event, I knew we would need sponsorship. So I sent emails around to yarn stores/suppliers and to my surprise the donations came flooding in! Lots of yarn donations, but the one that took the cake was $15,000 worth of yarn from a very small family run business in Coburg called Yarn Barn. We were over the moon!
 We had to hire a scissor lift so that we could get to the tops of the trees as they were so high! 
Nice job Grace!

Pebble hugging her awesome hexagon tree.

While it was nice to get yarn donations we knew we needed money aswell. Australian Country Spinners came on board with $1200 and combined with some fundraising between YC members, we managed to get what we needed for the installation day and workshop day.
 We've had a small film crew running around after us for a few weeks now, filming how we've put together this event. 
That's Louis our camera man, Tracy, Jacqui, Lyndel and Grace working on tree 11.

Everyone had such different pieces. Our only theme/color guide was that it had to be rainbow - but rainbow means something different to everyone. This is Lyndel's tree.

Installation Day came and went with out too much trouble. We had more than enough material [too much in actual fact] and helping hands. We got done an hour before the scissor lift needed to be picked up. And apart from a few burnt noses [it's Summer in Australia] we all did really well. I was so proud of everyone pitching in together to get such a large event installed.
 Me mucking around in front of Jaguar's tree with the cute clouds and pot of gold.

Yarn Corner is made up of 207 members worldwide. This tree piece was done by Stacie from Yarn Revolt in the US who has been a part of every YC project so far even though she lives a world away.

The next day was the workshop day where we held classes for Kids Learn To Knit, [Adults] Learn To Knit, Learn To Crochet and Learn To Yarn Bomb. The lovely Andrea from CCCK yarn store came down to help with the workshops and Spotlight kindly provided the contents needed for the Learn To Yarn Bomb kits. [If you are interested in a kit, then we have some left. You need to join Yarn Corner on facebook - search under facebook groups - and reserve your kit.] 
Again, it's interesting to see what kind of pieces people came up with. That's Grace's on the bottom and Katie's on the top.

Back up on the lift. I think we overestimated exactly how much material we would end up with. I guess we were all eager to yarn bomb!

Sunday morning we also had a photo shoot for Moreland Leader who continue to support Yarn Corner and our yarn bombing efforts.
 Photo from the Moreland Leader newspaper article
Pebble, myself, Jaguar, Emilienne and Jacqui.

 Overall this event has been a resounding success and I'm extremely proud of all the Yarn Corner members and what we've managed to do.

Lots more photos can be seen on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/yarncorner
or flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/twilight_taggers/sets/72157627243779461/

Luv Bali.