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Polyhymnia Convertible Cowl/Hat….New pattern.

25 Jan

Well I’ve published another new pattern today and have decided that I will run the same deal that I did for Asrai Fairy Stole, so you need to post a comment on this post for your chance to win a free pattern……after a while I will do a random draw to find a winner and that person will receive a free copy of my newest pattern. Either on Ravelry if they want or via email….just let me know in your post how you would like to get it!

This is my latest pattern….Polyhymnia convertible Cowl/Hat

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So comment away for your chance to win a free pattern 🙂

I am going to give a free pattern to both of the people who commented on the last post, so karen030710 and bestofcrochet if you would like to let me know how you would like to receive your pattern I will get it to you asap! Congratulations 🙂

 


 

 

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Free Pattern

22 Jan

Well I have finally published my first pattern for January and I am going to give a copy away for free. If you have a Ravelry account I can gift it to you there, otherwise I can send it through via email. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I will randomly draw someone out of a hat to gift the pattern to.

The pattern is Asrai Fairy Stole and it is available on Ravelry or Craftsy at the moment 🙂 Anyway leave your comments and I will let you know if you are the winner. I am also holding a CAL for this pattern here on Ravelry

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What am I doing?

20 Jan

Well it was weigh in day yesterday…..I lost another kilo (yayyy) but then proceeded to have a day where the new eating plan went out the window!!! Wow, how quickly do we fall off the wagon? I guess the only thing to do now is to put it behind me and climb back on, so today I am starting over….I got to bed early last night so I am not nearly so tired today and that should make it easier to stick with it. As I’ve said before when I’m tired I eat :(. Hopefully Damien (the 2 year old) will be better behaved today, he was completely over the top yesterday) That might have had something to do with the fact that the 21 year old managed to feed him a whole piece of hedgehog slice….you have no idea how much sugar and chocolate there is in that!….So Damien was nutso all day, he drove me and his brothers and sisters crazy!

I have still been working on some crochet patterns, the 3 tests I started are nearly finished, so I will soon have 3 different patterns ready to publish. I am working on a lovely lacy purple shrug at the moment. I was really lucky the other day, I dropped into one of our local thrift shops and there on the shelf was a cone of the most gorgeous purple yarn….I am 90% sure it is a silk/linen blend of some kind…..It looks very much like some of the yarns I buy from Colourmart they have gorgeous yarns at such a reasonable price, free shipping too! Anyway unfortunately there are absolutely no identifying marks so my chances of working out exactly what this is are very small. I am going back to the same shop tomorrow as there were some other cones of yarn there too but I only had enough money with me for the one….I hope the fine gauge of the yarn has put people off buying them!

This is the yarn, although it looks more blue in this picture, may camera has a terrible time photographing purple! IMG_2199

 

2 days later.

7 Jan

Well it’s now the end of the day on the 7th (for me anyway) and so far so good! I have mostly stuck with the changes I am making and am finding it a little easier than I thought it would be…although I think that’s because I am removing myself from temptation as often as possible and keeping my hands busy with crochet. I find I can’t eat as much when I’m working as it’s irritating to have to put everything down to eat and then to get up and wash my hands before I start again!

I am usingCalorie King to keep track of my calories and that is working out quite well, I don’t have to do nearly as much work adding up and when I have more time I’ll have a look at all their other functions.

On that note I finished and blocked a stole yesterday, my first time using any kind of lace weight yarn. It’s not nearly as scary as I thought it would be, a bit fiddly but it was easier the more I used it. I also found that with this stole using the dk in some sections gave me a bit of a break from the lace and that made it easier too……it is here, I am running a test for it at the moment. Sorry I can’t upload any photos yet because I’m on the wrong computer (why is it that the stuff I want is never on the computer I’m using at the time!).

Black Ice Slouchy Hat.

20 Dec

Well I haven been able to post for ages it seems, just busy with all the Christmas preparations. I have finally finished and published my latest hat pattern. Black Ice Slouchy Hat is available on Ravelry now.

I was going to photograph it again but decided I quite like the photos I had and it was going to take me until after Christmas before I was able to do another round of photos so I just went with the ones I had already. I would thank all my testers for the wonderful job they did with this pattern in such a busy season.

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New Pattern.

7 Dec

A new pattern added to Ravelry today….Pastel Confection my latest Cowl/Infinity Scarf or shoulder wrap…I am never quite sure what to call these things 🙂

Some photos for you. It has been really hot so I had been waiting until it cooled down a little before asking Tonaya to wrap herself up in this but it wasn’t cooling down quick enough for me so she was a good sport and did it anyway. As you can see we cut her hair short since the semi-formal and I think it looks wonderful……..(Being her mother though I think she looks wonderful in any thing, lol.)

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How to make a hat….recipe.

5 Dec

In thinking about what to write in my blog I have decided that it’s time to have a little fun and hopefully to teach you something J.  So I have posted a recipe here that should give you the basics you need to make yourself a hat. Please remember that this is not a pattern so you will have to do most of the figuring out yourself, it is just meant to give you a basic idea of how to go about it.

This is a recipe for making a crochet hat from the bottom up. While my written patterns are much more complex than this as they need figures for different sizes and often mix stitch patterns, you should be able to use this pattern to make a hat that fits yourself or anyone you have available to try it on. Choose a yarn you like and a hook size that is suitable for the type of yarn.

I like my fabric nice and soft so I tend to go for a hook size a little larger than what is recommended.

The first thing you have to do is decide on a stitch pattern that you like for the body……a stitch dictionary is good for this and there are a lot of stitch patterns online. Sites like mypicot.com  or have a hunt around some crochet blogs for something. You can even use the stitch pattern from something else that you like.

Once you’ve decided on this find out what the number of stitches you need is for the pattern repeat and make a note of it…..this hat I’m making uses a pattern repeat of 4 sts. I do recommend that you try and keep your pattern repeat a manageable number to start with, you can play around with larger repeats later.

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To begin you need to make your band…we will use fpdc for this, I always start with foundation dc because it is nice and stretchy which is good for a band, there is a tutorial for this on www.mooglyblog.com .

Using an even number of stitches fdc enough stitches so that it fits comfortably around your head, if you like it to fit firmly stretch it a bit before trying it on. Make a note of the number of stitches you used.

Join with a slip stitch to form a ring (be careful not to twist it), then start with your fpdc or rib pattern….you can use any stitch you like for your band really I just find that the fpdc gives a nice stretch.

I have some hats however where I have used one stitch pattern for the band and another for the body…like this one. s5

Ch3(counts as dc) then fpdc in your next st, dc in next st….and continue on until you get to the end. Your last st should be a fpdc, then you will slip stitch into the top of your ch3.

Do this for as many rounds as you want until the band is the width you like, 4 to 6 rounds usually works for me but it does depend on your yarn…you will need more rounds for dk yarn than you will for worsted weight for example.

Right, now is the time to prepare for your stitch pattern, first decide if you want a slouchy hat or a beanie.

Have a look at the number of stitches you used and see if it’s divisible by the number of stitches you need for your pattern…….e.g. If you have 56sts and your stitch pattern is over 4 sts like mine then you are right but if you have 58 sts you will have to increase your number of sts by at least 2. If you want a beanie this is easy, I usually do one last row of rib increasing whatever number of stitches I need evenly within the row…do this in your dc’s not your fpdc…somewhere in the row you will make 2dc’s in the one stitch instead of one, do this as many times as you need to. If you want a slouchy hat you will need to increase the number of stitches by a lot more……I usually double mine although 1 ½ times can work as well, it really depends on how slouchy you want to go. If I am doubling my stitches I find it is easier to do this by crocheting one round of single crochet, 2 stitches in each stitch. If I am going for 1 ½ times then I do one more round of rib and crochet 2dc’s in each dc in the round…it will look something like this….

ch3, dc in first st, fpdc, *2dc in next st, fpdc, rep from * to end, sl st in top of beg ch3 to join.

After creating the right number of stitches you should be able to start your stitch pattern.

Continue with your chosen stitch pattern until the hat is the right length to fit your head, if you are making a slouchy hat then continue on some more. The longer you make the body of your hat the slouchier it will be.

Now once you get to a good length for your hat body then you will need to finish up……for slouchy hats I often just finish then draw the yarn through all the stitches on the last round then gather it up tightly but if you want to decrease for a while then this is how I do it.

Some stitch patterns are easy to decrease within and you can continue with the stitch pattern while decreasing, for others I would change to single crochet and make my decreases.

So do one round of sc, then divide my stitch number evenly hopefully with a number somewhere around 10…could be 8, 9, 11, 12 etc….if you can’t divide evenly don’t worry too much just decrease a few extra in the first round to get a number that can be divided.

Here is an example using 56 sts as the number of sts I had……56 divided by 8 is 7 which means that every decrease row will decrease by 7sts.

Basically I would sc 6 sts, then sc2tog over stitch 7 & 8, then repeat that all the way around, then I crochet a straight sc round.

Next round you reduce the number of sc’s by one before you sc2tog, e.g. sc5, sc2tog, etc.

Continue doing this until you are at sc2tog each time with no sc’s in between, once you get to that you can decide if you need to continue decreasing for a round or two more (don’t forget your straight sc round in between)then end off and run your yarn through the last round of sts and pull up tightly.

I’d love you to have a go at this and let me know how it worked out.

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