Easter Garland

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This garland might be a little bit brighter than my usual makes – but with Easter almost upon us I couldn’t resist adding a bit of whimsy to my kitchen shelves! The carrots are made using the chilli pattern (which is free on Love Crochet) I used to make this garland for Love Crochet magazine way back in 2014.

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I’ve given instructions for the daisy below and also added notes on making the carrot tops. To make the garland I simply made a 20ch, slip stitched into the first chain to make a hanging loop and then made a long chain, joining on alternate carrots and daisies every 15 chains by working a dc into one of the  petal loops or the back of the carrots. Once I had added all the flowers and carrots, I made 35ch, then slip stitched into the 20th chain from the hook to make another hanging loop.

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The colours I used are from the Yarn and Colours Must Have Cotton range (White, Sorbus and Peridot), most of the major yarn companies have suitable cottons in their ranges. Try Paintbox yarns cotton DK (Paper White, Blood Orange and Grass Green) Or Rico Cotton (White, Orange and Fir Green), but I encourage you to dive into your stash for this one (I did)!

I hope you enjoy this project, it certainly makes visitors to my kitchen smile.

Happy hooking x

Daisy Flower:

With orange yarn and 3mm hook make 6ch, join with a sl st to make a ring.

Round 1: 6dc into ring

Round 2: (2dc in each dc) 6 times. 12dc

Fasten off orange and join white to any dc.

Round 3: 1dc in same place as join, 9ch, sl st in same place as dc, (dc in next dc, 9ch, sl st in same place as dc) 11 times. Fasten off yarn, weave in ends.

Press flowers on the reverse once made.

To make the carrots, follow the chilli pattern in this free download. Use Orange yarn to make your carrots.

Carrot Tops:

Join green yarn to any dc on last round of carrot, 5ch, 1sl st in 2nd chain from hk, 1sl st in each of next 3ch, 1sl st in same place as dc, (1dc in next dc, 5ch, 1sl st in 2nd chain from hk, 1sl st in each of next 3ch, 1sl st in same place as dc) in each dc around. Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.

To make the garland you’ll need an even number of daisies and an odd number of carrots. Join a daisy first, then alternate between carrots and daisies, finishing with a daisy.

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A Crochet Bouquet

vase of daffodillsThe first daffodils signal the arrival of spring and remind me that warmer days are not very far away. I love making these tiny flowers as they bring colour to my home and mean that I can leave the real blooms in the garden, where they last much longer than in a vase. I’m posting the pattern here, but if you head over to Ravelry or the  Love Crochet pattern store, you can purchase a pdf with extra helpful hints, tips and photos of various steps to help you if you are a less confident crocheter.

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YARN: Any DK weight cotton yarn in Yellow for petals and pollen, orange for trumpet and green for leaves.

I recommend Yarn and Colours for this project, but you can use your favourite brand. You will only need small amounts of each colour, so if you’re buying yarn specifically for this project you might like to consider the 25g mini ball ranges produced by Yarn and Colours, Rico and Scheepjes.

TENSION: There is no need to complete a tension swatch. Make your first flower using the recommended hook and then adjust if you find your stitches are too loose / too tight.

HOOKS AND NOTIONS: 2.5mm crochet hook. You will also need a tapestry needle, florist wire and tape to make the stems.

SIZE: Each flower measures approx. 6cm across

SKILLS: Double crochet, half treble and treble crochet, slip stitches, working in rounds. On the final page of this pattern, you’ll find some photos that may help you to visualise the different stages.

ERRATA: All known edits and errata are listed on my website, please let me know if you spot an error or have question about the pattern.

ABBREVATIONS: For a list of common UK crochet terms and abbreviations please click here.

PATTERN STARTS HERE:

The petals are made in spirals, with right side always facing, do not turn at the end of rounds.

With yellow yarn make 4ch, join with a sl st to make a ring.

Round 1: 6dc into ring. 6dc

Round 2: (2dc in each dc) 6 times. 12dc

Round 3: (1dcblo in next dc, ch5, 1dc in 3rd ch from hk, 1htr in next ch, 1tr in last ch, skip next dc) 6 times. 6 petals made

Round 4: (1sl st in next dc, 2dc evenly up side of first petal, 3dc in ch sp, 2dc evenly down side of petal) 6 times. Fasten off yarn.

Trumpet:

Join orange yarn to any unworked front loop of Round 2. Work Round 1 into the front loops only.

Round 1: 1dc in each dc around. 12dc

Rounds 2 and 3: As Round 1, do not fasten off yarn.

Picot frill:

Round 1: (1sl st in next dc, ch2, 1sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1sl st in next dc) 6 times. Fasten off yarn.

Pollen:

Using yellow yarn cut five pieces, each approx. 3cm in length. Tie a knot in the end of each piece and thread unknotted end through centre ring. Once all five pieces have been threaded through, adjust lengths until you are happy with the final look and then secure on the wrong side using a tapestry needle to weave in ends.

 

Leaf:

With green yarn make 21ch.

Row 1: 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1htr in next ch, 1tr in next and all ch to end. Fasten off yarn. Weave in ends

Making up.

Slip one end of floristry wire through the back of your daffodil, bend the wire in half and twist to secure. Wrap floristry tape around the wire, starting at the top and working to the bottom. Wrap one or two leaves around stem and sew in place.

If you prefer, you can use a small amount of spray starch to stiffen each leaf before making up (Be sure to follow the instructions on the can and use on the reverse side only).

I hope these little daffs brighten your day!

Don’t forget, you can find a more comprehensive pattern for purchase on Ravelry and Love Crochet.

A Granny Cool Christmas

20151013_120321Well, it’s the 1st of December and with no apologies I’m launching into a full month of festive crochet! I love this time of year. I Welcome the dark afternoons as an opportunity to light the fire, wrap up in snug blankets and crochet.  While others will tell you this time of year makes them glum and tempted to hunker down and wish for spring I am full of excitement. Early morning walks in the forest are filled with birdsong and in the garden we welcome the return of winter birds and the beautiful colours of tree stems and berries.

I fill my house with nature finds. Fir cones, feathers and seed heads. And, with the 1st December, out comes the advent calendar and a growing collection of festive decorations. This year I wanted to share some of my favourites with you. They are all quick and most are very simple, so that even a beginner can manage them. I will try to post a few step photos along the way too. Most are free and a few are sold on Love Crochet or Ravelry. Anyway, you can find the crochet star pattern on Love Crafts or on Payhip.

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Today’s pattern is a very simple star.  You don’t need to stop at one or two – a lovely garland can be made by stitching your finished stars to a length of ribbon. Or you can stitch a hanging loop to the top point and hang them on your tree. If you’re feeling a little bit nervous, I hope the collage of step photos below will make the steps clearer – you’ll be seeing the stars again in a few days time, along with the holly in another new pattern.

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Use sparkly yarn, festive shades or plain white. Have fun and experiment. Don’t forget to share your makes on my Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #grannycoolchristmas.

Free pattern: crochet gift bag

Welcome back to the little crochet gift bag!  I “retired” this project from Ravelry as I hoped I would find time to update the pattern in a new yarn sample (Rowan Calmer has now been discontinued). Sadly I never found time, but it’s such a great little project I’ve decided to bring it back in its original form.

This little bag brings back lots of memories, it was one of the first designs I created at Fibre and Clay yarn shop and one of the first patterns I uploaded to Ravelry. You can tell it was spring time when I made this, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a use for it all year round. I hate to start talking “festive”, but this would be ideal as an alternative to the little paper gift bags which seem to accumulate in a box under my bed in the hope they’ll ” come in useful” again!

You can download the pattern from Love Knitting or from Ravelry, or you can find it under the free patterns tab on this site.

Enjoy!

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Buntings and Garlands (free patterns)

crochet paper chains 2I do love the summer, a chance to spend time in the garden with friends and families. I often decorate the garden with crochet bunting, especially for celebrations such as birthdays, weddings and christenings. I counted up, over the years I’ve published over a dozen patterns for garlands, wall hangings and bunting and I’m sharing two of my favourites with you today. You’re welcome to make and sell items from these patterns, but as always a credit is nice – and don’t forget – I love to see photos of your makes. You can share them on facebook, instagram or twitter or link to the ravelry listing for these patterns here.

bunting triangles 1Both are suitable for beginners (in fact the “Paper Chains” pattern used to be standard in my learn to crochet class). The triangle bunting is made using simple decreases and is great fun to embellish. It’s shown here with cute little felt balls, but you can add buttons, pom poms or even embroidery to make yours really special.

For some reason, July always makes me think of red, white and blue, probably reminiscent of 4th July parades or visits to French towns in the run up to 14th July. Whatever the occasion, these simple patterns look great in any colour and any yarn.  My preference is always for wool or cotton, raid your stash and make pretty multi coloured bunting or chose several tones of the same colour for an ombre style.  You can find the patterns below.

Happy crafting!

Paper Chains

crochet paper chainsThese also look great at Christmas or in shades of pink for a little girl’s room. No tension is given, make the first chain and if you prefer a tighter or looser fabric, adjust your hook size accordingly. The yarn used here is Rowan wool dk and I used a 3.5mm hook. Pattern is written in standard UK crochet terms. 1 ch at beginning of rows does not count as a stitch.

Make the first chain link:

Make 25 ch

Row 1: 1 dc in second ch from hook, 1 dc in each ch to end, turn. (24 dc)

Row 2: 1 ch, 1 dc in each dc to end, turn.

Rows 3 – 6: As Row 2.

Fold chain link in half and join side seam using dc (or if you prefer, fasten off yarn and sew side seam). Turn chain link “inside out” so seam is on the inside.

Second and following chain links:

Follow pattern above until the end of Row 6, slip the fabric around the previous chain link and join the side seam as before.

joinng paper chains first Fasten off yarn. Continue to make and join more chain links in the same way.

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joining paper chains 2Basic triangle bunting

This is just about the simplest crochet triangle you can make. No tension is given, make the first triangle, and if you prefer a tighter or looser fabric, adjust your hook size accordingly. The yarn used here is Rowan wool dk and I used a 3.5mm hook. Pattern is written in standard UK crochet terms. 1 ch at beginning of rows does not count as a stitch. bunting triangles 5

Make 16 ch

Row 1: 1 dc in second ch from hk, 1 dc in each ch to end, turn. (15 dc)

Row 2: 1 ch, dc2tog, dc to end, turn. (14 dc)

Rows 3 – 14: As Row 2

Row 15: 1ch, dc2tog.

Fasten off yarn weave in ends.

Edging:

You can edge each triangle in the same or a contrasting colour. Join yarn to top right edge  of triangle, 1 dc in each dc to end of row, 1 ch to turn, 1 dc in each row end to base, 1 ch to turn, 1 dc in each row end to start. fasten off yarn.

Joining:

Make 20 ch in chosen colour, pick up first triangle, 1 dc in each dc along top edge, 15 ch, pick up second triangle, 1 dc in each dc along top edge. Continue until all triangles have been joined. Work second and subsequent rows in dc or trebles as you wish. Decorate hanging loop with ribbons or surface crochet (pictured here in blue).

Embellish your bunting as you wish and most importantly have fun.

These triangles are great fun for kids of all ages – minor imperfections are easily disguised and decorating  to suit your own taste is half the fun!

Free Crochet Patterns

Just “popping in” to let readers know that you can now find lots of my crochet patterns for free here. All previously appeared in let’s Get Crafting magazine and mostly they are homewares and accessories – but do check out the patterns by other designers. There’s a super collection here.  Take a look – you might find something you like here!

All images are (c) Aceville publications and originally appeared in Let’s Get Crafting.

 

 

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