Thursday, 28 August 2014

Free Heart Pattern

Hello,

Here is a free tutorial on how to make a simple crocheted heart...
 

I have used 10 crochet cotton and 2.50 hook for this sample.

Row 1.  13 ch., work 1tr. in 7th ch. from hook, 2ch., miss 2ch., 1tr. in next ch., 2ch., miss 2ch., 1tr. in last ch.

Row 2.  5ch., turn, 1tr., in next tr., 2ch., 1tr. in next tr., 2ch., miss 2ch., 1tr. in 3rd ch. of 5ch., at en

Row 3.  5ch., turn, 1tr., in next tr., 2ch., 1tr. in next tr., 2ch., miss 2ch., 1tr. in 3rd ch. of 5ch., at end

Row 4.  Working over the side of tr. and ch., 3dc. in 1st square, 4ch., miss 1 square, 5dc. in next square, 4ch., miss 1 square, 3dc. in last square


Row 5.   turn, work 10dbtr. into 4ch. loop, 1dc. into 3rd dc. on last row, 10dbtr. into 4ch. loop, ss. to join in last dc. work 3dc. into square, 3dc. in next square, 7dc. into bottom square, 3dc. into next square., 3dc. in last square, 2dc. in between each dbtr., to dc. in the middle, ss. to join in dc., 16ch., ss. to join in same dc., 2dc. in between each dbtr., ss. to join in 1st dc. Fasten off



ABBREVIATIONS
ch.            =    chain
dc.            =    double crochet
dbtr.         =     double treble
ss.             =    slip stitch
st.             =    stitches
tr.              =    treble

George Doll pattern now on Etsy

Meet George, named after my 7 year old Grandson...


I designed George to go with Princess Blueberry.  He is approx. 12.5 inch (31cms). This version in blue was my first prototype but I have slightly changed the edging on the hat since but you can see he works well in different colours.


He is worked in Stylecraft special double knitting yarn. The pattern is now available in my Etsy store.

Hope you enjoy this pattern. You have plenty of time to make him for Christmas presents,

Alison
Tuesday, 19 August 2014

My Crochet Library Collection

Hello,

I have been crocheting for over 40 years over this time I have collected hundred of patterns and books mainly on crocheting but also other crafts such as knitting and much more.

This is one of my book shelves at the moment...


A close up of a few books in my collection.


I thought I would review a crochet book from time to time on my blog.  

This week, I am reviewing 'The Crochet Stitch Bible" by Betty Barnden which I have had since 2004. This book is still available on Amazon for around £10.  The book is divided up into stitch types such as textured, mesh and trims.  Each stitch has a photo plus a word description and a graph which is good because you can easily see how the stitch should be worked. The book is colourful and has very clear pictures which helps you learn new stitches.  


I like this book because the stitches are in English terminology but if you can read the charts you can use this book if you are more familiar with US terminology.

The only thing I don't like about this book is it is spiral bound which could wear out with a lot of use over time. 


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Birds and Owls

Hello everyone,

I am back from my lovely holidays with lots of new ideas and patterns.

I have just completed a bargain Bird PDF pattern which is now available in my Etsy store at only 50p. Christmas Robin PDF pattern





Also ready is Oswald Owl. He is very cute and easy to make.  He would make a great gift or thank you present. You can also find this pattern in my Etsy store. Oswald Owl PDF pattern




I do hope you enjoy these new patterns, please let me know if you have any problems with my patterns.

Alison x

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A new doll - Ava

My daughter suggested I design a slightly smaller doll to add to my collect of doll patterns.

This is going to be Ava, she is worked in 10 crochet cotton and I really pleased with how she has turned out.  She is about 7 inches (18cms) tall.  Great for using up oddments of cotton and not too time consuming.

Pattern coming soon....




Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Buttons buttons buttons

Hello, how is everyone?

I am just finishing off a crocheted bag this morning, I am ploughing through my button collection, not easy choosing from so many different buttons.  Maybe my next project should use lots and lots of buttons...



You can find the Flora bag pattern is on Etsy.  I am liking the different colours in this version of Flora bag although it reminds me a bit of Minecraft. Maybe my Minecraft obsessed Grandson is having an effect on my colour choices.

I am also working on another blanket. I designed this pattern years ago but have reworked and rebranding some elements. Pattern will be available soon.


Take care everyone,

Alison

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

A Twist on Tartan


We have been pretty busy over the past few weeks creating some new patterns. This is my latest blanket design, A Twist on Tartan.  I really enjoy making these, it is quick to do and they look very effective.


A Twist on Tartan on my Etsy store

I have also done a video to show how to crochet the twisted fringe.



Around June I always start thinking about new designs for Christmas. I have decided to create a Christmas doll this year. The pattern will be available soon...