Thursday, 28 August 2014

Free Heart Pattern


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

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,


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

My Crochet Library Collection


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