Birdie brooch

Last week I had the pleasure of taking over the Lovecrochet Instagram account. It was huge fun and lovely meeting so many new makers. The biggest thank you to LoveCrochet for inviting me.

I created a little bye bye gift to say thank you to all those that said hello and joined me at the LoveCrochet Instagram. I posted pattern for this brooch at the end of my takeover day, but here it is again 🙂
This birdie is to get you ready for warmer days. I love winter, especially the white fluffy stuff but I can’t help and dream of Spring.
The little birdie brooch is perfect little addition to your favourite cardigan or jackets…. Of course, you don’t have to wait until Spring, get crocheting now to wear it as an appliqué or brooch on your hat or scarf.

To make this lovely little bird you will need: two colours of any DK yarn, I have used Paintbox Cotton DK
3.5mm (US E/4) crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Few lengths of thinner yarn in different colours.  

Please note I’m using UK terms, US terms are given in brackets in abbreviation list. 
Ch – chain
Dc (US sc) – double crochet
Htr (US hdc) – half treble
Tr (US dc) –treble
Sl st – slip stitch
St(s) – stitch(es)
Work 6 dc into adjustable ring, enclosing the tail as you work, sl st to first dc and pull tight on the tail to close up opening.
Round 1: ch 1, 2 dc into ever st to end, join with sl st to first st. (12 sts)
Round 2: ch 1, 1 dc into next 4 st, 2 htr into next st, 1 tr into next st, 2 tr into next st, ch 3, sl st in the base of last tr, 1 dc into next 2 st, [2 htr into next st] twice, ch 2, sl st in top of last htr, join round with sl st to first st. Fasten off
Make 8 ch.
Row 1: 1 tr into 4th ch from hook, 1 tr in next ch, 1 htr in next ch, 1 dc in next ch. Fasten off.
Attach wing to the middle of bird, so it covers the centre. I have tied few strands of fluffy yarns held together to the tail part, just to add a pit of colour and play. 
Happy crocheting 
Anna xx

Granny square part 1 – Pattern and keeping order

I’m still stuck at home, still feeling ill and very sorry for myself, but the one positive thing as a result of this is… gives me a chance to catch up on some of my projects. 
One project that I was very excited to start was the one made out of the huge bunch of Anchor tapestry threads, which I brought a while back at a bargain price of 10p each at John Lewis!

The first idea was to make something for the home, like a cushion, small blanket, but then I realised I have huge amount of cushions and probably not enough threads for a blanket. As the threads are pure wool I thought an accessory for winter will be perfect, so a cowl or a wrap or, my favourite idea, a triangular shawl. with tassels on each corner and one colour for edging and joining the squares. I want the shawl to have an ombré effects, which is ideal with such an amazing array of colours. However I decided to wait when all squares are made before I make my final decisions on the final item they will become.

I separated the threads into a colour order, four hanks of same hues in each bundle and got started. My idea was to have the squares starting from the lightest colour to the darkest, but I very quickly realised that the hanks are just too short to get enough squares out of four hanks, I only have one hank of each colour and each one is 10m long, not to mention all the ends I will have to weave in!

Then I decided to make a lot smaller squares in one colour, which will be easier, quicker and a lot less ends to weave in! It’s gotta be a winner.

I’m loving the little squares! They are dinky and super cute. I can make three out of each hank of thread, which is a lot better.

If you would like to make some as well, the pattern is as follows:
The pattern is written using UK terminology with US conversions in brackets in abbreviation list.
[] – work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
Ch – chain
Ch-sp – chain space
Dc (US sc) –double crochet (US single crochet)
Tr (US dc) –treble (US double crochet)
Ss – slip stitch 
I have used 3.50 mm (US E/4) crochet hook to achieve the size of 4 cm (1.5 in) square.
Foundation ring: Ch 4, join with ss to first ch to form a ring.
Enclose the tail inside the stitches as you work the first round, you can just cut off whatever is left, so much quicker than weaving it in.
Round 1: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 2 tr into ring, ch 2, [3 tr into ring, ch 2] 3 times, ss to top of ch 3.
Round 2: ch 1, 1 dc into next 3 sts, 3 dc into next ch-2 sp, [1 dc into next 3 sts, 3 dc into next ch-2 sp] 3 times, ss to first dc.
Fasten off

I have made quite few already but still have lots to go. To keep some order I am keeping all the finished little squares on spare bobby pins, six per pin. Large safety pins will work a treat as well, but I don’t have any available.

I want to keep all the threads bands in order so I know the shade number of each colour (will write out a full list later), I decided to staple the remaining thread to the band and keep the four colour from the bundle together with paper clip.

I also decided to take this projects over three parts with part two coming soon.
Part 1: Pattern and keeping order
Part 2: Joining together and deciding on the finished accessory.
Part 3: Finishing – edging and finishing touches.
Happy crocheting,

Anna x

Busy, busy…..

Uuuufffff….It has been crazy busy the past few days. Between going to work, prepping and teaching workshops, knitting and crocheting design like mad trying to meet deadlines, I also have been updating my website and few patterns.

The biggest changes happened to two patterns:

‘Seaside’ shawl – Due to a very popular request; I have added a picture tutorial to the pattern, on how to join the motifs together; I think it really helps to illustrate the written instructions.

The new updated version has been uploaded and updates have been sent to all that purchased the pattern, they should be all waiting for you in your inboxes.

‘In Bloom’ corsage – Again, a picture tutorial added to simplify a technique used in the pattern. As before; new pattern uploaded and new updates sent. Also added a smaller version of the corsage to the pattern.

I have also been adding new tutorials to the support page on my website. I have just added picture tutorial on how to make a Magic Loop in crochet or Adjustable Ring as it’s also known. There are lots of useful things on that page, such as full lists of knitting and crochet abbreviations, a few tutorials and so on, hoping to add needles and hooks conversion chart next week, check it out here.

One more thing….. The Wool Week Cowl I have designed for Wool Week Celebrations in 2012 is now available as a free download, get it here.
Anna x