Friday, 17 November 2017

Textured coasters

It all started with the yarn bargain of the century...


Let me take you back to late September, when I'd been invited to Yarndale for the weekend by my pal and Supersize Crochet supplier, Andrea from Woolly Mahoosive. We had the most totally fab time,  I met the most wonderful people and I'm so pleased to say, many new friends, too.


Now, those of you who have been to a yarny festival before will know a bit about what to expect - lots and lots of different companies, both big and small, selling all their different wares - yarn in every colour imaginable, tools, patterns, baskets, accessories and just about everything in between.


I love it all.
Especially the yarn *sigh*
But, I already have lots of beautiful hand-dyed skeins (with soooooo many projects in mind,) so these days, I'm on the look-out for something a bit different.
And I struck gold this time:
These little balls of 100% wool at 50p each in the MOST gorgeously perfect autumnal colours!


Now, they're not the sort of yarn you'd want to wear - they're the sort of yarn you'd use to make hard-wearing, rugged homewares, so I decided (to start with) I'd make some sweet little coasters.

(As a person with two small-ish children and one excitable dog, I find yarn coasters to be the most brilliant thing, 'cos they don't break when they are inevitably knocked off the coffee table)

Anyhoos, here's the pattern. They're worked in the round, but with a few turns in direction to create the most lovely texture:


You'll need a small amount of any yarn you like with a hook to match - these will work in everything from double knit, worsted and aran weights to chunky.

UK pattern first, US below:

Textured Coasters UK pattern


Stitches to know:
sl st  - slip stitch
ch - chain
ch-sp - chain space
dc - double crochet
tr - treble crochet
FLO - front loops only
BLO - back loops only


To make the 2-bobble stitch, work two trebles in the indicated stitch, leaving the last part of each treble unworked. (Three loops on hook). Yoh, draw through all three loops.
 

To make the 3-bobble stitch, work three trebles in the indicated stitch, leaving the last part of each treble unworked. (Four loops on hook). Yoh, draw through all four loops.


Rnd 1: 3ch (counts as tr), 11tr in magic ring or 5ch (counts as 2ch + tr), 11tr in 4th ch from hook, sl st to 3rd ch to join rnd, turn.

Rnd 2: 3ch, 2-bobble in same st as 3ch, 1ch, *3-bobble, 1ch around; repeat from * to end, sl st to FLO of 1st tr of 2-bobble, turn.

Rnd 3: 3ch, 2tr in same st  BLO, 1tr in 1ch-sp, *3tr in next st BLO, 1tr in 1ch-sp; repeat from * to end, sl st to 3rd ch to join rnd.

Rnd 4: 1ch, 1dc BLO in each st to end.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Textured Coasters US pattern


Stitches to know:
sl st  - slip stitch
ch - chain
ch-sp - chain space
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
FLO - front loops only
BLO - back loops only


To make the 2-bobble stitch, work two double crochets in the indicated stitch, leaving the last part of each dc unworked. (Three loops on hook). Yoh, draw through all three loops.
 
To make the 3-bobble stitch, work three double crochets in the indicated stitch, leaving the last part of each dc unworked. (Four loops on hook). Yoh, draw through all four loops.


Rnd 1: 3ch (counts as dc), 11dc in magic ring or 5ch (counts as 2ch + dc), 11dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st to 3rd ch to join rnd, turn.

Rnd 2: 2ch, 2-bobble in same st as 3ch, 1ch, *3-bobble, 1ch around; repeat from * to end, sl st to FLO of 1st tr of 2-bobble, turn.

Rnd 3: 3ch, 2dc in same st  BLO, 1dc in 1ch-sp, *3dc in next st BLO, 1dc in 1ch-sp; repeat from * to end, sl st to 3rd ch to join rnd.

Rnd 4: 1ch, 1sc BLO in each st to end.
Fasten off and weave in ends.



And that's all there is to it!

Happy crocheting,
Sarah xx

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Home Decoration in Crochet - a book review

It seems to be book review season here at the moment

And I'm not complaining, I'm really not - this particular one is a corker!


It's written by Tanya Eberhardt, a fellow crochet designer, who I've known for ages through her blog, Little Things Blogged and her Instagram account, Ltblogged.

It's a book packed to the brim with 25 colourful designs to brighten your home - everything you could imagine, from beautiful blankets to these adorable jar cosies *adds to ever-growing future projects list*


This is another of the projects which caught my eye - a vintage-inspired cushion cover.


And this stool cover is such a fun make, too.


But I've always been a storage girl at heart and I loved the simplicity and stitch definition of these sweet little baskets.
I had some cute little balls of yarn I'd picked up at Yarndale (for a bargainous 50p each) and thought they'd be the perfect match.


And they are!
The pattern was well written and very easy to follow and it even had a chart, too. I love the way this has turned out and am planning to make the other two sizes, too.


(I've just realised that I actually did not complete as many rows as Tanya's pattern states - that's what I get for crocheting late at night!) but I'm still just as pleased. I might make the taller version next.


I've really enjoying looking through Tanya's book - there are projects in here to suit everyone, from a complete newbie to an experienced pro and there's even a tunisian crochet project included. 
The patterns are written in US terms throughout and all have them feature a chart. At the back of the book there is a brief section containing descriptions of the stitches and techniques you'll need to know.


If you'd like to purchase Home Decoration In Crochet by Tanya Eberhardt, then it's available here.

Enjoy!
Sarah

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of Home Decoration in Crochet for free. However, the opinions I’ve posted are my own.



Thursday, 26 October 2017

Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies - Blog Hop

When I was asked by my publisher if I'd like to review one of their new titles and I discovered it was LalyLala's, I literally squealed with excitement.



 


You see, I've been an admirer of Lydia's amigurumi for aaaaaaages. She is such a clever, talented designer - if you're not familiar with her projects, then here's a little snippet: 

Image from www.lalylala.com

As if THAT isn't enough cuteness for you, then how about this? 
Lydia's first book: 

 

It is just beautiful! 

First, there's a sweet little story to introduce you to the characters... 

 
 
 
Next up is the techniques section, which covers everything you need to know about creating your little character. 

 

And in the final section are all the patterns - YAY! 

 

This is where the magic happens; You can choose how your bug looks by combining different components. Not only does Lydia show you how to make your caterpillar a pair of beautiful wings to make him into a fabulous butterfly, she has patterns for an egg and pupa, and even the leaf for him to munch, too!

Below is my caterpillar, with his little hat to complete the look.

Truly adorable. 

 

The patterns are written in US terms and are very clearly explained. I had no trouble at all navigating the sections of the book I needed and followed the pattern directions easily.. 

 

And I totally love my little guy - I'm already choosing yarn to make him a fabulous set of wings and I simply cannot decide which friend to make for him next - Ladybird? Stag beetle? Snail?? Aphid??
The answer, dear Reader is ALL OF THEM.

Gah, too much cuteness!! 

If you want to purchase a copy, then click HERE to find out how.

And if you pop along to All About Ami tomorrow, you can find out what Stephanie's been making from the book, too - I can't wait to see.

Enjoy,
Sarah xxx

Book details: 

PUBLISHING DATE: October 27, 2017 • Hardcover: 128 pages • Language: English / US crochet terms • Publisher: SewandSo • ISBN-10: 1446306666 • ISBN-13: 978-1446306666 • Price: £ 16.99 / $ 24.99 • Dimensions: 24 x 22 x 1,4 cm • Weight: 600 grams