Choose your cal design. 

At the start of the year I set myself a goal to design a cal (crochet along). I started one, then decided to change it a bit and made two versions. Now I need your help in choosing which design should be released. I am asking my Instagram followers and a group on Facebook too, so the design with the most votes will win. Here are the two designs. Number 1 is the yellow one,  number 2 is the blue.  Please comment with your vote. Thank you for helping choose the cal design. 

Crochet Mandala A Day

Spring is here (in the Southern Hemisphere anyway) 😀 and what better way to celebrate than crochet a mandala every day for the month of September.

This idea is the brainchild from Leah from Snakewood Designs.  She asked me the other day if I would like to join in and play as well. It’s like asking a chocaholic if they would like a piece of chocolate? Do they really need to give you an answer?

So here we find ourselves making something beautiful from a simple idea. Which I would love to see take off and have heaps of fellow crocheters join in! There are no set rules, so don’t feel pressured to make one EVERY day. Only if you can.

At the end of every week, I’m going to do a photo collage here of all the beautiful mandalas and link the work to their respective makers. So here’s what you have to do….

1. Crochet a mandala, either every day, every couple of days, once a week, WHENEVER it suits you!
2. Post your photo on either Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #crochetmandalaaday. Your account must be made Public in order for me to see the beautiful creations. OR you can post it onto my Facebook page.

I got asked this morning what is mandala? My answer (in my opinion) was anything in a roundish shape… now google’s definition is a little different to mine: a circular figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. Hey it still has that round part! Of course if you are wanting to crochet a mandala true to it’s definition I highly recommend the Mandala Madness by Helen Shrimpton. It’s a work of art!

I will also be releasing FREE mandala patterns too. At this stage I’m thinking once a week unless I can find some more time. The first one I’m releasing is the one pictured below.

So that’s basically it! Crochet something roundish and hashtag #crochetmandalaaday. I cannot wait to see what you come up with.

Thanks for reading and Happy Crocheting xo

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Crochet Dream Catcher

Howdy Doody! I thought I’d share a new pattern with you all. So here it is… (this photo is of the crocheted work facing the wrong way, I put the ribbon on back to front 😉  )

Materials:
– I used Patons 4ply Cotton in Black
– 3.25mm recommended hook
– Scissors
– Yarn needle
– 10 inch / 25.5cm hoop (bought this one from Lincraft for the Aussies)
– Ribbon or lace for detail

Notes:
– This pattern is written in US terms
– Not as hard as you think 😉

Stitches and Abbreviations Used:
– sc = single crochet
– ch = chain
– ch sp = chain sp
– dc = double crochet
– dc2tog = double crochet 2 together
-dc3tog = double crochet 3 together
– tr = treble
-sl st = slip stich

Pattern:

1: Make magic ring, ch3, 15dc in ring, join with sl st (16sts)

2: ch4 counts as dc + ch1, (dc + ch1) in each st around join with sl st (16sts)
3: sl st to ch sp, ch2 counts as start of dc2tog, dc in same sp, ch5, (dc2tog + ch5) in each ch sp around, join with sl st to first dc2tog (16 loops)

4: sl st in first 2 sts of ch5, sc into ch sp, ch7, *(sc in next sp + ch7)* repeat around, join with sl st to first sc (16 loops)

5: sl st in first 3 sts of ch7, sc into ch sp, ch 9, *(sc in next sp + ch9)* repeat around, join with sl st to first sc (16 loops)

6: sl st in first 4 sts of ch9, ch3, 3dc in same sp, ch3, (5dc + ch3) in each sp around, finish with last dc in the first loop, this will be crocheted over the sl st (16x 5dcs)

7: sl st in next to sts so that you are in the middle dc from previous round, ch2  counts as sc + ch1, *(dc, ch3, dc) in next sp, ch1, sc in middle dc from previous round, ch1* repeat around 14 more times, (dc, ch3, dc) in next sp, ch1, join to first sc with sl st.

8: ch3 counts as sc + ch2, *(dc3tog, ch2, dc3tog) in next ch3 sp, ch2, sc into sc from previous round, ch2*, repeat around 14 more times, (dc3tog, ch2, dc3tog) in next sp, ch2, join with sl st to 1st ch of ch3 at the beginning of the round.

9: ch7, counts as tr + ch3, tr in same st, ch1, *(dc, ch3, dc) in sp between dc3togs from previous round, ch1, (tr, ch3, tr) into sc from previous round, ch1* repeat around 14 more times, (dc, ch3, dc) in next sp between dc3tog, ch1, join with sl st to the 4th ch.

10: *(2sc, ch2, 2sc) in ch3 sp, sc in next ch1 sp*, repeat around and join with sl st to first sc. Cut, secure yarn and weave in end.

To attach to hoop, cut a piece of yarn the same material that you just used about 1m/40 inches. Thread onto needle, insert needle through ch2 sp of any ‘point’ made in the last round, holding the crocheted part inside the hoop, thread needle under hoop, bringing it back over the top and into the next ch2 sp, repeat around and fasten off, weave in yarn.

Cut ribbon/lace into desired length and attach to bottom oh hoop using a slip knot method. I think it’s called something like that, Fold ribbon in half and insert the middle (loop part) through the sp created when attaching crocheted part to hoop, pull wrap over the ‘legs’ of the ribbon, they just look like hanging legs to me lol, so that it creates a loop. Kind of like when you attach tassels to blankets, my brain has gone blank, I am not even sure if you call them tassels now lol. Sleep deprivation will do that to you.

I hope you enjoy making your own dream catcher – they are a lot easier than you think they would be. Emily 🙂

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The Lace and Bloom Square available to purchase  

It’s finally live and I couldn’t be happier with it. Thank you very much to my testers, your help and hard work has not gone unnoticed. I really appreciate you and what you do.

You can purchase the pattern by clicking ‘buy now’  button or by clicking this link.

The colours I used for these squares are Stylecraft Special DK:
Cream
Magenta
Bluebell
Violet
Turquoise
Aspen
Petrol
Boysenberry
Clematis
Sage
Empire
Parchment
Plum
Sherbert
Cloud Blue
Silver
Duck Egg

I hope you enjoy making these squares and remember I’m always here to help.

 

My Lace and Bloom pattern is about to be released. 

Good morning. I am very excited to share with you my newest design ‘Lace and Bloom’.  It’s a beautiful, textured granny square that I am love with and I hope you will be too. It’s currently in its final testing stages so once the all clear is given, it’ll be available for purchase. 

I am currently making it into a blanket, so once that is also finished, I will be adding the option of buying the square by itself or the blanket pattern. That one may be a few weeks away though.  

Here are some happy snaps of the squares being made and finished. I will let you know as soon as the pattern is released.  Enjoy!  

Crochet Crown Pattern

Hello fellow hookers! I’ve been meaning to post this pattern for a long time.  I had even taken a photo of the pattern I’d previously written, which I searched everywhere for to not avail… one of my pattern books is MIA lol. There are many variations for this easy pattern and every time I crochet a crown, it changes hmm. So in saying that, you can pretty much change stitches for different effects.

 

So here is the pattern for this particular crown.

When working out how many centimetres or inches to make the chain which determines the base of the crown, you can either measure the circumference, or use a crochet chart with measurements HERE. Say for example 43cm is William’s circumference, I would chain 41cm, making sure the chains you crochet is about 2cm/1 inch smaller than the circumference. This allows for the crown to stretch and fit cosy on the head and not be too big. Pattern written in US terms.

Materials:

*8 ply / dk yarn – scraps will do, depending on how big the circumference is, 50g is more than plenty.
*4mm hook
* Scissors
* Yarn needle

You can use whichever yarn and hook size go together. This is just what is readily available in Australia. Your number of chains will differ slightly.

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For Will’s crown, I crocheted a chain of 67. Joined with a slip stitch to the back of the 1st chain. See photo below.

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Ch1, hdc in same st as slip stitch, hdc in each stitch around, making sure you crochet into the back of the chain, not the front side. It creates a nice neat edge with no holes. Slip stitch to first hdc made. (If you wanted a thicker band, you could opt to crochet dc, or tr for these rows) When you are just about finished making the first round of hdc’s, either count how many you have already made, so you know how many you have left to go. As I found, I was making an extra hdc into the back of the first one I’d made. Here you can see 3 back loops, however you don’t crochet into the 3rd one (which is part of what you’ve already done, hope that makes sense) See photo below.

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2. Ch1, hdc in same st, hdc in each stitch around, join with sl st. (for this example 67 sts)

3. Ch5 (counts as tr and ch1), sk st, *tr in next st, ch1, sk st*, repeat around, finishing with tr in the last st which is directly next to the ch5. Join with sl st.

4. (sc, dc, tr, {picot – ch1, sl st to front loop of tr just made}), in first ch1 space, (tr, dc, sc) in next ch sp, sl st in next ch sp, so *[(sc, dc, tr, picot) in next sp, (tr, dc, sc) in next sp], sl st in next st* repeat around, finishing with a sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off and weave in ends. This creates 11 points.

I tried really hard to make the design finish without having 2 tr’s at the back of the crown but nothing I tried worked. So my ocd was ignored quite difficultly whilst writing this pattern.

I will write up the other pattern to the larger crown when I can get a few minutes and I remember. Basically the possibilities are endless. I have other designs in the works to share with you soon too. Nothing flash, just a little different.

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Pattern to come for photo above. Enjoy and happy hooking. Look forward to seeing what you make, if you have Instagram please #theloopystitch #theloopystitchcrown or share you photo/s on my Facebook page – The Loopy Stitch Crochet Designs. Thank you 🙂

Easy Crochet Hearts

‘Crochet Heart’, two words which I have searched many times over and over, never really falling for any designs 😉 get it? lol ok, enough lame jokes.  Last week I offered my services to Mr A’s teacher to make some hearts for Mother’s Day, and once again searched those two little words for inspiration or better yet, a pattern that was already available.  Nothing was tickling my fancy like usual so I thought I’d have a play and see what I could make.  As promised earlier today on Instagram, here is the pattern…

Materials: Your choice of yarn and corresponding hook size and some scissors.

US terms
Round 1:
Side 1: Make a magic ring, ch3, 3tr, 3dc, ch1, tr
Side 2: ch1, 3dc, 3tr, ch3, sl st to magic ring. Do not pull the magic ring closed yet.
Round 2:
Sl st in each of the ch3 from side 1 in round 1, 3sc in 1st tr, 2sc in next tr, sc in next 4 stitches, sc in top of the chain stitch (see photo if unsure), (sc, ch1, sl st to front loop of tr, sc) in tr, sc in top of the chain stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next st, 3sc in last tr, sl st in each of the ch3 going into the centre of the heart. Cut yarn and pull through.
Now you can pull the end of the yarn you just cut through the centre of the heart to the back, close magic ring tight, making sure that the heart sits nicely.

Easy Heart Step by Step

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So there you have it, an easy crochet heart. I hope you enjoy making plenty of these. Feel free to tag me in your post if you share on Instagram. xo

 

 

Crochet Mexican Blanket Continued…

So it’s been about a month since I posted the pattern for this blanket. And I haven’t added many rows (as I should have). I’ve been busy making other things as you do. So I thought I’d share where I’m up to with it. I’ll update the pattern with what colours to use for what rows soon. I get bored very easily and doing the same thing over and over does not help.

I am in the process of designing a CAL (crochet along) which I cannot wait to share with you.

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The Loopy Stitch Mexican Inspired Crochet Blanket

NOTE: This post has now been updated with the complete pattern.

During the week I was asked by my fiance (don’t know why I don’t like using that word, sounds odd and posh to me lol), if I could make him a Mexican Blanket… so I googled and fell in love!!! They are absolutely amazing and the possibilities are endless. Colour, co

lour, colour! We all know I love and may be obsessed with colour. I thought ‘Sweet!, A great way to use up all my yarn stash lying around’.

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So this pattern is super simple. You only need to know two stitches, single crochet and chain (US terms). If you can do those, then you can master this blanket. The stitch is known by a few names such as, moss stitch, linen stitch, or woven stitch. That’s all I know of anyway.

Here’s the simple pattern: (this is what mine is pictured above)

I am using a total of 16 colours in 8ply/dk and a 4mm hook. The blanket is 125cm/49 inches wide. I have found as I crochet more and more rows the tighter the blanket gets. It is easily stretched to the one size. The finished blanket measures 205x125cm.

Yarn: I used yarn that was in my stash at the time. Marvel Four Seasons from Spotlight, and Carnival from Big W, both in 8 ply. I do not know the exact names of each.

Tension: 10cm x 10cm = 20 rows and 22 stitches (sc and ch counts as one st each).

Amount of colours

Use a 4mm hook, or larger if needed for the first row.

Row 1: Using any colour, chain 248, sc into the 3rd ch from hook, *ch1, skip stitch, sc in next*, repeat all the way to the end .

Row 2-?: (entirely up to you on colour changes), ch2, turn, sc in first ch sp, *ch1, sc in next sp (space)*, repeat all the way to the end, ch1, sc in between the last sc and ch2 from previous row.

You just keep repeating row 2 over and over until you have the desired length or look you’re going for. I personally change colours whilst make the last sc of one colour, before starting the next.

Here’s how I colour change: with colour that you are finishing up with, insert hook in sp, yarn over and draw through (2 loops on hook), let go of that colour and pick up the next colour, finish the sc by putting the yarn over and pull through, ch 2, turn, etc. I then crocheted in both tails about 3 inches/8cm BUT I wouldn’t recommend this as it stretches the blanket on the ends.  Weave in after crocheting is complete.

ORDER OF COLOURS:

Colours and Rows Table

It was a tedious blanket to make only due to how repetitive it is.  Easy to crochet and watch Netflix at the same time 😉 After I finished crocheting, I blocked the blanket to give it a nice and even appearance  (it was a bit stretched on the ends due to crocheting over the ends as I went, which I do not recommend).

So here it is in all it’s glory! I love it. And I know it will keep Daddy aka hubby-to-be warm during Winter.

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As usual, I would love to see what you make! So pretty please use the hashtag #crochetmexicanblanket if on Instagram.  I look forward to seeing what you create! Happy crocheting  xoxox

The Parterre Garden Granny Square

I’ve been a bit MIA lately! William finally arrived 6 days over due 🙂 He’s a very content and alert baby. I cannot believe how fast he is growing up. 7 weeks old already and quite a decent size. Love him to bits. I am enjoying every minute of it, even the ones when I swear I’m a zombie.

Recently I published my first paid pattern on Ravelry, in over three years; The Parterre Garden Granny Square. It’s a beautiful square which I am aiming to make a blanket from, but as usual my other wips get in the way.

So here is the link to purchase the pattern. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. If you’re on Instagram use the hashtag #parterregardengrannysquare and I’ll be sure to see your lovely creations. Also please feel free to add it to the pattern page as a photo afterwards on Ravelry (not entirely sure how that works as I’ve never done it before).