Christmas at Miss B’s…almost

Christmas prep is in full swing here.

The decorations went up last weekend and in between the last few orders of 2017 I’ve been trying to get the last few presents, W.I.P’s and decorations finished before the big day.

For months I’ve been putting off one project. I planned it in the summer and the yarn has sat on my shelf ready for it but I just kept pushing it back while I was busy with more important or urgent makes.

A new Christmas wreath!

I had this roving yarn left over from last years giant stocking and it just seemed ideal for making a thick, cosy and luxurious wreath.

Part of the reason I held off was that I needed something to adorn the wreath once it was made and I just couldn’t find the right ribbon or seasonal accessory. That was until a random trip to HobbyCraft where I stumbled across this oversized printed hessian bow. It was too perfect.

I also picked up the wire ring I’ve worked around while in HobbyCraft. I’d originally planned to pick up a polystyrene wreath but they only had small sizes in stock and I’m far to impatient to wait for a delivery so I went hunting for alternatives and ended up getting this copper wreath ring. I’m pretty sure it’s designed for floral wreaths but it did the trick.

Believe it or not the wreath itself is knitted! Hand knitted but still, knitted stitches were involved. It’s a long strip of 3 knitted rows and they are overlapped slightly as they were wrapped around the ring.

This is such a quick and simple design. It took about 30 mins from start to finish, which is my ideal project in the middle of the busiest season of the year.

I love the overall effect and it looks perfect on the front door. Now what’s next on that to do list…

Miss B Signature

Robin Redbreast Blanket

If you are a follower on Facebook or Instagram you will have no doubt seen this blanket already as its an absolute favourite make of mine this year and so utterly festive.

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Its made using the ever popular C2C method which you will all know from my previous post I have only recently jumped on the bandwagon for.

This particular blanket is made using the fabulous Paintbox yarns in Aran weight and is so soft and squishy. I almost wish I’d made it bigger so I can snuggle underneath it. It measures approx 30″ x 30″ and my rubbish photos are not doing it justice at all (note to self – crack out the decent camera!)

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My Robin truly looks like he is having a great time in the snow and with all the details in the picture I decided to keep the border nice and simple
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I only made one of these blankets and its already sold but I have listed the pattern over on LoveCrochet so you can whip one of these beauties up for yourself!
They would make an absolutely gorgeous gift for a winter newborn. I would have absolutely loved a gift like this when my little one was born.

Miss B Signature

A Miss B’s First!

I’ve been crocheting for 5 years and in that time I’ve made blankets to amigurumi to baby clothes and so much more but the one thing I’ve just never got around to making is an item of clothing for myself, or any adult for that matter.

It wasn’t a conscious decision or at least not really. I’ve never had the confidence to have a go at making my own without an idea of how to construct it and unless I could find a pattern that really grabbed me it just wasn’t going to happen.

The other week however I decided it was now or never and I wanted to add some handmade crochet pieces to my wardrobe, so off I went to find a pattern I could work from.

I eventually stumbled across this fab jumper by MegMade with Love.
It just looked so comfy and casual which was perfect for my idea of lounging around it it.

I was really after the cosy wrapped in a cloud effect so pattern decided upon I went on a yarn hunt and settled on this absolutely gorgeous yarn by Wendy called Fleur in the colourway Allium. It’s a DK weight yarn that is a mix of cotton, acrylic and Tencel giving it a super soft slightly fluffy brushed texture. I used less than 3 balls for my entire jumper so it really goes far!

I followed the pattern Meg had kindly put together for us but I did make some modifications.

You can click the link above for Meg’s pattern and my mods are below.

Firstly being a forever in between sizes kinda girl I did the ribbed edging to 50 rows, this alters the stitch count slightly but it’s still easy enough to follow through.

The next alteration I made was to the sleeves.
Meg states to do 30 rows for each sleeve but I was after a slightly closer fit that went down to my hands for extra coziness, so I did as follows:

Row 1-10: hdc 50 around
Row 11-35: ch2, hdc in the same st, Dec in the next, hdc in remaking stitches around
By the end of row 35 you will have 25 stitches
Row 36-40: hdc around
Row 41-42: I did 2 rows of alternating front post, back post hdc’s to give a ribbed edging to the cuffs

The very last change I made was to stitch the top opening closed 4 extra stitches on each side, this was to compensate for the yarn which was very loose and stretches out slightly so it was hanging off my shoulders too much as it was.

I absolutely love this jumper and my first venture into clothing has been a success and one I’m so pleased with. Meg’s pattern is brilliant so whether you make it as is or with my alternations you are sure to have a great wardrobe staple.

The Blue Hue Cushion Cover

What feels like absolutely forever ago I brought some yarn in various shades of navy and blue in both cotton and acrylic with plans to finally add a little crochet to our house and in particular our bedroom which has recently had an overhaul and been decorated in a beautiful new navy and copper theme.

Life and more importantly work got in the way and it’s been ever so patiently waiting for me to pick it up and get creating.

Create I did last week when I finally had a chance to sit down and whip up the first item I desperately wanted to add to the room….a cushion.

I made the crochet front piece first and used the moss stitch (also called the linen stitch) working 14 rows in each of the 4 colours and then 2 rows in between of a mix between the colours either side to create a more subtle ombrรฉ effect.

I’d measured my cushion first and then the height of the crochet after 14 rows of white to make sure it would be the correct size and fit.

We had brought some navy curtains when decorating the room but they were too long so I had cut the excess off and hemmed them, keeping hold of the excess so I could use it to back my cushion.

I cut a square of the fabric slight bigger than the crochet square so it wasn’t stretched too much once the insert was in there and then I also added about 3-4 inches to the top.

I used this extra material to fold over onto what would be the inside of the cushion and create a pillowcase fold. You know the little flap inside a pillow case that holds the pillow in. A quick sew along the sides and the fold was secure.

I then blanket stitched around 3 sides of the fabric piece in the darkest navy coloured yarn and single crocheted into those blanket stitches.

The front crochet piece is attached to the back fabric with a simple whip stitch around the 2 sides and bottom. The top is left open with the pillow fold.

I’m so pleased with how this cushion has turned out. It looks as good as one you could buy from a shop and yet it’s truly unique.

I’ve still got plenty of fabric and yarn left some I’m thinking a new design is in order!

Pink Ombrรฉ Granny Blanket

I’ve finally had some inspiration strike for what to do with the second Caron Cake I brought ages ago.

I was determined to get the ball off my shelf and made into something but 1 ball limited my options so I decided to throw another colour into the mix.

As the yarn itself is various shades of pink I opted to keep it simple with white.

Sometimes keeping it simple really is the best option and as I wanted the Caron cake yarn to do the talking I avoided any complicated stitches and chose the humble granny stripe with a colour change every 2 rows.

The finished blanket ended up measuring approx 30″x50″ making it the ideal size for prams and cots, or even tucking in 4 dolls at once if you’re in our household! ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the edging I worked a couple of rows in white and finished it off with a final row of picots.

I’ve seen a few people not too impressed with the abrupt colour changes on these cakes but I really don’t mind them at all if they are used in the right project. I adore the ombrรฉ effect throughout the blanket and the sharp distinct colours. It’s really helped this look like a modern take on a classic stitch and blanket.

I’ve listed this absolute beaut of a blanket in the shop if you’d like to give it a home. It would make a fabulous baby shower gift if you know someone expecting.

This was a lovely project to do as it worked up so quickly and is definitely the sort of blanket you can cosy up on the sofa with and watch TV. There’s no complicated counting of stitches or mathematics involved it’s just repetitive stitches creating a subtle zig zag effect.

Yoda Lovey Pattern

I’ve had a few dabbles at making Yoda in various forms over the years but most recently I was asked by someone I know if I could whip up a toy or something suitable for a baby as a gift.

It needed to be quick as she was off to visit them very soon and wanted to take it with her so I suggested a lovey, which if your not familiar is a mini blanket perfect for cuddling.

Not just any lovey would do though. So to jazz things up a bit we settled on a star wars theme with yoda as our main character.

I love how the blanket looks like his robes and the added detail of his belt.

I secured the belt on the back so it won’t pose a chocking hazard but can still be undone to allow the blanket to open up.

The head has been kept nice and simple with some little safety eyes and yoda’s recognisable ears taking centre stage.

The pattern is below if you’d like to have a go at your own cuddly yoda.

MATERIALS:
4mm hook
Stylecraft DK in parchment, dark brown and pistachio
Scissors
Tapestry needle
6mm safety eyes
Stuffing

NOTES:
I’ve used US terms throughout and we are working in joined rounds unless stated. Your ch3 will count as your first dc.

METHOD:
Blanket (using parchment) –
1. Start with a magic circle and ch3, work 2 more dc into the circle, ch2 *3dc, ch2* repeat between * 3 more times. This should give you 4 clusters of 3dc and 4 ch2 gaps. Ss to top of ch3 to join
2. Ch3, dc in the top of each dc. In the corners work dc, ch2, dc
3. Repeat row 2 ten more times
4. Ch3, work a dc in each st. In the corners work 2dc, ch3, 2dc
5. Repeat row 4.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

I highly recommend blocking the square at this point. I popped it in the wash on a quick cycle and then pinned it to my ironing board and left overnight until dry but follow any method your comfortable with thatโ€™s suitable for acrylic yarn

Head (using pistachio) –
1. Starting with a Magic circle, work 6sc into the circle. Ss to the first sc to join.
2. 2sc in each st around (12)
3. Sc in first st, 2sc in next st. Repeat around (18)
4. Sc in first 2 stitches, 2sc in the next. Repeat around (24)
5. Sc in first 3 stitches, 2sc in the next. Repeat around (30)
6. Sc in each st around (30) repeat 6 times
7. Sc in first 3 st’s, dec (24)
Pop safety eyes in and start stuffing as you go. You want the head to be nice and firm.
8. Sc in first 2 st’s, Dec (18)
9. Sc in first st, Dec (12)
10. Dec around (6)
11. Stitch opening closed. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Ears (in pistachio) –
1. Ch9
2. Sc in 2nd from hook, sc next, hdc, dc the next 4, 5dc in the last st.
3. Now working down the otherwise of your starting ch, dc the first 4 st’s, hdc, sc the last 2. Ss to the first sc to join.
Fasten off leaving a long end to sew onto head and then make a second ear.

Attach them as seen in the photos.

Arms (in pistachio) –

1. Start with a magic circle and work 4sc into it. Join with a ss to first sc.
2. 2sc in each st around (8)
3. Sc in each st around (8)
CHANGE TO PARCHMENT
4. Sc in each st around (8) repeat 6 times
5. Dec, sc in each st (7)
6. Sc in each st around (7) repeat 3 times
Stuff well and fasten off leaving a long tail for attaching.

Belt (in dark brown) –
1. Ch43
2. Ss in the 2nd ch from the hook and across (42)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

ASSEMBLY
Sew the head on to the blanket right in the centre with the eyes facing one of the straight edges. Next sew the arms on each side of the head.

Now you need to fold the blanket so the two straight sides either side of the head fold in on the themselves to achieve the triangle you can see in the photos. You then tie the belt around the blanket under the arms. I decided to sew the back onto the blanket for safety.

And that’s it Yoda is complete and ready for cuddles.

As always make sure you tag me on social media if you have made Yoda.

The Didi & B Challenge

Let me set the scene…. you have a baby and as they get a little older they start watching a little kids TV and naturally they develop a favourite show.

As kids do they become quite fond of the characters and either they ask for or you decide to get them some merchandise.

Imagine your horror when you discover that unlike every kids show known to man this particular show does not sell anything. Nothing not a single noisy headache inducing toy or stuffed creature. What’s a Mum to do?

Well this is the exact situation for a kids show called Didi and B. Surprisingly this is one of the only shows we haven’t seen in our household but a friends little girl does watch it and loves it, so her mum asked if I could help out and make something for her.

Here is a picture of what the characters look like if you’re not familiar with them.

This one was a real challenge as I decided to really make it hard and not just design it from scratch but also work with fluffy yarn ๐Ÿ˜ฑ.

I also faced my biggest hate and planned quite a bit of sewing!

I started with B and worked in rounds of yellow and black until the body was the desired length and I used 2 stands, one of the fluffy yarn and one 4ply cotton. This made it a little easier to keep track of the stitches but also meant it worked up a little quicker. I would have been there for blooming ages working with just the fluffy yarn as it’s so thin.

I used black and white felt behind some safety eyes to add a bit more detailing.

Arms and legs were added next and it took a few goes to get the feet exactly how I wanted.

The wings are felt and attached at the back with fabric glue and sewn to make sure they are secure.
And lastly little antennae on the top are just a few chain stitches.

Next up is Didi. Again I started on the body and worked it in rounds of dark and light pink but made it a little narrower and longer than B.
The eyes, arms and legs are all the same as B.

The wings for Didi however required a lot more details. They are also felt and all the details were cut out and then glued and sewn onto the main wing template.

The wings were then secured onto to Didi, pinned in place and left overnight to dry fully. I sewed them onto the body over the top of the glue as well.

I finished her off with her own longer set of antennae.

I’m quite pleased with how these guys turned out.

They measure approximately 25-30cm tall and should hold up to a lot of cuddles.