Geometric Tribal Leather Clutch

This baby was a real labour of love. I had spotted a tribal print bag online somewhere and thought it would be a fab idea to try the same with crochet so I set about giving some tapestry crochet a go.


Firstly I created my design on the computer and then printed it out to work from while writing out the pattern as I went! 

It took a while I’m not going to lie and there was a few tangled moments where I was working with 3 colours joined at once but the finished item was more than worth it.


I worked on the bag in two pieces and joined the panels at the end so then I had to decide on a zip or flap. A leather flap seemed the obvious choice but it took me a good few weeks to hunt down a supplier of leather big enough for the bag but also not sold by the meter (slight overkill for 1 bag I think!) however once in my possession the bag was finished off in an hour.


I’ve seen quite a few crochet/leather tutorials and most seem to work on the basis of joining your crochet to the leather first and then working up your bag from there but I had done things backwards plus I wanted the leather to fold over from slightly further down the back so I have figured out my own method. 


A button pinched from my stash finishes this bag off perfectly.


I love the contrast of the colours and the bold design. I’m even impressed that the inside of the leather matches the mustard yarn πŸ˜€

This bag will be getting a lot of use over the summer. Its soft, stylish and big enough to fit a tablet, phone, keys or anything else you need in there. If you want to make your own the pattern is now listed here for you!

Happy Making 

Puff Stitch Cowl

I brought 3 Caron cake as soon as they were available in the UK as I’d been desperate to give them a go for months only to finally receive them and have no clue what to make, so all 3 have sat on my shelf waiting for inspiration to strike since. 

I knew without doubt that rainbow sherbet cake I had needed to be used to make something for the little lady of the house as it was such fun bold kiddie colours. After browsing Pinterest for ideas hoping something might pop into my head I finally decided a scarf or cowl would be the best bet as I only had one cake to work with. 

I wanted something with lots of texture to it and something fun so the puff stitch was called into action! 


There is no subtle colour changes with Caron Cakes so you get nice bold thick stripes.

I worked back and forth in rows creating a zig zag effect with the puffs and it worked out to be the perfect length wrapping twice around for the tiny human and even fits me with one wrap πŸ˜‰ 


Puff stitches use quite a lot of yarn but they do make a really soft and squishy item that drapes and folds beautifully when worn. 


The pattern is available here if you want to make your own but for now I am going to just sit and admire these fabulously bright colours! 

Daisy Barefoot Sandals

I needed a little palette cleanser project. Something quick and simple to work up, that would leave me ready to hit my W.I.P’s pile with enthusiasm again. As we were heading off on holiday soon I figured the pefect make would be some barefoot Sandals I could wear round the pool and on the beach.

With two designs in my head I decided to give both a go. The first pair was these pink and orange burst ones. I really wanted a bright bold look and they definitely give that.


Adding the embellishments came after as I remembered I had some little penny charms and bells in my stash. They finish these off perfectly and make them look far more ‘shop brought’.


You can buy the pattern for these in my Etsy shop here.

The second set was these daisy ones. I love these and they look really cute on.


I kept these super simple letting the daisies do the talking.


I’ve popped the pattern for these below so you can whip a pair up ready for your own holiday/trip to the beach/garden lounging πŸ™‚

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MATERIALS:
Drops Safran in ‘Off White’ and ‘Yellow’
2.5mm Hook
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

ABBREVIATIONS:
ss – slip stitch
ch – Chain stitch
Sc – Single crochet
dc – Double crochet
st – stitch

NOTES:
I used US terms throughout

METHOD:
Flowers (Make 6) –
In gold – Start with a magic circle, sc10 into the mc. Pull tight and join to the first sc with a ss
In cream – join to any stitch.
*sc and dc in the same st, dc and sc in the next st, ss to the 3rd st* this creates your first petal, repeat 4 more times until you have 5 petals.
Join with a ss to the first st.

Ankle straps (make 2)
In cream –
ch25, join with a ss to the 1st st to make toe loop
ch150 then fasten off.
Join at 10th ch from toe loop & ch145. Fasten off, weave in ends and then sew on the flowers using the pictures as a guide but note that they should be on the outer side of the foot.

These are surprisingly comfortable and I know mine will get lots of wear this summer!

Crochet Capped Cardigan

Oooo a little bit of alliteration to start our post off πŸ˜€

I’ve been working on this cardigan pattern on and off for a good few months. It started with my rainbow cardigan which I whipped up in 0-6 months and 6-12 months pretty quickly. Its been a firm favourite and sold well but sadly my little lady is no longer a baby so I wanted to scale it up.


I’ve then been working on sizes up to 6 years in a few varying styles one of which is this simple gold capped sleeve version


I kept it simple as its the last age range 5-6 years and will be perfect for the Tiny Human to wear on this years holiday with her new summer dress. 


I love the little capped sleeves as it can be used as a lightweight cardigan in summer to keep the evening chill off or layered up over a long sleeved top or baby grow to add warmth in winter. 


The pattern just needs a few finishing touches and then it will be available for both the rainbow design and a solid colour.


The only thing left to decide is – do I add a few flowers in blush pinks and creams or not? 

Crochet Bow Clutch

I saw a beautiful mustard clutch on Pinterest while having a browse (aka wasting hours of time I should be spending doing housework and such like), it wasn’t crochet but leather, however I absolutely loved the style so I decided to give it a go at replicating the look with crochet.

I found a stash of some Women’s Institute DK yarn that I picked up from Hobby Craft ages ago but just hasn’t got around to using. It was only 1 ball of acrylic but incredibly soft and silky so I decided this was the perfect use. 

Being the impatient madam I am I jumped straight in and got going. Needless to say this left me waiting around for my zip to arrive in the post. It definitely had to be a nice bold contrasting zip that was added to give the clutch an extra pop and I am really liking the colour mint at the moment! The clutch body and bow work up incredibly quick and I love the ‘knit look’ the bag itself has. 

I ummed and aaaahed about adding a lining but as the stitches are so tight I didn’t bother, it would be super easy to pop one in if you wanted to though.


The pattern is up if you wanted to give it a go. Just click the picture below! (Oooh a little rhyme for you).

And feel free to share any pics of your makes…..

Chester Chick Pattern

I showed you a sneaky peak of Chester in last weeks post but now I am sharing the full pattern so you can all make your very own Chester’s just in time for Easter.

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He is super quick and easy to make, whipping up in a day.

You’ll find the pattern below but there is also a PDF version over on my Etsy page should you want a simpler printable copy πŸ™‚

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MATERIALS:
3.5mm hook
Any DK yarn (I used 1ball of Stylecraft Special DK in Saffron plus a little scrap of Spice for the beak)
9mm safety eyes
Soft toy stuffing
Tapestry needle
Scissors

ABBREVIATIONS:
Ss – slip stitch
Ch- chain
Sc – single crochet
Dec – decrease

NOTES:
I use the invisible decrease method when decreasing. This involves inserting your hook in the front loop only of the first stitch, then insert your hook in the front loop only of the second stitch (so you have both front loops on your hook only) yarn over and pull through both loops then continue stitch as normal.
I am using US Terms throughout so a single crochet is a double for all you UK-ers following along.
You will find your stitch count at the end of each row in brackets.
Your starting chain one on each row does NOT count as your first sc.
We are working in joined rounds so please slip stitch to the first stitch of that round to join before you ch1 and start the next row.

METHOD:

Head –
Start with a magic circle
Sc 6 into the circle and pull the end tightly to close the gap. Ss to the first sc to join this round.
Ch1, sc2 in each st around (12)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (18)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 2 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (24)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 3 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (30)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 4 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (36)
Ch1, sc in each st around (36) repeat this round 5 times
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 5 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (42)
Ch1, sc in each st around (42)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 6 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (48)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 7 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (54)
Ch1, sc in each st around (54) repeat this round 5 times Pop your safety eyes in between rows 17 and 18 approx 10 stitches apart
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 7 st, dec across next 2 st* repeat between * around (48)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 6 st, dec across next 2 st* repeat between * around (42)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 5 st, dec across next 2 st* repeat between * around (36) Stuff the head firmly and continue as you go from this point. When you think you’ve put enough in…add a little more!
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 4 st, dec across next 2 st* repeat between * around (30)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 3 st, dec across next 2 st* repeat between * around (24)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 2 st, dec across next 2 st* repeat between * around (18)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first st, dec across next 2 st* repeat between * around (12)
Ch1, dec around (6) Fasten off yarn and weave in to secure the end and close the hole.

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Body –
Start with a magic circle
Sc 6 into the circle and pull the end tightly to close the gap. Ss to the first sc to join this round.
Ch1, sc2 in each st around (12)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (18)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 2 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (24)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 3 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (30)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 4 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (36)
Ch1, sc in each st around (36)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 4 st, dec across next 2 st* repeat between * around (30)
Ch1, sc in each st around (30)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 3 st, dec across next 2 st* repeat between * around (24)
Ch1, sc in each st around (24)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 2 st, dec across next 2 st* repeat between * around (18)
Stuff firmly!
Fasten off leaving a long tail and sew to the head using the pictures as a guide.

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WINGS (make 2) –
Start with a magic circle
Sc 4 into the circle and pull the end tightly to close the gap. Ss to the first sc to join this round.
Ch1, sc in each st around (4)
Ch1, sc2 in each st around (8)
Ch1, sc in st around (8) repeat this row twice
Ch1, *sc1 in the first st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (12)
Ss into the first 3 st, sc in the next 6, ss in the last 3 and join to the first ss (12)
Fasten off leaving a long tail. flatten the wings placing them as seen in the photos with the longer side at the top and sew to body.

Beak –
Using orange yarn
Ch4, in 2nd ch from hook and across sc (3)
Ch1, sc, Dec across next 2 st (2)
Ch1, Dec across (1)
Ch1, turn and then ss around beak with 3 stitches in each side.
Fasten off leaving a long tail and sew to the head as seen in the photos.

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To make the hair tuft cut 3 strands approx 3-4” long and thread through a stitch at row 5 in the middle and tie on. Using a comb or your hands unravel each strand of yarn and brush out slightly, trim if too long.

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I added the rosy cheeks with a little pink blush but you can also use a pale pink sharpie.
You can also add little raised eyebrows by adding two stitches above each eye as seen in the photos.

Egg (bottom) –
Start with a magic circle
Sc 6 into the circle and pull the end tightly to close the gap. Ss to the first sc to join this round.
Ch1, sc2 in each st around (12)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (18)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 2 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (24)
Ch1, sc in each st around (24)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 3 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (30)
Ch1, sc in each st around (30) repeat this row 3 times Fasten off and weave in end.

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Egg (top) –
Start with a magic circle
Sc 6 into the circle and pull the end tightly to close the gap. Ss to the first sc to join this round.
Ch1, sc2 in each st around (12)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (18)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 2 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (24)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 3 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (30)
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 4 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (36)
Ch1, sc in each st around (36) repeat this round 2 times
Ch1, *sc1 in the first 5 st, sc2 in next st* repeat between * around (42)
Ch1, sc in each st around (42) repeat this row 5 times
Fasten off and weave in end.

Voila you are finished!

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Preparing for Easter

I love Easter and not just because of all the chocolate (although that definitely helps things along!). It’s such a bright colourful time with daffodils and hot cross buns πŸ˜‰ baby animals everywhere and more importantly I get to decorate the twiggy tree with Easter decorations.

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The little madam has had a hand in putting the decorations up this year, so I think we are now a few decorations down and I will find them over the next few weeks in surprising places.

In my Easter excitement I have been whipping up a few crochet patterns, my favourite being this adorable little chick. I have named him Chester!

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The pattern is coming nextΒ week so you can all make your very own Chester’s!

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