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 ombrΓ© 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 OmbrΓ© 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! πŸ˜‰

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 ombrΓ© 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 that’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 😱.

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.

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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.

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he 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.

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he 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.

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he 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.

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finished her off with her own longer set of antennae.

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‘m quite pleased with how these guys turned out.

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

The C2C Craze

I’m always the last to the party when it comes to whats trending and popular. Maybe its the rebellious streak in me or maybe I just have my head in the clouds and it completely passes me by, either way it has meant that I am massively late in jumping on the corner to corner crochet bandwagon.
I gave it a go a while back (I think last Christmas) and I just didn’t really get the hype. Fast forward a year however and oh how I understand. I’m not sure whats caused this complete U-turn but whatever it is I am glad.

I decided I really wanted to make a baby blanket ready for Christmas and I knew I wanted it to feature a reindeer, that left me two options; tapestry crochet or C2C. Strangely enough I opted for C2C. I think the difference this time was I designed my own graph and actually took the time to work up a little swatch with the yarn and hook I planned to use to see how many ‘squares’ my blanket would need to be to reach the right size. I also very much stuck to the bobbin method, this is where little balls of the colours you are using are wound round bobbins (or in my lazy case stitch markers!) as you can see in the photo below. This meant I didn’t have to carry my yarn underneath other colours all the time which is absolutely hate as it always peaks through.

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Anyway back to the reindeer. Chart complete and bobbins in play I set about corner to cornering. Loved it! The blanket worked up so quickly and the effect was really impressive… a nice clear reindeer image.

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I deliberated for ages over the border but in the end I settled on keeping it simple and letting the main picture do all the talking.

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Well and truly bitten by the C2C bug it wasn’t long before I was off making a new design, and this one really is my all time favourite.
I went for a non obvious penguin as I wanted this one to be more wintery and not just a Christmas blanket.

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This time I did get all fancy with the border and I have done the candy cane border all the way around in white and blue.

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It finishes it off perfectly and I love the sleepy little penguins expression.

Both of these blankets have been added to the Christmas 2017 range and are available to buy in VERY limited quantities. I will only be offering 2 slots for each blanket! You can find the Reindeer here and the Penguin here.

I might already be beavering away on another new design but that one is being kept under wraps for now πŸ˜‰

Miss B Signature

Sea Mist Cowl

You may have gathered from my last post that I am a big fan of the KnitCraft Funky Chunky yarn from Hobby Craft πŸ™‚ so much so that I couldn’t just buy one colourway when I was in there getting the fab mixed balls for my Sunset Socks, oh no! I also picked up the gorgeous blue colourway.

After the success of the socks I was very keen to whip up another quick and easy project, something you can start and finish in an evening with a cup of tea. I’m a big fan of instant gratification so I like quick projects to pop in between my bigger W.I.P’s and keep me motivated.

I only had 2 balls so it ruled out a lot of projects and I eventually settled on a cowl, winter is coming (as we keep being told in GOT) and everyone needs handmade knitwear in the wardrobe over the colder months.

I opted to use the V stitch as it is one of my absolute favourites for being both quick and giving a really nice design to the rows.

I’ve popped the FREE pattern below for you so you can all give it a go yourself. Remember to tag me over on Instagram if you make this so I can see your wonderful versions.
Mine is still awaiting a nice big rustic button to finish it off but the possibilities are endless.

NOTES:
I use US terms (Sorweee, I was taught in US terms and they just stick!) so for all my fellow UK-ers its a Treble crochet (Tr) I’m using instead of a double crochet (dc)

MATERIALS:
10mm crochet hook
2x Funky Chunky in Turquoise
Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Buttons or other embellishments (optional)

METHOD:

  1. Ch63, dc in the 4th from the hook, ch1 and dc in the same st,
    *skip 2 stitches and complete another V stitch in the 3rd (dc, ch1, dc)* repeat to the end and then pop a dc in the last st
  2. Ch3, turn, work a V stitch in each ch1 gap from the pervious round until the end, finish with a dc in the top of your starting ch3
  3. Repeat Row 2 four more times. Fasten off but don’t cut your tail.
    This should leave you with just enough yarn to put the two short ends together and either whip stitch or slip stitch the two edges together to make a cowl

Add any embellishments you might fancy and you’re all done!

 

Sunset Slipper Socks

I had a major impulse buying session in my local Hobby Craft a while ago and snapped up some of their brand new Funky Chunky yarn. It’s absolutely gorgeous, really soft, chunky and has a fab texture.

I went for a couple of balls of blue and a couple of this awesome mixed colourway.

Sadly I then had to leave them sat on the shelf for ages as I had orders to crack on with but finally I just had time for a quick pallet cleanser project. I’d originally planned to make a scarf but all of a sudden I was taken by an urge to make some super snuggly slipper socks.

These socks are unbelievable cosy and ideal for keeping your feet warm on a cold night.

It took 3 balls of Funky Chunky for a pair and the pattern is easily adapted for bigger or smaller feet.

I also added little rubbery dots onto the bottom of them to make them proper slipper socks and stop me flying across the kitchen when I walk in there.

I’ve popped the pattern below for you if you fancy making your own. They would make fantastic presents for Christmas πŸ˜‰

MATERIALS:
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3 balls of Hobby Craft Funky Chunky
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Non slip latex paint (optional)

METHOD:
Ch6
* Sc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in the next 3st’s. 3sc in the last st.
Working down the other side of the ch; sc in the next 3 st’s and end with 2sc in the last st. Ss to first sc to join (12)
* ch1 turn, 2sc in the next 2st’s, 1sc in the next 3, 2sc in next 3, 1sc in next 3, 2sc in last st. Ss to first sc to join (18)
*ch1 turn, sc around (18)
* sc around (18) repeat 10 times in total
At this point you can do more or less rounds of the above row to make your slipper longer or shorter. Mine is made to fit a size 6.
*Foundation sc x8, skip 8st’s from row below and join with a ss to the 9th. 1sc in the next 8st’s. Ss to first foundation sc to join (18)
* sc around (18) repeat 9 times in total
* sc in first 2st, inc in 3rd. Repeat 6 times (24)
* sc around (24) repeat 6 times in total
Again do more or less rows here for a shorter or longer leg.

HEEL
* Turn the sock inside out and join to the first foundation sc, ch1 and then sc 16 around evenly. Join with a ss to your first sc. (16)
* sc 6 and then Dec. Repeat twice (14)
* sc 5 and then Dec. Repeat twice (12)
* sc 4 and then Dec. Repeat twice (10)
Fasten off and then sew the hole left closed. I went in and out of each st around and pulled tight to close.
Weave in all ends and you’re done.

At this point I took my oh so fabulous latex paint and popped little dots over the sole of the slipper and put them somewhere safe to dry. You can buy the paint in pretty much every colour of the rainbow and I got mine from here.

Make sure you tag me over on Instagram if you make these as I’d love to see your versions.

I’m thinking the addition of a big button or even some Pom-poms on the outer upper cuff would look great! πŸ˜‰