Pretty Alpaca Hat

Finally, I am getting around to publishing this pattern. 

I made this hat using Drops Alpaca – The colour choice was dictated by what was lying around in my stash. You may remember that last christmas I made a hat for my brother in law to be for. If not you can find it here. I used the yarn leftover from that project to create this.

I think this hat is perfect for men and women so would make a great gift. Anyways, here is the pattern:

For these mittens you should hold 2 strands together whilst working. For the whole set you need 2 balls of each colour. 

At the end of each round, Ss into 1st dc stitch of the round then chain 3 (does not count as a dc)

1. Dc 12 into a magic circle. (12)
2. In the next round, dc twice in to each space. (24)
3. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next. Repeat. (36)
4. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 2. Repeat. (48)
5. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 3. Repeat. (60)
6. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 4. Repeat. (72)
7. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 5. Repeat. (84)
8. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 6. Repeat. (96)
9. In the next round, dc twice into the first stitch then once into the next 7. Repeat. (108) Fasten off.

Attatch green yarn.

10. Dc in all stitches around.
11. Dc in first stitch, *chain 2 (skip 2) and dc in the next 2*. Repeat until you reach the last ch 2, skip 2 then sc in the last stitxh of the round. Ss into first dc.
12. For the next round ss across the dc to the first ch2 space, then chain 3 and dc onto the ch 2 space. *Chain 2 then sc 2 times onto the next ch 2 space*. Repeat to end, ch 2 one last time and ss into first stitch of the round.
13. Dc in all stitches around and twice into each chain 2 space. (108) Fasten off.

Attatch blue yarn.

14. Dc in all stitches around.
15. Dc in first stitch, *chain 2 (skip 2) and dc in the next 2*. Repeat until you reach the last ch 2, skip 2 then sc in the last stitch of the round. Ss into first dc.
16. For the next round ss across the dc to the first ch2 space, then chain 3 and dc onto the ch 2 space. *Chain 2 then sc 2 times onto the next ch 2 space*. Repeat to end, ch 2 one last time and ss into first stitch of the round.
17. Dc in all stitches around and twice into each chain 2 space. (108) Fasten off.

Attatch grey yarn.

18. In the next round, dc2tog then dc once into the next 7. Repeat. (108)
19. In the next round, dc2tog then dc once into the next 6. Repeat. (96)
20. Dc in all stitches around. (96)
21. Sc in all stitches around. (96)

Fasten off and sew in ends.

Keep your eyes peeled for matching mittens!

Once again, For these mittens you should hold 2 strands together whilst working. For the whole set you need 2 balls of each colour. 

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WIP Wednesday (22/11/17)

What a great week! I Have been super productive since my last post! 

I managed to complete the base of my gingerbread wreath. I used up 3 entire balls of Scheepjes Catona. I had to add a few more rows to the original 60 as I accidentally bough a 30cm ring instead of a 25cm. It took a lot of hard grafting to stretch it around the wreath and sew it up but I managed it. Now I am working on the decoration part, which should be a lot quicker and less boring. 

I have finally hit the halfway mark on the mystery project. I am well off where I should be on my previous projection (whereby I had decided to work 4 squares a week and be able to start werig it all together by early december) but I am making progress so that is still good! 

And I have made quite a bit more progress of my mustard jumper. I have pretty much finished the main body parts (just 2 more rows to go) so now I just have tp sew them together and make the neck line and sleeves.

The scarf hasnt grown but its not a priority so I am not thinking of it at the mo. 

A Very Pinterest Christmas Week 6 – Fun with Felt

For week 6 of my Very Pinterest Christmas was inspired by this tutorial from The Things She Makes. 

And here is my attempt:

I think they are very sweet – it took me a few goes to grt the shaping right (some of them are more like blobs than spheres) but I did manage to work it out in the end. 

As I had the blue gun and felt out, I also made these:

I cut out the tree shapes using my die cutter then painted on them with silver fabric paint. I then glued up the edges and stuffed them with fibrefill before sealing up the bottom edge.

I cant wait to see how they look on the tree!

A note for the wise though. Please be careful when weilding your glue gun. We have all had invidents with the glue its self, but usually that doesnt cause too much trouble. However, I as being careless and accidentally caught my wrist on the metal tip of the gun and boy did it hurt! Stung for ages afterwards and bexause it was on the part of my wrist where it creases when you move your hand, it was hard to keep it still which meant more pain and less crocheting for a bit. Not fun at all! So beware! Make sure you are paying attention to your gun!

A Very Pinterest Christmas Week 5 – Sugar and Spice

Gosh I do apologise. I have got really behind on posting. I have been busy making but forgetting to post! I dont know what I habe been busy with. I guess the pile of crochrting I need to get done for christmas. Anyways, this weekend I will post 2 for you. For week 5, I made this yummy spice mix.

I followed the recipe from Savory Nothings. You can find it here

It is super yummy and so super simple. I mixed a spoonful into a pint of apple cider and it was devine. I can see how this would be a wonderful gift if you were in the mind to make gifts this year. Give it a go – you wont regret it. 

WIP Wednesday (09/11/17)

Hello all. Time for another WIP wednesday.

I finished the mittens to go with the hat. I have just finished writing up the patterns so I shouldnt be far off publishing.

I am no further along on the scarf – I am not too worried about it though as other projects are taking priority.

Those projects are the continuation of my partners christmas gifts and starting on a christmas wreath. I am still super behind on the myatery project but I am getting there. I am covering holiday in reception today and friday so hopefully it will be a quiet one and I will be able to get some quality crochet time in. I hope to get to the 50% point by the end of my shift on friday night. 

The wreath is just beginning so its nor terribly interesting right now but here it is anyway.

Once complete it will look something like this.

It is a pattern from one of last years christmas editions of Simply Crochet Magazine. The base of the wreath is done with three strands held together so its working up christmas. And its in cotton so is lively to work with. This is my home time project (since I cant crochet chris’ Christmas gift in front of him).

Am i the only one that is now starting to panic a bit – all the farmiliar reminders of christmas are creeping in, the christmas cups in the coffee shops, the first christmas advert of the season, the cristmas lights erected in the town center awaiting their switch on date, and of course the sudden drop in temperature that we have had this last week. And I am still nowhere near ready! Better get a mooch on eh!

A Very Pinterest Christmas Week 4 – Pom Poms

I apologise for the lateness of this post – I was working nights last weekend so forgot to post. 

This post contains many pom poms! Many MANY pom poms. However it didnt start that way! 

I originally had intended to make crayon galaxy baubles. This was my inspiration.

Arent they gorgeous? You can find the tutorial here

Unfortunately, what I produced was something so ugly I was too upset to take a photo – I just threw them straight away into the bin. I dont know what went wrong. I tried both large chunks right down to tiny shavings, I tried different methods of applying heat but I just couldnt get it to work. Perhaps it was the brand of crayon, or perhaps it really is crucial to use glass (I have a cat so had elected for plastic as it was much more kitty friendly). Anyways, 

So here I had half a pack of clear plastic baubles. Then I remembered a cute pic I had seen on pinterest using pom poms. 

I am sure you dont need a tutorial but here is the source of the image. 

These are mine. Its not terribly crafty but I still like them. 

But then I had rather a large amount of pom poms left over. But what I didnt have was a tree topper. So I knocked this up.

So there you are, lots of pom pom goodness for you. 

If you have given the crayon thing a go, what tips would you give. What could I be doing wrong? Let me know, and If you have made them feel free to share pics or posts with me! 

Tasty Choccy Orange Fudge Cake

Just poppin in to share with you a cake I made a couple of weeks ago as A gift for my partner for our anniversary.

It is a modified version of Mary Berrys Chocolate Fudge Cake, which you can find here

Here are the modifications I made:

1. I used the juice of 1 orange in the cake. I countered this by reducing the amount of milk in the recipe. 

2. I used smooth orange marmalade instead of apricot jam. 

3. I decorated with Terrys Choc Orange pieces – 1 bag contains plenty to decorate the cake and give yourself a reward for a job well done!

I love chocolate fudge cake and love to make little tweaks – what suggestions do you have?