My Mackinack

I made a thing!

Its somewhat of an acheivement for me. From yarn purchase to completion only took 7 days! Almost all yarn I but sits in my stash for ages so I am pleased with this! 

Its also an acheivement as I hate working with black yarn, so to finish it was quite good. 

I appreciate that the photos dont really capture the texture. It is really hard to see the detail on black yarn but beleive me when I say it is lovely. 

This is the Mackinack beanie by The Unravelled Mitten. You can find it here

There are only two things I would tell you if you want to have a go. The pattern says 200 to 225 yards. I used Novita 7 Brothers, which has 218 yards to a ball and I had loads left, so I dont think you need as muxh yarn as the pattern suggests. The other note I would make is that the starting chain is that the band is a little tight on mine – the actual stitches are fine but the foundation chain is too tight – so if I were to make it again I would go up a hook size to loosen the chain. 

Sunny Face Pads

Another set of facepads for you today, this time with a sunny feel.

And for these ones, I have a pattern to share. 

This pattern is worked in a spiral.
Instructions

R1. Sc 6 times into a Magic Circle. (6)

R2. Sc twice into each stitch of the previous round. (12)

R3. 2Sc in 1st stitch. 1sc in next. Repeat 5 more times. (18)

R4. 2Sc in 1st stitch. 1sc in next 2. Repeat 5 more times. (24)

R5. 2Sc in 1st stitch. 1sc in next 3. Repeat 5 more times. (30)

R6. 2Sc in 1st stitch. 1sc in next 4. Repeat 5 more times. (36)

R7. 2Sc in 1st stitch. 1sc in next 5. Repeat 5 more times. (42)

R8. 2Sc in 1st stitch. 1sc in next 6. Repeat 5 more times. (48)

R9. 2Sc in 1st stitch. 1sc in next 7. Repeat 5 more times. (54)

R10. 2Sc in 1st stitch. 1sc in next 8. Repeat 5 more times. (60) slip stitch to finish the round.

Now to create the suns rays:

R11. Chain 4. Sc into 2nd chain from hook, hdc into next and dc into next. Skip 1 stitch and slip stitch into next. Repeat until end. 
And there you have it. You very own crochet facepads. Perfect for gifting with some sunny soap or just for brightening up your own morning routine. 

Hand Made Wash Cloths

Hello all. You will have already seen these wash cloths if you saw my end of January post. I got very annoyed when I couldnt find any flanels in my local shops, so I decided to make my own. Well finally, I am here to share the patterns with you!

Th first is this star stitch flannel.

Pattern

Chain 35.

Row 1. Pull up a loop from the 2nd, 3rd, 4th 5th and 6th chain from the hook, then yarn over one more time and pull the final loop through all loops on the hook. *Chain 1. Now draw up a loop from the space made by the chain 1, the final post of the previous star, into the chain at the bottom of the final star and then the next 2 chains. Yarn over once more and pull through all loops on the hook.* repeat until you have just 1 more chain remaining. HDC once more into the final chain. Turn your work.

Row 2. Chain 2, HDC once into the top of the HDC from the previous row then twice into each chain 1 space. When you reach the end of the row, HDC once into the top of the first stitch of round 1. Turn your work.

Row 3. Chain 3. Pull up a loop from the 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook then into the stitch at the base of the chain 3 and the next 2 stitches of the previous row, then yarn over one more time and pull the final loop through all loops on the hook. *Chain 1. Now draw up a loop from the space made by the chain 1, the final post of the previous star, into the chain at the bottom of the final star and then the next 2 chains. Yarn over once more and pull through all loops on the hook.* repeat until you have just 1 more chain remaining. HDC once more into the final chain. Turn your work.

Row 4. Chain 2, HDC once into the top of the HDC from the previous row then twice into each chain 1 space. When you reach the end of the row, HDC once into the top of the first stitch of round 1. Turn your work.

Row 5 to 18, repeat row 3 and 4 7 more times.

To finish, complete a round of SC around the edge of your square, comprising of 32 stitches per side plus 3 in each corner. Ss from the final SC into the first SC. Fasten off and sew in ends.

The second is this cluster stitch face scrubbie.

Pattern

Round 1. Into a Magic Circle, Chain 3 then DC 11 times (for 12 posts in total). SS into the top of the first post.

Round 2. Chain 3, then DC 4 more times into the first stitch. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the chain 3. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the chain. Chain 1. In the next stitch, *DC 5 times. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the first of the five DC stitches. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the first DC. Chain 1.* Repeat 10 more times for 12 clusters. SS into the top of the first cluster and again to the first chain 1 space.

Round 3. Chain 3, then DC 4 more times into the first chain 1 space. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the chain 3. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the chain. Chain 1. In the same chain 1 space, *DC 5 times. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the first of the five DC stitches. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the first DC. Chain 1*. Repeat 22 more times for 24 clusters. You should have 2 clusters of 5 DC in each of the chain 1 spaces. SS into the top of the first cluster and again to the first chain 1 space.

Round 4. For the final round, chain 1, then SC twice into each chain 1 space until you reach the end or the round. SS into the first SC, fasten off and weave in ends.

The third is this bobble stitch scrubbie.

Pattern

Round 1. Into a Magic Circle, Chain 3 then DC 11 times (for 12 posts in total). SS into the top of the first post.

Round 2. Chain 1 then SC into the first stitch. Chain 1. In the second stitch, complete a bobble stitch. (DC 5 times into the stitch, but instead of pulling through twice, just pull through the first time and leave the loop on the hook. Once you have worked 5 stitches like this, yarn over once more and pull through to create 1 bobble). Cain 1. SC into the next stitch, Chain 1, then bobble again. Repeat this around until you have 6 bobbles and 6 single crochets. Chain 1 then SS into the first SC.

Round 3. Chain 1, then SC twice into each SC and twice into each Chain 1 space. SS from the last to the first sc of the row.

Round 4. Chain 1 and SC twice into each of the first 2 stitches. Bobble stitch. Sc twice into the next 2 stitches. Bobble. Repeat to end of round.

Round 5. Chain 1. SC once into each sc and into the top of each bobble. SS into the top of the first SC to finish round.

Round 6. Chain 1. SC once into each stitch to end. SS into the top of the first SC to finish round. Fasten off and sew in ends.

And there we are. 3 wash clothes. Work them in 100% cotton to create a lovely set that can be washed over and over again.

I think I will make a couple of sets of these amd pair them with some handmade soap for some cute christmas presents.

A Year in Crochet (2017 Edition)

So, as is customary at this time of year, I though a bit of reflection was in order. Sometimes its good to take stock of what you habe acheived. The first reflection is of my crocheting over the year. 

My first completed project of 2017 was this dinosaur scoodie. I actually started this back in august 2015 so was very pleased to complete it finally. I gifted it to my cousin for his 10th birthday – and according to his mum he loved it – he couldn’t wait to get to school to show his mates!

Then there are these cute little book marks I made back in February. You can find the patterns here and here

The next project I completed was my Christmas GSE blanket. Another one that had been on the pile for a while – Since april of 2015. But I stitched the last stitch and sewed in the last end of March 2017.

Then it was time for a little pile of baby gifts. A rainbow blanket for little baby Harley, and a fluffy blanket and matching hat for little baby Elkhana. I finished these all in April of 2017.

I then made these adorable sandles to take with me on my holidays back in May. 

I then got on with a couple of blankets for battersea dog and cat home, also both finished in May.

I then moved on to this Ami Octo. Completed in July. You can find the pattern here

And another doggy blanket also completed in July.

As well as this tiny octo, crocheted at thr request of my kitty. You can find the pattern here

I then made my first ever Shawl. This lovely shawl was madd with another of my Caron Cakes. You can find the pattern here. I finished this is August.

I then moved onto this lovely matching hat and scarf combo. You can find the patterns here and here.

I also started chipping away at my pile of little projects free from the front of my Simply Crochet magazines. I love the little cactus the most!

I then didnt finish anything for a while. I started on a few larger projects. The next thing I finished was this hat and mitten set, just in time for bonfire night. You can find the patterns here and here

Then there are the things I am working on still. These three I hope to have completed by the end of the year. A wreath, A Jumper and My Last Dance on the Beach Blanket. 



Equally Pretty Alpaca Mittens

I have now retired this pattern so have removed the pattern from the post. This post remains only to remind me how far I have come in the world of crochet and to keep the photographs of what I have made.

As promised here is the pattern for the matching mittens to the hat I published last week.

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

These mittens are super warm. I wore the set for bonfire night this year and they were lovely and snuggly! You can find the pattern for the matching hat here.

 

Pretty Alpaca Hat

I have now retired this pattern so have removed the pattern from the post. This post remains only to remind me how far I have come in the world of crochet and to keep the photographs of what I have made.

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

Keep your eyes peeled for matching mittens!

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

Chevron Waves Hat

I have now retired this pattern so have removed the pattern from the post. This post remains only to remind me how far I have come in the world of crochet and to keep the photographs of what I have made.

So recently I shared with you a simple chevron infinity scarf pattern. On the night when I finished this I still had plenty of yarn left over and so I decided to make a matching hat. To go with it. Here is the pattern.