Equally Pretty Alpaca Mittens

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. 

1. Chain 42. Hdc into third chain from hook and all chains to end. Ss into the first hdc of the round. (40)

2. Chain 2. Hdc into all stitches.
3. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.
4. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.

Fasten off and change to green yarn.

5. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.
6. Chain 3. 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.
7. 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, but instead of making the final chain 2 and slip stitching to close the round, instead you should stop at the last 2dc. Turn your work.
8. Chain 3, the dc until the first dc of the last row (you should have 38dc stitches).

Fasten off and change to blue yarn.

9. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches to end, then chain 2 and ss into the first dc of the round.
10. Ss across two more dc’s, then chain 3 and dc into the next stitch. *Chain 2 (skip 2) then sc 2 times onto the next 2 stitches*. Repeat to end. Chain 2 more and ss into the first dc stitch.
11. 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. Chain 2 and ss into first dc.
12. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.

Fasten off an change to grey yarn.

13. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.
14. Chain 3. Dc in all stitches around.
15. Chain 3. Sc in all stitches around.
16. Chain 3. Sc in all stitches around.

Finally, for the thumb holes, gind the hole in the side of the mitten from row 7 to 11. Attatch yarn and Sc twice into each dc post around for 20 Sc. Ss into the first. Cjain 1 and then complete another row of 20 Sc. Fasten off and weave in all ends. Then you are done!

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

 

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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. 

Chevron Waves Hat

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

1. Chain 94. Turn.

2. Hdc into the next ch from the hook, Skip 1 *Hdc into the next 4 chains. 3Hdc into the next chain, Hdc into next 4ch. Skip 1* repeat until you have just 2 chains remaining. Skip 1 and Hdc into the last chain. Ch1. Turn.

3. Hdc into the first stitch. Skip 1.  *Hdc into the next 4 stitches. 3Hdc into the next stitch, Hdc into next 4 stitches. Skip 2* repeat until you habe just 2 stitches remaining. Skip 1 and Hdc into the last chain. Ch1. Turn.

Repeat row 3 x 16 times.

You will now have a rectangle of wavy stitch. Put this to the side. We will now work on the brim of the hat. 

1. Ch 81. Turn.

2. Hdc into the next chain from the hook then in all chains to the end. Repeat this 4 times so you have 4 rows of Hdc. At the end of the 4th row, ch3 and turn.

3. Dc into the next stitch and all stitches to end. Repeat this step 3 times. Fasten off leaving a long tail on the end for assembly purposes. 

Fold the rectangular brim in half and pin it in place along the bottom edge of the wavy rectangle. Take the long end of the brim tail and sew along the top edge to fasten both sides of the fold togrther with the bottom edge of the wavy rectangle securely sandwiched inbetween. Once this is done, sew up the back of the hat. You ahould now habe a tube. To seal off the top of the hat, take a length of matching thread and sew it into the top 3 stitches of each peak in the wavy pattern. Then pull tightly so that all of the peeks meet and tie off to secure. Finally, make a large pom pom out of the remaining yarn and secure to the hat using the taild of the thread used to tie the center of the pom pom. 

Chevron Infinity Scarf Pattern

How are we all! 

I am popping in today to share with you a new pattern. Yippee! I love chevrons, they seem to be really on trend at the mo. So I made this very simple Chevron Infinity Scarf.

I crocheted it in Drops Alaska. It took approximately 1 ball of each. I used a size 5.5mm hook.

Here is the pattern. 

1. Ch 36, then turn.

2. Hdc into the second chain from the hook. Skip a chain, then Hdc into each of the next 15 chains. Hdc 3 times into the next ch then Hdc into the next 15. Skip 1 then Hdc into the final chain. Ch 1, then turn.

3. Hdc into the first stitch, skip 1, then Hdc into the next 15. Hdc 3 times into thr next stitch, at the peak of the chevron, then hdc into the next 15. Skip 1, and Hdc into thr final stitch. Ch1 then turn.

4. From now on we continue row 3. You can change your yarn colours as little or as often as you like. I chose to work in a repeating pattern of 3 rows of hdc in red blue or pink, change colour, 1 row of hdc in cream. Whatever repeat pattern you choose make sure it fits into 42 rows. 

Once you have completed the 42nd and final row, line up both ends and slip stitch through each stitch to close up the ends. 

Now sew in your ends amd you are finished.

I found in the end that drops alaska whilst pretty was a little itchy being made of wool. So I gave it a good old soak in hair conditioner. That seemed to do the trick nicely. 

A Lovely Meshy Shawl

I recently was looking over blog posts and saw Quiet Water Crafts WIP post about a wonderful scarf she was making using Caron Cakes.

It really inspired me to whack out one of my remaining Caron Cakes and get crocheting. This is what I came up with.

Firstly, I have to say, I really love the colour combo. The rainbow sprinkles Caron Cakes I used on Harleys baby blanket back in April was lovely, but unfortunately as it is a mixture of colours there are quite a lot of muddy bits where the dye has bled together. This isn’t the case with this colourway. Its a lot crisper. 

Anyways, Here is the pattern. Enjoy!

Row 1. Into a Magic Loop, Ch3 for the first Dc, then Dc once, chain 3, then Dc twice.

Row 2. Ch 3, then Dc into the same stitch. Dc once into the rest of the stitches in the row, until you reach the chain 3 space, where you shoud Dc twice, Chain 3, and Dc twice more. Continue with a single Dc in each stitch, until you reach the final stitch, where you should Dc twice into the same stitch. 

Row 3 and 4. Repeat Row 2. 

Row 5. Ch 1. Sc into the same space. *Chain 4, Skip 2 then Sc into the next stitch*. Repeat until you reach the chain 3 space, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 3 space again, before continuing to chain 4 then skip 2 then Sc into the next Stitch. 

Row 6. Chain 5. Sc into the first Ch 4 space. *Ch 4 then Sc into next chain 4 space*. Repeat until you reach the chain 4 space at the corner of the work, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 4 corner space again, before continuing to chain 4 then Sc into the next Ch 4 space. When you get to the final Chain 4 space, Ch 2 then Dc into the first Sc of the previous row. 

If it helps you to understand the mesh pattern, I used this diagram to understand what to do, particularly when reaching the ends of the row. Obviously, I modified the number of stitches but you get the gist. Hopefully it helps you too.

This is not my image, I found it with many other very useful stitch diagrams over at Erga Handmade. Go and check them out!

Row 7. Ch 1. Sc into the same space. *Chain 4, then Sc into the next Ch 4 space*. Repeat until you reach the chain 3 space, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 3 space again, before continuing to chain 4 then Sc into the next Ch 4 space. 

Row 8. Chain 5. Sc into the first Ch 4 space. *Ch 4 then Sc into next chain 4 space*. Repeat until you reach the chain 4 space at the corner of the work, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 4 corner space again, before continuing to chain 4 then Sc into the next Ch 4 space. When you get to the final Chain 4 space, Ch 2 then Dc into the first Sc of the previous row. 

Row 9. Now we need to create the foundation for the next row of Dc. To do this we repeat row 7, but instead of chaining 4, we chain 3. 

Row 10. To create the first row of Dc, Chain 3 and Dc into the first stitch, then Dc 3 into each Chain 3 space and once into each Sc. Continue this pattern until you reach the corner chain, where you should Dc twice, Chain 3, and Dc twice more. Continue to Dc once into each Sc amd 3 times into each 3 Chain space. In the final Sc of the row, Dc twice. 

Row 11 to 13. Follow Row 2.

Row 14 to 18. Follow Row 5 to 9.

Row 19 to 22. Follow Row 10 to 13.

Row 23 to 27. Follow Row 5 to 9.

Row 28 to 31. Follow Row 10 to 13.

Row 32 to 43. Repeat Row 5 to 8 three times.

Row 44. Follow Row 9.

Row 45. Sc into the first stitch, then Sc once into every Sc stitch and Sc twice into each Chain 3 space, until you reach the corner, where you should Sc 4 times into the chain 3 corner space. Continue to Sc once into every Sc stitch and Sc twice into each Chain 3 space to the end. 

Row 46. Sc into the first stitch, Chain 7, then skip a stitch and Sc into the next stitch. Repeat to end to create the final round. 

Fasten off and sew in the ends.

And there you have it! One lovely Caron Cakes shawl! Enjoy! And remember to send me a pic if you give it a go! 

Tiny Octopus Pattern

Another Octopus.

When I finished the preemie octopus, my cat was enamoured with it – particularly the tentacles. So I thought I would knock up a little one for her to keep.

Unfortunately, due to my own tirednsss (it was 3am on a night shift and I had a mega migrane) my Octopus only has 7 tentacles so it is more like a Septopus… oh well. My cat cant count so she wont care!

Anyways, here is the pattern.

Round 1. Start by crocheting 8 singles into a Magic Circle. Ss into the first single to close the round.

Round 2. Chain 1, then Sc twice into each stitch. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (16)

Round 3. Chain 1, then Sc twice into the first stitch and once into the second stitch. Repeat to end. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (24)

Round 4 to round 9. Chain 1, then Sc into each stitch once. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (24)

Round 10. Chain 1. SC2tog then Sc in the next stitch. Repeat to end. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (16)

Round 11 to round 13. Chain 1, then Sc into each stitch once. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (16)

Embroider on a face.

Now we make the tentacles.

Round 14. Ss into the front loop only. Chain 21. In the 2nd chain from the hook, and every other chain until to you reach the end, Sc 2 times. This will create the spiral of the tentacles. When you have reached the end (you should have done around 40) Ss into the front loop only of the next stitch. You should then repeat this 7 more times to create all 8 tentacles. 

Stuff the octopus.

Round 15. Sc2tog 8 times. Ss into first stitch to finish round. (8) 

Round 16. Sc2tog 4 times. Ss into first stitch to finish round. (4)

Preemie Octopus Pattern

I have a new pattern for you! How exciting. 

I am really proud of it. You can make cute toys for family or friends and they are perfect as donations to baby units! Dont you just love the way the pastel colours have panned out. I love the subtle varigation which is so difficult to acheive in crochet and I love how each tentacle is a different colour. For those of you who would like to know, this is just the standard baby yarn from poundland! It us very soft and the varigation is lovely. Anyways, time for the pattern!
I will put the number of stitches you should have at the end of each round in brackets. 

Round 1. Start by crocheting 8 singles into a Magic Circle. Ss into the first single to close the round.

Round 2. Chain 1, then Sc twice into each stitch. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (16)

Round 3. Chain 1, then Sc twice into the first stitch and once into the second stitch. Repeat to end. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (24)

Round 4. Chain 1, then Sc twice into the first stitch and once into the next 2 stitches stitch. Repeat to end. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (32)

Round 5. Chain 1, then Sc twice into the first stitch and once into the next 3 stitches stitch. Repeat to end. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (40)

Round 6. Chain 1, then Sc twice into the first stitch and once into the next 4 stitches stitch. Repeat to end. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (48)

Round 7 to round 15. Chain 1, then Sc into each stitch once. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (48)

Round 16. Chain 1. SC2tog then Sc in the next 4 stitches. Repeat to end. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (40)

Round 17 to round 22. Chain 1, then Sc into each stitch once. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (40)

Round 23. SC2tog then Sc in the next 3 stitches. Repeat to end. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (32)

Round 24 to Round 26. Chain 1, then Sc into each stitch once. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (32)

*If you want to add eyes or even a face, you should do this part now. I just embroidered some eyes and a smile on.

Round 27. SC2tog then Sc in the next 2 stitches. Repeat to end. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (24)

Round 28. SC2tog then Sc in the next stitch. Repeat to end. Ss into the first single to finish the round. (16)

Now we make the tentacles.

Round 29. Sc into the front loop only. Chain 33. In the 4th chain from the hook, and every other chain until to you reach the end, Dc 3 times. This will create the spiral of the tentacles. When you have reached the end (you should have done around 90) Sc into the front loop only of the next stitch. You should then repeat this 7 more times to create all 8 tentacles. 

Round 30. Sc into the back loops of round 28. Ss into first stitch to finish round. (16)

At this point you should stuff the octopus to make him/her as plump as you like. 

Round 31. Sc2tog 8 times. Ss into first stitch to finish round. (8) 

Round 32. Sc2tog 4 times. Ss into first stitch to finish round. (4)

To finish, cut the yarn and sew up the final tiny gap to seal the octopus.

Stand back and admire your handy work.