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)

What A Haul

Uh oh. I might have bought more yarn…

Wool Warehouse are having another sale, and this time it is Drops Cotton yarn. You already know I love Drops, so it will come as no surprise to you that I went a bit mad…
There are 45 balls of yarn in total. Thats 2 and a quarter kg, or or 4 km of yarn.

I have 25 balls of Muskat

And 20 balls of Paris.

I plan to make garments with them. Maybe a skirt whith the purple Muskat and a cardi with the yellow Paris.

WIP Wednesday (26/07/17)

This week, I Have started working on a scarfy snood type thing!

I have completed 15 rows so far. Its working up lovely and quick as it is a chunky yarn (Drops Alaska). And I love the colours together too. I loved the way they looked together in my basket and I love the way they look together in person even more!

My favourite thing though is how the simple hdc stitches create a sort of rib along the chevrons, and depending on which way around you look at the work you get one rib in the middle or 2 along the edge. Just a lovely bit of unexpected  texture! Dont you just love it when a simple stitch surprises you with a little bonus?

Battersea Doggy Blanket 3

Yahoooo! This one has by far taken me the longest, but isnt it pretty!

Here is a close up:

I am really pleased with myself for learning a new stitch. It just has such a lovely texture. 

Max seemed to think so too – the second I lay it down on the floor to photograph she just had to come and have a roll around on it! Typical kitty eh!

Anyways, I think I may take a break from charity projects for a bit. I think its time to make myself something, but I have many ideas for charity things so I am sure it wont be long until I crank out another charity project! 

Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffins

I love lemon and poppy seed and thought this was a perfect opportunity to indulge myself!

Ingredients:

200g Self Raising Flour

100g Golden Caster Sugar

1 Egg

120ml Milk

50ml Oil

30ml Lemon Juice

40g Poppy Seed

Method:

Preheat the oven to gas mark 6. 

Place all of the dry ingredients in one bowl (except the poppy seeds) and all of the wet ingredients in another. 
Whisk the wet ingredients together and stir the dry ingredients together.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients a little at a time and stir until smooth. 

Add in the poppy seeds.

Spoon into your muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes.
Enjoy!

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. 

WIP Wednesday (18/07/17)

OMG! I DID IT! FINALLY! I GOT IT TOGETHER TO POST MY WIP WEDNESDAY ON A WEDNESDAY! 

I am very pleased to tell you this wednesday that I have finished the purple and pink doggy blanket (a post will be posted this week about it once I have sewn in all of the ends. 

And the preemie octopus is just 12 stitches and some stuffing away from completion! 

Yaaaay! I dont know what I want to make next. Any suggestions?