Gifts, Gifts and More Gifts

I’ve been quite restrained this year and kept the handmade gifts to a minimum…for me anyway.
There are a couple of crochet gifts hiding under the tree but other than that I’ve shopped elsewhere, mostly from other small businesses where I can though.
I couldnt resist however turning to my trusty hook for the tiiny humans teacher Christmas gifts. She has 2 teachers who cover her class and also 2 teaching assistants that work with her so 4 gifts meant it could get pretty costly if I wasnt careful.

When I need some inspiration I like to scan through Pinterest. Not specifically looking at crochet, I tend to browse all the categories and just wait for inspiration to strike. While scanning through hoping for something to come to me I spotted the fab reindeer cup cosy by Haakmaarraak, Kirsten really does make the best coy patterns and so I settled on a variation of this cosy for the teacher gifts.

The mugs are some plain white porcelain but they were thinner and taller than the ones from Haakmaarraak so I made my own pattern up. Still keeping it simple with just a rectangle worked in rows and a chain loop to secure over the button.

I had a few changes I wanted to make however, firstly I wanted these to be rudolph cup cosy’s and secondly the nose had to be a small fluffy pom-pom (we all know how I love a pom-pom), so a small red pom was made and attached front and centre. Just a little tip if you’re making pom-pom’s – I use these pom-pom makers as the make the job so much easier!

The other change I made is that I decided against crocheting the antlers, partly in the interest of simplicity and partly time; with 4 to make quickly the less crocheting and sewing the better.I therefore picked up some brown pipe cleaners from HobbyCraft and cut them to length.
I’ve threaded one pipe cleaner through the top stitch and twisted one end around the other to secure, leaving a little end to create the 2 prongs on the antlers.

So simple yet so effective. These little guys look so fun an festive! We’ve chosen to stuff them full of goodies including hot chocolate and christmas themed treats and they are all wrapped up with little cards handwritten by the monkey herself.

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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:
8mm hook
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˜‰

Kids Ice Cream Bag

I’ve got bag fever! Now I’ve started I just can’t stop. 


This time round I’ve made a box bag with a fab ice cream print faux leather. I am absolutely loving the bold mustard t-shirt yarn but it had quite a bit of stretch to it which made it a little harder to keep a neat box shape once I’d sewn the pieces together.

I added straps to the bag after taking pictures as I couldn’t decide what to do but in the end I did them exactly as per the Panda Bag.


The best thing about this bag though is that it fits 3 balls of Paintbox cotton yarn in perfectly!! 

As always you can get your little paws on the pattern here and it’s another one with endless possibilities for colour combos and patterns. Don’t forget to share your makes by tagging me as I love to see them. 

Kids Panda Bag

I am absolutely loving all the faux leather I have found. It took me weeks to find a decent supplier of smaller quantities of tan leather for the tribal bag and once I did a whole selection of possibilities was opened up! 

I ordered a few little samples and as soon as they arrived bag ideas flew out of my head. The first of which was this cute kids Panda Bag. Its bold, bright and really fun. Plus if you want you can just make the shoulder strap longer and its a small adult bag too! 


Its made with chunky t-shirt yarn so durable and works up super quick. A perfect evening project and the bag would make a fantastic gift for any little lady. 


The pattern is listed here for just a few of your pennies. The best thing is this design could work with so many colour combos and patterns. Have fun experimenting. 

You could even leave off the strap and have yourself a fun little clutch purse! The possibilities are endless…

Geometric Tribal Leather Clutch

This baby was a real labour of love. I had spotted a tribal print bag online somewhere and thought it would be a fab idea to try the same with crochet so I set about giving some tapestry crochet a go.


Firstly I created my design on the computer and then printed it out to work from while writing out the pattern as I went! 

It took a while I’m not going to lie and there was a few tangled moments where I was working with 3 colours joined at once but the finished item was more than worth it.


I worked on the bag in two pieces and joined the panels at the end so then I had to decide on a zip or flap. A leather flap seemed the obvious choice but it took me a good few weeks to hunt down a supplier of leather big enough for the bag but also not sold by the meter (slight overkill for 1 bag I think!) however once in my possession the bag was finished off in an hour.


I’ve seen quite a few crochet/leather tutorials and most seem to work on the basis of joining your crochet to the leather first and then working up your bag from there but I had done things backwards plus I wanted the leather to fold over from slightly further down the back so I have figured out my own method. 


A button pinched from my stash finishes this bag off perfectly.


I love the contrast of the colours and the bold design. I’m even impressed that the inside of the leather matches the mustard yarn πŸ˜€

This bag will be getting a lot of use over the summer. Its soft, stylish and big enough to fit a tablet, phone, keys or anything else you need in there. If you want to make your own the pattern is now listed here for you!

Happy Making 

Daisy Barefoot Sandals

I needed a little palette cleanser project. Something quick and simple to work up, that would leave me ready to hit my W.I.P’s pile with enthusiasm again. As we were heading off on holiday soon I figured the pefect make would be some barefoot Sandals I could wear round the pool and on the beach.

With two designs in my head I decided to give both a go. The first pair was these pink and orange burst ones. I really wanted a bright bold look and they definitely give that.


Adding the embellishments came after as I remembered I had some little penny charms and bells in my stash. They finish these off perfectly and make them look far more ‘shop brought’.


You can buy the pattern for these in my Etsy shop here.

The second set was these daisy ones. I love these and they look really cute on.


I kept these super simple letting the daisies do the talking.


I’ve popped the pattern for these below so you can whip a pair up ready for your own holiday/trip to the beach/garden lounging πŸ™‚

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MATERIALS:
Drops Safran in ‘Off White’ and ‘Yellow’
2.5mm Hook
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

ABBREVIATIONS:
ss – slip stitch
ch – Chain stitch
Sc – Single crochet
dc – Double crochet
st – stitch

NOTES:
I used US terms throughout

METHOD:
Flowers (Make 6) –
In gold – Start with a magic circle, sc10 into the mc. Pull tight and join to the first sc with a ss
In cream – join to any stitch.
*sc and dc in the same st, dc and sc in the next st, ss to the 3rd st* this creates your first petal, repeat 4 more times until you have 5 petals.
Join with a ss to the first st.

Ankle straps (make 2)
In cream –
ch25, join with a ss to the 1st st to make toe loop
ch150 then fasten off.
Join at 10th ch from toe loop & ch145. Fasten off, weave in ends and then sew on the flowers using the pictures as a guide but note that they should be on the outer side of the foot.

These are surprisingly comfortable and I know mine will get lots of wear this summer!