Puff Stitch Storage Baskets

I love making crochet items for the home, and I also love a puff stitch! Ever since making the zig-zag puff stitch cowl I’ve been looking for something else to use the stitch on.

I’m also on a bit of a frugal kick at the moment focusing on re-using and recycling rather than buying brand new so when I was in need of storage boxes for a shelving unit in our bedroom I decided to whip up some myself using only yarn I already had in my stash.

I opted to keep the colours quite neutral to match our bedroom. The top basket is made with Hobby Crafts Hug it Out yarn in colour way Shell. I had approx 2 balls left over which turned out to be the perfect amount. The cream yarn is an unknown yarn that was gifted to me, I think it’s King Cole but it is a chunky weight yarn in cream with brown speckles. I’ve also mixed into one of the baskets a copper sparkly yarn by Rico called Creative Lame.

I had to double up the chunky weight cream yarn to make it stiff enough to work with so the sides of the basket stood up firm with no sagging. No one wants a saggy storage basket! If you’re using Hug it Out that yarn is so super chunky you can use just one strand and it makes the perfectly sturdy basket.

As you can see I’ve really mixed and matched different weight and textured yarns and the baskets have still turned out great so this is a great stash buster of a project.

I opted to use a slightly smaller hook than would normally be recommended for the thickness of the yarn but I wanted the stitches to be tight without giving my hands a hard time to absolutely make sure the baskets would stand up sturdy.

I’ve popped a rough pattern below for you if you want to whip them up yourself. I say rough as sizing and stitch counts will obviously vary depending on what size baskets you want and the yarn you use but I’ve given you the basics so you can get going and fill your home with handmade baskets!

Tools:

Crochet hook (I used a 12mm)

Chunky or super chunky Yarn

Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations (UK terms):

St – stitch

Ch – chain

Dc – double crochet

Tr – treble crochet

Ss – slip stitch

Fpdc – front post double crochet

Puff – puff stitch

Method:

We are going to start with the base which will be worked in joined rounds and should create a circle. The pictures shown in this pattern are using a different (smaller) yarn and hook just to make it easier to show you.

Start with a magic circle

Dc 6 into the magic circle, join with a ss to your first st

Ch2 (this doesn’t count as your first st), 2dc in the same st and each around, ss to join (12)

Ch2, 2dc in the same st, *dc in next st, 2dc in the following one* repeat between * till the end of the round, ss to join (18)

Ch2, 2dc in the same st *dc the next 2 st’s, 2dc* repeat between * till the end of the round, ss to join (24)

Ch2, 2dc in the same st *dc in the next 3 st’s, 2dc* repeat between * till the end of the round, ss to join (30)

Continue adding rounds working a dc into 1 stitch more than the round previous before you increase with 2dc each time until your base is the size you want you basket to be.

Do not ss your last row, instead leave it like this and remove your hook

You then want to insert your hook from BEHIND into the first st of your round (the one you would have ss into if closing the round) and then pop the yarn loop over the hook as well (see pic below for what you should end up with).

Now complete a ss by yarning over and pulling through the loop on your hook and the st. Your work should look like this when done…

We are now going to start working up the sides by working around the posts of the stitches rather than in the tops like normal. so ch1 to start

You will now work a fpdc around the first st. See the below photo for where you are inserting your hook. Insert your hook under the post, yarn over and work a dc as normal

After doing the first fpdc you will insert your hook into the same hole your hook came out of before on the previous st in order to create the next fpdc. This is what a few will look like once you’ve got started.

Continue till the end and ss as normal to complete the row.

Now we will work the zig zag puffs. Start by chaining 2 which will not count as a st in each row.

Skip a st, tr in the next st, now insert your hook in the st you skipped and work a puff stitch.

*skip 1st, tr, insert hook in skipped st and work a puff* repeat this until the end of the row. Ss to the top of the 1st puff to join.

Ch2, again skip 1 st and then work a tr in the next, insert hook in the skipped st and work a puff. You will be working your puffs on this row just the left of the previous row. Repeat this till the end and ss to the top of the first puff to join.

Repeat the above until your basket is the right height. Once you’re happy we can do the final row.

Ch2, dc in each st around and ss to the first dc to join.

And you’re done! Basket complete. Weave in all your ends and start using that beautiful crochet basket.

A Creative’s Nightmare

I think it’s happened to most of us at some point or another and it always crops up at the least convenient of times.

Writers call it writers block, artists; creative block but us crocheters, well we call it ‘loosing our crojo’ our crochet mojo of you will. Much to my dismay this is exactly what hit me recently. Everything I tried failed, I couldn’t think of anything new and exciting and even the usual works in progress were boring me. I just wasn’t getting any enjoyment for all the projects I attempted.

Therefore I set about finding a good pallet cleansing project that would hopefully kick start my inspiration and passion again. Now I wouldn’t call this a pallet cleanser as it ended up being neither quick or easy which are generally key points however it did make me determined to finish and helped me push through the block.

Enter stage left the latest cardigan for the tiny human.

All I can see are things I would like to change and tweak, which is common when I’ve created my own pattern. Thankfully the little lady was a big fan and put it on straight away.

I’ve used a beautiful yarn by Wendy called Fleur in the colourway Allium. It’s a DK weight yarn that is a mix of cotton, acrylic and Tencel giving it a super soft slightly fluffy brushed texture.

It took a little over 1 ball for the whole cardigan and I’ve used a mixture of stitches including the star stitch to create lots of texture.

I got carried away with lots of little details on this one and it just never quite seemed to be finished, but this does mean we have a lovely ribbed edging, and a crab stitches collar.

I’ve written the pattern up for this sizing along with measurements for adjusting as you need and it will be available for free on the blog next week!

A Ballerina Blanket

The last of my corner to corner blanket designs is complete (does happy dance).
I’ve had this one sat on my computer for months as I designed it along with the Christmas Robin last year but didnt get around to bringing it to life.

This month however the tiny human has began ballet classes which aside from meaning I have to be up at an almost ungodly hour on a Saturday, she loves, which made it the perfect timing to make a start on this blanket.

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I added the slight personalisation originally as I had decided to keep hold of this finished make for my daughter as she often tries to pinch them before they leave for their forever homes but I love the look of the letter in the corner so I’ve made the pattern available with a chart for each letter of the alphabet.

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I tried out a few border options before settling on the shell you can see in the photos.
I love the vintage feel it adds to the blanket especially paired with the dusty pink yarn.

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As you can see in the photos the pattern makes a blanket that covers a small person nicely. Its not a full single bed size but measures approx 28″x38″ which wraps around my 5 year old perfectly.

The pattern is listed here and comes with the full 26 charts, corner to corner instuctions, photos and directions for adding the border, its a fully packed PDF.

I hope you enjoy making this one as much as me, and I look forward to see the different colourways used.

I’ve also listed the finished blanket here in a very limited amount so you can buy one made to order if you are not a crocheter, it is a very limited amount however as they do take a long time to make.

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The Magical Rainbow Unicorn

All the best things in one cosy blanket. That’s exactly what I was after when I decided to whip up another c2c blanket. A little dash of magic, a sprinkle of rainbows all topped off with a pinch of unicorn!

The colours really do the talking on this blanket and they work perfectly with the simplicity of the unicorn and the neutral white in the centre square.

I’ve used the absolutely gorgeous Paintbox Yarns to make this. The colours are so bold and it is by far the softest acrylic I’ve come across making it ideal for a baby blanket.

I’ve listed this finished blanket in my shop (just click the link in the menu up there πŸ‘†πŸ») but as usual there is only one available.

The pattern is also listed if you wanted to give this beauty a go yourself. It would be such a fabulous baby shower gift! I bet no one else will be gifting something similar…

Now to finish the next design I’m working on…

The Pinafore Dress

Happy New Year! I realise I’m massively late saying this but as usual I’ve been a bit rubbish at keeping to my own set schedule and this post that was originally planned before Christmas also missed the first week of January waggon as well. But nonetheless I hope your 2018 has started fabulously and I’m excited to get sharing with you…

Now it’s obviously not the first time I’ve made something for Miss P but normally I have kept it simple and stuck to the usual winter hats and scarves. I did venture in to the odd cardi as you might remember from this post in the summer but until recently thats been it.

Something pushed me to try something more ambitious and after making this pastel dress I made recently I finally had the confidence to have a go at creating an item from scratch.

I instantly knew it needed to be a vintage stlye pinafore dress and I had been desperate to make something in a lovely mustard shade for months. Its a colour that just sums up Autumn to me and is bold without being too offensive. I used Drops Paris in Mustard and the weight of the yarn was perfect. Its not too heavy but as its cotton it has great stitch definition and stays cool when layered up.

I’ve created the skirt to have a slightly fuller ruffle and subtle ribbing on the waist band.

The back features cross over straps and are finished off with some small brass buttons I found in my stash.


I am so in love with this little dress and thankfully the little lady of the house seems to be equally as impressed. The only thing I cant decide on is to pocket or not to pocket? I’ve dithered over adding one to the top chest piece or two smaller ones on the skirt or leaving it as it is… I just cant decide. Help!

I have written the pattern up for this size so once I’ve manged to adjust it for other sizings I will pop it up on my shop

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Christmas at Miss B’s…almost

Christmas prep is in full swing here.

The decorations went up last weekend and in between the last few orders of 2017 I’ve been trying to get the last few presents, W.I.P’s and decorations finished before the big day.

For months I’ve been putting off one project. I planned it in the summer and the yarn has sat on my shelf ready for it but I just kept pushing it back while I was busy with more important or urgent makes.

A new Christmas wreath!

I had this roving yarn left over from last years giant stocking and it just seemed ideal for making a thick, cosy and luxurious wreath.

Part of the reason I held off was that I needed something to adorn the wreath once it was made and I just couldn’t find the right ribbon or seasonal accessory. That was until a random trip to HobbyCraft where I stumbled across this oversized printed hessian bow. It was too perfect.

I also picked up the wire ring I’ve worked around while in HobbyCraft. I’d originally planned to pick up a polystyrene wreath but they only had small sizes in stock and I’m far to impatient to wait for a delivery so I went hunting for alternatives and ended up getting this copper wreath ring. I’m pretty sure it’s designed for floral wreaths but it did the trick.

Believe it or not the wreath itself is knitted! Hand knitted but still, knitted stitches were involved. It’s a long strip of 3 knitted rows and they are overlapped slightly as they were wrapped around the ring.

This is such a quick and simple design. It took about 30 mins from start to finish, which is my ideal project in the middle of the busiest season of the year.

I love the overall effect and it looks perfect on the front door. Now what’s next on that to do list…

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A Miss B’s First!

I’ve been crocheting for 5 years and in that time I’ve made blankets to amigurumi to baby clothes and so much more but the one thing I’ve just never got around to making is an item of clothing for myself, or any adult for that matter.

It wasn’t a conscious decision or at least not really. I’ve never had the confidence to have a go at making my own without an idea of how to construct it and unless I could find a pattern that really grabbed me it just wasn’t going to happen.

The other week however I decided it was now or never and I wanted to add some handmade crochet pieces to my wardrobe, so off I went to find a pattern I could work from.

I eventually stumbled across this fab jumper by MegMade with Love.
It just looked so comfy and casual which was perfect for my idea of lounging around it it.

I was really after the cosy wrapped in a cloud effect so pattern decided upon I went on a yarn hunt and settled on this absolutely gorgeous yarn by Wendy called Fleur in the colourway Allium. It’s a DK weight yarn that is a mix of cotton, acrylic and Tencel giving it a super soft slightly fluffy brushed texture. I used less than 3 balls for my entire jumper so it really goes far!

I followed the pattern Meg had kindly put together for us but I did make some modifications.

You can click the link above for Meg’s pattern and my mods are below.

Firstly being a forever in between sizes kinda girl I did the ribbed edging to 50 rows, this alters the stitch count slightly but it’s still easy enough to follow through.

The next alteration I made was to the sleeves.
Meg states to do 30 rows for each sleeve but I was after a slightly closer fit that went down to my hands for extra coziness, so I did as follows:

Row 1-10: hdc 50 around
Row 11-35: ch2, hdc in the same st, Dec in the next, hdc in remaking stitches around
By the end of row 35 you will have 25 stitches
Row 36-40: hdc around
Row 41-42: I did 2 rows of alternating front post, back post hdc’s to give a ribbed edging to the cuffs

The very last change I made was to stitch the top opening closed 4 extra stitches on each side, this was to compensate for the yarn which was very loose and stretches out slightly so it was hanging off my shoulders too much as it was.

I absolutely love this jumper and my first venture into clothing has been a success and one I’m so pleased with. Meg’s pattern is brilliant so whether you make it as is or with my alternations you are sure to have a great wardrobe staple.