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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Robin Redbreast Blanket

If you are a follower on Facebook or Instagram you will have no doubt seen this blanket already as its an absolute favourite make of mine this year and so utterly festive.

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Its made using the ever popular C2C method which you will all know from my previous post I have only recently jumped on the bandwagon for.

This particular blanket is made using the fabulous Paintbox yarns in Aran weight and is so soft and squishy. I almost wish I’d made it bigger so I can snuggle underneath it. It measures approx 30″ x 30″ and my rubbish photos are not doing it justice at all (note to self – crack out the decent camera!)

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My Robin truly looks like he is having a great time in the snow and with all the details in the picture I decided to keep the border nice and simple
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I only made one of these blankets and its already sold but I have listed the pattern over on LoveCrochet so you can whip one of these beauties up for yourself!
They would make an absolutely gorgeous gift for a winter newborn. I would have absolutely loved a gift like this when my little one was born.

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Pink Ombré Granny Blanket

I’ve finally had some inspiration strike for what to do with the second Caron Cake I brought ages ago.

I was determined to get the ball off my shelf and made into something but 1 ball limited my options so I decided to throw another colour into the mix.

As the yarn itself is various shades of pink I opted to keep it simple with white.

Sometimes keeping it simple really is the best option and as I wanted the Caron cake yarn to do the talking I avoided any complicated stitches and chose the humble granny stripe with a colour change every 2 rows.

The finished blanket ended up measuring approx 30″x50″ making it the ideal size for prams and cots, or even tucking in 4 dolls at once if you’re in our household! 😉

For the edging I worked a couple of rows in white and finished it off with a final row of picots.

I’ve seen a few people not too impressed with the abrupt colour changes on these cakes but I really don’t mind them at all if they are used in the right project. I adore the ombré effect throughout the blanket and the sharp distinct colours. It’s really helped this look like a modern take on a classic stitch and blanket.

I’ve listed this absolute beaut of a blanket in the shop if you’d like to give it a home. It would make a fabulous baby shower gift if you know someone expecting.

This was a lovely project to do as it worked up so quickly and is definitely the sort of blanket you can cosy up on the sofa with and watch TV. There’s no complicated counting of stitches or mathematics involved it’s just repetitive stitches creating a subtle zig zag effect.

The C2C Craze

I’m always the last to the party when it comes to whats trending and popular. Maybe its the rebellious streak in me or maybe I just have my head in the clouds and it completely passes me by, either way it has meant that I am massively late in jumping on the corner to corner crochet bandwagon.
I gave it a go a while back (I think last Christmas) and I just didn’t really get the hype. Fast forward a year however and oh how I understand. I’m not sure whats caused this complete U-turn but whatever it is I am glad.

I decided I really wanted to make a baby blanket ready for Christmas and I knew I wanted it to feature a reindeer, that left me two options; tapestry crochet or C2C. Strangely enough I opted for C2C. I think the difference this time was I designed my own graph and actually took the time to work up a little swatch with the yarn and hook I planned to use to see how many ‘squares’ my blanket would need to be to reach the right size. I also very much stuck to the bobbin method, this is where little balls of the colours you are using are wound round bobbins (or in my lazy case stitch markers!) as you can see in the photo below. This meant I didn’t have to carry my yarn underneath other colours all the time which is absolutely hate as it always peaks through.

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Anyway back to the reindeer. Chart complete and bobbins in play I set about corner to cornering. Loved it! The blanket worked up so quickly and the effect was really impressive… a nice clear reindeer image.

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I deliberated for ages over the border but in the end I settled on keeping it simple and letting the main picture do all the talking.

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Well and truly bitten by the C2C bug it wasn’t long before I was off making a new design, and this one really is my all time favourite.
I went for a non obvious penguin as I wanted this one to be more wintery and not just a Christmas blanket.

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This time I did get all fancy with the border and I have done the candy cane border all the way around in white and blue.

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It finishes it off perfectly and I love the sleepy little penguins expression.

Both of these blankets have been added to the Christmas 2017 range and are available to buy in VERY limited quantities. I will only be offering 2 slots for each blanket! You can find the Reindeer here and the Penguin here.

I might already be beavering away on another new design but that one is being kept under wraps for now 😉

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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 🙂 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 😉

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! 😉

Dinosaur Hooded Scarves

Lately it seems like I’ve made lots of typically ‘girly’ makes so I decided it was time to focus on something a bit different.

Miss P loves unicorns, mermaids and pink fluffy things but she also loves cars, monsters and dinosaurs so they needed to feature in my work too!

The unicorn hooded scarf has been a brilliant seller since it was released and it’s a fab pattern designed by The Velvet Acorn. You can see why when it’s so fun but still fabulously functional.

It seemed like an obvious choice therefore, to make a dinosaur version!

The horn, ears and mane have been swapped out for Dino spikes in a fab teal colour and the pockets kept simple and tassel free.

It’s been a big hit with the little lady already and is so perfectly snuggly. We’re now fully set for the colder weather once summer is over.

The hood is listed in my shop already and there are a few colour choices to pick from.

I hope you all love this as much as we do.