Saturday, 31 October 2015

Halloween Spider Pattern

Happy Halloween!!

Earlier this week, I shared with you my pattern for a little Halloween ghost and today, after finally getting round to writing it up, I am sharing my pattern for a little Halloween spider! It's been a bit of a crazy week with the children being off school for the half term holidays, pumpkin carving and keeping them busy!

It has taken me a while to get some decent photos of the spider, by the time I remembered to do them, the nights were getting darker much earlier!

You will need:
Black yarn
Fibrefill
3.5mm hook
Small amount of white yarn for eyes

Eyes (make 2)

Using white, ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook, ss, fastening off leaving a long enough chain to attach to spider. 

With a small piece of black, sew a little pupil on to the eye.

Body

Row 1: Ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not ss (6)

Row 2: *2sc in each st* (12)

Row 3: *1sc, 2sc in next st* (18)

Row 4: *1st in next 2 st, 2sc in next st* (24)

Row 5: *1st in next 3 st, 2sc in next st* (30)

Row 6: *1st in next 4 st, 2sc in next st* (36)

Row 7: *1st in next 5 st, 2sc in next st* (42)

Row 8: *1st in next 6 st, 2sc in next 2st* (48)

Row 9-13: *sc in each st* (48)

Row 14: *1st in next 6st, sc2tog in next 2st* (42)

Before you decrease any more stitches, position and sew in the eyes.

Row 15: *1st in next 5 st, sc2tog in next 2st* (36)

Row 16: *1st in next 4 st, sc2tog in next 2st* (30)

Row 17: *1st in next 3 st, sc2tog in next 2st* (24)

Row 18: *1st in next 2 st, sc2tog in next 2st* (18)

Row 19: *1st in next 1 st, sc2tog in next 2st* (12)

Stuff the spider firmly

Row 20: *sc2tog in next 2st* (6)

Legs (make 8)

Make a chain of 16. In 2nd ch from hook, slipstitch. Repeat to end, fasten off leaving a long enough tail to attach to spider.

Sew 4 legs either side of the body.

Hanging Loop

With black yarn (or white if you would prefer it to look more like a web), attach the yarn to the top of the spider and make a chain. This can be as long as you want him to hang down. Slipstitch in the top of the spider and sew in ends.

And there you have it! One little Halloween spider all ready!

Happy crocheting!

xxx

© Copyright: This pattern and the photographs belong to Little Duck Crochet. Please do not copy, share, change, resell or forward the pattern in any way. I am happy for you to sell your finished item, a link back to my page would be lovely. Thank you.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Halloween Ghost Pattern

Halloween is now a couple of days away, the children are getting excited about choosing some pumpkins at a local farm and I've been making a couple of little Halloween decorations!

Way back in February when it was the girly's birthday, I found some polystyrene balls in the pound shop which I figured would be perfect for her Frozen birthday party. These eventually never got used, so I had 48 polystyrene balls knocking around the house!

Wondering what I could possibly make with these, I sat here me one evening after the little one went to bed with Halloween approaching, I had a go whipping up a little ghost! 

I thought I would share with you the pattern I used to make this lovely little ghost. Although I have used the polystyrene ball, you could fill the head with soft toy filing! Also, I didn't join after the end of each row, but worked continuously round, so it's an idea to use a stitch marker to remember where you started!

Halloween Ghost

You will need:
White DK yarn
3.5mm hook
Small amount of black DK yarn
Yarn needle
Polystyrene ball (approx 12cm in diameter) or soft toy filing

Row 1: Ch2, 6sc in 2nd st, do not join (6)

Row 2: 2sc in each st, do not join (12)

Row 3: *2sc, 1sc* (18)

Row 4: *2sc, 1sc in next two st* (24)

Row 5: *2sc, 2sc in next 3 st* (30)

Row 6-8: 1sc in each st (30)

Row 9: *sc2tog in first two st, 1sc in next 3st* (24)

With a small amount of black yarn, sew on face

Row 10: *sc2tog in 2st, sc in next 2st* (18)

Fit over polystyrene ball

Row 11: *sc2tog, sc in next st* (12) 

Row 12: *2sc in each st* (24)

Row 13: *2sc in each st* (48)

Row 14: 1 sc in each st (48)

Row 15: *2sc in st, 1sc in next st* (72)

Row 16 onwards: 1sc in each st to desired length, fasten off and weave in end.

Using tail from top, stitch a small loop for hanging.


You can make the body of the ghost as long as you want, He also stands up fairly well on his own without hanging him up!

Happy crocheting!

xxx

© Copyright: This pattern and the photographs belong to Little Duck Crochet. Please do not copy, share, change, resell or forward the pattern in any way. I am happy for you to sell your finished item, a link back to my page would be lovely. Thank you. 

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Autumn Garland

Autumn is well and truly here now, the air is crisper and the leaves have turned a beautiful burnt orange/red. I do love this time of year. A favourite past time of ours is collecting conkers from the giant horse chestnut tree outside of hotel we work at. We have hundreds of conkers ready to play with, the children are all eager to see who will have the victorious conker!

I love the colours so much that I decided to bring a little bit of Autumn inside in the form of an Autumn garland. I popped down to my local yarn shop (it's seriously a wonderful little treasure trove of yarny delights!!) and found the perfect colours in Stylecraft Special DK.

I opted for spice, camel, walnut, lipstick, gold and stone, with a little bit of meadow thrown in for a touch of green. I wanted to also use mocha so that there was a light brown in the mix but, unfortunately, I couldn't get it so instead I used Hayfield Bonus in walnut (the lighter of the browns).

Now that I had my colours, I set about creating all the bits and bobs that I wanted to put on my garland. 

I made 7 leaves using this wonderful pattern from The Painted Hinge 

I made a selection of acorns by Son's Popkes 

I made 8 little leaves following Lucy's pattern over at Attic24, though I only ended up using 6 of them! 

Finally, I found a super pattern for conkers at Draad en Praat. The pattern for these are in Dutch but the website did translate to English. 

It didn't take long to make all the leaves, acorns and conkers, and they were soon ready to be attached to the garland. 

I started off making a chain of 16 and slipstitched that together, making a perfect little hanging loop. I decided to leave a ch20 space between each little item so that it didn't make it look to crowded. Though at the beginning and end of the chain, there is a ch10 gap between the hanging loop and the leaf.







And there it is hanging happily on the fireplace!im so happy with how it has turned out! 

I think I'm going to have to make one for every season...! 

xxx

Friday, 2 October 2015

Granny Stripe Jar Cosy

I've seen a lot of jar cosies while spending many an hour browsing through Pinterest, there are so many lovely patterns to be found. It's a fab way to up cycle jars, brightens up the house and makes it feel so cosy when you pop a little tea light in.


There are many patterns available, I thought I'd share my pattern for my granny stripe jar cosy.


I used Stylecraft Specail DK and a 4mm hook.


Row 1: ch36 (or multiples of 3 to fit tightly around the very bottom of your chosen jar). Slip stitch to for a ring.



Row 2: Ch1 (not sc), sc in each st (36), slip stitch

Row 3: ch3, *miss 2st, 3dc in st* to end with 2dc in last st, ss in 3rd ch of starting ch3

Row 4-12 (or until cosy gets to the top of the ridge of the jar): repeat row 3



As the cosy grew, I tried it on the jar to make sure it wasn't too baggy


Row 13: ch1(not sc), sc in each st, ss


Row 14: For this row, I decreased the stitch count so that it got more snugly around the top of the jar. Ch1 (not sc), *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog* to end, ss

Row 15-16: ch1 (not sc), sc in each st, ss


Gently ease the cosy over the jar, being careful not to stretch the top too much.

And it's all done! 



If you are planning on using a tea light in the jars once you've completed it, be sure to be careful when moving the jar. The glass can get quite hot while it's burning. 


If you have any questions about the pattern, please feel free to get in touch!

Happy crocheting!!

xxx

© Copyright: This pattern and the photographs belong to Little Duck Crochet. Please do not copy, share, change, resell or forward the pattern in any way. I am happy for you to sell your finished item, a link back to my page would be lovely. Thank you. 

Sunday, 20 September 2015

V Stitch Baby Blanket

I do like a nice crochet blanket, when it's chilly outside, they are great to hibernate under while making them!

One blanket I have wanted to make was a v stitch blanket, I love the pattern but I'd never gotten round to actually making one. So when the opportunity arouse to make a baby blanket as a gift, I knew this was the exact blanket I wanted to make. Though there are many patterns for this on the Internet, I used The Patchwork Heart's tutorial to make this. 

The yarn I chose to use is Stylecraft Special DK as it's a lovely soft yarn that washes well and can be tumble dried on low heat. Though the blanket is for a baby boy, I wanted to avoid traditional blue and white. It took me a while in my local yarn shop to choose the colours! There's a lovely wide range of Stylecraft yarn that it was so difficult. 

In the end I settled for Sage, Cloud Blue, Storm Cloud, Denim, Meadow and Teal with rows of Parchment in between each colour. 

I started the blanket at mid-August and it took only a few of weeks to reach the size I wanted. It went almost everywhere with me, even on holiday so I could work on it in the evening.

Once the blanket was complete, I set about making the border. I started and finished the blanket with a row of Parchment, so with this, I crocheted at row on DC (UK treble) from the last stitch on my last row along the side, making sure there were 2 DC's in each row. I then repeated this along the opposite side, going from top to bottom.

For the next row, I joined Storm Blue to the bottom corner where I started. I ch3 for the first DC and the crocheted another DC in the space, this was the corner. I then made a row of DC up to the next corner. In each corner, I made 2DC, ch3, 2DC. I repeated this process for the 3rd row of the border, this time, back in Parchment. 

For the last row, I swapped to Sage to make the scalloped edge. I was worried it may look a little girly but I think it finishes the blanket off nicely! I ch3 (1DC) and then 3DC in the same stitch, missed 1st, slip stitched in the next, missed 1st. I repeated this to the end of that row.

There was the odd occasion where my stitch count didn't seem add up on the final row of the border, so I had to do a little bit of fiddling around to make sure it worked! 

Now it's all done, it's been hung on the washing line blocking blocking in the lovely late September sunshine this morning. I just need to find some nice ribbon to wrap it with and it will be ready to gift.

xxx

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Aimee Hat - Pattern

With autumn on its way and the breeze getting cooler, I've turned my attention to hats and scarves. I do like a nice crochet hat, they are generally quick to make and are so cosy in a nice chunky yarn. However, for this hat, I used two strands of Stylecraft Special DK yarn instead of a chunkier yarn. I couldn't find a colour that I particularly wanted to use so I used Grey and Pomegranate for my daughter's hat and Grey and Plum for the adult version of the hat.

This pattern is written in U.S. crochet terms, I used two strands of DK yarn and a size 5mm hook. This size hat fits my daughter who is 7, the diameter of the hat is approximately 6.25". 

I will warn you... There are A LOT of photos. I found it easier to make sure I put plenty in so it should be a bit clearer!

Row 1: Ch3, ss, ch2, 8hdc in ring, ss (8)

Row 2: Ch2, 2hdc in each st, ss (16)

Row 3: Ch2, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc* repeat to end, ss (24)

Row 4: Ch2, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 2 st* repeat to end, ss (32)

Row 5: Ch2, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 3st* repeat to end, ss (40)

Row 6: Ch2, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 4st* repeat to end, ss (48)

Row 7: Ch2, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 5st* repeat to end, ss (56)

Row 8: Ch2, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next 6st* repeat to end, ss (64)

Row 9-11: Ch2, hdc in each st, ss (64)

Row 12: Now, here is the part that may get a little complicated! If you turn the hat over, you will see a ridge going round each row underneath the hdc stitches.

This is where you will now crochet into to give the hat the 'ruffled'/layered look.

In the ridge made below the stitch of the hdc from previous row (where the needle is in the photo below), slip stitch 

In this space, ch3 (counts as 1dc), then 4 dc in same sp

Miss 3sp, *5dc in next sp, miss 3sp* to end
This photo shows how the hat will look from the front

Slip stitch in the top of the starting ch3 to join

Row 13: slip stitch to the middle dc of the first 5dc group(ch3, 4dc from previous row)

For this row, the 5dc clusters will be crocheted into the bottom part of the first dc on each cluster from the previous row
Make your first 5dc cluster through here... insert hook through the first dc from back to front (the way the needle is pointing on the above photo) and pull the yarn over the bottom part of that stitch and make 5dc

Repeat to end and slip stitch in the top of the first dc from starting 5dc cluster

Repeat row 12 and 13 to desired length

I really do hope that this makes sense to everyone! Please let me know if there is anything that doesn't make sense and I will try my hardest to help! 

Happy crocheting!

xxx

© Copyright: This pattern and the photographs belong to Little Duck Crochet. Please do not copy, share, change, resell or forward the pattern in any way. I am happy for you to sell your finished item, a link back to my page would be lovely. Thank you.