Thursday, 7 August 2014

Make Your Own Wedding Necklace Choker!

I haven't been online much lately as I have been busy moving (again) and designing. Here is one of my latest patterns that combines my two loves...crochet and jewellery making. One of these days I am going to pull out my beads and will experiment a bit more with beads and crochet. I have lots of lampwork beads to work with and I haven't seen much available online that combines crochet with lampwork...so that is an idea that I want to explore. Meanwhile here is my latest design...the Isis Crochet Collar.


Pattern Available at Ravelry



This necklace/ collar is so simple to make, uses less than 1 skein and you can complete it in just one sitting. Make it in cream or ivory for a beautiful bride or make it in black or gold (or whatever colour!) for a stunning evening wear piece.

This necklace would be adored by a young girl for her special prom night or formal (as we call it here in Australia).


The pattern is designed so that is easily adaptable to various yarns and is custom fit. Keep that in mind it looks best worked in yarns from 4-10ply.
Add beads or embellishments or keep it simple. It looks lovely either way. The options are endless!

This pattern is available for only $2 from my Ravelry shop....press the BUY NOW button in the first picture, or you can buy this pattern at my Etsy pattern shop I Heart the Hook

Friday, 2 May 2014

Baby Crochet Cardigans

These crochet baby cardigan jackets are so much fun. They are perfect to experiment with colour combinations and the style suits both little baby boys and girls.  If you can make a granny square then you can make one these jackets! It's basically just created by making two crochet hexagons that are then folded in two to form two halves of the jacket. There are quite a lot of different versions of the pattern on line for free. But here are some links to my favourites:


Free Baby Hexagon Jacket - With ruffles
Hexagon Baby Jacket Free Pattern


I added ribbed cuff sleeves to mine, by alternating between front post and back post double crochet. I also added double crochet edging around the neckline, with increases on the corners of the collar. I finished them off with a lovely handmade button. I can't wait to make more of these for the winter.

 If you'd like to purchase one of my cardigans please see my Made It Shop to see my available designs. They are all made with 100% Pure Australian Wool
Baby Boy Cardigan in Earthy Greens and Blues - SOLD

Vibrant Aqua with Purple - ideal for both little boys and girls

   
Asymmetrical colours for a little baby girl



Thursday, 10 April 2014

Make your Own Bunny Rabbit - Crochet Amigurumi Pattern

I have a super special Easter sale on for my Bunny Rabbit Amigurumi Pattern. It's normally $3 but now you can grab the pattern for only $1!!!

This is an easy pattern and the arms and legs are worked in as you go, so there is very minimal sewing! The only sewing is to attach the ears.

You can find the pattern in my Ravelry store (click the Buy Now button below) or I heart the hook Etsy shop. 


Normal price will resume after the Easter Period





Thursday, 6 February 2014

Free Baby Booties Pattern in DK 8ply - Rollin' Baby Booties

You can make these booties in two colours or just one. They are very easy and quick to make and are ideal for a last minute gift idea. When wearing the booties you can either roll them down or keep them up like a high top. For something a little different use a ribbon as a lace. I hope you enjoy!







Materials
I used Cleckheaton Country yarn. The gauge on the yarn packet reads 22.0 sts to 30.0 rows = 4 inches in stocking stitch (knitting).
You can use any alternative 8ply or DK yarn.

Yardage
I used a total of 30grams (58 metres/63 yards in total)

Two Colours
Approximately 20grams of Main Colour (MC) (39 metres/43 yards)
Approximately 10 grams of Contrast Colour (CC) (19 metres/20yards)


Hook 4.5mm
Size
Approximately 6-12 month

Gauge

After round 4 is completed the sole of the bootie measures approximately 11.5cm (4.75 inches) length, and 6.5cm (2.5 inches) width through the middle.
I worked with pure wool so the shoes have lots of stretch for fitting.

This pattern is written with US terminology.

Round 1 

Recommended method - 9 Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC) - You will now begin to work on the bottom side of the hdc stitches, working back towards the beginning hdc to form an oval -
3hdc in the same base as last fhdc worked, hdc in each base of next 7 hdc, 3hdc in next base of fhdc (i.e. the 1st  fhdc created) join with ss to top of 1st fhdc. Continue with Rnd 2. (22 hdc)

Alternative method - If you don't know how to do FHDC then follow this alternative method. Ch 11, working in the top chain loop only, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. You will now begin to work into the other side of the chain loop working back towards the beginning hdc to form an oval - 3hdc in next ch, hdc in next 7 ch, 3hdc in last ch, join with ss to top of 1st hdc. Continue with Rnd 2 (22 hdc)


Pattern Notes:
Ch 2 at beginning of round does not count as stitch. Join with ss to top of first hdc of each round. 

Rnd 2   Ch 2, 2hdc in 1st st, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 6 sts, (2hdc in next st) 5 times, hdc in next 6 sts, 2hdc in last 3 sts (32)

Rnd 3   Ch 2, hdc in 1st st, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 6 sts,
(hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st) 5 times, hdc in next 6 sts, (hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st) 3 times (42)

Rnd 4   Ch 2,  hdc in 1st st, hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 6 sts, (hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st) 5 times, hdc in next 6 sts, (hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st) 3 times. Change to CC on last loop of last stitch. (52)

Rnd 5 Ch 2, Work this round in BLO. Hdc in first st and each st around (52)

Rnd 6   Ch 2, hdc in 1st st, hdc in next st, hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in next 6 sts, (hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog) 5 times, hdc in next in next 6 sts, (hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog) 3 times (42)

Rnd 7   Ch 2, hdc in 1st st, hdc2tog, hdc in next st, hdc2tog, hdc in next 6 sts, (hdc in next st, hdc2tog) 5 times, hdc in next 6 sts, (hdc in next st, hdc2tog) 3 times. (32)

Rnd 8   Ch 2, hdc in first st and next 10 sts, (hdc2tog) 6 times, hdc in last 9 sts. (26)

Rnd 9   Ch 2, hdc in first st and in next 11 sts, (hdc2tog) 4 times, hdc in last 7 sts (22)

Fasten Off

Reattach yarn to middle front st. Ch 4 (counts as trc), 2trc in first st, trc in next 9 sts, 2trc in next st, trc in next 10 sts, 3trc in last st.  Fasten Off.

Laces. You can use ribbon or icord as laces. I made two chains approximately 45 cm (18inches) long unstretched.

Weave in all ends.

Weave the lace under first trc and continue to weave in and out of the rest of the trc stitches. Repeat for other bootie. 

Pixie hat pattern available at my Ravelry shop  

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Meet the Shaggy Tops!

Being summer here in Melbourne, I've put aside a lot of my crochet blankets and winter hats and have been focusing instead on making Amigurumi toys. My latest addition to my Etsy shop are these cute little Shaggy Top toys. Each one is unique, but they all have their shaggy, spunky, Mohawk. Here are a few pics. If you'd like to adopt one of these cuties you can find them at my Etsy shop.






Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Christmas Amigurumi Elves!

These gorgeous little Christmas Elves are now available in my Etsy shop. They are hand crocheted from 100% wool in the classic amigurumi style. This is a very limited collection with only 5 dolls available so be quick and don't miss out!

     
Lionel the Elf - SOLD
Bindi, the golden haired mischievous one

Ralph, always the hard working elf

Trixie, the dark haired beauty



These Elves were all based on a pattern by the amazing designer, Sayjai who also has a shop on Etsy.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Free Crochet Pattern - Bow in the Round

There are an abundant of great crochet tutorials available on how to make a pretty crochet bow, but I couldn't find one that creates a bow by working in the round. I thought I'd give it a go and I was really happy with the how it turned out. This bow is so easy to make and by working in the round it creates a different effect with a nice looking puffy texture. One of the best things about making a bow in the round is that it's so easy to work the edging. All you do is make another round in contrast colour. You can also play with colours a bit and make a striped bow, like my pink and purple one below. You can whip these up in no time and attached to a simple headband they make a lovely gift for a little (or big) girl. I hope you enjoy this pattern and please show your appreciation by leaving comments below.


Materials

Instructions are given for 4 ply and 8 ply, though gauge is not really important. The instructions are more of a guide. You can work your bow to any size you like by working more or less rounds.

8 ply - 5mm hook
4 ply - 4mm hook

Pattern Notes

3d ch at beginning of round counts as a dc. Attach last dc of each round to top of 3ch of previous round.

Round 1   12dc in magic circle.
Rnd 2   ch3, dc in same st, *2dc in next st* repeat around – (24).
Rnd 3   ch3, 2dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2dc in next st* repeat around – (36).
Rnd 4   ch3, dc in next st, 2dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat around – (48).
Rnd 5   ch3, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, *dc in next 3sts, 2dc in next st* repeat around – (60).
8 ply only - Fasten Off
Attach CC with slip stich. Ch 1, sc in same st, sc around, join to top of first sc. Fasten Off.
Weave in ends
4 ply Continue 
Rnd 6-8   dc around [3 rounds] (60).
Fasten Off.

Attach CC with slip stitch. Ch 1, sc in same st, sc around, join to top of first sc.
Fasten Off.
Weave in Ends.


Here is what my circles (8ply) looked like after completing the pattern...

Now to complete your bow, pinch the circle at the centre and bunch out sides as desired. While holding the circle, wrap a long piece of yarn (at least 50 inches) in contrast colour around its middle and tie a knot to secure, leave one end short and the other long.


Now wrap the long end repeatedly around the centre. Work your yarn over the other the short strand to hide it. You can trim any excess strand poking out later.



To finish, darn in the end by weaving under the wrapped centre back and forth. You can either tie a knot and trim your end, but I prefer to keep some length of yarn to use for attaching later. And that's it, your bow is finished! Now you can sew it on to a little dress or hairband or whatever you please : )
 
Bow-delicious!


Candy cane stripes