Ten ways to go doily crazy!

From aged yellowing lace on occasional tables to white laser cut ones under boardroom biscuit plates, the doily  has been around since the 17th century and seems it’s here to stay.

The wide spread love for everything cute and vintage has benefited massively from the recent crochet resurgence of the last few years; and whilst many are still scarred from toilet roll holders dolls, there’s still it seems a market for intricate, lace style crocheted knick-knacks that just generally make life prettier and cute.

Doilies are definitely one form in which crocheting reigns, benefiting from its superior circular build abilities.

They’re great for everything from coasters and table mats to dreamcatchers and lampshades.  I even adapted one to make a summer jug cover by using a really fine thread and attaching beads around the outside.

So whether you’re looking to make doilies or simply make use of a stash you’ve found in a charity shop or attic; I bring you ten ways to go doily crazy.

  1. Crochet Rug 

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2. Crochet coasters 

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3. Imprint bowls 

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4. Crochet lampshade

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5. Crochet dreamcatcher

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6. Crochet jar cover 

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7. Crochet table mat 

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8. Crochet plant holder 

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9. Crochet cloche

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10. Crochet bowl 

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Crochet Hack #1 – Jogless crochet stripe

I’ve wanted to start sharing crochet tips and tricks for a while, however I’m far too lazy as a blogger to commit to a #TuesdayTutorial or a #ThursdayTip and all that jazz!

So in an attempt to make a start at sharing my love of crochet hacks I bring you the Jogless Crochet Stripe.

I’ve seen a number of different methods for this technique, however this video was for me the most effective and easy to accomplish.

YouTube video courtesy of Deja Jetmir of Crochet Ever After can be found here.

If you’re new to crochet and looking for resources to get you going, you can find some handy links on my ‘how to crochet’ section.

Happy Hooking!

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This technique is perfect for stripey amigurumi such as:

Stripy sock puppy – crochet pattern, amigurumi pattern, pdf from lilleliis pattern here. 

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Beach babe amigurumi pig by Ilaria Caliri (aka airali) pattern here. 

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Crochet Butterflies – Your Help Needed

A recent Facebook drive from Our NHS Lincs [Independent Community Group] inspired me to put this simple crochet pattern together.

Lincoln County Hospital Trust Chaplaincy Department is calling on members of the public of the public, staff, patients, and volunteers for your help please. They need hundreds of small crocheted or knitted butterflies making, lemon and white (only please). The butterflies will need to have safety pins stitched on their backs.

They are planning to give the butterflies away during the Baby Loss Memorial week from 8-14th October 2018. Anyone who is able to crochet or knit and is able to help, your butterflies would be greatly appreciated.

Please send your finished butterflies to:

‘Butterflies’
Lincoln County Hospital Chaplaincy Department
Greetwell Road
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN2 5QY

To get you on your way, I’ve put together a simple pattern for three different sized butterflies.

You can also download the handy pdf. Butterfly pattern

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Materials
Hook size: 3.5 or 4mm
Yarn weight: Double Knit [dk]

Key – US Stitches 
Ch = Chain
Sl St = Slip Stitch
Dc = Double crochet
Hdc = Half double crochet
Tc = Treble crochet
Dtc = Double treble crochet

Small Butterfly

[Centre] Ch4 and sl st to form a circle
[Large wing 1] Ch2, 3dc into centre, ch2, sl st
[Small wing 1] Ch1, 3hdc into centre, ch1, sl st
[Large wing 2] Ch2, 3dc into centre, ch2, sl st
[Small wing 2] Ch1, 3hdc into centre, ch1. sl st

Fasten off and use long tail end to wrap around vertically to create body.

Medium Butterfly

[Centre] Ch4 and sl st to form a circle
[Large wing 1] Ch3, 3tc into centre, ch3, sl st
[Small wing 1] Ch2, 3dc into centre, ch2, sl st
REPEAT BOTH WINGS
Fasten off.

Large Butterfly

[Centre] Ch4 and sl st to form a circle
[Large wing 1] Ch4, 3dtc into centre, ch4, sl st
[Small wing 1] Ch3, 3tc into centre, ch3, sl st
REPEAT BOTH WINGS
Fasten off.

Please Note: All stitches are worked into the centre ring created by the chain 4 at the beginning.

Alternatively you can use a contrasting thread to wrap around the centre vertically to create the butterfly body, knot a few times to create a head and then leave a couple of centimetres for the antennae.

If you find your centre circle is quite large at the end with a fatter butterfly try tying your fasten off thread around the centre horizontally to bring it in a little.

A rough sketch for those that prefer grids.

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Lastly instead of sewing on safety pins you can pick up a huge bag of brooch fastenings really cheap on ebay which can either be sewn or glued onto the back.

Link here.

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Happy hooking!

Everything mermaid…crochet style

I’m loving all the mermaid inspired goodies out there at the minute. I recently published a post about ocean inspired crochet and found so many beautiful mermaid tail blankets that it warranted a dedicated post. Here’s my rundown of the best crochet mermaid tail patterns out there.

Patterns links where available can be found by clicking on each photo.

Happy Hooking xoxo

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Under the sea

I’ve been pretty much obsessed with the sea since my early childhood days, spent fossil hunting in Scarborough. From the gorgeous colours of the ocean to the beautiful ocean animals what’s not to love. There’s a plethora of sea inspired crochet ideas from amigurumi to blankets and the latest craze in all things mermaid.

Here’s a run down of my top favourite ocean inspired crochet projects from my recent Pinterest frenzy. You can find links to all patterns by clicking on each photo.

Plus check out my mermaid dedicated post here for the best in crocheted mermaid tails, just in time for those snugly nights in.

Crochet starfish pattern 

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Crochet turtle pattern

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Crochet whale pattern 

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Freeform crochet shell pattern

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Amigurumi sea creatures

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Happy Hooking xoxo

Been too long!

It’s been a year since I put the hook down, due my claw hand getting worse. However now the clock are soon to go back and the heatings been on for a few days I’m feeling ready to get the crochet hooks out.

Projects I have my eye on include:

Octopus for my friends newborn baby. I honestly didn’t realise how popular these were and how great they are for newborns.

Pattern courtesy of the friendly red fox.

Some lovely crocheted cat toys for my darling ragdoll Poppet Aurora. Patterns here.

I’ve recently moved house and have been looking for some new puffies for the lounge. These look perfect and the colours so inspiring.

No pattern alas, however I’m sure I could freestyle something very similar.

So that’s the first few of my projects.

I’d love to hear your latest projects or ideas, what you most looking forward to this autumn?

Happy hooking!

Gotta catch ’em all!- A collection of pokemon crochet patterns

When it comes to crochet being able to surprise your friends with something they love (in this case pokemon) in crochet form is always a great feeling.

To celebrate the latest craze Pokemon Go, I’ve rounded up my favourite collection of pokemon crochet, there’s something for everyone.

Happy Hooking!

Pikachu amigurumi

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Pokeball beanie hat

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Charmander keyring

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Every Pokemon character plushie you can think of…

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Boxy bear crochet pattern

This happy chappy makes the perfect last minute present. Brought to life in just under 3 hours, this bear pattern is a pretty straight forward assemble for any amigurumi fanatic.

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As the name suggests the bear is basically a box shape. One of the most appealing parts of the method is that the limbs are made first and then crocheted into the body as it is built.  I’m definitely in the camp of crocheters that start to get a little antsy when it’s assembly time and there’s only so much whip stitching I can do before my interest wanes.  So the ease and speed with which this one came together was a refreshing style, one which I will certainly be employing more in my own designs.

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Credit for this pattern goes to crochet designer Erica Dietz, whose other patterns can be found on her blog 5littlemonsters or her Ravelry listings.

I used my favourite yarn DK Rico Essential Cotton from Wool Warehouse with a 4mm hook. The nose was substituted with a larger safety eye.

Happy hooking!

Reading crochet charts

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Many crocheters find the thought of reading a crochet chart a little intimidating. When faced with pages of symbols the thought of navigating your own way around can be a daunting task.

For the last few years I have found the ability to ready charts has helped to progress my level of crochet. When you start to work on garments that are often constructed by joining multiple motifs and then working in a neckline and sleeves, so being able to visual how these are constructed by looking at the symbol charts really helps.

I recently came across one of the best articles on how to progress to chart / symbol reading and I definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to move to that level.

The main benefit for me is that the language of crochet symbols is universal regardless of country. So if you’ve spent hours on Pinterest pinning beautiful crochet with only Greek or Russian patterns, you can simply use the charts to recreate them yourself.

Give it a go, start small with a motif and you’ll be surprised how much you’ll favour charts over traditional patterns full of rows and rows of text.

You can read the full article here.

The force is strong with this one!

Secret Santa, a bunch of designers, handmade only rule! Sounds epic.

Well that’s what I thought when my friend started a new job at a design agency. She’s in her first 3 months (probation period uh oh) so needless to say she went all out on her project. Not only did she learn to crochet in about 4 weeks, she managed to pull off a pretty complicated pattern for both an R2d2 and a death star, and that’s coming from me!

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If you fancy a go at your own Star Wars crochet, links to both patterns can be found below.

FREE crochet R2D2 pattern here

FREE crochet death star pattern here