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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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

Gorgeous free crochet cat pattern!

During my current kitten obsession, I care across these gorgeous dumpling kitten patterns.

The pattern comes courtesy of Sarah Sloyer and can be be found on her Ravelry store here. They were recently featured on crochetnow.co.uk so you know they’re bound to be a big hit. I know my Ragdoll Poppet is going to love one.

Dumpling Kitty is a cute pudgy kitty whose pattern is available for free! Her body is crocheted with a flat base so she sits nicely wherever you place her, waiting patiently for treats.

Finished size: Approximately 4” tall when made with the indicated yarn and hook size, though your finished size may vary depending on your yarn brand and tension.

Difficulty level: Easy – Intermediate (Previous experience and familiarity with amigurumi recommended)

Time to finish: Approximately 3 hours

Materials:

• Approximately 42 yd of Color A (body)

• Approximately 4 yd of Color B (stripes)

• Polyester fiberfill

• 9 mm safety eyes (2)

• Embroidery floss

• Regular needle and yarn needle

Sarah is happy to offer email support if you need any help while working through my patterns, or notice any errors! This pattern is for personal use only.

They look super cute and a really quick project for any experienced crocheter.

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.

Crochet Moustache Pattern – Version 2

Following on from the popularity of my first crochet moustache pattern, I’ve been working on a second design, which is a little more bulkier and reminiscent of a sheriff’s moustache.

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I chose to design this one using the symbols method, which I found was a lot easier when working out the shape.

After 5 versions to fine tune the shape I’m happy with the final result.

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I’ve included both long hand instructions and symbol diagram below.

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Crochet Moustache Pattern

Working in DK cotton with a 4mm hook using US terminology.

Chain 16

Work the bottom of the moustache first

Sc in 2nd chain from hook

Sc in next 2 ch

Hdc

(Dc, tr, dc) in next ch

Dc

Hdc

Sl st in next – this is the centre point

Hdc

Dc

(dc, tr, dc) in next ch

Hdc

Sc in next 3 ch

Ch 1

Sl st into 1st chain on opposite side

Sc in next 2 ch

Hdc

3hdc in next chain (this should be the same chain the (dc,tr,dc) are in on the opposite side

Hdc in next 2 ch

2hdc in next ch (This is the top of the centre point)

Hdc in next 2 ch

3 hdc in next ch (this should be the same chain the (dc,tr,dc) are in on the opposite side

Hdc

Sc in next 2 ch

Sl st in chain at beginning of row

Fasten off and weave ends in

The moustache will need blocking into shape with a water spray or for a stiffer finish use a starch spray.

Say Hello to my Neighbour Totoro

Ever since I first watched this amazing Studio Ghibli film, I’ve envisaged crafted a crochet Totoro. He’s possibly one of the cutest animated characters around. Who wouldn’t want this lovely creature to snuggle up with at night.

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This one was made for a who had recently moved into his own flat. As a hardcore Ghibli fan I knew it would take pride of place in his new abode.

Made from hard wearing synthetic yarn he’s guaranteed to keep his shape and also scrub up well, in case of any rogue drooling after you’ve fallen asleep…!

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If you fancy your hand at making your own you can find the pattern here.

The next mission has to be making his adorable blue and white friends.