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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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

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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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.

Who’s HAPPY NOW…Minion Dave deffo is…

Following the current trend of cute crocheted film characters I couldn’t resist bringing one of Grew’s minions to life. One of my old colleagues had a seriously big minion obsession and I’d planned to make her this little fella long before I got around to hooking him up!

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He was pretty easy to crochet and his dungarees and goggles are fully detachable making him a real treat for any little ones in your life. I cheated a little on some of the parts assembly, and relied a little more than normal on the glue gun rather than stitching. How shameful I hear you cry, however if it means I get to start on the next project a bit quicker then I sleep happy.

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The pattern I used can be found here and I’m sure you’ll have him whipped up in no time and then you can ‘whip’ him into doing your bidding like only a minion knows how.

Crochet Apple Cover…Christmas crafting is upon us!

With winter looming and Christmas on the tip of everyone’s tongues I found myself already starting to think about Christmas crafting. Giving and receiving homemade gifts is one of my favourite things and I think it’s a fantastic way to re-ignite the spirit of Christmas by spending your precious time crafting something for a loved one. Inspired by the many wondrous crocheted baubles, Christmas puds, mug cozies and jar covers out there I decided it was time to put my hookin’ skills to the test and have a go at making something both cute yet simple. Inspired by a recent feature piece in Mollie Makes I figured I’d have a go at creating my own apple cozy.

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It’s a pretty simple pattern using mainly (US) half double crochet, a row of double crochet for the decrease round followed by a single crochet edge.  If you fancy having a go the pattern is detailed below. I’m a huge fan of the half double crochet stitch, it’s such a great stitch for quickly building up a sturdy yet tight project, so it was a no brainer that it would form the basis of my design.

I’ve seen some lovely designs out there including Christmas puddings, cute animals or just general colourful cuteness.  These are perfect for the tradition of including an apple or an orange in the bottom of a stocking.

Apple Cover Pattern

US Stitches

Yarn: DK

Hook: 4 – 4.5

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Rnd 1: ch2,10 hdc into ring. Join with sl st. (11 st)

Rnd 2: ch2, 1 hdc in first st. 2 hdc in each st to end.

Join with sl st. (22 st)

Rnd 3: ch 2, 1hdc in first st. 1 hdc in next st. 2 hdc in next st. Repeat 1 hdc, 2 hdc in alternate stitches to end. Join with sl st. (33 st)

Rnds 4-7: 2 ch then hdc into each hdc. Join with sl st at end of each row. (33 st)

Rnds 8-9: ch 1, hdc into same stitch then all stitches until 4th st before the end of the row (29 stitches) TURN

Row 10: ch 1 , 1 dc in same st, then dc2tog. Repeat 1 dc, dc2tog in alternate stitches to end (20 st) TURN

Row 11: Add row of sc to edge.

Finish: ch 12 – 15 (dependent of desired button) for button loop, slip stitching back into work to form loop.

Sew on Button…Enjoy!

Kawaii Sunday – Adventures in Illustration part II

I’m slowly getting there..! Discovered graphic styles, clipping masks, offset paths and the wonderful blob brush!  A few more tutorials and then it’s time to look at creating some designs of my own…eeek! If you fancy a go you can find the tutorial here.  Enjoy

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Illustration Adventures

For most crafters and bloggers, getting the right look and feel to their blog is often just as important as the content of the posts. However for some crafters, especially myself, delving into the world of digital design can be somewhat daunting and often produce unsatisfactory blog headers (certainly my own).  Luckily having a best friend as a graphic designer comes in rather handy (watch this space for my exciting re-brand).

This got me thinking, how fun would it be to have a bash at the digital arts and see if I can incorporate it into my crafting?  With the handy help of a tub of gel medium it’s pretty easy to transfer designs onto wood, material, stone etc…however up until now i’ve only used this for typeface and the odd image, shamefully ripped from google.

My adventures in Adobe Illustrator have got so far as completing a very basic tutorial as pictured below.

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Luckily the use of the ‘infamous’ pen tool was very limited, in fact the only part you use it for is the hair believe it or not!  I’ m certain there will be many more delightful creatures to come and I am excited to see how I can incorporate these into my crafty ideas.

Rosemary the Rabbit

Say hello to my latest amigurumi creation, Rosemary.   This is my second ‘freetstyled’ project, and I am pleased to say that this time I managed to take note and write the pattern down. This little cutey is for sale in my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Crochetandteauk or you can download the pattern for free at https://crochetandtea.co.uk/patterns-2/ As this is my first pattern I would appreciate any feedback.  Happy hooking…