Sunday, 25 January 2015

Anna - Seasons Collection Spring

Hello,

I have always really enjoyed designing new crocheted dolls. Since Christmas I have been designing four dolls for each of the seasons in the year.  This is Anna and she is the season spring.  Each of the dolls have their own bag and also a larger bag for a child to carry the doll in.

I try to design patterns that are easy to follow but also use new techniques and stitches beginners may not have tried before.

Large doll bag with Annas face and hair on,




This is a version of Anna made by my daughter, Louise. She has made her in different colours and kept the hair longer.


The Anna doll pattern is available on Etsy as a printed pattern and also a PDF download.


Hope you enjoy this pattern. Please let me know if you enjoy making her. Spring doll coming soon.

Alison x

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Free Pattern Shelly Bag

Hello,

This is a free pattern for a small drawstring bag.  It uses a 5.5 hook and you can use any chunky yarn or double knitting yarn but use two strands.

You can read the pattern here or download from Ravelry.


Using yarn of your choice - UK Terminology

1. Ch.4, work 9tr. into 4th ch. from hook, ss. to join  in 3rd ch. at beg.         (10tr)
2. 3ch., 1tr. in same place as ss. to join,  2tr. in each tr. to end, ss. to join in top of 3ch. at beg. (20sts)
3. 3ch., 1tr. in same place as ss. to join , * 1tr. in next st., 2tr. in next tr. rep. from * from * to end ss. to join in 3rd ch.         (30sts)
4. 3ch., 1tr. in same place as ss. to join , * 1tr. in next 2sts., 2tr. in next tr. rep. from * from * to end ss. to join in 3rd ch.     (40sts)
5. 3ch., work in back loop for this round, 1tr. in each tr. to end, ss. to join in 3rd ch.
6. 3ch., 1tr. in each tr. to end, ss. to join in 3rd ch.
7. 3ch., 1tr. in each tr. to end, ss. to join in 3rd ch.
8. 3ch., 1tr. in each tr. to end, ss. to join in 3rd ch.
9. 3ch., 1tr. in each tr. to end, ss. to join in 3rd ch.
10. 3ch., 1tr. in each tr. to end, ss. to join in 3rd ch.
11. 3ch., work in back loop for this round, 1tr. in each tr. to end, ss. to join in 3rd ch.
12. 1ch., 1dc. in same place as ss. to join , * miss 1tr., 3tr. in next tr., miss 1tr., 1dc. in next., rep. from * from * omitting last dc., ss. to join in 1st dc.
Fasten off

Frill
1. Join yarn to loop missed on round 11 (front loops)  1ch., 1dc. in same place * 4ch., miss 2tr., 1dc. in next loop rep. from * ending 4ch., ss. to join in 1st dc.
2. 1dc. in 4ch. loop, (1htr., 3tr., 1htr., 1dc. ) in same loop * (1dc., 1htr., 3tr., 1htr., 1dc.) in next loop rep. from * from * all round ss. to join in 1st dc.
Fasten off

Flower
make 2
4ch., ss. to join in 1st ch. to form a loop
1. 1ch. 10dc. in circle, ss. to join in 1st dc.
2. 1ch., 1dc. in same place as ss. to join  *3tr. in next st., 1dc. in next, rep. from * from * ending 3tr. in last st., ss. to join in 1st dc.
Fasten off

Make 2 chains approx 80ch. or 18 inches (45.5cms)
thread through the tr. on round 10 one from one side of the bag all round and the other starting from the opposite side of the bag  using the same holes all round to form the drawstrings.

Hope you enjoy this pattern,
Alison x

  

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year

Hello,

Wishing all my followers a Happy New Year. I have spent the Christmas holiday having a bit of time off from writing patterns. My youngest Grandson who is 4 has Autism, he is really into The Very Hungry Caterpillar at the moment so I have crocheted him a set based on the book. He really loves them and likes to line them up and say each food items name. I have really enjoyed making them.








Friday, 12 December 2014

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Free Christmas Bird Pattern

Hello,

Its so cold today but the sky was amazing this morning so I took a few photographs.



I am feeling festive after going to my Grandsons Christmas play, so thought I would put my Christmas bird pattern on here for free.

These are so quick, easy to make and use up oddments of yarn.




Abbreviations

beg.
beginning
ch.
chain
dc.
double crochet
htr.
half treble
rep.
repeat
ss.
slip stitch
st.
stitches
tr.
treble

Materials
Oddments of Double Knitting Yarn, a 3.00 hook and a small amount of toy filling.
  
Body
Start with red
Ch.4, ss. to join in 1st ch. to form a ring
  1. Ch.2, 9htr. into ring, ss. to join in 2nd ch. at beg.  (10sts)
  2. 3ch., 1tr. in same place as ss., 2tr. in each htr., ss. to join in 3rd ch. at beg.  Fasten off first colour (20tr)
  3. Join 2nd colour to sp. between sts., 3ch., 1tr. in same place, 2tr. in each sp. to end ss. to join in 3rd ch., fasten off.   (40sts)
  4. Join new colour to same place as ss., Fold in half and working through both layers of curved edge, work 1ch., 1dc. in same place as ss., 1dc. in each st. to end of curve.  Place a little stuffing inside if you need it.  (20dc)
  5.  1ch., turn 2dc. in 1st dc., *1dc. in next, 2dc. in next dc., rep. from * until you have worked 15 dc., then work first leg, 10ch., work 2dc. in 2nd ch. from hook and 2dc. in each ch. to main work., work 2dc. in next dc. on curve and 1 dc. in next then work 2nd leg as first leg., rep. from * to end of curve.

No need to fasten off ss. into 2nd st on curve and work beak
Beak
4ch., 1dc. in 2nd ch. from hook and 1htr. in next ch., 1tr. in last ch., miss 2dc. on curve and ss. into next dc., fasten off.

Hanging loop
Join yarn to front edge of first ring, ch.25, ss. into 1st ch. to form a loop fasten off.
Darn in all ends.

Wings – make 2 and stitch to side of body 
Ch6., work 1dc. in 2nd ch. from hook, 1htr. in next ch., 1tr. in next, 1htr. in next 1dc. in last. Fasten off.

Tail
Cut 3 lengths of yarn.  Fold in half and pull loop through the last dc. and then pull ends through the loop.  Trim to the length required. 



Really hope you enjoy making these decorations.

Merry Christmas,
Alison x

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Free Bunting Pattern

Hello,

I have created a bunting pattern for a future show in August.  I have been making lots of different colours, its great way to use up oddments of yarn.




Materials Required

Oddments of double knitting yarn
approx. 10 meters of main colour

4.00 hook

Measurement
3 to 4 inches (9 to 10 cms)


Turn at the end of each row

  1.  2ch., 1dc. in 2nd ch. from hook.
  2. 1ch., 2dc. in dc.
  3. 1ch., 2dc. in 1st dc., 1dc. in last dc. (3dc)
  4. 1ch., 2dc. in 1st dc.,  1dc. in each dc. to end. (4dc)
  5. 1ch., 2dc. in 1st dc.,  1dc. in each dc. to end. (5dc)
Rep. row 5 until you have 16dc., fasten off.


Border
Fasten the border colour to the top right hand corner of your flag, work 1ch., 2dc. in same place, 1dc. in 14dc., 3dc. in last st., 1dc. in each row end, 3dc. in bottom point, 1dc. in each row end to top of flag 1dc. in same place as 1st 2dc., ss. to join in 1st dc. Fasten off.

Fringe
Cut 6 x 6inch lengths of yarn fold in half and with wrong side of your flag facing put hook through the bottom point stitch, pull the folded end through, pick up the loose ends with the hook and pull through the loop. trim ends to tidy.

Joining
I have worked a length of chain and spaced the flags along it as I worked the chain by catching the top corners with a dc. or treble.

beg.
beginning
ch.
chain
dc.
double crochet
rep.
repeat
sp.
space
ss.
slip stitch
st.
stitches

I hope that you enjoy this design, I would love to see any bunting that you make from it to put on my Pinterest account.

Many Thanks,


Alison xxx

Friday, 21 November 2014

Another owl workshop

Hi
We have done another workshop on Oswald owl today.

Anne has done one in bright colours


Hilda's looks like an owlet. He looks like he is winking.


Well done ☺️