Friday, 17 October 2014

Mandala Workshop Day

Here are a few works in progress for today's workshop


These are Hilda's lovely colours



This is Sarah's 



and Carols 


How different they all look.
They have all worked very hard today and got lots done.

My cushion is now finished and all buttoned up..........


It's been a super day well done everyone........
Alison xxxx





Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Winter is coming

Hello,

I have just been selecting colours for the winter blanket. I wanted this blanket to feel bright, crisp and cold.  I am still using the Parchment as the main colour in each seasons blanket.



I had a picture from Hardwick Park, Stockton taking two years ago and then chose the colours based on the photograph.

Alison x

Trip to Thailand

Hello,

I have been away to Thailand for two weeks. We had a lovely time but it was very very hot.

View from the hotel...


This is a picture of downtown Nathon...


 I even managed to find a wool shop...



Sunset view from our balcony...


I did get plenty of time to do some crochet while I was away...


Now I am starting to prepare for the Hobbycraft show in November at the NEC, Birmingham.  I am wanting to start doing some kits of wool and patterns.  Starting with a seasons blanket...this is spring.




I am now starting on the Summer version of the blanket but have also been trying to finish this mandala cushion design for a workshop on friday.




Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Ava pattern now on Etsy

Hello,

Ava doll has now been tested and her pattern is now on my Etsy store.  She is a slightly smaller doll around 16 cms tall and is worked in cotton.


Pop along to my Etsy store for more patterns...Ali Crafts Designs

I always have a number of projects on the go at the same time.  I have just started a new blanket in these colours....This one is for spring. I love choosing different colour combinations, these are Spring green, wisteria, sherbet and parchment.  I am going to do the blanket design in 4 different colour ways for each season.


For Autumn I uploaded a photo and selected colours based on the photo, it was taken at Falling Foss near Whitby.


These are the colours similar to the photo. My blanket only needs 4 different colours so I have chosen, Parchment, Meadow, Spice and Mocha.

Alison x

Monday, 15 September 2014

Free Yoga Mat Pattern

This is a free pattern for a yoga mat bag. I designed this a number of years ago when my daughter started doing yoga....



400 grams Double knitting wool used double
can be made in stripes of different colours
5.00 hook
ABBREVIATIONS
ch.     =    chain
dc.     =    double crochet
dk.     =    double knitting
ss.      =    slip stitch
st.      =    stitches
tr.      =    treble



1. Chain 4 ss. to join
2. 2 chain, 11 tr. into ring ss. to join (12 sts)
3. 2 chain, 2 tr. in each st ss. to join (24 sts)
4. 2 chain, 1 tr. in same place as ss. *1 tr. in next st 2 tr. in next st. rep from *all round ending with 1 tr., ss. to join        (36 sts)
5. 2 chain, 1 tr. in same place as ss. *1 tr. in next 2 sts, 2 tr. in next st. rep from *all round ending with 1 tr. ss. to join (48 sts)
6. 2 chain, 1 tr. in same place as ss. *1 tr. in next 3 sts, 2 tr. in next st. rep from *all round ending with 1 tr., ss. to join (60 sts)
7. 1 chain, 1 dc. into each st., ss. to join
8. Working in the back loop of each stitch for this row only work 2 chain and 1 tr. into each st., ss. to join
9. 2 chain, 1 tr. into each st., ss. to join
Repeat row 9 until work measures 25 inches from row 7
1. 1 chain 1 dc. into each st., ss. to join
2. Working in the back loop of each stitch for this row only work 2 chain and 1 tr. into each st., ss. to join
3. 2 chain, 1 tr. into each st., ss. to join
4. 2 chain, 1 tr. into each st., ss. to join
Fasten off
Strap
Join thread 8 stitches from join at the base in the stitches left when row 7 was worked
1. 2 chain, 1 tr. into 14 stitches
2. turn and work 2 chain, 1 tr. into each stitch repeat this row until approx 24 inches

using dc. join the strap to the top of the bag using the loops left from round  1 on top edge
Fasten off.

Using double thread make a chain with 200 stitches to use as a drawstring. fasten off

thread through the last round of bag and tie.

Hope you enjoy this pattern x
Thursday, 28 August 2014

Free Heart Pattern

Hello,

Here is a free tutorial on how to make a simple crocheted heart...
 

I have used 10 crochet cotton and 2.50 hook for this sample.

Row 1.  13 ch., work 1tr. in 7th ch. from hook, 2ch., miss 2ch., 1tr. in next ch., 2ch., miss 2ch., 1tr. in last ch.

Row 2.  5ch., turn, 1tr., in next tr., 2ch., 1tr. in next tr., 2ch., miss 2ch., 1tr. in 3rd ch. of 5ch., at en

Row 3.  5ch., turn, 1tr., in next tr., 2ch., 1tr. in next tr., 2ch., miss 2ch., 1tr. in 3rd ch. of 5ch., at end

Row 4.  Working over the side of tr. and ch., 3dc. in 1st square, 4ch., miss 1 square, 5dc. in next square, 4ch., miss 1 square, 3dc. in last square


Row 5.   turn, work 10dbtr. into 4ch. loop, 1dc. into 3rd dc. on last row, 10dbtr. into 4ch. loop, ss. to join in last dc. work 3dc. into square, 3dc. in next square, 7dc. into bottom square, 3dc. into next square., 3dc. in last square, 2dc. in between each dbtr., to dc. in the middle, ss. to join in dc., 16ch., ss. to join in same dc., 2dc. in between each dbtr., ss. to join in 1st dc. Fasten off



ABBREVIATIONS
ch.            =    chain
dc.            =    double crochet
dbtr.         =     double treble
ss.             =    slip stitch
st.             =    stitches
tr.              =    treble

George Doll pattern now on Etsy

Meet George, named after my 7 year old Grandson...


I designed George to go with Princess Blueberry.  He is approx. 12.5 inch (31cms). This version in blue was my first prototype but I have slightly changed the edging on the hat since but you can see he works well in different colours.


He is worked in Stylecraft special double knitting yarn. The pattern is now available in my Etsy store.

Hope you enjoy this pattern. You have plenty of time to make him for Christmas presents,

Alison