And onto the Autumn

Well unfortunately another long gap before writing again due to so much going on, wondering what I would have done if I had not retired 🙂 so many things happening, including moving house and unfortunately my husband lost his mother at the beginning of July after caring for her duing her illness. However we are now more settled in our new home now after moving 10 miles down the road to the outskirts of Wareham in Dorset and hopefully I shall be able to get down to some serious crafting again includling reopening my Etsy shop.

I have managed to complete some projects in between though despite all the upheaval – however I hope to get back to creating some designs of my own now life is more settled.

I managed to try out a few of the many new scheepjes yarns that have come out- though still a few more to try ! I already showed you my Scheepjes secret garden shawl last time, this time I tried the new wanderlust line ( which I have to confess to buying more than one shade of)- but so far I have only tried one of the three the gorgeous Rio de janerio shade to make a virus shawl, such vibrant colours and lovely smooth silky yarn to work with:

I also sucumbed to the purchase of one of the new Scheepjes whirls, I will just have to try the other colour combinations – they are all so gorgeous, I made the the lovely textured stormy day shawl pattern by Scheejes blogger haakmaarraak.nl   Kirsten Ballering.IMG_3448

I did manage to turn out a couple of amigurumi animals as presents too, another little elephant cutie made with Scheepjes cotton catona  and Lisa the mouse from another Scheepjes blogger pattern by lillabjorncrochet.com and made with Scheepjes soft fun denim yarn which is so lovely to work with.

Well hopefully this time I will be back sooner- I will just leave you with a little taster of my next project on the go whilst trying to create some ideas of my own, a nice relaxing granny  square style blanket from the Midnight Garden edition of the Scheepjes Yarn bookazine using yet another new yarn from them – Scheepjes spirit which has elements of scheepjes stonewashed and scheepjes colour crafter I would say, the Lapghan as it is described has a very rustic feel but includes some gorgeous colours. These are the red squares:

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Bunny Blankie crochet pattern

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I love making blankies, a combination of my 2 favourites making blankets and amigurami   (making toys and figures by crocheting in the round), babies and children love both soft blankets and squishy toys to bring comfort and this is a combination of both. Ive concocted a few of these over the the last few years- but I think this is my favourite design, the combination of star stitch which has a super squishy texture  and a  cuddly bunny and made in one of the best baby type yarns from Sirdar in my opinion. This is my pattern below so that you can make your own :

You will need 2 balls Sirdar baby crofter snuggly fair isle dk for the main part of the blanket and the bunny ears (there are lots of gorgeous shades to choose from, the one I have used is 0166) and one ball of Sirdar snuggly baby in a plain contrast colour for the bunny and trim- I recommend the cream shade, you can either use dk or as I did use 2 strands of 4 ply crocheted together. You will also need a 4mm crochet hook ( I use clover hooks) a tapestry needle and some brown embroidery thread or wool if you prefer for the eyes and mouth. I recommend the use of a stitch marker for the bunny, for me a stitch marker is a must for amigurami.

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(all instructions are using UK crochet terms  ch : chain, dc : double crochet, htr : half treble crochet, ss : slip stitch, sst : star stitch, RS : right side, WS : wrong side, Dc2inc = 2 dc in same stitch creating increase in stitches, dc2dec= dc 2 stitches together to decrease stitch count)fullsizeoutput_d4f

Blanket:

Star stitch , Chain 66 using your fair isle shade using a 4 mm hook,

 Row 1 (RS) Starting 2nd chain from hook, draw up a loop in each of the next 5 chain, yah, draw through all loops on the hook, ch 1, ( first star stitch) *draw up loop through eyelet at centre of previous star, draw up loop around last spoke of previous star, draw up loop in same chain as base of last spoke of previous star, draw up loop in each of the next 2 chain, yrh, draw through all the loops on the hook, chain 1 ( next star stitch made); repeat from * another 26 times, htr in last chain, turn. (28 sst, 1 htr)
Row 2 (WS) Ch 2 ( Counts as htr here and throughout pattern) *2 htr in eyelet of star, repeat in each sst , 27 times, htr in last st and turn, (60 htr.)
Row 3 (RS) Ch 3, starting in second chain from hook, draw up a loop in each of next 2 chain, draw up a loop in each of next 3 htr, yrh, draw through all loops on the hook, ch 1, (first sst made). * draw up loop through eyelet of previous star, draw up loop around last spoke  of previous star, draw up loop in same st as base of last spoke of previous star, draw up loop in  in each of the next 2 sts, yrh, draw through all the loops on the hook, ch 1 (next sst made), repeat from * another 26 times,  htr in last ch, turn (28 sst, 1 htr)
Row 4 (WS) As row 2
Repeat rows 3 and 4 18 more times or depending on your tension your work measures approx 31 cm x 31 cm.
At the end of the last htr row ch 1 , turn and work 60 dc evenly along each side of the square, and 3 dc into each corner, ss to first dc, fasten off.
Border  The border is worked in simple linen stitch, cast on with a slip stitch in the contrast plain colour yarn, ( if your are using the snuggly 4 ply use 2 strands throughout) at one corner, work 1 ch, 1 dc in first dc, miss one dc , 1ch, 1 dc in next dc, for this round only the st should be worked in the back loop only, subsequent 3 rounds should be worked in both loops. At each corner work 1 ch, 2dc, 1 ch, then miss a dc and continue with row. Complete 4 rows and ss to fasten off at last corner. Weave in ends.
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This is the right side of the star stitch fabric created

Bunny 
Head 
Starting at the nose create a magic ring / circle using the contrast yarn, (if you are using the snuggly 4 ply use 2 strands throughout) using a 4mm hook ( if your fabric is too gappy reduce the size of your hook to make the tension tighter, if you tend to have loose tension, amigurami requires tighter tension than normal if you have not attempted this before) if you have not attempted a magic ring/ circle  before I would recommend watching this tutorial video on U tube by Bella Coco magic ring/ circle tutorial by Bella Coco
dc2inc = 2 dc in same stitch creating increase in stitches
dc3inc = 3 dc in same stitch creating increase in stitches
dc2dec= dc 2 stitches together to decrease stitch count
Round 1 Ch 1 ( does not count as a stitch )  work 6 dc into the ring ( 6 st)
Round 2 (dc2inc) 6 times, pull on the short end of the yarn from the magic circle to close the ring tightly, (12 sts)
Round 3 (dc2inc, 3 dc)  3 times (15 st)
Round 4 (dc2inc, 2dc) 5 times (20st)
Round 5 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 6 (dc2inc, 3dc) 5 times (25st)
Round 7 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 8 (dc2inc,4 dc) 5 times (30st)
Round 9 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 10 (dc2inc, 5 dc) 5 times (35sts)
Rounds 11- 17 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 18 (dc2dec, 2 dc) 7 times (28sts)
Round 19 Work 1 dc in each stitch
Round 20 (dc2dec, 2dc) 7 times  (21 st)
Round 21 (dc2dec, 1dc) 7 times (14 st)
ss to next dc and fasten off, leaving a long length of yarn.
Stuff the head and close off the opening with the yarn tail and tapestry needle and a gathering stitch .
Outer ears (make 2) with contrast yarn and 4mm hook
Chain 24
Row 1 (WS) 1 dc into second chain from hook, 1dc into next 21 ch, 3 dc into next ch, 1dc down reverse side of the chain to the end, turn (47sts)
Row 2 (RS) 1 ch, ( does not count as a st throughout ear) 23 dc, dc3 inc, 23dc, turn (49 st)
Row 3 1ch, 24dc, dc3inc, 24dc, turn, (51st)
Row 4 1ch, 24dc, dc3inc, 24dc dc2inc, turn, (55st)
Row 5 1ch, 27dc, dc3inc, 27dc, turn ( 57 st)
Row 6 1ch, 28dc,dc3inc, 28dc, turn (59st)
Row 7 1ch, 29 dc, dc3inc, 29dc, turn (61st)
Row 8 1ch, 30 dc, dc3inc, 30dc (63st)
fasten off with ss
Inner ears make 2 as above in the fair isle yarn
Sew the lower edges of the outer and inner ears together with the contrast yarn. gather the bottom edge of the ear with the same thread to shape the curve of the ear at the base, sew onto head.
Embroider the eye lines with chain stitch and 3 eyelashes in straight stitch on each eye. Embroider the nose with a large cross stitch.
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To construct the blankie, take 1 corner of the blankie and place it as shown in the photo below between the ears on the back of the head, sew and secure onto the head, at least 5 cms down each side of the blanket edges and at the corner point.
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happy snuggles!

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Unicorn amigurumi love

I love making amigurumi crochet animals, this one is a particularly cute and a request from my daughter ( even though she is 26) as a big fan of ‘Fluffy’ Agnes’s toy unicorn in the film”Despicable me “. This quite a large cuddly project so I felt I needed some really robust but silky to the touch yarn, I didn’t want to use just a cotton yarn doubled. The yarn that fitted the bill was Scheepjes cotton “Bloom” yarn, it is a 100% cotton aran yarn but is woven into what I can only describe as a tube making it super strong and prevents any yarn splitting – which can be a real pain with Amigurumi. The fact it shares its name with a rather gorgeous actor know for playing an elf or a pirate is an additional fun fact 🙂 Scheepjes recommend a 5mm hook with this yarn, however I used a 4mm clover hook as I wanted to a achive a tightly woven fabric which is best for amigurumi,  the project required 2 ball of the snowdrop 424 (white ) shade and 2 balls of the Rose 409 ( pale pink ) shade, I also used 1 ball of lilac 404 and fuschia 407 for the mane and tail- however you could easily just use stash yarn for the curlies made for the mane and tail- and obviously depends if you want a unicorn that looks like fluffy in pink colours or other combinations- a lot are made in a rainbow effect like the one in the pattern I used as a basis for my unicorn, this gorgeous creation by ChiWei can be found at her blog 1dogwoof    Also I chose to make my uncorn horn in the pale pink rather than a yellow or gold colour and I enlarged the stitch count by 10 at thw widest point to make a bigger model.

The head was completed first with the horn and ears, and then the body, they were sewn together before making the legs.I sewed a cross stitch pattern on the ears with the rose yarn to give the ears their centre colour after attaching, which you can see in the later photos below.

Legs completed and sewn on, I made mine quite floppy so they can be moved around by not fully stuffing the top of the legs and sewing closed onto the body, the original pattern suggests sewing them on open- which would give a more firm effect – depends what you are looking for.

Now for the mane and tail which is the fun bit as with this type of toy you can do whatever you imagination suggests!

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in progress on my craft dresser

I stuck to pink shades for the main and tail to get the essence of “Fluffy” but you could make them in any colours to get lots of lovely effects.


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