Monthly Archives: April 2014

30 days of creativity – day 15 – I knitted a mouse!

DSCF1743I’ve been neglecting my knitting needles to begin a love affair with my crochet hook.

But I’m trying to use up my yarn stash and this lovely soft fluffy yarn is absolutely awful to crochet with.

I decided to knit a bunny rabbit, no pattern as usual, but when I sewed the face  she decided to be a mouse. I stitched the floppy bunny ears into roundy mouse ears, made a tail and, there you go, a mouse!

I think she’s cute and I’m tempted to keep her, but have decided to donate her to my friend’s coffee morning in aid of breast cancer.

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Crochet cardigan pattern

cardiganSo, I designed a crochet cardigan!

Or, to be more specific, I made it up as I went along!

I used an aran yarn (it was a 400g ball, and I have some left) and a 6.5mm hook. I apologise for the lack of proper pattern wordage, but I don’t really follow patterns, let alone write them! I’m a size 8-10, but you could easily adjust this basic template to make the cardi bigger or longer.

There are three pieces – the collar, the bottom part, and the back, which folds over to become the two sides of the front.

I started with the collar piece.

Chain 103 stitches, turn and crochet 1 treble into the 3rd chain from hook. Make one treble crochet into each stitch of your chain.

At the end  chain 2, turn and go back the other way, making a treble into each stitch.

Continue until you have 10 rows of treble crochet. Cut yarn and tie off.

 Next I made the bottom piece.

Chain 83 stitches, turn and crochet 1 treble into the 3rd chain from the hook. Make one treble crochet into each stitch of your chain. At the end  chain 2, turn and go back the other way, making a treble into each stitch.

Continue until you have enough rows to go around under your bust. Mine was 54 rows of treble crochet.

Take the collar and attach it with a slip stitch to the ends of the bottom piece.  Mark the middle 26 stitches of the collar – this is where you will join the back piece.

(here’s a little drawing)

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The collar just folds over when it is being worn.

Now you need to make 52 treble crochet along the middle of the bottom piece – this will be the back of your cardigan. I used some stitch markers to help me measure the middle section.

Carry on with rows of trebles until you have 18rows.

cardiback

Chain 2, turn and make 14 trebles in the next row. this is the point where your collar joins. (At this point I slip stitched my collar in place, using the markers I’d made earlier. )

Now you are on the front and need to make a triangular piece until it is long enough to join to the bottom.

Turn and crochet 14 trebles.

Turn, crochet 13 trebles, turn, 13 trebles.

(Each time I got to the collar edge I made a slip stitch to hold the crochet in place.)

Make one less treble in each block of two rows until you have 7 treble crochet in your row.

Join to the bottom piece with slip stitch.

So, hopefully it looks like this…

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Now, you need to do the same for the other front side; rejoin yarn and make 2 rows of 14 trebles, 2 rows of 13 trebles, etc. Join at the bottom.

Next I joined the edges properly with slip stitch – along the diagonal was a bit holey!

Then I edged around the bottom and around the armholes in slip stitch.

Finally I sewed on a button and made a button loop with a crochet chain.

DSCF1706Well, that was probably as clear as mud, but hey-ho! I really should have written it down as I did it.

My favourite thing about crochet is the way you can make it up as you go along, so, go on, have a try!!

 

 

 

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30 days of creativity – day 14 – a wedding card

 youngloveIt’s that time of year – wedding season!

I love this stamp from Lili of the Valley – the two children remind me of my daughter and her best friend.

I coloured the image with promarkers, and drew faux stitching around the edges. I couldn’t resist adding the paper doily as a lacy background. The bunting is also stamped and hand coloured.

The words are hand stamped, and I love these tiny wooden heart buttons.

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30 days of creativity – day 13 – an easy peasy Easter card

Lots of people think cardmaking is hard, when the truth is it’s as easy as you want it to be!

There are loads of ideas and inspiration all over the web, and I found these cute bunny printables via pinterest.

(I know, I have broken an unwritten internet law – thou shalt not ever actually make or do something you pinned on pinterest.)

You can find the bunnies here and all you need to do is print them out.

bunnybunnybunnyI cut around mine with some teeny scissors – that was the hardest part of making this card – then glued them onto a 14cm square piece of patterned paper. I drew a black line around the edge because I like black lines. I stuck this onto a 15cm square white card and finished the cuteness off with some teeny pompoms I stole from found in my daughter’s art box. I stuck them on with silicone glue.

And there you go, easy peasy!

 

 

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