Crafts, Crochet, How to, Yarn and Hook

New Pattern Alert!! Love is all around us

Love is all around us what can i say 5 Months in the making, But what a fun pattern it is!!

dragonflys

 

I mean how could you go wrong with hearts, butterflies and dragonflies In between the lovely texture of the Popcorn stitch!!

I have used 7 testers for this design so hopefully between us we have those stitch counts correct! here are some of their pictures

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I made this twice once with a 4ply cotton and the second time using a DK 8ply here is a pic of the 4ply on top of the 8ply

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Well I really hope you love this as much as i had fun creating it

Happy crocheting

Jodie

P.S I have 30% off in my Ravelry store till the 29th Feb 2020

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New pattern alert!

I am so excited to introduce A Bumpy Road to Love Shawl which is now available on Ravelry,

 

and Etsy

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Craft: Crochet
Published: May 2019
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Ombré Life
Yarn weight: Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) 
Hook size: 3.75 mm (F)
Yardage: 1312 – 1640 yards (1200 – 1500 m)
Sizes available: 66 inches across
Crochet terminology: US
Languages: Flag of English English

Get 30% off on Ravelry till the 14th May no code needed

This design was definitely a labour of Love for me a-lot of frogging and redoing but here it is and i am so very happy with it, and ever so great-full to my team of testers, I hope you enjoy making it as much as I love it 🙂

Materials
F/5-3.75 mm hook
1400 meters 50% cotton/ 50% Acrylic fingering/4ply
I used 3 cakes of Lion brand ombre life Sunrise
Abbreviation’s US Terminology
Chain – Ch
Slip Stitch – Slst
Stitch – St/sts
Space – Sp
Skip a stitch – sk
Single crochet – Sc
Double crochet – Dc
Back post double crochet – Bpdc
Front post double crochet – Fpdc
3 double crochet together over the next 3 stitches – dc3tog
5 double crochet together over the next 5 stitches – dc5tog

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Treat yourself and head on over to Ravelry  and enjoy 30% off all patterns till the 14th May 2019 NO CODE NEEDED

 

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2019 Patterns

I have had a very busy year designing so far first up was the most requested Rectangle version of granny hearts

I was then commissioned by Love Craft to come up with a market bag design to commemorate Earth day this is what i came up with I heart tree’s market bag available for a limited time for free on the Love Crochet website

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After making so many heart designs I needed a break so back to my favourite thing to create Mandala’s I find them very relaxing The first was the Pineapple Mandala

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And then back to hearts with the Granny hearts shawl this was very similar to a shawl pattern i had designed a few years ago as it has the same heart pattern but this time i used the granny stitch *3 dc* lazy designing on my part but it was another requested design so here it is

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The next pattern i released was this cute mandala flower called Petals she is 22 inches once stretched on a hula hoop, This was a new challenge for me having 14 bobbins of colour! I absolutely love the finished outcome

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In between all of these I have been working on a Shawl and throw that are yet to be released so keep your eye’s out for them!

UPDATE the Bumpy Road to Love Shawl has now been released

 

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I have also managed to create a FaceBook group  so if you would like to come join me I would love to see you and all your creations

 

Happy Crocheting Jodie

Crafts, Crochet

Hearts

Hearts seriously who doesn’t love them?

I have just released the Heart blanket that can be made from crib size up to a king you can find the pattern on Ravelry or Etsy

I started to design this Heart Triangle Shawl / Scarf back in Feb 2017 and of course i could not just stop with the Shawl, (keep reading there’s more) you can make this as a big wrap shawl or a small bandana style bib

What i used:

Yarn: DK, 8 ply

Hook size: H (5 mm)

Or any weight yarn and the appropriate hook works well for this project.

US Stitches/Terminology Used

Ch = Chain

Sc = Single crochet

MR = Magic ring

Dc = Double Crochet

Sp = Space

Sk = Skip a stitch

Rep = Repeat

sts / st = Stitch /es

dc3tog = 3 double crochet together

dc5tog = 5 double crochet together

Skill level: Easy – Intermediate

I had to also make a Poncho because little girls in hearts ❤ available in Size child 1 all the way up to a woman’s 22

You can even add a hood like the very cleaver #Fullhandsfullheart did

This gorgeous pink one below was made to fit a size 22 adult

vestIt is written for a 1-2 year old with “Hints” for bigger sizes 

You can add arms to make it a cardigan (not included in the pattern)

a long scarf

and a Market bag

I have this continuous granny heart pattern with my testers It should be available to purchase in a week’s time

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If you can not wait I have this 8X8 inch square that would make a cute cot size blanket Oh the possibilities are endless

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How to

Special stitches and techniques I think every crocheter should know!

Special stitches that you should learn! seriously they will improve your crochet.

Most of my patterns have one of these stitches what am I talking about? The foundation single and double crochet of course.

Why will the improve your crochet? well let me tell you

#1 No more starting chains!! How annoying are they! not to mention they don’t actually look that flash

#2 They look great

#3 They have more stretch

#4 Did I mention NO MORE STARTING CHAINS!!!

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How to do a foundation single crochet

Step 1: Ch 2
Step 2: Insert your hook into the first chain stitch.
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Step 3: Yarn over and pull through one loop (chain made)
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Step 4: Yarn over and pull through one loop again

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Yarn over and pull through both loops to make a single crochet

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How to do a Foundation double crochet stitch:

Step 1: Ch 3

Step 2: Yarn over, insert hook into the first chain, Yarn over, pull through loop. (chain made)fdc2

Step 3: Yarn over, and work as a double crochet (dc).
Step 4: Yarn over, insert hook into top two sts at the base of the just completed dc.

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Step 5: Yarn over, pull through one loop (chain made) Yarn over, work as a double crochet.

 
Repeat step 4- 5 until you have the stitches you need.

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And another is the Long Tail Chain Cord 

How many times have you had to make a chain cord? they really do not look great, sure you can SC in each stitch but seriously why?. Or maybe you have tried the icord wow how fiddly is that!

Let me introduce you to the long tail chain cord

With a H/8-5mm hook 2 meters of DK yarn will make a 1 meter long cord

Let me show you using two different coloured yarns my tail is the pink and my working yarn in purple

Make a slip knot

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Step 1: Wrap tail yarn (pink) around hook from front to back, two loops on hook (i know i have 3 but i am using two strands so you can easily see what i am doing)

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Step 2: With working yarn (purple) yarn over and pull through both loops, you should have one loop on hook

3And repeat

5

 

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and voila we have a nice easy cord

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Repeat until you get the desired length,

Blocking your crochet

Blocking is an important step toward making your crocheted pieces look more professional.

It’s a way of finishing your projects using moisture and or heat depending on the yarn. Proper blocking of a crocheted garment or accessory can go a long way toward making it look and fit better, and it can help pull it back into shape,

Blocking helps to set the stitches and can even enhance the drape of the fabric.There are different methods for blocking crocheted pieces, Choosing the correct blocking method depends on what the item is and what type of yarn or thread is being used. Also, certain Yarn’s might not be suitable for blocking.

I make at least one Christmas ornament every year and every year I get less and less left over when I am packing up!! They seem to like walking out the door with my visitors, without blocking they would not hang right.

I will do another blog post on how I stiffen them

Getting Started

You’ll need a blocking board or foam mats, rustproof pins, a steamer or steam iron, a spray bottle, and your yarn or thread labels. A blocking “board” needs to be a flat surface that’s large enough to hold the piece or pieces you want to block.

Choose Your Method

Blocking methods may be described as wet, dry or cold. The actual method you choose will vary depending on your yarn. Always consult the yarn label.

Most natural Yarns such as wool, cotton, linen and mohair may be either wet or dry blocked.

Some synthetic Yarns like most acrylic yarns can only be wet blocked, never use hot steam.

Novelty and metallic Yarns may need special care and may not be suitable for blocking.

Wet blocking is suitable for those Yarns which can be washed. Thoroughly wet it and gently squeeze out excess water. Do not wring or twist! lay the piece out flat, and gently pat and shape, Pin the piece securely in place using rust-proof pins Leave the piece undisturbed until it is completely dry.

Dry blocking is suitable for Yarns which can tolerate moisture and heat (steam). Pin the piece into the desired shape and size on the blocking board. Pins should be close together and evenly spaced so as not to distort the fabric. Blocking wires also work well.

Cold blocking can be used for Yarns which can tolerate moisture but not heat. Pin the piece into shape on the blocking board as you did for dry blocking. Mist with a spray bottle of clean water until the piece is completely wet.

 

Crafts

12 Crafts in 12 Months a journey of discovery

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In 2017 my friend Tash (and probably my most loyal supporter) and I decided we need to get together and try new crafts (you should see our pinterest boards) as opposed to only getting together to drink Vodka! which always turns into a sleep over as we live 40 mins away from each other.
We both love the idea of crafting but never get the time, Me a Mother of 3 boys under 8, and Tash who works full time has 3 cats and has a hubby that actually likes to spend time with her!
So 2018 was going to be the year whoo hoo

Well it did not start great at all. January was a bust and never happened. With the Christmas rush of visitors and family moving closer yay, It’s so nice to be able to see my Nephew his wife (Hana) and their baby my great niece more often!!

And to be able to add another Girl to our craft days
So we book in for Feb 10  just us 3 girls NO Children or Men!!

So now the decision of what to make? where should we meet? What food drinks etc?
Well the food was easy another friend had made a cob loaf dip so I messaged Sanne “Hey how do you make that dip thingy you made at that BBQ,” and as soon as i hit send I thought how have i not thought to invite her to our craft days she loves DIY and has a candle business, and then we were 4

And another craft we could all learn candle making.

What did we make? Macrame plant holders

from left to right Tash, my great niece, Me, Sanne and Hana

We did managed to make a Macrame plant hanger each it was harder than we all thought it would be. But that may have been the wine……

This weekend we are going to be making Nail Art you know hammer, nails, wood and yarn we will see how it goes …….. stay tuned

Craft #2 Nail Art! 

What a success! we all accomplished out nail art pieces NOT! haha well nearly, It took a few glasses of wine to get motivated

but with hammers in hand we did finally got started 2 1/2 hours after we arrived, tummy’s full and all caught up on the everyday stuff that had happened in between seeing each other last

Hard at it trying to get the stubborn nails in

On to the yarn wrapping

Tash’s cacti

Sanne’s nearly finished Lenyx

Hana’s & for her bedroom wall and below my heart for my Great niece

April 14 we made be making dream catchers!

Craft #3 Dream catchers!

Knowing that we would be making dream catcher I got in the grove by designing 3 new mandala patterns

This is # 1 https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hanging-mandala

#2 Diamond hanging mandala is doing well on Ravelry and was in the top 50 “hot right now Patterns” and can be found here https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/diamond-mandala-dream-catcher

 

#3 and finally Cockle shells mandala

These are all made to hang using a hula hoop and are a huge 78cm round!!

We all made something to eat Sanne made a delish salad with sweet potato, chick peas and quinoa, Hana made club sandwiches some scrummy garlic cream cheese and salami bites, Tash made an apple slice and I made ginger slice after we had had our full, we got on to the serious business of learning a new craft

Hana had me make her a centre for her Dream catcher and it turned out great it is now hanging proudly on her Bedroom wall.

Sanne managed to complete hers on the night and as you can tell she was super stoked to beat us all haha

Unfortunately Tash did not finish hers and I am still waiting for a pic ……………

May 27th we will be making Jam!!

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Well May has come and gone that was quick!

Jam was a lot easier than we all thought



Rhubarb and apple

Ingredients

10 stalks of rhubarb, which was about 5 cups of chopped rhubarb

3 apples, unpeeled and diced – which was about 3 cups diced

1 cup of water

2 cups of sugar
Put it all in a large pot and simmer for fruit is soft
Whilst it is simmering wash jars and boil them to sterilize 

The second one was Blackberry

This was probably the easiest as we just used frozen berries  
Ingrediant

2 cups of frozen berries
2 cups of suger
1 cup of water
1 packet of jamsetta

Put all ingredients in a pot and simmer for around 15-20 mins mash the fruit and transfer to sterilised jars, Turning the jars upside down helps to seal them!

June we will be doing wood etching!!

In June we failed to meet so never got a chance to do wood etching

July we did Photo onto wood transfers

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This was a fun experiment none of us had done this before so it was a learning curve

Supplies needed to transfer a photo to wood:
Unfinished Wood Painting Panel the smoother the better(so we found out)
Photocopied Image on Regular Copy Paper (you must use a photocopy of your image or it will most likely not turn out correctly)
Mod Podge
Sandpaper
Clear Glaze Spray
*If you want the wood grain to show through, use regular Mod Podge Matte. If you want a white background with no wood grain showing through, use Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium.

Step 1: Apply a generous amount of the transfer solution to the image. You’ll need a thick layer.

Step 2: Press the image, photo side down, onto the wood panel. Rub firmly to smooth out the image and remove air bubbles. Let it dry completely. Ours took 12 hours

Step 3: Use a damp cloth or sponge to wet one section of the paper at a time. Begin rubbing gently to remove the paper and expose the transferred image below. I like to remove the top layer first, let it dry slightly, and then repeat the process as needed to remove the “fuzzies” that were left behind.

Step 4: Once you are satisfied with the image, sand the edges lightly. Seal the photo to wood transfer with a finishing spray.

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August was Canvas painting

We thoroughly enjoyed this more than we thought although one of us did go to art school, we would and I will definitely be doing more of it

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September 22 we will be up to 6 members and are doing Fluid art