Chunky Crochet Rainbow Blanket

Time to make has been hard to find lately, but I finally finished a craft project! Today I wanted to share this Chunky Crochet Rainbow Blanket I made for my pals Ali and Jam who run super colourful brand Hello Dodo.

The original idea for this yarn (Bernat Softee Chunky) was to make rainbow cardigans for myself and Ali. However, once I started working it up, I knew it would just be brilliant to make into a large colourful crochet blanket for their whole family, pooches included!

The chunky yarn was quick to work up with an 8mm hook. I just used half treble stitches (hdc in US terms) and made rows of 9 in each colour. Each row took up 2 balls of yarn.

Total time to make was probably around 20 hours, but it was a great make to finish as Autumn began – it kept me warm on my lap as it got bigger!

After blocking, the blanket easily covers a double bed (here it is on mine) and it is super snuggly to wrap around yourself too. I hope Ali, Jam. Hero and Pepper will love it and use it for years to come! They live in a super colourful house in worthing so I think it will compliment their home style pretty well.

I’m definitely thinking of making another chunky blanket in this yarn, perhaps in a ripple pattern or with some pom poms on the corners…..maybe in the grey and more subtle colours for me.

Like the quilt I made a couple of years ago, this one was hard to gift actually. I kind of wanted to keep it for myself!

I’ll be working on a few baby blankets for my next crochet projects to gift to friends for their new arrivals. Taking my crochet back to simple patterns has been refreshing as I’m using my brain power to tackle dress making instead lately.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest project. Let me know what you think and what craft projects you are working on!

DIY Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern

A couple of years ago I wrote this post about handmade Christmas gifts. The Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern I shared has been the most clicked and pinned image on my entire site since it began in 2012!

I purchased the pattern from Amy’s Etsy store and she got in touch to thank me for sending so many of you her way. Amy wanted to extend her thanks by offering the pattern for free to my readers. How nice is that?!

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The pattern is a great beginners crochet project and is worked in (US terms) half double crochet stitches (htr in UK terms). I made mine in with DK yarn in a couple of hours and gave them as Christmas presents.

DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN FOR FREE HERE!

I’m so pleased to have been able to support Amy’s store via my blog traffic. If you are interested in making more cosy items, please do check out all her patterns here (there is currently a Black Friday sale in her shop announcement).

If you are looking for more simple crochet patterns, be sure to check out my Spike Stitch Crochet Handwarmers Pattern – it’s my second most pinned project and is always a favourite in winter and around the holidays!

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Crochet Lemon Stress Ball Pattern

One of the reasons I craft is to help my well-being. I’ve suffered with migraines for around 17 years now and not only is craft my business and my hobby, it is a way to relax and distract from pain. There are days when I can’t do much more than lay in a dark room, but when I am well enough, I turn to crochet, knitting and papercrafts to relieve stress and anxiety.

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So when the Craft Yarn Council in the US got in touch with me about their social media campaign for National Stress Awareness Month, I jumped at the chance to share #StitchAwayStress with you all. Especially as it involves stories from other crafters and a free crochet and knitting pattern for this When Life Gives You Lemons Stressball by Twinkie Chan! Keep reading to download the pattern.

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If you follow along with the Craft Yarn Council on Instagram, you can find lots more creative ways to stay stress free as well as activity ideas, giveaways, and videos to help boost your mood.

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Download the free lemon stress ball patterns at the following links:

Knitting pattern

Crochet Pattern

You can also find a video tutorial for the crochet pattern with Twinkie Chan below! (Remember the pattern will be in US terms).

This video reminded me that a simple craft can bring so much to some people. I especially loved hearing Michael talk about knitting when flying to help with anxiety after 911.

I really hope you will join in the crafty fun and perhaps make a stress ball of your own.  The Craft Yarn Council are encouraging people to share photos of their lemons on social media with the hash tag #stitchawaystress and #lemonstressball.

I’d love for you to share your personal story on how craft has helped you. Come and find me on Twitter and make sure to share with the Craft Yarn Council there too.

Happy crafting and relaxing!

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5 Free Crochet Food Patterns

Maybe it’s because I’m trying to resist treats lately, but are crochet food patterns cropping up more and more online? I’m not complaining mind. Cute crochet macarons and pizza garlands?! Definitely worth learning to crochet for.

I love a good blanket project and I even indulge in a yearly sweater project, but I do have the urge to crochet an entire tea party for some reason. Here are 5 of my favourite free crochet patterns for food items. Enjoy!5-Crochet-Food-Patterns-Free

Crochet Pizza Garland / Crochet Macarons

Crochet Donuts / Crochet Pancakes / Crochet Fruit Potholders

A couple of years ago I spotted this amazing stop motion video and it never fails to make me smile. Do take the time to watch it and I promise you will be inspired! I think I would be much slimmer if all cakes were made this way!

Black Forest Cake from Marion Ber on Vimeo.

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Guest Post: DIY Crochet Taxidermy Fox

Today’s DIY is a super exciting guest post from one of my favourite bloggers at the moment. I hope you enjoy this wonderfully inspiring crochet taxidermy tutorial. I think it is a pretty cool make!

Kate is a crafter and writer who blogs at Beak Up Crafts. She lives in Yorkshire and loves anything with a crafty slant, especially crochet and weaving. Kate believes that crafts and making things can really help to improve your mood and soothe a busy mind and would love to bring a bit of craftiness into peoples’ lives.

She is currently in the process of launching a range of craft workshops which you can find out more about by visiting www.crafteaworkshops.co.uk. You can also get a free Crochet For Beginners E-Course if you’re new to crochet and fancy making this cute faux taxidermy fox.

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Waxworks, stuffed animals and taxidermy aren’t my bag at all. In fact I hate all that kind of thing as it properly freaks me out. Plus there are so many bad examples like these – the stuff of nightmares. However, I love crochet, making toys and cute amigurumi and figured I could use this to put my spin on the whole taxidermy
trend. This is what I came up with, a smiling fox which I called Ruel (after
former Norwich and Tottenham striker Ruel Fox).

Crochet-fox-head---what-you-need---Beak-Up-CraftsYou Will Need:

  • Black/charcoal wool in Aran weight
  • Red/orange wool in Aran weight
  • Safety eyes x 2 (10mm)
  • MDF plaque
  • Paint (for the plaque)
  • Strong glue
  • Fibrefill stuffing
  • A circular piece of felt
  • Red/orange embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Darning needle
  • Twine/string
  • Scissors

Stitches Used (UK terminology)

ch – chain
st – stitch
dc – double crochet
ss – slip stitch
dec – decrease
Make the following as per the below pattern:

Head
With black/charcoal, ch2
1. dc 6 into second ch from hook.
2. 2dc in each st around.
3. dc in each st around.
4. dc in each st around. Change to red. Push the tails into the nose.
5. 2dc in next 6 st, dc in 6.
6. dc in each st around.
7. 2dc in next 12 st, dc in next 6.
8. dc in each st around.
9. dc in next 6 st, (2dc in next st then dc) 12 times.
10. dc in each st around.
11. dec 3 times, (3dc, dec) six times, 2 dc.
12. dc in each st around.
13. dc in next 6 st, 2dc in each st around.
14. dc in next 6 st, (2 dc, dc 2) 16 times.
15. dc in each st around.
16. dc in each st around.
17. dc in next 6 st, (3dc, dec) around.
18. dc in each st around.
19. dc in each st around.
20. dc in each st around.
21. dc in each st around.
22. dc in next 6 st, (5dc, dec) around. Attach safety eyes.
23. dc in next 6 st, (4dc, dec) around.
24. dc in next 6 st, (3dc, dec) around. Start to stuff firmly.
25. dc in next 6 st, (2dc, dec) around.
26. dec (around).
27. dec (around).
28. dec (around).
29. dec (around). Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Ears (Make two)
With black/charcoal, ch2
1. 4dc in second ch from hook.
2. 2 dc in each st around
3. dc in each st around.
4. dc in each st around.
5. dc in next two, 2dc in next st (around)
6. dc in each st around
7. dc in next st, 2dc in next st (around)
8. 2dc in each st around.
9. dc in each st around.
10. dc, dec (around).
11. dc, dec (around).
12. dc in each st around.
13. dc in each st around.
14. dc, dec (around). Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Neck
With red, ch 30 then join with ss.
1. dc in each st around, ss to join.
2. dc in each st around, ss to join.
3. dec six times, dc in each st around.
4. dc in each st around.
5. dc in each st around. Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.

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Putting it together:
1. Paint your MDF plaque in a colour of your choice. I used Laura Ashley’s
Pale Eau de Nil furniture paint as I thought the soft grey-green tint went well
with the red of the fox. Put aside to dry.
2. Sew your ears to the top of your fox’s head using the fastened off end of
wool and a darning needle.
3. Sew on the neck in a similar way.
4. Measure a circle of felt which is the same size as the bottom of the fox’s
neck (the part that will be attached to the wooden plaque).
5. Stuff the neck firmly with fibrefill stuffing then sew the felt circle in place
over the end with the embroidery thread.

Stitch-the-felt-onto-the-end-of-the-neck---Beak-Up-Crafts6. Embroider eyebrows and a smile on your fox, he’s happy after all!
7. Put strong glue on the felt piece and press the head onto the MDF plaque.
Hold it in place for about a minute. (I kept returning to mine and pressing it
down over the next half hour period while the glue dried). If any glue seeps out
of the sides of the fox’s neck, carefully scrape it away with a piece of card.

Stick-down-the-fox-head---Beak-Up-Crafts8. Once the fox head is firmly stuck to the plaque, cut a piece of twine and
glue it on the back so you can hang up your new foxy pal.

Glue-twine-to-the-back---Beak-Up-CraftsWhen all the glue is dry you’re ready to hang him up! And there you go – one
piece of crochet taxidermy which is cute and totally not creepy.

Crochet-Fox-head-rght-side-portrait---Beak-Up-CraftsWhat do you think? Would you make something like this for your home?
I really like little Ruel and I can’t wait to put him in my craft room (when it’s
finished!).

Lots of foxy love,
Kate

Thanks so much for this ace tutorial Kate, I love his friendly face! Make sure to follow Kate on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with her blog.

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