Crochet: This and That
27Oct

Crochet: This and That

Hello - We're celebrating the fact that half term has finally arrived. I think we are all looking forward to a week of no routine and lots of doing nothing much at all - I was almost relieved when Rob told me the weather would be bad this coming week! As usual I have been working on lots of different crochet projects...

...Although it feels like not very much to share.

I was really excited to see three of my patterns in this months Simply Crochet. The patterns were for a tea cosy (surprise, surprise), hot water bottle cover and a cup cosy. I was working around the idea of creating little cosy jackets for household items. All three patterns use the same basic stitch - a kind of up down stitch using double and treble crochet. It gives a lovely texture to items and I think it works really well with the tweed yarn (Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed). 

The tea cosy is made in two pieces and is the simplest pattern as the collar split is created in the sewing up. The collars in the other two patterns were created using turned rows worked on top of rounds.

I really love the story they became part of in the magazine and I loved seeing the other designers creations using the same yarn - particularly the slouchy socks by Vicki Brown.

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Images © Simply Crochet Magazine

Crochet Hot Water Bottle Cosy - Simply Crochet

There's my teapot cosy sitting next to those gorgeous slouch socks - I'll definitely be adding those to my 'wish list'. I've been a bit pre-occupied by crochet socks recently. My eldest and I were pouring over socks in the last issue of Inside Crochet. There was a great feature on how to make your own socks with some lovely images. We both fell in love with the Dowding socks by Rohn Strong. I located the pattern on Ravelry but it only came with man sizes and as I've not made socks before I wasn't sure about adapting them. However, while I was on Rohn's Ravelry page I noticed an offer for his Holiday Crochet Sock Club - $10 for three sock patterns. I signed up straight away and the first pattern, 'Spooktacular,' was emailed last week. I haven't sorted any yarn out yet but I'm desperate to get started!

Crochet Slouch Socks - Simply Crochet

And the prototype! :)

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I also finally managed to crochet some hats for Innocent Smoothies' Big Knit, after being reminded by Vanessa's post that the deadline had been extended to the 31st October. It's such a great cause; for each behatted smoothie bottle sold, 25p is donated to Age UK to spend on things like hot water bottles, blankets and hot meals.

I used the basic crochet pattern from the website and just adapted it slightly by adding a spike stitch to the final row. I made five last week (mostly whilst sat in the car waiting for the little ones), I would have liked to have done more...maybe next year I'll be more organised *snort*. Anyway they look very cute with their oversize pom poms. I can't wait to see all the lovely designs when they hit the supermarkets.

Crochet-Innocent Smoothies Big Knit 2013

Crochet-Innocent Smoothies Big Knit 2013

There are still a few days left to get your hats sent but if you missed it and would like to contribute to a charity project Save the Children are appealing to knitters to support their Christmas Jumper Day campaign, by knitting either one of their ‘mini jumpers’ or a full-sized version, and promoting your creations, and Save the Children, to as many people as possible. The mini Jumpers are the cutest things, they have been designed by Debbie Bliss and make perfect decorations - I love a good Christmas jumper!

Wish you all a lovely week. 

Bye for now. Em xx

 

 

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Comments (10)

  • Casey

    Casey

    27 October 2013 at 23:41 |
    oh, I definitely need the new Simply Crochet! I'm in love with the hot water bottle cover!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      30 October 2013 at 21:18 |
      Thank you :)) My daughter was very sorry to see it go! Em xx
  • erin

    erin

    28 October 2013 at 02:04 |
    The pot cosy is so adorable!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      30 October 2013 at 21:19 |
      Thank you - I can't seem to stop making them! Em xx
  • Liubov

    Liubov

    28 October 2013 at 08:26 |
    Hello! Your tea cozy is amazing!Thanks for sharing:) And it was a great idea to add spikes - looks very interesting. With a great pleasure I would like to share with you my hats for Big Knit 2013 - http://plushycraft.com/2013/10/14/big-knit-hats/
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      30 October 2013 at 21:18 |
      They are fantastic - so creative. Thank you for sharing. Em xx
      • Liubov

        Liubov

        30 October 2013 at 21:57 |
        Thank you very much! Found you tea cosy in the printed Simply Crochet.So sweet:)
  • Lisa Barton @ Vintage Celebrations

    Lisa Barton @ Vintage Celebrations

    03 November 2013 at 23:31 |
    Oh I so love all these projects and even more so wish I could knit! Maybe in 2014 ;) BTW I am always on the lookout for knee high cream crochet socks with lace cuffs - have you seen any on your travels?
  • wendy

    wendy

    09 November 2013 at 12:06 |
    good work and well done for your magazine projects! Love the Smoothie hats. I usually join in but completely forgot this year
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      10 November 2013 at 21:56 |
      Thank you :) I usually forget about the hats but I was so happy to finally join in. Em xx

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