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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.
Images © Simply Crochet Magazine
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!
And the prototype! :)
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.
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