Archives for the month of: June, 2017

There’s just a week left of Indie June on LoveCrochet/LoveKnitting and I realised this morning that I hadn’t done a ‘focus’ on the crochet shawl pattern that is on special offer during this month.    This is Kitty :

Kitty is not just one shawl pattern, it is a design that has variations.

You can use one colour or two, from the photos above you can see the one at the foot is a variegated shawl, that is the one colour version.  I used one skein of sock yarn about 370m.

You can make it large or small, in fact you could make it any size.  The largest I made is in the top left of the photo – it is approx 230cm wide by 50cm deep and used approx 300m each of 2 different colours of sock yarn.

You can choose between 3 different borders.  From simple picot to 2 colour block.

So if you mix and match colour combinations, borders and size you could get at least 12 different looks from one pattern.

The pattern runs to 6 pages, is written in UK crochet terms (US shown in the key to help you translate) and has some charts.  It is on special offer on LoveCrochet at £2 until the end of June (that’s half price) you can find it here.  Or you can buy it on Ravelry here but must use the coupon code INDIEJUNE to obtain the discounted price.

Happy crocheting xxx

 

 

 

The 4th pattern in my Indie June special promotion is another blanket. This is Sandlebridge Stripes:

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I love stripey blankets but I do have a short attention span, or rather I get bored with lengthy repetition!   To overcome this I challenged myself to design a stripey blanket that had just enough interest to continue ‘grabbing’ me for long periods of time.   It also became the focus of a workshop I was planning on blankets.

I wanted to avoid some of the pitfalls of stripey blankets (like having all the ends on just one side of the blanket which I think can affect drape and can make the blanket look untidy).   And I wanted to mix the design about so that some rows were quick to make (aiding in the sense of achievement) and others a bit more slow and therapeutic.  Armed with these ideas and 7 different balls of Stylecraft Special DK I set about designing and making a lap blanket.  I reckon I was successful because when I finished my 7th ball I grabbed another 7 and the blanket carried on growing!

The stitch pattern is a 5 row repeat and the colour changes mean that you only repeat the exact pattern/colour combo every 35 rows.  There are a lot of ends to sew but they are on both edges of the blanket so it is  balanced.

The finished blanket is approx 145cm by 175cm – a really great size, but you could make it bigger or smaller to suit your needs.

Whilst I used Stylecraft Special DK, any DK yarn would work well and colour choice is up to you!

The pattern is on special offer at only £2 during June here on LoveCrochet or here on Ravelry, but you must use coupon code INDIEJUNE on checkout on Ravelry to get the reduced price.

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Happy crocheting xxx

 

I was planning another Indie June focus today but after the event in London last night I don’t feel it appropriate.  Instead I’m doing some slow rhythmic crochet using some luxurious yarn, part of a secret project.  I find it very soothing and it’s giving me time to think about others, sending them virtual hugs.  Craft can be very healing, so why not sit down and join me (virtually). xxx

Today’s focus is on a knitted shawl.   This is Blueberry, one of my earliest designs and still a firm favourite of mine.

The original was made in Debbie Bliss Andes, a gorgeous double knit yarn with a good drape, but sadly it is no longer available (not surprising as the design is over 5 years old!).  It is a typical top (neck) down triangular shawl with a simple but effective lace pattern that is easy to master, so suitable for a beginner shawl knitter.  The finished size is 145cm by 70cm, perfect for my shoulders in summer, or draped with point in front under a coat or jacket.  It may be 5 years old but mine still gets lots of use!

It takes about 300m of dk yarn on a 5mm circular knitting needle.   A substitute yarn is Blue Sky Fiber Metalico which has some lovely natural shades (you’ll need 3 balls). Other alternatives are Noro Silk Garden Lite Solo (some gorgeous colours – 2 balls required) or try the variegated Noro Silk Garden Lite and  Berroco Summer Silk (2 balls).   These are luxury yarns with silk, so not the cheapest but you  could use any dk yarn you like.  By the way, if you buy an Indie pattern on LoveKnitting you can get 15% off yarn if you use code INDIE15 (offer available until midnight on June 5th) – a good excuse to buy some luxury yarn!

You can find the pattern at the offer price of £2 (for the whole of June) on LoveKnitting here or for those who prefer to use Ravelry here, but if you use Ravelry you will need to use coupon code INDIEJUNE on checkout to obtain the discounted price.

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Happy knitting xxxx

This is Pixie Squares Blanket:

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It is included in the Indie June special offers on LoveCrochet and you can find the pattern here.

The blanket is made in aran weight yarn and comprises a lot of small squares joined as you go. Each square is about 5.5cm across, so they are small. But they are also very quick to make.   I didn’t join as I made them, I just made lots of little squares and fastened them off loosely; then when I had some time I sat at a large table and organised them in a colourway I liked.  I just pulled back about half of the last (very easy) round and then joined quite a lot at a time.    This enabled me to work out a layout chart that looked good (at least I thought it looked good!) and I have included this in the pattern.

Once I had a lap-size I stopped.  Well I did want to continue but I knew I was getting rather addicted to these squares and if I didn’t stop I’d end up with a blanket the size of a football pitch!   I wanted the border to be pretty and fairly solid.  When it comes to borders I think that a blanket with a simply styled motif can carry a wider more jazzy border (and the reverse also – a complex or jazzy centre looks best with a simple border). So my border ended up at 9 rounds, and has a lovely twist in the last few rounds.

The yarn I used is Drops Nepal and I used a total of 25 balls (50g/75m) in 9 different colours.    However, you could use any aran weight yarn, and it’s a great stash buster! Have a look at the Paintbox Aran weight range here – they have a wide range of colours and are great value; there are also some lovely colour packs available (I like the 10 ball Simply Aran Candy Shop colour pack and I estimate you could make a lap sized blanket out of one 10 ball pack of Simply Aran).  And there’s 20% off the Painbox Yarns colour packs until midnight tomorrow (3rd June) if you use coupon code PACK20.

Pixie Squares pattern is written in UK and US crochet terms, includes a chart for the square as well as written instructions, some photos of the steps and a layout chart.   It is on offer on LoveCrochet for just £2 for the whole of June.  If you prefer to use Ravelry then you can find the pattern here but do need to use coupon code INDIEJUNE on checkout to get the discount down to £2.

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Happy crocheting xxx

 

This is the first of a series of blogs on the 5 designs I have on special offer on LoveKitting/LoveCrochet and Ravelry this month.  I will also blog about other designs but as these 5 are on special offer I thought you’d like a bit more information on them.

Ollerton Bag is a lovely bag, perfect for carrying projects or as a small beach bag.   The size is approx 32cm by 32cm plus handle.

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I used cotton DK yarn to make this – Stylecraft Classique Cotton – but you could use any cotton DK or even opt for a thicker yarn to make a larger bag.   It uses 4 colours and mine used one ball each of Wisteria, Lavender, Shell Pink and Dove.  Each 50g ball is about 92m – so if you want to substitute yarn look for balls of 92m or more.  You will also need a 4mm crochet hook.  If you want a bigger bag try using aran weight yarn and a 5mm hook – but be aware you will need more yarn.  I just had a look on LoveCrochet and found a lovely 5 ball colour pack of cotton aran here , as the meterage of these balls is long you should easily get a larger bag using just 4 of the balls (with some to spare for other projects!).

Construction of the bag is very easy, it’s made of motifs which are joined with a flat seam. The pattern includes a chart and construction diagrams as well as the written pattern.

You can find the pattern on LoveCrochet here, it is already discounted to the special sale price of £2 (normally £4).   If you prefer to use Ravelry then you can find here, but you will need to use coupon code INDIEJUNE on checkout to get the discounted price.

Happy crocheting xxx

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