Friday, November 21, 2014

Ripple Blanket Reveal

I started a ripple blanket this summer, yesterday I finished it and today I can show you some photos:
 
 

 
I used the Neat Ripple Pattern by Attic 24 for this blanket. You can find the pattern on her blog: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/neat-ripple-pattern.html
 
 
In the original pattern the ripple are just two rows thick. I tried that:
 
 
 
 
and in the colours I was using I decided they needed to be thicker to get the effect I wanted so I ended up doing 6 rows before changing colour:
 
 
 
Now, this wasn’t the first time I’ve used a ripple pattern but this is my favourite one so far because the stitches are close-knit, or should I say close-crochet? :), and I really wanted a solid blanket with no open stitches. You can easily adapt the pattern to any size you want and change the thickness of the ripples like I did to get a project you’re really happy with.
 

 
Now for some maths….there are 140 double crochet per row, each ripple is 6 rows wide making a total 840 stitches in each ripple stripe. There are a total of 15 stripes so that makes a grand total of 12600 stitches! Twelve thousand, six hundred stitches!! That is a LOT of crochet! I loved making this blanket though, the pattern is so simple and it was the perfect project to work on when I was watching tv and wasn’t paying much attention to my crochet project. In the beginning before it got really big I even took it with me and worked on it outside of the house
 

 
In total I used 6 skeins of Caron Simply soft, 2 of each of the colours: white, soft pink and neon pink. This yarn has quickly become one of my favourites to work with. I’ve used 11 skeins of it so far and I’ve not found a single break or snag in any of them and the colours are amazing. It’s 100% acrylic but it’s really soft and doesn’t hurt my hands at all.
 
 

 
I’ve made this one for me for when I’m working at my desk. I get so cold when I’m sitting still; it’s 21ºc right now in my house and I have two pairs of socks on and my feet are still cold! So, this blanket is for me to snuggle under when I’m working on computer.
 

 
I have a little yarn left over, there wasn’t enough to get another ripple of each colour but there is enough to make a cushion so my next project is going to be a cushion to go with my new blanket. I’m trying really hard to reduce my WIP mountain before the end of the year and not start new projects but I’m going to make an exception for the cushion :)
 

 
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and have a happy, crafty weekend!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Candle Doily

I ordered some festive Yankee Candles online a couple of weeks ago and before they arrived I wanted to make a mini doily to put under them when they are alight; this is what I made:
 
 
 
I used size 6 cotton thread and a 1.75 mm hook.
 
 
 
I love these candles and we've bought 3 festive ones: Christmas Eve, Snow in Love and Christmas Cookie. Our home is starting to feel really festive already! They are in huge glass jars and weigh 22 oz / 623 grams so I think they'll get us through the season ;)
 
 
The pattern was from a magazine and was for a much bigger doily:


 
 
I love the pattern but I like my smaller, coaster sized version too!
 
 
 
Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!
 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Halloween!
 
 
This year we've carved our first pumpkin and it is so much fun, I think this is going to become a yearly tradition for us :) I love Halloween decorations, this year we've mixed the regular decorations with some crochet ones too! 
 
Have fun celebrating!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Autumn crafts and colours

I love this season. I think Autumn is the most beautiful time of year.
 
I decided to make a wreath to decorate our home and celebrate this season:


 
 
I bought the white wreath in a decoration shop and added some wooden leaves and two crocheted sunflowers. I tied them all onto the wreath with coloured twine so that I can undo them and use the same white piece for a Christmas wreath....then a Spring wreath....and then a summer one too!
 
Do you decorate your home with wreaths? Have you ever made one?
 
 
I added a crochet pumpkin to the decoration too:
 

 
 
This pattern is by the creative Kara from Petals to Picots and you can find it on her blog.
 
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I had a yarn delivery arrive this week and here is some of it:


 
 
It fits in with my Autumn theme perfectly!
This is the first time I've tried Stylecraft yarn. I've read such wonderful reviews that I had to give it a go. I am so glad I did! The colours are amazing and it's a really nice yarn to work with.
 
 
I've finished my first project with this yarn:
 

 
 
All I need to do now is weave in all those ends....
 
 
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How is Autumn / Spring looking where you are?


 
 
Here, the amazing Autumn colours are starting to appear in all the trees and plants.

 
 
Have a creative week everyone!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Corona Wrap

Autumn weather is here now and we're all starting to wrap up warm.
 
How about a crochet wrap to help stay snuggly? And to add some brightness to your day along the way!
 
 
 
 
This is made with one skein of Colinette Jitterbug Yarn. It's a merino sock yarn and comes in so many colours.
 
I love these purple tones:
 
 
 
This can be worn as a wrap with a pin or as a scarf.
 
The pattern is designed by me and you can find it for sale now in the current issue of Crochet! Magazine:
 
 
 
 
I hope you're enjoying the season so far!
 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Free pattern and tutorial: Creepy Halloween Coasters


There are exactly two weeks left until Halloween and today I am going to share with you a free pattern and tutorial I have made to make some Creepy Halloween Coasters.

 
 

This project is a mixed media one as it uses felt pieces and a crochet edge.
 
You can find and download the pattern, written and charted, completely free in my Ravelry store:
 
 
Once you download the pattern, here are the steps you need to follow.
 
Get the materials ready:
 
 
 

Using a piece of paper, draw and cut out a circular template that measures 8.5 cm / 3.34”. Pin this template onto the felt and cut out.


Fold template in half, then in half again, then in half once more:

 
 
Use a pen to mark each of these folds and then mark once more in between each of the lines:
 
 
 
 
 
Pin the template back onto the felt:
 
 
 
 
And using the marks you've just drawn onto the template as a guide, use a sharp needle to make 16 holes about 1 cm in from the edge:
 
 
 
 
Blanket stitch around the felt circle:
 
 
 
 
If you haven't used the blanket stitch before there is a great tutorial on YouTube here
 
 
 
Attach the yarn using a slip stitch:
 
 
 
 
 

Now you’re ready to follow the pattern!

 

When you’ve finished the pattern, block the coaster to get a neat finish:

 
 
 
 
And this is what the finished coaster looks like:
 
 
 
 
 
Great to be added to any Halloween table!
 
 
 
 
I hope you enjoy the pattern and I would love it if you send me a link / photo of your project!
 
 
Have a happy weekend!
 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Catching up

The post is all about catching up. I've been up to a few things these last two weeks and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you here now.
 
 
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I made another Hearts Desire Doily. This pattern is so cute and so easy to do. It's really fast and the final outcome can be really different depending on the yarn you use.


 
 
I made this one with size 6 cotton and a 1.75mm hook and it measures 12 cm / 4.75". I've made one before with a DK yarn and that was nearly twice as big.
 
 
 
 
These tags are fabric. Isn't the wording on them nice? Handmade with love, so true for a crochet item, don't you think? :)
 
 
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I drew a winner for the instagram giveaway I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. It was won by the lovely Joy from joyjinkscreations.blogspot.com and this shawl is on its way to her right now:
 

 
 
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I've started a Facebook page for my crochet
 
 
 
 
If you want to stop by, that would be wonderful :) The address is: facebook.com/ElizyArtCrochet
 
 
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My All at Sea shawl has been translated into German and is now available in Simply Hakeln magazine under the name Meeresrauschen :)
 



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I have started a huge WIP. That is a 15mm hook which is the biggest one I own.
 
 
 
 
What's the biggest hook you've used? What is your favourite size hook? I love my 4, 4.5 and 5 mm hooks the best. This 15mm is hard work after a while. I think it's even more difficult to use than the tiny 1.75mm I used for the doily.
 
 
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I started another WIP with this amazing yarn:
 
 
 
 
Here it was to begin with:


 
 
A few days later:
 

 
 
A day later:
 
 
 
 
And then finally I finished the first part:


 
 
One sock down, one more to go!
 
 
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On the subject of amazing yarn, what do you think of this:


 
 
I liked the look of the skein but when I opened it up to wind it I fell in love. Look at those colours! It's Ella Rae Lace Merino.
 
It is now a bright yarn cake waiting to be crocheted into something :)
 

 
 
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And finally today, here is a little sewing project from the end of September:
 
 
 
 
I had a couple of fat quarter packs that I wanted to use for a quick and easy project.
 
I made a little tote bag:
 
 
 
 
Which quickly became a yarn bag
 

 
 
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I'll be visiting your blogs over the next few days to catch up with all your crafty work from the last couple of weeks.
 
Have a wonderful day everyone!
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