Monday, 30 August 2010

Crochet Me Amigurumi Calendar

That's why we're already working up plans for our 2012 wall calendar.

7 Free Amigurumi Patterns here.

Join Crochet Me here.

We got to thinking about what we'd like to look at every day during 2012. Something cheery, something that makes us smile. And what's cheerier than amigurumi? These crocheted creations range from dolls to food to all manner of cuteness in between.

We'd love for you to be a part of this venture. Here's how: Send us a picture of your own, original amigurumi, along with your creation's name and a little story. We'll select 13 amigurumis to feature on our 2012 calendar. The designers who are selected will receive $175 and a copy of the calendar. Sweet, huh? Polly Picot, our spokesdoll, is all set to help us out with the judging.

Your creation will be treated to a professional photoshoot (hair and make-up optional), then we'll work it all up for all of you to enjoy all year!

Meanwhile, you can mark off the days until then on our 2011 wall calendar. This full-color calendar features a different motif each month, complete with pattern and chart. By the end of the year, you'll have 12 motifs to use as adornments for garments or other crochet projects, the start of a tablerunner or mat set, a tree full of ornaments or whatever else you can think of. And you'll learn a lot about crochet stitches in the process.

For all the fine print on submitting your amigurumi, stop by the Crochet Me site and click on the icon (looks just like the one in this enewsletter.) We can't wait to meet your creations!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Scarftastic

Mardi Gras Scarf Crochet Pattern

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Martha Scarf Knitting Pattern

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Scarlet Skinny Scarf Crochet Pattern

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Monday, 23 August 2010

A Hideous Weekend for us and the Bats.

They say a picture paints a 1000 words and so there are a few words here. On Saturday night just before midnight we had strangers banging on our door to let us know that some passing pyromaniac had decided to set one of our hedges on fire. As you can see the fire took over very quickly and the fire brigade took a while to arrive. Needless to say the hedge has been totally devastated.

What concerns me is that someone in there right mind could do something so mindless and destructive. It also concerns me that all the bats that lived in the hedge no longer have a home in my garden.  A truly horrible weekend :-(

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Fire photo’s courtesy of Sam-E who actually had the foresight to capture the photos as we all ran around trying to put the fire out.

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Monday, 16 August 2010

Inside Crochet Magazine

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Inside Crochet magazine goes monthly so if like me you have an annual subscription it’s not going to last a year. To renew your subscription click here.

You can also get a digital subscription here.

Inside Crochet Magazine now has a flickr photo group for readers to add photo of their crochet here.

I am in the process of writing an article for Inside Crochet on freeform crochet which will be in print soon. I will give you details about this once it’s been issued.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Vintage Purls

Tie-Neck Jumper from Stitchcraft no.171, 1947.

I’ve just discovered this site and it has quite a lot of free vintage knitting patterns that you may be interested in. It’s definitely worth a look.

White Butterfly Bow from Needlewoman Vol.18, No.208, January, 1940.

Check it out here Vinatge Purls

Men's Pullover from The 1933 Lux Book.

There’s patterns for him, her, children & babies as well as home wares.

Cosy Knitted in Daffidol StitchfFrom Cushions & Cosies by Madame Weigel, c. 1945.

There’s also a Vintage Purls Group on ravelry Click here to join.

Don’t forget there are a huge amount of vintage patterns to download and knit from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. You might remember I blogged about this earlier in the year, click here to visit.

'Essentials for the Forces', Jaeger, 1940s.

'The balaclava helmet', from Essentials for the Forces, 1940s.

This chap is a handsome devil is he not?

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Helichrysum Wrap Knitting Pattern

Well this past few days I’ve hung up my hooks and picked up my needles – it’s been so long since I came up with any new knitting patterns.

And so here is Helichrysum the wrap, hope you like it.

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You can get the pattern at ravelry or Etsy.

I will be publishing new free knitting patterns in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Granny Square Bodice Style Shoulder Wrap

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Thursday, 5 August 2010

Neon Retro Cushion Cover

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Skill Level:            Easy
Materials:             5.5mm hook, tapestry needle, 200g assorted DK yarn – black, green, pink, orange, purple & blue

Notes:                 Bi sided cushion cover for a 16”            square cushion insert. 

Measurements:     17” x 17”

Pattern – Front.

Using black yarn, ch 4 join with a slip st to form ring.
Rnd 1: ch 2 work 11 dc into centre ring, join with sl st and fasten off yarn.
Rnd 2: Join orange yarn in sp between the dc’s, ch 2, work 1 dc into same sp, work 2 dc into each space to end, join with sl st and fasten off yarn.
Rnd 3: Join green yarn in any space between the double dc’s, ch 2 work 2 dc into same space, work 3 dc into each sp around the circle and join with a slip st, fasten off yarn.
Rnd 4: Join pink yarn in any space between the double dc’s, ch 2 work 3 dc into same space, work 4 dc into each sp around the circle and join with a slip st, fasten off yarn.
Rnd 5: Join purple yarn in any space between the quadruple dc’s, in any space between the double dc’s, ch 2 work 4 dc into same space, work 5 dc into each sp around the circle and join with a sl st, fasten off yarn.
Rnd 6: Join black yarn in any space between the 5dc clusters, ch 2, work 2 dc into same sp, *work 3 dc into centre dc in cluster, work 3 dc into next space between 5 dc’s*, repeat a further two times, ch 3 and work another triple dc into same space (to create corner). *Work 7 triple dc’s along next edge to next corner, ch 3 and work another triple dc into same space*, **rep to end until a full round has been completed, join with a sl st, fasten off yarn.
Rnd 7: work as rnd 6 in purple, increasing 1 triple dc cluster each side of the square.
Rnd 8: work as rnd 6 in black, increasing 1 triple dc cluster each side of the square.
Rnd 9: work as rnd 6 in pink, increasing 1 triple dc cluster each side of the square.
Rnd 10: work as rnd 6 in black, increasing 1 triple dc cluster each side of the square.
Rnd 11: work as rnd 6 in green, increasing 1 triple dc cluster each side of the square.
Rnd 12: work as rnd 6 in black, increasing 1 triple dc cluster each side of the square.
Rnd 13: work as rnd 6 in orange, increasing 1 triple dc cluster each side of the square.
Rnd 14: work as rnd 6 in black, increasing 1 triple dc cluster each side of the square.

Pattern – Back.

Ch 50
work 43 rows of HDC in following colour sequence.
Blue x 2, Pink x 3, Orange x1, Purple x1, green x3, Pink x 1, Blue x3, Pink x2, Green x1, Orange x1, Green x1, Pink x2, Purple x2, Green x2, Blue x2, Pink x1, Orange x1, Purple x1, Green x1, Blue x1, Orange x2, Pinkx3, purple x2, pink x1, orange x1, green x2.
To Finish:
Darn all ends in. Sew or crochet (sc) front and back together on 3 sides. Insert cushion and make ties to shut to 4th edge.
This pattern is offered and made available for personal use only. If you wish to reproduce this in any way please contact me or make sure that reference is made to the original author’s blog http://www.goodtimesithinkso.blogspot.com/ Thank you Crochet Conversion Chart US/UK International Yarn Weight Conversion Chart
I hope you enjoy using this pattern and if you are looking for other free patterns please visit Crochet Pattern Central

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Ravelry in Scotland – Edinburgh & Glasgow Meetup with Jess & Casey.

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Saturday 14th August, 2010 @ 2pmThe Meadows, Melville Drive, Edinburgh

We’ll meet near Middle Meadow Walk, if you head down past Peter’s Yard and cross the junction we’ll meet on the grass to the right of there, maybe a picture is more helpful!
Bring your knitting and any treats you like :)

Sunday 15th August, 2010 @ Time to be confirmed.

Botanic Gardens, near or in the Kibble Palace greenhouse.
730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0UE
I’m hoping that lots and lots of you Ravelers will be able to attend one of the above meetings it will be a great event weather permitting. I’m hoping to be able to attend both Edinburgh & Glasgow and look forward to seeing you there.
If you need further info please refer to the ravelry announcements here.
To get directions please use multimap here.
Alternatively just ask and I will try to help.

Tartan Edinburgh Wrap

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Get the pattern here. 
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Inspired by all things tartan and especially the Edinburgh Festival and Tattoo. I’m delighted with how it resembles woven tartan fabric.
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