Learning to Knit

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When I picked up a crochet hook for the first time I did it purely because I wanted to make something and I thought it would be easier than knitting. I’m not very coordinated and I figured that as there was only one thing (the hook) to move around, it would be easier to get to grips with than two knitting needles.

I still don’t know if this is true or not (I’d love to hear your thoughts if you can both knit and crochet) as I’ve never given knitting a go, but I’ve got to admit I’m started to get tempted to try and learn. The main reason behind this is because Albert has been given some gorgeous hand knitted cardigans and hats and the different cables, bobbles and stitches look so lovely. I know you can cable in crochet (check out my easy cabled crochet plant pot cosy pattern here) but as much as I love crochet they’re just not the same as knitted ones.

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I learned how to crochet watching YouTube videos so I could always try that with knitting when/if I get a spare minute but I was sent the below graphic which kind of makes it look far from the scary prospect I thought it was. But I still think I will need to watch someone else doing it too and follow along! Yeah, so knitting is added to my list of things to try and do while I’m on maternity leave…

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Have you got any knitting top tips for me please? I would really appreciate any guidance on this as I’m a total beginner. Also, any good patterns to try that you recommend would be fab!

If I ever get the time, of course! A certain small little person with an increasing appetite for milk is taking up pretty much all of my time right now (not that I’m complaining because he’s ace).

Lots of knitting love,

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{Review} Test-driving Three Bears Yarn

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There’s a new UK yarn maker on the block called Three Bears Yarn – you might have heard about them if you’re on Instagram as a few crafters have been test-driving their new range.

I’m lucky enough to be one of them and today’s post is a review of their new Affection range – 100% cotton yarns in DK, 4PLY and Aran weights. I was sent a 50g ball of each in beautiful ice-cream colours. Each ball of yarn is so soft and was a dream to work with.

To be honest, I usually avoid cotton yarn like the plague as it has a tendency to be splitty and difficult to crochet, but this is totally different.

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To give it a good workout and see what I thought I decided to make some crochet baby booties using this pattern from Repeat Crafterme.

One thing I immediately noticed was the weight of the yarn. It might just be because I tend to work with thicker acrylic/wool yarns that the thickness of the Three Bears Yarn weight is a lot thinner. Compared with the width of say a Stylecraft Special DK yarn, the Three Bears DK was a lot thinner (in the duck egg, above). However, this wasn’t to its detriment when I was hooking it up as it worked well – I’d say just make sure you don’t let the thickness of the yarn fool you and tempt you into using a smaller hook. I used a 3.5 (as I couldn’t find my 4!) and it was perfect.

The mellow yellow is in the aran weight and was noticeably thicker but just as good to work with. Again, it’s soft and not splitty at all.

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I think this yarn is great for making baby clothes as it is so soft and feels like it would really last in the wash too.

As for the pattern I used, it was really simple to follow (it’s in US crochet stitches but you can easily convert them here).

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I would definitely recommend this yarn if you want to support UK manufacturing and a homegrown business. Three Bears Yarn is based in Lancashire which I love as it’s where I’m from (I used to work in Darwen a long, long time ago) and the 100% cotton yarn is lovely.

I was also sent a spool of chenille yarn to try which I haven’t had chance to get to grips with yet but I’m looking forward to it.

I’d love to know what your favourite type of wool/yarn is. I feel like I’ve been missing out for years now due to my misconceptions about cotton v acrylic/wool yarn and that maybe I should be a bit more adventurous when it comes to my choices for different projects. Do you have any other recommendations?

Lots of yarn love,

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{Crochet} Free Mr Men Amigurumi Pattern ~ Mr Bump

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Do you ever get an idea for something you want to make in your head and then you can’t rest until you’ve made it? I get like that sometimes, and randomly this crochet Mr Bump toy is the latest example.

We’ve got a few Mr Men touches in our nursery and we even had some Mr Men stuff at our wedding (we gave each guest a book specially chosen for them as a favour). I decided I wanted to make a Mr Bump toy for our baby, but could I find a pattern online? Well, no, as it turned out. The only option I had was to write one myself, so that’s what I did.

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As Mr Men are protected under copyright I’m giving this pattern away for free as I can’t sell it, but if like it and use it I would really appreciate if you don’t repost the pattern and instead link back to this post. Thanks! I’d also love to see any of your crochet Mr Bumps if you decide to make one so please tag me in on Twitter and Instagram.

What You Need

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  • White and blue double knitting wool
  • Black aran/worsted weight wool
  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • Two black safety eyes
  • Black embroidery thread and a needle
  • Fabric (to line the inside of the toy)
  • Fibrefill stuffing

UK crochet stitches throughout

  • st – stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • dc – double crochet
  • tr – triple crochet
  • dec – decrease single crochet
  • dectr – decrease treble crochet. Yarn over, draw up a loop, pull through 2, put hook through next st, yarn over (3 loops on hook), pull through 2, pull through 3.
  • * – repeat stitches

Head and Body

Rd 1: Using white. Ch 2. 6 tr in 2nd ch from hook. sl st. ch 2.

Rd 2: 2 tr in each st around. ch 2.

Rd 3: (2 tr in next st, tr) x 6. sl st. Fasten off. Change to black.

Rd 4: (2 dc in next st, sc) x 9. sl st. Fasten off, Change to white.

Rd 5: Ch 2. (2 tr in next st, tr) x 13. 2 tr in last st. sl st. Fasten off. Change to black.

Rd 6: (2 dc in next st, 2 dc) x 13. 2dc dc. sl st. Fasten off. Change to white.

Rd 7: Ch 2. tr in each st around. sl st. Fasten off. Change to black.

Rd 8: Dc in each st around. sl st. Fasten off. Change to blue.

Rd 9-21: Dc in each st around. sl st. Ch 1.

Fasten off. Change to black.

Rd 22: Dc in each st around. Fasten off. Change to white.

Rd 23: Ch 2. Tr in each st around. Fasten off. Change to black.

Rd 24: (4 dc, dec) *. Dc in last 2 st. Fasten off. Change to white.

Rd 25: Ch 2. Tr in each st around. Fasten off. Change to black.

Turn right way out and attach safety eyes. Turn back inside out.

Rd 26: (3 dc, dec *. dc in last 3 st. Fasten off. Change to white.

Rd 27: Ch 2. (2 tr, dectr) * tr in last 2 st. Fasten off. Change to black.

Rd 28: Ch 1. (2dc, dec) *. sl st. Fasten off.

Turn right way out. Make fabric back for inside the body and stuff with fibrefill stuffing.

Rd 29: Using blue on right side. Ch 1. (2dc, dec) *. dc, sl st.

Rd 30: Ch 1. (2dc, dec) *.

Rd 31-32: Ch 1. (dc, dec) *.

Rd 33: dec *. Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Feet and Legs (Make two)

Rd 1: Using blue. Ch 15. Dc in each st to end. Continue dc in each st to end. Sl st.

Rd 2: Ch 1. Dc in each st around. Sl st.

Rd 3: Dc in each st around. Sl st.

Rd 4: Dc in next 6. Ch 3. Count 10 st round clockwise and sl st chain into that. Dc around foot to ch st and dc across ch. (You now start to do the top of the foot).

Rd 5: (2 dc, dec) * dc in last 2.

Rd 6: (Dc, dec) *

Rd 7-8: dec *

Stuff foot firmly with fibrefill stuffing.

Rejoin blue wool.

Leg:

Rd 9: Dc around the horseshoe at the bottom (miss the side of the foot). sl st into the side of the foot. Ch 1. Turn.

Rd 10: 10 dc. sl st into side of foot. 3 dc across foot.

Rd 11-13: dc around circle of ht leg.

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Stuff and sew to body.

 

Arms and Hands (Make two)

Rd 1: Ch 2. 6 dc into second ch from hook. sl st. Pull tail to close hole.

Rd 2: 2dc in each st around. sl st.

Rd 3: Ch 1. dc in each st around.

Rd 4: (2dc, dec) x 3.

Rd 5: Dc in each st around.

Rd 6: Flatten down hand. At one edge, make the thumb by ch 3. 3 Dc back to the hand, sl st.

Rd 7: Dc in each at around, inc thumb.

Rd 8: Dc in each st around of arm. Sl st up thumb to close it (push hook through both sides).

Rd 9-14: Dc in each st around arm.

Fasten off leaving a long tail. Stuff and sew to body.

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That’s it! If you have any questions about this pattern please let me know and I’ll try my best to help.

I hope you like it and if you make a Mr Bump of your own I’d love to see some photos.

Lots of Bumpy love,

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{Crochet} T-Shirt Yarn Shell Basket Free Pattern

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Last week I shared a quick pattern to make a crochet necklace using T-Shirt yarn. Well I couldn’t stop there after discovering how much I liked this chunkier yarn so I’m back with another pattern I whipped up to make this shell-inspired crochet basket.

The thing I really like about T-shirt yarn is that it works up really quickly and while the size of the hook (15mm) takes a bit of getting used to, it’s really nice to work with, although that might be because it’s made of wood and I’m used to metal hooks.

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Anyway, this basket can be worked up in a couple of hours or less and then left overnight to harden after a good dousing of spray starch or sugar/water spray mix. I hope you like my pattern and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

What you need:

  • T-Shirt Yarn
  • A 15mm crochet hook

Pattern

  • UK crochet stitches used throughout
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • tr – treble crochet

Work in continuous rounds, sl st to join at the end of each round.

  • Rd 1: Ch 6, sl st to join. Ch 2.
  • Rd 2: 2tr into next st, ch 2. Repeat around. Sl st. Ch 2.
  • Rd 3. Tr in each st around. Sl st.
  • Rd 4. Ch 5. Skip two sts. Sl st*. *Repeat around. When get to the end sl st to the middle of the shell for the start of the next row.
  • Rd 5-7. Repeat rd 4, sl st to the middle of the shell once you have finished each round to start the next round. This makes sure the shells overlap. Fasten off.

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To make your bowl more sturdy, spray with spray starch or sugar/water mix and place over a bowl to harden overnight. Make sure you drench the bowl to get it really stiff as the gaps in the pattern can make it a bit wobbly if you miss this step. Dry overnight.

That’s it! Now you can use the bowl for whatever you like! Surprise, surprise, mine is used to hold some of my wool stash, but it would be equally good for toys or cloths and flannels. It’s up to you!

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I hope you liked this pattern and I would love to see your bowl if you make one so feel free to tag me in on Twitter or Instagram.

Lots of T-shirt yarn love,

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Please do not claim this pattern as your own or copy it out and post it in full, but do feel free to use one photo and provide a link back to my blog. Thanks!

 

 

 

{Make it Quick} T-Shirt Yarn Crochet Necklace

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Ages ago I got a skein of T-Shirt yarn and a lovely 15mm wooden crochet hook when I subscribed to Mollie Makes magazine. Until now I’ve never got round to doing anything with it but I rediscovered them in my wool stash and decided to try making an idea I’ve had bubbling away for a while.

This DIY to make a crochet necklace is really quick – it takes about 10 minutes  – and has the added bonus that it’s totally baby proof. Yeah, I know, I’m sneaking in another baby-themed make, but hopefully you’ll like it if you’re not a mum or mum-to-be!

What You Need:

  • T-Shirt Yarn (mine is from We are Knitters, as is the hook)
  • A 15mm crochet hook.

How to Make it:

UK crochet stitches

  • ch – chain
  • htr – half treble crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  1. Leave a long tail (this will make one end of your necklace) then attach the yarn to your crochet hook using a slip knot.
  2. ch 12. Turn.
  3. htr into the third ch from the hook then htr across to the end of the chain. Turn.
  4. sl st back across to the other end of the piece. Fasten off.
  5. Cut a tail to make the other end of the necklace.

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You can always add a couple of wooden beads if you like or just tie the necklace and wear it.

I hope you liked this quick necklace DIY. I’m off to go and plan some other fun crochet projects using T-Shirt yarn. I’ve got to say I enjoyed using the large hook (although I think it will take a bit of getting used to!).

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Have you make anything with T-Shirt yarn either knitting or crochet? I would love to hear about them.

Lots of T-shirt love,

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{Crochet} Baby Fair Isle Cardigan + Sew Crafty Sewing Journal

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Today is a double whammy review as I’ve been test driving a crochet pattern to make this fair isle-inspired baby cardigan and jotting down my thoughts in my brand new Sew Crafty Sewing Journal.

Yes, I said sewing journal and I’ve used it for crochet. Ah well, sewing really isn’t my strong point (yep, still got the fear of the sewing machine) but when the lovely Sammy from Sew Crafty gifted me one of her limited edition sewing journals, I saw the potential straight away to record things about my crochet projects.

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After finishing my lion and monkey baby rattles I wanted another project to get my teeth into and I decided to have a go at making my first ever item of crochet clothing. Well, that’s actually a bit of a fib as I made a jumper for a toy bear years ago, but I’ve never made something that will be worn by an actual person.

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I chose the Sweet Yolk Baby and Toddler Cardigan by Clare Collier on Ravelry as it has the kind of look I was going for and had a professional finish.

I thought this would be the perfect project to use my new sewing, er, crochet, journal too – double win.

I enjoyed following the pattern and didn’t find it complicated at all. I did leave out the basket weave section at the bottom and on the bottom end of the sleeves because I *think* I miscounted the rows and it was looking quite long in the body already. That’s no reflection on the pattern, though, just my rubbish counting skills.

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The idea behind the Sew Crafty Journal is to record your projects and make notes on things you changed/would do differently next time. I love how I could use it for crochet  but I can see it would be really useful for sewing and knitting too.

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As you can see from my photo above, I added an extra row of half triple crochet stitches on the button row as I felt this made the 0-3 months cardigan look a bit more the right size. This could be to do with my tension being too tight but the overall look of the cardigan was good even thought I slightly adapted the pattern.

In case you’re wondering, I used Stylecraft Summer Breeze DK wool in Marmalade and Stylecraft Special DK in Cream and Silver for this cardigan.

As for the journal, you can pick one up from September 1 from Sew Crafty for £12.95 + P&P. There are three different cover designs (all limited edition) and you can see them all here.

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I’d love to know your thoughts on crocheting clothes for babies, especially if you have any recommendations for wool/yarn or patterns. Also, would you use a sewing/crochet/knitting journal to record the things you make?

Lots of journal love,

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{Crochet} Free Lion and Monkey Baby Rattle Pattern

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After finishing my crochet baby blanket and enjoying making it so much (and then making another one for baby’s pram!) I was itching to get another project on my hook and use the stash of wool I had left.

On a shopping trip with Wayne’s mum I loved some soft plushie baby rattles that we saw and I figured I could have a go at making some myself, crochet style.

So here they are! I ordered a pack of five rattle inserts from everyone’s favourite auction site, which meant the chances of me stopping after making just one rattle were pretty slim. Plus, as a self-confessed fan of amigurumi, making rattles was a nice excuse to go down that route AND have a practical purpose at the end of it all.

I’ve written up the free patterns which you can get below. All I ask is that you don’t republish the patterns on your site and instead provide a link back to this post. Thanks!

What You Need:


Lion Rattle:

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Colours:

A – Saffron (Head and ears)
B – Apricot (Mane and snout)
C – Charcoal (Nose and mouth)
D – Aster (stripe)
E – Cloud Blue (alternative stripe)

Abbreviations (UK crochet terms used throughout)

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
dec = double crochet 2 stitches in front loops together
inc = double crochet 2 stitches in same sc
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together

Head (Worked in rounds, so it’s recommended to use a stitch counter!)

Using A:

Rd 1: 6dc in magic ring (6)

Rd 2: 6inc (12)

Rd 3: Dc, inc (18)

Rd 4: 2dc, inc (24)

Rd 5: 3dc, inc (30)

Rd 6-12: Dc around (30)

Insert the safety eyes.

Rd 13 3dc, dec (24)

Rd 14 2dc, dec (18)

Rd 15 Dc, dec (12)

Sl st and fasten off, leaving long tail.

Ears (Make two)

Using A:

Rd 1: 6dc in magic ring (6)

Rd 2: 6inc (12)

Rd 3: Dc, inc (18). Sl st and fasten off leaving long tail.

Snout

Using B:

Rd 1: 6dc in magic ring (6)

Rd 2: 6 inc (12).

Sl st 1 and fasten off, leaving long tail for stitching to the head. Attach to head.

Nose

Using C and a darning needle.

Stitch the nose and mouth and fasten off inside the head

Mane

Using B:

Ch 45 (or however is long enough to go around the head, not covering the hole).

Rd 1 Sc around (45)

Rd 2 *Dc, 3ch, dc in 2nd ch and 3rd ch, 2dc*. Continue until end.

Fasten off and leave a long tail. Place the mane around the head and attach using the tail of the yarn.

Once the mane is attached, position and attach the ears in front of the mane.

Handle

Using D:

Rd 1: 6dc in magic ring (6)

Rd 2: 6inc (12)

Rd 3: Dc, inc (18)

Rd 4: 2dc, inc (24)

Fasten off and change to yarn E.

Rd5-9: Dc around (24).

Fasten off and change to yarn D.

Rd 10: Dc around (24).

Rd 11: 2dc, dec (18).

Rd 12: 3dc, dec (15).

Rd 13-14: Dc around (15).

Fasten off and change to yarn E.

Rd 15-19: Dc around (15).

Fasten off and change to yarn D.

Rd 20-25: Dc around (15).

Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach to the head.

Stuffing

I advise you line the inside of the rattle (both head and handle) with fabric and then stuff that. Although working with tight stitches, as the rattle is for a baby it will help to ensure that no stuffing comes out in between the stitches.

I just cut a circle of fabric for the head, pushed it inside (but left the edges peeking out) then added the stuffing and rattle insert before stitching the fabric closed. For the handle, I stitched a simple rectangle then turned it inside out before stuffing it and putting it inside the crochet and sewing it closed, as shown in the pictures below.

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Once the head and the handle are firmly stuffed, sew them together.

That’s it, you’re done!


Monkey Rattle:

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Colours:

A – Wisteria (Head)
B – Sherbert (Snout and ears)
C – Charcoal (mouth)
D – Bright green (stripe)
E – Spring green (alternative stripe)

Head:

Using A, follow the head pattern for the Lion.

Snout:

Using B, follow the snout pattern for the Lion.

Mouth:

Using a darning needle, stitch a smile onto the snout.

Ears (Make two):

Using B, follow the ears pattern for the Lion.

Handle:

Using D and E, follow the handle pattern for the Lion.
Note: for Rds 1-4, I used both D and E together.

Stuffing:

Complete in the same way for the Lion rattle, lining with fabric to avoid the fibrefill stuffing coming through any holes.

Once stuffed, sew the handle to the monkey’s head.

That’s it, you’re done!

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I would love to see your baby rattles if you make any from my patterns. Have you made any toys for your little ones? I’d love to know and might have a go at making some other things myself!

Lots of shake, rattle and roll love,

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{Crochet} Fantasy Blanket + Colour Chart

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For today’s post I wanted to share a reveal of my latest crochet project, the Fantasy baby blanket. There’s also a bit of a sneaky peek into our new nursery (which is still a work in progress!).

I’ve got to say I really enjoyed making this blanket. In fact I didn’t want to put it down and got so annoyed on the days when I was trying to sneak in a quick row before work!

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I think it was the combination of the different stitch types and array of colours which made making this blanket so moreish for me. No boredom here. Also, in a baby blanket size it takes no time to whip up. All of these are big ticks in my book!

In Ana Contreras’ original pattern she suggests an order for the stitches and has two colour schemes, one more pink-based and the other called sand and sea.

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While I liked them both I wanted to add my own twist to the blanket so came up with my own colour combination and order. I chose Stylecraft Special DK wool for this project for a few reasons: firstly it’s great to work with, wears well, is cheap and is hard wearing enough for a baby blanket without being too chunky.

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Downloads:

  • You can get Ana Contreras’ Fantasy Blanket pattern for free from Ravelry here if you fancy making one yourself.
  • Here’s the colour chart and order I used for my blanket if you would like to replicate the order I did.

I chose to make the blanket as per Ana’s pattern and started with a foundation double crochet of 104 stitches.

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As I say, I can’t rate this pattern and blanket enough. It looks complicated to make if you’re a beginner, but there are clear written and chart instructions which breaks it all down and makes it easy. I would totally recommend it if you’re looking for a new blanket to make either for yourself or as a gift.

Also, if you do decide to make one I would love to see your photos, so please tag me in @beakupcrafts on Twitter and Instagram!

Lots of fantasy blanket love,

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{Make it Quick} Crochet Stitch Marker

DIY-button-crochet-stitch-marker---Beak-Up-CraftsA couple of weeks ago, Wayne and I found out that we are expecting a baby boy. This now means (among a lot of other things!) that I can now get my crochet hook out in earnest to make a baby blanket. I’ve already picked out the pattern – this beautiful Fantasy Blanket which you can download a free pattern on Ravelry – and I’ve also picked out my wool for this project. Nothing too pastel blue but not too girlie either!

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Fantasy Blanket picture source, copyright Anna Contreras

One thing I’m really looking forward to is tackling the different stitches and patterns in this blanket and I think changing things up every few rows will really stop me from getting bored and not finishing it. I’ve got to admit, I’m so over my massive ripple blanket which is still a work in progress. Doing the same stitch repeat over and over again gets a bit dull, at least for me! Still, I’m determined to finish that too as it’s going to be a play blanket for baby.

I’ve planned out the colour order and even thought ahead and made a colour chart, as I know that once I’ve taken the labels off the wool I won’t know which is which. I’m a bit stupid like that.

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But before I start the Fantasy Blanket I wanted to make myself a crochet stitch marker, as in all my time of crocheting I’ve never had one (instead just using a contrasting bit of wool). I want to get this blanket right, though, so while I might not *need* a stitch marker, I wanted to have one handy just in case. So I decided to make one!

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It’s really easy to do and here’s a step-by-step guide.

What You Need:

  • A lobster claw
  • A bead or button
  • A jump ring
  • An eye pin
  • Two pairs of pliers
  • A wire cutter (although you could use scissors if you’re careful!)

How to Make it:

  1. Thread your eye pin through your bead or button. If you’re using a button, twist it to create a loop then close/fasten at the top of one end.
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  2. Trim the end off then squeeze together with the pliers to make a solid loop.
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  3. Open a jump ring and thread it through the loop on your button and the lobster claw.
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  4. Close the jump ring.

That’s it, you’re done!

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All you’ve got to do now is clip your new stitch marker to your project and crochet the day away without worrying about counting.

Have you got any crochet projects on the go at the moment? I’d love to hear about them.

Lots of hooky love,

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Crochet for Baby

Crochet baby blankets - Beak Up Crafts

I’m going to tell you a bit of a secret. Last year when I was preparing for my first ever crochet workshop I bought a load of wool for myself, then did nothing with it for more than six months. As someone who has been known to be a craft supplies hoarder in the past I guess this might not be a surprise, but there was a reason for the wool remaining untouched. It’s because I knew I wanted to make a baby blanket with it, but as Wayne and I were struggling to get pregnant, I only wanted to start once we had been lucky enough to see the two pink lines on a pregnancy test.

Roll forward to today and I’m nearly at the halfway stage of growing a small human in my belly (which somehow still isn’t as big as I thought it would be by this point) and the blanket is coming on well. Here it is:

Crochet-ripple-blanket-on-quilt---Beak-Up-Crafts

I had a brief delay when I ran out of wool and one of the colours I needed was out of stock EVERYWHERE but it’s back on track again now.

Next week Wayne and I will find out if we’re having a boy or a girl, and once that happens my crocheting will be heading into overdrive.

You see, after three months of feeling like I had a lingering bout of the norovirus, I’m feeling grrrreat right now. I get up earlier than ever, have bags of energy and just want to make things.

So when we find out if it’s a boy or girl in there I’m going to make another baby blanket, this time a pram-sized one and not an accidentally-way-too-big-for-that-but-it-will-be-OK-for-a-cot-size. (Like the ripple one. Which is why I ran out of wool.)

I’ve got a Pinterest board dedicated to baby blankets (a few of which are above) but the one I’m going to have a go at making – with a few colour changes if there’s a mini-Wayne in there – is this beauty:

fantasy blanket

It’s called the Fantasy Blanket and is by Anna Contreras. You can get the pattern for free on Ravelry here. Isn’t it gorgeous?

I think the thing I like about it the most is that there are lots of different types of stitches, so it will be a bit of a challenge and will stop me from becoming bored, as I don’t know about you, but doing the same stitch x 1,000,000,000 in a blanket can get a bit repetitive.

Why Stop at a Blanket?

Once the blanket(s) are done, I think I’m going to have a go at making these too. What do you think?

baby teether

Goldfish teether

baby rattle

Rattle

Have you any other ideas for toys and things your baby/children enjoyed playing with please? I would love to hear them and might add them to my to-do list if they were a hit!

Lots of crochet-crazy baby love,

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