{Make it Quick} Wool-Wrapped Christmas Star

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I’ve got a really quick and easy festive DIY for you today that you can whip up in no time. As a self-confessed crochet addict I have a massive stash of wool in our house and I really wanted to include this in our Christmas décor in some small way.

I think these wool-wrapped stars combine a bit of traditional Christmas décor with a modern look, and would look great hanging in your window or from the tree.

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What you Need:

  • Styrofoam star. I picked this up for £1 in my local Boyes
  • Wool
  • Glue gun
  • Twine (optional)

How to Make it:

  1. Secure your wool to your styrofoam shape by looping it round and fastening with a knot.
  2. Wrap the wool around the shape keeping it pulled tight. Start off by doing one of the five points. Make sure you get a good covering so none of the base shows through.
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  3. When you get near to the point of the star, cover the tip with glue using your glue gun.
  4. Quickly (before the glue dries) coil the wool around the end so it sticks to the glue.
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  5. Hold the wool on the point of the star in place by wrapping the wool vertically around the tip, before working your way back to the centre of the star in a horizontal fashion.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for each point of your star.
  7. Cover the middle section of your star by wrapping the wool as shown below.
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  8. When the styrofoam shape is covered, fasten off with a knot.
  9. Tie a piece of wool or twine around the decoration if you want to hang it up.

That’s it! All you need to do now is hang your decoration up or put it on the mantlepiece and feel all festive.

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I hope you enjoyed this DIY. Are you going to be making any woolly decorations?

Lots of Christmas love,

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{Fashion} Wool is the Word

Wool is the Word

 


Wool is having a real moment this Autumn/Winter season, which is great if you’re a wool geek like me. Yep, even granny squares are hitting the catwalk after being transformed into skirts, tops and cardigans. (I’m sure I’ve got some knocking around somewhere – now I can get rid of them AND be on trend!) If all this wool in the shops isn’t enough for you, the fact that this week is Wool Week tells me that it really IS of the moment.

I’m absolutely loving all of the woollen capes in the shops at the moment, especially this purple one from Pinko Skin and I can’t get enough of Orla Kiely’s wool crepe pleated skirt. Maybe the price tag not so much. Either way, now is the season to wear wool from head to toe, and I hope you like the cosy winter warmers that I’ve picked out. The weather is already starting to get a bit of a chill, so I say either head to the shops or crack out your knitting needles or crochet hook and whip up something super toasty. After all, right now, wool is very much the word.

Are you going to be wrapping yourself in wool this season?

Lots of cosy knit love,

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Make: A quick felt Beach huts picture

Beach Huts felt picture -  Beak Up Crafts

If you’re anything like me you will have a sewing basket/drawer/shelf* full of odds and ends – bits of felt and scraps of wool and material that you just can’t quite manage to throw away, no matter how small they are. Am I right?

This is a quick and easy make to use some of those bits and pieces and create something quick, easy and colourful.

My mother-in-law is obsessed (and I mean OBSESSED!) with beach huts. Every time we go to the coast (aka the Yorkshire riviera of Scarborough and Filey!) she takes picture after picture of the brightly-coloured huts which line the sea front. I decided to try and make her a small beach hut picture and this is what I came up with.

Beach huts

 

 

I’ve used bright shades for this make as they are what I had lying around, but you can always uses pastels, and mix and match patterns and shades.

Here’s a step-by-step guide of how to make a felty fabric beach hut picture, for the seaside lover in your life:

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Hope you like it!

Kate x

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Crochet Pattern: Monty the Rabbit

Monty close up

Easter is next weekend and bunnies, eggs and chicks are everywhere. Just don’t mention the chocolate. Seriously, I am eating WAY too much chocolate!

With new life and new beginnings all around, I thought it was about time I try to create my own amigurumi crochet pattern… so I got out my hook and some yarn and…

Introducing Monty, the floppy-eared, carrot munching rabbit!

Monty the rabbit

The pattern to make Monty is suitable for beginners, and while he is a cute and smiley addition to any Easter celebration he would look equally at home in a nursery or children’s playroom.

You can find the pattern in my brand spanking new Etsy Shop or by clicking here!

Having a sit down

I hope you enjoy making Monty as much as I did. I would love to see pictures of your versions of Monty – please email them to [email protected] and they could well feature on the site!

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Free Crochet Pattern: Make an iPad Mini Cover

Stripes

This is a really nice and simple crochet project and something I made a few months after first picking up a hook and some yarn for the first time.

I thought it would be a nice project for the sunny spring days as you can use pretty bright colours.

I was struggling to find an iPad Mini case that I loved so I decided to make one for myself! My first effort was a bit wonky but for my second try I made a pocket-like pouch which worked perfectly, so I made another one for Wayne too!

 

You can either choose to make the case in the same colour or mix it up with stripes. The pattern I’ve written below is for both, but if you want to make one in a block colour simply ignore the bits where it says to change yarn and keep on going!

What you will need:

Aran wool/yarn in one or two colours
A crochet hook – 4.5mm
Two buttons
A darning needle

Stitch description:

Ch – chain
Hdc – Half double crochet
St – stitch

Close up of the stitches

Pattern:

Ch 27 (This should be long enough for the width of an iPad Mini, but if your tension is a bit tighter you may want to add extra stitches and adjust the numbers for the rest of the pattern accordingly).

R1: Using yarn A, Hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook. Hdc across in the outside loops only.
When you get to the end of the row instead of turning, continue around, working into the other loop of the starting chain. This is where you are creating the bottom of the pocket. This will bring you all the way round to the first Hdc (54).
At the end of the first round, crochet your next stitch in the first Hdc you made to join and finish the row, then mark this with a stitch marker. Move the stitch marker up with each completed round.

For the plain case:
R2-30: Hdc in each st around (54). Go to R31.

For the stripey case:
R2-3: Hdc in each st around (54). At the end of the third round change to yarn B in the final stitch.

R4-6: Hdc in each st around (54). At the end of the third round change to yarn A in the final stitch.

R7-9: Hdc in each st around (54). At the end of the third round change to yarn B in the final stitch.

R10-12: Hdc in each st around (54). At the end of the third round change to yarn A in the final stitch.

Repeat alternating the colours until you have completed round 30.

R31: At this stage, your iPad Mini should fit the in cosy (check!) but if not, you may wish to add extra rows to ensure a snug fit. This all depends on the tension you are crocheting with. Now you will make the flap for the case on one side only. Hdc in each st (27) then turn.

R32-33: Hdc in each st (27)  then turn.

Fasten off.

Fold the flap over and position the buttons in the right place before sewing them to the cosy.

Ch 8. Make a loop and stitch this to one side of the flap so it loops over the button to close the cosy. Ch 8 and repeat on the other side.

And that’s it! You have made a cute, bright and cheap iPad Mini cover!

IPad Mini covers

I hope you enjoy using this pattern and I would love to see any iPad Mini crochet covers you make! If the pattern doesn’t make sense or if you have any questions please ask and I will be happy to help!

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The Wily Fox

Crochet fox

I started on a new crochet project the other day – making a fox for my pregnant friend Nicola, who is a bit obsessed with woodland creatures at the moment and asked me to make one for her new nursery.

I was excited to start and she gave me a pattern she liked from xmoonbloom on Etsy, so I got cracking! I didn’t have any orange wool/yarn so I’m making a test fox (no animals were hurt in this testing, though!) in a burnt red yarn which I had leftover from a red blanket I made my parents for their ruby wedding anniversary.

Big Plans

In other news, I have got my thinking cap firmly on at the moment about where I want to take this blog and what I want to do with it. I have to say I’m pretty excited about the future – I’ve just got to get all of my ideas down on paper and then make them a reality!

So what are you working on at the moment? Have you made any woodland-inspired amigurumi? I would love to see them!

Foxy updates to follow soon…

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How to Make: A Rainbow Granny Square Blanket

The finished granny square blanket

I recently finished my first ever granny square blanket and thought it would be nice to pass on how to make one to anyone who is looking for help.

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As a beginner in crochet, a granny square was the first thing I ever learned how to make. Practice makes perfect and I used it to help me get used to keeping the right tension while making something small that I could finish pretty quickly. However, making granny squares turned out to be quite addictive, so I carried on and soon had enough for a baby blanket!

This post will show you how to make a granny square, how to put granny squares together and how to make a rainbow border for your blanket.

You will need:

  • Different colours of wool/yarn. I used Aran yarn and had eight different colours, but the number is up to you depending on how you want the squares to look.  I had white, yellow, purple, fuschia pink, turquoise, charcoal grey, dark blue and mid blue.
  • 1 x crochet hook (I used a 4.5 (7) hook, but this depends on the type of yarn you use)
  • Time and patience!

Granny squares

  1. Make your first granny square. I looked around for the best videos on YouTube showing how to make these small woolly squares, and the best I found were by Bethintx1. They are really easy to follow and take you through every step and I would really recommend them to anyone here.
  2. Once you have made one granny square, if you would like to make a blanket the same size as the one I did you will need to make 29 more! That will make a blanket of 5 squares x 6 squares, although of course you can go bigger or smaller if you wish! Have fun with the colour combinations and maybe try to make 30 different colourways if you have enough different shades of yarn.Granny Squares
  3. Fasten your squares together. After asking for some help on this blog, I was recommended Attic24‘s method of crocheting the squares together using a simple slip stitch method. I can confirm that this was a really easy way to put them all together.Border and no borderAs my squares were in a variety of colours, I decided to single crochet a white border around each one before putting them together using white yarn to make sure the stitch colour was neat and uniform. If you don’t know how to do a single crochet you can find out how here, while Attic24’s granny square method is here.
  4. Finally, make the rainbow border! I picked out colours from my blanket for the border but you can choose any colours you like. I did mine in rainbow colours, starting at the bottom of the rainbow with white, then blue, working through turquoise, yellow, purple and finishing off with hot pink. To do this, I did rounds of half double crochet – one round in each colour – fastened off and crocheted over the fastened end with the next row. For the final row, I weaved the tail in using my hook. I chose to do half double crochet stitches for a bit of height so you could see each one of the colours while keeping the rows solid. If you don’t know how to do a half double crochet stitch you can find out how here.Blanket corner

And that’s how to make a granny square blanket with a rainbow border!

I hope you find this tutorial useful, but if not please let me know and I will try to help/change the instructions to make it clearer.

I would love to see any blankets you make so if you do make one please leave a link to some pictures in the comments section!

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The Completed Rainbow Granny Square Baby Blanket

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It’s finally finished! After a year-long gap when I had made all of the granny squares but failed to do anything with them, my colourful granny square baby blanket is now finished!

I decided to leave a straight edge on the border (made up of rounds of half double crochet stitches in rainbow colours) as I think it looks nice and neat and as there’s already enough going on with the bright granny squares!

So what do you think? I know it’s not perfect but it’s my first attempt made with granny squares I made when I first picked up a crochet hook. I don’t think it’s that bad!

Blanket corner

Blanket

Onto the next project, but I will post a quick How To… for this blanket soon!

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Granny Square Blanket: It’s coming together

Granny Squares

Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a great weekend so far.

I was off work yesterday and I decided it was finally time to put my granny square baby blanket together. I have to admit, I made all of the squares ages ago then got nervous about crocheting/stitching them together. Ridiculous, eh?

Anyway, after being pointed towards Attic24’s simple method of crocheting the squares together with a slip stitch (thanks to the lovely ladies who read my initial blog post!) I got stuck in yesterday.

I’ve now stitched all of the squares together and have crocheted a half double crochet border in the same colour as the yarn I used for the joins.

Sewn-together squares

Crocheting the squares together

I’m thinking of adding a colourful border with the wool I used in the squares to give a mini rainbow effect. What do you think, or do you have any top tops for finishing off a granny square blanket? I would love to hear your ideas.

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How to: Make Lace-covered Jam Jars

A splash of colour - Lace-covered glass jars
I love the simplicity of glass-covered lace. It’s so elegant and classic with a nod to vintage. Glass jars look stunning with a flickering candle inside, and with Wayne and I having a winter wedding (next month!), I knew this would be something that could work well with our day.

After being inspired by seeing lace-covered jam jars all over Pinterest and my favourite wedding blogs last year, I really wanted to have a go at making them myself. I mean, they are beautiful, environmentally friendly (as it’s effectively upcycling!) and also cheap to make.

Here’s how I made mine…

What you will need:

Glass jars – be it jam jars, sauce jars, hotdog jars, beetroot jars, peanut butter jars, mason jars. If it’s glass and jar-shaped, it’s good to go!
Lace
Scissors
Tape measure
Needle and white or ivory thread
Wool/yarn in different colours (optional)

How to make the lace-covered jars

After a bit of trial and error, I realised using glue was a no-go. For one thing it wasn’t very sticky, and secondly it tended to seep through the lace. Not very pretty! Instead I sewed the lace into a kind of sleeve for the jar, which means it can easily be removed if the jars need to be washed.

  1. With the tape measure, measure around the circumference of the jar. Add on an extra inch/2.5 centimetres for sewing. Make a note of the measurements.Measuring the jar
  2. Measure the lace to the length of the measurements taken in step one and cut to size.Lace cut to size
  3. Fold the lace in half and measure half an inch/1.5 cm from the open end. This is where you are going to stitch to make the lace sleeve.
    Measuring for the seam
  4. Sew by hand or using a sewing machine with a white or ivory thread. Finish off.Stitching the seam
  5. Turn the lace sleeve inside out and slide it onto the jar.  It should be a snug fit, if not, measure and stitch closer to the middle of the piece of lace.
    Finished big jar

And there you go! You can add two smaller lace covers to a bigger jar for a different effect or add a bit of colour by wrapping some wool or yarn around the middle of the lace.

Lace-covered jars

They look great with candles inside – a cheap but effective bit of wedding decor!

Lace-covered jars with candles

So are you planning on making any lace-covered jars for your wedding or special occasion? I hope you have found this post useful!

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