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Frog Baby Hat

frog baby hat

My first new blog post of this frog baby hat is now available on the new home of CultofCrochet –  vampireweasel.co.uk. This is just a small project but I’ll be adding many more soon and also taking the most popular patterns from here and converting them into American terminology. See you there :)

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Cosy Squares Blanket

cosy squares

Ok so it’s nowhere near blanket sized yet but it’s getting there (maybe a placemat). Currently about 25cm (10 inches) across and each little square is about 4cm (1.5 inch) on each side. I saw this pattern briefly a while ago but forgot about it and moved onto other things. The other day I found it again on Ravelry and set to work. Quite a lot of time was spent choosing the colours but now I have them there’s no stopping me.

I love how cosy this is – it’s chunky and textured but fast to create. The stitch is not difficult and you don’t need to count or follow a pattern but it’s complex enough to keep it interesting. Perfect for crocheting in front of the TV. If you want to give it a go then the pattern is Wool Eater by Sarah London. I’m using a 4mm hook and worsted weight wool.

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Lace spiral coaster

OK so a coaster isn’t exactly the most awe-inspiring use of crochet but I’ve been out of the game for a while – baby steps people, baby steps….

I’ve seen many different instructions for this kind of spiral pattern and I tried a few but they didn’t seem to work out properly so I started from scratch and came up with my own method that produces a nice flat piece of work. I used crochet thread and a 2.5mm hook but there’s no reason you can’t scale it up.

In the time I’ve been away WordPress have added a feature that shows me where all the people who view my blog are from. I’ve discovered that the vast majority of you are in America (Hello!) and so I’ve been reconsidering my use of English crochet terms. As an experiment, this pattern is written in American crochet terms. If you have a strong preference for one or the other please leave a comment and I’ll decide how to write patterns in the future to be easily accessible to the most people.

Lace spiral coaster

Round 1: create a magic ring with 6sc and slip stitch closed.

Round 2: *chain 3 and sc into the next stitch* six times to take you all around the circle. you should have created 6 loops.

Round 3: *1sc into the next loop, chain 3 and then sc between the next two loops* six times to take you all around the circle.

Round 4: sc into the next stitch *2sc into the next loop, chain 3, skip the next stitch and sc into the next stitch* repeat between the *stars* six times to take you all around the circle.

Round 5: *sc each stitch to take you to the next loop (this will be 2 sc on round 5, 3 sc on round 6 etc), 2sc into the next loop, chain 3, skip the next stitch and sc into the next stitch* repeat between the stars six times to take you all around the circle.

Repeat round 5 until the piece is as big as you would like. you don’t need to keep track of rounds – once you get the hang of the pattern this is really easy and you can just keep going in a spiral without having to count stitches or keep track of where you are. just carry on until the work is the size you would like.

Last round: sc each stitch and 5 sc into each loop. slip stitch the last few stitches, fasten off and weave in ends.

block or press if needed.

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Some say I’ve been travelling the world….

…. in search of the perfect ball of wool. Others insist I’ve been lying low after an embarrassing mishap with some pinking shears. So what’s the truth? Where have I been for the last (oh dear!) eight months!? Well the truth is far more mundane, I’ve just been very busy and although I have still been dabbling in crochet this blog became a tragic victim of my hectic life. It just took me four attempts to remember the correct password and log in and then I had quite a backlog of comments to read through! Well I’m here now and determined to get back into regular blogging and spreading the creative itch to as many people as I can. As a way to ease back into this blogging malarkey here is a brief round up of a few of things I’ve been up to (and could find photos of!)

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I spent a loooooong time sewing ruffles to make a wonderful duvet cover. It was worth it in the end :)

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An owly felt case for my kindle.

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Learning from the first attempt I made a sturdier, padded and colourful kindle case.

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Interior View

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and finally I had a birthday :)

I have also been doing a spot of knitting and crochet but can’t seem to find any pieces to show you – I shall be back soon with new projects – I promise! Ta ta for now.

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Lefty Requests?

From all the comments on my broomstick bracelet tutorial I can see that there are a lot of left handed crocheters out there struggling in a right handed world :) That’s understandable – we’re told to just reverse the instructions but when you’re learning to crochet generally this extra step of having to flip everything in your head or download the photos, flip and resemble them can be the frustration that makes many of us give up and go back to making simple scarves forever more! I think this is a very sad state of affairs and I’m here to help. If you’re a lefty and struggling with a particular stitch or some nuance of amigurumi then leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do to help. Even if it’s just the simplest of things that you can’t quite get to look like it should please do ask and I’ll start to build up a collection of left handed tutorials. I’m not saying I’ll definitely be able to help but I’m happy to give it go!

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Psychedelic Flower Power Cushion

Well it’s been a while my little crochet cultists; apologies for the hiatus - I’ve been moving house (again!). My new flat has a lovely green rug and it inspired me to make this psychedelic, 60s flower power cushion following a pattern from Attic 24. It’s cheerful and fun and is good for using up odd bits of yarn.

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Bobbly Kindle (ipad/laptop/phone) case pattern

A cosy, lined case covered in a pattern of tiny little bobbles. It is very thick and textured. For laptops, kindles, ipads or phones! The instructions are very detailed with lots of photos. The case I make in the instructions is to fit a kindle but general instructions are also given so it can be made any size. As always I use English crochet terms and include a conversion chart for American terms.

What you will need:
• 3mm hook
• Chunky yarn or thinner yarn (~dk) doubled up.
• Lining material
• 2, 3 (or 4 or more!) buttons of your choice
• Pins (to pin the lining to the case)
• Thread and needle for sewing on the lining and buttons
• Optional – extra wadding/padding to go between the lining and the crochet if you are making a large case, such as for a laptop.

You may sell items you make from this pattern as long as you credit my blog as the source of the pattern and provide a link to the page where the pattern can be purchased.

Fully illustrated, detailed instructions are available for £1 (that’s about $1.60 at the time of writing). You can either buy now via paypal or purchase through Ravelry:

If you have any questions or want any help with this project you can email me at cultofcrochet@gmail.com and I’ll be working on more free patterns soon so do keep checking back.

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Scarves, skulls and more!

I’ve been very busy the past few weeks, both with crochet and many other things! I have a cool pattern I’ve been working on the past week but it’s not quite ready yet so I thought I’d show you some of the other things I’ve been up to – there are quite a few more that I didn’t manage to get photos of before they were whisked off to their new owners so this is just a small subset:

Centre-pull balls

Since seeing this tutorial for creating centre-pull balls of wool I’ve been doing this before using any of my wool – it makes it much easier to use, stops it tangling especially when using double strands or huge, unwieldy 500g balls!

Hooded scarf

I made a green hooded scarf based on this pattern from crochet spot. It’s very simple and I didn’t add the border or pockets so it was very quick to make. I think it could be really cute for a kid with little eyes to make the hood into a frog or ears on another colour to make a monkey or bear or rabbit.

Skull phone case

I thought I’d have a go at trying crochet with multiple colours (tapestry crochet?) and ended up with this skull phone case. it was an interesting experiment but I don’t think I’ll be doing much of this in the near future – it could be nice for a blanket one day. I put the buttons onto the strap just for a bit of fun so that when it’s undone the skull looks like it’s asleep and you have some (surprisingly quite cute!) disembodied eyes:

plant pot coaster

I was given a lovely plant this week and so made this very simple coaster/mat for it to stand on – literally just chunky wool worked in the round, increasing 6 stitches each round to keep it flat until it was slightly bigger than the pot then completing one final round with a few bobble/cluster stitches for decoration.

Persimmon Pullover

I decided this weekend to try my first ever crocheted clothing so I’ve started this top using a free lion brand pattern and it seems to be going well so far:

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Baby Bunny Hat

This hat is going to be part of a set with some booties for an as yet unborn baby with unknown gender – so it’s white (and sparkly) because that probably would be fine for either a boy or a girl. I used DK yarn and a 5mm hook which makes the hat quite light and airy.

SIZE

I have literally no idea how big a baby is so I used this wonderful website of baby sizes to make it (hopefully!) the right size. If you get the same gauge as me and follow the instructions exactly then the finished hat should measure ~38cm (15″) in circumference and 15cm (6″) long (before being turned up) which the website says is the size for a baby 3 – 6 months old. I decided to go for one size up from newborn as it’s better to be slightly too big as the baby can always grow into it.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • I used DK yarn and a 5mm hook to give a light and airy feel to the hat. It has a gauge of ~3.5 stitches and 3.5 rows per 2.5cm (1 inch) when worked in half treble (american = half double) crochet in back loops only. You can use any yarn and hook with any gauge if you have a look at this website of baby sizes and adjust the pattern for your particular needs.
  • yarn needle for sewing on the ears
  • As always I’ll be using English crochet terms so have a look at my conversion chart if you’d prefer American terms. However, the whole hat is completed in a single stitch: half treble crochet (htr) which in american terms is just half double crochet (hdc). Crochet into the back loop only of all stitches unless the instructions say otherwise and continue working in a spiral, using a stitch marker to keep track of rounds.

HAT

Round 1. Create a magic ring containing 6dc (sc in American terms). slst closed.

Work in back loops only of all stitches from now on.

Round 2. 2htr into each stitch (12 stitches total)

Round 3. *2htr into first stitch, 1htr in next stitch. *repeat 6 times (18 stitches total)

Round 4. *2htr into first stitch, 1htr in each of next 2 stitches. *repeat 6 times (24 stitches total)

Round 5. *2htr into first stitch, 1htr in each of next 3 stitches. *repeat 6 times (30 stitches total)

Round 6. *2htr into first stitch, 1htr in each of next 4 stitches. *repeat 6 times (36 stitches total)

Round 7. *2htr into first stitch, 1htr in each of next 5 stitches. *repeat 6 times (42 stitches total)

Round 8-22. 1htr in each stitch. (42 stitches total)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

EARS (MAKE 2)

Round 1. Create a magic ring containing 6dc. slst closed.

Work in back loops only of all stitches from now on.

Round 2. *2htr into first stitch, 1htr in next stitch. *repeat 3 times (9 stitches total)

Round 3. 1htr in each stitch.

Round 4. *2htr into first stitch, 1htr in each of next 2 stitch. *repeat 3 times (12 stitches total)

Round 5. 1htr in each stitch.

Round 6. *2htr into first stitch, 1htr in next stitch. *repeat 6 times (18 stitches total)

Round 7-15. 1htr in each stitch. (18 stitches total)

Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.

FINISHING

Flatten an ear and fold in half at the base as shown in the photo below. With the yarn needle and the tail of yarn sew through all layers a few times to secure the ear in this position.

Place the ear on one side of the hat at approximately round 4 and sew on. Weave in the loose end.

Repeat with the second ear on the opposite side of the hat. Turn up approximately 2.5cm (1″) and you’re done. Enjoy the cuteness!

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Headware

I was going to write up the pattern for this hat for all you lovely people but it turns out that I have a very small head so I don’t think it would fit anyone else!

When figuring out how to make it though I came across this bloom beret pattern by Brittney Waterhouse, which, although constructed differently, produces a very similar slouchy style hat. So have a go at that if you like the style, I made it and it turned out great (with some adjustments to account for the small head!)

and while we’re on the subject of head-gear I don’t know if anyone remembers my attempt at customising my bike helmet a while ago? Well it’s been through a few incarnations since then and I really like the patchwork quality of it now – just repainting and redrawing over different sections as the mood takes me (and the paint is water based so fades and smudges in the rain then I just go over bits again):

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