Verb: pootle
poo-t(u)l To move in a leisurely unhurried way,
with no real purpose


Thursday, 11 July 2019



Summer Bunting


A little bit of sunshine in the garden definitely calls for all the bunting to be hung out 
and so I have designed these colourful flags to match the rest of my Summer garden set, 
which includes cushions, tablemats and nightlight jars.


For my bunting I used Rico Creative Cotton Aran in:
 Rose 00, Candy Pink 64, Sky Blue 37 and Light Pistachio 44. 

In total I made 12 flags and this took approx. 1 ball of yarn in each of the colours.
To join the flags together I used a length of white cotton cord.
I worked with a 3.5mm hook.

Using a mixture of the four colours I made 4 plain flags, 4 striped flags and 4 bobbly flags.


To make the plain flag:


Chain 2 and then work 3 DC in to the second chain. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 1: Work a row of DC. 3 sts. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2: ( Increase row )DC, working 2 DC in to the first and last stitch. 5 sts. 
Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: ( Straight row )Work a row of DC. 5 sts. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 4: DC, working 2 DC in to the first and last stitch. 7 sts. 
Ch 1 and turn.

Row 5: Work a row of DC. 7 sts. Ch 1 and turn.

Continue working alternate rows of straight DC and then an increase row
 until you have 31sts.
Work a further 3 rows of DC, without any further increases,
 remembering to Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row. 31sts. 
Finish off and sew in ends.

Using a contrast colour, with the RS facing, 
rejoin your yarn and work a round of DC all the way around the flag, 
working 2 DC into each corner stitch to stop the flag misshaping. 

Finish off and sew in the ends.



To make the striped flag:


The striped flag is worked to exactly the same pattern as the plain flag, 
with a total of 8 rows being worked in each of the two colours 
and with each stripe being 2 rows of each colour.

 I found it easiest to join the new yarn colour in when making the chain at the end of the row,
 and rather than cutting the yarn each time I looped it up the side of the flag, 
so as to avoid having lots of ends to sew in.

When you have reached 31 sts, work a further 2 rows of DC without the increase.

If you are working your edging in the same colour, work a final row of DC 
and continue all the way around the flag in DC, working 2 DC in to each corner stitch.

If you are changing to a different colour for your edging, 
rejoin your new yarn and work a row of DC along the top and then continue around
 the flag in DC, working 2 DC in to each corner stitch. 
Then working this final round of DC ensure you work in the loops of yarn at the edges of the flag. 
Finish off and sew in the ends.


To make the bobbly flag:



 The bobbly flag is worked to exactly the same pattern as the plain flag, 
                                   with rows 5, 11,17,23 and 29 being the bobble rows.


For the bobble row ( RS ): DC 3, work your bobble in to the next stitch
 by joining in your second colour in the yarn over, 
working 4 TR all in to the same stitch leaving the last loop of each TR on the hook, 
yarn over in your main colour and pull through all 5 loops. 
Work 5 DC, repeat bobble.



For each row of bobbles start with 3 DC, make a bobble, 
work 5 DC between each bobble and after the last bobble of the row work 3 DC.

I found it easiest to cut the yarn after each bobble, 
leaving a tail long enough to sew in the ends neatly.

After your final bobble row work 2 further rows of DC without increases. 31 sts. 

Finish off and sew in the ends. Sew in the ends of the bobbles.

Work a final round of DC in your contrasting colour all the way
 around the flag working two DC in to each corner stitch.        



Once you have made all your flags simply join them together by threading
 a length of cotton cord through the top of each flag.















Monday, 8 July 2019



 Summer Garden Set 



If you fancy sprucing up your garden table this Summer 
how about crocheting some bright and colourful table mats. 


For the tablemats I used Rico Creative Cotton Aran in:
 Light Pistachio 44, Sky Blue 37, Candy Pink 64 and Rose 00. 

I used approx. 1 ball of each to make these two mats.
I worked with a 3.5mm hook.


Round 1: Begin by making a Magic Ring,  CH2 and work 12 TR in to the ring. 
Join with a SLST. 12 sts. CH 2.

Round 2: Work 2 TR in to each stitch. SL ST to join. 24sts. CH2.


Round 3: *Work 2 TR in to the first stitch and then 1 TR in to the next stitch*. 
Repeat from * to * all the way around. SL ST to join. 36 sts. CH 2.

Round 4: *Work 2 TR in to the first stitch and then 1 TR in to each of the next 2 stitches*. 
Repeat from * to * all the way around. SL ST to join. 48 sts. CH 2.

Round 5: *Work 2 TR in to the first stitch and then 1 TR in to each of the next 3 stitches*. 
Repeat from * to * all the way around. SL ST to join. 60 sts. CH 2.

Round 6: Work 2 TR in to the first stitch and then 1 TR in to each of the next 4 stitches*. 
Repeat from * to * all the way around. SL ST to join. 72 sts. CH 2.

Round 7: Work 2 TR in to the first stitch and then 1 TR in to each of the next 5 stitches*. 
Repeat from * to * all the way around. SL ST to join. 84 sts. CH 2.

Round 8: Work 2 TR in to the first stitch and then 1 TR in to each of the next 6 stitches*. 
Repeat from * to * all the way around. SL ST to join. 96 sts. 

Finish off and sew in the ends.


 For the bobbly edging I chose to work in two colours.



Join in your first colour and DC 1.* In to the next stitch work 4 TR all in to the same stitch, 
leaving the last loop of each TR on the hook. 
Yarn over in your second colour and pull through all 5 loops. 
SL ST in to the next stitch*, and repeat from * to *.

Continue working your way around the edge making the bobbles in alternate colours.
  
At the end of the round SL ST to finish off and sew in your ends.



These tablemats make up part of a full garden set of Cushions, 
Nightlight jars and matching Bunting,

You can find the patterns for the Nightlight jars here
and the pattern for the cushions here.






Tuesday, 5 March 2019


♥ Spring Sampler Shawl ♥


This time last year I was busy designing, making and writing up the
 pattern for my Spring Sampler Shawl. The pattern was then featured
 on lovecrochet.com as a free Crochet-A-Long, meaning that across 4 weeks the
 pattern was published in 4 different parts so that people could work on the
 pattern at the same time, completing each section ready for the next part of the pattern.

 

I made two different shawls in two different yarn types and colour ways. 
I used a DK weight yarn and all the details are included in the pattern.


The idea behind the design was to have a piece of work that really showcased the detail 
and textures created by working different stitches. Each different band of stitches 
would then be separated by a strip of simple double crochet ( UK terms) for contrast.


As I wanted the stitch patterns to be the main focus of the shawl I worked the main
 stitch strips in the same colour throughout, and just used two different
 coordinating colours for the dividing strips to make the stitch 
bands really stand out.

 

I used 4 different stitches: Waffle stitch, Suzette stitch, Alternate Bobble stitch and
Zig Zag stitch. Within each part of the pattern Lovecrochet.com have even included
 short video tutorials showing how to work each different stitch technique.



 For the borders I worked three different designs, a ruffle, a plain edge and a bobbled edge.

 

Both shawls were so lovely to work on and there was something very addictive 
about seeing the pattern develop with each row worked. 






Whilst working on the shawls I couldn't help but think what a gorgeous blanket
 it would also make so included in Part 4 of the pattern are all the details
 needed should you wish to make a blanket. 
I made mine cot size and it has pride of place in my granddaughters cot ready
 for when she comes to stay.

 

It also makes a perfect New baby gift.



Below are all 4 parts of the pattern. 
Simply click on each one for the direct link.



Alternative yarns:  Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
              Paintbox Simply DK
           Paintbox Baby DK
              Paintbox Cotton DK