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


Friday, 29 November 2019


♥ Christmas Pudding Tea Cosy. 



I’m sure we’ll all be having a little tipple or two
 to celebrate the festive Season over the next couple of weeks but ,
 if you’re anything like me, 
the teapot will never be too far from view 
and the kettle will be on boil constantly to provide those much needed ‘cuppa’s’.

Of course, it goes without saying,
 that the teapot needs to be dressed for the occasion
 – and so what could be better than a Christmas Pudding Tea Cosy !


For my tea cosy I used BERGERE DE FRANCE MAGIC, 2 x balls of CRIQUET, 1 x ball of CASCADE SUNSEEKER in WHITE 35, a small amount of PAINTBOX COTTON in RACING GREEN 428 and in RED WINE 416. (If you prefer full on glittery leaves and berries you could also use the Cascade Sunseeker in red and green.) To add the glitter to the leaves and berries I used small amounts of TWILLEYS GOLDFINGERING in FOREST GREEN 051 and RED 038.
    
I worked with a 5.5mm hook for the main body of the tea cosy and a 3mm hook for the white topping and the leaves and berries.
As a finishing touch I added a tiny gold coin, made with the Twilleys Goldfingering in GOLD 002,  and a 2mm hook, that is tucked away inside the pudding in true Christmas fashion !
My tea cosy is designed to fit a 1500 ml , 10 cup teapot.

To make the sides of the cosy. Make 2:
Row 1: Using the CRIQUET and a 5.5mm hook make a chain of 31. ( If you are making a cosy for a different sized pot your chain needs to be the height of your teapot from the bottom to the top of the lid.)
Row 2: Starting in the second chain from the hook work a row of TR. 30 sts. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 3: Working in to the back loops only work a row of 30 TR, chain 2 and turn.
Rows 4 to 20: Continue working as for Row 3. Finish off. Your piece of crochet should now be the width of the teapot. ( If you are making a cosy for a different sized pot the width of your piece of crochet can be adjusted at this point by working more or less rows.)
Make a second piece as above.
        
Joining the sides of the cosy together:  
Lay one piece on top of the other on a flat surface and using pins mark on each side the space that you need to leave open for the handle and the spout.
For my cosy I left a gap of 10cm for the handle, with a seam of 4cm below the handle and 5cm above the handle.
For the spout I left a gap of 7cm, with a seam of 5cm below the spout and 7cm above the spout.
I used a needle and yarn to sew the seams. Finish off and sew in the ends

Fitting the cosy to the teapot:
Turn the cosy so that the seams are on the inside and slide it on to your teapot. Using double thickness yarn run a gathering thread all around the top of the cosy and then carefully pull it up so that it closes around the top of the lid. Stitch firmly in place.
               
       
To make the white topping for the pudding:
Worked in a continuous round.

Round 1: Using the Cascade Sunseeker in White and a 3mm hook make a Magic Ring and work 8 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 16sts.
Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the first stitch and then two DC in to the next stitch*.  Repeat from * to *all the way around. 24 sts.
Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 2 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 32 sts.
Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 3 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 40 sts.
Round 6: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 4 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 48 sts.
Round 7: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 5 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 56 sts.
Round 8: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 6 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 64 sts.
Round 9: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 7 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 72 sts.
Round 10: DC 72
Round 11: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 8 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 80 sts.
Round 12: DC 80
Round 13: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 9 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 88 sts.
Rounds 14 and 15: DC 88
Round 16: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 10 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 96 sts.
Round 17 and 18: DC 96
Round 19: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 11 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 104 sts.
Round 20: DC 104.
Round 21: You are now going to add the wavy edging to create the dripped effect of the topping. I chose to work a random shape for mine so used a combination of the stitch patterns below.
Begin with a Sl St and then work a combination of the following:
Pattern  1: Work 2 stitches in to each stitch as follows: HTR + TR, TR + DTR , TTR + TTR, DTR + TR, TR + HTR, Sl St.
Pattern 2: Work 2 stitches in to each stitch as follows: DC + DC,  DC + HTR, HTR + HTR, HTR + TR, TR + TR , TR + HTR, HTR + HTR, HTR + DC , DC + DC, Sl St.
Pattern 3: DC + HTR, TR + DTR, HTR + DC,Sl St.


To make the Holly Leaves:


The leaves are made with 1 x strand of the Paintbox Cotton and 1 x strand of the Twilleys Goldfingering in Green. I used a 3mm hook.

To make the large leaf: Make 4
Using 1 strand of Cascade and 1 x strand of Twilleys Goldfingering,  chain 12.
Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work the following stitches along the chain: 2 x DC, 3 x HTR, 2 x TR, 2 x HTR and 2 x DC. You should now be at the top of the chain. Work a Sl ST across the top of the chain and then work the following stitch pattern back down the other side of the chain: 2 x DC, 3 x HTR, 2 x TR, 2 x HTR, 1 x DC.
Work a SL St in to the bottom of the chain and then work a chain of 6 for the stalk. Work 5 x Sl St back along the chain and Sl St back in to the base of the leaf.   
In the next round you will be making the points of the holly leaf.
Point 1: Sl St in to the first stitch, CH2, Sl St back in to the first stitch of the chain and then Sl St back in to the leaf.     
Continuing working along the side of the leaf as follows:
Point 2: DC, CH 2, Sl St back in to 1st Chain, Sl ST 
Point 3: DC, CH3, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST
Point 4: DC, CH2, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST
Point 5: Sl ST, CH 2  Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST.
Point 6: Sl ST in to the top stitch, CH 3, Sl ST back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST back in to the top of the leaf.
Now work back down the other side side of the leaf as follows:
Point 7:  Sl ST, CH 2  Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST.
Point 8: DC, CH2, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST
Point 9: DC, CH3, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST
Point 10: DC, CH 2, Sl St back in to 1st Chain, Sl ST 
Point 11: Sl ST, CH 2, Sl St back in to 1st Chain, Sl ST  .
Finish off and sew in the ends.

 
To make the Holly Berries: Make 7

  The  berries are made with 1 x strand of the Paintbox Cotton and 1 x strand of Twilleys Goldfingering in red.
Using 1 x strand of PAINTBOX COTTON and 1 x strand of Twilleys in RED make a Magic Ring.
Work 5 DC in to the ring.
Work a round of DC, 5 sts.
Finish off and use the yarn tail to sew around the bottom of the berry, gather up in to a ball shape, finish off and leave a long tail so that you can attach the berries to the tea cosy.

To make the Gold Coin: Make 2 and stitch together.

Round 1: Using the Twilleys Fingering in Gold and a 2mm hook make a Magic Ring and work 4 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch.
Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the first stitch and then two DC in to the next stitch*.  Repeat from * to *all the way around. 12 sts.
Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to each of the first 2 stitches and then two DC in to the next stitch*.  Repeat from * to *all the way around. 16 sts.
Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to each of the first 3 stitches and then two DC in to the next stitch*.  Repeat from * to *all the way around. 20 sts. Sl St to join and finish off.
Maker a second circle and stitch the two circles together.

To complete your tea cosy:

 

Using a needle and thread stitch the topping to the pudding in the centre top.
 Position the leaves and stitch in to place with a few stitches. I just put in a few anchoring stitches rather than sewing them on all the way around as I wanted the leaves to stick up a little.
Then sew on the berries.
Finish off by sewing the gold coin in place so that it is just poking out either by the spout or the handle.

Time to put the kettle on I think !     


Wednesday, 27 November 2019


♥ Polar  Bears 

A couple of Christmas' ago I designed these little Christmas Polar Bears
 and they have since become firm favourites in our Christmas decoration collection.


Each bear stands approx. 13 cm tall and the pattern includes all the
 instructions you need to make the bears, the scarf, the balloon, 
the holly sprig and the gold star.

  



Then , one evening last year I spent a lovely couple of hours 
working on a completely unnecessary project that just had to be done .....

...... and here it is .... One bear in a Christmas Pudding Suit !


If you fancy having a go at the Bears and decide, like me, 
that you absolutely have to have one dressed as a Pudd here is the bonus pattern for you !


For the pudding: Using brown DK yarn and a 3mm hook chain 20. work 24 rows of DC, 
chaining 1 and turning at the end of each row.
To make the first armhole: In the next row DC 3, Chain 6, 
skip 6 stitches and rejoin back to the row. DC 10.
Work 18 more rows of DC. Finish off.
To join the seam and make the second armhole: Place the 2 short edges together 
and Sl St 10 DC together. Finish off. 
Leave a gap of 6 stitches. Rejoin your yarn and Sl St the last 3 stitches together. Finish off.
Turn inside out and place on the bear. 
Run a gathering thread around the top and bottom and pull up. 
Before finishing off add the stuffing to make the shape of the pudding.

For the topping: Using white DK yarn and a 3mm hook chain 26.
Row 1: *DC 3, increase in the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the row, finishing with 1 DC.
Rows 2 and 3: DC 31.
Row 4: *Increase in the first stitch, DC 4* Repeat from * to * to the end of the row.
Row 5: To make the drip effect around the bottom of the topping I worked a random combination of the following cluster stitches to the end of the row. 
Begin by DC 4, then skip a stitch and work all of the following in to the next stitch: Drip 1: HTR + TR + TR + HTR, skip a stitch and Sl St back in to the next stitch. The two differnet sized drips are worked in exactly the same way by skipping a stitch then working all of the stitches in the next stitch, skipping a stitch and then a Sl St back in the next stitch.
Drip 2: TR + TR + DTR + TR + TR
Drip 3: DTR + DTR + TTR + DTR + DTR
Finish off.
Run a gathering thread around the top and place the topping around the bears neck and stitch at the back.
I worked two extra holly leaves from the pattern and stitched these in to place.

Friday, 22 November 2019



  Baubles and Angels 

I have to admit I LOVE crocheting for Christmas !
Give me some sparkly yarn, some polystyrene spheres, ribbons and bells
and I could happily crochet decorations for the full 12 months of the year.

A couple of years ago I designed some Christmas pieces for lovecraftcrochet and I
still get lots of requests for the patterns, so today's post is all about
Baubles and Angels as the patterns for both are written out below.

I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did.


♥ Baubles 


   
My design is worked for two different sized baubles,
with each crochet bauble having a Polystyrene sphere inside of either 3.5cm or 6cm.
The baubles are worked in two halves which are then stitched together
 around the centre of the bauble.
The larger pattern is for a bobbly bauble and the smaller pattern
 is for a stripy bauble.
The finished baubles have a plastic hook added at the top to attach the hanging ribbon to.

For my Baubles I used Cascade Sunseeker in:
 Light Green 33 and Crimson 06. I also used Wendy Supreme in White 1820.

To add extra sparkle, the bobbles for the large baubles and the stripes
 on the small baubles are worked in:
 Twilleys Goldfingering in Red 038 and Gold 002.

I worked both sized baubles with a 3 mm hook.
You will also need some 3.5cm and 6cm Polystyrene Spheres. 
For my hanging loops I purchased some plastic hooks specifically 
designed to be used with Polystyrene spheres.
For the hanging loops you will need some small amounts of co-ordinating ribbon.
   
The Baubles are worked in a continuous round so you
 may find it helps to use a stitch marker.
    

To make the large Bobbly Bauble.



Round 1: Begin by making a Magic Ring and work 8 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 16sts.
Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the next stitch and then 2 DC in to the following stitch.
*Work from * to * all the way around, 24sts
Round 4: This is going to be your first bobble round, and you will also continue to increase your stitches. Whilst this sounds complicated if you follow the stitch pattern below it’ll all work out beautifully !
Work a bobble in to the first stitch as follows: Yarn over in your bobble colour and work 5 HTR, leaving the final loop of each HTR on the hook. You will end up with 6 loops on your hook, one in your main colour and 5 in your bobble colour. Yarn over in your main colour and pull through all the loops on your hook.
*Now work 1 DC in the next stitch, 2 DC in the following stitch, 1 DC, 1 DC, and 2 DC in the following stitch. Into the next stitch work another bobble.*
Repeat from * to * a further 3 times. On the third repeat finish with a DC rather than another bobble.
    
At the end of Round 4 you should have 4 bobbles and 32 sts.

Round 5:   *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches, then work 2 DC in to the following stitch. * Repeat from * to * all the way around, 40sts.
   
Round 6: Work a round of DC, 40 sts.
Round 7: Work 5 DC, then *make a bobble in to the next stitch and then DC 9*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. At the end of Round 7 you should have 4 bobbles and 40sts.
    
Round 8 and 9: Work a round of DC, 40sts.
Round 10: *Work a bobble in to the first stitch, followed by 9 DC*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. At the end of Round 10 you will have 4 bobbles and 40 sts.
   
Round 11: Work a round of DC, 40sts. Finish off and sew in the ends.
This completes the first half of the bauble. Make a second half in exactly the same way.
 
When both halves are complete fit them on to the Polystyrene sphere and using a
length of yarn and a needle carefully stitch the two halves together.
Finish off and sew in the ends.
Push the pastic hook in to the top of the bauble ,
add a hanging loop and to finish add a small bow.
 

To make the small Stripy Bauble.



                      For the sparkly stripes I used 2 x strands of the Twilleys Goldfingering.

Round 1: Working in your main colour begin by making a Magic Ring and work 4 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from the first round, 8 sts. On the final stitch of this round work your ‘yarn over’ with 2 x strands of the Twilleys Goldfingering.
Round 3: Working with the 2 x strands of the Twilleys Goldfingering *work 1 DC in to the next stitch followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around, 12 sts. On the final stitch of this round work your ‘yarn over’ with the main colour.
Round 4: Working in your main colour *work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat  from * to * all the way around, 16 sts. On the final stitch of this round work your ‘yarn over’ with 2 x strands of the Twilleys Goldfingering.
Round 5: Working with the 2 x strands of the Twilleys Goldfingering * work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch.* repeat from * to * all the way around, 20sts.
Rounds 6 to 9: Work a round of DC, 20sts, remembering to change colours at the end of each round as above. Your last round will be one in the Twilleys Goldfingering. Finish off and sew in the ends.
This completes your first half. Now make a second half in exactly the same way, but on this half finish after Round 8. This will mean your final round will be in your main colour.
Once both halves are complete fit them on to the Polystyrene sphere and using 1 x strand of the twilleys Goldfingring, sew the two halves together. Finish off and sew in the ends.
 
To finish, push the plastic hook in to the top of the bauble and add a hanging loop and a small bow.


   
 

  Christmas Angel  



For my Angel I used a variety of different textured yarns 
and when completed she measures approximately 13cm high.

I used the following yarn : 1 x Paintbox Cotton in 453 for the head, hands and base,  
1 x Sirdar Ophelia in 0107 for the dress, arms and wings 
1 x Bergere de France, Abakan in Ecru for the hair.
 I also used a small amount of Gold Twilleys Fingering to edge the wings.

I worked with a 2.5 mm hook for the main part of the angel and a 4.5mm 
and 2.5 mm hook for the wings.

You will also need 2 x small black safety eyes and some toy stuffing.

The Angel is worked from the top of the head down, in continuous rounds. 
You may find it helps to work with a stitch marker.

To make the body:
Round 1: Begin by making a Magic Circle and work 6 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from the first round, 12 sts.
Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the first stitch and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 18sts.
Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 24 sts.
Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 30 sts.  
Rounds 6 to 13: Work a round of DC, 30 sts.
Round 14: *DC in to each of the next 3 stitches then decrease 2 by DC the next 2 stitches together.* Repeat from * to * all the way around, 24 sts.
Round 15: Decrease by DC  2 stitches together all the way around, 12 sts.
Round 16: * DC in to the next stitch and then decrease by DC the next 2 stitches together.* Repeat from * to * all the way around, 8 sts.
Round 17: For this round you are now going to increase to start the shaping of the neck and body. Dc2 in to each stitch all the way around, 16 sts.
Round 18: Work a round of DC, 16 sts.
Round 19: *Work 1 DC in to the first stitch and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 24sts.
Rounds 20 and 21: Change to the white yarn and work a round of DC, 24 sts.
Round 22: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 32 sts.
Rounds 23 and 24: Work a Round of DC, 32 sts.
After completing Round 24 fix the safety eyes in place and stuff the head
Round 25: Work a Round of DC, 32 sts.
Round 26: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 40 sts.
Rounds 27 to 29: Work a Round of DC, 40 sts.
Round 30: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 4 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 48 sts.
Rounds 31 to 33: Work a Round of DC, 48 sts.
Round 34: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 5 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 56 sts.
Rounds 35 to 37: Work a Round of DC, 56 sts.
Round 38: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 6 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 64 sts.
Round 39: Work a Round of DC, 64 sts. Finish off and sew in the ends.

The next stage is to make the additional parts for the angel. 
She will need two arms, a ruffle to go around the top neck 
edge of the dress and some wings.



To make the arms:
Round 1: Using the pink yarn make a Magic Ring and work 6 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: *Work 1 DC in to the first stitch and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 9 sts.
Rounds 3 and 4: Work a round of DC, 9 sts. At the end of Round 4 change to the white yarn.
Now continue working rounds of 9 DC until the arm measaures approximately 5.5 cm . Finish off leaving a long tail. Make a second arm.

To make the Neck Ruffle:
Chain 25.
Row 1: Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work 2 HTR in to each stitch all the way along the chain. At the end of the row Chain 1 and turn.
Row 2: Work 1 HTR in to each stitch, all the way along the row. Finish off, leaving a long tail.
Using the long yarn tails on both of the arms and the neck ruffle sew the additional pieces on to the angel.
   
To make the wings:
The wings are made from a circle of crochet that’s folded in half and joined together around the edge.
Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 8 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from the first round, 16 sts.
Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the next  stitch and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 24 sts.
Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 32 sts.
Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 40 sts.
Round 6: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 4 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 48 sts.
Round 7: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 5 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 56 sts.
Round 8: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 6 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 64 sts. Finish off and sew in the ends.
Round 9: Work a round of DC, 64 sts.
Round 10: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 7 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 72 sts. Finish off and sew in the ends.
Round 11: Work a round of DC, 72 sts.
Round 12: Work 2 DC in to each stitch all the way around. Finish off and sew in the ends.
   
To finish the wings fold the circle in half and using a 2.5mm hook and the Gold Twilleys Fingering join the two halves together by working 2 DC in to each stitch all the way around. Work this same edging along the straight edge too. Finish off and sew in the ends.


  
Attach the wings to the angels back by sewing them to the main body using a needle and some of the yarn.


To make the angels hair:
Using the Bergere de France yarn cut some lengths of yarn that are long enough to go from one side of the head across to the other. Lay them out on a flat surface to position them correctly, and then using a needle and some yarn sew them in to place on to the angels head. I stitched mine so it had a side parting and then attached a small bow and sewed some further stitches on the other side of the head too.
   


To finish your angel:
You are now going to stuff the angels body, and sew on the base. The base is made in the Pink yarn as follows:
Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 8 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from the first round, 16 sts.
Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the next  stitch and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 24 sts.
Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 32 sts.
Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 40 sts.
Round 6: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 4 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 48 sts.
Round 7: Work a round of DC, 48 sts.
Round 8: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 5 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 56 sts.
Round 9: Work a round of DC, 56 sts.
Round 10: *Work 1 DC in to each of the next 6 stitches and then 2 DC in to the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way round, 64 sts. Finish off and sew in the ends.
Once your base is complete, use some soft toy stuffing to stuff the angels body.  Now take the base and with the right side facing outwards, place the base over the bottom of the body, rejoin your white yarn and join the base and the bottom edge of the dress together by working a round of DC.
   
To complete my angel I then worked a scalloped border on to the bottom of the dress by working the following pattern all the way around the bottom edge:

Working in to the front loop only, work  a *Sl St in to the first stitch, a DC into the next stitch , and then work a HTR, TR, HTR and DC all in to the following stitch.* Repeat from * to * all the way around, finish off and sew in the ends.



Monday, 30 September 2019


October  

 ♥



    I am an Autumn Adorer !
 I love absolutely everything about about this season, 
right from the very start where the trees just start to take on differing shades of gold, 
to digging around in piles of leaves for conkers, 
to the smell of bonfire night 
and then that first frosty crunch of the year 
when the fallen leaves become crisp and delicate in the cold.

I don't think I will ever get fed up of this beautiful season.
Whether the days are bright and sunny 
or cold and wet 
they each bring with them the sense of the year drawing to a close 
and the time for a little bit of home hibernating.


 

And of course, it goes without saying,
 that with said home hibernating comes all things crochet !

 ♥

BIG HAPPY SIGH

 ♥


Over the past few years my Autumn crochet makes seems to have increased somewhat
 and so I thought I'd put together a post sharing a few of my favourites.

Firstly - Pumpkins !
I just love everything about them, 
from their shape to the huge array of colours 
to the fun you can have crocheting them, the list is endless.

 

These little yarny pumpkins are perfect as table or mantle piece decorations
 - but be warned - 
they are seriously addictive 
and once you've made one
 you'll suddenly find yourself surrounded by a little pumpkin patch !


These ones are some that I designed for www.lovecraftscrochet.com last year 
and you can find the free patterns here

And if you fancy a bit of teeny crochet you could have a go at hooking up some of these mini pumpkin keyrings. ( Pattern in the link above)

 

And then of course, you could go to the complete other extreme and go LARGE !
The same pattern can be used for pumpkins of all different sizes, 
from thin cotton yarn to big and chunky, 
just choose the hook size accordingly and off you go.



 ♥


Then, when you're all pumpkinned out, 
 there's another whole world awaiting of crocheted Autumn leaves.


From the simplest of garlands made of bunches of oak leaves and acorns, 
 to ones abundant with golden leaves and pine cones 
the only limit is your imagination.

 




This Autumn Garland (below) is one that I designed for Simply Crochet's 2019 Calendar, 
the idea behind it being an Autumn walk in the woods 
where your feet are landing on a soft carpet of leaves 
and when you look hard enough,
hidden in amongst the leaves, are lots of tiny bright toadstools, 
poking through to the see the daylight.


Lastly, if you still have some orange yarn left over, 
how about a little Pumpkin Mouse to keep an eye on all those crochet pumpkins !

He is such a quick thing to make, as like the other pumpkin patterns, his body is simply a rectangle of crochet, gathered top and bottom and stuffed with toy stuffing. His head and ears are worked from a Magic Ring and his arms and tail are simply crochet chains.
If you fancy having a go the pattern is here.




And so, I wish you a very Happy October 
that will hopefully be full to the brim with lots of Autumn crochet!

 ♥