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


Saturday, 18 September 2021

 

 ♥ Autumn Crochet  


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.




Happy Autumn crocheting !

 ♥


Monday, 13 September 2021

 

Tea Cosies.

 



With the arrival of Autumn just around the corner 
there can be nothing nicer than sitting down for a good cup of tea 
and cosying in for the shorter days ahead. 

And it goes without saying that every teapot deserves the very best of tea cosies !

The two cosies above both make me feel very Autumny 
and the free pattern for the sunflower tea cosy is all written out below. 


The bee hive tea cosy is a pattern from my book Crocheted Home  and, 
I have to say, 
it was great fun hooking up all of the little bees for this one.



For the Sunflower tea Cosy:


For my tea cosy I used BERGERE DE FRANCE MAGIC, 
2 x balls of LICHEN, 
1 X ball of CRIQUET and 1X ball of SENEVE.
(Although I have detailed the yarn that I used any DK or Aran weight yarn 
can be used and worked with the correct hook number suggested on the yarn label.)

I worked with a 5.5mm hook for the main body of the tea cosy and a 4.5mm hook for the sunflower on the top.
As a finishing touch I added two tiny bees to my cosy and for these I used some small amounts of 4 ply yarn and a 2mm hook.
         
My tea cosy is designed to fit a 3L, 10 cup teapot.


To make the sides of the cosy. Make 2:
Row 1: Using the LICHEN 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 pice 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 sunflower:
The flower centre is worked in a continuous round.
Round 1: Using the CRIQUET and a 4.5mm 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 a round of 32 DC.
Round 6: Work a round of loose slip stitch, 32 sts. Finish off and leave a long end for sewing the circle to the cosy.
You will now have a small dome shaped circle.
       
Stitch the circle to the centre top of the cosy, so that the gathered up top of the cosy is all hidden 
away.


For the petals using the SENEVE and a 4.5mm hook make a chain of 114.
Row 1:  Sl St 1 and then *chain 9. Sl St back down the chain ( starting in the second chain from the hook ) and work down the chain as follows: DC 3, HTR 4. This will bring you back to the long chain. Skip 1 stitch and rejoin to the main chain with a Sl St in to the next stitch.*
Repeat from * to * all the way along the chain.

             
  



 
For the leaves using the LICHEN and a 4.5 mm hook make a chain of 41.
Row 1: Sl St 1 and then *chain 13. Sl St back down the chain ( starting in the second chain from the hook ) and work down the chain as follows: DC 3, HTR 3, TR 3, DTR 3. This will bring you back to the long chain. Skip 2 stitches and rejoin to the main chain with a Sl St in to the next stitch.*
Repeat from * to * all the way along the chain.
Both the petals and the leaves will benefit from blocking. Once pinned out I sprayed mine with an ironing starch as this helps to stiffen them up.
Blocking will help your petals and leaves hold their shape.

 

Joining the leaves and petals to the cosy:
Wrap the string of petals around the centre of the flower three times. Pin in place and then stitch securely.
Wrap the string of leaves around the centre of the flower , underneath the petals, once. Pin in place and then stitch securely.


    
To make the bees: ( worked in a continuous round)
Using some small amounts of 4ply yarn and a 2.5 mm hook make the bees body as follows:
Round 1: Using yellow yarn make a Magic Ring and work 4 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 8 sts.
Round 3 to 6: Work a round of 8 DC.
Round 7: DC 2 stitches together all the way around. Push all the ends inside the bee and close up the end.
Using a thin, black fibre tip pen draw on the black stripes and eyes. 

To make the wings using white yarn and a 2mm hook chain 2. In to the second chain work a DC, HTR, TR, DTR, TR, HTR and DC. Turn your work and working in to the other side repeat the same stitch pattern for the second wing.
Fold the wings in half and stitch in to place on the bee.
       
 


 Stitch the bees in to place and then it’s time to put the kettle on !




 



Monday, 16 August 2021

                                                                   ♥  DAISY BLANKET  


                     Following on from Granny square day 2021 here is the pattern for my Daisy square.

                     Each square measures approx 15cm x 15cm and my blanket is 9 squares wide

                     by 11 squares long. 

Of course, the blanket can be adapted to whatever size you choose, 

the finished measurements of mine are W = 146cm and L =176cm.

I used a DK yarn weight and chose to use Sublime Extra Fine Merino. Any DK weight yarn would work equally well.

Once I had made the required number of squares I joined all of the squares together in dc, in the same coloured yarn.

For my edging I worked rows of dc along the top, bottom and down each side, working enough rows so that the edge could be folded in half to create a lovely weighted border, and then stitched in to place.


                    For this blanket I used a size 4.5 needle and Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK.
                        Here is the pattern for one of the squares. I chose to work the main part of                                                     the square in htr's as I like the slightly more detailed look it seems to give. 

                                                   Chain 4 and join together to make a circle.
                                             Chain 1 and extend the loop to the height of a treble.


                                    * ( yrh, insert hook in central ring and pull up loop) x 3 times.



                                               yrh and draw through all loops on hook, 1 ch.
                                            Repeat from * 7 more times, sl st to join in first ch.
                                                   You should now have a circle of 8 petals.



                                  Finish off the circle and join in the next colour by pulling a loop 
                                            through one of the spaces between the petals. Ch 2.



                                             Then do 2 htr's in to the same space as the 2 ch. 
                                                   You will now have 3 htr in one space.
                         Into the next space work 2 htr, ch 2, and 2 htr. This makes your first corner.
                       

                                               In the next space work another group of 3 htr.
             The next space is your 2nd corner so work 2htr, 2 ch and 2 htr all into the same space.
        Continue working the round and join together with a slip stitch into the top of your first chain of 2.



                                      Begin your 2nd round: ch 2 and then 2 htr in to the same space.
                                                           In the next space work 3 more htr.
                                                 The next space is a corner, so 2 htr, 2ch, 2htr.
                                                               Continue working round.



                                 All corners are 2htr, 2ch, 2 htr and all spaces in between are 3 htr.



                                 Add as many rounds as you like to get the size square that you want.
             To finish the square off and to leave yourself with a good joining edge work one row of dc all                        around the edge, making sure that on each corner you dc 3 stitches into the one corner stitch.



                 To finish the flower add a coloured centre by stitching a French knot into the middle.
                           I learnt how to do a French Knot by watching a video demo on YouTube.


and that is pretty much it!