Friday, 11 December 2015

Robin Redbreast Button Card

I have sat down a few times to make this year's Christmas cards, but something has always interrupted me. So much so that I've ended up behind, so I needed a quick design to get ahead.
I used this 6x6 greeting card insert template for Microsoft Word - and just amended the margins a little so it fit my card stock.
The robin image is from Adobe Stock. I altered the size of the robin so the red breast matched the size of my 9mm buttons.

The wording is from a children's song.
A touch of glitter on the snow courtesy of my Wink Of Stella glitter brush and a red paper insert finished off this year's Christmas card.

Monday, 7 December 2015

'The Little One' Crochet Beanie

Colder days mean the need for a hat. My little one's winter hats no longer fit, so I crocheted him a chunky beanie.
I took inspiration from Oombawka Design's pattern.
I used a 6mm hook and Stylecraft Special Chunky yarn in colours Denim, Camel and Meadow.
I chose to do stripes and for my last six rows, I used SC (UK DC) to give a snug fit.
He's not one of the easiest models to work with! Thankfully, a bag of buttons kept him entertained as I took some photos!

Monday, 30 November 2015

Hanging Baubles Christmas Decoration

I was looking for some hanging decorations for my lounge. I saw something I liked in a shop, but the colours didn't suit. So I decided to make my own Hanging Baubles Decoration. 
These gorgeous baubles came from The Range. They're metal with a bead in them - so they jangle!
I measured 3 pieces of ribbon; one 22 inch, one 28 inch and one 34 inch. Using a lit match I sealed the ends, to prevent fraying.
After threading through the loop of the baubles, I gathered the ribbons together and tied a knot. 

Through the knot I slipped a small metal hook.
A simple solution to my decoration needs and half the price of the one I saw in the shop.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Christmas Kisses Mistletoe Garland

My crochet mistletoe garland is a great stashbuster.
Each bit uses a small amount of yarn and takes little time to make.

Here's how to crochet the mistletoe garland:

DK or Aran yarn (I used Rico Creative Cotton (Aran) in Pistachio)
4mm hook

Row 1 chain  12
Row 2 tr (UK dtr) in the 5th chain from the hook, tr in the next chain, dc (UK tr) in the next 2 chains, hdc (UK htr) in the next 2 chains, sc (UK dc) in the last 2 chains
Row 3 repeat Row 1 and 2
Row 4 chain 8, slip stitch in to the 2nd chain from the hook, then slip stitch in to each of the remaining chains

Join to the base of the first leaf with a slip stitch and fasten off.
Weave in the ends, then using cotton, sew on buttons for the mistletoe berries. I used random sized white buttons. Make 14.

Using red yarn, chain desired length. Then slip stitch into each chain attaching the mistletoe at regular intervals.

By tying a loop at the ends of the garland, it can be hung easily.
Pattern ©Leasowes View 2015

Sunday, 8 November 2015

The Hubby Cowl

For the first time I've made something for my other half. 

Introducing 'The Hubby Cowl'.
Not only is it the first thing I have crocheted for my husband, but it's the first piece I have made for a man.
Here's the pattern:

DK yarn (I used Womens Institute Premium Acrylic Yarn in chocolate)
5mm hook

**** Note: all stitches are made into the back loop only ****

Row 1 chain  60
Row 2 hdc (UK htr) into the second chain from hook & then in each stitch across, chain 2
Row 3 hdc (UK htr) into the first stitch and each stitch across, ch2
Row 4-52 repeat Row 3  (do not ch2 at the end of Row 52)

Fasten off leaving a long tail

Use this tail to whip stitch the cowl together. Secure and then weave in ends.
Crocheting into the back loops gives the cowl a ribbed effect.
My other half is chuffed with his cowl, though not so chuffed about being my model!
If you use the pattern, let me know! If you post your finished piece on social media, don't forget to use the hashtag #thehubbycowl.

Pattern ©Leasowes View 2015

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Pimp That Stool! Yarnbomb Project

Ever since I saw my first yarnbomb, I've wanted to have a go at it.
Rather than attempt a tree (!), I decided to try something simple, like a stool.
I used some yarn I originally bought for an Attic 24 bag - I think I still have enough left to still do it! The stool was a £3.99 metal stacking stool from Dunelm.
For the stool seat, I followed the first few rows of a Trivet Cover pattern. I then "busked it" ... crocheting in back loops and decreasing to get the cover to fit the seat.
I crocheted very simple tubes for the legs -  a long rectangle whipstitched together.
I twisted the tubes once they were on the stool to give a swirl effect.
I love how the crochet has transformed the stool into something I'd happily have around the house.
So there you have it ... my first yarnbomb! From now on, no object is safe! 

Monday, 2 November 2015

Remembrance Poppy Crochet

It's Remembrance Day on 11th November and the red poppy has become an emblem of Remembrance.
I crocheted my own this year using this pattern
I used Patons Fairytale Soft 4ply yarn in a bright red and a 3.5mm hook. 

A black silk button gave my poppy a centre with a badge pin sewn on behind it.
Despite wearing my own poppy, when I see the Royal British Legion selling theirs, I'll still put my money in the tin.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Merry Christmas Mitts

I love a free pattern, so when it came from one of my favourite creators, I was over the moon!  It went straight to the top of my 'To Make' list.
The Merry Christmas Mitts pattern by HanJan Crochet (Hannah Cross) is well written and can be completed very quickly.
The pattern uses one colour yarn, but I used two; Patons Smoothie DK in Blue and Lilac Mix. I think they compliment each other well.

I used a 4mm hook, as recommended on the yarn label.
I had to add a few extra rows as the glove was a little too snug. I carefully worked out my additional stitches so the shell pattern would still work.
As Hannah says, these are just the thing for last minute stocking fillers... though I think they're also just the thing for me!
Check out some more fingerless glove inspiration over at my Project Gallery.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Au Revoir! Handmade Card

Do you use Instagram? I've grown quite attached to it of late and from time to time I post about the projects I'm working on.

This is my most recent project post...
A simple leaving card for my work colleague. She loves Paris, so Au Revoir seemed fitting.
Red, white and blue (the colours of the French flag). An Eiffel Tower charm attached to a ribbon bow*.

The sentiment "Au Revoir" not "Goodbye".
I just love simple cards. Less is more, plus they're quick to make.

If you're on Instagram, why not follow me?

* To avoid fraying, I singe ends of the ribbon with a lit match - the perfect seal.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Knitter's Handbook

I try my hand at many crafts, but I haven't knitted since I was a kid. A couple of years ago I tried with my Mom's help, but failed instantly. I can crochet so, why can't I knit?

When I got my hands on The Knitter's Handbook by Eleanor van Zandt, I couldn't wait to delve in and finally learn this craft.
The book covers everything from the basics for a new knitter (like me!) to special techniques for the more experienced.
I started with the basics and found it very easy to follow - the casting on illustrations are clear and simple.
Before long I was knitting my first few rows. It took a while to get to grips with it. They weren't perfect, but isn't that what practice makes?
Textures are clearly photographed and explained. Techniques likewise. I aspire to do these one day!
This book reminds me of the pocket Crochet Answers Book - everything is explained clearly. I love my crochet book and refer to it often. I can see this book getting the same attention.

The Knitter's Handbook also shows you how to do those finishing touches, like crochet edging, pompom making and embroidery on knitting.
In conclusion, this book is ideal for all levels of knitters and is the perfect book to keep-to-hand in your knitting bag. I know my copy will be.