Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Crochet Monstera Leaf Pompom Crown - free pattern





Let's be honest, no one needs an excuse to wear a pompom crown. Perhaps it's your birthday or festival season, or perhaps you just want to feel a bit special while you're doing the washing up?! Make yourself a super quick and fun pompom crown with Monstera Cheese Plant leaves, and then wear it with pride!




You Will Need

Knitcraft Cotton Blend Plain DK 100g each of:
1 x Mustard 
1 x Purple 
1 x Teal 
1 x Coral
3mm crochet hook
6cm Pompom maker
fabric-covered hairband 
Thin floristry wire (I used this one)
Metal yarn needle

Abbreviations

This pattern is written in UK crochet terms
ch        chain
dc        double crochet (US single crochet)
htc       half treble crochet (US half triple crochet)
tc         treble crochet (US triple) crochet
st(s)     stitch(es)
ss         slip stitch

Gauge

Gauge is not essential for this project, although using a smaller hook than the ball band recommends will help keep give your cheese plant leaves shape.

Stitch descriptions

Slip stitch: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, pull second loop through first loop on hook
Double crochet: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops
Half treble crochet: Yarn over once, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook
Treble crochet: Yarn over once, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through remaining two loops on hook.

Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa) pattern

Make 1 in each colour.

Starting chain: leaving a long tail before your slip knot, Ch16

Leaf point: ss in 2nd chain from hook, dc, htc, tc along starting chain, ch3, ss in next 2 chains along starting chain

Leaf 1: ch4, ss into the top of the ch3 from the leaf point, ch3 and work tc, htc, dc, ss back along the ch4 you made at the start of leaf 1, ss in next 2 chains along starting chain

Leaf 2: ch6, ss into the top of the ch3 from leaf 1, ch3 and work tc, htc, dc, 3ss back along the ch6 you made at the start of leaf 2, ss in next 2 chains along starting chain






Leaf 3: ch6, ss into the top of the ch3 from leaf 2, ch 2 and work htc, tc, htc, dc, 2ss back along the ch6 you made at the start of leaf 3, ss in next 2 chains along starting chain




Leaf 4: ch5, ss into the top of the ch2 from leaf 3, ch2 and work htc, tc, htc, dc, ss back along the ch5 you made at the start of leaf 4, ss in next 2 chains along starting chain



Leaf 5: ch4, ss into the top of the ch2 form leaf 4, ch1 and work dc, htc, tc, htc back along the ch4 you made at the start of leaf 4, ss in last chain of starting chain



Without turning your work over, rotate the leaf 90 degrees clockwise. You are now going to work back down the starting chain towards the leaf point, on the other side of the starting chain.



Stem: Ch2 (does not count as stitch), 11htc, 2dc, 3ss, turn



Leaf point: ss in 2nd stitch from end, htc, tc, ss in next 2 stitches along starting chain


Repeat Leaves 1-5 along the other side, working the final 2 ss for each leaf into the htc on the other side of the starting chain. Fasten off and leave a long end.



Cut a length of wire slightly longer than the leaf and weave the wire through the middle of the leaf stem. Fasten the wire to the top and bottom of the leaf stem, while stretching the leaf slightly. This will allow you to shape the leaf when it is attached to your hairband.



Pompoms

Using your 6mm pompom maker, make one pompom in each of the five colours – make sure you trim your pompoms thoroughly to shape them neatly.

Attach your five pompoms to the hairband by tying them on, then sewing any end through the fabric of your hairband to secure them. I positioned my pompoms as follows: Light pink – coral – mustard – teal – purple. Now attach your cheese plant leaves using the long tails and ends you left to tie and then sew to the headband. Follow the photographs to position yours, or make it up as you go!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern! Please feel free to leave me a comment here or over on Instagram @lottieandalbert, and use the hashtag lottieandalbert so I can see what you've made!

Lindsey x










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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

✨New Podcast✨ Episode 18

It’s that time again! 





If you like crochet chat, funny faces, yarn and people dropping things, you’ll love episode 18 of my crochet podcast 😂 Good sales pitch? You can find the podcast here: 






I'm taking about finished objects, new things, wips, and the winner of my book giveaway! With an update on the Little Hearts for Grace charity CAL ✨

Show Notes

Lottie & Albert links Blog http://lottieandalbert.blogspot.co.uk/ Instagram http://instagram.com/lottieandalbert Etsy https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LottieAn... Ravelry Podcast Group http://www.ravelry.com/groups/lottie-... Valentine’s love heart belly basket pattern: https://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/how-to-... @knitcraft https://www.instagram.com/knitcrafthq Two Seasons Cowl, Lottie and Albert https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LottieAn... Crochet Between the Lines Pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr... Scheepjes Whirl Yarn from: https://www.instagram.com/withmyhandz... Read Between the Lines Knitted Version Goldenrod and Sensum sweaters, @elevenhandmade https://www.instagram.com/elevenhandmade The Crochet Sock Collection, Vicki Brown Designs https://www.instagram.com/vixbrown Little Hearts for Grace links: Blog post with full details: www.lottieandalbert.blogspot.com JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/littleheartsforgrace Instagram account @littleheartsforgrace Hashtag #littleheartsforgrace In Stitches https://www.facebook.com/In-Stitches-... GIVEAWAY book details Open from 20 Jan 2018 to 2nd Feb 2018 Winner is announced 😘🙌🏻



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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Butterly Garden Blanket - Free Pattern

Lottie & Albert Butterfly Blanket


One of my most popular makes that I always get asked about is the Butterly Blanket I made last year for my friend's new baby. I loved making this blanket: just enough stitch variation to keep my interest over a larger project, but easy enough to remember the pattern after a few repeats.

The finished blanket is around 85x85cm, and uses a 8ply (aran/worsted weight) cotton blend yarn, which gives it the most beautiful weight. The pattern uses a crochet technique called filet crochet, which allows you to create grid-like lace patterns by chaining and missing stitches, and using just a few stitches

If you'd like to make your own, you can find all the details of the yarn and pattern I used below.


I used:

5mm (US H) crochet hook
Cotton Flowers Variegated Yarn Cake, Colour 110, 8-Ply = 188m / 205yds per 100g, 50% cotton/50% Acrylic
An amended Butterfly Garden Square pattern, by Chris Simon



The Yarn

I used a gradient yarn from Cotton Flowers yarns based in Germany, you can find a link to the shop by clicking here. I chose an 8ply (aran/worsted weight) in a beautiful colourway that went from light grey, through to pale pink, and back into dark grey.

The 8ply doesn't seem to be available in to shop at the moment, but you may be able to request some by contacting the shop owner. You could also achieve a similar size by using two 4ply Scheepjes Whirls in the same colourway held together, or a variegated or ombre aran/worsted weight yarn.







The Pattern

I used a free pattern from Chris Simon on Ravelry, Butterly Garden Square, which can be found by clicking here. I am not able to publish the pattern here, as it does not belong to me, but please find the details of how I modified the pattern to create my full blanket below.

The pattern is for a 12in square, which features two pattern repeats of the butterflies. I followed Rounds 1-11 of Chris Simon's pattern, then continued the pattern repeat until I had 9 rows of butterflies. My aim was to use the whole yarn cake, so if you are using a different yarn, you may be able to create another few rows of butterflies. The beauty of the pattern is that it is very easy to replicate over either a small or larger number of repeats.

To finish my blanket, I then added three rows of UK treble crochet (US double), and a final border of what I called 'modified crab stitch':

Modified crab stitch
*Insert hook into first stitch to the RIGHT (not the left as normal) from front to back, yarn over and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops, chain one and miss next stitch. Keep working from * to your right around the blanket. 

The pattern by Chris Simon uses US terminology. If you are more familiar with UK terms, I have provided a conversion chart below.



US to UK stitch conversion

H hook  5mm hook
ch         chain 
sts        stitches
sl st      slip stitch
sp         space
sk         skip
sc         US single crochet (UK double)
dc         US double crochet (UK treble) 
tr           US treble crochet (Uk double treble) 

For detailed stitch descriptions, please see below.





Stitch Descriptions

Slip stitch Insert hook into required stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), pull the loop just formed through the first loop on the hook. 

US single crochet (UK double) Insert hook into required stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops. 

US double crochet (UK treble) Yarn over (two loops on hook) and insert into required stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining two loops. 

US treble crochet (UK double treble) Yarn over twice (three loops on hook) and insert into required stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (four loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining two loops. 

Modified crab stitch 
*Insert hook into first stitch to the RIGHT (not the left as normal) from front to back, yarn over and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops, chain one and miss next stitch. Keep working from * to your right around the blanket.







I do hope you have enjoyed this little write-up, and that the additional information has been useful. If you do make a Lottie and Albert Butterly Blanket using this modification of Chris Simon's original pattern, please let me know and use the hashtags #lottieandalbert #lottieandalbertbutterflyblanket

You can also find Chris Simon's Ravelry page, and all her patterns here.

Happy making!

Lindsey x



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Sunday, 21 January 2018

✨New Podcast✨ Episode 17

It’s that time again! 




If you like crochet chat, funny faces, yarn and people dropping things, you’ll love episode 17 of my crochet podcast 😂 Good sales pitch? You can find the podcast here: 



I’ve also got a book ✨giveaway✨, an update on the #littleheartsforgrace CAL (blog post details here), and normal WIP talk including my new #crochetbetweenthelinesshawl project, which I’m making from whirls I swapped for cotton flowers with the fab @thestitchysnail and @withmyhandzshop (who also sells whirls!)

See you there!

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Little Hearts for Grace



Welcome to the #littleheartsforgrace Charity CAL page


The Story

Grace is the little girl of a good friend of mine and Jen of @justlittlejen. At the age of 3, Grace has just undergone her third open heart surgery to help her cope with a condition she was born with - half a heart. Since her birth, Grace's family have tirelessly raised money for charities that have helped their little girl. In particular, Little Hearts Matter and Bristol Children's Hospital. 
Now, Jen and I would like to help, and we would love it if you could help us too! 

The CAL

Being the yarn lovers that we are, Jen and I decided to help the best way we know: crochet! We have brought together an AHMAZING set of eight designers, who have very kindly given their time to design Afghan squares. What we would like you to do is chose one (or more!) of the eight designs, make a square, and send it to us. The CAL will run from 2 Dec 2017 to 31 Jan 2018, we are then hoping to have enough squares to make a blanket to raffle in connection with Grace's charities. 

Huge thanks to @kaidalys, @jellybean_junction, @make.e, @crafty_CC, @annaboos_house, @happyberrycrochet, @sweet_sharna and @noblecharactercrafts for their time designing the squares.

What To Do

Make

Have a look at the squares below, chose one you like, and click on it to download the pattern.
All the squares are worked in DK yarn, and should work up to a finished size of 15cm. Grace's favourite colour is purple, so we would love the squares to be made in purples and pastels. 

Send

Once you have made your square(s), please send them to:
In Stitches, 22 Westward Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4JQ
Please mark your envelopes with a heart so we know what goodies are inside! This is our local yarn shop, which has kindly agreed to help.

Donate

UK laws governing raffles are pretty tight, so we will only be able to raffle the blanket locally and with the charities' approval, and not online. But if you would like to donate even just £1 or $1 to help support these wonderful charities and in return for the designers' free patterns, we have set up a JustGiving page where the money will go direct to the charity. You can also read more about Grace's story on the page here:

Share

Last but not least, we would love for you to share the CAL and the square you have made online, and to encourage anyone else you know who enjoys crochet to get involved too. 
Please use the hashtag #littleheartsforgrace and follow the Instagram account @littleheartsforgrace for updates on the CAL and how the blanket is progressing. Myself, @lottieandalbert, and Jen, @justlittlejen, will also be sharing updates on our pages too.

So that's it! Make - Send - Donate - Share

#littleheartsforgrace



Click on a caption below a square to download the pattern

Double Heart Square by @jellybean_junction

Mandala Heart Square by @crafty_CC

Bobble Heart Square by @kaidalys

Motif Heart Square by @annaboos_house

Corner to Corner Heart Square by @make.e

Granny Heart Square by @happyberrycrochet

Solid Heart Granny by @noblecharactercrafts
Big Heart Square by @sweet_sharna


Little Hearts for Grace @littleheartsforgrace

Thank you for supporting this CAL run by @lottieandalbert and @justlittlejen to raise money for the charities Little Hearts Matter and Bristol Children’s Hospital

Please mark your envelope with a heart and post your finished square(s) to:
In Stitches, 22 Westward Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4JQ

Don’t forget to share the CAL using #littleheartsforgrace







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