Caterpillar Cocoon

I was asked to make a Caterpillar Cocoon months ago and searched high and low for a (free) pattern that would work with the chunky yarn (stylecraft special) I had bought and had the ridges of a cocoon rather than just straight edges. I bit the bullet and set about designing my own pattern. Eek! It took a few goes to get the increase and decrease rows right so they could be seen but weren’t going to be tight or uncomfortable for a baby. I so wish I had made these for my own babies as I think they would have been so useful for cuddling them in and then transferring them to a moses basket, like a ready made swaddle. I used chunky yarn but two strands of contrasting DK would look good too. This cocoon fits newborn to three months.

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The pattern is in US terms.

Ch2 at the start of a row does not count as a stitch. Start round in the same stitch as the ch2, not the next one.

You need:

6mm hook, chunky yarn.

Magic ring, ch 2, 8 dc in ring, sl st into first DC to join. (8)

Row 2: Ch2, 2 dc in each stitch around (16)

Row 3: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next*. Repeat ** around. (24)

Row 4: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 2*. Repeat ** around. (32)

Row 5: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 3*. Repeat ** around. (40)

Row 6: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4*. Repeat ** around. (48)

Row 7: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 5*. Repeat ** around. (56)

Row 8: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 6*. Repeat ** around. (64)

Row 9: Ch2, DC in each stitch around (64)

Row 10: Ch2, *DC2tog, DC in next 6*. Repeat ** around. (56) Fasten off this colour and join new colour with a slip stitch.

Row 11: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 6*. Repeat ** around. (64)

Row 12: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 7*. Repeat ** around. (72)

Row 13: Ch2, DC in each stitch around (72)

Row 14: Ch2, *DC2tog, DC in next 7*. Repeat ** around. (64)

Row 15: Ch2, *DC2tog, DC in next 6*. Repeat ** around. (56).

Fasten off this colour. Join new colour with sl st. Repeat rows 11-15 twice more, alternating the colours used.

Finish off after a dec to 56 row and sc two rows, either in constrasting chunky yarn or in 2 x strands of dk. Hope you like it. Please let me know if there are any issues with the pattern!

Happy hooking x

PS the hat is a very cute pattern from Hand Me Down Hobby.

ETA Regarding the hat…

The second time I made this hat in newborn size I used stylecraft chunky and a 6mm hook. I started with 10 and increased 10 stitches each time until 30 stitches then increased in every 5th stitch to get 36 stitches in total. I did 8 rows altogether and then two rows of the rib edging.

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These are a few of my favourite patterns!

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Fingerless mitts – such a simple pattern which works up beautifully. The pattern is for aran (worsted) weight yarn and a 5mm hook but it’s easily adaptable. I’ve made it with DK using a 4mm hook and just repeating the cuff until it fits around the wrist.

Itty bitty bow beanie – very cute and lovely texture to this pattern. Wish it was available in bigger sizes as my brain can’t work out how the increases would work!

Attic24 granny stripe blanket – makes a stunning blanket and is one of my favourite patterns as I can watch TV while hooking it up!

Corner to corner blanket – a thicker texture than the granny stripe and I love the diagonal pattern. Need to make more of these!

Owl hat – one of the first hats I made and Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me taught me so much about crochet. All her patterns are great and her explanations very clear.

Road trip scarf – I love making these. I’ve made three so far in king cole riot but have so far not photographed any of them! Think I will have one in every colour combo before long.

fingerless gloves

Fingerless mitts

bright scarf

Happy New Year

It’s been so long since I posted! I’ll kick myself for this before long, when I’m wondering what yarn, hook or pattern I used for a particular project.

My blog absence is due to completing Christmas orders and then furiously hooking up a few Christmas presents, not to mention fitting in a social life, working and taking care of four children and one husband, it’s been a hectic few weeks! I thought I’d write a 2014 review post to remind myself what I have completed over the last few weeks and months.

***Going to try to group them into some kind of order as I’ve just realised exactly how many pics I’ve taken over the last few months!***

Owls

I love owls. Some much character in their faces and mannerisms and crochet owls are so popular. This pair of hats were for newborn twins, ahhhh,

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Blankets

I just love working with bright colours and ROYGBIV, or variations of, are my favourite. I made the first blanket for my youngest child and he loves it. He always sleeps really well when tucked in with this blanket which is an added bonus. The second and third pics were made to order and I loved every minute of making them.

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Frozen Inspired Dress

It was lovely to be asked to make something completely different, combining crochet with tulle! I was so pleased with how this dress turned out that it hung in my conservatory for a good few weeks like some kind of museum exhibit, I loved looking at it! It was then posted to Germany to a little girl for her third birthday.

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Bear Hooded Cowls

I love making these! They look infinitely cute on anyone who tries them on. Here’s my daughter modelling my first bear cowl, it has had a lot of wear which makes me so happy! The pink one was made for a customer order. I have made a few more to order and also I’ve made an orange one for my three year old and a  pale green/grey one for the toddler. A pic may follow if they ever stand still!

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Slouch hats and mitts…

Were very popular this AW14! Made in a sparkly white yarn, which unfortunately doesn’t photograph well, these were so pretty and wintry! I have been meaning to make myself a pair of the mitts but haven’t got round to it yet. Maybe in time for next winter!

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The rest…

In the words of my idol, these are a few of my favourite things!

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Thanks for reading and supporting my love of crochet. Most patterns can be found via ravelry (although I am a bit rubbish at updating!), my username is littleroo.

Here’s to lots more hooking in 2015!

Some of my recent projects

 

I love making these bobble hats. They look so cute on as well. I used Repeat Crafter Me’s polar bear pattern to make them, but using a 6mm hook instead of a 5.5mm, with chunky yarn. The preschooler size fits a good age range, probably from about 2-5 as it is lovely and stretchy.

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This is the cutest little set for a newborn baby girl. I used this free pattern for the hat and Repeat craft me’s baby bootie pattern. Here is the pattern for the mitts. I used Red Heart baby soft yarn. It is lovely to work with and looks beautiful when finished.

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I was asked to make a scarf to go with the Frozen bobble hat  and wanted something with texture. I found used the “mindless scarf” pattern on Rav and loved how it turned out. It was a really easy pattern to follow, quick to work up and looks far more complicated than it is. I used double strands of stylecraft sherbet DK yarn and James Brett twinkle DK in white, like the Frozen hat, along with a 6.5mm hook.

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Teeny snowflake pattern

I struggled to find a small simple snowflake to add to some child size fingerless mitts so I came up with this. Just noting it down so the second snowflake matches my first!

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They match!

Pattern is in US terms.

Use dk yarn and 3mm hook.

Ch4 and sl st into 1st ch to make a ring

Row 1: ch1, *sc into centre of ring, ch3* repeat ** 5 times with a slip stitch into first sc after the final ch3. There should be six ch3 loops.

Row 2: *2 sc into ch3 loop, ch3 then sc into 1st ch (picot), 2sc into loop. sl st into sc between loops on previous row.* Repeat ** 5 more times and fasten off.

I recommend blocking to fix the snowflakes in shape before appliqueing (is that a word?!)

I recommend blocking to fix the snowflakes in shape before appliqueing (is that a word?!)

Frozen themed bobble hat

I was late to the party with regards to Frozen, I didn’t see it until the middle of summer but became slightly obsessed with the soundtrack as soon as I saw it. I also loved getting ideas for new hats and accessories and thought I would carry on with my theme of crocheting with two strands of yarn in order to make a hat that was a bit different to all the Elsa crowns and braids out there. This is a really simple hat that looks so sweet when complete.

This simple pattern makes a hat that will fit a child from approximately 3-8 years. It’s lovely and stretchy.

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You need: 

  • DK yarn in turquoise and sparkly white. I used stylecraft special “sherbet” and James C Brett Twinkle DK in white.
  • 6mm and 5.5mm hook for hat. 4mm hook for snowflake.
  • Pom-pom maker such as this clover one. Alternatively, use good old fashioned cardboard circles. Plenty of YouTube videos to show you how.

Pattern is in US terms.

HAT

Start with 6mm hook:
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: ch 2, 2 DC in each around, join (20 DC)
Round 3: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join (30 DC)
Round 4: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join (40 DC)
Round 5: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join (50 DC)
Round 6: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 9, join (55 DC)
Round 7-13: ch 2, DC in each stitch around, join (55 DC)
Round 14-16 (change to 5.5mm hook): ch1, SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (55 SC)
Finish off.
Snowflake: I used this pattern by swirls and sprinkles, the sparkly DK and a 4mm hook, and blocked using spray starch before sewing to my hat.
Pom pom: I made by wrapping both strands of yarn round the pom-pom maker at the same time.
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Minecraft creeper inspired hat pattern

I have a Minecraft obsessed 9 year old boy who requested I make him a creeper hat so this is what I came up with: IMG_20140806_071725_wm In order to get the different green tones, I used two strands of stylecraft special dk in different shades of green. For these hats it was “Lime” and “Green”. I’m planning on using “meadow” and “khaki” next :-). Alternatively you could use a chunky green yarn. You need:

  • DK yarn in two shades of green (Approx 35g of each)
  • Black chunky yarn
  • 5mm hook (for face)
  • 6mm hook (for hat)
  • 5.5mm hook (for hat edge)

I use US crochet terms.

Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: ch 2, 2 DC in each around, join (20 DC)
Round 3: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join (30 DC)
Round 4: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join (40 DC)
Round 5: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join (50 DC)
Round 6: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 9, join (55 DC)
Round 7-14: ch 2, DC in each stitch around, join (55 DC)
Round 15-16 change to 5.5mm hook: ch1, SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (55 SC)
This pattern was adapted from Repeat Crafter Me’s polar bear hat with some changes to make it a beanie rather than an earflap hat.
Finish off.
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Creeper face

I came up with the creeper face myself! This is the first time I have written my own instructions so any feedback would be appreciated.

Use chunky black yarn and a 5mm hook. Turn at the end of each row. The Ch 1 at the start of each row is your turning chain and is not included in stitch counts.

Creeper eyes (make two):

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Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across, ch1 turn (6 sc).

Rows 2-5: sc in each stitch across, ch1, turn (6 sc)

Row 6: sc across, finish off (6 sc)

Creeper mouth:

Ch 8 Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 6, ch1, turn (7 sc)

Row 2-3 : sc in each stitch across, ch1, turn (7 sc)

Row 4: sc in 7 stitches, ch4, turn (7sc, 4ch)

Row 5: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next two chains. Sc across the next 4 stitches, ch1, turn (7 sc)

Row 6-7: sc across, ch1, turn (7 sc)

Row 8: ch1, sc in 7 stitches then ch4, turn (7 sc, 4 ch)

Row 9: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 chains, Sc in next 4 stitches, ch1, turn (7 sc)

Row 10-12 : sc across (7 sc) Finish off.

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This is what you should have at the end of row 4.

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This is the end of row 8.

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When you’ve turned your work and completed row 9, this is what you should have.

I pinned the pieces into place and sewed on with a needle and thread. IMAG2656_1 IMG_20140806_071725_wm Hope you enjoyed making your creeper hat!