Friday, 19 October 2012

THE CHRISTMAS FAIR!

Myself & my daughter have a Christmas Craft fair coming up in November, so I am busy crocheting items for our stall.






Here are a few of the things that I have made ,,,,,, but I still have lots to do!!!!!!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

FAIRY BLOSSOMS HEADBAND


Hello again,
Another pattern for you to try & sooo easy. The pattern is suitable to follow for any size head too!
 
I designed this for my lovely Granddaughter's Christening to match the shawl I made for her.
Fairy Blossoms Headband 
 

Terminology: American        Hook Size: 3.25mm (D)       Yarn: Double Knitting (8ply) 

 Ability Level: EASY

Abbreviations : CH – CHAIN  CHS – CHAINS  SC – SINGLE CROCHET  DC – DOUBLE CROCHET  SS – SLIP STITCH  ST – STITCH

Before you begin! : Measure the circumference of the recipients head!

Please Note: This pattern is for a baby with head circumference of 41cms BUT ANY SIZE CAN BE MADE & THE INSTRUCTIONS (APART FROM THE NUMBER OF CHAINS) CAN BE FOLLOWED EXACTLY!

TO BEGIN: **CH 85

Round 1:  SS into 5th CH from the hook. This forms the inner circle for the blossom!  CH2. SC into this circle 9 times (being careful not to incorporate the long length of foundation CH). SS into the first ST that you worked (i.e. the CH2 you began the circle with).  CH1 & DC into this same ST (1st petal made). SS to next ST. * SC into the next  ST & DC into the same ST (2nd petal made) SS to next ST. *

 RPT from * to * making your last SS into the first ST you began this round with, making a total of 5 petals. Fasten off. **

You will now make another two of these CHS/Flower bands  in exactly the same way following the instructions  from ** to **

You will now have 3 CHS/BANDS with blossoms attached!

Putting it all together! :o)

Take your first two bands. Place them side by side with both foundation CHS facing the same way. Now offset the blossoms so that one is slightly below the other one & the bottom of one petal from the first higher CH is just touching the top petal from the lower blossom (See PHOTO below) These petals must not be the ones where the foundation CH starts or the blossoms will not sit right.

Do exactly the same with the remaining CH, again slightly offsetting the blossom below the blossom on the second CH.

Now, line up the CHS so that they all run in a parallel fashion & attach the loose end of each CH behind each corresponding blossom making sure that it is running in line with the CH already attached to each blossom so the CHS are all equal in appearance with approx. 2.5cms (1inch), in between each CH as in the above PHOTO.

TO FINISH : Sew in loose ends & attach a pearl, bead or sequin into the centre of each blossom.

The headband is now ready to wear! :o)

All contents enclosed in this document are the sole property & copyright of Ann Holden. 

Sunday, 12 August 2012

CAR BOOT SALE!

Car Boot Sale!!!! 12.08.2012 :o)

Today, my youngest daughter, my Granddaughter & myself went to the local Sunday car boot sale. We came home with soooo many bargains! One stall had balls of wool for just 20p a ball! I came away with 900gms for the grand total of £2.20!
Also bought lots of hardly worn baby clothes - some had never been worn! A pair of metallic pink baby girls shoes from NEXT in LEATHER for £1!!! :o) ----- Should have taken a trailer along really! Ha Ha!


Enjoyed a wonderful evening last night - a BBQ in the sun with the family! It is so lovely to have - AT LAST - a bit of proper summer weather! It has been a long time coming! You just have to make the most of it while it's here!

BUTTERSFLIES SHAWL

Hi All,
I thought I would share this with you.
I have crocheted this 'Butterflies Shawl' for my lovely Granddaughter's Christening. I found this beautiful FREE pattern on Ravelry by Cheri McEwen. She has designed many lovely things - many are available for free.

Monday, 16 July 2012

TASSELLED BABY BERET

Hi Everyone :o)

Hope all is well with you.

My family & I returned from holiday recently & whilst there, we went to a little craft fair. I bought a beautiful little knitted beret for my Granddaughter which is just adorable & so I decided to design one myself using crochet rather than knitting & I'd like to share it with all of you! Hope that you like it!

TASSELLED BABY BERET!

This pattern is for a simple, seven sided baby beret complete with a huge tassel.

The instructions cover 4 sizes.

Terminology : American
Yarn:
Preemie – DK (8ply light worsted)
Newborn - 3 months – Aran (worsted)
3-6 & 6-9 months – Bulky (chunky)

Hook sizes:
Preemie – 4mm
Newborn – 3 months – 4.5mm
3-6 months – 5mm
6-9 months – 5.5mm


Special Stitch: single crochet into the back loops of the row below – (When working crochet, there is a front loop & a back loop on every row, but you do not work these). You must go behind the back stitch & into the loop below as in the following photos courtesy of Laura Tegg of Lolly’s Crafty Crochet:
 
ABBREVIATIONS: CH-chain ST(S)-stitch(ES) SK-skip
SS-slip stitch RPT-repeat SC-single crochet DC-double crochet SCBLO-Single crochet into back loop only DCBLO-Double crochet into back loop only

To Start: (Leaving a tail of approx:3 inches 7.5cms)
CH 9 LOOSELY Join with a SS to the first CH to form a circle. SC into the circle 14 times. Join with a SS to the first
SC. Place
a marker into this ST.
Row 1: CH2. *3DC into the
next ST.
DC into the
next ST.
* RPT from * to *. Upon reaching the marker, join with a SS. Move the marker up into this
last ST
.
Row 2: CH2. DC into all the STS apart from every centre ST of the 3DC groups. When it is time to work these centre STS,
3DC into them. Upon reaching the marker, join with a SS & move the marker up into this
last ST.
You should now have 7 3DC groups which will give you the 7 sides (heptagon shape) needed for the beret.
Rows 3 & 4: RPT the last row. Your beret should now be a heptagon shape (i.e. have seven sides).

The next 3 rows form the ‘rim’ which gives the beret substance & shape.
Row 5: (Special stitch, see above for directions & photographs.)
CH1. SC into every back loop of the row below. Upon reaching the marker, join with a SS & move the marker up into this
last ST
.
Row 6: CH1. SCBLO of every ST. Upon reaching the marker, join with a SS & move the marker up to this
last ST
.
Here is a link to an excellent tutorial on how to crochet into the back loops of a row:


Row 7: CH2. DCBLO of every ST. Upon reaching the marker, join with a SS & move the marker up into this
last ST
.
Row 8: CH2. *DC into the
next ST
, SK the
next ST
* Rpt from * to * all round & upon reaching the marker, join with a SS & move the marker up to this
last ST
.
Row 9: CH2. *SK
next ST
, DC into
next ST
* RPT from * to * all round until the marker is reached. Join with a SS & move the marker up to this
last ST
.
Row 10: Rpt the last row. Upon finishing row 10 the preemie size beret is complete,fasten off. The tassel can now be made.(See below for instructions)
Row 11: (for all other sizes): RPT row 9.
Having finished row 11, the beret for sizes 0-3 months & 3-6 months is now complete, fasten off. The tassel can now be made (see below).
ROW 12: RPT row 9. The 6-9 months beret is now complete, fasten off.  The tassel can now be made.
All Sizes: Before weaving in loose ends, take the 3 inch (7.5cms) tail of yarn which formed the beginning circle & pull it to close the circle more tightly, weave in to conceal.

Instructions for the tassel are as follows:
To make the tassel: Cut 22 lengths of yarn 9inches (23cms) long. Place 20 of them onto one of the two left over lengths of yarn which is laid horizontally as in the photograph below:  

Tie a double knot as such:
Fold in half & lay on the last length of horizontally placed yarn as below:
 
Tie a double knot as in the photograph below:                                          

Your tassel is complete as in the above photograph. Trim all the ends to neaten.
Attach to the centre of your beret.


Text and images by Roo’s Crochet Crackers & Ann Holden, all rights reserved. No pattern may be reproduced or distributed — mechanically, electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying, without written permission. Finished products created with this pattern may be used for commercial sale. It is appreciated if design credit to Roo’s Crochet Crackers & Ann Holden is listed in finished products.






































Thursday, 12 July 2012

GENTLE HUES NECK-WARMER / SCARF

Gentle Hues (Snake Stitch) Neck-Warmer/Scarf.

Hello all,

Hope all is well with you!

I have just finished testing a crochet pattern for a very talented young designer - Laura Tegg of Lolly's CC (lollys crafty crochet). See her other designs on Ravelry.

It can be either a neck-warmer or a scarf & is really lovely! If made into a neck-warmer, Laura has given instructions on how to make a lovely crocheted rose button with which to fasten it. The pattern has clearly written instructions with a step by step photo tutorial & I highly recommend it!

So here is my version of the neck-warmer, hope you like it! --------



See the little rose button on this last photo :o)


 

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

RAINBOW BURST WAISTCOAT. (GILET / VEST)



RAINBOW BURST WAISTCOAT. (GILET /
VEST)






Hi Everyone!
I designed this little waistcoat / gilet for my baby Granddaughter - with our summers here in England, it is sometimes too warm for a cardigan but too cold without, so I thought this would be just right!
It is a simple & quick project crocheted all in one piece so no seams to join :o)
Hope you like it & here is the pattern - absolutely FREE!!!! :o)


RAINBOW BURST WAISTCOAT (GILET / VEST.

YARN :    Double Knitting (8ply)

Size 1   Newborn:  6 oddments of different coloured yarn, enough to complete 2-3 rows of each colour       

                  Size 2   3 Months : Ditto!

Crochet Hooks: Both sizes: H (5mm) & G (4mm)

Size 1: Newborn finished size – approx.12cms from back of neck to bottom of point.(at the back) & approx:17cms from underarm to underarm
Size 2: 3 months finished size – approx 16cms from back of neck to bottom of  point (at the back) & approx: 20cms from underarm to underarm

Instructions for size 2 in brackets & italics.

Terminology – American

Abbreviations: CH: Chain   CHS:
Chains   ST
: Stitch    STS: Stitches  SS: Slip Stitch   SC: Single Crochet  DC: Double Crochet  RPT: Repeat

EXCELLENT TUTORIAL LINK HERE FOR CHANGING THE COLOUR OF YOUR YARN AT THE END OF A ROW:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN7Bev7qWp4


TO START – With hook size 5mm (H) CH 31 (37) LOOSELY

ROW 1 – DC in 4th CH from the hook & next 2 (3) CHS  3DC in next CH.  DC in next 4 (5) CHS.  3DC in next CH. DC in next 4 (5) CHS.   2DC in next CH. DC in next 4(5) CHS.  3DC in next CH. DC in next 4 (5) CHS. 3DC in the next CH. DC in last 4 (5) CHS


ROW 2 (Both Sizes) Change to a different coloured yarn, TURN & proceed as follows: CH 2 (acts as first DC)
DC in each DC across putting 3DC in centre DC of each 3DC group & in the space between the 2DC at the centre back of neck.(Do not crochet into the DC’s either side of the space!)

ROWS 3 - 5 Change to a different coloured yarn. Turn CH 2 (acts as first DC) DC in each DC across putting 3DC into centre ST of all five 3DC groups

The next Row forms the armholes. As you form the first one, check & see that it is large enough for the babies arm to go through as you may need to do more than 1 CH between the joining STS dependent upon the little recipient :o)

ROW 6 To form the armholes - (Both Sizes) Change to a different coloured yarn. CH 2 (acts as first DC)
DC across to centre of 1st 3DC group, DC into centre ST, CH 1, skip across to next 3DC group & DC in centre ST & each ST across to centre ST of 3rd DC group, DC into centre ST, CH 1, skip to last 3DC put DC in centre of 3DC group & across to end.

ROW 7 (Both sizes)  Change the colour of the yarn. CH 2 (acts as first DC) DC in each DC also incorporating the CH under each arm across HOWEVER put 3DC in centre ST of 3DC group at the centre back of the waistcoat DC to the end.

ROW 8 Change the colour of the yarn. CH 2 (acts as first DC)
 DC in each DC across putting 3DC into centre ST of 3DC group at the centre back of waistcoat.

ROW 9  Rpt Row 8

ROW 10 Change colour of yarn. CH 2 (acts as first DC) DC across to centre ST under the first arm.  
NOW  SC into this ST & into each  DC until you reach the centre back. Place 3SC into the centre ST of the group of 3DC & then SC across & incorporate the next centre underarm ST & then DC to the end.

ROW 11 Change colour of yarn. CH 2 (acts as first DC) then DC across to centre ST under the first arm again & then SC into the spaces between the SC until you reach the centre back 3SC group. 3SC into the centre ST of this group & then SC again into each space until you reach the centre underarm ST. DC to the end.

FASTEN OFF.

Change to hook size 4mm (G)

Attach the first yarn that you used for the foundation chain & first row to the top of front left hand side neck edge. CH 1 SC into same ST then into each ST working down left front. Put 2SC into the
last ST
of the bottom left front & continue to SC all round placing 3SC into the 3SC group at the centre back & then 2SC into bottom ST of front right side. SC upwards towards neck edge. SC2 into the
last ST
of front right neck edge & continue to SC along back of neck. SC2 into top left neck edge & continue to SC down front left side placing 2SC into the
last ST
CH1 & turn. SC back up the left side to just below half way up. Now place 3 evenly spaced buttonholes where desired as follows:
To form buttonhole :CH2 skip a ST, SC. Upon reaching neck edge, SC into last ST & SS into ST to the right. Fasten off.
Attach the same yarn to bottom right front & CH 1. SC into each ST upwards towards neck edge. SC into
last ST
at neck edge & turn.(DO NOT CROCHET ACROSS THE BACK OF THE NECK!)  CH1 & SC into each ST working downwards. SC2 into the last ST & SS into
next ST
to the left. Fasten off..

Sew in all ends.

Attach 3 bright different coloured buttons.

FINISHED! :o)

Text and images by A Holden. This pattern cannot be reproduced or distributed -mechanically, electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying, without written permission. Finished products created with this pattern may be used for commercial sale.








Friday, 22 June 2012

SHERBET SWING COAT!

Hello All! :o)
Thought you might like to see a swing coat that I have just designed! I need to make it up one more time in order to test the pattern & look for any errors before I let it loose on here.
What do you think of it?





Saturday, 9 June 2012

ZIGZAG FLOWER HEADBAND

Hi All,

Decided that I wanted to design a special headband for my special little granddaughter, Molly & here it is:





PRETTY ZIGZAG FLOWER HEADBAND

This pattern features a SPECIAL STITCH :
This is a stitch which I have named the PETAL STITCH

TERMINOLOGY : AMERICAN
HOOK SIZE :  E (3.5mm)
YARN : WENDY SUPREME 100% LUXURY COTTON CHUNKY (12PLY)
SIZE MADE : 3 MONTHS (see below on how to change size made)
ABBREVIATIONS :  ch : chain  chs : chains  dc : double crochet  ss : slip stitch  sc : single crochet  st : stitch  rpt : repeat  yo : yarn over

Before commencing, measure the babies head at its largest point & make a foundation chain to that length. N.B. If the yarn you use stretches a little when tugged, then the chain can be made a little shorter but MUST stretch to fit the largest part of the babies head comfortably!
For this pattern the chain must be an even number plus 3 extra chains.
E.G: Let’s say your babies head measures 15” (37.5cms) as in this patterns instructions, you will ch 74 (which will make up the circumference of the aforementioned babies head) & then you will do an extra 3 chs, making 77 chs in total.

SO LET’S BEGIN :
TO START : ch 74 plus an extra 3 chs for foundation chain. (77 in total)
ROW 1 : 1 dc in 5th ch from the hook. * ch 1, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch.  rpt from * to end, turn.
ROW 2 :  ch 4, skip first dc, * 1 dc in next ch space, ch 1, skip 1 dc, rpt from * ending with a ss in the top of the last dc on the row below. Leave a long enough tail to stitch the ends of the headband neatly together before you snip the yarn off. Sew in loose ends.

5 PETALLED FLOWER : ch 10, join with a ss to first st to form a ring. ch 1.  sc into the circle 9 times, join with a ss to first sc.

PETAL STITCH : *ch 4  yo insert hook into first sc & pull yarn through (you will have 3 loops on the hook) yo & Draw the hook through first 2 loops. yo, insert hook into the same sc & pull through. You will now have 4 loops on the hook. yo & Draw the hook through the first 2 loops (now there are 3 loops on the hook). Finally, yo & draw the yarn through the last 3 loops.
ch 4 sc into next sc *
rpt from * to * until your very last st is into the st next to the first petal formed. Fasten off.

4 PETALLED FLOWER : ch 6. Join with a ss into the first ch to form a ring. ch 1. sc into the ring 5 times. Join with a ss to first sc.

PETAL STITCH : follow instructions as for the large flower from * to *, but making only four petals. Fasten off.

Sew in all loose ends & attach the small flower to the large flower (small on top). Sew the flowers onto the headband where the join is so it will be hidden. Now attach a pretty button into the centre of the flowers.

YOUR FLOWERED HEADBAND IS NOW COMPLETE! :o)
Text and images by A Holden. This pattern cannot be reproduced or distributed -mechanically, electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying, without written permission. Finished products created with this pattern may be used for commercial sale.

Monday, 28 May 2012

JUBILEE TEDDY BEAR!!!!!!!!

DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS!!!!!!!!!

Hello All

Thought this might bring a little cheer to your day!

Saturday May 26th 2012 - To celebrate Queen Elizabeth the 2nd’s diamond jubilee, our church is having a garden party on Saturday, June 2nd. There will be a BBQ, & various stalls, games & a raffle. I have bought a gorgeous, big teddy & I am going to dress him appropriately & then give him a name. I intend to attach a large sheet of paper to a board, section it into approx. 50 squares, each one bearing a possible name for the bear. The children (or adults!!!) will choose a name or names from off the paper & put their name & contact details onto the board underneath their chosen name/names & whoever names him correctly, will win him! :o) Should be fun - can’t wait to get started on his waistcoat! :o) :o) Gotta start thinking of possible names now.............. ANY SUGGESTIONS?!!!!!!!

Monday May 28th 2012 Finished! I am delighted with it! It is Kelly Kearney’s pattern again (without the arms) - and modified a little to fit teddy! Her patterns are GREAT! The photo of teddy doesn’t show the brightness of the waistcoat, but it can be seen on the others & it fits him perfectly. He is a very dapper & proud little bear! I even gave him a pocket with his own little handkerchief in it! Check back here next week to find out what Teddy’s name turned out to be & how the Jubilee Celebrations went :O)
Monday June 4th 2012 - What a fabulous Jubilee Weekend we have all had! Our Queen! 60 years on the throne! The garden party was a great success! The weather was glorious!!! :o) & Teddy’s name turned out to be ------- are you ready for this?----- ELVIS! LOL! Drawn out of a hat by a little boy! I was sad to see him go, but he has gone to a good home ---- but I will miss him so! :o(

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Sunday, 29 April 2012

SCARLET SPIRAL EARRINGS

Hello again!!!! Long time no see!
Here's another free pattern - simple earrings with a bit of bling! Hope you like them & will give them a go! :o)

SCARLET SPIRAL EARRINGS

Terminology  -  American
Hook Size - 1.75 mm

Thread - 8m Anchor silky cotton thread - 2 strands, colours of you choice.

Abbreviations:

CH - Chain
SC - Single Crochet

Using two contrasting threads of your choice (I used Scarlet & Rose Pink),CH 20.
SC twice into 2nd CH from the hook & in each CH across.
Fasten off leaving a tail of about 15cms (5.5 inches) to enable the application of a bead/beads.
Thread the tail through a needle & slide a bead/beads down to the base of the tail. Thread the needle back down through the beads leaving a very small loop above the top bead on which to attach a hook. Weave the needle through the threads just beneath the bead/beads, knot & fasten off.
Attach an earring hook.

 
Make  another one!
Text and images by A Holden. This pattern cannot be reproduced or distributed -mechanically, electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying, without written permission. Finished products created with this pattern may be used for commercial sale.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

MY SUGARCRAFT

Hello All,
Hope all's well with you. Just thought that I'd share another of my passions with you apart from crochet!
I went on several one day courses with my friend a few years ago, to learn the art of sugarcraft. Finding that I had a flair for it, I made both my daughters wedding cakes & my nephews! Also, several other celebration cakes. I love making the flowers - they end up looking so real & it is a challenge to get them looking like the brides bouquet flowers! Here are some of the cakes which I have made -----