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Keep your glasses safe and stylish with this cute case from @littlelilactimecrochet. Made from mini granny squares this is a great project to take with you on the go and you can make it in an afternoon in time for your next holiday.

You Will Need Abbreviations

SS- slip stitch 

CH- chain   

TR- Treble 

FO-Fasten off

This is a uk pattern written in uk terminology

How To Make

Small solid granny square pattern instructions

You will need to make 4 squares with the  wine and Dark grey yarn and 4 squares with  the light pink and light grey yarn. A total of 8 squares are used to make this project.

Round 1

Using the 1st colour of yarn make  a slip knot and ch4.

Round 2

Join chain with a ss into first chain, ch3 , 2tr into ring, chain 2

 tr3,ch2,tr3 , ch3  three times more  into ring ,join with a slip stitch to the top of the ch3 at the beginning of the round. Fo yarn.

Round 3

Attach 2nd colour of yarn into any corner ch 2  space and ch  3 , 1tr  into each of the next three tr , 2tr,2ch,2tr into next 2ch space.

Repeat 3  more times around the square ,Join  with a SS to the top of the ch3 at the beginning of the round.Fo yarn.

Sew in all loose ends with wool needle.

Block work if required.

Sewing instructions

Using dk grey yarn and with the right sides together sew  then squares using a whip stitch as shown in the pictures  , attach button to front of the case.

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Want to stop using plastic bags and love crochet? Then you need to make this watermelon market bag from @tea_crochet. Market bags are getting more and more popular so get your hook ready and create this amazing version for your next shopping trip. 

You Will Need

Materials

Yarn – dk cotton

2xpink

1xgrey

1xgreen

Hook – 4.5mm

Abbreviations

Ch- Chain

Tr- Treble 

Hdc- Half double crochet

Sl st- Slip stitch 

St- Stitch

Dc- Double crochet

Dctog- Double crochet 2 stitches together 

Notes

If you want a larger or smaller bag simply make the base smaller or larger by increasing more rounds or by stopping earlier.

How To Make

Base of the bag

            start in pink yarn

R1 Magic circle, ch2, 12tr into circle, sl st into 1st tr

R2 Ch2, 2tr in same st, 2tr in each st, sl st into 1st tr

R3 Ch2, *2tr in same st, 1tr in next st* repeat from* sl st into 1st tr

R4 Ch2, *2tr in same st, 1tr in next 2sts* repeat from* sl st into 1st tr

R5 Ch2, *2tr in same st, 1tr in next 3sts* repeat from* sl st into 1st tr

R6 Ch2, *2tr in same st, 1tr in next 4sts* repeat from* sl st into 1st tr

R7 Ch2, *2tr in same st, 1tr in next 5sts* repeat from* sl st into 1st tr

R8 Ch2, *2tr in same st, 1tr in next 6sts* repeat from* sl st into 1st tr

R9 Ch2, *2tr in same st, 1tr in next 7sts* repeat from* sl st into 1st tr

R10 Ch2, *2tr in same st, 1tr in next 8sts* repeat from* sl st into 1st tr

R11-R13 Ch2 1tr in the same st, 1tr in every st, sl st into 1st tr

Mesh part of the bag

R14 Ch1, 1dc in the same st, *ch4, skip 2sts 1dc into next st* repeat from * until the last 2sts, ch2, dc into the 1st dc

R15 Ch1, 1dc into previous ch2 space, *ch5, 1dc into the next ch4 space* repeat from * until last   ch4 space, ch3, 1dc in 1st dc

R16 Ch1, 1dc into previous ch3 space, *ch6, 1dc into the next ch5 space* repeat from* until last    ch5 space, ch4, 1dc in 1st dc

R17 – R23 repeat R16

            Change to grey yarn

R24 – R27 repeat R16

            Change to green yarn

R28 – R31 repeat R16

Rim and handles

R32 Ch1, *4dc in next ch6 space* repeat from * sl st into 1st dc

R33 Ch1, 2dctog all the way around sl st into 1st 2dctog

R34 Ch2, work even, 1hdc into same st, 1hdc in every st, sl st into 1st dc

R35 Ch1, dc in same st, dc in the next 9sts, ch70, skip 20sts, dc in the next 20sts, ch70, skip 20sts, dc in the rest of the round, sl st into 1st dc

R36 Ch1, dc in same st, dc round in every st and ch, sl st into first dc

R37 Ch1, dc in same st, dc round in every st and ch, sl st into first dc

            Fasten off and sew in ends

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Say  no to plastic bags and replace them with this great market bag from @jellybeanjunction. You can make them in lots of different colours and they are the perfect size to keep in your bag in case you do some shopping!

You Will Need
Abbreviations
  • tr – Treble Crochet (US Double Crochet)
  • ch – Chain
  • ss – Slip Stitch
  • V – V-Stitch
  • mc – Magic Circle
  • st – Stitch
    • Pattern is written in UK terms.
    • Starting chain ALWAYS counts as a stitch.
  • The body of the bag is made entirely out of offset v-stitches, unless told otherwise you will always be working your stitch into the first tr you reach (the right hand side of the V).
  • You will be working in rounds until you reach the strap section of the pattern.

Special Stitches:

V-Stitch: (treble, chain 1, treble) into the same stitch.

How to Make

With (A) make a magic circle.

Rnd 1. ch3, tr11, ss to top of ch3 (12).

Rnd 2. ch3, 2tr in next 11 st, tr, ss to top of ch3 (24).

Rnd 3. ch3, 2tr, *tr, 2tr, repeat from * around, ss to top of ch3 (36).

Rnd 4. ch3, tr, 2tr, *tr2, 2tr, repeat from * around, ss to top of ch3 (48).   

Rnd 5. ch3, tr2, 2tr, *tr3, 2tr, repeat from * around, ss to top of ch3 (60).

Rnd 6. ch3, tr3, 2 tr, *tr4, 2tr, repeat from * around, ss to top of ch3 (72).

Rnd 7. ch3, tr4, 2tr, *tr5, 2tr, repeat from 8 around, ss to top of ch3 (84).

The base of the bag in now finished, the next section is all worked in v-stitch (V).

Rnd 8. ch4 (counts as tr + ch1), tr in same st, ch1, *skip 2 st, V in next st, ch1,  

repeat from * to end, ss to 3rd ch.  

Rnd 9. ch4, tr in same st, ch1, *skip ch1, nxt st & ch1, V in next st, ch1, repeat

from * to end, ss to 3rd ch.  

Rnd 10-14 Repeat rnd 9. Change to colour (B) at the end of rnd 14.

Rnd 15-17 Repeat rnd 9. Change to colour (A) at the end of rnd 17.

Rnd 18 Repeat rnd 9. Change to colour (B).

Rnd 19-25 Repeat rnd 9.

You will now make the strap, turning your work at the end of each row.

Row 26 ch4, *skip ch1, next st & ch1, V in next st, ch1, repeat from * 4 times,

skip ch1, next st & ch1, tr in next st, turn.

Row 27 ch4, *skip ch1, next st & ch1, V in next st, ch1, repeat from * 3 times,

skip ch1, st, ch1 & next st, ss to 3rd ch of ch4, turn.

Row 28 ch4, *skip ch1, next st & ch1, V in next st, ch1, skip next V, work a V into

the ch1 space between central V’s, ch1, skip next st & ch1, V in next st, ch1, skip next V and ss to 3rd ch of ch4, turn.  

Row 29 ch4, skip ch1, next st & ch1, V in next st, skip ch1 & next st, work a V

into ch1 space, skip next st & ch1, V in next st, ch1, skip ch1 & next st, ss to 3rd ch of ch4, turn.

Row 30 ch4, skip ch1, next st & ch1, V in next st, V into next ch1 space, skip

next st, V, ch1, ss to 3rd ch of ch4, turn.

Row 31-40 Repeat row 30, fasten off.

Now you are going to work the other half of the strap.

Lay the bag down with the the strap in the centre and facing the floor (see fig A.)

Join yarn in right hand tr of V and then repeat from Row 26.

At the end of Row 26 hold end together and ss across to join strap. Fasten off and weave in ends.  

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Create these delicious rose flavoured cupcakes, perfect for a vintage tea party! Use Bakewell Non-stick baking paper to ensure a seamless bake from start to finish. 

You Will Need

Ingredients:

250 g Flour

250 g Unsalted Butter

250 g Sugar

4 Medium Eggs

2 tsps Milk

2 tsps Rose Water »

Pink Icing »

Edible Roses »

Equipment:

Bakewell Non-Stick Baking Paper »

Muffin Baking Tray »

Wilton Cooling Grid »

How to Make

1. Preheat the oven to 190*C.

2. Cut the Bakewell baking paper into 5 inch squares and place over each hole on a cupcake tray. Using baking paper instead of cases will make sure the cupcakes don’t stick to the paper.

3. Put 250g of unsalted butter in a bowl and stir till softened.

4. Add to the butter: 250g of sugar, 250g of flour, 4 medium sized eggs, a pinch of salt, 2 tablespoons of milk and 2 tablespoons of rose water. Whisk till the mixture is smooth.

5. Using a large spoon, divide the mixture evenly into each cupcake hole.

6. Put the cupcakes in to the oven and cook for 15 minutes. After this time has passed turn the tray around in the oven and cook for a further 6 minutes.

7. Remove the cupcakes from the oven when the time is up and the cupcakes are a light golden colour.

8. Remove the baking paper from the cupcakes and place on a wire rack to cool.

9. When they have cooled, decorate with pink icing and edible roses. Place cupcakes in floral cases to add to the look.

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Create a cake bursting with flavour by following this blueberry cake recipe by Bakewell. Use Bakewell Non-stick baking paper to ensure a seamless bake from start to finish. 

You Will Need

Ingredients for cake:

175 g Self-raising Flour

175 g Butter

175 g Caster Sugar

3 Large Eggs

1 tsp Baking Powder »

2 tsps Vanilla Extract »

100 g Blueberries

Ingredients for icing:

500 g Icing Sugar

150 g Unsalted Butter

50 ml Whole Milk

1 tsp Vanilla Extract »

Equipment:

Bakewell Non-Stick Baking Paper »

Round Cake Tin 10 x 3 in »

Wilton Cooling Grid »

How to Make

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 / 180*C / 350F

2. Line an round cake tin with Bakewell non-stick baking paper.

3. In a large bowl add 175g of butter, 175g caster sugar, 3 large eggs, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Mix with an electric whisk until thoroughly mixed together.

4. Stir in 100g of blueberries to the mixture. Carefully spoon the mixture into the tin and level off with a spatula.

5. Bake for 50 minutes or until it feels firm to touch.

6. Cool for 10 minutes and remove the cake from the tin. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool fully.

7. To make the vanilla icing, whisk together 500g of icing sugar and 150g of unsalted butter until thoroughly mixed together.

8. In a separate bowl mix together 50mls of whole milk and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. One bit at a time add this to the sugar and butter mixture. Stirring thoroughly.

9. Spread the vanilla frosting on the outside of the cake, and garnish with blueberries.

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Created by @madebyhem this will be your go to summer bag for years to follow. Made with Women’s Institute Home Cotton you can create a different version for each of your summer outfits.

You Will Need Abbreviations

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Ch – Chain

Ss – Slip stitch

Dc – Double crochet

Tr – Treble crochet

Sp – Space

Rpt – Repeat

Nxt – Next

RS – Right side

() – stitches to be worked into the same chain space

{} – stitches to be repeated the number of times stated

*  * and ** ** – repeat stitches between asterisks as instructed

 

How To Make

Square 1 (solid granny)

Make 18

Round 1

Working into a magic ring, ch3, tr, ch2, 3 tr, ch2, 3 tr, ch2, 3 tr, ch2, tr, ss to the top of the ch3 to join. Pull tightly to close the ring.

Round 2

Ch3, tr in the nxt st, (2 tr, ch2, 2 tr) in the ch2 sp, *3 tr, (2 tr, ch2, 2 tr) in the ch2 sp* rpt from * to * 2 more times, tr, ss to the top of the ch3 to join.

Round 3

Ch3, 3 tr,  (2 tr, ch2, 2 tr) in the ch2 sp, *7 tr, (2 tr, ch2, 2 tr) in the ch2 sp* rpt from * to * 2 more times, 3 tr, ss to top of ch3 to join.

Round 4

Ch3, 5 tr, (2 tr, ch2, 2 tr) in the ch2 sp, *11 tr, (2 tr, ch2, 2 tr) in the ch2 sp * rpt from * to * 2 more times, 5 tr, ss to top of ch3 to join.

Round 5

Ch3, 7 tr, (2 tr, ch2, 2 tr) in the ch2 space, *15 tr, (2 tr, ch2, 2 tr) in the ch2 sp* rpt from * to * 2 more times, 7 tr, ss to top of ch3 to join.

Fasten off and sew in the ends.

Square 2

Make 6

Round 1

Working into a magic circle, ch4, tr, *ch2, tr, ch1, tr, ch1, tr* rpt from * to * 2 more times, ch2, tr, ch1, ss to 3rd ch of the ch4 to join.

Round 2

(All sts will now be worked into the ch sps)

Ch4, tr in the first ch1 sp, ch1, (tr, ch1, tr, ch2, tr, ch1, tr, ch1) in the ch2 sp, *tr, ch1, tr, ch1, (tr, ch1, tr, ch2, tr, ch1, tr, ch1) in the ch2 sp * rpt from * to * 2 more times, ss to 3rd ch st of the ch4 to join.

Round 3

Ch4, {tr, ch1} 3 times, (tr, ch1, tr, ch2, tr, ch1, tr, ch1) in the ch2 sp, *{tr, ch1} 5 times, (tr, ch1, tr, ch2, tr, ch1, tr, ch1) in the ch2 sp* repeat from * to * 2 more times, tr, ch1, ss to the 3rd ch st of the ch4 to join.

Round 4

Ch4, {tr, ch1} 5 times, (tr, ch1, tr, ch2, tr, ch1, tr, ch1) in the ch2 sp, *{tr, ch1} 8 times, (tr, ch1, tr, ch2, tr, ch1, tr, ch1) in the ch2 sp* repeat from * to *  2 more times, tr, ch1, tr, ch1, ss to the 3rd ch st of the ch4 to join.

Round 5

Still working in the ch1 spaces, *dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc* repeat from * to * 1 more time, dc, (dc, ch2, dc) in the ch2 sp, **{dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc} 3 times, dc, ch1, (dc, ch2, dc) in the ch2 sp ** repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc, dc, ch1, ss to the first dc to joint.

Fasten off and sew in the ends.

 

Assembly

With RS facing ss to join your squares in the layout shown in photo . There are lots of brilliant tutorials available if you need further guidance with joining.  

Once all squares are attached together fold the bag in half and join the final seams along both sides . Again I would suggest the squares are joined when the bag is inside out and RS of the squares are facing for consistency. You will now have 3 squares down each side which are folded in half. Ss along the bottom of these squares at the base of the bag to finish. Fasten off and sew in the ends.

Edging and straps

Work the edging and the straps with the RS of the bag facing out.

Round 1

Ss to join in the top corner of the first full solid granny square on the front right of the bag. Ch4, skip a st and tr in the 3rd st along, *ch1, skip a st, tr in the nxt st* repeat from * to * around, ss to the 3rd ch of the ch4 to join. 

Round 2

Ch 1, *2 dc in the nxt ch1 sp*, repeat from * to * in the nxt 3 ch1 sps, ch 75, dc back along the ch sts (you have made the first strand of handle 1), 2 dc in the nxt ch1 sp, ch 75, dc back along the ch sts (you have now completed handle 1). 

{2 dc in the nxt ch1 sp} 21 times, (before making your ch sts check that the placement of your handles looks equal across the front of your bag) ch 75, dc back along the ch sts (you have made half of handle 2), 2 dc in the nxt ch1 sp, ch 75, dc back along the ch sts (you have now completed handle 2).

{2 dc in the nxt ch1 sp} 20 times, ch 75, dc back along the ch sts (you have made the first strand of handle 3), 2 dc in the nxt ch1 sp, ch 75, dc back along the ch sts (you have now completed handle 3).

{2 dc in the nxt ch1 sp} 21 times, (before making your ch sts check that the placement of your handles looks equal across the back of your bag) ch 75, dc back along the ch sts (you have made half of handle 4), 2 dc in the nxt ch1 sp, ch 75, dc back along the ch sts (you have now completed handle 4).

{2 dc in the nxt ch1 sp} 20 times, ss to the first dc to join. Fasten off and sew in the ends.

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Designed by @craftycruella, this beach cover up is a must for your next visit to the beach or pool, the classic granny stripe, gives it a airy feel and creates a simple yet gorgeous look.

It really is an easy project suitable for a beginner and to make things even easier and to stop the beginning chain and first row being too tight I start with a 7mm hook and change to a 6mm hook on row 2.

I also work into the back bumps of my chain.  Its not essential, I just prefer the finished look.

This can be found by twisting the chain towards you, the bump is the visible bump sticking up at the back.

You Will Need Abbreviations

Ch – chain

Sl st – slip stitch

St – stitch

Dc – double crochet – insert hook into next stitch, yarn over pull through stitch, yarn over pull through two loops on your hook.

Tr – treble crochet – yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over pull through stitch, yarn over pull through two loops, yarn over pull through two loops.

Fpdc – Front post double crochet – insert hook in to the front, around the back of the double crochet post and out to the front, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through two loops.

Cluster – Three treble crochet worked into the same space. (or ch3 & 2tr)

Htr – yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over pull through stitch, yarn over pull through all three loops.

Size Guide: (ch in multiples of 3 +2)

Width – measure around your bust, halve it and add 10cm

Length – measure from shoulder to desired length (somewhere between bum and knee)

How To Make

Yarn:    

yarn a = Breeze

yarn b = Dew

yarn c = Mist

Gauge: 10cm x 10cm – 4.5 clusters x 8 rows

Measurements: Width – 30.5cm (12″)

                             Height – 48 cm (19″)

Make 2 ( front & back)

With a 7mm hook (yarn a)

Ch 41 (39+2)

Row 1. Dc in 2nd back bump of the ch from the hook. Dc in each st across.  Ch 1 turn. (40)

Row 2. Change to a 6mm hook. (insert hook just under where your 1st st would normally go) fpdc in each st across, last fpdc around ch 1 from previous row.  Ch 1 turn. (40)

Row 3. Dc in each st across.  Ch 3 turn. (40)

Row 4. Tr in the same space as the ch 3, *skip 2 sts, cluster in nxt st, repeat from * until you have 3 sts left, sk 2 sts and 2 tr in the last st.  Ch 3 turn. (2tr, 12 clusters, 2tr)

Row 5. Cluster in space between 2 tr & 3tr cluster, cluster in between each cluster across, tr in the top of the ch 3 from the previous row.  Ch 3 turn. (tr, 13 clusters, tr)

Row 6. Tr in the space between tr & cluster from previous row, * 3 tr cluster in between each cluster across, repeat from *. 2 tr in the last space between cluster & tr.  Ch 3 turn. (2tr, 12 clusters, 2tr)

Row 7.  Repeat row 5

Row 8.  Repeat row 6

Row 9.  Repeat row 5

Row 10. Repeat row 6

Row 11.  Repeat row 5

Row 12.  Repeat row 6

Row 13.  Repeat row 5 until your last tr, work a tr but make your last yarn over with new colour (yarn b) to complete your stitch.  Ch3 turn.

Row 14.  Repeat row 6

Row 15.  Repeat row 5

Row 16.  Repeat row 6

Row 17.  Repeat row 5

Row 18.  Repeat row 6

Row 19.  Repeat row 5

Row 20.  Repeat row 6

Row 21.  Repeat row 5

Row 22.  Repeat row 6

Row 23.  Repeat row 5

Row 24.  Repeat row 6 until your last tr, work a tr but make your last yarn over with new colour (yarn c) to complete your stitch.  Ch3 turn.

Row 25.  Repeat row 5

Row 26.  Repeat row 6

Row 27.  Repeat row 5

Row 28.  Cluster in space between two clusters, repeat across, tr in the top of the ch 3 from the previous row.  Ch 3 turn. (tr, 12 clusters, tr)

Row 29.  Repeat row 28.  Ch 3 turn.  (tr, 11 clusters, tr)

Row 30.  Repeat row 28.  Ch 3 turn.  (tr, 10 clusters, tr)

Row 31.  Repeat row 28.  Ch 3 turn.  (tr, 9 clusters, tr)

Row 32.  Repeat row 28.  Ch 3 turn.  (tr, 8 clusters, tr)

Row 33.  Tr in space between tr and cluster, cluster in space between clusters, repeat across, 2 tr in space between cluster and ch 3.  Ch 3 turn.  (2tr, 7 clusters, 2tr)

Row 34.  Cluster in space between 2tr and cluster, repeat across, tr in top of ch 3.  Ch 3 turn.  (tr, 8 clusters, tr)

Row 35.  Tr in space between tr and cluster, cluster in space between clusters, repeat twice more, ch 3, sl st in next cluster space, ch 3  (making a V), cluster in space between next 3 clusters, tr in between cluster and ch 3 from previous row, work another tr but make your last yarn over with new colour (yarn b) to complete your stitch.  Ch 3 turn. (2tr, 6 clusters, 2tr)

(1st shoulder strap)

Row 36 A.  Cluster in space between 2tr and cluster, repeat twice more, tr in top of 1st ch from ch3 in previous row. Ch 3 turn. (tr, 3 clusters, tr)

Row 37 A.  Cluster in space between two clusters, repeat once more, 2tr in space between cluster and ch 3.  Ch 3 turn.  (tr, 2 clusters, 2tr)

Row 38 A.  Cluster in space between 2tr and cluster, repeat once more, tr in top of  ch 3 from previous row, but make your last yarn over with new colour (yarn c) to complete your stitch. Ch 3 turn.  (tr, 2 clusters, tr)

Row 39 A.  Cluster in space between two clusters, 2tr in space between cluster and ch 3.  Ch 3 turn. (tr, cluster, 2tr)

Row 40 A.   Cluster in space between 2tr and cluster, tr in top of  ch 3 from previous row. Fasten off yarn. (tr, cluster, tr)

(2nd shoulder strap)

Row 36 B.  With wrong side facing you, join new colour (yarn b) to the top of the second ch 3 from the V in row 35, ch 3, cluster in space between two clusters, repeat twice more, tr in top of  ch 3 from previous row.  Ch 3 turn. (tr, 3 clusters, tr)

Row 37 B.  Tr in space between tr and cluster, cluster in space between clusters, repeat once more, tr in top of  ch 3 from previous row.  Ch 3 turn. (2tr, 2 clusters, tr)

Row 38 B.  Cluster in space between two clusters, repeat once more, tr in top of  ch 3 from previous row, but make your last yarn over with new colour (yarn c) to complete your stitch. Ch 3 turn.  (tr, 2 clusters, tr)

Row 39 B.  Tr in space between tr and cluster, cluster in space between clusters, tr in top of  ch 3 from previous row.  Ch 3 turn. (2tr, cluster, tr)

Row 40 B.  Cluster in space between cluster and 2tr, tr in top of  ch 3 from previous row. Fasten off yarn. (tr, cluster, tr)

Construction:

Seam across the top of the straps using a whip stitch.  Seam up the sides leaving from row 14-27 using a whip stitch,  leaving a split at the bottom, and sew in all of your ends.

Flower

4mm hook

Using yarn a – make a magic ring

Round 1: Ch1, 5dc into the ring.

Round 2: sl st into 1st dc, htr, 3tr, htr in same st.

Repeat round 2 four more times (5 petals) sl st into sl st from the beginning, fasten off yarn & sew on to the front of your cover up.

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You will love chilling out on this amazing granny square floor cushion designed by @lyndascraftroom using Women’s Institute Soft and Chunky.

You Will Need

Womens Institute soft and chunky yarn –

Mustard x 5

Cream x 5

Grey x 12

8mm crochet hook

Cotton fabric to line

Stuffing

Yarn needle

Scissors

Snap fasteners x 2

Abbreviations

Slst – Slip stitch

Ch – Chain

Dc – Double crochet

Tr – Treble crochet

Dtr – Double treble crochet

 

Pattern notes:

Tension is not essential for this project. Motifs will measure approximately 7.5 inches square with the recommended hook.

 

How To Make

Make 60 sunburst granny squares, 30 in each colourway.

 

Colourway 1:

Round 1 – Cream

Round 2 – Mustard

Round 3 – Cream

Round 4 – Grey

Round 5 – Grey

 

Colourway 2:

Round 1 – Mustard

Round 2 – Cream

Round 3 – Mustard

Round 4 – Grey

Round 5 – Grey

Method:

Ch6, join with a slst to form a ring. (If you prefer you can use a magic ring instead) Work over your yarn tail so you can pull it tight after round one to close the hole.

Round 1:

Ch4 (counts as tr and ch1). *Tr into ring, ch1. Rep from * a further 10 times. Slst into third ch of initial ch4, fasten off. (12 tr, 12 ch1 spaces)

Round 2:

Join yarn in any ch1 space. Ch3 (counts as tr), tr in same space, ch1. *In the next space tr x2, ch1. Rep from * a further 10 times. Slst into top of initial ch3, fasten off. (24 tr, 12 ch1 spaces)

Round 3:

Join yarn in any ch1 space. Ch3 (counts as tr), tr x2 in same space, ch1. *In the next space tr x3, ch1. Rep from * a further 10 time. Slst into top of initial ch3, fasten off. (36 tr, 12 ch1 spaces)

Round 4:

Join yarn in any ch1 space. Ch3 (counts as tr), tr x2 in same space, ch1. In the next space tr x3. *In the next space dtr x3, ch3, dtr x3, ch1. Tr x3, ch1 in the next 2 spaces. Rep from * a further 3 times, omitting the second part of the last repeat as you created it before your first corner. Slst into top of initial ch3, do not fasten off. (24 dtr, 24 tr, 4 corner spaces, 12 ch1 spaces)

Round 5:

Ch1 (does not count as a st), dc, in each st and ch1 space. Dc x3 in each corner space. Join with a slst into first dc made, fasten off and weave in any loose ends. (72 dc)

 

Joining instructions

Using grey yarn join your squares on the wrong side of your work in the back loops only. (Or use your own preferred joining method)

Alternate the block colours and join 6 rows of 10 squares. Once this is complete join the left side to the right side to create a tube.

To fasten the top edge of your cushion line up the squares so you have 5 squares on the front and 5 on the back. Join your yarn through the first stitch of your front right square, going through the corresponding stitch on the back square. Dc along the edge making sure you are going through the front and back stitches. Fasten off and weave in ends.

To fasten the bottom edge of your cushion you need to line up the squares in the opposite way to the top edge (to make a pyramid shape) This will mean the squares on the left and right will be folded in half and the other 8 squares will be lined up (4 on each side). Join the yarn in the same way as the top edge but only double crochet along the folded square on the right then fasten off. Join the yarn on the folded square on the left and repeat.

Sew your snap fasteners along the open bottom edge, making sure to line them up on the opposite side. Your cushion cover is now complete.

 

Lining and stuffing

Using a cotton fabric sew a bag slightly smaller than your finished cover in the same pyramid shape. Before closing the bag stuff with polyester stuffing or beanbag filling. Place inside your cushion cover and close the snap fasteners.

 

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Designed by @lottieandalbert you can turn the humble granny square into a statement wallhanging in an evening! Super chunky yarn, tassels and plaits make this beginner’s project look much more complicated than it is and, bonus, it’s super fast to make!

This pattern is written in UK terms (with US conversions given below).

You Will Need

2 balls of Bernat Maker Big, in the colour Blue Skies Varg

15mm crochet hook

Length of wooden dowel or stick approx. 65cm x 3cm

 

Abbreviations

ch        chain

tc         treble crochet (US double crochet)

ss         slip stitch

 

Stitch descriptions

Slip stitch: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, pull this loop through first loop on hook

Treble crochet: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over again and pull though remaining two loops.

How To Make

Using Bernat Maker Big and 15mm hook, make a 6-round granny square:

 

Round 1:

  1. Attach your yarn to your hook using a slip knot, and chain 6 stitches. 
  2. Turn your chain into a circle by slip stitching into the first chain on your hook.
  3. Chain 3 (counts as first treble crochet) then work two treble crochets into the middle of the circle you have made. This counts as spoke 1 out of 4 on your first round.
  4. Chain 2 to turn the corner, then work three treble crochets into the centre of the circle. Repeat this step two more times. You should now have four sets of spokes and four corners on your granny square. Slip stitch into the top of the chain 3 from step 3 to join your first round. 

 

Round 2:

  1. Chain 5 (counts as a treble crochet and a 2-chain space), and make 3 treble crochets into the corner of the round below.  Chain 2 to turn the corner, and make 3 more trebles into the same corner you just worked into.
  2. Chain 2, then make 3 trebles, 2 chains, and another 3 trebles into the next corner. 
  3. Repeat step 2 two more times: on the last corner, you have already made the very last treble, and so after you have turned the corner you only need to make 2 trebles. Join to the 3rd chain in your chain 5 from step 1 to join. 

Round 3:

  1. Chain 3 (counts as a treble crochet), and make 2 trebles in the chain-2 space immediately to the left.
  2. Chain 2 then make 3 trebles, 2 chains, and another 3 trebles into the corner. Chain 2, and make three trebles in the chain-2 space.
  3. Continue in this way until you reach the final corner. Chain 2 more stitches, then slip stitch into the top of the chain 3 you made in step 1.

Round 4:

  1. Begin the round by chaining 5 (counts as a treble crochet and a 2 chain space), and working round the square making 3 trebles in each space, and 3 trebles, chain 2, 3 trebles in the corners. Each group of trebles should be separated by 2 chains. Finish the round in the same way you finished round 2.

Round 5:

  1. Begin the round by chaining 3 (counts as a treble crochet), and making 2 trebles in the chain 2 space immediately to the left. Work round the square making 3 trebles in each space, and 3 trebles, chain 2, 3 trebles in the corners. Each group of trebles should be separated by 2 chains. Finish the round in the same way you finished round 3.

Round 6:

  1. Begin the round by chaining 5 (counts as a treble crochet and a 2 chain space), and working round the square making 3 trebles in each space, and 3 trebles, chain 2, 3 trebles in the corners. Each group of trebles should be separated by 2 chains.  Finish the round in the same way you finished round 2. Cut and fasten off yarn.

At the end of round 6, weave in any ends.

To make the tassels:

Cut the following lengths of yarn

4 strands at 40cm

4 strands at 45cm

4 strands at 50cm

4 strands at 55cm

4 strands at 60cm

4 strands at 65cm

4 strands at 70cm

4 strands at 75cm

Each tassel is 2 made of strands of yarn, so separate each group of 4 stands out into 2 strands.

Taking one tassel (2 strands), fold in half, the insert in the bottom stitches of your granny square, making a lark’s head knot by passing the ends of the tassel through the middle of the folded tassel, and pulling to secure. 

Space out your tassels in every other stitch along the bottom of one side of your granny square, stating at the edge with the 40cm, then placing a longer tassel each time until you have a 75cm tassel in the middle. Now work along the square placing shorter and shorter tassels until you reach the other side. 

To attach to stick or dowel:

Cut one length of yarn approx. 65 cm long, and tie to one end of your dowel or stick, now tightly wrap around dowel and through each chain 2 space on the top edge of your granny square, until you reach the other side. Tie tightly to dowel.

To make the plaits:

With the remaining yarn on your ball, separate out into 6 equal long lengths of yarn. Fold in half, then cut at half way point. You should now have two sets, both 6 strands each, to form your plaits.

Taking one set of 6, fold in half again, placing the halfway point over the top of your stick to the side of your granny square. This will give you 12 lengths of yarn hanging down to plait with. Form a plait, with the three parts of the plait each being 4 strands worked together. Repeat this on the other side of the stick. Tie your plaits to close them.

Trim any tassels or plaits to suit, and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern! Find Lindsey and more free Lottie and Albert patterns at @lottieandalbert and www.lottieandalbert.blogspot.com

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Hobbycraft Blog by Elizabeth Hardy - 6d ago

Squishies are so much fun to play with! Why not try to make your own design using Soft Toy Stuffing and Duck Tape? It’s so easy – follow along with the below tutorial to find out what techniques you can use to create your design. Turn a pile of crafting items into a beautifully squishy unicorn!

You Will Need Craft Essentials How to Make

1. Stuff the cello bag using the soft toy filling – make sure to put quite a bit in to ensure that the squishy is substantial enough to wrap up.

2. Secure the cello bag using the adhesive strip at the top

3. Tape down the two top corners of the bag to give the unicorn body a rounded top.

4. Using a Duck Tape colour of your choice, begin taping the body of the unicorn. Go strip by strip, cutting and securing the tape neatly in rows. 

Top tip! Go slowly when applying the Duck Tape to avoid creases and air pockets.

5. To create the horn, fold over a piece of rainbow Duck Tape on itself and cut into a long triangle.

6. Layer the triangle to strengthen by placing the triangle on the sticky side of the rainbow Duck Tape and sandwiching again by folding the tape in half. Do this one or two times and then cut the triangle out again – use the pre cut triangle inside as a guide.

7. Draw a curved line on the square edge of the long triangle using the black Sharpie to create a rounded end to the horn. Cut along this line to complete the horn.

8. Draw two circles for eyes with two light specs in each to create a cute face. Add a small smiling mouth underneath.

9. Create two cheeks in a colour of your choice by cutting the Duck Tape into small ovals. Place underneath the eyes towards the outer edge of the squishy.

10. Fold a piece of Duck Tape on itself to create a sticky pad, then use this to attach the horn to the middle of the unicorn’s head.

11. For an extra squishy unicorn, get an adult to help you perforate the edges of the squishy using a needle. Poke lots of holes in through the Duck Tape layers and the cello bag.

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