Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Winter Woodland Scarf

Hello! This week I have a real treat for you. I thought it's been a while since I wrote a free pattern, so I've done one that's perfect for those winter chills. 



It's called the Winter Wonderland Scarf and it's super warm and cosy, and what's best of all - the yarn is such a beautiful colour. It's Drops Big Delight, it's 100% wool and you will need 2 balls to complete the scarf. There is a ton of pretty shades to choose from, but I decided on Autumn Forest. You can buy it here. Yumity yum :)


This patten is perfect for beginners and there is a full tutorial on how to do the main stitch - a half treble crochet - htr (hdc in US terms). So...here's the pattern, you can also download it for free from Ravelry.

Winter Woodland Scarf
By
Little Doolally


Materials; 
♥ 200g of DROPS Big Delight in Autumn Forest, 
♥ 4.5mm hook, 
♥ darning needle, 
♥ scissors, 
♥ stiff cardboard

Stitches;
ch = chain
htr = half treble crochet (half double crochet (hdc) in US terms)

How to do a htr;

  1. Yarn round hook.
  2. Insert the hook in to the stitch, yarn round hook again and pull through loop (3 loops on hook).
  3. Yarn round hook and pull through all 3 loops on the hook.
  4. Your stitch is complete!
  5. Ta-dah! Carry on repeating steps 1-4 to complete your scarf.
To start;
Work 32ch.
Row 1; In 3rd chain from hook, work 1htr, 1htr in each stitch across until the end, turn.
Row 2; 2ch, 1htr in each stitch across until the end, turn.


Repeat row 2 130 times or until your scarf is as long as you require, remembering to leave enough yarn for the tassels.
If you like, you can add tassels on to each end of your scarf. To make a tassel;

  1. Wrap your yarn round the card 15 times.
  2. Cut through the yarn at one end of the cardboard.
  3. Make a loose loop with the yarn.
  4. Insert a thick crochet hook (I used 8mm) in to the edge of the scarf where you want the tassel to be.
  5. Hook the loop of yarn through the scarf.
  6. Pop the ends of the yarn through the loop.
  7. Pull the ends tight.
  8. When you have put 5 tassels on each end, trim them all to the same length.




Ta-dah! You have made your very own Winter Woodland Scarf and you will be envy of all your friends :)

I hope you will have a go and enjoy making it and wearing it. I know I'll be wearing it all autumn, winter and probably spring too knowing the usual English weather!

Byeee for now my lovelies!

xxx


Saturday, 5 October 2013

Spending the Pennies

I realised I haven't done a blog post in ages about the wonderful goodies and bargains I have bought. So I thought I'd do one, as there have been a few nice purchases recently indeed.

To be honest, I don't go shopping quite as often as I once did, purely because I don't have the time or the space at home to put all the things I buy. However! I did happen to notice the local Cricket Club were having a car boot sale. So, off I popped, and came across this....


Yes! It's a old manual typewriter! Isn't it lovely! I really, really love the colour and what's even better, it's in full working order complete with ribbon :)



I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do with it yet. It would be great to have on display on a shelf somewhere or to type letters with it, if I actually wrote letters! But, anyho, it had to be worth it for a mere £2.50. Bargain! :)

The next little bit of lovely I came across, was this....


Now, you can't beat a good bit of Kitsch. A little fawn sitting by a tree that's also a vase - who would say No to that? It just had to be done.


It's a perfect little vase, actually, to put things in like - New Crochet Hooks!


Now then, these weren't exactly a car-booty find, but I have been pondering over these for a little while. Umm-ing and Arr-ing thinking 'do I really need more hooks to add to my collection?' Well, to my surprise, my wonderful husband thought I did (thank you, my dear) :)


These hooks are called 'Symfonie' wood crochet hooks by Knit Pro. They are made from dyed beech wood and are absolutely gorgeous and a serious bit of Yum!


In this set, you get a 3.5mm, 4.5mm, 5mm, 6mm and 8mm. They have a handy flat finger grip and ridges in the end of each hook so your stitches don't fall off.  Though I do have to say, you will have to remember which hook is which size as the white numbers on them come off after a bit of use.

Have you bought any lovely bargains lately?

Toodle Pip!

Amy
xxx