Monday, 24 March 2014

Mother's Day Flower Brooch

Hello! With Mothering Sunday not too far away (30th of March for anyone that's forgotten), I thought I'd whip up this super easy Free Crochet Pattern for those who love to give handmade gifts.

So, here for you, is the lovely Flower Brooch...

English Version

Flower Brooch


Materials;
Scraps of Aran weight yarn are ideal for this project. Here DROPS Paris 100% cotton yarn has been used
4.0mm hook
Small amount of felt for backing
Brooch back
Pretty button or bead

Stitches;
magic circle
slst = slip stitch
ch = chain
dc = double crochet (sc in US terms)
htr = half treble crochet (hdc in US terms)
tr = treble (dc in US terms)

Abbreviations;
frm = from
til = until
rnd = round

For the flower;

Make a magic circle.

Rnd 1;
2ch (counts as 1 tr), 11tr in to the magic ring joining to the 2nd of the beginning 2ch with a slst. Fasten off.

Rnd 2;
Attach yarn between any two tr from the previous rnd. 2ch (counts as 1 tr), in to same space make a cluster using 4tr as follows;

  1. Yarn round hook, insert hook in to space, yarn round hook and pull through loop.
  2. Yarn round hook and pull through 2 loops on hook (2 loops on hook).
  3. Repeat step 1 and 2 three more times (5 loops on hook), yarn round hook and pull through all 5 loops. To complete the stitch, yarn round hook once more and pull through loop.

Carry on by working 1ch, miss one space, * 1 cluster using 5tr in to next space (rpt steps 1 and 2 above 5 times, yarn round hook and pull through all 5 loops, yarn round hook and pull through loop), 1ch, miss one space, * rpt frm * around, join with slst to the top of the 1st cluster (6 clusters in total). Fasten off.

At this stage, your flower will look 3 dimensional.


Rnd 3;
Attach yarn to any 1ch space frm the previous rnd. 2Ch. In to same space, work 3tr, 2ch, slst, 1ch. * In to next 1ch space work slst, 2ch, 3tr, 2ch, slst, 1ch * rpt frm * around, join with a slst in to the 1st 1ch space (6 petals). Fasten off.

To give your flower a bit more shape, you can pull your magic circle tight and pinch the clusters to make them stand out.


For the leaves;

Small leaf;

Rnd 1;
5ch. In 2nd ch frm hook work 1dc, 1htr in next ch, 1tr in next ch, 2tr in end ch. Working along the other side of the ch, 1tr in 1st ch, 1tr in next ch, 1htr in next ch, 1dc in final ch. Join with slst to the beginning 1ch.

Large leaf;

Rnd 1;
7ch. In 2nd ch frm hook, work 1dc, 1htr in next ch, 1tr in each of the next 3ch. In the last ch work 2tr. Working along the other side of the ch, 1tr in the 1st ch, 1tr in each of the next 3ch, 1htr in next ch, 1dc in the last ch. Join with slst to the beginning 1ch.


To make up;

Weave in all ends and sew the leaves on to the underside of the flower. Cut a piece of felt to cover the back of the brooch. Sew this in place together with a pretty button or bead. Finally sew on the brooch back.


 Ta-dah! You have made your very own Flower Brooch. Make this for a little treat for yourself or as a very beautiful gift :)


If you would like to download the pattern for free in both English and American terms, you can find it here on Ravelry and Craftsy.

You could even make it together with the Valentines Day Heart Gift Bag for a super special gift :)

Ta-tah for now!

xxx 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Giveaway Time!

Hello and good afternoon! Today I have a fantastic Giveaway for you. It's your chance to Win a PDF copy of four of my most popular baby blanket crochet patterns - The Granny Square blanket, Retro blanket, Penny blanket and the most popular of all, the Bertie blanket.

The winner will be chosen at random Saturday morning (22nd March, GMT) and will be announced on here and on the Little Doolally Facebook page, so keep your eyes peeled! If you win, you will receive an email containing the four blanket patterns in both English and US terms.

So, to enter, all you have to do is comment on this post below stating which blanket pattern you love the most :)

Fingers crossed and good luck!

See you back here Saturday...

♥♥♥

Right-o, it is now Saturday. The names have been written down in my new Caroline Rose Art notebook, cut and folded and the winner has been pulled out of the hat (or vintage biscuit tin as I don't actually have a hat!) are you ready? Brrrrr....and the winner is....


Yeay! Perlily! Well done you, you have won a copy of all four patterns!

A massive thank you to all who entered. I enjoyed this Giveaway very much and plan to do another one soon :)

Have a great weekend!

Toodle Pip

xxx

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

OK Annie?

Hello! What lovely weather we've been having in the UK over the last few days (it makes a nice change!). Today I have another new pattern for you. It's the Annie Baby Blanket. It's really easy to make and you can whip one up in no time :)
I did actually write this pattern a little while ago, but believe me, it's not an easy task to take decent photos of something white with small bits of coloured detail, especially on a white background. I have had to learn how to use my camera properly (and about time too!) and take and re-take a gazillion photos to get exactly the right look I wanted.





For this sweet little blanket, I have used 100% cotton. The finished blanket would be great to use in a cot, pram or car seat and ideal for Spring/Summer. 

If you would like to have a go, you can find the pattern in any of my shops where you can find it for $3.50 until Saturday :)


For those on Facebook, please feel free to share finished projects on the Little Doolally page, I always love to see what you've been making :)

Have a great week!

Tarrah!

xxx

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Hello Deer!

I know it's been a while since I published a new Baby Blanket pattern, I seem to have been super busy tweaking my blog (do you like the new-ish look?), doing bits to the patterns on the go and painting a wall in our home a beautiful white. The new white wall means that now, I have a permanent place to take all my project and pattern photos. I love it! It's great :)

So anyway...I'd very much like to introduce to you a new member of the Baby Blanket family...



Yes, I have named this piece of lovely the 'Hello Deer' Baby Blanket. Do you like it? It involves intarsia crochet (where the picture is made with in the stitch) and a bit of sewing as it's lined. It's a great accessory for any nursery and would make a impressive handmade gift :)

I made it using DROPS Big Merino superwash, which is 100% wool, wonderfully soft and you can wash it!

So, if you think you'd like to have a go, you can find the pattern in any of my shops;


I hope you have a cool and creative week. See you back here soon!

Cheerio :)

xxx

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Tulips

Howdy, I hope you had a good week and are looking forward to the week ahead. Valentines day seems like yonks ago now, but for it, my lovely husband bought me some beautiful tulips. Looking at them everyday gave me great joy. I find having fresh flowers in pretty vases around your home brings just a extra bit of happiness to your life :)

Sadly, my last one standing in the kitchen window started to wilt. So with a tad of inspiration from the lovely Emma Lamb, I decided to take some arty pics for you all to have a gander at :) Hope you likey!




If you like the little glass mug I have used in the photos, I got it from here.
Have a great week, I hope to have a new pattern for you too in a few days :) 

Toodle Pip

xxx