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Plant pot covers-free crochet pattern

This quick little make is a great use for any leftover bits of t shirt or chunky yarn. I used the Hoooked ribbon and zpagetti yarns to make these cute little gifts for my little boy's pre-school teachers. The pattern would suit any yarn that has a small amount of stretch in it and it's really simple to adapt. I've made these using paintbox yarns chunky acrylic too and it works perfectly!

You will need:
Just a small amount of yarn and a hook size to match (with the t shirt or ribbon yarn I use 9mm or chunky acrylic with a 6mm)
a small plant pot. Mine measure approx. 2 inch diameter at the base, 2.5 inch diameter at the top and height = 2.5 inches
scissors and darning needle to weave in ends

Follow the basic pattern below increasing the number rows to adjust height or diameter

abbreviations:
mc = magic circle
st= stitch
hdc= us half double/uk half treble
ss= slip stitch
ch = chain

note-ch 1 does not count as a stitch

with t shirt yarn and a 9mm hook:
1. mc, ch 1 and work 6 …
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T-Shirt Yarn Rug-Free Crochet Pattern

I love working with T-shirt yarn and it's perfect for making this chunky 'granny rectangle' rug. Working with T-shirt yarn can be a bit tricky (and a work out for the arms!) but the results are really effective. The yarn can vary slightly in thickness so try not to worry too much about tension, just be as consistent as possible, embrace the imperfections with this project and enjoy making your own unique rug. This simple variation on the basic granny square is super fun to make and works up really fast. You can use as many or as few colours as you like to make your version really unique
Finished rug measures approx. 25x29 inches, simply continue adding more rows to make a bigger size


You will need:
240 metres of t shirt yarn. I used 2 of the Hoooked Zpagetti solids in Grey and Vineyard Green which was just enough to make the rug and 10 tassels
A 9mm hook
Scissors and a smaller hook to weave in the ends
Something to wrap the yarn around to make tassels, I used a DVD case to make …

Loop Stitch Cushion-Free Crochet Pattern

I was recently gifted some lovely soft chenille style chunky yarn and immediately set about finding the perfect project for it. The loop stitch works perfectly for this type of yarn. It's super soft and squidgy making it ideal for a statement cushion, this method would work great for a rug too.

The loop stitch gives a really nice textured effect that works up quickly in a chunky yarn. It's worked using alternating single crochet rows which creates a neat smooth side. The loops can be made shorter or longer and can also be trimmed when finished to give a fun 'long pile' look. Read on to find out how I made my loopy square and circle cushions

To make a simple square cushion I used 2x100g of the James C Brett Flutterby  Chunky yarn in cream with a 7mm hook, you can substitute this for any yarn you like, just adjust the hook size and chain length as necessary

I made a small 12x12 inch square cushion but any size square or rectangular cushion pad would work perfectly

Patter…

Cotton Sun Hat - Free Crochet Pattern

I made this sweet cotton sun hat for my little girl, we always get lots of lovely comments when she's out and about wearing it. It keeps the sun out of her eyes and she actually keeps it on her head, winner! This pattern should fit approx. age 1-3 years and is easy to adapt for other sizes.
I used 1 100g ball of the WI Home Cotton Aran in light blue with a 5mm hook, you could use any aran weight cotton yarn.
The hat is made using treble and double crochet stitches worked in a spiral so you don't get a noticeable seam, just use a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round to help keep count of your stitches.

Pattern written in UK terms Abbreviations : Ch= chain, Trb,= treble crochet, Dc= double crochet, Ss= slip stitch, sk= skip 1 stitch
1. using a 5mm hook make a magic circle and work 10x trb, do not ss to join= 10 st

2. work 2x trb in to next stitch (place a stitch marker in the 1st trb) work 2x trb in each stitch around up to the marker= 20 st

3. 1 trb (place marker he…

Crochet Hexagon Cushion Tutorial

My hexagon cushion started life as an idea I had for a tote bag. When working out how to join them together I realised it would make a fabulous cushion and now I'm slightly addicted to making them...there are 3 in our bedroom as I type this! I just love the fun colour combinations you can make and it's a great way of using up a few old part balls of yarn. Have a read if you'd like to have a go for yourself


You'll need:
DK acrylic yarn in various colours, pictured is stylecraft special dk in rose and sage and paintbox yarns simply dk in champagne white
Square cushion pad size 12x12, 16x16 or 18x18 inches
4.5 mm hook
Scissors and darning needle for weaving in ends

Tension
1 hexagon, made in 4 rows, measures 4 inches across. Adjust the number of rows or hook size if needed to get the sizing right

If making a 12x12 inch cushion you'll need to make 24x 4 inch solid hexagons. There are lots of great tutorials for this. I'd recommend this one by Blossom Crochet

Once y…

Raffia Easter Basket Pattern

I found this pretty pastel raffia at the weekend and just had to have it! I had no idea what it was going to become but with less than a week to go until Easter, inspiration soon struck and I quickly got to work on some Easter baskets for the little ones. We love an Easter egg hunt in our house and luckily this £1 pack of raffia from The Range was just enough to make 2 baskets, so no fighting on Sunday (hopefully!) they also have lots of fun colours available. It's quite an interesting material to crochet with and can be a bit tricky to pull through the loops. But it's fun to try something new and I'm really happy with the results...plus I do like a challenge! I found it similar to working with t shirt yarn in that you can't worry too much about perfect tension here, just go with the flow, it doesn't have to be perfect

To make yours you'll need approx 30 metres of raffia and a 7mm crochet hook. Scissors and a 2mm hook helps for weaving in the ends

Pattern writ…

Craft Fairs-Hit or Miss?

I've been wanting to do this post for a while now but to be honest I've not been that inspired. Craft fairs can be so hit and miss and as a crocheter trying to sell hats and blankets over the Summer months, I have to say my early experiences were mostly misses! That being said, I thought it might still be useful to share what I've learnt, good and bad, since entering the weird and wonderful world of the craft fair.
   Now where I live is not a very big city so the crafting community isn't that huge. One thing I have enjoyed is meeting local people who share such passion and enthusiasm for their craft. It's lovely to put a face to the Instagram account or Facebook page and everyone is always so warm and welcoming.    I was so nervous doing my first craft fair, which is crazy for someone who up until recently had a career in retail management! But selling your own handmade items is nerve wracking and putting yourself out there does take guts. I obviously needn't …