Saturday, 25 June 2016

Crochet T-shirt necklace

Inspired by a rather large delivery of T-shirt yarn from here, I decided to make this cute crochet necklace.
Fancy making one?

Those of you who know my stuff won't be surprised to learn that this project is super-quick and super-easy. 

AAAAAnd, I've included a step-by-step photo tutorial underneath the pattern for all you crochet newbies.
Cos I am nice like that.

Let's crack on..

You will need:
12mm hook 
T-shirt yarn in whatever colours you like (this is perfect for using up leftovers)
Tapestry needle

Pattern: (US terms in bracket)

Foundation chain: In colour A, Chain 13
Row 1: beginning in 2nd chain from hook, 1dc (1sc) in each ch across, 1ch, then pull through colour B for 2nd ch, leaving long beginning tail for tie.
Now working the other side of the ch, make 1slst in each st across.
Fasten off, leaving long tail of colour B. Weave in ends of colour A.

Photo tutorial:

In colour A, Chain 13:

Beginning in 2nd chain from hook, 1dc (1sc) in each ch across:

Make 1ch in colour A, then pull up a loop of colour B, leaving a long tail at the beginning:

Turn the necklace around so you can work along the other side of the chain. You'll make your stitches into those unused loops:

Make 1 slip stitch into each stitch across, keeping your tension quite loose.

Pull the yarn tail through and make an invisible fastening-off as follows:
Stitch the end through the loop of the next stitch...

...and then back through the last slip stitch.

Turn the necklace over and stitch this tail through the back of the stitches to create one of the ties:

Weave away the yarn tail from the foundation chain on the other side:

Knot together the remaining two ends and weave away colour A, leaving colour B as the other tie:


Job done. 

Enjoy, lovely peeps!

Sarah xx

Sunday, 5 June 2016


Just a super-quick post to let you know that my latest pattern is now available in my Etsy shop!

It's written in both UK and US terms, too.

Enjoy, lovely peeps.

Sarah xx

Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Very Lazy Ombré Blanket

I love a crocheted blanket.

Made with love and received with joy, they really are the loveliest gift for a friend/relative's new baby/ puppy/ house.

Number of blankets pinned/coveted/added to my 'must-make list'?
A bazillion.
Number of blankets actually made by me?
Yep. Two.

And both were projects for my books. One is actually still with the publisher for promotional stuff.

But I have great intentions.... You may remember I started the Crochet Mood Blanket; one motif a day throughout the year 2014:



So without further ado, let me introduce you to my next unfinished blanket:
The Very Lazy Ombré Blanket:

Look, I haven't even joined the squares... good so far, eh?

This time, I used some great yarn I was sent by Woolly and Warmy to try. 

Again, I chose a yarn which changes colour so that I don't have to deal with all the ends. It's acrylic, so will wash and wear well and is cheap as chips, too. I've got 10 balls of 100g each, which I think will be plenty for a single bed-sized blanket for the boy. My idea is to make all the squares and then order them ombré stylee, from dark to light. I think I might join and border them with plain white, but I'll wait until I get to that stage to decide (don't hold your breath...)

To make the blanket warm, I wanted a solid-ish square motif and fancied a circle in the middle.
Here's the pattern: UK first, US below.
UK Terms
Papatya Batik in colour 10
4mm hook
At the beginning of each round, make a 3ch for your first treble. At the end of each round, join with a slip stitch to the top of your ch-3.

Round 1: 2ch, 10tr in 2nd ch from hook (10 sts)
Round 2: 2tr in each st around (20)
Round 3: 2tr in each st around (40)
Round 4: (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in first st, *1tr, 2htr, 3dc, 2htr, 1tr, (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) in next st* repeat from * to * around.
Fasten off

US terms
Papatya Batik in colour 10
4mm hook
At the beginning of each round, make a 3ch for your first double crochet. At the end of each round, join with a slip stitch to the top of your ch-3.

Round 1: 2ch, 10dc in 2nd ch from hook (10 sts)
Round 2: 2dc in each st around (20)
Round 3: 2dc in each st around (40)
Round 4: (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) in first st, *1dc, 2hdc, 3sc, 2hdc, 1dc, (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) in next st* repeat from * to * around.
Fasten off

To join the squares, try double crocheting (US single crochet) them together.

The boy asked if his blanket would be ready for his birthday.

Oh, how I laughed....

Sarah x

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Crochet Bag-a-long

You may remember my Sunny Days Beach bag from a while back.

It was a pattern I developed for Black Sheep Wools and is now going to be a featured bag-a-long by the very talented Kathryn from Crafternoon Treats. Super-exciting!!

Kathryn happens to be a bit of a nifty bag-a-long-lady. In fact, she has an amazing Facebook group with thousands of like-minded crochet-bag-loving group members.

Kathryn has designed a version of the pattern for the bagalong:

If you'd like to join in with the bagalong, then you can order the yarn packs from the lovely gals at Black Sheep Wools in the original colour-way (click on the picture to take you directly there):

Or beachy tones:

 Each yarn pack contains enough supplies to make the bag, the sunglasses case and tablet cosy. All of these are available as free patterns from here.

To join the Facebook group, then pop along here.
To read more about the bag-a-long and find out more about the pattern, then visit Kathryn's blog here.

Wowsers! I hope to see you over at the Facebook group and cannot wait to see how you get on with your very own Sunny Days beach bag.
Sarah xx

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Thick, Quick Reversible Cowl

Oh yes, indeedy.

The front

This pattern features two of my favourite words when it comes to crochet projects. I may add reversible to that list, too after making this.
I've been trying out lots of things with this lovely, squishy yarn lately. This project just happened to be a happy accident.

The reverse side with ridges

It couldn't be simpler. 

I used about 3 balls of Drops Polaris in white and a 15mm hook. You could use any hook and yarn you fancy. If you have thinner yarn, then simply increase the number of chains in your foundation row (your cowl should measure around 12 inches/30cms wide) and add more rows until the desired height is reached.

Chain 37. Join with a sl st to the first ch.
Round 1: ch3, 1 treble stitch (US double crochet) in each stitch around. Join with a sl st to the top of the ch3.
Rounds 2 - 9: ch2, 1 front post treble stitch (US FP dc) in each stitch around. Join with a sl st to the top of the ch2.

Never made a front post stitch before? Don't worry. It's super-easy.
Yarn over hook, as you would for a normal UK treble (US dc)

Rather than working into the top of the stitch, insert your hook around the post of the stitch below, from the front to the back and to the front again.

Now finish off your stitch as usual (yarn over, pull a loop through, yarn over, pull yarn through all loops).

Enjoy making and don't forget to share your makes with me- I love to see what you do. You can find me at all the regular social media haunts. Just tap on the links to the side of the page.

Have a great weekend,

Sarah xx