Sunday, 29 January 2017

3D Free form cottage

I love free form crochet but I have never tried three dimensions before.

A fairy or witches cottage?

Walk round.

Some details:
 Owl and ladybirds

 Large blue butterfly and tiny yellow fly.

Hungry catterpiller and a golden fly which only lands on magic houses

 A spider and its web.

A mouse peeps out of its hole.
This has illustrated perfectly that it pays to be a hoarder. I didn't have to buy anything specially all the beads and buttons and different yarns were already here. Now I think it needs a garden, what I can't decide is should this birds nest be on the roof or in the garden.

Lynn and Victoria

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Excuses, Excuses (for WIPs)

It has been such a long time since either of us even thought about the blog. We have been very busy with fulfilling orders and commissions, making things to sell at craft fairs. making sure our shelf in the craft shop was kept supplied and even making some Christmas presents. This is not just an excuse but true!
The new year makes us all think of clearing out and making space so I started and......

I found this bag unfinished because it is really hard to sew into these canvas bags and it was taking too long. Look carefully and you will see that the squares are only pinned on. I am going to try glue.

Cosy cowl, not finished as I ran out of yarn and can't really remember where I bought it from.

Really lovely Artesano yarn ( I was sorry when they went out of business). Excuse this time I made a mistake early on and didn't notice - I really can't face frogging it.

Not finished as I didn't get it finished for Christmas and it is too late now. (Christmas 2014 I mean )

A sock kit I bought at a craft show but I didn't like the first little bit so I have stopped, thinking I will find a better pattern - will I?

Two pieces of free form, which one day I will finish but you have to be in the mood .

If only these were all the wips I have, the trouble is I keep seeing things I want to try in magazines and on Facebook so I drop the current project - just another excuse I suppose. So New year resolutions the same as always.:

1. Rationalize my huge stash, be brave and give some of it away as I know I won't live long enough to use it all.
2. Complete, frog or throw away unfinished projects!

Happy New Year

Lynn and Victoria

PS Why not share your unfinished crochet projects?

Friday, 30 September 2016

Free Halloween Pumpkin Chocolate Cosy Crochet Pattern

Pretty decoration or a  cover for those ambassador chocolates, to make a sweet Halloween gift.

1. ch 12 turn
2. dc in second ch from the hook and then 1dc in each ch across  ( 11 stitches )
Note: From now on all stitches are made in the back loop only  like this.

3. 1ch 2dc in next stitch, 1dc in each of the next 8 stitches, dc 2tog      (11 stitches.)
2. 1ch turn dc 2tog, 1dc in each of next 8 stitches, 2dc in the last stitch ( 11 stitches )
Note it is very easy to miss the last dc as it is sometimes a bit round the corner like this.

So count your stitches until you are used to it. Each row should have 11 stitches.

3. Repeat the last two rows 8 more times and then row 1 once more.

NOTE: you should always increase at the same edge of your work and always decrease at the same edge. So if you decreased at the end of the last row you should decrease at the start of the next row. The result is like this:

4. Fold the piece into a tube and sew up the seam  like this:

5 Gather the top ( it doesn't matter which end ) like this:

You should now have something that looks like this:

It should fit over the chocolate:

Leaves and Stem
1. Make a MC. Chain 4

2. Turn, dc in second chain from hook, htr, dc then ss into the MC.

3. Repeat this 3 more times so that you have 4 leaves.

4. to make the stem: 6ch. turn ss in second ch from hook and the ss in each ch until you get back to the MC.

Take this stem around the back of the ring and then up through the middle before closing the MC. The pictures might help:

Stitch this to the top of the pumpkin and now make as many as you like.
Happy Halloween.

As usual let us know of any errors or if the instructions are not clear.
Lynn and Victoria.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Copy Crochet?

Not long ago I was accused of having copied someone's friends pattern. I was stung as I knew I had designed the bees several years ago. Anyway it turned out to be the other way round.
The number of times we see a post  and say, "But that is what we were making last week!"  Even on occasion a magazine seems to be using  our ideas.  But the incident got me thinking about how such things can happen.

I suppose with simple things it is possible for several crocheters to come up with the same idea. So you see lots of lady birds, bees and mice for example.  The patterns and the finished objects are sometimes very similar.

 We sell and our patterns and give users full permission to sell anything they make but not to share the pattern. Examples:

Gorgeously cute, hand-sized Barnabus 
Currently part of a bargain double pattern along with Babs Bunny

Eyeballs -
we put ours on keyrings but there are infinite
uses if you have the imagination

We also share our patterns there are free patterns
in the files above. This one has proved amazingly popular.

We also claim we can crochet anything. As you become more experienced you begin to be able to look at a picture and copy it:

 You will see lots of these all made by different people but not copied from each other. Mainly copied from their children's favourite book.

Then we get commissions, in this case for book covers. Both of these are made from pictures.

As are the next two.

What has all this got to do with copying? I think sometimes you look at crochet in magazines and online and an idea gets lodged in the back of your head. The idea re-emerges later and you make it, thinking it is your own original idea.

I suppose that there are people who copy others designs deliberately but we have concluded that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and we will always tell ourselves a copy will not be as good as any original we make!

Lynn And Victoria.