Wednesday, 5 April 2017

How to make a rainbow spiral dream catcher. Part 2


 Joining the crochet and the hoop is a little more complicated.
If you are following the pattern and not making a change in number of colours or size of hoop, then you will need roughly 230 dc to cover the entire ring. Since I have used 7 colours I will need 230 divided by 7 or approximately 33 stitches in each colour.



1. Put the yarn over the top of the hoop and the hook underneath. Pick up the yarn and pull it through the stitch on the hook. Now work 33 dc around the hoop. This feels a bit awkward to start with but if you imagine that the hoop is like the ring at the start of the project it might be easier.


2. Cut the yarn leaving about 4cm. Remove the hook from the work and pick up the next colour before putting the hook back in the dropped loop. Yarn over, through both loops on the hook. Make 33 dc around the hoop covering the 4cm tail at the same time if you can.



3. Repeat number 2 above for each colour in turn then join the last colour to the first using a ss.



4. Make 25 chain to form the hanging loop.


5. ss into the base of the chain, cut the yarn and hide the end.



Your Dream catcher should look like this.


Let us know if you have any problems and we will be glad to help ( if we can)
Do you know I think this one needs ribbons beads and may be some feathers.
Lynn and Vicky.

If you are using a bigger or a smaller hoop you will need to do a bit of maths:
1. Find the circumference of your hoop ( school maths pi x the diameter) or get a tape measure and measure all the way round . C

2. Now do a test: join yarn to the ring and work 25 dc. Measure how much of the hoop this covers L

3. Divide the circumference by the length of 25 stitches and then multiply by 25 this tells you how many
stitches you will need to fill up the whole hoop.H.

4. Now divide the answer to number 3 by how many colours you are using and this will give you a rough idea of how many stitches to do in each colour.

5.Remember crochet is very for giving and you won't notice a few stitches more or less so don't worry if the very idea of algebra turns you to jelly.

6. But if you like sums; The number of stitches in each colour ={ (C/L) x 25} divided by the number of colours.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

How to Crochet a Rainbow, Spiral Dream Catcher. Part 1


You will need very small amounts of coloured yarn. I have used Stylecraft Special Dk. You can use as many colours as you like but I recommend no more than 6 or 7 while you practise the technique.


This picture will give you some idea why you should limit your colours - it is very easy to get carried away with the creation and end up in a terrible mess. TIP; Tidy up after each round 
You will also need a 4.0mm hook but it is not crictical and one stitch holder for each colour .



Finally you will need a ring to hang it all in. The ones I have used are about 25 cm in diameter but again it is not critical and the pattern will explain how to adjust the size of the crochet to fit the ring. You can buy dream catcher rings from ebay or you can use embroidery hoops but I have also removed the rings from old lamp shades because I love recycling. 

The Pattern 
You don't need to read the red bits unless you want to add more colours or adjust the size.

1. 7ch. Join into a ring with a ss. This is suitable for 7 colours.


TIP: If you can do a magic circle instead of the 7 ch it is much easier to add more colours to the pattern. If not then you should increase the length of the starting chain by 1ch for every 2 colours you add.

2. 2ch, 1tr into the ring, 1ch insert stitch holder. 
TIP: If you know how to crochet over the short ends it will save hiding them later,


3. Join the next colour to the ring and repeat 2 above. 

4. Repeat until you have used up all your colours.




TIP: The piece looks like a unicorn nest by now and it is a really good idea to run in the short ends  at this point. If you haven't done so already.

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5. Pick a colour, remove the stitch marker and make 2tr,  in the gap between the 2ch and the tr of the next colour then 1ch before inserting the stitch marker..So above the dark yarn has been crocheted into the red, the red  in the orange etc.
Repeat this with each colour until you get back to where you started.


6. The next round is crocheted into the 1ch space just after the first treble. The hook in the picture above is showing where the orange yarn will make the next pair of trebles. So as before pick a colour, 2tr  in the 1ch space of the next colour and then 1ch. Repeat for each colour.

8. Pick a colour 2tr in the next 1ch space of the following colour then 2ch, repeat all round.


9. 2tr in each 2ch space, and then 2ch. all round changing colours as before.



10. Repeat number 9


TIP:You may find that your crochet spiral is becoming a bit dome shaped but it does not matter as you will be stretching it onto the hoop later.


11. This time work 3 trebles into the 2ch space of the following colour then 3ch, repeat all round.


12. 3tr in the 3ch space of the following colour, 3ch repeat all round.

13. 4tr in the 3ch space of the following colour , 3ch repeat all round.


14  Repeat round 13

15. 5tr in three ch space of the following colour 2ch repeat all round.


Do not cut the yarn. Notice that the spiral is quite a bit smaller than the ring. this is because you are going to stretch the spiral onto the ring.

If you want to make a bigger dream catcher:
There are two ways of increasing so that the circle becomes bigger as you go. Either increase the number of chains between the trebles or increase the number of trebles in each group. If your trebles start to lean back it is time to increase. It does not matter how you choose to increase as long as you use the same method all the way round.

As usual please get in touch if the instructions are not clear 

Next time how to join the crochet to the hoop.
Lynn and Victoria.


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.













INSTRUCTIONS
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.