Sunday, 29 May 2016

Size isn't everything

When we need to replenish our stock we usually decide that one of us will do all the snakes and the other all the bears. We generally share the projects between us --- but ---- after the Wokingham May Fair we both set about making stock for the next show without consultation and here are the surprising results.

Vicky made this Persephone with a size 3.5 mm hook and Stylecraft special DK
I made this one with a size 3.5 mm hook and Stylecraft special DK

and

I made this one with a size 3.5 mm hook and Stylecraft special DK


I am not surprised by the fact that out of all the things we could have made we both chose to do the same one but I am surprised by the huge difference in size.



The difference is simply due to tension and this would be a disaster if we had been crocheting a garment, so it is really worth checking your tension.

Another example of the shape shifting that can happen- sometimes to advantage.



First one on the left I picked up a 3.0 mm hook instead of the 2.5 mm one I should have been using. Second one is how the mouse is supposed to be, third one I missed a couple of straight rows out of the pattern and the fourth one is a copy of the third one because I really liked the tiny little mouse.

 Victoria and Lynn

I forgot to say our next fair is at Hurst on 26/27 th of June


Friday, 20 May 2016

Free Crochet Pattern for the Cutest, Most Bonkers Pug Puppies.

To celebrate the launch of my latest pattern for Portia Pug I have decided to share the patterns for her little, teeny puppies for free. 



Hope you enjoy them and please pop over to our FB page and share your own versions.  We'd love to see them.

Patterns are in UK notation.

You will need to know how to:
Slip stitch  (slst)
Magic Circle/magic loop/adjustable loop (mc)
double crochet (dc)
half treble (htr)
Work in the back loop
Work in the front loop

Special Stitch:  Puff stitch is 3tr together in the same stitch

I have used Style Craft Special DK yarn in parchment and dark brown.




Sitting puppy


3mm hook throughout

Body
Use col 1 (parchment)
Made in a spiral.  Do not join each round.  
Make first st into first st of previous round.
A stitch marker is useful for keeping track.
If you’re using safety eyes insert before closing body


1                                   Make 4dc into a mc, (4sts)
2                                   2dc in each st, (8sts)
3                                   [1dc, then 2dc in the next, (12sts)
4 -8              make 1dc in each st for 5 rounds, (12sts)
9                                   In front loops only: *[1dc, puff st, ch1, 1dc] in first st*, slip in next , repeat *-* in next st, slst in each of next 5, puff st then slst in each of final 4 sts 
10                               Work into the same row but this time into back loops: 1ch, [1dc, then 2dctog] repeat around, (8sts)
11                               Stuff  and put in eyes if you’re using them
12                               2dctog around and finish



Muzzle
Use col 2 (Brown)

1                                   Make 4htr into a mc (If your tension is very tight you might want to use tr insted of htr).  Don’t join.  Cut yarn and finish.  You should have a little fan shape.  Sew to face fanning downwards.


Ears (make 2)
Use col 2 (Brown)

1                                   Ch4
2                                   Dc in 2nd ch from hook, tr2tog in next, 1ch, dc in last.  Cut yarn and finish

3                                   Sew widely spaced on head.  Flop forward.



Standing Puppy
3mm hook throughout


Body
Use col 1 (parchment)
Made in a spiral.  Do not join each round.  Make first st into first st of previous round.
A stitch marker is useful for keeping track.
If you’re using safety eyes insert before closing body

                                                                                 
                                   
1                                   Make 4dc into a mc (4sts)
2                                   2dc in each st around (8sts)
3                                   [1dc, then 2dc in the next] (12sts)
4                                   1 dc in each st (12sts)
5                                   1dc, puff st in front loops of next,dc into back loop of same st, 8dc, puff st in front loop of next st, dc into back of same st, 1dc (12sts)
6                                   1dc in each dc but not into the puff stitches
7                 1dc in each st
8                 11dc, puff st in front loops of last st, dc into back loop of same st
9                                   2dc, puff st in front loops of last st, dc into back loop of same st , 9dc (last will be made in dc behind puff st,
10                               7dc (don’t forget to work into dc behind puff st and not puff st), puff st  in the front loops of the next st, dc in the back loops behind the puff st, 4dc
11                               Don’t forget to stuff and add eyes - if you’re using them.
12                               [1dc, then 2dctog in the next] around  (8sts)
13                               2dctog around and finish.

Muzzle and ears as for first puppy.


The puppy patterns are also printed as part of the full pattern.  If you'd like to make Portia you can purchase and download the pattern in my Ravelry store or through Etsy here: Portia Pug and her Puppies


Happy Hooking

V x