Total Pageviews

Labels

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Crocheting with Paper

When I first saw paper yarn become available I have to admit I thought it a bit daft. What was the point, if you get it wet it is useless, you can't clean it (because if you get it wet it is useless) and it looked a pain to crochet with...I mean, surely the paper would break easily right???
Well one day whilst perusing the yarn clearance rack in Hobbycraft (which I never do btw,...never, ....honestly husband) there was some paper yarn for sale.


And it looked so pretty with its variagated pinks and blues and purples, so I bought some. All my previous thoughts vanished from my mind because, well, it looked pretty!! So I got it home and looked at it, sat it on the sideboard with my other yarns and admired how pretty it was. Husband came home, looked at it and grunted how stupid paper yarn was (for all the previous reasons I thought). I acknowledged his point and pointed out the pretty colours to him but he just didn't get it (strange I know!).

Anyway after a few days, I thought maybe I should try to crochet something with it. So I went onto good ol' Pinterest to get a few ideas. Most things coming up were kitchenware, placemats and coasters so I thought I would give a placemats a go. So after going back to Hobbycraft to buy some more (ahem), I started with a bog standard crochet in the round and surprisingly I actually found it a pleasure to crochet with. However, the finished product did look like something my son had made at nursery. I think it is beause I had used treble crochet and it really looks better in double crochet. So I frogged it, which is a bad idea with paper yarn as if you overwork the paper it becomes flimsy and looks worn when you try to crochet with it again. You need to keep it as crisp as possible.

So with a new ball opened I had a brainwave! I had planned an Easter Egg hunt for my son and his cousins and I thought, why don't I make the Easter Baskets!!!! Out of Paper Yarn!!!! So after buying more paper yarn (well the kids had to have different colour baskets right?!!!!) I set to work with a basic double crochet basket pattern and plaited the yarn to make the handles



Amazingly not only did I enjoy the process but they also crocheted up really quickly. The finished articles looked lovely and the kids were very pleased to receive them, although not as pleased as they were to fill them with chocolate eggs. My little boy still uses his, it is so cute!

So I still had a bit of yarn left over and with no plans to finish my paper yarn crochet journey there, I whipped up a little basket to keep my projects in


I would love to share the free pattern here - Paper Basket Pattern

Moral of the story, always give it a go before judging the outcome.......and always buy that ball of clearance yarn, you never know! 

Happy Hooking!
Kelly@lovedotty

© All images belong to Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated. Please link to pictures, content or DIY's if used on your own website. Crochet patterns are written by Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated, please link to original post if used on your own website. Feel free to sell the finished product that has been created from the pattern, if sold via a website, please link to lovedotty blogspot. However please do not publish patterns in full or as your own, unless agreed by Kelly of lovedotty 

Pattern - Paper Basket

So if you fancy crocheting with something different or would like a quick and easy project then have a go at these cute little paper yarn baskets. Ideal for keeping your craft projects in if you are 'on the go' or even for a little one to use a handbag!


Hook - 8mm

Yarn - Rico Paper Yarn
Yarn A - Variegated (Yarn 15)
Yarn B - Blue (Yarn 9)








This pattern will be worked in the amigurumi style, working continually round with no requirement to start a new round each time. Recommend you use a stitch marker in the last stitch of each round and move up as you go.

With yarn A make a magic ring and work first round into ring (alternatively you can make 2 chain and then work into the 2nd chain - you may find this method preferable with paper yarn)

Round 1 - 1 ch (does not count as st), 7 dc into ring. 
Round 2 - 2 dc in each st (14 sts)
Round 3 - 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, repeat to end (21 sts)
Round 4 - 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts, repeat to end (28 sts)
Round 5 - 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts, repeat to end (35 sts)
Round 6 - 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 sts, repeat to end (42 sts)
Round 7 - 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 5 sts, repeat to end (49 sts)
Round 8 - 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 6 sts, repeat to end (56 sts)
Round 9 - 1 dc in each st to end (56 sts)


Round 10 - Working in the back loops of the previous round, 1 dctog, 1 dc in next 6 sts, repeat to end (49 sts)
Round 11 - 1 dc in each st to end (49 sts)
Round 12 - 1 dctog, 1 dc in next 5 sts, repeat to end (42 sts)
Rounds 13 to 18 - 1 dc in each st to end (42 sts)
Change to Yarn B
Rounds 19 to 23 - 1 dc in each st to end (42 sts)
Round 24 - *10 ch, skip 10 sts, 1 dc in each of next 11 sts*, repeat from * to * (22 sts)
Round 25 - *10 dc in 10 ch sp, 1 dc in each of next 11 sts*, repeat from * to * (42 sts)
Round 26 - 1 dc in each st to end, join with a sl st in next st.
Fasten off and sew in ends

Finishing - To create a neat finish, using a yarn needle, thread Yarn B and work a whip stitch around the top sts of the basket.


© All images belong to Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated. Please link to pictures, content or DIY's if used on your own website. Crochet patterns are written by Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated, please link to original post if used on your own website. Feel free to sell the finished product that has been created from the pattern, if sold via a website, please link to lovedotty blogspot. However please do not publish patterns in full or as your own, unless agreed by Kelly of lovedotty

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

What have I been up to!

So it has been a while since I last blogged and that's mainly because my laptop has been playing up and I just lost my patience in the end! So my planned regular updates on my CAL shawl never really happened, I only managed two, Week 1 & Week 2 & 3 and we are now in the final week!

The good news is, although I have been behind on my blogging, I am on track with the shawl (well the rainbow anyway, the pastel will now be a filler project!)
This is the shawl as of a couple of weeks ago. I have finished all the crochet and cross stitch now, just the lining to go but thought I would do a final reveal once that is done.

And what am I doing with the finished shawl? Well as mentioned in previous blogs, I hadn't actually thought of a practical use for the finished item, I just wanted to make it (common crafter affliction!) However, having admired myself in the mirror the other day I think I will use it as an actual shawl. It looks so lush and I felt all hygge and cosy! To clarify though, the rainbow shawl is actually for my mum, and the pastel shawl is for me, so I will 'borrow' mum's shawl until mine is done (mum, if you are reading, that's ok right???)

So did I keep up each week with this CAL? Did I heck!!! I got to the centre panel where you just had to crochet a load of dc rows and my mind wandered. I dipped into a few other projects in between. As soon as I got my mojo back I was on track and did the last three panels in about a week!

I have to say I found the whole CAL thoroughly enjoyable and I will miss getting my weekly update. I am definitely going to do another CAL soon!

So in between this, I have also been working on my Vintage Patch Blanket which I have mentioned before and given updates on my Facebook page: -


I am now working on the 5th round, last one before joining which will be a join as you go. I will do a blog post when I am finished!

I have also had a go with those pointy stick things...yes I knitted. Just because I fancied a change, but as much as I enjoyed the mummy and baby owl project I chose, I did breathe a sigh of relief to pick up my trusty hook again!
Oh and course, it is Spring, my favourite time of the year, so aswell as crafting I have been enjoying the brief sunny weather we have had so far in my lovely garden. And it also meant I got to put my bunting up!
Happy Hooking!
Kelly @ lovedotty
© All images belong to Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated. Please link to pictures, content or DIY's if used on your own website. Crochet patterns are written by Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated, please link to original post if used on your own website. Feel free to sell the finished product that has been created from the pattern, if sold via a website, please link to lovedotty blogspot. However please do not publish patterns in full or as your own, unless agreed by Kelly of lovedotty

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Scheepjes CAL 2017 Week 2 & 3 Progress!


Ok, I am sorry! I didn't post my week 2 progress last week because, well I hadn't finished! So I thought to myself, I will combine week 2 and 3, but guess what! I haven't finished week 3 either! Well to be fair to myself, I do have one of my CAL's finished in time, but because I was greedy and decided to do two shawls, this is where I am struggling! So anyway, as an unfinished week is still progress I thought I better post my update!

First of all, at the start of every week you have to double crochet 24 rows which is what you will be working on and oh my goodness there must be steam coming out of my hook as I just can't wait to get started on the decoration!

So Week 2 was where we did our first bit of surface crochet and our first bit of embroidery. I had done surface crochet before, but never really liked the finished peice. But.... I absolutely love my diamonds separator.


Once you get your head round where the corners for each dc 'square' are it flows lovely! I will admit I did have to frog my pastel one as I made it too tight. This is one of my issues, I crochet way too tight, and this has also meant my shawl is narrower than it is meant to be, but I will sort that when it comes to the edging (*crossed fingers*)!

Next onto the embroidery and we were given a lovely flower motif to cross stitch. I have done a lot of cross stitch in my time but hardly any on crochet and I can't believe I haven't fallen in love with this method before now. I find this part of the CAL extremely relaxing and 'hygge' and get totally lost in it. The only downside to cross stitch is it does take a long time, but it really is worth it to get the beautiful results.



Week 3 was more surface crochet and embroidery. This week it was hearts and I was really looking forward to them as this is the design that really pops out to me when I look at the finished image.


I can only show the Rainbow colourway as I haven't quite finished pastel! Almost there!

So here is the total progress so far...


Another thing I am enjoying about this CAL is seeing everyone else's progress via their Facebook page. Its nice to see all the different colourways everyone is coming up with. My sister in law has chosen her own colourway of icecream inspired colours and it looks so yummy


So all in all, still loving this CAL, although I have bitten off more than I can chew with making two at the same time. I think I may concentrate on getting one done every week and then work on the other in between!

Happy Hooking!
Kelly @ Lovedotty

© All images (with the exception of my sister in law's shawl image) belong to Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated. Please link to pictures, content or DIY's if used on your own website. Crochet patterns are written by Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated, please link to original post if used on your own website. Feel free to sell the finished product that has been created from the pattern, if sold via a website, please link to lovedotty blogspot. However please do not publish patterns in full or as your own, unless agreed by Kelly of lovedotty

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

My Very First CAL!!! Scheepjes CAL 2017 Week 1 Progress!

So the new year is full of new things to try and I always say I will try something I haven't done before but then the creature of comfort that I usually am, thinks 'nah', I'll crack on with something that I don't have to think too much about!
Well this year was pretty much going to be the same, until I saw this.....


I absolutely fell in love with this shawl by that was going become the 2017 Scheepjes Crochet-A-Long, the theme of which is hygge! Hygge means cosiness, comfort, happiness etc.. all the lovely things in life that make you happy and that is why it is my new favourite word! I'm all about the 'hygge' at the moment!

So anyway, when I saw this shawl was going to be a CAL, I was a tad disappointed. I have never done one before, they have never appealed to me as I don't like having to wait for the next bit. When I am stuck into a project I just like to get on with it! I remained tempted, and then the decision was made after discovering my sister-in-law was taking part! Doing the CAL with someone else sounded like fun, and would help keep me motivated (I hope anyway!)

Next challenge was which kit to get. They came in four gorgeous colour ways, plus there was an option of putting your own colour way together. The latter was never an option to me as I can be a bit of stickler with things like that. If a pattern tells me to use certain colours, I have to do just that! Maybe it is because I like someone else to do the thinking for me! I have to think enough when designing my own projects!

So I finally plumped for Rainbow, which is the one featured in the picture above. I loved the contrast of the bright colours against the grey background. However, when I went to order they were out of stock and I couldn't possibly wait 2 whole days till they were back in stock! So I ordered my second choice Pastel. Don't think just because it was my second choice it was not as stunning as it really is, and thinking about it, complemented my house and wardrobe a lot better!

Sooooooo, after 2 days my box arrived!!! How excited was I!


It is made up of Scheepjes Stone Wash for the shawl and Scheepjes Catona cotton for the 'decorating'. The stonewash is an absolute joy to crochet with, I will be planning a cardigan I think after this! And as for the Catona balls, they come in little 25g balls, and they are so cute and yummy. They do over a hundred different shades and I want them all....


So week 1 is all about the bobbles! I have bobbled a bit before so I found it fairly straightforward, only a half a row of frogging took place! I best not get too confident yet, I am sure I will struggle later!

Cuddled up on the sofa with crochet and Dotty for company, yes I was feeling very hygge....


However, there was one thing bugging me....I couldn't get Rainbow out of my head, so when my mum offered to buy a kit if I made it for her, I didn't hesitate.
Now to wait patiently (ahem) until it arrived...


And here are those scrummy Catona balls...


So my first ever CAL and I decide to do two! I am totally addicted and would do the other 2 kits if I could afford it! (Ps, if anyone else out there wants to buy me the kit to make the shawl for them, I would happily do that!!)

So end of week 1, and here is how I got on...
Pastel....


Rainbow....


I ended up using the 4.5mm hook the pattern advises, but as I do crochet quite tight it is already a tad narrow than it is meant to be. But I am not fretting.....yet!

So next up is week 2 which involves cross stitch! Wish me luck!

Happy hooking
Kelly@lovedotty

© All images (with the exception of the first image, which belongs to Scheepjes, www.scheepjes.com) belong to Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated. Please link to pictures, content or DIY's if used on your own website. Crochet patterns are written by Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated, please link to original post if used on your own website. Feel free to sell the finished product that has been created from the pattern, if sold via a website, please link to lovedotty blogspot. However please do not publish patterns in full or as your own, unless agreed by Kelly of lovedotty

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Mandala madness

Following on from my free pattern for my Felicity Mandala, I though I would share a few of the colour combinations I have made so far. I say so far, as there is no stopping me at the moment! All these have been hooked in Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK.....

This was inspired by Cath Kidston and my kitchen (which is practically the same thing)! I have recently crocheted a cover for the shade of my lamp in the kitchen, so wanted my mandala to match that. 

Having made this one for myself, I then got obsessed and decided to make one for my mum....
So I currently have a wip for my mum for a throw for her bedroom so decided to use some of the colours to design the above mandala for her. I'm not sure she knows what to do with it, but she is used to random handmade offerings from me as she has had it for the last 30 plus years!

This one was inspired by my favourite season of spring and the beautiful bluebells that flood our garden!

I just loved these colours together, I made some baubles at Christmas in these colours and have been looking for a good opportunity to combine them again!






Lovely! Now onto the next one....
Happy hooking!
Kelly@lovedotty

© All images belong to Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated. Please link to pictures, content or DIY's if used on your own website. Crochet patterns are written by Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated, please link to original post if used on your own website. Feel free to sell the finished product that has been created from the pattern, if sold via a website, please link to lovedotty blogspot. However please do not publish patterns in full or as your own, unless agreed by Kelly of lovedotty

Pattern - Felicity Mandala


Hook - 3.5m

Yarn - Cotton DK Weight (I used Stylecraft Classique Cotton) in a variety of colours.

The shades I used for this particular mandala design are as follows: -
Fondant
Tropical Jade
Sunflower
Sky Blue
Busy Lizzie
Mauve



With yarn A make a magic ring and work first round into ring (alternatively you can make 2 chain and then work into the 2nd chain)
Round 1 - 4 ch (count as 1 dtr throughout pattern), 14 dtr into ring, join with a sl st into 4th ch of first st (15 sts)
Round 2 - sl st into next sp between sts, 2 ch, work tr2tog into same sp, 1 ch, *in next sp work tr3tog, 1 ch*, repeat from * to * until end of round, join with a sl st into top of first tr2tog (15 sts)
Round 3 - sl st into next sp between sts, 3 ch (counts as 1 tr throughout pattern), 2 tr in same sp, 1 ch, *3 tr in next sp, 1 ch*, repeat from * to * until end of round, join with a sl st into top of first 3 ch (45 sts)
Round 4 - 3 ch, 1 tr in next st and each st and 1ch sp around until end of round, join with a sl st into top of first 3 ch (60 sts)
Round 5 - 1 ch (does not count as st), 1 dc in same st and each st until end of round, join with a sl st into first dc (60 sts)
Round 6 - 1 ch, 1 dc in same st, skip 1 st, 5 tr into next st, skip 1 st, *1 dc into next st, skip next st, 5 tr into next st, skip 1 st*, repeat from * to * until end of round, join with a sl st into first dc (90 sts)
Round 7 - 4 ch (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch), 1 tr in same st, 1 ch, in top of 3rd tr in next group of 5 tr work 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc, *1 ch, 1 tr, 1 ch, 1tr into next dc, 1 ch, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc into top of 3rd tr in next group of 5 trs,*, repeat from * to * until end, join with a sl into 3rd ch of beginning 4 ch (60 sts)
Round 8 - sl st into next 1 ch sp (between 2 trs), 2 ch, work tr3tog into same sp, 1 ch, *skip 1 sp, in next sp (between 2 dcs) work tr4tog, 1 ch*, repeat from * to * until end of round, join with a sl st into top of first tr3tog (30 sts)
Round 9 - Repeat Round 3 (90 sts)
Round 10 - Repeat Round 4 (120 sts)
Round 11 - Repeat Round 5 (120 sts)
Round 12 - Repeat Round 6 (180 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Blocking optional, I didn't block as they were the right shape for my tension.

© All images belong to Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated. Please link to pictures, content or DIY's if used on your own website. Crochet patterns are written by Kelly of lovedotty unless otherwise stated, please link to original post if used on your own website. Feel free to sell the finished product that has been created from the pattern, if sold via a website, please link to lovedotty blogspot. However please do not publish patterns in full or as your own, unless agreed by Kelly of lovedotty