Saturday, 10 February 2018

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Fantail Shell Stitch Scarf - free crochet pattern and video tutorial!


Want a scarf to match your fingerless gloves? Your wish is my command!





Here is a simple fantail shell stitch pattern for an infinity cowl, you can however leave it as a long flat scarf if you prefer! I simply sewed the ends together using a whip stitch to convert it to a long loop I can wrap around my neck.



Without further ado, here is the pattern!

Pattern notes:


·         USA / American Terms

·         Hook size: 4.5mm

·         Yarn: Cygnet Boho Spirit from Mrs Snufflebean – I used 1 and a half balls in colourway “Zen”

·         Repeat pattern between the asterisks * …….. *




Stitches / abbreviations used:


·         Ch = Chain
·         Sc = Single Crochet
·         Hdc = Half Double Crochet
·         Dc = Double Crochet
·         Sp= space



·         Shell  = (3dc, ch1, 3dc) all into the same stitch
·         Hdc v-stitch = (hdc, ch1, hdc)  all into the same stitch





Want to learn how to do the basic stitches? See my video tutorials here!



Fantail Shell Stitch Scarf pattern video:




Fantail Shell Stitch CHART:




Fantail Shell Stitch Written Pattern:


The stitch is worked over 4 rows.

Multiple of 10 + 2

Ch42

Row 1 (set up row)

1sc in 2ch from hook, 1sc in next ch.

*skip 3ch, shell in next ch, skip 3ch, 1sc in next ch, ch1, skip 1ch, 1sc in next ch* repeat 2 more times

Skip 3ch, shell in next ch, skip 3ch, 1sc in each of last 2 ch.

Turn


Row 2

Ch2 (counts as hdc), 1hdc in same stitch.

*ch3, sc in ch1 sp of shell, ch3, hdc v-stitch into next ch1 sp* repeat 3 more times

Ch3,  sc in ch1 sp of shell, ch3, 2hdc in top of last stitch.

Turn


Row 3

Ch3 (counts as dc), 3dc into same stitch

*1sc in ch3 sp, ch1, 1sc in next ch3 sp, shell in ch1 of hdc v-stitch from row below* repeat 2 more times

1sc in ch3 sp, ch1, 1sc in ch3 sp, 4dc in top of ch2 from row below.

Turn


Row 4

Ch1, 1sc in same stitch

*ch3, hdc v stitch into next ch1 sp, ch3, 1sc in ch1 sp of shell* repeat 3 more times placing last sc into the top of the ch3 from row below.

Turn


Row 5

Ch1, 1sc in same stitch

*1sc in ch3 sp, shell in ch1 sp of hcd v-stitch from row below, 1sc in next ch3 sp, ch1* repeat 2 more times

1sc in ch3 sp, shell in ch1 sp of hdc v stitch from row below, 1sc in ch3 sp, 1sc into last stitch.

Turn

Repeat rows 2 – 5 until scarf is desired length.

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

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Crochet Rainbow Hexagon Motif Blanket - free pattern and video tutorial!

In the run up to Christmas, I am always panic crocheting. I have stock to make for craft fairs, gifts to get made in time, it's chaos.

Once Christmas is over, there is a weird lull where I don’t quite know what to do with myself.  I mooch about, I organise my yarn and start 101 things that are never destined to be finished.

Whilst sorting my yarn, I came across a few balls of James Brett Party Time that I bought a long time ago and never really used. I had tried a couple of things with it in the past but didn’t really like how it crocheted up, the colour changes are short, the dyes bleed randomly into each other, not to mention how garishly bright it is… but it is squishy and soft.


So I sat in my “meh” moochy mood and grabbed a hook. I messed about with some motifs but settled on this simple hexagon.  Suddenly I loved how the short bright colour changed looked and I was away! The cluster style hexis are so quick to make up that before I knew it, I had enough for a blanket.

 

I made all the coloured centres first, then arranged them in a vague ombre way on the floor before starting the joining.


It got a fair bit of attention online (probably due to the garish colours screaming at people from their social media feeds lol) and lots of people asked me for the details and pattern so they too could make an eye bleedingly bright blanket of their own. So, without further ado, here is all the details you need for making your very own rainbow hexagon blanket!



This crochet hexagon is super quick and simple to make.



Yarn:

·         James Brett Party Time, Shade PT1
·         Cygnet Chunky in black for joining

6mm crochet hook

Repeat the pattern between the asterisks’ *….. *  X number of times

Stitches:  USA TERMS

Magic Ring (if you don’t wish to use this technique, you can substitute it for Chain 6, join to the first chain with a slip stitch to create a ring.)




ch = chain
dc = double crochet

dc2tog = double crochet 2 together







Full Hexagon Motif VIDEO TUTORIAL - scroll down for the written pattern:









Full Hexagon Motif  - written pattern:


Round 1.

Using rainbow colour yarn

Into a Magic Ring, Ch2, 1dc (this counts as your first dc2tog) , ch3.

*dc2tog, ch3* x 5.   Join with a slip stitch to the first ch3 space of the round.


Round 2.

Ch2, 1dc (this counts as your first dc2tog) ch3, 2dctog.

*ch1, dc2tog, ch3, dc2tog all into the next ch3 space.* x5

Ch1, join with a slip stitch to the first ch3 space of the round. Cut your yarn.


Round 3.

Change to black yarn - the following instructions are for if you are SEWING your motifs together - if you prefer to Join As You Go, please scroll to the end of this post for the video instructions which slightly differ for this round.

Join yarn to any ch3 space from Round 2.

Ch3 (this counts as your first dc), 1dc, ch2, 2dc all into the same ch3 space.

*3dc into ch1 space, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) into next ch3 space* x 5

3dc into ch1 space. Join with slip stitch to the 3rd ch of your initial ch3 of the round.



Half Hexagon Motif VIDEO TUTORIAL - scroll down for the written pattern:




Half Hexagon Motif - written pattern:




Round 1.


Using rainbow colour yarn

Into Magic Ring;

Ch2 (this counts as your first dc), 1dc, ch3, dc2tog, ch3, 2dc.

Round 2.

Ch2  (this counts as your first dc) TURN. 1dc into base of ch2.

*Ch1, (dc2tog, ch3, dc2tog) into ch3 space* x 2

Ch1 then end with 2dc into the top of your ch2 from the round below.

Ch1, cut your yarn but DO NOT TURN.


Round 3.

Change to black yarn  - the following instructions are for if you are SEWING your motifs together - if you prefer to Join As You Go, please scroll to the end of this post for the video instructions which slightly differ for this round.

Join yarn with same side facing you to the 1st ch2 from the round below. – see video

Ch3, 1dc, ch3, 2dc all into the same space.

3dc into ch1 space from round below.

*(2dc, ch2, 2dc) into ch3 space from round below, 3dc into ch1 space*  x 2

(2dc, ch3, 2dc) into the top of the last dc from your round below.

The next stitches need to be placed evenly along the edge of your half hexi. Please see the video for a visual guide on placement!

*3dc* x2

Join with slip stitch to the top of your initial ch3. Cut your yarn.




How to Join As You Go

Follow Rounds 1 & 2 of the crochet hexagon pattern.

Round 3 is the same for the sew method BUT with the addition of 1 chain.

Corners = 2dc, 3ch, 2dc
Sides = ch1, 3dc, ch1




Border:

For the border, I followed Vicki @ Dover and Maddens excellent tutorial which you can find here


Hopefully that all makes sense, please feel free to shout if you have any questions!

Happy Crocheting,

Robin x


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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

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Fantail Shell Stitch Fingerless Gloves - free crochet pattern

Last year I made and sold many pairs of fingerless gloves at my Christmas markets but, unless you bought a pair in person, very few people saw any photos of them online other than in the background of my stall photographs!

Last week, prep began again in earnest for my upcoming seasonal craft fairs and I popped a photo up on my Instagram of my gloves and my phone lit up like a Christmas tree with people excited about the pattern!




So, as promised, here it is! I am aware many people struggle with written patterns so I will also be making a YouTube tutorial for these gloves very soon - just awaiting a little arm thingy to arrive through the post that can hold my phone whilst I crochet so I can do a little crochet along with you all!

*YouTube video is now complete!!! *




A note on yarns and colours:

·         I love Cygnet Boho Spirit for these gloves. It has just the right amount of stretch and snuggle factor – not to mention how stunning the yarn colourways are. I buy my yarn from Mrs Snufflebean :)


You will only need one ball of yarn for these gloves.

I personally buy 2 balls so I can line up the colours so each glove matches its partner. Nothing makes my ocd eye twitch more than mismatched gloves!

I take the yarn, find the matching start points on both balls and use my yarn winder to cake the yarn up ready to rock. That way I know both gloves with be as close to each other as possible. You DO NOT NEED to do this. Seriously. I spend waaaaaaaay too much time matching up yarn ends. The colour changes are gradual, trying to find identical start points is nearly impossible. You will regret ever starting it when your living room floor is strewn with yarn barf. You will weep when you have torn apart 7 different balls of yarn trying to find similar colour points only to find they are differing dye lots. LIVE YOUR LIFE. BE FREE. Have mismatched gloves if you want to. Who cares? (well, I clearly care but those are my issues, not yours LOL)  

Although saying that, sometimes you will get lucky. I had 2 balls of Moonbeam on my shelf so grabbed those for this pattern. They were almost perfectly matched from the outset. Heaven! I only had to cut off this tiny amount from one ball before winding. The yarn gods were being kind to me today.




Other yarns I occasionally use for these gloves:

·         Red Heart Unforgettable – you may find you need to up your hook to a 4.5mm or even a 5mm on the shell rows as this yarn doesn’t seem to have much “give” to it. Try your gloves on periodically if using this yarn to make sure it still fits your hand nicely. Adjust your hook size accordingly.

·         King Cole Riot – not as soft as Boho Spirit and a little finer – should still work ok with a 4mm hook but it’s been a while since I’ve used it so I’d give the same advice for this yarn as I have for the Red Heart.

Talking of sizing …..

I have freakishly small hands (as I referred to in my last gloves pattern LOL) but have tried to make these crochet fingerless mitts a universal size to fit everyone.

I recommend you complete the first couple of rows and try it on to double check the fit – too baggy? Try dropping a hook size (I often use a 3.5mm instead of a 4mm for my own personal gloves) Too small? Try upping the hook size.


Pattern notes:

·         USA / American Terms
·         Hook size: 4mm
·         Yarn: Cygnet Boho Spirit from Mrs Snufflebean

·         Repeat pattern between the asterisks * …….. *

·         Stitch count at end of row in brackets [  ]

·         Pattern notes / explanations specific to each row (info inside bracket written in italics)


Stitches / abbreviations used:

·         FSC = Foundation Single Crochet
·         Ch = Chain
·         Sc = Single Crochet
·         Hdc = Half Double Crochet
·         Dc = Double Crochet
·         Ss = slip stitch
·         Sp= space


·         Shell  = (3dc, ch1, 3dc) all into the same stitch
·         Hdc v-stitch = (hdc, ch1, hdc)  all into the same stitch





If you spot any errors or typos in this pattern PLEASE shout – I have gone a little pattern blind so you are all my pattern testers LOL !

This is a simple pattern that is easily adjusted – rounds of dc for the wrists then fantail shell stitch pattern for the hands.  

OK so lets begin! Working in joined rounds to start.


28 fsc, join with ss to first stitch [28]   or substitute for chain 28, join with ss, ch1, sc in each chain around, join with ss to first sc [28]

Rows 1 – 7

Ch2 (does not count as a stitch) dc in same stitch as ch2 and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st dc. [28]

Row 8

Ch2 (does not count as a stitch) dc in same stitch as ch2. Dc in next stitch.
*1 dc in next stitch, 2dc in next* repeat 12 times ending with 1dc in each of the last 2 stitches. Join with ss to 1st dc. [40]



Shell Rows I have forgotten to take any photos for the shell section in my haste to publish this pattern but I will try to add those shortly J 

I have added a chart for fantail stitch to help you visualise the rows - ignore the end and start on this chart, just look at the middle sectioning - it is the closest I could find to help!


Row 9
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch) sc into the same stitch. Ch1, skip 1 stitch, sc into the next. Skip 3 stitches, shell (3dc, ch1, 3dc) into next.
*skip 3, 1sc, ch1, skip 1, 1sc, skip 3, shell*  repeat 2 more times.
Ss into 1st sc of the round, then ss into ch1 space.  

Row 10
Ch3 (counts as hdc, ch1) hdc into same space.
*ch3, sc into the ch1 sp of shell, ch3, hdc v-stitch (hdc, ch1, hdc) into next ch sp.* repeat 3 more times.
Ch3, sc into the ch1 sp of shell, ch3, ss into 2nd ch of intital ch3 of the round. Ss into the ch sp.

Row 11
Ch4 (counts as 1dc, ch1) 3dc into space. Sc in ch3 sp, ch1, sc into next ch3 sp.
*shell into ch sp of hdc v-stitch from row below, sc in ch3 sp, ch1, sc in next ch3 sp* repeat 2 more times.
2dc into same space as initial ch4, ss to 3rd ch of initial ch4 and then ss into ch sp.

Row 12
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch) sc in same stitch.
*ch3, hdc v-stitch in ch1 sp from row below, ch3, sc in ch1 sp of shell* repeat 2 more times.
Ch3, hdc v-stitch in ch1 sp, ch3, ss to 1st sc.

Row 13
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch) sc in next ch3 sp.
*shell into ch1 sp of hdc v-stitch from row below, sc in ch3 sp, ch1, sc in next ch3 sp* repeat 2 more times.
Shell in ch1 sp, sc in ch3 sp, ch1, ss to 1st sc.


THUMB GAP – now working in back and forth rows so you will be turning your work and NOT joining with a slip stitch at the end of each row


Row 14
Ch3 (counts as hdc, ch1) then hdc back into the ch1 space you created when you finished Row 13 (just before your slip stitch join)
*ch3, sc in ch1 sp of shell, ch3, hdc v-stitch in ch1 sp* repeat 2 more times.
Ch3, sc in ch1 sp of shell, ch3, ending with hdc v-stitch into the SAME ch1 space from Row 13 as you put your initial ch3 & hdc from the beginning of the round.
(you will have ch3, hdc AND a hdc v-stitch all in the same place) TURN.

Row 15
Ch3 (counts as dc) 2dc in the same space.
*sc in ch3 sp, ch1, sc in ch3 sp, shell in ch1 sp of hdc v-stitch from row below* repeat 2 more times.
Sc in ch3 sp, ch1, sc in ch3 sp, ending with 3dc into the sp of hdc v-stitch from row below. TURN.

Row 16
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch) sc in top of the 3rd dc from row below (the stitch immediately below your ch)
*ch3, hdc v-stitch in ch1 sp, ch3, sc in ch1 sp of shell* repeat 3 more times ending with your last sc being placed into the top of your ch3 from the row below. TURN.

Row 17
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch) sc in top of sc from row below.
*shell in ch1 sp, sc in ch3 sp, ch1, sc in next ch3 sp* repeat 2 more times.
Shell in ch1 sp ending the row with a sc into the top of the sc from the row below. TURN.

Row 18
Ch3 (counts as hdc, ch1) hdc into the top of sc from row below
*ch3, sc in shell ch1 sp, ch3, hdc v-stitch in ch1 sp* repeat 3 more times ending with your last hdc v-stitch into the top of the sc from the row below. TURN

Row 19
Repeat Row 15


BACK TO WORKING IN JOINED ROUNDS. Do not turn your work.


Row 20
Repeat Row 16 BUT DO NOT TURN YOUR WORK. Instead, end this row with a slip stitch to the 1st sc you made in this row.

Row 21
Repeat Row 13

Row 22
Ch3 (counts as hdc, ch1) then hdc back into the ch1 space you created when you finished the  the last row (just before your slip stitch join)
*ch3, sc in ch1 sp of shell, ch3, hdc v-stitch in ch1 sp* repeat 2 more times.
Ch3, sc in ch1 sp of shell, ch3, ss to 2nd ch of initial ch3 then ss into ch sp.

Row 23 – finishing row

(You will be starting with a full shell and omitting the ch1 space between your sc’s on this round.)

Ch3 (counts as 1dc) 2dc, ch1, 3dc into space. Sc in ch3 sp, sc into next ch3 sp.
*shell into ch sp of hdc v-stitch from row below, sc in ch3 sp, sc in next ch3 sp* repeat 2 more times.
Ss to 3rd chain of initial ch3.

 Cut yarn and weave in your ends! Repeat pattern for the second glove J



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If you have any questions about this pattern / spot any errors / notice any typos just holler!

I would absolutely LOVE to see any gloves you make – please feel free to tag me in your photos on Instagram (I am @puddnhead) or post them to my Facebook page here! <3


Happy crocheting! (and yarn shopping … quick, don’t leave it too long to take advantage of that discount code!)

Robin x



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