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African Flowers & Buntings

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I looove the African Flower motif.  If I see anything done in the African Flower, it draws my attention immediately.

When the T-shirt yarn became a popular medium to crochet with last year; thanks to ladies like Anneke Wiese from Crochet in Paternoster with her beatiful doily patterned rugs from t-shirt yarn, Hilda Steyn from Yarn in a Barn that became the biggest t-shirt yarn supplier in South Africa, together with Selma & Anthea Seyfert from 50Something that was the actual trend setters; I had to play around with it as well.  And what was the first thing to come to mind…an African Flower rug.

So I played around and made a rug for my girl’s room.  I loved it and had to write a proper pattern for it, but never took the time to do it.  Recently I realized that it got time for this rug to see the light…and I took time to work on it and here it is.  My African Flower T-Rug.  The pattern is available on Ravelry and I will soon load it up here on the website as well.

African Flower T-Rug in T-shirt Yarn

 

While I was busy with this rug, I was thinking of my girl’s room.  I have a rug, I’m busy with their African Flower blanket (currently a WIP for the past year), so I need some more decor..in African Flowers!

The patterns I found was either a pentagon, hexagon or octagon…and I wanted hearts, stars, and someting different.

So again I start playing…

And here are my shapes:

A Heart, a Star and a Triangle!!

African Flower Shapes

 

The pattern is in the Ravelry store as well 🙂

And what jumped to mind first with these shapes?  Bunting!!!

I made a simple triangle flag and…

Bunting with traingles

 

combined it into a bunting with the African Flower shapes.

Bunting with African Flower Shapes

 

Here is how I made the Triangle Flags

Traingle Flag Pattern

Materials

Vinnis Colours Nikkim

3.5mm hook

Instructions

This pattern is worked from bottom up.

Row1: Ch2, 2sc in 2nd ch from hook, turn – 2sc

Row2: Ch1, 2sc in 1st st, sc in each remaining st to end of row, turn – 3sc

Row3-21: Repeat row 2. Each row will increase by 1 sc until your stitch count is – 20sc

Row22: Ch3, dc in next st, *ch1, sk 1, dc in next 2 st*, repeat from *to* across the row.

Row23-24: Repeat row 2 again until stitch count is – 22sc

Do not turn or fasten off.  Crochet an edging right around the triagle as follows:

Ch1, sl st into sc on side of triangle, (ch1, sl st) all around the traingle until you reach the start of the edging again.

Fasten off.

Sew away yarn tails

Make as many triangles as you like.  You can add them all throught the holes formed by the ch1, at the dc row.  Or put a ribbon through these holes and make up a bunting by sewing them onto a ribbon, or crochet them together with row of sc on the top edging and a few chains before you add the next flag.

Triangles Bunting

 

Hope you enjoy making some bunting for the baby’s room, girl’s or boy’s room or some decoration for a specific event or celebration!

Love

B

 

Pattern: Granny Style Boots

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I haven’t been here for quite a while, I know, but it has been a busy few months between classes and workshops, yarn sales, getting patterns in order to get them published for you, and then there’s the girlies and hubby been either overseas or on courses.  Mentioning the latter, I am very proud to announce that hubby got a promotion at work.  I’m so proud of him as he really works hard.

But, between all the “hecticness” of a busy household and keeping a small business going, I managed to get my Granny Style Boot pattern in order!

I make these boots for quite a few years now, and many of my customers asked for the pattern.  My reply?  It’s in my head!!! or scribbled down in my short hand (that only I would understand of course) in one of my many note books lying all over the place.

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These pair of boots was my first hit.  I used Elle Pure Gold – DK back then.  That was before I became a Natural Yarn Snob!!

One of my husband’s colleagues is a photographer, and when her eldest was a newborn, she took this photo for me.

In the mean time, I made many pairs, in mono colours, multi colours, as sets with beanies or ear flap hats…

Granny Style Beanie & Boots

These are one of my latest sets.  Yes, it is my Granny Style Beanie, with a matching set of the Granny Style Boots.

Both will be available in my website shop and on ravelry.

Granny Style Boot

The pattern I wrote for Vinnis Colours Bambi, using 2-strands together with a size 4.5mm/7(US).

I found that I can use the Vinnis Colours Nikkim as well, in the same manner, and the sizing works out the same.

In the above photo, I used Vinnis Colours Nikkim, but the Bambi is just sooo much softer.

The pattern is for the intermediate hooker, so be warned.  To crochet shoes in general is not a good start for beginners.  The stitch count is very important in this pattern, as well as the placement of your joining slip stitch after each round the the sole, sides and top.  The cuffs are worked in rows and you can either end of each colour or carry it along the side until you have to use it in another row.  Easy to do with unequal amount of colours.

Here are some simplified variations I made before.  I didn’t use the granny cluster in the cuff, but just made plain hdc rows.

Granny Style Boot Variation 1 Granny Style Boot Variation 2 Granny Style Boot Variation 3

Hope you enjoy the pattern when you try it!

B

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Free Pattern: My Doll Slippers

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Since my little girls were babies, I fell in love with Mary Jane shoes as one as my most favorite items to make, either by sewing or crochet.

So every now and then, when I’m getting the chance, I’m playing around with shoes.

Nevertheless, when my girls got their first dolls, one of the first items in the dolls’ wardrobe was crochet shoes.

Last week for their birthday, we gave them baby dolls as birthday presents.

Yesterday the one girl came to me, asking to make shoes for her “baby” as her feet gets cold (as it is winter this time of year in the Southern Hemisphere).

I grabbed some yarn and started putting something together.

And wha-la!!

I wanted to call them “The 5-minute Doll Slippers” as it is really so quick to make them.

But I decided to stick to a simple “My Doll Slippers”.

 

My Doll Slippers

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Skill Level

02-easy

 

Materials
  •  50g Colours of Grace Magdalene (100% Cotton) 10-ply 4-medium
  • 4.5mm crochet hook

 

Gauge

7sc x 8rows = 5cm x 5cm

 

Approximate Finished Dimensions

Heel to Toe = 5.5cm

 

Abbreviations

ch – chain

beg – beginning

blo – back loop only

dc – double crochet

hdc – half double crochet

prev – previous

sc – single crochet

sl st – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

yo – yarn over

 

Special Stitches Used

Dc2tog:

Yo hook, insert hook into indicated st, yo, pull up a loop through st (you should have 3 loops on hook), yo and pull through 1st 2 loops (1st dc done halfway), insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop through st (you should have 4 loops on hook), yo and pull through 1st 2 loops on hook (2nd dc done halfway). Now you should have THREE loops on hook.  Yo and pull through ALL THREE loops on hook.

Hdc2tog:

Yo hook, insert hook into indicated st, yo, pull up a loop up through st (you should have 3 loops on hook), insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop through st (you should have 4 loops on hook), yo, pull yarn through all 4 loops on hook.

Sc5tog:

Insert hook into indicated st, yo, pull up a loop, (insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop) x4 (you should have 6 loops on hook), yo and pull through all 6 loops.

 

Pattern Notes
  • This pattern in written in American English terminology.
  • Although I used the Colours of Grace 10-ply yarn, this pattern also works perfectly when I use 2 strands of the Vinnis Colours’ Nikkim which is a 7-ply yarn.

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Instructions

Sole

Round 1: ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 chs, hdc 1, dc 5 in last ch, (now you will work in the opposite side of the chain, causing you to work in the round) hdc 1, sc 2, 2sc in last st, join with sl st  in ch-1  – 14sts

Round 2: ch 1, 2sc in same st and next 4, 2sc in next 4 stitches, sc 4, 2sc in next 2 stitches, join with sl st in 1st sc – 22sts

 Sides

Round 3: ch1, sc in blo of each st around, join with sl st in ch-1 – 21sc

 Top

Round 4: ch1, sc 3, hdc2tog, (dc2tog) x2, hdc2tog, sc10, join with sl st in ch-1 – 17sts

Round 5: ch1, sc 2, sc5tog, ch1, sc in next 10, join with sl st in ch-1.

Fasten off.

To download the pattern in PDF format, click here!

 

Blessings!

B

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Design your own Beanie

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NOTE:

THIS IS ONLY A GUIDE AND MAY DIFFER FROM STITCH TO STITCH, PATTERN TO PATTERN, TO YARN USED, TO HOOK SIZE.

I get weekly inquiries from ladies asking for help to crochet beanies.

Well, here I have a few guidelines made up ​​and at the end, you can find a Free Newborn Beanie and the link to my Granny style beanie available in my Ravelry online shop.
To design your own beanie sounds very challenging, but once you get the basic concept on how to crochet a flat circle, and you have the basic head measurements, it is very simple.

But first I’m going to give you a few rules for the use of specific stitches. The stitch you are using will determine how accurate your measurements for different sizes will be.

Let’s start with measurements:

 

MEASUREMENTS

Head circumference:

Measurements are taken with a measuring tape horizontally around the forehead.

Make sure the tape measure is horizontally parallel to take correct measurements.

Beanie length:

The length of the beanie is measured from the crown to the bottom of the earlobe.

I’ve seen beanie patterns on the web that are simply to short. It looks ridiculous when a beanie stops just above the ear. Make your beanie rather too long than too short. It is more practical, especially for children who are still growing.

Next is the flat circle or crown of the beanie:

 

THE CROWN

How many times did you crochet a circles that simply refuses to lie flat?

It all depends on the kind of stitch you’re using and the amount of stitches worked into the foundation circle plus how you increase in each round.

What to remember?

  1. The number of stitches needed depends upon the height of the stitch. The taller the stitch the more stitches required.
  2. When you use the same stitch throughout your motif, the number of stitches to be added on subsequent rounds is the same for every round. That number is the same number of stitches used in round one.
  3. Increases should be made one by one and spaced evenly as possible around.

See fig.1.1 below

Table 1.1 Type of stitch versus amount of stitches versus increase for each round.

SAMPLE ROUND 1 ROUND 2
Increase
EachStitch
ROUND 3
Increase
Each2nd Stitch
ROUND 4
Increase
Each3rd Stitch
ROUND 5
Increase
Each4th Stitch
ROUND 6 Increase
Each5th Stitch
EACH ROUND
sc 6 = 12 = 18 = 24 = 30 = 36 + 6
hdc 8 = 16 = 24 = 32 = 40 = 48 + 8
dc 12 = 24 = 36 = 48 = 60 = 72 12 +
tr 18 = 36 = 54 = 72 = 90 = 108 18 +
dtr 24 = 48 = 72 = 96 = 120 = 144 24 +

The most effective stitch that I found for successive size increase for beanies is the hdc (half double crochet).

The dc (double crochet) can be very variable in increasing, but I adjust my increase in the last round by skipping every 2nd increasing stitch pair, so instead of 12 increased stitches in that round, I will have only 6.

Figure 1.1 Equal increase in Double Crochet.

Circle Diagram 1.4 clear

 

The measurements for the CROWN will be as follows:

Head circumference minus 5cm = perimeter of flat circle.

Now for the sides:

 

SIDES

To keep it simple, keep the stitch type you use for the crown. Once pattern stitches are incorporated, the size of the beanie around the head will be influenced. Some stitch patterns gives a tighter tension on the item, others give a looser tension.

For the sides; stop increasing, and just keep up with the number of stitches that you ended with in the last increasing round of the crown.

Continue until you reached the required length.

Here is a table with basic measurements of head circumference, crown length and circumference of beanie.

Table 1.2 Beanie measurements guide in centimeters

Size Head Circumference Hat Circumference Beanie Perimeter Length (crown to base of ear)
Newborn 34 31 29 13
3 Months 41 39 36 15
6 Months 43 40 38 16
12 Months 46 43 41 17
2 Years 48 45 43 18
3-5 years 51 48 46 19
6-10 years 53 50 48 20
Teen to Adult 56-61 51-56 51-56 21-22

Remember as I said at the beginning, this is just a guideline. You have to play with the yarn, hook size, type of stitch and stitch pattern, if you want to use it this way.

Play around, do not be afraid!

Here is a FREE PATTERN Newborn Beanie!

Here is my STYLE Granny Beanie in sizes Newborn to Adult !

I trust that this information is of value to you and that you will design your own beanie very soon.

Good luck and enjoy!

B

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