Monday, 3 February 2014

Free pattern flower coasters

I've got a bit distracted by the arrival of my book (check out my post tommorow) so I've only managed to type this with UK abrevations. I'll add USA abs soon :)

You will need:
·         James c Brett cotton on in Cream 2, beige 4, pink 7and green 16 (any DK weight yarn will work just as well)
·         3.5mm crochet hook
·         wool need

Using 3.5mm crochet hook and starting with main yarn

Make a magic ring and work 6dc into the ring. 6sts
Rnd 1: 2dc in each st to the end. 12sts
Rnd 2: (dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 18sts
Rnd 3: (dc in the first two sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 24sts
Rnd 4: (dc in the first three Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 30sts
Rnd 5: (dc in the first four Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 36sts
Change to cream yarn
Rnd 6: (dc in the first five Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 42sts 
Rnd 7: (dc in the first six Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 48sts
Rnd 8: (dc in the first seven Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 54sts 
Rnd 9: (dc in the first eight Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 60sts
Change to main yarn colour
Rnd 10: (Ch 4, skip next 4 sts, dc in next st) repeat to end. 12 sts, 12 ch spaces
Rnd 11: (dc, htr, 4tr, htr, dc) in each ch space sl st to join

Cut the yarn leaving a long tail and pull through loop to secure.
Weave in and cut off any loose ends.

Hope you enjoy having a go making these.

Hapy crocheting
Liz x

Happy things

I'm a bit of fan of Sunday brunch channel 4s Sunday morning entertainment show and usually while away the morning with tea, crochet and telly.

Last week though Simon made a passing comment that no one crochets anymore. Well as I was sat there doing just that I couldn't just let that go. I posted on their facebook page and sent them an email. It cause a lot of fellow crocheters to do the same and this week they ran a feature on crochet to make up for it and for a few seconds my omnipoms were shown off to the nation

Thanks to Gazz for his quick thinking and taking a photo for me. I just sat there slightly stunned. I know they had asked to use my photo but I didn't know for sure they would show it so i was a bit gobsmacked when they did.
 I'm not sure Simon and Tim will ever be crocheters but it was so funny to see them utterly baffled having a try :)

If a brush with fame wasn't enough I have 2 books out this week.

This is an American book but you can still get it in the UK via amazon. I only have the one pattern in it, my Dot the dragonfly but she looks lovely and the book is full of lots of other fun bug patterns. If your a fan of amigurumi it'll give you lots of inspiration.

Next I have about five toy patterns in this crochet book by DK out today. I can't show you inside it as I haven't seen it myself yet. I missed the post on Saturday and they left a parcel for me at my neighbours. Everytime I go round to try and get it they aren't in. so its stuck there :( I have a feeling its my copy of this book and I really, really want to see it.

 Now its published I guess its OK to show you some of my photos I took of my projects.

 Finger puppets
Polar bear

There are a lot of other photos but I'll wait and do a full blog post when I get m hands on the book.

Now I've got 11 days off my day job so I'm gonna have a great week and a bit of crochet. To kick things off the pattern for these flower coasters will be posted here later today. It'll be a free pattern and I'm taking the time to type it up in UK and USA abbreviations so everyone can have a go. This is a great pattern to gain a bit of confidence in crocheting in the round and you get something practical to rest your brew on when your done :)