19 March 2015

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5 March 2015

Mitred Granny Square Pattern first published here in 2013

This is a pattern that I came up with in around 2012 for a granny square with a difference.  I have gotten a bit bored with the look of the granny but wanted to make a blanket that was easy to make while watching TV or chatting.  With some trial and error the Mitre Granny Square came about.

It has been a firm favourite on this blog since I first published it here February 2013, so if you missed it first time round, here it is again to enjoy.

Have fun.




21 February 2015

Chinese New Year and Spring - Sheep Cross Stitch Chart - NEW!

As it's the Year of the Sheep according to Chinese custom and in looking forward to Spring eventually arriving here in the Northern hemisphere, not forgetting to mention my friend who is a Shepherd having wonderful lamb news yesterday, I decided to re-release and update a design of mine that was published in Cross Stitcher magazine 10 years ago.

Enjoy stitching and don't feel bound by my colour selections, you can use whatever floss and aida/evenweave fabric you have available in your stash.








4 August 2014

Free Sunflower Crochet Motif Pattern - Republished

I thought you might like a reminder about this wonderful sunflower which you could make on those lazy summer days and have ready for your Autumn decorating.  Click on the picture to find the pattern.

17 July 2014

Free Sunset Swim Cross Stitch Chart

Brand new!  Something small enough to stitch while on holiday, in lovely juicy summer colours.  This little picture come in at just under 3inches in size and is perfect to make as a card topper, fridge magnet or as a decoration for a bag, t-shirt or anything you think of.

To receive a copy of the chart, please let me know through the contact sheet.

Enjoy x

19 April 2014

Happy Easter - Free Bunny Cross Stitch Chart


5 x 7 Inches on 14 count aida or 28 count evenweave.

This chart is ideal for a beginner.  To add further detail and texture you could embroider daisies or add flower shaped buttons, bee, butterfly or bird charms.

30 March 2013

A Spring time motif to crochet - free pattern.



Click on the picture to be taken to the pattern.  Enjoy.

Project Life Easter Card Freebie

I've added a cardf you'd like to download the card, visit my Project Life tab at the top of the page or click here.

Enjoy

16 February 2013

Mitred Granny Square Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern - Copyright 2013-2015


I came up with the design for this square because i'd become a bit bored with the regular square granny.  I'm really please with the whole effect of the mitre effect and the shading it gives.  


I'm busy working on this blanket at the moment and thought i'd share the pattern so that you could join me if you have an empty hook and yarn looking for a project.


Mitred Granny Square Pattern


I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn and a 3.5mm hook.

Round 1:   
With white yarn Ch 5, join with ss to form ring.

Round 2:   
Ch3 (this acts as dc), dc 11, ss into space between first and second dc's to join.

Round 3:   
Ch3 (this acts as dc) dc2 into same space as ss of previous row, ch2, dc3 into same space.  *Ch2, skip 3 dc's then dc3 ch2 dc3 into space *.  Repeat * to * twice more.  Ch2, ss into space between first and second dc to join.  Tie off yarn.

Row 4:  
Join on next colour yarn into corner space.
Ch3 (this acts as dc) dc2 into same space.  Ch2, dc3 into centre two chain space, ch2, dc3 ch2 dc3 into corner space,  ch2, dc3 into centre two chain space, ch2, dc3 into corner space.  Turn piece over so you are working back along the row just created.

Row 5:   
Ch4, dc3 into space, ch2, dc3 into next space, ch2, dc3 ch2 dc3 into corner space, ch2, dc3 into space, ch2, dc3 into space, ch4, join with ss into top of last dc.  Tie off yarn.

Further Rows:
Repeat in the style of rows 4 and 5 until your square is as large as you like.  I have used four colours in addition to the white centre.

I am making a blanket for a single bed so my rows are made up of 10 squares.
Once you have made enough squares for your preferred size row, join together using the "join as you go" method in black yarn.

Make enough squares for your next row, then join them to the previous row of squares, off-setting them by one so that the pattern develops diagonally across the blanket.

A helpful video for the join as you go method is HERE.  
Enjoy!



5 February 2013

Wreath for Valentine's Day - Free Project




A wreath is not just for the December/Winter festive season, they can be for any time of year or festivity and i'm a big fan of bringing the season or festivity into my home with a wreath hanging on either a door or in the window.  So here we have a beaded and bejewelled wreath for Valentine's day, but it can be hung all year in your bedroom for that touch of femininity and romance.


You will need,
Small willow wreath
Transparent, hollow plastic heart
Feathers
Spool of silver jewellery wire
Assortment of clear and pearlescent beads
1 metre fuchsia chiffon ribbon
White satin cord/piping/ribbon


To make,
1. Tie length of satin cord through the top of the wreath for hanging.  

2. Thread all the beads on to the silver wire, keeping the wire attached the  spool
     to prevent the beads sliding off.  Then securing the end of wire around a twig with a 
     few twists, begin to wind the beaded strand around the wreath as many times as you 
     choose, feeding beads along the wire a few at a time and unwinding the spool as you go. 
     Make sure you disperse the beads evenly around the wreath during winding.  Once you 
     have finished winding, snip wire from spool, pouring left over beads on the wire into a 
     container.

3. Fill the hollow heart with the feathers and close.  Thread a length of ribbon through the loop
     in the top then through the centre of the wreath, tying in a bow around the cord to secure.

4. Tie sections of ribbon round the wreath and trim ends.


15 October 2012

Sunflower Motif - Free Crochet Pattern

Here's an Autumn favourite.  Click on the picture for the pattern.  Enjoy




3 September 2012

Pumpkin Time Garland - Free Crochet Pattern


A favourite from last year for you to enjoy x


Pumpkin Time Garland

Foundation:   
Ch5, join with SS to first chain to form ring

Round 1:
Ch3 (this acts as first DC), DC11, join with SS to top of first DC.

Round 2.
SS into space between first and second DC's; Ch3, 1DC into same space; 2DC into each following space, join with SS to top of first DC = 24 DC's.

Round 3:
SS into space between first and second DC's; Ch3, 1DC into same space; *1DC into next space, 2DC into next space*; repeat * to * to last space; 1DC;  join with SS to top of first DC = 36 DC's.

Round4:
SS into space between first and second DC's; 1SC into each of next two spaces; *2DC into next space; 1DC into each of next two spaces*; repeat * to * 3 times more; 2DC into next space; 1SC into next 5 spaces; repeat * to * 4 times; 2DC into next space; 1SC into next 2 spaces; You are now back at the starting space.

Round 5:
1SC into next 3 spaces; 2DC into first "V" of previous round; 1DC into next space; *2DC into next space; 1DC into next space*; repeat * to * 6 times more; 1SC into next 9 spaces; work *to * 7 times; 1SC into next four spaces, SS into first SC of round.  Join on green yarn to begin stalk.

Stalk:
Ch9, Idc into 4th chain from hook; 1DC into each chain, SS into the top of pumpkin to join, tie off.

There are a few uses..........

Make as many as you like.  Join together into a garland by crocheting a chain attaching pumpkins to the chain as you go.

Use them as coasters during the the Autumn months.

Join them in a vertical line, intermingled with wood, beads and anything else that's autumnal and hang in a window.

If you like the idea but don't crochet then replace the pumpkins with cutouts from card stock or patterned paper and tie onto a length of ribbon.



5 May 2012

Free Digital Scrapbooking Template 3


Here you go, my third free scrapbooking template.  If you're a paper scrapper then use it as a sketch but if you digiscrap then i'm, happy to email you the psd layered template.  Have fun.

25 April 2012

Free Digital Scrapbooking Paper


To receive the full sized version of digital papers or layered templates, please contact me though my email on my profile page and  I will send it to you.   

29 February 2012

Free Crochet Pattern: "Snazzy Circle" Squares





"Snazzy Circle" Crochet Squares Pattern

I use US terminology so for UK work DC as Tr      and       Tr as Double Tr

Round1.    
Ch6, join to form ring.

Round 2.  
Ch3 (this forms first DC); DC11 into ring, join to first DC with SS to close round.  (12 DC's)

Round 3.  
Join new yarn into a space between DC's.  Ch3 (this forms first DC), DC1 into same space; DC2 into each space;  join to first DC with SS to close round. (12 clusters)

Round 4.
Join new yarn into a space between clusters.
Ch3 (this forms first DC), DC2 into same space; *Ch1; DC3 into next space*;  repeat ** to end join to first DC with SS to close round. (12 clusters)

Round 5.
Join new yarn into a space between clusters.
Ch4, Ch2, Tr3 into same space (this forms a corner); *Ch1, DC3, Ch1, DC3; Ch1, Tr3, Ch2, Tr3*; repeat ** to end, join to first Tr with SS to close round.

I joined the motifs together by working single crochet on the outward facing side to form a defined border.  First I joined five squares together at a time, then when I had five strips, I joined these together.  The edge around the whole piece is worked in single crochet.

2 February 2012

Free Crochet Pattern: Primrose Hexagon Motif

Hello everyone!  Its freezing cold here today and with deadlines met and itchy fingers to turn a spring idea into reality I pulled out my yarn box, got out my hook and got busy.  I just love it and hope you do too.  Enjoy and have fun x




Yellow yarn
Round 1. Ch5, join to form ring.

Round 2. Ch2 (forms first DC), DC11, join with SS into first space.
Join on white yarn.

Round 3. Ch2, DC2 into same space, [miss a space, DC3] into next space, repeat four times, join with SS into top of first DC of round.

Round 4. Ch2, DC into space between DC's, DC into top of next DC, DC into next space between DC's, DC into top of DC, [Ch1, DC into top of next DC, DC into space between DC's, DC into top of next DC, DC into next space between DC's, DC into top of DC], repeat four times more, Ch1, join with SS to top of first DC.

Round 5. SS along to top of second DC, Ch2, DC into top of next two DC's, [SS along to top of second DC in next group, Ch2, DC into top of next two DC's] repeat four times more, SS along to first SS of round. Tie off yarn.

Round 6. Join on green yarn to top of first petal. Ch6, DC into space between petals, Ch4, SC into top of next petal, [Ch4, DC into space between petals, Ch4, SC into top of next petal], repeat three times more, Ch4, DC into space between petals, Ch4, SS into first chain of the round.

Round 7. Ch4, [DC5 into top of DC of previous round, Ch2, DC into SC of previous round, Ch2], repeat five times more. Join with ss to second chain at start of round.

Round 8. Join blue yarn to space after DC5 group. [Ch2, DC then DC3,Ch1,DC3 into top of previous round DC,DC2 into next space, DC into each space between DC's of DC5 group of previous round]. [DC2 then DC3,Ch1,DC3 into top of previous round DC,DC2 into next space, DC into each space between DC's of DC5 group of previous round]Repeat 4 times more. Join with SS and tie off.



Edited to add that DC is Treble in UK terminology.

25 January 2012

Valentine's Day Card














1 white card blank
4” x 3.5” piece purple cardstock 
4” x 1” piece hot pink  cardstock
3 pink mini brads
4” length pearl strand
5” length fuchsia chiffon ribbon
4” length ivory lace
Translucent Fimo,  number 014

To make the heart:  Take a thumb sized piece of fimo and warm between your palms for pliability.     Roll into a ball, then on a flat surface roll into a sausage measuring 10” in length.  Cut in half, lie side by side and then twist one pair of  ends around each other.  Bend the sections into heart shape and then twist the remaining pair of ends around each other.  Bake as per packaging instructions.
Mount three brads in a even spaced line down the left hand edge of the purple piece.  Glue this to the front of the card.

Adhere the pink piece along the bottom edge of the purple piece, then cover the join of these two pieces with the lace.

Using wet glue dots, attach the pearl strand across the lace.

Tie a ribbon around the heart and glue this to the card with super glue.



© Karen Wiederhold





21 January 2012

Free Crochet Pattern: A little romantic crochet

If you're in the mood for a little bit of romantic crochet then how about making some of these for a cushion,  from what has proven to be a favourite of my patterns amongst visitors.  The photo isn't great but it was taken with my old camera last year.

The heart shape is made up of clusters or bobbles.

Making Clusters/bobbles -   Yarn over hook, into space, hook yarn through, work first half of dc then keeping stitch on hook, make a further 6 half dc's, then yarn over hook and draw through all stitches held on hook  to create cluster/bobble.

Round 1            
Ch6, join to form ring.

Round 2            
Ch3,  11DC into ring, SS into top of Ch3. 

Round 3            
Ch3, DC2,Ch3, DC3 into same space, Ch2.  *Into space after next 3DC's work DC3,Ch3, DC3, Ch2*
( Work from * to * twice more). SS into first Ch3 to close  row.  

Round 4            
SS to space on corner then Ch3, DC2,Ch3, DC3 into same space, Ch2.  Cluster into next space, Ch2.  *Into space on next corner DC3,Ch3, DC3 into same  space, Ch2.  Cluster into next space, C
h2*.  
( Work from * to * twice more).  SS into first Ch3 to close row. 

Round 5 and 6  
Work as for Round 4, working clusters in the spaces between the corners.  
You will notice on round 5 there are two clusters and row 6 there are three.  SS into first Ch3 to close row. 

Round 7            
SS to space on corner then Ch3, DC3,Ch2, DC3 into same space, Ch2.  *Clusters into next two spaces,  Ch5, clusters into next two spaces, Ch2.  *DC3,Ch3, DC3 into same space, Ch2.
Clusters into next two spaces, Ch5, clusters into next two spaces, Ch2. ( Work from * to *  twice more).  SS into first Ch3 to close row. 

Why not make the heart clusters in red and the rest of the granny in white yarn for great contrast.

Enjoy!!! x

4 December 2011

Free Scrapbook Layout Template 2

Here you go, my second free scrapbooking template.  If you're a paper scrapper then use it as a sketch but if you digiscrap then i'm, happy to email you the psd layered template.  Have fun.

10 November 2011

Gingerbread House Reminder

Here's a little reminder that this cute little gingerbread house pattern is available for free in the Projects page which you can visit by clicking the page tab at the top of the blog.  Great project for this time of year.

19 October 2011

Free Crochet Pattern: Sunflower Motif



Round 1      3.5mm Hook and brown DK yarn, Ch6, join with SS to form ring.

Round 2      Ch3, DC11 into ring, join with SS into first space.

Round 3      [Ch4, SS into same space, SS into next space], repeat [ ] all the way round. = 12 Loops

Round 4    You will now be working behind the loops created in round 3 but hooking into spaces of round 2. This creates a second round of loops which fall behind and are visible between the loops made in the previous round.

SS into first space, [C4, SS into next space], repeat [ ] 11 times more, SS into first space to join. = 12 loops.

Round 5    Join yellow DK yarn into vertical running stitch below loop on wrong side of piece, [Ch3, SS to next vertical stitch], repeat [ ] 11 times = 12 loops.













Round 6    SS into first loop, Ch3, hdc5 keeping stitches on hook, draw yarn through all stitches to complete stitches and form petal, [Ch3, hdc6, draw yarn through all stitches to form petal], repeat [ ] 11 times more, join with SS to top of first petal = 12 petals

Round 7    SS into first loop, Ch3, hdc5 keeping stitches on hook, draw yarn through all stitches to complete stitches and form petal, [Ch5, hdc6, draw yarn through all stitches to form petal], repeat [ ] 11 times more, join with SS to top of first petal = 12 petals .

Round 8    Join on green DK yarn, SS to first loop, Ch3, DC5, DC1 into top of petal, [DC6, DC1 into top of petal] repeat [ ] 11 times more. Tie off to end.


Use this motif as a coaster or stitch sides together to form a napkin ring. They would also look great threaded onto a crochet chain to make a sunflower garland on their own or alternated with my pumpkins from earlier this month for a seasonal feel. They would also look lovely joined together to make a lacy tablecloth or afghan.  Enjoy and please show me what you make, would love to see.


18 October 2011

NEW PATTERN ALERT!!

Come back tomorrow for a new crochet pattern, hot off the hook, which i'm so excited to share.

29 September 2011

Free Crochet Pattern: Pumpkin Time Garland


Pumpkin Time Garland

Foundation:   
Ch5, join with SS to first chain to form ring

Round 1:
Ch3 (this acts as first DC), DC11, join with SS to top of first DC.

Round 2.
SS into space between first and second DC's; Ch3, 1DC into same space; 2DC into each following space, join with SS to top of first DC = 24 DC's.

Round 3:
SS into space between first and second DC's; Ch3, 1DC into same space; *1DC into next space, 2DC into next space*; repeat * to * to last space; 1DC;  join with SS to top of first DC = 36 DC's.

Round4:
SS into space between first and second DC's; 1SC into each of next two spaces; *2DC into next space; 1DC into each of next two spaces*; repeat * to * 3 times more; 2DC into next space; 1SC into next 5 spaces; repeat * to * 4 times; 2DC into next space; 1SC into next 2 spaces; You are now back at the starting space.

Round 5:
1SC into next 3 spaces; 2DC into first "V" of previous round; 1DC into next space; *2DC into next space; 1DC into next space*; repeat * to * 6 times more; 1SC into next 9 spaces; work *to * 7 times; 1SC into next four spaces, SS into first SC of round.  Join on green yarn to begin stalk.

Stalk:
Ch9, Idc into 4th chain from hook; 1DC into each chain, SS into the top of pumpkin to join, tie off.

There are a few uses..........

Make as many as you like.  Join together into a garland by crocheting a chain attaching pumpkins to the chain as you go.

Use them as coasters during the the Autumn months.

Join them in a vertical line, intermingled with wood, beads and anything else that's autumnal and hang in a window.

If you like the idea but don't crochet then replace the pumpkins with cutouts from card stock or patterned paper and tie onto a length of ribbon.




27 September 2011

Free Cross Stitch Chart: Gingerbread Man.

Here's a cheerful little fellow for a moment of stitching with a mug of coffee or tea.  He is a making his appearance a bit early but I couldn't resist and I know some of you out there may already be working on your festive projects.  Enjoy x







21 September 2011

Free Crochet Pattern: Loopy Flower Motif


I hope you enjoy making these Loopy Flowers, I had fun making it yesterday and can see all sorts of potential projects like scarves, wraps, cushion covers and .....................  Don't forget to send me what you make, i'd love to see them and share them if you say that's okay.

Round 1 and 2:  Using white, make a five chain ring, then work 12DC's into the ring.

Round 3.   

Ch6, miss a space then ss into following space, repeat till you have six loops, join with ss,  tie and cut yarn.















Round 4.  

Join on blue yarn in an unused space.  Working behind the white loops created in earlier round, Ch6 then ss into next unused space, continue till you have 6 loops, tie and cut yarn.









View at back.























Round 5.

Join purple yarn onto centre point of blue loop.  Ch8, ss into centre of next blue loop, repeat to form 6 purple loops. SS into first chain of first loop to join.








Round 6.

In this first petal loop Ch2 (acts as first DC) then DC11, ss into same loop.  

SS into next loop, DC12, SS into same loop. 
(Each petal has SS at start, twelve DC's and SS to end).

Repeat for each petal, ending with SS, tie off yarn.






20 September 2011

How to Crochet a Granny Square




This was the first crochet motif I learned to make and it has been used time and again for all sorts of projects.  Make a whole batch of small motifs and join them to form a patchwork, make one very big one and you a blanket.





1.

Chain 6, slip stitch to join into ring.












2.

Chain 2 (acts as first Double Crochet), DC11, join with slip stitch to first DC.
















3.

SS into space between first and second DC.  Into this space Ch 2 (acts as first DC), DC2, Ch 2, DC3; * Ch 2; skip 3 double crochets then into next space work DC3, Ch2, DC3; repeat from * to * two more times; Ch2 then join round with SS; SS along top of DC's of previous row to corner space.












4.

 Into corner space Ch 2 (acts as first DC), DC2, Ch 2, DC3; * Ch 2; DC3; Ch2; DC3, Ch2,DC3 into next corner.  Repeat from * to * two more times; Ch2 then join round with SS; SS along top of DC's of previous row to corner space.













5.

Repeat in the style of round 4, working corner sets in each corner and now two sets of DC3 separated by Ch2's along sides.











Grow your granny square to whichever size you choose, working each round as before with corner sets in corners and along the sides DC3 sets separated by Ch2's.


If you have never crocheted and want to have a go then I suggest visiting YouTube where there are lots of video instructions to get you started.