How to make a #knottylove heart

Last week I posted about my #knottylove project to try and inject a little bit of happiness into people’s lives: leaving little, cheerful notes with crocheted hearts around for people to find. So that anyone who want to carry on the good work can make their own hearts, here’s the pattern for the little hearts.

image

Pattern:

US terms

Any weight yarn

Appropriate size hook for yarn

Teeny Heart

Make a magic ring. Ch2, DC, 2TRC, DC, HDC, SC, ch2, SC, HDC, DC, 2TRC, DC, ss  into ring. Cast off and pull tight. Tie the ends of yarn into a knot. Use ends to hang the heart somewhere.

Even Teenier Heart

Make a magic ring. Ch2, 2DC, HDC, SC, ch2, SC, HDC, 2DC, ch2, ss  into ring. Finish as with other heart.

Of course, you can use these little hearts for more than spreading love and they make lovely additions to bunting and as appliques.

#knottylove

Sometimes the world can be a daunting and unwelcoming place. For many, self doubt and worry as well as more serious depression and anxiety are a daily battle. Even those who consider themselves happy-natured have off days.

During times of sadness, doubt and general malaise, little things can make all the difference. This is where #knottylove comes in. For a couple of years now I have occasionally left little notes of encouragement and cheer around for people to find. Back in school and university I used to leave them in library books but this year, I’ve decided to go a little further.

image

#knottylove is all about spreading cheer. Upgrading my little notes, I’ve added little crochet hearts to each one. I plan to distribute them all over the place as I go about my daily life. I hope not only to make people smile but also to connect with those who find my hearts and encourage them to spread the love too.

If you find a #knottylove heart then please find me on Twitter or Facebook and post me a picture. If you feel like helping me out you’re welcome to redistribute the heart or make your own to give out (I’ll post the heart pattern on another time).

Have a happy day and spread the love. Goodness knows, we could all do with more reasons to smile. 🙂

Warm & Simple Fingerless Gloves

What with autumn setting in and nights and mornings become chillier, I decided that I needed some gloves to address the poor circulation in my fingers. I prefer fingerless gloves as in this modern age, I need to be able to manipulate the screen of my smartphone!

I followed a few different patterns which were brilliant but never exactly what I wanted. So after a little bit of tinkering, I devised this snuggly pattern:

Lovely and snuggly

Pattern

American terms

DK yarn – I’ve used Stylecraft special and some lovely hand-dyed merino

4mm hook

Special stitches:

  • 2exSCTOG: insert hook into first stitch, yo and pull through, yo and pull through one loop, insert hook into next stitch, yo and pull through, yo and pull through one loop, yo and pull through the three remaining loops on the hook.

Make 2

Chain 37

R1           Starting in the third chain from hook, make a 2exSCTOG stitch then chain one. Repeat this across and SC in the last chain. Turn

R2           Chain 2. Make a 2exSCTOG starting in the final SC of the last round and the second part of the stitch in the chain space. (Helpful hint: you should see a vertical piece of thread where the 2exSCTOG from the last round is. You want the two parts of your 2exSCTOG to “hug” this thread so the first part goes to the right side and the second part to the left). Chain one. Repeat (2exSCTOG, chain one) across. SC in final stitch.

Repeat R2 until you have twenty four rows. Cast off and weave in ends. (If you want a longer gloves, just add more rows)

At this point you should have a lovely crocheted square. Fold this in half lengthways with the side you want on the outside of the glove sandwiched inside the fold. Then SC down the open edge to close, leaving a 2in/5cm hole for the thumb hole. Cast off and weave in ends. Turn inside out and you have your glove!

How to finish of your glove

How to finish of your glove

Optional border: If you like you can add a round of SC to the top of the glove followed by a round of crab stitch (reverse SC). You can also SC around the thumb hole for a cleaner edge if preferred.

Ravelry link: Here

You are welcome to sell products made from this pattern but please give me credit for the pattern, including a link back to this blog if selling online.

image

Trip to the Handmade Fair

Last Saturday an amazing thing happened… I actually had the day off! To celebrate this unusual occurrence, my friend and I decided to treat ourselves and go to the Handmade Fair (presented by Kirstie Allsop) at Hampton Court Palace in London. We spent the day surrounded by crafty loveliness and gathered many ideas for my wedding next year.

The fair had two aspects to it. As my friend and I had booked the full experience we had workshops to attend. We did two Grand Makes, where you are seated in a big marquee and make something under instruction within twenty minutes or so. The first grand make was a hanging dove ornament run by Artcuts, a company that makes wooden shapes for use in crafts. The ornament is so cute and it was a fantastic introduction to stamping too.

image

For the other Grand Make session we attended, we made Tibetan poetry bunting. It was simple enough, writing a provided line of poetry onto a bunting square, decorating it then tying your square to the other participants’. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the hanging dove session but apparently the bunting will be used during National Poetry Week events.

Skills workshops were the second kind of workshop you could attend. In these you focused for 45 minutes or so on a particular skill. We did calligraphy which I loved and finished covered in ink, then in the afternoon we also made origami gift boxes in the shape of bird boxes. The bird box session was run by Craft Asylum and the paper we used was really gorgeous. I also bought some lovely craft stamps off of them which I plan to use when making my wedding invitations and favours.

image

Then there was the Super Theatre event! Featuring Sof McVeigh of The Homemade Company and accompanied by Kirstie Allsop we spent an hour learning about how to make our own essential oils, lip balm and salt scrub. My friend and I left the session ferverently discussing how awesome that was and how we could make some up for the wedding!

As well as all the amazing sessions and workshops there were several large tents and gazebos filled with a plethora of crafted items, art supplies and delicious food. We spent a good few hours going through them all. I purchased the above mentioned stamps, and some beautiful hand-dyed wool from Handmade Studios which I’m currently crocheting into some fingerless gloves (pattern to follow in a week or so).

A few vendors I loved but didn’t have the funds to purchase from were Wild Things who make adorable children’s clothing and Seed and Bean who make deliciously scrumptious chocolate of many quirky and imaginative flavours.

The Handmade Fair was a fantastically fun day out and if I can, I will definitely go again next year. It was so nice to spend a day around like-minded crafty people, all passionate about creating and making beautiful things. Hopefully, I will enjoy Yarndale on the 27th September just as much!

Candle Gift Pouch

A month or so ago, I became unwell at work and was taken to A&E. A couple of my friendly colleagues came with me and made sure I was okay and managed to get my partner to me as well. The next day, feeling slightly less like I’d been run over, I decided to make something to say thank you.

I absolutely love candles, especially flowery-smelling ones, and had a few in the house in little holders. To make them prettier I designed a little pouch to put them and present them. My friends loved them and, after some further testing, I’m happy to bring you my little pouch pattern!

This pattern was made to hold a small candle in a little holder but could be used as a pouch for sweets or other small items. The limit is your imagination… and the size of the pouch!

image

Pattern

DK yarn

3mm hook

Ribbon or cord

US terms

This pattern is worked in a continuous spiral, use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round

Stitches needed: Sc, sc inc, sc dec, hdc, dc, ch, ss

Feel free to sell items made from this pattern but please give me credit for the pattern!

Rnd 1: 6sc into magic ring (6 stitches)

Rnd 2: Inc in every stitch around (12)

Rnd 3: *sc, inc* around (18)

Rnd 4: *2sc, inc* around (24)

Rnd 5: *3sc, inc* around (30)

Rnd 6: *4sc, inc* around (36)

Rnd 7: Sc in back loops only of each stitch around (36)

Rnd 8: *10sc, dec* three times (33)

Rnd 9: *9sc, dec* three times (30)

Rnds 10 & 11: Hdc in each stitch around (30)

Rnd 12: Skip 1 stitch, 3dc in next stitch then *skip 2 stitches, 3dc into next stitch* around (30)

Rnd 13 & 14: 3dc into the second dc of each 3dc-cluster from the previous round (30)

Rnd 15 & 16: Hdc in each stitch around (30)

Rnd 17: *Dc, ch1 and skip 1 stitch, dc* around (30)

Rnd 18: Hdc in each stitch around (30)

Rnd 19: Sc in each stitch around (30)

Ss into next 3 stitches, cast off. Weave a ribbon or cord through the gaps in Rnd 17 and tie in a bow to close the gift holder.