Future Climates Star Motif Pattern

As I was encouraged today by one of my lovely colleagues to go home and crochet, I am now happy to present the pattern for the motif I’ll be using for my Future Climates throw. This little star is really simple and the throw could be a nice project for a beginner who has mastered the basic Stitch’s.

Whilst for this pattern I’ll list the yarn and hook size I’ve used, I would imagine you can use any yarn you have available with the appropriate hook.

Future Climates Star

US terms

4mm

Stylecraft special DK

Ch4, ss  in 1st ch to make a loop.

R1: ch1, 12sc into loop, as into QST sc to join (12)

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R2: ch1, sc in same st, 2sc in next St. *sc in next st, 2sc in next st* around. Join with ss  into 1st sc. (18)

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R3: *sc, (hdc, DC, ch1, DC, hdc) in next st, sc in next st.* repeat around and join with ss to first sc. You should now have a star with six points.
Ch4, ss  in 1st ch to make a loop.

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To join motifs, instead or ch1 between the two dcs  if the points, as into the ch1 space on the second motif.

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And there you have it! How to make and join this fun and diddy little stars. As I said in the original post, if anyone is planning on making the throw or a similar one, please get in contact! I’d love to see other people’s projects and progress.

Future Climates

I have a confession to make: I’m not actually feeling very Christmassy right now. Despite the tree being up, festive music blaring in shops and an abundance of pretty, glittery things around, I’m just not feeling it. Work has been stressful, I have lots of things at home that need attending to and a wedding to plan. So instead, I’m planning my project for next year.

Back in January this year, I remember seeing lots of pictures and posts about temperature blankets. These stripey wonders looked complicated but beautiful and creative. As the end of the year becomes nigh, I’ve thought about doing my own.

Here’s the thing, I’m not a very stripey crocheter. Even my projects with stripes tend not to be straight and uniform. So, instead of. Huge stripey blanket, I shall be making a join-as-you go throw for my sofa, comprised of tiny six-point stars: one motif a day. I will use the average temperature for the place I am in the most that day.

Using my go to choice of yarn, stylecraft special, here are the colours and temperature scales.

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Plum: less than 0°C
Wisteria: 0-2.9°C
Empire: 3-5.9°C
Aster: 6-8.9°C
Aspen: 9-11.9°C
Grass green: 12-14.9°C
Citron: 15-17.9°C
Mustard: 18-20.9°C
Spice: 21-23.9°C
Tomato 24°C and above

The UK generally falls within those ranges at some point during the year so I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out. 367 stars should look fabulous! I’ll be making a white star for the centre and so I can take pictures for the motif pattern to post here.

If any of you guys out there at planning on making your own temperature blanket/throw, or want to make this one, it would be great to see your ideas and pictures of your progress.

Chocolate Orange Pompom Hats

So, despite it being November, I am having to prepare for Christmas. As part of little stocking gifts, I have accumulated some delicious Terry’s Chocolate Oranges. Inspired by various blog posts and Ravelry, I designed my own covers for the little oranges: cute little pompom hats!

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These little beauties are great for using up scrap yarn and can be made within about 20-30mins.

Pattern

US terms

4mm hook

DK yarn

Special stitches:

FPhdc: hdc around the front of the post of the previous round.

BPhdc: hdc around the back of the post of the previous round.

R1: magic ring, ch2, 11 hdc into ring (12), join with ss

R2: 2 hdc in each stitch, join with ss (24)

R3: *2hdc in first stitch, hdc in next stitch. Repeat from *. Join with ss. (36)

R4-5: hdc in each stitch around. Join with ss (36)

R6: *10 hdc, 2hdctog, repeat from *, join with ss (33)

R7: *9hdc, 2hdctog, repeat from *, join with ss  (30)

R8: *8hdc, 2hdctog, repeat from *, join with ss (27)

R9: hdc in each stitch around. Join with ss (27)

R10-11: *FPhdc, BPhdc* repeat around finishing with a FPhdc. Join with ss. Make sure the FPhdc and BPhdc stitches line up to create the ridges.

Fasten off and weave in ends. Make a pompom and sew to top off hat.

(Whilst you are welcome to make and sell items made from this pattern, please credit me for the pattern.)

And there you have it! If you do make your own, please post a picture. It would be lovely to see all the different little hats other people are making!

For the Love of Scrap Yarn

So this last month things have been rather hectic: we’ve moved house, changed cars and my partner’s started his new job. Today is the first day for a while I’ve really had to sit down and relax.

So in true crochet addict fashion, I’ve been sorting out my yarn. I have a large plastic bag of little scraps, small leftovers from past or frogged projects that are too small to make anything significant but too big to warrant being thrown away. These little scraps get sewn together and wound into scrap balls.

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I love how these balls look. They represent my love of crochet, the pride from completing a project, the emotional toil in creating a woollen masterpiece. These are the bits that never quite made it into the intended project.

But that doesn’t mean they don’t matter. In fact, to me at least, they mean a lot. Earlier this year, I started a twelve point star blanket from these scraps. I love this blanket and it is probably the project I am most proud of. It’s not complicated or difficult but it represents me more than anything I’ve ever made before:

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The way the colours are all random and offset gives it this lovely quirky vibe. It is unique and no one will have a blanket exactly the same. And the best bit is that it is mine. Most of my projects go to other people but I can snuggle under this blanket, wrap it around me and know it is mine. That is a really satisfying feeling.

However, I am curious about what others do with their scraps. I would love to know about the creative things people do or make with their scraps so leave me a comment and let me know.

In other news I’m contemplating a Christmassy project which, if I have time, I will share with you all come December. Watch this space…

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.

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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.

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#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.

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