Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Rainbow Toddler Beanie

For this very simple pattern you will need any worsted weight yarn in a main color, plus a few scraps of any other colors of your choosing! A size 5mm crochet hook is needed as well as an understanding of the Front Post Double Crochet and the Back Post Double Crochet. Check out my Puff Stitch Toddler Beanie pattern for a quick explanation on these two stitches. They can be a bit fiddly when you first learn but once you get the hang of it you will be on the pig's back!!


This beanie is slightly slouchy but if you want it more fitted just do less rounds after you have completed the increase rows.


With your 5mm crochet hook make a magic ring, chain 2, then make 9 double crochet into the ring. Join with a slip stitch to the first double crochet to close. Chain 2

Round 2: Make 2 double crochets into EACH stitch around. Join with a slip stitch to the first double crochet. Chain 2.

Round 3: *Make 2 double crochets into the next stitch, then make 1 double crochet into the following stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 2.

Round 4: *Make 2 double crochets into the next stitch, then make 1 double crochet into the next two stitches*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 2.

Round 5: *Make 2 double crochets into the next stitch, then make 1 double crochet into the next three stitches*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 2.

Round 6-10: Double crochet into each stitch around, then join with a slip stitch. Ch 2

Change color here if you want the same effect as mine. For me it was pink:

Round 11: *Front post double crochet (fpdc) into the next stitch, then back post double crochet (bpdc) into the next stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch.

Change to red:

Round 12: Chain 2. *Front post double crochet (fpdc) into the next stitch, then back post double crochet (bpdc) into the next stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch.

Change to orange:

Round 13: Chain 2,  *Front post double crochet (fpdc) into the next stitch, then back post double crochet (bpdc) into the next stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch.

Change to yellow:

Round 14: Chain 2, *Front post double crochet (fpdc) into the next stitch, then back post double crochet (bpdc) into the next stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch.

Change to green:

Round 15: Chain 2, *Front post double crochet (fpdc) into the next stitch, then back post double crochet (bpdc) into the next stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch.

Change to purple:

Round 16: Chain 2, *Front post double crochet (fpdc) into the next stitch, then back post double crochet (bpdc) into the next stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make a pom pom if desired and sew to the top of the hat.












Saturday, 10 December 2016

Strawberry Backpack

This has got to be one of my favorite patterns to ever come up with. I know I probably say this about everything that I create but this little strawberry bag has definitely warmed my heart up.


Wouldn't this make a perfect gift for a little girl. She could pack her pajamas or her special little toy into this for when she is going on sleepovers. Of course adults can benefit from this too. It would make a perfect festival accessory in my opinion.

It looks like this could be a pretty intense pattern, right? You're wrong! It is so easy anyone can make this bag of cuteness. Seriously, even a beginner crocheter can master this.

So for this bag you will need worsted weight yarn in red, green and tiny amounts of white and a 5mm crochet hook. Of course you can use a chunky or bulky yarn for this bag, it just means your bag will turn out a bit bigger.


Using red yarn:

Bag is made in continuous rounds so do no slip stitch at end of each round to close and do not make a chain at the beginning of each round.

8 half double crochet into a magic ring
Half double crochet into each stitch around for 2 rounds.
*1 single crochet, 1 increase*,around.
*2 single crochet, 1 increase* around
*3 single crochet, 1 increase* around
*4 single crochet, 1 increase* around
*5 single crochets, 1 increase* around
Keep going in this pattern until you reach *21 single crochets, 1 increase* around.

Using your green yarn:

Continue by placing a half double crochet into each stitch around. Do this for a total of 4 rows. When you have finished the last half double crochet place a slip stitch into the next stitch and ...

**Chain 10
Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook.
Half double crochet into the next stitch.
Double crochet into the next stitch.
Treble crochet into the next 3 stitches.
Double crochet into the next stitch.
Half double crochet into the next stitch.
Single crochet into the next stitch.
Skip 2 stitches and slip stitch into the next stitch.**

Repeat from ** to ** all the way around the top of the bag.

Still using your green yarn:

Make a chain of 130 and single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet into every chain along. Fasten off and weave in any ends. This will act as the closure for the top of your bag. Weave it through the ch2-spaces and pull closed.

Using your red yarn:
Make two

Make a chain of 130 and half double crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Half double crochet into every chain along. Fasten off leaving a long tail. Sew one of these straps where the red yarn begins at the top of the bag and about an inch in from the side. Repeat with the other strap on the other side.


Using your white yarn:

For the seeds all I did was cut about an inch of yarn and weave through the stitches randomly around the bag and knot the ends on the inside of the bag.



Sunday, 20 November 2016

Braided Winter Headband

I remember making this braided headband for my daughter about two years ago. She loved it so much that she insisted that I make several in an array of colors. So as I was looking through old photos I came across a photo of her wearing it and I thought I would share the process I went through in making the headband.




For this braided headband I used a worsted weight yarn and a 5.5mm crochet hook.

I started off by making 76 chains
Single crochet into the second chain from the hook. Continue in single crochet to the end of the row.
Chain 1 and single crochet to the end of the row.
Continue in single crochet for a total of six rows.
Fasten off and weave in the ends.
This is your first strip completed. Now make two more!



When you have all three strips completed lay them all side by side. Stitch the ends together on one side. Begin by braiding the length of the strips together and when you get to the end stitch all three ends together. Once that is done you can now stitch the headband together to form a circle. You are now ready to wear your braided headband. Enjoy!! xx

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Crochet Sweetheart Headband

 Hey guys and dolls! Today I have this super cute heart headband pattern for you all. I simply fell in love with the color combinations that I used which were burgundy and an oatmeal shade with subtle dark flecks throughout. I really do think those two colors go together like a dream.


This project might seem a little difficult just by looking at the heart detail on the band but I promise yo all it is really quite simple.

To make this headband you will need a worsted weight yarn and a 5mm crochet hook.

Band:

Using your main color:

Chain 75, half double crochet into the 3rd chain from the hook. Half double crochet across the row to the end. Chain 1 and turn.

Single crochet across the row but change to your heart color before you finish the last single crochet.

***Chain 3 and into the same stitch, make a bobble stitch (wrap yarn around hook, insert hook into the stitch, bring up loop, yarn over and bring through 2 stitches on hook, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch again, yarn over and bring up a loop, yarn over and bring through two stitches on hook, yarn over and bring through the last three stitches on the hook).

Chain 2, skip the next 5 stitches, and in the 6th stitch make a bobble stitch ( yarn over, insert hook into stitch, bring up a loop, yarn over and bring through two stitches on hook, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch again, yarn over and bring up a loop, yarn over and bring through two stitches on hook, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch again, yarn over and bring up a loop, yarn over and bring through two stitches on hook, yarn over and bring through the last four stitches on hook.

Chain 2 and make another bobble stitch into the very same stitch.

Chain 2 and skip the next 5 stitches. In the 6th stitch make a bobble, chain 2 and make another bobble into the same stitch.

Repeat the row above until you reach the end of the row, however when you reach the last stitch just make one bobble stitch. Change back to your main color.

Chain 1 and single crochet into the top of the bobble.

*Now I want you to look at the row of single crochets that you did in your main color (the second row that you did). You will notice your 5 skipped stitches, right?!! Make a single crochet into the 2nd stitch of the 5 skipped stitches. Single crochet into the next two stitches. You may have to stretch your yarn a little to reach those three stitches.

Chain 2 and single crochet into the middle of your heart (the chain two space between the two bobble stitches that forms your heart. Chain 2* and repeat from * to * to the end

When you reach the end, chain two and single crochet into the top of the bobble stitch.

Chain 3 and make double crochets across the row to the end.

Chain 1 and single crochet all the way across making sure that you change to your heart color before you finish your last single crochet.*** Repeat from *** to *** once more.

Fasten off and weave in all the loose ends. Sew one or two buttons to one end of the band.


Bow:

Chain 40, join with a slip stitch to the 1st chain to create a circle. Chain 2 and double crochet around. Place your marker and continue with double crochet for a total of 8- 9 rows. Fasten off leaving a very long tail. Pinch the rectangle in the centre to shape it into a bow and use the long tail to wrap around the middle of the bow. Wrap the tail around the centre a few times to secure properly. Then stitch the bow towards the side of the band and you are now done!



I hope you all enjoyed this pattern. Once you get the hang of the first two or three hearts you will be flying through it...









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Monday, 24 October 2016

Fall Bow Beanie

This weekend I indulged in a wee bit of yarn shopping. Fall has arrived and with that comes beanies, scarves, gloves etc. I'm so in the fall fashion state of mind now and I'm constantly coming up with new and exciting pieces to create. When I think of fall I always picture burgundy shades. I absolutely love this color and it is a shade that goes with any complexion. So I bought tons of the stuff. I really can't wait to play around with it.
I love bows and I love beanies so why not put the two together and so I created this stunningly beautiful fall bow beanie. It is designed to fit snugly on the head and it would look pretty with the bow towards the middle of the head or towards the side like the photo below.


To make this beauty all you need is worsted yarn and a 5mm crochet hook.

Beanie:

10 double crochet into a magic ring. Join with a slip stitch to close. Chain 2, turn.

Make 2 double crochet into each stitch around, then join with a slip stitch to close. Chain 2, turn.

*Make 1 double crochet into the next stitch then 2 double crochet into the following*. Repeat from * to * around. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 2, turn.

*Make 1 double crochet into the next 2 stitch, then make 2 double crochets into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * to the end. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 2, turn.

*Make 1 double crochet into the next 3 stitches, then make 2 double crochets into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * to the end. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 2, turn.

*Make 1 double crochet into the next 4 stitches, then make 2 double crochets into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * to the end. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 2, turn.

Make 1 double crochet into each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 2, turn. Repeat this for a further 9 rows.

Fasten off and weave in all the ends.



Bow:
Rounds are continuous. Do not join with a slip stitch at the end of each round.

Chain 40. Join to the first chain to make a circle.

Make a double crochet into each chain around. Do this for a further 8-9 rounds.

Cut yarn leaving a very long tail. Pinch this rectangular piece in the middle to create a bow shape. With the long tail end that you just cut wrap it around the middle of the bow several times to secure it. Insert your tail end into a yarn needle and insert it a few times through the back of the bow to secure. All you have to do now is stitch the bow onto the beanie. I just sewed through the middle of the bow and through the beanie.

Enjoy
xx


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Crochet Ice Cream Cone

Who doesn't like a good ice cream cone? Just the other day I took a little road trip with my other half up towards Slieve Bloom Mountains. After a couple hours of trekking through the forests and admiring all the beautiful scenery surrounding us we thought, "Hmm how nice would it be to lick a nice ice cream cone". So we jumped into the car and drove to the nearest gas station with our mouths watering. Our dreams were immediately crushed once we got in. Apparently they stopped serving ice cream cones due to the fact tat summer ended. Even though we are nearly halfway through October, the weather is still pretty mild so it was a bit of a surprise. I really can't tell you all how much I have craved for an ice cream cone ever since. So last night, with cones on my brain, I came up with this super cute ice cream cone pattern. Not only is it super delicious looking, but the best part is it's 100% fat free!! You can't get better than that, now can you?


For this project I used a dk weight yarn but any weight yarn will work. The thicker the yarn the bigger the ice cream cone will be. I also used a 3.5mm crochet hook. The cone is made from a beige color yarn but the ice cream scoops can be made in any color you like. A small amount of a chocolate brown yarn is needed for the chocolate sauce, some white for the cream topping and a little red for the cherry on the top.

Cone:
make in continuous rounds throughout

6 single crochet into a magic ring

2 single crochet into each stitch around

Make a single crochet into each stitch around for three rounds

*1 single crochet into next stitch, 2 single crochet into the next*. Repeat from * to * around.

Make a single crochet into each stitch around for three rounds.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next two single crochets, then make 2 single crochet into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * around.

Make 1 single crochet into each stitch around for three rounds.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next 3 single crochets, then make 2 single crochets into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * around.

Make 1 single crochet into each stitch around for three rounds.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next 4 stitches, then make 2 single crochets into the following stitch*. Repeat form * to * around.

Make 1 single crochet into each stitch around for three rounds.

*Make a single crochet into the next 5 stitches, then make 2 single crochets into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * around. 

Make a single crochet into each stitch around for 6 rounds.

Slip stitch into the first stitch of the previous round. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Ice Cream Scoop

6 single crochet into a magic ring

2 single crochet into each stitch around

*1 single crochet into next stitch, 2 single crochet into the next*. Repeat from * to * around.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next two single crochets, then make 2 single crochet into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * around.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next 3 single crochets, then make 2 single crochets into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * around.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next 4 stitches, then make 2 single crochets into the following stitch*. Repeat form * to * around.

*Make a single crochet into the next 5 stitches, then make 2 single crochets into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * around.

Make 1 single crochet into each stitch around for 10 rounds.

*Make 4 half double crochets into the next stitch, then skip the following stitch, then slip stitch into the next stitch after that*. Repeat from * to * around.

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing later.

Make another ice cream scoop in the very same way.

Chocolate Sauce:
6 single crochet into a magic ring.

2 single crochet into each stitch around

*1 single crochet into next stitch, 2 single crochet into the next*. Repeat from * to * around.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next two single crochets, then make 2 single crochet into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * around.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next 3 single crochets, then make 2 single crochets into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * around.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next 4 stitches, then make 2 single crochets into the following stitch*. Repeat form * to * around.

*Make 4 double crochets into the next stitch, skip 1, slip stitch into the following*. Repeat from * to * around. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing later.

Whipped Cream:

6 single crochet into a magic ring.

2 single crochet into each stitch around

*1 single crochet into next stitch, 2 single crochet into the next*. Repeat from * to * around.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next two single crochets, then make 2 single crochet into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * around.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next 3 single crochets, then make 2 single crochets into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * around.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next 4 stitches, then make 2 single crochets into the following stitch*. Repeat form * to * around.

* Make 4 single crochets into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * around.

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.


Cherry:
6 single crochet into a magic ring.

Make 2 single crochet into each stitch around.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next stitch, then make 2 single crochet into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * around.

Make a single crochet into each stitch around for three rounds.

*Make 1 single crochet into the next stitch, then a decrease into the following*. Repeat from * to * around.

Make a decrease into every stitch around until you have 6 stitches left.

Stuff and sew closed. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing later.


Assembly:

Stuff the cone firmly. Then stuff an ice cream scoop and sew onto the cone. Stuff the other scoop and sew that on top of the other scoop. Next sew the chocolate sauce onto the top of the cone followed by the whipped cream. Then top with a cherry and you are finished.

Hope y'all loved this pattern. It would be perfect as a Christmas gift to a small child. If there are any other patterns you would like to see please let me know.




Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Adult Puff Stitch Beanie

I've had so much interest in my previous post Puff Stitch Toddler Beanie. So many people have asked me to write up an adult version so here it is.



Notes

puff stitch: yarn over, insert hook into your stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. Insert your hook back into that same stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. Insert your hook once again into the same stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. You should now have 7 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops. Then chain 1.

front post double crochet (fpdc): Yarn over hook. Insert hook from the front of your work and wrap hook around the entire double crochet. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops.


back post double crochet (bpdc): Yarn over hook. Insert hook from the back of your work and wrap hook around the entire double crochet. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops

This pattern was updated on 02/01/17

Adult Size:

Using a 5mm crochet hook and worsted yarn chain 3 and slip stitch into the first chain to make a circle. Make 6 puff stitches into the ring making sure not to chain 2 at the beginning.
Slip stitch into the top of the very first puff stitch you did to close the round.

For the next row make two puff stitches into each chain 1 space around. Join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch of that round. You should now have 12 stitches.

In the next round *make 1 puff stitch in the first chain 1 space then make 2 puff stitches into the next chain 1 space.* Repeat from * to * around then join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch of that round to close. By now you need to have 18 puff stitches.

For the next round *make a puff stitch into the next 2 chain one spaces, followed by 2 puffs into the next chain 1 space*. Repeat from * to * around, then join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch of that round. You should have 24 puff stitches now.

For the next increase row, *make 1 puff stitch into the next 3 chain one spaces followed by 2 puffs in the next chain 1 space*. Repeat from * to * around then join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch of that round. You should have 30 puff stitches now.

For the next increase row, *make 1 puff stitch into the next 4 chain one spaces followed by 2 puffs in the next chain 1 space*. Repeat from * to * around then join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch of that round. You should have 36 puff stitches now.

For the next 10 - 12 rows make 1 puff stitch into each chain 1 space then join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch of that round.

Chain 2 and make a double crochet into each puff stitch and chain 1 space around, then join with a slip stitch to close the round.

Chain 2 and *make a front post double crochet (fpdc) into the first stitch, then make a back post double crochet (bpdc) into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Join with a slip stitch to close the round. Repeat this round a further 4 or 5 times depending on how thick you would like the band.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Make yourself a pom pom and sew onto the top of the beanie.

Enjoy xx

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Puff Stitch Toddler Beanie

Sorry guys and dolls for the long absence. It seems like forever and a minute since my last post. I've barely had the time to pee recently let alone open my laptop up and type out a pattern for you guys! But thankfully everything has quietened down a bit so here I am again with a lovely beanie pattern for you all. I've written this pattern in a toddler size but if you want to make it bigger or smaller just make less/more increase rounds.



Notes

puff stitch: yarn over, insert hook into your stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. Insert your hook back into that same stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. Insert your hook once again into the same stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. You should now have 7 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops. Then chain 1.

front post double crochet (fpdc): Yarn over hook. Insert hook from the front of your work and wrap hook around the entire double crochet. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops.

back post double crochet (bpdc): Yarn over hook. Insert hook from the back of your work and wrap hook around the entire double crochet. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops




 Toddler Size:

Using a 6mm crochet hook and worsted yarn chain 3 and slip stitch into the first chain to make a circle. Make 6 puff stitches into the ring making sure not to chain 2 at the beginning.
Slip stitch into the top of the very first puff stitch you did to close the round.

For the next row make two puff stitches into each chain 1 space around. Join with a slip stitch to the first slip stitch of that round. You should now have 12 stitches.

In the next round *make 1 puff stitch in the first chain 1 space then make 2 puff stitches into the next chain 1 space.* Repeat from * to * around then join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch of that round to close. By now you need to have 18 puff stitches.

For the next round *make a puff stitch into the next 2 chain one spaces, followed by 2 puffs into the next chain 1 space*. Repeat from * to * around, then join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch of that round. You should have 24 puff stitches now.

For the last increase row, *make 1 puff stitch into the next 3 chain one spaces followed by 2 puffs in the next chain 1 space*. Repeat from * to * around then join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch of that round. You should have 30 puff stitches now.

For the next 10 rows make 1 puff stitch into each chain 1 space then join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch of that round.

Chain 2 and make a double crochet into each puff stitch and chain 1 space around, then join with a slip stitch to close the round.

Chain 2 and *make a front post double crochet (fpdc) into the first stitch, then make a back post double crochet (bpdc) into the following stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Join with a slip stitch to close the round. Repeat this round a further 4 or 5 times depending on how thick you would like the band.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Enjoy xx

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Cute Crochet Hair Bow

Hello once again my wee internet family! I thought I would bring you a rather simple pattern today. It is that easy it could be worked up with your eyes tightly shut. No kidding! It's a cute hair bow that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes.


I'm so in love with how these little cuties turned out. The colour choices are endless. Choose colours according to the seasons, your mood, or as a matching accessory to an outfit.

Anyhoo, the bows I made were on the bigger side. I made a chain of 30 using a 5mm crochet hook and worsted weight yarn.

I then made a slip stitch into the very first chain I made creating a loop.

Ch 2 and double crochet into the next stitch. Double crochet to the end of the row. Do not join with a slip stitch at the end of the round. You will be working in continuous rounds.

Make a double crochet into the next stitch and continue all the way around in double crochet.

Keep going in this pattern until you have a total of 5-6 rounds. To make the bow wider just make a few more rounds!


At the end of your last round make a slip stitch into the next stitch. Fasten off and weave in all your ends Then put to one side while you make a start on the middle part of the bow.

Bow Cincher:

Chain 5

Double crochet into the 3rd chain from the hook. Double crochet across to end. You should now have 3 stitches.

Ch 2 and double crochet to end.

Repeat last row until you have a total of 6-7 rows.

Fasten off and weave in all the ends.

Grab the main bow part that you made earlier and cinch it with your fingers towards the middle. I like to make a small stitch here with a needle and some yarn to keep it in place.
Wrap the middle part of the bow with the cincher and sew closed.

Now all you have to do is glue any sort of clip to the back of the bow. I like to use alligator clips for my hair bows.


Solid colour bows, striped bows...the choices are literally endless. Why not try making mini bows. All you have to do is chain less at the beginning. The same goes for a larger bow...just add more chains!

Hope you all enjoyed this pattern.
Lots of love
Carrie xx

Friday, 2 September 2016

Crochet Alien Crop Top

Yes...my crazy crop top addiction is still going strong! I just can't seem to knock them on the head. I've had a week off work (due holidays) and instead of chilling out and enjoying the art of doing absolutely nothing, I literally spent every moment of it with a hook and yarn. I have so many ideas on future patterns and I'm sure you will all love them. Autumn and winter will definitely not be a let down for any of you!

Anyways, the pattern I have for you all today is not one of my newest. A few years ago I had a little online shop and sold many handmade items from crop tops to beanies. One of my biggest sellers were the alien crop tops. So many people down through the years asked me how I made them but I was too greedy to share with anyone! To be honest, I was also a bit on the lazy side to actually sit down and write a pattern. I was never into writing patterns back then, but now there's no stopping me.


For this crop top I used worsted weight yarn and a 5 mm crochet hook.

For the cups:

Chain 12 with your green yarn

Single crochet into the second chain from the hook. Single crochet to the second last stitch. In the last stitch make 3 single crochets. Place a marker into the middle stitch.

Carry on with your single crochet on the opposite side of the chain and keep going until the of the row.

Chain 1 and single crochet into the same stitch as your chain 1. Single crochet until you reach your stitch marker. In this stitch make another 3 single crochets. Make sure to put the marker into the middle stitch. 
Continue with your single crochet until the end of the row is reached.

Repeat this last row until the cup fits your boob but make sure you change to the black yarn for the last 2 rows. Do not cut yarn. Chain 1 and single crochet evenly across the bottom of the cup. Cut yarn now and fasten off. Weave in the ends.

Now make your second cup in the same way!

Put both cups to one side and now it's time to start on the body of the top.

With you black yarn make a chain that is long enough to reach from one side of the ribs to the other side.

 Half double crochet into the 3rd chain from the hook. Half double crochet to the end of the row.

Chain 3. Skip 1 stitch and then double crochet into the next. 

*Chain 1, skip one and double crochet into the next*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the end.

Chain 3, then double crochet into the 2nd ch-space from the hook. *Ch 1 and double crochet into the next ch-space*. Repeat from * to * to the end.

Chain 2 and make a half double crochet into every double crochet and every ch-space from the previous row. Repeat until you reach your desired length.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

For the alien eyes:

Chain 5
Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Then make a half double crochet into the next stitch and then a double crochet into the next stitch. In the last chain make 4 treble crochets. Now turn to the opposite side of the chain. Skip the first stitch. In the next stitch work a double crochet. In the following stitch make a half double crochet and then a single crochet in the last stitch.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Make three more eyes and put them to one side when finished.

Assembly:

Centre the two cups on to the body of the crop top and sew the on neatly.
Join your black yarn to any of the corners of the body. Make a very long chain. This will be one of your back straps. Repeat for the remaining three corners.

Attach black yarn to the top of the cup. I usually attach mine to the stitch that had the stitch marker. Make a very long chain here. This will be your shoulder strap. Repeat for the other cup.

Now all you have left to do is sew your eyes onto the cups and you are ready to flaunt!


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Boho Crop Top

It's official! I'm addicted to making cute little crop tops. This weekend my entire time was taken up with designing and making these bad boys. Nobody in the house dared to speak to me, let alone look at me. I was in my own little world, and on a roll. I remember when I first started off crocheting and endlessly searching the Internet for some sort of pattern explaining how on earth a crop top was made. But honestly there were very few of them and the ones that were out there were not my cup of tea. So, eventually my crocheting skills got better and I was ready to design something. So here you are my Internet family, the pattern to one of the crop tops I just designed this weekend.


I used worsted weight yarn and a 5mm crochet hook.

The body of the top:

Make a chain long enough to go from one side of your rib cage to the other. For me it was 64 chains. This sizing will fit a small/medium. If you want it bigger just add more chains but make sure its in multiples of 8.

So for example purposes chain 64 and add another chain (this will be your turning chain. So all together you have 65 chains!

Row 1: 
Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet all the way across to the end. Ch 2.

Row 2:
Half double crochet across the next row. Make sure to put your first hdc into the same stitch that the ch 2 is in.

Row 3:
Ch 4, skip 3 stitches. ( 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the next stitch.
Ch 1, skip the next 3 stitches, 1 dc in the next.
**Ch 1, skip next 3 stitches, then ( 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the next stitch.
Ch 1, skip next 3 stitches, and make 1 dc in the next stitch.**
Repeat from ** to ** until you reach the end of the row. When you arrive at the last stitch ch 1 and make 1 dc.

Row 4:
Ch 4, then work ( 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc ) into the ch 2 space of the shell from the previous round.
Ch 1 and make 1 dc into the dc of the previous round.
**Ch 1, then work ( 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc ) into the ch 2 space of the shell in the previous round.
Ch 1 and work 1 dc into the dc of the previous round.**
Repeat from ** to ** until you reach the end of the row but before you finish this row work 1 dc into the 3rd ch of the turning chain that you made at the beginning of the row.

Repeat row 3 and 4 until you have reach your desired length. I did four shell rows!


Now for the cups:

Ch 12
Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook and all the way to the 2nd last stitch.
In the last stitch make 3 single crochets. Place a marker in the middle stitch.
Continue in single crochet across the opposite side of the chain and single crochet to the end.
Ch 1 and single crochet until you reach your marker. In this stitch make 3 single crochets.
Continue down the row in single crochet until the end.

Continue in this pattern until the cup is big enough to cover your boob always making sure to make 3 single crochets into the stitch that has the marker. The marker always goes into the middle stitch of the three. Fasten off and weave in the ends. Make another cup in the exact same way.

When both cups are made line them up with the body part of the top wrong sides together. Sew together.

Now all you have to do is join your yarn to the tops of the cups. I prefer to join my yarn in the middle stitch where the marker usually is. Make a chain long enough as this will be your shoulder strap. Do the same to the other cup.

For the back straps I just joined the yarn anywhere on the side of the body part and made a very long chain. Do the same for the other side.

Weave in all the ends and you are ready to go!

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial.

Lots of love
Carrie xx


Friday, 26 August 2016

Triangle Bikini Top

Who ever said the granny stitch was solely for blankets and throws?! I absolutely love the granny stitch but wanted to incorporate it into something a bit more modern other than a blanket or throw. I had came across a few granny triangle recently but most people seemed to only make banners or triangle scarves with them. Me being me had to be different of course! After about an hour of wrapping yarn around my hook I finally created this retro granny stitch bikini top. It is very easy to make and rather quick to whip up.




For this bikini I used a dk/8 ply yarn but a worsted weight yarn can also be used. I used a 4mm crochet hook.

Chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain you made to create a loop.

Chain 6 and 3 dc into the ring.

Chain 3 and make another 3 dc into the ring.

Chain 3 and make 2 dc into the ring. Slip stitch into the third chain on your chain 6 that you began with. Fasten off and connect contrasting yarn to any chain 3 space.

Chain 6 and 3 dc into your chain 3 space. Chain 1 and 3 dc into the next ch space. 

Chain 3 and make another 3 dc into the same space.

Chain 1 and 3 dc into the next ch space. Chain 3 and make another 3 dc into the same space.
Chain 1 and 2 dc into the first chain space you started with. Slip stitch into the third chain. Fasten off and connect new yarn to any chain 3 space.

Chain 6 and 3 dc into the ch space. Chain 1.
3 dc into the next space. Chain 1
3 dc into the next space. Chain 3 and make another 3 dc into the same space. Chain 1 
3 dc into the next space. Chain 1
3 dc into the next space. Chain 3 and make another 3 dc into the same space. Chain 1
3 dc into the next space. Chain 1
2 dc into the next space and then slip stitch to the third chain. Fasten off and connect new yarn to any chain 3 space. 

Continue in this pattern until the triangle fits perfectly around you boob! Remember to make 3 dc, chain 3, 3 dc into each of the three corners of the triangle.

Then chain 3 and make 5 dc into the first chain 3 space. Slip stitch into the second dc.
Make 5 dc into the next chain 1 space. Then slip stitch into the second dc. Continue like this until you reach the next corner. Make 5 dc then slip stitch into the same space. Make another 5 dc into same space. Continue in pattern making sure that you make 5 dc, slip stitch, 5 dc into the next corner. When you reach the last corner make 5 dc and a slip stitch in the same space. Do NOT FASTEN OFF.
Make a long chain, long enough to act as shoulder straps. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Do the exact same thing for the second cup.

For the back strap make a very long chain (300/400 chains).

Weave this long chain through the bottom of the two triangles and enjoy!

The color combinations for this bikini are literally endless. Solid colors or lots of colors! The choice is completely up to you.


If you find it difficult to follow the written pattern, you can watch the video tutorial.

Happy hooking!!
Carrie xx

Monday, 22 August 2016

Third Eye Kitty Beanie

Here in Ireland summer has well and truly ended, not that it really began in the first place!! A week of sunshine is what we expect every year with temperatures reaching on average 22 degrees Celsius. It is now nearing the end of August and with that comes dull, foggy mornings with a slight chill in the air. So out came my yarn and hook and with those I created this third eye kitty beanie. I've definitely noticed these third eyes are becoming very fashionable recently but I've only ever seen them incorporated into summer fashion pieces. So, my dear friends here is the pattern for my third eye kitty beanie.


You will need:
worsted weight yarn
5mm crochet hook

For the beanie:

Make a chain long enough to go around your head. Slip stitch to the first chain to create a loop.

Chain 2, then make a half double crochet into the next stitch.

Continue in half double crochet until the end. DO NOT SLIP STITCH AT END. ROWS ARE CONTINUOUS.
Place marker.

Keep going in continuous rounds and in half double crochet throughout until the piece measures about 8 inches.
When you reach the end of the last round slip stitch into the next stitch.

Single crochet the top of the hat closed.
Finish off and weave in ends.
Turn hat inside out.

For the eye:

8 double crochet into magic ring.
Join new color before you finish the last double crochet.

Chain 2 and make 2 double crochet into each stitch. Join with slip stitch at end of round (24)

Chain 2. Make *1 double crochet in next stitch and 2 double crochet in the following*. Repeat from * to * until the end. Before you finish the last double crochet join the white yarn. Join with slip stitch.

Chain 1. Single crochet into the next two stitches. Half double crochet into the following and then make 2 double crochet into the next stitch.

Make a treble crochet and double treble crochet into the next stitch.

Make a double treble crochet and a treble crochet into the next stitch.

Then make 2 double crochet into the next stitch.

Half double crochet into the next stitch and then single crochet into the next six.

Make 2 double crochet into the next stitch.

Then make a treble crochet and a double treble crochet into the following stitch.

2 double crochet into the next stitch.

1 half double crochet into the next stitch.

Single crochet to end.
Slip stitch into the first single crochet of the round to close.

With some black yarn single crochet around the eye. When you reach the second double treble crochet make 3 single crochets. Continue in single crochet until you reach the fourth double treble crochet. Make 3 single crochets in that stitch. Single crochet to end of round and slip stitch to join.

Join new contrasting yarn.

Chain 1. Single crochet into same stitch. Chain 4. Slip stitch into the first chain of your chain 4.
Slip stitch into the next stitch.

*Single crochet into the following stitch. Then make 4 chains and slip stitch into the first chain of your chain 4. Slip stitch into the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * until the end.
Join with a slip stitch to the chain 1 at the beginning of the row and finish off.
Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Sew eye onto beanie.

There you have it. Your very own third eye kitty beanie is now finished and ready to wear.
Enjoy!
Lots of love
Carrie xx





Monday, 4 July 2016

Rainbow Sleeve Scarf

Sleeve scarves have been a favourite project of mine for a number of years now. I can't tell you how many times people have approached me and asked how I make them. I think people have an idea that a piece like this is for an advanced crocheter, but honestly it's pretty simple.


The best part about this piece is it's versatility. During the spring/summer months it can be worn as a sort of cropped sweater but then in winter it can be transitioned into an infinity scarf or perhaps even a super long scarf.

This is how I made it and what I used:

Any worsted weight yarn
100g white and small amounts of:
bright pink
red
orange
yellow
green
blue
purple

Hook:

Size L (8.00mm) crochet hook

Each dc at beginning of each row starts in same stitch as ch 2

Work through the back loops of each stitch across. This gives the scarf a ribbed effect and lots of stretch.

Begin with the purple yarn

Ch 240

Row 1: Dc in second chain from hook. 1 Dc in each chain to end. (239 stitches). Join in blue yarn. Ch 2, turn

Row 2: With blue yarn and working through back loops only, 1 dc in each st to end. (239 stitches). Join in green yarn. Ch2, turn

Row 3: With green yarn, and working through back loops only, 1 dc in each st to end. Join in yellow yarn. Ch 2, turn

Row 4: With yellow yarn, and working through back loops only, 1 dc in each st to end. Join in orange yarn. Ch 2, turn

Row 5: With orange yarn, and working through back loops only, 1 dc in each st to end. Join in red yarn. Ch 2, turn

Row 6: With red yarn, and working through back loops only, 1 dc in each st to end. Join in bright pink yarn. Ch 2, turn

Row 7: With pink yarn and working through back loops only, 1 dc in st to end. Join in white yarn. Ch 2, turn

Row 8: With white yarn, and working through back loops only, 1 dc in each st to end. Ch 2, turn.



Row 9: Continue with white yarn and back loops only, 1 dc across row. Ch 2, turn.

Continue through back loops only and a dc in each stitch across for a further six rows. Add more rows here if you want a wider scarf.

At this point the piece looks like any normal scarf but this is where the magic begins!
At each end of scarf, sl st across. This will tidy up the scarf giving you a smooth finish for your sleeves.

Finishing: Measure the length of your arm from wrist to below your shoulder (under arm).
Fold one end of scarf, and sl st closed for what ever measurement you got for your arm. Repeat for the other end of scarf. If you don't want to slip stitch closed, you can always sew closed with a yarn needle.

Weave in any loose ends. Turn the sleeves inside out.

Ta da!!!! Your sleeve scarf is now ready to play around with. Play around with different color combinations.