Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Crochet Bow Ear Warmer

Nothing dresses up a dull outfit like a cute bow ear warmer. If you're not a beanie person then the next best thing is one of these cuties. The color options are endless and with this bow that I created the bow can be worn towards the side of the head or nearer to the front. I just love this bow ear warmer and it's really simple to make.


For this head bow you will need a worsted weight yarn, a 5mm hook and two buttons. So lets get started.

Band:

Ch 80 using 5mm (H) crochet hook.

Dc into the 3rd chain from hook. Dc all the way across row to end. You should have
78 stitches by the end of this row. Turn.

Ch 2. Dc all the way across the row to end.

Repeat last row until you have a total of 5 rows. If you want the band of the ear
warmer wider, add more rows.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Sew two buttons about 2 cm in from edge of one end of the band.

Bow:

Ch 35
Join with a sl st to the first chain that you made to form a loop. Make sure not to twist
the chain. Ch 2.

Dc into the next ch and then dc all the way around. Join with a sl st to the top of the
beginning ch 2 that you made at the start of the round.

Ch 2 and dc all the way around. Join with a sl st to the ch 2 at the beginning of last
round.

Repeat the last row until you have a total of 7 rounds.

Fasten off and weave in all ends. With your finger tips create a bow by cinching the
top and bottom together and secure with a small stitch with your yarn needle. Put to

one side.

Bow Cincher:

Ch 5

Dc into the 3rd ch from the hook. Dc across to end. You should now have 3 stitches.

Ch 2 and dc to end.

Repeat last row until you have a total of 8-9 rows.

Fasten off leaving a long tail.

Assembly:

Lay your band flat on a hard surface and place the bow on top of the band. With the
cincher (the small strip) wrap around the centre of bow and around the band. Sew the
two ends of the cincher at the back being careful not to stitch into the band. Weave in

all ends. The bow is now adjustable and can be worn towards the centre or off to one
side. There is no need to make button holes as the buttons will connect into any of the
double crochet stitches.

Enjoy xx

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Festival Shroom Purse

Festival season has well and truly arrived. I love this time of year as I get to whip out my hook and yarn and crochet endless amounts of crop tops, headbands and recently these super cute mushroom purses.

I've seen so many interpretations of this little bag across Etsy and Instagram but none of them were exactly what I wanted. So what did I do? I took my hook and yarn out and began crocheting a shape (with alot of trial and error!) similar to that of a mushroom. I am so happy with the way it turned out that I am definitely going to make this a staple in my festival adventures!

So what did I do?

First of all you will need worsted weight yarn in red, beige and white. The crochet hook that I used was a 6mm.

Base of mushroom:

With your beige yarn make a magic loop
Rounds are continuous (ie.no slip stitches at the end of rounds or chains at
the beginning!!)

6 single crochet into the ring (6)

Make 2 single crochets into each stitch around (12)

*1 single crochet into next stitch, then make 2 single crochets into the next
stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around (18)

*1 single crochet into the next 2 stitches and then make 2 single crochet
into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around (24)

*1 single crochet into the next 3 stitches and then 2 single crochets into the
next stitch*. Repeat from * to * to the end of round. (30)

*1 single crochet into the next 4 stitches and then make 2 single crochets
into the next stitch*. Repeat form * to * to the end of the round (36)

*1 single crochet into the next 5 stitches and then make 2 single crochets
into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * to the end of the row (42)
.
Single crochet across these 42 stitches until you have a total of about 24
rounds from the beginning.
Slip stitch into the next stitch. Into the same stitch make a long chain of
around 110. These chains will be the strap of the bag so if you want it
longer add more chains, less if you want a shorter one!
In the second chain from the hook make a single crochet and then single
crochet all the way down the length of the strap. When you have completed
the last single crochet, make a slip stitch into the stitch to the left of the
original base stitch.

Fasten off and weave in ends.
Stitch the other end of the strap to the bag with your tapestry needle.

Top of Mushroom:

With your red yarn make yourself a magic ring.
Make 6 single crochets into the ring. (6)

Into each stitch make 2 single crochets (12)

*1 single crochet into the next stitch and then make 2 single crochets into the
next (18)

*1 single crochet into the next 2 stitches and then make 2 single crochet into the
next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around (24)

*1 single crochet into the next 3 stitches and then 2 single crochets into the next
stitch*. Repeat from * to * to the end of round. (30)

*1 single crochet into the next 4 stitches and then make 2 single crochets into the
next stitch*. Repeat form * to * to the end of the round (36)

*1 single crochet into the next 5 stitches and then make 2 single crochets into the
next stitch*. Repeat from * to * to the end of the row (42).

*1 single crochet into the next 6 stitches and then make 2 single crochets into the
next stitch* Repeat from * to * until the end (48)

Single crochet around to the end of the round until you have completed a further
8-9 rounds. When you have completed the last single crochet, make a slip stitch
into the next stitch to finish off the round. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

For the mushroom spots all you have to do is make a magic ring with white
yarn. Then make 6 single crochets into the ring. For the next round make 2 single
crochets into each stitch until the end (12). Fasten off and weave in ends. Make a
total of six spots and stitch them onto the top of the mushroom.

Now all you've gotta do is pull the strap through the little hole on the top of the
mushroom and you are good to go. Perfect for storing your mobile phone, drinks,
and all sorts of festival goodies.

ENJOY! xx