Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Knit Animal Print Beanie Hat

Ok, my knit beanie obsession continues! I just can't stop. Two patterns in three days! Wow I'm on a roll. So, the other day I was in my local Aldi and discovered a bunch of super chunky yarn in an array of color so naturally I couldn't resist. To be honest I think I bought the lot! The second I came home I wanted to knit and design another beanie hat and so I got thinking. ANIMAL PRINT! Why not create a super chunky beanie with super cool animal print, and here it is.


Here's what you need:

Super Bulky yarn
7 mm circular needle (16") or double pointed needles.
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker.



Start of with your contrasting color (CC). In this case I've used dark blue.
Cast on 50 stitches.
Begin with knit 1, purl 1 ribbing. Continue in this pattern until you have 9 rows completed.

From now on we will be working the main part of the hat (the animal print. You can work off the chart below or simply read the instructions. If reading off the chart remember to begin at the very bottom right hand corner and making your way across towards the left. Every round begins on the right.



Round 1: Attach your main color (MC) which in this case is light grey.
(K1MC, K2CC, K4MC, K1CC, K1MC, K1CC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 2: (K4MC, K2CC, K2MC, K2CC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 3: (K1MC, K2CC, K1MC, K1CC, K5MC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 4: (K1MC, K1CC, K1MC, K1CC, K2MC, K3CC, K1MC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 5: (K2MC, K2CC, K2MC, K1CC, K1MC, K1CC, K1MC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 6: (K6MC, K2CC, K2MC) 5 times to end of the round.

Round 7: (K2CC, K1MC, K2CC, K4MC, K1CC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 8: (K1MC, K1CC, K1MC, K1CC, K1MC, K1CC, K3MC, K1CC) 5 times to end of round.

Round 9: (K2CC, K3MC, K1CC, K1MC, K1CC, K2MC) 5 times to end of the round.

Round 10: (K4MC, K1CC, K2MC, K2CC, K1MC) 5 times to end of the round.

Round 11: (K1MC, K2CC, K7MC) 5 times to end of the round.

Round 12: (K1CC, K1MC, K1CC, K2MC, K1CC, K1MC, K2CC, K1MC) 5 times to end of round.

Continue now with your main color.

For the next 3 rounds you will be decreasing for the crown. K2tog to the end of the round (x3).

Cut your yarn leaving a long tail. Thread it onto a yarn needle and weave through your remaining stitches. Secure the yarn with a stitch or two in the inside of the hat.
Now all you have to do is add a pom pom and you are ready to go.

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Lara Knit Beanie

I've recently taken up knitting again and I'm completely obsessed! Long before crochet came into my life I remember being about nine years old learning knitting in primary school. Back then the nuns ruled most schools while "regular" teachers were few and far between. I remember I absolutely hated knitting! Basics such as casting on was an unbearable task altogether. Nothing about the craft stuck to me whatsoever. I suppose having a stiff lipped ogre of a nun luring over your shoulder shouting, "it's like pulling teeth trying to teach you". Oh the memories! Fast forward a few years and while in the comfort of my own home I self taught within a day. But somehow over the years I discovered crochet and dropped knitting. I had forgotten how much I love knitting. I love the textures of all the different stitches, something crocheting just doesn't live up to. Anyways, I'm rambling on quite a bit now. Fall has definitely arrived here in Ireland and I really couldn't be happier. It is after all BEANIE SEASON!! Here's how I made this simple knit beanie.




Materials:

Super Bulky yarn
7 mm circular needles (16") or double pointed needles.
A stitch marker
Tapestry needle.


Cast on 50 stitches.

You will be starting with the band of your beanie so begin with your knit 1, purl 1 ribbing. Continue until you have completed 9 rows.

Row 10 - 34  Continue in stocking stitch. If you want a slouchier hat simply add more rounds.

Row 35- 37 Knit 2 together all the way around to the end of the round.

Cut your yarn leaving a long tail. Thread your yarn on to a tapestry/yarn needle and weave through the remaining stitches. Pull tight to close the top of the hat and secure the end of the tail in the inside of the hat. Weave in all ends. Add a pom pom if desired.

Your hat is now complete. In the photo above I made the beanie in 3/4 burgundy and 1/4 cream but of course any color way will be perfect.




Monday, 12 June 2017

Sunburst Festival Top

Sunburst granny square are by far my favourite. I love the design, the endless colour combinations, and the simplicity of these little squares. You all know my love for designing crop tops, so why not combine my two loves together! The final outcome was this colourful sunburst festival lace up crop top (hmm that was a mouthful!)

 
The yarn I used was quite fine. I found it at my local Soestrene Grene store and each 50g ball was less than 2 Euros!!! I would say its a weight 2 yarn (fingering) and the hook I used was a size 3mm.

Notes:

puff stitch: *yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, draw up a loop* three times. You will end up with                      7 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. Chain 1 to close.

cluster stitch: *yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2                                loops* 4 times. You will end up with 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pill through                          all loops on hook.

treble stitch:   yarn over hook twice, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over and draw up loop (4 loops on                           hook). Pull yarn through 2 loops (3 loops left on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2                         loops (2 loops left on hook). Yarn over and draw through the last 2 loops on hook.


To make the sunburst granny square:

Start off by making a magic circle, then chain 3 (counts as the first double crochet).
Make 15 double crochets into the circle. You will have 16 double crochets at the end of this round. Cut yarn and fasten off.

Attach new colour with a slip stitch to any double crochet. Chain 1 and puff stitch into the same stitch and in every double crochet around. Join with a slip stitch to the first puff stitch. Fasten off. You should have 16 puffs by the end of this round.

Attach next colour to any chain 1 space then chain 2. In the same space make (cluster stitch, chain 2) in the same space and in every chain 1 space around. Join with a slip stitch to the first cluster stitch. Fasten off.

Attach your new colour to any chain 2 space with a slip stitch. Chain 4 (acts as the first treble stitch). Make 2 trebles into the same stitch

*3 double crochets into the next chain 2 space, then make 3 half double crochets into the next chain 2 space, then 3 double crochets into the following chain 2 space.

Make 3 treble stitches into the next chain 2 space, chain 3 and make another 3 treble stitches all in the same space. This is your first corner completed!* Repeat from * to * two more times.

When you reach your last corner make 3 treble stitches into the same space as the beginning treble stitches, then chain 3 and join with a slip stitch to the beginning chain 4. Fasten off.

Next I attached white yarn to the chain 3 space (the corner), chain 3 (acts as the first double crochet). Make 2 more double crochets into the same space. Make double crochets all the way up along the side of the square. When you reach a corner, make 3 double crochets into the chain 3 space, then chain 2 and make another 3 double crochets into the same space. Repeat this pattern all the way around the square until you reach the last corner. Here you make 3 double crochets, then chain 2 and slip stitch into the top of the chain 3 you made at the beginning of the round. Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in any loose ends.

Assembling the top:

So the size top I made in the above photo will fit an extra small, maybe even a small. I made a total of 14 squares. Firstly I single crocheted on side of two squares together (making sure the right sides were facing each other. I continued single crocheting squares together until I had a strip of 7 squares in total.
Then I made another strip of 7 squares. When I had my two strips finished I single crocheted the two strips together. If you want the top to have more coverage (closer in length to you belly button I would suggest making another strip)

When all my strips were crocheted together I attached my white yarn to one of the chain 2 spaces of one of the squares on the short side of the top. I chained 3 and double crocheted down the short side. I did a total of 2 rows of double crochet. (if you need more coverage here just add another row or two of double crochets.



Next I wanted to make holes so I could lace the top closed like a corset. So I just chained 5, skipped the next 2 stitches, and double crocheted in the next stitch. *Chain 2, skip two stitches and double crochet into the next stitch*. Repeat to end.
To make these holes a bit more sturdier I just chained 1 and made 2 single crochets into each chain 2 space and a single crochet into the top of every double crochet from the previous round. Repeat this for the other short side. I continued with single crochet all the way around the top to give it a clean edge. Then I fastened off.

I then grabbed two strands of my white yarn held together and made a really long chain. I made about 200-250 chains. Finally I made two tassels and attached them to each end of the long chain. Then I weave this chain through the holes and tied it closed. 

Hope you all enjoy making this top. xx




Monday, 27 March 2017

Retro Off The Shoulder Crop Top

My love for off shoulder crop tops is growing day by day. There are just so many ways to make them. So what do you all think about incorporating the granny stitch into one? I love this idea! There are endless colour combinations you could stitch together, the thoughts of it is literally making me salivate at the mouth!
Looking at the picture below any novice crochet lover might think making this top will be a challenge but really it isn't. It's quite a repetitive pattern, and no crazy out of this world stitches are needed for the making!


Right let's get the show on the road! For this project I used a 4mm crochet hook and a DK yarn also known as light worsted or 8 ply or a weight 3 yarn. When I first made this top I used a regular worsted/aran yarn but it came out slightly heavy for my liking.

The instructions here will fit a small to medium size.

NOTE:

If you want to customise this top to your own body shape just chain multiples of 3 plus 2. Make sure that when you are finished with your chain that it doesn't wrap completely around your bust area. There must be a gap of about 4-5 inches.

Chain 107

Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet to the end of the row. Chain 3, turn.

Double crochet in the same stitch as your chain 3. Skip 2 stitches then make 3 double crochets in the next stitch. Continue across the row skipping 2 stitches between each 3 double crochet cluster. The row will end with 2 double crochets in the last stitch ( because you started with 2 double crochet). Chain 3 and turn.

For the next row you don't make a double crochet in the same stitch as your chain 3. Instead you move along and make a 3 double crochet cluster in the next gap. Continue across the row ending with 1 double crochet in the top of the last double crochet from the previous row.

** If you begin your row with 2 double crochets (the chain 3 and double crochet in same stitch) you end that row with 2 double crochets in the last stitch.

** If you begin your row with just a chain 3 you end that row with just 1 double crochet in the last stitch

Alternate between these last two rows until you have reached your desired length.

For the final row of the main part of the top do chain 1 and single crochet across the row. DO NOT CUT YARN. Chain 2 and double crochet evenly across the short side of the top. Repeat this row one more time. If you need more coverage add more rows of plain double crochets.

Chain 5 and  skip 2 stitches. Double crochet into the next stitch. *Skip 2 stitches and double crochet into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row. Fasten off .

Repeat for the other side making sure you have the same number of stitches as the other side. 

Cuffs:
Make 2 of these!

Make a chain long enough to wrap around the upper part of your arm. Make sure your number of stitches are multiples of 3 plus 2.

Single crochet into  the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet to the end of the row. Chain 3 and turn.

Double crochet into the same stitch as your chain 3. Skip 2 stitches and make 3 double crochets into the next stitch. Continue across the row by skipping 2 stitches and making 3 double crochets into the next stitch. This row will end with 2 double crochets in the last stitch (because you began your row with 2 double crochets). Chain 3 and turn

For the next row you don't make a double crochet in the same stitch as your chain 3. Instead you move along and make a 3 double crochet cluster in the next gap. Continue across the row ending with 1 double crochet in the top of the last double crochet from the previous row.

** If you begin your row with 2 double crochets (the chain 3 and double crochet in same stitch) you end that row with 2 double crochets in the last stitch.

** If you begin your row with just a chain 3 you end that row with just 1 double crochet in the last stitch.
Alternate between these last two rows until you have reached your desired length. I did 6 rows of the clusters.

Chain 1 and single crochet to the end of the row. Fasten off leaving a long tail. Turn to the wrong side and either sew or slip stitch the two ends together.
Attach yarn to the edge of the cuff where the seam begins. Make a chain of 7-8. Now you should wrap the top around your body and take notice where your armpits are lying. This is where you attach the end of your chain that's on your cuff. To attach it just make a slip stitch to the edge of the top and secure further with a yarn needle. Repeat for the other cuff. 

The Lace Tie:

Make a chain of 300-400 and weave through the little “boxes” on the front of the top

You are now free to conquer the world with your new crop top. Play around with different colours. For my top and did two rows of the same color etc.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Off The Shoulder Crop Top

Hey guys and dolls! Today I'm so excited to be sharing this amazing off the shoulder crop top pattern with you all. These guys are trending like crazy at the moment but so far I've not seen any patterns for them....until now!!



Ok so let's get into it. For this top I used a 4mm crochet hook and a cotton worsted weight yarn (size 4). The instructions provided in this pattern will fit a size small to medium. To make bigger just increase your foundation chain by 4-5 stitches.

Begin by chaining 103. (If you are beginning your chain with a different number make sure it's an odd number)

1st row: Double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook. Double crochet to the end of the row. Turn. Ch 3.

2nd row: Double crochet into each stitch to end. Turn. Ch 3.

3rd - 13th row: Continue each row by making a double crochet into each stitch across like previous rows.

14th row: Ch 5, skip 2 stitches, then double crochet into the next. *(Ch2, skip 2, double crochet into next to end)*. Repeat from * to * til you reach the end of the row. At the end of each row ch 2 and double crochet into the 3rd chain.

15th - 20th row: Repeat last row.

When you have finished your last row do not cut yarn. You will now be working up along the side of the top. Ch 3, double crochet into box. Move onto the next "box" and make 2 double crochets. Make 2 double crochets into each "box" until you have reached the edge of the double crochets. Here you will just put 1 double crochet all the way to the end. Turn. Ch 3.

Carry on with a further 2 more rows of plain double crochet. If you want more coverage in the "boob" area just add 1-2 more rows. Do not cut yarn.

Next we will be working on the holes where your strap will be weaved through to close your top.
Ch 5, skip 2, double crochet into the next. *(Ch 2, skip 2, double crochet in next stitch)*. Repeat from * to * to end.

Ch 1, then single crochet into each of the chains to end. Make sure to put single crochets into each of the chains in the ch 2-spaces and also into the top of the double crochets.

Fasten off.

Attach yarn to either corner end where the "boxes" are. Ch 3 and make 5 double crochets into the first "box". Then make a single crochet into the next "box". **Then make 6 double crochets into the next "box" and a single crochet into the next one**. Repeat from ** to ** until the end. This entire row will form the cluster stitch edging at the bottom of the top. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

For the sleeves:

Ch 51 (or any other number that makes a chain long enough to fit around your arm, just make sure it's an odd number).

Slip stitch to the first chain to form a circle.

Ch 3 and double crochet in each chain to the end. Slip stitch the the 3rd chain to close the round.
Make another two rounds of plain double crochet.

Ch 5, skip 2, double crochet into the next. *(Ch 2, skip 2, double crochet into the next)*. Repeat from * to * until the end. Slip stitch into the 3rd chain. Repeat this round once more.

Ch 3 and then make 5 double crochets into the 1st "box". Then single crochet once into the next "box". *(make 6 double crochets into the next "box" and 1 single crochet into the following "box")*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. In the last "box" just make a single crochet. Slip stitch to the 3rd chain.

Now your first sleeve is completed. Time to make one more!

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Next you are going to make a very long chain. I would suggest about 400-430 chains long. When you are finished weave this chain through the loops on each side of the top.

To figure out where to attach your sleeves put on the top and mark out where your armpits are. This is where you will attach your yarn again and make 6 chains. Grab a sleeve and slip stitch into the top of your sleeve. It doesn't really matter where on the sleeve you attach it as long as the cluster edge is facing downwards. Repeat this for the other sleeve.


So there you have it. Your very own crochet off the shoulder crop top. Omg these tops have got to be my new favourites. I think I'll make one in every colour....oh dear the obsession begins!!!



Sunday, 1 January 2017

Messy Bun Beanie

Can you believe that 2017 has arrived? It's actually frightening how quick the years are flying by. It has come to a point where I'm thinking I shouldn't blink from now on! But seriously guys and dolls, I want to wish you all a very happy new year and I hope 2017 brings you all nothing but happiness.

Okay as you have noticed by the title of this pattern, I have jumped onto the messy bun beanie bandwagon. How amazing are these beanies! My hair is constantly tied up but when I want to wear a beanie there's always a big lump on the top of my head where my hair has bunched underneath. So having beanie with a hole on the top makes perfect sense, right?!



To make this messy bun beanie you will need a worsted weight yarn or an aran weight yarn will also work. I used a 6mm crochet hook to make an adult sized hat but I have found that by using a 5mm hook will make a hat fit for a small child.

Start by making a chain of 22. Slip stitch to the first chain to form a circle.

Chain 3 (counts as the first dc here and throughout) and double crochet all the way around. Slip stitch to the top of the chain 3.

Chain 3 and make a double crochet into the same stitch. Then make 2 double crochets into each stitch around. Slip stitch into the top of the chain 3.

Chain 3,then make a double crochet into the next two stitches. Then make 2 double crochets into the fourth stitch. Continue on this round by making *1 double crochet into the next 3 stitches and then 2 double crochets into the fourth stitch*. Repeat from *to* to the end of this round. Slip stitch to the top of the chain 3.

Chain 3 and make a double crochet into each stitch around. Slip stitch into the top of the chain 3. Repeat this row until your beanie has a total of 10 rounds.

Chain 3 and make a *front post double crochet (fpdc) into the next stitch and a back post double crochet (bpdc) into the following stitch*. Repeat from *to* to the end of the round. Then slip stitch to the top of the chain 3.

Repeat this last round three more times.

Fasten off and weave in your ends.