Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Stashbuster Slippers - Free Crochet Pattern

Hello all!

Miss L (Who is now almost 13, my where has that gone??) recently wore a hole in the bottom of her slippers and requested a new pair. It's been snowing on the mountains here lately so slippers are a must have to keep little toes warm. Miss L asked for some that would "cover most of my foot and look like my flats" Hrm, Ok kiddo, one pair of slippers coming up!

These are great stashbusters, not only do they use 2 strands at once (and the more random the colour paring the better!) but they don't use a great deal of yarn, so you can use up them leftover part balls. You should be able to whip these up in an hour or so making them a great last minute gift as well.
I had a strong urge to put a big fluffy pompom on the toes but it was met with looks of unimpressed-ness from the preteen. Ok ok, no pompoms. But I bet they would look really fun with them too!

If you need to make them smaller or larger, adjust the starting chains and then add/subtract from the stitches at the sides (leave the decreases the same)

Woman's size 5aus (my daughters foot is 23cm long, and it's designed to fit her foot snugly.)

8mm hook
2 balls of DK weight yarn. (I used one ball of white acrylic and one ball of rainbow variegated acrylic)

Scrapbuster Slippers

Holding both strands together;

1: ch22, dc into the 3rd chain from hook. dc in the next 18 chains, dc 6 times in the end chain, working down the opposite side (into the same chains) dc in the next 19 chains, join. (44)

2: ch2, 2dc, dc, 2dc, dc 17, 2dc in each of the next 4 stitches, dc 17, 2dc, dc, 2dc, join. (52)

3: ch1, sc in the back loops only around, join. (52)

4: ch2, dc around, join. (52)

5: ch1, sc 14, sc2tg 12 times, sc 14, join. (40)

6: ch1, sc10, sc2tg 10, sc 10, join. (30)

7: ch1, sc 12, sc2tg, sc 2, sc2tg, sc 12, join. (28)

8: ch1, sc around, join. End off and weave in tails.

Make a second slipper and your done!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lula Gown - Free Crochet Pattern

Morning all! Wow its been a wild week here in Tasmania, the weather has been insane. Which is part of the reason why today's post is a little late. Between power outages and bad light for photos its been a bit of a challenge. Still, here is today's post and I hope its one you enjoy. A pretty little prem gown. This gown will fit 20-22 weeks gestation and has a lovely stitch pattern. The repeat is really simple to memorise as well, making it a great on the go project. I really love the stitch pattern and I think I might have to make a matching hat or blanket with the same stitch.

This gown will fit a baby of 20-22 weeks gestation.

3ply Yarn. I used Peter Pan spot print by Wendy. (4ply would work fine as well)
3.25mm hook
buttons for closing
small amount of contrasting colour for the bow

Lula Gown

1: ch35, hdc into the second chain from hook, hdc in the next chain, 2hdc in the next chain, *hdc, hdc, 2hdc* repeat across, hdc in the last chain.

2: ch2, turn, *hdc, hdc, 2hdc*, repeat across.

3: ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across.

4: ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across, 2hdc in the last stitch. (60)

5: ch2, turn, hdc in the first 9 stitches, ch4, skip 11 stitches, hdc in the next 20 stitches, ch4, skip the next 11 stitches, hdc in the last 9 stitches.

6: ch2, turn, hdc in the first 9 stitches, hdc 5 times in the ch4 space, hdc in the next 20 stitches, hdc 5 times in the next ch4 space, hdc in the last 9 stitches. (48)

7: ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across.

8: ch3, turn, *skip 3 stitches, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in the 4th stitch* repeat across (total of 11 shells), skip 3, dc in the last stitch.

9: ch4, turn, *sc into the ch1 space, ch6* repeat across, after you sc in the last ch1 space ch3 and dc into the top of the turning chain from the previous round.

10: ch3, turn, *(3dc, ch1, 3dc) in the next sc, skip the next lot of chains*, repeat across. After the last shell dc into the 2nd chain of the previous rows turning chain

Repeat rows 9 and 10 7 times (14 rows) ending with row 10. End off. Weave in tails.

Join yarn to any stitch on the sleeve with a sc, and evenly sc around the entire arm hole, join (I had 17sc's)

*ch2, sc in the next stitch* repeat around, join. End off and weave in tails.

Repeat for second sleeve.

Attach button to the back.

If you want to add the bow to the front, chain 60 and tie it into a bow, then stitch it on. Of course you could leave it off completely or use a satin bow or even a button or appliqué.