Yarn Giveaway!!!

Hello everybody and welcome to my blog!

Last weekend I sorted through my out of control yarn stash and thought that I would love to pass on some Crochet pixie dust to one lucky winner!  The haul you can win contains some amazing yarn from TB Ramsden and 4 skeins of Sirdar DK. To win this yarn haul, you need to head over to my You Tube channel, subscribe to my channel, like the video and leave a comment in the comments box. For an extra chance of winning, head on over to my Instagram page, give me a follow and comment on the Yarn Giveaway post! The link to my Insta account is below. I will draw the winner next Sunday (04/02/18). I will ship worldwide so where ever you are in the world, feel free to enter!

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You can find the yarn haul video here – 

Other places to find me Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LexieLovesStitching OR https://www.facebook.com/groups/Crochetbeginnersgroup

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lexie_loves_stitching

Find the amazing range of yarn from TB Ramsden here -https://www.tbramsden.co.uk Happy Crocheting!

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Crochet Along (CAL)!!!

Welcome To My First CAL (Crochet Along) Featuring Pattern By Salters Stitches and Yarn by Robin DK!!!

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EXCITING NEWS!! As some of you know, I start placement in Swindon on Tuesday (16th Jan) so to help with the lonely evenings in my Travelodge (and also because January can be down right miserable) I am going to start a CAL (Crochet Along)!! The lovely Joanne Salter from Salters Stitches has kindly agreed to let us use one of her patterns. Its a gorgeous poncho for those cold winter months! Jo has also given us a discount code for 30% off her patterns. PLUS!!!! The very kind Elaine from The Happy Knitter Wool Shop (www.thehappyknitterwoolshop.co.uk) has also given us a 5% off discount code for her fabulously priced Robin DK Yarn!

So! Heres what you need to do to join in!
1 – Go to this link where you can find Jo’s pattern https://www.ravelry.com/…/libr…/what-a-waffle-sleeved-poncho
2. Enter code cbgcal at checkout to get 30% discount.
3. Go to http://www.thehappyknitterwoolshop.co.uk, pick your choice of colours of Robin DK Yarn. Enter code CBG at checkout to receive 5% discount on Robin DK yarn. Gather
all your supplies and get ready to join in! The CAL will start on Tuesday 16th Jan and will run through until mid March so there is plenty of time to join in!
4. Everyday I will post a CAL thread on Crochet Beginners Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/crochetbeginnersgroup) for any questions, progress pictures or CAL chat.
5. HAVE FUN!!

I have been checking out the fab colour range of Robin DK from makers TB Ramsden (find their full colour range of Robin DK yarns here – http://www.tbramsden.co.uk), and have decided to go for these 2 pretty shades –

I look forward to seeing all your creations and feel free to send me pics so I can feature them on the blog!

Happy Crocheting

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A 2017 Review

Hello Everybody and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

I hope everyone managed to get through the Christmas period ok.  I know Christmas can be a hard time for a lot of people.  As I’ve not written a blog for aaaages, I thought that I would start 2018’s with a review of the past year and what a year its been!!

The highlight of my year defiantly has to be Crochet Beginners Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/crochetbeginnersgroup).  Not only have we reached over 81k members (crazy to think it started with 4 people!) but we managed to raise over £700 in memory of Jenny Mackin for The Brain Tumour Charity.  Jenny (who was just 19 when she passed away) and her Mum, Amanda started Little box of Crochet together a few years ago.  Sadly, earlier this year, Jenny passed away of a brain tumour.  We wanted to raise some money in her memory and to show our support to her Mum Amanda so held a charity raffle.  It was AMAZING and shows just what a fantastic community that us crocheters belong too. We thought that we would raise about £200 not £700!!! Thank you to everyone who gave so generously.

The second highlight of 2017 was my trip to Disney World in Orlando.  It really was a dream come true trip of a life time and it was the best 2 weeks ever!!  Not only because I got to hang out at Magic Kingdom with the big mouse himself but I got to experience the magic that is Joanns!!! No words can describe the size of their yarn stash!!  Below is a small amount of what I bought home with me!

 

In August I started blogging for TB Ramsden (https://www.tbramsden.co.uk), which was a dream come true!  They are the company behind Wendy, Robin and Peter Pan Yarns.  I would never have thought that when I started my crochet escapades that I would end up blogging for anyone.  Things like that never happen to little old me!  The people at TB Ramsdens are the most generous and lovely people ever and getting to try all their lovely yarns has been fab so a huge thank you to you guys.

 

I spent a lovely Christmas in Ireland with my family.  I don’t do flying too well especially on Ryanair ha ha!! But I made it there and back ok. News Years Eve was spent at work in the medium secure unit that I am so privileged to work in.  It reaffirmed my passion for helping and supporting others recovery in Mental Health and I know I am doing the right thing by being back at University.

 

So what for 2018??  I am currently working on a blanket for Megan,  I start placement in a few weeks with the community team based in Swindon (8 weeks of living in Travelodge, how lovely for me), which means lots of crochet and blogging time on an evening!  Im going to Disney Land Paris in July (EEEEEK) and back to Ireland in the summer too!

I hope everyone has a magical 2018, that all your crochet wishes come true and most of all, that you are happy.

Lots of love

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Super Easy Cowl/Infinity Scarf

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Hello Everyone!!

Welcome to my Super Easy Cowl/Infinity Scarf tutorial!  This is the most easiest pattern ever and can easily be worked up in an afternoon.  Lets grab a cup of tea and get crocheting!

 

For this project, you will need – 

  • 2 100g balls of Robin Chunky (I used shade 111)
  • 5.5mm Crochet Hook

 

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To Begin – Chain 24

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Round 1 – Treble crochet (tc) into fourth round from the hook and continue to tc into each stitch until you reach the end.

Round 2 – Chain 3 and turn your work. Tc into the same stitch as your chain 3, skip 2 stitches then 3tc into the next stitch.  Continue working the skip 2 stitches, 3tc into the next stitch until you have 3 stitches left.  Skip 2 stitches then 2tc into the final stitch.  (22 Stitches)

Round 3 – Chain 3 and turn your work. 1tc into each stitch along.  Be careful not to tc into the stitch that has your chain 3 in it.  You want to tc in the stitch indicated below.  (22 Stitches)

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Round 4 –  Chain 3 and turn your work. Tc into the same stitch as your chain 3, skip 2 stitches then 3tc into the next stitch.  Continue working the skip 2 stitches, 3tc into the next stitch until you have 3 stitches left.  Skip 2 stitches then 2tc into the final stitch.  (22 Stitches)

 

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Round 5 – Chain 3 and turn your work. Tc into the same stitch as your chain 3, skip 2 stitches then 3tc into the next stitch.  Continue working the skip 2 stitches, 3tc into the next stitch until you have 3 stitches left.  Skip 2 stitches then 2tc into the final stitch. (22 Stitches)

Round 6 Onwards – Keep  repeating rounds 4 and 5 until your scarf reaches the desired length (I like it so it can wrap around me twice, but I can still breath ha ha!).  Make sure that you end on a round 5 round.  To join your scarf together simple, place the 2 ends together on top of each other and slip stitch together.

TA DA!!!!! You have finished your scarf!!!!

Thanks to the gorgeous Megan Daisy for being my model!  Let me know how you get on with your make and feel free to message me if you have any issues with the pattern.

Take care and lots of crochet love

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Super Easy Skirt!!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my first sewing post!! I have come up with this super easy skirt that is made from jersey fabric.  It is a really simple construction with only 2 seams and an elasticated waist band.  I have even drafted a pattern for you but if you can’t print the pattern, have no fear, I will show you how to draft your own from your body measurements in next weeks blog and it can be drawn straight onto your fabric! It really is that simple. So grab a cup of tea and the following items and lets get going!!

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For this Super Easy Skirt you will need – 

  • 1 meter of stretch jersey fabric (pre washed to allow for any shrinkage)
  • Matching thread
  • 1 meter 3/4 inch elastic
  • Scissors/Pinking Shears
  • Dressmaking Pins
  • Sewing Machine (with Stretch or Ball Point Needle for Jersey Fabrics)
  • Tape measure 

Firstly, print out your pattern.  You can find it here – Super Easy Skirt  Make sure that when you print your pattern, you check that your printer settings are on Scale 100% otherwise your pattern will print out too small.  DO NOT select any special printing options such as centre to fit page.  Print your pattern pieces in portrait.

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Once you have printed out your pattern, use the grey circle guides on the corners of the sheets to match up the pattern pieces, folding under or cutting off any overlaps, tape or glue them together (I find glue easier. Use a Pritt Stick) and cut out your pieces.

Step 1 – Lay out your fabric right sides together as shown in the picture below with the 2 shorter ends meeting in the middle .  Lay your pattern piece onto your fabric ensuring that the side of the pattern that says “Cut on fold” is matching with the fold of the fabric.  Pin your pattern piece in place and carefully cut out.  Flip your pattern over so that the writing is on the back of the pattern and repeat the cutting out process on the other side of your fabric.

 

 

Step 2 – Place your 2 pieces of cut fabric on top of each other, right sides together. Pin the edges to keep them in place for sewing.  Use as many pins as you like.  There is no limit to the amount of pins you can use!!

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Step 3 – Using a zig zag stitch (I have a Janome and its stitch 3 for zig zag), sew up each side seam from top to bottom using a 1.25cm (1/2 inch) seam allowance.  As we are using jersey there is no need to finish off the raw edges as jersey will not fray.

 

Step 4 –  Turn up the hem of your skirt by 1.25 cm and press with an iron, then turn up the hem by another 1.25 cm, pin in place and stitch with a straight stitch.

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Step 5 – Now for the waist band! Take your elastic and pass it around your waist. Adjust it until it feels comfortable and cut it to the length that you want. Mark the centre of your elastic, then mark a quarter way from each end to make 4 even sections. Attach the two ends of your elastic together using a zig-zag stitch on your machine.  Fold your skirt with the side seams together to find the centre point at the front and back or your skirt. On the inside of your skirt, match the join in the elastic with one side seam, match the centre of the elastic with the other side seam and match the quarter marks with the skirt centre front and back. Your elastic may be a little shorter than your skirt fabric but thats ok as it will mean your skirt will fit nice and snug around your waist.

 

 

Step 6 – Using a zig zag stitch, sew your elastic to the skirt waist. Stitch close to the edge.  Stretch the elastic slightly as you sew to match up your markings on the elastic to the fabric.

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Step 7 – Fold sewn in elastic towards the inside of the skirt, pin and stitch using a zig zag stitch.  This will then cover the elastic and make your waist band nice and neat.

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TA DA!!!!  Your skirt is complete!!!!!

 

I hope you enjoy wearing your new skirt.  I would love to see your makes.  Feel free to post them on Instagram and use the hashtag #lexiesews.  Feel free to get in contact if you are struggling with any of the steps and I will help as much as I can.

Lots of love!!!!

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Spooky Halloween Crochet Pumpkin!!

imagesHello everyone and welcome to my extra spooky Halloween blog!

Halloween is definitely one of my favourite times of the year.  Cosy nights in under a blanket (crocheted of course), a mug of chai latte and a nice spooky horror film or two.  In fact, sometimes I think that Halloween is better than Christmas!  With the leaves falling off the trees it reminds me of new beginnings and starting again.  So what better a way to celebrate this lovely season than crocheting your very own pumpkin!! This is a simple pattern that it suitable for beginners. Without further ado, grab your hook, yarn (& cup of tea) and lets start crocheting!!

For this pattern you will need –

  • 100g Robin DK Yarn Shade Jaffa (63)
  • 100g Robin DK Yarn Shade Apple (16)
  • 4mm Crochet Hook
  • Toy Stuffing
  • Yarn Needle
  • Stitch Marker (optional) 

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This pattern uses UK TERMS and instead of a magic circle (yuck ha ha!!) we will use the chain method.  This Pumpkin is crocheted in the round.  You may want to use a stitch marker to place in your first stitch of each round so that you can keep your stitch count accurate.

To begin chain 2

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Round 1 – 10 Double crochet (dc) into the first chain.

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Round 2 – 2 double crochet (2dc) into each of the dc from the previous round (20 stitches).

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Round 3 – dc into each stitch from round 2 (20 stitches)

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Round 4 – 2dc into each stitch (40 stitches)

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Round 5 to 8 – dc into each stitch (40 stitches in each round)

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Round 9 – Double crochet 2 together (dc2tgr) all the way around (20 stitches).  If you are not sure how to do this stitch, find a helpful YouTube video at the end of the pattern.
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Round 10 –  dc in each stitch (20 stitches).  Start adding some stuffing to your pumpkin.

Round 11 – dc2tgr all the way around (10 stitches). Add some more of the stuffing.

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Round 12 – dc2tog all the way around (5 stitches) then dc into opposite stitch in order to close the hole. Tie off  your work leaving an extra long tail (40cm or more).

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Thread your yarn needle to your long end. Insert your needle from the middle of the bottom of the pumpkin to the middle of top. Insert the needle from the middle of the bottom of the pumpkin to the top again and pull tight on the yarn (this will make your indentations) Continue this 8 times making the spaces even. Tie off.

For the leaves:

Using green yarn

To Begin – Chain 2

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Round 1 – 8dc into first chain of the foundation chain and slip stitch into the first dc of the round to join.

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Round 2: *chain 3, skip a stitch,  slip stitch (ss) into next stitch*  repeat * to * 4 times. Connect and tie off leaving a long end.

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Sew onto the pumpkin and hide your ends.

Ta Da!!!!! You now have your very own Pumpkin!!  Let me know how you get on with your makes and feel free to share on Instagram, just use the hashtag #lexiespumpkin

For those of you who don’t know how to double crochet 2 together, heres a quick video.

 

 

 

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Super Easy Crochet Slippers

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Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog!  In this weeks Easy Crochet series we are going to be making some Super Easy Crochet Slippers.  Using a large hook and super chunky yarn means that these beauties will work up in no time at all.  The pattern below is for Adult size 4/5.  If you need a bigger size, simply use a 12mm hook instead of a 10mm.  These would make a lovely Christmas present or (if you’re like me), you can’t bare to part with your makes, they will keep your feet lovely and toasty through those cold winter months.  This pattern uses UK terminology.  So, grab a cup of tea, get into your favourite crochet spot and lets get started!

FOR ONE PAIR OF SLIPPERS YOU WILL NEED –

  • 100 gram Skein of Robin Paintbox Splash Super Chunky
  • 10 mm (size N) Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pom pom Maker (Optional)

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To start – Chain (ch) 16

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 Round 1 – Half treble crochet (htc) in the 3rd chain from the hook (the two skipped chains do not count as a hdc, these are purely to give you length in your yarn to allow your first htc), 1 htc in the next 12 stitches , 3 htc in last chain space, turn and work the following stitches back around the other side of your chain, 1 htc in the next 12 stitches, 2 htc in next chain, slip stitch (sl st) to join to your first htc (make sure that you don’t sl st to the 2 chain spaces that you skipped at the very start of the round).  At the end of this round you should have 30 htc.

 

Round 2 – Chain 2 (this counts as 1 htc), htc into the same stitch as you chained from, 1 htc into the next 7 stitches, 1 treble stitch (tr) into the next 5 stitches, 2 tr into the next stitch, 3 tr into your next stitch, 2 tr in next stitch, 1 tr into the next 5 stitches , 1 htc into the next 7 stitches, 2 htc into each of next 2 stitches, sl st to join.

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Round 3 –  Ch 1, working in back loops only, double crochet (dc) in each stitch all the way around, sl st to join.

 

 

Round 4 – Ch 1, dc into the same stitch, 1 dc into the next 12 stitches, double crochet 2 together (dc2tog), treble crochet 2 together (tc2tog) 4 times,  dc2tog, double crochet into the next 13 stitches, sl st to join.

 

Round 5 – Ch 1, starting in same stitch, dc2tog, 1 double crochet into the next 9 stitches, dc2tog,  tc2tog 2 times, dc2tog, 1 double crochet into the next 9 stitches, dc2tog, sl st to join.

 

Round 6 – Ch 1, dc into the same stitch, 1 double crochet into the next 9 stitches, dc2tog, tc2tog, dc2tog, 1 double crochet into the next 10 stitches, sl st to join. Finish off and weave in your ends (yes its tedious but so necessary!).  Give yourself a huge cheer!!!! You have finished your slipper!  Now repeat all these steps in exactly the same way to create your second slipper.

 

For that little extra touch why not add a pom pom to the front of your slippers.

 

If you want to make the soles of your slippers less slippy than you can always add some Sock Stop to the sole.  Simply dot on and then leave to dry overnight!

 

I hope that you enjoy this tutorial.  If you have any questions or problems then please do not hesitate to contact me using the contact form!

Happy Crocheting!

Alexandra xxxxx

Gorgeous New Yarn From Wendy!!

Hello Everyone!

Sorry its been a while since my last blog.  I promise that it won’t be so long next time (I am aiming to publish a new blog every Monday from now on).  September is a very busy month in our household.  We have lots of Birthdays (everyone but me!), back to school dramas and back to University for me (which I am sooooo looking forward too).

So this weeks blog is going to be about the beautiful new colours that Wendy Yarns have just released!  I have managed to get my hands on them thanks to the lovely people at Thomas B Ramsden Yarn (you can find their website here – http://www.tbramsden.co.uk) and oh my gosh!!!  They really are LOVELY!!  I mean, lets be honest, any parcel that lands on my doorstep that contains yarn makes me squeal and these where no exception.

The first yarns that I got my excited paws on are from their Wendy Purity Merino Cotton Range. They are gorgeous pastel tones and are so soft!20170903_132642

I love pastels and these lovely skeins feel so soft and luxurious.  They are made from 30% wool and 70% cotton.  They come in 50g skeins.

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Shade 5167.  This beautiful blue is definitely my favourite colour.  As a Piscean I am always drawn to colours that remind me of the sea and this is colour is just stunning!

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Shade 5165.  This also reminds me of the sea.  It is a beautiful shade of Coral that will go perfectly with the blue above.

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Shade 5160.  This shade is an amazing cream colour.

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Shade 5166.  This reminds me of a lovely soft Denim.

Next in my parcel of loveliness was this amazingly soft Wendy Stella Chunky and Wendy Aurora yarn.  I don’t know why, but my brain always associates  this colour way of yarn as being really rough and itchy (it must be from some awful childhood jumper that my Mum dressed me in when I was small).  Well, I can categorically report to you all that this is so not the case with these yarns.  They are beautifully soft and come in 100 gram skeins.  This yarn is 100% Acrylic and soooooooooooo soft and cuddly!!! 20170913_130429

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Shade 5100.  This shade incorperates all kinds of greens and light blues.  It really reminds me of the start of Autumn and the leaves beginning to turn.

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Shade 5187.  I love the colours in this combination.  It reminds me of fireworks on Bonfire night.

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Shade 5103.  This is  definitely my favourite colour of this collection.  It is just stunning and is PERFECT for Autumn.  It reminds me of Halloween and Pumpkins.  I think it would make a beautiful hat and scarf set.

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Shade 5187.  This shade is purples and lilacs and is just stunning.

 

So, what am I going to make??  I am going to make a baby beanie hat with the Wendy Purity.  I am going to use the sea blue colour and add a cream pom pom and with the Wendy Stella Chunky in shade 5187 (above), I am going to make a little baby jacket.  Check back next week and see how my making went!

Thanks for reading!  Alexandra xxxx

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Easy Peasy Crochet Messy Bun Hat Pattern!

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I know I shouldn’t even contemplate it, but soon the leaves will start to turn and fall, the days will get shorter and the nights earlier.  I am a total summer person but I must admit that I do love the winter.  Cosy nights curled up with a good book and my electric blanket on making my bed lovely and toasty is just the best thing ever.  So with cold times ahead (and in the words of Game of Thrones – Winter is coming), I thought I would have a go at designing a messy bun hat and here it is!!  Please feel free to give it a go and let me know how you get on! I have included large pictures as I know that following patterns when you are a new crocheter can be very daunting!

Instructions –

For this pattern you will need some Chunky Yarn (I used Robin Super Chunky) and a 6mm hook.  This pattern uses UK terms. This pattern is worked in 2 parts, the band part which is a ribbed effect, then the “hat” part.

 

Part 1 – To start make a chain of 8.

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Round 1 – Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook and half treble crochet (htc) in each stitch (you should have 7 htc), chain 1.

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Round 2 – Turn your work.  Insert your hook into the BACK LOOP ONLY (blo) of each stitch and htc into each of the 7 stitches, chain 1. Take care not to crochet into your chain 1 stitch from the end of round 1, this is a turning chain only!

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Round 3 – Turn your work. Hdc into blo of the next 7 stitches, chain 1.

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Round 4 and onwards – Turn your work. Repeat row 3 until you reach your desired length (this should be the circumference of your head!).

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Fold the band in half then slip stitch through both of the ends to join together.

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TA DA!!! Give yourself a huge big well done (and a G&T or cup of tea) as you have completed the first part of your messy bun hat!

 

Part 2 – Now we are going to work on the “hat” part of the project.  This is worked in a circle around one edge of the ribbed band.

Round 1 – Double crochet (dc) into each of the row ends and ridges of your band.  When you get back to the beginning, slip stitch into your starting stitch to join. Chain 1.

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Round 2 – Htc in each stitch until you are back to where you started. Slip stitch to join. Chain 1.

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Round 3 – Htc in each stitch until you are back to where you started. Slip stitch to join. Chain 1.

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Rounds 4 and 5 – Repeat round 3.

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Round 6 – Half treble crochet 2 stitches together (htc2tog) then htc in the next 8 stitches. Repeat this until you reach the beginning of the round. Slip stitch into the first stitch from the round to join and chain 1.

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Round 7 – Htc2tog then htc in the next 3 stitches. Repeat this until you reach the beginning of the round. Slip stitch into the first stitch from the round to join and chain 1.

 

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Round 8 –  Htc2tog then htc in the next stitch. Repeat this until you reach the beginning of the round.  Slip stitch into the first stitch from the round to join then fasten off your work.  Don’t forget to sew your ends in (yes, its so boring I know!)!!!!

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YAYYYYYYYYYY!!!! You have finished your Easy Peasy Messy Bun Hat!!! I would love to see all of your creations so don’t forget to share them on our Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/crochetbeginnersgroup), or feel free to tag me in them on Instagram (@lexie_loves_stitching).

 

A big THANK YOU to the beautiful Megan Daisy for modelling! You can find Megan’s blog here – http://www.megandaisyblog.wordpress.com.

Happy Crocheting!!! Alexandra xxxx