Easy and Quick Crochet Cup Cosy

This super easy and quick crochet cup cosy is perfect for beginners as it only uses two stitches – double crochet (single crochet in the US) and half treble crochet (half double crochet in the US). This project is also worked in the round (don’t be scared, its really easy!). You can work this up in around 30 minutes and would make the perfect gift!

Crochet along with my video tutorial here –

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Supplies Needed

5mm/size H crochet hook (I use clover amour hooks)

Aran/Worsted weight/size 4 yarn (I used Caron one pound yarn in Rose)

Stitch marker

Scissors

Darning/tapestry needle

Pattern

To Begin – Chain 27 stitches (if making for a smaller/larger cup, either decrease or increase the amount of stitches in your chain).

Round 1 – Double crochet (or if you’re in the US, single crochet) from the second chain from the hook and in each of the subsequent chains. When you get to the end, slip stitch into the first stitch from the round to make a loop. Chain 1.

Round 2 – Half treble crochet (or if you’re in the US, half double crochet) into the very first stitch. Insert your stitch marker so you know where the start of the round is as we will now be working in the round and it will help you to keep track of how many rounds you have completed. Continue to crochet HTC (HDC in the US) in each stitch of the previous round until you come back to your stitch marker – do not join with a slip stitch.

Rounds 3 to 8 – *work a HTC (HDC) in the stitch from the previous round with the stitch marker and move your stitch marker into this stitch. Continue doing HTC (HDC) in every stitch from the previous round until you have reached the stitch marker*. Repeat *-* until you have completed 8 rounds. Secure your yarn and tie off. Sew in all your ends. Turn your work inside out and Ta Da! You have made a cup cosy!

I love to see your makes on instagram so don’t forget to tag me @lexie_loves_stitching

Happy crocheting xxxxx

Easy Cottage Core / Farmhouse Style Crochet Pumpkin

Pumpkins!

These simple yet beautiful crochet pumpkins are easy and quick to make for both beginners and seasoned crocheter’s alike. As well as the written pattern I have a video tutorial on how to make these pumpkins. You can find the link here –

Please note that this pattern is written in UK terms.

Basic Pumpkin Pattern

Abbreviations –

Ch – chain

SS – Slip stitch

Hdc – Half double crochet

RS – Right side

WS – Wrong side

Crochet Hook Requirements

8mm/Size L crochet hook or size appropriate to yarn.

Materials Needed

Chunky Yarn – I used King Cole Big Value Super Chunky

Polyester stuffing

Darning Needle

Cinnamon Stick

Scissors

Garden twine/string

Special Stitches

HTC 3rd lp – Half Double Crochet in the 3rd Loop

Starting Chain – Begin by chaining 15

Row 1 – starting in the second chain from the hook, hdc into each chain space until you reach the end of the chain. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2 – (RS):  *Yo (yarn over), insert hook through the stitch from back to front, push the hook under the third loop of htc, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all three loops on the hook; rep from * until the end of the row, ch1, turn. This pushes the front and back loop of the stitch to the front (RS of work).

Row 3 – (WS): Ch 2, *yo, from the front of work, insert hook under the third loop only, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all three loops on the hook; rep from * across, turn. This pushes the front and back loop of the stitch to the RS of work.

Continue repeating rows 2 and 3 until you have completed 19 rows (you should end on a completed row of row 2).

Fold your finished rectangle so that the WS is facing. Ss through each stitch across too seam. Leave a long tail as we will use this for the bottom closure.

With the long tail and yarn needle, weave through every other row around the bottom of your crochet tube, pull the tail tightly too close but do not trim the tail – we will use this to make the indents on our pumpkin.

Stuff your pumpkin with polyester filling. Join yarn back to the working yarn at the top opening and repeat the closing technique that you used for the bottom. Weave in the ends.

With the long yarn tail from the bottom closure, create indents in every 2nd or 3rd ribbed row between the ridges. Weave the yarn needle down through the stitches, and push the yarn needle through the bottom closure, coming up through the top closure and then pull tight and re-insert your needle into the bottom of the pumpkin. Repeat this step until you have the desired look that you want. Fasten off at the bottom of your pumpkin and weave in your ends.

Add your cinnamon stick to the top opening of your pumpkin and tie some garden twine around the stick. Congratulations! You have made a pumpkin!!!

To make the taller pumpkin you will need a 10mm/size N/P hook. The yarn that I used is Hayfield Bonus Super Chunky in Gilt. The pattern is the same for the regular pumpkin but your starting chain will need to be 25 and the total number of rows in 13.

I hope that you enjoyed this pattern. I would love to see your pumpkins so feel free to tag me on instagram (@lexie_loves_stitching) or post them over on Crochet Beginners Group on Facebook! For more crochet patterns, subscribe to my YouTube channel –

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Lots of love

Lexie xxxxx

Beginners Crochet Baby Blanket

Hello Everyone

Welcome to this easy crochet baby blanket pattern.  This pattern is ideal for very beginners as it only uses treble crochet and chains.

This pattern is written in UK Terms

To begin, chain in multiples of 34 (for my blanket I chained 102). Add one chain (ch).

Round 1 – Treble Crochet (tc) into each chain. Ch1, turn.

Round 2 – *Tc into the next 16 stitches, ch2, skip (sk) 2 stitches, tc into the next 16 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Round 3 – *Tc into the next 14 stitches, ch2, skip 2, 2tc into the chain space, ch2, skip 2, tc into the next 14 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Round 4 – *Tc into the next 12 stitches, ch2, skip2 stitches, 2tc into the chain space, 1tc into each tc from previous round, 2tc into chain space, chain 2, skip 2 stitches, tc into next 12 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Round 5 – *Tc into the next 10 stitches, ch2, skip 2 stitches, 2tc into chain space, tc into next 6 stitches, 2tc into the chain space. tc into the next 12 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Round 6 – Repeat round 5

Round 7 – *Tc into the next 10 stitches, ch2, skip 2 stitches, 2tc into next 4 stitches, chain 2, skip 2 stitches, tc into next 4 stitches, chain2, skip 2 stitches, tc into the next 12 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Round 8 – *Tc into the next 10 stitches, 2tc into chain space, ch2, skip 2 stitches, tc into next 2 stitches, 2 tc into chain space, tc into next 2 stitches. chain 2, skip 2 stitches, 2tc into the chain space, tc into the next 10 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Round 9 – *Tc into the next 12 stitches, 2tc into chain space, tc into next 6 stitches, 2tc into chain space, tc into the next 10 stitches* Repeat *-* until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.

Repeat rows 1- 9 until tour blanket has reached desired size.

Find my video tutorial here –

Baby Bonnet Pattern

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Hello Everyone,

This baby bonnet pattern is part of my baby set and is suitable for intermediate beginners.  For this pattern you will need –

  • 4mm Crochet Hook
  • DK Cotton Yarn (I used Peter Pan Baby Cotton)

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Find the video here, the written pattern is below –

This pattern in written in UK Terms

Abbreviations

  • st/sts – Stitches
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • htc – half treble crochet
  • tc – treble crochet
  • ss – slip stitch

Start by making a magic circle or ch 4 and ss into the 1st ch

Round 1 – ch 1, work 10 tc into the magic circle, ss to join (10 st).

Round 2 – ch1, work 2tc into each stitch, ss to join (20 st).

Round 3 – ch1, work 2tc into the first st and 1 tc into the next. Repeat until the end. Ss to join (30 st).

Round 4 – ch1, work 2tc into the first st and 1 tc into the next 2 st. Repeat until the end. Ss to join (40 st).

Round 5 – ch1, work 2tc into the first st and 1 tc into the next 3 st. Repeat until the end. Ss to join (50 st).

Round 6 – ch1, work 1 tc into each st (50st).

Round 7 – ch1, 1htc, *skip 2 st, work 2tc, ch3, ss all into the same stitch*. Repeat *to* 16 times. 1htc into the last st. Turn (50 st)

Round 8 – ch1, 1htc, * work 2tc around the ch3 from the previous round, ch3, ss into the 3rd ch from the previous*. Repeat *to* 16 times. 1htc into the last st. Turn (50 st)

Round 9 – 17 – Repeat round 8. Fasten off and secure your yarn.

Strap

Chain 42 then join with a slip stitch to the main part of the bonnet. Work dc’s evenly around the bottom edge of the bonnet. When you reach the opposite edge, ch42, turn, work 1dc into each chain, along the bottom edge of the bonnet and into each of the 42 chains on the opposite side. Fasten off and sew in all your ends.

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Congratulations, you have made yourself a baby bonnet!

Happy Crocheting!

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Crochet And Mental Health

Hello Everyone!

It has been so long since I’ve blogged! I have had a crazy few months with placement and Uni, but have no fear! New patterns are coming soon!  In the meantime, I have made this short video on how Crochet has helped my mental health. You can find it here.

The Magic Knot

Hello Everyone!

Have you ever struggled to attach new yarn or wondered how to change colours?? Well have no fear, the magic knot is here to help you!  It is so easy and simple and you will be changing colours in no time!  Have a watch of the video below to see how its done!

 

 

I love to see your makes so don’t forget to tag me on Instagram – @Lexie_Loves_Stitching

Take care and happy crocheting!

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Sew a Book Sleeve

Hello Everyone

As well as making things I also love to read.  I hate it when I carry my book in my bag and the front cover gets damaged and pages get creased.  I have come up with a super easy pattern for a book sleeve.  This project is suitable for beginner sewers and also makes an easy project for kids to have a go at.

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Find the video on how too make your book sleeve here –

 

I love seeing your makes so don’t forget to tag me in them on Instagram @Lexie_Loves_Stitching

Happy Sewing!

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Easy Crochet Friendship Bracelet

Hi Everyone!

Its been ages since I have done a blog post! I’ve been really busy with my University course and have had loads of work to do so I haven’t been blogging as much as I should at all!

Anyway, I have come up with a really east and super quick make that even the kids can do and will soon be making lots for their friends.  Find the video here –

I love to see all your makes so don’t forget to tag me in your pictures on Instagram – @Lexie_Loves_Stitching.

Take care and happy crocheting!

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Cute Crochet Bag Tutorial

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying the summer and the sunny weather!  I have made this super cute crochet bag in the style of a camera.

Find the Youtube tutorial here

For your bag you will need

  • 4 colours of DK yarn (including black and white)
  • 4mm Crochet Hook
  • A Button
  • A pair of scissors
  • A darning/tapestry needle

This pattern is written in UK TERMS

Main Bag, make 2

Chain 31

Round 1: Start from the second chain from the hook. 1 half treble crochet (htc) in each stitch to the end of the round (30 stitches)

Round 2 – 18: Chain 1, turn, 1htc in each stitch (30 stitches). Fasten off yarn at the end of round 18 and cut.

Round 19: Attach contrasting colour yarn, chain 1, 1htc in the same stitch, 1 htc in remaining 29 stitches.

Round 20 – 24: Chain 1, turn, 1htc in each stitch (30 stitches). Fasten off yarn at the end of round 24 and cut.

Join your 2 panels together using slip stitches.

For the Camera Lens

Start with a magic ring (or ch4 and join with a slip stitch).

Round 1: 3ch, 5htr into ring. Join to third ch of initial 3ch with a slip stitch, pull the magic ring to close. [6st]

Round 2: 3ch, 1 htr into same stitch, 2 htr into each stitch, join to third ch of initial 3 ch with a slip stitch. [12st]

Round 3: 3ch, 1htr in same st, 1 htr in next st, *2 htr in next stitch, 1 htr in next; rep from * around. [24st]

Round 4: 3ch, 1 htr in same st, 1 htr in next 2st, *2htr in next st, 1 htr in next 2st; rep from * around. [36st]

Round 5: 3ch, 1 htr in same st, 1 htr in next 3st, *2 htr in next st, 1 htr in next 3st; rep from * around. [48st]. Fasten off yarn and cut.

Round 6: Attach white yarn, 3ch, 1 htr in same st, 1 htr in next 4st, *2tr in next st, 1tr in next 4st; rep from * around. [48st]

Round 7: 3ch, 1 htr in same st, 1 htr in next 4st, *2tr in next st, 1tr in next 4st; rep from * around. [60st]. Fasten off and cut yarn.

For The Flash

Using the black yarn, chain 7, 1 htc in the second chain from the hook and 1 htc in each chain space (6 stitches). Chain 1 turn. 1 htc in each stitch (6 stitches). Chain 1 turn. 1 htc in each stitch (6 stitches). Fasten off and cut yarn.

For The View Finder

Crochet 2 squares (one smaller then the other), one in black and one in white, sew the white on top of the black using white yarn.

Stitch all your appliqué pieces onto your bag.

For the handle, using three colours of yarn, chain a strap to the required length and attach to your bag.

 

 

Congratulations, you have made your bag!

Until next time, happy crocheting!!

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