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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How to Start Crocheting

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One of the most frequently asked questions that I get from brand new crocheters is “What sort of equipment do I need to start my crochet adventure?”.  Well, in this post I am going to talk you through the few (and inexpensive) things you will need to get going.  I will warn you though, you will soon have the biggest yarn stash ever and WILL become a crochet addict!  I love crochet.  It is my favourite thing to do.  Crochet has helped me get through bad days, has given me the opportunity to make new friends and even makes me feel valued when I get lovely compliments about my work.  So what are you waiting for?! Pick up that hook and yarn and join the best community that I have ever had the privilege of being part of!

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Firstly, hooks! You do not need to buy yourself a super duper expensive hook.  I started out with a simple 4mm aluminium hook.. These hooks are brilliant for beginners as they are cheap and widely available.  If you have any issues with grip, such as arthritis I would highly recommend a silicone handled hook such as the Clover 4 mm Amour Crochet Hook.  These are my favourite hooks in the whole world and are defiantly worth spending that little bit extra on.  4mm is the size that I would recommend starting out with.  It is the hook size that I use the most and is the size recommended for most Double Knit (or DK) yarns.


4mm Clover Amour Hook


4mm Pony Aluminium Hook

Now for the yarn!  Trust me when I say DO NOT start off with a dark coloured yarn such as black or navy.  Dark colours are really hard to work with and you will end up seriously frustrated which is not what you want when you are first starting out. I suggest a light colour in Double Knit (or DK).  I absolutely love the Robin Yarns from Thomas Ramsden.  They are affordable and come in a huge variety of colours.  My favourites for a beginner would be their Madonna  or Spearmint. Both of these are DK yarns.


Madonna Robin DK Yarn


Spearmint Robin DK Yarn

Stitch markers are also a great accessory for a beginner as they can help you to keep the edges of your work straight.  I use Clover Locking Stitch Markers. These are defiantly the best stitch markers and will be your best friend for straight edges!


Clover Locking Stitch Markers

If you are still feeling a bit overwhelmed by all this information, you can find my YouTube guide here to help you even more.

Please feel free to contact me via the contact page if you have any questions.
Happy Crocheting!
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30 Minute Head Band/ Ear Warmer

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Here in the UK we have been hit by Storm Emma which has involved lots of snow, freezing temperatures and most of the country coming to an absolute standstill with snow days for all.  To keep the cabin fever at bay (I’m such a doer, that if i’m stuck at home for more than an hour I go slightly crazy), I designed this super easy 30 minute head band/ ear warmer.  It really is suitable for beginners as it is only uses chain stitch and Treble Crochet (US Double).  I have done a YouTube tutorial to make it easy to follow.

You Will Need –

    • Super Chunky Yarn (I used Robin Super Chunky)
    • 10 mm Crochet Hook
    • Scissors
    • Yarn Needle (for sewing in your ends)

 

I would love to see your makes!

Happy Crocheting!

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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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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

30 Minute Crochet Beanie

A Beanie in 30 Minutes?? Yup its True!!

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So, I was wandering around that fab bargain store that is B and M and ended up (shocker!) in the yarn aisle.  Our Women’s Institute group is taking part in a local arts trail with a crafty type stall and I’m always on the look out for yarn to make lovely crochet goodies for it.  I found some chunky cable yarn and at only £2.99 for 150 grams and I thought to myself why not?!!!  The yarn is beautifully soft (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool) and I thought it would be perfect for a winter beanie.  Any excuse to crochet right?!

When I got home, as per usual when I want to Crochet something new, I hit good old you tube.  I am a total visual learner.  I cannot for the life of me follow patterns (well I can but it normally involves a lot of choice swear words and tears), so you tube is definitely my best friend when it comes to new makes.  I searched through a few dodgy beanie makes before I came across Alexis from Persia Lou.  I have made a few of Alexis’ patterns before (like the cutest bunny slippers ever) and they are always a really simple, easy quick make and I love them.  Alexis has designed a beanie pattern that only takes 30 minutes.  I thought, no way can I make a beanie in 30 minutes.  It will probably end up like when I attempt to make Jamie’s 30 minute meals and it turns into 2 hours and 30 minutes but seeing it was a miserable Sunday afternoon I thought why not, you only live once right?!

So, the pattern calls for a 19mm hook, the biggest hook in my possession is a 12mm so I just went for that and I’m glad I did because it would have turned out HUGE!  The pattern is super simple and just uses just 2 stitches; treble and double crochet (UK terms).

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I will warn you that it does start with the dreaded magic circle but, you can always chain 6 and slip stitch into the first chain if the magic circle is the kinda thing that you thing will break you even before you’ve started!

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Once you’ve conquered the beast that is the magic circle you are good to go! The beanie is worked up in only SEVEN rounds and it actually took me less than 30 minutes.  Bare in mind that I am not the quickest crocheter on planet earth so I’m sure you could actually make 2 in 30 minutes.  These are honestly super easy and would be ideal makes for Christmas pressies (dare I mention the C word) or a winter craft stall.

Here are some progress pics of the star beanie in the making!

 

Drum roll for the finished beanie……………………….

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I love it!! and its super cosy for those cold winter days!  You can find the video for the pattern here (it also includes a link to the written pattern in the description box) – 

Thanks for reading and have a lovely week!

Alexandra xxxxxx