Heart and Flower Pattern In Memory of Emily Anderson.

Hello Everyone.

As many of you on Crochet Beginners Group will have heard, one of our members – Emily and her 2 year old daughter Kaylee were tragically killed yesterday.  Emilys family have asked for us to crochet hearts and flowers so that they can be handed out to other family members to show how much the crochet community are thinking of them at this awful time.  I know how amazing and compassionate our community can be so feel free to get involved.

Here is the written and video patterns for the Heart and Flower Call To Hooks on  Crochet Beginners Group. Once you have finished your hearts and flowers, please message the CBG Admin Page and we will send you the address of where to send your hearts and flowers.

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Written Heart Pattern (UK TERMS)

Terminology
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
dtr = double treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
Round 1
Ch4, sl st in 1st chain to form a loop (alternatively you can make a magic circle), ch4, [4tr, 2dtr] in loop, ch4, sl st in loop, ch4, [2dtr, 4tr] in loop, sl st in top of ch4 to joinRound 2
Ch4, 1tr in same st as previous sl st, 2tr in next 3 sts, [1tr, 1dtr] in next st, 2dtr in next st, 3dtr in next st, 1tr in top of next 4chs, ch4, sl st in centre of ch4 loop, ch4, 1tr in top of next 4 chs, 3dtr in next st, 2dtr in next st, [1dtr, 1tr] in next st, 2tr in next 2 sts, [1tr, 1dtr] in last st, sl st in top of ch4 to join.

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Written Flower Pattern

Step 1
Ch7, sl st into first ch to form a loop

Step 2
*ch4, 3dtr into centre of loop, ch4, sl st into loop* repeat from * to * another 4 times to make 5 petals.

Videos

How to Start Crocheting

Hello Everyone

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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Easy Beginners Crochet Baby Jumper

Hello Everybody and welcome to my blog!

This week I am going to teach you how to crochet a simple jumper for a baby.  This pattern is really simple and only uses treble crochet.  The size that is in this pattern is for a 6 to 12 month old baby. If you would like the pattern in a bigger size, then please contact me and I will send you the pattern.  I have also done a YouTube video for this pattern so if you are not a confident pattern reader then I have popped the link to the video at the bottom of the page.

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For this pattern you will need –

  • A 4mm Crochet Hook
  • DK (Double knit) Yarn, I have used Robin DK Shade Pale Rose (111)
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle (for those pesky ends!)
  • Tape measure
  • A cup of tea and lots cake to keep you going

 

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This pattern is written in UK Terms

Abbreviations:

Approx = Approximate(ly)
Beg = Begin(ning)
Ch = Chain(s)
Rem = Remain(ing)
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side
Sl st = Slip stitch
Sp(s) = Space(s)
St(s) = Stitch(es)

Tc = Treble crochet
Tc2tog = Treble crochet 2 together
Tcbp = Treble crochet back post
Tcfp = Treble crochet front post
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)

Note: This jumper is worked in one piece from neck edge down.
A chain 3 at the beginning of a round counts as a treble crochet.

Start your jumper by chaining 56 stitches. Make sure you chain loosely as this foundation chain will need to pull over baby’s head. Join with slip stitch to first chain, taking care not to twist your chain (Check out my YouTube video for this pattern for a handy hack to stop your chain from twisting).

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Round 1: Ch 3. 1 tc in the next 7chains. In the 8thchain, we are going to do a V stitch –  1 tc. Ch 1. 1 tc (all in that same 8thchain). 1 tc in each of next10chains. V-st in next ch. 1 tc in each of next 16ch. V-st in next ch. 1 tc in each of next 10ch. V-st in next ch. 1 tc in each of last 8 ch. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

 


Rounds 2 – 9: Ch 3. *1 tc in each tc to ch-1 sp of next V-st. V-st in ch-1 sp of next V-st. Rep from * 3 times more. 1 tc in each tc to end of rnd. Join. 124 tc and 4 ch-1 sps at end of 9th rnd.

 

 

Dividing the Jumper Sleeves and Body:

Round 1: Ch 3. 1 tc in each of next 16tc. 1 c in ch-1 sp of next V-st. Ch 3 for underarm. Skip next 28tc. 1 tc in ch-1 sp of next V-st. 1 dc in each of next 34tc. 1 tc in ch-1 sp of next V-st. Ch 3 for underarm. Skip next 28 tc. 1 c in ch-1 sp of next V-st. 1 tc in each of last 17tc. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 2: Ch 3. 1 tc in each tc or ch around. Sl st to top of ch 3. 78 tc.

Round 3: Ch 3 1 tc in each tc around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 4: Ch 3. 1 tc in each tc around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. Rep last rnd until your jumper measures 11 cm from the under arm to the bottom of your jumper.

Ribbing:  Ch 2. *tcbp around post of next st. tcfp around post of next st. Rep from * to last st. Tcbp around post of last st. Join with sl st to top of ch 2. Rep last rnd times more. Fasten off at end of last rnd.

Sleeves (Optional):

 Round 1: (RS). Join A with sl st to centre of underarm ch. Ch 3. 1 tc in each ch or tc around. Join with sl st to top of ch3. 31 tc.
Round 2: Ch 3. 1 tc in each tc around. Rep last rnd until the sleeve from underarm chain measures 10 cm.

Next Round: Ch 3. 1 tc in each of next 15 dc. Tc2tog. 1 tc in each tc to end of rnd. 30 tc.

Sleeve Ribbing:

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first st). *Tcbp around post of next st. Tcfp around post of next st. Rep from * to last st. Tcbp around post of last st. Join with sl st to top of ch 2. Rep last rnd 4 times more. Fasten off at end of last rnd.

Congratulations!  You have finished your jumper.  For a nice touch to finish off your jumper, how about going around the neck line and the bottom of your jumper in a contrasting colour? Just attach your yarn, chain 2, then double crochet into each stitch around and when you reach the starting chain 2, simply join into this with a slip stitch.

Happy Crocheting!

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30 Minute Head Band/ Ear Warmer

Hello Everyone!!

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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Granny Squares For Beginners

Hello Everyone!

Are you new to crochet or have not had the confidence to try a granny square yet? Well with my super simple and easy YouTube Tutorials you can now give it a go!  I have also included a bonus video on how to join your Granny squares so you can make yourself a lovely blanket!

To purchase any of the Robin DK yarns you see in my video, click on this link – https://www.lovecrochet.com/robin-yarns-and-threads?a_aid=efe2a487

I would love to see all of your creations so don’t be scared to get in touch!

 

 

 

Happy Crocheting

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Yarn Giveaway Take 2!!

Hello Everybody

The winner of my last giveaway did not come forward so I have started a new giveaway draw.  I am so desperate to pass on some Crochet pixie dust!! To enter to win some BEAUTIFUL yarn from Thomas Ramsden just have a watch of my YouTube video that you can find below.  The draw is open WORLDWIDE so where ever you are, feel free to enter and good luck! I will announce the winner on Tuesday 20th Feb 2018.  If you wish to purchase any of the Robin yarn seen in my video, you can find it on Love Crochet here – https://www.lovecrochet.com/robin-yarns-and-threads?a_aid=efe2a487

 

Don’t forget to like and subscribe to my YouTube channel to see new crochet lessons every Sunday.

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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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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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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