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

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