Thursday, 7 February 2019

Tudor Rose - A Free Pattern

Following on from my post titled Patchwork Pins, I've been having a go at writing out the pattern for the hexies that I dreamt up last year.

The hexies were originally inspired by the Yorkshire Rose which I discovered may have originated at the time of the House of York and of course the wars with the House of Lancaster are infamous. The roses of both Houses were merged when they united to form the Tudor Rose, a rose for England. This seemed like a perfect name for this little crocheted rose, so here is the pattern for it.

For information, I made my hexies with a 3.5 mm hook and Stylecraft Special double knitting yarn and they measure approximately 7.5 cm wide point to point or just under 7 cm wide side to side.

Abbreviations UK Terms with US Terms in brackets

ss = slip stitch
ch = chain
sp = space
dc = double crochet (US sc = single crochet)
htr = half treble crochet (US hdc = half double crochet)
tr = treble crochet (US dc = double crochet)

This pattern also uses standing stiches and htr spike stitches (US hdc spike), if you are not already familiar with them there are plenty of clips online on YouTube if you google these terms.

To begin and Round 1

Ch 4, join with a ss, ch 1 [counts as dc], ch 1, *dc, ch 1,* repeat from * to * 4 times, join with a ss or invisible join to end the round.

Round 2

Start in an ch 1 sp of the previous round, standing htr, 2 htr in same ch sp, ch 1, *3 htr in next ch sp, ch 1,* repeat from * to * 4 times, join with a ss or invisible join to end the round.

Round 3

Start in any ch 1 sp of the previous round, standing tr, 2 tr in same ch sp, dc in next htr, ss in next htr, dc in next htr, *3 tr in next ch sp, dc in next htr, ss in next htr, dc in next htr,* repeat from * to * 4 times, join with a ss or invisible join to end the round.

Round 4

In this round you are working into the second of a set of 3 htr in round 2, standing htr spike, htr spike into the same second st in round 2 as just worked into, ch 4, *2 htr spike into the second htr of a set of 3 htr in round 2, ch 4,* repeat from * to * 4 times, join with a ss or invisible join to end the round. [Don't worry if your hexie looks a bit crinkly at this stage, it will smooth out on the next round.]

Round 5

Start in any ch 4 sp of the previous round, standing htr, 2 htr in same ch sp, htr in each of the htr spike sts in round 4, 3 htr in next ch 4 sp, ch 1, *3 htr in same ch sp, htr in each of the htr spike sts in round 4, 3 htr in next ch 4 sp, ch 1,* repeat from * to * 4 times, join with a ss or invisible join to end the round.

Your hexie is now complete.

I'd love to see what people make with this design so if you're on Ravelry please link your project to the Tudor Rose pattern page which I'll shortly be adding to the database.

Happy hooking :-)

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Patchwork Pins

Wow, it's February already and the year is really taking off now. I've been having a rummage about to see what I could find in my crafty bits and bobs and I unearthed some little hexie patches that I started working on last year.

I had intended to make a patchwork blanket with them but it didn't materialise because I decided that I wanted a more controlled look as far as the colours and their placement were concerned.

I think I had more of a patchwork style blanket in mind, all thoroughly thought out and coordinated rather that made with odd bits of any old colour randomly placed here and there.

So I had a little pile of hexies that were a bit redundant and I decided to turn them into pin cushions instead.

I had enough hexies to make three, each of which is two sided and I think that they make cheerful little crafty companions, don't you?

I kept notes on how I made these hexies so I hope to be back sometime in the not too distant future with a pattern for them :-)

Friday, 18 January 2019

Clown Car Blanket Square

I've had another go at a BAMCAL square, this time I picked Clown Car by Polly Plum which the 2018 group made in April last year. I spent ages picking a set of colours and then decided that I didn't like them so started again. I'm not even sure about this set and I definitely won't be using that green again in a hurry, it's a bit too vivid for me!

I don't think that it'll be long before I start on another square, they're so satisfying because they're fairly quick to make, once you get over picking a set of colours. I can see why most of the BAMCAL members stick to one set for a whole blanket, perhaps I should have done that too.

Anyway here it is, vivid green and all. I used Stylecraft Special double knitting yarn in white, fondant, candyfloss, grass green and aster. You can find the pattern over on the every trick on the hook blog here if you'd like to have a go at making one too.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Northern Skies

I haven't been up north at this time of year for so long that I've forgotten just how dark it gets up here. It hardly get light before the sun is hovering over the horizon waiting to go to bed again, if it even bothers to surface at all. I went to see the sea earlier this week and noticed that, even in the early afternoon, night time doesn't feel like it's very far away as heavy shades of blue fill both the sky and the sea.

The fairy lights and Christmas decorations have popped up everywhere over the past week or so and I can't believe that we're only a couple of weeks away from the shortest day. I love getting to that point in the year as that's when I tell myself that it's getting lighter and we're heading towards Spring again, albeit very slowly at first.

In the meantime we've got to get through the darkest time of the year and I'm jollying myself along with thoughts of Christmas and the hope that I might see the northern lights if I'm lucky some time. That really would be a treat.

On the craft front, I've got a few things on the go at the moment and once they're finished I've decided to devote the bulk of my time to a block a month blanket using squares from the BAMCAL group over on Ravelry. I've already made a start by crocheting a square called Kinnedy Nichelle by Pam Knighton-Haener.

I spent ages trying to pick colours for this square and then decided that those in the pattern are so lovely that I copied them as closely as I could. It's a happy coincidence that they match the northern skies and coastline that I've seen this week, maybe subconsciously that's what drew me to them in the first place.

If you'd like to make this square you can find Pam's free pattern here. The colours that I used are silver, sherbet, violet and turquoise from the Stylecraft Special double knitting yarn range. 

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Autumn Splendour

I didn't get around to posting any summery pictures this year because I was too busy cleaning and decluttering in order to put our home up for sale. Throughout all the exceptional heat during the Summer months I went through every nook and cranny and made countless trips to the dump and charity shops to get rid of stuff that's no longer going to be required. I've just about caught up with all that as we wait to exchange contracts, fingers crossed and double crossed that it happens soon.

In the lull of activity connected with moving home during the past week or so I've managed to get out and take in the time of year before the splendour of Autumn vanishes and the dormant landscape of Winter coupled with the whirlwind that is Christmas takes over once more.

When I've moved I won't have the same amount of time available to spend on yarny crafts so I may decide to discontinue this blog, or just post here and there. When I first started blogging at roughly this time of year four years ago it was just an experiment for me and then I discovered Ravelry shortly afterwards. I nearly stopped blogging back then but something has kept me going until now. Anyway whatever happens I'll still post my projects over on Ravelry so I'm not disappearing altogether.

Farewell, maybe...