Crochet Doodling

Crochet doodling, is that even a thing? Does anyone else do it? Or just me?  Let me explain what I mean. Often of an evening if I’m trying to relax, I’ll get out my basket of leftover yarn and let my imagination run free. It’s so refreshing to pick a random colour and to just crochet whatever comes into my head. No final destination in mind, just a random bunch of stitches and colours thrown together in no particular order. I find my mind drifting and my hands just getting on with forming stitches. 

Often I start with the first round of a granny square as that’s one of the first things I learned to crochet, but then it just takes on a life of its own. Sometimes I like the doodle I’ve created and start to refine the colours and the stitches until eventually get to a motif I want to make into a blanket, however just as often I don’t like the designs enough to take them any further, and they’re discarded into a basket of rejects. I don’t begrudge the time I spend on the rejected designs though, to me no time I spend crocheting is ever wasted.

Here are a couple of my recent crochet doodles

These have been consigned to the rejects bin! I don’t think the pattern holds together. Whether they’ll ever get fished out and adapted I’m not sure.
I do however like this doodle

I think these might stay out of the rejects bin and with a bit of tweaking, feature in my next blanket design, but I guess that just depends on what I doodle tonight.

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Blanket love

I’ve been away from this blog for quite a while, but with very good reason, I had to have my second hip replaced, which means that at 43 I’m now fully bionic!

The one good thing about being forced to stay indoors is that I found I had lots and lots of time to crochet. To be honest it saved my sanity, after all there is only so much daytime TV that a person can take. I am now officially a Countdown genius and as for Pointless, I think I can name every tiny country in the world that nobody else would ever think of! I even found myself watching the adverts for mobility scooters and stairlifts while all the time fretting over the “poor faithful donkeys who just need a friend!!! (Apologies to my non UK readers who won’t have a clue what I’m talking about, but I’m sure anyone in the UK will sympathise!) Anyway I digress, back to the crochet that I did while recuperating.

These are the first two blankets I have to show you. 

The one on the right is a motif I found online, but the one on the left is my own design, which I plan to share with you at a later date.

This is the one I designed, not a great photo I’m afraid, I was still using crutches when I took it and have you ever tried doing anything other than walking while you are using crutches! 

This is the only reasonable photo I took of the other one before it went off to its new home, as an 18th birthday gift for a lovely friend of mine. 

After making these blankets with their muted colours I needed more vibrant colours for my next project, and I ended up using very vibrant colours!!!

I love this blanket, it reminds me of summer evenings at the local fair, with all the noise and coloured lights and decorations on the rides, and it really satisfied my need for colour. Until I made this blanket I’d never really liked that gold colour, it’d sat on my shelf gathering dust for ages, but when I put it with the other colours I found that I fell in love with it. It really brings out the vibrancy of the blue edging. One of my friends saw it when she visited and loved it, so it found a new home even before I’d finished it.

And finally here is the last blanket I have to share today.

My Nan wanted a blanket with all the colours of autumn leaves, so this is the blanket I made for her. I used the blanket design from Attic24 for this one and I love the way the colours look together. My Nan loved it too and that’s the most important thing.

Enough sharing for today, hope you like the blankets I’ve shared and I’ll be back soon with another post with more colourful crochet.

Superhero Frisbee Free Pattern

Remember this frisbee?

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One thing you should know is that you will need to carry a second colour around the back of your crochet while making it, this not only helps with getting a neat colour change from white to blue for the star, but it helps stiffen the frisbee up – after all nobody wants a floppy frisbee!!!

Here is a photo of the front of the crochet to illustrate this point, I’m crocheting with the white yarn and carrying the blue yarn around the back of the stitches, crocheting over it with each stitch.

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and this is the reverse of the crochet – you can see the blue yarn poking out from the back of the white stitches

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Another thing I thought it worth showing you is the way I change colour during this pattern. In the photo below I’m changing colour from blue to white.  I’ve started the blue stitch, but before I finish the stitch, when I have two loops left on the hook, like this:

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I then switch the yarn to white to finish the stitch

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This gives you a nice neat colour change and should help you get the star looking nice.

Here is a pdf document with the pattern in it (hopefully I’ve attached it right, please comment if it doesn’t work and I’ll try again!)

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Please feel free to let me know if you find any errors in the pattern, that way I can fix it and update the file.

I’d also love to see photos if you make this.

Oh yes this pattern is not an official Marvel pattern, it is my own fan version, and is nothing at all do with Marvel, thanks.

Crochet Superhero Frisbee

While doing my usual housework procrastination by spending a little (or a lot of) time on Pinterest, I came across crochet frisbees (hehe the predictive text on my tablet keeps trying to change the word frisbees to fetishes…now that’s a whole other post!) Ahem…now where was I, oh yes, crochet frisbees. The day after seeing the frisbees, I happened to walk past a shop selling Marvel superheroes merchandise and this is where my brain took me:

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It was a little bit of a challenge for me to work the pattern out as it’s worked in the round and as any of you who have tried to create a particular shape while working in the round can attest, the shape gets skewed because of the angle and height of the stitches. This was my first attempt:FrisbeeSm2frisbee3backSm

Not too bad, but a little off on the left hand side of each spike. So I tried drawing the shape out, resorting to raiding my daughter’s pencil case to borrow her geometry set and her coloured pencils (which were actually mine before she “borrowed” them for a school project)

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But the drawing got a little complicated so I resorted to my usual way of designing … trial and error. I think I made and unpicked the star about 5 more times before I was happy with it, but here is the final star.

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And here it is after the edges have been put on.

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The second version is a fair bit bigger than my first attempt, but I’m sure you’ll agree that the star is a lot straighter

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I was intending on making them for each of my 5 nephews as a Christmas present, assuming that my own children were too old for them, but as this photo of my daughter proves, you’re never too old for a Captain America frisbee.

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Over the next few days I’ll try and get the pattern in a readable state and then, if you’re really good, I’ll share it with you.

Searching for the elusive “cute”

I make quite a lot of amigurumi creatures and so am interested in the science of “cute”.  So many times I’ve made things where the shape is fine, it looks like the idea I had at the beginning, but it’s just not “cute”.

Take this helicopter I’ve just made for example:

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I was making it for my 2 year old nephew, and as such it is fine for him, he will love it, but it’s not what I’d call “cute”

Google’s definition of cute is:

Attractive in a pretty or endearing way 

But is there a formula to achieving cuteness?

The website CartoonBrew,  lists the following as attributes of cuteness

  • Head large in relation to the body.
  • Eyes spaced low on the head and usually wide and far apart.
  • Fat legs, short and tapering down into small feet for type.
  • Tummy bulges—looks well fed.

I have managed to make some cute things before, this is my particular favourite.
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And I guess it does follow the above attributes, but as for my helicopter, I think I need to go back to the drawing board.  Watch this space for a new updated version of the helicopter, once I’ve been off and “cutified” it.

Blanket Colour Schemes

As I use a lot of Stylecraft Special DK yarn, I often end up with a lot of scraps hanging around waiting for a project to use them on.  And while I love sorting through the scrap box just looking at all the lovely colours, I decided that I really must do something with them.  So I grabbed the box, cast on 125 stitches and just begun making a blanket.

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I’m using rows of trebles with each following row worked between the trebles of the previous row.  Each time I finish one of the scraps I just grab a random ball, tie it in and use it until it is finished.  This blanket is still a work in progress, however what I have discovered while crocheting this is that there are so many gorgeous colour combinations, some of which I would never have dreamed of putting together. So I thought I’d pick out some of these colour combinations and photograph them so when I’m stuck for a colour scheme later on I can nip back to this post and find one I like.  The only problem I’ve found with using scraps is that I didn’t label them so I’m a little confused with which colours I used, but to the best of my knowledge these are the colours.

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Pomegranate, Pale Rose, Magenta, Violet, Petrol, Sherbet

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Lipstick, Magenta, Wisteria, Cream, Fiesta

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Candy floss, Pomegranate, Turquoise, Petrol, Citron, Lime, Lipstick

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Candy floss, Aspen, Lipstick, Dark Brown, Turquoise, Gold

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Fiesta, Spice, Lime, Grape, Sherbet, Pale Rose, Citron

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Lipstick, Cream, Turquoise, Clematis, Violet, Magenta, Sherbet

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Lipstick, Citron, Pale Rose, Sherbet, Violet, Lime, Spice, Fiesta

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Spring Green, Aspen, Lipstick, Dark Brown, Turquoise, Gold

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Candy Floss, Cream, Sunshine, Spice, White.

Hopefully those are the right colours, I really must add a shade card to my next order of the yarn or at least get a little bit more organised and label my scraps.

Yet Another Yarn bomb!

Our Happy Hookers have been very busy again – it’s almost the end of term at our primary school and not only is the headmaster leaving, but several of the children of our members are leaving (including my daughter).  To mark this important occasion what could we do but yarn bomb the playground fence.

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It’s quite a large yarn bomb, we’ve filled up 5 sections of the fence, so here are some more photos of the sections:

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There is lots of bunting on this section, some crocheted, some knitted, but what you can’t see is that the small crochet bunting has the names of each of the leavers on it.  Here is a close up of one piece:

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The next section has some more name bunting on it, plus some giant flowers and lots and lots of pompoms.

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This fence section has a wolf’s head on it and it is surrounded by sheep (the school symbol is a lamb) made from fleece.
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Here is a closer photo:

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And finally the showpiece of the yarn bomb:

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A crocheted tardis for the headteacher to take with him to his new school. Check back tomorrow for a closer look at each of the elements that make up the yarn bomb.