I can’t hold it back any longer, there’s going be a bit of a crochet animal take over this week, day 1 and part 1: Elephant

So far I have made the aardvark and alpaca from my recent book purchase of Edwards menagerie, by Kerry Lord. I really love this book, the animals are just so adorable! I have been raring to start some more of these animals but have had to put them on hold whilst finishing off some other projects that have been on my list for a while, but now I can’t wait any longer I have to make some more, I can’t just keep looking longingly through the book any longer! I have set myself a week to do as many as I can before having to get back to my list!   

I have started with the elephant, but rather than doing a traditional grey elephant I have gone a bit off track (just a little!) and gone for a multicoloured one! I love this wool it is a Fair Isle effect Crofter DK by Sirdar in colour bracken. I had some left (about 3/4 of a 50g ball) from a jumper and knew I had just enough to make the elephant!
I started off with a 3mm hook, but it was coming out quite small – much smaller than I was wanting so reluctantly (I hate unravelling!) I restarted in a 4mm hook and am much happier with its final size. The tail caused me a little bit of trout as I am useless with doing knots so bad in fact I had to get a little bit of help with it, but once I had the knot sorted I managed to get the rest done without any problems.
I love this elephant and think the colours have really worked well, and made it a little bit different. I better hurry up and get cracking with some more, not too sure what to start next just so many I want to do…..

  

The pattern has taken me a while but finally it’s time to welcome to the sea Sidney the crochet squid! 

A friend of mines eldest child is completely obsessed with sea creatures and all things marine! So much so in fact they want to be a marine biologist when they are older, I think it would be a pretty cool job to do to be honest!

One of their favourite animals which they were telling me about in great detail the other day is a giant squid! Lovely and cuddly I know! It gave me an idea to make him one to add to his collection of sea creatures! I had some wool which was the perfect colour for it so I got started on it straight away! I was determined to make a nice cuddly squid for him!

The pattern I thought wouldn’t be too hard to do, just a long round dome with a pointy top, short body, long legs and two pieces to go on either side of the head. Off I went making up the pattern as I went, there were a few occasions while making it that I was a bit unsure of whether I was getting the shape right on the head but luckily these fears were unfounded and I think I have got it just right. So pleased when I had got him finished he looks even better than I thought he would, I will be very sad to see him go!
Now I know this one isn’t giant in real life terms, but it is pretty impressive! And what’s really quite cool is that his long paddle legs can be pushed up into his body so they are hidden out the way – just like his real life counterparts!
Small note on this: Be careful with this one around small children, the long legs could become tied around them.


Sidney the squid crochet pattern: 

Used 2 100g balls of salmon wool – I used a dk wool for this.

Length from top of head to bottom of longest paddle arms: 109 cm

5mm hook – I tried this and a 4mm and preferred the result with the 5mm.
For head cone 

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Round 3-4: dc around

Round 5: 2dc into same stitch, dc. Repeat around

Round 6-7: dc around

Round 8: 2dc into same stitch, 2dc. Repeat around

Round 9-10: dc around

Round 11: 2dc into same stitch, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 12-13: dc around

Round 14: 2dc into same stitch, 4dc. Repeat around

Round 15-17: dc around

Round 18: 2dc into same stitch, 5dc. Repeat around

Round 19: 2dc into same stitch, 6dc. Repeat around

Round 20-21: dc around

Round 22: 2dc into same stitch, 7dc. Repeat around

Round 23: dc around

Round 24: 2dc into same stitch, 8dc. Repeat around

Round 25: dc around

Round 26: 2dc into same stitch, 9dc. Repeat around

Round 27: dc around

Round 28: 2dc into same stitch, 10dc. Repeat around

Round 29-48: dc around

Round 49: dc2tog, 10dc. Repeat around

Round 50: dc2tog, 9dc. Repeat around

Round 51-52: dc around

Round 53: dc2tog, 8dc. Repeat around

Round 54-56: dc around

Round 57: dc2tog, 7dc. Repeat around

Round 58-72: dc around

Round 73: 2dc into same stitch, 7dc. Repeat around

Fasten off.


For body and leg section

Ch35 and slip stitch into first ch to form a round.

Working in rounds:
Round 1-16 dc around. Do not fasten off

Now to work the legs:

legs:

dc4, turn and ch4, then slip stitch into first dc on the opposite side. This makes a round of 8dc to work the first leg.

Working in these 8 stitches only:

Round 1-45: dc around

Round 46: dc2tog 4times

Fasten off

Repeat the above for the next five legs, starting each leg in the next dc from the previous leg. For the final two legs repeat the above leg section but skip 1dc after the 6th leg before starting the 7th leg, skip 1dc after the 7th leg before starting the 8th leg then leave 1dc after the 8th leg.


For the long paddle arms:

Make 2 of these:

Ch 10, slip stitch into first ch to make a round

Round 1-85: dc around

Round 86: 2dc into each dc

Round 87-90: dc around

Round 91: 2dc into same dc, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 92-100: dc around

Round 101: dc2tog, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 102: dc2tog, 2dc. Repeat around

Round 103-105: dc around

Round 106: dc2tog, 1dc. Repeat around

Round 107: dc around

Round 108: dc2tog. Repeat around

Fasten off


Head side pieces – make 2 

Ch4, dc into second chain from hook, dc along rest of the row.
Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 3dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 5dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 6: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 7dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 7: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 8: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 9dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 9-10: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 11: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 11dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 12-13: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 14: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 13dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 15: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 14dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 16: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 17dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 17-18: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 19: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, 19dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 20-22: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 23: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 19dc, dc2tog

Row 24: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 25: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 17dc, dc2tog

Row 26: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 15dc, dc2tog

Row 27: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row

Row 28: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 13dc, dc2tog

Row 29: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 11dc, dc2tog

Row 30: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 9dc, dc2tog

Row 31: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 7dc, dc2tog

Row 32: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 5dc, dc2tog

Row 33: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 3dc, dc2tog

Row 34: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog

Fasten off



Fold in half wrong sides together and dc along the edge to join. Fasten off

To put together:  Finish off all the loose ends, when finishing off the loose ends on the tentacles where they join the body, sew the tops of the tentacles closed.

Stuff the head, leaving the bottom inch unstuffed.

Place the two long tentacle arms with paddles into the body section so the top of the leg is in line with the top of the body, sew the top of the body closed with these legs in to close the top of the body and hold the legs in place. Next sew the body into the head section, attach the thread to sew the head to the body 5 rows down from the top of the body and sew the top of the body in a 5 rows back up from the bottom of the head.

  


 
Sew the two side flaps onto either side of the head.


For the suckers on the paddles:

Make 10, 5 for each paddle

In white, ch8, slip stitch into first chain to make a round and

Round 1: dc around

Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach

Sew 5 of these onto each of the paddles in random locations.

Eyes:

Make 2

In black

Make a magic ring, ch1, 8dc into ring

Round 1: 2dc into each dc

Change to white

Round 2: dc around

Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach


To attach the eyes: sew them on to either side of the body, lining up their position with the position of the side flaps.


Finished!


 

Following on from the aardvark, here’s an alpaca! 

After completing the aardvark from the Edwards menagerie book I decided to embark on another name from the book, as previously it took me a while to decide which one to do! After narrowing it down to a few I could do with wool I already had in my stash that I could make them with I decided to do the alpaca! 

Similarly to the aardvark it was so easy to follow the instructions to make it, it took me a a little bit of practise to get a hang of the chain loops and getting them in the right place for the hair, but I managed to get there with it after a few goes.

  
Don’t think I could part with this one – think I will be keeping it for myself! Now to decide which animal to do next! 

Aardvark teddy – first make from a new book purchase, can’t wait to get started on the rest and with over 40 to choose from think im going to be busy!! 

I first came across this book after seeing the finished animals featured in an email from a craft shop, they all looked so cute and I couldn’t believe that there were over 40 animals patterns in this one book! I know a lot of little ones who would love these little critters along with a few big people too (including me!) so decided to get the book. The book is called Edward’s Menagerie, by Kerry Lord (https://www.thetoftalpacashop.co.uk/PD.aspx?product=PATTERNS/toys/-Edwards_Menagerie_Book_by_Kerry_Lord)

I ordered the book online and was very excited when it arrived, the only problem was I didn’t know where to start, there was just so many animals I wanted to make it took me a long time to decide which one to start with! Eventually after reading through the book a ridiculous number of times I finally decided on which one to start with – the aardvark! I had the perfect wool for it already in my stash so I could get started on him straight away.  

  
The book is fantastic, it’s a great read and the patterns are so easy to follow, and it is very well laid out explaining each separate stage from making to stuffing and completion. I am very impressed with how easy it made the whole making process. I had this little one made in two evenings – I was really surprised with how quickly it came together.  
How could you not love it – from its cute floppy ears to long snuffly nose, I know this is going to be very well liked in its new home! 
   
 

Triangles and stripy fabric – think I was being overly ambitious with this being the second quilt I have made using the machine, I’ve managed to do it though……just! 

A few weeks ago I was in Hobbycraft looking at their fabric bundles and saw a set of stripy fabrics which I just had to get to make a quilt with! This fabric is from The Craft Cotton Company, I just love their range of fabrics! 

  
After my first successful attempt of making a quilt by machine (the houses quilt), rather than my normal method of using paper piercing I decided to undertake my second quilt with the machine. Without thinking of their complexity especially when combined with the stripy fabric I decided rather than squares to give triangles a go. I cut myself a triangle template (7inches along the base and the two sides 5inches) and got cracking with cutting out all the fabric, however as I had decided to not match up the stripes on each of the triangles but to have them going in different directions it made the cutting out a bit of a mission. The amount of times I cut the triangle out wrongly was just ridiculous, despite taking the time to get the template laid out correctly and being convinced it was going to be right! Luckily I finally managed to finally get the hang of it but it took a lot longer to cut out than I thought! At least I got there eventually – without driving myself too crazy, well maybe just a little bit! Although I think I need to invest in a rotary cutter to make the cutting out easier, was not easy with the scissors! Luckily I had just enough fabric for the triangles, and when I say just I really mean it – there was only a few scraps of fabric left!

   
 
Next came the next problem with my bright idea of using triangles – sewing them all together. To sew them together I placed two of the triangles right sides together and sewed down the edge about 5mm from the edge and then opened them out, and repeated the process.  I started with the red middle section, then completed each side row then attached the row to the red middle section then sewed together the corners, using the same process of placing the fabric right sides together and sewing down the seam. This was then repeated for each following row of triangles and sewing them to the previous row.  

As I have only used paper peirceing before I haven’t encountered any problems of slightly mis-aligning the triangle edges slightly, since when you are sewing the pieces together the paper template keeps the fabric the right size and it’s easy to put it and keep it in its correct alignment for sewing. I found a few times that somehow despite taking time to line everything up and pinning like mad I still managed to machine sew them slightly off alignment and had to unpick and red-do quite a few before getting the right positioning, and I’m still not sure I have got them all together 100% correctly! But looking at these lines for too long makes your eyes go a bit crazy so I think they are all ok! 
  

Next I quilted the front section with the batting and backing sheet, for this I used a nice light blue fabric. I didn’t want to use a patterned fabric as I thought it would be too much with the stripes on the front. For the quilting I went around in 4 large squares down the seams between the two fabric colours, and then did some extra detailing in the corners of these squares and at the edges of the quilt on the diagonal.

  

For the edge binding I folded the edges of the backing sheet around to the front and back under themselves like a hem, and slip stitched around the edges. I really like using this method and find I can do it without too many problems! Does take me a little while though, but I think that’s just because I’m wary of messing it up at this late stage! 

   
 
I really like this quilt, despite a few problems with the triangle alignment it’s come out great considering it’s only my second attempt at skin a whole quilt using the machine. Also without running into problems you would never learn how to get out of them so it’s all helped me on my long road of learning machine quilting! Maybe I should stick to plain fabrics for now! 

   
     
For some more great ideas using the Craft Cotton Company fabric check out their blog, you will find this tutorial of mine along with a lot more other great tutorials.  

Crochet tooth shaped tooth holder pattern – Perfect for keeping a tooth safe ready for the tooth fairies visit, much easier for her to find where it is too! 

 

What better for keeping a tooth safe and ready for collection by the tooth fairy than a little pocket on the back of this crochet tooth! I have been wanting to make a tooth holder for a while but couldn’t quite decide on what to make, that was until I thought of putting into a tooth. Perfect I thought a tooth within a tooth! This also keeps the tooth safe – nothing worse than loosing the tooth so it cannot get collected meaning no pennies! This also keeps the pennies safe in place for in the morning ready for spending!
I had a few different ideas on how to do his tooth and whether to make a pocket within the tooth itself or put one on the back of the tooth, and after quite a bit (in fact a lot!) of going back and forth between the two ideas I decided to put a separate pocket on the back.
I was also unsure whether to put a face on or not, so I decided to put one on to see how it would look if it didn’t look right I could unpick it. Thankfully as I hate unpicking I think the face really adds to the tooth and it makes me smile when I look at it so hopefully it will encourage some cheeky newly toothless grins too!
It’s really simple to make and only uses dc stitches.  You could also change the colour if you wanted or change the facial expression, or not put a face on at all.  The pocket could be made in a different coloured colour too if you want it to stand out a bit more  – so many different options to choose from!


Tooth holder pattern: 

Tooth – make 2 of these

Ch28

Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch), 2dc into same stitch, do along row, 2dc into last stitch

Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, dc along row, 2dc into last stitch

Row 4: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 5: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, dc along row 2dc into last stitch

Row 6-10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 11-16: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, dc along row, dc2tog into last 2 stitches

Row 17: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 18: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into first stitch, dc along row, 2dc into last stitch

Row 19: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into first stitch 11 dc, turn leaving remaining stitches unworked.

Row 20: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 11dc

Row 21: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 10dc, dc2tog

Row 22: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 7dc, dc2tog

Row 23-25: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 26: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 5dc, dc2tog

Row 27-28: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 29: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 3dc, dc2tog

Row 30-32: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 33: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog 1dc dc2tog

Fasten off
To make second leg:

Row 1: Skip 1dc from last dc of the first row of the previous foot and fasten on. ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 8dc, 2dc into last 2 stitches

Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into first stitch, 9dc, dc2tog

Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, dc along rest of row

Row 4: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 7dc, dc2tog

Row 5-7: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 8: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 5dc, dc2tog

Row 9-10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 11: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 3dc, dc2tog

Row 12-14: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 15: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog

Fasten off
Top bumps 

Right bump
Working on right side

Join on in last stitch of foundation row

Row 1: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 13dc, turn leaving remaining stitches unworked

Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 9dc, dc2tog

Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 7dc, dc2tog

Fasten off

Left bump

Skip 1 stitch from 1st row of the right bump and join,

Row 1: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 13dc

Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 9dc, dc2tog

Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 7dc, dc2tog


Back pocket 

ch15

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Row 2-11: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 12: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row and around the remaining 3 edges of the pocket. Slip stitch into the ch1 to finish.
Joining together

Place the two sides wrong sides together, and ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) and dc around the edges of the two sides to join, leaving a small gap to stuff (don’t fasten off). Stuff then complete the remaining dc around with a slip stitch into the ch1 to finish. Fasten off


 Attach pocket 

Place pocket onto back of the tooth, and sew to attach.
Face (optional) 

If wanting a face, sew on using black wool.


Loop 

ch40. Fasten off, sew into back of the tooth at the top in the middle

The final crochet flower instalment for now – and saving the biggest until last, part 5: bring out the dahlias!   

How could I do crochet flowers without doing dahlias, with their lovely colours and being such different shapes and sizes I just had to make some! However, I couldn’t quite decide on which dahlia types to make to start with – there are just so many to choose from!

Eventually after a long time looking at pictures of different dahlias (of which there are a ridiculous amount!) I managed to narrow it down to 4 different flower heads to attempt to make. The shape and size of some of these flower heads did pose me some problems when thinking about how to make a pattern for them, but I think I have managed to get them right in the end!

After the flurry of flower makes recently, I will be taking a break from any more crochet flowers for now – I have so many other makes I need to get on with – along with actually dealing with the real flowers in my garden outside! I do still have a few in mind I would like to make, and I know they will sneak their way in to be made at some point!


Patterns:

All using a 4mm hook

One colour, pointed petals

Ch76

Dc into second chain from hook, into next stitch :dc, trb, double treble, ch2 slip stitch into second chain from hook, double treble, trb, dc. *dc into next stitch, into next stitch: dc, trb,double treble, ch2 slip stitch into second chain from hook, double treble, trb, dc. Repeat from * along rest of row.
Fasten off.

 

Using a long piece of wool, attach to the start of the row, then sewing as you go roll the row around to give the flower shape, tighter at the start and getting looser as you go around. If you sew from the back it makes it easier as when you roll the row you can see where you need to go next as a spiral will form on the back as you go, and you won’t be fighting the petals as much if you sew from the back.


Yellow middle, pointed petals, different colour edging 

For the yellow middle

Ch10

Dc into second chain from hook,* into next stitch : 2dc, dc into next stitch. Repeat from * along rest of row.

Fasten off.
In chosen Petal colour Ch57

Row 1: Dc into second chain from hook, * into next stitch :dc, trb, double treble, ch1. Into next stitch double treble, trb, dc. dc into the next 2 stitches. Repeat from * along rest of row.

Fasten off.

Row 2: In different colour join onto first dc of the previous row, ch1, 5dc, in ch space:dc ch2 slip stitch into second stitch from hook, dc. 3dc, dc2tog. *3dc, in ch space: dc, ch2, slip stitch into second stitch from hook, dc. 3dc, dc2tog. Repeat from * to end of row (ending on a dc2tog). Fasten off.
To assemble:
Stitching as you go roll around the yellow centre section, fasten off. Then again stitching as you go roll the petal section around the yellow middle and continue rolling to create the flower

 You could also do these in just one colour, completing both the main section and edging in the same colour. They look good with a speckled colour wool.
….
Long skinny petals

In chosen colour: Ch76

dc into second ch from hook, dc, *ch7, dc into second ch from hook and remaining 5ch, dc into foundation ch at the base (the same stitch you started the ch7 in) dc. Repeat from * to end of row. Fasten off

Stitching as you go, roll around to make the flower.

 ….
Flower with inner petals
Starting in Orange
Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 8dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each stitch

Change to yellow

Round 3: *into next stitch: dc, ch3, dc into 2nd chain from hook and remaining 1dc, slip stitch into stitch at base of ch. repeat from *around

Fasten off
In red

Ch18

dc into second ch from stitch, *into next stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, in next stitch: triple trb, double trb, trb, dc. Repeat from * along row. Fasten off

Sew petals on around the outside of the orange centre, aligning up the red petals so the yellow inner petal is in the middle of each petal.

You could also add another colour along the edge of the petals. Join another colour in the first dc of the petal row, ch1 and dc into each dc along the rest of the row, putting 1dc, ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into the ch space at the top of the petals.

I wish the flowers in my garden always came out as well as all these crochet flowers have! Part 4: 5 and 6 petal flowers

Time to get back on to the crochet flower theme that has started to take over in my crochet makes these last few weeks – I think it’s seeing all the lovely flowers coming out in the garden with this nicer weather that has set me off making them all! This time I decided to have a go at some 5 and 6 petal flowers, I wasn’t too sure what type of flower these actually were while I was making them – I’m terrible at identifying flowers! it was only once I had finished them I realised how much some of them looked like different clematis flowers! The pointed petal ones look exactly like some clematis plants I have growing in my garden at the moment!

After making some pointed petal ones I also decided to do some round edged petal flowers too, inspired by a lovely little pink flower that has bloomed in my garden over the last few days, luckily these crochet flowers will last longer than this little pink flower which sadly only lasts for a couple of days!

Pattern:

All made with 4mm hook

5 petal flower with separate middle piece – single

Flower: 

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each stitch around

Round 3: *into same stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, triple trb, double trb, trb, dc. dc into next stitch. Repeat from *4 more times

Middle section

In yellow

ch10, fasten off leaving long thread to attach to flower

Roll around the chain to make a circle and sew onto front of the flower

Leaf

In green

Ch4

dc into second chain from hook, in the same stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch 3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, triple trb, double trb, trb, dc. dc into next stitch.

Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach to back of the flower


 …….
5 petal flower with separate middle section – double

Make two 5 petal flowers in two different colours, then sew them together with the top flower offset so you can see the bottom petals though the gaps of the top one. Then make and attach the middle circle to the top petal.


 …..
6 petal flower 

Starting in yellow

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 6dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Change to flower petal colour

Round 3: *into same stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, triple trb, double trb, trb, dc. dc into next stitch Repeat from *5 more times

Leaf
In green

Ch4

Row 1: dc into second chain from hook, dc into remaining 2dc.

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc, in next stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, triple trb, double trb, trb. dc into last stitch.


…..

6 petal flower with bend at petal point

Starting in yellow
Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 6dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Change to flower petal colour

Round 3: *into same stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, double trb, trb, dc. dc into next stitch. Repeat from *5 more times

  …..

5 petal flower with bend at petal point

Starting in yellow
Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Change to flower petal colour

Round 3: *into same stitch: dc, trb, double trb, triple trb, ch3 slip stitch into 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook, double treble, trb, dc. dc into next stitch Repeat from *4 more times

  …..

5 petal flower with rounded petals – small

In yellow

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into the ring

Change to petal colour

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Round 3: *6trb Into same stitch, dc into next stitch. Repeat from *4 more times

Small rounded leaves 

Ch4

dc into 2nd chain from hook, in the same stitch: 6 trebles. dc into next stitch

 ….

5 petal flower with rounded petals – large 

In yellow

Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 5dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Change to petal colour

Round 3-4: dc around

Round 5: *6 triple trb into same stitch, dc into next stitch. Repeat from *4 more times

Large Rounded leaves 

Ch4

dc into 2nd ch from hook, in the same stitch: 6 triple trebles. dc into next stitch

……

6 petal flower with rounded petals – small
In yellow
Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 6dc into the ring

Change to petal colour

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Round 3: *6trb Into same stitch, dc into next stitch. Repeat from *5 more times

Small rounded leaves 
Ch4

dc into 2nd chain from hook, in the same stitch: 6 trebles. dc into next stitch

 …
6 petal flower with rounded petals – large 

In yellow
Make a magic ring, ch1

Round 1: 6dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Change to petal colour

Round 3-4: dc around

Round 5: *6 triple trebles into same stitch, dc into next stitch. Repeat from *5 more times

Large Rounded leaves
Ch4

dc into 2nd ch from hook, in the same stitch: 6 triple trebles. dc into next stitch

It’s been slow (very slow) and steady progress but brick by brick I have been putting together my second Lego blanket and it’s finally finished! 

This Lego blanket is the second of four small blankets I am making as gifts for Christmas for some boys who love Lego (who can blame them!!) I’m glad I have started early with these makes as it’s taken me until now just to get two finished and will take me just as long to get the final two completed! 

The slow progress is down to the fact I only make these bricks when I have a spare half hour or so for a quick make, which doesn’t happen that often with my ever increasing list of makes! But I have finally got there in the end! 
This one is slightly different to my first blanket but is still based on the Red Heart Yarns pattern I used previously: http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW4395_corr.pdf 

This pattern is for a bigger blanket – I just didn’t make as many bricks and changed the brick layout making it smaller (28 x 29 inches). I would have loved to make them the big size that is made in the pattern, but I would never have got four finished this decade yet alone this year if i had done them that size! This blanket consists of 24 bricks in total (2 six dot, 3 four dot, 6 two dot and 13 one dot). The colours used are also slightly different from the first to keep them different.  I also did the border differently to the first and followed what they did in the pattern.  

   
 Despite it taking a long time to finish I love these blankets, the pattern is so simple and easy to do and the finished item looks fantastic. I better get started on the third of these, time is ticking!