Jumping in just in time for the colder weather is a frog woolly hat!

Im glad I have managed to get some time to get this frog hat made, the colder weather is starting to creep in and it won’t be long before I will be needing a hat to keep the chill at bay! 
I saw this frog in Vanessa Mooncie’s book Crocheted animal hats and it stood out above of all the wonderful hats as the first I needed to make – I know for a fact many more of these hat makes will follow – they are just brilliant, I’m not too sure which to do next but I need to get cracking as I’m hoping to make some more of these as Christmas presents for friends, although I think I may be running out of time – in sure they won’t mind getting them a little late! 

  
  

100 granny squares later and it’s finally finished – the grannies have successfully morphed into a pixelated Minecraft creeper blanket 

I have been plodding along making granny squares for what seems like an age now – it’s my fault it’s taken me so long really though because I have only been making the squares in the few spare moments I have had between other craft projects. Also I got so carried away making granny squares I actually made a few too many in the end, I’m sure I can put them to good use on another project at some point!.  

For the granny squares I completed a basic granny square, following the method below: 

1- ch5, then slip stitch into the first ch to make a round

    
2- ch3, then complete 2 trb into the round, *ch2, then complete 3trb into the round, repeat from * twice more, ch2 then slip stitch into the top of the ch3 at the start

   
 
  

3- ch3, then complete 2 trb into the corner space, * ch2, then complete 3trb into the corner space, ch2 then 3trb into the same corner space. Repeat from * twice more, then ch2, 3trb into the corner space, ch2 then slip stitch to the top of the 3ch at the start.

   
   

4- ch3, then complete 2trb into the corner space, *ch2, then complete 3trb into the ch2 space, ch2, then complete 3trb into the corner space, ch2 then complete 3trb into the same corner space. Repeat from *twice more. Then ch2 3trb into the 2ch space, ch2 then complete 3trb into the corner space, ch2 then slip stitch into the top of the 3ch at the start.

   
 
5- ch3, then complete 2trb into the corner space, *ch2, then complete 3trb into the ch2 space, ch2, then complete 3trb into the next ch2 space, then complete 3trb into the corner space, ch2 then complete 3trb into the same corner space. Repeat from *twice more. Then ch2 3trb into the 2ch space, ch2, 3trb into next 2ch space, ch2 then complete 3trb into the corner space, ch2 then slip stitch into the top of the 3ch at the start.

   
 

Once I had all 100 squares made, it was time to get them all put together, I laid them all out before starting this so I could make sure I got all the squares in the places I thought they would look best. The next job was the Sewing together which took quite a while. I sewed the squares together with a slip stitch, I didn’t want the bulky seam you get when using a dc stitch to join.  Once joined and the mammoth task of finishing off all the loose ends was complete I went around the edge of the blanket in two rows of dc stitch using black. 

  
I am very happy with this blanket, and I know its recipient is going to love this for Christmas! Now I need to get cracking on another granny square blanket – now it’s time for a Minecraft mushroom cow, I better get cracking!

   

   

A great make for any four legged friends this Christmas – a crochet dog ball 

Some friends of mine have just got a very cute little puppy and I was wanting to make him a little present for Christmas, I searched about online and came across something I knew would be perfect – this knitted dog ball: 
http://m.instructables.com/id/Knitted-dog-ball-that-helps-clean-their-teeth/?ALLSTEPS
The only problem was it was a knitting pattern rather than crochet, so to adapt this for crochet I just used dc stitch and did the following pattern, making two strips in three different colours (6 strips in total):

Crochet dog ball:

4mm hook

11ch 

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

Row 2-60: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row  

Fasten off. 
Once the strips are made I followed the instructions to join and wrap the strips together to make the ball, I found it quite fiddly and it took me a few attempts to get it right, but when I did the following I managed to get it to work: 
1- Take a blue strip and sew the ends together to make a round, then take a red strip and pass it through the blue round and sew the ends to make another round. Now take the second blue strip and pass it through the red round and sew the ends together to make a final round.  

  
2- Lay the loops out flat as shown in picture below to make sure they are in the right places, a lot of the problems I encountered were because I didn’t have them like this. I put a stitch marker in one of the strips so not to get them mixed up.  

   

3- Take the second red strip and place it as shown in the photo below and sew the ends together. 

  

4- Put a little stuffing into the middle as it will make the next stage a little easier – although it is still quite fiddly! 

  

5- Take one of the yellow strips and weave it over the strip. Start by going under a blue, over the next blue and repeat going around the ball until you get back to the start and sew to join.

  

6- Take the second yellow strip and start going over the blue strip that you previously went under, then over the next and repeat around until you get back to the start and sew to join.  

  
7- Put more stuffing into the ball so it becomes fully ball shaped, now sew along the edges of the strips to seal them so the stuffing doesn’t come out.  

  
   
   

Despite the fiddly bit driving me a bit crackers it was worth it, and I know it’s recipient will have a lot of fun with it on Christmas Day! You could make these bigger too by increasing the number of rows, and by increasing the number of stitches on the starting chain to increase the thickness of the strips.  

Almost time to go pick a pumpkin, until then here are some fabric ones! 

I have seen quite a few fabric pumpkins on my Pinterest feed lately and really wanted to make some for Halloween. It was only while rummaging through my craft drawer yesterday looking for some wool when I suddenly realised I still had some orange and green The Craft Cotton Company fabric left over from when I made the hexagon patchwork spider (Brights fat quarter bundle). I knew this fabric would be perfect to make some, so I got cracking making them. I really need to sort out my craft drawer – there’s all sorts hidden away in there! 

The tutorial I followed was on: 

http://thompsonfamily.typepad.com/thompson_familylife/2009/11/fabric-pumpkin-tutorial.html
I chose to make three pumpkins in total, each different in size: 

First – 7×14 inches 

Second – 4×8 inches 

Third – 3×6 inches 
These were so easy to make and they look great, I think might make some bigger ones to go with these!  
   
   

Cackle cackle cackle ….. it’s time for some witches hats

Halloween wouldn’t be complete without some cackling witches lurking about, so I thought of doing these witches hat decorations, it should keep people on their toes – you never know when the witch might come cackling back to get it!
You could do these as big or as small as you wanted, I opted to do mine quite small so I could get quite a few dotted about the house. Also the colour of the band around it could be any colour that you like best. I opted for purple and green for mine as I like those colours for Halloween.
Witches hats pattern

In black

4mm hook
For the base:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 6dc into ring

Round 1: 2dc into each dc

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

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

Round 4: 2dc into same dc, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 5: 2dc into same dc, 4dc. Repeat around

Round 6: 2dc into same dc, 5dc. Repeat around

Round 7: 2dc into same dc, 6dc. Repeat around

Round 8-9: dc around

Fasten off

For the pointy hat part:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 4dc into ring

Round 1: 2dc into each stitch

Round 2-3: dc around

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

Round 5-6: dc around

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

Round 8: 2dc into same dc, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 9: dc around

Round 10: 2dc into same dc, 4dc. Repeat around

Round 11: 2dc into same dc, 5dc. Repeat around

Round 12: dc around

Round 13: 2dc into same dc, 6dc. Repeat around

Round 14-18: dc around
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach to the base, stuff the pointy hat part, then sew the hat to the base.


Band around hat:

In your chosen colour:

ch4

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

Rows 2-34: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row
Fasten off and leave a long thread to attach around the hat at the base.

Smaller hat:

In black

4mm hook
For the base

Make a magic ring, ch1, 6dc into ring

Round 1: 2dc into each dc

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

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

Round 4: 2dc into same dc, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 5: 2dc into same dc, 4dc. Repeat around

Round 6: dc around

Fasten off
Pointy hat part:

Make magic ring, ch1, 4dc into ring

Round 1: 2dc into each dc

Round 2: dc around

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

Round 4-5: dc around

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

Round 7: dc around

Round 8: 2dc into same dc, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 9: dc around

Round 10: 2dc into same dc, 4dc. Repeat around

Round 11: dc around
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach to base. Stuff the pointy hat part, then sew onto the base.
Hat band:

In your chosen colour:

ch3

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

Row 2-21: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc along row


Flapping in to join the spiders is Benjamin the crochet Halloween bat! 

I’m continuing on my Halloween item making spree with Benjamin the crochet bat. I already have one bat I made a few months ago from Edwards Menagerie but wanted a few more for my Halloween decorations. I didn’t want these to look as realistic as the menagerie one so decided on doing a overly large body with small wings, and by using purple for the body I think I have made sure they don’t look too much like any bats you would come across – I would be worried if you did, although at Halloween anything is possible! 

If I have time I think I will make a few more of these in different colours!    

   

   

Crochet bat pattern 
Body:

In your chosen colour 

Make a magic ring, ch1, 5dc into ring

Round 1: 2dc into each dc

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

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

Round 4: 2dc into same stitch, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 5: 2dc into same stitch, 4dc. Repeat around

Round 6: : 2dc into same stitch, 5dc. Repeat around

Round 7-11: dc around

Round 12: 2dc into same stitch, 6dc. Repeat around

Round 13-19: dc around 

Round 15: dc2tog, 6dc. Repeat around 

Round 16: dc2tog, 5dc. Repeat around

Round 17: dc2tog, 4dc. Repeat around 

Round 18: dc2tog, 3dc. Repeat around

Put in stuffing and continue to stuff as you go

Round 19: dc2tog, 2dc. Repeat around 

Round 20: dc2tog, dc. Repeat around 

Fasten off leaving a long thread to fasten off and create a loop for hanging. 
Wings – make 2: 

In black ch13
Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along rest of row 

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

Fasten off.
  
Fasten on in the 5th dc on the row, ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 4dc. Turn leaving remaining 4dc unworked

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog twice, turn

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog

Fasten off 
  
Now to work the bottom of the wing. Working on the foundation ch and starting in the first ch, ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 6dc, turn leaving remaining dc unworked

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog, 4dc

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 3dc, dc2tog

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog, 2dc

Row 4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc, dc2tog

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

Fasten off

  
Fasten on into the next dc after the end of the previous section, ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), dc to end of row 

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog, 2dc, dc2tog 

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog twice 

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog. Turn ch1 then dc around the whole edge of the wing, slip stitch into top of the first dc and fasten off. 

Sew to either side of the body half way down. 
Ears – make 2

In the same colour as the body

Ch8, slip stitch into first ch to make a round. Then working in rounds

Round 1-3: dc around 

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

Round 5: dc around 

Round 6: dc2tog, dc. Repeat around 

Round 7: dc2tog. Repeat around.

Fasten off 

Sew the ears to either side of the top of the head
Eyes – make 2:

In black 

Make a magic ring, ch1, 6dc into ring 

Round 1: 2dc into same stitch, 2dc, 2dc into same stitch, 2dc, slip stitch into first dc. 

Fasten off. 
Sew onto the front of the body 
For mouth and teeth detail:

In black sew on a mouth and then in white sew

on two pointy teeth either side of the mouth