Bit of corner to corner crochet love with this hearts pattern mini blanket

I have been wanting to give corner to corner crochet a try for a while now but I’ve had too many other projects on the go to really give it a try, so a few weeks ago I found some wool that I really wanted to use for a corner to corner make so I got the wool and decided that the other projects could take a back seat for a while so that I could give it a try!

I dug out some graph paper – it’s amazing what you can find at the back of a craft cupboard and gathered some colouring pencils and set about drawing a pattern out. I didn’t want to do anything too crazy so decided to go with a repeating heart pattern mini blanket – can never have too many hearts about.

After the pattern was completed it was time to get going and surprisingly it went really well – I did manage to mess up a couple of times and got a bit carried away and forgot to change colour but luckily realised before I had got too far. Once I had finished the pattern I did a round of single crochet and a round of half treble (UK)/half double (US) around the edges in pink.

Can’t wait to start the next one of these – I’ve got a few half coloured designs already!

If you would like to make one here is the pattern I drew up:

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Final size is 88 x 72 cm, you could duplicate the pattern to make it larger.

A few triangles later a folded star cushion emerged….

I’ve been looking at folded star/pine burr quilt designs for a little while now and have been wanting to see if I could make one. I received some gorgeous floral fabric from The Craft Cotton Company and decided it was now or never and would give it a try by making a cushion cover.

I seriously underestimated just how many triangles would go into making the cushion cover, but after a few extra cutting out and ironing sessions I had enough to put it all together. I was surprised how easy it was to make the folded triangles and put the star pattern together – the effect looks much more complicated when you see it all finished, the main thing was trying to keep all the gaps between the triangles the same distance, if the gap started to change it effected the overall pattern.

I really enjoyed making this and will be making another one soon – possibly a square cushion or maybe a quilt, although the amount of triangles needed to make a quilt would take me a age to get all cut out and ironed, then there’s still all the sewing together….

The tutorial to make one of these is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk

With a twit and a twoo these crochet owl storage baskets have happily flew out from my projects pile

After finishing my rabbits, mice, and bear storage baskets I started on making some owl ones too, however, I got slightly distracted by a few other projects that have recently made their way into my projects pile (which is become more like a mountain!). It dawned on me the other day that I hadn’t finished them yet so decided to get cracking and get them completed. Took me a little while to get all their bits untangled and with the right owl but eventually I got them all sew on in the right places and completed.

The pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HookStitchSew

Mosaic patchwork cushion tutorial

Following on from camel bunting, sprocket cushions and camel toys I also used the Moroccan Bazaar fabric by The Craft Cotton Company to make a mosaic effect patchwork cushion. I would have loved to make a quilt in this pattern but it would have taken me much longer than the time I had, especially since I kept sewing the squares on wrong side around and had to spend my time unpicking – imagine how many I would get wrong on a big blanket!

Really pleased with how the mosaic effect turned out, might have to do a few more different patterns!.

Tutorial to make this is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk

Camel soft toy tutorial – don’t think it’s possible to have too many camels!

Following on from my camel bunting I also made some soft toy camels!

On these I used buttons for the eyes and also made a tail out of the same fabric rather than use embroidery thread/ribbon. I couldn’t decide which way round to do the legs so opted to do them different ways on each of the camels!

The fabric is from the Moroccan Bazaar range by The Craft Cotton Company and there is a tutorial t make them over on their blog:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk

Camel bunting tutorial

 

Following on from making the sprocket cushions using The Craft Cotton Company Moroccan Bazaar fabric range I also made some camel bunting – I wasn’t too sure of i could get it to work out as I wanted but after a few goes of different camel shapes and layouts I managed to get it exactly as I was wanting.  I opted to do separate legs as it looked much better than when I just did a solid camel shape, and the added bonus with these is that because they are sewn on separately and just with the cross stitch in the the middle the do wobble a little bit which I think really adds to them.  A little embroidery thread tail really finishes them off  – I did think of using ribbon, but it was just coming out too big for my liking so decided the use the thinner embroidery thread. IMG_2915IMG_2914IMG_2910IMG_2908IMG_2905

 

The tutorial to make these is available over on the Craft Cotton Company website:

http://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/single-post/2018/03/06/Camel-Bunting-Tutorial

 

 

A bright sunny day and summer is approaching a perfect day for making some juicy crochet strawberries!

No play food set can be complete without some yummy strawberries! I chose to make three different sizes and they came together in no time at all. I know these will be a big hit as they are one of the recipients favourite fruits.  
I have a few more ideas of some play food items to make, but I don’t think I will get them all made – there are just so many! 
   

 

Pattern for the strawberries 


4mm hook
Red and green wool

Medium;
In red make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 4dc into ring 
Round 2: *2dc into same stitch dc, repeat from * once more 
Round 3: *2dc into same stitch dc, repeat from * twice more 
Round 4-5: dc around 
Round 6: *2dc into same stitch dc, repeat from *three more times, dc
Round 7-8: dc around 
Round 9: *2dc into same stitch dc, repeat from *five more times, dc
Round 10: dc around 
Round 11: *dc2tog dc, repeat from * five more times, dc
Put in stuffing 
Round 12: *dc2tog dc, repeat from *three more times, dc
Round 13: dc2tog four times, dc
Fasten off 

Stem
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 4dc into ring 
Round 2-3: dc around
Round 4: dc htr trb htr dc into same dc, repeat around (4times) 

Fasten off, leaving long tail to attach to tomato.

Large:
In red make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring 
Round 2: dc around 
Round 3: 2dc into same stitch dc repeat three times
Round 4: dc around 
Round 5: * 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat from *3 more times, dc
Round 6: *2dc into same stitch 2dc, repeat from *3 more times, dc
Round 7: *2dc into same stitch 2dc, repeat from *4 more times, 2dc
Round 8-11: dc around
Round 9: *dc2tog 2dc, repeat from * 4 more times, dc2tog
Round 10: dc around 
Put in stuffing
Round 11: *dc2tog dc, repeat from * 4 more times, dc
Round 12: *dc2tog dc, repeat from *2more times, dc2tog 
Fasten off 
Stem 
In green:
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 4dc into ring 
Round 2-4: dc around 
Round 5: dc htr trb dtrb trb htr dc into same dc, repeat around (4 times)

Fasten off, leaving long tail to attach to tomato.
Small;
In red make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring 
Round 2: dc around 
Round 3: 2dc into same stitch dc repeat two times, 2dc into same stitch 
Round 4: dc around 
Round 5: * 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat from *3 more times
Round 6: *2dc into same stitch 2dc, repeat from *3 more times
Round 7: *2dc into same stitch 2dc, repeat from *4 more times, dc
Round 8: dc around
Round 9: *dc2tog 2dc, repeat from *four more times, dc
Put in stuffing
Round 10: *dc2tog dc, repeat from *four more times, dc
Round 11: *dc2tog dc, repeat from *2 more times, dc2tog 
Round 12: dc2tog three times 
Fasten off 

Stem
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 4dc into ring 
Round 2-3: dc around
Round 4: dc htr trb htr dc into same dc, repeat around (4times) 
Fasten off, leaving long tail to attach to tomato.






Cracking up a crochet goldfish 

I know a little one who absolutely adores goldfish crackers – I am an big fan of them too and had the idea to make a crochet goldfish cracker, but rather than just a stuffed toy I decided to make a goldfish cracker that would hold smaller goldfish crackers, perfect for a little one to play with and put them in and out of!

It has taken me quite a while to get the pattern together for this, and I have restarted more times than I would like to remember but I think I have finally cracked it! Instead of just using a dc stitch to make it, I decided (just to make it even more complicated) to use a spike stitch which I had seen in simply crochet issue 27.  This stitch would add a bit more texture to the goldfish rather than just a dc stitch. To do this stitch you do a dc stitch into the next stitch on the current row, then you do a dc stitch into the next stitch but not on the current row but on the previous row. The stitch was really easy to get the hang of, the hard part was where I was increasing and decreasing the rounds, but I think I have managed to get it all to work.  
I made 5 smaller goldfish to fit into the bigger one, any more would be a bit of a tight squeeze, but you could make as many as you wanted.  
Very happy with this one, I’m off to eat some crackers! 

Goldfish toy pattern 

Big fish
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 11dc into ring 
Round 2: 2dc into same stitch, 4dc, 2dc into same stitch, 4dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Round 3: 6dc, 2dc same stitch, 6dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Round 4: spike stitch (dc into next dc on the current row, then dc into next dc in the previous row below) 7 times, 2dc into same stitch
Round 5: spike stitch 4 times, dc then start spike stitch in same dc and complete 4 spike stitches, dc
Round 6: start spike stitch in the same dc as the final dc on previous row and complete 5 spike stitches. Complete one spike stitch into same dc (one stitch in dc and the next in the dc directly below , rather than in the next dc along as in a normal spike stitch), spike stitch 4 times 
Round 7: start in the dc stitch ending the previous round, and complete 10 spike stitches, dc
Round 8: complete one spike stitch into same dc, complete 5 spike stitches, dc then starting in this same dc stitch complete 5 spike stitches
Round 9: start in the dc stitch ending the previous round complete 7 spike stitches, complete one spike stitch in same dc, 4 spike stitches, dc
Round 10: start in dc stitch ending the previous round, complete 6 spike stitches, dc then starting in this same dc stitch complete 7 spike stitches 
Round 11: start in dc stitch ending the previous round, complete 7 spike stitches, then complete one spike stitch into same dc, 6 spike stitches, dc
Round 12: Start in dc stitch ending the previous round, 15 spike stitches, dc
Round 13: 15 spike stitches, dc
Round 14: 15 spike stitches
Round 15: start in dc stitch ending the previous round, 9 spike stitches, dc, the starting in same stitch as previous dc complete 7 spike stitches
Round 16: 11 spike stitches, then complete a spike stitch with the first dc consisting of a dc2tog, 6 spike stitches 
Round 17: 17 spike stitches 
Round 18: 16 spike stitches 
Round 19: 17 spike stitches 
Round 20: 16 spike stitches 
Round 21: 17 spike stitches 
Round 22: 16 spike stitches 
Round 23: 17 spike stitches 
Round 24: 16 spike stitches 
Round 25: dc2tog, 9 spike stitches, dc2tog, 8 spike stitches, dc2tog 
Round 26: complete the second half of a spike stitch only (dc into dc a row below), 6 spike stitches, complete a spike stitch with the first dc consisting of a dc2tog, 6 spike stitches, dc2tog
Round 26: 7 spike stitches, dc2tog, 6 spike stitches
Round 27: complete a spike stitch with the first dc consisting of a dc2tog, 5 spike stitches, complete a spike stitch with the first dc consisting of a dc2tog, 5 spike stitches
Round 28: dc2tog, 5 spike stitches, dc2tog, 5 spike stitches
Round 29: complete a spike stitch with the first dc consisting of a dc2tog, 4 spike stitches, complete a spike stitch with the first dc consisting of a dc2tog, 5 spike stitches
Round 30: 10 spike stitches, dc2tog
Round 31: 4 spike stitches, dc2tog, 5 spike stitches 
Round 32: 2dc into same stitch, 3 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch, 5 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch 
Round 33: 2dc into same stitch, 4 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch twice, 5 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch
Round 34: 2dc into same stitch twice, complete the second half of a spike stitch only, then complete 5 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch 3 times, complete the second half of a spike stitch, then complete 6 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch 
Round 35: 2dc into same stitch, complete a second half of a spike stitch only, then complete 5 spike stitches, dc, 5 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch three times 
Round 36: 7 spike stitches, dc into same stitch three times, dc, one spike stitch, dc, 8 spike stitches
Round 37:  20 spike stitches
Round 38: 4 spike stitches, 7 slip stitches, 8 spike stitches, 8 slip stitches,  3 spike stitches 
Round 39:  3 spike stitches, 8 slip stitches, 7 spike stitches, 10 slip stitches, 4 spike stitches
Fasten off.

Using an orange thread sew on the mouth and eye on both the back and front.

Small fishes 
Ch6
Row 1: dc into second chain from hook, dc along row
Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch), dc2tog, dc, dc2tog
Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch), dc2tog,  dc
Row 4: ch1 (does not count as s stitch) 2dc
Row 5: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch twice
Row 6: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, 2dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Row 7: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along row 
Row 8: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 2dc, dc2tog 
Row 9: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog twice 
Row 10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog 
Fasten off 
Complete another small fish, then do not fasten off but dc around both fish pieces, at the tail 3dc along do not dc into the chain but dc into the row below to create detail on the tail, continue as normal around the rest of the fish and fasten off.

Using orange sew in the eye and mouth detail on both the front and back.


Moving on from breakfast food play items to something a bit more adventurous 

I was looking in the supermarket the other day for some inspiration for some more play food ideas, even though I already have more than enough, but I just can’t help looking for more! Something caught my eye in the sandwich counter and I just knew I had to do it – sushi! 

I wasn’t too sure which item to start with first, do I choose what I thought would be the easiest – a basic salmon sushi maki roll! These came together very quickly and you could put in any fillings you want by just changing the colours.  So far I have done salmon, salmon and cucumber and cucumber! 




Next came a reverse maki roll (California roll) with salmon in, I did this bigger than the previous sushi rolls as these tend to have much more rice around the edges than what is in a sushi roll.  

After I had finished all these rolls I moved on to wrapped sushi, the pattern for the wrap and the rice base was the same for each and I just changed the topping items on them, I chose salmon, shrimp, and cooked egg custard.  




For my final items I choose to do a salmon roe sushi, to achieve the bumpy roe effect I used a bobble stitch on the top.  Finally a salmon wrapped maki roll, which is made in the same way as the previous maki rolls but with a few extra inside layers. 




I am so happy with these items, they look great (even better than I was expecting) and are the perfect size for little hands to play with.  The patterns were really quick to put together to, so these can be really quick and simple makes to do. 
Patterns for the sushi

4mm hook used for all items and I used bits of wool I had left in my stash


Salmon wrapped sushi roll
Starting in green for the cucumber centre:
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each dc 
Change to pink;
Round 3: 2dc into next stitch dc, repeat around
Change to black;
Round 4: 2dc into next stitch 2dc
Change to white; 
Round 5: 2dc into next stitch 3dc
Change to salmon pink:
Round 6: dc around into back loops only
Round 7-10: dc around 
Finish off loose ends from the salmon and white
Put stuffing into sushi 
Change to white; 
Round 11: dc2tog 3dc in back loops only, repeat around 
Change to black;
Round 12: dc2tog 2dc, repeat around 
Change to salmon pink;
Round 13: dc2tog dc, repeat around
Change to green;
Round 14: dc2tog, repeat around 
Fasten off
Fasten off all loose ends 


Salmon roe sushi
To do a bobble stitch (from Simply Crochet magazine, issue 24: *insert hook into stitch, yarn round hook and pull back through, yarn round hook and pull back through 2 loops on hook.  Repeat from *four times into the same stitch, then yarn around hook and pull through all 5 loops.  
For the salmon roe, starting in salmon pink;
ch4
Row 1: dc in second chain from hook, dc along
Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, bobble stitch, 2dc into same stitch 
Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, 3dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Row 4: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc, bobble stitch, 3dc, bobble stitch, dc
Row 5: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along
Row 6: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 3dc, bobble stitch, 3dc
Row 7: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along
Row 8: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc, bobble stitch, 3dc, bobble stitch, dc
Row 9: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 3dc, dc2tog
Row 10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc, bobble stitch, 2dc
Row 11: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, dc, dc2tog 
Change to black and now starting working in rounds around the edge of the pink section.
Rounds 1-5: dc around 
Fasten off loose ends and stuff sushi
Change to salmon pink and make base;
ch4
Row 1: dc in second chain from hook, dc along
Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, 3dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Row 4-8: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along 
Row 9: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 3dc, dc2tog
Row 10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along
Row 11: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, dc, dc2tog 
Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew base onto sushi
Sew on base and fasten off all loose ends 



Wrapped egg custard sushi: 
For the egg custard, start in yellow; 
Ch6
Row 1: dc in second ch from hook, dc along row
Rows 2-10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along row 
Fasten off 
Make 2 of these 

Then to join the two pieces together, place both pieces wrong sides together and dc through both layers all the way around the edge, slip stitch into first dc and fasten off 

To make the rice base, starting in white; 
Ch7
Row 1: dc in second ch from hook, dc along rest of row
Rows 2-10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along rest of row 
Now working in rounds go around the edge of the rectangle to make the sides of the rice 
Rounds 1-3: dc around 
Do not fasten off, but turn so can now work back along the row on this short side, now to make a rectangular flap which will be sewn down to create the bottom. 
Rows 1-8: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 6dc
Put stuffing into rice rectangle
Then fasten off leaving a long thread to see closed the flap
Fasten off all loose ends 

For the nori, starting in black 
Ch5
Row 1: dc in second ch from the hook, dc along rest of the row 
Rows 2-30: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along rest of row 
Fasten off 
Fasten off all loose ends 

Place egg custard on top of the rice, the wrap the nori around both and stitch together the ends 


Wrapped shrimp 
For the shrimp, starting in salmon pink;
Ch5
Row2: dc into second stitch from hook, dc along rest of the row
Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog twice
Row 4: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc twice 
Row 5: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch twice 
Row 6: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, 2dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Rows 7-10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along rest of the row 
Row 11: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 2dc, dc2tog 
Row 12: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog twice 
Row 13: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog
Fasten off 
Make 2 of these 

Then to join the two pieces together, place both pieces wrong sides together and dc through both layers all the way around the edge, slip stitch into first dc and fasten off 

Rice and nori wrap – same as the egg custard wrap pattern 


Wrapped salmon sushi
For the salmon, starting in salmon pink;
Ch6
Row2: dc into second stitch from hook, dc along rest of the row
Row 3-11: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along rest of the row 
Fasten off 
Make 2 of these 

Then to join the two pieces together, place both pieces wrong sides together and dc through both layers all the way around the edge, slip stitch into first dc and fasten off 
Rice and nori wrap – same as the egg custard wrap pattern 


Salmon sushi maki roll
Starting in salmon pink;
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each dc 
Change to white;
Round 3: 2dc into next stitch dc, repeat around
Change to black; 
Round 4: dc around in back loops only 
Finish off loose ends from the salmon and white
Round 5-10: dc around 
Put stuffing into sushi 
Change to white; 
Round 11: dc2tog dc in back loops only, repeat around 
Change to salmon pink
Round 12: dc2tog, repeat around 
Fasten off
Fasten off all loose ends 

To do a cucumber one, use green wool instead of salmon pink 


Salmon and cucumber sushi maki roll 
In salmon pink;
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring 
Round 2: 2dc into each stitch, repeat around – 5 times in total, for the first 2 repeats do in salmon pink, the final 3 do in green 
Change to white; 
Round 3: 2dc into next stitch dc, repeat around
Change to black; 
Round 4: dc around in back loops only 
Finish off loose ends from the salmon, green and white
Round 5-10: dc around 
Put stuffing into sushi 
Change to white; 
Round 11: dc2tog dc in back loops only, repeat around 
Change to green;
Round 12: dc2tog three times, change to salmon pink dc2tog twice
Fasten off
Fasten off all loose ends 

Inside out prawn sushi California roll 
Starting in salmon pink;
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each stitch, repeat around
Change to black;
Round 3: 2dc into each stitch dc, repeat around
Change to white;
Round 4: 2dc into each stitch 2dc, repeat around 
Round 5: 2dc into each stitch 3dc, repeat around 
Round 6: dc around into back loops only 
Finish off loose ends of pink, and back 
Round 7-11: dc around 
Round 12: dc2tog 3dc, repeat around into back loops only
Put stuffing into sushi 
Round 13: dc2tog 2dc, repeat around
Change to black;
Round 14: dc2tog dc, repeat around 
Change to salmon pink;
Round 15: dc2tog, repeat around
Fasten off
Fasten off all loose ends