Crochet Granny Square Minecraft Creeper Blanket 

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!.  

Creeper Granny Square Blanket:

For the granny squares I completed a basic granny square using this method.

You need 100 squares in total:

Black: 20

Light green: 19

Medium green: 11

Green: 25

Dark green: 23

White: 2

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!

Sewing Some Fabric Pumpkins: Almost time to go pick a pumpkin, until then here are some fabric ones! 


These fabric pumpkins were so easy to make and they look great, I think might make some bigger ones to go with these!  

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 


  

 

Crochet Mini Witches Hats Pattern – Perfect For Halloween Decorations

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.


Crochet witches hats pattern

Materials:

  • Black wool for the hat – 50g ball of DK wool.
  • Different coloured wool for the band around the hat – 25g ball of DK wool.
  • 4mm hook.

Large Hat:

For the Hat Base:

4mm hook, in black:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring.

Round 1: 2sc into each sc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Round 8-9: sc around.

Fasten off.

For the main hat:

4mm hook, in black:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 4sc into ring.

Round 1: 2sc into each stitch.

Round 2-3: sc around.

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

Round 5-6: sc around.

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

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

Round 9: sc around.

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

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

Round 12: sc around.

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

Round 14-18: sc around.


Fasten off leaving long thread to attach to the base, stuff the main hat part, then sew the hat to the base.

Band around hat:

In your chosen colour, 4mm hook:

ch4.

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

Rows 2-34: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row.


Fasten off and leave a long thread to attach around the hat at the base.

Small hat:

For the hat base:

4mm hook, in black:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring.

Round 1: 2sc into each sc.

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

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

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

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

Round 6: sc around.

Fasten off.

Main hat part:

4mm hook, black wool.

Make magic ring, ch1, 4sc into ring.

Round 1: 2sc into each sc.

Round 2: sc around.

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

Round 4-5: sc around.

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

Round 7: sc around.

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

Round 9: sc around.

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

Round 11: sc around.


Fasten off leaving long thread to attach to base. Stuff the main hat part, then sew onto the base.

Hat Band:

In your chosen colour, 4mm hook:

ch3.

Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc.

Rows 2-21: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), sc along rows

Crochet Mini Bat Pattern: Perfect For Halloween Decorations

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 Halloween bat pattern 

Materials

50g ball of DK wool in purple.

25g ball of the wool in black.

4mm hook.

Body:

In your chosen colour, 4mm hook. 

Make a magic ring, ch1, 5sc into ring.

Round 1: 2sc into each sc.

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

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

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

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

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

Round 7-11: sc around.

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

Round 13-19: sc around. 

Round 15: sc2tog, 6sc. Repeat around. 

Round 16: sc2tog, 5sc. Repeat around.

Round 17: sc2tog, 4sc. Repeat around.

Round 18: sc2tog, 3sc. Repeat around.

Put in stuffing and continue to stuff as you go:

Round 19: sc2tog, 2sc. Repeat around. 

Round 20: sc2tog, sc. Repeat around. 

Fasten off leaving a long thread to fasten off and create a loop for hanging. 

Wings – Make 2:

4mm hook, black wool:

ch13.
Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc along rest of row. 

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

Fasten off.


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

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog twice, turn.

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog.

Fasten off. 
 


Now working on the bottom of the wing:

Working on the foundation ch and starting in the first ch, ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 6sc, turn leaving remaining sc unworked.

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog, 4sc.

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 3sc, sc2tog.

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog, 2sc.

Row 4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc, sc2tog.

Row 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog.

Fasten off.

 

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

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog, 2sc, sc2tog. 

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog twice. 

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog. Turn ch1 then sc around the whole edge of the wing, slip stitch into top of the first sc and fasten off. 

Sew to either side of the body half way down. 

 

Ears – Make 2:

4mm hook, In the same colour as the body:

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

Round 1-3: sc around. 

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

Round 5: sc around. 

Round 6: sc2tog, sc. Repeat around. 

Round 7: sc2tog. Repeat around.

Fasten off.

Sew the ears to either side of the top of the head.

Eyes – Make 2:

4mm hook, black wool:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring. 

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

Fasten off. 
Sew onto the front of the body.

Mouth and teeth details:

  • In black sew on a mouth.
  • In white sew on two pointy teeth either side of the mouth.

Pom Pom Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Tutorial

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I have thought about doing a Pom Pom Halloween pumpkin for a while now and this year I have finally got around to making one. I wasn’t too sure how well it would turn out but thought I should at least give it a go and see how it went! I must admit I was quite surprised with how well it came out – although I think the next one I do will be a bit bigger, I think it will look even better in a bigger size. This little guy will look great mixed in with a few bigger ones! What I love about this is you could put whatever face and eye detail on you like making each one completely different.

Pom Pom Halloween pumpkin

Materials

  • Card.
  • Orange wool.
  • Green wool.
  • Black wool.
  • Black felt.
  • White felt.

Making the Pom pom:

  • Cut out two cardboard circles, I drew around a juice bottle to get the size I wanted, then I drew around a 2p coin in the middle of the bigger cardboard circle and cut it out. The bigger the pumpkin you want – the bigger you should make the size of the cardboard circles. Place these two cardboard circles on top of each other.
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  • Next cut a long length of wool in orange. Hold on to the loose end on the cardboard circle then wrap the wool around the cardboard.
  • Once you have first few rounds completed and the two cardboard circles are not going to move you can actually wrap around a few threads together at the same time to speed up the making a little bit, I did this with three threads together.
  • Continue this process until the circle in the centre of the cardboard is completely filled, towards the end you might find you need to thread the wool onto a needle to get it to go through. You want to make sure this centre is tightly filled otherwise it will easily fall apart.

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  • Next take 8 30cm lengths of green wool and wrap around the centre of the Pom Pom strands between the two pieces of cardboard making sure it is tied tightly – this is what holds the Pom Pom together.
  • Now cut the threads – making sure they are longer than the Orange wool (by about 2cm) as these make up the stalk.
  • Next remove the cardboard and there’s your Pom Pom!
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Eyes – Make 2

  • Cut out small white circles in felt for the eyes, then using black wool sew the felt into the Pom Pom making the centre pupil of the eye at the same time. To do this tie a knot into one end of the black wool, thread the other onto the needle and pull through from the back to the front, then sew back to the back and sew into the centre of the Pom Pom and then back out into the eye to secure it to the pumpkin.
  • Now the felt eye is fixed, sew from front to back on the white felt a few times to make the pupil. Fasten off and repeat for the other eye.

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Mouth:

In black felt cut out a mouth into the style you want, and sew onto the Pom Pom using black wool.

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Halloween Patchwork Spider Tutorial: Part 2 – English Paper Pieced Spider

You can never have too many spiders at Halloween – only fabric ones that is! 

I was so pleased with my quilted patchwork spider I decided to make another fabric spider for Halloween. I wanted this to be a bit different to the previous spider so decided to make the body out of patchwork hexagons using one of my favourite patch working methods – English paper piecing. I really enjoy patchworking with this method, using the paper templates gives such sharp edges and it’s so easy to do – although it is a bit more time consuming than using a machine. Since I was going to hand sew all the hexagons together I decided I would use on my hand stitching for the whole spider, it’s nice to get a break from the machine every now and then!


Similarly to the previous spider I was lucky to receive some of The Craft Cotton Company fabric and the Brights fat quarter bundle was perfect for this – the Orange and green colours are ideal for Halloween and the navy provides a perfect darker contrast. I was a bit nervous on how it would look in all different colours rather than just in black and white but I think it’s really worked out we, and is s great contrast to the other patchwork spider. I hope I have enough time to make a few more of these, it would be great to have them all in different sizes!


Hexagon patchwork spider tutorial:

Materials:

Brights fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company.

  • Ruler.
  • Paper.
  • Pencil.
  • Scissors.
  • Toy Stuffing.
  • Pins.
  • Thread.
  • Needle.
  • White felt.
  • Black felt.

Hexagons:

For this I made hexagons which were 4 cm long on each side, but you could do as big or as small as you want.

  • Need in total: 14 hexagons, 6 diamonds  (instructions for the diamonds come later).

  • You can choose whatever colour combination you would like, I’ve chosen to use a bright green, bright orange and a dark navy from the Craft Cotton Company fat quarter set in Brights.
  • I wanted the top and bottom of mine to be mirrored so to make this easier for sewing the individual hexagons together and making sure I got them all in the right places.
  • I laid the top pieces out right side up and the bottom side pieces in the same position but facing right side down as this the positioning I wanted once the body has been sewn all together. I alternated between the colours and chose to use the layout in the picture below.

  • Next you need to cut out the fabric, make sure you leave a 1cm seam allowance around the hexagon template. Now tack stitch the fabric onto the template by turning the seam allowance around the template and tacking around the edge, repeat this for all the hexagons.

  • Now your ready to start putting them together: I joined the top and bottom sections together separately so I didn’t get too confused with all the hexagons and start getting them in the wrong place! To join them together take two hexagons and place right side together and sew down the side seam to join them using a colour similar to one of the hexagons.
  • Repeat this until all the hexagons of the top and then the bottom are joined together. I started by sewing one side of each of the hexagons surrounding the middle piece to the middle piece, then I sewed each side of the surrounding ones together.

Diamonds:

  • Now you have the top and bottom sections completed, you need to make the diamonds. To make the diamond template: take 4 of the hexagon templates and lay them out in two rows on top of each other, this will leave a triangular shape in between the four hexagons, place a piece of paper in this gap and draw the diamond shape, cut it out and there is your diamond template.
  • You will need 6 of these, I chose to do 2 in each of the three colours. Now sew these diamonds onto the top piece in between the hexagons by placing the right sides together and sewing down the seams, the positions and the colour layout I chose I shown on the picture.

The Legs:

  • Cut a paper template 5cm wide and 20cm long. Now cut out 8 legs in different colours. Now for the leg filling – cut out a template 3cm wide and 19cm long and cut out some batting, fold the batting in half and place inside the centre of fabric leg.
  • Now fold over the bottom short edge of the fabric, then fold over one side of the long edge of the fabric and slip stitch along the bottom of the leg to seal, then fold over the other side of the fabric tucking it under itself to make a seam and slip stitch down the side of the leg to seal.
  • Now to create the bend – sew a line across the leg 8cm from the top.

Sewing the body together:

  • Pin the legs to the body four on each side, with 2 legs to a hexagon side separated by a diamond infill piece. Pin them to the right side of the body with 1cm of the top of the leg hanging over the outside edge.

  • Now pin the top and bottom pieces together with right sides together keeping the legs tucked in on the inside and sew around to join the top and bottom pieces together making sure when you sew those sides with the legs on that the 1cm of the top of the leg is sewn in on the inside between the top and bottom, leaving 3 hexagon sides unsewn so you can turn it the right way around.
  • Before turning take out the tacking stitch and the paper templates, turn right side around then stuff and hand sew the 3 sides closed.



  
Eyes:

  • In white felt cut out two round eyes, I drew around a cotton reel to get the size I wanted.
  • In black cut out 2 circles, I drew around a smaller cotton reel for this.
  • Next place the black pupils in the white eyes – position then in a place you like best – its a great way of getting different expressions depending on where you put the pupils!
  • Now sew them onto the head in your desired position.


Teeth:

Cut two small triangles out of white felt and sew onto the spider for the teeth. I just did a line of stitching along the top of the tooth so the bottom half of the tooth remains unsewn.

All finished!

He is very happy with his spider friend too – Tutorial is also available for this giant quilted patchwork spider.