Time For Something Sporty: Crochet Plaid Effect Golf Club Cover – Perfect Gift Idea

Over the last few months I’ve had a couple of queries about whether I could put some golf club covers together, I half agreed at the time and said I would put them on my list of things to make but it could be a little while until they would be made!.

With Christmas approaching I realised that I could make the golf club covers as gifts that I could put together in time for Christmas. I must admit I have left it a little later than I originally planned to get them made but I think I should have just enough time to get them finished, if not I will be having a few late nights to get them completed!

I have a few different designs in mind and all of them pretty random but I think they will work out well (well, hopefully!). The fist I have got completed is a plaid effect cover with pom pom detail.

Wool used:

Colour 1 (Black): Hobbycraft Everyday DK in black.

Colour 2 (Orange): Hobbycraft Everyday DK in orange.

Colour 3 (Beige): Hobbycraft Everyday DK in Biege.

Plaid effect golf club pattern:

Materials:

  • 4mm crochet hook.
  • Wool: 50g balls in 3 different colours, I used black (colour 1), orange (colour 2) and beige (colour 3).
  • Scissors.
  • Stitch marker.
  • Darning needle.
  • Pom pom maker/2 pieces of card to make a pom pom 5.5cm in diameter. 

Finished size:

  • 9cm wide stretchy bit at the bottom
  • Widest point on the upper section – 12cm.
  • 24cm tall.

Notes:

  • Change colour on the last yo of the previous stitch.
  • When completing the plaid section and changing colours carry along the unused colour by placing along the top of the previous row and competing the stitch as normal.

Crochet golf club pattern:

Starting in colour 1:

Row 1: ch25, sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc along rest of the row (24).

Rows 2-38: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) in back loops only; sc along row (ribbed stitch how to can be found here).

Row 39: Fold in half so the two short ends meet then ss along the edge to join.

Round 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc around into ends of the previous rows (38sc), ss into sc at the start of the round. 

Round 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc into the same sc, sc around, skip ss and ch1 and ss into 1st sc of the round.

Round 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) (5sc, 2sc into the next stitch) 6 times, 2sc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st sc of the round (44).

Round 4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc into the same sc, sc around, skip ss and ch1 and ss into 1st sc of the round.

Round 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) (10sc, 2sc into the next stitch) 4 times, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st sc of the round (48).

Round 6: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 4htr/hdc (change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc, change to colour 1, 4htr/hdc) 5 times, change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st htr/hdc of the round. Change to colour 1.

Round 7: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 4htr/hdc (change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc, change to colour 1, 4htr/hdc) 5 times, change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st htr/hdc of the round.

Round 8: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 4htr/hdc (change to colour 3, 4htr/hdc, change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc) 5 times, change to colour 3, 4htr/hdc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st htr/hdc of the round. Change to colour 2.

Round 9: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 4htr/hdc (change to colour 3, 4htr/hdc, change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc) 5 times, change to colour 3, 4htr/hdc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st htr/hdc of the round. Change to colour 1.

Round 10: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 4htr/hdc (change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc, change to colour 1, 4htr/hdc) 5 times, change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st htr/hdc of the round. Change to colour 1.

Round 11: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 4htr/hdc (change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc, change to colour 1, 4htr/hdc) 5 times, change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st htr/hdc of the round.

Round 12: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 4htr/hdc (change to colour 3, 4htr/hdc, change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc) 5 times, change to colour 3, 4htr/hdc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st htr/hdc of the round. Change to colour 2.

Round 13: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 4htr/hdc (change to colour 3, 4htr/hdc, change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc) 5 times, change to colour 3, 4htr/hdc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st htr/hdc of the round. Change to colour 1.

Round 14: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 4htr/hdc (change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc, change to colour 1, 4htr/hdc) 5 times, change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st htr/hdc of the round. Change to colour 1.

Round 15: ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 4htr/hdc (change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc, change to colour 1, 4htr/hdc) 5 times, change to colour 2, 4htr/hdc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st htr/hdc of the round. Change to colour 1.

Round 16: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) (10sc, sc2tog) 4 times, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st sc of the round (44).

Round 17: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc into the same sc, sc around, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st sc of the round.

Round 18: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) (5sc, sc2tog) 6 times, 2sc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st sc of the round (38).

Round 19: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) (2sc, sc2tog) 9 times, 2sc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st sc of the round (29).

Round 20: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) (2sc, sc2tog) 7 times, sc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st sc of the round (22).

Round 21: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) (2sc, sc2tog) 5 times, 2sc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st sc of the round (17).

Round 22: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) (2sc, sc2tog) 4 times, sc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st sc of the round (13).

Round 23: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) (2sc, sc2tog) 3 times, sc, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st sc of the round (10).

Round 24: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) (sc2tog) 5 times, skip ss and ch and ss into 1st sc of the round (10).

Fasten off, weave through the 5 last stitches and pull tight to close the gap.  Fasten off.

  • Attach the pom pom to the top of the the hat by sewing up from the hat through the pom pom and then back down through the pom pom into the top of the hat.

Winter Accessory Makes Continue: Crochet Plaid/Interlocking Block Stitch Hat With Pom Pom Pattern

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Following on from my crochet block stitch ear warmer I am continuing with the winter accessory theme, I really like the effect the plaid/interlocking blocking stitch gives and thought it would look really good as a hat so decided to make a plaid effect hat with pom pom detail.

The wool I used was already in my stash (love a project which can use up some of my leftover wool).

The grey: DK wool, no idea where I got this one from, I normally keep them with the labels but for some reason this one seems to have lost its one!.

The green: DK wool, Stylecraft Special DK in Spearmint (1842) – I love this colour, I definitely need to order some more.

The blue: DK wool, Stylecraft Special DK in Aster (1003).



Crochet Plaid/Interlocking Block Stitch Hat Pattern:

Materials:

  • 4mm crochet hook.
  • Scissors.
  • Darning needle.
  • Wool: 3 colours. I used grey (colour 1), blue (colour 2) and spearmint (colour 3).
  • Pom pom maker – 7cm (or two pieces of card with 7cm diameters).



Notes:

  • Change colour on last yo of previous stitch.



Plaid Hat Pattern:

4mm hook, colour 1.



Ribbed section:

ch9, sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc along rest of row.

Rows 1-105: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along the row in back loops only.



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Main hat:

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 105sc along the top of the ribbed section, placing an sc into the end of each row.

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Row 2: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc, (ch3, skip 3, 3tr/dc) 17 times. Change to colour 2.

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc, ch3, skip 2, (3tr/dc – one into each stitch two rows below, ch3, skip 3) 16 times, 3tr/dc – one into each stitch two rows below, ch3, skip 2, sc into top of ch3 from row below. Change to colour 3.

Row 4: ch3 (counts as a stitch) 2tr/dc – one into each tr/dc two rows below, (ch3, skip 3, 3tr/dc – one into each tr/dc two rows below) 16 times, ch3, skip 3, 2tr/dc – one into each tr/dc 2 rows below, tr/dc into final sc. Change to colour 1.

Row 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc, ch3, skip 2, (3tr/dc – one into each tr/dc two rows below, ch3, skip 3) 16 times, 3tr/dc – one into each tr/dc two rows below, ch3, skip 2, sc into top of the ch3 from the row below. Change to colour 2.

Row 6: repeat row 4, change to colour 3.

Row 7: repeat row 5, change to colour 1.

Row 8: repeat row 4, change to colour 2.

Row 9: repeat row 5, change to colour 3.

Row 10: repeat row 4, change to colour 1.

Row 11: repeat row 5, change to colour 2.

Row 12: repeat row 4, change to colour 3.

Row 13: repeat row 5, change to colour 1.

Row 14: repeat row 4, change to colour 2.

Row 15: repeat row 5, change to colour 3.

Row 16: repeat row 4, change to colour 1.

Row 17: repeat row 5, change to colour 2.

Row 18: repeat row 4, change to colour 3.

Row 19: repeat row 5, change to colour 1.

Row 20: repeat row 4, change to colour 2.

Row 21: repeat row 5, change to colour 3.

Row 22: repeat row 4, change to colour 1.

Row 23: repeat row 5, change to colour 2.

Row 24: repeat row 4, change to colour 3.

Row 25: repeat row 5, change to colour 1.

Row 26: repeat row 4, change to colour 2.

Row 27: repeat row 5, change to colour 3.

Row 28: repeat row 4, change to colour 1.

Row 29: repeat row 5, change to colour 2.

Row 30: repeat row 4, change to colour 3.

Fasten off.

  • Fasten off all loose ends.
  • Fold hat in half with right sides together and slip stitch down the side to join.
  • Turn out the right way.
  • Sew around the top edge of the hat weaving in and out of the middle tr/dc in each set of 3 on the 2nd row down from the top.
  • Pull tight and sew to secure (make sure the top of the hat is tucked inwards).
  • Attach the pom pom to the top of the hat by casting on at the top of the hat and sewing up through the middle of the pom pom and down back to the hat until the pom pom feels secure. Fasten off.

How To – Crochet Ribbing/Ribbed Stitch

Having a ribbed edge on a project is perfect for all sorts of making including: hats, cowls, gloves and sleeves for jumpers. Its something I have often been asked on how to do so I thought i’d put together little how to…..

How To’ guide for starting a ribbed stitch using sc stitches.

Make a ch of stitches to the length/thickness of ribbing required, then add an extra sc.

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

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), in the back loops only: sc along the row.

Repeat row 1 until you reach the desired length. Fasten off.

Notes:

  • To work into top edge of the ribbing sc along the top edge placing an sc stitch into the end of each row.
    • You can do this without joining the start and end of the ribbing together and not joining at all/joining at the end of the project, or join the ends together (sew to join or join using sc stitches to make a round before continuing in the round.

Sewing Tutorial: Quick Make Christmas Large Holly Decoration, Complete With Pom Pom Detail

This large Christmas holly decoration is a perfect last minute sewing make

I always end up near Christmas in a frantic rush as I have forgotten to make something or something will happen that I need a make for, this year I am ahead and I have made a couple of extra things that I can use if needed. First up is a large Christmas holly decoration – I have had something like this in mind for a while now and am really happy I have finally managed to get one made. This is perfect if your needed a last minute make as it does’t take long to put together and can be made using leftover fabrics.

I made this using some leftover fabrics from the Colourful Christmas fat quarters set gifted to me by The Craft Cotton Company – The rest of the fat quarter set was used to make a Christmas themed tutorial for their blog.

Large Christmas Holly decoration:

Materials:

  • 2 Fabric fat quarters, you could also join smaller fabric pieces together to make a patchwork holly.
  • A4 piece of paper.
  • Pencil.
  • Thread.
  • Needle.
  • Pins.
  • Red wool.
  • 3.5cm pom pom maker, or two pieces of card with a 3.5cm diameter.

Making the Christmas holly decoration:

Step 1: Take the paper and pencil and draw out a large holly shape, cut out to make your template and then use to cut out 4 pieces of fabric leaving a 0.5 cm seam allowance. Make sure when cutting that the front pieces are cut with the fabric facing right side up and for the back pieces that the fabric is paced right side down. This will give you two front and two back pieces.

Step 2: Take a front and back piece and place right sides together, sew around leaving a 6cm gap for turning. Turn out the right way and sew the gap closed. Repeat with the remaining front and back piece.

Step 3: Add detail to the leaves by sewing a line down the middle of the leaf and then add some extra lines starting from the middle line and going out towards the edges.

Step 4: Place the leaves together with one slightly over-lapping the other and sew along the edges to join.

Step5: Make the pom poms using the red wool and the pom pom maker/card circles. Then sew to the holly leaves.

Crochet Christmas Gnome Cushion Pattern Take Two: A Pair Of Christmas Gnomes! (Corner To Corner Crochet)

Since making my previous Christmas gnome corner to corner crochet cushion and gnome wall hanging I’ve been wanting to do a few more variations, however I’ve not had chance to make them yet as I’ve been so busy with other projects.

Finally I’ve had a gap between makes where I can squeeze in a few of these different variations and the first one completed is for a pair of Christmas gnomes – complete with pom poms on their hats!.

I have used different colours for the gnomes but you could always use the same colour for both, and you don’t have to use the blue and green either – they could be any colour you choose.

The pattern for this pair of Christmas gnomes cushion is available now over on my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

Keep an eye out for a few more variations of these Christmas gnomes over the next few weeks!

Christmas Sewing Pattern: Christmas Holly Patchwork Block

I’ve still got a few Halloween themed makes to complete but got slightly distracted by the Christmas make I’ve been wanting to get started on for a while.

I have had an idea in mind to complete a patchwork design of a holly but apart from a few rough sketches haven’t had chance to make one.

I had a bit of time a few days ago and decided it was time to sit down and see if I could put this patchwork holly block together or whether the idea needed to be scrapped for good. After a few mistakes with sewing together (no matter how much I try and make sure I don’t see any pieces the wrong way around I always seem to get at least one mixed up) I got the block completed. I love this block – I have already got some ideas for a few more!.

Christmas holly patchwork block pattern


Materials:

  • Fabric – I used some scraps of fabric I had leftover from previous Christmas makes (by and gifted by The Craft Cotton Company).
  • Paper.
  • Ruler.
  • Pencil.
  • Thread.
  • Scissors.
  • Pins.

How to make the Christmas holly patchwork block:

  • I drew out my holly themed block measuring 18x18cm on paper to give me my templates to cut out my fabrics.
  • I then cut out the templates – numbering/shading the pieces prior to cutting make help to keep them all in the right place.

  • I cut out my fabrics adding a 0.5cm seam allowance.
  • Placing the pieces right sides together I sewed down the edges to join.
    • I started with the right hand side of the block first and began by sewing each individual block together, then I joined each row together. I repeated this with the left hand side of the block then joined the two sides together.
  • Next I added the side pieces.

  • Finally I added the two top pieces to finish.

This project is great for using up leftover fabric scraps – I’ve used some leftovers of fabrics gifted to me by The Craft Cotton Company.

I’m undecided whether to use this block for a Christmas themed cushion cover, quilt or table runner. Once I have made a few more blocks (hopefully I have enough time before Christmas arrives) I will make a choice.