Crochet Corner To Corner Summer Lolly Sunglasses Case Pattern

I’ve gone for a summery themed make for this months free pattern over on Patreon with this lolly sunglasses case.

I used Corner to Corner crochet to get the lolly design (love a bit of corner to corner crochet and how the design gradually appears) and added some sprinkles for a little extra detail.

The pattern is free for my Patreon members, along with other free and exclusive patterns.

Sewing Tutorial: Beach/Garden Bean Bag Target Game

Perfect for a little competition – a fun bean bag target game….it’s time to get practising! 

Completely forgot to upload the link to this tutorial last year after gifting it to a friend and not being able to put it up on here until they had received it. Finally dawned on me I had forgotten after playing a game with them at the weekend. Think I need to make another one so I can get practising – I didn’t do well at all! 

This target game will provide hours of fun for all the family, and it can also be easily taken out and about with you as it all fits into a handy drawstring bag. The tutorial can be found over on The Craft Cotton Company blog along with lots of other great tutorials: 

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

Crochet Flowers Pattern: Part 5 – 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!

All using a 4mm hook

Crochet Dahlia Pattern:

Single colour dahlia:

In your selected colour:

ch76.

sc into second chain from hook, into next stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), ch2 slip stitch into second chain from hook, double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc. *sc into next stitch, into next stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), ch2 slip stitch into second chain from hook, double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc. 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.

Dahlia with yellow middle, pointed petals, with different colour edging:

For the yellow middle:

In yellow:

Ch10.

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

Fasten off.


In chosen petal colour:

Ch57.

Row 1: sc into second chain from hook, * into next stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), ch1. Into next stitch: double treble (UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc. sc into the next 2 stitches. Repeat from * along rest of row.

Fasten off.

Row 2: In different colour join onto first sc of the previous row, ch1, 5sc, in ch space: sc, ch2 slip stitch into second stitch from hook, sc. 3sc, sc2tog. *3sc, in ch space: sc, ch2, slip stitch into second stitch from hook, sc. 3sc, sc2tog. Repeat from * to end of row (ending on a sc2tog). 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.



Dahlia with long skinny petals:

In chosen colour:

Ch76.

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

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

 
Dahlia with inner petals:


Starting in Orange:
Make a magic ring, ch1.

Round 1: 8sc into ring.

Round 2: 2sc into each stitch.

Change to yellow:

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

Fasten off.


In red:

ch18.

sc into second ch from stitch, *into next stitch: sc, tr(UK)/dc(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), ch2, slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, in next stitch: triple treble(UK)/double treble(US), double treble(UK)/treble(US), tr(UK)/dc(US), sc. 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.