Friday, 8 May 2015

It's a blog hop!

http://ideas.stitchcraftcreate.co.uk/beginner-crochet-blog-hop/

It is my very great pleasure to be starting off my first EVER blog hop*, organised by the fab team at Stitch Craft Create.

*A blog hop?
For those not in the know, it's where a blogger writes a post with a special theme and then nominates other bloggers to do the same. Those bloggers write their posts, each nominating more bloggers...and so on. Soon, bloggers from all over the world are joining in and sharing stories.



Sounds good, eh? And what I love about this hop is the theme; to share stories about beginner crochet experiences..
Good AND bad. Let's call it Beginner Win, or Beginner Fail.
Hehehe.

So let's kick things off....

Let me take you back to early 2011. I had taught myself to crochet a little bit, using books. Mostly, I had made lots and lots of boring stitch samples in horrid yellow acrylic yarn. Why yellow? I have no idea. They were so awful, I didn't even keep them (FAIL). 
Anyhoos, being thoroughly bored to pieces over making said horrid yellow samples, I decided to make cute toys for my little boy. It took a few attempts to get the hang of working in circles, counting stitches and all that malarkey, but I did it!!
And I created my own version of the Octonauts TV characters! (WIN)



I had to dig them out of the boy's room and was impressed to see they have survived- a little squished perhaps - Captain Barnacles Bear has evidently lost his jaunty hat, but pretty much in one piece.




But, and this is a big BUT.
Can you see the total crochet FAIL??
I see it every time I look at these little fellas and it makes me cringe!
Got it?

They're all inside out!!!!! 



Yes, as a beginner, no book I had ever read told me that there is a right and a wrong side when you're working in the round, so my little creations all ended up inside out.

I don't suppose it really matters and my boy has loved them all the same, but still, it irks me...

I'm glad to say, my amigurumi making has improved somewhat since the early days and still remains one of my favourite projects to crochet. And happily, none of my more recent makes are inside out!

So that's enough from me. If you'd like to enjoy other people's beginner crochet stories, then here's the wonderful bloggers I nominate:

Shelley from Spincushions,
Chrissie from Chrissie's Crafts,
Marianne from MaRRoseCCC,
Heather from Pink Milk,
And Maria from Dinki Dots Craft.

These bloggers will be posting in the next few weeks. To find out when, head over to Stitch Craft Create's Blog where you'll find the complete list of international bloggers who will be taking part.

And if you have a beginner's crochet story you'd like to tell, why not share on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #crochetconfession. We'd all love to read your tales of newbie crocheting!

Don't forget that if you'd like to learn to crochet, I have a written a rather super book called Beginner's Guide to Crochet (bet you didn't see that coming), which tells you, amongst other things, which is the inside and outside of your crochet when toy-making. You won't make the same mistake I did!

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And if you need crochet and yarn supplies to get you going, have a look at my curated shop here:

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Have a great weekend, and enjoy hopping to all the other blogs...I'll see you there!

Sarah xx

P.S.  I do hope I'm not the only one with a beginner crochet fail...




Saturday, 2 May 2015

Call the Ambassador

When the peeps at Stitch Craft Create asked me to be their very first ambassador, I was thrilled.


See? Look at that photo. I am positively beaming with thrilled-ness.

What this means is that I get to write the odd guest-blog post for them, maybe review some products, but most importantly, curate my own little online shop at Stitch Craft Create, filling it with all the products that I love from their online store.

And so, I've browsed the virtual aisles for you, choosing my favourite yarns, along with the essentials that you'll need for your crochet kit and other goodies I think are just nice to have.

Need a mahooosive 15 mm hook?
It's in the shop.



Want some of this lush yarn?
In the shop.



Yearn for a totally gorgeous project bag?
You know where to go.



(Actually, must put one in my basket. I loves it so much. Don't tell the Mister - I have like, a zillion craft bags...)

And if you're after a rather marvellous book to teach you how to crochet, then I happen to know of a very good one...
Available in the shop, of course.



If you fancy a perusal and a cracking good discount too, then click on the blue text-link below the pic and await your transportation to my online emporium.*


Save 15% Off Everything at Stitch Craft Create

I hope you enjoy the shopping  as much as I did!
Enjoy! 

Sarah x
*If you decide to make a purchase through my link, Stitch Craft Create will pay me a small commission for it. This doesn’t cost you anything additional. These commissions help to keep me designing new patterns, so thank you.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Today is the day!

Yes indeed.
A year (or thereabouts) in the making and my book is available to buy today.







I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it.

Happy crocheting,
Sarah xx



Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Simple Shrug

I wanted to make a simple shrug.
Nothing too fancy, and certainly nothing too complicated.
Oh, and something quick.
I loves a quick project.


And so I designed one. 



Actually, I designed three; in small, medium and large sizes.
And I called it The Simple Shrug (bet you didn't see that one coming..).


What makes it simple, I hear you ask?



Well, it only has 10 (ish) rows.
You only need to know chain, double and treble crochet stitches (UK) / chain, single and double crochet stitches (US) and how to work the back loops only (BLO).
And you can make it in a couple of hours because it uses chunky-monkey yarn and a mahooosive hook.

What's not to love?







You can see me making it on Craft Daily TV, too!

So here you are!

Enjoy making,
Sarah x
 


[the UK versions are first and the US versions below]

SIMPLE SHRUG PATTERN (UK)

Small. To fit bust 32-34"
Medium. To fit bust 36-38"      
Large. To fit bust 40-42"
All sizes are approximate. Due to the stitch construction, the shrug has some stretch.

Guage: 7.5 stitches and 4 rows to 5 inches
 
Abbreviations:
Chain = ch
Stitches = sts
Slip stitch = sl st 
Double crochet = dc
Treble crochet = tr
Back loops only = BLO
 
Construction:
This pattern is worked in joined rounds. When you begin a round, make the chain/s and then put the first stitch of the round in the same stitch as the chain. When you've finished the round, join with a sl st to the first stitch, ignoring the sl st and chain from the previous round. (See the show on Craft Daily TV for a demonstration)
All rounds are worked in BLO
 
If you want to make your shrug longer, then add more rows where the pattern indicates - don't forget to buy more yarn, too.  
Small size
You will need:
4 x balls of Drops Polaris Yarn (I used Off White #01)
15mm hook

Foundation chain: ch 38. Join with a sl st to the first ch
(Work following rounds in BLO)
Rnd 1. ch 1, dc 38 (beginning in same st as the ch) (38sts)
Rnd 2. ch 2, tr 8, (2tr in next st x3), tr 16, (2tr in next st x3), tr 8 (44)
 
Rnd 3. ch 2, tr 10, (2tr in next st x2), tr 20, (2tr in next st x2), tr 10 (48)
Rnd 4. ch 2, tr 11, (2tr in next st x2), tr 22, (2tr in next st x2), tr 11 (52)
 
Rnd 5. ch 2, tr 12, (2tr in next st x2), tr 24, (2tr in next st x2), tr 12 (56)
Rnd 6. ch 2, tr 13, (2tr in next st x2), tr 26, (2tr in next st x2), tr 13 (60)
 
Rnds 7-9. * ch 2, tr 60
Rnd 10. ch1, dc 60.
 
*adjust the number of rounds to reach desired length
 
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Medium size
You will need:
5 x balls of Drops Polaris Yarn (I used Medium Grey #04)
15mm hook

Foundation chain: ch 38. Join with a sl st to the first ch
(Work following rounds in BLO)
Rnd 1. ch 1, dc 38 (beginning in same st as the ch) (38sts)
Rnd 2. ch 2, tr 8, (2tr in next st, 3tr in next st, 2tr in next st), tr 16, (2tr in next st, 3tr in next st, 2tr in next st), tr 8 (46)
 
Rnd 3. ch 2, tr 10, (2tr in next st x3), tr 20, (2tr in next st x3), tr 10 (52)
Rnd 4. ch 2, tr 12, (2tr in next st x2), tr 24, (2tr in next st x2), tr 12 (56)
 
Rnd 5. ch 2, tr 12, (2tr in next st x3), tr 26, (2tr in next st x3), tr 12 (62)
Rnd 6. ch 2, tr 15, (2tr in next st x2), tr 28, (2tr in next st x2), tr 15 (66)
 
Rnds 7-9. * ch 2, tr 66
Rnd 10. ch1, dc 66
 
*adjust the number of rounds to reach desired length

Fasten off, weave in ends


Large size
You will need:
6 x balls of Drops Polaris Yarn (I used Medium Grey #04)
15mm hook

Foundation chain: ch 42. Join with a sl st to the first ch
(Work following rounds in BLO)
Rnd 1. ch 1, dc 42 (beginning in same st as the ch) (42sts)
Rnd 2. ch 2, tr 9, (2tr in next st x3), tr 18, (2tr in next st x3), tr 9 (48)
 
Rnd 3. ch 2, tr 10, (2tr in next st x4), tr 20, (2tr in next st x4), tr 10 (56)
Rnd 4. ch 2, tr 12, (2tr in next st x4), tr 24, (2tr in next st x4), tr 12 (64)
 
Rnd 5. ch 2, tr 14, (2tr in next st x4), tr 28, (2tr in next st x4), tr 14 (72)
Rnd 6. ch 2, tr 17, (2tr in next st), tr 36, (2tr in next st), tr 17 (74)
 
Rnds 7-10. * ch 2, tr 74
Rnd 10. ch1, dc 74.
 
*adjust the number of rounds to reach desired length
 
Fasten off, weave in ends.


SIMPLE SHRUG PATTERN (US)

Small. To fit bust 32-34"
Medium. To fit bust 36-38"      
Large. To fit bust 40-42"
All sizes are approximate. Due to the stitch construction, the shrug has some stretch.

Guage: 7.5 stitches and 4 rows to 5 inches
 
Abbreviations:
Chain = ch
Stitches = sts
Slip stitch = sl st 
Double crochet = dc
Treble crochet = tr
Back loops only = BLO
 
Construction:
This pattern is worked in joined rounds. When you begin a round, make the chain/s and then put the first stitch of the round in the same stitch as the chain. When you've finished the round, join with a sl st to the first stitch, ignoring the sl st and chain from the previous round. (See the show on Craft Daily TV for a demonstration)
All rounds are worked in BLO
 
If you want to make your shrug longer, then add more rows where the pattern indicates - don't forget to buy more yarn, too. 


Small size

You will need:
4 x balls of Drops Polaris Yarn (I used Off White #01)
15mm hook

Foundation chain: ch 38. Join with a sl st to the first ch
(Work following rounds in BLO)
Rnd 1. ch 1, sc 38 (beginning in same st as the ch) (38sts)
Rnd 2. ch 2, dc 8, (2dc in next st x3), dc 16, (2dc in next st x3), dc 8 (44)

Rnd 3. ch 2, dc 10, (2dc in next st x2), dc 20, (2dc in next st x2), dc 10 (48)
Rnd 4. ch 2, dc 11, (2dc in next st x2), dc 22, (2dc in next st x2), dc 11 (52)

Rnd 5. ch 2, dc 12, (2dc in next st x2), dc 24, (2dc in next st x2), dc 12 (56)
Rnd 6. ch 2, dc 13, (2dc in next st x2), dc 26, (2dc in next st x2), dc 13 (60)

Rnds 7-9. * ch 2, dc 60

Rnd 10. ch1, sc 60.

*adjust the number of rounds to reach desired length

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Medium size

You will need:
5 x balls of Drops Polaris Yarn (I used Medium Grey #04)
15mm hook

Foundation chain: ch 38. Join with a sl st to the first ch
(Work following rounds in BLO)
Rnd 1. ch 1, sc 38 (beginning in same st as the ch) (38sts)
Rnd 2. ch 2, dc 8, (2dc in next st, 3dc in next st, 2dc in next st), dc 16, (2dc in next st, 3dc in next st, 2dc in next st), dc 8 (46)

Rnd 3. ch 2, dc 10, (2dc in next st x3), dc 20, (2dc in next st x3), dc 10 (52)
Rnd 4. ch 2, dc 12, (2dc in next st x2), dc 24, (2dc in next st x2), dc 12 (56)

Rnd 5. ch 2, dc 12, (2dc in next st x3), dc 26, (2dc in next st x3), dc 12 (62)
Rnd 6. ch 2, dc 15, (2dc in next st x2), dc 28, (2dc in next st x2), dc 15 (66)

Rnds 7-9. * ch 2, dc 66

Rnd 10. ch1, sc 66

*adjust the number of rounds to reach desired length

Fasten off, weave in ends

Large size

You will need:
6 x balls of Drops Polaris Yarn (I used Medium Grey #04)
15mm hook

Foundation chain: ch 42. Join with a sl st to the first ch
(Work following rounds in BLO)
Rnd 1. ch 1, sc 42 (beginning in same st as the ch) (42sts)
Rnd 2. ch 2, dc 9, (2dc in next st x3), dc 18, (2dc in next st x3), dc 9 (48)

Rnd 3. ch 2, dc 10, (2dc in next st x4), dc 20, (2dc in next st x4), dc 10 (56)
Rnd 4. ch 2, dc 12, (2dc in next st x4), dc 24, (2dc in next st x4), dc 12 (64)

Rnd 5. ch 2, dc 14, (2dc in next st x4), dc 28, (2dc in next st x4), dc 14 (72)
Rnd 6. ch 2, dc 17, (2dc in next st), dc 36, (2dc in next st), dc 17 (74)

Rnds 7-10. * ch 2, dc 74
Rnd 10. ch1, sc 74.

*adjust the number of rounds to reach desired length

 Fasten off, weave in ends.

 


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

A Super Scarf

This scarf is Super.
Really it is.
It is Super because it is mahooosive and cosy and warm, but not bulky.



And it has pom-poms.
Everyone loves a pompom, right?

If you'd like to make one, then tune in to Craft Daily TV this week to see find out how to make your own Super Scarf.

Here's where to find me:

Craft Daily TV is the UK’s first and only instructional TV programme and broadcasts on Mondays at 10.30am, and Thursdays at 7pm on Sky 192, Freesat 402 and Freeview 244 (select showcaseTV).

You can also watch the live stream here or catch up with previous episodes online here.

Enjoy!
Sarah x