Winter is coming soon and my little granddaughter needs some warm booties.
Here is a selection of free crochet patterns that I have found. Some of them will be great using handspun yarns. Please let me know if you find other ones.
November 11 – Remembrance Day
It’s poppy time!
Why not knit or crochet a hand made poppy or two to remember this day and those who fought so that we can be safe. Please remember, if you sell any of these handmade poppies, please donate the funds to your local Legion. This is their main source of funding.
Here are some links to free Knit and Crochet Poppy patterns:
1: Using Black yarn Chain 6, join.
2: Double Crochet 12 stitches in round.
Change to Red Yarn
3: 2 Double crochet in each stitch (24)
DC, *(2 Treble in next stitch) repeat 4 times.DC. This forms the first petal.
Repeat 3 more times.
4: 2 DC in each stitch.
5: Change to Green Yarn. Join yarn in between 2 of the petals.
2 DC. Turn
6: Chain 1, 2 DC. Turn (3)
7: Chain 1, 1 DC in each stitch. Turn
8: Chain 1. 1 DC in each stitch. Turn
9: Chain 1. 1 DC in each stitch.
Cut Yarn and sew in all the ends.
Our local Stitch’n’Bitch group that meets weekly at Chichester’s Park Tavern Pub crocheted some poppies last year. Proceeds from sales went to the British Legion – Last year our efforts made it into our local newspaper. The Observer
A few weeks ago I had a lovely holiday in Kassiopi, Corfu. I had visited there a few years ago and had discovered a very talented weaver who has a small shop on the main street of Kassiopi. I was very pleased to see that she is still in business and is doing well. She is expanding her style and line of goods as her daughter-in-law is now learning to weave and is adding some of her own handwoven products to the shop.
Agathi studied weaving, sewing, crochet, needlework and textiles at a specialist school in Crete. She first started her shop in the early 70’s by crocheting and selling her products out on the street to the tourists who would pass by her home. Fairly quickly she was able to expand into a shop and she has successfully run her business and worked there since.
Agathis has a loom in the middle of the shop that always has a new project on it. During the summer months, you can see Agathis busy at work throughout the day and into the late evening.
Agathis showed me a beautiful bamboo reed that her mother used to weave with. The bamboo dents occasionally broke but they could be replaced by cutting and filing another piece of bamboo.
Not only weaving – Agathis is proficient at crochet, needlework, embroidery, weaving and just about any other textile craft. Her shelves are brimming with handmade products that she has produced. I could spend hours at her shop, marvelling at what she has made. Every piece has a story behind it, and she is very happy to share her wealth of knowledge.
Crewel Work – Chain Stitch Embroidery
Handwoven Linen dyed with Natural Dyes
(Red and Yellow Onion Skins)
Hand woven Throws
She also has a larger loom that she puts up during the winter months so she can weave wider projects such as throws and blankets.
Mario’s Olive Wood Workshop
Agathis also has a very talented son, Mario who specializes in woodworking using olive wood. He also has a shop in Kassiopi and ships his products worldwide.
Amigurumi figures are quite easy and fun to make, even for a beginner crocheter. You only need to know 3 crochet stitches, CH – chain stitch, SL St – Slip Stitch and SC – single crochet.
This crochet pattern uses US crochet notation.
For UK: SC (single crochet) = DC (double crochet)
How to increase stitches:
Crochet 2 stitches in the same stitch
How to decrease stitches:
Skip a stitch and crochet in the next stitch
This is a basic pattern for an Amigurumi figure and can be easily adapted by making legs, arms, or body longer or shorter. You can make the body fatter by adding another row of increases, or thinner by reducing the number of decreases in a row.
This is a free Amigurumi doll crochet design for a doctor dressed in scrubs.
I used a Double Knitting weight cotton yarn for this crochet project.
Wendy Supreme 100% Luxury Cotton Yarn
200 meters/100 gram
Substitute by using any yarn of a similar weight. If you use a thicker or thinner yarn the finished doll will be a different size.
Size 3 mm crochet hook
Legs Make 2
1: 6 SC in 2nd st
2: SC, 2SC in next st, repeat to end (9)
3: SC in each st (9)
Change to blue yarn
4: SC in each st (9)
5: SC in back loop of st , repeat around (9)
6: (Decrease 1 stitch) Sc, Skip 1 st, SC in next st, SC to end (8)
7: SC in each st (8)
Rows 8-17: SC in each st (8)
(If you would like longer legs add more rows)
Sl st and cut off end
Repeat for Leg 2
Ending with sl st
Do not cut yarn
To Join onto leg 1:
Put hook through st on leg 1 and SC
(This joins Leg 2 to Leg 1)
(Continuing on Leg 1) SL st in next st, 4 times
You will now be at the side of Leg 1
This is the start of the bottom of the body
Stuff the Legs
1: SC in each st (16)
2: SC in next st, 2 times, 2 SC in next st, repeat around (24)
(If you would like a thicker body, add another row of increases here)
Rows 3 – 6: SC in each st (24)
7: SC in back loop of st, around (24)
If you would like a thicker body add another one or two rows of increased stitches (increase 6 stitches evenly across the row)
Rows 8-12: SC in each st
(If you would like a longer body, add rows here)
13: SC, SC, sk 1 st, SC (18)
14: SC,SC,SC, sk 1 st, SC (12)
Stuff the Body
Change yarn to skin tone body colour
15: SC around (12)
16: SC, 2 SC in next st, around (18)
17: SC,SC, 2 SC in next st, around (24)
18: SC, SC, SC, 2 SC in next st, around (36)
Rows 19 – 20: SC around (36)
21: (SC, SC, SC, skip 1 stitch) repeat around (24)
22: (SC, SC, skip 1 stitch) repeat around (18)
23: (SC, skip 1 stitch) repeat around (12)
Stuff the Head
If you want to use Safety Eyes put these in place before you complete the head.
If this doll is intended for children under 3, Safety Eyes are not safe. It is better to embroider the eyes on after the head has been completed.
24: (SC, skip 1 stitch) repeat around (6)
25: (SC, skip 1 stitch) repeat around
Cut yarn end and sew together
Arms Make 2
Starting with the ‘magic circle’, using skin tone color yarn, CH2
1: SC 6 stitches in 2nd chain from hook
2: SC, 2 SC in next stitch, around (9)
3: (SC, sc,skip 1 stitch,) twice, SC (7)
Rows 4 – 10: SC around (7)
(Make arms longer (or shorter) by adding more rows here)
6: Change to Blue Yarn, SC around (7)
7: SC in back loop of stitch, around (7)
Rows 8-10: SC around
Stuff the arm
Sew onto the side of the body.
To make clothing I make the garment the same number of stitches around as the largest part of the body, but use a slightly larger crochet hook size.
For this doll the maximum width of the body was 24 stitches, so I made a chain of 24 stitches using a No 4 mm crochet hook size. Check this by wrapping the chain around the body to make sure it fits.
Join the chain together.
Row 1: SC around (24)
Rows 2-10: SC around (24)
Add or decrease additional rows as you wish, until the garment reaches just under the armpit of the doll.
Now you will be crocheting the rest of the shirt in two sections, front and back, rather than in the round.
11: SC across 12 stitches
12: turn, CH 1, SC across 11 stitches
repeat row 12, 4 times or until you reach the neckline.
Break the yarn.
11: Join the yarn at the armpit of the other side and
SC across 12 stitches
12: turn, CH 1, SC across 11 stitches
repeat row 12, 4 times or until you reach the neckline.
Break the yarn.
Put the shirt onto the doll and attach the shoulders together with a few slip stitches.
If you would like to add sleeves to the shirt you can pick up the stitches around the armhole of the shirt and crochet a sleeve.
Crochet bowls are a fun project for a beginner and use up odd bits of yarn.
I crocheted this bowl using one of the crochet bowl patterns below.
I used a hemp yarn and size 3.5 crochet hook.
I have recently discovered double ended crochet hooks by Knit Pro Symfonie which I love. They are made from birch wood and come in lovely colors. Since I mostly tend to work with thicker yarns and handspun wools, the set of 5 hooks ranging in 10 sizes from 3.0 mm – 8 mm gives me the variety of sizes that I need.
What is a Russian join? A Russian join is a very effective way to join 2 yarn ends without using a knot. It works well on any type of plied yarn, especially when the yarn doesn’t felt, such as for cotton, linen or superwash wool yarns. It can be used for knitting and crochet. I also like to use this method for nalbinding.
How to Russian Join Yarn
Thread a needle with one of the yarns you wish to join.
Work the needle back through the yarn for about an inch, forming a loop.
Pull the thread through, leaving a loop in the yarn end.
Thread the second yarn end through the loop.
Thread the needle with the second yarn.
Work the needle back through the second yarn end for about an inch.
Pull the needle through the yarn, leaving a second loop.
Pull gently on both yarn ends to close the loops.
You can now trim the yarn ends leaving you with a neatly joined yarn. Nalbinding Supplies on Etsy
Look for nalbinding yarns, needles, kits and yarn in my Etsy Shop.
This easy felting project makes a felted necklace with a bit of handspun yarn, crochet and wool roving.
I had a bit of leftover handspun single spun merino wool yarn that I crocheted for the base of the necklace. Using a 4.5 mm crochet hook, crochet a chain of approx. 100 stitches ( 36 inches). Join. Using a slip stitch work the ends into the chain for about an inch or two.
If you are new to crochet, here are some instructions to get you started.
I used a similar method to felt the wool balls into the crochet chain, as I used when I made the hand felted Easter eggs.
You will need:
1 bowl of cold tap water.
1 bowl of hot tap water.
Add a bit of dish detergent to the bowl of hot water.
Small bits of dyed merino wool roving.
Begin by felting the crochet necklace base. Dip it in the hot soapy water and rub the necklace vigorously between the plam of your hands until it begins to felt.
Take a small piece of dyed wool roving and wrap it around the crochet necklace, forming a small ball.
Dip the ball of wool into the bowl of hot soapy tap water.
Rub the wool roving in the palm of your hand, forming a ball or bead shape.
Continue to rub it vigorously and continue to dip it in the hot soapy water.
The wool will start to harden and form a ball shape.
When it starts to harden, dip it in the cold water and continue to roll it between the palms of your hands.
Alternate between dipping the wool ball in the hot water and cold water, squeezing out excess water.
When the wool ball has become quite hard (about 3-4 minutes of rolling)
Pinch and shape the ball into a around ball or egg shape.
Continue to roll in your hands and dip into the cold and hot water
until you are happy with the consistency of the hardened felt.
If you wish to make larger ‘beads’ wrap a bit more roving around the partially felted ball and continue the felting process. Dip it into hot water and continue to rub between your hands as above. Alternate between hot and cold water and rubbing.
Then continue making more felt balls working your way around the necklace. Use different colours of wool roving and have fun!
If you try this project, I hope you will post a picture on our Facebook page.