WIP Wednesday: Crochet Gingham | And a hi from Peter Rabbit

I can’t believe it’s been a whole week since the previous WIP Wed!? What is even that all about.
I did mention that i would be trying out some cable crochet blanket, but i actually started another project.
Its the Gingham blanket by Daisyfarmcrafts – I spotted this a while back on her Instagram

So me and the mother as usual, went on a bit of a yarn splurge, and i bought some Caron Simply soft. FIRST OFF, why have i never tried this yarn before? I find this to be my new favourite and really tops the love of Stylecraft, its so soft i can’t even explain it. I got the shades victorian rose i think and off white.
The pattern i used, (which is linked above but i will link again later on)- uses this yarn, and for the first time ever i went by the pattern. She doubles up the yarn, so i used a 10mm hook – It also asks for 3 balls of each shade, i got 4 just in case i wanted it bigger.

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It looks a little different from hers as i have used more subtle colours and the pattern is sc in one HDC in next, but i am doing HDC throughout because i am lazy. She also has 8 different patterns for this, as it can be done with different colours and stiches which can be found here

Thoughts so far – It definitely isn’t a project i will be in a rush to finish. Partly because i aren’t enjoying the constant dropping and picking up the next colours after working so many stitches. I think that’s because its double strands and even though chunky blankets etc are quicker it annoys me – That’s not the pattern writers fault, it’s personal preference and i should of really frogged it and went with just doing one strand, but i wouldn’t have that mix of cream and pink in the squares.
After so many rows of using the pink and white mix, it will go onto plain pink and then plain off white. You just then alternate to create the Gingham style pattern, which when you look up gingham so many crochet designers have a different take on it.

The last thing i am not 100% about is that you have to constantly carry the yarn over. So in total you have 4 strands all the time, two on your hook and two being carried over which then will be swapped around etc.
The reason i don’t like this is because you can see the yarn being carried over in your work – It is unavoidable as she has mentioned this i think in a Youtube video, so i should of really given it a better thought.

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That picture above you can see some of the cream being carried along.
I feel like such a b*tch for reviewing a pattern but again it’s personal preference, i am fussy and i DO like the finished look. I don’t use big hooks all the time, so that might be playing a factor in it, so i have ordered some larger hooks that are more comfortable and a bit better quality.
Meh, so i think i will drop this project for a while as i really want to do this cable blanket 😀

So whilst i was taking some pictures today, Peter Rabbit flew off the shelf and sat next to me wanting to be in the limelight. I did explain to him that he couldn’t just barge in on my photo’s but he insisted. I don’t think Roman is a huge fan of his ego either.. He kept wanting to kiss him!

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In other news, i have been editing my first Youtube video which is a Sims 4 speed build, my other thing for my mic came last night (yeah amazon at night!?) so i can voice over, then i will film my bullet journal video and edit it.
I am also a proud owner of a Kindle LOL! I went to CEX  and got a 2016 edition for £42 so i am pleased with that, i don’t mind second hand stuff.
It’s still not the same as reading a book but when i had the app on my phone i would read so many books a week – So i am hoping i can read more.

Last but not least, i have made my Youtube channel banner, what do you guys think?
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I hope everyone is having a great day, i will be baking tomorrow eeeeeeek. Mary Berry of course! So i will have to make sure the kitchen is clean urghhhhhhhhhhhhhh cause atm i have pans everywhere LOL

Take care folks! xox

Where I’m at with the Bat! – Not very far

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Okay i will admit something right now! I got distracted making this and i decided to make my friends daughter a dress.
I’ve got a ton of Drops cotton left WELL it looked a lot and now i’ve ran out of yarn to finish the dress and it’s not even half way. ALSO I think i may of done it wrong, I’ve had to contact the pattern designer as some of the rounds aren’t that clear.

Right so Batman – Yes my sexy man. I’ve done like 6 rows :/ It’s actually quite tedious and I’ve already gotten peeved with the damn thing because i made a mistake already, which shows on the picture – That’s also supposed to be the right side. BUT actually if i just sewed a little white it would be fine. I basically didn’t pull my black yarn on the side it should of been if that makes sense? So now my right side looks like the wrong side and vice versa. Though it doesn’t look that bad, it’s just the beginning of it and I’ve got the hang of it.

It does not help that my white yarn sucks ass

Seriously, its DK but feels like 2 ply. Not even joking, I hate white yarn I HATES IT  *gollum gollum*

I reckon if i limit myself to about 15 rows a day I’ll get this beast done in a few weeks.

I’ts also not the size of a blanket – I chained 116 it’s going to be apart of a blanket. YUP I plan on making The Joker, Harlequin, Robin & Cat woman. So eventually in about 1 year it will be a full blanket.

I aren’t even kidding you on the time scale because here is a list of WIPS I need to finish

  • Bina the bear (URGH)
  • Spring blanket (DOUBLE URGH)
  • C2C
  • Baby dress (NEW project)
  • Retro diamonds blanket
  • Neutral hexagon blanket
  • Charlottes dream (WOW almost forgot that one URGH)
  • AND anything else i haven’t already started to make LOL

 

So yup, I’m slacking this year. I want at least 3 things done by the end of this month and that’s not a lot of time.

Anyways, it’s past midnight my eyes sting my neck and back hurts. I’m tempted to order myself a walking stick and maybe hire some help.

Have a good one!

 

C2c – Thursday crochet

Blogging on the phone again as I’m about to head out food shopping with a  friend.

So yesterday I posted about the yarn I ordered and I spent a good 4 hours doing swatches and couldn’t make my mind up.

Yup, that bad! Now I literally don’t like c2c blankets. I am being super honest here and I’ve never liked the look of how the yarn looks and it just was never my cup of tea.

Until this yarn came into my life – I did a c2c swatch and didn’t like it then I went back to it and just carried on and I fell in love.

I think it’s the  colours I’m working with thats actually making me enjoy this project. And I really don’t mean to offend anyone when I said I didn’t like c2c because I’ve seen some amazing projects using this concept and it’s hugely popular but for some reason when I did it I hated it. 

How funny tables turn huh? 

So I was at it none stop last night. Used almost one skein already and have 5 more to do. I want this to be big for my bed so no doubt I’ll need more.

The pictures don’t do it justice! What I also love is the colours are very calming and it’s been really nice to just crochet something without having to worry about changing colours, ends and counting numerous amount of stitches. 

So I’ll keep this blanket updated with you guys. Ill edit this post when I’m home with links on how to do a c2c

What are you guys crocheting and upto today? 

Boho bag – Free pattern (Finally!)

My Boho bag design/pattern is finally here!

You now I didn’t go to sleep til 4AM last night. I was up organizing and changing up my blog design, fell asleep and I’ve literally been at it all day. Then I finished the blog THEN I finished writing up instructions for this bag.
It was done freehand and So it’s pretty much a go with the flow but the design is 100% mine and I’m so proud of it! So here it is guys! I have also made sure I will link the videos for certain stitches for you guys.

Boho bag

This is in US terms

Gauge:
Gauge is not important for this design as this is a free hand project and does not matter if your length width etc does not match.

 

Materials I used:
4MM hook
5MM hook
Paint box Aran yarn – 203 shade
Stylecraft special DK – Cream
Yarn needle
Scissors

Stitches/special stitches
Shell stitch – See link below
Star stitch – See link below
SC – Single crochet – (UK term Double Crochet)

Star stitch tutorial – Crochet Crowd Star stitch tutorial
Shell stitch tutorial – Bella Coco scalloped edge border

Make panel by using the star stitch

How many you chain determines how wide you want your bag. But just remember that following the star stitch you will be doing multiples of 2 + 1 – So work out how wide you want it. Once you’ve done that, go ahead and create your panel.
I did it so it measured around 20 inches long and 10 inches wide but this is totally up to you! You can make a smaller cute bag for your phone or a larger one. No preference needed!

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This is my design and I went from this picture!

Once you are happy with your size cut yarn and finished. Fold your piece in half, making sure the more nicer looking side is on the inside and your sewing it inside out.
It’s hard to tell which side its right or wrong and it doesn’t really matter but I could tell the difference (Star stitch leaves ridges etc on one side of the work, that is the wrong side and the side that will face out when you sew.)
Grab a needle and use the same yarn and sew the two smaller sides, left and right together. You have just made your bag pouch!
Tie off thread and turn work inside out and this is now the correct side.

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This is what the wrong side should look like – A little more bumpy

Now you’ll be working on making a flap for your bag
As i don’t have a specific pattern for this it was free hand and so was the rest i will guide you as best as I can on how I made the triangle flap.

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Use a mixture of stitches to create an effect or just keep it simple

Using your selected yarn (I chose cream) Chain enough so it measures the width of your bag. DONT chain too many as it will hang off the edge. The idea is so it flaps over, you can chain the correct amount or a few less, which ever style or way looks best.
I chained roughly the width which is 10 inches wide.
*IMPORTANT – For the first rows make sure you do the same stitch and it measures at least 3 inches as this is the beginning of your triangle and will be later used to sew and fold on the bag of the bag.
After a few rows of SC or what ever stitch you prefer you can switch it up, this is where the creativity parts set it. You are making a a triangle and which ever stitch you choose to make it pretty you need to make sure you decrease every other row. The triangle on my bag measures 7 inches in length but the length is whatever size your bag is.
You can always make just a plain simple triangle and embelish it will motifs.
DON’T ATTACH FLAP YET

SHELL BORDER
With your second colour yarn or what ever colours you’ve chosen – slip stitch into the top of any side of the bag. Working down, across and up you will need to edge your bag with SC before doing the shells.
Once you have reached the other side, go back down across and up following the shell stitch border.

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Once you’ve completed the border, cut ends and finished.
FLAP – Do the same thing to your bag flap. DONT shell stitch across the bottom, only the two sides.
Go around first with the SC and then back around with the shell stitch, finish off.

Attaching the flap
On the back of your bag, either side as they should be equal and match. Attach and sew on your triangle flap – Roughly 3 Inches down from the bag rim.
Don’t worry about the shells at the edge they don’t need to be sewn

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Bag handle

You can make the handle two ways – Chain a long chain and do 3 or 4 rows of SC or as many as needed to create thickness and then sew each end on either side of the bag
OR you can chain the ammount wanted for thickness, say ch 4 and sc to create a long strip.
Which ever is easiest for you – I chained a long chain and then did 3 rows of SC
Attach handle.

Attach each end of the handle to either side of the bag. It should be attached on the outside but if you prefer you can do it on the inside.
Make sure it’s not too close to the rim as it won’t sew and will more than likely come loose.
Attach about 1.5 inches away from the rim.

Tassles
This is optional but for me I the boho look.
Cut 5 pieces of yarn (I used cream to match the flap) Fold in half and attach in the middle stitch of each shell. Cut tassles to length – I did long at the front and slightly shortened as it went up.

Watch this video on how to attach tassles.

Crochet crowd adding a fringe

Optional
You can line the bag inside if you wish and also add a zip inside for extra saftety.
I think a magnetic button underneath the flap would be cool rather than having a big button showing on the front.
Play around with it and just go with the flow!
Copyright
“This pattern is my own and I am very happy for people to go off this design and create whatever they choose to.
I DONT take ownership of the stitches used but ownership of the design.
Please make sure to respect this free design/pattern by crediting me – Whether it’s a blog post, photo graphs, finished items to sell.
You may NOT take credit for the pictures but using your own pictures is perfectly fine.
You may sell items using this design, but do not claim that this is your design.
Contact me if you have any questions.”

I hope you have fun making this and if you do please sure to email me at rebeccapursell@live.co.uk or hit me up on Instagram TwinkleHook_ and tag me using the hashtag #TwinkleHookBoho – I would love to see your designs and would like to feature them on my blog

Happy hooking!

Crochet – Blanket update

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Happy Tuesday!

I thought I’d keep this post more chatty than a whole lot of detail about my current projects. But i will give a brief on how my spring blanket is going!
The edges look a little wonky but I am enjoying the block pattern, though take away the block bits and it’s just a granny stripe more or less!

That’s all the rows I’ve managed to do as I started doing Hexagons and the road trip scarf.

 

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I’ve been concentrating on writing Alex and it’s really helping me to stay inspired to write even though it’s a mega cheese fest but I now have all of these other ideas for some other stories and the Bridport writing competition is in 65 days!
It’s basically a writers version of the Oscars, short stories need to be around 5,000 words I think. I entered a few years ago and got really disheartened as I never even got an email to say  was unsuccessful, I was quite pissed of with that as you have to pay to enter.

 

BACK TO CROCHETING AND WRITING.

 

Have a great day, I know this was a mega random post and I let off some steam.