Sunday, 30 November 2014

Free Pattern: Mini Crochet Stockings

Over the last couple of weeks, I've had a couple of weekend train trips into London. Crocheting on public transport is lovely. Even in the South East, you get smiles from random strangers. Last weekend, one woman even said, "Seeing you crocheting has made my day!". 

Anyhow, these 24 mini Christmas stockings have been perfect for carrying around in my bag to be whipped out at an opportune public transport moment. I used acrylic DK wool in red and cream and a 4.5mm hook.  I've attached them to the top of our bookshelf with numbered pegs from here and I've put a couple of chocolate Brussels sprouts from M and S in each. This could be the greatest advent calendar ever!

The Pattern

*Please note this pattern uses UK terms*

4.5mm crochet hook
Red DK wool
White/cream DK wool
Yarn needle

Ch = chain
Dc = double crochet
Hk = hook
Sts = stitches
Sl st = slip stitch

Pattern for main stocking
Use red wool.
Ch 21, turn.
Row 1: Dc into 2nd ch from hk, dc into remaining 18 sts, turn. (20sts).
Rows 2-5: Ch 1 (counts as 1st), dc into 2nd st from hk, dc into remaining 18 sts, turn. (20 sts).
Row 6: Sl st into 2nd ch from hk, sl st into next 4 sts, ch 1, dc into next 8 sts, leave remaining 6 sts unworked, turn.
Rows 7-12: Ch 1 (counts as 1 st), dc into 2nd ch from hk, dc into next 6 sts, turn. (8sts).
Fasten off.

Making up
You will have crocheted a capital "T" shape. Fold this in half length ways for make a capital "L" shape. Using red wool and a yarn needle sew a seam round the toe of of the stocking and up the leg leaving the top open. Darn in ends. Turn the whole stocking inside out.

For the trim
Use white/cream wool.
Attach wool to back of stocking. Crochet two rows of double crochet round the top of the stocking. Once you have reached the back for the second time, chain enough to hang your stocking up and secure the end of the chain back to the starting chain with a slip stitch to make a loop of chains. Fasten off. Darn in ends.

I hope you enjoy the pattern! What Christmas crafting is happening near you?

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

November Round Up


Re-discovery of Olbas Oil // Re-arranging the furniture in our living room to create so much space // Multi-packs of Cadbury's Dairy Milk bars // Amazon DVD rental


A couple of sneaky post work shopping trips // Finishing Harry Potter 5 - I may or my not have sobbed my heart out at the end // Handmade dress compliments // Thanksgiving dinner at Joe's // Poached eggs // Crochet // Getting rid of my cold // Seeing Miss Saigon in London, The Sound of Music in Henley and Les Miserables on DVD all on three consecutive nights

November Makes

24 mini crochet stockings for our advent calendar // Turquoise dress // A start to my crochet granny stripe blanket

November Pins

1 // 2 // 3

After a lifetime of summer holidays in St Andrews, I pretty much love the place. Does anyone else use Pinterest to get nostalgic over their favourite places?

December Goals

Still take more photos // Christmas Crafting // Eat // Drink // Be Merry

Friday, 28 November 2014

Weekend Inspiration: Colourful Crochet

 How amazing are these crochet mugs by Craft Patisserie?

Have a go at crocheting these with this tutorial by Yarnfreak...

...or if you're looking for a bigger project, look no further than this hexagon blanket tutorial from Mrs Brown Makes.

It's the weekend crafty people. Have a good one.

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Things I Love Thursday

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1) Treating myself to a mini-mince pie in my lunch box at work.

2) Waking up to the smell of sizzling bacon on Saturday morning.

3) Crocheting my granny stripe blanket

What are you loving this week?

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

What's On My Desk?

Currently on my to do pile:

- My granny stripe blanket
- My latest handmade dress ready for hemming

What's on your desk?

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Life is Like Riding a Bicycle

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The run up to Christmas is always so busy and goes so fast. A month to go. Keep pedalling everyone!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Granny Stripe Blanket: The Beginning

It's begun. After quite a few months filled with dressmaking and curtain making, it's time to return to some serious crochet.

21st November

For this blanket, I'm using four shades of acrylic DK by StyleCraft and a 4mm hook. I did debate over a sunburst granny square blanket but luckily I remembered how much I find darning in ends really, really tedious. If I could hire someone just two darn in ends for me at the end of a project I'd be a happy lady.

22nd November

So as you might be able to tell this weekend has been a pretty relaxed one. Saturday was a pottering about the house sort of day: our neighbour came round yesterday evening for a couple of drinks; a fence was put up in our back garden and lots of Harry Potter 5 was read. Today I'm heading into London for a Thanksgiving lunch and maybe some public transport crochet before this blanket gets to big to transport.

Are any of you crocheting blankets at the moment?

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Weekend Inspiration: Granny Stripes

After a sneaky post-work trip to the wool shop, I am getting a wee bit excited about a big crochet blanket for our living room. I did deliberate over using granny squares but as I really don't enjoy darning in hundred of ends I figured granny stripes would be a better option.

 Identity Crisis Blanket

Nanita's Baby Blanket

Will you be crocheting a blanket this winter?

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

September and October Round Up


Deleting the Twitter app from your phone frees up immense amounts of time for reading books // Regular blogging is optional // Four-week long colds should be avoided at all costs // Glasses of wine should be alternated with glasses of water // Marmite on toast and boiled egg is amazing


Gorgeous nephew's Christening // My birthday/housewarming party starring Granma's lemon chicken // A visit from my parents in their half-term // Dressmaking // The discovery of a local fabric shop and haberdashery

September/October Makes

Bunting made out of second-hand men's shirts for my nephew's Christening // Autumn dress made from Great British Sewing Bee Full Skirted Dress Pattern // Cream cord curtains // Paisley dress made from Butterick 4443

I've pretty much spent more time with my sewing machine this month than anyone else (bar perhaps my husband), but I'm pretty proud with what I've produced. The things I've made over the last couple of months have been pretty big projects but I'm getting more and more comfortable with sewing machine action.

September/October Reads

Boy by Roald Dahl (4/5) I read this in about three hours straight on the train for a set of lesson plans but I absolutely loved all the wee anecdotes. Definitely worth a read.
The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe (4/5) So far I've just used the full circle dress pattern for my Autumn dress but I really liked the pattern. The book comes with a full set of paper patterns which is a real plus.
The Lazy Teacher's Handbook by Jim Smith (5/5) This is the second time I've read this and there are all sorts of really good tips and tricks as well as down-to-earth, humorous tone of voice running through it.

September/October Pins

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

I've seem to have become pretty much obsessed with pinning Autumn dresses over the last couple of months. Has anyone else had this problem?

November Goals

Take more photos // Drink more water; drink less booze // Finally order wedding album // Start Christmas shopping // Christmas crafting // Crochet

How's Autumn going for you?

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