Yankee Candle Cosy

I was a little bit bored one evening so I decided my large Yankee candle needed a sweater! It’s a really quick pattern so it shouldn’t take too long.

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Equipment:

  • 7mm crochet hook
  • DK wool in any colour you like.

***I use American crochet terms in my patterns!***

Pattern:

  1. Make a foundation chain 38 sts long.
  2. DC into 3rd st from end of chain. Continue to end. (35)
  3. Ch 1. SC to end.
  4. Repeat 2 and 3 twice more.
  5. I added shell pattern stitching for the next few rows. I recommend this link for thorough instructions on how to crochet in this stitch.
  6. Repeat 5 twice more.
  7. Repeat 2 and 3 three more times.
  8. Fasten off and use the loose end to sew the sides together.

You can now pull the candle cosy over the top of the candle!

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This fits on all large Yankee candles, but will also fit any glass jar or candle of a similar size.

It’d be a great personalised addition to any gift (birthdays, housewarming, Christmas, etc)

(Pattern can also be edited to exclude the shell stitching. Another 3 repeats of steps 2 and 3 would do instead).

 

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Crochet Camera Bag

I have to confess, I don’t know this pattern off-by-heart because I made it up as I went along, but I’ll give you a rough idea!

Note: I use US notation for my patterns.

I used a 4.5 mm crochet hook and double knit yarn. You’ll also need a button and a darning needle for weaving and sewing the button on.

  1. Measure the width of your camera and make the foundation chain that long plus two sts. (I think mine was around 20).
  2. 2 hdcs in first st  (placing your hook through the third st on the chain) and 1 hdc  to the second last st, 2 hdcs in the last, then start crocheting in the “bottom” or underside of your foundation chain. Start with 2 hdcs and then 1 hdc to second last st and 2 hdcs in last st. Sl st to join.
  3. Ch 2 and hdc into each st around. Sl st to join. Repeat this until you get to roughly the right size of your camera. (It would look like a bowl or basket-type thing at this stage.
  4. When you’ve gotten to this stage, begin rows of hdcs on one half of you bag only to make the flap. (So if you’ve got a bag 44 sts in the round, maybe make the flap 20 sts.) Repeat rows until you reach your desired length.
  5. To the end of the flap on my camera bag, I added triangle edging. Firstly, because it looked nice and secondly, because it saves on having to make a button hole and you can pop your button through the central triangle. The pattern for that can be found here.
  6. Weave in your ends once you fasten off.
  7. Sew button on. I used a contrasting yarn for this, but it’s not essential.

Et voila!

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Ghastly Hanging Halloween Light

I was bored one evening and was in the mood to try something Halloween-themed, so I fashioned my own crochet ghost, which you can put a light into to add to the eerie effect! 😀

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Materials used:

  • 4.5 mm crochet hook
  • double knit yarn of any kind in white (I used acrylic)
  • double knit yarn in black (embroidering eyes and mouth)
  • tapestry needle
  • a small light or flameless tea light

I use American notation for my crochet pattern.

Pattern:

  1. Make a magic circle with 6 sc.
  2. 2 sc in each sc around (12)
  3. Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (18)
  4. Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (24)
  5. Sc  24 sc rounds until you reach your desired length (about 3-4 inches). Then FO and weave in your ends.
  6. Embroider the face in whatever scary way you like.
  7. To make a “ledge” inside your ghost, make a foundation chain 7 ch long.
  8. Turn, sc to end (6)
  9. Turn, sc to end (5)
  10. Turn, sc to end (4)
  11. Sc in each st all around, FO and sew to the inside of your ghost, so that it makes a roughly oval-shaped “ledge” inside for you to rest your light on.
  12. Put your light in, and enjoy!

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EDIT:

I also used sewing thread to hang the ghost off the bottom of my mantelpiece in my living room. Any coloured thread is fine, the thinner it is, the more difficult it is to see, so it will look like it is floating around 🙂

Cheerful Chicken

Over the Easter weekend, I thought I would keep in line with the festivities. This amigurumi chicken is for my sister, and I made the pattern up as I went along, so I hope I remember it correctly. If you have any questions while trying to make it, just ask!

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Materials needed:

  • 4.5 mm crochet hook
  • Double knit wool in yellow, red and black
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Fiberfill stuffing
Abbreviations:
  • sc – single crochet(s)
  • dec – decrease
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • ch – chain
  • FO – fasten off
  • tc – triple crochet
  • dc –  double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • slst – slip stitch

(In yellow yarn.)

Rounds for body:

  • Round 1: Make a magic circle with 6 stitches (6)
  • Round 2: Sc 2 into each st (12)
  • Round 3: Sc 2 into every second st (18)
  • Round 4: Sc 2 into every third st (24)
  • Round 5:  Sc 2 into every fourth st (30)
  • Round 6: Sc 2 into every fifth st (36)
  • Round 7: Sc into every st (36)
  • Continue rounds of 36 for rounds 8-12
  • Round 13: Sc into 5 sts, dec. Repeat to end of round (30)
  • Round 14: Sc into 4 sts, dec. Repeat to end (24)
  • Round 15: Sc into 3 sts, dec. Repeat to end (18)
  • Round 16: Sc into 2 sts, dec. Repeat to end (12)
  • Begin stuffing as tightly as possible at this stage, if you haven’t been doing it already.
  • Round 17: Dec to end of round (6)
  • Using a yarn needle, sew the end together through the front loop only of each st around. Pull the yarn tight, and the hole will close naturally. Then weave in the ends.
For the wings (X2):
  • Decide on the placement of them, then pick up a stitch on the side of the body. Sc into it, then repeat on 4 more sts.
  • Ch 1, hdc in first st. Dc in 3 sts. Hdc in 1 st. FO.
For the tail (X7)
  • Find the middle of the body, pick up a stitch on the side of the body. Ch 5. FO.
  • Repeat twice on one row and 4 times on the row beneath it.
(In red yarn.)
Feet (X2)
  • Ch 6, hdc, slst, dc, slst, hdc. FO.
Beak
  • Ch 7, sc into 6 sts, dec at each end until one st remains. FO.
Comb (Optional)
  • Ch 8, dc and slst into third st, tc 3, slst and dc into last st. FO.
Sew on the feet, beak and comb onto the body using the whip stitch. Sew on eyes using the black yarn.
Aaaand done!
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Project update

I’m sorry I’ve been too busy to write a proper blog post, so I thought I’d show you some of the things I’ve made in the last few weeks 🙂

After the pokéball, I tried my hand at some more amigurumi. First I made a shark and narwhal.

Then I made this cow for my aunt’s birthday!

The patterns I used were from here (for fishies) and here (cow).

I also made three cowls, one of which is a moebius cowl with this pattern. I also used this pattern to make a big slouchy hat in the same colour. I’m quite happy with how it turned out!

At the moment, I’m knitting a chunky grey scarf out of a kit I was given from Aldi. It came complete with the correct needles and everything! As you can guess, I have been busy, so I hope you’ll forgive me for my absence from the blogosphere! 🙂

Crochet Scalloped Edges

This is a cute way of adding a little something to any project. Be it the tops of socks or the ends of hats, cardigans or scarves!

One scallop extends over 5 stitches.

  • At the beginning of your row, skip the first two stitches.
  • Do 5 double crochets into the third stitch.
  • Skip another 2 stitches and do a slip stitch.
  • Repeat this all the way down your row… AAAND you’re done!
I put it onto the edge of a hat. Happy crocheting!