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).

 

Spiced Apple Jam

Christmas is coming, so aside from the usual knitting and crocheting of gifts for people, I thought it would be nice to make some preserves as gifts for people. Nothing says “I’m thinking of you” like something you’ve invested time and effort into making yourself!

My grandad (and many others) absolutely love jams and jellies, so I thought this jam recipe was perfect for the Christmas season. I always associate apple and cinnamon scents with the festive season!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg Bramley (or crab) apples
  • 1 kg jam sugar (contains pectin)
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 tsp each of nutmeg and allspice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • If you have no nutmeg, allspice or cinnamon, 1 tbsp of mixed spice will do perfectly well.

NOTE: if you want to make jam quickly without delay, do step 8 in the hour the apples are stewing (step 4).

Recipe:

  1. Wash and core your apples and chop them into roughly the same sized pieces into a large pot.
  2. Squeeze lemon juice on apples to stop them going brown.
  3. Just cover apples with water and place the pot on the cooker over a high heat until it is brought to the boil.
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  5. Add sugar and spices over low heat until it has melted into the apple mixture.
  6. Raise the heat and test frequently to see if the jam has set, using a sugar thermometer or the cold plate method.
  7. 220°C is the setting temperature of jam. For the cold plate method, if you have no sugar thermometer, put a teaspoonful of jam on a plate that was in the freezer for 10 mins. Wait 15-20 seconds. If the jam wrinkles when pushed with the tip of your finger it has reached setting point.
  8. Place your jam into pre-sterilised jars. Washed jars placed in an oven at 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3 1/2 for 10 minutes, a hot cycle in the dishwasher or just Milton should do the trick (rinse in plenty of water after Milton sterilisation).
  9. Enjoy your home-made jam.

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Jar labels can be removed with methylated spirits or by placing in water for a while and peeling off.

I have made my own labels and material lid covers 🙂

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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 🙂

Amigurumi E.coli Pattern

I apologise in advance for this pattern, I didn’t keep a good count of the pattern as I was going, so it might not be exactly the same, but it’ll be close enough to resemble this pesky little coloniser!

You will need:

  • 4-4.5 mm crochet hook (US size 6-7 or G will do nicely).
  • Aran or worsted weight yarn in the colour of your choice.
  • Stuffing.
  • Tapestry needle.

Abbreviations:

  • sc = single crochet
  • st(s)= stitch(es)
  • Inc= increase
  • hdc= half double crochet
  • Dec= decrease
  • FO= fasten off
  • ch= chain

Pattern:

  • Make a magic circle with three sts on it (3)
  • Inc to 6 (make 2 scs in each sc)
  • 1 sc in 1st st, 2sc in 2nd and 3rd sts, continue to end. (10)
  • 1 sc in 1st st, 2 sc in 2nd st, continue to end. (15)
  • 1 sc in 1st and 2nd sts, 2 sc in 3rd st, continue to end. (20)
  • Use hdc around. (20)
  • Repeat hdc rows until you have a tube-like structure measuring about 7.5 cm (3 inches) in length.
  • Dec to 15 (1 sc in 1st and 2nd sts, dec with next st, continue to end)
  • Dec to 10 (1 sc in 1st st, dec with next st, continue to end)
  • If you haven’t been stuffing by now, stuff as much as you can now before the opening gets too narrow to fit anything in.
  • Dec to 6 (1 sc in 1st st, dec winext 2 sts, continue to end)
  • Dec to 3 (dec in every st around)
  • Sew closed and FO.
  • To make the flagellae, I just picked out stitches randomly from the tube of hdc stitches and ch 10 right there. I did about 3 a row, every second row until the end of the hdc tube. FO and weave in your ends.

Et voila

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DSCF6591If any of the instructions aren’t making sense, feel free to ask me any questions. As I said, I’m working off memory. I hope you enjoy making these 😀

Munich Reunion!

Last week, I travelled across the pond to my blogging compatriot, Ciara’s homestead in Munich, Germany. She was generous enough to have me squat in her apartment and bring me on adventures around the city. It was a fantastic week, and one I hope to repeat in the future, albeit a bit more relaxed the next time 😉

cropWhile I was there, we were able to get down to some knitting and crochet work to pass some of the colder evenings when we were just too tired from the day’s activities to do anything else.

Ciara made some adorable baby booties with blue bows as a gift, as per pattern here.

We did a joint crochet project for a Halloween bat decoration, which will be used for a Halloween party that Ciara will be hosting 🙂 It’s an adaptation of this pattern

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Finally, I made an amigurumi E.coli as a bit of a joke, because of our shared love of all things sciencey! I think I’ll make the E.coli pattern a separate post, just so there’s not too much text going on here. Hope you enjoy the little update!

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Quick and Easy Crochet Cowl

I got this pattern from Ravelry and it’s so easy you can bang one out in about 2-3 hours, depending on your own speed.

You will need Aran (worsted) weight yarn and a 6.5mm (Size K) crochet hook. Darning needle is also required.

I chained 81 for my own cowl, but you can make it longer or shorter by using any multiple of 4 plus an extra 1. By row 4 of the pattern, you should end up with this.

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Once completed, I used the whip stitch to make mine into a moebius, so it turned out like this. The full width of my cowl was made with 2 repeats of the pattern.

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