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 🙂

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 😀

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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Snowball Scarf

If, like me, you HATE being cold in winter, this little project is a quick and easy must for you to do!

What you need:

  • Snowball (Scarf-In-A-Ball) wool 200 g in whatever colour you like
  • 8 mm (UK 0/US 11) needles
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
Pattern:
  1. Before you begin, cut off 10 strips of wool, 4 baubles in length each for fringing  when you finish the scarf.
  2. Make 5 stitches. To cast on, make loops with the thin part of the wool, twisting them around the needles twice.
  3. 1st row, knit stitch using thin section A for the first stitch, B for the second stitch, etc  (below)
  4. 2nd row, purl in the same way as above.
  5. Repeat these two rows to the end of the wool, leaving at least one thin section of wool free for fastening off.
  6. Secure the fringes you made earlier to the scarf at each of the 5 stitches still on the needle and attach the other 5 to the thin sections between the baubles at the cast on the edge (as below).                                                                                                       
  7. Sew the last thin section of wool into the base of the last stitch and the thin section at the beginning of the cast on row into the first stitch.
And there you have it!
Apologies for my makeshift diagrams. All I had to work with was MS Paint!

Amigurumi Pokéball

This is a great pattern which I found on WolfDreamer’s blog. It’s a great way if, like me, you’re starting with the basics of amigurumi.

What you need:

  • Aran (worsted) weight yarn in white, black and red.
  • Any crochet hook between 4.25 and 4.75mm. (I used 4.5mm).
  • Stuffing for the pokéball. (I used the ends of balls of yarn from previous projects).
  • Darning/yarn needle.
Pattern:
-For the ball
  • Round 1: Starting in red, make a magic ring with 6 sc [Image 1] (6)
  • Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
  • Round 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (18)
  • Round 4: sc in next 2sc, 2 sc in next sc around (24)
  • Round 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (30)
  • Round 6: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (36)
  • Round 7: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (42)
  • Round 8 & 9: sc in each sc around [Image 2]. Change to black yarn in last stitch of round 9 (or the join ss if joining rounds) (42)
  • Round 10 & 11: sc in each sc around. Change to white yarn in last stitch of round 11 [Image 3] (42)
  • Round 12 & 13: sc in each sc around (42)
  • Round 14: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc tog around (36)
  • Round 15: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc tog around (30)
  • Round 16: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc tog around (24)
Start stuffing your ball as tightly as possible at this point, and continue doing so as you go along.
  • Round 17: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc tog around (18)
  • Round 18: sc in next sc, 2 sc tog around (12)
  • Round 19: 2 sc tog around (6)
F/O leaving a tail. Finish stuffing the ball as tightly as possible. Thread the tail through the last round and pull tightly to close [Image 4].
– For the button
  • With the black yarn, make a magic circle with 7 sc (7)
  • 2 sc in each sc around (14)
  • F/O
  • With the white yarn, make a magic circle with 7 sc (7)
  • F/O
  • Sew the white button onto the black button and then sew those onto the black line in the centre of your now finished pokéball!