Four seasons quilt

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Teenie tiny teddies

I made these teddies to donate to a buddy bear programme. I made some last year which were a bit bigger. These are about 11cm tall and can easily fit in a pocket. They are quick and easy to make and a bit addictive. I'd like to be able to improve the features. It doesn't matter if I sew them after or before. They are not quite what I want. I have been using up my odd bits of wool to make these so it's been pretty handy like that.

3.25 needles
4 ply yarn

Four pieces:

The body and head
The two legs
One piece for both arms

Body :

Cast on 16 stitches
Knit 22-26 rows depending on how long you want the body.
Cast off

Legs - make two

Cast on 8 stitches
Knit 6 rows
Cast off


Cast on 18 stithces
Knit 6 rows
Cast off

For the arms and legs roll the pieces and stitch.
On the arms leave a long thread at one end.
Sew the body seam which is then in the middle at the back.
Sew across the top of the head and sew the ear shapes across the corners

Make a hole with pencil or scissors where arms will go. Thread the arm piece through the the body by pulling on the thread with a thick  sewing and easing it through.

Stuff head and body.
Sew the legs in place and close all seams at the bottom of the bear.
Make a little scarf.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Knitted baby pants

This video shows some nice baby pants to knit for a toddler. Our winter is in June so my baby pants are ready for my little grandson to be one. Luckily Instagram and my daughter like them. They took a while to knit because they were on 2.75 and 3.25 needles and I made them with Patons Bluebell . The video baby pants will be a bit quicker and, as always, once you have mastered the pattern you can change it to your own ideas and colours.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Knitted baby pants

knitted baby pants
I have been knitting baby pants for my little grandson for winter this year. He had some lovely blue and white striped pants as a new born and , of course, he has grown out of them. I am using 4 ply wool and 2.75 and 3.25 needles so they are taking a while. The pattern is not the same as the one I am sharing now but so similar. These monster pants are so cute. Mine have a turnover band at the top with thick elastic threaded through. The pattern I have had them knitted in garter stitch which would be a different look and produce thicker pants. Once you have a basic pattern you can do whatever you like!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Cute sheep beanie

The  baa-ble hat was the free pattern for Shetland Wool Week 2015. it's is so cute and the Shetland colours make it. You could use other colours, though You can get the free pattern here. If you are interested in the 2017 Sheep Wool Week beanie then you can find the pattern on the Shetland Wool Week site

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Crochet Christmas Characters

These Christmas characters are so cute. It might be a bit late to do them now for Christmas. depends what other things you need to do! These would make lovely gifts and super cute decorations. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

African flower crochet motif

african flower motif

 I used the African flower crochet motif to make two practice medallions in Christmas colours for the chicken challenge in our spinning group. We have to make a chicken door stop. It's just for fun. I have spun all the colours and then had to decide how I was going to make my chicken. I have decided to crochet it and then I thought using the African flowers ,which are often used for blankets an soccer balls, would be a good idea. I worked on two motifs and haven't decided yet whether I'll use both. I like the 5 colour one on the left. If I use both I'll have to put an extra round on the small one. There are written instructions for the soccer ball on crochetbug. CraftPassion also has written instructions so you can make a blanket or bag. It's a versatile motif. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Tunisian Crochet

This Tunisian crochet video by Bella Coco crochet is very easy to follow. Tunisian crochet creates fabric and so it is very versatile for hats, blankets, jackets and scarves. It does not take long to master and then you can try the two colour work.