Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Crocheted Baby Headband


I thought'd pop this little headband up on here because I was so pleased with how it turned out!

I started with a foundation chain of 68, then 1 row of trebles, joined it up into a circle, then just did a row of shell edging (4 trebles in one space, miss a space then anchor it with a slip stitch in the next space, miss another space then repeat the 4 trebles) along the top and bottom.

The flower was made-up by crocheting 10 trebles into a 3-chain circle and then alternating 4 trebles in one space and a slip stitch in the next five times to make the five little petals. 

For the leaves I just made a chain of 7 and worked a slip stitch, double, half tr, tr x2, half tr, and then a double and carried on from there to make another one. I just tried stitches until it looked about the right size and then used the ends to sew everything together.

Happy crocheting my lovelies! 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

A Rainbow Ripple Blanket

I've been rippling again, delicious interlocking colour-blocky rippleyness. This one is another baby/toddler sized blanket like the one that I've posted here before. The wool is Stylecraft Special DK which works brilliantly for this blanket as it can be thrown in with a standard wash and tumbled dried. I was worried about whether it would be soft enough for a baby but it's perfect even after (what feels like) constant washing for the past 8 weeks.

Pattern: The Neat Ripple Pattern from Attic24

So much happiness in one picture      ❤  It doesn't get better than sleeping babies and rainbows

I know that my blogging has been more than a little irregular this year, thank you for sticking with me, I really appreciate it. I've been crafting like a crazy person in that time (and creating my very own miniature person) so I have lots of posts coming soon.

Best Wishes

Laura xxx

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Olivia's Ripple Blanket

A crochet finish!!

For this baby blanket I started with a foundation chain of 140 +3 and the end size is about 32 x 38".
I don't know how big crib blankets should be but I just kept going until it looked long enough.

(Neat Ripple Pattern from Attic24)

Wool is all Stylecraft Special DK in the colours above.

I probably have about 15-20g of each colour leftover and a tiny bit of the silver, so six balls were plenty to complete a blanket of this size.

I had planned to do a fancy shmancy border with scallops and different colours but after straightening the top and bottom and one round of edging in the silver I was really happy with how it looked and didn't want to risk spoiling it by doing more. As its just a small blanket I think the one row of trebles ties it all together nicely and makes it look definitely finished.

And now its finally ready to be shipped off to my beautiful new baby niece on the other side of the world and I'm a little sad to see it go. But its lovely to think that there will be a little baby putting it to good use, I hope that she'll be cosy and warm wrapped up in it.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week,

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Pink Pinwheel Quilt

I have a finished quilt!

I have loved making this quilt. It's been nice to try a more traditional style with proper blocks and sashing, which were both firsts for me, and the fact that it is pink and flowery just makes me happy! It has been so long since I finished a quilt that I had honestly forgotten how long it can take, and I was seriously flagging by the time I had got to the binding! But this one was bundled up and given to our friends and their beautiful baby girl on Sunday morning and all of the time spent felt like it had been worth it (plus I got loads of sleepy baby cuddles). Totally the motivation I needed to get finishing more WIPs.

I struggled for a while when deciding how to quilt it, I had originally started to quilt an outline for each block but it looked a little odd and harsh for such a sweet quilt so I went with a free motion doodle style quilting and think it looks cute and softens the solid lines a little.

Ahh, pink gingham binding and a hand-sewn label - love  ♥ ♥ 

I went with the contrasting sashing after remembering this quilt from Denyse Schmidt's book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration for. It's a lovely book, I got it the Christmas before last after eyeing up the orange peel quilt online but fell in love with this hand tied one as soon as I opened it up and have been obsessed with it ever since.

Here it is finished; as usual I had left sewing on the label until the last minute and we ended up having to leave in a rush so I didn't get a great picture, and it was a truly miserable grey day outside, but I'll never learn.

The pinwheels are made from two 5" squares sewn around the four edges and sliced on the diagonal through the middle, then set in another square. The blocks ended up being 7.5 inches each so with sashing and borders it finished at about 44 x 54 inches; perfect for baby and toddler snuggling.

Now time for bed, I have another overdue baby quilt to work on in the morning - I hope you have a super week