Oh you’ve got to love those colours together.. reminds me of spring and summer and fresh air and sunshine. These were the colours I used for a set of Pot Holders as one of my final projects for the homewares section of the International Diploma in Crochet Part 1. Made in 100% cotton and same two colours for the set but in different textured patterns throughout.
The inspiration for these hotpads/potholders came from a few different sources, I am sure you can tell this one was the start of the Elements CAL blanket available on Raverly I just loved the texture of this one, and one day I will progress to a whole blanket! The other potholders include a Tunisian checked pattern, a mitred two colour square and another of my favourites is the one that looks like hearts, (well I think they do) crocheted with two yarns at the same time. A great video tutorial by simply daisy is available on YouTube and was the inspiration for this one. I really like them all but they are way too nice to use in the kitchen so at the moment , just for show !
These all passed the assessment with flying colours I am glad to say. I made a poncho for another of the projects and included a few rows of broomstick lace . I love how the graduation of colour enhances the whole design too. The pattern was by Drops yarns available free on their website, pattern 168-13. The yarn I purchased was a budget yarn, but again so lovely to work with and so soft and chunky. The pattern is also charted which I much prefer. So here is my lovely daughter modelling it for me (after several bribes aka Proseccos’ of course) .
Finally I submitted a design of my own using a fashion yarn called Superwool by Universal Yarn Inc. Its is super stretchy and very thick, so I designed this chunky triangle cushion with lots of yarn twiddly bits to add a quirky element . I used three colours and an 8mm hook, with a crab stitch to join the segments.
So that’s all my final projects done, I just have to knuckle down and do the written work now, which includes some multichoice questions and a report to write. Time to really focus and nail this part 1 of the diploma. I have learned so much already doing the diploma and so much has happened in my life since I started it but I really will be glad to get it finished and hopefully pass the final hurdle. Thank you for reading about my diploma makes and thanks too for your encouragement along the way!
Well, I am sorry to say I have neglected my blog for a little while, on the positive side I have completed so many projects, Yay! also started new ones and added lots of inspirational makes to my To-Do list – I just can’t keep up!
I have also managed to write up a pattern for a cute Christmas make.
So firstly, a quick round-up of the finished projects. ( Is’nt it a great feeling when you get a project finished, nothing like it!) in my last post I mentioned a poncho I was making for my sons Birthday in December, this was a lovely make, a free pattern from Two of Wands, Ravelry shop twoofwands. I adapted slightly so that the neckline was not quite so low and used my sons’ favourite colours. So many ends to sew in! But it’s so him, I don’t think he will take it off once he gets it!
Have you ever tried making crochet baskets?, I am totally smitten with them after finding a lovely pattern by Mijocrochet called doubledouble baskets. I made up a few to show the ladies at the crochet class I teach and then made a square one just for the fun of it. The way this pattern is designed, means you don’t have to stiffen them as the double outer wall helps them retain their shape beautifully.
A few Stashbuster projects
Looking at the amount of yarn I have accumulated I have been focusing on projects to stash bust, that was the theory behind the poncho I made, although it didn’t actually use as much as I thought it would. The next stash buster project I tackled was this bright cushion, which hubby has already claimed as his own. Make lots of triangles and join together, with a few rounds of Linked Treble (UK Terms) stitches to complete, easy peasy and so satisfying as really quick to make up.
What do you do with all those little leftover last dregs of yarn? not quite enough for a full project but if you’re like me, you just cannot bear to throw away. Another great find from Pinterest this time, for a bright wall hanging, more for a little bit of fun than a serious make. I am still trying to find the ideal place to hang this one so that I can look at it and let it brighten my day when I do.
Tea Light Candle Holder Pattern
I finally put pen to paper and wrote up this simple candle holder pattern available here as a free PDF download if you would like to give it a go. The candle holders are ideal for the festive season, shown here with glass inserts.
They also look lovely without the glass, using the imitation battery operated candles (much safer and advisable if not using glass inserts). I made mine using 100% cotton yarn and stiffened them with PVA glue and water by covering the glass first with cling film and using a foam brush to apply the stiffener. Leave in a warm place to dry completely.
Let me know how you get on with the pattern, I have tested it a few times so hopefully no errors! Until next Time Happy Crafting!