Saturday, 3 May 2014

Mother's Day Gift Idea: Sexy Pexy Coasters

I've just made this colourful coaster.  What do you think?
It would be a lovely gift for Mother's Day, wouldn't it?
Well, actually, it was meant to be 3 separate pentagonal Mug Rugs, but I didn't like the look of it.  So I joined up the pentagons using a kind of Blanket Stitch... and it's become a lovely coaster... or vase mat... or large mug rug... whatever :-)
It's a lovely project for using up scraps. That's just what I did.

Sexy Pentagons

You'll need 5  complimenting shades of yarn (A, B, C, D & E).
I used DK wool with a 4mm crochet hook. 
The pattern begins here:
With Colour A, ch 6 and join to form a ring.
(2tr, 2ch) x 4 into the ring.  Fasten off.
With Colour B, join into any 2ch space. (2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into each 2ch space. Fasten off.
With Colour C, join into any 2ch space.  *(2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into 2ch space. 2tr into the space between the 2tr on previous round. 1 tr into each of next 2 sts.*  Repeat from *to* till the end.  Fasten off.
With Colour D, join into any 2ch space.  3dc into the space, 1 dc into each st.  Continue to end.  Fasten off.
Make 2 more pentagons with these colour sequences:
2.  DBAC
3.  BCDA
Joining crochet motifs using Blanket Stitch
  1. With +- 2m of Colour E, thread a blunt needle.
  2. Place 2 pentahons side by side, with right side facing.
  3. Locate middle dc from any of the corner spaces.  Insert needle through both loops of that stitch and secure.
  4. Working from the front, insert needle into that same stitch and out of the corresponding stitch of the 2nd pentagon, keeping the working thread BELOW the needle as it exits.  Pull slightly to complete.
  5. Still working from the front, insert needle in next stitch of 1st pentagon and out of next stitch of 2nd pentagon, keeping working thread below needle as it exits.
  6. Continue around the coaster, joining next pentagon when required.  You'll have to fasten off at some point and re-join to complete the unworked sections.
Like it?  Please share!

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

A tisket, a tasket... A Crochet Towel Basket

Crochet Towel Basket + Deramores Blog Awards

Hello lovely readers,

As usual, I wish the highest levels of peace and tranquillity upon you.

Today's share has a little tale behind it.  Last November, we took a little time off work / school and spent a few days in Ballito, a wonderfully beautiful coastal town about 40km north of Durban.  It was Little Man's very first holiday(!) and it was our first holiday away in about 5 years... Thus, we all totally deserved it!  My brother, whom you may have noticed I  utterly adore, had just done his exams so was also in need of some R&R, so along he came too.

While my little family was occupied with the thrill of having the most fabulous beach within walking distance of the holiday apartment, my brother, it seemed, was more occupied with the thrill of having a very tastefully-decorated bedroom!  A basket on a little table at the foot of the bed was what took his fancy.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Crochet Hounstooth Pattern

I'd like to share a Work in Progress today...
A few months ago, I began working on a crochet bag made entirely in the classic Hounstooth pattern.
I began by preparing a black rectangular base to the size I was comfy with (approximately 30cm x 15cm) and simply 'grew' the bag upwards by not increasing any more.  I then incorporated the Houndstooth stitch pattern (see below).
Although in hindsight I realise that preparing the base separately from the sides would have: