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Campervan Travels Cushion goes supersize!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been itching to have a go at knitting the Campervan Travels Countryside Cushion in super chunky yarn on big needles, no change to the pattern size just BIG!

This is the outcome, knitted in a super chunky yarn on a pair of 10mm needles.  I’ve added a simple border and I’m now the happy (and slightly warmer) owner of a Campervan Travels Countryside Blanket!

If you want to have a go, the Cushion pattern is available here: Knitted Campervan Travels Countryside Cushion.

Just cast on 90 stitches and knit the Front section of the cushion.  Cast off after the last row of the Front and then work the borders as follows:

Border (I used 5 colours)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using 10mm needles and first contrast colour:

With right side facing pick up and knit 90 stitches evenly along one edge

Row 1 – (starting with wrong side facing) knit
Row 2 – (right side facing) k1, increase 1, k to last 2 stitches, increase 1, k1 (92 sts)
Row 3 – (starting with wrong side facing) knit
Row 4 – (right side facing) repeat row 2 (94 sts)
Break first contrast colour and join second
Rows 5 to 8 – Repeat rows 1 to 4 (98 sts)
Break second contrast and join third
Rows 9 to 12 – Repeat rows 1 to 4 (102 sts)
Break third contrast and join fourth
Rows 13 to 16 – Repeat rows 1 to 4 (106 sts)
Break fourths contrast and join fifth.
Cast off in fifth colour then fasten off and work in any loose ends.

Repeat Border instructions for remaining 3 sides.
Stitch corners of each border section together and work in any loose ends.

Campervan Wheels
I crocheted my campervan wheels using a 6mm hook and Super Chunky yarn:

Using 6mm hook and dark grey work 2ch
Round 1 – Work 6dc into 1st chain (6 sts)
Round 2 – work 2dc into each stitch x 6 (12 sts)
Round 3 – work (2dc into 1st st, 1dc into next st) x 6 (18 sts)
slip stitch into next stitch then fasten off and work in any loose ends.
Repeat for second wheel.

Don’t worry if you can’t crochet, just use oversized buttons or felt to make your wheels.

Don’t forget to post a photo over on our Facebook page if you decide to give it a go!

Happy knitting 🙂

 

Holly & Snowflake swap their winter dresses for Halloween Costumes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween is almost here and Holly and Snowflake are getting ready to go out trick or treating.  They’ve decided that their Holly and Snowflake dresses aren’t quite right for the occasion and have asked me to make them some new costumes. They both wanted to be witches and as they are the best of friends they were keen to have similar outfits.  Holly has gone for Midnight Blue with Green and Snowflake opted for Midnight Blue and Purple.  Of course no self respecting witch would be seen without her hat so I’ve made them one of those each too.  After a rummage around the garden for some twigs I also managed to magic up a couple of broomsticks!

So girls, you’re good to go!  Have fun and happy Halloween, don’t get up to too much mischief!

If you’d like to make these dolls, their original pattern is available here: The Winter Fairies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are the instructions for their new dresses:

Materials
Oddments of Double Knitting weight yarn in colours of your choice (I used Navy Blue for the main part of the dress and then two shades of green for Snowflake’s Dress and two shade of purple for Holly’s.
4mm crochet hook
A few twigs for the brooms

Abbreviations (Please note, I am based in the UK and use UK terms)
ch – chain
dc – double crochet (this is a US Single Crochet)
st/s – stitch/stitches
ss – slip stitch

Dress
Using 4mm hook and Navy work 4ch
Row 1 – 2dc into 2nd from hook, 1dc, 2dc into last ch, turn (5sts)
Row 2 – 1ch, 2dc into 1st st, 3dc, 2dc into last st, turn (7sts)
Row 3 – 1ch, 2dc into 1st st, 5dc, 2dc into last st, turn (9sts)
Row 4 – 1ch, 2dc into 1st st, 7dc, 2dc into last st , Don’t turn, work 7ch, ss into 1st dc of row to form a circle (11sts plus 7ch)
You will now be working in rounds.
Round 5 – 1dc into each st and each ch (18sts)
Round 6 to 9 – 1dc into each st (18sts)
Round 10 – 2dc, 20ch, (1dc into each of next 2dc, 20ch) x 8, ss into 1st dc and fasten off Navy
Join first contrast colour to 1st dc in any 2dc group.
Round 11 – 1dc into same st as ch, 1dc, 20ch, (1dc into each of next 2dc, 20ch) rpt to end, ss into 1st dc and fasten off.
Round 12 to 13 – Repeat last row twice more, once in 2nd contrast colour and once in Navy
Fasten off and work in any loose ends.
Dress Ties

Using 4mm hook and Navy work 10 ch then ss across 3sts at top of dress, work a further 10ch.
Fasten off and work in any loose ends.

Hat
Using 4mm hook and Navy work 2ch,
Round 1 – 3dc into 1st ch (3sts)
Round 2 – 2dc into each st (6sts)
Round 3 – 1dc into each st (6sts)
Round 4 – (1dc into next st, 2dc into next st) x 3 (9sts)
Round 5 – 1dc into each st (9sts)
Round 6 – (1dc into next 2 sts, 2dc into next st) x 3 (12sts)
Round 7 – 1dc into each st (12sts)
Round 8 – (1dc into next 3 sts, 2dc into next st) x 3 (15sts)
Round 9 – 1dc into each st (15sts)
Round 10 – (1dc into next 2 sts, 2dc into next st) x 5 (20sts)
Round 11 – 1dc into each st (20sts)
Round 12 – (1dc into next 3 sts, 2dc into next st) x 5 (25sts)
Round 13 – 1dc into next 2 sts, 2dc into next st, (1dc into next 4 sts, 2dc into next st) x 4, 2dc (30sts)
Round 14 – (1dc into next 5 sts, 2dc into next st) x 5 (35sts)
Round 15 – 1dc into next 3 sts, 2dc into next st, (1dc into next 6 sts, 2dc into next st) x 4, 3dc (30sts)
Round 16 – slip stitch into each dc around the brim.
Fasten off and work in any loose ends.
To make the hatband work 15 chain in a contrast colour then slip stitch into 1st ch to form a ring. Fasten off and work in any loose ends. Stitch in place.

Broom

Cut a thicker twig to your required length and then tie smaller twigs around the base using one of your contrast colours.

Now you’re ready to fly! Happy Halloween!

If you would like to print out the dress pattern, please click here: Holly & Snowflake Halloween Costume

Please feel free to share a photo with us over on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SlightlySheepish/

A Festival Blanket for Glastonbury

I’ve taken a short break from my knitting needles and crochet hook to enable me to blow the dust off my sewing machine and engineer myself a Festival Blanket! I say engineer because I kept thinking of things to add to it. The result will no doubt make me look completely ridiculous (hubby thinks I look like an over grown Quality Street), however, I don’t care because I’ll be warm, dry and ridiculous!

Here is the result. Can you think of any more “useful” additions?

So far:
I can sit on it like any ordinary picnic blanket (it has a waterproof fabric on one side and fleece on the other)


I can wear it like some crazed super hero cape


I can zip the lower part up so my legs don’t get cold/wet


I can sit in it (sort of like a sleeping bag – I’ll have to stop hubby placing me in it upside down!)


I have pockets which just happen to be the right size for a tinny or two  
but can also act as mittens or even sleeves (they are a folded piece of fabric which I didn’t stitch along the base.


Oh, and I almost forgot – it has a hood too with toggles so I can batten down the hatches.

I guess that now I’ve created this blanket it will be nothing but glorious sunshine.
Never mind eh?! 

I’ll “test drive” my blanket at Glastonbury and if it behaves in the right way I’ll post up “how to make your own festival blanket” on the blog so keep watching!

Chubby Dub Crochet Pattern for a Diddy Campervan

This little Chubby Dub Campervan may only be diddy but he’s got character!

He measures approximately 10cm (4 inches) long and 6cm (just over 2 inches) tall.

To make him you’ll need:

Materials:
4mm crochet hook
oddments of Double Knitting yarn (I used three colours: Red, White and Grey).
a small amount of stuffing
two small buttons for headlamps (mine measured 1cm/just under 1/2 inch)
2 small orange beads for indicators
1 small ring for a badge (I used jewellery findings)
4 buttons for wheels (2.5 cm/7/8th inch)

Abbreviations
(Please note: I am based in the UK and this pattern is written using UK terminology which differs from U.S. crochet terms)

ch – chain
dc – double crochet (this is the same as U.S. single crochet)
st/s – stitch/stitches
tog – together
bl – back loops – this refers to the two loops lying on top of your stitch, the back loop is the one furthest from you
Ldtr – this refers to a long double treble (a double treble is the same as a U.S. treble).  It overlays on top of your work and instructions are shown further on in the pattern.

Instructions (in U.K. terms)

Using 4mm hook and White (W), work 12ch.
(You will be working in rounds from now on, no need to turn your work or slip stitch unless stated otherwise.  When changing colour, work the last yarn over of the stitch prior to the change in your new colour)

start with 12ch

Round 1 – work 3dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into each of next 9ch, 6dc into last ch, now, working down opposite side of ch: 1dc into each of next 9ch, 3dc into last ch (30sts)

Round 2 – 2dc into each of next 2sts, 11dc, 2dc into each of next 4sts, 11dc, 2dc into each of next 2 sts (38sts)

round 2 complete

Round 3 – 2dc, 2dc into each of next 2sts, 12dc, 2dc into each of next 2sts, 3dc, 2dc into each of next 2sts, 12dc, 2dc into each of next 2sts, 1dc (46sts).  Place a marker at the end of this round.

place a marker (just a small length of yarn is fine)

Round 4 – 44dc working last yarn over in Grey (there are actually 46sts but you only need to work 44 on this round)


Round 5 – 4dcGbl (bl stands for Back of Loops), 1dcW, 2dcW into next st, 1dcW, 14dcGbl, 2dcW into next st, 6dcGbl, 2dcW into next st, 14dcGbl, 1dcW, 2dcW into next st, 1dcW (50sts)

working grey stitches into the back loops and white stitches as usual

end of round 5

Round 6 – 5dcG, 3dcW, (1dcW, 1dcG) into next st, 14dcG, 2dcW into next st, 7dcG, 2dcW into next st, 14dcG, (1dcG, 1dcW) into next st, 3dcW (54sts)

Round 7 – 6dcG, 2dcW, 2dcW into next st, dc2togG, 14dcG, 2dcW into next st, 8dcG, 2dcW into next st, 14dcG, dc2togG, 2dcW into next st, 2dcW (56sts)
Break Grey and continue in White

Round 8 – 6dcbl, 4dc, (4dcbl, 1Ldtr) twice (Ldtr is a long double treble – see photos below for instruction), 5dcbl, 2dc, 8dcbl, 2dc, 5dcbl, (1Ldtr, 4dcbl) twice, 4dc working last yarn over in Main Colour (56sts)

work Ldtr into 5th loop

To work long double treble: yarn over twice, insert hook through 5th loop as shown, pick up yarn and pull through, (yarn over, pull through first 2 loops on hook) three times so you’re left with one loop again.

Break White and continue in Main Colour

Round 9 – ss into 1st st, 55dc (56sts)

round 9, slip stitch into 1st stitch

Round 10 – 1dc into ss of previous round, 55dc (56sts)


Round 11 to 13 – 56dc per round (56sts)

end of round 13

Round 14 – work a further 6dc working the last yarn over in Grey, break Main Colour and continuing in Grey, ss into back loop of next st.

round 14 starts with 6dc in main colour and 1 slip stitch in grey

Working in Back Loops of all stitches on this round: dc2tog twice, 15dc, dc2tog twice, 5dc, dc2tog twice, 15dc, dc2tog twice, 4dc (48sts)

end of round 14 and ready to start round 15

Round 15 – working 1st st into ss of previous round: 1dc, dc3tog, 14dc, dc3tog, 4dc, dc3tog, 14dc, dc3tog, 3dc (40sts)

Round 16 – dc2tog x 2, 11dc, dc2tog x 2, 1dc, dc2tog x 2, 11dc, dc2tog x 2, 1dc (32sts)

Round 17 – dc3tog, 10dc, dc3tog x 2, 10dc, dc3tog (24sts)

Round 18 – dc2tog, 9dc, dc3tog, 9dc, dc2tog (20sts)

round 18 finished, ready to sew up your campervan and add some bling!

Fasten off, stuff and then stitch closed.

Now for the fun bit!  Stitch on the wheels, button lights, bead indicators and maybe a little ring for the badge. I added a row of chain stitches front and back for the bumpers.

If you fancy a flower power camper, why not add some embellishments!

We’d love to see what you’ve made so please share a photo of your finished Chubby Dub Campervan with over on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SlightlySheepish/

If you’d like to download the FREE pattern instructions for this little fella, please click the following link to enter our shop, he’s in the crochet patterns section: The Slightly-Sheepish Shop (these instructions are written only, no photographs).

Half Price patterns for May Day 2017!

Just for today we are offering HALF PRICE on all our knitting, sewing and crochet patterns so if you’d like to create a little woolly DubLuv and make your own Campervan or Beetle inspired goodies, please come and have a browse around our store:

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Offer ends at midnight on 1st May 2017!

 

Easter Egg Hunt Crochet Along ( CAL )

My friend Emma and I have been working on a crochet along for Thomas B. Ramsden, the name behind Wendy, Robin and Peter Pan yarns.  Our theme is based around an Easter Egg Hunt.  Between us we’ve come up with patterns to make Chick, Rabbit and Flower themed baskets to collect eggs in. We have rabbit and chick themed headbands for your kids to wear whilst hunting down those elusive chocolate treats (or wear one yourself if you feel like releasing your inner child).  There are little covers for Cadbury’s chocolate eggs (I’m sure you can guess the theme by now) and a Big Bunny Toy  which can also be made to hold a larger Cadbury hollow egg.

The patterns use Wendy Robin Double knitting yarn which comes in a wonderful array of colours (we chose some really bright ones).  The yarn is really well priced and available from many retailers here in the UK. The pattern is free to download so if you’d like to join in with the Easter CAL over the next six weeks just follow this link: TBRamsden’s Easter CAL

Have fun and happy crocheting!

 

Can’t knit on short needles because you knit with a needle under one arm?

I’ve always been very envious of Sock Knitters. “Why would that be?” I hear you ask.  It’s because I cannot (no matter how hard I try) knit on short needles therefore, circular needles, DPNs and anything knitted “in the round” are like tantalising fruit, just out of my reach!
I have finally created a contraption which has enabled me to construct my first sock – in the round! Hoorah!
If, like me, you knit with a long needle firmly stuffed under on arm then this easily made contraption may be of use to you too.
All it is is a piece of FIMO clay formed into a roll of approximately 5cm long and 1.5cm wide. I pushed a hole into one end with a redundant 9mm needle and at the other with my double pointed needle.

I then baked the clay hard in the oven (having removed the needles first!) and hey presto! One needle adapter created!


I can now happily keep the long needle under my arm swapping the DPNs into the hole at the other end as I work my rounds. Yay! One happy person!

Imagine the fun of making brightly coloured FIMO adapters!
I hope this helps other “underarm” knitters who are frustrated at not being able to knit in the round at the same speed they knit normally!

Snowflake and Holly, The Winter Fairies

So, we’re on the run up to Christmas and the Winter Fairies are very excited about it!  They are both hoping to find new Christmas Trees to live in this winter, preferably in a warm and cosy home.  If you’d like Snowflake or Holly to come and live with you this festive season you can find their crochet patterns over on our website.

Holly’s Fairy wings

They are simple to make from just a few oddments of double knitting yarn.

Holly has a dress of holly leaves and berries whilst Snowflake has, well yes, you’ve already guessed, a snowflake dress.  Maybe you can come up with your own festive fairy.  Please be sure to share a photo over on our Facebook page!

Party on Girls!

‘Tis the season for partying so Anna-May and Elsa-Beth have cast aside their winter woollies in favour of party dresses, new shoes, bags and of course a wrap so they don’t get completely frozen!

This knitting pattern is available FREE throughout December 2016 when you purchase the knitting pattern for the dolls,  “Here Come the Girls” (£1.99) and will be added to your basket automatically, so, get those needles flying and have some fun!  Don’t forget to share photos of Anna-May and Elsa-Beth over on our Facebook page.

The “Here Come the Girls” doll pattern contains instructions for the basic dolls along with patterns for the jumpers, boots, coats and trousers. Oh, and just to make sure they are respectable when they go out, some underwear!

Both the “Here Come the Girls” and the “Party on Girls” patterns use oddments of Double knitting yarn and 3mm & 3.75mm knitting needles.

Happy Halloween! Trick or Treat?

I wanted to crochet something for Halloween but like the idea of making it useful as well as decorative.

Here is the result…..looks pretty straightforward doesn’t it?  Just a pretty ordinary Witch’s hat?

Aha! But it has a secret!

witches-hat

Just lift up the top and you have a crocheted bowl, the perfect place to hide your Trick or Treat sweets and candy!

witches-hat-with-sweets-and-extras

I didn’t want to stop at the hat so I’ve crocheted up a few Spooky decorations too.

How about a spider and web?

spider

Or a Pumpkin?

pumpkin

Perhaps something a little more Bat like?

bat

Or a pair of googly eyes?!

eyeballs

If you’d like to have a go at making your own crocheted Halloween decorations the pattern is available here: Witch’s Hat Pattern

Thomas B Ramsden and the Advent Christmas Tree Crochet Along CAL

I spent a slightly surreal July in a very hot conservatory crocheting Christmas Decorations!  Why would you do that I hear you ask?!  I was actually working on a design for a company local to me (Thomas B Ramsden).  They wanted to create a crochet along (CAL), their first ever, and this one has a very seasonal flavour, a Christmas Tree complete with Angels, Gifts, Holly, Crackers, Snowflakes, Bells, Snowmen and Candy Canes!

I’m pleased to say that they have now started the FREE pattern releases so that you can join in the fun!  Here is the link for you: Christmas Tree CAL

Crochet a gorgeous Merino Christmas Tree with TBRamsden's CAL

Crochet a gorgeous Merino Christmas Tree with TBRamsden’s CAL

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I have a few yarn packs left from my recent trip to Yarndale so if you’d like on of those, just click here: Advent Tree CAL Yarn Packs

Happy crocheting!

Who’s hoping for minions of Easter eggs? (Day 4)

This is the final post on making a crocheted Minion to hide your secret Easter Egg chocolate stash in!

An Eggcellent way to hide a secret chocolate Easter Egg!

An Eggcellent way to hide a secret chocolate Easter Egg!

Today we’re making his arms and finishing off.

If you’d like to catch up, Day 1 tells you everything you need to know about materials and abbreviations. The posts are here:

Day 1 – Lower body

Day 2 – Head, eyes and goggles

Day 3 – Feet and legs

Here we go!

PLEASE NOTE: I’m based in the UK and use UK terminology for my crochet.

Arms – make 2

Using 4mm hook and 1 strand of Yellow work 2ch

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Row 1 – 3dc into 1st ch, turn

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Row 2 – 1ch, 2dc into 1st st, 1dc, 2dc into last st, turn (5dc)

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Row 3 – 1ch, 2dc into 1st st, 3dc, 2dc into last st, turn (7dc)

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Row 4 – 1ch, 2dc into 1st st, 5dc, 2dc into last st. Don’t turn, slip stitch into the top of the 1st dc and continue in rounds from now on (9dc)

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Round 5 to 19 – work 9dc per round

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Fasten off and work in any loose ends.

Hands – make 2

Using 4mm hook and black join to any stitch on round last round of Arm.

Round 1 and 2 – 1ch, 1dc into each st, ss into 1st st (9sts)

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Fingers

Row 1 – 1ch, 3dc, turn (3sts)

Row 2 – 1ch, 2dc into 1st st, 1dc, 2dc into last st, turn (5sts)

Row 3 – 1ch, 5dc, turn (5sts)

Row 4 – 1ch, dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog (3sts)

Row 5 – 1ch, dc3tog

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Fasten off

Make 2 more fingers using the remaining 6 stitches from round 2.

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Fold each finger in half, lengthwise and stitch.

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Fasten off and work in any loose ends.

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Stitch the arms to the body – no need to stuff!

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Stitch a button to the end of each strap and secure to the top of the Front Bib.

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Stitch a mouth. You get to choose an expression!

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Hair

Using 4mm hook and 1 strand Black

Work 6ch, ss into 2nd ch from hook, ss into each ch to end. Repeat 4 more times.

Fasten off and stitch to top of head.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed making your Minion but what will you keep in yours?

Make sure you share some pictures with us over on Facebook and Pinterest!

Thank you 🙂

 

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