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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 🙂

 

Who’s hoping for Minions of Easter Eggs?! (Day 3)

This is part 3 of the instructions on how to make this little blue and yellow guy.

Minion Easter Egg Holder

He’s very well trained in helping you hide your secret Easter Egg chocolate stash.

An Eggcellent way to hide a secret chocolate Easter Egg!

An Eggcellent way to hide a secret chocolate Easter Egg!

Here are the links if you’ve missed the previous posts, Day 1 (Lower Body), Day 2 (Head, Eyes and Goggles).

Today we’re making his feet and legs.

Please note – I’m based in the UK and use UK crochet terminology.  You can see a list of abbreviations on the post for Day 1.

Feet & Legs – make 2

Using 4mm hook and 2 strands Black work 11 ch

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Round 1 – 2dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1dc into each of next 2ch, 1htr into each of next 3ch, 3tr into each of next 3tr, 6tr into last ch, working along opposite side of chain, 3tr, 3htr, 2dc, 2dc into last ch, ss to top of 1st st (26sts)

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Round 2 – 1ch, 1dc, 2dc into next st, 10dc, 2dc into next st, 1dc, 2dc into next st, 10dc, 2dc into last st, ss into 1st st (30sts)

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Place the piece onto card and draw around it.

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Cut the card inside the line so that it is slightly smaller than your crocheted piece then put aside until later.

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Round 3 – 1ch, 1dc into back loop of each st, ss into 1st st (30sts)

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Round 4 – 1ch, 9dc, dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog, 2dc, dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog, 9dc, ss into 1st st (26sts)

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Round 5 – 1ch, 5dc, dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog x 2, 1dc, dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog, 5dc, ss into 1st st (20sts)

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Round 6 – 1ch, 4dc, dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog, 2dc, dc2tog, 1dc, dc2tog, 4dc, ss into 1st st (16sts)

Fasten off and insert card.

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Legs

Using 4mm hook and 2 strands Blue join yarn to back of foot.

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Round 1 – 1ch, 1dc into same space, 1dc into each st, ss into 1st st (16sts)

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Round 2 – 1ch, 1dc into each st, ss into 1st st (16sts)

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Round 3 – 1ch, (3dc, 2dc into next st) x 4, ss into 1st st (20sts)

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Fasten off, work in any loose ends and stuff firmly.

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Stitch to base of your Minion

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That’s it for now.  The next post will show you how to make his hands and arms and how to finish him.  See you then!

Who’s hoping for Minions of Easter Eggs?! (Day 2)

This little chap is highly trained in subterfuge and able to cunningly disguise the fact that he is on a secret mission to keep my teenagers from finding my (did I say it’s MY?) chocolate Easter Egg!

Continuing on from my previous post this is the second part of the instructions on how to make him.  Day 1 tells you all the information you need regarding materials and also lists the abbreviations (I’m based in the UK and use UK terminology for my crochet).

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This time we’ll be making the Head, Eyes and Goggles.

Here we go!

Using 5mm hook and 2 strands Yellow work 2ch

Round 1 – 6dc into 1st ch

Round 2 – 2dc into each dc x 6 (12sts)

Round 3 – (1dc, 2dc into next st) x 6 (18sts)

Round 4 – (2dc, 2dc into next st) x 6 (24sts)

Round 5 – (3dc, 2dc into next st) x 6 (30sts)

Round 6 – 2dc, 2dc into next st, (4dc, 2dc into next st) x 5, 2dc (36sts)

Round 7 – (5dc, 2dc into next st) x 6 (42sts)

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Round 8 to 12 – work 5 rounds of 42dc

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Insert bottle base and mark around the point where the crochet stops.

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Remove bottle and cut just below the mark.

Round 13 – Going back to the crochet work 1dc into back loops of each stitch on next round (42sts)

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Round 14 to 15 – Work a further 2 rounds in yellow

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Insert cut off section of bottle

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Now for the decreases:

Round 16 – (dc2tog, 5dc) x 6 (36sts)

Round 17 – (dc2tog, 4dc) x 6 (30sts)

Round 18 – (dc2tog, 3dc) x 6 (24sts)

Round 19 – (dc2tog, 2dc) x 6 (18sts)

Round 20 – (dc2tog, 1dc) x 6 (12sts)

Round 21 – dc2tog x 6 (6sts)

Fasten off and work in any loose ends and push inside bottle.

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Join the Head to the Body by sewing across six stitches at the back of each. DSC_0367

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Eyes & Goggles – make 2

Use one strand unless stated otherwise

Using 4mm hook and Cream work 2ch

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Round 1 – 6dc into 1st ch, ss into 1st st

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Round 2 – 1ch, 2dc into each dc, ss into 1st st (12sts)

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Round 3 – 1ch, (1dc, 2dc into next st) x 6, ss into 1st st (18sts)

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Round 4 – 1ch, 1dc, 2dc into next st, (2dc, 2dc into next st) x 5, 1dc, ss into 1st st (24sts)

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Round 5 – Working into the back loops of each stitch, 1ch, (3dc, 2dc into next st) x 6, ss into 1st st (30sts)

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Fasten off

Join one strand of Silver Grey to any front loop on round 4

Round 6 – 1ch, 1dc into same st, 1dc into each remaining front loop, ss into 1st st (24sts)

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Round 7 – 1ch, working into the back loop of each st: (3dc, 2dc into next st) x 6, ss into 1st st (30sts)

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Round 8 – ss through back loop of each st on round 7 and, at the same time through back loop of each st on round 5

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Fasten off and work in any loose ends.

Eyes

Using 4mm hook and Brown work 2ch.

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6dc into 1st ch, ss into 1st st.

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Fasten off and work in any loose ends.

Stitch the Goggles together across 3 centre stitches.

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Stitch the Eyes in place

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Using black, stitch a pupil into the centre of each eye

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Using cream, add a highlight to each eye.

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Head Strap

With right side facing using 4mm hook and one strand Black find 3 stitches on the outer edge of one of the goggles. Attach to the back loop of the 1st st.

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Row 1 – work 1ch, 1dc into same st, 2dc, turn

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Row 2 – 1ch, 3dc, turn

Repeat row 2 until strap will fit snugly around top of head. Fasten off and stitch to opposite side of goggles.

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Stitch the Head strap and goggles in place so that the strap half overlaps the Body when the top is closed. This will disguise the gap where the lid fits the base.

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The next post will show you how to make his legs and feet.

Who’s hoping for Minions of Easter Eggs?! (Day 1)

Me?  Personally I don’t find chocolate remotely despicable but neither do my teenagers so I have to resort to hiding what I consider to be “mine”.  This Minion is helping me out.  I’ve told the teens that he’s a crochet hook holder but actually he’s hiding my chocolate egg in there – shush, don’t tell them!

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You could use him as a crochet hook holder (though you’d have to add a little circle of fabric inside the top and bottom of the container to stop the hooks doing what they’re good at and hooking themselves to your Minion!)  or a holder for anything else you could think of come to that – I’m sure he won’t mind. He’s very obliging.  Perhaps you could add a crocheted strap so that he becomes a “basket” for collecting eggs on a Easter Egg Hunt.  I’m sure he’d love that!

If you’d like to hook up your own character (maybe one in purple?!) I’m writing out the instructions over the next few posts.  It’s not a tutorial on how to crochet, just on how to make the little yellow and blue dude.

To make your character you’ll need:
4 and 5mm hooks
DK yarn in Yellow, Blue, Black, Silver Grey, Cream and Brown
2 small blue buttons
Small amount of toy stuffing for legs
Small piece of cardboard for feet
2 empty 2 litre water bottles (or pop/soda bottles) ready to be “upcycled”

I’d love to see your character and especially what you’ve hidden in him so please feel free to share a photo over on our Facebook page.  Oh! And don’t forget to name him!  Mine’s called “Phil” ‘cos you can “fill” him with anything you like 😉

Here are the instructions for “Day 1”


Day 1 – Lower Body Section

Just a little note:  I’m based in the UK and my abbreviations are all written using UK crochet terminology.

To make your character you’ll need:
4 and 5mm hooks
DK yarn in Yellow, Blue, Black, Silver Grey, Cream and Brown
Small amount of toy stuffing for legs
Small piece of cardboard for feet
2 empty 2 litre water bottles (or pop/soda bottles)

Abbreviations in UK terms (bracket indicates US term)
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
dc – double crochet (US single crochet)
htr – half treble (US half double treble)
tr – treble (US double crochet)
st – stitch
tog – together

Finished size: approximately 9″/23cm tall

Tension: 3.5sts and 4 rows = 1″/2.5cm using 2 strands DK yarn and a 5mm hook.

Instructions

Lower Body

Using 5mm hook and 2 strands of Blue, work 2ch

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Round 1 – 6dc into 1st ch

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Round 2 – 2dc into each dc x 6 (12sts)

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Round 3 – (1dc, 2dc into next st) x 6 (18sts)

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Round 4 – (2dc, 2dc into next st) x 6 (24sts)

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Round 5 – (3dc, 2dc into next st) x 6 (30sts)

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Round 6 – 2dc, 2dc into next st, (4dc, 2dc into next st) x 5, 2dc (36sts)

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Round 7 – (5dc, 2dc into next st) x 6 (42sts)

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Round 8 to 12 – work 5 rounds of 42dc

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Fasten off and work in any loose ends.

Back Bib

Using 5mm hook and 2 strands of blue, attach to front loop of any stitch on last round of Lower Body.

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Row 1 – 1ch, 1dc into front loop of same st, also working into the front loops work a further 9dc, turn (10sts)

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Row 2 to 6 – 1ch, 10dc, turn

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Strap

Row 7 to 26 – 1ch, 1dc, turn

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Fasten off, join yarn to opposite end of bib and repeat rows 7 to 26

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Fasten off and work in any loose ends.

Front Bib

Repeat rows 1 to 6 of Front Bib leaving a gap of 11 stitches from Back Bib.

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Fasten off and work in any loose ends.

Upper Body

Using 5mm and 2 strands of yellow, attach to back loop of any stitch behind back bib on round 12.

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Round 1 – 1ch, 1dc into same st, 1 dc into back loop of each of the remaining 41sts

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Round 2 to 16 – Work a further 15 rounds of 42dc

Insert bottle and mark around the point where the crochet stops.

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Remove bottle and cut just below the mark.

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Round 17 – Going back to the crochet work 1dc into back loops of each stitch on next round (42sts)

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Round 18 to 30 – Work a further 13 rounds in yellow

Insert cut off section of bottle.

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Now to decrease:

Round 31 – (dc2tog, 5dc) x 6 (36sts)

Round 32 – (dc2tog, 4dc) x 6 (30sts)

Round 33 – (dc2tog, 3dc) x 6 (24sts)

Round 34 – (dc2tog, 2dc) x 6 (18sts)

Round 35 – (dc2tog, 1dc) x 6 (12sts)

Round 36 – dc2tog x 6 (6sts)

Fasten off and work in any loose ends and push inside bottle.

The next post will tell you how to make his Head!

 

Stash busting Pop Art campervan cushion cover

I’m pretty sure most of us can’t resist squirrelling away lots of yarn, even those little bits and bobs that have been rescued from partially created items.  It seems such a waste to get rid of them yet they aren’t quite long enough to make into “proper” items.  That’s when stash busting patterns are perfect!  Crocheted Granny Square blankets are great for this but I wanted to knit something.  I don’t know why but Andy Warhol’s Pop Art “popped” into my head!  The result is this cushion cover – pop art camper vans on the front and stash busting stripes on the back!  I’ve enjoyed it so much I might have to make another one.  For curiosity’s sake I think I’ll try three colours next time.  Hope you like it!pop-art-cushion-front-RFSPop-Art-Campervan-Cushion-Back

Sheep Dip Island Resort – crocheted happy place!

I’ve had so much fun creating this!

The Sheep first made an appearance at Yarndale last year and they seem to have been well loved.  They’ve had a busy year and I thought that they might appreciate a break.  So, here it is – Sheep Dip Island!  The perfect place for my sheep to get some R & R!

The pool is crocheted around a polystyrene ring.  A pool on its own, no!  I had to fill it with some fun stuff!  A couple of crocheted Palm Trees slung with a very inviting looking hammock.  Lilo, swimming ring, arm bands and a beach ball for the pool dwellers.  A bucket, spade, sandcastle, beach umbrella and towel for a sheep who prefers to spread out on the sand. Happy days!  I wish someone would crochet me a holiday!

If you like Sheep Dip Island you can get the pattern via our website

It comes as a PDF download and is priced at £2.50.

Have fun and happy crocheting!

sheep building sandcastles just hanging around Sheep playing in the pool toes in the water.  It

Here come the Girls – Doll knitting pattern

I have two teenage boys and a husband so, other than the cat, I’m the only female in the house.  Though I don’t think of myself as a girly girl, I do have the occasional rebellious inclination to make something which could be construed as “girly”.  The “Girls” are my current project!  I’m having lots of fun coming up with new outfits for them but those will come at a later date.  In the meantime, the Girls are all togged out in their winter gear, ready for a chilly few months in Yorkshire!

If you’d like to make them, the knitting pattern is available as a PDF download for £1.99 via our website and includes the instructions for their current outfits: Sweater, Leggings, Coat, Boots and Undies!

If you make one, please feel free to post a photo on our Facebook page – I’d love to see!

Yan, Tan and Tethera, the dangly crocheted sheep from Yarndale

Yarndale 2015 was a very busy occasion!  These little sheep made their first public appearance there and seemed to enjoy themselves immensely (though they get a little boisterous when excited!).  I’d made some extras which sold out almost straight away so I thought I’d share the pattern with you.  You can currently get it as a FREE download via our website: www.slightly-sheepish.com

New VW Beetle / Bug inspired Cushion

It’s taken me a while to get this how I wanted it but I’ve finally managed to make a crocheted Beetle Cushion! I hope you like it!

I’m hoping to get the pattern written up soon and will add it to the shop so please keep watching 🙂

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Black Friday or Happy Friday?

splitty campervan cushion knitting pattern

It’s not BlackFriday here at Slightly-Sheepish, it’s Happy Friday! We’re giving you a 50% discount on our knitting, sewing and crochet patterns until 9am (GMT) tomorrow! Come and browse the website. Once decided just enter “Happy Friday” in the “apply coupon” box at checkout.
Happy shopping and don’t forget to tell your friends! 🙂
https://www.slightly-sheepish.com/shop
(Excludes Wendy Patterns).

Hug-a-Bug, the crocheted Beetle

Who can resist the classic VW Beetle? My Husband had an orange Beetle as his first car.  My eldest son, now 17, wants a Beetle as his first car too!

With it’s friendly shape, the VW Beetle was the inspiration for my latest crochet pattern, the Hug-a-Bug.  As with most classic cars, he has been a labour of love.  It took some working out but I’m quite pleased with the result and I really hope you like him too.

You can make your own Hug-a-Bug using our instantly downloadable PDF crochet pattern so you don’t even need to wait for the postman!

To make your Hug-a-Bug you’ll need Chunky Yarn (I used Wendy Merino Chunky and Wendy Serenity Chunky), oddments of double knitting yarn, a 3.5 and 4.5mm hook and some toy stuffing.
I used 130g/182 metres of red, 100g/140 metres of purple, 10g/14 metres of cream and 20g/28 metres of grey in Chunky and oddments of orange, silver grey, red and cream in Double Knit.

I’m based in the UK so my patterns are all written in UK terms.

We love seeing photos of things you’ve made using our patterns so please feel free to share them on our Facebook and Pinterest Pages!

 

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