Review of NEW book – Colorful Crochet by Marianne & the Ursula Shawl 💕

When Marianne (@marretjeroos) first mentioned that she was busy writing a book, i immediately got excited & made room on my shelf for what i knew would be one of the most incredible crochet books & patterns.  Marianne has been a huge inspiration to me as a crocheter, & if anyone should write a book full of creative makes, it would be Marianne, truly a magician with her crochet hook.

So imagine my excitement when the postman rang my bell with my own copy of Marianne’s new book, Colorful Crochet, hot off the Tuva Publishing‘s desk! Well, let me just say, this book is just as incredible, if not more, than what i imagined it would be.

I decided to make the Ursula Shawl first.  Simply because when i first peeled back the packaging wrapping the book, the photo of the Ursula Shawl on corner of the front cover, was the first thing i saw, & i instantly fell in love.  Love at first sight, ahh.  Its delicate, pretty, feminine, & Marianne had made it in pink.. so i HAD to make it.

I also decided to make my shawl in pink (i love pink) & am using Scheepjes Stone Washed from Wool Warehouse in 820 Rose Quartz & i am about half way through my shawl & have used 3 x 50g balls with a 6mm hook.  Scheepjes Stone Washed is a cotton yarn with a slight acrylic blend, that feels & looks like wool.  I think this shawl would be beautiful in any fiber, especially wool or cotton.  Wool will give it a fluffy, softer more feminine feel, & cotton a lovely light drape for spring.  Any colour would work too, i was day dreaming of making another one in black earlier.  i rarely make anything in solid black, but i think it would work beautifully with this pattern.

Let me start by saying this is honestly the most prettiest crochet i think i have ever made.  It is so delicate, i cannot wait to wear it, i know its going to make me feel pretty.  I had no problem following Marianne’s detailed pattern.  It is one of those patterns that once you have made a few hexagons, it transfers to memory & you can continue making while watching tv.

The shawl is made with hexagon motifs joined together.  Marianne uses the pull through join method, i have never used this before, & i did hesitate at first, a little bit daunted with learning a new join method.  BUT i just love how Marianne’s finished shawl in the book looks like it is one continuous piece, you can hardly tell they are joined motifs, & i was wanting mine to have the same look, so i jumped in.  Marianne has included instructions on how to do this join, & with a little bit of practice i found it quite easy! Yay! Now i am loving this new join method, thanks Marianne 🙂 i will be using it for other projects.  I love that it creates a seamless join!  Never fear though, any join would work too – you can make all the motifs & sew them together at the end with a tapestry needle, if preferred, or use the join as you go method too.

Marianne has not only included a written pattern, but also a clear chart for the hexagon motif, & ALSO a diagram of the layout, so you know in which order the hexagons need to be attached.  This is wonderful, it gives you a visual reference for where you are up & which motif goes next, & in what order.  Also, if you grab a sticky note (gasp at the thought of marking my beautiful book with a pencil) you could use the diagram as a little indicator so you know how many motifs you have left to make! Brilliant 🙂

The motifs work up quickly.  I was hoping to finish my shawl in time to write this, but unfortunately i have 2 poorly babies needing mummy.  But, i will make sure to write another post, & of course keep posting updates on my Instagram so you can see my progress & the beautiful shawl.

I have plans to make a lot more of the patterns from Colorful Crochet!  The Ursula Shawl will definitely not be my only make.  I love the boho cushion, & the cobblestone blanket, to name a couple.  There is not one pattern in the book that i cannot see myself making, they are all timeless, tasteful & creative makes.

You can see the amount of work & attention to detail that Marianne has put into her book also.  There are lots of photos for reference, & some gorgeous photos of the beautiful author showing off her work too.  I love that Marianne has given a skill level for each pattern, as well as hook size, dimensions, yarn, quantities.  You can start a project well stocked with what you will need, lots of photos, diagrams, charts, clear instructions.  And this is for EVERY pattern in the book.  So much work & care, & you can feel that this book is written by someone who has a true passion for her craft, & someone who wants to share that with us too. And i am so happy that you did Marianne 🙂

Marianne & Tuva Publishing were so generous, they have also provided me with an extra copy of Colorful Crochet to giveaway! If you head over to my Instagram page, you will find the details on how to enter.  Goodluck!

To purchase your own copy of Marianne’s book – Colorful Crochet, click here or visit Marianne’s Instagram page here for details.

Thank you so much dear Marianne for sharing your gorgeous makes & creative patterns with us.  I am so honoured to be writing this review & making this beautiful shawl! You are an inspiration & an absolute beautiful soul.  Well done!  Now i will be patiently waiting for Volume 2… 😉


That is it from me, please do check back on here & my IG page to see my progress on Ursula.  Tomorrow lovely Makenzie from BQueen Collection will be writing her review, so keep an eye out for her, without a doubt, gorgeous make.

Love Nat xx

@littlecosythings

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Craft as Therapy – my week as moderator for a wonderful community…

Craft as Therapy - Little Cosy Things week as moderator

The past week i had the pleasure of being a moderator on Instagram for Craft as Therapy.

Craft as Therapy is a warm, friendly and wonderful community of crafters from all the around the world.  Everyone is welcome to join! It’s mainly crafters who use their craft, as therapy for either an illness, an injury or just as a therapeutic way to relieve stress.  Founded by the beautiful Mandy @redagape_styleanddesign who created the tag #craftastherapy for crafters to use when they post photos of their creations.  Quickly it became a sensation on Instagram, and Mandy founded the community for everyone to join and share, support each other, and chat about their stories.  Mandy is a beautiful and dear friend, and I was so honoured to be asked to be one of the 12 moderators who now alternate a week, providing a different view and sharing our own craft as therapy stories.

You can find Mandy’s blog here, where she shares more about the Craft as Therapy community, her crafts, amazing patterns, and photos of her gorgeous house (which i have a massive crush on!!).

So here is an overview on my amazing week.  A week I started petrified that by sharing my story, that I would have people running and hiding under the nearest rock.  But instead, i was welcomed so warmly, and even encouraged others to share their own story of infertility.  I will keep talking about my story, till i am blue in the face, in a hope to raise more awareness, and let others know they are not alone.

DAY ONE:

Introducing Natalie from Little Cosy Things

I began my week by introducing myself to the community and sharing a little bit about my infertility journey, my diagnosis of PCOS and endometrosis, and how crochet has become my therapy with coping with the loss and emotional stress.  I was flooded with support, well wishes, and stories from other crafters who not only are on their own journey of infertility, but who have also overcome their struggle and welcomed little miracles of their own.  Truly inspirational, and such courage to share too.

You can read more about my story as I share on my blog:

Part One – I want to be a Mum

Part Two – It hurts because it mattered

DAY 2:

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The first feature i shared from the #craftastherapy gallery, and its a collection of beautiful stars.  Just as beautiful as the super stars who made them:

Top Left – @kikdekuk Top Right – @gultence79 Bottom Left – @neverjillian Bottom Right – @oifoikoi

That night, I shared the story of Teddy the Turtle and how there are NO mistakes with crafting, just unique creations!  You can find my free pattern to make your own Teddy the Turtle here.

Teddy the Turtle - by Little Cosy Things Story of Teddy the Turtle - Little Cosy Things

DAY THREE:

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The next feature from the #craftastherapy gallery, showcased some beautiful creations!! Including some jewellery made from guitar strings!! How clever!

Top Left – @tranquilltreasures Top Right – @bqueencollection Bottom Left – @lynne_ee Bottom Right – @vampyr1764

Next was a story about how i altered by hubby’s shirt (proud moment!) and sharing with the world you CAN do!!

Show the world what you CAN do by Little Cosy Things You CAN DO IT by Little Cosy Things

DAY FOUR:

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A bright and colourful feature from the #craftastherapy gallery!! I love how the colours popped off the screen, so much creativity.

Top Left – @carter_and_brown Top Right – @asplashofcolour_georgi Bottom Left – @yardagedesign Bottom Right – @kellykellykellygreen

Then we celebrated how friendship is born.. by one person saying to another person “What? You too?!” and celebrated over 2,600 new friends in the Craft as Therapy community!

How friendship is born by Little Cosy Things

DAY FIVE:

Today’s features from the #craftastherapy gallery, were some enchanting dolls, made by some beautiful crafters.

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Top Left – @maritparit Top Right – @alittlevintagedoll Bottom Left – @vanessakind Bottom Middle – @_riaparamita_ Bottom Left – @offdhookcreations

And then we met Barnabee the Bumble Bee!!!  And read his little story of how he bee-lieved in himself.  You can find a free pattern to make a baby bumble bee here by Dream Girl Crafty Creations.

Barnabee the Bee by Little Cosy Things The Story of Barnabee the Bee by Little Cosy Things

DAY SIX:

The feature from the #craftastherapy gallery was bursting with creativity!! i fell in love with the little knitted Prince William, so much detail! And those Scottie Dogs, are made from old woollen blankets.

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Top Left – @poppyandbliss Top Right – @suzannemartin Bottom Left – @colouredbuttons Bottom Right – @esthersunday1

I then shared something very special to me, my friends.  And how even though we have met on the internet, it doesn’t mean our friendships are any less meaningful.  My thoughts were echoed by so many in the community, and it was so touching to read everyone’s thoughts on how they have made such wonderful friends.

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DAY SEVEN:

My final feature from the #craftastherapy gallery, and i shared how i loved my mornings wondering through the gallery with a cup of coffee and admiring everyones creations.  Something I will definitely continue to do!

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Top Right – @knitpurlhook Top Left – @ponytales_ Bottom Right – @asterisquebysassi Bottom Left – @flossiecottage

And i said my farewells and thank you’s to a wonderful community that night.  I was quite emotional saying goodbye and ending my week.  A week that personally was hard, but the community wrapped me up in so much love and comfort.

Farewell from Little Cosy Things to Craft as Therapy Little Cosy Things, farwell to my week

Lastly, this morning i had the pleasure of introducing my dear friend, a wonderful and inspiring woman with a heart of gold to the community as the next moderator – the beautiful Marianne from @marretjeroos and her blog here.  I know Marianne’s week will be so inspiring and welcoming, and i wish her an absolute wonderful week!!

Introducing Marianne as the new moderator for Craft as Therapy Introducing Marianne to Craft as Therapy

And that was my week, shared with friends, with a community that has touched my heart.  I cannot wait until next time.

Love Nat xx

A turtle named Teddy… free amigurumi crochet pattern

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This is Teddy, he is a turtle!  Teddy wasn’t meant to be a turtle, he was meant to be a … bear!!  That is why he is now named Teddy.  You see, I was wanting to make one of the dolls i crocheted a little stuffed teddy bear.  It was late at night, and I didn’t want to bother with a pattern, and I couldn’t find one small enough for the doll, so I thought I would just make one up my myself.  Well, it didn’t work.  The shape was just wrong, and I wasn’t happy with him.  So poor Teddy nearly ended up in the bin!!

Just as I went to toss him in, i looked at him again and thought.. he kind of looks like a turtle… what about if i made him a shell? So i did!! And i am so happy i did, because that was when Teddy the Turtle was born!!

There are no mistakes in crafting…

Just unique creations!

Here is a quick pattern on how i made Teddy the Turtle, he was just something I whipped up late at night, so I hope the pattern makes sense!! Please let me know if you see any mistakes, or need help.  And I would love to see your finished Teddy Turtles!! You can share them on Instagram with the hashtag #aturtlenamedteddy, and feel free to tag @littlecosythings as well 🙂

Click here for the PDF download, if you prefer – Teddy the Turtle by Little Cosy Things

Teddy the Turtle Pattern

What you will need:

  • Scrap yarn in brown and green (you can use whatever yarn you have on hand, i have used 8ply cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills
  • Safety eyes, or you can use black yarn or thread if Teddy will be for a baby
  • 3mm hook (or the smallest size you can use with your yarn, so its nice and tight)
  • A little bit of toy stuffing
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker or scrap of yarn, I use a bobby pin 🙂

Abbreviations (US terms):

  • Single crochet – sc
  • Slip stitch – sl st
  • Stitch – st
  • Increase – inc (2 single crochet stitches in the same stitch)
  • Decrease – dec (2 single crochet decrease together)

Legs (make 2)

Round 1 – 6 sc into magic ring (6)
Round 2 – Inc in each st around (12)
Round 3 to 12 – 1 sc in each st around (12)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Now we will join the legs together. How to join Amigurumi legs together – I have put a little mini tutorial here on how to do this with photos, if you need help.

Place both legs together, side by side and so the openings are up the top.  Insert your hook through one stitch on right leg and one stitch on left leg, pull through yarn, chain one.  Sc into the same stitch, and sc all the way around (24) continue now with the body.

Body

Round 4 – 1 sc in the next 11 st, inc, 1 sc in the next 12 st (25)
Round 5 to 7 – 1 sc in each st around (25)
Round 8 – *1 sc in the next 5 st, dec* 3 times, 1 sc in the next 4 st (22)
Round 9 – *1 sc in the next 4 st, dec* 3 times, 1 sc in the next 4 st (19)

Stuff the body, not too firmly that you make the stitches pop.  Teddy is only little, so he doesn’t need that much stuffing 🙂 continue to stuff him from now on as you go.

Round 10 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, dec* 3 times, 1 sc in the next 2 st, dec (15)
Round 11 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, dec* 3 times, 1 sc, dec (11)
Round 12 – dec, 1 sc in the next 9 st (10)

Fasten off and weave in ends, make sure he’s stuffed

Head

Round 1 – 6 sc into ring (6)
Round 2 – inc in each st around (12)
Round 3 – *1 sc, inc* (18)
Round 4 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, inc* (24)
Round 5 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, inc* (30)
Round 6 – *1 sc in the next 4 st, inc* (36)
Round 7 to 9 – 1 sc in each st around (36)
Round 10 – *1 sc in the next 4 st, dec* (30)
Round 11 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, dec* (24)
Round 12 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, dec* (18)

Stuff head firmly, and insert safety eyes.  If hand sewing eyes, you can do this now or after you have finished the head.

Round 13 – *1 sc in the next st, dec* (12)
Round 14 – dec, 1 sc in next 4 st, dec, 1 sc in next 4 st (9)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the head.  Thread tapestry needle with the tail, and sew the head to the body.  I stuff a little more stuffing in between the head and the neck as i go using a chopstick so the head isn’t floppy.

Arms (make 2)

Round 1 – 6 sc into magic ring (6)
Round 2 – *1 sc in the next st, inc* (9)
Round 3 to 8 – 1 sc in each st around (9)

Fasten off and sew opening closed.  I left the arms unstuffed, but you can lightly stuff them in you wish!  Sew the arms to the body.

Tummy Plate

Round 1 – 6 sc into ring (6)
Round 2 – inc in each st around (12)
Round 3 – *1 sc, inc* (18)
Round 4 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, inc* (24)
Round 5 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, inc* (30)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.  Thread tapestry needle with tail and sew the tummy plate onto the Teddy’s belly.

Shell

Round 1 – 6 sc into ring (6)
Round 2 – inc in each st around (12)
Round 3 – *1 sc, inc* (18)
Round 4 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, inc* (24)
Round 5 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, inc* (30)
Round 6 – *1 sc in the next 4 st, inc* (36)
Round 7 to 9 – 1 sc in each st around (36)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.  Put a little tuft of stuffing in the shell and sew to Teddy’s back.  Stuff a little bit more as you sew it around, till the shell is nice and firm.  I sewed the shell onto the back of Teddy’s neck a little as well.  If you find the shell too big for Teddy’s back, skip round 6.

And TA DA!! You now have your own Teddy the Turtle (not a bear, hopefully haha!).  I hoped you enjoyed making your new little friend 🙂

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Love Nat xx

Invisible Decrease Tutorial… for crochet amigurumi

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Once i found out how to do an invisible decrease, i haven’t been able to go back to doing a decrease any other way 🙂 so i wanted to share my tutorial with you all on how to do this marvellous handy stitch!

An invisible decrease creates a smoother finish, and a stitch that looks more like a normal stitch.  Rather than a normal decrease (sc2tog or single crochet decrease) that bunches up leaving holes and bumps and lumps, the invisible decrease is (almost) invisible!

Step (1)

In the photo above, we have normal single crochet stitches; we are going to do an invisible decrease in the next two stitches.

Step (2) Step (3)

Above, in the left photo, I have used a tapestry needle to show the stitch we are going to go into first with our hook.

For the invisible decrease we will use the front loops only, instead of both loops like a normal decrease.

Step One – Insert hook into front loop only of next stitch. You will now have 2 loops on your hook (photo above right).

DO NOT yarn over (as tempting as it is, I know!)

Step Two – Insert hook into the front loop only of the second stitch. 3 loops on hook (photo below)

Step (4) Step (5)

Note – this step can be a little tight, you may need to wiggle your hook a bit to get it into the second front loop stitch.

Step Three – Yarn over, and pull through 2 loops (the two front loops). You will be left with 2 loops on your hook.

Step (6)  Step (7)

Step Four – Yarn over again, and pull through one loop. 2 loops on hook.

Step (8) Step (9)

You are nearly finished..

Step Five – Yarn over, and pull through two loops on hook.

Step (10) Step (11)

AND TA DA – finished, you have made an invisible decrease stitch! 🙂

Step (12) Step (13)

As you can see in the photo, the invisible decrease is hardly detectable.  You can use invisible decrease on any pattern that calls for a sc2tog or single crochet decrease.

You won’t want to do it any other way now!

I hope you found this little tutorial helpful, would love to hear what you think! Happy hooking 🙂

Love Nat xxx

Lupo the Lamb & Kira the Kangaroo… my new love affair with Lalylala Crochet Dolls

Kira the Kangaroo & Lupo the Lamb by Little Cosy Things

Kira the Kangaroo & Lupo the Lamb by Little Cosy Things

I have fallen in love… they are called Laylala Dolls, from Lalylala Land.. and they are adorable!! Patterns designed and created by the amazingly talented Lydia Tresselt from Lalylala (find her etsy store here).

I started by making Kira the Kangaroo, my first doll, and instantly i fell in love.  The pattern is well written, clear, and has wonderful photos.  Kira has a little pouch on her belly, just like a real mummy kangaroo, and the pattern comes with details on how to make her baby.  But anything can be put in Kira’s pouch, from other toys, to stickers, love notes, or even teeth for the tooth fairy!! And she has a wonderfully soft scarf too!

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Kira in progress…

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TA DA!! Kira is finished!

After i made Kira the Kangaroo, I had the Lalylala bug!! And i was itching to make more, and feeling a little more confident, i dove straight in and purchased the pattern to make the VERY cute – Lupo the Lamb!!

Lupo is made with bobble stitches to create a fleecy coat, and cap, just like a real lamb.  His ears are just gorgeous too!  Lupo was truly a labor of love.. he is a bit tedious to make, those bobbles.. they take a while, and you have to work in the OPPOSITE direction to what you normally do when doing amigurumi patterns and crochet so that those bobbles pop out.  BUT oh is it worth it.  He is just the most gorgeous, delicate and devine little lamb.  And his little lamb cap, is removable!

I just adore this little lamb, and I am planning on making many more.. they will be available to purchase as I make them in my Etsy shop (Little Cosy Things) as i make them.  Follow me on Instagram (@littlecosythings) to see when new Lupo’s will be available to purchase!

Lupo in progress...

Lupo in progress…

TA DA! Lupo is done!

TA DA! Lupo is done!

By the way, i have used cotton yarn in 8ply from my favorite yarn suppliers – Bendigo Woollen Mills and have used a 3mm hook to make both Kira & Lupo!  I tried using wool yarn, but i much prefer working with cotton.  It does create a more delicate doll for gentle play, but i love the texture and shape that cotton provides 🙂

Now on the hook… a blue Lupo lamb!!! But sheep aren’t blue? No? Well where do you think blue wool comes from? 😉 hehe the very rare, and elusive, blue sheep!  This one is being made as a special custom order for a little boy.. and because i cannot stop making these gorgeous lambs!

The rare Lupo Blue lamb, in progress!

The rare Lupo Blue lamb, in progress!

Love Nat xxx

An African Flower Crochet Blanket… Part ONE

New project!! Whilst waiting to place a new yarn order to finish the Basket Weave Stitchblanket, I sorted through my yarn stash to start something new!

A while ago, I made a few African Flower animals by Heidi Bears which are so much fun to make!  I even entered the dragon into the Royal Melbourne Show crochet competition and came 2nd place!! 🙂 very proud moment!!

So ever since I made these animals, I have been wanting to make an african flower blanket. I have seen such wonderful inspiration on Pinterest (My Pinterest ) of blankets made with African flowers, and decided its time I give it a go.

For my blanket I have used 8ply cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills in 7 colours:

  • Daffodil (yellow)
  • Sky (blue)
  • Blush (pink)
  • Wild Lavender (purple)
  • Peach (orange)
  • Honeydew (green)
  • Snow (white)

I used the Daffordil (yellow) for all the flower centres and the Snow (white) for the joining and the last round of the flowers.  That leaves 5 different coloured flowers. For example –  5 x pink petal flowers, 5 x blue petal flowers etc, with each pink petal flower having one of the other colours as the border.  That makes 30 flowers in total (i had 2 flowers left over as spares).

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To make the flowers, I used the same tutorial from Heidi Bears.  All flowers are hexagons, so they have 6 petals. and 6 sides.  They are quick and quite simple to make!! And you can make the flowers all in one colour too, if you would like.  Link is here – Heidi Bears Hexagon Tutorial

So once I have made all the flowers, I lay them out on my table.  I am quite a bit OCD when it comes to layout, and didnt want any of the same colour flowers to be touching.  Made me think of little kids who don’t like their food to touch haha i am the same with my crochet.

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When making these flowers, I try to crochet over the ends as much as I can as I go, so I do not end up with a million ends to sew.  Ends are just horrible! My least favorite part.  I left the ends for the last round, the white, as I will sew them in as I join the flowers together.

Now with the joining.  You can use the JAYG (join as you go) method to join these together.  If you decide to use the JAYG method, stop crocheting the flowers before the last white round, as this is the round you will do as you join.

Instead I decided to sew the flowers together using my tapestry needle.  This is how I joined them:

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First I worked in rows, by just attaching one side of each flower together for the first row.  Take one flower and align the 2 sides together.  One side is 7 stitches.  Start by inserting your needle into the chain 1 stitch of the first side, and sewing across the side until you reach the next chain 1 (7 stitches).  Make sure you sew into the chain 1.

Then start with the next flower for that row, it will look like this:

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Continue till you get to the end of the first row.  Then do the same for the next row.  Sew 2 sides of 2 flowers together, until you reach the end.  Now you can sew together the first two rows.  Using the same method, starting at the chain 1 at the end of the row, and working all the way across until you reach the chain 1 at the end of the row.

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Once you have the first 2 rows sewn together, you can then join the 2 sides of each flower on the 3rd row (like you did for the first) then sew that row onto the 2 rows already sewn together.  And so on, until you have finished sewing all the flowers together!  Sew over the ends from the last round as you go, that way you will just need to snip the tails off when you are done!

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And there you go!! All your flowers have now been joined together!! Now of course you can do as many flowers as you want, you can make the blanket as wide or as long or as BIG as you want as well.

To finish, you could do a single crochet or a double crochet border all the way around, or simply leave it as it is.  I think the shape is quite different and unique, and would look pretty just as it is.

However, I am going to add a little bit more detail and pattern to this blanket, as I would like it to be BIGGER!! Join me soon, for Part TWO!! 🙂

I hope you found this useful, and you love making African Flowers!! See you for Part Two soon, love Nat xxx

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Work in progress.. the Basket Weave crochet stitch

I wanted to try something different and do some mindless crochet. My first love has always been crocheting blankets. I haven’t done one in a while, so I searched around for a new stitch, and feel in love with the Basket Weave Stitch!

It’s quite an easy stitch to learn, and once you have the hang of it, it works up quick and you don’t need to pay much attention to what you are doing. Perfect for something to do when you just want to unwind.

The stitch also makes your yarn extra thick, soft and squishy. With no gaps in between it makes a very warm blanket. Would even work as a rug or mat.

 
I have used 10 ply wool yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills in the Luxury range, and I started with just plain cream. I have been using a 5mm hook. You could go down a hook size to create a tighter weave too, especially for a rug.

 
I then began adding some splashes of colour, I love colour and thought the plain cream would get boring after a while. Although a plain cream baby blanket with a colour border would be gorgeous!! 

The next colours I have added are Aquarium (green/aqua) and Lavender (purple). i wasn’t sure about doing a colour change with this stitch, as it’s normally worked in just one colour, but I’m loving the different pattern it creates.

 
I then did a few more rows of Cream, then added a row of Sunflower (yellow). And am now continuing with Cream again.

I’ve now run of yarn for the blanket!! 😦 but now I got an excuse to place another order 😉 

I don’t have a plan for this blanket, and am just changing colour when I feel it needs it. I’ll do an update once I’ve done some more!

One complete row of basket weave is actually 3 rows of stitches. Then you alternate to create the weave look.

To do basket weave, you need to crochet into the Front Posts and Back Posts not the stitches. It actually makes it a lot quicker to work up this way as you’re not fiddling around looking for the stitches.

  
I started by chaining in multiples of 8, plus 3 for turning. Basket weave is done using all DC stitches (US terms).

You work dc stitches into the front posts for 4 stitches, then the back posts for 4 stitches, then back in the front posts etc, this creates the weaved look. You will follow this pattern for 3 rows, then you alternate by starting with back posts, then front posts for 3 more rows, and you continue alternating every 3 rows over and over again. 

 

working in front posts

  

working in back posts

 
There is a fantastic video tutorial on how to do the Basket Weave Stitch available here by The Crochet Crowd.

Love Nat xx