Thursday, 10 January 2019

Rainbow Blanket Crochet/Knit A-Long - Yarn suggestions

 Getting Ready!

Hello everyone, I'm so excited to be hosting my first Crochet and Knit A-Long (CAL/KAL) next month for the Lottie and Albert Rainbow Blanket, and everyone is welcome to join in! It starts on 1 Feb and will run for a month. We'll be chatting on Instagram using the hashtag #rainbowblanketcal, and I'll be sure to sort out some rainbow prizes, to be drawn at random, for those who take part too!

You can find the crochet pattern here, and the knit version here. You will also need a 20mm hook, or 20mm circular needles with a 100cm cord.

The pattern uses 6 balls of 100g DK for the smallest lap blanket size (then multiples of 6 for the larger sizes, details in pattern) and so is a great stash buster! You are more than welcome to use your stash, but if you would like yarn suggestions from four different yarn companies, you can find them below. I have included Paintbox, Stylecraft, Marriner and Scheepjes, and for each brand there is a bright, pastel and neutral rainbow option!

I'll be posting some videos on my Instagram, @lottieandalbert, detailing how to wind the large yarn ball, and how to make half-treble crochets in the back loop only over the next few weeks.

Let me know if you plan on joining in! See you all soon.

Lindsey x


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Click on the headings below to shop the yarn.

Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, £1.99

100% Acrylic, 100g (3.5oz), DK

Bright Rainbow

Tomato Red (112), Seville Orange (118), Daffodil Yellow (121), Grass Green (129), Kingfisher Blue (134), Bubblegum Pink (150)

Pastel Rainbow

Blush pink (153), Spearmint Green (125), Seafoam Blue (131), Banana Cream (120), Dusty Rose (141), Ballet Pink (152)

Neutral Rainbow

Soft Fudge (109), Vanilla Cream (107), Light Caramel (108), Champagne White (102), Paper White (100), Misty Grey (103)



 Stylecraft Special DK, £1.85

100% Acrylic, 100g (3.5oz), DK 

Bright Rainbow

Tomato (1723), Jaffa (1256), Citron (1263), Kelly Green (1826), Turquoise (1068), Fondant (1241)

Pastel Rainbow

Pale Rose (1080), Spring Green (1316), Sherbet (1034), Lemon (1020), Candyfloss (1130), Parma Violet (1724)

Neutral Rainbow

Buttermilk (1835), Cream (1005), Parchment (1218), Stone (1710), Camel (1420), Mushroom (1832)



Marriner Double Knit, £1 

100% Acrylic, 100g (3.5oz), DK

Bright Rainbow

Red, Jaffa, Sunrise, Cordial, Turquoise, Fondant

Pastel Rainbow

Pale Rose, Pink, Pale Blue, Lavender, Lemon (Supersoft Baby), Mint (Supersoft Baby)

Neutral Rainbow

White, Cream, Oatmeal, Chocolate, Grey (Supersoft Baby), Beige Spot (Mermaid Spot)




Scheepjes Colour Crafter, £2.39

100% Acrylic, 100g (3.5oz), DK 

Bright Rainbow

Amsterdam (1010), The Hague (1256), Leuven (2008), Malmedy (2014), Geraardsbergen (2011), Den Bosch (1241)

Pastel Rainbow

Venlo (1080), Almelo (1316), Leerdam (1263), Urk (1034), Heerlen (1432), Lelystad (1026)

Neutral Rainbow

Barneveld (1005), Ermelo (1710), Hasselt (2010), Bergen (1420), Zandvoort (1218), Verviers (2017)

 

 

 


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Monday, 17 September 2018

Lottie & Albert X Hobbycraft Christmas Collection

Free patterns for my crochet stocking, giant baubles, paper garland and pompom wreath

I'm super excited to announce something I've been keeping under wraps for a while... I've designed an exclusive collection for Hobbycraft and, what's even better - all the projects are free on the Knitcraft blog! See below for links!

I'd love to know what you think, or to see if you make any - please do tag me as @lottieandalbert or use the hashtag #lottieandalbert and #shareyourknitcraft


The collection includes two crochet project: a waistcoat stitch stocking and giant crochet baubles, plus a quick yarn pompom wreath and a paper garland. I loved making this collection, particularly as I got to play with paper and other crafts! I think the crochet baubles have to be my favourite though - particularly with their secret filling - can you guess what it is?





Giant Crochet Baubles


Worked in the round, amigurumi style, the baubles use a super chunky yarn and so make up very quickly. You can either fill them with stuffing and use as cushions, OR, use inflatable 50cm beach balls like I did! That way, you can let them down for storage every year!

You will need:

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For the pattern, please click here



Crochet Stocking


Worked in the round, with a separate heel and cuff, the stocking uses waistcoat stitch for a knit-look and simple colour work to add the V's. The pattern includes full photo tutorials if you have never tried this stitch before. I also love the pom pom trim, which you make separately and then attach on. The stocking is made with Knitcraft In the Zone which is an Aran weight padded yarn in such fun colours.

You will need:

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For the pattern, please click here


Giant Paper Garland



The paper garland uses such simple materials - but a combination of oversized leaves and bright card and tissue paper make everything about it pop! This is a great project to make with little ones too. I attached all my pieces to a wire garland with little bells on, but you could just as easily use a wreath or a faux swag, or simple ribbon, to attach the different elements to.

You will need:

For the tutorial, please click here



Pompom wreath 


For the pompom wreath I was really keen to mix different pompom techniques (striped, speckled, solid) and different yarn weights and textures, to create a really fun make. I used one set of pompom makers and mixed up the sizes! But what really makes this wreath is the faux foliage - the ferns and succulents from Hobbycraft all come with wire inside making them really easy to attach, plus they look super real! I used a large embroidery hoop and the tutorial will take you through the different stages and pompom techniques, all with pictures.

You will need:


I hope you enjoy the collection and that you make something from it - as I said, please do let me know if you do, I get such a buzz from seeing things people have made with my patterns!

Lindsey x
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Friday, 13 July 2018

Giant Granny Square Wallhanging - free crochet pattern

Granny Square Wallhanging 

Turn the humble granny square into a statement wallhanging in an evening! Super chunky yarn and tassels and plaits make this beginner’s project look much more complicated than it is and, bonus, it’s super fast to make!
 

This pattern is written in UK terms (with US conversions given below).


Materials

15mm crochet hook (I used Clover)
Length of wooden dowel or stick approx. 65cm x 3cm

Finished wallhanging size

Including plaits and tassels: 55cm x 90cm
Granny square only: 45cm x 45cm

Gauge

Gauge is not essential for this project, but if your granny square is too loose it may sag when hung.

Abbreviations

ch        chain
tc         treble crochet (US double crochet)
ss         slip stitch

Stitch descriptions

Slip stitch: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, pull this loop through first loop on hook
Treble crochet: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over again and pull though remaining two loops.


Pattern starts

Using Bernat Maker Big and 15mm hook, make a 6-round granny square:

Round 1:

1.     Attach your yarn to your hook using a slip knot, and chain 6 stitches.


2.     Turn your chain into a circle by slip stitching into the first chain on your hook.
3.     Chain 3 (counts as first treble crochet) then work two treble crochets into the middle of the circle you have made. This counts as spoke 1 out of 4 on your first round.



4.     Chain 2 to turn the corner, then work three treble crochets into the centre of the circle. Repeat this step two more times. You should now have four sets of spokes and four corners on your granny square. Slip stitch into the top of the chain 3 from step 3 to join your first round. 


Round 2:

1.     Chain 5 (counts as a treble crochet and a 2-chain space), and make 3 treble crochets into the corner of the round below. Chain 2 to turn the corner, and make 3 more trebles into the same corner you just worked into.


2.     Chain 2, then make 3 trebles, 2 chains, and another 3 trebles into the next corner. 


3.     Repeat step 2 two more times: on the last corner, you have already made the very last treble, and so after you have turned the corner you only need to make 2 trebles. Join to the 3rd chain in your chain 5 from step 1 to join. 


Round 3:

1.     Chain 3 (counts as a treble crochet), and make 2 trebles in the chain-2 space immediately to the left.
2.     Chain 2 then make 3 trebles, 2 chains, and another 3 trebles into the corner. Chain 2, and make three trebles in the chain-2 space.


3.     Continue in this way until you reach the final corner. Chain 2 more stitches, then slip stitch into the top of the chain 3 you made in step 1.

Round 4:

1.     Begin the round by chaining 5 (counts as a treble crochet and a 2 chain space), and working round the square making 3 trebles in each space, and 3 trebles, chain 2, 3 trebles in the corners. Each group of trebles should be separated by 2 chains. Finish the round in the same way you finished round 2.

Round 5:

1.     Begin the round by chaining 3 (counts as a treble crochet), and making 2 trebles in the chain 2 space immediately to the left. Work round the square making 3 trebles in each space, and 3 trebles, chain 2, 3 trebles in the corners. Each group of trebles should be separated by 2 chains. Finish the round in the same way you finished round 3.

Round 6:

1.     Begin the round by chaining 5 (counts as a treble crochet and a 2 chain space), and working round the square making 3 trebles in each space, and 3 trebles, chain 2, 3 trebles in the corners. Each group of trebles should be separated by 2 chains. Finish the round in the same way you finished round 2. Cut and fasten off yarn.


At the end of round 6, weave in any ends.

To make the tassels:

Cut the following lengths of yarn

4 strands at 40cm
4 strands at 45cm
4 strands at 50cm
4 strands at 55cm
4 strands at 60cm
4 strands at 65cm
4 strands at 70cm
4 strands at 75cm

Each tassel is 2 made of strands of yarn, so separate each group of 4 stands out into 2 strands.
Taking one tassel (2 strands), fold in half, the insert in the bottom stitches of your granny square, making a lark’s head knot by passing the ends of the tassel through the middle of the folded tassel, and pulling to secure. 



Space out your tassels in every other stitch along the bottom of one side of your granny square, stating at the edge with the 40cm, then placing a longer tassel each time until you have a 75cm tassel in the middle. Now work along the square placing shorter and shorter tassels until you reach the other side. 


To attach to stick or dowel:

Cut one length of yarn approx. 65 cm long, and tie to one end of your dowel or stick, now tightly wrap around dowel and through each chain 2 space on the top edge of your granny square, until you reach the other side. Tie tightly to dowel. 


To make the plaits:

With the remaining yarn on your ball, separate out into 6 equal long lengths of yarn. Fold in half, then cut at half way point. You should now have two sets, both 6 strands each, to form your plaits.


Taking one set of 6, fold in half again, placing the halfway point over the top of your stick to the side of your granny square. This will give you 12 lengths of yarn hanging down to plait with. Form a plait, with the three parts of the plait each being 4 strands worked together. Repeat this on the other side of the stick. Tie your plaits to close them.

Trim any tassels or plaits to suit, and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern! Find Lindsey and more free Lottie and Albert patterns at @lottieandalbert and www.lottieandalbert.blogspot.com









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