Scheepjes Cal 2016 – An emotional crochet journey

Until recently I’ve never heard of a CAL before. CAL means crochet along and in most cases, designers realease parts of a pattern over a series of weeks. I’ve never done one before but through Id try this one. 


The story behind this one is heartbreaking. Wink, the creator of Scheepjes 2014 CAL unfortunately lost her battle with depression while designing this years CAL so a selection of crochet designers finished it of. I love this design so decided to join in. 
Although the weekly patterns are free you can purchase the packs of yarn. There is three colour ways in two different yarns. One an acrylic and the other a merino wall. I opted for the acrylic dance in the rain option. I love the combination of grey and blue tones that compliment the natural tones in the box. 


Each box contributes a donation to mental health charities which I think is an awesome sentiment. 

Currently we are on week 2. Patterns are released on a Wednesday with pdf instructions and videos. So far so good. After a few gauge problems this week I’ve got off to a flying start. 

I will keep you updated on my progress. If you are creating this item too please get in touch. I’d love to share and discuss our progress. 

Until next time. 

Lizzie xxx 

Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern – Barry the Teddy Bear

Sorry that the blog has been a little quiet but I have been poorly and have been focusing on a range of Amigurumi patterns. I will share my favourites in a seperate post but after a while I wanted to have a go and designing my own. This is how Barry the Bear got created.

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This tiny fella is a quick and easy project. I made it with some left over cotton yarn I had hanging around but I’m pretty sure you can make him using most double knit yarns.

 

Shopping List

  • Double Knit cotton yarn in two colours. One for the bear colour and one for the tshirt colour. At least 30g of each
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • 2 x 6mm safety eyes
  • DMC Standard Cotton in 310 (Black)
  • Fibrefill of your choice
  • Needle for sewing parts together

Essential Pattern Notes

  • Bear is worked in continuous rounds unless stated
  • Pattern is written in US terminology
  • Do not publish or copy the pattern online.
  • I am happy for you to sell your finished items but you need to give credit for the pattern and state where it can be found.

Stitches used and abbreviations

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

inc – 2sc in 1 stitch

dec – single crochet decrease

 

Let’s get started …

Head

R1: Using bear colour ch 2. 6sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sts)

R2: *Inc*, repeat 6 times (12 sts)

R3: *Sc, inc*, repeat 6 times. (18 sts)

R4: *2sc, inc*, repeat 6 times. (24 sts)

R5: *3sc, inc*, repeat 6 times. (30 sts)

R6: *4sc, inc*, repeat 6 times (36 sts)

R7 – R13: Sc 36 (36 sts)

R14: *4sc, dec*, repeat 6 times (30 sts)

R15: Sc 30 (30 sts)

R16: *3sc, dec*, repeat 6 times (24 sts)

R17: *2sc, dec*, repeat 6 times (18 sts)

R18: *sc, dec*, repeat 6 times (12 sts)

R19: Sc 12. (12 sts)

Fasten off. Attach safety eyes between rows 11 and 12. Stuff head with filling. Sew nose and smile using DMC Standard Cotton 310.

 

Ears (Make 2)

R1: Using bear colour, ch 2. 6sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sts)

R2: *Inc*, repeat 6 times (12 sts)

R3: *Sc, inc*, repeat 6 times. (18 sts)

R4 – 6: SC 18 (18 sts)

Attach ears to head.

 

Legs (Make 2)

R1: Using bear colour, ch 2. 5sc in 2nd ch from hook. (5 sts)

R2: *Inc*, repeat 5 times (10 sts)

R3: *Sc, inc*, repeat 5 times. (15 sts)

R4: In back loops, sc 15 (15 sts)

R5 – 10: Sc 15 (15 sts). Fasten off  one leg but do not fasten of the second leg.

Body

R11: Crochet the legs and then join using 2 slit stitches using the yarn of the second leg. Then 15 sc around the first leg followed by 15 sc around the second leg. (30 sts)

R12: Sc 30 (30 sts)

Change colour to the colour you desire the tshirt to be.

R13: Sc 30 (30 sts)

R14: *8sc, dec* 3 times. (27 sts)

R15 – 16: Sc 27 (27 sts)

R17: *7sc, dec* 3 times. (24 sts)

R18: Sc 24 (24 sts)

R19: *6sc, dec* 3 times. (21 sts)

R20: Sc 21 (21 sts)

R21: *5sc, dec* 3 times. (18 sts)

R22: Sc 18 (18 sts)

R23: *4sc, dec* 3 times. (15 sts)

Change colour back to the fur colour.

R24: *3sc, dec* 3 times. (12 sts)

R25: Sc 12 (12 sts)

Fasten off leaving yarn for attachment to head. and stuff with filling. Attach head to the body.

Arms (Make two)

R1: Ch 2. 6sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sts)

R2: *Sc2, Inc*, 2 times (8 sts)

R3: *Sc3, inc*, 2 times. (10 sts)

Change colour to tshirt colour.

R4-R8. Sc 10 (10 sts)

R9: *Sc3, dec*, 2 times. (8 sts)

R10: Sc 8 (8 sts)

Attach arms to body. Sew in lose thread and cut accordingly.

And there you have it. You should have your own Barry the Bear. Please remember to share your creation. You can do this on Ravelry. It is probably how you found Barry.

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Until next time

Lizzie and Barry xxx

Now not Free Crochet Pattern – Childs Mermaid Tail

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I have discovered that someone has decided to use my pattern to make money and has published it online making a nice sum of money.

It is with regret that in an attempt to prevent this happening I have published the pattern myself on Etsy so it can be purchased. I have tried to keep the cost as low as possible for everyone.  From here I will be able to also offer technical support.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/459376450/pdf-pattern-instant-download-crochet?ref=shop_home_active_1

 

Sorry for the quick decision but I hated being taken advantage of. I have loved receiving you comments and positive feedback on the pattern. It is unbeliable the views this item has received.  I will try to provide more free patterns in the near future

 

Lizzie

17th August 2016

Free Cross Stitch Pattern Part 3 – Russian Dolls – You are beautiful inside and out

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The final addition to free Russian Doll cross stitch pattern is this design for ‘you are beautiful inside and out.’

  • I stitched the item on white 14 count Aida measuring 5″ x 7″ using a needle size 24.
  • I used DMC standard cotton colour 327 – Dark Violet
  • Buttons available from Barrett’s Buttons.

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And there you have it

 

Don’t forget the send pictures of your completed design or tag us in Instagram. It has been amazing seeing what you have made so far and your interpretations of the designs.

 

Enjoy

 

Lizzie xxx

Free Crochet Pattern – Baby Mermaid Tail Sleeping Bag

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There is a massive trend of stitching mermaids tails at the moment and they look awesome, however it was somehow becoming my crochet Achilles heel. I was finding I couldn’t find patterns that suited my needs – too short, too wide, too chunky, too thin, too textured. This list was endless. I wanted to create a baby friendly sleeping pattern but could not find something that was suitable so the only thing for it was to create my own pattern. This is surprisingly if you have been crocheting for a while as you spot patterns on how items form. I’d recommend giving it ago if you want to create something specific to you.

For my needs I wanted to create a baby mermaid tail using double knit yarn.  I find double knit baby friendly and the selection of yarns in my area is more then Aran or chunky. I also wanted the pattern to be wider and more snuggly, something I was not finding with other patterns on the internet.

Materials I used

5mm crochet hook – I’m currently using these hooks from Amazon. They are an absolute bargain and really easy to crochet with.

Yarn: Marriner Mermaid Double Knit in Carnival (Yes it is called mermaid – what are the odds). I only need one ball and still had loads left (over 40g). You can purchase it from Amazon here.

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Scissors (crochet essential really)

Pattern Notes – READ BEFORE YOU START!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pattern is written using American terminology
  • Item is stitched in continuous rounds so no joining.
  • Finished item measures approx 28cm at the top (11 inches) and 32cm for the sleeping bag part of the tail.

 

  • You may not use, reuse or sale any portion of this pattern. Remember guys, sharing is caring.
  • I am happy for you to sell your finished items
  • Don’t forget to tag us into any photos on Instagram (lizzieinstitches) or upload photos on Ravely.

Abbreviations Uses

ch- chain

st – stitch

sts – stitches

hdc – half double crochet

hdc dec – half double crochet decrease

hdc inc – 2 hald double crochet in one sts

sl – slip stitch

 

 

 

Right let’s go ………

Don’t forget: Work  in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds).

 

With main colour ch 2.

Round 1: 8 hdc in second ch from hook (8sts)

Round 2: 2 hdc in each sts (16 sts)

Round 3: 1hdc in each st around (16 sts)

Round 4: 1hdc in each st around (16 sts)

Round 5: 1hdc in each st around (16 sts)

Round 6: 1 hdc followed by 2hdc in the next stitch. Repeat until you have 24 sts. (24 sts)

Round 7:  1hdc in each st around (24 sts)

Round 8: 1hdc in each st around (24 sts)

Round 9: 1hdc in each st around (24 sts)

Round 10: 1hdc in the next 2sts followed by 2hdc in the next stitch. Repeat until you have 32 sts. (32 sts)

Round 11: 1hdc in each st around (32 sts)

Round 12: 1hdc in each st around (32 sts)

Round 13: 1hdc in the next 3sts followed by 2hdc in the next stitch. Repeat until you have 40 sts. (40 sts)

Round 14: 1hdc in each st around (40 sts)

Round 15: 1hdc in each st around (40 sts)

Round 16: 1hdc in the next 4sts followed by 2hdc in the next stitch. Repeat until you have 48 sts. (48 sts)

Round 17: 1hdc in each st around (48 sts)

Round 18: 1hdc in the next 5sts followed by 2hdc in the next stitch. Repeat until you have 56 sts. (56 sts)

Round 19: 1hdc in each st around (56 sts)

Round 20: 1hdc in the next 6sts followed by 2hdc in the next stitch. Repeat until you have 64 sts. (64 sts)

Round 21: 1hdc in each st around (64 sts)

Round 22: 1hdc in the next 7sts followed by 2hdc in the next stitch. Repeat until you have 72 sts. (72 sts)

Round 23: 1hdc in each st around (72 sts)

Round 24: 1hdc in the next 8sts followed by 2hdc in the next stitch. Repeat until you have 80 sts. (80 sts)

Rounds 25 – 36: 1hdc in each st around (80 sts)

Fasten off.

 

Fin Instructions

Make one and when finished attatch to the bottom of the sleeping bag. We are now working in rows, not continuous rounds.

 

Chain 24

Row 1: 1hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc 22 in remaining chains (23 sts)

Row 2: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 23hdc  across. (23 sts)

Row 3: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 23hdc  across. (23 sts)

Row 4: Row 3: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 21hdc  across.  1hdc dec in final 2 sts (22 sts)

Row 5: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 22hdc  across. (22 sts)

Row 6: Row 3: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 20hdc  across.  1hdc dec in final 2 sts (21 sts)

Row 7: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 21hdc  across. (21 sts)

Row 8: Row 3: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 19hdc  across.  1hdc dec in final 2 sts (20 sts)

Row 9: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 20hdc  across. (20 sts)

Row 10: Row 9: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 10hdc  across. Chain 11.

Row 11: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 19hdc  across. 1 hdc in in final st (21 sts)

Row 12: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 21hdc  across. (21 sts)

Row 13: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 20hdc  across. 1 hdc in in final st (22 sts)

Row 14: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 22hdc  across. (22 sts)

Row 15: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 21hdc  across. 1 hdc in in final st (22 sts)

Row 16: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 22hdc  across. (22 sts)

Row 17: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 22hdc  across. 1 hdc in in final st (23 sts)

Row 18: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 23hdc  across. (23 sts)

Row 19: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 23hdc  across. 1 hdc in in final st (24 sts)

Row 20: Working in the back loops of the previous round, ch 1 and 24hdc  across. (24 sts)

Fasten off.

 

And there you have it – a mermaid tail sleeping bag for a baby. Don’t forget to tag me in any photos of your creation or pop your work on Ravely. Until next time.

 

Lizzie xxx

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Free Cross Stitch Pattern Part 2 – Russian Dolls, It’s whats inside that counts

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If you are a fan of the previous free cross stitch pattern, Russian Dolls are just so full of themselves you will want to stitch this item too!!!!

I stitched the item on white 14 count Aida measuring 5″ x 7″ using a needle size 24.

I used DMC standard cotton colour 3803 – Dark Mauve.

Buttons available from Barrett’s Buttons.

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There has been some awesome stitching going from the previous pattern. If you stitch an item please email me on buttons@my.com or tag me in on Instagram – lizzieinstitches.

 

Looking forward to seeing your stitching.

 

Lizzie xxx

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