Thursday, January 8, 2015

AllFreeCrochet’s top bloggers of 2014

This is my letter from AllFreeCrochet, I'm so chuffed to say that 2 of my patterns made the list!
My Witch Stitch Hat pattern  
and my One Piece Wonder Baby Bootie pattern.

Please visit their link and show some support for one of the largest collections of free crochet and knit patterns.

I’m excited to announce that you’re one of AllFreeCrochet’s top bloggers of 2014! We’ve compiled a list of 100 of our most popular patterns of the year, and you made the cut! One of your patterns is featured on our Top 100 Patterns list, which is live on our site right now.
Here’s the link to our top 100 list, if you’d like to share it with your readers:

Whilst I am here writing this post, I'd like to advise my followers that 5 months ago I became a grandparent raising 2 of my grandchildren ages 9 months and 3 yrs old.
This has been the reason that I have not been active with my free pattern writing and keeping my blog up to date.
My priorities are quite clear, the children come first!
I do however miss my craft so much and will get back into it when time allows. I really do hope that I see you soon, cheers for now and all of my very best to you all!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Crochet Template For The Beginning of a One Piece Dress/Sweater/Jumper

One of the very first things you may ask when using this information is how many chain st's do I begin with?
If you think about making a hat and that you have to increase to a certain amount of st's for the hat to fit, that count will be the guide for you to make this to fit over the head of your subject
My subject is for a new born to 3 months and they need a hat with approx 60 st's that will fit their head, so I made a beginning ch of 60, then divided them as equally as I could to make a rectangle.
The rectangle is the beginning shape to fit the shoulder and neck area, that triangle will then become a square as st's are added to shape the garment and once again equally. 
Here is a drawing of what we are looking to achieve.

We also need to make these calculations knowing what yarn ply and hook size we are using.

This is my stitch count as I made the garment
As you can see, it begins in the shape of a rectangle
This fits well on my model
The increases are being made and the rectangle is slowly becoming a square
Which still fits well on my model
The square is now more obvious
The shape folds and forms a perfect garment

More rows and increases are made
Now you can really see the shape of the square, I have been using 10 ply and a 4 mm hook

If you would like written instructions, please leave a comment and I will be pleased to provide them.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rocking Knit Chair

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Technology advances in the blink of an eye – while many are obsessed with the latest high-tech devices, let’s not forget that low-tech innovation can also be revolutionary. ECAL students Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex have created a brilliant “Rocking Knit” chair that uses kinetic energy generated from the chair’s gliding motion to knit a winter hat while you sit! The pair unveiled the multitasking rocker at ECAL‘s ‘Low-Tech Factory’ exposition during Designers’ Saturday in Langenthal, Switzerland.

The Rocking Knit chair was created by Lausanne Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex, students at the ECAL University of Art and Design. At first glance, the chair looks a lot like a porch swing or glider chair. Settle into the comfy seat, and you’ll find that it takes little effort to rock back and forth. While you become engrossed in your book or phone conversation, something magical is happening above your head. The chair’s to-and-fro motion turns gears in the frame above your head, activating low-tech machinery that draws yarn up from a spool beneath the seat. As you enjoy a rare moment of relaxation, the Rocking Knit goes to work, knitting a winter hat that soon begins to emerge right above your head!