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Hat Commission – Poppy The Dog

At the end of last year I had 2 hat commissions, one for a dog and one for a penguin! I’ll leave the penguin reveal for another day, today I am going to show you Poppy the dog!
The lady who commissioned it wanted a hat that looked like her dog Poppy, who is a beautiful beagle. Here are the pictures!

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She has big floppy ears and a squishy 3d nose

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With a lovely snug lining to keep you warm in the winter months

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And giant fluffy pom-poms! (Honestly, they’re massive!)

This was a really fun commission! It is completely my own design, and it was really fun creating it around someone’s pet :)

What do you think?

Sam xx

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Pretty Crochet Flowers

Crochet Flowers
Thought you might like to see some pretty flowers I have made recently :) There are two different sets at the moment, one in luxury/premium yarn which is super soft and quite floppy, and one in standard yarn. The standard yarn is still really pretty though as you can see, and they are slightly bigger.

The luxury yarn is the ones in the background and the top picture, and the standard yarn is the one in the bottom picture. 

They are both listed on my shop here

Hope you like them!
Sam xx

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Free Pattern: Weave Square

Here’s what I was making from this post! Did you guess right?

Weave Square - Free Pattern
I thought I’d share with you a square I have made! I got the idea from a picture I found online. I couldn’t find a pattern so created my own! I hope you like it :)

Weave Square - Free Pattern (materials needed)
Click here to add to your Ravelry library!

Skill Level: 
Easy to intermediate. The pattern is basic double crochet and half-treble crochet, but putting it together is a bit more complicated. I’ve explained each step as clearly as possible though, and included lots of photo’s to help 

Finished Dimensions:
4×4 inches, but it can be easily adjusted. If you need help with this just ask!

Yarn:
I used a mix of brands in DK. It can be any yarn, but remember it will change the dimensions if it is a different weight

Hook Size:
3.5mm

Other Materials:
Scissors
Darning Needle

Tension:
Unless you are after a specific sized square tension is not necessary. If you do need it to be specific, each strip should measure 9×1 cm each

Stitch Key:
This pattern is in UK terms; for the American terms please see ‘tips’ below 
htr – Half treble
dc – Double crochet

Tips:

  • I find weaving in the ends as you go along really helps. That way all you have to do at the end is weave the last end in. The way I do it is I crochet over the first loose end made, then sew in the one at the end of each strip. None of my strips had loose ends once I started connecting them, making things much easier and neater.
  • The coloured strips are only fastened down at the ends. 
  • American term conversion: htr in UK is hdc in US;  dc in UK is sc in US

Making the strips
You need to make 5 white, 2 orange, 2 medium yellow, 1 light yellow, or any colour combination! 

Row 1: ch 18. htr in the 3rd chain from hook, htr along (16 sts) Fasten off and weave in ends. Repeat until you have the right amount of strips.

Weave Square - Free Pattern (strips)

Putting the square together
Row 2: Join in with white on a white strip as if you were about to do another row of htr. dc 1. Then pick up one of the dark strips. Place it vertically at the back of the white strip and dc in the next 2 sts, making sure you go through both strips. dc in the next st on the white strip. Repeat this process with all of the coloured strips, overlapping and under-lapping alternately, with a dc between each one. Use the picture for guidance. End with a dc.

Weave Square - Free Pattern (strips)

Row 3: ch 1, 2 dc down the end of the white strip you’ve been working on, then ch 1. Pick up the next white strip and dc twice along the short edge, then ch 1. repeat with the rest of the white strips. Make sure you don’t dc through the edge of the coloured strip here, only crochet the white ones. The coloured strips only get dc along the short ends. You don’t need to worry about the placement of the coloured strips until you do the next side, so don’t worry about them for now.

Weave Square - Free Pattern (strips)
Row 4: This is where you start needing to make sure the strips are in the right place, but the weaving is not super important other than for guidance until you get to the white strips again. The main thing to remember is if it under-laps at the top then it does at the bottom too. Starting with the dark colour, overlap and under-lap in the right place, again using the picture for guidance. Then ch 1 and dc along in the same way as round 2.

Weave Square - Free Pattern (Third Side)
Row 5: Now you need to make sure the colours are weaved properly. All the coloured strips are fastened down so you will only be able to move the white strips. Once that’s done: *ch 1, dc in next 2 sts of the short end of the white strip* repeat along, making sure the strips are weaved correctly for the final time, ending with a ch 1

Row 6: starting with 2dc  in the next st (the corner), dc around the whole square, making sure you do 2 dc in the rest of the corners too Fasten off, weave in the final yarn end, and you’re done!

Weave Square - Free Pattern
Hope you enjoyed my tutorial! If you have any questions feel free to ask me, and if you send me photo’s of your finished squares I’ll post them here! (I’ll get round to this soon, I promise!)

If you’d like to save it for later here’s the Ravelry link!

If you’d find it easier to read this pattern in Hungarian, The wonderful Mercédesz has translated it over on her blog! Go here to check it out ^_^
Translations are always welcome as long as they credit me and link back to my blog. If you’d like to be added to the bottom of the pattern post your link below or message me!

Sam xx

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Etsy Finds Friday – Christmas Edition

I am so sorry its been two weeks since my last post! I’ve not been feeling great so decided to have a break for a little while. Hope you can understand ♥

Over the next few weeks I will be focusing on Christmas gifts, and to cover every collection I will do two groups on each post (e.g. today I will be doing both mum and dad), and I will be doing a post every Friday (like normal) and an extra one on Monday’s :) This will also hopefully help if you want to buy anything as it won’t be too close to Christmas. Also, As always I will post something for every budget! ^_^

So, the first theme is:
MUM!


Here are the links:
Mother and Daughter Matching Aprons (So pretty!)
‘Mom’ Scrabble Tile Decoration
101 Notes of Thanks for Mom
Personalised Quilted Patchwork Stocking (I want one of these!)
‘Wonderful Mother’ Eye Chart
‘Home is where my Mom is’ Ornament Sign
Personalised Journal/Scrapbook (wow!)
‘Love You Mom’ Clay Birds
Crochet Nursing Necklace

So now here is the next selection:
DAD!


Here are the links:
‘I love you Dad’ Pencil Set
Personalised Mug (Love this)
‘Worlds Best Dad’ Keychain Bottle opener
Grey Canvas Bag/Backpack
‘You Are My Hero’ Print (Adorable!)
Paint Your Own Dad Doll Stamp Kit (Great idea)
Personalised Hammer Keychain
Mens Holiday Fun Pack (This is amazing!)
Personalised ‘Dad’ Tshirt

Hope you’ve spied the perfect presents for your mum and dad above, and see you on Monday! :)

Sam xx

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Etsy Finds Friday – Special Edition

A day late again…. If I carry on like this I will have to change the name to ‘Etsy Finds Saturday’! Doesn’t quite have the same feel though does it?

Anyway, today’s theme is a special edition:
HALLOWEEN!!

As it is Halloween on Wednesday I thought I would show you some Halloween-themed finds from Etsy ^_^ There is so many wonderful things so I decided to split my mosaic into 4 sets:

Costumes:
Baby Dress and Headband
Adult Iron Man 2 Ironette Costume (Really really want this!)
Children’s Witch Costume (Adorable!!)
Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Wig

Decorations:
Trick Or Treat Banner (I love how this has netting in-between each letter)
‘Boo’ Wreath
Bat Garland (Want one of these!)
Clip Art Owl’s (So cute!)


Decorations, toys, bags and make-up:
Ghost Garden Decoration
Toy Monster Blocks (Adorable!)
Personalised Trick Or Treat Bag
Shooting Star Eyelashes (I really Love these, so pretty and can be used for any occasion)


Signs, lighting and buckets:
Wooden ‘Boo’ Sign (So simple!)
Personalised Trick or Treating Bucket
Needle felting Cactus Monster Kit (This would be great to make for a halloween party!)
Wooden Hanging Sign with Bow

Halloween is not very big here in the Uk. I would love to go to America for Halloween one day! It always looks so amazing ♥ Are you going to/having a Halloween party this year? We will be putting up a few decorations, carving a pumpkin (If we can get one in time!) and handing out sweets :) Not dressing up though, I don’t have anything I could wear!

Whatever you do, I hope you have a great time :)
Sam xx

**Edited to change the final collection due to a shop asking me to remove their picture.**

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Etsy Finds Friday

From today (Wednesday 20th June) I will have no internet for about 2 weeks. Please still feel free to comment or send a message and I will get back to you as soon as I’m back! I have organised for some posts to auto-post, sorry if this doesn’t work!

Today’s Etsy Finds theme is:
ORANGE!


Such a pretty colour, and so summery! Here are the links:
Cupcake mouse
Fox earings
Flower cushion
Bunny teddy (oh my gosh this is so cute!!)
Wall art
Pegs
Nail varnish
Bike planter
Polymer clay canes

Thanks for visiting, Hopefully posts will be back to normal soon :)
Sam xx