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Stop Motion Video – Two Little Sheep Go On A Big Adventure

Me and my lovely wife have been working on a big project – our first stop motion video! It took a lot of planning and a bit of learning, and a re-shoot because it wasn’t quite right, but we finally have this amazing video to show you!

Can’t wait any longer to see it? Okay here it is!

So cute right? If you want to meet the stars of the show go here to check them out ^_^

My shop has been having a major overhaul recently as I was getting ready to enter the UK Etsy Awards! Exciting but scary stuff.
I will be posting new items here when I get chance, but if you can’t wait make sure you like my Facebook Page as I’ll be posting them there first!

Lovely to see you today!
Sam xx

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Valentine’s Offer! (And A Big Announcement!)

Etsy Valentines Promotion
Struggling to find the perfect gift for your loved one? Or perhaps you just want a nice treat? Well you can get 20% off any item in my shop until midnight on Valentine’s Day! (GMT)
Just enter the code VLOVE15 (No minimum spend – woohoo!)

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheGiraffesHat

Plus I have a BIG announcement – I now accept custom orders! As an added bonus you’ll get 20% off them too if you order before midnight on Valentine’s Day (GMT)! I am up for a challenge so whatever you have in mind message me :)

Thanks for visiting,
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

This week’s theme is:
GREYSCALE!!


Pretty pretties… This collection really reminds me of winter and wrapping up all snuggly and warm :) I bet those leg warmers would be so nice when its cold!

Here are the links (in order as always):
Spotty Organiser
Puzzle People Shakers
Baby Blanket
Daisy Picture
Painted Wooden Sign
Lace Leg Warmers (These look so so lovely…)
Unspun Lopi Wool
Super Tiny Felt Rabbit (Adorable!!)
Canvas Bag (I am buying my next bag from here!!)

Go check them out, there’s some great finds today!

Thanks for visiting :)
Sam xx