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New Item Listed – Baby/Child Bamboo Cotton Crocheted Summer Hat!

I have listed a new item – woohoo!

Baby Hat
It is made with a gorgeous bamboo cotton yarn that has some amazing benefits! Bamboo is eco-friendly as it requires no chemicals and very little water to grow, and it is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. It also absorbs more carbon dioxide from the air than other plants and releases more oxygen. Bamboo cotton keeps you cool as well as absorbing moisture away from your body. It is also great for allergy-prone and sensitive skin, and is anti-fungal and antibacterial! It is breathable and doesn’t retain odors, meaning less washing! With 100% natural fibers it is a great choice for your little one.

Baby Hat
Flowers
It has a really cute triangle design and comes with one big flower and one small one in any colour! There are 11 flower colour combinations to choose from:
Pinks and purples –
Pinks and purples
Greens, white and yellow –
Greens, white and yellow
Blues –
Blues
You can message me if there isn’t a colour listed and I will try to find a matching yarn for you! Or, if you want a different accessory altogether, say a dinosaur or heart, just message me!

Here’s a close up of the scalloped edge

Scalloped edging
For the custom fit: Measure all around your child’s head in a full circle across the forehead. If this is for a gift or you can’t measure for any reason, add the age into the message when buying instead and I will base it on averages. However this is not a guaranteed size and I would recommend measuring for a good fit.

You can buy it from my Etsy shop for £8.50, and I ship worldwide

Thank you for visiting today, I hope you like my newest item!
Sam xx

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Upcoming Surgery (And a Sneak Peek!)

Sneak Peek
I am very sorry for being away for so long, but I have been having tests done. I have had the results, and have 2 tumours on my liver. Thankfully they are benign, but they are very large (around 10 cm each) and have to be removed by liver resection. I am scheduled for the major surgery on Friday and I am incredibly scared! I’m going to be in hospital for about 2 weeks, so won’t be able to post until I’m back home.

When I get back I will show you all the things I have been making! I have a lovely blanket to make while in hospital (I wanted something easy and repetitive). I have made some of already so I can get used to the pattern, so hopefully I will finish it in hospital and can recover at home snuggled underneath it!

Also to keep you interested while I’m away, here’s a sneak peek of something I have been making lots of recently! ^_^

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!
Sam xx

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I’m back! (And welcome to any new visitors!)

Hey everyone!
Sorry I don’t seem to be blogging much recently, but I *think* I’m ready to come back!! ^_^ I think I just lost my blogging buzz for a while. Hopefully It’s back now and things can get back to normal!

If anyone has come here after receiving a business card from me or the charity event, welcome! My shop should be opening at the beginning of December :) 

Here’s a preview of something I’ve made recently, and I will be posting about soon!


Can you guess what it’s going to be?

Sam xx

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Happy Valentines Day!!

Crochet Valentines Hearts
Happy Valentines Day!! I hope you’re all having a happy, love-filled day :)
Above is a picture of a heart I’ve crocheted, the pattern can be found here. Its really easy, so give it a go! Perfect gift to show love to your partner, or a family or friend who you want to show some love to! ^_^

I’ll be back in a few hours with a special Valentines Etsy Finds post!

Sam xx

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Etsy Finds Friday

Its etsy finds friday! Yay! The past few weeks this has been on hold because of moving and having no internet, but hopefully it will be back on from today :) (Also, after searching for items on etsy it’s actually turned to Saturday, oops! But late is better than never, right?)

Today’s theme is:
YELLOW! (Which brings up the problem of visibility when writing! oops!)


I loved searching for today’s theme, it made me so smiley! Here are the links:
Owl toy and blanket
Paper elephants
Slouchy hat
Bakers twine
Tree print
Elephant and zigzag pillows
Bee ribbon
Clutch purse
Kawaii deco kit

Check out the links, there’s some really great items!

Thanks for visiting again :)
Sam xx