Book Review :: Crochet Loom Blooms

loom blooms cover1I’m back today with another book review.  There are so many great craft books coming out lately I can barely keep up and today’s featured book is no exception!

When I was asked if I’d like to review this gorgeous new book  – *Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen (*UK/Aus version is called ‘Flower Loom Blooms’) I jumped at the chance.

I’ve been following Haafner on instagram for years and her feed is a feast of beautiful crochet. You should definitely check out her profile here.  Go on!  It will make your eyes happy!

I’ve seen flower looms around before but have never been inspired to try them out but one look at the cover of this beautiful book I was instantly attracted and eager to learn more.

The book is divided into four chapters, covering all the essential techniques you’ll need to start making your own blooms.  Each of the 30 flower motifs are beautifully photographed with clear written instructions as well as charts for those of us who prefer visual aids.

There are 5 projects included to get you started but the possibilities are endless really. All the motifs shown in the book come with instructions for joining so you can use any motif to make blankets, curtains, clothing or whatever your imagination can dream up.

Itching to get started, I ordered myself a loom here.   At first I was all fingers and thumbs and my first couple of blooms were a flop.  But after I got through that fiddly stage I was cranking out cute little flowers like a champ.  They are quick to make and a great way to use up all those little bits of scrap yarn.

Here’s what I’m making

 

loom_bloomsIt’s the ‘Summer of Love’ motif.  Cute, yes!  I think I’ll keep going and make a cushion cover.

In summary, Crochet Loom Blooms is not only pretty to look at, it is a comprehensive guide to combining two fun crafts together in a unique way.

If you like pretty things or would like to add another dimension to your crochet I would highly recommend adding this book to your collection.  Click here if you’d like to purchase your own copy of Crochet Loom Blooms.

Until next time

Michelle x

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 *I received a digital copy of this book in return for my no obligation, honest opinion.  All opinions are my own. 

 

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Book Review: Crochet Kaleidoscope

 

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I am delighted to bring you a review of the fantastic new book Crochet Kaleidoscope – Shifting Shapes and Shades across 100 Motifs by Sandra Eng aka mobiusgirl on instagram or you can also find Sandra on her blog here

Inside you will find  a fantastic variety of patterns for 100 different motifs ranging in shape from circles, squares, hexagons, triangles and other shapes.  There really is something for everyone in this book!

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Each motif includes a clear photo, written instructions and a chart diagram.  Many of the motif designs are also shown in alternative colourways which is a great feature and really highlights how different a motif can look depending on your colour choices.

Speaking of colour, there is an excellent chapter on choosing colours which guides you through colour selection using the colour wheel, finding inspiration and pairing colours as well as some excellent links to ‘colour picking’ tools available on the web.

This book is a wonderful resource to add to your crochet bookshelf which you will refer to time and again when planning new projects.  I really liked the tip on using a photo collage app to get a sense of what your finished project will look like when all joined together.  To kickstart your creativity, there are patterns 5 gorgeous projects using some of the motifs in the book.

I always like to make something from the book I am reviewing.  Flicking through the pages, it was hard to choose.  There were so many interesting motifs I wanted to try, I didn’t know where to start!

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I was really drawn to the Solstice Pillow and I’ve made a start on making these squares.  So eye-catching!

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I also know someone who would absolutely love the Zinia Table runner

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This is a great stash-buster project!  I’ve made a start with these – it’s very addictive and I’m enjoying how quickly it’s working up.

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In summary, Crochet Kaleidoscope is a great book and I would highly recommend it.  It will make a wonderful addition to your library and I’m sure you’ll refer to it often.

Until next time

Michelle x

*disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book in return for my no obligation, honest opinion.  There are no affiliate links in this post.

Herringbone Cushion Pattern in Mollie Makes Issue 84

Herringbone Cushion pattern - Mollie Makes issue 84I was pleasantly surprised to discover the Herringbone Cushion pattern from my Tunisian Crochet Workshop book is reprinted in the latest issue of Mollie Makes (issue 84).  How exciting!

Herringbone Cushion pattern - Mollie Makes issue 84

This latest issue is out now in the UK.  I’m not sure when it will be available here in Australia or elsewhere but the digital version is available on the links below:

Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mollie-makes/id911319779?mt=8

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/newsstand/details/Mollie_Makes?id=CAowr9LnAw

Until next time

Michelle x

 

 

Merry-Go-Round: 1 Motif – 2 Ways

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You may remember me showing you this pattern that I was working on way back here.

Well that was January and now it’s almost the end of April!  Once again time has flown out the door and this almost finished pattern has sat glaring at me ever since.  Mainly because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it …. hexi or square …. cushion or blanket … this or that …

So enough with the muddled over-thinking!  I give it to you as is and you can choose what you would like to make.  Hexi or Square it’s up to you (or you could even make just the circle and use it as a pretty little embellishment or even a garland…)

OK let’s make stuff!

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Merry-Go-Round Pattern:

I’ve written out the patterns in both US terms and UK/AUS terms.  Find the version you’re familiar with and lets get hookin…

Also – I haven’t had this pattern tested externally so please do let me know if you spot any errors.  Edit – 3/5/16: there was a small error in round 2 which has now been fixed.  

Size:  9 cm

What You’ll Need:

  • 4mm hook
  • 8ply/DK yarn:  I’ve used Cascade Ultra Pima cotton in Sunshine, Honeysuckle, China Pink and Cool Mint but any yarn will do.

Colour Combinations:

With just 4 colours you can get at least 24 different colour combinations.   I’ve used the same colour in Rounds 1 & 6 giving you even more (don’t ask me to do the math – too hard! 😉 .  Check out this site  for a great formula for creating unique colour combo’s.

Abbreviations:

US Terms used (UK in brackets)

ch                chain

dc (tr)         double crochet (treble crochet)

sc (dc)         single crochet (double crochet)

sl st              slip stitch

sp/s             space/s           

yo                 yarn over

Special Stitches:  

US Terms / (UK/AUS in brackets)

2-dc (tr) Cluster stitch: Work first half of a dc (tr) as normal but before the last yo (2 loops on hook), yo and insert back into same st, yo, pull loop through (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through first 2 loops on hook (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 3 loops (stitch made)

Note : the first cluster st in a round will be worked differently. Instructions are given within the pattern for this first st then follow the above instructions for all subsequent stitches

Long DC (tr): Worked the same as a regular dc (tr) but into a stitch further down in the previous round. Keep your tension on the looser side and draw the stitch up so that it is even with the rest of the stitches in current round.

Popcorn: Work 3 dc (tr) into same stitch, drop the loop off your hook and re-insert hook under the top 2 loops of the first dc (tr) in the group, grab the dropped loop with your hook and pull back through the stitch, ch 1 to secure.

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Pattern – US TERMS:

SQUARE

Start:   Make a magic circle or ch 4 and join with a sl st to form a ring

Round 1:  Using Colour A, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc into ring. Join with a sl st and into top of beginning ch-3. Fasten off (12 dc)

Round 2:  Join Colour B, ch 2 (counts as 1st partial dc), yo and insert hook back into same st, yo, pull loop through (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through first 2 loops on hook (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through  2 loops (first 2-dc Cluster stitch made), ch 1, * 2-dc cluster, ch 1. Repeat from * into each st to end. Join with a sl st into top of first cluster and fasten off (12 x 2-dc clusters)

Round 3:  Join Colour C into top of first cluster st of previous round, ch 1, sc into same st, make a long dc into the base of the same cluster st, *sc into top of next cluster st, long dc into base of same cluster st . Repeat from * to end   Join with a sl st into top of first sc and fasten off.

Round 4:  Join Colour D into top of first long dc from previous round, ch 1, sc into same st, make a popcorn in the next st , * sc in next st, popcorn in next st. Repeat from * to end.       Join with a sl st into first sc and fasten off.

Round 5:  Join Colour A into the first sc between popcorns of previous round, ch 1, sc into same st, ch 3, * sc into next st between popcorns, ch 3. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st into first sc. Don’t break off yarn. * if you’re making a hexi scroll down to Hexi instructions for Round 6.

Round 6:  Sl st into first ch space, [ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] into same sp, 3 dc into next two spaces, * [3 dc, ch 2 , 3 dc] into next sp, 3 dc into next two spaces. Repeat from * to end (4 corners & 2 sets of 3 dc between). Join with a sl st into top of beginning ch-3 and fasten off.

Round 7:  Join White into any corner sp, [ch 3 (counts as first dc), 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] into same sp, dc into next 12 sts, * [2dc, ch 1, 2 dc] into corner sp, dc into next 12 sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st into beginning ch-3. Fasten off and weave in ends.

HEXI:

Rounds 1 – 5:  Work as for square

Round 6: Sl st into first ch space, [ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc, ch 2 , 3 dc] into same sp, 3 dc into next sp, * [3 dc, ch 2 , 3 dc] into next sp, 3 dc into next sp. Repeat from * to end (6 corners & 1 set of 3 dc between). Join with a sl st into top of beginning ch-3 and fasten off.

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Pattern – UK/AUS TERMS:

SQUARE

Start:   Make a magic circle or ch 4 and join with a sl st to form a ring

Round 1:  Using Colour A, ch 3 (counts as first tr), 11 tr into ring. Join with a sl st and into top of beginning ch-3. Fasten off (12 tr)

Round 2:  Join Colour B, ch 2 (counts as 1st partial tr), yo and insert hook back into same st, yo, pull loop through (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through first 2 loops on hook (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (first 2-tr Cluster stitch made), ch 1, * 2-tr cluster, ch 1. Repeat from * into each st to end. Join with a sl st into top of first cluster and fasten off (12 x 2-tr clusters)

Round 3:  Join Colour C into top of first cluster st of previous round, ch 1, dc into same st, make a long tr into the base of the same cluster st, * dc into top of next cluster st, long tr into base of same cluster st . Repeat from * to end   Join with a sl st into top of first dc and fasten off.

Round 4:  Join Colour D into top of first long tr from previous round, ch 1, dc into same st, make a popcorn in the next st , * dc in next st, popcorn in next st. Repeat from * to end.       Join with a sl st into first dc and fasten off.

Round 5:  Join Colour A into the first dc between popcorns of previous round, ch 1, dc into same st, ch 3, * dc into next st between popcorns, ch 3. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st into first dc. Don’t break off yarn.* if you’re making a hexi scroll down to Hexi instructions for Round 6.

Round 6:  Sl st into first ch space, [ch 3 (counts as first tr), 2 tr, ch 2 , 3 tr] into same sp, 3 tr into next two spaces, * [3 tr, ch 2 , 3 tr] into next sp, 3 tr into next two spaces. Repeat from * to end (4 corners & 2 sets of 3 tr between). Join with a sl st into top of beginning ch-3 and fasten off.

Round 7:  Join White into any corner sp, [ch 3 (counts as first tr), 1 tr, ch 1, 2 tr] into same sp, tr into next 12 sts, * [2tr, ch 1, 2 tr] into corner sp, tr into next 12 sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st into beginning ch-3. Fasten off and weave in ends.

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HEXI:

Rounds 1 – 5:  Work as for square

Round 6: Sl st into first ch space, [ch 3 (counts as first tr), 2 tr, ch 2 , 3 tr] into same sp, 3 tr into next sp, * [3 tr, ch 2 , 3 tr] into next sp, 3 tr into next sp. Repeat from * to end (6 corners & 1 set of 3 tr between). Join with a sl st into top of beginning ch-3 and fasten off.

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I hope you’ll enjoy making these sweet motifs.

Until next time

Michelle x

 

 

Pegboard Baskets – free pattern

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I was given some Ribbon XL yarn to try some time ago by the lovely Gwen from Hoooked and have finally had the chance to have a little play with it.

I’m on an organising kick at the moment and needed some pretty storage solutions to control my mess (ahem … creativity 😉 so these handy little  baskets were just the thing I needed and are the perfect size for storing all your bits and bobs.  I’m hanging mine on my pegboard but they can be hung anywhere you like.

Made in my favourite stitch, the Linen Stitch, which gives them a wonderful woven texture.  I’ve included instructions for a basket with a contrast band around the top or you can change colour in any round to make your basket your own.

 What you’ll need:

  • 6.mm hook
  • Ribbon XL yarn – I’ve used  Mint Green and Sweet Pink.  (I’ve only used 1/2 skein of each colour to make 3 baskets so there’s plenty left over)

US Terms Used (UK terms in brackets)

Abbreviations:

ch:  chain

pm:   place marker

sc (dc):   single crochet (double crochet)

sk:    skip

st/s:  stitch/es

ss:   slip stitch

yo:  yarn over

Pattern:

Worked in spiral rounds. Place marker in first st of each round, moving marker up as you go.

 Base:

Round 1:  Make a magic ring  (or ch 4 and join with a ss).  6 sc (dc) into ring

Round 2:  2 sc (dc) into each st to end (12 sc (dc) )

Round 3:  * 1 sc (dc), 2 sc (dc) into next st. Repeat from * to end ( 18 sc (dc) )

Round 4:  * 2 sc (dc), 2 sc (dc) into next st. Repeat from * to end ( 24 sc (dc) )

Round 5:  * 3 sc (dc), 2 sc (dc) into next st. Repeat from * to end ( 30 sc (dc) )

 Sides:

Round 6:   sc (dc) into first st, * ch 1, sk next st, sc (dc) into next st. Repeat from * to last st, sc into last st

Round 7:  sc (dc) into first st, * ch 1, sc (dc) into next ch sp. Repeat from * to end.

Rounds 8 – 10:  Work as for Round 7. Change colour at the end of Round 10 (when you have 2 loops left on your hook for the last st, yo with new colour and pull through to complete st).  Fasten off main colour.

Rounds 11 – 13:  Continuing on in contrast colour, work as for Round 7. (Linen stitch pattern ends after Round 13)

Round 14:  ss into first st, Ch 5, skip next 4 sps and sts (2 sps and 2 sts), sc (dc) into next st, sc (dc) into each sp and st to end

Handle:  5 sc (dc) over ch sts from previous round, join with a ss into next sc (dc) of previous round. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Happy hooking!

Michelle x

 

 

Crochet Ribbon Christmas Tree Pattern

ChristmasTree_NewHello friends 🙂

Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas !?  Nope.  Me either!  My head is still firmly stuck way back in June somewhere and I’m not at all ready to start thinking about Turduckens or Christmas cheer.

Despite my un-christmasy mood,  I’ve put together a quick and easy pattern for you to deck your halls (or tree).

So without further ado here ’tis…

Crochet Ribbon Christmas Tree

Edit:  You can now get an ad free, print friendly version here on: Ravelry | Etsy |Love Crochet

Finished size: 13 cm

What you’ll need:

  • 3 mm hook
  • Small amounts 8 ply/DK cotton yarn. I’ve used various brands from my stash but a stiffer cotton works better than a soft cotton for these.
  • Aprox 13g for the tree
  • Aprox 3 g each in 6 different colours for the baubles
  • Yarn needle

Tip:  You can use any weight yarn for these but they will turn out a different size.  Use a hook smaller than you normally would for your yarn so that your work is nice and firm.

US Terms Used (UK/Aus terms in brackets)

Abbreviations:

ch –               chain

sc (dc) –      single crochet (double crochet)

hdc (htr) – half double crochet (half treble)

ss –              slip stitch

Pattern

Tree – Make 1

Foundation row: Ch 182

Row 1:  Hdc (htr) into 3rd ch from hook, hdc (htr) up to last ch, 5 hdc (htr) into last ch

Row 2: Turn work upside down and work into bottom loop of ch, hdc (htr) up to last st, 4 hdc (htr) into last st. Join with a ss into top of beginning ch-2.  Fasten off and weave ends in.

Baubles – make 6

Worked in spiral rounds

Start:  Leaving a long tail (about an arms length) to be used for stuffing later, make a magic circle

Round 1:  working into ring, ch 1 (not counted as a st), 6 sc (dc)

Round 2:  2 sc (dc) into each st (12 sc/dc)

Round 3:  12 sc (dc)

Round 4:  * skip one st, sc (dc) into next st.  Repeat from * 5 more times, stopping half way to insert stuffing (roll long yarn tail into a rough ball shape and squish into half closed ball.  Use the blunt end of your hook to help push it all in before you finish closing).  Join with a ss.

Fasten off and bury yarn end back up through centre of ball.  Clip closely.

Assembly:

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Step 1:  Lay your tree piece out on a flat surface and fold end back aprox 8.5 cm

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Step 2:  Keep folding up, making each fold slightly shorter than the last until it looks something like this

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Step 3:  Place your first bauble at the base of your tree and continue up, placing baubles between 2 layers of each fold (see pic). You’ll probably have to fiddle a bit to get your folds looking right (and will need to fiddle even more when you start sewing in a minute)

When you’re happy with your tree shape, thread your needle with a length of yarn aprox 40 cm, using the colour of your choice (this will also become the hanging loop)

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Step 4:  Starting with the bottom bauble, secure your thread with a couple of small stitches in the centre top of the bauble (you won’t see this as this side will rest up against the bottom of the tree)

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Step 5:  Take your needle up through the first layers, pick up your next bauble and run needle up through the centre and then through the next set of layers.

Continue joining together this way until all baubles are attached.tree_6

Step 6:  Give the tail end a little tug to tighten (don’t pull too hard or you’ll squish your baubles out of shape).

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Step 7:  Make a hanging loop with the remaining yarn by going back down through the centre of the top bauble and make a few small stitches into the bottom of the bauble and the top layer of the tree to secure.

Give your tree a little ‘foof’ and hang for everyone to admire.

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Until next time

Michelle x

Crochet Workshops

Hello friends

Exciting busy times around here in Poppy & Bliss land at the moment.  I’ve got lots on the go and lots to share over the coming months now that I’ve got my mojo back.

One of the more exciting things (for me anyway) is that I’ve decided to start teaching again.  I love teaching others and sharing my knowledge.  Nothing is more satisfying than watching a student bloom as they gain confidence in their new skill.  It’s heartwarming I tell ya 🙂

So, now that I’ve got my home reno’s done I have opened up my house (or my dining room table at least) and inviting you in to do a crochet or Tunisian crochet workshop with me.  To kick the workshop schedule off, I’ll be running workshops in Tunisian Crochet  and Crochet Joining Techniques all throughout September and more fun topics will be added soon.   Pop over here to find out all the details.

Tunisian Workshop by Poppy & Bliss

I held the first Tunisian Crochet workshop last Tuesday.  We had so much fun, sitting around chatting, learning and eating cupcakes.  Everyone walked away confident in their new found skills and inspired with new ideas.

Tunisian Crochet Swatches by Poppy & Bliss

Before the workshop I was busy making up some swatches for everyone to see how beautiful and versatile Tunisian Crochet can be.

Tunisian Moss Stitch sample

I was also busy joining some of my WIPs for the Crochet Joining Techniques Workshop

mini granny squares

Gradient Hexies by Poppy & Bliss

Sunburst Blanket by Poppy & Bliss

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately.  I hope you will come and join me for a workshop if you’re in Melbourne.

Until next time

Michelle x