Carnivale Cushion: CAL Pattern Part 1

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Hi there

I don’t know about you, but the last fortnight has both flown by and dragged on.  By now you will have all your supplies ready for the Carnivale CAL .  I’m bursting to get started!  Are you?

Well, the wait is over and the time has finally arrived!  The first part of the pattern  is now up.  Yay!  Head on over to My Poppet for all the instructions to get started.

Don’t forget, if you have any questions along the way, you can ask me  over in our Ravelry group where I’ll be checking in twice a day.

Happy hooking everyone.

Michelle x

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Carnivale Crochet-along has begun

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Roll up! Roll up! The time has finally come and the Carnivale Crochet-along [CAL] has now begun.

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To find out all the details pop on over to My Poppet where I will be running this CAL from each fortnight.

I’ve set up a Ravelry group too where you can ask any questions, share your progress or just say hi.  Or if you’re following along on Instagram use the tag #carnivalecal to share.

This is going to be so much fun!  I’m really looking forward to seeing all your amazing creations as we crochet-along together.

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Let the fun begin!

Michelle x

Crochet-Along Save The Date and other news

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I’ve been locked away in my little craft room of late working on lots of new projects. I’m so excited about all of them, I don’t know where to start!

So let’s start from the start….

First up I’m super excited to join the team at My Poppet where I’ll be a crochet contributor.  To kick off, we’ll be having a crochet-along making my Carnivale Cushion.  More details will be posted on the official launch date of 23rd April but for now Save the Date!  I really love this fun pattern and I hope you’ll all join me.

In other news …

I’ve also got my pattern writing mojo back!  I lost it there for awhile but I couldn’t ignore my groaning sketchbooks or my bursting brain any longer.  So, I’ve been plugged into the computer, tapping away and furiously crocheting up samples.

Here’s a little sneak peek at the next pattern…

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This is such a fun pattern.  I can’t wait to release it!  Just waiting for the tardy postman to deliver the rest of the yarn I need to finish making the samples (can you hear me waiting Mr Postie?)

So that’s just a couple of things, I’ve been up to.

Will be back with more shortly x

 

 

Fab-ify your flip flops

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Why just wear ordinary flip flops when you can wear FABULOUS flip flops that are uniquely you.

This is a great stash buster project that uses the tiniest bits of yarn and can be done in an afternoon.

Use the colours I’ve used here or let your imagination loose and go wild.  Make them your own!

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What you’ll need:

  • 3mm hook
  • Flip Flops:  I got mine from a large department store starting with ‘T’ for $4.00
  • Needle & thread
  • 4 ply cotton yarn (3ply works well too – just go down one hook size)

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Colours used:  L-R Coral, Salmon, Dk Mint, Lt Mint, Grey, White

Let the making begin:

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  • US terms used
  • Ch – chain
  • SC – single crochet (AU/UK DC)
  • Please read through all instructions before you start

Step 1:  Refer to colour chart above for colour guidance, Ch 10, turn

Step 2:  SC into 2nd ch from hook, sc 8, turn

Step 3:  Ch1, SC 9 following chart from row 3.  Repeat this step through to Row 76*

* My giant size 9 hoofs took 76 rows.  This may vary depending on your size.  You can check the length required towards the end by draping your work across and around the strap of your flip flops to get an idea of how far to go.

** Keep scrolling down to see the bits about changing colours and dealing with those pesky tail ends.

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Changing colours:  Pull new colour through loop on

hook (this makes a chain stitch with the new colour),

turn, and continue on following pattern.

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Crochet over the ends as you go.  You’ll

thank me later.

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Step 4:   Once you’ve reached the desired length it’s time to stitch them up

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* Wrap your strip around the flip flop strap as far down to the base as you can go.

* Bring edges together

* Insert your needle into the bottom corner of one side and make a small stitch over to

the other side to secure.

* Work your way up the strip, stitch from one side to the other (Mattress Stitch)

*Don’t worry too much about perfect little stitches here as they will be hidden.

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* It’s a little bit awkward stitching around the in-between-toe-thingy

but as you’ll see in the photo, I’ve just made a few big stitches

and they are holding well.

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Voila!  Now step out in style in your fabulous flip flops.

International Crochet Day // 12 September 2013

Hook Hook Hooray … today is International Crochet Day !  An event I only heard about by accident yesterday over on Instagram.  

There’s not a lot of information about this auspicious day on the interwebs, mainly for events held last year.  But I think it’s a worthy cause for celebration.  Lots of thoughts of how this day could (and should) be celebrated next year.  Stay tuned for more.  

In the meantime – a pic of just some of the blankets I’ve made.  They make me happy 🙂  

Have a wonderful hooky day my friends xx

 

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My first pattern

After years of faffing about, overflowing sketchbooks full of design ideas, a cupboard full of prototypes, and many mutterings of  ‘one day’ I’ve finally done it.  I’ve published my first pattern and here it is …. ta daaa!

I’ve named it Kallora – which is a bit of a mash up of  the words kaleidoscope/colour/aura.  I actually have migraine aura’s that look very similar to this.  Whilst very vibrant and pretty they are a pain and I would prefer not to have my very own disco in my head.  But if they are good for one thing then they’ve inspired this pattern.

You can find it on Ravelry and Etsy

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