pin cushion mini mandala

#pincushion #mandala #madewithloops

Hello friends, how have you been? It’s been a busy old time here at Made with Loops with preparations in full swing for our upcoming Knitting Retreat starting on the 8 May. We still have two places open, why not join us for a fabulous week of yarny fun in beautiful Wales. Find a link to all the details in the right column of this blog.

#knitting retreat #wales #madewithloops

Not long now and we will be starting our Crochet Along. We are thrilled that so many of you have already signed up for this, but just in case you have missed what the excitement is all about, you can find all the details here.

#crochetalong #turkishdelight #madewithloops

To get you into the crochet mood and to practice your FPDtr (Front Post Double Treble), here is a wee free pattern for a

Pin Cushion Mini Mandala

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You will need some leftover yarn, 4ply mercerised is best (I used By Claire No 1)

3.5mm Crochet Hook, a darning needle and some toy stuffing.

UK Terms used

Start: Ch5, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as tr), 15tr into ring, ss to join (16tr) – change colour

Rnd 2: Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr in each st around (32tr) – change colour

Rnd 3: Ch1 (counts as dc), FPdtr into tr from rnd 1 directly below, 1dc behind FPdtr just made, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, *skip 1tr from rnd 1, FPdtr in next tr from rnd 1, 1dc behind FPdtr just made, 1dc in each of next 3 sts; rep from * around, ss to join. (8 FPdtr made) – change colour

Rnd 4: Ch1 (counts as dc), 1dc in same space, 1 dc in next st, *2dc in next st, 1dc in next st; rep from * around, ss to join.

Make another the same.

Finishing: With wrong sides together, dc crochet together leaving small gap. Fill using toy stuffing and then close the gap.

These make great little gifts or just spoil yourself.

Enjoy! X.

turkish delight crochet along

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Hello friends, how have you been? I am super excited as I can finally share the details of our latest crochet along with you.

I proudly present…

The Turkish Delight Bolster Cushion

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#madewithloops.co.uk #wollsinn.de #crochet alongLast summer I was introduced to the beautiful Vinnis Colours Nikkim, a 100% cotton yarn, hand dyed and balled by women from an economically deprived rural area of South Africa. Every sale of this yarn helps the women and their communities…I was immediately smitten. Lots of ideas came to my mind and when I saw the stunning colour palette I was blown away – The idea of a crochet along was born. Together with my partner in crime, Claudia (www.wollsinn.de), we worked on the idea and today we can finally reveal what we have been itching to show you.

Crochet Along Collage

Designed by me the bolster cushion was inspired by my love of design, architecture and colours found in North Africa and the Middle East. Having extensively travelled in those countries, taking endless photos, my designs are often influenced by impressions gathered. This design shows off these influences by incorporating texture and colour in equal measure.

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Bolsters are usually firm for back or arm support or for decorative applications and have been in use since the 12th century. They are not a standard size or shape and commonly have a button or zip closure. A foam insert is used for additional support. Also referred to as a cushion, in western countries, a bolster is usually placed at the head of one’s bed and functions as head or lower back support, or as an arm support on furniture with high rigid sides.

This crochet along gives you an opportunity to own a beautiful and useful homeware item inspired by the colours and designs of North Africa and the Middle East. Easily achievable by even the busiest among us, it is divided into four parts:

  • Part 1: Strips 1 & 2 – Part 2: Strips 3 & 4 – Part 3: Middle Strip and Ends – Part 4: Finishing and Tassels
  • Starting at the beginning of May, by the time summer comes you will be able to rest your head on your beautiful handmade item.
  • Learn new techniques and become more accomplished at crochet – choose bold and vibrant colours or subtler shades, there is a colour pack to suit all tastes and home deco style.

The packs will be available from tomorrow, 1 April 2016 via the Wollsinn website HERE  – if you have any questions please e-mail me at heike.gittins@gmail.com and I will do my best to answer speedily. 

Bolster Cushion Crochet Along in English & German

hosted by Heike & Claudia of WoolyLoops

join the fun with many from around the world!

I hope you will join us, we would love to have you on board!

X.

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a crochet along

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Today I want to introduce you to a fabulous crochet along called carnivalecal. It is being hosted by the lovely Michelle, all the way from Melbourne/ Australia, over on her website/blog at Poppy and Bliss.

You lovely people out there who know me well, also know how I normally dive straight into agreements of taking part and then…more often than not don’t stick to it because: 1. I don’t really like what I am doing or 2. I find I don’t actually have time.

Not this time…Oh No!!!

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I have been friends with Michelle over on IG for quite some time and I am an avid reader of her beautiful blog. When I saw her gorgeous cushion crochet along, I just knew that I had to be part of it. So the minute the first part was released, I immediately went to rummage in my stash and set straight to it…

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…this is part one finished. I love how my colours sing to each other.

What followed was impatient waiting for the next part. You see, the good thing about this crochet along is that it gets released in fortnightly instalments, which gives even really busy people a chance to keep up with it.

Yesterday was the release day for part two, and here it is…

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…I am just so totally loving this!!! For once I am really happy with my colour and yarn choice (Drops Muscat) and I truly can’t wait for the next part. Thank you Michelle for a truly beautiful inspiring crochet along.

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Actually, I love it so much that I might have to make another one, just so I can share more photos and maybe gift it to someone special.

It really is not too late to join, so come on what are you waiting for…head over to Poppy and Bliss to get all the details and make your very own Carnivale Cushion.

Enjoy! X.

 

crochet mood blanket – update

For the first time I fell behind doing my weekly squares, and I hadn’t done any for about three weeks by the time I came back from my holiday last week.

On Friday I gave myself a good talking to and thought I had better pull my finger out and catch up. Here is the result:

Nine

For this square I have used Spice Tones and the pattern is Sotchi. It represents an advancing and bold feeling, getting ready for new ventures.

Ten

Square number ten is the one representing a cheerful and open week away in the French Alps with friends. Using green tones and the Sunburst pattern it made me feel really happy.

Eleven

Coming back home after a weeks holiday in the fresh mountain air of the Alps, I feel very refreshed and tranquil. I chose blue and turquoise to represent this mood and a new pattern for this week – The African Flower Square.

The pattern for square eleven can now be found  under crochet-mood-blanket-2014, drop down menu – patterns.

Enjoy! x

crochet mood blanket 2014 – update

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Almost two month’s into our crochet along, so I thought it was about time I gave you an update on how it is progressing here at Made with Loops.

You recall, I am doing one square per week at 20 x 20 cm, and my goal is to make 60 squares. This should produce a decent sized blanket of about 120 x 200 cm at the end – above is the first strip of six squares assembled, and I am pretty pleased so far.

First three


from left: starflower – sunbursts – tricolore

Second three


from left: traditional – celtic rose – sochi

Initially I thought I would do four or five different patterns and then repeat those, but so far I have crochet a new pattern each week, and it now looks as if I will be doing at least twelve different designs.

I am sharing all the patterns with you for free! Just find Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 at the top menu bar which has two drop-down menus. One shows close up photos and a short mood story behind the design, the second drop-down is where you can find the patterns. I also have a dedicated album in the Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 group on Facebook, come and join if you haven’t already done so.

The second strip is now under way with the first square done…

Seven

I have gone back to basics with this square, using the traditional granny square pattern but jazzing it up by boxing the groups of treble’s in with rounds of double crochet. I chose Earth tones – warm and cosy!

This has been a dreadful week weather wise. We have had rain rain rain and 108 miles per hour storms were recorded. It was very scary!! The earth is totally soaked with water standing almost knee deep in the fields around us and there is only one thing one can do at times like this…keep indoors and stay warm and cosy.

I hope you enjoy making these squares…

It would be great to see some photo’s in the Facebook Group Album…

Happy weekend! x

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