a little crochet arm candy

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Spring is here and maybe, like mine, your accessories wardrobe could do with a little brightening up, a little colour injection to put a spring into your step.

I saw a really good idea (well, I thought so!) in a German Magazine the other day and, after some tweaking by yours truly, I thought I share it with you here.

All you need are some scarps of yarn (4ply cotton works best), a 3mm crochet hook and some beads or buttons.

Let’s get started: (UK Terms)

Chain 53 (or if you use thinner yarn ch 63)

Work 5htr into 5th ch from hook, *skip 2ch, ss in next ch, skip 2ch, 5htr in next ch; rep. from * along to last ch, work 10htr into last ch.

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Don’t turn your work but continue by working on the other side of the chain (as shown in photo above) in exactly the same way as before: *skip 2ch, ss in next ch, skip 2ch, 5htr in next ch; rep. from * to end, ss to beg.

Ch6 and ss to make a loop.

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Now comes the fun bit!

Let your imagination run wild and decorate with beads or buttons!

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A quick little project that’s fun to make. Try different yarns, different colours and different decorations. You could make these for little girls birthday party goodie bags, or even teach little girls to make for themselves.

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Whatever you do…have fun!

Enjoy!

X.

 

the ‘homely blanket’ – square 27

dear diary,

another week…another square! It may well be grey outside, but we always have these little ‘grannies’ to cheer us up…

Quest Square 27 and 27.1

6 ch, ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 3ch, 1tr in ring, *1ch, 2tr in ring; rep. from * 4 times, ss to join.

Join new colour at any 1ch sp.

Rnd 2: 3ch, [1tr, 1ch, 2tr] in same sp, *1ch, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] in next 1ch sp; rep. from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 3: ss to next 1ch sp, 3ch, 2tr in same sp, *1ch, 3tr in next 1ch sp; rep. from * around, ss to join.

Join new colour at any 1ch sp.

Rnd 4: 3ch, 2tr in same sp, *1ch, 3tr in next 1ch sp, 1ch, [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in next 1ch sp**, 1ch, 3tr in nwxt 1ch sp; rep. from * around ending at **, ss to join.

Rnd 5: 3ch, 2tr in same sp, 1ch, *[3tr in next sp, 1ch] twice, [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in corner**, 1ch, 3tr in next sp, 1ch; rep. from * around, ending at **, ss to join.

Jon new colour at 1ch sp after corner.

Rnd 6: 1ch, 1dc in same sp, *[1ch, skip 1st, 1dc in next st, 1ch, skip 1st, 1dc in next st] 3 times, 1ch, skip 1st, 1dc in next st, 1ch, skip 1st, [1dc, 1ch] twice in corner, skip 1st, 1dc in next st, 1ch, skip 1st, 1dc in next st; rep. from * around, leave off last dc, ss to join.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Quest Square 27

Enjoy! xx

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 26

dear diary,

During my recent trip to Venice I was constantly inspired by everything I saw, but especially by the beautiful glass objects. As I took in all this glorious colour around me, my mind was never far from crochet and in particular the designs for the ‘homely blanket’ quest.

This week’s square was inspired by the Italian garden on the island of Murano…

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italian garden – murano glass

…I hope you like it as much as I loved designing it for you.

Quest square 26 and 26.1

6ch, ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 1ch, 16dc into ring, ss to join.

Rnd 2: 6ch, skip 2sts, *1tr in next st, 3ch, skip 1st; rep. from * 7 times, ss to join. (8 petal loops).

Fasten off and join new colour.

Rnd 3: 1ch, *[1dc, 1htr, 3tr, 1htr, 1dc] in 3ch sp; rep. from * around, ss to join. (8 petals)

Fasten off and join new colour between 2dc’s.

Rnd 4: 1ch, 1dc in same sp, 6ch, *1dc between next 2dc’s, 6ch; rep. from * 6 times, ss to join. (8 petal loops)

Rnd 5: 1ch, *[1dc, 1htr, 5tr, 1htr, 1dc] in 6ch sp; rep. from * around, ss to join. (8 petals)

Fasten off and join new colour at 2nd tr of petal.

Rnd 6: 1ch, 1dc in same sp, 5ch, skip 2tr, 1dc in next tr, *5ch, 1dc in 2nd tr of petal, 5ch, skip 2tr, 1dc in next tr; rep. from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 7: ss to 5ch loop, [3ch, 3tr, 2ch, 4tr] in 5ch loop (corner), *4ch, 1dc in next 5ch loop, [5ch, 1dc in next 5ch loop] twice, 4ch**, [4tr, 2ch, 4tr] in next 5ch loop (corner); rep. from *twice and then from * to ** once, ss to join.

Rnd 8: 3ch, 1tr in each of next 3sts, *[2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in corner, 1tr in each of next 4sts, 1ch, 2tr in 4ch loop, [1ch, 3tr in next 5ch loop] twice, 1ch, 2tr in next 4ch loop, 1ch **, 1tr in each of next 4sts; rep. from * twice and then from * to ** once, ss to join.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Enjoy! xx

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 25

dear diary,

I can’t believe it’s square number TwenTy FiVe already. Doesn’t time just fly when you are having fun!!! How are you all doing? All up to date with you squares?

Here is a little love from me to all of you this week…

Quest square 25.1

6ch, ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 4ch, 15dtr into ring, ss to join.

Rnd 2: 1ch, [1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr] in same sp, 4dtr in next st, 3dtr in next st, 2tr in next st, [1htr, 1dc] in next st, [1dc, 1htr] in next st, 2tr in next st, 1dtr in next st (bottom of heart), 2tr in next st, [1htr, 1dc] in next st, [1dc, 1htr] in next st, 2tr in next st, 3dtr in next st, 4dtr in next st, [1dtr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc] in next st, ss to last st.

Rnd 3: 1ch, ss to next st, work 1dc in each st around, but work 1htr in bottom st., ss to join. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: Join new colour to 5th st from top centre. 4ch, [1htr, 2tr] in same sp, 5tr in next st, 1tr in next st, 1htr in each of next 5sts, 1tr, 1hdtr, 1dtr, 5trtr in next st, [1trtr, 1dtr] in next st, 1hdtr in each of next 2sts, 1tr in bottom st, 1hdtr in each of next 2sts, [1dtr, 1trtr] in next st, 5trtr in next st, 1dtr, 1hdtr, 1tr, 1htr, 1tr, 5tr in next st, [3tr, 1htr] in next st, 1tr in each of next 3sts, 1hdtr, 1dtr, 1hdtr, 1tr in each of next 3sts, ss to join.

Rnd 5: 2ch, work 1htr in each st around, working 3htr in corner sts and 3htr tog at top centre, ss to join.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Quest square 25

…enjoy! xx

the ‘homely blanket’ quest – square 24

dear diary,

This weeks square has a winky wonky start and doesn’t really become a square until the very last round. Trust me, it will work out…

Quest square 24

6ch, ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 6ch (counts as tr & 3ch), dc in 3rd ch from hook, 3tr around the post of beg. 3ch, dtr into ring, *tr into ring, 3ch, dc in 3rd ch from hook, 3tr around post of tr, dtr into ring; rep. from * 2 times, join with ss to 3rd ch of beg. 6ch. Fasten off.

Rnd 2: Join new colour at any 3ch corner. *3ch, 2tr in same sp, tr in each of next 5sts, ss to 3ch corner; rep. from * around, ss to join. Fasten off.

Rnd 3: Join new colour at any 3ch corner. *3ch, 2tr in same sp, tr in each of next 6sts, 2tr in next st, ss to corner; rep. from around, ss to join. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: Join new colour at any 3ch corner. Work as Rnd 3, but 9tr between corners, ss to join. Fasten off.

Rnd 5: Join 2nd colour at any 3ch corner. Work as Rnd 4, but 12tr between corners, ss to join. Fasten off.

Rnd 6: Join 4th colour at any 3ch corner. *3ch, 1tr in each of next 2sts, 1htr in each of next 2sts, 1dc in each of next 7sts, 1htr in each of next 2sts, 1tr in each of next 2sts, 2dtr in next st, ss to corner; rep. from * aound – Do Not Join.

Rnd 7: 1ch, * 1dc in each of next 2ch’s of prev rnd, [1dc, 1ch, 1dc] in next ch of prev rnd, 1dc in each of next 17sts, 1dc in ss of prev rnd; rep. from * around, ss to join.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Quest square 24.1

Enjoy! xx

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