Turkish Delight Bolster Cushion

Hello friends, I hope you are well.

Maybe you have been able to extract yourself from lockdown in small steps, enjoying some more freedom of movements again. Maybe, like me, you are still not allowed to break free from the constraints and are meant to stay put for some time to come. Whatever the case may be, I hope you are keeping your spirits up enjoying life as best as you can.

In today’s post I would like to introduce you to my colourful crochet Bolster Cushion. Some of you might remember it from a few years ago when it was a crochet along organised by myself and a friend.

I had never really thought about putting it together as a single pattern, until recently that is. In recent weeks I have been asked repeatedly about purchasing the pattern and this got me thinking. So today is the day that I can release this cushion as a single download in both my Ravelry and Lovecrafts stores.

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 work is often influenced by impressions gathered. This design shows off these influences by incorporating texture and colour in equal measure.

Bolsters are usually firm for back or arm support or for decorative application 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.

With this bolster cushion you have the opportunity to own a beautiful and useful homeware item inspired by the colours and designs of North Africa and the Middle East.

The cushion incorporates various crochet techniques and by choosing either bold and striking, or more subtle colours you can tailor it to suit your own home.

For my sample I used beautiful Vinnis Colours Nikkim, a soft 100% cotton yarn from South Africa. The yarn is hand-dyed and is available in a huge array of colours. You can of course substitute with any yarn of your choice, however, I recommend that you do not use acrylic yarns.

Wishing you many happy crochet or knitting hours, until soon.

Take care and be safe. xo

paintbox chunky pots – an artists blanket

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When the lovely peeps from Lovecrochet.com got in touch the other day asking if I would like to try out the latest Paintbox Yarn, I jumped at the chance. Never one to say no to a freebie, and always keen on quick projects, I was only too happy to give this chunky yarn a go.

It didn’t disappoint!

A generous parcel arrived at my door, containing 3 balls of Paintbox Chunky Pots in shades (from left) Paradise – Making Hay – Fairytale…what to make?

The yarn comes from Turkey (brilliant as it’s one of my favourite places), is super soft and perfect for snuggly projects and each ball is 200g/272m.

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As you know, my hubby is artist Mark Gittins. He paints at his beloved Studio 59 where it can get very chilly at times. Looking at and feeling this yarn, I thought of him and that it would be lovely to make him his very own artists blanket.

Without further ado, and with crochet hook in hand I set to work and today I want to share my quick and easy pattern with you because I think you might like to make one too 🙂

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I used all three of my Chunky Pots and a 6mm Crochet Hook with the finished blanket measuring 85cm x 120cm.

Here is what I did: (UK terms)

Start by making two 5 round Granny Squares and then sew them together at one side to form a rectangle.

Next: With right side of work facing, join in yarn at any corner and work 3ch (counts as tr), [1tr, 2ch, 2tr] in same space, *(1ch, 3tr) in each 1ch-space to next corner, [2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in corner; rep. from * all around and join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round.

Work the next round the same, but instead of (1ch, 3tr) in each ch-space, work (1ch, 2tr) into each of those spaces.

Alternate these two rounds until you have just enough yarn left to work just one more round.

For this last round work 1dc into each stitch and 3dc in each corner space.

Weave in all the ends and you are done!

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I worked this up in just two evenings, and it fits in perfectly with my idea of a quick yet satisfying project. The blanket is super soft and warm, I enjoyed working with this yarn immensely, and I know this will be a much used and loved item.

Please share yours using #artistsblanket.

Enjoy! X.

 

N.B. This post was sponsored with yarn only. The comments about the yarn and the pattern are my own!

#12monthsofhappy – may 2017

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Good morning lovely people, it’s a beautiful day here in Wales and I hope the sun is shining wherever you are too.

Time flies and the other day I realised that I am rather late with this month’s installment of the #12monthsofhappy dishcloth series. So, without further ado…

What you need – Man braucht

Approx. 70m of soft yarn in two colours – I used Scheepjes Catona 25g/62m

Ungefähr 70m weiches Garn in zwei Farben – Ich nahm Scheepjes Catona 25g/62m

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3.75mm Knitting Needles – 3.75mm Stricknadeln

Darning Needle to weave in ends – Stopfnadel zum Fäden vernähen

Finished size of the cloth: 20 x 20 cm when slightly stretched

Fertige Maße des Spültuchs: 20 x 20 cm etwas gedehnt

How to – So gehts

Cast on 58sts with col A and knit 3 rows – Mit Farbe A 58 Maschen anschlagen und 3 Reihen rechts stricken

Rows 1-4: work in stocking stitch using col B

Reihen 1-4: mit Farbe B glatt rechts stricken

Rows 5-6: knit using col A

Reihen 5-6: mit Farbe A kraus rechts stricken

Repeat rows 1-6 a total of 10 times or until piece is desired size.

Die 1-6 Reihe noch insgesamt 10 mal wiederholen, oder solange arbeiten bis das Spültuch groß genug ist.

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Cast off and weave in all ends.

Alle Maschen abketteln und Fäden vernähen.

If desired work a row of dc crochet around outer edge using col A.

Falls gewünscht kann man mit einer Runde fester Maschen in Farbe A alles umhäkeln.

Enjoy! X.Viel Spaß X.

You can download a PDF of this pattern HERE – Ein PDF der Anleitung kannst du  HIER bekommen.

 

easy peasy summer purse – a free pattern

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I think you agree that this is a good motto to have and I for one have decided to remember these words a little more often and live by them going forward. So…

Gone are the doubts about the blog!!

This is a happy place for sharing colour and joyfulness

and…

for making memories!

Starting with a new happy summer header for the blog and a little gift from me to you…

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The Easy Peasy Summer Purse.

The ideal project to use up some leftover stash yarn.

Materials

4 ply mercerised cotton – I used byClaire No 1

1 Zip of any length (the length of zip = size of purse) – I used a 12cm & 14cm

2mm & 2.5mm Crochet Hooks

Blunt Needle

How to (UK terms used)

Using 2mm hook perforate around the zip and work 2tr in each perforated hole.

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Change to 2.5mm hook and work htr’s in rounds until the purse is your desired size.

Change colour if you wish.

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Finishing

When desired size is reached turn work inside out. Holding both sides together close

bottom opening by working dc crochet into each stitch.

Fill with fripperies and bibelots and enjoy!

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Make them in any size you fancy, mix and match colours at will, they make great gifts too. You can find this pattern as a pdf download under the free pattern section in the pull down menu at the top of the blog, just below the header. It is available in English and German.

Why not share photos of your finished item on Instagram by adding #summerpurse to your post.

Enjoy summer!

X.

 

lamp shade make over

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For absolute ages I had this rather plain old Lamp shade hiding away in a cupboard just waiting to be prettyfied, and this lamp base crying out to me every day saying: “I am so bored of looking drab!”, so I did something about it.

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I found some left-over Rico Creative Cotton Aran and set to work, making it up as I went along. Ripping back a few times, but eventually liking how the project developed. I didn’t use any fancy stitches, just good old double and treble crochet. The choice of colours matched my interior and made sure that it is very pleasing to the eye.

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The pattern is easily adapted to any size of lamp shade that might be in need of a make-over, instructions are given in the pattern which is now available to download here.

A make-over for a lamp shade is a sure way to have the desired colour match for your interior and before you know it you can change this…

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…to this!

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Enjoy! X.