Autumn Leaves Headwrap Pattern and Things

Autumn is upon us, I think it may be my favourite season. It starts off warm and you still have loads of light, then you start getting cozy with scarves and hats and then it gets a little colder but not too cold.  And don’t forget the beautiful colours of Autumn leaves. Autumn leaves are my inspiration for my latest project and a new free crochet pattern. :)

I present, the Autumn Leaves Headwrap. I hope you like it. <3

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Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain

FDC – Foundation Double Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

SC – Single Crochet

BLO – Back Loop Only

FLO – Front Loop Only

(US crochet terms)

Supplies

You will need:

- Yarn in Autumn colours. I used Drops Paris Cotton in Rust (Colour A), Strong Yellow (Colour B), Orange (Colour C) and Green (Colour D).

- 5mm Hook, or hook that is recommended for the yarn you are using.

- Scissors

- Yarn needle for sewing up seam and sewing in ends.

IMG_5533Step 1 – Crochet a row of foundation double crochet (FDC) long enough to fit around your head. My first row had 64 stitches.

(I was a bit daunted by the FDC when I first tried to use it but I now prefer it to using a starting chain. There is an excellent tutorial video for FDC on Moogly.)

If you would prefer not to use FDC stitches, make a chain long enough to fit around your head, and follow this by a row of double crochet stitches. Then continue to Step 2.

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Step 2 – Change to colour b, chain 1, turn. Single crochet (SC) in front loop only (FLO) across.

Step 3 – Change to colour c, ch 2, turn. Double crochet (DC) in back loop only (BLO) across.

Step 4 – Change to colour d, ch 1, turn.  SC in FLO across.

You can see the lovely texture created by using FLO and BLO stitches.

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Step 5 – Change to colour a, ch 1, turn. SC in BLO across.

Step 6 – Change to colour b, ch 2, turn. DC in FLO across.

Step 7 – Change to colour c, ch 1, turn. SC in BLO across.

Step 8 – Change to colour d, ch 2, turn. DC in FLO across.

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Step 9 – Change to colour a, ch 1, turn. SC in BLO across.

Step 10 – Change to colour b, ch 2, turn. DC in FLO across.

Step 11 – Change to colour c, ch 1, turn. SC in BLO across.

Step 12 – Change to colour d, ch 2, turn. DC in FLO across. Fasten off.

Step 13 – Sew in all ends and sew both sides of your headwrap together.

IMG_5576I hope that you have enjoyed this pattern, if you make your own Autumn Leaves Headwrap please share it with me on my Facebook page or send an email to greenelephantcrochet@gmail.com.

If you find any errors or issues with this pattern please let me know and I will do my very best to fix them. :)

If you would like to show it some love on Ravelry you can do so here.

Happy Hooking

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Headbands and Things

I have always loved headbands and I have no idea why. When I started to crochet I had to try making my own headband. Not long after I started I made this one following a BobWilson123 video tutorial.

I used chunky yarn and it worked up really quickly, I was so happy :) This crochet thing is easy!

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Since Autumn is here its time to start wearing headbands and ear warmers again (although I wear mine all the time) so I thought I would share some that I have made using different patterns, some others, some my own.

I used the same BobWilson123 pattern as above for this one but this time with Drops Big Delight yarn (Wild Berries)…such pretty colours.

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These two were made with this lovely pattern from Heather L Cox. As her posts title suggests, these were super easy. I love the texture and both sides of the stitch looks great, so you can wear them both ways.

green and orange headbandsYou MAY have noticed that I’ve been using a lot of hand dyed yarn lately too, this headband is made using Marble Vortex by Pollyorange with a lovely pattern from Cre8tion Crochet. I love the use of the half puff stitch here!

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After I made this one, I worked one up for myself (no pattern for this yet). I had to use more of this beautiful soft yarn immediately.

IMG_5496What do you think of the colours? I hadn’t used yarn with black in it before. I love the way it worked out.

Do you wear headbands? Do you have a favourite headband pattern?

You will find some headbands in my Etsy Shop <3 and I will be adding some more very soon.

Happy Friday (YIPPEE!)

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Hooks, Clay and Things

I would love a set of these Tulip hooks but they’re a bit pricey, especially since I’ve been spending all my money on yarn lately! Maybe someday ;-)

I also love love love these hooks by Mad Mad Me! Wow! What a talented lady!

I decided to buy some polymer clay and try to make some plain and simple handles myself. So I found a few (million) instruction videos online and this is the result…

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I rolled and broke up the polymer clay, applied it to the hook, rolled the hook to smooth out the appearance and voila! Not the most amazing designs but they are fine for little old me! ;)
I started with just green and purple but will definitely try some more colours and see what else I can come up with soon.
I baked them in the oven at 120 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes, and allowed them to cool in the oven.

Before baking them I scratched the hook sizes into the bottom of the hook using a pin.

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This is what they look like this morning:

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Imagine the possibilities, they are endless :-) I like how they turned out and it makes crocheting even more fun!
Have you ever made your own hook handles?

I’m using this beautiful yarn from Pollyorange for my current project, I wonder what it will be :)

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The Light Blue One, Patterns and Things

A while back I made some candle cozies and for the first time decided not to find a pattern online but to work one out myself. This is the result and I’d like to share it with all of you. This is my very first pattern so please be kind and let me know if there are any errors.

This pattern is for ‘The Light Blue One’.

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What you will need:

  • Yarn of your choice and recommended hook. I used Creative Cotton aran(worsted weight) yarn by Rico Design in light blue and a 5mm/H hook.
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for sewing in the ends

Abbreviations

Ch – chain

Dc – double crochet

Slst – Slip Stitch

* These are US crochet terms.

To start chain 36 (or however many you need to fit around the glass you are using).

Row 1 – dc in second chain from hook, *chain 1, skip 1 stitch, dc in next stitch*. Repeat * to the end. Turn.

Row 2 – ch 3, dc in ch1 space, *ch 1, dc in ch1 space*. Repeat * to the end. Dc in last stitch. Turn.

Row 3 – ch3, skip next dc stitch, dc in ch1 space, *ch 1, dc in ch1 space* repeat to last ch1 space, ch 1, dc in last stitch (top of ch3 from previous row). Turn.

Row 4 – ch 3, dc in ch1 space, *ch 1, dc in ch1 space*, repeat * to end, dc in top of last stitch (ch3 from previous row). Turn.

Row 5 – repeat row 3

Row 6 – repeat row 4

Row 7 – Ch 3, 5 dc in ch1 space, *slst in next ch1 space, 6 dc in next ch1 space*. Repeat * to 2nd last ch1 space. ch1, 1 dc in last 2 stitches.

Slip stitch down the side of your work until you get to the other side (bottom). Repeat row 7 here.

Fasten off. Now sew the 2 sides together and you have completed your candle cozy. :)

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As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this is my first pattern so please be kind and let me know if there are any errors and I will do my best to fix them :)

If you don’t crochet and would like some of these you can find them in my Etsy Shop.

Otherwise happy hooking!

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Quick Projects, Scrubbies and Things

We were visiting my family in Waterford this weekend. I brought a few balls of yarn and my hooks with me. I was supposed to be working on Juno’s Birthday dress but I felt like making a few smaller things that would provide instant gratification! :)

I’ve seen a number of patterns online for wash cloths, dish cloths and now face scrubbies. I don’t know of anyone in Ireland that uses crocheted items like this but I would certainly like to give them a try. I decided to start with some face scrubbies. I’ve seen a couple of patterns recently but decided to go with this one from Look At What I Made.

I used soft cotton yarn and they can be machine washed too which is great! Here is the result :)

IMG_5294IMG_5301I’m looking forward to trying them out over the next few days. What do you think? Would you use a crochet cotton scrubbie?

I think I’ll make some more in different colours when I’m back home to my full yarn stash!

I also spotted a pattern on Facebook this week for a little crochet pouch by Oombawka Design. I have followed this site for a while but this is my first time trying a pattern from it. It’s such a cute little pouch and would be great for holding earphones and even a small mp3 player/ipod shuffle.

Here’s how mine turned out:

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IMG_5304 I used Lily Sugar N’ Cream cotton for this one.

I bought some really lovely and colourful hand dyed yarn (a new obsession of mine!) this weekend too. Some from Pollyorange and some from Jo.Knit.Sew through the Yarn Mama Facebook page. Clearly I’m addicted to yarn but how could I resist these beauties?

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I’m itching to make something like one of these Road Trip scarves by Zooty Owl with some of it.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend :)

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Elephants and Things

Did you know that today is World Elephant Day? Read all about it here.

I LOVE elephants so in honour of these giant beautiful creatures here are some of my favourite crochet elephants :)

1 – Colourful elephants from Jam Made. I am hoping to make one of these very soon!

stripey elephant2 – Amazing book ends by Moogly, love love love them! A very different approach to book ends :-)

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3 – An elephant lovie by Look At What I Made.

Crochet-Elephant-Lovie-Lookatwhatimade-24 – Baby Elephant on a Balloon , by Yelena’s Nest. Such cuteness!

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5 – and a really lovely hat by Sarah Zimmerman (of Repeat Crafter Me)

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Not only are these all really cute elephants but they are also all *free patterns*, just click on the link above the picture and it will bring you straight to it! Hopefully one day I’ll have an elephant pattern of my own to share with you all!

Happy Elephant-ing :)

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Dinos, Scarves and Things

I wanted to post before now but I really wanted to have this project finished first. I mentioned in my last post that I was working on something cute and green so here it is…RAWR!

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This was my first amigurumi project, a very cute green stegosaurus (not a green elephant which is a bit surprising)! The pattern I used was featured in the latest issue (issue 21) of Simply Crochet Magazine. How cute is this little guy? I am very happy with how he turned out :) I would love some help with naming him! Comment with any suggestions please :)

I decided to use my recent purchase of rainbow yarn to make an infinity scarf for myself. I followed this pattern. It was a very quick and easy project and I only needed 100 grams of yarn, which was important as I only had that much in this colour!

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I am completely in love with these colours, now I just have to wait for cold weather so I can wear it. ;-)

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