Road Trip Scarf and Things

We took a little holiday to Cork this week which was a lot of fun :) My holiday project was something just for me, the very popular Road Trip Scarf from Zooty Owl. I have seen a lot of these online lately and have fallen in love with them so just had to make one for myself.

I bought some beautiful hand dyed ‘Prism’ yarn from the very talented Mia at Three Violet Buttons for this project.

Cotton rainbow yarn

I added some extra rows to increase the size so I can also use it as a shawl.

Here’s how it turned out…(Thanks to my hubby for taking the photos, I am really bad at being photographed!)

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IMG_0024Have you made one of these? I’m really looking forward to wearing mine a lot throughout Autumn and Winter. I think I might even make some for my Etsy Shop.

I have some yarn left over, so am thinking I need some fingerless gloves to match. Maybe these, these OR these.

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P.S. Have you tried my Autumn Leaves Headwrap pattern (It’s free :) )?

Nicola over at Nicola Knits has, check it out on her blog here.

Smiles, Coasters and Things

Smiiiiile :-)
You may have noticed that I use a LOT of smiley faces in my posts :-) I just can’t help it! I bought some yellow cotton recently which I used to make a beanie but had some left over and thought it would be great for some Smiley Face Coasters!

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Here’s how I made them: :-)
You will need yarn, a suitable hook, scissors and a yarn needle.
I used Tivoli Cruise DK cotton and a 4mm hook.

Abbreviations
Ch – chain
Hdc – half double crochet
Dc – double crochet

Step 1 – Make a magic ring – chain 1, 10 hdc into the ring, close ring and join to top of first hdc.

Step 2 – ch2, 2 hdc in each hdc around, join to top of first hdc.

Step 3 – ch3, 2dc into next stitch *1 dc into next stitch, 2 dc in next* repeat to second last stitch, dc in last stitch, join to top of 1st dc.

Step 4 – ch3, 2 dc in first stitch, *1 dc in each of next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch*. Repeat to 3rd last stitch, dc in last 2 stitches, join to top of 1st dc.

Step 5 – ch3, 2dc in first stitch, *1 dc in each of next 3 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch*. Repeat to 4th last stitch, dc in last 3 stitches, join to top of first dc, finish off. Sew in ends.

Smiley face – using a small amount of dark coloured yarn (preferably black) and using the inside of round 4 as a guide, sew along the curve to make the smile. Using the inside of round 3 as a guide sew 2 short lines for the eyes.

If you make your own Smiley Face Coaster please share it with me on my Facebook page or send a picture by email to greenelephantcrochet@gmail.com.

Enjoy
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Birthdays, Badges and Things

As I mentioned in my last post I was out of action for a couple of weeks. Because of this I didn’t get to finish the birthday dress I was making for Juno or get to make her the cake I wanted to make for her birthday. :-(
With the little time and little bit of energy I did have I decided to make her a birthday badge instead :-)
She LOVES everything Mickey Mouse so this was my inspiration here.

I definitely need some practice at sewing names but I like it :-)

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It was really easy to make too. Black yarn isn’t something I keep a lot of in my stash so I used a dark purple colour instead.
If anyone else would like to make this for their little one here is the pattern:

Mouse Birthday Badge

What you will need:
-Yarn and suitable hook – I used Drops Paris Cotton and a 5mm hook.
You will need a different/contrasting colour for the number 1 and for the name.
– scissors
– yarn needle

Abbreviations
Ch – chain
Hdc – half double crochet

Step 1 – make a magic circle, chain 3, 10 hdc into the circle, join to top of ch3.

Step 2 – ch3, 2 hdc in each stitch around, join to top of ch3.

Step 3 – ch3, 2hdc in first stitch, *1 hdc in next, 2hdc in next*, Repeat to second last hdc, 1 hdc in last stitch, join to top of ch3.

Step 4 – ch3, 2hdc in first stitch, *1 hdc in each of next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch*. Repeat to 3rd last hdc, 1 hdc in each of last 2 stitches, join to top of ch3. Finish off, sew in ends.

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Ears (make 2)
Follow steps 1 and 2 above, finish off and sew in ends.

For the number 1 I used this pattern from Moogly and adapted it to form the top and bottom as they are on Juno’s badge.

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Sew on ears and no.1 using your yarn needle. Stitch the required name and your badge is complete :-)

If you make your own Mouse Birthday Badge please share a picture on my Facebook page or email it to greenelephantcrochet@gmail.com

If you find an error in this pattern please let me know and I will do my best to fix it.

Today is my little Juno’s 1st birthday…Happy Birthday Juno xx

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New Projects and Things

I took a few days unexpected hiatus from crochet this week :( I had my appendix out so I am now appendix-less (if that’s a thing)! OUCH!

So instead of looking at what I’ve made this week I thought I’d show you a few things that I hope to make over the next few weeks.

My favourite niece ;) has requested one of these lovely hats from Moogly. One of Tamara’s newest free patterns, amazing as always!

I also love her Bobble Poof Earflap Hat.

How sweet are these tiny kitties from Ami Amour?

and last but not least I <3 these Granny Sweet Hearts from Yarn Pumpkin. Adorable!

Happy Hooking this week and remember as my Nana used to say…your health is your wealth.

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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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