Red Jacket for Blue Boy toy

<<< This knitted toy was in the stocking the hospital gave us for Thomas and I just had to crochet a red jacket for it! I don’t understand why, I just did. There is no pattern to follow for this, I just made it up as I went along to fit the toy.

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Apricot Angora Shrug

The beautiful apricot coloured angora that I got on special from Lincraft has been calling me, so I’ve turned it into this lovely lacey shrug!

I made this pattern up, which is based on another shrug I made. This time I made the cuffs in rounds of 10 rows, then used a new pretty lacey stitch for the body of the shrug. I’m really happy with how the lacey part turned out, and I’m glad I now have this stitch in my repertoire. I used the ‘shell trellis’ lace stitch on page 95 of a book I borrowed from the library called ‘Crochet Basics’ by Jan Eaton.

The pattern for a basic shrug is very simple. I use a fine and hairy wool, like angora or winter warmth from Lincraft, and a large hook (5mm). This makes a very ‘loose’ stitch. It uses just over 1 x 50g ball of yarn.

An easy guide to making a crochet shrug

1. First Cuff – ch 54, sl st to form circle, make 10 rows of trebles (US dc), check the circle is large enough to go up your arm to above your elbow – I made a ridge on every 3rd stitch

2. Lacey Body – increase 1 every 6 st, use any nice light and airy lacey stitch you like, do not join, turn, make this section about 60cm long

3. Second Cuff – decrease 1 every 6 st, sl st to form circle, make 10 rows of trebles (US dc) – repeat any pattern used in first cuff

Easy and ready for spring!

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Purple Bolero Shrug

It took me a week or two, doing a bit now and then while we were watching tv in the evenings, to finish this bolero shrug. This is the first crochet thing I’ve made to wear, other than beanies and scarves!

I used the pattern from the Lincraft booklet I bought a month or so ago. I bought the book for this pattern specifically, as I’ve been looking for free patterns on the net and haven’t had much luck with them working out or being simple enough for me to follow. I tried one pattern and it was totally epic fail! I had trouble starting this one too, and in the end settled on buying the specific wool stated in the pattern from Lincraft, because they won’t tell you what ply the wool is. This is a purple “Winter Warmth” wool which cost $3 for 50g, and it used just over one ball so there is some left over as I got two balls. Maybe I can make a nice little beanie or something with what’s left?

Now I know the pattern I think I could make this again with other wool… hopefully! Making this bolero shrug taught me how to do raised ridges which you can see at the cuffs. I’ve been enjoying adding this new stitch to a couple of other projects I’ve done since, like a beanie and a doll’s dress, which I will post about soon.