Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Easter egg Minions - free pattern

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If you are looking for a fun, last-minute Easter egg crochet idea, this is it. It's very quick and you can create many variations in expression using the same pattern. Make them without the overalls or if you want a little more detailing add the overalls. I made 3, one with overalls and two without. Both are equally adorable. If you are a fan of minions you'll certainly love this pattern!


I used sport weight yarn and size D/3.25 mm crochet hook. This gave me a minion which is about 3.75 inches high and 2.75 inches wide. The pattern is easy and uses only simple stitches, so it is suitable for a beginner. 

Instruction

Materials:

Sport weight yarn in yellow, blue, black, white and grey
Crochet hook size D/3.25 mm
Fiberfill or yarn scraps for filling
Black beads for eyes
Stitch marker
Thread and needle to sew

Abbreviations/stitch terms used:

As always I have used standard American terms
ch - chain
sl st- slip stitch
sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)
sc2tog - sc decrease 

Note: 

I have given below the instruction for making the minion without overalls.

Work in continuous rounds without joining at the end of each round. Use a stitch marker to mark the 1st st at the beginner of every round.

Round 1: Using blue, ch 2, 6 sc in the 2nd ch from hook (6)
Round 2: 2 sc in each st (12)
Round 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (18)
Round 4: [sc in 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (24)
Round 5: [sc in 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (30)
Round 6: [sc in 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (36)
Round 7 to 12: sc in each st around (36)
Round 13: Pull yellow through the loop and working into the back loops only, sc in each st around (36). You can cut off the blue yarn.
Round 14 to 20: sc in each st around (36)
Round 21: [sc in 4 sts, sc2tog] 6 times (30)
Round 22: sc in each st around (30)
Round 23: [sc in 3 sts, sc2tog] 6 times (24)
Round 24: sc in each st around (24)
You can start stuffing at this point. 
Round 25: [sc in 2 sts, sc2tog] 6 times (18)
Round 26: sc in each st around (18)
Round 27: [sc in next st, sc2tog] 6 times (12)
Push in as much filling as possible.
Round 28: sc2tog 6 times (6). Cut off yarn leaving a long tail. Thread the yarn through a needle and weave in through every st until the opening the closed.

Goggles
Round 1: Using white ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around 
Round 3: Pull grey through the loop and working into the back loops only, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] around. Cut off yarn and weave in the ends.

Strap
Using black, ch 35, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Cut off yarn and weave in the ends.

Finishing

Sew the black strap around the head about 1 inch from the top. Sew the goggle round at the place where both the ends of the strap meet. Sew a black bead at the center of the white part. Embroider mouth.

To make the minion with the overall, the pattern for the body is the same as given above except for a few changes. Instead of working with the blue yarn until round 12, stop at round 10. Join yellow at round 11 and continue the pattern but do not sew the goggles and strap.

Row 1: To make the overall, join the blue yarn to the front loop of any stitch and sc in 10 sts. Turn
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Ch 8. Cut off yarn. This will form one strap of the overall.

Leave 8 sts on either side and repeat the instruction for the back. Then join both the straps to the overall.

Now you can sew the strap and goggles. Make different facial expression for each minion by altering the position of the beads and the way you embroider the mouth. You'll love them!



   

Monday, March 19, 2018

Crochet basket - free pattern

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I made these baskets few days ago. I wanted one to hold my embroidery skeins while I work on the cross stitch that I started a month ago. So I made the broad tray sort of basket with handles. 
It's a simple one but I used one round in the middle of an interesting stitch pattern that I found in the 99 Crochet Post Stitches book. And I made one more tiny one just to see how this stitch would look when used as an edging. 

Instruction

Materials

Heavy worsted weight yarn in a main color and a contrasting color
Crochet hook size H/5.00 mm
Yarn needle
Stitch markers

Stitches Used/Abbreviations

ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet (UK- double crochet)
hdc - half double crochet (UK - half treble)
fpdc - front post double crochet

Note

The instruction is for the broad tray type basket with handles.
Unless specified work in continuous rounds placing a stitch marker at the 1st stitch of each round to identify the beginning of a round.
Round 1: Using the main color, make a magic ring and work 6 sc into the ring (or) ch 2 and 6 sc in the 2nd ch from hook.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times (18 sts)
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] 6 times (24 sts)
Round 5: sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, [sc in 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (30 sts)
Round 6: [sc in 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (36 sts)
Round 7: sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, [sc in 5 sts, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (42 sts)
Round 8: [sc in 6 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (48 sts)
Round 9: sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, [sc in 7 sts, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (54 sts)
Round 10: [sc in 8 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (60 sts)
Round 11: sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, [sc in 9 sts, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (66 sts)
Round 12: [sc in 10 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (72 sts)
Round 13: sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, [sc in 11 sts, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (78 sts)
Round 14: [sc in 12 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (84 sts)
Round 15: sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, [sc in 13 sts, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (90 sts)
Round 16: sc in each st around. Join the last sc with a sl st to the 1st sc (90 sts)
Round 17 (work into back loops only): Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc in the back loop of each st around. Join with a sl st to the 2nd ch at the beginning of round.
Round 18: Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), working into both the loops, hdc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 2nd ch at the beginning of round.
Round 19: Join a contrasting color, ch 2 (counts as hdc), fpdc around the post of previous st, **skip next st, hdc in next st, fpdc around the post of the skipped st** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 2nd ch.
Round 20: Join main color, ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc.
Round 21: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in 1st sc, ch 12, skip 10 sc, sc in next 35 sc, ch 12, skip next 10 sc, sc in 34 sc. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc.
Round 22: Ch 1, sc in each sc and sc in each ch around. Join and cut off yarn. Weave in all the loose ends.  

The cross stitch that you see in the background is the "Victorian Elegance." I wonder how many years it's going to take me to finish it. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tiffany shawl

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Hey everybody, how are things with you this week? After a whole week of feeling so awful after giving away Misty I've eventually started feeling better now. I completed this shawl on the day we gave off Misty. I had scheduled to publish the pattern last week but I couldn't do it because I was feeling terrible, moreover my son was having his exam and I had to pay a little more attention to him. 
Anyhow the pattern is here now and I'm loving it. The shawl is so delicate and elegant as I had imagined and I'm 100% satisfied with the outcome. Normally, I don't design anything with a definite plan. I am a very bad planner and organizer. I start with an idea, sometimes I even make a rough sketch of it and then I go wherever the pattern takes me. Sometimes it takes me in the right direction and sometimes I take so many detours that the end result is far from what I had imagined. Luckily this pattern took me in the right direction and I'm totally pleased with how the shawl looks and feels.

I used fingering weight yarn and D/3.25 mm crochet hook. The finished shawl after blocking has a wingspan of about 62 inches and a height of 25 inches. The pattern includes charts. 

As a launch offer I am giving 30% discount when you buy it from my webstore. You don't need any coupon code, it's already discounted. 

If you are purchasing from my Ravelry store, use coupon code tiff30 to avail the discount. Offer valid till 18th March. 

Have a great day! 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Misty

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It was Wednesday afternoon on the last day of January. We had a relative visiting us and were having fish for lunch. We heard a meow outside the door and when we opened the door we found this black stray kitty standing out demanding to be fed fish. We gave him a few pieces, shooed him away and shut the door. Later when my husband was going out he found the kitty sitting on the stairs and brought it in.

 I don't know what he was thinking because we were against the idea of having pets at home, no, not because we don't like animals. Actually we all love animals and we even had some bunnies few years ago. So although my son keeps pestering us for a pet we always refused because we go on long vacation every year to visit our parents and having pets at home would make it difficult. Traveling long distances with pets is not an easy task and in our country traveling with a cat is almost impossible. Moreover my son used to have breathing troubles and he had some severe bouts of wheezing when we had the bunnies. 
So I don't know what my husband was thinking when he let the kitty in. It was a she and was about 4 or 5 months old. She was very friendly, not at all scared and she appeared to be used to human company. I tried to let her out many times but she outright refused to get out of the door. That night she chose to sleep in a chair next to our bed. Again we tried to let her out the next day and again she refused. Later she did go out a few times but always returned.
We named her Misty. We didn't have the heart to chase her out but I was worried that the cat would trigger my son's breathing problem. We didn't know what to do with her. She wouldn't leave us and we couldn't keep her. In the meantime one week had passed and we were still clueless. We didn't know anyone who was willing to adopt her. So I listed her on a couple of pet adoption sites and few people contacted us and two of them even made us wait a few days saying that they would take her but finally did not. Now it was about 3 weeks since she came to us. She became very attached to me and used to follow me around  house, even into the bathroom. If I don't let her in, she would wait for me outside the door. So adorable! Though she had a few favorite spots for her daytime naps she always slept at our feet at night.
Finally at the beginning of this month a young woman contacted us. She was willing to take Misty and we also felt that she was the right person. So 5 days ago we gave her off with a heavy heart. I never thought I would miss her so much and I even cried for the next 3 days. I am so tempted to call the young lady and ask her to give Misty back. I feel guilty that I abandoned the poor kitty who chose us as her owners or rather chose to own us. The next day after giving her away I had a dream that Misty found her way back and she was purring beside me trying to wake me up. Misty had been with us for only a month but it's going to take me a long time to get over her absence and I don't think I'll ever forget her. I hope Misty is very happy in her new home.

Moving to crochet, I finished the crescent shawl that I started last year, of course, it wouldn't have been possible without Misty's help.



She even helped me block it. Pattern soon. Have a great day!

Monday, February 12, 2018

2 in 1 poncho pullover - new pattern

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Hey all, I know it's been a long time, I just didn't have anything interesting to show you. I completed a few small baby items and such and also started a cross stitch project which is moving at a snail's pace. In the meantime I finished this poncho sweater pattern. It's a 2 in 1 pattern. You can use the same pattern to make a poncho or a sweater. It comes in single size. It is oversized and so can accommodate women's size small to extra large. I used DK weight yarn and crochet hook size H/5.00 mm. 
The pattern is available in all my shops but you can get 30% off on it if you purchase from my webstore, TLH patterns.com  Offer valid till 15th February.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sampler striped baby blanket - new pattern

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Welcome 2018! Did you all have a wonderful New Year celebration? Do you make resolutions? Normally I don't but this year I made a few and already broke one. 

The sampler striped baby blanket pattern is my first one to be published this year. This blanket was started on a whim. I didn't have any pattern in mind when I started it. I just wanted to make use of some leftover yarns of a similar kind, each ball was small and not enough to be used in a standalone    project. So I decided to use them all in a baby blanket but instead of the good old granny square I thought of making a blanket with a medley of stitches. Thus came the sampler striped baby blanket. 

     
I have used more than 10 stitch patterns in this blanket. The yarn used is DK weight and the hook is G/4.00 mm. The blanket measures approximately 32 x 27.5 inches. The pattern PDF includes written instruction as well as charts. The stitches used are only basic ones. 
Though the Christmas sale in my Etsy and Ravelry shops is over I have extended it in my web store. So all patterns will be 50% off in my web shop including this one until the 10th of this month. So if you are interested in making one go over to TLH patterns and get 50% off. 

Have a wonderful week ahead! 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hexagon patchwork Christmas Stocking - free pattern

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This is the free pattern that I mentioned in my last post. It took me nearly a whole day to design this. The hexagon motif is a basic pattern, so nothing complicated there, but figuring out where to fit what to get the shape was like solving a giant jigsaw puzzle for me. I almost gave up on it, then finally it clicked. After that it was a breeze. 

Materials:
I used light worsted weight yarn in red which is the main color, green, brown and blue. 
Size 3.5 mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle to weave in the hundreds of yarn ends
Scissors

Size:
The stocking measures 13 inches from top to bottom, 10 inches wide at the top and 12 inches wide at the bottom

Abbreviations Used (US terms)
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet 
dc - double crochet

Note: Ch 3 at the beginning of a round will be counted as a stitch
Instruction
Hexagon
Round 1: Make a magic ring, ch 3 and dc into ring, ch 2, [2 dc, ch 2] 5 times into ring. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch.
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in next dc, **[dc, ch 2, dc] in ch-2 space, dc in next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** around, [dc, ch 2, dc] in last ch-2 space. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch. Cut off yarn.

You need to make 56 hexagons. 

How to join: 
First join 8 hexagons in a row. This will be your first row. For the second row join the hexagons one by one to the hexagons in the first row. Work one sc at the corner ch-2 spaces of hexagon in the first row and new hexagon of the second row holding them together, sc in next 4 dc of both the hexagons held together, sc in next ch-2 space, ch 1, sc in same ch-2 space of the 2nd row hexagon and ch-2 space of the next hexagon together, continue until all the hexagons of the 2nd row are joined to the hexagons of the 1st row. 
First join the hexagons in the order shown below. Weave in the thousands of loose ends. Phew!
Then join as indicated in the image above matching the letters on the left and right side, i.e., join A on the right side to A on the left side. 
To make it easier I first folded it and using stitch marker I marked all the sides that needed to be joined. Then I joined using the same technique as the other hexagons. Finally join at the bottom. 

Cuff:
Round 1: Join red to the joint at the left corner, ch 3 (counts as dc), **dc in next ch-2 space, dc in next 2 dc, hdc in next dc, sc in next dc, 2 sc in ch-2 space, sc in next dc, hdc in next dc, dc in 2 dc, dc in next joint** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch. 
Round 2 to 5: Ch 3, dc in each dc around. Join.
Round 6: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join. Cut off yarn and weave in the loose ends. Join yarn at the left top corner and make a loop.

Finally my stocking looked as in the 1st image, but I didn't like the pointed heel, so I tucked the hexagon at the corner in and I liked it better as seen in the 2nd image.
Now your stocking is ready to be filled.    


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