{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Natalie from @littlecosythings

Crochet sheep

Image Credit – @littlecosythings

The lovely Natalie from @littlecosythings hosted the @craftastherapy feed last week and she did an amazing job! I love that Natalie dove in head first and fearlessly shared her craft as therapy story with all of our followers. Natalie, who suffers from chronic pain and is battling infertility, uses craft as a way to help her cope. You can read more about Natalie’s story over on her blog www.littlecosythings.com You can also BUY her beautiful creations for very reasonable prices. I found Natalie’s week hosting, particularly inspiring because despite her issues and struggles, she always makes time to share a kind word or support someone else who is struggling. Here are some of her posts for the week –

crochet stars

{Top Left} – @kikdekuk
{Top Right} – @gultence79
{Bottom Left} – @neverjillian
{Bottom Right} – @oifoikoi

colourful craft projects

{Top Left} – @carter_and_brown
{Top Right} – @asplashofcolour_georgi
{Bottom Left} – @yardagedesign
{Bottom Right} – @kellykellykellygreen

handmade craft projects

{Top Left} – @tranquilltreasures
{Top Right} – @bqueencollection
{Bottom Left} – @lynne_ee
{Bottom Right} – @vampyr1764

handmade dolls

{Top Left} – @maritparit
{Top Right} – @alittlevintagedoll
{Bottom Left} – vanessakind
{Bottom Middle} – @_riaparamita_
{Bottom Right} – @offdhookcreations

cute craft projects

{Top Left} – @poppyandbliss
{Top Right} – @suzannemartin
{Bottom Left} – @colouredbuttons
{Bottom Right} – @esthersunday1

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @knitpurlhook
{Top Right} – @ponytales_
{Bottom Left} – @asterisquebysassi
{Bottom Right} – @flossiecottage

crochet care bears

Image Credit – @littlecosythings

{Crochet} My Favourite Mandy’s Mandalas

crochet mandala design

Crochet Mandala by @mobiusgirl

When i designed my free crochet mandala pattern, Mandy’s Mandala, i never expected so many clever crocheters to use my pattern and share their gorgeous images with me on Instagram. I would like to share some of my favourites from the #mandysmandala hashtag. It’s been so much fun to see my pattern made in so many colourways. If you decide to make one, i’d love to see you colour combination, so don’t forget to tag #mandysmandala.

crochet mandala pattern

Crochet Mandala by @kellykellykellygreen

crochet mandala pattern

Crochet Mandala by @neverjillian

 free crochet mandala design

Crochet Mandala by @runebrurun

 free crochet mandala pattern

Crochet Mandala by @marretjeroos

crochet mandala pattern

Crochet Mandala by @dhiaree

crochet mandala pattern

Crochet Mandala by @knitpurlhook

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Heike from @madewithloops

Craft as Therapy Week 6

Image Credit – @madewithloops

There are over 7000 posts under the #craftastherapy hashtag on Instagram! I’m so happy i cannot put it adequately into words. Incredible! :) My moderators continue to amaze me with their creativity and the fabulous Heike from @madewithloops was no exception when she moderated last week. Here are her posts for the week and don’t forget, everyone is welcome to join in. All you need to do is tag your crafty images with #craftastherapy for a chance to be featured on @craftastherapy.

craft as therapy

{Top Left} – @nuran2010bora
{Top Right} – @flo_and_dot
{Bottom Left} – @munisesi
{Bottom Right} – @rikaulricha

inspirational quote

Image Credit – @madewithloops

mandalas for wink

{Top Left} – @kellykellykellygreen
{Top Right} – @redagape_styleanddesign
{Bottom Left} – @suzanne2017
{Bottom Right} – @marretjeroos

inspirational quote craft

Image Credit – @madewithloops

crochet pattern flower

Image and Pattern Credit – @madewithloops

craft ideas

{ Top Left} – @gultence79
{Middle Left} – @surisuriami
{Top Right} – @kikdekuk
{Bottom Left} – @cozamundo
{Bottom Right} – @angelacoyota

{Crochet} Sunnyside Up Mandala Pattern

crochet mandala tutorial

Oh my gosh! I had such a positive response to my very first crochet mandala, Mandy’s Mandala, that i was inspired to create another. So, here is another free crochet mandala pattern that i’ve designed. This one is called the Sunnyside Up Mandala, for obvious reasons. I love the bright happy yellow yoke and egg white surround, but i’m sure it was look pretty in other colour combinations too. :)

I’ve used my favourite yarn, Patons Cotton Blend 8ply for this project. The instructions are all written in UK terms, but i’ll add a Short Hand version in US terms soon. The stitches you need for this one include –

  • ch = chain
  • dc = double crochet
  • htr = half treble
  • tr = treble
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • tr3tog – treble three together (explained below)
  • tr4tog – treble four together (explained below)

Treble Three Together (tr3tog)

Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over hook and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over pull through two loops (2 loops on hook). Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over and pull up loop (4 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through two loops (3 loops on hook). Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over and pull up loop (5 loops on hook) yarn over pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.

Treble Four Together (tr4tog)

Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over hook and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over pull through two loops (2 loops on hook). Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over and pull up loop (4 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through two loops (3 loops on hook). Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over and pull up loop (5 loops on hook) yarn over pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook). Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over and pull up loop (6 loops on hook) yarn over pull through 2 loops (5 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

Okay! Here we go –

crochet mandala free

Round 1 – Start with a happy sunny yellow colour. To begin form a magic ring, chain 3 (this counts as 1tr). Work 11tr into the loop then slip stitch into the top of the ch3 at the beginning. Pull magic circle to close. (12tr)

 

crochet mandala tutorial

Round 2 – Ch3 (counts as 1 tr). 1tr into the same st. 2tr into each tr from the previous round. Slip st into the top of beginning ch3. (24tr)

 

crochet mandala design

Round 3 – Ch4 (counts as 1tr, 1ch). * 1tr into the next st, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * until end of round. Slip st into the third chain of beginning ch-4 (24tr, 24ch)

 

crochet mandala design

Round 4 – Slip st into ch-1 space, ch1 (this doesn’t count as a stitch). * tr3tog into ch-1 space, ch3 * Repeat from * to * until end of round. Slip st into top of the first tr3tog. (24 tr3tog, 24 ch-3 spaces)

 

crochet mandala free

Round 5 – Sl st into first ch-3 space, ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch). Work 3dc into each ch-3 space from the previous round. Sl st into first dc. (72dc or 24 groups of 3dc).

 

crochet mandala

Round 6 – Sl st into middle dc of 3dc group, that is, the 2nd dc. Ch5 (counts as 1tr, 2ch) and then 1tr into the same stitch. Find the middle of the next group of dc and work 1tr, ch2, 1tr into this stitch. Continue to work 1tr, ch2, 1tr into the second dc of of every 3dc group from the previous round. Sl st into the 3rd ch of the beginning ch5. (48tr, 48ch)

 

crochet mandala design

Round 7 – Sl st into ch-2 space, chain 1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) tr4tog, ch4. *tr4tog into the next ch-2 space, ch4 * repeat from * to * until end of round. As we are changing colours for the next round, cut your yarn and using a yarn needle, join your last stitch to the top of the first tr4tog and fasten off. (24 tr4tog, 24 ch-4 spaces).

 

crochet mandala tutorial

Round 8 – Attach the white yarn to any ch-4 space with a sl st. Ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) then work 6dc into each ch-4 space. Sl st into first dc. (144dc or 24 groups of 6dc)

 

crochet mandala free

Round 9 – Final round! ch1(doesn’t count as a st). Into each 6dc group work 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, ch1, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc. Sl st into first dc and fasten off. Wooohooo! You’re all done.

Short Hand Pattern
1. 12tr into magic ring.
2. 2tr in each tr from previous round. (24tr)
3. 1tr, ch1 – around. (24tr, 24ch)
4. Tr3tog, ch3 into each ch1 space. (24 tr3tog, 24 groups of 3ch)
5. 3dc in each 3ch space. (24 groups of 3dc)
6. Into the middle chain of each 3dc work 1tr, 2ch,1tr. (48tr, 48ch)
7. Tr4togther, ch4 into each ch-2 space. (24 tr4tog, 24 groups of ch-4 spaces).
8. 6dc into every ch-4 space (24 groups of 6dc)
9. Into each 6dc groups – 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc.

I’d love to see your beautiful creations, so if you decide to make my mandala please tag #sunnysideupmandala !! :)

 

{Crochet} Candy Granny Square Blanket with Pom Poms

easy pom poms

Just a little quicky post to share my finished colourful crochet Candy Granny Square blanket. This was such a fun and easy project to work on. I didn’t use a pattern, it just evolved and grew until i was happy with the size. The colours were added randomly with little breaks of white to add freshness. This crochet lap blanket was made with Patons Cotton Blend yarn which was beautiful to work with. I added some pom poms (see my Easy Pom Pom Tutorial ) on each of the corners to finish it off. So much happiness in one blanket!!

Colourful crochet blanket

Candy Crochet Blanket in progress…

colorful granny square

 

crochet blanket with pom poms

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Fiona from @millefleurs13

crochet mandala

Image Credit @millefleurs13

The lovely Fiona from @millefleurs13 hosted the @craftastherapy account on Instagram last week. It was a difficult week for fellow crocheters as the gorgeous and talented Marinke, also know as Wink, from A Creative Being lost her battle with depression. Sadly, sometimes #craftastherapy isn’t enough. Mandalas like the one above have been flooding instagram since her passing and igniting lots of discussion about the therapeutic benefits of craft. Wink herself was included in the book Crochet Saved my Life  by Kathryn Vercillo –

“Crochet is basically repeating the same thing over and over again, and for me that flow really helps me get through the day. But at the same time, you have to keep thinking about what you’re doing, so it never gets boring. And you get to be creative while you’re at it – what more can you want?” -Wink 

I think many crafters can relate to the idea that repetitive movements can calm and heal, but the act of creating itself, even with repetitive movements, still requires enough concentration and focus that it can distract the mind from worry and illess…..to varying degrees. Of course, the therapeutic benefits of craft does have its limit. Myself and all of the moderators from @craftastherapy send out our sincerest condolenses to Wink’s family and friends. xx

Please enjoy some of the posts from @millefleurs13 that were shared over the last week. And please feel very welcome to join our friendly and supportive community over on Instagram by tagging your images with #craftastherapy. Much love to all.

mandyxx

crochet flowers

Image Credit @millefleurs13

flower crafts

{Top Left} – @asplashofcolour_georgi
{Top Right} – @intheyarngarden
{Bottom Left} – @vannesa_yulan
{Bottom Right} – @audrey_studiopaars

uplifting quote

Image Credit @millefleurs13

craft as therapy hexagons

{Top Left} – @flossiecottage
{Top Right} – @olivesandpickles
{Bottom Left} – @knitpurlhook
{Bottom Right} – @sairsparrow

@craftastherapy instagram

Image Credit @millefleurs13

food amigurumi

{Top Left} – @coachhousepictures
{Top Right} – @flamingpot
{Bottom Left} – @ecembayarozturk
{Bottom Right} – @lynne_ee

{Crochet} Mandala Tutorial {Mandy’s Mandala}

crochet mandala

I designed my very first crochet mandala pattern yesterday! I’m excited about sharing it with you, but i am also really nervous. I scribbled down the steps as i was making it, so i hope these instructions are clear and easy to understand. As this is my very first crochet design, i am open to hints or suggestions to make my writing clearer. And if you happen to find a mistake in the steps below – please let me know, so i can fix it as soon as possible. If you decide to try my pattern, i would love to see the results. Tag your images with #mandysmandala so that i can see your beautiful creations. Thank you!

This mandala is made from 8ply Patons Cotton Blend and a size 4 hook. Instructions are written in UK terms –

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

htr = half treble

tr = treble

dtr = double treble

sl st = slip stitch

 

free crochet mandala

Round 1 – Make a magic ring and chain 1 (this doesn’t count as a stitch), 8dcs into the ring, pull to close. Cut the yarn and thread into a yarn needle. Insert into the top of first dc and fasten off. (8dcs) All rounds will be fastened off this way.

free crochet mandala

Round 2 – Attach new colour with a sl st into any dc, chain 2 (counts as one htr), 1 htr into same stitch. 2 htr into each dc and then fasten off. (16htr)(8 groups of 2htr)

free crochet mandala

Round 3 – Add new colour with a sl st in between any of the 2htr pairs. Ch 3 (counts as one tr), 2tr in same stitch. 3tr in between each of the htr pairs. Fasten off. (24 tr)(8 groups of 3tr)

crochet mandala free

Round 4 –With new colour sl st in between any of the 3tr groups, ch3 (counts as 1tr), 2 tr in the same space, 2 ch, * 3tr in between next 3tr groups, 2 ch * repeat from * to * until end. Fasten off (24tr, 16ch) (8 groups of 3tr, 8 groups of 2ch)

crochet mandala

Round 5 – Add new colour with a sl st into any 2ch space * dc in 2ch space, ch6 * repeat from * to * until end. Fasten off. (8dc, 8 groups of 6ch)

crochet mandala design

Round 6 – Add new colour with a sl st into any 6ch space, work 10dc into each 6ch space until end. Fasten off (80dc)(8 groups of 10dc)

crochet mandala

Round 7 – Add new colour with a slip stitch into any dc, 2ch (equals htr). 1htr into each dc in the round. Fasten off. (80htr).

crochet mandala tutorial

Round 8 – Add new colour with a sl st into any htr, 4ch (equals 1tr, 1ch). * Skip one htr, 1tr in the next, 1ch * Repeat from * to * until end of round and fasten off. (40tr, 40ch)

crochet mandala

Round 9 – Add new colour with a sl st into any 1ch space, 3ch (equals 1tr), 2tr in the same space, 2tr in the next 1ch space, *3tr in the next 1ch space, 2 tr in the following 1ch space * repeat from * to * until end of round. Fasten off. (100tr)(20 groups of 2tr, 20 groups of 3tr).

crochet mandala

Round 10 – Add new colour with a sl st in between any of the tr groups, 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr in the same space. 2tr in between each group of trebles from the previous round. Continue until end and fasten off. (80tr)(40 groups of 2tr)

crochet mandala tutorial

Round 11 – Add new colour with a sl st in between any 2tr pairs, 1dc  * 5ch, skip 4tr and then 1dc * repeat from * to * until end of round. Fasten off. (100 ch, 20 dc)(20 groups of 5ch, 20dc)

crochet mandala

Round 12 – Add new colour with a sl st into any 5ch space, ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), * 2dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1tr, 1htr, 2dc into the same 5ch space. *  In each ch-5 space repeat from * to * until end of round fasten off. (20 groups of 2dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1tr, 1htr, 2dc). Ta da! All done.

 

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Marit from @maritparit

craft as therapy

Image Credit @maritparit

Thank you kindly to @maritparit for moderating @craftastherapy over on Instagram last week. A talented crocheter with a generous heart, Marit did a beautiful job of hosting the @craftastherapy feed. She also has a crochet blog  – www.mjukdesign.wordpress.com which features her beautiful patterns and handmade pieces.

If you haven’t joined this wonderful @craftastherapy community yet, please feel welcome to look us up on Instagram. There you can tag your crafty creations with #craftastherapy. There are lots of gorgeous people in this crafting community and i’m sure you will find it a happy and accepting place. Please enjoy Marit’s features for the week –

{Top Left} -  {Top Right} -  {Bottom Left} -  {Bottom Right} -

{Top Left} – @flossiecottage
{Top Right} –@funnyva1entine
{Bottom Left} – @craftypinkcreations
{Bottom Right} – @suzannemartin

craft as therapy

{Top Left} – @charlisadesigns
{Top Right} – @_riaparamita_
{Bottom Left} – @mirabelandme
{Bottom Right} – @pauline.c.morgan

crafting community online

{Top Left} – @willashalit
{Top Right} – @atolye_lina
{Bottom Left} – @rikaulricha
{Bottom Right} – @string_harvest

craft as therapy

{Top Left} – @lynne_ee
{Top Right} – @mumamia62
{Bottom Left} – @knitpurlhook
{Bottom Right} – @byvintagedaisies

craft as therapy

Image Credit – @maritparit

Easy Pom Pom Tutorial

 

rainbow pom poms

Finally, i have found an easy, failsafe method for making pom poms! Hooray! After many failed attempts using various pom pom making contraptions, i decided to try making them without any fancy gadgets. Success! These are the best pom poms i have ever made and because pom pom making should never be frustrating or sad, i am going to show you how it is done.

rain pom poms

Here is my recipe for rainbow pom poms. All you need is yarn and scissors – oh and your hands. That’s it! Read on –

step by step pom poms

Step 1 – Using your thumb to hold the end of the yarn, begin wrapping your first colour around three of your fingers. Try to keep a little separation between your fingers as this will make it easier to remove your yarn.

easy to make pom poms

Step 2 – Continue wrapping until you have made 30 circuits around your fingers.

fail safe pom poms

Step 3 – Then cut the yarn.

fail safe pom poms

Step 4 – Starting with a new colour, repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 with each of the five different coloured yarns. This equates to 150 circuits of yarn aound your fingers.  If you would prefer a single colour then just wrap 150 times with your colour preference.

the best pom poms

Step 5 – Gently slide the yarn bundle off your fingers.

easy peasy pom poms

Step 6 – Lay the yarn bundle carefully on top of a length of yarn. It is up to you how long this length is – mine is around 30 cms because i wanted some length leftover to attach my pom pom to things!

fail safe pom poms

Step 7 – Tie a knot in the bundle of yarn, being careful to keep it centred. Make sure the knot is tight and secure to prevent your pom pom from exploding when you cut it.

Rainbow pom poms

How to make pom poms

Step 8 – Flip your yarn bundle over and bring the lengths of yarn forward. DIY pom poms

Step 9 – Tie another tight knot at the back of the yarn bundle. Having a knot on either side helps to keep your pom pom neat and secure.

Rainbow pom poms

Pom Pom tutorial

Step 10 – Carefully slip your scissors into the yarn and cut around the edges of your yarn bundle.

Rainbow pom poms

Step 11 – Keep cutting all the way around and then trim your pom pom to shape. Yarn confetti!!

Rainbow pom poms

Ta da! All done. You can vary the size and density of your pom poms by changing the number of fingers and circuits you make. The lengths of yarn that you used to tie your knots can also be using for attaching your pom poms. I’ve attached my rainbow pom poms to the corners of my crochet candy blanket and i think they look grand! What could be better than rainbow pom poms!? (well, secretly i have a plan for some mega poms poms that may be better, but i’ll save that for another blog entry).

crochet blanket with pom poms

{Craft as Therapy} Moderated by Ryane from @olivesandpickles

creativity quote

The beautiful and talented Ryane from @olivesandpickles moderated @craftastherapy on Instagram last week. It was an exciting week for our instagram handle as we hit 1000 followers. Fantastic!! Thank you to Ryane for wonderful week hosting. Here are her quotes and selected features for the week. To play along tag your Instagram images with #craftastherapy and join in the fun and support of our creative community.

one thousand

styling craft images

{Top Left} – @zamhandmade
{Top Right} – @redagape_styleanddesign
{Bottom Left} – @asplashofcolour_georgi
{Bottom Right} – @_riaparamita_

crochet food

{Top Left} – @sulphurcrested
{Top Right} – @coachhousepictures
{Bottom Left} – @winterbeachbymab
{Bottom Right} – @suzannemartin

sweet crochet projects

{Top Left} – @smilewithsade
{Top Right} – @ecembayarozturk
{Bottom Left} – @nandi_90
{Bottom Right} – @susanmbeets

crochet projects

{Top Left} – @crochetgirl99
{Top Right} – @maritparit
{Bottom Left} – @tranquilltreasures
{Bottom Right} – @mamainastitch

styling craft images

{Top Left} – @kenjiku
{Top Right} – @mysuburbanfarm
{Bottom Left} – @crochetandcupcakes
{Bottom Right} – @_coffeecoloredlife_

This post from Ryane was a brilliant way to meet and discover how far and wide our #craftastherapy community reaches. Check out @craftastherapy on Instagram to read all about it.

Craft as therapy community