{Crochet} Crate Crochet Review

crochet subscription boxWell, it’s finally happened! Australia has it’s own crochet subscription boxes thanks to Crate Crochet. Hooray! I was so excited when Crate Crochet  invited me to review their subscription boxes. I had been wanting to try one for a while, but they sell out fast.

5 reasons to love Crate Crochet! (there’s actually more than 5, but these are my top 5)

  1. Value for money! The RRP of the contents of these boxes is guaranteed to be higher than the cost of the box.
  2. Try New Yarn – i love trying new yarn. This box contained to most gorgeous Australian Superfine Merino from Morris & Sons.
  3. Great patterns – fresh new designs every month from a range of different designers.
  4. Extras – so many extras included : this box included tea, sweet treats, a pom pom kit, stitch markers and a Clover Beanie Gauge.
  5. Skilled Boxes – if you are a beginner there’s a box just for you! If you’re worried the Intermediate/Advanced box will be too challenging, then you have the option to sign up to the beginners box.

crochet subscription boxThere’s even a shop where members get a discount. Crate Crochet are currently sold out, but subscriptions open again on the 18th of June, that’s only a few days away, so mark it on your calendar if you don’t want to miss out. I cannot wait to see what is in my next box. :)crochet subscription box

* This has been a sponsored post! :)

{Crochet} Spiked Granny Rib Stitch Pattern

Spiked Granny Rib Stitch

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My Spiked Granny Rib Stitch pattern is finally available. Hooray! This is a unique crochet stitch that i have designed myself, so you should not be able to find it anywhere else. I made this chunky beauty from Paintbox Yarn Simply Chunky in a rainbow of colours. This yarn is a pleasure to work with and so reasonably priced. I love it!!

The pattern for the Spiked Granny Rib Stitch contains all the information you need to make the blanket you see pictured, but the great thing about this pattern is that you can apply the stitch to any crochet project you like. You can use any size yarn with the corresponding hook for this stitch.

The pattern for my Spiked Granny Rib Stitch contains both US and UK instructions, a chart, details on special stitches, all the info needed to make the blanket and lots of step by step images.

You’ll find the pattern in my Pattern Shop for a small fee. If you’re interested in seeing more of my patterns head to my Crochet Patterns page where I’m compiling all of my patterns, both FREE and for purchase.

Paintbox Simply Chunky Rainbow Blanket

Click the image above to check out Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky from www.lovecrochet.com

Rainbow crochet blanket

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{Crochet} Win a Gelato Pops Pattern Kit

*This competition is now closed. New pattern price is $3.75*

Hello crochet lovers. I have had a great response to my popcorn crochet cushion – Gelato Pops. Thank you kindly to those who have bought and downloaded my pattern. Everyone who buys the pattern in the first week will go into a draw to win a complete kit to make my Gelato Pops cushion. The competition ends at 5pm on Friday the 20th of January (AEST). It will be drawn on Saturday at midday. The competition is open to everyone, no matter where you live. I am happy to ship worldwide.

popcorn crochet cushion

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The kit will include –

  • 7 x 50g balls of Heirloom Cotton 8ply in the colours you see pictured
  • 1 x 4mm Clover hook
  • 1x 35cm round cushion insert
  • 2 x pattern postcards
  •  a calico backpack kit bag

How to enter –

  1. Head HERE to buy the pattern for the bargain price of $2
  2. An email is sent directy to your email account for download
  3. That’s it! You’re in the draw. Good luck!!

Please note – that the pattern price will increase after competition week, when it will be listed on lovecrochet.com and ravelry.

Thank you again everyone. I really appreciate your support.

Mandy xx

 

{Craft as Therapy} Meet the moderators : @yarn_house

 

Crocheters of Instagram

Meet Amanda from @yarn_house

It’s time to meet another one of the @craftastherapy moderators. Amanda from @yarn_house is a relatively new member of the team, who has embraced moderating with energy and enthusiasm. She is currently moderating her second week with the theme #craftastherapy_bouquet ? She’s a talented designer with her own unique style, so pop over and join her on @craftastherapy this week. Read on to find out a little more about her.

1. Why do you crochet? 

Plain and simple – It’s my passion. I can’t help it.

2. What’s your fave project that you’ve made?

My overlay crochet peacock feather mandala

Crochet overlay mandala

This is Amanda’s favourite project – her crochet overlay peacock mandala

3. Besides craft, what are you passionate about?

Spending time with my husband and our 2 kids, camping, the ocean, drawing, occasional cooking, baseball, highway driving, music, and I also really love silence.

4. Do you have a nickname?

I have a countless number of nicknames, but the one that has stuck the most over the years is “bigdoonie”, which also happens to be the name of personal IG account.Crochet rainbow

5. Tell us why you love @craftastherapy

It’s such a wonderful community filled with positivity, support, and endless inspiration.

6.  What’s next on your ‘to make’ list?

I’ve been wanting to make a massive wall hanging for awhile now, I’d love to cross that off my list eventually.

Crochet Mandala

7. What are your dreams for the future.

I’m finding myself becoming increasingly interested in gardening. I have zero skills at the moment, but I hope to one day have a big beautiful garden full of colorful flowers.
8. Tell us something random that we wouldn’t  know about you?

I can’t remember the last time I read a book.

Crochet rainbow

 

{Crochet} Easy Crochet Stars

Crochet star patternThis is a super sweet and easy crochet star pattern. Perfect for Christmas or other celebrations, they can be made into garlands, gift toppers or tree decorations. I’ve used 100% Heirloom Cotton and a 4mm hook. This instructions are in UK terms but there are some shorthand instructions for both UK and US at the end of this tutorial. Enjoy! #mandyssuperstarsCrochet star patternStep one – ch4 and then ss into the first chain to form a loop. Work 10htr into the loop. Ss into the top of the first htr. (10htr)Crochet star patternStep 2 – Ch2, tr2tog in the first st (counts as 1x tr3tog). Ch3, tr3tog in each of the following stitches. Ss into the top of the first tr3tog. (10x tr3tog, 10x ch-3)
Crochet star patternStep 3 – Work 4dc into each ch-3 space and leave the last stitch open. (10x 4dc)
Crochet star patternStep 4 – *ss, dc, htr, tr in the next 4 stitches (ie, the first 4dc from the previous round). Ch3 then tr, htr, dc, ss in the next 4 stitches*. Repeat from * to * four more times. (4x ss, dc, htr, tr, ch3, tr, htr, dc, ss)
Crochet stars Step 5 – Ss into the top of tr3tog from Step 2 (this will form a nice sharp indent) *Work 1dc into the dc, htr and tr from the previous round. Work (3dc, ch3, 3dc) into the ch-3 space. Work 1dc into the tr, htr, and dc from the previous round. Ss into the top of the tr3tog from Step 2. * Repeat from * to *  3 more times. Then work 1dc into the dc, htr, tr from the previous round. Work (3dc, ch3, 3dc) into the ch-3 space. Work 1dc into the tr, htr, and dc from the previous round and then fasten off.

UK Shorthand

  1. ch4 and form a loop. 10htr into loop
  2. 10x (tr3tog, ch3)
  3. 4dc into each ch-3 space
  4. Work *ss, dc, htr, tr, ch3, tr, htr, dc, ss* repeat from * to * around.
  5. *Ss into tr3tog, dc in the dc, htr, and tr, then (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in Ch-3 sp , dc in tr, htr and dc* repeat from * to * around and fasten off.

US Shorthand

  1. ch4 and form a loop. 10hdc into loop
  2. 10x (dc3tog, ch3)
  3. 4sc into each ch-3 space
  4. Work *ss, sc, hdc, dc, ch3, dc, hdc, sc, ss* repeat from * to * around.
  5. *Ss into dc3tog, sc in the sc, hdc, and dc, then (3sc, ch3, 3sc) in Ch-3 sp , sc in dc, hdc and sc* repeat from * to * around and fasten off.

 

{Crochet} Flower Power Granny Square Free Pattern

crochet square flower pattern

If you’ve made my Flower Power crochet coasters before, then you’ll love this free pattern which turns them into a granny square by adding three simple rounds. You’ll find the Flower Power coaster pattern here. Once you have made your coaster, simply follow these instructions to turn them into squares. Crochet squares are brilliant for making blankets, scarves and cushions. I’d love to see your Flower Power Granny Square creations, so please tag them with #flowerpowergrannysquare if you’re posting pictures on social media.

The following instructions are in UK terms, using 8ply cotton yarn and a 4mm hook. You’ll find the US and UK shorthand instructions at the end of this post. Have fun!

free crochet square pattern

UK Flower Power Granny Square Instructions

free crochet square pattern

Round 1 – take your flower power coaster and sl st into the top of the dtr (petal top) ch3 and then htr in between the two dcs at the base at the petals. This stitch should be right in the middle of the two petals, then ch3. * Sl st into petal top (dtr), ch3 and htr in between dcs at petal base, ch3 * repeat from. * to * around then sl st into first petal top. (12htr, 12sl st, 24 x ch-3).

 

free crochet square pattern

Round 2 – sl st into the ch-3 space, ch1 (this doesn’t count as a st) *Work 2htr, 1tr and 1dtr into this space then ch2. In the next ch-3 space, work 1dtr, 1tr and 2htr. Work 3dc into each of the next four ch-3 spaces.* repeat from * to * 3 more times. Sl st into first htr. (48dc, 4X groups of 2htr, 1tr, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, 1tr, 2htr).

 

crochet square flower pattern

Round 3 – ch 3 (counts as 1tr) work 1tr into each stitch until you reach the corner ch-2 space. *In the ch-2 space work 1tr, ch1, 1tr. Then 1tr into each of the stitches from the previous round. (20tr). * repeat from * to * 2 more times. Work 1tr, ch1, 1tr into the last ch-2 space, then 1tr into each st until you reach your initial ch3 (tr). Sl st into the top of this initial ch3 and fasten off. (22tr along each side = 88tr)

crochet square flower pattern

Ta da! Your Flower Power Coaster is now a funky granny square. Don’t forgot to tag your makes #flowerpowergrannysquare

Shorthand UK 
1. Sl st into petal top, ch3, htr in between petals – repeat around. (12htr, 12sl st, 24 x ch-3)
2.  At the corners work (2htr, 1tr, 1dtr, ch 2 in first ch-3 space, then 1dtr, 1tr, 2htr in the next ch-3 space).  Work 3dc into each of the 4 x ch-3 spaces along the sides. (48dc, 4X groups of 2htr, 1tr, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, 1tr, 2htr).
3. Work 1tr into each st at the sides and then 1tr, ch1, 1tr at corners. Fasten off. (22tr along each side = 88tr)

Shorthand US
1. Sl st into petal top, ch3, hdc in between petals – repeat around (12hdc, 12sl st, 24 x ch-3)
2. At the corners work (2hdc, 1dc, 1tr, ch 2 in first ch-3 space, then 1tr, 1dc, 2hdc in the next ch-3 space). Work 3sc into each of the 4 x ch-3 spaces along the sides. (48sc, 4X groups of 2hdc, dc,1tr, ch2, 1tr, 1dc, 2hdc).
3. Work 1dc into each st at the sides and then 1dc, ch1, 1dc at corners. Fasten off. (22dc along each side = 88dc)

{Crochet} Mandy’s Mega Mandalas – Made by You

free crochet mandala pattern

Image Credit – @mommeetspoetry This is her short version of Mandy’s Mega Mandala that she made into a sweet little wall hanging.

Today i wanted to share with you some of the gorgeous crochet mandala creations made from my crochet pattern – Mandy’s Mega Mandala. It’s been a pure delight to see so many of these being made. I love that a crochet mandala can be used in many different ways – doily, coaster, wall hanging or acushion. Thank you kindly to all of these clever crafters for making Mandy’s Mega Mandala in a varietyof colour schemes. Beautiful!! And if you make one of my mega mandalas please tag #mandysmegamandala, so that i can see it and maybe share it here. If the mega mandala is too much of a committment for you, please try out one of my smaller patterns –

{Crochet} Flower Power Coaster Pattern

 

crochet coaster patterns

This 7 Round crochet coaster pattern is quick and fun to make. Crochet coasters make great gifts and are the perfect project for using up leftover bits of yarn. I’m calling this coaster pattern Flower Power as it reminds of the floral prints that were popular in the 70s. These coasters look great in bright happy colours and make a pretty addition to any boring table. These coasters have been made from Patons Cotton Blend 8ply yarn.

Stitch Knowledge Required (UK) (US shorthand instructions included at the end) 

  • Magic Ring
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • dc = double crochet
  • htr = half treble
  • tr = treble
  • dtr = double treble

Flower Power Crochet Coaster

Free crochet coaster pattern

Round One

Round 1 – To begin make a magic ring, chain 1 (this doesn’t count as a stitch) then work 8htr into the ring. Sl st to the top of the first htr to join round. (8htr)

 

crochet coaster

Round Two

Round 2 – Chain 2 (counts as 1htr), then 1 htr into in the same stitch. Work 2 htr into each htr from the previous round. Sl st to the top of the ch2 to join. (16htr)

 

Free crochet coaster pattern

Round Three

Round 3 – chain 2 (counts as 1htr), then work 2htr in the next stitch. Continue to work 1htr, then 2 htr into each stitch from the previous round. Sl st to the top of the ch2 to join. (24htr)

 

Free crochet coaster pattern

Round Four

Round 4 – Ch1 (doesn’t count as a st) then 1dc. Ch 3, miss a stitch and then dc into the next. Continue to ch3, then dc into every second stitch all the way around. Sl st into the first dc to join round. (12 x ch-3 spaces, 12dc).

 

Free crochet coaster pattern

Round Five

Round 5 – Sl st into first ch-3 space. Ch3 (counts as 1tr) then work 3tr into the same ch-3 space. Work 4tr into each ch-3 space all the way around. Sl st into the top of the first ch3. (48tr)(12x4tr)

 

Free crochet coaster pattern

Round Six

Round 6 – Ch 5, sl st in between the first two groups of 4tr from the previous round. Continue to ch5, and then sl st in between the tr groups all the way around. (12sl st, 12x ch-5 spaces)

 

crochet coaster patterns

Round Seven

Round 7 – *Sl st into the next ch-5 space and work 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1htr, 1dc* Repeat for * to * all the way around. After the last dc, cut the yarn and thread it into a needle. Fasten off. All done!!

easy crochet coaster

 

Shorthand Instructions (UK)

  • Round 1 – magic loop then work 8htr
  • Round 2 – 2htr in each tr (16htr)
  • Round 3 – 1htr, 2htr around (24htr)
  • Round 4 – Ch3, skip st, dc in next – repeat around (12dc,12xch-3)
  • Round 5 – 4tr in each ch-3 space (12x 4tr)(48tr)
  • Round 6. – Ch5 then sl st in between gap between two 4tr groups. Repeat around. (12sl st, 12x ch-5 spaces)
  • Round 7 – 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1tr, 1htr,1dc into each ch-5 space. Fasten off.

Shorthand Instructions (US)
Round 1 – magic loop then work 8hdc
Round 2 – 2hdc in each hdc (16hdc)
Round 3 – 1hdc, 2hdc around (24hdc)
Round 4 – Ch3, skip st, sc in next – repeat around (12sc,12xch-3)
Round 5 – 4dc in each ch-3 space (12x 4dc)(48dc)
Round 6. – Ch5 then sl st in between gap between two 4dc groups. Repeat around. (12sl st, 12x ch-5 spaces)
Round 7 – 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1tr, 1dc, 1hdc,1sc into each ch-5 space. Fasten off.

{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 there are US shorthand instructions at the end of this post.  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 UK
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.

Short Hand Pattern US
1. 12dc into magic ring.
2. 2dc in each dc from previous round. (24dc)
3. 1dc, ch1 – around. (24dc, 24ch)
4. dc3tog, ch3 into each ch1 space. (24 dc3tog, 24 groups of 3ch)
5. 3sc in each 3ch space. (24 groups of 3sc)
6. Into the middle chain of each 3sc work 1dc, 2ch,1dc. (48dc, 48ch)
7. dc4togther, ch4 into each ch-2 space. (24 dc4tog, 24 groups of ch-4 spaces).
8. 6sc into every ch-4 space (24 groups of 6sc)
9. Into each 6sc groups – 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1ch, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc

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