{Crochet} New Crochet Cushion Kits

watermelon crochet cushion

Exciting News! I’ve been working on some new bags for my Melon Pops and Gelato Pops cushion kits and i am happy to report they are available in STORE now!  Hooray! Pop over to the SHOP to see the new bags and browse through the many options for your kits – you can choose whether or not you want just the yarn in your kit or choose an option that includes a hook and/or insert. Round inserts can be tricky to find, so i’ve done the hard work for you and sourced some reasonably priced inserts for your circular crochet cushions.

Shipping options for Australia, UK, US and New Zealand are all included at the checkout for these cushion kits. Please contact me on amanda@redgape.com.au if you would like to shipping quote if your country isn’t included in the options. Happy Making!!

Mandy xx

popcorn crochet cushion

{Crochet} Flower Sprinkles Bunting Pattern

pdf pattern crochet bunting

Hooray! I have finally added my Flower Sprinkles Bunting into the pattern shop. This downloadable PDF has 9 pages of instructions including step-by-step images, a chart and shorthand instructions for both US and UK users. I have a small number of kits available too (that include the pattern). Please email me for a shipping quote if you live outside Australia  – amanda@redagape.com.au

Click the image above to go straight to the downloadable PDF or below to check out the kits (which include the downloadable pattern). Have fun! moya yarn bunting kit

{Crochet} Amigurumi Bee Free Pattern

crochet bee pattern

I am pretty new to amigurumi, so this crochet bee pattern is super simple. Crochet bees are really popular right now – although we’re heading into Autumn weather here in Australia, on the other side of the planet, Spring definitely has sprung! The teeny tiny crochet bees you see in the picture were for a Mollie Makes commision, so i’m not able to share the pattern for those. Sorry.

I’ve written the pattern in UK terms, but there are some US shorthand patterns at the end of the tutorial. Please tag your bees with #buzzycrochetbees if you would like to share your creations. crochet bee patternYou will need –

  • DMC Natural Just Cotton XL in Yellow, Black and White. This should bee (pun intended) enough for three bees with lots of black and white left. If you get an extra ball of Yellow, you’ll be able to make six bees. Does that make sense?
  • 1x Pair of teddy bear eyes
  • pipe cleaner
  • stuffing
  • 1x 6mm hook
  • scissors
  • yarn needlecrochet bee patternOkay – let’s start!
  • Bee Body –
  • note: eyes and pipecleaners should be attach at round 8 or 9
  • stuffing should be added at round 11 or 12.

Abbreviations  –

  • ss – slip stitch
  • st – stitch
  • dc – double crochet
  • prev – previous
  • rep – repeat
  1. Starting with Yellow, 6dc in a magic ring, ss to inital dc. [6dc]
  2.  2dc into each dc from prev round, ss into initial dc. [12dc]
  3.  *1dc into st, 2dc into the following st, rep from * 5 more times, ss into initial dc. [18dc]
  4.  *1dc into st, 1dc in the next st, 2dc into the following, rep from * 5 more times, ss into initial dc. [24dc]
  5.  1dc into each st from prev round, ss into inital dc. [24dc]
  6.  1dc into each st from prev round, ss into intial dc [24dc]
  7.  1dc into each st from prev round, ss into inital dc. [24dc]
  8. Attach the Black yarn through the top loop of the last yellow st, cut Yellow yarn, 1dc into each st from prev round, ss into inital dc. [24dc]
  9.  1dc into each st from prev round, ss into intial dc [24dc]
  10. Attach the Yellow yarn through the top loop of the last black st, cut black yarn, 1dc into each st from prev round, ss into inital dc. [24dc]
  11.  1dc into each st from prev round, ss into inital dc. [24dc]
  12. Start decreasing –  *dc in each of the next two st, dc2tog over the following two st, rep from * 5 more times, ss into inital dc [18dc]
  13. *dc in each of the next 4 st, dc2tog over the following 2st, rep from * 2 more times, ss into intial dc [15dc]
  14. *dc in st, dc2tog over the next 2st, rep from * 4 more times, ss into intial dc [10dc]
  15. dc2tog over 2st around  [5dc]
  16. 1dc in each st, cut tail leaving a good length. Thread tail though yarn needle and weave through all 5 dc, pull tight and fasten off.

Wings –   (make 2)

  1. work 7dc into a magic ring, ss into inital dc
  2. 2dc into each dc from the previous round, ss into inital dc and cut tail leaving good length

Attaching wings

Using the long tail of one wing, whip st the two wings together, fasten off and weave in. Using the remaining tail, stitch the wings to the top of the bee. Ta da!! crochet bee patternShorthand UK

  1. With Y, 6dc in a magic ring [6dc]
  2.  2dc into each dc  [12dc]
  3.  1dc into st, 2dc into the following st, rep around [18dc]
  4.  1dc into st, 1dc in the next st, 2dc into the following, rep around [24dc]
  5.  1dc into each st  [24dc]
  6.  1dc into each st  [24dc]
  7.  1dc into each st [24dc]
  8. With B,  1dc into each st  [24dc]
  9.  1dc into each st  [24dc]
  10. With Y, 1dc into each st [24dc]
  11.  1dc into each st  [24dc]
  12. Decrease – dc in each of the next two st, dc2tog over the following two st, rep around [18dc]
  13. dc in each of the next 4 st, dc2tog over the following 2st, rep around [15dc]
  14. dc in st, dc2tog over the next 2st, rep around [10dc]
  15. dc2tog over 2st around  [5dc]
  16. 1dc in each st, fasten off.

Wings –   (make 2)

  1.  7dc into a magic ring
  2. 2dc into each dc, fasten off.

Shorthand US

  1. With Y, 6sc in a magic ring [6sc]
  2.  2sc into each sc  [12sc]
  3.  1sc into st, 2sc into the following st, rep around [18sc]
  4.  1sc into st, 1sc in the next st, 2sc into the following, rep around [24sc]
  5.  1sc into each st  [24sc]
  6.  1sc into each st  [24sc]
  7.  1sc into each st [24sc]
  8. With B,  1sc into each st  [24sc]
  9.  1sc into each st  [24sc]
  10. With Y, 1sc into each st [24sc]
  11.  1sc into each st  [24sc]
  12. Decrease – sc in each of the next two st, sc2tog over the following two st, rep around [18sc]
  13. sc in each of the next 4 st, sc2tog over the following 2st, rep around [15sc]
  14. sc in st, sc2tog over the next 2st, rep around [10sc]
  15. sc2tog over 2st around  [5sc]
  16. 1sc in each st, fasten off.

Wings –   (make 2)

  1.  7sc into a magic ring
  2. 2sc into each sc, fasten off.crochet bee pattern

{Corner to Corner Crochet} C2C Chunky Heart Graph


c2c heart

This heart shaped corner to corner, C2C, chunky crochet rug has been one of my most popular projects ever….and you know what, it is EASY! After seeing lots of C2C projects online featuring hearts – washcloths, blankets, potholders – i thought it might be fun to make a great big chunky blanket based on the same idea. I was confident i could create the chart (graph) myself, so i grabbed some grid paper and started scribbling.c2c heart

There are some great C2C tutorials online, so i’m not going to reinvent the wheel, but instead i’ve provided you with a little list to get you started.

Once you understand how c2c stitches are made, the hardest part is counting your blocks and locating where the colour changes occur. It’s important to constantly refer back to your chart in case you’ve made a mistake. The only way to rectify mistakes is to undo!
c2c heartMy chunky corner to corner blanket is made from Panda Soft Cotton Chunky in white and green. I used about 10 balls of white and 3 balls of green to make a decent size blanket, so approximately 13 balls in total. It was lots of fun watching the heart appear in the blanket.c2c heartAnd finally, here is the chart that i created for my blanket. If you don’t feel confident in creating your own graph, you are very welcome to use mine. I used stitch fiddle to create this simple chart. Enjoy!c2c heart chart graph

{Yarn Love} The Candy Shop by Paintbox Yarns

paintbox yarn

Picture from LoveCrochet.com

LoveCrochet has just released some fun new colour pack to their already awesome range of Paintbox Yarns. If you have trouble choosing colours for your yarn projects then this is a great way to take the stress out of deciding on a colour scheme. I was lucky enough to be able to create a fun colour scheme LoveCrochet called The Candy Shop. There are other great colour scheme collections too, which you can see below. Hit the link on the righthand side to visit LoveCrochet and seach Paintbox Yarns to see their entire range of glorious colours.

The Candy Shop by Amanda O’Sullivan
Amanda O’Sullivan, aka Crochet by RedAgape and founder of #craftastherapy on Instagram, loves sweet treats! We know you’ll love her colour pack, The Candy Shop, full of deliciously sweet shades:
Bubblegum Pink (150), Spearmint Green (125), Candyfloss Pink (149), Vanilla Cream (107), Peach Orange (154), Bright Peach (111), Daffodil Yellow (121), Washed Teal (132), Champagne White (102), Tea Rose (142).

 

paintbox yarn

Picture from LoveCrochet.com

Fairground by Steel&Stitch
Fabulous crochet blogger Emma Friedlander-Collins from Steel & Stitch is famous for her colour-inspired patterns. Her colour pack, Fairground, draws on vibrant brights and fairground colours that are grown up and graphic: Rose Red (113), Blood Orange (119), Seville Orange (118), Buttercup Yellow (122), Bubblegum Pink (150), Grass Green (129), Marine Blue (133), Pansy Purple (147), Pure Black (101), Champagne White (102).

paintbox yarn

Picture from LoveCrochet.com

Sundown by Kath Webber
Crochet designer Kath Webber’s colour pack Sundown is inspired by the skies of her native East Anglia – sunset shades of pinks, yellows and peach against grey, dolphin blue and turquoise. She loves surprising combinations of colour, and we love her gorgeous selection: Mustard Yellow (123), Neon Pink (156), Slate Grey (105), Blush Pink (153), Dolphin Blue (136), Slate Green (126), Washed Teal (132), Champagne White (102), Misty Grey (103), Peach Orange (154).

 

All descriptions above have been taken from www.lovecrochet.com

 

{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

Click on the image to be taken straight to the shop

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

 

{Crochet} Daisy Wheel Granny Square

free daisy granny squareWelcome to my Daisy Wheel granny square tutorial. I love it when a pretty crochet square design is born unexpectedly! I was playing with these glorious colours last week when this pretty granny square emerged. It’s a simple but pretty square that i hope to make a blanket with, but it would be just as pretty as a cushion. If you make the square, please tag #daisywheelgranny when your posting images to instagram and add the tag #daisywheelblanket if you decide to make a blanket. I really love seeing your pictures.

I have used Heirloom Cotton 8ply in the following colours –

  1. Citrus Lemon (6696) Yarn A
  2. White (6607) Yarn B
  3. Pale Green(6612) Yarn C
  4. Pale Pink (6605) Yarn D
  5. Coral Pink (6611) Yarn E

You could use any 8ply cotton and switch up some of the colours too. I’d love to see this square in different colour combinations.

free daisy granny square

If you are unsure of how to make a Popcorn Stitch – here is a little tutorial to get you started.

Abbreviations and Stitches – Please not that the pattern is written in UK terms but there are shorthand instructions at the end of this tutorial, along with a chart for US crocheters. 

  • magic ring
  • ss – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sp – space
  • dc – double crochet
  • tr – treble
  • dtr – double treble
  • pc – popcorn
  • v st – v stitch = (tr, ch1, tr)

YOU WILL NEED –

  • 8ply Cotton Yarn in 5 different colours
  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • scissors

Round One – Using Yarn A, work 8dc into a magic ring, ss into initial dc and fasten off. (8dc)

daisy  wheel granny square

 

Round 2 – Attach Yarn B, (ch3, 4tr) in the same stitch, you now have 5tr to make your first pc, then ch1. (1pc, ch1) into each of the remaining 7 stitches, ss into back of the initial pc and fasten off. (8pc, 8ch)

daisy  wheel granny square

 

Round 3  – Attach Yarn C at any ch-1 sp, ch3 (counts as first tr), 3 more tr into the same sp. Work 4tr into each of the remaining 7 ch-1 sps, ss into the third ch of the initial ch3 and fasten off. (32tr)

daisy  wheel granny square

 

Round 4 – Attach Yarn D, ch3 (counts as first tr), skip a stitch, 2tr in the next. Alternate between 1tr, 2tr around. Ss into top of inital ch3 and fasten off. (48tr)

free daisy granny square

 

Round 5 – Attach Yarn E, ch4 (counts as 1tr, ch1), tr in the same st, ch1, skip a st and work one pc into the next, ch1. * skip a st, (tr, ch1, tr) in the next, ch1, skip a st, pc in the next, ch1 * repeat from * to 10 more times. Ss into 3rd ch of inital ch4 and fasten off. (12pc, 12v st).

free daisy granny square

 

Round 6 – Attach Yarn A at to any v st and ch4 (counts as first dtr), 2dtr, ch3, 3dtr in the same sp (this forms your first corner). Ch1, 3tr in the next v st, ch1, 3tr in the next v st, ch1. * (3dtr, ch3, 3dtr) in the next v st, ch1, 3tr in the following v st, ch1, 3tr in the next v st, ch1, repeat from * twice more and then ss into top of inital ch4. Fasten off. (4x {3dtr, ch3, 3dtr}, 8x 3tr groups at sides).

free daisy granny square

Chart 

Please note that the chart does not include starting and finishing points. Use the chart in conjunction with the written instructions.

daisy granny square chart

 

UK Shorthand

  1. 8dc into a magic ring
  2. (1pc, ch1) into each dc
  3. 4tr in each ch-1 sp
  4. alternate 1tr, 2tr around
  5. (tr, ch1, tr, ch1) skip a stitch (pc, ch1) around
  6. (3dtr, ch3, 3dtr) at corners (ch1, 3tr, ch1, 3tr, ch1) along sides.

US Shorthand 

  1. 8sc into a magic ring
  2. (1pc, ch1) into each sc
  3. 4dc in each ch-1 sp
  4. alternate 1dc, 2dc around
  5. (dc, ch1, dc, ch1) skip a stitch (pc, ch1) around
  6. (3tr, ch3, 3tr) at corners (ch1, 3dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1) along sides.

free daisy granny square

{Crochet} New Bloom Square

free crochet square chart

A fresh new year calls for a new crochet square! This one is called New Bloom and i hope it will be one of MANY designs i create this year. I love a fresh new start and i am really excited about the possibilities and opportunities ahead of me in 2017. I am not sad to see the back of 2016. I didn’t enjoy last year and saying that makes me feel sad, because life is too short not to enjoy every single year, but the truth is, it was a hard year. I always say to my kids that we go through hard times so that we appreciate the good times even more. I have a feeling that 2017 is going to be a good year. :)

So, with that in mind i’d like to share my first charted pattern. Please be kind to me as this is the first crochet chart that i have made and anyone who has tried to do this will know how challenging it can be. I have checked it mulitple times but there might be some errors. If you find any, please let me know. I’ve only included my shorthand instructions this time around – both in UK and US terms.

What you’ll need –

  • Any 8ply cotton yarn in 4 colours – Yarn A, B, C and D
  • 3.5mm hook
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

free crochet pattern

free crochet square pattern

UK Shorthand Instructions

  1. Yarn A – (1tr, ch1) 8 times into a magic ring
  2. Yarn B – (tr3tog, ch3) 8 times into each ch-1 sp
  3. Yarn C – (tr, ch3, tr, ch1) into each ch-3 sp
  4. Yarn A – (3dtr, ch3, 3dtr) at the corners, (ch1, 5tr, ch1) at the sides
  5. Yarn B –  (2dc, ch1, 2dc) at the corner ch-3 sp, work 1dc in into each stitch along the side
  6. Yarn D – (tr, ch3, tr) at the corners, work 1tr into each dc.

US Shorthand Instructions

  1. Yarn A – (1dc, ch1) 8 times into a magic ring
  2. Yarn B – (dc3tog, ch3) 8 times into each ch-1 sp
  3. Yarn C – (dc, ch3, dc, ch1) into each ch-3 sp
  4. Yarn A – (3tr, ch3, 3tr) at the corners, (ch1, 5dc, ch1) at the sides
  5. Yarn B –  (2sc, ch1, 2sc) at the corner ch-3 sp, work 1sc in into each stitch along the side
  6. Yarn D – (dc, ch3, dc) at the corners, work 1dc into each sc.

new bloom crochet square chart

{Crochet} Thank you Mollie Makes

crochet Mollie Makes

Click the image to head to Mollie Makes to read more…

It was pretty exciting to have my crochet featured on the Mollie Makes blog a couple of weeks ago! I have had a girl crush of Mollie Makes for a very long time, even before i started crocheting, so it was an absolute thrill to be part of their “Meet the Makers” segment. I don’t like to show my face very often, but i wasn’t about to say no to Mollie Makes. I wish i could say that it only took one shot to get a picture i was remotely happy with, but that would be a big fat lie. You should see how many images did not make the cut! It’s kind of funny. I contemplated putting them all into a flipagram to showcase my insecurity in a rediculous slideshow, but i am too embarrassed. Needless to say, the picture below is my favourite!! If you’d like to have a little look at the article head here to read more. :)

crochet mollie makes

{Crochet} Easy Christmas Stars

Crochet star patternWow – can you believe it is that time of the year again? I posted these Christmas Crochet Stars last year and they were a big hit. They are super quick and easy so i thought i’d share them again. 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.