{Crochet} We Are Knitters Tropea Cardigan

crochet kitI was thrilled when We Are Knitters asked me to try out their Tropea Cardigan crochet kit. Firstly, it’s great to see that WAK are catering for crocheters as well as knitters with a beautiful array of patterns, kits and yarn. I haven’t used their yarn before, so I was interested to see what the quality was like. The Pima Cotton was like nothing I’ve ever used before! It was so soft and silky with a beautiful drape, making it perfect for garments. This is a seriously beautiful yarn! A+++++crochet kit crochet kit

This kit was rated intermediate, but the pattern itself is quite simple. I think the intermediate rating applies, because of the large number of granny squares required to make the cardigan – 174 for a medium size like me! But it was well worth it!!crochet kit Honestly, i was a little intimidated by the large number of squares at first, but I was surprised at how quickly the little piles began to grow. I tend to get bored quickly, so if I can get through making all of these squares then YOU can too! And as a bonus they provided lots of great photo opportunities. 😉 If you’re into that sort of thing…..which i am! :)crochet kit crochet kit

Part of the reason this project was so enjoyable to work on was because of the colour and quality of the yarn. In fact, the hardest part of making this cardigan was choosing the colour scheme. WAK have such a large range of colours and all kits are completely customisable. The kits also come with everything you need – yarn, pattern, needles, hooks and even a little WAK tag to complete your project.crochet kit

I don’t make a lot of garments as i tend to be more of a cushion or blanket kind of crocheter, but this kit has given me a whole new outlook. I’ve even got my eye on a couple more WAK projects!!crochet kit

{Crochet} The Pamela Mandala

crochet mandala

Introducing the Pamela Mandala, a free crochet mandala pattern. It’s been a while since my last free pattern, so i hope you enjoy making this one. Oh, and if you’re wondering why this mandala has been photographed in reverse, well head to my Instagram account to see why? :) please tag #pamelamandala on social media. :)

Mandy xx

The Pamela Mandala

You will need –

  • Paintbox Cotton Aran: 1x ball of each – Daffodil Yellow (622), Paper White (601), Mustard Yellow (624), Peach Orange (655), Blush Pink (654), Bubblegum Pink (651), Raspberry Pink (644) (available at www.lovecrochet.com ) also if you shop through this link or the banner at the righthand side, i will recieve a small commission which will help me to provide more free patterns)
  • 4.5mm hook
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Special Stitches

Front Post Double Treble –  YO over twice, insert hook underneath the body of the required stitch from front to back to front, YO, pull up loop (4 loops on hook), YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through 2 loops.

Popcorn (pc) – 5tr into the stitch, pull up the working yarn from the last tr and remove hook. Insert hook into top of first tr that was made and then replace the working loop onto the hook. Pull this loop back through the first st and pull together until the 5tr cluster ‘pops’ up.

crochet mandala

Rnd 1: With Daffodil Yellow, work 6dc into a magic ring, ss into intital dc, fasten off [6dc]

crochet mandala

Rnd 2: Attach Paper White into any st, ch3 (counts as first tr), 4tr in the same st, form first pc, ch2. Work (pc, ch2) into each st around, ss into back of initial pc, fasten off [6pc, 12ch]

crochet mandala

Rnd 3: Mustard Yellow into any ch-2 sp, ch3 (counts as first tr), (tr2tog, ch2, tr3tog, ch2) in the same sp. Work (tr3tog, ch2, tr3tog, ch2) into each ch-2 sp around, ss into top of initial ch3, fasten off [12x (tr3tog, ch2)]

crochet mandala

Rnd 4: Attach Daffodil Yellow into any ch-2 sp, ch3 (counts as first tr), (tr2tog, ch3, tr3tog, ch3) in the same sp. Work (tr3tog, ch3, tr3tog, ch3) into each ch-2 sp around, ss into top of initial ch3, fasten off [24x (tr3tog, ch3)]

crochet mandala

Rnd 5: Attach Peach Orange into any ch-3 sp, ch5 (counts as first tr, ch2), tr in the same space. Work (tr, ch2, tr) into each ch-3 sp around, ss into the 3rd ch of the initial ch5, fasten off [24x (tr, ch2, tr)]

crochet mandalaRnd 6: Attach Blush Pink into any ch-2 sp, work 3dc into each ch-2 sp around, ss into dc, fasten off [72dc]

crochet mandalaRnd 7: Attach Bubblegum Pink into 2nd dc of any 3dc group, * ch4, ss into 2nd dc of next 3dc group, rep from * around, fasten off [24x ch4]

crochet mandalaRnd 8: Attach Raspberry Pink into any ch-4 sp, *ch5, ss into next ch-4 sp, rep from * around, fasten off [24xch5]

crochet mandalaRnd 9: Attach Paper White into any ch-5 sp, ch5 (counts as first tr, ch2), tr, ch1 in the same sp. Work (tr, ch2, tr, ch1) into each ch-5 sp around, ss into 3rd ch of initial ch5, fasten off [24x (tr, ch2, tr, ch1)]

crochet mandalaRnd 10: Attach Daffodil Yellow into any ch-2 sp,* 3dc in the ch-2 sp, 2dc in the ch-1 sp, rep from *around, ss into initial dc, fasten off [120dc]

crochet mandalaRnd 11: Attach Mustard Yellow at any dc, work 1dc into each st around, ss into initial dc, fasten off [120dc]

crochet mandalaRnd 12: Attach Peach Orange into any dc,* ch2, skip a st, ss in the next, rep from * around, fasten off [60x ch2]

crochet mandalaRnd 13: Attach Blush Pink at any ch-2 sp, ch5 (counts as first tr, ch2), tr, ch1 in the same sp. *Skip a ch sp, (tr, ch2, tr, ch1) into the next ch sp, rep from * around, ss into third ch of initial ch5, fasten off [30x (tr, ch2, tr, ch1)]

crochet mandalaRnd 14: Attach Bubblegum Pink into ch-2 sp, (dc, 1fpdtr into the empty ch-2 sp from Rnd 12, dc), 2dc in the ch-1 sp. Work (dc, fpdtr, dc) into each ch-2sp, (2dc) into each ch-1 sp around, ss into initial dc, fasten off [30x (dc, fpdtr, dc), 30x (2dc)]

crochet mandalaRnd 15: Attach Raspberry Pink into the top of any fpdtr, *ch5, dc in the top of the next fpdtr, rep from * around, fasten off [30x ch-5]

crochet mandalaRnd 16: Attach Paper White into any ch sp, work (4dc, ch2, 4dc) into each ch-5 sp around, ss into initial dc, fasten off [30x (4dc, ch2, 4dc)]

Shorthand UK

  • Rnd 1: 6dc in magic ring [6dc]
  • Rnd 2: (pc, ch2) in each dc [6pc, 12ch]
  • Rnd 3: (tr3tog, ch2, tr3tog, ch2) in each ch sp [12x (tr3tog, ch2)]
  • Rnd 4: (tr3tog, ch3, tr3tog, ch3) in each ch sp [24x (tr3tog, ch3)]
  • Rnd 5: (tr, ch2, tr) in each ch-3 sp [24x (tr, ch2, tr)]
  • Rnd 6: 3dc in each ch-2 sp [72dc]
  • Rnd 7: ch4, ss in centre dc, rep around [24x ch4]
  • Rnd 8: ch5, ss in next ch sp, rep around [24xch5]
  • Rnd 9: (tr, ch2, tr, ch1) in each ch-5 sp [24x (tr, ch2, tr, ch1)]
  • Rnd 10: 3dc in ch-2 sp, 2dc in ch-1 sp, rep around [120dc]
  • Rnd 11: dc in each st [120dc]
  • Rnd 12: ch2, ss into every second st [60x ch2]
  • Rnd 13: (tr, ch2, tr, ch1) every second ch sp [30x (tr, ch2, tr, ch1)]
  • Rnd 14: (dc, fpdtr, dc) in ch-2 sp, (2dc) in ch-1 sp around [30x (dc, fpdtr, dc), 30x (2dc)]
  • Rnd 15: dc in fpdtr, ch5, rep around [30x ch-5]
  • Rnd 16: (4dc, ch2, 4dc) in each ch5 sp [30x (4dc, ch2, 4dc)]

 

Shorthand US

  • Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring [6sc]
  • Rnd 2: (pc, ch2) in each sc [6pc, 12ch]
  • Rnd 3: (dc3tog, ch2, dc3tog, ch2) in each ch sp [12x (dc3tog, ch2)]
  • Rnd 4: (dc3tog, ch3, dc3tog, ch3) in each ch sp [24x (dc3tog, ch3)]
  • Rnd 5: (dc, ch2, dc) in each ch-3 sp [24x (dc, ch2, dc)]
  • Rnd 6: 3sc in each ch-2 sp [72sc]
  • Rnd 7: ch4, ss in centre sc, rep around [24x ch4]
  • Rnd 8: ch5, ss in next ch sp, rep around [24xch5]
  • Rnd 9: (dc, ch2, dc, ch1) in each ch-5 sp [24x (dc, ch2, dc, ch1)]
  • Rnd 10: 3sc in ch-2 sp, 2sc in ch-1 sp, rep around [120sc]
  • Rnd 11: sc in each st [120sc]
  • Rnd 12: ch2, ss into every second st [60x ch2]
  • Rnd 13: (dc, ch2, dc, ch1) every second ch sp [30x (dc, ch2, dc, ch1)]
  • Rnd 14: (sc, fptr, sc) in ch-2 sp, (2sc) in ch-1 sp around [30x (sc, fptr, sc), 30x (2sc)]
  • Rnd 15: sc in fptr, ch5, rep around [30x ch-5]
  • Rnd 16: (4sc, ch2, 4sc) in each ch5 sp [30x (4sc, ch2, 4sc)]

 

 

 

{Fabric Craft} Iron on Granny Square Bag

Funky granny square bagToday I have been decorating crochet kits bags using transfer paper, but i totally got distracted (read bored) and decided to make a cool granny square bag of my own instead.  The Gelato Pops and Melon Pops bags were pushed to the side, which actually are pretty cool too, and i whipped up a little granny square in my fave colours. Here’s how i made my own kit bag –

You will need –

  • calico bag
  • iron on transfer paper
  • an iron (obviously)
  • a granny square made from yarn
  • scissors
  • camera
  • ink jet printer
iron on granny square

Step 1 – photograph your granny square and print out the image on iron on transfer paper

iron on granny square

Step 2 – Cut around the granny square leaving about 1/2cm of white edge – this will iron on clear granny square bag

Step 3– With the print side down, press the iron in consistant circles for aound 2 min (set a timer if it helps) The instructions said around 40 secs, but with this large transfer i needed more time. Fun granny square bag

Step 4– Peel the backing paper off very carefully! If it doesn’t come off easily or the print is not transferring then you will need to use the iron for a bit longer. Be patient. :)iron on granny square bag

Step 5 – Ta da!! Pack your favourite yarn and tools into the bag and you are ready for crochet on the go!!

Funky granny square bagI am printing this image onto a shirt next…..i just need more transfer paper. :)

Mandy xx

{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! :)

{Book Review} Colorful Crochet by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

colourful crochet book

Photo Credit – Marianne Dekkers Roos

I was honoured to be asked to be part of Marianne Dekkers Roos blog tour for her new book Colorful Crochet. I have followed Marianne on Instagram for a while now, so i was thrilled to discover she was writing her own book. It is so wonderful to see fellow crocheters and friends doing well in the Cro Pro field.

colourful crochet book

Corner to Corner Granny Square

This book is fabulous for a number of reasons –

  1.  It’s full of colourful crochet patterns and designs – jam packed with over 20+ projects
  2. There’s something for everyone from designs for the home to accessories to wear
  3. The instructions are CLEAR, really clear, which is great for beginners and pros alike
  4. Charts are included! yay! i love charts. :)
  5. The designs are named after special women in Marianne’s life. How lovely is that!? :)colourful crochet bookMy two favourite designs from the book are the Corner to Corner Granny Squares and the beautiful flower motif (pictured above) that is used for a a few different projects. If you’re looking for a bright and colourful crochet book with a variety of designs, do yourself a favour and grab a copy of Colorful Crochet. Congratulations Marianne. xx

    colourful crochet book

    Photo Credit – Marianne Dekkers Roos

 

{Crochet} Candy Flower Coaster Pattern

free crochet flower coasterEveryone loves a free crochet coaster pattern! Crochet coasters are always fun to make, because they are generally quick and easy, plus they are great stash busters! I’ve called these little pretties my Candy Flower Coasters. I’ve made them with Paintbox Cotton DK (which i love!) using a 3.5mm hook. You can use any cotton yarn that you prefer. The instructions are written in UK terms, but you’ll find US (and UK) Shorthand Instructions at the end of the tutorial.

Abbreviations –

  • ch – chain
  • ss – slip stitch
  • tr – treble
  • htr – half treble
  • St – stitch
free crochet flower coaster

Round 1 – Using Yarn A, start with a magic ring, ch2 (counts as 1htr), 11htr into the ring, ss into initial htr to join. [12htr]

free crochet flower coaster

Round 2 – ch2 (counts as htr), 1htr into the same stitch, 2htr into each remaining st from the prev round, ss into initial htr to join [24htr]

free crochet flower coaster

Round 3 – ch2 (counts as htr), 2htr into the next stitch, *1htr into the following st, 2htr in the next; rep from * around, ss into intital htr to join and fasten off. [36htr]

free crochet flower coaster

Round 4 – Attach Yarn B into any htr from the previous round, *ch2, miss a stitch, ss into the next; rep from * around. [18 x ch-2sp]

free crochet flower coaster

Round 5 – ss into ch-2 sp, ch6 (counts as 1tr, ch3) tr into the same ch sp, ch1, *miss a ch-2 sp, (tr, ch3, tr, ch1) in the next; rep from * around, ss into the 3rd ch of the initial ch6.

free crochet flower coaster

Round 6 – ss into ch-3 sp, ch3 (counts as 1tr), 6tr into the same sp, dc in the ch-1 sp, *7tr in the next ch-3 sp, dc in the following ch-1 sp; rep from * 7more times, ss into top of initial ch3 and fasten off.

free crochet flower coaster

Completed Coaster

Shorthand UK

  • Round 1 –  12htr into a magic ring [12htr]
  • Round 2 – 2htr in each st [24htr]
  • Round 3 – 1htr, 2htr in the next, rep around [36htr]
  • Round 4 – (ch2, ss) in every 2nd st
  • Round 5 – (tr, ch3, tr, ch1) in every second ch-2 sp
  • Round 6 – 7tr in ch-3 sp, dc in the next, rep around.

Shorthand US

  • Round 1 –  12hdc into a magic ring [12hdc]
  • Round 2 – 2hdc in each st [24hdc]
  • Round 3 – 1hdc, 2hdc in the next, rep around [36hdc]
  • Round 4 – (ch2, ss) in every 2nd st
  • Round 5 – (dc, ch3, dc, ch1) in every second ch-2 sp
  • Round 6 – 7dc in ch-3 sp, sc in the next, rep around.

{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