{Crochet} New Crochet Cushion Kits

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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

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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.

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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} Mandy’s Mega Mandala Cushion Pattern

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Here is my crochet mega mandala pattern – Mandy’s Mega Mandala. It is written in UK terms but there are shorthand US terms and instructions at the end of this tutorial.  The stitches are relatively simple, but it’s important to count your stitches, especially as it’s such a large crochet circle. If you miscount in the first few rounds, then the entire mandala will be out for the duration of the pattern and no one wants that!

You will need 8ply yarn and a 4mm hook. I’ve used Patons cotton blend.

Stiches you will need to know

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • htr – half treble
  • tr – treble
  • dtr – double treble
  • tr2tog – treble two togther
  • tr3tog – treble three together
  • magic loop

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 1 – Begin with a magic loop. Ch3 (counts as a tr) then work 11tr into the ring. Sl at into the top of the inital ch 3 and fasten off. (12tr)

Round 2 – Sl st into the top of any tr from the previous round. Ch3 (counts as 1tr) then 1tr into the same st. Work 2tr into each tr. Sl st into the top of the ch3 and fasten off. (24tr)

Round 3 – Sl st into any tr, ch1 (this doesn’t count as a stitch) * 1dc, 2dc * in the next st. Repeat from * to * around. Sl st into the first dc and fasten off (36dc)

Round 4 – Sl st into any dc, ch3 (counts as 1tr), 1tr into the same st. Skip a st then work 2tr into the next. Continue to work 2tr into every second tr around. Sl st into the top of the initial ch3 and fasten off. (36tr, 18tr pairs)

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 5 – Sl st into between any tr pair, dc, * ch2, dc in between the next tr pair.* repeat from * to * around. Sl st in the first dc and fasten off. (18 x ch-2 spaces, 18dc)

Round 6 – Sl st into any ch-2 space, * work 1dc, htr, tr, htr, 1dc. * repeat from * to * in every ch-2 space. Fasten off. (18groups of dc, htr, tr, htr, dc)

Round 7 – Sl st in between any of the dcs in the previous round (see image). Ch3 (counts as 1tr) then work 2tr into the same st. Sl st into the top of the tr (see image). Continue to work 3tr in between each dc group and sl st into the tr at the top of the st group. Sl st into the top of the initial ch3 and fasten off. (18 groups x 3tr, 18 sl st) (54tr, 18slst)

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 8 – Sl st into any st from the previous round, then dc in every st including the sl st. Sl st into first dc and fasten off (72 dc)

Round 9 – Sl st into any dc, ch3 (counts as 1tr) then work 1tr in the same st. Continue to work 2tr into every second dc around. Sl st into top the initial ch3 and fasten off. (72tr, 36tr pairs)

Round 10 – Sl st in between any tr pair from the previous round, ch3 (counts as 1tr) then work 2tr into the same st. Work 3tr in between each of the tr pairs from the previous round. Sl st into the top of the ch3 and fasten off. (108tr, 36 x 3tr groups)

Round 11 – Sl st into any st from the previous round, ch1 (doesn’t count as a st) dc in every st around. Sl st into the first dc and fasten off. (108dc)

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 12 – Sl st into any dc from the previous round, ch3 (counts as 1tr) tr in the next. Continue to work 1tr into each dc. Sl st into the top of the inital ch3 and fasten off. (108tr)

Round 13 – Sl st into any tr from the previous round, ch3 and tr2tog in the same stitch. *ch2, skip a st, tr3tog * repeat from * to * around. Sl st in the top of the tr2tog and fasten off. (54tr3tog)

Round 14 – Sl st into any ch-2 space, ch3 (counts as 1tr), work 2tr in the same ch-2 space. Work 3tr into every ch-2 space around. Sl at into the top of the initial ch3 and fasten off. (54 groups of 3tr)(162tr)

Round 15 – sl st into any tr from the previous round, ch3 (counts as 1tr). Work 1tr into every tr from the previous round. Sl st to the top the initial ch3 and fasten off. (162tr)

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 16 – Sl st into any tr from the previous round, ch1 (doesn’t count as a st) dc, into the same st. Work 1dc into each tr from the previous round. Sl st into the first dc and fasten off. (162tr)

Round 17 – Sl st into any dc, ch3 and tr2tog in the same st. *ch2, skip a st, tr3tog in the next*. Repeat from * to * around. Sl st into the top of the tr2tog and fasten off. (81 x tr3tog)

Round 18 – Sl st into any ch-2 space, ch2 (counts as 1htr), 1htr in the same ch-2 space. Work 2htr into every ch-2 space. Sl st into the inital ch2 and fasten off. (162htr)(81 x htr pairs)

Round 19 – Sl st into any htr, ch1 (doesn’t count as a st) dc into the same st. Dc into each htr around. Sl st into the initial dc and fasten off. (162 dc)

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 20 – Sl st into any dc from the previous round. Ch2, skip a st, sl st into the next st. Repeat from * to * around. Sl st into the initial dc and fasten off. (81 sl st, and 81 ch-2 groups).

Round 21 – Sl st into any ch-2 space, ch3 (counts as 1htr and 1ch), 1htr in the same ch-2 space. * In the next ch-2 space work 1htr, ch1, 1htr *. Repeat from * to * around. Sl st into the the second ch of the initial ch3 and fasten off. (162 htr, 81ch)(81 groups of 1htr, ch1, 1htr)

Free crochet mandala pattern

Round 22 – Sl st in between any group of 1htr, ch1, 1htr. *Ch 2, Sl st in between the next group* Repeat from * to * around and fasten off. I’m using the same colour for he next round so I won’t fasten off, but Sl st in the next ch-2 space and continue.

Round 23 – This round is shown in white yarn just to make the image clear, but my final mandala is worked in pink. Sl st into any ch-2 space, ch 2 (counts as 1htr), dtr through the ch-1 space in round 21 (see image), 1htr through ch-2 space of round 23. * In the next ch-2 space work 1htr, 1dtr though ch-1 space of round 21, 1htr in ch-2 space if round 23. * Repeat from * to * around. Sl st into the top of the initial ch2 and fasten off! Hooray!!!

Shorthand UK

  • Round 1 – Begin with a magic ring. 12tr in ring. (12tr)
  • Round 2 – 2tr in each tr. (24tr)
  • Round 3 – 1dc, 2dc around (36dc)
  • Round 4 – 2tr in every second st (36tr)(18tr pairs)
  • Round 5 – dc, ch-2 in between each tr pair (18 x ch-2 spaces, 18dc)
  • Round 6 – work 1dc, htr, tr, htr, 1dc into each ch-2 space (18groups of 1dc, htr, tr, htr, 1dc)
  • Round 7 – 3tr in between the dcs from the previous round, sl st to top of tr from previous round and repeat around(18 groups x 3tr 18 l at) (54tr, 18slst)
  • Round 8 – dc into every st (72dc)
  • Round 9 – 2tr in every second dc (72 tr)(36tr pairs)
  • Round 10 – 3tr in between each tr pair (108tr)(36 x tr triplets)
  • Round 11 – 1dc in every st (108dc)
  • Round 12 – 1tr in each st (108tr)
  • Round 13 – tr3tog, ch2 in every second tr (54 x tr3tog)
  • Round 14 – 3tr into each ch-2 space (162tr)
  • Round 15 – 1tr into every st (162tr)
  • Round 16 – 1dc into every st (162dc)
  • Round 17 – tr3tog, ch-2 in every second st (81x tr3tog)
  • Round 18 – 2htr in every ch-2 space (162htr)(81 x htr pairs)
  • Round 19 – dc into each st (162dc)
  • Round 20 – ch2, sl st into every second st around (81 x ch-2 spaces, 81 sl st)
  • Round 21 – 1htr, 1ch, 1htr into each ch-2 space (162 htr, 81ch)
  • Round 22 – sl st in between the 1htr, 1ch, 1htr groups from previous round, ch2 and repeat around (81sl st, 82 x ch-2 spaces)
  • Round 23 – (1htr, 1dtr through ch-1 space of round 21, 1htr in the same ch-2 space of round 23) repeat in every ch-2 space. Fasten off.

Shorthand US –

  • Round 1 – Begin with a magic ring. 12dc in ring. (12dc)
  • Round 2 – 2dc in each dc. (24dc)
  • Round 3 – 1sc, 2sc around (36sc)
  • Round 4 – 2dc in every second st (36dc)(dctr pairs)
  • Round 5 – sc, ch-2 in between each dc pair (18 x ch-2 spaces, 18 sc))
  • Round 6 – work 1sc, hdc, dc, hdc, 1sc into each ch-2 space (18groups of 1sc, hdc, dc, hdc, 1sc)
  • Round 7 – 3dc in between the two sc’s from the previous round, sl st to top of dc from previous round and repeat around (18 groups x 3dc, 18 x sl st) (54dc, 18slst)
  • Round 8 – sc into every st (72sc)
  • Round 9 – 2dc in every second sc (72 dc)(36dc pairs)
  • Round 10 – 3dc in between each dc pair (108dc)(36 x dc triplets)
  • Round 11 – 1sc in every st (108sc)
  • Round 12 – 1dc in each st (108dc)
  • Round 13 – dc3tog, ch2 in every second tr (54 x dc3tog)
  • Round 14 – 3dc into each ch-2 space (162dc)
  • Round 15 – 1dc into every st (162dc)
  • Round 16 – 1sc into every st (162sc)
  • Round 17 – dc3tog, ch-2 in every second st (81x dc3tog)
  • Round 18 – 2hdc in every ch-2 space (162hdc)(81 x hdc pairs)
  • Round 19 – sc into each st (162sc)
  • Round 20 – ch2, sl st into every second st around (81 x ch-2 spaces, 81 sl st)
  • Round 21 – 1hdc, 1ch, 1hdc into each ch-2 space (162 hdc, 81ch)
  • Round 22 – sl st in between the 1hdc, 1ch, 1hdc group from previous round, ch2 and repeat around (81sl st, 82 x ch-2 spaces)
  • Round 23 – (1hdc, 1tr through ch-1 space of round 21, 1hdc in the same ch-2 space of round 23) repeat for every ch-2 space. Fasten off.

Crochet circle cushion

I made two mandalas and stitched them together over a round cushion insert. It’s like two cushions in one, with a different colour sequence on the other side. If you make one of my mega mandalas please tag #mandysmegamandala on social media. If you’re looking for a smaller mandala to crochet please check out Mandy’s Mandala and my Sunnyside Up Mandala. Enjoy!

Crochet circle cushion

 

Sewing Therapy for Post Wedding Depression

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My younger brother summed it up perfectly on the Sunday following my sister’s wedding….Post Wedding Depression. It’s so wonderful to have an exciting celebration to look forward to and we have looked forward to my sister’s wedding for over 12months. Months of planning, searching for dresses, DIY projects and the big count down that led up to the day are now followed by a void. A feeling of – what now?? It’s strange to feel this way, i guess, when it wasn’t my wedding and i imagine the bride is feeling it too….although, i’m sure honeymooning in Thailand is taking the edge off the blues! :) In an attempt to reduce the blues, i have thrown myself into sewing projects, that i’ve had planned for a while, but haven’t found the time to tackle. And because it is school holidays, i have my three little lovelies to keep me company, which is a bonus. Anywho, i’m surrounding myself with fabric and thread, which always improves my frame of mind.

Amy Butler! What a clever lady. For me, a relatively conservative type who dresses mostly in black and white, i find Amy Butler fabrics both bright and delicious. For some reason i feel safe experimenting with colour when i’m working with her fabric. And really, just scrolling through her fabric on the internet makes me feel happier. And while my regular readers will know i love recycling, secondhand and vintage, i will not apologise for loving the smell of crisp new fabric! The postman must feel very loved when he delivers my fabric, because i just can’t hide my excitement. Here are three of my cushions and a blanket i’ve made this week. Amy Butler Fabric + Pom Poms = Happiness!!! :)

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For fabric online, my two favourite places are kelani fabric obsession and Fabric Traders. Both have a great range and great service.

The Parlour – Finally Finished

If i had a dollar for every time i walked into the parlour and said, “I hate this room”, i’d probably have enough money to buy another house! It seems crazy that this room has caused me so much trouble. I have rearranged the furniture a 100 times, hung pictures on the walls and then taken them down, added more stuff, taken stuff out, bought new items, moved things around again….nothing seemed to satisfy me. I found this room so very frustrating, but in the end the solution was simple. Stop trying too hard!! I emptied the room and started a fresh. I put back only the basics, a lounge, some cushions, a mat, a coffee table, a mirror, a tiny hall table, some lovely books, a couple of carvers and some interesting items. Then i stopped. I banned myself from adding anything else. And now i am satisfied.

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Homemade Headboard and another room complete.

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There are many DIY tutorials for handmade headboards, but I loved the one that I saw on the Davisvilledesign blog. I couldn’t wait to try it out!!
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I used an art canvas, 2inch foam, wool batting, Amy Butler fabric, calico fabric and a staple gun. I didn’t tell Johno I’d bought a staple gun. He worries about my hands and panics whenever I’m using any tools, my sewing machine or knives. It may have something to do with me losing the top of my finger in a childhood accident, or maybe because I managed to sew a machine needle all the way through one finger, or perhaps it’s just because of the multiple burns and incisions that I’ve inflicted on my hands over the years. Anywho, I didn’t tell him I was buying a staple gun. The staple gun was awesome!!

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I started by placing the foam on top of the canvas and securing it with the wool batting. This helped create a nice smooth base for the fabric. I may have mentioned before that I love Amy Butler fabric. This one is pretty and Girly without being over the top fussy. I fastened this on over the wool batting and made sure the corners were tucked in neatly.

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Finally I attached some calico to the back just to keep it nice and tidy. Ta Da!! All done!! With the headboard all done it means the king single guest room is complete! Yay! :)

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The spare room might be my favourite…

The house is an eclectic mix of old and new, of neutral and brights, of gold and silver and of practical and just pretty. Each room is different from the next. The loft, the main bedroom, is my husbands and mine. The kids have all decided on a bedroom and are helping me with decorating ideas. This leaves one ‘spare’ room. A room to decorate however i wish….This is the first room that i have finished!

Shopping for bedlinen, doonas, blankets and pillows has been an expensive exercise! Unfortunately, it is an area where i need to buy NEW and thankfully I’ve been able to save a little money due to end of winter sales. And thank goodness really, because it has cost enough without paying full price. I guess it’s all in the timing.

Target lamp shades, my son Daniel lying amongst some of the linen and the ‘before’ shot of the room.

The barrels, before they were a side table.

The bedside table was created using a little experimenting. I picked up a couple of barrel planters, lacquered them, glued and strapped them together and finally attached a tray on the top. In total it only set me back $50, which i was pretty pleased with. :) The lamp shades were a Target buy and were ridiculously priced at $3 each! gotta love clearance sales! I whipped up the cushions with Amy Butler fabric. And the frames above the bed, well you’ve seen those before…..vintage prints $15 in total.

I really like this room. It’s not typical of what i usually like, but maybe that’s the reason it appeals to me…..a change is as good as a holiday right?  Alright, a couple of the other rooms are very closed to being finished. I’ll post when they are done!! Excitement!!

Second Furniture Trip to Winterfell

So we headed to Winterfell with another small truck filled with goodies. My Mum and Dad joined us for the day trip, which was a wonderful way to combine work and pleasure. And just quietly, my Dad is super clever and multi talented in ways my husband is not. Don’t worry, my husband has his own gifts, but Dad was so helpful sorting out the gas hot water and how to start the heating. I was worried Mum would be bored while we unloaded the truck, but she enjoyed my favourite red chair on the porch in the sun and also spent some quality time with my children. All in all, it was a great day!   The red chair above was another fabulous find from the Molong junk shop or treasure trove as i call it. I think it was a wrought iron bed in a previous life. I really love this chair. And RED! My favourite colour for more reasons than one…..three in fact! The initials of my children  – Rose, Eilish and Daniel. xo

Here is a sneak peak of some the spaces in Winterfell that are coming together. Overall, i am happy with the progress so far. Some of the spaces are not coming together as i planned….remember my scrapbook? Who knew that things wouldn’t go perfectly to plan? *insert sarcasm here* But i am not disheartened.

Please note replica antique or fancy pants chairs (as i call them) in the background behind the black stools. I really love these chairs and they were a bargain found on ebay, but i dislike them intensely (my mother always said hate was a strong word) in the main living area. NO MATTER! They will be dispersed throughout the house in the bedrooms and i will find something else for around the dining room table.

And finally, some photos my daughter Rose took from the car on the way home. My husband and other children were following in the truck. Ahhh…..the beautiful Australian landscape is hard to take for granted.