Friday, 22 November 2013

Cath Kidston Inspired Crochet Scarf

I am a self confessed Cath Kidston addict. I love the whole concept of the brand, the patterns, homewares, clothing...everything! The basic colour palette is usually a vintage inspired combination of red, pink, blue, yellow and green; colours that I love individually as well as when put together.

A while back a saw a tutorial from the lovely Kath's blog, Inverleith for a CK inspired cowl/scarf which I adored straight away. Unfortunately this was near the beginning of my crochet journey and I wasn't sure about how to make such a wonderful thing. So it was stored in the 'To Do' projects and put to the back of my mind...until now.

I've found brilliant supplier on Instagram, mentioned in a previous post and purchased her CK style colour pack which comes in 6 or 12 balls of wool. I went for 6 was plenty to make a scarf and I have lots left over.

I'm really please with how it turned out - you can wrap it around three times so its cosy and snuggly! It is meant to be a Christmas present for my sister-in-law but I'm tempted to keep it for myself!

I also made a slightly smaller version for the other sister-in-law in more neutral colours. I love this combination of nature neutrals with a splash of pink. For this I used Stylecraft Special DK in Brown, Cream and Clemantis with the green from the CK pack. I did a starting chain of 130 + 3 for turning and followed the same granny strip method as before. With this snood it can be turned twice but in hindsight I should have maybe gone up to 150 +3 so there is a bit more room to get your head in on the second turn! I might keep this one for me and make another for the SIL!

Betty xXx

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Crochet Christmas Wreath

Following on from my previous post updating you on recent events you may have seen the Autumn wreath that I made, inspired by the brilliant blog Repeat Crafter Me. When I showed my mum she loved it and asked if I could make a Christmas version for a family friend in Ireland.

After planning the details with her about the design and what decorations she wanted I got cracking and after a few days ended up with this:

As you can see I've stuck to the traditional Christmas colours of red, green and white, (using Stylecraft Special DK in Green, Lipstick and White) adding some white sparkly snowflakes (yarn came free with Simply Crochet this month), holly and berries and a big red bow to add to it. The base is a simple single crochet changing colours after 12 rows, adding 3 rows of white in between. The snowflake pattern is from Simply Crochet Issue 11, the holly is from Attic 24, berries are my own creation, and the bow, again, is a simple single crochet, making it as big or small as you want it by adjusting your foundation chain. I also added a small bobble edging in white to add a bit of contrast.

Overall I'm really pleased with it and will make myself one for our flat as this will be our first Christmas in our own place and as a married couple :)

Betty xXx