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Heidi Bears

Heidi Bears
So, if you have read parts of my blog, you'll know that I love sock knitting! I think the technical aspects of it fascinate me more than the actual knitting , although, of course the two go hand in hand. When I started learning to knit socks, I was completely out of my depth. There are SO many different ways to knit socks...toe up, top down...each of which has a myriad of ways to make a toe and a heel. There are plenty of resources which will show you how to knit a basic wrap and turn short row heel, but what about all the other options? Once the sock knitting bug has bitten you, you are pretty much going to want to know what a Half Handkerchief Heel is...what a Star Toe is ...how do you make an Afterthought Heel or knit a heel flap (or for that matter a Faux Heel Flap heel) with a rounded heel turn...the list is endless!

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Blooming Flower Cushion Here is my tutorial showing how to construct this wonderful layered flower and then make it into a Blooming Flower cushion/pillow. First of all I would like to say that this pattern is not my own. I found it via Two Butterflies blog. In this blog post, Jennifer shows her own creation and gives a link to the original pattern which is actually a vintage potholder design from the 1940's. The original pattern is short and sweet and written in US terms. The directions re how to increase in each round are vague and took me a fair amount of trial and error before I got it sussed.

CROCHETED ROPE BASKET I love having little baskets and containers around to keep things tidy, and have really been wanting to experiment with different materials to crochet with recently. This little basket is not only a perfect way to practice crocheting with rope, but also to hold little odds and ends! For this project I used a Size P crochet hook and one package of clothesline rope. This rope is nylon, but it would be fun to use cotton rope and experiment with dyeing it different colors! How cute would it be to dye the rope a few different colors and make a giant granny square rug? Rachael – Free Pattern Friday Crochet Hat Pattern:: Rachael – Free Pattern FridayReviewed by JJCrochet on Jun 4Rating: Free crochet hat pattern for women – Rachael’s Chunky Open-Weave Hat with Flower Use this free crochet hat pattern to create your own crochet hat in a few hours.

Potted Button Trees Last week as part of the UFO challenge for Iron Craft, I finished one of these potted button trees that I had been sitting for almost a year. I promised I would share the pattern with all of you this week and here it is. These were so quick to make up that I made two more in a medium and small size on top of the one I had made last week. Color-wise, I stuck to the colors of my inspiration trees from a Christmas store in Bruges, Belgium, but I think they could be done in so many ways. The ones I made are red on one side and white on the other, which goes well with the Scandinavian way I tend to decorate for the holidays. But I could also see them done in more natural colors with green trees and the original terra cotta colored pot.

Do you dare to wear a granny square? I’m not sure if I’d manage a granny square evening dress…. But I’m loving the cowl I made last week and have been quite excited to show you! I must apologise for the photos, I’ve cropped them right down this week, so you can’t see the whole effect, but let me tell you, it really is lovely, I tried it on my friend to see how it looked on someone and couldn’t get it off her and back around my neck fast enough! Being that we are heading into winter at what seems like a veeeeeery fast pace right now, I’m obsessed with cowls and this I have to tell you, is the first of a series of cowl posts.

Granny Square Slipper Boots Granny Square Crochet Free Pattern via ‘Ravelry’ Crochet Slipper Boots via Ravelry Crochet Hexagonal Granny Squares Slippers via Ravelry Hexagon Crochet Boots FREE Pattern via ‘Lindevrouw’s Web’ Crochet Slipper Boots Caravan Hexagon Granny Square Crochet Boots Amigurumi Apples © June Gilbank 2010 Here’s a realistic amigurumi apple: it’s not just a ball with a stalk attached, it’s actually the shape and size of a real apple! Give one to your (or your child’s!) Free Crochet Pattern: Gumdrop Slouchy Hat Merry Christmas everyone! My gift to you is a free slouchy hat crochet pattern! :D Little Christmas socks: the pattern Hello hello hello! How are you today? WWOOOOOOOOW! I am soooo thrilled by all your wonderful comments concerning the little socks:) Thank you so much! I could not make you wait longer so I managed to finish quickly the “how to” so I can share it with you today

my creative space... pincushion So I was looking around blogdom, and came across these gorgeous pincushions here, and after a few little linkys found a great pattern here, and of course, I had to make one of my own straight away!! Isn't it cute? Very easy to make, I am picturing an explosion of different coloured pincushions, or I might turn them into dangley decorations, I do so love hanging bits and pieces!.......... Yes, there will definitely be more of theses appearing around here.

Crochet Daffodil This is my own pattern for these cutesome little crochet daffodils and leaves. I raided my dwindling stash of merino dk weight yarn (two shades of yellow, a nice orange and a spring green) and used a 3.5mm hook. They measure approx. 7cm across. Bauble Decoration I designed these little hanging decorations to add some colourful, homespun Hooky Goodness to my Christmas Tree this season, but there's no reason why they can't be used all year round and in all sorts of ways. I've had suggestions for using them as baby rattles, baby mobiles, as tags on wrapped gifts, or simply just as little decorative gifts to pass on to friends and family. These are quick and satisfying little things to work up, ideal to use up those little itty bits of stash yarn that you might have lurking somewhere. I personally prefer to use cotton yarn for making decorations (here I've used Rico Creative Cotton), but any yarn would be fine. I also tend to switch down a hook size for making decorations which keeps the stitches quite tight and prevents the polyester stuffing showing through the gaps.

Free Crochet Pattern: Waffle Cone Slouchy Hat November 24, 2011 Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! This pattern was supposed to be your Christmas gift but I thought maybe some of you would prefer to have the pattern early so that you can use it to make some hats as Christmas gifts!

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