We Are Knitters Sphinx Blanket Kit

Last month I was lucky enough to try out one of the gorgeous kits by We Are Knitters as part of a collaboration with the other page I run, The Mustard Makers Collective.

I chose the Sphinx Blanket in Honey which was the closest to mustard that they do in the super luxurious Peruvian wool. We all know I’m a huge fan of a grellow colour combination so I chose grey to to the pom-pom edge too, which they popped in as an extra on top of what Honey that was needed for the kit. Bonus!

I could barely contain my excitement when it arrived, forget fancy packaging, there’s something so good about brown paper packages (starts singing sound of music), am I right?

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Inside the kit were 5 x 200g super chunky balls of The Wool. 100% Peruvian wool, plus the one extra in grey. A beautiful wooden 15mm branded crochet hook, a yarn needle for sewing in those pesky ends which this pattern didn’t actually have many of, double bonus! The pattern itself and a cute embroidered We Are Knitters label.

This yarn is by far the most luxurious I have worked with to date. The natural fibre is so soft, I may have just sat and stroked it against my face for a good half an hour before actually braving taking the label off and starting a ball. You do have to be careful not to work it too much though otherwise the fibres will just break apart. Not a wool for frogging I can assure you!

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I chose this pattern over the others because I was so intrigued by the stitches used. Don’t they just look so pretty? I love the fan effect. I wanted to challenge myself a little with this one but actually, the pattern was so simple and began to work up so quickly. Another bonus!! Anyone who knows me, knows I will always favour chunky yarn for this exact reason.

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And work up fast, it did. I tried my hardest to take it slowly, I was just picking it up no and then to really enjoy using the yarn but it still worked up fast. In fact, I got to the edging stage within a weekend. Then came the grey. Oh my, the grey. Is it possible that they grey was EVEN softer than the honey. I wished I’d chosen to do the main body of the blanket in the grey and the trim in honey after using the grey but as the project was for The Mustard Makers Collective I thought I should go full on with this mustardy shade. This was just the dreamiest shade of grey, I’d love to make another blanket entirely in this grey. It’s perfect.

sphinx5The pom-pom edge is a fun, quirky way of edging blankets and looks just as good in a cotton dk as it does in The Wool.

The best thing about this was there were hardly any ends to sew in, although I would recommend sewing in your ends when you switch balls rather than crocheting over them because with this yarn being so fibrous it does easily come apart when handled a lot.

The whole project took one bank holiday weekend!!! It has now been packed away in a chest away from small sticky fingers ready to go on our bed when our bedroom is redecorated later on this year.

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We Are Knitters have a large selection of different crochet and knitting kits of different skill levels available on their website here. This was listed as intermediate but I totally think a beginner could make this too. You can find the Shpinx Blanket here

 

A x

Upcycle Project – FREE tutorial

Jazz up an old T-shirt or buy a plain t-shirt and instantly make it super cute with this scalloped collar.

Start by chaining as many as needed to snugly fit around the neckline of your t-shirt. Your starting chain must be a multiple of 4 plus 2 for turning.
My T-shirt is age 4-5 Y and I started with a chain of 32 +2 (note the images in this tutorial show a smaller collar of 28 +2 sts)

Row 1 – htr in 3rd ch from hook and each st across (32 sts)
Row 2 – ch3 (counts as tr) turn. *Skip a stitch tr1, ch2, tr1 in next stitch. Skip 1 stitch, tr in next.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the row.

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Row 3 – Ch3 (counts as tr) turn. *(2tr, ch2, 2tr) in chain 2 space from previous row. tr on top of tr post from previous row * repeat from * to * to end of the row.

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Row 4 – Change colour here if you wish.unnamed Ch1, dc in same stitch. *Make 8tr in ch 2 space from previous round, dc1 on top of tr post from previous round* Repeat from * to * across.
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Fasten off and weave in ends. Then sew on to the neckline of your T-shirt along your first row of Htr.

This is a free pattern, please feel free to sell what you make from this pattern but giving credit to the designer.

Share your makes with me on instagram by tagging them with #mythreadthelove I love to see them!

A x

Chunky Statement Necklace FREE pattern

I’m so excited to be sharing this pattern with you all, after three live tutorials on Instagram it has proved to be very popular and I am already loving seeing everyone’s finished necklaces.

This is a super fast make, the kind of thing you can hook up in every colour to go with every outfit!

Materials needed – 

T-shirt yarn (not much needed, approx 100g)

10mm Crochet hook

Yarn needle

Scissors

2 wooden beads (optional)

Pattern – 

Start by chaining 21

Row 1 – Dc in second chain from hook and each ch along (20 sts)

Row 2 – Ch3, turn (counts as Tr), skip a stitch, work tr1, ch2, tr1 in the same stitch, skip a stitch then work one tr into the next. Continue this pattern to the end of the row. You should have a total of 5 V’s and end the row on a single Tr.

Row 3 – Ch1, turn. Work 1 dc into same stitch. Now work 5 trebles into the ch2 space of your V from the previous row. Dc 1 on top of single Tr post from previous row. Continue this pattern to the end of the row.

You should have 5 scallops.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Cut a length of yarn (this will tie around your neck) thread on to yarn needle and sew along to the back of your first row of dc leaving a long-ish tail. pull ends slightly to give your necklace a more rounded finish. Thread on wooden beads and Voila! How easy was that???

The thing I love most about this necklace is that it’s so versatile. I have made it using Drops Paris which give a much more subtle, pretty look and also in DMC Natura XL which is still a statement!

The only thing I did different using these to yarns was on the last row I made 6tr in V stitch rather than 5.

You can change colour for row 3 for a totally different look too!

Please feel free to make this necklace as much as you want, selling your finished pieces if you wish but giving credit to the me as the designer.

Tag your makes with #mythreadthelove so I can see them 🙂

Happy hooking!!

A x

Shell Stitch Bonnet FREE Pattern

Thread the Love Pixie Pom Bonnet

Materials needed :

1 x ball of Drops Paris 100% cotton Aran 50g

4.5mm crochet hook

Yarn needle

Scissors

Pom-Pom maker

Acrylic yarn DK – enough for a pom-pom

For this shell stitch bonnet your foundation chain will need to be a multiple of 6 + 2. For newborn size I used 48 + 2.

Chain 50, keeping quite a long tail which is useful for sewing up at the end.

In second chain from hook make one dc,

 skip 2 sts, 5tr in next,

skip 2 sts, dc in next. Repeat to end of row.

If you have ended your row on a dc then you will need to chain 3 which counts as your first tr of row 2.

Tr 2 more in same st

Skip 2 sts, 1dc in next (top of shell from previous row)

Continue to the end, When you get to the last stitch just make 3tr in last st (half shell)

Ch1, turn. Dc 1 in same stitch, skip 2 sts, 5htr in next.

Continue this pattern until you have 12 rows of shells. Do not fasten off.

Chain 27, htr in second ch from hook and each st along, slst to base, fasten off.

Attach yarn at opposite side

Chain 27, htr in second ch from hook + each stitch along, slst to base, fasten off.

Your work should now look like this

Sew in ends leaving the long tail from where you originally made your slip knot.

Fold your work in half ensuring the right side of your work is facing out. Using the long tail sew up the back of your work.

There you have your super cute, super easy shell stitch bonnet!!

At this point you could make a pom-pom and attach it at the top. I used a small clover pom pom maker and stylecraft special dk for a more ‘pouffey’ pom-pom.

Please do share your makes on instagram and tag them with #mythreadthelove so I can see them 🙂