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Deep chevron baby blanket

June 20, 2014

I love finding new crochet stitches, particulary when they are easy to do and give a new twist to an old standard.  This deep chevron blanket is one such occasion.  It creates a really sharp 'v' which is really effective in zingy colours.

Deep Chevron Baby Blanket in Blue Sky’s Worsted Cotton

Finished Measurements:

75 cm by 90 cm

You will need:

1 skein of each of the following Blue Sky Worsted Cotton colours:  Shell, Pink Parfait, Lotus, Drift and Sleet

What to do:

Using Sleet make a ch of 143 (pattern repeat is 20 +1, add 2 for base ch)

Row 1: Work (1 tr, ch1, 1tr) into 5th ch from hook,* ch1, skip 3 ch, (1tr, ch1, 1tr) into next ch, ch1, skip next 3 ch* in next ch work (1tr, ch1,1tr, ch3, 1tr, ch1, 1tr), ch1, skip 3ch, (1tr, ch1, 1tr) into next ch, ch1 **, skip 3ch, (1tr, ch1, 1tr) into next ch, skip 3ch, (1tr, ch1, 1tr) into next ch, you should now have a top (increase) and a bottom (decrease) to form a wave, repeat from * to the end, finishing ** with , skip 3ch, (1tr, ch1, 1tr), skip 1ch, 1tr into last ch.  Turn 

V st = (1tr, ch1, 1tr)    V st increase = (1 V st, ch3, 1 V st)

V st decrease = (1 V st, skip 2 Vsts, 1 V st)

Row 2: Ch3 (counts as 1tr), V st into the second ch1 sp (between the 1st and, 2nd V st),* ch1, V st in the ch1 sp between the 2nd and 3rd V st, in the ch3 sp work (V st, ch3, V st), ch 1, 1 V st in the next ch1 sp, ch1, in next ch 1 sp work 1 V st,** skip next 2 V sts and in next ch1 sp work 1 V st, (this is your V st decrease) repeat from * to the end, finishing at ** with 1tr into the top of 4ch from the beginning of row1.  Fasten off Sleet

Row 3:  Join Drift. This is where is gets a bit tricky as you are working your V sts into 2 rows below (ie. row 1), except for the increase (1 V st, ch3, 1 V st) which is worked into row 2, and to complicate matters further the V sts are worked into the ch1 sp in the middle of the V st on row 1 ie (1tr, ch1, 1tr) however, once you have this established it is a simple pattern repeat!!

Ch3 (counts as 1tr), work 1 V st into the 2nd V st of row 1,* ch1, work next V st into 3rd V st of row 1, ch1, work V st increase (V st, ch3, V st) into ch3 sp on row 2, ch1, V st into next V st of row 1, ch1, V st into next V st of row 1, skip the 2 V st decrease of row 1, V st into next V st, repeat from * to 2nd to last V st of row 1, work 1 V st into this st, 1tr into top of ch3. Turn

Continue repeating row 3, I have changed colour every 2 rows in the following order Sleet, Drift, Shell, Pink Parfait, Lotus, after 4 complete colour changes I did not have enough to work 2 complete rows of each colour so I have worked one of each, I think this looks nice as a border at the top of the blanket.

Here is a video tutorial to help with this pattern.

Abbreviations (UK):

ch             chain                                                
tr              treble crochet

V st          (1tr, 1ch, 1tr)

 

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How to videos

June 16, 2014

My daughter got a loom bracelet maker for her birthday and since then we have spent many afternoons on YouTube working out how to do more and more complicated designs.  It's amazing really how we have come to use videos for all sorts of things and how convenient they are.  It sort of happened by stealth and now you can watch a video teaching you literally anything. 

We've always tried to make videos of tricky techniques used in our patterns, but you will see an increasing number in our how to section of various different things, including, now, the basic how to cast on, knit and purl.

Having taught so many people to knit anc crochet what is really clear to us is that different people find different parts of the process tricky.  Some people get stuck on the slip knot but then have no trouble with anything else.....  others just can't work  out how to purl ...... so  as we reduce the number of classes we teach in the summer, it seems the perfect time to break the classes down into mini tutorials so you can teach yourself in the comfort of your own home and most importantly use the pause button as much as you want!

Take a look here.

Double Treble Crochet Bedspread

April 10, 2014

This is a super simple beautifully textured crochet bedspread.  This one fits across a king size bed and measures 165cm wide by 105cm deep.  I have used pink tones in this one, but Jenny has also made a more manly version as well (see next blog for photo).

To make one this size you will need 16 skeins of Plump, 4 skeins of each of the following:- Clotted Cream, Rhubard Crumble, Raspberry Ripple and Fondant Fancy.

If you would like to buy a download of this pattern, have a look here

Herringbone throw

April 10, 2014

Herringbone stitch is a thing of real beauty and seems irresistable to touch.  It is a bit fiddly initially, but creates an incrediby beautiful effect and is dense, squishy and warm.

Whatever yarn you are using for herringbone stitch, you need to use a much bigger needle size than the normally recommended one.  My blanket is knitted using Mrs Moon Plump yarn and to get the desired effect I have used 20mm needles.

The up side to using 20mm needles, is that it grows very quickly...  the downside however is that it is very difficult to knit in public without getting lots of odd stares and questions and it is not that portable.  I knitted a lot of this on a return train journey to Swansea... you need to know the person you're sitting next to as elbows might go flying!

The throw shown measures 84cm x 151cm

To make your own, you will need:

10 skeins of Plump (shown in clotted cream)

20mm knitting needles

What to do:

Cast on 80sts VERY loosely (in fact keep your knitting lovely and loose otherwise you will get in a terrible pickle)

Row 1 (RS): ssk but leave the second stitch on the needle,* move this stitch onto your right hand needle and slip the next stitch knitwise, now knit these two together as if doing a ssk again, leaving the second st on the needle, repeat from * to the last stitch , knit

Row 2: *P2tog leaving the second stitch on your needle, repeat from * to the last stitch, p

Repeat these two rows until you have used up all your yarn (with enough for casting off).  Cast off in pattern

Carefully sew in your ends.

For a video tutorial, click here

 

 

Giant Flower Granny Square Bedspread

February 20, 2014

I have just finished making this fabulous bedspread for my daughter's bed using Mrs Moon's Plump Yarn.  It is super fast and took just under just under a week to do.  Florence's bed is a single, but it looks lovely on Molly's bed too, which is a double.  This size has taken 12 skeins of yarn, but if you wanted to make it smaller 4 skeins get you a square 64cm across and 8 skeins gets you 100cm across.  It is basically the Teddington blanket upsized, there is also a how to tutorial.

Finished measurements are 120cm x 120cm, and I used two skeins of each of the following colours: Clotted Cream, Pistachio Ice Cream, Fondant Fancy and Peppermint Cream

 

Knitted Ribbed Scarf in Plump by Mrs Moon

February 14, 2014

This is a very simple 2 by 2 knitted rib pattern but what better way to show off the texture and stuning softness of Mrs Moon' Plump yarn.  We have choosen Clotted Cream, a subtle and sophisticated colour, but Plump comes in a beautiful palette of colours, you could try something brighter like 'Rhubarb Crumble' maybe with some contrasting tassels, or a more manly Earl Grey or Blueberry muffin!

We have used 3 skeins, this gives you a lovely long scarf that you can wrap around you neck - 2 skeins gives you a scarf that you can tie, so if you prefer something shorter, go for that.  You could of course go for something wider and longer.. I was tempted to go for a throw, but that will have to wait for another day..... this yarn is very light and warm so longer would not mean heavier, you would just be enveloped in a soft fluffy cloud!

 When you are making a ribbed scarf as long as you start with a multiple of 4 stitches you always start every row with 2 knit stitches.

What you need:

3 skeins of Plump in Clotted Cream

10mm needles

What to do:

Cast on 24 stitches

Row 1: *K2, P2, repeat from *  to the end,

Repeat row 1, until you have about 1 metre of yarn left.

Now cast off loosely in pattern.

NB. If you slip the first stitch of every row knitwise this will make for a lovely neat edge

 

 

Houndstooth Crochet Cowl Pattern in Plump

February 14, 2014

This is a lovely and simple crochet cowl made simply by alternating doubles and trebles, this creates a really nice texture and could be just done in one colour, but by changing colour every row it gives a very effective and trendy houndstooth effect.  Mrs Moon's Plump yarn comes in a wonderful palette of 14 colours, try a contrasting colourway, here I have used 'marmalade' and 'clotted cream' but you could take a softer approach, clotted cream combined with fondant fancy or peppermint cream would be lovely and  very subtle.

 

The pattern here allows for the cowl to loop twice around your neck (you maybe able to still do this with 81 stitches and have a deeper cowl as mine is quite loose), alternatively you could make it smaller to fit snuggly once around, this is on my to do list (this will take 2 skeins), just remember you just need an even number of stitches, add 1 more on the base chain as you tend to 'lose' this when you join the chain in the round.

 

You will need:

2 skeins of Clotted Cream

1 skein of Marmalade

10mm hook 

 

What to do:

Using Clotted Cream make a ch of 91, join it with a sl st to the first ch to form a ring (be careful not to twist the chain) 90 sts.

Round 1: ch3 (counts as 1tr), miss st at the base of ch3, * work 1dc into the next st, 1tr into the following st, repeat from * to the end of the first round, alternating dc and tr, finish with 1dc into the last ch, join with a sl st to the top of ch3.  Fasten off.

Round 2: Change to Marmalade, (continue working the same way). Ch1, 1dc into the same place (ch3 from previous row), 1tr into the next dc, 1dc into the following tr, continue in the same way alternating sts to the end of the round, you should be alternating sts on top  of the previous row ie dc into tr and tr into dc.  Finish this round with 1tr into the dc, join with a sl st to the first dc. Fasten off.

Continue repeating row 2 and 3 until you have completed 4 rows rows of clotted cream and 3 rows of marmalade, then work 1 row dc in clotted cream, fasten off. Work one row of dc atound the bottom edge in clotted cream.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Plump and Proud

February 03, 2014

At the end of last week we had the most exciting delivery we have ever had at Mrs Moon, and possibly the smallest!  14 perfectly formed hanks of the softest super chunky yarn imaginable... and they just happen to be ours!  Our very own Mrs Moon yarn which we've called Plump

We have been planning for Plump since last May.  A LOT of thought has gone into it and we are SO pleased with the result!  We wanted to create a yarn that is super chunky but also very soft and snuggly, which is oftern not the case with super chunky yarns.  Plump is a mix of ethically sourced Australian superfine NewMerino and baby alpaca.  It feels like a cloud!

It has been dyed and spun here in the UK.

We have chosen a beautiful palette of colours and continuing on the Plump theme have named them after some of our favourite sweets and treats...  can you work out which colour is which?  In the picture here we've got, amongst others, damson jam, pistachio ice cream, bonbon, raspberry ripple, cherry pie, marmalade, fondant fancy, rhubarb crumble.....

Keeping it simple

January 10, 2014

It's the time of year when everyone seems to be cutting something out or acting slightly more responsibly, so not to be left out I have decided not to diet, get fit or only each raw vegetables, but to try and use up some of my yarn leftovers rather than start something new!  I know, those raw people think they've got it tough?!!

All my leftovers are really rather lovely though, so it's not so bad.... don't be too in awe! And there is something rather lovely about shuffling around all the different colours.  My project is as old as the hills and as simple as they come.  I'm rustling up a granny squares blanket as a gift and am having great fun mixing the colours from different projects that might not necessarily be the colours you would automatically put together...!  That's what granny squares are all about isn't it?!  As you can imagine, I have quite a lot of leftovers from running a shop and am slightly embarrassed to declare that I had 12 different Spud & Chloe Sweater colours to choose from!  

I decided to ditch the cream and white... there is something rather lovely about the clash of other bright colours and the neutral tones seemed to make it a bit too sophisticated!    I'm trying to make the colour combos totally random, but random as always is incredibly hard to achieve, so I've got to the point now where I'm have a little spreadsheet by ny side tallying which colours I've used where to make sure that I don't have too may yellow outsides or blue middles...!  It's coming along nicely though... just dreading the sewing up (and more to the point, the sewing in ends!)

Now where are the carrots??

 

If you want to learn how to crochet granny squares check out our 'how to' section here

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