Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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How to crochet the Bubble Puff Blanket - free pattern and video tutorial!


I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working quietly on this blanket – I am super amped to share it with you all! If you are a fan of texture, chunky fat stitches, fast growing projects and stunning yarn then the Bubble Puff Blanket is for you!

In my video, I spend the first 8 minutes (yes EIGHT MINUTES lol) chatting about this blanket, my inspiration for it, the yarn and general excited ramblings so pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and come and listen to me natter rather than reading my waffle!




For my particular blanket, I made it pram / stroller sized as it is a thick squishy blanket perfect for keeping baby warm.




I am writing the pattern for the small stroller size, feel free to upscale this pattern – just be aware you will need more yarn the bigger you go.



Yarn required:

·         Sirdar Hayfield Spirit in Sundown: https://www.snufflebeanyarn.co.uk/products/sirdar-hayfield-spirit-chunky?variant=21501928767572&ref=7

·         Cygnet Chunky in Cream: https://www.snufflebeanyarn.co.uk/products/cygnet-chunky?variant=14035836403796&ref=7

·         6.5mm Crochet Hook

·         Repeat pattern between the asterisks * …….. *

·         Pattern notes / explanations specific to each row (info inside bracket written in italics)

AMERICAN STITCH TERMS

Stitches / abbreviations used:

·         FSC = Foundation Single Crochet
·         Ch = Chain
·         Sc = Single Crochet
·         Hdc = Half Double Crochet
·         Dc = Double Crochet
·         Ss = slip stitch
·         Sp= space
·         Sk = skip
·         Shell = 5dc



Pattern multiple is 4FSC + 3FSC

TO START:  Pram / Stroller baby blanket size

Cream Yarn x 5 balls

Hayfield Spirit in Sundown x 2 balls

Make 71 FSC (foundation single crochet)

Row 1:

Ch2 (does not count as a stitch) 1dc in 1st fsc

Skip 2

*5dc, sk3* until last 3fsc

Skip 2

1dc in last fsc

Row 2:

Ch2 (counts as a stitch) 2dc in 1st stitch

*4dc in 5th stitch of shell from row below. Puff inbetween 4th & 5th stitches of shell from row below*  (please see video)

End on 1dc in top of dc from row below

Row 3:

Ch2 (counts as a stitch) 2dc in 1st stitch

*4dc in 5th stitch of shell from row below. Puff inbetween 4th & 5th stitches of shell from row below*  (please see video)

End on 1dc into top of ch2 from row below

REPEAT ROW 3 to end of blanket

To finish your blanket, you need to straighten up the top edge so it matches the bottom.

This is done over 2 rows.

End Row 1:

Ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 1hdc & 1dc into 1st stitch

*3dc in 5th dc stitch of shell from row below*

End on 1hdc into top of ch2 from row below

Final row: (this row is important to match the stitch count to your fsc row)

Ch1 (does not count as a stitch) sc in 1st stitch

*sc over next 3 stitches, sc inbetween next 2 stitches* (please see video)

End on sc in last 2 stitches.

Ch1, cut your yarn.



COLOUR SEQUENCE FOR CREAM / SUNDOWN BLANKET

Using Cream: FSC row
Rows 1 – 6: Cream
Row 7: Sundown
Row 8: Cream
Row 9: Sundown
Row 10: Cream
Row 11: Sundown
Rows 12 – 18: Cream
Row 19: Sundown
Row 20: Cream
Row 21: Sundown
Row 22: Cream
Row 23: Sundown
Rows 24 – 30: Cream
Row 31: Sundown
Row 32: Cream
Row 33: Sundown
Row 34: Cream
Row 35: Sundown
Rows 36 – 42: Cream
Row 43: Sundown
Row 44: Cream
Row 45: Sundown
Row 46: Cream
Row 47: Sundown
Rows 48 – 52: Cream
End Row 1: Cream
Final Row: Cream


Now you are ready for the border!






BORDER TIME!





Border Pattern (for stroller size blanket above – please see video for how to make a border on a larger version of the Bubble Puff blanket)

Using cream and with the right side of your blanket facing you:

ROUND 1

Join yarn to 1st stitch (top right hand corner of blanket)

3sc in 1st stitch (1st corner made)

Sc in each stitch along

3sc in last sc (2nd corner made)

Hdc evenly down the side (2 hdc per row, please see video)

3sc in 1st stitch of bottom (3rd corner made)

Sc in each stitch along

3sc in last sc (4th corner made)

Hdc evenly back up the side (2 hdc per row, please see video)



ROUND 2 (please see video for clarification)

Top edge

9dc into 2nd sc of 3sc

*skip 1, ss, skip 1, 5dc* to corner

Skip 2, 9dc into 2nd sc of 3sc

Join with ss to 1st sc.

Side

Skip 2, ss

*skip 1, 5dc, skip 1, ss* to last few stitches

Skip 2, 5dc, skip 2, 9dc into 2nd sc of 3sc

Bottom edge

Skip 2, ss

*skip 1, 5dc, skip 1, ss* to end

Skip 2, 9dc into 2nd sc of 3sc

Side

Skip 2, ss

*skip 1, 5dc, skip 1, ss* to end putting final ss just before beginning 9dc


I hope that makes sense! Please see the video for clarification of the border as seeing it written down looks mega complicated! Eek!


If you have any questions about this pattern / spot any errors / notice any typos but holler!
I would absolutely LOVE to see any Bubble Puff blankets you make – please feel free to tag me in your photos on Instagram (I am @puddnhead) or post them to my Facebook page here! <3

Happy crocheting!

Robin x




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Saturday, 16 February 2019

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Rainbow Jellyfish - free crochet amigurumi pattern! Video tutorial and written pattern :D


Everybody needs a chubby rainbow jelly friend!

Here is a nice, simple and easy amigurumi crochet pattern for you :D



Video tutorial:





Written Pattern:

Pattern notes:

·         USA / American Terms
       Eyes: 10mm
·         Hook size: 4mm
·         Yarn: James Brett Party Time or any CHUNKY yarn


·         Repeat pattern between the asterisks * …….. *
·         Stitch count at end of row in brackets [  ]
·         Pattern notes / explanations specific to each row (info inside bracket written in italics)

Stitches / abbreviations used:

·         MR = Magic Ring
·         Ch = Chain
·         Sc = Single Crochet
·         Inc = Increase 2sc in same stitch
·         Dec = Invisible Decrease in front loops only – please see video
·         BLO = Back Loops only

OK so lets begin! DO NOT JOIN AT THE ENDS OF EACH ROW. This pattern is worked in a continuous spiral

Jellyfish body

Into a MR, 6sc                                   [6]   or substitute for chain 2, 6sc into 2nd ch from hook
*Inc* x 6                                            [12]
*1sc, inc* x 6                                     [18]
*2sc, inc* x 6                                    [24]
*3sc, inc* x 6                                     [30]
*4sc, inc* x 6                                     [36]

*sc* in each stitch around              [36]    
*sc* in each stitch around              [36]
*sc* in each stitch around              [36]
*sc* in each stitch around              [36]

*sc* BLO in each stitch around    [36]

Add eyes – 6 stitches apart – see video for placement

*4sc, dec* x 6                                    [30]
*3sc, dec* x 6                                    [24]
*2sc, dec* x 6                                    [18]

Stuff lightly and add mouth – please see video for placement

*1sc, dec* x 6                                     [12]
*dec* x 6                                            [6]

Leave long tail, weave tail around the outside loops of last 6 stitches and pull together

Tendrils – make 3

Leave long tail, make slip knot, chain 45 – cut yarn leaving long tail

For tendril attachment, please see video :D




If you have any questions about this pattern / spot any errors / notice any typos but holler!

I would absolutely LOVE to see any jellies you make – please feel free to tag me in your photos on Instagram (I am @puddnhead) or post them to my Facebook page here! <3

Happy crocheting!

Robin x

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Sunday, 10 February 2019

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Chubby Cactus - free pattern and video tutorial!

Free crochet cactus pattern


Chubby Cactus Pattern


*Disclosure: some of the links posted below are affiliate links which means that, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. This helps me to keep my content free :-)  Thank you! *


(USA Stitch Terms)

Materials needed:

           Cygnet Chunky yarn in “Kiwi” - available from Snufflebean Yarn
           Cygnet Chunky yarn in “Chocolate” - available from Snufflebean Yarn
           A scrap of black and pink yarn
           4mm hook - I use Clover Amour hooks available from Snufflebean Yarn or Amazon
           10mm safety eyes - I buy mine from CelloExpress
           Stuffing
           Pom Pom - from Amazon (optional: alternative crochet flower – please see details below)
           Terracotta Plant Pot (5cm tall, 6cm across) - I buy mine from Amazon
           Stitch Marker (optional)
           Needle
           Scissors

Stitches used:

Magic ring / circle
Sc (single crochet)
Inc (increase = 2sc in same stitch)
Dec (decrease = 1sc over 2 stitches)
Slip Stitch (ss)
BLO (Back Loop Only)


Video Tutorial:




Written Pattern:

Cactus body

Using Kiwi yarn, leave a long tail (approximately 12”) for sewing

Chain 13

1.         Sc in 2nd ch from hook, then sc in next 11ch. Ch1, tur             [12]

2.         BLO sc across, ch1, turn.                                                                [12]


Repeat Row 2 until you have 22 rows in total

Ch1, ss12 to join ends together, ch1

Cut yarn leaving a long tail (approximately 12” long) for sewing

Form a running stitch around the top of your cactus using one of your long tails of yarn. (see video)

Pull yarn to gather the top of your cactus and knot tightly on the inside.

Attach safety eyes (see video) and stuff.

Form a running stitch around the base of your cactus and gather loosely.

DO NOT CUT YOUR YARN.

You will use your remaining yarn tail to sew your cactus to his soil.


Video Tutorial:



Written Pattern:


Soil  

working in continuous rounds 
– repeat the pattern between the asterisks *  * X number of times

Using Chocolate yarn

Into MR, 6sc                                     [6]

*inc* x 6                                             [12]

*1sc, inc* x 6                                     [18]

*2sc, inc* x 6                                     [24]

*3sc, inc* x 6                                     [30]

BLO sc in each stitch around         [30]

*3sc, dec* x 6                                    [24]

Sc in each stitch around                 [24]

Sew cactus to soil - see video

*2sc, dec* x 6                                    [18]

Sc in each stitch around                 [18]

Stuff your soil – see video

*1sc, dec* x 6                                     [12]

Sc in each stitch around                 [12]

*dec* x 6                                            [6]


Finish stuffing soil, cut yarn, form running stitch around outside loops of last 6 stitches and gather. 

Weave in your end and plant your new cactus buddy into his pot :D


Alternative to Pom Pom – Crochet Flower

*flower will be added on Thursday 14th Feb 2019! Make sure to check back*


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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

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I'm no longer selling patterns and this is why....

If you follow me on social media you will have already seen my announcement that I will no longer be selling my crochet patterns.

This is because I discovered my patterns had been pirated and were available on some unscrupulous websites for free. This both saddened and annoyed me in equal measure.

When I first released my purrmaid it did exceptionally well and was picked up and shared by a couple of large crochet pages, alongside a crochet “celebrity”.

Now this crochet celeb did not contact me in advance (so it came as a HUGE shock to me to have my phone lit up like a Christmas tree with notifications) and simply set up an affiliation link to my Etsy pattern page and got a percentage of the pattern sale money for the entire month. 

This didn’t cost me as the designer anything, it didn’t cut into my sale money or anything along those lines and is a totally legitimate way for large profile people to make some extra pennies – I have zero problem with this as I benefited MASSIVELY from the exposure. 

Win win. 

It was a huge confidence boost to me and I was extremely excited and flattered to have had MY pattern chosen. Little old nobody me! It was amazing!




The down side to this was that unfortunately, it drew the attention of those who I didn’t want. The people who file share, post online for free for the traffic etc …. Not great when I was attempting to launch a pattern “career” so to speak. I had a massive kick start thanks to going a teeny tiny bit viral but then immediately had it stolen. What is the point? Meh.  I really love designing patterns and selling them was a great way to fund my passion but hey ho – there are always a few rotten apples ‘n all that.

The upside for you guys is that I thought well sod it, if some are getting it for free, why not everyone? 

Sooooooooooo I have removed my patterns from sale and will be working on filming tutorials for them over on my YouTube channel where I hope you will join me! I will also release the written patterns here on my blog so stick around, I’m not going anywhere, just slightly changing my direction and hopefully, long term, it will be for the better :D




When I announced this over the weekend, many people asked if they could donate and I have had a huge influx of people asking if they can buy a pattern so, after initially politely declining the very kind offers, I caved and have set up a “buy me a coffee” page on the off chance anyone felt the urge to buy me a virtual coffee and help support my designing!

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See you all soon for some more patterns and video content!

Robin x
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