Thursday, 21 November 2013

Pattern-herd: Snowmen!

You are going to sense a theme with the pattern herds in the run up to Christmas... I am a big fan of the holidays and I have been in a Christmassy mood since October! Oh the curse of being in a choir and practising Christmas songs!

There are so many cute snowman patterns on the internet! It's another great and simple way to decorate your house and lovely presents for people that will be loved and kept for years :) This pattern herd will feature more knitting patterns than last week's.

1) Snowman in Grandma's Favourite Dishcloth by Miriam Giles



This dishcloth is so gorgeous and creative! I wish that I'd thought of this. I think this dishcloth will add a lovely wintery touch to any kitchen. This knitting pattern (with a crocheted border!) is available for free

2) Snowman Jar Cozy by Doni Speigle


Look at this jar cozy! It's so cute and will make any jar (hopefully full of sweets) look adorable. You could also make it in orange and have a jack-o-lantern jar cozy instead for halloween. This fun crochet pattern is available for free on Whiskers and Wool blog.

3) Snowman Stocking by Bernat Design Studio


This knitting pattern will require a lot of patience and counting but it will be completely worth it! A perfect present for a special someone and is guaranteed to become an heirloom and tradition. This pattern is available for free on Yarnspirations.

4) Snowman Ornament by Audra Brown


Ah they're so cute! Look at their little bobble hats :D These little guys will look great on any Christmas tree and make a lovely gift. This crochet pattern is available for free as a free Ravelry download.

5) Cabled Snowman Mittens by Jean Gifford


These knitted mittens are so adorable and look so warm! I want a pair in every colour so will have to send the pattern to my mum and talk to her nicely. This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download.

6) Snowman Mug Hug by Michele Wilcox


This mug hug will make anyone smile :) A lovely accompaniment to a hot chocolate or a cup of christmassy tea :) This crochet pattern is available for free on Red Heart.

7) Socks with Christmas Pattern by Drops Design

I'm wishing that I was more talented with knitting. I just don't have as much patience with it as crochet! I'd knit Christmas socks all year so I could have a different pair for each day in Advent. This knitting pattern is available for free on Drops Design.

8) Melting Snowman by Renske de Busschere


It's such a sad thing to make but his happy little face makes him irresistible. Maybe this little guy will be good to make after Christmas :) This pattern is available for free as a Ravelry download. 

9) Crochet Snowman Hat by Sarah Zimmerman


I'm definitely going to be making some of these hats when my orders are all caught up! I think they're gorgeous and look adorable on children. This pattern (in sizes from newborn-adult!) is available for free on Repeat Crafter Me. 

10) The Abominable Snowman (Yeti) by Elin Tjerngren


Time for something a little bit different to round off this pattern-herd!  The abominable snowman may not be the ideal symbol of Christmas, but this guy just looks a bit sad, lost and confused! This pattern is available for free on CraftCravings on Tumblr.

I hope that you enjoyed this pattern-herd! If you have any ideas of any patterns that you'd like to be "herded" or you'd like your pattern to be featured, don't be afraid to get in touch!






Thursday, 14 November 2013

Pattern-herd: Christmas Garlands!

The Coca-Cola advert has been on TV here in England. That can only mean one thing: the holidays are coming! If you're organised, then this post will probably be too late for you. For those of you who like the thrill and adrenaline of being last minute, then this post is for you!

Christmas garlands! They're a perfect way to quickly decorate any room in your house or string it around the tree instead of tinsel for a personal-touch :)

1) Christmas Light Advent Calendar by Laura Campbell


A brilliant way to count down to the big day! Put chocolate or other little presents into the lights and you could embroider a number of each of the lights! Available as a free download from Ravelry.

2) Crochet Snowflake Garland by Mary Jane Protus


These gorgeous snowflakes would brighten up any Christmas tree! The snowflakes individually would look great as appliqu├ęs on jumpers or accessories :) Pattern available for free on Red Heart.

3) Jolly Festive Bunting by Lucy of Attic24


Those socks are amazing! Anyway... This bunting by Lucy is so bright and colourful! It's a great way to liven up and make any house look fun and ready for the holidays :) This pattern is available for free on Lucy's blog, Attic 24.

4) Crocheted Paper Chains by Steph Giddens


You won't need to make paper chains any more once you've crocheted this! A very easy pattern that's perfect for beginners, just getting in to the world of crochet! Pattern available on Lovestitches blog for free!

5) "Popcorn" Christmas Garland by Natalie Clegg


That tree is such a fantastic colour! A slightly alternative way to adorn your tree with a funky "popcorn" garland. This pattern is a free Ravelry download.

6) Garland of Pinwheels by Mary Jane Protus


This is a slightly more advanced pattern than others that I've posted today, but it's worth the time and concentration! Completed with little bells for the essential Christmas "jingle". This pattern is available for free from Red Heart.

7) Christmas Stars by Barbara Wilder


This pattern is in German, but there is a crochet diagram at the bottom of the blog post for those who can read them. This garland is perfect for not only Christmas, but also decorating children's rooms all year around! This is a free pattern available on Barbara Wilder's blog.

8) Snowflake Garland by Nancy Anderson


Another snowflake garland with gorgeously crochet snowflakes! Guaranteed to get anyone in a christmassy mood :) Another amazing, free pattern that's available on Red Heart.

9) Smitten (a Holiday Garland) by Emily Ivey


A knitting pattern this time! Another countdown-calendar, so you'd better get a wriggle on if you're making it! These gorgeous little mittens will become an heirloom and a tradition for your family each year :) Fill with little presents, sweets or anything else you'd like to make the countdown to Christmas even more exciting!! This pattern is available for free on KnitPicks.

10) Amigurumi Holiday Lights by Jill Watt


Time for a cute garland now! Look at their adorable little faces :) These holiday lights would even make Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch smile! This pattern is a free Ravelry download.

I hope that you like this first pattern-herd! I will try and make it a weekly-affair, every Thursday, and bring you some brilliant patterns from the world of Ravelry!





Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Penguin "glittens"!

So about a month ago, my friend asked me to make some penguin mittens/fingerless gloves for her. It took me so long to work out how to make them, but I've finally done it! It will be much easier to make next time :)



To make the gloves/mittens, I used this pattern here as my friend is 6ft+ and therefore has larger hands, so I used a pattern designed for men. I used a 5mm (H) crochet hook and DK (worsted weight)  yarn in black. I decided not to crochet the individual fingers and just make it as I make my other fingerless gloves. I also added a loop at the top of the mitten so the mitten part could be held back with a button.


The pattern requires a lot of counting and I had to unpick and re-crochet a lot of the first mitten. Quick tip: read the pattern thoroughly before you start each row!! 

Once I finished the base, I had to make the penguin face. I didn't know how to do it so I had a look around on Ravelry and I found a great pattern for a hat. I used this pattern for the face, but with a 3.5mm crochet hook so it's smaller. For the eyes, I made a magic ring and DC (SC) 8 into the ring and then fastened off and tightened the ring. The beak I kind of made up... (US terms are in brackets)

CH2,
R1: 2 DC (SC) in second chain from hook, ch1 turn
R2: 2 DC (SC) in each stitch, ch1, turn
R3: 2 DC (SC) in first st, 1 DC (SC) in 2 st, 2 DC (SC) in last st, ch1, turn
R4: 2 DC (SC) in first st, 1 DC (SC) in 4 st, 2 DC (SC) in last st

Fasten off.






I'm so proud of these mittens! I will definitely be making more to post on my online shop!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Quick and Easy Fingerless Gloves - UK Edition!

I said I'd post the UK terminology for this pattern, and here it is! I'm sure most of you, if you're anything like me, are used to having to use US patterns anyway! Ah the joys of the internet...




You will need:

A 4mm crochet hook
Double Knit Yarn
A Yarn Needle

Chain 35

Row 1: DC in 2nd chain from hook then DC in each chain. Then chain 2 and turn. (34)

Row 2: Skip the first stitch that the chain comes from and TR in each stitch along. TR in the chain from the row before. Then, as before, chain 2 and turn. (34)

Rows 3-20 (17 rows): Repeat the 2nd row.

Row 21: As row 2, but chain 1 and turn at the end of the row. (34)

Row 22: Skip the first stitch that the chain comes from, DC in each stitch along. Then DC in chain from last row and fasten off the yarn, leaving a long tail. (34)

To make up the gloves, either sew or SS the two edges together for 6 rows. Skip 3-4 rows (making space for your thumb) and then sew up the rest of the glove.


These gloves are completely customisable! If you'd like longer gloves, continue to DC for more rows. You can also add embellishments to the gloves to make them more individual.


I added some little pink hearts to spice up these grey gloves, that I made using a pattern I found on Ravelry.


And for my Mickey Mouse-obsessed sister, I added some Mickey ears :) I will write the pattern out for that in a later blog post!

Thank you for coming to visit my blog. Your support is appreciated.


Monday, 11 November 2013

Welcome and Quick and Easy Fingerless Gloves - US Edition

Hey there! Welcome to The Corner of Craft! On this blog I will be sharing some patterns with you, doing a roundup of my favourite patterns that I have found on the interwebs and sharing a little bit about my life!

To kick things off, I have decided to be extremely generous to you all and share a fingerless glove crochet pattern with you all. It's an extremely easy pattern that makes up quickly so your hands will be warm in no time!




You will need:

A 4mm (G) crochet hook
Worsted Weight Yarn
A Yarn Needle

Chain 35

Row 1: SC in 2nd chain from hook then SC in each chain. Then chain 2 and turn. (34)

Row 2: Skip the first stitch that the chain comes from and DC in each stitch along. DC in the chain from the row before. Then, as before, chain 2 and turn. (34)

Rows 3-20 (17 rows): Repeat the 2nd row.

Row 21: As row 2, but chain 1 and turn at the end of the row. (34)

Row 22: Skip the first stitch that the chain comes from, SC in each stitch along. Then SC in chain from last row and fasten off the yarn, leaving a long tail. (34)

To make up the gloves, either sew or SS the two edges together for 6 rows. Skip 3-4 rows (making space for your thumb) and then sew up the rest of the glove.



These gloves are completely customisable! If you'd like longer gloves, continue to DC for more rows. You can also add embellishments to the gloves to make them more individual.



I customised these gloves with some magenta hearts, which I made using a pattern I found on Ravelry.

I hope you've all enjoyed this pattern! Please feel free to leave me feedback :)