Hearts, hearts and more hearts

Life has been busy. Very busy.

I’ve just been  away for a fab weekend with the girls and suddenly realised that it’s been a while since I blogged. With each day recently busting at the seams, I’ve got quite a lot of creativity to share and, I’m really excited to be sharing my first ever pattern. Complete with pictures (and a link to a video!). With that in mind, here’s the last 10 days in pictures:

Valentine’s Heart- it’s this little heart that you will find the pattern for below!

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“Be my Valentine”

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This was how I spent my Valentine’s evening: IMG_0596_2

G was poorly and doesn’t do Valentine’s day anyway…wine, chocolate and crochet wasn’t a bad second best!

The beautiful hyacinths have bloomed:

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It was my Mum’s birthday. Her favourite flowers are freesias…and I had to accept that challenge:

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That tiny little bud at the end was the greatest challenge.

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There is a lot of wire inside that bloom and I ended up oversizing it a little, but this is the by product of not following patterns- it’s all a little ad hoc. That’s the way I like it.

One Freesia was insufficient so I added some roses and little blue creation of my imagination and woo hooooo, I had a posy. Or, really, Mum had a posy. I had Toad (he’s 3) deliver Grandma her posy…there was a little lump in my throat. He just loves delivering flowers…and he does it so beautifully. He even made sure that Grandma knew that “Mummy made them” I think she might have guessed.

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On Friday I was flicking through my Comic Relief Crafternoon magazine whilst Tiny (who had been up most of the night…with lucky old me) slept when I happened across the idea of making Toad a beard. The beards in the mag are knitted and I can’t knit (Well, I tried. It was not a success. The second stick just confuses me) so, after a quick online search, I came up with a fun looking pattern from Autumn Falls Creations. Which you can find here. I am a compulsive pattern fiddler, thus my version is a twist on the original not least because she doesn’t have a child sized pattern. I used DK yarn and a 4mm hook.

Toad, predictably, asked for a pink beard (he’s a fan, a big fan. He’s possibly actually more of a fan of pink than me) and a couple of hours later whoo hooo…..and he spent most of Friday afternoon wearing it.

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I’ve been working on a secret new baby gift for which I have run out of yarn so, whilst I wait for my Wool Warehouse delivery, I’ve been adding to my Attic 24 Ripple blanket. This is such a lovely theraputic pattern and I am in love with the colours:

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Now for the hearty bit

Please treat me kindly. This is my first ever attempt at writing a pattern. I hope it creates something that resembles a heart…I hope!

This is what we’re aiming at:

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The pattern is written in UK crochet terms and uses the following stitches:

Double Crochet (dc)

Half Treble Crochet (htr)

Treble Crochet (tr)

Double Treble (dtr)

Slip stitch (ss)

I used dk yarn and a 3mm hook to make the heart nice and tight.

This pattern starts with a magic circle. That will work up something like this:

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You can find a how to video for the magic circle on my Facebook page here

Row 1: Chain 1 (this doesn’t count as a stitch) then work five dc into the magic circle – you work over the tail with each stitch and the finished row will look something like this:

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The next step is to pull your tail tight so that your five little double crochets make a circle:

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Then SS to the first dc (NOT the chain 1)

Now we are going to work into the five stitches around the edge. Don’t crochet into the stitch that you have put the ss into. Instead start in the next stitch (you will still have five to work into) (I am not sure that this method is conventional, but it’s how I do it)

Into the first stitch work 1dc, 1htr and 1tr:

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Into the second stitch work two tr and then two htr

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The stitches that you work into the third stitch are going to make the point. Work 1dc, 1dtr, 1dc and here’s your point:

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Into the fourth stitch work two htr followed by two tr (this is the reverse of the stitches that you worked into the second stitch)

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Finally work 1tr, 1htr and 1 dc into the fifth stitch – this is the reverse of the stitches that you worked into the first stitch.

Now finish it off to your taste. Sometimes I ss down into the middle of the original magic circle and finish off. Other times I don’t join and just finish off. Then I use the darning in to make sure that the second ‘lump’ is finished off to match the first.

You can see that I have dropped down into the middle of this one:

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But not here:

       IMG_0591So there you go woo hoooo, my first ever pattern….any questions, you know where I am!

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