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Poncho 11/25/2014 9:52:26 AM Did you guess what it was?

Here’s the finished poncho. Do you like it?

I’m very pleased with it, lovely and cosy to wear.

If you’d like to make one of your own you can find the pattern in this month’s Simply Crochet Magazine Issue 25.

To buy the finished poncho from my shop just use the link or visit my shop.

 

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]]> http://pixiebunnycrafts.com/page4.php?post=13 Guess what 11/23/2014 9:15:24 AM Have you guessed what it is yet?

It’s going to be warm and cosy……and this lovely Stylecraft Chunky yarn is oh so soft and great to crochet with.



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]]> http://pixiebunnycrafts.com/page4.php?post=11 Baby Pumpkin Crochet Beanie 10/6/2014 11:59:49 AM Baby Pumpkin Crochet Beanie

By: Danyel Pink from CrazySocks Crochet

Dress your little one up this Halloween by crocheting a pumpkin beanie. This is for the newborns zero to three months old. It makes for a great gift if you know someone who is expecting around Halloween. This free crochet pattern is a breeze to make and will protect your little goblin's head from the autumn chill. Every baby deserves to look its best this Halloween, and even if he or she is too young to be in costume, this pumpkin beanie will be an adorable topper to any orange outfit.

 

Materials:
Both cotton and acrylic yarn will work well for this project.

  • Size I-9 (5.5 mm) hook
  • 1 oz green worsted weight yarn
  • 2 oz orange worsted weight yarn
  • Yarn needle

Size:

  • Newborn (0-3 months)

Abbreviations:

  • BL – back loop
  • CH – chain
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • SC – single crochet
  • SC2TOG – single crochet 2 together (decrease)
  • SL ST – slip stitch,
  • ST – stitch

 

Instructions:

Beanie

1.    Using orange, ch 25.
 

2.    Row 1: hdc in BL of 3rd ch from hook, and in each st across, ch 2, turn. (23 hdc)
 

3.    Row 2 – 23: hdc in BL of each st across, ch 2, turn.
 

4.    Row 24: hdc in BL of each st across, ch 1, turn.
 

5.    Joining both ends, sl st down entire length of hat through both sides, fasten off and weave in ends.
 

Stem

1.    Using green yarn, join with sc at top of hat near back seam.
 

2.    Sc evenly around (about 24 sc), do not join. When you arrive back at your 1st sc, begin sc2tog continuously around, until 4-5 stitches remain.
 

3.    Now, sc in each st around for about 6 rounds so that you create a 1-1 ½” stem. Fasten off, tuck tail inside hat, and weave in ends.
 

Vine

1.    Using green, ch 20.
 

2.    Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ST to end. Fasten off.
 

3.    Using starting and ending tails, tie the vine between any 2 stitches on stem. See photo for suggested placement.

 

Notes:

  • Crochet leaf instead of vine.
  • Use red yarn to make an apple, blue yarn for a blueberry, etc.

 



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]]> http://pixiebunnycrafts.com/page4.php?post=10 New Craft Channel Starts Monday 6th October 10/4/2014 2:24:27 PM Have you heard about Craft Daily? 

Craft Daily is the UK's first and only instructional craft TV show - coming to Sky 192 and Freesat 402 on Monday 6th October at 10.30am! The show is repeated on Thursday at 7pm, and will then be on those times for all of series 1.

 

It's Craft TV like never before!

On Craft Daily, world-class teachers and demonstrators will explore the nation's favourite crafts - from sewing, embroidery and quilting to knitting and crochet, papercraft and more - with techniques, tips and tutorials to help viewers gain confidence and learn new skills. 

 

So, what does Episode 1 have in store?

Firstly, you'll meet the presenters, Ali Myer and Ame Verso, for the first time! They will be guiding you through Craft Daily TV! 

Three techniques will be covered in the first show

  • Quilting: Superstar author Liz Betts demonstrates paper piecing techniques for beginners
  • Crochet: Experienced designer Kristin Omdahl will demo basic crochet stitches and techniques to take you from beginner to expert!
  • Dressmaking: Expert sewer, Emily Levey runs a tutorial on making a gathered skirt, which is super easy and there will be a free pattern on the Craft Daily website!

 

We are so excited about Craft Daily Launching on Monday!

It's a whole programme about crafting, of which there are no where near enough! We hope you will be glued to your TVs at 10.30am on Monday 6th too. If you miss it, you can catch the episode on the Craft Daily website!

Remember it's on SKY 192 or Freesat 402 or you can catch the live stream on www.craftdaily.co.uk at 10.30am on Monday 6th October!

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]]> http://pixiebunnycrafts.com/page4.php?post=9 Proud Sue! 9/30/2014 11:52:40 AM

 

So proud! What a beautiful project Sue, your hard work is shining through.

How you’ve progressed since those early days with the Granny squares!

This adorable baby bag will make a lovely gift.

 

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]]> http://pixiebunnycrafts.com/page4.php?post=8 Dubella Lounge 9/29/2014 8:51:44 AM Well done girls!

Sacha and Jean concentrating VERY hard at beginner’s crochet class , on Monday at Dubella Lounge.

Happily they did manage to relax too and joined in with the rest of the group chattering away.

I know. It's hard to talk and crochet at the same time at first!
If you’d like to learn a new skill and join in the fun come along to a class.

Monday evenings 6.00-7.00 at Dubella Lounge, Boldmere. £5.00.

See you next week.
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]]> http://pixiebunnycrafts.com/page4.php?post=7 Choosing Crochet Hooks 9/29/2014 8:32:24 AM Crochet Hooks - How to Choose the Right Type and Size

A crochet hook is a tool consisting of a slender handle with a hook at one (or both) ends, which is used to pull thread or yarn through loops to create crochet stitches. You can also use a crochet hook to pick up dropped knitting stitches, or thread beads onto string. Sizes, handles, and materials that make up crochet hooks can vary. Each type has specific benefits and drawbacks from the ease of use, price, and comfort.

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Types of Crochet Hooks

Steel are for the smallest sizes and are often used in fine thread crochet such as in doilies.

Aluminium are available a large range of sizes. Aluminium hooks allow you to crochet smoothly and quickly.

Plastic are available in all the common sizes as well as jumbo hooks. They are very large and are usually made of hollow plastic, because it is lightweight.

Bamboo are lightweight and warm in the hand and are available in all but the smallest and jumbo sizes.

Tunisian are longer than regular hooks, and sometimes have a hook on each end. A crochet hook with a hook on both ends is also called a Cro hook. Like a knitting needle, you keep your stitches on a tunisian crochet hook as you create the fabric. Tunisian crochet is also called afghan crochet, and the fabric looks different from normal crochet, and a little like knitting.

 

Ergonomic have larger soft handles or handles you can insert a regular hook into. They are designed to reduce the strain in your hands as you grip a small hook for an extended period of time.

 

Crochet Hook Sizes

·         Crochet Hook sizes vary based on the material, brand, and country that the hook was produced in.

·         The size of a crochet hook is determined by the diameter of the shaft, or the part of the hook between the point and the handle. The shaft determines how large your stitches will be.

·         Steel hooks are also known as "thread hooks" and should only be used for fine lace thread. They come in numbered sizes that get larger as the number gets smaller. The sizes vary from the 0.6 mm thickness of the size 14 to the 3 mm thickness of the size 00.

·         Crochet hooks made and sold in the USA use a lettering system for their sizes. As the letter gets further into the alphabet, the hook gets larger. These sizes vary from the 2.25 mm size B to the 16 mm size Q.

How to Choose the Right Size Hook

If you look at the label of any skein of yarn, there will be a suggested hook size listed, and an estimated number of stitches per inch (or 4 inches). Crochet a swatch with the stitch pattern you are going to use for your project, wash your yarn, let it dry, and then measure your stitches. You may need to swatch again with a larger or smaller size hook, depending on if you are a loose or tight needle.

 

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Many thanks to the Dubella Lounge in Boldmere for allowing us to use their venue.
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