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Rustic Summer Throw

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I’ve been inspired to begin a range of luxury throws, and this is my first one. Working with top quality yarn is such a delight. I can see this is going to be the beginning of something really fun.

I never really imagined myself making a whole lot of blankets. I made a bamboo baby blanket a little while ago for a friend, but other than that one the idea didn’t excite me much. Until I began, a few months ago, to turn all my odd bits of yarn into granny squares and join them all together into a throw. That is a project that will still take a while to complete and will become it’s own story. However, working on it made me realize how versatile, and much needed, throws are in ones life.

rustic throw 2My Rustic Summer Throw is made from a 70% organic cotton and 30% bamboo yarn in blue-grey. It’s 100cm wide and 135cm long. I used a variation of a V-stitch, one that is a little less structured in it’s pattern, and gives this throw it’s delightful comfy and rustic appeal. And my hook was 8mm.

Oh the joy of making beautiful things! It’s going to be difficult for me to part with this creation especially as this blue-grey is perfect for my new bedroom colour scheme. I’ll have to make another one for myself, this one is off to be displayed in a lovely new store in town.

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I can make Rustic Summer Throws up in four different sizes: small (80cm x 110cm), medium (100cm x 135cm), large (125cm x 150cm) and extra large (150cm x 180cm), and in a variety of stunning colours.

Hooray for filling our homes with luxurious delights!

And keep a look out for additions to my Luxury Throw Range.

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My Cotton Scarf

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I found this gorgeous yarn and had to make myself a scarf. There were a wide selection of colours, but I chose light grey, charcoal, beige and cream. I’m please to have a  scarf that I can dress up with now.

The yarn is 80% cotton and 20% acrylic, which is a fantastic combination. I prefer it to 100% cotton. I didn’t have a pattern, but with a 6mm hook, I used a simple V stitch for the entire scarf. That is Tr, ch, Tr in every second stitch (British terminology). I didn’t want a long scarf, but made it just long enough to go around my neck twice. It is super warm and wonderfully comfortable.

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Luxury Cotton Facecloth

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Sometimes simple things make life lovely. Crochet facecloths have been around for a while. There are a variety of patterns available online and you’ll find various samples in local stores. This is far from an original idea. However, having made one for myself, I’ve rediscovered how one simple luxury can change your whole day.

For this particular facecloth I used the grit stitch pattern from the Lion Brand Sandy Shore Washcloth Set. These are all great patterns and easy to follow if you’re interested in making your own. Mine is made in 100% cotton with a 5mm hook.

They make a great gift too. I made a couple and gave them as part of a ‘kitchen tea’ gift.

Little Girl’s Sun Hat

Summer is such a wonderful time. We usually associate crochet with winter woolies; blankets, scarves, beanies etc, but summer presents a whole new world of creative crochet opportunity. This is the second little sun hat I’ve made for little girls.

It’s 100% cotton which makes it light and cool, perfect for sunny days. I used a 4.5mm hook and Vinnis locally hand-dyed cotton yarn. It will fit a one year old.

I have a ladies summer scarf to finish making up now, but then not sure what to put my hand to….hmmm?

Cotton Oven Gloves

There’s so much you can do with a simple skein of string or two. I’ve wanted to make these  oven gloves for a while now and have finally done it. The string gives them a wonderful natural earthy look and they turned out superbly thick too.

I used Mrs Murdock’s Mittens pattern posted by Brenda K. B. Anderson on www.crochetme.com as the basic foundation for my gloves, with just a few adjustments. Instead of the ribbed pattern she used for the cuff I used alternating fpdc and bpdc as in my Coffee Cup Cozies. I did this in order to avoid the extra join. I’m lazy like that. I also up-scaled the pattern by 1 size to make it suitable as oven gloves and not fitted mittens.

The string is 1mm and most reasonably priced at a hardware store. I used 100g for these gloves with a 3.5mm hook. The stitches are very tight with such a small hook, but they need to be to create the right thickness. The bonus is that South African string is 100% cotton, making them good quality gloves that will keep their shape.

4-in-1 Flopsy Hat

A friend of mine asked me to make a gift for a one year old girl. We decided that crochet shoes and toddlers don’t work so well together. The only reason crochet shoes are cute is because they are so small, once they get bigger they lose their cuteness. So we settled on the idea of a hat and I began exploring patterns and trying out options. This was my first creation.

It’s half wool (which gives it it’s rustic feel) and half cotton (keeping it light and cool). I used a 4mm hook and made it up in htr (hdc if you are American). For the flower I used this pattern. I quite like the way the flower can come on and off and how you can button up the one side to give it different looks. It ended up being too small for a 0ne year old, but fits a little pinky who’s 6 months.

Ladies Twisted Headband

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I’ve been meaning to make this headband for a little while. Glad I finally got round to it, and it really was very quick, once I worked out some interesting quirks in the pattern.

I’ve enjoyed giving myself to a few different projects after spending quite some time on baby headbands. I don’t have ADD, I just like variety. This is a great pattern by PD Designs. I got it a bit wrong in the beginning, but reading through some of the comments at the bottom helped me get it right. My yarn is the last of a ball I got from Mongolia and is an Egyptian cotton / milk fibre blend in grey and white. Made up with a 6mm hook.

It has a great texture, is nice and stretchy and very warm, although not too warm for summery days when you just want protection from the wind. Nice idea for Christmas gifts too.