Monday, 13 October 2014

Free crochet pattern - Friendly Ghost!


Is this not the cutest little guy ever? I whipped this pattern up last night while I was thinking of what to do with my extra white yarn, and I thought I'd share it! Honestly, this is less of a pattern and more of a guide, since it's all very loose instruction - but it's such a simple make, I promise you won't get too confused! My finished ghost is 7cm across (minus the shells) and 9cm high.

Materials:
Yarn: White DK yarn, scraps of Black DK yarn
Hook: 3.75mm
Yarn needle
Handful of stuffing

Abbreviations:
sc: single crochet
ch: chain
2 sc in next sc: increase
* *: repeat step
F/O: fasten off

Special stitches:
Shell: skip 2sc, *dc in next sc*, repeat 6 times for 7 dc in sc total, skip 2sc, sc in next sc

Body (worked top down):
This pattern is worked in joined rounds.
1. ch 5, join
2. 2 sc in each sc around
3. *2 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc*, repeat around
4. *sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat around
5. *sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat around
6. *sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat around
7. *sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat around
8. *sc 5, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat around
(This is as wide as I wanted mine to be, if you want yours wider keep making increase rows.)
9-25(?). sc around
(How many rows you do here depends on how tall you want it to be. I don't remember how many I did; I just kept crocheting until it was about 9cm high!)
26. *shell*, repeat around
F/O, weave in end.




Bottom:
This pattern is worked in joined rounds.
1. ch 5, join
2. 2 sc in each sc around
3. *2 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc*, repeat around
4. *sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat around
5. *sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat around
6. *sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat around
7. *sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat around
8. *sc 5, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat around
F/O, leave a long end

Assembly/decoration:
1. Using a yarn needle and the black scraps, stitch on two eyes and a mouth of your choosing - I went for a happy ghost.
2. Using the long end, sew the bottom piece to the bottom of the body not on the shells, but on the row before you started the shells. Sew until a small hole remains.
3. Stuff the ghost to however full you prefer, then finish sewing the bottom to the body.

That's it! So easy, right? If you make a little ghost friend I'd love to see it!

This pattern is an original pattern by Emily at Fawn and Peach (2014). Please do not claim this pattern as your own or sell it. Feel free to link to it as much as you want, but do not distribute it as your own. If you wish to sell items made from this pattern please let me know, thank you!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Some Etsy finds

Seeing how I spent a not-inconsiderable amount of my time on Etsy re-listing items, updating order statuses, or checking my shop activity, whenever I'm on there for business I like to have a bit of a browse. Partially for present ideas, partially just in case I suddenly come into an unlimited supply of spare income to buy myself all sorts of bits and bobs, you know... here are a few things that have caught my eye recently!










What do you think about my picks? Has anything caught your eye on Etsy lately? I'd love to see!


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Some recent embroideries

Hello everyone! I told you exciting things were happening, didn't I? What could be more exciting than embroidery?

Embroidered bee


I've started my new course, and while my schedule isn't very full, it's very intense. Lectures or tutorials all week in a brand new subject, and meeting and chatting with people every day! The courses are fascinating and the people are excellent, but it's quite the transition for me to go from spending most of my time with Allan, or alone. Combined with a few miles of walking to and from the University and my nightly pilates, I'm ending up pretty exhausted by the end of the day.

Bless our house and its heart so savage

I've still had time to do some embroidery, of course. Nothing helps me relax at the end of the day like sitting down with a big cup of tea, an episode of the Great British Bake Off, and some crafting. I've been crocheting like mad too, more of the Maybelle flowers shown in the last entry; I've just started finishing these into squares to join together. I've also recently bought some tiny beads, and I've been doing some experimenting with beaded embroidery. I've got down the basic technique, but I'm feeling very uninspired with how to use these little gems!

Gradient of dots

One more exciting thing to mention - I ordered business cards! They'll be coming in the next few days, and I'm so excited to show them to you all! Just like someone with a real job, eh? Talk to you again soon!