Free pattern – Sunrise owl coaster US terms

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UK terms can be found here

 

5mm hook (I crochet quite loosely so you may want to go up a size or 2)

 

8 ply yarn in yellow orange red, and a little black for the eyes

 

2 white buttons

 

In colour A ch 2. Into 2nd chain from hook, sc 6 times.

 

Now you are going to crochet in a spiral, so I recommend putting a stitch marker in your last stitch every round to help you keep count.

 

Round 1 – 2 sc in each st around (12 stitches)

 

Round 2 – 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next st, repeat around (18 stitches)

 

Change to colour b

 

Round 3 – 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches repeat around (24 stitches)

 

Round 4 –  2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 3 stitches, repeat around (30 stitches)

 

Round 5 – 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 4 stitches, repeat around (36 stitches)

 

Change to colour c

 

Round 6- 2 sc into next st, sc into next 5 stitches, repeat around (42 stitches)

Round 7 – 2 sc into next st, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat around (48 stitches)

 

Row 8 – slip st into next st ch 2 (counts as first hdc) Hdc in next 9 st, ch 1 and turn.

 

Row 7 hdc in all 9 stitches, and hdc in the second ch of your first ch. Break yarn and finish off

 

Turn work, and join yarn with a  slip stitch into the 6th stitch hdc in next st, then dc in next 3 stitches. Break yarn and finish off.

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Turn work and join yarn with a slip stitch into the hdc next to the one you joined your yarn into on the last round. Hdc in next stitch, then dc in next 3 stitches,  break yarn and finish off. This will give you nice pointy ears.

 

Darn in all of your ends, then sew your button on with the black yarn. Embroider a beak with orange yarn, and you’re done!

I recommend blocking to get rid of the slight octagon shape formed by your increases 🙂

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Free pattern – Sunrise owl coaster UK terms

I am part of a Pay It Forward crafting group this year. Basically you pledge to send a handmade gift to the first 5 people who comment on your post. They in turn make the pledge, and send to the first 5 people on their list. I made a folded paper crane garland for one recipient on my list who loves birds, but wanted to add a little something more, and so the sunrise owl coaster was born.

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You can find the pattern in US terms here:

 

5mm hook  ( I am a pretty loose crocheter so you may want to go up a size or 2)

8 ply yarn in orange, red and yellow, plus a small bit if black for the eyes.

2 white buttons for eyes

In colour A ch 2. Into 2nd chain from hook, dc 6 times.

Now you are going to crochet in a spiral, so I recommend putting a stitch marker in your last stitch every round to help you keep count.

Round 1 – 2 dc in each st around (12 stitches)

Round 2 – 2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next st, repeat around (18 stitches)

Change to colour b

Round 3 – 2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 2 stitches repeat around (24 stitches)

Round 4 –  2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 3 stitches, repeat around (30 stitches)

Round 5 – 2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 4 stitches, repeat around (36 stitches)

Change to colour c

Round 6- 2 dc into next st, dc into next 5 stitches, repeat around (42 stitches)

Round 7 – 2 dc into next st, dc in next 6 stitches, repeat around (48 stitches)

Row 8 – slip st into next st ch 2 (counts as first htr) Htr in next 9 st, ch 1 and turn.

Row 7 – htr in all 9 stitches, and htr in the second ch of your first ch. Break yarn and finish off

Turn work, and join yarn with a  slip stitch into the 6th stitch htr in next st, then tr in next 3 stitches. Break yarn and finish off.

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Turn work and join yarn with a slip stitch into the dc next to the one you joined your yarn into on the last round. Htr in next stitch, the tr in next 3 stitches,  break yarn and finish off. This will give you nice pointy ears.

Darn in all of your ends, then sew your button on with the black yarn. Embroider a beak with orange yarn, and you’re done!

I recommend blocking to get rid of the slight octagon shape formed by your increases 🙂

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Kids craft – Paper plate dream catcher

I was looking for something to keep my two year old occupied the other day, and I had a thought. While he is too young to introduce him to knitting or crocheting, he isn’t too young to have a go at some sewing!

 

I was considering making some sewing cards, but then remembered a pic I had seen on pintrest and off we went.

 

Obviously him being 2, I cut his plate, and pre punched the holes for him. Then I gave him some stickers, a large plastic needle with his choice of yarn, and off he went!

 

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Afterwards I tied of his ends and lifted him up so he could hang it in the lounge room. He was so proud of himself! Showing it off to daddy and big sis!

 

You can find the original tutorial that I found on pintrest here : 4 Crazy Kings 

Sweet shells pram blanket, US terms

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Measures 65 cm X 50 cms

Pattern in UK terms can be found here

Colour A dark  brown 100 gram ball 8ply (dk) yarn

Colour B baby pink 100 gram ball 8ply (dk) yarn

Colour C Dark pink 100 gram ball 8ply (dk) yarn

5 mm hook

4.5 mm hook

When changing colours, I simply ran them up the side of the blanket, rather than cutting the yarn and having a lot of ends to deal with at the end. When you add the border it covers up the colour runs on the side 🙂

With colour A and your 5 mm hook ch 56 stitches.

Stitch key

Ch – Chain

Sc – single crochet

Dc – double crochet

Sl st – slip stitch

With colour A and your 5 mm hook ch 56 stitches.

Row 1

sc into the second chain from the hook.  Miss 2 ch, 5dc into next ch, miss 2 ch, sc into next chain. Repeat this across, you will end with a sc in the last chain, turn

Join colour B to the last sc that you did.

Row 2

Ch3 (counts as first dc) dc 2 more times into the same stitch, skip 2 dc, * sc into next dc (the middle dc of the 5 dc) skip 2 dc, 5dc into sc. Repeat from * until you reach the last sc. 3dc in the last sc, turn

Join colour C

Row 3

Ch1, sc into first dc, skip 2 dc, *5 dc into sc ,skip 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip 2 dc repeat from * ending with a sc in the 3rd ch of your starting ch 3, turn

Join colour  A and repeat row 2

Join colour  B  and repeat row 3

Join colour  C and repeat row 2

Join colour  A and repeat row 3

Join colour  B and repeat row 2

Join colour  C and repeat row 3

Join colour  A and repeat row 2

Join colour  B and repeat row 3

Join colour  C and repeat row 2

Join colour  A and repeat row 3

Join colour  B and repeat row 2

Join colour  C and repeat row 3

Join colour  A and repeat row 2

Join colour  B and repeat row 3

Join colour  C and repeat row 2

Join colour  A and repeat row 3

Join colour  B and repeat row 2

Join colour  C and repeat row 3

Join colour  A and repeat row 2

Join colour  B and repeat row 3

Join colour  C and repeat row 2

Join colour  A and repeat row 3

Join colour  B and repeat row 2

Join colour  C and repeat row 3

Join colour  A and repeat row 2

Join colour  B and repeat row 3

Join colour  C and repeat row 2

Join colour  A and repeat row 3

Join colour  B and repeat row 2

Join colour  C and repeat row 3

Join colour  A and repeat row 2

Join colour  B and repeat row 3

Join colour  C and repeat row 2

Join colour  A and repeat row 3

Border:

Use your 4.5 mm hook, or even a 4 mm, this will help stop the border rippling.

Round 1

Don’t turn work Sl st into the gap between your last shell and sc.

Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) 2 dc ch 1 into same space. Along the side of the blanket dc 3 ch 1 into the last dc of a half shell stitch, skipping the scs. 3 dc, ch2 3 dc into the gap made by the first loop of your starting chain.

Along this edge, *3 dc into the same chain that you did your first shell, ch 1 3dc into the chain you put your first sc into ch1* repeat  until you have 3 dc  in your last shell.  3dc, ch2, 3 dc into you ch 3 next to the last shell.

Ch 1, 3dc, ch 1 into your half shells along this edge, again skipping your sc’s.

At the next corner, make your 3dc ch2 3 dc corner into the first sc on the next edge. Ch1 3 dc into the middle dc of the next shell. Continue along 3dc ch1 into each sc and middle dc of your shells. 3 dc ch 2 in the same space you started in, joining you ch2 to the third chain of your ch 3.

Round 2

Turn blanket and sl st into ch 2 space.ch 3, 2 dc ch1 in same space. Go around the whole blanket 3 dc ch1 in each ch 1 space, and 3 dc ch2 3dc ch1 in each ch 2 space. Into the ch2 space you started in, 3 dc, ch2, and join your chain to the third ch of starting ch 3, and finish off.

Round 3

Join colour C into any ch2 space. sc ch 5 sc in chain 2 space, ch3, sc in next ch 1 space ch 3 . So you are going to sc, ch 3 in all of your ch1 spaces around, and sc, ch 5, sc in all of your ch 2 spaces (the corners). Join your last ch 3 to your first sc in ch2 space.

Round 4

Do not turn or break yarn, slip stich into ch 5 space. Chain 3 (counts as first dc) 6dc into same space. sc into sc, 5 dc in next ch 3 space. Continue around, sc’ing in every sc, dc 5 in each ch 3 space, and dc7 in each ch5 space. Finish off by slip stitching into the last sc of previous round. Break yarn and weave in your ends.

Free Pattern – Sweet shells pram blanket UK terms

Pattern is  pram sized. If you wanted to make it larger, just add extra chains to you foundation chain, in lots of 6, and work extra rows.

For the pattern in US terms, click here

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Measures 65 cm X 50cm

Colour A dark  brown 100 gram ball 8ply (dk) yarn

Colour B baby pink 100 gram ball 8ply (dk) yarn

Colour C Dark pink 100 gram ball 8ply (dk) yarn

5 mm hook

4.5 mm hook

Stitch key

Ch – Chain

Dc – double crochet

Tr – treble crochet

Sl st – slip stitch

 

When changing colours, I simply ran them up the side of the blanket, rather than cutting the yarn and having a lot of ends to deal with at the end. When you add the border it covers up the colour runs on the side 🙂

 

With colour A and your 5 mm hook ch 56 stitches.

Row 1

Dc into the second chain from the hook.  Miss 2 ch, 5tr into next ch, miss 2 ch, dc into next chain. Repeat this across, you will end with a dc in the last chain, turn

Join colour B to the last dc that you did.

Row 2

Ch3 (counts as first treble) tr 2 more times into the same stitch, skip 2 tr, * dc into next tr (the middle tr of the 5 tr) skip 2 tr, 5tr into dc. Repeat from * until you reach the last dc. 3tr in the last dc, turn

Join colour C

Row 3

Ch1, dc into first tr, skip 2 tr, *5 tr into dc ,skip 2 tr, dc in next tr, skip 2 tr repeat from * ending with a dc in the 3rd ch of your starting ch 3, turn

Join colour  A and repeat row 2

Join colour  B  and repeat row 3

Join colour  C and repeat row 2

Join colour  A and repeat row 3

Join colour  B and repeat row 2

Join colour  C and repeat row 3

Join colour  A and repeat row 2

Join colour  B and repeat row 3

Join colour  C and repeat row 2

Join colour  A and repeat row 3

Join colour  B and repeat row 2

Join colour  C and repeat row 3

Join colour  A and repeat row 2

Join colour  B and repeat row 3

Join colour  C and repeat row 2

Join colour  A and repeat row 3

Join colour  B and repeat row 2

Join colour  C and repeat row 3

Join colour  A and repeat row 2

Join colour  B and repeat row 3

Join colour  C and repeat row 2

Join colour  A and repeat row 3

Join colour  B and repeat row 2

Join colour  C and repeat row 3

Join colour  A and repeat row 2

Join colour  B and repeat row 3

Join colour  C and repeat row 2

Join colour  A and repeat row 3

Join colour  B and repeat row 2

Join colour  C and repeat row 3

Join colour  A and repeat row 2

Join colour  B and repeat row 3

Join colour  C and repeat row 2

Join colour  A and repeat row 3

Border:

Use your 4.5 mm hook, or even a 4 mm, this will help stop the border rippling.

Round 1

Don’t turn work Sl st into the gap between your last shell and dc.

Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr) 2 tr ch 1 into same space. Along the side of the blanket tr 3 ch 1 into the last tr of a half shell stitch, skipping the dcs. 3 tr, ch2 3 tr into the gap made by the first loop of your starting chain.

Along this edge, *3 tr into the same chain that you did your first shell, ch 1 3tr into the chain you put your first dc into ch1* repeat  until you have 3 tr in your last shell.  3tr, ch2, 3 tr into you ch 3 next to the last shell.

Ch 1, 3tr, ch 1 into your half shells along this edge, again skipping your dc’s.

At the next corner, make your 3tr ch2 3 tr corner into the first dc on the next edge. Ch1 3 tr into the middle tr of the next shell. Continue along 3tr ch1 into each dc and middle tr of your shells. 3 tr ch 2 in the same space you started in, joining you ch2 to the third chain of your ch 3.

Round 2

Turn blanket and sl st into ch 2 space. 2 tr ch1 in same space. Go around the whole blanket 3 tr ch1 in each ch 1 space, and 3 tr ch2 3tr ch1 in each ch 2 space. Into the ch2 space you started in, 3 tr, ch2, and join your chain to the third ch of starting ch 3, and finish off.

Round 3

Join colour C into any ch2 space. Dc ch 5 dc in chain 2 space, ch3, dc in next ch 1 space ch 3 . So you are going to dc, ch 3 in all of your ch1 spaces around, and Dc, ch 5, dc in all of your ch 2 spaces (the corners). Join your last ch 3 to your first dc in ch2 space.

Round 4

Do not turn or break yarn, slip stich into ch 5 space. Chain 3 (counts as first tr) 6tr into same space. Dc into dc, 5 tr in next ch 3 space. Continue around, dc’ing in every dc, Tr 5 in each ch 3 space, and tr7 in each ch5 space. Finish off by slip stitching into the last dc of previous round. Break yarn and weave in your ends.

Free pattern – Crocheted Trauma teddy (Australian red cross) US and UK terms

A question was recently asked in the Krista group: “does anyone have a pattern for a crocheted version of the knitted trauma teddies that the red cross hand out to kids in hospital, ambulances etc.”

After some searching we could not find a pattern, however my daughter owns one of the knitted teddies, and so I decided to create a crochet version.

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And here is the pattern in UK terms.

Made using  8ply acrylic, and a 4mm hook.

All dc rows start with a turning chain (ch1) unless otherwise stated.

IN white, ch 11.

Dc in second ch from hook, dc across (10 stitches)

Dc the next   14 rows, break yarn.

Join the colour you are using for your shorts. Dc across for 5 rows, break yarn and finish off.

Do this again for the other leg, but instead of breaking yarn, dc back across this leg, and dc across the first leg you made to join them.  (20 stitches)

dc across for another  6 rows

Change to shirt colour.

dc across for 10 rows.

Dc 20, ch 9

Turn and dc into the second ch from the hook. Dc into the next 7 ch, dc across your dc’s, and chain 9

Turn work and dc in second ch from hook. Dc in next 7 chains and dc all the way across.

Dc the next 7 rows.

Dc 28, ch1 turn and dc 20.

Join your white yarn, and dc 17 rows, break yarn and finish off.

Make another of these, sew your face, onto one side, then with the pieces together (face side in) Sew around your teddy, leaving the top of his head open.

Turn it out the right way and stuff . whipstitch through the front loops along the top of his head for a nice nearly invisible join. Using white yarn, running stitch a line to form triangle ears on the top corners of his head.

And here it is in US terms

Made using  8ply acrylic, and a 4mm hook.

All sc rows start with a turning chain (ch1) unless otherwise stated.

IN white, ch 11.

sc in second ch from hook, sc across (10 stitches)

sc the next   14 rows, break yarn.

Join the colour you are using for your shorts. sc across for 5 rows, break yarn and finish off.

Do this again for the other leg, but instead of breaking yarn, sc back across this leg, and sc across the first leg you made to join them.  (20 stitches)

sc across for another  6 rows

Change to shirt colour.

sc across for 10 rows.

sc 20, ch 9

Turn and sc into the second ch from the hook. sc into the next 7 ch, dc across your sc’s, and chain 9

Turn work and sc in second ch from hook. sc in next 7 chains and sc all the way across.

sc the next 7 rows.

sc 28, ch1 turn and sc 20.

Join your white yarn, and sc 17 rows, break yarn and finish off.

Make another of these, sew your face, onto one side, then with the pieces together (face side in) Sew around your teddy, leaving the top of his head open.

Turn it out the right way and stuff . whipstitch through the front loops along the top of his head for a nice nearly invisible join. Using white yarn, running stitch a line to form triangle ears on the top corners of his head.

Meat free Monday – Mexican stuffed capsicums

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Mexican stuffed capsicum.

This recipe is enough to stuff 2 to 4 capsicums (or bell peppers if you are in the US) Depending on their size.

Ingredients:

Cous cous

2 Tbs of the mexican spice mix found here

2 spring onions

½ cup of corn kernals

½ cup of chopped green string beans

½ tsp salt

2 to 4 capsicums

½ to 1 cup of grated cheese

 

Cut the top of your capsicum off, angling the knife so that you can put the top back on once you have stuffed it.

Cook 1 cup of the dry cous cous according to the directions on the packet.

Add all of your other ingredients besides the cheese to the cous cous and mix well.

Firmly stuff the capsicums with the cous cous mixture, and sprinkle your cheese on top of the stuffing.

Replace the top of your capsicum, and bake in the oven, or hooded bbq until capsicum is soft, and the skin is blistered.