Free pattern – Night watch owl wall hanging UK Terms

You can find the pattern is US terms here

 

 

(Photo is taken hung on already existing hooks, I looks better when the top strip is spread out properly 🙂

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Materials:

5.00 mm hook

4.5 mm needles OR 4.5 mm hook

Dk yarn:

Less than 100 grams of dark purple

Less than 50 grams of red, blue and yellow

A small amount of black for sewing on the eyes.

9 beads to add weight to your motif chains.

6 small white buttons

Darning  needle

In Dark purple, co 13 stitches. Knit in garter (knit every stitch) till it reaches 60 cms and finish off.

You could also crochet this strip instead, I just like to have some mindless knitting for when I am reading.

For a crocheted strip take a 4.5 mm hook and with the purple yarn chain 11.

R1 dc in second loop from the hook and dc across. (10 stitches)

Continue in dc until the strip reaches 60 cms and finish off.

Slip stitch into one corner of your strip and make a chain 70 cms long and finish it off, tying on one of your beads.

Along the same edge, leave approx 6.5 cms then slip stitch into the fabric again, this time making your chain 35 cms long. Finish off and add a bead.

Continue in this fashion until you have 9 chains, with the last one being made in the opposite corner to the one you started with.

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Now make your motifs.

Little star motif – make 3 blue, 2 red and 2 yellow.

Ch 3 join

R1 Dc 5 into ring

R2 Dc tr dc in each st around (15 st)

R3 Dc 2tr dc in each tr, sl st in each  dc around, finish.

Moon motif -make 3

4.5 mm hook

3 dc into Magic loop pull tight.

R1 ch 1 2 dc in each stitch (6 stitches)

R2 ch 1 3 dc in first st, dc across, 3 dc in last st

R3 ch 1 3 dc in first st, dc across, 3 dc in last st

R4 3 dc in first st, dc across, 3 dc in last st

R5 ch1, dc to end, finish off.

Large moon – make 1

Follow the pattern for the cresent moon,

But do row 4 3 times before doing row 5.

Owl motif – make 2 with blue bellies and red bodies, and one  with a red belly and a blue body.

Ch 2

R1 Dc 6 into 2nd loop (place a stitch marker in the 8th stitch, and keep putting it in the last stitch of the round, every round.)

R2 Dc in each  st

Join new colour

R3 Dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (18 stitches)

R4 Dc in next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch repeat around  (24 stitches)

R5 Dc 6 from marker ch1 turn

R6 dc, tr, sl, sl, tr, dc ch1 turn

R7 Tr, tr, dc, dc, tr tr finish

Sew on buttons for eyes and embroider a triangle for nose

After sewing in all of you ends, sew your motifs to the chains. You can follow my placement, or come up with your own.

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As you can tell, I have no future in the digital design field haha, but this gives you an idea of where I have placed the motifs.

Happy crafting 🙂

DIY blocking board.

With the amount of squares I have been making lately, and with how warped they have been looking I decided that I needed to start blocking them.

Usually I use a sheet on the floor to block, but that means I have to take up floor space in miss 8’s bedroom, and buying blocking kits are expensive so I decided to make my own.

All it cost me was $6, the price of the tape.

Materials:

A strong cardboard box

Waterproof cloth tape

And some cotton material (I used an old cot sheet)

First trim your cardboard to the size you want your blocking board to be. Don’t worry about  folds in the cardboard, it will be sitting flat while you are using it anyway, and you can reinforce the back if you want to.

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Next seal off all of the sides with your tape. Now Place strips from top to bottom, slightly overlapping until all of one side is completely covered in tape.

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So now this side of the cardboard is waterproof, and should be protected from the moisture while we are blocking. But it doesn’t look so pretty, and needs a little something to protect it from the heat of the iron. (If you block using steam) At this point you can tape another piece of cardboard to the back if you think it is too thin, or needs some reinforcing.

So cut a piece of fabric so that it has approx 3 – 4 inches of overhang on each side. Pull it nice and taut, taping it down on the side that still has cardboard exposed.

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And here is the front:

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And now you are ready to block your pieces!

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Here are some of my ‘In a spin’ squares blocking.

 

NB your pins will get a little sticky from the glue on the tape. This is fine for blocking, but I wouldn’t go using your good sewing pins or something of the like with his board.

Happy crafting 🙂

Finished object – and a free pattern! (mostly) Knitted crochet hook holder.

Materials:

5.5 mm knitting neddles

4.5 mm knitting needles

Dk yarn [8 ply in Australia] (You can use as many or as few  colours as you like.)

4.5 crochet hook. ( I used a 4mm hook because I crochet loosely.)

In colour A using 5.5 needles co 51 stitches.

Switch to 4.5 mm needles.

Knit  4 rows

Change colour, Each time you change colour you need to keep the second tail from each colour nice and long, as this is what you will use to sew the pockets for your hooks.

knit 4 rows

Change colour

Each 4 row stripe will hold one hook, so keep going in pattern until you have the amount of stripes you need to hold your hooks. I went with 24 so I have some spares.

Weave  in your short ends, And you piece should look like this (ws):

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Dc (USsc) across the edge where your long ends are, being careful to make sure they are on the wrong side of the fabric.

Fold your case so that two thirds are resting against each other, and one third is free. Using a contrasting colour  and starting at the fold dc around the edges (US sc) crocheting the edges together where applicable.

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So the section marked purple you are just crocheting along, but the section marked in pink you are dc’ing the two edges together.

Now use your long ends and sew a line between the ridges of your garter stitch, between the colours (see the pink stitches).  I used running stitch, here is a link if you are new to sewing.  http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa040905.htm

Weave in your ends, and dc (USsc) across the bottom edge. Using the contrast yarn, join new yarn in the middle of the side and chain stitch aprox 20 cm. Do the same on the other side. Weave in all your remaining loose ends.

And you’re finished! You can use it folded in half to make a case like this:

Or as a hook roll, like this: