Chain Reaction Necklace Scarf…

Here is a quick pattern for a necklace scarf.

A simple but stunning item that you can make if you are new to crochet, or have an odd 50g ball of chunky yarn that your not sure what to do with, or if you need to hand make a present emergency style!

Yep, this beauty takes about an hour to make at most and the pattern (if you can call it that!) is just below. 

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You will need  50g of chunky yarn and a large hook. I used

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So you have probably guessed it….begin making chains and don’t stop until  you have about 50cms of yarn  left. 

Randomly tie the first part of a bow to form a loose knot in your chains at random sections down its length.

Chain reaction necklace scarf
Chain reaction necklace scarf

 

Now join with a slip stitch into the very first chain to make an enormous loop. 

It may be a good idea to secure the stitch with a stitch marker or safety pin so that your chains do not unravel during the next part.

Now find something to put your enormous loop of chains around… I used the stair post at the bottom of the stairs. 

Start to make the loop smaller by crossing over the chains and hooking back over the post…or whatever you are using.  Repeat the process until you have a handful of loops; that  when placed around your neck fall just at the top of your tummy. 

Next, you need to secure your loops together.  To do this

remove the stitch marker / safety pin and reinsert your hook.

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Pull the loop onto your hook to make the yarn looser.  Now complete a giant double crochet (single crochet – American terms)… to do this take your hook under the handful of looped chains, yarn round hook and pull through, yarn round hook and pull through 2 loops on hook.  Repeat x 9 more times.  Fasten off and weave in any loose ends. 

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Told you it hooked up quick!

xxxxx

 

Blocking…

Day 27 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

and we are almost at the end now. 

The theme for today is ‘blocking’.  

pinning to block...
pinning to block…

Not my favourite part of the process, but certainly worthwhile.  These are my robin nest squares in the blocking phase.

xxxxx

Library…

Day 21 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

and it’s still not too late join in. 

The theme for today is ‘library!’.

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This isn’t my library… but probably the world’s smallest library ever, in a phone box!

You can read all about my visit here. 

I made these cute little flower bookmarks and left them as a present.

xxxxx

Handmade home…

Day 20 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

and it’s still not too late join in. 

The theme for today is ‘handmade home’.

Hot love waterbottle cover
Hot love water bottle cover

I love this hot water bottle cover and it’s an easy hook too…

a warm yarny cuddle guaranteed!

xxxxx

Stripes

Day 7 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

it’s not too late join in. 

Theme for today is….

Stripes.

Granny Mabel Tea Cosy...
Granny Mabel Tea Cosy…

This is my Granny Mabel Tea Cosy, click the link for the free pattern. 

I’ve chosen this tea cosy for stripes day, as these slim, pretty stripes sit amongst delicate lace, topped by an array of buttons. 

This tea cosy makes me happy everyday.

xxxxx

 

 

A yarny little heart…free pattern.

My hands have been yearning to hook in the evenings lately; but the projects I have on the go at the moment (which have to remain secret at least until after Christmas) are rather more intricate than I dare attempt at such an hour where I am prone to the odd gin and tonic or two as well as a little snooze. 

So whilst creating numerous chains the other evening…see here .  I found myself hooking up a yarny little heart with not a care of the process noted down at all. 

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Fast forward a couple of evenings later when the nest was still and quiet, I found myself unable to sleep, thinking of creative yarny possibilities and my yarny little heart began to trouble me. 

So, I found myself unpicking my heart and writing down the pattern and my world was well again. 

So here is my pattern for a ‘yarny little heart’.

This little heart is a great stash busting hook up as it only requires scraps.

You will need:

scraps of double knit (dk) yarn,

4mmhook,

darning needle to weave in the ends. 

Abbreviations used UK terminology (American terminology in brackets)

Ch – chain,         

slst – slip stitch,           

dc – double crochet (single crochet)               

htr – half treble (half double crochet)

tr – treble (double crochet)              

dtr – double treble crochet ( treble )

wp_20161028_13_32_11_proBegin by chaining 2 (ch2),

slst into first ch to form a tiny ring.

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Ch 1 (counts as a dc), place hook inside of ring

wp_20161028_13_34_08_proand make x9 more dc in ring (10dc in total counting beginning ch). 

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Turn back over.

Row 2:

Ch 2 (counts as a dc,ch1),

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*dc, ch1 in next st*

repeat from * – * in each stitch around.

Slst  in 1st ch

(10dc and 10 ch spaces)

wp_20161028_13_46_37_proRow 3:

Ch4 (counts as a dtr), 1dtr in the next 3 sts,

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1tr in next 4sts,

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1htr in next st, dc in next st,

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ch3,

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dc in next st, 1htr in next st,

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1tr in next 4 sts,

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1dtr in next 4 sts, slst in to ch1 of beginning ch4.

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Row 4: ch4 (counts as a dtr),

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work x3dtr in side sts of ch4 of previous row

wp_20161028_14_01_21_pro1tr in next 3 sts, 1htr into the next st, 1dc in next 4sts,

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1dtr in next 4sts,

slst in to  the cleavage of the heart (i’m sure there is a proper name for that…just not sure what it is!!) But if you don’t understand I mean just here

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Fasten off to finish and weave in ends. 

Repeat until your hearts content

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xxxxx

The Grandma Mary Tea Cosy

captureIntroducing the ‘Grandma Mary’ tea cosy…the first in the Grandma Collection

wp_20161002_11_45_37_proDedicated to my Grandma Mary who was a truly inspirational woman.  Born in October 1916 and christened Vera Mary, she grew up in England in the West Midlands and trained as a primary school teacher.  I was privileged to have had her in my life for 34 years before she left this world at the grand old age of 94.  Granny Mary played a huge part in nurturing my creativity as a little girl, teaching me how to make pompoms and to French knit  using a wooden cotton reel and some nails that my Grandad would have made.  She was a gentle and patient woman, who always had a smile and a piece of chocolate.  I once asked her what the best invention of her life time had been and without hesitation she quipped…’washing up liquid!’ 

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Granny Mary worked hard, but always took time to make things pretty… whether that was pansies in the garden, geraniums in the porch, sugar on a peeled apple, a pretty apron whilst doing the housework or a tea cosy for the teapot.   

Prettiness was important because it was the way she cared for people  and her care was a true blessing. 

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So this cosy had to be pretty, in colours that evoke memories of her and of course had to be covered in flowers.

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  The beads at the bottom of the cosy actually belonged to her.  I  have a bag of broken plastic beads that she gave me – she never threw anything away! 

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I am honoured to put them to good use…I think she would be really very pleased with their new use.

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So that is the Grandma Mary tea cosy in all of its glory, here is the pattern linky thing.

xxxxx

A Yarny Giveaway…

Yes, that’s right I’m having a little yarny giveaway here at the Nest.  The purpose for such frivolity I hear you ask?

Well, it is a belated celebration of my 2 year blogging anniversary; which was actually back in June.  Whilst I was aware this occasion had come and gone, life was a little too hectic to mark the occasion.  So, I parked the celebration temporarily and am now ready with a little yarny give-a-way.

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This year has been frantic and I want to thank  all of my regular readers for being patient with me along this journey and for all of your cheering on! It has really helped me and if you’re relatively new around here consider it a welcome. 

So before I get to the give-a-way, I thought I would just highlight some of my favourite posts from the last 12 months.

 100 patch granny
100 patch granny

The 100 patch granny blanket…

blog post here

joining tutorial here

wpid-dsc_0621.jpgA hooky bake off

WP_20160127_09_29_27_SmartThe world’s smallest library

wp_20160217_21_40_10_proA yarny little leaf pattern

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Robins nest square pattern

I love a little look back, don’t you?

So Give-a-way time…cue the party poppers!!! It’s easy to enter and is open to all.  The prize to covet is this…

WP_20160729_19_28_04_ProA gorgeous hank of beautifully soft baby alpaca wool in Lichen by Louisa Harding; which has an added touch of sparkle with a fine gold metallic thread. 

glorious alpaca yarn
glorious alpaca yarn

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alpaca yarn

This yarn is gorgeous, I hooked with it a while ago…remember?

lightweight glamour...
lightweight glamour…

So the entry rules are simple.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment below.  If you are reading this on facebook then like the page and leave a comment also.  Simples!  Closing date for entries is 22nd August 2016.

xxxxx

Little Leaf pattern

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‘A yarny little leaf’ designed by Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin.wordpress.com….February 2016

On a very wet afternoon,  just the other day, I began to hook up some little leaves.  Simple I thought, no pattern required.

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After a couple of tweaks here and there, this is what my trusty hook had produced.  I think they are rather sweet, so I thought I would share this little leaf pattern with you.  To download a pdf version just click here, or full instructions can be found below.

 

 

Little Leaf Pattern.

I used drops cotton dk and a 3.5mm hook.  All instructions are using English terminology.

Slst – slip stitch  

st – stitch

ch – chain  

dc  – double crochet  

htr – half treble  

tr – treble  

dtr – double treble

 

Central Vein

Ch8, slst into 2nd ch from hook, then slst into each remaining 6ch and fasten off.

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Leaf Body

Join chosen colour thread to 1st st at bottom of leaf vein.  Ch1, dc in next st, htr in next st, tr in next st, 2dtr in next st, tr in next st, htr in next st, dc in same st (you should now be at the top of the vein).  

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 ch3, dc in same st, htr in same st.  

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You now need to reverse the pattern down the other side of the leaf.   This time working in the back loops only. 

So, tr in next st, 2dtr in next st, tr in next st, htr in next st, dc in next st, slst in next st.  Fasten off to finish and weave in ends.

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Happy little leaf hooking

xxxxx

‘A yarny little leaf’ designed by Nicola Florence @ ayarnyrobin.wordpress.com….February 2016.