Chloe Sunhat – Pattern give away.

I am very excited as I have finished my first official crochet pattern for a hat I designed. But before I finalize everything I want to have people test the pattern out to make sure it works, it fits and that the pattern is easy to read.

I am looking for two testers for every size. I think the level would be advance beginner ( will see what the testers think!). It involves reading a written pattern (no graph) and the following stitches: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc) and slip stitch. The smaller sizes can be done in an evening, the adult hats took me two (about 4 hours)

So how can you be involved?

To be involved you need to

1. go to the Dancing Daffodils FaceBook page and like (if you haven't already). Then comment on this post specifying what size you would like to test. If you are not on Facebook (and don't want to sign up), then all you have to do is subscribe to Dancing Daffodils and comment on the post below.

2. You will need 8ply cotton yarn (or cotton/acrylic blend), 4.00mm ( ) and 3.5mm (  – however this is optional and only needed for 2 rows at the brim). You will need 50g of yarn for the preemie to toddle hats, and 100g for the child to adult hat (the large adult hat may need 150g depending on how many meters the ball has)

3. You need to complete the hat within the next 2 weeks and be able to try it on to check for size (so make sure you have someone who can try it on when you specify size!!!).

4. You then need to email me and let me know how it went, and if possible a picture so I can see your wonderful work (full details will be sent in the email)

5. As a thank you will receive a finalized copy of the pattern you tested for free!

sizes options:

Preemie = head circumference – 32cm (12 1/2 inches)

Newborn = head circumference – 35cm (13 1/2 inches)

3-6months = head circumference – 40cm (15 1/2 inches)

6-12months = head circumference – 44cm (17 inches)

Toddler = head circumference – 48cm (18 1/2 inches)

Preschooler = head circumference – 50cm (19 1/2 inches)

Child =  head circumference – 53cm (21 inches)

Teen/small adult = head circumference – 56cm (22 inches)

Large Adult = head circumference – 59cm (23 1/2 inches)

 

Granny Square Crochet Square – Centre Flower Square

This spring I had the opportunity to be involved in a granny square Crochet swap. Each person made 37 x 6 inch squares. We could pick any colour or pattern as long as it represented spring for us. We then sent it into the coordinator who is in the process of sorting through the suqares and distributing them back to us.

Originally we had 36 people in the group so we would get 36 different squares back. The last squares was being used to make a blanket to donate to charity. I should be receiving the squares back this week. I am really excited about about seeing the variety of squares that people send back and how they interpret spring.

I think the hardest part of the project was deciding which square to do. I needed something that won't take too long to make but was bright and cheerful. I didn't want to do the traditional granny square as we had quite a few beinngers in the group and they were doing this. I also wanted to create a new design. So this is what I created. It was really easy to make and only took about 20minutes for each square.

 

Requirements:

small amount of 8ply yarn/wool in two different colours (overall it took about 80g of yellow and 250g of pink\ to make the 37 squares)

4.0mm crochet hook

 

This pattern is worked in one directions so do not turn.

 

Pattern:

with centre colour (yellow)

row 1: 12 sc into magic ring (alternatively chain 6 and sl st into first ch, 12 sc into ring), sl st into first sc

row 2: *ch 15, sl st into next sc*, repeat around for each sc, sl st into first sl st. Fasten off (make sure you don't twist the chain

row 3: using outer colour (pink), attach to centre of any 15 ch space using a sc, ch 4, sc into  next 15 ch space, ch 4, * 2DC into next 15ch sp, ch 4, 2DC into same 15ch sp, ch 4, sc into next 15 ch space, ch 4, sc into next 15ch space *, repeat * three (3) times, however on the last sc, sl st into first sc.

row 4: ch 1, sc into space, ch 2, 2 DC into same space, ch 4, * DC into next sp, ch 4, 3DC into next space, ch 4, 3DC into same space, ch 4, DC into next space, 3DC in next space, ch 4*, repeat * twice, DC into next sp, ch 4, 3DC into next space, ch 4, 3DC into same space, ch 4, DC into next space, ch 4, sl st into top ch

row 5: sl st into next DC, 5DC into space, sl st into DC, 5DC into space, sk DC, sl st into DC, sk DC, * 8DC into corner space, sk DC, sl st into DC, sk DC, 5DC into space, sl st into DC, 5DCinto space, sk DC, sl st into DC, sk DC, 5DC into space, sl st into DC, 5DC into space, sk DC, sl st into DC, sk DC * repeat *  twice (2) (edges), 8 DC into corner space, sk DC, sl st into DC, sk DC, 5Dc into space, sl st in DC, 5DC into space, sl st into first sl st. Fasten off.

The square becomes very bunched up when being crochet so give it a good stretch out in all directions (even a warm iron can help). Weave in the ends.

Finshed!

 

At first I know tha pattern seems really confusin, but after one or two squares you get the hang of it . I actually made all the centre pieces first then did the outer section. Saved me changing yarn every 10minutes.

When I ge the rest of the squares back I'll show you what I plan to do with the blanket.

 

Ahchoo – time to bring back the hankies

For many of you out there there is one down side to spring…. Hayfever. And following after a long wet winter with lots of colds tissues have been in abundance in this household.

A few weeks ago both Rapunzel and Minnie both had yet another cold. Rapunzel's nose was very red and sore from wiping it so much. We just happen to run out of tissues, so we raided hubby's drawers to find a hanky. Later that day Rapunzel asked "mummy can I please just use daddy's hankies? They are nice and soft and don't make my nose hurt."

So that got me thinking…. what are tissues made out of? when it comes down to it wood and chemicals (yes even those really expensive soft ones). So no wonder why after using them all day long we get a red and sore nose. And then the cost and waste of all those tissues.  Surely nice soft cotton fabric is much nicer use (and cheaper).

But finding hankies for kids is not an easy task. I searched the shops and couldn't find anything besides big men's ones that just don't fit in the girls little pockets. So I went home and made some…. that's right I made them and it certainly isn't hard.

I know some people think that hankies a gross because you don't throw those germs in the bin. But instead of throwing them in the bin you throw them straight into the laundry basket ready for your next wash. Easy – germs are gone.

So just how do you make them… it is so very easy.

Supplies
  • 100% cotton fabric (poplin, homespun, any cotton fabric really)

     

     

     

    • for extra soft and very absorbent hankies try flanelette or bamboo cotton
  • sewing machine, overlocker or pinking shears (zigzag fabric scissors)
  • scissors or rotary cutter
  • ruler
  • cutting mat or flat surface
  • cotton thread.
Instuctions:
Overlocker Method:

     1. Wash and dry fabric espcially if it is new.

     2. Lay fabric out on a flat surface and cut 28cm (11 inch) squares

          I use a roatry cutter and square ruler to make it rally quick and easy, but drawing lines on the back of the fabric and cutting out with scissors works fine.

    4. Overlock around each edge using a narrow rolled edge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     for my overlocker the settings are as follows:

  • three threads not four
  • stitch width: 1
  • stitch length: 1.25
  • differential: N

5. Trim excess threads and iron flat

6. Repeat with all others…. And now you have your very own hankies.

 

Alternative Methods:

If you don't have an overlock here are a few other options.

– using a zigzag stithc sew around each edge of the square

– fold over a 5mm (1/4inch) hem and iront flat. Straight stitch around the edge

– using pinking shears cut along each edge of the square (no sewing needed here but probably wont last as long)

 

I made about 40 hankies in 2hours. So far this has been enough for us, but am going to probably double our stash so that when we get the sniffles there are plenty of hankies in stick.

What is even better you can make hankies for every occasion. Bright funky patterns for the kids and elegant and sophisticated white and cream ones for that special occasion or for work. If you are really creative you might even embroider them.

 

If you would like some made but don't have the time just contact me.

 

 

Spring is here!!!

I just love this time of year! The sun is finally shining after lots of rain through winter. The weather starts to warm up (not that we found it particularly cold here in Sydney this year). The days are bright and cheery. Everywhere you look there are beautiful flowers blooming, birds chirping, butterflies and insects dancing in the sun. There is something magical happening everywhere if you just take the time to look.

I am really enjoying spring this year. As I focus my attention back to the simple things in life I am just amazed by everything God has created in the wonderful world we live in. How blessed we are to be living in the beautiful country Australia. It is just so relaxing. I just love taking the girls out for a walk in the sunshine. It is amazing how many little creatures you can come across on a simple 1km walk to swimming lessons. We are loving being able to spend time outside.

Have you ever taken the time to watch a 2 year old explore the garden after winter? To them it is like everything is new. They don’t remember spring from the year before. So that little gecko scurrying under a rock, that flower bloom in the bush, the little red lady beetle sitting on the leaf is exciting. They can spend hours just watching in awe as the ants move through the garden carrying a leaf on their back; race around the garden following that tiny gecko as it runs for shelter under a rock; picking all the dandelions and blowing them in the wind.

And then to a 5 year there are millions of questions about how the flowers grow, why the gecko is trying to hide, how does the spider spin the web. Then they stand amazed as they contemplate these wonders.

So I encourage you all to take the time to step outside and enjoy all the God has to offer this spring. Take the time to explore the garden like a 2 year old and see everything like it is new again – or borrow a 2 year old and let them show you. It is amazing just how much my girls have shown already this spring. It is amazing how these simple things in the garden can give you a new appreciation for what God created.

And you will be surprised as to just how relaxing it is.