Dolly Blanket

Dolly blanket 1

bobble flower square

Dolly Square

Dolly blanket 2

I just thought I’d give you a quick glimpse of the project I finished a week or so ago. As usual the colours are kind of unusual – greys, blues, mauve, cream and mustard, but I’m really pleased with the end result. Aren’t the bobble squares cute? I can’t wait to give it to the recipient.

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Two Fried Eggs: Tutorial

Fried Egg Nipple Tassels

It’s been a little while since my last post. I apologise. I had a little operation and, to be frank, my mind has been occupied with other things. Anyway, a few weeks back I promised to post a tutorial for these cheeky little beauties – so here it is. These fried egg tassels are really easy to make and perfect to wear whilst serving Sunday morning brunch. I must say though that cooking in them probably constitutes a major fire hazard – Never dangle your nipple tassels over an open flame.

Please note: The tension in the photographed sample is a little loose so that the stitches are nice and clear,  for better results keep your tension nice and tight.

You will need: 1, 3.50mm hook

DK yarn in two colours, white and yellow.

1. With yellow yarn ch3, join with ss to form a ring.

2. Ch2, (1dc, ch1) x 7, join with ss in top of ch2 to form a circle.

Fried Egg in progress: round 2

3. Ch2, 1dc in ch1 space, ch1, (2dc in ch1 space, ch1 all the way around, ss in top of ch2 to form a circle.

Fried Egg in progress: round 3

4. Join white, ch2, *1dc in ch, ch1, skip next ch* all the way round, ss in top of ch2 to form a circle. This should make the yolk appear slightly convex. Turn work inside out.

Fried Egg in progress: round 4

Fried Egg in progress: yolk

5. Ch2, dc1 in same space, ch1, *2dc in next space, ch1* repeat all the way round, ss in top of ch2 to form a circle.

Fried Egg in progress: round 5

6. To make the shape less uniform, and more egg-like: (in ch) slip 5, ch2, 3dc, ch2, slip 5, ch2, 5dc, ch2, slip 7, ch2, 5dc, ch2, slip 4 (or to end of round) ss in first slipped st.

Fried Egg in progress: round 6

7. Ch1, sc all the way round and join with ss to form a circle.

Fried Egg in progress: round 7

Stitch ends in with a large needle, and attach tassel. A shop bought tassel is perfect if you can find one, or, if you fancy it – you could make your own. Eastbourne is strangely short of burlesque-friendly haberdasheries, so I’ve been forced to make my own. A tutorial for these will follow shortly.

Tutorial: Dem Bones, The Day of The Dead Skull Square

Here is the pattern for the skull square in my Day of the Dead Blanket (see archive for more on that beauty). I used nasty neon DK for my blanket, but any highly contrasting colours would work just as well. You could probably use this pattern to make some decorative Halloween bunting if you were so inclined.  Hmmmn, there’s an idea!

These squares employ a kind of Fair Isle technique I guess, in that you are working more than one colour, and so need to carry the colours you are not using with you as you crochet, twisting them behind the stitch so you are ready to pick them up at any time. This can seem a little complicated at first, but just as with most of these things, you’ll soon get the hang of it. Once you’ve made one of these skull squares you’ll be able to make as many as you like.  They are a bit addictive.

You will need: 1, 3.50mm crochet hook, DK in 3 contrasting colours

Colour 1 (colour of skull)

Colour 2 (colour of eyes, nose and mouth)

Colour 3 (background)

Pattern

1. Colour 1, chain 4 and join with ss to form a ring,

Ch2, 2 dc in ring, ch1, (3 dc in ring, ch1) x2, join colour 2, 3 dc in ring, ch 1, bring colour 1 forward, join with ss to form a round.

2. Ch2, 2dc in corner, ch1, bring colour 2 forward, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, bring colour 1 forward 3dc in corner space, ch1, bring colour 2 forward 3dc in same corner space, ch1, 3dc in last corner ss to join and form a round.

3. Bring colour 1 forward, ch2, 2dc in corner, ch1, 3dc in same corner, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, bring colour 2 forward (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner,  bring colour 1 forward, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, bring colour 2 forward, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, bring colour 1 forward, 3dc in next gap, ch1, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in corner space, ch1, 3 dc in next space, ch1, join with ss in top of chain to form a round. Cast off.

4. With colour 1, 1sc in 1st gap following the bottom right corner, ch2, 2dc in gap, 1ch, 3dc in next gap, ch1, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap,ch1,  (3dc, ch1,3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in  next gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, join colour 3, 3dc in corner, ch1, join colour 2, 3dc in same corner space, ch 1, 3 dc in next gap, ch1, 3 dc in next gap, ch1, 3dc in next corner space, ch1, bring colour 3 forward, 3dc in same corner space,  ch1, join with ss to form a round. Cast off. (you’re now only working with colours 1 and 3.

5. With colour 1 sc in central gap on right hand side, ch2, 2dc in same space, 1ch, 3dc in next space, ch1, (3dc, 1ch, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, (3dc, 1ch, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space,  ch1, join colour 3, 3dc in next space, ch1, (3dc, 1ch, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, bring colour 1 forward, 3dc in next space,  ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, bring colour 3 forward, (3dc, 1ch, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in next space, join with ss to form round.

6. Ch2, 2dc in gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, (3dc, 1ch, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1,bring colour 1 forward, 3dc in next gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, bring colour 3 forward, (3dc, 1ch, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner space, bring colour 1 forward, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, bring colour 3 forward, 3dc in next space, ch1, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, join with ss in top of ch2, cast off. Hide ends with bodkin.