Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentines heart bunting

Happy valentines day

I have a heart bunting pattern that I've been working on  for a while.
 I've decided to release it as a free pattern today to share a bit of love.
Please note it is written with UK standard abbreviation which are different to US Abbreviation so I've adding a pic of this conversion chart that might help.









Heart bunting
By Liz Ward – Amigurumi barmy
www.lizwardcrochet.com

Skill level: easy
Time:  2-3 hours
Size: 16x15cm
Tension: Tension is not critical for this.

You will need
4mm crochet hook
dk weight yarn in cream, red, blue and pink
(yarn in photo Drops cotton light)
wool and sewing needle
Ribbon

Abbreviations
Sl st –slip stitch
dc – double crochet
htr – half treble crochet
tr – treble st
hdtr – half double treble crochet
dtr – double treble crochet
st/sts – stitch/stitches

Popcorn stitch To work popcorn stitch first work 5 treble crochet stitches into the same stitch. Next take the working loop off the nook. Thread the hook through the top of the first treble stitch in the group. Pick up the working loop and draw back through the first treble stitch. This pulls the tops of the stitches together and give a more textured finish than a traditional bobble stitch.
Crab st – Work this stitch exactly like a double crochet, except that you are working into the stitch to the RIGHT of your hook (not the left). To start the row, chain one and insert hook into the next full stitch to the right. Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook

Heart flags
Make six

Starting with first colour
Rnd 1: Ch 3, work 11 tr in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to join rnd. 12sts *Change to next colour
Rnd 2: starting in any stitch. Ch 2, tr in first st, ch 1, (2tr, ch 1) in each stitch around, sl st to join round. 24sts, 12 ch spaces *Change to next colour
Rnd 3: Starting in any ch space. Ch 3, (popcorn stitch, ch3) in every ch space around, sl st to join round. 12 popcorns, 12 ch spaces *change to cream yarn
Rnd 4: starting in any ch sp, (dc, ch2) in first ch sp, (3dtr, ch2, 3dtr) in next ch sp, (ch1, 3hdtr) in next ch sp , (ch1 3tr) in next three ch sps, (ch1, hdtr, 2dt, ch2, 2dtr, hdtr) in next ch sp, (ch1 3tr) in next three ch sps, (ch1, 3hdtr) in next ch sp, (ch1, 3dtr, ch2, 3dtr) in next ch sp, ch1 sl st to join.
Rnd 5: sl st to next 2ch sp, (ch2, 2tr, ch2, 3tr) in next ch sp, 5tr in next ch sp, (ch1 3tr) in next four ch sps, (ch1, 3tr, 2ch, 3tr) in next ch space, (ch1 3tr) in next four ch sps, 5tr in next ch sp, (ch1, 3tr, 2ch, 3tr) in next ch sp, ch1 dc in next 2ch sps, ch1 sl st to join
Rnd6: dc in next st, 2dc in next ch st, dc in next three sts, (dc in next 1ch st, dc in each st) repeat to next 2ch sp, (dc, ch1, dc) in next 2ch st, dc in next three sts, (dc in next ch st, dc in each st) in next 2ch sps, 2dc in next ch sp, dc in next 3 sts, sl st in next st.
Rnd 7: crab st in each st around.

Fasten off. Weave in any loose end. Sew a loop of cream yarn to the top of each flat.
Sew flags onto a ribbon to hang.




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Hope you enjoy that pattern
Lots of love 
Liz xxx

© Liz Ward 2018

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Infinity Gauntlet

I have some silly ideas, sometimes.
I decided I wanted to make a baddies set for my doll patterns based on Marvel and DC comics. 

Mainly this was to add in some of the characters from Guardians of the galaxy that I've missed out and I really want to make a tiny Thanos. He's gonna be so cute and it means I get to make a tiny Infinity Gauntlet, which is the best thing ever :)

This got me thinking, maybe I could have a go at making a full size gauntlet. This idea rattled around in my brain for a while until I spotted some gemstones online. They were cheap, so I ordered them on a bit of a gamble. I doubted they would be right for the gauntlet project (probably too small) but it was worth a try.

They arrived much quicker than expected and after a quick rummage I found a big gem and oval ones that would be perfect.
I was excited now.
Its been a busy month and I've had a lot of crochet work come in. I decided it would be best if I finished any outstanding commission work before I started on this project. Turns out that was a great motivator, and I worked all hours to get my other projects done. I think I even surprised my Editors on just how speedy I was with this months projects. Maybe I should have explained in my emails that "Well if I got this done first then, I can make an Infinity gauntlet, isn't that amazing!!!" I think they'd have understood.

I knew I had stashed yarn I was could use. I had a Rico aran and a Drops DK that were the perfect colour. I decided to go for the aran as the Drop can split at bit and I really wanted to enjoy this make.

I have never made a glove or anything like, but I did have a clear idea how I was going to go about it.
I started making the first finger and making sure it fit my finger. I then did some lovely maths that meant that I could size the fingers and thumbs to keep the pattern elegant and simple. 


 This is the first picture I took, just after I'd joined all the fingers together.
From here on everything when pretty simply. I had ideas about the shaping and the decorative bits I wanted to create. Some of these worked perfectly, some I forgot about completely and some happy accidents achieved things better than I'd even considered. I was very giddy as the first part of the glove came together.

Its a very silly thing to crochet and as its a hand, it feels like its trying to tickle you as you are working around the glove. It defiantly gave me the giggles.

 I had planned on doing the sleeve part in the same style of stitch as the glove but I wanted to try doing it in the same style as my Groot pattern to see how that would look. It looked good.

Its at this point I ran out of yarn. I was a little bit moody(understatement of the century) about this as I'd planned to have this fun project completed in a day.
Wool warehouse were out of stock of the yarn but I ordered from Lovecrochet.com. It said it would take 3-5day for delivery. So I sulked, and worked on the decoration of the glove.

 This was the result at the end of day one. I was already so happy with it and just wanted to see it finished (yes I'm still bitter about running out of yarn). I packed it away and started some making some crochet daffodils for another idea I have in the pipeline.

Luckily the delivery of the yarn came the next day, (thank you Lovecrochet.com) but by this time I had a new commission project come in with a very short deadline, I had complete it straight away (that'll teach me being so speedy before). The Gauntlet would have to wait till the next day.

 Have you ever got up early because you are so excited to complete a crochet project. Well that was me. There wasn't much left to do. I finished the sleeve and added a bit of cuff. I hadn't planned on using eyelets but I found a bashed up set in a old craft box and put some in to see how they looked. They were perfect. (I have put them as  optional on the pattern it looks just as good without)
Then it was done.
So I decided to play with it and torment the cats :)
 It seemed it took the longest time to get a bright day to get some good photos. January has been very grey.
I honestly think this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever made but I love it so much.
I spent a lot of time putting the pattern together with lots of pictures and simple instruction. I'm as pleased with the pattern as I am with the finished gauntlet. I managed to add in sizing so this cam be made to fit adults and children.






 So really the only thing left to do was let my friend play with some spacey special effects and produce some amazing photos.
 Seriously, these are so cool.


I love them all so much.

Ok so now you want to know where you can get this pattern, have as much fun as me and make yourself the best thing ever. right. Here you go.
Pattern link - Infinity Gauntlet 
 
I will have some packs of the gems available to buy soon also.

Finally, I loved making this so much I'm gonna make another one so I will have a worked model available for sale soon.

If geeky things is not your styl,e there will be hearts, flowers and many adorable cute patterns coming up in February.  Follow me on Instagram to keep up to date with my projects @lizwardcrochet

Till then...
Happy crocheting
Love
Liz