ta-dah!!! I finished my 2nd triangle cushion. I’m keeping this one for me 🙂 I made the triangles a lot bigger this time and used heavier yarn (Drops Paris) so it took much less time. For the back I cut up and old t-shirt and handsewed it onto the crochet, it looks ok! The crochet part folds over at the back and is sewed down at the sides to make a kind of pouch… so you can get the cushion out without unpicking the sewing 🙂
I made this blanket for my best friend for Christmas. Here it is in her lovely, co-ordinated blue and white flat 🙂
I got the pattern from here
It’s in French so I wasn’t totally sure if I did it right, I made part of it up through trial and error.
So I thought I’d try crocheting something summer-y, as the sun’s out! The past few weeks I’ve been making beach/market bags using cotton yarn. Some of them I followed a pattern which I will link to, and others I either adapted patterns or designed myself. For all of them I used Drops Muskat 100% cotton DK yarn, and a 4mm hook.
Colour block beach totes
For these I followed the pattern from here, and used my own choices of colours. They are really roomy and stretchy and great for shopping and also for carrying crochet bags around to take pictures of them on beaches.
Zig zag beach bag
For this one I adapted the instructions for doing a round chevron blanket which I found here: crochetville forum. Then I just stopped increasing once I achieved my desired width. At the top of the bag I did 2 rounds of SC’s and then made the handle the same as for the two beach totes in the section above
I made the pattern up for this as I went along. I basically made 2 identical mandalas, and then made a strip of a few rows of double crochets to join them together and give the bag depth, and then I added a single crochet strap. If anyone is interested in the pattern, comment on this and I’d be happy to add it.
Last October when I went to Iceland I had just discovered and become addicted to crochet. In fact, I took a project with me, on a hand luggage only campervan holiday! Anyway, while I was there I was inspired by all these beautiful colours of Icelandic scenery and planned to make myself an “Iceland blanket” when I got back.
The pattern I chose was the “spice of life” blanket, which is free and here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spice-of-life-blanket. The pattern was really fun to do if you are new to crochet as you learn lots of stitches along the way.
Of course I changed the colours to my own “Iceland colours”. I used Stylecraft Special Aran acrylic yarn, in white, black, aster, dark brown, cloud blue, graphite, pistachio, gold, and spice. I used a 6mm hook and 1 ball of each colour was enough to make half the pattern. (I only made half the pattern because it was huge enough already at 130cm square! Maybe I should have used a smaller hook and DK yarn and it would have turned out smaller.)
As a first blanket and second ever project it’s not perfect and I’m sure I could do a better job now, but I love it because it reminds me of my Iceland adventure.