Monday, 26 October 2015

C2C Crochet

Good afternoon to all from The Crafty Co

I would just like to say a huge thank you to all you lovely Crafters that have taken the time to comment about the charts I have designed for the 25 square C2C blocks.  I have seen so many beautiful designs, and there is going to be lots of Christmas snuggles under some stunning creations. I for one am looking forward to our tradition of watching Elf on the telly this year and I will be joined by my original blanket.  The fab thing with these is that no two are going to be the same.

My charts are 25 by 25 square and these fit in with lots of other designers graphs, so that you have the choice to mix and match any design you fancy.

For those of you that are new to C2C, below is a fab tutorial that can be found on you tube.


There are others available to watch, but this lady is very clear with her instructions and explains increase and decrease.

I personally work in UK Half Trebles when working with C2C charts, and instead of working 3 chains up when I link the stitches, I only do 2 chains and on the increase stitch where 6 stitches are worked, I only do 5.  This means that I have smaller spaces creating a tighter weave.  The choice however, is entirely yours, but whatever you decide to do, make sure that you do all the squares the same method or they will not line up when stitching together. Also please note that working in UK trebles will give you a much larger square

I have written the instruction, row by row with the colour changes, as well as creating a chart.



I like to mark each row off when I use the written instructions and have coloured the rows in alternate colours for ease of use.  

You will see on the chart that there are numbers around the edge. 




Odd numbers on the right and top and even numbers on the bottom and left. These indicate where the start of your row is so that you can keep track and follow with ease, and remember, you are working on the diagonal.
For odd rows, you are are going down and to the left and even rows, up and to the right.
Again I like to mark off as I'm going along and I use my chart twice once printed off. 
I mark a horizontal line going one way for one square and then mark it the other way for the second square (this saves ink and paper)

For the colour changes, I like to use a new length each time, but that does mean that I have a huge amount of ends.  I sew my ends as I go, a few rows at a time so that I am not left with 100's at the end. When sewing in the ends, make sure that you secure them before you weave them in as you don't want all your effort to unravel when the blanket is washed.

If you need any help or advice with any of this, then please contact me and I will be happy to help.

I look forward to seeing all your wonderful squares and as ever

Happy Crocheting

The Crafty Co 
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015



Good afternoon from a wet and windy day here at The Crafty Co. I can't think of a better 

way to spend it, sitting in the warm, working on a C2C square. I have recently found a 
wonderful blogger, who has created the most stunning Christmas Afghan. You can find her 
There are some amazing squares, that I am frantically working through in time for 
Christmas, but I wanted 12 so I have designed a couple of my own to finish the project.
One of my most vivid memories at Christmas, is seeing a Poinsettia sitting on my nan's 
table. I fell in love with this beautiful flower, and now continue this tradition in my own home 
for the duration of the festive period.  A fellow crafter also suggested a square with a 
Poinsettia and this was my inspiration for creating the square below






Please note: Instead of the traditional C2C method of using UK Term Trebles and chain 3's to make each pixel,  UK Term, HTR’s (Half Trebles) were worked and a 2 chain (and a 5 chain was worked on the increase instead of 6). This made the stitches on the afghan square smaller, with the overall square measuring approximately 15×15 inches. 

The graph is below and the row numbers are located at the start of each row so you know which way the rows are worked






Rows are worked as below





When working with any C2C graph, a top tip is to sew your ends in every few rows, so that they don't become tangled.I would love to see your pictures of my Pointsettia square and if you need any help, please message me me




***LATEST DESIGN***

We now have an Xmas Pudding Chart and instructions that you will find below


This is a fab design as there are not too many colour changes, so not as many ends to sew in (and that's always a good thing)

Chart and written instructions below 




If you would like to see one of your ideas in a chart for a square, please contact me for detail and as ever........



Happy Crocheting

The Crafty Co 

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Crocheting in Rounds with Treble Stitches

Good morning all from a rather chilly Crafty Co HQ. 

It's been a really busy and exciting few months here with 
lots of designing and creating going on.
 I have now launched my new website over at 
where you can find lots of hand crafted delights. 


I have also been working on lots of new projects
 so watch this space for updates

For all you fellow crocheters out there, I have now added a new chart
 for working in rounds with the UK treble stitch so head on over here to see the updates http://thecraftyco.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/crocheting-in-rounds-crocheting-in.html

Hope you all have a lovely week and keep crafting

The crafty Co
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Monday, 15 June 2015

When you're approached by a Dog Shelter to make bandana's for dogs that need re-homing who could say no? Or more to the point, who would want to? 


While this handsome chap belongs to The Crafty Co, and is definitely not up for adoption, creating dog wear that could potentially help a dog that needs to be re-homed has been one of the most re-warding projects yet. 

Once these had been made, a whole heap of possibilites opened up. Why stop at dogs that need re-homing? Why not help dogs with other needs? 


A dog who is deaf can often face fear that cannot be seen by most. Making a bandana that informs people of their condition could potentially help eliminate some of this fear.


As much as we would love them to be able to, dogs cannot speak for themselves. Often people approach them completely unaware of their temprament. They may not be keen on being around people they don't know, and could benefit from having something that tells people that. 




And then there are just the dogs that want to brag about how lovely, naughty or important they are and we feel that they should have the chance to do so too. 

Whether you own a deaf or timid dog who could benefit from others being made aware, or you want to let everyone know about your dogs unique personality find a selection of bandana's here: The Crafty Co Shop

How to Use Cushions to Personalise Your Home

Nothing says cosy like a whole bunch of personalised stuff.  For a home to really feel like yours, it needs to be filled with what you love, and having items that are completely unique to you is one of the best ways to achieve this.


Obviously at The Crafty Co we are a big believer in that nothing makes your house homely like something that is home made, and these cushions do exactly that.   Having your name on your possessions, alongside a design that is unique to your taste is the perfect way to make your home feel personal to you, and make sure that it reflects your tastes well. 


While expensive stylish furniture can give your home a desired look, it's difficult to deny that possessions with sentimental attatchments hold far more value and likely to be cherished.  Gifting someone a cushion that they can add to their home, creates a personal feel and offers a possessional keepsake that will be treasured. 


Having a gift displayed in a home can act as a reminder of those who we love, and as a result create the perfect addition to making a cosy home. 

To add some cosiness to a home, head on over to The Crafty Co Etsy Store and purchase one. 



Friday, 6 March 2015

Crochet Flower - leaves and granny square tutorial

Hi everyone,

It's been really busy here at The Crafty Co,  but I locked myself away and have finally finished the tutorial on how to add leaves to my crochet flower pattern and turn it in to a granny square.  The added advantage of making them this way, is you don't have to sew the flowers on to squares, saving a huge amount of time....... and it makes your finished project, much neater, and have people admiring your beautiful professional looking items.

Personally, I like to make all my flowers at once, adding the back chains at the same time, but not the leaves or granny squares.  This means that I will always have a stash, and I can then decide if I want to add leaves or squares once I have chosen what I want to make.

The reason I add the chains at the same time is I am already working with the yarn, and it saves me from having to rejoin yarn later

Once you have made your flower, follow the instructions in the tutorial below






As explained in the video,  I am working with a different coloured yarn purely so that you are able to see what I am doing.  You should use the same colour yarn as your petals, as once the leaves and square have been added, the chains will blend in and not be too visible.  We will add leaves to the outer chain and use the inner chain to create the granny square

In the tutorial below we will be adding the leaves to the flower.  As we have 8 chains in our outer round, and are creating 4 leaves, each leaf will be worked over 2 chain spaces.  Once you have mastered the basic leaf sequence, if you prefer, you can change the number of leaves worked.  You could work in every chain space and make 8, although personally I think it would look too busy, or you could add 1 or 2, either next to or opposite each other.  The great thing is, that the choice is yours.








To recap, the sequence for the leaves are - 1st half (worked in 1st chain space) 1dc, 1ch, 2tr, 2dtr, 1trtr, 1 quadtr, 2ch and then slip stitch into the bottom of that 2ch (which creates a cute little bobble at the top of the leaf).  To complete the other half of the leaf, work this next sequence into the next chain space - 1 quadtr, 1trtr, 2dtr, 2tr, 1ch, 1dc and then secure your leaf by working a slip stitch into the next chain space.

Once you have added your leaves, you can stop there if you like and maybe add a brooch finding to the back or if you haven't got one, perhaps a safety pin.  You ave now created a gorgeous embellishment for a coat or to jazz up a cushion.

However, the whole point of designing this flower was to be able to join it effortlessly to a granny square.  In the tutorial below you will see how easy it is to achieve this and the professional result that it gives, making admirers wonder how you did it.







Just to clarify that I only used a large hook purely so that it would be easier for viewers to see and follow how the stitches were worked.  I worked with a double knit yarn and would normally use any size from a 3mm to a 4.5mm hook.  This will make the flower look much more compact and neater.  If you are a beginner, I would always advise practising with a larger hook than needed, as you can see the stitches better and hopefully understand what the pattern is telling you to do.  Once you understand and are happy with the pattern you are making, you can then use the correct hook, and hopefully you will be more confident and achieve the results you want.

I hope you enjoy making these flowers and please send me pics of yours.  If you need  help with any of the instructions, please feel free to ask

Happy flowering

The Crafty Co
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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Flower Crochet Tutorial


Since posting a picture of a flower pattern I designed, I have had numerous requests for the pattern, so, I have finally got round to writing it up



There are many flowers out there, but I didn't want one that I had to physically sew onto blankets. My pattern is formed in such a way that it is easy to turn into a granny square, and it's lovely and neat from the back..........and as it hasn't had to be sewn on, is a great time saver too 

You will notice that I am using a huge hook compared to the weight of my yarn.  This is purely so you guys can hopefully see the stitches clearer.  I am using a DK yarn and would normally use a 4mm or maybe even a 3.5mm hook



1st Round - To begin, use the magic ring method and work 8 double crochets into the centre of the ring. Close the ring with a slip stitch into the first double crochet worked

For the next round, I like to think of it as creating a basket to put the petals in.  We only need 5 petals in the first set, but we need to be prepared for future rounds which will each have 8 petals, so this is why we start with 8 double crochets in the first round

2nd Round - Work a 3 chain (this counts as a half treble and a 1 chain), We now need to work the sequence (1 half treble, 1 chain) into the remaining 7 stitches in this round, finishing on the 1 chain.  To close the round work a slip stitch in the 2nd stitch of the 3 chain worked at the beginning.






3rd Round - As we only need 5 petals in this round, we do not need to work our petal sequence in every space as 5 into 8 simply doesn't go.  As you will see in the video above, we work our petals as even as we can in the 8 spaces. Personally, I like to do the 5th petal in the last remaining space, so that I can easily work the slip stitch that closes the round. My 5 petals are worked in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 8th spaces.  Remember the sequence for each of the petals in this round are (1dc, 1ch, 2tr, 1ch, 1dc)





4th Round - In this round we need to work another basket for the next round of petals.  In the next and subsequent round of petals we will have 8 in each round, so we need to create 8 spaces.

Work a one chain and turn your work around so that you have the wrong side facing you. We will use the half treble stems from the 2nd round and work behind them with our treble stitches. To start, we need to get the yarn at the back of our work so we do a slip stitch behind the half treble stem directly below.  Next, work a 5 chain (this will count as a treble and a 2 chain) which is the sequence for this round.  Work a treble behind the next stem and then do a 2 chain.  Keep doing this sequence (1tr, 2ch) for the remaining 6 half treble stems, ending on a 2 chain and close the round with a slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the 5 chain worked at the beginning 






We now have our basket to work our next round of petals in.  

5th Round - Work a 1 chain and turn your flower so that you have the right side facing you. For this round we work into each of the 8 spaces we created in the last round and the sequence for each petal is (1dc, 1ch, 3tr, 1ch, 1dc) repeat this 8 times into each space. Close the round with a slip stitch into the 1st petal space of this round






6th Round - Work a 1 chain and turn your flower, so you have the wrong side facing you. As in previous basket round do a slip stitch into the stem directly below your yarn. The next round creates another basket, but we start with a 6 chain this time, as we will have more stitches worked in each space.  Working the extra stitch allows for this and will make the petal sit nice and flat. So work a 6 chain (this counts as a treble and 3 chain) Work this sequence (1tr, 3ch) behind each of the remaining 7 stems ending on a 3 chain.  Close the round with a slip stitch into the 3rd stitch of the 6 chain worked at the beginning of the round






7th - Round - For the final round of petals, the sequence is slightly different in the fact that the middle stitch of the petal is a double treble.  This gives it a bit more height in the centre and changes the look of the petal.  Work a 1 chain and turn your flower so that you have the right side facing you and work the following sequence into each of the 8 spaces in this round (1dc, 1ch, 2tr, 1dtr, 2tr, 1ch, 1dc) and as usual complete the round by slip stitching into the 1st petal space 


The tutorial on adding the leaves and turning it into a granny square will follow shortly but in the mean time if you have any questions, please message me and I look forward to seeing all of your pretty flowers

Happy flowering

The Crafty Co
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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Spring Smellies


Spring Smellies





February is finally upon us! We may not be out of the woods with the cold weather and rainy skies quite yet, but the days are getting longer and the sun is peeping again, yaaaay 

With Spring just around the corner it's time to start thinking about the all important Spring cleaning. There's nothing quite like that clean, fresh feeling, and although February might seem a bit early to start the cleaning prep, these products are going to be something that you will want in your house all year round. 




When browsing the shelves of supermarket aisles there is such a wide range of house smellies to choose from, it's all a bit overwhelming. The cheaper products always seem to smell the best, but you tend to feel as though it's the more expensive ones that will last and work best. 

That's where Cristalinas comes in! The products are natural, using raw materials, to ensure the fragrances don't effect your health, and are long-lasting at a price you can afford. 


 













The candles are made from natural wax, and burn for approximately 30 hours, at just £2 per candle. This particular scent Ocean Breeze has is made from scents including lemon and lily of the valley, that leaves a fresh feel throughout your home. The best way to describe it is like fresh washing without all the hassle of actually doing the washing !



 













The Cherry Blossom diffuser displays quite a contrast in smells, with a scent that is sickly and sweet. The formula is alcohol free and claims to 'fill you with well-being and positively influence your mood', quite like real sweets do really! It lasts for a minimum of 2 months, and you can choose how strong you would like the smell depending on how many reeds you place in the container.



         


At just £4 per diffuser it's also quite cheap in comparison to most on the market. However unlike others, the scent from this one is strong, and spreads throughout the house. The jar is pretty, and the bright pink makes a lovely touch in terms of decor.

Both of these products were purchased from Asda, and there were a small variety of flavours and product types to choose from.

You can see the full range of the products on Cristalinas website here:

http://www.cristalinas-usa.com/index.html



There is nothing quite like a lovely fresh smelling home, so give these a try, and start to get excited about the Spring that will be here before we know it!



The Crafty Co x

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Up cycled books


It's hard to believe, but half term is fast approaching.  These super cute book animals would make a fab project for a cold or rainy afternoon, and you will end up with a really useful note or pen holder that will be admired by all



These are not suitable for small children, due to small parts

If you fancy having a go at making one, below is a step-by step picture tutorial


For the basic animal you will need


old books (roughly 300 pages)
a ruler
scissors
buttons
pom poms
glue
felt or you could use card

Not essential, but if you would like to add a base,  you will also need


Cardboard or heavy weight card
elastic bands

And if you would like to make the pen holder you will also need


Pens (preferably the ones you would like to put in the finished holder)
Coloured card
Tape


Right lets get started 

BASIC ANIMAL


Carefully remove the front and back covers


Stand the book up and measure 2.5cm and mark with a pencil


Starting from the left, remove the unwanted pages carefully 


Cut away the excess part of the spine, making sure that you don't cut into any of the pages, as they will fall away as you start to fold


Lay the book flat, and with the spine at the bottom, fold the top right corner down as indicated above,
and run your finger down the crease


Then, fold the top of the page downwards so that it meets the line across the spine, and run your finger across the fold to make a nice sharp crease


Move the page down and out of the way and do the next one in the same way


And the next, and the next and you've got it.......the next


Once it becomes awkward to fold it, turn the book round so that the spine is to the right


By now you will understand the folding process, but it just makes it a bit easier if you fold into the spine, tucking the edge of the page in


and doing the 2nd fold as normal, but again it's easier to tuck in from this angle


Keep going until you have got a nice compact shape.  The more pages you do, the tighter it will be between the pages, and the firmer they will hold the things you place in them


Once the shape starts to lift up when you place it on a flat surface, it's time to stop


Now you need to carefully remove the pages that you don't need


You will now have something that should look like this


This part is not essential, but personally I think it finishes the project off nicely. Lay your animal down on a piece of cardboard or heavy weight card and draw round the outside of the base shape with a pencil


Cut it out making sure that you cut inside the  pencil line (it is better to have the cardboard base a bit smaller and not show) and cover with a generous amount of glue


Place the animal down on top of it, and press down firmly, taking care not to squash the pages. Turn it over and wrap a couple of elastic bands around it for a few minutes, to make sure the glue sets firm


Remove the bands and you now have the base of your animal finished. Now comes the fun bit where you decide what animal you would like to make

I'm going to make a dog, but you can make anything



To make the ears, fold a piece of felt in half and lightly draw the shape of the ear in pencil.  Cut out the shape cutting through the two pieces at the same time. This will ensure that the two ears will match  


Once you have cut them out, turn one of them over so they will mirror each other


Place them in the book but at this stage don't glue them in - just in case you change your mind.  Using  a strong glue, fix two white buttons to the sloping edge


To make them look like eyes, fix two smaller black buttons in the centre of each of the white ones


Make a pom pom and carefully cut away at one side to make it flat, as it will be easier to attach to the front.  Make sure you don't cut too far down or your pom pom will fall apart


Attach it to the front and secure it with an elastic band, just until it dries.  Make sure that you now glue the ears securely in the desired position.


Once it's set, remove the band and admire your handiwork

To make the pen holder, the instructions are the same as the basic animal but it is best to use a book with much thicker pages.  Picture story books are great and they add a bit of colour to the animal.


This book had 46 pages and is just about the right amount.


This is the back view and as you will see, the spaces between the folded pages are much bigger


Find the middle page and push the two sides flat so that there are the same amount of pages on each side

The next part will be different for everyone as it depends what book you have used, but the general rule is you need to make tubes for the pens to sit in. In the picture below I have made template for my tubes. I found a crayon that was bigger than the barrel of my widest pen, however it wasn't quite fat enough so I wrapped and secured a piece of card around it.  I then measured the depth of the pages and cut lots of pieces of black card in order to make the tubes


The depth of my pages were 8cm, and I cut my tubes 6cm deep by 10cm long. The tubes should be about 2cm shorter than your pages to allow for the width of the tubes pulling the pages apart


Wrap the cardboard around the crayon and secure with glue.  Don't wrap it too tight as you may not be able to slide the tube back off


You will now have a perfectly formed tube


Make lots more and then you can start to join them


Lay some along the page and see how many you will need in your row.  I calculated that I would need 7 in each of my rows.  Secure the tubes in a row along one side. This will be hidden once glued in - you can use clear tape, but masking tape works well too


check to see if the tubes will fit before carrying on


You now need to tape two pages together and the first one you do is the centre one that you found earlier.  Place tape down the centre angled part of one page and down the back of the same page.  Join it together with the next one


This creates a pocket and you can now pop the tubes in and secure with strong glue.  You may need to place pegs to hold in place until the glue sets


Makes two more pockets either side of the centre pocket so there are five in total


You now need to cover up the tape that you put on the edges of the pocket.  To do this, fold a spare page in half and cut a strip that is slightly wider than the tape so that is covers it completely.  Taper one end with a 45 degree angle that will allow for the fold at the nose


Glue the strip to the front and back edges to cover the tape


Now all you need to do is add the eyes and nose and fill it with your favourite pens and pencils

Why stop there with animals - there are all sorts of wonderful things you could make

How about using an old annual of a favourite football team and create a desk tidy



When you remove the cover, if you take extra care, you can use this for the base of your tidy

As the pages are nice and thick in glossy annuals, you won't need to use so many pages and they make a really sturdy holder for the tubes to go in





Complete the first part of the fold as per instructions for basic animal




Then do the same for the other edge of the page folding into down into the centre of the book




Then just fold the top point of the page downwards and crease along the fold.  You don't need to go right into the centre of the spine but make sure you do all the pages roughly the same or it will look uneven.  The double fold makes the page really thick so that's why you don't want to tuck the point right in at the spine

For the ruler holder, I simply covered a cardboard sweet tube with a page that had a picture and stuck the tube firmly in position.  Make sure that you place it somewhere that will not be in the way of any of the pens once they are placed in their tube

Or how about making a rocket to hold your memo's and important notes


These ones are super easy.  Use the basic animal instructions and then just add a base.  I used a mixture of craft foam and cardboard and you can let your imagination go wild.  How about a plane or a train.

Go on ....... have a go

I hope you have as much fun making your book animals as I did and I would love to see your creations

Have fun

Happy Crafting

The Crafty Co
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