Super Mario Blanket

In my last post, I shared with you the two blankets I made for the little people. Well in this post I thought I’d share with you how I made the Super Mario Blanket. It’s an easy pattern (you only need to be able to make one square and then join them together) but it does take time.


I used Stylecraft Special DK from the wonderful lemonade yarns. I chose to make it this size as firstly my little man isn’t that big and secondly, I wanted him to be able to use it without it feeling too heavy. The squares are quite dense. I’ll let you know the number of balls you’ll need for each colour as well as how many squares you’ll need to make. You should get 28 squares from each ball. If you are finding you’re getting less, then you’ll need more wool (obviously). You’ll also need a 4mm hook and I’m using UK terminology.

1 ball of Green (make 22 squares)

1 ball of Yellow (make 2 squares)

2 balls of Black (make 30 squares)

2 balls of Royal Blue (make 32 squares)

2 balls of Red (make 38 squares)

2 balls of Peach (make 41 squares)

3 balls of Sky Blue (make 59 squares)


Ch = chain

ss = slip stitch

tr = treble stitch

sp = space

dc = double crochet

How to make the square:


Ch 4 and ss into first ch.

Round 1: ch5 (counts as 1tr and 2ch sp), work 4 tr into the foundation ring, ch2, work 4 tr into the foundation ring, ch2, work 4 tr into foundation ring, ch2, work 3 tr into the foundation ring and ss into the 3rd ch from the beginning of the round.

Round 2: ss into the 2ch sp from previous round and ch5 (counts as 1tr and 2ch space), work 2tr into 2ch sp, *tr in each tr from previous round, 2tr in 2ch space, ch 2, 2tr in 2ch sp* Repeat *to* 2 more times, tr in each tr from previous round, 1tr in 2ch sp and ss into 3rd ch from the beginning of the round.

Round 3: Repeat round 2 then fasten off.

Well that’s it. Now all you need to do is make many of these and join them together 🙂 I joined them by dc them together along every edge but you can sew them if you prefer. Here’s a larger picture of the blanket so you can see clearly what order they go in (sorry about the quality of the picture, I have to use my phone camera and it’s not the best!).


To finish off the blanket I dc around the edge in black. I personally like it as a way to bring everything together but you don’t have to.

If you do make this blanket, I’d love to see how you get on. Please post a picture on my facebook page or tweet me.

Little Crochet Bird Pattern

I have decided to help a little with The Craft Clubs yarn bombing attempt. Do pop over and have a look. I can’t wait to see what they end up with.


Anyway, I decided that I wanted to make something a part from flowers and butterflies (if you want my daisy pattern its here), so I came up with this simple bird pattern.

I used a 3.5mm hook and DK yarn. You will also need a wool needle to sew the eye at the end.

The pattern is written using UK terminology


  ss–  slip  stitch

Tr – Treble

ch – chain

st – stitch/stitches

Fancy giving them a go?

IMG_20140529_141426Ch 4. Join to first ch to make a ring.

Round 1:  ch 3 (counts as 1 tr) work 13 tr into chain ring. ss into 3rd ch from beginning (14st).

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 tr)  work 2 tr into each st from previous round. Join with ss to 3rd ch from beginning.

Round 3: chain 3 (counts as 1 tr). Work 1 tr into same space then 1tr into next st *2tr into next st, 1 tr into next st*. Repeat from *to* until the end. Join with ss to 3rd ch from the beginning of the round.

Round 4: ch 3 (counts as 1tr) work 1 tr into same st, work 1 tr into next 2 st *2tr in next st, 1 tr into next 2 st* repeat *to* until the end. Join with ss to the 3rd ch at beginning of round.

Round’ 5: ch 3 (counts as 1tr). Work 1tr into same st. *1 tr in next 3 st, 2tr in next st* repeat *to* 1 more time. 1tr into next 3 st Turn.
‘Round’ 6: ch 4 *miss one st, tr into next st, tr back into the st you’ve just missed, ch 1* repeat from *to* until last 2 st from round 5. Miss one st, tr into last stitch then tr into missed st. Fasten off.


In contrasting colour work first two rounds.


Fold bird in half, sew the contrasting colour circle on then sew up bird from the bottom of the tail to the beak end (leaving the top of the tail to the bottom of the tail open).

IMG_20140529_145709Attach another piece of thread to where you want the beak. Ch 4 and ss back into same place that you started. fasten but don’t cut off. Using the same tread, sew eyes. Fasten off.

IMG_20140530_091328I’m going to hang mine up eventually. If you want to do the same, attach some thread in the middle of the back. There you have it 🙂

IMG_20140529_180346059Mine are going to join the other flowers and butterflies that will be making their way to yarnbomb but I’m sure more will be appearing around the house very soon…… 😉

The last few weeks of my Granny square Blanket :)

Here are the squares I’ve been making over the last 3 weeks:

IMG_20140306_144132939Week 8: When I was looking at my blanket, I realised that I needed a few more ‘solid’ looking squares so here’s one in blue to celebrate the beautiful spring sky that can be seen now the rain has mostly stopped.

IMG_20140306_144147354Week 9: Inspired by the spring flowers that are popping up all over the place.

IMG_20140306_144209571Week 10: I enjoyed the flower square so much decided to make another one 🙂

And on that note, this is what I’ve been working on over the last few days:

IMG_20140307_135647681I loved the pattern for the flower squares so much that I’m going to make a flower granny square lap blanket for Little Miss.

Granny Square week 7


Well last week was the week of love apparently so I thought it was only appropriate to try and work a heart into this week’s granny square. I wasn’t sure how I was going to work the heart; it took about 3 goes to get it looking how I wanted it to. In my next blog post, I’ll give you the pattern 🙂

IMG_20140215_081726-001I decided to make my third extra square this week as I found a lovely pattern with little hearts in it. I’ll be honest, I struggled with the pattern so I had to  make it up (which is probably why the little hearts don’t look quite as effective as I wanted them to!).

That’s it for this week. Those of you who are doing 2014 blankets, I’d love to see them!

Granny Square Week 6

Well it’s time for the granny square for week 6 so here it is:

20140209_125237-001As you can see, I’ve already joined it to the blanket (again, I’ve been struggling to get a good picture so joined it before the weather broke enough for me to take an ok picture).

This week I have also been working on my rainbow jumper, designed by the lovely Ali Campbell. Here’s how I am coming along:

IMG_1994I know the picture is pretty awful but you get the idea! It’s worked all in one piece. I’ve done on side and am now working my way back down the other side. It feels a bit like climbing a steep hill and then coming down the other side. I am so impatient to finish it as I really want to start wearing it! In Ali’s original design the colours on the front and back don’t always match up. I’ll be honest, it looks stunning but I’m not quite confident in my colour choices to do that so I’m trying to match the front strips to the front. We’ll see how it goes!

Now we are half way through February, how are you coming along with your 2014 projects? I’d love to see what you’ve been working on 🙂

Granny Square Week 5

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you are having a good weekend. Week 5 is a little late this week due to the fact that the weather has been so bad, I haven’t been able to take a good picture! Well I’ve given up and am just posting the best one I could take. So here is the square for week 5:


I loved this square when I made it for my last granny square blanket, so I decided to make it again. I wanted to start changing the colours too as I realised that so far, I’ve been using a lot of pinks. This is my attempt to get more colours into the blanket.

Here is my other attempt at more colour.


Now I know that I am meant to be working 1 square a week but I need to work 4 extra squares over the year to finish my blanket. I always crochet more in winter so I decided to work another square this week. Yellow is my favourite colour. It’s such a sunny happy colour. There have been so many grey rainy days this winter that I decided to brighten it up with a sunny square. I really enjoyed making this square as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do so I sat down with my yarn and hook and played until I had a square I liked. I’ll post the pattern when the little people let me sit down and post it properly!

Here are the squares already joined to the previous squares:


Well that’s it for now. Week 6 will be up soon 😉

Granny Square Week 4


This week, I decided to keep it simple and do a normal granny square. The yarn I used was some that I treated myself to almost a year ago but have been saving for something special. I’ve finally decided to make Ali Campbell’s stripy jumper (you may have seen it in Inside crochet magazine or on Ravelry) and I wanted to experiment with a few colour ways.

Granny Squares: Weeks Two and Three

So it turns out I’m not that great at keeping my camera in a safe place where it doesn’t go walk about, hence why, although I have been crocheting my squares, you haven’t seen them yet. However, the lovely house fairies (who I swear ‘borrow’ my camera; odd socks; teaspoons and pretty much everything else I manage to misplace) did very kindly bring it back at the weekend, so here are the squares from the last few weeks (I’ve already joined them into the blanket).

IMG_1971This one is from 75 floral crochet blocks. In the book it’s inspired by spring blossom but I thought it looked a lot like the frost that delicately makes everything gently sparkle first thing in the morning at the moment. It’s made up of lots of puff stitches and chains and is easier to work than it looks. Although, I’ll be honest I did try to follow the written pattern and had to frog a few times before I decided to follow the diagram instead but once I’d switched, it was no problem and if I wasn’t quite so inept at reading patterns, I probably would have got the hang of it a lot sooner. I enjoyed trying a new stitch and getting a different effect.

IMG_1973Now you would think that this was week three’s square as the last one was week two’s however it is in fact another square for week two. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, I decided to make a blanket that is 7 by 8 squares so I need 56 squares in total. This means that I need to make 4 extra squares at some point and this is one of them. Now I said that there were a couple of reasons. I have been knitting Little Miss a cardie but have had to stop as my hand is hurting again. I can sew and crochet but knitting makes it hurt so I’m resting it. If you know me, I am completely unable to go a few days without doing something crafty and so I decided to make another square because I wasn’t brave enough to start sewing my embroidered quilt (which I mentioned a few posts ago). I have since plucked up the courage and taken the plunge. When I can get some nice pictures, I’ll show you have I’m getting on! Anyway, back to this square……I really did it because I liked the pattern. It came from 200 Crochet Blocks.

IMG_1977This is the square for week 3. It comes from this months Simply Crochet Magazine. I was going to save it for February (no prizes for guessing why) but had so much fun working it, I decided to keep it and use it for this weeks square. I guess it’s also a helpful reminder of how blessed I am. We’re in the middle of a string of illness (Little Miss had a chest infection, then I got it, now Little Man is ill….it’s like this with little people) and it’s very easy for me to get bogged down and forget how much I actually love my life. So this is a reminder 🙂

Cardigan number 1……tick!

Last week you may remember that I showed you tow cardigans that I was making for Little Miss. Well I managed to finished one of them.

IMG_1918I took the pattern from this book (Cute and Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes) and enjoyed crocheting my first cardigan. Would you like to see the end result?

IMG_1953Here it is. I made the little squares for the pocket detail and then decided that they would look nice along the bottom, so I made a couple more and sewed them on. I really like the result.

IMG_1966Little Miss looks great in it. It’s funny actually because this is the cardigan that wasn’t meant to be. I don’t mean that there was any strange force stopping make it, more I hadn’t planned to make it. It wasn’t on my list of things to make from the book (yes I have a list) and the wool was originally meant to be for Little Man. I had ordered him some wool to make a jumper and when it arrived, it was more purple than it had looked in the picture. It was sad but I put it aside for a rainy day and forgot about it. Then I realised that Little Miss needed something and quickly so I thought about crocheting a cardigan (crochet is often a lot quicker than knitting). When going through my stash, I found this wool and it was exactly the right amount. I was also able to use the pink wool which I had been saving for something special. Now I just need to finish cardigan number two….

The difference a needle makes

I have been knitting for almost 8 years now and crocheting for about 2. Every now and again, I’m surprised by how different the two crafts are. One of these moments happened to me earlier this week.  I’m trying to make Little Miss a couple of cardies as she’s grown (10 month olds will do that) and I’m running out of cardigans for her. I decided that for a little variation, I would work two simultaneously; one knitted and one crocheted. They are so different!IMG_1928Here is my knitted one. What you can see is the back, sides and the first sleeve cast on. Knitting for me is a bit of a mystery. I can follow patterns but when it comes to writing patterns, I can’t get my head around it!

IMG_1914I’m making this pattern if you are interested but working it all red apart from the little hearts which are in cream.

IMG_1926Here is the second cardigan. As you can see, is the crochet one. It looks completely different. What you can see is the back and one front with half a sleeve. It’s funny because normally hubby looks blankly at whatever I’m knitting but this one, he could tell what it was meant to be!

IMG_1918This is the pattern I’m making in case you are interested. It’s from this Cute and Easy Crocheted baby clothes .

I can’t believe that starting with essentially the same ball of wool and trying to make the same type of garment, the workings could be so different! Now I know the patterns are different but when they are finished they won’t look that different, yet the way they are put together is completely different (yes I know I used the word ‘different’ a lot!). I have to say, I like how changing needles for a hook completely changes the end result. The knitted cardigan already feels softer and more fitted whereas the crocheted one feels thicker, warmer and more structured.

When I finish them, I’ll post pictures 🙂