Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New products - MOTL market sneak peek

Here are some more warm things that I will have for sale at Made on the Left on July 27. Colourful hats, animal hats for babies and fingerless mittens for men, too.




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Made on the Left July 27 2014 Sneak Peek

A sneak peek at asome of the Mel P Designs winter woollies available at the Made on the Left Market on July 27. The market will be located at the State Theatre Centre in Perth from 10am - 4pm.











Free chunky flower beanie pattern

Well it has been a long time since I posted a pattern on my blog. Being a full-time primary school teacher plus studying a masters part-time consumes a lot of my time. I would love to be able to design and create more regularly, but luckily teacher get amazing school holidays so I can spend some time over the next couple of weeks adding some patterns that I have designed and getting ready for the Made on the Left Market at the end of the month.

Here is a free pattern for this great chunky beanie. I find the openness of the design is great for climates like Perth, where it gets chilly but often warms up during the day. This beanie is not too hot on the head, but snuggly just the same. I have to thank The Midnight Knitter for the hat pattern idea, but I have adapted it slightly and added a flower for extra cute.




CHUNKY FLOWER BEANIE CROCHET PATTERN

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 ball Moda Vera Shiver yarn (or other chunky yarn)
  • 10 mm crochet hook
  • tapestry needle

HAT PATTERN

ch 4, join with sl st to form ring, ch 1

Round 1: 1 sc in same ch as join, 2 sc in each ch around, join to beg (8 sc)

Round 2: ch 4, *1 dc in sc, ch 1* around, end with ch 1, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 4

Round 3: ch 3, *1 hdc in ch sp, ch 1, 1 hdc in dc, ch 1* around, end with 1 hdc in
ch sp, ch 1, join to 2nd ch from beg (16 hdc and 16 ch spaces)
loop of ch sp, join to beg



Round 4: ch 4, *1 dc, ch 1* around, join to 3rd ch from beg (16 dc and 16 ch spaces)

Round 5: ch 3, *1 hdc in dc, ch1, 1 hdc in dc, ch1, in next dc work (1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc), ch 1, 1 hdc in next dc, ch 1* ... end with: in next dc work (1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) ch 1, join to 2nd ch from beg (20 hdc and 20 ch spaces)

Round 6: ch 4, *1 dc in dc, ch 1* around, join to 3rd ch from beg

Round 7: ch 4, *1 dc in dc, ch 1* around, join to 3rd ch from beg

Round 8: ch 3, *1 hdc in dc, ch 1* around, join to 2nd ch from beg

Round 9: ch 1, *1 sc in front loop of ch space, 1 sc in next hdc* end with 1 sc in front

Round 10: ch 3, *1 hdc, ch1, sk1* around, ending with ch1, join to beg

SUPER SIMPLE FLOWER PATTERN

begin with a magic circle

ch 3, 11 dc into magic circle. Tighten magic circle and join with ss to ch3.

*ch5, sk 1 dc, ss into next dc* 6 times, finish off, leaving length for sewing.

Sew flower to beanie and you are done! These hats are so fast to make and really effective. It takes me less than hour to complete a hat. 

Happy crocheting! Would love to know how your hat turns out :-)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Perth Royal Show Creative Crafts 2013

Every year in the October school holidays the Perth Royal Show happens. Last year for fun I entered a couple of my crocheted items into the Creative Crafts competition. This year I entered again, the exhibits I chose were a toy cow and a traditional crocheted baby layette. The coveted award is an RAS sash that I really would love to win. It didn't happen this year (my toy cow got a highly commended and was beaten by the beautiful cow filet crochet piece pictured below), so next year I must up the ante, and I hope to come home with the sash!

Here are the results of the creative crafts competition for 2013.

My toy cow "Daisy". She was awarded a highly commended
Daisy and Granny Cow, also awarded a highly commended

And the winning entry was this lovely cow filet crochet piece

This is the baby outfit that I entered (minus the booties which I did not finish in time)


Some of the cute baby outfit entries

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

FREE CHUNKY CAPELET Crochet Pattern





FREE CHUNKY CAPELET  Crochet Pattern

This capelet is fast to make. You can crochet a tie or use a ribbon of choice!
You will need:
Super Bulky Yarn (such as Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick)
10 mm hook
optional: ribbon

Pattern:
Row 1. chain 20 loosely, turn, dtr into 5th ch fron hook, dtr into each st to end of chain, turn.
Row 2-17. ch 4, dtr into each st to end of row, turn.
Row 18. ch 4, dtr into each st to end of row, finish off and weave in ends.

Tie: ch 45, weave in ends or know and cut yarn and tease out yarn for a tassel effect.

Adding tie/ribbon: Weave through one long side if stitches.

Feel free to use this pattern to make as many as you like. But please reference me as the designer. Thanks!

Free Super Chunky Cowl Crochet Pattern

I have notebook full of patterns from things I have designed over the years that I would like to share. I will gradually be adding many free patterns that you can make for yourself at home.



SUPER CHUNKY COWL Crochet Pattern

This cowl is very thick and warm and is made with a twist.

You will need:
super bulky yarn (such as Lion Brand Thick 'n' Quick)
10mm hook
large tapestry needle

Pattern:
Row 1. Chain 20, double treble into 5th chain from hook, double treble into each chain until end of of row, turn.
Row 2-11. ch 4, double treble into each st to end of row.
Row 12. ch 4, double treble into each st to end of row, working the last stitch into the 4th ch of the ch 4 that was at the start of the previous row.
Finish off leaving long end for sewing.

Twist scarf once then sew short edges together.

Feel free to make and sell as many as you like!






Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pompom Garland Tutorial

I made this pompom garland at Crafternoon last week. It was so easy to make and now has pride of place hanging over my lounge room window. I have provided links to show you where you can purchase the pompom and cord for hanging. Have fun making your very own garland.




Pompom garland tutorial

You will need

blunt end large tapestry needle (available from sewing shops or Spotlight)

scissors



Method
Thread a length of nylon cord onto your tapestry needle. Then simply sew the pompoms along the cord, evenly spaced. The pompoms will stay in place along the cord so you do not need to tie knots in the cord. Tie loops at each end for hanging. Voila! You have made your own pompom garland!