Thursday, January 20, 2011

Full mittens - new design

These are my latest mittens. They are crocheted in a textural ribbed stitch and have a contrasting thumb and wristband. I heart them.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

They're here - FULL mittens on a string!

After false starts, misshapen hands and much frogging, I've perfected my new full mittens pattern! These ones are grey with with picot edging and a small flower/doily that I've crocheted from fine cotton thread. They are attached to a long string to hang around your neck. Sometime this year I will write and publisha pattern so you can make your own pair.

In the meanwhile, these are available in my etsy store, where I'm having a big half price sale.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Double Rainbow Vintage etsy store launch

My friends and I have officially launched our new vintage clothing store on etsy! We love shopping for vintage clothing and accessoires, and now we can share some of our awesome finds with the world. We will be constantly adding new items, so make sure you keep checking back and you may find that perfect dress or vintage bag!

Here are some of the sweet vintage finds you will find in our store. We ship worldwide, so even if you live in the US or Japan, you can still order and it usually only takes about 2 weeks to ship to most worldwide locations.

♥ Mel

 Vintage secretary dress
 SOLD - Vintage tan tartan backpack
 Vintage Cross-over heels
 Vintage cut-out lace tank
 Vintage sleeveless lacy blouse
Vintage mens button down shirt

Free crochet hair clips and hair elastic pattern

I've made tons of these for markets and they prove popular with girls of all ages. You can make them in all sorts of colors with contrasting or complimentary coloured buttons in the middle. Vary the yarn size for different sized flowers - lots of options to be creative. Here is a free pattern for you to make your own!

Crochet Flower Hair Clips and Hair Elastics Pattern by Mel Paton (Mel P Designs)

Yarn: worsted weight
Hook: 4mm
Other: small buttons

1. Chain 2. 5 sc into 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.
2. (ss, sc, 3dc, sc, ss) all into 1st sc.
3. (ss, sc, 3dc, sc, ss) all into next sc.
4. Repeat row 3 for a total of 5 times, you will now have 5 petals.
5. Leave a long end for sewing. Use end to sew a button to the middle and to sew onto a hair clip or elastic band. Finish off and weave in ends.

Easy huh? If you've enjoyed this pattern or found it useful, I would love to here about it!

♥ Mel.

Free crochet headband earwarmer pattern

These headbands are a really cute accessory that also keep you warm. They have proven popular items at markets and in my etsy store. I'm pleased to offer you this free pattern and give permission for you to make as many as you like!

Chunky Headband / Earwarmer Crochet Pattern by Mel Paton (Mel P Designs).
Yarn: Lion Wool Ease Thick and Quick
Hook: 10mm

Row 1. Chain 37, turn, dc into 4th ch from hook, then dc into each stitch to end of chain, turn.
Row 2. Ch 3, dc in each st to end of row, turn.
Row 3. same as row 2. Finish off. Leave long end for sewing.
Sew ends of crochet piece together, finish off and weave in ends.

1. Crochet a magic circle. (If you don't know how to do this, click here for a tutorial). Ch 3 then dc 11 into magic circle. The ch 3 counts as a dc. Join with a ss to 3rd ch 3. (12 dc)
2. Petals: Ch 5, skip 1 dc, sc into next, repeat until you have 6 petals.
3. Finish off, leaving long end for sewing. Sew on button middle, then sew flower to headband over the top of the join of the headband for a neat finish.

There you go, a simple pattern that gives great results. If you've made a headband from this pattern, I would love to know how it turned out!

♥ Mel.

New Designs

I haven't posted in a while, so I thought I would just post some photos of some of my newish designs. Most of these are available in my ety store. I will also be offering a couple of new free patterns, so keep posted all of you crocheters!

 Chunky Headband / Earwarmer (also available in other colours):
 Flower hair clips and hair elastics: I will be offering a free pattern for these soon!
 Crochet Triangle Necklace 2:
Mittens with kittens (HALF PRICE!):

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Traditional Baby Layette

Finally finished!! Isn't it pretty? This set includes a jacket, booties and a bonnet and is crocheted in a traditional shell pattern. I used Cleckheaton Cocoon yarn and velvet ribbon for the ties. The pattern is free, and available online here.

I made this set for a family member with a babe on the way. If you are interested in your own traditional baby layette, maybe for a christening or baby shower gift, email me for details.