Year: 2012

No Splashing out…..Crocheted Bath Mat

Crochet, Bath Mat, Crochet Rug

A nice relaxing hot bath – the perfect antidote to a hard day. Cleansed, warm, relaxed and smelling gorgeous – the last thing you want is to step out onto cold, hard, slippery tiles or floorboards. A soft, warm, dry bath mat is a vital element of that bathtime experience. But…. a bath mat, l find, can be a difficult one. You don’t want to just buy any old bath mat. Yet, the usual scenario (for me anyway) seems to be – search, find a few that are unusual but a little too quirky or gimmicky, then find one I love – but it’s way out of my price range, and I mean WAY out. I normally end up going to the nearest chain and getting something homogenous that I don’t really want. So what’s a simple ol’ homemaker like me to do? Here’s what…..

Crochet Bath Mat, Crochet Rug


Crochet (and knitting for that matter) is big these days – and we aint just talking popularity. Larger hooks and needles, super thick yarn, even rope are being used to create the most gorgeous super- chunky soft creations. What could be better. Not only do they look good but, once you’ve adjusted to the new
weight and dimensions they make-up in super-quick time. In some way
it’s use is limited – most items of clothing would be too heavy, but
WOW, it opens the door to a whole new load of soft furnishing
posibilities.

 
You may have gathered already that I’m a big fan of our local 99p store,
and can often be seen there rummaging around. I had in my ‘come in
handy’ stash a pack of cotton string I had found there a while ago.
Basic but soft, and a nice neutral colour, which when crocheted with a
double strand gave a lovely soft but meaty thickness – in fact perfect
for a bath mat.
Crocheted in a simple ladder-style pattern using pretty basic stitches
it has a textured stripe which looks stylish in a contemporary homespun
way, and the 100% cotton content combined with the construction gives
it just the right amount of absorbency.

A neat picot border finishes it off nicely. A little bit unusual, it’s an expensive and unique looking finishing touch – but a real bargain. would look particularly good with a free standing bath. 

I’ve been using mine for a while now. It’s totally washable and wearing
pretty well – in fact i’m going to make another. It can be made in any
cotton providing the correct thickness can be acheived, and in different
colourways – the options are endless. The construction is very simple
and would be great for a beginner. If you can’t get hold of the cotton string, a suitable alternative could be two strands of chunky gauge cotton, or one strand of super chunky(bulky)cotton. Here’s where you can get the pattern….
Item can be made to order
For details contact thredHED

An Old Favourite……..Girls Crochet Snood

Hats, scarves and all manner of accessories are now beginning to appear everywhere and I’ve noticed that the seasonal renewed enthusiasm for knitting and crocheting woolies is starting to build momentum, so I thought it would be a good time to post this. I’ve been meaning to for a while now but somehow it didn’t seem right when it was 21 degrees, even though I knew there would be people shivering on the other side of the world.
Anyway, here it is….. the junior version of my oh-so-basic crocheted snood, which I featured on my blog last year with every intention of providing a pattern. The adult version has been very popular and I’ve had a good few requests for the version for little ones that I pictured in the original post. It is crocheted in the latest chunky style and knitted in a circle so there are no seams to sew up et the end. Super quick and easy to make and great for beginners. Can be made up in as little as just one evening.

The kids snood (or cowl or tube scarf as they are otherewise known) is starting to hit the streets and the shops. It’s perfect for cosying up the lttle one as the journey to school gets colder, and so practical – no fastenings or bits flapping around and so easy to take on and off.

..And here’s an idea for something a little bit more quirky. Fluoro accessories are super-trending this season. Why not make it up in fluorescent yarn – there are some great neon-yarn colours out there at the moment, and let’s face it – no one can carry off these brights better than our little ones.
The pattern may be adjusted for variations in width and depth and best of all it’s still freeeeee…
Here it is…….
Click Here For Pattern

Item can be made to order. For information contact thredHED

Little Werewolf

Halloween – it’s fast approaching. The shops are full of scary props and decorations and the kids (and grown-ups too perhaps?) are looking forward to dressing up.
Here’s an idea for a a quick costume you can make using my Bear Hat no 2, some imagination and a little bit of help from Youtube.

All you need is a bear hat, some white and black(mix the two to make the grey) facepaints, a steady hand and this Werewolf face-painting tutorial from Beatrice R on You tube. It comes complete with scary music and it’s fabulous. I did a simpler, toned-down variation – perhaps a bit more child friendly ie. quicker – they just can’t sit for too long, and managed to create my very own little monster.

Doesn’t have to be a werewolf, can be a Witches Cat or any other scary creature.

Happy Halloween!

Back into the woods….Bear Hat no.2

I can’t believe we’re already heading into Winter. Seems like only weeks since we were looking forward to the Summer.
Now the days are getting shorter and colder over here in the northern hemisphere I thought it would be nice to give you another version of my Bear Hat… let’s call it an update.

Cosy Knitted Bear Hat, Bear Trapper Hat, Bear Hat pattern
This one is a slightly different fit to suit the style and a little more versatile – possibly more suitable for a boy as well as a girl, having said that, a few older girls – even women have  expressed a keen interest.

I’m sticking with the the double strand of fur/eyelash and 4ply yarn as it’s such an excellent combo for cold weather  – not heavy and ultra warm, with the Trapper style flap this time, to keep those little ears cosy. Well, I say little ears – it comes in sizes up to adult. Who says only the kids should get to wear the fun stuff?

It knits up on big needles in only a couple of evenings, and makes a great pressie. There’s plenty of time to start making them for Christmas.
Watch out for the 120g pack of eyelash yarn in your local UK 99p Store. It crops up every now and again  – an offer far too good to miss.

Hat can be made to order. For information contact thredHED

Junior Jubilee

Red, white, blue, flags, balloons, bunting, painted faces, street parties – schools, nurseries, church halls, pubs, everywhere! Seems that even the least likely patriots of us have caught the Jubilee bug, particularly here in London where the 2012 Olympics are looming on the horizon. It’s not even worth taking down the decorations – might as well just keep them up until September.
Wishing you all a lovely and not too soggy (weather forecast is dire of course) weekend of celebrations.

Patchwork Flag Dress by thredHED
Pattern is available to order.
For information contact: thredhed@btinternet.com

Little Chukka….Baby Desert Boots

Knitted Baby Desert Boots, Baby Boots, Booties, Cool Baby boots

Desert boots – they’re everywhere at the moment, and don’t we just love ’em! A great design classic and never out of style for those who know how to wear them (big salute to those old Mod friends of mine – you know who you are). Now the tiniest member of your family can be just as cool as mum, dad or older siblings and have their own pair. Stretchy and cosy, they tie on and look great on either a boy or a girl. Pictured above in cool cotton demin yarn (also trending big-time for summer this year) with contrasting laces for extra authenticity, or why not try a contrast sole.

Can also be knitted, and felted, in wool for when it’s a little colder. Shown here in a versatile neutral Shetland yarn.

Each boot knits up in one piece, apart from the laces, with a single seam to stitch up. A small amount of shaping to follow but easy and super-quick to knit with a very simple way of fastening.

Makes a great little gift to celebrate a the birth of a new baby, and will be appreciated and used…. I looked all over for a pattern like this when my daughter was 3 months old and couldn’t find one – so I made my own. They use only a small amount of yarn and are a good way of using up those little leftover oddments.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not check out my new stripey version.

 Find the pattern by following the link below.

Get Pattern Here

Item can be made to order. For information contact:
 thredHED

Not Out Of The Woods….Bear Hat

Bear Hat/Scarf, Knitted Bear Hat/Scarf, Bear Hat/Scarf Pattern
We’re not quite out of the woods yet folks, it’s still pretty nippy out there. Yes, spring is around the corner but there’s still time to sneak in another quick knit – and this IS a quick knit. I’ve been asked by a few people who knit but don’t sew if they could have a knitted version of my Wolf Hat. The kids love ’em – it’s practical ‘dressing up’… and if the weather has warmed up, why not make a start on some early Christmas pressie knitting?

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The Bear Hat is knitted with two strands of yarn, eyelash and plain.

Adding plain (4ply or even dk for something a little thicker) yarn gives more stitch definition which can often be tricky to see with fur knits. It makes the eyelash yarn go further, adds more body and makes it ultra-warm – just perfect for those really cold, mid-winter days, with a scarf  – two accessories in one.
Knitted on quite large needles it does not require a lot of yarn. I found a knit-a-scarf pack of 120g for 99p in our local pound shop which was perfect – bargain! You may have already knitted one that you’ve worn for a couple of seasons. They’ve been around for a while now so you could even try unravelling, restyling, and up-cycling.
Other suitable yarns are Stlyecraft Eskimo, King Cole Moments, Lion Brand Fun Fur  (don’t forget to combine with another 4ply or DK yarn, as mentioned above).
Knit loosely, it is stretchy and comfortable and moulds nicely to fit. 3 sizes cover all ages from toddlers to adults.
There is very little shaping so the pattern is simple, and the ears are shaped while making up at the end. A good project for relative beginners, knits up nice and quickly (took me 3 evenings) and I have provided clear instructions and diagrams.

Mama’s Got a Brand New Peg Bag……..Recycled Bin-Liner Peg Bag

At last… a new post. It’s been a while…I’ve been rather busy moving out of our urban pad to a lovely old little townhouse down the road. At last we have space…….and a garden. In between trying to remember what we’d packed in which boxes, my first batch of laundry was soon flapping on the washing line, and an idea for my next blog post was hatched.

I already had plenty of pegs of but something important was missing – one of those lovely litle bags to keep them in. Yes I could’ve bought one for a couple of quid from the value shop on the high street, but I wanted to make one a little bit more interesting and preferably waterproof. no messing around carrying it in and out. We’d been getting a fair amount of rain – I had soggy sheets out there – a cloth pegbag wouldn’t stand a chance. At the same time I was dismayed at the growing pile of bin liners and plastic bags in the corner of my new kitchen as each box was emptied – I try not to use them normally but when moving house it’s pretty difficult to avoid.

Anyway….you can see where I’m going …. recycled carrier bags made from what is known in craft circles as ‘plarn’ (plastic yarn)! Cut up and crocheted, in this case, in fur stitch – just like grass and decorated with a couple of little flowers and a butterfly. Turned out rather kitsch, in fact perfect for plastic! Very easy to make too. The only time-consuming bit was cutting up and joining the plastic but I found it quite thereapeutic. Have a go – give a plazzy bag a new lease of life with my downloadable 4 patterns in 1 and instructions. In the name of recycling and for our lovely planet, this one’s on me.