Easter Prep: Day 1 - Egg Dude Hats

In less than a week it will be Easter and as I always host an Easter family brunch I have to crack on as I'm way behind. It's because of my book. So sorry to have bugged you with all the book launch stuff, it's just that I'm utterly excited and like to share everything with you. I hope you don't mind.

Back to Easter; today I bring you cute dude hats for your eggs. It makes me laugh when I see the eggs all tugged up in their little hats, they look like real cool dudes don't they?

These hats are based on the egg cosy pattern but I've simplified the pattern and added the side bits to it.

How to make these hats:

Foundation ring: Make a magic ring and hdc 6 in the ring, pull tight.

Row 1: ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc 1 in the same stitch, hdc 2 in all the next stitches (you multiply)

Row 2: ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc 1 in the same stitch, hdc 1 in the next stitch, hdc 2 in the next stitch. Repeat until end.

Row 3-6: ch2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc 1 all around, fasten off.

Side bits: fold the hat in half and mark 5 stitches left and right to add the side bits. Start with either left or right. hdc 5 for the first row, decrease 4 for the second, 3 for the third and two for the fourth row. Fasten off en leave enough yarn to use as a tie. Repeat this for the other side.

I'll be back tomorrow with more Easter prep.

Would love to hear more often of your feedback (and not only to tell me off) as it's much appreciated and I like to be in touch with you. Happy Monday xox

Starburst Granny Scarf Basics

Last November when Bo and I went to London for our Christmas shopping I snapped an Instagram photo of him on the train wearing my scarf (now his scarf) and got the question how to make this scarf. Not only did he do well on Instagram he actually got compliments from a bunch of girls in The national Gallery. So to all men out there that are scared of pretty colours, this is a lady magnet.

Down here the basic instructions on how to make a starburst granny scarf.

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Ch 4, sl st in 4th ch to make a ring, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) dc 11 more into the ring - a total of 12 dc, fasten off with a sl st.

Change colour, start between two dc's of the previous round, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) 1 dc, keep crocheting 2 dc between the first dc's of the previous round, fasten off with a sl st.

Change colour, start between two dc's of the previous round, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) 2 dc, keep crocheting 3 dc between the first dc's of the previous round, fasten off with a sl st.

Now you've made a starburst granny.

Next step is to add the grey all around and turn the circle into a square.

Start between two 3 dc's of the previous round, ch 4 (counts as 1 tr) 2 tr, ch 2, 3 tr (this is a corner) Move on to the next space between the previous round 3 dc's, 3 dc and so on.

Fasten off with a sl st and move on to joining the squares as seen in the image below.

  1. I've used a simple sl st to join the squares.
  2. Turn your work and line up the stitches so that they are exactly on top of one another, this is really important!
  3. sl st from left to right only in the back of the stitch and fasten off on both sides.
  4. This is what it should look like.

The next step is to dc all around the scarf using grey to make it wider en fuller. What I always do with my scarves, I add another sc coloured row all the way round and then another hdc row in grey all the way round.

I've used Annell Rapido 100% acrylic in combination with Scheepjes Roma 100% acrylic yarn, a 4.5 mm hook and used US terms.

Free Chrochet Patterns

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At long last I've made you guys a collection of all the crochet patterns I've made and blogged about in the past but also the patterns that were once in the old yarn shop. I don't know why it took me so long to do this ...

There's a button in the menu on the right or click here.

I strongly believe in free patterns as I believe in sharing but if you wish to make a donation you can on the crochet pattern page. Please do not feel stressed as I'm not after your money, it's just all about sharing.

Have a wonderful weekend, it's going to be 19 C here!!! I know where I'm going to be ...

DIY: A Wood Poster Hanger

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Last week I bought this vintage camomile chart. As I don't want to put it behind glass I had to come up with an easy wood hanger system so that the poster didn't loose it's age, glass makes it's so modern.

How I did it:

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I've used 2 cm x 0,6 cm rods that were lying around in the basement.

Measures the poster width and make 4 lengths of wood, two for the top and two for the bottom. Clip the nails so that they are approximately 1,2 cm long.

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Turn the poster and use a small piece of scotch tape to attach the poster to the wood.

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Measures how long you wish the cord to be. Tie a knot on the bottom bits on both sides.

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Make sure you use the exact same distance left and right for the placement of your cord. If you don't do this your poster will never be centred. I've used a distance of 8 cm on both sides.

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Place the other bit of wood on top and hammer the first nail exactly in the middle of the cord. Repeat this on the other side and hammer another nail in the centre of the wood.

That's it, repeat these steps for the bottom bit of the poster without the cord.

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Makes a perfect Sunday afternoon project. Happy Sunday x

Crochet Baby Hangers

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Over the weekend I was in need for a quick crocheted gift to send off to a friend who just had a baby. I've made a whole bunch of these hangers for my own clothes using the pattern on Dottie Angel's website but I obviously needed a smaller one for the wooden baby hangers I've bought at HEMA.

After some puzzling, I've made an alternative pattern for the smaller hangers.

Click on the above image to download the pattern.

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You basically make a front and a back and you crochet them around the hanger using a slip stitch in a different colour. It looks complicated but it's really simple, trust me.

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They make such good presents as we all need to have hangers for our clothes.

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These are all bundled up and off to their new owner.

Mini Envelopes and a Giveaway

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Each year for Valentine I send little notes, cards or cookies to people who I really love and to people who have helped me or moved me or somehow touched me during the year. This year is no exception.

Just before Christmas Flow magazine sent me a big parcel stuffed with paper for me to give away to my blog readers. I never really got around writing a post about it until today. I didn't really had a clue what to do with all that paper so coming up Valentine I thought I could make mini envelopes and put mini cards in them.

To make these envelopes, download the template first: minienvelopes.pdf

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Instructions

  1. Print the template on normal paper. Cut out.
  2. Trace the template onto lightweight cardboard. You don't need to buy this as you could easily use the base of a paper carrier bag.
  3. Cut out the template.
  4. Trace onto the back of the paper you want to make an envelope with. Cut out.
  5. Use a ruler and a paper scorer to score the folding lines. Fold.
  6. Glue the left part and the bottom part, fold back and press.

Please leave a comment as I'll give away 8 sets of Flow for paper lovers. Each bag contains the paper as seen in the images and some other paper (surprise) goodies. I'll draw the winners this Friday 14-02, Valentine's day. Open worldwide!!

Seed Bags

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Hurrah, my book is almost off to the printers but my booking doings are officially over. I now only have to wait until the 10th of March to hold a copy in my hands. The book will be in shops on the 27th of March in The Netherlands and Belgium. I will soon dedicate a whole post on dates and future international releases.

And now on with this post and lots more blogging time!!

I always start to plan and gather seeds I want to sow in my garden in January so that I can jump start them in my greenhouse in February. These will be seeds to plant out in the garden in March/April/May/June.

I try not to buy lots of seeds instead I try to save them, dry them and store them in bags. It's simple to dry seeds. For example the butternut seeds are from one I used last week for dinner. I washed the seeds and dried them for a week on a paper towel. In April I'll put them in one of those (recycled hyacinth) pink pots, let them grow in my greenhouse until May and plant them out in the garden. It's so cool to actually grow the same butternut in my own garden just from a seed. Boy do I love growing plants ...

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I've made a seed bag for you and me to join. They come in pink and green and there's room on the back to add information and instructions.

Use a medium weight paper for the bags, for example 120 gram. If you use thicker paper the glue will not hold it once you stuff bigger seeds in the bags.

click to download the green bag

click to download the pink bag

Next time I'll make some boxes for you to store your peas in. But for now, have fun!

ps: there's a typo on all the images (whatch instead of watch) It has been changed in the PDF files.