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 ...

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.

Striped Crochet Christmas Stocking

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The sun is out today so I got up and photographed, as many as possible, projects I've been working on. It has been so dark outside and for the past few days it's been foggy all day.

First off ... I've got some very simple crochet Christmas stockings for you. The pattern is for the stripy ones I've made but you can skip all that and make them very basic or add more colour. Do whatever you like, this is just a basic pattern.

The Stitches

  • sl st=slip stitch
  • dc=double crochet
  • sc=single crochet
  • ch=chain

The Foot

Start with a magic ring

Colour 1/Round 1: dc 8 in the magic ring, pull tight, sl st

Colour 1/Round 2: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) 1 dc in the same dc (now you have 2 dc in the dc of the previous round. Repeat in remaining dc's, so 2 dc in each dc of the previous round. sl st.

Colour 1/Round 3: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) 1 dc in the same dc (now you have 2 dc in the dc of the previous round. 1 dc in the next dc of the previous round. Repeat in remaining dc's, so 2 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc ... in the dc's of the previous round. sl st.

Colour 1/Round 4: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) 1 dc in the same dc (now you have 2 dc in the dc of the previous round. 1 dc in the next two dc of the previous round. Repeat in remaining dc's, so 2 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc ... in the dc's of the previous round. sl st.

Colour 1/Round 5: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) 1 dc in the same dc (now you have 2 dc in the dc of the previous round. 1 dc in the next three dc of the previous round. Repeat in remaining dc's, so 2 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc ... in the dc's of the previous round. sl st.

Colour 2/Round 6: ch 1 (counts as 1 sc) sc all around. sl st.

Colour 1/Round 7-8-9: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) dc all around. sl st

Colour 3/Round 10: ch 1 (counts as 1 sc) sc all around. sl st.

Colour 1/Round 11-12-13: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) dc all around. sl st

Colour 4/Round 14: ch 1 (counts as 1 sc) sc all around. sl st.

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The Heel

Crochet 15 dc's wide and 4 dc's up to form a heel as seen in the image above.

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Fasten off and start to dc all around all the stitches as seen in the image above.

Repeat to dc/sc until you have reached a satisfied length of the sock.

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I've used Annell Rapido yarn 3260 (off white), 3233 (baby pink), 3224 (indigo) and Scheepjes wol Roma 1411 (bright pink), 1413 (sand) and 1400 (light green)

The rabbit is from Maileg - The postcard from 1Canoe2 - The blue wrapping paper is from Loods5 and the pink on from IKEA and I don't have a clue where I got the candle holder from, but it's perfect.

Would love to read your comments and links to your stockings.

Shop Closing Sale

There is a whole lot going on in my life right now and I'll announce it all this week. I'll call it "The Week of Drastic Changes" aka "The Five Year Itch". Bo and I Have five year itches, we get so fed up with our lives that we sell the house (tomorrow - eek!) scrap some jobs we do, empty an entire blog archive and so on. 

Today I'm going to kick off "The Week of Drastic Changes" with the announcement that I'm going to close the yarn shop.

The reason why I've started the yarn shop was to supply my readers with the yarn I use. I thought I'd sell a few balls a week and do it as a side kick. Two years later it has become a  job, selling yarn all over the world in small amounts but enough to keep me busy at least two whole days of the week and daily runs to the post office.

I'm not a sales person, I've never intended to be one either. I really dislike me (as a person) in the yarn shop, the stuffing of yarn in bags, the driving to the post office and waiting in line, the constant disappointed drives to the Annell factory because they are so poorly stocked. There is nothing creative about the whole yarn shop.

But there is good news for all my super loyal costumers.

After selling my own in-house stock,  I will hand over the yarn shop to a really lovely friend who will run the yarn shop like nothing ever happened. So there will be yarn for you to buy again, yes there will be yarn at the end of the tunnel.

Hush hush to the shop as stocks lasts and everything is 20% off. 

ps: don't forget to refresh all the shop pages as they have just gone live and they might not show up correctly at your end. 

African Flower Crochet Pattern

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Dear Yvestown readers, 

I feel like I've lost you through my blog publisher moves. The stats (as far as I understand those) tell me that you still read me but the comments are missing out and I miss your comments.

I have to admit that for the past few months my blog has not been what my blog has been all about. That's because I'm expanding ...  I do literally 4 up to 6 different jobs a day. I'm a home maker, photographer, blogger, stylist, writer, cook, accountant and toilet lady all in one day. So sometimes after I cleaned the bathroom, edited photos for my book, did some crochet for my blog, planned a fair and done all my husband's business admin, I find myself really tired and drained.

I need to find a balance between all those jobs as it's not a 9-5 office job where I exactly know what I have to do that day.

But most of all I want to be a good blogger as that's what I mostly love to do and what lets me do all those other jobs. 

So as from today I'll try harder, do some wiggling and will eventually settle back here.  Kicking off with a pattern I've been asked about a million times over the past few months. I haven't invented it but I always do make my own versions.

The Stitches

  • sl st=slip stitch
  • dc=double crochet
  • sc=single crochet
  • ch=chain

Easy pattern, perfect for beginners who want something different to a granny square. 

The Pattern

Foundation chain: ch 6, sl st to make a round or use a magic ring. 

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Round 1: (colour 1) ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, *2 dc, ch 1, * repeat until you have six spaces and six 2 dc. sl st into the 3rd chain of the beginning round. Fasten off.

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Round 2:  (colour 2) start in a space. ch 3, 1 dc in same space, *ch 2, 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in next space - repeat * 5 times. sl st into the 3rd ch of the beginning round.

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Round 3: sl st in the first 2 ch to reach the first 2 ch space of the prevoius round. ch 3, dc 6 in the 2 ch space, ch 1, * dc 7 in next 2 ch space, ch 1, repeat * 5 times. sl st into the 3rd ch of the beginning round. Fasten off.

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Round 4: (colour 3) ch 1, sc around and make a long stitch down in round 2 between each flower petal. End with sl st. Fasten off.

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Round 5: (colour 4) ch 3, dc around and place dc twice in the ch of the petal that sticks out most. End with sl st. Fasten off.