CHUNKY MONKEY CAL 2015

Wednesday, July 22

CROCHET: Motifs used for Christmas decorations...would work all year round


 Stylecraft DK or cotton yarn
Palm size motifs from 2013


6 POINT TREE DEC, OR MOTIF above
finger wrap of 6 wraps.



ROUND 1: 12 sc into the circle wrap, sl st to complete round.
ROUND 2: 2sc into every st, sl st o complete round.
ROUND 3: Start in any st, ch5, tr, ch5, sl st into the same st, sc, into the next 3 sts,
 sl st into the next st, repeat 5 more times. sl st to finish round.
ROUND 4: Att. yarn in the middle of the dip, 7sc, into the first ch, loop, 7sc, into the second ch, loop,
sc, into the middle st, of dip,
repeat 4 more times, on the last point, 7sc into first ch loop, ch 20 as hanging loop, 7sc into ch loop, sl st to complete round.
stiffen to hang or make many and join as you go into wrap or throw. 


Amelia Motif

Tuesday, July 21

My New Book...Granny Squares and Shapes is now published

Thanks to all who have pre ordered, it should be on its way to you today


I do hope you all enjoy it as much as the first




Tuesday, July 7

CROCHET: Rico Baby Ripple Blanket Edging

 Finishe Rico Baby Ripple with a simple Shell Stitch Edging keeping the ripple ends......if you spent time doing a ripple why fill in the ends?

 Pattern: 
ROUND 1: Attach yarn in the first corner sp (1st stripe), of straight side, 5dc (5tr) into the next sp, (2nd stripe),


 sc (dc), into next sp, (3rd stripe) 5dc (5tr) into next sp (4th stripe), 

repeat the shell pattern to the end of the straight side.
finish with a sc, (dc) in the last side sp (last stripe),

miss first two sts, 5dc (5tr) into the next st, miss 2st, sc (dc), into next st,

 miss 1st, 6dc into the st at top point, miss 1st, sc (dc) into next st, miss 2sts, 5dc (5tr) into the next st, miss 2sts, 

sc (dc) into the botton st, (dip of ripple, the st that pulled the 3sts together) repeat the shell pattern to end of ripple end

Repeat shell pattern to the second side, repeat shell pattern to second ripple end sl st to complete. 

Cut and weave in end






 An easy 16sts repeat Ripple


Saturday, July 4

CROCHET: Mini Granny Squares

How many Mini's have you tried?

with all the variations, all the different yarns and all the fabulous colours there must be hundreds of combinations to play with?

and of course there is a couple of mini granny project in my book too on pages
60 and 64.

HUGE SAMPLE SORT OUT...
Yesterday I have a huge sort out more than 12 large blue Ikea bags of samples all now sorted and two bags of old samples have gone with a friend to the WI see if anyone can use them.

I found all the minis i have to date..from a simple two colour basic granny in cashmere


a granny with a twist... in Stylecraft Life and cashmere background
A 2 round granny Log Cabin in Stylecraft life
 A mini granny with a hole in it in fine mixed cotton threads
 A teeny tiny Sophie Digard style daisy granny...
 a 4 round mini..measuring no more and a inch...
 Tweedy solid minis..
 half inch 1round solid granny

with a great back too...in fine merino

 mini triangles..
and circle too...



Monday, June 29

CROCHET: Half Daisy Hexagon Pattern.

Personally I'm not a lover of half motifs but some followers are and a half Daisy Hexagon has been asked for. 


This is a a half hexagon for the Daisy Pattern in my book.



 Mostly I use a finger wrap of 4/5 wraps (picture above) to start most 'in the round' crochet but you could use.... 
a magic circle or..... 
4ch sts and sl st into a circle...
the only problem with the last one (rare that I use this method anymore) is that the slip knot always shows and I'm not keen on see that, lumpy sl knot when there are other methods that look far nicer
 For this half daisy hex, I'm using a magic circle..which is basically a half made slip know without the knot bit.
 Round 1: 7dc (7tr) into the slip knot and pull tight, weave in ends

Round 2: colour change, make the first and the last, which is the 1st and 6th petal with and extra tr (dtr) in the cluster the middle 4 petals make as instructed in the book.
 Round 3: make the first granny shell in the sp between the 3chsts (counts as first tr (dtr), then a granny shell in the next sp,
  then make a corner of 1granny shell, ch2 granny shell as instructed in the book, 1granny shell in the next sp, repeat a corner, 


finish with 1granny shell in the next sp, and the last one in the sp between the 3rd and 4th tr (dtr)

these half daisy hex motifs can be added to any space with a join as you go or sewn into half spaces to make a straight edge to add borders too