If you are like me, you can never have enough storage for bits and bobs. But why have boring old round baskets when you can have cute heart shaped baskets to brighten up your space. These little crochet baskets work up quickly with Zpagetti yarn and make a great gift for yourself or a special friend. Fill them with sweet treats for Valentine’s Day and then keep the basket as an attractive and practical storage solution.
I had a little brainwave a couple of weeks ago whilst going through my archives, an idea that unearthed all that great content buried under layers of blog posts that you are yet to discover, and wrapped it up with a pretty bow for you to enjoy.
I’m proud to present My Poppet’s Handmade Christmas Inspiration Guide, a colourful Christmas themed online magazine full of craft projects to decorate your home and give as gifts.
With over 35 ideas, projects, and recipe links from the My Poppet blog and around the web, you’ll be sure to find something that inspires your creativity this festive season.
Includes Christmas printables, gift wrapping ideas, gifts and Christmas decorations to make, as well as a crafty book gift guide.
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I love seeing photos on Instagram of crafty projects in progress, it’s an amazing platform to gather inspiration and even learn new techniques. I often like to ask crafters how they did something in particular if it’s not obvious to me, and because the IG community is so generous, you often get a reply straight away.
I’ve been particularly inspired by the work of @AnnitaBianca, who is prolific crocheter, and makes amazing colourful blankets based on little circle flowers. She has kindly shared the pattern she uses on her blog, and I’ve started on a blanket of my own. (more…)
I was so pleased with myself when I learned to Crochet a Popcorn Stitch, whilst making this trivet from a pattern in Handmade Glamping*. I love the three dimensional texture and cushioned effect it produces.
Because crochet stitches are much easier to learn when you watch someone actually doing it, I thought it would be helpful to make a little video showing you how it’s done. If you already know how to do a Double crochet (US)/Treble (UK), like the one granny squares are made with, then you practically know how to do a popcorn stitch already. There is just one extra step.
Watch the video to see how.
Most of you that know me well know that I love to travel, a change of environment does wonders to re-invigorate and inspire creativity. I’m not too fussy in my travel style, from backpacking to 5-star, as long as there is adventure and good food involved, I’m there. But camping, not so much. Sure I can rough it, I’ve spent a week on the Nile sleeping under the stars on the deck of a Felucca with only a shovel and a sandy bank for a toilet, I’ve trekked the mountains in Peru for days all in the same clothes (stinky), but camping doesn’t jump to the front of my mind when I’m day dreaming about a holiday. Until now.
Forget camping, it’s all about Glamping! Camping with special little touches of luxury and personality is all the rage right now. And after seeing Kate’s gorgeous caravan and following some of here travel adventures, I think I could handle a bit of Glamping.
So when Cico Books was offering review copies of their new book Handmade Glamping* by Charlotte Liddle & Lucy Hopping, I was curious to check it out and share my thoughts. Because anything that combines hand making with holidaying has got to be good. My two favourite things!
I was lucky enough to receive several cones of Zpagetti yarn from the lovely Gwen at Hoooked, I’d been curious about it for a while and was delighted to give it a try. It’s made from fabric off cuts from the garment industry, so it’s a sustainable product that defers textiles from entering landfill.
I am in desperate need of places to store all my crafty bits and pieces, so making some baskets was the logical option.
These baskets work up quite quickly and if you make them in graduating sizes, they can nest into each other. I’ve included basic instructions and a video, but I do assume you have some experience with crochet.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve gone a little loopy for making Blythe doll clothes. Had so many failed attempted early on that I lost my Blythe sewing mojo until it was rekindled by an impromptu swap organized via twitter.
Anyhoo! I crocheted Perty this beautiful raspberry beret and thought you may like the instructions to make your own…
It’s very simple if you know some basic crochet technique and stitches, and I’ve made a video showing you how to do a decrease treble stitch.
My pattern writing skills are terrible so this is more a how to than a strict pattern, but I hope it’s easy enough to follow.
Yarn: 8 ply (I’ve used 100% wool)
Stitches: AUS/UK terminology. magic ring (explained), sl (slip), ch (chain), dc (double crochet), tr (treble crochet), anything in * * means repeat, inc (means work 2 stitches in one ie. inc 1 dc = 2 dc worked into one stitch of previous row), dec (means work one stitch in two).
Optional- stitch marker
1. Make a Magic ring (slip knot) 1 ch then work 7 dc into it, pull the end to close
2. 2 dc into each dc of row 1 (14 stitches)
3. * 1 dc then inc 1 dc* repeat till end of row working in a spiral (21 stitches)
4. * 2 dc then inc 1 dc* repeat till end of row working in a spiral (28 stitches)
5. 3 ch then * 3 tr then inc 1 tr * repeat till end of row then sl
6. ch 3, 1 tr * inc 1 tr, 2 tr * repeat till end of row then sl
7. ch 3, * 3 tr, inc 1 tr * repeat till end of row then sl
8. ch 3, * 5 tr , inc 1tr * repeat till end of row then sl
9. work 2 rounds of dc
10. ch 3, dec tr all the way around (see video for instructions on this stitch)
11. work one round of loose dc, sl then tie in loose end.
I hope that was clear enough. My tension is pretty tight so you may need to adjust for your tension. The idea is to work a flat circle till round 8 (shouldn’t have any cupping or waves) then 2 plain rows before decreasing.
Here is how to do a decrease treble stitch (sorry you tube has added ads because of the music licensee)
Please leave a comment if you have given it a try and have an questions or suggestions
I thought I might have a go at writing an easy pattern before I tackle writing the crochet pattern for this bunting. I’ve never been able to follow coded pattens very well (I prefer pictorial ones) so when I totally messed up one I was following for a flower, I just made up an easier version myself.
I hope it’s easy enough to follow. Please leave a comment if you’ve made it with a little pattern review. If there is a problem let me know so I can fix it.
I’m assuming you know how to do these basic crochet stitches (there are heaps of good how-to videos on Youtube). I used 8ply wool (yellow and lilac) 5ply (blue) – i had these lying around, you can use any ply as long as the hook sort of matches.
Size 4.00 hook
slip stitch ss
double crochet dc
I have pictured step by step to make it easier for you (and me) to understand.
1. ch 8, join with ss to form a ring
2. ch 1, dc 15 into ring
3. change colour join with ss to first dc4. ch 1, dc into same as last ss, *(ch 3 skip next 2 , dc 1) repeat from * (4 times), ch 3 ss to first dc
5. ch 1 ( the next stitches are worked into the ch 3 space) *(dc 1, tr 3, dc 1, ch), repeat from * endng round with ss into first dc
6. fasten off all yarns
7. If you want to add another ring of petals dc into the initial (yellow) dc ring one stitch over from the first row in step 4. continue like step 4.
8. you can see the reverse in this image the blue dc are next to the lilac dc all the way around.
9. continue as for step 5 & 6.
I hope that makes sense…I will be posting more craft tutorials whenever I get some time, I’m happy to take suggestions for thing you may like to see.