Free Crochet Pattern | Creativa Tuck Baskets

Looking for a quick, easy and useful crochet project? Well I’m delighted to say that I’ve got another free pattern for you today, in collaboration with the lovely folks at Anchor Yarns, that might just be what you are looking for.

I’m a bit of a sucker for a crochet basket, I love them, so when I got the opportunity to play with some Anchor Creativa 8ply Cotton I knew the yarn was destined to become a basket idea I’d been thinking of. 

I really wanted to make a couple of baskets that were a different shape from the usual round baskets you see, I wanted to make at least two baskets, and I also wanted them to nest inside each other. The idea came from a sort of square box type basket that I’d seen made from fabric that I thought might make a good shape to try and recreate in crochet.

The finished result were the ‘Tuck Baskets’ named for two reasons; because they have a little tuck at the side to help them stand up and be more sturdy and because they can tuck inside each other.

For my baskets I used Creativa 8ply which is a yarn that I’d not had the opportunity to use before, though I’ve used the Creativa Fino 4ply for lots of different projects. The 8ply is the 4plys bigger sister; it’s quite a chunky DK with the same vibrant colour palette which makes it a great choice for home décor items. It’s a 100% cotton natural fibre, that’s soft and silky, that comes in a 50g / 70m.

I used 4mm hook (US size G/6), and 3 different colours (shades 4620008-00391 / Teal, Shade 4620008-00258 / Raspberry, Shade 4620008-00105 / Cream) to create these fun little baskets.

I enjoyed making them in the contrast colours of the Raspberry and Teal and then I used the Cream to tie them together. As I also love wooden buttons I included some 15mm ones in the finished aesthetic for each side which I think worked out quite nicely.

Square and cute these tuck baskets are perfect for displaying on your bookcase or cabinets to tidy away those small items that don’t have a designated space!

The Creativa Tuck Basket pattern is a free download available directly from the Anchor Crafts website here where you can just download the pattern or register for an account. It doesn’t cost anything for an account, but by signing up you’ll gain access to loads of other free patterns by other talented designers too.

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Make them to match your house decor, or maybe gift as a cute house warming gift, there are so many possibilities – the choices are all yours!

The pattern is written in UK crochet terminology and I’ve linked it up on Ravelry too if you’d like to save it to your favourites on there (at the link below).

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Super simple to make and so practical; this pattern is perfect for beginners, as it only uses simple stitches – though I’ve also included a chart to the pattern for that extra helping hand.

If you hook up the Tuck Baskets I hope you’ll tag @kcaco.uk on Instagram using the hashtags #kcacouk and #proud2craft or #anchoryarns (so the folks at Anchor Yarns can see) or share your projects in my Facebook group as I love to see your finished work! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Free-bee Crochet Pattern | Bee-utiful Clutch Bag

Hey folks, hope you are well in your part of the world. I’ve got a lovely free-bee for you to enjoy today! Allow me to introduce the Bee-utiful Clutch bag – a small bag with big textured personality!

The bag uses a stitch that I’ve used before; on the Bee Keeper block in the Stitch Story CAL. At the time I thought the stitch pattern was so effective with creating such a beautiful texture that knew I wanted to use it again.

Fast forward three years or so to when I came across some yellow Anchor Creativa Fino in my stash. The stitch idea reignited itself as I thought I would make the bee themed clutch bag idea I’d got rumbling around in my head.

Super simple to make and with many practical uses for a clutch bag or makeup bag; this pattern is perfect for beginners, as it only uses simple stitches. I used some bee fabric to line mine, to finish off the inside, but with this stitch pattern you could probably get away with not lining it if you aren’t a fan of sewing.

The following Bee-utiful Clutch Bag is free here on the blog or you can make a beeline for the pattern in your favourite pattern stores where you can pick up a PDF of the pattern for a nominal price (links below).

The pattern is available in both UK and US crochet terminology via the PDF download; the pattern below is written just in UK terms. But you can view a handy conversion chart here on the blog.

Bee-utiful Clutch Bag

MATERIALS

Yarn Required: 100g of Yellow

Yarn used: Anchor Creativa Fino used in photos;

(Shade: #00306)

About the yarn: 4ply / Fingering Weight; 125m per 50g ball, 100% Cotton

Hook Size: 3mm (US size D/3)

Pattern will work in other hooks and yarns though finished size will be different.

You will also need:

· A yarn needle

· Stitch Markers

· 2cm (0.8”) Button

· Optional: Facing and material for lining your bag

Finished Size:      19cm (7.4 inches) wide x 12cm (4.7 inches) high

Gauge: 6sts = 2.5cm (1”)

Obtaining the correct gauge is not critical to this  project but if your gauge does not match the gauge stated then your finished item will be a  different size.

STITCH GUIDANCE

Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.

Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.

Double Crochet 2 together (dc2tog):  Invisible double crochet decrease method: Invisible decreasing is a method of  removing stitches to shape your fabric without gaps. Insert hook in the FRONT LOOP ONLY of the first stitch indicated and pull up a loop [two loops on hook], insert hook in the FRONT LOOP ONLY of the next st, pull up a loop [three loops on hook], yarn over, pull through three loops on hook; decrease made.

Half Treble (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.

PATTERN NOTES

Working in the Back Loop Only: If you hold your piece of crochet in front of you with the Vs of the stitch on top, the part of the V closest to you is the front loop. The part of the V farther away from you on the opposite side is the back loop. When a pattern asks you to crochet into the back loop, insert your hook into the relevant loop and crochet as instructed.

Note: The ch1 at the beginning of a row, count as a st

PATTERN

Main Body of Clutch:

Tip 1: If you struggle with twisting the row 1 try adding a row of dc as row 1, then work row 1 as row 2 and so on.

Tip 2: You might also find using stitch  markers (or alternatives) to mark each row or where your last sl st, of each set of 5, helpful for this block.

Row 1 (RS): Ch 51, sl st into the 2nd ch from the hook and, sl st in the next 4sts * htr in the next 5 sts, sl st in the next 5 sts * repeat from * to * until the end of the row, turn (50 sts)

Note: From this point onwards work rows in the back loops only.

Row 2 (WS) : Ch1 *5 sl st in 5 htr then 5htr in 5 sl st * repeat from * to * until the end of the row, turn.

Row 3: (RS) Ch1, * 5 htr in 5 htr then 5 sl st in 5sl st * repeat from * to * until the end of the row, turn.

Row 4: (WS) Ch1, * 5 htr in 5 sl st then 5 sl st in 5 htr * repeat from * to *   until the end of the row, turn.

Row 5:  Ch1, 5 sl st in 5 htr then 5htr in 5 sl st * repeat from * to * until the end of the row, turn.

Row 6-52: Repeat rows 2-5 thirteen times

From this point onwards you will begin shaping the clutch flap;

Row 53: Ch1; dc2tog, 1dc in 46sts, dc2tog, turn. 48sts

Row 54: Ch1; dc2tog, 1dc in 44sts, dc2tog, turn. 46sts

Row 55: Ch1; dc2tog, 1dc in 42sts, dc2tog, turn. 44sts

Rows 57 – 71: Continue decreasing on each end until you have 14sts left.

Row 72: Ch1; dc2tog, 1dc in 3sts, ch4, miss 4sts, 1dc in 3sts, dc2tog, turn. 12sts

Row 73: Ch1; dc2tog, 1dc in 3sts, 1dc in each of the ch4 sts, 1dc in 3sts, dc2tog, turn. 10sts

Row 74: Ch1; dc2tog, 1dc in 6sts, dc2tog, turn, fasten off and weave in ends. 8sts

MAKING UP:

· Fold the bag in half, leaving the gap at the top open with the flap. and  seam both sides together on the wrong side.

· Turn your bag right side round and add your button to the body of the bag opposite the open button hole

· Optional: create a lining for your bag

And that’s it! Get ready for taking it out and about and bee-witching all who see your bee-utiful new clutch bag.

If you hook up the Bee-utiful Clutch Bag I hope you’ll tag @kcaco.uk on Instagram using the hashtags #kcacouk and #proud2craft or #anchoryarns (so the folks at Anchor Yarns can see) or share your projects in my Facebook group as I love to see your finished work! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Deramores | Wood Green Dutch Bunnies

Hey folks, hope you are all well, I’ve got an ear-resistibly cute pattern to share with you today, some cute Dutch Bunnies! These little guys make me so hoppy!

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This pattern is another pet included in the Deramores partnership and Wood Green, The Animal Charity – you may remember I previously designed the Wood Green Deradog.

The partnership has been designed to bring crafting communities together to support animals in need. Wood Green is a pet charity that makes a difference to the lives of pets and people across the UK.  As a charity they help rehome pets into loving homes and also educate and supports pet owners, so that they can enjoy a mutually rewarding and happy relationship with their pets.

With every purchase Deramores will donate 50% of the RRP, excluding VAT, from the sale of the crafting pattern and 10% of the RRP from the sale of the crafting kit is paid to Wood Green Enterprises Limited, who covenants all its taxable profits to Wood Green, The Animals Charity – registered charity number 298348.

Easily identifiable by there characteristic colour patterns these little bunnies are ready to be ad-hop-ted! Essentially, Dutch Bunnies are a white rabbit, with a colored base coat like black, brown, grey or tortoiseshell.

For my little Dutch Bunnies I used Deramores Studio DK in Frost (White), Chocolate and Gingerbread with a 3mm hook. But it would be easy to match your own pet colour if that’s something you wanted to try, as there are lots of different natural shades, in the Studio DK range, to choose from.

If you aren’t familiar with Deramores Studio DK it’s 100% acrylic anti-piling yarn which is fab for any projects that might see a lot of wear and tear – like cuddly bunnies!

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So why not go make one fur the fun of it! If you do make up the Dutch Bunnies I hope you will share pictures of your little rabbits on socials using the hashtag #DeramoresXWoodgreen and #kcacouk so we can share your wonderful work.

If you were looking for more general amigurumi designs to make then you can find several different patterns in my Deramores Designer Shop including a Bunny Rabbit (in dungarees), and a Cuddle Bunny.

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Free Crochet Pattern | Freccia Filet Market Bag

A lightweight crochet market bag is a must to sling over your shoulders to take grocery shopping, or on a picnic trip, or to the beach – or anywhere you need! My new and free Freccia Filet Market Bag is just the ticket for carrying your oranges – or anything else that takes your fancy!

I think there’s an even bigger need for crochet bags these days as we all try to utilise eco-friendly reusable bags over plastic ones. It’s a great way to use your crochet skills to make something useful and practical – and reusable bags are also perfect summer projects when made in a lightweight yarn!

I’ve had in my mind a pattern for a market bag for ages, so when the lovely folks at Anchor Yarns asked me if I’d like to make a bag with some of their Anchor Freccia yarn I quickly said yes!

Freccia is a 3 ply high quality 100% Egyptian Giza cotton thread offering a delicate balance of softness, flexibility, body and brightness. It’s a versatile thread, available in 6 thread thicknesses, which I’ve used it before for a scarf (see FREE Freccia Flor Scarf here), and it comes in a wide range of different colours.

I used no. 6 thickness again this time, with a 2.5mm hook (US size C/2), and I chose to make my bag in a lovely rich royal purple (shade 00092). The whole bag, including the straps, used 4 x 50g (4 x 175m) balls in total to create a bag with a width of 38cm (14″) x length 40cm (15″) , bag handles 62cm (24″) in length.

Made with cotton yarn the Freccia Filet Market Bag is super robust and if it gets dirty, you can just throw it in the washing machine and hang it up to dry!

I wanted to create a bag that was strong and durable, but also that would be a bit pretty – that’s where the filet came in. To begin with I had in mind a larger filet design on the bag, but quickly realised that wasn’t going to be at all practical as things could potentially fall through the ‘holes’ so I decided the design would be served better by having a filet detail around the top.

The bag and the filet sections are worked in a unique way in rounds and in rows to minimise a visible seam at the end. Crocheting the bottom and the straps, with extra slip stitches, also makes the bag extra durable so they can hold then a lot of weight even with only using a lightweight cotton.

The Freccia Filet Market Bag is a free download available directly from the Anchor Crafts website here where you can just download the pattern or register for an account. It doesn’t cost anything for an account, but by signing up you’ll gain access to loads of other free patterns by other talented designers too.

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Crochet a single colour bags or in variegated yarn, or maybe in the rainbow colour palette, there are so many possibilities – the choices are all yours!

The pattern is written in UK crochet terminology and I’ve linked it up on Ravelry too if you’d like to save it to your favourites on there (at the link below).

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Super simple to make and so practical; this pattern is perfect for beginners, as it only uses simple stitches. Great for anyone that wants a new reusable bag, or maybe someone who wants to try a bit of filet crochet (it’s a technique I don’t think I’m ever going to get sick of!).

Perfect for rolling up and popping in your handbag for when you need a bag, or pack it up and go!

If you hook up the Filet Market Bag I hope you’ll tag @kcaco.uk on Instagram using the hashtags #kcacouk and #proud2craft or #anchoryarns (so the folks at Anchor Yarns can see) or share your projects in my Facebook group as I love to see your finished work! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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HOTH | Eevee Amigurumi

For my youngest daughters birthday this year she asked me to make her a Eevee Pokemon toy – I think she was hugely influenced by her big sister, who is, in her own words, a Pokemon fanatic. Never one to turn down a request to make them something I set to finding a pattern.

Luckily I remembered that in Issue 67 of Crochet Now magazine there happened to be a fabulous official Eevee Pokemon character, by Sabrina Somers, that I’d seen. Unfortunately that particular issue was no longer on sale, but I was able to get the back issue from the CraftStash website. A couple of days later the magazine arrived and I was able to get started.

There’s actually something really relaxing working on someone else’s pattern for a change. As a designer I’m having to make all the decisions and, don’t get me wrong I absolutely love the creativity of designing, but it’s very refreshing to just be able to sit and crochet something without having to work things out!

The suggested yarn was Phildar Phil Coton 3, but for my Eevee I used Deramores Studio DK in Frost, Latte and Chocolate that I’d got in my stash with a 3.25mm hook. If you aren’t familiar with Deramores Studio DK it’s lovely soft 100% acrylic anti-piling yarn which is fab for making amigurumi with as it doesn’t get all bobbly over time like some other yarns can – I’ve used it for many amigurumi in the past.

After working up the pattern, to finish her off, I used my trusty glue gun to add some black felt eyes and nose, and I used a pet brush, (which I bought solely for brushing yarn not pets), for her fluffy collar.

The pattern was very easy to follow and resulted in, what I think, is a very cute Eevee toy at the end. My daughter loves her, and both daughters have enjoyed playing games with her.

If you were looking for some more crochet Pokemon patterns, then the pattern I made is also available in a book officially licensed by The Pokemon Company, along with another 19 other characters.

It’s by Sabrina Somers, called Pokemon Crochet and is available on Amazon; it looks like a really fun book with many of the Pokemon favourites (or the Pokemon I know the names of included like Pikachu, Squirtle, Magikarp and Charmander.

I thoroughly enjoyed making my Eevee and would definitely recommend the pattern for anyone on the look out for Pokemon projects.

What have you been making lately? Something fun? I’d love to hear about it – drop me a comment below.

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Deramores | Bride and Groom

It’s June, it’s traditionally a time thought of as wedding season, so it seems highly appropriate that I’m going to talk weddings, or more specifically about a mini crocheted bride and groom set that’s now available from my Deramores Designer Shop

Sadly, due to COVID-19 times, weddings have been a little different to the norm recently, but here’s hoping with vaccines and all the steps that we have put into place with various lockdowns to keep people safe, that we are hopefully moving in the right direction for more normal weddings in the future.

Until then these mini bride and groom could be a really fun addition for a future wedding celebration as wedding cake toppers, as table decorations or just as a sweet keepsake for someone – I’m really excited to see where you go with these!

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For my little bride and groom I used Deramores Studio DK in Frost, Latte, Peridot, Light Pink, Blush, Chocolate and Ebony with a 3.25mm hook. If you aren’t familiar with Deramores Studio DK it’s lovely soft 100% acrylic anti-piling yarn which is fab for making amigurumi with as it doesn’t get all bobbly over time like some other yarns can.

It could be a great way to add that handmade touch to your wedding day, as the mini bride and groom can totally be mixed and matched, make two brides, two grooms, change hair colour, add things like wire spectacles or other accessories and change the flowers / bowtie colours for that personalised wedding feel.

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If you were on the look out for more patterns, for adding that element of handmade to a wedding, then I have a couple more patterns you may like including; the FREE Shining Light wedding wrap or the Floral Mandala Ring Cushion.

And if you were looking for more general amigurumi designs to make then you can find several different patterns in my Deramores Designer Shop.

If you do make up a bride and groom I hope you will share pictures on social channels using the hashtag #Deramores and #kcacouk so we can share your wonderful work.

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Deramores | Draco the Dragon

Happy St George’s Day! I’m delighted to announce a brand new baby dragon pattern for you in collaboration with Deramores meet Draco the Dragon, the most adorable baby dragon you will ever see – he’s really fired up to meet you!

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Friday 23 April is St George’s Day here in the UK; St George became the Patron Saint of England and his claim to fame came about by him supposedly slaying a dragon. So you can’t have St George’s day without dragons, but this little baby dragon is just after some cuddles!

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For my little dragon I used Deramores Studio DK in Peridot, Fir and Ebony with a 3.25mm hook. If you aren’t familiar with Deramores Studio DK it’s lovely soft 100% acrylic anti-piling yarn which is fab for making amigurumi with as it doesn’t get all bobbly over time like some other yarns can.

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You can enjoy free P&P on all orders over £10 with Deramores today only if you use code: DRAGON at the checkout,

💚 You can download the dragon pattern or purchase the kits here 💚

The finished result I hope you’ll think is kind of roar-some! I can’t wait to see some of the dragons you make!

If you do make up a dragon hope you will share pictures on social channels using the hashtag #Deramores and #kcacouk so we can share your wonderful work.

And if you were looking for more animal designs you can find several different patterns in my Deramores Designer Shop including the other mythical favourite – unicorns!

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Deramores | Wood Green Dera-Dog

I’m delighted to announce a brand new puppy pattern for you in collaboration with Deramores and Wood Green, The Animal Charity. Meet the official Wood Green Dera-Dog that’s looking for its fur-ever home!

The partnership has been designed to bring crafting communities together to support animals in need. Wood Green is a pet charity that makes a difference to the lives of pets and people across the UK.  As a charity they help rehome pets into loving homes and also educate and supports pet owners, so that they can enjoy a mutually rewarding and happy relationship with their pets.

The charity helps thousands of dogs, cats and small pets, many who have been abandoned and neglected, to have a second chance at happiness – and no animals are ever turned away!

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If you are a crafter you can help support this charity by creating the Deramores Wool Green dera-dog digital pattern or kits. The design is available as just the pattern on it’s own, or as a kit with everything you need (yarn, safety eyes, stuffing) to make your own dera-dog.

With every purchase Deramores will donate 50% of the RRP, excluding VAT, from the sale of the crafting pattern and 10% of the RRP from the sale of the crafting kit is paid to Wood Green Enterprises Limited, who covenants all its taxable profits to Wood Green, The Animals Charity – registered charity number 298348.

💚 You can download the puppy pattern or purchase the kits here 💚

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For my little puppy I used Deramores Studio DK in Ebony, Oatmeal , White and Peridot, with a 3.25mm hook, and the finished result is a lovely cuddly puppy that you can make for yourself or a loved one.

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The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog. ~ M.K. Clinton

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If you do make up a puppy I hope you will share pictures of your pup’s on socials using the hashtag #DeramoresXWoodgreen and #kcacouk so we can share your wonderful work.

And if you were looking for more dog designs you can find all the previous deradog patterns in my Deramores Designer Shop along with some other friendly animals too.

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Free Crochet Pattern | Periwinkle the Puppy

Happy Monday everyone. How are you? You okay? Is it paw-sible that you are looking for a new pattern today? I’ve got a brand new FREE pattern for you today in that I’ve collaboration with the lovely folks from Anchor Yarns. Put a zing into Spring with a new pretty pattern; allow me to introduce Periwinkle the Puppy!

Periwinkle the Puppy, crocheted dog amigurumi

Periwinkle the playful Puppy has been in the flower bed again! She’s always willing to help pitch in with some Spring gardening!

I always associate spring with flowers like daffodils, periwinkles, bluebells, crocuses and tulips, I love that they are a sign of us bidding winter goodbye with some lovely cheerful colour, and are a hopeful sign of brighter nights and warmer days to come.

We’ve officially started Spring 2021 here in the UK and designing this puppy felt like a lovely springtime project to work on. I had a blast making this puppy and I hope you will enjoy making it too.

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Made in the pretty pastels colours of the gorgeous Anchor Organic Cotton, I think this soft and cuddly puppy will quickly become your new best friend.

Anchor Organic Cotton is brand new yarn, and I was very excited to get to play with it. It’s 100% cotton 4-ply yarn which is unmercerised (meaning it has a matt finish) which I combined with a with a 3mm hook (approx. US size D/3), for this project. It comes in 20 beautiful shades (of which I used 6 for my puppy project), all inspired by nature and created with vegetable based dyes and for cotton it’s really nice and soft to work with.

What I also really liked about this yarn is how eco friendly it is, it’s a perfect yarn for conscious crafters who care about the environment as it’s ecological and social criteria, is backed up by independent certification (GOTS) of the entire textile supply chain.

Periwinkle the Puppy pattern uses simple stitches throughout making it a great amigurumi project for a beginner. You can pick it up as a free download available directly from the Anchor Yarns website where you can just download the pattern or register for an account. It doesn’t cost anything for an account, but by signing up you’ll gain access to loads of other free patterns by other talented designers too.

The pattern is written in UK crochet terminology with the usual explanation of stitches and techniques I’ve used in the design.

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Periwinkle the Puppy is a perfect gift for dog or animal lovers and the perfect size for lots of love!

And if you are looking for a few more FREE patterns, by me, using Anchor Yarns check out the following links:

If you hook up the Periwinkle the Puppy I hope you’ll tag @kcaco.uk on Instagram using the hashtags #kcacouk and #proud2craft or #anchoryarns (so the folks at Anchor Yarns can see too) or share your projects in my Facebook group as I love to see your finished work! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Free Crochet Pattern | Christmas Mushroom Tree Ornament

I think I say it every year that one of my favourite things to make are Christmas decorations, and it’s become somewhat of a tradition that I create a new free tree ornament pattern for you to enjoy too. This year I’ve gone a bit non-traditional but still fun – it’s a Christmas Mushroom!

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Well actually it’s probably a Christmas toadstool but I’ve been singing Christmas mushroom to myself in my head so I’m afraid that title has stuck.

Apparently the red and white speckled fungi are known in German as gluckspilz which literally means ‘lucky mushroom’ which I really like and I think we can all do with a little luck to get past 2020 don’t you!

I’ve added a little twine to the top of my mushrooms so they can hang from the tree, but you could easily incorporate them into a wreath hanging on your door or even as part of a holiday table centrepiece.

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They also don’t have to be just red, I experimented, because I got a little bit addicted to making mushrooms, with a few different colours – so you could match your fungi to your own decor.

Last year you may remember that I made a little Christmas bell tree decorations (FREE pattern here) with some Anchor Crafts Creativa Fino from my stash. I really like Creativa Fino to work with, it’s a nice firm mercerised cotton which I think works particularly well for amigurumi and ornaments like this one so that’s what I’ve used this year too.

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The following Christmas Mushroom Tree Ornament pattern is free here on the blog but it’s also available in my Ravelry store, LoveCrafts or Etsy store, where there is a nominal fee for a downloadable PDF pattern if you’d prefer.

The pattern is available in both UK and US crochet terminology via the PDF download; the pattern below is written just in UK terms.

Christmas Mushroom Tree Ornament

MATERIALS

Yarn:

Anchor Creativa Fino: 4ply; 125m per 50g ball; 100% Cotton

  • 1 ball in #00258 (A) – Red
  • 1 ball in #00926 (B) – Cream

Anchor Metallic Thread: Viscose (80%) and metallised polyester (20%)

  • 1 ball in #00304 (C) – Metallic White

Pattern will work in other hooks and yarns though finished size will be different.

Hook: 3mm (US size D/3)

You will also need:

  • Stitch Marker
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Small amount of toy stuffing
  • Length of twine for hanging loop

Gauge: 5dc = 2.5cm / 1 inch

Obtaining the correct gauge is not critical to this  project but if your gauge does not match then your finished item will be a different size.

Finished Size: 9cm / 3.5 inches

ABBREVIATIONS: UK Terminology

  • st(s) stitch(es)   
  • st  sl               slip stitch    
  • ch(s) chain
  • dc double crochet
  • dc2tog double crochet two together
  • htr             half treble

STITCH GUIDANCE:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook in st indicated and draw up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, draw through both loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet (dc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.
  • Half treble (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.

PATTERN NOTES

Magic ring: is also known as a Drawstring Ring or Magic Loop and is often used as a start for working amigurumi. If you are not  familiar with this technique you could substitute with a ch2 and then work in the second ch from the hook.

Working in the round: This pattern is worked in the amigurumi style (unless specified), in a spiral without slip stitching or turning chains 

Working in the Back or Front Loop Only (BLO / FLO): If you hold your piece of crochet in front of you with the Vs of the stitch on top, the part of the V closest to you is the front loop. The part of the V farther away from you on the opposite side is the back loop. When a pattern asks you to crochet into the back loop or front loop only insert your hook into the relevant loop and crochet as instructed.

Pattern:

Top of Mushroom

Rnd 1: With YARN A; working into a magic ring, 6dc. 6sts

Note: Do not pull magic ring too tight as you will thread some twine through the centre.

Rnd 2: [2dc] around. 12sts

Rnd 3: [1dc, 2dc] around. 18 sts

Rnd 4: Dc around.

Rnd 5: [1dc in next 2sts, 2dc] around. 24sts

Rnds 6-9: Dc around.

Rnd 10: [1dc in next 3sts, 2dc] around. 30sts

  • Fasten off YARN A with a sl st to the next st and weave in ends.
  • With YARN C embroider some spots on to your mushroom top
  • Create a hanging loop from twine and thread the loop through the centre of your magic ring with a knot to secure.

Underside of Mushroom

Rnd 11: Attach YARN B to the BLO of any st; [1dc in next 3sts, dc2tog] around. 24sts

  • Start to stuff, continue to stuff as you go.

Rnd 12: [1dc in next 2sts, dc2tog] around. 18sts

Rnd 13: [1dc, dc2tog] around. 12sts

Rnd 14: [dc2tog] to end. 6sts

  • Fasten off and use yarn tail to sew up the last 6sts

Mushroom Stalk

Rnd 1: With YARN A; working into a magic ring, 8dc. 8sts

Rnd 2: [2dc] around. 16sts

Rnds 3-5: Dc around.

Rnd 6: [1dc in next 2sts, dc2tog] around. 12sts

  • Start to stuff the mushroom stalk; continue to stuff as you go

Rnds 7-9: Dc around.

Rnd 10: [1dc in next 2sts, dc2tog] around. 9sts

Rnd 11: Dc around.

Rnd 12: BLO; Dc around.

Rnds 13-14: Dc around.

  • Fasten off with a sl st to the next st but leave a long yarn tail.

Rnd 15: Attach YARN C to the FLO; of rnd 12; ch2, 2htr in same st, 3htr in each st around until end, sl st to the beginning ch2 to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.

  • Stitch the mushroom stalk onto the bottom  centre of the mushroom top.

And that’s it!

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Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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