The building where my workshop is decided to have a door decorating competition, so this is my effort!
I have just taken delivery of Prym Pom Pom Making kits, so I thought this would be the ideal time to try them out. The colours are not too good on my camera, but it is various shades of red, green and white with a few baubles from the tree and some gold bells to give it a bit of sparkle and I think it looks pretty good!
I will be at Nottingham Yarn Expo at the Nottingham Conference Centre which is held over Saturday & Sunday. I will have lots of items on show and I will demonstrate how to make pom poms and daisy patterns and using crochet to join your squares together.
The Knitting & Stitching Shows are always popular and they are expecting a great turnout as usual, the Notts Yarn Expo is on its maiden voyage, but it has been very well received and looks like it will become an annual favourite!
Gather the inner sections into the middle to form a daisy
Pass your needle diagonally under all of the threads and out the other side, at the front pass the needle through the loop and pull the centre into place.
Repeat for opposite diagonal
Pass your needle under one of the petals and out the other side
On the front pass the needle through the loop and pull the knot down towards the centre
repeat for all of the petals and secure off.
I then used a series of treble and double crochet stitches in the contrasting colour.
Starting in one corner, 3 tbl into the loop then 2 ch, *3 tbl into the loop then 2 ch* until you get to the next corner.
In each corner 3 tbl, 1 ch, 3 tbl, then 2 ch, *3 tbl into the loop then 2 ch* until you get to the next corner.
When you reach the corner you started, 3 tbl, 1 ch and slip stitch to join the beginning
The 2 chain are in the gaps and the 3 treble are around the loop
3 ch to start, in corner, 2 tbl then tbl into each gap, I do not know how to describe this in the proper jargon, but basically I trebled into each gap and when I got to the corner I did 3 tbl, 1 ch, 3 tbl to form the corner – I am happy for someone to give me the right terminology!
Row 3 & 4
Double crochet into each gap
So where did I go wrong??
On the blush (pink) I did a white row 1 and all the others I did a coloured row 1
On the mustard one of the corners has come a little unravelled, I think I did not secure my starting end
I thought I had 6 colours (to make 6 squares) but then realised I had only 4 so I made the multi-coloured ones in the middle, which I’m not sure I like
The pink one is smaller than the others, one less row, also on the pink I did not start/finish on a corner so it has a bit of a bulge where it is ended
I should have done more in the white and followed the same treble sequence to give a deeper border.
Other than that, I think this is pretty good for a first attempt at crocheting. The great thing is, it only took me 3 days to do, which I think is really quick (you might not?!) so it is really great to improve your crocheting with, the main part is done on the Butterfly Loom and you only have to do a few rounds and then join them together – I joined mine with double crochet.
The Butterfly Loom is available in 6 sizes and using the larger looms you can have a blanket made in no time at all!
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A really easy pattern to create a soft warm neck warmer!
Christmas presents galore -this only takes a couple of hours to make and costs next to nothing.
Loom – Rectangle Butterfly Loom
Materials – 50g Sirdar Ophelia, the cream is Milly and the Grey is Kitty, I bought mine from Deramores and cost £2.99 each.
3 buttons, size of a 20p piece minimum
Wrap the rectangle loom 6 times, following the instructions in your booklet
Use the ladder knotting technique following the diagram below and create 4 daisy patterns – to see a video of how to do the daisy pattern click here
Use the ButterflyBraid technique on the 3 central loops of one of the short ends to create an edging.
Attach 3 buttons to correspond with the 3 loops on the other short edge. The buttons do not need to be the size of the loop, you just need to be able to ‘catch’ the loop to keep it snug around your neck.
By making just 2 motifs on the Large Butterfly Loom you can create this lovely pom-pom fronted cushion.
Loom used Large Butterfly Loom
Techniques used Knotting – Ladder & Cross stitch
Joining Double Butterfly Twist*
Materials 400g Aran weight wool
Cushion pad approx. 32x32cm
Wire dog brush (optional)
Follow Basic Wrapping and Knotting in the Instruction Booklet.
Front – Make one motif by wrapping 9 rows. Use the ladder knotting techniques.
Back – Make one motif by wrapping 6 rows. Use the cross stitch knotting technique.
Hold wrong sides together and using the Double Butterfly Twist* technique join the front and back together, when 3 sides are joined insert the cushion pad and complete the joining. (* If the yarn is too thick it is ok to use single Butterfly Twist).
To make the pom-pom effect, leave the first row of each edge and using a sharp pair of scissors, cut ¾ of the way through the side of each knot so the underneath strands are still intact. Using the dog brush, brush each pom-pom to make it fluffy.
We had a great time over the week-end at Proper Woolly an event to promote natural wools and yarns held at the livestock market in Holsworthy, Devon. Very well organised, good footfall and plenty of interesting stalls to see.
I am going to experiment with their Blacker Swan range, a joint venture between Blacker Yarns and Andrez and Ali Short who farm at Swan Inlet Farm on the Falkland Islands. I am going to match 3 colours from the range Buttonweed, Seagreen and Seafoam.
I had a good chat with Sharon Driscoll of Newhall Naturals. Sharon spins and sells her own creations. She went off with a Magic Butterfly Loom to experiment, so it will be interesting to see what she comes up with. I also met Lyn Soutar of Aneed2BeadnCraft, she runs lessons in knitting, crochet, Kumihimo and beading and thought the loom would make a nice addition to her repertoire!
The local WI groups and various Brownie and Guide troupes all expressed an interest in workshops and it was great to be invited by a whole range of groups from Brownies to seasoned spinning & weaving guilds to either give talks or workshops to their members, so a busy time ahead!
I came away with a skein of mohair from Julieann at Noteworthy Mohair, beautiful yarn hand spun from their own goats. She had a whole set of the Looms she was hoping they would keep the kids occupied! I am going to use the mohair on the loom and see what I come up with.
All in all, a great weekend, disappointed I didn’t get time to buy much yarn myself; still, there is Yarndale to look forward to!
I joined 6 together in 3 rows and then joined these rows together to give a 6×3 strip. I then joined 2 of the 3 rows together on the short edges, giving me a back and front of 9 motifs each with the top squares open to form the armholes. The 2 remaining motifs I attached to the top to create shoulders. To finish I simply used butterfly braid to tidy up the edges around the neckline, the armholes and the bottom.
I am going to see if I can make some sleeves using the rectangle loom.
Butterfly Looms are available from my shop Croft Looms.
Here’s a couple of shopping bags I’ve made; they are supposed to be reminiscent of the string shopper from the 60’s & 70’s.
This one is made using the Magic Butterfly Loom for the body, the Rectangle Butterfly Loom for the handles and Baby Butterfly Loom for the flowers. The wool I used is 4 x 50g of Drops Fabel Blue Sea Print from Wool Warehouse.
I made 8 motifs wrapping 4 rows on the magic. I used the wool from the centre of the ball and the outside together (2 strands) to even out the variegated pattern.
I then made:
2 handles wrapped 6 rows on the rectangle.
2 flowers wrapped 6 rows for the string pull.
1 metre (approx) of i-cord using a lucet.
4 stiffeners for the handles from felt.
I will make up some instructions on how to put this together for a later post.
I made 7 motifs on the Rectangle Butterfly Loom, wrapping 2 rows.
This was very easy to make up, I simply joined 6 rectangles lengthwise using the Butterfly Twist, joining the last with the first to create a tube. I sealed the bottom using Butterfly Twist and tidied the top edge using the Butterfly Braid technique. I used the Butterfly Twist lengthwise to create the handle and attached to the top of the bag.
As usual my photography skills do not do these justice – the second bag in particular is very lightweight and slightly stretchy, so holds more than you might expect – but make sure you sew the handle on tightly!
Butterfly Looms are available from my website Croft Looms
After practicing with the Baby Loom I have made a couple of scarves.
This one is made with the Small & Baby Looms and is made with one 50g ball of Drops Alpaca Camel Beige
I made 10 motifs on the Small Loom with 3 rows and 10 motifs on the Baby Loom with 6 rows. I joined the motifs together by slip stitching, leaving the loops on the front to make the frill.
This one is made with the Rectangle & Baby Looms and is made with one each 50g ball of Drops Alaska light olive, olive and dark pink. The flowers take only a few grams of wool so a great way to use up odd bits of leftovers.
I made 3 motifs on the Rectangle Loom, using the two green yarns together I wrapped once (making 2 rows). I knotted with some odd pink wool and then I made 6 flowers on the Baby Loom wrapping 2 rows. I joined the rectangle motifs together using the butterfly twist technique and tidied the edging using the butterfly braid technique. I cut 16 25cm lengths of each yarn to make the tassels, 8 for each end – I forgot to cut mine level!!
Photography isn’t my thing, as I always say, these are much prettier than they look!