Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Hexagons and festivals

Hello! I hope you are keeping well! Today brings you a new WIP from me, since I have left Andy's scarf at work (so frustrating, I thought I had lost it). Last night I decided I wanted to do another project with hexagons, and using some new yarn that I bought at the weekend. 
I bought some Drops Karisma from a lovely Yarn CafĂ© that I found in Glasgow, I chose these colours as I wanted something different from my usual rainbow-tastic colour choices. 
I am using the same hexagon pattern with the exception of changing the colour each round, and for my colour choices I am just going to do them randomly as I go a long. Not sure what I am going to make with these...maybe a cushion or something.
If you would like to see more WIPs, check out Tami's Amis blog!

Aside from my crochet antics, there is other news for me to share. Yesterday I received an email from a lady at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, she has accepted my application to volunteer at the festival this year. There is a meeting in the beginning of February in Edinburgh, that will allow all the volunteers to meet each other and also for us to figure out what tasks we will be responsible for on the day of the festival. I am super excited, as I know I really wanted to go to the yarn festival, but I think it is even better that I will get to volunteer for them. It means that I might pick up so many new ideas, and possibly spend a lot of money if I get the time to browse the stalls.
If you live in Scotland, and you would be interested in going along to the yarn festival it is on Saturday 16th March, at a venue called Out Of The Blue. There is more information at their site about classes and stallholders.

That is all from me today folks,

Take care and enjoy the rest of your day!

Hazel x

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Hearts and Crochet

This is what I have been working on for the past few days, as it was supposed to be a Christmas present for Andy. Unfortunately I had too many projects on the go before Christmas, although I am hoping this may be an FO this week! 
For this project I am using the colours from the Ayrton Senna helmet, to make Andy his very own Senna scarf. 

Aside from crochet, I have recently decided to take part in All4meggymoo's 'I Love Hearts Swap'
Here are all the bloggers that are taking part in the Heart Swap, it will be fun to browse through some new blogs too!
All4meggymoo - Sparkle Accessories
Snatasha3 - Lissylou
Hazel (cupcakery) - All4meggymoo

I have been paired up with Gilly Makes, and her blog looks wonderful. I can't wait to start getting some ideas on what I can give to Gill!

Take care!

Hazel x

Monday, 14 January 2013

Hexagon Pattern

I am going to show you the pattern that I use for making my rainbow hexagon blanket. This is my first attempt at writing a pattern, so if there are any problems I would appreciate if you let me know! The text in italics is the written pattern to each round for those who don't need photos, let me know if this makes sense.

This pattern is also written in UK terms as this is what I am used to, so for those who read US terms..
UK treble stitch = US double stitch.

Hexagon Pattern

Hook size: 4mm
Yarn: Acrylic DK – I used a combination of Stylecraft DK and Robins DK, as this is an ideal pattern for stash busting all of your spare yarn.

Abbreviations: Round = Rnd
Space = Sp
Stitch = st
Slip Stitches = Sl st
Chain = Ch
Treble = Tr

Starting chain

ch4, sl st in first chain to form a ring.

Chain 4.
Slip stitch with the first chain to form a ring

Round 1

ch 3 (counts as first tr), tr in ring, (ch 2, 2tr in ring) 5 times, ch 2, sl st into 3rd chain of beginning ch-3 of this rnd.

Chain 3 (counts as first treble).
1 treble into ring.
Chain 2, then 2 treble into ring.
Repeat chain 2 and 2 treble into ring 4 times, chain 2 and then slip stitch into top of chain-3 at the beginning of the round.

Round 2

sl st into next tr, sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as first tr), (tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, skip next 2 tr, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next ch-2 sp **, repeat the directions between * and ** 5 more times, then ch 2, skip next 2 tr, sl st into 3rd chain of beginning ch-3 of this rnd

Slip stitch into next treble stitch, then slip stitch into next chain space.
Chain 3(counts as first treble), (treble, chain 2, 2 treble) into the same chain space.
Chain 1, (2 treble, chain 2, 2 treble) into next chain space, repeat this 4 times, chain 2 and slip stitch into top of chain-3 at the beginning of the round. 

Round 3

sl st in next tr, sl st in next ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as first tr), (tr, ch2, 2 tr) same ch-2 sp, *ch1 skip next 2 tr, 2 tr into next ch- 1 sp, ch1 skip next 2 tr, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) into next ch-2 sp**, repeat directions between * and ** 4 more times, then ch 1 skip next 2 tr, 2 tr in next ch-1 sp, ch1, sl st into 3rd chain of beginning ch-3 of this round.

Slip stitch in the next treble, slip stitch into next chain space, then chain 3(this counts as first treble)
(Treble, chain 2, 2 treble) in the same space, *chain 1, 2 treble into next chain space, chain 1, (2 treble, chain 2, 2 treble) into next chain space**
Repeat between * and ** 4 more times.
Chain 1, 2 treble in chain space, chain 1.
Slip stitch into top of ch-3 at the beginning of the round.
Now you can either sew the individual hexagons together, or join the hexagons as you go which is what I did. This is a lot quicker, and you can see the progress build as you crochet each hexagon rather than see piles of little hexagons that need to be sewn together.

I will do another post on joining very soon!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Another Christmas FO

Hello! I am here to share another christmas present FO since I wont have any of them for a little while due to my collection of WIPs. I made this for my sister, as she seen this pattern in one of my books and said she would love to have one.
Yarn: Sirdar Calico DK (dusk)
Hook: 4mm
Pattern: Comfy Round Cushion in Crochet In No Time by Melody Griffiths

I am happy with this cushion as my first attempt at a circular cushion, however I do need more practice at crocheting in the round and joining stitches at the end of a round.

To see other Finished Objects, check out Tami's Amis blog.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

WIP Syndrome

Hello, hope you are all well. I am currently feeling a little bit fed up and a little bit stuck in the rut with crochet. I don't really want to start any new projects, as I already have a few unfinished projects that I would like to get finished before I start new ones. Though my big problem is, I always seem to want to crochet BIG things that take forever to finish (I do still love those projects though). I do hope that I will manage to finish these projects this year.

My 2013 yarn resolution is to bust this stash, I'm currently using it to crochet my rainbow hexagon blanket. I love adding colours to my hexagon blanket, and think it will definitely help me use up some of these rainbow colours.
To see what other people are making, check out Tami's Amis blog

Monday, 7 January 2013

Hazel's Crochet in 2012

Hello, its a new year which means its time for me to show you snapshots of Hazel's Crochet in 2012. I am amazed at all the things that I have done last year, and there are so many things that I had forgotten about. Makes me very excited as to what 2013 will bring!


Jess has been the best present of all to Andy and I in 2012

Happy New Year everyone, hope 2013 brings you good things and happiness!


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