Sunday, 1 June 2014

DIAMONDS are forever knit into a PONCHO

This is my latest creation...  a knit poncho with hood for my grandchild... with a super easy diamond pattern. (photo taken before blocking)

My daughter and I both love aran style cardigans and sweaters, therefore an aran style poncho seemed like a good idea too.

If you know my work, you will know I prefer to focus on simple designs - so the question was - HOW EASY IS IT GOING TO BE? this aran style poncho?

I love a challenge, and love to create simple designs which look different and unique without too much hard work.  So coming up with a simple aran style pattern without having to use a cable needle was top of the list  with this poncho.

I searched high and low for ideas, in the end came up with two designs I liked and I would be happy using for the poncho.  Simple enough and not too taxing on the brain, however one did use a cable needle.

After consultation with my daughter, we decided on the diamonds.  Super simple and no cable needle in sight.  And honeycomb and seed stitch will probably be used for a cardigan/sweater some time further down the track, when the grandchild is older.  Maybe, I think.

So DO YOU WANT TO KNOW where I found these two wonderful aran patterns?

OK, let's start with the first sample, at the bottom of the photo.
It's a honeycomb pattern with a seed stitch either side, which helps the honeycomb cable stand out.
I found it through Google search Images.  You will find the lovely little design here THREAD & LADLE

And the second sample, the diamond pattern, guess where I found that?  You won't believe it...
In my sweater drawer.  Yes, that's right a cotton sweater which I own has the diamond pattern in it.  And there I was searching all over the internet for something simple.  LOL

Now, without spending too much time checking it out, I am not sure how true to aran this diamond stitch pattern is?  I mean I can't find it anywhere, it doesn't use any crossed stitches or cable needle, it is just a simple knit and purl pattern.

Which is good news, right?  Simple and easy, and no cable needle in sight.

OK let's move to the important stuff - the pattern.

Planning to have the pattern available by June 12 15, 2014.  

Look forward to your comments and do keep an eye open for the pattern release, on June 12 15.

ciao, ciao!

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

STARFISH Crochet FREE Pattern

Here is a simple starfish motif - a five-point starfish

STARFISH motif has always been available as a FREE PATTERN from my online stores  RAVELRY and CRAFTSY
HOWEVER today I put together a short photo tutorial for you all


before you start here is HOW TO magic circle/loop/ring

Magic Adjustable Ring/Loop/Circle  ALSO known as Magic Ring, Magic Loop or Magic Circle.

Place the yarn end in your left hand, take other end and loop around two fingers, cross over yarn being held.  Hook the yarn through the circle, pull through and ch1, continue in single, half double, double or treble crochet as many times as required into the circle.  Pull the yarn tail to close the circle. 


Starfish Pattern

Rnd 1:  Magic loop, Ch1, 10sc in loop, join with sl st in ch1. (10sts)

Increasing Rnd

Rnd 2:  Ch1, *2sc in same st, 1sc in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st.  (15sts)

Star Points

Rnd 3:  *Ch7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 2sts, dc in next 2sts, tr in next st, skip 2sts, sl st in 3rd st, rep from * to end.  (5 star points)
Continue with same yarn or change to a CC and sc around the starfish. 

Note:  If you are going to join two starfish together wait and do the Sc edge when joining the two starfish.

SC EDGE for Starfish

Continuing from end of Rnd 3, along edge of starfish.
Rnd 4:  Ch1, *Sc along edge of starfish arm in next 6 sts, 2sc in the ch of the point, sc in the next 5sts, skip next st (at the base between the arms), rep from * around, join with sl st.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Join two Starfish:  Place one starfish over the other with wrong sides facing in, and with right side facing you follow the Sc Edge instructions and join together.

NOTE:  If you wish to use single starfish, you can use the motif with or without the sc edge.

Ch = chain; sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; dc = double crochet; tr = treble crochet; sl st = slip stitch; st/sts = stitch/es; rep = repeat; beg = begin/beginning.

You can make one starfish as I have done here, or make two and join them together.


Use your starfish in the following ways:
·         a motif;
·         make it into a brooch by joining two starfish together and then attach a brooch backing;
·         join two starfish, make a chain loop and hang off your key ring or bag;
·         make loads starfish and join with a chain to make a “starfish”garland.

May you enjoy this little photo tutorial and make many starfish to decorate your world.

STARFISH Motif is one of the patterns included 

ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet
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Sunday, 18 May 2014

BAMBINI Crochet Baby Hats eBook

ALL my favourite CROCHET baby hat PATTERNS in one place
BAMBINI Crochet eBook
has a selection of hats for baby boys and baby girls,
simple newborn mittens, flowers, heart and star motifs.

BAMBINI hats are perfect for everyday wear or a special day out.
You can create the perfect crochet gift for mum and her precious newborn.

Give the gift of HAND MADE - Eight (8) "simply perfect" 
crochet baby hat patterns 


BAMBINI eBook includes these PATTERNS:
3D Hat
MOTIFS included: 
Flower 6 Petal, Flower 5 Petal, Small Flower, Starfish, Heart

SKILL LEVEL: Easy to Intermediate (not for beginners)

This Crochet eBook written in USA - AMERICAN crochet terms.

BAMBINI Crochet eBook has a total of 27 pages. 
First nine (9) pages include Cover page, copyright page, welcome page, table of contents, and Things you Need to Know - Skill Level, USA/UK Hook sizes, guidelines, yarn weights, yarn substitutes, care instructions, special stitches, USA abbreviations. 
Seventeen (17) pages of patterns, with photos, and a closing page.

Here's a preview:

Choose the perfect pattern,
the perfect colour and the perfect yarn...
and make a special gift
for a special individual...

BAMBINI Crochet Baby Hats
eBook Patterns
are available from
also available from your favourite online store

ciao, ciao!

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This pattern and items made from this pattern are for personal use only, and may not be distributed or sold without written consent.