Thursday, 16 February 2017

Curly 'self tying' scarf

This is a really easy scarf to make and it is done in just a few rows!

Once made it is so curly that just by wrapping it over itself it stays in place and holds together in a 'self-tying' way.

I made it in a DK cotton yarn with a little bit of silver running through it which gave it a nice sparkly look. I used a 5mm hook and it took 150g for a scarf with 180 starting chains.

If you want a longer scarf you can begin with as many chains as you need to get the length of scarf you are looking for - keep chaining and holding it around your neck until you have about the length you want.

Worked in UK terms:

Double Knit Cotton yarn - 150g approx.
5mm hook

Foundation row: Make 180 chains or the number you require for your own length

Row 1: one double crochet in second chain from hook, one double crochet in each chain until last one then work 3 double crochet into this last chain.
Do not turn, work down the other side into the loops of the foundation chains working one double crochet in each. Turn

Row 2: chain 2, work 2 double crochet in each double crochet of previous row to end. Turn

Row 3: 3 chain then work two trebles in each double crochet of previous row to end. Turn.

Row 4: 3 chain then two trebles in each treble of previous row to end.

Fasten off, weave in ends and wear!

Terms of use: Please feel free to share the pattern but please don't copy and paste the pattern - please link back to my page instead - thank you.

Happy crocheting!



Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Victorian Lattice Square Crochet Tutorial Crochet along (CAL)

Someone asked if I could do them a video tutorial for a Victorian Lattice Square because they could not follow written patterns.

I don't do videos of other people's patterns unless I am sure they won't mind and I managed to find a lovely Lattice Square pattern on Ravelry by Destany Wymore where she said she was happy for people to translate them if they wanted.

You can find Destany's original pattern here:

I made just a few changes to the way the rounds start and end because I find it easier that way.

You can find the full step by step video tutorial here where you can crochet along (CAL) to each round:


Please credit Destany as the designer of this square in any posts, blogs etc. and link back to her Ravelry store or profile - thank you.

I did this one in 4ply cotton and as you can see the edges are a bit uneven so it could do with blocking just to get the shape correct.

Happy crocheting!



Saturday, 11 February 2017

Cat toys quick and easy crochet

I made these cat toys in just an hour or so, they were so quick and easy to make and my cat loves them.

I didn't have any catnip to add but all the same she still chases them around and throws them in the air!

The little loops around the edge help the cat to catch them but without tangling in their paws or claws.

If you don't know how to do the loop stitch you can find my tutorial here, it is very simple to do:

The FREE pattern for the cat toy can be found here on Ravelry by Esh Crochet:

Happy crocheting!



Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Amigurumi Little Monkeys in Hats

These little monkeys are made from two patterns.

Little Big Foot Monkey by Sharon Ojala at Amigurumi to Go and the little hats by Jennifer Wang.

I loved making these, both patterns have very clear instructions and are easy to follow.

Each pattern is set out with detailed step by step instructions and Jennifer explains how to alter the Little Big Foot Monkey pattern slightly so that the hats fit better.

Both patterns can be found on Ravelry and are FREE - how kind are these people? It inspires me to always offer my patterns for free too. :) Let's all share!

Little Big Foot Monkey by Sharon Ojala:

Little Hats by Jennifer Wang:

I made mine using Drops Safran yarn which is a 4ply cotton in brown and white for the monkey and pink and yellow for the hats. The monkey comes out at around 5" tall when sitting.

I made two hats, the sun hat and the newsboy hat. There is also a cowboy hat and a Fedora to make.

I'm going to be making more monkeys in hats so will add photos as they are made.

Happy crocheting!



Saturday, 28 January 2017

Pet Bed Cat or Dog bed crochet tutorial

This is a crochet pattern for a pet bed. It is worked in the round in a continuous spiral and the edge is stuffed to give a soft, cosy bed.

I was inspired to make this pattern after getting a new cat and finding all the beds very expensive. I had lots of odd balls of yarn around so used them up to make it.

The pattern is free to use, however please do read the terms of use at the bottom of the pattern before you begin.
If you have any problems or questions please do get in touch, I’ve found it hard to explain it all in writing so please do watch the video as it will really help explain what I mean: Video tutorial available here: or search for Pookie Doodle Crafts

Instructions: .. to add to your Ravelry Projects, click here:

Yarn: Great for using any leftover oddments of yarns - aran and chunky work best but it might work with double knit too.
I used around 250-300g of aran and chunky.

Stuffing: Any suitable stuffing such as toy stuffing, old cushion stuffing, cut up t.shirts work too.


Hook: 5.5 mm - larger hook will give a larger size, likewise a smaller hook will give a smaller size.

All terms used are UK crochet terms.
Ch - Chain
dc - Double Crochet (single crochet if you are in the US)
St - Stitch
Inc  - work 2 double crochet stitches into one stitch below
FO - Fasten Off

To begin make a magic ring and work 6 dc into it ... if you prefer to work in chain rings, make 6 chains and join with a slip stitch then work 6 dc into it. (6 sts)

Place a marker in the first stitch so you know when you come back around to where you started. You will be working in continuous rounds, not joining the round.

1st round: 2 dc in each stitch (12sts)

2nd round: *1 dc in next stitch. inc in next stitch** - repeat from * to ** all the way around. (18sts)

3rd round: *1 dc in next 2 sts. inc in next stitch** - repeat from * to ** all the way around.
4th round: *1 dc in next 3 sts. inc in next stitch** - repeat from * to ** all the way around.
5th round: *1 dc in next 4 sts. inc in next stitch** - repeat from * to ** all the way around.

Continue is this way doing one more stitch between the increases until you have 25 stitches between the increases.

For a larger bed continue as above until you have the base the size you need.

Next round: Turn your work over and going back the other way work ONLY in the front loops (this round only) doing 1 dc  in each stitch.

When you come back around to the marker do not join the round but continue working on in a spiral, doing 1 dc into each stitch, now working through both loops.

Continue on, round and round in a spiral until the side wall is twice the height you want the finished bed.

Now fasten off and then sew the top edge to the back loops that were left when you worked into the front loops. These will be located inside the bed near the fold.

Alternatively you can crochet them together as I do in the video.

As you sew or crochet them together stop from time to time and begin stuffing the side wall - if you sew it all first then you might have difficulty getting the stuffing all the way around.

It is worth watching the video as I am able to give far more detailed explanation on what I mean, than I can express in writing:


Terms of use:
The pattern is free to use for personal use only. You may not copy, reproduce, sell, distribute physically or digitally or put the pattern on your own blog/website - instead please provide a link back to my blog or Ravelry download.
Please do not claim the pattern as your own.
Please credit Pookie Doodle Crafts as the designer and provide a link where possible.

The items you make: You may do what you like with the items you make from the pattern but please give me credit for the design where possible. I would also love to see photos of your finished items, please share them here on my blog  or my Facebook page or Ravelry
If you sell them and make a reasonable profit please consider making a little donation to a charity from it - I would really appreciate that and thank you in advance :) 

Happy crocheting!



Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Minion double ended glove scarf

I made this scarf for my grandson, he loves Bob the Minion.

I used the basics from this pattern which is available free via Ravelry and written by Patricia King:

However I did make some alterations as I wanted to add pockets on the end which he could use as gloves so I added extra rows in blue and yellow and worked in the round until the pockets were the size I wanted then continued with the pattern to make the faces, then I worked in trebles all the way up to the back neck where I stopped.

I then made the other side the same way but with the one eye Minion and once it was finished I joined the two pieces at the back neck.

It came out really nice and he is thrilled with it.

Thank you Patricia for the pattern.

Happy crocheting!



Thursday, 12 January 2017

Jumpers for Cats - Crochet

No I've not turned into a crazy cat lady dressing up cats! These jumpers are for poorly kitties.

A local cat rescue sometimes has to shave cats because they arrived with their fur too matted and in poor condition to be able to groom it out, so once the cat is shaved they feel the cold and the little jumpers help keep them warm while the fur grows back.

I used Velvet Kerfuffle's pattern on Ravelry as the basic pattern but did add a curved edge at the end just to give a little more coverage when the kitty is curled up. I did this by stopping one stitch short at the end of each row as I turned until it was down to about 10 stitches.

The turtle neck might not be ideal for a small kitten so I'm going to make some without the roll neck and see how they look.

They are made with a large hole for the front legs, this is better than have two small individual leg holes as it is less restrictive. The cats back legs and tail then stick out the back. The mock crochet ribbing around the neck is not tight but flexible enough to hold it in place.

I didn't have a toy cat to try it on but here is what it looks like on the toy rabbit I made last year! :)

The pattern is really easy to follow and I made this in a few hours one afternoon, it is all worked in UK double crochet. I used Cygnet Chunky yarn and a 5.5 mm hook, it took just under 100g. For a smaller cat or kitten double knit would probably do with a 4.00mm hook.

Happy crocheting!