Free Pattern! – T-Shirt Yarn Cushion Cover

I had  been itching to make something out of T-Shirt yarn for quite some time, but trying to find a nice pattern is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, so I thought I would design my own.
This pattern uses a rib stitch, I started off with just DC, but found that you could see the cushion underneath, so the rib stitch gives it some great texture, and also makes the cushion less visible. You’ll find this pattern nice, simple and quick, it only took me an evening!
Materials
 10-12 mm Crochet Hook
 2 x Hoooked Ribbon XL or any other T-Shirt Yarn
 16 x 16 Cushion
 6 x Buttons
Stitches Used – UK Terms
 CH (chain)
 DC (Double Crochet)
 BLO (Back Loop Only)
Instructions
(Make 2 of each)
Start by chaining 40
Row 1 – 1DC into the 2nd chain from the hook, 1DC all the way across, CH1 and turn
Row 2 – 1DC into the BLO all the way across, CH1 and turn
Rows 3 -18 Rep Row 2 and fasten off
You might need to complete more or less rows depending on the thickness of your T-shirt yarn and your tension, also the size of your cushion; by increasing or decreasing the number of rows you can make a larger or smaller cover.
Joining
Place the two panels together and join by 1DC all the way across until you get to the corner, once at the corner of each panel 3DC in the same stitch then continue with a 1DC until the end, leave one side unstitched, so that the cushion can be removed for washing. Add some chunky buttons to secure the cushion until required.

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If you would like to print the PDF version feel free, just click on the link and print tshirt-yarn-cushion-cover

Happy Hooking xx

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Frank & Olive Crochet Retreat

Wow!!! I had an amazing day yesterday! Absolute pure relaxation and bundles of yarn!

We left Warrington as planned albeit 5 mins late and made our way to Yorkshire.  We arrived about 20 mins early, we were quite lucky to be honest because the weather was really odd, -4 degrees and extremely foggy.  We arrived at the mill house and saw the Frank & Olive banners and bunting, headed to the door which went straight to the kitchen where all of those that stayed the night before were having breakfast, Ruby welcomed us first and then Kim 


The house was lovely, kitchen was buzzing, Ruby took us both straight through into the main lounge, my first reaction was WOW!! There was 7 sofas each with a crocheted blanket, cushions, behind the sofas were shelving just crammed with scrummy squishy yarn and a sheep in the middle if the room again stuffed with yarn!


My sister and I went straight to the corner next to the log burner.  People started to come in then make themselves comfortable, shies off feet up! I thought yeahs!! 

Once everyone had arrived Ruby gave out a pattern and explained that we would be making stars garland, out of super chunky or tshirt yarn, there was so much to chose from!! I started off with the tshirt but quickly changed over to a neon pink knit picks tuff puff yarn, non of it was ‘cheap stuff’ that’s for sure!! 

My sister started to panic a little because she’s so new to all of this, and to be honest I didn’t really want to give her too much help, Kim was sat right next to her so she ended up recommending that she made a snood out if the knit picks, and she got stuck in.  By the end of the day my sister who’s never made anything actually created this!!!!


I so want her to get the bug so we can do stuff together.  My sister suffers a lot with stress levels, I think I used to too, but I think crochet has really changed me, my stress levels are lower even though I have more to deal with! But it’s time for me, and I think she needs that too.

Anyway then the lady that was creating all of the lovely food Gauc & Roll made some home made mince pies, which were delish! Then we carried on with our crochet, there were a few moments where in any other situation I would of felt  a little strange, because there were some points where there was complete silence, apart from scissors snipping but I was so comfortable because everyone was doing the same thing, it was a nice silence!! 

We had lunch at about 14:00 which was stunning, all vegan, so very healthy and tasty.  

Now within the group there was this man 


I thought I’d recognised him from something but I couldn’t think where, he’d been sat in the corner of the room all morning making the most amazing amigurami peacock, I love it when men crochet I think they should all do it! 

Anyway he took over the workshop after lunch, he was Hugh Metcalf, author and editor of crochet now magazine, I knew I’d seen his face before!

 So our next task was crochet slippers…..id never crocheted a pair of slippers before and now I’m itching to do more!  I used a beautiful chunky yarn from paintbox, just stunning, I’ve never used paintbox either but I’ll definitely be buying some. 

 Late afternoon we had a piece of nigella  birthday cake which was possibly the nicest chocolate cake I’ve had.  Then we left at six 😞 I was gutted, I wanted to stay all night, it was so relaxing, it was great to meet with Frank & olive and Hugh Metcalf!  But it was over too quickly, I’d love to do a whole weekend.  I also think it’s great value for money, the yarns you get to use are simply stunning, food amazing, surrounded by people who love to crochet, the day couldn’t of been any better!


Happy hooking! Xx

Frank and olive eve!

I was supposed to go to bed early tonight, picking my sister up at 07:15 in the morning so we can make our way to thirsk for Frank and olive crochet retreat, but I’m too excited to sleep!! 

I’ve almost finished my carousel!! Really got stuck into it this week, I’ve now finished those pesky hex’s and started in the round 5 border, the border consists of 6 rows and colour changes throughout, but I don’t think I could cope with anymore colour changes and ends to see in, plus I really want to use my favourite colurs from the middle (round 1) I’m pleased with how it is looking 


I also popped into Blacksheep wools this week and picked up a right bargain! Alpaca pom poms, they had exactly the same in John Lewis for £8 each, but Blacksheep had them in for £4.50 so I bought a black one for my daughter and a white one for mum, they’re so cute, so crocheted this hat for my daughter 


I’ve also just today finished one in grey Aran with the White pom Pom, but I forgot to take a photo and I’ve given it to mum already.

So this week has been carousel and hats for the big issue and my mum and daughter.  

I really wanted to get some wip finished so I can make a start on Christmas, this is the first year I’ll be making about 25% of my gifts

  • Frank olive jumper for mum
  • James C Brett flutterby mermaid tail for niece 
  • Mandala madness for my sister and brother in law
  • Carousel for an old work colleague
  • And bernat blast off snuggle blanket for my nephew

It’s going to be a busy few weeks that’s for sure!!

I’m half way through the snuggle blanket I started this week, but it was so hard to find the right yarn!!! The pattern recommended bernat blanket brights 10mm hook, I could not get bernat blanket brights here in uk, or anything similar, so I’ve had to adapt the pattern slightly and use Stylecraft chunky in a 6mm hook, but is looks really good!!


It’s certainly not going to be as soft and snuggle as it should be, the Stylecraft chunky is white rough, but I’m hoping my nephew won’t notice, he’ll be so pleased just to have his own space rocket!!

I’m a bit gutted I’ll be missing crochet group tomorrow, we had a good turn out last week with a few new starters and I actually got my sister crocheting in preparation for tomorrow, she chained, DC’d, and TR!!! And she did good! I’d love it if she got the bug I really would.  I just find it absolutely amazing how we can turn a ball of yarn into something beautiful just using a hook, so I’m hoping tomorrow she will too.  Ooh! We also had Warrington guardian come out to take photos of us on Saturday, it was a giggle, but I don’t think we’ve been in the paper yet…

Anyway I really must try and get some sleep, got a good drive in the morning!!! 
Happy hooking xx

Thunderbolts and lightning

Very, very frightening!  I’ve not managed to get much done this week at all, it’s been a busy old week with work, I’ve been up and down the M6 motorway like nobodies business and was looking forward to a more quiet Friday.  I’ve managed to get a few hats done for the big knit, and made a start on a scarf too, good job because Warrington guardian are coming to our crochet group tomorrow morning to take some photos of us girls doing our bit for charity!  

We seem to have a few new starters coming tomorrow morning and, we should (fingers crossed) have our new table right on the mezzanine floor where everyone can see in hobbycraft, we’ve been tucked away around the back for the last few months where no one can see what we’re up to, so I’m really looking forward to that, Lynn one of our lovely crochet ladies has even managed to wangle us access to a kettle so we can have brews!!!!

Here’s a few of my hats, hopefully they’ll keep someone arm this winter 💕


Anyway as I was saying I was looking forward to a peaceful Friday working from home…… I got in the car at 07:40 this morning with my daughter and off we went to pick her friend up and drop them off at school, we got to about half a mile away from school when there was an almighty bang, huge bang, then a flash of light, thunder, the girls were scared and said they didn’t want to go to school, ‘tough!’ I said.  I got them to school when my mobile rang, my husband, who was still at home,

 “lisa !! There’s been an explosion! There’s a massive hole in the roof, what do I do!” 
Ok a hole in roof, omg where?! In the roof he says, of course im thinking that he can see this through the ceiling, so I’m in a panic, gets home and everyone’s intruder alarms are going off, neighbours out on the street, it’s my house, we’d been hit by lightening…….


Doesn’t look that bad, well not as bad as he made out, now, I work in the fire and flood industry, so my first thoughts are where’s the fire? Is there anything smouldering in the loft, it was also hail stoning, so where’s that going?! Luckily there was nothing smouldering , but up in the loft you could see broad day light, but we had no electricity.  

It’s amazing what lightening can do it literally sent 1,000’s of volts of electricity right through our house and anything that was plugged in and being used is basically fried inside, including my beautiful heated bathroom mirrors! 


See where the elements are behind the mirrors? Well they’ve burnt through 😩

So after a long day we eventually got electricity and heating back on, and temporary tarpaulins on the roof until it can be fixed permanently.  But I’ve got no dishwasher (3rd world problem) it took the brunt I’m afraid, smoke alarms fried, intruder alarm fried, phone lines fried, all of our televisions completely cooked and sky boxes smoking.  

We’ve got a loss adjuster coming out on Tuesday, so hopefully everything is covered, the only saving grace is that I love crochet, and for that I don’t need a television or broadband…..hubby went to bed at 18:30 😂 bored out of his brain!!

So a bit of advice, take it from me, if you’re not using it, unplug it!
Happy hooking xx

Weekly update

I have been very good, well I think so anyway, I’ve not purchased anymore yarn…….. Well kind of anyway!

Little Box of Crochet

Well what can I say, Amanda Bloom has out done herself yet again, seriously if you haven’t picked up one of these boxes do! They’re simply stunning, this month is very all about Autumn, leaves, acorns and mushrooms, the box came with the most delicious DMC cotton yarn that has a lovely sheen to it, and the pattern uses a 2.5mm hook, it’s just beautiful!!


There are two projects in this one, a wreath, which I’ve almost finished, and a nice broochwhich will look stunning on my lime green Coat, for sure.


Check out my baby acorns and leaves!


I love Amanda’s boxes, they’re such a treat and I really do learn something new each month.

Did I mention I’m going on frank and olives crochet retreat? 😂 yes I know, sorry if I’m boring you, but only 2 weeks today!!! Excited much!!!

My brother in laws surgery went very well, he is still in hospital but he’s surprisingly up and in his feet, so I’m pleased about that.

Crochet Brocade!

As you know I started a group at hobbycraft Warrington a few months ago, and we have about 10 people that come some not every week but we do have a few regulars, well we had a lady start this morning and she hadn’t crocheted before but brought hooks and yarn and asked if we could help her, so we did and by the end of group she had managed to do this!!!

I’m so pleased!!! And so was she, she’s done a cracking job, fingers crossed she comes back next week!

Whilst we were in hobbycraft the lady that looks after the yarn area asked us if we would be able to help them with the big knit for the big issue, making hats and gloves and scarves for those that are homeless, we were so lucky we were given a 400g ball each of women’s institute Aran and a Pom Pom maker, so thoughtful of hobbycraft, so we’re all planning on getting stuck in this week, I’m more than happy to put my wip to one side, it must be awful for those outside all night in the cold.

Happy hooking xx

So excited I could burst!

It’s was my birthday on Thursday, no biggie, another year older and all that! But I got the best gift I could of asked for, besides, family, health and happiness naturally! 

I’m lucky and I don’t really want for much, but I’d never go and spend a lot of money in myself, unless it’s yarn of course 🙈, anyway, for my birthday my parents and my sister and brother in law clubbed together and got me something amazing!!! 


How lucky am I!!!! A whole day of pure relaxation, crocheting by a log fire in a country barn, being waited on hand and foot, with frank and olive!! Eeeeeeekkkkkkk!!!!! Apparently we arrive at 10am and have a bite to eat, then we go into a session with Frank and olive, break for lunch at 13:00 and then they have a guest designer coming in to do another workshop, the day finishes at 18:00, all yeah is included and there’s a Christmas gift under the tree, are you jealous!!!!! 

As designers I really like Frank and olives modern designs, so I can’t wait to meet with them! If you want to find out more about it or make yourself green with envy have a nosey at their page for the retreat www.thecrochetretreat.co.uk

Lily pond cherry blossom 

Ive finally gotten my head around block 3, I kept going wrong and couldn’t figure out why! Then I realised that I stupidly had 9 petals instead of 8 🙈 anyway I’ve done all 4 now and I’m pleased with them, just goes to show, don’t crochet tired!


And I’ve moved onto block 5


I’m trying to bit of each bit of wip each day, if I can.

Carousel


A bit behind on this, I had to frog some of part 4 as I’d put my hexagons in the wrong way, again, tired! But just need to finish the other side, then block 5 which has already been released.

I love making blankets, and tops, but I’m not very good at anigurami! But I thought I’d give it a go, my brother in law is going into hospital on Wednesday to have some of his bowel removed, unfortunately they’ve found pre cancerous cells, luckily they’ve found them before anything more sinister occurred, but he’s obviously scared, he’s also a mega geek! He commission paints war hammer figures and is very talented, loves anything marvel, so I thought I’d make him an anigurami to take into hospital, I chose captain America, he is the bravest super hero (apparently!) please don’t laugh, it’s not very good, and my first attempt, if @itchy crochet is reading this she’ll have a chuckle! Anyway, I swapped the A for an I for Ian


Bad I know!!!

Anyway on with my mandala madness which is becoming hotter on my knees as it gets heavier!!
Happy hooking xxx