Mushroom Rattle

by Dawn Lewis

Materials

Milford Soft Thread – White, 1 ball

Milford Soft Thread – any colour for mushroom cap, 1 ball (blue = Periwinkle, Pink = Sorbet, Red = Holiday Red)

Milford Satin Thread – Taupe, 1 ball

2.5mm hook

Polyfill stuffing

Doll Needle

This pattern is worked in the round, so mark the last stitch of each round to keep your place using a stitch marker, safety pin or piece of contrasting thread. When reading the pattern please note that the number in brackets at the end of each line indicates the number of stitches in the round.

UK crochet terminology.

Ch 2, dc x 4 into 2nd chain from hook.

R1: 2dcinc x 4 (8)

R2: (2dcinc, 1dc) x 4 (12)

R3: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 4 (16)

R4: (2dcinc, 3dc) x 4 (20)

R5: (2dcinc, 4dc) x 4 (24)

R6: (2dcinc, 5dc) x 4 (28)

R7: (2dcinc, 1dc) x 14 (42)

R8: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 14 (56)

R9-12: 56dc (56)

R13: (2dcinc, 3dc) x 14 (70)

R14-17: 70dc (70)

R18: (2dctog, 2dc) x 17, 2dctog (52)

R19: (2dctog, 2dc) x 13 (39)

Change thread to Taupe satin

R20: 39dc (39)

R21: (2dctog, 1dc) x 13 (26)

R22: 26dc (26)

R23: 1dc, (2dctog, 1dc) x 9, 1dc (18)

Stuff firmly and insert bell, then continue on to crochet stem.

R24-37: 18dc (18)

R38: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 6 (24)

R39: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 8 (32)

R40-41: 32dc (32)

R42: 2dctog x 16 (16)

Stuff stem firmly

R43: 2dctog x 8 (8)

R44: 2dctog x 4 (4)

Slst then bind off.

Leave a 70cm tail.

Spots, White … make 5

Ch 2, 6dc into 2nd chain from hook

R1: 2dcinc x 6 (12)

Slst then bind off.

Leave a 12cm tail.

Decide where your mushroom spots will go, evenly spaced around the mushroom cap, and mark the centre of each with a pin or piece of contrasting thread.

Thread the doll needle with the tail end of the Taupe thread. Run the needle from the stem base up inside the stem to where it meets the cap, and out one side. Stitch through the stem at the top 4 times (like a cross) to strengthen it. To shape the mushroom, put the needle back in at the top of the stem, and out where you have marked the first spot on the mushroom cap with your pin or thread. Reinsert needle close to where it came out and stitch back down to the top of the stem. Repeat 4 times, ending at the top of stem. OPTION – stitch long lines between top of stem and where the taupe base meets the coloured cap to create a series of ribs under the mushroom cap.

Bind off and thread the remaining tail inside the mushroom and out the other side. Trim off the excess close to the surface.

Thread the doll needle with the tail end of the white spots and stitch them over your anchor points around the mushroom cap.

Bind off and thread tail inside the mushroom and out the other side. Trim off the excess close to the surface.

Repeat for all spots.

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Angel Gowns

Hi foxy peeps,
I know that it is my turn to provide this weeks foxy project, but it seems my life has been hijacked by urgent crafting.
I recently volunteered as a seamstress and crocheter for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies who have Grown their Wings.  I am currently filling an urgent crochet order and helping with some graphic design work for the organisation.  It has put a halt to the fox project (which I promise, is nearly done!), while I meet this deadline.
This organisation popped up in my Facebook newsfeed no less than a dozen times in one day.  I had a look, and saw that they had a need for seamstresses, knitters and crocheters … and while I don’t knit, I am pretty handy with a machine and a hook!  There are lots of these types of groups, but I was particularly drawn to this one … I don’t know why … I just know that I want to help.  This angel gowns groups accepts donations of wedding dresses, which are deconstructed by hand, and refashioned into beautiful, tiny gowns & suits for families who have lost their baby too soon.  They also provide some items to NICU and SIDS babies.  It is a task full of conflicting emotions … sadness for the families who are enduring such deep sorrow, yet satisfaction in being able to use the skills I have to make tiny clothing for these angel babies, joy at seeing so many come together to keep this organisation running smoothly, and despair at the incredibly large numbers of items that need to be made this year.  I volunteered because it is in my nature to help people, and this cause speaks to me in volumes, having lost my best friend and her angel baby 7 years ago.
Here are some links for you, if you’re interested in volunteering your skills, donating supplies or postage, or spreading the word … check it out.
I promise to have the project finished soon … sewing peeps, you’re going to love it!
Dawn

 

Here is a link to their website:

Here is a link to their Facebook page:

 

Doily

By Dawn Lewis

 Materials

DMC natura crochet cotton, Avessac N17– 2 balls

Hook: 4mm

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**NOTE: USE DOUBLE THREAD THROUGHOUT**

Ch 6, join with a slst into 1st chain to form a ring.

R1: Ch 3, 11tr into the ring. Join with a slst in 2nd chain (12 sts).
R2: Ch 4, (1tr, ch 2) x 12, slst to 2nd chain to join (12 spaces)

R3: Ch 5, (1tr, ch 4 ) x 12, slst to 3rd chain to join (12 spaces)

R4: Ch 6, (1tr, ch 4) x 12, slst to 3rd chain to join (12 spaces)

R5: Ch 7, (1tr, ch 5) x 12, slst to 3rd chain to join (12 spaces)

R6: Ch 3, (1tr x 2, ch 2, 3tr) in next space, (3tr, ch 2, 3tr) in each space to end. Join with slst to 3rd chain.

R7: Slst in next 2 tr, slst in the space, ch 3, 2tr, ch 2, 3tr in next space, miss 3tr, 1tr into next space, miss 3 tr *(3tr, ch 2, 3tr) in next space, miss 3 tr, 1 tr in next space, miss 3 tr*. Repeat *-* 9 times. 3tr, ch 2, 3tr, miss 3 tr, 1tr in next space, slst to 3rd ch.

R8: Slst in next 2tr, slst in space, ch 3, 3tr, ch 2, 4tr in next space, miss 3 tr, 1tr into treble below, miss 3 tr *(4tr, ch 2, 4tr) in space, miss 3 tr, 1tr into treble below, miss 3 tr*. Repeat *-* 9 times. 4tr, ch 2, 4tr, miss 3 tr, 1tr in treble below. Slst to 3rd ch.

Bind off.

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Knotty Hearts

by Dawn Lewis

Here you see a simple crochet heart.  They are quick to do, and useful for so many projects … cardmaking, scrapbooking, hairclips, dressing up a plain tee or singlet … whatever you want to do!

Here you also see 3 different size hearts.  All were made using the same ball of DMC Natura crochet cotton (N17, Avessac), but the different in the size of the heart is directly related to the difference in the size of the hook used to create the heart.
#1 is the largest, using a 3.5mm hook
#2 is the middle, using a 3.0mm hook
#3 is the smallest, using a 2.5mm hook
This Natural cotton is gorgeous, and the colours are breathtaking.  However, when working with the 2.5mm crochet hook, it took twice as long to make because the cotton splits.  By far the most comfortable to use was the 3.5mm hook, but my favourite result was with the 3.0mm hook.
I like to choose my hook depending on the ply of the yarn.  This Natura is 4 ply, and because of the splitting yarn, I really prefer the 3.0mm hook.  I crochet quite tightly, so I could also get away with the 3.5mm hook.  If your crochet tension is looser than mine, then definately go for the 3.0mm or 2.5mm hook (particularly when using a cotton/yarn that doesn’t split quite so much).  Essentially, the bigger the hook, the bigger the finished piece.  If you are making a toy or a motif, that doesn’t really matter.  If you’re making clothes, I strongly recommend that you follow the pattern instructions and test your tension.  It will save a lot of tears at the end when your crochet bikini is too small, or your newborn won’t fit into the gigantic cardigan for a couple of years.
Pattern (USA crochet terminology)
All stitches are worked into the first chain.
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Ch4.  Work 3 tr into first ch, dc x 3, ch x 1, tr x 1, ch x 1, dc x 3, tr x 3, ch x 3, slst into center and fasten off.ch = chain
dc = double crochet
tr = triple crochet
slst = slip stitch