Introducing Meredith (crochet pattern)

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Edit: May 2017

This pattern is no longer available in adult size as it is being updated. A toddler sized version of this simple granny square tank top is available on Craftsy. Please see customisation tips below for making an adult version of this simple tank top.

Eagle eyed readers will recognise this as an adult version of the “Granny Square Toddler Tunic” I posted for sale last month. At the time, I wrote that I had made adult versions of this in the past and decided it was only fair to show you just how feminine and flattering the granny square can be.

In my youth there was a fashion for sewing huge granny squares together to make slash neck tops and t shirts, the results were often baggy, shapeless and very revealing.  Meredith solves this problem with a little neck and arm hole shaping and the “cross you heart” effect of the diagonal lines of the granny square gives the illusion of waist shaping. A hem edging in double crochet with a shell trim adds weight, which “pulls” the granny square. This extra length also helps to make it a more flattering shape for most figures.

For this version I have used a beautiful yarn. Willow Tweed, from the Louisa Harding range is a blend of Alpaca, Silk and Merino. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve used this yarn for garments and accessories. It hand washes beautifully, becoming softer and silkier each time. You’ll need about 500m of double knitting yarn to make a version to fit a size 10 / 12 (you want a cm or two of negative ease).  I used a 3.5mm hook, anything bigger and your trebles will have a tendency to pull out of shape and look untidy. A useful tip, if you’re ever working with granny squares, a smaller hook  can go a long way to giving your motifs a professional finish.

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Pattern: Jemima Ear Muffs

Crochet_6Jan14-121I am just in love with these photos the Inside Crochet team have supplied of my latest design. These cute little ear muffs look adorable don’t they? You can find the pattern in issue 50, which is on sale now (I believe issue 51 has just gone to press, so you should still be able to find it in the shops). This design was definitely influenced by the yarn. Erika Knight British Blue wool is so soft and the colours so beautiful it really lends itslef to children’s projects. Also, becuase it comes in 25g balls, you can afford to splash out on a luxury yarn for your precious little ones!

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These ear muffs take 2 balls (I used Milk Chocolate and Steve), you can really play around with the colour combinations in the Erika Knight range and have some fun. The pattern is designed for beginners and only requires a knowledge of double crochet, increasing and decreasing. You could use any doublke knitting yarn for this project, but it really does need to be soft and not scratchy. I use this yarn a lot for baby gifts and the quality and the colours are hard to match (I’m particularly fond of “Mouse” and “Iced Gem”).

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I used a shop bought pair of ear muffs for my base, but the pattern also has instructions for making your own with a hair band and foam.

I’ll be back later this week to show you a more “grown up” version I made, which I really think you’ll like!

Happy making x

Photo credit: All images supplied by Inside Crochet

Off the Needles: New Pattern

Lace_Panel_Dec_2013It’s always a thrill when new issues of magazines come out. There can be such a long gap between desinging / making a sample and the publication date that I sometimes forget to share photos of the finished article!

When Let’s Get Crafting said they were sending lace yarn for issue 57 I was very excited. I designed a simple lace panel which would make an ideal ring pillow for a wedding (such a lovely gift), but I am thinking I would like to try working more repeats and make myself a scarf.

There’s no reason why you couldn’t use a 4 ply or dk yarn to make a larger panel which would make a lovely cushion cover for a bedroom. Or even follow the trend for oversized knits and use an aran or chunky yarn!

As always, Let’s Get Crafting have styled and photographed my design beautifully, but this photo is one I took before sending off the sample.

You can find a Ravelry listing for this project here and share your finished makes on the LGC facebook page.

As usual, you’ll find this issue crammed with inspiring projects a and free this month is a  very useful double ended crochet hook along with all the yarn you need to make this lace panel. My particular favourite this month is Sarah Hazell’s Elegant Lace Edging which would look fabulous on a woollen blanket. Issue 57 is on sale now and well worth looking out for.