Side puff stitch

side puff stitch

This pink is so pretty, isn’t it? Maria is crocheting a cushion and had just started it and already it looks so lovely. She is using acrylic. You want to be able to wash cushion covers quickly and easily.  The pattern is trebles and then side puff stitch which gives it some good texture.

Instructions for side puff stitch are on new stitch a day. There’s a video to help you learn.

Regular, vertical puff stitch is a handy stitch to know as well. It makes for good texture in anything you are making but it also makes good blankets. If you watch the video below by Rich Textures Crochet you will see the stitch comes into its own if you make a blanket which changes colour.

There is a nice puff pillow pattern on stitchinprogress

 

 

 

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Creating for causes

knitted beanieWe produce so many things in a year and we like to. Part of what we do is create things for others like our tiny teddies last year. Jan 1 regularly knits beanies for the homeless in winter because there is a big call for warm hats for them. One of her beanies in progress is featured left.

Recently we were talking about the need for penguin jumpers on Philip Island. The pattern is here and the Penguin Foundation website gives you all the background for the cause.

Kogo accepts hand knitted things all year and highlights any needs as they arise. You can find them on Facebook as well.

Life’s Little Treasures is a site which supports premature babies and it has two lovely knitted bears which are signature bears for the cause.

There is no compulsion for us to knit for others but we always keep each other aware of what community needs there are so we can participate if we want to. Hilary reminded us there is always a need  in hospitals for crocheted octopuses for premature babies and the YouTube clip by APcrochet explains how to make them. It’s a good thing for any little baby, actually.

Sunburst grannie squares

sunburst grannie squares
sunburst grannie squares

Sunburst grannie squares are good to learn to make because they can produce such cheerful blankets, bags, jackets…whatever you like. The video we have chosen for this post shows you how to alter it slightly to make it denser if you want a tighter version. Craft Passion has written a very enthusiastic post about Sunburst Grannie Squares which includes different ways of joining them together. The written instructions from that site are here. You might miss them because there are so many good things to look at on the page. Karin brought a basket full of Sunburst grannie squares to cheer us up this week. We are focusing a bit on grannie squares because they are good things to know how to make and different styles and patterns can help you create some lovely things. It is a good grannie square for oddments and we love our oddments projects.

Now for Curio’s video:

Hexagon grannie squares

We know. We know they are not squares and that a hexagon square doesn’t exist. Google understands hexagon grannie squares so it must be all right. Hexagone blanket motifs?? Hexagon blanket medallions? Hexagaon blanket shapes? No. Hexagon grannie squares. We know what we mean and so do you 🙂 This is Alexis’ grannie square blanket and it is in finer , commerical wool so it could double as a shawl. So cheerful, bright and such a great oddments project. We are having a bit of a focus on grannie squares this month. It pays to revisit the oldies but goodies to get a new look at them with fresh eyes and colours. It is certainly blanket weather here at the moment and something as cheerful as this hexagon blanket would keep your spirits up.

Mybluprint has 3 different hexagon motifs for you to try.

Bella Coco walks you through a tutorial of making hexagon motifs if you are unsure how to do them or need a refresher.