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  • Posted on August 23, 2017

    DIY Pebble Striped Planter

    If you're not busy this bank holiday, why not have a go at this DIY striped pebble planter. You can transform an old terracotta plant pot into something colourful and unique in just a few simple steps...

    striped pebble planter2

    A simple, slightly tapered terra cotta pot has been transformed into a striking planter that could be the focal point of a hot and dry planting scheme. The clean lines of the black and white pebble stripes work particularly well with the strong shapes of sun-loving plants such as Agave, Echiveria or Sedum, lending a Mediterranean feel to your garden. Try decorating other planters and pots in a similar way, perhaps using a slightly different pattern to make an interesting collection to liven up your sunny terrace or patio.

    Waterproof and frostproof gray cement has been used for the black pebbles and white cement used for the white ones. Although a little more time-consuming, it is well worth using the two colors as it enhances the black and white contrast. The rim of the pot has been finished with a row of black pebbles that cleverly hide the terracotta beneath.

     

    MATERIALS

    Tall terracotta pot 14in (35cm) high with a top diameter of 11in (27cm)

    Piece of chalk

    Black pebbles no more than 3⁄4in (2cm) in diameter

    White pebbles of a similar size

    Waterproof and frostproof gray cement-based adhesive

    Waterproof and frostproof white cement-based adhesive

    Old pointed kitchen knife

    Container for cement

     

    striped pebble planter step1

    step 1 Draw vertical chalk lines onto the pot, dividing it into 12 stripes each roughly 31⁄4in (8cm) wide at the top. On a tapered pot the stripes will be slightly narrower at the base.

     

    striped pebble planter step 2

    step 2 Mix the gray cement according to manufacturer’s instructions, making sure it is not too runny. Apply a layer 1⁄2in (1cm) thick within the chalk lines of one stripe and set in the black pebbles closely together. This will push the cement up between the pebbles and help to secure them. Leave room for a row of pebbles around the top rim. Cut off any excess cement with the knife. Leaving the next stripe clear, make two more black stripes.

     

    striped pebble planter step 3

    step 3 Mix and apply the white cement in the same way between the black stripes and set in the white pebbles. Clean up the joint between each contrasting stripe and continue until one side of the pot is covered. Allow the cement to harden overnight and repeat the same process on the remaining six stripes. It is best to work on the pot in two separate halves so as not to dislodge any pebbles (the pot needs to rest on its side for ease of working).

     

    striped pebble planter step 4

    step 4 Stand the pot up on its base and stick a row of black pebbles around the upper rim, spreading the back of each pebble with the cement. When the cement starts to harden slightly, trim off any excess with the knife. Allow to harden thoroughly before planting.

    tip Don’t allow the pebbles to extend beyond the base of the pots. Stop just short, or the bottom row of pebbles will be vulnerable to breaking off and the pot may not be very stable.

     

    For more garden DIY projects, check out Pebble Mosaics by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell.

    Pebble Mosaics

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  • Posted on July 5, 2017

    Vintage Teacup Planters

    We love this idea of using vintage teacups as planters for small plants and flowers! You could find all shapes and colours of teacups to match you own style and build up your collection bit by bit. We've also included some gardening tips from Emma Hardy, so your plants will stay happy and healthy!

     

    Preparing pots and plants

    Once you have decided on the container that you would like to plant up, you’ll need to prepare both the pots and plants before planting. Some of the key tasks include:

    • Making drainage holes  Few plants (apart from bog and water plants) like to sit in very wet soil, so it is important to provide adequate drainage in each container. If the container you are using does not have drainage holes in the bottom, then you can make some by drilling or hammering a heavy-duty nail into the base a few times.

    • Using drainage crocks  These are bits of old plant pot or tiles that are placed over the drainage holes in the container so that the hole will not become blocked by potting mix and inhibit drainage. Simply break up old pots or tiles with a hammer (take care not to let small shards hit you) and keep them for use in future projects.

    • Getting the container ready  To reduce the likelihood of infection by pests and diseases, clean the container on both the outside and inside with warm, soapy water before planting up. Remember to rinse thoroughly.

    • Loosening plant roots  Sometimes plants can become root-bound if they have been sitting in their plastic pots for a long time. Loosening the roots slightly will encourage them to spread out and grow when you re-pot them. Gently press your fingertips into the roots and then tease them out slightly, making sure that you do not damage them as you do so.

    • Soaking plants before planting  Before re-potting a plant, always soak it in water for at least 10 minutes to get the potting mix really wet.

     

    Vintage teacup planters

    Dainty Teacups

    Collect vintage cups and saucers, and create a pretty desktop garden to brighten up your day. If you are feeling brave, drill a drainage hole in the base of each cup using a hand drill. If you would rather not damage your cups, then adding gravel and being careful not to overwater should keep the plants healthy.

     

    teacup materials

    Materials

    Fine gravel

    Teacups and saucers

    Potting mix with a little fine gravel added

    Selection of alpine plants such as:

    Armeria juniperifolia (thrift) in white cup with ornate pattern

    Clematis marmoraria in pink cup

    Eranthis cilicica (winter aconite) in white cup with blue interior

    Fritillaria uva-vulpis (fritillary) in turquoise with gold cup

    Primula marginata Dwarf Form (primrose) in white cup with flower

    Saxifraga ‘Penelope’ (saxifrage) in yellow cup with the decorated saucer

    Saxifraga 5 petraschii (saxifrage) in gray cup with white flower

    Sedum species (stonecrop) in the yellow and gold cup

    vintage teacups step 2

    Put about a tablespoon of fine gravel in the bottom of each of the teacups.

    vintage teacup step 2

    Spoon some potting mix into the first cup, remembering to leave enough room for the plant.

    vinatge teacup step 3

    Take the plant out of its plastic pot and gently shake off any excess potting mix. Position the plant in the cup and fill round the edges with more potting mix so that the plant sits firmly in place. Plant the remaining teacups in the same way.

    vintage teacup step 4

    Sprinkle some fine gravel over the surface of the potting mix in each cup, making sure that it is completely covered. Water each cup carefully, ensuring that the mix is damp but not waterlogged. Deadhead spent flowers as necessary, to keep the plants in bloom.

     

    For more miniature gardening projects, check out Teeny Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy.

    Teeny Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy

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  • Posted on April 12, 2017

    Planted Enamel Ladles

    With the sun shining and the Easter bank holiday coming up, we thought it was time to get our fingers green! This lovely little display uses simple enamel ladles planted with pretty succulents to create a really charming result and is a perfect project no matter how big or small your garden is! Choose ladles with a large cup so that the roots of the plants will have enough room to grow and spread. Break off pieces from the larger succulents—these are generally quite tough plants and can take a bit of rough handling—and firm them into the potting mix well so they can take root and thrive.

    Planted ladles with succulents and moss

    Planted Enamel Ladles

    YOU WILL NEED

    Enamel ladles

    Potting mix

    Handful of gravel

    PLANTS

    Left ladle: Moss (available from garden centers and florists)

    Middle ladle: Echeveria ‘Perle von Nürnberg,’ Sedum album (white stonecrop), S. burrito (burro’s tail), S. ✕ rubrotinctum (banana cactus), and Sempervivum ‘Ohio Burgundy’ (houseleek)

    Right ladle: Anacampseros telephiastrum, Crassula ovate (friendship tree), and Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’ (stonecrop)

    Planted ladles, what you need

    STEPS

    1. Soak the rootballs of the plants for 10 minutes or so until the potting mix is wet. Put a handful of potting mix in the bottom of the ladle and add a little gravel to improve drainage.

    2. Carefully take one of the larger succulents from its pot and remove some of the excess potting mix to reduce the size of the rootball. Plant it on one side of the ladle.

    3. Take another of the larger succulents from its pot and again remove some of the potting mix. Plant at the back of the ladle, firming it in place.

    4. Add the smaller succulents to the ladle, breaking smaller bits off the larger plants if necessary, and plant them around the larger ones. Press down the potting mix.

    5. Fill in any holes with more potting mix and firm it in place so that the plants will not move.

    6. Add a sprinkling of gravel to the surface of the potting mix, pushing it around the plants with your fingers. This will help keep moisture in and looks nice, too. Plant up the other ladles and then water carefully, allowing excess water to drain off.

    Planting succulents in enamel ladles

    AFTERCARE

    Succulents can withstand dry conditions, but remember to check the potting mix regularly and water the ladles when they are very dry.

    This project is from Tiny Tabletop Gardens by Emma Hardy, available here.

    Tiny Tabletop Gardens by Emma Hardy

    Photography by Debbie Patterson © CICO Books

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  • Posted on October 15, 2015

    Little Blackboard Town

    Earlier today, someone in the office dared to mention Christmas and we ended up chatting about how lovely everything looks when the decorations are up. If you fancy jazzing up a blank wall in your home, then don’t wait for December... why not get creative with your DIY and try some simple wall art? This project is taken from the latest book by Clare Youngs, Wall Art, and we think it’s a great way to decorate a child’s bedroom (and a fun project to do together!)

    Though it has to be said, kids or no kids, we would just love this little blackboard town above the kitchen counter to keep track of the shopping list and housework...

    Little blackboard town

    Little blackboard town 

    This project is easy to create, looks stylish, and provides entertainment for the kids. What’s not to love? Blackboard paint is easily obtainable at DIY stores and even comes in different colors. I have used traditional black for contrast with the bright patterns. The roofs and the trees are made from sheets of giftwrap and a wallpaper offcut, so all very affordable.

     

    You will need

    Newspaper

    Scissors

    Masking tape in different widths

    Pencil

    Blackboard paint

    Paintbrush

    Patterned paper

    Long ruler

    Craft (PVA) glue

    Craft knife

    Cutting mat

    Little blackboard town step 1

    1 Decide how big you want your houses to be. Cut or fold to size, one sheet of newspaper for each house and position it on the wall using masking tape. The houses don’t have to be the same size—a little variation is good. Leave small gaps between them—mine were 1⁄2 in. (1 cm) wide.

    Little blackboard town step 2

    2 Draw around the newspaper using a pencil, then remove the newspaper. Mask off each house with masking tape, using your pencil lines as guides. I used thin masking tape between the houses and thicker tape around the edges.

    Little blackboard town step 3

    3 Paint the house shapes with the blackboard paint and leave the paint to dry before carefully peeling off the masking tape.

    Little blackboard town step 4

    4 Mark the center of the each house shape, along the top edge. Fold a piece of patterned paper in half and align the fold, vertically, with the center mark of one of the houses. Mark the edge of the house (as shown) on the patterned paper.

    Little blackboard town step 5

    5 Use a ruler to draw a line from the mark you have just made on the patterned paper diagonally, up to the folded edge. Cut along this line using scissors.

    Little blackboard town step 6

    6 Open up the triangle you have made and glue it to the wall, aligning the straight edge with the top of the house.

    7 Repeat Steps 4 to 6 to make two more roofs. You can make them different heights.

    Little blackboard town step 8

    8 Draw a simple tree shape on the back of the paper you have chosen for a tree. I have made a simple pointed oval. Cut this out. Draw in a few branches and cut these out using a craft knife and protecting your work surface with a cutting mat. Stick the tree on the wall next to the houses.

     

    Wall Art by Clare Youngs

    The latest book by Clare Youngs is full of creative ways to decorate your home with hangings, paintings, stencils, papercrafts, tapestries, plants, and more. For more information or to buy the book, click here.


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  • Posted on May 5, 2015

    Beat the Bank Holiday Blues with Letter Art!

    Is it Tuesday already? We hope you all had a super weekend, but we just can’t believe how quickly the bank holiday has flown by and how many emails were sat waiting when we got into the office this morning! Amongst the mail mayhem however, we discovered a great email from Hobbycraft with ideas for creating decorative letters… and instantly we were feeling calm and crafty! While we love Hobbycraft’s colourful suggestions, our instinctive response was to turn one of our favourite books from Clare Youngs (who are we kidding, we love them all!) for even more Letter Art inspiration! Needless to say, here’s a project from the book to beat your back-to-work-after-the-bank-holiday blues…

    Foamboard Lollipop Letters

    Use colorful scraps of wallpaper and pages from old books to create a collection of letters with a lovely vintage appeal. The thin sticks are available from craft stores. Cut them to different lengths to make a charming display for a shelf in a child’s bedroom.

    Foamboard Lollipop Letters - O

    YOU WILL NEED:

    • Letter template

    • Plain or graph paper

    • Ruler

    • Pencil

    • Tracing paper

    • Masking tape

    • Craft knife

    • Cutting mat

    • Foamboard measuring approximately 8¼ x 10¼in. (21 x 26 cm) per letter

    • Washi tape

    • Scissors

    • Craft glue

    • Patterned paper

    • Thin wooden sticks 1/8 –¼ in. (3–5 mm) thick and 8–12 in. (20–30 cm) long per letter

    • Block of wood measuring approximately 4½ x 1½ x 1 in. (11 x 4 x 3 cm)

    • Pages from old books

    • Drill

    • Awl

    Foamboard Lollipop Letters Step 1

    1. Choose your letter from the templates in the book (or create your own) and enlarge it to the right size, either by using a photocopier or scaling the letter up on graph paper. I made mine approximately 8 in. (20 cm) in height. Trace out the letter and transfer it onto a piece of foamboard (see Tracing technique below). Protecting your work surface with a cutting mat, cut out the shape using a craft knife and a ruler for any straight edges.

    Foamboard Lollipop Letters Step 2

    2. Line the outside edges of the letter with strips of washi tape. When lining a curved edge, use scissors to make small snips into the overlapping tape—every ¼ in. (5 mm), or so—to enable you to fit the tape neatly around the curve.

    Foamboard Lollipop Letters Step 3

    3. Spread glue all over the front of the letter shape and place a piece of patterned paper, right side up, over the top. Smooth out and press down all over. Allow the glue to dry before using a craft knife to cut off any overlapping paper. You’ll find this easier to do if you place your letter face down on your cutting mat. Repeat on the other side of the letter, using a different paper if you like, so that both sides are covered.

    Foamboard Lollipop Letters Step 4

    4. Cut a length of stick. Cut a strip of washi tape to the same length and lay it down on your work surface, sticky side up. Place the stick on the tape and wrap the tape around the stick neatly, to cover it.

    Foamboard Lollipop Letters Step 5

    5. To cover the block of wood, center it on a page taken from an old book. Draw around the base. Remove the block and draw a border around your drawn outline. It needs to be the same depth as the sides of the block. Use a pencil and a ruler to mark cutting guides as shown. Cut along these guides to make four flaps.

    Foamboard Lollipop Letters Step 6

    6. Spread glue all over the wrong side of the paper and place the block back in position. Wrap the two short sides of the block first, sticking the paper flaps to the long sides of the block. Then wrap the two long sides.

    Foamboard Lollipop Letters Step 7

    7. Drill a hole in the center of the block of wood, that is equal to the width of the stick. Use an awl to make a hole the same size in the foamboard at the base of the letter.

    Foamboard Lollipop Letters Step 8

    8. Push the stick into the wooden base and then push the letter onto the opposite end of the stick.

     Foamboard Lollipop Letters Base Block

    TRACING

    For many projects you need to transfer the template onto paper or card stock (card), using tracing paper. Place a sheet of tracing paper over the template and secure with some masking tape. Trace the lines with a hard 4 (2H) pencil, then turn the tracing paper over and go over the lines again on the reverse with a softer pencil, such as a 2 (HB). Now turn the tracing paper over again and place it in position on your chosen paper or card stock (card). Go over all the lines carefully with the 4 (2H) pencil, and then remove the tracing paper. This will give you a nice, clear outline.

    Letter Art by Clare Youngs

    For more creative ideas to decorate your home, Letter Art by Clare Youngs is available here.


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  • Posted on July 30, 2014

    Make a Potato Print Tote Bag with Friends!

    What have you got planned over the next few weeks? Is there a day trip to the beach with your family or an afternoon out shopping with friends? Today we have a great craft project to share for our week of summer holiday activities, so whatever you have coming up, you’ll have the coolest bag around to carry all of your stuff!

    Today is The International Day of Friendship, so why not gather a few friends around to make matching bags or design this bag using your friends favourite colours to give as a gift! This project is taken from Craft it Up Around the World by Libby Abadee and Cath Armstrong, and you’ll also learn a little bit about Argentina while you’re doing it!

     

    Bag Yourself a Potato Print Tote

    Using potatoes to print on fabric gives a lovely, slightly mottled effect — similar to colorful ikat fabric, which is popular in South America (see Fun Fact below). To get really crisp-edged designs you can cut your potatoes with a sharp cookie cutter. For this project, we used a sharp knife and a template, so you need to be careful while you are cutting or ask an adult to help with this step. No measuring is necessary for this design. If you start in the center and work outward, then the pattern will be centered. Overlapping only adds to the overall effect!

    These colorful blankets are made in Argentina and other South American countries. Many of them use ikat fabric.

    YOU WILL NEED

    Muslin bag (ironed, if necessary)

    Paper, pen and scissors to make the templates

    1 large potato

    Sharp knife

    Tea towel

    3 different colors of fabric paint

    Large ceramic or glass plate

    Parchment or baking paper cut to the size of your bag

    Iron for setting the paint

    1. Draw a template for your large diamond and one for your small diamond on the paper and cut them out. The large diamonds measure 1¾in (4.5cm) across and 2 3/8in (6cm) down. The small ones are 1in (2.5cm) across and 12⁄8in (3cm) down. You may want to make them smaller or larger depending on the size of your bag.

    2. Slip your parchment paper inside the bag. This will stop the fabric paint from going through to the other side of the bag. Lightly fold the bag so that you can see where the middle is. This is where your design will start.

    3. Cut your potato in half and place your large template on one half. Using a sharp knife cut the potato into the diamond shape. Repeat this step with the smaller template. Blot your potatoes on a tea towel to dry them out.

    4. Dip your potatoes in fabric paint and print rows of large diamonds first, tessellating each row as you go. We used a repeating pattern but you could create a random pattern or use more colors. When you want to change color, rinse your potato under a tap and then blot it dry before using it again. Allow the fabric paint to dry.

    5. Once the first layer of diamonds is dry, stamp your smaller diamonds over the top. Allow all of the fabric paint to dry completely, and then iron according to manufacturer’s instructions to set the paint.

     

    fun fact

    Ikat fabric has been popular in South America for centuries. It is made by a process similar to tie-dyeing. However, ikat textiles are made by dyeing the threads before they are woven, rather than by tie-dyeing the fabric.

     

    Looking for more craft projects? - you'll find them here.


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  • Posted on June 18, 2014

    Love Loom Bands?

    Earlier in the week one of our authors popped in for a visit and he was wearing a fantastic brightly coloured loom band made by his son. We all loved the bracelet and it got us super excited for the new book, Rubber Band Bracelets! Author Lucy Hopping takes you through the projects with simple step-by-step instructions and illustrations, and even shows you how to make your own loom. Then all you’ll need are some colourful bands, a hook and a clip, and you’ll be on your way to make tons of fantastic designs, from easy-peasy jewellery and awesome accessories to craftier bracelets and crazy key rings like these!

    So as a bit of a mid-week treat (and because we really want to learn how to make them ourselves!), we’ve got a sneak peak inside the book and one of the projects to share. So go and grab your bands kids, and make this awesome totem pole bracelet in whichever colours you’d like!

    totem pole bracelet

    This stripy bracelet looks really effective in bold and bright colors. Why not try making it in your school or favorite sports team’s colors?

    SKILL LEVEL ✽ ✽

     

    You Will Need

    Loom

    47 yellow bands

    22 orange bands

    20 turquoise bands

    Hook

    C-clip

     

    LOOM SET-UP

    Set up your loom in the square format—3 pegs wide x 13 pegs long.

     

    1. Lay out 24 yellow bands along the two outer sides in the order shown.

    2. Lay a yellow band between pegs A and C, then make a triangle with four orange bands in the order specified. Lay another yellow band between pegs C and F, and then make another triangle with four turquoise bands.

    3. Repeat step 2 all the way up the loom, finishing with two orange bands and a final yellow band. Twist a yellow band four times around the top peg to make a cap band.

    4. Turn the loom around. Insert your hook into the bottom center peg and hook the bands over their opposing pegs in the order shown.

    5. Repeat step 4 all the way up the loom.

    6. Go back to the bottom of the loom and hook the outer yellow bands over their opposing pegs all the way up the loom in the order shown.

    7. Insert your hook into the top peg, pick up the all loops, and gently pull the bracelet off the loom.

    8. Extend the bracelet by adding ten more yellow bands with your hook.

    9. Attach a C-clip to the loops on the hook and then attach the C-clip to the loops at the start of the bracelet to complete.

     

    So are you crazy about loom bands? Are you excited for the new book? Rubber Band Bracelets is available on Amazon now.

     

    Have a great week everyone!


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  • Posted on May 22, 2014

    Celebrate Your Friends!

    The perfect way to celebrate any friendship is of course to make a friendship bracelet! Lucy Hopping's book Friendship Bracelets is full of loads of different patterns to suit any one of your pals, and we're sharing this super pretty one on the blog. Who's going to get yours?

    spiral friendship braids

    Get in a spin with these easy spiral braids. Simply master one basic knot and get making! Try adding beads and sequins for a really individual look.

    SKILL LEVEL 1

    YOU WILL NEED:

    One 80-in (2-m) length of rainbow colored embroidery floss (thread)

    One 40-in (1-m) length of rainbow colored embroidery floss (thread)

    Safety pin

    Scissors

    Needle

    Assorted beads and sequins, optional

    1. To make a plain spiral braid, fold the lengths of floss in half and tie in a knot at the top, leaving a hanging loop. The shorter lengths will form the base and the longer lengths will be the wrapping cords. Using a safety pin, attach the knot to a pillow.

    2. Make a half-forward knot (see below) by looping the longer left-hand floss over and then under the righthand floss. Poke the end through the loop formed on the left. Pull to tighten the knot.

     

    3. Repeat step 2 until you have made the length of braid you want—approximately 6 in (15 cm). The braid will naturally twist as you repeat the knot, but this is the effect you want. Tie off the ends and trim with scissors for a tidy finish.

    HALF-FORWARD KNOT

    Hold the right-hand floss tight and wrap the left-hand floss around it. Pull the end through the loop created. Pull the floss to tighten the knot.

     

    further ideas

    * To add beads or sequins, simply slip them onto the wrapping threads and secure them in place by tying a figure of four knot.

     

    * To use the spiral as a feature, cut four pieces of floss—three red and one blue. Tie the three red pieces of floss in a knot and braid them for 2 in (5 cm). Then tie in a blue piece of floss with a knot. Thread on a bead and start spiraling (see steps 2–3) for 2 in (5 cm). Thread on another bead, tie a knot, and continue braiding the red floss for another 2 in (5 cm). Secure with a final knot and trim the blue floss as short as possible.

    * Create a striped braid by cutting and tying a number of different colored floss together. Then knot as before, using one of the colors to knot and the others to create the base thread to knot around. Change the knotting floss as often as you wish to vary the stripe.

    Friendship Bracelets by Lucy Hopping is available here.

    Enjoy!


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  • Posted on April 3, 2014

    Happy Tweed Day!

    Today is Tweed Day and we’re feeling the need for tweed! Not the traditional Scottish man’s jacket kind, instead the geek chic crochet skirt kind! So if you’re into crochet then here is a lovely project from the Nicki Trench book, Geek Chic Crochet, for you to enjoy.

     

    tweed skirt

    A great little skirt made using a smart and effective tweed stitch in three vivid colours.

    MATERIALS

    Rooster Almerino DK

    50% baby alpaca/50% merino mix DK (light worsted) yarn

    » 2:2:3:3 x 50g (13⁄4oz) balls – approx 225:225:337.5:337.5m (248:248:372:372yd) – of shade 212 Blueberry (A)

    » 2:2:2:2 x 50g (13⁄4oz) balls – approx 225:225:225:225m (248:248:248:248yd) – each of shades 210 Custard (B), 213 Cherry (C)

    4mm (US size G/6) crochet hook

    ABBREVIATIONS

    beg begin

    ch chain

    cont continue

    dc double crochet

    foll follows

    htr half treble

    inc increase/increasing

    rep repeat/repeating

    RS right side

    sp space

    st(s) stitch(es)

    tr treble

    WS wrong side

    yrh yarn round hook

    SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS

    fptr (front post treble) tr worked around stalk of st from previous round from front of work

    bptr (back post treble) tr worked around stalk of st from previous round from back of work

    TENSION

    22 sts x 21 rows over 10cm (4in) square working tweed st using 4mm (US size G/6) hook.

    SKIRT FRONT & BACK

    (make 2 the same)

    Using A make 55:61:65:71ch.

    Row 1 (RS): Miss 2 ch, 1htr in each ch to end. (54:60:64:70 sts)

    Row 2: 2ch, miss first st, *fptr around stalk of next st, 1bptr around stalk of next st; rep from * to last st, 1htr in top of 2-ch.

    Row 3: 2ch, miss first st, *1bptr around stalk of next st, 1fptr around stalk of next st; rep from * to last st, 1htr in top of 2-ch.

    Inc row: 1ch, miss first st, working in dc inc 24 sts evenly across. (78:84:88:94 sts)

    Beg working tweed st as foll:

    Row 5: 1ch, 1dc in first st, *1ch, miss 1 st, 1dc in next st; rep from * to last dc, 1dc in last dc.

    Do not fasten off, attach B.

    Row 6: Using B, 1ch, 1dc in first st, *1ch, miss 1 st, 1dc in

    next ch sp; rep from * to last dc, 1dc in last dc.

    Do not fasten off, attach C.

    Row 7: Using C, rep Row 6.

    Cont to change colour in this sequence, rep Row 6 to form tweed st until work measures 41cm (16in).

    Fasten off.

    FINISHING

    With WS together, sew up side seams, turn RS out.

    Block and press.

     Tip

    The skirt is designed to sit on the hips, rather than at the waist.

     

    Geek Chic Crochet by Nicki Trench is available here.

    Enjoy the rest of your week folks and happy tweed day!


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  • Posted on March 10, 2014

    St Patrick's Day Cupcakes

    A guest post from Craft it Up, authors of Craft it Up Around the World.

    Here in the Craft It Up studio we need very little encouragement when it comes to cupcakes and baking with the kids! 

    This is such a great baking project where you can sneak in some colour mixing, weights and measurements and safety drills. At least that's what we're telling ourselves. Really, we just love cupcakes! And who wouldn't when each mouthful is a rainbow of cake?

    Happy St Patrick's Day!


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