Thursday, September 11, 2014

From the Heart Shawl - Free crochet pattern by Pukado

From the Heart Shawl by Pukado




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Any yarn and any hook size will do for this pattern.
I used a variegated polyacrylic yarn - Tahiti Batik, I bought in Germany on our holidays.
fingering weight and hook size 4.5mm

Gauge 1 heart block = 5 x 6 cm

You will need a multiple of 8 plus1 plus 2(beginning chain) (for every heart add 8 chains)
I start and end my round with a DC2together to make a nice edge.




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3 Hearts = 24 plus 1 plus 2 = 27


R1, CH27, DC in 3rd CH from hook, CH3, skip 3st, *DC in next st, CH3, skip 3st* repeat 5 times total, DC2together in last st, CH2 and turn


R2, DC in same st as CH2, CH2, 3DC on top of next DCst, CH2, DC on top of next DCst, CH2, *3DC on top of next DCst, CH2, DC on top of next DCst, CH2* repeat 2 times, DC2together in last st, CH2 and turn


R3, DC in same st as CH2, CH1, *2DC in next st, (DC, HDC, DC) in next st, 2DC in next st, CH1, DC in next DCst, CH1* repeat 1 more time, 2DC in next st, (DC, HDC, DC) in next st, 2DC in next st, CH1, DC2together in last st, CH1 and turn


R4, SC in same st as CH1, skip CH1, *SC in next st, skip st, 3DC in next st, SLST in next st, 3DC in next st, skip st, SC in next st, skip CH1, SC on top of next DCst, skip CH* repeat 2 more times, skip CH1, SC in last st, CH2 and turn


R5, DC in same st as CH2, *CH3, skip 4st, DC in next st * repeat 5 times in total, CH3, DC2together in last st, CH2 and turn


R6, DC in same st as CH2, CH3, *DC on top of next DCst, CH3* repeat 5 times in total, DC2together in last st, CH2 and turn


Repeat R2-R6 until you reach your desired length


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Please give credit to my page for the pattern and if you sell finished items online,
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Easy Peasy Top by Pukado - Free Pattern!!

Easy Peasy Top by Pukado




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A little easy pattern to make something gorgeous!

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Yarn - Stylecraft DK
Hook size - 4mm
Yarn needle to weave in ends


Gauge:
Block is 2DC, CH2
4”x4” = 4.5blocks x 8rows


Beginning chain is an even amount of stitches plus 14
13 = 5, 5, 2, 4
Where 5 is the border for the arm part
2 is the first CH2 in the row of blocks and 2 is your begin chain at the start


I chained until it was the length from elbow to elbow and then added chains to get to an even number and added my 14 extra chains.
For my 6 yr old I chained 68 plus 14 = 82
For my 9 yr old niece I chained 80 plus 14 = 94


Length of the front and back part. For the CH82 I added 22 block rows, for the CH94 I added 25 block rows. Add enough rows that it will cover the front part of your body until your diaphragm (or half way your body).


Make 2, front and back


R1, Chain the amount required, turn, HDC in each chain, CH1 and turn
R2, SC in first 5st, CH2, skip 2st, *DC in next 2st, CH2, skip 2 st* repeat until the last 5st, SC in the last 5st, CH1 and turn
R3, SC in first 5st, 2SC in first CH2Space, CH2, *2DC in next CH2Space, CH2* repeat until the last CH2Space, 2SC in last CH2Space, SC in last 5st
R4, SC in first 5st, CH2, *2DC in next CH2Space, CH2* repeat until the last 5st, 2SC in last CH2Space, SC in last 5st
Repeat R3 and R4 until you have reached the length you require


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Line up both parts at R1
With yarn needle sew on both side the same amount of stitches together. I used the outer loops only, so front loop of front part and back loop of back part.
For the CH82, I stitched 17st together on both sides (68 divided by 4 = 17)
For the CH94, I stitched 20st together on both sides (80 divided by 4 = 20)
But you can add more stitches if you don’t want an open neckline like that.


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Turn it around and stitch both SC part together on the bottom with 5 stitches.


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Weave in ends
Next part you will work in the round and decreasing with 1 block on the sides every row. Decrease until it will fit the waist of the person you’re making it for.


For the CH82, I decreased 4 rows
For the CH94, I decreased 5 rows.


R1, SLST to a CH2Space in the middle of part 1 (only for first row), CH2, DC in same space, CH2, *2DC in next space, CH2* repeat until you reach last CH2Space, 2DC in last CH2Space of Part1 and first CH2Space of Part2, CH2, *2DC in next space, CH2* repeat until you reach last CH2Space, 2DC in last CH2Space of Part2 and first CH2Space of Part1, CH2, *2DC in next space, CH2* repeat until end, SLST to first DC, SLST into next CH2Space
Repeat R1 until it will fit the waist of the person you’re making it for.


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2DC around last CH2Space and first CH2Space


R2, CH2, DC in same space, CH2, *2DC in next space, CH2* repeat until end,  SLST to first DC, SLST into next CH2Space
Repeat R2 until you’re happy with the length. I only added 1 extra row as I wanted the top to be cropped. They will wear it with a tank top or t-shirt underneath.


Edging after you reached the desired length
R3, CH1, *2SC in CH2Space, SC in next 2st (on top of DC of previous row)* repeat around, SLST to first SC
R4, CH2, HDC in each st around.


Weave in ends


Other uses for this pattern, using only 1 part


Cowl
Just make 1 part, fold double lengthwise and stitch ends together to close it.


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Or make a headband, Chain the amount that will fit around your head, make sure it’s and even number plus 13. Instead of HDC in first row, use SC. And edge bottom with SC, fold double lengthwise and stitch ends together to close it.


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Copyright Patricia Stuart 2014 ©.
You are free to create from the pattern and sell the creations.
Please do not copy, rewrite, resell or distribute as your own, this is prohibited.
Please give credit to my page for the pattern and if you sell finished items online,
please provide a link to my page for the pattern.
Thank you for your understanding.






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Monday, September 1, 2014

Woodland Animals Series - Owl - 5 sizes included - New Pattern Released

Whoot whoot! A new pattern is online!

Meet Owl from my Woodland Animals Series.




I'm a Craftsy Designer 
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This pattern is in English and is worked in US crochet terms.

Pattern includes 5 sizes - 0-3months, 6-12months, 12-24months, child and adult.

Supplies

Yarn
Cream - I used Royal - Acrylic super saver yarn from the Netherlands. Weight - DK, but Aran can be used as well
120 meters

Variegated Yarn - I used Fenna - Acrylic super saver yarn from the Netherlands. Weight - Aran
1 Skein of 100gr = 240 meters

Furry Yarn in White - Just a couple of meters to edge

Gauge:
Cream
HDC 10cm x 10cm = 15st x 12 rows

Variegated
HDC 10cm x 10cm = 14st x 12.5 rows

Yarn needle to weave in ends
Stitch markers - 2
Hook size - 4mm

Stitches used:
CH - Chain
SLST - Slipstitch
SC - Single Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
HDCDec - HDC Decrease
Picot -(CH2, SC) on top of last DC
Crocst - Modified Crocodile Stitch

Own design

Please NOTE: All character hats are FUN and FAN and are not official products.

© Copyright Patricia Stuart 2014 ©.
You are free to create from the pattern and sell the creations.
Please do not copy, rewrite, resell or distribute as your own, this is prohibited.
Please give credit to my page for the pattern and if you sell finished items online,
please provide a link to my page for the pattern.
Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 - September Square by Pukado

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 - September Square by Pukado


Oh gosh.. totally lost track of date and found out yesterday, only 2 more days until September! So I got  my mood blanket project bag out and started thinking. I made a few squares, but wasn’t happy with all of them. So I left it until the morning and tried again and it worked.


A lovely new September square!


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You can download the file from Ravelry here: download now


Ok so here we go!


R1, MC, SLST in MC, CH2, 11DC in MC, SLST to first DC - 12DC

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R2, CH3, DC in same st, 2DC in next st, drop loop, insert hook in last CH of CH3, pick up dropped loop, pull through (first PopCorn St made), CH5, *2DC in next 2 st, drop loop, insert hook in last CH of CH3, pick up dropped loop, pull through, CH5* repeat around, SLST to first PopCorn st - 6 PopCorn st


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Add 2 halfDCs, YO and pull through all loops on hook, CH3, 3HalfDCs in same space as previous HalfDCs, 3HalfDCs on top of next PopCorn st, YO and pull through all loops on hook, CH3,
*3HalfDCs in same st as previous HalfDCs, YO 2 times, insert hook around post of R1, YO and pull through, YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through 2 loops, insert hook in loop halfway TR, add 2 halfDCs, YO and pull through all loops on hook, CH3, 3HalfDCs in same space as previous HalfDCs, 3HalfDCs on top of next PopCorn st, YO and pull through all loops on hook, CH3* repeat around, SLST to first cluster.


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R4, *3SC, CH2* in each CH3Space (if your square turns out a bit smaller, you can change the SC to HDC to make it a bit bigger)


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R5, SLST (in) to next CH2Space, 3DC in CH2Space, 6DC in next CH2Space, *(6DC, CH2, 6DC) in next CH2Space, 6DC in next 2 CH2Spaces* repeat around, last series you will add 3DC to first CH2Space to complete the series. Do not fasten off, you will continue R6 in same color.


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R6, *CH3, SC on top of the next shell, CH3, SC on top of the next shell, CH3, SLST in corner CH2Space, CH3, SLST in same corner space, CH3, SC on top of the next shell, CH3, SC on top of next shell* repeat around


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R7, SLST into next CH3Space, CH2, 3HDC in same CH3Space, *4HDC in each of next CH3Spaces until you reach a corner, 2HDC, CH2, 2HDC in corner space* repeat all around, SLST to first HDC.


Fasten off with invisible join, weave in all ends.


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Copyright Patricia Stuart 2014 ©.
You are free to create from the pattern and sell the creations.
Please do not copy, rewrite, resell or distribute as your own, this is prohibited.
Please give credit to my page for the pattern and if you sell finished items online,
please provide a link to my page for the pattern.
Thank you for your understanding.






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Sunday, August 24, 2014

On a different note: Diet and recipes!

I'm on a diet... Yes, I really need to! I tried all of the diets and pills, packs and wraps, teas and detoxes over the years!

Before I met my hubby and got married and had children, I had found the way! I was good with food, 3 times a week in the gym and even though it was an every day battle, I was proud of myself for keeping it up and I felt fabulous!!!

Then I met my hubby, moved countries, started a new life and my strict regime of going to the gym was gone. First of all, when we started out in Ireland, the gym was just way to expensive to join. And the food and drink! OMG!!!

And then I had children.. 2 in 2 years, One in 2008 and 15 months later the second one in 2009. And on top of that, I had loads of medical problems, from gallbladder disease to carpal tunnel (plus tennis arms, trigger fingers, etc). So again no gym and food was comforting me.

I loved baking! I baked everything for every one. The girls in the crèche were really happy with me, because at least once a month I would bake them something and drop it off with the kids. A nice cheesecake or lovely banana bread.

But now I'm 38 and it's getting in the way. I need more energy to keep up with my children.

Also, me and the girls are planning a wild weekend away for our 40th birthday in 2 years! So I need to look fabulous for that!!! I don't need to be a size zero and it doesn't have to be done in 6 weeks.

I did the 6 weeks crash dieting and all it did was let me feel good for a week and before you knew it, it was back on... with a vengeance!!! The well known JO JO effect. I have been up and down and up and down so many times, I lost count.

So I'm trying something new now...

I don't need to lose 5 kilos in a week. I don't need to lose 20 kilos in 6 weeks. What I want is to lose a kilo a week. What I want is, to go nice and slow. Change my eating habits, change my lifestyle.

So I started 3 weeks ago. I decided to eat what I want to eat. If I make it nice and yummy, it will be easier! Right? But just smaller portions.
I haven't had a meal on a normal dinner plate in 3 weeks. I use a small plate.
I cut out potatoes, pasta and bread (well almost all bread, I love bread!) and mostly eat cooked white rice.
I eat loads of fruit and veggies. I have never ate so many avocados in my life hahaha, but I love avocados!
I can't seem to give up on meat and fish. I love my meat and fish. So instead of punishing myself by denying myself meat or fish, I made it my main part of dinner. Meat with veggies and rice.

Shrimp Quacamole with waldkorn crackers and green tea
I start in the morning with a shake. Just a normal standard diet shake, you can get at any store. It doesn't have to have special things. It just needs to fill me up in the morning. I mix it with skinny milk and drink it in one go.
At lunch, I eat 2 crackers with meat (grilled chicken, roast beef, salami, ham. I'm trying to avoid fatty meats) and loads of fruit or veggies.
And for dinner I eat meat, veggies and rice or grilled chicken with an avocado or shrimp guacamole or a salad stuffed with nice healthy things.

And I drink one glass of water every hour! I set the timer on my phone for an hour and every time it goes, I drink! Except after 8 at night, otherwise I will be up all night peeing and not sleeping!
I don't drink anything else, no fizzy drinks. Just a cup of tea.

With all this, I don't have the urge to snack. Yes, sometimes I miss chocolate... a lot!

With this I lost 4 kilos now and it's going down every time I get on the scale! Nice and slow and with yummy food and loads of water.

But the kids miss my baking. Mammie, please make some cupcakes/cookies/whatever! Especially on the weekends. Trying to explain that I'm on a diet is not working... and for that matter, I don't want to burden my kids with the fact that I'm not happy with my body. I want them to be happy in their body and not worry about these things.

So I'm trying to find recipes I can make, that are low in fat and sugar! And yes, there are many recipes. But you need special this and special that. I don't want to go through all that trouble!

My girl asked for banana bread today. And normally I make it with 190 gr butter and 170 gr of sugar. That's too much! So no... the look on her face was heartbreaking hahaha! So I made it happen! I made her a banana bread without butter and sugar!



And she ate 2 pieces and loved it! And I had a nice piece as well!! Woohooooo

Here is the recipe:

Pre heat oven at 140C

I use my kitchen machine with blades and not mixer.

5 ripe bananas (350-400 grams)
3 large eggs
180 gr cottage cheese (quark)
180 gr self raising flour
15 gr of Honey
2 little bags of vanilla sugar or teaspoon of vanilla extract

Mix all of this for a couple of minutes in the machine

Cut up 2 bananas in 1 cm chunks
Handful of Chocolate chips (I use 70% chocolate)

With spoon mix bananas and chocolate chips through mixture

With a brush and a tiny bit of butter, grease your pan. Pour in some fine  breadcrumbs and shake it until you have covered the whole inside of the pan.

Pour in mixture and put in the oven for 45 minutes! Leave to cool for a bit and eat!




ENJOY!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Granny Wristies by Pukado - Free Pattern!

Granny Wristies                         by Pukado




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You can download it on Ravelry as well!!  download now

Supplies:


For the photo’s in the pattern I used Stylecraft Chunky Silver and hook size 4mm. As I want to be tight and warm. I am a loose crocheter. They are a bit bigger then the multi color ones.


The multi color ones are made with hook size 4mm and Fenna Yarn (available in the Netherlands at Wibra). This yarn has a similar weight to Stylecraft DK Special.


Both wristies are made with the same pattern and same amount of stitches.


R1, CH30, SLST to first Chain, CH2, HDC in the next 29chains, SLST to first HDC - 30st


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R2, CH2, HDC in next 29st, SLST to first HDC - 30st


R3, *CH3, skip 2 st, SC in next st* repeat around, SLST to first last SLST of R2, SLST in next CH3Space - 10 CH3Spaces


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R4, CH2,2DC in same CH3space, 3DC in next 3 CH3Spaces, CH3, SC in next CH3Space, CH4, SC in next CH3Space, CH3, 3DC in next 4CH3Spaces, SLST to first DC, SLST into next Space (in between 3DC’s)


R5, CH2,2DC in same Space, 3DC in next 2 Spaces, 3DC in next CH3Space, CH3, SC in next CH4Space, CH3, 3DC in next CH3Space, 3DC in next 4 Spaces, SLST to first DC, SLST into next Space


R6, CH2,2DC in same Space, 3DC in next 2 Spaces, CH3, SC in next CH3Space, CH4, SC in next CH3Space, CH3, 3DC in next 5 Spaces, SLST to first DC,
Left hand: 2 SLST into next Space
Right hand: 5 SLST into the second Space


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Lefthand




R7, CH2,2DC in same Space, 3DC in next Space, 3DC in next CH3Space, CH3, SC in next CH4Space, CH3, 3DC in next CH3Space, 3DC in next 2 Spaces, CH6, skip next Space, 3DC in next 3 Spaces, SLST to first DC, SLST into next Space


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R8, CH2,2DC in same Space, 3DC in next Space, CH3, SC in next CH3Space, CH4, SC in next CH3Space, CH3, 3DC in next Space, 9DC in CH6Space, 3DC in next 3 Spaces, SLST to first DC, SLST into next Space


R9, CH2,2DC in same Space, 3DC in next CH3Space, CH3, SC in next CH4Space, CH3, 3DC in next CH3Space, 3DC in next Space, skip 3st, 2DC in between 3rd and 4th st, skip 3st, 2DC in between 6th and 7th st, 3DC in next 4 Spaces, SLST to first st, SLST into next Space


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R10, CH2,2DC in same Space, CH3, SC in next CH3Space, CH3, SC in next CH3Space, CH3, 3DC in next Space, 2DC in next 3 Spaces, 3DC in next 4 Spaces, SLST to first st, SLST into next CH3Space2014-08-20 13.44.35.jpg


R11, CH2,2DC in same CH3Space, CH2, SC in next CH3Space, CH2, 3DC in next CH3Space, 3DC in next 2 Spaces, skip next Space, 3DC in next 5 Spaces, SLST to first st, CH2


R12, DC in previous Space, CH2, SC in next CH2Space, CH3, SC in next CH2Space, CH2, 3DC in next 7 Spaces, DC in last Space (next to CH2, DC), SLST to first DC, SLST into next CH2Space


R13, CH2,2DC in same CH2Space, 3DC in next 2 CH2Spaces, 3DC in next 7 Space, SLST to first DC, SLST into next Space


R14, CH2,2DC in same CH2Space, 3DC in next 9 Spaces


Repeat R14 until you reach desired length or add a border of your choice


R15, CH3, *SC in next Space, CH3* repeat around


R16, *SC, 2HDC, SC* in each CH3Space


Fasten off with invisible join, weave in ends


Righthand




R7 CH2,2DC in same Space, 3DC in next CH3Space, CH3, SC in next CH4Space, CH3, 3DC in next CH3Space, 3DC in next 5 Spaces, CH6, SLST to first DC, SLST into next Space


R8, CH2,2DC in same Space, CH3, SC in next CH3Space, CH4, SC in next CH3Space, 3DC in next 5 Spaces, 9DC in next CH6Space, SLST to first DC, SLST into next CH3Space


R9, CH2,2DC in same CH3Space, CH3, SC in next CH4Space, CH3, 3DC in next CH3Space, 3DC in next 5 Spaces, skip 3st, 2DC in between 3rd and 4th st, skip 3 st, 2DC in between 6th and 7th st, 3DC in next Space, SLST to first DC, CH2


R10, DC in previous Space, CH3, SC in next CH3Space, CH3, SC in next CH3Space, CH3, 3DC in next 5 Spaces, 2DC in next 3 Spaces, DC in first Space (next to CH2, DC), SLST to first DC, SLST into next CH3Space


R11, CH2,2DC in same CH3Space, CH2, SC in next CH3Space, CH2, 3DC in next CH3Space, 3DC in next 5 Spaces, skip next Space, 3DC in next 2 Spaces, SLST to first DC, CH2


R12, DC in previous Space, CH2, SC in next CH2Space, CH2, SC in next CH2Space, CH2, 3DC in next 7 Spaces, DC in first Space (next to CH2, DC), SLST to first DC, SLST into next CH3Space


R13, CH2,2DC in same CH3Space, 3DC in next 2 CH2Spaces, 3DC in next 7 Spaces, SLST to first DC, SLST into next Space


R14, CH2,2DC in same Space, 3DC in next 9 Spaces, SLST to first DC, SLST into next Space


R15, CH3, *SC in next Space, CH3* repeat around


R16, *SC, 2HDC, SC* in each CH3Space


Fasten off with invisible join, weave in ends


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Copyright Patricia Stuart 2014 ©.
You are free to create from the pattern and sell the creations.
Please do not copy, rewrite, resell or distribute as your own, this is prohibited.
Please give credit to my page for the pattern and if you sell finished items online,
please provide a link to my page for the pattern.
Thank you for your understanding.






Please visit my blog: Pukado - Blog
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