Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Crochet Trends for 2017 - Predictions

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Every January I always start to ponder what the trends will be in crochet for the new year, and this year is no exception. Having successfully predicted the trends for 2016 (it was all about macramé and fringes, black and whites, and geometric shapes last year!) I'm going to put down my thoughts of what will be popular in 2017 in the world of crochet.

Mandy from RedAgape's 'Gelato Pops' popcorn cushion
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It really is a case of #pickyourpalette with the Paintbox yarns
with 60 shades to choose from!
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My first thought is that 2017 will be all about colour, and really vibrant Spring colours, which really brighten up any room for any occasion. Think coral blues, grassy greens and sunny yellows, played with together to form beautiful rainbow pieces.

A perfect new year example is Mandy from RedAgape's latest creation, her Gelato Pops popcorn crochet cushion, which showcases some vibrant colours of Heirloom Cotton 8ply yarn.

We also cannot ignore the amazing new range of colourful yarns by Paintbox, and the name certainly does their yarns justice as these yarns, which come in three different weights and two fibres, literally have any colour you can dream of.




Paintbox yarns come in DK (light worsted) weight, Aran (worsted) weight and Chunky (Bulky) weight, and come in 100% acrylic and 100% cotton fibres and come in 60 shades!!

With the amazing introduction late last year of their mini yarn series as well (currently only available in their advent calendar) I'm expecting some very colourful designs hitting our eyes throughout 2017.

But what stitches or techniques can we expect in 2017? Read on...



I'm feeling very passionate about Tunisian Crochet this year, and I think 2017 will be full of new and exciting projects which incorporate Tunisian stitches, and not just from me. I'm also expecting a lot of crochet enthusiasts keen to learn new Tunisian crochet techniques, and what better than starting on my very own Tunisian crochet Basket Weave zipper bag. This bag utilises the simple Tunisian stitch and the Tunisian purl stitch, and demonstrates how to crochet in a zip and line a bag and is available as a video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

But what about this stunning blend of Tunisian crochet and bold rainbow colours, in Daniëlle's Tunisian Sunset Blanket (in the making).


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Either way, I think 2017 is going to be yet another exciting year for crochet, and I'll be keen to see what transpires!

If you have any predictions for 2017, I would love to hear in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram @happyberrycrochet



Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Free Christmas Elf Crochet Pattern


Free Christmas Elf Crochet Pattern by Laura Eccleston

It's that time of year again and I have a few extra Christmas crochet tutorials and patterns for you, which I am so excited to share, starting with my little Elf.

This Elf is perfect for Christmas but also for any special occasion.

Video tutorial can be found here:


For this pattern you will need the following material

- DK/Light worsted weight yarn in green, red, white and a little black
- 2.5mm crochet hook or similar
- Toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing
- Yarn needle and scissors
- 1 small button measuring 1cm in diametre (optional)
- A little bell (optional)

Body

Round 1
Using white, ch4, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop, 8sc in loop, sl st in 1st sc to join - (8)

Round 2
Ch1 (don't count as st here or throughout) and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet *2sc in ea st around* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (16)

Round 3
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st *1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (24)

Rounds 4 - 8
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet 1sc in ea st around, sl st in 1st sc to join - (24)

Rounds 9 - 15
Join green in ch1 on 1st round and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet 1sc in ea st around, sl st in 1st sc to join - (24)

Pause your work here and using black sew on some eyes and a mouth, and sew on your button if desired. Now work the arms.

Arm (make two)

Round 1
Using white, ch4, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop, 5sc in loop, sl st in 1st sc to join - (5)

Rounds 2 - 3
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet 1sc in ea st around, sl st in 1st sc to join - (5)

Rounds 4 - 8
Join green in ch1 on 1st round and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet 1sc in ea st around, sl st in 1st sc to join - (5)

*Note* If you get fed up of joining rounds on the arms and legs once you have joined your green, you can work continuously instead, without slip stitching at the end or chaining 1 at the beginning. We only work joined rounds for a neat colour join.

Repeat rounds 1-8 of arm for your second arm and sew on your arms. Stuff your body and continue with body.

Body continued...

Round 16
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet *1sc in next st, sc2tog* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (16)

Rounds 17 - 18
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st *sc2tog* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (8 then 4) Sew remaining hole closed and add any extra stuffing as needed before closing.

Leg (make two)

Rounds 1 - 8
Repeat steps 1 - 8 of arm.

Rounds 9 - 13 or more

Repeat round 8 for as many times as needed.

Sew on legs.

Hat

Round 1
Using red ch24, sl st in 1st ch to form a large loop - (24)

Alternatively you can ch24 single crochet foundation stitches and skip round 2. 
Watch my tutorial here

Rounds 2 - 4
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet 1sc in ea st around, sl st in 1st sc to join - (24)

Round 5
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet *1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (18)

Rounds 6 - 7
Repeat round 2 - (18)

Round 8
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet *1sc in next st, sc2tog* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (12)

Rounds 9 - 10
Repeat round 2 - (12)

Round 11
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st *sc2tog* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (6)

Rounds 12 - 13
Repeat round 2 - (6) Sew remaining hole closed and sew on a small bell if desired.

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed this pattern and tutorial. For more Christmas patterns please visit my website here: www.happyberry.co.uk or watch my playlist of Christmas videos tutorials here: www.youtube.com

  



© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in an offline crochet group. Items made from any of my patterns can be sold in your own stores. Patterns are not for re-sale. Thank you.