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The Violeta Scarf · Free Crochet Tutorial

(The yarn used in this pattern was gifted by Rico Design)

What a long winter it’s been – is it just me? It really feels like it’s been colder than a snowman’s boobs for far too long, and even though I love the cooler weather, I am gagging to see those Spring flowers come out and enjoy some evenings in the garden.

Knitters and crocheters have an advantage though, as winter means more reasons to make things with squishy, chunky yarn! Working XXL is a fave of mine, and I was so thrilled when my friends at Rico Design reached out to me once again and asked if I’d like to try some of their yarns! I’m a big fan of Rico Design and their modern creative goods, so it was tough choosing just a few of their perfect yarns, but I decided on their statement yarn Creative XXL in ‘Natur’ and a few balls of their Essentials Big (review coming soon).

My initial idea was to make a rug, but on touching this yarn I knew it was crying out to be used as a cute oversized accessory! Rico Creative XXL is such a soft, dreamy yarn that it’s the ideal choice for scarves, cowls and blankets. I can just see a giant sweater being knitted up in this too – stunning!

Thia fab yarn comes in a huge 1kg ball, which is more than enough to make a chunky scarf, hat, blanket or pouf. In fact, the ball band has a free pattern for a cushion cover which is a bonus. I must admit that I did spend a couple of days displaying this beautiful ball in my craft studio just staring at it!

So, I’m excited to share a free pattern with you for my newest design, The Violeta Scarf, using this incredible yarn! This project is made using only Rico Design yarns, and I used a few balls of their wonderful Creative Ricorumi and Lamé yarn that I had in my stash alongside their Creative XXL.

Tiny embroidered cotton details add a delicate, pretty touch to this chunky scarf.

This scarf is the perfect combination between a modern statement scarf and delicate prettiness! Crocheted using Half Double Moss Stitch on a 25mm hook, you can work up this quick and beautiful project in a few hours. You can leave the scarf plain or embroider onto it to add a really feminine touch. Whichever you choose, you’ll have a warm and snuggly piece ready to keep you cosy through the chilly months!

You will need: One ball Rico Creative XXL in Natur, a small amount each of Rico Design Creative Ricorumi in Lilac, Mint and Rose, a small amount of Ricorumi Neon DK in Fuchsia, and a small amount of Rico Creative Lamé in Gold, a 25mm crochet hook, large-eyed yarn or tapestry needle.

You’ll Need to Know: Half Double Moss Stitch, chain stitch, weaving in ends, basic embroidery skills.

Sizing: The scarf measures 1.88m/188cm/74″ in length and is 16cm/6.5″ wide.

Notes: You can, of course, make the scarf longer or shorter if you wish. The scarf length that I chose uses 3/4 of the ball of Creative XXL which would allow for an even longer scarf! This stitch works on any even number of stitches so you can also change how wide it is.

Method:

· Ch (chain) 10 and work one hdc (half double crochet) into the fourth chain from your hook. Ch one, skip one st (stitch) and work another hdc into the following st. Continue like this until the end of the row, ending on a hdc. Chain two.

· Work one hdc into the first ch sp (chain space) and chain one, skipping the following hdc stitch. Work another hdc into the next ch sp. Continue making hdc into the spaces and chaining, skipping the hdc you made in the previous row to work this pattern. Make sure you are always ending the row by working one hdc into the final ch sp, and always ch two two start the next row.

· Follow the steps above for 52 rows (or until the scarf measures 1.88m/188cm/74″). Break yarn and pull through the final st to secure. Weave in any ends.

You can leave the scarf plain, or you can follow the tutorial below and add some delicate embroidered touches…

Thread your chosen shade through one of the stitches near the edge of your scarf.
Wrap the yarn over the stitch once…
…Twice, three times around the stitch.
Break the yarn and tie a double knot. Trim the ends as short as you can. Repeat as desired using different shades.

Here’s the finished embroidery on my scarf. I chose to only decorate the edge of one end of my scarf but it would look wonderful fully embroidered. The choice is yours!

I really hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! If you did let me know over on Instagram by tagging me @emmaknitty – I’d love to see your gorgeous creations!

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Half Double Moss Stitch · Tutorial

Who loves Moss Stitch? We ALL love Moss Stitch! It’s one of the most beautiful crochet stitches and, best of all, it’s super-easy to work up and gives a gorgeous knitted look to your project. The other day I was making my umpteenth Moss Stitch blanket and decided to experiment a little using Half Double Crochet (US terms) to see if it was any good. Boy oh boy, was it! I wasn’t sure if I’d seen it around before so I gave it a quick Google around and couldn’t find it anywhere. I looked on Pinterest – natch – and still nothing. I asked my knowledgable friends on Instagram and, well, nothing. “OH EM GEE!” I thought, “have I discovered a new stitch?”.

This stitch looks fabulous when worked up using chunky yarn. Here you can see a swatch using The Wool by We Are Knitters (gifted).

Sadly not, friends. What I have done however is named a stitch that before was languishing in obscurity. There are a couple of patterns over on Ravelry that use this stitch but nobody had thought of giving her a name, the poor babe, so I thought I would. Tempting as it was to give it some sort of funky name (or annoyingly egotistical one like ‘The Knitty Stitch’) I’ve simply called it ‘Half Double Moss Stitch’ to keep things simple and practical.

One of the most beautiful things about this stitch is the latticed effect it gives which lends itself well to cowls, scarves, statement blankets and rugs. It look particularly lush used with chunky or super chunky yarn or worked up teeny using cotton yarn. I can just see some dishcloths looking the bizznizz in this stitch!

Keep your eyes peeled for a wonderful project using the Half Double Moss Stitch very soon, but for now, here’s how to work it up.

Lending itself well to giant chunky accessories and statement homeware, this stitch is quick, easy and beautiful.

The Half Double Moss Stitch

(Instructions using US/American terminology and working flat)

NOTE: This stitch is a hdc stitch separated by a chain stitch, so it’s identical to the regular moss stitch but using hdc instead of single crochet.

1. Chain an even number of stitches.

2. Work a hdc into the fourth chain from your hook.

3. Chain one, skip one chain, work a hdc stitch into the next chain.

4. Chain one, skip one chain, work a half double crochet into the next chain. End with a hdc into the last stitch.

5. Turn your work, chain two and work a hdc into the first chain one space. Chain one, skip the next hdc and work a hdc into the following chain one space. Continute like this (chain 1, skip 1 stitch, hdc in the next chain 1 space) until the end.

Repeat step five for the pattern, making hdc stitches into the chain spaces.

That’s it! I would love to see your makes using this stitch, so tag your creations with #halfdoublemosstitch and I’ll take a look!

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Crochet Tutorial · Tiny Houses

There’s been a lot of use of The “C” Word in our house and on my feed over the last few days. No, I’m not talking the word of the Middle English sweary ladies part variety, but the word that cannot be uttered in company until at least the beginning of November. The word that sends people into fits of rage. The word that Shakin’ Stevens owes his life/millions to…

CHRISTMAS. CRIMBO. CRIMBLE. NAVIDAD. JUHL. CRIMBY BADIMBY (I may have made that one up).

I admit that I used to be one of those DON’T MENTION CHRISTMAS UNTIL DECEMBER YOU T**T folks, but since getting heavily into crafting I have started to enjoy the idea of prepping early for the festive season. I say enjoy, I mean bloody love it. So, without further ado, I’d like to share this tutorial with you, heavily based on Christmas but also adaptable for any time of the year or any time you need a cosy decoration or tag.

These little houses are a lovely way of adding an unusual but cosy accent to your home, tree or even as a gift tag. They’re a wonderful half-hour make, with the added bonus of using up scraps. I recommend using glittery or lamé yarn combined with matte for a really modern look, or even yarns with sequins woven into them, or how about yarn held double with glitter thread? The sky – or rather your tree – is the limit!

Fully customizable, these houses can be crocheted to any height or width you choose and have different roof styles.

Tiny Houses

This is a CONFIDENT BEGINNER level crochet tutorial.

You will need: A 3.5mm crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors, a blocking board or similar, rust-free pins, liquid nylon or starch, a small pot, water. Optional: felt and a hot glue gun.

Yarn: Sport weight cotton yarn (I used Rito Hobby’s Infinity Hearts Lotus 8/4) in your chosen colours for roof and house body, plus combinations of Rico Creative Lamé and Drops Alpaca in Coral, plus scraps of DK/Sport weight yarn for embellishments and embroidery.

Skills (US terminology): Chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, triple crochet, quadruple crochet, simple embroidery, weaving in ends, wet blocking.

Method:

  1. Chain 9 using the cotton sport weight yarn.

2. Chain one (does not count as first stitch) and work a single crochet into each chain stitch. Chain one, turn. Repeat until you have nine rows of single crochet. If you would prefer a taller house, just carry on working as many rows of single crochet as you’d like.

3. When you reach the final single crochet stitch on the last row (when you have two loops on your hook), pull through the new colour that you are using for the roof. You have now changed colour. Chain one and turn.

4. Now we’ll make the roof! Work one single crochet into the first stitch, a half double crochet into the second, a double into the third, a triple into the forth and a quadruple into the fifth. Then work another triple crochet into the sixth, a double crochet into the seventh, a had double crochet into the eighth and finally a sincgle crochet into the ninth. Break yarn and pull the loop up to finish off. Weave in all ends.

5. Now comes the best part – the details! Feel free to copy my embroidery to create windows and the door, but this is a great chance to use your imagination and create some wonderful detailing and give your little house personality!

6. Make a stiffening mixture by combining two parts liquid nylon to one part water. Soak your house in this for five or ten minutes, gently squeeze out the excess and pin to dry on a blocking board. Take special care to ensure that it’s pinned evenly, and pin the top of the roof up so it is a pointy as possible. To do this I find the tallest stitch (the center quadruple crochet stitch) and pull it up as much as I can before pinning securely.

7. Once dry you can create a felt backing by glueing or sewing on a piece of thin felt that fits the back of your house. This is recommended if you plan to use them as decorations. Thread a small amount of glitter thread through the top of the roof and display as desired.

Did you enjoy this tutorial? If so, feel free to use the hashtag #knittyvillage on Instagram so I can check out your work!

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Softly Simple Stars · Crochet Tutorial

I must admit that I don’t crochet very often, and I’m always very critical of my ability to write crochet patterns. I’m not as confident a crocheter as I am a knitter which is probably why I’m a bit adverse to publishing anything cro-related! However, I’m going to fight against that fear right now and share with you my own pattern for crocheted stars.

There are a gajillion different ways to crochet stars, and a kawillion tutorials out there so here I am throwing my own into the ring like we need just one more. Every little helps!

If you’ve bought anything from my Etsy shop you may have been lucky enough to have found one of these five-pointed stars as a little gift in your parcel – you’re welcome! – and I thought it was only right for me to share how I make them and a few cool tips on how to make sure they stay stiff and durable. We don’t need no floppy stars.

I have followed many tutorials for making stars (there’s a LOAD of them online) and my tutorial mixes up all the different techniques I’ve learnt into a really easy, satisfying and cute pattern. Even if you’re a newbie or slow crocheter you’ll be able to make a whole stack of these babes in an afternoon, and if you’re a speedy crocheter like myself you can even make one in under five minutes – not that I’m challenging you or anything!

Level: Advanced Beginner

This tutorial uses US terminology.

You will need to know:

  • Chain stitch (ch st), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), weaving in ends.

You will need:

  • Several small amounts (less than 15g) of worsted weight yarn in natural fibers.
    I love using cotton, linen and wool. I avoided acrylic for these stars because I wasn’t too keen on the texture;
  • A 5.00mm crochet hook;
  • A pair of scissors and yarn/wool needle for weaving in ends;
  • Starch spray (optional) and/or pva glue and water to stiffen.
  • Blocking board (or similar) and rust-proof pins.

Method:

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To start off, ch five and sl st into the first chain to form a loop. Ch 2 (this does not count as the first stitch) and make 15 hdc into the center of the loop, making sure to crochet around the tail. Sl st into the top of your first hdc to finish the round. Count ’em: you should have 15 hdc stitches.

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Ch four, with the final chain being the turning chain. Make a sc into the third chain, a hdc into the second and finally a dc into the first chain. This is your first star point.

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Now, carefully sl st into the third chain from your chain four.

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Your star should now look like this. Continue in this way around until you have formed five star points, sl st into the third st from your ch each time. sl st into the final third st to finish up. Pull the center tail closed and weave in your ends.

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And you’re done! Cute, right? Now ideally we need to make our star look flatter and less curled up. There are two ways of doing this; you can spray your star with starch and pin it onto a blocking board, or you can follow my super-duper technique below to create a firm star that is ideal for a hanging ornament.

How to stiffen your star:

Mix 1/2 cup of white/pva glue with 1/2 cup water and soak your star(s) in the mixture for a minute or two. squeeze out the excess and pin them in shape to dry on a blocking board or another similar surface. When they are dry, attack a piece of twine or cord to the top and hang them as a decoration, as a garland or to gifts as a hanging tag.

Feel free to tag me on Instagram (@emmaknitty) if you make any stars of your own – I’d love to see your creations!

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Little Dot Lampshade · Craft Tutorial

Anyone who has moved house knows that choosing the right decor, furniture and accessores to make your new home complete takes a while. We moved house two years ago to our wonderful pad here in Asturias, and even though we have the bulk of everything we need, it’s still a labour of love to get it looking just right. Recently we changed up our bedroom, ditching some simple, white lampshades we had in our old flat (it was very clean, modern and cool) that totally didnt go with the rustic/modern style we have in or current home. I wasn’t too keen on just chucking these old lampshades out – I mean, HELLO! Plain white lampshades are just begging for a cheeky upcycle – so I decided to make something wonderful out of them!

If you too have some plain lampshades lying around that need a new lease of life follow my simple tutorial and you can whip up your own! The best thing of all is that you can use any yarn colours you like to match your interior – I love adding black yarn for drama – and make a totally unique piece.

You will need:

  • Several small amounts of fingering/dk/aran yarn in your chosen colours;
  • A sharp wool/yarn needle and a thinner needle to make holes;
  • A pencil and scissors.

Using a pencil, draw some rough ‘splodge’ shapes or ovals all over the lampshade. Try not to make them too neat, as the idea is to give an irregular look. Afterwards, pierce holes using the thinner needle around the outlines.

Thread your yarn of choice onto the sharp yarn needle and putline the shapes using running stitch. The yarn shown is a 100% alpaca fingering weight yarn.

Now you can “fill” the shapes using long embroidery stitches, or you could use shorter stitches if you prefer. Don’t worry too much about filling the shape exactly, as leaving a few small gaps around the edges of the shape can add an interesting effect

Continue as above using different coloured yarns until you have completed and filled all the shapes.

Display and enjoy your new, fabulous, unique, incredble lamp as you wish and please tag me on Instagram so I can check out your creations!