Some quiet play in the house. . . it is possible.

crochet bagThis little bag is one of the pieces of craft I have completed recently.  I was making some crochet balls to use in the house so our granddaughter could practise her throwing.  Our grandson had used some Japanese juggling figures for throwing when he was little and I thought this would be good to add to the collection.

Japanese juggling ballsThe pattern is one I procured from the 2006, (it has taken me ten years to get around to making the pattern) and I can’t find it on the Internet now.  The pattern was by Nanabear97 and it was from Ravelry but is no longer there. If you would like a copy of the pattern just let me know and I will email you a copy.

crochet ballsThis pattern is great for using up small scraps of wool, the emphasis being on “small”.  I thought I would be reducing my stash but I have barely made a dent.  I will need to look for a bigger project.  I think some more doll’s clothes might use a bit more wool.


Chevron blanket free crochet pattern

I wrote previously about how I frogged a jumper I had knitted and was going to make it into a chevron blanket.  When I looked back to find the post I discovered it was quite some time ago, December 2012, so the blanket should be finished.

chevron blanketIt is almost finished, I just have to sew in the ends.

I am really happy with the way it turned out.

chevron blanket 2The colours are actually a bit brighter than shown here but I think the colour combination is striking.

close up of chevronsThis is the first time I have attempted crochet on such a large scale.  It was a good project to have as an on-going project when in between other projects.

Here is the pattern.

I used Size 4.00 crochet hook and double knitting/8 ply wool. The yellow was bought and the grey was from a frogged jumper so there is a slight variation in the tension of the two colours.

The stitches used are chain and single crochet.


ch = chain

sc = single crochet

st(s) = stitch stitches

sk = skip


Starting with first colour, chain 337 sts


Sk first st from hook; work 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts inserting crochet hook in the horizontal thread in the back of ch st ; sk 1 st; * 1 sc in each of next 15 sts; 3 sc in next st; 1 sc in each of next 15 sts; sk 2 sts. Repeat from (*) nine times, the last time sk only one st; 1 sc in each of last two sts.  There should be ten scallops. Ch 1 – turn.


1 sc in each of first 2 sts, taking up both threads of st below; sk 1 st * 1 sc in each of next 15 sts, taking up the back threadonly of sts below; 3 sc in back thread of next st; 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts; sk 2 sts.  Repeat from (*) nine times the last time sk only 1 st at end of point; 1sc in each of last 2 sts taking up BOTh threads of st below.

(The first and last 2 sts are taken on both threads of st to prevent edge from curlin.)

Repeat the second row for the entire rug.

I used ten rows for each colour.

The finished rug measures 120 cms long and 110 cms wide.



I do get there in the end. . .

The granny square shrug is finished.  The colours look a bit washed out here but I am delighted with the finished product.

It will look much nicer on my daughter than it does lying on the floor!

I finished this little neck scarf that I started a while back.  It had been put to one side. I think it is called an Ascot Scarf.  It is toddler sized.

My elder daughter asked me to knit it for my granddaughter.I have also been doing some Christmas craft. This is a little bag that I started last Christmas and have finally got around to finishing it in time for this Christmas!

I have also managed to finally finish my cardigan!