Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Tunisian Solar System Blanket

It may have taken a while, but the Tunisian Solar System Blanket is ready for release. This blanket is possibly one of my favourite graphed blankets I have ever made. I certainty have put more work into it than any other blanket, but I think that all the work has been worth it. I absolutely love how this blanket came out and I hope that it is something that Oliver will want to keep forever and maybe pass down in his family until it is too worn out to be used!


I started this off with a concept in my head, which was swiftly changed and directed by Oliver. He knew exactly what he wanted his blanket to look like. He knew it needed all the planets, and not just the main 8 planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) but also wanted the 5 dwarf planets (Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, MakeMake and Eris) as well as the Asteroid and Kuiper belts. He also wanted me to add all the moons, but seeing as some of the planets have over 60 moons, I drew the line at just adding Earth's moon!

Initially I spent at least a whole day working on the graph. I used stitch fiddle and flicked back and forth different images on google, trying to get something that was easily recognized as the planets in terms of colour and appearance, without going overboard on hundred of colours and therefore ends! (There was enough ends due to all the space rocks anyway!)

Once the graph was finished and printed, I simply sat and made the blanket. I used Tunisian Knit Stitch, partly as I love the stitch, but I also wanted to see how a graph would work out in it. I am so glad I chose to use this stitch as I love the blanket in it. It probably took a good 3 weeks worth of work and some days I did a lot of hours on it. There were mistakes, some little that I wouldn't even be able to pick out now if you asked me! Some were larger, I completely misread Neptune (top right planet) and whilst it annoys me that it isn't as round as I intended, it wasn't enough to make me rip out the 25 odd rows and do it again. Oliver hasn't noticed anyway and he seems happy with it!

Once the blanket was finished I added rows of purl stitch as a border partly to finish it off, and partly to combat some of the curl issue that can occur with the Knit stitch. The ends that were produced were some what overwhelming. I never actually sat and counted them, but I would estimate them at well over 200. As soon as I saw them I knew I wasn't going to sew them all in. Instead I tied them off, trimmed them down and used some lovely space fabric to sew onto the blanket instead. They are all hidden now and whilst it probably didn't end up being much quicker than sewing them all in, I preferred the process much better!



The pattern for this blanket comes in couple of pdf's. Firstly there is the Pdf with the information, the notes, the resources, and the written pattern. Secondly there is the graph pdf. This is a large blanket, 200 stitches wide and nearly 200 rows, excluding the border, and so in order to allow the graph to be readable, it is spread over several pages, which you can print, and tape together to make a large workable graph.

A lot of work has gone into this blanket, so it will be a paid for pattern. You can find it on my Etsy store here. I hope you you all enjoy this pattern, it is a bit of work and time consuming, but I think it is well worth the effort put in especially for a space lover!

See you next week,

Vicky x



Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Tunisian Lace Top Pattern

This week I am excited to share my first multi-sized adult piece of clothing, the Tunisian Lace Top. As the name suggests this is a lacey Tunisian pattern which is perfect for summer as a swim suit cover up, or as an extra layer over a vest. It could even work in Spring or Autumn as an additional layer.


The top itself is quite simple in construction, it consists of two panels which are sewn together to create the top. The lace pattern is a repeating 3 row pattern which makes the top quite easy to get into a rhythm as you work it up. Additionally this only uses 4 stitches in the entire top, which makes it very beginner friendly. If you are not an experienced Tunisian crocheter, or even if you have never tried, then this pattern should be achievable for you.

It comes in 5 sizes, XS, S, M, L and XL and should use between 340m and 980m. It is designed to be quite a loose fit top, but if you want it to be more fitted then you should be able to work the top in a size smaller than you would usually pick.

I chose to make this in Coboo yarn and the bamboo and cotton mix really creates a lovely drape and light feeling for this top. I also used an acrylic and cotton mix for another one, but the feel wasn't quite as lovely as the coboo. I think either the coboo or a 100% cotton should work well for this top. The acrylic mix will probably make a better option for colder days in Spring and Autumn.

The pattern is available to purchase in my Etsy store. To celebrate its release, it will be available for 25% off using the code SUMMER, until the end of August only. After this time is will only be available at full price.

I hope you enjoy this top, I love the addition of it in my wardrobe. If you chose to make one, please do share it in with me on my social media channels. Next week I am finally getting around to releasing the pattern for the Space Blanket I made Oliver.

See you then,

Vicky x

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Tunisian Elephant Cup Cozy

This is the final week of the Cup Cozy series (at least for now, I definitely have plans to expand these at some point) and I have saved my absolute favourite design until last, the Elephant.


The Elephant Cozy, like the other animal cozies, is worked in the round, although this time I decided to use a combination of the knit stitch and the purl stitch, which has created a lovely RIB effect. I chose to make the background or return pass in a grey and the forward pass or foreground in grey and I wanted that colour choice to echo the savannah or jungle that the Elephant naturally lives in. This particular RIB stitch doesn't curl like a lot of other stitches so the whole cozy can be worked up in the one stitch and I love it.

The dimensions of the Elephant cozy are the same as the others, 7cm high and 12cm across (or 24cm in the round) and as such is a great stash busting project as it doesn’t use up too much yarn. Once I finished the Cozy I added a cute Elephant motif in grey and I especially love how I managed to only attach his ear at one point giving it a lovely 3D realistic effect.

You can get the pattern for the Elephant Cup Cozy below. Join me next week for something summery to wear for what is left of the summer, or if you are lucky enough to be going on a hot holiday this will be the perfect top for you.

Vicky x


Elephant Cozy

  1. Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this cozy

  • 4ply cotton (I used King Cole Giza) in the following;
    • green – around 15-20m
    • grey – around 15-20m
    • Small amount of black for eye and mouth
  • 3.5mm double ended crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker

2. Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

  • Ch- chain
  • TSS – Tunisian simple stitch
  • TDRS – Tunisian Double Rib Stitch – (2 Knit stitch, 2 Purl stitch repeated along each row)
  • RP – return pass
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • yo – yarn over
  • sc inc – single crochet increase – 2 single crochet in same stitch
  • 3 sc tog – 3 single crochet together – (insert hook through 1 stitch, pull up a loop) x 3, then yarn over and pull through all loops on hook
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Trc – treble crochet
  • f/l – front loops
  • m/c – magic circle

3. Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

  • The gauge for this pattern is 14 rows and 12 stitches of Tunisian simple stitch in a 5cm square.
  • The finished elephant is 7cm tall and 12 cm wide (24cm all the way around.)
  • The cozy is worked in the round, if you are not familiar with Tunisian in the round, then please see this video for help; https://youtu.be/1vN3KdVB7u4

4. Pattern

Cozy– start in green and use grey for the RP

Round Instruction Stitches
  Ch 56 56
1 Sk ch and TSS across, RP in grey 56
2 Joining into the round (see video in notes) TDRS around, RP 56
3-16 TDRS around, RP  
17 Cast off using TDRS pattern  
  Sl st to join and cast off, sew in ends  

Elephant Body – in grey

Round Instruction Stitches
1 6 sc in m/c 6
2 (sc inc) x 6 12
3 3 sc inc, 3 sc, 3 sc inc, 3 sc 18
44 sc, ch 7, sk ch and 6 sl st down ch, 3 sc,
(sc, ch 2, dc, ch 2, sl st in the same stitch), 2 sc,
(sc, ch2, dc, ch 2, sl st in the same stitch),
4 sc, sl st
 
  Cast off with long tail for sewing  

Elephant Head – in grey

Round Instruction Stitches
1 6 sc in m/c 6
2 (sc inc) x 6 12
3 (sc, sc inc) x 6 18
4sl st, ch 13, sk ch, 12 hdc down ch, 7 sl st,
(sc, hdc, dc, trc in f/l of same stitch),
3 trc in f/l of same stitch,
(trc, dc, hdc, sc in f/l of same stitch),
sl st and cast off with a long tail


Sew elephant body to cozy first, then sew elephant head, making sure to curl the trunk up and leave the ear unsewn around the curved edge.   Sew and eye and mouth in black.

© All patterns on this page belong to www.cosycrochet.co.uk You may not sell this pattern. Please feel free to sell the items you make using this pattern, however please acknowledge me in your listing.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Tunisian Pig Cup Cozy

I'm back this week after a lovely week away camping with my family. It is always nice to take a break, but now I am ready to get back to sharing the patterns for my Cup Cozy series, and this week it is the turn of the pig.


The Pig Cozy, like the other animal cozies, is worked in the round, although this time I decided to use the knit stitch. The Tunisian Knit stitch is one of my favourite stitches and I am always amazed by how much it really does look like knitting! I chose to make the background in a pale pink for the forward pass, whilst I used a white colour for the reserve pass. Unlike other Tunisian stitches, the reverse pass colour doesn't show through as much so this cozy background looks predominantly pink. As with a lot of other stitches though, the knit stitch does have a tendancy to curl as it is worked and so I also used a couple of rows of purl stitch either side to counteract this.

The dimensions of the Pig cozy are the same as the others, 7cm high and 12cm across (or 24cm in the round) and as such is a great stash busting project as it doesn’t use up too much yarn. Once I finished the Cozy I added a cute pig motif in a darker pink to ensure it stood out. I am sure it would work well with other pig colours too.

You can get the pattern for the Pig Cup Cozy below. Join me next week for the final design (at the moment anyway), the Elephant Cup Cozy, which happens to be my favourite design!

Vicky x

Pig Cup Cozy

  1. Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this cozy

  • 4ply cotton (I used King Cole Giza) in the following;
    • Light pink – around 15-20m
    • white – around 15-20m
    • dark pink – small amount for pig
    • black – small amount for eyes and nose
  • 3.5mm double ended crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker

2. Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

  • Ch- chain
  • TSS – Tunisian simple stitch
  • TPS – Tunisian purl stitch
  • TKS – Tunisian Knit stitch
  • RP – return pass
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • yo – yarn over
  • sc inc – single crochet increase – 2 single crochet in same stitch
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • m/c – magic circle

3. Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

  • The gauge for this pattern is 20 rows and 11 stitches of Tunisian knit stitch in a 5cm square.
  • The finished pig cozy is 7cm tall and 12 cm wide (24cm all the way around.)
  • The cozy is worked in the round, if you are not familiar with Tunisian in the round, then please see this video for help; https://youtu.be/1vN3KdVB7u4

4. Pattern

Cozy– start in pink and use white for the RP

Round Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 55 55
2 Sk ch and TSS across, RP in white 55
3 TPS around, RP 55
4-23 TKS around, RP 55
24 TPS around, RP 55
25 Sl st cast off using TSS pattern. 55
  Sl st to join and cast off, sew in ends  

Pig Body – in dark pink

Round Instruction Stitches
1 6 sc in m/c 6
2 (sc inc) x 6 12
3 3 sc inc, 3 sc, 3 sc inc, 3 sc 18
4 4 sc, ch 13, sk ch and 12 sl st down ch, 3 sc, sc, ch 2, dc, ch 2, sl st, 2 sc, sc, ch2 , dc, ch 2, sc, 4 sc, sl st  
  Cast off with long tail for sewing  

Pig Head – in dark pink
Round Instruction Stitches
1 6 sc in m/c 6
2 Sc around 6
3 (sc inc) x 6 12
4 6 sc, 6 x sc inc 18
5 (Hdc ch 1 hdc) in same stitch, 3 sc, (hdc ch1 hdc) in same stitch, sl st cast off with long tail for sewing  

Sew pigs body to cozy first making sure to curl the tail around as you sew.   Then sew the head to the cozy and finally add eyes and nose detail in black.

© All patterns on this page belong to www.cosycrochet.co.uk You may not sell this pattern. Please feel free to sell the items you make using this pattern, however please acknowledge me in your listing.