Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Tunisian Mermaid Tail Hat

This week I am excited to share the pattern for the Tunisian Mermaid Tail Hat. I know I am a little late on the mermaid craze, but this summer Lily fell in love with mermaids. We saw a mermaid at an aquarium and she just fell in love and since then mermaids have been everywhere, and as part of that she wanted a mermaid winter set this year.



I knew I wanted to make her mermaid set in Tunisian crochet, but it actually took me a while of playing around with various stitches before I found a combination I really liked. I'm not sure if what I created is a stitch that has a name, I have found similar stitches, but nothing names quite like what I used. Of course it could exist already and I just don't know about it, but either way it seemed the perfect stitch for what I was creating. It uses a combination of alternating Twisted stitches and simple stitches and it creates little upside down v's which alternate in between each other, which reminded me of mermaid scales.

The Tail itself I also reworked 4 or 5 times until I found something which really had the shape I was after. That uses a ribbing effect by alternating knit and purl stitches, which I think is something like a mermaid tail might be like.

It also took a while to find the perfect yarn. I initially used a ocean yarn cake I picked up from Aldi a while back and that worked great, but unfortunately it was not ever sold there again. In addition to the fact that it had a 20% wool content, which Lily complained made her itch, I decided to look for something else. I am glad I did search for another yarn, as the Caron Simply Soft Paints in Oceana is the perfect yarn for this project. Its an aran/worsted weight and is super soft, not at all itchy and has such a vibrant mix of turquoise, purple and blue and is exactly as I imagine a mermaid to be colourwise.

The pattern for this Mermaid Tail Hat comes in two sizes, toddler, for approximately age 1-3 and child for around ages 4-7, although it will depend on size of the child's head. Changing hook size is all you need to do to alter the finished product for the different sizes, which makes it much easier to make. I did toy with making other sizes, but I estimated that older children may not want to wear a Mermaid Tail Hat, and younger than 1 wouldn't know anyway. If, however, more sizes are requested then let me know and I can add more in.

The Mermaid Tail Hat pattern is available for free below. Join me next week for the mermaid tail scarf pattern. See you then,

Vicky x


 Mermaid Tail Hat

  1. Materials and Resources

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

  • Aran / Worsted weight yarn – 120-135m or 85-90g – I used Caron Simply Soft Paints in Oceana
  • 7mm double ended Tunisian hook for child size and 6mm for toddler size
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker to mark the start of each round

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
  • TWS – Tunisian Twisted Stitch
  • TFS – Tunisian Full Stitch
  • Dec – insert yarn through 2 vertical bars, yo and pull up a loop through both stitches.
  • RP – return pass, always yarn over and pull through 1 loop and the yarn over and pull through 2 loops all the way to the end of the row.
  • Yo – yarn over
  • sl st – slip stitch

3. Notes

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

  • The gauge for this pattern is 13 rows and 14 stitches in a 10cm of alternating TWS and TSS when using a 7mm hook.
  •  The gauge for this pattern is 14 rows and 16 stitches in a 10cm of alternating TWS and TSS when using a 6mm hook.
  • The toddler size hat (for ages 1-3) measures 40cm around and 21cm long, not including the 8cm tail at the end, and the child size (approximately age 4-7) measures 44cm around and 25cm long with a 9cm tail.
  • The only thing you need to change to get the different sizes is the hook, the pattern is worked exactly the same.  
  • The hat 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
  • The tail is worked flat in rows.
  • Incase you get lost working the tail, you need to always keep the RIB pattern, so all TKS stitches should line up and all TPS should also line up.

4. Pattern

Hat

Round Instruction Stitches
  Ch 60  
1 TSS across, RP 60
  Work into the round as video above  
2 TKS, TPS around, RP 60
3-5 Rep row 2 60
6 TWS, dec, (TWS, TSS) x 28, RP 59
7 (TSS, TWS) x 28, TSS, RP 59
8 (TWS, TSS) x 28, TWS, RP 59
9-23 Rep rows 7-8 ending on a row 7 59
24 TWS (TSS, TWS, TSS, TWS, TSS, TWS, dec, dec) x 5, TSS, TWS, TSS, TWS, dec, dec, RP 47
25 (TSS, TWS) x 23, TSS, RP 47
26 (TWS, TSS) x 23, TWS, RP 47
27 (TSS, TWS, TSS, TWS, dec, dec) x 5, TSS, TWS, dec, dec, TSS, RP 35
28 (TWS, TSS) x 17, TWS, RP 35
29 (TSS, TWS) x 17, TSS, RP 35
30 TWS (TSS, TWS, dec, dec) x 5, dec, dec, RP 23
31 (TSS, TWS) x 11, TSS 23
32 (TWS, TSS) x 11, TWS 23
33 (TSS, TWS, dec, dec, TSS, TWS) x 2, TSS, TWS, dec, dec, TSS, RP 17
34 Cut RP yarn and cast that off then using FP yarn only, fold in half and TFS both sides together over 10 stitches, you will have 11 loops on the hook including first loop, RP 11
  Working flat from this point onwards  
35 TFS, (TKS, TPS) to last stitch, TFS, TSS, RP 13
36 TFS, (TPS, TKS) to last stitch, TFS, TSS, RP 15
37 Rep row 35 17
38 Rep row 36 19
39 Rep row 35 21
40 Rep row 36 23
41 Rep row 35 25
42 TFS, (TPS, TKS) x 6, (leave rest of stitches unworked, RP - do not ch 1 at the beginning of this pass 14 FP & 13 RP
43 TFS, (TKS, TPS) x 6, (leave rest of stitches unworked, RP - do not ch 1 at the beginning of this pass 14 FP & 13 RP
44-45 Rep rows 42-43 14 FP & 13 RP
46 Sl st cast off keeping TPS and TKS pattern  
  Attach yarn in same stitch as last stitch of row 42 (13th stitch along – this will be the first TKS of row 47)  
47 (TKS, TPS) x 6, TFS, TSS, RP – work as normal until 3 loops remain, then yo and pull through all 3 loops. 14 FP & 13 RP
48 (TKS, TPS) x 6, TFS, TSS, RP – work as normal until 3 loops remain, then yo and pull through all 3 loops. 14 FP & 13 RP
49 (TPS, TKS) x 6, TFS, TSS, RP – work as normal until 3 loops remain, then yo and pull through all 3 loops. 14 FP & 13 RP
50 Rep row 48  
51 Sl st cast off keeping TPS and TKS pattern  

Sew in all ends

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Tunisian Christmas Tree Cup Cozy

My last Christmas pattern for this year is the Tunisian Christmas Tree Cup cozy. By now you must know that I love making these little cozies and I had to make a specifically Christmas one. I loved the idea of a candy cane theme and Christmas Tree and so I decided to combine these ideas in to one cozy.



The background of this cozy is made to reflect the traditional candy cane. I used the Tunisian reverse stitch and striped it in which and red. I initially made this in the round, however, without having a ton of ends, switching colours looks clumsy and didn't really work at the join. In the end it worked better making it flat and sewing it together. The cozy being made up of the reverse stitch automatically prevents any curling to the fabric.
Due to the high contrast of the background, I decided to keep the tree simple. Just a green triangular shape and a brown trunk. This tree has literally just been selected from the forest and doesn't actually need any additional decorations to stand out. It does that perfectly against the candy cane stripped background.
Like all the other cup cozies, it fits perfectly around both reusable cups and disposable ones in a coffee shop. It only takes a couple of hours to make and uses very little cotton to do so. The perfect stash buster and gift idea for any coffee lover this Christmas. You can get the free pattern below.
Next week sees the start of my mermaid winter wear patterns, so be sure to check that out for any mermaid loving children in your life.
See you next week,

Vicky x


Christmas Tree 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;
    • Red – around 15-20m
    • White– around 15-20m
    • Small amount of green and brown for the tree
  • 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
  • TRS – Tunisian reverse stitch
  • TKS – Tunisian knit stitch
  • RP – return pass, always yarn over and pull through 2 loops all the way around.
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • dec – insert hook through 1st loop, then through second loops knit wise, yo and pull through both loops
  • 3 TKS tog - Insert hook through next 2 loops, then through the 3rd loops knitwise, yo and pull through all 3 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 12 rows and 12 stitches of Tunisian reverse stitch in a 5cm square.
  • The finished tree cozy is 7cm tall and 12 cm wide (24cm all the way around.)
  • The cozy is worked flat and then sewn together
  • You can carry the red and white yarn up the side rather than keep cutting and having to sew in the ends.
  • 4. Pattern

    Tree cozy– start in red

     
    Row Instruction Stitches
    1 Ch 59 59
    2 Sk ch and TSS across 59
      Change to white,  
    3 TRS across, RP 59
      Change to red,  
    4 TRS across, RP 59
    5-16 Rep rows 3-4 59
    17 Sc cast off in red leaving a long tail to sew together  
Tree – make1 in green 
Row Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 9, TSS across, RP 9
2 TKS across, RP 9
3 Dec, 3 TKS, dec, TSS, RP 7
4 Dec, TKS, dec, TSS, RP 5
5 TKS, RP 5
6 TKS, RP 5
7 3 TKS tog, TSS, RP 3
8 3 TKS tog, and sl st to finish off 1
  Leave a long tail to sew to the cozy  

Tree trunk – make1 in brown

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 3, TSS across, RP 3
2-3 TKS across, RP 3
4 Sl st cast off 3
  Leave a long tail to sew to cozy  

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Tunisian 10 Point Star Blanket

This week I am excited to share with you my Tunisian 10 point star blanket. Way back in the summer when I launched my Tunisian Chevron Skirt pattern, one of my friends and testers suggested it would look lovely as a blanket and she was right. I took her advice and spent some time working out how to turn it from a skirt to a blanket.





It took a bit of figuring out how to work Tunisian crochet in the round from a small start. I have been working it in the round to create a piece with a hole in it for a skirt, or cup cozy etc, but not to work something flat like this blanket. It took quite a few tried in a couple of different yarns to make it work, but I got there eventually.

I ended up changing the stitches used from the chevron skirt to give it a different look. I wanted to tighter feel to keep the blanket warm and so I ended up using the Knit stitch. To combat the curl however, there are a couple of sections using the purl stitch and they worked great at preventing the issue.

I ended up making this a Christmas coloured blanket, in part due to having this yarn in my stash, but also as I think this will work fab as a Christmas Tree blanket, which I hope will make it look less empty when the presents are not under it. The main bulk of the blanket is worked in a varigated yarn called Christmas due to its colours. Then there are smaller sections in a sparkly red yarn to break up the slightly psychedelic look from the main colour.

Both yarns used are a DK weight and were purchased from Aldi during one of their specials last year. They havent released them again this year, so unless you have them in your stash its unlikely you will be able to replicate this blanket with the exact same colours. However, I think it would look great in any colours and you could even change the weight of the yarn and adjust the hook size to compensate to make an even larger blanket (or smaller).

The instructions are written for the blanket above, which has reached a diameter of 130cm, however, I have included notes on how to adjust the size of the blanket to make it larger or smaller in the pattern. I simply stopped mine at this point due to reaching the end of my supply of that particular yarn!

You can purchase the pattern for the Tunisian 10 Point star blanket from my Etsy store here. I hope you enjoy the pattern and share any blankets made from it on my social media channels.

For this week only, the blanket is on sale with 25% off using the code CHRISTMAS. Its only available until 19th November so be sure to purchase by then.

Join me next week for another Christmas Cup Cozy before I release the mermaid patterns I shared earlier in the year.

Vicky x