Sunday, 29 March 2020

Bluprint Creativity Care Package

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Namaste friends.

I have some wonderful news that I just have to share with you.

Bluprint (formerly Craftsy) has introduced a Creativity Care Package* under which all their classes are Free to Watch till 9th April 2020. Isn't that just super of them!

Bluprint has over 1300 classes covering all kinds of topics like Crochet, Knitting, Sewing, Embroidery, and so much more.

You will have to register, but no credit card details have to be filled in, so no worries.
Just click on the pic below.

bluprint creativity care package

I hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. There must be a craft you always wanted to learn or a new technique you wanted to explore.

I usually sit down with a notebook when I am watching, and I make a note of any important points which I would like to use in my projects. If you just loved any class you can always buy it and watch it anytime in the future with lifetime access.

If in these trying times, you as a homemaker are swamped with the extra load of cooking and dishes etc (I can understand), you could let the kids explore the classes for topics like Papercraft, Jewelry and Drawing*, etc. 

And if your kids are under control (Lol), then keep your spouse busy with Woodworking, Gardening and Painting*!  :)

There is something for everyone so utilise this chance to explore the classes while they are free to watch. 

While social distancing has become the need of the hour, we can make the most of it and use our time fruitfully. Creativity is the best way to connect with yourself while taking care of your mental health in isolation.

Lots of love, best wishes and prayers. Stay home, Stay safe.
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Friday, 27 March 2020

Crochet Brooke Beanie Free Pattern

Namaste friends!

All of a sudden the human race as a whole is facing a dangerous situation. This is the kind of thing we hope to see only in movies. Sadly, it has become a reality! 

Most of us are practising strict social distancing and some of us are finding it more difficult than others. India is under complete lockdown for 21 days. Today is Day 3.

I am hoping to share a few patterns that should hopefully relieve the boredom if you are a crocheter.

Today I have the free pattern for the Brooke crochet beanie.

I hope you liked the Brooke scarf pattern. Do let me know if you tried it.

crochet brooke beanie free pattern


Skill Level:   Easy                  

Size: Hat measures approximately 21 inches (51 cms) around and 8 inches (20 cms) in height. (Adult size)

Materials:
·        DK weight yarn around 75 – 80 gms/ 3 oz  
·        Hook - US G or 6 (4 mm), UK 8

Gauge:  10 rounds and 2 butterflies = 4” by 4” in Butterfly pattern.

Notes:
This pattern uses US terminology
The hat is worked top-down, in the round without turning.
Chain 3 at beginning of each round counts as 1 dc.
Ch 1 and hdc at end of row counts as ch-3 space.

Abbreviations: 
beg – beginning,  
ch - chain,  
st – stitch,
sp – space,
sl st – slip stitch, 
dc – double crochet,  
yo – yarn over hook,  
fpdc – front post double crochet,
bpdc – back post double crochet,


Pattern stitches:
Fpdc: Front Post Double crochet – YO and insert hook from front to back between the posts of the first and second dc of the round below, then insert hook from back to front between the posts of the second and third dc. YO and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have three loops on the hook. YO and draw the yarn through two loops on the hook, twice. One Fpdc is complete.

Bpdc: Back Post Double crochet – YO and insert hook from back to front between the posts of the first and second dc of the round below, the insert hook from front to back between the posts of the second and third dc. YO and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have three loops on the hook. YO and draw the yarn through two loops on the hook, twice. One Bpdc is complete.

Butterfly stitch: Into the ch-5 space indicated work (3 dc, ch 3, sc in same space, ch 3, 3 dc). One butterfly made.

free crochet brooke beanie pattern


Instructions:
The Brooke beanie is worked top-down, so we start at the top of the crown.

Round 1: Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with slip stitch in 3rd chain of beg ch 3. (12 dc)

Round 2: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st * 2 dc in next st,  rep from * till the end, join with slip st in 3rd chain of beg ch 3. (24 dc)

Round 3: Ch 3, 2dc in nxt st, *1 dc in nxt st, 2 dc in nxt st,  rep from* till the end, join with slip st in 3rd chain of beg ch 3. (36 dc) 

Round 4: Ch 3, 1dc in next st, 2dc in nxt st, * 1dc in nxt 2 sts, 2dc in nxt st, rep from * till end, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 3.   (48 dc)

To start Butterfly lace pattern:

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in same st., *ch 3,  sk 1, sc in nxt st, ch 3, rep from * around ending with ch 1, 1 hdc in 1st sc of round – counts as a ch-3 sp.            (24 Ch-3 sps).

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in sp below, ch 3, sk sc below, sc in nxt ch-3 sp, sk sc, work a butterfly in nxt ch-3 sp (refer to Pattern stitch above),  * sk nxt sc, sc in nxt ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk nxt sc, 1 sc in nxt ch-3 sp, sk sc, butterfly in nxt ch-3 sp, rep from * around ending with sl st in 1st sc of round. (8 butterflies, 8 ch-3 sps).

Round 7: Sl st into ch-3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *ch 3, sk sc, sk 3 dc, 1 sc in top ch of ch 3 below, ch 5, sk sc below,1 sc in top ch of ch 3, ch 3, sk 3 dc, sk sc , 3 dc in ch-3 sp , rep from * ending with ch 1 and hdc in top ch of beg ch 3.   ( 24 dc, 16 ch-3 sps,  8 ch-5 sps).

Round 8: Ch 1, sc in sp below, Ch 3, sk 3 dc, sc in nxt ch-3 sp, sk sc, butterfly in ch-5 sp, * sk sc, sc in nxt ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk 3 dc, sc in ch-3 sp, sk sc, butterfly in ch-5 sp, rep from * around, ending with sl st in 1st sc of round. (8 butterflies, 8 ch-3 sps)

Rounds 9 – 16:  Repeat rounds 7 and 8 alternately.

Note: Work these two rounds (Rnds 7 and 8), as many times as required to get the height you want for the hat. Take care to end with an even numbered (butterfly) round. Also, note that the ribbed band will be around 1.5 inches.
    
Round 17: Sl st into ch-3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, *ch 3, sk sc, sk 3 dc, 1 sc in top ch of ch 3 below, ch 3, (please note that in this round we chain 3 and NOT chain 5),  sk sc below,1 sc in top ch of ch 3, ch 3, sk 3 dc, sk sc , 3 dc in ch-3 sp, rep from * ending with ch 3 and sl st in top ch of beg ch 3. ( 24 dc, 24 ch-3 sps).

To start Ribbed brim:

Round 18: Ch 3, dc in nxt 2 sts, 3dc in ch-3 sp, sk sc, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, sk sc, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, *dc in nxt 3 sts, 3 dc in ch-3 sp, sk sc, 3dc in ch-3 sp, sk sc, 3dc in ch-3 sp, rep from * around ending with sl st in top ch of beg ch 3. (96 dc)

Round 19: Ch 3, fpdc around nxt st, * bpdc around nxt st, fpdc around nxt st, rep from * around ending with sl st in top ch of beg ch 3.

Rounds 20 – 22: Repeat Round 19.

         Add more rounds of ribbing if desired. Fasten off leaving a six inch tail. Weave in the tail using your hook or a sewing needle.

There, that's your Brooke beanie done!

I wouldn't be surprised if there are some mistakes in the pattern, so if you do find any, be a dear and let me know.  :)

Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy. 
Heartfelt prayers and best wishes to you and your loved ones, where ever in the World you may be.

crochet brooke beanie free pattern


See you soon.





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