#SupportCrafting Cia Jackson!

I know Cia Jackson from the Glasgow University Gaming Society, of which she is our glorious Lady President. She is one of the best geeks I know, rocking geek chic with lady attitude.

She works at the Yarn Cake in Glasgow where she spends her time smushing yarn, baking lovely cake and knitting lovely things. It’s a great hang out.

She has started to channel this knitting creativity into pattern design via Ravelry and blogging.

Her latest designs are the Graduand Scarf and the Wandering Fae Cowl, both of which I’ve downloaded and can’t wait to get started!

She is inspired by her own university life, times and tends to knit things when she should be studying. Fair enough I suppose.

The Graduand Scarf has been made available for free right now just to get you hooked on her work and the lovely Wandering Faw Cowl is only £1! Stock up! Even better, if you go an visit her face to face in the Yarn Cake and make the relevant yarn purchase for the pattern, the pattern comes free! What better excuse to buy more yarn!

She can be found blogging here!

And click here for her Rav store, Pyros Patterns!

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#SupportCrafting, Featuring Flora Robins

The crafting community is great, everyone has thier own style and intrepretation- not to mention that if we share the projects out we can make all the pretty things!

This week we have the work of Flora Robins, knitter and crocheter, frequent poster to the Glasgow Knitting Gathering as well as being an all round excellent gal.

I loved her ‘Zero’ from nightmare before Christmas. It’s a knitted piece with embroidery made from acrylic wool.

Flora Zero
She says ‘the pattern is really easy to follow, just fiddly on small needles’. The pattern can be found here for free (click for link)

I think it’s turned out great! Can’t wait to see more Flo!

Do you #SupportCrafting Are you interested in having your work showcased? Get in touch with us at threadcetera@gmail.com for more information! Remember to use the hashtag and tweet us @ThreadCetera!

Geeky Tuesday #4 Avatar Blanket

Now I haven’t watched a lot of Avatar. However my manpal is a fan, he watched quite a bit of the season with Korra in it with me. He likes to think about what sort of bender he is, he settled on earth- big, strong, calm, forceful. He decided I was fire- passionate, quick to emotion, angry.

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I love this crochet blanket pattern on Rav by designer Kimby77. It’s geeky yet beautiful and could work in any home. And it’s free!

Geeky Tuesday #3 SackBoy

Little Big Planet is one of the happiest games I’ve played and sackboy is up there as being the cutest.

I love seeing Sackboy all dressed up as Iron Man or a wizard or ghost. It’s adorable.

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Amigurumi designer Emjay Bailey has got to be one of the most talented of people. Her website Nerdgurumi (click for link) hosts a plethora of cute, strange, geeky, awesome designs that are constantly being pinned onto Pintrest by yours truly =3

I’ve tried a few of her things before and they always turn out awesome.

This pattern is available for free as a Ravelry download.

Happy hooking!

Geeky Tuesday #2 Strongbad

Hello again another Tuesday!

This weeks geek out is close to my heart. Strongbad is one of my favorite cartoon characters, I had spent countless hours watching episodes and then worryingly trying to talk like him.

The designer Aleta Fera has done really well to get the sizing right for all the different parts and I love the face.

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This is a fan pattern made free and can be found here.

I will definitely be giving this one a go!

Captain America Sheild Applique- Free Taster Pattern

DSCF2419So I’ve been working on a super awesome super hero (see what I did?) project recently. It’s going to to look real funky when finished and will be going up for sale real soon.

Part of it needed a mini applique using baby stars.

I never realized how much of a nightmare it was to find a star pattern that didn’t leave you with a star the size of your nose! After much much fiddling and playing I have finally finished mine. I’ve worked the pattern in 2 parts, shield and star and sewn the 2 together. I’m a massive fan of using up your spare yarn ends so I’m not specific with wool types or shades, using up ends of vaguely the right colour is cheaper and much more satisfying.

Here is the ThreadCetera Free taster pattern for the Captain America shield applique, complete with baby star 😉

Needed:
-White wool
-Blue Wool (I’ve used a navy blue because I had lots of spare scraps)
-2.5 mm crochet hook
-Knitters needle
-Scissors

Abbriviations to note:
[x]= this at the end of the line denotes how many stitches you should have if you counted round the circle. If you have trouble keeping count, putting a stitch marker in your first stitch helps a lot.
sc- Single Crochet

Shield- Blue wool
Slip knot wool onto hook, Chain 2

Round 1- 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook, do not join, we are working continuous rounds [6 stitches in round]
Round 2- 2 sc in each sc around) [12]
Round 3-  (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around [18]
Round 4- (sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc) around [24]
Round 5- (sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc) acound Fasten off. [30]

Star- White wool
Slip knot wool onto hook, Foundation chain 5, slip stitch into the first chain to make a ring.

For this part, we will not be working in rounds or rows, we aim to make 5 points. Each point of the star is worked into the centre ring made and finished. This is what makes it a tiny baby star!

-Chain 3, Triple Crochet into the ring, chain 3, slip stitch into the ring.

Do this 5 times, on the last time fasten off.

Joining-
Make sure all ends have been sewn into your work using your knitters needle. I find it useful to sew round edges to make them sturdier.Use a length of white wool and your knitters needle to apply the white star into the middle of the blue circle made. I find it particularly useful to sew the end of each point individually as well in order to give them extra ‘pointedness’.
Trim any leftovers with your scissors.

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This pattern is also available as a free Ravelry download, (click for link) for those who like me like to add things to the kindle for a later date.

Look ouy for our full pattern soon!

Happy Crocheting! See you Sunday.

~ThreadCetera Xx

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A Long Holiday…I brought you back something

So I haven’t blogged in awhile, appologies.

It’s been a season of work, learning crafts, cheering up, being social and planning business ventures. The ThreadCetera team have been busy.

We have been booking summer craft stalls, making bits and bobs and trying to get ThreadCetera.co.uk ready for public viewing.  Needless to point out my lack of technical expertise has been a hinderance!

So to make up  for this we have made a blog post for every day this week!!

Everyday this week I will be premiering a new ThreadCetera original, some with FREE patterns and ‘how tos’, and crochet step by steps! We will be seeing:

  • How to make baby kitten amigurumi
  • Driftwood art pictures
  • How to master the art of single crochet and beyond
  • much more!!

Also, if that wasn’t enough crafty enough for you, we will be launching the offical ThreadCetera twitter account, so be sure to follow us!

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See you tomorrow!!

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Captain America Crochet Gloves Pattern

IMAG1606As promised, here is my capatain america gloves pattern. I have made this up from scratch although was inspired from other patterns. Any questions just let me know! This pattern is free!

Needed:
Red, Blue and White Yarn, 4ply.
4mm crochet hook
Craft scissors
Small Square of white felt
Needle and thread

THE GLOVES, 2 needed:
Foundation Chain in blue-
chain 30- 40 depending on hand size.

Row 1 blue yarn-
Chain 1, miss the first stitch in the chain. Half Double crochet into each  other stitch on the chain. Tie off the blue yarn.

Row 2 White yarn-
Join on the white yarn into the first link in the chain with a slip stitch. Chain one, miss the first stitch in the chain. Half Double crochet into each other stitch on the chain.
Turn your glove.

Row 4 White yarn-
Chain one, miss the first stitch in the chain. Half Double crochet into each other stitch on the chain. Turn your glove.

Row 5 White yarn-
Chain one, miss the first stitch in the chain. Half Double crochet into each other stitch on the chain.  Cut yarn and tie off the white yarn.

Row 6 Blue yarn-
Join on the white yarn into the first link in the chain with a slip stitch. Chain one, Half double crochet into the first stitch twice. Continue Half Double crochet into each
other stitch on the chain as normal.  Turn your glove.
This adding stitches compensates for the hand getting wider around the thumb.

Row 7 Blue yarn-
Chain one, Half double crochet into the first stitch twice. Continue Half Double crochet into each other stitch on the chain as normal.  Turn your glove.

Row 8 Blue yarn-
Chain one, Half double crochet into the first stitch twice. Continue Half Double crochet into each other stitch on the chain as normal. Cut yarn and tie off the blue yarn.

Row 9- 11 White yarn-
copy row 6-8.

Row 12-14 Blue yarn-
Copy row 2-5. Your glove will be large enough now and so will not need any extra stitches.

Row 15 White yarn-
Half double crochet 5-8 stitches depending on how large you would like the thumb hole.
Chain 10 single crochet, unattatched to the rest of the glove. You will have 10 stitches missed on your glove.
At the end of this missed section, attatch the single crochet white chain onto the blue with a half double crochet and continue to the end of the glove. Turn glove.

Row 16 White yarn-
Chain one, miss the first stitch in the chain. Half Double crochet into each other stitch on the chain. Turn your yarn.

Row 17 White yarn-
Chain one, miss the first stitch in the chain. Half Double crochet into each other stitch on the chain.  Cut yarn and tie off the white yarn.

Row 18 Blue yarn-
Join on the blue yarn into the first link in the chain with a slip stitch. Chain one, miss the first stitch in the chain. Half Double crochet into each other stitch on the chain. Cut yarn and tie off the blue yarn.

JOINING THE GLOVE-
Remember to check you are making one left glove and one right glove, they work with the same pattern but one is sewn inside out.

Line up the ends, use either colour of yarn. Use a slip stitch to tie the yarn onto the glove. Push your hook into the first link of the chain on the other side. There should be 2 hoops on your hook.
Yarn over hook, pull yarn through both hooks for a singlecrochet stitch. Chain one. Hook into the next chain on both sides of your glove, yarn over hook, pull through both hoops. chain one.
Continue up to the top of the glove. Slip stitch your yarn and tie off.

Glove done!!!

THE SHEILDS, 2 needed

Foundation Ring BlueChain 5, Slipstitch back into the first link in your chain.
Chain 1, Half double crochet into each link in the ring. On the last link, put another half double crochet into the link. Slip stitch into the first link to complete the ring.  Tie off the wool.

Slip stitch the red yarn into the ring, chain 1. Half double crochet into each link in the ring, On the last link, put another half double crochet into the link. Slip stitch into the first link to complete the chain.
Chain 1, repeat. Tie off the yarn at the end of the slip stitch.

Slip stitch the white yarn into the ring, chain 1. Half double crochet into each link in the ring, On the last link, put another half double crochet into the link. Slip stitch into the first link to complete the chain. Tie off the yarn at the end of the slip stitch.

Slip stitch the red yarn into the ring, chain 1. Half double crochet into each link in the ring, On the last link, put another half double crochet into the link. Slip stitch into the first link to complete the chain. Tie off the yarn at the end of the slip stitch.

Cut a small star out of your white felt. It need only be about 2cm wide. Use your needle and thread and sew the middle of the star into the blue centre of the circle. I find only a few stitches in the centre hold it in place.

Use your needle and thread and sew the red ring onto the rest of the glove back.

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And that is you all done! Ta dah!

Xx