Crochet Easter Chick

Easy beginners pattern and tutorial

 

Where would Easter be without a crochet Easter chick to add to the festivities?

I’m all for Spring chickens! So following on from our other crochet tutorials (cupcake, Halloween pumpkin and Frosty the Snowman), our resident crochet and knitting blogger Esra from Salford has this time turned her attentions to Charlie Chicken.

 

Chochet Easter Chicken

 

Over to you Esra ……

Esra

 

It is finally Easter time.

I have been waiting for this break since Christmas!

This time I have a little Easter chick pattern for you try. You can use the finished chick to decorate the house for an Easter bash, or add it to gift baskets to add a lovely personal touch. Enjoy!

 

Crochet Pattern

 

Level: Beginners

Supplies: All you need is: Crochet hook size 6, three colours of DK yarn (yellow, orange & pink), scissors, a needle and a thread, and some stuffing.

Abbreviations:

  • Rnd: Round
  • Ch: Chain
  • SS: Slip stitch
  • DC: Double crochet

The crochet language: (UK crochet)

 

Techniques you need to know

(CHAIN: to make a chain put the yarn over the hook then pull it down into the loop)

(SLIP STITCH: you do a slip stitch by entering the hook into the last stitch and pulling the yarn from under it to the loop on the hook)

(DOUBLE CROCHET:  to make a double crochet stitch, enter the hook into the ring and pull the thread from the bottom of the ring to the top, then you will have two loops on the hook. Put the yarn over the hook and pull it into both loops).

 

Let’s start with the chick’s body (yellow yarn):

 

Easter chick crochet pattern

 

  • Rnd1: Ch 3, ss from the loop in the hook to the first loop in the ch to form a ring
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 dc in each stitch,  to close the circle
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, 2 dc in each stitch, ss to close the circle
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, 1 dc, 1 dc, then 2 dc (do two normal dc in each stitch then 2 dc in the third one to make the circle bigger) ss to close the circle
  • Rnd 5: Ch 1, dc each. In this step, the circle stars to curve up

 

Easter chick crochet pattern

 

  • Rnd 5-12: Ch1, dc each ss
  • Rnd 13: In this step we start decreasing to close up the circle: Ch 1, do dc in one stitch then skip a stitch. In other words you will crochet one stitch then jump over one to do another and so on.

 

Easter chick crochet pattern

 

  • After this fill the shape you made with the stuffing.
  • Rnd 14: Continue decreasing till u close it.

 

The chick’s feet (orange yarn):

 

Rnd 1: Ch 8

Rnd 2-4: Dc in each (to form a little rectangle)

 

Easter chick crochet pattern

 

Then tie a thread in the middle to make a little bow shape. Then sew it to the the body as shown in the pictures.

From the same yarn, you could do the peak with the thread.

 

Easter chick crochet pattern

 

Easter chick crochet pattern

 

The chick’s bow (pink yarn):

 

To make the chick a girl you could add a little pink bow on the top of her head!

To make the bow just do ch 6 and dc in each. Repeat the dc one more time. Tie a thread in the middle. Then sew it by the needle.

 

Chochet Easter Chicken

 

This pattern is for personal use only, and not to be used (including the product) for sale.

 

Happy Easter!

 

Esra x

 

You can find Esra at asoratti.com

Photographs: Esra

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

Other articles by Esra:

Easy Christmas snowman pattern

Easy Halloween pumpkin pattern

Easy crochet cupcake pattern

An hour at the knitting group

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Crochet Christmas Snowman

Easy beginners pattern and tutorial

 

Where would Christmas be without a crochet snowman to hang on your tree?

Following on from our other crochet tutorials (cupcake and Halloween pumpkin), our resident crochet and knitting blogger Esra from Salford has this time turned her attentions to Frosty the Snowman.

 

Crochet snowman

 

Whether it’s a child’s present, a handy pin cushion or just something to decorate the house – this simple tutorial will get you on your way.

 

Over to you Esra ……

Esra

 

Today was a perfect winter day; crispy cold with a bright sun.

There is something great about wearing a coat and sunglasses all it once!

I am hoping it starts snowing soon. I just cannot wait to see everywhere covered in white.

 

 

And so to get you in the snowy mood, I’ve prepared a special winter pattern for you – a SNOWMAN!

 

Crochet Pattern

 

Level: Beginners

Supplies: All you need is: Crochet hook size 6, three colours of DK yarn (white, red and orange), scissors, two coloured buttons, two black crystals for eyes, a needle and a thread, and some stuffing.

Abbreviations:

  • Rnd: Round
  • Ch: Chain
  • SS: Slip stitch
  • DC: Double crochet

The crochet language: (UK crochet)

 

Start with the snowman’s head:

 

crochet snowman pattern

 

  • Ch4
  • (CHAIN: to make a chain put the yarn over the hook then pull it down into the loop)
  • Rnd1: ss from loop in hook to first loop in the ch to form a ring
  • (SLIP STITCH: you do a slip stitch by entering the hook into the last stitch and pulling the yarn from under it to the loop on the hook)
  • Rnd2: ch1, dc around the ring (total of 8 stitches)
  •  (DOUBLE CROCHET:  to make a double crochet stitch, enter the hook into the ring and pull the thread from the bottom of the ring to the top, then you will have two loops on the hook. Put the yarn over the hook and pull it into both loops).
  • Rnd3: ch1, 2dc in each stitch (total 16 stitches)
  • Rnd4: ch1, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc (do two normal db in each stitch then 2 dc in the third one to make the circle bigger)
  • Rnd5-10: ch1, 1dc in each (these rounds will give the circular shape for the head).
  • Rnd6: we will decrease in this step to close off the head, 1 dc, 1 dc, skip one, and do it all around that line. In other words you will crochet two stitches then jump over one to do another two and so on.
  • Add stuffing then continue decreasing till you close the head. Leave a bit of the thread for sewing later.

 

The Body:

 

crochet snowman pattern

 

  • Ch6
  • Rnd1: ss from loop in hook to first loop in the ch to form a ring
  • Rnd2: ch1, dc around the ring (total of 10 stitches)
  • Rnd3: ch1, 2dc in each stitch (total 20 stitches)
  • Rnd4-5: ch1, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc (do two normal db in each stitch then 2 dc in the third one to make the circle bigger)
  • Rnd6-12: ch1, 1dc in each (these rounds will give the oval shape for the body).
  • Rnd13: we will decrease in this step to close off the head, 1 dc, 1 dc, skip one, and do it all around that line. In other words you will crochet two stitches then jump over one to do another two and so on.
  • Add stuffing then continue decreasing till you close the body.

 

OK! Now you got a head and a body, you have two options, you can either sew them together or crochet them together by the remaining thread from the head, and you can do that by doing a slip stitch connecting the head with the body.

 

The red scarf:

 

Crochet snowman pattern

 

This one is the easiest crochet scarf EVER,

  • Ch 20
  • Dc each one and that’s it!

 

The eyes, nose and mouth:

I used black crystals for the eyes and I used a special glue heater to stick them, but you can also use sew in crystals.

The nose is just a couple of rounds of simple crochet using orange wool and the smile was simply sewn in using black thread.

 

The buttons:

Just used a normal thread and needle or you can just glue them!

You can add a yarn thread in the back of the snowman to hang it around the house or better on your Christmas tree!

 

Crochet snowman pattern

 

Crochet snowman pattern

 

Crochet snowman pattern

 

For a full slide show and enlarged images of all the above photographs click here.

If you would like a readymade snowman, let me know! asoratti@gmail.com

Note: this pattern is for personal use only.

 

Esra x

 

Photographs: Esra

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

Other articles by Esra:

Easy Halloween pumpkin pattern

Easy crochet cupcake pattern

An hour at the knitting group

Knit, Knit,Knit, Knit, Knitting ……

 

 

 

 

 


Crochet Halloween pumpkin

Easy beginners pattern and tutorial

 

Halloween is almost with us. I can’t believe that Summer has ended and  Autumn is already here!

Our last crochet tutorial (cupcake) was so popular, we’re back with another. This time our resident knitting and crochet guest blogger Esra (aka Knitella) has turned her hand to a scary crochet Halloween pumpkin.

 

Scary Halloween crochet pumpkin

 

Whether it’s a child’s present, a handy pin cushion or just something to decorate the house – this simple tutorial will get you on your way.


Over to you Esra ……

Esra

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My nephew was VERY excited when he saw that I was making a scary Halloween pumpkin. All he wanted to do was attack the pumpkin and eat it, but I managed to rescue it and took few pictures for you to enjoy!

 

 

 

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Crochet Pattern

Level: Beginners

Supplies: Crochet hook size 6, two colors of DK yarn (orange & green), scissors, a piece of black felt for the eyes and teeth, a needle and a thread, and some stuffing.

Abbreviations:

  • Rnd: Round
  • Ch: Chain
  • SS: Slip stitch
  • DC: Double crochet

The crochet language: (UK crochet)

Start with the pumpkin body from top to bottom:

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Easy pumpkin crochet pattern

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  •  5 ch
  • Rnd1: ss from loop in hook to first loop in the ch to form a ring. (CHAIN: to make a chain put the yarn over the hook then pull it down into the loop)
  • Rnd2: 2 ch, then dc inside the ring to go all around (total 10 stitches). (DOUBLE CROCHET:  to make a double crochet stitch, enter the hook into the ring and pull the thread from the bottom of the ring to the top, then you will have two loops on the hook. Put the yarn over the hook and pull it into both loops )
  • Rnd3: 2ch, 2dc in each stitch (total 20 stitches)
  • Rnd4 & 5: repeat rnd 3 (the total of stitches will increase)
  • Rnd6: 2ch, 1dc in each stitch all around
  • Rnd7: repeat Rnd6

By this point the pumpkin will start looking a little funny like the stitches are squashed, but that’s the whole point to give it that pumpkin effect otherwise it will look like an orange, and we all know oranges are NOT scary!

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Easy pumpkin crochet pattern

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  • Rnd8: we will decrease at this step, so the above increase in stitches show on the top. 2ch, 1 dc, 1 dc, skip one, and do it all around that line. In other words you will crochet two stitches then jump over one to do another two and so on.
  • Rnd9-13: 2ch, 1dc in each stitch.
  • Rnd 14: we will decrease again, 2ch, 1 dc, 1 dc, skip one, and do it all around that line. In other words you will crochet two stitches then jump over one to do another two and so on. It will start getting a little smaller.
  • Rnd15-19: 2ch, 1dc in each stitch.
  • Rnd20: we will decrease again to get it ready to be stuffed and closed, so 2ch, 1 dc, 1 dc, skip one, and do it all around that line.

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Easy pumpkin crochet pattern

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Add the stuffing now. You can buy stuffing by kilos from Ebay or Fred Aldous, in Manchester city center.

  • Rnd 21: after stuffing the pumpkin well, dc one and skip 1, dc one and skip 1, until the circle becomes really small and close it.

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Hooray! Now you got most of the pumpkin done, you just need to add the green top.

It’s very simple: ch3, ss to form a ring, 1dc around the ring (total 6) then dc into each stitch 3 times, and it’s done!

Of course this is just a regular pumpkin, to scarify it you need to add the dark evil felt pieces. I just cut them into triangles.

Take the needle and thread, sew the green top, the eyes and the teeth.

Now be ready to be terrified.

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scary crochet pumpkin pattern

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You can play with the face as well if you want. Why not try adding red felt or red thread to make it like a vampire pumpkin.

For a full slide show and enlarged images of all the above photographs click here.

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Scary Halloween crochet pumpkin

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Have a very exciting Halloween!

Note: this pattern is for personal use only.

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Esra x

 

Photographs: Esra aka Knitella

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

Other articles by Esra:

Easy snowman pattern

Easy crochet cupcake pattern

An hour at the knitting group

Knit, Knit,Knit, Knit, Knitting ……

 

 

 

Easy crochet cupcake pattern

Beginners cupcake tutorial

 

Our appetite for cupcakes reaches beyond the baked kind these days.

Our resident knitting guest blogger Esra (aka Knitella) has turned her hand this time to crochet, to cook up a lovely tutorial so that you can make your own cupcakes.

Whether it’s a child’s present, a handy pin cushion or something altogether more functional – this simple tutorial will get you on your way.

 

Crochet cupcake

 

 

Over to you Esra ……

Esra

 

Crochet is an amazing craft where ANY shape and design can come to life.

I didn’t warm to crochet immediately – it seemed to involve a lot of counting! Since I space out while I’m crafting I didn’t think it was for me.

However, after seeing all the gorgeous crochet flowers on crafty web site Etsy, I decided to give it a go and signed up for a short class at Salford Art Gallery.

Turns out I was missing a lot. With crochet you can literally do anything, and the best thing is the counting is not nearly as complicated as it looks.

Let me show you what you can do with just a chain, slip stitch and a double crochet. Just three things and you will be able to make loads of goodies. You don’t have to learn any fancy stitches – these three simple techniques are all you need to make a crochet cupcake.

Once you’ve mastered a simple cupcake you can then downsize to a cupcake brooch or  hairclip, or upsize to a cupcake hat or bag.

 

Crochet Pattern

 

Level: total beginner,

Supplies: Double Knit yarn (3 colors= base color, top color and the cherry color), crochet hook # 6, thread and a needles to sew the three parts together

Abbreviations:

  • Rnd: round
  • Slip Stitch: SS
  • DC: double crochet

The crochet language: (UK crochet)

 

Starting with the cake base:

 

Crochet cupcake pattern

 

  • Make a loop.
  • Rnd 1: Make  3 ch (CHAIN: to make a chain put the yarn over the hook then pull it down into the loop). Make a ring by putting the hook in the first loop (making a ring) and pull the yarn inside it.
  • Rnd2: 1 ch, and do 5 DC into the ring: (DOUBLE CROCHET:  to make a double crochet stitch, enter the hook into the ring and pull the thread from the bottom of the ring to the top, then you will have two loops on the hook. Put the yarn over the hook and pull it into both loops ).
  • Rnd 3 Make 1 ch and 2 DC into each stitch. When you reach the end do a slip stitch SS to close off the circle. (SLIP STITCH: you do a slip stitch by entering the hook into the last stitch and pull the yarn from under it to the loop on the hook).

Note: if you think you will get confused about the beginning and the ending of your circle, you can put a stitch marker or a piece of thread with another color in the beginning and just move it as you finish each Rnd.

 

Crochet cupcake pattern

 

  • Rnd 4-6: repeat the above step 2 times.
  • Rnd 7: We still need to get the base a little bigger so do 1 DC in one stitch, another 1 DC and then 2 DC (1 DC, 1 DC, 2DC).
  • Rnd 8: Now, it will start growing upwards. 1 chain and 1 DC in each stitch all around.
  • Rnd 9- 17: (repeat the above step to the desirable height of the cupcake) – approx 8 times. End it by tying the end of the thread or just hiding it within the inside stitches.
  • Flip it to the other side.
  • Stuff it and leave it to be sewn later.

 

Making the creamy pink top:

It’s another circle, but flatter than the above, and with ruffles.

 

Crochet cupcake pattern

 

 

  • Make a Loop.
  • Rnd 1: 3 Ch, make a ring.
  • Rnd 2: 1 Ch and 6 DC into the ring.
  • Rnd 3- 5: 1 Ch and 2 CS into each stitch.
  • Rnd 6-11: 1 Ch and 1 DC in each.

 

Ruffles at the end of the creamy top:

Skip 1 ( 1 DC, 1 ch , 1 DC, 1 ch, & 1 DC = all into the same one), then repeat till you go around the whole thing.

 

The cherry on the top:

 

Crochet cupcake pattern

 

  • Rnd 1: 3 Ch, and make a ring.
  • Rnd 2: 5 DC into the ring.
  • Rnd 3- 4: 1 Ch, & 2 DC in each.
  • Close off with doing a slip stitch across.
  • Sew to the top.

 

Use more stuffing and then sew the cake and top together with a simple stitch.

 

For a full slide show and enlarged images of all the above photographs click here.

 

 

More crochet cupcake ideas:

 

 

I hope this tutorial helps you on your way to making your own crochet cupcake. In the mean time, I’ll be working on more ideas to help you with your crafting.

 

Esra x

 

Photographs: Esra aka Knitella

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

Other crochet patterns by Esra:

Scary Halloween pumpkin pattern

Easy snowman pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An hour at the knitting group

It’s not all about the knitting!

 

Since we last clicked needles with our knitting blogger ‘Knitella‘ (aka Esra) she’s been busy knitting the world into a better place – with a little bit of help of her friends at ‘The Knitting Group’.

 

Knitting

 

 

But as we’re about to find out – it’s not all about the knitting!

 

Over to you Esra ……

Head shot of Esra

 

Before I go to my knitting group I always ask myself “which project should I take?”

Questions like “Is it complicated?” and “Will I be able to talk and knit at the same time?” are really important.

My knitting group is every Friday evening, in a cozy house in Old Trafford. I found the group by happy coincidence – knitting is always more fun when surrounded by fellow knitaholics!

 

Cup of coffee in china cups

Strawberry sponge cake

Knitella Knitted Kindle Case

 

Between the constant flow of yummy home baked cakes and gossip, my needles never stop clicking!

Although we are all ages and from all different backgrounds, our love of knitting brings us together. And while we are knitting we chatter about all sorts of things – from the weather to books, films, places to visit and of course – we yarn about knitting!

The group has a core of around 10 ladies who regularly attend, but it’s often more.

Knitters love to shop – buying yarn and new patterns is so hard to resist. Every week we look forward to hearing about everyone’s latest bargains. We particularly love Black Sheep in Warrington, for their amazing discounts.

While many of our members are very experienced knitters, each lady has a favourite thing that they like to knit:

 

Knitting montage

 

 

  • Janice has been knitting hot water bottle covers.
  • Michelle has taken up extreme knitting and makes funky pillow covers with her very big needles.
  • Pat is SO happy to see her first granddaughter that she’s only knitting gorgeous little girls clothes and toys.
  • Shirley loves knitting anything ‘cute’ – but she still likes the challenge of a super-hard Norwegian pattern!

 

Knitting montage

 

Each lady that comes to the knitting group has their own unique style. It’s wonderful seeing all their projects come to life!

The advice I get from other members of the group is priceless – from new techniques for casting off, to basic cable. Not to mention all the encouragement they gave me to start my own business.

Janice also introduced me to ravelry.com which is a great knitting & crocheting community where all sorts of great help and resources are available.

 

Knitting group

 

Blue knitted flower

 

I always feel very refreshed after one of our get togethers. Finding a knitting group, and being a part of it is fantastic. If you are a crafty person I’d really recommend finding a supportive group. The help and the advice you will get will really benefit you. Just being in a gathering with like-minded people is like food for the soul!

 

Esra x

 

Esra has her own blog – Knitella Blogspot

Photographs: Alison Staples, Knitella, Alices Vintage Pantry (Strawberry sponge cake) Jaydot on Flickr, Aine D on Flickr, Andie 721b on Flickr

Additional Information – The Elvis doll is from ‘Knitted Icons’ by Carol Meldrum. Hotwater bottle cover is a free pattern from Blueskyalpacas.

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It’s more than just socks!

 

In the 1980′s, there was no such thing as central heating. If you wanted to get warm then you had to knit yourself a jumper! Everyone was at it.

 

Knitting montage including man in bad sweater!

 

When I was 14 years old, I won first prize in the village show for my snow flake design Fair Isle cardigan. I was praised for my even stitch and exemplary technique. But then I got a job, and suddenly I could afford to buy electric blue cable knits from Chelsea Girl. My knitting needles duly got filed in the bin.

Knitting has recently undergone a resurgence, with knitting groups popping up all over the place. I currently have a rather natty raspberry v-neck on the go – it’s not as impressive as it sounds – I started it over two years ago! However, in an attempt to get back on track, I’ve drafted in Esra, who goes by the name of ‘Knitella’ – a strange fusion of her two favourite things.

 

Over to you Esra ……

Head shot of Esra

 

I have been knitting since I was little, but I didn’t take it seriously until I went to university, and now I just can’t stop!

It’s such a great hobby. You can take your needles and yarn anywhere (maybe not on the plane though). Knitting really makes me feel productive especially when I just feel like watching TV.

 

 

Yesterday my partner asked me, “Who had this brilliant idea of putting two sticks together to make loops that becomes a scarf?” That got me thinking. Who did come up with it?

 

Knitting montage

 

I started researching, and it turns out that the first ‘two needles and threads’ craft started in Egypt in 1000 BC, but with cotton. Egyptian knitting was very relevant to their art and Arabic calligraphy.

Knitting traveled to Europe, appearing first in Spain, when it was occupied by The Moors – it started in the Middle East with cotton and silk, and then it took over in Europe with wool.

Fast forward a few hundred years – knitting didn’t become fashion for clothing until the French designer Elsa Schiaparelli mass produced her bow jumper to the public, and that point defined knitting.

But knitting didn’t only stop at fashion, it also became a form of graffiti called ‘knitting bombing’, a movement started in the US by a knitter called Magda Sayeg (known as knittaplease). That opened wider doors for knitters and now there is NO LIMIT!

This movement came to the UK, and now knitters are knitting a ‘Tree Cozy’ for the Jubilee Garden organized by ArtYarn.

 

Knitting bombing montage

 

If you want to take up knitting, there are so many sources and support for knitters online and in real life – Manchester is full of them!

The three most popular places I know of, are:

Purl city Yarn, Ministry of Craft and Salford Museum and Art Gallery

They all offer knitting classes and Purl City Yarn also offer FREE knitting groups to provide knitting support. Most community centers and churches offer free knitting groups as well, so make sure you ask around.

I hope that you feel inspired to knit, pick up your needles and give it a go.

 

Esra x

 

Photographs: Alison Staples, Esra Alhamal, Free Digital Photos and Dreamstime.

Esra writes her own blog – Knitella

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

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