Granny Square Crochet Giraffe Blanket

crochet giraffe blanket patternI’m not great at crochet so I think I was having a slightly mad day when I decided I wanted to crochet a blanket for a friend’s baby.

This giraffe blanket is made up of 154 granny squares using DK wool and a 4mm hook. Each of my squares is made up of 2 rounds and measures 2 inches across. The finished blanket is about 23 x 29 inches.

I used Stylecraft Life DK as it’s lovely and soft and I like using acrylic for babies as it is easy to look after.

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Right Left Knitting Chart

left right chart

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Free Knitting Pattern: Sailing Socks

imageIf you like fairly mindless knitting but don’t want to do a plain stockinette sock, this is the pattern for you. There is an eight row repeat, six rows of which are just knit so it’s easy to remember. The pattern is called sailing because the holes remind me of portholes and the dashes remind me of waves.

This is a toe-up pattern, however you can just as easily knit it cuff-down – the pattern will be upsidedown but still be attractive.

The pattern calls for a stitch count in multiples of 4 plus 2. Any heel can be used meaning these socks can easily be adjusted for fit.

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Toilet Roll & Cardboard Garage

Sproglet #1 loves his toy cars. He has loads and they are everywhere as we have no designated box to store them. So I thought it would be nice to build him a garage, Blue Peter-style.

Introducing the car garage made from a cardboard box, many toilet rolls, some brown paper and some Sellotape:

Garage made from toilet rolls & cardboard

Garage made from toilet rolls & a cardboard box

Toilet roll garage

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Free Knitting Pattern: Very Simple Scarf

I wanted to make a scarf with a very easy, repeated pattern as I often knit in front of the TV and didn’t want to have to memorise which side I was on or have to count my stitches. And so, the simple scarf was born! The pattern is the same on both sides and it produces a nice ridged texture.

You can use any weight of yarn you want, along with any size needles. For my scarf, I used 4mm needles with 100g of DK yarn. This gave me a scarf around 10cm wide.


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Free Knitting Pattern: Dashing Socks


This toe-up sock knitting pattern has an easy four-round repeat making it perfect if you want a mindless pattern that isn’t quite as mindless as stocking stitch. It is easy to adapt the pattern for fit as long as your stitch count is divisible by four. The pattern produces a pretty dashed effect on the sock.

The pattern below is for a stitch count of 52 and I use a Fleegle heel. However any stitch count in multiples of 4 can be used, and any heel, so these socks can easily be adjusted for fit.

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Free Knitting Pattern: Fish Cat Toy

These cat toys are quick and easy to make. They can be made out of any scraps you have lying around. Gauge is unimportant however I suggest you don’t use needles over about size 4mm as you need to ensure the stitches are tight enough to contain the stuffing. Use whatever needle size you feel is appropriate to the yarn you are using. The pink fish toy in the picture to the right is made from 100% cotton on 3.75mm needles.

Scrap yarn
Needles appropriately sized for your yarn (I suggest 3mm – 4mm)
Bodkin for sewing up

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Make your own baby toy: Felt Puzzle

imageThis is a relatively easy seeing project. I would recommend using a sewing machine however it is possible to do entirely by hand.

Materials Needed:
– Felt
– Sewing machine/Needle & Thread
– Scissors
– Pieces of material
– Pencil
– Ruler or tape measure

To make the felt puzzle:

First cut out a square of felt. I really recommend you use easy measurements – for example if you want a 3×3 puzzle, cut a square with 6 inch sides, not 8 inches

Cut a square of your background material the same size as your felt square. Sew the two pieces together.

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Free Knitting Pattern: Little Butterfly Socks

Free knitting pattern - butterfly socksThese toe-up socks have an easy-to-remember 8 row repeat and can be adapted to your own gauge and heel. The pattern produces two little columns of butterflies on each foot. The stitch guide I have given throughout the notes is what fits perfectly for my feet – I am a UK size 3.5 and I knit on 2.5mm circulars. You may need to adjust the pattern to fit your own foot size/gauge.

Fingering weight yarn
Circular needles. I recommend either 2.5mm or 2.25mm
1 stitch marker (optional – for using the Fleegle heel)

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Free knitting pattern: Toddler Socks (toe-up)

Knitted baby sock patternThese are simple toe up socks. I used scraps of sock yarn and 2.5 mm circular needles. These socks fit my (large!) 9 month old.

Cast on 16 in a figure of eight.
Knit one round
Round 1: for each needle: k1, kfb, knit to last two sts, kfb, k1
Round 2: knit all sts on both needles
Repeat these two rounds until you have 34 sts in total
Knit 17 rounds straight

I use the Fleegle heel as I find it’d the quickest and easiest.
Round 1
Needle 1 (gusset needle): k2, kfb, knit to last 3 sts, kfb, k2
Needle 2: knit all sts
Round 2
Knit all sts on both needles

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