CROCHETED FINGERLESS MITTENS.

CROCHETED FINGERLESS MITTENS

I'm excited to share my next crochet project with you, crocheted fingerless mittens. The perfect project to keep you warm and toasty this Winter.

I was inspired by these fantastic stripey wrist warmers over on Attic 24. The beauty of these mittens is in how easy they are to put together. There's no pattern as such as Lucy made them by folding simple rectangles of crochet in half and stitching them together.

Now, I'm not the most experienced of crocheters so the idea of changing to a different colour yarn every 2 rows to create the stripes scared me so I decided to buy a ball of self striping sock wool instead. I'm thrilled with how they turned out and if you want to have a go at making your own here's how I did it.

Sidar Heart & Sole 4 ply sock yarn in Twist and Shout.

To make my fingerless mittens I used a 3.5 mm crochet hook and Sidar Heart & Sole 4 ply sock yarn in Twist and Shout.

CROCHETED FINGERLESS MITTENS

To begin make a slip knot and chain 37 stitches.

Row 1. Half double crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook. Now half double crochet in each stitch until the end of the row and turn.

If you're not sure how to do the half double crochet stitch I recommend watching this video.

Row 2 - 27. Chain 2 and half double crochet in every stitch. Turn.

If you want your fingerless mitten to be longer add more rows and turn them into arm warmers as well.

CROCHETED FINGERLESS MITTENS

At this point you should have a rectangle of half double crochet. Weave in any loose ends and fold in half.

If you've used a solid colour yarn make sure the right side is facing in and slip stitch the sides together before turning right side back out. If you've used a stripey wool like I did you can make a contrasting edge by seaming the sides together using single crochet. Here's a video from Tamara Kelly that shows you how to do both if you're not sure.

CROCHETED FINGERLESS MITTENS

Remember to leave a 3-4 cm gap for the thumb hole. I carried on single crocheting but only on one side to create my thumb hole before continuing to seam together both sides.

CROCHETED FINGERLESS MITTENS

To finish it off I went back and single crocheted on the remaining side of the thumb hole but if anyone knows a better way to do this please share in the comments below. I'm still learning so any tips are appreciated.

CROCHETED FINGERLESS MITTENS

I added a row of double crochet to the top and bottom of my mittens to give them a neat finished edge in the same pink yarn.

CROCHETED FINGERLESS MITTENS

If you're making these for a larger or smaller hand increase or decrease the initial chain. It needs to be long enough to fit around the widest part of the hand. Please be careful not to make the chain too big as Lucy on Attic 24 pointed out it will loosen up as you work it and nobody likes a baggy mitten now, do they?

CROCHETED FINGERLESS MITTENS

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE.

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE SO LET'S COSY UP WITH ONE OF THESE LOVELY CRAFTS

Brrrrr... it's getting cold out there. I don't know if October was particularly warm or not but November has felt freezing so let's stay indoors and cosy up with one of these lovely crafts.

Delicious hot chocolate ice cream floats from Young, Broke and Hungry.

The cutest marshmallows ever from The Simple Sweet Life.

Gorgeous crocheted socks from Flair.

An easy cape scarf from Delia Creates. Perfect for those Winter walks.

Brighten up those dark nights with these marbled tealight holders from Make And Tell.

And finally a beautiful chunky crocheted blanket from Mama In A Stitch.

Happy crafting.

DIY ORIGAMI DIAMOND DECORATIONS.

DIY ORIGAMI DIAMOND DECORATIONS

I first stumbled across these origami diamond decorations on How About Orange around 3 years ago and instantly fell in love with them. I've been noticing more and more origami ornaments popping up in the shops so I thought it was about time I go back and try making my own. I love how they've turned out. They're surprisingly sturdy and would look fantastic hanging on a Christmas tree.

Depending on the paper you choose you could hang these decorations all year round. I made mine using the last of pages from this sticker book which is now sadly out of stock. I bought a couple as gifts for people and wish I'd bought a couple more to keep for myself. The paper is far too pretty not to want to use it in every single future paper project, don't you think?

HOW TO MAKE DIY ORIGAMI DIAMOND DECORATIONS

1. Start with your paper facing pattern side up.

2. Fold in half along both diagonals.

3. Flip the paper over and fold in half along the horizontal and vertical lines.

4. Pinch together at the center and collapse down to make a triangle.

5. Make sure the open end is at the top and fold both sides in to meet at the center. Flip it over and repeat on the other side to make a diamond shape.

6. Cut away the small triangles at the top.

HOW TO MAKE DIY ORIGAMI DIAMOND DECORATIONS

7. Make sure the open end is now at the bottom. Fold out one of the sides and open it out. Flatten it out towards the opposite side. It should now outwards instead of inwards. Repeat on the remaining 3 sides to make concertina.

8. Fold the bottom corners in to meet at the center.

9. Open the corners back out.

HOW TO MAKE DIY ORIGAMI DIAMOND DECORATIONS

8. Open the paper back out and fold all the corners in and under.

9. Repeat steps 1-8 to make the 2nd half of your origami diamond.

10. Apply glue or repositionable double sided tape to each of the corners and stick the 2 halves together.

This is the tricky part so be patient. Start by lining up one corner and slowly work your way around. The repositionable tape did make it easier to line up all the sides and re-do them where they didnlt match up but I think a glue stick would've work just as well.

11. Thread some cotton through the top and hang or display in a bowl on your coffee table.

DIY ORIGAMI DIAMOND DECORATIONS

DIY ORIGAMI DIAMOND DECORATIONS

Ah, I'm so in love. I think they'd add a lovely, modern touch to any tree but I've left mine sitting on top of the fireplace for now.

P.S. You can my other projects using this beautiful paper here and here.

ETSY GIFT GUIDE FOR THE STATIONERY LOVER.

ETSY GIFT GUIDE FOR THE STATIONERY LOVER.

I love all things paper and it's a well-known fact I can't say no to a pretty notebook so it seems only right that my 2nd Etsy gift guide is dedicated to my fellow stationery lover. I've rounded up 8 lovely things that I think anyone would be thrilled to receive. If you have someone in your life who is crazy about stationery then this is the guide for you.

1. Monthly planner notebook // Dubu Dumo.

2. Flowers washi tape // Wow Thatz Cool.

3. Constellation stars notebook set // Nikki Strange.

4. Candy colored rulers // Mighty Paper Shop.

5. Crystals and gems watercolor gloss stickers // Violet LeBeaux.

6. Cloud desk tidy // Pygmy Cloud.

7. Sweet sentiments pencils // Icey Designs.

8. Concrete pencil holder // Beton Deko.

You can find more fantastic Etsy finds over on the Etsy Editor's Pick Page.

3 DIY'S I'D LOVE TO MAKE.

3 DIY'S I'D LOVE TO MAKE.

Urgh, it's that time of year were everything is gloomy and grey and it makes taking photos of finished projects difficult to say the least. I've got a couple of diy's waiting for a brighter day so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there's going to be some sun tomorrow and in the meantime I thought I'd share 3 diy's I'd love to make.

1. A brightly coloured paper plane mobile from Oriental Trading.

2. Printable letters filled with tiny rainbow stars from Make And Tell.

3. An amazing cactus cupcake tutorial from The House That Lars Built.