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I made you the moon on a stick

October 24, 2011

We’re in need of a bit of a laugh at work at  the moment. My boss keeps saying that people are asking for the moon on a stick. Now, in fine Lee and Herring style, we can give it to them.  But not for long as I’ll be taking it back off them.

It’s a quick project – just a couple of circles of felt, embroidered with the face of the man in the moon. It also works as a handy pencil topper.

I’ve also been working on the crochet moustache pattern again and made a couple of mods. This time it’s a magnificent military moustache and there may be a plan for it next month.


Toy soldiers

November 18, 2010

Is it too early for Christmas decorations?

Last year, I was part of Knit The City and took part in the Nutcracker Knitmare Before Christmas piece. As the Nutcracker features Christmas presents which come to life, I wanted to make something which echoed traditional toys. I decided that the Nutcracker Prince’s soldiers should be brightly coloured toy wooden soldiers. But a bit more textile based.

I loved how they came out and realised that they’d make a brilliant decoration, so I made some more for a Secret Santa. And now, as Christmas approaches again, I’m making a few more and sharing the way that you do it – both in the original crochet and knitted.

The pattern is available on Ravelry – go here for crochet and here for knitting

Free Pattern: Crocheted handlebar moustache

September 5, 2010

This is a little number I designed for the Stitch and Bitch London Knit Crawl in 2009.  The size of moustache produced will be dictated by your yarn and hook choice. My DK and 4mm needle produced a moustache that would not be out of place on an Edwardian wrestler. A smaller hook and finer yarn would produce a more refined Hercule Poirot style number.

Written instructions are here, but it’s all available in neatly packaged-up PDF glory on Ravelry.

You will need

• small amount of yarn in moustache colour of choice (DK used here)
• crochet hook to match yarn gauge (4mm used here)
• darning needle for weaving in ends.
• flesh coloured yarn or fine ribbon for attaching your moustache.
• thin wire (optional)

Terminology: NB – I am using American style notation in this pattern. For those who need a translation –

sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
tc = treble crochet
ss = slip stitch.


Base chain: Chain 28 – the last of these will act as a turning stitch.
Row 1: This is worked into the back loops of the base chain and forms the
upperside of the moustache. Skipping 1 stitch, ss into the first five stitches, then
working one stitch into each stitch in the chain sc, hdc, dc, tc, tc, dc, hdc, sc, ss
(this is the middle of the moustache), sc, hdc, dc, tc, tc, dc, hdc, sc, ss last five
stitches. Chain 2 in order to turn.
Row 2: This is worked into the top of the original base chain and forms the
underside of the moustache. Make 2 sc into each of the first 4 stitches of the base
chain (8 stitches in total), sc into next 9 stitches, slip stitch, sc into next 9 stitches,
make 2 sc into each of the last 4 stitches. ss into the turning chain between the
base chain and row 1, break yarn and weave in ends.

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