Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Baby Crochet Textured Coat

What I love about this pattern is the whole design.  It is well written and easy to follow.  I like patterns that work down from the neck as this one does.  This stitch pattern doesn't have a name.  I refer to it as a Puff Shell stitch.

The Puff Shell stitch pattern give the impression of a waffle type design.  This is particularly good for baby patterns to create warmth pockets to hold in the heat.

This Puff Shell pattern looks just as good on the reverse side, making this suitable for many projects like hats, scarves, cowls, baby blankets, afghans etc.  This definitely a go-to pattern of choice.

To the right is the one that I am working on at present and am absolutely delighted with it.  As soon as I pick it up I think of babies.  It feels and looks so right.  The yarn I am using is Robin Double Knit.  An 8ply/DK, and the hook size 4.00mm. 

As you can see the 'waffle' type Puff Shell stitch stands proud giving an awesome look.

Here is a close up of the stitch pattern on the reverse side, and as you can see it is just as good as the right side.  This is such an easy stitch to achieve.  I know you will love it.

This is just one of the many crochet patterns available for download at JustCrochetPatterns designed by Heather.

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Sunday, 14 June 2015


I have been busy researching how to make my own laundry powder and fabric conditioner.  For me there were too many perfumes going on in each product bought from the supermarkets.  They would irritate my nose and interfere with my own personal choice of perfume I would rather smell of.  So after some extensive research on the internet, this is the recipe I have settled on.  And it works a treat. 

In fact my washing looks cleaner, especially my lights and whites.  I have been very impressed.  I haven't worked out just how economical it is until I run out.  But from what other homemade enthusiasts have written the recipe amount can last for up to 11 months.  Of course it would depend on the size of the boxed quantities used and how often you machine wash per day/week.  I can't wait to see.  So here is the recipe that I am now using.


1 part Borax - 1kg
1 part Washing Soda - 1kg
1 large bar of soap - 250grams

In a large container used only for this purpose mix together the Borax and Washing Soda.  Grate the large bar of soap and mix in.  Store in an airtight container.  I use 2 tablespoons of powder per normal frontload wash. If washing heavily soiled clothing I use more. 

Give it a try.  It will be more economical, more green, saving the planet and lighten allergy sufferers within your family.