Crochet Cherry Pattern

 

Crochet Cherry

 

One of my all time favourite wardrobe items is a silk and cashmere cardigan by Alana Hill that I’ve owned for about 7 years (bought when Alana Hill still made luxurious garments and not the disappointing polyester items you find now). I’ve worn it until it’s almost falling apart. My favourite part of it? It’s covered in crochet cherries!

A few years ago I decided another of my cardigans needed cherries and so created a few crochet cherry brooches. I sold a few of them on Etsy and then started to teach myself letterpress, and so the brooches were put to the side.

But today I decided that one of Munchkin’s onesie/ bodysuit needed a little decoration and pulled out one of my brooches. I’ve re-worked the pattern and I’ve decided to share it with you. They’re quick to do and look fabulous as brooches, sewn onto clothing, glued onto cards… the options are endless.

Never crochet before? No problem, go to the end of this post for a list of video tutorials and links you can use to teach yourself the stitches you need to make this project. All that’s required is a 2.5 mm crochet hook and some thread.

 

Crochet Cherry

 

Crochet Cherry Pattern

In the colour you have selected for the Cherry (I used DMC 351 Embroidery thread as I needed such a little bit of thread for this project, I love the colour and it’s beautifully soft) and using a 2.5mm crochet hook create a ‘Magic Ring’.

ch 3 and tr 17 into the Magic Ring. Pull the Magic ring tight and join to third ch using the Invisible Fasten Off Method.

 

Crochet Cherry
Crochet Cherry

 

Repeat to create two cherries.

In the colour you have selected for the Stems and Leaves (I used DMC 966 Embroidery thread) and using a 2.5 mm crochet hook;

ch 17. hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, tr in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, hdc into next ch, sl st into next ch, hdc in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, tr in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, hdc into last ch, ch 2 and turn work to start work on reverse side of chain.

hdc in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, tr in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, hdc into next ch, sl st into next ch, hdc in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, tr in next ch, dc into next 2 ch, hdc into last ch, ch 1, join to 1st chain using the Invisible Fasten Off Method.

In the colour for the Stems and Leaves, join to cherry, ch 5, connect to sl st (the center of the leaves)  with a sl st and fasten off. Repeat with 2nd cherry. Use the remaining thread from the stems to stitch a center ‘vein’ through the chain in the middle of the leaves.

 

Crochet Cherry

 

Now you’re ready to sew it on to whatever garment you’d like. I used a single thread of the matching DMC Embroidery thread to stitch my cherries to this cute onesie/ bodysuit from The White Company

 

Crochet Cherry

 

New to crochet?

Here are a whole heap of tutorials and videos for you to use to create this project:

Magic Ring

hdc (half double crochet)

dc (double crochet)

sl st (slip stitch)

tr (treble or triple crochet)

Invisible Fasten Off Method

 

Crochet Cherry

 

 

Crochet Cherries Tutorial by Next to Nicx by Nicola Pravato is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

 

Fabulous finds for Munchkin #2

 

Marèse and The White Company

 

I can’t help it. I’m sorry. I’ve just got to share the cute little things I’ve bought and made for Munchkin. I promise to continue to make items and to post threads that are not baby-centric but at the moment I’m 32 weeks pregnant, I’m struggling to touch my toes and my brain is baby-fied (or ‘baby-fried’ depending on the day). I can think about little more than getting all of the equipment, buying the right clothes for her pending arrival, bearing jabs to the ribs (she’s certainly getting strong!) and trying to keep cool in the Summer heat wave we’ve been experiencing here in Switzerland.

We’ve organised her cradle; she’ll be sleeping in a Leander cradle in our room for the first few months and then, in the new year, will move into the nursery into a Leander Bed that should do her until she’s about 7 years old. We’ve not ordered the bed yet, but as we won’t need it until January we’re not panicking about it. And I’ve made a fair dint in the clothing requirements, so at least she’ll have something to wear in the first few weeks and months!

 

Marèse and The White Company

 

The little outfit in the photo’s is her coming home outfit. The stunningly simple but luxuriously soft cotton onesie/ bodysuit is by The Little White Company. They had a fabulous sale on a few weeks ago and so we stocked up on some basics and some Summer clothing for Munchkins trip to Australia at Christmas. And the little cardigan and matching hat are made by Marèse. I picked them up on sale at a gorgeous little boutique in Thonon-les-Bains called Le Secret d’Alice. Made out of cotton, bamboo and silk they’re so soft! I was exceedingly tempted by the little cloud bodysuit they had but decided that even though my husband and I have issues with the ‘dress little girls in pink and boys in blue’ rules that seem to be the norm here, I couldn’t resist putting her in a coral outfit to bring her home.

I’ve now just got to make some matching booties.

 

Marèse and The White Company

 

This week we’re going on an eye-wateringly expensive shopping trip for the looooong list of items that seem to be required for Munchkin (DM has already noted that this is probably the first of many, just wait until she demands a pony! ;) ). We were spurred to get our derrières in gear last week, when the doctor delivering Munchkin advised that it’s likely she may arrive early due to her size.

Whilst Munchkin is currently only tiny, the amount of equipment she needs feels like it could fill an aircraft hanger! We’ve decided to do all the basics and to worry about decorating the nursery later. Mainly because I’ve been unable to decide what to do, what I have decided on isn’t going to happen in this heat, and we’ve a little time up our sleeves as Munchkin wont be using the room regularly until January.

 

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Items I covet – PaPerish perfection

A couple of months ago I was wondering through the stationery department of Globus in Lausanne looking for a cute card for a friend when I stumbled upon some of these gorgeous and fabulously unique bags made by Korean brand PaPerish

I instantly fell in love with their Daily Bag. I’ve been carrying it around for almost 2 months and use it to lug my makeup and swimming things to the pool a few times per week. It’s gathered quite a few extra ‘character marks’ in that time but it still looks great and is working fabulously.
 

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Gorgeously different

During our flying trip through London (we always seem to be taking flying trips through London, one day we’ll really have to stay for longer than 3 nights!) on our way back from holidaying in Egypt, we caught up with our newly engaged friends, Jen and Alex.

My husband and I met Jen and Alex in 2007 at the end of their working holiday through India, Asia and Australia when Jen and I were working for the same company for a little while. Then when Jen and Alex found themselves needing accommodation for a few nights before they made their way back to the UK, they stayed with us for a few nights.

Our friendship was cemented over a love of the absurd, tea, cake and Miyazaki films.

Photo of Jennifer Roberts via The Style Scout

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My Chambéry purchase

I’ve been looking at large statement pieces for quite some time now. Ever since I tried on a some pieces by my lovely friend Jen (aka Ruby Browning) and fell in love with her Panoptes collection. I still have a while to wait until I can get my sticky fingers on a Panoptes piece. But today I saw this gorgeous riot of chunky colour, put aside all fears of statements and it promptly became mine!

It’s handmade out of resin by a Brazilian designer called Sobral. I found it in an interesting boutique in Chambéry called Princesse Nubie (3 rue de la Trésorerie, Chambéry, France. 0479253014).

The owner of this sweet store stocks a wide range of gorgeous jewellery and some truly unique pieces (if you’re looking for earings shaped like candy, or for some beautiful resin pieces head here). Not all of it to my taste but I could have quite easily have purchased more. I left having been clearly advised by the owner about how to take care of my new jewellery and carrying it encapsulated in a very pretty cloth bag that the owner made herself.

I couldn’t be happier with it!

We’re going to Gruyères tomorrow and  so I’m now going to put together an outfit that includes my new necklace.

A luxurious long weekend. Days 3 & 4; Aix en Provence

Mil and Fil had rented an appartement in the old part of the city. One with an additional bedroom and so we took advantage of their generous offer to stay with them in Aix.

It was hot! We must have acclimatised to Swiss weather because 32 degrees had us sweltering. The city is in summer festival mode. With music and concerts to be found all through the city. We had a glorious time wandering the streets, shopping, looking at the markets and eating.

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