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If Yorkshire was a country it would be currently ranking seventh in the world for the number of medals gained during the Olympics. Wow!

A golden postbox – right on the doorstep 😉 And it’s not the only one……

We seem to have a little crop of specially painted golden postboxes popping up in and around Leeds and the surrounding area – The one pictured above is right on my doorstep in neighbouring Horsforth and has been transformed to celebrate Alistair Brownlee’s Gold medal win in the Triathlon; The paint is still drying on one outside Leeds Art Gallery to celebrate Nicola Adams’ amazing win for British women’s boxing. I’m welling up with pride at how well they’ve done – and the rest of Team GB 🙂

So this week I’ve decided to make a pretty, gold coloured decoration to brighten up the days once the Olympic celebrations have ended.

It’s crochet time!!!!!!!

Here’s my attempt at creating a little set of instructions for making a cheery flower garland; It’s not a tried and tested pattern as such…….. but it works for me. And hopefully you’ll be able to follow along too without too many problems……. 😉

First of all you’ll need to find yourself a 4mm hook and a small quantity of DK weight yarn. I grabbed some lovely golden acrylic from my yarn stash but it appears to be a little ‘fluffy’ in the accompanying photos – cotton DK might have been a better choice for the sake of clarity.

Whatever yarn you choose, you’ll need to start by making a chain 10 stitches long which you then join with a slip stitch to make a loop, as pictured above.

Now chain 4 stitches and make a second loop. Join once more with a slip stitch (So far, so good? If you’ve managed to follow this you should be looking at something rather like a figure of eight).

Chain 1, then single crochet six times round the smaller of the two loops, finishing by joining with a slip stitch. This will be the centre of your first flower.

Now we’re going to chain 4 to make a little loop which we join at the base with a slip stitch.

Single crochet into the next stitch.

Chain 4 to make another loop then join at the base with a slip stitch, single crochet in the next stitch etc until you’ve completed the round and created six ‘petals.

Chain 10 stitches.

Slip stitch in to the fifth stitch away from your hook to make a new loop for your next flower centre.

Chain1. Single crochet around the loop six times and join with a slip stitch……… make six petals as before……….. chain 10……….slip stitch in the fifth stitch away from the hook and so on………..

Basically, you just keep repeating the above process until you’ve created a length of garland that you’re happy with. Finish by making a chain 10 stitches long and slip stitch this to make a loop (great for hanging from hooks etc).

I made my garland so that there are exactly thirty separate flowers – it spans across the cab in my camper van quite nicely. It also brightened up Mr Other Half’s bus for about five minutes before he demanded his own garland in a manly blue colourway…….

Good job that I made a few more before writing this week’s blog, eh? 😉

Whilst my wrist and the dreaded carpal tunnel syndrome continues to be a bit of a problem I’m determined to not let it interfere any longer in my ’52 crafts in 52 weeks’ odyssey. I think a rough tally has revealed that I’m about 7 weeks and nearly two themes behind at the moment; Not good, but I’m sure I will catch up eventually……..

So – a little project tutorial to get me back on track this week which addresses the August theme of ‘Fibre’. Have you got your knitting needles at the ready? Let’s begin……

Instructions for making a simple version of my knitted fairground fish – Hurrah!

For this project you’ll need a pair of 4mm needles, some DK weight yarn, a pair of safety google eyes, BS standard toy stuffing and a large darning needle.

Start by casting on 15 stitches and knitting 4 rows of garter stitch (every row is a knit row).

Continuing in garter stitch, decrease at each end of the next and every alternate row until you are left with a total of 7 stitches.

Purl 7 stitches in the next row – from this point we will be continuing in stocking stitch for the main body of the fish (so it’s knit a line, purl a line from here).

Increase at each end of the next, and every alternate row, until you have 15 stitches.

Continue in stocking stitch without any further shaping for the next 9 rows.

Now we’re going to go back to garter stitch – so we’ll be knitting every row from here. Decrease at each end of this, and every alternate row until you have three stitches.

To finish, knit these three stitches together and fasten off. Repeat the whole process again for a second fish shape.

When both pieces are complete, position the safety eyes, sew together inside out, leaving the tail end open ready for turning and stuffing.

Turn the right way round – remember, it can be a bit of a squeeze at the tail as it’s only 7 stitches wide! Stuff lightly – the blunt end of the knitting needle is a great aid in helping to complete this task. Oversew the ends of the tail together and tie off, weaving in any loose ends.

I like to add a little bit of fishing line to the central back of my fish and display them suspended in little plastic bags – just like fairground fish. Ultra cute and very quick and easy to make!

Please feel free to use this tutorial to make your own fairground fish but remember to acknowledge the designer should you choose to do so. My fairground fish design is ACID protected with detailed paperwork and images to support each stage of production – so to avoid legal action please do not attempt to sell the pattern or design as your own 😉