Crochet Now Magazine | Parisian Plait Wrap

Time seems to be zooming by at the moment, we are already in May! It was only January last weekend I swear it! I realised I haven’t had chance to tell you yet about the new pattern that’s available in the latest issue of Crochet Now magazine.

Issue 68 is out now with a range of Parisian and Spring themed projects including cute cardigan’s, a chic beret and a new wrap design from me called ‘The Parisian Plait Wrap’.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 68

The idea for the Parisian Plait Wrap was to create an easy mindful one ball project, where you could use your favourite gradient yarn cake to make a textured wrap inspired by French plaits. 

For this pattern I used Hobbii Cotton Kings Twirl and a 3.25mm hook (US D/3) to create a light and airy pattern with a nice drape and chevroned edges. Hobbii Cotton Kings was a completely new yarn to me so I was quite excited to give it a try. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a cake-yarn that’s 100% cotton made up of 4 thin cotton threads (for a 4ply / Sport weight) with long colour changes.

Peach Danburite, the shade I used, almost has a dip dye effect as it runs from a peachy colour to a sort of sky blue – not necessarily colours I would have thought to put together but I loved how it looked in the finished wrap.

I would say don’t let the fact that there are 4 thin cotton threads put you off this yarn; if you just ignore them and crochet how you usually would, you soon forget how the yarn is made up.

There was a great tip though that I saw on the website, that works for this type of yarn, and that is to run all the threads through a small bead before you start crocheting to help the threads stay together throughout the project – brilliant idea!

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 68

The elegant wrap looks great teamed up a summer dress but it could also be worn as a scarf. It would be a great project to take with you on holiday as all you would need is a yarn cake, a hook and the pattern.

It was a great mindful project to work on, and I enjoyed designing it and creating it, and as it only uses simple stitches and chains this wrap would be a perfect pattern for beginners.

❤️ SAVE THE PARISIAN PLAIT WRAP ON RAVELRY ❤️

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 68

Issue 68 of Crochet Now magazine is packed with 53 patterns in this issue and also includes two supplements; a Hook Nook pattern collection and Rowan Yarns Summer Crochet Collection, so even more patterns for your money!

Crochet Now is available to buy from your local supermarket and some newsagents or you can grab a digital version from www.craftstash.co.uk/books-magazines

If you hook up the Parisian Plait Wrap I hope you’ll share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Filet Fantastic: Part 9 – Bobble Flowers

Have you got that Friday feeling? It’s that time of the week where we look at a new CAL section, this time it’s Part 9 which means that there are only another 3 weeks until the end of our crochet-along!

I hope you are enjoying us crocheting along together, I have been just loving seeing how your unique and wonderful blankets have been developing. Below you can see just a few of the finished part 8’s that have been shared on Ravelry, in the Facebook group and Instagram – I know some of you are still finishing off as it takes a little longer to get each section finished as we get bigger!

If you want to link your photos the hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL21 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

If you are brand new to the CAL there’s is still plenty of time to join in with us. You can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. Yarn packs are still available from the lovely folks at Black Sheep Wools and there are a number of CAL accessories that are also available from some fabulous small businesses (that I talked a little more about here).

❤️🧡💛 Purchase Yarn Kit from Black Sheep Wools 💚💙💜

During the duration of the CAL this pattern will be released part by part here on the blog and also via Ravelry updates in the form of a printer friendly PDF ebooklet that is available for purchase. Please note you will only have to purchase the pattern once, updates will be automatically added so your pattern is updated each week and at the end of the 12 weeks you will have the full pattern to keep. As with any purchase you make of my patterns your support of me and my crochet endeavours is very much appreciated – thank you for supporting my work!

❤️🧡💛 Purchase the CAL eBooklet on Ravelry 💚💙💜

If you are new to filet crochet you might find my blog post about ‘Top Tips for Filet Crochet’ useful on how to read filet crochet charts with some specific tips on the technique.

Filet Fantastic: Part 9 – Bobble Flowers

Yarn: 130g / 338m or 3 balls of Scheepjes Riverwashed Tiber (Shade  958) or 130g / 338m or 2 balls of Scheepjes Colour Crafter in Brugge (1003).

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle

Gauge: 5tr = 2.5cm (1inch). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size:  Part 9 – 140 x 115 cm (55 x 45 inches)

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

BASIC FILET STITCHES

  • Beginning open block (beg open block): Ch4 (counts as first tr + ch-1), miss next st or ch, tr in the next st.
  • Open block: Ch1, miss next st, 1tr in the next st.
  • Beginning solid block (beg solid block): Ch3 (counts as first tr), tr in the next 2sts.
  • Block (Bl): 1tr in the next 2sts.

OTHER STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Puff Stitch (PS): Yarn over, insert hook in st, pull up loop (5 times), yarn over and pull through 9 loops, yo, and pull through last 2 loops

PATTERN – PART 9

You will build part 9 onto the right side of the CAL;

To set up making Part 9 you will be working on Parts 7 and 8

We will be adding rows, working from the  bottom upwards,  where there isn’t a st you will use post of the extra tr’s on Part 8 to add sts.

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTE:

You will have an extra tr on the end of each row that is not shown on the chart. These stitches are important as they will help link future sections of the CAL.

Row 1: Attach yarn with a sl st around the post of the last row of Part 8; Ch3 (Counts as first tr here and throughout, then working on the same post, 1tr. Continue to work tr’s along the row working 1tr in each st and 2tr around each post tr of Part 6  until end, turn (213sts)

Note: As your blanket get’s bigger you might find it helps to insert a stitch marker every 25 or 50 stitches on row 1 to make it easier to count the stitches at the end of the row to ensure you have the correct number

Rows 2 – 3: Ch3 (Counts as first tr here and throughout, 1tr in the next st, (Open Block) x 105, 1tr in the last st, turn

Row 4: Ch3, 1tr in the next st,  (Open Block) x 2, [ Bl, (Open Block) x 4 ] repeat from [ nineteen times, Bl, (Open Block) x 2, 1tr in the last st, turn


Row 5: Ch3, 1tr in the next st,  Open Block, Bl, Open Block, Bl, [ (Open Block) x 2, Bl, Open Block, Bl, ] repeat from [ nineteen times, 1tr in the last st, turn   


Row 6: Ch3, 1tr in the next st,  Bl, [ Open Block, PS,  1tr in the next st,  Open Block, (Bl) x 2 ] repeat from [ nineteen times, Open Block, PS,  1tr in the next st,  Open Block, 1tr in the last st, turn   

 
Row 7: Repeat row 5

 
Row 8: Repeat row 4


Rows 9-10: Repeat rows 2 and 3


Row 11: Ch3, 1 tr in each st and sp along until end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Rows 12 – 22: Reattach yarn on the opposite side and repeat rows 1—11 of the pattern.

Chart for section of Part 9 below * There are more repeats than shown

Please see important pattern note regarding the end stitch count.

Pattern in US Terms:

BASIC FILET STITCHES

  • Beginning open block (beg open block): Ch4 (counts as first dc + ch-1), miss next st or ch, dc in the next st.
  • Open block: Ch1, miss next st, 1dc in the next st.
  • Beginning solid block (beg solid block): Ch3 (counts as first dc), dc in the next 2 sts.
  • Block (Bl): 1dc in the next 2 sts. Where base sts are dc, work 1dc in each st; where base sts are ch1 and dc, work your dc over the ch1 (into the space) and  next dc into the dc.

OTHER STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Puff Stitch (PS): Yarn over, insert hook in st, pull up loop (5 times), yarn over and pull through 9 loops, yo, and pull through last 2 loops

PATTERN – PART 9

You will build part 9 onto the right side of the CAL;

To set up making Part 9 you will be working on Parts 7 and 8

We will be adding rows, working from the  bottom upwards,  where there isn’t a st you will use post of the extra tr’s on Part 8 to add sts.

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTE:

You will have an extra dc on the end of each row that is not shown on the chart. These stitches are important as they will help link future sections of the CAL.

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTE:

You will have an extra dc on the end of each row that is not shown on the chart. These stitches are important as they will help link future sections of the CAL.

Row 1: Attach yarn with a sl st around the post of the last row of Part 8; Ch3 (Counts as first dc here and throughout, then working on the same post, 1dc. Continue to work dc’s along the row working 1dc in each st and 2dc around each post dc of Part 6  until end, turn (213sts)

Note: As your blanket get’s bigger you might find it helps to insert a stitch marker every 25 or 50 stitches on row 1 to make it easier to count the stitches at the end of the row to ensure you have the correct number

Rows 2 – 3: Ch3 (Counts as first dc here and throughout, 1dc in the next st, (Open Block) x 105, 1dc in the last st, turn


Row 4: Ch3, 1dc in the next st,  (Open Block) x 2, [ Bl, (Open Block) x 4 ] repeat from [ nineteen times, Bl, (Open Block) x 2, 1dc in the last st, turn


Row 5: Ch3, 1dc in the next st,  Open Block, Bl, Open Block, Bl, [ (Open Block) x 2, Bl, Open Block, Bl, ] repeat from [ nineteen times, 1dc in the last st, turn   


Row 6: Ch3, 1dc in the next st,  Bl, [ Open Block, PS,  1dc in the next st,  Open Block, (Bl) x 2 ] repeat from [ nineteen times, Open Block, PS,  1dc in the next st,  Open Block, 1dc in the last st, turn   

 
Row 7: Repeat row 5

 
Row 8: Repeat row 4


Rows 9-10: Repeat rows 2 and 3


Row 11: Ch3, 1 dc in each st and sp along until end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Rows 12 – 22: Reattach yarn on the opposite side and repeat rows 1—11 of the pattern.

See chart above for reference

And that’s it! Only three more sections to go until your wonderful blankets are complete, it’s all onwards and upwards now to that finishing point when you weave in that last yarn tail of your blanket!

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

Thank you for crocheting along with me, it’s such a special thing to be crocheting along a pattern together.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Deramores | Draco the Dragon

Happy St George’s Day! I’m delighted to announce a brand new baby dragon pattern for you in collaboration with Deramores meet Draco the Dragon, the most adorable baby dragon you will ever see – he’s really fired up to meet you!

© Deramores 2021

Friday 23 April is St George’s Day here in the UK; St George became the Patron Saint of England and his claim to fame came about by him supposedly slaying a dragon. So you can’t have St George’s day without dragons, but this little baby dragon is just after some cuddles!

💚 Add the pattern to your favourites on Ravelry 💚

For my little dragon I used Deramores Studio DK in Peridot, Fir and Ebony with a 3.25mm hook. If you aren’t familiar with Deramores Studio DK it’s lovely soft 100% acrylic anti-piling yarn which is fab for making amigurumi with as it doesn’t get all bobbly over time like some other yarns can.

© Deramores 2021

You can enjoy free P&P on all orders over £10 with Deramores today only if you use code: DRAGON at the checkout,

💚 You can download the dragon pattern or purchase the kits here 💚

The finished result I hope you’ll think is kind of roar-some! I can’t wait to see some of the dragons you make!

If you do make up a dragon hope you will share pictures on social channels using the hashtag #Deramores and #kcacouk so we can share your wonderful work.

And if you were looking for more animal designs you can find several different patterns in my Deramores Designer Shop including the other mythical favourite – unicorns!

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Filet Fantastic: Part 8 – Dashes

It’s Friday, which means it’s CAL day, and I’m here with part 8 of the Filet Fantastic Crochet Along, I hope you are ready to get your hooks into this next section of our blanket which is growing ever bigger! This week we are going to be adding some nice, easy repetitive dashes to bring us back to a square shape.

But before we get to part 8 I’m going to share a few of the finished 7’s that have been shared on Ravelry, in the Facebook group and Instagram because I really like that part – it’s just such a lovely thing to have everyone crocheting along together and see each other’s progress isn’t it.

If you want to link your photos the hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL21 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

If you are brand new to the CAL there’s is still plenty of time to join in with us. You can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. Yarn packs are still available from the lovely folks at Black Sheep Wools and there are a number of CAL accessories that are also available from some fabulous small businesses (that I talked a little more about here).

❤️🧡💛 Purchase Yarn Kit from Black Sheep Wools 💚💙💜

During the duration of the CAL this pattern will be released part by part here on the blog and also via Ravelry updates in the form of a printer friendly PDF ebooklet that is available for purchase. Please note you will only have to purchase the pattern once, updates will be automatically added so your pattern is updated each week and at the end of the 12 weeks you will have the full pattern to keep. As with any purchase you make of my patterns your support of me and my crochet endeavours is very much appreciated – thank you for supporting my work!

❤️🧡💛 Purchase the CAL eBooklet on Ravelry 💚💙💜

If you are new to filet crochet you might find my blog post about ‘Top Tips for Filet Crochet’ useful on how to read filet crochet charts with some specific tips on the technique.

Filet Fantastic: Part 8 – Dashes

Yarn: 140g / 364m  or 3 balls of of Scheepjes Riverwashed Amazon (Shade  951) or 140g / 420m or 2 balls of Scheepjes Colour Crafter in Middlesburg (1003).

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle

Gauge: 5tr = 2.5cm (1inch). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size:  Part 8 – 115 x 115 cm (45 x 45 inches)

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

BASIC FILET STITCHES

  • Beginning open block (beg open block): Ch4 (counts as first tr + ch-1), miss next st or ch, tr in the next st.
  • Open block: Ch1, miss next st, 1tr in the next st.
  • Beginning solid block (beg solid block): Ch3 (counts as first tr), tr in the next 2sts.
  • Block (Bl): 1tr in the next 2sts.

OTHER STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

PATTERN – PART 8

You will build part 8 onto the right side of the CAL;

To set up making Part 8 you will be working on Parts 6 and 7.

We will be adding rows, working from the bottom upwards,  where there isn’t a st you will use post of the extra tr’s on Part 7 to add sts.

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTE:

You will have an extra tr on the end of each row that is not shown on the chart. These stitches are important as they will help link future sections of the CAL.

Row 1: Attach yarn with a sl st around the post of the last row of Part 7; Ch3 (Counts as first tr here and throughout, then working on the same post, 1tr. Continue to work tr’s along the row working 1tr in each st and 2tr around each post tr of Part 7   until end, turn (215sts)

Row 2: Ch3 (Counts as first tr here and throughout),  Bl, [ (Open Block) x 3, (Bl) x 3 ], Repeat from [ sixteen times, (Open Block) x 3, Bl, turn


Row 3: Ch3, Bl, [(Bl) x 3, (Open Block) x 3] Repeat from [ sixteen times, (Bl) x 3, Bl, turn

Row 4: Repeat row 2

 
Row 5: Repeat row 3

Row 6: Repeat row 2


Row 7: Repeat row 3


Row 8: Repeat row 2


Row 9: Repeat row 3


Row 10: Repeat row 2


Row 11: Ch3, 1 tr in each st and sp along until end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Rows 12 – 22: Reattach yarn on the opposite side and repeat rows 1—11 of the pattern.

Chart for section of Part 8 below * There are more repeats than shown

Please see important pattern note regarding the end stitch count.

Pattern in US Terms:

BASIC FILET STITCHES

  • Beginning open block (beg open block): Ch4 (counts as first dc + ch-1), miss next st or ch, dc in the next st.
  • Open block: Ch1, miss next st, 1dc in the next st.
  • Beginning solid block (beg solid block): Ch3 (counts as first dc), dc in the next 2 sts.
  • Block (Bl): 1dc in the next 2 sts. Where base sts are dc, work 1dc in each st; where base sts are ch1 and dc, work your dc over the ch1 (into the space) and  next dc into the dc.

OTHER STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

PATTERN – PART 8

You will build part 8 onto the right side of the CAL;

To set up making Part 8 you will be working on Parts 6 and 7

We will be adding rows, working from the bottom upwards,  where there isn’t a st you will use post of the extra dc’s on Part 7 to add sts.

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTE:

You will have an extra dc on the end of each row that is not shown on the chart. These stitches are important as they will help link future sections of the CAL.

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTE:

You will have an extra dc on the end of each row that is not shown on the chart. These stitches are important as they will help link future sections of the CAL.

Row 1: Attach yarn with a sl st around the post of the last row of Part 7; Ch3 (Counts as first dc here and throughout, then working on the same post, 1dc. Continue to work dc’s along the row working 1dc in each st and 2dc around each post dc of Part 7 until end, turn (215sts)


Row 2: Ch3 (Counts as first dc here and throughout), Bl, [ (Open Block) x 3, (Bl) x 3 ], Repeat from [ sixteen times, (Open Block) x 3, Bl, turn


Row 3: Ch3, Bl, [(Bl) x 3, (Open Block) x 3] Repeat from [ sixteen times, (Bl) x 3, Bl, turn


Row 4: Repeat row 2

 
Row 5: Repeat row 3

Row 6: Repeat row 2


Row 7: Repeat row 3


Row 8: Repeat row 2


Row 9: Repeat row 3


Row 10: Repeat row 2


Row 11: Ch3, 1 dc in each st and sp along until end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Rows 12 – 22: Reattach yarn on the opposite side and repeat rows 1—11 of the pattern.

See chart above for reference

And that’s it! We are slowly getting bigger (and have to have more creative when photographing our piece – I think I was standing on a chair at this point!). Only five more sections after this to go until you have your own special and unique blanket to snuggle under.

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

Thank you for crocheting along with me, it’s such a special thing to be crocheting along a pattern together.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Pattern Release | Solstice Garden Wrap

You may remember that in December last year I teamed up with the wonderful Kitey aka the Yarn Whisperer for a fun make-along (MAL) for a wrap design which we called ‘Solstice Garden’.

I did promise that the wrap pattern would be available after the MAL had finished – but because of life things going on in the background it’s taken me a bit longer than planned to get this out to you (sorry about that). The good news is that the pattern is now available, from all my usual pattern stores, for you to make your own keepsake shawl.

This lightweight shawl features airy lace beaded motifs combined with rows and rounds to create something really special – in fact I think it would make a wonderful wedding wrap (with that something blue already added) or party wrap!

I used 200g / 800m of 4ply / Fingering Weight; 100g / 400m Corridale 80% Wool / 20% Nylon in the exclusive Yarn Whisperer ‘Solstice Garden’ colourway with a 3.5mm (US size E/4) hook.

Other than the yarn the only other things you need to make the wrap are a yarn needle, stitch markers and 21 crystal type beads (though they could be optional if you wanted a plainer shawl).

If you do love the Yarn Whisperer colourway I used for this shawl in you can still pick up the custom dyed colourway directly from The Yarn Whisperer here but please note the extra special MAL kit ‘freebies’ are no longer available, they were just exclusively for MAL members. 

If you love this wrap and you are one of my newsletter subscribers make sure you check your mail box this Friday for an exclusive discount code! And if you’re not a subscriber yet you’ve got a bit of time to sign up, it’s where I share details of blog posts and exclusive offers especially for my lovely subscribers.

And if you enjoyed the MAL, or wished you’d taken part last time, then make sure you watch this space! Kitey and I enjoyed ourselves so much that we’re planning a rather special summer MAL planned that you’re not going to want to miss. I can’t share much yet accept the yarn I’m using and the colours that have been put together for the brand new design are AMAZING!

Make sure you are signed up to the blog (or my newsletter) and / or The Yarn Whisperer newsletter to make sure you are the first to know when the new collaboration project is revealed!

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Filet Fantastic: Part 7 – Diagonal Stripes

Welcome to part 7 of the Filet Fantastic Crochet Along folks! I seems as if we are going really fast with this CAL – or is it just me? Part 7 is actually one of my most favourite sections, I love the effect of the filet on this part.

But before we get to part 7 I’m going to share a few of the finished 6’s that have been shared on Ravelry, in the Facebook group and Instagram because I really like that part – it’s just such a lovely thing to have everyone crocheting along together and see each other’s progress isn’t it.

If you want to link your photos the hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL21 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

If you are brand new to the CAL there’s is still plenty of time to join in with us. You can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. Yarn packs are still available from the lovely folks at Black Sheep Wools and there are a number of CAL accessories that are also available from some fabulous small businesses (that I talked a little more about here).

❤️🧡💛 Purchase Yarn Kit from Black Sheep Wools 💚💙💜

During the duration of the CAL this pattern will be released part by part here on the blog and also via Ravelry updates in the form of a printer friendly PDF ebooklet that is available for purchase. Please note you will only have to purchase the pattern once, updates will be automatically added so your pattern is updated each week and at the end of the 12 weeks you will have the full pattern to keep. As with any purchase you make of my patterns your support of me and my crochet endeavours is very much appreciated – thank you for supporting my work!

❤️🧡💛 Purchase the CAL eBooklet on Ravelry 💚💙💜

If you are new to filet crochet you might find my blog post about ‘Top Tips for Filet Crochet’ useful on how to read filet crochet charts with some specific tips on the technique.

Filet Fantastic: Part 7 – Diagonal Stripes

Yarn: 105g / 273m  or 3 balls of of Scheepjes Riverwashed Narmada (Shade  962) or 105g / 315m or 2 balls of Scheepjes Colour Crafter in Ameland (1725).

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle

Gauge: 5tr = 2.5cm (1inch). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size:  Part 7 – 115 x 94 cm (45 x 37 inches)

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

BASIC FILET STITCHES

  • Beginning open block (beg open block): Ch4 (counts as first tr + ch-1), miss next st or ch, tr in the next st.
  • Open block: Ch1, miss next st, 1tr in the next st.
  • Beginning solid block (beg solid block): Ch3 (counts as first tr), tr in the next 2sts.
  • Block (Bl): 1tr in the next 2sts.

OTHER STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

PATTERN – PART 6

You will build part 7 onto the right side of the CAL;

· To set up making Part 7 you will be working on Parts 5 and 6.

· We will be adding rows, working from the bottom upwards,  where there isn’t a st you will use post of the extra tr’s on Part 6 to add sts.

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTE:

You will have an extra tr on the end of each row that is not shown on the chart. These stitches are important as they will help link future sections of the CAL.

Row 1: Attach yarn with a sl st around the post of the last row of Part 6; Ch3 (Counts as first tr here and throughout, then working on the same post, 1tr. Continue to work tr’s along the row working 1tr in each st and 2tr around each post tr of Part 6  until end, turn (171sts)

Row 2: Ch3 (Counts as first tr here and throughout, 1tr in the next st, [ (Open Block) x 2, (BL) x 2 ], [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2, ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times 1tr in the last st, turn


Row 3: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, Bl, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times, (Open Block) x 3, 1tr in the last st, turn


Row 4: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, BL, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times, (Open Block) x 3, 1tr in the last st, turn


Row 5: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, [ (Open Block) x 2, (BL) x 2 ], [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2, ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times, 1tr in the last st, turn


Row 6: Ch3, 1tr in the next st,  [ (Open Block) x 1, (BL) x 2 ], [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times, Open Block, 1tr in the last st, turn


Row 7: Ch3, 1tr in the next st,  (BL) x 2, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2, ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times, (Open Block) x 2, 1tr in the last st, turn

Row 8: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2,  ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Open Block) x 3, BL, 1tr in the last st, turn

Row 9: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Open Block) x 3, BL, 1tr in the last st, turn  


Row 10: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, (BL) x 2, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Open Block) x 2, 1tr in the last st, turn  


Row 11: Ch3, 1 tr in each st and sp along until end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Chart for section of Part 7 below (rows 1 -11) * There are more repeats than shown

Please see important pattern note regarding the end stitch count.

Row 12: Reattach yarn on the opposite side and repeat row 1

Row 13: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, Open Block) x 2 [[ (BL) x 2, (Open Block) x 3 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times (BLx 2), 1tr in the last st, turn

Row 15: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, [[ (BL) x 2, (Open Block) x 3 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Bl) x 2, (Open Block) x 2, 1tr in the last st, turn

Row 16: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, [[(Open Block) x 3, (Bl) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Open Block) x 3, Bl, 1tr in the last st, turn


Row 14: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, Open Block, [[ (BL) x 2,  (Open Block) x 3, ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Bl) x 2, Open Block, 1tr in the last st, turn


Row 17: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, [[ (Open Block) x 3,(Bl) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Open Block) x 3, Bl, 1tr in the last st, turn

Row 18: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, [[ (Bl) x 2, (Open Block) x 3 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (BL) x 2, (Open Block) x 2, 1tr in the last st, turn

Row 19: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, Open Block) [[  (BL) x 2, (Open Block) x 3 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (BL) x 2, Open Block, 1tr in the last st, turn

Row 20: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, (Open Block) x 2, [[ (BL) x 2, (Open Block) x 3 ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times, 1tr in the last st, turn  


Row 21: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, Bl, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Open Block) x 3, 1tr in the last st, turn  


Row 22: Ch3, 1tr in each st and sp along until end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Chart for section of Part 7 below (rows 12 -22) * There are more repeats than shown

Please see important pattern note regarding the end stitch count.

Pattern in US Terms:

BASIC FILET STITCHES

  • Beginning open block (beg open block): Ch4 (counts as first dc + ch-1), miss next st or ch, dc in the next st.
  • Open block: Ch1, miss next st, 1dc in the next st.
  • Beginning solid block (beg solid block): Ch3 (counts as first dc), dc in the next 2 sts.
  • Block (Bl): 1dc in the next 2 sts. Where base sts are dc, work 1dc in each st; where base sts are ch1 and dc, work your dc over the ch1 (into the space) and  next dc into the dc.

OTHER STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

PATTERN – PART 7

You will build part 7 onto the right side of the CAL;

To set up making Part 7 you will be working on Parts 5 and 6.

We will be adding rows, working from the  bottom upwards,  where there isn’t a st you will use post of the extra tr’s on Part 6 to add sts.

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTE:

You will have an extra dc on the end of each row that is not shown on the chart. These stitches are important as they will help link future sections of the CAL.

Row 1: Attach yarn with a sl st around the post of the last row of Part 6; Ch3 (Counts as first dc here and throughout, then working on the same post, 1dc. Continue to work dc’s along the row working 1dc in each st and 2dc around each post dc of Part 6  until end, turn (171sts)


Row 2: Ch3 (Counts as first dc here and throughout, 1dc in the next st, [ (Open Block) x 2, (BL) x 2 ], [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2, ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times 1dc in the last st, turn


Row 3: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, Bl, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times, (Open Block) x 3, 1dc in the last st, turn


Row 4: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, BL, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times, (Open Block) x 3, 1dc in the last st, turn


Row 5: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, [ (Open Block) x 2, (BL) x 2 ], [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2, ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times, 1dc in the last st, turn


Row 6: Ch3, 1dc in the next st,  [ (Open Block) x 1, (BL) x 2 ], [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times, Open Block, 1dc in the last st, turn


Row 7: Ch3, 1dc in the next st,  (BL) x 2, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2, ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times, (Open Block) x 2, 1dc in the last st, turn

Row 8: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2,  ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Open Block) x 3, BL, 1dc in the last st, turn

Row 9: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Open Block) x 3, BL, 1dc in the last st, turn  

Row 10: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, (BL) x 2, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Open Block) x 2, 1dc in the last st, turn  

Row 11: Ch3, 1 dc in each st and sp along until end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Row 12: Reattach yarn on the opposite side and repeat row 1

Row 13: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, Open Block) x 2 [[ (BL) x 2, (Open Block) x 3 ]] Repeat from

[[ fifteen times (BLx 2), 1dc in the last st, turn


Row 14: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, Open Block, [[ (BL) x 2,  (Open Block) x 3, ]] Repeat from

[[ fifteen times, (Bl) x 2, Open Block, 1dc in the last st, turn

Row 15: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, [[ (BL) x 2, (Open Block) x 3 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Bl) x 2, (Open Block) x 2, 1dc in the last st, turn


Row 16: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, [[(Open Block) x 3, (Bl) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Open Block) x 3, Bl, 1dc in the last st, turn


Row 17: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, [[ (Open Block) x 3,(Bl) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Open Block) x 3, Bl, 1dc in the last st, turn

Row 18: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, [[ (Bl) x 2, (Open Block) x 3 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (BL) x 2, (Open Block) x 2, 1dc in the last st, turn

Row 19: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, Open Block) [[  (BL) x 2, (Open Block) x 3 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (BL) x 2, Open Block, 1dc in the last st, turn

Row 20: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, (Open Block) x 2, [[ (BL) x 2, (Open Block) x 3 ]] Repeat from [[ sixteen times, 1dc in the last st, turn  


Row 21: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, Bl, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (BL) x 2 ]] Repeat from [[ fifteen times, (Open Block) x 3, 1dc in the last st, turn  


Row 22: Ch3, 1dc in each st and sp along until end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

See chart above for reference

And that’s it! We are slowly getting bigger (and have to have more creative when photographing our piece – I think I was standing on a chair at this point!). Only five more sections after this to go until you have your own special and unique blanket to snuggle under.

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

Thank you for crocheting along with me, it’s such a special thing to be crocheting along a pattern together.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Deramores | Wood Green Dera-Dog

I’m delighted to announce a brand new puppy pattern for you in collaboration with Deramores and Wood Green, The Animal Charity. Meet the official Wood Green Dera-Dog that’s looking for its fur-ever home!

The partnership has been designed to bring crafting communities together to support animals in need. Wood Green is a pet charity that makes a difference to the lives of pets and people across the UK.  As a charity they help rehome pets into loving homes and also educate and supports pet owners, so that they can enjoy a mutually rewarding and happy relationship with their pets.

The charity helps thousands of dogs, cats and small pets, many who have been abandoned and neglected, to have a second chance at happiness – and no animals are ever turned away!

© Deramores 2021

If you are a crafter you can help support this charity by creating the Deramores Wool Green dera-dog digital pattern or kits. The design is available as just the pattern on it’s own, or as a kit with everything you need (yarn, safety eyes, stuffing) to make your own dera-dog.

With every purchase Deramores will donate 50% of the RRP, excluding VAT, from the sale of the crafting pattern and 10% of the RRP from the sale of the crafting kit is paid to Wood Green Enterprises Limited, who covenants all its taxable profits to Wood Green, The Animals Charity – registered charity number 298348.

💚 You can download the puppy pattern or purchase the kits here 💚

© Deramores 2021

For my little puppy I used Deramores Studio DK in Ebony, Oatmeal , White and Peridot, with a 3.25mm hook, and the finished result is a lovely cuddly puppy that you can make for yourself or a loved one.

💚 Add the pattern to your favourites on Ravelry 💚

The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog. ~ M.K. Clinton

© Deramores 2021

If you do make up a puppy I hope you will share pictures of your pup’s on socials using the hashtag #DeramoresXWoodgreen and #kcacouk so we can share your wonderful work.

And if you were looking for more dog designs you can find all the previous deradog patterns in my Deramores Designer Shop along with some other friendly animals too.

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Filet Fantastic: Part 6 – Hugs

Welcome to part 6 of the Filet Fantastic Crochet Along folks! Last week I was sending you all kisses so this week has got to be the hugs, well ‘O’s for our hugs. We’ll be forming our O’s on the row ends of Parts 5 and directly on top of part 4 to turn our rectangle shape back into a square.

Before we get to part 6 I thought I’d share just a few of the finished 5’s that have been shared on Ravelry, in the Facebook group and Instagram because it really is so lovely to see everyone else crochet along using the same pattern I think!

If you want to link your photos the hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL21 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

If you are brand new to the CAL there’s is still plenty of time to join in with us. You can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. Yarn packs are still available from the lovely folks at Black Sheep Wools and there are a number of CAL accessories that are also available from some fabulous small businesses (that I talked a little more about here).

❤️🧡💛 Purchase Yarn Kit from Black Sheep Wools 💚💙💜

During the duration of the CAL this pattern will be released part by part here on the blog and also via Ravelry updates in the form of a printer friendly PDF ebooklet that is available for purchase. Please note you will only have to purchase the pattern once, updates will be automatically added so your pattern is updated each week and at the end of the 12 weeks you will have the full pattern to keep. As with any purchase you make of my patterns your support of me and my crochet endeavours is very much appreciated – thank you for supporting my work!

❤️🧡💛 Purchase the CAL eBooklet on Ravelry 💚💙💜

If you are new to filet crochet you might find my blog post about ‘Top Tips for Filet Crochet’ useful on how to read filet crochet charts with some specific tips on the technique.

Filet Fantastic: Part 6 – Hugs

Yarn: 180g / 338m  or 3 balls of of Scheepjes Riverwashed Ural (Shade  959) or 2 balls of Scheepjes Colour Crafter in Charleroi (2016).

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle

Gauge: 5tr = 2.5cm (1inch). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size:  Part 6 – 94 x 94 cm (37 x 37 inches)

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

BASIC FILET STITCHES

  • Beginning open block (beg open block): Ch4 (counts as first tr + ch-1), miss next st or ch, tr in the next st.
  • Open block: Ch1, miss next st, 1tr in the next st.
  • Beginning solid block (beg solid block): Ch3 (counts as first tr), tr in the next 2sts.
  • Block (Bl): 1tr in the next 2sts.

OTHER STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

PATTERN – PART 6

You will build part 6 onto the right side of the CAL;

To set up making Part 6 you will be working on Parts 5 (row ends) and 4 (directly on top of).

We will be adding rows, working from the bottom upwards,  where there isn’t a st you will use post of the extra tr’s on Part 5 to add sts.

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTE:

You will have an extra tr on the end of each row that is not shown on the chart. These stitches are important as they will help link future sections of the CAL.

Row 1: Attach yarn with a sl st around the post of the last row of Part 4; Ch3 (Counts as first tr here and throughout, then working on the same post, 1tr. Continue to work tr’s along the row working 1tr in each st and 2tr around each post tr of Part 4 until end, turn (173sts)


Row 2:
Ch3 (Counts as first tr here and throughout, 1tr in the next st, (Open Block) x 85, 1tr in the last st, turn


Row 3: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, Open Block, (Bl) x 83, Open Block, 1tr in the last st, turn  


Row 4: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, (Open Block) x 2, (Bl) x 3, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (Bl) x 3 Repeat from [[ twelve times, (Open Block) x 2, 1tr in the last st, turn    


Row 5 – 7: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, Open Block, Bl, [[ Open Block, Bl, Open Block, (Bl) x 3, Repeat from [[ twelve times, Open Block, Bl, Open Block, Bl, Open Block, 1tr in the last st, turn      


Row 8: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, (Open Block) x 2, (Bl) x 3, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (Bl) x 3, Repeat from[[ twelve times, (Open Block) x 2 , 1tr in the last st, turn 

Row 9: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, Open Block, (Bl) x 83, Open Block, 1tr in the last st, turn  

Row 10: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, (Open Block) x 85, 1tr in the last st, turn    

Row 11: Ch3, 1 tr in each st and sp along until end.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Rows 12 – 22: Reattach yarn on the opposite side and repeat rows 1—11 of the pattern.

Chart for section of Part 6 below * There are more repeats than shown

Please see important pattern note regarding the end stitch count.

Pattern in US Terms:

BASIC FILET STITCHES

  • Beginning open block (beg open block): Ch4 (counts as first dc + ch-1), miss next st or ch, dc in the next st.
  • Open block: Ch1, miss next st, 1dc in the next st.
  • Beginning solid block (beg solid block): Ch3 (counts as first dc), dc in the next 2 sts.
  • Block (Bl): 1dc in the next 2 sts. Where base sts are dc, work 1dc in each st; where base sts are ch1 and dc, work your dc over the ch1 (into the space) and  next dc into the dc.

OTHER STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

PATTERN – PART 6

You will build part 6 onto the right side of the CAL;

To set up making Part 6 you will be working on Parts 5 (row ends) and 4 (directly on top of).

We will be adding rows, working from the bottom upwards,  where there isn’t a st you will use post of the extra tr’s on Part 5 to add sts.

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTE:

You will have an extra dc on the end of each row that is not shown on the chart. These stitches are important as they will help link future sections of the CAL.

Row 1: Attach yarn with a sl st around the post of the last row of Part 4; Ch3 (Counts as first dc here and throughout, then working on the same post, 1dc. Continue to work dc’s along the row working 1dc in each st and 2dc around each post dc of Part 4 until end, turn (173sts)


Row 2:
Ch3 (Counts as first dc here and throughout, 1dc in the next st, (Open Block) x 85, 1dc in the last st, turn


Row 3: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, Open Block, (Bl) x 83, Open Block, 1dc in the last st, turn  


Row 4: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, (Open Block) x 2, (Bl) x 3, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (Bl) x 3 Repeat from [[ twelve times, (Open Block) x 2, 1dc in the last st, turn    


Row 5 – 7: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, Open Block, Bl, [[ Open Block, Bl, Open Block, (Bl) x 3, Repeat from [[ twelve times, Open Block, Bl, Open Block, Bl, Open Block, 1dc in the last st, turn      


Row 8: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, (Open Block) x 2, (Bl) x 3, [[ (Open Block) x 3, (Bl) x 3, Repeat from[[ twelve times, (Open Block) x 2 , 1dc in the last st, turn 

Row 9: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, Open Block, (Bl) x 83, Open Block, 1dc in the last st, turn  

Row 10: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, (Open Block) x 85, 1dc in the last st, turn    

Row 11: Ch3, 1dc in each st and sp along until end.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Rows 12 – 22: Reattach yarn on the opposite side and repeat rows 1—11 of the pattern.

See chart above for reference

And that’s it! Part 6 completed and just like that we have reached the half way point of our CAL already! Still six more weeks to enjoy and I’ll look forward to sharing part

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

Thank you for crocheting along with me, it’s such a special thing to be crocheting along a pattern together.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Filet Fantastic: Part 5 – Kisses

Welcome to part 5 of the Filet Fantastic Crochet Along folks! This week we are going to be making some filet kisses! Well ‘X’s which is pretty much the universal symbol for a kiss right? So we’ll be forming our X’s on the opposites sides of Part 3 and directly onto Part 4 going back from a square into a rectangular shape.

Before we get to part 5 I thought I’d share just a few of the finished 4’s that have been shared in the Facebook group and Instagram because it really is so lovely to see everyone else crochet along using the same pattern I think!

If you want to link your photos the hashtag for this years CAL is #KCACOUKCAL21 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

If you are brand new to the CAL there’s is still plenty of time to join in with us. You can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page, where I’ll link all the CAL posts in one place as I add them here to the blog. Yarn packs are still available from the lovely folks at Black Sheep Wools and there are a number of CAL accessories that are also available from some fabulous small businesses (that I talked a little more about here).

❤️🧡💛 Purchase Yarn Kit from Black Sheep Wools 💚💙💜

During the duration of the CAL this pattern will be released part by part here on the blog and also via Ravelry updates in the form of a printer friendly PDF ebooklet that is available for purchase. Please note you will only have to purchase the pattern once, updates will be automatically added so your pattern is updated each week and at the end of the 12 weeks you will have the full pattern to keep. As with any purchase you make of my patterns your support of me and my crochet endeavours is very much appreciated – thank you for supporting my work!

❤️🧡💛 Purchase the CAL eBooklet on Ravelry 💚💙💜

If you are new to filet crochet you might find my blog post about ‘Top Tips for Filet Crochet’ useful on how to read filet crochet charts with some specific tips on the technique.

Filet Fantastic: Part 5 – Kisses

Yarn: 96g / 260m or 2 balls of Scheepjes Riverwashed Murray (Shade  960) or 96g / 288m or 1 ball of Scheepjes Colour Crafter in Brussel (2004)

Hook: 3.5 mm (US size E/4)

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle

Gauge: 5tr = 2.5cm (1inch). Gauge is not critical for this design, with each part I will provide the size of my work. If your gauge does not meet mine it will just mean you will end up with a bigger or smaller blanket. If you wish to match my gauge you might try going up a hook size if your tension is quite tight, or going down a hook size if your tension is looser.

Finished Size:  Part 5 – 94 x 68 cm (37 x 27 inches)

The pattern below is in UK Terms, scroll down for US Terms:

BASIC FILET STITCHES

  • Beginning open block (beg open block): Ch4 (counts as first tr + ch-1), miss next st or ch, tr in the next st.
  • Open block: Ch1, miss next st, 1tr in the next st.
  • Beginning solid block (beg solid block): Ch3 (counts as first tr), tr in the next 2sts.
  • Block (Bl): 1tr in the next 2sts.

OTHER STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

PATTERN – PART 4

You will build part 5 onto the right side of the CAL;

To set up making Part 5 you will be working on the opposites sides of Part 3 directly onto Part 4.

We will be adding rows, working from the bottom upwards,  where there isn’t a st you will use post of the extra tr’s on Part 4 to add sts.

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTE:

You will have an extra tr on the end of each row that is not shown on the chart. These stitches are important as they will help link future sections of the CAL.

Row 1: Attach yarn with a sl st around the post of the last row of Part 4; Ch3 (Counts as first tr here and throughout, then working on the same post, 1tr. Continue to work tr’s along the row working 1tr in each st and 2tr around each post tr of Part 4 until end, turn (129sts)

Row 2: Ch3 (Counts as first tr here and throughout, 1tr in the next st, (Open Block) x 63, 1tr in the last st, turn (63 open blocks + 2trs)


Row 3: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, (Open Block) x 2, [[ (Bl) x 5, Open Block, Repeat from [[ nine times, Open Block, 1tr in the last st, turn  


Row 4: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, Open Block, [[ Bl, Open Block, (Bl) x 3, Open Block, Repeat from [[ nine times, Bl, Open Block, 1tr in the last st, turn    


Row 5: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, Open Block, (Bl) x 2, Open Block, [[ Bl, Open Block, (Bl) x 3, Open Block, Repeat from [[ eight times, (Bl) x 2, Open Block, 1tr in the last st, turn    


Row 6: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, Open Block, (Bl) x 3, Open Block, [[ (Bl) x 5, Open Block, Repeat from [[ eight times, (Bl) x 3, Open Block, 1tr in the last st, turn    

Row 7: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, Open Block, (Bl) x 2, Open Block, [[ Bl, Open Block, (Bl) x 3, Open Block,

Repeat from [[ eight times, Bl, Open Block, (Bl) x 2, Open Block, 1tr in the last st, turn

Row 8: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, Open Block, Bl, Open Block, [[ (Bl) x 3, Open Block, Bl, Open Block, repeat from [[ ten times, 1tr in the last st, turn

Row 9: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, (Open Block) x 2, [[ (Bl) x 5, Open Block, Repeat from [[ nine times, Open Block, 1tr in the last st, turn


Row 10: Ch3, 1tr in the next st, (Open Block) x 63, 1tr in the last st, turn    


Row 11: Ch3, 1tr in each st and sp along until end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Rows 12 – 22: Reattach yarn on the opposite side and repeat rows 1—11 of the pattern.

Chart for section of Part 5 below * There are more repeats than shown

Please see important pattern note regarding the end stitch count.

Pattern in US Terms:

BASIC FILET STITCHES

  • Beginning open block (beg open block): Ch4 (counts as first dc + ch-1), miss next st or ch, dc in the next st.
  • Open block: Ch1, miss next st, 1dc in the next st.
  • Beginning solid block (beg solid block): Ch3 (counts as first dc), dc in the next 2 sts.
  • Block (Bl): 1dc in the next 2 sts. Where base sts are dc, work 1dc in each st; where base sts are ch1 and dc, work your dc over the ch1 (into the space) and  next dc into the dc.

OTHER STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook in  indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

PATTERN – PART 5

You will build part 4 onto the right side of the CAL;

To set up making Part 5 you will be working on the opposites sides of Part 3 directly onto Part 4.

We will be adding rows, working from the bottom upwards,  where there isn’t a st you will use post of the extra tr’s on Part 4 to add sts.

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTE:

You will have an extra dc on the end of each row that is not shown on the chart. These stitches are important as they will help link future sections of the CAL.

Row 1: Attach yarn with a sl st around the post of the last row of Part 4; Ch3 (Counts as first dc here and throughout, then working on the same post, 1dc. Continue to work dc’s along the row working 1dc in each st and 2dc around each post dc of Part 4 until end, turn (129sts)


Row 2:
Ch3 (Counts as first dc here and throughout, 1dc in the next st, (Open Block) x 63, 1dc in the last st, turn (63 open blocks + 2dcs)


Row 3: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, (Open Block) x 2, [[ (Bl) x 5, Open Block, Repeat from [[ nine times, Open Block, 1dc in the last st, turn  


Row 4: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, Open Block, [[ Bl, Open Block, (Bl) x 3, Open Block, Repeat from [[ nine times, Bl, Open Block, 1dc in the last st, turn    


Row 5: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, Open Block, (Bl) x 2, Open Block, [[ Bl, Open Block, (Bl) x 3, Open Block, Repeat from [[ eight times, (Bl) x 2, Open Block, 1dc in the last st, turn    


Row 6: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, Open Block, (Bl) x 3, Open Block, [[ (Bl) x 5, Open Block, Repeat from [[ eight times, (Bl) x 3, Open Block, 1dc in the last st, turn    

Row 7: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, Open Block, (Bl) x 2, Open Block, [[ Bl, Open Block, (Bl) x 3, Open Block, repeat from [[ eight times, Bl, Open Block, (Bl) x 2, Open Block, 1dc in the last st, turn

Row 8: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, Open Block, Bl, Open Block, [[ (Bl) x 3, Open Block, Bl, Open Block, repeat from [[ ten times, 1dc in the last st, turn


Row 9: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, (Open Block) x 2, [[ (Bl) x 5, Open Block, Repeat from [[ nine times, Open Block, 1dc in the last st, turn


Row 10: Ch3, 1dc in the next st, (Open Block) x 63, 1dc in the last st, turn    


Row 11: Ch3, 1dc in each st and sp along until end. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Rows 12 – 22: Reattach yarn on the opposite side and repeat rows 1—11 of the pattern.

See chart above for reference

And that’s it! Part 5 completed! Next week we are going to add some hugs to go with our kisses that will take us back into our square shape, and with part 6 we will have reached the half way point of our CAL already! Can’t wait to share it with you.

The Schedule, Updates & Support:

As always if you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the CAL details and get support if needed via the following links:

As I may have mentioned before the Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters in there of all experiences, with new crocheters joining all the time! It’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have though of course you can always contact me too here on the blog if you need any help.

Thank you for crocheting along with me – five weeks down with seven more to go – I can’t wait!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Simply Crochet Magazine | Gamer Cushion

Hi folks! I’m just popping on today to let you know I’ve got a brand new pattern available in the latest edition of Simply Crochet magazine. Issue 108 is out now with a range of amigurumi and spring projects including a fun gamer cushion design from me.

© Intermediate Publishing – Simply Crochet 108

This cushion was inspired by the old ‘space invaders’ game which was one of the earliest video games (released in 1978) and it’s viewed as the pioneer of modern gaming. The premise of the game is that a host of aliens dramatically descend on your spaceship and you have to blast them before they reach the bottom of the screen.

Although the game was created before I was born I do actually think I remember playing it with my brother on an old arcade game at a caravan park when we were younger.

Space Invaders’ pixilated alien have become icons of gaming and I thought that I could re-create the blocky look of the alien using the corner to corner (c2c) technique and I think it worked out really well.

© Intermediate Publishing | Simply Crochet Issue 108

I made the cushion with Cygnet DK Acrylic Yarn and a 4mm hook. I used four balls in total, three in Slate (1790) for the main cushion and then the bright contrasting Apple (6711) for the alien.

Cygnet DK is not actually a yarn I think I had used before but I’d describe it as a classic sort of double knit 100% acrylic and as such it’s machine washable on a mild 40°C wash (which is one of the things I love about acrylic yarn!).It’s very reasonably priced, around £1.89 ($2.61) per ball which means that you can pretty much make the whole cover for about £8 ($11). It also comes in over 50 colours so you could potentially match your alien to your room colour for a more personalised touch.

To finish off the cushion you also need 6 x 2cm buttons for the back fastening of the cushion which makes it easy to get the 50x50cm (20×20 inch) cushion inner out so you can wash the cover if needs be.

So control your comfort and let this iconic arcade game alien invade your gaming space! I think little gamers young and old will love this cosy cushion as the ideal finishing touch for any den or bedroom – who would you make one for? This one has already been claimed by my 10 year old ‘gamer’ daughter who loves the green.

❤️ SAVE THE GAMER CUSHION ON RAVELRY ❤️

Issue 108 of Simply Crochet magazine is available to buy from your local supermarket or you can grab a digital or print subscription from buysubscriptions.com.

If you hook up the Gamer Cushion I hope you’ll share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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