Woolbox | Free Blue Rhino Pattern

I’m delighted to share with you today a brand new FREE crochet patterns that I’ve designed in collaboration with Woolbox. Fresh from a recent romp in the Serengeti, it’s a cute and cuddly blue rhino!

Introducing the crocheted Blue Rhino amigurumi pattern and kit available now from Woolbox
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If you’ve not heard about Woolbox before they are a new online yarn company with a wealth of knitting and crochet knowledge. With the help of different designers they are beginning to develop some FREE patterns of their own using their own brand of yarn – and I’m delighted to be helping them out with that.

You may remember that back in May this year I created a British Bulldog and now we’ve got a new cuddly companion perfect for any wildlife lover. I let you into a little secret too; there just might be a few more ‘Jungle Friends’ patterns from me coming to join this little guy.

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Blue Rhino crocheted amigurumi made with Woolbox Imagine DK in three different shades
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For my the Rhino I used Woolbox Imagine Classic DK. If you aren’t familiar with this yarn it’s a smoothly spun 100% antipilling acrylic that comes in an array of beautiful shades. Anti-pilling, in a nutshell, just means that any project you make with this yarn, like an amigurumi should not go bobbly over time.

Collage of the Blue Rhino crocheted amigurumi made with Woolbox Imagine DK in three different shades
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Woolbox Imagine Classic DK is available in 20 different colours, and I just used three different colours for my Rhino; Mediterranean Blue, Deep Ocean Blue, and Pure White with a 3.5mm (US size E/4) hook.

The pattern is available for FREE from the Woolbox as just the digital download or as a kit – I’ve added the links below.

Crocheted Blue Rhino pattern by Keep Calm and Crochet on UK available from the Woolbox website

The pattern is written in UK terms, but shipping is available to anywhere. If you are not sure about UK terms then you might find my blog post British vs. American Crochet Terms: What’s the Difference? helpful.

If you make up the Woolbox Blue Rhino I hope you will share your finished project photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram), or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! And finally you may wish to sign up to blog (below) and / or my mailing list to get a reminder when new blog posts, discounts or new pattern releases are available.

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

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Woolbox | Free Coronation British Bulldog Pattern

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve got a brand new FREE crochet pattern available in collaboration with the lovely people from Woolbox. Introducing the Crocheted Coronation British Bulldog – The latest addition to the WoolBox family.

Image of a crocheted British Bulldog, with a British Union Jack style jumper, sitting on a British Union Jack flag.

Woolbox is a new online yarn company with a wealth of knitting and crochet knowledge. They are beginning to develop some patterns of their own, with the help of different designers, using their own brand of yarn ‘Woolbox’ and I’m delighted to be helping them out with that.

The British Bulldog has often been used to embody British values and has been used in propaganda as a of Churchillian courage and perseverance. Though England doesn’t have a national dog per se, the British Bulldog is often associated with our country as the breed is thought to have originated in the British Isles.

To celebrate the Coronation of HRH The King’s Coronation I’ve worked with WoolBox to bring to you our Union Jack dressed British Bulldog.

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For my little Bulldog I used Woolbox Imagine Classic DK with a 3.25mm hook. If you aren’t familiar with this yarn it is a 100% acrylic yarn that is super soft and has been developed with anti-pilling technology.

In a nutshell this just means that any project you make with this yarn, whether it’s a garment or a toy, should avoid going bobbly or thinner over time.

Image of a crocheted British Bulldog, surrounded by balls of Woolbox Imagine Classic DK

Woolbox Imagine Classic DK is available in 20 different colours, and I just used 5 different colours for my bulldog.

The pattern is available for FREE from the Woolbox as just the digital download or as a kit – I’ve added the links below.

The Coronation crocheted British Bulldog pattern available from Woolbox.

The pattern is written in UK terms, but shipping is available to anywhere. If you are not sure about UK terms then you might find my blog post British vs. American Crochet Terms: What’s the Difference? helpful.

If you make up a Coronation British Bulldog I hope you will share your finished project photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram), or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! And finally you may wish to sign up to blog (below) and / or my mailing list to get a reminder when new blog posts, discounts or new pattern releases are available.

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

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Crochet Pattern | Coronation Chicken Amigurumi

Hi, how are you doing today? I’ve got something a little fun and tongue in cheek to share with you. I really wanted to come up with a commemorative project for the forthcoming King’s Coronation – and well all I could think of was coronation chicken…so that’s what I’ve made!

Colin the crocheted chicken sits on a little chair on a desk. He is wearing a crown, is dressed in an ermine cloak and is holding an orb and sceptre. There is a plant and a basket of Ricorumi yarn in the background.

Meet Colin the Coronation Chicken, a eggs-traordinarily hen-some fellow who would make a great commemorative souvenir or gift for a royalty lover.

He’s im-peck-ably dressed for the occasion in a hen-semble of sash, crown and ermine trimmed cloak – aren’t my chicken puns just heir-larious!

Colin the crocheted coronation chicken sits on a chair with a backdrop of a royal palace.

I made Colin with a 3mm hook and some Ricorumi DK from my stash. I love Ricorumi DK especially for amigurumi as it comes in loads of different colours.

Made of 100% cotton this smooth-finished yarn comes in cute 25g [57.5 meters] balls just perfect for projects where you just want to use a small amount of a particular colour.

View of a desk with a plant, ornament, cup of tea, hook and scissors and a basket of Ricorumi yarn

Colin’s crown, sceptre and orb are made from Rico Ricorumi Lamé DK – Gold (002) which is super sparkly yarn perfectly suited to royal accessories. It comes in 10g [50m] and is made from 62% polyester and 38% nylon.

The only other things you need to make Colin are 2 x 6mm black safety eyesstitch markers, some black embroidery thread,a tapestry needle and some toy stuffing. His finished size is 16cm / 6.3 inches high from bottom to top of his crown.

Close up of crochet crown, orb and sceptre for Colin the Crochet Coronation Chicken Amigurumi

The majority of this pattern is worked in amigurumi style, using continuous rounds, and then the parts are sewn together using the mattress stitch.

Of course if you didn’t want to deck him out in his finery then Colin makes a very cute rooster which could look great as part of your Spring or farmhouse style decor.

Colin the crocheted chicken sits on a desk with a plant and a basket of Ricorumi yarn in the background.

The written pattern for Colin the Coronation Chicken is now available in all of my pattern shops with 25% off for the next couple of weeks on Ravelry and Etsy (see code below):

The 6 page PDF pattern is available in either UK or US terms and includes explanations of all stitches and abbreviations. I would suggest it is suitable for an intermediate crocheter – though there is nothing to stop an adventurous beginner having a go!

If you fancy 25% off the pattern price just enter the coupon code: CORONATION on either Ravelry or Etsy until 23 APRIL 2023 to save.

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Other Crafting for the Kings Coronation:

Looking for more crafts for the Kings coronation to add a British touch to your crochet? Then you might enjoy these patterns:

A pair of crochet union jack themed squares / coasters

Union Jack Square Coaster; this fun crochet coaster pattern is the perfect way to add a little red, white and blue to your home!

Two chunky crochet crowns in different sizes; one pink with pink jewels, one purple with purple jewels.

Play crown; don’t just use the coronation as the perfect reason to don a crown, they are perfect for fancy dress and birthday parties too!

Reginald the Royal Rat amigurumi; rat dressed in a small golden crown and purple ermine cloak. The background is silver sparkles and an open jewellery box.

Reginald the Royal Rat; this pattern has been quite popular recently – I’m guessing in the run up to the coronation. Commemorative toys are such a sweet way to celebrate the coronation.

Pick up a PDF for any of these patterns from your favourite pattern platform – links below:

If you like any of these patterns then please show them some love, or leave a comment or review on the platform you get it from if you make up the pattern – small biz all support and shares are very much appreciated! And I hope you’ll share any finished photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! And finally you may wish to make sure you are signed up to blog (below) and / or my mailing list to get a reminder when new blog posts, discounts or new pattern releases are available.

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

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Red Squirrel and Baby Mobile

Are you looking for some new summer favourites? Well Let’s Get Crafting Knitting and Crochet magazine have several fun options that you might want to look into – including a couple of new patterns from me; and I’m delighted to say that my Red Squirrel is issue 141’s cover star!

Front Cover image of issue 141 of Let's Get Crafting magazine.
© Let’s Get Crafting magazine – Issue 141

My little red squirrel, with his stripy hat and cute little bowler hat were very fun to make. I used every colour in the yarn kit (which comes with the magazine) and I especially enjoyed using the variegated yarn to make the tail – colourwork has never been easier!

Colourful red squirrel with stripy jumper and mini bowler hat featured in issue 141 of Let's Get Crafting magazine.
© Let’s Get Crafting magazine – Issue 141

This fun amigurumi would make a great gift for an animal lover, or how about a cute decoration in a woodland themed nursery? Got the magazine and going to make him later, then save the pattern to your favourites on Ravelry at the link below.

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Speaking of nurseries, my second pattern in issue 141 is a bead and ball mobile. I have a bit of a thing about wood, I love it! So for this project I mixed crochet with some wooden beads and a wooden hoop, with some crochet balls, in several different sizes, hanging off with embroidery thread.

Crochet ball and wooden bead baby mobile as featured in issue 141 of Let's Get Crafting magazine.
© Let’s Get Crafting magazine – Issue 141

The mobile is very easy to make and would make a great beginner project, in fact the whole process of making up the mobile was very enjoyable. And if you don’t have little ones to make it for how about making it for your craft room or conservatory!

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As usual the magazine comes with a yarn pack, which this time includes six different yarns, and includes the relevant size crochet hook (3.75mm) and knitting needles for the projects inside.

There are lots of other fab patterns in this month’s edition including a sweet alpaca, a very cute knitted hippo and a pair of sweet knitted and crocheted unicorns!

Cover image of projects featured in issue 141 of Let's Get Crafting magazine.
© Let’s Get Crafting magazine – Issue 141

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK or if you’re not able to get to the shops right now you can get a digital version of the mag from Pocketmags (the free cover gifts are not available via this digital subscription).

I hope you’ll share any WIP or finished project photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! And finally you may wish to make sure you are signed up to blog (below) and / or my mailing list to get a reminder when new blog posts, discounts or new pattern releases are available.

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

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Patch the Elf and Autumn Pumpkin

Did you know that there are now only 74 days until Christmas!? It’s coming up fast, which is why it’s handy that the latest issue of Let’s Get Crafting Knitting and Crochet magazine has a couple of festive themed patterns in to help you get ready, but there’s also a dash of Autumnal patterns if you aren’t ready for Christmas yet!

© Let’s Get Crafting magazine – Issue 135

I’m delighted to say that you can see one of my designs on the front cover; Patches the Elf is this month’s cover star! With Christmas coming fast it’s the ideal time to start some craftmas projects – so why not start with a fun little elf.

He was a really fun doll to make and if you are new to crocheting amigurumi he offers a great chance to try different stitches like loops and picots.

© Let’s Get Crafting magazine – Issue 135

Patches would make a great decoration or as a gift to help spread some holiday cheer – you can have your ‘elf a merry little Christmas for sure!

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And if you aren’t ready for full on festive yet then how about something a little more seasonal – a cute little pumpkin!

© Let’s Get Crafting magazine – Issue 135

My daughter saw the recent issue and has asked me to make her one of these cute little pumpkin pals – they are really quick to make up so you could easily finishing one in an evening. You just need to take your time dividing up the segments and make sure the yarn is really secure.

The pattern also comes with three autumn leaves for you to make, so you can create your own Autumnal display.

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There are lots of other fab things in this month’s edition including a very cute robin and mice and I love the knitted and crochet reindeer.

© Let’s Get Crafting magazine – Issue 135

As usual the magazine comes with a yarn pack, which this time includes six different yarns, and includes the relevant size crochet hook and knitting needles for the projects inside.

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK or if you’re not able to get to the shops right now you can get a digital version of the mag from Pocketmags (the free cover gifts are not available via this digital subscription).

If you hook up either Patches the Elf or the Pumpkin Patch 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, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Deramores | Cuddle Bunny

EDITED: With the closure of Deramores, in Feb 2022, the place where this pattern was available changed. Please see this updated post for new links for this particular design.

Do you need some-bunny to love? Then I might just have the perfect new pattern for you! Allow me to introduce the new Cuddle Bunny pattern that’s available now in my Deramores Designer Shop.

© Keep Calm and Crochet On UK 2021

Everyone needs a friend who is all ears and I think you’ll find that this little guy is simply ear-resistible for bunny or animals lovers.

I used Deramores Studio DK in Frost and Rose for my bunny and a 3.25mm hook (US size D/3). I love the softness of Deramores Studio DK, it’s perfect for toys, especially as it’s anti-piling, and if you’ve followed me for awhile you’ll know I really enjoy working with it.

© Deramores 2021

You can pick up the bunny as either a single pattern, for £2 / $2.79, or as a kit with everything you need (pattern, yarn, safety eyes and stuffing).

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It’s getting near to Easter, so you might be thinking it’s bunny time – though I think this little fellow would be a perfect little keepsake for a child’s birthday or christening too. 

If you are looking for more cute crochet projects to hook up there are bears, bunny’s, dogs, cats, donkey’s and horses and poppies all available in my Deramores Designer Shop

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

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Olin the Ox Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

I really like the idea of Chinese New Year, I like the idea that the festival signals the beginning of Spring and that it’s seen as a time to spend with family.

I also find the mythology of the Chinese zodiac animals fascinating, I remember learning about it in primary school, and it’s just something that has always stuck with me – I’m a horse by the way, if you share a similar fascination I’ll bet you know what animal you are too.

Last January I released Reginald the Royal Rat for the year of the rat which is the first animal in the Chinese zodiac. I enjoyed trying to think of a different way to create a rat and so I thought I would create a new design for the year of the Ox – allow me to introduce Olin the Ox!

Olin the Ox is a calm and patient fellow that can always be trusted for a cuddle. He loves lily of the valley and to run freely in the fields! His horns radiate with some rainbow positivity and who can’t help fall in love with his big soulful eyes! Olin’s a perfect pal!

I had sketched an idea I had for an Ox last September, and the main feature I knew I wanted was his rainbow horns! I do so love a rainbow, but you could easily replace the rainbow colours for white or cream for a more ‘natural’ looking ox.

Did you know that the Ox is the second of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party, Ox could have arrived the first but it kindly gave a ride to Rat, who hopped out first. However the diligent ox did not mind and simply continued on to arrive second.

Olin is made from a mixture of Scheepjes Stonewashed XL, Scheepjes Stonewashed (both in Boulder Opal) that I’ve had in my stash for ages, that I was glad to fit to a project, and some Scheepjes Catona and a bit of Gold thread for the ring in his nose. I used some 12mm orange glitter eyes (that I’d been desperate to use!), a 4.5mm and a 3mm hook and for the finishing touch I added a lovely large 38mm bell on a thin piece of red ribbon around his neck.

This would make a fun design for anyone born in the year of the Ox, or for ox and cow lovers everywhere!! The 4 page PDF pattern is available in either UK or US terms and includes explanations of all stitches and abbreviations.

To celebrate the new release I’m offering 20% discount from today until 17 February 2021 on Ravelry and Etsy. Just use coupon code: OX21

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After a year of much anxiety let’s hope that 12 February brings with it some characteristics of the Ox for all – the time to take things slowly, some stability and some strength for those that need it.

I don’t know if I’ll create designs for every Chinese new year, but that would certainly be something fun to do – and next year is the tiger!

I hope you’ll tag @kcaco.uk on Instagram or share your projects on my Facebook page as I love to see your finished work! Happy Crocheting!

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

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Deramores | Unicorns and Elephants

Are you a unicorn fan? There’s a new unicorn in my Deramores Designer Shop if you were after a pattern.

If you follow me in other places then you may have had a sneek peep at these guys – my plan was to write up a blog post back in January but having everyone home (due to the UK being back in lockdown at the moment) is kicking my behind in terms of productivity! So whilst the kids are amused I’ve snuck into the other room to write this up.

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The patterns is available as a kit in two different colourways pastel pink or rainbow, my youngest daughter particularly likes the pink unicorn, or as just a digital pattern download.

For both unicorns I used Deramores Studio DK and a 3mm hook. If you are a follower of this blog you’ll know that I’ve used Deramores Studio DK for several designs and projects and I really enjoy working with it, it’s a lovely soft and squishy yarn.

© Deramores 2021

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I also used Deramores Studio DK for another design that’s also available in my Deramores Shop. It’s a mummy and baby elephant, which I wanted to have a bit of a vintage feel.

© Deramores 2021

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The elephants are actually designed to be worked in one piece, so the only parts you sew on are the ears and the tail! The legs and trunk are worked directly onto the body for a seam free look.

I think these amigurumi toys are perfect for your little ones to use in safari play, or as some friends for them to snuggle up to.

Like the unicorns you can pick up the elephant family as either a single pattern, for £1 / $1.30, or as a kit with everything you need (pattern, yarn, safety eyes and stuffing).

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If you are looking for more cute crochet projects to hook up there are bears, bunny’s, dogs, cats, donkey’s and horses and poppies all available in my Deramores Designer Shop

As always if you hook up the Unicorns or Elephants I hope you’ll tag kcaco.uk and Deramores on Instagram or share your projects in my Facebook group as I love to see your finished work! 

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

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New Crochet Pattern | Deramores Polar Bear

​​Brrr things are certainly feeling rather chilly here in the UK… it feels positivity Arctic! Which allows me to neatly segway into telling you about my new design – who would feel right at home in the cold!

© Deramores 2020

Allow me to present Paul the playful Polar Bear who is ready for some frosty fun with his pretty white fur and cute grey paw pads.  He’s an adorable soft amigurumi friend for the little ones in your family to cuddle with, or for playtime at the zoo.

I have to admit I’m not a fan of cold weather (or dark winter nights). I’m one of those people that more often than not feel cold, so much prefer being inside, wrapped up in a blanket, with the fire on, and with a crochet project on my knee – who’s with me!?

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For my polar bear I used Deramores Studio DK in Frost, Ebony and Smoke and a 3mm hook. If you are a follower of this blog you’ll know that I’ve used Deramores Studio DK for several designs and projects and I really enjoy working with it.

I really like anti-pilling yarn for anything I’m making for children as it’s great then for washing (which you can do at 40°C in the washing machine). If you wanted to make this bear for an under 3 year old you could always replace the safety eyes with some embroidered ones.

The Polar Bear is now available in my Designer Shop; you can pick up either a single pattern, for £1 / $1.30, or the design as a kit with everything you need (pattern, yarn and stuffing) to make your polar bear.

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So for the cosiest cuddles in the whole Arctic, skate on over to my Deramores Designer Shop and pick up Paul the Polar Bear! And if you are looking for more cute crochet projects to hook up there are bears, bunny’s, dogs, cats, donkey’s and horses and poppies all available in my Deramores Designer Shop

As always if you hook up the Deramores Polar Bear I hope you’ll tag kcaco.uk and Deramores on Instagram or share your projects in my Facebook group as I love to see your finished work! 

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

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Camels and Skittles Part 3

It’s here, folks… the final part of the FREE Christmas Skittles crochet-along from Let’s Get Crafting Knitting and Crochet magazine. Up until this point you’ve crafted four characterful pins and the bowling ball, and now it’s time for the final two skittles: Rudolph and Frosty the snowman.

© Let’s Get Crafting Magazine – Issue 126

I’ve used the fluffy yarn that comes in the packs for my snowman’s head but if you don’t have fluffy yarn for the snowman you could just follow the instructions for Rudolph’s head using white DK yarn from your collection instead.

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And that’s the whole of the skittles gang together! I hope you’ve enjoyed this festive series, I had great fun putting the designs together.

© Let’s Get Crafting Magazine – Issue 126

Speaking of christmas…I’ve also got another pattern out in this edition for a cute little camel.

Millie has been given a Christmas make over with Festive green blanket for her hump. I think she’d make a perfectly fun and quirky addition to your Christmas decorations this festive season.

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There are lots of other fab things in this month’s edition including a very cute gingerbread man and reindeer and I love the knitted robins and Santa.

As usual the magazine comes with a yarn pack, which this time includes six different yarns, and includes the relevant size crochet hook and knitting needles for the projects inside.

© Let’s Get Crafting Magazine – Issue 126

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK or if you’re not able to get to the shops right now you can get a digital version of the mag from Pocketmags (the free cover gifts are not available via this digital subscription).

If you hook up either the Christmas Skittles 3 or the Millie the Camel 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, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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