Dragonfly River MAL | The Reveal & Pattern Release

The 15th of September was the last ‘official’ day of the latest make along that has been hosted by The Yarn Whisperer and myself. From the 31 July until now, over a month later, we have enjoyed a relaxed summer make along project with lovely fellow crocheters. And now I get the opportunity to share my finished Dragonfly River Cowl with you in all it’s glory with you!

As always it’s been an absolute delight to work with Kitey and his gorgeously coloured yarn, I love these collabs we do – it always provides me with an opportunity to work with gorgeous yarn which in turn makes the design process enjoyable too (slightly obsessed by the sparkle yarn this time round)!

If this is the first you’ve heard about the Dragonfly River MAL you can read more about it here but in a nutshell it’s the result of a wonderful collaboration between myself and Kitey, aka The Yarn Whisperer, of a unique crocheted cowl designed with a special hand dyed yarn in mind.

It’s made us both incredibly happy to see the photos of folks sharing their progress with us on social media and I hope you will continue to do so as you finish your cowls if you haven’t had chance to make it yet.

I’m really pleased with how the design for this cowl turned out and working with the yarn was such a delight! I’m a big fan of slub yarn, because I love the texture it automatically creates, and the lovely dragonfly colourway, with that sparkle, was just wonderful! I think I kept being slightly annoying to my husband as I kept asking him to look at it twinkling in various situations, and it really was a delight to see those beautiful tonal green and blue colours coming through in the stitches.

Although the official end date of the MAL has come to an end DO NOT feel any panic or worry that you didn’t keep up, haven’t got it done, didn’t start it or whatever! The deadline was there just for those people that like a deadline, for everyone else, enjoy it when you have the time to use the yarn and / or make the cowl – there is no rush to this crochet make along! And sometime in the future you will have a beautiful finished object that you can gift for someone special or to enjoy wearing yourself.

Now that the MAL is over, I have listed the pattern in my usual pattern stores for you to make your own version of the The Dragonfly River Cowl.

Use two of your favourite skeins of handdyed yarn with a 3.5mm (US size E/4) hook – I can’t wait to see what colourways you use for your own unique projects. Or if you’d like to pick up this specific kit colourway, although the original version was sold out, it will be available again from Kitey from November as a dye to order.

The pattern has a written version, a chart and comes with a bonus pattern to make your own Dragonfly brooch – Kitey and I always like to add a little extra something for those scraps of leftover yarn! The pattern comes with all explanation of stitches used and is available in either UK or US terminology.

We do hope that you’ve enjoyed this fun make-along, I know Kitey and I have thoroughly enjoyed it – in fact we’ve already made our plans for our Christmas-time make-along! All I’m going to say is that I’m already excited for it, it’s something completely different and it’s going to be a blast!

Make sure you are signed up to the blog (or my newsletter) and 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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I Like Crochet Magazine | Tilly the Pony

This morning, on the school run, I definitely felt that first bit of a chill in the air. It’s a sign that Autumn is on it’s way; but luckily I Like Crochet magazine have put together a lovely collection of seasonal patterns for you – this time with a definite nod to Equestrian chic! Which ties in nicely with the pattern I’ve got in the October 2022 issue – meet Tilly the Pony.

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Brightly coloured leaves cover the ground which you kick in the air as you make your way down to the stables … and there you will find Tilly the Pony, with a soft mane that blows in the breeze and a big kissable nose, ready for a canter in the Autumn sunshine. Tilly is a sweet little pony amigurumi that will capture the hearts of adults and children alike. 

I used Scheepjes Stonewashed (Sport Weight) for Tilly, in Moon Stone (801), Black Onyx (803) and Brown Agate (822) with a 3mm hook (closest US size D/3 or C/2).

If you’re not familiar with Scheepjes Stonewashed it’s a blended yarn made up from 22% acrylic and 78% cotton yarn that comes in 50g balls (130m / 142yds), it’s durable but soft and is available in 36 colours all associated with ‘gems and stones’. I’ve used it for lots of my designs as I love the stone washed look of the yarn and the stitch definition you get with the cotton blend – it’s perfect for amigurumi.

The only other things you will need for Tilly are 2 x 8mm black safety eyes, some toy stuffing and I used some cream coloured roving yarn for mane (though you could make your mane out of some more of the Moon Stone yarn).

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I think that Tilly would make a great gift for any pony or horse lover, and could even be matched to a real life equine buddy – now that would be super cute!

I would suggest this amigurumi would a fun and easy introduction into toy making for a beginner crocheter. Everything is worked in the round, with a bit of simple shaping to create the perfect pony shape.

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As well as my pony the October 2022 edition features loads of lovely seasonal patterns and a range of interesting articles. If you SUBSCRIBE you can get the magazine straight to your desktop or iPad as well as access to lots of other extra crochet bonus material.

© I Like Crochet – October 2022

If you haven’t heard of  I Like Crochet magazine before it’s a US bi-monthly digital magazine which is published by the creators of AllFreeCrochet.com. With it being a US publication patterns are written using US crochet terminology – if you are not sure how that differs you may find my post British vs. American Crochet Terms: What’s the difference? of use.

If you hook up the Tilly the Pony, 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! 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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I Like Crochet Magazine | Briar Blanket

In the sunny days of summer it might seem strange to count down the days until autumn – but it’s always nice to get ahead for the next season (especially as crochet takes time!). In the August issue of I Like Crochet magazine they’ve included 15 First Fall patterns and I’m excited to say that my second pattern, the Briar Blanket, is included in this section.

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Briar, meaning “thorny bush of wild roses” is the name of the blanket filled with textured stitches and rose-inspired hues of deep maroon and soft taupe. This chunky blanket, with its large feature tassels, would make a perfect addition to style up your bed – or to keep as a throw on your sofa getting ready for when those nights turn cooler.

I used the delectable Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky for this blanket, which was a new yarn to me, and is sooo nice! Plump and squishy and available in 20 different colours, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky is a heavy weight yarn that works up quickly for thick and cushy projects.

Spun from Peruvian wool, the yarn is strong and durable with excellent stitch definition. It’s classed as a bulky (chunky weight) yarn which is 100% wool and comes in 100g hanks (137yds / 125m).

The shades I used for the blanket were Currant 28211(A, 6 balls), Gosling 28214 (B, 12 balls) and Fedora 28212  (C, 4 balls) with a 6mm (US size J/10) hook (which is amongst the suggested hook sizes).

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Throws are perfect for keeping you toasty in front of the tv or reading a book in bed. Make in three muted complementary colours for a chic solution or go bold with some bright shades to update an old chair.

I would suggest this intricate blanket is an intermediate pattern, that feels sumptuous and decadent made in lux yarn, and that would make a cosy addition to your summer-to-autumn home décor.

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As well as my wrap the August 2022 edition features loads of lovely seasonal patterns and a range of interesting articles. If you SUBSCRIBE you can get the magazine straight to your desktop or iPad as well as access to lots of other extra crochet bonus material.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

If you haven’t heard of  I Like Crochet magazine before it’s a US bi-monthly digital magazine which is published by the creators of AllFreeCrochet.com. With it being a US publication patterns are written using US crochet terminology – if you are not sure how that differs you may find my post British vs. American Crochet Terms: What’s the difference? of use.

If you hook up the Briar Blanket, 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! 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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I Like Crochet Magazine | Sandstone Shawl

The August issue of I Like Crochet magazine is here and I’m super excited to say I’ve got TWO patterns in this edition. I’m rather proud of both designs, so I thought I’d write a separate blog post about each of them so I can tell you about them properly. First up is a crocheted wrap design called the Sandstone Shawl.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

The Sandstone Shawl is an accessory which utilises yarn that varies in thickness to achieve a textured and lacy look. Tassels added to the centre of the shawl add a visual interest alongside open diamond motifs – and I love, love, LOVE how it turned out!

I used King Cole Opium for this shawl which I’d not used before but which I wanted to try as it just looks different and unusual. I think it’s no secret that I’m a bit in love with slubby textured yarns at the moment, especially after working the Whispers of the Sea Wrap and the Mellow Mallow Shawl.

If you were looking for a commercial type of slub yarn then I’d suggest this yarn could come close. It’s classed as a fashion yarn which has thick and thin sections along it’s length, a bit like slub yarn. When it’s worked up it creates such a beautiful textured mixture of lace and opaque – perfect for both summer and winter projects.

I’m a huge fan of textured crochet pieces and the beauty of this yarn is that it creates the texture for you – did I say yet how much I LOVE how the yarn worked up for this design!

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

King Cole Opium is 54% cotton, 42% acrylic and 4% Polyamide yarn and comes in 100g balls (273yds / 250m). The shade I used for the wrap was actually called Sandstone (1085) which is partially where the name of the wrap came from. My original inspiration for this shawl came from sandstone clay formations which are full of wonderful ridges and curves – so the name and colour of the yarn shared a bit of a serendipitous moment!

King Cole Opium is actually available in 7 other different colours and I used 6 balls in total to create a nice large wrap (approx. 79″ long x 22” wide / 200cm long x 56cm wide). The suggested hook size for this yarn is a 6mm (US size J/10) though I used a 4.5mm hook (US size 7) as I wanted my lacy sections to not be too oversized.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

I would suggest this is a pattern that adventurous beginners would enjoy, the Sandstone Shawl is a trendy yet practical shawl with a nice pattern repeat which is easy to follow once you get used to it.

Make in beautiful natural tones for a chic outfit solution for the season ahead, it’s a great statement piece for layering. The textured yarn is light enough to be airy and yet still feel cosy enough to snuggle into as the seasons turn colder.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

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As well as my wrap the August 2022 edition features loads of lovely seasonal patterns and a range of interesting articles. If you SUBSCRIBE you can get the magazine straight to your desktop or iPad as well as access to lots of other extra crochet bonus material.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

If you haven’t heard of  I Like Crochet magazine before it’s a US bi-monthly digital magazine which is published by the creators of AllFreeCrochet.com. With it being a US publication patterns are written using US crochet terminology – if you are not sure how that differs you may find my post British vs. American Crochet Terms: What’s the difference? of use.

If you hook up the Sandstone Shawl, 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! 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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Pattern Release | Whisperers of the Sea Wrap

So today is the official launch of the BRAND NEW summer crochet make-along (Dragonfly River which you can read about here), and so I thought I needed to get my act together and finally list the pattern for last years make-along, the Whisperers of the Sea Wrap, for anyone who just wants the pattern to make their own keepsake wrap.

The product of the wonderful collaboration between myself and The Yarn Whisperer the Whispers of the Sea Wrap is a crocheted shawl featuring light and airy stitches that give it beautiful drape and flow. Perfect for warmer weather as a cover up on the beach, for strolls along the shore, or maybe a beach wedding!

I’m really pleased with how the design turned out, I absolutely LOVED working with the slub yarn! The texture and the softness and the colours that Kitey had worked his magic with were just an absolute delight with every stitch I made. If you love the yarn I created my wrap you can still pick up the custom dyed yarn directly as a pre-order from The Yarn Whisperer on his website.

Or if you’d prefer to use yarn from your stash, the pattern is now available from my usual pattern stores for you to make your own version of the Whispers of the Sea Wrap – I can’t wait to see what colourways you use for your own unique shawls.

It’s made us both incredibly happy to see photos of folks sharing their progress and finished wraps with us on social media, and I hope you will continue to do so as you finish your wraps if you haven’t had chance to make it yet – you can still tag us with the hashtag #WOTSMAL.

To celebrate the launch of our BRAND NEW collaboration I’m running a sale all three of our previous collaboration patterns. Use the code: COLLAB25 until 16 May 2022 to get 25% discount off Whisperers of the Sea Wrap, Mellow Mallow Scarf and the Solstice Garden Wrap

As I mentioned in my last post, Kitey and I just may have already planned more projects into 2024 – we do get a bit over excited when we start talking!) You may wish to sign 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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Pattern Release | Hearts in a Whirl Wrap

I’ve got something new for you today – surround yourself in love with the Hearts in a Whirl wrap!

With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us it seemed the perfect time to finally sort out this pattern! It’s been a work in progress for ever such a long time, though it’s been nothing more than being down to me to find the time to pull everything together – so I’m so pleased to finally be able to share it with you today.

The Hearts in a Whirl wrap is a lightweight shawl which features a fun filet design with a puff stitch twist – perfect for adventurous beginners that would like to try something new.

The general shape of the wrap is a rectangle with a cute heart shaped stitch for borders on either end, if you were using a single colour, or stash busting it would be fairly easy to make it longer by adding a repeat or extending the border.

It’s a perfect pattern to use with your favourite gradient yarn cake; for this version I used Scheepjes Whirl Tasty Nom Nom (Shade 789) and a Scheepjes Whirlette in Grappa (Shade 855), both of which had been in my stash for a very long time, with a 3.25mm (US D/3) hook.

If you are not familiar with Scheepjes Whirls, they are a 4ply (Fingering / Sock Weight) yarn with a high twist making them perfect for crochet. The cakes are 215g (1000m) each with a blend of 60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic. I used pretty much all of the 215g (1000m) for the main part of the wrap, and approximately 45g (182m) of the Whirlette for the border at each end.

I’m really pleased with how the design for this wrap turned out, The nature of this puff stitch means that it should show on the right side and the wrong side of your work (leaving it practically reversible with no right or wrong side).

In fact my mum, who loves things with hearts on in general, and really loved the colour of the yarn (they really are her kind of colours dark purples and reds) has already laid claim to this wrap now that it’s all finished up, and it seems only appropriate I gift it too her as she kindly wore it for a few of these modelled photos.

So it seems I’m still not totally done with filet crochet yet – it’s just such a versatile crochet technique! Though in truth I started this pattern when I was working on Filet Fantastic so it is a couple of years old – so it really was about time I got it released!

If you are new to filet, you might find my post Top Tips for Filet Crochet useful to look at first, but this wrap has a lovely repetition of stitches that you can enjoy as a perfect mindful make!

The pattern is now available from my usual pattern stores for you to make your own version:

With some many wonderful gradient yarn cakes to choose from these days I’m really excited to see what you come up with!

If you make up the Hearts in a Whirl wrap 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, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Mellow Mallow MAL | The Reveal & Pattern Release

So yesterday was the last ‘official’ day of the latest make along that has been hosted by The Yarn Whisperer and myself. From Boxing Day 2021 until today, a month later, we have delighted in seeing your Mellow Mallow scarves grow! And now I get the opportunity to share my finished scarf in all it’s glory!

If this is the first you’ve heard about the Mellow Mallow MAL you can read more about it here but in a nutshell it’s the result of a wonderful collaboration between myself and Kitey, aka The Yarn Whisperer, of a unique crocheted triangle scarf designed with a special hand dyed yarn in mind.

It’s made us both incredibly happy to see the photos of folks sharing their progress with us on social media and I hope you will continue to do so as you finish your scarves if you haven’t had chance to make it.

I’m really pleased with how the design for this scarf turned out. I’m not sure what it is about working with Kitey, but working with his yarn always pushes me, as a designer, to try new challenges – and this scarf was definitely no exception! With no natural pattern repeat the final pattern ended up as 17 pages!! That’s quite long for a scarf pattern, but it does include charts and schematics.

But don’t let that put you off, whilst it doesn’t have a natural repeat, there is a rhythm to the stitches it which means you can pretty much work it without looking, just by checking the stitches at the end of each row.

Although the official end date of the MAL has now passed, it doesn’t really end because you can still make the pattern later. Kitey has a few of the Mellow Mallow kits left, then the colourway will be available as a pre-order.

Or if you’d prefer to use yarn from your stash, the pattern is now available from my usual pattern stores for you to make your own version of the Mellow Mallow Scarf – I can’t wait to see what colourways you use for your own unique scarves.

We do hope that you’ve enjoyed this fun make-along, I know Kitey and I have thoroughly enjoyed it – in fact we’ve already made our plans for our next summer make-along! All I’m going to say is that I’m already excited for this summer design – you are not going to want to miss it! 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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I Like Crochet Magazine | Hat, Scarf, Purse and Wrap!

The February issue of I Like Crochet magazine is here to help you start off your New Year with a list of patterns you’ll be excited to start crocheting. New yarns to try, new projects to freshen up your wardrobe and plenty of opportunities to get inspired.

And, as my post title handily summed up, I’ve got FOUR brand new designs in this issue – and the first one is very appropriate for the kind of weather we are experiencing at the moment!

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Spruce up your winter wardrobe with the playfully Tahoe Hat, a versatile and fuss-free style that you can bring out winter, after winter. This classic style beanie has masses of texture in both it’s stitches and use of yarn, making it perfect for everyone on your hat list!

I have to admit I’m in LOVE with the texture on this hat, I love textured crochet and this one turned out better than I’d hoped, especially when combined with the tweedy Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool Nepp yarn I used.

© I Like Crochet – February 2022

Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool Nepp is a 100% acrylic yarn and comes in a massive 400g ball (892yds / 815m). I used Atlantic Blue (shade 3391 ) and a 5mm hook (US H/8) which is the suggested hook size for this yarn. I topped off the hat with a lovely large pom pom from Cowling Country Crafts (who I can recommend). The pom poms from Cowling Country Crafts come with a big press stud on so you can remove the pom pom when you want to wash your hat – I love that option!

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But why do you need 400g of yarn for a hat? Well you don’t! But you do if you want to make the companion piece to the Tahoe Hat, the Tahoe Scarf!

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Finish off your look and keep the cold away with the versatile Tahoe Hat AND Tahoe Scarf set! The textured stitches, combined with a tweed yarn, and twisted fringe ends give it a classic touch that you are sure to love.

The Tahoe Scarf has the same lovely texture as the Tahoe Hat and I would suggest is a pattern that adventurous beginners would enjoy. I also really enjoyed making the twisted fringe for the scarf, it’s such a great way to finish off that gives a lovely professional look to the finished piece I think. And it’s so easy to achieve, I’m hoping to add a blog post photo tutorial and video on how to make this fringe at some point – so watch this space!

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With Valentines Day in February the magazine has also included a cupid’s pick of patterns including the next one from me, the Puppy Love Coin Purse.

Does your handbag need a new best friend? The Puppy Love Coin Purse is a playful choice for dog owners and animal lovers alike. This animal friendly purse features a lovable dog with heart shaped ears on the front and a cute 3-D nose. Perfect for stashing your pennies and your secret love notes!

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I used some Ricorumi DK with a 3mm hook (Closest US size D/3) for my purse. Ricorumi DK is 100% cotton that comes in little 25g balls (57m / 62yds) which makes it perfect for making small items where you just need small amounts of yarn. The only other things you will need for your pup is a 9 x 6.3cm [3.5” x 2.4”] purse clasp, a small amount of toy stuffing, and 2 x small black shank buttons.

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Finally, the last pattern I have in the February issue of I Like Crochet magazine is the Carnation Pink Shawl; A gorgeous openwork shawl, this fringed piece is crocheted in soft shades of pink.

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This stylish large wrap is perfect for everyday glamour that you can dress up or dress down. The lovely long fringe brings a refreshing take to your favourite looks of the season. Wear this shawl around your shoulders this spring or wrap around your neck in the cold months ahead.

For my Carnation Pink Shawl I used two cakes of James C Brett Northern Lights which is 95% Acrylic 5% Viscose, that comes in 150g (450m / 492yds) ball. I used shade NL8 – NL8 which is a lovely soft marled pink with flecks of white nepp, with a 3.75mm (US size F) hook, to produce a lovely drape.

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© I Like Crochet – February 2022

If you haven’t heard of  I Like Crochet magazine before it’s a US bi-monthly digital magazine which is published by the creators of AllFreeCrochet.com. With it being a US publication patterns are written using US crochet terminology – if you are not sure how that differs you may find my post British vs. American Crochet Terms: What’s the difference? of use.

As well as my hat, scarf, purse and wrap, the February 2022 edition features loads of lovely seasonal patterns and a range of interesting articles. If you SUBSCRIBE you can get the magazine straight to your desktop or iPad as well as access to lots of other extra crochet bonus material.

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If the magazine is something that interests you I Like Crochet currently have a special introductory for KCACOUK readers. Join the I Like Crochet Gold Club for 90% off the regular price of a one-year membership and receive a full year of the digital I Like Crochet Magazine, instant access to their pattern collections (that includes never-before-seen patterns!), and get FREE access to the I Like Crochet pattern library that includes every single issue that they have ever published! (That’s 7 years of crochet with more than 50 issues and 100’s of designer patterns… for free!) Plus, subscribers who join now will also receive a FREE special issue: Crochet Your Best Year Ever: 21 Crochet Stitches, Tips, Tricks and More.

If you hook up the Tahoe Hat, the Tahoe Scarf, the Puppy Love Purse, or the Carnation Pink 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! 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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I Like Crochet Magazine | Evie Pom Hat & Cherie Plaid Wrap

Although we’ve been enjoying some sunny days, we all know that sweater weather and the time of woolly goodness is not far away (yay!). The October 2021 issue of I Like Crochet magazine is out now to help you prepare, get inspired and enjoy everything the autumn weather has to offer (and to look good while doing it).

And I’ve got TWO brand new designs in this issue, allow me first to to introduce the Evie Pom Hat!

© I Like Crochet – October 2021

Spice up your autumn-winter wardrobe with an ultra cosy cabled hat topped with a playful pom pom! The Evie Pom Hat is a super fun design that places with texture to create something that keeps your ears nice and toasty as the days turn cooler.

Now hats aren’t a norm for me, but sometimes I really want to make something quick and satisfying and a hat project definitely ticks those boxes – combine it with a heavier yarn weight and some texture and it’s a project made in heaven!

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I used Stylecraft Special Aran in Pale Rose (shade 1080), which is a 100% acrylic yarn ( 214 yards [196
meters]/100 grams), and a 5mm hook (US H/8) hook for my hat and 1 ball was more than enough for the hat, with some left over.

I used some interchangeable pom poms to make the hat really customisable, to link with project I chose a baby pink colour and a beige husky faux fur. I can defiantly recommend this Etsy shop here (called Cowling Country Crafts) – the pom poms are really lovely, well made, and come with a big press stud on so you can change the pom pom colour on your hat to update the look!

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The second design in this issue is called the Cherie Plaid Wrap which is a shawl for when granny squares meet plaid! It’s a lovely modern oversized wrap that’s as cosy as if you are snuggling in a blanket.

The pattern is designed for advanced beginners who want to take their granny square skills further with a bit of colour changing. The plaid design, which screams cosy, winter-y vibes, is created with strategically placed motifs, joined together with a fringe on either end to finish it off.

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The pink and grey colour palette was created with more Stylecraft Special Aran in five different shades (Pale Rose: shade 1080), Graphite: shade 1063, Silver: shade 1203, White: shade 1001 and Mushroom: shade1832) again using a 5mm hook (US H/8) hook.

Lovely and versatile the Cheri Wrap is great for getting cosy on a chilly day, just throw it over yourself like a blanket, letting it cover your shoulders and arms, you have a eye-catching look that’s a winter winner!

© I Like Crochet – October 2021

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If you haven’t heard of  I Like Crochet magazine before it’s a US bi-monthly digital magazine which is published by the creators of AllFreeCrochet.com. With it being a US publication patterns are written using US crochet terminology – if you are not sure how that differs you may find my post British vs. American Crochet Terms: What’s the difference? of use.

© I Like Crochet – October 2021

As well as my hat and wrap the October 2021 edition features loads of lovely seasonal patterns (I might have bookmarked the Coletta Cardigan by Nazanin Fard!) and a range of interesting articles. If you SUBSCRIBE you can get the magazine straight to your desktop or iPad as well as access to lots of other extra crochet bonus material.

If the magazine is something that interests you I Like Crochet currently have a special introductory charter membership where you will receive a full year of the digital I Like Crochet Magazine, instant access to their pattern collections (that includes never-before-seen patterns!), and get FREE access to their pattern library that includes every single issue that they have ever published! (That’s 7 years of crochet with more than 45 issues and 700+ designer patterns… for free!) Plus, subscribers who join now will also receive two FREE streaming crochet videos: Back to Basics: 11 Essential Techniques and Stitches for Every Crocheter and Crochet Secrets Revealed: 12 Tutorials by Michael Sellick.

If you hook up the Evie Pom Hat or the Cherie Plaid Wrap I hope you’ll share your projects with me by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Instagram,  Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

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

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Free Crochet Pattern | Periwinkle the Puppy

Happy Monday everyone. How are you? You okay? Is it paw-sible that you are looking for a new pattern today? I’ve got a brand new FREE pattern for you today in that I’ve collaboration with the lovely folks from Anchor Yarns. Put a zing into Spring with a new pretty pattern; allow me to introduce Periwinkle the Puppy!

Periwinkle the Puppy, crocheted dog amigurumi

Periwinkle the playful Puppy has been in the flower bed again! She’s always willing to help pitch in with some Spring gardening!

I always associate spring with flowers like daffodils, periwinkles, bluebells, crocuses and tulips, I love that they are a sign of us bidding winter goodbye with some lovely cheerful colour, and are a hopeful sign of brighter nights and warmer days to come.

We’ve officially started Spring 2021 here in the UK and designing this puppy felt like a lovely springtime project to work on. I had a blast making this puppy and I hope you will enjoy making it too.

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Made in the pretty pastels colours of the gorgeous Anchor Organic Cotton, I think this soft and cuddly puppy will quickly become your new best friend.

Anchor Organic Cotton is brand new yarn, and I was very excited to get to play with it. It’s 100% cotton 4-ply yarn which is unmercerised (meaning it has a matt finish) which I combined with a with a 3mm hook (approx. US size D/3), for this project. It comes in 20 beautiful shades (of which I used 6 for my puppy project), all inspired by nature and created with vegetable based dyes and for cotton it’s really nice and soft to work with.

What I also really liked about this yarn is how eco friendly it is, it’s a perfect yarn for conscious crafters who care about the environment as it’s ecological and social criteria, is backed up by independent certification (GOTS) of the entire textile supply chain.

Periwinkle the Puppy pattern uses simple stitches throughout making it a great amigurumi project for a beginner. You can pick it up as a free download available directly from the Anchor Yarns website where you can just download the pattern or register for an account. It doesn’t cost anything for an account, but by signing up you’ll gain access to loads of other free patterns by other talented designers too.

The pattern is written in UK crochet terminology with the usual explanation of stitches and techniques I’ve used in the design.

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Periwinkle the Puppy is a perfect gift for dog or animal lovers and the perfect size for lots of love!

And if you are looking for a few more FREE patterns, by me, using Anchor Yarns check out the following links:

If you hook up the Periwinkle the Puppy I hope you’ll tag @kcaco.uk on Instagram using the hashtags #kcacouk and #proud2craft or #anchoryarns (so the folks at Anchor Yarns can see too) or share your projects in my Facebook group as I love to see your finished work! 

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

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