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!

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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!

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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.

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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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Lammas Day CAL: Part 4 – Abundance and Heritage

We have now reached the finale of our four week crochet-along. We can now see in our sights the end of the harvest as we draw into September and we can enjoy a final crochet community celebration as we finish our Lammas Day shawls.

Although we are on the last part of our CAL, if you are joining in at a later date you can find all the information you need on the CAL landing page where all the CAL posts are one place. If you want to join in the CAL using the same yarn I did I have put together a list of stockists on a previous post.  

During the duration of the CAL this pattern will be released part by part here on the blog, after the full CAL has finished there will be a FREE PDF ebooklet available on the Anchor Crafts website (link below).

This week we will continue our decreases as we till the earth by harrowing and ploughing the fields we have sown, and gather together in the abundance of the harvest. We will have a bit of crochet heritage with the familiar treble cluster (as seen in a traditional granny square) and think of our cluster of stitches as also representing a time where every available man, woman and child, was needed to get the crops in.

Lammas Day CAL: Part 4 – Bringing in the Wheat

Yarn: Anchor Organic Cotton (4ply)

The amount listed below is the amount required to make the whole Lammas Day Shawl

  • 5 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00105 (Natural) – YARN A
  • 1 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00178 (Sunflower) – YARN B
  • 2 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00103 (Rocky Orange) – YARN C
  • 2 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00338 (Red Dunes) – YARN D
  • 1 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00038 (Earthy Brown) – YARN E

Hook: You will need a 3.75mm (US size F/5) for this shawl. I have hooks, and other useful crochet tools, linked in my Amazon Store if this is something you need.

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle and stitch markers (mine were from Mrs G Makes).

Gauge: 5htr = 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 shawl and will possibly use more or less yarn than quoted as a consequence. 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:  

If you need a reminder of the shawl schematic you can find it on the CAL Planning post.

The pattern below is in UK Terms:

ABBREVIATIONS

  • RS                   Right Side
  • cm                   Centimetre
  • ch                    Chain
  • sp                    Space
  • st(s)                 Stitch(es)

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Half Treble (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • 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.
  • Spike Stitch (SPtr): A Spike treble st is a treble in the stitch directly in the row below;  yarn over, insert hook in top of the stitch 1 row below, yarn over, pull to height of working row, (three loops on hook), complete treble stitch as normal (e.g. yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through two loops).
  • Double Treble (dtr): Yarn over hook (twice), insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (four loops on hook), Yarn over, pull yarn through two loops on hook (three loops remain on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through two loops on hook (two loops remain on hook). Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

PATTERN NOTES

  • This pattern is for a triangular shawl that starts from one point and grows with each row; increases are made on one side only.
  • Add a stitch marker on the increase side, moving it onto the row as you work to help mark increase side.
  • You may also find it useful to add a stitch marker in the first stitch and the last stitch of each row.
  • Check stitch counts at the end of each row to keep on track
  • Keep any turning chains on the start of each row fairly loose so it doesn’t pull your work too tightly

CHART STITCH LEGEND

PATTERN – PART 3

Attach YARN A to the top of the first st of row 97 worked of part 2;

Notes:

  • The ch1 at the start of each row does not count as a st.
  • Work the SPtr’s into the middle tr of the 3tr’s of the previous row;

Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked of Part 3;

Row 134: (RS): Starting with a decrease;Ch1, 1htr in the first st, htr2tog, 1htr in each st across, turn. 59sts

Row 135: Ch1, 1htr in each st until the last 3sts, htr2tog, 1htr in the last st, turn. 58sts

Row 136: Ch1, 1htr in the first st, htr2tog, 1htr in each st across, turn. 57sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends; attach YARN E to the top of the last st worked;

Row 137: Ch1, 1htr in the next 2st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat eleven more times across the row, 1htr in the next 3sts, htr2tog, 1htr in the last st, turn. 56sts

Rows 138 – 139: Repeat row 136 and 135, turn. 55 / 54sts

Fasten off YARN E and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 140: Ch1, 1htr in the next st, htr2tog, 1htr in the next 2sts, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat ten more times across the row, 1htr in the last 4sts, turn. 53sts

Rows 141 – 142: Repeat rows 135 – 136, turn. 52 / 51sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends. Attach YARN E to the top of the last st worked;

Row 143: Ch1, 1htr in the next 2st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat ten more times across the row, 1htr in the next st, htr2tog, 1htr in the last st, turn. 50sts

Rows 144 – 145: Repeat row 136 and 135, turn. 49 / 48sts

Fasten off YARN E and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 146: Ch1, 1htr in the next st, htr2tog, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat nine more times across the row, 1htr in the last 4sts, turn. 47sts

Rows 147 – 148: Repeat row 135 and 136, turn. 46 / 45sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends. Attach YARN E to the top of the last st worked;

Row 149: Ch1, 1htr in the next 2st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat eight more times across the row, 1htr in the next 3sts, htr2tog, 1htr in the last st, turn. 44sts

Rows 150 – 151: Repeat row 136 and 135, turn. 41 / 42sts

Fasten off YARN E and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 152: Ch1, 1htr in the next st, htr2tog, 1htr in the next 2sts, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat seven more times across the row, 1htr in the last 4sts, turn. 41sts

Rows 153 – 154: Repeat row 135 and 136, turn. 38 / 39sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends

Please note in the chart below there are more repeats than shown:

Attach YARN E to the top of the last st worked;

The next panel of the shawl will be worked in a repeating two row stitch pattern. The ch4 in the pattern counts as a dtr;

Row 155: Ch4, 1dtr in the next st, miss next st, (3dtr in the next st, miss 2sts) repeat nine more times across the row, 3dtr in the next st, miss the next st, 1dtr in the next st, dtr2tog, 1dtr in the last st, turn. 38sts

Row 156: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, (3tr in the sp before the 3dtr’s of the previous row) repeat nine more times across the row, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. 37sts

Row 157: Ch4, (3dtr in the sp before the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat ten more times across the row, dtr2tog, 1dtr in the last st, turn. 36sts

Row 158: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, (3tr in the sp after the 3dtr’s of the previous row) repeat nine more times across the row, 3tr in the last st, turn. 35sts

Row 159: Ch4, 1dtr in the next st, (3dtr in the sp between the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat nine more times across the row, dtr2tog, 1dtr in the last st, turn. 34sts

Row 160: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, (3tr in the sp after the 3dtr’s of the previous row) repeat nine more times across the row, 1tr in the last st, turn. 33sts

Row 161: Ch4, (3dtr in the sp after the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat nine more times across the row, dtr2tog, turn. 32sts

Row 162: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, (3tr in the sp between the 3dtr’s of the previous row) repeat eight more times across the row, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. 31sts

Fasten off YARN D and weave in ends

Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 163: Ch1, 1htr in each st until the last 3sts, htr2tog, 1htr in the last st, turn. 30sts

Row 164: Ch1, 1htr in the first st, htr2tog, 1htr in each st across, turn. 29sts

Rows 165 – 189: Repeat rows 163 – 164, turn. 4sts

Row 190: Ch1, 1htr in the first st, htr2tog, 1htr in the next st, turn. 3sts

Row 191: Ch1, dc3tog. 1st

Fasten off with a sl st, weave in all ends.

Video Tutorial:

Click on the image below to be taken to a helpful video tutorial for this section …

Or alternatively find on Youtube here.

Blocking your shawl:

The design of this wrap will benefit from being wet blocked;

  1. Completely soak your item in cold water then gently squeeze (without wringing it) out some of the excess water.
  1. Using your tape measure and pins carefully pin your item on your blocking board
  1. Double check your measurements if necessary (e.g. check the height and width are correct)
  1. Leave to dry completely over 24 hours, and then unpin.

If you were wondering what I use to block my shawls I use this simple foam playmats to pin my shawls down, I swear by these Knitpro blockers and I also use these T-pins for lacy bits and corner points.

Written Pattern Link:

Now that we are on the last part of the CAL a PDF document of the pattern has been put together by Anchor Yarns which you can find as a free download on their website here.

And that’s it!

Your shawl is now finished! Maybe to celebrate you can go break bread somewhere nice wearing your new shawl.

Support:

You can still get support if needed via the following links:

The hashtags for this CAL are #LammasDayCAL #proud2craft #anchorcrafting and #kcacouk for Twitter and Instagram. We would also love it if you can tag KCACO.UK and AnchorCrafting on Instagram so we don’t miss your posts!

You can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest; re-pin from this board here.

 Save the project to your favourites on Ravelry 

Thank you for crocheting along with me – I can’t wait to see your finished shawls.

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

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Lammas Day CAL: Part 3 – Bringing in the Wheat

Can you believe it’s nearly the end of August? I suppose the summer can be a busy time which makes the weeks fly by, and it means it’s time for Week 3 of the Lammas Day Crochet-Along.

If you are brand new to the CAL 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. If you want to join in the CAL using the same yarn I did I have put together a list of stockists on a previous post.  

During the duration of the CAL this pattern will be released part by part here on the blog, after the full CAL has finished there will be a FREE PDF ebooklet available on the Anchor Crafts website (link to follow).

I hope you are ready to start Part 3 where we will continue our triangular shape as we plough another field and start to watch our spikes of wheat become heavy with their ears of grain.

Lammas Day CAL: Part 3 – Bringing in the Wheat

Yarn: Anchor Organic Cotton (4ply)

The amount listed below is the amount required to make the whole Lammas Day Shawl

  • 5 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00105 (Natural) – YARN A
  • 1 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00178 (Sunflower) – YARN B
  • 2 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00103 (Rocky Orange) – YARN C
  • 2 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00338 (Red Dunes) – YARN D
  • 1 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00038 (Earthy Brown) – YARN E

Hook: You will need a 3.75mm (US size F/5) for this shawl. I have hooks, and other useful crochet tools, linked in my Amazon Store if this is something you need.

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle and stitch markers (mine were from Mrs G Makes).

Gauge: 5htr = 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 shawl and will possibly use more or less yarn than quoted as a consequence. 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:  

If you need a reminder of the shawl schematic you can find it on the CAL Planning post.

The pattern below is in UK Terms:

ABBREVIATIONS

  • RS                   Right Side
  • cm                   Centimetre
  • ch                    Chain
  • sp                    Space
  • st(s)                 Stitch(es)

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Half Treble (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • 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.
  • Spike Stitch (SPtr): A Spike treble st is a treble in the stitch directly in the row below;  yarn over, insert hook in top of the stitch 1 row below, yarn over, pull to height of working row, (three loops on hook), complete treble stitch as normal (e.g. yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through two loops).
  • Grain St (Grst): [1 puff st, ch3, 1 puff st] in the same stitch
  • Puff St: Yarn over and insert your hook into the specified stitch/space.  Yarn over again and pull up a long loop.  (Yarn over and insert your hook into the same stitch/space.  Yarn over again and pull up a long loop) once more.  Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops on your hook.  Ch 1 to close the Puff Stitch (the ch1 does not count in the st count).

PATTERN NOTES

  • This pattern is for a triangular shawl that will now decrease with each row; decreases are made on one side only.
  • Add a stitch marker on the decrease side, moving it onto the row as you work to help mark decrease side.
  • You may also find it useful to add a stitch marker in the first stitch and the last stitch of each row.
  • Check st counts at the end of each row to keep on track
  • Keep any turning ch’s on the start of each row fairly loose so it doesn’t pull your work too tightly

CHART STITCH LEGEND

PATTERN – PART 3

Attach YARN A to the top of the first st of row 97 worked of part 2;

Notes:

  • The ch1 at the start of each row does not count as a st.
  • Work the SPtr’s into the middle tr of the 3tr’s of the previous row;

Row 98: (RS): Ch1, 1htr in the same st, htr2tog, 1htr in the next 2sts, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat twenty-one times across the row, 1htr in the last 2sts, turn. 95sts

Row 99: Ch1, 1htr in each st until the last 3sts, htr2tog, 1htr in the last st, turn. 94sts

Row 100: Ch1, 1htr in the first st, htr2tog, 1htr in each st across, turn. 93sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends; attach YARN D to the top of the last st worked;

Row 101: Ch1, 1htr in the next 4st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat twenty times across the row, 1htr in the next st, htr2tog, 1htr in the last st, turn. 92sts

Rows 102 – 103: Repeat row 100 and 99, turn. 91 / 90sts

Fasten off YARN D and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 104: Ch1, 1htr in the next st, htr2tog, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat twenty times across the row, 1htr in the last 2sts, turn. 89sts

Rows 105 – 106: Repeat rows 99 – 100, turn. 88 / 87sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends. Attach YARN D to the top of the last st worked;

Row 107: Ch1, 1htr in the next 4st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat eighteen times across the row, 1htr in the next 3sts, htr2tog, 1htr in the last st, turn. 86sts

Rows 108 – 109: Repeat rows 100 – 99, turn. 85 / 84sts

Fasten off YARN D and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 110: Ch1, 1htr in the next st, htr2tog, 1htr in the next 2sts, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat eighteen times across the row, 1htr in the last 2sts, turn. 83sts

Rows 111 – 112: Repeat rows 99 – 100, turn. 82 / 81sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends. Attach YARN D to the top of the last st worked;

Row 113: Ch1, 1htr in the next 4st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat sixteen times across the row, 1htr in the next 5sts, htr2tog, 1htr in the last st, turn. 80sts

Rows 114 – 115: Repeat rows 100 – 99, turn. 79 / 78sts

Fasten off YARN D and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 116: Ch1, 1htr in the first st, htr2tog, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat seventeen times across the row, 1htr in the last 2sts, turn. 77sts

Rows 117 – 118: Repeat rows 99 – 100, turn. 76 / 75sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends

Please note in the chart below there are more repeats than shown:

Attach YARN D to the top of the last st worked;

The next panel of the shawl will be worked in a repeating five row stitch pattern;

Note: In the pattern where it says to work into the next ch3-sp, this is the space in the middle of the Grst

Row 119: Ch1, 1tr in the next 2sts, (Grst, 1tr in the next 3sts) repeat seven more times across the row, Grst once more, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, 1tr in the last st, turn. (9 Grsts, 29tr)

Row 120: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, (Grst in the ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat seven more times across the row, Grst in the ch3-sp once more, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. (9 Grsts, 28tr)

Row 121: Ch1, 1tr in the next 2sts, (Grst in the ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat seven more times across the row, Grst in the ch3-sp once more, tr2tog, turn. (9 Grsts, 27tr)

Row 122: Ch1, tr2tog, 4tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row, (5tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat six more times across the row, 5tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the last 2tr’s of the previous row, turn. 71sts

Row 123: Ch1, 1tr in each st along until the last 3sts, tr2tog, 1tr in the last st, turn. 70sts

Row 124: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, 1tr in the next 4sts, (Grst, 1tr in the next 3sts) repeat six more times across the row, Grst once more, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. (8 Grsts, 29tr)

Row 125: Ch1, 1tr in the next 2sts, (Grst in the ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat seven more times across the row, tr2tog,1tr in the last st, turn. (8 Grsts, 28tr)

Row 126: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, 1tr in the next 2sts, (Grst, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat six more times across the row, Grst once more, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. (8 Grsts, 27tr)

Row 127: Ch1, 1tr in the next 2sts, (5tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat six more times across the row, 5tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the next 1tr’s of the previous row, tr2tog. 1tr in the last st, turn. 66sts

Row 128: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, 1tr in each st across the row, turn. 65sts

Row 129: Ch1, 1tr in the next 2sts, (Grst, 1tr in the next 3sts) repeat six more times across the row, 1tr in the next 4sts, tr2tog, 1tr in the last st, turn. (7 Grsts, 29tr)

Row 130: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, 1tr in the next 6sts, (Grst, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat five more times across the row, Grst once more, 1tr in the last 2sts, turn. (7 Grsts, 28tr)

Row 131: Ch1, 1tr in the next 2sts, (Grst in the ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat six more times across the row,1tr in the next 2sts, tr2tog,1tr in the last st, turn. (6 Grsts, 27tr)

Row 132: Ch1, 1tr in the next st, tr2tog, 1tr in the next 4sts, (5tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the 3tr’s of the previous row) repeat five more times across the row, 5tr on top of the next ch3-sp, 1tr on top of the last 2tr’s of the previous row, turn. 61sts

Row 133: Ch1, 1tr in each st along until the last 3sts, tr2tog, 1tr in the last st, turn. 60sts. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Please note in the chart below there are more repeats than shown:

Video Tutorial:

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Or alternatively find on Youtube here.

And that’s it! Part 3 completed! We will be continuing with our decreases next week to finish off our shawl.

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:

The hashtags for this CAL are #LammasDayCAL #proud2craft #anchorcrafting and #kcacouk for Twitter and Instagram. We would also love it if you can tag KCACO.UK and AnchorCrafting on Instagram so we don’t miss your posts!

You can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest; re-pin from this board here.

 Save the project to your favourites on Ravelry 

Thank you for crocheting along with me!

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

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Deramores Poppy Appeal 2021

For the second year running Deramores have partnered with the Royal British Legion to bring crochet and knitting communities together to raise money for the poppy appeal – and I felt quite honoured to be asked again to design some new poppy patterns for them.

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The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November to conincide with Remembrance Sunday. This year, when the charity celebrates its centenary, Deramores are releasing a series of knit and crochet poppy themed patterns, to support serving and ex-serving personnel, and their families – and there are four new crocheted ones from me.

The first one is for a bouquet of poppies that could be a lovely heartfelt way to commemorate Remembrance as a centrepiece for a shelf or table in your home.

© Deramores 2021

The Bouquet of Poppies pattern is not available separately only as part of a kit which comes with; Deramores Studio DK yarn, wire and the pattern. All you would need is a a 3mm hook, a glue gun, craft pliers, scissors and a yarn needle. I have included some step by step photos in the pattern for those of you that are unfamiliar with crocheting around wire – it’s a bit fiddly at first but when you hit your stride I think you’ll be fine.

The next design is for a set of two Poppy Mug Cosies, perfect for keeping your cuppa nice and warm and stop your fingers from burning on those takeaway coffee cups!

© Deramores 2021

There are two designs to choose from (both included in the pattern); field of poppies or large traditional poppy. Both fit very nicely around my Dear Ewe mugs, but I’ve also included instructions on how you can adjust the height and diameter of the cosies to fit around different sized cups.

The pattern is available as just the pattern on it’s own or as a craft kit with everything you need to make both cosies in the Poppy Mug Cosy Set.

© Deramores 2021

Finally I’ve designed a Poppy Wreath decorated with the traditional red poppy. You could hang it in your home or on your door for Remembrance or as an autumnal wreath.

The Poppy Wreath is not available separately only as part of a kit which comes with; Deramores Studio DK yarn, 30mm wooden wreath and the pattern. In addition to the items in the kit you would need a a 3mm hook, a glue gun, scissors and a yarn needle and some red ribbon or hessian ribbon.

So if you are a crafter you can help support The Royal British Legion this year by creating any one of the endorsed Deramores poppy digital patterns or kits. With every purchase of a poppy kit, Deramores will donate 10% of the RRP to the Royal British Legion to support the Armed Forces community, and for the purchase of any digital poppy patterns, they will donate 50% of the RRP.

As well as these new patterns you can also pick up my original poppy pattern or kit too.

Please share pictures of your poppies with on socials using the hashtag #DeramoresPoppy and #kcacouk so we can share your wonderful work.

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

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Lammas Day CAL: Part 2 – Shoots and Growth

I don’t know about you but that week seemed to go really quickly! And here we are already at Week 2 of the Lammas Day Crochet-Along.

If you are brand new to the CAL 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. If you want to join in the CAL using the same yarn I did I have put together a list of stockists on a previous post.  

During the duration of the CAL this pattern will be released part by part here on the blog, after the full CAL has finished there will be a FREE PDF ebooklet available on the Anchor Crafts website (link to follow).

I hope you are ready to start Part 2 where we will continue our triangular shape as we plough another field and watch our planted crops begin to push up shoots and sprout up into little plants.

Lammas Day CAL: Part 2 – Shoots and Growth

Yarn: Anchor Organic Cotton (4ply)

The amount listed below is the amount required to make the whole Lammas Day Shawl

  • 5 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00105 (Natural) – YARN A
  • 1 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00178 (Sunflower) – YARN B
  • 2 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00103 (Rocky Orange) – YARN C
  • 2 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00338 (Red Dunes) – YARN D
  • 1 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00038 (Earthy Brown) – YARN E

Hook: You will need a 3.75mm (US size F/5) for this shawl. I have hooks, and other useful crochet tools, linked in my Amazon Store if this is something you need.

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle and stitch markers (mine were from Mrs G Makes).

Gauge: 5htr = 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 shawl and will possibly use more or less yarn than quoted as a consequence. 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:  Up to the end of Part 2 – 82cm long, 54cm at widest point

If you need a reminder of the shawl schematic you can find it on the CAL Planning post.

The pattern below is in UK Terms:

ABBREVIATIONS

  • RS                   Right Side
  • cm                   Centimetre
  • ch                    Chain
  • sp                    Space
  • st(s)                 Stitch(es)

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Half Treble (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • 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.
  • Spike Stitch (SPtr): A Spike treble st is a treble in the stitch directly in the row below;  yarn over, insert hook in top of the stitch 1 row below, yarn over, pull to height of working row, (three loops on hook), complete treble stitch as normal (e.g. yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through two loops).
  • Special Picot Stitch:  Ch 3, insert hook around the post of the double crochet base st, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.

PATTERN NOTES

  • This pattern is for a triangular shawl that starts from one point and grows with each row; increases are made on one side only.
  • Add a stitch marker on the increase side, moving it onto the row as you work to help mark increase side.
  • You may also find it useful to add a stitch marker in the first stitch and the last stitch of each row.
  • Check stitch counts at the end of each row to keep on track
  • Keep any turning chains on the start of each row fairly loose so it doesn’t pull your work too tightly

CHART STITCH LEGEND

PATTERN – PART 2

Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked of Part 1;

Notes:

  • The ch1 at the start of each row does not count as a st
  • Work the SPtr’s into the middle tr of the 3tr’s of the previous row,

For the purpose of the stitch count of row 60; aside from the dc and treble stitches the ch2-sps count as one st (apart from the first ch that counts as two).

Row 60: (WS): Ch6 (counts as 1tr + ch3), (1dc in the ch3 of the previous Sprig St, ch2, 1tr in the space between the next two Sprig Sts, ch2), repeat thirteen times across the row, 1dc on the ch3 of the beginning ch of the previous row, turn. 60sts

Row 61: This is the increase side;Ch1, 2htr in the first st, (1htr in each ch2-sp, 1htr in each tr and dc of the previous row) across the row, working 2htr in ch5-sp of the beginning 6ch of Row 60, and 1htr in the 3rd ch of the beginning 6ch of Row 60 to finish the row, turn. 61sts

Row 62: Ch1, 1htr in each st until the last st, 2htr in the last st, turn. 62sts

Row 63: Ch1, 2htr in the first st, 1htr in each st across, turn. 63sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends; attach YARN C to the top of the last st worked;

Row 64: Ch1, 1htr in the next 3st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat thirteen times across the row, 1htr in the next 2sts, 2htr in the last st, turn. 64sts

Rows 65 – 66: Repeat rows 63 and 62, turn. 66sts

Fasten off YARN C and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 67: Ch1, 2htr in the first st, 1htr in the next 3sts, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat fourteen times across the row, 1htr in the last st, turn. 67sts

Rows 68 – 69: Repeat rows 62 – 63, turn. 69sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends. Attach YARN C to the top of the last st worked;

Row 70: Ch1, 1htr in the next 3st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat fifteen times across the row, 2htr in the last st, turn. 70sts

Rows 71 – 72: Repeat rows 63 – 62, turn. 72sts

Fasten off YARN C and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 73: Ch1, 2htr in the first st, 1htr in the next 5sts, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat fifteen times across the row, 1htr in the last st, turn. 73sts

Rows 74 – 75: Repeat rows 62 – 63, turn. 75sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends. Attach YARN C to the top of the last st worked;

Row 76: Ch1, 1htr in the next 3st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat sixteen times across the row, 1htr in the next 2sts, 2htr in the last st, turn. 76sts

Rows 77 – 78: Repeat rows 63 – 62, turn. 78sts

Fasten off YARN C and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 79: Ch1, 2htr in the first st, 1htr in the next 3sts, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat seventeen times across the row, 1htr in the last st, turn. 79sts

Rows 80 – 81: Repeat rows 62 – 63, turn. 81sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends.

Please note in the chart below there are more repeats than shown:

Attach YARN C to the top of the last st worked;

The next panel of the shawl will be worked in a repeating two row stitch pattern; the ch5 at the start of a row counts as 1tr + ch2 throughout;

Row 82: Ch5, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st, (ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st), repeat eighteen times across the row, 1tr in the same st as the last tr, turn.  82sts (22trs, 20 picots / dc, 40 x ch2-sps)

Row 83: Ch3, 1tr in the same st, 1tr in the next tr of the previous row, (miss the ch2-sp, 3tr in the middle of the special picot of the previous row, miss the ch2-sp, 1tr in the next tr of the previous row) repeat nineteen times across the row, turn.  83sts

Row 84: Ch5, miss 1st (of the 3tr), 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st, (ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st), repeat eighteen times across the row, ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, turn.  83sts (21trs, 21 picots / dc, 41 x ch2-sps)

Row 85: Sl st to the centre of the special picot of the previous row;ch3, 2tr in the same sp, miss the ch2-sp, 1tr in the next tr of the previous row, (miss the ch2-sp, 3tr in the middle of the special picot of the previous row, miss the ch2-sp, 1tr in the next tr of the previous row) repeat nineteen times across the row, turn. 84sts

Row 86: Ch5, miss 1st (of the 3tr), 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st, (ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st), repeat eighteen times across the row, ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc,ch2, 1tr on top of the beginning ch3 of the previous row, turn.  85sts (22trs, 21 picots / dc, 42 x ch2-sps)

Row 87: Ch3, 2tr in the same st, (miss the ch2-sp, 3tr in the middle of the special picot of the previous row, miss the ch2-sp, 1tr in the next tr of the previous row) repeat twenty times across the row, turn.  87sts

Row 88: Ch5, miss 1st (of the 3tr), 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1 st, 1tr in the next st, (ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st), repeat nineteen times across the row, ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, turn.  87sts (22trs, 22 picots / dc, 43 x ch2-sps)

Row 89: Sl st to the centre of the special picot of the previous row;ch3, 2tr in the same sp, miss the ch2-sp, 1 tr in the next tr of the previous row, (miss the ch2-sp, 3tr in the middle of the special picot of the previous row, miss the ch2-sp, 1 tr in the next tr of the previous row) repeat twenty times across the row, turn.  88sts

Row 90: Ch5, miss 1st (of the 3tr), 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st, (ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st), repeat nineteen times across the row, ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, 1tr in the next st, turn.  89sts (23trs, 22 picots / dc, 44 x ch2-sps)

Row 91: Ch3, 1tr in the same st, (miss the ch2-sp, 3tr in the middle of the special picot of the previous row, miss the ch2-sp, 1tr in the next tr of the previous row) repeat twenty-one times across the row, turn.  90sts

Row 92: Ch5, miss 1st (of the 3tr), 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st, (ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st), repeat nineteen times across the row, ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 2sts, 2tr in the last st turn.  90sts (24trs, 22 picots / dc, 44 x ch2-sps)

Row 93: Ch3, 2tr in the same st, 1tr in the next tr of the previous row, (miss the ch2-sp, 3tr in the middle of the special picot of the previous row, miss the ch2-sp, 1tr in the next tr of the previous row) repeat twenty-one times across the row, turn.  92sts

Row 94: Ch5, miss 1st (of the 3tr), 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st, (ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st), repeat twenty times across the row, ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, 1tr in the next st, turn.  93sts (24trs, 23 picots / dc, 46 x ch2-sps)

Row 95: Ch3, 1tr in the same st, (miss the ch2-sp, 3tr in the middle of the special picot of the previous row, miss the ch2-sp, 1tr in the next tr of the previous row) repeat twenty-two times across the row, turn.  94sts

Row 96: Ch5, miss 1st (of the 3tr), 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss 1st, 1tr in the next st, (ch2, miss 1st, 1dc in the next st, special picot on the dc, ch2, miss  st, 1tr in the next st), repeat twenty-one times across the row, ch2, 1dc on the last st, special picot on the dc, turn.  95sts (24trs, 24 picots / dc, 47 x ch2-sps)

Row 97: Sl st to the centre of the special picot of the previous row;ch3, 2tr in the same st, miss the ch2-sp, 1 tr in the next tr of the previous row, (miss the ch2-sp, 3tr in the middle of the special picot of the previous row, miss the ch2-sp, 1 tr in the next tr of the previous row) repeat twenty-two times across the row.  96sts. Fasten off and weave in ends

Please note in the chart below there are more repeats than shown:

Video Tutorial:

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And that’s it! Part 2 completed! We’ve now reached the widest parts of our shawl, it’s all downwards to the end from here!

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:

The hashtags for this CAL are #LammasDayCAL #proud2craft #anchorcrafting and #kcacouk for Twitter and Instagram. We would also love it if you can tag KCACO.UK and AnchorCrafting on Instagram so we don’t miss your posts!

You can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest; re-pin from this board here.

 Save the project to your favourites on Ravelry 

Thank you for crocheting along with me – the next three weeks are going to be so much fun!

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

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Lammas Day CAL: Part 1 – Ploughing and Sprigs

Hooray! It’s here! Week 1 of the Lammas Day Crochet-Along and I’m super excited to start this journey of 4 weeks to create a harvest inspired shawl, and hopefully some wonderful crochet memories too!

If you are brand new to the CAL 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. If you want to join in the CAL using the same yarn I did I have put together a list of stockists on a previous post.  

During the duration of the CAL this pattern will be released part by part here on the blog, after the full CAL has finished there will be a FREE PDF ebooklet available on the Anchor Crafts website (link to follow).

We are going to make a start on our shawl today with increases to begin the shape of our triangle shawl, then we are going to follow up with ploughing our first field with some striped spike stitches, before planting those first sprig stitches as the crops in our first field begin to grow.

Lammas Day CAL: Part 1 – Ploughing and Sprigs

Yarn: Anchor Organic Cotton (4ply)

The amount listed below is the amount required to make the whole Lammas Day Shawl

  • 5 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00105 (Natural) – YARN A
  • 1 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00178 (Sunflower) – YARN B
  • 2 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00103 (Rocky Orange) – YARN C
  • 2 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00338 (Red Dunes) – YARN D
  • 1 x 50g / 125 m Organic Cotton: 00038 (Earthy Brown) – YARN E

Hook: You will need a 3.75mm (US size F/5) for this shawl. I have hooks, and other useful crochet tools, linked in my Amazon Store if this is something you need.

You will also need: Scissors, A yarn needle and stitch markers (mine were from Mrs G Makes).

Gauge: 5htr = 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 shawl and will possibly use more or less yarn than quoted as a consequence. 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 1 – 50cm long, 33cm at widest point

If you need a reminder of the shawl schematic you can find it on the CAL Planning post.

The pattern below is in UK Terms:

ABBREVIATIONS

  • RS                   Right Side
  • cm                   Centimetre
  • ch                    Chain
  • sp                    Space
  • st(s)                 Stitch(es)

STITCH GUIDANCE

  • Magic ring (MR): is also known as a Drawstring Ring or Magic Loop and is often used as a start for working amigurumi. To use a magic ring in crochet, you’ll make the first round of stitches into an adjustable loop. Then, simply pull the yarn tail to close up the loop nice and tight. If you are not familiar with this technique you could substitute with a ch2 and then work in the second ch from the hook.
  • Half Treble (htr): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • 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.
  • Spike Stitch (SPtr): A Spike treble st is a treble in the stitch directly in the row below;  yarn over, insert hook in top of the stitch 1 row below, yarn over, pull to height of working row, (three loops on hook), complete treble stitch as normal (e.g. yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through two loops).
  • Sprig Stitch: (2tr in the first st, ch3, 2tr in the next st, miss 2sts) on first row, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in the ch3-sp of the previous Sprig Stitch.

PATTERN NOTES

  • This pattern is for a triangular shawl that starts from one point and grows with each row; increases are made on one side only.
  • Add a stitch marker on the increase side, moving it onto the row as you work to help mark increase side.
  • You may also find it useful to add a stitch marker in the first stitch and the last stitch of each row.
  • Check stitch counts at the end of each row to keep on track
  • Keep any turning chains on the start of each row fairly loose so it doesn’t pull your work too tightly

CHART STITCH LEGEND

PATTERN – PART 1

Note: The ch1 at the start of each row does not count as a st

Row 1: (RS): With YARN A, MR, ch1, 2htr into the ring, turn. 2sts

Row 2: Ch1, 1htr in the first st, 2htr in the next st (first increase, this will form the increase side), turn. 3sts

Row 3: Ch1, 2htr in the first st, 1htr in each st across, turn. 4sts

Row 4: Ch1, 1htr in each st until the last st, 2htr in the last st, turn. 5sts

Rows 5 – 29: Repeat rows 3 – 4 twelve more times, and 3 once more, turn. 30sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends.

Attach YARN B to the top of the last st worked;

Rows 30 – 32: Repeat rows 4 – 3 once and row 4 once more, turn. 33sts

Fasten off YARN B and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 33: Ch1, 2htr in first st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat six more times, 1htr in the last 3sts, turn. 34sts

Rows 34 – 35: Repeat rows 4 and 3, turn. 36sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends. Attach YARN B to the top of the last st worked;

Row 36: Ch1, 1htr in the first st, SPtr in the next st, (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat seven more times, 1htr in the next st, 2htr in the last st, turn. 37sts

Rows 37 – 38: Repeat rows 3 and 4, turn. 39sts

Fasten off YARN B and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 39: Ch1, 2htr in the first st, 1htr in the next 2sts, SPtr in the next st (1htr in 3sts, SPtr in the next st), repeat seven more times, 1htr in the remaining 3sts, turn. 40sts

Rows 40 – 41: Repeat rows 4 and 3, turn. 42sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends. Attach YARN B to the top of the last st worked;

Row 42: Ch1, 1htr in the first st, (SPtr in the next st, 1htr in 3sts), repeat nine more times, 2htr in the last st, turn. 43sts

Rows 43 – 44: Repeat rows 3 and 4, turn. 45sts

Fasten off YARN B and weave in ends. Attach YARN A to the top of the last st worked;

Row 45: Ch1, 2htr in the first st, (SPtr in the next st, 1htr in 3sts), repeat ten more times, turn. 46sts

Rows 46 – 47: Repeat rows 4 and 3, turn. 48sts

Fasten off YARN A and weave in ends.

Attach YARN B to the top of the last st worked;

The next panel of the shawl will be worked in Sprig Stitch; at the start of the rows in this section the ch3 counts as a ‘tr’ st.

Row 48: Ch3, miss 2sts, (Sprig St) repeat ten more times across the row, miss 2sts, (2tr, ch3, 2tr) in the last st, turn.  49sts

Row 49: Ch3, working in the ch-3sp from the previous row (Sprig St) repeat eleven more times across the row, 1tr in the top of the beginning ch3 of the previous row, turn.  50sts

Row 50: Ch3, (Sprig St) repeat eleven more times across the row, 2tr in the last st, turn.  51sts

Row 51: Ch3, 2tr in the next st, (Sprig St) repeat eleven more times across the row, 1tr in the top of the beginning ch3 of the previous row, turn.  52sts

Row 52: Ch3, (Sprig St) repeat eleven more times across the row, [2tr between the 2tr and ch3 of the previous row, ch3, 2tr in the last st] counts as a Sprig St, turn.  53sts

Row 53: Ch3, (Sprig St) repeat twelve more times across the row, 1tr in the top of the beginning ch3 of the previous row, turn. 54sts

Row 54: Ch3, (Sprig St) in the last ch3-sp of row 53, then repeat twelve more times, 2tr in the last st, turn.  55sts

Row 55: Ch3, 2tr in the next st, (Sprig St) repeat twelve more times across the row, 1tr in the top of the beginning ch3 of the previous row, turn.  56sts

Row 56: Ch3, (Sprig St) repeat twelve more times across the row, [2tr between the 2tr and ch3 of the previous row, ch3, 2tr in the last st] counts as a Sprig St, turn.  57sts

Row 57: Ch3, (Sprig St) in the last ch3-sp of row 56; then repeat (Sprig St) thirteen more times across the row, 1tr in the top of the beginning ch3 of the previous row, turn. 58sts

Row 58: Ch3, (Sprig St) repeat thirteen more times across the row, 2tr in the last st, turn.  59sts

Row 59: Ch3, 2tr in the next st, (Sprig St) repeat thirteen more times across the row, 1tr in the top of the beginning ch3 of the previous row, turn.  60sts

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Video Tutorial:

Click on the image below to be taken to a helpful video tutorial for this section …

Or alternatively find on Youtube here.

And that’s it! Part 1 completed! I hope you’ve enjoyed the start and I can’t wait to see your shawls grow!

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:

The hashtags for this CAL are #LammasDayCAL #proud2craft #anchorcrafting and #kcacouk for Twitter and Instagram. We would also love it if you can tag KCACO.UK and AnchorCrafting on Instagram so we don’t miss your posts!

You can also join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest; re-pin from this board here.

 Save the project to your favourites on Ravelry 

Thank you for crocheting along with me – the next three weeks are going to be so much fun!

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

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Free Crochet Pattern | Creativa Tuck Baskets

Looking for a quick, easy and useful crochet project? Well I’m delighted to say that I’ve got another free pattern for you today, in collaboration with the lovely folks at Anchor Yarns, that might just be what you are looking for.

I’m a bit of a sucker for a crochet basket, I love them, so when I got the opportunity to play with some Anchor Creativa 8ply Cotton I knew the yarn was destined to become a basket idea I’d been thinking of. 

I really wanted to make a couple of baskets that were a different shape from the usual round baskets you see, I wanted to make at least two baskets, and I also wanted them to nest inside each other. The idea came from a sort of square box type basket that I’d seen made from fabric that I thought might make a good shape to try and recreate in crochet.

The finished result were the ‘Tuck Baskets’ named for two reasons; because they have a little tuck at the side to help them stand up and be more sturdy and because they can tuck inside each other.

For my baskets I used Creativa 8ply which is a yarn that I’d not had the opportunity to use before, though I’ve used the Creativa Fino 4ply for lots of different projects. The 8ply is the 4plys bigger sister; it’s quite a chunky DK with the same vibrant colour palette which makes it a great choice for home décor items. It’s a 100% cotton natural fibre, that’s soft and silky, that comes in a 50g / 70m.

I used 4mm hook (US size G/6), and 3 different colours (shades 4620008-00391 / Teal, Shade 4620008-00258 / Raspberry, Shade 4620008-00105 / Cream) to create these fun little baskets.

I enjoyed making them in the contrast colours of the Raspberry and Teal and then I used the Cream to tie them together. As I also love wooden buttons I included some 15mm ones in the finished aesthetic for each side which I think worked out quite nicely.

Square and cute these tuck baskets are perfect for displaying on your bookcase or cabinets to tidy away those small items that don’t have a designated space!

The Creativa Tuck Basket pattern is a free download available directly from the Anchor Crafts website here 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.

FREE ANCHOR PATTERN DOWNLOAD

Make them to match your house decor, or maybe gift as a cute house warming gift, there are so many possibilities – the choices are all yours!

The pattern is written in UK crochet terminology and I’ve linked it up on Ravelry too if you’d like to save it to your favourites on there (at the link below).

SAVE PATTERN ON RAVELRY HERE

Super simple to make and so practical; this pattern is perfect for beginners, as it only uses simple stitches – though I’ve also included a chart to the pattern for that extra helping hand.

If you hook up the Tuck Baskets 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) 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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Lammas Day CAL Planning

Happy Lammas Day to you! The wheel of the year is turning once more with the beginning of, hopefully, sunny days of August. Farmers, thoughts will be turning to gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats and more – and so ours thoughts are turning to our mini-crochet-along where, over the course of 4 weeks, we will crochet a seasonal shawl together that celebrates this time of year.

As promised I’m going to share with you some more information so you can get planning your Lammas Day Shawl including yarn amounts, hook size, the colours I used on the wrap – and even a little sneaky peep of the finished shawl for anyone that wanted to know what it looked like!

I did mention some of the details in my first announcement about the CAL (here) but this post will have all the information you need to get ready to start on 13 August 2021.

Yarn Colours and Amounts:

I’ve crocheted the wrap using five earthy, harvest themed shades of Anchor Organic Cotton; Natural, Sunflower, Rocky Orange, Earthy Brown and Red Dunes – such a lovely autumnal pallet!

Anchor Organic Cotton is an un-mercerised 100% cotton 4-ply yarn resulting in a natural soft touch and matt finish.

The amounts I used for my shawl are below;

Anchor Organic CottonBallsGramsMetres
Natural (00105)5250g623m
Sunflower 150g125m
Rocky Orange 270g150m
Red Dunes260g137.5m
Earthy Brown150g125m

Yarn Stockists:

The following stockists in the U.K have the yarn available to buy;

These next retailers also stock the yarn in UK, but it does not appear on their websites, so would need to be a phone call or in store visit for those who live nearby:

For overseas there are the following companies – though they do also ship to the UK;

Hook:

You will need a 3.75mm (US size F/5) for this shawl. I have hooks, and other useful crochet tools, linked in my Amazon Store if this is something you need.

Finished Shawl Size:

The finished shawl finishes up at roughly 165cm / 65″ long by 54cm / 21″ wide (at the widest point) using the yarn specified and at my gauge. Obtaining the correct gauge is not critical to this project but if your gauge does not match the gauge stated then your finished item may be a different size and potentially use more yarn than stated.

The schematic for the shawl can be seen below.

Pattern:

The pattern will be available for free here on the blog and, after the CAL has finished, as a free PDF, sponsored by Anchor Crafts, on their website. As well as the written pattern and charts of each section there will also be helpful video tutorials. Links to each part will be given on the relevant section of the shawl as per the schedule.

The Schedule, Updates and Support:

If you need a reminder of the schedule then you can find all the details on the CAL landing page (here) and you can keep up to date with the details via the following links:

The Facebook group is a lovely place of support, there are crocheters there of all experiences and it’s likely that someone will be able to help you with any questions you might have. You can of course always contact me too here on the blog.

And finally the moment many of you have been waiting for – a photo of what we will be making!

Links:

The hashtag for this CAL is are #LammasDayCAL #proud2craft #anchorcrafting and #kcacouk for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Part 1 will be released on 13 August – I can’t wait to start working on a beautiful wrap together.

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

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Crochet Now Magazine | Kawaii Coffee House Characters

A few months ago I was asked by the lovely folks at Crochet Now magazine if I’d to create some fun amigurumi’s to accompany a stitch marker set that they were giving away with Issue 71.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 71

The cute stitch marker set was based around a coffee house theme; there was a mini cup of coffee, a little donut and an tiny ice-cream with cute little smiley faces. I couldn’t resist such a fun project!

I used Paintbox Cotton DK for the characters which, if you are not familiar with, is a DK weight 100% Cotton which comes in 50g (125m) balls so there is a lot of yarn to play with. I used 1 ball in Light Caramel (409), 1 ball in Bubblegum Pink (451), 1 ball in Spearmint Green (426), 1 ball in Paper White (401) and 1 ball in the aptly named Coffee Bean (411) to make all the characters – and I still had yarn left over.

The suggested hook size for the yarn is a 4mm but I used a 3mm as I like to go down a couple of hook sizes for my amigurumi sometimes to get a tighter gauge (and to prevent holes which stuffing could come out of!).

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 71

I think I did quite a good job of colour matching to the stitch marker set, but luckily Paintbox Cotton DK comes in 56 different colours so I had plenty of choice. It also makes it a great yarn for amigurumi making, in fact I’ve used it a few times on different patterns.

And if you on the look out for some more cotton yarn for your stash LoveCrafts have actually got their July Sale on right now, up to 70% off knitting and crochet yarns on purchases until the end of July – you’re welcome!

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 71

The finished characters end up from 17cm tall (for the ice-cream), 12cm (for the coffee cup) and 9cm diameter for the iced donut, so perfect little mascot or desk top height.

I used some pieces of felt and my trusty glue gun for some elements of the faces and embroidered on the other details to finish them off with the right look and I was really pleased with how cute they turned out.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 71

❤️ SAVE KAWAII CHARACTERS ON RAVELRY ❤️

Issue 71 of Crochet Now magazine is packed with 39 summer patterns that you’ll love in a 100 page magazine, and it comes with the exclusive stitch marker bracelet set with the 3 super-cute original café-inspired stitch markers!

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 70

It’s 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 Kawaii Coffee House Characters 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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Lammas Day Mini Crochet Along Announcement

I’m delighted to announce a free mini summer crochet along, sponsored by the lovely people from Anchor Crafts, for a brand new design called the ‘Lammas Day Shawl’ 

Lammas is a festival, which falls on August 1, that traditionally celebrates the start of the harvest. Inspired by this festival, and to celebrate the launch of Anchor Crafts newest yarn; Anchor Organic Cotton, I’ve worked on a design with a head full of the images of ploughed fields, ripened grain, growth and the coming together to harvest the crops.

Over the space of a four week period we will crochet a triangular shawl which will be a perfect wrap for autumn evenings – I’m hoping you’ll picture warm late-summer sunsets over wheat fields every time you see it!

I’ve crocheted the wrap using five earthy, harvest themed shades of Anchor Organic Cotton; Natural, Sunflower, Rocky Orange, Earthy Brown and Red Dunes – aren’t they lovely! Yellow shades of the sun and harvest; orange and reds as things ripen, and a rich brown for for prosperity and gathering.

Anchor Organic Cotton is spun into an un-mercerised 4-ply yarn resulting a natural soft touch and matt finish. The colours are inspired by nature and created with vegetable bases dyes from 100% cotton GOTS certified fibres, created for conscious crafters who care for the environment. I’ve loved having the opportunity to create something special for you with this yarn.

CAL Details:

  1. There is no charge to join the CAL; anyone can join in as long as they have some yarn and a hook. 
  2. You can favourite / add this project to your Ravelry library here.
  3. All featured pattern elements in the CAL will be FREE of charge pattern on this blog and a FREE PDF sponsored by Anchor Yarns will be available on their website.
  4. As I release a new part of the pattern each week I will show you exactly how to tackle every stage of the design. The crochet along is supported by video tutorials, as well as step by step written instructions and charts.
  5. There are four parts in total to this wrap; one section will be released each week. For those that like a deadline I will be adding new details every week on a Friday – see below for the dates of the schedule. For those that want to hook when they have the time then that’s fine too; there’s no pressure to this CAL it’s all about having fun!
  6. The pattern will be available in UK Crochet terminology (a handy conversion chart is available here). I will also always include any helpful information about each element including links about special stitches with the release of each new section.

The Schedule:

The landing page for the CAL is available from the CALS AND MALS drop down at the top of the page (here), where I will link all the details in one place but you can also see the dates for the CAL below;

Lammas Day
1 August 2021
CAL Planning – Yarn amounts and hook size and details on support for the CAL
13 August 2021Part 1 – Ploughing and Sprigs
20 August 2021Part 2 – Shoots and Growth
27 August 2021Part 3 – Bringing in the Wheat
3 September 2021Part 4 – Abundance and Heritage

If you’ve never joined a CAL, but fancied giving it a go, this four part pattern might be the perfect time to try. CALs are a great way to learn new skills and techniques as well as enjoying creating a beautiful finished piece alongside other crafters.

Updates and Support:

Keep up to date with the details via the following links:

The hashtag for this CAL is are #LammasDayCAL #proud2craft #anchorcrafting and #kcacouk for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Lammas is a great time of year to work on honing your own talents, to learn a new craft, or get better at an old one! So set August 1 as the day we’ll start working on a beautiful wrap together.

I can’t wait to share this new crochet along with you!

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

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