I Like Crochet Magazine | Cup Cozies and Cowls

Squee! Guess what! I’m on the front cover of the new August issue of I Like Crochet! Well not me per say, but a very lovely model is on the front cover modelling my new Chevron Flair Cowl!

© I Like Crochet – August 2020

Chevron patterns are a bit of a classic, crochet staple aren’t they – I always think chevron crochet designs are not only fun to make but it produces such a great effect which even a beginner crocheter can achieve.

This design was actually designed with a beginner in mind, though I’m sure a more accomplished crocheter would enjoy a project of some lovely mindful rhythmic stitching – I know I did when making up the cowl.

© I Like Crochet – August 2020

I designed Chevron Flair Cowl using a fresh modern colour palette of Scheepjes Merino Soft DK yarn in Michelangelo: 603, Renior: 624, Ernst: 653 and Waterhouse: 649. I totally love these colours together!

If you’re not familiar with Scheepjes Merino Soft DK yarn it’s made up from 50% Wool Superwash Merino, 25% Microfiber and 25% Acrylic and is just SO squishy and lovely to work with. It was my first time using it, but I really enjoyed putting this cowl together using this yarn, and would definitely use it again for a future project.

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The cowl is light enough to wear on summer nights and warm enough for the first chilly days of autumn – the perfect accessory addition to your wardrobe in my opinion.

I sort of echoed the palette of the cowl with another design I have in this particular edition. As well as the Chevron Flair Cowl you can also find my Coffee Bean Stitch Mug Cozy.

© I Like Crochet – August 2020

This is a great stash busting pattern for bits of cotton yarn you might have in your stash. In this instance I used Garnstudio DROPS Paris in Light Old Pink: 59, Sage Green (62), Plum (66) and Rust (65).

Be the envy of all your friends, colleagues and fellow commuters with this cup cozy that will protect your hands from the heat of a piping hot cup of joe!

And what better stitch to use for a coffee mug cozy than the bean stitch? Soft, puffy and complete with a buttoned closure, I think this mug cosy puts the “fun” in functional.

© I Like Crochet – August 2020

As well as my chevron inspired patterns the August edition features over 19 summer / fall patterns and a range of interesting articles. SUBSCRIBE TODAY for a copy of the magazine straight to your desktop or iPad.

If you hook up the Chevron Flair Cowl or the Coffee Bean Stitch Mug Cozy I hope you’ll share your projects with me on social media as I’d I love to see them.

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

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20% Discount | Pattern Release: Angelica Mouse

One of the things on my to do list, which I’ve been trying to work through, is to organise the release of some of the patterns that I can now offer as an ‘independent pattern’.

With some magazines there is a contract which you enter into, when you take on the commission, to give the pattern exclusively to the magazine for a set period of time. When that time is over the rights of the pattern come back to you as the original designer so that you can release them independently yourself.

Formating the patterns into PDF downloads and converting the terminology to US and UK has been one of those jobs that I started off trying to do when the relevant time period elapsed – but for some reason I just haven’t got round to sorting them all out and now there’s a bit of a stack of them! So in a bid to get organised I’ve now set myself a reminder so I can start making some of these available for you.

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The first pattern I’m releasing today is because someone asked if it was now available (and so set me on my making patterns available quest!) – and that pattern is little Angelica Mouse!

You may remember that Angelica the Mouse appeared in Crochet Now, Issue 37 which was released back in January 2019, though I actually made Angelica back in July 2018 – so almost two years ago! It’s so crazy how fast time goes with these things.

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For Angelica, incase you were wondering, I used 1 ball of Scheepjes Stone Washed in Moon Stone (801), Lilac Quartz (818), Rose Quartz (820) and Larimar (828). Although I only made one mouse I think you might probably get two mice out of the 4 x 50g / 130m balls.

Angelica is one of those designs that I remembered feeling really proud of when she was finished. I’d had a picture in my head of how I wanted her to be and she pretty much turned out exactly how I wanted her too. And now she’s already for other’s to make – I can’t wait to see your Angelica projects!

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Do you fancy 20% off the pattern price? Just enter the coupon code: MOUSE on either Ravelry or Etsy until the 31 July to save.

There’s quite a few patterns I need to work through, but I’m not going to do them in any particular order – so just watch this space for new releases!

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

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New Crochet Pattern | Deramores Teddy Bear

​​I’m ‘beary’ delighted today to tell you I’ve got a ​new un-bear-ably cute ​pattern available now in my Deramores store​. ​Here’s a little self ‘pawtrait’ of my Teddy Bear design.

It’s always such a joy to create a teddy bear design because they are just such enduring appealing toys! I had many much-loved teddy’s, some of which I still have, and have cherished over the years – as I bet a lot of us have! I know my mum still has her teddy from when she was born, as does my brother! I definitely stem from a family of teddy bear lovers!

And I love the idea of this little guy being created and becoming someone a child turns to for a cuddle and to perhaps become a keepsake to remind them of childhood as they grow up!

But our love affair with teddies doesn’t have to end with the early years of our lives – I think this little fellow is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!

The teddy bear pattern comes with a cute red bow that can be sewn on as a bow tie or sewn on in front of the ear for a feminine look.

For my Teddy Bear I used Deramores Studio DK which I love; it’s wonderfully soft acrylic yarn which has been developed with anti-pilling technology – making it perfect for toys.

The Teddy Bear design is available as either a single pattern, for £1 / $1.25 (a real bear-gain!) in my Designer Shop, or as a kit with everything you need (pattern, yarn, stuffing and eyes) to make the Teddy Bear.

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

You should prob-bear-ly go and download the Teddy Bear right now! 

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

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

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Free Pattern| Boxing Rainbows Blanket

As Coronavirus sweeps across the UK, many people have responded by putting rainbow pictures in their windows. The rainbows have come to represent “positivity, hope and togetherness” during the pandemic. Today’s free blanket pattern not only take inspiration from that but also in the simple joys that a rainbow brings any time you see one.

It’s been a while since I shared a free pattern for you here on the blog, and I wanted todays blanket to be something positive that came from the lockdown, something that you could enjoy making, and maybe look forward to gifting to others after lockdown is over.

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During the pandemic I found myself looking for nice mindful patterns, where I could keep my hands busy and just lose myself in the stitches. Sometimes you just find a stitch pattern that you just enjoy making and for me that’s definitely the box stitch.

I think it might be known as other names, but to me it looks like rows of little boxes when put together.

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Worked in double knit this lightweight blanket is easy to memorise making it a perfect pattern for relaxing hooky time!  I made my blanket from some Scheepjes Colour Crafter that I’d got in my stash.

The following pattern is free here on the blog but it’s also available in my Ravelry, Etsy or LoveCrafts stores where there is a nominal fee for a downloadable 3 page PDF pattern free of advertisements if you’d prefer. The PDF download is available in UK or US crochet terminology.

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Oh and if you enjoy making this box stitch blanket then you may also enjoy the ‘Don’t Box Me In’ blanket I designed for Dear Ewe which features the same stitch. You can pick up that free pattern over on the Dear Ewe blog.

Boxing Rainbows Blanket

MATERIALS
Yarn: 8ply / yarn weight #3
 100g / 300m White
 25g / 75m Red
 25g / 75m Orange
 25g / 75m Yellow
 25g / 75m Green
 25g / 75m Blue
 25g / 75m Indigo
 25g / 75m Violet
 25g / 75m Pink
Scheepjes Colour Crafter in Weert (1001),
Amsterdam (1010), Gent (2002), Leuven (2008), Terneuzen (1821), Knokke (2012), Brugge (2003), Drachten (1827), Luik (2006) used in photos.
You will also need:
 Scissors
 A yarn needle

Hook: 4mm (US Size G/6)
Gauge: 2 clusters= 3.5cm / 1.37”
Obtaining the correct gauge is not critical to this project but if your gauge does not match then your finished item will be a different size. Pattern will work in other hooks and yarns though
finished size will be different.
Finished Size: 86cm (33.8”) long x 68cm (26.7”)

ABBREVIATIONS:
UK TERMS
st(s) stitch(es)
sl st slip stitch
ch(s) chain
dc double crochet
tr treble crochet
RS right side

STITCH GUIDANCE
Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook in st indi-cated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
Treble Crochet (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.
Cluster (Cl): Three treble crochets worked in a ch3-sp

PATTERN NOTES
 Make the blanket bigger or smaller by making the beginning chain in a multiple of 3+5 (stitch counts in the pattern are for the blanket size specified on page 1)
 A ch3 at the start of a row counts as a st

PATTERN
Row 1: (RS) With Pink; ch43, 1tr in the 4th ch from hook, 1tr in each st along until end, turn. 41sts
Row 2: Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of previous row, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn. 14dc + 13 x ch3-sps
Row 3: Ch3, (miss the next dc, 1Cl in the next ch3-sp) repeat across until the last st, 1tr in the last st, turn. 41sts / 13 clusters + 1tr at either end of row.
Rows 4 – 5: Repeat rows 2 and 3. Fasten off Pink and weave in ends.
Row 6: Attach White, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 7 – 9: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 10: Attach Violet, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 11 – 15: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Indigo and weave in ends.
Row 16: Attach White, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 17 – 19: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 20: Attach Indigo, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn. Rows 21 – 25: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Indigo and weave in ends.
Row 26: Attach White, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 27 – 29: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 30: Attach Blue, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 31 – 35: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Blue and weave in ends.
Row 36: Attach White, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 37 – 39: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 40: Attach Green, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 41 – 45: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Green and weave in ends.
Row 46: Attach White, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 47 – 49: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 50: Attach Yellow, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 51 – 55: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Yellow and weave in ends.
Row 56: Attach White, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 57 – 59: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 60: Attach Orange, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 61 – 65: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Orange and weave in ends.
Row 66: Attach White, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 67 – 69: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 70: Attach Red, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 71 – 75: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Red and weave in ends.
You will now need to rotate your work to the right so you can continue working on the long edge of the RS of your work.
Row 76: Attach White to the post of the 1tr of row 75, Ch3, 3tr in the first sp, then work a Cl in the tr post sp of each row along until the last tr last dc (of row 1), then work 4tr in the last sp, turn. 38 clusters + 2 x 1trs at the end of each row / 116sts
Rows 77 – 78: Repeat alternate rows of 2 and 3 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 79: Attach Blue, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 80 – 84: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Blue and weave in ends.
Row 85: Attach White, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 86 – 88: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends. Row 89: Attach Indigo, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 90 – 94: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Indigo and weave in ends.
Row 95: Attach White, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 96 – 98: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 99: Attach Violet, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 100 – 104: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Violet and weave in ends.
Row 105: Attach White, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 106 – 108: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 109: Attach Pink, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 110 – 114: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Pink and weave in ends.
You will now need to rotate your work to the right again so you can continue working on the other long edge of the RS of your work.
Row 115: Attach White to the post of the 1tr of row 75, Ch3, 3tr in the first sp, then work a Cl in the tr post sp of each row along until the last tr last dc (of row 1), then work 4tr in the last sp, turn. 38 clusters + 2 x 1trs at the end of each row / 116sts
Rows 116 – 117: Repeat alternate rows of 2 and 3 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 118: Attach Green, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 119 – 123: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Green and weave in ends.
Row 124: Attach White, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 125 – 127: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 128: Attach Yellow, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 129 – 133: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Yellow and weave in ends.
Row 134: Attach White, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 135 – 137: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 138: Attach Orange, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 139 – 143: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Orange and weave in ends.
Row 144: Attach White, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 145 – 147: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off White and weave in ends.
Row 148: Attach Red, in-between the first 2trs of previous row with a sl st. Ch1, (1dc in-between the first 2trs of row 1, ch3, miss 3sts, 1dc in-between the next 2trs of row 1) repeat across until end, turn.
Rows 149 – 153: Repeat alternate rows of 3 and 2 for the pattern. Fasten off Red and weave in ends.

And that’s it!

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

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

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Crochet Now Magazine | Pelagia Shawl

Issue 56 of Crochet Now magazine is out now and nestled amongst lots of lovely designs is a new pattern from me which is quite possibly one of my favourite shawl designs I’ve ever made! Allow me to introduce the Pelagia Shawl!

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 56

My inspiration for the shawl pattern was a bloom of jellyfish moving through shimmering water. Last year our family went on holiday to Anglesey and there was a beach there where the sea was just filled with jellyfish – I’ve never seen so many!

It was a design that, in my opinion, truly came to life when taken from the page and was crocheted up in the gorgeous Scheepjes Stardust yarn.

I’m already a fan of Scheepjes Stardust yarn, you may remember I used it for the Shining Light Wedding Wrap (get the free pattern here). It’s a soft and gentle blended yarn of mohair, wool, acrylic and polyester metallic thread. The yarn does have a halo around it, but it’s not super fluffy, and it feels nice and luxurious without it being too costly.

You can’t really see it on the photos but the yarn contains fine sparkling fibers that add an elegant shimmer when they catch the light – my inner magpie is in love with them. Aside from the sparkle and the light airy feel of the yarn I love the fact that it’s also soft without being scratchy like some sparkle yarns can be. I don’t think it will be the last time I use Scheepjes Stardust yarn!

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 56

It’s classed as a DK weight (Light Worsted / Sport Weight) and I’d say it’s definitely on the finer side of that spectrum, but I’ve found a 3.5mm (US size E/4) hook works perfectly to create the stitches and drape I was looking for.

For this design I chose Virgo (Shade 664), which is a gradient yarn with ranges from darkish almost maroon colour, through to white, with all blended pink shades in between. I wouldn’t normally class myself as a ‘pink’ person but this is a really pretty colourway and was just spot on for what I had envisaged.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 56

Everytime I look at this shawl I just fall in love with it again! I hope you all will like it too. It’s such a light and airy shawl, with that lovely subtle hint of sparkle, which I think would integrate perfectly with any modern wardrobe.

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Crochet Now issue 56 is available in supermarkets and online from CraftStash and you can also read Crochet Now digitally at www.pocketmags.com.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 56

If you hook up the Pelagia 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! 

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

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Book Review | Crochet Disney Princesses

Disclaimer: This book / pattern is one I have purchased (or used) for my own benefit.  I have not been financially compensated by the book company or the designer to write this review. All opinions expressed are my own and based on my own experiences of using the book / pattern.

It’s been awhile since I wrote a crochet book review, but my youngest daughter spied the Crochet Disney Princess Book, by Jessica Ward with patterns from designer Jana Whitley, on the shelf and demanded that I make her some for her birthday. And as a 4th birthday request, from a Disney Princess obsessed little girl, I felt I could hardly refuse.

The Crochet Disney Princess Book is a book and mini crochet kit published by Thunder Bay Press by Jessica Ward with patterns from designer Jana Whitley. I’ve had this book for awhile; it was first published in 2015 and I think I had it as a Christmas gift either that year or the year after – I’m a bit of a sucker for a book and kit!

I know I made my eldest (now 9) a Cinderella and an Ariel probably 3 or 4 years ago when I first had the book, this time I was going to tackle my other daughters favourite princesses Belle, Aurora and Snow White. Then the 9 year old asked if she could have a Merida – so it’s ended up with me making 4 different characters.

The book actually comes with 12 patterns for Disney’s Princess characters in total, these include: Cinderella, The Fairy Godmother, Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahonta, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida.

Each pattern comes in full-colour, in the 76-page instruction book with detailed patterns and colourful photos to guide you through.

To start you off, the kit includes all the materials needed to create Cinderella and Ariel, which I used up, but I have to confess I wasn’t much a fan of the kit materials when I used them previously, but the book is worth the money for the patterns alone I’d say so don’t let that put you off.

The book is written in US crochet terminology but there is a conversion guide supplied at the front of the book along with guidance for some of the special stitches that are used for making elements like the hair.

I’m trying to be good at the moment and use my stash for projects rather than buy more – because my stash is getting a tad ridiculous. So because I needed quite a few colours I used some Garnstudio Drops Paris Aran 100% cotton yarn that I had with a 4mm hook. In hindsight it was perhaps not the best yarn to use as it’s quite a thick and a fairly rigid sort of cotton, but because I had it in the colours I needed I made it work.

Due to time constraints with some other projects I had to work on I just finished Belle and ‘Roara’ as my littlest calls her. And I think my princesses turned out really well in the end. When the youngest opened them up as a present for her birthday she did squeal with delight – so totally worth making them!

Now that I’ve made six or so characters from this book I feel I’m able to thoroughly recommend the Crochet Disney Princess Book with confidence! It looks like it is not available via Amazon at the moment, but you might be able to purchase a copy second hand somewhere. I know that I will probably make more princesses in the future.

The characters just turn out so cute and the patterns are very well written – for anyone that is a Disney Princess fan these little amigurumi’s are just such fun patterns to make. You’ll definitely get a happy ending working up them up!

Have you been working on patterns from any crochet books recently? I’d love to hear about them – drop me a comment below.

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

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Free Crochet Pattern | XOXO Baby Blanket

I’m delighted to say that I’ve got another FREE pattern lined up for you today in collaboration with the lovely folks from Anchor Yarns. I’ve created a sweet new baby blanket with their Baby Pure Cotton yarn.

So without further ado allow me to introduce the XOXO Baby Blanket which is available for FREE from the Anchor website (see link below).

Baby Pure Cotton yarn is 100% cotton which is combed and not mercerised. It’s available in 24 soft powdered shades but I just used shade 00402 which is a lovely muted mushroom colour.

The yarn is ideal for babies as it’s hypoallergenic and saliva resistant to be entirely safe for the new-born. It’s also delicate and soft so very kind and gentle for babies sensitive skin. It’s also suitable to machine wash up to 60°C which is great for a baby blanket.

I used a 3.5mm hook (US size E/4) to create a square baby blanket which measures 76cm x 76cm (30 x 30 inches) which is perfect for Perfect for sleeping, cuddling or as a stroller cover.

I wanted to create something in a single block neutral colour so that crafters could imagine re-creating it in their own favourite shades – though you could totally mix and match the colours of the motifs to create something totally unique!

This pattern uses simple stitches throughout and has a nice texture whilst still having enough stitches to create a warm blanket. I’m a big fan of the popcorn stitch as it just creates such a wonderful texture that you just want to run your fingers over!

The XOXO Baby Blanket is 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.

FREE ANCHOR PATTERN DOWNLOAD

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

This blanket would be a great project for a beginner, or an intermediate crocheter. When you’re just learning to crochet, the thought of completing a whole blanket might seem impossible, let alone making an entire crochet blanket, but by working in smaller square motifs it breaks down the larger project into manageable chunks.

You could also easily make this blanket bigger by just increasing the number of square motifs you start with.

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 XOXO Baby Blanket 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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Crochet Pattern Release & Discount Code| Timmy the Tribal Cactus

Hey folks, hope you are all doing okay out there and enjoying some bank holidays sunshine. Perhaps I find you today looking for a new crochet project? Well I’ll get straight to the ‘point’ of my post today – meet Timmy the Tribal Cactus!

Now I’m a bit obsessed with cacti and succulents, I’ve always had them around my home, and I think I’m currently numbering around 7 or 8 different varieties around the house. I love house plants in general, but what I love about cacti in particular is the easy maintenance, they are so effortless to look after, they don’t need a lot of water (so it doesn’t matter if you forget sometimes) and they are just so interesting to look at.

Timmy the Tribal Cactus is actually a pattern that’s been floating around for a while. I have a sketchbook that I scribble ideas or sketches into; sometimes I’ll have a look over these notes again and what I haven’t made yet then becomes something I really want to make now – totally the case with this design.

Timmy is made from Ricorumi DK that I’d got in my stash. I really like Ricorumi to work with; it’s specifically designed for amigurumi creations so it works really well with any designs I’ve used it for.

If it’s something you’ve not tried before, and you are reading this in real time, I did notice it’s on sale from Deramores at the moment for 0.87p for the 25g (57.5m) balls (in fact there a 20% discount sale on all yarn from Deramores for the Bank Holiday weekend).

If Timmy prickles your fancy you can pick up the pattern now from my Ravelry, LoveCrafts (when it’s approved) or my brand new Etsy store (which I’m finally getting round to populating!). The 4 page Timmy the Tribal Cactus pattern is available in UK and US terms.

SAVE TIMMY THE TRIBAL CACTUS ON RAVELRY

Speaking of which Timmy the Tribal Cactus pattern has an exclusive Ravelry discount code of 40% off this weekend, just use code: ‘TIMMY’ at the checkout. There is also 40% off the pattern on Etsy, no code required.

FAVOURITE TIMMY THE TRIBAL CACTUS ON ETSY

Just out of curiosity I’d love to know where would you say your favourite place is to buy your patterns from? Personally I’ve bought from all sites but I’d say mine are usually purchased mainly on Ravelry.

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

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

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine |Flamingos and Monsters

Hey folks, how are you doing? Just a quick blog post today to say that I’ve got a couple of cool projects out now in issue 120 of Let’s Get Crafting Knitting and Crochet magazine.

The first one is a Monster Rucksack that I think your little monsters will love as much as I do! It was such a fun design to create and is a great stash busting project!

© Let’s Get Crafting Magazine – Issue 120

The thing with monsters is that there is no right or wrong way for them to look! You could get really creative with buttons, zips, poppers or ribbon and create something truly unique for your kids to carry their essentials. I have to say that the two models did an amazing job of showing the rucksack off too!

© Let’s Get Crafting Magazine – Issue 120

Instead of crocheting some backpack straps I decided to investigate using some pre-made straps. The ones I used were these ‘Backpack Replacements Straps‘ from Amazon, which I was really impressed with – I would definitely use them again in future projects. They worked really well, especially as the rucksack was a large one, they gave the back a bit more support, and the straps also won’t stretch overtime.

❤️ SAVE MONSTER RUCKSACK ON RAVELRY ❤️

I also had fun creating Kathie flamingo for this edition. I had a play with some colour-work to create something a little different and not your average looking flamingo.

Using fun different coloured stripes for interest, but still keeping some of the traditional pink, I think I’ve created something fun and new whilst still making sure it intrinsically keeps the look of a flamingo.

© Let’s Get Crafting Magazine – Issue 120

❤️ SAVE KATHIE THE FLAMINGO ON RAVELRY ❤️

There are lots of other fab things in this month’s edition some of the patterns I particularly love are Bath-olomew the Elephant by Sarah Louise Read, his little rubber ducky is just so cute, and the cover star this month, the Land Girl by Sachiyo Ishii, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the VE day landing, is just wonderful!

I’m also quite excited about the pattern for Winnie the Pooh that appears in this issue from the fab looking Winnie the Pooh Crochet Book by Megan Kreiner, he’s a bit of a favourite of mine so I think I’m going to have to make him!

© Let’s Get Crafting Magazine – Issue 120

There are 35 patterns in this months edition along with news, articles and tips. It also comes with a six yarn pack a hook and knitting needles.

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

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

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

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Crochet Now Magazine | Pomtastic Tassel Basket

Issue 55 of Crochet Now magazine is out now and I’ve got a brand new pattern inside that I’m quite in love with! Allow me to introduce the Pomtastic Tassel Basket! It’s a fabulously large basket, complete with pompoms and tassels for a fun finish, that’s perfect for storing lots of yarn in!

© Crochet Now – Issue 55

One of my favourite things to make is a basket; as a person who just seems to accumulate a lot of ‘stuff’ I just find it so satisfactory to be able to make storage solutions! I wanted this design to be a nice large basket so it’s got a circumference of 107cm and a height of 29cm – which means there’s more than enough room to hold all of your yarn for a big project.

I used Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK in four different colours (Wheat, Shrimp, Apricot and Fuchsia) combined with Ecru Stylecraft Craft Cotton (DK) worked doubled with a 5.5mm hook. It may seem that a 5.5mm hook is quite small for working two lots of double knit, but I was aiming for a nice tight fabric.

It was my first time working with Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK but I really like it, I think there’s about 30 odd different shades, so lots of choices to come up with some fun and modern colour combinations.

The large pom poms and tassels on the sides worked really well in the cotton too – I think it was my first time making either tassels or pom poms in cotton rather than acrylic!

With this design I also tried to overcome the challenge of having the basket become too floppy – which can happen when you are trying to make a larger basket. The key to a good basket, I’ve found, is having a sturdy base. This foundation is then and it’s supported by working in double stranded cotton with a nice tight stitch pattern which helps the sides stand up on their own.

© Crochet Now – Issue 55

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Crochet Now is available in supermarkets and online from CraftStash and you can also read Crochet Now digitally at www.pocketmags.com and it comes with a pom pom and tassel maker – perfect for if you want to get making the basket!

If you hook up the Pomtastic Tassel Basket 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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