Free Pattern | Christmas Decoration Trio

If you love Christmas then you are going to love what I’ve got to share with you today! I’m delighted to tell you that, in collaboration with the lovely folks at Anchor Crafts, I’ve got a brand new FREE trio of hanging ornaments for you.

There’s a shining star, a jolly holly wreath and a twirly tree in the set to get you in the holiday spirit. They are an awesome antidote to wanting to make something, but not too big, at Christmas time!

They make a great seasonal project to make you feel festive and are great to make as gifts too.

It’s no secret that Christmas is my favourite season and one of my most favourite things to make for the holidays are Christmas Tree decorations!

I love making decorations for several reasons, they are usually quick, satisfying, great stash-busters and something you can bring out to enjoy every year!

❤️ Favourite Christmas Decoration Trio on Ravelry ❤️

I used quite traditional shades of Anchor Creativa Fino for my ornaments which is 100% mercerized cotton, 4ply natural fibre yarn. and Anchor Metallic yarn, which is a blend of viscose (80%) and metallised polyester (20%), both with a 3mm (US size 5/0) hook. Along side the sparkle of the metallic yarn I also added some 0.6 seed beads and shiny bells because I think you can never have too much twinkle at Christmas!

I’ve used Creativa Fino for lots of projects now including some other tree decorations (most of which are free patterns with links here on the blog) I really like Creativa Fino to work with, it’s a nice firm mercerised cotton which I think works particularly well for amigurumi and ornaments like these.

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The pattern for the trio 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 ❤️

If you hook up any of the decorations 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 photos with us on social media (facebooktwitter or or as a project on Ravelry) – I love to see what you make! And finally you may wish to make sure you are signed up to blog (below) and / or my mailing list to get a reminder when new blog posts, discounts or new free pattern releases are available.

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

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Deramores | O’ Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how lovely are thy branches! There’s only 8 days left of November (eek) which means that Christmas tree time will soon be upon us! So I’m here to tell you about a couple of tree-mendously cute festive patterns that I’ve got in my Deramores shop that you might just want to tree-t yourself too.

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The first is a little tree-ditional looking Christmas tree pincushion, which is the perfect festive accessory to keep your pins and needles organised in the lead up to Christmas. It comes with a lifetime guaran-tree that it won’t drop any pins on the floor, and I think it would make a fun little stocking filler or Secret Santa gift.

I made my tree with Deramores Studio DK yarn in Fir, Gingerbread and a small amount of Mustard with a 3.25mm hook. The pattern is available as just the digital download or as a kit which you can pick up here.

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You might also like to add a sprinkle of Christmas magic to your workspace with a crocheted desktop Christmas tree which stands at approx. 36cm tall – perfect for bringing the cheer to those around you this holiday season.

This tree was also made with Deramores Studio DK yarn this time using Fir, Chocolate, Paprika and Citrine with a 3.25mm hook. The pattern is available as just the digital download or as a kit which you can pick up here. Please note the colours for the baubles are not included in the kit, you only need such small amounts that you could either use stash or you could purchase some of the smaller 50g Deramores Studio DK balls of yarn in a specific colour to match your own décor.

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If you were looking for more general amigurumi designs to make then you can find several different patterns in my Deramores Designer Shop.

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

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

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Free Crochet Pattern | Crochet Cloth Trio

A few months ago I was contacted by the folks at Performance Yarn to see if I would like to try out some of their products. Never one to shy away from trying something new, especially yarn related, I said yes please – and they kindly sent me a few of their products to try.

In the package that arrived their were a few different yarns; there were some balls of their Lollipop 100% organic cotton in a variegated shades of white, reds, browns and pinks. There was another type of yarn called Woolinen, which is a gorgeous 80% merino superwash and 20% linen each in a solid forest green and bracken brown colour, and finally some Cotton Bay which is 100% combed cotton in some lovely bright pink, yellow and white. That particular yarn caught my eye for a project that I’ve had on my mind to do for awhile now; I’ve been wanting to make some crochet cloths.

I’ve been asked a few times about good patterns for a newbie crocheters to try, especially if they don’t like the idea of making granny squares. Well crochet dishcloths are a great starter project and they are a great way to learn new stitches. As they are usually made with textured crochet stitches they are ideal for cleaning either your dishes or scrubbing your face. They make great gifts (for housewarming or for a spa bundle) and are usually quite quick to make.

The best type of yarn to use for crochet washcloths is either cotton (or a cotton blend) just like the combed Cotton Bay I was sent to try. Cotton is durable, absorbent, washable and dries quickly and fully so perfect for cleaning cloths.

The Crochet Cloth Trio pattern is available for free here on the blog or, if you prefer working with a printout, you can pick up a PDF of the pattern for a nominal price (links below).

The pattern below is written just in UK terms, if you aren’t sure of those you can view a handy US conversion chart here on the blog.

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Crochet Cloth Trio

Materials

Yarn Required: Approx 40g or less per cloth

Yarn Used: Performance Cotton Bay in shades:

  • 187 (Yellow)            YARN A
  • 02 (White)                YARN B
  • 34 (Pink)                  YARN C

About the yarn: 4ply / Sport weight: 120m per 50g ball .

Pattern will work in other hooks and yarns though finished size will be different.

Hook: 3mm (US size D/3)

You will also need:

Gauge: 5dc = 1inch / 2.5cm

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.

Finished Size:      8 x 8 inches (20.3 x 20.3cm)

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 indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Treble Crochet (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.
  • Front Post double crochet (FPdc): Insert hook from back to front around the post of the stitch of the stitch below. Yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through remaining two loops on hook.

Patterns

LEMON PEEL CLOTH

  • Beginning ch any odd number of stitches;
  • The ch1 / ch2 at the start of a row does not count as  a st

Row 1: With Yarn A; ch42, 1dc in second ch from hook, [1tr in the next ch, 1dc in the next ch] repeat across the row until the end, turn. 41 sts

Row 2: Ch2, 1tr in the first st, [1dc in the next st, 1tr in the next st] repeat across the row until the end, turn.

Row 3: Ch1, 1dc in the first st, [1tr in the next st, 1dc in the next st] repeat across the row until the end, turn.

Rows 4 –  32: Repeat rows 2 to 3 for the pattern or until your cloth measures your desired size. E.g. 8 x 8 inches (20.3 x 20.3 cm)

EVEN MOSS STITCH  CLOTH

  • Beginning ch any odd number of stitches;
  • The ch1 / ch2 at the start of a row does not count as  a st
  • Do not pull your slip stitches too tight

Row 1: With Yarn B; ch42, 1htr in second ch from hook, [sl st in the next ch, 1htr in the next ch] repeat across the row until the end, turn. 41 sts

Row 2: Ch1, sl st on the top of the previous 1htr [ 1htr on top of the sl st of the previous row, sl st on top of the htr of the previous row ]  repeat across the row until the end, turn.

Row 3: Ch1, 1htr on the top of the previous 1htr [ sl st on top of the htr of the previous row, 1 htr on top of the sl st of the previous row ]  repeat across the row until the end, turn.

Rows 4 –  46: Repeat rows 2 to 3 for the pattern or until your cloth measures your desired size. E.g. 8 x 8 inches (20.3 x 20.3 cm)

VINTAGE RASPBERRY STITCH CLOTH

  • Beginning ch any even number of stitches;
  • The ch1 at the start of a row does not count as  a st
  • Do not work the FPdc too tightly

Row 1: With Yarn A; ch43, 1dc in second ch from hook, 1dc in each st until end., turn. 42 sts

Row 2: Ch1, [1dc in the next st, 1FPdc in the next st] repeat across the row until the end, turn.

Row 3: Ch1, 1dc in the next st, [1dc in the next st, 1FPdc in the next st] repeat across the row until the last 2sts, 1dc in the remaining sts, turn.

Rows 4 –  44: Repeat rows 2 to 3 for the pattern or until your cloth measures your desired size. E.g. 8 x 8 inches (20.3 x 20.3 cm)

Edging for all Cloths

Do not fasten off after the last row but work 1dc evenly along each row and row end (with 3dc in each corner). Fasten off and weave in ends.

BLOCKING

Your cloths may benefit from being blocked;

1. Completely soak your item in cold water then gently squeeze (without wringing it) out some of the excess water.

2. Using your tape measure and pins, carefully pin your item on your blocking board

3. Double check your measurements if necessary (i.e. check the height and width are correct)

4. Leave to dry completely over 24 hours and then unpin.

And that’s it! I hope you enjoy using your new cloths!

If you enjoyed this pattern please give it a love, or leave a comment or review on the platform you got it from – And  I hope you’ll share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! And finally you may wish to make sure you are signed up to blog (below) and / or my mailing list to get a reminder when new blog posts, discounts or new pattern releases are available.

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

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Happily Hooked Magazine | Elektra Scarf

Does this scenario sound familiar to you…you see some gorgeous yarn that you fall completely in love with so you have to take it home with you. You didn’t have a plan when you bought it and now you don’t know what to make with just one skein. It sits on your shelf, waiting for it’s moment, you take it down and pet it now and again, but you just haven’t found the right project.

This is totally me! Which is why I’m trying to develop a catalogue of one skein projects for you (and me) to use up our precious solitary skeins that deserve to be used! And that brings me neatly to the latest issue of Happily Hooked Magazine where there is a new collection of one skein projects – including one from me; allow me to introduce the Elektra Scarf.

For the Elektra Scarf I used a gorgeous hank of yarn from my stash by indie yarn dyer Mothy and the Squid. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I’ve had it for awhile, but I always knew what I wanted it to be, it’s just I didn’t have the time until now!

The yarn I used was called Lungwort and it was in a 100g skein (400m) which I used with a US Size D/3 (3.25mm) crochet hook (and I’d also recommend having some stitch markers handy for the start and finish of each row).

It was lovely yarn to work with as it was a beautiful blend of 75% superwash merino, 20% nylon and 5% stellina (which is like fine glittery thread) which gave it a gorgeous bit of sparkle.

That hint of sparkle thread in the yarn is what gave me the ‘spark’ of inspiration to create a sort of lightening bolt shaped scarf. It took a bit of calculating but I really love how it turned out; I love that it’s an unusual shape for a scarf but that it’s still practical. I’m hoping that if you were to combine this design with some beautiful yarn of your own it will make a scarf that everyone is sure to admire whenever you wear it.

The name of the scarf I already had in my head as it stems from my love of mythology; Elektra is a Greek goddess of storm clouds and it’s from her name that we get the word electricity which all seemed to fit.

Rather weirdly, as I did a mini photo shoot for this scarf, what was a lovely sunny day turned into a thunderstorm, I like to think that Elektra approves of the design, rather than it bring the rain! I have worn the scarf since with no inclement weather changes so I think you’ll be safe!

Issue 92 ‘One-derful Tonight’ is out now and you can find out more details about the magazine on the Happily Hooked Magazine website. Happily Hooked & Pattern Pack Pro Are TWO monthly US digital magazine assembled by makers for makers.

If you make up the Elektra scarf I hope you’ll share any finished photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! 

You may also wish to make sure you are signed up to blog (below) and / or my mailing list to get a reminder when new blog posts, discounts or new pattern releases are available.

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

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Free Crochet Pattern | Unicorn Baby Set

I’m delighted to say that I’ve got another FREE pattern for you today, in collaboration with the lovely folks at Anchor Yarns. This time we’ve come up with a cute unicorn baby set for you, which I made, with their lovely Baby Pure Cotton yarn.

If you are not familiar with Baby Pure Cotton yarn  it’s a natural 100% cotton which is combed (so not mercerised) making it a lovely soft yarn to work with. It’s available in 29 soft powdered shades; I used 1 ball of cream (00105), 1 ball of grey (00398), 1 ball of pink (00423) and 1 ball of blue (00128) in total (though it was only a tiny bit of the pink and blue so you’d have some left over for other projects).

The yarn is ideal for babies as it’s hypoallergenic and saliva resistant to be entirely safe for new-borns. It’s also delicate and soft so very kind and gentle for babies sensitive skin.

I’ve used this yarn several times before (on the free XOXO baby blanket and the free Sherbert Star Granny Square) and it’s a yarn that works well with a 3mm to 3.5mm hook / US D/2 to E/4 (in this instance I used a 3mm hook).

I also used a natural wooden teething ring and a squeaker and a rattle insert to make the teether and rattle a fun bit of stimuli and discovery for baby. You will also need;

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The Unicorn Baby Set is the perfect gift for a baby shower or new baby gift! The 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

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 pattern would be suitable for adventurous beginners or for crocheters new to amigurumi as they are quite simple shapes to make with just increases and decreases.

Handmade baby rattles and teethers are such a cute gift to gift a baby and new parents, but please note that it is the responsibility of the maker to ensure that toys, made using this pattern, are safe for young children and are suitably tested before gifting.

If you hook up the Baby Set 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 photos with us on social media (facebooktwitter or or as a project on Ravelry) – I love to see what you make! And finally you may wish to make sure you are signed up to blog (below) and / or my mailing list to get a reminder when new blog posts, discounts or new free pattern releases are available.

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

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The HOLIDAY Crochet Pattern BUNDLE- Limited Offer!

 

Hey folks, how are you? Now I don’t know about you but as the days are getting colder I just want to snuggle up somewhere cosy and crochet ALL the things!

If you were on the look out for some new patterns to work on then the Holiday Crochet Pattern Bundle has just opened!

Hang on, I hear you say, what IS the Holiday Crochet Pattern Bundle? Well you’ve probably seen times where a group of crocheters get together to offer a limited time bundle of patterns, at a heavily subsidised price? Maybe you’ve even bought one? I know I have! Well it’s just that, and this time I’m joining in with one of my designs.

And I’m not the only one, the Holiday Crochet Pattern Bundle features over 40+ designer crochet patterns hand picked for your holiday / Christmas season. Best part of all you can get them all for 90% off – sounds too good to be true? It’s not, it only works when we designers club together to make a limited offer. Loads of cool crochet patterns for you + supporting indie designers = win, win, right?!

The pattern I’ve included in the bundle is the Sugar Plum Christmas Stocking which you may remember featured in Crochet Now magazine last December. It’s a perfect pattern for this time of the year as it’s fast and quick to make. As it’s made with really thick yarn you can whip up this fabulously chunky stocking in no time. I used King Cole Timeless Super Chunky with a both a 8mm hook and a 9mm hook. The finished stocking works up at about 50cm long x 21cm wide so plenty of room to fit in presents!

There’s some really fab designs on offer in this bundle! All the designs have been carefully selected to provide you with a good range of crochet patterns from amazing designers.

This bundle has every holiday worthy patterns and gift-appropriate patterns you could ever need; from home décor to garments, to accessories to amigurumi to so much more! As I said, you can get your hands on 40 different patterns at 90% off, but the catch is it’s only available for FIVE days! Click here to get your hands on the bundle before it’s gone forever!!

What’s in it for you? Well not only can you pick up loads of great discounted patterns, you also get to support some indie crochet designers, like myself, who potentially get a little bit of commission money if you click on and buy the bundle from their link (pick mine ‘hint, hint’ – but only if you want to xx). It’s how many of us are able to continue creating crochet patterns for you to enjoy.

So go and grab your copy, I don’t want you to miss out! Go get my Sugar Plum Stocking in the Holiday Crochet Pattern Bundle – there’s no time to waste as this bundle will no longer be available for purchase after Friday 12 November 2021.

So main bits again in a nutshell, fabbo bundle, sale only lasts for FIVE days, after that the Holiday Crochet Pattern Bundle won’t exist anymore – so what are you waiting for, go grab your copy at the link below.

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

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Mellow Mallow MAL Announcement

I’m super excited to be joining forces again this winter with talented yarn dyer Kitey, aka The Yarn Whisperer, to bring you a brand new seasonal make-along.

Imagine, it’s Boxing Day evening, all the main festivities are over, you are feeling nice and relaxed and are ready for a cosy evening, snuggled up warm by the fire, with a nice new crochet project, and some lovely new yarn, to work on.

So toast those marshmallows, roast some chestnuts and sip some mulled wine as we dive in together with the Mellow Mallow MAL!

If you are not sure what a MAL is, you can read more on the MAL landing page here, but Kitey and I have been working hard to bring together the best bits of a traditional Christmas along with a modern twist creating a lovely winter treat for you!

This time around we are going to be making a triangular scarf, which I’m not going to show you yet, but I will say, for this design, Kitey and I have been digging into ideas of all the cosy things – and I love how it’s turned out!

Kitey has worked his magic to put together an amazingly special colourway for this MAL and the pre-order’s for MAL kits are available The Yarn Whisperer website NOW (4 November 2021) at the cost of £37 + postage.

An exclusive pattern and kit have been created for this extra special MAL. Each kit will include:

  • 2x 100g / 400m skeins of skeins of Corriedale Sock 80/20 yarn, in an exclusive hand-dyed colourway.
  • A digital copy of the pattern (which will be sent to you 22nd – 23rd December)
  • a few extra treats, including an EXCLUSIVE @mrsgmakes stitch marker, just for good measure!

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AND if you order your kit in the first 24 hours you can enjoy a 10% Early Bird discount.

Kits will be dyed to order over the coming weeks, with generally a 1 week turn-around from order to shipping. But get in quick to ensure you get yours in plenty of time to crochet along with us!

Last International orders will be shipped by 21 November if ordered by 15 November. UK orders will continue to be shipped after this date, but ordering early ensures yours arrives in plenty of time to join us on 26 December 2021.

The MAL will start on 26 December 2021 and will run until 26 January 2022 when everyone can have a ta-dah moment and show off their scarves. We have put together a long make along period because we wanted it to be a project you can pick up when you want to and enjoy the making without feeling rushed to finish.

I’ve put together all the details for this particular MAL on a landing page which you can find to save the details here, or find via the top menu of this blog under the tab ‘CALS AND MALS’.

There will be support for the pattern as usual in my Facebook group; the KCACO-UK Crochet Community Group.

You can also pop in and join in with the Virtual Stitch-n-B*tch sessions hosted by Kitey – Wednesday evenings from 7pm, Friday’s from 5.20pm and Sunday’s from 5pm (see full details on Kitey’s Insta page). These sessions are a bit like going to a virtual knit and natter group, and everyone there is really lovely and helpful.

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

We do hope that you will join both Kitey and I for this fun make-along – we can’t wait to see your wonderful new projects come to life!

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

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Free Crochet Pattern | Autumn Turn Afghan Block

I’m so excited to finally share with you a brand new free crochet block pattern. It’s called an Autumn Turn and it’s inspired by the turning of the seasons.

I love Autumn, and I love nothing better than going for a lovely walk when it’s a crisp Autumn day, where it’s not too cold, but you have to get a bit wrapped up in some woollies. Inspired by the colours and textures you might see if you are out and about this time of year the Autumn Turn Block makes for a cosy project that would look great together in a blanket or as a component in a multi-square afghan.

My Autumn Turn Crochet Block is featured in the Cozy Fall MAL by Knitting with Chopsticks and Noor’s Knits (you can read all about the MAL here). From 4th – 29th October you can purchase a crochet bundle that includes all the crochet square patterns in one handy PDF file. 50% of each purchase will be donated to Cure Childhood Cancer charity. Purchase 1 or both pattern bundles; each purchase counts as an entry to win one of the three prize bundles

Click the button below to see all the previous squares:

The bundle is only available for the duration of the event with patterns written in US terms! All squares are designed using worsted weight yarn so go check your stash and get ready to join in the fun to create some beautiful squares, or a blanket that brings joy to someone in need.

The pattern below is written just in UK terms. But you can view a handy conversion chart here on the blog.

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Autumn Turn Afghan Block

Materials

Yarn: 10ply / yarn weight #4 (Worsted), Scheepjes Stone Washed XL used in photographs.

  • Moonstone (841) YARN A
  • Smokey Quartz (842) YARN B
  • Coral (856)   YARN C
  • Yellow Jasper (849)  YARN D
  • Canada Jade (846)  YARN E

Pattern will work in other hooks and yarns though finished size will be different.

Hook: US size H/8 (5 mm )

You will also need:

Gauge: 4dc = 3inch / 7.6cm

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.

Finished Size:      8 x 8 inches (20.3 x 20.3cm)

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 indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Treble Crochet (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.
  • V-Stitch (Vst): (1tr, ch2, 1tr) in same st
  • Puff Stitch  (PF): In this pattern the puff stitches should be worked as follows; 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) repeat from ( …) twice more. times (9 loops on hook)  Yarn over and pull through 8 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook to close.   
  • Spike double crochet (SPtr): The spike stitch is worked using the same steps as a treble         crochet stitch, but instead of working into the current row where you are crocheting, you drop down and work it into a row or space below the current row. You always draw the yarn up so that the top of the stitch is still exactly where the top would be if this were a normal treble.
  • 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

  • The ch1 at the start of a rnd does not count as  a st
  • The ch2 at the start of a rnd counts as a half treble st.
  • The ch3 at the start of a rnd counts as a treble st.

Working in the Front / Back Loop Only (FLO / BLO): If you hold your piece of crochet in front of you with the Vs of the stitch on top, the part of the V closest to you is the front loop. The part of the V farther away from you on the opposite side is the back loop. When a pattern asks you to  crochet into the back loop or front loop only insert your hook into the relevant loop and crochet as instructed.

Pattern

Rnd 1: With Yarn A; ch4 and sl st to form a ring, Ch3, work 11 tr into the ring, sl st to the top of the beginning ch3 to join. Fasten off A and weave in ends. (12sts)

Rnd 2: Join Yarn B with a sl st to the top of any st; Ch3, 1tr in the same st, working in BLO, 2tr into each st around, sl st to the top of the beginning ch to join. Fasten off B and weave in ends. (24sts)

Rnd 3: Join Yarn A with a sl st to the top of any st; Ch1, [ 1dc in 2 sts, then working in FLO of rnd 1, SPtr } repeat { … } around. Fasten off A and weave in ends. (36sts; 24 dc / 12 SPtr)

Rnd 4: Join Yarn C with a sl st to the top of any st; Ch2, 1htr in the next st, 2htr in the next [1 htr in the next 2sts, 2htr in the next ] repeat  { … } around. Fasten off C and weave in ends. (48sts)

Rnd 5: Join Yarn D with a sl st to the top of any st; Ch5 (Counts as 1tr + 2ch), 1tr in the same st, miss st, PF in the next st, [miss st, V-St in the next st, miss st, PF in the next st, miss st] into each st around, sl st to the top of the 3rd ch of the beginning 5ch to join. (48sts; 12PF / 12 Vsts / 24ch2-sps)

Rnd 6: Starting from the join from the previous rnd, into the next ch2 sp along; ch3, 2tr in the same sp, ch2, 3tr in the same sp, sl st in the top of the next PF from the previous rnd, [ (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in the next ch2-sp, sl st in the top of the next PF from the previous rnd ] repeat [ …} around. Fasten off D and weave in ends. (12 petals)

Rnd 7: Join Yarn E with a sl st to the top of any sl st; Ch6 (counts as 1tr + 3ch), 1dc in the next ch2 sp (of the petal tip), ch3, [ 1tr in the next sl st, ch3, 1dc in the next ch3sp, ch3] repeat [ …} around, ending with a sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning 6ch. Fasten off E and weave in ends. (24sts + 24 x ch3-sps)

Rnd 8: Join Yarn C with a sl st to the top of any dc st, Ch4 (Counts as 1dtr) 2dtr, ch3, 3dtr in the same st, [ 2tr in the next ch-sp, 1htr in the next st, 2htr in the next ch-sp, (1dc in the next st, 2dc in the next ch-sp) repeat ( …) once more, 1dc in the next st, 2htr in the next ch-sp, 1htr in the next st, 2tr in the next ch-sp, (3dtr, ch3, 3dtr) in the next st ] repeat [ …} twice more,  2tr in the next ch-sp, 1htr in the next st, 2htr in the next ch-sp, (1dc in the next st, 2dc in the next ch-sp) repeat ( …) once more, 1dc in the next st, 2htr in the next            ch-sp, 1htr in the next st, 2tr in the next ch-sp, sl st to the top of the beginning ch to join. Fasten off C and weave in ends. (92sts + 4 x ch3-sps)

Rnd 9: Join B with a sl st to any ch3-sp corner, ch1, [ (1dc, ch2, 1dc) in the same sp, 1dc in each st across ] repeat [ …} around until end. Sl st to the top of the first st to join. Fasten off and weave in ends. (100sts + 4 x ch2-sps)

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed your turn through the season.

BLOCKING

Your square may benefit from being blocked;

1. Completely soak your item in cold water then gently squeeze (without wringing it) out some of the excess water.

2. Using your tape measure and pins, carefully pin your item on your blocking board

3. Double check your measurements if necessary (i.e. check the height and width are correct)

4. Leave to dry completely over 24 hours and then unpin.

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Anchor Crafting | Time to Celebrate Magazine

In excited anticipation of our favourite time of the year, the folks at Anchor Crafting have put together a magazine which includes over 30 designs perfect for Xmas and the New Year – and I’m excited to say that I’ve got two brand new designs that have been included.

The first is a sweet Christmas ornament featuring a little crochet campervan carrying a Christmas tree.

I think this Christmas keepsake is perfect for nostalgic memories of bringing your Christmas tree home to decorate for the holidays.

The design was inspired by the type of ornament you often see of a vintage car or a truck carrying a Christmas tree – but what about if you have a campervan? So I drew a little sketch and I think the my campervan came pretty close to the look I was after.

As you can see by my notes, I used several shades of Anchor Creativa Fino, which is 100% mercerized cotton, 4ply natural fibre yarn. and Anchor Metallic yarn, which is a blend of viscose (80%) and metallised polyester (20%), which is just perfect for adding a bit of festive sparkle!. I used a 3mm (US size 5/0) hook with both yarns, and a trustly Chibi needle to help with the embroidery and sewing together. A perfect gift for any campervan owners or campervan coveters!

❤️ Favourite Christmas Campervan on Ravelry ❤️

The second pattern I designed for the magazine was for a Christmas Drummer, who just makes me think of the Little Drummer Boy Christmas Carol (Pa rum pum pum pum!).

I used the same Anchor Creativa Fino and Anchor Metallic yarn as the Christmas campervan, though including some different colours, and again a 3mm (US size 5/0) hook to keep my stitches nice and tight.

I love how he turned out and I think he would make a delightful addition to your festive décor with his sparkly drum and uniform.

❤️ Favourite Christmas Drummer on Ravelry ❤️

There’s a collection of over 30 seasonal projects in the Time to Celebrate Magazine; perfect for gifting, decorating your home and adding that glamourous finishing touch to any outfit. And it includes patterns for all skill levels from beginners to expert crafters.

As well as my designs there is a beautiful wreath to welcome guests at the door, lots of cheerful handmade accessories including sparkling trees, decorative garlands. There’s also Christmas decorations from baubles and snowflakes, to adorable hearts and stars, and even add a dash of luxury to your table setting with stunning place mats and table runner to ensure you dine in style. And as a finishing touch why not make a beautiful shawl or accessory to complement your outfit and bring a hint of festive glamour!

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The pattern magazine is available from the Anchor website priced at €5.95 (£5.02 / $6.91) for which you get access to over 30 designs.

❤️ Link to A Time To Celebrate Magazine ❤️

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

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

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Crochet Now Magazine | Christmas Pusheen & Friends

I’m super excited to tell you about the latest issue of Crochet Now magazine as it’s rather a special issue for me! Get set for a purr-fect Christmas with eight new festive Pusheen the Cat patterns in an exclusive 36 page supplement available with Issue 74.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Supplement available with Issue 74

You may remember in December last year Crochet Now magazine featured a little Pusheen I’d designed in a wee Christmas hat. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to create some more of her iconic looks in crochet.

There’s eight new patterns altogether; Pusheen in a scarf and Christmas hat with  her friend Sloth, and there’s also a large cookie for Pusheen to hold, a festive wreath, candy cane, large mitten and present, and a Christmas Hat (that fits Sloth) to help create your own Pusheen Xmas scene.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Supplement available with Issue 74

For Pusheen I used some of the same Ricorumi DK yarn ‘Pusheen’ shades I used before, bringing in some more colours like Candy Pink, Turquoise, Caramel and Chocolate, all with a 3mm hook, for a lovely wintery palette.

If you are not familiar with Ricorumi DK yarn I can definitely recommend. It’s some of my favourite yarn to work with and it comes in the cutest 25g (57.5m) balls which is perfect for making these little multicoloured amigurumi characters.

❤️ SAVE PUSHEEN ON RAVELRY ❤️

© Crochet NOW magazine – Supplement available with Issue 74

I’ve actually got another pattern in this issue, you may remember Alina the Ballerina from an issue of the January issue of Your Crochet and Knitting magazine. Well in Issue 74 there’s another chance to make your hooks dance to make up this cute dancing doll.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 74

This elegant doll is dressed to perform in her ballet slippers and tutu and is ready to twirl away to the music! This Alina has been made with Cascade 220 Superwash yarn, which is a DK yarn available in 101 different colours with a 3.5mm hook. She would make the perfect gift for any little girl who loves to dance!

❤️ SAVE ALINA THE BALLERINA ON RAVELRY ❤️

Issue 74 is available to buy from your local supermarket or you can grab a digital version from www.craftstash.co.uk/books-magazines

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

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

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