I’m delighted to announce a brand new puppy pattern for you in collaboration with Deramores and Wood Green, The Animal Charity. Meet the official Wood Green Dera-Dog that’s looking for its fur-ever home!
The partnership has been designed to bring crafting communities together to support animals in need. Wood Green is a pet charity that makes a difference to the lives of pets and people across the UK. As a charity they help rehome pets into loving homes and also educate and supports pet owners, so that they can enjoy a mutually rewarding and happy relationship with their pets.
The charity helps thousands of dogs, cats and small pets, many who have been abandoned and neglected, to have a second chance at happiness – and no animals are ever turned away!
If you are a crafter you can help support this charity by creating the Deramores Wool Green dera-dog digital pattern or kits. The design is available as just the pattern on it’s own, or as a kit with everything you need (yarn, safety eyes, stuffing) to make your own dera-dog.
With every purchase Deramores will donate 50% of the RRP, excluding VAT, from the sale of the crafting pattern and 10% of the RRP from the sale of the crafting kit is paid to Wood Green Enterprises Limited, who covenants all its taxable profits to Wood Green, The Animals Charity – registered charity number 298348.
For my little puppy I used Deramores Studio DK in Ebony, Oatmeal , White and Peridot, with a 3.25mm hook, and the finished result is a lovely cuddly puppy that you can make for yourself or a loved one.
Do you need some-bunny to love? Then I might just have the perfect new pattern for you! Allow me to introduce the new Cuddle Bunny pattern that’s available now in my Deramores Designer Shop.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears and I think you’ll find that this little guy is simply ear-resistible for bunny or animals lovers.
I used Deramores Studio DK in Frost and Rose for my bunny and a 3.25mm hook (US size D/3). I love the softness of Deramores Studio DK, it’s perfect for toys, especially as it’s anti-piling, and if you’ve followed me for awhile you’ll know I really enjoy working with it.
Are you a unicorn fan? There’s a new unicorn in my Deramores Designer Shop if you were after a pattern.
If you follow me in other places then you may have had a sneek peep at these guys – my plan was to write up a blog post back in January but having everyone home (due to the UK being back in lockdown at the moment) is kicking my behind in terms of productivity! So whilst the kids are amused I’ve snuck into the other room to write this up.
The patterns is available as a kit in two different colourways pastel pink or rainbow, my youngest daughter particularly likes the pink unicorn, or as just a digital pattern download.
For both unicorns I used Deramores Studio DK and a 3mm hook. If you are a follower of this blog you’ll know that I’ve used Deramores Studio DK for several designs and projects and I really enjoy working with it, it’s a lovely soft and squishy yarn.
Wool on the Exe is a yarn store in Devon that brings local knitters together to socialise and make items for charity. They specialise in beautiful British yarns, especially those produced locally in Devon and Cornwall.
Back in April / May time whilst lockdown was going on here in the UK I saw a call out for submissions for, either local designers or designers inspired by Devon and the surrounding area, to come up with something that might be suitable to appear in a book they were putting together.
Well I do love a bit of a suggestive brief, and as a family we’ve enjoyed many happy holidays down in that part of the world, so I felt inspired to submit an idea – which was then excitingly accepted.
The Iska Mitts were inspired by the River Exe, which flows along the length of Devon, and whose name derives from ‘Iska’ meaning ‘water’ or ‘abounding in fish’.
The fingerless mitts are worked in textured crochet stitches that represent the movement of water and waves. The pattern starts with the cuff, worked flat and then joined. The hand is then picked up from the cuff and worked in the round with thumb gusset shaping and I’ve included two sizes for medium or larger hands. I would say that this is an easy to make fingerless mitt pattern suitable for advanced beginners.
I used a new yarn to me called Fyberspates Vivacious DK which is a robust high twist 100% Merino wool! When you say merino I always think it’s going to be gorgeous and it was, and for a hand dyed yarn it’s really robust, you can machine wash it (which is a bonus in my book).
The double knit (light worsted) yarn comes in a proper twisted skein and the colourway I used for the Iska Mitts was called Denim (Shade 831) which, as you can imagine, is a mixture of dark and mid blues reminiscent of denim jean.
Now it just so happens that I’ve recently reached the milestone of 4K followers on Instagram so I’ve decided, to coincide with the launch of the book, to do a giveaway of a copy of the book over on Instagram.
I’m waiting for my copy of the book but when I receive it I’m going to take a photo for the giveaway, just so you can see it but I’m keeping that copy, what I’ll do is purchase a new copy and get it sent directly from Wool on the Exe directly to the winners door – so make sure you look out for that giveaway coming soon!
But if you can’t wait until then the book costs £12 and contains a collection of eight knitting patterns, five crochet patterns, two needle-felting tutorials, an essay, and a recipe. Handily purchase of the print book will also include a download code for a digital PDF version too.
Brrr things are certainly feeling rather chilly here in the UK… it feels positivity Arctic! Which allows me to neatly segway into telling you about my new design – who would feel right at home in the cold!
Allow me to present Paul the playful Polar Bear who is ready for some frosty fun with his pretty white fur and cute grey paw pads. He’s an adorable soft amigurumi friend for the little ones in your family to cuddle with, or for playtime at the zoo.
I have to admit I’m not a fan of cold weather (or dark winter nights). I’m one of those people that more often than not feel cold, so much prefer being inside, wrapped up in a blanket, with the fire on, and with a crochet project on my knee – who’s with me!?
For my polar bear I used Deramores Studio DK in Frost, Ebony and Smoke and a 3mm hook. If you are a follower of this blog you’ll know that I’ve used Deramores Studio DK for several designs and projects and I really enjoy working with it.
I really like anti-pilling yarn for anything I’m making for children as it’s great then for washing (which you can do at 40°C in the washing machine). If you wanted to make this bear for an under 3 year old you could always replace the safety eyes with some embroidered ones.
The Polar Bear is now available in my Designer Shop; you can pick up either a single pattern, for £1 / $1.30, or the design as a kit with everything you need (pattern, yarn and stuffing) to make your polar bear.
So for the cosiest cuddles in the whole Arctic, skate on over to my Deramores Designer Shop and pick up Paul the Polar Bear! And if you are looking for more cute crochet projects to hook up there are bears, bunny’s, dogs, cats, donkey’s and horses and poppies all available in my Deramores Designer Shop
Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Let’s pumpkin spice things up with a family of three ‘gourdgeous’ chunky pumpkins patterns!
This time of year I get an overwhelming urge to make pumpkins and I don’t think I’m the only one, if you happen to be scrolling through Instagram you’ll have potentially seen all the lovely pumpkins that have been made.
So I had to join in with some pumpkin patterns of my own! It was a case of go big or ‘gourd’ home as I even made a life size pumpkin! Each of these pumpkins are really easy to make, perfect for a beginner, but as they are all made from hunky chunky yarn even the largest pumpkin doesn’t take long to make.
For my pumpkins I used Deramores Studio Chunky which was actually a yarn I haven’t used before. It still has the anti-pilling part, which I love, and it’s lovely to work with. It’s 100% acrylic yarn and comes in lots of lovely colours, not as many yet as the DK range, but it still has 30 shades, including two different shades of orange for pumpkin making!
If you want to add an autumnal touch to your doorstops or window sills, or make some fun decor for Halloween, with the trio of Chunky Pumpkins they are now available in my Designer Shop. You can pick them up as either a single pattern, for £1 / $1.30, or as a kit with everything you need (pattern, yarn and stuffing) to make the pumpkins.
Well I hope I’ve given you ‘pumpkin’ to think about! If you are looking for more cute crochet projects to hook up there are bears, bunny’s, dogs, cats, donkey’s and horses and poppies all available in my Deramores Designer Shop
This year 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 to design a crochet poppy pattern for them.
The red poppy is a symbol of both remembrance and hope for a peaceful future.
Poppies are usually worn as a show of support for the Armed Forces community and for this project I wanted to create a simple design where you could easily produce a whole field of poppies in no time at all.
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.
Did you know there’s actually no wrong way to wear a poppy, you could glue gun them to a headband, wreath, blanket or cushion, or just add a brooch pin, to honour and remember the service and the sacrifice of those within the Armed Forces.
For my poppies I used Deramores Studio DK in Ebony, Ruby and Peridot, with a 3mm hook, and with 1 ball of Ruby you can easily make about 20 poppies.
Ready, Steady, Autumn! Are you ready for the changing of the seasons? Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere is supposed to begin on 22 September and weirdly, here we are a couple of days later and, I swear it’s got colder and darker in the evenings already!
So to cheer us up, with the imminent onset of cooler weather, I’ve got a lovely new pattern for you. Designed to give you some instant colour gratification (if you want to go there), and nice and quick to work up to ward off the first seasonal chills, allow me to introduce the Flourite Filet Cowl.
If you aren’t familiar with filet crochet this would be a great starting project. Filet crochet is an easy technique that can make some wonderful patterns using simple stitches (chains and US double / UK treble crochet).
Inspired by Flourite quartz crystals, which are beautiful colourful minerals that crystalise in cubic form, I’ve put together a cowl which features a repeating filet ‘cube’ or diamond shape.
Worked in the round and in three colours, to represent the ombre effect of the crystals, this is a quick and easy project to work up. I wanted a smallish cowl but you could make it taller by increasing the rows, or wider, as I’ve also included in the pattern how you would adjust the starting stitches to make it bigger.
I used Scheepjes River Washed yarn, which is 4ply ,78% Cotton / 22% Acrylic and comes in 50g balls. I made mine in Danube (948), Yarra (949) and Steenbras (942) to match the colours I picked up from the crystals, but I think the cowl would look equally pretty worked in a solid colour or even in a skein of hand dyed yarn.
Rainbow flourite crystals, in spiritual healing, are supposed to promote creative thinking, mental clarity and focus and most of all help clear the mind from negative energies – all things a crocheter can enjoy whilst working up this cowl.
In fact I enjoyed making this cowl so much that I made a second one. I still using Scheepjes River Washed yarn but I wanted to see what it would look like using different colours so I used a variety of pinks, in this case I used Mekong (943), Eisack (957) and Steenbras (942).
This pattern is perfect for advanced beginners as it only uses easy stitches, or as a versatile update to an accessory collection for an intermediate crocheter! It’s also perfect for any last minute gifts you need to make! The pattern is now available for purchase from my Ravelry, LoveCrafts or Etsy stores but hang on a moment…
This pattern is also being featured as part of the E’Claire Makery Fall Fashion Blog Hopon Friday 25th September 2020.Find out how to grab a FREE printable PDF copy of the cowl below.
From September 1 to September 30 a new crochet designer will be featured each day on , and they will share a crochet pattern available as a free pdf download. The PDF will be available as a FREE PDF download on Ravelry for 24 hours.
Blog Hop Instructions:
1: Click on the button below to go to the Flourite Filet Cowl on Ravelry.
2: Click “buy it now,” click “use a coupon code,” enter code, click apply and the pattern will be yours for free!
If you are reading this after the promotion has passed you can purchase the bag from either my Ravelry, Etsy or LoveCrafts store – but there is also ANOTHER way to get this pattern – and more patterns besides!
I’ve enjoyed taking part in Claire’s blog hops before but for the Fall Fashion blog hop she’s offering something new. All the designers involved are offering a crochet bundle! This bundle includes all 32 of the crochet patterns that will be released for this event. The bundle includes all of the patterns in one place, with a table of contents to easily take you to each pattern. Plus, you won’t have to worry if this is the first you are hearing about the blog hop and you’ve missed the other days to download the patterns. You’ll already have all of them!
Just take a look at some of the gorgeous designs that are included below:
One of the best parts of the crochet pattern bundle is that it’s over 90% off of the usual price of all of these patterns separately! For just £11.45 ($15), you can get all of them! And there’s actually two patterns from me included; the Fluorite Filet Cowl and another cowl pattern exclusive to Dear Ewe coming soon!
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I can’t wait to see your versions of the Flourite Filet Cowl and what colours you will chose to make it in! I hope you’ll share your photos with me on social media (facebook, twitter 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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I’ve got a real ‘tweet’ for you today! It’s a new, ‘im-peck-ably’ cute, pattern that’s out now in my Deramores store; meet Bella the Blue Macaw parrot.
It’s always such fun to design an animal or bird that I’ve never made before, so I had great fun putting together a parrot. There was a time when my eldest daughter’s favourite animals were parrots, so I have crocheted parrots for her before, but never designed one for others to enjoy.
This cute, colourful amigurumi parrot, is perfect as a gift for any animal lover. Crocheted by mainly working in the round, with some colour changing techniques used, this parrot is a born entertainer and would be a great feature on any window sill in your home or as the perfect toy for a child within the family, or even to use as a prop with a pirate costume!
For my parrot I used the lovely vibrant colours of Deramores Studio DK which I love. If you aren’t familiar with this yarn it’s wonderfully soft 100% acrylic yarn which has been developed with anti-pilling technology – making it perfect for toys.
I hope you are as ‘egg-sighted’ about Bella the Blue Macaw as I am, and will pop over to my Deramores store for the download. The Parrot pattern design is available as either a single pattern, for 50p / $0.66 in my Designer Shop, or as a kit with everything you need (pattern, yarn, stuffing and eyes) to make the parrot.
And if you are looking for more cute animal projects to hook up there are bears, bunny’s, dogs, cats, donkey’s and horses all available in my Deramores Designer Shop
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.