Mini Crochet Kit | Hanging Heart Ornament

You may remember that back in December I created a couple of Christmas themed mini crochet kits. I actually had quite a bit of fun creating them, so at the most recent Crochet Sanctuary I launched a brand new kit for a cute hanging heart ornament.

Show your home some love with a handmade hanging heart decoration. The finished decoration, with it’s mixture of crochet and wooden beads, will add a lovely touch to any room or be a perfect gift for a loved one.

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Each kit contains 2 mini balls of Scheepjes Catona, the pattern, wooden beads and tassel all wrapped up in a cute reusable bauble! There’s also the optional tool extra of picking up a premium bamboo 3mm hook (US approx. size D/3) if you don’t have one of those to hand.

Pattern is written in UK terms, but shipping is available to anywhere. If you are not sure about UK terms then you might find my blog post British vs. American Crochet Terms: What’s the Difference? helpful.

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So why not treat yourself, or the crochet lover in your life, would make a perfect gift for birthdays, Valentine’s day, mother’s day or Christmas – it makes a lovely gift for any crocheter.

I hope you’ll share your WIP and finished project 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 sign 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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Deramores | Gingerbread Man

Tis’ the season for Gingerbread Men and there’s a new crochet pattern and yarn pack in my Deramores shop that you don’t have to worry about going out of date!

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I’ve got a bit of a thing about Gingerbread men – I just think they are totally Chrismassy! Whether it’s building a Gingerbread House or making the little men themselves, it’s something that always has a place in our house during the holidays.

This weekend was National Gingerbread Decorating Day apparently (usually the second Saturday in December) so it seems totally appropriate for me to share with you my fully decorated ginger guy!

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I made my Gingerbread Man with the rather apply named Deramores Studio DK Gingerbread! I also used a small amount of Frost, Peridot and Ruby for his frosting, buttons and bowtie all 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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When he’s finished he stands approx. 30cm tall – perfect to use as a stocking filler or as a festive ornament on your shelf. So run run as fast as you can to Deramores to catch him up today.

If you were looking for more general amigurumi designs to make then you can find several different patterns in my Deramores Designer Shop. Or if you are looking for Christmas makes in general I’ve put together a bundle on Ravelry with links to all my free and paid for seasonal patterns.

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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Mini Crochet Kits | Tree and Gingerbread Ornaments

December seems to be positively flying by does it! I had meant to add this post to the blog before now, but before it’s truly too late I need to tell you about two mini crochet kits that are now available in my Etsy store.

At the most recent Crochet Sanctuary I was delighted to be able to share a little pop up shop with the other guests with a range of my KCACOUK, Yarnybobs and Dear Ewe products.

On that weekend I debuted a couple of brand new mini crochet kits for sale that went down very well, and I’ve listed the remaining limited amount in my KCACOUKDesigns store if you’d like one too. You can choose from either a festive Christmas Tree or a cute Gingerbread man kit – perfect to add a touch of handmade magic to your home.

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Each kit contains 3 mini balls of Scheepjes Catona, the pattern and either beads or buttons all wrapped up in a cute reusable bauble! You could either treat yourself, or the crochet lover in your life as they would make a lovely gift for any crocheter.

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I’m shutting up all the Etsy shop’s for Christmas when my children break up from school on Friday 17 December 2021 so there’s still time to order if you’d like one for your tree.

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 sign up to blog (below) and / or my mailing list to get a reminder when new blog posts, discounts or new pattern releases are available.

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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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Deramores | Wood Green Dutch Bunnies

Hey folks, hope you are all well, I’ve got an ear-resistibly cute pattern to share with you today, some cute Dutch Bunnies! These little guys make me so hoppy!

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This pattern is another pet included in the Deramores partnership and Wood Green, The Animal Charity – you may remember I previously designed the Wood Green Deradog.

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.

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.

Easily identifiable by there characteristic colour patterns these little bunnies are ready to be ad-hop-ted! Essentially, Dutch Bunnies are a white rabbit, with a colored base coat like black, brown, grey or tortoiseshell.

For my little Dutch Bunnies I used Deramores Studio DK in Frost (White), Chocolate and Gingerbread with a 3mm hook. But it would be easy to match your own pet colour if that’s something you wanted to try, as there are lots of different natural shades, in the Studio DK range, to choose from.

If you aren’t familiar with Deramores Studio DK it’s 100% acrylic anti-piling yarn which is fab for any projects that might see a lot of wear and tear – like cuddly bunnies!

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So why not go make one fur the fun of it! If you do make up the Dutch Bunnies I hope you will share pictures of your little rabbits on socials using the hashtag #DeramoresXWoodgreen and #kcacouk so we can share your wonderful work.

If you were looking for more general amigurumi designs to make then you can find several different patterns in my Deramores Designer Shop including a Bunny Rabbit (in dungarees), and a Cuddle Bunny.

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

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HOTH | Eevee Amigurumi

For my youngest daughters birthday this year she asked me to make her a Eevee Pokemon toy – I think she was hugely influenced by her big sister, who is, in her own words, a Pokemon fanatic. Never one to turn down a request to make them something I set to finding a pattern.

Luckily I remembered that in Issue 67 of Crochet Now magazine there happened to be a fabulous official Eevee Pokemon character, by Sabrina Somers, that I’d seen. Unfortunately that particular issue was no longer on sale, but I was able to get the back issue from the CraftStash website. A couple of days later the magazine arrived and I was able to get started.

There’s actually something really relaxing working on someone else’s pattern for a change. As a designer I’m having to make all the decisions and, don’t get me wrong I absolutely love the creativity of designing, but it’s very refreshing to just be able to sit and crochet something without having to work things out!

The suggested yarn was Phildar Phil Coton 3, but for my Eevee I used Deramores Studio DK in Frost, Latte and Chocolate that I’d got in my stash with a 3.25mm hook. If you aren’t familiar with Deramores Studio DK it’s lovely soft 100% acrylic anti-piling yarn which is fab for making amigurumi with as it doesn’t get all bobbly over time like some other yarns can – I’ve used it for many amigurumi in the past.

After working up the pattern, to finish her off, I used my trusty glue gun to add some black felt eyes and nose, and I used a pet brush, (which I bought solely for brushing yarn not pets), for her fluffy collar.

The pattern was very easy to follow and resulted in, what I think, is a very cute Eevee toy at the end. My daughter loves her, and both daughters have enjoyed playing games with her.

If you were looking for some more crochet Pokemon patterns, then the pattern I made is also available in a book officially licensed by The Pokemon Company, along with another 19 other characters.

It’s by Sabrina Somers, called Pokemon Crochet and is available on Amazon; it looks like a really fun book with many of the Pokemon favourites (or the Pokemon I know the names of included like Pikachu, Squirtle, Magikarp and Charmander.

I thoroughly enjoyed making my Eevee and would definitely recommend the pattern for anyone on the look out for Pokemon projects.

What have you been making lately? Something fun? I’d love to hear about it – drop me a comment below.

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

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Deramores | Bride and Groom

It’s June, it’s traditionally a time thought of as wedding season, so it seems highly appropriate that I’m going to talk weddings, or more specifically about a mini crocheted bride and groom set that’s now available from my Deramores Designer Shop

Sadly, due to COVID-19 times, weddings have been a little different to the norm recently, but here’s hoping with vaccines and all the steps that we have put into place with various lockdowns to keep people safe, that we are hopefully moving in the right direction for more normal weddings in the future.

Until then these mini bride and groom could be a really fun addition for a future wedding celebration as wedding cake toppers, as table decorations or just as a sweet keepsake for someone – I’m really excited to see where you go with these!

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For my little bride and groom I used Deramores Studio DK in Frost, Latte, Peridot, Light Pink, Blush, Chocolate and Ebony with a 3.25mm hook. If you aren’t familiar with Deramores Studio DK it’s lovely soft 100% acrylic anti-piling yarn which is fab for making amigurumi with as it doesn’t get all bobbly over time like some other yarns can.

It could be a great way to add that handmade touch to your wedding day, as the mini bride and groom can totally be mixed and matched, make two brides, two grooms, change hair colour, add things like wire spectacles or other accessories and change the flowers / bowtie colours for that personalised wedding feel.

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If you were on the look out for more patterns, for adding that element of handmade to a wedding, then I have a couple more patterns you may like including; the FREE Shining Light wedding wrap or the Floral Mandala Ring Cushion.

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

If you do make up a bride and groom I hope you will share pictures on social channels using the hashtag #Deramores and #kcacouk so we can share your wonderful work.

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

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Deramores | Draco the Dragon

EDITED: With the closure of Deramores in 2022, the place where pattern is available has now changed. Please see this updated post for new links for this particular design.

Happy St George’s Day! I’m delighted to announce a brand new baby dragon pattern for you in collaboration with Deramores meet Draco the Dragon, the most adorable baby dragon you will ever see – he’s really fired up to meet you!

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Friday 23 April is St George’s Day here in the UK; St George became the Patron Saint of England and his claim to fame came about by him supposedly slaying a dragon. So you can’t have St George’s day without dragons, but this little baby dragon is just after some cuddles!

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For my little dragon I used Deramores Studio DK in Peridot, Fir and Ebony with a 3.25mm hook. If you aren’t familiar with Deramores Studio DK it’s lovely soft 100% acrylic anti-piling yarn which is fab for making amigurumi with as it doesn’t get all bobbly over time like some other yarns can.

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You can enjoy free P&P on all orders over £10 with Deramores today only if you use code: DRAGON at the checkout,

The finished result I hope you’ll think is kind of roar-some! I can’t wait to see some of the dragons you make!

If you do make up a dragon hope you will share pictures on social channels using the hashtag #Deramores and #kcacouk so we can share your wonderful work.

And if you were looking for more animal designs you can find several different patterns in my Deramores Designer Shop including the other mythical favourite – unicorns!

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

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Deramores | Wood Green Dera-Dog

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!

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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.

💚 You can download the puppy pattern or purchase the kits here 💚

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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.

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The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog. ~ M.K. Clinton

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If you do make up a puppy I hope you will share pictures of your pup’s on socials using the hashtag #DeramoresXWoodgreen and #kcacouk so we can share your wonderful work.

And if you were looking for more dog designs you can find all the previous deradog patterns in my Deramores Designer Shop along with some other friendly animals too.

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

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Free Crochet Mother’s Day Card

There is less than two weeks to go until Mother’s Day here in the UK and, as many of us haven’t been able to see our mums in recent months, it got me thinking about how nice it would be to pop something handmade in the post this year!

Butterfly-Card
© Intermediate Publishing – Issue 81 / February 2019

You may or may not remember that back in February 2019 I took part in the Simply Crochet magazine ‘Hook to Hook Challenge.’ This was a fun mini competition between two designers to come up with a unique pattern for a Mother’s Day Card using the same yarn – my design was the ‘Wings of Love’.

The rights of the pattern have now returned to me and I thought I would share the design here on the blog in case you would like to create your own crochet Mother’s Day card this year.

Mother’s Day in the UK this year is Sunday 14 March and in the US it’s Sunday 9 May so hopefully I’m giving you plenty of time to hook up your own cards, but as the butterfly motifs are small they really don’t take long to hook up!

Pattern

The pattern below is written in UK crochet terminology.

Yarn: Scheepjes Catona (100% Mercerised Cotton) 10g/25m) I used the following colours for my new card:

  • 10g x Lemonade (403) – Yellow (A)
  • 10g x Fresia (519) – Pink (B)
  • 10g x Cherry (513) – Dark Pink (C)
  • 10g x Kiwi (205) – Bright Green (D)
  • 10g x Apple Granny (513) – Green (E)

Hook: 2.5 mm (US size C/2)

Notions and Accessories: 21 x 15cm embossed card, PVA glue (or glue gun), washi tape or sellotape

Tension: Tension is not critical for this project

Measurements:

  • Small Butterfly 2.3cm (0.8in)
  • Medium Butterfly 3.3cm (1.3in)
  • Large Butterfly 4cm (1.6in)

Small Butterfly | Make 2.

Rnd 1: Using Yarn A / C, make a magic loop, 6dc into the ring, sl st to the top of the first dc to join. 6sts

Rnd 2: (Ch2, 2htr in the same st, ch2, sl st to the same st) sl st into the next st, repeat ( ) once, sl st into the next 2 sts, ((ch1, 2dc in the same st, ch1, sl st to the same st)) sl st in the next 2sts, repeat (( )) once. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Using Yarn B thread a small section of yarn through the middle loop and tie in a knot between the two larger wings, snip off ends to form antennae.

Medium Butterfly | Make 2.

Rnd 1: Using Yarn B / A, make a magic loop, 6dc into the ring, sl st to the top of the first dc to join. 6sts

Rnd 2: (Ch2, 2htr in the same st, ch2, sl st to the same st) sl st into the next st, repeat ( ) once, sl st into the next 2 sts, ((ch3, 3tr in the same st, ch3, sl st to the same st)) sl st in the next 2sts, repeat (( )) once. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Using Yarn C thread a small section of yarn through the middle loop and tie in a knot between the two larger wings, snip off ends to form antennae.

Large Butterfly | Make 2.

Rnd 1: Using Yarn C / B, make a magic loop, 6dc into the ring, sl st to the top of the first dc to join. 6sts

Rnd 2: (Ch3, 2tr in the same st, ch3, sl st to the same st) sl st into the next st, repeat ( ) once, sl st into the next 2sts, ((ch4, 3dtr in the same st, ch4, sl st to the same st,)) sl st into the next 2sts, repeat (( )) once. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Using Yarn A thread a small section of yarn through the middle loop and tie in a knot between the two larger wings, snip off ends to form antennae.

Embroidering on Card

Your blank greeting card should be made of a fairly heavy, sturdy cardstock. You’ll be handling this card a great deal as you stitch, so you need something that will withstand bending without tearing.

  • Sketch your design, of grass and heart, onto the card lightly with a pencil.
  • Then using a sharp needle punch the holes (about 0.4cm / 0.157 inch apart) along the lines.
  • Rub out your pencil marks before you start stitching
  • Using Yarn D embroider the grass onto the card, then repeat with Yarn E for the heart, use a bit of washi tape or sellotape to secure into place

Finishing

Leaving a space at the top of the card for any message with PVA glue add the butterfly motifs around the card.

Thank you for crocheting along with me – I can’t wait to see the cards you make. Please tag me @KCACO.UK on Instagram (or use hashtag #kcacouk) as I always love to see your makes. You can also share your projects photos by linking them on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest if you aren’t on Instagram.

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

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