Crochet Now Magazine | Kawaii Coffee House Characters

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

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

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

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

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 71

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

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

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 71

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

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

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 71

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

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It’s available to buy from your local supermarket and some newsagents or you can grab a digital version from www.craftstash.co.uk/books-magazines

If you hook up the Kawaii Coffee House Characters I hope you’ll share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! 

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

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Crochet Now Magazine | Boardwalk Breeze Wrap

The Brighton Beach edition of Crochet Now magazine (Issue 70) has tried to capture the feeling of holidaying in a lovely seaside town. There are loads of wonderful projects for staycations or vacations – including a new wrap design by me.

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The Boardwalk Breeze wrap is a colourful, cotton addition to anyone’s wardrobe, it’s light and bright for summer but will keep that evening breeze at bay as you take a stroll along the beach.

The wrap was inspired by a combination of stripy boardwalks and the seaside pastel colours you see on colourful beach huts.

I used Cygnet Cotton for this wrap which was a totally new yarn for me, though I have used other Cygnet yarns. It’s a DK weight 100% Cotton with a subtle twist for beautiful stitch definition and gives a perfect drape to lightweight crochet projects.

It’s also available in a spectrum of bright rainbow and summery pastels – I used 8 different colours with a 4mm hook, to create my wrap.

The finished shawl measures 180 cm in length and 45 cm in depth when blocked so it’s lovely big wrap and the cotton makes it a cool and comfortable accessory to wear. You’ll definitely be turning heads as you walk along the promenade with this lovely bright summer wrap!

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 70

The pattern is very beginner friendly with easy row repeats of the sections, making it a great mindful project – or a perfect easy pattern to take with you on holiday.

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Issue 70 of Crochet Now magazine is packed with 55 patterns and comes complete with a broomstick crochet pattern book, a Paddington Bear supplement book and a broomstick crochet stick and 3.5mm hook.

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 70

It’s available to buy from your local supermarket and some newsagents or you can grab a digital version from www.craftstash.co.uk/books-magazines

If you hook up the Boardwalk Breeze Wrap 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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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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Crochet Now Magazine | Momo the Rainbow Monkey

I’ve been up to monkey business in the latest issue of Crochet Now magazine! For Issue 69 I took on the challenge of creating an amigurumi from a multicoloured yarn cake – and Momo the Rainbow Monkey was the result!

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Momo the Monkey is a sweet little fellow made up from sectioning off the coloured sections of a ball of Rico Creative Chic-Unique yarn in Candy (Shade 005). This was a brand new yarn for me, which is always a fun prospect, and as it was a yarn cake there was quite a lot of yarn for me to play with.

If you are not familiar with the yarn it’s classed as a chunky (bulky) weight, and is made up from 75% Acrylic, 15% Wool, 10% Polyamide. It comes in 200g balls (310m) with the recommended hook size as 6mm (US size J), though I used a 4.5mm hook (US size 7) hook to create tighter stitches for my monkey.

Rico Creative Chic-Unique yarn is of quite a unusual construct – two threads, with different colour gradients, are combined in order to create the colour mix. As the colour parts have a different lengths and there will always be different shades which hit each other in the twist, makes for a unique ball of yarn and an exciting challenge for me to create an amigurumi from!

What I did first was to wind coloured sections of yarn into balls, then onto bobbins, which gave me a wonderful gradient of corresponding shades to play with for my little monkey.

I chose a monkey because they are my youngest daughters favourite animals. She has always loved monkeys and has two monkey toys that she usually carrys around with her.

We are hoping to take her to the zoo when they open so she can see a real life monkey (for the first time that she’ll remember) and so when it came to planning what to make with this yarn monkey’s were on my mind.

The name Momo is also a homage to her as that is the first name she gave to one of her monkey toys (the other one is called Coconut!).

© Crochet NOW magazine – Issue 69

I was pleased with how Momo turned out in the end, and I like him in rainbow colours, but you could always make him in browns and creams for a more natural looking monkey.

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If you want to see how versatile Rico Creative Chic-Unique yarn can be then look out for the other design made up from the yarn in the same issue of Crochet Now.

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Issue 69 of Crochet Now magazine is packed with 35 patterns and comes complete with an exclusive Peanuts crochet hook with matching stitch marker.

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

If you hook up the Momo the Monkey 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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I Like Crochet Magazine | Caicos Raffia Purse

The June 2021 issue of I Like Crochet magazine is out now to help you prepare, get inspired and enjoy everything the summer weather has to offer (and to look good while doing it).

I’ve got two patterns in this latest edition; I spoke about the first pattern, called the Anchor Cove Shawl, in a previous post (read that here), and now it’s time for pattern number two – may I present the Caicos Raffia Purse.

© I Like Crochet – June 2021

Named after the Caicos Islands, where turquoise waters and white sand beaches are considered one of the Caribbean’s best kept secret, this is a bag designed especially for summer!

The easily crafted raffia purse features popcorn stitches for added texture and a metal closure to keep your valuables safe and secure – team it with a summer dress and sandals for that perfect beach chic look!

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You might have seen raffia yarn before, it’s a fine paper like yarn made from wood pulp and it’s really interesting to crochet with, it makes great bags and hats and is lovely and lightweight. As a yarn it gives off a very beachy vibe which makes it perfect for summer projects.

I used just one ball of Wool and the Gang Ra Ra Raffia (100% Paper); [250 meters] / 100 grams) for this project; in Desert Palm. The great thing about this yarn, that makes it perfect for a beach bag, is that it’s water-repellent so it dries fast if it gets splashed.

I used a 4.5mm hook (US size 7) with the raffia yarn, and for the bag closures I used a Prym Tuck Lock, which is a great DIY bag accessory as you just sew it onto the crocheted fabric (I’ve used one before for my Bramble Saddle Bag), and then I used some D rings and a brown detachable bag strap that I picked up from Amazon.

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The Caicos Raffia Purse is a great pattern for beginners as it only uses simply stitches, it might feel a bit unusual to crochet with raffia yarn at first, but if you just treat it as you would normal yarn you will soon be on your way!

You could line the bag, for a professional looking finish, but I used a smaller hook on purpose so that the end result would be a closely woven fabric that wouldn’t need lining.

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If you haven’t heard of  I Like Crochet magazine before it’s a US bi-monthly digital magazine which is published by the creators of AllFreeCrochet.com. With it being a US publication patterns are written using US crochet terminology – if you are not sure how that differs you may find my post British vs. American Crochet Terms: What’s the difference? of use.

© I Like Crochet – June 2021

As well as my shawl and bag the June 2021 edition features loads of seasonal patterns and a range of interesting articles. If you SUBSCRIBE you can get the magazine straight to your desktop or iPad as well as access to lots of other extra crochet bonus material.

If the magazine is something that interests you I Like Crochet currently have a special offer available to new members of the all-access Gold Club.

You can get 75% off the regular price of a one-year membership and receive a full year of the digital I Like Crochet  Magazine, instant access to their pattern collections (that includes never-before-seen patterns!), and get FREE access to their pattern library that includes every single issue that they have ever published! (That’s 7 years of crochet with more than 45 issues and 700+ designer patterns… for free!) Plus, subscribers who join now will also receive two FREE streaming crochet videos: Back to Basics: 11 Essential Techniques and Stitches for Every Crocheter and Crochet Secrets Revealed: 12 Tutorials by Michael Sellick.

If you hook up the Cacios Raffia Purse I hope you’ll share your projects with me by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Instagram,  Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

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

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I Like Crochet Magazine | Anchor Cove Shawl

The June 2021 issue of I Like Crochet magazine is out now and it’s a lovely collection of patterns to help prepare you for (hopefully coming soon) sunnier weather!

I’ve got two patterns in this latest edition and I’m super excited to share with you the first one, a wrap type of shawl, called the Anchor Cove Shawl.

© I Like Crochet – June 2021

If I haven’t completely ‘filet crocheted’ you out then you might enjoy this design as it has a fun central motif of a filet anchor, flanked by wavy white and blue striped panels. The combination is a positively nautical design ready for walks on the beach or taking on the high seas.

I used two Scheepjes Whirlettes (40% Acrylic / 60% Cotton); [455 meters] / 100 grams) for this project; one in Bilberry (Shade 868) and one in Ice (Shade 860). Unlike the bigger sister Whirls, which you might be familiar with, Whirlettes are balls of solid colour, fabulous for mixing with a Whirl to extend a Whirl cake project or perfect for using on their own.

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Just like a Whirl a Whirlette is 2ply (Fingering Weight) yarn composed of two strands of yarn twisted together. For this particular project I used a 3.25mm (US size E/4) hook to produce a lovely drape to the finished wrap.

I would suggest that the Anchor Cove is an intermediate pattern, designed for those who have mastered the basics of crochet and are looking for a new challenge. If you are new to filet crochet you might find my ‘Top Tips for Filet Crochet’ useful where I’ve listed some specific tips on the technique.

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If you haven’t heard of  I Like Crochet magazine before it’s a US bi-monthly digital magazine which is published by the creators of AllFreeCrochet.com. With it being a US publication patterns are written using US crochet terminology – if you are not sure how that differs you may find my post British vs. American Crochet Terms: What’s the difference? of use.

As well as my scarf the June 2021 edition features loads of seasonal patterns and a range of interesting articles. If you SUBSCRIBE you can get the magazine straight to your desktop or iPad as well as access to lots of other extra crochet bonus material.

© I Like Crochet – June 2021

If you hook up the Anchor Cove Shawl I hope you’ll share your projects with me by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: Instagram,  Ravelry, my Facebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

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

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Crochet Now Magazine | Parisian Plait Wrap

Time seems to be zooming by at the moment, we are already in May! It was only January last weekend I swear it! I realised I haven’t had chance to tell you yet about the new pattern that’s available in the latest issue of Crochet Now magazine.

Issue 68 is out now with a range of Parisian and Spring themed projects including cute cardigan’s, a chic beret and a new wrap design from me called ‘The Parisian Plait Wrap’.

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The idea for the Parisian Plait Wrap was to create an easy mindful one ball project, where you could use your favourite gradient yarn cake to make a textured wrap inspired by French plaits. 

For this pattern I used Hobbii Cotton Kings Twirl and a 3.25mm hook (US D/3) to create a light and airy pattern with a nice drape and chevroned edges. Hobbii Cotton Kings was a completely new yarn to me so I was quite excited to give it a try. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a cake-yarn that’s 100% cotton made up of 4 thin cotton threads (for a 4ply / Sport weight) with long colour changes.

Peach Danburite, the shade I used, almost has a dip dye effect as it runs from a peachy colour to a sort of sky blue – not necessarily colours I would have thought to put together but I loved how it looked in the finished wrap.

I would say don’t let the fact that there are 4 thin cotton threads put you off this yarn; if you just ignore them and crochet how you usually would, you soon forget how the yarn is made up.

There was a great tip though that I saw on the website, that works for this type of yarn, and that is to run all the threads through a small bead before you start crocheting to help the threads stay together throughout the project – brilliant idea!

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The elegant wrap looks great teamed up a summer dress but it could also be worn as a scarf. It would be a great project to take with you on holiday as all you would need is a yarn cake, a hook and the pattern.

It was a great mindful project to work on, and I enjoyed designing it and creating it, and as it only uses simple stitches and chains this wrap would be a perfect pattern for beginners.

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Issue 68 of Crochet Now magazine is packed with 53 patterns in this issue and also includes two supplements; a Hook Nook pattern collection and Rowan Yarns Summer Crochet Collection, so even more patterns for your money!

Crochet Now is available to buy from your local supermarket and some newsagents or you can grab a digital version from www.craftstash.co.uk/books-magazines

If you hook up the Parisian Plait Wrap 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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Deramores | Draco the Dragon

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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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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