Crochet Now Magazine | Pickwick the Puppy

Meet Pickwick, the cheeky little puppy, who’s stolen the Christmas stocking to see if there are any bones or biscuits in it for him! But look at that sweet face – surely he can’t help but be forgiven!

© Practical Publishing 2022 (Crochet Now Issue 88)

The pattern for little Pickwick, along with the miniature stocking, is available in issue 88 of Crochet Now magazine. I’d sort of had an idea for Pickwick for awhile so it’s nice that he’s finally been brought to life.

I created my pup with a 3.25mm hook and King Cole Cottonsoft DK which is a yarn I’ve used before (for my CareBear toys and the Pastel Pop Shawl), it’s 100% cotton that comes in 100g [210 meters] balls and as the name suggests it’s lovely and soft to work with.

Combined with the Cottonsoft I added some King Cole Truffle, which is classed as a fashion yarn, made up of 70% acrylic and 30% Polyamide (100g balls / 255m), which was perfect for adding some extra fluffy, stroke-able ears for Pickwick.

The only other things you need to make the Pickwick are 2 x 8mm black safety eyes, some black embroidery thread, stitch markers, a tapestry needle and some toy stuffing.

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I think Pickwick the Puppy is definitely on the nice list this Christmas! And he can be be your new work in progress when you pick up Issue 88.

Issue 88 is full of lovely seasonal patterns and is available to buy from most supermarkets. Or you can grab a digital version from www.craftstash.co.uk/books-magazines

If you make up Pickwick the Puppy 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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Inside Crochet Magazine | Winter Rambles Scarf

Helloo!! How’s it going? I feel like everything is a bit crazy here at the minute, it’s definitely that busy time of year! I seem to have lots of lists with ‘things to do’ sitting about everywhere but I’m going to tick off one of those right now! And it’s one I’m rather excited about!

In this month’s Inside Crochet (issue 152) there’s a pattern of mine called the Winter Rambles Scarf. It’s a lovely textured colour block stripe kind of scarf that was a really enjoyable, mindful project to work on.

The Winter Rambles unisex scarf modelled by a woman to show a blue and tan textured scarf - Find this pattern and more, only in issue 152 of @InsideCrochet - available now!⁠
© Inside Crochet 2022 (Issue 152)

I’ve had the idea for this scarf for awhile actually; I am quite keen to explore some more unisex / neutral or men’s designs and this is a design that I think could work well for anyone.

The scarf is made up of different sized colour blocks both with different textures – I’m on a real textured stitch kick at the moment with my crochet, I can’t seem to get enough of it!

The Winter Rambles unisex scarf modelled by a man to show the versatility of this design - Find this crochet pattern and more, only in issue 152 of @InsideCrochet - available now!⁠
© Inside Crochet 2022 (Issue 152)

I would suggest that a crochet scarf is a great beginner crochet project especially when you are first learning how to crochet, though with the different stitches I would suggest this is still an interesting design for a more accomplished crocheter.

I made my scarf nice and long so that you can wrap it round your neck a few times, though it would be fairly easy to adjust this pattern to a different size by taking out some rows (each side mirrors each other so you’d just need to take out the same number on each side.

The Winter Rambles unisex scarf modelled on a mannequin for a closer look at the textured stitches - Find this crochet pattern and more, only in issue 152 of @InsideCrochet - available now!⁠

I created my scarf with a 4.5mm hook (US size 7) and Drops Soft Tweed (25% viscose / 50% wool/25% alpaca) which comes in 50g balls (130m / 142yds).

It’s a new yarn to me and I loved the ‘tweediness’ of it – I used 4 balls of Denim (10) and 3 balls of Cookie Dough (04) for the scarf which was more than enough to make it nice and long.

The Winter Rambles unisex scarf modelled on a woman to show styling ideas for this accessory - Find this crochet pattern and more, only in issue 152 of @InsideCrochet - available now!⁠
© Inside Crochet 2022 (Issue 152)

The only other things you will need to make the scarf are maybe some stitch markers to help mark the beginning and end of each row and a tapestry needle. I finished off my scarf with a twisted fridge or you could leave it plain, I think both options would look great!

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Also can I just say that being published in Inside Crochet is a tick off the crochet bucket list for me. It’s rather special because when I first started crocheting Inside Crochet was one of the first magazine’s that I ever subscribed to – and now I’ve got a pattern inside!!

And look my scarf made one of the little squares on the front cover! Excuse me for getting rather excited, but it really is one of those warm feeling yay moments for me!

Inside Crochet is available in paper form from all good newsagents and craft stores. To purchase a digital copy of Inside Crochet, visit us on www.pocketmags.com

So go wrap up warm in this stylish striped block scarf. With fabulous textured stitches make in your favourite neutral shades or go brighter as an effective way to introduce colour to a dark outfit. this classic look scarf is guaranteed to complement any staples your friends or family winter wardrobe.  

If you make up the Winter Rambles 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! 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 | RSPB British Bird Baubles

I love a good Christmas decoration; I think they are actually one of my favourite things to make, they are usually quick and satisfying, great to gift or perfect to keep for your own home.

That’s why I was delighted to have the opportunity to design some cute baubles for the RSPB featuring some of the nations favourite British birds.

© Practical Publishing 2022 (Crochet Now Issue 87)

The RSPB (aka The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is a charitable organisation here in the UK that’s been around since 1889. It’s the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home and secure a healthy environment for wildlife.

My British Bird Baubles are inspired by a goldfinch, a blue tit, a house sparrow, a chaffinch and a robin, and the exclusive RSPB pattern card is available with issue 87 of Crochet Now magazine.

Each bauble is worked in tapestry crochet working two or more colours of yarn within a single round switching back and forth between the colours to create the characteristics of the birds.

I created my baubles with a 3mm hook and various colours of Ricorumi DK which, if you are not not familiar with it, is a100% cotton yarn which comes in 25g [57.5 meters] balls. I love Ricorumi DK especially for amigurumi as it comes in the cute little balls in loads of different colours so I can usually find the shades that I’m looking for.

The only other things you will need to make the baubles are stitch markers, a tapestry needle and some toy stuffing and a little bit of twine for the hanging loop.

© Practical Publishing 2022 (Crochet Now Issue 87)

So send a collection of cute bird baubles flying to your tree this Christmas with the RSPB British Bird Baubles. These pretty decorations are idea for all bird lovers – and are cute enough to be displayed all year round.

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Issue 87 is full of lovely seasonal patterns and is available to buy from most supermarkets. Or you can grab a digital version from www.craftstash.co.uk/books-magazines

If you make up either of the British Bird Baubles 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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25% Discount | Pattern Release: Sweet Treat Eaters

2020 was rather a strange year wasn’t it, it was a year when many of the things we’d perhaps been looking forward to, like occasions or events had to be cancelled, and that includes one of my favourite places to visit – The Crochet Sanctuary.

Image of two little crochet monster pots, the sweet treat eaters, surrounded by lots of sweets and candy

Most of the Sanctuary dates of 2020 had to be postponed however, in-between lockdowns, there was one Sanctuary that I was able to attend in the October and it turned out to be a bit more than originally planned! When the lovely Lisa & Lynda asked me if I could be the stand in designer (instead of Den Dennis who was stuck in Amsterdam) of course I was happy to help. It made sense, I would have been attending anyway (as a guest) and I’m lucky enough to live about 40 minutes away from the venue.

So I put together a fun Halloween themed design which I’ve just realised I never got around to formatting to share with you – until now! Allow me to introduce the Sweet Treat Eaters; Lisa Lollipop and Lynda Liquorice!

The Sweet Treat Eaters are a pair of monsters that never miss a trick (or treat) when it comes to candy! They love it, and will often be found cramming as much into their mouths as they possibly can – these guys should defiantly be handled with scare!

These cute little monsters are a combination of storage and amigurumi pattern that would make a fun addition to Halloween or for a little (or big) monsters bedroom.

The pattern is now available, from all my usual pattern stores, for you to make your own monsters.

I used a combination of yarns for my monsters. I used Scheepjes Stone Washed XL for the main body and tail with a 5mm / US size H hook (so that works up quite quickly) then I used Scheepjes Catona, with a 3mm / US size approx. D3, hook in complimentary colours for the other features.

The pattern is 5 pages long and it’s written, as usual, in both UK and US terms.  It was nice to see the  folks at the Crochet Sanctuary who were both intermediate and beginners to amigurumi enjoying the pattern. Though if you are a beginner and would like to give this pattern a go you might want to familiarise yourself with working in rounds in the amigurumi style before you start.

If you fancy 25% off the pattern price just enter the coupon code: PUMPKINNICE on either Ravelry or Etsy until 31 October 2022 to save.

As always my time at the Crochet Sanctuary was wonderful weekend where I was able to catch up with old friends and make some new ones! If you are looking for a weekend of yarn, crochet and just pure wonderfulness then I can’t recommend the The Crochet Sanctuary enough! I’m looking forward to my next visit as a guest this October – I can’t wait!

If you like this pattern please give it a love, or leave a comment or review on the platform you got it from when you’ve made it up, as a small biz all support and shares are very much appreciated! 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.

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Crochet Now Magazine | Autumn Gnomes

Hello Autumn! The weather is definitely turning cooler here in the UK, the leaves are beginning to changing from green to those incredible displays of vibrant colours, it’s time to get out hats, scarves and gloves, and perhaps go for a crisp walk in the forest. And if you go down to the woods this week, you might just spy a pair of little gnomes out exploring!

Meet Cone and Acorn, the Autumn Gnomes; this delightful pair spend their days harvesting the seeds of their chosen trees ready to plant for next year. Both these guys, plus the patterns to make some acorns, pinecones and leaves, are available in issue 86 of Crochet Now magazine.

I had the idea to make these gnomes for a while, I do enjoy making gnomes (you may remember my Nordic Twist gnome , Poinsettia gnome or Gnorman the Gnome), they are always a fun project, and I love how they seem to develop their own little characteristics.

© Practical Publishing 2022 (Crochet Now Issue 86)

This time around I wanted to move away from the traditional pointy gnome hat, and went for an acorn and pinecone to give them both an individual appearance associated with a given tree.

When I made my Nordic Twist gnome I enjoyed how the roving looked for his beard, and I knew I wanted to use it again, but in a different way and with different colours for some autumnal characters.

I created my gnomes with a 3mm hook and various colours of Ricorumi DK which is 100% Cotton that comes in 25g [57.5 meters] balls. 

I love Ricorumi DK for amigurumi as it comes in the cute little balls in 80 different colours and they had a perfect amount of Autumnal shades for my gnomes.

The only other things you will need to make the gnomes are bits of roving wool for the beard and hair. stitch markers, a tapestry needle and some toy stuffing.

It’s always fun to decorate so why not hook up these cute festive gnomes to bring in the Fall and Autumn Season!

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Issue 86 is full of lovely Autumnal patterns and is available to buy from most supermarkets. Or you can grab a digital version from www.craftstash.co.uk/books-magazines

© Practical Publishing 2022 (Crochet Now Issue 86)

If you make up either of the Autumn Gnomes 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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I Like Crochet Magazine | Tilly the Pony

This morning, on the school run, I definitely felt that first bit of a chill in the air. It’s a sign that Autumn is on it’s way; but luckily I Like Crochet magazine have put together a lovely collection of seasonal patterns for you – this time with a definite nod to Equestrian chic! Which ties in nicely with the pattern I’ve got in the October 2022 issue – meet Tilly the Pony.

© I Like Crochet – October 2022

Brightly coloured leaves cover the ground which you kick in the air as you make your way down to the stables … and there you will find Tilly the Pony, with a soft mane that blows in the breeze and a big kissable nose, ready for a canter in the Autumn sunshine. Tilly is a sweet little pony amigurumi that will capture the hearts of adults and children alike. 

I used Scheepjes Stonewashed (Sport Weight) for Tilly, in Moon Stone (801), Black Onyx (803) and Brown Agate (822) with a 3mm hook (closest US size D/3 or C/2).

If you’re not familiar with Scheepjes Stonewashed it’s a blended yarn made up from 22% acrylic and 78% cotton yarn that comes in 50g balls (130m / 142yds), it’s durable but soft and is available in 36 colours all associated with ‘gems and stones’. I’ve used it for lots of my designs as I love the stone washed look of the yarn and the stitch definition you get with the cotton blend – it’s perfect for amigurumi.

The only other things you will need for Tilly are 2 x 8mm black safety eyes, some toy stuffing and I used some cream coloured roving yarn for mane (though you could make your mane out of some more of the Moon Stone yarn).

© I Like Crochet – October 2022

I think that Tilly would make a great gift for any pony or horse lover, and could even be matched to a real life equine buddy – now that would be super cute!

I would suggest this amigurumi would a fun and easy introduction into toy making for a beginner crocheter. Everything is worked in the round, with a bit of simple shaping to create the perfect pony shape.

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As well as my pony the October 2022 edition features loads of lovely 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 – October 2022

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.

If you hook up the Tilly the Pony, 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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Simply Crochet Magazine | Granny Square Day 2022

Hooray, hooray, it’s granny square day! A wonderful celebration that brings together our fabulous hooky community in a showcase of creative crochet!

© Simply Crochet magazine – Issue 126

If you’ve not heard about Granny Square day before it’s an international online celebration on instagram which this year falls on Monday 15 August 2022. Granny Square Day was started several years ago by US crocheter Susan Regalia, who recognised that Instagram’s grid format could be used to replicate the block arrangement of a classic granny square blanket online. Others soon joined in the fun and Granny Square Day was born! Simply Crochet magazine then took over the reins of Granny Square day in 2018.

Simply Crochet is thrilled to be celebrating a 4th year hosting this huge Instagram event resulting in the BIGGEST VIRTUAL CROCHET BLANKET IN THE WORLD! All you have to do is hook, snap and share! All Granny Squares use #grannysquareday2022 and all Granny Square related projects use #grannysquaremakes2022

© Simply Crochet magazine – Issue 126

As previous years Simply Crochet the latest issue of the magazine (Issue 126) comes with a very special bonus pattern booklet. You can get really creative with the ‘A year of Granny Squares’ pattern booklet, featuring 52 brand new designs – that’s one for every week of the year! And I’m really excited to say that you can find two new granny square blocks by me inside. You can actually spy one of them on the front cover!

© Simply Crochet magazine – Issue 126

The first design is the closest to a traditional granny square, it’s called ‘Daisy Daisy’ and features a little daisy on a lawn of green grass with a pretty border. It’s been classed as an easy peasy design – perfect for beginners.

For the granny square purists out there I tried to feature some of the customary granny square clusters in each of the designs. Though I also wanted to play on the traditional and come up with something fresh and new. I really like how this block turned out, it feels quite appropriate for a Spring / Summer project.

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In the supplement the blocks range in skill level; from the more simple to getting a bit more involved and my second design has been grouped in the slightly more tricky range – but I’d say it’s still an easy eough square for advanced beginners. It’s called ‘Rainbow Burst’ designed in part because I simply can’t resist a bit of a rainbow.

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I used Rico Ricorumi for these blocks, with a 3mm hook (closest US size C/2 or D/3) which is a DK (Light Worsted) weight 100% cotton yarn that I had in my stash, but the designs would work equally well in any DK yarn or in fact with other fibres and yarn weights to make bigger or smaller blocks.

To me granny squares are nothing to do with ‘grandmas’ – they are just a super fun way to show how fun and versatile crochet can be! There’s something for everyone in the Simply Crochet squares and motifs supplement from more traditional looking squares to modern contemporary designs.

Simply Crochet issue 126 is available in most supermarkets and newsagents and digitally at www.pocketmags.com.

My Squares:

If you’re new to my blog you might not know that I’ve got several block patterns that are either fun square motifs or use the granny stitch in a more traditional design. Some are available to purchase from my pattern stores (links below) and some are free patterns available here on the blog.

Check out the links below for more Granny Square fun! Please note that most links are to Ravelry as that’s the most comprehensive list of all my patterns – not all squares are currently available from other sources. Free squares will link directly to my blog. Sizes of squares also differ, please see finished square size for full details.

Poppin Spades (FREE)Sherbert Star Granny (FREE)Autumn Turn (FREE)Perfect Puff Pillow (FREE)
Wish Upon a Star 10″ (FREE)Mod-Spot Block (FREE)Encompass Me (FREE)Granny’s Cabin (FREE)
Granny Likes Diamonds (FREE)Granny Likes Popcorn 10″ (FREE)Circle your Granny 10″ (FREE)Tri Tonal Traditional Granny (FREE)
Bubblegum Pop Granny 10″ (FREE)Half and Half Granny (FREE)Bavarian Beauty 12″ (FREE)Moroccan Window 12″ (FREE)
Humming BirdPumpkinBlooming FlowerSolomon’s Cross
Christmas BaubleThanksgiving TurkeyGingerbread ManSanta Square
Reindeer SquareJolly ClownMini Filet Cross (FREE)Octagon Garden
Shy VioletEagle OwlRussian DollSunset Square
Union Jack SquareSpring TrellisAmerindic SquareRobin Square
Easter / Flower BasketPolar Bear SquareSunflower SquarePin Wheel Square
Daisy Chain Square

And if you want even more patterns the list below are designs I’ve made with ‘squares’ or granny clusters whether they be granny squares or motifs.

Solstice Garden WrapMini Meditative Mandala (FREE)Stitch Story BlanketSuperbly Simple Baby Blanket (FREE)
Daisy Chain Flourish BlanketRiver Rose PillowChocolate Box Twist Baby BlanketInfinity Blanket
Everything is Cool and GroovyghanElephants on Parade Baby BlanketSpot the Giraffe BlanketRainbow Baby Poncho

Dear Ewe Granny Square Day Sale!

And to celebrate Granny Square Day further, over at Dear Ewe, we’re holding a flash sale with 20% discount on our chart themed items. Check out the Dear Ewe Blog post for all the details, or go straight to the shop and use code: GSD22 at the checkout – sale ends Thursday 18 August.

If you hook up any of the squares 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 | Briar Blanket

In the sunny days of summer it might seem strange to count down the days until autumn – but it’s always nice to get ahead for the next season (especially as crochet takes time!). In the August issue of I Like Crochet magazine they’ve included 15 First Fall patterns and I’m excited to say that my second pattern, the Briar Blanket, is included in this section.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

Briar, meaning “thorny bush of wild roses” is the name of the blanket filled with textured stitches and rose-inspired hues of deep maroon and soft taupe. This chunky blanket, with its large feature tassels, would make a perfect addition to style up your bed – or to keep as a throw on your sofa getting ready for when those nights turn cooler.

I used the delectable Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky for this blanket, which was a new yarn to me, and is sooo nice! Plump and squishy and available in 20 different colours, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky is a heavy weight yarn that works up quickly for thick and cushy projects.

Spun from Peruvian wool, the yarn is strong and durable with excellent stitch definition. It’s classed as a bulky (chunky weight) yarn which is 100% wool and comes in 100g hanks (137yds / 125m).

The shades I used for the blanket were Currant 28211(A, 6 balls), Gosling 28214 (B, 12 balls) and Fedora 28212  (C, 4 balls) with a 6mm (US size J/10) hook (which is amongst the suggested hook sizes).

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

Throws are perfect for keeping you toasty in front of the tv or reading a book in bed. Make in three muted complementary colours for a chic solution or go bold with some bright shades to update an old chair.

I would suggest this intricate blanket is an intermediate pattern, that feels sumptuous and decadent made in lux yarn, and that would make a cosy addition to your summer-to-autumn home décor.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

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As well as my wrap the August 2022 edition features loads of lovely 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 – August 2022

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.

If you hook up the Briar Blanket, 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.

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I Like Crochet Magazine | Sandstone Shawl

The August issue of I Like Crochet magazine is here and I’m super excited to say I’ve got TWO patterns in this edition. I’m rather proud of both designs, so I thought I’d write a separate blog post about each of them so I can tell you about them properly. First up is a crocheted wrap design called the Sandstone Shawl.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

The Sandstone Shawl is an accessory which utilises yarn that varies in thickness to achieve a textured and lacy look. Tassels added to the centre of the shawl add a visual interest alongside open diamond motifs – and I love, love, LOVE how it turned out!

I used King Cole Opium for this shawl which I’d not used before but which I wanted to try as it just looks different and unusual. I think it’s no secret that I’m a bit in love with slubby textured yarns at the moment, especially after working the Whispers of the Sea Wrap and the Mellow Mallow Shawl.

If you were looking for a commercial type of slub yarn then I’d suggest this yarn could come close. It’s classed as a fashion yarn which has thick and thin sections along it’s length, a bit like slub yarn. When it’s worked up it creates such a beautiful textured mixture of lace and opaque – perfect for both summer and winter projects.

I’m a huge fan of textured crochet pieces and the beauty of this yarn is that it creates the texture for you – did I say yet how much I LOVE how the yarn worked up for this design!

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

King Cole Opium is 54% cotton, 42% acrylic and 4% Polyamide yarn and comes in 100g balls (273yds / 250m). The shade I used for the wrap was actually called Sandstone (1085) which is partially where the name of the wrap came from. My original inspiration for this shawl came from sandstone clay formations which are full of wonderful ridges and curves – so the name and colour of the yarn shared a bit of a serendipitous moment!

King Cole Opium is actually available in 7 other different colours and I used 6 balls in total to create a nice large wrap (approx. 79″ long x 22” wide / 200cm long x 56cm wide). The suggested hook size for this yarn is a 6mm (US size J/10) though I used a 4.5mm hook (US size 7) as I wanted my lacy sections to not be too oversized.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

I would suggest this is a pattern that adventurous beginners would enjoy, the Sandstone Shawl is a trendy yet practical shawl with a nice pattern repeat which is easy to follow once you get used to it.

Make in beautiful natural tones for a chic outfit solution for the season ahead, it’s a great statement piece for layering. The textured yarn is light enough to be airy and yet still feel cosy enough to snuggle into as the seasons turn colder.

© I Like Crochet – August 2022

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As well as my wrap the August 2022 edition features loads of lovely 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.

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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.

If you hook up the Sandstone Shawl, I hope you’ll share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! 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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Simply Crochet | Mix It Up Purse

With Kate Bush in the charts again and Top Gun at the cinema, not to mention the latest season of Stranger Things, it seems appropriate that there’s a nostalgia for everything 1980’s at the moment.  If you are looking for a fun 80’s pattern look no further, turn up the volume for the Mix It Up Purse, out now in issue 124 of Simply Crochet magazine.

Made to look like an old school cassette mix tape this purse is a fun way to try tapestry crochet, whilst being the perfect size for keeping your cards, coins or ear phones.

For my version of the Mix it Up Purse I used Scheepjes Catona with a 3mm hook (closest US size C/2). If you are not not familiar with the yarn it is 100% Cotton which comes in 10g [25 metre] balls.

I used seven colours in total; 2 balls of Jet Black (110) and English Tea (404), then 1 ball of Snow White (106), Cornflower (106), Poppy Red (390), Kiwi (205) and Yellow Gold (208).

I love the little mini balls of Scheepjes Catona for colourwork as it’s means you don’t get into so much of a tangle like you might with using big balls (though you could always wind off small amounts on bobbins if that is all you have).

The only other materials you would need are a 12cm zip, a yarn needle, I also lined my purse with material just to finish it off, though the technique used for the purse creates such a sturdy dense fabric you could get away with not lining it.

I recently saw some brilliant colourful music print cotton fabric, which I wish I’d thought about, it would be a fun way of lining the purse in keeping with the theme.

This purse is such a fun way to relieve the enjoyment of making a mix tape to keep yourself or gift to someone you love! If your embroidery skills are good, you could also personalise your purse by saying who’s mix tape it is, or by adding a favourite song or band name!

So turn up the volume with this unique cassette-tape change purse that’ll have everyone singing along! Issue 124 of Simply Crochet magazine is available to buy from your local supermarket or you can grab a digital or print subscription from buysubscriptions.com.

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© Simply Crochet Magazine – Issue 124

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